Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, December 09, 1918, Image 1

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Liebknecht Rails
at Ebert and
German Capital Is
Feeding 60,000
Army Idlers
By Associated rrcss
Berlin, Dec. 9.—Eager to make
members of the Spartacus party
martyrs as the result of Friday's
rioting, Dr. Karl I.iebknecht .the
leader of this action, lost no time
fn staging a spectacular open air
meeting at the Tlergarten on Satur
. day night.
. His call for the meeting brought
forth 4,000 munition workers who
had responded to the demand for a
general walk out. These nfen and
women marched through I'nter Den
l.inden to the Tlergarten until they
reached the point where the Avenue
of Victory intersects the Charlotten
burger Chuussee. There Dr. Lieb
knecht mounted the base of one
of the granite statues erected in hon
or of the llohenzollerns and made
an address.
The semi-circle of Dr. Lieb
knecht's auditors was flunked on all
sides bv machine guns mounted on
motor trucks. Dr. I.iebknecht ha
rangued the crowd, indicting Fried
ric Ebert. the premier; Philipp
Scheidemann and other "kaiser So
cialists' of complicity in rioting. He
called upon the masses to organize
Bed Guards and beat off tlie attacks
of counter revolutionists.
At a late hour to-night Berlin was
absolutely quiet. It is estimated by
the Tageblatt that the number of
deserters Berlin is feeding exceeds
60.U00. Premier Ebert and his cab
™ inet held a secret session with the
executive committee of the Work
men's and Soldiers' Council, discus
sing Friday's rioting. Over thirty
mass meetings of conflicting jlarties
were announced for to-day.
Middletown Youths Are
Charged With Joy Riding;
One Shot in Free-For-All
Witldletow it. Pa.. Dec. 9.—Return
ing about midnight on Saturday
night after it is alleged they had
taken a Jovride in an automobile
owned by Moffer Stordan. a grandson
of C. 11. HoA'er. East Main street.
Bay Brady. Carl Sinegur, Wallace
Coy and Jess Cohen, four young men
of town, were arrested by Constable
H. B. Kurtz, and it is believed a
charge of larceny will be brought
against them. They were released
until investigations are made. The
automobile was taken from the gar
age eafly on Saturday evening, it is
said, and Constable Kurtz and others
waited until late at night as on
previous occasions the car had been
taken and was returned before morn
ing. When the youths returned a
fight followed and Coy was shot twice,
tut not seriously. Constable Kurtz
was hit on the head with a brick.
Two of them escaped but later were
caught by the constable.
Walter Shaffer Reaches
Paris From Hun Prison
Walter J. Shaffer, of Dauphin,
who has been u prisoner in Ger
many since October 3, is safe in
Paris, according to a cablegram re
ceived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles E. Shaffer, late Saturday
night. Adjutant Shaffer is a mem
ber of the French Flying Corps and
was awarded the Croix de Guerrq.
lie wrote a series of vivid sotries
of the work of an aviator for the
Telegraph which attracted wide at
The Information that Adjutant
Shaffer is safe is also contained In
nn Assocated Press dispatch to the
Telegraph dated Friday, December
For Hnrriiliurg iind vicinity: Rnln
to-night mill lumiluyi not much
chnngc In triupcruturr.
For Flint*™ I'rnniylviinin: Itain
to-night mill Turxiln) t narmrr
Tuesday In north portion; nioil
crnte northwest to north w Inds,
becoming vnrlnlile.
The Susiinehnnmi river and all Ita
branches will fnll slowly or re
muln nearly stntionnry to-night.
A general rnln. inillrnted for the
' watershed. niny cause some
streams to rise Tuesday. A
singe, slightly below four feet,
is indlcnted for Ilnrrisburg
Tuesday morning.
General Conditions
A disturbance of grent magnitude
rovers the eentrnl and western
portions of the United Mates,
except the extreme Southwest,
with Its renter over the North
ern Rocky Mountains; it has
caused precipitation in the Inst
twenty-four hours over most of
the territory west of the Itoeky |
Mountain nnd In the Middle nnil
, l ower Missouri. Middle nnd Up
per Mississippi valleys. Includ
ing Illinois. Another disturb
ance tlint hns pnssed off the
\nrtli Atlantic const. caused
ennsed snow In Northern Michi
gan nnd the Upper St. I.nwrrnce I
Valley. '
By .■lssociated Press
AMSTERDAM. Doc. o.—The iiiilo]>oiulont republic of Solilcswlg
llolstein soon will lie proclaimed, according; to the Wosor Zcltung,
of Bremen. This new simper also stated that sanguinary encounters
between Hussars returning: from the front and Bed Guards oeeurred
at Brunswick on December :i.
Finding a deputation of Bed Guards and members of the Soldiers
and Workmen's Council drawn lip to welcome his men. the com
maiulcr of the Hussars ordered that lire la- opened on the crowd.
His men olteyed and the Bed Guards replied to the tire. The mob
tort* the Hussars from their hows, disarmed tlicni and forced tliem
to march behind the red flag Into the city.
Seventeen Families Who Suffered Losses in Recent Cyclone
Given Necessary Assistance by Committee Which Is
Raising Money For the Work; Many Contribute
All but $6OO of the estimated
amount necessary for the relief work
for sufferers from the recent tornado
at Riverside has been raised, accord
ing to the report of the finance com
mittee for such relief work, given
out to-day.
in all $2,104.50 has been raised of
the the estimated amount
necessary for all relief work. The
loss of each individual who suffered
in the recent tornado was estimated
by the relief committee, after it had
made a thorough Investigation into
nil cases. The committee reported
that in a number of cases no assist
ance was required, seventeen fami-
BY $100,000,000
County to Heap Additional
Revenues From Increased
Valuations of property in the county
1 and city for county taxation will be
I Increased to about $100,000,000 in the
' triennial assessment, county commis
! sioners estimated to-day from reports
I which had been returned by many o,
I the real estate assessors. The valu-
S a Hon of taxable property for county
J purposes this year totalled $75,911,-
; 35 1 so that the increase will be about
■ $2 4.000.00 U.
Returns have been received from
: thirty of fifty assessors in the county
districts and four of fourteen in the
j city wards. The increases in \ulu
, ntion which have been made do not
j include the advance which wii! bo
| made in the assessment of coal lands.
I In view of the fact that there were
| few building improvements in the
| county and only one or two in he
city, the county officials declared
I that the advances in assessments
j n.ade this year are probably the fair
| est ever reported and will put prop
j erty valuations on a much more
: equitable basis.
drouth in Every District
| In the 30 county districts from
I which reports have been received the
' Increase in valuation of lands and
I buildings totals $1,610,940. This 'does
j not include returns from such large
districts as Swatara township, Sus
quehanna townsiiip. Hummelstown,
Penbrook, First and" Third wards,
Steelton: First ward, Middletown;
and a large number of townships.
In the four city wards for which
the triennial figures have been filed
the increases follow: Third. $1,224,-
790; Fourth. $397,300; Sixth. $718,960;
Ninth. $1,601,385.
Increases over the present assess
< ment as reported In the triennial
[ valuations from some of the county
j districts follow:
Berrvsburg, $20,709: Dauphin. $lB,-
' 905; Derry township. $83,380; Kast
Hanover township, $29,795: Elizabeth
\llle, $23,810; Halifax borough, $41,-
049; Halifax township, $635: Hlgh
; spire, $32,785; Jackson township, $48.-
i 095: Lower Paxton township. $88,445;
I Lower Swatara townsiiip, $2,680; Ly
| kens borough, East ward, $17,450;
j West ward, $45,125; Lykens township,
! Middletown. Second ward. $21,194;
j Third ward, $39,140; Millersburg. First
i ward, $164,530; Second ward, $124,235:
1 Paxtang, $69,555; Reed township, $2,-
; 930; Royalton, Second ward, $11,105;
| Rush township, $475: Steelton, Sec
| ond ward. $453,770: Fourth ward, $13,-
j 191; Fifth ward, $25,150; Upper Pax
j ton township, 8126,433; Washington
township. $ 17^765; Wayne township
i $2,139; Wiconisco township, $16,355;
1 WilUamstown, East ward, $1,860.
i The report of the coal land valua-
I tions will be available when the com
! inlssioners meet to revise the valua
i tions. These sessions lylll be held in
1 February.
British Troops Hasten to
Stop Rioting in Cologne
Ail IA- Clin polio, Rhenish I'nissla,
T>oc. 9. Fighting in Cologne be
tween republican revolutionists and
imperial adherents has led to the
speedy dispatch of British troops
there to maintain ofder, on the ap
peal or the bungomaster.
The British were to have occu
pied Cologne formally on Sunday,
but two urgent messages from that
city led to valry and machine gun
ners being rushed there yesterday, j
I lies, however, were recommended
j for relief after the* investigation.
Direct Assistance
in the seventeen cases reported by
j the relief committee, in Which the
' families were entitled to assistance,
such assistance will be given out
right, and not as a loan to be paid
later on. In these cases the work of
I repairs and restitution for losses was
| begun at once under the special di
rection of the relief couniittee. In
i order to raise the necessary amount,
the committee found it to lie a good
plan to mail letters from day to day
to individuals, and while the re-
I sponse reported to date lias been no
ticeable, there are many more people
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All Unnecessary Items to Be
Gut Down to Keep With
in the Revenues
! City commissionets will meet be
| fore the end of the week to start
the preparation of the budget for
next year, it was said in official
circles to-day. Budget estimates
l'rom the various departments will
be received at this session and taken
i up in order.
Commissioner C. W. Burnett, su
perintendent of accounts and finance,
| has started an estimate of revenues
! which will be available for next year
and also the approximate balance
which will be in the treasury when
the present year ends.
Commissioner Burtnett said to-day
he will insist that the members of
Council cut all items from their ap
propriation list in ease it is not
thought the expenditure will be made
during the coming year. This year
a fund of $3,000 which was provided
for an improvement at Summit street
was not expended and will le re
tained until next year, when the
labor situation will not be so acute,
it is believed.
. He explained that he does not
want appropriations included In the
j budget and then late in the year
j when the money has not been spent
j for the purpose named, transfer it to
I some other fund and reapproprlate
! for the same purpose the following
Frank B. Sites Promoted
to Captain and Adjutant
Frank B. Sites, son of Postmaster
and Mrs. Frank C. Sites. 1008 North
Sixth street, has been promoted from
first lieutenant to a captaincy, ac
cording to word received by his par
ents. No further word has been re
ceived. The commission was dated
October 30. just a fortnight before
] the armistice was signed. Captain
j Sites has been assigned to the Sev-
I enth Division Ammunition Train and
j has also been made adjutant of his
I regiment. The Seventh Division, ae-
I cording to an announcement ntnde
I by General March, is one of those as-
) signed in the army of occupation to
| enter Germany.
Lieut. Snyder Receives Copy of Citation of 107 th Infantry
From Commanding General After Weeks of Fighting
I Taking part in the fighting day
after day until the German lines
finally crumbled before the on
slaughts of American doughboys
and to receive the praise of Major
!'General John F. O'Ryan, comman
| der of the 27th New York division,
, j is the experience of Lieutenant Jo
. > seph F. Snyder, son of Michael Sny-
I ! der, 318 South Fifteenth street. He
: is a graduate of Central High, 1911,
i and the Wharton school, 1917.
Lieutenant Snyder, according to
his latest letter home dated Novem
ber C, emerged safely from battle
in company of Company M, 107 th
: Infantry. The captain and first lleu
i tenant had given up their lives in
j the last battle. Lieutenant Snyder
Now For Goodness' Sake, Do Be Polite
Services of 4.300 Women Be
ing Sought in Great
The wheels of the huge organiza-,
tion which is to cover Harrisburg;
Red Cross Chapter district for mem- !
bers —both this week, during the vol-!
unteer drive, und next week, during j
the regularly scheduled smash—are
now turning; and before Wednesday !
noon the services of approximately
4,500 women will have been secured i
for Harrisburg alone, while in the I
district outside the city an additional !
2,500 workers will be on the job.
Mrs. J. Bradley Markward, colonel j
for the uptown district of the city, !
to-day announced the majors who'
will be in charge of each ward in that
district. They are;
Fifth Ward —Mrs. Frank Sites,
1008 North Sixth street.
Sixth Ward—Mrs. John Dapp,
1420 North Second street.
Seventh Ward—Mrs. J. A. Sherger,
1809 North Sixth street.
Tenth Ward —Mrs. William Strouse,
3128 North Third street.
Eleventh Ward—Mrs. E. J. Stack- ■
pole, 182 5 Front street.
Ward —Mrs. John Kelley,
172 2 North Second street.
Fourteenth Ward—Mrs. Frank R.
Oyster, 3211 Front street.
Mrs. Hunter's List
Mrs. C. H. Hunter is the colonel in
charge of the downtown district of '
the city. Mrs. Hunter's list of ward:
majors is as follows:
First Ward—Mrs. <J. H. Stuart, i
[Continued on Page 18.]
| enlisted early in the war in the 23rd
Engineers and was promoted and
transferred to the New York unit
in France.
Tlic Citation
A copy of Major General O'Ryan's
citation which was given to the offi
cers of the gallant 107 th, follows:
"1. I write to express my admi
ration and respect for the valor and
endurance of the officers and men
of the 107 th Infantry, so continu
ously demonstrated during the past
thirty days.
"2. Since the great battle for the
breaking of the Hindenburg line,
our advance has given opportunity
[Continued on I'ago 11.] i
By Associated Press
Geneva, Dev. 9. —A mild sen
sation has been taused here by
the arrival from Lyons of two
American sanitary tiains to take
released American prisoners back.
The chief of the Geneva Hod
Cross said thqt since the be
ginning of the war lie had seen
550 trains of prisoners of all na
tionalities pass through Switzer
land, but was forced to give the
palm for morale and enthusiasm
to the Americans.
Major Senzel. of the Swiss army,
said he was astonished at the dis
cipline of the new American {irniy.
War Department Expected to
Build Two Additional
| Captain Harrie A. Douglas, for
! nierly of the State Highway Depart
|nient, now stationed with Major Wil
j liani H. Gray at Delaware City, Del.,
on a big Government operation, has
been assigned to make a suyvey of
the plot at Middlctown on which the
I Ordnance Depot stands. Captain
i Doug as expects to come to Middle-
I town for that purpose within a week.
! lie was in Harrisburg to-day making
; preparations.
| While the captain was not in
j lormed as to the purpose of the sur
| vey, nor would he discuss the matter
1 in any way, there is a persistent re
| port that at two more ware*
bouses may be added to the Ordnance
, Depot. The project never was cont
| pleted. .Major Gray was ordered to
suspend operations after several
units had been built, but the plans,
which call for permanent construc
tion, contemplated many other struc
tures. It has been evident for some
time that, despite the armistice, the
buildings at Middletown ore not suf
ficient to meet the needs, and much j
' v aluable material must be stored j
; either on sidings or exposed to the
j weather. The depot was located here j
; because of the central location of,
I Harrisburg with regard to shipping I
: fneilities. and as it Is to be n permn- |
| nent sunp'v station there is good i
; ground for belief that more buildings j
l may be added.
Vfl)io-lnl -erv'r-s 1- '••••"if nf |
F.ietitenant Alexander llodgers. Jr., I
who died in Franc* fiefot-er I' 4 trr.\n I
"tiennionl** nnd pTh l "'''"" ">"W>'l bv I
three weeks of constant fighting in j
St. John's Church. Washington. T,ieu- i
tenant Ttodgers 's a grandson of the j
late ex-Senator James D. Cameron, i
iPoincare to Meet President at
Bois dc Bolougnc Station
Saturday Morning
Paris, Dec. 9.—Elaborate plans are
! being made by the French govern-
I ment for the entertainment of Presi
i dent Wilson. These include various
Jj state dinners and official calls and
- | probably a gala night at tlio opera.
Will Stay at Murnt Mansion
Upon his arrival at the Bois De
] Boulogne station Saturday morning
I the President'will be met by Presi
dent Polrtcare and other members of
j the French government. He will go
I immediately to the Murat mansion
r | which will be his home while in Paris.
i No decision has been reached as to
' | what the President will do on Sun
i day, but it is probable lie will drive
1 about Paris, it Is possible other
• j plans may be made before that time.
| .Mr. Wilson's drive on Monday to the
Hotel De Ville will be un occasion
lof considerable ceremony. "
Plans to Meet Colonel House
As soon as possible after his ar
- rival. Mr. Wilson will confer with
. j Colonel K. M. House, probably at the
' Maison Blanche de Paris. Colonel
' J House has been busily engaged uuito
recently and is in position to furnish
f j the President with considerable In
, i formation which may be of valuo In !
| | the task lying before him.
j The school children uf Paris will
| be out In force when the President
j arrives. Thursday Is usually a school
' I holiday in Paris, as Saturday is in
. j the United States. King George, of
. | England and King Albert, of Bel
. j glum, arrived In Paris on Thursday
. ' so that the children did not have an
. j extra holiday, which the arrival of
,| President Wilson will give them.
Virtually all Hie mercantile cstab
, llshments in Paris'hive untitled their
I employes that next Saturday will be
a full holiday. It is expected to be a
. be a larger celebration than any be
fore seen in Paris. The streets i ear
, the station where the President will
II arrive will be tilled with people. Ihe
. Socialists are taking a great interest
j In the occasion of Wilson's visit.
Broken Rail Sends
Pennsy Train Off Track
on Night Trip to Buffalo,
Philadelphia. Dec. 9.—Two day 1
| coaches and three sleeping cars of j
the Pennsylvania railroad train
j which left Philadelphia at 7.10 Sun- I '
j day night lor Buffalo were derailed ',
two miles north of Emporium.
Several passengers were slightly '
injured and were taken to the Em- •
| poriuni Hospital.
It, is believed by officials of the,*
I railroad the accident was due to a I '
i broken rail.
Great Task Loyally Complet
ed Without a Hitch to
Mar the Work
Gitv and. County Districts to
Be Closed by War De
partment Order
Local draft boards will complete
(heir work and seal their records to
morrow by order of the State Draft
Headquarters, it is the end of the
local draft history, to all appear
ances. After to-morrow the records
of thousands of Harrisburg iind Dau
phin county boys who registered to
answer their country's call will be
sealed and held for future refer
ence by historians, war risk insur
ance and pension investigators.
In the last few weeks preceding
the closing of draft board offices, of
ficials and derks of the boards have
been collecting and transmitting to
the state headquarters all the data
contained in the usual annual report,
have completed the-examination of
the 19 lo 36, and 18 classes, and ac
complished the classification of these
All papers received by the draft
boards after to-morrow will be en
dorsed and stamped with the date of
their receipt and filed separately un
til further orders from the state or
national headquarters.
3,0110 Inducted
After more than a year and a half,
during which more than 3,000 were
sent into the Army by the city and
county, the six local draft "boards re
linquished their duties. Their serv
ices not only as agents of the na
tional draft machinery, but also as
mediators and advisers for the thou
sands of draft registrants under their
jurisdiction, were responsible for the
smooth working of the draft here.
There was little or no friction be
tween the registrants and draft
boards, and none between the local
hoards and their superiors in author
Among those who helped materi
ally in making local draft work so
successful were five limited-service
j men who were inducted into the
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Scores of Families in Actual
Want Because of Delay
in Checks
Delay in Washington Puts
Hundreds Here in Des
perate Plight
There are scores of families in
llnrrisburg in actual want because
they have not received their allot
ments from the government's bureau
for the payment of monthly depend
ent allotments to the families of
soldiers, sailors and marines. As the
result of the bureau's slowness many
families are being .menaced by tlie
hunger and cold of the rupltlly ap
proaching winter.
During the past week the local
lied Cross Home Service Section has
been literally swamped with appeals
for assistance from the families of
men in the service. More than
letters pleading for help were re
ceived in the past week, according
to Miss Helen S. Deib, of the Home
Service section, Harrlsburg Chapter,
American Ked Cross. It has also
been learned that only one check
has been received by families of
drafted men who left in June amf
Juty. In most cases, the wives of
these soldiers were married for a
short time only, and it was possible
for them to live with parents. If it
had not been for this, it is explain
ed, they would be facing starvation,
The families who are not so fortu
nate, are desperately in need of
money to prepare for the approach
ing winter and strenuous efforts are
being put forth by Red Cross of
ficials to aid them.
Washington dispatches bearing
upon the alleged inefficiency of the
bureau, state that a congressional
inquiry will most probably be car
ried on within the near future. ' <
l'aris, Dec. 9. —Nine French prisi
oners were shot by the Germans
and tifteen others prisoners serious
ly wounded at the prison camp ih
l.angensalza, Prussian Saxony, the
Spanish ambassador at Berlin re
ports. The behavior of the prison
ers did not in the least justify the.
severity of this act of repression, it"
was declured.