Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, August 22, 1918, Page 8, Image 8

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Hurry and Cunning are the two
apprentices of Despatch ayd of Skill,
but neither of them ever learn their
roaster's trade. — COLTON.
SENATOR SPROUL continues to
Increase in favor with the peo
ple without regard to party af
filiation. He realizes the conditions
which confront the country and his
speeches breathe a fine spirit of
patriotism. He is going about meet
ing the voters here and there, but
does not believe it Is necessary to
Indulge in the usual hectic political
campaign. In this he will have the
approval of all good citizens.
The issues are clearly drawn in
Pennsylvania as between Sproul and
ponniwell and there will be no con
fusion at the ballot box in November.
The Republican standard bearer has
taken a clear and unequivocal posi
tion with respect to the Important
questions which concern the people
this year and at the very outset
declared in favor of the adoption of
the proposed prohibition amend
ment to the constitution. This fact
• alone demonstrates a correct read
ing of public sentiment and all who
favor the abolition of the drink traf
fic will welcome the challenge of the
Democratic nominee to a square con
test on the booze issue.
Let us have it out at the Novem
ber election in the open. If the
people of Pennsylvania are in favor
of a continuance of the rum traffic
with all lhat follows In Its train,
they will line up behind Bonniwell.
'On the other hand. If they believe
the time has" come to crush this
business, they will manifest that de
sire in the support of candidates who
favor the prohibition amendment
Those misguided temperance folk
i who still believe that they should
throw away their votes upon a
purely political Prohibitionist who
has no hope of election will probably
represent an insignificant part of the
• total vote, but even these should
consider well how they fritter away
their strength this year.
"That's the most beautiful building
L in the city," said one girl to another,
I as they passed down Walnut street
and admired the floral front of the
home of the Telegraph. Thanks,
DESPITE the repeated and em
phatic declarations of an army
of earnest elocutionists to the
effect that "Curfew Shall Not Ring
To-night," the curfew has been
sounding right regularly down
through the years in all well regu
lated communities.
Solemnly, mournfully,
Dealing its dole.
The Curfew boll
Is begining to toil.
That was back in the days of the
good poet, Longfellow. Here In Har
rlsburg we do it in a more practical,
if less romantic way—we simply
toot p. whistle a given number of
times and children within the age
limit are supposed, we say—to take
hurried directions for home and
' mother.
Dark grow the windows.
And quenched is the fire;
Sound fades into silence—
And footsteps retire.
That also was In Longfellow's
But not so in Harrlsburg.
The steam that is used to toot the
curfew signal here might better be
saved to heat up the cold radiators
on "fuelless" days next winter. The
f Warning it sounds abroad means
nothing, absolutely nothing, in the
fair young lives of Harrisburg boys
and girls, and even less In the jaded
lackadaisical round of existence of
Harrlsburg policemen, who appear
to go to sleep so long In advance of
the curfew siren that' even its thun
derous notes can scarcely rouse them
to a sense of duty.
L "Heigho, yawns the drowsing offi
cer oil his favorite corner, "what'a
an ordinance between friends, any
way," and sinks back to pleasant
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THURSDAY EVENING, hajuusburg {iSjgjtf TELEGRAPH AUGUST 22, 1918.
dreams of throwing hand grenades
down the great throat of the curfew
Meanwhile the law is being broken
In a thousand places all over the city
and boys and girls who should be at
home In bed continue to wander at
will, where they will. Children
laugh at the curfew regulations and
policemen growl when they are men
tioned. The man who wrote "Cur
few Must Not Ring To-night" might
have saved his ink. It doesn'a
amount to a hoot in Harrlsburg
whether it rings or toots or remains
"Any man who chooses to run the
risk can manufacture whisky secretly
for fifty cents a gallon," says Arthur'
Brisbane. One can but wonder how
Mr. Brisbane knows.
MISSISSIPPI is to be congratu
lated upon the defeat of Sena
tor Vardaman for renomina
tion. The whole country rejoices that
this misrepresentative is to be re
tired to private life. President Wil
son will regard the result of the pri
mary as an endorsement of his ad
ministration, and so it is, in a way,
but only such an endorsement as
Republican Pennsylvania or any
other loyal State would have accord
ed him under the circumstances.
The American people as a whole,
regardless of party, are back of the
President in his war aims—which
they take to be the defeat of Ger
many on the field of battle and in
the future fair play for all peoples
and honest dealing between the na
tions, large and small. They will go
on to victory under that standard
or go down to utter defeat the
President rather than accept less
than the great objects for which they
are striving. But as to agreeing with,
the President in all of his policies—
tlat iS quite another matter, and the
Vardaman incident must be regarded
in its true light, that of patriotic
people declining to return a doubt
ful citizen to office, and not as a
straw in the partisan political wind.
It's too bad that the Americans are
constantly doing things to annoy their
Hun opponents. They attack without
warning, they don't stop fighting ac
cording to the German schedule and
now they use shot-guns with buck
shot cartridges. Of course, the finicky
enemy pretend that all this is con
trary to the Geneva convention, con
veniently forgetting that it is also a
violation of the convention to use ex
plosive bullets, liquid fire, poisonous
gases and Instruments of a barbarous
nature, all of which aqtually have
been employed by German troops in
the fighting. Shot-guns are used by
military police under recognized in
ternational agreement, but the Hun
always squeals when his own tactics
are turned against him.
United States Senator James Hamil
ton Lewis is doing considerable talk
ing in France. Among other things,
he has declared at long range that the
war will probably he over before the
next Presidential campaign and that
with the war over, "there is not the
slightest chance of the third-term
question arising." Jim Ham also be
lieves that the people will not look
to the military heroes for the heads
of the tickets, and that "the leaders
will naturally be statesmen rather
than soldiers." He also emits the
opinion that "the Democratic party
cannot go to the East for its candi
date." Aha, there's the milk in the
cocoanut. Jim Ham lives in the Mid
dle West and is not a soldier.
Mayor Keister and his associates in
the city administration will doubtless
pick up quite a bit of useful informa
tion at the Erie convention of the
League of Third Class Cities. But
they should keep constantly in mind
that Harrisburg is considerably ahead
of other cities, and not fall into the
error of being pulled down Instead
of lifting up in their official Inter
change of thought.
Many of the boys of the One Hun
dred and Tenth and the One Hundred
and Twelfth regiments have made the
supreme sacrifice, but the spirit of the
nation is being expressed in the high
est form of patriotic devotion, and
Pennsylvania is over there in the way
the Hun can now understand.
Good old Harrisburg is humping
along saving sugar, reducing its waist
line, making a more efficient milk
distribution and helping to conserve
fuel. When the boys come back we
can afford to feast, but not until then.
When peace is finally declared the
news should come from the Allies in
Berlin. Germany will never know all
the trujth until the "Yanks" have
marched down the Unter den Linden
and through the arch of tho Emperor.
Have you been reading Dr. Davis'
"The Kaiser as I Knew Him for Four
teen Years?" If not. turn this even
ing to another page of the Telegraph
and you'll want all the preceding
chapters of this compelling story.
Community singing is being en
couraged at Duncannon, where the
townsfolk gathered at the Jennings
summer home last night and sang
the popular war songs. Who will start
the community "sings" here?
President Wilson is still being
sharply criticised for his Interference
in the selection of candidates for the
House and the Senate, but we must
steadily keep in mind that "politics is
Complaints of failure to properly
look after the silt basins along the
Susquehanna interceptor are heard.
Commissioner Lynch will stand for
nothing of this sort, if he knows it.
There is still hope, we understand,
of something being done to save the
shade trees of Harrlsburg. Park Com
missioner Gross favors the appoint
ment of a commission.
Secretary McAdoo is catching on,
but he will not forget that the long
headed Pennsylvania Railroad officials
have already taken steps to run their
trains by electricity.
How about the Curfew ordinance?
Is this also a dead letter and unen
forced like the cut-out regulation as to
motor vehicles?
'PotvttC* tfc
By the Ex-Oommltteeman
Members of the Democratic state
committee may not be called to meet
in Harrlsburg to consider the draft
of the proposed platform until after
September 1. The committee in
charge of the document upon which
the state organization Intends to go
before the voters has not yet de
termined upon the declarations and
is also disposed to await the result
of some overtures said to have been
pointed in the direction of Judge
Eugene C. Bonniwell, the candidate
for Governor, who Insists on running
on his own platform regardless of
the state committee.
The state committee provided that
it should be reconvened before Sep
tember 1 to hear the report of the
platform committee, but it is said
that State Chairman George R. Mc-
Lean has been informed that the
platform builders may not be ready.
The original plan was to have the
state committee meet August 28.
Secretary Warren VanDyke, of the
state committee, said to-day that he
expected the state committee to meet,
denying reports that it would not
—Republicans from a dozen coun
ties will gather at Neff's, the historic
meeting place of the Lehigh county
Republicans, for the opening of the
Republican campaign on Saturday.
This meeting has for years been held
immediately after the Democratic
meeting to start things and this year
the Republicans will have a notable
assembly. Gubernatorial Candidate
Sproul, Senator Edward E. Beidle
man, and Representative James F.
Woodward, nominees for Lieutenant
Governor and Secretary of Internal
Affairs, respectively, have both an
nounced an intention of being pres
ent and it is quite likely that all of
the nominees for Congressman-at-
Large; William J. Burke, of Pitts
burgh, Allegheny county; Thomas S.
Crago, of Waynesboro, Greene coun
ty; Mahlon M. Garland, of Edge
wood, Allegheny county, and Ander
son H. Walters, of Johnstown, Cam
bria county, will also be there.
—Senator Sproul has accepted an
invitation to attend a meeting of the
Republican county committee of
Montgomery county, at Norristown,
on September 7, and he will later
visit a number of plants in the coun
ty for informal meetings with the
voters. It is not likely that there will
be any meetings scheduled by the
state committee before the latter
part of September. There may,be two
parties of orators tour the state, and
owing to the uncertainty of railroad
connections, automobiles will be used
largely in making the visits from
county to county.
—Judge Eugene C. Bonniwell was I
at the York fair yesterday and there
is small comfort for the organiza
tion faction in what transpired in the
big Democratic county. The judge
spoke to a large crowd at the fair
and after the speechmaking "held
meetings in York with prominent
Democrats. The city and county
committees lined up with him and at
last Congressman A. R. Brodbeck
turned up beside him. This condi
tion is interesting in view of the way
prominent Federal jobholders iden
tified with the Palmer-McCormick
group have been trooping into York
county to hold the line.
—Mayor A. T. Connell, of Scran
ton, who was here yesterday, said
that the troubles In his city over
firemen and highway workers were
ended. "All got increases except the
Mayor," he remarked.
—Charles B. Lenahan, the Wllkes-
Barre lawyer, who persists in run
ning for Supreme Court justice over
the Palmer-McCormick choice. Jus
tice E. J. Fox, is in Pittsburgh look
ing after some of his fences and pre
paring for some energetic work.
—Friends of Henry Budd, the
prominent Philadelphia lawyer, have
been getting very busy in his behalf
for Supreme Court in this city.
—People here are still discussing
the resignation of J. M. Coughlin,
the Wilkes-Barre educator and one
of the oldest friends of the Governor,
from the State Board of Educatfbn.
The fact that it was kept so quiet is
what is making it such an interest
ing topic of conversation.
—People Interested in third class
city affairs are watching with much
interest the outcome of the situa
tion in Johnstown, whore the Clark
act, the civil service act for police
men, the city fathers and pthers
have come into many-sided collision.
The Clark act seems to be the cause
of more or less perturbation, espe
cially in Chester. Wilkes-Barre and
Johnstown. It bids fair to be a tar
get next winter when the Legislature
meets. The Johnstown row occur
red when the Civil Service Commis
sion announced that all candidates
for the office of chief of police, which
becomes vacant August 31, must file
written applications with the Com
mission and submit to physical and
mental examination under a rule
adopted by the Board. Mayor Eouis
Franke and other members of Coun
cil contend that the vacancy shall
be filled by promotion, without the
formality of such examination, from
the ranks of the present force. The
Commission rules, they declare, have
never been approved by Council and
would not be effective, anyhow, if
they conflicted with the state laws.
Bricks Without Straw?
"But from the beginning I have
planned, as a matter of regulation,
to have men from eighteen to nine
teen put in a separate class, with a
view to deferring their call until it
is necessary."—Secretary Baker.
"We will need every single man in
Class 1 between eighteen and forty
five. We must not delude ourselves
with the' idea that those in the
eighteen and nineteen calls are go
ing to be deferred any length of
time. They will have to be called
early next spring in order to get
their training in time to get to
France."—General March.
United Mine Workers has a Cana
dian membership of almost 8,000.
A provincial bureau is being formed
In England for the employment of
discharged soldiers in civil employ
Pressmen, mailers and stereotypers
of the newspaper offices in Toronto
have been granted a 6 per cent, in
crease as a war bonus.
The Women's County Committee of
Fife, Scotland, is enrolling 1,000 wo
men for weeding and harvesting the
flax crop.
Belfast shipbuilders have achieved
a world's record in completing an
8,000-ton standard ship in 15 days
aftor she was launched.
Agricultural workers in West Glou
cestershire, England, are threatening
to strike unless they are paid $11.25 a
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Human Touch Heeded
[From the Pittsburgh Dispatch.]
Charles M. £jchwab, the human
dynamo who is directing the prac
tical side of the shipbuilding pro
gram in furtherance of the Govern
ment's military program, gave some
excellent advice a few days ago In
Philadelphia to well-meaning patri
otic workers. "Patriotic speeches
are all right and so are slogans and
posters," said the director in his
plain utilitarian way, "but they arc
being crassly 'overdone. Go among
these shipbuilders with the human
touch—that's what they need—and
drop the hot air. I know men and
I know what these men want. They
are doing the work in the sweat of
their brows, and, believe me, they
know what's what."
As perhaps the most personally
successful manager of steel plants in
the world, Mr. Schwab's every-day
words make the best kind of advice.
His knowledge of men is not the
least valuable or his equipment as a
phenomenally successful superin
tendent and general manager before
he went to the head of the class as
erector of one of the largest steel
making organizations in the coun
try. He knows men thoroughly. Tho
men who labor in the Bethlehem
plant will vouch for his knowledge
of human nature, and men who ever
worked at Edgar Thompson or
Homestead will corroborate. It was
Mr. Schwab's ability and willingness
to go among the men with the
human touch that contributed sub
stantially to his success from the
day when, as a comparative youth,
lie became general manager of the
Edgar Thompson works. He al
ways could get more work from the
Criticism of the overdone patriot
ism of oratory and slogans and catch
phrases and posters is better from
Mr. Schwab than the ordinary man
because there is not the slightest
danger of misunderstanding or mis
interpreting him. He knows men
and that knowledge warns him that
if the oratory and other demonstra
tions of patriotic overzeal is kept up,
one result will be a revulsion and
a testy temper among those which
may ask questions about practical
results that may not be so easy to
answer. Keep up the patriotic talk,
says Mr. Schwab, but also go among
the men,who are doing the work and
offer them the genuine human
touch. They need it and—this is
Mr. Schwab's strong point—they
have a claim to it.
Why They Want Him
[From New York Times]
■ There is a queer misapprehension
among some of the opponents of Mr.
Henry Ford's burst into the Michigan
primaries. Thus The Detroit Free
Press ascribes to him a contempt for
the political processes by which the
government is carried on. "Mr.
Ford," says The Chicago Tribune,
"has indulged himself for years in
the gratification of not knowing any
thing' about the country's political
procedure, of not connecting himself
with it, or having anything to do
with it."
This Is a little unjust. Mr. Ford
remembers that he cast his first vote
for v President "for Garfield" in 1884.
If his memory, busy with so many
weightier matters, has mislaid his
candidate's name, at least Mr. Ford
once voted, and he knows that there
are Presidents.
But it is not as an authority on
politics, on the American political
system, -that he has been picked for
Senator by an expert and an illus
trious hand. Just as the Prussian
Herrenhaus Includes a number of
life-peers who are chosen by the king
from among great landholders, rich
industrials, "national celebrities;"
Just as the House of Lords has among
its members great men of business,
of letters, so should not our Senate
be In part a Chamber of Notables, of
Magnates, a House of Fame, in an
other than Chaucer's sense?
Few men are better known than
Mr. Ford. In the matter of swift, ro
mantic, inexhaustible riches Monte
Cristo was Lazarus compared to this
Wolverine machinist. He is one of
the greatest carriers in the world. In
what hamlet is the sound of his
wheels unheard? His experience on
the ship of peace makes him an au
thority on shipping. His Christmas
evacuation of the trenches makes
him an authority on military affairs.
Yet not as a common politician, but
as a rare, a natural, an unconscious
genius do his enthusiasts push him
toward the Senate.
Mystery About the Kaiser
A Detroit paper remarks that the
kaiser speaks English fluently. What,
then, keeps him from understanding
it? From the Cleveland Plain
To the Editor,of the Telegraph:
One would think that when a na
tion was engaged in a war for hu
manity the setting up of the dollar
against the man would have little
weight with the legislator. But
strange as it may seem, in the eyes
of many legislators the dollar is still
much bigger than the man. It was in
the Presidency of the immortal Lin
coln that the nation was first brought
face to face with the question of the
infernal revenue the nation has been
ever since receiving from the liquor
traiflc. When the bill passed by Con
gress was presented to him for'his
signature he refused to sign declar
ing he would rather lose his right
arm at the shoulder than to have
his right hand affix his name to the
bill. However, after much urging and
the assurance that as soon as the
war was over the bill would be re
pealed, he reluctantly yielded and
the blood money began to flow into
the treasury. The sacred promise to
repeal has never been kept.
A new crisis is on us. Congress
has large sums of money to raise for
this war for humanity. Once more as
in the days before the Civil War the
battle for the abolition of the drink
traffic has risen to high tide. A day
has even been fixed by the United
States Senate when a bill providing
for national prohibition for the
period of the war shall become the
unfinished business of the Senate un
til a vote is taken. "~
Once more the bribe, only of much
larger proportions, is to be held out
to block the passage of the bill. We
hear talk of a billion in revenue that
will be lost If prohibition is voted.
The committee in charge of prepar
ing the stupendous eight billion rev
enue bill has seen a great light and
has raised the infernal revenue tax
on whisky from $3.20 per gallon to
$8 'pfer gallon. Doubtless other alco
holics will have like raises proposed.
What will be the estimate placed by
our Congress upon the dollar as com
pared to the man? We shall sotm see.
But "woo to him that buildeth a
town with blood and stablisheth a
city by iniquity! Behold, is it not of
the Lord of Hosts that the people
shall labor in the very fire?" Sub
stitute "nation" for "town" and
"city" and it is just as true, and is
not our nation passing through "the
very fire?" And who are we? We de
light to boast that in this land, we,
the people, are the sovereigns. If so,
let us rise in our sovereignty and
compel our servants, the legislators,
both state and national, really to
serve us and do our will. Pretty sov
ereigns we, if we sit supinely by and
let our "servants" dictate to, us who
shall represent us in the halls of the
Legislature and of Congress. The
"servants" have become the masters
and "t<oss rule" is rampant. It will
continue to be so as long as the voter
goes meekly to the polls and reg
isters Jhe ballot the bosses have de
This year, more distinctly than
ever before, the call goes forth to the
voter to be his own man at the bal
lotbox and register a vote there that
the blindest may see spells liberty to
all men. Cast a vote that says the
man is bigger than the dollar. Amer
ica is being taught to think in big
and generous lerms to-day. and the
biggest thing she can secure and the
most needful thing for her future Is
a clean, pure, virile, sober manhood.
God givo us men. A time like this de
mands clear vision, right appraise
ments, just decisions. If it was wrong
in the 60's to put a blackman on the
auction block and sell him body and
soul to the highest bidder, it is just
as wrong to put any man on the
block and say to the liquor traffic,
"You can capture him and enslave
him body and soul with your alco
holic drinks, if you will pay me my
Let Pennslvania men no longer
submit to this unrightecrusness, but
let them Inquire closely into the
character of all candidates for the
Legislature and other offices, and if
they will not come out openly for the
immediate execution of John Bar
leycorn, let no dollar plea buy their
vote. Then shall they be freemen in
deed and our state can hold up her
head again with Just pride.
B. E. P. P.
Courage and Heroism
True courage is not incompatible
with nervousness and heroism does
not mean the absence of fear, but
the conquest of it.—Henry Van
He'd Never Start Anything
How happy the kaiser would be if
he could turn the clock back to
August 1, 1914, with the information
at hand he has collected since!—
From the Pittsburgh Dispatch.
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
Have just laid aside the Telegraph,
and am now indulging in a "think"
about politics—concerning our na
tional affairs. I thought about the
matter of subsidies to our American
steamship lines and was wondering
if our Congress will take a kindly
interest in it hereafter, as it should —
now that our governmental heart is
open and grown liberally big in
money-spending and lending.
Congress under control of the
"outfit" from the Southern states,"
may give kindly ministrations, if to
their interest as a section, I think;
but if otherwise there will be "noth
ing doing" und&r any Democratic
administration. During the past year
we have seen most reckless law
making at Washington—more's the
Power given the men in office
(worthy and otherwise) may result
in a boomerang in the future. Many
laws were enacted that ought not to
have been even considered. There
has been excitement at high-tension
down there, and there was one fact,
at no time overlooked. They knew
that the cashboxes of the nation
were overful to the danger point.
Too much of anything that we term
"an overreach of necessity," must
have a serious ending. A gigantic
panic could spring out of all this, as
easily as you wink your eye, and I
regret to say I expect this result to
follow. Theoretical men in power are
too numerous, because they think
themselves logical to the highest de
gree. They follow a big leader any
way he goes. I feel sure they held
a few years ago very firmly to the
idea that co-operation and combina
tion of interests for a greater good
and for lower prices to the people
was bad! bad! bad! if the political
party on the other side of the fence
favored it. They certainly have
dosed us with startling, heroic meas
ures of "government of the people,
for the people, by the people."
The nation is, and has been, going
for everything in reach, and has no
difficulty in obtaining the passage of
laws to warrant action needed —no
not so you could notice it. I hope
Congress will not.let the golden rule
get rusty for lack of use.
We have a Constitution, that is to
say, we •did have one, but if it has
been made "scrap paper" I had not
seen any news to that effect. Any
way we look at the matter it seems
to indicate that Congress and the
President —(now I will take that
back) I mean the President and the
Congrcjs, are strong and keen for
"combines in all forms; and greater
still —favorable to monopolies. The
great drive of new laws seems to
convey a belief that Congress now
considers a little thing like a monop
oly a commonplace. I think I am not
too critical, when we consider the
facts. Wc have seen the government
take complete control of the rail
roads and other lines of transporta
tion; the telegraph sqrvlce, the tele
phone service and the express lines.
To this must be added the control
of fuel and food supplies, and the
extensive "butting-in" concerning
our business affairs in general. All
of which covers a multitude of inter
ests and a multitude of sins, too.
Don't think I am giving vent to a
preachment. Tt's feeling, that's all,
and of a kind one must have when
one truly loves his country.
In conclusion let me assure you
of my conviction —that the Consti
tution of the United States'of Amer
ica was not drawn for use only in
times of peace. Many on Congress
and In office at Washington do not
remember the Constitution often
enough, I fear.
C. 0.. ALMAN
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
It has come to my knowledge that
cable messages sent to relatives in
this country by anxious soldiers have
never been delivered. What becomes
of them? Also the cables rates In
same cases are practically prohibi
tive. H.
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
Why don't the several coal deal
ers who continue to display huge
blocks of coal, weighing many tons,
in front of their business places, re
duce these enormous blocks to fuel
proportions and win the favor of all
consumers? . .
Big Jump, Tod-
King Ferdinand 'of Bulgaria Is
traveling for his lealth. The Crown
Prince is also making some rapid
jumps for the same reason.—Erie
Dispatch. i
On to Berlin!
[Pittsburgh Post]
The plans of the American mili
tary authorities to bring the war to
a close within twelve months by put
ting an overwhelming force into the
field against Germany appeal to
common sense. Why let such a cruel
and expensive struggle continue for
years when there is force enough
available to end it quickly and at an
infinitely smaller loss of men than
if two evenly-matched forces were
kept battling indefinitely? The sight
alone of overwhelming numbers
against them will be a powerful fac
tor in causing the Huns to lay down
their arms, for it has been shown re
peatedly that they will cry "Kam
erad!" the moment they find that
resistance is useless. General March,
American chief of staff, in urging
Congress to extend the draft age lim
its, says that a United States Army
of 3,300,000 —such as is expected to
be in France by next June—will en
able the allied forces to sweep Ger
many where they will, and that if
it were 4,000,000 victory would not
be long delayed. He pointed out that
the freshness of the American troops
is one of the greatest assets of the
cause; it is putting new life into
Foch's army throughout. The pres
ence in the field of an American
army of 4,000,000 would thrill every
allied fighter and start the triumphal
march to Berlin.
His Ouyi Affair
"Darn a cutworm!" ejaculates an
exchange. Let the cutworm mend
his own ways, say we.—Boston
Bug Explorer—My, I'll never b
able to cross that desert.
Emphatic Man — When I say a
thing I mean it.
The Woman —But, sometimes that
nly makes it worse!
"Gee, this old hairbrush makes a
landy door mat!"
Wlfey—Tou should stop fiddling
away your time.
Hubby—And you harping on tha
iEimttng (Eljat
A good many people In this part
of the state will be Interested in the
plans for the reunion of the Old
Boatmen's Association which is to
be held near Sunbury on the last
Saturday of this month. This or
ganisation Is made up of men who
once worked on the canal systems of .'
the state, especially the old Penn
sylvania canal and the number who
are still hale and hearty is larger
than many imagine. It seems that
the reunion, which was started a
few years ago, is an object of much
sentiment and men travel for
many miles, some of them from
the depth of rural districts to gather
around and "swop" stories of the
towpath and the berm bank. There
will be quite a program and the men
who were skippers and mule drivers
and just boys will meet and form a
permanent organization, taking steps
also to get together the stories of
the waterways which we all wish
that we ha.J back again. To tha.
average Harrisburger who knows
only of the canal through this city
by the remains near Paxton anH
Lochiel furnaces and up along the
Pennsylvania yards above the city
limits these canal stories mean little,
but there are many active in affairs
In this city who came from towns
along the canal who could tell of
rare swimming sport in summer and
rides in the fall and skating in win
ter. while the native sons recall the
days when they used to dive from
the Paxton, Herr. Maclay or Dock
street bridges, "jump" boats and
ride down to Steelton or up to Rock
ville; gather round the Walnut street
lock to see the boats go through and
occasionally to assist the coroner
holding an inquest over some un
fortunate who turned up In tho
waters. And then there are the men
who can tell of the time when Har
rlsburg got most of its coal by boat
and we were not dependent upon
any railroad admtnistration for coal
cars. There was brisk competition
to sell coal in those days and tho
patient mules that used to jingle
into town brought many a ton that
sold for less than half what we pay
now and incidentally, burned much
• • *
Besides being president of the
First National Bank of Beaver
Springs. A. A. Ulsh is prominent in
the affairs of the little Snyder
county village. Speaking to his Sun
day school class several weeks ago
he told them a story which may bo
of interest of Harrisburg readers.
"There are many strange ways of
converting people to Christ." he
said. "Several years ago I was
present at a protracted meting series
held In a country schoolhouke. The
janitor was a very worldly man. One
evening as he was cleaning up the
schoolhouse he rememberd his
duty of ringing the bell. When he
attempted to ring it, there was no
sound. Naturally he thought it a
supernatural phenomen and was
converted to Christ that evening.
But a party.of boys loitering near
the sehoolhouse could have ex
plained things. They had cut the
bellrope. Mr. Ulsh isn't the only
interesting character in Beaver
Springs. There is H. I. Romig, for
thirty years secretary of the Snyder
County Sunday School Association
and for twenty years the chorister w
in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran "
Church. (President is his middle
name. He is head of every organi
zation from the Romig Reunion As.
sociation to the Odd Fellows Re
union Association. He Is secretary
of the Odd Fellows Orphans' Homo
and director of the Romig S hop.
There is probably no man In the
entire county who is better known
than he. Incidentally he is a
1 brother-in-law to Federal Judge
Charles B. Wltmer of this district.
• • •
Harrisburg friends have senl
their congratuations to Ex-Post
i master Caleb S. Brinton, of Carlisle.
I Mr. Brinton likes to tell of the days
, when he taught school and of his
tlrst case as a lawyer. He was also
on Shippensburg Normal School
• • •
The desire for military training id
i Harrisburg seems to be intense. Tha
Public Library has been
compelled to replace its drill man
uals and other textbooks several
times. The books seem to just walls
• • •
In spite of the fact that revenue
is not making any great showing as
far as million is concerned every day
there has been such a steady flow
of money into the State Treasury
that everyone is being kept busy.
The receipts each day are made up
of banknotes, certified checks or
money orders and Earl DeWald, tha
deposit clerk/ has to handle a whole
armful every afternoon.
•• • '
The old Capitol Park conservatory
appears to be as well built as the rest
of things about the State House, and
Sam Fishman's men in charge of
demolition are having their own
troubles getting rid of the bricks and
mortar. The buildings were heavily
constructed and It will take much
pick work in the hot sun to get them
down. Practically all of the 2,000 or
more panes of glass In the building
have been sold to a man living near
New Cumberland.
♦ • •
One of the most impressive things
about the city is the manner in
which the piles of river coal are
growing. There are several veri
table mountains to be seen in tha
manufacturing district and the Har
■ risburg Light and Power Company,
has a reserve which is as impres
; sive as Its smokestack. The coal
fleet Is the busiest proposition
about Harrisburg these days.
—David C. Morros, the Washings
ton and Jefferson football coach,
has entered the army as a captain at
Camp Meade.
—Jay Cooke, the 'Phlladfelphiq N
food administrator, has gone to the
seashore for a few days rest.
—Francis K. Newcomer, major of .
engineers, who- crossed the Vesla
river under fire In a conspicuously
bravfe manner, is a Pittsburgher.
—Edward Bok, the editor, Is iq
France op war work.
—Col. W. D. Forsyth, the chief-of
staff of the new Liberty division, la
well known to many Pennsylvanlana,
He has lately been detailed to Wash
—William A. LAW, Philadelphia
banker, has become a member of tha
Y. M. C. A. board for the war.
—That Dauphin county is very
much on the map for the train
ing it is giving the boys?
—A century ago Harrisburg boya
were taught to handle rifles by
shooting squirrels on the hills op
posite the town,