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Bellefonte, Pa., May 16, 1924.
WHAT TO KNOW IN APPLYING
FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE
PENNSYLVANIA OLD AGE AS-
I. Who are entitled to old age as-
1. Persons seventy years or over
who are qualified under the following
(a) Who have been citizens of the
United States for at least fifteen
b) Who have been continuous res-
idents of the State of Pennsylvania
for at least fifteen years immediately
preceding the date of application;
(Continuous residence is not deemed
interrupted if the total period of ab-
sence from the State does not exceed
three years.) or,
(¢) Who have resided in Pennsyl-
vania a total of forty years at least
five of which have immediately pre-
ceded the application.
(d) Whose income from all sourc-
es is below $1.00 per day.
(e) Whose property valuation does
not exceed $3000. (The property of
both husband and wife when living
together is figured as if it were that
of one person.)
II. Who are not entitled to old age
1. Persons under seventy years of
age, or those 70 years of age but who
are disqualified by the following pro-
(a) Who have not been citizens of
the United States for at least 15
(b) Who have not resided contin-
wously in Pennsylvania as required in
section (b) and (c) above.
(c) Persons who at the date of ap-
plication are inmates of either pris-
cns, jails, workhouses, insane asylums
or any other public reform or correc-
(d) Persons who for six months or
more during the fifteen years preced-
ing the date of application have de-
serted their wives or husbands with-
out just cause and failed to support
such of their children as were under
(e) Persons who within the year
preceding the application for assist-
ance have been professional tramps or
(f) Persons who have children or
other persons responsible for their
support under the laws of the State
and able to do so. (Under the laws
of Pennsylvania, the husband and
wife, the father and mother, the chil-
dren, grand-parents and grand-chil-
dren, respectively, of a poor person
chargeable to the public, if of suffi-
cient ability are required to relieve
and maintain such poor person, as
determined by the court).
(g) Persons whose income from
all sources exceeds one dollar per day.
(h) Persons who have property
valued at more than $3000 including
the properties of both husband wife
when living together.
(i) Persons who have deprived
themselves directly or indirectly of
any property for the purpose of qual-
ifying for Old Age Assistance.
III. How to apply for Old Age
1. Applicants who, in view of the
above qualifications, fee] certain that
they are qualified for assistance
should procure two application blanks
for this purpose from the County Old
Age Assistance Board at the court
house in the county in which they re-
2. Both blanks should be properly
filled out, giving all the information
required to the best of their knowl-
edge which information shall be
sworn to or affirmed by the applicant
and returned to the County Board.
(The attention of applicants is called
to the fact that no legal advice is nec-
essary in making out the application.
If they are unable to write, they may
ask some one else to do it for them.
There is no necessity for the pay-
ment of a lawyer's fee in filling out
an application for Old Age Assist-
3. Upon receipt of application the
County Old Age Assistance Board
wili make investigations and such rec-
ommendations as it deems necessary
to the Old Age Assistance Commis-
sion in Harrisburg, which will then
decide finally upon the application and
the amount of the assistance to be
4. The applicant will be notified of
the approval or disapproval of his or
5. An applicant whose application
for assistance has been rejected may
not re-apply for assistance until the
expiration of twelve months from the
date of the previous application.
Note: In view of the limited ap-
propriation, there will be little money
available for the payment of assist-
ance in the immediate future. Ap-
plicants are urged, however, to file
their applications with their County
Board, should they deem themselves
qualified under the Act.
Applications should be sent to Mrs.
Rebecca C. Tuten, Secretary, County
Commissioner’s office, Bellefonte, Pa.
A Plea for the Old-fashioned Spelling
A high school principal in Massa-
chusetts recommends the return of
the old-fashioned spelling bee and
mental arithmetic test as an aid of
the modern student in the develop-
ment of mental agility. He says that
high school boys and girls are notor-
iously bad spellers and that college
students as well frequently disgrace
themselves in the matter of spelling.
These boys and girls, he points out,
have no idea how handicapped they
will be in entering business careers
by poor spelling and slowness in
We hear a great deal about the val-
ue of play in education and this teach-
er thinks that aside from the educa-
tional value of the old-fashioned
speling bee, it has much to recom-
mend it as a diverting sort of game.
Many readers of an older generation
will heartily agree to this.
Annuities Were Issued in
Early Babylonian Times
Historically annuities antedate life |
tnsurance by far. It is thought that
the great development of banking fa- !
cilities in Assyria and Babylonia must
nave provided annuities. The first
gefinite mention of them, however,
was 40 B. C. in Rome, and is of sh
2 character as to justify a belief that
they had been long in use.
In the Middle ages, kingdoms, mu-
nicipalities and bankers
money by selling annuities for life or
terms of years. It is said that Eng-
land’s national existence during the
wars of William of Orange was large-
ly maintained through the money ob-
tained by selling annuities. At first
the values of such contracts were de-
termined without scientific calcuia-
tion; after a while the Northampton
mortality table was compiled and used
as a basis, and later the Carlisle
iable, but both these bases were far
roo favorable to the annuities.
Several British companies took ad-
vantage of the very low price at which
their government granted annuities
and purchased many on the lives of
sturdy farmers, but payable to their
corporate selves, and thus made large
profits. In 1819 an English actuary
warned the government that it was
losing £8,000 a month, but he was not
heeded until 1827, when another acs
tuary announced that the government
was losing £4,000 a week, and then
the sale of annuities was stopped af-
ter an estimated total loss of £25,000,
Why Blinks Had to Reach
Home on Schedule Time
Promptly as the office cleck struck
five Blinks with unusual rapidity pre-
pared to start for home.
As he hustled into his overccat and
made for the door his desk mate
raised a surprised head. “What!” he
said, “in a hurry again tonight? It's
six nights now you've rushed home
like this and haven't waited for a soda
at the old stand. I'm beginning to
think, I've offended you, or something
“No,” Blinks laughed. “You haven't
hurt my sensitive soul, but the fact is
this, we've got a cook up at the house
now, and while the missus didn't mind
my rolling in late the cook won't stay
unless I arrive every evening on time.”
The Old Almanac
Advertisement was not always the
chief function of almanacs. They
were first of all, calendars of the days
and months, the changes of the moon,
and of other astronomical happenings.
They supplied a widespread demand
for weather lore, its truth or untruth
being of minor consideration. To that
were added literary and informative
features. “Poor Richard” enjoyed
wide popularity and was famous by
reason of his homely wisdom. Last,
but not least, it held high place as the
family joke book, the excellence of its
witticisms being often proved by their
longevity. In many a backwoods pi-
oneer home the annual almanac was
the sole literary refuge, taking the
nlace of all other books, and never,
perhaps, was any other book or peri-
odical so read, re-read and digested.
Have to Let Himself In
Bridget and Michael had been mar-
cied barely three months, and already
Michael had on two occasions arrived
home in the early hours of the morn-
ing. This did not suit Bridget, as on
each occasion she had to come down
to admit him. i
Michael was looking forward to
spending the evening of this particular
day in having a “few sociable ones
with the boys,” and this Bridget knew.
“Now, look here,” she said to her
husband at the breakfast table, “it
was two o’clock the following morning
when ye came home the other night
a bit since. It was two c¢'clock the
following morning when ye came home
last night. But I want to be telling
ve that if it’s two o’clock in the morn-
ing when ye come home tonight—or
any other night in the morning—you’ll
have to get up and let yourself in!”
Insects Walk on Water
By virtue of their lightness, com
pined with a peculiar construction of
the feet which keeps them from becom-
ing wet, water spiders and a number
of other insects are able to walk read-
ily over sheets of water, supported by
the surface tension of the latter. This
tension acts practically the same as a
stretched elastic membrane. It is suf-
ficlently strong for these creatures, but
it is practically negligible so far as
heavier ones are concerned. So long
as the feet and other portions of the
bodies of water insects remain perfect-
ly dry they are as safe on the surface
of water as they would be on terra
firma, but let them once get wet and
this same membrane will quickly
prove their undoing.—The Pathfinder.
Native African Language
The natives of Africa speak three
man and Hamitic. The Hamitic lane
guage, to which ancient Egyptian be-
longed, is spoken in northern Africa.
The Hottentot-Bushman is spoken by
the dwarf and pigmy tribes in the cen-
tral part of the continent, The remain-
der of the natives speak what is known
as the Negrolid tongue. All these over-
lap one another and it cannot be said
that all the tribes of central Africa
speak any one language. These three
languages represent many dialects and
seem to be distinct from all other sys-
tems of speech. At least no close re-
lation can be discovered between them
and other languages.
| Vivian Poorman,
E. S. Bennett lost a valuable horse
i on Monday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Johnson visited
‘Frank McKinley, who is very ill.
Ted Lueas, of Altoona, called at the
home of L. J. Heaton Monday evening.
i Gladys Walker, of Snow Shoe, is
visiting her friend, Miss Beatrice
Leymone Lucas, of Snow Shoe, is
spending a few days with his grand-
mother, Mrs. Annie Lucas.
Lawrence Poorman, of Williams-
port, spent Sunday with his parents,
i Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Poorman.
Miss Lulu MeClincy and brother
James, of Williamsport, visited over
Sunday with their parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Lew Fetzer.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams,
Miss McQuillen and Mr. Chase, of
Williamsport, spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. D. F. Poorman.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. McClincy and
two daughters autoed to Falls Creek,
Saturday, where they remained over
Sunday with Mrs. McCliney’s sister.
Fidelle Rodgers and Mr. Duffy, of
Cripple Creek, Colorado, autoed to
this place on Saturday and are visit-
ing Mr. Rodgers’ mother, Mrs. Alice
The Stork passed over our village
Thursday morning and left twins at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fetz-
er, a boy and a girl, but both died the
same day. Mrs. Fetzer is getting
along very nicely.
Miss Beatrice Walker entertained
her school class on Thursday evening,
at her home. Those present were:
Helen Kauffman, Eleanor Johnson,
Grave Kline, Gladys Walker, Jennie
Witherite, Katherine Rearick, Eddie
Furl, Walter Bennett, Paul Strunk,
Melvin Kauffman, Clair Witherite.
Mrs. Earl Kauffman and two children,
Junior and Bobby, and Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Walker were also present. After
refreshments were served all departed
to their homes, reporting a good time.
Back Yards in Belgium.
There are no back yards in Bel-
gium. The type of cottage familiar
to Great Britain or the United States
is missing in Belgium, for the average
employe does not earn, even after
some years’ service, more than 20,000
francs ($1,000) annually, and he is
obliged to content himself with a flat,
as cheap as possible, and near his
place of business.
Wooden houses of any sort are a
rarity and even stucco construction
on metal lath is unknown. Anything
like the yard which every American
wants around his house is next to
unknown, due to the standardization
of house dimensions to high real es-
Not Such a Bargain.
Customor: “Can’t you match this
piece of ribbon?”
Shop Assistant: “No, madam. You
may remember that it was one of the
matchless bargains we ran last Mon-
Better Than i]
feel so good
but what NR
will make you
Plumbing and Heating
By Hot Water
Full Line of Pipe and Fittings
AND MILL SUPPLIES
ALL SIZES OF
Terra Cotta Pipe and Fittings
Estimates Cheerfully and Promptly
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isfactorily served the people for 20
the needs of its customers promptly.
A Checking Account with us is an
Assurance of Safety and Good Service
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK
STATE COLLEGE, PA.
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The Hard Part
iving you reasonable prices isn’t a hard
matter in the clothing business. The
difficulty is in supplying splendid tail-
oring and trustworthy materials in addi-
tion to the low prices.
Griffon Clothes make good on that point.
Skilled tailors work on Griffon Clothes
and they work with dependable, long-
As to the prices—$25, $30 and $35.
Mighty little for what you get.
Come to the “Watchman” office for High Class Job work.
Care of the Feet
Foot Trouble is Unnecessary, unless
caused by some Physical Ailment.
he trouble with the average person is
that they do not give foot trouble
the proper attention. Ill-fitting shoes
usually cause foot trouble—and fitting feet
is'a profession. Thirty-seven years at the
game of fitting feet eliminates all guess
work as to our proficiency in that respect.
Mr. Wilbur Baney, our clerk, has had twen-
ty-five years experience. We do not guess.
We know how to give you the proper size,
and the kind of shoes that your feet need.
The Next Time you are in Need
of Shoes, and your
Feet are in Trouble—try Yeagers
Yeager's Shoe Store
THE SHOE STORE FOR THE POOR MAN
Bush Arcade Building BELLEFONTE, PA.