Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 19, 1925, Image 1

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    —The grass is short but a lot of
farmers have started cutting it.
: Well, this is the time of year
for hot weather and if any other kind
were offered most people would ob-
ject. : :
—What the Elks did for ‘Bellefonte
little folks yesterday was the kind of
altruistic effort that springs from the |.
heart of real men.
—The “Afaletics” are still on top.
They’re hanging on by an eye-lash
only, but here’s hoping that the hair
in the eye-lash doesn’t pull out.
—If gasoline goes up a cent a gal-
lon everybody laughs and says John
D. has made another bequest to some-
thing. But if bread goes up a cent a
loaf there is helltopay.
—Yale and Harvard are the only
two Universities in the country that
could have permitted a baseball score
of twenty-five to fifteen to be publish-
ed and not be laughed to death—ath-
letically. :
—Wheat has taken a considerable
drop and the outlook for those who
have held their last year’s crop is not
as encouraging as it was before the
last government report on this sea-
son's erop condition was published.
—Ezra Good, the Pottsville proph-
et predicts two more hot waves, worse
than the one of two weeks ago. Ezra
might have the right dope on the
weather in store for us, but few will
thank him for the joy-killing informa-
—Pinchot droye , Dr. Finegan out,
of Pennsylvania... Pinchot settled: the
coal strike. Pinchot was the real cause
of Dr. Thomas’ resignation as presi-
dent of The Pennsylvania State Col-
lege. Pinchot is a helluva fellow,
isn’t he?
—Now that commencements are all
over there is nothing to look forward
to but Fourth of July, then the
Granger's picnic and fall. To the
boys Christmas seems a million years
off, but to us—it will be here before
we know it.
—The resignation of Dr. John W.
Thomas as president of The Pennsyl-
vania State College is freighted with
far more serious possibilities to the
town that gets its meat and drink
from the institution which he is leav-
ing than it realizes.
—The prospect of unpleasantness
with Mexico is not pleasant. We have
nothing to fear, of course, but if there
should be any fighting to be done those
who have been the cause of it will be
patting the boys on the back and tell-
ing them that duty calls.
ohn McNish, head of a large dis-
“tillery “in Scotlind, is authority for
the statement that “up to six months
ago more Scotch whiskey had been
shipped to-America than in any simi-
lar time before “prohibition.” If John
knows what he is-talking: about it. was
time Unele Sam got busy with his. dry
—As we watch the daily crowds of
strangers going into ecstacies over
the big trout in Spring creek and de-
parting with Bellefonte indelibly
stamped on their minds the thought
often comes into our mind that it
might prove interesting to publish the
names of a few of the persons who re-
fused to sign and damned the efforts
of “Watchman” workers who carried
the petition to preserve the fish.
—Recent revelations reveal that
Jesse Livermore has been able to dis-
count the law of supply and demand,
the tariff and every other condition
entering into the fixing of the price of
wheat. Jesse probably doesn’t know a
wheat field from a buckwheat patch,
but he buys or sells fifty million bush-
els in a season of gambling and the
farmer gets two-five or one-forty a
bushel according as Jesse is bulling or
bearing the market.
—As for us, we're not much inter-
ested in the outcome of the evolution
discussion that is scheduled for early
hearing at Dayton, Tenn. We're not
so much concerned about where we
came from as we: are as to where we
are going. And since there is only
one finger-board pointing to a way
that offers any hope that’s the one we
shall continue to accept as the best
guide, notwithstanding the attempts
of the skeptics to shoot it so full of
holes that it is no longer legible.
—Well, the county has at last wak-
ened up and taken notice of what
we have been predicting, since early
last fall, is going to be the most in-
teresting political contest ever staged
in good old Centre. From all sections
we hear that the judicial race is the
one topic of conversation now. It’s a
long pull, however, until the primaries
in September and popular favor will
probably turn many somersault’s in
the interim. Political sentiment is a
very fickle thing. It grows hot or
cold on its mush on the slightest pre-
text, so that no one can tell just what
will happen three months hence.
—Bellefonte is no larger in area
than she was seven years ago. In
population the town has probably in-
creased several hundred, yet the clam-
or for more water has been growing
out of all proportion to the reasonable
needs of the increase. Why is it?
Surely the effects of Mr. Volstead’s
Act can’t be the cause of the need for
more water on the high spots in town.
They were just as high prior to 1918,
as they are today and’'the minutes of
council will show that before that
epochal date not a complaint was filed
that there was an insufficiency of aqua
pura anywhere. To say the least, it
is a strange coincidence.
“VOL. 70.
ns ————
Dawes Plan Dumped.
scheme of Vice President Dawes to
stifle the minority in that body by a
change in the rules will be defeated
in the next Congress, at least. Fifty-
three of the ninety-six Senators have
openly expressed opposition to the
movement against twenty-two who
favor it and twenty-one who declined
to express their attitude. Of the
Democratic Senators all except Sena-
tor Underwood, of Alabama, are
against the cloture proposition. Mr.
Underwood probably imagines that
his Muscle Shoals bill might have
been forced through if it could have
been forced to a vote. The corporate
influence in the Senate, which favored
private monopoly, was ample to com-
pass that result.
It is not often that we have oppor-
tunity to agree with Senator Borah,
but it is a pleasure to concur in his
published statement that “I have
never known a good measure to be
killed .by a filibuster or a debate. I
;have-known of ‘a vast number of bad
‘measures, unrighteous measures,
which could not have been killed in
any other way except through long
discussion and debate.” There is
nothing in which sinister interests,
seeking favorable legislation, are
more interested right now than in
cutting off discussion at Washington.
If they can succeed in reducing the
situation to a point where they only
have to see one or two men either to
put through or kill a measure, they
are masters of the situation.
Senator Norris, of Nebraska, is
equally forceful in his argument
against the Dawes conspiracy. “If it
were possible to arbitrarily shut off
debate in the Senate,” he declared in
an interview on the subject, “it would
be the.greatest yictory that could pos-
sibly be imagined for machine politics.
The House is already in that condi-
tion.” Both of these Senators are Re-
publicans and Norris is consistently
against machine domination in poli-
tics and legislation. Senators Couzens,
of Michigan, Howells, of Nebraska,
and Ladd and Frazier, of North Da-
kota, are of-the same opinion.
of the Republican group for ample
evidence to everlastingly condemn the
proposition. ;
The ostensible purpose of Vice
President ‘Dawes: in. pressing his plan
to ‘crush the minority in the Senate. is
to: faciliate :legislation.
necessity for such speeding. There is
greater danger from too much than
from too little legislation. What is
needed in Congress is greater delib-
eration rather than more expedition.
It seems to be the ambition of each
Senator and Representative in Con-
gress to get more bills through than
another and the question of merit gets
little consideration. With cloture in
force legislation would. degenerate
into a system of log-rolling and the
statute books: would soon become a
collection of absurdities, vicious or
otherwise. It would be hard to imag-
ine a greater evil.
But expediting legislation was net
the real purpose of Vice President
Dawes in his attack on the rules of the
Senate. It was part of a carefully
laid conspiracy to subjugate every
interest to the control of those who
had created the slush fund to buy the
election of the Republican candidates
for President and Vice President last
year. In his ‘inaugural address Mr.
Coolidge contributed his part to the
enterprise by imploring obedience to
party obligations and Dawes, with
the finesse of a swashbuckler, under-
took to brow-beat the. Senate. His
failure led to a determination to ap-
peal to the public on a false and
fraudulent representation of facts,
and the present signs of his defeat
are encouraging.
——The factional war among the
Republicans of Pittsburgh is raging,
but so long as Max Leslie controls the
voting in the “strip” he will hold the
leadership in the city. y
—We’re never satisfied. Now that
all the judicial candidates are in the
field we just ean’t rest until we dis-
cover which one the Kluxers are be-
There will not be much doing
in politics thisjyear but the present is
a good time to get ready for the
greater battle of next year. :
rs ———p A mm ————
——-Pepper has finally concluded to
defer announcement of his candidacy
until after the election this year. This
is probably to please Vare.
Tig im ——
Senator Reed is not talking as
freely as usual but he has not relin-
quished his Senatorial prerogative of
bossing the party.
rss———— Aen tn se.
——That Boston dentist who was
sentenced to thirty days in jail may
have been trying to pull the teeth of
the law. :
res |
A poll of the Senate shows that the
: In,
fact it is noti¥ecéssary to go outside
There is no’
| much, harm to the German Republic
Sugar Trust Paid in Full.
President Coolidge has finally de-
cided adversely the question of cutting
the tariff tax on sugar as recommend-
ed by the Tariff Commission a year
ago. The Commission spent nearly a
year investigating the subject and
made its report in July last year.
That was just in the beginning of the
campaign for President and compli-
ance with the recommendation of the
Commission would have taken a bil-
lion dollars or so a year out of the
treasury of the Sugar trust, which
had sent twenty or thirty Coolidge
boomers to the Cleveland convention
that nominated Coolidge for Presi-
dent. To reduce the tariff tax on
sugar would have saved the consumers
most of the billion but it would have
been rank ingratitude.
After the election was over and the
beneficiary of the Sugar trust boom-
ers had been inaugurated Mr. Coolidge
tried to discharge his obligation to the
Sugar trust by appointing one of its
officials to the office of Attorney Gen-
eral. If that plan had succeeded he
might have assumed that his debt to
the Sugar trust was discharged and
he would be at liberty to cut the tariff
tax on sugar and-save the consumers
the nearly a billion dollars a year. But
the Senate refused to confirm the ap-
pointment and left the account open.
The other day the President turned
down the recommendation of the
Tariff Commission and paid the debt
to the trust by direct contribution of
the consumers’ money.
In a statement supporting his de-
cision the President justifies his action
on the ground that cutting a half cent
a pound off the tariff tax on sugar
would cost the treasury forty millions
of dollars, that being presumably the
amount derived from the half cent a
pound tax on sugar. But that will
hardly -appeal to the consumers who
by the same process of reasoning must
pay the Sugar trust nine hundred and
sixty millions a year in order to save
forty millions to the public treasury.
It may fool some of the people and
will gratify the members of the Sugar
trust. In fact it is in line with the
theory upon which all tariff legislation
is based. It robs-the many to enrich
the few.
Von Hindenburg hasn’t ‘done
thus far, and if he continues his pres-
ent methods he may vindicate the
judgment of those who elected him.
Jokes in Political Group.
Little information of value is to be
expected from political discussion in
mid-summer and the party dopester
who is able to invent a fairly good
joke in a temperature of from ninety
to a hundred while speculating in
political probabilities does his share.
In the gossip of the Philadelphia
papers, of Sunday, there was conceal-
ed a couple of specimens of real
humor. One of these is contained in a
suggestion of the nomination of Mar-
tin G. Brumbaugh as the Republican
candidate for Governor and the other
in that of Joseph R. Grundy for mem-
bership on the Tariff Commission.
Mr. Brumbaugh was elected Gov-
ernor in 1914 as a harmony candidate
and immediately attached himself
with the Vare machine. This be-
trayal of faith incensed the Penrose
element in the party and a more or
less acrimonious quarrel ensued dur-
ing which it was developed that Mr.
Brumbaugh had made a false state-
ment of receipts and expenditures in
his campaign for election. Senator
Ed. Vare was the head of the family
then and promised to make Brum-
baugh the “favorite son” of Pennsyl-
vania in the convention at Chicago to
nominate a candidate for President in
1916, but was able to give him less
than half the delegation. After that
he dwindled in popularity and at the
close of his term was “a dead one.”
Grundy, as a member of the Tariff
Commission, would be a cross between
a joke and a tragedy. No tariff law
has ever been passed high enough to
satisfy him and it is said that he
actually believes the importation of
anything but labor is a crime. He is
opposed to all legislation regulating
child labor and believes that labor
organizations are conspiracies to take
the bread out of the mouths of mil-
lionaire manufacturers and ought to
be prohibited by law. It is said that
he would like an appointment to that
Commission, and if Senators Pepper
and Reed ask for it he may get such
an assignment.
or ——— irr
It looks as though a majority
of the Republican party in Lackawan-
na county is heading for a term in the
county jail.
Flag day is increasing in popu-
lar respect and will soon be as gen-
erally observed as Decoration day.
——The lads who started a vaca-
tion fund last winter are in clover
wn ea ASNT x
19. 1925.
Hot Weather in Washington.
The hot weather appears to have a
bad effect in Washington. The rea-
soning of President Coolidge on the
sugar tariff expressed a symptom of
mental distress, and the statement or
proclamation which Secretary of State
Kellogg issued with reference to Mex-
ico confirmed the worst fears on the
subject. So far as the public is in-
formed the relations between this
country and Mexico are friendly. Dip-
lomatic agencies are functioning as
effectually -and efficiently as with
Great Britain or France. But without
apparent reason the Secretary of
State issued a declaration, the other
day, which may be interpreted either
as a challenge to fight or an ulti-
matum leading to that result.
In this surprising document Secre-
tary Kellogg inferentially accuses the
in some matter left to conjecture and
warns the Republic of Mexico to mend
its manners or suffer the conse-
quences. “The Republic of Mexico is
on trial,” he says, though upon what
charge is left to the imagination. Pos-
sibly some of the enterprising boot-
leggers have been operating along the
border and the administration at
Washington is strong on lip service
against violators of the Volstead law.
But in that event the Secretary ought
to have been more specific in his state-
ment. In his ambiguity he has thrown
what the President of Mexico con-
strues as an insult, and such things
frequently cause war.
Thus far nobody has ventured a
definite opinion as to the cause of this
unexpected outbreak in the State De-
partment at Washington. Probably
the New England manufacturers of
war materials and munitions have
grown tired of “these piping times of
peace”. and ‘want to start something
that will not only enliven their busi-
ness but increase their profits. Their
direct interest in war is believed in
some quarters to be the reason for our
failure to join the League of Nations
or subscribe to any proposition that
promised permanent peace. Mexico
is a weak sister, but even a small war
would help consi y in restoring
the prosperity of munition makers
whose cupidity was whetted to a keen
edge during the world war.
——Between fifteen hundred and
two thousand acres of timber land
were burned over in a fierce forest fire
which raged in the vicinity of the
week. While fighting the flames fire
wardens and their assistants came
across the charred remains of quite a
number of pheasants and wild turkeys,
in one instance the mother turkey and
her entire flock of young birds having
been burned to death. This wholesale
destruction of game is one of the de-
plorable incidents of all forest fires
and a humane reason why everybody
should exercise the utmost care
against starting a fire in the woods.
Judicial Candidates Off at the Scratch
Wednesday Morning.
Wednesday was the first day for the
circulation of nominating petitions for
the office of Judge, and the five judi-
cial candidates in Centre county got
off at the scratch early that morning.
Messrs. W. Harrison Walker, N. B.
Spangler and J. Kennedy Johnston,
Democrats, and Harry Keller, Repub-
lican, are confining their aspirations
to their own party, but at that get-
ting a nomination paper for Judge
filled up is no child’s job. The paper
must be signed by two hundred legal-
ly qualified voters, and this means
that the signatures of six hundred
Democrats must be obtained to the
three petitions within that party men-
tioned above.
In addition to the petitions of
Messrs. Walker, Spangler, Johnston
and Keller, Judge Dale put three pe-
titions in the hands of his workers,
one each for the Republizan, Demo-
cratic and Prohibition party. While
we concede that he should experience
little difficulty in getting the adequate
number of signers to his Democratic
and Republican papers we must con-
fess that we can’t understand how he
is going to get two hundred simon
pure, unadulterated, legally register-
ed, bonafide prohibition signatures to
his nomination paper in that party.
At least the election returns of the
past few years would indicate that
there are hardly that many strict par-
ty voters in the county, and the man
who secures two hundred on a nomina-
tion paper will have to travel some.
e————— reese ee.
——Pennsylvanians in 1924 paid al-
most ten per cent. of the income tax
collected by the federal government in
the United States. To be exact 740,-
478 individuals paid tax on incomes to-
talling $2,741,322,702. Centre county
is credited with 2,371 returns, 2,247 of
which were on incomes less than
$5,000; 93 on incomes from $5,000 to
$10,000, and 31 on incomes in excess
of $10,000,
government of Mexico with bad faith
Black Moshannon several days last]
Our Southern Neighbor.
From the Philadelphia Record.
The result of Ambassador Shef-
field’s observations in Mexico and his
conversations with President Coolidge,
the Secretary of State and the chair-
man of the Senate committee on For-
eign Relations is that Mr. Kellogg is-
sues a warning to President Calles
that he must suppress the communists
and protect persons and property of
Americans, or he will lose the recog-
nition which our government accord-
ed to the Obregon regime just before
it retired from office. Mr. Kellogg’s
communication is also a warning to
Americans that Mexico is not a safe
place of residence or investment, and
that if they go into Mexico on account
of the possibilities of very large prof-
its they must take their own risks;
the United States is not going to send
the army and navy into the country
to rescue them. iE
The communist agitation in Mexico,
which has already gone far bévond
the point of agitation, must be pretty
serious. We infer that less fromwhat
Mr. Kellogg says than from what
President Calles has said. Some
months ago he warned the Soviet Am-
bassador that communist propaganda
in Mexico had got to stop, or the Am-
bassador would have to leave. We
presume the propaganda has not
ceased. :
Whether the propaganda has be-
come more active under Calles ‘than
it was under Obregon is uncertain,
but the probability is that it has. Ob-
regon is a soldier, eager to secure rec-
ognition from other nations, anxious
to improve the financial credit of Mex-
ico and not averse to the use of force
in executing the laws. Calles means
well, as his warning to the Russian
Ambassador showed, but he is a eivil-
ian, a Socialist, a member of the La-
bor party, and presumably reluctant
to use force. The Soviet has un-
doubtedly taken note of the contrast
between Obregon .and Calles and as-
‘sumed :that the latter’s administration
will ‘be favorable to Bolshevist mis-
sionary work. .
Perhaps it is, in spite of the wishes
of Calles. The red elements in Mex-
ico have been growing more active,
and they claim the support of the Rus-
sian Ambassador. Mexico has a pop-
ulation of 80 to 90 per cent. of which
is wholly or partly Indian, and the In-
dians are as far behind the- rigrds
in fitness for = self-government. as
Spaniards are behind Englishmen and
Americans. Among the . English-
speaking people the struggle for self-
government has been going on for
many centuries. Among Spaniards it
is little more than a century old, and
neither in the Iberian Peninsula nor in
the Western Hemisphere has demoe-
racy come to be worn easily and nat-
urally by the people. The Indians are
vastly less educated politically than
the Spaniards.
Diaz maintained order in Mexico
and protected person and property,
but he used the method of a despot.
His Rurales were not much embar-
rassed by legal technicalities or the
rights of the individual. But they
were efficient. Since the Madero rev-
olution there has been little law en-
forcement, persons have been killed,
foreigners as well as Mexicans, and
property has been destroyed or taken
from the owners by force.
The warning to Americans regard-
ing future commitments in Mexico is
judicious. But Americans have been
investing their money in Mexico for
60 or 70 years. They were warmly in-
vited to do so by Diaz and by Calles.
If they are shot or driven from their
property, which is either destroyed or
confiscated, we presume our govern-
ment will do something more than
cancel its recognition of the Mexican
government. It has usually found
means of putting some pressure upon
a foreign government which makes
professions of civilization to meet its
administrative responsibilities. w
am———( A t——n -
Paying Taxes a Patriotic Duty.
From ‘the Nan-ty-Glo Journal.
The local tax collector is being
forced to use some stern measures to
compel certain of our citizens to pay
their assessments towards keeping up
local government expenses. Taxes,
like death, are almost certain to come
to all. Every one is supposed to en-
joy the benefits of schools, roads, and
all public conveniences of government,
and each must pay his share, accord-
ing to his means, in maintaining the
same. It is the tax collector’s duty to
get the money due the county and
borough. It is not pleasant for him
to be compelled to seize people’s prop-
erty, or to have persons thrown into
jail, but he must do that if other and
kinder methods fail to bring results.
It is just as much a patriotic duty to
pay taxes as it is to bear arms in de-
fense of one’s country, and the slack-
er in tax paying is just as disloyal as
the slacker in war.
A ts
Erie's Way.
From the McKeesport News.
Two policemen of Erie engaged in a
fist-fight at police headquarters and
50 fellow cops looked on without mak-
ing an arrest. The mayor was lenient,
allowing the fighters to return to
work after shaking hands and pun-
ishing none of the fifty spectators.
Nothing Lost.
From the Johnstown Democrat.
* The law ' of .. compensations still
works. What comes out of the ladies’
skirts goes into men’s trousers.
—Mrs. Sarah Smyser, aged 80 years, of
York, was found in her bed-room, aver-
come by illuminating gas.
—Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zullick, of Hazle-
ton, celebrated their fifty-third wedding
anniversary with a family reunion.
—Edward Dixon, aged 7 years, of Mi-
nersville, caught by a train on a railroad
trestle near his home, died at a Pottsville
hospital. !
—While on an outing at Euclid Beach,
Mr. and Mrs. Austin McCormick, of Sharon,
found a 3-week-old baby girl abandoned in
their automobile.
—Appointment of John T. O'Toole, of
Pittsburgh, as a member of the commis-
sion to study old age pensions, was an-
nounced at the Governor's office.
—Benjamin F. Eisenhart, 50 years old,
who fell thirty feet from a Pennsylvania
Railroad bridge at Lewistown, Thursday
evening, died from a fracture of the neck.
—The vacancy in the pulpit of the St.
Paul's Evangelical church at Red Lion,
caused by the death of the Rev. H. A. Ben-
fer, has been filled by the appointment of
his son, Rev. Kenneth L. Benfer.
—Mrs. George Olsen, of Cross Fork, has
had a needle removed from her right hand
where it had been imbedded for twenty-
five years. She had forgotten it was there
until it began to anmey her several days
ago. id
—John Markle, of New York and Jeddo,
head of the Jeddo-Haggland Coal compa-
ny, largest independent anthracite produc-
ing corporation in the world, has recov-
ered his sight, following operations for the
removal of cataracts, and is arranging to
sail in July with his wife for a tour of the
European battlefields.
—More than six hundred bobcats were
killed and sixty-two beavers were trapped
in Potter and McKean counties during the
past winter... The beavers are being dis-
tributed among other counties which have
few or no colonies of the animals. A doz-
en new beaver colonies have been created
in the Pocono Mountains during the past
few months. ’ :
—At the meeting of the Bloomsburg Ro-
tary club, General Charles M. Clement was
presented with the worn American flag
that had fluttered over his headquarters at
Camp Hancock when he commanded the
28th division before it sailed. to France.
The presentation was made in an observ-
ance of Flag day at which General Clem-
ent was, speaker.
—Philip Stauffer, 20 years old, son of
Rev. and Mrs. L. G. Stauffer, of Mt. Wolf,
York county, is in the York county jail,
charged with having robbed the cigar store
of Austin Smith, at Mt. Wolf. The plunder
consisted of 1200 cigars, of the value of
$100; a banjo, a clock worth $20, a pair of
opera glasses, six knives, a revolver and
nearly $10 in cash.
—A blonde-haired girl on Friday appear-
ed at the grocery store kept by Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Logan, in Hazleton, She
said she was looking for - a person who
lived in the neighborhood and received di-
rections. She then asked for a drink and,
upon receiving it from Mrs. Logan, who
had gone te the kitchen for it, the girl de-
‘parted, Mrs. Logan became suspicious
and found the cash register empty of
about $40... cstesgsrie oo :
“Butter may sober a man up the morn-
ing after the night before, but a jury did
not believe that it took ten pounds of but-
ter, two chickens and three turkeys. to
sober up Elmer Major, of Chambersburg,
as he claimed. The jury found him guilty
of larceny preferred by Matteo G. Albert.
Major had four pounds of butter in his
pockets when arrested. He said some
friends gave him the butter for sobering
up purposes. . :
—Miss Edna A. Martin, A. B.,, a grada-
ate of Bucknell College, a teacher of
French in the High school at Cresson, has
been elected teacher of French in the Lock
Haven High school, to succeed Miss Mary
B. Cushman, who resigned to become a
teacher in a mission school in Foochow,
China. Miss Martin, whose home is in
Lewisburg, taught Latin and French. for
three years in the Waynesburg High
school. She will spend the summer in Pazr-
is, studying French. ie!
—An explosion of dynamite under #$he
front porch of the home of Patrolman
George KEggensberger, in Beaver -Fally,
shortly after midnight, Friday night, part-
ly wrecked the dwelling, shattered win-
dows in adjoining houses and tossed Mrs.
Eggensberger from her bed. She was un-
injured, and the patrolman, who had en-
tered the house a few minutes before, also
escaped injury. Officials say the explosion
was in revenge for Eggensberger's activ-
ities in enforcement of the prohibition law.
—Elsie Greggs, aged 2 years, of Berwick,
was killed almost instantly and her
mother, Mrs. Fred Greggs was severely
hurt early on Sunday when the car in
which the Greggs family was leaving Ber-
wick for a Sunday trip was struck five
miles west of there by a machine in which
two Scranton men were returning from the
automobile races at Altoona. The Scran-
ton machine went to the left side of the
road on a slight curve, it is alleged. Both
cars were overturned and the occupants
hurled out.
—Short circuiting of a high tension
33,000 volt power line, when a crow struck
two wires at the same time with its wings,
on Friday, caused thousands of dollars
damage at Milan, near Towanda, Pa. The
large flour and feed store house of the
Farmers’ Supply company, and a barn be-
longing to Daniel Reeves were destroyed
with a loss of approximately $9,000. In-
cipient fires were started in a dozen homes
when the power line burned off and fell
across a telephone wire. Three cows were
electrocuted when they stuck their heads
through a wire fence that had also come
in contact with the high veltage line; sev-
eral people were shocked and telephone
and light and power service were inter-
rupted for hours. '
—The body of D. S. Webster, of Altoona,
a retired engineer of the Middle division
of the Pennsylvania raiiroad, was found
lying between No. 3 and 4 tracks a half-
mile west of Huntingdon station at 11:30
o'clock Sunday night by a trackwalker.
The body was badly mutilated and it is
believed that the man was struck by a
westbound train. Webster had been a
passenger on train No. 33 from which he
alighted at Huntingdon at 9:40 o'clock. It
is believed that the man became confused
when he left the train and wandered into
the yards instead of going to the station.
Mrs. Webster was visiting in Huntingdon
at the time of the accident. The body was
viewed by coroner Schum, of Huntingdon
county, and later turned over to an under-