Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 07, 1923, Image 1

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    Demo fon
—If Congress doesn’t soon get or-
ganized the Presidents’ message will
become obsolete.
—Congress convened on Monday
and the troubles of the Republicans
began in earnest.
—Let us hope that the hard part of
the contemplated hospital drive will
be over when the proper driver is
—The only notoriety some can
achieve is that acquired by making
needless noise in driving their auto-
—Governor McCray, of Indiana,
may not be as bad as Governor Wal-
ton, of Oklahoma, evidently was, but
any fellow with oné hundred and nine-
ty-two charges against him has some
answering to do.
—In seventeen days Christmas will
be here. Why not send them the
“Watchman” for a year. Certainly
few presents could be more acceptable
to any one interested in the news of
old Centre county.
—Evidently Mayor Kendrick in-
tends giving Philadelphia a better
government than those who elected
him expected to get. If he does the
gang’s disappointment will be great-
er than that of the reformers who
thought he wouldn’t.
—Again let us say that we don’t
care to have any one present us with a
saddle of venison unless he sends
along enough sherry to properly pre-
pare it with. We said the same thing
at this time last year and all the hunt-
ers took us at our word.
—With President Coolidge, Pinchot
and Hi Johnson all after Pennsylva-
nia’s delegation to the Republican na-
tional convention there ought to be
some pickin’s for the boys who make
a specialty of carrying a few pre-
cincts around in their vest pockets.
—Talking about the hundred and
fifty million that is spent annually in
this country for hair nets it does seem
like 2 prodigious sum, but we are
wholly disinterested in the subject be-
cause that is one commodity that, per-
sonally, we couldn’t conceive any use
for at all.
—Since Mr. Attorney - General
Daugherty declares that Comptroller
Craig, of New York, was actually
guilty of contempt of court how can
he recommend remission of sentence.
Might not such a position create more
contempt for law than the offense of
Mr. Craig.
—The Taylorville, Ill., woman gives
as her reason for being well and hap-
py at the age of ninety-six the fact
that she has “never been bothered with
a man.” She may be telling the truth,
‘but it’s only because she has reached
the period of obsolescence that she
admits that she has never had a beau.
—Naturally we’re expecting to hear
from our new Congressman ere long.
Etiquette in the House isn’t as strictly
observed as it is in the Senate and a
first termer is not supposed to merely
sit and look wise, so that we will not
be surprised if the country is electri-
fied some of these days with reading
a great speech by the Member from
the Twenty-first Pennsylvania on the
necessity of making the West branch
of the Susquehanna navigable as far
west as McGee’s Mills. We're not
saying that the Hon. William I.
couldn’t sit and look wise, but we do
say it would take all the joy out of
being Congressman for him.
—Time flies so rapidly that those
who have ambitions to represent Cen-
tre county in the next Legislature
might well be seasoning a little tim-
ber for their platforms. Governor
Pinchot might be here any day in his
“swing around the circle.” When he
comes he is going to ask the people to
nominate only “dry” candidates and
pledge them to support his reorgan-
ization plans. Though some of us
may think our Member ought to rep-
resent Centre county the Governor is
not interested in that angle of the sit-
uation. He wants Legislators in Har-
risburg to represent him so that those
who aspire should be giving thought
as to which horn of the dilemma they
intend hanging their hopes.
—The Governor has called another
conference of Governors to discuss the
anthracite problem. His last effort in
this direction resulted in nothing and
the public is gradually becoming con-
vinced that Pinchot’s real purpose is
to retain front page prominence.
There is a law that he could enforce,
if he would, that compels coal produc-
ers to ship relatively clean coal. Much
of the coal that has come out of the
anthracite regions for the past two
years runs from thirty to fifty per
cent. slate. We know because we
bought some of the fifty-fifty kind
last fall at $15.75 a ton. After its de-
livery we noticed its impurities and
for the mere satisfaction of knowing
the percentage of them we shoveled
two bucketsful from the bin, dumped
them on a pile and picked the coal in-
to one bucket, the slate into the oth-
er. When done we had just one buck-
et of each. It was fifty-fifty. As a
matter of fact we had paid for the
coal at the rate of $31.50 per ton. The
dealer was not to blame for this. He
sold us just what he got and paid for
from the mine. The public would
probably have no complaint at all to
make of the present price if it were
not compelled to pay for so much
slate. And as the Governor has the
power to correct this at once it looks
to us as if he is only four flushing in
his daily demands for conferences to
devise regulations that will take years
to enact.
VOL. 68.
Insincere Professions of Reform.
The insincerity of Republican re-
formers in Congress is clearly reveal-
ed in the attitude of the Progressives
in the House of Representatives. In
a public statement issued by Repre-
sentative Nelson, of Wisconsin, chair-
man of the Progressive bloc, on Sat-
urday evening, that ardent advocate
of righteousness in politics said:
“Congress is attemting to organize
under the same old cry, ‘Hail, hail,
the gang’s all here’ The opening
maneuvers of the Old Guard leaders
indicate promises of continued service
to the railroad manipulators, grain
gamblers, coal operators and influen-
tial tax dodgers, but none whatever to
the citizen who is unable to maintain
a lobby that serves as the liason be-
tween secret committees and favored
That is the exact truth. The whole |!
purpose of the machine leaders is to
conserve the interests of those who
supply funds with which to debauch
the ballot and defeat the will of the
people at the polls. The election of
1920 was the result of an orgie of
bribery and corruption unequaled in
this or any other country. For the
consideration of liberal contributions
a promise was made that taxes on big
incomes would be greatly reduced and
sur-taxes on excess profits abolished.
The last Congress failed to fulfill this
pledge in full measure and Gillette
has been nominated for Speaker,
Longworth chosen leader and commit-
tees will be organized to carry out
this program. The Democrats in the
House are not quite numerous enough
to stop it.
And the Progressives for whom
Representative Nelson speaks will
not try earnestly to stop it. They
will protest with some vehemence in
the beginning but not for the purpose
of improvement. The public interest
is of little if any greater concern to
them than to the Old Guard. Their
opposition is purely selfish. They
covet certain advantageous positions
in the organization and if the conces-
sions are made as they will be, no
doubt, they will not only join in but
lead in the chorus of “Hail, hail, the
gang’s all here” with emphasis on
‘the last phrase; “what-the hell'do we
care now.” If Mr. Nelson and Mr.
LaFollette were sincere in their pro-
fessions of reform in government they
would join with the Democrats and
wipe the corrupt machine off the map.
Probably Bill Vare and Max
Leslie will join forces in order to help
Pinchot bag the delegation. In any
event they are not likely to help Pep-
per hand it over to any one.
Ownership Not the Solution.
In an address delivered before the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
and Engineers, assembled in San
Francisco Sunday evening, former
Secretary of the Treasury William G.
McAdoo declared that government
ownership is not the best solution of
the transportation problem, “the
greatest question before the United
States today.” A short time ago Mr.
McAdoo surprised a good many peo-
ple with a statement that taxes may
be decreased and the soldiers’ bonus
paid without impairment of the na-
tional credit or the dangerous deple-
tion of the treasury. In his speech
Sunday night he amplified this
thought by the assertion that reforms
in railway management will achieve
the purpose.
It is widely and well known that
during the period of government man-
agement of transportation railroad
officials put every possible obstacle in
the way to prevent ultimate govern-
ment ownership. Notwithstanding
these adverse conditions the enterprise
was successful in every respect. But
it may be safely said that the splen-
did capability and unselfishness of Mr.
McAdoo as administrator produced
this result. If the directorship had
been incapable, inefficient or selfish
the opposite result wouid have follow-
ed. In other words, the evils of gov-
ernment ownership were averted and
the advantages acquired by the care-
ful and capable management of Wil-
liam G. McAdoo.
Candor compelled the railroad ex-
ecutives of the country to admit the
inability of corporations to meet the
obligations which the war put upon
them. In view of this fact it is not
idle to claim that the railroads of this
country contributed largely toward
the victory achieved. If the railroads
of the United States had failed the
armies in Europe would have been
impotent to function. But that fact
is no reason for government owner-
ship of the railroads. It is in favor
of government regulation and Mr.
McAdoo may be right in his estimate
that the regulation should be more ef-
fective than obtains at present. Many
evils might be avoided if there were
more brains and less stubbornness.
——1In the last Pinchot plan the
Governor takes care to keep control
of the power of appointing commis-
sions. .
Clyde Kelley Spanks Pepper.
Congressman Clyde Kelley, of
Pittsburgh, took Senator George
Wharton Pepper across his knees, fig-
uratively speaking, the other day,
and gave him a good, hard, old-fash-
ioned spanking. It wasn’t a spiteful
operation at all. On the contrary it
was a sort of fatherly affair and quite
as painful to Mr. Kelley as any simi-
lar wood-shed incident could have
been to any real step-father. But
Senator George Wharton has been
“going too far” lately, and Clyde con-
cluded that he needed a reprimand and
somebody had to perform the service.
Possibly there are others who might
have assumed the task more appro-
priately, for Congressman Kelley is
| not firmly fixed as a party leader. But
it is doubtful if another could have
done it better. :
Senator Pepper struts around as a
* great moral teacher in politics. While
| Penrose lived he kept Pepper out of
| office because he despised hypocrisy.
{ Then the political machine was a mon-
ster of iniquity in the eyes of Pepper.
The moment the machine took him in-
to its embrace he appraised it from a
different angle. He wanted to “spit
in the eye of a bull dog” or perform
some other act that would appeal to
the minds of men of the Sam Salter
type. The old liners resented his as-
pirations to control the organization
they had built up in the face of his
opposition and felt that he should be
informed of the fact. The opportuni-
ty presented itself on Saturday and
Clyde Kelley was equal to the occa-
Senator Pepper loves to serve the
corporations and when Mr. Atterber-
ry had him appointed Senator in Con-
gress his opportunities opened up
widely. The corporations want the
tax on big incomes decreased and the
soldier bonus proposition defeated.
Pepper confidently pledged tlie Penn-
sylvania delegation in Congress to
both propositions. He had previously
volunteered the assurance that he
would go to the National convention
with the vote of Pennsylvania secure-
ly pinned in his vest pocket. That
presumption provoked some adverse
comment but the other was “the blow
the soldiers and those who favor tax-
ing those who can afford to pay com-
missioned Kelley to speak for them.
—The “Modoc” hunting crew that
captured its limit of deer the first
morning of the season will have three
hundred and sixty-five days in which
to reflect on the folly of shooting
themselves out of the mountains be-
fore they got started to enjoy them.
The Sham Battle Ended.
“The mountain labored and brought
forth a mouse.” According to the
news dispatches from Washington the
Republican Old Guard and the Repub-
lican insurgents have compromised
their differences. The “gang” is not
only present but happy. The Repub-
lican floor leader, Mr. Longworth, has
promised the insurgent chief, Mr.
Nelson, that insurgents may offer
amendments to the House rules “in
committee.” It is a small concession
but little was required. It is a sort
of “peep-hole” view of the spoils
feast, and spoils are potent forces in
Republican politics. After the organ-
ization is complete it will be easy to
crush opposition.
The Democrats in the House pur-
sued a wise course during the period
of disagreement. “We are unified and
ready to take up the country’s” busi-
ness,” Democratic leader Garrett
stated, “whenever the majority party
can reach the point where functioning
is possible.” The Democrats have no
interest in Republican quarrels in
Congress or out. They are concerned
only in performing their duties as
representatives of the people. It is
everlastingly to their credit that they
stood aloof while the wrangling was
in progress. Now that organization
has been effected they can and will
pursue the purpose of conserving the
public interests.
Possibly the Old Guard majority
will keep faith and allow certain al-
terations to be made in the rules of
the House. Probably they will be re-
quired only to give the insurgents a
part of the patronage. In any event
it is well that the deadlock is broken
and that the business of the country
may be taken up and considered. The
rules are and have been unjust and
oppressive to the minority. But there
is little promise of reform in the con-
cessions made by Mr. Longworth.
The committee which makes the rules
will be packed and while the insur-
gents may propose changes the Old
Guard will dispose of them. That is
the lesson of experience.
——Maybe Pinchot will not get a
chance to shy the Texas Governor's
hat into the ring. He must have at
least one delegate in the convention
to do the throwing.
——*“Diamonds of Malopo,” a won-
derful serial story begins in this issue.
that killed - father - The Friends of"
| other
Pinchot’s Hopeful Scheme.
Governor Pinchot’s new plan for
forcing downward the price of anthra-
cite coal reads like a lullaby in joy-
land. It’s almost too good to be true.
It creates enough commissions and
provides for enough agents, clerks
and other officials to make every fam-
ily in the broad Commonwealth hope-
ful if not happy, regardless of the
price of fuel. There would be a joint
commission of five or seven according
to the temper of Congress on the
question, and a Pennsylvania coal
commission of three Pinchot pets, and
these commissions would be invest-
ed with such powers and authorized
or required to perform such duties as
would employ a vast army of officials
and keep them “as busy as nailers.”
In inviting the co-operation of oth-
er States in this tax-eating enterprise
Governor Pinchot has taken great
pains to prove the legality of the plan.
Before the adoption of the federal
constitution, he states, the colonies
entered into similar agreements and
nobody protested. Since then several
of the States have made agreements
on various subjects and their validity
has never been disputed, and the
United States government has fre-
quently negotiated agreements with
State authorities and “got away with
them.” In fact the Governor makes
it plain that if the several anthracite
using States and the government of
the United States enter into his
scheme it will be entirely legal and
The weakness of the Governor's
scheme is the fact that it makes no
provision to compel the States con-
cerned or the federal government to
join in it. At the last meeting of Ex-
ecutives, held in Governor Pinchot’s
office a couple of weeks ago, no incli-
nation was shown to take the matter
seriously. Governor Silzer, of New
Jersey, made some suggestions but
they were promptly rejected by those
who were there in the interest of
Presidential candidates rather than
coal consumers, and the chances are
the next conference will fail for the
same reason. The New England Gov-
ernors are for Coolidge, the Pennsyl-
vania Governor for himself, and the
prBject is practically certain to fail.
——Four weeks from next Monday
there will be a general housecleaning
at the court house; most of the faces
which have been familiar landmarks
there for many years will disappear
and new pictures will appear in the
court house ring. The advent of the
new officers will also mean a number
of new appointments, and while many
people are curious to know who the
lucky ones will be when the plum tree
is shaken up to this time none of the
officials-elect have made public the
names of their appointees, and it is
highly probable that no decision has
yet been made. One of the most de-
sirable appointments is that of clerk
to the county commissioners, and
while it is understood that there are a
number of applicants they are ail oc-
cupying the anxious bench at this
——*Diamonds of Malopo,” a won-
derful serial story begins in this issue.
——An item in one of the Johns-
town papers announces the fact that
Cambria county is to fall in line with
“first-class counties” of the
State by installing typewriter trans-
cribing machines in the offices of the
register and recorder for the purpose
of entering all records in typewriting.
Centre county has been using trans-
cribing machines during the past
twenty years and it is almost like an-
cient history to learn that the big
county of Cambria has clung to the
slow process of having its records
transcribed by hand with pen and ink.
——Grafting in Russia is a capital
crime according to current reports.
If that were the penalty in this State
the Republican majority would soon
——If immigrants are admitted on
parole after the quota has been filled
it doesn’t gmatter much whether the
quotas ar§flarge or small.
——The gold-beaters having gone
on a strike the bootleggers of the
country are wondering what they will
do for Christmas gifts.
——The German Crown Prince that
was declares he only desires to live
the life of a quiet gentleman. He
may possibly be quiet.
——Speaking * of foreign policies
Secretary of State Hughes is the most
uncertain’ problem now before the
American public.
——The enforcement of the twelve-
mile treaty was rather premature, as
the treaty has not been written yet.
nn ssi A AL
It would be rather a sad thing
for France if Germany is forced into
a single-handed fight.
. 1923.
Secretary Hughes in Co-operation.
NO. 48.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Secretary Hughes explains that the
United States is still ready to co-op-
erate with other nations, but it won’t
entangle itself in an alliance. He rec-
ognizes that our part in the world
war was not that of an Ally, but of a
co-operator. This was universally un-
derstood at the time; hence the ex-
pression the “Allied and Associated
Powers.” “We are still opposed to al-
liances,” he says. “We refuse to com-
mit ourselves in advance with respect
to the employment of the power of
the United States in unknown contin-
gencies; we reserve our judgment to
act upon occasion as our sense of du-
ty permits.”
This is his present opinion of the
League of Nations. But it was not
his opinion three years ago, when he
and his colleague in the Cabinet, Mr.
Hoover, and 29 other eminent Repub-
licans, advised voters to support Mr.
Harding as the surest way of getting
the United States into the League.
Nor does it account for the fact that
he and President Coolidge would par-
ticipate in an investigation of Germa-
ny’s financial capacity if all the Allies
asked it, but not if one of them refus-
ed. What does our co-operation
amount to if it is conditioned upon a
unanimous request to us to act?
Nor does the statement of Secreta-
ry Hughes justify the United States
in serapping a lot of battleships. This
puts it out of the power of the Unit-
ed States to decide during the next 10
years what naval force it oug t to
have. It takes three years to build a
battleship, and during that time a
crisis might come and go.
Nor does it justify the four-power
treaty regarding the Far East. That
binds the United States for a long
period; practically permanently until
the treaty is denounced. There is a
reservation in the treaty regarding
each nation’s right to decide when the
time comes what it will do. But if
there is not a very strong presump-
tion what each nation will do, of what
use is the treaty? The treaty is a
promise by the participating nations
of what they will do. ey might vi-
olate their promise without a reser-
| vation, but if it was supposed they
were likely to do so the promise would
be valueless and the time spent in
preparing it would be wasted. It was
a formal recognition of the sovereign-
ty of each party to the treaty. .
But that sovereignty does nif need
to be acknowledged; it is a fact.” And
it is sufficiently recognized in the
League covenant. The United States
was to have one member of the Coun-
cil, and the action of the Council has
to be unanimous, so that the United
States could veto any recommenda-
tion it was attempted to make
through the Council. And further-
more, while the economic boycott was
to go into effect summarily, it was to
go into effect by the action of the
members of the League directly, and
not through the Council. On the oth-
er hand, if the economic boycott were
not sufficient the Council was to ad-
vise—not order—what further steps
should be taken, and as the members
of the League are sovereigns, they
are not subject to the orders of the
Council, but must decide for them-
selves what they will do.
We cannot refrain from referring
again to the “League to Enforce
Peace,” organized by one Republican
ex-President, and the “posse comita-
tus of nations,” repeatedly urged with
all the energy of the other one. And
if we should go back into ancient his-
tory we should find that our agree-
ment with other nations to suppress
the slave trade was just as much of
an alliance as membership in the
League of Nations would be.
If we have not said enough to con-
vince the Mr. Hughes who is Secreta-
ry of State in a Republican - adminis-
tration, we have at least said enough
to convince the Mr. Hughes who ap-
pealed to friends of the League to
vote for Mr. Harding. ;
From the Kansas City Star.
A contributor to the New York
Evening Post who wants a warless
world has a new suggestion as to
how that kind of a world may be re-
alized. The suggestion is for the in-
clusion in the cabinet of a secretary
of peace. Whether a gesture like that
would banish war or not we do not
know, but it would make for interest-
ing possibilities any way. With a
secretary of war preparing for war
and a secretary of peace preparing
for peace, the chances for a deadlock
in government—which is the condition
government seems always to be striv-
ing Jor—vught to be greatly height-
In case our government should
adopt this suggestion, we beg to nom-
inate Newton D. Baker, ex-Secretary
of War, to be secretary of peace. As
Secretary of War he was always pre-
pared for peace.
tm —— Ap ————
Earned Incomes.
From the Bethlehem Globe.
Nothing in Secretary Mellon’s plan
for the reduction of income taxes has
attracted more favorable attention
than his proposal to reduce the tax
rate on “earned incomes.”
The essential justice of that pro-
posal'is evident to anybody, when once
the matter is clearly stated. An
“earned income” is the income of the
man or woman who works for wages
or salary, or fees for any kind of per-
sonal or professional service. The
big majority of our tax payers earn
their incomes.
—Joseph Effinger, a Shamokin insur-
ance agent, has been awarded $15,000 dam-
ages for the death of his brother, Thom-
as Effinger, who was killed on the Phila-
delphia and Reading Railroad on May 10.
—A gang of thieves entered the Wright
and Metzler store at Uniontown, on
Thanksgiving day, tied the watchman to a
chair, blew open three safes and escaped
with loot valued at $6,000, including cash
and merchandise.
—After suffering twenty years with a
fractured skull, John M. Schober, aged 71
years, died at Reading on Monday. He
was born on a ship at quarantine, New
York, while his parents, German immi-
grants, were about to enter this country.
—David ‘B. Gould, of Summerville, Jef-
ferson county, celebrated his eightieth
birthday last Wednesday by husking eigh-
ty shocks of corn. In the evening he
walked three miles to Heatville to attend &
revival meeting, walking home at its close.
—An attempt to crack a cocoanut with
the butt end of a pistol proved fatal to
William Kennedy, of New Castle, on Sun-
day. The pistol was discharged by the
hammering, and a bullet entered the
youth’s abdomen.
—Benjamin Hooliday, of New Kensing-
ton, superintendent of the Crucible Steel
company plant at Glassmere, died of heart
failure last Thursday while attending the
Pitt-Penn State football game in Pitts
burgh. He collapsed in the grandstand
at Forbes field and died en route to a hos-
—Burglars late last Thursday night en-
tered St. Coleman’s Catholic church in
Turtle Creek, Allegheny county, dragged a
safe from the secristy to the foot of the
altar and made an unsuccessful attempt to
open it. Rev. J. B. Shields found the safe
when he opened the church for services the
next morning.
—In order to protect the watershed
which feeds the reservoir of the Williams-
port Water company from pollution dur=-
ing the hunting season, the water com-
pany secured the services of two state
policemen to patrol its property and keep
off trespassers, and two Williamsport men
were the first to be arrested.
—The life of Daniel Hehn, aged 60 years,
a well known resident of Shamokin Dam,
was saved on Sunday by his daughter,
Mrs. Clinton Lawrence, who discovered
his body hanging from a rafter in an out-
house and cut him down. Despondent
over ill health, Hehn had attempted sui-
cide and would have succeeded had it not
been for the unexpected appearance of his
—Using a hacksaw which the authori-
ties believe was smuggled in to him,
Charles Getler escaped from the Wayne
county jail Saturday evening and is still
at liberty. Getler was held on a charge of
theft and was suspected of having com-
mitted a number of burglaries. When the
sheriff entered the jail to feed the pris-
oners he found Getler’s cell empty and the
bars sawed.
—Charged with highway robbery and
assault with intent to kill, Troy North, al-
leged to be responsible for a number of
hold-ups in Montour county recently, was
remanded to jail at Danville, last Satur-
day in default of $1500 bail. Xe was ar-
rested Friday night in Bloomsburg and
taken to Danville to answer a charge of
beating and robbing Michael McGraw, “of
East Danville.
—John J. Doonan, of Boston, Mass., and
William Pechtel, of Glenn Falls, New
York, 18 and 19 years of age respectively,
at Tuesday afternoon's session of court
before Judge Potter, in Columbia county,
plead guilty to the charge of stealing from
the Bloomsburg Silk Mill garage, the Es-
sex coach of Rock Guinard several weeks
ago. Judge Potter directed they be sent
to Huntingdon reformatory.
—George J. Keller, a member of the fac-
ulty of the Bloomsburg State Normal
school has a pet wolf, which he has reared
since it was only a week old. It was sent
him by a friend. Now, at the age of sev-
en months, the wolf weighs about seven-
ty-six pounds and is as tame as a dog. He
shakes hands with people and does many
tricks. With his master he is extremely
tame, but with strangers he is a little shy.
—A happy family with four children a
year ago, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Dolai, of
Fairbanks, near Uniontown, were rendered
childless Saturday night. Eight year old
Lillian Dolan, the last child, was killed
in an automobile accident. Two other
children had previously met similar deaths
and a third died of disease. The child
was killed when she darted from behind
one machine into the path of another
when crossing the road near her home.
—Joseph Mosley, of Berwick, 81 years
old, a former slave, is still working every
day in spite of his age, and at the hard-
est kind of work. He is employed in a lo-
cal rolling mill, a task that requires men
oft. unusual physical stamina and ability.
Mosley stands six feet three inches, weighs
319 pounds, wears a No. 16 shoe, and is
proud of the fact that he has the biggest
feet in Berwick. Mosley was a slave in
Georgia when Sherman made his famous
march to the sea. His master, he said,
‘was kind to his slaves and after the war
paid them for their work.
—Local and county authorities are con-
ducting a thorough search for Edwin
Wagner, the 13 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. H. E. Wagner, of Jersey Shore, who
disappeared from his home on November
23. No trace of the missing youth has
been found, and his mother is nearly fran-
tic awaiting news of her son. When last
seen he is said to have been in the compa-
ny of a man and another boy, who left
that place the above day. Edwin was
wearing a light-colored suit and dark
overcoat. He has dark hair and eyes. In-
formation on his description has been sent
from Jersey Shore in an effort to facili-
tate finding the youth.
—Determined to witness the annual
gridiron classic at Morgantown, W. Va.,
between Washington and Jefferson College
and West Virginia University, on Thanks-
giving day, Denver Gump, aged 18 years,
of Brave, near Waynesburg, lacking funds
for the trip, climbed aboard a passenger
special on the tracks of the Morgantown
and Blacksville railroad, opened the throt-
tle and started on a wild ride toward the
scene of the big game. Ten miles out of
Brave, the engine, passenger coach and
caboose were derailed when, hitting a ten-
mile an hour curve at a thirty-five mile
clip, the engine toppled over. Gump was
unconscious when found, but his injuries
are slight. The train was made up and
ready to start a run to Morgantown, the
crew having left for their meals when
Gump climbed aboard and started the en-
gine. 'Railroaders said the damage to the
train and equipment would total about
He died a half hour