Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, July 23, 1926, Image 1

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—Also, what has become of the old
fashioned fellow who asked “Is it hot
enough for you?”
—Anyway, the hot weather of the
week has made the season for ice
cream and soda dispensers.
——The President is not going to
openly favor any more candidates. All
those he has supported thus far have
been defeated.
—Visitors to Bellefonte on Wednes-
day and Saturday evenings have more
trouble finding parking space for their
cars than they do for themselves.
—The thrill that the modern girl
seems so determined to get unhappily
isn’t. always the one that comes from
making something out of ones self.
—Just when the country was pros-
trated with the greatest heat wave of
record President Coolidge had himself
interviewed on the coal problem. How
—Only one hundred and two days
remain in which to save Pennsylvania
from Vare. Are Democrats and inde-
pendents organizing as they should to
accomplish this much to be desired
—With France heading for a dicta-
torship it behoves the world’s other
great Republic, meaning us, to have
a care lest continued centralization of
government leads the U. S. A. to the
same end.
—There are many reasons why the
next Congress should be Democratic
but after next November second it will
be found that the real one will be that
the country is gradually absorbing
the idea that it is time for a change.
—We know one thing that the
President didn’t say to Governor Al.
Smith when the latter made the cour-
tesy call on him at his summer camp
in the Adirondacks. Cal. didn’t say
to Al. what the Governor of North
Carolina said to the Governor of South
—Arthur Brisbane predicts the
nomination and re-election of Presi-
dent Coolidge. The suggestion is in-
teresting because Mr. Brisbane would
not have thought of such a thing had
the last eight years of Republican rule
developed a single prospect of Presi-
«dential size.
—As Judge Bonniwell, our nominee
for Governor, aptly says: The de-
bauchery of the recent primary in
Pennsylvania “is not the fault of the
law. It is the fault of the distinguish-
ed leaders of the Republican party,
who determine to rule or ruin regard-
less of law.” ;
© "Some institute of animal econo-
mics suggests to farmers that their
cows will produce much better if flies
are kept off of them. We are not
scientifically capable of passing judg-
ment on this advice, but we do know
that we’d be writing better stuff right
now if some one were to keep the
pestiferous musta domestica off our
sticky pate.
—Senator Borah’s promise to re-
vive the Prohibition party is probably
:made in good faith, but will end in
failure. There are too many Prohibi-
tionists who believe in its principles
three hundred and sixty-four days in
the year and, on the three hundred
.and sixty-fifth, vote with the party
they were aligned with before be-
.coming Prohibs.
—It is our belief that for the next
decade or two the paramount political
issue in this country will be decentral-
ization of government. We say de-
.cade or two because we have been a
long time scrambling the eggs and it
is going to take just as long to un-
scramble them, and, furthermore, it is
the natural issue of our party, since
centralization is abrogation of our
fundamental tenet of States’ Rights.
—The trend toward all kinds of
‘labor saving devices for the kitchen
came with the virtual disappearanee
of the once called “kitchen mechanic.”
Strange, isn’t it. Just when a me-
chanic is needed most to keep the
kitchen machinery in motion there
ain’t no such anymile. She’ll be com-
ing back soon, however, with an M.
E. attached to her signature and tak-
ing down big money for telling the
lady of the house what is wrong with
her electrical sweeper and stove and
toaster and what not.
—~Ocean Grove has long been known
.as the center of summer refreshment
for Methodist pilgrims. They gather
in hordes there to clean up spiritually
in the tabernacles and physically in
the ocean. The resort has become
the ever flowing fount of church
movements, the latest of which is one
toe make the country understand that
.all that is of ill report is not due to
the Volstead act. The Lutherans, it ap-
pears, are trying to horn into Ocean
Grove too. At any rate they met
there recently and approved a sermon
by one of their foremost clergymen in
which he declared that most every-
thing of ill report in the country is
due to the Volstead act. Here we
have the situation of two great
churches being diametrically opposed
as to the cause of the crime wave that
we are wallowing in now. It might
.appear strange to some, but it doesn’t
to us. There are honest differences of
opinion among people on all great
questions. All of us can’t see through
the same glasses. If we did both
Methodists and Lutherans would dis-
cover that neither has pre-empted the
NO. 29.
VOL. 71.
Pinchot Still for Ballot Reform.
obtain ballot reform legislation may
prove as futile as that which failed in
the extra session of the Legislature in
January, but it reveals the right spirit.
The investigation of the slush funds
employed by the Republican candi-
dates for Senator and Governor in the
recent primary election has sub-
merged the State in a flood of shame.
It is the duty of the people, and is
especially an obligation on the officials
of the State to remove this stain, and
Governor Pinchot’s appeal to certain
distinguished citizens to set the ma-
chinery in motion is a step in that
direction. It is to be hoped the men
and women who compose the commit-
tee in question will respond.
The Governor offers some remedial
suggestions which might prove of
value if the right sort of men are
chosen to sit in the next Legislature.
He proposes legislation to disqualify
a candidate who had procured the
election by excessive expenditure of
money or other fraudulent practices
from qualifying for the service. That
would certainly “rob the organizations
of their strongest incentive for vio-
lation.” He also suggests a limit on
expenditures which would be helpful
in attaining good results. He sug-
gests that each candidate be required
to name a financial agent through
whom all contributions shall be re-
ceived and all disbursements made.
Finally he would prohibit State, coun-
ty or municipal employees from par-
ticipating in campaign activities.
In striving for preventives of future
ballot crimes the Governor doesn’t
propose to condone the past offences.
He informed the executive committee
of the Committee of Seventy-six that
he has instructed the Attorney Gen-
eral “to press prosecutions against
persons who have violated the Cor-
rupt Practices act.” With the infor-
mation gathered by the Senate com-
mittee already, and that which may
be acquired by vigilant effort in the
State and throughout the counties, it
ought to be possible to mete out just
-punishment to the perpetrators of the
crimes now under complaint, and in
the last analysis that is the greatest
deterrent of crime. A stiff jail sen-
tence of a party boss would go a long
way toward purification.
——Harry Mackey probably imag-
ines he has thought up some things
that will confuse Jim Reed.
Higher-ups the Worst Criminals.
Whether Bill Vare offered Magis-
trate O'Connor, of Philadelphia, $75,-
000 or $125,000, or any other sum of
money to desert Senator Pepper in
his primary campaign and support
Vare is neither certain nor important.
It is true that Mr. Pepper testified be-
fore the Senate committee that O’Con-
nor so stated to him and that three
newspaper correspondents declared
under oath to the same committee
that O’Connor so informed them. But
Vare denies that he made such an
offer and O’Connor denies that he
made such a statement and the matter
ends in mystery. If the story as told
by Pepper and the newspaper men is
true Vare attempted to bribe but
failed. Whether a penalty attaches
to the failure is uncertain.
But there is no uncertainty or even
mystery concerning the pre-primary
delations between Senator Pepper and
Magistrate O’Connor. Mr. Pepper
testified before the Senate committee
that he had paid out of a fund con-
tributed by business friends to Mag-
istrate O’Connor, the sum of $40,000.
O’Connor corroborated this evidence
and somebody else acquainted with
the circumstances stated the con-
tribution was $43,000. It would be
impossible to claim that such a sum of
money was paid to O’Connor for “dis-
seminating information” or for act-
ing as “watcher at the polls.” We
can call to mind no other legal way
in which a candidate may pay such a
sum to a supporter even though com-
petitive bidding were in order.
In view of these facts as they ap-
pear of record it seems to us that it
is a mistake to waste time in search-
ing for evidence that Magistrate
O’Connor committeed perjury or ac-
cepted a bribe from Vare. Senator
Pepper is possibly guilty of bribery
and if accepting a bribe is a crime
Mr. O'Connor is guilty of accepting a
bribe from Senator Pepper. The place
to begin punishing criminals is at the
top rather than at the bottom and
Senator Pepper would be “a bright
and shining light” for the shafts of
legal action. The conviction and pun-
ishment of O’Connor would be a triv-
ial matter compared with the convie-
tion and punishment of Pepper. The
“higher-ups” in political knavery are
the proper targets for the law.
——Henry Ford has written a book
but nobody has predicted that it will
only way to Heaven.
be a “best seller.”
Governor Pinchot’s latest effort to
; Democratic Forces Organized.
At a conference of leading Demo- |
crats, held in Philadelphia on Wed-
{ nesday of last week, the most encour-
! aging reports were made of the hope-
‘ful and healthful condition of the
| party. “Victory is in sight for Penn-
| sylvania Democracy” was the spirit
! expressed by all present. There are
| no dissensions either among the lead-
ers or in the rank and file of the party.
The issue of the campaign was clearly
expressed both by William B. Wilson,
candidate for Senator in Congress,
and Eugene C. Bonniwell, the nominee
for Governor, which is the important
question of “redeeming the Keystone
State from the demoralizing and cor-
rupt influences that are making it a
by-word among her sister Common-
was Mr. Wilson and at the outset he
refuted an invention of the enemy to
the effect that he will retire from the
contest in order that Governor Pin-
chot might become a fusion candidate.
“My answer to all this is that I am in
this fight to the finish,” he said.
Differences which may exist between
candidates on collateral questions are
of no value in the face of the more
important question of honest govern-
ment and the faithful execution of the
laws of the Commonwealth. On this
subject there is no division of opinion
among the candidates or the voters of
the party. As the late Sam Randall
put it, on this subject “both wings of
the party flop together.”
The conference in Philadelphia was
certainly an auspicious beginning of
what promises to be an eventful cam-
paign. The new chairman, Cornelius
Haggerty Jr., proved an efficient or-
ganizer and his plans of campaign
were cordially endorsed not only by
the candidates but by all those in at-
tendance. The official opening of the
campaign will be held in Dorney’s
Park, near Allentown, on August 21st,
and from that moment to the closing
of the polls the air will be filled with
Democratic voices proclaiming “the
redemption of the State of Pennsylva-
nia from the shame which has” beth
placed upon it” and that “the one
great thing to do is to see that those
responsible for the corruption are
——Ten election officers in Pitts-
burgh have been arrested for viclating
the law at the recent primaries.
Unless the trial is conducted with
great care some important frauds may
be exposed.
Losing Faith in Reformers.
A correspondent of the Philadelphia
Record writes: “Another strong and
inconsistent thing in Pennsylvania
politics is the action of the Pennsyl-
vania Anti-Saloon League’s meeting
at Pittsburgh condemning and deplor-
ing the lavish expenditure of money
in the recent primaries in one breath,
and then endorsing for Gevernor John
S. Fisher, whose nomination was put
across with the assistance of a slush
fund of over $1,000,000, in the next.
Is it any wonder,” the correspondent
remarks, “that people are losing
faith in such reformers and uplift-
In his testimony taken before
the Senate committee on expendi-
tures in the Pennsylvania primaries
Mr. Joseph R. Grundy stated that he
had contributed in cash and credit to
the Mellon campaign organization
some $400,000. He also declared that
he had only a languid interest. in the
success of Senator Pepper and that
his reason for contributing so gen-
erously was that he wanted to guar-
antee by the defeat of Mr. Beidleman
for Governor, that the threatened tax
on manufacturing corporations would
be averted. That just tax if imposed
would relieve the farmers of a burden
amounting to $10,000,000 a year and
leave undisturbed in the corporation
trasuries the enormous sum of $40,-
000,000 in the four years next ensu-
ing. :
In endorsing the candidacy of John
S. Fisher, for Governor, therefore, the
Pennsylvania Anti-Saloon League not
only condones the political crime of
the century “in the lavish expenditure
of money in the recent primaries,” but
it ratifies the corrupt bargain between
Mr. Fisher and Mr. Grundy under
which the corporations, amply able to
pay their full share of the cost of the
State government, are exempted to
the extent of $40,000,000 in four years
and the burden of meeting the deficit
is put upon the backs of farmers and
others less able to pay.
In view of these facts the inquiry of
the Record correspondent as to losing
faith in reformers and uplifters is
both pertinent and timely. Such in-
consistencies destroy faith.
——Senator Borah declines to make
any comment on the Pennsylvania
primary. The Idaho statesman is en-
tirely too cautious to be sincere.
The first speaker at the conference |
Mackey Has Revised Figures.
Mr. Harry Mackey, who was man-
ager of Vare’s recent primary cam-
paign, having perfected an agreement
with the Mellon contingent is anxious
to give a revised version of the Vare
expenses to the Senate committee on
primary campaign expenses. After
Pittsburgh, whois concerned as a
prospective candidate in the near
future, Mr. Mackey has declared that
he is “getting up a review that will
cover every detail of the expenditures
on behalf of Congressman Vare.” In
this supplemental statement he will
try to show that the considerable sums
of money collected and disbursed in
| behalf of Mr. Beidleman, Vare’s run-
ning mate, were not used in the inter-
est of Vare.
The palpable purpose of this ges-
ture is to make Beidleman the “goat.”
The Grundy antipathy to Baker and
Beidleman has not been satisfied by
the demotion of Baker. The entire
destruction of Beidleman is also de-
manded and it is expected that this
result may be achieved by showing
that Beidleman was unfaithful to his
obligations to Vare as running part-
ner. Mackey will attempt to show
that the $109,000 collected by Beidle-
man’s friends to be used jointly by
Vare and Beidleman were used in the
interest of Beidleman alone. This
would reduce the Vare slush fund
from $800,114.16 to $691,114.16, which
i both Mellon and Dave Reed regard as
a reasonable sum for a Senatorial can-
didate to spend.
Mackey, who is an expert in figures,
has had plenty of time since he testi-
fied before the Senate committee
several weeks ago to juggle the aec-
counts so as to confuse the average
mind. He has been striving to per-
fect a community of interest between
Mellon and Vare, and as Senator Dave
Reed is the Mellon candidate for
Senator at the next election, he has
arranged with Reed to get his state-
ment of the Vare expenditures into
the Senate records. It is not a very
ising enterprise, however. Ev
treachérous he will not be able to
prove that the Vare expenditures
were within the limit of legitimacy.
——John Murphy was nominated
for Secretary of Internal Affairs,
Representative in Congress and mem-
ber of the State and county commit-
tees on the 18th of May, and with the
idea of equalizing things he has de-
cided to decline the Congressional
Huckleberries and Copperheads Both
are Plentiful.
Huckleberries are very plentiful on
the mountains this year and the early
| quality. The greater part of the ber-
ries are picked in the foothills of the
Allegheny mountains, but some of the
: pickers aver that it is a thrilling and
dangerous job this year because of
Cyrus Shope, who lives out in
Holt’s Hollow, declares he never saw
so many snakes on the mountain as
there are this year, the prevailing
variety being copperheads. As these
are a poisonous species berry pickers
are compelled to be on the alert every
minute. While out picking on Tues-
day Mr. Shope had his young son with
him and while the lad was sitting on
the ground a copperhead as thick as a
man’s wrist and fully three feet in
length crawled over his foot. Another
snake struck at Mr. Shope but fortu-
nately missed him by two inches. In
fa.t, Mr. Shope avers, that the snakes
are beginning to get on his nerves.
——A terrific electric storm passed
over portions of Centre county on
Monday night. The heavy peals of
thunder and vivid and almost inces-
sant flashes of lightning were accom-
panied by a downpour of rain. Up at
Snow Shoe Intersection two trees
were struck by lightning but fortun-
ately no buildings. The storm, how-
ever, knocked out the electric service
of the Keystone Power corporation
and it was after three o’clock in the
morning when the current was again
flowing smoothly.
——If you enjoy something clever
in jingle don’t fail to read “Dennis
Shay, the Witness” at the head of
column 1, page 2 of this issue. It
was written for the Watchman many
years ago and because it was so clever
is revived for the enjoyment of the
present generation of readers.
——The special election held in
Philipsburg, on Tuesday to determine
whether a bond issue of $35,000 should
be authorized for the purpose of re-
widening and paving Front street was
lost by the small margin of four votes.
consultation with Senator Reed, of ’
“he ‘does show that Beidleman was |
blue variety brought into the Belle- ;
fonte market are of unusually fine |
Election Frauds in Illinois.
; From the Pittsburgh Post.
i It is, of course, no excuse for Penn-
| Sylvania, whose political methods, as
| exposed by the Senate committee in-
' vestigating the primary election, have
. shocked the Nation, that corruption
' also exists elsewhere. But it is only
| just that attention should be directed
to the fact that not ours alone is the
shame. Pennsylvania has been sin-
gled out as though it were a unique
example of rottenness in politics. The
point has almost been reached, if the
comment of editors in other States is
to be accepted, where the name of
Pennsylvania has become a byword
and a hissing. But revelations of
crookedness have also been made in
Illinois, and crookedness of so scan-
dalous a nature and of such vast pro-
portions that the Chicago Tribune
frankly and sardonically admits that
in comparison “Pennsylvania seems to
be backward and inefficient.”
The falsification of the returns in
the contest between Frank J. Zak and
Daniel A. Malie for the Republican
nomination for the House of Repre-
sentatives in the Seventh Legislative
District of « Allegheny county was a
small swindle when set alongside of
what occurred in the Twentieth ward
of Chicago in the recent election.
; There, according to the Tribune, “the
judges and clerks in the various pre-
, cinets juggled 85,640 votes, distribut-
ing them as they saw fit to candidates
(of the two factions.” The voters
‘might just as well have stayed at
home, if the Chicago paper has the
facts straight. “We are developing
a system of elections,” it says, “in
which it will be sufficient for ward
headquarters to send a tally sheet to
the election commissioners.”
Well, the voters will not submit to
| being bamboozled perpetually. Revolt
is bound to come. If there were any
doubt of it, the conclusion would be
a success. oy
But the National conscience is being
touched by scandalous disclosures.
People are objecting to being swin-
dled by crooked election boards. In
Allegheny county the fraud perpetrat-
'ed in Malie’s interest has been reme-
died. It is hardly likely that Chica-
goans will tamely submit to being
cheated either. gy
Farming Troubles. : ¥
From the Altoona Tribune.
Former Governor Lowden, of Illi-
nois, who knows farming, says:
“The farmer cannot go on produc-
ing unless he gets at least the cost of
production of the thing he sells.
“If he does not get enough return
to enable him to keep on producing,
disaster will result for everyone.
“The result will be fewer farmers.
This is already in evidence, and this
trend cannot go on long until there
will be a shortage of food, with ab-
normal and needlessly high prices.”
This seems to be the gist of the sit-
uation. Yet there may not be indi-
cated such “disaster for everyone” as
Mr. Lowden foresees. For the very
‘process he indicates shows the opera-
tion of an economic law tending to
‘cure the existing malady.
Economic law operates as surely
with agriculture as with manufactur-
ing, though the evidence may not al-
, ways be so clear.
Today farming plainly doesn’t pay.
| The average farmer can’t get enough
for the things he raises and sells to
! pay for the things he has to buy. He
i fails to get as much return as other
classes do for his labor, skill and
money. So what happens?
{ The farmers naturally tend to leave
the farms. They go to the cities and
join the ranks of industry. This is
not fatal, but curative, as far as agri-
| culture is concerned.
| By decreasing the forces of farm
production, it raises the price of farm
| products, so the remaining farmers
| can make more money. At the same
| time, by increasing the forces of in-
; dustrial production, it decreases the
price of manufactured goods that
| farmers have to buy.
The farming industry benefits from
having fewer farmers and fewer
farms, as the coal industry would
benefit from having fewer miners and
fewer mines.
Eventually this process in turn, will
probably go too far. Farm pro-
ducts will be too dear for con-
sumers. Then the same double-
acting economic law will tend to cure
that malady, by drawing more men
and capital to the farms, in quest of
high profits being made, until in time
a balance is struck again.
Look Out for the Children.
From the Kansas City Star.
Every year thousands of child lives
are sacrificed in motor vehicle acei-
In summer, when small children
play outdoors, the dangers of fatal
accidents in the streets are greatly in-
creased. In other cities, as in Kan-
sas City, there recently have been
child deaths occasioned by children
running into or playing in the streets.
It is not easy to put the blame direct-
ly in such cases. But a few things
are certain. First of all, the street
is no place for children to play, in any
season, and parents who fail to exer-
cise the care sufficient to keep the
children away from these danger
spots do so at the risk of the child-
ren’s lives and are only inviting grief
and suffering for themselves.
inevitable that self-government is not.
CR #4
—Running to see his father cultivate a
field of potatoes with a team of horses,
Durrell Dotter, 2-year-old son of Albert
Dotter, of Stroudsburg, was knocked down
and fatally injured by one of the animals.
The child died a half hour afterward in a
physician’s office. wi
—While his bride of a month looked on,
H. A. Smith, 22, shot himself to death In
their Swissvale home late last Friday
night. His wife said she had reprimanded
him for being extravagant and that before
she could prevent it he had secured a re-
volver and shot himself.
—The jaw bone of an animal of mam-
moth size was found by William Lohr om
his farm near Sycamore, Greene county.
Teeth in the jaw bone measured one and
a half inches in width and more than three
inches in length. Other parts of the skull
crumbled into dust as soon as exposed in
the air.
—Robert, 14-year-old son of Frank Scar-
lett, a contractor, of No. 661 Bennett
street, Luzerne, died on Saturday morn-
ing from lockjaw due to a flesh wound
caused by a blank cartridge while cele-
brating the Fourth of July. The wound
apparently healed until a week ago, when
he complained of a growing stiffnes in his
back and neck.
—Kicked and gored by a bull, Francis
Long, 7 years old, of Lower Augusta town-
ship, Northumberland county, just south
of Sunbury, was injured probably fatally
on Sunday. He is in the Mary Packer
hospital. His father suffered a fractured
skull recently when kicked by a mule and
is a patient in the same institution where
his son was taken.
—John Reisinger, 41, employed by the
Edison Light and Power company at York,
was instantly killed on Monday when he
fell forty feet from a pole while repairing
damage caused by Sunday's electrical
storms. In the fall the lineman landed on
concrete and his head was crushed. Death
was instantaneous. He is survived by his
widow and seven children.
—A series of hail and rain storms which
swept over Lancaster county Saturday
night halted traffic, inundated the Lincoln
highway fer stretches of 200 yards and
more, broke window panes in the vicinity
of Elizabethtown and Mt. Joy and flatten-
ed wheat fields. Hailstones as large as
baseballs were reported at Elizabethtown
and wind damage to chimneys, awnings
and parked automobiles were common
within Lancaster.
—Plunging 67 feet to the ground from
a scaffold on which he was working on the
new Liberty-Tunnel Bridge, at Pittsburgh,
Frank Patch, aged 35 of Madera, Clear-
field county, a concrete finisher, was kill-
ed on Saturday. Patch, an employe of
the Vang Construction company, was
working on one of the highest piers of the
new structure, at South Sixth street be-
low Carson street, when, according to fel-
low workmen, he lost his balance and fell.
He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.
—Despondent because he could not find
employment, William Sipe, 38 years old,
New Kensington, went to the kitchen of
his home on Saturday, wrote a note ask-
ing that his two children be placed in the
Mooseheart lome, Moosehedr?, Ind.” and
then slashed his throat with a razor. He
was found about noon by his aged father
and taken to the Citizens’ General hospital,
where it was stated that he could not live.
Mrs. Sipe and their children were not at
home at the time. It is thought that they
are visiting relatives in Lewistown, Pa.
—J. B. McMillan, of Kane, was the vic-
tim of an accident two miles south of
Johnsonburg at 1:30 o'clock on Friday
afternoon that is unparalleled in the an-
nails of highway casualties in the State.
A large buck deer jumped from the road-
side directly in the path of the car and
when touched by the auto sprang direct-
ly through the windshield, demolishing
the steering gear and landed square in the
lap of the astonished driver. McMillan
was compelled to throw the deer out of
the machine, when it scampered off into
the woods, apparently unhurt.
—Howell Brockie, a wealthy insurance
broker, and member of a socially prom-
inent family in Philadelphia, was found
dead on Sunday night at the bottom of the
‘Walnut Lane bridge, spanning Wissahick-
on Creek. The police theory that he had
jumped from the bridge was discredited
by members of the Brockie family and
Dr. Charles Schwartz who examined the
body. Dr. Schwartz expressed the opin-
ion that death had not resulted from a
fall and that heart disease might have
been the cause. There were no marks on
the body except a small scratch on the
—One girl is in a serious condition suf-
fering from shock, and two others were
knocked unconscious when a bolt of light-
ning struck near the porch on which they
were sitting during a heavy thunder-storm
Sunday night in Pleasnt Grove, near York
Haven, York county. Phyllis Koch, 6,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koch,
remained unconscious for several hours
after being hurled into a mud puddle
several feet away in company with another
sister, Dolores, 4, and a cousin, Minerva
Koch, 5, who were sitting on the Koch
front porch. All of the girls wyre uncon-
—David E. Yoder, 43, of Belleville, was
electrocuted at 9:45 Thursday morning
while working as a machinist at the Gib-
boney Woolen mills in the Kishacoquillas
valley, Mifflin county. Mr. Yoder, who had
a weak heart, was drilling a hole through
a steel girder in the mill when the elec-
tricity short circuited turning 110 volts of
electric current through his body. The
man's body crumpled and fell, the drill
driving its way through his right leg be-
fore the current could be shut off. The
surviving relatives are his wife, Nancy,
his mother, Mrs. Mary Yoder, and three
sisters, all of the Kishacoquillas valley.
—For several years police of Pittsburgh
turned their heads away as they strode
past Harry Marshall, who advertised him-
self as deaf, dumb and blind and who
solicited alms from passersby, a violation
of the city ordinance. On Saturday, how-
ever, motorcycle detective Burke arrested
Marshall, and brother officers were on the
verge of ostracizing Burke, until the latter
explained that in visiting a downtown
garage to have a tire repaired he found
Marshall and several negro car washers
bending over a pair of dice in a darkened
corner. “From the way he called his
points he isn’t blind; from the speed with
which he faded the others he isn’t deaf,
and from the size of his roll he isn't very
dumb,” Burke remarked.