Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 21, 1924, Image 1

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    Beworali an
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—Centre county was not among the
five leaders in production of any of
the regular farm crops during 1923.
—You'll have to give it to us. We
gave you a column last week without
mentioning the names of Coolidge,
Pinchot or Daugherty.
—Spring is here. Notwithstanding
the parade of straw hats that the girls
have been making for the past month
the real thing didn’t arrive until to-
—Centre county has given millions
to take care of the rest of the world.
The hospital drive is now on and we
are wondering whether she is going to
give a tenth of one of these millions
to take care of herself.
—For goodness sake, don’t embar-
Tass the President by asking why he
hasn’t issued a proclamation urging a
clean-up week. In the language of
Epic Peters this is the time when Cal.
wants to do everything in the way of
clean up—including his own nomina-
tion—but Daugherty.
—There are three stages of success.
The first is attained by those who rec-
ognize and take advantage of every
opportunity that presents itself; the
second, by those who see the opportu-
nity only occasionally and the third
by those who never see it until after
some one else has grabbed it up.
—The thing that Mr. Common Pee-
pul will probably hope for in vain is
a denial from their Secretary of State,
Charles Evans Hughes, that he wit-
nessed a showing of the films of the
Dempsey-Carpentier fight when he
knew that the law had been violated
when they were transported to Wash-
—Since the price of anthracite has
forced Bellefonte -into being what
might be called a soft coal town build-
ers would be well advised if they were
to have a greater care in the construc-
tion of flues, use slate or metal in
preference to shingles for roofing and
use coal that makes a dusty, granular
soot rather than the flaky, greasy
stuff that holds fire so long when the
chimney burns out.
—When all is said and done the un-
prejudiced mind can not fail to ask:
“What does Coolidge owe Daugh-
erty?” The fact that he remains in
the cabinet, notwithstanding the pro-
test of Republican Senators and or-
thodox Republican papers all over the
country, gives rise to the inference
that the President is afraid to call for
‘his resignation and such an inference
isn’t inspirational, to say the least.
—The House has passed the sol-
dier’s bonus bill. The Senate will
likely change it some, then pass it on
to the President. What will the Pres-
ident do in the circumstances? In
This first message to Congress he de-
clared his opposition to any kind of
bonus legislation, so that he must
either reverse himself by signing it or
say that a country that owes its sol-
diers so much owes them nothing, by
vetoing it.
—General Daugherty may or may
not be personally involved in the oil
scandals. However that may be there
is scarcely any explanation he can
make that will account for Jess Smith,
a private citizen, having had a desk
in the Department of Justice and for
Ned McLean’s, a Washington news-
paper publisher, having been in pos-
session of the Government’s secret
code. They are two violations of
trust that cannot be excused or ex-
plained away.
—A French scientist declares he
has found an effective cure for habit-
ual drunkenness in the simple method
of injecting the patient’s own blood
under the skin of the nose. Not only
will the patient immediately shun al-
cohol, but the lurid proboscis will pale
into its pristine color. If the: cure
should prove efficacious the fellow
who likes to “get it up his snoot”
every once in a while had better be
careful that he gets a prescription
and not an injection when he asks his
doctor to help out a little.
—Governor Pinchot’s open letter to
the public was released yesterday.
After fourteen months in office he de-
clares that the three important pledg-
es he made to the people are either
carried to completion or so well along
that fulfillment is certain. He refers,
of course, to his promise to drive the
saloons out, to put the State on a pay-
as-you-go basis and reorganization of
the government. We won't detract a
bit from the Governor’s glory, so we
leave it to each one of you to appraise
his service. As for our opinion: We
are still so warped over the way he
settled the coal strike that we are not
competent to pass on the results of
these latter achievements he claims.
—In talking with a friend a few
days ago, about the $100,000 hospital
drive we expressed the thought that
it ought to be easy for Centre county
to go over the top in a movement that
means so much, possibly, to every
man, woman or child in the communi-
ty. We stated that the sum was tri-
fling when compared with the millions
we gave in the Liberty loan drives.
“Oh,” said he, “that wasn’t giving.
That was an investment.” “Was it,”
we inquired. “Are we not now pay-
ing taxes to pay ourselves back when
the bonds mature?” That is exactly
what we are doing. When we have
paid enough into the treasury to lift
our bonds Uncle Sam will pay us back
with our own money—and all we will
really have left of our original sub-
scriptions is the trifling interest the
bonds may have earned in the mean-
while. An investment of $100,000 in
the hospital will pay a far greater in-
terest than the Liberties.
VOL. 69.
The fight against Governor Pin-
chot’s election to the honorary office
of delegate-at-large to the Republi-
can National convention has been
greatly strengthened within the past
week by the exposure of the present
condition of the State charitable and
penal institutions. With the purpose
of creating a reputation for economic-
al administration and incidentally im-
proving his prospects of advancing to
the Presidency, the Governor cut the
appropriations for charity and benev-
olence to the bone. He inherited from
the profligate administration which
preceded him a large treasury deficit
could be wiped out within the period
of his tenure of office his political fu-
ture would be assured. It was a pure-
ly selfish idea.
When Mr. Pinchot was inaugurated
as Governor there were 116 tubercu-
losis dispensaries in operation admin-
istering free service to poor victims
of the deadly “white plague.” As an
esteemed contemporary states, “they
were manned by experts in the treat-
ment of tuberculosis and sent nurses
through the various communities giv-
ing treatment or sending the patients
to sanitariums for scientific treat-
ment.” In pursuance of his policy of
economizing the Governor decided
that these institutions were a need-
less burden and cut out the appropri-
ation for their maintenance. Promi-
nent physicians familiar with the sub-
ject declared this act “the worst
crime ever committed against the
public.” But it served .Pinchot’s
scheme to pose as an “economic ad-
Continuing its criticism of the Gov-
ernor’s policy the newspaper already
quoted adds: “The Mount Alto San-
itarium is a shining example of the
havoc that has been wrought to hos-
pitals and a variety of other institu-
tions since Mr. Pinchot decided it
would be good political capital to wipe
out a $29,000,000 State deficit in two
vears instead of spreading it over a
longer period.” That great institu-
tion, a model of its kind has been
practically closed. The Soldiers’ Or-
phan school at Scotland, Franklin
county, which has been the pride of
every patriotic:heart in Pennsylvania
has also been crippled almost hope-
lessly by the policy.
their evil consequences have been en-
forced against all the charitable and
penal institutions, it is noted that
enforcement of laws in which Gover-
nor Pinchot has set his heart and bas-
ed his ambitions. The pay roll for
February 1924 is nearly $4000 a day
higher than that of February last
year. Neither have taxes been reduc-
ed for the records reveal the fact that
more than $15,000,000 of new taxes
were created by the Legislature of
last year which was under the com-
plete domination of the Governor.
These facts are being assembled and
exposed now as reasons why Gifford
Pinchot should not be further hon-
ored. *
If Coolidge throws Daugherty
out of the cabinet he will have to
withdraw that endorsement of the At-
torney General as delegate-at-large
to the Cleveland convention.
rn —— Ae see msn
Hunting for Oil in Clinton County.
Clinton county has no teapot dome
but a syndicate of Pittsburgh capital-
ists have faith to believe that there is
oil to be found beneath its stone en-
crusted surface. As evidence of this
faith they have taken leases on sev-
enty-nine different farms and tracts
of land lying between Plum creek and
Kettle creek, totaling ten thousand
acres. Rental payments range from
twelve to eighteen dollars a year with
contracts for one-eighth royalty in the
event of oil or gas being tapped. Op-
erations in sinking wells must be
started on each tract within a year.
——If Harding hadn’t been elected
there would be no oil scandal so it
may: be charged that the Republican
party is responsible for the investiga-
———— A —————
——An esteemed contemporary asks
“who started the oil lease investiga-
tion and why? Senator LaFollette
started it and the testimony shows
——The Democrats of Missouri ap-
pear to have shown Senator Reed
something he didn’t want to see.
If Ford fails to get Mussel
Shoals he will never forgive himself
for his recent boost of Coolidge.
———The friends of Hiram Johnson
has been lost.
and conceived the notion that if it
Orders issued ; will be punished.
from Harrisburg to “reduce expenses |
$1000 a month” has left the wards of
the State victims of under-nourish- |
But while these economies with |
there has not been even an attempt to
economize in the executive office at |
Harrisburg or decrease the cost of |
was that Mayor Kendrick did not vol-
| he is paying the penalty by ostracism.
are beginning to think that his boom lican machine to select their candidate
. believed that he would allow the law-
Fight Against Pinchot Strengthened. | Daugherty Adopts Wrong Course.
Attorney General Daughtery is
disingenuous in his statements con-
cerning the evidence of witnesses be-
fore the Senate committee investigat-
ing his administration of his office. !
He imputes to them all sorts of evil |
Reason for Retaining Daugherty.
During a discussion of the investi-
gation of the Attorney General the
other day Senator Caraway, of Ar-
kansas, said: “Every one knows there
{would be a quick change of Attorney
Generals if Coolidge were not a can-
purposes and accuses them of all kinds _didate for re-election. I am not crit-
of immoral practices.
Yet he admits 'icising the President in this connec-
that they were until recently his ' tion,” he added, “but it is certain he
friends and associates.
character do not employ criminals or ply and
associate with dissolute women. Miss ! sons.”
Roxie Stinson was once the wife of | Arkansan is accurate in his conjec-
his closest friend and an intimate of ; ture.
Men of high ! doesn’t dare to let Daugherty go sim-
only because of political rea- |
No doubt the keen visioned
Many Republican leaders have
Mr. Daugherty. Gaston B. Means | an exaggerated opinion of Daugher-
was a confidential investigator of the ty’s power as a political manipulator.
department of justice and others They believe he procured the nomina-
whom he denounces were
help him.
Miss Stinson told a straight story,
intimates. | tion of Harding in the face of impos-
To call them criminals now doesn’t sibilities and can achieve wonders at
As a matter of fact Mr. Daugherty
of the relations of her former hus- | had very little part in the nomination
band with Daugherty and of certain of Harding. The chief operator in
transactions between her late husband | that affair was Senator Penrose and
and the producers and distributors of | Daugherty wasn’t even one of the in-
certain films forbidden by law. Her struments
Senator Watson, of Indiana, and Mr.
statement was corroborated almost
completely by the evidence of Means
and further supported by the testi-
mony of Fred C. Quimby, producer of
the films. Mr. Daugherty protests
that the evidence of Miss Stinson
would not be admitted in a court of
law. Probably that is true for the
reason that rules of court are exact-
ing on those points and Mr. Daugher-
ty is lawyer enough to guard against
evidence that would be admitted in
court. Neither he nor Smith ever al-
lowed witnesses to their transactions
or conversations.
The case of the people of the Unit-
ed States and Harry Daugherty is not
being tried in a court of law. It is
before the greater tribunal, the court
of public opinion. The niceities which
courts of law require in taking testi-
mony are not considered in this great-
er court, but justice is much more
certain. The people are not all fools.
They interpret both law and facts
and because the rules of evidence are
less exacting in the court of public
opinion the verdict is more certain
and just. Mr. Daugherty will not
help his case by maligning the wit-
nesses. That is the method of petty-
foggers in courts of law but fails of
employed in the work.
Grundy, of Montgomery county, were
his confidants and they would proba-
bly have failed if the oil interests had
not intervened through Senator Fall,
of New Mexico, subsequently Secre-
tary of the Interior and directly re-
sponsible for the sacrifice of the navy
oil reserves at Teapot Dome and in
California to Sinclair and Doheny.
But it suited Harding and the others
concerned to ascribe the result to
Daugherty who was a rather remote
Ohio lawyer.
It may be and probably is trie,
however, that Coolidge retains Mr.
Daugherty in his cabinet “for polit-
ical reasons.” When Senators Lodge
and Pepper asked Coolidge to dismiss
Daugherty the Attorney General re-
sponded with a threat which com-
pletely silenced the whole bunch. “If
I am forced out of the cabinet,” he de-
clared substantially, “I will go to the
public.” In other words if President
Coolidge would consult his own wish-
es and dismiss Daugherty that gen-
tleman would reveal secrets that
might wipe the Republican party out
of existence and send scores of its
ent leaders to prisons. That may
NO. 12.
Need of a Clean Sweep.
From the Philadelphia Record.
We need not wait to have all the
testimony adduced at Washington
sifted and verified in order to reach
the most important conclusion, and
the one of the widest public interest.
Perhaps nobody will be convicted of
crime. The prison population may not
| be increased by the disclosures. But
“the imperative need of a clean sweep
' politically has been demonstrated.
So long as Congress and the Ad-
ministration are Republican we can-
not be sure that the bottom has been
reached in any of the several direc-
tions where borings are going on. Of
course, the Republicans have made
every possible effort to cover up mat-
ters and carry their wounded off the
field. Unless a Democratic Adminis-
tration shall be elected this year, we
cannot be at all sure of getting at the
| whole truth of the scandals that have
been flourishing rankly since Mr. Wil-
son went out of office.
But the clean sweep is needed not
merely, or chiefly, to secure the pun-
ishment of the crooks; it is needed to
prevent further crookedness by men
“who have not been exposed yet; who
"may perhaps have done no wrong yet
because the chance had not come to
them. If the Republican party shall
, remain in power these men, who are
only waiting for an opportunity, or
| longing for temptation to assail them,
; will be kept where they will encounter
their temptation and promptly suc-
cumb. .
| Consider the class of men who have
been brought into public life by the |
calamity of the 1920 election. Some
' are better and some are worse. But
| a large number among them have been
open to corrupt proposals of one sort
and another. One member of the
Harding Cabinet got what he was
after and resigned during Mr. Hard-
ing’s life. A second resigned under
compulsion recently. A third ought
to have resigned a long time ago; he
ought never to have been appointed;
he is sufficiently thick-skinned to hold
on to his office, in spite of the storm
that is raging about him, merely be-
: cause the President does not demand
that he get out. A fourth member of
{ the Cabinet has been reflected on by
' some of the testimony.
Was there ever such another Cabi-
net ?
net discredits the President. He took
over the whole Harding Cahinet be-
cause he thought it would facilitate
And the discredit of the Cabi- |
— Her dress catching fire fram an elec-
tric curler, Mrs. Frederick Haas Sr., of
Sunbury, was badly burned before she
plunged into a bathtub and extinguished
the flames.
— Within 504 feet of the discovery well
that opened the gusher field, near Tidi-
oute, one year ago, Charles Cranahan has
drilled in a well that is producing 100 bar-
rels per day. The oil was struck at a
depth of 1100 feet.
—William Bradford, who for some time
past has been manager of the Wil'iams-
port office of the Bell Telephone company
of Pennsylvania, has been transferred to
Altoona as district manager. The terri-
tory over which Mr. Bradford will have
supervision contains offices in Altoona,
Bellefonte, Clearfield, Huntingdon and
—Carbon monoxide was the cause of the
death of Malcolm W. McIntire, of Wil-
liamsport, who was found dead in his clos-
ed garage by a neighbor who was attract-
ed to the building by the sound of McIn-
tires running motor several hours after he
had been seen driving into the garage. He
was 27 years old and had been married
only a few months.
—A charge of dynamite set off near the
Weatherly reservoir during Sunday night
was taken by people of that town as a
warning from the Ku Klux Klan to a
“marked” man to reform or stand the
chance of being tarred and feathered. The
Klan is quite strong in that section of the
State, and its members, clad in white
robes and hoods, have held parades, burn-
ed fiery crosses on the outskirts and visit-
ed churches.
—A husband who slept with a revolver
under his pillow and who frequently
“whetted” his razor against her face and
throat proved too much for her, Mrs. Ma-
rianna Foti, an Italian bride of 17, told
Judges Landis and Hassler at Lancaster
on Saturday, in her suit against her hus-
band, Carmelio, for non-support. Foti tes-
tifying in his own behalf, admitted his
wife's allegations, but asserted that he
merely tried to frighten her.
—A large plate glass display front at the
motorcycle garage, in Lewistown, was de-
molished, Saturday when an automobile
tire and rim came off the ear of Carbon
Louder, of Miflintown, as the car was ap-
proaching the garage. The car wheel of
its own momentum rolled over the street
about 100 feet and did not stop until it
| crashed through the large window and de-
molished a radio set, three hydrometers
and three batteries on display in the win-
dow and garage.
—Harry P. Albright, of Altoona, who
last week entered a plea of murder in the
second degree, in the Blair county court,
was sentenced on Monday by Judge Thom-
as J. Baldridge to serve from nine to
eighteen years in the penitentiary. He
killed his wife in a quarrel January 22nd.
Dominick Nagnison, convicted of involun-
tary manslaughter, in stabbing Benedette
| Lapore, in Altoona, January 14th; was sen-
tenced to serve from six to twelve years
in the penitentiary.
| —Mrs. Alice I. Weaver Longacre would
"rather be a milliner than live the life of a
farmer's wife, and her husband has just
been granted a divorce by the Chester
county court because she refused to live
‘on his farm. She now is in Harrisburg
' conducting a millinery establishment. She
was married to Samuel W. Longacre, of
“be the reason why Daugherty remains his nomination if he had the whole , Coatesville, in 1888, and lived for a time at
effect in the higher court. Mr. Daugh-
erty may not be sent to prison but
A ly Ap rn,
——It makes a vast difference
whose ox is gored. Four years ago
the Republicans in Congress wanted | gan
to investigate everything and now
they are convinced that all investiga-
tions are “political bunk.”
ne nt messes A ——————_
Mayor Kendrick is Penalized.
Two weeks have elapsed since May-
or Kendrick, of Philadelphia, who had
been slated by the machine managers
as one of the seven delegates-at-large
in the Cleveland convention, announc-
ed his declination of that highly es-
teemed honor, yet the real reason has
not been given. It was said at the
time that some provision of the Phil-
adelphia charter made him ineligible
but a scrutiny of that rather ponder-
ous and somewhat ambiguous instru-
ment refuted that pretense. Then it
was suggested that such a party serv-
ice would work an impairment of the
dignity of the office of Mayor. Inthe
face of the fact that Governors of
States and members of the President’s
cabinet aspire to the office that ex-
cuse is fishy. :
Our first conjecture on this subject
untarily relinquish his practically as-
sured seat in the National convention
of his party but was shoved off. The
reform operations of General Butler,
who was imported by Kendrick to
serve as head of the Department of
Public Safety, have so incensed the
ward bosses of the city that the par-
ty managers are alarmed for the safe-
ty of the organization, and Kendrick
was given the choice of dismissing
Butler or disappointing a frankly de-
clared ambition to sit in the conven-
tion as a delegate-at-large. It was
impossible to dismiss Butler. Even
“corrupt and contented” Philadelphia
would have resented that action on
the part of the Mayor.
The Republican machine of Phila-
delphia is so completely dominated by
the criminal element that any move-
ment toward improvement in methods
and morals is impossible. Mr. Ken-
drick was chosen for the office of
Mayor of Philadelphia because it was
less element absolute freedom in their
operations. He was respectably con-
nected and generously affiliated. He
had never uttered a protest against
abuses and seemed entirely content
with conditions. But when he signi-
fied a purpose to keep faith with the
better element he invited the opposi-
tion of those who had bestowed upon
him the official favors he enjoys. Now
In any event the Democrats of
the country will not allow the Repub-
for President.
in the cabinet and it is certainly po- Harding contingent with him. His | Berwyn, later at Coatesville and then at
ar]f it is true that the Literary
Digest is spending a million dollars of
its own money conducting its propa-
be the fool that soon parted with his
Not a Thorough House Cleaning.
Upon his arrival in Washington,
presumably within a few days, Curtis
D. Wilbur, of California, will become
Secretary of the Navy. His predeces-
sor in office retired on the 10th instant
and the department has been without
a head since.
fairly well during the interval. The
retiring official wasn’t much of a sec-
retary at best. As a resident of De-
troit he was probably familiar with
lake crafts and could tell a mud scow
from a naptha launch with one eye
closed. He retired “under a cloud”
but not under charges of venality. The
worst that has been said against him
was that he was abnormally stupid.
The other “best minds” about the. ad-
ministration “played him for a
Judge Wilbur ought to be a great
improvement over Denby as Secre-
tary of the Navy. He is a graduate
of the Naval Academy, at Annapolis,
and is probably familiar with the
technique of the service. He is a law-
yer by profession and his elevation to
the chief seat in the highest court in
his State would indicate an alert mind.
It is said that he has not been very
active in politics but it is altogether
likely that whatever he has done in
that line has not been in the interest
of Senator Hiram Johnson. His se-
lection was probably influenced by the
expectation that Coolidge rather than
Johnson will be helped in the impend-
ing primary in that State where lines
are being sharply drawn between
those two.
“Taking one consideration with
another” the change in the Navy De-
partment will meet with widespread
popular approval. But it doesn’t ful-
fil the public expectation of a thor-
ough house cleaning. If there were
any real culpability in the department
it wasn’t Denby. Assistant Secretary
Roosevelt is said to have been ap-
pointed at the request of Harry Sin-
clair. While negotiations for the
lease of Teapot Dome were pending
Mr. Roosevelt had his brother ap-
pointed to a lucrative job by Sinclair,
and both Roosevelt and his wife own-
ed shares in the Sinclair oil proper-
ties. Denby may have been a boob
but nobody accuses Roosevelt with
being a dummy. A real house clean-
ing would have dumped the bunch.
: If the income tax continues to
increase one of Secretary Mellon's
reasons for opposing the bonus will
| be futile.
But it has gotten along |
| purpose was
ing’s second
first. He made a calamitous mistake,
and there is no reason why he should
| escape punishment for it.
The country will have no assurance
unless the Republican party shall be
. deposed and the Democratic party in-
. stalled in power. The Republican par- |
| ty. has been convicted, and it should
be put out, even if a Republican Ad-
ministration and a Republican Con-
gress save a lot of individuals from
their deserts.
Cleaning Up Politics.
From the Hartford Times.
It is depressing to those of us who
still have hope in Democracy to find
that so few people really care whether
their country is looted and cheated or
not. They read the headlines and call
the exposure of sin and corruption
“just politics.” It is disagreeable and
disturbing. But investigations aren’t
half so disturbing as the conditions
which make them periodically neces-
sary. * * * Men like Mr. Fall get
into public life and so nauseous is the
consequent stench that even the par-
ty in power cannot ignore it. There
, has to be a liberal sprinkling of chlo-
ride of lime. When such a cleanup be-
comes necessary, why cannot all per-
sons who believe in good and honest
government read what has happened
to their country and resolve to insist
for the future in higher standards for
public office instead of sneering at the
efforts of the committee and talking
about “investigation fever” and “the
réturn to muck-raking ?”’
Wheeler Outclassed.
From the Johnstown Democrat.
- Wayne B. Wheeler after all is
something of a piker in comparison
with our old friend Harry Sinclair.
Wayne, with all his charming arts,
has never been able to get the White
House to call out the marines to en-
force his demands on an unwilling and
perverse public. 3
And How to Get There.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“Do not go west without money,” a
Californian warns easterners. Will
he please go ahead and tell us just
where a person who has no money
should go?
mr ——— fp —————————
— Spring begins today, according
to the calendar, and while we are sure
to have plenty of cool days and nights
before the weather settles let us all
hope that winter will not linger long
in the lap of spring. Taken as a whole
is has been as mild a winter for this
climate as anyone could wish for.
While we had a few days of extreme-
ly cold weather there were only two
snows of any great depth and neither
one lay any great length of time.
This fact enabled game birds to get
. through the winter without suffering
for want of feed and should result in
an abundance ef game next fall.
to succeed to Mr. Hard- |
term as well as to his,
Wallingford, but tired of married life in
1920, and is alleged to have left him. The
‘ couple have several children.
! —Eleven pallbearers were required last
{ Thursday to carry the casket containing
, the body of Albert R. Walker, of Chester,
da for the Mellon tax bill it must of a thorough political housecleaning who weighed 525 pounds at the time of his
| death. His funeral was held that after-
‘noon from an undertaking parlor, as the
casket was too large for the parlor of
| Walker's home on Victoria place. The
casket was six feet six inches long, thirty-
five inches wide and twenty-nine inches
deep. ‘In addition to its extra size, the
‘casket was reinforced with metal. Inter-
| ment was made in the Chester Rural cem-
{ —Fines totaling $1417.50 were paid by
i five residents of Jersey Shore and one
. Brookside resident on Saturday, after they
| admitted ownership of a number of grouse,
woodcock and portions of deer which were
seized by State agents, who found it in
storage in the Jersey Shore creamery.
The men fined are Dr. W. H. Handle, B. J.
Grasso, George I. Nevins, S. W. Neff and
E. S. Mohn, all prominent Jersey Shore
men, and Charles Gulliname, of Brookside.
In addition to the game thirty-seven trout
were seized and turned over to the State
Fish Commission for action.
— Fire, which broke out in the business
section of Carlisle early on Monday, com-
pletely destroyed several stores and a
number of dwelling apartments with a loss
estimated at $250,000. Fire companies
from Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg ans-
wered the four Carlisle companies’ calls
for aid. The fire was discovered in the
rear of the Colonial apartments in the
center of town shortly after midnight and
is believed to have spread through the
building by sweeping up an unused dumb
waiter to the roof. Fanned by a high gale,
the fire threatened to destroy the entire
business section.
—Two armed bandits on Friday held up
the Saucon Trust company, at Hellertown,
and escaped in a green automobile with
more than $19,000. The bandits, each
about 25 years old, walked into the bank
fifteen minutes before closing time, El-
mer Funk, cashier, and Thomas Peffer, as-
sistant secretary, were the only persons in
the bank at the time. After covering the
two employees with pistols and backing
them into a rear room the bandits ran in-
to the big iron vault, where they snatched
up bundles of $5, $10 and $20 bills. Warn-
ed that they would be instantly killed if
they raised an outcry, the two officials
were thrown to the floor and tightly bound
with rope, where they lay while the rob-
bers escaped.
—Irwin W. Rohrbach, employed in the
blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel com-
pany plant at Bethlehem, met a tragic
death on Monday when he was overcome
by gas fumes when trying vainly to close
a door. The young man, who was only
18 years of age, was employed as a stove
tender less than a month. According to a
report of the accident, he was instructed
not to open a door, but simply pull a plug
on the furnace. In pulling the plug, it is
believed, a key was released and the door
opened, permitting the gas to escape. He
reported the facts to his foreman and was
instructed to stay. away; that the door
would be closed with the aid of gas masks.
The young man failed to heed these in-
structions and returned. His body
found only six feet from the door.