Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 15, 1926, Image 1

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    Bewrai Hit
© —January is half over. As the days
‘lengthen the cold:strengthens. :
, —Well, the Pennsylvania Legisla-
‘ture is in extra session and we are go-
ing to be greatly disappointed if it
does anything of extra importance.
—The anthracite operators and min-
«ers having decided to continue their
squabble over wages the rest of us
‘must continue to look for substitutes
for hard coal. Cheer up, the coldest
weather is yet to come, but spring is
<only sixty-five days off.
—Soft coal is dirtier than hard.
There is no argument in that. But
.you can paper and paint the interior
«of an average sized house every year
on the difference in the cost of hard
and soft coal. Figure it out for your-
self. We've done it and we know.
—Of course Helen Keller could put
her fingers on the Presidents’ lips and
«all him “a dear,” but if some of the
Theda-Baristic ladies should have done
such a thing we opine that the first
lady of the land would have given Cal.
the silent treatment for a few days,
.at least.
—The makin’s of a column of scan-
~dal were spread out before us on
‘Spring street, Wednesday afternoon,
and we were mighty hard up for some-
thing to write about, but that kind of
stuff isn’t what the Watchman pur-
veys. We would like to have seen
the irate husband catch the Lothario
whom he thinks is browsing in his
pasture. His foot work wasn’t good
enough, though.
—William S. Buckland, Pinchot
‘leader of Montgomery county, has,
announced his candidacy for the Re-
publican nomination for Governor.
The interesting and somewhat anoma-
‘lous feature of the announcement is
that he declares he is going to run on
“a wet platform.” The idea of a
Pinchot man running as a “wet” can-
didate presages a lot of fun. On the
one hand Pinchot can’t give him any
comfort and, on the other, the “wets”
will be suspicious of him because of
his devotion to the Governor. So
where is Mr. Buckland going, if not to
instant political suicide ?
—Fifteen days have elapsed and
we've heard of nothing unusual from
the Mayor's office. Is it possible that
we made a bad guess when we sug-
gested his nomination or is it the fact
that the town has become so good in
the face of it that there’s nothing for
him to do? It might be the lattpr,
for we know one boy who is afraid to
venture out on the street after supper
‘because he thinks “Mr. Harris’ curfew’
might get him”—and by way of tak-
ing you all into our confidence, this
boy asked us, the other morning, “how
long “Mr. Harris’ term is.” When we
‘told him “four years” we saw woe
written all over the lad’s face.
—So Harry Baker is to direct the
~organization’s efforts to curcumvent
the Governor's fence building program
in the extra session of the General
Assembly. Mr. Vare is to be kept in
.the back ground, because he was
«caught trying to jump into a dead
-man’s shoes before rigor mortus had
.set in and it is thought not wise to
have Mr. Grundy in the picture until
he gets a compass that will accurately
seek Pepper as the pole horse in the
Senatorial race. Senator Leslie is
rather mal-odorous to a party that is
staggering under bank scandals in
western and election frauds in eastern
Pennsylvania, so that Baker’s to try
the game of catching more flies with
sugar than can be enticed with vine-
—Talking about gentlemen who
‘have been fortunate enough to possess
the left hind foot of a rabbit, killed in
a grave yard at mid-night,—in the
‘dark of the moon, by an ebony hued
«chicken snatcher, we rise to remark
that the Hon. Arthur C. Dale is noth-
‘ing else than one of them. Stepping
‘off the bench in Centre county, all
‘dressed up in judicial ermine and no
place to go—except back to a practice
scattered to the four-winds, Arthur
touched the garuda stone and his
patron Saint appeared with a special
job of attorney to the State Sanitary
Water Board. Golly, aint them that
‘thought he was down and out con-
‘founded? And we want to tell you
this, that when the new attorney gives
this new clients an opinion it will well
be worth all the State has to pay for
it and then some.
—The anthracite miners refuse any
proposal of .arbitration as to their
wages that does not include arbitra-
tion as to the profits of those who
employ them. What business is it of
theirs how much a coal operator
makes? They should take the job he
offers or let it alone. That’s what we
have to do—and millions more like
us—and that’s the reason the State
ought to rescind the law that gives
coal miners a monopoly in their voca-
tion. We have no sympathy, what-
ever, with them. A gang of them ap-
peared in Bellefonte, just after the
strike started, and applied for work
on a construction job in progress here.
Men were needed, but when they
heard the wages payed they laughed
and walked off. Centre county men
who own homes, keep families well,
pay taxes, whose names don’t end in
insky and who have no law to keep
others from grabbing their jobs were
at work there and content with what
they were getting.
VOL. 71.
Vare Machine Hunting Cover.
The Vare machine will not allow
Governor Pinchot to get away with
all the glory of the special session.
It will undertake to absorb whatever
public favor may be gained by col-
lecting tolls on the Delaware river
bridge. During the last regular ses-
sion a law was passed forbidding the
collection of tolls on the bridge. It
was imagined that a free bridge would
vastly increase Jersey trade with Phil-
adelphia retail stores and it became a
pet project of the Vare crowd, The
the country members helped the
the country numbers helped the
scheme amazingly. The cost of con-
struction and maintenance of the
bridge was saddled onto the State.
The Jersey Legislature had no such in-
centive to sacrifice.
Since the public has had opportun-
ity to appraise the cost of construec-
tion and maintenance of the viaduct
there has been a great change of sen-
timent on the subject and the Gover-
nor included it among the subjects to
be considered during the extra session.
From every section of the State re-
ports of public sentiment indicated a
strong majority in favor of tolls. This
convinced the Vare leaders that if
they oppose it they would meet dis-
aster. The Philadelphia retail mer-
chants are willing to accept favors
but are never much depressed by dis-
appointment. They will be safe for
the party anyway and so Mayor Ken-
drick called in Congressmen Vare and
made up the mind of the delegation
to vote for tolls.
That was the wise thing for the
machine to do and in a friendly
spirit, though not exactly in a sympa-
thetic way, we advise them to adopt
the same policy with respect to bal-
lot reform legislation. The ballot
frauds in Philadelphia in September
and November of last year have so
the passage of ballot reform legisla-
tion has become inevitable. If the
Vare machine gets in the way of this
righteous purpose it will be crushed
out of existence. Its only wise and
safe plan, therefore, is to accept
whatever reform measure the commit-
tee of Seventy-six presents and pre-
tend to like it. They may fool them-
selves in this way and what is more
important “save their faces.”
—The election of Mr. Charles Edwin
Fox to be District Attorney of Phila-
delphia is of interest only to those
Pennsylvanians who see a ray of
hope for the State every time a boss
of the Vare ilk gets a set back.
Extra Session in Progress.
In his address to the Senators and
Representatives of the General As-
sembly, at the opening of the extra
session on Tuesday, Governor Pinchot
wisely and properly emphasized the
importance of ballot reform legisla-
tion. It is the paramount question.
The other subjects upon which he
invites legislation are important. In
introducing the subject he says “with-
out clean elections the machinery of
self-government is a mere smoke-
screen for grafting politicians and
in another paragraph he says “gang
politics depends for its hold upon our
people on two : things,—fraud and
This summarizes not only the evil
but the cause of ballot frauds. The
gang politicians acquire their domin-
ating influence upon the voters by
promising favors or threatening pun-
ishments. The underworld is protect-
ed from punishment so long as it
serves the purposes of the grafters
and continues the sinister service be-
cause it is afraid to refuse. On Tues-
day, in Philadelphia, it is believed that
one of the judges on the bench grovel-
ed in the mire of rotten politics be-
cause the party boss compelled him to
thus demean himself. It was a dis-
graceful spectacle but it was what
might be expected from political con-
The Governor announced that he
will address the Legislature at in-
tervals on the other subjects upon
which he has recommended legisla-
tion. He frankly accepts resonsibil-
ity for the extra session and accurate-
ly appraises the value of corrective
legislation called for. It fraudulent
voting and false returns of elections
are prevented in the future even for
a few years it will be worth ten times
the cost of the session, and if Senators
and Representatives identified with
the machine defeat such legislation it
will mark the beginning of the end of
their public service. In any event the
session will be justified.
outraged ‘decent public opinion that
Simmons Offers a Substitute.
The tax bill prepared by Senator
Simmons, which will be offered as a
substitute for the Mellon measure
adopted by the House before the
Christmas recess, provides for a tax
reduction of $500,000,000, which is
about $175,000,000 more than contem-
plated by the administration. The
theory upon which the Simmons bill is
based is that inasmch as the debt set-
tlements with foreign governments
provide for payment within sixty
years, domestic debtors who are the
people, should be given equally liberal
terms. By extending the period of
payment of our own debts to that ex-
tent the difference between the
amount fixed in the two bills may he
taken from the sinking fund each
The Mellon bill contemplates pay-
ment of our national debt, estimated
at about $20,000,000,000, within a
period of thirty years. There would
be both reason and merit in this plan
if the war debts of foreign ‘govern-
ments were payable within the same
period, for the receipts from foreign
debtors would supply funds to nieet
the obligations involved. But the ad-
ministration, for some unexplained
reason, proposes to exact from our own
people double the burden imposed on
foreigners. It may be that rehabili-
tation of Europe is more important to
the money power that dominates the
Republican party than the prosperity
of American industry. In that event
the Mellon plan is most promising.
The substitution of the Simmons
bill would make a difference of about
$175,000,000 a year in the tax bill of
the country and release that vast sum
for employment in industry and com-
merce. The Republican leaders pro-
fess to be greatly corcerned about
these things. They insist on discrimi-
nation in favor of taxation on big
incomes in order to entice the very
wealthy to invest capital in business
rather than in tax exempt securities.
But when it comes to a more direct
method of conserving capital for in-
dustrial and commercial investment
they. take another course. and. add to
the crushing burden which in the
main must be carried by the wage
earners of the country.
—The friends of reform legislation
will not draw much comfort from the
fact that president pro tem Salus, of
Philadelphia, will preside in the Sen-
ate during most of the time.
a i timid
Mellon Tax Plans Attacked.
The tax bill which had “easy sail-
ing” through the House of Represen-
tatives is likely to encounter stubborn
opposition in the Senate. It was the
first measure brought up for consider-
ation in the Finance committee on
Monday and Secretary of the Treas-
ury Mellon, the real sponsor of the
bill was the only witness heard. The
gist of his evidence was against
further tax reductions. The bill as
it passed the House is estimated to
decrease taxes some $330,000,000, and
Mellon declares that is as much as
the Treasury can stand. The Demo-
cratic members of the committee are
of a different opinion. Senator Sim-
mons, of North Carolina, is persuaded
that a decrease of $400,000,000, at
least, should be made.
The surplus of the last fiscal year,
according to the records of the Treas-
ury Department, amounted to exactly
$330,000,000. The administration pro-
fesses to have affected considerable
economies and Senator Simmons rea-
sons that if these claims are justified
by the facts corresponding tax reduc-
tions may be made. But the principal
fight will be made on the income tax
schedules. The Democrats will insist
on greater cuts on small incomes and
less on big returns and sur-taxes. The
House bill provides a maximum rate
of twenty per cent, and the conten-
tion will be to increase it to twenty-
five. That would justify a greater
decrease in the levy on necessaries of
life and excise levies.
The fact is that the Republican
scheme is to create a large surplus
for the present in order to manufac-
ture ammunition for use in the next
Presidential campaign. Rapid de-
crease of the public debt has an ap-
pealing influence on the public mind,
and Secretary Mellon figures that
with abundant revenue he can make
a debt-paying record. Besides, there
will be another opportunity to reduce
taxes before the next Presidential
campaign opens. The Mellon plan
for the present followed by a similar
decrease during the Seventieth Con-
gress would provide a fine line of
argument for Republican wind-jam-
mers in the campaign of 1928. That
is the real purpose of the majority in
the present Congress.
—The dismissal of Registration
Commissioner Quinn seems to have
caused eruption of the entire political
structure in Philadelphia.
Clearing the Political Atmosphere.
The extra session of the Legislature
is practically certain to clear the
political atmosphere sufficiently to re-
veal the lines which separate the sev-
eral factions of the Republican party.
The Vare crowd is completely de-
moralized over local disturbances and
the Congressman is plunging about
like a chicken that has just been
separated from its’ head, But he
clings to his ambition to control the
nomination for Governor and in pur-
suance of that haope is pretending that
he may be a candidate for the Sena-
torial nomination. That threat has
lost its potency, however, for the
friends of Senator Pepper have taken
his measure. Holding his grip on the
local machine will tax his resources
to the limit.
~ It is confidently believed that Gov-
ernor Pinchot will announce his can-
didacy for the Senate within a fort-
night. He has not given an intima-
tion on the subject thus far, and if
the organization treats him ‘courte-
ously he may defer his declaration
until the close of the session. But an
attempt to “manhandle” him or his
proposed legislation will be made an
excuse for a declaration of war along
the whole line and an immediate an-
nouncement of his candidacy. The
organization leaders understand this
and the wiser heads among them are
urging a conciliatory policy. Chair-
man Baker assured him on Tuesday
that he would be treated kindly
though no promise was made to give
him material support.
Thus far nobody has been able to
extract by syphon or otherwise any
information as to the attitude of Mr.
Grundy with respect to either the
Senatorial or Gubernatorial nomina-
tion. The newspapers have made note
of two or three conferences between
Vare.and the Bucks county boss. But
the friends of Grundy protest that
| there is nothing in common between
them. Grundy ascribes the failure
of the alliance made at the opening of
the 1925 session of the Legislature to
inclined to take chances of another
debacle of that sort. But it may safe-
ly be predicted that if the Senatorial
contest is between Pepper and Pin-
chot Mr. Grundy will throw his in-
fluence to the Governor.
—We will soon find out whether or
not the Vare-Grundy combination still
Not an Irreparable Loss.
The resignation of Mr. Frank M.
Riter, chairman of the Registration
Commission of Philadelphia, will
hardly be interpreted as an: irrepar-
able public loss. Mr. Riter is what
might be called a professional reform-
er. For years he has been conspicu-
ous in every reform movement in the
political life of Philadelphia and. by
a curious coincidence he has managed
to extract a lucrative and sometimes
an important office from each. He
has performed a good deal of valuable
public service in this way and accom-
plished much in the interest of clean
government. But he is not exactly
“the only pebble on the beach.” His
retirement will not completely para-
lyze municipal improvement.
Mr. Riter has resigned because the
Governor removed one of his col-
leagues on the Registration Commis-
sion without giving reasons for his
action. The Supreme court having
recently decided that Section 4 of
Article VI of the constitution is un-
constitutional, a considerable number
of people imagine that the executive
has no power of removal and Mr.
Riter resents what he construes to be
a usurpation by resigning. It must
be admitted that it is an heroic as
well as self-sacrificing method. Bui
it indicates that “spoils of office” are
not the dominating influence on his
mind now, at any rate. He revealed
a willingness to make a substantial
if not supreme sacrifice on the altar of
In accepting the resignation of Mr.
Riter the Governor volunteers ample
reason for the removal of one of the
Registration Commissioners. He says
“it is neither” personal nor ‘political’
to demand that the Commission shall
do its clear duty under the law to
purge the lists of thousands of ‘phan-
toms’ who were voted at the last elec-
tion in Philadelphia. The fact that
the Commission failed in its obvious
duty in that respect is proven by the
ease with which it was discovered and
removed these ‘phantoms’ since the
election took place.” Most people will
think the Governor might have re-
moved the entire board. At least an-
other member might have been dis-
ciplined without injustice to the pub-
er © ———
—The indications. are that Senator
Brookhart, of Iowa, has been tagged
to come back in due time as the suc-
cessor of Senator Cummins.
Vare’s egregious blunders and ig not.
NO. 3.
The Ninety and Nine,
From the Pittsburgh Pest.
Mayor Walker, of New York, in his
inaugural address, declared that nine-
ty-nine per cent. of the population of
the metropolis are decent, respectable,
industrious and home-loving and that
the fair name of the city shall not he
besmirched by the vicious, evil and
insignificant minority. Ne one should
doubt that New York has the’ usual
proportion of right-minded citizens.
It is interesting to observe how that
proportion holds up in the statistics
of the race. In various forms the
criminal element is placed at from one
to one and a half per cent. of the
whole. The trouble over the minority
recalls the illustration used by the
Master: “How think ye? if a man
have a hundred sheep, and one of
them be gone astray, doth he not
leave the ninety and nine, and goeth
into the mountains, and seeketh that
which is gone astray?”
It is due the race to recognize that
it is not exactly hypocritical on this
point. Of course very few would think
of branding themselves as criminals.
Still practically all confess themselves
sinners or far from perfection. One
of the commonest remarks is that
there are not nearly as many in jail
as should be. However, the ninety
and nine who manage to keep pretty
close to the track or within the fold
have made an impressive record in
carrying on the work of the world and
in trying to rescue as many as pos-
sible of the so-called vicious minority.
Sometimes the law acts with fierce-
ness against malefactors, Ordinarily,
however, it is accused of lenience. And
in addition to the mercy shown by the
law there are the efforts of relatives
to save criminals or reduce their pen-
altizs. Practically every time there
is a prosecution, friends of the accused
are on hand to aid them or sorrow
with them.
No matter what is said of the cold- |
ness of the world, the one that is gone
astray finds enough sympathy to
create a demand for mere vigorous
enforcement of the law,
No matter how wicked the world
may be called, crime nevertheless is
so unusual as to constitute news. The
good that is going on in the world may
seldom be written about
make it of no news value. To under-
take to write all the time upon the
proposition that the churches are good
for the race would be about the same
as to set up a continuous’ shout that
bread is good for food. Churches are
to be measured not by their occasion-
al striking revivals, but by their con-
stant ministrations in various ways
that are so much a necessity and so
much the expected as not to excite
special comment. Nor is church at-
tendance to be measured by the num-
ber there on a given day, but the total
of a year or decade. No matter what
the scoffing in the world, few indeed
are those who are laid to their final
rest without some religious service.
We may hear comparatively little
of the vast majority in a news way,
but all the while we know that they
are “carrying on” and that it would
be the disaster of disasters if they
should cease. But the ninety and nine
talked of by Mayor Walker and other
mayors and rulers of every class as
law-abiding and good citizens in other
respects might do more in a political
way for the cause of good govern-
ment. They do not need to be less
merciful in dealing with offenders, but
should see that the latter do not exert
a political influence far beyond com-
mon sense and their numbers. The
one per cent. should not have an in-
fluence in any district to prevent rea-
sonable enforcement of the law. They
can be dealt with in a way to keep
them from giving a city a bad repu-
The ninety and nine should be mer-
ciful, but not foolish.
—Young Mr. Nye has been given
a seat in the United States Senate.
He is a gubernatorial appointee from
North Dakota. The Regular Republi-
cans tried to keep him out because
he is a Nonpartisan Leaguer. Enough
Democrats joined with the irregulars
to seat the gentleman. The question
as to his eligibility arose over the
right of the Governor of North Dako-
ta to appoint a Senator for the unex-
pired term of an elected official who
died in office. At least, that was the
question, so far as the record goes,
but as a matter of fact Mr. Nye wasn’t
wanted by the regulars for the reagon
that he has shown some indications of
having ideas of his own.
—It is just twenty years since the
last extra session of the Legislature
assembled and if the body now in
session accomplishes even half as
much good it will justify itself.
emir gp ——
——Of course ballot reform legisla-
tion will help Pinchot in his ambi-
tions. But it will help every worthy
candidate for public office and it will
improve the standard of official life.
~—The conferences between the
mine owners and mine workers may
serve the purpose of amusing the con-
ferees but they achieve no other pur-
—During 1925, twenty-three planters set
out 95,286 ferest trees in Venango county.
Crawford county planted a total of 320,450
—D. €. Williams has cast his fiftieth
vote for the election of a fire chief in Dan-
ville borough. He has voted each year
sinee 1875. .
—Four armed bandits invaded the saloon
of Jobn Jakovac, in McKees Rocks, held
up the owner and 10 patrons and escaped
in an automobile with $1500.
—After sixty-five years in the banking
business, Samuel H. Lamberton has been
honored by the Oil City traction company.
The newest trolley car is named ‘Samuel
H. Lamberton.”
—Mrs. Mary Robb Allison, aged 74, of
Bulger, Pa., died in the Mercy hospital at
Pittsburgh on Sunday night from burns
suffered last Friday when her clothing
caught fire from an open grate.
—A collection of newspapers, some of
them dating ha¢k mere than 100 years, was
among the effects found in possession of
Joseph Hauger, T70.year-old jeweler, of
Somerset, who died recently. A collection
of coins also was found.
—During 1925 the Susquehanna river
at Williamspgrt, naw eovered with ice,
added two mere lives to its toll of victims.
One man was drowned when his rowboat
upset and another lost his life when he fell
from the breast of the dam where he was
—John Szymezak, laborer, of Erie, Pa.
is minus his life savings, $3,260, through
four men who worked the old “money
making” game on him. Three have been
arrested, and search is being made in
Pittsburg for Pete Waslowski, believed to
be the fourth,
- —Although raised on a bottle and a
striet vegetarian, “Buster” the groundhog
pet of Mis. Jennie Bell, of Catawissa, sits
up like a dog t6 beg for candy. He also
likes automobile riding. His chief diet
now is bread and milk, but he likes apples,
ice cream, bananas and sweet potatoes.
—Jurors at the next term of civil court,
in Wilkes.Barre, will be asked to decide
an unusual damage suit in the case of
George F. Behee, 82, and his wife Susanna
Behee, 80, against injuries said to have
‘been sustained, The couple were celebrat-
ing their fiftieth anniversary when the mis-
‘hap occured. :
—Eugene Bride, 20 years old, the fat-
test youth in Bradford county, died last
‘Thursday after a short illness from pneu-
‘monia. He weighed about 400. pounds, and
the undertakers had to wire to the factory
for a triple-size casket with extra strong
handles. Despite his great bulk, Eugene
had been doing a large part of the work
on his mother’s farm, :
~The State Board of Fish Commission-
ers placed 428,105 fish valued at $31,650
in Pennsylvania waters during November
of last year, members of the commission
announced today. The fish ranged in size
from one inch to fourteen inches and con-
sisted of brook and brown trout, sunfish,
catfish, black bass, yellow perch, pickerel,
minnows and frogs.
=| Dignity, honesty and pride are three
, be
cause it is so much the £2 as
principal. characteristics. of the Chinese,
Mme. Pearl V. Metzelhin, widow of a form-
er German diplomat to China, said in
speaking at the Carnegie Institute in Pitts-
burgh. She declared the old Empress re-
fused to receive diplomatic representatives
because they declined to comply with the
“kow-tow’ demanded by the court.
—Complete unofficial returns of the
special election held in the Second Assembly
district of Clearfield county last Friday
indicate the election of John Patchin, Re-
publican, of Burnside, to succeed the late
Assemblyman George A. Lukehart of Du-
Bois. The unofficial tabulation follows:
Patchin 1,362: Fred Shaffer, Democrat,
of DuBois, 1,011; Robert Hudson, Labor,
DuBois, 955.
—Just an every-day sneeze resulted in
two fractured ribs for Raymond Kiefer, of
Sellersville, employed by the United gauge
works. Kiefer had an armful of gauge
parts when he felt a good old-fashioned
sneeze coming upon him. He tried to
withhold it, so as not to break the articles
he was carrying, and due to his museular
contortions to keep it back, he broke two
ribs in his left side.
—Finding a street fight too much for
his shattered nerves, Nick Russin, aged 34,
of near Pittsburgh, started to run from the
scene. He slipped on the ice and broke a
wrist. He was placed in a passing auto-
mobile and was being rushed to a doctor
when the car skidded, struck a pole and
turned turtle. All the occupants were in.
jured, including Russin, who suffered
severe cuts and bruises.
—*“All women teachers who have been
or will be married this school year shall
not be reemployed. Hereafter, no new
teachers who are married shall be engag-
ed as teachers in Bristol,” reads the edict
of the Bristol, Pa., school board, in a res-
olution adopted unanimously. It is said
the action was precipitated by numerous
marriages among women teachers now on
the faculty. No reason was given as to
why the board did not want married
women teachers.
—Since he began using an automobile
in 1914 for carrying mail, J. Lee Kessler,
Columbia county rural carrier, believes
he has bought enough parts to build a
score or more machines. He has had three
new machines, but the wear and tear on
them has necessiated purchase of parts, as
he sometimes spends hours in bucking
snowdrifts which clog roads on his route.
Kessler began carrying mail in 1901 and
for the first 13 years used a horse and
buggy. He and Riter Hadden, who works
out of the Benton post office, are among
the oldest rural carrier in that section in
service. Both pride themselves on know-
ing every person along their routes.
—The Mifflin county grand jury has re.
turned a true bill against Charles TI.
Myrick, charging him with embezzlement,
on the oath of E, IL. Stanley, who had
given Myrick stocks to the value of $3,000,
which it is alleged he sold and made no
return of the money. Myrick, who was
secretary of the Lewistown Chamber of
Commerce and manager of the Lewistown
and Huntingdon Credit bureau, absconded
December 29, taking with him the funds,
and his stenographer, Miss May Holdt, 19
years old. No trace has been found of
either since the young lady sent a tele-
gram, Dec. 30, from Carlisle, saying they
would be away for several days.