100 years ago
Saturday, June 9, 1917PONSO
State Likely To Buy Kutztown Man’s Relics
Sarig Bill To Acquire Famous Collection of Indian Curios Receives Favorable Action
The Sarig bill, appropriating $4,000 for the taking over by the state of the Henry K. Deisher collection of Indian relics, was favorably acted upon by the appropriation’s committee this week and has already passed second reading. By the terms of the bill, this noted collection will become a permanent part of the state museum on Capitol Hill. It is considered the best and most complete collection of Indian relics in the state and consists of more than 20,000 specimens.
The bill has the backing of many men prominent in historical and educational work and it is believed that it will be signed by the governor.
The collection is at present the property of Henry K. Deisher, of Kutztown, Berks County. Many prominent men from this and other states have visited Kutztown to examine the collection and it is almost universally conceded to be one of the finest in the country.
In speaking of his bill, Mr. Sarig said: “This is a collection of rare historical and educational value and should be carefully preserved for the use of posterity. I know of no way by which this can be better accomplished than be placing it into the state museum. Here it will be open and accessible to our children for all time to come.”
75 years ago
Wednesday, June 10, 1942
Eisenbrown Acquitted In Legion Case
Directed to Pay Costs After Trial on Slot Machine Charge – Devices Described – ‘Pleasing Jingles’ Heard If Player Makes ‘Hit,’ Court Is Informed
Maj. Joseph D. Eisenbrown, president and treasurer of Gregg Post, American Legion, was acquitted today by a jury on a charge of keeping and maintaining a gambling house but was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
The charge resulted from a raid staged by police on the headquarters of Gregg Post on North Fourth Street on April 11, when four slot machines were seized.
During the trial Judge H. Robert Mays took time to explain the operation of slot machines.
The jurist pointed out that the state policeman, who described the machines in court yesterday, was “too modest”” in his explanation.
Judge Mays explained that if a player “hits” a “cherry combination,” he hears “a pleasing jingle.”
If he happens to get an orange or plum combination, the jingle is still more pleasing,” Judge Mays added. “Sometimes the player receives no return.” Mays’ description of “hits” brought chuckles in the courtroom. He told how “cherry combinations” returned three or five nickels or dimes as the case may be.
He told the jurors that they had two main points to consider. First, whether the machines displayed in court were gambling devices, and second, whether the defendant was the dominating figure in the operation of the Legion association.
Judge Mays, in discussing the second phase for consideration, stated that it was up to the jury to decide whether “Joseph D. Eisenbrown dominated and controlled this unlawful keeping and playing of these devices.” The jurist pointed out that, even though the machines were not in operation at the time the raiding party entered, “it does not say the machines are not gambling devices.”
Testimony showed that the machines were locked in a cabinet when police entered the Legion Home on North Fourth Street.
Judge Mays stated in his charge that the police observed the steel cabinets and inquired whether slot machines were in them. The raiders informed affirmatively.
“Anyone’s better judgment will tell him they don’t use such strong steel cabinets to keep golf balls,” Judge Mays commented. He added that an unidentified person produced the key which was used to open the cabinets and remove the machines.
The jury retired shortly before noon.
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