Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, February 24, 1914, Image 1

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Steamships, Driven Ashore Near Wori oik, of
LXXXIII — No. 47
Forrer Dropped; Taylor
Issues Formal Statement;
Children Cheer in Vain
New Park Commissioner
Charges "Looseness of
Methods" and Other Irreg
Mayor Accuses Former; New
Ordinances Are Presented
in Council
I What Happened As
Lynch "Ripper" Passes
Playground youngster* crowd j
Courthouse rotunda and cheer
"We Want Forrer!" as City Coun
cil pu.«ses Lynch "ripper" diMui>>- I
Irig V. Grant Forrer as park su
Scores of petitions praying for
Porrer's retention presented.
Commissioner of Parks Taylor
defends action in dismissing for
rer In statement <in Council floor, j
charging looseness of methods.
Royal amendment substituting
names of present of fleers of police
force for those Urop|>ed by resolu
tion. defeated by vote of 3 to 2.
Royal resolution substitutiiig
name of Charles F. Spicer for E<l.
Halbert as assistant Are chief de
feated to 2.
Major makes sensational
charges against \V. H. Sliumati,
appointed by "ripper" to succeed
Ilicain Wagner, patrol chauffeur.
tiorgas resolution to withhold
names of Shuman and Wagner
pending investigation adopted
Petition containing .">:il names
from Firemen's Union praying for
retention of Cliarles F. Spicer as
assistant lire chief instead of Ed. |
Halbert. pro|»osed appointee by
"ripper." offered.
City Planning ordinance post
poned on motion of I*ark Commis
sioner Taylor.
First city budget ordinance un
der commission form of govern
ment offered l>y Commissioner Gor
ans in skeleton form.
New license tax ordinance of
fered in skeleton form.
Commissioners decide to confer
on both measures.
Resolution to transfer Sl.Otto
from street sweeping fund to snow
clearing fund offered.
Poor Directors' letter asking:
that applicants for relief be given
work at clearing snow, referred to
Commissioner Lynch with i>owcr
to act.
Ordinances passed finally: "Movie"
curfew as amended; paving Sev
enth street from Kmerald to
Woodbine: exonerating St. Mat
thew's Lutheran and Immanuel
Presbyterian Churches from pav
ing assessments.
By a vote of three to two, city coun
cil this afternoon dismissed V. Grant
Forrer as superintendent of parks.
The vote was taken while playground
youngsters crowded the rotunda of
the Courthouse and cheered inces
santly, "We want Forrer:"
This was accomplished by the pas
sage of the so-called "ripper" resolu
Resolutions praying for the reten
tion of Forrer were presented and fre
quently while City Clerk Miller paus
ed for breath the Courthouse corri
dors re-echoed with the cries of the
children for Forrer.
Commissioner Taylor made a
lengthy statement on the floor of coun
cil explaining his reasons for dismis
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!! Late News Bulletins
Rumor had it at Steelton to-day that the Rev. V I>. Vukcchivicli,
pastor of St. Nicholas' Orthodox Church, has suddenly disappeared front
the borough. The Rev. Mr. Yukechlvlch and his flock recently had a
tilt which led to the congregation's urging him to "gut out of town."
The case was taken to the Dauphin County Court and the hearing was
set for early In March. ,
In Council tills afternoon Commissioner Taylor-, superintendent of ,
the Department of Public Park;, and Property, made a statement hi
which he insisted upon the removal of V. Grant Forrer, park superin- |
Washington. Feb. 24.—President Wilson to-day signed a bill limiting i
the hoars or labor of women in the District of Columbia to eight hours.
Albany, N. Y., Feb. 24. —A new trial to-day was granted Charles j
Becker the former New York police lieutenant under death sentence for
the murder of Herman Rosenthal, by the Court of Appeals. i
Washington. Feb. 24.—The Supreme Court to-day sent the so-called
bleached flour case back to the district court for a new trial.
Chihuahua. Mexico. Feb. 24.—1n reply to inquiries made at the |
penitentiary here to-day by Marlon Letcher.the American consul, and the
Associated Press, it was "stated that Gustuv liauch, the American re
ported missing, bad never been there. At tlie city hall the American
consul also failed to find any trace of the missing man.
Washington, Feb. 25.—The Pennsylvania coal pillar law of 1891, re
quiring pillars to be left along the boundary line of adjoining coal prop
erties, was to-day upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Bremen, Germany, Feb. 24.—A fragmentary wireless message re
ceived here to-day from the German steamer Wildenfels reports tlrnt she
rescued eleven persons from the Danish steamer Ekllptka when she sank
In the bay of Biscay yesterday. The message states specially that the
captain of the Ekllptka perished. It Is assumed that a conidcrable part
of the crew also went down.
Washington, Feb. 24. —The constitutionality of the federal white
slave law was again upheld to-day by the Supreme Court in the Wilson
cases from Chicago. The point whether the law Is limited to commer- j
cial vice was not Involved.
Gravesend. Kng., Feb. 24.—The ten labor leaders deported from
South Africa last month after the general strike had been broken,
landed here to-day from the steamship Vmgcni. The exiles at first de
clared that they would refuse to leave the vessel and would remain on
board until the steamer returned to South Africa.
A null. Copper, 75 V,: Atchison, 97 % : Baltimore and Ohio, 92 % ;
Brooklyn Rapid Transit, M: Canadian Pacific. 213%; Clicsupeakc and
Ohio, «:t ; Chicago, Milwaukee ami St. Paul. 102%: Ijehlgli Valley,
■ 150'4; New York Central. 90: Northern Pacillc. 115: Reading. 167; P.
It. R.. 112: Southern Pacillc, 96!*; Union Pacillc, 161*4; l". S. Steel.
II #5%.
Big Landscape Engineer Wiresj
That He WiD Not Serve With
out Experienced Head
f _ -»
Manning's Telegram
My desire to serve Harrisburg
and continue the park and city
plan, development which I have so
long advised upon, led me to act
in 1913 for the Park Board at a
total cost of less than SBOO. At
its urgent request I made a simi
lar contract with you. I shall de
sire to withdraw this contract if
Forrer is dismissed. His efficiency,
intimate knowledge of parks, peo
ple and especially children's needs,
are essential if my work is to be
creditable to tfne and to the city.
The only alternative for me is to
employ Forrer and have him repre
sent mc in regular, frequent visits
there at estimated cost of SI,OOO
above fee.
(Signed) Warren H. Manning. |
This is the telegram of Warren j
11. Manning to Commissioner M. j
1 Harvey Taylor, superintendent of
city parks and public property.
Harrisburg will hereafter be with-!
out the personal expert service of'
. Warren 11. Manning, landscape archi- 1
tecturai engineer, in the further de
velopment of its park and playground
Mr. Manning has wired M. Harvey!
Taylor, commissioner of parks and
public property, that he would with
drew from his contract with the city
i should V. Grant Forrer be dismissed
; as park superintendent. The closing
I contract has been pending for several
I weeks.
The only other alternative the park
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Chicago Women Cast
Their First Ballot
at Primary Election
Chicago, Feb. si.—Women voters of
| Chicago cast their first ballot to-day
j at the primary election for the nomi
| nation of aldermanic candidates.
I As candidates, as voters and as elec
tion officials, they played an important
part in the election, the first in this
city since the passage of the equal
sutfrage act by the last legislature.
I The names of eight women candi
' dates appeared on the ballots. Mora
I than 700 women acted as judges and
clerks. Hundreds more representing
clubs and political organizations had
| been officially designated as watchers
and were at the polling places at an
! early hour.
j The women centered most of their
i attention on the First ward, compris
! ing the business section here. Miss
: Marion Drake was the progressive
1 party candidate. If nominated, Miss
| Drake will oppose Alderman "Bath
! House John" .T. Coughlan for election,
j Flection officials predict that front
30,000 to 75,000 of the 158,000 regis
tered voters would vote.
j New York, Feb. 24. —An increase
i of 4 ijer cent, in the number of de-
I pendent families in New York city
i over the previous year is shown in the
11913 report of the Charity Organiza
tions' Society. During the year end
ing last September the society cared
: tor 0,767 families, the largest number
j in the history of the organization, cov
j ering a period of more than thirty
Jr. I
* ;.* ~
Washington, Feb. 24.— The views of the American housewife on anti
i trust legislation were presented to the House Judiciary Committee by Mrs.
Christine Frederick, of Philadelphia, representing the Housewives' league
of America.
I Mrs. Frederick is the first woman witness to be-heard 011 the admin
-1 istration anti-trust program. She asserted the keynote of anti-trust leg
islation is to prohibit unfair competition, "by having Uncle Sam umpire
F the game fairly." Mrs. Frederick presented her views as follows: First,
the fullest and frankest knowledge about every article I buy. Second, abil
• ity to send a child or servant to buy an article without fear of over
charge, or that the price or quality, or guarantee may be different. Third,
that I may be able to find such standard goods for sale at every convenient
t corner.
9.3 Inches Fell During Storm; Will
Be Clear and Cold Sev
eral Days
With a fall of 9.3 inches of snow
in the last thirty-six hours, in addition
to the toot of snow already on the
ground, the city lies under a blanket
of white deeper than many young
people can remember ever having
seen before. Snow is piled high along
every street, high winds are drifting
It higher in outlying sections and win
ter rules at the height of power with
temperature ranging down near zero, j
At 7 o'clock this morning the tem- >
perature was two above zero.
Clear and cold, with a drop in tem
perature to about zero to-night-is the
forecast issued from the local weather
bureau. The snow is over, at least for
two or three days, and clear weather
with the possibility of warmer tern-1
peratures to-morrow may brighten up
a little the heart of the man whose
i coal pile is nearly exhausted.
| There was little delay to traffic this j
> morning, night there was much i
[difficulty in getting the cars through
and on some lines the cars were stop- ■
ped for awhile. But nothing like the .
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j President Wilson and
Col. Goethals Confer
on Panama Government
By Associated Press
Washington, D. C., Feb. 24.—Presi
dent Wilson to-day received from Col
onel George W. Goethals a complete
! review of plans for the organization
lof a permanent government in the
Panama canal zone, which comes into
1 existence April 1 with Colonel Goe
thals as first governor. The meeting
I of the two officials in the White House
I was the first since Colonel Goethals'
appointment as governor, and, because
of this fact and the President's keen
interest in all matters pertaining to
the canal, the conference was ex
tended considerably beyond the time
allowed for the average White House
Problems touching upon the organ
ization of the zone government which
have not yet been solved, and details
of the preparations being rushed for
the opening of the canal were reviewed
at length. The President was given to
understand that the canal would be
I readN lor commerce by July. i
Beard Burned From Face of Aged 1
Shoe-string Peddler in Struggle
With Flames
Fighting flames with bed clothing j
when an oil stove upset in his room 011!
the third floor back of an apartment
house at'4lß Walnut street this morn-1
ing shortly after . 9 o'clock, Pat Burt,
aged 7r>, for many years a peddler of I
shoe-strings iji this city, was badly |
burned about the face and hands. i
A flowing white beard worn by the!
picturesque old man for many years
was burned from his face. His burns
are not serious. Doctors at the liar- j
rlsbui-g Hospital treated him and sent ,
him home.
The lire, while il resulted in little i
damage, caused great excitement, Mr. j
and Mrs. Paul Demenoff, with a year-;
and-a-half-old baby, and Mr. Demon-;
off's sister, Miss Lillie Demenoff, who
occupied a sleeping room in front of
the aged shoe-string peddler, were
driven to a snow-covered balcony roof
by the smoke and flames. Only with
the greatest difficulty could Mrs. Dem
enoff be restrained from jumping to
the street thirty feet below with her
baby In her arms. The Demonoffs are
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Aviators Inspect New
I Flying Boat Picked For
Trans-Atlantic Trip
! New York, Feb. 24. Lieutenant
1 John Cyril Porte, of England, and
1 Lieutenant John H. Towers, United
; States navy, mentioned as the aviators
who will pilot the Rodman Wana
maker flying boat in the contemplated
trans-Atlantic flight, came to town to
day for a conference with Mr. Wana
maker. Glenn H. Curtiss, who is
building the flying boat, is also here.
Lieutenant Porte came in on the
steamer Carmania, which docked
early to-day. Following the confer
ence it is planned to lake the aviators
to the Curtiss factory at Hammonds
port. N. Y., to Inspect the work already
done on the new filer.
While it is generally believed in
aeronautical circles that Lieutenant
Towers will be picked as the second
pilot, Towers himself is noncommittal
on the subject .
Paris, Feb. 2 4.—The chamber of
deputies to-day voted an appropriation
of $400,001) to provide for official
French participation in the Panama-
Pacific Exposition at San Francisco.
500 Steelton People Must
Seek New Homes in 30 Days;
Wipe Out Lower West Side
Between oUO ami 000 Steelton peo
ple will be forced to seek new homes
within thirty days bj an order issued
yesterday by the Pennsylvania Steel
The order calls for the wiping out
of the entire lower end of Kwington,
the oldest part of the borough, to
make room for immense improve
ments contemplated by the company.
Letial notice to vacate within thirty
du» WHS served yesterday on the resi
dents of llfty-one properties owned by
(he steel company In this district. The
district to be wiped out lies south 01
Trewick street and from the eastern
side of Main street to the Pennsylva
jnla Railroad tracks.
! The entire block bounded by Alain
|to Myers and Trewick to Locust
| streets will be wiped out along with
i live other small blocks. The houses
jto be vacated are all the houses in
I Main street,, west side, from Trewick
|to the Steel Works, about two blocks;
!all the bouses in Myers street, from
Trewick to the Steel Works; two rows
!of brick houses on the east side of
| Main street, about one block below
I Trewick; and all but a few houses
Sachem and Riversdale Were
Driven Ashore Last Week
Near Norfolk
By Associated Press
Norfolk, Ya.. Feb. 24. —•'With a se- !
vere snow anil windstorm raging oil I
the coast, the British steamships'
Sachem and Riversdale. ashore near'
here, were to-day in more danger than
at any time since they struck last
week. The Sachem, on a bar two and |
a half miles from shore, exposed to all
winds,' was in worse' condition than '
the Kiversdale, which lies well up on j
the beach, in a less treacherous posi- |
tion. The crew of the Sachem are I
still aboard the vessel.
! The Kheradale's cargo of lumber is!
! being thrown overboard and saved on j
| thd beach. Her crew is ashore.
Friends During War,
Two Men Die in Same
Home Few Hours Apart
By Associated Press
Kearny, N. J., Feb. 24. —ln the
morgue at the soldiers' home, under
the same tlag, to-day lay the bodies of
two old men, both veterans of the
Civil War and friends since they met
at Gettysburg in 1883. They died yes
terday within a few hours, grief over
the death of the one contributing to
the death of the other, according to
the mourners for both at the home.
The two men were John DeForrest,
70 years old, and Michael Clark, 78.
DeForrest joined a hospital corps t
when the war began and served for j
four years as a nurse. Clark was in
the Infantry. He was wounded at
| Gettysburg and DeForrest nursed him
jto recovery. Friendship grew out of
[the intimacy of the nurse and patient
i that lasted through the lives of both.
Woman Denies Story
She Confessed Crime
By Associated Press
Little Valley, N. Y„ Feb. 24.—.Mrs.
! Cynthia Buffum, on trial here for the
I iriurder of her husband, resumed be
, fore Judge Brown and a jury to-day
her story of how District Attorney-
Cole and private detectives of Buffalo
I secured from her an alleged confes-
I sion. She showed no emotion other
than apparent indignation a.s she re
! counted the details of her story.
By Associated Press
i Cape Town, Union of South Africa, i
I Feb. 24. —The House of Assembly yen- j
terdav passed the second reading of
the bill to indemnify the government 1
(for Its acts under martial law. Thej
j vote was 95 to 11. I
Candidate of Last Campaign Will
Enter Race Ezra Early
Aspires in Lebanon
John A. Marshall, insurance man
and candidate for the Legislature In a
couple of the recent campaigns, will
be a candidate for one of the Demo
cratic nominations in the city district
again. He has taken out papers and
i his friends will start circulating them.
I Jesse J. Lybarger is also said to
j have ambitions, but they are not being
I encouraged. Some of the Democrats
II want some one who has not made so
j many fruitless excursions into politics.
Ezra Early, of Cleona, has devel
oped a tendency to run for the Legis
lature on the Democratic ticket In
: Lebanon.
By Associated Press
Paris, Feb. 24.—Out of the 225,000
miners In the coal fields of Southern
France 40,000 are on strike in re
: spouse to the call of their leaders as a
protest against the elimination bj' the
senate of some clauses of the under-
I ground workers' pension bill.
in Christian street, front Trewick i
street to the plant of the Pennsylvania!
Steel Company.
Although the tenants of all these j
properties held their leases subject to
thirty days' notice to vacate, jester-,
day's order came to them like a bolt;
from a clear sky. In the district to
be wiped out there are a number ofi
general stores with well established
trades. The houses here are inhabited ,
mostly by foreigners and negroes, but ]
in some parts of the district there arej
residences of the better class and not 1
a few skilled mechanics have their!
homes here.
Just where all these people will re-,
locate is a serious question. To care |
for such a large number of families,
on such short noti«e will be a matter
of grave importance to the borough, j
Real estate men who have heard the I
news say that it is a critical situation
and one that Steelton will scarcely
bo able to meet. Many families will
be forced to move to Harrisburg.
While there are many empty houses
in the lower end of the borough, in
the foreign section many of the resl
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Statement Based on Report That!
He Once Held Some Minor
Office Under Diaz
By Associated Press
El Paso. Texas. Feb. 24.—The at
tempt ol" the Mexican rebels to estab
lisli that W. S. Benton, the Scottish j
ranchman who was executed just a
week ago to-day, was a Mexican citi
zen is based on a report that he once j
held some minor office while President j
Porflrio Diaz was in power.
This statement was made to-day at,
Juarez by Federick Gonzales Garza, ;
counselor to the commander of the j
garrison, who added:
"We have heard that Benton held 1
several small offices under President
Diaz and that he was once mayor of a
small settlement on his own estate.
He could not have held office without
being a Mexican citizen, and the rec
ords at Chihuahua City are being
searched to establish the facts."
Relatives here of Benton say that
the deeds of his Mexican property
refer to him as a British subject and
that he was always careful there
should be no doubt on this point.
In the meanwhile the request of the
State Department at Washington for
the handing over of the body of Ben
ton has met only with silence.
Receives Telegrams
General Villa has received tele
grams not only from many cities in
the United States but from London,
Paris and Berlin asking for an ex
planation of the manner of Benton's
death. All the replies sent to inquirers
have given the same story of a court
martial and execution.
The finding in the Imperial Valley,
California, of Roger Laurence, the
Englishman who was reported missing
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Sulzer May Be Needed to
Elect State Treasurer
By Associated Press
Albany, N. Y., J'eb. 24.—The vote
of William Sulzer in the joint session
of the legislature Wednesday may de
cide who will be treasurer of the State
to succeed the late John J. Kennedy.
The Democratic legislators last nigllt
practically decided to form a coalition
with the Progressives in order to pre
vent a Republican from being named.
|The full voting strength of the two
parties, if Senator K.tzgerald. who is
Mil should not vote is an even hun
jiired. One hundred and one votes are
j required to elect.
I At the Progressive caucus Homer
D. Call, of Syracuse, was named as
' that party's candidate. The Repub
licans named William Archer, of West
I Chester.
j Robert McCormick Makes Sugges
tion to the Public Service
Robert McCormick, president of the
Harrisburg Bridge Company, to-day
suggested to the Public Service Coin-
I mission that companies operating toll
bridges be required to file their rates
with the commission, claiming that
several times his company has been
asked to make a 10 per cent, discount
by persons who claimed that a com
peting bridge company was giving a
discount. He says .that the published
rates do not show a discount and
says that it is desirable that the rates
should be made a matter of public
record. The question, which is en
tirely new, will be considered by the
commission when it meots next week.
If put Into effect the order would
affect hundreds of bridge companies.
The commission has arranged sev
enteen hfearings in March, among
them being the contract of the city
and the Pennsylvania Railroad for the
down town improvements, and Upper
Allen township and the United Elec
tric Company on the third; Middle
town and Swat&ra Water Company
rates on the fourth; (.'amp Hill water
iates on the flftb.
'TIE FOB 1.5. TO
10,000 Would Be Sufficient to
Protect All Americans
Senators Are Rapidly Reaching
Conclusion That Administration
Policy Is Weak
United Sttttvs Senator Boies Pen
rose, who stopped here for a few hours
on his way to Lykens, where he is to
nddress a rally of ten canips of tho
Patriotic Order Sons of America, de
clared that In lils oninion 10.000
American soldiers could be placed in
Mi xico to pacify disturbed localities
and would be sufficient to protect the
lives and property of Americans" and
foreigners when threatened at certain
points. lie said further that the ad
ministration policy in Mexico had
made American diplomacy eon temp
; tible in the eyes of the civilized world
■ arid that it was very evident that pen
. ators were bcco \lng impatient at the
' dilatory and vaccllating tactics of tho
Wilson regime.
The senator arrived shortly before
noon on his way to Lykens to keep an
engagement of long standing and had
expected to meet Governor Tener, Sec
retary McAfee, Mayor Armstrong and
others of Pittsburgh here before go
ing to Lykens, but the trains were late
and he had only -short chats with
State officials who went to see him.
I-le was scheduled to leave at 3.30 for
Millersburg, where ho is to be met by
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For HarrlHliurg nutl vicinity! Fair,
continued cold to-night with low
est temperature about wros W«d
nesilay fair, with rifling tempera
For Eastern Pennsylvania l Fair
to-night and Wednesday, not »o
t-old Wednesday) light variable
The river and Its trlhutarlea will
remuln about stationary. The
area of l'roaen surface will In
i crease.
tmcnernl Conditions
The stonn thai was central over
Tennessee Monday morning, has
been forced southeastward Into
the Atlantic ocean, passing over
the Carolina*. by n strong high
pressure area that covers a broad
belt of country extending from
Western Texas northeastward
through the Lower Missouri and
Upper Mississippi valleys and tho
l.ake region into Canada.
I Temperature: S a. m., 3 degree*
above aero; 'i p. m., 11 degrees
nliuir «ero.
Sua: Hlses. Bslil a. m.| seta. 5:45
p. m.
Moon: New moon, to-alght, 7:03
p. m.
11l ipr Stage: Three fc«t above low
nalrr mark.
Yesterday's Wenther
Highest tempernture, 18.
Lowest temperature, 10,
Mean temperature, 14.
Normal temperature, HI,
Goorgo Cresnic and .Tefca Anoca, city.
Marry PembeHon Hall and Goldie Maa
Welrich, city.
Elmer Franklin Nace and Annto
Louisa Powell, Williamstown.
Roy Ferguson, Allentown, and Katie
Faust, Wiconlsco.
James M. Callahan and Emma Beers,
Baileys, Pa.
f" " ' >
Take Y our
Shopping Seriously
It takes judgment to make the
'■ family purse do its full measure
' of service in these days of high
1 The wise woman takes her
i shopping seriously and spends
t her money carefully.
' She seeks the best advice she
t can get, and nine times out of
ten she finds it In the advertls
t ing columns of live newspapers
( like , the Telegraph.
1 She reads the advertising daily
s and keeps posted on what the
> stores are showing. If some
fortunate turn in the market pre
sents an unusual opportunity she
s Is ready to take advantage of it.
: She markets as carefully and
1 with as much knowledge of the
situation as her husband would
slio%v if he were buying a piece
• of real estate.
Advertising is a business edu
cation to the modern woman. It
1 is her ready reference book.
She verifies the sta'tements
made In print from time to time
i and she soon becomes as expert
on Wliut's What and Who's who.