Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 18, 1925, Image 1

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—Remember the children, Christ-
mas is the one day in the year when
they should be made happy.
—~Charley Dannley writes from
‘Wadsworth, Ohio, that this is the
“season we should all feel good.” We
are in thorough accord with Charley's
idea of pre-Christmas days. The
heart that doesn’t warm and gladden
at the approach of the anniversary of
a birth that gave to the world its one
anchor of hope is nothing more than
—The extra session of the Legisla-
ture, which the Governor has called,
will be water on his mill no matter
whether the current runs down or up
stream. If the Assembly corrects bai-
lot thievery, settles the Delaware
bridge controversy and the coal strike
the Governor will be cat-bird. If it
doesn’t do a thing he’ll be cat-bird all
the same, because he can say that he
tried his best to have corrective and
beneficial legislation enacted. It’s
“heads I win, tails you lose” with the
Governor. He's got the organization
going and coming.
—We haven’t heard a word from
“Two Devout Readers of Ink Slings”
since we devoted the entire column to
them. Certainly we played for a
come-back. The fact that we haven't
had one puffs us up like a poisoned
pup. Almost, we are persuaded to be-
lieve that we do know something
about music. We did think so, up to
Saturday morning, when “Col. House”
accused us of becoming technical.
The Col. made the accusation because
he didn’t know what he was talking
about. Neither did we when we start-
ed to discuss music with our two de-
vout readers.
—The Altoona gentleman who
crashed into a parked car and, in con-
sequence, was charged with driving a
motor while intoxicated has a perfect
alibi if the lady who was riding with
him will stand for it. The most of the
feliows we see driving with girls have
one hand on the wheel and the other
pawing the lady. It is admitted that
this offender was eating a sandwich
with one hand and if the other was
doing the pawing act the poor fellow
had no hand left to steer the car with.
If this was the case he might not have
been intoxicated at all. He was
handicapped by too few hands.
—If anybody gets up to ask you, it
was the “Watchman” that got out
that petition to Judge Dale to have
the bond of the receivers he appointed
for the Centre County bank reduced.
They'll never have $250,000.00 in their
hands = one time. They'll distribute
long before it ever
should the creditors have had to pay
for a bond larger than was necessary
to secure them. By doing what we did
we saved the creditors just five hun-
dred dollars a year for every year un-
til final settlement with them is made.
Again the thought occurs to us that
the “Watchman” has been the only
medium that has suggested or under-
taken any constructive movement for
the benefit of those who have suffered
through the closing of that old insti-
—If Gifford Pinchot ever gets into
the upper house of Congress as the
Senator from Pennsylvania its good-
by to the Grundys, the Vares, the
Bakers, ete., as potential political
powers in Pennsylvania. He'll be
there for six years—and then some—
and there are just enough of his ilk in
the Senate to force the President who-
ever he may be—aside from a Demo-
cratic one—to seek quarter. And Pin-
chot will be the boss of Pennsylvania
because David K. Reed doesn’t have
the wit to circumvent him. If Andy
Mellon likes his new play toy its our
advice that he’d better forget every-
thing else until he has chucked this
Pinchot kid clear out from under the
Pennsylvania Christmas tree. If he
does it now it will be done forever.
For who ever heard of a Governor of
. Pennsylvania coming back?
—With the announcement that the
Hon. William I. Swoope is to seek a
third term in Congress comes specula-
tion as to what is to happen to the
supposed aspirations of M. Ward
Fleming Esq. For some months the
District has been under the impres-
sion that the Philipsburg attorney
would not be averse to gaining a little
experience in law making, to add to
that of his law practicing, as a sound
foundation on which to base his cer-
tain candidacy for Judge in 1935.
‘While we are not authorized to say so
the Hon. Harry B. Scott will be a can-
didate for the Senate and that is the
answer to the speculation. If Mr.
Scott is a candidate for the Senate Mr.
Fleming couldn’t have hope of carry-
ing off the Congressional nomination,
for Centre couldn’t expect to get both
opportunities away from the other
counties in the District. The Hon.
Evan Jones has been making goo-goo
eyes at his old seat in Congress, so the
plot thickens to the point where we as
a Democrat will have to show them
the way out. And we'll do it early ia
—Incidentally, this is the last op-
portunity we’ll have to talk to you in
1925. We are going to take next
week off and you’ll not see another
“Watchman” until January 1st, 1926.
We need the rest. We've worked like
to give you a paper worth
reading—and whether some of you
know it or not that’s what you have
been getting. Besides it’s the only
thing you are getting that hasn't
doubled or tripled in price since 1914.
VOL. 70.
Extra Session Called.
Governor Pinchot indulges in no ex-
aggeration in stating that he “has
called the General Assembly of Penn-
sylvania in extra session because the
safety of our institutions and the
prosperity of our people imperatively
demand it.” The corrupt machine
which controls the Republican party
of the State has so polluted the pub-
lic service with vice and crime that
immediate and drastic remedies must
be applied. Action could not be de-
ferred without sacrificing opportuni-
ties of correction. Unless legislation
to protect the ballot from fraud is en-
acted before the impending Senator-
ial and Gubernatorial election the
yoke of ‘corruption will be fastened
upon the people for an indefinite per-
iod of time.
If the Governor had been wise he
would have limited the activities of
the session to not more than two sub-
jects. He correctly appraises the
“stealing of votes” as the worst evil.
It may be assumed that the existing
tangle concerning the Delaware river
bridge requires prompt consideration.
But the other subjects enumerated in
his “call” might have been deferred.
If the ballot reform legislation con-
templated is effective the other faults
will correct themselves in the course
of time. Future Legislatures will be
made up of men of a different type
and public interests will have strong-
er appeal than party expediency. The
other subjects embraced in the call
give chance for “log-rolling” and pos-
sible defeat of the main purpose.
The other subjects included in the
Governor’s proclamation calling an
extra session of the General Assembly
on January 13, 1926, are important
enough. If there is a remedy in leg-
islation for the existing industrial
trouble in the coal region it ought to
be adopted. That there is urgent
need of improvement in the banking
laws, and that the gasoline tax law is
defective is obvious. Prohibition en-
forcement legislation has not fulfilled
its purpose and something ought to
be done to prevent monopoly in elec-
tric power. But these achievements
might have awaited the enactment of
needed improvements and if they can
be accomplished they will be worth all
they cost.
Bill Vare and the Philadelphia
Public Ledger are opposed to the ex-
tra session, but together they hardly
create a respectable minority.
Vare Against the Extra Session.
Congressman William S. Vare, rec-
ognized boss of Philadelphia and
acknowledged clown of Pennsylvania
politics, is grealy outraged by the call
for an extra session of the General
Assembly. He sees “nothing in the
reasons advanced by the Governor for
calling a special session” that “would
justify the expenditure of the taxpay-
ers’ money.” Mr. Vare hadn’t “di-
gested” the call but a first glance at
the headlines satisfied him that it is
all wrong. The anthracite coal strike
“is still the subject of negotiations,”
he declares, and “the Delaware river
bridge controversy is now before the
Supreme court.” The other questions
raised by the Governor, in his opin-
ion, are not worth a million dollars.
At the recent primary election the
vote in nearly every precinct in Phil-
adelphia was debauched, presumably
under the direction and certainly un-
der the sanction of Mr. Vare. At the
subsequent general election an illegal
and monstrously fraudulent effort
was made to mutilate the ballots of
the entire city in order to defeat a
candidate who had been regularly and
fairly nominated and was at the time
helplessly prostrated on his death bed.
According to Mr. Vare’s perverted
political morality making the recur-
rence of these atrocious crimes impos-
sible in the future is a matter of no
civic value to the city of Philadelphia
and the State of Pennsylvania. He
would defer correction until after he
had opportunity for another chance.
Finally, in his unnecessary and un-
solicited statement, Mr. Vare insults
the intelligence of the people and out-
rages the morality of the city and
State by declaring that “the same
membership which comprised the last
regular session will constitute this
special session.” The plain inference
is that by reason of his control the
same pernicious policies will prevail
through the special session. In that
sinister expectation Mr. Vare will be
disappointed, The Philadelphia Sen-
ators and Representatives, being “cor-
rupt and contented,” may yield to his
evil influence and pursue a vicious
course, but those of the rural districts
will not. No upstate man who follows
Vare will continue in public favor.
The public announcement of the
Governor’s candidacy would go a long
way toward completing the picture.
——Bad weather has proved a bet-
ter protection for big game than laws.
Mellon Declares for Pepper.
After a good deal of maneuvering,
or, as the prize fighters say, “sparring
for points,” Senator Pepper is getting
his potential supporters into line. Of
course there is no certainty at this
stage of the game as to who his op-
ponent will be. But the chances are
that the Pinchot sombrero will be cast
into the ring in due time and rumors
that Congressman Vare is still hank-
ering after the prize has recently been
revived. In Washington, on Sunday,
the definite announcement was made
that Secretary Mellon has finally set
himself behind the Pepper candidacy,
and while that ‘doesn’t guarantee his
nomination it has a wonderfully stead-
ying influence on the subject.
It is openly charged on one side,
and not directly denied on the other,
that Mr. Pepper’s tour of the north-
ern and western counties was a disap-
pointment. He was charmingly po-
lite and agreeably attentive to the
men and women who came to hear
him talk in the language of states-
manship. But there was none of that
“warming up” which expresses en-
thusiasm and inspires hope. In fact
near the close of his tour he was com-
pelled to deny a rumor that he intends
to withdraw from the contest. The
announcement of Mr. Mellon’s pur-
pose will make a material change in
the . situation, however. It means
that the organization will supplement
the work of the corporations in his in-
But there is no clearing up in the
atmosphere of uncertainty regarding
the candidate for Governor. The only
announced candidate for that nomina-
tion is John K. Tener, of Pittsburgh,
and curiously enough it is intimated
that he is the Mellon entry for that of-
fice. It is known that Mr. Tener is a
protege of a group of which Mellon is
an influential part, and that the bank-
ing and steel interests of Pittsburgh
are responsible for Tener’s political
and social prominence. But thus far
no one has publicly alleged that Ten-
er is the Mellon candidate for Gover-
nor, though anybody will admit that
less rising things have happened.
‘the situation is confusing
Es 3
terest in the Delaware River bridge
controversy but it is a pity to have so
expensive an enterprise held up.
Showing the Right Spirit.
The Democratic Senators in Con-
gress show the right spirit in their de-
termination to oppose the action of
the committee on privileges and elec-
tions in refusing to admit Senator
Nye, of North Dakota, to a seat in
the body. Senator Nye was appointed
by the Governor of North Dakota to
fill the vacancy caused by the death
of Senator Ladd. He was denied the
right to qualify on the ground that
the Seventeenth amendment to the
federal constitution provides for the
election of Senators by popular vote.
The friends of Senator Nye, who is a
Republican insurgent, contend that
while the amendment operates in that
as in all other States, the right of the
Governor to fill vacancies temporari-
ly exists.
The Senate committee on privileges
and elections divided on partisan lines
on the question of admitting Senator
Nye, the Republicans in the majority
voting against admittance. The mi-
nority on the committee pointed out
that under the constitution and laws
of North Dakota the Governor has au-
thority to fill vacancies until the reg-
ular election succeeding. Otherwise,
in the case in question, the State
would be deprived of its just repre-
sentation in the Senate. That would
be a hardship upon the people of a
sovereign State as well as a violation
of the federal constitution which guar-
antees to each State equal representa-
tion in the Senate. There is no get-
ting away from that proposition.
The real reason for denying Sena-
tor Nye his seat in the Senate, it may
be assumed, is political. The Republi-
can majority in the Senate is narrow
and a small group of insurgents join-
ing with the Democrats can control
the action of the body at any time.
The admission of Nye would strength-
en the insurgent force and make the
Republican majority more precarious.
Refusing to admit him is putting a
rank injustice upon the State, inflict-
ing a wrong upon a gentleman who
has been honored by the Governor of
the State and violating every princi-
ple of equal representation. But
those things make no difference to the
Republicans of the Senate. They
want to rule justly or unjustly.
——We've still got Russia, Turkey
and Mexico with us on the outside of
the League of Nations, so why worry
about isolation.
Secretary of the Navy Wilbur
is willing to do anything to hold his
job but prefers the Coolidge economy
in moderation.
——Centre county hasn't much in’
Judge Hull Laying Right Lines.
Judge Cordell Hull, Representative
in Congress for Tennessee and for-
merly chairman of the Democratic
National committee, is laying the
right lines for future political philos-
ophy in this country. He has, or will,
introduce two resolutions for revision
of the tariff tax laws with the purpose
in view of averting trade wars which
frequently bring on other wars and in-
cidentally relieving the tax payers of
the country of the heaviest and conse-
quently most burdensome taxation
that is imposed upon them. Judge
Hull is recognized as the leading econ.
omist of the present Congress and one
of the foremost in the country. He
has just returned from a tour of in-
vestigation of the subject in Europe.
Judge Hull’s theory is that since
the world war America is a great
creditor and exporting nation and pos-
sesses growing surplusses in many
lines. That full employment of labor
depends upon the export and sale of
her surplusses. That this result can
be achieved only by cutting off exces-
sive tariff taxes and the elimination of
tariff taxes on raw materials, and
finally that the removal of economic
barriers will prevent trade wars and
promote the industrial interests of all
peoples. In pursuance of this purpose
he asks for the passage of a resolu-
tion declaring it the sense of Congress
that “the existing high tariff rates
should be immediately revised down-
ward to a level of moderate rates for
It is not likely that Judge Hull ex-
pects his resolution to be adopted by
either branch of the present Congress,
but it will provide a way and means
for presenting the subject to the pub-
lic mind and keeping it there until it
“strikes in.” Sooner or later the peo-
ple will come to understand that it is
impossible to tax a man or woman
into wealth. If it can be shown that
robbing a person increases his wealth
the tariff theory that wage earners
are benefitted by giving unearned
bounties to their employers will be
verified. The Fordney-McCumber tar-
iff tax law
ments, but yield nothing to wage
——Judge-elect, Harry Keller has!
already been besieged with some thir-
ty or more applications for the few
appointments that will fall to his lot
after he is inducted into office on the
first Monday in January. Chief among
his power to appoint will be a court
stenographer, but there isn’t any like-
lihood of a change being made. Gil-
bert S. Burrows has been reporter for
a number of years, and being one of
the best in the State, will undoubted-
ly be retained in that position. Mr.
Keller will also retain the services of
his present stenographer, Miss Mau-
vis Furey. Other appointments com-
ing within the scope of his power are
all court officers, such as court crier,
tipstaves and court messenger; mem-
bers of the board of road and bridge
viewers and a juvenile court or proba-
tion officer. While Judge-elect Keller
has given no intimation of what he
will do, it is understood he has quite a
list of applicants, but naturally no ap-
pointments will be made until after he
is sworn into office.
— li
——The only question of doubt in
the public mind now is what subjects
the Governor will recommend for the
consideration of the extra session.
——The expense of the extra session
will depend to some extent on the
length. The Governoris willing to
make it short and cheap.
eee lees.
——Real ballot reform legislation
might result in a change in the Rep-
resentative in the First Congress dis-
trict of Philadelphia.
——Heinz, the Pittsburgh pickle
magnate, is being talked of for Gov-
ernor and there are forty-seven vari-
eties of him.
——It must have shocked Congress-
man Griest when he heard that ballot
frauds had been committed in Lancas-
ter county.
~ ——1It may be all right to exchange
confidences but don’t tell anybody
anything you don’t want other people
to know.
———The Governor may have been
influenced by selfish motives but it is
| impolite to “look a gift horse in the
! mouth.”
——President Hindenburg is con-
tinuing to surprise his friends and de-
light the friends of Germany every-
, where,
rr —— a eee
——Young Bob LaFollette has been
admitted to the Republican Senatorial
{to Japan, as presiding president pro-
NO. 50.
Governor Calls Legislature to Convene
in January.
Governor Pinchot, on Sunday, is-
sued his long contemplated call for an
extra session of the Legislature to
convene in Harrisburg on Wednesday,
January 13th. The reasons for the
call and the measures the Governor
wants enacted are as follows:
. Changes in election laws for open-
ing of ballot boxes.
Permanent registration.
Voting machines in cities.
Abolition of tax qualification.
Anthracite a public utility like wa-
ter or natural gas.
Inter-State regulation of anthracite.
Restriction of bank loans.
Overhauling of building and loan
New enforcement laws.
Gasoline tax to be stiffened up and
help pay cost of session. :
Delaware River bridge toll settle-
Seven Giant Power bills instead of
the nineteen of last session.
Delaware River treaty.
. This will be the first specinl session
In twenty years and the third in more
than half a century.
The last extra session was held in
1906 at the call of Governor Penny-
packer, who presented a dozen or more
subjects in two separate proclama-
tions. The most important of these
were election law reforms and the
principal ones were enacted into law
during the month the Legislators were
in session from January 15 to Febru-
ary 15.
Outside of that meeting there has
been only one other extra session of
the entire Legislature since the pres-
ent State Constitution became opera-
tive in 1874. That was called by Gov-
ernor Pattison and lasted from June
7, 1888, to December 6, of that year.
It convened on the day after the close
of the regular session, with result that
the General Assembly was meeting
throughout much of the year, In 1891,
Governor Pattison called a special ses-
sion of the Senate for investigation
purposes and this lasted 28 days.
Altogether there have been only ten
extra sessions in the State’s history.
Six were under the first constitution,
that of 1790, and two under the con-
SHasien jr 1838 one of these being in
retary o ~ Commonwealth and
afterward United States Ambassador
tempore of the Senate. :
The cost of the coming session,
vy Sfgjale Gp run from
J up, dependi upon its
length. Members will receive $500
each as salary instead of the $2500
they receive for a regular session.
They will get the regular mileage al-
lowance, an amount covering one trip
from their home to Harrisburg and
return. Their postal allowance is re-
duced from $100 to $50.
All officers and employees of the
regular session are held over and will
be paid on a day basis although in the
case of regular sessions some of them
receive flat salaries.
Vacancies due to death and other
causes exist in several districts and
special elections probably will be call-
ed immediately by the presiding offi-
cers of the Senate and House to elect
members to fill them. Under the law,
according to State legal authorities,
these elections must be held within
thirty days of the date of the call.
Since the regular 1925 session ended
on April 16, death has removed two
members of the House, William J. Mc-
Caig, of the second Allegheny district
and George A. Lukehart, of the sec-
one Clearfield district.
Three other Representatives, Harry
A. Little and Samuel J. McKim, of Al-
legheny county, and Walter H. Craig,
of Delaware county, have been elected
to other offices.
rr ————— eens:
The Horse Still Exists.
From the Pennsylvania Farmer.
A superficial observer sitting beside
or traveling on an important thor-
oughfare on a Sunday afternoon
might conclude from the number of
automobiles and trucks seen that the
horse had gone to join the dodo and
the dinosaur. But in sipte of the fact
that there is now in this country one
automotive vehicle for every horse
(about 17.500,000 of each) the num-
ber of horses has decreased only twen-
ty-five per cent. from the highest
number in 1918. Thus it will be seen
that we have many times as much
horse-power in use now as we had
twenty years ago. But the decrease
in horses was made necessary by the
demand for greater speed and effici-
ency in many lines of business, and for
more economical and efficient power
in others. It is foolish as well as
futile for horse breeders and horse
lovers to combat the development of
electrical and gasoline power. There
is, and probably always will be, a place
for the horse but modern conditions
demand something in addition to him
on the farms as well as on the roads.
——The returns are not all in yet
but sufficient information has been ob-
tained to estimate that the number of
accidents to hunters will reach the av-
erage this year.
——Get the Watchman if you want
the local news.
fold but on his own terms.
*{face. They then rush
"| their parents, who tu
—George Conn, aged 62, who was sched-
uled to go on trial at Connellsville on
charges of enticing a minor, committed
suicide with a rifle.
—The Burgettstown National bank, a de-
funct institution formerly under the dom-
ination of John A. Bell, Carnegie banker
who was recently convicted of embezzle-
ment, will pay its first dividend, amount-
ing to 50 per cent. next Wednesday, it is
announced by Benjamin L. Rosenbloom,
—Leaping on the bed of his master after
a one-story frame cottage on a side street
in Pittsburgh was discovered in flames,
“Puppy,” a 9 year old dog saved the life
of Emil Bernard, aged 71, who lived alone.
Although partly overcome by smoke, Ber-
nard staggered out and was burned only
on the head.
—The Island Park hotel, owned by the
Lorain steel company, of Johnstown, and
maintained as apartments for some of its
employees, burned to the ground early
Sunday morning. Fourteen occupants es-
caped by sliding down a plank placed in
front of the building by Dr. E. J. Corne-
lius and brother, R. N. Cornelius, both of
Johnstown. The loss is estimated at $20,-
—Pigs and cows are tabooed within the
city limits of Lack Haven, after the first of
the year of 1926, according to the decree of
the city council at the regular meeting held
in the council chamber Monday night. The
decree is not absolute, however, as the
mayor may issue a permit for swine and
cattle in the city limits, and in case sani-
tary conditions are not maintained, the
permit may be revoked on ten days’ no-
tice, and a fine of not less than $26 and
not more than $50 imposed.
° —Michael J. Mino, former teller of the
First National bank of Barnesboro, Cam-
bria county, was arrested last Thursday
by a deputy United States marshal on a
warrant charging him with embezzling
$10,204.99 of the bank’s funds. The com-
plaint, filed by a special agent of the de-
partment of justice was based on an affi-
davit by R. W. Wylie, a national bank ex-
aminer. Mino was released under $5,000
bond for his appearance for a hearing be-
fore the United States commissioner at
—An unusual damage suit was filed at
Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday, when Miss
Blowden Jones, formerly a waitress at the
Fort Durkee hotel, filed suit for $25,000. It
is alleged that while she was employed in
the cafeteria at the hotel she permitted
her photograph to be taken in her waitress
attire and that the proprietor used the
photograph for advertising purposes with-
out her consent. Miss Jones further al-
leges that her photograph has been posted
on bill-boards and trees throughout the
country, much to her discomfort.
—While at play near the big Pennsylva-
nia Railroad and Northumberland county
bridges, near ' Sunbury, on Monday, boys
found enough dynamite to blow up either
structure buried in a hole under a flat
stone nea» the Susquehanna river. There
also was a flashlight, batteries, cotton
gloves and three dynamite caps. The boys
threw a cap into a fire they had for roast-
ing potatoes and it exploded, severely in-
juring Frank Leisenrig, aged 14, in
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at Williamsport for six weeks closed Sun-
day night when 9000 persons crowded into
the tabernacle and thousands were turned
away unable to gain admission. “Billy”
Sunday preached four times that day, the
tabernacle being filled at each service. Up-
ward of ten thousand have “hit the trail”
and it is estimated that additions to
churches of persons not heretofore identi-
fied will be more than 2000. While the fig-
ures were not available, it is believed the
free will offering for Mr. Sunday will be
between $15,000 and $20,000.
—Ethel Anna Clouser, 7 years old, was
found dead on a road near her home in
Mount Pleasant township, Adams county,
last Thursday, with the base of her skull
crushed in. A few feet away lay a forty
pound portion of a tree stump which is be-
lieved by coroner E. A. Miller to have
struck the child as she was going home
from school. State police said that from
M. A. L. Trostle, a farmer, they obtained a
statement that he had been blasting
stumps that afternoon and was unaware
that a portion of one might have struck
the child, until a neighbor drew his atten-
tion to the body.
—Former Judge Frank J. Thompson, of
Meadville, bought the Phoenix Iron Works
plant at that place last Friday at a receiv-
er’'s sale on his bid of eleven hundred dol-
lars and assuming debts and interest
brought the total price to approximately
one hundred and fifty-seven thousand dol-
lars. The plant, which was involved in
the R. L. Dollings and company failure, is
one of the oldest in Meadville. Meadville
and Pittsburgh parties are interested in
the purchase, but no names were announc-
ed. It was stated, however, that the plant
will resume operations as soon as the sale
is approved by the U. S. district court, ex-
pected December 21.
—One of the largest judgments ever re-
corded in Lackawanna county was filed at
Scranton, on Saturday, when Judge New-
comb, sitting as court and jury, held that
Mrs. May McDonald, of Dunmore, is enti-
tled to $28,000 damages against the city of
Scranton for a permanent injury to her
arm received in a fall on a sidewalk in
February, 1921, and that her husband,
Thomas McDonald, is entitled io $8000 for
expenses incurred through his wife’s in-
jury. Mrs. McDonald is suffering a rare
disease, elephantiasis, her left arm being
many times its normal size. In September,
1924, a jury awarded the McDonalds a ver-
dict of $32,868. Mrs. McDonald was allow-
ed $27,000 and the husband, $5368. Judge
A. T. Searle, of Honesdale, set the verdict
aside and ordered a new trial.
—Fife Brothers, evangelists who have
been in every State in the Union and are
now holding a campaign at the First Bap-
tist church at Sunbury, have no trace of
their confidential press agent and advance
man, James Crouch, who according to J.
L. Fife, disappeared Wednesday of last
week with $57 given him to pay current
hotel bills. Crouch had all the Fifes’ pri-
vate credentials and a recommendation
given him by Rev. Mr. Fife. The latter
hopes no one will be taken in by Crouch
by means of the evangelist’s papers. Po-
lice have been urged to arrest Crouch and
wire Fife's hearquarters at Robinson, Ill.
The missing man is about 55 years old,
wore a blue-gray suit and glasses, brown
shoes, brown overcoat and a brown hat.
He was employed in McKeesport last week.