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VOLUME 1—.N0.21.I —.No.21.
SLAV ADVANCE ON THORN
MENACES REAR OF GERMAN
ARMY MOVING ON WARSAW
GERMAN CROWN PRINCE AND SON.
Photo by American Press Association.
Slav Nothern Wing's Offensive in
East Prussia May Save the
BERLIN CLAIMS GAIN.
Petrograd, Dec. 22 —The heavy
German column which has been
driven across the East Prussian
frontier from Miawa, Russian Po
land, by the Russians, is spread
ing out to the east and west, ac
cording to reports received here
from the front. The purpose of
the German movement is to de
bouch to the right of the entrench
ed Mazur Lake position and to re
inforce the troops in the vicinity
of Thorn for protection against
the continued Russian advance on
railroad, which is the main strate
gic line paralleling the North Po
The Russian successes here not
only threaten the right of the
German Alazur Lake position, but
also menace the left wing of the
army operations before AVarsaw.
Fierce Fight at Pilica.
The following statement from
the general staff of the Russian
commander-in-chief was issued to
"On December 21 on the left
bank of the A'istua River, between
its lower course and the Piliea Ri
ver a number of fierce encounters
tok place. Among these the fight
ing on the left bank of the Piliea
"In general we repulsed all
these attacks, inflicting heavy
losses upon the enemy.
"AYe exaeuated only some small
positions and fell back toward the
East in order to occupy more ad
"Our counter attacks resulted
in the throwing into the river of
the German troops who had cross
ed the Bzua near Saehaczew.
These troops sufferel heavy losses
in killed. Also we captured nine
The situation between the Pili
ca River and the Upper Vistula
River in the region of Skrzynno.
where the Austrians, after having
crossed the Nida River, were push
ed back upon that stream by the
bayonet attacks of our troops.
Eighteen of their officers and
about 1,000 soldiers surrendered.
Kaiser Wants to Enter
Warsaw New Year's Dey,
He Urges Hindenburg.
Paris, Dec. 22. —The Journal
states that after a council with his
ministers the Kaiser telegraphed
Field Marshal Hindenburg as fol
*' I want to enter AVarsaw, my
new capital, the first of the year.
Do what is necessary."
Von Hindenburg replied: "I
Marconi to Be a Senator.
Rome, Dee. 18—Guglieimo Mar
coni, the wireless inventor, is
among those who will he appoint
ed senators by King Victor Em
manuel on New Year's day. King
Victor planned to bestow this hon
or on the inventor a year ago,- but
Signor Marconi pointed out the
fact that he had not attained the
required age—forty years—hav
ing been born on April 25, 1874.
New Ambassador from
Germany Is In Italy
Rome, Dec. 21—Prince Von Bue
low, Germany's new ambassador
to Italy, called at the foreign office
today and was given a cordial
greeting. The new envoy is a
general favorite among Italian of
ficials, and it is felt here that he
can do more than any other man
the Kaiser could send to keep Italy
foom casting her lot with the al
Though it is asserted that Italy
intends to maintain neutrality, It
aly has made all preparations for
war. Financiers declare that the
action of the government in ex
tending the banking moratorium
until March 31 is highly signifi
cant. taken in connection with the
fact that the soldiers of the 1892
class have been ordered to stay
under the colors, though they were
to have been dismissed last week,
and that all men of the class now
on leave have been called up.
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables.
Again the glad Xmas time is at
hand—a special carload of ruits, veg
etables, nuts, etc., at low prices. Come
and see us.
13 North 6th St. Opp. Court House
INDIANA, PA. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1914
Widow of a Conemaugh
Engineer Passes Away
Airs. Susan Jane McCormick, a
well-known resident of this place :
and one of the four persons injur- j
ed in an automobile accident while J
on their way to attend the dediea-j
tion of the new Indiana hospital:
October 29. died suddenly at her
home on North Seventh street on
Alonday evening. Death was
to a stroke of apoplexy.
Airs. AleCormick was the widow
of the late AYinfield Scott McCor-j'
mick of Conemaugh, an engineer
on the Pennsylvania railroad, who;
was killed Sept. 25, 1888, while
taking his engine from the round
house in Conemaugh. She was a ;
daughter of Air. and Airs. AYilkins
Evans and was born in Brushval-j
ley township. She was educated in;
the schools of that district and was j
united in marriage to Mr. Ale Co- i
mick in 1872. She was the mother
of five children, all of whom are!
dead with the exception of a j
daughter, Ella, who sustained a J
broken arm in the automobile acei->
dent in which her mother was per- j
manently injured. She was a de
voted member of the Presbyterian
church of Indiana and a regular
attendant at the various services
of that congregation. Following i
the death of her husband Airs. Ale- ■
Cormick and children moved to ■
this place from Conemaugh and
resided here since that time.
I Owing to the fact that
Christmas falls on Friday this
year, and our desire to give
cur employes a vacation on
I I the holiday, we have advanc
ed the day of publication this
week to today. 'The Patriot'
extends their best holiday
greeting to their friends.
Christmas at the Postof§ce.
On Friday, December 25 (Christ
mas day), this office will observe
the usual holiday hours and will
be open from 7 to 10 a. m. in all de
partments, except the money or
der department, which will be
closed all day.
Carriers will make one delivery
and one collection over the entire
district in the morning.'
All mails will be dispatched as
H. YV. FEE, P. M.
Dr. Ament Again
Normal School Head
Dr. James E. Ament has been
re-elected principal of the Indiana
State Normal school. Dr. Ament
came to Indiana to succeed Dr. D.
J. Waller, now principal of the
Bloonisburg State Normal school.
During this time he has been in
strumental in building up one of
the greatest normal schools in the
East. Dr. Ament is an architect
of more than average ability in ad
dition to his scholastic attauments
and he is the designer of the hand
some improvements to the interior
of the main building, the annex to
that building, which adjoins the
dining hall, and the north hall ad
dition which will be formally op
ened with the winter term. He
also designed the power plant sit
uated east of the campus.
A Well-Known Indiana
Attorney Has Pneumonia
Attorney Harry AY. Earhart.
formerly a well-known athlete and
marksman, who was injured a few
weeks ago by a fall from the roof
of his home, is in a serious condi
tion from an attack of pneumonia.
Sink Bad Negro in
Creek With a Stone
Ruleville, Aliss., Dec. 22—Rule
ville stepped upon the map today
with one' of the most novel ways
evjer devised of lynching, when a
mob took Tom Smitji, a negro
from the city jail, drove him four
miles to a deep hole in a creek,
tied a rock around his neck and
threw him in. Smith was held on
a charge of mayhem for biting off
John King's chin in a fight. King
was a planter and a white man.
Judge Dissatisfied With Verdict
Pouglikeepsie, N. V., Dee. 20. —
Supreme Court Justice Alorschaus
er, who presided at the trial of
William Clearv at New City, N.
Y.. said iu a statement made today
that the verdict of acquittal ren
dered by the jury did not accord
with his views of the case. "I was
pot satisfied with the verdict,"
laid the justice. "I had to accept
t and respect it, but it did not ac
cord with my views. -There may
have been a reasonable doubt as to
the degree of crime of the defend
ant's guilt, but murder is murder,
call it by whatever name you will"
Find Man Dead in
Shanty Near Homer
John Rlioads, aged sixty, was
found dead in a shanty near the
home of Joseph Mazza at Homer
City. Coroner H. B. Buterbaugh
announced that death had been
due to natural causes and had evi
dently occurred about three days
before the body was found.
Rhoads had not been seen for sev
eral days and when searchers en
tered his home the body was found
List of Letters
Remaining uncalled fo in the In
diana office December 19:
Mrs. Ada Alien, Pesse Geadiono.
E. E. Hewitt, Airs. J. E. Kline, Rev.
C. P. Marshall, Aliss, Helen Alun
ey, Ida Pellesehi, AY. A. Prydc.
Aliss Theresa Schultz, Grant
Shank, AI. J. Simpson, Aliss Laura
Stuehell. R. A. Swasy. AHs. Isabell
When inquiring for letters in
this list please state that they were
advertised, giving date.
HARRY W. FEE. P. M
Employment for 70Q
Kane, Pa., Dee. 22 —After being
closed for two months the plant
of the American Plate Glass com
pany at James City resumed ope
rations in full today, giving em-
ployment to 700 men. Sufficient
orders are on hand, it is said, to
insure operations for eight months
An Old Larch Tree.
Italy can boast of a iarcb tree the
age of which is estimated to be 2,000
years. It is situated on the northern
flank of Mont Chetip in the direction
of the huts of Pian Veni, above Cour
mayeur, a few steps from the footpath
that skirts the limits of the meadow
land. Due allowance being made for
the extreme slowness with which the
larch grows, for the altitude above sea
level (1,650 meters) at which it is root
ed and for its northerly exposure in
the near neighborhood of the glacier,
where the cycle of its development la
barely five months every year, this
venerable larch, untouched alike by
woodman's ax and thunderbolt, cannot
be less than 2,000 years old.—Scots
a Murder trial
Jury Decides That Mason Didn't
Kill His Relative.
HAS TO SERVE YEAR IN PEN
A verdict of "not guilty" was
returned in criminal court here on
Tuesday iu the puzzling murder
ease of Samuel Alason, of Strang
ford, charged with the killing of
his brother-in-law, John Roof, of
Homer City, the evening of Nov.
23. Alason was alleged to have
shot his brother-in-law and then
placed the body on the Pennsvlva
nia railroad tracks, where it was
found a few minutes after the
shooting m a mangled condition,
a train having passed over it.
Alason and Roof married sisters
the name of Starry. Alason, who
lived at Strangford, came to Hom
er City to talk over domestic trou
bles with Roof. He left the Roof
home that evening, about 8 o'clock
accompanied by Roof, who was go
ing totli e station with him. A shot
was heard a short time later and
Alason appeared at Roof's home
and said that Roof had been hurt.
Persons attracted by the shot
found Roof's mangled body on the.
railroad tracks with a bullet hole
in his head.
Mason was arrested and as a re
sult of the coroner's inquest was
held responsible for the death of
Roof. Mason declared that he had
attempted to commit suicide and
that Roof in an effort to take the
weapon from him had been acci
dentally shot; that Roof's body
fell across the railroad tracks % and
was run over by a passenger train
while Mason was momentarily ab
sent in hunt of aid for Roof. The
testimony showe that there had
been no quarrel between Alason
and Roof and that the brief time
elapsing between the shooting of
Roof and the passing of the train
over his body made it practically
impossible for Alason to have plac
ed the body on the railroad tracks
and to have been at Roof's house,
some distance away when the train
After his discharge Alason was
re-arrested by Sheriff Jeffries on
a charge of carrying concealed
weapons and of this charge he
pleaded guilty and was sentenced
by Judge Telford to one year of
imprisonment to the Workhouse.
Permit me to introduce myself tc
the public generally. Modest anil re
tiring both by nature and occupation.
I have hitherto refrained from obtrud
ing myself upon the attention of the
My name is Periscope. My principal
object in life is to rise to every neces
sary occasion. When this demands
my more or less Immediate presence 1
occupy myself by holding up the mlr
ror. not to nature, but to the enemy
Like an occasional idea which renders
superfluous old systems of philosophy.
I have come to render superfluous an
entire cycle of inventions. I am the
last triumph of mind over matter. 1
reflect, and a thousand men go down
to their fate. Within the blue zone of
my horizon, subject to my orders, flits
the angel of death.
I am the naval eye that put the
naught in Dreadnought—Life.
Advertise in The Patriot.
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Three Bands to
for Xmas Tree
The committee composed of
members of the Chamber of Com
merce and New Century Club hav
ing in charge the Municipal Christ
mas Tree Celebration Wednesday
announced the program that will
be given at the first celebration on
Christmas evening. The program
for the New Year's Eve celebra
tion will be announced later. Tho
program for Friday evening fol
6:55 p. m. All the church bells
will ring for five minutes.
7:00. The lights will flash on
the tree and a quartet of trom
bones will break into the first
strain of "Joy to the World."
The union choirs and the audi-,
ence will join in singing "Joy to
Invocation, Rev. J. Calvitte
Clarke, pastor of the Christian
Choir and audience will sing
The pupils from the public and
model school s will sing three
Address of welcome to the Ital
ians, Rev. Joseph Sauna.
Native airs by the Italian band
Three-minute Christmas greet
ing, the Very Rev. N. P. McNelis.
Native airs by Slavish band.
Audience and choir joining in
the singing of Christmas hymns,
such as "O, Little Town of Betli
IS very one joining in the singing
There are lot of popcorn and
cranberries and a multitude of
Christmas tree decorations and the
first Alunieipal tree for Indiana
will present a beautiful sight. A
string of electric lights from tho
four corners of the square, meet
ing at the top of the tree in a bril
liant white star, will form the
principal decoration and scattered
through tin* branches will be 76
colored lights, the strings of pop
corn, cranberries and the other
It is going to be a beautiful
sight and one that not a person in
Indiana should miss. The success
| >f the first tree now seems assured
and it is hoped that it will be a
i permanent affair and one that will
be eagerly looked forward to by
Fires In the Philippines.
The fighting of fires in the dry sea
son Is a grave problem in the cities and
pueblos of the Philippine Islands.
House construction is light, the roofs
being made from nipa pulm leaves, the
framework of bamboo and the sides of
either nipa or sawali—a woven prod
uct of certain species of bamboo. When
this material has been exposed contin
uously to the sun for several month*
It becomes as inflammable as tinder.
Fires that break out in the nipa dis
tricts always gain great headway be
fore any kind of an alarm can be sent
in even where there Is a fire depart
ment Fires In such districts spread
with great rapidity. In thickly popu
lated areas It is not uncommon for a
fire to burn several hundred bouses be
fore It is stopped.