Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, December 24, 1918, Image 1

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CSCIjc olar-ln&cpensfnt. '
Mrs. Ida Weaver Believed to
Have Drowned Herself
While Despondent
She Disappeared After the
Funeral; Body Recovered
Early Today
The badly decomposed body of Mrs.
Ida Weaver, 39 years old. of Indian
alley, who is believed to have flung
herself into tho Susquehanna river
one month ago when half-erased
by the death of her husband, Clar
ence Weaver, during (he influenza
epidemic, was found to-day.
Her husband died after a few days' j
illness. He was buried on a Thurs- \
day afternoon one month ago and on j
the following evening Mrs. Ida Wea
ver disappeared suddenly and noth- j
ing more was heard of her until this 1
morning when the body was identi- j
lied at the morgue of Undertaker
Charles 11. Aluulc. Sixth and Kelker
streets, by her sister, Mrs. Jennie
lavling, 012 Showers street.
Found by Watchman
The body was recovered early this \
morning from the deep water of the j
Susquehanna by employes of the i
Central Iron and Steel Company. I
When Thomas Narcy, a watchman,
went on duty, he saw the body bob
bing up and down in the water about'
three feet from shove and about a |
quarter-mile from where the tein- i
porarlly deranged woman is believed j
to have thrown herself into the j
stream. With the assistance of;
' ieorge Wetzel, another employe,]
they managed to drag the body i
ashore with the aid of a long hook j
procured from a nearby plant.
The body, so badly decomposed \
that the features could not be read- ]
ily distinguished, was turned over to i
Undertaker Mauk. Jt was identified i
lute this morning by Mrs. Farling, ]
but only by means of the clothing i
Which the woman wore at the time |
of her disappearance.
She is survived by two children. I
a married daughter and 16-year-old
ton residing in Pond Bank, Pa.
-Another Disappearance
At flrst the body was believed to 1
be that of Mrs. Rose Grand. 438 ■
Cumberland street, who mysteriously
disappeared from her home last
week, but Mr. Grand quickly dis-j
posed of that theory when he saw;
the body at the Mauk morgue. To !
facilitate the securing of information ;
relative to her mother, Miss Fanny'
Grand this morning offered a reward I
of $5O for information that will lead j
to the discovery of the location of the
Iraffic Regulations
For Tree Celebration
Traffic regulations which will be!
enforced by the police department '
during the celebration around the >
municipal Christmas tree to-night, I
were issued this morning. They are i
as follows:
No parking in Market street, be- j
iween Front and Second sereets.
No parking in tlie west side of i
Market street.
No vehicular (raffle between Front I
and Second in Market.
All the rules take effect at 7 i
No Carriers'
Telegraph agents and car
riers this year will depart
from a long-established custom
and deliver no Christmas greet
ing to subscribers. There are
a number of reasons for this. |
In the early summer, when |
the Telegraph .usually pur
chased its supply of calendars,
the Government was strongly ]
urging the conservation of
paper and newspapers were ]
restricted from issuing supple
ments not really a part of a
Then, too. the past year ha.?
brought many demands upon ]
the purses of Central Pennsyl
vania people in the form of
war fund drives, and since tho i
custom of having carriers de
liver a calendar to all their
patrons on Christinas rather
lends an Impression of an ad- !
ditional payment for service, it |
was decided to discontinue the j
Ko there will be no calendar
this year.
If your carrier, by his faith
ful service of your favorite
newspaper during the fickle
weather of the past year, has
won your appreciation and you
choose to remember him at
this time, without his solicita
tion, do so. lie will appreciate
it very much. The Telegraph,
too. will remember him for his
For llnrrlshnrg nml vicinity I Ilnln
nnil warmer to-night i lowest
tcniiirrnturc about -I." degree*;
\\ cdiicMilny rain, iirolinlily turn
ing to snow, cold, Ti much
colder Wednesday nlglit.
For Kastrrn Pennsylvania! Ilnln
tn-nlghti warmer In south pnr
tloni Wednesdny rnln, iirobnhly
turning to snow In north nnil
west portions! enlder In west
portion i much eoliler Wednes
dny nighti moderntr to fresh
rnst to south winds, shifting to
west nnd northwest by Wednes
dny nlglit.
42,r>4<S Hurrishurg Men and
Women Have Set Con
sciences at Rest
Pennsylvania Now litis En
rolled Million Members'
During Drive
With Harrisburg and the balance of
! the Harrisburg Red Cross Chapter
i district on Its toes yesterday, tho
membership total tjpr the Christmas
drive made a surprising gain, witJi the
following result:
To-day a year ago .... 1:7,4111
To-day at noon :iz,.-is
I There are indications that the total
I f<-r the Christmas drive will reach the
35,000 mark before the close of the
; wet k.
Last year tlie campaign was con
tinued quietly until the middle of
j January, when the 36,000 mark wan
I reached, and it is possible that the
I same tiling will occur this year.
] Headquarters In the old Postofflco
building were open until 3 o'clock to
day and many people, seeing the spurt
I that was taking place, decided to
I "vote for a winner," as Is customary
with human nature, and volunteered
1 their memberships. Although' the ape-
I 1 ial headquarters is closed after to
-1 cay, members who wish to renew, 01*
I those who wish to join for the flrst
time, may do so at headquarters at
, Front and Walnut streets.
Pennsylvania to-dny has about a
million Red Cross members, and. out
; side of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Harrisburg leads everything. Such
cities as Johnstown. Alioona. Wil
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Colonel Lewis E. Beitlcr
Named Chief of Staff
For Inaugural Parade
Colonel Lewis E. Reitler, of Phila
delphia, who lias had charge of many
functions In Harrisburg, was to-day
named as chief of staff for the Sprout
Inaugural parade and tvill handle all
of the details for the big demonstra
tion. Col. Beitlei* came to this city
and selected Captain Francis H. Hoy,
Jr., of this city, drillmasler of tlie
Harrisburg Academy and chief of staff
In tho big Fourth of Juiy demonstra
tion, as chief of aids.
Conferences were held with officials
of tlie Adjutant General's Department
and of the State Polie, as well as with
officials ill charge of the Capitol. The
precession will include a provisional
regiment of the Reserve Militia,
Militia cavalry and State policemen,
as well as various other oragniza
tions, the general plan being for tho
most imposing inaugural In many?
years, in keeping with the popular]
Interest in the Sproul administration.'
Following n long-time custom, there
will be no Issue of the Telegrnph to
morrow. Christmns Day. In oliserv- "
nnce of the holltln.v business In all ,
departmcnta will be nuaprndeil.
Cost of Christmas
Turkeys Reach
New Record
TURKEYS were higher to
day than ever before In the
history of the city. Farmers
sold them as high as 75 cents a
pound and fowls at $l2 and $l5
each were not unusual.
There was a fairly large sup
ply of turkeys in the hands of
local dealers yesterday and they
sold at 48 to 50 cents a pound
for undrawn fowls. In the mar
kets to-day farmers and butch
ers flrst asked 55 cents a pound.
After a short time when the de
mand grew prices soared 20 cents
higher. The markets were filled
with geese, ducks and chickens
at high prices.
One reason given for the high
prices was the scarcity caused
by the great number of birds pur
chased by men operating rattling
matches. This form of gambling
was permitted openly by Cum
berland county officials all along
the West Shore.
Well-Known Harrisburg En
tertainers h) Have Part
in the Program
The Harrisburg Civic Club will
entertain to-morrow evening at the
clubhouse North and Front streets,
150 soldiers from the nearby can
tonments at a Christmas dinner. The
clubhouse has been beautifully dec
orated for tlie -event and the tables
will be spread in the large dining
room on the second floor. Ladies of
the club will assist in the serving
and well-known Harrikburg enter-
taincrs will provide the program un
der the direction of a committee
of the Harrisburg Rotary Club.
Among those who have agreed to
give their Christmas evening to the
soldier guests are: Miss Edith
Rourke, vocalist; Mr. and Mrs. El
mer Hobbs-Ley, who have sung be
fore large audiences in all parts of
the country; Miss Koss, who will
sing; Miss Essick, who will play sev
eral piano solos and Charles E. De
lone and T. R. Shuey, with thejr de
lightful xylophone and piano ; duo.
Preston Crowell, of the Rotary
Club, will preside and Haywood M.
Butler, also of the cltib, will make
an address. The Rotary committee
'n charge, is made up of Robert
Hunt Lyon, chairman; Howard C.
Fry, Captain George F. Climb, Frank
B. Musser, Preston Crowell and G.
M. Stelnmetz. Captain Lumb ad
dressed the soldiers at the Civic Club
Sunday evening on the period in the
soldier's life between his discharge
and his re-entrance into civil life,
speaking from his crwn experience.
'Keister Alarmed at Decision
of Pennsylvania Court on
the Booze Question
Return of Liquor to Dissolute
Characters Would Mean
Increased Disorder
; The Harrisburg police department
i is confronted with an interesting slt
: nation now that an opinion has been
i handed down in a Pennsylvania court
{declaring that it is illegal to confls
| cate the liquor of disorderly charac
-1 ters.
It has been the custom of the local
police to confiscate tiic liquor found
in the possession of bootleggers and
j drunks, and donate it to the Harris
j burg hospital for medical purposes,
jlliundreds of quarts of liquor tlips
| far furnished the hospital yearly,
i Beer, confiscated in raids on speak
easies and other disorderly houses.
| generally is thrown away, and only
whisky of good quality devoted to the
| hospital.
I But in West Chester, Judge J.
! Frank E. Hause has ruled that it is
j illegal to appropriate liquor, no mat
jter what the condition of the arrest
ed person to whom it belongs. The
| Court, in its opinion, says that liquor
is personal property and is a recog
nized article of commerce. It says
(further that:
The Court's Rilling
! "He might have indulged in its
(use to such an extent as to have
impaired his health, or make him
self temporarily a nuisance to the
I community, but that did not justify
j the defendant, (in this case the Mayor
of West Chester who was made de
: fendant in a suit brought by the per
json arrested) however commendable
j his motives, in confiscating the prop
i erty."
i Mayor Keister, when he learned of
j the opinion, said it would be looked
; into, and the opinion of the City
| Solicitor would bo asked. He said
ihat in most cases the liquor was
[confiscated for the benefit of the
i prisoners, who probably would come
| back into the clutches of the police i
(within a half hour after their re- i
i lease if allowed to go away with
their liquor.
| "We try to better the condition of i
the unfortunates we arrest," Mayor
{ Keister said, "And thut is the main (
| reason we take their booze. More- |
[ over, we try to better the community |
. by reducing disorderllness to a mini- '
| mum. That is best accomplished by ' 1
I tuking away the liquor of the in- !
I corrigibles. 1 feel it would be a very 1
bad thing to return liquor (o arrested
men we know to be unaccountable
for their conduct."
i will receive his Harrisburg Tele- I
I graphs free of charge to-day. If'
i you. choose to remember his un- {
| failing devotion to business by re- '
i main'ing on his corner In ult "kinds
of weather by giving him a larger
j coin than usual and forgetting the
change, this is the day to do it.
Municipal Christmas community service around tree in Market
Square p.t 9.15 o'clock this evening. '
Midnight services in churches to-night.
Choruses and glee clubs to sing Christmas carols In early morn
ing hours.
Early morning services to be held in many churches.
Scores of soldiers back from camp and from overseas will udd
to holiday joy in many homes.
Hundreds of other soldiers in the city to be guests of Harris
burgers for Christmas dinner.
Inmates at county almshouse get presents and enjoy entertain
ment this afternoon.
Patients in city hospitals to be remembered. Trees and ever
greens have been placed in each ward.
Hundreds of other Harrisbtirg families find greater happiness this
year, knowing that soldier boys from their homes will soon return.
Singing of Beautiful Christ-4Last - Hour Shoppers Flood
mas Carols About Munici
pal Tree This Evening to
Open Formal Celebration;
Returned Soldiers Add .Joy
H' AHRISBURG will begin its
Christinas celebration this year
I with a community Christmas
| (roe service fo start this evening at
0.15 o'clock, in Market Square.
Thousands are expected to be pres
ent to participate in this big com
munity event.
I The large municipal tree in the
{ Square has been decorated with
j hunreds of colored bulbs, and these
| lights will be turned on early in the
nIc(p OT nffPWue (TtreTOf!n Of
' Frank Rlumenstein, will give a con
cert of both patriotic and Chrlst
| mas numbers.
! The community singing will begin
lat 9.15 o'clock after the stores
{ which are open during the evening.
| have closed. Flavel L. Wright, chair-
I man, will have charge, and will un
i nouncc the order of the carols. On
1 both sides of the Christmas tree will
be the Moorhead Knitting Company
1 chorus, and the Harrisburg Rotary
IClub members, to take the leading
part in the singing. A soldiers'
| chorus also is being arranged for,
land other small organizations, such
| as glee clubs and choruses are to
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Officers and Men to Hcvert to
Civilian Status on
Washington, Dec. 24.—An opinion
j of the judge advocate general's of
| fioe, approved by the Secretary of
i War, holds that officers and enlisted
I men of the National Guard will re
| vert to civilian status when dls
| charged from the federal service.
; The effect of the ruling practically
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Dismal Weather May
Bring Snow Before
Christmas Is Over
i Young America's praters for a
white Christmas may be granted after
' all. Snow may arrive in Harrisburg
j late to-tnorrow and cover the ground
j to-morrow night, the weather bureau
i forecast told to-day.
Half of the storm which caused the
] inin here on Sunday, which moved
i towards Texas when divided by an
i anticyclone from the northwest, has
' swirled about is now over the een-
I tral Ohio Valley, moving in this dl
j notion accompanied by colder weath
| er which la expected to cause snow.
The rain of to-day will continue
to-morrow to make the morning dis
| mal, but this Is expected to turn to
! srtow later In the afternoon, it will
! lie much colder on Christmas night,
i the forecasters alllrm.
I ,
Protest Filed Against
Rockville Fare Zone
The controversy which lias been in '
progress for years over the fare zones j
on the Rockville line of the Harris-j
burg Railways Company was revived j
to-day, when J. It. Garmiin, of Luck- !
now, tiled a complaint with the Pub-!
lie Service Commlnsion on behalf of I
residents of Lucknow, Ctreen Hill and ;
Coxestown against the charges. Ho
declares that the round trip to Mar--
ket Square Is 24 cents, whereas by
railroad from Lucknow it is '.O cents.
Exception Is taken to the fare ilm-j
Its us discriminatory, while the 6-eent
faro is declared to be unreasonable, i
The complaint will be sent to the com
pany for answer, J
Stores in Search of Christ
mas Joys; Streets Jammed
From Curb to Curb by the
Throng of Men and Women
Weather that savored of spring
i time temperatures sent a challenge
!to llarrislmrg shoppers yesterday and
| thousands upon thousands of people
jsurged the streets and thronged the
| stores, purchasing the eleventh-hour
{gifts they had forgotten before.
! Rivaling the Saturday night crowds
! in the shopping district, these hordes
swept down on the mercantile estab
lishments of the city, depleting the
stocks of every merchant.
Sales of toys and candy to these
eleventh-hour shoppers run high In
jtlie thousands of dollars. War toys
: were the big sellers. Machine guns,
| deadly in appearance, but harmless
iin reality, were eagerly purchased to
I bring kiddies the thrills of Chateau
! Thierry. Trucks covered with the
! khaki canvas of the quartermaster
{corps, submarines, transports,camou
flaged railway cars and armored au
tomobiles vied for popularity in the
I eye of baby und younger brother.
| Even poor old Dobbin is supplanted
I by a wooden tank, perfect in every
'detail, which wabbles along with the
'same grace as a hobbyhorse.
| Dolls, dozens upon dozens, and
I then some more dozens of them,
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Services to Be Held by Virtu
ally Every Congregation
• Tonight and Tomorrow
Services of .jubilant praise for the
i birth of the Prince of Peace will be
i held in churches throughout the
entire city beginning to-night. Con
tinuing through the Christmas Day,
these services will be filled with
thankfulness for the great gift of
peace that has come to America and
the world.
At St. Patrick's cathedral the ser
vices will be especially Interesting.
Prof. Louis D. Brodeur, prominent
| organist and chorister will lend the
j choir in services. A new boys' choir
! will be inaugurated at St. Paul's
| Episcopal church and an inspiring
, series of services will be held there
Among services to be held to-night
and tomorrow nre:
St. Puul's—Christmas Eve. 11.
Half hour carol service, followed
| by the celebration of the Holy Com
, munion. The Rev. Floyd Applcton
I will give tlie Christmas message.
, Miss Le.N'ora Fry will ussist the full
J choir in the rendering, of Allu's
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Shopmen Not Paid Enough
Says Federation Chief;
Investigation Is Ordered
Phlliiileliilila, Dec. 24.—Denial that
certain shopmen of the Pennsylvania
taiiroad nro being overpaid through a
misinterpretation of a general order
was made here yesterday by IT. S5. Jef
| fery, chairman of the advisory board
| of the Philadelphia and Camden Fed -
i erntion of Pennsylvania System Lines,
nfiliiated with the railway employes'
deportment of the American Federa
tion of tjibor. On the other hand,
Mr. Jetfery declared that 42,000 of
these men ore being underpaid be
cause the order Is not being properly
applied. M. I". Btauvert, assistant
Federal director of the Allegheny re
gion, admitted yesterday that the
question of overpay or underpay is
iiolng investigated by the Federal
railroad authorities and that the mat
ter will be adjusted.
President Will Visit Church
Where His Grandfather
Was the Minister
London, Dec. 24.—The visit
of President Wilson to the home
of his maternal grandfather in
Carlisle on Sunday will be al
most coincident with his sixty
second birthday, which occurs'
Saturday. His visit will have a
double object.
The President will attend worship]
in the Dowdier street Congregational'
Church, of which his grandfather]
was pastor for fifteen years, and will I
\ isit the scenes of h.i;i mother's early'
childhood. The pastor of tlie church
lias invited him to make an address!
at the morning service.
Find- old Landmarks
Tlie President's grandfather left]
few record;, of his ministry here. I
Doubt regarding the house where
the Ilev. Woodrow lived was dis-]
polled yesterday by n man ninety]
years old who wus a pupil at Rev. I
Woodrow's academy. Documentary i
evidence also has been found. I
Arrangements for the banquet to]
be given Friday night in honor of
President Wilson are similar to
those made for the king of Den
mark during "lis recent visit to Lon
don. The banquet room in Buck-'
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Paris, Dec. 24.—Some mystery
attaches to the arrest of a man
who arrived at the Grand Hotel
this morning. Speaking correct
French, Vie asked for a room, and
when asked to show his papers lie
produced tliern.
They gave liis name as Rudolph
von Hanover, a native of Berlin,
and showed him to ho coming
from S'pn, the former German
headquarters where the interna
t'onal arm'slice commission now
sits. He declared himself to tie
a '-" iiiher of that commission.
Tlie man was turned over to
tin* police, who afterwards de
clined to say anything about the
ingham Palace is decorated in whit®
and gold and has some of tho finest
tapestry In existence.
The substitution, of the dinner to
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