Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, October 05, 1923, Image 1

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Sinie H. Hoy will make a splen- |
did Recorder. :
—Being too poor to war on any one
else the Germans are trying to start
one at home.
—Let’s get the gang out of the
court house before it gets itself so
firmly entrenched that it will own the
—There are a lot of reasons, of
course, why Bill Brown should not be
elected sheriff, but the only one that
really counts is because he has had
—Outside of a few little things that
we are going to try to keep from tell-
ing Bill Brown would be all right if it
were not for the fact that he is run-
ning to the well with his pitcher once
too often.
—Rarely has a combination of such
men of sterling character and ability
been presented on any ticket as are
those whom the Democrats of Centre
county have called to run for office
this fall.
—Oklahoma has voted a mandate
to its Legislature to consider im-
peachment proceedings against Gov-
ernor Walton. All of which looks like
the K. K. K. is stronger there than the
Governor reckoned.
—Bellefonte Republicans grabbed
off six of the most valuable places on
their party ticket. All the rest of the
thousands of Republicans in Centre
county are expected to do is step up
to the polls and vote for them.
—The Bellefonte Republican’s ef-
forts to stir up factional trouble in
the Democratic ranks is old stuff, not
even revamped since its first appear-
ance four years ago. Come on, Char-
ley, put that stuff back in pickle. It’s
too green for use again this soon.
—You farmers will please note
that not a man of the soil was given
a place on the Republican ticket. The
Democrats gave four farmers the op-
portunity to represent you and two of
them, Swabb and Spearly, in the very
office in which you are most interest-
—During the war Centre county
gave $6,956,013.67 for various Liber-
ty loan, Red Cross and United war
work drives. That was four years
ago. Will it give enough votes now to
elect one of the most valiant of the
boys it was so proud of four years
—Everywhere one goes the voters
are talking Spearly and Swabb. Pub-
lic sentiment seems to favor a change
in the control of the county business
and the sterling qualities of the Dem-
ocratic nominees assure the voters
that a change would place the Com-
missioner’s office in exceedingly capa-
ble hands.
—Look Claude Herr over when he
comes to see you. Size him up from
every angle and you will agree with
us that there is the type of clean-cut
christian citizenship that should be se-
lected for official position in Centre
county. He is a candidate for Pro-
thonotary and merits the vote of
every one.
—On Tuesday Governor Pinchot
served notice on the thirteen hundred
saloon keepers in Philadelphia to take
down the swinging doors, remove the
bar fixtures and get out of business
at once or stand the consequences. It
is quite’ possible that all but twelve
hundred and ninety-nine of them did
exactly as the Governor’s agents told
—Let us help Dick Taylor! He is a
good citizen and soldier, but a poor
campaigner. Dick faced the Germans
and, if his commanding officer, whose
statement is published elsewhere in
this issue, is right, had as much to do
as any one with preventing the Ger:
mans from reaching Paris. It was
far easier for him to stand at the can-
non’s mouth in France than to walk
up and ask you to vote for him. Sim-
ply because he is a serious, earnest
fellow whose diffidence and modesty
make it impossible for him to be the
glib, pat-you-on-the-shoulder politi-
cian. As Col. Thompson says: Let’s
make the sun rise for Dick. Let’s
help him into the sheriff’s office.
—The fight between Love and Dale
for District Attorney is as we predict-
ed last week, destined to be one of the
prettiest in the county campaign th&
fall. Both are Republicans and both
of them were in the contest to be
named on our ticket, there being no
regular party aspirant for the honor.
Mr. Love won on his own ticket and
Mr. Dale on ours. As a sequence
there can be no partisan politics in
this particular contest. There is,
however, likely to be a “wet” and
“dry” issue. We know nothing of the
positions of either candidate on this
question and don’t propose to inter-
rogate them, but we do note that
elsewhere in this paper the Civic
Righteousness Association has resolv-
ed in favor of Mr. Dale and that
starts the ball a rolling. Mr. Dale is
the “dry” candidate and all the “drys”
are expected to vote for him. If they
do he'll be elected; for Centre county
never voted anything else than dry on
a clean cut “wet” and “dry” issue.
But, as we said last week, we haven’t
the greatest confidence in the consist-
ency of the “drys,” when it comes to
an election of county or district offi-
cers, so it remains to be seen how con-
sistent they'll be when they get be-
hind the curtain on November 6th and
find the names of John Love and Ar-
thur Dale staring them in the face
and demanding that they stand up and
be counted for “the grand old party,”
or the principle that they resolve so
much on and vote so little for.
VOL. 68.
A New Bond Issue for Roads.
One of the amendments to the state
constitution which will be voted on in
November is to authorize another
$50,000,000 bond issue for road build-
ing in the State.
The first issue of $50,000,000 was
authorized in 1918, by a majority of i
262,000. It will be recalled that this
same amendment was overwhelming- |
ly rejected at a prior election but that
was before the automobile had come
into such general use and so many
persons realized the advantage, eco-
nomic and physical, of good roads.’
The “Watchman” was the only paper
in Centre county that advocated the
adoption of the Amendment and often
we have thought of what the rejection :
of it at that time cost the taxpayers
of the State. Then roads were being
built at a cost of from $3,000 to $14,-
000 per mile. When the voters finally
came around to the support of the |
proposition, the second time it was:
presented, prices had advanced nearly
three hundred per cent. and the result
was that the State got only about one-
third as much road construction for
the $50,000,000 as it would have had
the voters acted favorably when we
urged them so to do.
It is strange what a taste for more
a little bit gives. Today the automo-
bile licenses alome amount very nearly
to the aggregate of one of these bond
issues. In 1916 the public was told
that $50,000,000 would give it good
highways everywhere, forever, but
one good highway creates a demand
for another and millions and millions
are being spent each year in satiating
the demand. Where or when it will
end no one can tell. There is one au-
tomobile for every eight persons in
the United States today and as every
automobile makes new advocates for
good roads it is probable that the stu-
pendous expenditure will continue as
long as the public can scrape up the
money to buy motors, gas and tires
and pay the interest on bonds that
furnish the money to keep up the |
roads they run over.
Should the new issue of $50,000,-
000 be authorized; the State Highway
Department’ will + match $10,000,000
with the various counties on a fifty-
fifty basis for construction and recon-
struction where justified. Thus roads
of secondary importance will be im-
proved to the extent of some $20,-
Pennsylvania took the lead among
all the States of the Nation in road
construction immediately following
approval of the first $50,000,000 road
bond issue in 1918. There are 10,325
miles of road in the State highway
system, of which 5277 have been im-
proved. There are 5048 miles of un-
improved highway.
—It’s not legislation. It’s a market
the farmers need.
Income Tax Rate an Issue.
As the time for the assembling of
Congress approaches the receivers of
big incomes are getting busy laying
plans for another decrease in the rate
of taxation which affects them. The
basis of their argument is that a low
tax on big incomes yields a greater
amount of revenue and that the treas-
ury gained by the decrease in taxes
made by the last Congress on excess
profits from seventy-three per cent.
to fifty-eight per cent. Possibly fig-
ures may be manipulated to show
such a result. It is certain that the
revenue derived from income taxation
was greater last year than the year
before, but it is not certain that the
improvement is ascribable tc the de-
crease of the tax on excess profits.
On the contrary, it is known that
during the year 1921 the industrial
life of the country was prostrate al-
most throughout the year. The slump
began immediately after the election
of President Harding and the army of
willing to work but unemployed men
was greater than during any other
year in the history of the country.
Very few wage earners were able to
return incomes at all, and the excess
profits tax and the big income tax
were correspondingly diminished. In
the spring of 1922 every effort was
made by natural and fictitious stimu-
lation to increase business so as to
carry the Republican party through
the Congressional elections last year
and that, rather than the change in
rates, caused the revenue increase.
Secretary of the Treasury Mellon
and other multi-millionaires are now
working the old gag that unless the
income tax is reduced on excess prof-
its and big incomes the rich men will
invest their money in non-interest
bearing securities and thus cripple
commerce and industry. It would be
hard to imagine a sillier proposition.
If they should do so the money invest-
ed in such securities by the less
wealthy would go into the industries,
thus increasing their own profits and
supplying the funds necessary to keep
industrial life active and healthy.
There is nothing im the millionaire
threat to paralyze industry by with-
holling capital. Small investors are
now crowded out of such investments.
Western Farmers Elect Democrats.
The unmistakable trend of public
sentiment in the direction of the Dein-
ocratic party is again revealed by the
election of a Democrat to Congress in
the State of Washington. Last year
a Republican was elected by a great
majority, though the Republican can-
didate for United States Senator was
defeated and Democratic gains were
shown in most parts of the State.
But in that one Congressional district
the old lines were maintained. Re-
cently a vacancy occurred and at a
special election held last week Judge
Samuel B. Hill was chosen by a good
majority. This result makes it prac-
tically certain that the State of Wash-
ington will be safely in the Democrat-
ic column next year.
The issue in the campaign which re-
sulted in the election of Judge Hill
was the broken promises of the Re-
publican party. In 1920 the Republi-
cans promised such legislation . as
would rescue the farmers from the
distress into which they had been
plunged by tariff taxes on everything
they had to buy under the provisions
of the emergency tariff bill enacted
by the Congress of 1919. The only
remedial measure offered in the Con-
gress of 1921 was a tax of thirty
cents a bushel on wheat and the
promise that it would give the far-
mers a share of the plunder which
tariff taxation provided. But instead
of raising the price of wheat it cut it
down to the bone and increased the
price on commodities used by farmers.
Whether the farmers of the West
are endowed with a keener intelli-
gence than those in Pennsylvania is a
matter for conjecture, but it is cer-
tain that the westerners have more
correctly analyzed the effect of the
present tariff law on their industry.
Here the average farmer pays the ex-
orbitant price for everything he uses
which the excessive tariff law exacts,
and votes to continue the party in
power which has thus sacrificed him
to the avarice of the manufacturing
barons, while out there they vote
against their betrayers and send men
to Congress who will conserve their
interests and give them equal oppor:
tunity with other industries to benefit
——Governor Pinchot has discov-
ered that it is much easier to induce
miners to accept an increase in wages
than it is to prevail on coal operators
to decrease prices. As Mr. Vander-
bilt remarked, “The public be d—d.”
Work for a Real Builder.
A writer in a recent issue of the
Philadelphia. Record, admitting and
lamenting the delinquencies of the
Democratic party organization in that
city, declares that “he stands ready
to be one of one thousand Democrats
to contribute twenty-five dollars a
year for the next four years to build
up a real party organization.” That
is an admirable suggestion. The Re-
publican organization has abundant
and easily available sources of reve-
nue. Forced contributions from office
holders will yield all the funds need-
ed for legitimate and illegitimate ex-
penses of maintaining organization
and conducting campaigns. But the
Democrats are dependent entirely on
voluntary contributions, which are ir-
regular and uncertain.
The first response to the sugges-
tion came from Judge Eugene C. Bon-
niwell, who sent a check for the first
year’s installment with his accept-
ance, and the author of the plan
promptly followed with a similar of-
fering. As there are plenty of Dem-
ocrats in that city blessed with abund-
ance we have no doubt the enter-
prise will be successfully launched,
and for the first year carried out lit-
erally. And it is safe to predict it
will fulfill expectations. Twenty-five
thousand dollars honestly and wisely
disbursed will accomplish much in the
way of organization. It will be a
small sum compared with the slush
fund forced from the job-holders by
the Republican machine but it will
count, dollar for dollar, for much
We suggest, therefore, that the
plan be expanded, with the county as
the unit, so as to spread all over the
State. It will not be necessary to get
a thousand pledges in the smaller
counties or so large a sum from the
contributor. But it must be admitted
that in most of the counties the Dem-
ocratic organization suffers from the
same malady the Philadelphian com-
plains of, and the same remedy will
be effective. A contribution of a dol-
lar a year from every Democrat in
Centre county who may easily spare
that amount will be ample to create
and maintain an organization which
will be invincible this year and every
other year in the future. Who will
take the initiative in the movement?
——Lloyd Geerge announces that
he will not lecture during his visit in
this country. That’s just our ill luck.
The only Englishman who has come in
recent years worth hearing will not
Pinchot’s Classification Plan.
In the presence of about three
thousand job holders in the corridor
of the capitol at Harrisburg, on Mon-
day, Governor. Pinchot revealed his
plan of “classifying” the employees of
the State for the purpose of fixing
salaries. At the outset the Governor
truthfully told the interested job
holders that “the State service has
been honey-combed with that cheap
brand of politics which demands that
the interests of the State and its peo-
ple shall be sacrificed to the interests
of some small group,” and “as a 1e-
but the employees also.” It is grati-
fying to learn that in so far as the
employees are concerned, the fault is
to be rectified.
According to the statement of the
Governor and the facts in the case
. salaries of employees of the State
have been fixed by favoritism rather
than by service or merit. Messengers’
, Wages run from $600 to $1400 a year,
' stenographers’ from $840 to $2000
and typists from $780 to $1500. The
salaries of filing clerks range from
$780 to $2400 a year, and there are
n greater discrepancies in the
x. of other clerks. The ostensible
purpose of the classification is to
equalize salaries in similar employ-
ment and‘ the public will cordially
agree in the justice as well as the
wisdom of the undertaking. It may
be noticed, however, that the aggre-
gate pay roll will not be decreased.
There is not likely to be the same
unanimity of approval of the second
purpose in the Governor's mind is
expressed in his speech to the job
holders on Monday. “I believe in pro-
moting from the ranks,” he said, “in-
stead of selecting outsiders for high-
ly paid positions.” Promoting from
the ranks is admirable if properly
regulated, and keeping outsiders out-
side is good politics if it has no other
merit. But it would be hard to imag-
ine a greater evil than that of creat-
ing an aristocracy of office holders,
and that would be the inevitable result
of “promoting from the ranks instead
of selecting outsiders.” Cameron,
Muay. and Penrose believed in that
policy and practiced it to the limit.
—Our friend Tom Harter, having
taken unto himself the credit for hav-
ing nominated Mr. Heverly for Coun-
ty Treasurer—and we believe that be-
tween him and Pinchot the trick was
pulled—it is only natural to suppose
that the Harter-Pinchot machine will
elect him if the friends of Ed. Gehret,
Ira Burket and Lyman Smith don’t
have too much to say at the polls in
Pinchot’s Speaking Tour.
Governor Pinchot has started on his
“speaking tour” of the State, and de-
livered his first speech at Reading.
He will make two speeches in Erie
next week and promises to visit every
county in the State for at least one
speech, It is announced by his
friends that this tour has no relation
to his ambition to be the Republican
nominee for President next year, and
his speeches will treat of State affairs
only. He will speak of all the good
he has accomplished since his inau-
guration as Governor and forget his
deals with Vare, of Philadelphia, and
Baker, of Harrisburg, which enabled
him to achieve it. Giff is a striking
example of the ostrich but he may
overwork the stunt.
Of course the Governor's speaking
tour is not directly an appeal to the
country to nominate him for Presi-
dent. If that were his purpose he
would be wasting time and labor. But
it is intended to corral the Pennsylva-
ni delegates to the nominating con-
vention so as to give the Governor a
trading asset in the convention. The
obvious purpose of the Senators in
Congress for Pennsylvania to assume
control of the votes for their own use,
and the equally certain intention of
Secretary of the Treasury Mellon te
control the delegation in favor of
Coolidge, have admonished the Gov-
ernor of the necessity of taking care
of himself. With a force equal to the
Pennsylvania delegation at his com-
mand he will be in position to demand
During his tour through the State
the Governor will not likely discuss
national politics at all. But he will
endeavor to show the people of Penn-
sylvania that he has accomplished
wonderful things for them. He will
boast that he has driven licensed sa-
loons from the State and that he has
saved millions of dollars in various
economies. As a matter of fact he
has achieved nothing in these re-
spects. There are nearly as many sa-
loons in the State now as there were
previous to his election, though they
are not licensed, and he has approved
appropriations in greater amount than
were voted under any previous Gov-
ernor. But as the late Mr. Barnum
said, the people like to be fooled.
i ——Secretary Mellon predicts
good times in the future but all times
are good to a multimillionaire.
sult not only the State has suffered
NO. 39.
Hour of Reckoning for Politicians.
From the Pittsburgh Post.
The farmer, of course, is not alone in
trying to have his troubles settled by
more legislation. The first thought
with most of us when things go
wrong with our business is to rush to
Washington or our State capital to de-
mand statutes of a remedial charac-
ter. Nor is the average farmer any
more prone than others to trust poli-
ticians. Also not all politicians are
tricksters. Many of them simply
make mistakes like the rest of us.
Nevertheless, after recognizing that
there were some farmers all along
who know better than to expect a
legislative cure-all, it looks as if the
| hour of reckoning were at hand for
, the politicians who led a large num-
"ber of the agriculturalists to put faith
in the Fordney-McCumber tariff and
other Old Guard Republican. potions
as the cure for what was wrong with
their business when the prices of their
products started to fall after the war.
The tariff, apparently, has operated
entirely against the farmer. It did
not, as promised, stop the.fall in the
price of what he has to sell, but it did
advance the cost of practically every-
thing he has to buy. Now the truth,
already learned thoroughly by many
from experience, is to be broken to
the tillers of the soil who still put
trust in the tariff legislation. Aec-
cording to advices from Washington,
they are to be informed that legisla-
tion is not for their case at all; that
what they are suffering from is over-
production, and that their recovery
will have to be brought about wholly
under economic laws.” For instance,
with more wheat produced than is
needed at home and with the foreign
market for it reduced, they will sim-
ply have to cut down the acreage de-
voted to that crop.
It is but common sense that if Eu-
rope had been stabilized, it would
have bought more heavily of our
wheat lately, but at the same time it
is to be recognized that agriculture is
recovering in the lands that were
hardest hit by the war and has a
wheat crop now vastly in excess of
that of last year. We could scarcely
expect to keep on selling wheat to
them in the same volume as in the
war days when so many of their work-
ers were withdrawn from the farms.
The point is that, as usu
the way to prosperity is tha
application of common busin
ligence along the sound lines proved
by experience. We must use vision,
study the market conditions; and all
the while must work. While the far-
mer has his difficulties, the city dwell-
ers have theirs. There is general
complaint against the Fordney-Mec-
Cuniber tariff law as being unscien-
It may not be pleasing for the veo-
ple to hear that they have been chas-
ing rainbows while looking more and
more to legislation for the solution of
their problems. But the truth, even
though it may hurt at first, ever
proves to be the best medicine in the
end. Prosperity has to have a sound
Politics of the mere vote-seeking
kind is not likely to help the farmer
or any one else, in the end not even
the players of the game, for there al-
ways is a day of reckoning for them.
If the Republican Old Guard poli-
ticians have sold the farmers another
gold brick, the obvious course for the
victims is to cease dealing with such
A Franco-German Merger?
From the Oil City Derrick.
It would be an odd outcome of the
war if it should result in a Franco-
German industrial combination. Yet
that seems the trend of the rumored
adjustment in the Ruhr. French steel
makers were disappointed that the
peace divided the great German steel
district so that France secured the
iron ores of Lorraine but not the coke
of the Ruhr Valley. Much of the un-
der-ground diplomacy since has been
in negotiations between the French
and German industrialists. The Ger-
mans appear to have been too insist-
ent on getting their terms and the
French likewise. The occupation of
the Ruhr gave the French an advan-
tage which now seems to be about to
bear fruit, if, as reported, German in-
dustry is to be mortgaged as security
for reparations to Paris. This will
pave the way for joint French and
German eperation of German coal and
coke workings and French ores.
E——— ——————N]
Premature Candidacy.
From the Philadelphia Record.
We do not hold the President re-
sponsible for all this talk about his
nomination next year, and possibly he
could not prevent it if he wished to,
but he ought to try. He has been
brought out too early for his own
President Harding’s funeral was
hardly over before we began to hear
that President Coolidge was his own
logical successor. Opinions favorable
to his nomination have been sought,
and we have heard that local candi-
dates were to be repressed. The few
appointments that have been made
have been closely scanned for indica-
tions of the President’s purpose, and
the impression has been given—
whether well-founded or not we do
not venture te say—that there is an
extensive organization already in ex-
istence for procuring the President’s
——A man of strong imagination
may still find use for hip pockets in
—Shot: from the darkness outside a
Fairbanks hall, where a big wedding cele-
bration was in full swing, John Dankey
died in the Uniontown hospital.
—Governor Pinchot has granted a res-
pite in the case of John P. Rush, Alleghe- *
ny county, convicted of murder, staying
execution from the week beginning Mon-
day, October 8, to the week beginning
Monday, November 12. Rush is seeking a
pardon. R .
—Impecunious students and Pittsburgh
morticians have formed a close attachment
and mow work together for mutual profit.
This is the word that came from Pitt Uni-
versity recently when it was admitted
several students “frequently were hired by
Pittsburgh funeral directors as pallbear- .
—James W. Hoover, 17 year old son of
Eugene Hoover, of Hoover's island, in the :
Susquehanna river, opposite Selinsgrove,
was killed on Saturday evening while op-
erating a plow with a tractor when the
share became caught. He was turning it
over when the device fell over on his chest,
the weight killing him instantly.
—Two individuals have applied to the
Public Service Commission for authority
to act as public service concerns. One is
a woman, Mary Jane Anstead, who desires
to furnish water to the public in Cone-~
maugh township, Cambria county. LeRoy
E. Yeager desires to furnish electric cur-
rent to Hartleton and vicinity. He owns a
dam and a mill.
—Burglars early on Sunday cracked the
safe in the Woolworth 5 and 10 cent store,
at York, and made a get-away with about
$1000 in small change, Saturday’s receipts
They were surprised by manager A. Hoo-
ver, who walked into the store from a rear
entrance, to find himself in the midst of
smoke caused by the explosion. Quickly
covering him with their guns, the two es-
—With $260 in $10 and $20 notes, all said
to be counterfeit, poorly executed, on his
person, Sylvester DeRose, 27 years old, an
Italian, was arrested at Reading on Sat-
urday by police sergeant John Maloney.
The man is said to have passed a number
of the bills, three of them being recovered,
and to have failed at several other places
in attempts to cash them before he was
—Thomas J. McDonnell, 60 years old,
died at his home in Archbald borough,
near Scranton, last Thursday, from inju-
ries alleged to have been inflicted by a
state trooper in an election day disturb-
ance, two weeks ago. McDonnell, long re-
garded as a political power in Lackawan-
na county, was kicked in the stomach by
a state trooper, according to charges made
by the family.
—Miss Lillian Rote, of Tyrone, aged
fifteen years, has been notified that her
aunt, Lillian Rote, of Arizona, had left her
$28,000 in cash royalties on mineral lands
in Arizona that will bring the young lady
$30.00 a week, and some valued coal lands
in Pennsylvania. It is said that the scn-
ior Miss Lillian Rote left for the far west
many years ago with several thousand dol-
lars. She invested the same and the in-
vestment brought rich returns.
—Mrs. Tillie Prendergast, of Easton,
holds the hard-luck record in that section
of the State. Four accidents in as many
“| weeks indicate thatwsome-jinx is-pursuing -
her. Last Friday she stepped on a rusty
nail, which nearly went through her foot.
The week previous she slipped and fell
down several steps and sprained her an-
kle. Prior to that she was knocked un-
conscious by a bolt of lightning and pre-
vious to that occurrence she fell down a
flight of stairs, suffering painful bruises.
—Walter Johnson, of Harrisburg, was
sentenced to serve thirty days in jail at
Lewistown by justice of the peace R. W.
Patton on Saturday and John Thomas,
also of Harrisburg, held under $300 bail
for court on the charge of owning the re-
volver used to shoot up a boarding house
at Lewistown Junction. Deputy sheriff
James Keister arrested both men after the
shot was fired. The bullet embedded it-
self in the walls of the kitchen. A quan-
tity of moonshine liquor was found in the
possession of the two defendants. Both
men are in jail.
—George Houser, a Williamsport manu-
facturer, last Thursday night shot A. R.
Jacksom, an attorney, the bullet entering
the victim’s left side and lodging in his
back. Houser was held without bail for a
further hearing. According to the story
told police, Houser purchased a revolver
with the intention of ending his life, ow-
ing to worry over his recent arrest on a
disorderly practice charge. He decided to
shoot Jackson first, believing him re-
sponsible for his arrest. He said he was
overpowered in the lawyer's office by the
latter’s clerk before he could turn the
weapon on himself.
—Walter Long, a wealthy land owner of
Newmanstown, Lebanon county, was held
in $4000 bail on Monday afternoon by Al-
derman Ulrich, of Lebanon, on a charge
of felonious shooting, with intent to kill.
Long is accused of having ambushed N.
C. Coldren, a prominent merchant, and
Wilson Weik, both of Newmanstown, pep-
pering them with buckshot. The wounded
men are in a Lebanon hospital suffering
from painful, but not serious wounds. The
shooting is alleged to be the outcome of a
quarrel arising over the taking by the
Newmanstown Water cempany, under con-
demnation proceedings, of land owned by
—Judge A. E. Reiber, of Butler county,
on Saturday sentenced A. L. Hepler, for-
mer vice president and manager of the
Ideal Squab company. of Butler, to pay
the costs, a fine of $1,000 and serve not less
than two nor more than four years in the
western penitentiary on a charge of fraud-
ulent conversion. Hepler pleaded guilty
to the charge. The costs amount to $1565,
and include the expenses of bringing Hep-
ler back to Butler county from Phoenix,
Arizona, where he was arrested as a fugi-
tive. All civil suits have been settled and
the liquidating trustees will distribute the
funds in their hands to the shareholders,
who will receive about 12 per cent. on their
—Bernard Miller, 38 years of age, of
York county, was arrested Saturday might
by his own father, Jesse Miller, constable
of New Freedom, after William Whitcraft,
of Rock Chapel, Md., had identified him as
the man who earlier in the evening had
jumped on the running board of an auto-
mobile, and, after stopping the engine,
stabbed him in the breast with a penknife,
and John Rehmayer, of Turnpike, in the
leg and neck. Rehmayer is in a serious
semi-conscious condition, owing to loss eof
blood and may die. Walter Myers, who
was also in the automobile, escaped. Jeal
ousy of a gif 1s said to have been back ef
the attack, which occured near the New
Freedom Pemnsylvaaia Reilresd station.