Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, January 01, 1919, Image 1

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1 I.XXXYIII—■ 14 PAGES Da " Matter p t Wro* o"nc7 "t'JuftiSbSrf HARRISBURG. PA.. WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 1, 1919. on^ E WSPAPBH n'Sxliwuvn'™*' "TWO cents" HOME EDITION
lutlicrlv Wind Blows Xorlli-1
}ern Pacific Harder Into
■ Sand; Wounded Soldiers
lordcred Taken Off
Jttlcships Go to R <cue of
American Transpo in Dis-;
tress; Not Expect" l{ to Be 1
Released Until IV lorrow
By Associated fi i
>ow York. Jan. I.—Th American
Inspect Northern Pa tic which
ft Brest, France, on CI stmas day
It 2.480 wounded nd ell Amer-
M' soldiers, sailors d nurses,
'.Sit aground at Fire Is nd. one'of
. B most dangerous r ts'oti the
■lantic coast, in tiie n argl fog
I 3.30 a. in. to-day. v< n hours
■er, with weather i t>.on |mii-,
*vo ruble--rain and sn< f.ilbig ir.-
rmittently. and n lierlyJwindt
llowing the vessel li cr int* the!
land—navy officials s •> prispect'
.Lat.the ship would 1 ' eased un- 5
'II to-morrow, and a fast guard
row began casting lines from the
The v essel was iollir s- heavily in
sen which appeared be getting
ougher, and while no 'Prehension
vas expressed by navy i ticiais as to
tie safety of those on ird, it was
fcgarded advisable to move the I
roops immediately.
I'scs 'jjfrccclios uoy
IJn the bu the unin-;
\red men wore to be 1) :ght ashore |
ftiile the wounded an- . iraes were!
I be removed in tu • and small j
eats to a rescue tie which, in- !
Riling cruisers and <1 yers, was I
from tho tu ny barkatlon j
(urt, Hoboken. i. rc se to a j
tireless message cocci from the
Landed transport.
These rescue vessels luded the'
!"niterl States cruisers 1 mbia and I
>rs Moines, the trans Mallory, I
e hospital ship Solac c destroy
s and the lugs Itcsol Calumet,
ipple. Spray and Koa The tngs I
,;ent alongside the No • in Pacific!
liok aboard the trnoi >nd trans
ported the sick to the . ace and the!
(iallory, and the well 1 ilie cruisers
nd destroyers.
on the Northern Pn •. which is
Navy transport of 8.: tons gross,
ere 1,67f troops win e wounded
r sick, (125 troops wco are well,
jventcen navy nurses. 75 sailors.
3 army casual officer' and eleven
pvy casual officers —in all 2.480
itn end women.
peui. Richard Miller
Returns From France
I.i • utenant Itichard ler, after
i.gving been wounded .cruras and]
lieated L for months In hospitals
in France and Englati s visiting
his father. H. O. Mill .521 North
Sf'conJ street, on afo dght-hour \
furlough. fie was ded four'
times by bursting sli 1 on Sep- I
(rerrrht"' 4. He enlist.-. the M"d- i
leal Corps of the Amer . i Army and j
i upon his arrival ovei r his com |
Imand was attaehed t u.e British
( forces. '
I **- ' -- L
I Benjamin Demmiiu Is
111 With Pneumonia
Benjamin Demmlnp, chief clerk
in the Adjutant Gene il'ss Depart
ment. is seriously ill with Influenza
at his home. 1518 Stai reef. Mr.
hemming'* illness foil • cuf closely
upon t,hai of his wlf* who is In*
Tremont, Schuylkill or. ntv. at the
home ->of lier father ai d is unable
to be moved at this time.
Mrs. Demniing recc My went to
Tremont on account be serious
condition of her broti who was
sick with the infltlenm. , ter brother
later died, and her fa r next be
-1 came a victim of the uisease. Mr.
D'emining soon joined'wife, who
became ill following at
tack, and i;-. in such state
that she cannot W rH|> ed to her
in Mi- '
After Air. Dcnimlrws return to
Tic was taken
ill with the disease, and his condi
tion is considered rather serious.
Ward Tiflany,
Noted Actress, Dies
Syrm ii!*'. X. Y., J I.—Annie
jWard Tiffany, famou ress, died
i yesterday after years suffering.
■Hfcirn Annie lteady, sh' q been on
■lie stage more than 11 . \enrs. She
with the elder S n , i >e tser
Lawrence B an) j ot h_
|V* famous actors, M al one
" line leading woman wi -eph Jef-
The police departm t recovered!
$77,170.50 worth of th.- >2.Site worth '
of goods reported stolen during lilis
and made a total of 2,2 i:, in rests. T'a- '
irolinen responded to* "2 (ir> s. raid-I
ted fourteen disorderly n j re . .
'covered fifty-nine of 'dxty-eight 1
automobiles stolen. 1 irdice court
1.895 persons were x . e j sen
tenced and lined, whlli -51 were dis
.1 I
New Penn-Harris|
Blaze of Light
and Music
Hundreds Attend
First Banquet
of Season
Brilliant, diverting, home-like,
and altogether democratic was
the historic gathering last night
to celebrate the opening of the
Penn-liarris Hotel, marking a
distinct epoch in the life of the
city and introducing a new, uncom
mon and most attractive atmosphere
in the Capital of Pennsylvania. So
keen and zestful was the apprecia
tion of the more than 400 repre
sentative citizens, men and women,
that they felt duly grateful when
Mayor Keister, in his response, told
how Senator Penrose some
since was responsible for the state
government being retained here
when others would have moved it.
"Decidedly, the most fascinating
time Harrisburg ever saw," was the
consensus of sentiment, when 12
o'clock banged and the lights dim
med in the spaciovgi ballroom to gi\e
place to myriad sparklers which
crackled and scintillated like a whole
tloek of planets making up time in
the celestial sphere. The keynote
was to eliminate selfconsciousness,
banish fear and depression and have
a general rejoicing in the return of
peace, winning of the war and in
the good fortune associated with the
coming of a regular hotel.
Plenty of Enthusiasm
The scheme of entertainment in
some measure guided itself and va
riety Jetted so lively that Mercer D.
Tate, sailing about with a fed bon
net and streamers, confessed that
though he had handled a thousand
parades in his day this affair was
"past him." Certainly, the hotel
management shou'd be credited
with keeping the moments from get
ting heavy, fur immediately after
the speeches, representative Harris
burg "broke loose" with ail the
abandon of the husky Tech hoys
when their Jazz leaders call for ac
Two orchestras, the Updegrove
and 13lumenstein's. never failed to
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A Man in a Million
- —. j WAS Bv THE "YEAR,;
° F Pl£C ° RK ' I I
i im'''
France Looks to U. S.
By Associated Press
I'iy-is, Jan. I.—ln sending his greeting to the people of the
I'nited States, through The Associated Press, to-day, President
Poincare said:
"1 am very glad that President Wilson will take part in the
important work of the peace conference. France has full confidence
in his enlightened Judgment and his lofty conscience. She has suffered
long and terribly for the sake of Justice. She knows the United States
will not forget the sacrifices she has made.
"Fiance is ready to prepare, side by side and In unison with the
great sister republic, a better and brighter future for humanity."
Wilson Back in Paris After Leaving
British Capitol Rests Before Resuming
Journey to Rome
By Associated Press J
Paris. Jan. I.—President Wilson !
arrived in Paris last night. He spent j
i New Year's Day resting. To-night
lie leaves for Italy. The President
'expressed himself as exceedingly,
I pleased with his reception and the 1
j conferences he had in England. |
j There seems to be no doubt that'
! many questions were settled in the j
j conferences held with Premier Lloyd ;
George. Tho conviction is expressed ,
ihere that there is not likely to be
any serious differences on the issues
to he determined upon at the com
ing peace congress so far as Great!
I Britain and America is concerned.!
j There is a mutual understanding on'
| the great problem of insuring the!
I world's peace.
j Regards Speech as Rejoinder
The speech of President Wilson
! against the balance of power, de
! livered at Manchester on Monday
lis regarded in high American quar-!
| ters here as a direct rejoinder to the ,
■speech of the French premier Cle- j
j nienceau In the Chamber of Depu- J
• ties in which the French leader de
: elared his support of the "balance [
of power" idea and his purpose to 1
| make it his guiding thought in the!
' peace negotiations.
Whether it was intended to be so. |
it is not known, but the President's
speech, coming within twenty-four'
hours after that of the premier, has i
led to a contrast between the two
declarations as sharply defining two;
.'opposing viewpoints on the subject:
j of balance of power among the na- |
! tions.
i The textual copy of the premier's I
I speech oti Sunday night now is avail-
' able and gives the following refer
' ence on this subject: j
"There is an old system which up- ;
i pears condemned to-day and to i
I which 1 do not fear to say that 1!
remain faithful at this moment. |
1 Countries have organized the de- !
i tense of their frontiers with the nec
essary elements and the balance of
■ powers—"
Great disorder broke out in the •
j chamber at this point ind Pierre
Prizon, a Socialist deputy, exclaim
' cd:
"This is the system which has
gone into bankruptcy."
Premier Clemcnceau continued. I
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Frail Girl Puts Shot
Through Heart of Man
Who Attempts Assault
New York. Jan. 1.- -A frail, tear
stained girl of 12 years walked into
I Urn Mercer street police station early
[ to-day, handed the lieutenant a re
| volver and said she had Just killed
a "bad man" who Iwd attempted to
I assault her at her home during the
, absence of her parents.
Investigation by the police appar
; ently proved the glri's story. To
' masso Troia, a peddler, who lived in
, the same house, was found upon the
floor with a bullet through his heart,
i The girl, Filomena Gambina, said
! that after she ha 1 fired the fatal
' shot she got a olo: nasline, intending
to strangle the idler After wait
' ing three hours ' man to move,
she said, she o the police
I station. She i a ciiarge of
Juvenile delinqucr
Prominent in Financial and
Religious Circles For
Many Years
Took Active Part in Business
Activities and Church
Charles A. Kunkel, president of the
Mechanics Trusi Company and for
many years a prominent figure in the
civic, financial and religious activi
ties of Harrisburg. died at 1.45
o'clock this morning at his residence, i
221 North Front street. He was
aged 71 years. Death was due to an;
attack of heart disease. He had not. ;
been in good health for some time. |
Air. Kunkel was born in Shippcua |
burg June 10. 1547. He was the son!
of Samuel Kunkel. He cunie to Har- I
risburg more than fifty years ago, J
accepting a position as clerk in the !
Mechanics Bank, then owned by his |
uncle, .). C. Bomberger. In 1897. fo!- J
loy|n the deu,tlj <of Iris uncle, he he-.!
cable the cashlez of, the bonk.
In *914 tbe hank was reorganized i
under the name of the Mechanics .
Trust Company. Mr. Kunkel was,
elected as president, holding that po- !
sition tyitil the time of his death. ,
He was associated in the bank wil't j
his brother, the lute S.imuel Kunkel.!
| Mr. Kunkel was active in the busi- |
I ntss life of the city for many years. !
I He was a member of the old Board of I
[ Trade and of tile Chamber of Com- |
j merce. As president of the V. M. C.
; A. for many years, he was very well
| known among the men of the city.
I Because of ill health, he resigned
| that position last year and was made
j president emeritus.
! Be was superintendent and a |
j teacher in the Zton Lutheran Hun- (
' day school for about thirty-five years, j
; taking an active part in the affairs:
of the church ahd holding various of- {
! Ilces in the vestry. He was also a I
I member of the Board of Foreign
S Missions of the Lutheran Church,
vice-president of the hoard of trus
j tees of the Harrisburg Academy, a
| member o fthe board of trustees of
i the Gettysburg Theological Semi
nary, treasurer -of the Tressler Or
! phans' Home nt Lovsville. a director
J of the State Y. M. C. A., a member
| of the American Bunkers' Associa
tion, former president of the Penn-
I sylvania Bankers Association, presi
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j Council Holds Up Vote on
Mayor Keister's Ap
Because members of Council can
! not agree upon the appointment of
a woman as police matron, Mayor
' Daniel L. Keister said to-duy he will.
' ask the civil service hoard to ron
! duct examinations again in order to
get additional names for the eligible
i li-t.
i It has been known in city official
i circles for months that tho commis-
I sioners could not vote unanimously
on an appointment from the present
eligible list. First names on the list
, are Mrs. Edith E. Hergstrcsser, 317
Walnut street, and Miss Clara Mona
' smith, 1606 Hunter street. The gal
! ary is S96(J a yer.
At the special meeting of Council
• held August 9, Mayor Keister recom
; mended the appointment of Mrs.
BergstresseY. Before a vote was tak
en Commissioners Gross and Lynch
; moved and seconded that tho appoint
j ment should be delayed one week.
, Since that time no other action was
j token in Council.
Mayor Keister said he favored the
: appointment of Mrs. Bergstresser
and intimated that one other mem
ber of Council would vote for her
also. The other Commissioners, how
ever. have not assured him of their
support, it was said to-day, and for
I.this reason, ho said, he will endeavor
to have the civil service board hold
another examination^
IS FIXED AT $341,855;
Firemen's Union A sk
Reduction of Fire
Last January Worst
Month of Year
For Losses
The fire loss in Harrisburg during
1918 was $341,855, according to the
figures of John H. Kindlcr, chief of
the fire department. Of this
nniount, $302,21 G represents damage
to the contents of the properties in
which tires occurred. The amount
of real estate destroyed was $39,640.
' Two persons lost their lives in dis
astrous tiros, several others wer.
i injured and a number of firemen
! sustained minor injuries fighting
! the flames. Those who lost their
I lives were Mrs. I .aura 1-ockhart,
! who was suffocated in the fire
I which partiully destroyed the home
lot' 11. M. Witnian, 2101 North Sec
ond street, September 10, and Al
! Bert E. Burkholder, a brake in an on
! the Pennsylvania railroad, who sus
tained fatal injuries in the Muclay
street yards of the Pennsylvania
railroad when he was drenched
'with blazing naphtha early in tlio
1 morning of August 3.
Six Kig Fires
The >ear was featured by six I
fires where the losses were large, j
Previous years have seen a greater j
number of disastrous fires. The J
Firemen's Union recently passed j
resolutions calling upon the Under-
writers' Association to reduce the j
fire premiums because of tho effi- j
ciency of the motorized department. [
The greatest damage reported was j
the second day of January, 1918, !
when the cyiinder-finlshing and j
rough-turning plants, electric ;
transformer and paint shed of the j
Harrisburg Plpfi and Pipe Rending I
Company's plant were destroyed at!
a loss of more than $210,000.
I The greatest fire loss for any one !
I month was $214,510, in January, j
1 The second greatest loss was in i
j March, when $90,900 damage was !
| caused by lire. In October no dam- J
! ago was caused, although firemen
! responded to a number of alarms, j
Firemen responded to 119 alarms,
I twenty-six of which were false. At
a number of other places where
fires were reported, no damage was
caused. Twice local companies
were sent to the West Shore to com
, bat disastrous blazes which had
, passed beyond the control of the
j local Ore fighting facilities.
I The six tires which caused the
| greatest damage were nt the Har
j risburg Pipe and Pipe Rending
Company, the City garage at Walnut
anil River streets: Central Iron and
! Steel Company, the home of H. M.
Witmer, 2101 North Second street,
Jn the Pennsylvania > ards at Muclay
street, again ,at tho Pipe Bending
Company in September, and at tho
Smith and Keffer warehouse, 441
South Cameron street.
The fire at the Pipe Bending Com
pany last January, which caused
property damage aggregating more
than $210,000, was caused by a
workman dropping a cigaret into a
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j May Send Photograph to
! Philadelphia.in Connection
Willi the Bomb Outrage
An investigation will be made by
. j the local police department to ascer
, tain whether Samuel Hurley, who
gave his home as Boston, Pittsburgh
and Philadelphia, is connected with
•j the bombing outrages perpetrated
! in Philadelphia this week.
' Hurley was arrested and will re
ceive a hearing on the technical
• charge of panhandling for food in a
| Market street restaurant. If he can
not account for his recent actions,
] Chief Wetzel said, his photograph
I will be sent to the Philadelphia nu,
thorities to sec if he is connected
with agitators there.
Patrolman Lowery made the ar
rest. He declared that he did not
j tell Hurley why lie was arrested, but
i on the way to tho police headquar
' ters, Hurley said;
"What have you arrested ine for?
; J. W. W. talk?"
j Hurley attracted attention when
j he went into a cigar store in Market
| Square, and began to udvocate I.
! W. AY. activities, bomb outrages and
! sufo blowing, according to the pro
, prietor of the store.
Lowery was told about the occur
! renee, and went to the Market street
i restaurant to make the arrest. Low
! ery declared he found Hurley beg
! ging his food, and arrested him on
I the panhandling charge. He told tho
officer he was from Pittsburgh. At
the po ice station ho said lie was
from Boston. Mass., und a tittle latv,
j in a cell, he declared his home was
In Phlindolphia.
He said he was wandering all over
| the country, as a railroad man for
many years. He was the first person
I arrested in the New Year.
I.ondon, Jan. I.—Surrendered
German submarines are being di- ,
vided among the Allies, says the i
Mail. The newspaper says fifteen i
go to France, ten to Italy, seven I
to Japan and four to the United j
States. The U-boats turned over
to the United States are said to be ;
on their way across.
$5,000 DAMAGE!
Stock of Globe Clothing Store
Suffers Heavily in Early
Morning Blaze
More than $5,000 damage to slock
and fixtures in the Globe clothing
.store, 322-321 Market street, was
i caused by the first fire of the New
i Year, which broke out in tlie front
jof the cellar at 2.30 o'clock this ,
; morning. Smoke and water caused !
(the greatest damage to the clothing
1 stock.
Benjamin Strouse. proprietor of .
• the store, and owner of the four
| story building in which it is situat
ed, is unable to state tho origin of
the file. He declared that in the
portion of the ce'lar where it had its
I inception, the firm's waste paper is
i baled and the lire might have
I been started from the heating pipes
1 in that part of the cellar,
j The efficiency of the firemen in
j confining the flames to the cellar was
i the subject of much commendation
by Mr. Strouse. They fought the fire
| from 2.30 until 4 o'clock, when it
j was finally under control.
The fire was first discovered by
| Mr. Slitzer. the night watchman,
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Whistles and Bells Signal
Passing of Old and Begin
ning of New Year
Holiday Spirit Is Dampened
by the Rain and
There was a noisy transition from
litis to 1019 at midnight last night,
it seemed that every whistle in city
and suburb and on engine and fac
tory shrieked out a welcome to the
year newly born and every bell
joined in the din. There was noise
aplenty, and of sleep there was llt
! tie. A half hour before the midnight
' hour impatient signalers gave out
small toots as though hailing 1919
through the gloom a/id darkness of
. he rainy night.
An inconsiderate government
weather bureau made a general cel
. ebrution out of the question. Instead
of hoisting windows to listen to the
; formal greeting the. great majority
of Harrisburg's population stayed
under the covers and let the whistles
ami bells do the work.
Hut they knew 1018 had passed on.
i The hands nt the signals attended to
that and when a half hour had
, passed and the gauges on steam boil
■ ers showed signs of weariness, the
| aroused citizen turned over to snooze
. until the good housewife's voice
: sounded the breakfast warning and
; the start of another day of toil.
Mr. P.urleson, who holds on to the
i helm of post office, telegraph arid
telephone activities, was regarded
. witii special favor, for during the
i Honrs in which 1018 grasped for
: breath lie had announced a wage in
, crease for the employes of the tele
; graph systems. Employes of both
the Western Union and Postal Tele
| graph companies in the city ex
: pressed their pleasure at the action
of the Postmater General. Those who
| had been in the service of the com
■ punles for less than a year and a
I half were, to be sure, not as happy
as their fellow workers who had
given longer service. The first
j named class were given a five per
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