Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 24, 1923, Image 1

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    Demonic atom
—Almost we started to tell you how
many days until Christmas and advise
you to do your shopping early.
The Washington correspondents
got a smile out of President Coolidge
the other day, which is regarded as a
great achievement.
———The telephone strike in Boston
accomplished one important result.
It took “the line is busy” out of the
exchange for a brief period.
—Some churches seem to be so en-
grossed in the business of looking for
‘new ministers that they just don’t
have time to look for lost souls.
—With thirty-four people after
nine offices in Centre county we feel
safe in predicting that at least twen-
ty-five of our fellow citizens will suf-
fer a bitter disappointment some time
between now and November 7th.
—This fellow Steinmetz, who is
painting such rosy pictures of the
pleasure of existence in the year 2023,
~would be much more appreciated if he
were to tell us of something nice and
soft that is likely to happen to those of
us who have no expectation of ever
seeing 2023.
,—The bar is up. No more can get in
the race and from now until Septem-
ber 18th there will be an awful lot of
gas burnt and blowed on the highways
and in the by ways of Centre county.
To us the most interesting feature of
this pre-primary contest is the effort
of the gentlemen who believe there is
nothing to the old idea that the two
terms in county office is enough.
Times are changing and bosses are
looking cross-eyed at one another so
that there’s no telling what might
—More power to the councilman
from the South ward who made the
motion and to the one from the West
who seconded it, to table a proposed
new “disorderly conduct”
‘ for the borough. Certainly there are
enough general laws to cover any in-
fraction that the proposed ordinance
might be designed to curb and coun-
cilmen, Assemblymen and Congress-
men, everywhere, ought to set them-
selves steadfastly against the prac-
tice of multiplying enactments so
many of which are never enforced.
—Every American returning from
Europe, whose opinion is entitled to
any credence, has expressed the con-
vietion that industrially Germany has
appeared the most prosperous of all
European countries. Yet, in the face
of this reasonably good evidence of
‘prosperity she is tottering on the
brink of utter economic destruction.
It is hard to reconcile such conflicting
conditions, unless she has come to the
pass of many good husbands who
can’t’ carry ‘in at the front door as
much as their wives throw out at the
—Unless something happens to
avert it the hard coal miners are de-
termined on ‘walking out September
1st. Elsewhere in this column we
have expressed our opposition to a
multiplicity of laws, but we withdraw
enough of it to permit the urge that
a law be passed making it a crime for
a miner, or a plumber to strike at any
time between September 1st and April
1st. And for an ice man or a pop
mixer to strike any time between
April 1st and October 1st. If we
could only keep these contributors to
our comfort busy when we really need
their products the American nervous
system wouldn’t be suffering like it is.
—Evidently Philipsburg is more in-
terested in Chautauqua gatherings
than is Bellefonte. The session recent-
ly closed in that place was a success
and its return next year guaranteed.
For the present, at least, it is dead in
Bellefonte and in casting about for a
cause as to the indifference shown
here we can see no more outstanding
one than the fact that the program
offered Bellefonte never included a
speaker of national reputation. Three
or four years ago one was scheduled
but later withdrawn. Had Mr. Bryan,
for instance, been offered as a feature
at any session the extra tickets sold
would have been sufficient to have
made up almost any deficit that oc-
| —The entry of Senator Albert D.
McDade into the race for the Republi-
«can nomination for Superior Court
judge has cast a monkey wrench into
the organization machinery, if there
be an organization any more in
Pennsylvania. It was generally ac-
«cepted that sitting Judge John J.
Henderson, though quite an old man,
should have no opposition for a re-
nomination, but Senator McDade’s ac-
tion has spoiled the plan and probably
filled the minds of others with regret-
ful thoughts. Judge Quigley, for in-
stance, might very well and very
hopefully have entered the race. Since
going onto the bench in Centre coun-
ty he has made a distinct impression
and has become widely known
throughout the State. Just before the
close of his campaign in Centre coun-
ty, in the fall of 1915, Judge Quigley
publicly declared that he would not
seek a second term on the local bench.
Of course he has the privilege of
changing his mind as te that, but
should he not be elevated to a higher
court before 1925 and decide to en-
ter the race for re-election in Centre
he will have opposition in his own
party for the nomination, as Harry
Keller is an avowed candidate and
two other Republican attorneys have
their lightning rods up. In fact there
is going to be such a fight as would
not have been witnessed had Judge
Quigley come out for Superior court
judge after McDade busted up the
plan to let Henderson have it.
VOL. 68.
Democratic Activity in Pennsylvania.
The unusually ample political pages
of the Philadelphia newspapers, last
Sunday, afford unusually strong en-
couragement to the Democratic voters
of Pennsylvania. The political pages
of our esteemed Philadelphia contem-
poraries are interesting every Sunday
for they serve to adivse the people,
however remote from political centers '
of the party activities. In all of last :
Sunday’s issues there were evidences
of an aroused interest among the
Democrats, not only in the local con-
tests but in the State and National
party developments. It is a trifle ear-
ly for party activity and enthusiasm
but it appears that in nearly every
section of the State the Democrats
are organizing.
There has been no time in the past
that the Republican majorities in
Pennsylvania have expressed even ap-
proximately the ratio of the Demo-
cratic voters to the Republicans in
Pennsylvania. Because of inefficient
organization on the part of the Dem-
ocrats great Republican majorities
have been built up by fraudulent
votes. For the reason that Democrat-
ic organizations, local and general,
lacked alertness thousands of Demo-
crats refrained from voting. The Re-
publican gains from one of these
causes and the Democratic losses from
: : the other have created the Republican ,
ordinance !
majorities. Outside of the negro vote
the Democrats have been in majority
in Pennsylvania at every election in
recent years.
For these reasons the signs of Dem-
ocratic activity in all parts of the
State are encouraging. The colored
voters are no longer a solid force in
the Republican party. If the Demo-
crats are thoroughly organized, alert
and active, the fraudulent voting can
be stopped. This achieved it is not
only possible but probable that the
political majority will be with the
Democrats this year. The contests
are local. The only State candidates
are for Judge of the Superior court
and if the sitting judge, John J. Hen-
derson, who is a candidate for re-
election, is defeated for the nomina-
tion, the Democratic candidate will be
chosen. all get busy and help
accomplish thiY result.
——The administration at Harris-
burg has successfully “ducked” the
first effort to test the validity of the
“code,” but it will have to “come to
the scratch” sooner or later. Charley
Snyder is amazingly persistent as
well as amusing.
Farm Bloc Likely to Dissolve.
If dependence is to be placed on
gossip in the corridors at Washing-
ton the so-called “farm bloc” which
exercised great power in the last
Congress will cut little, if any, figure
during the next session. Nearly
every concession made by the stal-
warts to the agricultural interests
seems to have taken the form of a
“gold brick.” The tariff tax on wheat
didn’t boost the price of wheat at all,
but the tariff on every article the far-
mer has to buy did increase the cost
to him of such commodities. The
natural consequence is that the far-
mers are forced to the opinion that
their representatives in both branches
of Congress were hood-winked and
the real interests of agriculture be-
It may be said that the failure of
the farm bloc to accomplish results is
ascribable to the weaknesses of its
leaders. Each tried to promote his
own interests, regardless of the ef-
fects upon the others, and in every
instance these conflicts of interest led
to jealousies. Senator Capper, of
Kansas, spent all his energies upon
the “grain futures” law, and that
measure has proved a dismal failure.
In fact it is widely believed among
the extensive wheat growers that the
decrease in the price of wheat is due
to the operation of that law. It has
put a restraint upon the purchase of
wheat for speculative operations and
left the stocks in the hands of the
farmers with the result of a decrease
in value.
After all, the probable dissolution
of the farm bloc is not to be greatly
regretted. It was built on false pre-
tenses by selfish men who hoped to
acquire personal advantages out of it.
No man of average intelligence ought
to have been fooled by the tariff tax
on wheat. Almost since “time out of
mind” the price of wheat in this
country has been fixed by the mar-
kets abroad and the tariff tax could
not possibly alter that state of af-
fairs. Therefore a leadership so stu-
pid as to accept an increase of taxes
on everything the farmer used in con-
sideration of a promise of no value of
a tariff tax on wheat could hardly fail
to disgust so intelligent a body of men
as the American farmers.
——The appointment of Bascom
Slemp as Secretary to the President
indicates that Mr. Coolidge is devel-
oping political finesse with surprising
rapidity. There is no slump in
Politics and the Coal Troubles.
The “hard-boiled” though recently
organized partisans of President
Coolidge are discovering and reveal-
ing new virtues of their hero every
day. It is now confidently announc-
ed he has “revealed himself as a posi-
tive force by his handling of the men-
| acing anthracite coal situation during
‘his first week in the White House.”
‘What he has actually done to merit
this eulogy is left to conjecture. So
‘far as the public is informed there has
been no change in the anthracite coal
situation within the period since
President Coolidge has been in the
White House. The newspapers have
been publishing accounts of the activ-
ities of the Republican members of
the coal commission but say little of
the President.
Obviously this talk of a settlement
of the anthracite coal trouble by the
President is political propaganda.
Like everybody else he views the men-
ace of a coal strike as an impending
calamity. Being a New Englander by
birth it probably appears to him a
greater danger than to those of us in
other sections of the country who
have become more or less familiar
{ with bituminous coal and other fuel
substitutes for anthracite. But to all
of us it is a matter of sufficient im-
‘ portance to create alarm. Mr. John
Hays Hammond declares “it would be
- suicidal for either side of the contro-
‘versy to take the responsibility for a
hard coal strike.” Because of that
fact the calamity may be averted.
Months ago the menace was so ap-
parent that President Harding ap-
pointed the coal commission to devise
means to avert it. The commission
has labored with and on the problem
for months and reported at great
length but to little purpose. Then a
conference between the representatives
of the mine owners and the miners sat
a couple of weeks and adjourned with-
| out agreement. But there is a week
i left in which to discuss the differen-
ces and arrive at an understanding
and if both sides are reasonable the
desired result may be achieved. But
the President of the United States can
have little todo or say in the matter.
If an agreement is reached it will be
a victory of reason -rather than: of i:
the United States is entirely apropri-
ate. Having already established re-
lations with Turkey, conferring the
similar honor on Mexico creates a
tripple alliance outside of the League
of Nations.
Treasurer Snyder Defeated.
State Treasurer Snyder has been
disappointed, for the present at least,
in his hope to force the constitution-
ality of the Pinchot code to a judicial
test. With that object in view he held
up the salaries of certain employees
who are serving under the code but
whose salaries were provided for un-
der the old system. The Attorney
General invoked an old law which re-
quires the Treasurer to aprove war-
rants of the Auditor General or return
them to that official with reason for
disapproval. By that act the Gover-
nor is made umpire to decide the dif-
ferences between the fiscal officers, and
of course he will decide upon pay-
ment. He isn’t particular about a
' question of right or wrong.
There is a widespread opinion
among lawyers that the Pinchot code
is in conflict with the constitution in
various particulars. The Auditor
General shares this opinion according
to his published statements. It is al-
so widely believed that payments of
money out of the treasury where ap-
propriations are in conflict with the
constitution are illegal. The State
Treasurer is thoroughly persuaded on
that point. That being the case it was
his duty to take steps that would set-
tle the question. He thought it could
be accomplished in the way he adopt-
ed. The decision of the Dauphin
county court adverse to his conten-
tion defeats his purpose. The consti-
tutionality of the code has not been
passed on.
But the State Treasurer has anoth-
er chance and in the second attempt
may fare better. The decision of the
court is that he shall comply with the
act of 1811 by returning the unpaid
warrants and giving as his reasons
for so doing his belief that the war-
rants were issued in violation of the
constitution and consequently invalid.
Some eminent lawyers have expressed
the opinion that such a response to
the order of the court will compel an
interpretation of the code with refer-
ence to its validity. If that is true
the test ought to be made, for paying
money out of the treasury in viola-
tion of law, even if it is under the
sanction of a doubtful statute, is a
dangerous thing.
——Mr. McAdoo thinks that a
strong Democratic candidate “could
sweep the country” and a good many
Democrats think that Mr. McAdoo
would be a “strong Democratic can-
——The recognition of Mexico by |;
Good Roads Movement Threatened.
During the campaign for Governor |
last year voters of the State were
admonished that the election of the
Democratic candidate would put an
end to road building in Pennsylvania.
Everybody is in favor of good roads
and it is not improbable that a good
many voters were influenced to sup-
port the Republican candidate on that
ground. Now, according to published
statements from Harrisburg, the road
building program of the State High-
way Department is likely to be de-
feated because of the election of Gif-
ford Pinchot. His veto of the omni-
bus road bill is given as a reason for
opposing the constitutional amend-
ment providing for a $50,000,000 bond
issue for road building and improve-
The vetoed bill provided for the
construction of about seven hundred
strips of roads in various sections of
the State and was designed to take
care of sections which had not had a
fair share of the $50,000,000 which
had been previously spent. It is said
that voters of all parties in such lo-
calities are organizing to oppose the
new loan as an expression of their re-
sentment. There is considerable op-
position to the amendment aside from
this unexpected development and the
friends of the measure are alarmed.
The stoppage of road construction
would be a backward step. Pennsyl-
vania has gained much from the geod
roads constructed within the past few
years and to stop the work now is in-
Another reason given for opposi-
tion te the $50,000,000 bond issue for
highway construction is that Gover-
nor Pinchot has not shown a high ca-
pacity for handling large sums of
public money. Notwithstanding big
cuts in appropriations for charity and
other public institutions, and an ag-
gregate in appropriations greatly in
excess of previous years, the hospitals
and other charities are threatened
with starvation and people who figure
closely in such matters are asking
what has become of the money? The
Governor doesn’t explain any of these
things and the people are losing con-
fice. It would be a great pity if
construction Should fail on this
——The unfortunate accident which
happened on the streets of Bellefonte
on Saturday evening which resulted
in the death of one man is just one
more instance of how closely death
lurks around the corner in streets
densely parked with automobiles.
That the unfortunate man contributed
to his own death by going out into
the street from between two cars
makes the event no less sad, especial-
ly for the widow and nine fatherless
children, most of them without means
of support. Eye witnesses to the
tragedy absolve the driver of the car
from all blame and the one fact that
stands out most prominently in the
unfortunate incident is that the ut-
most care should be exercissed at all
times by pedestrians in crossing the
streets, especially when the thorough-
fares are congested with parked cars
and moving traffic.
—Secretary Mellon is home from
Europe and, necessarily, there is a
flood of his impressions of what is
wrong on the other side. The fact
that no two of the returning observers
have thus far given the same reason
for the difficulties abroad leads us to
reaffirm our previously expressed
opinion that it is simple for this coun-
try to pay serious heed to the man
who undertakes in four weeks to solve
a problem that Europe has been work-
ing at for four years.
——The open season for reed and
rail birds begins on September first,
but as these game birds are very few
and far between in this section of the
State the announcement that hunters’
licenses are now available at the
county treasurer’s office has not caus-
ed any stampede of hunters in that
——During the summer school ses-
sions at The Pennsylvania State Col-
lege, which closed last Saturday, stu-
dents were in attendance from every
county in the State. In number in at-
tendance Allegheny led with 226 and
Centre was second with 156.
——Secretary of the Treasury Mel-
Jon has announced his intention to re-
‘main in the cabinet. Andy has never
yet relinquished his grip on a big
bunch of money.
——The Republican factions in
Philadelphia are said to have har-
monized. The lion is strutting around
with the lamb in his belly.
——An encouraging development in
the world of crime is revealed in the
reports that bootleggers are begin-
ning to kill each other.
——Both The Pennsylvania State
College and Bellefonte Academy will
open for the 1923-24 school year on
Wednesday, September 12th.
NO. 33.
| Thirty-four Men, One Woman, After
County O Offices.
Tuesday was the last day for filing
nomination papers for county and
borough officers and just thirty-four
men and one woman are after the
nine county offices to be filled at the
election in November. The only office
in Centre county for which there is no
Democratic aspirant is that of Dis-
trict * Attorney, the only candidates
being Arthur C. Dale and John G.
Love, both Republicans.
For Sheriff the Democratic voters
can choose between E. R. Taylor, of
Bellefonte, and Elmer Breon, of Ben-
ner township, while the Republican
aspirants are William H. Brown and
Jacob S. Knisely, both of Bellefonte.
For Prothonotary the ‘Democrats
have one candidate in the person of
S. Claude Herr, while Roy Wilkinson,
the present incumbent, will be the
only candidate on the Republican
One Democrat, Forrest S. Ocker, of
Bellefonte, has filed nomination pa-
pers for Register while four Republi-
cans are eager to get in the race
against him, namely: Frank Sasser-
man, who is after a third term;
Thomas Morgan, G. W. Rees and Har-
ry R. Rossman, all of Bellefonte.
For Recorder the Democratic can-
didates are D. Wagner Geiss, of Belle-
fonte, and Sinie H. Hoy, of Benner
township, while the Republican aspir-
ants are Lloyd A. Stover, of Spring
township, and Mrs. Rebecca C. Tuten,
of Philipsburg.
The office of County Treasurer is an
appealing one, with two Democratic
candidates, William A. Carson, of
Haines township, and Lyman L.
Smith, of Centre Hall. The Republi-
can candidates are Ira G. Burket, of
Stormstown; Edward J. Gehret and
James Orvis Heverly, of Bellefonte.
Eight men want to be County Com-
missioner, the Democrats being Bur-
dine Butler, of Howard; John 8S.
Spearly of Benner township; James
W. Swabb, of Harris township, and
John W. Yearick, of Marion, the
present incumbent. Republican as-
pirants are Harry P. Austin and
George H. Yarnell, both of whom are
after a second erm; Jo John T. Bei,
of Boggs township, and John A¥Way,
of Halfmoon.
Candidates for County Auditor are
Herbert H. Stover, of Miles township;
and Jonathan S. Condo, of Marion,
both Democrats, and Robert D. Mus-
ser, of Gregg township, and Samuel
B. Holter, of Howard, Republicans.
H. B. Shattuck, of State College,
has filed papers on both the Demo-
cratic and Republican slate as a can-
didate for County Surveyor.
In Bellefonte the only candidates
for borough council are John S. Walk-
er in the North ward; A. Fauble and
Harry W. Flack, in the South ward,
and John L. Dunlap i in the West ward.
Dr. M. J. Locke is a candidate on
both tickets to succeed himself as
school director and M. T. Eisenhauer
has filed nomination papers to succeed
himself as borough auditor.
Overseer of the Poor is the office
with the greatest attraction, nine can-
didates being in the field. Anna M.
Badger and Frank Doll have filed both
Democratic and Republican nomina-
tion papers. William Rider, Thomas
Howley and Frank Nelson have filed
Democratic papers only, and Toner J.
Aikey, Thomas Fleming, J. Augustus
Emel and Alexander Morrison Repub-
lican papers.
All told over five hundred nomina-
tion papers have been filed in the
commissioner’s office. Some of the
districts in the county are exceeding-
ly well represented while others have
but few candidates in the running.
————————— ’
Where the Pennsy’s Revenues Go.
How a great corporation spends its
revenues is always an interesting
matter, but few realize what an enor-
mously large relative proportion of
them are expended in channels
through which they filter right back
into the public pocket.
During the fiscal year just closed,
for example, the Pennsylvania Rail-
road company paid 51.41% of all its
income in salaries and wages to its
220,000 employees. 17.07% went for
supplies and materials. Coal for en-
gines and other use took 7.29% and
taxes in various forms required
4.54%. Losses and damages paid
added another 6.41% and interest on
the company’s funded debt was
It will be seen from this that of all
the millions and millions of dollars
paid for transportation and freight to
this great public utility its em-
ployees and other necessary costs ab-
sorbed 94.44% of every dollar, leav-
ing only 5.56% as a possible dividend
distribution to the people who fur-
nish the money to keep it going.
m—— A re ———
—Georgia having laid a minimum
tax of a thousand dollars a day on
opera companies appearing within the
State, evidently wants to have a win-
ter of discontent made glorious sum-
mer through ears full of “No Bananas
Today” and “Gallagher and Sheen.”
—Despite the dry season, John A. Mouk,
of Florinel, Lancaster county, has remov-
ed more than 1000 pounds of honey from
thirty hives which his bees bad stored up
since spring. One hive alone yielded 144
pounds of honey.
—When' the’ barn of Arthur Campbell,
at Gaines, was struck by lightning and
fired, some brave volunteer rescued a calf
and led it away and hitched it to a wire
fence. A succeeding bolt hit the fence and
electrocuted the beast.
—S8ix members of the Thomas Goss fam-
ily, of Derry township, on the eastern
suburb of Lewistown, are ill with typhoid
fever and under the care of Dr. J. A. C.
Clarkson. The patients range in age from
26 to 12 years. Goss operates a dairy
farm and must quit selling milk in Lew-
—Tearfully admitting to a coroner's
jury that she had killed Nick Anser! after
he had attacked her, Mrs. Margaret Mini-
acci, of Johnsonburg, was vindicated for
her actions when the coroner's jury
brought in a verdict of self-defense. The
woman is 20 years old and the mother of
four children.
—~Gilbert Livingstone, who escaped from
the western penitentiary three years ago,
after serving six weeks of a sentence of
two to three years for a series of robber-
ies in Altoona, has been recaptured and is
again behind the bars. The arrest was
made by New York police, who turned the
fugitive over to the Pennsylvania author-
—The biggest civil suit ever filed in
Ceentral Pennsylvania was started on
Monday in the Northumberland county
court, when F. P. Llewellyn, Shamokin
millionaire, begun proceedings to recover
$3,000,000 from the Philadelphia and Read-
ing Coal and Iron company. Llewellyn as-
serts that it took 1,500,000 tons of coal
from a tract he controls.
—The body of Mrs. Elsie Greenleaf, wife
of a railroad conductor, was found float-
ing in the Juniata river at Huntingdon on
Saturday. The woman was to have been
committed to a sanitorium that day. Dur-
ing the night, she quietly left her home,
went to the river bank, where she disrob-
ed and then jumped in. She was suffer-
ing from a nervous breakdown.
—The position of dean of Dickinson
Seminary, Williamsport, made vacant by
the resignation of Robert R. North, hag
been filled by the election of Benjamin
McClure, M. A. Mr. McClure has taught
for two years in the University of Arizo-
na and for three years in the University
of Minnesota. Mr. North resigned in order
to accept an educational post in China,
where he is to become principal of a High
—A home for aged women will eventu-
ally be erected near the Gap, in Lancas-
ter county, under the provisions of the
will of Miss Jennie S. Potts. The farm of
her late father, James Potts, will be the
site for the home. The sum of $20,000 was
left outright to various beneficiaries, while
$70,000 was left in trust, the interest- to
go to five beneficiaries, and on their death
to be devoted to the charity she had long
contemplated establishing.
—Individual amounts aggregating $750
and ranging from this figure down to $50
have been given each employe of the for-
mer Raystown Water Power company as
benuses for each year the employee has
“I, been in the service of ‘the company. The
apportionment was made on the basis of
$50 for each year the worker was employ-
ed by the organization, and followed the
merging of the Raystown Water Power
company with the Penn Central company.
—Mr. and Mrs. John Toman, natives of
Hungary, announced the birth of a daugh-
ter last Thursday at Robingdale, Cambria
county. Mr. and Mrs. Toman have been
married twenty-one years, and the baby
born that day is their twenty-first. Mr.
Toman is 51 years of age and his wife 38.
Mrs. Toman wes 17 years old when she
married. Mr. and Mrs. Toman are the
parents of Mrs. John Kluek, who was
married five years ago, and is the mother
of five children.
—Undertakers throughout the State are
beeing informed by the Pennsylvania Fun-
erral Directors’ association of a new rul-
ing by the State Workmen’s Compensation
Board to the effect that funeral directors
are liable for accidents at funerals in
which donated automobiles are involved.
Additional insurance will be necessary in
the future to cover these cars. It is cus-
tomary for relatives and friends to allow
their automobiles to be used for funerals.
The compensation board contends that
they are subject to the undertaker’s orders
and he is responsible for accidents.
—Mrs. Susan Smith, of Altoona, was 91
years old on Saturday. She had expect-
ed to spend the day making an auto trip
to her birthplace in Halfmoon valley, not
far from Warriorsmark, but circumstances
prevented. Her maiden name was Susan
Funk and her husband was Allen D.
Smith, to whom she was married in 1850.
Mr. Smith was taken ill while in the Un-
ion army and died in a Civil war hospital.
Mrs. Smith comes from a family noted for
longevity and says that right living and
cheerfulness are large factors in attain-
ing great age. She is a good conversa-
tionalist and has many interesting stories
to tell of early life in central Pennsylva-
—Commissions due tax collector O. S.
Sutter, of the DuBois school district, for
the 1922 duplicate, are being withheld un-
til a complete list of the delinquents on
that duplicate is submitted to the school
board, and his salary for this year is be-
ing held up until he reports a monthly list
of the taxes that are paid, all in accord-
ance with resolutions adopted by the Du-
Bois school board. The action is the re-
sult of a long-standing controversy over
the collection of the 1922 taxes from wom-
en citizens, 1800 of whom refused to pay
the taxes. The collector has held up his
reports in an effort to be lenient with the
women and the action of the school board
was taken as a step toward enforcing col-
lection of the taxes.
—Billie Delane his disappeared from
the pretzel town of Lititz, Lancaster coun-
ty, and so comes the revelation that Bil-
lie is a woman. Billie was a familiar fig-
ure in Lititz. Generally she dressed in
breeches with leggins, wore short hair and
seldom had a hat. Her parents lived on
the Harry Rossman place, near Brunner-
ville. Billie was supposed to be the 18
year old boy of the family, though in re-
ality a woman of 21. She went by the
name of William Delane, receiving mail
under that signature, and signing the
agreement sale of the farm under her
male name. It is said she married a man
of whom she was afraid, and disguissed
herself so that he couldn’t follow her. Oa
July 9th she became the mother of a child.
+ Her parents disappeared with her and the
- baby.