Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 08, 1930, Image 1

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    © ___ There is at least one man in
the world who thinks that Presi-
dent Grace, of the Bethlehem Steel
company, earns his nearly $2,000,-
000 a year.
____Senator Watson, of Indiana,
thinks the Canadian election is an
endorsement of the Grundy tariff
law. Senator Watson has Mark
Tapley shoved off the map.
—_ About the only thing this kind
of weather could be good for is a
young turkey. They thrive when it
is hot and dry and surely it has
been that long enough to give them
a good start.
—Our burgess is pawin’ the
dust again. He has ordered the
police force to rigidly enforce the
automobile parking ordinance. More
power to him and wit enough to
the police to get the councilman
who rarely respects the “stop” sign
at south Water and High streets.
— Just imagine what the part of
Spring creek that flows through
town would be looking like now if
some individual had purchased the
Gamble mill property and divert-
ed all of the water down the
race. There wouldn't have been
enough flowing down the regular
channel to carry off the sewage
that discharges into it.
—The gentleman subscriber who
writes to tell us that he took our
tip on the infallibility of a market
rise in early July and cleaned up
nearly eight hundred dollars owes
us nothing for it. He might, how-
ever, take down four dollars and a
half of the profits he credits us with
getting him, and push his label up
to where it ought to be.
— Weary of reforming the Demo-
cratic party in Pennsylvania Vance
McCormick has taken himself and
his two Harrisburg newspapers over
into the Pinchot camp. The loss to
the Democracy of the State will
not be serious and both Gifford and
Cornelia will need coaching on how
to push a tea wagon as if ' they
had always been in the habit of do-
ing it.
— On Tuesday evening we saw a
dairy herd being driven from what
was supposed to be their pasture
field and clouds of dust were follow-
ing in their wake. While there are
no records to prove it, we are of
the belief that this must be the
hottest and driest period this
county has ever experienced. We
know that Monday night was the
hottest night that we have recollec-
tion of.
__According to the latest pro-
punciamento from Mr. Price the
Highway Patrol has declared war
on one-arm drivers. The declaration
is not against those drivers who have
suffered the loss of an arm. It is
against the brazen brats who get a
feeble minded girl in the seat with
them and then proceed to drive with
one arm and paw with the other.
If Mr. Price is really serious in this
declaration of war we're going to
lay off urging the U. S. A. to join
the League of Nations and help
him fight it out. We know the
highways will be safer for motorists
when all is quiet on their abdominal
__John W. Underhill, Negro philan-
thropist of Mays Landing, N. J., left
one hundred thousand dollars for a
playground and a gymnasium for
the school children of that town.
He started as a barber, then ran
acandy store where the children
parked their pennies for John to
keep against the day he immonrtaliz-
ed himself by giving them all back
again. For years he was the only
Negro resident of Mays Landing and
we opine he will be the only Negro
for a long time to havea memorial
tablet in a white school. It is
fitting that it should be there for
the hearts of men, not the color of
their skins, proclaim them.
__A thermometer is a bad thing
to have handy when the weather is
insufferably hot. A looking glass is
a good thing to stay away from
when you are not feeling well and
nothing is worse for an imagined
case of weak heart action than the
ability to take your own pulse. In
other words, when it is hot it only
makes you hotter to know just how
hot it is. When you are a little
pale around the gills the sight of
it in a mirror will scare you into a
greater pallor. When a little gas
forces the diaphragm up against
the old pump so that it goes a lit
tle crazy at its work your fingers
on your wrist will convince you at
once that you have heart disease.
—_The Hon. Holmes wasn’t present
on Monday to see how the tax law
he voted for was going to sell the
roofs from over the heads of many
Centre county property owners. Ac-
cording to reports that come to us
he is trying to squirm out by ad-
mitting that he voted for the iniqui-
tous measure without reading it. Be
that as it may, he would have voted
for the bill, whether he read it or
not, if he had been ordered to. What
Centre county needs right here in
Centre county, down in Harrisburg
and on further, in Washington, are
men who won't and don't have to
take orders. Let's have an end of
being represented by men whose
spines seem to be no stiffer than
used bath towels.
VOL. 75.
NO. 31.
Fine Work of Our Candidates.
The Democratic candidates for
Governor and Senator in Congress
are “making hay while the sun
shines.” Campaigning while the
mercury is flirting at record altitude
is not an easy task, but John M.
Hemphill and Sedgwick Kistler are
fulfilling their obligations to the
party in full measure by facing the
discomforts of such labor under such
distressing conditions. They have
been highly honored in having been
unanimously selected as standard-
bearers in a contest of unusual im-
portance to the voters of the party
and the people of Pennsylvania,
and by the sacrifices they are mak-
ing to assure victory they are prov-
ing that the honors were worthily
Last week these faithful and fit
candidates visited several counties
of the northwestern section of the
State an made hosts of friends by
informal contacts with the people
This week they are in the south-
western section adding thousands to
the army of supporters. On Monday
they were in Washington county
and on Tuesday in Greene county,
On Wednesday hosts of earnest
voters greeted them in Fayette
county and on Thursday, according
to their itinerary, they were in
Westmoreland county where they
found abundant signs of a restora-
tion of an old-fashioned Democratic
majority. All this excellent work
has been achieved before the actfial
campaign has begun.
should inspire the Democrats and
liberal-minded voters of
county to increased effort and en-
thusiasm in behalf of the candidates.
Judge Niles has not campaigned
with his confreres on the ticket,
not for the reason that he has less
interest in the cause or is indiffer-
ent to the result, but because he
believes the judicial office should
not be made a subject of political
contention. If the Democratic vot-
ers of the State will perform their
part with the same energy
and determination as the candidates
have fulfilled their obligations, ‘the
entire ticket will be elected by
splendid majorities.
——The movement of troops in
China is becoming as uninteresting
as the experiences of tree sitters.
The Election in Canada,
The result of the election in
Canada is a direct and practical re-
action to the Grundy tariff law.
The Liberal government, under
Mackenzie King, had already taken
steps in retaliation of what seems
to the people of Canada as an un-
just and unnecessary discrimination
against their commerce and indus-
try, but it didn’t go far enough to
satisfy the voters. Mr. Bennett,
his competitor for the premiership,
made his appeal on the basis of
“the British Empire first, and with-
in the British Empire Canada first;
the preservation of our home mar-
ket for our ‘home producers; the
maintenance of our industries to
give employment to our own peo-
ple.” That sounds like a leaf from
Grundy’s diary.
Business has been languishing and
times have been hard in Canada.
Unemployment has been a problem
there, though in less degree than
here, and Premier Mackenzie King
has not given the matter as much
concern as the victims of the condi-
tion believed he should. The Grundy
law aggravated the evil by practi-
cally closing our markets to their
products. As the New York Times
says, “the resultant commercial feel-
ing against the United States has
been a contributing cause to the
election of a Conservative Prime
Minister pledged to hit American
exports to Canada fully as hardas
Canadian exports to us have been
hit by our own tariff.” That is the
plain truth of the matter.
Prime Minister King was not en-
tirely responsible for the industri-
al slump in Canada and President
Hoover is not entirely to blame for
the unemployment in this country.
But both are justly censurable for
refusal or neglect to provide a
remedy. Mr. King did nothing at
all in that direction, if the com-
plaints of his political enemies are
well founded. What President Hoov-
er has done is worse than nothing
for he simply tried to deceive
the people by false promises of im-
provement, and finally registered ap-
proval of tariff legislation which
vastly increases the cause of com-
plaint, Mackenzie King has paid
the penalty for his offense and
Hoover will get what is coming to
him in November.
n——————— A ———
— The tree sitters constitute
continuing evidence that the fool
killer is neglecting his business.
vs the People. i
In response to an invitation of the |
board of directors of the Centre
County hospital ten interested friends
gathered at the Penn-Belle hotel,
Wednesday evening, to consider &
demand made by the State Welfare
Department that a new home be.
built for the nurses of the local in-
stitution. i
The threat of the Department ap-
pears to be that unless better ac-'
commodations are furnished the
nurses it will withdraw its approval |
of our training school. A home that,
would come upto the Department's |
ideals would cost from $40,000.00 to,
$50,000.00. : |
While there could be no possible
objection to such a home—indeed it |
is very much to be desired—we see |
no reason for getting scared at any:
such threat by the Welfare De- :
partment. What if it does with- |
draw its approval of our training
school for nurses? It can’t prevent
our graduates from taking the,
state board examination and Belle-'
fonte hospital nurses are the kind
of girls who pass that examination.
Doing this they can’t be denied their |
certificate, no matter what the Wel-
fare Department might try to do
about it. i
With the court house corridors |
plastered with tax sale notices, in-;
dustry almost at a stand-still and,
the county facing possible loss of |
its corn and potato crops this seems
'to us an unpropitious time to start
This evidence of devotion to the
party and fidelity to the people
| people of Centre county should say
Centre |
| not permit the State Welfare De-
ion the place and was farming it by
a drive for such a project. It is a |
desirable project, of course, But the |
when they are going to do it and
partment to intimidate them. ;
It hasn't a leg to stand on in;
the threats it makes and the
sooner local communities organize |
to call it’s bluffs the sooner there will
be an end of its persistent meddling. |
Rumors Afloat
Tharp Fire.
Ugly Doncerning
The aftermath of the burning of %
midway between ,
the Tharp barn,
Spring Mills and Coburn, Wednes- |
day evening of last week, has been '
a grist of rumors implying that it!
was set afire.
The Watchman published the de- |
tails of the fire in its last week's
edition, but since then stories have
been current to the effect that those
first on the scene found oil-soaked '
straw in the attic of the house and |
the shingles on the roof of the shan-
ty so wet withoil that it could only
have been poured there a short time .
before the rescuers arrived on the |
scene. i
The barn and outbuildings, crops
and four horses were burned. The
house was saved, but there the
evidence of incendiarism is said to
have been discovered.
Mr. Tharp and his family were in
Spring Mills all the afternoon and
evening of the fire. He did mot live |
the day. Itis estimated that his loss
is more than double the amount of
insurance he carried.
He knows of no enemy who might
have had a grievance against him
such as would inflame them to such
an act.
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Bellefonte Kiwanians Hear Talk by
Dr. Carmon Ross.
Dr. Carmon Ross, lieutentant
governor of the southeastern division
of Kiwanis in Pennsylvania, was the
speaker at the Tuesday luncheon of
Kiwanians at the Penn Belle hotel.
There was an unusually large at-
tendance and Dr, Ross spoke to
them on “Factors that Make a
Successful Club.” Helis a very force-
ful speaker and handled his sub-
ject in an illuminating way.
The club telegraphed greetings
and good wishes to M. A. Landsy,
who is ill in a Williamsport hospi-
tal; received Charles Mensch Jr,
who has taken the editorial tripod
on the Keystone Gazette, into mem-
bership and elected the following
delegates to attend the Erie district
Kiwanis meeting in September: Wil-
liam Kerlin, Arthur C. Hewitt and
Samuel H. Shallcross. A. Frank
Hockman and Cecil Walker were
chosen for alternates.
Visitors at the luncheon were:
Marion Meyers, State College; Rev.
John P. Knisely, Northumberland;
John Payne, Marietta, Ohio; Samuel
McFarland, Altoona, and Alfred
Raynor, Williamsport.
— There is one feature of the
plan of the new prohibition director
that deserves approval. It promises
to angle for the big fish.
— Now that cutting the price
of electric current has been started
in New York it is hoped that it
will become general.
The State Welfare Department Borough Councilmen Hold Brief |
The hot weather of Monday eve-
ning was almost too much for the
borough councilmen. At 7:30
o'clock, the regular time for conven-
ing, only four members had shown
up, president Walker, Ardery, Badg-
er and Emerick. As no others ap-
peared by 7:40 president Walker
took his departure. Five minutes
later Messrs. Beaver and Jodon ar-
rived and council organized by elect-
ing Beaver president pro tem.
Nighthart came in shortly after
which made six members.
Secretary Kelly read a communi-
cation from borough engineer H. B.
Shattuck in which he stated that
he had been unable to complete the
survey for the new waterline from
the big spring to the Gamble mill
property, owing to the uncertainty
as to the lines of borough property,
but hoped to have it ready by the
next meeting of council.
H. G, Witter was present in per-
son and gave council blue prints and
plans of the new house he intends
building on the corner of Curtin and
Wilson streets, work on which is
already under way, Lester Musser
also presented plans for a new
bungalow he intends building on
east Lamb street.
The Street committee reported
completion of the Curtin street
sewer and all the work completed
on the opening of Burnside street
except oiling and top-dressing.
On recommendation of the Street
committee the Lamb street bridge
was condemned as unsafe for any
kind of travel and a resolution
was passed ordering it closed. The
committee was instructed to confer
with the county commissioners rel-
ative to erecting a new bridge. When
the present bridge was built in 1898
the borough erected the abutments
and the county the superstructure.
The Water committee reported
various repairs and the collection of
}$525.00 on water tax and $12.65 for
work done at the swimming pool on
Hughes field.
~The Fire and Police committee re-
from Miss Mira Humes for the
services of the firemen at the burn-
ing of the barn on her farm last
week, one-third of which will be
paid to the Logans.
The Finance committee reported
a balance in the borough fund of
$217.14 and $2194.32 in the water
fund. Notes for $2,000 were pre-
sented for renewal and a new note
for $3000 was authorized in the bor-
ough fund to meet current bills ana
pay a note of $1000 held by the
American Legion.
The Sanitary committee presented
the monthly report of Dr. S. M.
' Nissley, health officer and milk in-
Mr. Ardery presented the com-
plaint of residents of north Thomas
street in regard to the lime dust
nuisance from the hydrating plant
of the American Lime and Stone
company. He stated ‘that he had
communicated with Mr, Shallcross
who said that the company hoped
to effect some definite plan for
abating the nuisance within a
month. Another member of council
stated that he had been told that
the company uses a screen to over-
come the lime dust during the day
then blows it all out at night when
there is less likelihood of it being
The Street committee reported re-
ceiving three bids from Bellefonte
dealers for 600 feet of sewer pipe
for use on east Linn street, and
there are only a few dollars be-
tween all the bids. Council ad-
vised giving the order to the man
who will place the pipe on the
ground for the least money.
Borough bills, including the Amer.
jcan Legion note, aggregating
$2670.03 and water bills for $2002.36
were approved for payment.
Young Man Survives Fall from
Church Roof.
Bruce Sheckler, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Sheckler, of Milesburg,
is in the Centre County hospital
with a broken left leg and left arm,
the result of a 35-foot fall from the
roof of the Presbyterian church, in
Unionville, about 2.30 o'clock last
Friday afternoon, but thankful that
he escaped with his life or no more
critical injuries.
Young Scheckler and Ellis Resides
were engaged in painting the roof
of the church when Sheckler inad-
vertently stepped onto a patch of
wet paint. Both feet slipped from
under him and with nothing to hold
to he slid - down the roof and fell
to the ground a distance of thirty-
five feet. Falling on his left side
broke the bomes in both arm and
leg. He was brought to the Centre
County hospital and aside from his
broken bones no serious complica-
tions have developed.
onted receipt of 8. check for $50.00"
| R. Cecil McMahon in West Penn Life.
-Defeat has caused the best of men,
To wilt and quit the fight,
To hide away and watch the tide
Of life, sweep out of sight,
And well they know that by defeats
A victory must come,
So why give in, keep up your faith,
* At least say you will run.
In you, yourself, you must have faith,
Keep saying “Sure I can’
And though defeat keeps on your heels,
Feel good because you ran.
A loser always is admired,
If he has done his best,
Put strength in all you try to do,
And faith will do the rest
Defeat is but the normal thing,
That happens o'er and o'er,
A victory will come but once
‘While failures pile the score
Defeat is not so hard to bear,
If foremost in our mind,
Are truth, faith, honesty.
And love for all mankind.
Heat Set Hot Weather
The sizzling, stifling temperature
of Monday, when the U. 8. weather
bureau at the Bellefonte aviation
field reported a maxinum of 100.4
degrees, beat all former hot weather
records for Centre county since
weather records have been kept.
The nearest to it was 99 degrees in
1911, as reported at State College.
On Sunday the weather bureau re-
ported 98 while at one o'clock on
Tuesday the official reading was 92.
While humanity swelters and
animal life suffers accordingly the
most calamitous features of the hot
and dry spell is the untold damage
to all kinds of farm and garden
crops. Nothing is escaping the
withering heat and unless an abun-
dance of rain falls in the very near
future late crops will be a total loss.
As a result of the prolonged drouth
there have been numerous
forest fires throughout the State
and Centre county has not escaped
entirely. Small fires have occurred
in various sections of the Alle-
ghenies and ‘the Barrens while one
up in Taylor township, on Bald
Eagle mountain last week, almost
baffled the efforts of a large force
of fire fighters to conquer the flames.
Huckleberry bushes had literally
dried up on the ground and all kinds
of undergrowth was like tinder. The
fire not only burned over the sur-
face but followed the roots down in.
to the ground and the only way it
was finally extinguished was by
ers with teams of horses and
plows. The ground surface over a
large area was plowed and broken
up and in that way the fire was extin-
— A ———
Bellefonte Has No Fear of a Water
With many wells and cisterns, as
as well as small streams throughout
the county, bone dry, Bellefonte's
big spring, like a purling fountain
in the midst of an arid desert, goes
right along pouring forth its thous-
ands of gallons of sparkling water
every minute of the day. The ex-
tremely dry weather has not had
the slightest noticeable effect on the
flow, notwithstanding the fact that
the demand: has been unusually
great. In fact on Monday, the hot.
test dayof the year, the big electric
pumps at the spring were kept in
operation almost double the high
peak for pumping on any former
occasion. This was accounted for
by the unprecedented use of water
in sprinkling lawns and gardens.
Up at State College the water
situation has reached that point
where users have been cautioned to
exercise as much conservation as
Out at Rockview penitentiary the
big dam recently constructed in
McBride's gap, has so far maintained
a sufficient supply for all ordinary
uSes of the institution, although
very little water is now flowing
over the spillway. But the péni-
tentiary is well provided against
dry weather, as it hasan emergency
pumping station on Spring creek,
a never failing stream, which can
be put into service whenever needed.
So far no complaint has been
heard from any of the local water
companies supplying the smaller
towns in the county, so that aside
from the farmers who are compel-
led to haul water there is mo
immediate danger of a general wat-
er famine in the county.
Sr ——— A A ————————
——The Chase bank, of New York,
may acquire ownership of the earth,
but heaven be praised it can't get
title to the sun, moon and stars.
——By signing the London naval
pact King George has proved that
h> still has some part in the gov-
ernment of Great Britain.
enlisting the aid of a number of farm- |
—Four Negroes held up the McConnels
& Laub Construction company offices
near Butler, on Monday, and obtained
$500. State police said their automobile
was seen near Kittanning and they were
believed to be fleeing to Ohio.
—The family of Robert Thomas, of
Rushtown, received word this week of a
legacy left by a relative in Wales. The
fortune is understood to approximate
$100,000. Mrs Thomas said the family
will wait until it got the money before
deciding what to do with it.
—Concealing his brass-buttoned coat
‘and cap in a nearby graveyard, chief
, of police James Levan, of Shamokin, ac-
‘companied a young lady through the
{western end of town as her escort in
jorder to arrest a youth who snatched
| her wrist watch and purse from her
—Clad in pajamas of purple, orchid
, and blue, three young ladies ventured
forth onto Independence street, Shamokin,
i Sunday evening, and stirred up quite a
| furore, but refused to pose or tell their
names. They were followed by six more
| modest companions clad only in blue
| overalls.
—The body of William Christian, 67,
| of Danville, a retired farmer, was found
| on Sunday, by berry pickers in the
| mountains about five miles from Dan-
| ville, Christian had been missing about
ja month. Montour county authorities
' have not determined definitely the cause
of his death.
—Three Philadelphia policemen are
threatened with arrest for violation of a
law passed in 1706 prohibiting the mak-
ing of arrests on the Sabbath. This ac-
tion was threatened after the officers
had arrested the managers of two base-
ball teams and an umpire for playing
baseball on Sunday.
—No one wants the job, so the Gov--
ernment, unable to get a postmaster
for Fordyce, Greene county, has ordered
discontinuance of that postoffice, once
one of the busiest in southwestern Penn-
sylvania's rural sections and the most
important in the county. Patrons will
receive their mail by rural carrier from
—Reports of albino ring-necked pheas-
ants being prevalent in the southeast-
ern counties of the State are being in-
vestigated by officers of the Game Com-
mission. Such a condition, officials said,
is similar to that which developed among
the deer herds of the State as a result
of too much inbreeding. The possibility
of allowing hunters to kill hen ring-
necks as well as the males is being
Mrs. Wesley Miller, 20-year-old moth=
er of three children, was found dead
on Sunday, in a woodshed on a farm
near Stoverstown, York county, a suicide
by hanging, according to coroner L. U
Zech. In a note addressed to her hus=
band, Mrs. Miller said she could live no
longer because ‘‘babies were taken from
her.” Coroner Zech, in his report of
the case, stated that Miller had left
home about a week ago, taking the
children with him.
—The Public Service Commission has
been asked to approve the sale of the
Johnstown Telephone company’s plant in
the borough of Somerset to the West
Pennsylvania Telephone company for a
consideration of $165,000. The applica-
tion filed with the commission states
that present competition in the area
would be eliminated and that existing
service would be maintained by the
West Pennsylvania company with the
Johnstown company and the connecting
—With the determination of the
total defalcations of Leo A. Haggerty,
former vice president of the Old Dollar
State Bank and Trust company, at
Scranton, as $347,392, the State Banking
Department has instituted additional
| charges against Haggerty. Haggerty is
| now under bail, having been arrested
| recently when his shortages were first
| fund to be only $33,000. He is charged
by the department with using the bank’s
funds for speculation in the stock mar-
ket during the crash last fall
—Earl Falck, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. H Falck, Sunbury, threw a spool of
copper wire over a high-tension wire at
Green Briar on Monday. His right hand
and side became rigid as he fell to the
ground, the current coursing through his
. pody. Daniel Runkle grabbed a stick
and struck the wire, breaking it at the
point of connection with voltage current.
He was knocked down by the charge
The boy was rushed to the Mary M.
Packer hospital, where the doctors mar-
,veled that he had not been instantly
' killed. He will recover.
i —The presence of mind of five-year-
old Clarence Kugler, Jr., failed to save
the life of Mrs. Anna Fellows, 25 years
old, of Chambersburg, whose clothing
caught fire while extinguishing an oil
burner. Clarence turned the garden
hose on her as she rolled on the ground
trying to put out the flames in her
clothes, but he was too late and the
young woman died in the Chambersburg
hospital from the burns she had re-
ceived. Mrs. Fellows had been spending
a week at the home of Magistrate Kug-
ler, at Rouserville. She and the child
were alone in the house when her apron
caught fire from the oil burner.
—Bodies of Henry Martels, seventy-
six and his wife, Katherine, sixty-five,
of, Jersey Shore, both shot through the
head, were found, on Sunday, near the
tracks of the Pennsylvania railroad, at
Linden, N. J. Police believe it a double
suicide or a murder and suicide. A pic-
ture of a gasoline station owned by a
son, Fred Martels, of Patchogue, 1. 1.
led to identification. The son said he
had not seen the couple in two years.
He learned from neighbors they had
seemed despondent and had left home
Saturday. The father was a retired
superintendent of a silk mill at Jersey
Three new officers will be connected
with the Penn State R O. T. C. when
the college opens this fall, two of whom,
Captain Ernest EH. Tabscott and Lieuten-
ant Maurice S. Kerr, arrived at the col-
lege last week. Captain Thomas H.
Ramsey, the third new officer, is expect-
ed to assume his duties at the college
in August. The three officers whom they
displace, Captain Wheat, Captain Biglow,
and Captain Cuttler, have been ordered
to other posts in conformity with the
War Department plan of changing part
of the officers on R. O. T. C. duty each
year, and of not keeping any officer on
such duty at the same college for more
than four years.