Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, February 22, 1929, Image 1

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——The snow that started falling
early Tuesday morning was the heav-
jest of the year but only about five
inches of it fell.
—Up to the moment that he put
Coleville’s “millionaire” on the water
wagon for an entire year we really
believed that Judge Fleming had a
—Why call it “the busy” bee? This
over exploited hymenoptera exponent
of energy really works about three
weeks and then eats honey all the
rest of the year.
* —The inauguration is only ten
days off and so far as cabinet mys-
‘teries are concerned Mr. Hoover has
a better one than any magician we
have ever heard of.
—It is supposed that there is a
“sucker” born every minute. Judg-
ing from the number of them that are
haled into court all over the country
there must be a boot-legger born
every second.
—We fear that the country is soon
to suffer a great disappointment. In
a month or so Mr. Coolidge will be
expected to be making a noise like
a retired President and silent Cal. just
can’t make a noise.
—The time is about here when the
average farmer will spend about
eight hours every day at a public
sale. You ask: Is that all he has to
do. No! ‘A year hence he'll probably
have a sale note to pay.
—At the coming Stribling-Sharkey
fight in Miami “pop” is to be sold in
paper containers and not glass bottles
as usual. - Thus the sore-heads after
Mr. Dempsey’s first promotion event
will be confined to those who didn’t
get their money's worth.
— We regret exceedingly that we
have never had opportunity of meet-
ing Mr. Edison. We are sure he nev-
er would have said that man knows
next to one-millionth of nothing had
he met us before making such a
sweeping assertion. He would prob-
ably have omitted the “next.”
—We are hoping the New York
courts will publish the “sucker list”
of the fake Canario Copper com-
pany. We'd like the world to know
the soft sisters who thought they
were buying stock in a copper mine
but were really buying automobiles
and diamond studded dog collars for
the ladies of New York’s night clubs.
Mr. Hoover had no sooner de-
parted from Miami than the business
men of that city called a meeting to
solve the unemployment problem
there. As-long as Herb was-in town’
we presume every fellow who was
out of a job had hope, but when the
apostle of prosperity started north—-
well, that was something else, again.
—Senator Reed, of Missouri, is
holding the spotlight in Washington
just now. He will retire from the
Senate with the close of the present
session and he is singing swan songs
daily. On Monday he sang a rather
acrid little ballad entitled “Wet
Drinkers and Dry Voters,” dedicated
specially to his colleagues in both
branches of Congress.
—The Legislature of Pennsylvania
would do well to let the rival politi-
cal gangs in Philadelphia wash their
dirty linen at home. At this distance
from the scene Senator Salus looks
like a poor sport. If he and his
crowd can’t take a licking without
running to Harrisburg to get the
State to do what they couldn’t do
themselves they're pretty small po-
tatoes and few in a heap.
—Two hundred men lined up for
seven jobs that were open when they
started work on two new school
houses in Sunbury on Saturday. Af-
ter looking up the last fall election
returns in Northumberland county
we have concluded that probably one
hundred and ninety nine of the ap-
plicants voted for Hoover. And if
they did it must have been because
they thought he would bring them
prosperity. Certainly it wasn’t be-
cause Smith wag wet. Northumber-
land isn’t so dry as that.
—From New Hampshire, Ohio,
comes the story that a young man
fasted thirty-five days “to drive the
devil out of his father.” We note the
incident not because someone doing a
fool thing is unusual. As a matter
of fact such things are being done
every day. The interesting phase of
the exhibition in question is the rév-
elation that there is a son in this
broad land who is worried about his
dad. In this day and generation of
youthful sophistication we are
amazed to learn that there is one
shoe on the other foot and one old
fashioned boy left.
—We're getting soft. Nobody
seems to be able to stand cold weath-
er anymore. This hasn't been an
unusually cold winter yet we hear
comment on all sides as to its sever-
ity. In 1904, from Thanksgiving day
to February 19, there were only sev-
en days when the mercury failed to
go below the freezing point. We
have had no such consistently cold
weather this winter. We are coddling
ourselves with super heated homes
and offices, discarding woolens for
silks and expecting summer raiment
to render winter service. That's why
we're cold in weather that our fore-
bears considered merely exhilerating..
Er ies
ARN a————
. FEBRUARY 22. 1929.
NO. 8.
The Gas Tax Question.
It may be accepted as a certainty
that there will be a hard fight over
the gasoline tax question during the
present session of the Legislature.
Governor Fisher favors a four cent’
levy and the gas consumers are per-
suaded that the present rate is high
enough. There seems to be a wide-
spread opinion that additional reve-
nue will be needed during the coming
biennium. The alternative to an in-
crease in the gas tax is a tax on
shares of manufacturing corpora-
tions. Joe Grundy is unalterably op-
posed to such a tax, and the Mel-
lons are in sympathy with his atti-
tude. These forces combined on any
question are invincible. The Gover-
nor could not possibly oppose them.
A few years ago the question of
tax on gasoline was of little impox-
tance to the public outside of the
owners and users of automobiles. But
the development of electrical power
has so expanded the demand for gas
that it has become an item in the
budgets of every household, small
factory and farm. The automobile
owners are still the largest consum-
ers but the others require enough to
make the price a matter of consider-
ation, and a large proportion of the
people believe that gas consumers
have been ‘the goat” long enough.
Hence they are preparing to put up a
strong opposition to the proposed in-
crease. They are persuaded that it
is not needed and are averse to vol-
untary sacrifices.
While Mr. Grundy is the ostensible
“power behind the throne” in the
movement to increase the gas tax,
the Mellons are not indifferent ob-
servers of the impending conflict.
They are extensive producers of gas-
oline and the flow from the refineries
of “Good Gulf Gas” contributes to
the wealth of the family a good deal
more than the quantity consumed by :
their automobiles subtract from it.
Maybe some good will come out of :
the controversy, however, It may
Little Improvement in Philadelphia.
The real reformers in Philadelphia
have little faith in the sincerity of
the group which Senator Salus de-
scribes as the “new combination.”
This group is composed of (ireenfield,
Monahan, Hazlett and others, who
offer themselves to take the place of
the old Vare machine. In an address
made before the Legislative League
in Harrisburg, the other evening,
Thomas Reyburn White, head of the
Committee of Seventy, said, “no new
leadership which may emerge from
Philadelphia’s tangled situation can
hope to survive for more than a fleet-
ing moment unless it takes note of
the need for improvement in the ad-
ministration of Philadelphia’s busi-
ness affairs.”
When Senator Salus appeared as
sponsor of the bill providing for a
new form of government for Phila-
delphia wise observers began looking
for “an African in the woodpile,”
and he was soon revealed. Mr. Salus
proposes to insert a provision in the
measure that the manager shall be
chosen by councils, and councils
shall be elected by the political ma-
chine. This would simply give the.
machine increased power and les-
sened responsibility. The purpose
of Mr. White, in addressing the rural.
members of Legislature, was to ad-
monish them against this danger. In
the original bill proper precautions
are expressed to secure a selection by
the people, but the proposed amen-
ment would destroy it.
The “new combination” is not con-
cerned about improvements in the
government of Philadelphia. The
members of it may be dissatisfied
, with some of the methods of Vare
"and are opposed to such raw stuff
as has been exposed in the police de-
partment. But they all swear al-
legiance to Vare, and if Cunningham
and one or two others of the present
bosses are thrown out others will
obedient to the Vare will. The only
Reaction to the Cruiser Bill.
The statement of Sir Esme How-
ard, British Ambassador at Wash-
ington, of the purpose of his govern- '
ment to initiate a new effort in the
direction of naval armament limita-
tion may be London’s reaction to the
passage and approval of the cruiser
bill. The conference on the subject
at Geneva a year ago failed because
the British government believed the
people of the United States were so
completely committed to peace poli-
cies that Congress would submit in-
definitely to the disparity in naval
equipment between that country and
this. The passage of the cruiser bill
by an overwhelming majority and its
prompt approval by the President has
effectually removed that illusion.
The Washington conference in
1922, in which British and Japanese
statesmen made rings around the
Harding administration, provided for
a petfect parity in the naval strength
of the United States and Great Brit-
ain, to accomplish which nearly a
billion dollars worth of perfectly good
American war ships, afloat or near-
ing completion, had to be scrapped
and sunk. Nothing having been said
about cruisers in that agreement
Great Britain proceeded to build
cruisers until a ratio of five for Great
Britain to about one and a-half for
the United States had been reached.
Then the administration at Washing-
ton woke up and proposed a ‘limita-
tion conference” in which our repre-
sentatives were practically “laughed |
out of court.”
The recent cruiser legislation, how-
ever, has altered the situation. It
plainly conveyed the idea that while
the people of this country are devoted
to peace they are determined to be
prepared for emergencies and if a
contest for superiority should ensue
we have the means to go over the
top, however high it may be. Sir
Esme Howard quickly grasped the
| take their places who are equally | significance of this fact and at the
| probable suggestion of equally keen
lead to legislation that will correct way to make substantial improve- | minded men in London submits a sug-
the faults in the collection of the | ment in the government of Philadel- i gestion for another limitation con-
gas tax that will supply any deficien- | phia is to turn out not only Vare but
cy in revenues. from that source ; nee’
exists. In any event equalization in |
taxation is as important as volume
of revenue.
——The great mouth duel between
Senators Reed and Borah has. been
successfully pulled off and “the gov-
ernment at Washington still lives.”
Just Indignation Expressed.
The recent death of John Berco-
veskie, a miner employed by the
Pittsburgh Coal company at Santia-
go, near Pittsburgh, after having
been brutally beaten by three coal
and iron policemen, appears to have
aroused Governor Fisher to a belat-
ed appreciation of the evil of such an
organization. The coal and iron po-
lice is an organization authorized by
an Act of Assembly passed many
years ago. It conveys to private
corporations authority to organize
and maintain forces which may ex-
ercise police authority without re-
sponsibility. This license to arrest
without responsibility for ‘excesses
or abuses has invited recklessness
and in many cases grave offenses
have been perpetrated in the name of
the law.
In the case in point the victim of
the brutal attack was in the home of
his mother-in-law and is said to have
resisted an arrest attempted without
cause. Thereupon the three private
policemen beat him with clubs and
pistol butts until he was fatally injur-
ed. Upon compiaint of friends Gover-
nor Fisher promptly ordered an in-
vestigation and revoked the commis-
sions of the offenders. The Pittsburgh
Coal company has since engaged to
care for the dead man’s family and
the local authorities will probably in-
flict just punishment upon the offend-
ers. But even such generous and
just promises afford meagre recom-
pense to the bereaved widow and
children and small reparation to an
outraged community.
There will come a material gain to
the public, however, if this lament-
able incident shall culminate in the
correction of a great fault in the
police system of Pennsylvania which
has been pyramiding outrages for
many years. And Governor Fisher's
comments inspire hope for that re-
sult. “The viciousness of tha
system,” he says, ‘consists of the
surrender by the State into private
hands of police power. These powers
ought to be jealously guarded by the
State and exercised only under its
jurisdiction.” No greater truth has
been uttered, no truer principle ex-
pressed by a public official in recent
years, and, fortunately, Governor
Fisher is in position to bring it about.
em ent— nse e—
——The relief work in Philadelphia
is in progress but not in the form of
soup houses.
all those who acknowledge allegiance
to his corrupt dynasty. Honest elec-
tion laws will help to accomplish
this result. ;
BS I *
——One trouble with Senator Reed,
of Missouri, is that he keeps “too
many irons in the fire.” If he had
given less time to a hopeless effort
to rehabilitate John Barleycorn he
| might have achieved a splendid tri-
umph over fraud and coruption hy
keeping Vare out of the Senate.
reese eee ee,
Hoover's Uncertain Mind.
Unless appearances are misleading
President-elect Hoover is a hard
problem to solve. He is impulsive,
emotional and uncertain in purpose.
He won't “stay put,” if we may use
an expression common among politi-
cians. That sort of man in power is
difficult to manage and unless the
President is manageable the party
managers have all sorts of trouble on
their hands. No engagements can be
made or plans laid if the boss cannot
be completely relied upon, and every
act of the President-elect, since the
election, shows that Herbert Hoover
is sort of a question mark. He acts
upon his own impulses regardless of
the effect upon the party or the
Soon after the election the an-
nouncement of his tour of the South-
ern Republics came to the country
like “thunder from a clear sky.” It
was variously interpreted by the press
and public, and to a considerable ex-
tent was taken to mean the remov-
al of embarrassments to President
Coolidge during the closing period of
his administration. But before he
had completed his “mission of good-
will” he changed his mind and re-
turned to Washington to engage in
conferences with party leaders upon
current questions of policy. After a
period he suddenly “pulled up stakes”
and hied himself to an inaccessible re-
treat on the Florida coast to remain
until the eve of his inauguration.
Now, he has changed his mind
again and is back in “to clear up
a number of matters which must re-
ceive his attention before March 4th.”
What influenced him to this action
has not been revealed but may be as-
cribed to various causes. The party
managers may have been doing some-
thing that does not meet his approv-
al or he may have imagined that his
presence in Washington during the
closing days of the present Congress
would be helpful to his friend Vare
who served him in an emergency at
Kansas City. Then again the Presi-
ident may have done something.
————————p Are ——————————
——Pat Crowe, whose greatest
achievement was the kidnapping of a
rich baby, also denies that he com-
mitted suicide or died by any other
rence in which the representatives
"of Great Britain will be more rea-
sonable. It is to be hoped that his
, gesture will be followed by action and
| that it will come in time to check
expensive building operations.
| ———— A
| .——Next week we will publish a
| thrilling story of the early cattle days
-in the northwest. It is really a blood
| curdler and what makes it all the
| more interesting it is told by a for-
‘mer Centre countian, Larry Curtin,
Hoy, who left Centre county in 1870
{and became the cattle king of the
| Brown's Park country in Wyoming.
——In Governor Fisher’s recon-
| structed code the recommendation of
| the 1927 Legislature that Rockview
, penitentiary be made a separate and
, distinct institution with its own board
of managers is to be dropped and
| Rockview to remain under the super-
vision of the board of the western
! penitentiary.
——Highway engineers are mak-
ing a survey of the Bald Eagle. Val-
ley road from Milesburg to the Cen-
tre-Clinton county line, and it is
rumored that it will be rebuilt with
a concrete surface the coming sum-
—————— A ee ee —
——Probably the most important
achievement of the proposed new
code is that it will substitute the
name of Fisher for that of Pinchot an
the principal law for the government
of the Commonwealth.
——Judge McDivitt, of Philadel-
phia, is doing his part in the effort to
discourage crime. The other day he
sentenced four gangsters to a total of
210 years in prison.
——Last Sunday's canvas for the
annual budget of the Bellefonte
Methodist church resulted in pledges
of over $400 in excess of last year.
re gr emi
——The Senators were entranced
by the eloquence of Reed and Borah,
the other day, but it’s a safe bet, not
a vote was gained on either side.
rm ———— A en
——Mayor Mackey is still trying
to unload some of Mitten’s burden-
some responsibilities on the tax pay-
ers of Philadelphia.
—— ee
——Coloniel Lindbergh may or may
not be an ideal lover but he allows
no opportunity to boost aviation get
away from him.
RI a
— Leon Trotzy, late dictator of
Russia, appears to be “all dressed up
with no place to go.”
——— fs —————
——“Swearing he'd ne’er consent”
Senator Salus appears to have con-
and concerns the murder of Valentine:
Only five members were present at
the regular meeting of borough coun-
cil, on Monday evening. Fire mar-
shall John J. Bower was present and
turned over to council a check for
$16.50, being two-thirds of a volun-
tary contribution to the Logan fire
company for services at a recent fire
at the Kohlbecker hotel, in Milesburg,
and another check for $134 from res-
idents of Spring Mills, one-third of
which will be returned to .the fire
Elmer E. Rockey appeared in per-.
son and presented a complaint and
petition from residents of east Lamb
street regarding the bad condition of
' the pavements as well as portions of
the street. The matter was referred
to the Street committee.
A lengthy communication was re-
ceived from M. J. Barrick, district en-
gineer of the State sanitary water
board, protesting against the placing
of an illuminated fountain in the big
spring on the grounds that it might
contaminate the water. Mr. Cunning-
ham, of the Water committee, stat-
ed that no portion of the fountain
will go into the water but the triped
on which the fountain will rest, and
as it will be made of galvanized iron
there will be nothing about it to con-
taminate the water. He further stat-
ed that the fountain is almost
ready for installation and recom-
mended that it be installed. The
matter was left in the hands of the
committee with power.
The Water committee reported the
collection of $300.00 on water dupli-
cates and $38.22 for rent and miscel-
laneous items.
The Finance committee presented
the treasurer's report in which he.
stated that tax collector Sarah Love
reported a little over forty thousand
dollars having been collected on the
1928 duplicate to date. The com-
mittee also asked for the renewal of
a note for $4,000 which was author-
The Fire and Police committee re-
ported that it will cost approximately
$97.00 to secure the necessary valve
rings and put the Undine steamer in
good repair and the matter was left
in the hands of the committee with
The committee also reported that
bids had been received for new tires
for the pumpers. The Johnston Mo-
tor Bus company will furnish four
tires for $400 and allow $50 for the
old tires; the Smead Service Station
bid was $394.88 and an allowance of
$50 for the old tires, while J. B. Ross-
man gave a bid of $398. The com-
mittee advised in favor of keeping at
least two of the old tires for emer-
gency use. The matter was left in the
hands of the committee with power.
Mr. Cunningham, as a member of
the Fire and Police committee, pro-
tested against the chairman of the
committee making appointments and
awarding contracts on his own ini-
tiative without consulting either of
the other members. As the chairman
was not present no action was taken
on the protest.
A committee of the Undine Fire
company was present and requested
council to paint the floor of their
building, similar to the painting done
for the Logans. The matter was re-
ferred to the Fire and Police com-
Mr. Cobb, of the Special committee,
reported progress. in the matter of
lighting the proposed airport mark-
er, and also progress on the proposed
building code for the purpose of se-
curing a reduction in insurance rates.
Mr. Cunningham called attention
to the fact that inasmuch as the new
milk ordinance had been duly passed
and published, and was to go into ef-
fect April ist, council should appoint
a milk inspector so he could have
ample time to make any preparations
necessary to take charge of the work
on that date. President Walker re-
quested the committee to be prepar-
ed to make a recommendation at the
next meeting of council.
Mr. Cunningham also stated that a
serious misconstruction of the ordi-
nance is prevalent among the milk
dealers in Bellefonte, some of whom
contended that they will have to pay
to the borough as a license fee one
dollar for ever one hundred quarts
of milk sold during the year. This is
a grave mistake. The one dollar is
all they will have to pay to secure a
license good for one year. Milk deal-
ers who handle two hundred quarts
daily will be required to pay two dol-
lars for a license and any who handle
three hundred quarts three dollars,
but that is all they will have to pay.
Bills totaling $586.31 were approv-
ed for payment after which council
——Centre county's allotment of
the three cent gasoline tax from July
. to. December, inclusive, is $14,201,
—Three weeks ago an armed Negro
held up Theresa Basial, 24, of Pittsburgh
and robbed her of a $350 diamond ring.
The ring was left in her mail-box last
| Friday, with a scribbled note: “Was just
i a joke. Sorry to put you to any trouble.
—Milton Shipley, who escaped from the
{ Clinton county jail at Lock Haven last
| fall, was captured at his home in Sunbury,
| on Monday by State highway patrolmen
| Flick. Milton and patrolman Swartz. He
{had not been at his home half an hour
| when a woman called the State Highway
{ Patrol. He said he was glad the chase was
—An arduous hug may cost John
Schwartz, of Erie, $5000. Suit has been
brought in county court by Mrs. Alda
Porter, of Meadville, in which Schwartz
is charged with hugging her so tightly
that one of her ribs was broken and two
others injured. She asks for medical ex-
penses and for compensation for time lost
from her work.
—The final touch was put to his quarrel
with his wife nearly a sixth of a century
ago, when George H. Michener, of Nor-
ristown, in his will, filed for probate on
Monday, pointedly remarked that he
makes no bequest to her from his $250 es-
tate, because she deserted him 14 years
ago. The estate was bequeathed to the
four children of their marriage.
—State police are searching for bandits
who early Monday morning beat G. C.
Woods, a steam shovel operator, at his
home in Derry and took $3600. They
knocked him unconscious while he was
placing an automobile in his garage. The
highwaymen are believed to have been in
hiding awaiting his return. When Woods
recovered consciousness he gave the alarm.
—Lodging of a piece of peanut shell in
the windpipe of Charles Decker, 16-
months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Decker, of Williamsport, R. D. No. 2,
indirectly resulted in the infant’s death
in the Williamsport hospital, authorities
said. The child was taken to the hos-
pital to have the shell removed, but be-
fore it could be done pneumonia develop-
ed and proved fatal.
—City and county authorities at Pitts-
burgh are searching for Rev. Harry H.
Rutchel, 33 years old, pastor of the First
Baptist church of Vandergrift, who dis-
appeared after purchasing a ticket on the
Pennsylvania railroad for home on Satur-
day night. As he was known to have
more than $500 and several pieces of jew-
elry on his person, fear for the safety of
the missing pastor was expressed.
—TForty guests of the Marble Hall hotel,
at Mt. Carmel, on Monday, were forced
to flee when fire swept the east wing of
the building, causing damage estimated
at between $25,000 and $30,000. Three
firemen were overcome by smoke but no
one was seriously injured. The blaze,
cause of which has not been determined,
was believed to have originated in the
basement of a pool room adjoining the
—Mine workers of the Lehigh Coal and
‘Navigation company may soon be wear-
ing goggles at their work. The accident
report of the company for 1928 shows
that 366 men suffered injuries of their
eyes as the result of being struck by fiy-
ing particles of coal and ro ks. Officials
are now considering the sugiestion that
miners be forced to wear goggles in an
effort to curtail’ the annual number of
| —Thirty-eight head of cattle and four
mules burned to death in a fire which
early on Monday destroyed the D. L.
Gibbony farm barn, five miles east of Ev-
erett. The loss is $8500. Barking dogs
awakened Carl Foor, the tenant farmer,
and fire companies were called, but were
unable to save anything of value. A water
tank on top of the silo burst due to the
heat of the fire, but the water failed to
quench the flames.
—That a “bank” in a woman's stocking
is unsafe has been proven to Mrs. Cora V.
Thomas, of York, Pa., who charges Lewis
Hawkins with making a ‘touch” of $11
while she was asleep. Hawkins is in jail
at York waiting a preliminary hearing be-
fore Alderman Jacob Stager on a charge
of the larceny of the money and also a
$65 gold watch, which, she alleges, he
stole from her bedroom when he extracted
the currency from her stocking.
— While Jacob E..Garthoff, of Juniata,
was motoring to Lock Haven, last week, to
attend his father’s funeral, he failed to
note the red signal lights at the New
York Central crossing north of Beech
Creek, and crashed into a slow-moving
freight, wrecking the motor and causing
his wife to be hurled through the wind-
shield, Mrs. Garthoff was badly cut
about the face and head. The other mem-
bers of the party escaped with slight
—Progress in the drilling of the test
well for gas and oil, conducted by the
Juniata Gas and Oil company at the
George Gates farm, two miles east of New-
ton Hamilton, is slowing up. The test
well contract calls for 3200 feet. Ten days
ago, when at a depth of 2000 feet, the dril-
lers encountered a bed of rock so impreg-
nated with iron as to resist their every ef-
fort to go through with the machinery
they have on the grounds. Machinery of a
different type will be hurried from New
York at once to complete the well.
—Mrs. Bertha Haffner, a divorcee, was
i acquitted of the murder of State tropper
J. Busch by a jury in criminal court at
Brookville, on Monday. As the verdict was
read Mrs. Haffner wept. Her parents and
fiance, R. C. Larson, Jamestown, N. Y.,
were in the coutroom with her. Busch
was wounded fatally in Mrs. Haffner's
| room at Punxsutawney, October 4. Mrs.
Haffner told police he shot himself acci-
| dentally. The State submitted evidence in
| an effort to show that Mrs. Haffner learn-
ed the day of the shooting that the po-
{ liceman, who had been attentive to her,
| was married.
—A search of the fringe of the woods in
which the body of Blaaz Ahazic, 59, of
White valley, Westmoreland county, who
committed suicide, was found Tuesday,
revealed the charred remains of the man’s
savings amounting to $5900. Before leav-
ing home Ahazic gave his wife a $20 green-
back and taunted her that she would never
get any good out of the remainder of his
$6000 savings which he had just taken
from his trunk. State police ended a three
day search by the discovery of the money,
partially burned, in a tobacco can. The
Treasury Department will be asked to re~
een the money. :