Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, July 29, 1927, Image 1

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    Beware Watdpan.
—Well, we didn’t win the first lap
in the Susquehanna base-ball league,
but we've got as good a team as any
of them and the second lap runs until
Labor day.
—1It is not surprising that the Black
Hills are palling on the President.
The attempt to transplant a being so
indigenous to New England soil
wasn’t justified, even by the exigen-
cies of politics.
—If there is any sanity and power
of concentration left in us we’ll find
it out after tomorrow. The fishing
season closes then and our one ex-
cuse for procrastination, dereliction
and general neglect of everything will
have been snatched away until next
—In this race for the Republican
nomination for County Treasurer
Charley Long, of Spring Mills, is
worth keeping an eye on. We have
been told that he has something more
than advantageous location back of
his candidacy. Centainly it can’t be
the preferential finger of the new
—This young Mr. Stillman must
have loved his humble, back-woods
bride very genuinely to have given
her a million and a half as a wedding
dower. Let us hope that her new
estate will not turn her head so that
she will not be the good wife that this
democratic youth undoubtedly de-
—Mr. Ford might have thought his
apology to the Jews well timed, since
it was made just on the eve of the
disclosure of his new model car.
Henry reckoned with the wrong host,
however. It was the poorest business
gesture we have known him to make.
The Jews don’t have to ride in Ford
cars. Their sagacity made that a
Gentile ordeal years ago.
—Last week we heard nothing but
of Fleming’s strength. This week all
our inforrmation has been to the
effect that Judge Furst is going to
get it—the Republican nomination
for Judge. All the winds, political
and otherwise, have been vagarious
this season so we shall essay no
guess on the outcome of this pretty
contest until the early hours of Sep-
tember 21.
—Attorney Carr, of Philadelphia,
gave it as his opinion in Harrisburg,
on Wednesday, that “the official acts
of the Governor of a State are above
the jurisdiction of courts.” The mat-
ter under discussion was the legality
of the Governor’s action in appointing
four Republicans on the Philadelphia
board of registration. Had the chief ex-
ecutive of Pennsylvania happened to
have been a Democrat we wonder how
- far above the jurisdietion of courts
Mr. Carr would have thought him to
—The consolation we get out of
the unexpected outcome of the recent
Dempsey-Sharkey fisticuff is the dis-
inclination of the sports-writers to
dethrone Tunney. We make predic-
tions about nothing that we are not
fairly well up on—and the doings in
the squared circle are certainly one
of them—but notwithstanding Jack’s
rather surprising showing against
‘Sharkey we opine that Tunney will
“take” him in September much more
handily than he did at the Sesqui a
year ago.
—William B. Wilson is of the opin-
ion that a mere recount of the vote
cast in Pennsylvania last November,
for Senator in Congress, will not sat-
isfactorily clear up the charges that
Mr. Vare secured his election by
fraud. The proposal has been made
that the vote be recounted and hoth
‘sides pledged to abide by the totals.
Mr. Wilson would be very foolish to
join in such an agreement. The real
fraudulency of that election was not
so much in the ballots actually in the
boxes as it was in the phantoms and
repeaters who put them there.
—Good Lord, what they won’t do
to get space and make a “build up”
for President Coolidge. Bait fishing
and clowning in cow boy chaps, having
worn out they had him pushing a
‘mired wagon out of the mud on Sat-
urday and judging butter on Tuesday.
Anybody could lend a hand at getting
a wagon out of a rut, but when it
comes to judging butter—well, that’s
different. We remember that once
‘the head of the dairy husbandry de-
partment of a great American college
awarded first prize for gilt-edge but-
ter to an exhibit of oleomargarine
that had been slipped into the show
by Andy Palm, of Meadville.
—On Tuesday, before the world’s
great minds in chemistry, now as-
sembled at the Pennsylvania State
College, was exhibited a living model
gowned in a bridal costume that was
wholly synthetic. That is, the fabric
of the dress, veil, underthings, slip-
pers and even the bouquet of orange
blossoms had been made in the chem-
ists’ laboratories—from wood fibre—-
instead of from products of the cotton
fields of Louisiana, the silk worms of
China, the flax and pelts of animals
and the hot-houses of the florist. The
incident drew passing notice in the
metropolitan papers. Not one in a
thousand who read it will think of
what real significance laid hidden in
that news story. To us, if we had
any investments in securities of in-
dustries, the business of which might
be effected by these substitutes, the
incident would be admonition to keep
very close tab on their market
A enacral
NO. 29.
VOL. 72.
BELLEFONTE. PA... JULY 29. 192%.
Governor’s Blunder Wilful and Wick-
Though abundance of evidence was
presented to Governor Fisher that
Albert H. Ladner Jr., of Philadelphia,
is and has been for at least eight
years a Republican, and though the ;
law creating the Board of Registra-
tion Commissioners for that city dis-
tinctly forbids the appointment of
four Republicans on that board, the
Governor has commissioned Mr. Lad-
ner and three other Republicans. It
may be true that Governor Fisher
was misinformed as to the party affil-
iation of Mr. Ladner.
get the misinformation from Demo- |
crats of Philadelphia or elsewhere,
and he had plenty of time between the
date of appointment and the issuance
of the commissions to correct the mis-
take he was led into by persons not
Democrats. He certainly knew Lad-
ner’s politics when commissioned.
Therefore the conviction is inevit-
able that the violation of law by the
appointment of Mr. Ladner was both
a wilful and wicked act and the un-
avoidable impression is that it was
for the purpose of aiding William S.
Vare and his corrupt political ma-
chine in their vicious purpose to con-
tinue the practice of illegal voting
and false counting which gave Mr. |
Vare the Senatorial nomination and
a bogus
Wilson at the general election last
year. If the Governor had been sin-
cerely opposed to ballot frauds in
Philadelphia he would have promptly
withdrawn the appointment when he
obtained conclusive evidence that Mr.
Ladner is not a Democrat and that
appointing four Republicans was a
gross violation of law.
The critics of the press and public
in this matter have been entirely too
polite to Governor Fisher. Those who
have protested to him directly, as well
as those who have publicly discussed
the subject in print and speech, have
uniformly exculpated him from an in-
tent to violate the law. If he had,
when the truth was spread before
him, withdrawn the appointment of
Mr. Ladner or one of the other Re-
publicans named, he would have been
entitled to this, charitable appraise-
ment of “Mi& blunder. But in isuing
commissions to four Republicans,
nearly a week after the facts were
laid befor him, he simply revealed the
regrettable fact that it was not “an
error of the head” alone but a delib- |
erate purpose of the heart.
——Henry Ford may become as ex-
pert in making apologies as he is in
building popular priced automobiles.
Wise Suggestion to Boroughs.
The president of the Pennsylvania
Motor Federation, Mr. Richard C.
Haldeman, of Harrisburg, in a timely
letter addressed to the burgesses of
the several boroughs, suggests that
borough authorities refrain from pur-
chasing expensive control lights until
after the Department. of Highways
has designated the “arterial roads,”
under the motor law enacted during
the last session of the General As-
sembly. The new law authorized the
Secretary of Highways and the may-
ors of cities to “establish boulevard
stops on certain streets and high-
ways.” According to the chief engi-
neer of the Department of Highways
many of the traffic signals now in use
will be unnecessary after the new
code becomes effective.
This is a wise suggestion. The
traffic problem in cities and towns
has become not only intricate but ex-
pointed public expectation, and good
or bad, they cost a lot of money. The
natural and proper desire of munici-
pal authorities to avoid accidents has
influenced many cities and boroughs
to invest in these devices and indulge
in experiments along the lines of
safety. If the provisions of the new
law will make some of these signals
unnecessary it would be wasteful to
purchase them now and discard them
in the course of four of five months
when it becomes effective. There are
less expensive methods of building
scrap heaps.
Any expedient that will consider-
ably decrease the number of automo-
bile accidents is cheap enough to any
community at the price it costs. But
expensive devices which fail of their
purpose are not worth anything, and
experimenting with them is a futile
gesture, The highway officials and
the Motor Federation officers are in
agreement on this point, and the ac-
tion of Mr. Haldeman may save the
boroughs of the Commonwealth a
great deal of money. The plan ex-
pressed in the new code may not ful-
fill expectations and in that event the
experimentation with signal devices
and the expense attending it will have
to be continued. But the facts will
be fully developed in a short time and
it is safe to wait.
But he did not !
majority over William B. |
Various signals have been
dvised, many of which have disap- .
: Commission to Fool People.
{ When, during the recent session of
‘the Legislature, Governor
i yielded to the demands of the Mellon-
| Vare partnership on the question of
ballot reform legislation, the insincer- |
ity of his professions on that sub-
| ject stood revealed. The people
‘of Pennsylvania demanded honest
| legislation against ballot corruption,
rand in his inaugural address Gover-
nor Fisher promised his personal and |
offical influence in that direction. In
pursuance of his interpretation of
, that pledge he sponsored four meas-
ures of doubtful value. At the in-
| stance of Vare and Mellon, however,
he afterward consented to the defeat
of the most important of them and
the substitution of a commission to
revise all elections laws.
With the Governor's consent, and !
subsequently his approval, the Gener- |
al Assembly passed a joint resolution
authorizing him to name five mem-
bers of a commission, the president
mittee on Elections of the Senate and
the Speaker and chairman of the
Elections committee of the House, ex
officio, completing the body. The
other day the Governor announced
his appointees and to say the public
was surprised, is a conservative
i statement. The chairman of the Com-
mission is Francis Shunk Brown. Mr.
: Brown, is Mr. Vare’s personal attor-
(ney, and with president pro tem.
Schantz, of the Senate, and Speaker
Bluett, of the House, as parliament-
ary experts, it may be called a Vare
hand-picked bunch.
There is only one Democrat of
State-wide acquaintanceship on the
commission. Judge Shull will do all
| that is possible in so hopeless a sit-
uation to get something of real value
| for the people out of this body. But
{it was never intended to make im-
| provements in the election laws of the
| State. It was conceived as an exped-
iient to postpone reform ballot legis-
‘lation for a time. Mr. Mellon wanted
Ino law that will interfere with his
! plans to re-elect Dave Reed, of Pitts-
burgh, to the United States Senate
next year and his purpose was achiey-
ed the moment the resolution creft-
ling the Commission was signed by the
: Governor. And the projectors of the
scheme imagine they have fooled the
rr —— Ae ——
that whiskey is not an antidote for
snake bite but the Volstead law robs
this fact of its importance to fisher-
Fisher Again Flouts the Law.
In the appointment of Registration
Commissioners for Pittsburgh Gover-
nor Fisher has expressed the same in-
difference to the spirit of the law
that characterized his selections for
the same service in Philadelphia. In
the Philadelphia appointments he
named four registered Republicans
recommended to his favor by the
, Vare machine. That was in direct
conflict with the letter of the law
which declares that not more than
, three of the same party may be ap-
pointed. In Pittsburgh he appointed
four men selected by Senator Max
Leslie, but one of the four is regis-
tered as a Democrat. The difference
| is without distinction. The Democrat
chosen by Leslie is a servile tool of
the Leslie machine.
The other Democrat named for serv-
ice in Pittsburgh may be fairly rep-
. resentative of the real Democrats of
the city but he was not recommended
'by any Democrats. His _Sponsors are
Senators Harris and Coyne, Republi-
cans, and though they are not affiliat-
ed with the Leslie machine they are
not militant opponents of the meth-
"ods of that piratical organization. The |
‘real Democrats presented four names
from which to select two commission-
| ers. But neither of them was chosen,
| probably for the reason that Leslie
| wants as little interference with his
| political operations as possible. With
four commissioners completely sub-
! missive to his will the “strip” boss
| may carry on as he likes.
| In any other communities in this or
|any other State such a flagrant ex-
at the election. Mr. Charles Flinn,
is a son of the late Senator William
Flinn and was appointed by Governor
Pinchot, which made him anathema
to the machine boss. But his high
standing in the community and his
record for efficiency should have se-
cured his reappointment if the inter-
ests of the public had been given any
consideration. But with Governor
Fisher, the Mellon-Vare partnership
and Grundy public interest and effi-
ciency are of little consequence.
——It is suspected that the “big
navy boy” is responsible for the fail-
ure of the arms parley at Geneva.
pro tem. and chairman of the Com- .
——A Chicago scientist declares |
| pression of contempt for public opin- |
ion would be resented by the voters
who has been displaced, is a Republi- |
can but not of the Leslie brand. He :
| Sacrificing Labor to Greed.
The strangle hold which the cor-
Fisher porate interests have on the State of |
| Pennsylvania is revealed in the re-
. cent order of the Insurance Depart-
ment discontinuing the differential be-
tween the rates of the State Work-
‘men’s Insurance Fund and those of
the other insurance organizations car-
'rying casualty insurance. Ever since
. the creation of the Workmen's Insur-
-ance Fund the so-called standard com-
panies have been striving to get the
differential abandoned on the ground
that it is an unfair discrimination
against competing companies.
leader in this effort has been Joseph
R. Grundy, head of the Pennsylvania
Manufacturers’ Casualty company,
and, incidentally, sub-boss of the State
The ostensible purpose of the
Workmen’s Insurance Fund was to
enable wage earners of the State to
get insurance for the protection of
their families at the lowest cost pos-
sible. An appropriation of half a
million dollars was made to start the
enterprise and a survey of the field
led to the fixing of the rate ten per
cent. less than the rates of other
companies. As was expected this
differential enticed most insurers to
use that perfectly safe vehicle for
protection with the result that rival
concerns engaged in the business for
profit only found diminishing returns
on their investments. They at once
organized a lobby to influence the
authorities to abandon the differen-
Insurance Commissioner Taggart
gives various reasons for presenting
‘the standard insurance companies
.a substantial gift next New Year's.
| One is that the Workmen’s Insurance
Fund has been making too much mon-
ey. He says that the original capital
borrowed from the State was repaid
long ago, and that since 1918 the pro-
fits of the fund have amounted to up- |
ward of $1,000,000. If the purpose
of the fund is to give wage earners
insurance as cheaply as possible that
would be good reason for increasing
the differential rather than abolishing
it. Asamatter of fact the real and
only reason for the discontinuance is
to put money in the treasury of Joe
Grundy’s Casualty Insurance com-
' pany. :
! Councilman Harry Flack will Not Run
Borough councilman Harry Flack |
has decided not to be a candidate for
re-election this year in the South
ward. He has served three terms, or
twelve years, and is of the opinion
that that is long enough for any man.
Mr. Flack has made a good, conscien-
tious councilman and as chairman of
the Fire and Police committee has dis-
charged his duties with the utmost
fidelity to the borough and the various
interests his committee represented.
His decision not to be a candidate
will mean the selection of another man
and friends of Robert Kline are urg-
ing him to make the run. Mr. Badg-
er will be a candidate to succeed him-
self and it is likely Mr. Garbrick will
also be a candidate for a term of two |
In the North ward the term of
John S. Walker will expire with this
year. He has also served for some
years and while he is not especially
keen on being a candidate again will
probably yield to the desire of his
friends and stand for another term.
In the West ward John P. Eckel’s
term will’ expire with this year and
while he is not overly anxious to serve
another term will do so if the voters
want him.
The last day for filing nomination
papers is August 16th, so there is still
plenty of time to make decisions.
——Aimee Semple McPherson, the
Los Angeles, California, evangelist is
on the front pages again. She and
her mother are in a row over who
controls Angeles Temple, where
Aimee attained notoriety as a sky-
: pilot. The incident provides another
peg on which to hang the argument
that these women have been seeing
the Gates Ajar through the eyes of
the collection plates.
——The President is growing weary
of his Black Hills environment. The
fish are not biting eagerly and play-
ing cowboy is not congenial amuse-
——The world production of dia-
jmonds increased twenty-eight per
| cent. last year. That ought to be
| encouraging to the wage earners.
——Secretary Mellon announces his
purpose to buy a large estate in Mon-
'aca. Maybe he has designs on the
| “Bank of Monte Carlo.”
——According to current gossip of
recent years a good many Frenchmen
‘and some others “want the scalp” of
Georges Clemenceau.
| Mr. Vare Overlooks Some Issues.
From the Philadelphia Record.
William S. Vare’s statement that
| the Senate committee on Privileges
{ and Elections should at once take pos-
session of all the ballot-boxes used in
the late Senatorial election in Penn-
sylvania and proceed with an immed-
late recount of the contents thereof
; bespeaks a laudable desire to procure
as early as possible an official com-
; putation of the vote by which he
(claims election. But Mr. Vare’s as-
' sumption that such a recount would
| clear away “all the partisan and de-
‘magogic charges or inferences that
rhave been fathered by those who
| have sought to create a doubt as to
{ the bona fides of our State election”
[involves an oversight.
| _ There is more at issue, as we un-
i derstand it, than the number of bai-
| lots in the ballot-boxes marked for
{ Mr. Vare. There is some question as
| to the means by which he obtained
i the support implied in those ballots.
| There is some question as to the
| means by which he obtained the nom-
ination for the disputed office. There
is some question as to the legality of
| many of the ballots which contribut-
'ed toward his election, and as to the
| propriety, if not legality, of his ex-
| penditure of large sums of cash in
| his primary campaign.
| Mr. Vare cannot dismiss these mat-
| ters by characterizing them as “part-
isan and demagogic charges or infer-
ences,” and he should be as anxious
to have them sifted as he is to have
the ballots recounted. Whatever may
be the response of the Senate com-
I mittee on Privileges and Elections to
| the Vare request, if any, we have rea-
son to believe that the Senate itself
intends to go further into all the cir-
cumstances of Mr. Vare’s application
for admission to that body than a
committee can go through recount-
1 ing the vote of the general election.
State’s Election Methods.
From the Wilkes-Barre Record.
{ The Election Law Commission
appointed by Governor Fisher is
| charged with the task of looking into
the laws of this State and other
| States and making recommendations the 1929 session of the Legisla-
{ture. The appointments follow the
{plan inaugurated by Governor Pin-
{chot when he named. seventy-six
‘suggest radical _impr. ents to
the method of conducting elections.
{ The only citizen named on the new
commission who was a member of the
Pinchot commission is Guy W. Moore,
| publisher of the Wilkes-Barre Record.
The new commission has the op-
; portunity to go over the whole ground
and suggest vital reforms that have
been shunted aside. When it has form-
ulated its recommendations it will be
necessary for the newspapers with in-
dependent inclinations and for various
civic organizations to create strong
public sentiment. It will not be pos-
sible to eliminate all fraud from
campaigns and elections but there ars
ways by which improvement can be
effected over what has been done.
The ballot box stuffer and the crook
can be restricted more than at pres- |
ent. A majority of the people want
‘clean, honest elections but the small
‘minority of citizens in alliance with
the crooks has managed to stave off
‘real reform. It remains to be seen
what the new Commission will do and
in what manner the public will back
up its findings.
1 A eee ere.
Small Farms and Small Apartments.
| From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
{ About two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s
: 200,000 farms contain less than a
hundred acres. The big farm is dis-
integrating. The number of holdings
comprising more than a thousand
acres has shrunk measurably in th=
{last half century. With 244 listed in
11880, the total in 1925 had dwindled
to 114, or less than half.
Perhaps the same explanation is to
be seen here as in the case of large
estates—the help problem. Acreage
figured in only two digits is about the
maximum that may be ‘tilled today
with the minimum of hired workers
available. The size may have in-
creased slightly in the last twenty
vears owing to the substitution of
gasoline and electricity for human
power, but the increase is far below
the days when the land was virgin.
To this slight extent the farmer
has an advantage over the family that
tries to run an old-fashioned mansion.
The farmer can increase his produc-
tion with the aid of mechanical de-
vices. But all the ingenious domestic
appliances of the present century
have not made it easier to obtain ser-
vants for housework. The few-room
apartment and bath have become a
necessity, but the one-horse farm is
not vet in sight. Half of the agri-
cultural enterprises in this State com-
prise between twenty and ninety-nine
acres. ,
Can We Remember War?
From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
Diplomats fear war between Eng-
land and Russia. War will not be so
easily brought on as it once was. It
used to be a game around a table, ar-
ranged and played by diplomats.
The people will have more to say
about the next war. Public memory
is short, but it is not short enough to
have lost the lesson which the deaths
of 18,000,000 men made vivid.
. prominent citizens of he State to
—A community chest is being advocated
| at Mauch Chunk in order to do away with
scattered charity drives.
—Tossed thirty feet by a passenger train
| when his truck was reduced to splinters
jon a grade crosing at Espy, Conrad Hess,
{a Wapwallopen merchant, brushed himself
| off and Tefuygd 9 be taken to a hospital
lor a doctor.” Ff landed in a large mud-
hole and said he was only slightly bruised.
| —Entering the Shenk and Tittle Sport-
| ing Goods Store, 313 Market street, Harris-
burg, shortly after ten o'clock Saturday
right, by prying in a transom over the
front door, in plain view of any passerby,
burglars jimmied the company safe, got
$63 in cash, and helped themselves to mer=
chandise valued at approximately $1,000.
—Jacob Hoepstine, 52 years old, of
Pottsville, dropped dead on Sunday on his
front porch. He was regarded as the most
powerful man in that section, was six feet
tall and weighed 350 pounds before heart
trouble developed. He was a veteran of
the Spanish-American war and a brother
of Captain James W. Hoepstine, Second
ward alderman.
—A fire which was discovered in a bag-
gage car on the Lehigh Valley passenger
train enroute to Wilkes-Barre last Fri-
day causd a $15,000 loss to the express
car and cargo. The flames were discov-
ered at Glenn Summit station. Trainmen
uncoupled the car from the train and has-
tily took it to a nearby water tank, where
the flames were extinguished, but praecti-
cally nothing but the wheels and trucks
were left.
—George C. Walker, 53, prominent
Snyder county farmer, committed suicide
early Monday morning at his home in
Beavertown, using a 12 gauge shotgun.
His wife, returning home, found the body
of her husband lying in the living room
of her home. Walker had been despond-
ent over ill-health, having suffered a
breakdown 19 years ago, resulting from
infected teeth from which he never fully
—Action has been taken for the holding
of a special election August 30th, when
residents of Lock Haven will vote on a
proposal for the issuance of bonds for the
erection of a new school building. Dr.
Nelson P. Benson, superintendent of
schools, told the school board that there
has been a steady increase in enrollment
annually and that the increase probably
would continue making the erection of a
new building necessary.
—Max Ludwig, Pittston, must pay $2,-
000 to George Wassel under a verdict re-
turned by a jury. Ludwig sold a rifle to
two boys, 13 and 14 years old, who wound-
ed Wassel's daughter while on their way
home with the new weapon. Wassel sued
Ludwig, alleging he was responsible for
selling the weapon to a minor. At the
first trial Wassel got a verdict of $1,800
and at the second trial $2,000. Judge
Coughlin refused to set aside the verdict.
—A bolt of lightning accompanied by
thunder, which nearby residents described
as sounding like a temfu explosion,
wrought irreparable damage to the steeple
of the Evangelical Lutheran church of the
Good Shepherds at York, Pa., during an
electrical storm early Saturday morning.
The steeple was ripped from the apex to
the cornice above the brick work and
thence through the masonry of its Gothie
arches down to the Pato ses of the base.
The tower was so weakened that it will
have to be torn down.
—Death sped downward from a cloud-
less sky to take the life of a Kimberton
Montgomery county, farmer. Herman
Mosteller, 45, was shocking wheat when
suddenly and without warning a lightning
bolt struck him on the head. The farmer
fell to the ground dead, his clothing burn-
ed completely off. Two hired men nearby
i carried Mosteller to his house and sum-
i moned a physician, but the doctor said he
! had been instantly killed. There was only
| a single stroke of lightning and no thun-
| der. The sky was hazy, but no cloudiness
was visible.
—William Lieby, 42, silk worker, was
arrested early Monday morning at his
home in Allentown, and with his seizure
the police feel certain they have the man
who has several times smashed windows
in Bethel Mennonite church. Leiby’s ar-
rest follows a close watch that police have
been keeping on the church for several
| weeks since it was first damaged by some-
| one who threw soda bottles through the
! windows. Early last week the culprit
eluded watchers and hurled a wrapped
brick through a plate glass door. Leiby
will be sent to the State Hospital for ex-
{ amination.
—Clifford A. Shannon, charged with em-
bezzling $19,500 in stamps while he was as-
sistant cashier in the Bureau of Internal
Revenue, at Pittsburgh, was on Friday
held undér $10,000 bond for the September
grand jury at a hearing before a United
States commissioner. Shannon was unable
to furnish the bond and was remanded to
jail. Agents of the Intelligence unit of
the Treasury department were investigat-
ing Shannon’s reported claim that others
were implicated. Shannon was quoted as
declaring he would “raise a racket big
enough to move the roof off the federal
building” when he was brought to trial.
—Mrs. Wiliam Burfield, of Wharton,
Potter county, finds she can pick berries
in her field at the same time bears are
engaged in the same occupation without
endangering her peace of mind nor her
personal safety. But both Mrs. Burfield
and her co-laborers stick to their own
side of the busy patch during the opera-
tions. A portion of the Burfield farm pro-
duced a large crop of wild strawberries
which served as magnet for three bears
who are vegetarians and ordinarily harm-
less. Mrs. Burfield went to the patch om
various occasions and picked strawberries
while the bears were also busy. Neigh-
bors for miles arund went to the Burfield
farm to witness the spectacle.
—Three-fourths of Irval Brandt's week-
ly salary of $20 will be paid to his bride
of six months, the Marquise Frances Ade-
laide Eleanor Felicie de Tourneur, of Or-
oissier, France, under an order of the
court issued at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Counsel for the Marquise said they were
married while Brandt was studying
French in a school conducted by the plain-
tiff. They eloped, he said, and lived in
New York largely on the Marquise’s mon-
ey. When her funds were exhausted, he
alleged, Brandt deserted her. Brandt's
home is in Pittsburgh. The Court ordered
Brandt to pay back rent on a New York
apartment in which his wife said she had
furniture valued at $4,000. She sued for