Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 29, 1930, Image 1

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_In two days the r that said |
good-bye to us last April will be
back on the calendar.
If anything worries you tell |
your troubles to Hoover. He might |
appoint a commission to investi-' _
——It is only just to protest
that State College doesn’t teach the |
form of sociology and psychology |
that Professor Bamford practices,
—It may be assumed that the
negotiations between Mr. Pinchot
VOL. 75.
Pinchot’s Nomination Confirmed,
It is not easy to analyze the.
| In an address before the American
and Mr. Vare have failed and Sam state of mind which influenced Fran- Bar association, in session in Chica-
Lewis is now heading his activities |
in other directions.
— There is only one issue in the
present campaign in Pennsylvania,
and that is the prohibition question.
On all other subjects the people of
all parties are agreed.
— Crime cost Centre county $75,-
000.00 last year. In 1911 it cost
$13,500.00. There is something wrong.
very radically wrong. Something
that calls every good citizen to take
cognizance of where we are drifting.
—1In twenty-three days fall will be
here. Then summer will be over
and what a summer it has been. In
history it will probably be notable
for one or two things. According
ts John Collins, Democratic State
chairman, it ought to be remember-
ed as the summer in which our
great President finished his super-
herculean task of ditching and
draining the entire U. S. A.
—The high cost of crime in Cen.
tre county is something for serious
minded people to think about. The
startling revelation to be found in
an article on page 8 of this issue is
something that can’t be laughed
off. It is too serious a matter for
that. To our mind it is due large-
ly to the fact that many parents
think that morality can be taught
by law. Legal acts are not stopping
crime. Teaching morality by the
fireside at home will.
—Tax collectors are now sending
out their notices and farmers who
have no potatoes to sell, little hay
in their barns to feed their cattle
over winter, no prospect of corn to
feed their pigs or grind into chop
to keep their dairy cows from caus-
ing the milk check to shrink month-
ly, ought to be wondering what
Senator Scott and the Hon. Holmes
did for them when they voted for
the outrageous tax law that will
sell them out for mot immediately
denied them the means with which
to pay. The farmers are certainly
out of luck and Senator Scott and
the Hon. Holmes voted to load the
dice against them.
Does Advertising Pay? It Does!
But Sometimes, What's the Use.
Just around every corner in a
country printing office there is al-
ways something. At times those
who try to keep the wheels going
round become so discouraged that
they feel like chucking a wrench in-
to the machinery and walking out.
At others so many heartening things
bob up that one feels that life isall
beer and skittles.
Last -Thursday was one of the
latter days in the Watchman office.
Machinery ran without a stop and
the relief from mechanical troubles
was accentuated by a number of
pleasant little notes from readers.
It was a hopeful day, indeed, but
the real thrill came just at its close.
The paper last week carried a
small advertisement for a cook
stove that was for sale. Our
mail to Penns Valley points left
here by bus at 2:40, At 4:20, or
just one hour and forty minutes la-
ter, this office received a call from
Centre Hall. The lady at the other
end of the line wanted to make in-
quiry “about a stove advertised in
the Watchman.”
We were non-plussed. We couldn't
understand how she knew there was
such an advertisement in the Watch-
man because the press was still run-
ning down in the press room and
the major portion of the malls had
had not yet been taken to the post-
office. © When she told us she was
in Centre Hall and had tomor-
row’s Watchman in her hand,
for a moment we went goofy. It
seemed impossible, but it was the
fact because how else could she have
known that there was a stove ad-
vertised in it.
To make a long story short she
came over to Bellefonte that eve-
ning, looked at the stove, bought it
and was home fifteen hours before
the paper was delivered to its Belle.
fonte readers. And the lady is not
a subscriber to the Watchman, eith-
That, we should say, is a record
for rapid selling by means of a
newspaper advertisement.
Advertising does pay.
We stopped at the First National
wank, on Friday morning, and haa
the lady's check cashed. @ When we
came out we met Wesley on the
street and he ‘“touched” us for the
money so that he might buy stock
enough for the stand he is running
at the Granger's picnic this week.
We have always believed that aa-
vertising does pay, but in the case
of the stove: What if it did?
What was the use?
cis Shunk Brown to challenge the
nomination of Gifford Pinchot by the
Republicans of Pennsylvania on the
ground that most - of the ballots
voted in Luzerne county had been
perforated under order of the com-
mon pleas court of that county. If
there had been suspicion that the
marking of the ballots had been
done for the purpose of committing
fraud, such a contest would have
been justified. But there was no
allegation of fraud, and so far as
the public had been informed no
suspicion of fraud. In the circum-
stances the demand that the ballots
of 60,000 legally qualified voters be
thrown out was absurd.
The Supreme court of Pennsylva-
nia is a partisan tribunal and its
record in recent years justifies a
suspicion that it is sometimes in-
fluenced by political exigencies. In
reversing a lower Philadelphia court
in order to help the Brown faction
of the party to control the . party
State committee, a few weeks ago,
it revealed an unfriendly attitude
toward Mr. Pinchot. But the mem-
bers of the court, being reasonably
intelligent men, certainly knew that
a decision in favor of the Brown
contention in the case in point
would not help Brown nor harm
Pinchot. It would have aroused
popular resentment, martyrized the
not too saintly forester and made
his election inevitable.
_ The Supreme court of Pennsylva-
nia has frequently ruled that mark-
ing ballots is not sufficient reason
for disqualifying voters unless frauds
were intended or perpetrated. The
election laws of Ponnsylvania pro-
vide for the recounting of ballots in
the event fraud is charged and for the
correction of false returns. But the
entire vote of a district or other
unit can be thrown out only when
frauds ‘so extensive as to make a
correct tabulation impossible,” have
been revealed by a recount. Such
a condition was not shown in this ponest prohibitionist and has greed
case, and though. perforating -the 3 grown, Bee
ballots for the alleged purpose of
preventing fraud may have been a
fault it was no grave crime.
— The lost has been found.
Colonel Eric Fisher Wood was seen |
in Harrisburg, the other day. This
revives hope that the miscreant who
“struck Billy Patterson” may be dis-
covered. !
Price of Senate Seats Increasing.
The vicious ‘practice of buying
Senatorial nominations has now ex- |
tended to West Virginia. At there.
cent primary in that State James
Elwood Jones, coal magnate with a
fortune estimated at $75,000,000, ac-
quired the Republican nomination
for United States Senator at the
alleged cost of $1,000,000. This is
the record price thus far. Mr, New-
berry, of Michigan, started the bid-
ding some years ago at approximately
$190,000. Vare and Pepper ad-
vanced the price to a trifle short of
seven figures. The amount spent by
and for Mrs. McCormick, of Illinois,
has not been revealed but Jones, of
West Virginia, is the top-notcher.
Jones is about as well qualified for !
service in the United States Senate
as Scar-faced Al: Capone is fitted
for an Arch-angel. He is credited
with the invention of the ‘yellow dog
contract,” has acquired great wealth
by enslaving the coal miners of
West Virginia, where he became a
pioneer operator. But ambition is
not a flower of intellectual achieve-
ment. A cat may look at a queen
and the possessor of $75,000,000 may
aspire to any office within the gift
of a careless electorate. So Jones
rolled into the Senatorial race on his
“par’l” and emerged with a certifi.
cate of nomination, to the shame of
the people of the State,
Mr. Newberry was allowed to oc-
cupy the seat he had purchased, for
a few weeks, for the reason that his
vote was necessary to give the Re-
publican party a majority in the
Senate. But Smith, of Illinois, and
Viare, of Pennsylvania, were reject-
ed. But Jones is not abashed by the
misfortunes of pikers who own only
a few millions. He reasons that
$75,000,000 will move mountains or
crash barriers
every kind. Besides he imagines
such a crisis as let Newberry in may
the beginning of the next Congress.
It is certain the Republicans will
need votes in the next Senate.
n————— A
—The election of a Bayard to
the Senate by the voters of Dela-
ware would be a gratifying incident
of the present campaign.
—— Chairman Fess’ platitudes are
so heavy that they make the air
anywhere and of
the same result for him at
| gothe other day, Mr. George W.
, Wickersham, chairman of President
Hoover’s National Commission on
Law Observance and Enforcement,
availed himself of the opportunity
to cast a reflection upon Senator
Glass, of Virginia, because of his
attempt to curtail the operations of
the Commission to prohibition en-
forcement. He quoted from President
Hoover's statement that only thirty
per cent of federal prisoners are in
custody for violation of the Volstead
law, and added that ‘“a baPanced
inquiry into the problem woula con-
sider prohibition as one only of a
number of elements to be consider.
But as a matter of fact Senator
Glass simply wanted to limit the
Commission to the purposes for
which it was created. In his speech
accepting the Republican nomination
for President Mr. Hoover declared
that prohibition enforcement was “a
noble experiment,” and in the event
of his election he would appoint a
Commission of distinguished gentle-
men to investigate and devise meth-
ods for making it successful. With
this understanding of the subject
Congress authorized the Commission
and appropriated a considerable sum
of money to finance its operations.
At the end of about a year, noth.
ing having been accomplished ex-
cept spending the money, Senator
Glass objected to renewing the
Everybody knows that there are
defects in the machinery of the
federal courts and it may be assum.
ed that the clogging of the courts
and the cramming of the prisons is
in part attributable to that fact.
But it is absolutely certain that the
failure to promptly prosecute and
| punish violators of the Volstead law
.is in large measure responsible, and
| the Wickersham Commission has
' done little or nothing to avert the
evil. . Senator Glass is a sincere and
I tired of the” administering = of the
prohibition laws, not in the interest
‘of prohibition but for the benefit
' of the Republican party and to pro-
mote the campaign for the re-elec-
‘tion of Mr. Hoover.
| The winner of the tree-sitting
championship may be in doubt, but
‘any one who reasons and figures
can see that Pinchot will attain the
“highest level in campaign expenses,
Worries of the Administration,
According to press dispatches from
: Washington the administration and
the Republican leaders at the capital
are much worried over the decrease
in revenue receipts since the Grundy
tariff law became operative. After
the Wall street debacle of last fall,
with a bulging treasury, the wise-
men determined to cut the income
tax one per cent on all schedules.
It seemed a perfectly feasible way
to woo popular favor. But now
that receipts have fallen off to a
startling extent there is imminent
flanger that an increase to the pre-
vious level will be necessary in or-
der to avert a deficiency of consid-
erable proportions.
For the quarter ending in July the
internal revenue collection fell off
$5,030,823.27, as compared with that
of the same period last year, not-
withstanding an increase of $3.343,-
256.77 in the tax on cigarettes. But
this slump does not cause the worry
that is disturbing the treasury of-
ficials. It can be plausibly, if not
truthfully, explained by inauspicious
‘conditions which have obtained for
some time. But the custom receipts
for the period since the approval of
the Grundy tariff bill have fallen off
approximately $40,000,000. That cut
in the revenues within a period of
sixty days is alarming.
Senator Watson, of Indiana, who
knows about as much concerning the
science of government as an unborn
, babe knows about aviation, assured
! the President that the Grundy tariff
law would cause a return of pros-
perity within sixty days, and that
i “with returning normal conditions
our foreign trade will continue to
, expand.” Of course any other than
an engineering mind would have seen
the absurdity of such a prediction.
But Mr. Hoover, anxious to promote
“his chances for re-election, accepted
this “fool’s advice” and now that the
"truth is forcing itself on his atten-
tion he is greatly perturbed.
-——Gifford Pinchot was the first
candidate for office in Pennsylvania
to spend an enormous amount of
money for nomination and election..
Mr. Pinchot is assuming the
functions of Governor rather pre-
maturely and promising services
rather recklessly.
The Liberal party leaders who
have determined to place John M. |
Hemphill on their ticket as the sin-
gle representative of their politi-
cal philosophy may have meant well
but they have not acted wisely.
They will not get the full reward
of their enterprise, The election of
Mr, Hemphill will be practically
made certain and the fact that
fanaticism has lost its grip in
Pennsylvania will stand revealed.
But the main purpose of their or-
ganization and effort, which is to
eliminate the evils of National pro-
hibition, will not be greatly ad-
vanced. It may be positively re-
The Republican nominee for Unit-
‘ed States Senator, Secretary of La-
bor Davis is a bone-dry prohibition-
ist or an “artful dodger,” unworthy
;of public confidence. ~The Demo-
‘cratic candidate, Sedgwick Kistler,
is in cordial sympathy with the
platform of his party on the sub-
ject and if elected will be able to
render valuable service to the cause.
The Republican candidate for Jus-
‘tice of the Supreme court, Judge
Maxey, is a straddler,
Démocratic nominee,
C. Niles, of York, is an outspoken
‘advocate of the repeal of the
, Bighteenth amendment, the Vol-
‘stead act of Congress and the Sny-
Judge Henry
'der act of Assembly. Yet the action!
'of the Liberal party leaders indicate
'indifference between these candi-
dates. :
There is no basis upon which to
analyze the attitude of the Liberal
party with respect to the candi-
dates for Senator, Mr. Davis was
nominated by a large majority but
it. can hardly be ascribed to either
his superior fitness or personal pop-
ularity. It was rather a popular
desire to defeat Grundy than to
honor Davis. But in the case of
the contest for the Supreme court
bench there may be a sinister rea-
son for the action. Judge Maxey is
the willing instrument of corporate
opposite. ‘Maybe some of the
corporate magnates affiliated with
the Liberal party have had too
much influence.
While the Liberal party has en-
, dorsed the candidacy of Mr. Kistler
it has not taken a public stand in
favor of Judge Niles. Unless it ad-
“vocates the election of the latter it
‘will not be giving its fullest sup-
port to the cause which has brought
‘it into existence.
Criticising Bad Practice.
In an article published in thé cur-
rent issue of Harper's Mr. James
Truslow Adams sharply criticises
the President and members of his
cabinet for habitually deceiving the
public by falsely predicting improve-
ments in industrial conditions.
“What is to become of the stability
of the government in its time-hon-
ored functions,” he asks, “if it is
to become a business efficiency or
tipster bureau?” This pernicious
practice, Mr. Adams observes, be.
gan in 1928 when President Coolidge
declared that “the billion dollar in-
crease in brokers’ loans was a nat-
ural expansion not large enough to
cause any unfavorable comment.”
The result of that expression was
the disastrous panic of last fall.
But the evil effect of that mis-
leading statement was trifling com-
pared with the result of the or-
ganized propaganda of the Hoover ad-
ministration. Following the Wall
street debacle Mr. Hoover assured
the people that there was no dan-
ger to the industrial life of the
country and had the Secretary of
the Treasury, the Secretary of
Commerce and the Secretary of La-
bor issue encouraging predictions
with the result that what might
have been a temporary disturbance
has developed into a long drawn
out and devastating industrial col-
lapse. Of course the Secretary of
Labor, now the Republican candi-
date for United States Senator in
Pennsylvania, didn’t know anything
about the matter but Mellon and
Lamont did,
Commenting upon the criticism of
Mr. Adams an esteemed contempora-
ry, friendly to the administration,
says: “It was certainly an innova-
tion in official practice. Presidents
and Treasury Secretaries long ago
found it necessary to discuss the
economic situation in the broader
view. Every Secretary of the
Treasury has had to review the mon-
ey and business situation in his
official reports. But beyond a highly
conservative study of the general
trend, prediction has always hereto-
fore been scrupulously avoided.” But
President Hoover, flattered into the
belief that he is a superman, em.
ploys this discreditable expedient to
fool the public for purely partisan
purposes. It is both dishonest and
29, 1930.
Wickersham’s Law Enforcement, well Meant, Probably, but Unwise. | .
while the :
while Judge Niles is directly |
N O ). 3 4 ®
¥rom the Clearfield Republican.
Worse than silly to yell “Hypo-
i crites” at Sedgwick Kistler and
{ John M. Hemphill, Democratic can-
! didates for United States Senator
‘and Governor. They were nominated
‘by the Democrats of Pennsylvania
land the party adopted a platform
i covering the wet and dry issue
{ which has been broadcast through-
out this and other States in plain
' English language. Both candidates
‘have emphatically declared them-
selves as in perfect harmony with
the party platform and are repeat-
ing their adherence to that platform
every day as they cover the counties
and meet the people.
There never was doubt in the
mind of anyone in the least ac-
quainted with Mr. Kistler where
he stood on the Eighteenth amend-
ment, the Volstead act and the
Snyder law long before his name
was ever mentioned in connection
with the nomination for the United
States Senate. He never fooled his
friends, neighbors or the public in
business or in politics. He is a man
of conviction and the courage there-
of every day in the year,
Same is true of John M. Hemp-
hill, who stands up boldly and
courageously for repeal of the
Eighteenth amendment, the Volstead
act and the Snyder law and asks
that the federal government restore
to the States the power to regulate
their own police questions and that
the Snyder law is worse than a
vicious encroachment on the consti-
tution of both State and Nation.
In thus taking their stand and
stating their positions regarding
these, at present, all important
questions Messrs. Kistler and
Hemphill are standing in honest
and emphatic contrast with their
opponents, James J. Davis, Repub.
lican candidate for United States
Senator, and Gifford Pinchot, alleg-
ed Republican candidate for Gover-
Davis says he stands on the Kan-
sas City platform, whatever that may
be construedas meaning today. He
says nary a word about the Snyder
law. His record as Secretary of
Labor in the cabinets of Presidents
Harding, Coolidge and Hoover may
be dry enough, but how about his
two slants reconcile.
And Mr. Pinchot’s dry record, what
about it? Is it anything near like
'as obstreperous as seven years ago?
Not by any means, He simply
says he is “just as dry as he for-
merly was.” Now there has always
‘been a suspicion in the minds of
‘the people of Pennsylvania, New
. York, Connecticut and Washington,
-D. C.,, that the Pinchots are not as
dry as their boosters and blind fol-
lowers claim. Anyway, Gifford
i Pinchot is not stressing the wet and
{dry question today as he did eight
years ago when he said he would
close every saloon in Pennsylvania
and drive every bootlegger from the
confines of the State.
He did not appeal to the ‘hard
coal counties” as a dry by any
means. He forgot all about the
wet and dry controversy when ask-
ing for the votes of the people of
that section of the State. He just
wanted votes and did not care by
what means they were recorded in
his column.
Opponents and critics and Davis-
Pinchot followers can call Sedgwick
Kistler and John M. Hemphill any
type of bad names they choose, but
the one brand they cannot use and
expect to stick is hypocrites.
Clothes and Parades.
From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
Preaching dress reform and wear-
ing blouses, a number of men met
in New York some days ago to
start a crusade against coats and
vests in hot weather. They had a
luncheon and a parade. Both created
little excitement.
The average human doesn’t care
to be herded or paraded, and he
will decide for himself what he
wants to wear, all the way from
galluses up or down. Speeches
about dress reform are about as
stimulating as speeches about sell-
ing reform. We are organized up to
the hilt now,
One thing that has accounted for
the rapid advancement of the Amer-
ican republic is the fact that so
far we have known where to draw
the line in allowing ourselves to be
herded into a crusade—whether for
setting up a Communistic govern-
ment or wearing pajamas on the
erm ——— A ——————
-——Jail sentences totaling 2495
days and fines aggregating $1100
were imposed on five Huntingdon
county hunters, recently, for hunt-
ing deer without a camp roster
and killing eleven illegal deer dur-
ing the hunting season last Decem-
Probably the administration at
Harrisburg hasn’t heard about the
fraudulent voting of pupils at the
teacher's college at West Chester.
——According to current gossip
seats on New York court benches
are bought. According to Quay. in
this State they are catapulted.
—The estate of Milton C. Clay, late
of Harrisburg, was estimated at $3000
when the will was filed with the Dauphin
county register. The bulk of the estate
is to be divided between the Methodist
| Home for Aged, Tyrone, and the Metho-
dist Home for Children, Mechanicsburg.
—During the past few weeks, says the
Game Commission bulletin, hundreds of
American egrets have been observed in
the vicinity of Harrisburg in flocks of
as many as 30 to 100. Motion pictures
of a flock of 29 egrets and 1 great blue
heron were taken along the Susquehanna
river near Harrisburg on July 28.
—Colonel Harry Trexler, of Allentown,
was encouraged about ten years ago to
“plant’’ beavers in Pennsylvania and the
Hickory Run game preserve was stocked
with several pairs of the little architects
and builders. Now the beaver is about
to return to its old habitat in the Pocono
| mountains as a result of a decade of
development in the Hickory Run section.
—As a means of relieving her family
from financial worries, Miss Gertrude
| Schrader, 19, of Pittsburgh, has an-
i nounced her willingness to marry a
| man ‘‘of almost any background, 35 or
under, of good character and good
health” who will pay her $8000 in cash.
Her family is heavily in debt and neither
she nor her father has been able to find
work. ;
—Deer get lonely, too, according to
J. A. Rosenberger, of near Waynesboro,
Pa., who surprised a ten point buck
making friends with his horse near the
Old Forge. Rosenberger is employed on
the State road and rides to and from
work, hitching the horse during the day in
a vacant lot. When he went to feed the
animal at noon he found the buck stand-
ing beside the horse. The deer dashed
into the woods.
—Building a fire in the county jail,
at Warren, last Thursday, Frank Mec-
Koon, 28, succeeded in a second attempt
at suicide by standing in the flames
until he was burned fatally. McKoon
was awaiting trial on a charge of first-
degree murder for the killing of Mrs.
Mabel Lindquist, at Sugar Grove, last
Memorial day. He first tried to kill
himself at the time Mrs. Lindquist was
slain, but recovered from a bullet wound.
—Two square blocks of smoking ruins
mark the site of the Bloomsburg plant
of the American Car & Foundry com-
pany wiped out early on Tuesday in a
$500,000 fire that for a time threatened
the entire town. Showers of blazing
sparks fell for blocks around despite the
absence of wind while fifteen fire com-
panies from Bloomsburg, Berwick, Dan-
ville, Sunbury, Northumberland and Cata-
wissa fought to confine the blaze to the
car shops.
—The bodies of two boys were found
in the ruins of the Colonial Apartment
building in Altoona early on Tuesday,
several hours after the structure was
destroyed by fire. The bodies were found
by police who searched in the debris
after the children had been reported
missing. The victims were William Guy-
er and Robert Howard Wagner, both 10.
The fire was believed to have been
started by the boys while they were
in the basement. They apparently were
overcome by smoke and could - not ‘es~
cape. :
—Secretary of Labor James J. Davis,
now Republican nominee for United
States Senator, has retired as an active
official of the Loyal Order of Moose. His
resignation as director-general of the
order was announced at Sharon, Pa., on
Monday, as the board of governors closed
its semi-annual session. Joseph A. Jen-
kins, Pittsburgh, secretary to Davis in
his Moose work, was chosen director-
general. Davis has been leader of the
organization since 1907. The Secretary
of Labor will continue, however, as a
member of the endowment fund com-
mittee and of the board of governors.
__ Mrs. Pearl Brooks and children, of
Yatesboro, Armstrong county, were made
one of the largest compensation awards
in the history of the northern part of
the State last week when compensation
referee. Frank Hess, of DuBois, granted
her $7,529.64 for the death of her hus-
band. The case was the result of the
death of Squire Brooks in the Yatesboro
mine when he, it was decided, died from
acute dilation of the heart five minutes
after he pushed a mine car over an in-
tersection. The claim was made against
the Helvetia Coal company, which alleg-
ed that death was due to strombosis.
—Frederick L. McClenahan Jr., 29
years old, member of a prominent Wynne-
wood family, faced Judge Corson, at Nor-
ristown, and plead guilty to the theft of a
watch from his father and an electric
cleaner belonging to his mother. The
man’s father recited a series of offenses
for which McClenahan had been jailed
in the past. It was testified the prisoner
is suffering from tuberculosis and that,
while prison life might imperil his
health, he nevertheless needed to be
subject to stricter discipline. He was
sent to jail for seven months with in-
structions that he be kept on the prison
— Fire, believed to have been caused
by spontaneous combustion, early this
week, burned the barn on the Selinsgrove
State Epileptic Colony farm. Four horses
and two - mules and some farming im-
plements were burned. The loss will
reach $6500, with insurance. A team
of bays and a team of sorrel
horses and the two mules had been res-
cued by attendants, but broke loose from
their drivers and rushed back into
their stalls to perish, Dr. Chester A.
Marsh, superintendent, said. Horses were
taken out of the blazing barn in 15
minutes, although most of them stamped-
ed to get back. By closing the doors
and tying them up 19 head were saved.
—Floyd Sharp, a Coatesville postoffice
clerk, has fallen irito the hands of United
States secret service agents and was ar-
rested at Lancaster. Inspectors Albert
E. Whitmore and Matthew McVicker
charged Sharp, of east Chestnut street,
Cotesville, with attempted larceny be-
fore alderman W. Wirt oYung, of Coates-
ville. Sharp is said to have signed a
confession he had stolen at least $700
from the postofiice during the year.
Secret service agents intimated Sharp's
peculations would amount to between
$2000 and $3000. Sharp was a trusted
employee, and as clerk in the post-
office had access to the safe in which
the money was placed. The Inspectors
learned Sharp had not been living with
his wife, and during the past year was
spending money liberally.