Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 15, 1932, Image 1

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—Our country has the resources.
Its crying need is resourcefulness.
—Talking about the vagaries ot an|
unusual winter season, new pota-
toes are beginning to sprout. We |
doubt if anybody living today ever
heard of “spuds” becoming so am-,
bitious in January.
We have always been an admir-
er of Tommy Loughran, but our
loyalty to Penn State swerves us to
the hope that Steve Hamas will
“take him” when they meet in Mad-
ison Square Garden tonight.
— Time was when getting elected
to a County office was the big job. ,
The troubles of a campaign now ap-
pear as a path of roses compared
with getting a bond that will meet
all the requirements of the Act of
— No matter what the mental’
condition of the fiend who murdered
Elizabeth Hickok may be found to
be he ought to be sent to the chair.
He was cunning enough to plot for
the accomplishment of his hellish
purpose and the world will be bet-
was criminally assaulted and foully
‘ward who for more than three years
One hundred business and profes
sional men of State College gave al
testimonial dinner to Harry A.|
Leitzell, retiring president of bor-
A deplorable as well as horrible ough council, at the Centre Hills,
tragedy was enacted at Rockview night, |
: Country club on Tuesday
penitentiary, on Wednesday morning, (Jan. 12.) Leitzell retired from of- |
when Miss Elizabeth Hickok, the
fice January 1 after having been a
winsome and accomplished daugh-| gly
ter of Dr. and Mrs. Asa Lee Hickok, member of council for sixteen years.
The dinner was sponsored by the
State College Rotary and Kiwanis
To commemorate the occasion the
hosts presented Leitzell with a
FE wm
Almost Severs Head from Body
with Butcher Knife While Parents
Were Away from Home.
murdered by Fred Collins, a 37 year
old negro inmate of the psychopathic
had been used as a guard and out-
‘risburg next week,
Jains Cattle, Prize Hogs, Lamb!
County that at the request of Congressman
Clubs, Chickens from
Farms will be on E tion.
From all indications Centre éoun-
ty will be well representéd at |
State farm products show at Har |
according to
county agent R. C. Blaney.
The county lamb club will be on
hand with an exhibit of ten pens of
lambs. The club members will at-
tend the State 4H club camp, which
Iwill be held in connection with the
ter off without him, whether he is
sane or insane.
—Because of the change in values
the estate of Samuel Mather, of
Cleveland, depreciated ninety-one
million dollars in the last few years.
Once it was one hundred million,
now it is nine® The ninety per cent
drop probably was due solely to the
prick that the inexorable law of
supply and demand gave inflation.
—An item in our “Fifty Years
Ago in Centre County” was especial-
ly picked out of the Watchman's
files for the consideration of those
who think that prohibition and tem-
perance mean the same thing. We
urge them to turn to page four
of this issue and decide for them-
side man of all work at the Hickok
The girl was alone in the Hickok
home at the time of the tragedy
and the only knowledge of what
actually occurred was derived from
the voluntary confession of the
prisoner. The Hickoks live on the
back road, abut half a mile from
the main prison buildings. Dr. and
Monday, and motored to Waynart,
Wayne county, which is not far
from Farview, where the home for
the criminal insane is located and
where the doctor was stationed be-
‘fore coming to Rockview about five
years ago. Miss Hickok and her
younger brother, Wallace S., aged
selves whether “Kohley's” liquor or 11 years, were left alone in the
“Kohley's” turkey had the most to home. Another prisoner, whose
with intemperance on a certain name could not be learned, acted as
in Milesburg. {chef and general houseman, with
- | Collins as guard.
—Mr. a : Schuelling wo a At the usual time, Wednesday
heavy wi hampioh, ced MOTRINg, the Hickok boy was taken
country again announced |, chool with other children in that
that a million is his objective. He | eighborhod, leaving his sister the
expects to remain with us only & oy one in the house except the
year and he will likely accomplish | 6 According to Collins he kept
purpose. Max is only a Prize g.icn on the outside of the house
fighter. He is not a great captain |, ni pe saw the chef going to the
he will probably oar to look after the furnace when
shirts who have ,. pagtily removed his shoes, went
that he can 4, the kitchen and secured a
pay, even If icone knife then hastened up the
stairs. Miss Hickok was just get-
just come back to our ting up and he saw her
listened to the through a crack
of Piqua, Ohio. They | door being slightly
York vaudeville rage went to the bathroom and hid be-
down three hind the door where he laid in wait
for doing their until Miss Hickok entered when he
Our interest in grabbed her, and according to his
otten only because John | story, committed the assault and
late Bill Mills, the then cut her throat with the butch-
efonte’'s negro barbers, |er knife, almost severing the head
from the body.
| He then went down stairs, out of
‘the house and after putting on his
‘shoes walked to the main prison
ountry chips in to pay four building and into the office of deputy
br ay ie a ach ae man, MA Soe a
| y told w e e an
| added, “now put me on the chair.”
—We heard a very Preity i Collins was placed in a cell and of-
as bP He Bellefonte Te "| ficers dipatched to the Hickok home
enings . |to ascertain if the man had reall
having witnessed the promptuets | committed the crime, and the dead
with with both Sumpadiss. 1a Te hody of the girl, lying in a pool of
spunied = Sere A yatoned | blood on the bathroom floor, con-
business a tonal a UM he sad story. The tragedy
firemen abou shing a | place some time between 9.30
roof fire a gentleman remarked that gp4 10 o'clock and it was 10.05
he couldn't see why insurance rates when officers found her body.
ought not to go down in the face of planket of secrecy was at once
such splendid equipment and men as thrown over the entire prison as a
Bellefonte has reason to boast of. precaution against a general upris-
“The person to whom he had address- ing among the 964 prisoners and so
ed his remark suggested that if effective was this precaution that it
rates didn’t drop in consequence of was not until noontime that an ink-
at nine o'clock.
BC and try to figure out for
‘Mrs. Hickok left the penitentiary, on
‘in the doorway, the
show, under the direction of the
State 4H club office at State Col-
lege. The lambs will be on exhibi-
tion the entire week of the show
and will be judged either Thursday
‘afternoon or Friday morning, and
| sold at auction on Friday afternoon.
‘George Luse, of Centre Hall, club
|ieador, will assist the club members
spirited citizen, and the deep appre- Boning at Harrisburg. The following
ciation of your unselfish and effi- 20° SE gis Wa attend the show
cient efforts for the welfare of our Carl Tl der hE [iy year:
community.” Each of the hundred oo on State ’ College: Ma. t
citizens who participated in the po Te Tall: Re re nd
testimonial signed the parchment. | State College; William Hip i
Speakers of the evening were Gen: Minnie Tate, State College;
John Henry Frizzell and Dr. S. W. Richard Luse, Centre Hall; Eugene
Fletcher, the one tracing the early pederer, State College; Charles
history of the borough and the oth- garter, Nittany; Richard Ross, Cen-
er giving the story of its develop | tre Hall. :
ment during the years Leitzell serv-
ed on the borough council. The re- ar Rebekah Lodge ' St ae Stove
tiring president had been head of the "this Pr including pod
board since 1922. ‘and Clinton counties, in the State
At the last regular meeting of the ope act play contest. They will
retiring council, the burgess and present “Mother's Old Home,” The
council members passed a testimon- group is being coached by Mrs. D.
jal resolution expressing “theirdeep § Peterson, Pine Grove Mills,
appreciation and understanding of | directed by Mrs. Alfred Albright, of
the lasting value of the large con- pennsylvania Furnace. The players
tribution of service” which Leitzell in the group are as follows: Mrs.
made during his years in public of- Carrie Wieland, Kathyrn Dreibelbis,
fice. Clair Irvin, Ruth Frank, Edna M.
| pee | Albright, Mrs. Mary Walker, Fos-
WITNESS FEES IN CIVIL ter Musser. The play will be pre-
CASES HARD TO COLLECT. sented in the little theatre in the
| — ‘State show building.
On Saturday a man who Was &! ry, representatives of Centre
‘witness in a civil action tried almost ,ounty will compete for the State
parchment scroll which set forth
that “In grateful recognition of |
your sixteen years of devoted serv-
ice as a member of the council of
the Borough of State-College, Penn-
sylvania, we, the undersigned citi-
zens, on your retirement, wish to
express the high esteem in which we
hold you as a useful and public-
court appeared at the court house jn the State contest, which will be
and asked for his witness fees. neld in the arena = the show build-
Prothonotary S. Claude Herr Was jng on Monday and Tuesday of next
compelled to inform him thatthere eek. The preliminaries will be
were no fees there for him as the | run off on Monday and the finals on
costs in the case had not been paid. | Tuesday. Representatives from Cen-
The man looked as if he needed the tre county are Howard Stere, Onion-
money and could have made good! yille, and Lester P. Fiedler, Aarons-
use of it, but, under the present burg. These men were the winners
laws governing civil actions, there of the county horseshoe pitching
is no way for a witness to get his contest held at the Grange fair in
fees until the judgment and costs Centre Hall.
(are paid by the man who loses the | tn the dairy cattle show Peters
case. | Brothers, of Stormstown, will exhibit
| An investigation of the appear- leight head of pure-bred Holstein
ance docket in the Prothonotary's cattle. Advance information indi-
office reveals many cases in which cates that the dairy cattle show will
the costs have never been paid. In bring together some of the best
fact there are probably thousands of competition Pennsylvania can pro-
'dollars standing on the docket. duce.
‘Some of it, of course, is because the | The hog show and sale will include
cases have not yet been finally set- three ie gilts bred and exhibit-
'tled, but there is no doubt that oq py Hartle Brothers, Bellefonte;
A there are thousands of dollars that one Poland China gilt bred and ex-
‘never will be paid, and the men pipited by Peters Brothers, Storms-
and women who appeared in town; and 8 gilts of various breeds
|as witnesses, many of them bearing pred and exhibited by the Animal
their own expenses, will never be Husbandry department of the Penn-
're-imbursed for their outlay or paid gylyania State College. The prac-
for their time. tice of holding a sale will be follow-
such efficiency he might be justified
in decreasing his policies. Where- |
upon the enthusiast said: “Gad, I
don't see the use of having any.|
I'm going to cancel mine when they |
expire.” peni
—Miss Katharine Lindsay, of New
York, resigned her six thousand dol- |
lar a year position as executive as-|
sistant to Governor Pinchot, on Wed- |
nesday of last week. If we are to
believe stories that leak out of the
Governor's sanctum sanctorum Katie
didn’t do anything but look wise for
the six “grand” that the taxpayers
of Pennsylvania paid her. When the
Governor came riding into Bellefonte
in the fall of 1930 wearing the ten
quart hat that somebody from Texas |
gave him, cordons of highway pa-
trolmen clearing the way and a loud |
speaker announcing that a new
Moses was at hand, we could think
of nobody else than Phineas 3
Barnum, the greatest showman on
earth. Certainly Gif. looked a he |
man then. We hadn't the slightest
idea that his real name ought to
have been Mr. Henry Peck. On'
Tuesday, in Philadelphia, the Gov- |
erness announced that her aspira- |
tions to represent the Fifteenth Dis-
trict of Pennsylvania in Congress
were not predicated on any thought
of support of President Hoover. Ac-
cording to her statement the public
is to take it for granted that he
will fade from the presidential pic- |
ture this year. The Lindsay inci-
dent and the frequent pronuncia-
mentos of Cornelia leave us in
wonderment as to whether a ten
quart hat or step-ins really rules
the roost in Harrisburg. i
in Bellefonte for trial for murder.
| tentiary
| county.
| coming to the penitentiary about five
| Bellefonte and State College.
‘was engaged to be married during
| the coming summer to William Tut- | at his
ling of the tragedy seeped into the Under the circumstances it seems
main business office. (as if there should be a law of some |
In the meantime Coroner W. R. kind requiring all litigants in civil
Heaton and county detective Leo cases to post a bond in a sufficient
Boden had been summoned to the amount to guarantee the payment
tentiary and an inquest Was of witness fees and court costs.
held in the afternoon which resulted | This might result in keeping some
in the return of a verdict of wilful people from rushing into court on a
and deliberate murder through a flimsy pretext, but it would guard
spirit of revenge. As soon as the men and women from wasting their
inquest was over Collins was brought | time and money for the sole purpose |
to Bellefonte under guard of deputy of pulling some other person's
warden McFarland and a state po-| chestnuts out of the fire.
liceman and taken before Judge M.!
Ward Fleming, who issued a special
commitment for his return to the
western penitentiary at Pittsburgh, learning the sad news of his fiance's |
where he will be kept until wanted | murder. In addition to her par-|
‘ents she is survived by two broth-|
| ers, Carlton S., a professor in music,
Following enactment of the hor-
rible tragedy officials at the peni- at Gainesville, Ga., and Wallace S.,
started a hunt for Dr. and at home. |
Mos Hickok but it was not until| Funeral services were held at the
after the noon hour that they were family home, last evening, and this
finally located in Harrisburg on their morning the remains wiil be taken
way home. They were informed to Meshoppen, for burial. |
that their daughter had met with | Collins is a native of Shippens-|
an accident and did not know the burg, Cumberland county. From
extent of thelr bereavement until|there he migrated to Beaver Falls, |
they arrived at the penitentiary | thence to Allegheny county where,
about four o'clock. |in 1924, he was convicted of second
Miss Hickok was 25 years old and | degree murder and sent to
was born at Meshoppen, Wyoming itentiary for ten to twenty years.
She was educated in the Evincing a tendency to insanity
schools in thai locality and studied while in the Pittsburgh institution |
music at Gainesville, Ga. Since he was transferred to Rockview and |
placed in the psychopathic ward un-|
der observation and direct control of |
Dr. Hickok. The latter did not
consider him at all dangerous and
made him man of all outside work
home. The very fact that
he was in the psychopathic ward
may lead to his escape from the
electric chair.
the pen- |
years ago she had become quite pop-
ular among the social set both in
tle, of Honesdale, but no date for the
wedding had been named. Mr. Tut-
tle came to Rockview at once on
ed as in the past years. This will
be an excellent opportunity for
farmers over the State to purchase
some well bred gilts. Judging at
the swine show will take place on
In the poultry show J. C. Robin-
son, of Spring Mills, will exhibit |
In addition to the above mention-
ed exhibitors, a number of individ-
uals are expecting to send in ex-
hibits of corn, small grains, milk,
eggs, Etc.
Boys and girls in vocationai work
over the county, under the direction
of W. S. Jeffries, E. H. Dale and
John Decker, are preparing and
sending in a large number of ex-
hibits, productions of their agricul-
tural projects.
Dairymen of Centre county will
also have an opportunity to display
their products at the show, county
agent, R. C. Blaney, annouces. The
milk division has been enlarged and
a total of 79 individual prizes will
reward the exhibitors of the winning
samples in the coming event.
Three new features are included.
ease and tuberculosis. Another new
class is included for farmer-retailers.
Each of the raw milk classes is di-
the size of the
The main purpose
to stimulate interest in the produc-
tion of quality milk. The quality of
the milk is measured by the bacteria
count, sediment test, flavor and odor.
This means that all samples are sub-
mitted to a rigid laboratory inspec-
\ A dispatch from Washington says
| Kurtz, of Blair county, treasury of-
| ficials have asked the contractor in
charge of the erection of the new
| postoffice building, in Clearfield to
| give preference to local labor, and
| also demanded that the prevailing
wage scale be paid to employees.
Kurtz's aid was solicited by Dr. A.
W. Cowdrick, treasurer of Clearfield
county, who evidently ignored his
own townsman, Congressman Chase.
Ciwdrick represents one faction of
‘the Republican party in Clearfield
|county and Chase the other, and
this act of the County Treasurer
shows very plainly where he will
‘line up in the pending fight for the
| Congressional nomination in this Dis-
And speaking of postoffice build-
ings, wonder what has become of
‘the Bellefonte prospect. The build-
ings on Allegheny street selected as
| the proposed sight for the new post-
‘office have all been vacated by their
original tenants but so far no con-
demnation proceedings have been in-
stituted. In fact the garage build-
|ing vacated by Harry A. Rossman is
now being used by Mr. Krader as a
depot for second hand automobiles,
‘which he has undertaken to dispose
| of.
The annual meeting of the stock-
holders of the First National bank,
| of Bellefonte, was held in the direc-
|tor's room of the bank on Tuesday
| morning. All the officers and direc-
| tors were re-elected for the ensuing
year and no changes made in the of-
| fice force.
| The world-wide business depres-
| sion produced conditions not con-
|ducive to progress, stated the presi-
| dent, but the earnings were well
maintained and there are indications
| that the worst period of the depres-
| sion has passed.
ajar. He then |g year ago in the Centre county champion horseshoe pitching honors |
| Stockholders of the Farmers Na-
| tional bank of Bellefonte met in the
banking house here on Tuesday af-
{ternoon and re-elected all the re-
| tiring members of the board of di-
| rectors.
| The new board organized by re-
electing all the old officers with the
| exception of vice president
| Hockman. He asked to be relieved
| of the duty and Van S. Jodon was
| selected for the position.
| The annual meeting of the First
| National bank, of State College, was
| held on Tuesday of last week. Hon.
| John T. McCormick was re-elected
| president; N. E. Hess, first vice pres-
ident; Claude G. Aikens, second vice
| president; L. E. Kidder, third vice
president, and D. F. Kapp, cashier.
| The board of directors includes
| the following: Maurice Baum, Theo-
dore D. Boal, J. M. Campbell, J.
Laird Holmes, J. H. McCracken, D.
S. Peterson, P. B. Brenneman and
R. H. Smith.
During the meeting cashier Kapp
stated that during the year twenty-
nine million in clearings had been
was done daily. The usual dividend
of $24,000 was paid and in addition
$20,000 was set aside in the reserve
fund and charged to bank equip-
The annual meeting of the stock-
holders of the First National bank,
house on Tuesday afternoon, the en-
re-elected. The board then re-elect-
ed Dr. W. J. Kurtz, president; T. A.
Pletcher, vice president; W. K. Mec-
Dowell, cashier, and W. C. Thomp-
son, assistant cashier.
————— ps ———t.
Mrs. Harry Greenberg and her
daughters desire to express their ap-
preciation and gratefulness for the
kindly ministration of their friends
and neighbors through their recent
| period of bereavement.
tion, the results of which are re-
corded and scored. At the end of
the show the score card is mailed
to the contestant to inform him of
the quality of his milk.
To produce a sample of milk with
a low bacteria count, it is very
necessary to treat all milk equip-
ment to boiling water temperature,
to wash the cows clean, particular-
ly around the udders, and to cool
the milk immediately after drawing
Harrisburg where it will be put in
cold storage at once.
A. P|
made through the bank, which means
that approximately $100,000 business |
of Howard, was held in the banking |
tire board of directors having been |
and to keep it cold until it reaches | gor
—Elmer E. Hague, of New Castle, has
' filed claim to a share in the reward of-
| fered for the capture of Irene Schroeder
| and W. Glenn Dague, executed slayers of
| Corporal Brady Paul, State highway pa-
—Tioga county's twenty-seventh pro-
| ducing gas well was brought in at Farm-
ington last Thursday. The flow of the
| well was estimated at 5,000,000 cubic
| feet a day. It was the sixth producer
brought in by the Allegheny Gas com-
i ward Seleskie, Shamokin, was
| awarded $10,000 for the loss of a leg by
a jury in a suit against the Harrisburg
Auto company, His mother was award-
ed $3117. The youth suffered the loss
| of his leg when he was run down by &
| truck owned by the defendant.
—Webster G. Drew, former city treas.
urer of Bradford, has been released from
‘4al]l after he obtained a reduction in the
amount of bail required in connection
with his arrest on embezzlement charges.
Drew's bond was set at $50,000 after he
waived preliminary hearing. The court
later reduced the amount to $10,000 and
it was furnished.
| —A 16-year-old boy told State and
Pennsylvania Railroad police how he
wrecked an S0-car freight train, causing
the death of one man and damage of
$350,000. The boy, Luther Mazur, of
Cresscn Shaft, one of the 11 children in
his family, said he turned an angle
cock near the front of the train as itap-
protiched the dangerous Horseshoe Curve.
—Miss Lillian Body, employee of the
New Castle Reick-McJunkin Dairy com-
pany branch has been charged with em-
bezzling from $6,000 to $8,000 of com-
pany funds. She has been missing, po-
| lice said, since Sunday. The woman has
| been bookkeeper and cashier in the office
| for many years. Information was made
before Alderman L. C. Mantz against the
—A voluntary wage reduction of twen-
ty cents an hour has been taken by
union carpenters of DuBois as the out-
come of a meeting held Thursday eve-
ning when the scale was pared down
from $1.10 to 90 cents an hour. Mem-
| bers of the union took the initiative in
"the cut, and following considerable dis-
cussion the new wage scale proposed
was adopted by the body.
—A man who gave his name as A. J.
Lanning, of Pittsburgh, was arrested at
the New Fallon hotel, in Lock Haven,
Saturday morning charged with obtain-
ing money under false pretenses in a
| fraudulent claim of being the promoter
for a large steel mill to be located at
Renovo. He was given a hearing be-
fore a justice of the peace at Renovo and
held in $2000 bail for court.
— Edward Wolf, 15, living on the Ber-
wick branch of the Pennsylvania Rail-
road, on Monday prevented wrecking of
a 15-car freight train. The boy discov-
ered a landslide on a curve, Knowing
the freight was about due, he hurried up
the track and flagged it with a red hand-
kerchief. The landslide covered one rail
for 20 feet. William Royer, the engi-
neer, sald the crew could not have seen
the slide until too late to stop the train.
—Twenty-one cases of epidemic catarr- -
hal jaundice in Locust township, Co-
| lJumbia county, are being investigated by
physicians to determine the cause of the
| second epidemic there in three years.
Dr. C. L. Johnston, of Catawissa, at-
| tending all of the patients, said all the
| cases are mild. With pathologists of
the Geisinger hospital he has taken blood
| cultures and started research into the
| ailment. Seventeen cases are among boys
‘and men.
—All passengers traffic on the Sunbury
and Lewistown branch of the Pennsyl-
vania Railroad will be discontinued Jan-
uary 16. Originally built as an inde-
pendent line with the intention of pro-
viding a short cut from Sunbury to
| Pittsburgh, by way of Lewistown, finan-
| cial difficulties were encountered and the
| enterprise was sold at auction to the
| present owners. A bus schedule will be
| inaugurated to take the place of the
trains which will be removed.
—Compensation of $10,000 for the wid-
ow of Charles V. Weaver, explosive ex-
pert, fatally injured in the Easton, Pa.,
bomb explosions has been asked of Con-
gress. The two postal clerk victims,
Edward Werkheiser and John House,
also left widows and other dependents,
who will be provided for under the reg-
ular postoffice compensation law. Their
wives will receive 35 per cent of the
men's salaries as long as they live, and
will get 10 per cent. addition for each
minor child.
—Coal ‘‘bootleggers” are blamed for
the mine cave-in at Pittston, Saturday
night when 28 homes were damaged.
The checker vein, underlying the affect-
| ed area, was worked years ago by an
operator named White who removed all
coal except pillars which he left to sup-
port the surface. A preliminary exam-
ination has revealed that most of the
pillars have been removed. Investiga-
| tors found an improvised conveyer line
| containing several buckets with which it
| is believed miners removed illegally the
coal through an opening in the rear of
| St. Mary's cemetery.
' —Twenty years of service to the
| Shamokin State hospital were rounded
' out January 8 by Dr. George W. Reese,
| superintendent and surgeon-in-chief., Dr.
| Reese is the first and only chief the
Shamokin hospital has ever had. In its
twenty years of existence he has super-
vised treatment of nearly 60,000 patients.
Approximately 40,000 operations have
been performed in the score of years and
the operative mortality rate for the per
jod is only 4 per cent. Dr. Reese has
appeared in Bellefonte on two occasions
| as the principal speaker at special serv-
|jces in the Methodist church.
—The New York Central Railroad com-
pany has applied to the Public Service
Commission for permission to abandon
temporarily its line between Dimeling
and Curry Run, Clearfield county. The
company contends the passenger service,
operated by motor car between the two
points in the past year has been oper-
ated at a great loss, and the freight
trains have had little or no business in
recent months because the coal mines in
| that section are shut down. The line
is 194 miles in length. A motor car
runs once daily between the two stations
passengers. The railroad claims it
has had only about LB carloads of freight
| weekly for several months.