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——We beg to assure the world
that the resignation of A. P. Moore,
Ambassador to Spain, will not entire-
ly wreck the diplomatic service.
"If you want a Judge on the Bench
who will speed up justice and save you
in the taxes you have to pay for main-
taining our courts vote for W. Harri-
—If you want a District Attorney
who knows the procedure of the office
and who won't be compelled to call in
assistance in the prosecution of the
Commonwealth’s cases vote for Wil-
liam Groh Runkle.
—Vote for the lawyer who has made
his reputation at the bar on sound ad-
vice, attention -to detail and everlast-
ing determination to ‘get the things of
today cleaned up today and ready for
the problems of tomorrow.
—Judge Dale seems to have
discovered that he is an “independent
Republican” only after his ruse of be-
ing “the Peoples’ candidate” failed to
fool the Democrats into making. him
their nominee at the primaries.
—The Republicans who are disgust-
ed with what their own party organ-
ization did by way of corrupting the
ballot in Philadelphia at the last pri-
maries are with us in this campaign.
Let us stick together and help them
give machine politics a lesson.
—A change in the political complex-
ion of our courts is just as wholesome
to the legal system as a change is to
our physical being. We haven't had a
Democrat on the bench in Centre
county for ten years. Let's try one
for the next ten. Vote for Walker.
' Show us the lawyer at the Centre
county bar who is.always pleading for
more time in which to bring his cause
to trial and we’ll show you one who is
certain to be against W. Harrison
Walker for Judge.. If you happen to
be the client of one of this kind he will
probably advise you to vote against
Mr. Walker because he doesn’t want
any one on the bench of the “do-it-
—Let us tell you this. Neither W.
Harrison Walker, William Groh Run-
kle nor James C. Condo has any ma-
chine, clique or commandeered organ-
ization back of them. No assessments
on office holders or plums from the
public purse are held out as a lure for
them. They are not bound by any ob-
ligations, either promised or implied,
in this campaign. They are running
on their own, pure and simple, hoping
that the peoplé will realize that they
offer the only’ escape from machine
domination of the government of Cen-
— What every State and the Nation.
needs most is a law making it a crime,
punishable by disqualification from
ever holding office again, for any Leg-
islator or Congressman attempting to
put & new statute on the books for the
next ten years. The country is hope-
lessly enmeshed in a maze of legal en-
actments that are so confusing, need-
lessy irritating and often so grotesque
that the public mind laughs them all
to scorn. What we need most is law
killers not law makers when we send
men or women to represent us in Har-
risburg or Washington. The fearful
increase in crime in this country is not
because of too few laws. It is because
of too many. They overlap, nullify
one another and offer too many alleys
into which the violator can run.
— Rebecca Naomi is home and mar-
shalling her forces. They held meet-
ings at State College, on Monday
night, and as was to have been expect-
ed endorsed Judge Dale. As we said
last week she’s in an awful hole. After
repudiating John Love for District
Attorney three years ago she’s afraid
to do it again because she would soon-
er see him elected than William Groh
Runkle. She’s the kind of temperance
advocate who will make a choice be-
tween two Republicans, as was the
case when Arthur Dale and John Love
were in the running. But when it
comes to a choice between a Republi-
can whom she fought in 1922 and a
Democrat, she’s for the Republican.
Rebecca has finally been discovered by
the people whom she has been ex-
—Of course when a man is a candi-
date for office it is to be expected that
everything that he has done from the
days when, as an infant, he regurgi-
tated milk up to the moment he sallies
forth in the political arena will be pa-
raded in review. Much has been said
of W. Harrison Walker’s having repre-
sented liquor license applicants, away
back in the dark ages. What if he
did? Mr. Walker is a lawyer. All he
has to sell is his professional services.
And every lawyer is sworn to give his
best service to any legitimate cause
entrusted to him. The liquor business
was legalized then and was legitimate.
Mr. Walker had nothing to do with
granting the licenses his clients ap-
plied for. That was up to the court.
He was exactly in the same position
that the “Watchman” is today. We
have advertising space to sell. Any-
thing legitimate will be advertised in
the “Watchman.” On pages three and
six you will find fulsome praise of
Mr. Walker’s opponents, paid for by
the inch. Our readers can take it or
leave it. Just exactly as the courts
were privileged to take or leave the
applications of the people he repre-
sented years ago. God save the coun-
try! God give us men and women
with broad enough vision to see things
as they are and not as pin heads are
made believe them to be by malevo-
lent gossip mongers.
STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION.
Confusion Causes Alarm.
Republican leaders in this State are
considerably alarmed on account of
the confusion in the party ranks. The
present signs point unmistakably to a
free-for-all fight for the nomination
for Governor next year and a four or
five cornered struggle for the Sena-
torial nomination. Until recently it
was confidently believed that Senator
Pepper and Governor Pinchot would
have the Senatorial field to themselves
and that each, or the friends of each,
would select a candidate for Governor,
thus limiting the contention to a nar-
row field. It is true that there was
some talk of a Vare candidate for Sen-
ator, for it is well known that both
Pepper and Pinchot are anathema to
the Philadelphia boss.
But the wet element in the party
has projected the liquor question into
the equation and made it probable
that a third candidate for Senator will
be entered. In that event either J.
Hampton Moore, of Philadelphia, or
Ralph Strassburger will be chosen to
carry the wet flag. Both these men
are ambitious and the friends of
Moore claim that he has earned the
favor of the party by long service.
Neither Pepper nor Pinchot has been
long enough in party work to chal-
lenge this proposition, while Strass-
burger has done nothing in the wide
world except deefat Pinchot for dele-
gate to the Republican National con-
vention last year. Still that may have
been a great service. Nobody knows
what might have happened if Gifford
had got into that convention.
In this state of confusion about the
only hope left is that after the elec-
tion of local officers this fall the lead-
ers will get together and by process of |
elimination reduce the number of as-
pirants for Senator and Governor to a
number that will permit easy manipu-
lation. There are no outstanding lead-
ers to enforce obedience to orders with
respect either to measures or men.
But it is expected that party exigen-
cies will influence some and the party
whip others to a peaceful agreement
upon two candidates for each office,
and party loyalty hold the loser to the
support of ‘the winner. But bolting is
‘bécomitig, = frequent if not fashiona-
ble practiees and the’ future is not
There are approximately 22,000
registered voters in Centre county.
At the recent primaries there were
9632 votes cast, which is less than
half of the total registration. The
Democratic vote at the primaries was
48% of the total party registration
and the Republican was 46%. The
election should bring out a larger per-
centage of the total vote, but it is
doubtful if it will reach even 756%.
Last Resort a False Alarm.
The last resort of the Republican
machine is an appeal to the assumed
miserly impulses of the average voter.
Dreading an extra session of the Gen-
eral Assembly as the condemned mur-
derer dreads the hangman, the servile
organs of the vote-stealing organiza-
tion are holding before the public eye
an exaggerated picture of an enor-
mous expense bill. An extra session,
the fawning Philadelphia Public Ledg-
er declares, will cost the tax payers of
the Commonwealth the enormous sum
of “a million dollars or more,” and ad-
mitting the crimes of the machine,
protests that is too much to pay for a
cure. As a matter of fact an extra
session will cost less than half that
amount unless needlessly prolonged
by the machine.
Even half a million dollars is a good
deal of money but if the expenditure
of ten times that much would achieve
such reforms in electoral legislation
as would guarantee fair elections and
honest returns of the vote, it would be
“dirt cheap.” For nearly a quarter of
a century the elections in this State
have been controlled by the Republi-
can machine through fraudulent votes
and false returns and by equally de-
vious methods untold millions have
been taken from the pockets of the tax
payers and distributed among the fa-
vorites of the organization. This is
not only robbing the people of their
property but stealing from them their
rights as citizens to a voice in the
government of the State.
The Republican machine is as re-
sourceful as it is atrocious but in its
appeal to public parsimony it has “o’er
stepped the mark.” The people of
Pennsylvania are prudent but not
miserly. They are willing to pay and
pay liberally for just purposes and
they understand ‘that the enactment of
legislation that will guarantee fair
elections and honest returns will be
worth the expense of a special session
of the General Assembly which will
not exceed half a million dollars un-
less the machine emissaries in the
Legislature prolong the session in or-
der to defeat the purpose. If the call
for an extra session is withheld it need
not be on account of the expense. The
taxpayers will cheerfully “pay the
BELLEFONTE, PA.. OCTOBER 30. 1925.
An Appeal to Reason.
Whatever may be the outcome of the election next Tuesday—win or
lose—Mr. Walker will have shown the people of Centre county how earn-
est energy can be put into a judicial campaign without lessening the dig-
nity with which a contest for that high honor has always been supposed
to be conducted.
Almost single handed he has made a fight that must command the ad-
mi-ation, even of his adversaries. For four months he has been on the
hustings, day and night, and is still going. Such energy, such a will to
work cannot but have impressed the people who know that there is much
to be desired by way of speeding up legal procedure. He loves work,
thrives on it and is never happier than when in it up to the elbows.
We all know that man is dominated largely by his habits and that
habits once formed are rarely shaken off. Because we know this to be the
fact we may be certain that when Mr. Walker goes on the Bench in Cen-
tre county the energy he has shown all through his life will be concentrat-
ed on the speedy handling of all court business. It will be of inestimable
value to litigants and tax payers, as well, for keeping the wheels of jus-
tice turning means reduction of suspense and reduction of expense.
Besides showing the quality of energy in his campaigning our candi-
date has demonstrated to the people
that he is broad and fair. He has
neither manufactured nor peddled stories about his opponents and we
know has courageously refuted such
of them that he knew to be untrue
when silence might have meant a vote or so for himself.
Another quality, courtesy and consideration, has made itself known
in this grinding campaign that he is
winding up. The average man be-
comes irritable under excessive work. Not so, Mr. Walker. Those who may
meet him today will find him just as courtly and considerate as he was the
day he entered the contest for Judge.
That he is self-reliant is proven by a glimpse into his career. He has
become a successful lawyer purely by dint of his own efforts. Neither
political pull, nor party plums have made the way to a place in the sun
easier for him. His position today, not only as the candidate of our par-
ty but as a lawyer of ability, has been won wholly because of his reliance
on himself. His determination to do things and get somewhere.
All of these qualities, energy, broad-mindedness, courtesy and con-
sideration, and self-reliance are fundamental attributes most desirable in
the character of a man who aspires to be our Judge. There can be no
gainsaying any of them so far as Mr.
‘Walker’s possession of them is con-
cerned. He has them all. He has shown them to you in the conduct of
his campaign. There are only three other qualities that we regard as nec-
essary for a full rounding out of the equipment a man should have who
is to sit in judgment over us. They are caution, courage and a working
"knowledge of the law.
Mr. Walker has all of
i AE aE
tieae WE Rnow that He has caution because
he has always made it a practice to study and weigh well any step he pro-
poses making . We know that he has courage because he fights with de-
termination for anything that he believes to be right or helpful. We
know that he has a working knowledge of the law because he has been
studying it for twenty-nine years and wouldn’t be where he is today in his
profession if he hadn’t.
Equipped with energy, broad-mindedness, courtesy and consideration,
self-reliance, caution, courage and a working knowledge of the law who
is there to say that W. Harrison Walker would not make an exception-
ally qualified Judge of our courts?
He can be elected if we Democrats help the Republicans who are ea-
ger to join us in elevating him to the Bench. Our party ought to be
proud of a candidate who is beholden
to nothing other than his own qual-
ifications for the position he has attained.
It wasn’t a regrettable death and a self-seeking Governor, nor was
it the exigencies of machine politics that made W. Harrison Walker the
nominee of our great party for Judge. It was recognition of all the ster-
ling qualities that we have recited.
Vote for him. He offers the voters of Centre county the most to be
desired in a Judge.
The Peace of Locarno.
At Locarno, Switzerland, a week
ago, a pact was signed by representa-
tives of five European powers, which
not only solidifies those powers in
commerce and industries, but outlaws
war. For this great achievement the
United States entered into the world
war in 1917 and sacrificed hundreds of
thousands of lives and billions of
treasure. But in the final process the
government and people of the United
States had no hand or voice. On the
contrary the language expressed by
some of those concerned in the accom-
plishment may be construed as a ges-
ture friendly to the United States. M.
Briand, of France, in what is said to
have been the most brilliant speech of
his career, said it “is the beginning of
a new epoch, an epoch of co-operation
When the armistice was signed in |
1918 the United States was freely and |
cordially acknowledged by the whole
world as the dominant influence in the
splendid movement for enduring peace
throughout the world. Our. armies .
more than any other element checked ,
the vaulting ambition of the German ;
Caesar and drove the German Kaiser
into exile. Following this great serv-
ice to human liberty President Wood-
row Wilson took his place in the coun-
cils of civilization and guided the Con-
gress of Versailles to an agreement
which made for universal peace for all
time. But personal malice and polit-
ical prejudice intervened through the
instrumentality of the Republican
party in Congress and defeated the
benevolent purpose. Seven years of
suffering has been the harvest of this
During all the time since the adop-
tion of the Versailles treaty the best
efforts of the finest minds'in Europe
and America have striven zealously to
bring the government of the United
States into concurrent effort to com-
plete the work. But it has proved un-
availing, and now the powers of Eu-
rope have taken it upon themselves
with the result that our government,
which ought to be at the head direct-
ing the operations, is bowled out com-
pletely and Europe is in agreement
which may easily be used to the prej-
udice of the people of this country in
every way. It may not be so employ-
ed but commercial rivalry is a danger-
ous thing and the source of much
trouble. It has caused more bloodshed
than any other cause of quarrel, and
such rivalry is certain to develop.
—Page Mr. Know-it-all. We'd like
to ask him where the pins go to.
Three million pounds of copper are
used up every year in the manufac-
ture of pins and did you ever see a kid
hauling a play-wagon load of old pins
to the junk dealer?
——Literally = interpreted a recent
statement of the President would
mean that if parents in Philadelphia
had performed their full duty in the
past there would be no reason for ex-
tending the leave of General Butler
——Let us hope the controversy be-
tween Secretary Mellon and Governor
Pinchot, which occupied considerable
newspaper space a few months ago,
will not be renewed. ' It was neither
interesting nor informing.
——The only real reason for hur-
rying payments on our public debt is
politics and ‘the only beneficiary is
——There is not an “air man” in
the Mitchell court martial and proba-
bly few who will understand why
The Song of a Tie.
Some men long for the soothing touch of
lavender, cream and mauve
But the ties I wear must possess the glare
of a red-hot kitchen stove.
The things I read and the things I do are
sensible, sane and mild,
I like calm hats, and J don’t wear spats
but I like my neckties wild!
Oh, give me a wild tie, brother, one with
a cosmic urge,
A tie that will swear and rip and tear,
‘When it sees my old blue serge.
Oh, some will say that a gent’s cravat
should be seen, not heard,
But I want a tie that will make men cry
and render their vision blurred.
I yearn, I long, for a tie so strong it will
take two men to tie it,
If such there be, go bring it to me;
Whatever the price, I'll buy it.
Oh, give me a wild tie, brother, one with
a lot of sins.
A tie that will blaze with a hectic gaze,
Down where the vest begins.
— Author Unknown.
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From the Altoona Tribune.
A prominent educator was asked a
few days ago as to what he thought
were the principal causes for the prev-
alence of crime. He named a number
of causes but the one that occurred to
him first was the disposition on the
part of the young people to demand a
greater freedom from the family gov-
ernment. In the case of the great
majority, this enlarged freedom may
produce no serious results. But as a
rule it will be generally said, by the
older folks anyway, that the boys and
girls have more freedom than they
know what to do with.
Even if many of them do abuse such
freedom, the majority of course do
not go to any great lengths. After
a few more years when they seem a
little pronounced and noisy, and per-
haps too lax in certain matters, the,
commonly settle down and go to wor
with steady indi . But there is a
certain element of boys who escape
from parental control at an early age.
There families are not able to main-
tain any athority over them. They
real the | Streets 8 late hours x the
night. ey seek society through the.
toughest leaders of their gs,
There they hear a great deal
making money than the slow path of
patient industry. They see many
things they want and they know it
will take them a long time to get
them if they just depend on the
money they can earn. They learn
from various sources of all kinds of
lawlessness. When some tempter sug-
gests to them that it will be easy for
them to get money by some deed of
evil many of them are in just the
mood to accept the suggestion. The
trouble began months or years before,
Shien family government lost hold on
Wars Alarums Again.
From the Pittsburgh Post.
It is ironical that just as Europe
was rejoicing over the results of the
Locarno conference as constituting a
great step toward permanent peace
trouble should flare upon the Greco-
Bulgar border. But that’s the way it
goes in this imperfect world. As the
statesmen of the allied and associated
nations in the great war were wearing
their lives out trying to get some peace
ideals to take hold they were taunted
by their critics with the statement
that a dozen or more little wars ap-
peared to be following the big. But
the peace work began to tell eventual-
ly and finally all the wars appeared
to be brought to an end. Undoubtedly
the accord just reached at Locarno
will be a safe guard against the
spread of war from the Balkans.
Meanwhile there is the hope that
the troubles between Greece and Bul-
garia may be brought to an end
quickly. Such border outbreaks are
more or less frequent. It probably
will turn out that the Bulgars who
fired on the Greek outposts were ir-
responsible bands, such as those which
in 1922 got their country into trouble
with Greece, Rumania and the Serb-
Croat-Slovene state. As the League
of Nations was able to prevent war
then it may be able to again.
With the peace sentiment so strong
on the tide of the Locarno rejoicing,
this threat of war may not get much
further than the border clash stage.
From the Wilkes-Barre Record.
As far as the corrupt practices act
is concerned, it is a dead letter. Fil-
ing reports of expenditures is an un-
qualified farce. Nobody ever contests
the veracity of the reports and no can-
didate is ever disqualified.
What the Governor has in mind is
to devise ways. and means by which
the fraudulent practices going on in
spite of the work of 1906 can be at-
tacked. Experience has dictated cer-
iain changes that promise good re-
Colonel “Billy” Mitchell.
From the Norristown Times Herald.
Col. Mitchell is to face an army
court, but that’s nothing; think of the
poor army court facing Mitchell. -
—————— Ap ————————
——Possibly’ the Tener gubernator-
ial boom is keeping quiet because
there is nothing in sight to make noise
that does them _.no goad. pt
the idea that there are easier ways of |
'SPAWLS FROM THE KEYSTONE.
—While her husband poured buckets of
water on flames which had forced their
way into a bedroom from the kitchen be-
neath, Mrs. Robert Baldwin, of Lancaster,
early on Monday snatched her four chil-
dren from their beds and carried them
through smoke filled rooms to the street.
—A husband is boss in his own home,
Judge U. P. Rossiter, of Erie, ruled on
Monday when he discharged George Grego~
ry, who was brought into court on a
charge of refusing to support his wife.
Gregory alleged that his wife insisted up-
on keeping boarders against his will and
that he refused to pay the rent. ru
—Charged with manslaughter in connec-
tion with the death of Thomas F. Goodfel-
low, killed in an automobile collision Sat-
urday, Robert J. Belling, of Duncansville,
and Randel A. Mock, of Tyrone, were oR
Monday held in heavy bail for a hearing.
They were in the car which crashed into
the auto in which Goodfellow was return-
ing from a funeral.
—What is said to be the largest steam
boiler in the world is now being intsalled
in Pittsburgh, by a company which sup-
plies heating service in the down-town
business district. There are six miles of
four-inch tubing in the heating and con-
densing tubes of this apparatus, with a
heating surface of 82,750 square feet, about
threa-fourths of an acre.
—One of the nursing staff of the Lewis-
town hospital gave a pint of blood on Sat-
urday in a blood transfusion to save the
life of Miss Thressa Stayrook, a patient at
the institution. The call was issued by
Dr. H. C. Cassidy, but there were no of-
fers until one of the nurses said she would
submit to the operation providing her name
was kept a secret. The nurse stood the
loss of blood well and the patient is ime
—Paul Blose, 40 year old civil engineeer
who was found, an amnesia victim, in a
cave near Pittsburgh a week ago, ended
his life on Sunday by leaping from the
window of a hospital where he was taken
following the discovery of his plight by a
mushroom hunter. When found Blose was
very sparsely clothed and during his con-
finement in the hospital never was certain
how he came to be in the cave. He disap-
peared July 20, last, while on his way to
work at the Pittsburgh Coal company.
—Judge John D. Shafer, in Common
Pleas court at Pittsburgh, on Monday
made an order revoking the adoption of
the two year old daughter of Charles Ba-
Ker, of Hollidaysburg, by Mr. and Mrs. Ho-
mer Guy, uncle and aunt of the child. After
the court annulled the adoption proceed-
ings, Baker made application for a writ of
habeas ‘corpus to secure possession of the
child as the court’s ruling dissolving the.
adoption did not deal with custody of the
little girl. A hearing was set for next Fri-,
—The Public Service Commission has
“reluctantly” dismissed a complaint made
by Mrs. Mary Temple, of Spangler, against
the Northern Cambria Water company, in’
which it was sought to have mains extend-
ed as three families have lost their source
of supply by wells drying up, owing to
mining operations. The company offered
to place a hydrant near the houses, but:
this -was not satisfactory. The line asked
would cost $1,500 without cost of rock ex-
n and the return to the company is
—Five fishermen from the vicinity of
Williamsburg, Blair county, C. A. Patter-
son, W. A. Ryde, Fred, John and C. R.
Fluke, were arrested last summer by game
warden Jesse E. Haffly, of Blair county,
charged with catching in Raystown branch
nine bass less than nine inches long. Jus-
tice Kelly, of Huntingdon, fined them $450
and costs. Their appeal came up in court
at Huntingdon last week and the prose-
cutor, game warden Haffly, not appearing,
the defendants were discharged and the of-
ficer penalized with the costs.
—A special open season for hunting deer
in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Hunt
ingdon, Mifflin and Perry counties Decem-
ber 18, 19, 21 and 22 was announced last
week by members of the State Game Com-
mission. A special license will be requir-
ed for this hunting. The open season was
declared to eliminate deer which are caus-
ing damage to farmers and orchardists in
those counties and the commission sug-
gested that the huntingsbe done near the
farms and orchards which have been dam-
aged. There are several hundred surplus
deer in each county.
—“Cattle rustling,” long regarded in
Pennsylvania as a thrill confined entirely
to the movies, developed in reality near
Kittanning, Armstrong county, when Har-
ry Coulter discovered that his entire herd
of milch cows had been stolen from the
pasture field near his home, and probably
hurried into Ohio or to some other western
point of slaughtering. The cows were
missed when Coulter went to the pasture
field to get them, and a diligent search
failed to locate them. Evidences were
found to indicate that the cows had been
loaded upon automobile trucks and whisk-
ed away toward the Ohio State line.
—Confessing to the theft of $900 from
the postoffice funds at Tyler, Clearfield
county, James Lesneski, postmaster, was
arrested in Boston last Thursday, after
having been absent from Tyler since Octo-
ber 10. When he left Tyler, Lesneski stat-
ed that he was going to be gone for a day
or two, but did not state his destination.
After three days elapsed, the shortage was
discovered, and an acting postmaster was .
placed in charge. Last Thursday while in
an intoxicated condition Lesneski was ar-
rested in Boston on a charge of disorderly
conduct. Later he confessed to the embez-
zlement of $900 from the Tyler postoffice.
A local postal inspector left immediately
for Boston and transferred Lesneski to
Pittsburgh, where he will await trial in
the next term of the Federal court.
—Sharing the hospitality of the automo-
bile of Walter L. Livengood, owner of the
Sun Coal Co. mine at High House, nime
miles southeast of Uniontown, a man said
by Livengood to be Joe Miscovich, an em-
ploye of the company, on Saturday held
up Livengood at the point of a revolver
and escaped with a payroll estimated at
between $1,500 and $2,500, and escaped in
the coal operator’s car. Livengood says he
met Miscovich in Uniontown and that at
the latter’s request he was made a passen-
ger in the automobile in which the payroll
was’ being conveyed to the mines. At a
lonely section of the road near the coal
plant, Livengood says Miscovich asked that
the auto be stopped, and the driver did so.
In a flash the passenger put-a gun in Liv-
engood’s face and demanded his revolver,
the operator says.’ Unarmed, Livengood
then was forced to alight and stand by
while the robber drove away with his car
and his cash.