Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, February 03, 1922, Image 1
INK SLINGS. - It is beginning to look as if there will be a lot of new saxophone artists climbing onto the Vare band wagon ere long. —With the advent of a Presbyter- jan dominie as prohibition enforce- ment officer for Pennsylvania boot- leggers will probably be affecting blue stockings with the hope of a “stand- in” —Of course Congress must investi- gate the awful tragedy of the Knick- erbocker theatre in Washington. That's where the present Congress shines: Nosin’ ’round the stable after the horse is gone. —What does it matter whether the ground-hog saw his shadow or not. Spring will be here soon enough, sum- mer will be over and next fall and winter staring the busy person in the face almost before he is aware of it. —A Democratic get-together ban- quet is to be one of the novelties which a reviving Democracy in Cen- tre county is planning. As evidence that there are still a few of us left already the applications for seats have over-taxed the capacity of any caterer in Bellefonte. —— That big drive for the Y. M. C. A. will start this morning and if you want to drive right into the hearts of the young men and women of the town now will be the time to do it. If you shirk your duty now don’t come around later and whine if the Asso- ciation fails in support. — President Harding has spiked one of the guns of the agricultural “bloc” in the Senate. By the appointment of Senator Kenyon, of Iowa, to the Eighth district Circuit court bench he | has put one of the most powerful op- ponents to some of his policies where he can obstruct no further. — Those threshermen and farmers who gathered in Harrisburg last week and resolved to rid the State of the extravagant crew that is running things at Harrisburg by putting an independent ticket in the field next fall may be all right as threshermen and farmers but they’re mere punk as politicians. — Senator Crow having sent out the word from Mercy hospital that he will be a candidate at the spring pri- maries to succeed himself that much has been done toward clearing the Re- publican atmosphere. All they need to do now is to name the man for Governor, explain the bankrupt con- dition of the State and get ready for the real lickin’ we're going to give them in November. —Judging from the crack it took at him last week we opine that the Ga- zette is not friendly to the senatorial aspirations of the Hon. Harry Scott. Paraphrasing its own comment of a few years ago about the “Watchman” “the Gazette don’t count for much in its party councils these days” so the Hon Harry should worry, he'll be nominated if he wants to be. The Gazette will support him and we'll do our best to lick him. —One of the mines in the Snow Shoe region has resumed operation, offering a dollar a ton to miners and five dollars to day men. The wage offered is below the scale but the min- ers are earning from six to eight dol- lars a day and the day men are get- ting five, which must look good to a community in which there has been real destitution. To skilled mechan- jes and common labor on this side of the mountain it looks like it is better to be a miner at one dollar a ton than a carpenter or plumber at seventy- five cents an hour. —The Union miners are to ask for a substantial increase in wages when their present scale terminates on March 31st, so says president John Lewis, of the Union. Being familiar with the situation in the Snow Shoe and Clearfield regions only our judg- ment is rather circumscribed, but if conditions elsewhere are anything like those we know the miners might ask anything and have it granted without bettering their condition or injuring that of the operators, for little coal is being mined now and most of that is being produced by miners who have sensibly agreed to work at a scale that will permit the operator to break even at least. —The Port Allegheny Reporter thinks that Liberty bonds have gone up about ten dollars during the past year because the public has gained confidence through the restoration of the Republican party to power. Occa- sional perusal of the Reporter con- vinces us that it often thinks foolish thoughts. Liberty bonds have gone up principally because there is no in- dustry in which the public has enough confidence at the present time to in- vest its funds and the “Watchman” is broad enough to state that neither the Republican nor the Democratic par- ties have had anything to do with the present depression. It is a natural consequence of the unnatural econom- ic conditions of the past seven years. The Reporter assured all its readers a year ago last fall that the minute ‘the front porch apostle of Marion got his feet under the desk in the White House offices wheat would go back to three-sixty and labor would get ten dollars a day again, but if the Repor- ter didn’t know better it should have. Confidence, not polities, is what makes prosperity and it is because capital has no confidence in the ‘ shifting, drifting, non-constructive policies of the party in power that it is buying Liberty bonds in preference to invest- ments in industry. I VOL. 67. STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION. BELLEFONTE, PA., FEBRUARY 3, 1922. NO. 5. Just Complaint But Wrong Remedy. : There is considerable ground for: hope in the future of Pennsylvania in the attitude of agriculturists as ex-' pressed in a series of resolutions adopted by the Threshermen’s and Farmer's Protective association as- sembled in convention in Harrisburg last week. “Resolved,” these sub- stantial and wealth producing gentle- men declared, “that we go on record . in protest against the continuance in | power at Capitol Hill of those persons : and interests responsible for these outrages against the public welfare.” The outrages referred to are “extrav- agant and wasteful use of the funds of the Commonwealth, the increase of salaries of public officials and profli- gacy in road building and the public! school administration.” | The farmers of Pennsylvania are amply able to make their protest ef- | fective whenever and wherever they | desire to do so. For years they have not only consented to but actually en- couraged these outrages by voting for | the men responsible, influenced by the | false pretense set forth by Governor Sproul in addressing their convention that “they are exempt from taxation because the corporations pay the tax- es.” No more palpable falsehood was ever uttered. The farmers and wage earners pay the taxes, for every dol- lar paid by the corporations is taken from the farmers and wage earners in indirect but none the less burden- some taxation. Uttering such a claim was an insult to the intelligence of the farmers. But we are unable to agree with the farmers in their proposed remedy for the evils. They would “unite the honest voters of the State both men and women, under effective leadership in the May primaries to select an in- dependent or fusion ticket made up of candidates for the high offices to be fiilled in the fall election who are of known integrity and ability, and who are beyond the influence of those in- terests that are responsible for the present gross misrule in Pennsylva- nia.” Such action is precisely what the managers of the Republican ma- chine want. It is the only thing that will renew the franchise of the ma- chine to‘loot. It has saved the ma-. chine in many a desperate battle. — Assuming” that the best re- sults will be achieved by the Wash- ington conference, and that is a long stride in. the direction of optimism, the big stick is not the most likely instrument of conciliation. And the big stick is about the best promise of the conference. Governor Cox Speaks the Word. When Mr. James M. Cox declared that the present leaders of the Repub- lican party “have profaned Republi- can history and ignored every thought of an honored inheritance by forsak- ing the soul of Abraham Lincoln for the spleen of Henry Cabot Lodge,” he accurately analyzed the present con- dition of the party. If the lofty pa- triotism of Lincoln had guided the councils of the party during the per- jod since the world war ended, pros- perity would haye been restored long ago and not only the people of the United States but those of all civilized countries would now be pressing for- ward on the highway to achievement. But the spleen of Lodge, the narrow bigotry of a disappointed pretender, | was followed. Governor Cox spoke at a Jackson day banquet in Dayton, Ohio, and not only expressed the exact attitude of the Republican party but the true po- sition of the Democracy. “Our faith in the official pronouncemeat of 1920 is unaffected by the result of the elec- tion of that year,” he said. “We stand in our very tracks, just where we were when the votes were counted. We have not retreated a step. The flag still flies and we are ready for the next fight.” But our antagonists are not in so fortunate a position. The rumblings of discontent coming from every direction and increasing in vol- ume like a tide before a hurricane are sweeping them off their feet and spreading dismay among them. Governor Cox fulfilled the proprie- ties in holding the “unspoken word until time has brought the .un- mistakable evidence of payment or default by those in power, on cam- paign pledges.” The agricultural in- dustry, the manufacturing interests, the commercial and industrial life of the country are suffering not because of the war but for the reason that the party in control of the government has refused to adopt measures that would restore the losses of the war and correct the evils incident to it. But the suffering will not be for long. The people are becoming wise to the facts and in the elections of this year a reversal quite as radical as that of 1920 will be registered. There are a good many com- plaints about the new peace dollars and we hasten to give public assur- ance that we have no share in the prejudice. The Newberry Case Again. The Newberry case “will not down.” Every now and then, usually when the perpetrators of that crime hope it is being forgotten, some fellow springs it again. The other day, example, Senator Reed, of Mis- souri, rose in his place and utter- ed a philippic against the resolution which caused great excitement on the floor. “The adoption of that resolu- tion,” he said, “was the most stupid piece of business that has ever dis- graced any body of men, whether pi- rates sailing the seas under the black flag or statesmen here seated in this body. The tongue is paralyzed in an effort to describe a thing like that,” he added. The resolution declared in substance that in buying the Senate seat New- berry had committed a crime that is infamous, that imperils the safety of the government and covers the cham- ber with iniquity. But it ratifies the crime by confirming Newberry’s title to the seat. “You say,” declares Sen- ator Reed, “this thing that crawls and | has a forked tongue and crooked teeth is a poisoned serpent. Therefore we will admit it to the family circle and allow it to wind its folds about the arms of our children. You say,” he continued, “this is a dog with the rabies. Every time he sinks his fangs into the flesh they carry with them deadly disease and therefore we will turn the dog loose on the communi- ty. Senator Reed said many other bit- ter truths and there was no one to de- ny or challenge the statements. It is “black with infamy; a deadly lepro- sy; a thing crimson in its crime.” And the responsibility for this great wrong upon the Senate and the country is upon the President of the United States. Senator Willis, who succeed- ed Harding in the Senate, was oppos- ed to the confirmation of the crooked deal but Harding persuaded or dra- gooned him into consenting. He wrote the resolution at the request of the President and voted for it under the same pressure. Thus the odium is upon the White House as well as the Senate, and it is the first time such a taint has been put upon the White House. Hy ; ead ——We are not over confident of the new Prohibition Director for Pennsylvania. He is a preacher but he is also a politician, and sometimes this combination produces unexpected results. Mrs. Warburton’s Gentle Kick. Some of our esteemed Republican contemporaries seem to be unduly perturbed over a statement recently issued by Mrs. Barclay H. Warbur- ton, vice chairman of the Republican State committee. “The control of the Republican women’s vote in tke State,” Mrs. Warburton protests, “can only be obtained through the knowl- edge that the vice chairman actually participates in all councils arranged to consider State political affairs and that no slate is made up without her co-operation and her share of respon- sibility.” This is interpreted by some very timid and credulous partisans of Mrs. Warburton’s faith as a danger signal, a sort of admonition of im- pending revolt. But it’s nothing of the kind. Mrs. Warburton is one of those charming women who are fond of the lime-light. Last year she made a mild protest against the way the machine treated the newly enfranchised voters where- upon W. Harry Baker and Senator Vare handed her a thinly coated but wonderfully enticing gold brick that filled her with ecstacy and she prompt- ly told all the other Republican wom- en of the State how to show their ap- preciation of the honor bestowed upon her. Now that the gilding is worn off and the shallowness of the favor is revealed Mrs. Warburton is simply serving notice that her “place in the sun” in the future must be a trifle more secure and substantial. But the machine managers won’t worry much about Mrs. Warburton’s rather disingenuous appeal for great- er consideration. They know that so long as Mr. Barclay H. Warburton is in the enjoyment of a comfortable of- fice at a handsome salary Mrs. Bar- clay H. Warburton will be “on the job” serving the machine with all the enthusiasm of her nature, regardless of the character of the candidates, the issues of the campaign or the effect upon the political interests of the other women voters of the State. She has become a professional politician and her concern is much less for the women than for the party. She has already done much to disillusionize advocates of woman suffrage. rr ——— A —————————— ——In urging the government de- partments to employ more men Pres- ident Harding is promoting ‘employ- ment but not economy. emer ——— A eee. — Whiskey thieves are a despica- ble lot but the dastard who broke in- to Elihu Root’s cellar was the most depraved of the lot. for Startling Disclosures of State Fi. | nances. In an address delivered before the League of Women Voters, in Pitts- ‘burgh on Saturday, Auditor General Lewis made some startling disclos- ures regarding the fiscal operations of the State of Pennsylvania during the past four years. He declared that since 1917 the appropriations made ‘by the Legislature have exceeded the ‘ revenues of the State by the enormous ‘total of $22,500,000, and that the ses- sion of 1921 had increased this vast deficit in the face of full information as to the facts by several millions of dollars. The full effect of this profli- gacy in appropriations has been con- ' cealed by the juggling of funds and the postponement of payments. For ' example, the school payments are over $5,000,000 in arrears. i In other words, according to the public official who has charge of the | fiscal affairs of the Commonwealth, : Pennsylvania is hopelessly bankrupt. | This humiliating and probably disas- trous condition has been brought about by the reckless appropriation of !funds to promote party advantages and conserve personal interests. A | favorite of the machine needs an ap- propriation to help him out of a diffi- cult situation and the machine man- agers dragoon members of the Gen- eral Assembly into enacting the leg- islation. In order to supply funds to meet this special need appropriations for legitimate purposes are held up and thus the obligations of the State are piled up to proportions beyond hope of settlement. Mr. Lewis weakens his complaint to some extent by offering an apology for the Governor’s share in the deplor- able affair. As a Senator in the Gen- eral Assembly previous to his elec- tion as Governor Mr. Sproul had much to do with the deficits of 1917 to 1919, and since that he has been mainly responsible. His declared am- bition to make his administration one of “magnificent achievement” led to the extravagance of the Legislatures of 1919 and 1921. He imagined that the people of Pennsylvania don’t care so long as appearances are kept up and ‘the promise of better schools and the best roads in the country was used to close the public eyes to the in- iquities being practiced everywhere. e————ese—————— ground-hog seeing his shadow yester- day, but what is a hog or two among friends? The weather yesterday morning was like a breath of spring and a gentle reminder of other days that are fast approaching. So far as the ground-hog is concerned he has no more to do with the making of the weather than the writer has with rul- ing the universe, and we make no claims to any such pretensions. It is just possible we may have six more weeks of wintry weather, but that is what we most naturally should ex- pect. In fact only half of the winter season has passed away, according to the calendar, but every day Old Sol is creeping a little higher in the heav- ens and joyous springtime is fast ap- proaching. So let the old ground-hog sleep another six weeks if he wants to, as it will make little difference with either the sunshine or cold weather. ——Wilmer A. Albright, of Roar- ing Springs, Blair county, won his dis- charge from the western penitentiary on Monday and no one appeared against him before the Supreme court to protest his release. Albright, as stated in the “Watchman” two weeks ago, had been sentenced to from four to five years in the penitentiary on three counts by Judge Baldridge, and the prisoner’s contention was that the court in passing sentence specified that they were to be concurrent. The commitment, however, must have been made out “consecutive.” The Supreme court set Monday as the day for ar- gument against the rule why Albright should not be discharged and no one appearing against him his discharge was ordered. Leal —1In order to avert panic on the subject we take this opportunity to assure the public that the Postoffice Department will function after Will Hays goes to the movies. ——1It is easy to see that Harding enjoys international conferences. He appears to be trying to make “contin- uous performance” a rule of them the same as the movies. ——The Salvation Army lassies in Chicago are to wear longer skirts, but unhappily they don’t have much influence in fixing the fashions of the world. ——The farmers of Centre county have taken advantage of the good sledding of the past several weeks to market ’ their crops of grain and hay. ——————— A —————— ——Lloyd George is simply show- ing Germany how promptly agree- ment may be fulfilled if the heart is in the right place. — There is no question about the A Clergyman’s Oath. : . From the Philadelphia Record. What does an oath amount to if to regard it seriously stands in the way of a public office with a good salary attached, as well as other possibili- ties ? Under the Constitution of Pennsyl- vania State Senators are elected for four years and members of the House of Representatives for two years. Also, under the Constitution Senators and Representatives are prohibited from holding any appointive civil of- fice under this Commonwealth during the time for which they shall have been elected. It is also provided un- der the same Constitution that no such Senator or Representative can hold membership in either house while holding an office under the United States or under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When Mr. McConnell, of Shamokin, was appointed Prohibition Enforce- ment Director for the State of Penn- sylvania his term as State Senator ad two years to run. It was report- ed that he had, in an effort to hold the prohibition job, resigned his seat in | the State Senate; but now that he has resigned the prohibition job, it is as- serted that his resignation as a Sen- ator was never effective, because it had not been accepted by the Senate, and that he will claim his right to act as a State Senator during the next two years. The vacancy caused by the resigna- tion of McConnell as Prohibition Di- rector for Pennsylvania is to be filled, we are informed, by the appointment of Rev. John T. Davis, of Blairsville, who is a member of the House of Rep- resentatives from Indiana county, and whose term of two years does not ex- pire for some months. Clearly it was the intention of the people when they framed the Consti- tution to make it impossible for the Senators and Representatives to hold any appointive public office in the State or nation during the term for which they were elected. But regard- less of this fact, we should think that Rev. John T. Davis, being a minister of the Gospel, and one -who advocates in the pulpit the sanctity of the oath, would not jump into the prohibition job before he is convinced he can free himself of the obligations of the oath taken when he assumed his place as a member of the Pennsylvania Leg- islature. : Senator was not effective use thé Senate was not in session and did not accept it, how can Mr. Davis be sure, even if he should write a letter of res- ignation as a member of the House, that he is not still a member of that body, remaining such until the House should care to release him from his obligations ? A Way to Public Service. From the Villager. You will surely agree to this, that when any good American gives up a $12,000 a year post in order to take a $150,000 a year post, no other good American needs to be told why he did it. The Postmaster General should give himself no anxiety that his mo- tives will be mistaken by any of his countrymen. Had Mr. Hays refused the moving picture merchants’ offer to head their gigantic organization—or more plainly, to become their ‘“re- spectability”’—the public gossip might not do his refusal entire justice. rejection of such an advantage would not have been understood, but an ac- ceptance cannot be misunderstood. In the circumstances, it is too bad that President Harding felt constrained to say, on approving Mr. Hays’ resigna- tion, that there was here “an oppor- tunity for a helpful public service” greater than should be refused. There was once a preacher who announced to his congregation that he was leav- ing them. “According to the conven- tions,” he told them, “I ought to say to you that I have had a call to larger opportunities. But I want to be frank with you. I have a large family to support. In my salad days I learned —well—a certain diversion, of which, of course, I repent, but it at least taught me the difference between a call and a raise.” High Cost of Government. From the Pacli, Kansas, Spirit. Fate seems to have made the year of 1921 extravagant in its trials, sieges, besetments, demands, com- mands, taxation, robberies, bankrupt- cies, thefts, diphtheria, smallpox, etc. The average home has been overrun with solicitors, beggars, government officers, state officials, inquisitors, promoters, peddlers, and busybodies. A special car of the State Health Board, in charge of a richly gowned and jeweled young woman came to town not long ago, and mothers were commanded to hurry to the depot and take instructions as to how to raise their babies; then came a government nurse, another unmarried lady, weigh- ing the babies and instructing the mothers as to the sort of infants they must give birth to hereafter or quit the business; and now farmers are no- tified that they must pay a specialist from one of our higher institutions of Jedtning to tell them how to feed the 0gs. —— i —————— New View of Preparedness. From the Boston Transcript. National preparedness on a reason- able scale will cost infinitely less in the long run than wars thrust upon us unprepared. If Mr. McConnell’s ‘resignation as a i SPAWLS FROM THE KEYSTONE. —Notices posted at the locomotive and car shops at the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway company at DuBois, provide for laying off 200 men effective March 1st. No cause for the suspension is given. — Robert L. Krause, who has taken many prizes in State and county firemen’s pa- rades as the heaviest fireman in Pennsyl- vania, died at Bethlehem last week from a complication of diseases. He weighed more than 310 pounds. — The Inter-State window glass plant at Hazelhurst, near Kane, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin last Friday, with an estimatel loss of $125,000. The plant had been idle for a year and was being prepared for operation within a few weeks, officials said. —One-half hour after he had reported ‘for work last Thursday, Joseph Costello, 33 years old, of Shamokin, a brakeman in the employe of the Philadelphia and Read- ing Railway company, was struck by a freight train and instantly killed. A wid- ow and two children survive. —Lloyd Heimbach, head dairyman at the State hospital for the insane at Dan- ville, has developed anthrax, it was said at the hospital on Monday. The origin of the disease is unknown. Heimbach has been quarantined and careful watch is be-’ ing kept to prevent any further outbreak. —The Rev. Dr. David B. Floyd, aged 75 years, dropped dead from heart disease while teaching at Susquehanna Universi- ty on Monday. He was a native of Mid- dletown, Md. At one time he was a lead- ing minister in the Lutheran Synod. He had been a professor at Susquehanna since 1906. —Paul Egan, aged 7 years, while skat- ing on the Shenango river at New Castle, on Friday, saved a companion, Thomas Feed, aged 12 years, from drowning when the latter broke through the ice. The Egan lad, lying flat on the ice, held his companion’s head above water until help arrived a few minutes later. — Climbing a chair from which he was enabled to reach the top of the chiffonier in his mother’s bedroom, Bernard J. Cole, 2 years old, baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Har- ry 8. Cole, of Juniata Gap, last Thursday afternoon secured a quantity of pills, of which he ate a number, dying an hour afterward in great agony. The pills con- tained strychnine, which caused the child’s death. —The Logan Iron & Steel company at Burnham began operations Monday morn- ing with the eighteen inch and puddle mills in full operation and put the twelve inch mill in operation on Tuesday morn- ing. The period of operation is uncertain, however, but the company has shown a’ marked tendency to give the men all the work possible during the period of indus-. trial depression. —Although a small fortune in an inher itance lay in a Danville bank for more than nineteen years, Miss Minnie Johnson, now Mrs. Harry Dark, has been living at’ Kapp’s Heights, a suburb near that place, for many years. A newspaper announce- ment brought the matter to her attention last week, just three weeks before it would have been escheated to the State. The money was left to her by a relative. —Alex I. Donnan, a New Castle printer, experienced the unusual sensation of hav- ing his heart stop beating for nearly five minutes, on Saturday, and still is in .ner- mal health today. He had taken chloro- form for the purpose of having some teeth extracted, when the experience occurred. Doctor and dentist worked with him fran- tically to start respiration and heart ac- tion during the period, and he finally re- sponded. When he came out from under the influence of the chloroform he seemed to be normal. — Mrs. Mary Toth, a widow with four children, of Beaver Falls, and who is de- pendent on charity because she can get no work, was fleeced out of four dollars, all she had, one day last week, by what has been described as the meanest man known. The man purported to be representing the county commissioners to inquire if she had sufficient coal. He offered to buy’ more at a low price with the money she had on hand, and to see that her wants were met in other lines. Trustfully she placed the money in his hands. He skip- ped. United States Commissioner James H. O’Laughlin, of Clearfield, as attorney for Frank Wasick, of Osceola, has instituted proceedings against the sheriff of Clear- field county to recover one still, one three- gallon jug and two quarts of whiskey tak- en by Sheriff Gorman during a raid on a house occupied by John Shultz, at Osceo-. la, on December 17th. Wasick claims to be the owner of the articles in question, and in his petition to the court for the return of same he alleges that the sheriff made the search and seizure without proper war- rant. —Two hundred and eighty dollars, which had been raised by the family and friends of Gilbert McCloskey, who is un- der sentence of death in the Blair county jail for the murder of William Nichaus, in Altoona, August 3rd last, for a new trial, is said to have been stolen by Eddie Long, a former chum of McCloskey’s in the Ohio State reformatory. Long, hearing of his former pal’'s plight, went to Altoona two weeks ago to try to help him, and stayed at the McCloskey home. He left suddenly and the money is said to have disappeared at the same time. — Fire of unknown origin early Saturday morning caused damage estimated at $50,- 000 in the Mill street section of Danville, the second serious blaze last month within two blocks. The buildings, owned by W. W. Welliver, the Lyon estate and the Lau- bach estate, housing the stores of Cliff Pursel, W. Welliver, Opal Oberdorf and the restaurant of Ray Quick were damag- ed. Most of the loss sustained was in the ‘Welliver hardware store, where the fire originated. The Bell telephone company’s exchange is on the second floor of the building that was damaged, and the op- erators remained at the switchboard while the firemen fought the blaze for three hours. —One million tons of kisses and an ad- ditional “standpipe full of kisses” thrown in for good measure are worth just $1000 according to a Dauphin county jury, which ordered constable Christian Yingst, of Middletown, to pay that amount for alien- ating the affections of Mrs. Levi D. Rife, of Gettysburg. The myriads of Kisses were contained in letters alleged to have been written by Yingst to Mrs. Rife. And one letter to which his signature was said to be attached read: “The roses are red and the violets are blue and I have a kiss for you.” Yingst denied authorship of the letters, which caused outbursts of laugh~ ter in the courtroom, and said he only had written once to Mrs. Rife.