Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, October 03, 1924, Image 1

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—The man who pledges himself to
support legislation, the real nature of
which he has no knowledge, is cer-
tainly not a safe person to represent
Centre or any other county in the Leg-
—The foot ball season is on, but
it’s lost its old time setting. We still
have the chrysanthemum, but the long
haired warriors are gone from the
field and their long haired admirers
will be few in the stands.
—The Rev. Dr. Lever, of the Epis-
copal church of the Advocate, in Phil-
adelphia, said it to Mayor Kendrick
last Sunday night. If the Mayor
reads or hears of that sermon he’ll be
face to face with a lot of truths that
most politicians know, but try to hide
—Betting in New York is already
seven to five that Al. Smith will beat
young Roosevelt for Governor. The
>dds on Smith will lengthen before
November because Smith has a record
:0 stand on and all Roosevelt claims
s an illustrious Pap and a narrow es-
ape from the oblivion that Fall and
Daugherty and Denby were urged to
setake themselves to.
—Due entirely to our rooting Wash-
ngton has won the American League
yennant and Walter Johnston, one of
he greatest moundsmen of all time,
vill have his first chance to pitch in
v world’s series. Henceforth the
vorld will be told that the Washing-
on monument was really erected in
inticipation of the glory that the Sen-
tors have brought to the Capital of
he Nation.
—No one need have missed meals
ind stood day after day in a swelter-
ng court room to hear the Musser
nurder trial. The “Watchman,” to-
lay, publishes every detail of it, far
nore accurately than most of those
vho were in the court room can tell
if it, for they couldn’t hear more than
alf of what was said either by the
ourt, the attorneys, the witnesses or
he prisoners at the bar.
—Missouri being safe as Alabama
or Davis, Indiana looking better
very day and New York conceded as
. fifty-fifty proposition, even before
smith begins his campaign, it is not
o awfully premature to begin think-
ng about who will be the next post-
raster in Bellefonte. Mr. Knisely is
raking a very good one, of course,
ut he wouldn’t consider, for a minute,
ontinuing in office under such a fel-
>w as John W. Davis.
—Eight years as Commissioner of
‘entre county gave William H. Noll
n opportunity to observe and study
ur needs. He knows the diversity of
1terests in the county. He knows
ae valuations, the tax problems, the
ibor and racial conditions of every
istrict, because he has personally
ome in contact with them in an offi-
ial capacity. And if he is sent to
larrisburg to represent Centre in the
egislature this knowledge will be
reatly to our advantage. It will en-
ble him to vote intelligently on bills
1at may be presented.
—As we walked down street Sun-
ay morning we noticed the twelve
ien on whose verdict the life of Har-
;y Musser was hanging. They were
at for a bit of exercise under the ob-
srvation of two court officials. To
35, all of the jurors had the appear-
1ce of solemnity. Well might they,
vr a human life was in their hands.
hen we noticed the unusual number
* automobiles moving on the streets
1d wondered whether one of the
any drivers would, before night-fall,
ke the life of some innocent pedes-
ian. The responsibility of a life
sts heavily on men in a jury box.
"it rested as heavily on men at a
eering wheel the grim reaper would
bt be perched on the bumpers of so
any automobiles.
—There will be nine National par-
as with candidates to be voted for
xt month. This means that the
lot will be at least eleven columns
ide: One for the party squares,
ne for the thirty-eight electors of
ch party and one blank for other
sctors whom the voters may write
This will necessitate a ballot at
ast thirty-two inches wide and long
ough to accommodate the names of
e electors of each party, the candi-
tes for Superior Court Judge, State
easurer, Auditor General, Congress-
an, Member of the Legislature, Jury
ymmissioner and space for the pro-
sal to hold a constitutional conven-
mn in 1926. A blanket ballot seems
certainty, whether it’s to be warm
cold on election day.
—-Settlement of the Boston police
ike made Coolidge a vice-Presiden-
1 candidate. Death made him
esident and gave him the chance to
n for the office on his own. Some
mths ago we told you that Coolidge
is away from Boston when the po-
e strike was settled and had little
do with the achievement that was
:dited to him and used to accom-
sh his nomination at Chicago four
ars ago. Now, no less an authority
in Clinton W. Gilbert, author of
he Mirrors of Washington” con-
ns the “Watchman’s” statement in
new book, “You Takes Your
oice.” He says Coolidge did not
tle the Boston police strike and he
ther credits him with great mental
wer, nor much political courage. If
: Republican convention at Chicago
1 known that Mr. Harding would
; survive his term Calvin Coolidge
uld have stood no chance, what-
ir, of being its nominee for Vice
VOL. 69.
FONTE, PA.. OCTOBER 3. 1924.
NO. 39.
Seeking Votes Under False Pretense. New York Insures the Election of
No one is greatly surprised when
demagogues of the George Wharton
Pepper type juggle figures to fool the
public. But when the President of
the United States resorts to such ex-
pedients to support his claim to con-
tinued popular favor thoughtful peo-
ple are justly amazed. In his accept-
ance speech on August 14th, Presi-
dent Coolidge said: “A great revival
of industry during the Republican ad-
ministraton took place, which is now
spreading to agriculture. C-=z:plaint
of unemployment has ceased; wages
have increased.” In his Labor day
speech Mr. Coolidge said: “Not only
are the American wage earners re-
ceiving more money and more of the
things money will buy for their work
than any other wage earners in the
world, but more than was ever be-
fore received by any community of
wage earners.”
Mr. William B. Wilson, who was un-
til his election to Congress in the Six-
teenth district of Pennsylvania, secre-
tary-treasurer of the United Mine
Workers, is probably better informed
on labor statistics than any other man
in the country. When the office of
Secretary of Labor was created Pres-
ident Woodrow Wilson appointed Wil-
liam B. Wilson to occupy that seat in
his cabinet. Since his retirement
from that office he has kept in inti-
mate touch with organized labor and
has been its capable and efficient
champion. He has analyzed the state-
ments of President Cooilage above
quoted, and taking the statistics of the
Department of Labor during the pres-
ent administration shows that em-
ployment has fallen off since 1920
from 108.4 in that year to 94.8 at
present, and that from July, 1923, to
July, 1924, there has been a decrease
of 14.3 per cent. in employment, 19.3
per cent. in pay roll totals and 5.9
per cent. in per capita earnings.
The scheme of the Republican man-
agers is to deceive the voters into the
belief that industrial life is running
at high tide of prosperity. Of course,
people in Bellefonte know that such
is not the case here but being assur-
ed on so high an authority as the
statement of -the President - of the
United States they may be fooled as
to conditions in Pittsburgh, Chicago
or other points at which they have no
contact. The people of Pittsburgh
and Chicago may accept his state-
ment that business is prosperous in
Boston or Buffalo, because American
voters are in the habit of accepting
for truth any statement of the Presi-
dent of the United States. But the
statistics of the Department of Labor
for the period of the administration of
President Coolidge show that he has
misrepresented facts.
When a business man goes to the
bank and gets accommodations by
false representations he commits a
misdemeanor. If a man goes to the
store and procures goods or credit by
misrepresentation of facts he is pros-
ecuted and punished. In his state-
ments on the occasion of his notifica-
tion and on Labor day when he as-
sembled in the White House a select
group of former labor leaders, now
employees of the government, Calvin
Coolidge forgot his caution and plung-
ed into a misrepresentation of facts
in order to get votes under false pre-
tense. It is not customary to make
such charges against the President of
the United States but it is not usual
to see one-third of the members of the
President’s cabinet dismissed for cor-
rupt practices or for the President to
——Herbert Hoover is greatly wor-
ried for fear the government of the
United States will spend forty or fif-
ty billions of dollars to buy all the
railroads of the country. Herbert is
too emotional.
——It seems that the Coolidge
managers have been unable to get
Senator Brookhart into line and thus
the electoral vote of Iowa is almost
certain to be for Davis.
——Harry Daugherty has butted
into the campaign in behalf of Coo:-
idge but thus far they have been able
to keep former Secretary Fall outside
the breastworks.
——Now if Governor Pinchot would
add a line or two to his recent letter
to the Public Service board dismissing
all the members it would be worth
ee Es
——1In order to avert a conniption
fit in the White House we hasten to
assure President Coolidge that the
constitution is perfectly safe.
—Coolidge will not reduce the
sugar tariff as long as the sugar
growers continue to “sweeten” the
slush fund.
——Don’t put off al! political work
until election day. This is harvest
time in that line.
If there were at any time since the
adjournment of the New York conven-
tion any doubts of the election of John
W. Davis to the office of President
they were removed on Friday last
when Governor Smith accepted the
nomination of his party for re-elec-
tion. Governor Smith has been elect-
ed three times and administered the
office with great ability and fidelity
but at immense personal sacrifice. He
wanted to retire in order to give at-
tention to business that he might ac-
cumulate a campetency for his fami-
ly. But he was persuaded to relin-
quish that laudable purpose in order
to promote the interests of his party
and rescue the government at Wash-
ington from the thieves who have been
looting during four years.
It is freely admitted even by the
chairman of the Republican National
committee that Mr. Coolidge cannot
be elected without the electoral vote
of New York. It is equally certain
that with Governor Smith as the can-
didate of the Democratic party the
electoral vote of New York is made
as secure for Davis as that of Ala-
bama or Georgia. The Republicans
have nominated for Governor the man
who contributed most to the fraudu-
lent lease of the Teapot Dome oil re-
serves to Sinclair in the belief that
his name, Theodore Roosevelt, will en-
list public sentiment in his favor. But
no name is as potent as that of Al
Smith in New York and even if Roose-
velt were not smeared with Teapot oil
he would be defeated.
With the electoral vote of all the
southern States and such border
States as Delaware, Kentucky, Mary-
land and Missouri absolutely secure
the addition of the vote of New York
literally guarantees the election of
John W. Davis by the Electoral Col-
leges. Mr. Coolidge may get a few
more votes than were given to Taft
in 1912 for the reason that LaFollette
is likely to get a few less than were
cast for Roosevelt. But the result
will be the same. Davis will be elect-
ed this year as Woodrow Wilson was
then and it is gratifying that his elec-
The Constitution is All Right.
We hasten to assure our distressed
Republican friends that the constitu-
tion of the United States is in no dan-
ger from bolshevists, anarchists, so-
cialists or other persons who look at
things through red lenses or imagine
that some other form of government
is preferable to that we are now liv-
ing under. John W. Davis, the su-
perb candidate of the Democratic par-
ty for President, told the truth and
the whole truth the other day when
he said the real enemies of the consti-
tution are not the Reds and Bolshe-
vists, but the corrupt and impotent
public officials and their associates.”
They constitute the only serious pres-
ent menace to the government of the
United States and its fundamental
Albert B. Fall, who was Secretary
the United States and impair the con-
stitution when he leased the oil re-
serves to Doheny and Sinclair in one
day than Mr. LaFollette could do in a
thousand years, even if he were elect-
i ed President, which he never will be.
| Harry Daugherty, Attorney General
under Harding and under Coolidge un-
til public opinion fored him out, did
more harm in one week in the Little
Green house on K street, Washington,
than the entire LaFollette party could
do in four years of unrestrained con-
trol. It is the official thieves who con-
trol the Republican party that mean
The tariff law which steals from the
pockets of the people five billion dol-
lars a year to bestow unearned lar-
gesses on political favorites creates
more discontent in the industrial life
-of the country in one month than a
million “red” agitators could in a year.
The $145,000 a day stolen from the
housewives of the country to reim-
| burse beet and cane sugar growers
{for the money contributed to buy
{ votes for the Republican candidates is
‘a more potent influence for evil in a
! year than all the bolshevists in the
‘country could be in a generation. The
' constitution is all right and will serve
tion will guarantee the same integrity the righteous purpose for which it
in office and efficiency in ‘administra-
tion and restore to the government
the same high ideals which Wilson
brought to the service.
——1If the Japs continue to com-
plain people are liable to conclude that
the Washington conference was a com-
plete failure.
Well Meaning but Futile Effort.
Four thousand well-meaning citi-
zens of Philadelphia assembled in the
Academy of Music on Monday even- |
ing to remonstrate against the im-
pending removal of Brigadier Gener-
al Butler from the office of Director
of Public Safety. The courageous
and capable marine officer has disap-
pointed the expectations of the May-
or of that city and the gang of polit-
ical pirates who are behind him. His
appointment was to create a sem-
blance of obedience to campaign ob-
ligations. The city was a hot-bed of
vice and crime and the candidate for
Mayor promised to “clean up the
mess.” It was expected that the ma-
rine officer would make a harmless
gesture in that direction and in a few
months abandon it as a hopeless un-
General Butler obviously misinter-
preted the purposes of the Mayor. He
imagined that the expressed intention
to drive the crime and vice out of the
city was both earnest and sincere and
proceeded to accomplish the result.
Soon the machine followers of the
Mayor protested that the sources of
political strength were being sapped.
Mayor Kendrick supported his ap-
pointee for a time. But finally in his
zeal to achieve improvements the Di-
rector ordered a raid on one of the
political clubs. That was “the last
straw that broke the camel’s back.”
The Mayor gave out the information
that he would ask Director Butler to
resign. This aroused the clergy and
decent citizens to the protest ex-
pressed Monday evening.
But the protest will be without
avail. General Butler will be asked
to resign as soon as he recovers from
an illness with which he has been af-
flicted for several days. The four
thousand decent citizens may continue
to plead for civic improvement but to
no purpose. A few bootleggers and a
group of politicians who wax fat on
the rake off of protected crime can |
accomplish more on election day than
all the clergymen and ten times the
number of decent citizens who assem-
bled in the Academy of Music on Mon-
day evening. Vice and crime are es-
sential to Republican success in Phil-
adelphia and the majority of the vot-
ers there being “corrupt and content-
ed” will not persist lon gin their op-
position. Se
rms eens -
——The trouble with Pinchot’s
throat may be that the machine man-
agers have secured a grip on it.
- was created long after the thieves
have been driven from Washington.
| ——We are glad to learn that Her-
! bert Hoover has found out which par-
ty he belongs to. He is now outspok-
en for the party that gave him an of-
| Pinchot’s Profligate Administration.
It has been the custom of all con-
cerned in such matters to treat the
‘administration of Governor William C.
Sproul is the high water mark of ad-
ministrative profligacy so far as the
government of Pennsylvania is con-
cerned. It is remembered that tax
' collections were far in excess of pre-
| vious administrations, and notwith-
i standing that fact the close of the
i Sproul term of office found the State
: Treasury practically empty and obli-
i gations for considerable amounts un-
| fulfilled. It was this condition of af-
fairs which justified Governor Pinchot
tin describing the affairs in Harrisburg
as “a mess” which he, with a “flourish
i of trumpets” promised to “clean up.”
In a speech delivered at Williams-
' port, last Saturday evening, Auditor
General Samuel S. Lewis declared
that the first year of Gifford Pinchot’s
administration cost $25,000,000 more
than the last year of the Sproul ad-
ministration, admittedly the most ex-
pensive year in the history of the
State up to that time. To employ the
exact language of the Auditor Gen-
eral “for the year ending May 31,
1922, expenditures of the State gov-
ernment, exclusive of road bond funds,
were $67,000,000. That was under the
Sproul brand of government. For
the year ending May 81, 1924, the ex-
penditures, exclusive of road bond
funds, were approximately $92,000,-
000. That was under the Pinchot
brand of government.”
In various papers and at sundry
times Governor Pinchot has boasted
that he is administering the govern-
ment at a saving of $40,000 a day,
which in a year would amount to the
enormous sum of $14,600,000. That
would be a’ splendid achievement and
justify. some self congratulation. But
the Auditor General declares that his
figures are taken from the books of
his department which make the official
record of the fiscal affairs of the
State. They present the reform claims
of Governor Pinchot in a rather sorry
light, and taken in connection with his
shilly-shallying in politics, now make
him look like a huge humbug. It looks
as if the machine had frightened him
away from his speeches. :
% rr —— pr —————————— ;
——Bainbridge Colby can’t under-
stand Senator Pepper. Senator Pen-
rose was in the same predicament for
years and kept Pepper out of office.
——It isn’t very hard to get liquor
now but it is mighty dangerous to
drink it. :
(A Fall Poem.)
(With apologies to E. A. Poe and con-
dolence to Messrs. Daugherty, Denby, Fall
and T. Roosevelt Jr.—From the National
Democratic Magazine).
Hear the gushing of the oil—
Teapot oil!
With a vision of “mazuma’ as it rushes
from the soil!
How it gushes, gushes, gushes
From the caverns underground—
Where the ghouls bathe underground—
And the speculator rushes
To the ticker at the sound,
of the Interior during the adminis- Hear the gurgling of the oil—
tration of the late President Harding, |
did more to injure the government of How the schemers and despoilers seethe
vis,” but under the head of “Demo-
Shouting “Buy, Buy, Buy!”
In a frantic frenzied cry,
Born of oil;
In a craze of speculation
without toil
Out of oil, oil, oil, oil
Oil, oil, oil—
From the rushing and the gushing of the
to win riches
Teapot oil!
and broil!
How the grafters’ eyes all glisten!
See them all sit up and listen
To the sordid tales that float—
All too true!
How the bribers gape and gloat
O’er the story of Doheny and his note
Torn in two!
How the G. O. P. hosts quake!
‘What a spectacle they make!
How they shake,
With their camouflage of virtue all be-
draggled in the moil
Of the oil—
Of the oil, oil, oil, oil,
Oil, oil, oil—
In the puddling and the muddling of the
Hear the hissing of the oil—
Teapot oil!
What a record of dishonor in its serpen-
tinian coil!
How it swells!
How it smells
To the heavens! How it tells
Of the greed-lust that impels
To the barter of a soul—
Of the greed-lust that bewitches
Man to sell his soul for riches
To a ghoul!
How the reputations fall!
See them shrouded in the pall
Of the oil
Dead and gone beyond recall
In the oleaginations that so ominousl
RON Bis bai a vm
In the oil, oil, oil, oil—
Oil, oil oil—
In the boiling and the moiling of the oil.
G. O. P’s Shift in Tactics.
From the Philadelphia Record.
“Claim everything possible against
LaFollette and pretend that Davis is
utterly out of the race.” This is the
latest order that has gone out to “the
faithful” from the G. O. P. press
agency in Washington. The man in
the street, who usually has access to
only one—or possibly two—newspa--
pers for his daily reading, may not be
able to sense this fact, but it is suffi-
ciently apparent to the average jour-
nalist, whose business it is to skim the
pages of a score or more of papers in
—Marion and Lucille, 2
daughters of Mr. and Mrs.
Lock Haven, were badly sca
their bodies, last Friday, when
a kettle full of boiling jelly on t 8
in the kitchen of their home in that ‘pla
when they ran against the oil stove.
—Harry Cummings, of Johnstown
was sentenced on September 25,
serve a term of not less than set
more than ten years in the western peni-
tentiary by Judge Thomas J. Baldrige, for
complicity in the robbery of the First Na-
pardon. ny
—One of the most daring burglaries
committed in Luzerne county for man
years took place Friday night when
Night Owl Lunch, at Plymouth, was en-
tered and a safe containing $1200 was car=
ried away. No trace has been found of the
safe, which weighed in the neighborhood
of 500 pounds.
—John C. Smith, a well known resident
of Blair county, who died recently, be-
queathed $3000 to the Altoona hospital,
$3000 to the Asbury cemetery association,
$2000 to the Asbury Methodist church and
the remainder of the $20,000 estate in equal
parts to the Methodist Home for the Aged
at Tyrone, and foreign missionary socie-
—Declaring that “petting parties” in the
rural sections of Lehigh county not only
have become a nuisance, but have a ‘ten-
dency to break down the high standards
of home life and low ideals,” Schencksville
Grange has adopted resolutions protesting
against improper usage of public high-
ways and calling upon the officers of the
law to break up the practice.
—Edward Free, son of Dr. Spencer M.
Free, of DuBois, has been appointed chief
editor of The Scientific American. Mr.
Free is a graduate of the DuBois High
school, 1911, later graduating from Cornell
and receiving the degree of Doctor of
Philosophy from Johns Hopkins. He was
with the United States government for
several years doing research work.
—George W. Rockwell, has been formal-
ly awarded a contract to build a bridge
across the Susquehanna’s west branch be-
twen Northumberland and Blue Hill. His
bid was $405,112.08, for a cement and steel
structure of eleven spans. It will replace
a century-old structure of wood that was
burned on June 3 of last year. Work will
be started at once, according to Mr. Rock-
well. .
—The first of a series of criminal pros-
ecutions by the State Department of For-
estry against the railroads of the State,
was entered at Allentown at a hearing be-
fore Alderman Rickets. The Central Rail
road of New Jersey and William Sweeney,
division superinendent, were co-defendants
to a charge of starting a forest fire at
Sugar Notch in March with sparks from a
defective locomotive.
—Mrs. Sadie Erb, 24 years of age, of Le-
high county, the mother of five small chil-
dren, was so badly burned last Thursday
morning at her home that she died three
hours later at the Allentown hospital. How
ithe accident occurred is not known as she
was alone at the time. Her husband was
attracted by her screams, finding her
clothing a mass of flames. She died with-
out regaining consciousness.
--Pleading guilty to smuggling twelve
steel saws into the western penitentiary,
Harry Holtgraver, a former guard at the
prison, was sentenced to serve from two to
four years in the Allegheny county work-
house, in criminal court at Pittsburgh last
Thursday. Holtgraver testified that he
was in urgent need of money at the time
and was unable to resist the temptation
when convicts made him offers to obtain
saws for them.
—Dr. L. F. Arensberg, the new com-
mander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the
Republic, was a member of the Legisla-
ture in the sessions of 1901, 1903 and 1905
from Fayette county. He is a doctor and
a farmer. He served under all the big
generals of the army from Bull Run to
Appomattox, marching over 8000 miles,
and was under fire 60 times with his bat-
tery. The Pennsylvania Department of the
the course of the day’s work.
Sturdy defenders of the policy of
keeping frigidly “cool with Coolidge”
gave much prominent space recently |
to the dispatch from Washington an-
nouncing that “the concentration of
all the Republican fire against Sena-
tor Robert M. LaFollette, independent.
candidate for President, and the vir-
tual abandonment of any campaign
against John W. Davis, the Democrat-
ic nominee, is explained by reports
from all over the country which have
been reaching here, information as to
which became available today.”
The fact that this “information” of
such momentous importance only “be-
came available today” for the first
time is due entirely to the inability of
the G. O. P. press agency forces to
make up their collective mind as to
what sort of “information” should be
sent out. Earlier in the campaign it
was confidently announced by this
same agency that LaFollette would
draw his strength mainly from the
Democrats. But now all that has
been changed. It “is explained (to
quote the language of the Washington
dispatch itself) by reports from all
over the country that have been reach-
ing here.” But the G. O. P. press
agents have not profited by those re-
ports in preparing their prophecies of
what is likely to happen in November.
Their statistics are feverish and
laughable. “Republican strategy, in
attacking LaFollette.and not Davis,”
they say, “is based on the following
table of electoral votes,” etc. Then
follows the most humorous part of the
whole story.
The 249 votes—count ’em, 249!—
“practically certain for Coolidge” in-
clude, of course, Utah’s and Vermont's
(four each) won by Taft in 1912; but
we find there, also, California (where
‘““Hi” Johnson is silent), Illinois, Mich-
igan (where Couzens will prove the
most distant of relatives), New Jer-
sey, New York and Ohio. Nothing.
whatever is given as “certain for Da-
cratic claims” we find the 166 votes
representing the Solid South. As a
matter of fact, the only absolutely
sure. votes are those 166—or let us:
say, to be conservative, 150—which
will unquestionably: go to. Davis. Of
the rest, practically nothing is certain
for any ‘of the. three candidates ex-
cept Wisconsin for LaFollette and a
few New England States and Penn-
sylvania for Coolidge.
. So Davis is to be ignored entirely.
| Well, well, what a wonderful cam-
| paign it ist
G. A. R. elected him department command-
er in 1916.
—The Reading Iron company, succes-
sor to the Thomas Iron company, of Allen-
town, is offering virtually the whole of
| Hokendouqua for sale. The town for many
years figured prominently in the steel and
iron industry, but several months ago the
furnaces were shut down and indications
are they will never be reopened. The
Reading company is also disposing of its
farm lands there. There are 238 dwellings,
the majority erected sixty years ago for
furnace employees, offered for sale.
—With a view to establishing a training
camp for young people, an option has been
taken on the camp grounds at Newton
Hamilton by a commission named by the
board of Sunday schools and Epworth
Leagues of Central Pennsylvania Metho-
dist conference. The commission hopes to
move the Epworth League Institute from
Eagles Mere to Newton Hamilton and to
establish a boys’ and girls’ camp. The
project has the approval of Bishop Mec-
Dowell and the four district superintend-
ents. i
—Pennsylvania express train No. 95,
west bound, ran from Bellwood to East Al-
toona last Friday without a directing hand
in the locomotive cab. The engineer and
the firemen were driven from the cab by
flames, steam and smoke when the lift pipe
in the stack collapsed. Engineer J. I.
Arndt took refuge on the lower step of the
engine and, as the train sped through Bell-
wood, he was knocked off by a fence. Fire-
man V. C. Ayres, who sought a place of
safety on the coal tender, was burned
about the face. When the fire under the
boiler died down, Ayres crawled back into
the cab and brought the train to a stop.
—Raymond Steinmetz, who leaped into
national prominence on the front pages of
many papers last Tuseday, when he saved
a 5 year old girl from death by a locomo-
tive at Emporia, Kan., may be a hero to
most of the world, but to his home-town
folks in Monessen, Pa., he is a fugitive
from justice. Steinmetz is wanted in West-
moreland county for deserting his wife
and on charges of fraud. Other Pennsyl-
vania: ‘towns want him on other charges,
William Horne, chief of police of Mones-
sén, gays. Reading of the exploit of Stein-
metz, Chief Horne wired to Emporia po-
lice to arest him. Steinmetz was captur-
ed in Council Grove, Kan, and is today
awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania. The
man went to Monessen last year and mar-
ried Miss Schilling, sister of the Rev. A.
| F. Schilling, pastor ‘of the German Luth-
eran church of that place. He left and
Mrs. Steinmetz brought desertion charges
against him.
tional bank, of Claysburg, is asking for a =