Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, November 01, 1929, Image 1

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—Vote for Johnston for District
—Last night was Hallow-een, but
Bellefonte was minus her “Black
—Pity the amateur stock specula-
tors who don’t seem to know that
whatever goes up is sure to come
—Vote for Philip Johnston for
District Attorney if you want a ca-
pable lawyer in that office who will
not pussy-foot or persecute when po-
litical expediency suggests it.
—The League of Godless in Soviet
Russia is resorting to murder. even,
in its effort to stamp out christian
beliefs. What, we would like to ask,
has God done to the Communists?
We might go further and ask those
of our own land who are insidiously
and eternally working to snatch
away the only day which God has
pre-empted in which to do His busi-
ness, what would become of them if
the Communist idea ruled here?
—The Attorney General of the
United States is quoted as having
said, during the inquiry into the fit-
ness of Albert W. Watson for Judge-
ship in the Federal court for the
Middle district of Pennsylvania, that
“it might be possible to find an abler
man for the judgeship if a selection
could be made removed from all po-
litical considerations.” Every one
knows that this is true, but it is ter-
rible to hear it direct from a Cabi-
1et officer. Day by day we are im-
sortuned to have respect for law,
yet those who administer it must fit
nto the cogs of machine politics,
vkether they fit the bench or not.
—Of course it was to be expected
hat the recent dinner of the Anti-
jaloon League in Bellefonte would
wave a follow up. A. lot who attend-
id didn’t think that far when they
wstled down to the free eats, so they
iave had some uncomfortable mo-
nents trying to frame up excuses
or not contributing to the cause. By
his time everyone should know that
ne never gets anything for nothing.
jesides, what other purpose could
he Anti-Saloon League have hadin
oming here and staging a dinner
nless it was to reach Bellefonte
ocket books through Bellefonte
tomachs. It might have justified
he affair if it had urged all present
5 go out and work for Phil John-
ton for District Attorney, and it
robably would have done that very
aing if Phil had been the candidate
f the Republican party.
— This is autumn and- color is run-
ing riot. Nature shaving a hard
me_ however, keeping pace wita the
themes in milady’s clothes. Not
aly in apparel are colors dominant.
hey -have invaded the - realms “of
dence. as well. A Prussian has
wented a cooker that will pre-
sre meats and vegetables for the
\ble in their natural color and phy-
cians teil us that color is a pan-
sea for many ills. There might be
ymething in all of these new fan-
ed ideas. In fact, we sort o’ be-
swe the doctors are right in some
igles of their new color scheme
ire. Take a fellow, for example,
ho is just crazy to lick someone
rainst whom he has a grievance.
ge goes out to do it and gets a
raight right in the eye. Next
orning when he looks in the mir-
r and sees that black and blue
ame in which his bloodshot optic
poses we'll bet the colors will cure
m of such crazy spells for a long
ne to come.
— According to the Harrisburg
slegraph a Mr. D. C. Morrow, an
pert hydraulic engineer, says the
sllefonte water mains are leaking
the rate of one million gallons a
. Mr. Morrow is the gentleman
10 told the Bellefonte council two
seks ago that Bellefonte’s per cap-
. consumption of water is the larg- |
: in the United States. Knowing
at he was mistaken in the latter
\tement we are justified in believ-
r that he is equally misleading in
» former and shall pay no atten-
n to his alarm signals until he
>duces something more convincing
in his imagination on which to
se them. Undoubtedly there are
ny leaks in the mains of Belle-
ite. but only a daring prophet
uld make them aggregate a mil-
a gallons a day. We are pumping
o and a half million gallons a day. |
r industries are using about one
\f million gallons of that amount
iif Mr. Morrow's statement that
ther million gallons are leaking
:" of the pipes is true then the per-
al consumption is only one million
lons. If this is so our per capita
sumption is far from being high-
in the United States, as Mr.
rrow informed council. As amat-
of fact Bellefonte isn't interested
water at all. Quantity means
hing to a community where the
ply is ten times greater than its
ds. All we are interested in is
cost of forcing it to its consum-
and we would be obliged to Mr.
crow if he would tell us of any
imunity that is getting all the
-er it wants to use, all the water
wants to waste, all the water it
its to give to its schools, its
rches, its drinking fountains, its
jstries, its lawn sprinklers, its
thing machines, concrete mixers,
‘ors and what not, nearly as
ap as Bellefonte is getting it to-
or half as cheap as Bellefonte
1d get it were she toharness up
. power at the Gamble mill and
all the pumping by water.
—Three Clinton county residents, Rob-
ert Huff and Oscar Marshall, of West-
port, near Renovo, and Raymond Bryan,
of Lock Haven, were fined $480 and costs
last Thursday, for the illegal killing of
deer and bear and having in their pos-
session several raccoon skins.
—Although an exploding gas-coal range
blew out seven windows in his home at
Columbia, Pa., F. P. Salzman, standing
in the kitchen, was unharmed. Flying
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VOL. 74.
Fall Justly Convicted
It would hardly have been expect-
ed that a man whom the Supreme
court of the United States had pre-
viously declared “a faithless public
officer” would be exculpated by a
jury for the crime of which he was
charged and upon which the judg-
ment of the court was based. There-
fore the conviction of Albert B.
Fall, former Secretary of the Inter-
ior, of conspiracy to defraud the
government in leasing oil reserves,
in consideration of a bribe, was not
surprising. The evidence against
him was clear. The stubborn fight
he made to delay the trial and the
methods adopted to divert the minds
of the jurors from the facts, con-
tributed to the result. Any other
verdict would have been perversion
of justice.
Eight years ago President Hard.
ing issued an order transferring
control of the naval oil reserves in
California and Wyoming from the
Navy Department of the govern-
ment to that of the Interior, of
which Mr. Fall was the head. At
once he began negotiations with E.
L. Doheny to take over the Califor-
nia property, and with Harry Sinclair
for the Wyoming property. Subse-
quently he received from Doheny
$100,000 in currency and from Sin-
clair $269,600 in Liberty bonds and
currency. At first he denied that
he had received money from either
of them for any purpose. When the
fact was proved he testified that he
had borrowed from Doheny and sold
part of his New Mexico ranch to
Sinclair but the leases had nothing
to do with the transactions.
After jockeying to prevent a trial
of his cage for eight years under one
pretense or another his defense was
staged in a ‘spectacular manner with
the purpose of appealing to the sym-
pathy of the jury. Early in the pro-
ceedings he collapsed in court and
forced delay. Then his prosecutors
asked for a mistrial on the ground
that his physical condition was pre-
carious, but he insisted on going on
with the hearing. The effect of the
incident inspired the belief that sym-
pathy would prevail over justice and
he was brought into court each day
wrapped in blankets. But their ex-
pectatins _baye.. “been disappointed, ity thought
The jurymen and women were deep-
ly affected, no doubt, but they prov-
ed faithful to their obligations and
returned a just verdict with a plea
for mercy.
Sugar Lobby and Tariff Taxation.
The testimony of witnesses before
the Senate lobby investigators in-
creases in public interest and indig-
nation. In addition to the vast
amount of money expended by the
beet sugar producers to influence
legislation increasing the tariff on
that essential of life it appears that
$75,000 has been expended by the
Cuban sugar interests to keep the
rate of taxation at the figure fixed
in the existing tariff law. The Cuban
producers include the National City
bank, of New York, as well as some
other capitalists and concessionares
on this side of the Rio Grande, and
their aim is to keep the rate low
enough to admit them to the Amer-
ican market. The aim of the beet
sugar fellows is to keep them out.
finers were to produce to full capac-
ity they could supply less than ten
per cent. of the quantity of sugar
annually consumed in the United
States. At the present tariff rate
they have been able to draw enor-
mous profits out of the industry. Itis
true that they employ cheap labor
imported from Mexico and China,
but even if they used high-class
American service their profits would
be generous and above the average
yield of capital. But they want more
than enough and in order to procure
it spend millions of dollars for prop-
aganda to deceive the public mind
and influence legislation. The Cu-
ban operators are equally selfish but
less expensive to consumers.
If the beet sugar producers of the
far west and the cane sugar produc-
ers of Louisiana would save the mon-
ey they waste in propaganda they
could operate their plants profitably
without any tariff tax protection at
all. Under the existing law some
of them declared dividends as high as
fifty per cent. on their investment,
and the average industry yields less
than ten per cent., while the average
farmer is satisfied to break even. If
there were no tariff tax on sugar
the price to consumers would be lit-
tle, if any more, than three cents a
pound and the saving in the family
budget of the country would amount
to hundreds of millions of dollars a
year. This is a subject for commun-
Nobody will deny that Sena-
tor Borah has the correct measure
of Grundy. “Far be it from me,” the
. Idahoan said, “to intimate that any
Senator has been influenced by a
man of the character of Grundy.”
—Next Tuesday will be election
day. Go to the polls and vote. Don’t
‘stay at home and rail, afterwards,
because those who did go elected an
| official you thought . incompetent.
; Your vote might not change the re-
sult but you will have the satisfac-
Grundy’s Evidence Disappointing
We own to a more or less deep
disappointment in the testimony of
Mr. Joseph R. Grundy, president of
; tion of feeling that you did your the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ as-
duty as you saw it. sociation, before the Senate commit-
! : ; tee investigating the lobby evil. We
! had every right to expect some in-
Eon Sheep and Southern Goats teresting developments when the
Two weeks ago we had the pleas- . nimble-witted Senator Caraway got
| ure of expressing cordial approval of the hard-boiled Bucks county tariff
| President Hoover's promise that “no MOnE€r before him. But nothing
longer shall public office be regard- happened to either amuse or instruct
the committee or the public. Mr.
‘ed as political patronage.” It im- ee Pp
| plied that “shaking the plum tree’ Grundy frankly admitted that he is
“has gone out of vogue and that dur- a lobbyist and expressed pride in the
ling the present administration, at fact. He declared he spent about
| least, the primary responsibility of $25,000 to put the pending bill over.
the President would: be “to. select Dut it. was his money, he said some-
i i _ what boastfully, and asked “what are
men for public office who will exe you going to do about it?”
| cute the laws of the United States
itn 3 Of course Mr. Grundy will levy
with integrity and without fear, fa- a ht gs follow bere.
Ivor or political collusion.” Such a
| policy would make for greater effi- Bolgrle i he ol {hyough al
ciency, cleaner government and bet- his associate vicling
ter service. : his testimony before the Slush Fund
Since that sincere praise of the committee, Several Years 30, he said
: President facts have come into view Be: nad’ Sonus m dollars to OL one
Which east sheduws oQyer He hope Republican ticket in Pennsylvania,
, SR improyemen.. a S88, .s a business investment, and ex-
{ some months ago, there occurred a
' f . pected to be reimbursed for all but
vacancy on the bench of the Feder his share. ‘The public reaction to
'al district court and the politicians
| presented the name of a rather in- mal A os discomsghng:
ferior lawyer to fill the post. The y
! ~ this time. But he didn’t fool any-
| President demurred and even pro body by his reserver. It is quite
tested that he would not make the
! , } ; : generally understood that when Mr.
' nomination. But’ last week, for some Grundy is lavish in ex tives ie
| unexplained reason, he changed his y
Borin presented the Chang of the is disbursing other people’s money.
'politician’s choice for confirmation. More than two hundred years ago
‘The Senate has not yet acted in the 2 distinguished PE, bi
! matter but as both the Kansas Sen- It. was the. defense. set
"ators are in favor of the candidate a } ny
he will probably get through. pert B. Fall as Secretary of the In-
The Judiciary committee of the terior in the Harding administra-
Senate, during the consideration of tion. Tt was natural for Joe Grundy
the nomination of Albert L. Watson, who for years has opposed Bumank.
of Scranton, for judge of the feder- > 1 lati h
al court of this district, called At- BE ee BI ai a ie
torney General Mitchell to testify as supporting legislation which adds
half a billion dollars annually to the
to his fitness. The custom has been
to accept the ju ent of the At-
torney Ph jthed) Jgmen selection of a Of Xue people of Penn.
judges and his very conservative C profits by a few thousands. It
statement, under oath, was that “Mr. .. | surprising that Mr. Grundy
Watson is not exactly the sort of ii cneriches the absurd fiction that
the exporter pays the tariff tax.
timber we would like to have but
the Republican machine of Pennsyl-
vania and President Hoover insists
on his confirmation.”
—The writing off of thirty-five
billion dollars of the national wealth
within a few days makes quite a dint
in the prosperity of which - Presi-
dent Hoover talked so freely during
the campaign.
— The latest Paris fad is to
make the finger nails match the jew-
elry. That will be all right until
black jewelry becomes vogue.
If the beet sugar growers and re-
TS ——————
Reasons for Selection of Reed
What impulse or idea influenced
President Hoover to select Senator
David A. Reed, of Pittsburgh, as one
of the delegates to the impending
naval conference at London is a sub-
ject of speculation in Washington
and elsewhere. Senator Reed has
not always been subservient to the
wishes of the President. He led the
fight against a provision in the im-
migration law which the President
urged and that was the first bump
administered by the Senate to the
on the Committee on Foreign Rela-
tions could not have been the rea-
son for he is on the bottom of the
‘majority list instead of at or near the
‘top. He is not a seaboard resident
ior a specialist in naval affairs.
The appointment was quite a dis-
tinction and might have been induc-
ed by favoritism, by superior knowl.
edge of naval equipment or values,
or eminence in public life. But it
can hardly be said that either of
these elements entered into the
equation. It is barely possible that
the Pennsylvania Senator’s readi-
ness and force in debate might have
been considered. It is reasonable to
expect that there will be opposition
to the ratification of whatever agree-
ment is made at the conference and
that the President wanted to make
sure of efficient support. In the se-
lection of the two best debaters in
the Senate to help write the agree-
ment he practically guaranteed cap-
able defense of it.
Other reasons might be conjured
up though probably the last named
is sufficient. But to any doubters it
may be worth-while to mention that
Senator Reed is of counsel for the
Steel trust, and that giant corpora-
tion has great interest in ship-build-
ing and ordnance construction. Ob-
servers at the Paris conference, a
few years ago, were expensive as
well as scandal breeders, and the ap-
pointment of Senator Reed would
serve the purpose without either ex-
pense or scandal. Then again the
purpose of the President might have
been to humiliate Senator Johnson, of
California, who next to Borah, who
declined, had highest claim to the
r. Johnson defeated the flex-
To proviston of the tariff bill.
— Centre county residents are
not in favor of establishing a coun-
ty home for poor and dependent
people, as not two thousand signers
could be secured to the various pe-
titions to put the question up to the
voters at the coming election. Cen-
tre county, like every other county
in the State, has people who need
aid regularly and ohers who must be
helped occasionally. There are prob-
ably families in some sections of the
county who are suffering for the
actual necessities of ‘life, but in
most sections the poor situation is
almost negligible, and that is the
main reason why the county home
question could not loom up bigger.
— The opening of the hunting
season, today, took hundreds of
hunters to the woods to try their
luck on such game as squirrel, rab-
bits, wild turkey and bear. Most of
the hunters will naturally try for
squirrel and rabbits but quite a
number have turkey on their mind
while a number of parties are out
making an attempt to shoot one of
the bears that have been making
themselves rather conspicuous dur-
ing the past few weeks.
——The only place in Centre coun-
ty where enough voters are suffi-
ciently interested in voting machines
to want to vote on the question of
installing one is the Third ward of
Philipsburg, and if we remember cor-
rectly that was one of the election
precincts in the county in which a
recount was asked after the Flem-
ing-Walker judicial election.
——The new government of France
is fortunate in getting Briand into
the cabinet. He is not only the
brainiest man in the country but the
most sincere patriot.
——Senator Watson, Republican
floor leader, is a trifle cruel to Joe
Grundy when he says Grundy’s lob-
py activities didn’t influence a single
— Lloyd George may be hopeful
put he is far from confident of the
best results from the conversations
between MacDonald and Hoover.
——Senatorial courtesy may save
Senator Bingham from formal cen-
sure but it can’t justify his meth-
ods in properly trained minds.
— Senator Bingham’s little
scheme would have worked well if it
hadn't been found out.
——1It looks as if President Hoover
is trying to stage a scrap with the
leaders of the “nave.” i
R 1. 19209.
NO. 43.
Senator Reed’s position -
Oil, Navy and the Public
From the Philadelphia Record.
Public attention in the Fall trial
concentrated upon the bribe taking
of which the former Secretary of
the Interior was convicted, but
there is another phase that cannot
be skipped without distorting the
Admiral Gleaves, serving in Asia-
tic waters in 1921, submitted to the
Navy Department confidential re-
ports which pulsed with the navy
higherups’ favorite fear of war with
They don’t call it a war with Ja-
pan; at least, not in public. There
is always a mysterious, unnamed
Power plotting to attack us on the
Pacific. And the odd thing about it
is that the navy highups get as
much kick out of this imaginary
peril as if it were real- They do
not try to fool the people; they ac-
tually fool themselves.
On the strength of Admiral
Gleaves’ representatives, Admiral
Robison at Washington urged Do-
heny to bid on the Elk Hills oil |
lease, because he wanted to see oil
tanks built and filled at Pearl Har-
bor, in Hawaii, in preparation for
this war on the Pacific.
Admiral Gleaves thought his sus-
picions of warlike intentions in Ja- |
pan to be justified by facts. Ad-
miral Robison thought so, too, and
was unquestionably honest in mak-
ing his recommendations for prepar-
edness in the Pacific. These navy
officers were using their profession-
al ability with patriotic purpose—
for the nation’s good as they saw
it. But they saw it with biased vis-
The right “slant” on their beliefs
and acts cannot be had unless one
imagines that war had been plan-
ned and started. In that event, the
full fuel oil tanks at Pearl Harbor |
would have been a lifesaver for the
navy, charged with the nation’s de-
Now in connection with the Fall
trial, in answer to the Court’s re-!
quest for the Gleaves reports of 1921,
Secretary Adams withheld them on
the ground that to have their con-
tents published would be “incompat-
ible with the public interest.”
Well, the situation in the Pacific is
as “serious” now as it ever was.
Japanese aggression is no more or
no less probable now than it was
then-—and it was not reasonably ex-
pectable then and is not now. Ja-
pan has received affronts from the
American Congress, and they ran-
kle; but Japan is too much the real-
ist to have any belief that she could
successfully attack America. (We
are taking, purposely, the least sen-
timental view: in actual fact, we
simply can’t picture Japan aflame
with desire to lick America, as the
jingoes would like us to believe.)
But in view of the mere existence
of jingoism, and of public unfamil-
iarity with the underlying facts of
our relation with Japan, it is regret-
table that the attitude of secrecy
continues to rule in the Navy De-
The navy needs the people’s friend-
ship, and would command it much
more surely and effectively were it
to take the people into its confidence.
It is “just too bad” if Secretary
Adams is going to run his depart-
ment on the Wilbur plan, as if he
owned the navy instead of being
eiven by the people to rum it for
Why Not Here?
From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
Officials of the State Department
of Agriculture and the State Health
Department are attending a great
dairy show in Toronto. Representa-
tives of dairying interests from all
over the United States and Canada
are among the delegates. Canada is
thinking in terms of increased milk
production and acting acerrdingly.
It may not be generally known, but
on a number of occasions Harris-
burg firms have purchased cream in
Canada and shipped it, still sweet,
all the way to Florida for use at the
winter resorts.
What is profitable for Canada ought
10 be equally profitable for Pennsyl-
varia, with its great yield of milk
and even greater possibilities, and
its ever increasing markets.
Why not, then, a dairy show for
Pennnsylvania, and if for Pennsyl-
vania, why not in Harrisburg. Once
the new Farm Show building is fin-
ished, we shall have here unequalled
facilities for the holding of such an
exposition, and it could be conducted
in the fall of the year without inter-
fering in any way with the Farm
Products Show in mid-winter.
New York and Philadelphia al-
ready are drawing heavily upon the
Pennsylvania farms for their milk.
More and more ice cream is being
eaten. More and more milk pro-
ducts are being turned out by Penn-
sylvania industry. Milk production
is the farmer’s best bet. The semi-
monthly milk check is the dairy-
man’s meal ticket. The farm that
goes in for milk is usually more
profitable than that which does not
specialize in this line. To encour-
age milk production is to make for
prosperity. There is little danger of
over-production in Pennsylvania. The
peril, if any, seems to lie in the oth-
er direction.
———Even the New York Tribune
admits that the tariff bill is dead.
pieces of steel from the shattered stove
imbedded themselves in the plaster of
the walls and ceiling and broke panels
in a door.
—A. Walter Banks, trusted employee of
the E. Richard Meinig company Inc. of
Reading, silk underwear manufactur-
ers, pleaded guilty in court to theft of
about $5000 in money and merchandise and
was given six months to three years in
prison and ordered to make restitution
‘to the extent of $2500.
—When the tobacco in John R. Gubo’s
corncob pipe failed to burn, he impatient-
ly poured kerosense into the bowl and
struck another match. The explosion set
fire to Gubo’s clothing and to the barn
in which he was working, in Allegheny
county. The barn was destroyed and
Gubo, 50, died from burns.
—David Alghier, of near Mattawana,
Mifflin county, was gored badly by a
bull on his farm. He was crossing a
field when the animal attacked him,
knocked him down, striking him in the ab-
domen and then trampled him. When
the bull left him he crawled to the rail-
road tracks, where friends found him.
—When Clyde Grouse, of Dry Run,
found a valuable cow on his farm so sick
that he had to shoot it, he decided to
: ind out what caused the sickness. Upon
examining the stomach he found six
nails, two pieces of wire and several lead
washers. Two of the nails had penetrat-
, ed the stomach walls.
{ —Although only 65 years old, Charles
| H. Andrus, of Sinking Spring, has been
| pensioned by the Pennsylvania railroad.
| He has a record of fifty-four years of
| service, and is probably the only man on
| the railroad’s roster with such a service
| record at the age of 65. He started as
| messenger in 1875, when only 11 years
old. Later he became an engineer.
i —Rossiter is experiencing one of the
| worst epidemics of typhoid fever ever
! recorded in that section. At the present
| time twenty-five cases are under the
fears of physicians and as the source of
| the disease is not definitely known, the
epidemic continues to spread. The epi-
! demic developed from eight mild cases to
| twenty-five cases, most of which are ser-
—Overbalancing and falling into the
i water near a sewer intake, last Tues-
| day evening at 5 o'clock, Erma Luella
Laing, aged four, daughter of Mr. and
| Mrs. J.'W. Laing, of Coalport, was car-
| ried through the upper ground v
which crosses Main street
and was dead when she reached the op=
| posite side of the street where there is
an outlet. . :
—Here’s another record! Dave Reed,
. 97 years old retired farmer, lumberjack,
| oil man, and railroader, of Oil City, es-
| timates he has chewed three tons of to-
bacco or thereabouts. And he wishes he
had it now. His longevity he attributes
to “working hard and chewing tobacco.
Some people like neither, but I like both.
I've chewed. three ounces a day since I
was 6. Figure it up, 6000 pounds, three
tons. It is a lot, and I wish I could chew
it all over again.”
—Charles F. Lindig, nominated on both
tickets for school director at Lewisburg,
made $1 as a candidate, his expense ac-
count shows. The extra dollar was do-
nated to the ‘alumni association of Lew-
isburg High school, which backed his
campaign. Expenditures were for print-
ing and distributing 1000 newspapers and
handbills. Advertising space was sold to
other political candidates and a few
small contributions were received suffi-
cient to pay the expenses with $1 left.
—The most extensive dairy cattle own-
er in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
is the Commonwealth itself. Dairy cat-
tle in connection with State institutions
herds range in number from 50 to 250
cows, with a total of more than 1500
head. Every possible effort has been
made during recent years by the Bureau
of Animal Industry, Pennsylvania De-
partment of Agriculture, to place these
herds on a transmissible disease-free
basis and to guard them from new and
Decision to give a wedding ring and
an engagement circlet to every bride at
weddings at which he officiates was an-
nounced last Thursday, by J. Henry
Follmer, Lewisburg, independent candi-
date for justice of the peace. ‘I am
sincere about it,” he said, ‘‘and would
like to see everybody happy. Further-
more, any couple not satisfied after a year
of married life may come to me and get
their wedding fee back.” Follmer will
receive $5 for each marriage under the
law, and at this rate could hardly expect
to buy much of a pair of rings, politi-
cians pointed out today, unless, they
added, he digs down in his own pockets.
Edward J. Donovan, of Oswego, ‘N.
Y., escaped from the Lycoming county
jail in Williamsport, on Monday, by scal-
ing the wall. Donovan was in the jail
yard with other prisoners for morning
exercise and he is believed to have hid-
den when the others were returned to
their cells. Using a lead pipe which had
been left in the jail yard he made a hook
on one end and scaled the rear wall. He
then swung to a telephone pole nearby
and reached the ground. Donovan was
arrested last week on charges of burg-
lary and forgery in connection with the
theft of some blank checks and a check
protector machine which he is charged
with using to pass several checks.
—The curtain fell, on Tuesday, on one
of the most atrocious murders in the
history of Bedford county, when Harvey
Feathers, 17, slayer of Huston B. Croyle
of near Queen, in company with sheriff J.
M. Fink, was removed to the western
penitentiary where he will spend the re-
mainder of his life. Feathers, self-con-
fessed slayer, was sentenced to die in
the electric chair but his fate was com-
muted to life imprisonment by the State
board of pardons at Harrisburg last Wed-
nesday, after alienists, who examined the
youth, declared that he was mentally de-
ficient. Willis Feathers, 25, also impli-
cated in the slaying, and a brother of
Harvey, is serving a life term for the
killing of Croyle. The latter, a deaf-mute,
stood trial, and was recommended to
serve life imprisonment by the jury. The
brothers lay in wait and killed Croyle
with a shot gum, robbery being the mo-
in Coalpo t Fe