Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 06, 1928, Image 1

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—The action of the retiring coun-
<ll in rescinding its ordinance that
created the position of borough man-
ager for Bellefonte might be regard-
ed as a death-bed confession of its
failure to sve any advav‘age in kss-
‘ne such an official if there were vot
the suspicion that there is an Afri-
can concealed in the woodpile.
—If you think we were all wrong
when we wrote the paragraph below
«on the outlook for 1928 glance at the
advertisement of the First National
‘bank of Bellefonte, that appears on
page seven of this issue and note
what a very prominent banker has to
say about the situation. Yes, we
wrote our paragraph before the copy
for the advertisement in question
«came in.
—Judge Fleming’s induction into
office was very impressive indeed.
Here’s hoping that his desire to be
‘treated fairly will be realized and
that his pledge to be a just Judge
will be kept. It is to be expected that
he will make some mistakes; no per-
son is infallible. It is our duty and
it will be our pleasure, as well, to
withhold criticism of any of his acts,
unless they should become too mani-
festly mistakes of the heart as well
cas of the head.
—It is rumored that the county is
to have another public official in the
person of former Prothonotary Roy
Wilkinson. The street gossip, fairly
well supported by facts that have
leaked out, is to the effect that the
position of county detective that has
been unfilled since the late Joe Rite-
nour retired from it years ago is to
‘be revived and exalted into a three
thousand dollar a year job for Roy.
‘Gosh, wouldn’t news of that make
poor old Joe turn in his grave.
—By way of reply to the clergy-
man who wrote us recently express-
ing the hope that “your bootlegger
will furnish you with enough ‘pizen’
to kick out all other or further ref-
«erences to ‘wet’ goods during the
coming year,” we want to say here
“that the “private bootlegger” we have
so frequently boasted of having, is al-
:s0 an eminent minister of the gospel
‘with a sense of humor fine enough to
understand the fun we have had in
reading his application for the job we
advertised for some years ago.
—We are far from being a pessi-
mist and have no desire to hang crepe
-on the views others may take of the
New Year. Whatever they may be,
‘however, we are of the opinion that
‘it will not be better, in a business
way, than was the one that has just
closed. Our country has been riding
«on the crest of a wave of abnormal}
prosperity since 1914 and it is but
natural that there should be a settling
back to a more normal condition.
Bellefonte and Centre county will feel
“it less than many other sections. In
fact the readjustment was in process
:all of last year and we suffered noth-
ing like other communities because
-agriculture is such an important fac-
‘tor in the business problem here and
agriculture is very stable in its con-
tribution to wealth. The best evi-
~dence of a slowing up appears to us
in the announcement that a certain
-chain of five and ten cent stores
smashed all records for Christmas
week business. They grossed over
‘three million dollars more than they
had ever done before. This is very
:significant because it indicates that
.all over the country people were buy-
ing cheaper things for Christmas.
Buying them because they didn’t have
the money to visit the stores where
more costly articles are sold.
—The fact that we voluntarily se-
lected a seat at Senator Scott’s din-
ner that made it necessary to knock
«elbows with the Hon. Holmes seems
to have caused some of the other
guests to stare in wild-eyed astonish-
ment. Why shouldn’t we have done
just what. we did do? We have no
personal quarrel with the gentleman.
And we would be underestimating
him if we were to think he has one
with us. Neither one of us had any
~crow to eat. We did our best to lick
him and he knows that our best is
not to be sneezed at. He did his best
to get elected and we know that it
was some best or Andrew Curtin
Thompson would be an Honorable al-
+s0—not to say that he isn’t that now,
~except his starts with a little h, not
the big H that we have to spell it
with ever after we have sent some-
"body to the Legislature. But talking
:about eating crow, the kick we got
out of the dinner is a puzzle still un-
solved: Why should Senator Scott
have arranged it so that the princi-
pal meat dish was goose. The goose
was cooked, too. Well cooked. Did
that mean anything? If it did we
are mildly curious to know whose
‘goose was so well cooked. Certainly
it wasn’t the Senator’s for Monday
was a day of days for him.
—Having side-tracked for a min-
ute or two to let some other thoughts
run on we pull back onto the track
we started the above paragraph on:
Our pleasure in breaking somebody
.else’s bread with the Hon. Holmes.
We want to say right here that we
never could see any reason why men
who are enemies politically should be
. enemies in their personal relations.
‘There is nothing of sportsmanship in
natures that fall into such a state.
In fact, the secret of successful pol-
itics is the cultivation of personal
friendships with one’s political ene-
mies. It so insidiously disarms them.
VOL. 73.
NO. 1.
Limiting Campaign Expenditures.
During the discussion of the Vare
case in Congress recently Senator
Gillett, Republican, of Massachusetts,
admitted that so long as candidates
were permitted to expend vast sums
of money for nomination and election,
“no poor man could be elected to the
Senate, however able he might be.”
If it costs half a million or more dol-
lars to canvas a State for nomination
there are only two classes eligible.
The candidate must be a millionaire,
like Mr. Vare, or a crook who is will-
ing to serve the selfish interests of
rich men or corporations ready to in-
vest that vast sum in his campaign.
Of the two the crook is probably the !
more dangerous.
At the recent session of the com-
mission to revise or codify the elec-
tion laws of Pennsylvania several
suggestions were made as to the lines
to be laid down to improve the elec-
toral machinery, some of which were
both wise and expedient, but not a
word was said in favor of limiting the
expenditures of the candidates. Form-
er Governor Pinchot, though not a
member of the commission, has pro-
posed a limit of ten cents for each
voter of the party concerned, cast at
the next preceding election. At the
election of 1926 Governor Fisher
polled approximately two million
votes. Pinchot’s proposition would
enable a candidate of that party for
Senator to spend in the neighborhood
of $200,000.
That suggestion, therefore, affords
little hope for a poor man, however
fit and capable, to win a nomination
against one willing “to go the limit”
in expenditures. There are rich men
with the laudable ambition, amply
able to spend that amount of money.
But it is doubtful if any man willing
to pay that price is fit for the office.
Governor Pinchot probably reasons
that writing to every voter is a legit-
imate expenditure and Mr. Vare set
up that excuse for his profligacy. But
as a matter of fact such an expendi-
ture is not necessary, and Mr. Vare
did not spend his money in that way.
A large proportion of his campaign
fund was used in paying “watchers
and workers.” .
The only way to prevent the exces-
sive use of money in elections is to
fix & maximunr- within reach of any
man fit te be a Senator. Some time
ago Congpess set the figure at $10-
000 for a Senator but the Supreme
court, in the Newberry case, declared
it did not operate in primary elec-
tions. A State law covering both
primary and general elections might
work the needed reform, and a law:
forbidding the employment of work-
ers and watchers, which is simply an :
expedient for legalizing bribery,
would help amazingly. Ten dollars
paid to a worker or watcher who has '
four to six votes in his or her family
is just like putting votes on the bar-
gain counter of a department store.
Blunder of Democratic Senators.
Those Democratic Senators who
voted fo practically pigeon-hole Sen-
ator Walsh's resolution to investigate
the electrical power trust served the
sinister purposes of monopoly rather
than the interests of their party. The
purpose of the resolution was to check
the activities of the trust at the psy-
chological moment while in process of
formation. The obvious intent of the
motion to. refer to the committee on
Interstate, Commerce was to give
those concerned in the enterprise time
to complete the organization and en-
trench it. in a formidable citadel of
capital. Thirteen Democratic Sena-
tors joined with the Republicans of
the chamber to hand it over to Sena-
tor Watson, of Indiana, a master po-
litical manipulator.
The surprising reasons given by the
thirteen Democrats who voted to thus
dispose of the questions was that
“any startling evidence uncovered in
such an investigation would almost
inevitably figure in the coming po-
litical campaign, and for that reason
conservative Democrats are dubious
about the wisdom of the party tak-
ing any responsibility for the in-
quiry.” Upon the same line of reason-
ing the Democratic Senators might
refrain from participation in legis-
lation on any important question and
give the Republicans free rein in ev-
erything. The result of such a policy
would be inevitable. The Democrats
would be absolutely without an issue
in the coming political campaign or
even an excuse for existence.
That certain selfish capitalists are
forming a colossal power monopoly
which, if completed, will lay the
whole industrial life of the country
under wi, is so plainly discernible
that “the wayfarer, though blind, may
see.” If the Democratic Senators are
able to ‘rescue the users of electric
power from such a danger, they will
create dn issue for the coming po-
litical campaign which will sweep the
country from the Atlantic to the Pa-
wetThie Watchman gives all the
news while it is news.
Corruption of Several Philadelphia
The recent exposure of fraud and
corruption in the minor courts of
Philadelphia has startled the people
of the State outside of the limits of
that city. It has been shown that
all, or nearly all, of the magistrates
have been systematically levying
graft upon defendants who have ap-
peared before them. A few months
ago one of them was convicted of
withholding funds collected in the
form of fines. The later charges are
that in collusion with outsiders, fre-
i quently political leaders, they have
| been accepting “straw bail” for per-
sons accused of crime, thus permit-
ting them to escape trial and punish-
ment. A fee was charged for the
service which was divided between
the magistrate and the bailer.
The magistrates in Philadelphia
serve the same purpose in the ju-
dicial system as the aldermen in the
lesser cities and the justices of the
peace in boroughs and townships.
They are part of the machinery for
administering justice and conserving
the rights and property of the peo-
ple. The least taint on the reputa-
tion of the court for integrity cre-
ates suspicion and invites distrust of
the system. The evidence brought
out in the investigations which have
been in progress for some time shows
that the minor courts of Philadelphia
are simply nests of grafters prey-
ing upon the misfortunes of their
victims. The investigation is unfin-
ished and the result remains to be de-
istence for many years, and the plain
political system maintained by the
Vare machine. The delinquent mag-
istrates are guilty of a great crime
against the. people, but they are not
entirely to blame. They are chosen
by the big boss with full knowledge
of their characters and probably with
an implied understanding that part
of the graft shall be given to the
campaign fund. And the big boss is
not solely to blame, either. When
the heads of the largest corporations,
the Chamber of Commerce and. the
leading bankers give support tothe
—It is rumored in Washington that
Secretary Mellon favors George
Wharton Pepper for President. This
refutes, the adage that “a burned
child dreads fire.”
Mellon’s Gloomy Day.
"State chairman Mellon spent a
gloomy day in Harrisburg last week.
{ The weather was wretched, the tem-
! perature chilly and forbidding and he
!was lonesome. Even Colonel Eric
! Fisher Wood, his only companion,
| was unable to cheer him up. A brief
conference with the Governor in the
evening may have yielded some rec-
i ompense for a day of disappintments,
but it was not perceptible. He finally
retired to his hotel apartment “in the
midst of a vast solitude.” It was a
rude awakening from a dream of vast
power to a realization of absolute im-
potence. Nobody greeted him with a
sign of deference or a show of cor-
diality. Nobody paid any attention to
him at all. :
Mellon had invited the
dle and eastern sections of the State
to meet him in Harrisburg on the day
in question to discuss the impending
political conditions. His purpose was,
as he stated it, “to get the county
leaders thinking what ought to be
done during the coming situation. The
local tickets,” he added, “will be made
up in February and there are a good
many angles to be worked out prior
to that time.” Such an appeal, he im-
agined, would go to the hearts of the
faithful and such a conference give
him a fine opportunity to impress up-
on their minds the importance of
sending delegates to the National
convention who would be obedient to
Uncle Andy.
But “the best laid schemes o’ mice
and men gang aft agley.” None of
the local leaders responded to the: in-
vitation to meet and absorb wisdom
from the lips of “the main guy” ex-
cept boss McClure, of Delaware coun-
ty, and congressional candidate Beers,
of Huntingdon. McClure came to tell
the Big Boss that the Republicans of
his county are able to take care of
themselves and need neither advice
nor help from outsiders and Mr.
Beers probably asked him to head-off
Ben Focht who has been pestering
him for many years. It was certain-
ly a disappointing enterprise but the
political game is disappointing as
chairman Mellon will discover “more
at length” in the course of time.
———— ————————
—The new Mayor of Philadelphia
has taken -machine politicians as his
official advisers. Obviously he is try-
ing to “make a silk purse out of a
sow’s ear.”
It has also been proven that the la-
mentable condition has been in ex-
inference is that it is a part of the
machine they become parties ta the
local leaders of his party in the mid- !
Mr. Vare’s objections to the voting
machines as expressed by Speaker
Bluett, at the recent initial session of
the Election “aw Commission, has
Erought out a strong statement on
the subject from the officials of the
Pennsylvania Elections Association.
Mr. Bluett declared that the voting
machine would require more time for
each voter to mark his ballot than is
corsuried by the present system. In
a letter addressed to Senator Schantz,
chairman of the Election Law Com-
mission, the Pennsylvania Elections
Association completely refutes this
charge and conclusively proves not
only greater expedition in registering
the vote, but greater accuracy and
a considerable saving in expense.
“It is a fact,” says the letter to
Senator Schantz, “that in New York
city, where voting machines were
used in the late election, the general
average was one vote per minute.
When 'it is remembered that the vot-
ers, of New York were not only vot-
ing for candidates but also on nine
constitutional amendments, it will be
appreciated that the charge of delay
in the balloting does not lie against
voting machines.
The: fact is that voters pass
through. the polling places with such
expedition in New York that election
districts can be enlarged. The New
York election law provides. that where
voting machines are used districts
may be consolidated so as to permit
650 voters to a district, whereas, with
paper ballots the limit is 400.
The average cost of conducting an
election in cities like New York and
Philadelphia is ‘approximately sixty
dollars to a district. In New York
last year the use of voting machines
"enabled them to cut out over 200
! districts and effect a saving of $12,
000. A similar saving might be made
in Philadelphia without impairment
of the service. In fact the letter to
Senator . Schantz goes on to say:
“Voting machines provide for ease,
speed and accuracy of voting, pre-
vent the congestion which develops in
crowded districts and absolutely pre-
vent the padding and falsification of
return sheets after the polls close.”
his is’ literally true and probably
the reason “Vare opposes them.
I —Secretary Mellon imagines that
“he will be able to whip Congress in-
to support of his tax bill but is like-
ly to be diappointed. The congress-
ional election ‘s coming on and tax
reduction is “popular with the peo-
Origin of a Famous Phrase
Through the kindness of an old
friend of an inquisitive turn of mind
and reminiscent inclination the
Watchman is able to give what Wil-
liam Randoff Hearst would interpret
as an authentic statement of the or-
iginal “I do not choose to run”
phrase. Some seventy-five or a hun-
dred years ago, the book is without
date but its pages are yellow with
age, there was issued from the press
of a New York publisher, a hand-
somely bound and copiously illustrat-
ed volume entitled “Half Hours with
French Authors.” It gives brief
sketches and almost equally short
samples of the literary product of the
, most famous French writers up “to
"the end of the Sixteenth century.”
Among those quoted is Maximilian
i de Bethune, Duke of Sully, who won
| fame as Minister in the government
lof King Henry IV. His family be-
longed to a “younger branch of the
| House of Flanders,” acording to the
narrative, and “he was educated in
the doctrines of the Reformed faith.”
His description of the battle of Ivry,
in which he appears to have had a
conspicuous part, having been severe-
ly wounded several times and had two
horses shot from under him is quoted
at some length. At a critical stage
of the battle he had two prisoners,
one of whom was shot while in his
custody. He was advised by the Count
de Torigny to demand ransom. To
this amiable suggestion he responded
“I did not choose to do this.”
President Coolidge is a : rather
adroit phrase-maker, himself, and ac-
cording to current gossip, has devel-
oped a funny faculty of culling choice
and sometimes unusual expressions
from the writings of others. It is
freely charged that his favorite
sources of supply of thoughts and
language are the various cyclopedias
available for such purposes, but it is
not improbable that he occasionally
appeals to other mediums and the
handsome volume issued anonymously
many vears ago might have attracted
his attention, and the unique phrase
of so distinguished a soldier and
statesman as the Duke of Sully chal-
lenged his admiration and appealed
i to his fancy.
—Maybe Senator Borah hopes: that
the Republican convention will re-
ward him for his services in‘ leading
the insurgents into camp.
4 there was a Latin gracefulne
Opposition to the Voting Machine. | Another Outstanding Achievement of
Colonel Lindbergh.
From the Philadelphia Record
There is no extravagance in that
pretentious title, “ambassador of
good-will,” which official oratory and
public sentiment long ago conferred
upon Colonel Lindbergh. His dazzling
flight across the Atlantic did more to
promote understanding between this
country and Europe than all the dip-
lomatic maneuvers of several years.
Even more striking is the gesture
towards restored co-operation where-
with Mexico has celebrated his wing-
ed embassy to that republic, by mov-
ing to abandon a policy which for
years has been a subject of bitter
Article 27 of the Mexican Constitu-
tion of 1917 provides for nationaliza-
tion of resources of the soil. The Car-
ranza Government, choosing to inter-
pret the provision as retroactive,
practiced systematic seizure of oil
and mining properties held by Ameri-
can interests, even of those acquired
prior to 1917 and in full accordance
with Mexican laws. Succeeding Gov-
ernments, although professing great-
er friendship for the United States,
continued this policy despite urgent
protests from Washington. The Am-
erican position, steadily maintained
has been as it was formally outlined
six years ago; “Mexico is free to
adopt any policy which she pleases
with respect to her public lands, but
she is not free to destroy without
compensation valid titles obtained by
American citizens under Mexican
laws. That would constitute an inter-
national wrong of the gravest char-
acter, and this Government could not
submit to its accomplishment.”
Endless negotiations failed to
break the deadlock, until a new situ-
ation was created a month ago by a
decision of the Mexican Supreme
Court that two articles in the law
regulating oil and land holdings are
themselves unconstitutional. With
this advantage Ambassador Morrow
was able to progress towards an un-
derstanding, but settlement was un-
doubtedly hastened as a result of the
extraordinary good feeling inspired
by the visit of Colonel Lindbergh.
President Calles sent a special mes-
sage to the Chamber of Deputies urg-
ing amendment of the law; that body
paossed the bill promptly and unani-
mously, and early approval by the
Senate is forshadowed.
Perhaps the vexatious controversy
would have been settled anyayy, But
ss’in the
timing of the Mexican action ‘which
points unmistakably to the uncon-
scious diplomatic influence of Lind-
bergh’s personality.
Increased Speed
From the Altoona Tribune
While the Pennsylvania vehicle
code, effective January 1, provides for
a maximum speed of 35 miles an hour
on the highway—an increase of five
miles over the previous maximum
speed—this does not mean that mot-
orists may operate at the higher rate
under any and all conditions.
Operating a vehicle at a speed
greater than is reasonable and prop-
er having due regard to the traffic
surface and width of the highway, or
at a speed that endangers the life,
limb or property of any person, is
prohibited by the code.
Likewise, the code is violated if the
motorist operates a vehicle at a speed
greater than 20 miles an hour when
within 200 feet of a grade crossing
of any steam or electric railway
where signs so stating are erected.
Another provision prohibits operat-
ing a vehicle at a speed greater than
20 miles an hour when passing any
school during recess or while children
are going to and from school.
It is also a violation of the code to
operate at a speed greater than 20
miles an hour when within 50 feet of
and in traversing an intersection of
highways in a business or residence
The code provides for 20 mile speed
limits where formerly the limit was
15 miles. This provision is effective
wherever local authorities have erect-
ed signs so stating in letters not less
than four inches in height.
No motorist. need get in trouble
over speed if he observes the cardi-
nal rule of safe driving—caution and
consideration at all times. Even a
speed of 20 miles an hour where 35
is permitted might, under certain
conditions, be criminal. It is the duty
of each individual driver to so oper-
ate his car that he does not endanger
himself or other users of the high
way. :
—Has anybody seen the Skellerjel-
lup comet? We thought we glimpsed
it on Christmas eve, but since we
have seen no trace of it since we are
fearful that we might have been “see-
in’ things” that night.
—Our incipient war in Nicaragua
isn’t a matter for the League of Na-
tions. We are not a member of the
League. Neither are the Nicaraguan
—Why should there be any anxiety
about what President Coolidge will
do after the expiration of his term?
He says he intends to whittle.
—Gas and oil stoves are still get-
ting in their deadly work. Last Sun-
day ‘they took the toll of three lives
in Pennsylvania.
—Fourteen hundred dollars, the lifetime
savings of Peter Sandygate and his fam-
ily, were burned when their dwelling at
Johnstown was destroyed by fire, entail-
ing a total loss of about $12,000. An over-
heated furnace is believed to have caused
the fire. The family was visiting relatives
at the time.
—Returning home last Thursday after
taking Harry Meeker, aged 20, to the
Danville State hospital, Constable Harter,
of Bloomsburg, received word that he had
beaten an attendant and escaped. Harter
was waiting for Meeker when he returned
home and took him to the institution a
second time.
—Statistics completed at the city hall,
at Lebanon, last Friday, disclosed that in
his four years as Mayor, Dr. John Walter
has imposed fines aggregating $23,204.32
as the result of 2923 arrests. Dr. Walter
has been known as the “Fininz Mayor,”
as a consequence of his drive against of-
fending motorists.
—The Mifllin and Centre county branch
of the Pennsylvania railroad, one of the
oldest lines in the State, was discontinued
December 31 when the last train was run
over the twelve miles between Lewistown
and Milroy. Railroad service in that sec-
tion of the State will now be given by
the Kishacoquillas Valley railroad.
—Charles Woodle, 32, lost his right eye
last Tuesday morning when a lubricator
burst in the engine reom of the Vicose
plant and a piece of glass struck and
lacerated the eye. Weodle was looking at
the lubricator glass to ascertain how it
was feeding when the explosion came, The
injured optic was removed at the Lewis-
town hospital.
—It is reported that the consolidation
of Schuylkill College, of Reading, an Ev-
angelical institution, and Albright College,
at Myerstown, Lebanon county, will be
effected some time in 1928, probably in
midsummer. It is also stated that the Al-
bright College buildings at Myerstown
will be converted by the Evangelicals in-
to an orphanage.
—Charles H. Price, 53, car inspector for
the Pennsylvania railroad, at Lewistown,
has been awarded a medal for heroic
service September 6, 1925, when he threw
three children out of the path of an on-
rushing express train in front of the
Pennsylvania Railroad depot at the risk
of his own life. The girls were playing
along the tracks when the train rounded
a sharp curve a couple of hundred feet
—Its building and equipment. damaged
by a shattering blast of dynamite, the
Scranton Sun, afternoon newspaper, went
about the business of getting out its edi-
tions as usual, on Monday, while city
and county authorities were searching for
the perpetrators of the explosion. The
Sun building was shaken and windows of
dwellings and other structures in the vi-
cinity were broken by a heavy charge of
explosive that went off as the bells of
the city were tolling the beginning of
the new year.
-—The home of William Miller, of Roar-
ing Spring, was entered by robbers re-
cently and relieved of 75 jars of fruit,
Entrance was made, by prying the out-
side cellar door open. Fresh tracks in
the alley at the rear of the lot showed
that an automobile had been parked, evi-
dently where the franit had been loaded.
The robbery took place about midnight:
Mr. Miller was aroused by ‘a screaching °
noise, but, thinking it was an automobile
going by, paid no attention until the fol-
lowing morning when the discovery was
made. No clue to the guilty persons has
heen obtained.
—Preparations are being made for the
celebration of the fourth anniversary of
the lighting of No. 3 blast furnace of the
the E. and (i. Brooke Iron company, at
lirdsboro, on January 17. This is the
longest single run of any blast furnace in
the Schuylkill valley and the marvel is
that the stack is working on as smoothly
as when the furnace was lighted, and is
produeing as big tonnage of iron. So far,
435,000 tons of pig iron has been turned
out and the largest output for a 24-hour-
day run was 423 toms. It is likely that
the furnace will be put out of service in
the spring, and overhauled and enlarged.
—For nine days William Richardson, of
Tyrone, a soldier at the Carlisle barracks.
lay . ill in the barn of the Cumberland
county home farm, near aCrlisle, with-
out food or water and was finally rescued
Friday, when his faint eries reached
farmhands. Richardson was removed to
the Carlisle post hospital, where it was
found that his feet had been frozen and
he was greatly weakened from exposure
and lack of food. He will recover, how-
ever, it is believed. Richardson was dis-
charged from the post hospital December
20. The next day he took a walk, he said,
and when he became ill he went into the
county home barn to rest, and there he
collapsed and remained nine days.
—Three large Tyrone firms have ar-
ranged for a consolidation of their bus-
iness interests and give Myrone one of
the largest wholesale and retail busi-
nesses in this part of the State. The Bay-
er-Gillman company, wholesale grocers,
have made application to the State for an
increase in its capital stock so that it
may merge with the Oriole Stores Inc.
and ‘take over the Tyrone Home Dressed
Meat scompany. The consolidating firm
employs nearly 150 men and women and
their business during the past year was
close. to $2,000,000... Roy F. Bayer, presi-
dent of the Bayer-Gillman company, will
continue as president of the new company,
while Raymond C. Albright, president of
the Tyrone Home Dressed Meat company,
will become treasurer of the new firm.
John W. Bayer will become assistant
treasurer of the new company.
—Two unmasked men held up a branch
of the First National Dank of Altoona,
on Wednesday of last week, and escaped
in and automobile with $4,990, which they
scooped up from the counter as they fled.
They overlooked $10,000 in bills nearby.
Joseph Council, a teller, was alone in the
branch, located at Eighth avenue and
Twenty-fourth street, when a man ‘en-
tered and presented a $10 bill, asking for
change in pennies. As Council turned to
the vault the second robber appeared and
forced him into the vault, which then was
locked by one of the invaders. Harry
Tenny, a gasoline station proprietor, ap-
peared at the bank a few minutes rafter-
ward and heard Council's cries from in-
side the vault. Tenney attempted to work
the combination under Council's direc-
tions, but when he failed aid was sum-
moned from the main bank to. release