Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, June 26, 1914, Image 1

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    Property Loss in Great Salem Conflagration Is Estimated a! $ 13,000,00&
LXXXIII — No. 151
Many Big Concerns Promise to Co
operate and Get Business
on Firm Basis
John Claflin Pledges His Personal
Fortune of $10,000,000 to
* Help Defunct Organization
By Associated Press
New York, June 26.—With assur
nnces of co-operation from the leading
dry goods firms. fobbing and commis
sion houses and the organization of
merchandise creditors and the holders
of the firm's paper. John Claflin to-du.v
began the task of reorganization of
the H. B. Claflin Company, which went
into the hands of receivers yesterday.
In a statement giving his reasons for
the receivership Mr. Claflin said re
garding possible reorganization that "a
plan will soon be presented which we
hope will prove acceptable to both
creditors and to stockholders."
Representatives of houses In the re
tail, jobbing and commission business
have expressed sympathy over the
Claflin receivership and all united in a
promise to co-operate with the com
pany to the fullest possible extent in
regaining a firm financial standing.
The impression prevails to-day in
financial circles that the firm will
eventually pay 10c cents on the dollar
If creditors allow sufficient time for
the company to realize on its assets.
Defender Bankrupt?
An involuntary petition in bank
ruptcy was tiled here to-day against
the Defender Manufacturing com
pany, of this city, makers of under
wear, a subsidiary or the 11. H. Claflin
company which failed yesterday. Re
ceivers in equity proceedings were ap
pointed at the time of the Claflin fail
ure. but it was contended that the
company was solvent. Creditors now
seek to have it adjudged bankrupt.
Counsel for the Claflin interests, it is
understood, will oppose the petition.
Members of the noteholders' protec
tive committee, appointed yesterday
to safeguard the interests of banks
having some $30,000,000 of Claflin pa
per, wont into session to-day at the
National Bank of Commerce, whose
president. J. S. Alexander, is chair
man of the committee.
A. C. Drew, secretary of the mer
chandise creditors committee, esti
mated to-day that merchandise cred
itors have, claims of about $2,000,000.
"It is our earnest hope," he said, "that
merchandise creditors will deposit
claims with our committee at the
earliest moment. Immediate co-op
eration is essential to produce satis
factory results. In view of the pub
lic importance of this matter, this
committee has consented to represent
creditors without cost to them."
The liabilities of the company are
placed at $34,000,000, principally in
the form of commercial paper. The
sets are placed at $44,000,000, and in
addition John Claflin, it is stated, has
pledged his personal fortune of
$10,000,000. The outstanding paper is
held by thousands of banks through
out the United States and so widely
scattered as to prevent a financial
st%-iin in any one section which would I
result in forcing the company to a i
hasty settlement and probably prevent I
Creditors to Meet
A meeting of the creditors to be |
held in about ten days will determine
whether the receivership shall he con
tinued, and if so, on what terms they
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Greensboro, X. C., June 26.—Henry
T. Collof, of Philadelphia, a traveling
man, was suffocated and several others
were slightly injured when fifty guests
were routed by fire from the Guilford
Hotel early to-day. Several jumped
from windows without serious Injury.
Mrs. Sarah Schell, 228 South Fif
teenth street, was admitted to the.
Harrisburg hospital last evening suf
fering with a fractured left arm which
she received when she stumbled over
the curb near her home.
Late News Bulletins
Reading. I'H., June 26.—An express train on the Reading Railway
1 struck a team at tlic grade crossing at Blandou this afternoon. Leon
Rismillcr. aged 11. was killed. Harry Taner. aged 7. sustained injuries
from which lie will die.. Charles Conrad, aged 12. was badly hurt
Batavla, June 20.—The British Klntuck or the China M'utual Steam
Navigation Company, crowded with emigrants, was reported ten hours
overdue and it was reared she had met with an accident io connection
with the earthquake recorded to-day.. A steamer has been sent rroin
here to search tor her.
Atlantic City, X. June 20.—P. Ezequlal Rojas. minister rrom
Venezuela to the I nlted States, died at a hotel here to-day. Death was
due to a heart condition or long standing. He arrived here two weeks
ago with his secretary and valet, who were at the bedside at the end
The body will be sent to Washington. The decca-scd was 83 years old. '
Batavla. -la*a, June 20.—>lany were killed or injured to-day in a
xiolent earthquake which caused widespread damage in Southern Su
matra. The offices of the Dutch resident and many other buildings col
lapsed at Benkoelen, the capital, and telegraph and cable communica
tion was interrupted,
i Washington, June 2«.—President* Wilson sent the following tele
gram to Governor Walsh to-day: "I am sure I speak for the American
people In tendering heartfelt sympathy through you to the people of
the stricken city of Salem. Can the federal government be of service
in the emergency?"
Santiago. Chile, June 20.—Great gratification is expressed bv the
Chileun newspapers to-day at the success of the mediators at Xiugara
Falls. Congratulations are showered on those who conceived and pro
posed the idea of mediation.
New York, June 20.—Following tl»e uncertain tone of the carlv
afternoon the market gradually swung around to the highest level of this
day in the final hour. I/eading stocks were then between 1 and 2 points
above yesterdays closing. The market to-day showed a tendency to
break away from the depressing influence engendered In' tiie t'laflln
failure and save for a brief Interval showed a firm undertone. The clos
ing was strong.
Wall Street Closing—Chesapeake and Ohio, 50 U ; I/chlch Vallev
' Northern Pacific. 109 V*: Southern Pacific, 94%; Union Pacific,
IR8?d: C. H. * St. Paul, 98: P. R. R., 109V6: Reading, 101%; N. Y.
Central, 88%; Canadian Pacific, 192 !4; U. S. Steel, 60.
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Rev. Hart Declares He Can Mater
ially Increase Size of His
Congregation Thereby
Insists, However, That, This Is but
One Step Further in Advance
of Stereopticon
In keeping with tlie rapidly chang
ing methods of church work, the Fifth
Street Methodist Church, of this city,
will in the very near future install a
complete and modern moving picture
For several weeks the pastor, the
Rev. B. Jl. Hart, has been experiment
ing in the Sunday evening service with
storeopticon pictures and the results
have been so satisfactory that he and
the members of this church are pre
pared to go a step further. Mr. Hart
said this morning:
"Yes. it is true that we are about
to install a moving picture apparatus.
The matter has been under consid
eration for some time and a competent
committee has l»een at work gathering
data about the various kinds of ma
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Paxtang Citizens to
Meet Tuesday Night
Paxtang's citizens will meet in the
schoolhouse at 8 o'clock Tuesday even
ing to arrange for all the details inci
dent to the proposed organization of
the borouph following the handing
down of the formal incorporation de
>fflcers will be nominated for pre
sentation to the court for appoint
ment. Chairman W. E. Seel has is
sued the call for the meeting.
By Associated Press
Xaples, .Tune 26.—The Duke of
osta, eldest cousin of King Victor Em
manuel. is suffering from an attack of
typhoid fever caused by eating oysters.
The Puke, who is a lieutenant general
in the Italian army, Is 4 5 years old.
Will Celebrate Elevation of Local
Man to Head of Order in
Great Sachem Charles E. Pass, of
the Great Council of Red Men of
Pennsylvania, who is a Harrisburger,
will be honored by chiefs and many
braves on the night of July 17 in this
in celebration of Mr. Pass' re-elec
tion to the highest office in the order
of Red Men in Pennsylvania and to
show their appreciation, every tribe
in Harrisburg will parade. With the
local tribes on parade will be tribes
from Steelton, Highspire, Middletown
and other surrounding towns. Invita
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By Associated rress
Reading. Pa., June 26.—While look
ing for a break caused by the storm of
Wednesday night, William 11. Eyler, 25
years of age, was electrocuted this
morning. He was perched on a forty
foot pole when he lost his balance,
grasped a live wire and was shocked
to death.
- ■ I HI I 111 k •iinaiiiMii mUMMMif ■
Rains of Past Several Days Have
Been a Wonderful Help Say
From the hot fields of Dauphin
county with their growing crops of
grain, corn, grass, alfalfa and fruit
excellent reports of the conditions
were brought this week by agricul
Excluding a few dark spots here
and there the crop situation t well
might be epitomized in one word:
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Flight Across Ocean
Is Again Postponed
By Associated Press
N. Y., June 26. —
The definite, announcement yesterday
that the transatlantic aeroplane Amer
ica would not be shipped to New
Foundland until July 11 means that
the flight to Europe cannot begin
about the middle of July, as had been
planned. It will take four or five
days to make the trip from New York
to New Foundland by steamer and
then the assembling of the machine
and further trials will delay the over
sen flight until July 23 or 24.
The delay in shipping the machine,
it is said. Is due to thf fact that Glenn
11. Curtiss, her constructor, wishes to
experiment with new auxiliary hydro
pin nes.
ft was reported Jiere to-day that if
the America Is not in perfect trim by
the end of July, John C.
Porte, who will pilot the aeroplane,
will postpone the trip until August, so
that ho can have the benefit of the
full moon while flying across the
Fine "Movie" Owner
For Hiring Lad Aged 13
Charged with violating the child la
bor law prohibiting the employment
of any person under the age of four
teen years. Edward Conners, manager
of the Realty theater. Mlddletown, was
fined $lO and costs of prosecution by
Alderman Hilton yesterday afternoon.
Information against Conners was
made by James T. McCormick, an In
spector for the Department of Labor
and Industry. It Is alleged that Ed
mond Yost, aged 13 years, was em
ployed by Conners In his "movie."
tly Associated Press
Tampa, Ela., June 26.—Garland N.
Whistler, aged fifi, U. 8. A., retired, Is
dead at his summer home here. Gen
era' Whistler Invented smokeless pow
der and a system of fire control for
artillery coast defense by which offi
cers in a central station can map out
the exact location of approaching ves
sels. , <
Million Dollar Blast
Furnace to Be Built
at Penna. Steel Mills
Work Started Today; To Be Strictly Modern in Detail With
500 Tons Per Day Capa city; Brings Joy to Hundreds
of Unemployed; Improvement Work Well Under Way
Official confirmation was made at
the offices of the Pennsylvania Steel
company this morning that work has
been started on the construction of a
new blast furnace at the big Steelton
This new furnace with its ore yard
and other appurtenances will cost ap
proximately $1,000,000 and more thfia
a year's time will be required for its
The management of the steel com-
Poor of Paris Will Benefit by
Championship Bout; 10 Per
Cent of Receipts For Them
By Associated Press
Paris, June 26. Both Jack John
son, heawweight champion of the
world, and Frank Moran, of Pitta
burgh, challenger for the title, finished
their training to-day and each of them
declared himself in the best possible
condition for their contest to-morrow
"I shall win sure," was the cable
gram Johnson sent to his mother in
Chicago to-day, while a friend of Mo
ran, who visited him at his training
quarters at Meriel on the Ooise, said
that, the challenger was no less confi
The advance sale of seats indicates
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Foreign Trade Details
Set Fourth in Report
By Associated Press
Washington, June 26.—Details of
the $4,279,000,000 foreign trade of the
United States during last year are set
forth in the annual report on com
merce and navigation just issued by
the Department of Commerce. They
show exports exceeded imports by
$653,000,000. Exports of manufac
turers amounted to more than six
times the Imports of like classes. Last
year 80 per cent, of American foreign!
trade was carried in foreign vessels j
while in 1850 seventy per cent, of our|
commerce was carried in American
pany has foreseen the turning of the j
tide politically. It realizes that Demo- j
cratlc mis-rule at Washington can be
but temporary and It is putting itself
in position to take full advantage of
the prosperity that is sure to return.
The new furnace will probably be
known as the No. 5 blast furnace. It
will be built In line with the present
No. 3 and 4 -blast furnaces and will
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Ask to Have Appeal From Auto
License Fund Decision Act as
Supersedeas in Case
Counsel for Auditor General A. W.
Powell and State Treasurer R. K.
Young, who last night appealed to the
Supreme Court from the decision of
Judges McCarreli and Henry, uphold
ing the constitutionality of the ap
propriation clause of the automobile
license act of 1913, to-day took a step
to block any payment from the million
dollar accumulation In the Treasury
to the Highway Department for re
pair of State roads until the case is
decided by the highest court. The
action simply means that everything is
to be hold up as it has been since last
summer and that the Highway Depart
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Bankers Want to Know
Rates For Collections
By Associated Press
Washington, June 26.—Repeated
inquirie's are made at the Treasury
Department by banners throughout
the country as to whether the Federal
Reserve Board will have the Federal
Reserve act as a clearing house and
what rate for collections will be fixed.
Under the Federal Reserve act It is
within the power of the board to per
form the functions of a clearing house
for the twelve reserve banks or desig
nate one of the banks which Is to clear
the business of the other eleven. Fur
thermore the board may require each I
federal reserve bank to act as a cle&r- I
Ang house for all of its member banks, j
20 PAGES. .
Thousand Buildings in
Salem Destroyed; Loss
Estimated at $10,000,000,
Tents and Rations Sent to City to Care For Many Persons
Made Homeless by Conflagrations; Three Lives Lost;
Devastated Section of Historic Town Covers Several
Square Miles; Governor Assists in Relief Work.
fly Associated Press
Salem, Mttss., June 26.—The con
flagration which laid waste more than
a thousand buildings in the historic
city of Salem was burning Itself out
to-day in the levelled ruins.
City officials after making a careful
compilation of values to-day figured
the total loss at $10,000,000. The
burned district followed the lines of
a rough semi-circle, three miles In
length and varying in width from
half a mile to a mile and a half.
Although many persons were in
jured only three lives were lost. The
charred body of Mrs. Jennie Cunning
ham was found in Fafayette, street;
Samuel I'. White}' was burned to death
in his home and a badly charred body
was found in the mill district. At
least ten thousand persons, a fourth
of the city's population, were made
homeless. Thousands passed the night
in the open. Many hundreds were
sheltered in schools, churchep and
public buildings in this vicinity and
Relore the tire liad been fairly
checked relief measures ami plans for
rebuilding were under way. Gover
nor Walsh. lieutenant-governor Barry
and Secretary of State Donahue spent
the night here. The governor an
nounced that five thousand tents and
ten thousand rations would be ship
ped to the city at once. He also is
sued a. class for a public meeting at
the State House in Boston to take
further action.
In the midst of the gloom caused
by the staggering blow to the city,
residents found cause for thankfulness
in the the more noted bulld
Asks Divorce Saying She Had No
Knowledge of Former Wedding
Until Short Time Ago
In continued term of divorce court
this morninK before Judge Kunkel
Mrs. Grace Watson, 1111 Plum ave
nue, this city, appealed for a decree'of
separation, alleging that her husband,
Thomas Watson, had a wife when he
married her and that the first wife,
undivorced, is still alive.
Mrs. Watson said she and her hus
band were happy until she learned
that he was married before and that
the first wife was living. Then she
compelled him to leave. The wife
wept as her mother related the story
covering Watson's confession as a
Watson formerly lived in Cumber
land county. At one time Watson lived
in England and late in the eighties
he enlisted in the British arqiy.
i His regiment was in England in De
cember, 1897, and on Christmas Day
of that year he became the husband
of Elizabeth Woodyear, whom he had
known since childhood, the ceremony |
being performed in the parish house,
Dartmouth. Kent county, England.
Three days later Watson s regiment
was sent to South Africa. Upon his
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Former Harrisburger
Loses Home in Salem
The home of William H. Fitzimons,
formerly of Harrisburg, was destroyed
in the big lire at Salem last night.
Telegrams from Mr. Fitzimons to his
brother-in-law, Andrew S. Patterson,
of the Union Trust company, say that
i lie and his family escaped injury, but
I that all their furniture and belongings
I were burned. Mr. Fitzimons' store
I was in danger at one time but was not
; damaged. The Fitzimons residence
! was in Gabot street near St. Joseph's
| Catholic church and orphanage, both
of which fell prey to the flames.
Desire to See Aeroplane
Cost Lad Broken Leg
Amos Nye, aged 14, of 1018 South
Twenty-first street, was eager to see
the aeroplane flights at Pax tang Park
yesterday afternoon and climbed a
tree. His foot accidentally slipped
and he fell twenty-five feet to the
He was taken to the ITarrisburg hos
pital suffering with a fractured right
Taylor to Open Proposals
For Apparatus June 29
M. llarvey Taylor, Park Commis
sioner, will open proposals for one
j or more motor combination chemical
and hose wagons and one or more
motor tractors on June 29.
Recommendations covering the]
awarding of the contract will not likely i
be made by Commissioner Taylor be
fore the July 7 meeting of the City.
Uni6n Trust Company
Increases Its Dividend
The Union Trust Company has an-j
nouncfd that it will add one per cent. ■
to its annual dividends to stockhold- 1
ers. The increase was decided on at
a meeting of the directors following
a statement of business and earnings
showing that the bank's business lius'
had a substantial growth. i
ings and the museums, with their
priceless collections of antiquities,
were spared. The birthplace of Nar
thaniel Hawthorne, the "House of
Seven Gables" and the old custom
House were threatened for a time and
the flames approached dangerously
close to the Peabod.v Museum and the
Essex Institute, but none of these
structures were damaged. a
A second body was taken from the
ruins this forenoon but it was so char
red that the sex could not be deter
During the forenoon train and tr6U
lo.v service was resumed and thou
sands of sightseers thronged the city.
Stores in the "business section which
had been closed when the electric light'
plant was burned, reopened and that
part of the city resumed a more nearly
normal appearance. S
I'rompt response was made to a
public appeal for relief Issued by Gov
ernor Walsh. Henry C. Frick, of
Pittsburgh, sent a check for $26,000.
Wagons and automobiles loaded
with food began to arrive from suin
rounding cities at daylight and city ofrf
(icials supervised its distribution. '
The companies of militia summon*
ed to assist In maintaining order, pa
trolled tho streets to-day. Martial
law was not declared, but no one was
permitted to approach the fire-swept
area without a pass. Only one at
tempt at looting was discovered.
On the Common and Hji the out
skirts of the city thousands of refugees
tried to find a little rest during the
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President's Declaration
Ahead With Anti-Trust Pro
gram Arouses Attention * \
Washington, D. C.. June 26.—Presi
dent Wilson's emphatic declaration of
the administration's intention to go
straight ahead with its anti-trust pro
gram and place those measures on the
statute books of the country with the
prediction of unparalleled prosperity to
follow attracted widespread attention;
here to-day. In congressional circles
especially the President's utterances
were read with keen interest an* ex-,
cited much comment.
While the # President's speech was
addressed to members of the Virginia
Press Association, it was meant for the
entire nation. It was regarded, per
haps, as the most important message
the President has given to the business
work and as his final answer to those
who oppose the of the anti
trust program at the present session of
In Congress the belief was expressed,
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For Harrlsliurg and vicinity) Fair
to-night and Saturday; some
"lial warmer Saturday.
For Eastern Pennsylvania) Fair to
il In lit and Saturday; illghtlT
warmer Saturday in north and
went portion*!) gentle north and
northwest winds.
Hlver I «
The StiHfiuehaiina river and Ita prin
cipal tributaries will remain
neary Mtatlonnry to-night
nnd Snturday, except the tinner ,
portion** of the North and West 11
branches, whleh will fall slowly
A Matte of 1.5 feet In Indicated .
for Harrlsburg Saturday morning, j
Temperature! Sa. m., 74; 2D. m «•» i
Moon 1 First quarter, June 30, 2 t 24
Hlver Stave 1 1.5 feet above low
water mark.
Yesterday's Weather
11 lirbest temperature, 03.
I.owest temperature, (10.
Mean temperature, 81.
Normal temperature, 72.
William H. Enpley. Marj# vilie, ' an«
Emma Eckles, Harrisburg.
Chester E McAlichor and Vesta M.
Evans, Harrisburg.
Russell C. Shelley, Duncannon. and
Martha J. Coble, Newport.
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Profite Better
Than Ever
A large safety razpr concern
which has been advertising in
the newspapers tinds that the
first quarter of I#l4 shows
larger sales and better profits
than ever.
Considering the fact
period was not one of bOMn- .
lng business the showing Is the
more remarkable.
I.ong experience has taught
the owners of this raaor (hat
they can get better results at
less cost In the newspaper tits
through any other medium.
Dealers arc always glad to
push these articles because the
advertising in the papers cre
ates a definite demand.