Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 15, 1923, Image 7

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Deworeaic aca,
Bellefonte, Pa., June 15, 1923.
MEN-—Rev. Robert Collier.
By L. A. Miller.
I have an admiration for self made
men. I have made a study of them to
some extent, and from careful observa-
tions, I sincerely believe Robt. Collier
the greatest in the world. Numerous
observers trace a personal resemblance
of Robt. Collier to Henry Ward
Beecher. Both gentlemen were phy-
sically large, heavy, solid men, en-
dowed with strength, vigor, and power
of endurance. ‘Their fathers were
blacksmiths, who bequeathed to their
children sound health and strong
lungs, with, to human appearance, a
long lease of life. They were bold,
plucy and original and had an inclina-
tion to seize the bit in the mouth and
run away with those who dare follow,
heedless of a straight and narrow
track, into a broader area, not walled
in by creeds, nor barred by toll-gates
of sectarian sentiment.
They possess the gift of fancy,
they are humane, generous and over-
flowing with emotion—just one lit-
tle incident regarding Henry Ward
Beecher, over a half century ago,
the writer being one of the ori-
ginal charter members (and now the
last one living) of the Logan Hose
Co. of Bellefonte; the organization be-
ing in its infancy felt the need of
money to further their interests. The
writer was instructed to inquire of
Mr. Beecher for his consideration for
delivering one of his famous lectures.
He replied saying I will cheerfully
come—my price is $200. Yours in
Christ—one of the boys remarked that
seems like a Christly big price. How-
ever, we ordered the distinguished
Divine to report on a certain date,
which he did; we had a packed hall,
paid the Rev’d his $200 and fortu-
nately had quite a handsome balance
to place to our credit. ;
Now then to my topic—Mr. Collier
was principally self-taught, being the
graduate of a smithy, where he picked
up items of intelligence from borrow-
ed books while blowing the bellows,
fixing the facts in his memory when
striking the hot iron. While young
Collier was working at his trade in
England as a journeyman blacksmith,
and airing his eloquence on Sundays,
as a Methodist exhorter, he proved a
great centre of attraction.
The people flocked to his church
like particles to the magnet. It goes
without saying that Mr. Collier was
gifted with clear common sense, which
often, when stirred with feeling ap-
proximated to genius——indeed, he had
the plain, honest earnest and enthu-
siastic manner of speech and flow of
thought which we baptize with our
tears, and call eloquence. He had a
talent for thinking, and the courage
to say what he thinks. He struck for
what he considered “the right and the
truth” as hard as he ever smote the
red hot metal in the anvil, and the
sparks of his ideality flew in all di-
rections, falling in fire upon the
hearts of his appreciative hearers to
warm and inspire them with the hope
and zeal for the cause of humanity
and justice. From the repertoire of
his experience, he presented facts
and illustrations which commanded
attention. Phrenologically speaking,
he had a very large comparison and
large causality. Hence he reasoned
well—more, however, by the use of
illustrations than from effect to cause,
and back again; and yet he was not
deficient in the use of the latter va-
riety of logic. He had a great flow
of choice language, using generally
the simplest Saxon preferring the
strong “hooks of steel” to the woven
syllables of silk to hold his thoughts
together in his essays and discourses.
Unlike some of his cloth, he did not
soften a reproof nor smooth his de-
nunciations of selfishness to please
the offender—neither did he “stroke
the sinner against the fur,” to start
the electricity of his wrath.
A gentleman once stopped his horse
near a smithy in a Yorkshire village.
On entering it, he hardly arrested the
attention of a boy who seemed to be
absorbed in the work of blowing the
bellows. - Closer observation revealed
the presence of a book, placed on a
shelf near the lad’s head, with its
pages kept open by two bits of iron.
Each time he brought down the bel-
lows or released it, he appeared to
catch a sentence from the book. That
boy was Robert Collier, who was born
December 8, 1823, at Keichley, a vil-
lage in Yorkshire, England. His
father was an uneducated blacksmith,
though regarded as one of the best
workmen at the forge in Yorkshire.
In 1844, while working at his trade,
without warning he fell dead. Robert
was sent to school quite early in his
childhood and remained four years,
and this was all the schooling he ever
He quickly learned to read, and
soon became thoroughly conversant
with the few books owned by his par-
ents, viz: The Bible, the “Young
Man’s Companion,” “Pilgrim’s Prog-
gress,” and “Robinson Crusoe.” His
father was then living at Fewstone
Parish where the children of the poor
worked in the linen factories, and
from eight or nine to fourteen Robert's
life was spent in this way. Then he
left the linen factory and was ap-
prenticed to a blacksmith at Ilkley;
and to the twelve years spent at the
Ilkley forge, he doubtless owed a
strength of lungs and a robust frame
exceedingly rare in the clerical pro-
fession. While at Ilkley all the money
he could save was invested in books
which he kept on a shelf in the smithy,
and as he blew the bellows he kept an
open volume before him, and snatched
now and then a sentence as has been
described. He made many a good
horse shoe and was always proud of
his achievement in this direction, dur-
ing that apprenticeship his future was
decided. In 1847, influenced by the
Rev, N. N. Bland, of Montreal, Cana-
da, who at the time made a deep im-
pression on the Yorkshireman, Mr.
Collier was converted to Methodism,
and in the following year, while still
wielding the hammer at Ilkley on
week days he attended the neighbor-
ing Methodists’ chapels on Sundays.
His first experience in preaching was
gained in this manner, at the same
time he continued his studies assidu-
ously, and gradually prepared him-
self for his life-work as a minister.
In 1850 he concluded to emigrate
to America, and it was on the 11th
of May that he landed in this coun-
try, accompanied by his wife, and a
week later went to work at his trade
in Shoemakerstown, Pa. Having
brought letters introducing him to the
Philadelphia conference he was grant-
ed a license as a local preacher. At
Shoemakerstown, as at Ilkley, he pur-
sued his trade as a smith on work
days, and on Sundays exhorted in the
little chapels wherever he could find
an audience. It was customary thei
for local preachers to support them-
selves mainly, and for the ten years he
thus labored, what salary he received
from the conference amounted as he
himself said, to “one almanac, various
little household necessaries and ten
dollars in money.” Later Mr. Collier
became the preacher of the second
Unitarian society of Chicago, the new
church grew so rapidly that a new
edifice was built, which has been
widely known as Unity Church, the
congregation becoming one of the
largest and most flourishing in the
northwest. Mr. Collier was regarded
one of the features of the great lake
city, and inseparably identified with
Unity Church. After twenty years of
hard work in connection of the society,
he hesitatingly decided to accept the
urgent invitation of the church of the
Messiah in New York city.
It seems strange, but it looks as
though there is something in a trade
as well as in a name. Elihu Burritt
was a learned blacksmith; Lyman
Beecher was a logical and eloquent
blacksmith. Does the iron get into
the blood of the blacksmiths, without
getting into their souls? Is the flame
on the forge a beacon that lures wis-
dom and industry to join with am-
bition in search for knowledge and
fame? Can the music of the ringing
anvil drive away sloth and indolence
and soothe the evil passions and ap-
petites of the bronzed heroes of labor?
Is it possible that the sparks flying
in showers under the thunder of the
hammer suggests stars of thought in
the firmament of fancy and imagina-
Is the physical exertion that con-
quers the resistance of the obstinate
metal and moulds it to suit the taste
of the workmen conducive to self-
management? When they strike,
they strike for wages, and with honest
sweat they win honest bread. They
earn their bread before they eat it,
and they are strangers to indigestion
and the “blues.” Longfellow, who
was proud of his relationship to a
blacksmith, has made him immortal.
The man who steps from the forge
to the rostrum and rises and arises to
distinction as a teacher of multitudes,
reflects honor upon humanity; but he
who is ashamed of labor, and yet
eats the food others have earned, is
like the fifth wheel of a wagon, out
of place.
ref Ap ———
Real Estate Transfers.
Simon Giff, et ux, to Jennie M.
Brooks, tract in Philipsburg; $3,000.
Alfred G. Fleckenstein, et ux, to
Simon Giff, tract in Philipsburg; $500.
Irvin B. Showers, et ux, to Chester
P. Miles, tract in Milesburg; $200.
Augustus Witherite’s heirs to Fred
M. Witherite, tract in Union town-
ship; $3,000.
Adam H. Krumrine, et ux, to Mar-
tin W. Lissee, tract in State College;
Alice T. Weaver, et bar, to Emaline
Nelson, tract in Bellefonte; $100.
Harold I. Holly, et ux, to Grant
Heaton, tract in Rush township; $1.
John H. Croft, et ux, to Joseph B.
Merryman, tract in Snow Shoe; $10.
Annie Cakalasski to Demetrey Saf-
ronor, tract in Rush township; $7,000.
Mary J. Daley, et al, to William A.
Heverly, et ux, tract in Curtin town-
ship; $1,600. -
A. J. Flegal, et ux, to H. D. Bige-
lew, et ux, tract in Philipsburg; $4,-
Harry Dukeman, sheriff, to H. L.
Orr, tract in Spring township; $44.35.
Caroline Maize’s heirs to Joshua
Rossman, tract in Aaronsburg; $1,805.
Mrs. Lew Levi to John Quici, et ux,
tract in Bellefonte; $800.
Tammie L. Keller to John Wilson,
tract in Linden Hall; $2,000.
Tammie L. Keller, et al, to John
Wilson, tract in Linden Hall; $1.
Harvey Heaton, et al, Exr., to Hen-
ry J. Heaton, tract in Boggs township;
Harvey Heaton, et al, Exr., to
Mitchell A. Poorman, et ux, tract in
Boggs township; $1,800.
George P. Bell to Curtis W. Solt,
tract in Taylor township; $1.
Oscar J. Harm, et ux, to Wm. R.
Quick, tract in Snow Shoe; $800.
Jacob Marks to Michael Ferdinand
Hazel, tract in Pleasant Gap; $125.
Allen J. Fye to Priscilla A. Fye,
tract in Burnside township; $1.
Myra E. McKee, et bar, to Daisy B.
Henderson, tract in Bellefonte; $7,900.
Joseph Cunkle, et bar, to Ruth N.
Bair, tract in Chester Hill; $10.
Ruth N. Bair to Theresa Cunkle,
tract in Philipsburg; $10.
Beat the Stock Swindler.
J. E. Ferris, member of Board of
Governors, Investment Bankers’ Asso-
ciation of America, gives the follow-
ing sound advice regarding invest-
“Rule 1—Never permit a high-pres-
sure salesman to rush you into buy-
ing without ample time for considera-
tion and analysis.
“Rule 2—If the concern whose stock
is offered you is a new or development
enterprise of any kind, study careful-
ly the literature and financial state-
ment, and if not capable of analyzing
them, take them to your investment or
commercial banker for examination.
“Rule 3—Confine your transactions
to permanently established investment
houses, brokers and bankers of estab-
lished reputation and responsibility.
“Rule 4—Avoid the one-call and
high-presure salesman who insists on
your order and states he will not call
again and is offering you the opportu-
nity of a life-time.
TO $1.25.
The new game law passed by the
Legislature was signed by Governor
Pinchot last week, and is now effect-
ive. It increases the resident hunter’s
license fee from $1 to $1.25 and non-
resident fees from $10 to $15. The
license period is changed from the
calendar year to May 1 to April 30.
The open season for game is left
unchanged, except wild water fowl
which has a season from October 1 to
January 15, and raccoon from October
1 to February 15. A three-day open
season for doe deer following the male
season may be declared by the com-
mission on petition, in any county
where deer become numerous enough
to damage crops.
The special deputy game protectors
are abolished and the commission is
allowed to name, with the Governor’s
approval, as many deputy game pro-
tectors as may be desirable.
Licenses may be revoked for one or
two years for a first offense against
the game law and for two or three
years for subsequent offenses. Boys
under 16 years of age are not requir-
ed to secure a license to trap furbear-
ing animals.
Bag limits are unchanged by the
act. The commission is given power
to extend seasons for squirrels, rab-
bits and woodcock upon petition and
if conditions exist which warrant such
action. Hunting may be done one-
half hour before sunrise and one-half
hour after sunset. It is unlawful now
to dig, cut or smoke live game out of
its den or place of refuge and the use
of any kind of mechanically propelled
boat, craft or vehicle in taking game
is specifically prohibited. Steel jack-
eted bullets are illegal, this change
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Silvertowns and
you can forget
the rest—that’s
our experience.
N. Wat r Street
Long Run
being made especially for the protec-
tion of hunters.
The bounty on wildeats has been in-
creased from $8 to $15 and on gray
foxes from $2 to $4, while on weasels
it was reduced from $2 to $1.
The only bird added to the protect-
ed list is the raven which is now very
scarce in Pennsylvania.
——Judge Gary’s voice is potent in
the industrial world but he will never
be able to argue the twelve hour day
into popularity among workers.
—Get your job work done here.
The Economy of
Appeals to every family in these
days. From no other medicine can you
get so much real medicinal effect as
from this. It is a highly concentrated
extract of several valuable medicinal
ingredients, pure and wholesome. The
dose is small, only a teaspoonful three
times a day.
Hood’s Sarsaparilla is a wonderful
tonic medicine for the blood, stom-
ach, liver and kidneys, prompt in giv-
ing relief. It is pleasant to take,
agreeable to the stomach, gives a
thrill of new life. Why not try it?
June 21, July 5, 19, 26, August 2, 9,
16, 23, 30, September 13, 27, and
October 11.
Eastern Standard Time
Round $11.16 trio
From Bellefonte
Tickets good in parlor or sleeping cars
on payment of usual charges for space
occupied, including surcharge.
For details and time of trains, consult
Ticket Agent. Ask for booklet.
B&5=The Ideal Route to Niagara Falls,
giving a daylight ride through beau-
tiful Susquehanna Valley.
Proportionate fares from other points.
Tickets good for 16 days.
Pennsylvania R. R. System
The Route of the Broadway Limited 23-5t
and in a short time you will have a car of
your own. Then all “out-of-doors” will be
yours to enjoy with your family.
Think of the comfort, the pleasure and
happiness which will be yours.
Buy your car under the terms of the
For as little as $5, you can select the Ford
you want and place your order at once. We
will put this money in a local bank for you
—at interest. Each week you add a little
more. This also draws interest. Soon your
payments, plus the interest earned, makes
the car your own. Come in! Let us give
you full particulars about this new plan.
Bellefonte, Pa.
State College, Pa.
Hood's Sarsaparilla g8
| $208 $2.98
Big Reduction
in Ladies Oxfords
We have placed on sale about one
thousand pairs of Ladies Low Shoes
at $2.98. These shoes comprise all
the White Canvas and White Buck
Oxfords we have in the store, also
Tan and Black Vici Kid Oxfords and
StrapgPumps—all with Rubber Heels.
The reason for this reduction is the
lateness of the Spring season, and we
must move them at a loss.
If yoy are in Need of Shoes of this Kind
Come to Yeager’s $2.98 Sale
Yeager's Shoe Store
Bush Arcade Building BELLEFONTE, PA.
Come to the “Watchman” office for High Class Job
Lyon & Co.
Lyon & Co.
Means Summer Needs
Here you Find the Newest, Best, Lowest Prices
400 yards Fine Batist in all colors. These must all go
at 35c. Voiles, Swisses, Satines, Eponges—all this
season’s goods—at prices for quick selling.
We are featuring the Ath-
letic Girdle, all elastic and
semi-elastic, from $2.00 up.
Our Royal Worcester at $1.00 is the best value. Bon
Ton from $2.50 to $10.00.
Silk and
Wool Sweaters Sweaters in light colors—slip
overs. Also Silk Sweaters in
Tuxedo. In the wool we can give you slip-overs, all
Shoes, Pumps Ladies Slippers, Pumps and Ox-
Bon Ton and
Royal Worcesters
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Just received a large line of Silk
colors. Brushed wool and the new two-toned Sweater
. l—— ad Cl a
Summer Coats 42 Coats—Ladies, Misses and’
Children, including a few Wraps
and Capes. These must go—now the low prices will
and Oxfords fords — White Cordivan Sport
Styles, and Black Satin—from
$2.50 up.
Mens Shoes Mens and Boys Shoes for dress and
at very low prices. We invite comparisons.
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