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SAYS ELISHA LEE
Official of P., B. and W.
Declares Railroads Face
HE WARNS THE PUBLIC
STARTMNfJ STATK.M ENTS
Or KA1LKOAD OFFICIAL
The labor pol Is cclhlnic hoi."
"The Interruption of railroad rrvlcr
would be n national rnlamltj."
"Wage lncrene to rallrnnd employe
re winner or Inter uhlftfd to the alioul
item of Ihp proplr nt lame, In thr form
of Inrrra'eil rnle "
"A motemenl l now on foot to tttute
the Moclntlon of nil tin- trnln nfRnnltn
llom In one unllril ilemanil upon thr
NBWA11K. Pol. tve 1 l'IMin I.re,
ponornl superintendent of the Philadel
phia, Baltimore mitl Washington nnllrna.1.
In a startling addrcis beforo tho students
of Delaware College today declared the
rnllroads nre facing Brave lfthor trouble'.
nml sounded a note of warning; to tho
"There Is n serloui problem confront
Ins both the railroads and the public'
said Mr I e "It I' a problem that "ton
youiii,e men will hne to wrestle with oh
cltlrciis 1 refer to the labor problem,
end piutlculnrly the railroad labor prob
lem. "I will quote the concludlnR words of
Ihe nrbnratoiH between the locomotive
n3lncei und the enstern railways In 1D12.
hloli u'ici wnrnlriff of n situation to
hleh the public han been singularly
" 'The rood and clothlnfr of our poo
pl, the Imiintrlo and the Retieral
welfare of Hie nation cannot be per
mitted to depend upon the policies
and the dictates of any particular
group of men, whether employers or
emplojcs, nor upon the determination
ot a croup of emplocrs and employe
combined The public utilities of tho
nation are of such fundamental Im
portance to the whole people that
th-dr operation must not be Inter
rimted. and means must be worked
out which will Kuarantee the result."
"Adjustment of working conditions has
been considered a matter of private con
cern nffc I ins only cmpluvor and era
plojed " Mr I.ee continued. ' Yot the
rnllWHj provides a service which It a
nccctd'tv of th ci'tlie people, and the
Inten rpt'on of this service would prove
to be a national calamit Wane In
creases In this industry are usually sooner
or lii'cr shifted to the shoulders of the
people at lame in the form of Increased
rates, T'.e public's Intereit in rnllvvov
Inboi contiovorsles i. supreme, and should
nsse.i uelf far more pflcctlvcly than it
tins thus fnr In the consideration or adop
tion or nn plani fol vviiro refutation.
"At i-r piesent time we see very nine
In the papers about the labor movement
nnd tl o rrHronds. but. as a matter of
fact, tre pot l seething hot. A move
ment 1 now on foot to secure the asso
ciation f all the train organizations in
one united demand upon the roads. On
many of the railway systems federation
of the four brotherhoods Is In effect, and
on others vvorklnR agreements e.tlst be
tween two or three of the orKunlzutlons
need b this new Ideal of a united labor
force In an ut.divlded 'ounto. the publli
may well give heed and devoto Its best
thought to a consideration of its own in
terest in the outcome
ONE WAOE Jj'CAl.i: DEMANDED.
"In recent ncKotlitloni and arbitration
proceedings a demand for standardization
has be n more or less vigorously pressed
the same pay for tho same work In tho
a.ime class o: service, whether train
operation Is 01. single or double track. In
mountainous or lc el ooimttj. in branch
or main line service, on lines of heavv
or Hal.: trafllc But the standardization
wanted Is standardization upward, as was
very f ankly stated, in a recent contro
Ttpy iv one of the labor lenders, and
leaves t-e hlsli apes plalnlv in view.
"The result of such standardization H
to raise the lower end of the wage scale
regardless of work performed or respon
sibility Incurred, rteiiult.s obtained under
such conditions have been attained In a
Jiaphazaid fashion and nro attended by
"There has been little In tho process up
to the present time that could tie desig
nated as scieutlllc. such (mentions often
belnu settled from the standpoint of im- I
"Do not think I 'am criticising the in
dividual or the great mass of railroad em
ployes 1 know of no liner body of men
generallv than the tmploe.s of the rail
roads toduv The are haid-norklng,
conscientious men who are sincerely and
tlevotedlv doing their work often under
most trlng circumstances, at great per
nonal Inconvenience and discomfort and
sometimes even at personal risk and dan
ger, I would venture tho guess that we
have verj slight, if any, fault to find with
SS per cent of the emplojcs, and I am
proud of the fa t that it is tnv ffood for
tune to work witli them
"This is a question, however, that Is
not onlv taxing the li.iin of tho officials,
but Is also uppermost in the minds of
many of the rank and tile, and we nro
all endeavoring seriously to find nn ad
justment fair and equitable to all parties
STATES PEACE POLICY
Continued from 1'agn One
Jron Cross. During the last few dajs
members of the Reichstag hail been busy
writing and wiring conttitueuts that no
mare admission cards were at their dis
posal. The noise of the conversation was
rushed when the Chancellor, clad In a
Bray uniform, rose to speak.
Both von Bethmann-Hollwe; and his
Socialist Interrogator found themselves
In complete accord on certain main
points. They agreed that Germany now
dominates the military and diplomatic
kltuation. and that responsibility for con
tinuation of the carnage in Europe rests
on the Allies,
Both ridiculed the idea that Germany's
enemies might crush her or starve her
out, or that Alsace-Lorraine might ever
be xurreodered to the French.
But Scbeldemann Insisted that all the
belligerents are now thinking of peace.
"The question of peace is now upper
most in all the countries at war," be told
the Reichstag, "only the statesmen do not
know how to begin negotiations, because
f (bey consider such a step would be a
confession of weakness."
Scbeldemann assailed those who fa
vored annexation by Germany of con
ijuered countries, and reminded them
that the Kalaer himself had declared this
was no war of conquest. Then, since
Germany's frontiers are well defended,
be urged the present moment as oppor
tune for a statement from the Govern
ment of possible terms of peace.
Tnei Lhantellor made an imposing pic
ture as he rose to speak. He dwelt at
wjmo length on various matter that have
enveloped since the war bgan.
After relating; how the Entente Powers
tried to persuade Bulgaria to Join them,
"by liberal offers of neutral and Aus
trian territory," the Chancellor aald.
The Bulgarian Czar redeemed the
promise given after the second Balkan
war in which Bulgaria bore tho brunt
r" rhe b-itPe. and then v. as a.i andoned
a-a a s?er la Ihei recri ej its t
j , f. xtj, because -TiM'tt
sir nr iX-iLrsro
reconquered Bulgarian soil
"Serbia N bodly crushed one more
country sacrificed for Entente Inter
Tho Chancellor then analyzed the mili
tary situation In other theatre as fol
lows . ,,
"Turkish positions nt the Dardanelles
nre now firmer than ever. OYman troops
hold a strongly advanced line In litis-
el" . .. .
"On the West front English and trench
efforts to break through tho Herman
front hive failed, despite the cnemv's nu
"On the Austro-Hallan fiont the situa
tion is unchanged "
Hnrinr von tlellminnn-IIollweK then de
scribed the progress undo In restoring
normal economic conditions in Poland
and Belgium. He accused bnglniul of
1 delaMng Helelan advance by hindering
the export of Belgian goods
' following a denial of some of the re-
, ports circulated In enemy countries the
SSrSil'rSSi.hKS ' -
many and on the military fronts.
"Against the convincing power of these
' facts our own enemies nre helpless," he
concluded. "There Is nothing in our ac
counts which can shake our conlhtenco
If our enemies refuse how tr admit the
facts they will have to do so liter"
THE CitAN'CT.tXOU'.S SPEECH
"An long ns 111 the countries of our
enemies the guilt and Ignornnee of states'
tntii nre entangled with confusion of
public opinion," said the Chancellor. "It
wouiii oo ioiiv i.ir ueiiiui ij j" " gale through vvhlch the Oscar 11 is biow iy
peace proposals, which would not shorten .orcllltf us nay mibsldes.
but lengthen the duration of the war. , T)p g meeting held Wednesday
Klr.st the masks must bo torn from their ovrnnff waa C1I attended, but the faces
faces. 0f several of the most prominent mem-
"At preecnt they speak of n war of b ot tne cxpcilltlon were missing. Tho
annihilation nartlnst us. Wo have to , . f ncnker was Judge Ben B. Miulsej,
reckon with this fact. Theoretical nrgu- wn0 c,tca the results of his work In the
ments for pence or propositions will not rjcnVtr Juvenile court to show that love
advance us, will not bring the end nearer , (0, tl0 ucmcr 0f nrms Is the force
"If our enemies make pence proposl- ,lmt nori;s t0 the best advantage, not
lions compatible with Germany's dignity , in liutlvldunl cases but also In lnter
nnd safetv then wo shall nlways be rendy .,.,! nrfnit.
to dlseusit them. Judge Undsoy nllgncd himself with the
"Pully conscious of our unshaken mill- nnt.prcparedness delegates, taking sharp
tary successes, we decline to ncrept re- . ' It. the Administration's policy,
sponslblllty for continuation of the misery , - . . Dcroraton he compared the mill
which now nils Europe and the wholo tartstlc elements of the Vnltcd States
world , i -ml the "thlnl degree" policemen.
"Nobody can say that we continue tho ' W1U1 ,nc ''11
war because we wont still to conquer this ,,,,,. ,r r ,,j a ic
or that country." ARM I lilbh t lui o
Chancellor von Bethmnnn-lloiivvcR.
then, turning to a discussion of Germany's
economic situation, said-
"Germnny'H enemies blinded their own
nations nt the beginning of the war by
fnle stories which excited hatred; now,
nftcr military nml diplomatic defeats, they
are onl able to cling to the Idea of Ger
inan.v's annihilation For this purpose
thev Invented the starvation theor.v.
"We nil agroe that oui foodstuffs arc
siilllclent. that the only Important ques
tion la their distribution," declared tho
Chancellor omphutlcnV . The economic
unit stretching fiom . as Into Mesopo
tamia cannot he crushtd "
He then stated thnt Germany had Im
mense stores of copper. suilU lent to last
for mnnv years and that German indus
tries were manufacturing substitutes for
needed material, such us artificial rub
bet. The Chancellor then turned to a dis
cussion of tho guarantees which Germany
would expect in the peace conditions.
"The longer our enemies continue this
war with bitterness," he snld. "the more
guatantecs arc needed bv Germany.
"We don't fight in order to subjugate
other nations: we light for the protection
of our life and liberty.
The wai has nluovs remained what It
was nt the beginning a war of defense
fnr the German nation and for her future.
"The war can he determined only by n
pence which gives human certitude that It
will not return. We nil ngree nbout that.
There Is and there will nlwa.vs bo the
root of our strength."
Dr. Philip Scbeldemann, tho Socialist
leader, whoso Interpellation resulted In to
day's peace discussion, followed the
Doctor Kchcldvmann reminded the
Itcichstng that at the beginning of the
war the Socialists approved the attitude
of the German Government.
"A gluneo nt the map." said Scheide
mnnn. "will show that Germans is con
scious of her strength and her successes.
"Gormanv can now speak for pace
without linking being considered weak
hearted or dispirited."
"If the war continues" asserted
Schcldemonn. "the I'nltcd Stnun will be
the only victor. Europe will commit sui
cide." Schcldemonn protested ngalnst thoso
who dream of a war of annexation.
"But equally foolish Is it for our ene
mies to advocate the dismemberment of
Germanv or to crusade against the so
called Prussian mllltaiism." he said.
"First, because this expression Is wrong,
nnd, second, betuuhe this affair concerns
nobody hut tho Germans themselves."
Scbeldemann said it was folly for the
Fiench to conttnuo to desire to annex
Alsace-Lorraine. But in pushing his de
mand foi n statement of peace terms, he
assorted that, notwithstanding her great
victories. Geiman had also made heavy
"Tho question of peace Is now upper
most In all the countries nt win." he
said, "only the statesmen do not know
how to bojln negotiations because they
consider such a step would he a confes
sion of weakness "
He mentioned tho peace address of Lord
Courtney in tho British Paillnment and
the agitation of the Italian Socialists
He quoted Count Andrnssy us nuthorltj
fur the statement that according to re
liable private infoimatton the longing for
peace is general in France.
"M plea for a statement of peace
terms, llko that of Lord Courtnej, rued
by no means be construed as a sign of
lack of strength," said tho Socialist lead
er "But the present war ! bringing
Europe to the verge of ruin."
Scheiilemann. however, assailed the
Idea that It is possible to starve Ger
many. Itecont census (Uures, he said,
Hhr.weil y.M).000 swine and 50.C,H kilo-
giums of potatoes in German) , enough
food, he said, to supply the entlro empire
foe a long time.
Scheldemann quoted Kaker Wilhelm as
saying that this Is no war for conquest
Therefor.e, ' said the Socialist leader,
"I have asked the Chancellor to ttate
possible conditions of peace."
BELIEVED TO BE HOAX
Detective Working on Case As
serts Affair Does Not
The "poisoned candy" mjstery which
has created a sensation In Cold Point, a
little community near Chestnut Hill, Is
a hoax, In the opinion of Detective Wil
liam S. Dlckerson, of Plymouth township,
who has been detailed to Investigate the
The detective asserted today that he
is thoroughly disgusted with the whole
affair and will not Investigate the matter
in more detail unless something new de
velops. He also denied that the candy
had been brought to Philadelphia for a
chemical analysis, and said that in his
opinion the three bores left on the door
step of the Clinton lllnchman residence
at Cold fOini were narimeaa.
"It appears as though some one wanted
some cheap publicity and used the method
of leaving the candy in that mysterious
manner to gain it," he said today. 'The
case Is finished as far as I am con
cerned." "What reason Is there to believe that
the candy conalni poison or harmful,
drugs? Mr Hlnchraan admits that he
ate some of the candy contained in the
box left on bis porih on November zS,
i-d mat be fe. no HI effects from do-
LEDGER-PiriLAPELPniA, TTITTgaDAY, DEOMBBB
! ford would bet ship
AGAINST A PENNY THAT
FIGHTING WILL STOP
Peace Advocate Offers to Wager
"Boys Will Be Out of
the Trenches by
LINDSEY TALKS ON LOVE
...,.,. tritr ticira SHIP OSCAt!
,."'",, ,, .. r-
It. by wireless, via Cape Hace. N. 1 ..
wlll bet this ship against n penny
t,ml lh(, b0. ttm bc ollt 0( n10 trenchra
1 Christmas," said Henry Pord today.
when there reached the Oscar II b wlre-
less the statement made by lord ltobert
Cecil In the British Parliament on Mon-
lay. He would make no other reply to
Dord Cecil, who asserted that tho Kord
peneo party was "not Important."
Though the peace expedition Is encoun
tering rough weather on Its voyage to
Europe, moU of the delegates nre bear
... .. ii o.i,n it tiiAiii however.
hiue bce cnm,lciiel to tnko to their
DPrtn, nm m remain thcro until the
PAY FOR MILITIA
Cinillnlidl from I'nse One
when n state of war exists. In the history
of the I nion.
Designed to provide for the needs of
the nrmv In the pmt it Is to piny. In
president WilsonDs. bllllon-dollnr tlpfonw
piogrnm, the Hnv bill nppioprlntely is
captioned- "A bill to Increase the mlll
taiy elllclenev of the United States"
While numerically It will Increase the
regular armv from lO-.t'i). ofllccrs and
men. to nbout 14I.SI.1. lank and tile, as
sugnested by the President, not nil of
the Increases asked nre granted. Cer
tain Important features Ignored bv the
President nre likewise ndded to the bill
thus making certain n lively controversy
l'EDEP.AL PAY FOB MILITLV
The Wilson plan called for four n-w
regiments of field nrtlller.v The Hav bill
provides for six. In place of 15 companbf
of engineers asked by the President onlv
VI companies nie provided for in the Mil
It Imre.isrs I ne coast nitiller.v to SJ com
panies and makes piovlslon foi four ncro
squadrons A veterinary corps nlsn is
leateil, although not nsked for
The mensurc authorizes the continental
army of 'M,0u0 men asked by the Presi
dent and Secrotniy Garrison. This Is es
sentially n leserve nrm.v of clvillnns to
be rals". In three annual Instalments of
npproNlmntel.v 1X5,000 men to serve for six
yiais, three with the colors nnd thne on
fui loughs. The bill provides lnstiuctors
for this in my and alto for Its otllctrs.
INCREASE IN INPANTBY.
While the chief omission fiom the
President's plan Is the fnlluie to provide
for 10 additional leglments of Infantry,
there will be a general Increase in this
blanch through a piovlslon In the bill
that nil branches of the service ale to
be kept up to their maximum Held
strength. The mllltla pny bill Is one
which Senators and Itepieseiitntlvea long
have advocated ns calculated to build
up and populaiize the nntlomil guard,
Although the measure Is not u reor
ganization bill. It provides several Im
pottutit changes In tho general stiuctuie.
Chief are the creation of headquarters,
supply nnd mm hlnv-riun troops and com
panies in each Infnntiv and cavalry regi
ment, vvhllo tho Held artillery leglments
nie given headquarters nnd supply coin
panics. Of widest popular Interest through Its
nation-wide appeal, and of keen Interest
to the War Department because It Is an
innovation in the American military li
tem, Is the provision for the c-ominviilil
army. Enlisted men rallied under this act
must be, when ilrst cnlinted, between IS
and M The term of enlistment, under
Section IS of the bill, shall be for nK
yearn, unless sooner discharged. Tho
first thiee ears are to be served In
active organizations, with the colois, after
width tho soldier is furloughed to the
"continental army reserve," In tho grade
In which he then Is serving.
CONTINENTAL ABMY PLANS.
The continental army is to bo officered
bv nppnliitiiicnt from tli3 active or re
thed list of the army, members of nn of
fli ei' reserve corps created by the act,
ofllccrs of the organized mllltla, und. sub
ject to examination, graduates or under
graduates jf educational institutions hav
milltary courses, or from citizens "who
have qualified by experience nnd studv. '
The President Is authorized to appoint
all officers but lieutenant colonels and
those above that rank are subject to :on
flimation by tho Senate.
Provision for the training of the con
tinental army is made as follows:
"The President may call the consti
tuent parts of the continental army, ex
clusive of the reserve, together at such
tl.nes and places, and in such numbers
as he shall deem best for the purposes
of instruction nnd training. The aggre
gate length of such training for any sol
dier of tho continental army, other than
regular army olllcers or enlisted men as
sinned thereto, shall not exceed three
months In any one calendar ye.n, noi i
an aggregate of six months In the Ilrst '
three veara of the enlistments, in the
instruction of such troops the President i
Is authorised to use such parts of the i
regular army, the military stores and '
other property as he may deem necessary
tor the purpose, fay similar to inai re
ceived by officers and men in the stand
lnrf arms Is provided for the coiituifciii.il
army while with the colors
When In active service or during pe.
nods of training no distinction shall be
made between the regular army, the con- .
,in.ni!)l nrmi thA officers' reserve corns I
the organized mllltla while In the mili
tary service of the United States and the
A cadet corps from which officers shall
be obtained is also provided for, and the
compensation for the organized militia U
on a basis of attendance on drills at the
rate of S per cent of pay of the regu
lars In the event of war the President
is given authority to draft the members
of the mllltla into service for duty any
where. TOO LATE POE, CLASSIFICATION
JAMlbON. At hl rildnc. iaii Bpruc
St.. on Pecrot) o, wis. T1I0UA3 T.. ton
of Thora-s T, and tho late Emma. . Janil
too. In bU i:iilh year. Notice of funeral
MKTI. Suddenly, on December 8. 101S,
EUilA I. wife of Oeoree Mania and daugh
ter of Itachei and the lata John W. lWbrcr,
used 33 vera. Kclatlvta aad friends ars in
vited to attend the funeral cervices. Saturday
at to. m.. at her lata realJenee. 3S2J North.
Warnock street. Interment private, at Ko
Hill Cemetery. Ambler. Pa.
KMOII " December U. WIS. JIELEK
rTi'K- wlf' of ? L Knlubt, Dim as
Xlce e Ihe funeral will be liven.
liintn l 1 II Urn .'.I R 1 ndr
DR. VON BETIIMANN-HOLLWEG
Tho German Impcriul Chnnccllor
told tho now session of tho
Reichstag, which opened today,
that Germany's enemies must
make the offer to end tho war.
This was in answer to the de
mands of the Socialists to know
Germany's "peace terms.' ' The
Chancellor, it wai expected,
would lie more conciliatory, but
hi1? conference with Kaiser Wil
helm last nic;ht may have necessi
tated a change in his attitude.
FAIR QUOTA OF JOBS
SHOULD GO TO REFORM
WARDS, SAYS VARE
Senator Tells "Workers" at
Banquet Organization Must
Strengthen Itself in In
HARRY MACKEY TOASTED
nepubllcan workers In the Independent
wards nre discussing with no small do
grcc of cl.-itlon today the declaration of
State Senator Edwin II. Varo that he
lavored giving inoro places to them than
to the workers in the wards which arc
regularly and holldly Itepubllcaii at every
election With a pronounced Varo Cabi
net under Mnvoi -elect Smith tho workcts
feel that the sentiment expressed by tho
Senator will s.oou bo bom out by ap
pointments The announcement of Senator Vnre's
attitude on the distribution of patronage
was made last night at n testimonial din
ner tendered to Harry A. Mackev at the
Hotel HittculioiiFi-. Senator Vare said:
"I don't bollevo In putting all the
places In the winds that go Itepubllcaii
nnywav. I would give more places to
tho wards llko the Ifith. Then tho work
ers nliendv doing splendid work would
feel like using gie.itet efforts Let us
build up the Organization In independent
Mr. Mackey declared that tho nepub
llcan parts is uaitcd in the city and
State, and that thcie would be "no fac
tional light within the Bepubllcnii putty"
Many who attended the dinner gavn
siieclal blgnlllcanro io Mnckej's state
ment. The dinner was given 'i .Mr. Mackey's
honor by the liopuhlican Commltteo of
the 40th Waul. Judge-elect Joseph P.
Bogers. William H. Wilson, iccently ap
pointed Director of uhllc Safety: Coiontr
Knight nnd Harry W. Mace, tho newly
appointed Assistant Dhector of tho De
partment of Public Health nnd Charities,
wero among the speakers.
Mayor-elect Smith Indicated last night
that he will not be "neutrnl" In the ap
pinachliig Slate light Asked what his
attitude toward tho Brumbaugh Presi
dential boom or a Brumbaugh State
leadership Is, he replied:
"My only leply at this time U that t
do not see why I should be called upon
to make any statement nt all. My only
Interest now Is In getting my administra
tion fully organized for the advancement
of Philadelphia. When I have am thing
to sny on the themes suggested to me l
shall speak In terms which will be unmistakable."
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RELATIVES OF MEEKINS
BOY NO LONGER UNDER
Authorities Now Believe Lad
Was Kidnapped Either. for
Purpose of Revenue or
MOTHER NEAR COLLAPSE
Twelve days of unsuccessful search for
Ml hard Meeltlns, S ears old. of 2IID
South Gist street, lias icsulted In ill's
exoneration of n relative of the boy who
was under suspicion. The police now be
lieve the bov was kidnapped
Two motives were ndvanced by the po
lice today for his kidnapping. They nre:
Second. To obtain n innsom.
Luke Meeklns, father ot the boy. spent
tho morning In the neighborhood of 21st
nnd Federal streets, looking for a former
companion who, he thinks, may have had
a hand In secreting the boy Mevenge
mav have actuated this man. tho father
snld. for a mlsunderntniullng nroso be
tween them some time ago and It has
been known nmong friends of the two
thnt tho man bore a grudge against
Tho kidnapper's letter, scrnnlcd In roil
Ink on a piece of n newspaper page, was
mailed from that general neighborhood.
Another letter is expected by the fnmlly,
believing the abductor wilt keep his
promise to write again.
One thousand photographs of the lad
were printed early today by the police.
Tho pictures were given to a corps of
men at City Hall and were oidcred Rent
to the police of cities In all parts of the
countrj. The new photograph shows
coung Meeklns holding a telephone In
Ills hands. . ,....
Thnt the boy may have been slain by
a degenerate after being lured away
from tho snnd pile nt South 01st street
nnd Elmwood avenue Is one of the
theories the police nre woiklng on.
As soon ns the police made up their
minds that n relative or tne ooy imu
nothing to do with tho disappearance,
a svstemntic search was begun of mnnv
unoccupied houses situated In Isolated
parts of the city. In this Bcarch blue
coats from many stntlon houses partici
pated. Word also linn been senl to day nurse
iles, when- hovs of the age of voting
Meeklns nre left by pal cuts. 11 wns
thought bv the police that tho kldnnppcr
might attempt to ild himself of the bov
by leaving him nt one of those places
"We nre not suspicious of any member
of the Mciklns fninllv." snld Police Lieu
tenant Mniple, ot the Kill Hticct and
Woodbind avenue station.
"For ilnjs we have carefully gone Into
the caieet's of ceitnlu of the boy's rela
tives, nnd wo have given p.ntlcular at
tention to one lelatlve who might hive
hud u motive for taking the boy nvvuy.
Bui now 1 feel certain that tills relative
Is Innocent nnd had absolutely nothing
to do with th- bov s disappearance.
"This Is beginning to look like a plain
kidnapping ease Theio Is a possibility
that tho no in.i bine been nttnckid bv
i-nnie deguiernto and later killed If the
bov is not dead he may be hidden nvvny
In soiiu- place vvheie his cilc.s can't bo
hcaid. , , ,
"Ho far we have received only one
letlei tho one mulled fiom South Phila
delphia and wiltten In led Ink. After
utelvlng that letter I fell sutisllcd that
another one would follow Thiee days
have elapsed since the letter was ic
i lived. However, them Is a chance that
the writer, who 1 think knows the pies
eul wiieieiihoiits of tin- bov, may have
become frightened over the publicity
given to his communication. We nie
all in the dark, and one of our hopes
Is that he will write another letter and
furnish us with mole details than he did
in the first one.'
The Philadelphia Bnpld Transit Com
pany Is co-operating with the police In
the 'search foi the boy. Motoimen and
couductois were furnished with a com
plete description of soung Meeklns and
Instructed to look out for a boy answer
ing it who might get on their cats with
a giown-up peison.
Mis Annie Meeklns, motbei of the boy.
is Mill In a seilous lOiulltlou. She re
mained up all night asking when her
bov would be returned to her. When not
w ceiling, she would go to her room and
spend her tlmo in proving.
"I am so glad that the police have ex
onerated iclatlves of this dreadful af
fair." said Mrs. .Meeklns.
"I do not know where my hoy Is, nnd
If u lelative took hltn away I hope he
u .ii tested and iiunlslird to the full ex
tent of the law. 1 feel sure that my
dnvs In this world are numbered. I nm
beginning to feel that I will never see
my boy alive again I nm afraid he has
been killed and his body probably burled
somewhere. If the Kidnapper nns Kiueii
my little Itlclinrd I hope lie will send
ins uouy imc.t iu ma ,.,,.,.
The police hnvi- benched the pockets
of voting Meeklns" clothing In the hope
tha. some clue might be found theie.
Ple.es of paper were carefully gone over,
but without avail
Mnnv sympathizers culled nt the
Meeklns homo today. They expressed
the hope that the toy would be found
before the Ohtlstinaa holiday
The kidnapping of the Meeklns boy has
frightened families in the houtluveMcrn
put of West Philadelphia. Many mothers
nre keeping their children Indoors after
Two Accused of Theft in Lancaster
IANCAST.EU. V.. Dec 9 -Walter
Schlott and William Lawrence, young
men of Lancaster, vveie m rested today
on n charge of robbing Itlclinrd Major of
Jewelry worth nenrly JJ0) They tented
rooms at Stork's boarding house Sunday,
and Tuesday noon, it is alleged, they
robbed Major's room. Iwiwreiice con
fesued after his arrest and Implicated
Two Leather Colors
Black and Brown
1112 Chestnut St.
Chrittmas Coming! I Gifts Galorcll
will be the moat appreciated Elft and an
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AT LEAST A DOZEN
SIMON MOKEMACKER PREDICTS?
Long and Lean Prognosticator Points to HandwritfaJ
on tne wan uj ohuw i uubh jjciuiu
hand of Yesterday's Storm
Id Simeon M. Mokemncher,
,d ,ong weather prophet of
Philadelphia marsh, today.
the lean am
when a reporter found him experimenting
In tho patch of hairy onions that ho ns-
sorts provide the missing link between
animal and vegetable life. "Yah, you
missed n good story."
"What do you mean?" ho was asked.
"Now lookn here, voung feller, said
Mokcmacher, rising to hie lull six feet
seven In his stocking feet, his shpes
having been taken off to avoid crushing
the onions, "ou know right well what I
mean. I'm talking nbout that snowstorm
Wednesday morning You mlsecd It bo
causo you didn't como down Tuesday
"Did jou know about It then?"
"Yah," said Mokemacher, "I vr
nbout It six months ago, but I vvouldn t
tell. Why should I? I was going to tell
ou Tuesday, hut you didn't show up
HEPOUTEIt 'TIIOM MISSOUIU."
Without sivlng so In so many words,
the icporter conveved the Idea to air.
Mokemacher that he would llko to bo
"I'll prove It," said tho prophet. "I'll
show ve Como Into my cabin."
He led the way Into his cabin nnd
pointed with muto elonuonco to n lino
scribbled on the wall. It read:
"Tuesday: It will snow tomorrow This
Is to show 1 knew nbout It In advance '
iini i on could have written thnt any
old time." It was pointed out to him
"I could, but did I" cackled Moke
macher "Did I? That's the question
Vnu don't know, do vou I know, but
I ain't n-goln' to tell. Why should I?
The burden of proof is on he, sonny, the
burden o' pi our Is on ve"
The weithcr prophet doubled over
with liughter He laughed so hard that
Id- specs fell off nnd for a moment he
LAND VALUES INCREASE
AS RESULT OF BOOM
River Front Developments
Cause Big Jump, Testimony
Before Public Service
CITY FIGHTS ESTIMATE
A mat lied lucreaso In land values along
the Delaware Blver as a result ot the
"Oio'iti-r Philadelphia" movem-nt was
brought out at todav's session of a lie.u
Iiiij berore the Public Service Commission
of c hirers brought by Dlieetor Cooke,
of the Department of Public Works, that
the Philadelphia Electilc Company's rntcs
are eNcesslve and Its service lnaden,uate.
I'lonk II. lu"cv, n ie.il estate operator,
of l'.lh nnd (irceu streets, who appraised
the value cf tho real estote held by the
company, testified that a general Increase
of SO per cent, in land values along the
river In tho last live vears has followed
tin- .mltnlluii to make Philadelphia n har
bor cltv equal to New Yoik. 'Some of the
tracts with Delawaie Biver frontage won
istlmated by him to be worth ns high
as S150J a I'uuiiing foot where the most
model n wharves nro situated.
.Masscv pi filleted that eventually Phila
delphia would become ti clt.v with harbor
f.ullitlo hoc nnd to none m m a "- , ,, Instructloiw from Judge Strarti, !
The comp.in.vs ilvei-front lo nt Beach ' ,, mllilI lV)1IIt Two Jutl
and Pnlmei stieets, which Is the site of lm ' 1L! judge wl.v certain nddl
...'"r:1 '''.' "" ,u4rf or SC haiAot be offered atth,
u.,i tiit'ii-., .o ........ . . ,i
or tlWm. according to t he expo, I s tes I-
mony It measutcH tot l i-t feet. T lie
value was plated on the land alone, n-
elusive of the seveial small buildings nnd
two nntl.1u.1ted wlinrves. valued at JU.uon.
The assessed valuation for taxation Is
f-.n,i,. inniii.iinn- th.. wharves The nur-
V. '..' .'' ..." - ..-..., tjninn
That tho $15.1.000 valuation Is excessive,
basing calculations on an Increase of 20
per cent, in land values, was the con
tention of Harold Evans, of Director
"That would be onlv $rU.(M, using voui
own figures, Mr. Massey,' said Evans.
Well, you can llguro out nuv thing on 1
paper." leplled Massey. "Tho l per
cei)t Is only a general Increase. Vin I
eumple, the I.nrdncr's Point lot 1 value
at $.jl.00i an Increase of 23 per cent.
1 "only two moniiis agu 1 was cniieo
upon to iippu.lso the Iteach and Palmer
streets lte for the fidelity Tiust t'oni
pan, and $I53,1W was tho llguie I le
Interest on Deposits
This Company invites Ihe checking ac
counts of corporations, partnerships and
Interest at the rate of 2 is paid on daily
balances of $200 and over, and a slightly
higher rate may be obtained for idle funds
of substantial size when subject to notice
415 Chestnut Street
Thomas S, Gates
John Story Jenks
stood Mock still ns If waiting f6f ...
. .'3,25? Z &
fice , ,J0 ng correct. xtftvJ2n.
pointed a long nnd bony forcdnwr t. ,
face of his visitor. "wrinu
MOKEMACHElt "BIQHT AGI'.
"I'm right agin." he chuckled," '-n,.
only pair of cuffed overalls In th it.i. .
States nnd Island possessions. tV.Jh
saved mv glasses." n'TV
Forthwith he reached down mi .t .
the specs out of the cuff on hi, Z".
nils. It will bo remembered that w
Mokemacher adopted the cuff m
bocauso ho lost n flve-dollar cold M.
when n boy, and found u later In nS
turned up part of his fnthcr's overmV
which he had turned up becaus. SS
were too long for him Mr MokemtS
was then 17 jears old nnd only s. !
one Inch tall. His father was six ul
eight Inches. ""
1 low-over, this hadn t anything to
with tho posslhlo snowfnll for the . '
which was the mission of the reports
nnd with nuch delicacy ns ho could tmi
mon ho broke In on tho old man' run!
Inlsconseg nnd asked
"How many times will It snow m,
"At least a dozen-" began Mot
macher, but ha halted "1 won't ten." '
lie said, wny snouiu i ' The newspaw;,
only want my ntuft so they can poke tm
at deotgo S. Bliss, and George Is
friend of mine Just because I'm
better prophet than him Is no rcatoa
why I should put him lit wrong. 1 (,
toll. Why Bhould I"" '
Hut thine cat had been ler out of lk
bag. It will snow nt least 12 times thii
year. Mr Mokemacher would not i
whether or not the snowfall records!
Wednesday morning was to be counted
In the winter's dozen, but that li (
matter of checking up
TO CONVINCE JURY
OF PRISONER'S GUILT
First Attempt to Convict by
Such Manns in a Pennsyl
vania Court Unsuccess
ful at Norristown ,
NEW TRIAL FOR ACCUSED
Hu " Staff Correspondent
XOnniSTOWN. Pn Her 9 -The Brit
attempt In this State to convict a min
solely on the evideme nt finger prlollC
failed licie todnv when the lurv la thi
case of Hcnjamln V Deckei. accused of
burglnr.v, refused to ionic to nn aEret
inoiit after n dollbeiatlon of .'5 hours. Tie.
Jurors stood 10 to 2 for io:r I. tlon, accord
ing to one of the lurv men, but
unanimous vote of gulttv tould rot te
The tilul aroused unusual interests,
ciuse. necoiillng to tin- law vers in tie
case It was the Mist time a ronvlctlOU
had ' ever been asked In flus State oa
That tho jur spent a bard nkht la
niioilerliiir over the large photographs ot
llnrrer lilllltH was ividnit when thy ;
niched Into court toiuiv to nan mr iurt
i uiil nnd said thnt as rai u t nc ev aencj
I ' ,l. "' '? 7 . ,,.., nt scroti
monwealtb. I. it that was not strotf
I enough to conv It a . ... f.,c ng a n
tencc of fiom , l 1 vers Juije
Swum Mild that he oiuUl a '0 "
1 sons nor unci 1110 ....um....... v. .-.-.,
but that the Jur.v must dei.de for icera-
! selves. The Jun icturned to their rem
Storm Porch Enclosures 1
Storm Doors and Sashes
Metal Weather Stripping!
f.ef us estimate
WILSON & WILSON, Int
1513 Parrish Street .iMiiii
ilroad Street Office
1115 Chestnut Street
Henry G, Brengle
Vice President and Treasurer