Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 26, 1925, Image 1

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A ——
—Have you thanked God for the
two refreshing rains we have had thi
‘week ? ;
—The Republican elephant read the
‘news of La Follette’s death with eyes
_as dry as punk.
—Lawns in this section looked as
brown and dried up prior to the rain
as they usually appear in September.’ |*
—If it were not for the meal ticket
nearly all of us would be only too ea-
‘ger to join the grand army of the un-
employed these hot summer days. :
—The best bed-time stories we hear
are the ones the boys start telling us
with the hope that we’ll forget to re-
mind them that it’s their time to hit
the hay.
—Nature seems to have had about
as much trouble squeezing rain out of
the clouds as the average newspaper
man has in squeezing a dollar or so
out of his delinquent subscribers.
—New Jersey will certainly elect a
Democratic Governor next fall. The
Republicans over there have seen to
that already by stirring up a fight
among themselves that can’t be healed
ere November.
—Talking about joy killers these
night fliers have their classification in
our estimation. Tuesday night the
drone of a motor wakened us just as
we were about to land the biggest
trout we ever saw on anybody’s hook.
—Any way a war between the boot-
leggers and the United States would
not make a compulsory service Act
necessary. - It «weuld,- be -a battle’: of
bottles, not bullets and a vast army
would volunteer to be hit with a bot-
—Wouldn’t 2a newspaper man have a
fat chance of getting life insurance if
he gained a reputation for telling all
he knows about some of the leading
citizens—and others—in the commu-
nity for which he chronicles casual
—If Judge Dale succeeds in finding
two hundred and fifty honest-to-good-
ness Prohibitionists in Centre county
he'll have done something that the
election returns of recent years have
failed to do. He needs that number
to sign his petition in order to get on
their ticket.
—The former Kaiser and his wife,
Hermine, are said to have had another
disagreement. This time it is appar-
ently serious, for she has taken her
share of the kids and left Doorn. Run-
ning true to form they have probably
looked on their marriage contract as
“3 mere scrap of paper.”
—The President having evacuated
Washington for the summer and the
Governor having flitted west to work
‘off “somé surplus gas the public is left
to go to bed when it pleases and get
up when it is ready. Happy days are
those’ when no threats of a govern-
mental spanking come out of Wash-
-ington. or Harrisburg.
—Of course we read every other
column in the “Watchman.” Because
we do we are wondering why George
Bush made that long trip from Los
Angeles to Ti Juana, Mexico, when
Ti Juana, has only—according to
his tale published elsewhere in this is-
sue—thirty-three business places and
a beer bar one hundred and fifty feet
—Of course science will never be at
rest until it discovers the why and
wherefore of all things, but we can’t
go intc ecstacies over its determined
attempt to find a new continent some-
where near the North Pole. What
would it be good for other than a bone
of contention as to who it belongs to
if it is there. If MacMillan finds a
. piece of ice coated land up there we
see “the makins” of a war and that’s
—When we go to the Legislature
we are going to have a law passed
that will prohibit any circus aggrega-
tion from using the name of Walter
L. Main unless it presents a perform-
ance as good as Main’s was in the
days when he was actively in the show
business. Last year a very creditable
circus exhibited here under the name,
but last week one with scarcely a mer-
itorious act drew a tent full by using
the Main name.
—When it comes to the impression
Bellefonte makes on the outside world
the two magnificent maples that stood
in front of the old Wilson manse on
High street would have continued
making favorable ones long after the
new “hundred-thousand theatre” be-
comes common place. Is any one sim-
ple enough to imagine they would
have kept a single person out of that
play house. Do Bellefonters know
that “The American City” and other
recognized experts in city planning
have said that because of its trees, the
monument and court house setting,
High street, in summer, ranks among
the most beautiful in America? We
are not informed as to who ordered
the cutting of the trees. We do know
that it was done surreptitiously.—At
an hour when protest was least likely.
We also know that the Richelieu en-
terprise has not done what sound bus-
iness methods would call for. It
seems to us that its objective should
be the cuitivation of good will rather
than the defiance of custom. Belle-
fonte welcomes everybody, whether as
visitors, residents er those looking to
business opportunities. But Belle-
fonte was made long ago. It is only
her fame that attracts any one, and
how long will her fame draw if the
town is to permit the despoilage of
what she has been more than a centu-
ry nursing.
Beware of the Greek, Bearing Gifts.
Word comes from Washington that
the House committee on Ways and
Means will begin consideration of the
proposed new revenue bill about the
middle of October, and that the chair-
man of that committee contemplates
a reduction of taxes to the extent of
half a billion dollars instead of $300,-
000,000 as estimated by Secretary
Mellon and President Coolidge. The
greater decrease is to be accomplished
by cutting out all federal levies on
what has come to be known as “death
taxes,” being taxes on inheritances
and estates which the National Cham-
ber of Commerce declared to be “nu-
merous and burdensome,” in a recent
resolution following a review of the
There are two palpable reasons for
the proposed action of the committee
on Ways and Means. The first is the
hope that early action on tax reduc-
tion may help to save the Republican
majority in the next Congress, which
is perilously small now, and the oth-
-erthe recent statement of Represen-
tative Garner, of Texas, that greater
reduction in taxes than had been sug-
gested by Secretary Mellon may safe-
ly be made, and that all incomes un-
der $5,000 should be exempt from tax-
ation entirely. The Republican lead-
ers realize that they must make a bet-
ter offer than the Democrats present
or they will lose out. The defeat of
the Mellon bill and adoption of the
Garner measure by the last Congress
was nearly fatal.
Unless it be admitted that Secre- |
tary Mellon is incompetent and unfit
for the service of his office the prom-
ise of a tax cut of half a billion dol-
lars is dishonest or absurd. It is true
that the adjustment of affairs to a
peace basis will permit of large econ-
omies and considerable decreases in
taxation are due. But a half billion
cut is certain to result in deficiencies
whieh will have to be made up by fu-
ture increase if not greater financial
troubles, Chairman Greene, of the
Ways and Means committee, imag-
ines that it “is a good enough Mor-
gan until after the election,” how-
ever, and the matter of future trou-
bles does not cencérn him. “Beware
of the Greeks bearing gifts.” P
——It is worth while to remember
that.Judge~ Kennedy, of Wyoming,
was appointed to the bench by: Presi-
dent Harding and presumably upon
the recommendation of Attorney Gen-
eral Daugherty.
Bell Bank Failures in Pittsburgh.
There is an atmosphere of mystery
running through the gossip concern-
ing the Bell bank failures in Pitts-
burgh which invites suspicion. Mr.
Bell appears to have been mixing bus-
iness and politics in a way that disa-
greed with both. This may not have
had anything to do with the failure of
his banks. His heavy investments in
coal property ‘and association with
other ventures might easily have in-
volved him under existing industrial
conditions. But the presence among
his assets of a lot of notes of politi-
cians, valuable or otherwise, creates
Mr. Bell has been actively affiliated
with the politics of western Pennsyl-
vania for some years, and has aspired
to high office on severz! occasions.
When the late Senator Crow was
nearing death, some years ago, it was
alleged that Mr. Bell agreed to pay
his debts, ameunting to several hun-
dred thousand dollars and involving
other politicians, in consideration of
his appointment to the expected va-
cancy. On another occasion it was
widely rumored that he offered to pay
large sums of money for the nomina-
tion for Governor, and the consumma-
tion of the deal was defeated by a pre-
mature exposure of the agreement.
His name was also closely connected
with the Gephart treasury scandal.
In a schedule of his assets, prepar-
ed by Mr. Bell himself, there is no ex-
cuse for insolvency. He figures up
$4,000,000 worth of property of var-
ious kinds and estimates his liabilities
at much less. But among the assets
are notes of politicians, some of whom
are dead, and other notes long over-
due, and the outcome of an investiga-
tion now in progress is a matter of
conjecture. Governor Pinchot prom-
ises a thorough inquiry and complete
exposure, if the current suspicions
are supported by facts, and we have
every reason to believe that his prom-
ise will be fulfilled.
——Fate seems to be against the
Progressive bloc in the Senate. The
death of Ladd, of North Dakota,
closely following that of LaFollette,
of Wisconsin, creates a wide breach in
the ranks.
——The voluntary retirement of
Judge George B. Orlady from the
bench of the Superior court will re-
move a capable, conscientious, safe
and sane jurist from the public serv-
Mr. Pinchot’s Western Pilgrimage.
Unless his plans are altered over
night Governor Pinchot will be away
on his western pilgrimage before this
issue of the “Watchman” reaches its
destination. His departure is fixed for
today and his program provides for
speeches in several States during a
period of three or four weeks. His
theme will be conservation and prehi-
bition enforcement, and it is predicted
that he will present a picture of ma-
chine politics in Pennsylvania that
will be more startling than amusing.
He is a recognized authority on both
subjects and will discuss them candid-
ly and without mental reservation. It
may mark the beginning of a war of
extermination with the result of the
conflict left to conjecture.
That his political enemies at home
are alarmed is apparent on every
hand. In the first place they are un-
able to divine his real purpose. While
some believe confidently that his aim
is to enlist the conservationists of the
West and the Prohibitionists of the
South to his support for the Republi-
can nomination for President in 1928,
others are equally certain that he
hopes to create a pressure from the
outside in faver of his nomination for
Senator in Congress to succeed George
Wharton Pepper. The recent death of
Senator LaFollette has caused a va-
cancy in the office of leader of the
Progressive force in Washington, and
a considerable number of that contin-
gent imagine Pinchot the fit man for
the place.
To the close observer of events this
idea looks like “borrowing trouble.”
Outside pressure is not a potent force
in a community so completely dom-
inated by an organization as Pennsyl-
vania has come to be. It might influ-
ence a few voters here and there to
consult conscience rather than preju-
dice or greed in casting their ballots.
But the servile followers of the ma-
chine and the sordid seekers after
| power will control the vote for the
Senatorial nomination unless Pinchot
or some one else is able to arouse suf-
ficient opposition at home. The idea
that his present pilgrimage ‘is in the
interest of a Presidential nomination
Against bootleggers is increasing.
Amundsen is off and. MacMil-
lin on the pursuit of that elusive tract
of land about the North Pole, and
both have the best wishes of the peo-
ple of the whole world.
Federal Judges Disagree.
Fortunately there is a tribunal
which may review and reverse the de-
cision handed down by Federal Judge
Kennedy, in the Teapot Oil case at
Cheyenne, Wyoming, the other day.
That jurist held that all the evidence
of fraud, all the suspicious circum-
stances and all the admitted inculpat-
ing facts revealed during the Sena-
torial investigation and the subse-
quent court trial, with respect to the
leasing of the naval oil reserves to
Harry Sinclair’s companies, were im-
aginary evils and that the lease was a
legal and legitimate transaction be-
tween well meaning citizens on one
side and faithful public officials on the
In a trial of a similar case, in which
exactly similar leases were made to
Mr. Doheny by the same public offi-
cials, held in the Federal court at Los
Angeles, California, a few days pre-
viously, an exactly opposite result
was ‘reached. Judge McCormick, of
that court, decided that the leases
were obtained by fraudulent collusion
between the lessee and the public of-
ficials and were consequently illegal
and void. The validity of both leases
rested largely on the order of Presi-
dent Harding shifting control of the
property from the Navy Department
to the Department of the Interior.
Judge McCormick held the order was
invalid. Judge Kennedy affirmed its
For many years, in the apportion-
ment of control of affairs in Washing-
ton, such property as the oil reserves
were vested in the Department of the
Interior. During the Wilson' admin-
istration Congress enacted a law
transferring the control to the Navy
Department, as being more directly
concerned with the oil product. When
Doheny, Sinclair and Secretary Fall
entered into the alleged conspiracy
to rob the government of this valuable
asset, Secretary of the Navy Denby
asked President Harding to re-trans-
fer the control and the President did
so, notwithsanding the act of Congress.
The Supreme court will decide be-
tween them.
——The Director of Public Safety
of Philadelphia has again made up his
mind to drive the rum demon out of
that city, and this time he means bus-
——That New York girl now realiz-
es that a revolver is not a fit instru-
ment for delivering love taps.
is much more plausible... Indignation
Borah’s Idea an Old Doctrine.
Senator Borah’s curt reply to an in-
quiry from “an American citizen in
the troubled zone,” in China, does not
express an entirely new policy of Re-
publican statesmen. The inquiry, it
may be assumed, touched the question
of government protection of citizens
located in those sections of China in
which disorders imperil the lives of
refidents. “I see no reason,” Sena-
tor Borah informs his inquisitive cor-
respondent, “why the United States
should be drawn into any controversy
or conflict with Chinese authorities or
the Chinese people. If an American
citizen in the troubled zone is in fear
of -his life or the destruction of his
property he may get out if he can.
There is no reason for interference.”
This is precisely the idea expressed
by a considerable number of Republi-
can Senators and Representatives in
Congress in 1917 when they urged
legislation forbidding American citi-
zens from traveling aboard ships which
‘Germany had threatened to sink by
the employment of submarines. “If
American men and women place
themselves in such perilous positions,”
they said in substance, “let them take
the responsibility and the punish-
ment.” President Wilson adopted a
different view of the subject, how-
ever. He held that American citizens
were entitled to the protection of
their government wherever they hap-
pened to be and Democrats in Con-
gress and out concurred in that opin-
ion. :
We recall another instance in which
the Borah idea was expressed by a
Republican leader in the Senate and
the Republican boss of Pennsylvania.
During the consideration of tariff leg-
islation, some years ago, one of the
wool manufacturers wrote to Senator
Penrose a complaint that discrimina-
tion was shown in favor of one kind
of wool and against another. The
Senator promptly replied to him that
“if he couldn’t get enough out of his
line of business he should get out of
erate.” The kind of wool favored was
the kind used by Mr. Penrose’s con-
stituents and he had no concern for
the men using the other kind. That
seems-to be the attitude of Borah on
the Chinese question.
. ——Secretary of Public Welfare
‘Dr. Ellen Potter, in‘ her annual report
to the Governor,” advises that the
Rockview penitentiary be completed
as rapidly as possible as “the State
has now too much money tied up in it
to do otherwise.” While her reason
is a very potentsone the greatest rea-
son should be the fact that Rockview,
with its thousands of acres, its high
altitude and healthful surroundings,
offers more as the site for a model
prison than most any other location
in the State.
Important Borough Offices to Fill
This Year.
Up to this time the judicial cam-
paign in Centre county has been the
chief topic discussed, politically, and
most everybody seems to have lost
sight of the fact that some very im-
portant offices in Bellefcnte will have
to be filled at the coming election.
These include a burgess, tax collector,
six councilmen and two school direc-
| tors, as well as minor offices.
W. Harrison Walker is completing
his third consecutive term as burgess
and inasmuch as he is now in the thick
of the judicial campaign it is hardly
likely that he will aspire to another
term as burgess. This will leave an
opening for other aspirants to that
honor. :
Herbert Auman will be a candidate
on the. Republican ticket to succeed
himself as tax collector and up to this
time no others, either Republicans or
Democrats, have come out into the
The councilmen whose terms will
expire with this year are W. J. Em-
erick and Benjamin Bradley, in the
North ward; Thomas S. Hazel, in the
South ward, and W. H. Brouse and J.
M. Cunningham in the West ward.
But an entire representation will have
to be elected from the latter ward as
no one was ever appointed to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of the
late John L. Dunlap over a year ago.
The school directors whose terms
will expire are Mrs. M. E. Brouse and
Mrs. Caroline Gilmour. So far as
these ladies are concerned we have
not heard either one express herself
one way or the other, so do not know
whether , they aspire to another six
years term or not.
The first day for circulating nomi-
nation papers for borough and town-
ship offices is Thursday, July 9th, and
the last day for filing same with the
county commissioners is August 18th.
3 S——————pta———————
——1In our report of borough coun-
cil proceedings, last week, we inad-
vertently stated that the 8,000 gal-
lons of oil purchased covered 15,000
square feet of roadway, when it
should have been 15,000 square yards.
it and find some other industry to op--
The Non-Existent Oil Scandal.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Recent telegraphic advices from
Cheyenne, Wyoming, indicate that
“The Record” and certain other news-
papers owe an abject apology to a
number of former government officials
who have been cruelly maligned.’
Ex-Secretary of the Interior Fall,
for instance, appears to have been a
very estimable gentleman whosé:per-
sonal financial transactions with oil
magnates seeking official favors at his
hands were falsely construed. The
pay'nents—“loans” or otherwise—
made te him by people to whom he
turned ‘over valuable government
property were made: in pursuance of
private arrangements which had noth-
ing to do with government business.
There was no secrecy: about the oi
leases he executed, except in so
he or his subordinates took great
pains to keep from the public and oth-
er parties concerned inforafation
about them. The court in vy ming
gives him a clean: bill of health; We
are glad to know that he se | the
government so faithfully, and® with
such scrupulous regard for its inter-
ests, and that in his official conduet he
always avoided even the appearance
of evil. . i
Then there is former Attorney
General Harry Daugherty. His name
is not mentioned in the Cheyenne dis-
patches, but by inference he also is
vindicated. An angry but misguided
public, seeking a sacrificial victim,
connected him with the alleged and
rumored, but apparently non-existent,
oil scandal, and felt that he was en-
gaged in the task, now demonstrated
to have been needless, of covering up
and protecting some of the persons in-
volved. There were other matters, it
is true, that engendered distrust of
his single-hearted devotion to justice,
but his associations misled people into
imagining that he was incapable of
«prosecuting the supposed oil conspir-
ators with vigor, and as a consequence
other counsel were employed to repre-
sent the government in the prosecu-
tion—or shall we say persécution?—
of the accused, and finally M¥, Daugh-
erty’s resignation was requested. Mr.
Coolidge can now do no less than in-
vite him to rejoin the official family.
If Fall is guiltless, Daugherty also
comes through clean. How bhasely
these patriots have been dealt with!
Of Denby nothing was said but that
he was stupid; and the court of
ming has not attempted to cori
popular judgment in that particular.
It must be highly gratifying™ to
every honest citizen to learn that
there is no oil scandal, never was an
oil scandal, and never could be an oil
scandal with such men as Fall,
Daugherty and Denby to watch over
the government's interests. We feel,
on reading Judge Kennedy’s opinion,
rather ashamed that the government
should have permitted its legal repre-
sentatives to say such unkind things
about Sinclair and his official friends
in their bills of complaint.
What a blessing it is that unjustly
accused persons in this free country
can always have recourse to our up-
right and honorable courts to set
themselves right in the public esti-
meses eens sm.
Quarter Century of Pure Food.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
James Foust retired last week un-
der the State Pension act after twen-
ty-five years as an officer of the State
Bureau of Foods at Harrisburg. For-
merly chief of police in Altoona and
later a coroner, he brought to his du-
ties the experience of a prosecutor
that must often have served him well.
In 1907 when he was promoted to head
the bureau, Pennsylvania had seven
pure food laws. Now it has twenty-
five. He says they are better than the
Federal laws or those of any other
State. During his regime the bureau
has been self-supporting with a sur-
plus greater than $4,000,000.
Food control in Pennsylvania has
undergone considerable development
in the last quarter century. In early
days the fraudulent sale of oleomar-
garine gave much concern. Today,
properly branded, it sells. on its own
merits in a large market. No longer
regarded with the suspicion of boot-
leg, it is seldom the object of com-
plaint. In addition to a General Food
act we now have twenty-four special
statutes. The commodities include
soft drinks, ice cream, eggs, lard, sau-
sage, milk, coffee, fruit syrup and oys-
ters. Other regulations have to do
with cold storage, bottling, milk con-
tainers and milk testing. The Gen-
eral Food act covers ketchup, jellies,
jams, preserves, etc.
It is a pleasure to add that Mr.
Foust credits the success of his ad-
ministration to the co-operation of the
Wholesale Grocery Association. The
duty of legislation is to protect hon-
est business as well as society in gen-
eral. When so framed that it bene-
fits both buyer and seller, it has a
sanction that makes enforcement
comparatively easy.
——For the sum of $1,800 Oscar G.
Kephart, of Osceola Mills, has con-
tracted with the Postoffice Department
to carry U. S. first class mail one
round trip, between Clearfield and Ty-
rone, for one year beginning July 1st.
At the present time first class mail
does not - reach Clearfield by train
schedule until 10:30 at night. "Mr.
Kephart's contract calls for its deliv-
ery there between the hours of 7 and
7:30 o’clock.
—Appointments of John M. McLaughlin,
of Wilkinsburg, and William Sharrocks,
of Philadelphia, as junior examiners were
announced at the Department of Banking.
—Creation of a new inspection division
with headquarters at Altoona and transfer
of J. J. Coffey, of the Philadelphia divis-
ion, as its supervising head was announced
at the Department of Labor and Industry.
—After successfully eluding her family,
on Sunday, Mrs. Mary Gantz, 63 years old,
of Pine Hill, northern Laneaster county,
went into the front yard, seated herself on
a chair, put the barrel of a shotgun into
her mouth and pulled the trigger. She
died immediately.
—Friends of Max George, of Tioga,
claim for him a Carnegie hero medal. Ful-
ly clothed he jumped into the Tioga river
and rescued Miss Helen Wells, who had
gone down for the last time and who was
not revived till fifteen minutes after being
taken from the water.
—Deaf mutes in Central Pennsylvania
are planning to hold a big picnic at Ivy-
side park, near Altoona, on. July 4. Visit-
ors are expected from Somerset, Indiana,
Clearfield, Cambria, Bedford, Centre, Hunt-
ingdon and Juniata counties. A local com-
mittee is arranging a program of games
and sports, the winners of which will re-
ceive prizes.
—Balked in their efforts to break open
a safe in the office of John L. Reist, to-
bacco warehouse, of Lancaster, thieves ear-
ly last Thursday set fire to the building.
The blaze was confined largely to the sec-
ond floor which was filled with packed to-
bacco. The loss is estimated at $40,000.
One thousand tons of tebaecco it is esti-
mated were stored in the warehouse. Much
of it is damaged.
—Following the completion of the $250,-
000 bridge spanning the Susquehanna river
at West Milton and Milton, citizens of
Union and Northumberland counties are
planning a celebration of the event, which
will take place July 1. Former Secretary
of the Commonwealth Frederick A. God-
charles, of Milton, will be the speaker of
the day, and an old-time celebration of
the event will be held.
—Just as Louis Lohl, 23 years of age, and
Anna Beck, 19 years old, both of Altooaa,
Pa., were entering the court houge at Cum-
berland, Md., on Friday, to obtain a mar-
riage license, police intervened, telling the
girl they were advised by Chief Tillford,
of Altoona, that he had a warrant for her
arrest for incorrigibility. Lohl went to the
Maryland Gretna Green by automobile and
met Miss Beck, who arrived by train.
—Couvicted of a manslaughter charge,
growing out of the death of her four
weeks’ old daughter, Miss Olive Miller was
sentenced to two and a half to five years
in the western penitentiary, by Judge Hen-
ninger, at Butler, on Saturday. Miss Mil-
ler had been a telephone operator at But-
ler and after killing her child carried it in
a suitease to Clearfield and hid the body
in a flush tank of the toilet at the railroad
—Preparations have been made to re-
sume drilling at a gas well near Ligonier,
Westmoreland county, of the People’s Nat-
ural Gas company, which has already been
drilled to a depth of 7,710 feet and is re-
puted to be the deepest producing gas well
in the world. Drilling operations were
suspended a month ago when the drill
-polng became fast in the bottom. of the
‘well. ~ A special saucer was manufactured
to remove the drill point.
—Paul W. Houck, Compensation Com-
missioner of the State, has sent out notice
that the State Compensation Commission
has decided that pneumonia, unless it fol-
lows an injury, is not compensatable. This
will affect many cases before the board.
In the case in which the ruling was made,
Andrew J. Sadusky, of Pottsville, worked
on a cold floor for two hours repairing an
automobile. The referee had awarded
compensation, but this action was reversed.
—Rounding the bend of the western end
of Horseshoe Curve at a terrific speed,
I'riday afternoon, Pennsylvania express
No. 48, eastbound, was unable to make the
turn and jumped the track, drawing eight
cars with it, injuring two men, one of
them seriously, and tearing up four main
line tracks, completely blocking traffic for
a period of several hours. Close to 15,90
gallons of milk were dumped into a small
stream and several car loads of live stock
were liberated.
—State Forestry authorities have arrang-
ed with men connected with the Pennsyi-
vania committee of the Zionist movement
to send hundreds of specimens of birch,
beech, ash, laurel and other Pennsylvania
trees and shrubs to the Jewish agricultur-
al college near Jerusalem. The work will
be done as part of the exchange with the
Palestine authorities and reports exchang-
ed on the way the trees thrive. The State
has also arranged to plant at Mount Alto
seeds of New Zealand pines.
—~Cutting of the last large tract of pri-
vately owned timberland in the northern
section of Pennsylvania has been started
in the Bear Creek region of Elk county,
twelve miles south of Kane. Two camps
have been established on the tract and a
large force of woodsmen are felling the
immense hemlocks, some of which are from
sixty to eighty feet in height. It is esti-
mated it will take six years to complete
the cutting of the tract when lumbering
operations in that section of the State will
be ended until State and federal preserves
.are opened.
—In an effort to dislodge some stone in
a quarry where he had prepared a blast
Clyde Baney, 35 years old, of Warriors-
mark, sustained serious injuries last
Thursday when the powder exploded. The
fuse did not work properly and before he
could get toa place of safety the powder
exploded, and he was burned about the right
side of the face and head and also sus-
tained burns about the right arm and
hand. Baney also suffered a deep lacera-
tion of the right cheek when struck by a
piece of flying stone. He was taken to the
Mercy hospital, Altoona, for treatment.
—A wedding anniversary party at Cham-
bersburg, scheduled for Saturday night
was turned into a mourning group through
the electrocution of Frank E. Rupp, aged
56 years, foreman of the Trindel Springs
sub-station of the .United Electric com-
pany. Rupp, who had invited twenty-five
relatives and friends to help observe his
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Saturday
evening, was working about some high-
tension wires in the sub-station when he
touched one containing 13,200 volts with
his head. He was instantly killed and in
falling forward into a maze of wires caus-
ed a short circuit and a fire which for a
short time threatened to destroy the sta-