Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 21, 1931, Image 1

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    —Bellefonte ought to be full of |
smart people. She spent nearly |
ninety-four thousand dollars on her |
public schools last year. |
——Upon the statement that heis!
willing to be drafted as the Repub-
lican candidate for President next
year Mr. Coolidge doesn't choose to
say a word.
——Of course it's all right to in-
vestigate Tammany, but we can see
no just reason for refusing to in-
quire into the same sort of faults
in up-State New York.
-———Possibly a traditionally wise
Philadelphia lawyer could imagine
how a Vare government with Hampy
Moore as figure head would be pref-
erable to a Vare government with
Sam Salus at the controls. |
—Jack Dempsey and Estelle Tay-
lor, his movie wife, have finally come |
to the parting of the way. Juck has
entered suit for divorce. He says
he still likes her, but not enough to
“go broke” on account of her.
—The Lindberghs have had their
third forced landing on their globe
circling vacation flight. This time
considerable concern is felt for them.
They are down in a treacherous sea,
off the coast of Japan somewhere,
and while the brave little wife of the
Colonel is wirelessing cheery mes-
sages of assurance to the world no
one will feel at ease until the glad
tidings come that they are awing
—My, how times have changed.
Twenty years ago a home made
carnival meant, “fish ponds,” “bean |
bags,” “pinning a tail on the donkey,” |
and innocent little costume villages
of foreign countries, with the good |
people looking on approvingly. Now,
all that is needed are any old gam-
Of course Governor Pinchot had
declared in Detroit, the other eve-
ning, that his speech was not a
“bid” for the Republican Presidential
nomination. As a matter of fact
every speech he has made, every act
he has performed and every gesture
VOL. 76. emo
LEFONTE, PA.,, AUGUST 21, 1931.
A New and Dangerous Philosophy.
| Nearly two centuries ago Jona-
“his tongue in his cheek” when he than Swift expressed the opinion |
| that “whoever could make two ears
of corn or two blades of grass to
grow upon a spot of ground where
only one grew before,
er r———————— rE ————_— inn
Logan's New Pumper to Arrive Next
| Week. i
|council, on Monday evening, fire
| marshal John J. Bower reported |
that notification had been received |
_NO. 33.
At the regular meeting of borough | Items taken from the Watchman issue |
of August 26, 1881.
—P. J. Vonada, of Zion, after an
absence of several months, returned
would deserve that the new pumper for the Logan home Saturday evening, having made
better of mankind and do more es- pire company will be delivered some an extended tour through the west.
sential service to his country than
|time next week and arrangements
he has indulged in within the last the whole race of politicians put to- ghould be made to have an inspec- |
two years has had for its purpose
the promotion of his ambition to be-
gether.” But Swift lived before the
engineering mind was developed.
|tion engineer of the Underwriters’
Association come to Bellefonte to
come the Republican nominee for Such an achievement is no longera test the pumper and see that it
President some time, and he has in.
It has become a vice pun-
comes up to specifications and meets
telligence to realize that because of ishable by severe penalties. Obvious- the requirements of the Association.
advancing age it must be in 1932 or
never. His Detroit speech was not
only abid for the nomination next
year but the most appealing bid he
has ever made.
At the present time appearances
indicate that Herbert Hoover has
the nomination “tied up.” The
Southern delegates and those of the
North who seem to be under control
of the office holders will guarantee
his nomination unless adverse condi-
tions develop. But there are signs,
faint though perceptible, of such
development. Every day something
occurs that impairs confidence in his
capacity for the service and alien-
ates his supporters. And nobody
in this broad land has a keener ap-
preciaton of this political panorama
ly “the times are out of joint.” The
mouse trap and beaten path idea
has become obsolete. The only
pathway to prosperity is a lane that
leads to destruction.
President Hoover's Farm Board is
responsible for this surprising phil-
osophy. Pending the campaign of
last fall the chairman of that Board
and members of the President's cab-
inet canvassed the wheat growing
| States urging the farmers to reduce
| their planting acreage in order to
|give a semblance of success to an
‘absurd conception of the engineer-
|ing mind. As the soil was suitable
‘only for that form of crop the farm-
ers refused to follow the advice.
| The result is that while there are
| millions of hungry men, women and
Council authorized Mr. Bower to
make the necessary arrangements.
| Secretary Kelly reported that bor- |
{ough engineer H. B. Shattuck had
| made blueprints of anold map of the |
{original tract of the Gamble mill
property, made in 1874, when it was
(the property of E. W. Hale. |
John H. Roach, of the Department |
(of Property and Supplies, Harris-
| burg, appeared before council with a |
complaint that the water supply at |
{the armory of Troop L is not up to
| requirements’ and expressed the be- |
{lief that it is because the meter
on the line is too small. He asked
| permission to remove the meter and |
make a month's test without it and
|if the supply then proves all righta |
larger meter will be installed. Coun- |
He visited Colorado, Kansas, Iowa,
Illinois and other States beyond the
—The board of the Centre county
Agricultural Society met in the court
house on Monday evening to devise
some plan by which the coming fair
may have more receipts than ex-
penditures. Raising the admission to
50cts was considered, but dropped
as being uncertain in its results.
—Work is going on at the Lamb
street bridge preparatory to the
erection of a new structure over
Spring creek at that point.
—The Centre county fair will be
held the 4th, 5th, 6th and Tth of
—Berwind, White & Co., of Snow
Shoe, paid off their men for the past
month in gold.
—An infant child of Rev. William
Fortney, of Boalsburg, died at the
residence of D. F. Fortney Esq. on
Bishop street, this place, on Sunday
morning last.
—The little son of Mr. Isaac
Thomas, of this who was so
_ i
| —More than 700,000 legal size trout will
| be distributed in State streams from the
| hatcheries this autumn,
~—Valeria Segitis, 67, a Tamaqua miner,
(died on Monday of a broken neck after
falling down stairs at his home.
—While packing his furniture and pre-
| paring for eviction from his home, Mi-
| chael Manjak, of Ambridge, found $460
| he lost six years ago. He paid his bills
| and taxes and unpacked.
| —Although suffering bullet
| wound in the back received earlier in
|the day during an attempted holdup,
| Frank Yerano escaped from the State
from a
| hospital at Ashland on Tuesday. He was
recaptured later.
—Notices have been posted in the New
York Central Railroad shops at West
Albany, N. Y., to the effect that work
has been supsended indefinitely. Large
| numbers of the 400 shopmen who were
| transferred from Jersey Shore to West
Albany the beginning of this month are
expected to return home,
—Damages in the sum of $10,000 have
been asked by Catherine Gallagher,
against the city of Pottsville in a suit
filed in the Schuykill county court this
| week. She claims to have been per-
manently injured when her foot waa
caught in wire mesh which was being
used for a street paving job last year.
--Nicola Murdick’'s wooden leg saved
him from drowning at Pittsburgh, on
Tuesdsy. Despondent, the 61-year-old
man decided to end his life in the
Monongahela river. He had waded in to
his neck when the wooden leg stuck in the
mud and he could neither advance nor
return, Passersby dragged him to shore.
—Tales of old days on the canals of
Pennsylvania and the prowess of the men
who worked on them will be in order
August 29, when veteran canal men will
| have their seventeenth annual reunion at
Rolling Green park. A program of en-
tertainment is now being arranged for the
reunion and canal veterans from all parts
of the State have promised to be present,
—What Charles McGowan, 16-year-old
| grocer’s delivery boy, thought to be a
bag of spinach in a vacant lot on the out-
skirts of Philadelphia proved to be a sack
of money —$1400 in bills. Police said it
[was part of the $1700 taken by three
{holdup men in a pistol battle outside the
{than Mr. Pinchot, unless it is Mrs. cil granted the request.
bling devices that can be rigged up, |
and the few good people who don't
play them look on as though they
would if So-and-So wasn't eyeing
—As we said last week, we hold
no brief for the White brothers, but, |
Congressman Chase and the Post
Office Department notwithstanding, |
nobody can make us believe that
they, or anyone else, would have
been asses efiough to build and equip
a building for the government in
Bellefonte without some assurance,
from some authoritative source, that
it would be used by the government
for a period long enough to justify
the investment.
—The correspondent who advises
us to read “That Royal Lover.” by
Knorad Bercovici, was probably
urged to make the suggestion be-
cause of the panting! we occasion.
ally give King Carol, Rumania.
Reading Bercovici's book wouldn't
ter of Carol's philandering. Besides,
his evidence is . He is a
Rumanian author and if he didn't
give Carol all the “breaks” and
make Helen and Marie look foolish
his head would be chopped off. Of
course our correspondent is a lady.
They always fall for Carol.
—Congressman Chase
when here last week, that he expects
to be a candidate to succeed himself;
at least that was the inference we
drew when he told us that there is
nothing to the story that his broth-
er plans to retire from the bench in
Clearfield county and that he will
swap his seat for the
Clearfield bench. Assuming that he
meant just what he expected us to
believe that he meant Mitch isn't the
foxy politician that many give
him credit with being. If he is
thinking of fighting J. Banks Kurtz
for the Republican nomination for
Congress in our newly formed dis-
trict he needs Centre county. And
how's he going to get Centre? By
a “run in” with the
White Brothers over the Bellefonte
post-office building when Bond White
is the Pinchot chairman here. These
days jobs are jobs. A Congressman
has nothing to give but post-master-
ships. A Governor has hundreds of
jobs for Centre countians who are
loyal to those who were loyal to
him and Bond White was all of that.
—Will someone give us the real
“dope” on who's back of who inthe
race for shrievalty honors on the
Republican ticket. We hear from
lower Penns valley that Keeler
strength down there is traceable to
the Flemings. We know that men
getting road jobs are tipped off todo
all they can for Keeler and road jobs
are supposed to come from the Dale.
White-Heverly combination. Are
they hand-in-glove with the Flem-
ings? If so, where is Senator
Scott? He is supposed to be fa-
vorable to Mayes, when it would
be natural for him to be for his fel-
low townsman, Lamoreaux. Appar-
ently none of the “big shots” are
behind Jim Leitzell, but Jim is mak-
ing a publicity noise like a fellow
who has ammunition of his own.
The fight is making a lot of strange
bed-fellows and we fancy that many
of them won't know who they dre
in with until they find themselves
kicked out. The situation reminds
us of the story a friend told us re-
cently. He married one of twins
and the other sister lives with
them. We asked him if they look-
ed much alike. “Alike,” he said:
“God, George, they look so much
alike that I'm only sure I'm in bed
with my wife when I'm not kicked
told us,
| Congressman
| “Statements that do not stand up,”
| Pinchot. They live with it, sleep with
|it and dream of it constantly.
| But this harmless prevarication
| detracts little, if anything, from the
| substance of value of Mr. Pinchot's
Detroit speech. His statement that
“it is high time for the people of
the United States to look next win-
|ter squarely in the face and get
ready for it,’ is absolutely true.
Plainly the administration has not
done this and Mr. Pinchot's recogni-
tion of it is an “eleventh hour” op-
eration. Others have been urging
remedial action for months and while
Mr. Hoover frankly opposed suitable
legislation to meet the exigencies of
the occasion, Mr. Pinchot remained
quiet until now, when he imagined
articulation would serve his purpose.
——Late reports indicate that
Parker Cramer, a Pennsylvania air-
man, is among the
missing. He
oS 8 Sournseous od, mics wing th.
alive and successful in his purpose.
Hoover Still Fooling the Public.
That the administration at Wash-
ington is still trying to deceive the
public with respect to industrial and
economic conditions is shown in a
statement issued, the other day, by
Cannon, of Missouri.
Mr. Cannon says, "are a poor
panacea for the distress of the un-
employment situation.” He might
have added that false representation
of the facts has been largely the
cause of the prolonged depression.
If, instead of deceiving the public
by proclamations that “prosperity is
just around the corner” he had
taken available steps to check the
evil, there would have been an ear-
lier return of normalcy.
Only a few days ago the Presi-
dent announced that he had under
way a survey of industrial condi-
tions with a view to adopting effec-
tive steps which would speedily re-
store prosperity. Supplementing
this, Secretary of Labor Doak offi-
cially announced that 281,769 per-
sons “had been provided with work
by the federal employment service
betwen April 1 and July 1.” Rep-
resentative Cannon points out that
“these persons were in the main
farm hands employed temporarily in
the harvesting of wheat in the Mid-
dle West who will soon be idle again.
In 1929 federal agencies had found
employment for 600,000 men for the
same service, which proved a big
discrepancy betwen 1929 and 1931,
and that the federal employment ac-
tivities this year are far below nor-
If the President had made his
survey immediately following the
crash in 1629 and inaugurated plans
to stabilize business instead of is-
suing false statements of causes and
absurd promises of improvement
within a brief period most of the
trouble would have passed long ago.
In fact, if he had taken a course
which was open to him before the dis-
aster to discourage the speculative
mania, the damage would have been
much less and its duration briefer. But
both he and his predecessor in office
encouraged the speculation because,
while it lasted, it made things look
like a fulfillment of his campaign
promises to abolish poverty and give
everybody an automobile.
——There is liable to be a read-
justment of reparation awards and
war claims, notwithstanding the
protests of Hoover, Mellon and Stim-
son. Swearing they'll ne’er consent
they seem to be yielding.
| children in the country there is al
| vast surplus of wheat in the various |
elevators and other storage places.
Now the Farm Board is appealing
|to the cotton planters to literally
(destroy one-third of their crops and
| threatening malign measures inthe
event they refuse to comply. Last
| year the Board purchased nearly a
| million and a-half bales of cotton in
|order to avert an impending collapse
{of the market and now threatens to
|offer its holding for sale in competi-
| tion with this year’s crop unless the
destructive process is adopted, which
would bankrupt every cotton planter
and dealer in the country. It is a
cruel proposition but the only means
available to save the face of a
disappointing President.
—Last Friday afternoon John Pos.
singer, an expert tree trimmer in
the employ of the West Penn Pow-
er company, was Ag
ical ‘company plant P,
right of way of the 22,000 volt line
of the Power company. He cut offa
limb which fell onto the line and he
received a shock which caused him
to fall from the tree and rendered
him temporarily speechless. Other
employees who were with him at-
| tempted to drive the company's big
|truck over a small bridge across
Buffalo run in order to put Possing-
er on it and bring him to the
|lhospital, when the bridge col
|lapsed and the truck sank into the
stream. Another car was secured
to bring the man to the hospital
He was not seriously affected and has
now recovered, while the truck was
removed from Buffalo run about ten
o'clock Friday night.
——Last Friday evening the “Fri-
day Nite” club of the Y. M. C. A. took
their first outing of the season. Un-
der the leadership of Donnie McCaf-
ferty and L. C. Heineman the boys
left the Y at two o'clock and hiked
to the “Horse Hole,” on Spring
creek, where the afternoon was
spent in swimming and playing
games. In the evening a delicious
lunch was served by Donnie McCaf-
ferty, Jack Watson, John O'Leary
not only cleaned up everything in
sight but licked the dishes. Bible
study was conducted under the trees.
About fifty boys took part in the
outing and the boys had as the guest
of honor, James H. Potter.
——State Treasurer Edward Mar-
tin made a favorable impression on
the members of the Centre County
Bankers’ Association, in his address
to them at a banquet and meeting
held at the Hotel Philips, Philips-
burg, last Friday evening. General
Martin talked on conserving finances,
State, county and lecal. The next
meeting of the Association will be
held in Bellefonte some time in
———The American Federation of
Labor has finally declared in favor
of joining the World court. Nearly
always tardy the A. F. of L., usual-
ly gets on the right line in the course
of time.
EE ———
——If the Wickersham commis-
sion continues to make reports long
enough it may justify itself in pub-
lic opinion. Some of its recent rec-
ommendations are worth while.
——While the administration at
Washington is contributing generous
lip service to peace the work of
naval construction is to go forward
and John Eckenroth and the boys PO
The Street committee reported |
| completion of the sewer on west |
Lamb street, widening the road on
Halfmoon hill and various street re-
| ~The Water committee reported re-
to several meters and fire
, repairs to the Phoenix mill |
and the collection of $150 on
taxes and $46.20 on rent, Etc.
The Finance committee reported a
balance in the borough fund of
$92.40 and $1,832.96 in the water
fund. Authorization was granted
for the renewal of notes totaling
$21,756.40, and a new note for $1500
was authorized to meet current
borough bills.
in writing of any and
damages against the borough in
event the road is moved. With this
in view the matter was referred to
the Street committee and the bor-
proved for payment after which
council adjourned.
“Slim” Lewts Completes Twelfth
Year as Mail Flier.
Bellefonte will be interested in
learning that Harold T. “Slim” Lew-
is, last week, completed his twelfth
year of continuous service as a mail
flier, being America’s second rank-
ing flier of air mail. He is now lo-
cated at Seattle as chief pilot for the
Boeing Air Transport, and makes
daily flights. His life in the air has
not proven much of a hardship to
him as he stands six feet four inch-
es in height and weighs about 200
“Slim” was one of the first regu-
lar fliers between New York and
Cleveland on the transcontinental
route when Bellefonte was a regu-
lar stopping place and lay-over sta-
tion. Those were the days of spec-
tacular flying when a pilot gave an
exhibition of stunt flying most every
time he flew into the field or took
off, and “Slim” was the daredevil of
them all. He knew no fear and was
more at home with the stick of
an airplane than at the throttle of
an automobile.
The last time he was in Bellefonte
was when he flew here in October,
1925, to assist in the hunt for the
body of pilot Charlies H. Ames, who
crashed on Nittany mountain and
who was not found until ten days
after the crash.
Lewis recently took his grand-
mother on her first ride in
plane. When a girl she
first trip across country
by an ox team. In 1864
crossed the country in
wagon but when Slim took
airplane they covered in nine
badly scalded by falling Into a ves- west Garrett market in Upper
sel of scalding water some time ago,
has pretty nearly recovered and is
able to be out with his playmates
man and it was our sad duty to sit
by his bedside the last night
on earth. At one time during t
sad vigil all was so quiet in the
room that he asked us if we were
writing his “notice,” meaning
Alexander Lynn, died at his home in
that place on Tuesday last. He
lie, the eldest son of Robert J. Doak, |
of the West ward of Bellefonte, met
with a fearful accident down near
the glass works. He and his little
brother were returning from Sunday
ving made
tried to light them.
caught fire, then all his clothes be-
came a mass of flames so that he
was frightfully burned about the
neck, chest, arms and legs. He
was carried home where Mrs. Fasig
“blew” a lot of the fire out then
Dr. Kirk was called and is doing
all that is ble to aid his recov-
ery. i e” lived and to
be a character in Bellefonte. He
morning last
Mrs. Ann Eliza Benner, relict of
Matlock td:
High street, this pl , at the age
of 80. She was the mother of eight
children, five of whom survive—
(The one survivor now is Miss Sara
Benner still living in the homestead
at the corner of the Diamond—
Editor's Note.)
———No matter what happens Hoov-
er is against the dole, though he
doesn't seem to have a very clear
idea of what a dole is.
——The prohibition drive to dry
up New Jersey may be a masked
movement to keep Senator Morrow
out of Hoover's way.
Pinchot didn't attend the Cun-
ningham funeral, but there were so
many other statesmen present that
he wasn‘t missed.
A PE ————
——Poor old Philadelphia is not
only “corrupt and contended” but is
unable to borrow money to pay cur-
rent expenses.
——Maybe after all it was Great
Britain's troubles that aroused the
Hoover sympathies and produced the
~The funeral of the late Tom
Benner, died at her home on |
| Saturday night, and had evidently been
thrown there by the robbers who expect-
ed to recover it later.
—Cuts in salaries of the mayor, coun-
cilmen, and city treasurer were voted by
council at New Castle, Pa. Mayor Gil-
lespie, who leaves office after this year,
voted for reducing the mayor's salary
from $3,600 yearly to $3,000. Pay for
councilmen was reduced $500, to $3,000
annually, and the treasurer will get about
$5,000 less per year, being allowed only
one-half of one per cent of taxes collected
instead of a full per cent as at present.
~—'‘What this country needs to relieve
the depression is a return to the period
when a man did an “honest day's work
and received an honest day's pay,” in-
stead of investing money and sitting idly
by, expecting to see it multiply.” Thus
spoke Guy K. Burd, former Democratic
candidate for Lieutenant Governor, in an
address to the State Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners at the opening
program of their convention at Lancas-
ter, on Tuesday.
i. &l ii Py
0 Chase, at
Clearfield, on Monday, John Domblinsky,
of Munson, arrested recently on the
charge of stabbing Robert Crawshaw, of
Philipsburg, pleaded guilty to assualt and
battery. Domblinsky was given a sus-
pended sentence if he paid the costs of
| prosecution and a fine of $200. Further-
| more, he is to remain free from violation
1 the law for a period of two years.
| Failure to do so will result in a sentence
(on the above charge.
| —The chief of police of Williamsport,
| reports that some time Sunday night the
| office of the Gates Dental Supply company,
| of Williamsport, was entered and robbed
of between. $1,000 and $1,500 worth of
gold in the form of plate gold, shells,
| crowns, solder and bars, all being 18
and 22-karat gold. Entrance was gain-
{ed by working the combination on the
{safe. All police departments are re-
| quested to keep a careful watch for the
persons committing these robberies and
also to warn all dentists and dental sup-
ply companies in their cities about them.
| ~The State Water and Power Resources
Board has granted a permit to the Key-
| stone Pipe Line company to construct
| pipe lings across certain streams in
| Dauphin, York, Lebanon, Berks and
i r counties. The company is in-
2 | corporated for the purpose of transport-
ing petroleum products from a point near
| Marcus Hook to points in the State and
jon the New York-Pennsylvania and the
| Ohio-Pennsylvania lines. The line will
| cross the Susquehanna river at a point
near Highspire, in Dauphin county, and
at a point south of New Cumberland, in
York county,
—Appointment of Charles G. Stone, of
Greenville, Mercer county, as executive
secretary of the State Board of Game
Commissioners, has been announced. He
succeeds John J. Slautterback, of Mifflin
county, who was dismissed on July 1.
The appointment became effective on Sat-
urday. Stone was born at Springboro,
Crawford county, and has been interested
for a number of years in various branches
of outdoor life and conservation, being
particularly interested at the present
time in upland game. He has given
much time as an official and member of
sportsmen’s organizations. Slautterback
was secretary to the commission for the
last four years, serving a number of
years prior to that as chief of the come
mission's bureau of vermin control.
~The territory served by the Danville
State hospital for mental diseases has
been reduced from twenty-two counties to
twelve, according to an announcement of
the board of trustees following its month-
ly meeting. The new district comprises:
Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Lu-
zerne, with the exceptions of the central
poor district, Pittston and Jenkins town.
ship, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder,
Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Wyoming,
The population of the district is 899.458.
Reasons for the change cited by J. L.
the old district from country to eity.
of Philadelphia, Was ty, change applies to new admissions
quite as spectacular as his political (only, the 1822 patients already in the
career. hospital to remain in Danville,