Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 11, 1924, Image 1

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—It seems that President Cool-
idge has no objection to participating
in affairs in Mexico.
—One of the real reasons that the
Black and White Revue was so good
was that it featured the Bible all the
way through.
—The success of the Kendrick ad-
ministration will be measured more
by the accomplishments of the police
in suppressing vice in that city than
by the work of any other department.
And the policy will succeed or fail in
accordance with the determination
with which Mayor Kendrick stands
behind “Smed” Butler.
—The Senate deadlock over the
chairmanship of the committee on In-
terstate Commerce was broken, on
‘Wednesday, by the election of a Dem-
ocrat, Senator Smith, of South Caro-
lina, to that powerful position. Six of
the Republican insurgents in the Sen-
ate voted with the Democrats and
ended the deadlock that has existed
since December 3rd. Senator Bruce,
the Maryland Democrat, voted to the
last with the Republicans.
—The Mellon tax reduction plan
over which the Republican press is
trying to work the country into a hys-
teria of approbation, will save a mil-
lion and a half a year for the person
whose income is five million a year
and twelve dollars and seventy-five
cents for the fellow whose income is
four thousand a year. While the vast
majority of the people have incomes
of less than four thousand a year the
Mellon plan saves nothing for them,
yet they are the ones who have the
votes and are supposed to hurrah over
such hokum.
—Mrs. Pinchot told the Republican
women of Dauphin county, on Tues-
day, that her husband needs more
laws with which to enforce the Vol-
stead act in Pennsylvania. She urged
them to help divorce enforcement from
politics and to vote for only such nom-
inees for the Legislature as will
promise to pass all the laws Gif. puts
up to them. Cordelia is indeed a
wordy lady. With all her fine phrases
we don’t believe she would come up
in to Centre county and stump for a
Democrat who was running on the
platform to support her husband to
the nth degree in enforcement if there
were a wet Republican running for
the Legislature against the dry Dem-
—As she was being taken from the
court room in Philadelphia, after hav-
ing been convicted of murder in the
second degree, Mrs. Kathryn Miller
fought with the officers and shrieked:
“If Mrs. Rosier could kill two and go
free, why must I go to jail?” In that
screaming expression of her realiza-
tion that there is a penalty to be paid
for taking a human life was revealed
the danger society exposes itself to
every time it lets sentimentality
thwart justice. Doubtless reassured
by the long list of women who have
recently killed and gone free Mrs.
Miller thought she could keep any
other woman from getting her lover
by killing him and escape the conse-
quences. But she hasn’t, and, thanks
to the courage of a real jury, a cer-
tain class of women will realize the
danger of totin’ guns and shooting
down men whose love they have been
unable to gain or retain.
—TFire marshall Bob Kline seems to
take his job seriously. His report to
council on the work of the fire de-
partment for 1923 was not only com-
prehensive, but interesting, as well.
With forty fires that might have de-
stroyed $270,650 worth of property
handled in such a way that losses to-
talling only $11,500 were incurred we
think it meet that Marshall Kline or
some one should call public attention
to what those “bad men,” the Logans
and Undines, are really “loafing”
around the hose houses all the time
for. While they are “loafing” they
might be playing a game of pinochle
or five hundred—or something else,
but if they hadn’t had something to
draw them to the side of the appara-
tus they might not have saved $260,
050 worth of property from destruc-
tion. And Marshall Kline is right in
his suggestion that such a record
should be an unanswerable argument
should local fire insurance policy hold-
ers unite in a demand for a reduction
in the Bellefonte rate.
—Samuel Smed Butler let the cat
out of the bag in Philadelphia, on
Tuesday, when he told the police of
that city that if they do their duty his
greatest hour might come by march-
ing down Pennsylvania Avenue at the
head of the marines when Mayor Ken-
drick, of Philadelphia, becomes Presi-
dent Kendrick, of the grand old U. S.
A. Some may think he let the cat out
of the bag. We don’t. He merely re-
vealed the cat in the bag. Any one
with a mite of political perspicacity
might have seen that Kendrick is
playing a big game. A smart poli-
tician’s game of heads I win, tails you
lose. If he reforms Philadelphia,
even by sacrificing a lot of his erst-
while political friends, he automatic-
ally makes himself a potential candi-
date for Governor—that is if the east
can put over three nominees in suc-
cession. If he becomes Governor he
can have a grand time fixing up the
Philadelphia martyrs or make a rec-
ord at Harrisburg that might lead to
Washington and there he could dic-
tate just what should be done for the
political crooks who are running to
cover now under the lash of his new
Director of Public Safety. Yes, Ken-
drick has it coming and going and if
he doesn’t take advantage of the situ-
ation he’s an it.
VOL. 69.
Mr. Bok’s $100,000 Prize.
As only one of the 22,165 peace
plans submitted in response to the re-
ward offered by Mr. Edward W. Bok
has been given to the public it is im-
possible to measure the judgment of
the arbiters. The $100,000 offered
was an enticement to effort and it is
not surprising that the responses
were numerous. It may be assumed,
moreover, that the award has been
properly made. The plan is elaborate
and in the main fair. It recommends
immediate entrance into the perma-
nent court of international justice, not
for the reason that it is independent |
of the League of Nations, but mem- |
bership in the court would be leading
in the direction of membership of the
League, which is the logical destina-
tion. ’
If the author of the plan accepted
had been as frank as he is capable he
would not have written “that without
becoming a member of the League of |
Nations as at present constituted, the :
United States shall offer to extend its
present co-operation with the League
and participate in the work of the
League as a body of mutual counsel |
under conditions.” That implies & |
challenge of the value of the League |
“as at present constituted” when he
must have known that it is as nearly |
perfect as it was possible to make it
at the time it was written, and was as
certain to achieve the purpose for
which it was created as human en- |
deavor could make it. Palpably he
was throwing a tub to the whale of .
party prejudice.
Even at that, plan No. 1469, which
has been unanimously approved by
the board of judges, is a carefully
thought out and admirably expressed
scheme to promote and preserve peace
throughout the world in the future. It
exposes the fallacy of an “Association
of Nations” such as the late President
Harding professed to have in mind
and reveals the absurdity of President
Coolidge’s flippant dismissal of the
subject as “a closed incident.” The
ratification of the treaty of Versailles
and the covenant of the League of
Nations by the United States Senate
in 1920 would not only have averted
the war clouds and economic evils in
Europe since but would have restored
prosperity in this country three years
— After two years of careful con-
sideration of the subject chairman W.
Harry Baker has declined the office
of prothonotary of the Supreme
court, and a Philadelphia follower of
Roosevelt has been appointed. Won-
der what Baker gets that’s better
than $10,000 a year for life?
Snyder’s Charge Sustained.
State Treasurer Snyder is not al-
ways accurate in his statements con-
cerning Governor Pinchot but his re-
cent charge that the Governor has
been maintaining a private pay roll
seems to be supported by the facts.
During the session of the Legislature
the Governor asked for an appropria-
tion of $250,000 for use at the discre-
tion of the Attorney General which
was refused. But the usual appro-
priation for the personal expenses of
the Governor and the maintenance of
the executive mansion was made and
the Governor used it for the purposes
for which the special fund was intend-
| million dollars a year.
ed. In thus using the money the Gov- |
ernor neglected to specify to whom
the payments were made.
It has been customary for many
years to appropriate money for the
personal expenses of the Governor
and the report of the use of the fund
by Governor Brumbaugh caused con-
siderable amusement throughout the
State. Among other luxuries charg-
ed to his account were expensive
cigarettes, luxurious soft drinks and
the pressing or creasing of the guber-
natorial trousers. In this way he ex-
hausted nearly the entire amount.
Governor Sproul used comparatively
little of the amount allowed him. Be-
ing a very rich man he probably rea-
soned that such expenses as creasing
trousers could be met by draughts on
his private funds. But he was scru-
pulously careful to make an accurate
statement of his expenditures.
Governor Pinchot is likewise amply
able to pay his personal bills out of
his abundant resources and conceived
the idea that he might safely use the
personal appropriation to carry out a
plan which failed to appeal to the
Legislature. He could have paid the
expenses of his enterprise out of his
private purse. It was only a trifle
more than that paid for his nomina-
tion. But he figured that it was pub-
lic business and the public had a right
to pay for it. How he reconciled his
conscience to the evasion if not the
actual violation of the law remains to
be seen. He has not taken the pub-
lic into his confidence on this point.
But he certainly threw himself open
to censure,
roe Doctrine was declared.
If Premier Baldwins tenure of |
office was as fixed as that of Secretary
Hughes he could please himself bet-
ter and be less uneasy.
The falsity of Secretary Mellon’s
profession of tax reform has been ex-
posed by a statement of Representa-
tive Garner, of Texas, ranking Demo-
crat on the House committee on Ways
and Means, issued the other day. Mr.
Mellon’s plan is admirable for him-
self. It would cut his income tax bill
down something like $100,000 and
work similar advantages to the six to
eight thousand multimillionaires
whose incomes range from half to a
But the sav-
ing to the twenty or thirty million of
small income tax payers would be
trifling. Yet the shrewd Secretary
imagines that he can fool the vast
majority by saving them the few dol-
lars on their hard earned incomes.
But Representative Garner doesn’t
rest with the exposure of this false
pretense. He reminds the Secretary
that the great burden of taxes which
is impoverishing the people of the
United States is not on incomes. It
is the tariff tax which holds the cost
of living on a level that literally
works the confiscation of wages, not
only on those favored with comforta-
ble salaries but the lower paid labor-
ers in the industrial life of the coun-
try. The single man who earns a
thousand dollars a year or the family
man who gets twenty-five hundred
dollars a year in wages for his work
could pay the four per cent. on his in-
come if the price of food, clothing and
shelter were obtainable at reasonable
Mr. Garner cordially endorses the
income tax suggested by Mr. Mellon
on small incomes but objects to the
proposed cut on the tax of the un-
earned incomes of the millionaires. It
is neither fair nor equitable to those
who are robbed of their earnings from
labor by the exorbitant prices of every
necessity of life, which is the result of
tariff legislation enacted by the last
Congress in fulfillment of a contract
made by the Republican managers
with the contributors to the campaign
slush fund in 1920. - Everybody is in
favor of a tax reduction but the tax
on incomes is not the most oppressive
tax burden. If you want to relieve a
man remove the evil that is hurting
sens ssl fy ————
——The change in the shore limit
from three to twelve miles may have
made some difference in some ways
but it has not perceptibly decreased
the volume of hootch on the market.
New Element in Foreign Policy.
In authorizing the sale of war im-
plements and munitions to the gov-
ernment of Mexico President Coolidge
has injected a new and menacing ele-
ment into the foreign policy of this
country. For more than half a cen-
tury Mexico has been a source of
trouble to us. Even the Diaz admin-
istration was constantly compelled to
resist revolutionary enterprises, and
since his time force and fraud have
chosen the officials and insurrection
or rebellion has been the rule. But
never before has the government of
the United States intervened for or
against the administration, however
shady its title to authority might be.
The policy of self-determination has
not until now been violated.
The esteemed Philadelphia Record
likens the present action of the Wash-
ington government to the Holy Alli-
ance in resentment of which the Mon-
“That al-
liance of a Czar, a Kaiser and a King
{ was animated solely by a desire to
preserve the peace,” says our Phila-
delphia contemporary. “And it un-
dertook to secure peace by precisely
the same means as Mr. Coolidge and
Mr. Hughes employ. The old Holy
Alliance undertook to establish peace
in the western hemisphere by assist-
ing Spain to subjugate its revolted
colonies. The new Holy Alliance un-
dertakes to secure peace by enabling
Obregon to subjugate de la Huerta.”
A more perfect parallel could hardly
be drawn.
As Woodrow Wilson said in com-
menting upon the covenant of the
League of Nations, the government of
the United States is bound to the
principle of self-determination be-
cause by asserting that principle it |
was established. Every President of
the United States since Grant has
been importuned to intervene in be-
half of the then existing government |
of Mexico, menaced by revolutionists,
and each in turn declined. President
Harding refused to allow government
munitions to be sold to Poland and
President Wilson allowed only pri-
vate transactions in war materials
during the world war equally to both
combatants up until the declaration
of war against Germany. But Cool-
idge reverses all Presidents and prec-
a_i ————
——One advantage of the cold
wave lies in the fact that it lessons
the danger of automobile accidents.
——Secretary Mellon is finding out
that all Congressmen can’t be fooled
all the time.
While Governor Pinchot remains as
silent as a sphinx on the question of
his candidacy for President gossip in-
dicates that he is not exactly indiffer-
ent. The Old Guard managers have
been arranging things to suit them-
selves, though always leaving to the
Governor an option on a seat in the
Cleveland convention as delegate-at-
large, if he behaves. Good behavior
involves more or less stultification,
however. It means an agreement to
NUARY 11. 1924.
Garner Exposes the Mellon Fraud. | Governor Pinchot and Party Man-
{ that wheat prices were low last
vote on such questions as are brought
before the convention, including can- |
didates for President and Vice Presi- |
dent, as the managers favor, and look |
pleasant. If he desires to speak on |
any subject he will be required to sub-
mit his manuscript to the managers.
The Governor does not take kindly
to such conditions but he may be com-
pelled to submit. The exigencies of
the machine are such that absolute
harmony must be preserved and a dis-
cordant note from a man in the stand-
ing of the Governor of Pennsylvania
would be disastrous to the Old Guard
plans. There is an alternative, of
course, but it would be a hazardous
enterprise. It would be an offensive
alliance with Senator Hiram Johnson,
of California, and a determination to
“buck the line” from the beginning.
The Governor and Mr. Johnson have
had two or three conferences already
and it is suspected that such an alli-
ance has been under consideration.
But nobody except them knows what
has happened.
There is a good deal of friendly in-
terest among the Republicans of Penn-
sylvania, for Senator Johnson. He
was the “guide, philosopher and
friend” of the late Colonel Roosevelt
and that makes a strong appeal in
Pennsylvania. If Pinchot would cast
his “bar’l” in with Johnson’s lung
power there might develop a condition
that would revolutionize the Republi-
can party of the State. A failure
might be fatal to future hopes but any
hopes which Mr. Pinchot may have
for the future are futile anyway, and
therefore he has everything to gain
and nothing to lose by forming such
a combination. In any event every
“#¥rting between the Governor and
the Senator sends a spasm into the
hearts of the managers.
—Up to this moment those Centre
countians who have been fortunate
enough to fly to the balmy coasts of
Florida for the winter have little on
the rest of us who have to stay at
home and work. Thus far the weath-
er here has been about as pleasant as
any one could desire.
Our “Backwoods.”
The report that a Centre county
woman visiting Northumberland the
other day received her first glimpse of
a trolley car will not be surprising to
those who have traversed the moun-
tain sections of Pennsylvania some
distance from the railroads. Condi-
tions may be found there quite as
primitive as any in the South. The
currents of modern life have swept by
these people. The customs and ‘the
manner of speech of their settler an-
cestors largely prevail. The people
lead lives of simplicity. They have no
fine clothes and their houses are
small, but most of them live substan-
tially, if not luxuriously and there is
very little abject poverty. They are
sturdy and independent and much bet-
ter informed on questions of the day
than they are familiar with city ways
and fashions. There may be many
such as this Centre county woman
who have not seen a trolley car sim-
ply because they never have been in-
terested enough outside of their own
local affairs to go exploring into the
great outside world.—Wednesday’s
Harrisburg Telegraph.
It would be folly to either deny or
affirm the truth of the above story.
Doubtless there are in all rural com-
munities persons who have not seen a
trolley car or even been many miles
away from their home environment.
The simple life is more to their taste
than the Great White Way, but they
are exceptions rather than the rule.
And there are probably more people
living in cities who are woefully ig-
norant of the beauties and grandeur
of the vast rural communities.
Pat Harrison, of Mississippi,
“carries coals to New Castle.” That
is, he told the people of Pittsburgh,
the other evening, just what he
thinks of Secretary Mellon, of that
— A new model A Duplex print-
ing press has been installed in The
Times office, at State College, which
has a capacity of three thousand eight
page papers per hour.
—— The slate makers now put Con-
gressman Vare on the list of dele~
gates-at-large, which proves that
they are afraid of a Pinchot combi-
——Now that Sousa has been deco-
rated with the degree of Doctor of
Music let us hope that he will do |
something to jaz.
NO. 2.
Sowing Less Wheat.
| From the Philadelphia Record.
Thirty-seven countries produced
352,000 bushels of wheat more in 1923
than in 1922. That amount, which is
but little more than ten per cent. of
last year’s crop, does not appear a
| great surplus, and it might easily be
offset by a larger carry-over to the
crop year 1923-1924. But the fact is
and as the world’s crop was nearly 12
per cent. above that of the previous
year it is natural to put the two to-
gether and infer that the low price
was due to the large supply.
At any rate, it is inevitable that the
individual farmer should reason so. If
the wheat he sold last summer and
fall did not pay expenses he would as
a matter of course raise less for this
year, and turn to something that
could probably be more profitably
marketed, or let his land lie idle for a
season. He would at least save the
cost of fertilizer and cultivation and
And the farmers in at least three
countries, according to our Depart-
ment of Agriculture, have cut down
their wheat acreage. Taking this
country, Canada and Rumania togeth-
er they have reduced their wheat area
nearly 14 per cent. Most of this has
been made in this country. There is
little reason for the reduction in Ru-
mania, and Canada has vast areas of
new and cheap ground, and the rapid
increase of its grain exports which
has occurred in the last fifteen or
twenty years is likely to continue a
long time. From year to year there
may be fluctuations in the acreage,
but on the whole it is likely to expand
for many years. Population does not
increase as rapidly in the Dominion as
it does here, the supply of unoccupied
land is so great that not much in-
crease in prices is to be expected, and
the climate is such as to make wheat
almost the only possible staple crop.
The Department does not indicate
variations in other countries in wheat
area, but a reduction of more than 7,-
000,000 acres in the three countries
named can hardly fail to be reflected
in next year’s harvest. There may be
reductions of area in other countries,
but ours is the only one where there
has been loud complaint of low prices,
and early reports from Argentina and
Australia are more suggestive of in-
creased than decreased area.
The world’s rye crop was a little
larger last year than in 1922, and in
some countries rye and wheak are al-
most interchangeable. The barley and
cats crops last year were much larger
than those of 1922, and while they are
not much used for bread, they are
cereals the use of which reduces the
demand for bread. The increased
crops of rye, barley and oats would
weaken the demand for wheat at a
time when wheat was in increased
supply. Corn also is in some measure
a bread grain and the world’s crop
last year was larger than that of 1922.
Taking the five cereals in the aggre-
| gate, the production in 1923 was 1,-
128,000 bushels greater than in 1922.
Accept No Substitutes.
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Legislatures, Parliaments and Con-
gresses must be able to govern them-
selves in order efficiently to carry on
the business of governing a State or
a Nation.
Popular government through the
two-party system has worked out
with considerable success in the Unit-
ed States, virtually always assuring
the rule of the majority. But whether
we are satisfied with the system or
not, it is the last word in democratic
government that no efficacious alter-
native has been evolved.
In view of the tendency toward the
breakdown of party lines and the mul-
tiplying of parties, especially in Eu-
ropean countries, this last fact can-
not be too strongly emphasized. It
would be dangerous folly to start
throwing away our old clothes, even
though they may not quite fit, before
we are rather certain of a new suit.
‘These sound views are expressed by
Secretary of Commerce Hoover in a
letterto Wm. Allen White, the Kan-
sas editor. As Mr. Hoover suggests,
the only solution so far discovered for
the breakdown of the two-party sys-
tem has been the dictatorship, and a
dictatorship is unthinkable in the
United States.
In Italy an experiment will proba-
bly be made within the next year to
test the efficacy of plurality rule. Un-
der a new electoral law, the largest of
a number of parties will automatical-
ly control at least three-fifths of the
seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
In Great Britain a Labor govern-
ment, representing not even a plural-
ity of the voters, is about to come in-
to power. Certain political writers
are of the opinion that, as the thrice-
split Parliament fairly represents the
divisions in British public opinion, the
Parliament should be forced to run the
government under such conditions.
As Mr. Hoover observes, our own
Congress has become slightly infect-
ed with the disease that has crippled
European Parliaments. Strict party
discipline and acceptance of party re-
sponsibility are the vitally necessary
remedies if the disease is to be prop-
erly checked.
ni cpp mine me ——
——The insurgent war in the Unit-
ed States Senate seems to have sub-
sided and Senator Cummins enjoys
both choice jobs. :
~The Old Guard seems confident
but if Gif. and Hi, get together there
may be trouble yet, “you bet.”
— The silk throwing mill owned by E.
R. Wingard, of Selinsgrove, and located at
Independence, a mile below that place, was
burned to the gorund last Thursday. The
loss will reach $50,000, of which $15,000
was silk owned by a New York firm and
£35,000 on the building.
— Wallace Minnich, a Pennsylvania train
eperator, stood en the second floor of his
tower at Columbia, Pa. directing the
movements of trains while firemen fought
flames that raged beneath him on the first
floor. The fire originated from an over-
heated stove. Although nearly suffocat=
ed he escaped injury.
— Thrown from a car in which he was
riding, in a collision with another machine,
Emanuel Neff, aged about 38 years, a res-
ident of Mill Creek, Huntingdon county,
was so badly injured that he died a few
minutes after the accident. His skull was
fractured. Five other men in the car, all
of Mill Creek, escaped with more or less
severe injuries.
—“Gossip and you die,” were the words
written upon a slip of paper placed by
burglars upon the cash register in the
large grocery store of J. C. Prettyleaf, of
Lewistown, when they left the store early
last Friday morning after stealing all the
cash from the register amounting to about
$7. Entrance was gained by chiseling and
cutting a glass plate front from a door of
the store.
—Concurrent with the new year, trustees
of the Robert Packer hospital at Sayre,
announce they have insured the life of
chief surgeon Donald Guthrie for $100,000
in favor of the hospital to safeguard
against possible loss of his highly valued
services. While the amount is considera-
ble, Doctor Guthrie's services have much
higher value to the institution than any
pecuniary sum which might be named.
—Dr. Leon H. Bernd, of Philadelphia,
a widely known surgeon, died suddenly,
last Wednesday, while playing hand-ball
in the squash court of the University of
Pennsylvania. Heart disease was the
cause. Dr. Bernd was born in Macon, Ga.,
48 years ago. He served in France during
the world war as a major in the 305th re-
gerve cavalry. For ten years he was pro-
fessor of surgery at the Women’s Medical
College of Pennsylvania.
—Benjamin Bernstein, a Shamokin mer-
chant, has brought suit in the Northum-
berland county Common Pleas court at
Sunbury, seeking $25,000 damages from the
Philadelphia and Reading Railway compa-
ny for injuries he says he suffered in a
grade crossing accident. According to the
plaintiff's statement, he was on foot at the
time and heard no warning signal of any
kind. He claims a permanent injury and
asks the amount stated as sufficient remu-
—Said to have brooded over poor health,
Joseph Klavis, a miner, of Scranton, com-
mitted suicide on Wednesday in a little
shack where he lived alone. He fastened
an army rifle to a chair, tied one end of a
cord to the trigger and a tobacco can to
the other end of the cord. He then sat on
a chair facing the rifie on a level with his
heart, reached out with his toe and press-
ed on the can, which pulled the trigger.
The rifle ball literally blew the man’s heart
out and tore away part of the house wall
—William Dreppard, a baggage agent
for the Pennsylvania railroad at the Lan-
cagter station, frustrated an alleged swind-
ling plot, it is believed, through detecting
a peculiar odor emanating from a trunk
unclaimed several weeks after it had ar-
rived at the baggage room. In the trunk
was a quantity of valuable furs. Insur-
ance officials were notified and identi-
fied the furs as part of those believed stol-
en a few weeks before from the Superior
Fur company of Canton, Ohio. Their val-
ue, he said, was $15,000.
—Five young bandits. stripped Jacob
Moveinski, 50 years old, a storekeeper of
Plymouth, of his clothes and holding him
near a red hot stove, threatened to tor-
ture him if he did not reveal where his
money was hidden. The man pleaded that
all the money he had was in his coat and
the bandits finally took the $180 they
found there and left after again pushing
him against the stove and then beating
him up. They waved their revolvers at
the storekeeper and threatened to return
and shoot him if he gave the alarm. :
—General Charles Miller, nationally
known oil man and manufacturer, of
Franklin, on Sunday achieved an honor’
which is probably without precedent in
the United States. For the fifty-first con-
secutive year he was unanimously elected
president of the Miller Bible class and sus
perintendent of the First Baptist Sunday
school of that city. He is on the job.
every Sunday. He is now past 70 years of .
age. Three years before going to Frank-
lin he was assistant superintendent of a.
Sunday school in Buffalo, which makes
his fifty-fourth year in such an executive
Francis” Kerstetter, a farmer residing
several miles east of Sunbury, was proba-
bly fatally injured Saturday when gored
by an infuriated steer when about to lead
the animal from its stall in the barn to
sell it to John Lesher, a Treverton butch-
er. The sale of the steer was arranged be-
tween Kerstetter and Lesher at the home
of Kerstetter, after which they proceeded
to the barn. As the owner stepped into
the stall to lead the animal out, he was
charged and pinned against the side of
the small enclosure. He had been gored
four or five times before his cries brought
help from his son and Lesher.
—Charged with neglect of duty and
maintaining a public nuisance through
failure to keep a sewer open, president of
council | Fisher and councilmen Stiner,
Yorks, Baker, Hughes, Creveling and Sny-
der, of Bloomsburg, were arrested on Sat-
urday and each held under $300 bail for
February court. The information was
laid by William Hutton, convicted in court
on a charge of maintaining a nuisance,
and on whom sentence soon is to be im-
posed. Hutton was convicted for alleged
failure to keep a small sewer leading to
the public sewer open and in his action he
alleges the blockade of the public sewer
caused the trouble in the private one,
— National banks throughout the State
will be affected by the announcement of
Attorney General Woodruff in a letter to
James Francis Burke, general counsel for
the Pittsburgh Clearing House Associa~
tion, that no more efforts will be made to
escheat to the Commonwealth moneys in
bank the depositors of which. have not
claimed it within fourteen years. The de~
cision of the United States Supreme court,
which recently declared a similar law in
California unconstitutional, is taken as the
guide of the Pennsylvania authorities.
Approximately $500,000 is said to have been
paid into the State Treasury, but the State
authorities do not feel there is any legal
way for them to refund the money.