Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, May 03, 1929, Image 1

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—May has already brought life to
the hot-dog stands along the high-
__It looks. as though Senators
Walsh and Norris have the goods on
Secretary Mellon, but Andy has the
— Tt is estimated that the dry
law has cost $800,000,000 in ten
years, which is a tolerably high price
for what has been accomplished.
—All of the unemployed might
find profitable employment right now
in figuring out how much worse they
might have been off had Al Smith
been elected last fall.
— Poor Uncle Andy might well
say as Hamlet spoke, “one woe doth
tread upon another’s heel, so fast
they follow.” Before the investiga-
tigation of his title to office is ended
inquiry into the Alluminum trust is
—The latest rebellion in Mexico
has been suppressed and them that
are for the government and them
that are ferninst it will probably
start right away to prepare for the
next one. Mexico wouldn't be Mex-
ico without a rebellion or two every
— When Governor Fisher signed the
Boyd bill he ended the possibility of
having ballots as big as tent flies in
Pennsylvania. Under the Act intro-
duced by the Senator from Montgom-
sry county constitutional amendments
or other questions submitted to the
voters in the future will be printed on
a separate ballot.
— It looks as though there might
be a very pretty fight for the Repub-
lican nomination for tax collector of
Bellefonte. From now until Septem-
ser Orrie and Sarah will be a very
susy pair. He would just Love the
job and she wouldn't deKline it, so
‘he stage is set and the one that gets
‘he most votes will win.
— We're sorry for our friend Sam
Jolt. A law has been enacted making
t a misdemeanor for anyone to wear
\ military uniform while working for
\is personal profit. Sam helped lick
jpain and the uniform he wore then
jas stood him in good stead since. It
1as helped his “bally-hoo” a lot when
le sets up his stand at a busy street
— The Pinchots have arrived at
‘olon, Panama. The “Marie Pin-
hot,” the scientific yacht on which the
arty expects to be afloat for a year
r more, was slightly battered by a
ortherly gale before reaching Colon
nd had to be laid up for repairs
here. Gifford has been slightly bat-
ered, lots of times, but stayed in the
ing, so “Marie,” if she’s a true Pin-
hot, ought to be able to take afew
lows and stay on the sea.
—Our national chairman, Mr. Ras-
ob, says: “The Democratic party
ught to rum, year in and year out.”
hat’s exactly what it has been doing
nd, being an automobile man, we
re surprised that Mr. Raskob didn’t
1iggest that there might be some-
1ing the matter with its steering
ear. Let him get his experts work-
ig on that a bit. The old bus goes
ood enough, but she’s always de-
yurin’ to gas stations when she
ight to keep headed for the pie
—Those misguided gentlemen down
. Philadelphia who are organizing
y put an independent Republican
cket in the field at the September
‘imaries would accomplish more if
ey were to join with the Democrats
' that city in an effort to defeat the
zket the machine in their party will
yminate. Prior to last November
ie who would have said that a Dem-
ratic Senator and Members of the
ouse could be elected *n Philadel-
iia would have been called a luna-
>. They were, however, and the
ance is good to do it again if the
yht combinations can be made.
—If we were the Hon. Frank O.
ywden we would decline to serve on
esident Hoover's commission of
st minds to solve the farm prob-
n. The President is looking for a
oat” and wouldn't Lowden be the
sal one? He is the best friend the
rmer has in the Republican party
d if he should head such a com-
ssion and make recommendations
» congressional action, what would
ppen? Congress would do as it
sases about the matter, the Presi-
nt would laugh up his sleeve and
wvernor Lowden would be accused
having double-crossed the farmers.
—We read that Mr. “Red” Grange,
1e galloping ghost,” has advised col-
-‘e football players to stay out of
» professional ranks. “Red's” at-
ude reminds us of an old friend
0 is eternally preaching Prohibi-
n to us. He doesn’t seem to realize
it he drank everything that was
swwed, distilled or syntheticised and
uld probably have been drinking
: had not his liver and his lights
i his kidneys and nerves scared
1 into abstemiousness. Before the
stead act went into effect he said
rybody who drank was headed for
1. Not having arrived at that des-
ation himself he now declares that
ge sin if we violate the law.” It’s
very pretty for Grange and him
give advice, but the average per-
. would sooner have it from those
o haven't first gotten all they
1d out of the things they advise
E. PA.. MAY 3. 1929.
NO. 18.
Severs Relations
with the President.
Senator Smith Brookhart, of Iowa,
has formally and vociferously sever-
ed his friendly relations with Presi-
dent Hoover. It was a painful ope-
ration but inevitable. In a speech de-
livered in the Senate, the other day,
he tearfully declared that “he haa
made 200 campaign speeches for Mr.
Hoover, but,” he added, “the Presi-
dent has not carried out his cam-
paign pledges to the farmer.” This
is “too bad.” But Senator Brook-
hart has a remedy. He advises Con-
gress to “disregard the President and
pass a real farm bill over Hoover's
veto.” That would be heroic if it
were possible. But such a rebuke of
a President at the beginning of his
term is unprecedented. The ‘‘cohe-
sive force of public plunder” is much
too strong for anything like that to
Senator Brookhart is hardly fair
to his former friend, Herbert Hoover.
Mr. Hoover never specifically promis-
ed the farmers of the country any
service, and the platform of the Kan-
sas City convention is equally freo
from exact obligation in the direc-
tion of farm relief. Both made equiv-
ocal declarations on the subject that
deceived nobody except those who
wanted to be fooled, and Mr. Hoover
permitted Senator Brookhart and
Senator Borah to construe these am-
biguities so as to confuse the minds of
the farmers and influence their votes
under a false and fraudulent pretense.
It was their speeches rather than
Hoover's promises that fooled the
According to current gossip in
Washington Senator Borah is also
more or less incensed because of
President Hoover’s expressed attitude
on the farm relief question. Brook-
hart and Borah probably expected to
occupy the enviable position of “the
power behind the throne” during the
period covered by the Hoover admin-
istration. They both deliberately set
out to underwrite pledges never made
by Hoover in the expectation that
gratitude would influence him to fav-
or them in the event of his election.
But there is a stronger magnet ap-
pealing to Mr. Hoover's gratitude,
and they are disappointed. Those who
supplied the slush fund have the first
claim on official” favor and Brook-
hart’s eloquence had no influence on
their votes or contributions.
In any event it is impossible to con-
jure up even the semblance of sin-
cere condolence for a group of grown
men who permitted a couple of po-
litical “porch-climbers,” willing to
prostitute their oratorical gifts for a
selfish purpose, to muddle their
minds. If there had been even a sus-
picion in New York and other centers
of “frenzied finance” that Mr. Hoover
would approve any legislation desir-
ed by the corn belt farmers, the purse
strings of the plutocrats would have
been drawn so tight that even a
dime couldn't have been slipped
across to the treasury of the Repub-
lican National committee. The farm-
ers ought to have known that, and
probably did know it, until their
minds were confused by the sophis-
try of Brookhart, Borah and other
ambitious blatherskites.
——Senator Hefflin wants some-
body punished because one of his
Massachusetts audiences threw
things at him. An amendment to
his motion substituting reward for
punishment ought to be in order.
rr —— Ap ——
——Maybe the law forbidding the
appointment of a man in business or
commerce to be Secretary of the
Treasury is absurd, but it is a law.
nevertheless, and Mr. Hoover says all
laws must be obeyed.
— Hugh Gibson has discovered a
new armament which is enthusias-
tically applauded by diplomats, and
will probably be promptly scrapped
when brought up in conference.
———— i A
——The labor unions of Philadel-
phia denounce Governor Fisher asa
“double crosser,” but the Republican
machine has a way to mollify labor
unions about election time.
te eee
——Harry Sinclair's business asso:
ciates have full confidence in his in-
tegrity, which partially explains the
fact that the public believes the whole
oil industry is rotten.
———— A ———
——A scientist says that the com-
ing woman will have a bass voice and
a moustache as a reward or penalty
for usurping men’s places in life.
rep ebkmibiaheiiaio
— What's the use of submarine
telephone cables when wireless and
radio will serve the public and ought
to cost much less.
+ rere tuiepitnes
——Torch murders seem to be be-
4, ;1 gicoming a habit in New Jersey.
Uncle Andy and His Office.
| The question of the right of An-
drew W. Mellon to serve in the office
of Secretary of the Treasury has been
discussed at considerable length by
members of the Judiciary committee
of the Senate since the beginning of
the special session. In submitting
his cabinet nominations for confirma-
tion the name of Mr. Mellon was not
included for the reason that he had
been previously confirmed. Senator
McKellar, of Tennessee, assumed that
his term of office had expired with
‘the end of the administration with
which he was identified. By unani-
mous vote the committee rejected
this interpretation of the law. But
‘the McKellar resolution attacked the
legality of his service for another
In the early period of the govern-
ment Congress enacted a law declar-
ing that no person directly or in-
directly interested in business or com-
merce is eligible to appointment as
Secretary of the Treasury. At the
time of Mr. Mellon’s appointment by
President Harding he was extensively
engaged in business of various kinds.
But he promptly resigned all his ex-
ecutive and directory assignments
while retaining his holdings in banks
and other corporations except those
lin the Overholt Distilling company,
[which he disposed of outright. But
many distinguished lawyers, includ-
ing the chairman of the Senate Com-
mittee, contend that asa stockholder
in corporations he is at least indirect-
ly engaged in business.
Senator Norris quoted from Mr.
Mellon's testimony before a Congres-
sional committee that the Secretary
holds considerable, though not a ma-
jority, of the stock of the Aluminum
trust, the Gulf Oil company and the
Steel Car corporation. From other
sources he obtained information that
the Mellon family owns a majority
of the stock in those corporations and
from the records of the income tax
bureau it may be learned that his in-
ocme from these and other corpora-
tions amount to many mil
lion dollars a year. If these connec-
“direct or indirect,” it would be hard
to imagine anything that would. If
they do he is holding office in viola-
tion of law and President Hoover
asks for enforcement of law.
—A few months ago the Philadel-
phia Record proved conclusively that
the textile mill owners of that city
were blamable for the slump in the
industry. Now it favors an increased
tariff tax to reward the delinquents
for their faults.
ee tees
Hoover's Hard Road to Travel.
special session of Congress President
Hoover got two rather rude bumps in
the Senate. The day after he had
conveyed his unalterable opposition
to the debenture clause of the farm
relief bill the committee on agri-
culture reported its approval of that
feature, and at the first meeting of
the committee on immigration it in-
definitely postponed two resolutions
providing for the repeal of the nation-
al origins provision of the immigra-
tion law which had been recommend-
ed by Mr. Hoover in his message.
This is not quite as bad as the same
body treated Mr. Coolidge in reject-
ing two of his cabinet nominations,
but it is bad enough to indicate fu-
| ture trouble.
The concensus of opinion in Wash-
ington is that the President will win
on both points ultimately. The ex-
pectation of favors in the form of
patronage will influence a majority of
the Senators to support his wishes. In
the matter of the debenture provision
he will experience little difficulty. A
motion to amend will be in order at
any time while the farm relief billis
under consideration. But in the na-
tional origins affair it will not be so
easy. It has been pigeonholed in the
committee and if the committee re-
mains obdurate it will be difficult to
rescue it. A motion to discharge the
committee from further consideration
and place it on the calendar would be
a discourtesy.
The leader of the opposition to the
proposed repeal is Senator Dave
Reed, and there is a strong suspicion
that his action is more in resent-
ment of a fancied slight than in vin-
dication of a principle. Recently the
President appointed a Pennsylvanian
to the office of Indian Commissioner
without consulting Senator Reed. It
admirable one and possibly if the
Senator had been consulted he would
have cordially acquiesced. But mak-
ing appointment without the consul-
tation was an impeachment of Sen-
doned. It may be compensated for,
men” no doubt they will find the way.
Within the first ten days of the:
is admitted that the selection was an:
atorial dignity which cannot be con-.
however, and both being “practical.
Governor Fisher's Futile Alibi.
In vetoing the Musamanno Indus- |
trial police bill Governor
creates a vast forest of verbiage and
consumes a great amount of space to
show that in many respects it is ex-
actly like the Mansfield bill which he
had previously approved. In a 2000
word statement he admits that he as
sisted in the preparation of botb
measures and that neither of them
satisfied him. But with both of them
before him he picked the least effec:
tive one for approval for the reason
that he felt he could establish rules
for administering the law that would
put into the one approved the merits
which were already expressed in the
one he vetoed. That is, he availed
himself of an opportunity to usurp
the functions of the Legislature.
The principal cause of complaint
against the coal and iron police force
was that it licensed a bunch of ruf-
fians to roam about the State, foment
trouble, incite to crime and cripple or
kill any one who interfered with their
operations. The Musamanno bill spe-
cifically forbade that sort of brigand-
age. It limited the operations of
the force to the territory of the cor-
poration, company or individual whe
employed it. The Mansfield bill puts
no such restraints on the activity of
the bogus policeman. If it be true,
as Governor Fisher declares, that the
two bills are precisely alike in every
other essential provision, he must
have been influenced to approve one
and veto the other because of this
grave difference.
As a matter of fact, however, there
is another material difference be-
tween the bills. The one vetoed spe-
cifically required persons arrested tc
be taken before a committing magis-
trate while the one approved contains
no such provision. Under it the ar
resting officer may take the prisoner
to a barracks where he can be tor-
tured and even murdered, as recent:
ly happened in a mining town nea:
Pittsburgh owned by the Pittsburgh
Coal company, a Mellon corporation.
a few months ago. It might be pos |
sible to frame rules that would put
tions do mot involve him. in. business; teeth 1o: the Mansfield bill that would
serve these purposes. But what is the
use in depending upon conjecture in
such matters? The safe way is to
put what is needed into the text of
the law.
! ——
——Secretary Mellon says he owns
less than a majority of the stock of
the Gulf Oil, the Aluminum trust and
the Steel car corporation. But the
Mellon family owns about eighty per
cent of each and Uncle Andy has a
good deal of influence in the family.
te ——— Ao —
Governor Smith and Tammany
The selection of John F. Curry as
head of the Tammany Society of New
York mayor may not mean a repu-
diation of former Governor Alfred E.
Smith. Those who assume that it 1s
point to the fact that Mr. Curry has
not held friendly relations with Mr.
Smith in the recent past and that he
is an exemplar of the type of politics
which made Tammany anathema in
' years gone by. Friends of Mr. Smith
do not so interpret the Curry victory
{ nor will they admit it a sign of moral
' decadence in the organization. Un-
‘ der the retiring administration of the
Society the aim was to attain high
standards and move forward along
lines to ideal public service. This was
| the purpose of Mr. Smith.
If the elevation of Mr. Curry to the
'head of the Society means a reversal
of this policy it is to be regretted.
But we refuse to accept such an in-
| terpretation. Another view of the
‘subject is that it indicates that “the
. party leadership will revert again to
the survivors of the old Wilson group
—Robinson, of Arkansas; Glass, of
Virginia; Hull, of Tennessee; Walsh,
of Montana, and others of that fine
type.” The New York friends of
Governor Smith are in accord with
this expectation and as Representa-'
tive Black says, “four years hence
Tammany will be behind the Nation-
al ticket as usual.” The default of
last year which gave the State tc
Hoover was the result of a personal
feud. .
The defeat of last year was some- |
what disheartening because of the in-
fluences which brought it about. Re- |
ligious bigotry is a monster capable |
of working infinite harm, and relig- |
jous bigotry was the principal rea- |
son of the diversion of hundreds of
thousands of Democratic votes to the
enemy. But there were collateral
causes for dissatisfaction in the Dem-
acratic ranks. Neither our Jeadlersy
nor our platform held faithfully to the
fundamental principles of the party.
With the group of leaders likely to
be called into control as the result of |
trouble in Tammany such mistakes
will not be made in the future. And
a helpful figure in the new organiza-
| tion will be Alfred E. Smith. :
How Appropriation for Hospital is
! Used.
i ee
Apropos of the forthcoming mem-
bership drive for the Centre County
hospital the following statement re-
garding State appropriations and
how they are used has been made by
John S. Sommerville, chairman of the
annual membership drive, so that the
public generally can be fully inform-
ed of the institution’s financial stand-
ing and the need for a liberal re-
sponse when the drive is put on in
the near future:
The Legislature recommended an
appropriation of $19,500.00 (which is
only an increase of $1500.00 over the
former appropriation) for the Centre
County hospital. If this bill is ap-
proved by the Governor it means that
$9,750.00 will be available for the
year 1929 and the same amount for
This money can only be used for
charity patients after a thorough in-
vestigation of the patient’s ability to
pay has been made by the hospital
manager, and approved by the De-
partment of Welfare at Harrisburg.
The amount allowed is $3.00 per day
for each charity patient.
During the year 1928, 291 charity
patients were cared for with a total
of 4700 patient days. The average
cost per patient day for maintenance
only was $3.72, so that it cost the hos-
pital $17,084.00 to care for these pa-
tients. The amount due from the
State is $9,000.00, leaving a deficit
of $6,084.00.
In addition to this, there were 464
days of part pay patients that cost
the hospital $1,686.08. These pa:
tients paid $815.00, leaving a deficit of
$871.08, or a total deficit of $6,955.08.
The more than 5000 days of these pa-
tients represent at least 5000 visits,
or 15 per day made by the doctors on
the hospital staff, not including the
many surgical operations, for which
they never received one cent of pay.
When you are asked to contribute
to the hospital, your money is used
for the care of your neighbors who
are unable to pay and who without
aid could not have the care and treat-
ment that they require.
Annual Membership Subscription.
ww». Advice to Young Authors.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Right at the outset those two
young fellows, Calvin Coolidge and
Alfred E. Smith, should be warned
that this new game they have decid-
ed to break into isn’t as easy as a
lot of people think. Trying to make
a living in journalism is more than
a matter of putting a lot of words on
paper. It is a highly organized and
severely competitive business. We 40
not want to discourage them, but it
is only fair that they should be giv-
en a word or two of advice before this
experiment they have started goes
too far.
For one thing they shouldn't rely
too much on such plays as “Gentle-
men of the Press” and “The Front
Page.” These show modern journal-
ism in a certain light, but there are
aspects that are missed. Al and Cal
must not think that the main equip-
ment of a worker in the journalistic
field is nerve, profanity and a large
capacity for gin. If these boys have
started out with this idea they should
get rid of it at once. And thereis
more to the job than interviewing a
murderer and cursing the result into
a telephone.
Of course, they are not writing for
the daily press as yet. They are go-
ing to do their stuff for magazines,
and they have been assigned subjects
with which they should be fairly well
acquainted—that is, themselves. But
if we know anything about them they
will not be content with this. They
will want to get closer to the daily
life of the people and perhaps some
day achieve the dream of every cub
reporter and become “stars.”
But even in the limited field where
they will start there are dangers.
They will write about themselves.
They may think that they are on safe
ground. But they should remember
that it is the critics they must please,
as well as the generous public. And
the critics are omniscient.
Joan Lowell has just written about
herself. She may have been “Rock-
ed in ‘The Cradle of the Deep,’ * but
she undoubtedly has been stoned
since she set sail on the seemingly |
calm waters of autobiography.
Al and Cal should beware.
—————— A ——
— Announcement of the complete
schedule of work to be offered by the
Pennsylvania State College for the
coming year is contained in the new
issue of the general catalogue which
has just been published. Freshman
week starts September 19 and col-
lege opens September 24. The fresh-
man class is to be limited to 1000 men
and 170 women. The granting of ad-
missions will start in July. An illus-
trated catalogue is also being distrib-
uted by the. college Registrar.
——The Tyrone division of the
Pennsylvania railroad is now a thing
of the past, the change taking place
jon Wednesday of this week. A num-
ber of the office employees at Tyrone
were given work at other points,
hile others are out of work.
—One man was killed, another so se-
verely injured, he is expected to die, and
a third escaped death when they fell 100
feet in an old standpipe at the Eastern
Steel plant, Pottstown.
—Harry Serroi, 55, of Scranton, went to
sleep while smoking a cigar. He awaken-
ed to find himself enveloped in flames
from the burning bed. Serroi was rush-
ed to a hospital where h~ died a few hours
later from the burns ne had sustained.
—Caught in a fire that followed an ex-
plosion of gasoline in his home, Benjamin
F. Hineman, burned to death Tuesday
near Custards, six miles south of Mead-
ville. Hineman had tried to start a fire
with the gasoline. Neighbors unsuccess-
fully attempted to rescue him.
—James Schules, 15, of Towanda, lost
the sight of both eyes and all fingers of
his left hand when a dynamite cap with
which he was evperimenting exploded.
The boy was testing an electrical contri-
vance rigged up by friends to fire cart-
ridges and had substituted the dynamite
cap for a cartridge when the accident oc-
—When Mrs. Harry Christie, Ansonia,
Tioga county, went to the kitchen to get
the morning meal recently, she found a
strange man in possession of her kitchen
range preparing his own breakfast. He
refused to leave the house, saying he had
leased the property from an Ansonia bank.
Police were summoned who took him to
the county jail.
—A total of $63,581.25 was collected for
violations of the provisions of the vehicle
code by Pennsylvania justices of the peace,
magistrates, and aldermen in the month of
March, Benjamin G. Eynon, Registrar of
Motor vehicles, Pennsylvania Department
of Highways, announced Tuesday. Of this
amount $4,399.00 was returnable to the
municipal treasuries, and $59,182.25 to the
State Treasury.
—Married men are less prone to suicide
than single men, according to Calvin F.
Schmid, sociology instructor at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh, who addressed
members of the Hungry club on Tues-
day. There are fewer suicides among wo-
men than among men, he added. Poison
would seem to be the feminine way of
ending it all and fire arms are used in the
majority of masculine suicides, Schmid
—Mrs. Carrie Stover, of Mill Hall, wid-
ow of John H. Stover, aged 57 years, was
found in her bedroom last Friday morning
by her neighbors, suffering from slashes
on the right wrist and on the neck, in-
flicted with a safety razor. She was re-
moved to the Lock Haven hospital where
her wounds are not considered serious.
She resides with a son, Aaron Stover, who
was absent at his work when the wounds
were inflicted.
—The workmen's compensation board,
in an opinion by Commissioner Morrison,
has decided that a volunteer fireman fight-
ing a fire in his own home is entitled to
compensation. Russell D. Bigelow, of
Philipsburg, was overcome by gas in the
cellar of his home. A neighbor, another
volunteer, rescued him. The board held
that Bigelow complied with the provisions
by first running to the fire headquarters
to sound a general alarm.
—-Attacked by a large gander in the
barnyard of her home, near Loyalhanna,
Mrs. John Gordon, 76, was seriously hurt.
The fowl became angered when Mrs. Gor
don approached a goose which was on a
nest. It charged the aged woman and
sunk its beak into her head, severing an
artery. Before members of the Gordon
family learned of the woman’s plight and
drove the gander away, Mrs, Gordon had
lost considerable blood. She also sufferea
from shock.
—A. H. Potts, of Pittsburgh, at 7%, is
finding happiness in paying off at the rate
of some $200 yearly a 26-year-old debt of
$10,000 he does not really owe. When his
extensive printing establishment at
Parkesburg was sold by the sheriff 26
years ago he went to Pittsburgh to work
for the Bible Institute. He has succeeded
in paying all of the 50 employes who once
worked for him in his Parkesburg plant.
Patient application to the job of paying
his debt has seen some $5000 of it wiped
—With rifle and rope, William Weaver,
52, committed suicide on his farm, near
Gettysburg. His body was found hanging
in the barn. Weaver apparently sat on
(the front wheel of a wagon, with a rope
around his neck, tied to a rafter. Then he
placed the muzzle of a .45-calibre rifle in
‘his mouth and released the trigger with
|a stick. The bullet ripped through his
{head and lodged in the roof of the shed.
The shot knocked Weaver off the wheel
and left him hanging. No motive was re-
—Mrs. May Stroble, of Eldred township,
| Lycoming county, pleaded guilty to the
' charge of burning a dwelling house, work-
shop and barn owned by her father, Wil-
i iam Chaapel, on the night of April i7,
and was held by Alderman Keeler, of Wil-
liamsport, for the June term of Lycom-
ing county court in $500 bail. Mrs. Stro-
ole said she was fearful her father would
insist that she return to the farm to live,
as the tenant had just moved from it,
and determined to burn the buildings
rather than be obliged to live there.
—Refusing to halt her car at the com-
; mand of three highwaymen, while she was
driving from her home in Ohio to the
parental home at Lewistown, Mrs. Mil-
dred L. Snook, was shot by one of the
men, the bullet enterting her back. She
drove from the Ohio-Pennsylvania line to
Altoona before stopping for treatment,
despite the loss of blood and shock. The
woman was demoved to Lewistown where
she is confined to a hospital. A woman
companion of Mrs. Snook accompanied po-
lice to the spot where the shooting occur-
—Pittsburgh detectives on Saturday ar-
rested Charles Petzold, 40, on complaint
of his wife that he had placed an impro-
vised gas mask over her face while sne
slept in an attempt to take her life. Pet-
zold told detectives his wife had a night-
mare and the apparatus she claimed was
a gas mask, was a bird cage. Mrs.Pet-
zold said she awakened to find the instru-
ment on her face and realized she slowly
was becoming unconscious from fumes she
had inhaled. When she attempted to es-
cape, Pétzold sought to hold her, but she
fled and informed neighbors. Detectives
claimed they found the mask, a long hose
and a tank hidden in bushes in the Petzold
: yard.