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EVENING LEDGER-PHILADELPHIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUABY 26, 1915,
LOCAL OPHON BATTLE
TO BE FOUGHT IN OPEN
Spfcer Ambler Guarantees
Fair Discussion on Floor Of
tyie local option flsht In the Legislature
, tlll bo. In the open, on the floor of the
House, said Speaker Ambler today, lie
salt! he would see to It that tha question
has absolutely fair-dealing.
"The Legislature wilt reconvene on
Match 1, and In my opinion will, from
that day on, start to transact tha real
business of the session," he said. "During
tills, Washington's Birthday roceBS tho
members have had nnd are having n full
.opportunity to study the bier questions
they are being: called upon to consider.
These includo the vltat propositions of
child labor, workmen's compensation and
"I feel certain that the people of the
'Stftto will see, bcRlnnitifr March 1, that
this session -is to bo historic, so far as
Mid quality of legislation Is concerned. The
Legislature surely will stand stanehly
behind the Republican party's program
of conservatively progressive legislation.
"The Uovernor Is particularly and earn
estly Interested In tho passngo of a local
option bill, I will vote for local option.
And, furthermore, I will sco to It that
local pptlon has the freest sort of field.
To beiln with, the bill will be reported
6ttt of the House Law nnd Order Com
tnltteo with a favorable recommendation
'Then the fight will be in the open, on
the floor of the House.' The Speaker
folded that a public hearing probably
would bo held. The locnl option bill will
e considered by tho House Law nnd
Order Committee next-sday. but no
ncilpn is expected to be taken on that
350,000 (1ER3IANS PACE
SLAVS IX NORTH POLAND
Ilindenburjr Rapidly Shifts Force to
Halt Foe's Now Offensive.
PI3TROGRAD, Feb. 26.
IJy another rapid shift of his troops,
field Marshal Von Hlndcnburg has
glassed a German aimy believed to num
ber at least 150,000 men on tho front bc
'vvecn the Bobr and Vistula rivers and
V n :iig desperate attacks In an at
tempt to cut through the Russians there
before tho newly assumed offensive of
lelrand Duke Nicholas' troops west of
Wnrsaw compels the retreat of the weak
ened Gcrniai army there.
Admission Is made that German patrols
have crossed to tho right bank of tho
Nlemen, at Sventvlanskl, but the War Of
fice claims that Slav vanguards have pro
gressed a long dlstanco from tho river
toward the East Prussia frontier,
German batteries are shelling the forts
at Ossowltz, but It is said that tho bom-
ljardment Is being successfully withstood.
It was admitted hero today that tho
-Jermans hart mailo some gains at Frzns.
nysz, but their mass attacks upon tho
Tlitftttlnn nnaiilnnn rn.it thou, rlnavl., Tnn.
of Prznnysz. the Germans nttemptcd' to ' sonn"y' nro the men schemlK the de
cross tho river Orzyc at Krastioslelec, but feat at the Taylor rapid transit plnns.
they were mowed down by tho Russian ' Thomas E. Mitten, president of the com-
artiucry on tne east orum. une Qerman
objective In this region Is Ostrolenka, a
fortress on the Narnw River, on the right
bank of which action Is brisk.
Northeast of Ostiolenkn tho Germans
are -maintaining thoir attempts to an-
nroach Ossowltz and bring their heavy i
artillery to bear upon that fortress, This
has resulted In desperate hand to hand !
lighting In Szczuczyn, Plochowo, Wnsosz I
and Blaoszewo. These towns have been j
V. S. STEAMSHIP REPORTED
MINE VICTIM IN NORTH SEA
Vessel, Believed to Be Palmer, of New
LONDON, Fob. 2S. The American
steamship Theodore Palmer has been
sunk, according to a Copenhagen dis
patch. Surviving members of her crew
were picked up by a Swedish ship. The
nailors nsserted, the dispatch adds, that
the Palmer was sunk In the North Sea
by a mine.
An earlier dispatch from Washington
recorded the loss of tho Palmer from
New London, Conn., on tho basis of a
Swedish ship's discovery of an Iron life
boat bearing Its name.
A like-named steamship was reported
on Tuesday as being at Fall River, Mass.
FIVE SEAGOING SUBMARINES
Senate Rejects Smoot's Proposal Mak
ing the Number 50.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 26. The Senate
today rejected Senator Smoot's -amendment
to the naval bill, providing for 60
seagoing submarines, nt $1,400,000 each,
nnd S coast defense submarines, at 7550
The Senate then adopted the Senate
Committee's amendment, providing for
live seagoing submarines and 16 coast de
fense submarines. The House bill called
for only one seagoing submarine and 11
const defense submarines.
The naval appropriation bill carrying1
approximately J153,000,000 passed the Sen
ate late today.
BLOCKLEY AGAIN CRITICISED
Grand Jury Condemns Overcrowding
at the Almshouse.
The Philadelphia Almshouse, commonly
known as Blockley, was again made the
subject of criticism In the final report of
the February Grand Jury, made today be
fore Judge Little, of Susquehanna County,
presiding In Quarter Sessions Court,
In their report the grand Jurors con
demn tho overcrowded condition of the
wards and the poor fire-fighting appa
ratus throughout the entire hospital, All
the other public Institutions ylstted by
tho body were found to be In a satis
During tbe month the grand Jurors
"-aetcsl on 763 bills of Indictment, 6S9 of
which were found trua and it ignored.
ACCIDENT MAY COST SIGHT
Aged Clergyman's Eye Cut When Car
Knocked Hira Dowp.
Air operation was performed today at
tlui Jefferson Hospital on the Rev.
Charles Barrett, an aged minister, of
Laurel Springs, N. J, who was Injured
yesterday la a trolley accident. It la
believed h will become totally blind,
The clergyman was struck by a trolley
cr at ISth and Market streets and se
fely Injured. A cataract on his left
w prevent nlm from seeing tho car's ap
PfOAoln When he was thrown ta the
MtvgnO. his glasses were broken and Borne
rffto la lercd bis right ey.
Ktrgdoll MaJke Light of Mishap
Mtiamm t kroner C. Bergdoll, the mil
jlaaBtf Jtytetyr and auto driver, who was
hiMfl la an ael(Jnt at San Franftleeo
wwgmtef wMI driving bis car over thc
UAritttt Cuy wtun.e near tbe Eipoal
wmmmtmm&t, wsify rewived from him a
tMMtt In whicu we buur4 Mn niaMw
wm iff tw sbp4m '! message, ays.
"B.nrli a kMm aweWwt Will not
NO I R. 7. ANSWER
Continued from Pace One
to nnawor. the members of tho Commltteo
of One Thousand will bo urged by tho
Executive Commltteo to make a personal
canvass of the entire city and obtain tho
co-operation of all supporters of tho
Taylor plan In demanding that Councils
pass favorable legislation next Thursday.
The statement Issued by the Executive
"Tho Immediate efforts of tho Com
mltteo must be concentrated on defeating
the ordlnnnce reported out by the Finance
Commltteo In Illegal form, purporting to
call a special election to authorize nn In
rriun In tho city's Indebtedness to the
extent of $8,000,000 for certain spcclflo
rapid transit lines, tho routes of which
specified therein aro Incomplete and ut
"Wo call the attention of the citizens
to tho fatt that an election held under the
terms of this ordinance would result In
nny Increase In tho city's Indebtedness
which might be authorized being tied up
In a manner which would make Its uso
for any practical purpose utterly Impos
sible. "In addition to defeating tho 'foregoing
ordinance wo shall devote our energies
to securing the passage of an ordinance
or ordinances prepared In tho customary
and legal form calling n special election
to nuthorlze nn Increase In tho clty'B In
debtedness in tho nmount of $6,000,000 for
the purpose of beginning of work on the
transit development, without specifying
tho routes or attaching any unusual
"The routes. If flnnlly fixed and de
termined nt the election, could not bo
varied by subsequent action of City
'Councils. Furthermore tho routes of tho
recommended lines cannot bo finally fixed
and determined without the approval of
the Public Service Commission.
' ny chnngo in tho routes ordered
later by the Public Service Commission,
should they be Ilxed by the terms of tho
ordinance calling tho special election,
uould render the uso of the increase In
tho city's Indebtedness Impossible for tho
construction of the high-speed lines.
"Lot the Issue bo clean cut.
"Tho ordinance reported out by tho
Finance Committee must be defeated.
"An ordlnnnce1, or ordinances, prepared
in the customary and legal form, calling
the special election must bo passed with
"We shall recommend that the Commit
tee of 1000 shall call upon all the peoplo
and organizations In TMladelphla who de
sire to back up the t t public demnnd
for adequate rapid transit facilities and
fiee transfers to attend the next meeting
of City Councils, which will bo on next
Thursday, March 4, nt 3 p. m., and mean
while to get In touch with their Council
men nnd to urge upon them the Impor
tance of their co-operation."
Director Porter and Cyrus D. Foss, Jr.,
secretary to Mayor Blankenburg, were
In executive conferenoo Immediately be
fore the committee met this morning.
Neither would discuss what took place,
merely saying that they were preparing
for the fight.
P. R. T. SILENT.
Silence again today greeted the second
charge that tho oftlclols of the Philadel
phia Rapid Transit Company, Including
Edward T. Stotcsburj, chairman of the
Board of Directors, who was named per-
pany, Is out of the city, and Mr. Stotes
bury, financier and actual head of the
P. R. T. management, is In Florida. None
of the other officials of the company
was willing to reply to the charge of
Director Taylor and Director Norrls that
they are the "men higher up" respon
sible for tho transit "Joker" reported by
Councils' Finance Committee a week ago.
For the first time during the entire
transit fight E. T. Stotcsbury was named
I peisonally yesterday. Director Taylor,
1 speaking before n gathering of 200 mem
bers of the Morning Newspaper Car
riers' Association, directly and un
equivocally charged that Mr. Stotosbury
and his associates have failed to live up
to the agreement made last May between
tha Department of City Trnnslt and tha
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.
Tho transit company then pledged Itself
to help obtain the co-operation of tho
Union Traction directors.
Immediately after the meeting, Director
Taylor remarked- "This Is tho first time
that I have openly mentioned any names,
put I tninit tho time now Is ripe to do so. !
The first charge against tho Phlladel
phla Rapid Transit officials was mnde
by Director Norrls at tho town meeting
In the Academy of Music Wednesday
night. Intimating that Councllmen are
only "straw men" In the transit fight. Di
rector Norrls challenged the Philadelphia
Rapid Transit officials to v! ldlcate them
selves In tho eyes of Philadelphia by
denying responsibility for the ordinance ' land held the man In $1000 bill for fur
introduced by the Finance Committee. I ther hearing
Silence from the company officials which
yesterday greeted this challenge was
repeated today when Stotesbury's name
camo Into the dispute.
With Mr. Stotesbury, Senator McNIehol
and Senator Vare In Florida, Mr. Mitten
out of town, and John P. Connelly, chalr
mnn of Councils' Finance Committee, In
Boston, no indication has been given o(
the attitude of those opposed to the Tay
lor plan. It was rumored In City Hall to
day that the Finance Committee is wav
ering In the face of public Indignation and
that preparations will be made to amend
the pending ordinance so that It will bo
fully legal and In accord with tne opinion
of John G. Johnson.
The Republican Organization leaders,
however, arc uelng every underground
method to stir up opposition to Director
Taylor. Walter M. Stevenson, McNIehol
leader In the 32d Ward, has Issued orders
to tho committeemen of that wurd (two
In ench division) that they must stir up
Opposition to the Taj lor plan on every
possible occasion. Stevenson Is interested
In the Wynncfleld Building Fund with
Philip II. Johnson, brother-in-law of the
ate Israel H. Durham.
POLICE REPLY TO CRITICISM
Lieutenants Savage and Ewing Deny
Charges Against Them.
Two police lieutenants criticised today
by Judge Gorman In tbe Juvenile Court
denied the accusations made against them.
Lieutenant Savage, of the 39th street and
Lancaster avenue police station denied
he had ridiculed the House of Detention,
aa charged by Miss Virginia Smith, a
probation officer who had Investigated the
cuBe of 15-yearrold David Lutz, of 4312
Mount Vernon street. Savage, Miss Smith
Bald today, had declared that "the House
of Detention was a Joke" when she came
to ask for the release of the Lutz boy,
who was accused of malicious mischief.
Judge Gorman, on hearing Miss Smith's
story, declared that he would have Sav
age brought before the police trial board
if tbe charges were true.
Lieutenant Savage today said: "Mls3
Smith asked me to release the Lutz boy,
but I bad to refuse because it was not
in my power. MUg Smith grew angry
when I told her I could not send ths boy
The other policeman criticised was Lieu
tenant Swing-, of tbe Cist and Thompson
streets station, Ewlng, Judge Gorman
said, had kept 15-year-old William O'Don
nell, a runaway, at the police station for
Are hours before sending nlm to the
House of Detention. Lieutenant Bwlng
said the O'Donnell boy had been sent di
rectly to tb House of Detention.
" '""""' r '
EYelyn Thaw Suffers Breakdown
NISW YOKK, Fb W.-BvIyn Nesblt
Thaw was taken to a sanatorium today
suffering from a nervoiM breakdown
caused by overwork Sha hsd bstn ap
peatUMt t a .as- tredill thtre in
aaw t i, . ,. ChKjr4 ,
HOTEL DE GINK HERE?
SURE, SAYS JEFF DAVIS
President of Hobo Union Scoffs
at Education Board's Denial
"Philadelphia Is going to have a Hotel
do Gink nil right. Don't you worry nbout
This Is the announcement of Jeff Dnvls,
president of tlw National Union of
American Hoboes nnd proprietor of the
hostelry established in Now JTork for
tho wandering gentlemen of the water
tank nnd freight car.
Jeff wna In Director Cooke's office
today to confer with Joseph Wllllts, gen
eral Inspector appointed to Investigate
unemployment In Philadelphia,
"I Just blew In," explained Jeff breez
ily. "I was down nt Washington talk
ing over hobo affairs with President
Wilson nnd, say, he treated me flno. The
President says ho will try to put 100,000
hoboes In Government lands In tha West.
That's tho mesBngo I've got for tho boys
over nt the Gink.
"But. I saw In tho papers that the
Philadelphia Schoot Board won't let us
have that old building down nt Twelfth
and Wood streets. I don't care. Lot
'em keep their old building. I'm going
to get a building all right. I'll put tho
matter up to the boys of the unions.
That can't be much of a schoolhouso
anyhow, If they can't oven hold school
"I'm going to put a Hotel de Gink In
every city in the United States. That
will stop a lot of this wandering nround
and one city dumping Its hoboes on
"But why can't we wander If wo want
to? They may have kidnapped Prosperity
all right, but say, bo, who has kidnapped
Liberty? That's what I want to know.
"Phllly needs a Hotol de Gink nil righto.
Some say It will bo established here next
year. That's too late. What's to become
of all the 'boes between now and next
year? We'll get some building, and I
guess It will be better than that old
"I'm a little tired today," said Jeff as
he stroked a two days' growth of beard
on his chin. "You know I hod to undorgo
a lot of entertaining nt Washington. Con
gressman Buchanan, who used to belong
to tho hoboes' union, had mo up to tho
Hotel Wlllard with a lot of other Con
gressmen nnd notables.
"I had tough luck getting train accom
modations back. It must have been a
locnl drag I camo through on. It stopped
everywhere to pick other cars oft sidings
and did a lot of -hitting. I hopo to catch
something swifter to New York, becausa
I wunt to flop my lip over tho four-cornered
meal that I know Is waiting for
me at the good old Hotel de Gink. Well,
so long. Pee you some more In a week
Tho following men have been appointed
as members of a federation medical
council, which will act In an advisory
capacity to the Board of Directors, and
will be practically In chnrge of the activ
ities of the federation: Dr. Samuel Mc
Clntock Hamlll, chairman; Dr. William
N. Bradley, secretary; Dr. Howard
Chllds Carpenter, Dr. Charles A. E.
Codman, Dr. Charles A. Fife, Dr. C.
Lincoln Furbush, Dr. J. Clexton Glttlngs,
Dr. Howard Kennedy Hill, Dr. Henry D.
Jump, Dr. William Duflleld Robinson and
Dr. John F. Sinclair.
SLAYER, DYING, REPRIEVED
James Boyd, a negro muraerer of West
Philadelphia, who was the first man to
be sentenced to death In the electric chair
in this State, received another reprieve
todny. Boyd Is dying of tuberculosis.
Announcement was made In Hnrrls
buig this morning, nccordlng to a dis
patch, that Governor Brumbaugh had de
cided to tfinnga the date of tbe con
demned man's execution from March 1
to March 20. He was to have been re
moved to the new deathhouso at Belle
fonte today, but his condition was so
critical that it was believed he would die
en route If removed from his coll.
Judge Klnscy hentenced Eoyd for mur
dering Bertha Fisher In a Baloon at 36th
and Market streets. After shooting the
girl Boyd turned his weapon on Police
man Steth, wounding 'nlm. When he was
sentenced ho sat In the dock calmly
TRIED TO ROB THREE SHOPS
A man who had made preparations with
n glass rutter to open three showcases In
South 2d street and was Just about to start
opeiatlons with a padded brkk was In
terrupted early this morning by Acting
Ditectlvei Wertschafter nnd Fields, of
the 2d and Christian streets stntlon. They
arrested the man. who said he was John
Ilansomr, of 2C6 Cantrell street. The
police say he had run u glass cutter
over showcn'cs in front of Tb", 783 and
7S3 South 2d street. Magistrate MacFnr-
Killed in Friendly Bout
BUFFALO, Feb. 26.-WllIiam Bacon
was killed today In a friendly boxing bout
with Andrew Schultz at n Turkish bath.
Bacon slipped, striking his head on the
Sam Walker, "the scientific bum," was
arrested while cooking his breakfast In a
packing box. Policeman Freund saw a
cloud of smoke pouring out of the box
which was in front of a store near 3d and
Clearfield streets. Peering Into It he saw
Sam sitting beside a bonfire, on which
some hum and eggs were cooking on a pie
plate. He pulled Sam out In the fresh
air and threatened to have him Jailed for
My Intentions weru honorable," de
clared Sam. Then pulling his breakfast
off tbe lire he showed the policeman that
the blaze was placed on a tin waiter.
"You will notice," added Sam, "that
there Is no danger ot conflagration, I
also want you to bear In mind that I
cooked this breakfast of ham, eggs and
coffeo with one newspaper and a match.
The avorago housekeeper uses coal and
wood or gas stove."
The cop looked dazed.
"Lot me explain," continued Sam.
"There are a large number of heat units
in a printed newspaper, and a match
hriners out a concentration of atoms
whose humid Intensity causes a confla
gration eaual for the time being o a
roaring furnace. A large tin pie plate
placed on such a fire gives opportunity
for a large area of contact. Thus the
resistance to heat Is reduced to a mini
mum and "
"Come." said the policeman, "tell the
rest of it to Judge Glenn."
Wnlker was allowed tp oat his hasty
breakfast, and at the Belgrade and
Clearlelrt streets station he attempted to
explain hi? heat system to the Magls-
'The olty' wouldn't have to buy any
coal or wood If you used your system,"
said the Judge.
"Of course not." replied. Walker proudly.
And he was ent to the House of Cor
rection to explain It to the guards.
"If you follow me you'll have a chance
to make en arrest."
A ragged man with a bundle under bis
arm made this declaration as he ap
proached Policeman Rasher at Kensing
ton avenue aoi Cumberland street
What are you going to dot" asked the
i bae h, S.li i ii per aid
"" ' ' i i t r i.... i Tirirn i
ir i it
ySkj r f ii'i rf""
the stranger, "and I'm going to throw It
through tho window ot the first big storo
There was an air of determination about
the man which convinced the policeman
that he meant business. Ho took tho
bundle from him and found that It really
contained a brick. Then ho brought him
to tho Fourth and York streets station.
He collapsed us he was about to enter
and Bald that he was weak from hunger.
Rasher procured a meal for him at a
restaurant and then took him before
The prisoner gave his name as John
Neeman and said that he had no address,
"I was going to break a window." ha
said, "so that I would bo sure of getting
arrested. But when I saw tha policeman
I changed my mind and told him of my
Intention, I can't get work. What can
Several of the policemen said that they
would try to get work for Neeman.
All flah look alike to Policeman Idell,
especially when they are suckers.
He caught nearly two dozen suckers
last night In Wiesahlckou Creek and
started homo with them highly pleased.
Idell met another policeman on a Ger
mantown avenue car and exhibited his
luck. Leaving the fish on the rear plat
form the two cops went Inside to duw
cuss fishing In general and the prospects
for the coming summer.
But when Idell went to pick up his
suckers they had mysteriously disap
peared. He returned home much crestfallen. To
day a huckster appeared pn Haines
street selling suckers. In size and ap
pearance they were "ringers" for those
caught by the policeman. Another flsht
erman, G. W. Jahn, who was with Idell
on his trip, also declared that the fish
carried by the vender were thosa which
disappeared from the trolley car. Tha
huckster had a few drinks and couldn't
make a satisfactory explanation. He was
on the way to the police station before
he remembered that be was selling the
fish or a "boss huckster." who had a
wagon nearby This proved to be true.
Idell Is of the Opinion that the tuckers
carried by the peddler roust hAve been
.rr fiofj Natives io thoso caught la
tb "A a ai con
FALLS FROM BUILDING
The picture shows Reynolds on
the side of the Mutual Life Build
in??, nt 1017 Chestnut street, just
before his fall to the roof of the
Philadelphia Business College.
His plunge is indicated by the
dotted line. Below the acrobat
himself is shown.
MOVIE MEN CONDEMN
Blame Political and Saloon In
terests for Statute Brei
Political Interests und the saloons were
named ns the two factors behind the
present moving picture censorship law In
Pennsylvania nt n public protest meeting
against the censorship by the Pennsylva
nia Motion Picture Inhibitors In the For
rest Theatre this afternoon.
Politicians, It was declared, demand
that the luw be kept on the statute
books in order to piovlde positions for
their place-holders. The saloon keepers.
It was argued, realising the wave of pub
lic sentiment which is rising against them
wish to control all the pictures thrown on
tho screen In order that motion plcturo
houbes may not be used to promote local
option and prohibition sentiment,
Daniel H. Wheeler, former vice presi
dent of the Inhibitors' Association, who
mado these charges, also Intimated that
Louis J. IJreltlnger, tho present Moving
Picture Censor here, was Instrumental In
having file law passed, In order to ln
suio himself and his friends Jobs. "Some
body wanted a Job badly," he declared
"and we see now that somebody has a
"Public opinion should be the censor"
declared Frank W. Bush, of the Moving
Picture World, of New York. "The law
ns it now is In Pennsylvania," he added,
"might be termed a midnight nbortinn
rneaked Into the statute books without
If the public press Is uncensored tho
speaker argued the motion picture screens
likewise should be unfettered in their pro
ductions. The purpose of today's conference was
to present the exhibitors' elde of the mat
ter. Among he speakers were J. W.
Binder, director of finance and publicity
of the National Board of Censorship;
Frank Stephens Bush, of the Moving
Picture World. J. Johnson, of the Moving
Picture News, Ira M. Lowry, general
manager of the Lubln Manufacturing
Company, of this city, and Samuel F
Wheeler, owner of a local theatre.
Indeterminate Sentence for Murderer
A, sentence of SVi to 10 years was im
posed today ypon Giuseppe peBlraone, of
TI5 South Tth street, who was convicted
last week of killing Ernesto Volpandrata.
of 734 South 7th street. In a revolver duel
on the street on September 21 The fight
occurred nt Marshall and Piuwutsr
trets and 'lpiidsta died the Tiext
day from ht waned. i
FALLS FIVE STORIES
Continued from rnge One
blocks away went tin from the crowd
when Reynolds rubbed the palm of his
two hands and stnrted on his skyward
Journey. The crowd stood nnd wntohed.
Occasionally a hew arrival would cheer.
From the windows of ofilce buildings
worosg tho fltrcot .w.omen and men wero
Tho crowd became larger. Threo traffic
squad policemen were keeping the crowd
In order. In tho mlddlo ot the crowd was
Mounted Policeman Thomas Swain. As
Reynolds passed the third story he turned
his face sideways. His blond hair, which
was disheveled from being fanned by a
steady northenst wind, was visible.
"'Its cold Up here, enmo tho words
from Reynold?. All went well until he
reached the fifth floor. Suddenly Rey
nolds slopped climbing. He stood still for
a few seconds. The crowd MO feet below
was wondering whether he had met with
COLD LOOSKNS HIS GRIP.
Girl stenographers who wero standing
by an open window on the sixth flodr
watching tho spectacle were waving
handkerchiefs to Reynolds when he ended
"My hands are getting cold, I "
Before tho ntonogrnphors had a
chance to umiI'zo whether tho words
had any monnlnr, Reynolds' hands loft
the granite slono wall. His two feet
slipped nwav from tho wall. He than
fell down, Less than fivo minutes be
foro tho crowd wns cheering him.
Reynolds' form shot downward. Hla
body landed on tho roof of tho Phila
delphia Business College When threo
policemen and several eye-witnesses of
tho accident reached the roof ho was
lying face downward. HIb oyes wore
open, Blood wns flowlnc from his oars
HURRIED TO HOSPITAL.
Everybody In tho crowd who had wit
nessed tho fall expected that Reynolds
had beon killed. After being revived
by first old to tho Injulred, ho was placed
In nn ambulnnco nnd hurried to tho Jef
Tho ambulance on Its way was fol-
thoso who followed tho bus was tho lit-
tlo newsboy who loss than 10 minutes be
fore had lomarked that for Reynolds to
climb up tho wall of a building was Just
ns easy as eating apple pie.
Reynolds was hurried Into the accident
ward, where ho was surrounded by phys
icians, nurses nnd orderlies, nil of whom
had heard of his hnlr-ralslng stunts.
"Don't make a hero out of me," said
Whllo doctors were treating him Rey
nolds described his fall In a graphic way.
TELLS HOW IT HAPPENED.
"My manager warned me not to climb
today because It was chilly. My mind
was made up to climb that house on
Chostnut street, and I didn't want to dis
appoint that crowd. I'm sorry this hap
poncd, because thero wero a lot of people
there who never before saw mo In action.
For a whllo I was tempted to change my
program. It was that fine crowd which
caused me to go through with the stunt.
"All went well until I reached tho fifth
floor. Then my hands became chilled.
I felt ns though my hands wero resting
on a cake of Ice. The chill went through
my body. I was going to climb down,
but before I had a chance to do so my
hands gave away from tho wall and I
"I feel sure that I was congous all the
time, because while I was spinning
through the air it seemed to mo that I
couid hear the bells of trolley cats. I
think I beenme unconscious after I landed
on tho roof."
"I suppose you are through climbing
buildings for a while?" asked a young In
terne. "I'm not going to let a little thing Ilk
this worry yours truly," answered Rey
nolds. "I'll be ready for another climb
as soon as you gentlemen say I am O.
IC," continued Reynolds.
Doctors nt the hospital snld this after
noon that Reynolds would probably re
cover In a short tlmo.
Just before he was taken to one of
tno wards Reynolds sold:
"Gee, I wish I had a piece of chewing
For n long while the crowd which had
witnessed the accident stood In front of
Each tlmo a doctor came
out of the accident ward one or two
persons would Inquire about his condition
HAS BEEN ARRESTED.
In private life Reynolds Is known ns
Charles Reynolds. He lives at 221 North
nith sticct Ho has been arrested many
times nnd wns once Imprisoned for an
attempt to climb the face of the Flatlron
Building In New York. He haB been In
various hospitals in the city with In
juries received In falls. In many the
atres whoro he has been advertised to
make daring climbs It has beon a com
mon occuJrenco for tho orchestra to
leave the chairs In the pit.
BRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED
New York Concern to Build South
Broad Street Structure.
An Important step In tho development
of South Philadelphia was made this aft
ernoon when Director Cooke, of the De
partment of Public Works, awarded to
Aithur McMullln& Co., of New York, tho
contract to i.ousttuct a couciete bridge.
ctrr y the S ut'Broad stree ' bou e -a, d
.....h n, ..ii.t ni l,.v ..f ih. nrnnU,i
x, : , i, , .i. ..
He,lJfc l,e, ralaM ,leurvthe, ' to
the Philadelphia Navy Ynrd.
Befoie making the award, the Dlrcctur I
vuiiicrieu wim "'u "i mo ciiuoii- i
vanin and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads, i
The McMullln firm underbid 15 other con-
tractors, isawin 11. vare, or una city,
being the second lowest. The New York
concern la now engaged In a 9.0W,000 con
tract for subways In New York city nnd
Is also building new bridges over the Del
aware at Trenton for the Pennsylvania
Railroad and over the Susquehanna River
nt Havre de Grace, Mil.
SEWER CONTRACT AWARDED
Robert Lombard! Successful Bidder
for Locust Street Work.
The contract for one of the branch
sewers In the district of the proposed
transit loop wus awarded today by Direc
tor Tajlor to Robert Lombard!, a con
tractor of No. eoi Lincoln Building. Ills
bid was IC0.212. The specifications call for
the construction of a sewer from 6th uijd
Walnut diagonally across Washington
(quaie to 7tu and Locust streets, uml up
Locust to 6th street
There were 11 bidders. Lombardl's bid
for building the sewer only was $58,400 and
was the lowest. Inlets and other inci
dental work added about 2000 to each bid.
Peoples Brothers, Inc., which laat Tues
day was awarded the contract for tho
first of the sewer work, turned in the
highest bid, 8,7P0.
Youth Accused of Shooting Boy
Parents of 10-year-old Paul King, of
2103 South T2d street, who was shot during
a gang battle between boys from the
Paschal section and Darby, located Ed
ward Sunstran, of North Front street,
Darby, today, and accused him of the
shooting. Sunstran, who is 1$ years old
was held under W0 ball by Magistrate
Schuyler, of Darby The JOng boy, mem
ber of a band which frequently raids the
youth of Darby, was shot under the left
eye and may lose his sight Sunstrant,
who Mrrled a amall calibre rifle, said he
had it beue hu heard tbe other aide
BENNERS1 JOY RIDE "
WITH BABY BUNTING;
Ex-Cop Causes Sensation and
Gives Companion Name Thaf
Doesn't Pit. at
Ordinarily tho appearance of a six.
pound baby on the street causes no com
ment, Tllll ttrtiAH 11 I. L ...
.- ....... .v , , lno arms of ft
pound man nnd tho man Is the only occu.
pant of a big touring car and the car Is
going down Broad street, and the man Is
feeding tho baby from a bottle-then It
nttrncts a few curious stares.
It was with such a companion that
"Cap Benners," an ex-pollceman. had
a Joy ride down Broad street. Frlende
who remembered him ns trnftlo director
nt 8th and Chestnut streets greeted him.
It seemed, every few yards.
Benners blushed and ns he had the In-
.rfnVlniJ1e,nrm and lho mllk bottle In
the hand belonging to the other arm. ha
had to wave the arm with the milk bottle '
at tho end at his friends.
His old pals seemed dumfounded, and
Just because Benners wanted to ride
along Unnoticed it appeared that all his
friends must have been holding a con
Ventinn mi Brnflrl ntrAft
Well-meaning friends, who delight In 3
icmyuiK gossip, loiu Airs, uonnors all
"What?" she exclaimed. "You saw my
husband In an automobile feodlng nn In
fant with n milk bottle and he blushed
when you Bpoko to him? Thank youl
No, wo have no Infant."
When Benners returned to his home
his wife confronted him with the ac
cusation and demanded an explanation.
men me ex-poiiccman explained that
slnco ho volunteered to help tho Emer
gency Aid Committee ho hrt's had to obey
orders. A call came to the committee's
headquarters for aid to a woman who
was HI with n 3-weeks-old baby. Benners
was sent to her homo near Broad and
Glr.iid avenue to investigate. Ho be. .
llovcs In quick action In cases of dla. -tress.
Ho saw that the WQman got medical '
! attention and nourishment Immediately,
and Jumping Into nn auto with the baby
wui. n iu me oneuering Arms.
"What will we call the Infant?" asked
a nurse nt tho Institution.
"Oh, call it Elsie," said Benners.
When Mrs. Benners heard this ex
planation she Immediately felt much re
But when Benners returned to tho com- '
mltteo's headquarters today the phone
Ono of the women members ot tho com
mittee answered It. '
This Is what Benners heard her say:
"Mado a mistake? You don't tell me?
W-h-a-t? Elsie Is a boy?"
VETERAN CITY EMPLOYE DEAD,
M. M. Coppucks 42 Years a Highway
Clerk, Victim of Heart Disease.
M. M. Coppuck, one of the oldest em
plojes In tho employ of the city and for
tho last 42 yeais assistant chief clerk of
tho Bureau of Highways, was found dead
in bed this morning, at his home, 7
Franklin street. Coppuck was a veteran
of the Civil War nnd served In tho 7th
ronnsylvnnla Volunteers. Ho was Jl
Mr. Coppuck was graduated from the
Central High School when the Institu
tion wns at 13th and Market streets,
where the Wannmaker bulldlnfc now
stands. When first appointed to tbe
Bureau of Highways the department was
located In tho headquarters of the .Ameri
can Philosophical Society, at 6th and
Chestnut streets. Later the offices were
maintained In Independence Hall before
plnns for the City Hall were completed.
He occupied his position In the Bureau
through tho Incumbency of more ad
ministrations than any other employe In
tho service of the city. Ho wns a widower
nnd Is survived by a daughter. Death .
is believed to have been caused by heart
AUTO DIVES INTO EXCAVATION
John Jergens, proprietor of tho Motor
Garage, "nil Diamond street, and three
comiunlnns hntl nnrrow escnnes from
death early today when a big touring car
In which they wero riding crashed at
full speed into nn excnvntlon under the
car tracks at 4th and Market streets.
The police say the car was going at the
rate of CO miles an hour. The machine
was demolished und the occupants were
hllrlprl nnnrlv 9.1 fnt nprnsa ATn 1 lent Street.
Jergpna was arraigned befoic Maglstrt94ls3
Eleenbiown for a hearing on a cliarpev-ya
of leckloss driving, but was dlscnargea,, y
Jergens, nccordlng to the police, hfd.yi-'j
oeen io a. pariy ai nn nnu i-opmr o"w -with
Joseph Kusek, Conrad Zunkge an! fj
11UUH uaoiti. nn jittu iwu riua utunv,,.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.
For eaBtern 1'ennsylvnnln Fair tonight
nnd Saturday, somewhat colder tonight;
strong northwest winds, diminishing.
For Now Jersey: Fair and somewhat
colder trnls'ht: Saturday fair
Tho northenstern storm has moved
Blowly during the last 21 hours, belne
central over Maine this morning. It has
increased In energy, causing strong
northwest w'nds ot Its rear, accompanied
by a decided drop in temperniur"
throughout all of the northeastern por-
J 5 tr The western area ot
high barometer extends. In a ridge- Ike
format on over the Mississippi vauey,.
with highest pressure north of Minnesota,
?, vin v.rv .slnwlv eastward and
promBes continued low temperatures lnj
,i,n Atlantic mates over nunuuy.
moderate disturbance in th,e far north-.
west has caused light general predpita-
tlon west of tne jtociiy Mountain.
. II. S. Weather Bureau Bulletin
Observations nude at 8 a. m. aitrn tlm.f
I.., n.i.. Vallt..
Station, 8 a.m. n't. fall. Wind. ity.Wtither, g
Abilene. Tex. . , (W ., St.' IS C toujr '.
Atlantlo city. ' at :u : NV 14 Cloudy fj
liisniarcU. N. IJ, 14 14 .. E 8 ciewr t
1 Sltin M.fi ., : Jt .5?. Jv. S. ??' 't
uuitalo, n.x.,. A" ,w "., -U- sj r-
SlSfflKd'a is IS .io Sr 2? aEar,
Denier folo. .. W -' ., N ftt ",
nn Moines. la., 23 22 .. NE 4 Cloudy 4
!:? -.'.... '.,'" ii u nt mi' 1B clear
K".!"itft ;.',"" : -; " in riur
wLnuivllla. Flo. 40 40 .. NW Utir
Kansas Clt. Mo, 2H
Loulstllle. Ky... ? ?.?
,rJ-,u ,li Xf ?J
b" 4 p'cToodr
Memphis, Tenn.. .w -i
New Orleans... 48 4S
New VorK ... 80 51'
N. Platte. Neb. 30 f
OsUhoma Oklo. 4 42
Philadelphia -. . ?2 3a
Ihoet ix. Arlf . . . 4 41
NB 13 nouar
NW 44 Cloudy
SB IS P.Cloudf m
NW I? How
K . r.i,w.
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Portland. Ore... 40 40 .01
Bt I-ouU, Mo. ; SJ
Ht Paul. Minn.. 10 10
Sit Lilc.. I'uhSj
Sau Franelaco, . . 4S 4
Scranton, Pa-.. 24 84
Tamp . . -gO
Washlnjton S4 Hi
ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Tues., March 2, 8 P. M.
Oretlons. PlM. Sones. Muslo. .
Tick 1U Stnu Bt.
IlHSUiM'.n WANTJ3B, rlfaed io
medal Jewelry teller " "
mnuent pealtlewi rln saraples
Ledger PtMral between "
frtdny 9rntB St Mr. Irr'
Ga vetton, Tex;.. M BJ K "
Helena, Mont.., 28 -'8 .01 W H
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