Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 05, 1931, Image 1

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    Every member was present at the
regular meeting of borough council,
on Monday evening, ‘with the excep-
tion of Mr. Badger, chairman
the Street committee, who was con-
fined to his home with an attack of
Secretary Kelly reported receipt
of a number of sets of plans for the
new Lamb street bridge over Spring
creek, as prepared by bridge en- |
gineer J. D. Long and approved by
the State Highway Department.
Contractors desiring a set of plans
can secure them from the secretary
by making a deposit of $10.00, the
money to be refunded in case their
bids are rejected.
Secretary Kelly reported that fire
marshall John J. Bower had been
duly sworn in as a borough officer
by burgess Hard P. Harris and the
oath recorded on the minutes.
The secretary also read a com-
munication from Mrs. Sarah Walk-
ey requesting exoneration of some
of her taxes. Held for investiga-
A delegation of members of the
Logan Fire company was present in
regard to their proposition to coun-
cil two months ago relative to the
purchase of a new pumper.
of |
VOL. 76.
The following summary of local
| weather conditions will be interest-
|ing reading to those who have
| memories of the Mays of other
|years. It is authentic, also, be-
cause it was made by an authority
lon the subject, Mr, H. P. Parker,
lin charge of the U. S. weather bu- |
|reau station at the airport here: |
‘Twas in the month of May,
When clouds were highest up
But the poet who wrote these |
lines was an Englishman and was p.i.eonte when his father was ligious affiliations are not.
| referring to the weather of Eng-/
land. Furthermore, poets are allow-'
ed poetic license and the weather
is no exception to this privilege. !
Herbert Spencer Houck, a veteran
of the Spanish American and World
wars, and a sculptor of some re-
pute, committed suicide, on Monday,
by shooting himself in the
his studio apartment in New York.
A brief note found in the
indicated that financial distress was
the cause of the suicide.
Interest locally is attached
suicide by the fact that the man
A. Houck. and lived for
years, during his young manhood, in
pastor of the Methodist church here
in the early nineties. At that
time he was about 16 or 17 years
old and those who remember him
i i
Chief | However, as a general rule, the recall him as a dapper youth. But
O. B. Malin was spokesman and he month of May in the middle north- tne fact that he served in the Span
had solicited prices from five dif- New England coast, is noted as & of the field artillery in the World
ferent manufacturers,
the Mack transitory period from the chilly, war is evidence that he had plenty
company, La France Fire Engine blustery or windy month of March of courage and patriotism,
company, the Seagraves company, and the showery month of April, to, After the World war he located
Aarons-Fox and the Buffalo Fire
Apparatus company, all of which
had submitted propositions except
| the lazy
‘mer type of June weather.
warmth and general sum-
in Harrisburg and engaged in busi-
The daily vacation Bible school
will open in the High school build-
ling next Monday morning, at nine
o'clock. Sessions will be held each
leleven o'clock, for five days a week
Children from four
UNE 5, 1931.
|! Carl Crow and Frank Cantilla,
two Italians convicted of murder in
Cambria county and scheduled to be
electrocuted at seven o'clock on
head, in morning from nine to half past Monday morning, were granted an
eleventh hour respite by Governor
apartment | through a period of three weeks. Pinchot after they had abandoned
—Roland S. Morris, of
lawyer and former Ambassador to Jap-
an, has been elected president of the
Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
—Miss Mary L. Carlin, supervising
principal of the consolidated school,
Rush township, Centre county, was re-
cently appointed president of the school
department of the Central convention
district of the Pennsylvania State Edu-
| cational Association.
—Safecrankers blew up a safe at the
Sunbury Coca-Cola plant at Packer and
Fourth streets, early Monday morning,
and stole $986 in cash. The blast rip-
ped off the safe door, blew out the
side of the building, burst a huge hole
in the flooring and leveled partitions.
—Judge Thomas F. Bailey, of Hun-
tingdon, president judge of the Twen-
| tieth Judicial district which, until sev-
eral weeks ago included Mifflin county,
was appointed by the Pennsylvania
Supreme court to sit in the Mifflin
county courts until such time as a pres-
ident judge shall have been appointed
in that county.
—Congressman Robert F. Rich,
Woolrich, has been nominated to fill the
years of age all hope of any further reprieve ' ....'., the board of directors of
‘and through all the grade schools from death. The Governor called ;; .i on Seminary caused by the death
to the of the community will be welcome the penitentiary from
in this school. It is open to all
in air: was a son of the Rev. and Mrs. W. children of Bellefonte and vicinity, on Friday, for a
several | who come within these ages, regard- recreation after
{less of whether they have any re-
school is conducted under the aus-
| pices of the churches and all expen-
‘ses are paid by them, so that there merely stated to delay execution |
is no charge to any pupil, and rep-
French Lick,
Indiana, where he had gone,
few days rest and
the strenuous days
of the past three weeks, Warden
Stanley P. Ashe received the mes-
sage and gave it to deputy warden
'W. J. McFarland. The message
‘that a respite would be granted.
lot his father, the late Michae! B. Rich,
‘at a meeting of the board of managers
of the Preacher's Aid Society, of the
| Central Pennsylvania conference of the
| Methodist church. The election of di-
| rectors will take place, June 8.
| —Books have been written on ‘‘the
romance of the soil,” but it remained
for Joseph Kesler, farmer of Somerset
county, to make it really romantic. Last
| Friday night, while a bright moon
resents a desire of the religious, To make certain the message shone down, farmer Kessler, with a
forces of the community
‘the greatest possible service in the
proper training of the boys and
| The common truths and morals
‘of the Christian church will be
‘taught, hymns of the church uni-
to be of was from the Governor deputy Mc- force of men, plowed 60 acres of
Farland called up Mr. Hagey, in
Harrisburg, clerk to the Board of
Pardons. He had heard nothing of
(any respite being granted but at
(once got busy and called the Gov-
ernor at French Lick.
the Mack company which has so far fonte and vicinity during the past in this line was a statue of Lincoln also furnished, The work of the the respite. Mr. Hagey then called
made no reply, Mr.
in regard to it's attitude on the
purchase of a new pumper, as the
days bazaar, July 2nd,
and they would like to advertise the
fact that the purpose of the bazaar
is to raise a fund to help pay for
the pumper. Mr. Beaver, of the
Fire and Police committee, reported
that he had talked with members of
question from all angles, then make
and recommendation
The Finance committee asked for
the renewal of notes totaling $8,-
600, which was authorized.
The Sanitary committee presented
the report of heaith officer S. M.
dealers and also had visited gro-
——HEleven class reunions will be
held at State College tomorrow,
The members of the
College during the commencement
activities, There are only two sur-
vivors of this class, Lewis A. Schaef-
fer, of Bellefonte, and Neville C.
Davison, of Pittsburgh. Five mem-
bers of the class of 1876 are ex-
pected back for commencement.
Malin was |
month of May, to woo his co
hail on the 10th, all of this was
rain, and totalled 8,03 inches. The
greatest amount in 24 hours was 1.85
rain also occurred on the and
again on Memorial day. The latter
was of short duration, but the rate
of fall was unusually heavy, almost
an inch in one hour. The thunder-
storms which produced this rain
over Bellefonte in an east-
northeast direction and the rainfall
in Bellefonte was heavier than
the Airport. Almost 60¢; of the to-
tal precipitation for the month oc-
lcurred in 4 days, the 13th, 20th,
22d and 30th. The total precipitation
for May, 1930 was 1.88 inches and
441 inches in May,
hour for periods of a minute or
more, The wind may have been
stronger in or very near Bellefonte
on this date. The mean relative hu-
midity was about 709. Cloudiness
was above normal, averaging 70%
lovercast. There were 4 clear days,
'13 partly cloudy and 14 cloudy, also
17 days with 0.01 inch or more of
precipitation. Thunderstorms occur-
red on the 2d, 10th, 16th, 19th, 20th,
{frost on the 4th and 5th and heavy
frost on the 1st. Light fog occurred
on several days and dense fog on
the 25th and 26th. No snow occurred
during the past month.
The mean monthly temperature
was 57.7 degrees. apparently nor-
mal, though slightly less than a
91 in 1911. The lowest temperatures
May at State College for
same period of 40 years are:
1890, 28 in 1903, 29 in 1927,
1888, 1900, 1923 and 1926,and
1891, 1893. 1895, 1906, 1911
and 1920. All other temperatures
were 32 degrees or above.
A joint average of precipitation
|for Bellefonte, 1901-1911 inclusive,
and at Western Penitentiary, 1916-
1922 inclusive, gives 8.77 inches for
a period of 18 years, These records
indicate a heavier rainfall at West-
ern Penitentiary. Nine of
record at Fleming, 1859-1867 inclu-
sive, show an average of 3.92 inches.
Forty-two years of record at State
College give a mean monthly precip-
itation of 408 inches. We may
therefore safely conclude that the
inches on the 22nd and 23rd. Heavy |
year ago. In 1929 it was 2 degrees |
four sisters, h
‘Hazleton; Mrs. Gertrude Norris, of
| St. Joseph, Mo.. Mrs. Henry Stine,
|of Harrisburg; Mrs. W. T. Hildrup, of
| Harrisburg and New York, and The
| Contesse Boco Bianchi, of Florence,
‘Italy. The remains were taken to
| Harrisburg for burial.
Charles Houck, of
| Contractors who informed the
| Pennsylvania State College of their
desirz to bid on two new buildings
for the college included in Gover-
nor Pinchot's emergency unemploy-
ment appropriation are now
1929. Strong, |ing the plans. It is expected
gusty. winds occurred. -. S08 Aw! “will “be “soon, and
attaining a velocity of 40 miles per "1a 20
that actual construction will
started next month.
The buildings are for home ’
nomics and for dairy husbandry.
Each will be built of rcse brick with
{white stone trim, conforming with
{other buildings erected on the cam-
| pus recently.
| The college started work on its
part of the new buildings as soon as
the plans were approved by the
§ ¢
board of trustees, the plumbing and
emer- 22d, 30th and 31st. There was wd of work being Phucaing en-
| tirely by the Penn State department
lof grounds and buildings. It is
| expected that all main pipe lines
‘and conduits will be laid this month
and this part of the work completed
so that the builders can start work
as soon as the contracts are let.
—Centre county friends of John
W. Hess, locomotive engineer of Al-
toona, who was so badly wounded in
a hunting accident on the Seven
mountains, last December, will be
glad to learn that he has finally re-
covered to that extent that he was
able to leave the Altoona hospital
on Monday. Hess was hunting with
the Modoc hunting club, of which
he is a member, and while traveling
through the woods the gun of Dr.
Frank Bailey, of Milton, was acci-
dentally discharged, the ball pene-
hip, shattering
the thigh bone, He was brought to
the Centre County hospital where
he was a patient from December
4th to Februrary 24th. when he was
removed to the Altoona hospital
There is no gainsayiig the fact that
he has a tough time of it. For
the accident it
double the normal amount.
The least precipitation of record
for Bellefonte is 1.13 inches in 1908,
1.69 inches at Western Penitentiary
in 1920, 1.44 inches at Fleming in
1860 and 0.92 inch at State College
in 1902. Other years with light pre-
cipitation in May were 1863 with
2.02 inches at Fleming; at State
College 0.96 inch in 1926, 1.01 in
1928, 1.24 in 1908, 1.37 in 1896, 1.67
in 1920. 1.81 in 1906 and 1.94 in
With the exception of the heavy
rainfall and attendant cloudiness
the weather of the month of May
was practically normal this year in
the vicinity of Bellefonte.
‘at prayer and of late he had been school is done in such a way as to
particularly anxious that council Lady Claire, his ardor would prob- working on an equestrian statue of arouse the interest of the children,
would go on record at that meeting |ably have been considerably damp- Lincoln. In addition to his studio as is seen by the fact that many of
apartment in New York he had use the children have returned to the |
| The most unusual feature of May of an apartment in Harrisburg.
company is planning to hold a three was the heavy precipitation. With Mr. Houck's parents are dead but The principal of the school will
3rd and 4th, [the exception of a small amountof he is survived by one brother and be Miss Catherine Gardner. The
turned a
in Johnstown. After being on trial
two days the jury returnad a ver-
dict in favor of the
Memorial day and was buried on
Tuesday. He was 62 years old.
fer now lives in Bellefonte, although
she had lived for a number of years
plaintiff for
—Wiiliam H. Smead, a brother of
Howard Smead, of Bellefonte, died
in Williamsport on
deputy McFarland and informed
him that the message was correct,
stant fight between them for sup-
plies and also for trade but they
never indulged in gun feuds. The
first man caught after the murder
was Tony Polombo. He belonged
to the rival gang to that of which
Crow, Cantilla, Parse and Powell
were members. At his trial he
turned State's evidence and swore
that the above men were the guilty
parties to the murder, and they al-
lege he did so to save the members
of his own gang. Such was the
story, told rather incoherently, early
Monday morning, in the death
house, by Crow and Cantilla to the
deputy warden. How much of
truth there is in it no man can de-
termine. :
Crow has been at the death house
since the latter part of April, when
he was taken there with Joseph
Parse, another of the condemned
men. Cantilla was taken to the
death house last Thursday. Crow's
wife and little son were at the
deain house, on Saturday, to bid
him goodbye. When they learned
of the respite having been granted
Cantilla’s two brothers made a
quick motor trip from Johnstown, on
Monday morning, to visit him and
rejoice with him on being given
another chance for his life.
The facts that led up to the re-
spite being granted was detective
work on the pert of Hugh Jeffreys
and his son Francis, of DuBois, who
have been quietly working on the
case for several months, They fi-
nally uncovered evidence, on Fri-
day, which they believe of vital im-
portance in the case, and it then re-
quired quick work to get the mat-
ter before the Governor. Pinchot
left Harrisburg on Friday, made a
speech at Oyster Bay on Saturday
and immediately thereafter left for
French Lick, Ind, to attend the
convention of Governors. He was
finally reached in time to grant the
respite five hours before the hour
of electrocution, which was the sec-
ond time in the history of the chair
that a respite was given at exactly
the same hour.
The Jeffreys are convinced in their
own minds that the men under sen-
tence of death are innocent of the
murder of which they were convict-
ed and feel confident that when the
newly-discovered evidence is placed
before the Governor it will result in
securing for them a new trial
—We will do your job work right.
The latter
but gave that up and took up versal, passages of Scripture. Hand confirmed the message by saying
Had Lord Ronald visited Belle- 'geulpture. His last completed work craft and supervised recreation are that he had at last decided fort anv.
land. It was cooler that way, he said,
| and furthermore recent rains and the
| good condition of the ground made the
| conditions idesl.
| —While changing a tire on the State
(highway, near Mt Carmel, Sunday
| night, Guy Bookmiller, Danville taxi
driver, was beaten and robbed by a lone
Bookmiller was hard at work
when a stranger “stopped and osked if
Ihe were having trouble. That was all
| he remembered until four hours later,
TO ft ge wa ected 00 3, ST cum
: lat 2 o'clock Monday morning, just|® 4
| school each succeeding year. five hours before the men were | The sum of $48 was missing from his
doomed to go to the chair, and at |"
AT deputy” MGFaand walked inte] Bart. Keller. 32. ob Tucsley sated
personnel of the teaching staff will the death house to carry the mes-|;,j,ry or death when he halted a run-
be: Mrs. Ruth Hartswick, the Misses | sage to Crow and Cantilla. He Do: oonch planged 90WR
Helen Brown, Mary Woodring, Mar- found them: both awake, DErVOuS| Wear street eat headed for
tha Geiss, Jane Musser and Philip land downcast. According to the school children out for recess. Keller
Wion and Frank Lyons. guard they had slept but little dur- | boarded the automobile and brought it
ins he, might MePurians, walked 1 8 Lm
MEMORIAL EXERCISES to the front of the cells where both house. ~~ COnS
could ;u through the window of the car and sev-
| DELAYED BY RAIN STORM. BE Oe a er ered an aroary Sulleiug greatly. Som
‘Saturday's Memorial exercises The Governor has granted you logs of Mood, er to 4
were delayed for an hour by the another respite.” —When the June term of United
hard rain storm that broke over Deputy McFarland said that it|gtates Court opened at the federal
Bellefonte just before the time for was impossible to describle the two [building in Williamsport, on Monday af-
the formation of the parade, and men. Their faces lighted up and | ternoon, it was announced that the trial
which naturally. resulted in keeping |after thanking him both started to|of the prohibition case In which nine
many people away from the 'ceme- talk at once, protesting that al Lock Haven men. including five ponies:
though they had been convicted they Me: re defendants. had Bsn postponcd
were innocent of the killing of Unt! the at
indictment was returned at Harrisburg
nan Tour the en io Gi Tha er Mar ine ob
! time, defense | e op-
killing had made a getaway and! portunity to prepare its case, is the rea-
never been caught. son for the postponement, it was stated
According to their story there | —After drawing his pay and raves
were two ri gang eggers | that he was working as ‘a carpen or
in sbi most of oolleggent 40 cents an hour, Mike Shutovich, 45
and to rival political af- years old, of New Kensington, ended his
filiations. Naturally it life by buying a revolver with his wages
» Na y it was a con-| 4 firing a bullet into his brain at the
| Foster House, Monessen, on Saturday.
|The body was not found until Tuesday
| morning, when Mrs. Don Wilson, pro-
| prietress, noticed a dried pool of blood
lin the hall outside of Shutovich’s room.
| Investigating she found the man lying
lon the floor, the new revolver beside
—At the Jordan State game farm, in
fhe eastern end of Lawrence county, al-
ready this season 3000 young ring-necked
pheasants have been hatched and 10,000
more eggs are in the process of hatch-
Young pheasants are being born
at the rate of 1100 daily at the farm at
the present time—the largest number of
ever set at the game farm. Mal-
ducks are also being hatched at
at the present time, but these
y for
placing in a small arti-
lake that has been created at the
accepting rewards under the law.
other claimants have appeared. Wheth-
er outside aid was given the authorities
in solving the crime was never revealed.
—L. D. McCall, Esq., attorney of Du-
Bois, has filed suit in the common pleas
court of Clearfield county on behalf of
his client, Vernon H. Anstine, against
Frederick Montfoot, in which Anstine
sets forth that Montfoot had by persua-
induced his wife to leave their
home at DuBois on May 8, 1980, and
‘says that by reason of his wife chang-
ing her affections to Montfoot, he has
suffered $100,000 damages because of the
loss of her affections, comfort and com-
panionship. Montfoot has not filed his
answer so it cannot be determined what
view he will take of the value suffered
by Anstine, or what benefits recelved by