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—The first half of 1923 is gone.
—Yes, thank you, the finger is well
enough to push a pencil again.
- —A New York jury has convicted
a woman of first degree murder, but
that doesn’t mean that she will finaliy
pay the penalty in the death chamber.
—Vegetation is practically dried up.
‘The recent rains might help some but
for the most part early garden pro-
«duce ana fruit will be small and of in-
—The million dollar joy-ride on the
Leviathan ended last Sunday and all
of Lasker's guests are enthusiastic
over the pleasure they had riding on
the sea while the rest of us were dig-
ging for the million to pay for their
—Geraldine Farrar has been granted
her divorce from Lou Tellegen and
with it given the right to resume her
maiden name and take a fresh gan-
der, should one turn up. But pity
poor Lou! The law denies him the
right to grab a fresh goose.
—Hogs are bringing only six and
three-quarter cents a pound in the
Chicago market. The price is the low-
est recorded since the last year of
Taft’s administration, in 1912. Re-
publican policies are surely calculated
to make the farmer’s life a happy one
—we don’t think.
—An now we're going to seize the
foreign ships that bring liquor under
their own governmental seals into our
territorial waters. It is the only thing
to do by which we can hope to com-
mand respect for our laws, but the
consequences of it may be more far-
reaching than some of us are able to
—Next week we take off. Nothing
doing but fishing and loafing about a
camp in the mountains. If you feel
like it we would be glad to have you
come to visit us during the week. All
you’ll have to do is eatch what trout
you hope to eat, take your turn at
washing dishes and carrying wood
and sleep out in the open if you snore
loud enough to disturb the slumbers
of those who don’t.
—1It would be interesting to know
just how much the tenants in Mr.
Heverly’s new flats, on Allegheny
street, would give to have those grand
old elm trees casting their cooling
shade over them these days. The les-
son of this section and the Bishop and
Allegheny street corner is one that
owners of property in those sections
have paid dearly for and while it is
too late for them to correct their mis-
takes we feel certain that their advice
to others will be to preserve the trees,
wherever possible. i:
“—Mr. Bryan was in Altoona Tues-
day, talking to the Presbyterians as-
sembled for their annual get-to-gether.
meeting at Lakemont. He closed his
speech with these words: “The church
cannot lower its standards to get in
smart young men, educated fellows
with big heads, who would not come
in as little children.” Some time ago
we announced that we were with Mr.
Bryan in his fight for preservation of
the fundamentals of faith. It has not
been often that we have been with
him, but it has not been often that he
has championed an issue so vital to
the future welfare and happiness of
—The locusts sure got on our
nerves. From morning ’til night we
heard nothing but their monotonous
drone, wherever we went. It was such
a mournful, depressing sound, too, to
be always in one’s ears. And it made
us think so much of the last day of
dear old “Daddy” Steele. He was on
his death bed. The end was not far
off and a few good Methodist sisters
had gathered in his humble little home
over on north Thomas street to “ease”
him “over the falls.” “Daddy” roused
from the coma that he had fallen into
the day before, and asked some one to
sing. Immediately a quavering little
soprano began: “Hark! from the
Tomb, a Mournful Sound!” She got
just far enough for the passing old
saint to recognize what she was start-
ing, when ‘he opened his eyes, smiled,
said: “Stop that. Sing something
cheerful,” and then closed them again
for the last time. And, always, after
the locusts came, we had what must
have been the same reaction to their
doleful song that “Daddy” had to the
good sister’s “Hark! from the Tomb,
a Mournful Sound.”
—This Mrs. McCauley lady, of Bea-
ver, who has followed Marcus Aaron,
of Pittsburgh, in resigning from the
State council of education, threatens
to be Pinchot’s Mrs. Bellamy Storer.
Either he’s got to call the lady a liar
or let a lot of people think that that’s
what he is, one himself. She tells him,
right to his teeth, that he and Mrs.
Pinchot sought her out, because she
was president of the State school di-
rector’s association, and secured her
promise to support him in the primary
on his verbal promise that he would
re-appoint Mr. Finegan Superintend-
ent of Public Instruction. And, to add
insult to injury, she reveals Gif. in
the new role of Mr. Henry Peck by
writing him that “your campaign
manager (Mrs Pinchot)” gave her the
same verbal promise. Cordelia is
home. She arrived from Europe F'ri-
day. She can speak for herself, but
what’s Gif. going to do about it. If
he rises up and says Mrs. McCauley
is fabricating every body will jump on
him for calling names at a lady. If
he don’t; every body will say what is
the truth: You told us last fall that
there wasn’t a string to you and that
you hadn’t made a promise to any one.
STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION.
BELLEFONTE, PA., JU
President Harding’s Queer Ideas.
President Harding has made some |
very absurd statements and advanced
some strangely preposterous ideas
since he left Washington on his cam-
paign trip through the West, but he
touched the climax in his speech in!
Denver, Colorado. He must have
School System the Victim.
In resigning her seat in the State
Council of Education Mrs. E. Grace
McCauley, of Beaver, Pa., not only
administers a sharp rebuke to Gov-
ernor Pinchot but makes a charge of
grave moral and official delinquency
against him. She declares that during
Harding’s Absurd Proposition.
In his St. Louis speech President |
i There are three words, the sweetest words
Harding has practically surrendered
to Senator Lodge on the question of
the world court. In submitting the
proposition at the close of the last
Congress the President indicated cer-
tain reservations which, though of lit-
imagined that the people he was ad- | the campaign for the nomination last tle value, might have been accepted
dressing are as dense as the moun- | spring, Mr. Pinchot promised, as a bya majority of the Senators and the
tains about the city in which he was ' consideration for her support, that court itself. But Senator Lodge pro-
an honored guest.
For example, he 'in the event of his nomination and : tested that more drastic reservations
repeated the foolish statement pre-election he would reappoint Dr. Fine- | must be made and now the President
viously made in a letter, that the re- |
peal of the prohibition enforcement
act by the New York Legislature was |
a form of nullification. Nullification |
is defined as “rendering void and of |
no effect.” The legislation in question
simply left to federal authority the
enforcement of the federal laws.
In the same connection he declared
that in repealing the enforcement act
the New York Legislature had relin-
quished its sovereignty. In repealing |
the law the Legislature of New York '
most emphatically expressed its sov- |
ereign right to control its own police
power and legislate as it pleased on
questions of domestic policy. If there
is any element of surrender of scv-
ereignty in that it is not perceptible
to the average intelligence. If the
Legislature of New York had forbid
the federal authorities to enforce acts
of Congress with the State it would
have committed an act of nullifica-
tion. But it didn’t do anything of the
kind, and in approving the legislation
the Governor cordially invited the
federal authorities to “help them-
President Harding, in lamenting the
surrender of sovereignty by the
States in this matter, says: “It will
be necessary, at large expense, to cre-
ate a federal police authority, which
in time will inevitably come to be re-
garded as an intrusion upon and in-
terference with the right of local
authority to manage local concerns.”
From the beginning of the govern-
ment, federal, judicial and police sys-
tems have been maintained to treat
violators of Acts of Congress, and all
violators of postal laws or other Acts
of Congress have been tried in such
courts and under such auspices.
‘Only the enforcement of the Vol-,
stead act requires the co-operation of
both courts and police and at an ex-
pense in one year greater than all the
others from the beginning.
——There is some comfort in the
thought that those foolish persons
who are trying to make Governor
Smith, of New York, and Henry Ford |
candidates for President will get tired '
sooner or later.
Only Promises for Soldiers.
The veterans of the World War will
have to wait another year for the
bonus which the Republican machine
has been promising to their ears for
some years. The Supreme court has
declared that constitutional amend-
ments may be voted on this year but
the Attorney General’s office decides
differently. Other amendments may
be voted on this year, but the amend-
ment which provides for the veterans’
bonus must go over until 1924 for
for the reason that the text of the
resolution fixes that year as the time
for the vote. The veterans may be
comforted, meantime, by the practical
certainty that they will get what is
coming to them sometime. But the
time is fixed as far in the future as
When the resolution providing for
this amendment was pending in the
Legislature, attention was called to
the fact that a vote on it by the peo- |
ple might be hastened by an amend-
ment changing the date from 1924 to
gan as Superintendent of Public
Instruction. The constitution of the
State requires all elective officers to
swear that they have not paid or
contributed, or promised to pay or
contribute, any money or other valu-
able thing to procure their nomina-
tion or election.
Upon assuming the duties of the
office of Governor Mr. Pinchot sol-
emnly took that oath. If the state-
ment of Mrs. McCauley is true he
has certainly committed perjury. No
one will deny that an office with a
salary of ten thousand dollars a year
is a valuable thing. If the Governor
promised Mrs. McCauley that in con-
sideration of her support and in-
fluence at the primary election he
would appoint Dr. Finegan to the
office in question, he violated the con-
stitution of the State, and the sub-
sequent betrayal of the promise in no
respect mitigates his offense. On the
contrary it supplements an odious act
by an equally odious pretense and
multiplies the moral turpitude involv-
Thus far there has been no denial :
of the charge made by Mrs. McCau-
ley. Possibly Governor Pinchot
imagines that the constitution of
Pennsylvania is “a scrap of paper”
and may be set aside as it was evaded
when his salary as Commissioner of
Forestry was increased from five to
eight thousand dollars a year. The
more reasonable conjecture is, how-
ever, that the charge is true and can-
not be denied. Mrs. McCauley is a
woman of the highest character, and
public opinion is likely to favor her
in a controversy with the Governor,’
who appears to be habitually careless
of his reputation for “truth and verac
of the State stands to
politics in consequence.
——1It isn’t necessary to leave our
finger prints “in the sands of time.”
The police bureaus will preserve them
if they are worth while.
Chairman Hull’s Hopeful View.
Mr. Cordell Hull, chairman of the
Democratic National committee, takes
a hopeful view of the future of the
Democratic party. He is a member
of Congress with long experience in
public life and wide acquaintance
among public men. Besides that he
has an active and analytical mind and
has given much and careful study to
conditions as they exist. “The rank
and file of the American voters,” he
writes, “have been accustomed to
judge national administrations by re-
sults as they come to the voter. The
first inquiry that will arise in the
mind of the voter next year will be
‘why should we desire another four
years of Harding and Harding nor-
malcy in the light of recent experi-
Having thus set his premise Mr.
Hull proceeds to reason out his con-
clusion. The farmers of the country
are $30,000,000,000 worse off today |
than when Harding was elected and
their future is practically hopeless.
“Why should they want to continue
his administration and policies four
years more?” The American laborer
comes forward with a proposition so
absolutely absurd that no seli-respect-
ing nation already associated with the
court would think of adopting it. He
proposes to make the tribunal per-
manent by investing it with authority
to fill any vacancies that may occur
in the future.
The court is already in operation
with a membership of upward of fifty
nations, including all the important
governments of the world except the
United States. It provides for the
filling of vacancies by the council of
the League of Nations and affords op-
portunity to keep abreast of the prog-
ress of the world. Several vacancies
have already been filled in that way to
the entire satisfaction of those pres-
ent. The proposition of the President
would achieve permanency, ne doubt,
but it would be the type found in the
grave yard. The surviving members
would fill vacancies by choosing men
committed to their own ideas and pur-
poses and utterly ignoring changing
conditions and progress.
President Harding seems to be one
of those curious creatures who imag-
ine they “can fool all the people all
the time,” He opposed the ratifica-
tion of the League of Nations as a
Senator in Congress, not because of
objection to the principles but because
he hoped for partisan advantage.
When he discovered that public senti-
ment favors the League he undertook
to enter by the International Court
opening and when Lodge indicated a
fight he now offers a condition which
he knows is impossible of acceptance
but hopes will afford him shelter in
‘ both camps, He wants to “run with
the hares and hunt with the hounds,”
t is likely to
| ——A certain gentleman was con-
siderably exercised a few days ago
over the belief that Bellefonte’s big
spring was dwindling in capacity. He
happened to pass the spring just at a
time when all the pumps were running
| at full capacity and came to this of-
fice with a story in effect that the
! spring was at least eighteen inches
lower than usual. Had such actually
been the case it would have been a
story of vital interest and importance
to every resident of Bellefonte, but
borough manager J. D. Seibert avers
that the man’s eyes deceived him. He
admits that when all pumps are run-
ning full force the water goes down
about eight inches, to the level of the
top board in the spillway, but that
there has been no decrease in the ca-
pacity of the spring and no cause for
alarm on the part of anybody.
— Last winter, and even up to a
month ago, most everybody was com-
plaining about the cold weather; now
there is just as much complaint be-
! cause it is too hot to be comfortable.
' What a queer world this would be if
, the seasons of hot and cold, sunshine
and shower, could be given to suit the
whims and fancies of every individu-
al. A large pan of scrambled eggs
would look like angel cake alongside
of the weather we would then have.
——As a result of Tuesday’s rain,
1928. The resolution fixing the date | has no greater reason for a desire to | the water in Spring Creek is muddy.
for a vote on the amendment to pro- | re-elect Harding. Tariff taxation has Ordinarily this is not an unusual con-
vide $50,000,000 for the use of the |
Highway Department permitted the |
vote at the next general election and !
the Supreme court declares the next
increased the cost of living so that
working men are unable to lay up any
savings and special privilges have so
dominated the administration, an ele-
dition, but thus far this season it is;
for only twice since April 15th have
the waters been discolored at all,
which indicates the fact that we have
general election to be the election next | ment most unfriendly to the cause of . had no heavy rains in that period.
November. But the politicians are in- |
terested in the funds which go to the
Highway Department. In the dis- |
bursement of that fund there is a
source of graft. But the funds for !
the bonus holds out no such allure-
The war veterans are getting used
to disappointments, however, and this !
postponement of provision for them
will not worry them much. Three
years ago the Republican National
convention promised them a bonus in
the event of Harding’s election, but
two sessions of Congress have since
come and gone and the pledge is un-
fulfilled. The President gave as an
excuse for this delinquency that funds
were low and a day or two later he
urged a subsidy to ship owners which
would require quite as much money
as the soldiers asked. Since that
various extravagances have been in-
dulged in by the administration
which in the aggregate would have
cancelled the claims of the soldiers.
But they get nothing but promises.
——1It is safe to say that the histo-
ry of Henry Ford’s campaign for
President is “bunk.”
labor, that “it has gobbled up every
benefit the government is able to be-
stow.” Why should working folk
want Harding re-elected ?
In conclusion, Mr. Hull asks, “Why
should the average business man feel
any friendship or gratitude toward
the Harding administration? His
business is confronted with hopeless
uncertainty as to the future and he is
utterly unable to plan ahead on ac-
count of the operation of wholly un-
sound domestic and foreign economic
policies.” There is no reason for
such a condition in this country of
wealth and abundance and no likeli-
hood that an intelligent electorate
will vote to continue it. Mr. Harding
is certain to be the candidate of his
party for re-election. His campaign
for the nomination is now in progress
and the nominating convention will be
packed in his interest.
Senator Beveridge is still doing
— Senator Pepper rather vehe-
meni declares that he is in accord
with the President’s desire to enter
the world court and that will create
sentiment against it.
| ——It may interest the public to
know that Mr. Lasker is fairly well
| pleased with the trial trip of the Le-
viathan and entirely satisfied with
——1In the course of time Mr. Hard-
ing will come to understand that Her-
bert Hoover is a false prophet. The
rest of the people already know it.
——Without official authority to
speak on the subject it is reasonably
safe to say that if the Germans will
pay the French will go.
! ——0One of Mr. Bryan’s friends says
his best to prove that the people of | “he’s a good loser.” But that is only
Indiana wisely defeated him.
That scientist who says the sun
. has lost its heat isn’t a scientist at all.
'He’s simply a fool.
conjecture. Mr. Bryan has never lost
—For all the news you should read
NE 29. 1923.
Y disappointed in the b
By Douglas Malloch.
In all of human speech—
More sweet than are all songs of birds,
On pages poets preach. :
This life may be a vale of tears,
A sad and dreary thing—
Three words, and trouble disappears
And birds begin to sing.
Three words and all the roses bloom,
The sun begins to shine.
Three words will dissipate the gloom—
And water turn to wine.
Three words will cheer the saddest days
“I love you?’ Wrong, by heck!
It is another, sweeter phrase,
“Enclosed find check.”
The American Model in China.
From the Kansas City Star.
In their poor, weak strivings to
master the mystery of government as
they have observed its workings in
more enlightened countries, the Chi-
nese, we fear, have not always been
given credit for what they have ac-
complished. They have worked un-
der great difficulties, the chief of
which is that they know nothing
about the science of taxation.
But they have somehow acquired a
dim perception that the first duty of
government is to tax business, and
before we condemn them for their
failure to make a complete job of it
and lay business out cold, we ought to
consider the progress they have made
in that direction, even though their
methods and the results they have
achieved are halting and feeble.
These Chinese bandits now are not
without the instincts of government.
We read that they have worked out a
system, crude indeed and inefficient
compared with our own, by which
business is regularly made to turn
over a share of its profits. The sys-
tem is admirable in seme ways, being
yery economical in administration and
involving very little—though .some—
paper work. Every taxing system in-
volves some paper work. vs own in-
volves a great deal, requiring moun-
tains of returns, reports, vouchers,
certificates, auditings, affidavits. and
such things—no end of paper. But
the Chinese bandits have instituted
a great economy in this respect. They
simply take a single piece of paper
and burn it under the . of the
* This simple system is in effect
throughout great areas of China, and
shows by its progress that the science.
of government is spreading rapidly.
Business men are kidnapped whenever
they can be caught with money on
them and taxed. They are not har-
assed by treasury inquisitors or
bothered with returns which require
the aid of a Iawyer to make them out.
They are merely requested to hand
over what they have, and if they
don’t seem to remember what they
have—for taxed persons everywhere
never seem to have any notion of their
own affairs—the paper-burning be-
gins. As the flame begins to tickle
the nose of the business man he rea-
lizes the obligation business owes to
government. He recognizes that gov-
ernment must live even if business
dies. He pays and the whole trans-
action is recorded on that little piece
of burned paper, which, for all we
know, is not even filed as a govern-
In view of this showing we ought
perhaps to take back much of what
we have said about the Chinese in-
capacity for government. They are
really learning. Their system may
be wasteful, for it is probable the
taxing power sometimes fails to get
all that business has. The mer-
chants frequently get away with
their shirts. This is a defect in the
system to be sure, but the Chinese
do not claim to have perfected it yet.
Government is of slow growth. Even
in Kansas City we went years without
a gasoline tax.
———— A ———————
A Mild Warning,
From the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.
Sometimes political knavery dis-
guises itself in the garb of righteous-
ness and camouflages its real purpose
to such an extent that honest men
are deceived. In the political raid
upon the Municipal Court for the
purpose of establishing the right of
the organization to dictate Republican
nominations in Philadelphia and to
compel obedience to its mandates,
there has not been the slightest at-
tempt at disguise or camouflage of
The purpose lying back of the bill
taking away from the president judge
the power of patronage has been open-
ly avowed. The character of the po-
litical service to which the measure is
expected to give aid is subject to no
doubt. The bill will confirm the
strength of those elements in the local
Republican party, against whom the
successful effort for the nomination of
Governor Pinchot was a protest.
The Governor must be acquainted
with these facts. They are patent to
him who runs, and reads or listens
but casually. To ignore them would
be unfortunate under any circum-
stances and doubly so when such ac-
tion would have every appearance of
being the settlement of an ac-
—The Governor still declares he
made no bargains for legislation and
Senator Vare is still confident that all
agreements will be kept.
—Subscribe for the “Watchman.”
Isiness man selected for taxation,
ce ms mmm
|SPAWLS FROM THE KEYSTONE.
—After an absence of 30 years, Fred W.
Meuroth, Connellsville firebrick expert, will
return to Germany to make an exhaustive
study of brickmaking.
—Lewistown council increased the sal-
ary of Chief of Police Yeaman from $100
to $125 a month, with instfuctions to get
after violators of traffic laws.
—While swimming in a dam at Ore Hill,
Blair county, Saturday evening, David R.
Boyer, 13 years old, of Queen, was drown-
ed. He tried to reach a stump in the cen-
ter of the dam and exhausted his strength.
Three boys, swimming at the time, made an
unsuccessful attempt to save him.
—1Using the contents of a fire extinguish-
er in an effort to induce sleep, Garfield U.
Lintner, a contracting painter, of Lancas-
ter, went to a field near his home and was
suffocated by the fumes, the police say.
He was accustomed to using chloroform to
induce sleep, but substituted the other
—Clarence E. Mentzer, yardmaster at
Harrisburg of the Philadelphia and Read-
ing railway, was electrocuted on Satur-
day when he grasped a sagging telephone
wire as he was riding on the top of a
train in Steelton. The wire came in con-
tact with a high-tension line and Mentzer
was killed instantly.
—Schuylkill county commissioners last
Friday gave orders for legal proceedings
to be entered against two-score tax col-
lectors who have not collected the increas-
ed taxes on the coal lands. The bonds-
men of the collectors will be compelled to
make good the shortage. The amount of
the deficit is about $400,000.
—The Rev. Judson Barnes, pastor of the
Baptist churches at Ashland and Girard-
ville, has resigned, stating that he is una-
ble to live on his salary of $60 a month.
He was selling automobiles as a side line
when the congregation objected. He pre-
sented his resignation. The Rev. Mr.
Barnes went to Ashland from Shamokin
two years ago.
—Although "78 years old, A. J. Frederick,
a Civil war veteran, of York county, is
cutting a tooth. Some of his friends
thought it a joke on hearing of it, but Mr.
Frederick displayed a tooth cutting
through the upper gum. As a matter of
fact, he said, he has suffered considerable
pain the past few days as a result of the
tooth cutting gum.
—Palmerton physicians are trying to
keep a man’s heart from jumping out of
its orbit. Louis Meal, a laborer from Nes-
quehoning, was taken to the Palmerton
hospital, where surgeons are trying to
check his heart from moving further from
its correct position. The organ in some
mysterious manner has moved two inches
toward the center of the body and thence
downward two more inches.
—An unusual spirit of co-operation is
being shown by property owners along
the state highway between Bloomsburg
and Berwick, where a permanent road is
being constructed. In places the road is
narrow and lawns, shade trees, a house
and several barns encroached. One man
will lose ten feet off the end of his barn,
but agreed to accept the actual cost of
cutting off the end of the building, the
county paying the contractor. Other
property owners have settled for small
—The hot weather last Friday was re-
sponsible for a brutal fight near Berwick,
‘as a result of which Chauncey Everhart, of
xpwallopen, is under bail on a charge of
assault with intent to kill. H. W. Schwep-
penheiser, of Berwick, went fishing. Ev-
erhart went swimming. Both picked the
same hole in Wapwallopen creek, but Ev-
erhart was there first and refused to leave
the pool. He says Schweppenheiser hit
him with a stone, whereupon he left the
creek and is alleged to have administered
a severe beating to the fisherman.
—Talling through a window in a pas-
senger coach of a Pennsylvania railroad
excursion train, Sunday, William D. Mul-
lett, Altoona, is suffering from lacerations
of the scalp and a fracture of the wrist.
Mullett was on an excursion train being
operated from Altoona to Atlantic City.
He fell or leaped through the window as
the train was passing the RJ tower near
Rockville. Just prior to the accident Mul-
let had gotten out a flask which was tak-
en from him and the contents poured in
the drain by the officer accompanying the
—Picking up a live wire carrying sev-
eral thousand volts, George L. Tirsh, a
company lineman was instantly killed at
Shamokin Sunday evening. He was 25
years old and resided at Osceola Mills. A
severe electrical storm had done much
damage to the wires and Tirsh, with a
gang of repairmen, had been ordered out.
While the foreman of the gang was tele-
phoning the power station to have the cur-
rent turned off, Tirsh picked up the wire.
He was instanly killed, the charge having
passed through a small hole in a defective
glove, to his hand.
—Former members of Altoona Castle No.
145, Knights of the Golden Eagle, will be
required to pay back to the grand castle
of the order the sum of $5,000 which they
divided among themselves after dissolution
of the local unit, and also turn over to
the grand castle $5,000 which yet remains
in the treasury. The Supreme courf, in
a decision rendered Saturday, sustained
the appeal of the grand castle and revers-
ed the decision of the Blair county court,
which upheld the Altoona castle in its
action. The appeal was a test case and
the outcome is of interest to all lodge
—Stricken while attending services on
Sunday evening in St. John’s Catholic
church, Johnstown, John C. Ryan, head of
the wholesale merchandise house of Ryan-
Correll company, of that city, died in his
pew. The services were dismissed and Mr.
Ryan was removed to the rectory where
four physicians worked for two hours with
a pulmotor and also made injections of
adrenalin in the hope of reviving him. Mr.
Ryan was general chairman of the execu-
tive committee in charge of the Mercy hos-
pital campaign for $250,000 which closed
Saturday afternoon with a total amount
raised of $283,000.
—The Easton police department’s new
tear gas weapon was put into use for the
first time last Thursday when it was used
on Walter Molin, convicted slayer of po-
lice officer Rush Stehlin, of Easton, whose
death sentence was recently commuted to
life imprisonment. Molin had been chang-
ed from one part of the prison to another
when he began to tear the furnishings of
his cell apart. Procuring an iron bar, he
hammered on his cell door and threatened
to kill any one who came near him. Ef-
forts of the prison officials to quiet him
were fruitless and the police department
“gun” was sent for. But one ‘‘shot” was
necessary and Molin begged for mercy and
became as docile as a kitten.