Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, April 30, 1926, Image 1

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——Nobody has been able to in-
veigle Senator Pepper into an ex-
pression of preference for Governor.
——Like all other prohibition en-
forcement officers Mr. Baird, the new
chief in this district, says he will ac-
complish results.
——There is likely to be an unusual-
ly big vote at the primary election
this year, but it will be more the re-
sult of selfishness than civic improve-
— Tt is easy to see that Governor |
Pinchot and Senator Pepper are fond
They set their terms '
of each other.
of endearment
—To distant piscatorial friends,
‘whom we know are interested, we
want to say that the old boy isn’t
‘down and out yet. We got nine last
Friday afternoon and didn’t half try.
——Nobody will ever know the real
reason for the resignation of Major
Murdock, as prohibition director. He
-is too good a party man to tell the
truth when it might damage the party
—After the lovely weather of the
latter part of last week came the
freezes of Monday and Tuesday and
we were just about to remark “what
.a short summer we had,” when it
staged a came back on Wednesday.
—We’re not worrying a bit about
the “Afaletics.”
of course, that they haven't gotten
away to a better start. The thing we
can’t rise above is the thought of the
approaching day when we're going to
_be told that “the house is full of flies
.and the screen doors will have to be
put on this very afternoon.”
in such sarcastic
—The Virginia parson who writes
that he has seen “nothing better” on
the death of Luther Burbank than
“the last half” of our recent Preach-
ment evidently didn’t like the first
‘half. That was probably because of
-the atmosphere of Lemp’s beer. If
we have guessed the eminent divine
right we are of one mind with him.
Neither did we. That was the reason
it was “untouched.”
—Bulletins inform us that an added
feature to the summer courses at
Penn State this year will be music—
specially voice. © And that eminent
Anstructors are being called from
“down east” and out west. Its just a
bit disappointing to think that we
“have not been invited to lend a hand.
When it comes to picking voices and
telling people how to sing: That’s
something we’d rather do than fish.
—Gentlemen whose love of an argu.
- Tha “take any sidé “of
.any question sometimes find them-
selves in very embarrassing situa-
tions, as was the deserved experience
of one in this place, Monday night,
when he was broadcasting his opinion
of a distinguished gentleman without
knowing that a brother of the dis-
tinguished gentleman was on the
fringe of the party he was entertain-
—The Rev. Maude Seymour, vice-
president of the Pennsylvania W. C.
T. U. is evidently from Missouri. She
wants to know what Governor Pinchot
‘has done with the $250,000 the women
raised to help him enforce the Vol-
.stead law. She might find that out,
because there is probably nothing to
hide, but she will also find out that
the W. C. T. U. can get along without
the Rev. Maude. It is for Pinchot and
she is for Pepper and the W. C. T. U.
has little patience with them that
Jump the traces.
—The new Susquehanna base-ball
league is composed of purely amateur
teams. As such it will probably prove
‘very interesting and successful, but
the moment professionalism breaks
into it there is going to be trouble,
especially for those who are left
“holding the bag.” We were in that
position ourselves, away back in the
days of the old Mountain league, and
we know how quickly one paid player
leads to another and how certainly the
team that employs them winds up in
the slough of financial despond.
—By way of looking over political
fence building the Hon. Cyrus Woods,
adopted Centre countian, Senator from
Westmoreland couty, Minister to Por-
tugal, Secretary of the Common-
wealth under Brumbaugh, Ambassa-
dor to Japan and what not, spent Mon-
day night here. The Hon. Cyrus is
managing the Pepper compaign in
Pennsylvania and was here to see how
the Senator fares in Centre. Inas-
much as the editor of the Republican
is the local Pepper-Fisher-Smith-
Woodward captain general all of
the Republicans whom he rates as
being able to deliver the goods were
invited to his home Monday night to
meet Mr. Campaignmanager Woods.
Reports, of course, were very gratify-
ing, but we’re not so much interested
in that as we are curious to know
whether the editor of the Gazette was
there.— Tom, always, has been very
loyal to Pinchot. He holds a “thank
you” job under the Governor, but
Gifford’s days of job giving are waning
and we’ve been distressed about his
Water Commissioner. He’s been such
a good Republican and it would break
our heart to see him without a kite to
tie his tail to. Therefor, the wonder-
ment as to whether the editor of the
Republican gave the editor of the
Gazette a chance to sit in with “the
big cheese” when the conference was
held Monday night.
We're disappointed, :
VOL. 71.
i Eleveth Hour Converts to Ballot Re-
The most gratifying incident of the
triangular contest for the Republican
nomination for Senator is the devel-
{ opment of an unexpected interest in
“honest elections and fair returns of
the vote cast. Governor Pinchot has
become almost hysterical in his anx-
, iety on this subject and Senator Pep-
| per is appealing to his friends to be
| watchful. “We in Philadelphia must
watch the daily registration at city
! hall,” he says.” Mackey is busy pro-
‘ ducing voters the way they printed
| currency in ‘Germany after the war.
| The paupers in the almshouse will be
' drafted. In one division in one so-
: called independent ward there is a re-
- ported resistration of more negro
i voters than anybody had ever sup-
i posed the neighborhood could pro-
i duce.” The paupers in the almshouse
i have been drafted annually.
Four years ago Mr. Pinchot was
{ elected Governor of the State by a
{vote which subsequent analysis
: proved to be fraudulent. It has been
{ shown that 40,000 fraudulent votes
| were cast for him in Philadelphia, 20,-
' 000 in Pittsburgh and a considerable
: number in Scranton and other cities.
{ The frauds were so obvious that the
i late State Senator William Flinn, a
| supporter of Pinchot, urged immedi-
ate revision and improvement of the
ballot laws. But the Governor re-
fused to give the subject considera-
tion. Engrossed in his ambition to
build up a personal political machine
he condoned the treasonable practices
of his party in consideration of Vare’s
concurrence in some of his plans. He
asked for ballot reform legislation
only after he discovered that ballot
frauds would harm him.
But at that he got ahead of Senator
Pepper in pleading for honest elec-
tions.’ After Senator Newberry had
been convicted in a federal court of
procuring an election by fraudulent
votes, Senator Pepper voted for his
retention of the tarnished seat, and
while the honest men and women of
both parties were urging ballot re-
form legislation during the extra ses-
the reason.
t he then probably ex-
machine to be employed to his advan-
tage in what then promised to be a
single-handed contest between the
Governor! and himself for the Sena-
torial nomination. The truth is that
Vare is the only one of the three as-
pirants who is frank. He is a cham-
pion of fraudulent voting because it
has made him a “boss.”
retary Hoover can tell how much the
people pay for imported liquors that
are not reported at the custom house ?
As he does with most things, he
guesses at it.
Surprising Campaign Claims.
One of the surprising things in the
campaign for the Republican nomina-
tion for Senator is the persistence
with which all the candidates profess
allegiance to President Coolidge.” The
first plank in the Pinchot platform is,
“if elected United States Senator I
will use the power of my ‘office to
carry out the principles laid down in
the Republican national platform aud
President Coolidge’s inaugural ad-
dress.” The Pepper propaganda em-
phasizes a declaration that “the na-
tion wonders whether Pennsylvania
can be induced to useat a staunch
supporter of the Coolidge administra-
tion for either a near radical or an
untrained party boss.”
If it makes any difference what Mr.
Vare says or thinks on this or any
other subject it may be recalled that
in the announcement of his candidacy
he declared that he had always been
a faithful supporter of President
Coolidge, and in the event of his elec-
tion to the Senate, he will continue
his fidelity to the President. If Presi-
dent Coolidge were the idol of his
party, as the late Colonel Roosevelt
was, this servility to him might be
' easily understood. But as a matter
of record President Coolidge is not
highly influential or extremely popu-
lar in his party or throughout the
| Senator McKinley, of. Illinois, was
a faithful and efficient supporter of
President Coolidge. His term of
office expires with the end of the pres-
ent Congress and he was a candidate
for renomination at the recent pri-
mary. He was defeated by upward of
100,000 votes, and the only reason put
forward by the opposition was his
unwavering fidelity to the President.
The President’s nominee for Attorney
General lost the office because of the
refusal of the Senate to confirm him.
The man who nominated Coolidge for
Vice President was named by him for
district judge and rejected by the
Senate. Yet Republican candidates in
Pennsylvania cling to the Coolidge
coat tail.
‘silent as a Sphinx for
pected the ballot frauds of the Vare
——A contemporary asks how Sec-
Grundy “Turned Down” by Mellon.
Mr. Grundy, president of the Penn-
sylvania Manufacturers’ association
and Republican boss in Bucks county,
may fulfill his agreement made with
Mellon to support Pepper for Senator
but he is not enthusiastic or even cor-
dial about it. Ever since Pepper was
catapulted into public life, after the
death of Penrose, Grundy has been
bitterly antagonistic to the scholarly
churchman, though his reasons for
enmity have not been revealed. Mr.
Penrose disliked or distrusted Pepper,
it is true, and Grundy stood high in
the confidence of Penrose. But it can
hardly be claimed that the antipathy
of Grundy to Pepper was inherited
from Penrose. Grundy hates chair-
man Baker, who was closer to Pen-
rose than any one else.
The cause of quarrel between
Grundy and Baker is well known.
Grundy has always been inflexibly
opposed to labor and welfare legisla-
tion and Baker has invariably favored
such measures. While the late Sena-
tor Crow was chairman of the Re-
publican State committee Grundy
blamed Baker with influencing Crow
to support labor and welfare bills.
After Crow died and Baker became
chairman of the committee Grundy
openly declared war upon him. It was
because of this enmity to Baker that
Grundy spent $80,000 to nominate
Pinchot four years ago. Baker was
actively for Alter, who had a record
in favor of welfare legislation and a
friendly feeling for Baker. Grundy
took Fisher with him into the Pinchot
Since Mr. Mellon negotiated an
agreement with Grundy to put Fisher
on the Pepper ticket in consideration
of Grundy’s self-stultification by
promising to support Pepper, Grundy
has been trying to force Mellon and
Pepper to drive Baker into the Vare
camp. Baker is supporting his fel-
low townsman Beidleman for Gover-
nor and neutral on the Senatorship,
and Grundy is mortally afraid that
Pepper and Beidleman will be nomi-
nated and his servile candidate, Mr.
Fisher, defeated. He reasons, plausi-
bly, that if Baker would turn in for
Vare many supporters of Pepper who
are friendly to Beidleman might
switch over to Fisher. But Mellon
and Pepper, who are wiser if not less
selfish, have bluntly refused to attack
Baker. ;
——This weather may be bad for
vegetation but that is unimportant
compared with the effect it has on
base ball.
es tem ten
Republican Senatorial Muddle.
The Mellon management of the
Pepper campaign is proving its effi-
ciency. Max Leslie has been hauled
off the fence onto the Pepper side and
State Senator P. F. Joyce, of Luzerne
county, has deserted Vare and gone
over to his Philadelphia opponent.
Other politicians of the same type,
Mr. Pinchot declares they represent
“the worst in politics,” are “rallying
around” the same standard. They
have been persuaded that the contest
is between Pepper and Pinchot and
that Pepper is more likely to serve
them than the Governor. In this ap-
praisement they are probably right.
The scholarly churchman voted for
Newberry and offered to “spit in the
eye of a bull dog.” Pinchot would
hardly do either.
The moment Secretary Mellon’s re-
sourceful nephew set up a trading
post in Philadelphia political condi-
tions changed, not only in that city
but throughout the State. The farmer
who had managed the Pepper cam-
paign up to that time was removed
and a more sophisticated politician
installed in the service. The drive
for a big registration was stimulated
to greater vigor by the assurance of |
ample funds and the Vare tide reced-
ed in the exact ratio that the Pepper
confidence increased. The mercenar-
ies soon sensed the situation and
turned toward the Mellon recruiting
stations. Max Leslie led the proces-
sion and Joyce promptly followed. It
has developed into a spectacular
Two weeks ago the signs indicated
Pepper trailing’ ‘along a rather poor
third in the race. To-day it appears
as if Vare is in the third place and
Pinchot and Pepper “neck and neck”
for the lead. ' This situation will force
a considerable number of the moist
voters to abandon Vare and unite with
Pepper. The ultra wets will stick to
Vare as a matter of principle. But
those like Joyce, whose brewery is
closed under padlock ordered by the
federal court, will turn to Pepper as |
the most likely to be considerate for
them. But it is a pretty fight and
still an uncertain quantity. Pinchot !
also has “money to burn.”
——Now if Mr. Vare had milked
the plow instead of the cow it would
be an achievement worth while.
tgsily enlisted and
Joking on a Serious Subject.
erm i
The playful letter of Governor Pin-
chot to “Dear George,” which appears
to be “short” for Senator George
Wharton Pepper, congratulating the
Senator upon the acquisition to his
force of supporters of State Senator
Max Leslie, of Pittsburgh, and State
Senator Pat Joyce, of Luzerne county,
indicates a more or less keen sense of
humor as well as a rather natural ap-
prehension of danger. He says these
new converts to the Pepper cause rep-
esent “the very worst in politics,”
d that their drift in the direction of
Pepper is not only natural but a sign
of self-preservation. Mr. Vare’s de-
clining strength, he intimates, has
admonished the political bandits that
Pepper is their only hope.
As a matter of fact Pinchot has
more reasons for fear than for fun in
these acquisitions to the Pepper force.
Without venturing to deny the accu-
racy of the Governor's appraisement
of the State Senators in question it is
certain that they exercise a potent
influence on the vote of the communi-
ties in which they live. Even Vare
has nothing on Leslie as a manipula-
tor of election returns and it may be
safely said that if hé turns to the work
earnestly his support of Pepper will
be good for 20,000 votes. And if Sen-
ator Joyce’s change of heart ex-
presses the attitude of all the friends
of pad-locked breweries in the State
his desertion of Vare and attachment
to Pepper may mean a good deal.
© With Pepper gaining every day
from among the wet voters and Pin-
chot losing every day from the dry
forces and the women voters, the rel-
ative position of the candidates which
a week ago was Pinchot, Vare and
Pepper may be completely reversed,
or at least put Pepper and Pinchot
into a very close contest. In any event
one thing may be set down as certain.
That is that the action of Max Leslie
in this or any other partisan battle is
anything else than a joke. It means
business at any cost in morals or risk
of consequences. If he has been
forced into a position unwillingly it
may mean little. But if he is volun-
he'is a dangerous antagonist.
3 i
——Many people in Bellefonte are
wondering what ‘has become of the
dining car proposition that caused
some excitement a few months ago
over the sale of the Cohen lot between
the Richelieu theatre and the Case-
beer property. While the dining car
may not be badly needed as an eating
place in Bellefonte it must be admit-
ted that the property, if fixed up as
‘outlined at the time of the sale, would |
look a lot better than the present :
unsightly bill board that now adorns
(?) the front. The lot back of the
bill board has never been cleaned up
but is still covered with piles of !
broken lumber. rubbish of most every !
description, old iron, ete., and adjacent ;
property owners are not keen on the
outlook and also consider it a fire ,
——Expulsion from college for the
balance of the college year will be
the penalty to students at the Penn-
sylvania State College who are con-
victed of violation of the rule es-‘
tablished two years ago that no stu-
dents shall keep or operate an auto-
mobile at the college without special
permit from college officers. The or-
iginal ruling by the Board of Trustees
has not been observed closely in re-
cent months and the college council
of administration has decided to take
this step as an enforcement measure.
‘They take the stand that pleasant
spring days, studies and automobiles
do not tend to improve the scholastic |
standing of students. 1
——Now that we had a snow storm
on ‘Sunday night and a heavy frost
on Tuesday morning, when the tem-
perature dropped several degrees be-
low freezing, probably we will have -
more seasonable weather. From the
backwardness of all kinds of buds and
blossoms we will eling' to the hope
that the fruit crop has net been ma-
terially damaged.
——Over 500 young ladies from all
parts of Pennsylvania and from near-
by States attended the annual Junior
Prom at the Pennsylvania State Col-
lege last week-end. It was the for-
mal social farewell given by the Jun-
iors to the fourth year class which is
to be graduated in June.
——It is a safe bet that Cyrus
Woods didn’t propose the investiga-
tion of the W. C. T. U. enforcement
fund. Cyrus may have faults but he’s
not crazy.
: a —.
——No judge has yet been cen-’
sured by the press or the public for
giving severe sentences to drunken or
reckless: automobile drivers.
RIL 30. 1926
‘three boxes.
earnestly engaged, has been suspected
NO. 18.
To a Friend.
I shall not sing to you
In rhymes of birds and trees
And out-door things
As dear to each of us as sweetness,
In the peace of May-time breeze.
But rather let me give back to you,
The reflex of your thought for me
Tis sweeter far than all the songs
Of winds in trees or passionately
Longed for hopes in Spring's
—Winifred B. Meek-Morris.
How Do Pennsylvanians Vote?
From the Pittsburgh Post.
The evidences of fraud that are
brought out practically every time
a re-count of ballots is obtained in a
dispute over returns in a Pennsyl-
vania district ought to fire the citi-
zenship to a determination to ex-
haust every means this year to secure
an honest count. For instance, there
is the startling experience of Ben-
jamin H. Renshaw as a Democratic
candidate last fall for a judgship in
Philadelphia. In division after divis-
ion in which there was a certainty
he had received votes, zeroes were
given him in the returns. It was
found impossible for him to get any-
thing like a serious re-opening of the
boxes. It was the multiplicity of in-
stances like this that constituted one
of the reasons behind the attempt to
get the special session of the Legis-
lature to make the opening of ballot
boxes in such cases compulsory in-
stead of leaving it merely at the dis-
cretion of the judges. The response
of the Legislature was so un-
satisfactory to Governor Pinchot
that he vetoed the bill. So far
‘as the boxes were opened in the
Renshaw case, the original returns
bore scarcely any resemblance to the
vote cast. In one division in which he
was represented as having reeeived
only 20 votes, it was found that 113
had been cast for him. He ed
333 votes by the opening of just
As it is, nobody knows
what his vote in Philadelphia last
fall was. The many citizens who cast
fall was. pt Le LL ne
This may well raise the question
as to whether the minority party in
the State is in fact as far below the
majority in numbers as indicated in
the figures. In ei ha
no count of Democratic
has been made, thé minority candi-
dates simply being “allowed” a few
occasionally in the making up of re-
turns. Last fall not even this recog-
nition was given them in many dis-
tricts, zeroes being set down brazen-
ly. With instances of this through-
out the State, the foundation of gov-
ernment in Pennsylvania surely
needs attention. Well has Judge
William E. Porter, candidate for the
Democratic nomination for governor,
Where the mechanic in the
mills, the men on the farm or the
business man honestly cast bal-
lots for what they believe is right
these honest votes have in many
cases been cancelled by fictitious
votes which were not cast, but
which were counted by corrupt
organizations in populous cen-
ters. ;
This draws attention to one of the
| greatest needs for a strong minority
party in the State, or for proper sup-
port of those who undertake to rid
election returns of fraud. In a State
where there are two parties well
matched each keeps such a watch on
the other that no risks can be run in
the making of election returns.
agine shshnting to give the candi-
dates of either such parties zeroes
in any election district! The opening
of every election box where returns
“were disputed would be forced. There
would be no stealing of elections with
a strong minority party on guard.
In any event, the citizens should be
alert to prevent any miscounting of
their votes in the coming primaries
and election.
Running Wild.
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Congress persists in its efforts to
‘appropriate more money than there
is in sight for the next fiscal year.
Apparently it has forgotten all about
the $370,000,000 cut in revenues
made by the Revenue Act of 1926.
Propesed appropriations are piling up
alarmingly. In the House legisla-
tion is now actually pending which
will, if passed, require more than
Other bills are crowding forward—
pension bills, veterans’ bills, retire-
ment bills and numerous others—
with demands that will total more
than $150,000,000. Farm-relief any-
where from $100,000,000 to $250,
000,000. Approximately $500,000,000
must be found by the Treasury if all
these measures pass. ;
Congress is trying to eat its tax-
cake and also keep it. The situation
_ is so menacing that the White House
has again been compelled to threaten
a general veto of all pension and yet-
erans’ bills unless these are kept
within . reason. Has Congress for-
gotten that it cut at least $70,000,000 |
below the safety line of tax reduction
drawn by the Administration? Is it
. unable to realize that all this money
about to be appropriated is bound to !
phia it long
Im- |
—Franecis Fisher, 36, of Bechtelsville,
Berks county, died on Friday at his home
from lockjaw, caused by a splinter of
wood entering his hand while he was work-
ing with a fork in his garden last week.
—Miss Irene Dean, who has been acting
postmaster at Lemont-Furnace, Fayette
county, Pa., since the death of former
pastmaster John G. Harford, was given a
permanent appointment Monday by Post-
master General Harry S. New.
A terrific explosion early on Sunday
wrecked the building of the Belleville, Pa.,
“Times.” Chase Allison, the editor, who
resided in the building, with his wife and
two children, and two other families, es-
caped injury, but the plant was wrecked.
' —While in a delirious condition, Rus-
sell Hartman, 23, of Pittsburgh last Friday
attacked his nurse, Miss Clara Hoch,
knocked her down, smashed the glass of a
window pane with his hands and then
hurled himself twenty feet to the concrete
sidewalk below.
—Lawrenee H. Rupp, formerly State
Democratic chairman was injured when
the automobile of Wilson Shankweiler, in
which he was riding, upset after being
struck by another car on the Slatington
pike. He was cut when hurled through the
windshield of the machine.
Falling off the Shenandoah station of
the Pennsylvania railroad to the track be-
low directly in the path of a shifting
engine, John Pescavage, 14, miraculously
escaped injury when his clothing was
caught in the brake rigging of the tender
and he was dragged several yards until
the engine could be stopped. He walked
away uninjured.
—Manipulating the comkihation lock on
the safe in the Brillhart post office, in the
store of Clinton Myers, thieves last Thurs-
day night escaped with about $50 in cash.
A number of U. 8S. Government bonds, kept
in the safe, were overlooked by the rob-
bers. The thieves also took about $8 in
cash from the till in the store and a num-
ber of bananas. A. C. Dubbs is post-
—Daniel S. Hoover, 49 years old, of
Mansfield, O., was sentenced on Saturday
to two years in the Federal penitentiary at
Atlanta, by Judge I. P. Schoonmaker, of
Pittsburgh, in United States district court.
Hoover pleaded guilty to the theft of two
registered letters containing $10,640 from
a mail pouch in a baggage car between
Nantyglo and Colver, Indiana county,
March 27, 1923. ‘
—Although he underwent nine opera-
tions for a fracture of the leg which failed
to knit, Victor Keiffer, well-known resi-
dent and carpenter, of Shamokin, who fol-
lowed his trade up to three years ago,
when a fall from the roof of a house dis-
abled him, died at his home in that place
Sunday, Keiffer was injured on November
20th, 1922, and repeated operations since
that time had sapped his strength to the
point where he could net recover,
~.—=Scotty’ Campbell, who escaped from
the eastern penitentiary in Philadelphia,
in January, 1025, was sent back te prison
by a Philadelphia judge, on Monday, to
serve from “50 to 120 years,” Campbell,
who is 25 years old, was serving 25 to 50
yeears for highway rebbery when he es-
caped in a load of hot ashes. He was re-
captured {hr ‘Eos-Angeles last month. — A
Pennsylvania law permits doubling a
prisoner’s sentence if he escapes.
After throwing $600 into a stove at his
home in Jessup, near Scranton, last Fri-
day, Peter Cruciani, 40, calmly picked up
a rope, walked to the woods a half mile
away and hanged himself. Cruciani's
body was found by his sister-in-law and
neighbors who rushed to the woods try-
ing to save the man from carrying out his
threat. The coroner, after pronouncing
the man dead, expressed the opinion that
Cruciani, who returned from Italy a few
days ago, was demented.
—The body of a man found floating
along the river below Dalmatia, Columbia
county, has been identified as that
of Lester Mull, of New Berlin, by his
father Daniel Mull. The body was buried
at Salem on Sunday. The man was
drowned March 23, when he was plunged
into the river from the Bainbridge street
toll bridge when a broken cotter pin
caused his car to crash into the guard rail
of the bridge and into the river high and
swift from the spring flood.
—J. Dingee Pennock, a farmer of West
Bradford township, in Chester county, is
seeking a safe and sure method of evicting
a large colony of honey bees from the loft
in the farm house on the Pennock home-
stead. A year or two since a stray swarm
found an entrance to the attic through a
crack in the weather-boarding. The colony
prospered and now the loft is full of bees,
which have become a menace to the people
about the house. Several persons have
been stung, and an energetic effort was
made to evict the bees, a bee keeper assist-
ing, but the effort was a failure. A tub
full of honey and stings were the result.
Pennock doesn't want to burn off the roof
and he doesn’t want to be stung.
—A cement worker by day, the father of
four children and held in high esteem by
neighbors of Bleakley Hill, near Franklin,
Pa., Ollie E. Snyder, 45 years old, lies dead
as the climax to what county officials be-
lieve has been a series of nightly maraud-
ing expeditions and preying upon chicken
coops. Snyder was killed early Sunday
morning as he and a companion, believed
to be his brother-in-law, Albert Woods,
raided the chicken coop of Delmer Carter,
at Galloway, four miles from Franklin.
Two men attacked Carter as he came to
the coop to investigate, and the full con-
tents of his double-barreled shotgun almost
ripped Snyder's head from his body. The
other man’ fled, after trying to choke Car-
—Grdver Cleveland Bair, principal of the
public schools at Mount Joy, Lancaster
county, has defied more than 125 residents
of the borough, who are asking him to
resign, by saying he is going to “carry
on,” and improve the town’s educational
system. A movement to oust Professor
Bair got under way several weeks ago,
after he had been re-elected unanimously
for another term by the school board. A
petition asking him to resign was circulat-
ed and presented to him with an open
letter, which cited he had failed to organ-
ize a school orchestra .or carry on other
extra curriculum work. He replied that
mesdn: a revenue deficit? Is it foolish | crowded conditions at the schools forbade
enough to believe that a deficit will , additional work, and that extra hours are
not force an increase in the. very
taxes that. have been so’ recently re-
duced ?
being given by teachers in an effort to
overcome the handicap resulting from
over-cfowded class rooms.