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Pulton County News
McCoancllsburg, Pa.
"All men think atl men mortal but
themselves," yet all men are con
stantly seeking tho sources of health
and means of prolonging their lives,
and nothing Interests the average
nan more than to read the statements
of persons who have attained great
ages, and their version of the means
hlch enabled them to prolong their
lives. We .have many of these.
Moltke. when asked In his ninetieth
year how he had maintained bis
health and activity, answered: "By
great moderation In all things, and b.t
regular outdoor exerclBe." Crispl said
that "regularity and abstinence ars
the secrets of long life." Sydney
Cooper also believed In regularity. I.e.
gouve attributed his long life to regu
lar exercise, says the Washington
Herald. An American nonagenarian,
Hon. Neal Dow, of Maine, laid stress
on the careful avoidance of fretting
or disturbance of the digestive or
gans, and of exposure to sudden or
protracted cold, with insufficient pro
tection against Its Inlluence. Cor
naro's rulo was extreme temperance
In eating and moderation In drinking.
He took everything that agreed with
him and avoided everything which
lld not. Many others could be named,
but the constitutions and organism of
men are as varied as tlielr faces,
hence no general rulo can be laid
down. What is meat to one may be
poison to another.
Hundreds of thousands of Russians
are going to Siberia. Hut not after
the old style, when they were per
sonally conducted by military guards
and distributed as convicts among the
mines and prisons. Siberia has vast
agricultural and other possibilities,
and the government In this instanco
at least is wise enough to encourage
the utilization of such resources. It
is announced from Russia that the mi
gration to Siberia average about half
a million persons yearly. This move
ment is encouraged by the offer from
the government of cheap railroad
rates and an allotment of forty-one
and a half acres of land to each adult
who makes a home In that part of the
The Pennsylvania state board of
health reports that the expenditure of
$3,000,000 In four years In the Interest
of the public health has resulted In
saving $23,000,000 to the common
wealth. This la conservation of a
most desirable quality. It goes to
ward maintaining those greatest re
sources of a state which lie In a peo
ple rich in physical and mental well
being. The Pennsylvania board baa
fought diphtheria effectively with an
titoxin. It has reduced the death
rate from consumption, "the white
plague," from 134 to 120 per thouB
snd, and Is about to do better by
adding two new tuberculosis colonies
to the one now In operation.
According to late reports Mammoth
t'uve. that old-time geological wonder,
and years ago a close rival to Nia
gara Falls as a show place, la going
out of fashion, und has of late years
hnd but few visitors, says the Boston
Evening Transcript. It is now dim
cult nt acsesH by a little dinky rail
road uud the accommodations afford
ed by the dilapidated hotel are by no
means up to date. It Is proposed to
ask congress to adopt It as a national
reservation, fix things up and make It
more accessible and attractive. Per
hnps one reason for its decadence Is
the discovery of other great caverns
and natural curiosities fully as wonderful.
A Washington man has been fined
for violating tho child-labor law be
cause be induced a number of fourteen-year-old
boys to engage In a ple
eatlng contest. Would It not have
been more appropriate If he had been
punished for cruelty to children?
When a man's wile sticks hatpins
Into him, and tries to suffocate him
as he sleeps, the New York courts
bave decided that ho has a right to
leave home. The ruling, however,
was. confirmatory merely, the man
having decided first
One man haa been sent to Jail for
Dine months for smuggling at New
York. The fact that he was only a
musician and not a millionaire makes
the lesson less Impressive where It Is
most needed.
A dog that carried In smuggled
goods across the Mexican boundary
has been spared to be shown In a dog
bow. If be bad been taken to a
New York dog show be would prob
ably bave brought a fabulous price
from the ultra rich.
Bo the government U going to Issue
$76,000,000 worth of $1 bills to replace
$20 ajid higher denominations. This
ought to Increase the chance of get
ting some.
Fletcher says you should "hold your
face down" when you are eating, so
that your tongue will bang perpendic
ularly In your mouth." To do this
mast comfortably get down on your
bands and knees wiien you eat
That Illinois man who wants s di
vorce on the ground that bis wife re
fuses to dress Id keeping with the
latest fashions because, she says, It
Is too costly, apparent! doesn't know
when be Is well off. '
Thirty Firemen Caught Under
Falling Wal.s.
Sudden Collapse Of a Wall Of Burn
ing heather Factory Overw helms
Firemen On Adjoining Hoof I' ti
ller a Muss Of Ihlckw and Twisted
lion Girders The Escape Of
Those Whit Were Not Killed Out
right Was Almost Miraculous
KcsciH'l'S Worked l iiilel- Shadow
Of Further Catastrophe.
Philadelphia ( Special ) . Falling
walls at the leather factory of the
Freelander's Leather Remnants Com
pany buried more than 30 firemen at
a fire Wednesday night.
Fire Chief James C. Baxter had a
narrow escape and at least 10 of his
men were instantly killed as the walls
crashed down upon them.
The five-story walls collapsed with
a terrible crash and the next instant
the voices of the men could be heard
calling for assistance as the flames,
w hich were temporarily extinguished,
again burst forth among the ruins.
Chief Baxter had entered the burn
ing building to call his men out as he
feared that the walls would fall. Juat
as he stepped within the fire-gutted
structure with tho order of "All men
come out!" the whole building
crumpled and fell. The men who are
thought to have met Instant death
were mounted on an extension ladder
and 10 of them were seen by hun
dreds of horrltled spectators as they
were hurled Into the crater.
While the flamts had not a moment
before lit up the sky, the scene was
left In darkness and the electric
light wires were cut by tho flying
debris. For several minutes hun
dreds stood motionless, overcome by
the spectacle, and then, as the flames
again leaped up, the cries of the Im
prisoned men being slowly cremated
could be heard.
Hospital ambulances and patrol
wagons from all sections of the city
were called Into play, and the work
of rescue begun and scores who were
on the outskirts of the building were
taken to hospitals.
It was at first thought that Chief
Baxter had met Instant death, but
soon afterward the Chief, bleeding
from a dozen wounds, was seen
heroically fighting bis way out of the
burning debris.
Explosoin of Gas in the Grand
Central Station.
Takes the Onth As Head Of Supreme
Washington, D. C. (Special). In
the presence of a distinguished gath
ering In the little courtroom, Ed
ward Douglass White was elevated
from associate Justice in the Supreme
Court of the United States to the
chief Justiceship.
The climax of the ceremonies oc
curred when Associate Justice Har
lan, as senior member of the court,
administered to the new chief Justice
the Judicial oath. It was subscribed
to on the bench Itself Instead of at
the clerk's desk, as is ordinarily the
case. Chief Justice White, while
taking the oath, held In his hand a
Bible which has been used by nearly
every chief Justice and associate Jus
tice on similar occasions during the
last century, but unlike most of
them, he kissed the book at the con
clusion of the oath.
For the first time In history an
associate Justice had been elevated to
the chief Justiceship and for the first
time a president and Senate of one
political party had honored a mem
ber of a rival party by placing him
at the head of the highest court In
the land.
Cholera and Revolt.
Lisbon (Special). A third war
ship, the cruiser Almiranto Rels, was
dispatched to Madeira with a strong
force of marines to quell the revolt
that followed the cholera outbreak on
tbe Island, Two warships previously
sent with marines have proved un
able to cope with the situation which
Is reported to be daily growing more
New York (Special). The terrible
explosion of Illuminating gas In the
auxiliary power house at tbe Grand
Central Station, which tore at the
heart of and sent a tremor along
the entire rock backbone of Manhat
tan Monday morning, caused the
death of 11 persons, two of them
women, the injury of 12S others and
property damage estimated at from
$2,000,000 to $3,000,000.
Four persons still missing are be
lieved to be dead. Of the 125 Injur
ed 106 were removed to hospitals,
and 8 of these may die.
Fire broke out In the shattered
ruins of the power house again at
night, but with a great corps of
police, searchers and firemen on the
scene the blaze made little headway
before It was checked.
It was a weird scene In and about
the station as the night wore on.
No additional bodies were found, but
In a hospital Guthler Johnston, an
electrician, succumbed to terrible In
juries received in the explosion,
bringing the death list up to 11.
An Investigation by the police, the
District Attorney's office and the
coroner's office Is under way.
Traffic on the New York Central
railroad ceased entirely for some
hours and was disorganized for the
remainder of the day, but the new
station Itself, now In process of con
struction, was not damaged.
For some hours It was believed
that dynamite alone could have
wrought such Instantaneous and pul
verizing havoc, but late In the after
noon Fire Chief Croker said he was
convinced that the whole explosion
was due to a mixture of air and Il
luminating gas, used In lighting rail
road cars touched off by an electric
spark. The gas had accumulated in
the auxiliary powerhouse from a
broken pipe snapped off by a run
away passenger car.
Hocked Island's Backbone.
The force of the explosion ran
north and south for two miles along
tbe rocky ridge that is the backbone
of the Island, and east and west
laterally for a mile.
Foundations were Jarred, walls
were shaken out of plumb, windows
were blown In by the thousand, ceil
ings came crashing down on the
heads of those beneath and the pave
ments were littered with a fall of
pulverized glass that topped the shoo
The loss to the New York Central
Railroad Company Includes the physi
cal damage done to the powerhouse,
which was utterly wrecked, the delay
to construction work and the dam
age done to cars standing near the
The loss to shopkeepers and prop
erty owners In the vicinity will
spread over a wide range. Christ
mas displays were blown backward
Into tbe shops, sucked Into the street
or cut to ribbons by flying glass.
Cause Of the Explosion.
As nearly as can be determined
this Is how the accident occurred:
A train load of empty passenger
cars, hauled by an electric motor In
charge of Albert Seagroatt got be
yond control of the brakes, crashed
Into a steel and concrete buffer post,
snapped the post off and rammed a
pile of lumber behind the post Into
a two-and-a-half-lnch gas main, con
necting with the taps from which the
tanks of the passenger cars are
charged at 250 pounds to tbe square
A Terrific Explosion in An En
glish Colliery.
Despairing Families Of the Entombed
Men Disperse After the Burial
Kite No Explanation As To the
Cause Of the Disaster Inspector
General After Investigation De
clares There Is Xo Hope Of Saving
Any Of the Men Heroic Efforts.
300,000 HA DIES A YEAH.
Flee In Night Clothes.
Owensboro, Ky. (Special). One
hundred guests of the Rudd House
had a narrow escape from death
when fire broke cut In that hoBtelry
early Tuesday. All bad to flee in
their night clothes and several were
Injured In the panic. The loss Is
18 Years For Keliher.
BoBton (Special). Big Bill Keli
her, implicated with Georgw W. Cole
man In misapplying the funds of the
National City Bank, of Cambridge,
was sentenced to 18 years lu the
Charlestown State Prison.
British Elections.
Ixmdon (Special). The British
general elections ended Monday with
polling in a few scattered constitu
encies and with the government coali
tion In absolute control. The party
totals announced this afternoou
were: Liberals, 271; Laborites, 42;
Irish Nationalists, 73; Independent
Nationalists, 9; Unionists, 272.
Coalition majority, 123. Jn the last
Parliament the coalition majority
was 124, the government coalition
total being 397 and the Unionists
Killed While He Slept.
Detroit, Mich. (Special). Frank
Knlffen, aged 36, was murdered while
be slept In his borne at Falrvlew.
His skull was crushed with an ax.
His wife, Nellie, aged SS, Is locked up
at police headquarters on charge of
murder. She declares she did not
kill her husband. Her four children,
Pearl, aged 12; Tommy, aged 10;
Pave, aged 8, and Helen, aged S, are
also held at headquarters. Tbey will
say nothing, and nous of them ex
hibits any grief.
Death Toll Exceeds That Of Tuber
culosis, Says Doctor.
Washington, D. C. (Special).
"More than 300,000 babies die In
this country annually before they
have reached the ago of one year,"
declared Dr. J. H. Mason Knox, of
Baltimore, president of the First
National Conference on Infant Mor
tality, in an address at tbe Young
Men's Christian Association here.
"Give the baby a chance to grow
up," said Dr. Knox. Dr. Knox also
gave other Information to show that
a remedy Is needed for the enormous
mortality among Infants, lie said
that the number of deaths among
Infants was twice that of tuberculosis
among adults, although the latter
was called the "White Plague."
Fire Visits Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (Special). Two men
dead, 17 Injured and a loss estimated
at $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 are the
results of a fire that swept through a
number of business structures here,
raging for more than five hours. Tho
fire started In the great shoe manu
facturing plant of the Krippendorf
O'Neill Company and before It could
be checked bad spread into the ad'
Joining buildings. A biting cold
wind which benuned the hands of
the firemen helped the fire spread.
Three Dead; Score Hurt.
'Fairmont, W. Va. Three men are
dead and more than a score burned
as the result of an explosion in the
Consolidation Coal Company's Mld
dloton mine at Chelfton, near here,
and two miles from where hundreds
of men lost their lives in the Mon
ongah Mine No. 8, three years ago.
Only about 50 men were working
when the explosion occurred. The
cause of tbe explosion has not yet
been given out, but it Js believed to
be a premature shot.
Bolton, England (Special). More
than 300 colliers lost their lives Wed
nesday In an explosion in the little
Hulton colliery of the Hulton Colliery
Company, which is located a little
distance outside this city.
The explosion occurred early in
the morning, Boon after the miners
had entered the pit to begin work.
Its force was terrific, and later Inves
tigation allowed that tho lower pass
ages had been blocked. Heroic ef
forts were made by rescue parties all
day long, but a fierce fire which fol
lowed the explosion prevented the
rescuers from penetrating beyond 400
yards into the workings.
At 9.30 o'clock all the rescuers
were called out of the mine and a
conference was held, at which Gov
ernment Inspector Gerard, the engi
neers and the mine manager were
present. Inspector Gerard issued a
report after making a descent Into
tho pit, In which be stated that It was
Impossible that any of the miners are
still alive, lie added that, nothing
could be done except to bring up 20
bodies found lying near the shaft.
This report was communicated to the
anxious crowds around the pit
mouth, after which tho bishop of
Manchester conducted a touching
service In the open air, and the peo
ple Blowly dispersed.
No explanation is given as to the
rauBe of the explosion which com
pletely wrecked the mine.
For a time the lives of 700 men
were In Jeopardy as a mlno communi
cating with the one in which the ex
plosion occurred was also damaged
by the shock, and It was sometime be
fore its 400 occupants could be reach
ed and brought to the surface.
The report of the explosion was
heard at points several miles distant.
This Is the second great mine dis
aster In England this year, an explo
sion having occurred in the Welling
ton colliery at White Haven, Cumber
land, on May 12, in which 136 miners
were killed.
Refused To Allow Tourniquet To He
Placed On Limb.
New York (Special). Because
she was too modest to allow the fast
ening of a tourniquet about her leg,
Helen Gorschen, aged 18, died at ft.
Vincent's Hospital here. Miss Gor
schen accidentally stabbed herself In
her left leg with a pair of scissors
while at work In a clothing factory.
Her fellow employes ruBhed to her
assistance, but she refused to permit
any one to bind the wound. She soon
fainted from loss of blood and was
hurried to the hospital. It was too
late, however, to save her life, al
though the house surgeon said she
would have recovered had a tourni
quet been applied Immediately.
1,S40,!107 More Bales.
Washington, D. C. (Special). A
cotton ginning report Issued by the
Census Bureau shows 10,698,482
bales, counting round as half bales,
ginned from the growth of 1910 to
December 13, as compared with 9,
358,085 for 1909. Round bales in
cluded this year are 106,827, as com
pared with 140,024 for 1909. Sea
Island shows 76,170 bales for 1910,
as compared with 86,177 in 1909.
Mother Kills Her Huby.
New Orleans (Special). After
swallowing a large dose of carbolic
acid at ber home here, Mrs. Mary
Kadellch lay down on the bed with
her lips pressed to those of her flve-days'-old
infant, which she firmly
clasped in her armB. When found,
the baby was dead as the result of
absorbing the fresh acid from her
mother's Hps, and Mrs. Kadelich was
in a dying condition.
Man Baked In Oven.
Philadelphia (Special). Baked al
most beyond recognition, tbe body of
William Folks, aged 28 years, was
discovered Wednesday In an oven in
the Tansey Brickyard, Frankford,
where he was employed. He bad
been missing since Monday. It is
supposed that he crawled into the
oven to sleep and when the lire wns
Ignited was roasted to death.
Farmer, Daughter and Grand
child Slain I'.y Negro.
Oxford, N. C. (Special). Nathan
Montague, the negro arrested for
the triple murder and atrocious as
sault on V white girl and arson fol
lowing the killing, was rushed to
Raleigh in an automobile by Sheriff
Samuel Wheeler, so strong was the
feeling aroused In the community by
the crime, which is the worst that
has occurred in the State for the last
20 years. He is a trembling wreck
behind the penitentiary walls, fear
ful of the mob which threatened his
life at Durham Jail.
The negro murdered J. L. Saun
ders, an aged white man living in
the country near Oxford, his daugh
ter Mary, aged 20, and the man's
granddaughter (4 years old), and
committed capital assault on the
young woman before killing her,
placing the bodies In the family's
home and setting fire to the house.
The bodies, burned to cinders, were
found after the fire had died down.
Saunders Killed With Knife.
Mr. and Mrs. Saunders visited Ox
ford Monday, Mr. Saunders return
ing home and his wife spending the
night with relatives here. That
night a negro entered the yard, met
Mr. Saunders outside the house and
killed him with a knife. He next
succeeded In outraging the young
woman, after which he cut her
throat, and then murdered the child
when she drew his notice by hei
pleadings. The burning of the
bodies was consummated to hide the
Neighbors discovered the fire
shortly after its start and hastened
to the scene. None of the family
was seen, and it was feared they were
burned alive. Pools of blood and a
big butcher's knife In the yard caus
ed suspicion to fall on Montague,
whose knife It was proved to be, and
his arrest followed while he was hid
ing in the garret of his house. He
came tremblingly forth In bloody
The murdered girl helped neigh
bors butcher hogs Monday, the negro
also assisting, using1 the identical
knife which caused suspicion to fall
upon him.
Government Preparing To Prosecute
Sugar Men Again.
Washington, D. C. (Special).
Customs experts and special gents are
investigating abuse of the "draw
back" privileges in sugar, and one
official declares the revelations prom
ise to put the government in position
to recover nearly as much as It did
In the underweight cases, when more
than $3,000,000 was paid to the
When sugar is Imported It pays a
duty, and when it is manufactured
into a product, and in that form ex
ported, the duty 1b refunded in the
form of a "drawback" except 1 per
cent. About $7,000,000 is paid in
that way each year and half that
amount is drawn back on exports ol
sugar and tin.
It Is charged that refunds on
syrups have been paid on high grades
of sugar commanding high duties
while, in fact, a very low grade of
sugar was being used, and the gov
ernment has lost large sums In this
Its Ravages In Mongolia Continue
St. Petersburg (Special). The
correspondent of the Rech at Vladivo
stok telegraphs that the ravages of
bubonic plague in Mongolia are un
checked. Corpses frequently mark
the sites of abandoned camps of
The situation In Manchuria Is
grave. The German consul at Har
bin has addressed a pressing note to
the Chinese Taotal demanding that
radical measures be taken to stay the
epidemic and stating that otherwise
Germany will interfere. The munic
ipality of Harbin has invited Japan
ese physicians to attend the diseased
In the barracks, as the Russians re
fuse to expose themselves.
Hurled Into Ravine.
Irwin, Pa. (Special). A young
man and a woman were hurled 90
feet to the bottom of a ravine Sun
day morsing, when a party of seven,
returning from a social, were caught
on the Coke Hill bridge by a swiftly
moving street car. The Ave others
escaped being hurled from tbe struc
ture by banging on to guard rails.
A restaurant to which only women
will be admitted-baa been opened In
tbe Rue St. Jacques, Paris.
Herbert Slough Died As Rescuers
Got Out His Body.
York, Pa. (Special). Herbert
Stough, 18 years old, was crushed to
death while at work at the plant of
the York Stone and Supply Company.
He was engaged In undermining rock
in a quarry and was standing on a
shelf. 15 feet wide when" stone and
dirt fell upon him. .
He died a few minutes after fellow
workmen had dug out bis body from
tho mass of stone.
Judge's Daughter Burned.
Nashville, Tenn.. (Special). Mrs.
Martha B. Whltesldes, daughter of
Judge S. F. Wilson, of the Court of
Civil Appeals, was fatally burned at
ber residence In this city Thursday.
She was In the bathroom ed had Just
Ignited the gas water tester when
ber bathrobe was set on fire. Miss
Mary Wilson, a younger daughter of
Judge Wilson, was painfully burned
in attempting to save ber sister.
Lrgagneux's Fine Flight For the
Micheiin Cup.
Pau, France (Special). M. Lagag
neux, the French aviator, established
a new -record In the Mlchelln cup
competition Wednesday, remaining In
the air from 8.34 o'clock A. M. until
2.35 o'clock P. M., and covering a
distance or 516 kilometers, or 320.43
miles. The Mlchelln cup Is awarded
annually to the aviator making the
longest sustained flight In a closed
c!i-cle within the year and exceeding
the record of the previous year. The
winner receives a premium of $4,000.
Two Entire Companies of Chica
go Fire Department Dead.
Horan Predicted Just Such a Catas
tropho Only Twelve Hours Before
He Perished Morris & Co.'s New
Beef House Destroyed By Blaze
Explosion Causes Structure To
Chicago (Special). Fire Marshal
James Horan and 30 of his comrades
gave up their lives in a disaster here
Thursday that the veteran fire fight
er had feared for years a stock
yards holocaust.'
Just 12 hours after the fire chief
had warned the Council Committee
on Buildings that more fire-fighting
appliances were at once needed at
the stockyards he had been trapped
and two entire companies of firemen
had been wiped out in Just such a
fire as he had predicted.
Fifteen firemen were seriously In
jured, including two captains, who
may die.
The flames completely destroyed
the new beef house of the Morris &
Co. plant at the yards, spread to sev
eral smaller structures and for hours
threatened to sweep the entire
yards. Property was destroyed ag
gregating nearly $600,000.
Crippled by the loss of their leader
and the greatest loss of life In tbe
fire department since the cold-storage
tower disaster of World's Fair
times, the firemen fought on the en
tire day and Into the night, finally
checking the spread of the flames.
Killed Without Warning.
The firemen with Chief Horan In
their midst were killed without a
moment's warning while endeavoring
to reach the seat of the fire In the
blazing structure. There was' an ex
plosion, but it was not of an am
monia tank, as at first supposed. The
explosion was declared to have been
due to the expansion of the cold
atmosphere- in the air-tight cold
storage house.
The list of dead Includes the chief,
the assistant chief, 2 captains, 6
lieutenants, 13 city firemen, 2 private
firemen and a railroad employe.
Like Iroquois Disaster.
Not since the days following the
Iroquois Theatre tragedy, which,
like the disaster of today, was a
holiday time horror, have such
pathetic scenes attended a fire in
The bodies of victims were taken
to undertaking rooms on West
Forty-third street, near the fire.
Widows and children of the dead
men, white-faced and frantic, crowd
ed into the place. The bodies were
so badly mutilated In moBt cases
that the police would not permit
relatives to view them. In several
instances women struggled with po
licemen In attempts to see their dead.
. Mayor Busse, greatly affected by
the death of Chief Horan, called a
special meeting of the City Council,
which convened late In the afternoon.
A committee of 15 Aldermen was
selected to take charge of relief work
for the families of the dead and to
make funeral arrangements.
At the same time a meeting of
business men was held at the Chi
cago Club, at which It was agreed
that $160,000 should be raised for
the widows and orphans. Pledges of
$50,000 were received In a few min
utes. Theatre managers also prepar
ed to hold benefit performances.
The building in which tho fire
started was a four-story brick struc
ture and covered an area bounded on
the east by Loomls street, on the
west by Bishop street and on the
north and south by Forty-third and
Forty-fourth streets.
Bride and Groom Children Of the
Officiating Ministers.
York, Pa. (Special). A wedding
ceremony took place hero Wednesday
in which the officiating clergymen
were fathers of the bride and bride,
Miss Kathleen Tuttle, daughter ol
Rev. John E. Tuttle, of this city,
was married to Paul Wllllard Nor
ton, of Phoenixville, Chester county,
who is a son of Rev. Stephen Allison
Norton, of Woodburno, Mass.
Mother Saved By Small Son.
Macon, Ga. (Special). While an
unknown Intruder, a white man,
wrestled with his .mother in tbelr
home, on the outskirts of Macon,
Wicbtel Smith, 12 years old, seised
his father's shotgun and blew the
stranger's head off.
The Chilian exports for the first
seven months of 1910 amounted to
$66,966,186, against $61,764,813 for
1909. Tbe gain was almost entirely
In nitrate of soda.
Bloody Hatchet In Another Building
and Robbery Suspected.
West Chester, Pa. (Special).
Richard Mercer, a bachelor farmer,
65 years old and a veteran of the
Civil War, was found dead on a
lounge in his home, four miles from
this borough, by several neighbors,
who, suspecting something wrong,
entered the house.
There was a pistol shot wound in
'the head, and the police are In doubt
whether be died by his own hand or
was murdered. A bloody hatchet
was found in an adjoining building.
It is supposed that the farmer had
some funds in the house, which shows
evidence of having been ransacked,
and that the fact of the money being
kept there was known to some one In
the neighborhood.
Lamp Drops In Powder.
Greensburg, Pa. (Special). Six
persons were burned, one probably
fatally in Export, a mining town, by
an explosion In the home of Charles
Smith, a coal miner. A group was
sitting in a room in Smith's home,
when a large lamp, suspended from
the ceiling by a chain, fell into a keg
of blasting powder
Adjourned For the Holidays.
Washington, D. C. (Special).
Congress bag adjourned tor the holi
day recess until January 6.
Fletcher says you should "hold
your face down" when you are eat
ing, so that your tongue will bang
perpendicularly in your mouth. To
do this most comfortably, get down
on your bands and knees when you
eat, explains the Chicago Reoord-IIer-ald.
Australians are considering tne
project of holding a great interna
tional exhibition to illustrate to the
world the natural and Industrial re
sources cf their country. ,
Adulterated Mine Meat.
Investigations by agents of the
State Dairy and Food Commissioner
are alleged to -have developed two
new forms of food adulteration in
Pennsylvania. One of the discoveries
happens to concern mince meat,,
which in many cases it is suspected
contains no meat at all.
Commissioner Foust has been re
ceiving complaints from people who
have been purchasing mince meat
that the delicious filling for the tradi
tional pies of the Christmas season,
contained various concoctions, but
very little of a substantial nature.
Samples were ordered taken in
Philadelphia, Pittsburg and a num
ber of other places and analyses are
now being made. ,
The other form of adulteration ap
pears to affect buckwheat flour. From
samples taken in Pittsburg It was
shown that the article labelled buck
wheat flour contains about twenty
per cent, of wheat flour. Flour has
also been found to be the constituent
wart of some sausage sampled In
Schuylkill county, being used as a
substitute for meat,
Harrlsburg Correspondence.
Against Commission Plan.
The league of cities of the third
class of Pennsylvania, In special ses
sion here voted down a proposition
to recommend to the-Legislature the,
enactment of a law providing a coim
mission form of government for such
municipalities. A proposal that the
Law Committee discuss the subject
with the committee of allied clvld
bodies was also defeated.
After this action a motion was)
unanimously adopted that the Legis
lature name a commission to ascer
tain the best form of government fori
cities of the third class, in the hop
that some way will be found to meet
the numerous objections which ar
being made to the present third class1
city acts.
To bridge over until the time at
general third class code can be fram
ed, the Law Committee was Instructs
ed to prepare such bills for submis
sion to the coming Legislature a
will make the laws conform to thej
constitutional requirements recently
enacted. This will Include a proviJ
sion for ejection of city assessors for
four-year terms on a basis so that
one member will always hold over.
The convention declined to recom
mend any changes in the persona)
registration and other election laws.
The convention lasted all day and
closed with a banquet tendered to the
delegates at night. Eighty delegat'es
were present, representing all but five
of the cities of the class.
The delegates were welcomd by
Governor Stuart and Mayor E. S.
Meals, of Harrlsburg, and Mayor H.
A. McKean, president of the Third
Class City League, responded.
Compensation Of Judges.
Deputy Attorney General Cunning"
ham has given an opinion to Auditor
General SleBon on methods of paying
Associate Judges, which will cause
a change In the manner of compen
sating such officers. Tbe question
arose because of a bill rendered by
one of the Associate Judges of
IV J Hilling I.UUULJ.
The law allows $5 per day for each
day employed In discharge of official
duties, but It appeared that some of
the thirty-eight Associate Judges had
been charging the per diem for ap
pearing at the county seat to approve
bonds and other routine business and
not for holding court alone.
Mr. Cunningham holds, In the
course of a voluminous opinion that
the law contemplates paying such an
official for "official Judicial duties
rendered by him while he was In at
tendance at court," It being presence
at court which entitled the Justice to
his compensation.
Notice Is taken of the requirement
that no Judge shall be paid less than
$300 per year.
State To Build Soon.
Tbe large area of farm and wood
land purchased by Dr. Samuel G.
Dixon, State Commissioner of Health,
for the establishment of a State
tuberculosis sanatorium, near Ham
burg, has been surveyed by tbe engi
neering corps of the Health Depart
ment, and marble tablets now Indi
cate the lines of the property.
All of the former owners have been
paid, and the State is new in com
plete possession of tbe property. The
actual building operations will com
mence early next spring, If the next
Legislature makes the appropriation
State Institution of the kind.
Tener Guest Of Stcuart.
Amr,,mm nnllHa ilnrfno' hla recen
VIBll UOIV. X inil'D "
house which will be our borne for
four years after January 17," said
he. "As far as appointments are
concerned, I can give out nothing, be
cause I bave not decided anything "
Mr. and Mrs. Tener wore guests of
Governor Stuart and Miss Stuart t
luncheon at the mansion, after which
they made a tour of tbe bouse.
Tbe Teners plan to come here on
the day before inauguration.
Bute Loses Case.
James Luti, of Eapf Hopewe
Township, who bad been held for vli
latlng the State health laws in ri
fusing to allow the health officer tj
fumigate his premises, was acqul
ted at York, and the State Board
Health was ordered to pay tne com
The Court held that the furoit
Hon of the defendant's premises w.
not necessary as there were two v
er children sick at the time it wtJ
ordered. (

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