Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 07, 1924, Image 1

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    Benoa] in
—Mr. Attorney General Daugher-
ty is not quite on the slide, but cer-
tainly he must feel himself slipping.
—When it comes down to getting
the country back to “Normalcy” that
seems to be what our friends, the Re-
publicans, are trying to do everything
—The Methodists surely ought to
fire their Conference booking agent.
Here he’s gone and billed them for a
session in Williamsport the week after
the Evangelicals have been there to
eat up all the chicken.
—The Republican delegation from
Pennsylvania to the Cleveland con-
vention has pre-empted three hotels.
‘We presume one for Senators Pepper
and Reed; one for Harry Baker and
one for Gifford and Cordelia.
—In fourteen days spring will be
here. When winter arrived, three
months ago, the spectre in the season-
al procession was the snow shovel.
Now the fly in the ointment of ap-
proaching spring is the lawn mower.
—Incidentally, who’s heard of Her-
bert Hoover lately? Before he was
invited into the Cabinet there was
some question as to whether Herb.
was a Democrat or Republican. We
wonder what he wishes that he was
—If we are to put any credence in
the signs of the times and believe the
suggestions we hear from significant
sources on the side there is a political
snit waiting for the right Democrats
in the Legislative and Congressional
contests in this district.
his code modified by the next Legis-
lature so that it won’t give as much
power to his successor as it has be-
stowed on him looks to us a good bit
like marching the Commonwealth up
the hill; then marching it down again.
—The country isn’t sore at govern-
ment. It’s sore at the kind of gov-
ernment. When we give a dollar in
indirect taxation to a soldier we do it
cheerfully. But when we learn that
he gets only fifteen cents of it just
naturally we rise up on our hind feet
and want to know where and why the
other eighty-five go.
—We note with interest the first |
meeting and luncheon of the recently
organized Kiwanis club of Bellefonte;
all the while wondering what Kiwa-
nis is really going to do to justify its
existence. Such organizations through-
out the country are doing big things
in the way of community welfare and
we are hoping that Kiwanis here will
do the same. :
— What's the use of sending Repub-
first two devote to messin
things up and the next two—because
they are found out—they make a pre-
tense of cleaning up and when they
don’t get that completed they have
the nerve to stand up and ask the
country to keep them in power until
they do do it. :
—1Isn’t it funny how misguided
some people are? If we were to
propose Senator Walsh for member-
ship in the Ku Klux Klan there
wouldn’t be enough black balls in the
box to express the feelings of Klan
as to his eligibility. Yet, what the Ku
Klux has or will do for the country
will be forgotten long before it will
have fully appraised the stupendous
service of the Senator from Montana.
—We are not worrying about the
effects on the government of the ter-
rible scandals that are daily being re-
vealed at Washington.
President of the United States will be
a Democrat, confidence will be restor-
ed and the Republicans will clean their
own house if they hope to have a look
in in 1928. It was ever thus. Over-
whelming victories like the one that
swept Harding into office in 1920 are
invariably interpreted as licenses to
loot, but they are not that; even
though those who jockey themselves
into the control of the Republican
party think so.
—By way of suggestion to those
who think of running for the position
of chairman of the Democracy of Cen-
tre county let us exude this: The oth-
er day a gentleman suggested that
there is a remote possibility that we
might meet with favor as a candidate.
Waiving discussion as to the why of
that “remote possibility” we want to
say right here that we wouldn’t ad-
vise any one to take the office with a
thought of getting results unless
every one who votes for him would
thereby pledge himself or herself to
give at least fifty cents a year toward
paying the bills.
—Those closest to those who really
know in Washington are of the opin-
ion that all the orgie of corruption
that is shocking the country today
was framed in Chicago, four years
ago, when that mid-night conference
was held and the Presidential nomi-
nation handed to Senator Harding.
They do not imply that the late Presi-
dent knew anything of it. But it is
the conviction of the best informed
that his sense of gratitude for the
great honor conferred on him blinded
. him to the game that was being play-
ed. The half has not been told of
the corruption of the traitors to the
confiding trust Mr. Harding reposed
in them. Revelation may yet be ex-
pected of such scandals as will black-
en the pages of American governmen-
tal history forever and shake the con-
fidence of the country in the Repub- |
lican party to pieces, all because it!
has offered the only asylum to those
whom Elihu Root once declared to be
the “corrupt and criminal masquerad-
ing as Republicans.”
- &
VOL. 69.
Daugherty Will Resign.
It is practically agreed among the
Republican leaders in Washington that
Attorney General Daugherty will re-
sign his office about the first of May.
Like Denby he protested loudly that
he would not resign and like the Sec-
retary of Navy he will resign to “save
the face” of the administration.
Those directing the affairs of the gov-
ernment imagine it will make a differ-
ence in public sentiment whether
Daugherty and Denby are out or in.
They betrayed the country and were
protected in the iniquity as long as it
was possible. If they had not been
exposed to public reprobation they
would have remained in as long as the
party continued in power. Their
going out is no evidence of improved
party morals.
The next!
Next to former Secretary of the In-
| terior, Albert A. Fall, the most cul-
pable of the conspirators to rob the
Navy of its oil reserve is Attorney
General Daugherty. It is true that he
had no part in the actual transactions
| with Doheny and Sinclair, but he must
| have had guilty knowledge of the ne-
—The Governor’s proposal to have |
gotiations from the beginning, and it
i was his duty as law officer of the gov-
! ernment to protest and prevent. Near-
! ly all the subordinates in his office are
_inculpated in one way or another and
it would have been impossible for
i them to have acted as they did with-
| out his knowledge. His resignation
now will not absolve him from blame.
‘He might as well have brazened it
out to the end and gone down with the
: others.
| The Harding administration brought
"into control of the government at
Washington a group of corruptionists
and incompetents who set about at
once to plunder. Fall in the Interior
Department, Daugherty in the De-
partment of Justice, Denby in the Na-
vy Department, Forbes in the Bureau
winked at looting almost the mo-
ment they were inducted into office.
Now that a few of them have been
' found out they hope to appease pop-
ular indignation by making goats of
Daugherty and Denby and convicts of
Fall and Forbes. But the people will
i £
exposure there’ would have been no
resignations. All the people can’t be
fooled all the time.
——A . Michigan Congressman
threatens to form: an automobile bloc
in the House. That is a dangerous
proposition. Anything that might in-
| terfere with the right of any body to
should be discouraged.
Pinchot Wants Code Modified.
Governor Pinchot stands appalled
at the vastness of the power conferred
upon him by the “administrative
code” enacted by the last Legislature.
It is not that he is afraid of abuses
during the period of his tenure of the
office. On the contrary he is still
sublimely confident of his own wis-
dom, forbearance and patriotism. But
i there is a limit to his commission and
| the menace lies in what may come
i afterward. Some selfish and sordid
| politician may be chosen to the office
iin the near or remote future, and
. what such a creature might do under
! with dismay.
| intelligence and less egotism might
; do much harm.
For this reason the Governor in-
i tends to ask the next Legislature to
materially modify the measure and
bring it within reasonable disteace of
| constitutional authority. At wane re-
‘ cent conference held in the office of
Senator Pepper and called for the
purpose of selling Pinchot a place on
the slate of delegates-at-large to the
National convention, he submitted the
proposition and was led to believe it
had been acquiesced in. But the Sen-
ators and chairman Baker contradict
this statement. They emphatically
declare that they have agreed to no
legislative program of the Governor
. or any one else. They probably want
! the code preserved now for the same
| reason that Pinchot doesn’t.
When the measure was pending in
the Legislature the “Watchman” pro-
tested against its passage for pre-
cisely the same reasons that the Gov-
ernor now wants it modified. But a
servile Legislature, influenced by a
lust for spoils and enticed by prom- |
ises of official favors, enacted the law
and Pinchot employed it with the zeal
and ingenuity of a huckster to pro-
mote his selfish ambition. Now that
the period of his opportunity to prof-
it by it is drawing to a close, and the
result of his use of it has been disap-
pointing, he wants it changed so that
no man of greater capacity in polit-
ical manipulation may achieve what
he failed to accomplish. It is to be
hoped, however, that he will procure
the modification.
——It may be true, as Senator
Lodge says, that “President Harding
gave his life to the nation.” But he
first gave the nation over to a gang
of corruptionists.
of Veterans, and others seem to have
put additional taxes on automobiles
the provisions of the “code” fills him
A Governor with more
| Tax Bill a Democratic Victory.
As we expected, the insurgent Re-
publicans of the House of Represen-
tatives yielded, in part at least, to the
lure of spoils. On the final vote on
the Mellon bill the Longworth com-
promise as between the Mellon and
the Garner bills was adopted. It
wasn’t much of a victory for the ma-
chine but it serves as a meagre meal
to the vanity of the Republican floor
leader. The Mellon bill fixed the max-
imum tax on big incomes at twenty-
five per cent. and the Garner measure
provided a tax of forty-four per cent.
The Longworth compromise is thirty-
seven and a half per cent. On the
smaller incomes the Garner schedules
are maintained, so that as a matter of
fact, the victory is to the Democrats.
The Mellon bill was a rich man’s
measure. Senator Couzens, of Mich-
igan, declares that if it had been in
force from the beginning of the in-
come tax levy it would have saved
him $4,000,000. In the same period of
time it would have saved Secretary
Mellon probably double that amount.
It was the result of an implied agree-
ment. between the Republican party
managers and the multi-millionaires
of the country in consideration of
slush funds contributed in 1920 and
expected in 1924. Because it decreas-
ed the total volume of income tax sev-
eral million dollars it was called a
tax reduction measure. But as a mat-
ter of fact it didn’t reduce taxes at
all. What was taken off big incomes
was put on other articles.
The Garner bill not only increased
the exemption upon small incomes but
decreased the levy from four to two
per cent.: Like the other measure it
provided for taxation of subjects not
heretofore taxed, but in less propor-
tion. It was in reality a tax reduc-
tion bill and will decrease the tax levy
of the country on all subjects a mat-
ter of nearly half a billion dollars a
year. Of course it has to run the
' gauntlet of the Senate yet, and the
trading propensities of the Republi-
can machine will have another
chance. But in any event whatever
tax reduction is effected by the pres-
ent Congress will be ascribable to the
efforts of the Démocratic minority
and in spite of the Republican major-
ity. :
| ——An esteemed
they had solemnly sworn to protect
of the
contemporary |
suggests that Jim Reed’s aspirations
for the Democratic nomination be far have not been encouraging so far
“laughed out of the convention.” We as prices bid on either stock or imple-
for , ments are concerned. It takes a $300
‘move to substitute ‘“hooted”
Fight Against Pinchot Revived.
| There have been some indications
: within the past week of a revival of
the opposition to Governor Pinchot as
a candidate for delegate-at-large to
the Republican National convention.
Frank McClain has had himself inter-
viewed two or three times within that
period and in each interview he has
declared that Republican sentiment is
being aroused on the subject. The
statement is not corroborated by any
other evidence direct or circumstan-
tial. There are no perceptible signs
of activity in any of the centers of
population. But it may be true, nev-
ertheless. Recent incidents might
easily be made to contribute to such
a result.
During his recent sojourn in New
: York the Governor has been rather
free with his tongue as well as heret- '
ical. He has openly charged the Re-
publican leaders in Washington with
responsibility for the oil scandals and
other crimes against the country and
on one occasion, at least, declared
that greater crimes than those al-
ready exposed have been perpetrated
by the same gang of corruptionisis.
He declared that the vast coal depos-
its of Alaska have already been se-
cretly sold to speculators and that the
timber resources would have been dis-
' posed of in the same way except for
an unexpected circumstance. Such
statements must be unpleasant to the
ears of his proposed colleagues in the
Then there is a probability of
another reason for reopening the
fight which had practically frittered
itself out a week ago. Mr. Straas-
berger may have “loosened up” a bit
to make him the candidate against
the Governor he revealed signs of an
attack of financial constipation which
: was necessarily discouraging to those
! who expected so much of him in the
| way of “sinews of war.” Naturally
| this cast a damper over the enthu-
: siasm of his backers and created a
lull in the activities of their friends.
{ The renewal of interest in the con-
i test may be ascribable to this chang-
| ed condition.
——Senator Pepper blames it all on
the late President Harding. That is
| “safety” if not actually “first.”
Harding being dead can’t answer.
——Congressman Andrews, of Mas-
sachusetts, says the veteran service
men don’t need cash. Wonder where
he “gets that stuff.”
recently. Soon after the agreement |
Futile Effort to Involve Democrats.
There seems to be a thoroughly or-
ganized movement on the part of the
Republican managers and newspapers
to involve Democrats in the oil scan-
dals. The effort is especially directed
against such conspicuous members of
the Democratic party as might be con-
sidered available for the nomination
for President. The first shot was
fired at William G. McAdoo but it
failed to disturb his friends in the
least. Since that a futile aim was di-
rected toward Mr. Underwood and a
regular machine gun barage has been
opened upon Josephus Daniels, who
was Secretary of the Navy during the
Wilson administration, who, though
not considered an aspirant for the
nomination, is regarded as a possible
The obvious purpose of this organ-
ized misrepresentation is to confuse
the public mind and divert attention
from the criminal operations of Re-
publican officials. Even if what they
have said of Mr. McAdoo, Mr. Under-
wood and Mr. Daniels were true there
would not be the least trace of crim-
inality in their actions. Mr. McAdoo
had been out of the public service
nearly a year when he was retained
as counsel for Doheny. The only
thing said against Underwood is that
some one else had been asked to ap-
peal to him to do something that he
didn’t do and was never asked to do,
and the charge against Mr. Daniels is
so completely refuted by the public
records as to appear absurd. No man
outside an insane asylum could be de-
ceived by such false stories.
The turpitude in the scandals lies in
the perfidy of public officials in be-
traying interests of the people which
and conserve. No charge of this sort
has been or can be made against any
official of the Wilson administration.
It may be true that Mr. Doheny pro-
fessed to be a Democrat but he held
no official position as a Democrat and
the fact that he contributed liberally
to the Republican campaign fund in-
dicates that his profession that he was
a Democrat was false. As a matter
e oil scandals are solely and
setiially Republican products and
prove the rottenness of the Republi-
can party. There can be no evasion
of the facts.
— Public sales in the county thus
horse of three years ago to get a bid
of more than $100 today and cows,
very good ones, rarely go higher than
$70. Shoats weighing one hundred
pounds have been knocked down for
$5.00 and implements, unless in un-
usually good condition, seem to be in
very poor demand.
nny lp
——Tuesday night's rain was very
spring-like and just hard enough to
wash away a good portion of the filth
accumulated on the streets since the
deep snow of several weeks ago. With
only one more week of ground hog
weather it won’t be long until the rob-
ins will be here and other summer
birds twittering in the tree tops.
—Governor Pinchot is back at his-
CH 7. 1924.
desk in Harrisburg with twenty
pounds more flesh on his bones and !
oodles more juice in his batteries. |
Watch Gif! He might stampede the |
Cleveland convention with a Forbes
cross and a crown of tea pots.
——Last week’s term of court was
a little hard on sheriff Dick Taylor’s
boarders. With four regulars sent to
the penitentiary he has only six left
to answer the roll call at meal time.
——Governor Pinchot has returned
to Harrisburg in restored health and
in fighting spirit. There ought to be
several hot times in that old town in
the near future.
——Mr. McLean, the Washington
millionaire, employs too many “handy-
men.” He seems to have as many
secretaries as “Grant had soldiers.”
—— “Keep Coolidge” has been
adopted as a slogan by Republicans of
Iowa, and in the fact of the oil scan-
dals it may be a difficult task.
——1It is said that the snow fall in
February was much below normal but
we are not referring to the matter in
the form of a complaint.
——Mars will be within 30,000,000
miles of the earth in August of this
year, which is all right of he doesn’t
“rattle his saber.”
~——March came in very lamb-like,
but let us all hope it will not go out
like a roaring lion.
~——Only thirty-nine more days un-
til the opening of the trout fishing
—— fm ———————
—When you see it in the
man” it’s true.
NO. 10.
The following pretty little fantasy in
verse was written as a solace to two chil-
dren whose illness necessitated their being
taken to Florida. Their little hearts broke
when they found they had to leave their
“fairy garden” where they daily hunted
the wee sprites and always hoped to find
one under a stone.
A dear little fairy came just now
From out the sun’s warm rays,
And said he’d been hunting some little
For days—and days—and days.
He perched so light on my window sill
That I feared he'd be wafted away
By a soft snow-flake on the merry breeze,
And, of course, I wished him to stay.
I told him just where you all had gone;
While he fluttered and preened his wings,
He was dainty and sweet, and beautifully
pink ;
He must have been fashioned from dreams!
Well—after a while—it seemed not long
He turned and made a bow;
And while I looked he fluttered away
And I can’t see a trace of him now.
He's flying South—I'll tell you why
I'm so certain and sure of that
For right through the rays of the morning
I see a wee fairy track. :
Tax Bill Compromises.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Democrats can afford to view with
equanimity the passage by the House
of Representatives of the so-called
Longworth compromise tax reduction
bill, inasmuch as the compromise is
virtually an acceptance of their point
of view, the maximum surtax rate,
37.6 per cent., being much nearer the
Garner bill figure, 44 per cent., than
that sponso by Secretary Mellon,
‘which was 25 per cent. At the same
time, we are told, ‘adoption of the
plan was the cause for much jubila-
tion on the Republican side,” which
has lately had nothing but defeats and
rebuff for its portion. Thus it appears
that both sides have: ground for satis-
faction, and this was shown in the
final vote, where but -eight members
rsisted in their opposition to the
last, while 408 favored the measure.
There really ought to be no politics
in a tax reduction bill, and there
would probably have been none in this
case if the Administration had not
ad r of, “bill
of its own and announcing that if it
was materially changed a Presidential
veto might be expected. This was so
obviously a political play, intended to
appeal to tax-payers on the eve of a
national election, that Democratic an-
tagonism was immediately aroused,
and the Garner bill appeared as a sub-
stitute. This, backed up by the solid
Democratic strength of the House and
the Western insurgent element, was
so much nearer the popular conception
of what a tax bill should be that the
Republicans were forced to abandon
the Mellon schedules and accept the
principles of the Garner bill in a
slightly modified form.
Probably the Senate, which in many
respects is inclined to be more rad-
ical than the House, will make many
changes in this compromise measure,
but these are likely to be rather away
from, than toward, the Mellon figures.
After all, the American people are not
greatly concerned whether the surtax
on large incomes shall be 37.5, 40 or
44 per cent. What they want is a re-
duction in the tax on moderate in-
comes, and they would like to see Con-
gress enact such legislation without
regard to politics. A compromise be-
tween extreme views is the natural
outcome of such a situation, and that
is why the Republicans have backed
down from their first position. There
is little reason to fear that President
Coolidge will make good his threat of
a veto. The people want tax reduc-
tion, and no President will be so rash
as to disapprove of a bill which sat-
isfies both branches of Congress in
this respect and therefore may be sup-
posed to be in accord with dominant
public opinion.
Strange Bedfellows.
From the Vienna Neue Freie Presse.
What compensation has Serbia re-
ceived for its acceptance of this so-
lution of the Fiume question? And is
it true that Italy promised to enter
into closer relations and, in case of an
attack, assist Serbia, and thereby
avert danger on the Macedonian fron-
tier? Such a reversal would be one
of the most daring in history. Hith-
erto Italy has openly or in secret sup-
ported all opponents of Serbia. The
good relations between Italy and Bul-
garia and the striking Italian benev-
olence toward Hungary are generally
known. Perhaps all these things were
only methods of exerting pressure on
Serbia and of impressing it with the
importance of coming to terms with
The Geography of Morality.
From the Chicago Evening Post.
Our Chinese missionaries, who are
exercised over our best Americans
taking up Mah Jong, which is a terri-
ble gambling game of sin in China, |
should remember that virtue is geo-
graphical. Parchesi, played by many
of our mose correct Methodists some
years ago, is nothing but faro in In-
dia—or is it
parently simple game of lotto, which
we remember toying with as an inno-
cent Presbyterian child, is, of course,
identical with the original Wild West-
ern vice of keno. We shouldn’t be a
bit surprised to hear that the devil
jrventad tiddly-winks, croquet and au-
Egypt 7—while the ap- |
—Returning from a neighboring town to
his home at Kittanning Point, John Good
obligingly gave a stranger a ride in his
sled but on the way the stranger set upon
him, violently choking him and stole $57
in money, a judgment note for $70 and val-
uable papers. ]
—Daniel K. Shadle, of Lock Haven, nar-
rowly escaped fatal injuries when he fell
while carrying a crock of sulphuric acid
down the stairs at his garage. He sustain-
ed burns to his eye, neck and back, while
the other parts of his body were protected
by the clothing he wore.
—Inspecting the county jail at Holli-
daysburg on Monday, warden William
Reifsteick found that James Williams,
colored, of Tyrone, had dug all but
through the three-foot jail wall, conceal-
ing the opening with his clothes. A pipe
and screwdriver were used.
—John Williams, one of the six convicts
who escaped from the eastern penitentiary
last July, was captured in Geneva, N. Y.,
after he had shot and killed a policeman
who detected him and a man said to be
his brother-in-law in the act of blowing a
safe in the station of the New York Cen-
tral Railroad last week.
—A well known farmer in Wayne coun-
ty bid in an old lounge at a sale recently
for 25 cents. It was twice re-covered and
then thrown on the junk pile. A thrifty
daughter of the farmer took the lounge
home the other day. She varnished it and
later started to upholster the old couch.
As she ran her hand in the seam of the
head rest she drew out a $20 bill.
—Declaring that the liberation of bears
and other destructive animals in certain
sections of Blair county are becoming a
nuisance and menace to many farmers and
others by their depredation in destruction
of crops and farm animals, Blair county
Pomona Grange, at its meeting on Friday,
adopted a resolution protesting to the
State Game Commission against further
—The fate of Henry Percibolla, 23 year
old Italian youth who came to this coun-
try two years ago to make his fortune,
and located in Shamokin, was death by
blood poisoning last Friday. Several
weeks ago he received a cut on the back of
his left hand, and regarding it 1ghtly,
neglected to receive medical attention. The
result was blood poisoning developed,
causing his death. He is survived by his
wife and several children.
—Russell Snyder, of Mill Hall; E. W.
Zelle, of Castanea, and Meyer Hodes, of
Lock Haven, were each fined $25.00 and
costs at a hearing before Alderman Wil-
liam Rathgeber, in Lock Haven on Sat-
urday, on the charge of dealing in raw
furs without a State license. Dean Mec-
Cauley, of Salona, was committed to the
county jail in default of $300 bail for a
hearing on March 8th, pending a further
investigation on the same charge.
—Dr. J. K. Rishel, president of the J. K.
Rishel Furniture company, of Williams-
port, has made a memorial gift of $100,000
to the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary,
of which he is director and treasurer. The
gift is a memorial to his wife. This is the
largest gift ever made to the Seminary,
which is just now entering upon a pro-
gram of expansion in building and scho-
lastic curriculum, and which can now be
carried out on a broader scale than at first
planned. rk ¥
—One of the largest car orders received
in recent years was awarded on Saturday
to the American Car and Foundry compa-
ny, at Berwick, 2000 steel box cars for the
Pennsylvania Railroad company and 750
steel frame automobile cars for the Del-
aware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
company. Construction work will be
started as soon as material is on hand.
With the orders recently received, Satur-
day's bookings are sufficient to keep the
plant busy for nearly nine months.
—Testifying that her daughter, Jennie
Scotko, 18 years old, had stolen clothing
belonging to mourners at a funeral at her
home and that she had not yet recovered
her best coat, which was among the stolen
articles, Mrs. Scotko, of Shamokin, influ-
enced the Northumberland county court
jury at Sunbury, on Monday, to send her
daughter and a companion, Marie Bartko,
also of Shamokin, to a reform institution.
She testified that she is the mother of
thirteen children, nine of whom are yet at
home, and was unable to control her eld-
est. »
—Having 2,300 volts of electricity pass
through his body without killing him, was
the frightful experience of Michael Stis-
hock, a Shamokin miner employed at the
Hickory Ridge colliery, on: Friday. - Stis-
hock is employed at the colliery: engine
house, and while leaning over a guard rail
making adjustments to the machinery, ac-
cidentally came in contact with a high ten-
sion wire. His screams attracted the at-
tention of another employee who rushed
to the switch box and shut off the current.
Stishock dropped to the floor unconscious,
but was revived a short time later by a
physician. It was found that he suffered
burns about the abdomen and left shoul-
—Shamokin officers and State police are
searching for an automobile truck, believ-
ed to have been responsible for the death
of John Purcell, aged 23 years, who was
found along the Shamokin-Mount Carmel
road a short distance east of Shamokin at
6 o'clock Saturday morning, with his chest
badly crushed and unconscious. He died
an hour later in the Shamokin State hos-
pital without having regained conscious-
ness. Purcell was employed as a driver
at the Burnside colliery and was on his
way to work when he was apparently run
down. It is believed that a heavy log
truck or similar vehicle struck him and
run him down without the driver know-
ing it. An official investigation is being
conducted by Dr. Joseph Fisher, coun-
ty coroner.
—Official notice has been given by N. R.
Buller, commissioner of State fisheries at
Harrisburg, that all streams in game ref-
uge No. 30, located in Norwich township,
McKean county, will be closed to fisher-
men for a term of five years, the streams
to be used during that period for the prop7
| agation of brook trout. The brooks which
j are closed under the order include Indian
run, Havana brook and Long Hollow run.
Twenty years ago these were among the
most prolific trout streams in the State,
. prior to the building of the town of Nor-
wich in that vicinity by the Goodyear
| Lumber company, of Buffalo, N. Y. An
immense sawmill was erected there, other
industries flourished and for fifteen years
Norwich was a thriving village of 1500
people, with churches, schools, theatres
and stores. Today bears, deer, wildcats
and foxes roam the brush-covered streets
of Norwich, which is gradually going back
to the forest from whence it came,