Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 27, 1925, Image 4

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Bell Company to Take Over the Penn
State Organization.
A meeting of the stockholders of
the Penn State Telephone company
was held at the head offices in Lan-
caster, on Wednesday of this week, to
consider the proposition of the Bell
Telephone company of Pennsylvania
to take over all the property, right,
title and interest of the Penn State
company. This is in line with a general
movement all over the State to do
away with competing organizations.
In fact it has already been done in the
Johnstown district. There the inde-
pendent organization took over the
Bell interests and proceedings have
already been started by the independ-
ent company in the Ridgway district
to take over the Bell interests in that
section of the State. The Huntingdon
and Clearfield Telephone company is
now in process of reorganization after
having emerged from a receivership,
and as it is much stronger in the dis-
trict it serves than the Bell company,
it follows that in due course of time
it will also take over the Bell interests
within its territory.
If the unification of the Penn State
company with the Bell Telephone
company of Pennsylvania goes
through, and there is a likelihood that
it will, forty-two communities will be
ultimately able to call any telephone
subscriber in their community through
one system. Under the plan about
12,000 Penn State subscribers and
about 55,000 Bell subscribers in ten
counties will be able to communicate
with each other. It also will give the
subscribers greater long-distance. CONpad cam
The proposed merger will affect ten
counties: Chester, Lancaster, Nor-
thumberland, Union, Lycoming, Leb-
anon, Schuylkill, Blair, Centre and
Clinton counties.
Exchanges of the Penn State are
now operated in Altoona, Annville,
Ashland, Bellefonte, Bellwood, Centre
Hall, Christiana, East Petersburg,
Ephrata, Girardville, Gap, Hollidays-
burg, Lampeter, Lancaster, Lebanon,
Lewisburg, Lititz, Lock Haven, Maha-
noy City, Manheim, Millersville, Mill-
heim, Milton, Minersville, Mount Car-
mel, Pottsville, Palmyra, Quarryville,
Schuylkill Haven, Shamokin, Shenan-
doah, Snow Shoe, State College, Stras.
burg, Sunbury, Tamaqua, Tremont,
Tyrone, Jersey Shore, Coatesville,
Honeybrook and West Chester.
Of course it will probably take a
year to effect the change. Should the
stockholders of the Penn State com-
pany vote favorably upon the propo-
sition of the Bell company the matter
will then have to be submitted to the
Public Service Commission for its ap-
proval. While no mention has been
made of the financial stipulation in-
volved it is understood to be in the
neighborhood of a million dollars.
The concolidation of the two com-
panies would ultimately mean the
abandonment of all Penn State ex-
changes and the tearing down of some
of its lines. So far as long distance
service is concerned, it is understood.
that an inter-relation agreement will
be made between the Bell company
and the independent whereby a unified
long distance service will be estab-
lished to all points in the State, with
connections all over the country.
As the unification will not be com-
pleted for some time, and as the prop-
erty covers such a large area, changes
among the employees are not contem-
plated in the near future.
The merger was officially ratified at
Lancaster on Wednesday. The Amer-
ican Tel. and Tel. will assume the
mortgage indebtedness of $461,500 of
the Penn State Co., and pay $363,500
in cash.
——$1.00 down, balance in small
weekly payments, delivers any Hoos-
ier kitchen cabinet during club sale
at W. R. Brachbill’s. 13-1t
Wants Death House Moved.
Representative Alexander, of Dela-
ware county, has introduced a bill in
the Legislature providing for the re-
moval of the death house at the Rock-
view penitentiary from its present lo-
cation to a point at least one thous-
and yards from any of the existing
buildings on the grounds. The bill
carries an appropriation of $100,000
for the work.
Last showing of “The Covered
Wagon,” Moose Temple theatre, Fri-
day and Saturday, March 27 and 28.
SOLT.—Jacob B. Solt, a native of
Centre county, died last Friday night
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
i Charles N. Daugherty, in Frederick,
. Md., following an illness of ten days.
He was a son of Peter and Mary
| Haupt Solt and was born at the Sum-
mit, near Lemont, on April 7th, 1845,
hence had reached the age of 79 years,
11 months and 13 days. His early
life was spent on the farm, his first
venture for himself being as a sub-
contractor in the grading of three
miles of the Lewisburg and Tyrone
railroad about fifty years ago. Later
he embarked in the mercantile busi-
ness at Centre Hall, where he lived
until 1889, when he sold out and
moved to Frederick county, Md. Later
he moved to Gettysburg, Pa., where
for several years he was employed as
a battlefield guide, but eventually he
returned to Maryland and following
the death of his wife in 1917 located
in the city of Frederick and embarked
in the grocery business. He sold out
a year ago.
He was a member of the Calvary
| Methodist church, at Frederick, and
the leaders’ bible class. Mr. Solt was
one of the oldest subscribers of the
Democratic Watchman, having read it
continuously for about sixty-four
years. His survivors include two sons
and one daughter, Calvin F. Solt, of
Daugherty, of Frederick. He also
leaves one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth
Kane, of Bellefonte; and three half-
brothers, Cyrus Solt, of Bellefonte;
James and Conrad, of Williamsport.
Funeral services were held at his late
home in Frederick at two o’clock on
Monday afternoon, after which burial
"was made in the Mt. Olivet cemetery,
in that place.
He wageafhe .
~ REED.—John Thomas Reed, a well
known retired farmer of Spruce Creek
valley, died on Sunday at the home of
his son-in-law, Benjamin Everhart,
at Franklinville, following an illness
of several months as the result of a
complication of diseases.
He was a son of William and Rosa
Hanna Reed, early settlers of Patton
township, Centre county, where he
was born on May 4th, 1850, hence was
almost seventy-five years old. For
thirty years he farmed in Buffalo Run
valley, later moving to Peru and
eventually moving onto a farm he
purchased near Graysville. In 1913 he
bought the McWilliams farm, at Rock
Springs, where he lived until his re-
tirement in 1916.
He was twice married, his first
+4wifg having been Miss Marv Confer.
One daughter by this union, Mrs.
Frank Houck, survives. Following
the death of his first wife he married
Miss Sofia Elizabeth Crust, who sur-
vives with the following children:
Robert W. Reed, of Rock Springs;
Mrs. Samuel Everhart, on the Branch,
and Mrs. Ben Everhart, of Franklin-
ville. He also leaves one brother,
David Reed, of Kansas.
Funeral services were held on Wed-
nesday aftérnoon by Rev. H. D. Flem-
ing, of the Presbyterian church, of
which he was a life-long member,
assisted by Rev. Norris, after which
burial was made in the Graysville
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GRAZIER.—Miss Jennie G. Grazier
died last Wednesday at the home of
her niece, Mrs. H. A. Leitzell, at State
College, following an illness of some
months with asthma. She was a daugh-
ter of David and Nancy Grazier and
was born at Warriorsmark a. little
i over seventy-two years ago. Surviv-
i ing her are two sisters and two broth-
| ers, Mrs. G. H. Hubbard, of Lock Ha-
| ven; Mrs. G. A. Walker, of Scottdale;
| Frank Grazier, of Bedford, Va., and
Harry L., of Warriorsmark. Funeral
services were held at the Leitzell
home at 1:30 o'clock on Saturday
! afternoon, after which the remains
| were taken to Warriorsmark for bur-
i wid]
LOVE.—Miss Jane Gray Love, sec-
retary of Judge Thomas J. Baldridge,
' of Blair county, died at her home in
Tyrone on Monday night following a
brief illness. She was a daughter of
Harry S., deceased, and Mary McKee
Love, former residents of Centre
county, and was in her thirtieth year.
Her mother, two brothers and two sis-
ters survive. Burial was made in Ty-
rone on Monday.
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MOTTERN.—Mrs. Annie Mottern,
mother of Mrs. W. A. Manning, of
Bellefonte, died at the Geisinger hos-
pital, in Danville, last Wednesday,
following a protracted illness. She is
survived by five children, two sisters
and three brothers. Burial was made
at Danville on Saturday.
Gettysburg; James E., and Mrs. |
HOCKENBERRY.—Harry Hocken-
berry, a life-long resident of Spring
township, died at his home at Nigh |
bank at 12:30 o'clock on Sunday night,
| as the result of a stroke of apoplexy
sustained at 12:30 o’clock on Friday
night. : i
He was a son of Simon and Cathe-
rine Wertz Hockenberry and was born
near the old Valentine furnace on
June 13th, 1860, hence was 64 years,
9 months and 10 days old. He was a
laborer by occupation and a good cit-
izen in every way. His entire life was
- spent in the vicinity of Bellefonte.
He married Miss Lida N. Chapman
who survives with the following chil-
dren: Simon F. Hockenberry, of Nigh
bank; William E., of Detroit, Mich.;
Mrs. Miller Sholly, of Bellefonte;
John, of Pleasant Gap; Robert, of Ty-
rone; Harry, of Pleasant Gap; Her-
bert, Arthur and Albert, at home.
. One son, Roy Hockenberry, died some
| years ago. He also leaves one broth-
"er and four sisters, John Hockenberry,
Mrs. Calvin Hall and Mrs. Sadie Gar-
ret, of Bellefonte; Mrs. Charles Cald-
well, of Milesburg, and Mrs. Annie
Brown, of State College.
Funeral services were held at two
o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, bur-
ial being made in the Union cemetery
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KLING.—Peter Percival Kling, a
native of Centre county, died at his
home in Altoona last Saturday morn-
ing following an illness of some
weeks. He was a son of the late Joel
and Albertina Kling and was born in
Marion township, Centre county, on
August 8th, 1865. As a young man
he located in Altoona and for many
years has been engaged as a lumber
inspector for the Pennsylvania Rail-
road company. He was a member of
Logan lodge No. 490, F. and A. M., of
Altoona; the Jr. 0. U. A. M., D. of A.,
Illinois Commercial Travelrs’ asso-
ciation and the railroad relief.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs,
Carrie Kling, and one daughter, Eliz-
, abeth, at home. He also leaves the
‘following brothers and sisters: Elmer
,E. and Samuel R. Kling, of Altoona;
| Oscar M., of Juniata; J. M., of Scott-
| dale; Calvin, of Lock Haven; Mrs. D.
B. Mattern, of Altoona; Mrs. W. H.
{ Yearick, of Howard; Mrs. Earl Year-
“ick and Mrs. George Ertley, of Belle-
fonte. Burial was made in the Rose
Hill cemetery, Altoona, on Tuesday
: afternoon.
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| ENGLE—Mrs. Andie B. Engle,
| widow of the late Andrew J. Engle,
died at the home of her son, Andrew
J. Jr., on east Lamb street, Bellefonte,
on Friday of last week, where she had
been making her home since the death
of her husband some years ago. She
had been in poor health for over a
vear but her condition’ did: yegonie
serious until six weeks ago. TREN
She was a daughter of A. J. and
Catherine 0. Brookbank and was
born in Cambria county on April 4th,
1856, making her age 68 years, 11
months and 16 days. Most of her life
was spent in Altoona and vicinity.
: Her only survivors are two sons, An-
drew J. and Joseph F., both of Belle-
fonte. .
| Funeral mass was held in the Cath-
-olic church at ten o’clock on Monday
| morning by Rev. Father Downes, after
I' which burial was made in the Catho-
lic cemetery. :
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CAMPBELL.—Warren L. Campbell,
. since 1910 station agent at Coburn on
| the Lewisburg and Tyrone railroad,
died last Thursday evening as the re-
, sult of an attack of acute indigestion,
; aged 55 years. He is survived by his
wife, one son, Charles R. Campbell, of
New York city, and two daughters,
Dorothy M. and Janet A., at home.
; Burial was made in the Fairview cem-
etery, Millheim, on Monday. ’
———A charming dinner set, Dexter
- domestic service set and crystal glass-
i ware set given free with Hoosier
i kitchen cabinets during Hoosier club
‘sale at W. R. Brachbill’s furniture
store. :
A ———— re ————
: Austrian Found Dead at Sandy Ridge.
Michael Grabic, an Austrian, was
found dead in his shanty at Sandy
| Ridge, last Thursday, On passing the
i.shanty in the morning Harold Cassi-
‘dy noticed Grabic lying on the floor,
but he gave the matter little thought
at the time. - Returning from work in
the evening he noticed that the man
was still lying there, apparently in the
same position. Notifying a number of
other men they went to Grabic’s shan-
ty and an examination disclosed the
fact that the man was dead. Coroner
W. R. Heaton, of Philipsburg, was
summoned and after a careful exam-
ination decided that the man’s death
was the result of a cerebral hemor-
rhage, a perfectly natural cause.’
Grabic was about 60 years old and
had lived and worked at Sandy Ridge
for thirty years. He was unmarried
and his only known relative is a sister
living in New Jersey. Among his ef-
fects was found a policy for $500 in
the Prudential Life Insurance com-
——On Friday evening, March 27th,
an illustrated lecture will be given in
the Evangelical church by Bunyon’s
pilgrim band on Pilgrim’s Progress.
Also a large selection of pictures per-
taining to the life of Christ will be
given. All passes issued for other lo-
cations on former occasions will be
——Fifty-five pieces of chinaware,
cutlery and glassware free with each
Hoosier cabinet sold during club sale
' at Brachbill’s furniture store, 13-1t
* kdred, Tuesday
4 ment to her house guest, Miss Anne
131t |
Punishment Meted Out to Transgres-
sors of the Law.
At a special session of court, on
Monday, Toner Hastings, of Snow
Shoe township, plead guilty to feloni-
ous assault with intent to rob and was
sentenced to from two and a half to
five years at solitary confinement and
hard labor in the western penitenti-
J. F. Hall, of Hublersburg, was
haled before the court by his wife for
assault and threats and was required
to give bond in the sum of $1000 to
keep the peace for two years.
Walter Kerstetter, a former Centre
countian, but now working at his
trade as a barber in Shamokin, was
the defendant in a case for desertion
and non-support preferred by his
wife. The court ordered him to pay
$30 a month toward the support of
his wife and child, payment to begin
on April 15th and to be made regu-
larly the 15th of every month.
Martin Blaze, of Philipsburg, plead
guilty to violation of the prohibition
law and was sentenced to pay a fine
of $300 and serve from two to four
months in the county jail.
A rule was presented in the non-
support case against John McCartney
requesting that the court order of $25
a month be reduced, but the court
refused to do so.
Simon Seigfried, of Philipsburg,
was brought before the court on a
charge of non-support and after hear-
ing the “evidence the court ordered
him to pay $25 a month beginning
with the first of April, the money to
be deposited to his wife’s account in
the Moshannon National bank, and to
give bond in the sum of $1000 to keep
the peace.
In the case of the Commonwealth
vs. Robert Walker, a surety of the
peace case, the defendant was dis-
Ralph Orndorf, of Miles township,
was before the court on the charge of
stealing a ham from his grandfather
and selling it to S. A. Bierly for $6.00.
The court paroled the young man in
the custody of his father, George
Orndorf, for a period of two years,
during which time he is to make a
monthly report to the court, and he
was also ordered to return the six dol-
lars to Mr. Bierly paid him for the
——$1.00 down enrolls you in the
Hoosier kitchen cabinet club now
forming at W. R. Brachbill’s furni-
ture store. Balance in small weekly
payments. 13-1t
Social Doings Within the Week.
Miss Katherine Allison entertained
with five tables of bridge and five hun-
ternoon, in compli-
Tuesday night a dinner dance was
given at the Nittany Country club, by
Mrs. Bent Leonard Weaver, the hon-
or guest being her daughter and a
school-mate, Miss Helen Weaver and
Miss Uptman, both students at the
National Park seminary. Twenty-
four covers were laid for the dinner.
Mrs. Harry Keller was hostess at a
card party yesterday afternoon, at
which the young married set and
school set were her guests. The par-
ty was given for her daughter-in-law,
Mrs. Ellis Keller, and Mrs. John G.
Love, both recent brides.
A series of family parties was giv-
en within the past week, by the H. K.
Hoy family, in Bellefonte, their moth-
er, who will be ninety years old in
May, being the honor guest at each.
Dinners were given by Mr. and Mrs.
S. H. Hoy, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hoy,
Mr. and Mrs. H. M Hoy, Mr. and Mrs.
Clayton E. Royer and by the Rev. and
Mrs. William Wagner, at Boalsburg.
Mrs. Grant Pifer, of Wilkinsburg, the
Rev. and Mrs. George Eley and Geo.
Jr., of Arndtsville, and the Rev. and
Mrs. Wagner were all in Bellefonte
and guests at these functions.
: AR ei
Forestry Planting.
Under the direction of the agricul-
tural extension bureau two forestry
planting demonstrations were held on
Thursday of last week at the farms of
J. K. Alexander, at Unionville, and R.
F. Glenn, of Waddle. The trees were
secured from the State at no cost ex-
cept express charges and a slight
charge for crating. The total cost
amounted to approximately $1.00 per
thousand. There are very few farms
in Centre county that de not have at
least an acre of waste land that can-
not be farmed at profit. Over a period
of years an acre of young forest trees
planted will return approximately six
per cent. on the total investment.
A number of different varieties can
be secured, such as white pine, red
pine, Japanese larch, black walnut and
various other good varieties. One
‘man can secure up to 100,000 trees;
however, the supply for this spring’s
planting has been exhausted. In or-
der to secure trees for next year’s
planting applications should be made
soon. Application blanks and addi-
tional information can be sccured at
{ the county agent's office.
| ——Hoosier, the world’s finest
kitchen cabinet, delivered for $1.09
down, balance in small weekly pay-
ments, sold at the regular cash price
«during club sale at W. R. Brachbill’s.
| ——Mr. and Mrs H. Frank Moore,
' of Nittany, are mourning the death of
their three day’s old child, born last
Thursday and passing away on Sun-
day. Burial was made in the Schenck
cemetery, near Howard, on Monday.
Dr. Glenn Witnessed the Big Fire.
' ‘West Palm Beach, 3-20-25.
Dear “Watchman:"” .
There was some excitement here
yesterday when the Breakers and the
Palm Beach hotels, both exclusive re-
sorts, were burned to the ground.
They say the conflagration that de-
stroyed seven millions in property val-
ue started from an over heated curl-
ing iron on Milady’s dresser. We
could see the flames very distinctly
from our porch directly across the
lake. Many of the guests of the ho-
tels are said to have lost all they had
there, but that means little to them
for those who could stay at such swell
hostleries as the “Breakers” and the
“Palm Beach” must have plenty left
at home. Both hotels are to be re-
built at once, finer and larger than
ever. Many of lhe guests found quar-
ters at other hotels, but a lot of them
started for home by the first trains
out. Such a crowd I never saw at a
fire. It looked as though the entire
State of Florida had jumped into mo-
tors, stepped on the gas and arrived
before the great fire was really start-
The police finally got to function-
ing, stopped all cars from crossing
either bridge and searched every one
of them. We drove over yesterday to
see the ruins. Both hotels are com-
pletely destroyed but the pretty Ca-
sino and pier at “The Breakers” were
not even scorched as there was a sea
breeze on at the time which fanned
the flames landward. I think the two
great hotels had forgotten God fur so
long that He called a halt to give
them time to think.
¢ Our nice weather continues. It is
90 degrees in the shade now, but a
cooling breeze is going and the nights
are fine for sleeping.” We go driving
somewhere every day, always seeing
something new.
Just back of Lake Worth, the other
day, we discovered a lot of wonderful
truck farms that were producing
splendid crops from ithe black muck
soil. They tell us everywhere we go
that oranges are scarce, some orch-
ards having none at all. They attrib-
ute this to the long, hard rains last
fall that beat the blossoms off and rot-
ted those that resisted the deluge.
The Tourist club meeting last night
revealed that there are many motor
nomads here yet. The entertainment
was put on by the Ohio crowd and was
very good. Next Thursday’s program
will be the last for the season.
The boom in buying and building
continues. Nearly every one seems to
think that he or she needs a winter
home here in this wonderful climate
and they’re getting them as fast as
they can. Most of the realty activity
is in the southern half of Florida, the
northern section being more or less
uncertain as to frosts. With all the
buying, however, there is a lot left for
every family in the United States and
Canada and then some.
It will be many, many years before
this sunshine land will all be taken up
because the process of draining the
Everglades is always bringing new
territory into the market.
All well and still enjoying it im-
W. 8. GLENN.
This is the sixth of the series of letters
Dr. W. 8S. Glenn, of State College, is writ-
ing for the Watchman while sojourning in
Penn State Grange to Hold Banquet
at University Club.
The annual banquet of the Penn
State Grange of State College, will be
held at the University club on the
evening of March 27. Extensive
preparations have been made for this
affair and it promises to be the fea-
ture event of the activities of the or-
der for this year.
The committee in charge of thr ban-
quet have been especially fortur.ate in
securing P. H. Dewey, Master of the
Pennsylvania State Grange, as the
principal speaker for the occasion. In
addition it is planned to have presi-
dent John M. Thomas and Dean R. L.
Watts present at the banquet. There
‘will be a dance following the banquet
and the ticket for the banquet will
also give admission to this. The price
of tickets has been fixed at $1.00 per
plate. -
Attention is called to the fact that
the banquet is not restricted to mem-'
bers of the Penn State Grange alone,
but any Granger is eligible to attend.
e committee is anxious that as
many of the Grangers of the county
as possible will avail themselves of
this opportunity of hearing the State
Master, and at the same time enjoy
the dance which accompanies it. -
——Lawrence VanOlinda escaped
from the Rockview penitentiary on
Sunday night by cutting through the
wire stockade. He was sent up from
Erie county in November, 1924, for
two and a half to five years for re-
ceiving stolen goods.” VanOlinda was
one of the prisoners housed in tents
and at eight o'clock he was in his
tent listening to a radio concert. It
was after that hour that he made his
escape. None of the other prisoners
in the tents made any attempt to es-
cape. Two other attempted to escape
on Monday night. They had cut
through the stockade when discovered
by a guard who captured them. The
men were well supplied with sand-
wiches which they had gotten hold of
in some way.
——Among the appointments made
by Governor Pinchot last week were
Irwin C. Korman, of Bellefonte, as a
motor patrolman, and Edward G.
Lantz, of State ‘College, a technician
in the department of state police.
——The two day’s old child of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry F. Yearick, of Walker
township, died last Friday and was
buried in the Zion cemetery on Satur-
—Get your job york done heere.
That Baby.
How unpromising a man’s beginning!
Of all the animals on earth
There is none, in its infancy,
So ‘pathetically helpless
As the human infant.
All the others can wriggle their way,
Or swim, walk, run or fly,
But baby man can’t do anything
But ery, ery, ery: :
He knows scarcely enough
To find the maternal breast.
As Tennyson says: “But what am I?
An infant crying in the night;
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.”
But this very helplessness
Issues in a strength immense:
It calls forth the mother’s love and care—
That bond of sympathy
Knitting the generations together—
That budding altruism
Which, full grown, shall ermfold the whole:
world {
In its mighty and loving arms.
The mother-love teaching the baby
Is the start of Edueation—
That illimitable process
Which finally outruns with lightning speed
The slow-footed instinets eof the brutes.
Spencer Coming.
Spencer, the man of mystery, and.
his Bombay Seance, opens a three.
day engagement at the Moose Tem-
ple theatre, Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday of next week. The show
of mystery, under the title of “A
Night in India,” will hold the boards.
in conjunction with the regular mo--
tion picture program. Speaking of
the seance, Mr. Spencer says:
“Theatre patrons have the privilege:
of writing any questions concerning:
their past and future on their own pa-
per or the paper furnished.
“You may write at home if you so-
desire in any language in which you
do your natural thinking. You may
seal them up in your own way, sew
them up, solder them in tin cans, braze:
them in gas pipes, cement blocks or
arrange them in any way you desire.
“You may ask concerning business
changes, travels, mines, mortgages,
deeds, whom or who is false or true,.
and whether lover, husband or sweet--
heart can be depended on.”
Safety, Not the Speed, the Real.
The paramount question now before:
the experts of the automobile world
is not how fast the racing machines
travel in the 250-mile championship
classic at the famous Altoona speed-
way on June 13, but how to safeguard
the pilots tooling their mounts around
the giant oval at a gait close to 140
miles an hour.
This year, the last before the en-
gines are reduced to motorcycle size,
has already developed such terrific
speed on the Pacific coast board tract,
with Tommy Milton, Bennie Hill and
Harry Hartz breaking all records up
to 135 miles an hour, that officials of
the bowl here have called in experts of
the country to aid in protecting the
A huge steel band is being placed
against the mammoth timber supports
at the outer rim of the big saucer,
with double strength at the ends of
the turns, where the cars, after dash-
ing around the extremely banked
turns, swing for the straight-aways.
Almost every bad crash of the dis-
astrous 1924 season came at these
The tremendous momentum force
of the cars as they wind out of the
turns has been analyzed with slow
motion pictures, showing the wheels
veering almost on to the side walls
of the tires as the driver throws the
steering wheel over again. The keen-
est skill and strength is needed to con-
trol the hurling machine, with the
even present chance that fate in the
form of a worn tire will dash them to
death against the bulwarks. This
combination, worn tire and side swing,
caused the death of the valorous Joe
Boyer last fall.
The excessive wear on tires caused
by this vicious skidding and slipping
at the turns blackens the boards with
burned rubber before the race is fairly
started, and though tire. manufactur-
ers have conducted intensive labora-
tory tests for years, rarely does a
casing withstand the punishment even
for the 250 miles. With extreme sum-
mer heat forecast for June 13, the
rubber firms have placed special
crews experimenting and making the
expensive racing tires. With the high-
est speed in the history of the sport
certain, tires will be subjected to their
most grueling test.
P. R. R. Will Close Shops at Sunbury.
The Pennsylvania Railroad hit Sun-
bury a body blow today when it an-
nounced that it will permanently close
the Sunbury shops, an industrial
mainstay for half a century. Five
hundred and fifty men are employed.
The statement said that all will be
taken care of at other points where
shops are working. :
The reason for closing the shops is
given as a shortage of small locomo-
tives. The local property is equipped
only for repairs on small engines, and
it is becoming increasingly difficult to
assemble these here, it is declared.
The shors were built shortly after
the Civil war at a cost of $225,000 on
land given to the railroad by J. A.
Drilling Holes in Glass.
One of the newest and quickest
ways to drill holes in glass is to use
a brass or copper tube with thin walls
instead of a triangular file. The tube
is placed in a brace and drilling is ac-
complished with powdered carborun-
dum as a cutting agent. A guide of
wood keeps the tube perfectly center-
Marriage Licenses.
Bruce R. Vonada and Sarah J. Kor-
man, Aaronsburg.
James Eugene Cowher and Maude
Reese, Port Matilda.