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XXXVIII—* NO. 60 16 PAGES Dal £a?terTt fXf'piit oW i a'u d r, cI,M • lARRISBURG, PA. WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 12, 1919. , a N 9 K a ^ o £S b " si c c e °N p^ 3 HOME EDITION
Recommendations for Change
in Building Arc Made
by Investigators
Defects Pointed Out by Build
ers in Remodeled Continu
ation High School
The Camp Curtin Junior High
S••! 00l building, now in the course
of being remodeled, cannot be term
ed a "tire trap" in any sense of the
word. This announcement was made
to-day following the receipts by the
school board of the report of the
board of three engineers who re
cently investigated the building as
to its safety conditions. Certain im
portant recommendations are made,
however, to provide greater safety
for the children.
The committee says "we are defi
nitely of the opinion that while the
school in no sense of the word is lire
resistive, while numerous improve
ments could be made in the struc
ture to make it a better one of its
type, and while there are certain |
improvements which we deem neces
sary to make the school safe to a
very considerable degree, the build
ing does not constitute, as it now
stands a 'lire trap' in any sense of
the word."
As to Safety
Included on this committee arc
C. Heller, Charles A. Ilexamer and
11. \V. Forster, engineers of Phila
delphia, who have given particular
attention to the proper construction
of school buildings. Their investi
gation was made several weeks ago.
following a resolution of the board
passed when charges were made that
the school presented conditions dan- j
gerous to the lives of the occupants ,
in case of fire.
While the consideration of the ;
subject was principally from the .
standpoint of safety to the occu- i
pants and not that of structure, ex- '
cept secondarily, the committee said: j
"Wo cannot, however, refrain from
saying that it is most unfortunate !
that any community in the con- |
struction of school buildings should ,
deviate from the best general prac- |
tice which the country has estab- i
lished for such buildings. While we :
bpiievc that the Camp Curtin school, '
if improved as recommended here- j
in, will give a very considerable de- |
gree of safety to its oegygants, it is
evident that this degree Ott safety
would be materially Increased if the
structure were a superior one."
Defects Pointed Out
Defects in the present division
wall which stand in the way of its
being a first class fire wall and con
sequently a safe means for horizon
tal exit between the two buildings
are emphasized in the report.
Specific recommendations for im
provements are made as follows:
That the fire wall he carried un- |
broken through the attic space and j
parapetted above the roof approxi
mately three feet; that the arched !
spaces above the first floor and sec
ond floor hall doors be filled in with
concrete or brickwork: that the floor
section in the fire wall be made of
cement and preferubly that this
incombustible sill he carried some- I
Thing like six inches beyond the face |
of the wall ori eueh side; arrange |
pli door joists and other woodwork j
so that it is not, in any sense of the !
word, in danger of spreading fire j
from one side of the wall to the i
other: install a section of reinforced '
concrete flooring in the first floor j
and over certain sections of the base
Stairway Unprotoctive
The unprotective stairway was
said by the committee to Vie a great '
source of danger from a life safety
standpoint. Relative to the stair
way improvements, the committee
recommended among other things
that the two south and central stairs i
on the second floor he enclosed in
partitions extending from the floor
to the ceiling and that the central
basement stairs have an enclosure
built extending preferably from the
lloor to the second story floor.
Relative to the north stairs on the
first ltoor. It was recommended that
the pockets created on either side
of the vestibules leading into these
stair towers be eliminated bv the
tilling in with partitions of a sub
stantial character from corridor
wall and flush with the line of the
doors. Technical details as to the
forms of enclosure are outlined.
It is recommended that additional
entrances to the auditorium be plac
ed at the center of each side and that
a rearrangement of aisles be made
in the balcony. Handrails on both
sides of the stairs should be install
ed, the committee says.
One of the doors in the south
east corner of the old building lead
ing from the general shop to the in
cline apparently swings against
travel the committee reports, inti
mating that it should bo changed.
The installation of auxiliary fire
boxes would be a good plan the com
mittee suggests. Fire prevention is
* an important matter to be consider
ed, the investigators say. recom
mending that in connection with
the school extension there be pro
vided a definite place for the storage
>f all necessary material.
For Harrisburg and vicinity: Fair
and warmer to-night and
Thursday* lowest temperature
to-night about 38 degrees.
The Susquehanna rlTer nnd all Its
tributaries will fall slowly. A
stage of about 711 feet Is ladl
raled for Harrisburg Thursday
General Conditions
An extensive nrea of high j
barometer rovers the greater ,
part of the country east of the
Mississippi river and the South
west, with Its renter over Vir
ginia nnd North Carolina. Pres
sure has diminished decidedly
over the western pnrt of the
country nnd In lowest over the
Aortli Pacific states. I
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j The new boundaries for Germany, Czech o-Slovakia Italy, Hungary and
I Jugo-Slavia and the western boundaries of Poland and the Ukraine have
! been agreed upon at the Peace Conference, according to reports from
i Paris. The. boundaries of the different Euporean countries are roughly
shown on the map. The boundary of Germany will stop at the Rhine and
at the old western frontier of Poland preceding the partition of 1772. She
will acquire the purely German regions of Austria. The Rhenish republic.
| which is to be created on the west bank of the Rhine, may ultimately be
returned to Germany, but, even with this, she will have a territory smaller
ithan that of Spain. Germany will lose, roughly speaking, 30,000 square
[ miles of territory by the terms of the Allies.
' Harrisburg Clergy and Laymen Watch With Interest Out
come of New Plan to Raise Funds
j ■
Dauphin county's chickens soon
may he laying golden eggs for the
Baptist church if the hens of Ohio
are religiously inclined and come up
to the expectations of the Baptist
clergy and laymen.
This was the opinion expressed to
day by Rev. Walter S. Dunlop. pas
tor of Market Street Baptist Church
after annonucenient had been made
Bids to Be Asked For Office i
Building Also in the
Near Future
j Governor Sproul and members of j
the Slate Board of Public Grounds
'and' Buildings spent considerable'
time to-day with Arnold \V. Brunner,
architect for the Capitol Park im
provements, and J. E. Greiner, en
gineer for the memorial bridge, con-
I tracts for the making of the
j being signed. The details of the plans
for the new office building and the
'memorial bridge were ordered pre
pared at once and borings for the
bridge piers were reported in pro
The plans for the office buildings 1
will be ready for bids io be asked |
before long. Only one building will j
be authorized for this year. Tt will :
ad.ioin the south wing of the Capitol
and be 280 feet long by 88 feet wide, I
'the material harmonizing with the I
State House.
The members of Ihe board to-j
day expressed appreciation of the
offer of co-operation by the commit-!
tee of the Harrisburg Chamber of
Commerce headed by Spencer C I
The plans were discussed with I
Superintendent Elmer, of the Penn- I
sylvania railroad and Miss Violet!
Oakley, the artist commissioned for
the Supreme Court mural decora-1
Internal Revenue Bureau
Suggests Individuals Fill
Out Own Income Blanks
Washington, Mar. 12. Reports!
that offices of hundreds of revenue]
collectors were swamped by appli-j
cants for information and advice on ■
income tax returns to-day prompted!
the internal revenue bureau to sug-|
gest that taxpayers prepare returns
according to the best of their abil
ity and file supplemental returns
later if they find their first report
inexact. Refunds can be claimed
where due on the basis of these
amended returns.
Edward M. Young, through his!
counsel, Robe.rt Stucker, to-day I
brought a damage suit against the |
Harrisburg Railways Company. A !
statement will be filed later, it was j
announced, in which a claim will be
made against the eojppany for pay-,
nient of damages io Air. Young's
automobile, which was wrecked in a
collision with a trolley car last No-:
vember, at Suyford and Fourth j
that th e liens of Ohio are to be put
on their mettle. The 1,200 Baptists
of the city, said Dr. Dunlap are
watching the event with interest.
The Ohio plan is this. All eggs
laid during a designated week are to
be given to the committee raising the
$0,000,000 victory campaign. The
church turning in the largest num
ber of eggs is to receive a golden
egg suitably inscribed.
j Story Tellers League Plans to
Broaden Endeavor in
Elementary Grades
' j Myths, fairy tales, legends and
: ! folk lore will be taught to pupils
i in eleven of the city schools through
| the agency of the Harrisburg Public
I Library with the hearty endorse
j ment of tiie School Board. Members
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i Sympathizers Hold Up Car;
; Automobiles, Vans, Wagons
and Jitneys in Service
By Associated Press
j Newark, N. J., March 12.—Virtual
!!y all the surface car lines of the
j Public Service Railway Company
'which operates through 141 cities
i and towns in Nothcrn Xew Jersey,
i were tied up to-day by the strike of
I 4,500 employes.
| The first disturbance growing out)
j of the strike oeeurerd here when a
; crowd of sympathizers held up a
'street car, manned by veteran em
-1 ployes who had refused to strike,
j pulled the trolley pole off the wire]
'and cut the rope. One woman in the
j crowd fainted and was taken to the
'hospital. Police reserves were sum-'
| moned but when they arrived the
! crowd had disappeared.
Hundreds of private automobiles,
furniture vans, brewery wagons, mo
tor trucks and jitneys, were pressed
into service here and in Jersey City,
Paterson. Bayonne, Orange, Eliza- j
beth and Plainfield to take factory;
hands to the shops, clerks to stores
and children to schools. The strikers j
: made no effort to interfere with the
] operation of these means of convey-!
! ance. Steam roads handled enormous
' suburban business.
The Public Service Commission to- ]
crashing against the railing of the i
Mulberry stret bridge, snapped off j
two of the lower railings and was .
left banging with iwo wheels over 1
J the edge, when struck by a large
truck this morning.
■ Keistcr Says There Is No Need j
fo Retrench in Local
j Public Improvements Con-j
tcniplatcd by City and
Stale to Employ Many
Government mahagement of rail- j
roads is a failure, according to |
Mayor Keister, who has explained j
the stand he took last week at the |
national conference of Governors J
and Mayors. He revorte that the !
railway shops under direct orders ]
i have cut down their working forces '
I and hours despite the great need )
of urgent repairs.
Freight rates must be reduced on i
I building materials, such as lumber. I
I brick, cement, stone, gravel and
j sand and on road-making materials, |
j the Mayor adds, or building opera- j
I tions will be held up with the re
] suit that work will be denied skilled j
j workers and laborers.
"It is my opinion," says Mr. j
j Keister, "that it is the duty of the I
! President to immediately call an ex- j
I tra session of Congress and keep it j
working while the country is going
through this reconstruction period, '
making appropriations for the pros
ecution of all government contracts j
for public building, wharves, docks, j 1
improvements to railroad equipment ] 1
and all public utilities. In other 11
words let the President and Con- j i
gress quit playing politics to the ; ]
detriment of the wage-earners and I i
good government, get down to busi- ]
liess, and 1 think the industrial con- !.
dition which is now in worse shape l ]
than ever before in the history of i
the nation will be satisfactorily '
The Bright Side
Although the Mayor says he is
pessimistic as to the present or fu
ture. he says he believes that there
are 2,000 idle men in the city and '
that this will he increased by a hun- 1
dred per cent. He fears that pro- '
liibition will make a thousand men J
idle here. <
In a more optimistic vein the i
Mayor adds: i
"There is no doubt that this con- ]
dition will be relieved somewhat by ;
improvements contemplated by the ,
State In its development of Capitol .
Park and in the building of new ]
buildings to properly house the of
fices of the State government. The J
City w-i!l spend $lOO,OOO on street
| improvements during the coining '
summer; $23,000 on a comfort sta
tion and several thousand dollars on
water main extensions. We also
have under consideration the build
ing of a joint county and city office
building and a joint contagious dis
ease hospital. These projects hardly
will be gotten under way until 13 20
as enabling legislation will have to
be passed by our State Degislaturc
in order to allow the county and
city to build jointly."
Thieves Get $26,000
From Vaults of Bank;
Theft Discovered Today
New York, March 12. Theft of,
$26,000 in currency from the vaults of .
the Cosmopolitan Bank, a Bronx in- |
(dilution, was mad e known here to- '
day by the police.
The robbery occurred sometime on I
Monday night after the bank had |
closed and was not discovered until
yesterday. The money had been placed
in the vault by the cashier.
The Superior Court will conclude '
its sitting here to-morrow when
opinions will be handed down. The '
Governor will dine the judges to
night at the Executive Mansion.
Will Permit Harrisburg to'!
Vote $300,000 For State
Street Bridge
The Eyre Senate bill providing that
voters of third class cities may vote
to transfer loans previously author- ,
ized for purposes which have been .
impracticable, was passed finally in | ,
the House today, and now goes to the j '
Governor. <
The bill will enable the people of i
Harrisburg to vote at a special elec- ;
tion on thirty days' notice to trans- I
fer the $300,000 loan for the Walnut
street bridge to the city's share of '
the Memorial Bridge in the Capitol (
Park plan. t
Prosecutor Makes Good His Threat to Prevent Defendant i
From Making Display in New York Court
By Associated Press
New York, Mar. 12—Because Mrs.
Betty Inch was too generous in the
display of her ankles to Jurymen who
failed a month ago to agree on a {
verdict in her trial on a charge of i
extortion, she found tho witness
stand surrounded hy a four-foot
board fence when she appeared to
day In the supreme court for the
second hearing of her case.
Though the court and prosecutor
| Great Britain Not to Have
Monopoly of Communica
tion Over Seized Wires
l U. S. Maintains There Should
Be No Discrimination
in Either Ocean
By Associated Press
j Paris, March 12.—Realizing the
j possibility of a virtual monopoly of
| cable communications by Great Brit-
I ain should her claim to the. captured
| German cables be sustained with the
| consequent • submission of the great
| foreign business interests of the
j United States to alien control in this
l respect, the American delegates to
! the Peace t'onfercncc are endeavor
j ing to make a strong presentation of
| their case before the legal authori
ties to whom the subject lias been
j referred. The naval experts who
j first considered the question were
| unable to agree and the Supreme
I Council, upon motion of Secretary
!of State Lansing referred to legal
I experts the question of title involved.]
j These experts are being pressed by
j the Americans for a decision.
British Cut Cables
Early in the war the British cut
the two German cables from Kmden
to America byway of the Azores
and also the cable between Mon
rovia, the Libcrian capital, and
Brazil. They took one end of the
German-American cables to Hali
fax, thereby securing another trans
atlantic line for themselves. The
other cable they gave to the French
government, which so far lias made
no attempt to utilize it, probably be
•tise of the scarcity of submarine!
cable material and of cable-laying!
The British claim that these i
cables are prizes of war. They do]
not intend to allow their return to I
Germany or to regard them as sub-'
ject to the disposition of the Peace ;
Conference. The American dele-j
gates, however, contend the cables!
were unlawfully cut and unlawfully
reconnected, because the United]
States was not at war when this was]
done and had an interest in them'
as being one of the termini. Nor,]
they claim, was there proper war-]
rant for cutting of the cable between
| Lberia and Brazil as both of these
countries were then neutral.
Americans Are Anxious
There never has been any decision
regarding the title to cables outside
of territorial waters in time of war,]
and the Americans are now ex
tremely anxious that no precedent
should be established that might
place American business at the
mercy of foreigners or prevent free
communication between the United
States and central Europe after the
conclusion of peace.
In addition to the transatlantic
i cables, several German cables in the
Pacific also were seized by the Brit-!
. ish as prizes of war. One runs from
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Auto Thief Cuts Through
Door to Steal Machine
The second automobile theft of the
month was reported today to the
Harrisburg police department by J.
S. Mumma, 811 Green street. The
car, lie says, was stolen last evening
from the Carr garage.
The thief cut a panel from the
door, reached through the hole and
opened the door. It is believed be
cause of his knowledge of the locking
that the person is familiar with the'
1 garage.
Soldiers Residents in America
Rise Against Their Cap
tain on Sea
By Associated Press
Halifax. March 12. Threats of
three hundred troops of the British j
army, who enlisted in the United j
States, eighty-one of them American |
citizens, to sink the transport Toloa l
unless immediately allowed to land:
and proceed to destinations in the
United States by rail, were reported
to th e Canadian authorities today by
Captain Jackson, commander of the
professed ignorance for the reason
for the erection of the barrier, court I
attendants recalled a statement of
I the prosecutor when the first Jury;
disagreed, that "Mrs. Inch must not
show her ankles to the Jurors at
the next trial," alse he would 'ask i
the court to make her lower her
dress." . I
"What is It, a spite fence?" the!
qoiraely Mrs. Inch inquired when |
aha entered the court roof.
World Has Reached Greatest Crisis of History and Faces
Great Task in Preventing Spread of Bolshevism
and Anarchy Throughout Civilization
Paris, March 12. —"We have reached a crisis in the affairs of the world," said
Secretary of State Robert Lansing at a banquet given last night by the Inter-Allied
Press Club in honor of the American peace commissioners. *' Mr. Lansing was em
phatic that the allies must feed Germany and give the Germans opportunity to sell their prod
ucts in the foreign markets, if the danger of Bolshevism was to be avoided, lie painted a vivid
picture of conditions in the war zone of France and pointed out that it was not through pity for
Germany, but to the allies own advantage to see that anarchy was prevented in the former Ger
man empire. Mr. Lansing said:
I Commander Denies Charges
of Two Wounded Men
That Food Is Bad
Carlisle. March 1 2. —When charges
made by Philadelphia soldiers con
cerning dirty dishes, poor food and
undue severity in the Carlisle Mili
tary Hospital, were brought to the
attention of Colonel F. R. Keefer.
commandant, this morning, he stated
that in his opinion the food at the
Carlisle hospital averages better than
that of most camps and hospitals
j throughout, the United States.
! Walter H. Klerney and George IT.
| Wood, the two wounded soldiers who
i brought the charges, are absent from
jtlie hospital without leave. Colonel
i Keefer said. "A good soldier will
| come to his commanding officer if
he has been unfairly treated." he
I continued, intimating that the Phila
! delphia soldiers had not brought
i their complaints to him.
"As to undue severity, T believe
' investigation would show that this
'charge is erroneous. Military discip
line is necessary in a military hos
ipital. It is, of course impracticable
! to say to the men, 'come and go as
you please." The men must undergo
I certain treatment and the War Re
i partment has prescribed a certain
i course of training which will fit them
| for civilian life. When they are al
lowed to go out at night they are apt
to go to a disreputable house, to use
liquor or to stay out all night. This
would bring discredit to the institu
tion and to the service. Whenever a
I man who asks for a furlough, has
1 enough money and is physically able
j we try to give him his leave. But we
| must have certain restraints. That is
I apparent.
! "Wherever there are soldiers there
j are complaints about the food. It is
[not the same as home cooking, but I
'believe it averages better than that
lof most army camps and hospitals
I throughout the United States."
j President Hopes to
Reach Paris Friday
Cables Yankee Delegates
' On Bonril the I". S. S. Oeorge Wash
| ington, March 12.—(8y wireless to
j the Assoiated Press) —President Wll
j son hopes to reach Brest in time to
leave there Thursday evening for
Paris, after a brief reception at the
port. The President today took up
j preparation?! for his peace confer
; enee labors and exchanged wireless
messages with members of the Am
| erican delegation in Paris,
j The President plans to reach Parlß
I Friday morning. He hopes a plenary
session of the peace conference will
be held' within a week after his ar
rival in oAler to clear up some of the
important questions held in abey
ance during his absence.^
State Cannot Place
Outside Insurance
Kmerson Collins, deputy attorney
I general, to-day informed the De
j partment of Public Grounds and
I Buildings that no outside insurance
j can be lawfully placed on buildings
or property which the State owns at
Valley Forge. The States carried its
I own insurance.
I In an opioion to Commissioner of
| Hanking John S. Fisher it is held
| by B. J. Myers, deputy attorney gen
] eral, that a trust company may sell
jto customers an undivided interest
| in loans secured by bonds and mort
gages. In another opinion it is held
that a newspaper which only pub
lishes advertisements of men seek
ing employes and sale and rent ad
vertisements is not an employment
Hershey Transit Company
Applies For Merger s
Application has been filed with!
j the Public Service Commission for I
! the merge I* into the liershey transit |
! system operating in Dauphin, Ueb'a- ]
j non and counties of the !
| Deadate and llummelstown and |
! Klizabethtown and Deodute street i
! railways. The Hershey Transit al- I
l ready contains the Lebanon and
I Campbellstown 'and Hummelstown
'and Campbellstown.
M,\ N V 1) F.I.I\yU FXTS
Many residents of the city have;
failed to pay the 1918 persona i
school lax. < . E. Weber, treasurer for'
I the Harrisburg school distr'ct, an-j
noiinced to-doy, and prosecution ma> j
'be started against them at any timoi
I now. as all occupation taxes for j
school purposes arc overdue after i
l. I
5 Liberty is Compelling Impulse
"In the infancy of our republic the sympathy and aid of France
(gave the support which was needed to make individual liberty the
supreme ruler of the destinies of the new-born nation. From that
time forward liberty has been, and still is, the most sacred and
most compelling impulse in political life in America. Our poli
cies at home and abroad have been molded to that principle. No
American statesman has dared to depart from it or to seek to
lessen its influence over American thought. To-day, we Ameri
cans are as earnest and intense in our devotion to human liberty
as were our forebcarers.
1 "It was when they came to a full
realization that this liberty was in
danger: when they realized that]
France and the great democracies |
of Europe were imperilled from the j
attack of an ambitions autocracy, :
that the nation determined to do
its part in freeing liberty and the
world from autocracy.
Mighty Victory Won
"A mighty victory has been won.
The imperial armies of the central
powers have ceased to threaten.
They no longer exist. Germany has
suffered bitterly, is suffering bitter
ly, and Germany is entitled to suffer
for what she has done. She has paid
a fearful penalty for the crime of
plunging the world into four years of |
blood and fire. To-day, starvation
and want arc the portion ol' tlic Ger
man people. Violence and murder
stalk through the streets of their
great eities. Tlic very structures of
society are tottering. It is the price
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of their own evil (loins, the just
retribution of their crimes.
j "We may be disposed to pity those
innocent among the Germans, but
( our pity is almost dried up when wo
consider what France and other na
tions have had to suffer from the in
vading armies of the Teutons. Ten
days after 1 landed in France, in
December, I made it my business to
visit the battlefields of the Marne,
the Aisne and the Champagne. No
man could see what I saw without
lK'aring n burning indignation
against those responsible for such
ruins and destruction, without an in
tense and undying hatred for war,
"France has endured unspeakabio
woes with a fortitude and determi
nation which excite the admiration
and wonder of the world. To theso
splendid troops who struggled with
out flinching and with high cour
age, France and the world owe a
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