Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 02, 1925, Image 1

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—And this is 1925.
—If there wasn’t, as Barnum said,
“one born every minute” there would
not be such general yelling about
—So far as we are concerned all
that the New Year has in prospect
that the old one didn’t fulfill is hope, 1
and, if the truth were told, that stands
_ for all of you.
—When “clean-up week” comes in
the spring we're going to thumb our
nose at the powers that be in Belle-
fonte and tell them that when they re-
" move the unsightly litter about the
Phoenix pumping station we’ll haul
_ our ashes and tin cans to the dump.
—At their meeting here on Monday
the road supervisors of Centre county
went on record as being “unalterably
opposed to centralization of pow-
er.” We always get a good laugh out
of such declarations, because the most
of them vote in November for the
very thing they resolute against in
- December.
—Score one for the new Judge. He
“has secured a district attorney whom
nobody thought he could get. Ivan
Walker doesn’t need to look on the
appointment as an honor. He might
view it as an accommodation, but we
want to tell him that it’s an opportu-
nity. And opportunity knocks only
once at any man’s door.
~ —Make 1925 a great year for the
Centre County hospital. Pay up your
subscriptions promptly. Don’t listen
to the talk that it can’t be done. It
will be if you pay. The new heating
and power plant has been installed for
one-third of the estimted cost of it and
by spring some one will be found to
put the annex up at or near the lib-
eral estimate that was made for it and
then the job will be completed.
— Advice from Washington is to the
effecet that Congressman William I.
Swoope is going to press his bill to
formally name “The Star Spangled
Banner” as the national anthem. Gee,
isn’t it wonderful to have a great man
representing us in the halls of Con-
gress! Billy knows more about “The
Star Spangled Banner” than any oth-
er of our acquaintances. He has been
wrapping it about his unctious being
for years.
—Nobody loves Christmas pleasant-
ries more than we. For a week our
desk has been piled high with them.
Cards and letters, galore, wishing the
* “Watchman” as much of joy as it has
brought to the writers. Almost we
are overwhelmed. We are transport-
ed to the point where we cock the hat
just right, put a wad of chewed gin-
ger under the tail and start up street
‘to strut. e telephone rings, two’
times. We answer. It’s the bank tell-
_ ing us that the note we discounted on
faith that every one would respond to
our plea to get into the 1925 class is
- due. Then we realize that Christmas
cards won’t pay notes at the bank.
—We've never seen Louise Closser
Hale act. Maybe she’s all that those
who rave over “Expressing Willie”
think she is. Be that as it may, she
has a piker publicity agent. After
using the full text of a letter the ac-
tress recently received from a pris-
oner at Rockview, who asked her for
a second-hand saxophone to draw half
a column in the Philadelphia Public
Ledger, Miss Hale was made to say
that she would gladly show the letter
to any one who would bring to the
Walnut street theatre a saxophone so
that she could comply with the plea.”
We haven’t inquired as to whether
Miss Hale’s publicity man caught his
sucker. There are oodles of them, but
we are wondering why she didn’t send
her correspondent a new saxophone
when she was using him to get space.
—We know that Governor Pinchot
called Judge Dale on the telephone
Tuseday morning. We don’t know
what the Governor talked to the Judge
about, but in the light of the stren-
uous effort he is making to get votes
for his candidate for Speaker of the
House it would not be a far stretch of
the imagination to assume that he was
urging Judge Dale to line up the Hon.
J. Laird Holmes for Goodnough.
Whether this deduction is right or not
the Hon. Laird is in a helluva fix. He
is naturally dry, ran on a dry plat-
form and dry Centre county will ex-
pect him to vote for a dry Speaker,
notwithstanding the irrelevancy of a
wet and dry issue in a Speakership
contest. But the Governor appointed
Judge Dale over Mr. Holmes’ protest
and two weeks before the election,
when prospects of election looked
gloomy indeed to the embryonic
statesmen from Centre, he hurried off
to Harrisburg and said things to Har-
ry Baker, master of the Republican
works in Pennsylvania, that persuad- |
ed that gentleman to send word to the
hitherto lukewarm workers in Centre
that Holmes is all right and must be
elected. Now Baker has a candidate
for Speaker in the person of W. Clyde
Harer, of Williamsport, but Baker's
fats in the fire and he is likely to puil
Harer and go over to the new Vare-
Grundy combination that is pushing
Bluett, a decided wet from Philadel-
phia. If Baker swings, what is
Holmes going to do? The curtain fell
on his great act of riding two horses
at one time on last November 4th.
There are rival shows now. Holmes’
mounts are in different rings and he
must ride one or the other of them.
Indeed he is in a helluva fix, for no
matter which one he lands on the oth-
er will kick all future political possi-
hilities clean ont of him.
VOL. 7
Confusion of Interests Perplexes.
Viewed from any angle the quarrel
among the Republican bosses over the
Speakership of the House of Repre-
sentatives is perplexing. It is claim-
ed by the sponsors for the Philadel-
phia wet candidate that all the votes
of Allegheny county will be for him.
It is known that the Allegheny county
delegation is split up into three parts
of nearly equal proportions controlled
respectively by Max Leslie, Mayor
Magee and Mr. Oliver. Until recent-
ly Oliver was affiliated with the Gov-
ernor but is now alleged to be with |
Leslie, who is bitterly at enmity with |
Magee. If Leslie is for Bluett Magee :
will be against him. The only man |
who can assemble them into a single |
corral is Andy Mellon.
Judging by past experiences it is |
not easy to figure out how Mellon can
be counted against Harer, who is the
candidate of State chairman Baker.
Small fry politicians like Vare and
Grundy are against Baker but the
real big chiefs like Secretary Mellon,
Senators Reed and Pepper and Con-
gressman McFadden have always
shown the most friendly interest in
his political achievements and confi-
dence in his leadership. It must be
assumed that Mellon is against Ba-
ker in order to believe that the Alle-
gheny county delegation is solid for
Bluett. On the other hand without
such support the wet candidate can’t
have even the ghost of a show for
election. The country members will
be practically solid against him.
Then the combination of Grundy
and Vare is unbelievable. For many
years an almost dealy feud has exist-
ed between Grundy and the Vares,
and only two years ago an attempt by
mutual friends to effect a reconcilia-
tion only increased the bitterness and
widened the breach. Of course Ed.
Vare was living then and in control of
the Vare honor and conscience, while
Bill doesn’t know much about such
things. Nevertheless it is strange
that they should be together now
fighting for a wet candidate on a plat-
form pledged to make a dry commit-
tee on Law and Order. Out of such a
confusion of individuals and interests
anything may come except harmony;
and progperous bootleggers may buy
that, (BERL mE alive i! bs
—— “The Speaker of the House is
not the law enforcement officer of the
State,” as an esteemed wet contem-
porary remarks. But he has a large
voice in framing legislation under
which enforcement is conducted.
Lord Cecil on Woodrow Wilson.
In accepting the award of the
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, in New
York on Sunday evening, Lord Cecil,
famous English statesman, fitly and
fully answered the declarations of
President Coolidge and others that
the League of Nations “is a closed in-
cident.” “The advance in the last five
years in the direction of international
co-operation,” he said, “has been little
short of miraculous.” Ascribing these
results to the work of the League
“since its inception under the lead-
ership of Woodrow Wilson, a great
American and a great citizen of the
world. There is no title to fame high-
er than that.” That is the just ap-
praisement of Woodrow Wilson made
by one of the foremost statesmen of
the world.
Within the five years that have
elapsed since the organization of the
League of Nations no serious war has
been waged and no general slaughter
has occurred. Several more or less
grave disagreemnts have arisen and
various minor encounters have taken
place. But through the friendly in-
tervention of the League the differ-
ences have been adjusted with compar-
atively little shedding of human blood.
This is the fulfillment of Woodrow
Wilson’s idea “that peace is based on
unity and the solidarity of mankind.”
As the faithful administrator of Mr.
Wilson’s idea it is peculiarly happy
that the first award of the Woodrow
Wilson Foundation should go to Vis-
count Cecil, of Great Britain.
After citing numerous of the great
achievements of the League of Na-
tions Lord Cecil continued: “The
seed planted by Woodrow Wilson and
his colleagues at Paris has already
grown and flourished beyond the most
sanguine expectation. Let it be ours
to foster its growth, and not wasting
our time in criticism and regret, let
us press forward toward that glorious
prize which even now seems almost
within our grasp.” The work thus
far has been the achievement of a
cripple. The help of the United
States was from the beginning and is
now essential to a full measure of ac-
complishment and when that is given,
as it will be, we may hope for “on
earth peace, good will toward men.”
——— —————————
——The hearings in the postal rate
bill may as well be abandoned. To
increase the postage on magazines
would be breaking faith with period-
ical publishers who contributed liber-
ally to the campaign fund.
Republican Harmony Rudely Jolted.
Those Republican leaders who ex-
pected to run a road roller over the
prostrate form of Governor Pinchot in
the organization and during the ap-
proaching session of the Legislature
have had their hopes rudely shocked.
There is not only a fight on but one of
uncertain proportions and results. By
| setting up for the Speakership of the
House of Representatives an avowed-
ly “wet” candidate, the Philadelphia
machine has enabled the Governor to
define issues and form a line of battle
that gives him more than an even
chance of victory. Outside of Phila-
delphia and Allegheny county the
“drys” have an overwhelming major-
ity in Pennsylvania. When Bluett as
| candidate that issue is made inevita-
Philadelphia and Allegheny county
will have sixty-five votes in the cau-
cus. The other counties will have in
the neighborhood of 115 votes. The
wet issue will entice a few votes from
the coal regions and third class city
districts but not sufficient to afford
control. The only chance for the se-
lection of the wet candidate, therefore,
lies in a division of the dry vote. In
his direct appeal to the public the
Governor has made that an unlikely
contingent. While the Republican
machine is as wet as the Atlantic
ocean the voters are as dry as the Sa-
hara desert and a Representative of a
dry district who votes for the wet
candidate will write himself down as
a political suicide.
Governor Pinchot may have made
a tactical mistake in bringing out Mr.
Goodnough as his candidate for
Speaker. As that gentleman said in
announcing his candidacy he has
precedent to support his claim. But
precedent is a “broken reed” in polit-
ical affairs. The only other candidate
mentioned, Mr. Harer, is dry and
from this distance from the “theatre
of war” is the stronger of the two.
He has the open support of W. Harry
date is almost certain to win, and the
shrewdest politician in the bunch, but
is less servile to the Governor. If
both these candidates remain in the
contest the Philadelphia wet ecandi-
date is almose certain to win, and the |
Governor's attitude’ may and probabl
will compass that result.
‘We are not in the confidence of
either but feel perfectly safe in say-
ing that Joe Grundy will get no more
invitations to the Pinchot estate in
Pike county.
Senator Reed Unduly Excited.
Senator Reed, of Pittsburgh, ap-
pears to be unduly excited over the
war debt owed to this country by
France. In a recent review of the
financial affairs of France the Finance
Minister made no reference to the
money due to the United States.
Some more or less pessimistic officials
in Washington interpreted this as a
first step in a purpose to repudiate
the obligation. Previous intimations
had come that French public opinion
inclined to the idea that the prosecu-
tion of the war was a common obli-
gation among those participating in
it and that no nation owed any other
nation for money advanced, whether
in the form of loans or military ex-
Great Britain some time ago enter-
ed into an agreement with the author-
ities at Washington to pay her debt in
comparatively small instalments and
paid down a considerable sum of in-
terest. Possibly France is fencing
for a similar or more generous agree-
ment. Anyway she has not been in
the habit of repudiating her debts and
we see no substantial reason to im-
agine she has such an act in mind now.
But Senator Reed is young in years
and inexperienced in public matters
and inclined to talk. Being the
spokesman of Secretary Mellon, self-
appointed or otherwise, may have had
something to do with his activity in
the premises, moreover. The music
of his throat is entrancing to his ears.
To our mind there is much more
reason to complain over the attitude
Great Britain has assumed on the
question of damages to American cit-
izens under the Versailles treaty.
There is a good deal of money coming
on that score, not to the government,
but to individuals, and Great Britain
takes the position that because the
United States failed to ratify the Ver-
sailles treaty the citizens of the Unit-
ed States are not entitled to partici-
pate in the benefits of the treaty.
There is a good deal of plausibility in
this claim and Senator Reed might
serve a good purpose by giving it at-
tention. He might thus cast reflec-
tions on his own party but that ought
not to deter him.
—— Probably those army world
fliers would rather have had a few
hundred dollars in hand than a chance
of promotion after they are dead.
rm ——— A ——————
——One reason for the Republican
row is that Bill Vare wants to expand
his jurisdiction as party boss.
Real Issue in the Fight.
Governor Pinchot is unquestiona-
bly correct in his opinion that the
election of Thomas Bluett, of Phila-
delphia, as Speaker of the House of
Representatives, would commit the
party to the wet side of the prohibi-
tion question. But that is neither new
nor startling. The Republican ma-
chine of Pennsylvania has been in
partnership, silent or active, with the
liquor interests for many years. Even
when Governor Pinchot was the can-
didate of the party for Governor the
great influence of the liquor interests
and the vast force of the bootleggers
were active in his favor. He is epually
accurate in his estimate that the elec-
tion of Bluett will make prohibition
enforcement an issue during the ses-
But the Governor is widely away
from the facts in his inference that
prohibition or enforcement is the dom-
inant issue in the campaign for the
Speakership of the House. The Re-
publican machine of Pennsylvania
doesn’t need to employ flattering unc-
tions to induce the liquor interests to
cast the liquor vote for the party.
The opposition to the election of Mr.
Harer to the Speakership is not based
upon his dry proclivities. It was in-
spired by the fact that chairman Ba-
ker, of the Republican State commit-
tee, had expressed a preference for
Mr. Harer for that office. Mr. Grundy
and Mr. Vare and their camp follow-
ers have set out to get the conspicu-
ous “red feather” which decorates the
cap of Mr. Baker.
The Speakership fight is not essen-
tially a wet or dry contest, though
that issue is incidentally involved.
The fight is for control of the Repub-
lican machine and to destrey W. Har-
ry Baker's influence in the party.
None of the supporters of Bluett
gives the Governor much considera-
tion. Generally speaking he is sched-
uled in the annals of the party as a
dead duck, helplessly quacking now
and again to attract attention. : But
Grundy and Vare hope to eliminate
Baker for some reason or another and
imagine that the election of a servile
and somewhat stupid follower to the
office will achieve the result. Possi-
bly it might serve the pur but if
the chairman and the Governor get
together the plan will fail.
—A very dear friend of ours, a man
88 years young, without a gray hair
in his head and boasting that he does
not need glasses to thread a needle,
went over to the railroad station one
day last week to meet his son and
daughter-in-law. The son got off the
train, following him was a charming
looking woman whom our friend im-
mediately embraced, indulged in a few
osculatory stunts and was about to
proceed with an encore when she, hav-
ing recovered from her surprise, said:
“Sir, you have evidently made a mis-
take.” We don’t know whether he did
or not. The lady was not his son’s
wife, but she was very good looking.
Either our friend’s story about his un-
impaired eyesight is all bunk or at
88 we'll have to admit that he’s the
fastest worker we ever heard of.
—This thing of taking your Christ-
mas dinner out, when you have no
help, is grand; so fas as escape from
spending three hours worrying over
keeping the oven hot and properly
basting the bird is concerned. The
boomerang comes next day however,
when a meal has to be prepared and
there isn’t any picking’ in the refrig-
erator to warm up and serve as tur-
key hash.
———The “Watchman” congratulates
Mervin Betz, of Jacksonville, upon his
appointment as mercantile appraiser
for Centre county. Being a merchant,
himself, he is well qualified to make a
just and equitable return of all deal-
ers in the county.
—Who is to deliver the Hon.
Holmes? Will Rebecca Naomi and
Judge Dale hand him over to Pinchot,
or will Scott, Fleming and Co., pre-
sent him to Baker as proof that he is
a “regular” Republican?
—— There must be something men-
acing in the condition of affairs be-
tween France and Germany. Marshal
Foch is beginning to take notice.
—— Money is a great force in this
country. It has just changed Trinity
college, in Durham, North Carolina,
into Duke University. i
—Since the jingoes couldn’t get us
into a war with Japan they seem to be
sitting up nights to make a casus
belli with France.
A—— fp —————————
——Thus far Pinchot has an advan-
tage in the epistolary duel. His let-
ponents, -
| e——— dp ——
——Kid McCoy gets off easily un-
der a verdict of manslaughter and
that is no “kid.” :
ters are longer than those of his op-
"NO. 1.
The “Dry” ‘Republican Party.
From the Philadelphia Record.
The selection of a Speaker of the
Pennsylvania House of Representa-
tives is a Republican function, at
which the 14 Democratic members of
a body numbering 207 will play the
Jale of interested but impotent specta-
From their position on the sidelines
of the scrimmage, however, the Demo-
crats, if they shall keep their ears
open, may gather some curious infor-
mation. For instance, the voice of
the Governor of Pennsylvania is rais-
ed to assert that “this nation is dry.
The Republican party in the United
States isdry * * * * The Repub-
lican party of Pennsylvania is dry.”
The bearing of these allegations on
the Speakership lies in the fact that
the leaders of the Republican party in
Pennsylvania, who profess to act in
harmony with the Republican party in
the United States, which overwhelm-
ingly dominates the nation, are about
to elect a notoriously wet Speaker to
bands their legislative business for
~ We should like to think that the
Governor believes his own statements,
but we cannot force ourselves to that
extremity of credulity. He has per-
sonally and publicly pointed out to the
federal authorities in charge of prohi-
bition enforcement, who are all Re-
publicans, the excessive: wetness of
Pennsylvania, and has charged them
with responsibility therefor. Mrs.
Willebrandt, assistant United States
Attorney General, has stated in writ-
ing that “Pennsylvania is one of the
worst States in the Union” from the |
liquor standpoint, hecause “the law
enforcement machinery, both State
and Federal, is under political” (which
can mean only Republican) “control.”
Governor Pinchot knows this as well
as we do. What does he mean by de-
claring that the nation, the Republi-
can party in the nation, and the Re-
lican party in the State, are dry?
oes he expect anybody to believe
that it is the wicked Democrats who
are permitting the country to be flood-
pd with strong drink in violation of
aw ? its
It strikes “The Record,” merely as
a spectator, that if Mr. Bluett, ortho-
dox Republican candidate for the
Speakership, is as wet as Governor
Pinchot says he is, he represents very
accurately the sentiments of the dom-
inant element in his own party. When
the Republican party in nation . or
State makes a serious effort cifitient-
ly to administer the prohibition laws
by employing incorruptible men with-
out political influence to enforce them
and to punish those who grow rich by
persistently and almost openly violat-
ing them, it will be ample time to
credit it with the sentiments ascribed
to it by the Governor of Pennsylva-
The Speakership.
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
_ Under existing political conditions
in Pennsylvania, the Speaker of the
State House of Representatives is not
likely to be a forceful personality. In
the absence of a single dominating
leader, the members are being lined
up in support of a Philadelphian
whose chief claim for preference
seems to be his selection by “the
Vares.” Mr. Bluett has not exhibited
any unusual talent as a Legislator,
nor has his name been associated with
any important enactment making him
known to the general public outside
his own district. He had places at the
last session upon several important
committees, but his present distine-
tion rests upon the fact that he is put
forward by Congressman Vare and
the Grundy interests. ;
From all accounts, the Speaker at
the session of 1923, Mr. Goodnough,
made a satisfactory presiding officer,
and he may decide to offer himself to
the House for re-election. But he la-
bors under the serious handicap, so
far as the majority of the new House
is concerned, of being the favored can-
didate of Governor Pinchot. Since
this is the case and since the indica-
tions are that Mr. Pinchot’s influence
over the Legislature will be nothing
like so powerful as at the 1923 ses-
sion, Mr. Goodnough’s chances are
slim indeed.
Nor are those of another aspirant
for the place, Mr. Harer, who was
chairman of the Appropriations com-
mittee at the last session, thought to
be much better. He was unable to
please everybody with an interest in
the appropriations, and he is said to
have particularly offended interests
upon whom the party machine depends
largely for campaign contributions.
At all events, he is meeting with pow-
erful opposition, and at the moment
the combination backing Mr. Bluett
believes it holds the winning hand.
tan ———— Ap rr ————
The Chicken Plague.
From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
Pennsylvania’s chickens have not
got the European fowl plague deci-
mating flocks in parts of other States
and generally upsetting the trade in
poultry in the eastern part of the
United States, but the State authori-
ties have very wisely put on a quar-
antine to protect the health. of our
own birds. The wisdom of this is ap-
parent when it is stated the poultry
industry of the Keystone State has
been conservatively. = estimated at
something over $50,000,000 in value
and is one of the most going of the
going concerns.
~—When you see it in the “Watch-
man” you now it’s trve.
i for a district convention.
f, a
ic Instruction, who is ill
| at the University hospital, Philadelphia, is
reported as “doing nicely” this week.
—Delegates from the councils of the
Junior Order United American Mechanics
in Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre,
‘I Clearfield, Bedford and Fulton counties
will assemble in Altoona on January 10,
—When a fire in the store of Joseph
Nayse, of Bethlehem, was at its height on
Friday Nayse rushed through the smoke
and flames to his safe and returned to the
street, nearly suffocated and badly singed,
-{ but with $1000 he had managed to save.
— Bondholders of the Columbia and
Montour Telephone company on Monday
stated that the company would not’ oper-
ate after December 31, when the Penn
State Telephone company gives up its lease
on their lines. No plan for continuance of
service had been arrived at, the bondhold-
ers said. .
—A. M. Pearce, superintendent of the
Penn Public Service company, has been ap-
pointed general chairman of the commit-
tee which is preparing for the Allegheny
Region anniversary meeting of the I. 0. O.
F., at Clearfield, in April. H. S. Mann is
secretary and E. Clair Davis is treasurer
of the committee.
—An illness that proved bafiling to doc-
tors resulted in the death of Joseph Biek-
sza, 24 years of age, of Carbondale, Pa, at
the Hahnemann hospital in Scranton, on
Monday night. While it is believed that he
suffered from sleeping sickness, an autop-
sy was being performed to learn if the
victim had been poisoned.
—With his mother, Mrs. Stephen Sheetz,
believed dying at Shamokin, police have
sent broadcast an appeal for her son, Ed-
ward, 18 years old, to return home. He
disappeared on October 29. He is five feet
eight inches tall, has light brown hair,
and wore a cap, coat and sweater of the
same color when he left home.
—Developments are expected soon in the
mysterious death of Henry Rathburn, who
was found a corpse in the kitchen of his
home at Middleburg, on Christmas. Au-
thorities are attempting to learn the iden-
tity of three men who spent the morning
there. Coroner Herman has not yet made
a definite statement as to the cause of
—Suits totaling $11,000 were filed late on
Tuesday against the Greensboro Gas com-
pany, of Uniontown, by four members of
the family of James A. Anderson, of Anna-
wan, Ill, whose automobile in Brownsville
was struck by a heavy iron projection
from a gas company truck, causing inju-
ries which sent three of the family to a
hospital.’ ; i
—Notices were posted this week by the
Danville and Sunbury Transit company
that they would cease operation of trolley
cars after midnight, December 31. - The
disposal of the equipment has not yet been
decided on. The company operates be-
tween Danville and Riverside on the south
side of the Susquehanna river, and runs to
the Danville State hospital.
~Mrs. Eliza Anne Blauser Freed, of
York, is 91 years old. She was born near
Pleasureville, York county, and was one of
sixteen children in the Blauser family.
Samuel Blauser, of York, a brother, and
Mrs. Emma Shelter, of Windsor Park, a
sister, are living. She was married in
1854 to Daniel Freed, a farmer, who died
in 1878. They had ten children. -
—Charging the Pennsylvania Railroad
company with negligence that resulted in
injury to him, Louis H. Snyder, of Altoo-
.na, has entered suit in trespass asking
damages in the sum of $300. Mr. Snyder
alleges that in September, he approached
the grade crossing near BO tower in a
roadster and that because of certain con-
ditions he alleges existed there, his car
stalled on the track and was struck and
entirely destroyed by a train.
—What Potter county has done with cer-
tified seed potatoes is the wonder of the
State. Of the 65,000 bushels grown in
Pennsylvania, more than half were raised
in the land of leeks. In fact, 37,945 bush-
els, 77 of the competing 123 local growers,
passed the rigid requirements imposed by
The Pennsylvania State College. Paul
Smith, of Ulysses, has 6500 bushels, hav-
ing raised nearly one-tenth of all the cer-
tified seed tubers in the whole State.
—The Tipton dam, erected for the Penn-
sylvania Railroad conipany, between Al-
toona and Tyrone, at a cost of $1,000,000;
has been completed. This is the last of
six dams built for the railroad in the Al-
legheny mountains. It has a capacity of
400,000,000 gallons, increasing the supply
85 per cent. William B. McCaleb, general
superintendent of the Tipton company,
was formerly superintendent of the Phila-
delphia Division of the Pennsylvania Rail-
—Guy Myton, 57 years old, of Peters-
burg, is in a serious condition in the Blair
Memorial hospital, at Huntingdon, suffer-
ing from fractures of the ribs of both sides
of his chest, a possible puncture wound of
the lung, and lacerations of the head which
required ten stitches in closing. The man
was found on Monday morning of last
week, lying in the clearway between No. 1
and 2 tracks of the Pennsylvania railroad
near the Petersburg passenger station by
trackwalker, Charles Beatty. How he met
with" the accident has not been divulged.
—Another triumph for overalls over
white collars is reflected in the report that
more than 1700 of the 2700 night students
in Carnegie Institute of Technology at
Pittsburgh, this year are taking courses in
the building and machinery trades. The
growth in night student enrollment in
these trade courses, which is this year
about 100 per cent. over that of three years
ago, gives further evidence, the report sug-
gests, that young men are more and more
appreciating the opportunities to win suc-
cess by the “overall route” rather than
through the “white collar” jobs.
—William Rosenmund, 28 years old, of
Mifflin county, was arrested by Pennsylva-
nia railroad police on Saturday in connec-
tion with three attempts to wreck fast
night trains between Mifilin and Denholm.
The police in examining Rosenmund, who
is a deaf mute, through his father and sis-
ter, said they were told that the prisoner
had been despondent since the refusal of a
girl in New Brighton to marry him, and
that he had been counseled by “spirits” to
wreck trains to frighten the girl into con-
genting. The police also were told that he
had given the girl $300. Two attempts to
wreck trains were made early on Friday,
the pony wheels of one locomotive being
derailed by splice bars placed on the track.
Railroad police watching on Saturday said
they saw Rosenmund crossing the tracks
carying splice bars and arrested him. He
lives on a «farm with Lis parents.