’\ f SIXTEEN PAGES nuik i T ie Weather Report Mostly cloudy and ■w/^armer tonight. Probably enow ip. extreme north port ion Saturday unsettled and warmer. _ _____ / ___ _ ______ _ • The Most Widely Read Newspaper in the Upper Delaware Valley. *T)LLVI.,'No. 196 PORT JERVIS, N. Y-, FRIDAY, DEGEIVEBER 12, 1924 PRICE TIKEE CENTS •mDLETOWN FIREMAN DROPS DEAD WHILE ^W C A S I^ ^ nCHTlNG $160,000 HRE-plVE OTHERS INJURED ARE CONSIDERED Roma Restaurant and McCarter Furniture Company Store and Contents are Totally Destroyed—Loss Partly Covered by Insurance Middletown, N. Y., Dec. 12 — Alfred Bradford, driver of the Ontario fire appartuis .Iflropped d^ad from heart trouble and excitement, George O. Hanners a member of the Monbagen Engine company sustained a rupture of the blood vessels of the right eye. Policem an Loon I. Moore and three firemen were overcome by smoke and narrowly escaped death during a ? 160- DO here this morning. The Rom a restaurant a one story a t 102 North street, where the fire originated aftd the three story build ing of W . J. McCarter Furnit*re com pany at 104 North street together with contents were totally destroyed. 'Lhe Roma restaurant building was esti mated at |lh ,000 and the contents a t $10,000. The McCarter furniture huiiding was estimated valued at $35- DCO and contents at ^100,000. The fire, wdiich w^as discovered about 1:50 o'clock started in the cella,r of the restaurant and burned to the kit chen above, throngh the rear of the building and soon enveloped the en tire building in flames. The flames ate their way to the rear! of the Mc Carter building also a frame one and in a very few' minutes that too was a roaring mass. A three story building, containing three stores on the ground floor and apartments above, on the north side of the burning buildings and a three story hrick building containing twm stores and apartments above on the south -of the burning buildings were saved from serious damage by the heroic efforts of the firemen. The McOarter Furniture Company had within the past few days added about $35,000 worth of stock to their a l ready heavy supiily. This supply con sisted greatly of upholstered furni ture and matresses. The excelsior and other filling in the- matresses was ex cellent fuel for the flames Which made stubborn fire for the firemen to com bat. In addition to this combustible Stuff a tank of turpentine exploded end scattered a m ass of live coals, which caused fire to break out in oth er places. The firemen fought the fire until seven o’clock. PTremen Bradford’s death put a * gloom over the firefighters. He wms a popular man and liked by all the firemen. During the fire he was in structed to go for a tank of gasoline for one of the other fire trucks which w as working. He had returned with the gasoline and just as he stepped from Ms apparatus to the ground, he dropped dead. | It is understood that the loss on the retsaurant building is partially ■covered by insurance, but nothing on th e contents. The McCarter lo.ss on both the building and contents is said to about half covered by insurance. OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL WITH TOURIST CLUB The pupils of the Opportunity school and their teachers Miss Mable Khowles and Miss Margaret Bagau were guests of the Tourist Club at the clubs annual Christmas party heid Wednesday afternoon at the Deerpark club hall. The tree was In position where it could be readily seen on entering the hall and was de corated with many beautiful lights ^.s well as the many other ornaments and goodies that make such a tree beauti- Miss Marjorie Hedrick sang a num ber of Christmas songs and Mrs. Charles Ackerman read two poems, which were enjoyed by the members of the club as w e ll as the guests. The guests also did their share to enter tain. They sang two of their school songs and a W'histling one and Peter Andriack played two selections on the mouth harp. The guests were then served with cocoa, sandwiches and cake. Just about the time the guests were through eating, the postman blew his whistle and came in loaded wdth a gift for each of them. There were silver pencils for the girls and jackknives for the boys, Mrs. Pdehard Swinton impersonated the postman. , At the conclusion of the entertain ment the regular business m eeting of tbe club was held, with the president Mrs. Hex-berfi Kirk presiding. A com mittee composed of Mrs.' R. G. Thorpe Mrs. W. V. Berg and Mrs. John Swinton was appointed To confere w ith a eimular comihittee of the Community Club to see w h a t can- he done in the local theatres toward showing an educational picture on Saturday afternoon at least once a month, that will he of special inter est to children. Announcement w a s made of the next series of lectures given by Mrs. Atwell, -which -will take place on Tues- daj^ evening December 16 in the Sul livan Avenue’school auditorium. GAZETTE’S EXTRA EDITION The Gazette is printing an extra edition of Christmas advertising to day. \We had reauests for space that would have filled another section of eight papers, but they came in too late to be handled in time for today. If these requests had come in only three or four days earlier, the Gazette today would have had 24 pages. ERIE DEAL WILL BE COMPLETED ■ \ “ \ \ g S a c k h o m e Chicago, Dec. 11.— ^Dorothy Martin Hillm an, runaway bride of Edward Hillman, Jr., son of a millionaire •merchant, returned from New York on W ednesday like a runaway school girl, in custody of her mother. Await ing them was a sm a ll army of repor ters and cameramen, hut Dorothy and “her motlrfr turned the collars of their coats up over their faces and dashed for a taxicab, flaslights booming at every step. Mrs. H illm a n turned on lier pursuers and. gave her OPiniOn Ot them in plain language. “Thft FOOlS she said, and, to a station gUUrd, “Can’t you keep them off” The chase ended at the Martin home in Evan ston where the doors slammed in the faces of the pursuers. Mr. Hillman did not meet his bride. It is under stood he is waiting in the home of ’bis parents for some overtures from from her. BROTHERHOOD HOLDS MEETING At the regular monthly meeting of the Drew Brotherhood Thursday eve ning the secretary was authorized to send telegrams to Senators Copeland and Wadsworth asking them to use their efforts in behalf of the Cranton bill. The Cranton bill, 'if passed, will put all prohibition employes under civil service rules, and so take that department out of politics. Chairman Lyle W ells Of- the enter- , tainment committee for the month of January w a s given full power to act in the matter of putting on a m in strel frolic sometime during that month. In the absence of President Charles H. Turner, Vice-President Lyle Wells presided. After the business session refresh ments were served. Follow ing the re freshments, a game of indoor base ball and basketball were played. R a y mond Sharp’s team defeated Rev. Ver- steeg’s team in* the baseball game to a score of 22 to 15. Rev. Yerstecg’s basketball team wag victorious to the score of 22 to 20. New York, Dec. 12— 0 . P. Van Sweringen of Cleveland arrived in New York yesterday to make another attempt to complete the preliminary stepa of his 13,000 mile railroad'sys tem, with total assets of a billion and a half dollars, and including the pro perties of the present Nickel Plate, the Erie, the Chesapeake & Ohio, the Pere Marquette and the Hocking Val ley. One of his first steps was lo .giVG out a statem ent that the Niciiel Plato lease plan would go through. Following this he held a conference with representatives of the Pero Mar quette. W hile no information was gi ven out concerning this meeting, it Is understood that a lease sirailar to that -i^'hich h.as been submitted to the Erl-’ Railrc-ad was placed before the representatives of the company. Should the Erie accept the proposal lease at the meetin gtoday, an dthat seems likely it is expected that the lease with the Pere M.arquette may be comiJlcted in short order. Bankers and others familiar with the lease proposal prophesied yester day that the deal with the Erie would be completed today. A meeting of the Executive Committee is to be held early in the afternoon, followed by the regular meeting. According to the present plans the lease arrang ed between Counsel for the Van Swer- Ingens and the committee represent ing the Brie will be submitted to the Executive Commtite of the Brie and later to the directors. WILL HAVE ONE CHRISTMAS OUT OF JAIL Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 11— . A. W il kins, 65 of Richmond, Va., has .spent the past 20 Christmases in jail. This Yuletide he expects to be on “the out side looikng in.” The aged man waS arraigned in police court here and pleaded guilty to soliciting alms on the streets. “Judge, I have spent the last 20 Christmases in jail and I pray God you won’t make me do it again, be pleaded. “I served terms for burg- laiw and highway robbery in Virginia but I came to Atlanta to remake by life. I was down and out— and here t am.” Judge Holloway, moved by the prisoner’s plea, sentenced him to the ‘ Stocka/de cuntil ncron.’3>ec. 24. SCHOOL APPROPRIATION DEFEATED BY 88 VOTES Newburgh, Dec. 11— Newburgh re sidents in a special election held Wednesday by a vote of 88 defeated a proposal to appropriate $1,067,000 for erection of a new High school on the Belvidere site a t the northwest side of the city. The vote was 1,046 against 958 for the proposal. , The vote was received at the house of Columbian Engine Co., and the court house. The vote w a s heavily against the proposal at the court house and for it a t the w est side voting place. KILLS GIRL CHUM BOY OF 16 ADMITS Camden, N . ’j ., Dec. 11,— “What! Me charged with murder? W hy I didnt’' mean to kill her— she was my sweetheart,” Stanley Cui'tis 16-year old schoolboy .almost shouted these words last night when told in the City Hall that all the facts in con nection with the shooting of Betsy Ross, 16, in her home in' Gloucester on Tuesday night, would be presented to the Grand Jury within a week. The boy, at first, had denied the shooting. He said that when he called upon his sweetheart at the home of her sister, Mrs. Margaret Bell, she found in his pocket several pictures. She insisted upon destroying them. A violent quarrel resulted. His revolve was lying on the table.* The girl picked up the revoler af ter they patched up the quarel and began playing with the gun, and was accidently discharged. However, when the boy was told there had been a witnes^ to the shooting, he said: “I’ll tell imu the truth. Betty and I have been sweethearts, school sweet hearts for more than twoir years. When she insisted upon tearing up tbe pic tures I picked up the gun. I pointed it at her to frighten hex', when it went off. I didn’t mean to kill her or hurt her. 1 loved her too much for that.” Curtis said he had been carrying the gun for protection “There had been a JaCk the Peeper scariiig people around Gloucester*and. I wanted to protect Betty.” The girl’s body was found by her sister, Mrs, Margaret Bell, with whom she has lived since the separation of her parents. After leaving school two weeks ago to try to get a job. Curtis con tinued to meet the girl. Almost every day he called for her at school and took her home on the handlebars of his bicycle. BY C O pSSM Referee Makes Awards to Several Persons in This City Thirty-five cases were heard before Referee R. J. Cooper in the W ork men’s compensation hearing held in the Common Council 'room of the city hall in Middletown, Wednesday from 9 in the morning until 2 in the after noon. Among them ^Hvere the follow- Jolm Barber, 51 Barlow street. Port Jervis, employed by the George W. Case Company of'P o r t Jervis receiv ed $123.38 for nine ajld a half week’s di.«ability. Warren L. Casterlin. 25 Washington avenue. Fort Jervis, employed by the Erie Railroad, received $135,37 for seven and one-third week’s disability. George Gordon, of Matamoras, Pa. I’eeeivfd $180 for nine weeks disabili ty. A. D. Shaw, of Port Jervis, employ ed b.v Jacob Mence® of Port Jervis was awarded $830.74 for the partial loss of both his legs. Sanford Byerson. Port Jervis, em ployed by Holmes & Stoll, Port Jer vis received $12.56 for two weeks’ dis- abilit 3 *. ■ftfteen claimants received no award two were held for medical examina tion. and one transfered. PRESBYTERIAN MEN AT DINNER Captain W arren Patton Coons, World War veteran, and Methodist minister was thq principal speaker at the annual banquet of the Brother hood Bible class the Presbyterian Church' Thursday i evening. The Captain stpp.pji:i)n four Iw ^ of sti'ategy that are Fxidangereir in ! ^ e r - ' ica. The first was “Disregard of the The second, “The love of lUX- the third was, “Avoidance of hard work’ and the last was “The loss of spiritual ideals.” He is a-w o n derful speaker and held the attention of his audience throughout his talk. At the conclusion of his address he asked the audience to rise and repeat the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The turkey dinner which was pre-. pared by the W illing Workers was served to 130 mem la w .” ury,” ORANGE CHAPTER ELECTS OFFICERS Officers for the ensuing year were elected by the members of Orange Chapter No. 33, Order of Beastern Stars at the regular meeting Thurs day evening. The new officers are: Worthy Matron— Mrs. Ida Laidley. W orthy Patron— John J. Toth dateiate Matnatron— isoc M xnductress— ^Miss ssociate Conducts L— ^Mrs. Ida Cowan. Still Hornheck. Treasurer— Mrs. Josephine Hi etary—Mrs. Josephine Emogene MareJ ■ess—^Mrs. Ruth S.m?l- of Trustees— Mrs. Mar- SecretE Chairman i tha Munnich. After the business session, clam chowder, saltines and coffee were ser ved. The new officers will be installed on January 8th. SAMOPI GOMPERS IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION Lardo, Teka^, Dec. 12.(Associated P r e s s)— Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation labor, arriv ed at the American border here at seven 'thfirty in a erjitical icondition suffering from bronchial infection. LAUGHED OUT OF m s BANK ROLL I Pittsburgh, Dec. 10—With only a | slight clue to work on, police here today were searching for the friend of Samuel Balking, who \laughed Samuel out of $3,019. According to Balking, his friend, known only as “John” agreed to help him to# count $3,020, drawn from the bank ,to make sure the bankmade no mistake. While cpuntlng, “John\ kept up a running se^es of funny stories, then toSsed the ‘bankroll oh a table. After “Johns” exit, Balking discovered a roll of newspaper* neat ly wrapped in a $1 bill. THIRD ENTERTAINMENT OF TEACHERS’ COURSE Tonight at 8 o'clock the third en- tertainineiit under the aUSPiceS Of thG teachers of Port JervlS, N. V. Will be given. Neal O’Hara, the well known humor ist, will appear and it is promised us that we shall have an evening of rare pleasure, langhter and fun. Acquainted as he is with many theatrical producers he will, w e hope, j prove to be remarkably apt with fun- < ny stories and lectures, j His topic, “Funny Polks and How They Get That Way” ought to bring ! many of us out to find the secret. Ladies’ Aid Meeting The Ladies Aid Society of the Bap tist Church held their regular month ly meeting on Thursday evening at the home of Mr&. N ellie Cosner Orange street. A S ick e n supper was served to the 17 members present. After which the regular business meeting took place. It was decided to hold a fresh pork and sauerkraut supper at the church on Thursday evening, Janu.ary 22. The next regu lar m eeting of the society w ill be held at the. home\ o f Mrs. A. Rake on Ave. M. Matamoras. At the close of the m eeting a «oblal chat was enjoyed. MOTOR VEHiaE LAW VIOLATION BRINGS REBUKE Highland Falls President Pleads Guilty to Three Charges Albany, Dec. 11 (Special)— Chester Wygant, president of the village t>f Highland Falls, was rebuked by Dep uty Motor Vehicle Commissioner John P. Hepnessey yesterday afternoon for failure to comply with the law which compel omnibus owners to file a.bond for the protection of their passengers Decision in the case was reversed un til Mr. W ygant has turned in his reg istration plates in compliance with an order bj* Commissioner Charles A. Harnett. Wygant in addition to violating the' bOiXding provision of the highway law and refusing to turn in his plates also failed to properly transfer the regis tration certificate of' a car which he recently purchased. He pleaded guil ty to each of the three violations. '* According to the complaint when, Wygant was told of the violation of the law by inspectors from the Mo tor Vehicle Bureau he tried to inti midate the inspectors, declaring that would have them arrested. The violation wa.s reported to Commission er Harnett who ordered W ygant’a license suspended and the return of the plates. • At the hearing before Mr. Hen nessey, W ygant ■ produced a letter from a laws'er which was in reply to -a request by W ygant on the right of the state to compel the filling of a bond by omnibus owners. The law yer wrote that he did not believe the provision was state-wide in applica tion but would investigate and give him the correct facts. W ygant’s said that the opinion of the lawyer was responsi'ole for his belief that he did not have to comply with the bonding Wygant said that he was sorry he yiqlajga, the law and th a i he would oomply'’w ith‘it8~5WiSiOMB th^efu- tur^ He told Mr, Hennes*sey that he has already filled tlis bond and tljat he has not been running bis car since he w as ordere dto hand in his reg istration plates. Jane W ygant, his wife, and business partner, was also summoned to appear before Mr. H en nessey. “You the the president of your vil lage,” said Mr. Hennessey, “and you expect your citizens to live up to and respect the laws. If you do not set an example for respect of the laws I cannot see how you can expect your citizens to do so.” BOY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY BROTHER Donald Hinnaman, aged 16, of 12 West street, was accidentally shot by his little brother, Dale Decker, aged 6, when Donald attempted to take a .32 caliber rifle away from him in their room. In the attem pt to get the gun it was accidentally! discharged. The bullet entered the left side along a rib, tear ing its way under the skin and com ing out at the back, and lodged into the woodwoi'k near a closet door. Dr. L. H. McAllister was called and treated the injured boy, whose wound is not considered serious, as it is merely a flesh wound. PRESIDENT GETS BACK LOST DIME PUBUC SERVICE MEN IN GROUP Plan Anaounced at Meeting of Employes Heid in Middletovni Middletown. Dec. 11—^On© hundred and twenty employes of Orange Coun ty Public Service ■ Company, Inc., from Middletown and Port Jervis, met in Masonic Temple Wednesday night for a dinner in the first employes’ welfare meeting, arranged under the service plan of the Charles H. Tenney Company, of Boston, of, whiqh the lo cal company is now a.) subsidiary. The feature Qvent of the evening was the campaign put on as the clos ing event of the program to enlist 75 percent of the 120 employes of the company in a benefit gi'oup insurance At the initial passing of the cards by H. E. Dunkle of the'. Life Extension Institute, of New Vork; Skinner Jew el and H. B. Clapp o fthe Conneci- cut General Insurance Company, and Errol Deemer, of the Equitable Life Insurance Company, 85 signed. Cheers and hui’rahs followed Mr. Clement’s announcement that the quota had been reached, and that all those who had signed, could go home with a $1,000 dollar insurance policy to com fort them. Those who did not sign have 60 days in which to make up their mind. President D. E. Manson, I'ecently elected to this position in Boston, gave the opening address of the evening and told those present something of teh general policy of the C. H. Ten ney Company, and of the desire of of officials in Boston and elsewhere to keep in touch with the exceedingly progressive subsidiary in this county. Di'. E. N. Bullock, First Aid Medi cal Advisor for the Tenney compan 3 % spoke of the urgency for public ser vice employes, perhaps more than in any industry, to be prepared at all tim es to meet the constant emergen cies that are always arising. He got his idfea across lorfeTtoly that 'a iittie khowledge 6J the rudiments of carcL for the injured may save a life, an arm or a leg, where ignorance would mean disaster. He urged the 'Orange county men to take up the Tenney scheme of first aid instruction. “You can give all the money you want.” he said, “to widows and orphans after the husband or father is injured or possibly killed but you' cannot place a dollar and cents value on human life” Following the doctor, Mr. Clements announced the First Aid Committee that has been appointed to train em ployes. The chairman is Charles T, Pauley and the other, members, W al ter Clark, Port Jervis; W illiam Keze- ler, Charles Stahl and Margaret W all ing all of Middletown. E. W. Neal, of Pittsfield, Mass,, spoke further on the Tenney Safety First work, and also touched on the insurance plan later brought up. H. E. Dunkle, of the Life Extension Institute of New York further ex plained the plan, and immediately following his talk, the campaign was put through. YOUTHFUL HUNTER IS SHOT IN LEG POSTAL ROBBER SAYS HE KNOWS WHERE LOOT IS But He Refuses to Tell Be cause Judge Gave Hint Twenty-five years Chicago, Dec. 11— Sentenced today to twenty-five years in the Federal Penitentiary for participation in the $2,000,000 Rondout mail train rob bery, Herbert Holliday, one of six prisoners who had pleaded- guilty, to night admitted that he had concealed $100,000 of the loot. But he refused, to turn- over any o f the money or the bonds unless the sentence imposed by Judge. Cliffe is reduced. “Sure, I’ve got the money,” he tolid Grand Miller, Chief Post Office In spector. “I’ve got twenty-five years sentence, too. Nhw what are yfau go ing to^ do about it?” Holliday and axis five companions were -w^aiting as officers made thein plans to start the prisoners to Leaven worth piison when he confessed that he possesses the missing loot. He had received the heaviest sentence of all, total o:-: 177 years on elevep. counts, which, an the sentences were to run con cui-rently, would keep him in pri son for 25 years. Although Holliday has confessed to- participating in the robbery, he had steadfastly refused to tell what he had done with the loot or admit that he had it. He also, refused to testify for the government during the trial, as the arch-plotters of the robbery, of W illiam J. Fahy, former postal in spector, and James Murray, Chicago politiciaxx, who had elected to stand trial. They, too, received sentences of twenty-five years. Those sentenced with Holliday were Brent Glasscock, w a s a chief of the robbers, and Jesse, Joseph and W illie Newton. Joseph Newtt^n, 22 years old, the youngest of the brothers, received a three years’ sentence, and Je.sse, w h o did nothing more than helb guard the. loot, was left off by Judg4^ciiffe'^'ith the lightest sentence, one ye'ar and one day. Glasscock, W illis and Willie Newton, the latter of whom waa wounded during the robbery, and who was brought to court today on a stretcherji were sentenced to twelve years. — “Siiicf the entrance of a plea of guilty on the part of these defendants^ the court has taken time to survey the situation and has taken into consider ation recommendations of those de partments most concerned in the case, the Attorney General and the Post master General,” said Judge Cliffe, in announcing sentence. “These recom mendations -will be filed with other pa pers iii| the case.” Mrs. Avis Glasscock, wife of Glasatr* cock, and Mrs. Louise Brown, friend of Willis Newton, were the only rel atives or close friends of; t h e prisoners in court. Glasscock, who, with his wife, w a s found in Battle Creek,. Mich., about ten days before the trial, was the chief government witnesi^, and aided federal authorities ip recovering more, than $1,250,000 of the loot. W ashington, Dec. 11.— President Coolidge’s mail today brought him dime forwarded by a man in Racine Wis., -^^hose accompanying letter ex plained why he sent the coin to the President. The letter follows; Racine, Wis., Dec. 9, 1924. Dear Cal; W ishing 3 ’OU a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You do not know me, but one day before you was elected I was w a lk ing in back of you. You dropped a dime, but you did not notice it. S picked it up and kept because 1 w as hungry. It got me a hot cup of coffee and two rolls. Well, I have plenty of dimes now, so I am returning one in the place of yours. Tours truly, A FRIEND. A OOBREOTION In the advertisement of the Army & Na^’y Clearing House on page 1^ of this issue it states that the six Buddy Dolls will be given away on December 27th. This is, of course, an error. The dolls will be given on December,. 24th, Christmas Eve. Stroudsburg, Dec. 11—While on a hunting trip in the section back of Devil’s Hole, this county, shortly after the noon hour- Wednesday, Harry Smith, a young man of Strouds- -burg, was accidentally shot in the left leg by Charles Yoch, aged about 19 years, also of Stroudsburg. Yoch says his W inchester .32 caliber -was sup posed by hjm to have been on “safe’' when he w a s carrying it in his right hand, but it went off, the bullet pass ing through the left leg from the back and coming out of the front of the leg about half way between the knee and the ankle of the unfortunate vic tim , Rour of the party of hunters, who had Just made a drive carried Smith, after! stopping the wound, as best they could, all the way to Paradise water tank, a distance of tWO miles, where they placed him in a Ford au to and rushed him to the office of Dr. Clark at Mt. Pocono. Lester Smith, ,a brother of the injured hunter, called for the Kisor ambulance. Which re sponded and conveyed the injured youth to the Monroe County Hospital.' Registration Blanks Aeting Chief of Police Stephen Campliell announejes that there are on hand in the chief’s office registra tion blanks for all makes and models Of automobile for tjie year of 192 5* Get your blanks and 1925 license -aow. WEST STREET SEWER FINISHED SAYS MAYOR Built by City at Co$Y of $5,- 000, and Half of Con tract Price Mayor Sheldon announced today that the W est street sewer would be completed today with the exception, of a few minor details, 'rhi.s' work was done under th e direct supervision of the Common Council and Superin tendent of streets and sewers Jackson by city employes. The sewer is larger and will carry away more w*ater than the proposed one, bid on by contractors, last Spring. The cost of construction with-, in the cily'is apppopriation for. job of $5,000 and a saving of $,koQO over the lowest contractor’s bid. The sewer during the last ^tew heavy rains has taken care of t h ^ f ^ » ter readily. It was* very noticahlo thq^ there w a s no pond of water a t the junction of Pine and Glass stt^eta ■ during those storms. !