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The saddest sight in all the world
is not a grave of the dead, grievous
as that might he, hut it is a grave of
the Hving humanity sepulchred
while yet alive. FRANCES E. WIL
WE ARE falling down, falling
down bad, on our War Sav
ings Stamp quota for Har
risburg and Dauphin county. We
are away behind the amount set for
us by the Government agencies, and
other * communities are forging
ahead, some hating surpassed us by
more than one dollar per capita.
In all other forms of war work
this community has excelled. Our
young men have volunteered in very
large numbers. Others have re
sponded willingly and gladly to the
call of the selective draft. Are we
going to let these lads stick, or are
we going to back them up with our
quarters and our dollars?
There is but one answer. We
must buy more stamps, every one of
us. We must do without some lit
tle luxury each week and put our
savings into stamps and Baby-
Bonds. It must not be said at the 1
close of the year that Harrisburg and
Dauphin county were found "slack-,
ing" in any form of war activity.
W ITH sunset to-night the "dog
days" end, and housewives
who dread the season will be
inclined to rejoice. But be not too
demonstrative until you take a look
ahead. By mid-January of 1919
August of 1918 is going to appear in
the light of a pleasant period of
balmy days and peaceful nights.
The prospect is not bright. Unless
we mistake, there will be more
"lightless nights" and "fuelless days"
and we shall be "cussing" the Kaiser
more fervently than ever and ban
ishing the shivers along our spines
by working ourselves into fits of
temper. Then shall we look back
to these "dog as a blessed sea
THERE are still a few two-by
nine Democratic organs that
can see nothing but the very
essence of wisdom in every act of
the "Washington Administration.
Shutting their eyes and closing their
ears that they may not see or hear
anything that might break the spell
of their partisan obsession, these or
gans continue to scold all who
chance to differ with the various and
sundry officials who are charged
with the conduct of the Government.
The other day the New York Sun
urged that whatever castigations are
due Secretary of War Baker for
blocking the expanded draft age law
should be left to "the impartial
pages of history," but Colonel George
Harvey dissents from the Sun's view
that revelation of incapacities and
weaknesses such as these, in times
such as these, should be left "to the
future historians of the Wilson Ad
ministration." "If the house be on
Are," he says, "a timely warning of
the fact is infinitely more to the pur
pose than would be pages of histor
ical description of the delays and
blunders which resulted In the house
being reduced to ashes. If an in
competent steersman is at the helm
of one of the most vitally important
units in the Administration fleet,
even non-constructive criticism
which merely exposes the fact is
vastly more serviceable than a post
mortem historical analysis of tho
way the incompetent steersman
wrecked the ship. And we submit
that condoning the incompetence
and failing to expose it and keep Jt
in the glare of pitiless publicity
is a poor way of standing by the
t Admiral of the fleet and the head of
the Administration."
So, also, in tho case of Secretary
McAdoo, who recently suggested
that "when causes for theso minor
grumblings are explained to the peo
ple they take It splendidly, for, as
far as I have observed, and I have
observed very carefully, the peo'ple
are going into this war with all their
spirit and in the most devoted fash-
Ion." Again Colonel Harvey ob
"Right you are. Mr. Secretary.
You have got the measure to the
microscopic fraction of an Inch of
the American people in their will to
win this war and make an er.d for
once and all of the human jackal in
the spiked helmet now loose and
ravaging a world on which he rests
as a blighting curse. The American
people are going into this war with
all their spirit, and, furthermore,
that spirit is growing in volume
and intensity with every passing day
and hour. That is why they are get
ting beyond the mood to tolerate for
a moment any shufflings, and hold
ings back, and putting on the brakes
to check the progress of such vital
war-winning measures, for instance,
as the one for Army increase by ex
pansion of the draft age limits."
The American people are giving
their men and all their resources for
the winning of the war. It is their
war, not the war of the President,
or of Congress, or of heads of depart
ments, or commissions, and because
it is their war, which they propose
to continue until victory shall have
been achieved, they are going to ex
press themselves concerning its con
duct —hewing to the line and letting
the chips fall where they piav.
Let's get over the foolish Idea that
our Government officials are Infal
lible, that their persons are in some
manner sacred and cannot ap
proached; but reserving to the peo
ple the right to point out mistakes
and to urge changes; pledge whole
hearted support, that force, and still
more force, shall be used in the
smashing of the Beast of Europe.
IF the administration had made
good its_ air program of 26,000
aeroplanes on the French front
at this time the German defeat
would have been turned into a rout
and the war would be over b?fore
the end of the year. Failure to do
so will cbst thousands upon thou
sands of the lives of American boys
and the expenditure of billions of
dollars in the work of destruction
that otherwise could have been de
voted to promote the blessings of
peace. •
The report of the special Con
gressional committee on the aircraft
falldown is a most amazing recital
of official incompetence, and worse.
The Navy Department's air program,
operated in precisely the same man
ner as that of the War Department,
appears to have gone along in first
rate fashion, with some delays, to
be sure, but generally with success,
and has been productive of a great
naval fleet of hydroplanes. The fail
ure in the War Department, with its
costly expenditure of time and
money, was enacted directly beneath
the nose of Secretary Baker and is
traceable directly to his proverbial
inability to get beneath the surface
of situations, the wholo details of
which he should have at his fingers'
That the evils have been removed
and the faults corrected is good
news, but one would rather hear it
at the hands of the committee than
from Mr! Baker. With the best in
tentions in the world the Secretary
of War has slipped again, most
grievously, and Congress will be wise
to accept the investigators' report
at its face value and adopt its rec
ommendations. We must have planes
and plenty of them if we are to win
this war. Whether or not Mr. Baker
approves the means by which we
get them is of small moment to an
aroused people who are far more in
terested in policies and their results
than in officials and their reputa
IT was a fine body of young sol
diers in the making which as
sembled at the Courthouse Sat
urday morning to be advised regard
ing war insurance, the hygienic sys
tem in operation in the camps, the
work ot the various welfare organi
zations and the aims and purposes
cf the struggle from the Amencaii
To the Germans and their sympa
thizers who had been persuaded to
believe the French were bled white,
the British exhausted and the Amer
icans useless amateurs, it has been a
month of humiliation and disillusion
ment. It may even be doubted
whether the moral are not more se
rious than the material effects of
these continuous defeats, according
to a war correspondent at the front.
Through the proper instruction of
these young rfien who are going
forth to war much will be accom
plished. Their viewpoint is impor
tant and the local committees which
are acting with the several draft
boards are able in a tactful and
helpful way to brush aside many
puzzling p>blems that might, if al
lowed to go unsolved, serve to re
duce the morale —the fighting spirit
—of the rapidly increasing Army.
The eyes of the enemy are fast
bqjng opened and as the truth dawns
upon him the resistance must crum
ble and the will to fight break down.
Let our boys enter the service with
a high sense of duty to a great cause
and with the determination to crush
the German menace to the peace of
the world. Such meetings as these
now being held in the different draft
districts of the city and county are
' certain to be of great value and the
results of the patriotic efforts of the
Harrisburg and Steelton Reserves
and the committees on instruction
co-operating with the draft officials
will show in better satisfied and
more efficient soldiers.
ToUtlc* IK
By the Kx-Committeeman
While Senator William C. Sproul
was making a ringing speech tilled
with patriotism and pledging sup
port of Republicans and party news
papers to the national administra
tion for the winning of the war, the
factions into which the President's
party in the Keystone State is di
vided were on Saturday giving an
excellent demonstration of the fact
that Pennsylvania Democrats have
not adjourned politics. The leaders
of the federal jobholders' coterio
which has control of the machinery
of the party were trying to work out
a plan to prevent a right when the
state committee meets here next
month instead of in August as called
for and Judge Eugene C. Bonmwell,
candidate for Governor iu spite of
the bosses, was opening his own
party headquarters and defying the
titular leaders of his party. It is a
"beautiful situation, quite the oppo
site from what was promised to
Democrats frcm the Market Square
windmill. With the Republican
nominee pledging the President sup
port to win the world war the lead
ers of the Keystone Democracy are
planning private warfare of their
own. It is the natural consequence
of the leadership which reorganiza
tion brought to the Democrats of the
Senator Sprout's speech will be a
national document because it clearly
sets forth what is to bo done and
outlines work in striking contrast to
what is under way between the belli
cose Philadelphia judge and the men
who went after places of federal
power as soon as they got control of
the party's works with loud profes
sions of desire for its welfare and
nothing else.
—The Philadelphia Press says
Judge Bonniwell plans "a new party"
while the Record says that the
Judge's friends suspect that some
men "are intent on wrecking the
party's chances" this fail. The North
American says "Bonniwell and
Booze" will be the and that
it looks like a light for party control.
—The plan is to launch this week
an independent political party with
Judge of the Municipal Court Eu
gene C. Bonniwell, Democratic nom
inee for Governor, as its standard
bearer. Notice of the formation of
the new party was given. Saturday
by Judge Bonniwell in a letter tj
Democratic candidates for Congress,
the State Senate and House of Rep
resentatives. Judge Bonniwell in
vited the Democratic nominees to
affiliate themselves with the new
party. Bonniwell followers declared
in Philadelphia Saturday that scores
of Democratic office seekers will tie
up their political fortunes with the
Democratic nominee. The name of
the party under which Judge Bonni
well proposes to tight the Palmer-
Donnelly Democratic state commit
tee and the Republican candidates
has not been announced.
—The North American Bays: "The
organization of the third party was
decided upon, it is reported, when
former Congressman J. Washington
Logue, "dry" candidate for lieuten
ant governor, the second place on
the ticket, declined to get off so that
a "wet" candidate like Bonniwell
could be chosen in his place. Asher
K. Johnson, of McKean county,
Democratic nominee for Secretary
of Internal Afiairs, is a Palmer-Mc-
Cormick man, and therefore is also
persona non grata to Bonniwell. It
is not the intention of the Bonniwell
boosters, however, to name a candi
date for lieutenant governor and sec
retary of internal affairs. They
hope to attract support for their bob
tail ticket from wet Republicans.
The Record declares "Judge Bonni
well's announcement that he will
lead a third party to the polls is
taken as an open challenge to the
Donnelly-Palmer leadership of the
Democratic party. Ex-Congressman
Logue was nominated for the office
of lieutenant governor over Howard
O. Holstein, of Harrisburg, by only
210 votes, and at the same time he
won, unopposed, the nomination to
Congress from the Sixth district, an
office he formerly held.."
—Robert Grey Bushong, county
chairman, has called for the annual
reorganization of the Berks Repub
lican county committee on Saturday,
September 7. At the same time, it
became known, says a Reading dis
patch, that Hairy P. Shomo, of Ham
burg, a leader of the Penrose ele
ment, will be a candidate for chair
man against former Chairman
Thomas C. Seidel, who is serving as
compensation referee under appoint
ment of Governor Brumbaugh. A
lively contest between the two fac
tions is assured.
—By a vote of 13 to 8, members of
the grand jury, which spent last
week investigating alleged election
irregularities at Lackawanna's pri
mary election in May, refused to re
turn indictments against election
boards in five districts. * The jury's
action came as a surprise. Two re
ports, a majority and minority, were
made to the court, eight jurors fa
voring indictments. A request that
these eight jurors be permitted to
resign was ignored by the court.
District Attorney Maxey intimates
the same cases will be presented to
the next grand jury.
—The Philadelphia Ledger to-day
makes a sharp attack upon Judge
Bonniwell's "third party with a wet
label," as it terms his venture. It
says that the judge having won the
nomination at the primary wants to
run the whole party.
—Pittsburgh newspapers are caus
tic in comments upon the action of
firemen in that city and it is believ
ed that there will be some speedy
legislation to prevent any further
interference' with public protection
because of strikes.
—Mayor A. T. Connell has given
assurance that the city government
of Scranton will co-operate to the
limit in making conditions safe for
—Johnstown's muddle over tho
appointment of a chief of police
is only another manifestation of the
trouble over the third class city
code. Harrisburg has had its own
—Senator Penrose and Senator
Sproul are expected to stop here to
morrow on their way to Lebanon.
Prisoner Tearing Papers
A lanky privatb was detailed to
take a captured German artillery' of
ficer to regimental headquarters. He
had progressed about half a mile
wheq. the American noticed that his
charge was tearing up some papers
he evidently didn't want to get into
American hands and scattering
■ pieces along the road. w
"Ain't you the cute cuss?" said
the American. "Now you Just go
back and picks them all up."
The officer may not have under
stood the instructions, but he did the
gestures which accompanied them,
and he complied. He spent the next
half hour painstakingly gathering
the fragments of a map which, wheff
pasted together, showed all the
Boche artillery positions in his sec
tor.—From the Stars and Stripes in
[Howard Wheeler in Everybody's]
We had motored almost all night
on the way to Rheims. It was rain
ing hard and very cold. The morn
ing was a little brighter. We were
almost five miles out when we got
our lirst view of the cathedral —
"La Glorieuse Mutilee," the French
call it. The towers stood out clearly
against the sky—certainly a wonder
ful mark for the barbarian gunners.
As we entered the dead city and
turned into the avenue leading to
the cathedral, at a little distance it
seemed to me that the reports of the
damage had been exaggerated. But
as we came closer it was plain that
the church was just a shell.
We stopped at some distance and
walked toward the entrance. There
were great 4 holes where pavement
had once been, and the whole area
around the "cathedral was a waste
from glancing shells or misaimed
shells which had been (Tred at the
historic structure. And from this
debris, from the fallen stone that
will always stand as a monument to
the Hun, there rose that wonderful
statue of the Maid of Orleans, un
touched: not even a nick in the up
raised sword.
Inside it was the old story over
again. There were great holes in the
roof, demolished statuary, torn
pavement. Even the spot where
Jeanne d'Arc stood near the main al
tar while Charles VII was being
crowned King of Prance Was oblit
erated forever. The same terrible
story—with one difference. A por
tion of the roof had been of wood
covered with lead. At the time of
the flrst bombardment interior re
pairs were under way. The bom
bardment set fire to the scaffolding
and the flames caught the roof. The
lead sheathing melted, dripping on
the floor or running down the walls.
In many places it still hung in long,
slender festoons. The guide ex.
plained the cause very slowly so that
I should understand.
"We have come to call them," he
.concluded, "the tears of Rheims."
A Lucid Interpretation
As we understand it from the ex
planations of the German war cor
respondents, von Hlndenburg length
ened his lines in order to shorten
them.—From the Dallas News.
He's a Regular Lassigny
(From the Phila. Evening Ledger)
Even the literary world has its
massifs. Think of Irvin Cobb.
Maimed soldiers will be taught new
trades at a school to be established
in Philadelphia.
Employes of the Canadian Ford
Motor Company demand $5 for an
eight-hour day.
Twenty thousand women have been
placed in positions by the government
since February 1.
During the last year the Canadian
membership of the Brotherhood of
Carpenters increased 1,200.
Bozeman (Montana) has Increased
the wages of CTty laborers from 23.50
to $4.00 a day of eight hours.
A 50-hour law for women and chil
dren was defeated in the recent ses
sion of the Massachusetts Legisla
Manchester (N. H.) cotton opera
tives have been conceded a 15 per
cent wage increase.
The new scale of the Denver (ColA
Cooks' Union asks for eight hours,
six days a week, with $4.60 for head
cooks and $8.50 for assistants.
LITTLE Japan defeated the great
but weak colossus of China,
little Japarf astounded the
world by defeating the armies and
navies of Russia. Growing Japan
built mills and factories and rapidly
rose to a position of the first rank,
always, with the old Japanese honor,
strictly adhering to the sacredness
of given word of pledge, of treaty.
Has Japan honorably worked as
an ally? She has.
Did Japan have noble ideals?* She
did and they were:
To discover the secrets of the
universe, to stay its disease, to sub
jugate it for the benetit of humanity.
To lead again up into the light the
great yellow race which has sup
plied the world with so many of its
leaders. To take first rank herself
among the civilized nations of the
world and to establish as to Eastern
Asia a Monroe Doctrine of the far
East for the Oriental.
Japan's aims were high and
we of the United States were her
best friends and greatest admirers
until insidious German propaganda
tried to and, to our shame, succeeded
in arousing distrust.
Did Japan have the brains, the
[Col. Harvey's War Weekly]
We know now why the brakes
came off. The explanation of our
pacifist Secretary of War's sudden
self-reversal is disclosed. It is very
simple, and very convincing. He was
driven to it; that is all. He was coiE
strained by the remonstrances, ap
peals, demands or what not, of our
Allies. Any pretense that it required
long and profound study, from late
in June until early In August, to
convince one of the ablest public
officials the President has ever
known that two and two make four,
would of course be puerile. The
simple fact is that when our Allies
learned that at the very height and
crisis of the campaign he purposed
to "lie down on his Job," they read
the riot act to him. It was only
through compulsion that the thing
which he vetoed in June he dictated
and demanded in August. * *
It is proverbially better late than
never. And though it is theoretically
impossible over to atone for delay, it
may be possible practically to make
up for it to so great an extent that
the delay will be forgiven and for
gotten. But how much better It
would be to be prompt instead of
dilatory; how much better to act I
spontaneously upon our own Initia
tive than to wait until we are drag
ged or driven to It!
They who discern not. *
Who shall inform them
Or make them perceive
What their eyes are beholding?
Can they be glad with your Joy?
Or pulse with your heart-beats?
Tou point the face in the cloud
And they who look after
Shall laugh at your beholding
And your pleasure be ashamed.
Give not the gold of your joy
Into hands that tarnish.
—Helen Hoyt in the Dial.
The Only Good Thing
There Is only one thing good to be
said of the grasshopper invasion,
and that is it is not German propa
ganda.—Baltimore American.
God Is Light
God Is light, and in him Is no
darkness at all.— l John 1:6.
money and the men to warrant great
enterprises? She did.
Did Japan have ready armies, well
equipped manufacturing plants, did
she have a fervently industrious
civil population? She had them all.*
Did Japan deliver what she prom
ised? She was the tirst, and alas
the only one of the Allied powers to
date to achieve signal victory over
the Prussians, shattering for all
time their lustful plans of Oriental
Japan supplied Russia with both
money and munitions.
Because Russia Initially showed
weakness on every one of the five
tests, because Japan initially and
continuously has shown growing |
strength on every one of the five'
tests let us go ahead with no more !
illusion as to present Russia or
future Russia, let us go ahead with
faith and trust in those yvhose fifty
years of modern history have earned
trust, faith and admiration, and let
the East and the West fight this war
to a finish, not for immediate, not
even for proximate, but for ultimate
welfare. That ultimate is not the
exaltation of any one nation, or of
any one race or of any one religion-,
but for the glory of high ideals, for
peace on earth and for good will to
ward men.
[N. A. Review's War Weekly]
Announcement of the Bolshevik
declaration of war upon the Allies
is not likely to make anybody's flesh
creep. It is only the verbal formu
lation of a long existant fact. Just
as the Huns declared war on civili
zation when their hordes swept into
Belgium, so did the Bolshevik crew
| of crooks and' madmen declare war
| on Russia's former allies when they
I sold out to the Huns and turned
I loose_jyun armies of reinforcement
I on the western front.
If among them there were deluded
I ones who really relied upon Hun
I faith when they subscribed to that
i Brest-Litovsk document, humorously
| described as a "peace" treaty, and
j which virtually put Russia under
, the Hun's feet, the delusion could
hardly have been shared by the
leaders in that interesting dicker.
With them, beyond much doubt, it
was a simple case of barter and sale,
j They got their price and they deliv
ered the goods.
Such of these leaders as survive
the maelstrom and manage to es
j cape with their plunder may yet find
I their way back to our own shores.
This was their original base of op
erations. They sought shelter and
prospered here, and. after the man
ner of their kind, turned on the hand
that fed them. From the moment'
of their arrival they began an anar
chist crusade against America and'
everything American. Then the op
portunity ojSened in Russia. They
abandoned their efforts to promote
wreck and ruin here and flow to the
more promising field. But that field
has now been pretty well gleaned.
The days of Bolshevikery In Russia
are clearly numbered. Not, o* course,
that the end will come without the
usual accessories of slaughter and
arson. There will be'plenty of that,
no doubt. But the spree could not
go on Indefinitely.
Montclair's Angelas
To the Editor of the Tribune:
Sir—Tour suggestion of an
"Angelus" is excellent. It is recog
nized here at the hour of 12. And
the bell of the "Old First" Presby
terian Church Is rung at that hour
every day. Edwin Ferris.
Montclair, N. J., Aug. 15, 1918.
—From the Montclair Tribune.
£xj, nr
Napoleon was wont to say that
tactics changed every ton years. The I
evolution In ways of fighting has so
speeded up that In the greatest of
all wars the transformation comes
at least overy ten months.
German tactical contributions
have been In chemistry and cannon
fodder. The French have led In the
surpassing uso of high-powered and
accurnte machines. Their 75s are
the best guns in Europe and In the
hands of their masters have pro
duced a curtain of shells, a barrage,
which may be dropped over a de
tachment of the foe to cut him oft
till the pollus mop tip the position,
or thrown in front of an advance
to keep It safe until It reaches Its
objective. American gun crews
have proved such apt pupils of their
French instructors that word comes
of crack Yankee batteries which
can serve the 75s so fast that cap
tured German otllcers ask for a look
at the big new mnchino gun.
The British havo produced char
iots of fire. Where the lay of the
land favors their use. tanks are the
nightmare of the Germans opposite.
For a brief space on the Somme In
1916 the advent of the armored
monsters, crawling out of holes,
knocking down trees and crushing
machine guns," thrilled the world.
Last autumn, at Cambral, they had
a better test. Just at dnwn, without
nrtillery preparation, a lino of mon
sters flopped over tho top toward
the enemy positions. It was no faiHt
of tho. tanks that the promising
Cambrai salient was later narrowed
uhtil It could no longer bo held.
. The glory of the tanks is In the
future. They are multiplying fast.
The offensive of 1919 will see
American-made and .Ajnerican
manned tanks swarming towsrd tho
Rhine as flivvers swarm toward the
beach on a 30th of May.—Boston
[Fronj the Philadelphia Inquirer]
Senator Sproul. in the course of an
eloquent address at Erie, declares
that moro Pcnnsylvanians have died
upon the lield of honor since this
war began than those of any other
State in the Union. He 'did not in
tend to make any invidious distinc
tion in a cause where all are equal
ly doing their duty, but he could not
refrain from expressing the pride he
felt over the glorious sacrifice of
these sons of the Keystone State. As
with Colonel Roosevelt, the war has
got very near to Senator Sproul, be
cause his own son was among those?
gassed by the Huns. Fortunately, he
is recovering, but the incident en
ables the Delaware county statesman
to feel with those other fathers and
mothers of the Commonwealth who
have read the names of their sons in
the ever-growing casualty lists.
The war is coming home to us in
the most intimate manner. In the
thick of the tight have been the
boys from Lancaster and Lehigh
counties and from Philadelphia. One
battalion, including these young men,
has been pushing forward for
twenty-seven days in pursuit of the
fleeing Huns. There have been
counterattacks and tierce fights and
j some of our boys have had to pay
[the price of their oourage and gal
lantry. But the commander of one'
of the companies is authority for the
statement that, amid the worse hor
rors of war, not one of Jthese Pcnn
sylvanians faltered or turned back.
We would not be human if we did
not feel proud of such representa
tives, and Senator Sproul speaks
truly when he says that they have
given imperishable glory to the
great State of Pennsylvania.
The Regular Thing Noiv
A goose once laid a golden egg.
In days long gone and olden.
But at the price they are to-day
'Most any egg seems golden.
—Kansas City Times.
*Fly: Hey fel- /\
lers, no use bit- /NMST* —
lng this horse.
He doesn't seem I ffiT. j
io mind it at
He barked his
chin on a chair.
Then what?
Then he
The proposed
food embargo
should shorten
the war.
Unless the v 4jHfi
belligerents are / v—wrhf JH
of the sort that / ijrJ
would rather J
fight than eat. J
—' zfM
me ' the water ln
The farmer now
p1 en teous Aft T. . MpßlHr
As condescend- -■
What he's not
going to eat r7T
Euentng (Eljat
If necessity for war conservation j
has taken away the numerous olec-1
trie signs which used to shino forth]
in'Harrisburg und make it a glitter-,
ing night spectacle when viewed |
from a distance tlio municipal light- i
ing system und the parks make
city sparklo as with jewels fronrj
many a point and war Industries add!
color. Tho valley of the Susquo-j
hantia from Kockvtllo bridge down g
to Mighsplro is a great sight in thai
evening. Soon from Reservoir Par km
Fort Washington, Murysvillo movx.-<t
tain or York hills it is well worth tncg
trip to get to those vantage points.
Bridges an l River Front picked outi
with electric lights, railroad yardnj
gridironcd with arc lumps, industrlsdl
plants guarded by searchlights and,
hugo reflectors and stacks red with
tlame make a wonderful picture and.
when trolley curs and trains pass,
about it adds to what the artists call
"night effects." War has brought to "
1 the iron and steel plants hereabouts
continuous operation and It seems
as though the Bessemer steel mill at
Steelton was going all the time,
showering tho night with sparks of t
marking the day with fire-shot
smoke; blast furnaces are flushing
the skies with reflections from casts,
and cinder tups, while many stacks,
fly their llamo colors half a dozei't
places in tho city where only dark
ness canto with the end of the day's*
work a year ago. Harrisburg and
fteelton are smokier than ever, but
where it comes from the mills and
furnaces no one seems to mind very
much. Tho real smoke nulsanco
comes to Harrisburg from careless
firing on trains, a practice which
seems to have grown in extent and
costliness in tho last six months.
Just why steam has to be kept so
high that it is blowing off all tho
time some engines axe on sidings at
Union station or standing on bridges
nnd the passing of trains should bo
marked by trails of smoke that
streak tho Monday wash In these
days of fuel conservation is one of
the things that folks talk about.
When Charles E. Pass retires
from the office of prothonotary, ha
has a future awaiting him. Mr.
Pass demonstrated the fact at that
great community gathering of upper
Dauphin, county, the Loyalton pic
nic. He was called upon to conduct
that delicate operation known as
auctioning the cakes and candy
which the women folks put up in
such tine style and which, it may be
added, they consider with such Jus
tifiable pride. These packages were
sold for the benefit of the Loyalton
j Red Cross. Mr. Pass didn't sell
anything except the prize cake for
less than $4. When he found a man
with means In the crowd he singled
him out and coaxed or demanded a
bid and he seldom failed to get it
and when bidding was slow he an
nounced various bids. County Treas
urer Mark Mumma and County So
licitor Philip S. Moyer found that
they had bought some prize pack
ages at about $5 each when they
were enjoying the spring or the view.
Mr. Pass found out that Fernando
Laudermtleh had appeared at the
picnic with $7 and it cost him $6.
But one of the incidents was when
Jesse E. B. Cunningham, who was
at the picnic to help drill drafted
men, bought a package and when
the youngwoman came around to do/?'
liver the cake and collect the cash
he said, "Soil it over again." The
young woman looked pained and
asked, "But haven't you any fam
• • *
Some of the reports sent in by
the local draft boards throughout
the state .are of interest because ol
the sidelights they give on local con
ditions, but Saturday night a tele
gram which got Major W. G. Mur
dock out of bed was a regular
searchlight. It came from a board
in Fayette county and announced
that claims for industrial exemptions
had "submarined class 1."
The stretch of highway between
Middletown and Steelton has been
given a new name. It is no longer
designated as the road of "frozen
waves" by people who have the ill
luck to travel over it, but it was
christened by some people who came
a long distance to visit the depots
and who arrived at the Bolton in a
state of exasperation and interior
dislocation. When the cause was
asked a man in an automobile dus
ter said, feelingly, "wo have just
been over 'Bouncy-Bumpy-Bang
highway.' It's a credit to Dauphin
county and must make the recording
angel work." Paxtang's stretch of
state highway has a rival at last.
• * •
Paul Kurzenknabe, a member of
the well-known musical family and
the bugler of the Harrisburg Re
serves, has been giving his time to
training Boy Scouts and other young
men to blow the calls. The other
evening one ambitious young man
arrived with an artillery trumpet
and self-conlidenee, announcing that
he was ready for practice. Kurzen
knabe thought he needed instruc
tion, but the young man disagreod.
He said that ho knew "all four
"Oh, very well," said the bugler,
"There are only forty-two."
Before the evening was over, tho
young man had doubled his list of
calls a_nd was making echoes around
the Cumberland Valley railroad
• • •
Spencer G. Nauman, one of the
younger lawyers of the city, will
leave in a few days for Army service,
having been dommissioned in the re
mount division, whose work pertains
to tho ca-e of tho horses and mules
of the military service. Mr. Nau
rnan was raised in Lancaster county
and horses have been his hobby so
that he will bo able to do a part
which will be both valuable and con
—Congressman Thomas S. Crag*,
who jolted Washington with some
remarks about losses in his speech
the other day, comes from Greene
county and served through the Phil
ippines. Ho was for years in the
National Guard.
—Prof. Harvey C. Hayes, Swarth
more professor, has been given leavo
for the war as he is working on
physical work for the Navy.
—Edgar C. Felton, former head
of the Steelton works and now actlvo
in the work of distributing labor, is
establishing agencies in railroad
—Dr. Earnest LaPlace, of Phila
delphia. has been made a major In
the medical service.
—That Harrisburg preserving
products are helping the Army
provision supplies?
Harris Ferry was a center of
safety organizations against Indians
In two wars and many Important
conferences were held here.