Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, September 28, 1928, Image 1

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— Abraham Lincoln said: “Prohibi- |
‘tion strikes a blow at the very prin- |
«ciples on which our government was
—Speaking of Mr. Hoover, Senator
Borah said. “There is one individual
whom he does not know exists in this
country, and that is the taxpayer!”
—Senator John J. Blaine, Republi-
can of Wisconsin, said: “In 1920 Mr.
Hoover asked for and was willing to
accept the nomination for President
on the Democratic ticket.
—Now that the country has gone
so perfectly dry the ladies of the W.
C. T. U., probably see no further use
for “Miss Mollie” Petrikin’s temper-
ance hall and are planning to convert
it into an apartment house.
—And Mr. Hoover points with
pride to all the rottenness that has
been uncovered in government in
Washington during the last seven
years. Don’t say he doesn’t, because,
if you do, we’ll know you didn’t read
his acceptance speech.
—Really, the Hon. Holmes is hav-
ing such a fine time tearing around
over the country telling people that
he ought to have a third term that
‘we haven’t the heart to start punec-
turing his tires this week. Perhaps by
next week, if they're still standing up,
we'll take a few shots at them.
—We're glad that the country is as
near dry as it is, but we can’t resist
the urge to ask what has become »f
the gentlemen who assured us that
there would be no use for jails after
the Volstead act got operating. Pos-
sibly they are out hunting vacant
rooms to relieve Sheriff Dunlap’s over
crowded boarding house.
—If you haven’t joined the ranks
of Y. supporters you didn’t catch the
significance of that parade of youth,
last Friday night. As they marched |
hopefully under the banners beseech-
ing all to help preserve the place
where they spend so many hours in
Christian atmosphere and wholesome
activity we wondered where they
would be if they hadn’t the Y to go to.
—Farmers are no longer being fool-
ed by the claim that a tariff benefits
them. They are coming to know that
tariff is a tax imposed on a commod-
ity, grown or manufactured in some
other country, that is imported into
this country. The farmer knows that
this country grows more wheat than
it can consume. In consequence, it
exports wheat, instead of importing
it and a tariff doesn’t affect the price
by a single cent.
—Matthew Patterson, Member of
the State Legislature and leader of
the Republican organization in the
nineteenth ward of Philadelphia, is
under: fifteen thousand dollars bail
for his appearance at court to answer
charges for sharing in the liquor
graft collected by police of that city.
‘Of course Patterson won't be tried be-
fore November so that he will have
freedom to turn in his ward for Hoov-
—Of course a man’s religion
doesn’t fit or unfit him for public of-
fice, but since some think that Al
Smith’s does we want to ask them
what they’ve got to say about Her-
bert having been married by a Roman
Catholic. Smith is a Catholic just
like you are what you are or we are
what we are. He was born that way.
Hoover was born a Quaker, but when
he came to take the most momentous
step in his life he didn’t hesitate to
let a Catholic seal the bargain for
—The Berwick ministerial associa-
tion has set November 4 as a day of
special prayer for the defeat of Smith.
Smith might be defeated, but it won’t
be in answer to any such misguided
petitioning. If the good Lord had
wanted to mix politics with religion
he would have answered the prayers
that went up all over the country for
‘Smith’s defeat at Houston. Then his
politico-servants might have been
working for Him, during the four
months of the campaign, instead of
for the Republican party.
—A desperate effort is being made
to fool the country into thinking it
is prosperous. The fact that gam-
blers in the stock market are making
‘millions doesn’t furnish money for
Centre county farmers to buy their
seed wheat with. Henry Ford and
John D. Rockerfeller probably need
steam shovels to handle the coin that
is rolling into their coffers, but labor
around here needs a microscope to
‘see what’s in its envelope at the end
of a hard week’s work—if it is lucky
enough to get continuous employment
for six days.
—To the unknown person who has
been mailing us marked copies of
“The Christian Witness,” “The Voice”
and the “Pentecostal Herald” we want
to say this: Don’t send any more.
Doubtless there is lots of good read-
ing in the publications, but we haven’t
time to pick it out from among the
feeble political essays they contain.
Besides, we don’t believe that Dr. H.
C. Morrison, Mrs. Morrison, G. A. Mec-
Laughlin or John Paul, who are the
editors of these publications, know as
much about the things they are at-
tempting to write about as we do. We
are not being boastful. We are only
stating a fact when we say that be-
cause one happens to be called to edit
a church paper it doesn’t follow that
he or she is either an intellectual
giant or a spiritual paragon.
VOL. 73.
Governor Smith’s Western Tour.
! Governor Smith’s tour of the West
has been a continuous ovation. His
first speech was delivered at Omaha
and his theme was farm relief. He
met with enthusiastic approval of
the people of that section. Senator
: Norris, of that State, appraised it
as “fine.” “Men who believe in the
theory of the McNary-Haugen bill,”
the Nebraska Senator continued,
“should be satisfied with the Omaha
speech of Governor Smith.” His Okla-
homa speech was largely devoted :o
| religious intolerance and the evil of
the whispering campaign. He strip-
ped the mask from the Klansmen in
one of their strongholds and exposed
the hypocrisy of the pretense that
Tammany is an issue in the campaign.
Last Saturday evening he address-
ed an immense and enthusiastic audi-
| ence in Denver, Colorado, on the men-
‘ace of the water-power trust. “The
| benefit of the development of water
' power,” he declared, “should accrue to i
| the people themselves,” and chargad
that the “inaction on the part of the
| Federal government, the silence of
| the candidate and the meaningless
plank of the Republican platform in-
| dicates a sympathy with the wide-
| spread propaganda against public
‘ownership spread throughout the
i country by an organization known as
! the joint committee of the National
Electric associations.” Most of the
| officers of that organization
i formerly associated officially with Mr.
| Hoover.
i But it was at Helena, Montana, the |
{home of Senator Walsh who exposed
the oil scandals, that Governor Smita
struck the true keynote of the cam-
Republican managers were permitted
{to get away with the pretense that
| the party had no responsibility for the
{crimes of the period since Harding
| became President. In his speech of
| acceptance, however, Mr. Hoover
| clearly dispelled this notion by his
| statement that “the record of the
(last seven and a half years constitute
a period of rare courage, leadership
and constructive action. Never has a
political party been able to look back
upon a similar period with more sat-
isfaction.” That fixes the responsi-
bility. . i, ks
And for what is the Republican
party responsible during that period?
The leasing of the naval oil reserves
at Teapot Dome, Wyoming and Elk
Hill, California, to oil speculators who
bribed a member of the Harding cab-
inet and other officials of the govern-
stowed upon them. The late Presi-
dent Roosevelt said “the preservation
of a fuel oil reserve is essential to
the very life and future existence of
the navy,” and Josephus Daniels,
Secretary of the Navy during the
World war said, “any man who would
permit the oil reserves of the navy to
be tapped is risking the very nation-
al existence of the United States. It
is outrageous and wicked. Without
plenty of oil for future emergency
our naval vessels would be as useless
as a painted ship on a painted ocean.”
While the conspiracy to rob the
government of this essential element
in its defensive equipment was in pro-
cess of organization Secretary Hoov-
er was fully informed concerning it.
An oil operator who desired to avail
himself of the opportunity to reap
the immense profits promised wrote
to Mr. Hoover protesting against the
secret methods and asking for open
competition. But he got no comfort
from the Secretary of Commerce.
Mr. Hoover forwarded his letter to
Secretary of Interior Fall, the head
of the conspiracy, and told him to
make whatever reply he liked. There
is no record of Mr. Fall’s action in
the matter but the secret negotiations
were continued and the corrupt deal
The iniquities constantly in pro-
gress in the Department of Justice
where Attorney General Daugherty
was outraging every principle of law
and justice, the crimes of Colonel
Forbes, director of the Veterans’ bu-
reau, and those of the custodian of
alien property, must have come :o
the eyes and ears of Mr. Hoover, for
they were common gossip of the Cap-
ital and of the country for months.
But he made no protest and even now
claims they were incidents of which
the Republican party is and should
be proud. And he asks the people :f
the United States to register approval
of them by electing him President un-
der promise to continue the policias
of Presidents Harding and Coolidge.
——If Tom Cunningham had “told
the truth” and “the whole truth” %o
the Senate Slush Fund committee dis-
trict attorney Monahan would know
where much of the graft went.
——Governor Fisher sets the pace
for macing operations by giving four
per cent of his salary instead of the
i ligious: intolerance stopped they o
ment and the party for the favor be- |
Whispering Lies and Intolerance.
Republican campaign managers,
realizing that the “whispering cam-
paign” is likely to prove a boom-
erang, are trying to shift the respons-
ibility for it to the Democrais.
Chairman Work pretends to deplore
such methods of campaigning and the
Republican press of the country join
in a chorus of approval of his ami-
able protest. As a matter of fact no
scandalous charges have been made
by Demacratic leaders or newspapers
against the Republican candidate for
President. Previous to his nomina-
tion Senator Curtis, now his running
mate on the Republican ticket, Sen-
ator Watson and other Republican
leaders accused Mr. Hoover of var-
ious moral, mental and political de-
linquences, but no Democrats have
done so.
On the other hand charges against
Governor Smith have been whispered
into the campaign from the begin-
ning. One woman of New York State
is said to have written to a woman in
West Virginia that Governor Smith
was so drunk at the New York State
fair that he had to be helped to his
feet when called on to speak. An in-
vestigation, promptly instituted by
Governor Smith, proved that no such
letter had been written or else that
it was a deliberate and malicious lie.
Other charges of immorality or pro-
moting immorality against the Dem-
same and apparently under full sanc-
tion of the Republican campaign man-
The iniquity of such a system of
campaigning is freely admitted by
his speech of acceptance, expressed
abhorrence of religious intolerance.
But the whispering and intolerance
continues and the source of it seems
to be a Ku Klux Klan branch of the
Republican organization, maintained
lican National committee. The head of
is a paper “Colonel” named Horace A.
Mann, of Tennessee, who holds se-
Work and Hoover want the whisper-
ing campaign or the campaign of re-
do so” by dismissing Mr. Mann a
muzzling Mrs. Willebrandt.
——The chairman of the Republi-
can State committee is working over
time to persuade himself that Hoover
will have the usual majority in Penn-
es |
Hoover’s Farm Relief Futile.
Mr. Hoover’s scheme for farm re-
lief by tariff taxation has not had a
persuasive influence on the minds of
those most concerned in the subject.
The Detroit News, on the fringe of |
the “wheat belt,” expresses the senti- |
ment of the intelligent wheat growers
when it says “there is today a tariff
of 42 cents a bushel on wheat—but
while the price of September wheat is
$1.08 in Chicago, it is not $1.50 in
Winnepeg, but $1.11. The tariff shuts |
out Canadian wheat but it does not |
increase American wheat prices. If:
it were $1.00 a bushel it would
accomplish no more than it does."
There is no relief in a higher
tariff.” The price of wheat is fixed |
by the market in which the surplus is |
disposed of. |
It is estimated that the bumper
crop of this year will create a wheat !
surplus of upward of 200,000,000
bushels. That is to say, after the do- |
mestic markets have absorbed all they |
can hope to dispose of for home con- i
sumption there will remain in the |
hands of the growers or the storage
houses that vast quantity which must
be disposed of abroad. This surplus
comes into competition with the sur-
plusses of Australia and Argentina in
the world market at Liverpool. If
there had been short crops in other
wheat producing countries, the price
at Liverpool would be high because
European demands must be supplied
from those sources. With an excess
supply at Liverpool the vendors must |
take what they can get and be thank-
ful that it isn’t less. i
Tariff taxation can be beneficial only |
on commodities of which the domestic |
market absorbs all or nearly all the
product. But even in such cases the |
advantage is limited to few, compara-
tively speaking, for it increases the
cost tothe consumers without com-
pensatory benefits. Tariff mongers
“kid” themselves, and try to make
consumers believe that it raises wages
to a high level and thus contributes
to prosperity. But the records show
that wages are in no respect influenc-
ed by tariff legislation. Even the in-
dustries most favored by tariff tax-
ation buy labor in open markets and
at the lowest rate possible to obtain
it. At present the highly protected
traditional three.
cotton and woolen mills are not pay-
ing living wages.
Political Corruption in Pittsburgh.
The taking of testimony in the Wil-
son-Vare Senatorial contest, so far as
the contestant is concerned, ended in
Washington on Tuesday of last week.
The Senate sub-committee will sit in
Philadelphia on October 1st to take
testimony in behalf of Mr. Vare and
later in Pittsburgh for the same pur-
pose. It has been announced, how-
ever, “that Vare will not attempt «n
affirmative defense against the nu-
merous allegations of fraud and cor-
ruption in 1926 State-wide election, but
will confine himself to contradiction
of testimony already put into the rec-
ord by the Wilson side.” It is diffi-
cult to imagine what the numerous
witnesses subpoenaed by Vare are for
under the circumstances.
But the closing session of the com-
mittee, in Washington, was interest-
ing at least. The last witness was C.
C. McGovern, of Pittsburgh, minority
member of the Allegheny county
Board of Commissioners, elected as
an independent in 1927. McGovern
stated that “nine of the fourteen com-
mon pleas judges of the Allegheny
county court benefitted by frauds
committed in the 1927 primary elec-
tion.” The Mellon machine had nam-
ed a slate and the independent vot-
ers of the party set up a ticket. Both
sides adopted fraudulent methods but
the machine was most successful and
won the majority of candidates. That
were ; ocratic candidate have been proven having been a purely Republican con-
| equally false, but they persist just the test it probably made little difference
to the public which won.
But the evidence revealed the tem-
per as well as the purpose of the Mel-
lon machine. It proved that the
Mellons, though new in politics, have
i paign. In the campaign of 1924 the | chairman Work, and Mr. Hoover, in a clear understanding of the salient
features of the game. Control of the
courts is essential toa perfect part-
nership between politics and crime
and the Pittsburgh machine did its
best to acquire that advantage. That it
only succeeded in part is fortunate
‘and supposedly financed by the Repub- for the public and may account, in
some measure at least, for the with-
| this branch of the Republican machine drawal of former chairman Mellon
from active leadership. His organi-
zation had the money and the mater-
i cret conferences with Mr. Hoover. If ials to win and failure to make a com-
plete job must have been humiliating
as well as disappointing. It made a
sad ending of a brief effort.
——Forcast of the election leaves
the result in doubt but gives Smith
a shade of advantage. It gives him
147 electors sure against 126. That
“is not as deep as a well nor as wide
as a church door,” but if it is main-
tained it will be enough.
——A straw vote favoring Smith
in Philadelphia doesn’t guarantee
that he will carry that city in Novem-
ber, but it indicates a sufficient de-
crease of the corrupt majority there
to enable him to carry Pennsylvania.
——Unless the people of the Unit-
ed States have taken leave of their :
senses the election of the next Presi-
dent will be based upon more import-
ant questions than the church attend-
ed by the candidates.
—Great guns! We just realized
that Thanksgiving will be on us in
two months and then Christmas and
then we'll start counting the days un-
til the fifteenth of April.
——Billy Sunday would be doing
a great favor to Mayor Mackey if he
would shift the cleaning up process
away from the district attorney.
——DPhiladelphia celebrated “Con-
stitution day” with great enthusiasm
on Monday. The gangsters and
racketeers obligingly “laid off” for
the day.
—The old and disreputable sys-
tem of macing State officials for cam-
paign purposes, abandoned during the
Pinchot administration, has been re-
——Mr. Hoover seems to have had
a surprisingly close affinity with wat-
er power magnates. “Birds of a
feather flock together.”
——Senator Curtis, Republican
candidate for Vice President, contin-
ues to “pin his faith” on an increased
tariff tax on rutabagas.
——Evidence multiplies that relig-
ious bigotry rather than prohibition
fanaticism keeps up the “whispering
m—————r eens.
——Gene Tunney seems to be as
lucky in love as in the fighting game.
Polly Lauder is an all-right girl, all
——A survey shows that there are
more saloons in operation now than
before the Volstead law was enacted.
NO. 38.
| Governor Smith and the Oath of
From the Philadelphia Record.
Governor Smith is described by his
opponents as “wringing wet.” Trans-
lated, this means that he believes in
temperance, but not in prohibition.
And because he is frank enough to
say that if elected he will advocate
modification by legal processes of the
Volstead act, the deduction is drawn
that Smith as President would coun-
tenance disregard for the Constitu-
tion and the law.
This deduction is based on the as-
sumption that no Executive can be
depended upon to enforce a law of
which he disapproves. But it leayes
out of account Alfred E. Smith’s
Fharactery training and written rec-
To begin with, Governor Smith has
a rather uncommon regard for the
sanctity of an oath. In his accept-
ance speech he emphasized the fact
that when sworn faithfully to exe-
cute the laws and preserve the Con-
stitution of his country he may be
depended upon to “live up to that
oath to the last degree.” Particular-
izing, he added: “I shall to the very
limit execute the pledge of our plat-
form ‘to make an honest endeavor ta
enforce the Eighteenth amendment
and all other provisions of the Fed-
eral Constitution and all laws en-
acted pursuant thereto.”
These might be regarded as mere-
ly fine words if they stood unsupport-
ed. But they happen to be supported
by Smith’s record in four terms of
the New York Governorship. His
hold upon the people of his State is
not due wholly to his advocacy of con-
structive legislation and his outstand-
ing executive ability. It is traceable
in part to the fact that he keeps his
word. What he promises he per-
forms. His worst enemies will not
challenge that assertion.
It is possible that a great many
wets share the belief of a great many
drys that a Smith Administration
would mean a further let-down in en-
forcement work, the result of which
is a national scandal. Holders of
that opinion wet, or dry, are deceiy-
ing themselves. Smith, as President,
could not perform the impossible feat
of drying up America. But he could,
and would, root corruption out of the
public service and sever the connec-
tions between the bootleggers and
It is noteworthy that in his accept-
ance speech Governor Smith put his
finger at once upon the cancerous
spot in the present systen~
the statement of a former Republican
prohibition administrator that “three
fourths of the dry agents were polit-
ical ward heelers named by politi-
cians without regard to Civil Service
laws.” Such conditions, the Gover-
nor said, “cannot and will not exist
under any administration presided
over by me.”
Whether the. country does or does
not desire to modify the Volstead act
—a question to be decided, not by the
next President, but by the next Con-
gress—it should not entrust the ad-
ministration of existing law to the
party under whose auspices it has
been flouted. It might be well to at-
tempt to restore respect for law by
putting responsibility into the hands
of a man whose regard for the oath
of office is second to nobody’s and
whose superior initiative and execu-
tive ability give promise of results.
A total of 7517 visits for ail-
ments were made to the dispensary
, of the Pennsylvania State College in
, the last academic year.
Perils of Pedestrians.
From the Houston (Tex.) Post-Dispatch.
If walking were not such a hazard
these would be wonderful days in
which to walk to and from your place
of business. It is not laziness which
causes a man to use his car for go-
ing even the shorter distances, but
‘the danger of being run down and
having his wife marry again on the
life insurance on which he has toil-
ed so hard to keep up the premiums.
At every corner one must look four
ways, and then make a run for it, lest
some car which was not in his line of
vision at the start come hurtling out
of nowhere and knock him some-
where. In the course of time it will
be necessary to establish pedestrian
paths, even as bridle paths are main-
tained now. And if the air-flivver be-
comes what it promises—or threatens
—to become, those ways will have to
be subways.
Politics and Wheat Prices.
From the New York Times.
The Republican party will certain-
ly not possess this year the excep-
tional advantage which it derived
from the harvest accidents of 1924,
and the probability is that, with
wheat selling virtually at pre-war
prices, the platform declarations on
“farm relief” and the attitude of the
candidates toward it will play an in-
creasingly important part in the po-
litical wheat-growing communities.
Their outspoken, dissatisfaction with
the Republican party’s attitude and
their gratification at the Houston
platform indicate which side ought to
be helped by that phase of the agri-
cultural situation.
——Joe Armstrong, of Pittsburgh,
is so reckless in speech that the av-
erage person will accept Mr. Beidle-
‘man’s word against Armstrong's oath.
#Te rited
—Mahlon N. Haines, owner of the only
{ buffalo in York county, announces that he
! will kill the beast and sell the meat, the
proceeds to go toward the Visiting Nurses
| Association. The nurses hope to buy an
| automobile with the proceeds.
—Because of the heavy potato crop im
; upper Berks and lower Lehigh county,
the Lehigh potato belt, a week’s special
vacation has been ordered in some of the
township's schools to enable children to
belp their parents pick potatoes. ;
—Guy W. Brown, former State Senator,
banker and church treasurer of Fayette
City, Pa., was indicted by a federal grand
jury at Erie, last Friday, on 33 counts
listed in three true bills which charged
the embezzlement of funds and bonds
amounting to $137,596.28.
—Having traveled 423.1 miles ip Blair
county’s first balloon race which started
from the Altoona speedway Labor day,
Captain Harry E. Honeywell, St. Louis,
was on Tuesday named winner of the
event. His distance was scaled by the
Urited States Geological survey.
—A trail of powder leading to six sticks
of dynamite concealed under a chicken
coop, discovered after a fire swept the J.
B. Esch garage, at Indiana, and damaged
the residence of Mrs. Rut Kukle, caused
State and borough authorities to make an
investigation. The firse damage amount-
ed to $25,000. Nine passenger automobiles
aud three trucks were destroyed.
—The Blaw Knox company of Pitts-
burgh, has been awarded by the State
Highway Department the contract for
erecting 23 steel storage buildings at var-
ious points in the State. The contract
price is $49,328. The buildings are to be
used for the storage of road building and
snow removal equipment. Most of the
structures are to be 128 feet long and 40
feet wide.
—According to papers filed in court at
Scranton, by John Stanczyk, a grocer, his
wife's love has been stolen by D. H. Abel,
a drayman. The deserted mate thinks the
drayman should pay him $50,000 damages
and has brought action to recover that
amount. Among other things, the hus-
band claims the loss of his wife caused
him such mental anguish that he neglect-
ed his business.
—Nick Kallas, of Harrisburg, was ar-
rested hy a detective of the city of Read-
ing at the point of a gun for smashing a
window in a jewelry store and taking ar-
ticles valued at $655. When Kallas was
arrested his pockets were filled with
watches, Reading police say. He had
made a similar attempt to rob another
jewelry store nearby. A city detective
observed him in his work.
—Donald Jones, Michael Mollick and
Michael Markoni, all of Hazleton, were
held in $1000 bail each by Alderman
Ogrediak, charged with having robbed
Michael Burns, also of Hazleton. It is
claimed that when Burns was taken sick
in a hotel there, they offered to escort him
home. but instead beat him up, took $75
from him and threw him into the brush
where he was helpless all night.
—Awakened by scraping noises in the
street, Wallace R. Cutter, owner of the
Fairmount hotel, at Sunbury, looked from
a window and saw three men loading his
600-pound safe into a truck. Pajama-
clad, he ran downstairs, instead of call-
ing the police, and attacked the men sin-
gle-handed. They jumped into the truck
and escaped, leaving the safe. One of the
men dropped a small wallet, in which was
a card bearing the inscription “honesty
is the best policy.”
—Mrs. Harry Siegel, wife of a promi-
nent Lewistown attorney, received a frac-
ture of the skull at the Birch Hill golf
club, Burnham, when accidentally struck
by a golf club in the hands of her hus-
band, last Saturday. Intense interest was
manifested in the game and Mrs. Seigel
stepped behind her husband, receiving the
force of the stroke as it swung over his
shoulder. An operation was performed
at Lewistown hospital, where the authori-
ties say she is recovering.
—The record for having traveled the
longest distance to enter as a freshman
this fall in the agricultural school at Penn
State goes to a 19-year-old boy from Val-
lenai, Chile, South America. The youth,
William Redie Mille, said he selected Penn
State because it had been recommended to
him in England where he received his pre-
paratory school education. Mille express-
ed great surprise when he was shown
Jessie, Penn State’s famous cow with a
window in it’s side which is used for vit-
amin experimentation.
—Boyd King, and his son, Boyd King,
Jr., 10 years old, of Colona, eight miles
from Lock Haven, is in the Lock
Haven hospital following an auto-
mobile crash at the Standing Fishing
Creek bridge. King, taking his son and a
15-year-old daughter for a ride, crashed
into an abutment at a one-way bridge on
his way home about 7 o'clock Sunday
night, completely demolishing the car and
throwing the three occupants out. King
suffered an injury to the hip, several frac-
tured ribs and possible internal injuries.
The boy has a possible fractured skull.
The girl, although badly shaken up, es-
ceped with minor injuries.
—Residents of Cranberry township, Ven-
ango county, in which 18-year-old Love-
da Boyle, auburn-haired hitch-hiker, re-
sided, are ready to raise a fund to help
in her defense, if necessary, on the charge
of murder. The girl is now in Akron, O.,
where she has been held for action of the
grand jury on a charge of shooting Robert
McCormick, 31, an automobile salesman,
early on the morning of September 14, She
has declared that she shot in self-defense,
and her reputation is such in Cranberry
township that residents of that territory
fully believe her story. Loveda Boyle
made a favorable impression during the
several days she was held in jail at
Franklin, Pa.
—Clearfield county authorities are wait-
ing for the result of a fingerprint expert's
examinations of a rifle to help them de-
cide whether or not a murder was com-
mitted over in the Bailey Settlement of
Pike township on Sunday evening when
James Kragle was shot through the head
and killed. Kragle’s dead body was
found at his home on Sunday night at
9 o'clock. A high-powered rifle, found
near the body, and the hole through his
heaa, indicated the cause of his death, but
the authorities found no powder marks
upon the body to indicate that the gun
had been held close enough to his head to
have been fired by Kragle, and there are
other conditions to lead authorities to be-
lieve that the gun was fired by some oth.
er person. \