Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 12, 1923, Image 1

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—After all isn’t Mr. Coue’s theory
only a cure for those who enjoy poor
—Anyway, for the fellow who can
do little else, there seems to be a new
snow to shovel every morning.
—We’d like to say something about
those K. K. K’s down in Mer Rouge
but, just naturally we don’t want to
be thrown into a lake this kind of
—Governor-elect Pinchot has named
Dr. Ellen C. Potter to be state comn-
missioner of Public Welfare. If her
picture in Wednesday’s Ledger doesn’t
libel her certainly she looks just the
man for the job.
—All there seems to be to the Mrs.
Schoellkopf notoriety is the fact that
she had five hundred thousand dollars’
worth of jewels hanging on her when
she was robbed at that New Year's
eve party in New York city. A wom-
an who goes away from home, without
her husband, carrying that amount of
scenery isn’t to be pitied for failure
to carry a property man with her.
—If France wants to seize the
Ruhr why should Washington be irri-
tated, as Wednesday’s dispatches in-
dicate she is? Hasn’t Washington
been insisting for some years that we
have no business meddling ‘i in foreign
affairs, and if that is so why should
our Secretary of State get so peeved
because France has started off to do
some work that he has repeatedly said
is no business of ours.
—1It is reported that Henry Ford is
flirting with our party with a view to
being its candidate for President. On
first consideration such an ambition
seems ridiculous but, after all, Henry
has demonstrated that he is a very
capable and canny business man and
if he could get the cost of government
down anything like he has reduced the
cost of the flivver it might not prove
such a bad experiment at that.
—The gentleman who came kidding
us because on the occasion of our
Jackson day banquet, Monday night,
the lone Republican present, among
one hundred and forty-eight Demo-
crats, had to be called upon to say
Grace, didn’t seem to get the signifi-
cance of the incident. It wasn’t that
those Democrats didn’t know how to
pray. Most of the victories they win
are through prayer, because they nev-
er have enough money to buy elec-
tions. It was because they thought,
in the light of what happened last No-
vember, a Republican would just nat-
urally pray a little harder.
—We hope Charley Reilly was right
id at the Jackson day ban-
Woodrow i}
merely felicitation at the physical re-
covery of the world’s greatest living
statesman. The preservation of
Woodrow Wilson’s mental and phys-
ical faculties is of inestimable value
_ to future constructive policies of this
country, but he will never “run again”
as the sage of the Susquehanna inti-
mates. His will be an advisatorial
contribution in pointing the way out
of the wilderness of chaos we are in.
Woodrow Wilson will never run for
President of the United States, much
as some of us might hope to have him
at the helm once more.
—The Democratic love feast—in
other words the Jackson day banquet
of the Centre county Democrats, Mon-
day night, was satisfying in that it
showed progression. There were more
in attendance than at last year’s din-
ner, more enthusiasm and more hope-
fulness. That is as it should be. There
is every reason for Democracy to be
enthusiastic and hopeful. It offers
the only durable solution of world,
national and State problems and
gradually the individual is coming to
see that our proposals of procedure
are something more than mere ges-
tures to entice temporary acclaim or
favor. They are sound principles upon
which to build govermental structures
without thought of who shall admin-
ister them and enjoy the emoluments
of their administration.
—Now that Penn State has grown a
big boy among the institutions of
learning in our country, like| many in-
dividuals who have sprung to fame
from humble environment, she is un-
ashamed of the days when there was
little up in College township but “the
makins.” Every last little tradition
is being run back to with a pride that
we share in, for we have long thought
that the men who stood by when skies
were leaden and grey and the storms
of adversity threatened to wreck the
school that . Hugh McAllister, Gen.
Beaver, Dr. Pugh and Dr. Atherton,
and their co-workers, really made for
Pennsylvania, have been forgotten in
the glamour of success their foundling
has won. Waiving discussion of the
fact that there would have been no
record of great contributions to civ-
lization by Penn State graduates,
such as is recorded on another page
of this issue, had there been no Penn
State, this delving into old stuff inter-
ests us and we're just going to ask
some of those anthropologists up there
—to dig in alittle and see if this Hon.
George Woodruff who has just been
made Attorney General of Pennsylva- |
nia, isn’t an evolved edition of the |
Geo. Woodruff who used to make
State play as much overtime as it took
for Penn to beat her, when the blue |
and white warriors rode two in an up-
per berth and subsisted on a basket of
sandwiches handed on at Harrisburg
while en route to play on Franklin
field Tor the munificent sum of $135.
_VOL. 68.
NO. =.
Unless the signs are misleading the
harmony that attended the organiza-
tion of the General Assembly last
week will not endure long. Then
“everything was jolly and the goose
hung high.” The machine got the
president and all the officers of the
Senate, but Mr. Pinchot was satisfied.
In the House the machine got the
Speaker and all the officers, but the
Governor-elect was happy and con-
tented. He got all the promises he
wanted from those who got the “ba-
con.” The hand full of “originals”
were not quite jubilant. Senator
Long and Representative Alexander
muttered more or less and talked of
revolt in subdued tones but they didn’t
even ripple the placid surface of the
political sea.
But ten days have elapsed since that
happy event and the complaints of
Senator Long and Representative
Alexander have been taken up by hun-
dreds of others and the murmurs have
grown louder and become menacing.
The “mess at Harrisburg,” they say,
was not all in the executive depart-
ments. There was a good deal of
a mess in the party organization and
considerable need of improvement in
the legislative machinery. The time
to make corrections of these obvious
faults was in the organization of the
General Assembly. But nothing was
accomplished in that direction at that
time, except that Pinchot got prom-
ises and everybody knows of the
analogy between promises and pie
Meantime the storm keeps brewing
and the pot boiling. But there are no
crumbs of comfort falling from the
banquet board into the laps of the
“originals.” They are looking on
with amazement while the machine
bosses are garnering the. spoils of a
victory which they tried with all their
might to prevent. Possibly they will
remain quiet for a brief period to
come. But the worm will turn and
soon after the Governor-elect be-
comes Governor-in-fact there will be
an eruption which is likely to shake
the Forester out of his hip boots. He
| has managed to “work |
said you can’t Fool all the ini all
the time.” :
—Attorney = General Daugherty
looks no better in the coat of white-
wash Congress has given him than he
did before Representative Keller be-
gan to smudge his official character
all up.
Pinchot’s Atterney General.
It has become a custom of the news-
papers to refer to those men who are
considered within the raditis of Mr.
Pinchot’s mental view in relation to
official favors as “long-time friends”
of the Forester. As a rule that is a
figure of speech employed as a buffer
against expected criticism. Literally
speaking Mr. Pinchot has no long-
time friendships among the active pol-
iticians of Pennsylvania. Probably a
dozen years ago not a single active
political worker in the State had ever
heard of Mr. Pinchot, or if his name
had been mentioned would have known
whether he is a Hottentott or an Ice-
lander. His first introduction to pub-
lic notice in Pennsylvania was in 1914
when he became a candidate for Sena-
tor in Congress.
But there is some reason for the
statement that Mr. George W. Wood-
ruff, whom he has selected for the im-
portant office of Attorney General, is
an old-time friend of the Governor-
elect. They were classmates at Yale
and a considerable period of time has
elapsed since they ‘“cavorted on the
campus” together at New Haven.
Subsequently they came together in
Washington and their mutual admi-
ration for Mr. Roosevelt is probably
the “tie that binds” them in friend-
ship as well as the magnet that has
drawn them together in a present pur-
pose to rescue Pennsylvania from
“the criminal conspiracy masquerad-
ing as the Republican party,” in oth-
er words to “clean up the mess at
Mr. Pinchot is rather fortunate,
moreover, in having this amiable ex-
cuse for naming Mr. Woodruff for the
office of Attorney General. He knows
or thinks he knows that his appointee
is a scholar, for they worked together
in solving the problems of college life.
He knows that Mr. Woodruff under-
stands forestry, for they wrought to-
gether in that useful service under
the guidance of the great master. He
may even imagine that Mr. Woodruff
is a lawyer, for he has assigned him
to a lawyer's job and a great many
| distinguished lawyers have filled it
| since William Bradford was commis-
'sioned in 1791. But we know of no
| available evidence on the subject.
Still he may make a good official.
It may be safely said that Mr.
Woodruff will be loyal to Pinchot, and
in that event it is unimportant wheth-
er he understands the iaw or not.
~ Political Storm Yapending, !
An Open Letter to Auditor General 1
Samuel Lewis.
On December 12th, 1922, you authorized the following form letter
to be mailed to “The Board of Trustees or Managers” of the Bellefonte
Hospital :—
December 12, 1922,
I will be pleased to have you answer the following interrogatories and re-
turn same to me at the very earliest date possible,
Beliefonte Hospital, Bellefonte, Pa.
(1) In your opinion is there any duplication in the work performed by
the Traveling Auditors of this Department and that performed by the repre-
sentatives of the Department of Public Welfare? If so, point out briefly in
what particular such duplication occurs.
(2) Has the installation of the uniform system of book-keeping under
the direction of the Commissioner of Public Welfare entailed additional cost?
If so, answer the following interrogatories:
(a) Increase in personnel (NO) —m m8
(b) Additional clerical hire - - Bir diay
(¢) Additional equipment - - - Bsa
(d) Other expenses - - - - ei a eases ve
Total - - - $i cians
Signatures of Trustees or Managers:
Yours very truly,
S. 8. LEWIS,
Auditor General.
Believing that you, Mr. Auditor General, have done much toward
stimulating public interest in the manner of the conduct of public bus-
iness, I take this opportunity to reply to yours of the 12th ult., in an
open letter, with the hope that the Boards of Trustees or Managers of
the many other small hospitals in the State may find their cases fairly
stated along with our own.
I have been actively associated with the management of the
Bellefonte hospital since its organization, in 1908, and during the twen-
ty years of its operation I think the greatest burdens it has had to
carry have been those superimposed by the State that aims to aid it.
Regulations and requirements have multiplied to the point where
an analysis might reveal that the cost of compliance with these, alone,
exceeds or nearly so, the amount actually received from the State in
annual appropriations for aid. I do not presume to say that they are
without merit, but certainly many of the smaller institutions should
have been permitted to adapt them to their needs, rather than have
been compelled to adopt them.
A case in point is our pathological laboratory. Some years ago
we were advised that unless we provide room and equip a patholog-
ical laboratory the continuance of our appropriation would be en-
dangered and the standing of the nurses graduated from our training
school would be adversely affected. A laboratory and equipment was
provided at a an 3 outlay of over two thousand ¢ dollars and today is noth-
; ere is so little actual
physicians requiring’ b 0 counts and other very scientific laboratory
investigations prefer to have the work done in the larger laboratories
in the cities where experts : are in charge.
There are many cases involving corresponding increase in our
overhead that I might here cite, but I refer especially to this one be-
cause it so aptly illustrates the folly of the State’s failure to differen-
tiate between the larger and the smaller institutions when placing
proscriptions on them.
There are four Departments functioning at Harrisburg that have
a finger in the operation of the hospitals of the State: I refer to the
Auditor General’s Department, The Department of Public Welfare,
The Department of Public Health and the Pennsylvania State Board of
Examiners for Registration of Nurses. From one or more of these
sources have come demands that have involved the local institutions
in additional maintenance cost out of all proportion to possible ad-
vantage gained.
The matter of affiliating our nurses in training with a larger in-
stitution, basing the necessity therefor on a minimum number of beds,
seems to be an arbitrary and needlessly expensive imposition. If the
small institutions of the State are to be compelled to send their best—
their Senior nurses—to some larger institution for periods ranging
from two to six months how are these hospitals to continue to function
without employing graduate nurses at high salaries to carry on while
their Seniors are absent? Personally I was able to show Dr. Martin
last year that the Bellefonte nurses had actually had many hours more
operating room experience than the nurses in the institution they had
been commanded to affiliate with and their experience was all under
a Fellow of the American College of Surgery who happens to be the
consulting surgeon at a nearby hospital the nurses of which see his
operations only on occasion yet are not required to affiliate’ simply be-
cause that institution has a few more beds than ours.
You will probably be thinking, Mr. Auditor General, that I am.
wandering far from the subject you have written us about. In a sense
I am, but I am trying to lead up to it by reference to matters that con-
tribute largely to the drain upon-the State’s resources the real neces-
sity for whieh are scarcely apparent to me as a layman.
In watching our overhead grow without corresponding increase
in the per capita service rendered I have thought often that the time
must come when either the State will have to carry the cost of the new
requirements it imposes or small hospitals will have to close their
doors—the costs cannot be passed on to the patients, for already the
charges we are imposing are such that only a very rich person can
afford to be ill at all.
Naturally with such thoughts in my mind and concern for an in-
stitution that I have long labored for I have continually been on the
lookout for methods of saving that I felt my own judgment was com-
petent to pass upon. Being a printer the matter of the charts, blanks
and other record making devices used in our institution eame under
my observation. I conceived the idea that if they could be standard-
ized for use in all the hospitals of the State a great saving in printing
biils, alone, could be effected.
Thereupon I wrote to Dr. J. M. Baldy, Commissioner of Public
Welfare, under date of February 25th, 1922, setting forth my sugges;
tiens as follows: AE THN
Bellefonte, Pa, February bth, 1922
Dr. J. M. Baldy, Commissioner of. Rubli¢ Welfare,
Harrisburg, Pa.
My dear Mr. Commissioner: ee
‘The Superintendent of our hospital, Miss A. E. Eckert, has shown
me the communications from your Department as well as those the
State Board of Examiners for Registration of Nurses and the Audit-
or General’s Department all recently received.
Continued on page 4 column 4),
ort an expe pathologist and :
Th ! "Taxpayer Burdens on Free Mail,
A Human Problem.
. From the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
| It is vital and imperative that the
sum Germany can pay in reparations
| shall be fixed and that it shall stand
| when fixed. The pressure of that need
is behind the indirect, half-secret ne-
| gotiations under way ‘between London
iand Washington, Berlin and Wash-
. ington and Berlin and London.
| Until that sum is fixed, it is a waste
! of breath to talk of American help in
| | Europe. The Old World is in a pit of
tits own digging and cannot get out
| until this has been settled. Since the
Allies cannot agree among themselves,
| to say nothing of agreeing with Ber-
lin, it is proposed that America shall
i be called in and that Americans shall
act as a beard of appraisers and arbi-
i trators. This board of men of affairs,
bankers and business men is to survey
German resources and ability to pay.
Fixing these revised penalties is the
first step; but something more than a
cold-blooded, statistical survey and ap-
praisal is needed if any settlement is to
endure. In the masses of figures, the
totaling of resources and the gather-
ing of data the human elements of the
problem must not be forgotten.
Any settlement that is worth the
paper it is written upon must take in-
to account the fact that it is dealing
with the work, the hopes and terrors
of human beings who must live and
hope and work under that settlement.
There must be some touch of idealism,
some recognition of the deeper human
phases of the problem, in any solution
that is offered. There must be in it
justice for the German as well as for
the Frenchman and the Belgian.
We have had these before. They
have resulted in the fall of the mark,
in the playing of panic politics, the
rise of prices and the disappearance
of German capital. While Germany
has been committing industrial and
financial suicide she has weakened all
Europe. The sands have been running
out in the Old World. The German
panic is beginning to spread through
Central Europe.
A new moral atmosphere must be
created and the bickerings of the last
six months must be quieted. In the
last two months all European confi-
dence has been shattered. Repara-
tions have been made a political rath-
er than a financial problem.
It will be the task of any commis-
sion Shak Jieriakes to deal with the
situation to mak 4
su: as well as a ER
to take the polities out of it as far as
possible. If Europe does not want us
to deal with it in any way, we may as
well stay on this side of the Atlantic.
Secretary Fall’s Failure.
From the Springfield Republican.
Mr. Fall has been marooned in the
cabinet. When he was a Senator dur-
ing the preceding Administration he
had specialized as a critic of Wilson’s
Mexican policy, and he found the
going very jolly. When the League of
Nations issue came up he was con-
spicuous among the bitter-enders. As
the special representative of that pow-
erful element in the Senate Mr. Fall
entered the new cabinet. He began
to shrink in the public eye from the
day he committed that blunder. A
Senator rarely shifts from the Senate
to the cabinet with results flattering
to his prestige, and few Senators now-
adays will consent to risk the change.
Mr. Fall's greatest service to the
country while he has been in the cabi-
net was in persuading the President
to advocate the ratification by the
Senate of the $25,000,000 compensa-
tion treaty with Colombia. A less
conspicuous service, perhaps, was his
declination of the President’s offer of
a place on the bench of the United
States Supreme court.
————— erent.
Robberies With No Death.
From the Chicago Tribune.
Sir Basil Thompson, former chief of
Scotland Yard, recently in Chicago,
said what most Americans know, tg be.
true. An English crook does not work
with a gun. If he is caught with it,
he goes in for life. He stays in for
life.. For this reason the English’
zen keeps his life when assaulted by a
crook. Americans . evidently prefer
that there should be no prohibition of
the manufacture of the one hand gun,
no real penalty for the carrying of it
and a doubtful penalty for the use of
it. The majority of Americans are as
law-abiding as the majority of Eng-
lishmen, but they are not law-enforec-
Football Coach Best Paid.
From the New York Herald.
Through its ambition for gridiron
triumphs, Salem, Mass., has started
a discussion which is spreading all
through New England. Salem pays
its Mayor $300 a year. Its superin-
tendent of schools receives $4200, the
principal of the High school $3500,
its city councilors $500 each. Now it
has engaged a coach for the High
school football team at a guaranteed
sly of $5500
From the Indianapolis News.
Senator Walsh (Dem., Mass.) would
be a good deal more in accord with
popular sentiment if, by way of equal-
ization, he would. abolish the frank-.
ing privilege of the “ins” instead. of
extending it to the “outs.” The, ulti-
mate taxpayer finds no Joy in pa ing’
for the ‘political’ campaigns of of ce-
| —Falling 75 feet “over or the side of a strip~
{ ping, Matthew Shima was killed at Bea-
ver Brook.
| "—Qeorge N. Krause, aged 62 years, a
| Milton hardware merchant, dropped dead
at his place of business.
—Mrs. Hannah Shook, aged 81 years,
i tripped and fell down stairs at her home
in Berwick, fracturing a hip.
—Freeland union carpenters have sub-
' mitted a demand for $1 an hour to build-
ers, the seale to become effective April
—Owing to the illness of Commissioner
Connelley the meeting of the Industrial
Board scheduled for January 10th has been
postponed for a week.
—Mrs. Albert A. Kissinger, of Lock Ha-
ven, was instantly killed Sunday evening
when she was struck by a Pennsylvania
railroad train at a crossing in that city.
—The superintendent of the Hunting-
don plant of Pierce, Butler & Pierce,
manufacturers of radiators, received no-
tice to increase its capacity 50 per cent.
—The Milton plant of the American Car
and Foundry company has received an ad-
ditional order for five hundred tank cars
from the Union Tank Line. The company
will erect five new dwellings in addition
to those it already owns. These will be
used for employees.
—A party of expert safecrackers early
Saturday morning broke into the office of
the warehouse of the Flory Milling com-
pany, at Nazareth, Pa., blew the safe open
with a charge of dynamite, and escaped,
taking with them $158 in cash and the last
will and testament of the manager of the
place, Thomas Snyder.
—The dream which David BE. Gorman,
manager of the Atlantic Refining company,
at Clearfield, had Thursday night, came
true on Friday, when the automobile in
whieh he was riding was broken to pieces
and he lost his life in a collision with a
passenger train on the New York Central
railroad near Clearfield.
—Taking his inspiration from the pic-
ture he had just seen, a movie fan remain-
ed after the show Saturday night at the
Liberty Theatre in New Kensington and
carried away the safe containing $600. He
left a note explaining that his act had been
suggested by the film, and that after see-
ing the picture he had decided ‘not to go
home broke.”
—Dr. Herbert J. Bryson, who was con-
victed of murder in second degree at the
September court in Huntingdon county,
for killing his common law wife, Helen
Irene Haines, wife of Bruce Haines, of
Washington, last April, while the couple
were living at Cassville, Huntingdon coun-
ty, was refused a new trial by Judge Bai-
ley last Friday and sentenced to from four-
teen to eighteen years in the western pen-
itentiary. Brysons’ defense was insanity.
—Confessing to firing the bullet that
killed Mrs. Lydia Lape, Edward E. Ends-
ley, a farmer residing at Revere, four
miles southwest of Uniontown, has been
paroled on condition that he pay John
Lape, the infant child of the slain woman,
$500 for maintenance. Endsley admitted
that last July 12, he shot at a half dozen
women to scare them out of a berry patch
on the farm of John Harris, his father-in-
law. One of the bullets struck Mrs. Lape
and killed her.
1 —Working only a few feet from a watch- .
man’s box which is punched hourly, yeggs
last Friday evening opened the safe of the
Champion Blower and Forge company
along the main line of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, near Lancaster, and stole $1247
in cash, stocks and bonds and other valua-
bles. A railroad gateman, less than 100
yards away, failed to notice anything
wrong in the office. Neither did he notice
suspicious characters early in the even-
ing lurking about the big plant.
—The Greensboro Gas company, of
Pittsburgh, has leased a large territory in
the gas field of Indiana county and will
soon begin drilling. The company has
filed ninety leases for recording, ten of
which cover land in Grant township, twen-
ty-eight in Mentgomery township, forty-
one in Banks township and eleven in Canoe
township. Only a few days ago a well,
producing 500,000 feet of gas daily, was
brought in on the Carl Milliren farm, lo-
cated not far from the Pittsburgh com-
pany holdings. :
~—Drilling a well at Mifflinville, a village
six miles from Bloomsburg, W. A. Gilbert
last week struck a vein of anthracite coal
more than fifteen feet in’ thickness on the
property of George Rheads. Excitement in’
the village followed the discovery, for al-’
though the drills have gone fifteen feet in- :
to the vein, they have not yet penetrated!
it. This is the first ‘discovery of coal west®
of Mocanaqua, eighteen miles up ‘the: river.
The extent of the vein is not know hut,
other holes will be drilled to.
length and breadth.
7 pi
—Arrested on a harge of arson in
ection with the burning of barn: on th
rm. of D., K. Kerstetter, six
f Shamokin, Harold Long, 18
esiding on a neighboting farm, .
confession to state police, admitting his
guilt and’ implicating K Ke rstetter, owner. of
the farm’, The’ structure’ was set on 1
stroying it, so that the farmer could cols
lect the insurance, “ Ea AEN sy
. —John J.’ Morey, a special vestigdtor,
has brought suit: against the Peoples Trust
company, Wyomissing, for $17,487 of the
$20,000 reward offered for the return of
listed securities stolen February 4, 1921, si
when the bank was robbed of $180,000, jin,
cash and securities. Morey asserts ‘he in- |
duced Harry Bernstein, one of the rob-
bers, to return $66,000 of the $103,500 in
stolen securities. His claim is in pro-
portion to the amount recovered. Twenty- ’
three other persons have sued for, + the
$5,000 reward for/the bandits ‘thémbelve
six of whom are in, prison. Be
— After an idl ss of toll ronry, ‘the Di
Bois plant ‘of the Reliance Window Glass
company is” to beiput: into blat again, Kit
January 29th; “according to.’an’announce- |
the; new, superintendent. Fires ‘will « be |
It is’ ‘proposed to operate the: ilu at: tsi
maximum capacity for. the full five fae 1ths
run of the last period, of the preadlt’ t*
making’ season. eo ‘Almost: 300 pei i
2 pd
and laborers . (Willd
During the’ {dl
seekers. a
ment by E." Majot; cof ' Maumee, Indiana, :
lighted under . the’ tanksg early Yu nexty week. Wi
Cn By ent