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ILXXXVIII— No. 33 16 PAGES D ''g.si?Ji fSJ'Ki. a .." H 2aVuS*" HARRISBURG, PA., SATURDAY EYEXING, FEBRUARY 8, 1919. "VJgga f^aaiS-Sy * "WJ'.SSm" HOME EDITION
Substantial Increases Are Sought by
Carpenters, Bricklayers, Masons and
Plumbers For Summer's Work
Increased wage scales, effective April 1. are now being drafted
for Ilarrisburg carpenters, masons, plumbers and bricklayers, it
was announced at the offices of the Pennsylvania Federation of
Labor this morning. Just what increase will be askt-d by the
several unions cannot lie said now, D. L. Wenrich. a representa
tive of the carpenters, said.
These proposed increases in the wage scales will react un
favorably on extensive building operations that are being planned
for Harrisburg this spring and.summer, real estate men told this
morning. Only in case the wages are lowered will they be able
to conduct building operations on the scale which they had
Committees of the several,-,
branches of workmen are now busyj
arranging a satisfactory scale of j
wages, all providing for increases,
to be submitted to their several
lodges for consideration at early
meetings. It is expected that sev
eral weeks will elapse before definite
information can be given as to the
exact increases that will be asked.
Cite Living Costs
It is the opinion of the workmen
that they are justified in asking the
increases inasmuch as the cost of
living is considerably higher than
at the time the last increases were
granted. No tendency toward lower
living expenses has yet appeared
and with such conditions prevailing,
the workmen say they are fully en
titled to the increased scale which
they will ask.
No trouble in having builders pay
these increases is anticipated, Mr
Wenrlch says. He told that the
men are in a position to decline to
work at figures lower than they will
demand and in the case of refusal,
they are well able to remove to
localities in which they will be paid
the increased rates.
Work Plentiful Now
Work is quite plentiful in Harris
burg at this time and will be when
the increased wage scale becomes
operative. This is another reason why
Air. Wenrieh does not anticipate any
trouble in having builders accept it.
.lust now there are not more than
ten members of the several trades
idle, whereas between 200 and 300
are idle at this time in the normal
year, he added.
At least 150 houses which are be
ing planned for early erection and a
new factory which it had been ex
pected to erect here, will not be
started in the event of the increased
wage scale becoming effective. The
builder who told of the plans for the
erection of 150 houses, of which he
plans to construct between 75 and
100 himself, says that none of them!
will be started even if wages and I
the cost of material remain at the I
liguro at which they now stand. t
Builders Are Hampered
With the abnormal conditions
created by the war ended, it is but
natural to expect that building ma
terials and wages should start to de
crease, is the substance of this man's,
philosophy. Especially should the
wages start downward in view of the
fact tiiat tlie necessities of life are
exhibiting a decided downward
Builders declare that with ma
terials and wages tcmaining at the
figure at which they now are, they
are unable to secure a Satisfactory
return for their investment. Ma
terials have already shown some
slight downward tendency. They
must fall more and wages must also
decrease or extensive building pro
grams, exclusive of those of the
state and big corporations in urgent
need of the improvements will not
become effective, the builders de
clare. .
Charles C. Stroh Again
Head of Bar Association
Charles C. Stroh. president of the
Dauphin County Bar Association,
was re-elected president, for the
third term at the annual meeting
held last night. All other officers
who were nominated at the January
meeting were elected as follows:
John R. Geycr, vice-president: W.
Harry Musser, treasurer: Job ,T.
Conklin, secretary; board of censors,
Arthur H. Hull, John Fox Weiss,
Frank B. Wickersham, B. Frank
N'ead. No date has been fixed for
the annual banquet this year.
Washington, Feb. B.—New credits
of $75,000,000 for Italy and $40,-
000,000 for Belgium were establish
ed to-day by the treasury. This
raised the total credits for all the
Allies to $8,674,824,000.
For HarrlMburg nnd vicinity:
t loudy and ■lightly coldrr to
night, with lowrat temperature
aliout 25 degrees| Sunday fulr.
For Kastcrn Pennnrlvnnln t Cloudy
and slightly <-older to-night;
Sunday generally fnlri gentle to
moderate shitting winds.
The Susnuelinnnn river nnd all lis
hranehes will fnll slowly or re
main nearly statlonnry without
mueh ehnnge In lee condition*.
* stage of about 4.3 feet Is In
dicated for llnrrlsburg Sunday
t morning.
By Associated Press
Now York, Feb. B.—All union
bricklayers and hoisting engineers
employed in various cities
throughout the country on con
tracts held by members of the
Building Trades Employers' Asso
ciation of this city will be called
out on a sympathetic strike Mon
day morning in an attempt to en
force the demands of carpenters
employed by the association for a
dollar a day increase in wages,
William L. Huteheson, president
of the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters Joiners, an
nounced shortly after noon to
The cities affected include
Bridgeport, New Haven, Water
bury, Hartford, Norwich, Conn.;
Boston, Lawrence, Mass.; Provi
dence, R. I.; Camden, N. J., and
Automobile Jitney Service In
augurated Following Ulti
matum of Mayor Hanson
Head of Western City Puts
Into Execution Threat to
Operate Industries
By Associated Press
Scuttle, Wash., Feb. B.—City*
directed automobile jitney ser
vice was inaugurated in Seattle
to-day to break tlic strike in
compliance with the mayor's
ultimatum that the strikers!
would have to call off a sympa
thetic strike at 8 o'clock tills
morning or lie would operate
till essential industries.
At 8 o'clock this morning no
action had been taken by tlie
strike committee representing
tlic 55,000 striking workmen on
the mayor's declaration that
unless tlic sympathetic strike
was called off by 8 a. m., he
would tnkc steps to opernte ull
essential industries under Fed
eral protection.
Seattle, Wash. Feb. B.—ln
terest in the general strike of
55.000 workers here centered
early to-day in the reiterated
announcement by Mayor Ole
Hanson that unless the sym
pathetic strike to aid 25,000
striking shipyard workers was
called off at 8 o'clock this morn
ing lie would proceed to operate
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Snow or Rain to Start
New Week, Then Fair,
With Stormy Finish
By Associated Press
Washington, Feb. 8. Weather pre
dictions for the week beginning Mon
day, issued by the Weather Bureau
to-day. are: •
North and Middle Atlantic states-
Snow or rain Monday or Tuesday
fair middle of the week, and probably
snow or rain again toward end of the
week; temperature nearv normal ex
cept somewhat below about middle of
the week.
Reinecker's Confession Goes
Before Murder Jury; Says
He Was Talking in Sleep
Gettysburg, Pa., Feb. 8— Although
counsel tr Charles Reinecker on
trial here for the murder of George
•I. Bushman, endeavored to have evi
dence of Ben Carter ruled out on the
ground t'rat he heard what. Reinerker
said while he was talking in his sleep
the Court admitted it. Reinecker is
alleged to have told Carter that he
shot Bushman, but that he would not
have done It had it not been for Col
While the Source of Both Their Profits Is Neglected
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Local Manager of Swift and
Company Says Foreign
Demand Is Great
That there is a downward ten
dency in meat prices, but as yet a
hardly apparent change in retail
prices, and no prospects of great re
ductions in prevailing costs, is the
survey of the meat situation as made
by C. A. Hibler, general manager
of the local Swift Company plant,
who has just returned from the
company's headquarters in the mid
dle west< where he studied the out
look for the coining year in the meat
Any decided reduction in prices,
he said, will cover a period of one
year or eighteen months, during
which time the foreign demands will
bo supplied, e declHared that meat
products will continue to follow the
old law of supply and demand and
that no immediate tumbling of
prices is in prospect.
There has been a large produc
tion of meat, he said, and large
quantities of meat in the form of
livestock have been bought up by
the packers. On the other hand, the
demand for the packers' products is
so great at. home and abroad, that
the supply is not large enough to
allow for a reduction in prices.
There is no more than enough meat
prepared and in the preparation,
than is needed to supply present de
mands, he said.
The tendency in the meat market,
downward trend in prices. He de
clared this tendency has made itself
felt, causing in some cases very
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Flittings? Not This Year, Say Haulers Who Have Nothing
to Haul Because There Is No Place to Haul It To
Pity the moving: men. Not those
handsome chaps who pose before the
clicking camera for about two or
three hundred thousand dollars a
year, but the sturdy members of so
ciety who superintend the annual
family flittings of the city's army of
rent payers. Pity these moving mas
ters. for business is going to be dull
for them during the next few months.
The real moving season starts in
earnest about this time of the year,
and continues for two months. But
in previous years, the van guard of
the annual spring Jump was begin
ning to make itself felt long before
this time This year there are no
movings, for the simple reason that
there are no houses. The men whose
business it Is to handle the spring
movings have had unusual weather
for their work, but. there has been no
work. No one is more irwfavor of an
immediate housing development than
they. They aay April 1, the day they
Commissioners Provide $40,-
000 For Roads; $35,000
For Bridges
With the big increase ini the as
sessed valuation of property for
county taxation the County Commis
sioners at a session late yesterday
afternoon lowered the rate for 1919
from live to four and one-halt' mills,
by that means providing an addi
tional $30,000 for road work, $5,000
more for general contingent expenses
and $5,000 more for the mothers' as
sistance fund.
Because of the increase in valua
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Congressman Ellsworth Will
Deliver Memorial Address
in Auditorium Tomorrow
Whvn the doors of the Chestnut
Street Auditorium open at 3 o'clock
to-morrow afternoon it is expected
that a capacity crowd will fill the
auditorium to partake in the Roose
velt memorial meeting. All the de
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usually reap a golden harvest, will
be no more than any other day .ithis
year. They're looking forward to no
happy orgy of movings then, when all
their teams will be busy hauling fur
niture from house to house, and in
stalling, families in their new homes,
as they did in days of yore.
While the moving men are to be
pitied for the lack of flittings. their
lot is not so hard as the poor house
holder who must remain in his old
home, and think of the good old days
when, if he didn't like the color of
the front door, he could inform the
landlord of his dislike, call up his
favorite mover, and get out. Now the
moving man is doing other kind of
work, and doesn't particularly care
whether the householder moves or
not, but the householder laments the
lack of opportunity to change his hab
it, and longs for the good old days
when spring meant a change of scen
ery and a pleasant reunion with the
truck drlvsrs and housecleanera.
11. G. Niesley Outlines Plans
of Farm Bureau at Sec-,
ond Annual Meeting
Farmers from every nook and
corner of the county gathered in
Court Room No. 1 at the Court
house to-day to participate iij the
second annual meeting of the Dau
phin county farm bureau. The elec
tion of officers and an outline of
the work for next year were made
this morning, and this afternoon, the
farmers listened to discourses by
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160,000 Men Arc to Arrive
From Late War Zoites
During Month
By Associated Press
Washington, Feb. B.—General
March said to-day that demobiliza
tion in the United States now was
on the "home stretch." Up to yes
terday a total-of .67,038 officers and
1,033.812 men had been discharged,
while the total ordered for discharge
had reached 1,442.000.
The demobilization machinery is
now at such a point of efficiency
and operation, the chief of staff ex
plained, that it is capable of hand
ling more men than Pershing can
possibly send, with available ship
ping. Of the troops in the United
States only the overhead detach
ments which must be maintained
for ftiture demobilization of return
ing this week.
100,000 Home This Month
Up to January 31. 236.824 men
had been returned from France. The
department estimates that 160.000
will be returned in February. This
is an increase of 4 6,000 over the
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Tyrone Flyer One of
Three Killed in Fall
Into Bay in Florida
Pcnsacoln, Fla., Feb. B.—Three
naval flyers. Ensigns Duane Rut
ledge, Robins, La.: David Mingle,
Tyrone. Pa., and Ralph McCormack,
East Boston, Mass., were killtut last
night when their hydro-alrblane
from the training station here fell
600 feet into the bay and was de
German Ships Await Division
By Associated Press
Paris, Feb. B.—The naval branch of the Peace Council has pre
sented recommendations formulated as the result of consultations
among the British, French, Italian and American naval commanders,
bearing mainly on the turning over of the German submarines,
blockade restrictions and the surrender of the German commercial
This fleet, it is stated, is ready to be turned over, but the Allies
thus far have not agreed upon the allotment of the steamers among
the various Allied nations nor upon the compensation for the use of
the vessels.
When an agreement is reached and the United States receives its
share of the ships, they will be manned by the American Navy and
fly the Stars and Stripes, the initials of the Relief Council being
added to the flag.
New Members Probably Will Bear Title of
"Imperial Minister" Instead of State
Secretary; Constitution Pending
Weimar, Feb. B.—The composition;
of the cabinet appears to be the]
principal proceeding commanding
the attention of the new German
lawmakers, meeting here in the
National Assembly. The original
proposition'was to form a ministry
of fifteen members, seven of whom
should be Majority Socialists, four
Centrists and four Democrats.
The majority, however, are un
derstood to be contending that they
should be certain to have a major
ity which the Independent Socialists
cannot disturb by any political ma
neuver. Participation of the Cent
rists in the formation of tlio cabinet
was assured by the action taken at
their meeting on Thursday in which
they decided to work with the new
The constitution again was dis
cussed at a meeting attended by rep
resentatives of the various German
states yesterdgy in which Dr. Ludo
Hartmann, Austrian minister to Ger
many, took part.
The new ministers probably will
bear the title of "imperial minister"
instead of "state secretary." Several
of them will be without portfolio,
even though additional portfolios be
created. The finance ministry will
be divided into two departments, one
for special, technical details and
to deal with loans, and the other the
department of the imperial treas
ury, for administration of Socialized
public works.
It is possible that a labor min
istry will be created. A demobiliza
tion ministry and an economic min
istry are believed to be certain of
formation, in addition to the refor
mation of the imperial treasury de
Although tho subject of the con
stitution was on the program, it was
believed it would be impossible to
reach it before some time to-day.
Charged With Highway
Robbery in Daylight
Charged with knocking down
Aleck Legers, peanut vender, at
State and Fifth streets, in broad
duylight and going through his pock
ets and robbing him of $lB, George
Patterson. 1219 North Seventh
street, and John Williams, 1228
Up to Employers to Look
After Boys Home From
Employers of the Harrlsburg dis
trict are urged to give serious
thought—at the present time and
during the coming months—to the
employment of returning soldiers,
sailors and marines by Qenrgo 8.
It.'lnoehi, president of the Chamber
of Commerce, who makes the appeal
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Y. M. C. A. Goes Over the
Top With 1,527 Members
A total of 1,527 memberships, new
end renewals, was announced as the
result of the Y. M. C. A. campaign
for 1,500 members, at a supper held
last night to mark the closing of the
campaign. The affair was held in
the assembly room of the Central Y.
M. C. A. building, Second and Lo
cust streets.
Following the announcement of
reports, a vaudeville show was held
in Fahnestock Hail, members of the
Y. M. C. A. and others participating.
Henderson Gilbert, John F. O'Neill
and P. T. Barnes were in charge.
Captain E. J. Stackpole made an
interesting address. Other features
were given.
Harry M. Bretz, disbarred in an
opinion by the county court yestcr
duy, and against whom two of four,
convictions on charges of embezzle
ment were permitted to remain on
the record, will be called for sen
tence on Monday, it was announced
at the District Attorney's ofllce.
By Associated Press
PARIS, Feb. 8. —The Peace
Conference Commission on
n Society of Nations ex
pects to finish its work nt the ses
sion to begin nt 110.JO o'clock
A. >l. to-(la.v. At a long session
last night the committee com
pleted two-thirds of the draft of
the project A substantial agree
ment on the chief points dis
cussed was reached Inst night ac
cording to an official statement
Issued to-day.
Calder street, were held under bail
for court after a hearing before
Alderman Shaner this morning.
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Boundaries Puzzle
Peace Delegates
in France
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Paris, Feb. B.—Fedcrish haste
marks the proceedings of the
peace delegates in the few days
remaining before the return of
President Wilson to the United
States. The most difficult prob
lems relate to the new bound
aries to be created and which
have aroused the aspirations of
many nations, especially the
little ones, for the territory of
their neighbors.
Wilson Foregoes Belgium Visit
The President has definitely post
poned his trip to Belgium, although
the Belgians greatly desire that he
personally inspect their ruined
country and industries and be con
vinced of the Justice of their claim
for reparation. The French also
would have been glad if the Presi
dent not inly could have been able
to go to Belgium, but if he could
have continued his visits to devas
tated France. The French feeling
in this matter has been voiced by
Captain Andre Tbrdleu in his declar
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Eggs Hit New Price
on Downward Toboggan
Prices of butter and eggs in the
local markets to-day continued to
slide downward. Butter was quoted
at 60 and 65 cents. Eggs came down
to 40 and 43 cents, and retailers
freely predicted 30-cent eggs in the
next week or two.