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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - March 2, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 ru88ell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday March 2, i933 terms�?$2.00 per year. No. 9 huge Well on first Smethport Anticline test Cunningham Well at Oswayo starts at 12,000,000 the Smethport Anticline which extends from Potter county to Mckean county and passes directly under Smethport has lived up to expectations of geologists by producing a wonderful Gas Well on the first test of the deep Oriskany Sand and the Well should mean a drilling Boom in the Smethport area. The Well which is that of John Cunningham of Rixford this county and his Cunningham Gas corporation in which several Smethport persons Are interested is located on the John d. Moran farm near Oswayo Potter county. Saw both Mckinley Roosevelt shooting according to a news dispatch sent out from Bradford Quot one of the witnesses of the assassination of president Mckinley at the Buffalo american exposition saw the recent attempt on the life of president elect Franklin d. Roosevelt in Miami Florida. He is Archie d. Cohn Bradford merchant who is wintering in the South for his health. In a communication to friends Here Cohn told of seeing the Miami Gifford Man Heid Hugh Culbertson Well known Gifford resident is being held for the next term of Mckean county criminal the Quot Well will be Good for upwards court under $1,000 Bond As a result of of 20.000.000 feet of Gas daily from an alleged attempt to murder Ernest present indications one of the lace bail neighbor late last thursday est in this Section of Pennsylvania a lf1.00�. Renu a. A. Bell claims he was in the Yard of the Drill hit the Oriskany Sand Jug Home at Gifford when he heard a tuesday morning at a depth of 4.900 j a Dischar de and Felt a Sharp pain feet and a flow of 4.000,000 feet of Over one Eye it alleges that Culbert Gas was encountered. Son an enemy on account of an argue the flow increased rapidly and by it ment. Fired a Shotgun at him. One Pel tuesday night had reached the tre let striking his head and the balance Mendouse total of twelve million feet of the charge entering a tree nearby. A splendid natural Rock pressure Beils wound was not serious was encountered indicating Perman county detective j. J. Allison and ency of production. Sheriff Fred t. Ludwick were called the Well was started last novem-1 to Gifford and placed Culbertson in Ber. The Drill was ready to enter the Ier arrest. The prisoner was brought Sand last week when operations were to Smethport and Given a hearing be a a seeded while the Hole was Cement fore Justice of the peace Claude de by the Halliburton process in an Heath. To citation of a big strike. Culbertson was charged with Felo a. Una 10nious assault and was unable to Post the Cunningham Ca we immediately he a a a a set. ,. Prisoner in the county jail until sat h i no Rev mid when a neighbor provided the drilling Boom in the nearby Fields required Bond and he waa Rel eyed. Where much land has been leased by the. Fact that Bell was Only hit by a number of companies. One Pellet causes authorities to believe most of the local territory is Splen-1 that the charge of shot May have did Pioneer shallow Sand Gas Terr-1 glanced off the tree tory containing Wells which have been producing for a half Century. The new Cunningham Well at Oswayo has been known in Potter county As the Quot mystery will Check licenses 1932 Drivers licenses in Pennsylvania expired at Midnight tuesday and the state Highway patrol is conducting an intensive Check up. The penalty for driving with the old card is $10.00 and costs for first offensive mrs. Brougham scalded mrs. George Brougham jr., of the Kastman tree farms was painfully scalded on the left leg tuesday morning when a Kettle of hot water spilled at the family residence. Mrs. Brougham was attended by or. Robert Hamilton. Veteran socialist to discuss issues Here John w Slayton a Veteran in the socialist movement will speak at the Star theatre. Smethport sunday june 5th at 2 30 p. In. On Quot capitalism socialism or anarchy under the auspices of the socialist party treas. Bouton undergoes successful operation county treasurer e. E. Bouton underwent a spinal operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore md., last Friday. Reports from the Hospital indicate that or. Bouton stood the ordeal in a highly satisfactory manner. Eminent surgeons at Johns Hopkins believe they can relieve the condition which has afflicted or. Bouton for a number of years and made him a helpless invalid at times. Many friends Hope that the popular county official will win the Long fight against his affliction which he has waged with remarkable optimism and patience. Or. Bouton a father Hon. J. W Bouton president judge of Mckean county returned to Smethport from Baltimore on monday. Mrs. Bouton remained with her husband. A Shotgun alleged to belong to Culbertson was found in the latter a Home by officers. It is said that a neighbourhood feud has been brewing at Gifford for some time past with a line Fence stolen articles. Etc., figuring in various charges and counter charges find Man Hung in Woods near Hazelhurst had been dead nearly week body is not identified the body of an unidentified Man believed to be a woodcutter from Sheffield was found hanging from the limb of a tree in Wildcat hollow Between Hazelhurst and Martindale yesterday afternoon by Richard Der Igo and Dallas Sutter. Hazelhurst men the Man had committed suicide by making a noose with a thin piece of hemp rope he tied the rope to the limb of the tree while standing on a stub and then stepped off. Hanging about two feet from the ground. It is estimated that the Man had been dead for at least five Days. His body was Frozen solidly the scene of the suicide is about half a mile from the nearest House and is in the Woods a Short distance from the Shawmut Railroad. The body might have remained undiscovered indefinitely had not messes. Derigo and Sutter happened to be walking in the desolate neighbourhood. State police county detective j j. Allison and Deputy Coroner Maybury of Bradford were notified and went to the scene accompanied by a o Lantz it. Jewett undertaker. Every indication pointed to suicide and the body was taken to Lantz undertaking establishment a search of the dead Many a clothing revealed that he had nothing to indicate his identity he wore a heavy Brown overcoat two dark sweaters Vest and two pairs of pants. A Black Felt hat was found on the ground. The clothing was of fair Quality and in Good condition the dead Man is about 70 years old he has a moustache and his hair is Grey. His weight is 150 pounds and he was 5 feet 8 inches tall several people in the neighbourhood of Hazelhurst recall having fed a Man answering the description on recent. Occasions tax league confers with Board names committees a delegation of thirty members of the Mckean county tax league met with the Mckean county salary Board at the court House in Smethport yesterday afternoon. While no definite action for tax reduction or lowering of official salaries resulted from the meeting the conference paved the Way for further negotiations Between the league and county officials which it is hoped will result in accomplishment of the leagues objective of lowering county taxes. Three important resolutions passed by the group were Laid before the commissioners As indicative of Public sentiment. One flatly advocated a reduction of 7 Mills in the tax Levy for county expense purposes the second asked that the salary Board require All county officials appointed by the commissioners and the court to accept these salary cuts to per cent reduction for appointees receiving Hoo per month or less 20 per cent reduction for those receiving More than $100 per month the third asked county elective officials voluntarily to Cut their salaries 20 per cent. All elective officials will he sent copies of this Resolution agitation for salary reductions comes from the premise that county officials Are receiving Boom time that virtually every business organization has Ben forced to slash salaries and that commodity prices average nearly 30 per cent. Less. The High spot in the meeting came with the announcement that approximately $234,000 in county funds was on Deposit january i 1933. The league representatives expressed amazement that a tax Levy is necessary at All this year. It was arranged for a committee of the league to be present when the county commissioners make the poor tax Levy in the near future. Local men on committee Hon h h. Redfield Guy b. Mayo Esq. W. H. Gallup f. L Holmes and or. Robert Hamilton have been announced As the Smethport members of the Mckean county tax league As the league launches a county wide drive for voluntary members. Accompanying this news item will be found an enrolment Blank which this newspaper urges All its readers to fill out and mail to the tax league Headquarters in Bradford to assist in continued on last Page column 4 8$sebau�?Tass n to organize for season Friday night the stockholders of the Smethport baseball association will hold their annual meeting for election of officers and transaction of important business details at Mccoy a drug store Friday evening at 8 of clock c. C. Choate vice president of the association issued the Call for the meeting and All stockholders Are urged to be present. Plans for next Summers playing season will be discussed. It is also necessary to replace uniforms and other equipment destroyed when the Imperial Block burned. Fire department meeting the regular monthly meeting of the Smethport fire department will be held this evening at 8 00 of clock. An order has been placed by the Borough Council for a . In Alator manufactured by the mine safety appliance co., of Pittsburgh the lifesaving device will be in custody of the fire department and a Crew will be trained in its use by a factory representative. Important business will be transacted at the meeting tonight. Albert Cleveland will provide refreshments featuring old fashioned griddle cakes after the business session. Local car damaged in collision in Olean a Chrysler Coupe driven by mrs. Herbert Larson of Smethport and a Packard Sedan driven by t. J Sheehan of Olean collided on a Bridge in the latter City last Friday night. No one was seriously injured in the crash but the Chry Ter. Owned by or Larson was badly damaged the Packard escaped with less damage. Mrs Larson suffered from Shock and or Sheehan received minor cuts the Olean Man is said to have assumed responsibility for the Accident. Rev. Harry Malcolm will visit Home town As lenten speaker the Rev Harry Malcolm of Corning n y., former Smethport boy who was recently ordained to the episcopal Church Priesthood will be the lenten speaker at St. Luke a Church this Borough Friday evening. March to this will be Rev Malcolms first visit to his old Home since his entry to the clergy minstrel show committee met last evening the committee in charge of arrangements for production of the Bucktail minstrels in april met last evening to discuss preliminary plans. Regular rehearsals will Start at once with some of the towns Best Talent participating. Four tons of dynamite in i blast for new Bush Hill Road Grade Dupont company experts set off Lother huge blast in the Cut on Bush Iii last Friday. A number of Durns witnessed the discharge of four is of dynamite which pulverized a Lige Quantity of the former solid a Eck formation. The magnitude of the blast last riday can be better appreciated Hen it is explained that the equiv it of 16.000 Sticks of dynamite were red. A huge compressed air Drill made to holes 20 feet deep in the Rock and Nail preliminary charges were used a a make pockets at the Bottom of the ales. Dynamite was packed in the it crets a detonating stick of dynasty with fuse and electric wires at iced was lowered into each Hole id All the holes plugged with Sand. He wires were joined in one big Cir lit and a spark from a High tension Magneto device caused the four tons f dynamite to explode. Steam shovels will operate for a gang time Clearing away the Rock loosened in the blast. It is estimated that the shovels will be forty feet below the Crest of Bush Hill before it is necessary to discharge another big the Mellert Weidner co. Contractors on the Job of making a Grade for the new Smethport port Allegany Highway must Cut a notch 52 feet deep through Bush Hill. A 31-foot Cut is being made on link Hill and additional blasting will be done there next week the link Hill Cut is nearing completion. The contractors must finish grading before july 1st. They Are still somewhat ahead of schedule in spite of soggy condition of the ground which has complicated operations much of the time this Winter. Bridge and Culvert work is about three fourths completed and Good Progress is being made on the various extensive fills. Seventy men Are employed by the Mellert Weidner co., an average number which has been maintained for i some time past. Crosby Man is stricken while walkin6 on hi6hway George Mccallum aged about 65, who lives alone at Crosby suffered a severe attack of illness tuesday afternoon and collapsed while walking on the Highway near the Home of mrs. Leonard Benson. Several people saw the Man fall and hastily summoned or. R e. Hockenberry of Smethport who found that the victim was unconscious and suffering violent convulsions passes ambulance took or. Mccallum to the Kane Community Hospital and a report from that institution late yesterday indicated the Man was in a serious condition. No definite diagnosis of the illness has been made but it is thought or. Mccallum May have suffered some kind of a stroke. There is no history of previous illness. Prisoners Are sentenced at criminal court jurors excused cases put Over judge Hirt assists jurors for the regular february term of Mckean county criminal court were notified last week not to appear for the scheduled opening of court monday morning. The two most important cases on the docket the kidnapping action against Dusen Versic James sweeten Tony Orazio Paul Barbie and Spiro Yovanoff alleged Pittsburgh racketeers who abducted Todor Ned Oleo of Crosby and the extortion Case against police chief c. M Yetzer Theodore Kallas and Markus Kalabukas of St Marysz were continued again. Spiro Yovanoff one of the alleged kidnappers is confined to the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh with his Back in a cast following a serious operation. One of the Star witnesses in the St marys extortion Case wherein the defendants Are alleged to have threatened Christ Coronas of Kane formerly of St marys with arrest for bootlegging of he did not them $16,000. Is also seriously ill in a Hospital. The court was furnished with proper affidavits from Hospital authorities in both cases and in addition. County detective j. J. Allison received a report of Yovanoff illness from the u. S dept of Justice the Federal government is interested in the kidnapping Case because it is alleged the gang claimed to be immigration officers when they called at Ned Eleco a place of residence in Crosby and stated they were placing him under arrest for illegal entry into this country they were halted by state police in Kane Enro Ute to Pittsburgh hav informed their victim that he would be Given a hearing before a Federal commissioner in the latter City. Yovanoff is the Only member of the gang out on bail the other four being prisoners in the county jail at Smethport. Court authorities decided that the continued on last Page column i school districts near bankrupt under system it. Jewett Man challenges county supt. S figures a careful Check up of actual school conditions in it Jewett Borough by Roscoe Davis Well known artist prompts him to make a forceful presentation of True facts and figures for this newspaper which is in vigorous and convincing disagreement with the figures presented by our county school superintendent in defense of the Edmonds Law which is Likely to be discarded by the Pennsylvania legislature the facts cited in the instance of it. Jewett will undoubtedly apply to the majority of towns of Mckean county. Or Davis letter follows or editor a recently i was shown a copy of Quot the Home and school visitors for december last which was Given Over to a lengthy article by our county superintendent in support of the Edmonds act a list of districts was Given with the amounts of taxes collected and also the sums Given by the state. It. Jewett raised $12,188 and its donation from the state was continued on Page 4, column 3 miss Hogarth stars in theater Guild play Leona Hogarth Doyle prominent Smethport actress has the leading feminine role in George of Neillis current play Quot american dream a now running at the theatre Guild in new York City Douglas Montgomery is the masculine Star of the production. Miss Hogarth recently completed a tour of principal cities As one of the stars of the Road production of Eugene of Neil a play mourning becomes local Utility rates to be reviewed will be considered by Boro Council monday night Public Utility rates both Gas and water in the Borough of Smethport will be considered at the regular Council meeting to be held next monday evening it is believed that the Council will take prompt action to Lodge official protest with the Public service commission in Harrisburg in regard to the new Tariff issued by the Smethport water co. On March i effective april i. The Tariff increases Cost of Borough water Supply for fire Protection from $200 to approximately $1000 per year by establishing a Flat rate of $25.00 for each of the thirty eight hydrants. Individual members of the Council have expressed sentiments opposing the increase of $750 in no Uncertain terms and the meeting monday should provide plenty of fireworks when the subject comes up for Dis delusion. May ask lower Gas rata it is also expected that the Council will request the United natural Gas co. To lower its present local rate of 62c per thousand feet Here. The Bradford City Council recently took similar action in behalf of the citizens of that town and it is hoped that All the municipal governing bodies of this Section will present a United front in the matter and thus make the plea really effective. It is pointed out that it is decidedly up to the Council to protest Publio Utility rates when excessive and thera is certainly enough sentiment expressed Here to make it mandatory for the Smethport Council to take this action. Huge damage award for Coudersport mar an Accident on the Austin couders port Highway june 30, 1931, had a spectacular aftermath last saturday in Jefferson county court at Brookville when Alexander mor amp do 50, of Coudersport was awarded an $86,006 verdict by i wed to be the largest Ever returned for personal injuries la Pennsylvania against Tbs Atlantic a Pacific Tea company. The verdict compensated Morando for a brain injury which rendered him a cripple for life received in the collision on the Austin Coudersport Highway Morando was Riding with Albert Coburn. Also of Coudersport when the machine collided with a car driven by c. A. Wei Man agent for the a. A p. Concern. The plaintiff was seriously Hurt receiving a brain injury that paralysed his right Side. Treatment from various physicians failed to eliminate the paralysis. Charles j. Marlotti counsel for the plaintiff said the largest verdict to the present award in personal injuries cases in Jefferson county was $31,000 e. Gurdon Potter of Smethport was attorney for the defense in the Case. Attorney Potter has moved for an Appeal from the auge verdict a miss Alma Johnson entertained the b b. R club at her Home at Ormsby wednesday mrs. Burdick taken to Philadelphia Hospital mrs Luey Burdick of Hilton Avenue who has been a patient at the Kane Community Hospital for nearly two weeks past was taken to the University Hospital in Philadelphia yesterday for further treatment. Rho was accompanied by or. Burdick the Many friends of the Well known Smethport lady will Hope for improvement in her condition Hill freed of murder charge caused by Amateur Sleuth s Handiwork Rev. Groves lenten speaker at St. Luke a the Rev. Joseph Groves of St. Stephens Church Olean will be the speaker at the lenten service at St. Luke a episcopal Church Friday evening March 3 Masser hardware now open for business c. W Masseros new hardware store in the Hamilton Block is now fully stocked and is doing a Fine business. Or. Maeser who lost one of the Best hardware stores in this Section of the country in the main Street fire in january has placed a Large Quantity of new merchandise on display. The fire Sale being conducted at the Wright House next to the location of the new store is attracting Large patronage and will continue until the Stock salvaged from the ruins of the old store is disposed of. A Thomas Pomeroy has accepted a j position at the Star theatre. Scott again awarded local mail contract Orvilie s. Scott of Kane owner of the Kane it. Jewett and Smethport bus line has again been awarded the contract for hauling the mails from Smethport via Hazelhurst to it. Jewett Union Railroad station it was stated in a dispatch from Washington last week. The contract stated that $1,878 is to be paid or. Scott annually for the hauling while the present rate is Given As $1375.00 the route from Westline to it Jewett was awarded to Robert Abplanalp of Westline at $805, where now $1,029 is paid. The new contracts Are for four years and Are effective july i 1933. Oscar a Murphy of Coudersport was awarded a contract for the route from port Allegany Railroad station by Roulette and Coudersport to Gale ton 40 Miles for $948. The rate there now is $1,500 a year. On the route from Lewis run to Lafayette Elgina Franco of Lewis run was Given the contract at $585 a year it now pays $i,i7o. As a result of the untangling of a most unusual Case of mistaken identity. Bison Hill Bradford automobile Mechanic has returned Home with an intense dislike for Amateur sleuths in general and Reading matter which gives these sleuths ideas in particular. Thursday night he was released from the Mckean county jail in Smethport when Eureka calif., authorities notified Smethport officers that Hill is not the person wanted for shooting a Deputy sheriff. Hill who resides in Kingsbury Avenue Bradford was picked up by police who were supplied with information indicating that he was a fugitive from California. Accordingly he was a a mugged and descriptions were sent to the California authorities detained in the county jail for More than a week while the malls were in transit and while Western authorities scanned his descriptions he finally was released when it was definitely Learned that the nearest Hill came to the crime in question was his Resen Oblance to the Man who committed it. Quot sleuthing the Sleuth Quot resulted in revealing that an Amateur Sleuth who took his a duties too seriously had seen the picture of a Man wanted in California. He then saw Hill. The net result is that the Amateur or rather Novice is in some experience and Hill is out several Days work. It is said that Hill s photograph taken facing the camera tallied identically with that of the California fugitive. In fact the likeness was so close that it startled Hill himself. Profile photo of the two men differed greatly however. The Amateur a a detective who caused kills arrest had seen a photograph of the California gunman issued by authorities of that state and soon thereafter saw Hill for the first time and lined lately concluded that he was the hunted fugitive. He quietly set to work tracing the unsuspecting mechanics movements for several months Back. This information most Complete in scope he mailed to the Eureka California authorities and those officers mailed the information to Mckean county detective Jack Allison of Smethport asking that Hill be arrested. While Allison doubted from the first that Hill was the fugitive California desperado he was amazed at the accuracy of the Check up on Hills movements in new York state and Pennsylvania before coming to Bradford recently and All of which Hill readily admitted was Correct. This Angle was soon cleared when it was Learned that the Amateur detective had painstakingly followed the movements of an innocent Man and had Given the information to California police. Or. Hill is a Man of splendid reputation and it would almost be poetic Justice if his annoyance should assume such violent form that one Amateur Sleuth would be missing from his regular haunts a fear stricken individual fleeing for China or some Remote part of the world where he would be comparatively free from the righteous Wrath of his Liliu Cruz v in Laha

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