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I.XXXVIII NO. 71 IS PAGES s the d %- a t offi^at'HarTi^^r. 1 *" HARRISBURG, PA. TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 25, 1919. si T^ b CEN"! 3 HOME EDITION
estimates of Floor Space
Made by Mayor and Mem
bers of Council
Movement For Joint Structure
With County Given
Estimates of the floor space
which will be needed by the city
in the proposed joint municipal hull
and courthouse were submitted to
Mayor D. E. Keister at a conference
■ t' City Commissioners to-day. The
■ ouncilmen after approximating the
future needs of the various offices
during the coming twenty-five or
thirty years, decided that about 50.-
000 square feet of floor space will
lie needed.
Eater in the week a conference
may be held with County Commis
sioners unless the latter officials are
100 busy acting on assessment ap
peals. At the meeting of City Com
missioners to-day City Solicitor John
K. Fox was present and told the
1 ouncilmen the act which will per
mit the city and county to erect a
mint building would soon be ap
proved finally.
First Estimates
Mayor Keister explained to the
other members of council that re
gardless of the action taken on the
•ill they should be prepared with
• stimates of office needs when the
next conference is held with the
county. In response to his request
ior estimates of square feet of floor
space for office purposes, the follow
ing reports were made by depart
i'tlblis affairs 1(5,34"
Accounts and finance 5,400
Public safety 1(1,500
Parks and public property . 4,000
streets and public improve
ments 6. 000
Total 48,245
Police Headquarters
In the estimate for the Depart
ment of Public Affairs, Mayor Keis
ter included 1E383 l'or police head
quarters. which are to contain mu
nicipal courtroom, lockers and gym
nasium for police, assembly room i
and other offices for heads of the
police bureau atul detective force.
For tlie City Solicitor's office 750
square feet has been allowed: city
council chamber and city clerk's of
fice. 3,200; weights and measures,
Commissioner C. IV. Burtnett sub
mitted the following estimates for
the bureau and offices under his su
pervision: .Superintendent. 800: as
sessor's office, 800; controller, too;
treasurer, 3,u00; license tux officer,
In the department of public
safety 2,500 square feet have been
set aside by Commissioner S. F.
Hassler for the water bureau,
plumbing and* building inspectors;
Ki.ooo for health and ash and gar
bage bureaus, and 4,000 for the tire
and police alarm telegraph systems.
For the city park department, in
cluding the planning commission of
liees. 3.000 square feet will be need
ed, Commissioner K. Z. Gross esti
mated, and In case no central fire
station is provided, another 1,000
square feet will he needed for the
lire department officials.
For the highway bureau and city
engineer's office, 6,000 square feet
will bo needed. Commissioner W. H.
i.ynch suggested,
Plan l'or Future
At tlie beginning of the session,
which followed the regular council
meeting, Solicitor Fox warned the
officials that they should provide
sufficient space not only for the
present hut for many years to>come.
The councllmen said that in mak
ing their estimates they hud taken
i liis into consideration.
Mayor Keister during the confer
ence said there should be no delay
in getting estimates of the space
needed by the city so that the cost
..f that part of the structure which
would be used for municipal pur
poses and tlie other expenses con
nected with the project can be de
termined and a bond Issue can be
prepared to Vie submitted to the
voters in November.
Approve Joint Building
When it was Intimated that the
county and city might not join in
the construction of u new building
the commissioners said they may
find it advisable, In that case, to
erect a structure for municipal pur
poses entirely, but the councllmen
all said they favored a Joint build
it was explained by Mayor Keis
ter that in case the county jail is
removed from tl e city limits it will
be necessary to provide at least
sixty instead of ten colls for the
police department, as at present
many persons arrested by the city
officers are tnkon to Jail to await
Commissioner Gross also told the
other officials that If a central fire
station is provided near the busi
ness district us Is now being con
sidered it will not be necessary to
provide for more than one office in
tlie new city nnd county building
for the fire department.
After discussing the probable size
of tlie new structure it was decided
by the officials that at least three
floors and much of the basement
will be needed for city purposes. In
the basement much of the Are and
police alarm telegraph apparatus
and police' department equipment
can be arranged. ,
For Hnrrlsburg and vicinity: Fair
nnd warmer to-night, with low
rut temperature about 40 de
nrern: Wednesday, tin-reusing
eloudtneaa, probably rain by
For Bast era Pennsylvania: Fair
nnd warmer to-night: Wednes
day Increasing cloudiness, be
coming unsettled: probably ruin
by Wednesday night; gentle,
vurlnble winds.
Speed Needed Despite Ticklish Situation
jwitli Paved Streets There Is'
Nothing For Office
holders to Do
Commissioner AA'. H. Lynch pre- ;
| sented a resolution in Council to-day
j which directs City Solicitor John K. I
| Fox to prepare the necessary legis
lation which when passed by the
State Legislature will abolish the
positions of street supervisors as
created in an act approved about
eight years ago.
For years the city has been pay- j
j ing hundreds of dollars annually to
| two highway supervisors who were
) elected to comply with this act, and
| Commissioner Lynch said that to
l settle any dispute he prefers to have
i the Legislature repeal the clause
| creating the positions. Council unani
| inously approved the resolution and
j Solicitor Fox said he will begin the
j preparation of the legislation at once, j
I The present street inspectors are '
j Charles AY. Kautz and Charles A. I
| Tress.
Because of the paving of practi- '
' r ally every important street in the |
I city there is no longer any need for ;
street supervisors, as the highway
department has charge of all re-
I pair and improvement work in the
jolty. Taxpayers for some time have
I been advocating the abolition of the
j office.
An ordinance was passed on lirst
reading authorizing the paving of !
(Turner street, from Seneca to!
j Schuylkill streets. A similar ordi- '
] nance which provided for both pav- '
j ing and curbing will be tabled as
the abutting property owners peti- !
! tinned to have the small street pav- j
j ed from houseline to lipuseline with- i
! out any curbing.
j Commissidner S. F. Hassler intro
| duced an ordinance authorizing the
purchase of four police boxes and
■ two combination fire and police
! alarm pedestals. Because no money
| has been set aside for light standard's
in South Second street, action on the
ordinance authorizing this improve-'
ment, has been postponed indefinite
Upon motion of Commissioner C.
AV. Burtnett L.icense Tax Officer
AVilliam D. Block was reappointed
to serve from April 7.
Mayor Asks Power to
Impose Jail Sentence on
Men Who Tote Weapons
Because of the frequent arrests
made by city police for carrying
concealed deadly weapons. Mayor
Keister said he will ask City Solicitor
John B. Fox to determine whether
an ordinance can be passed by
council- giving him jurisdiction to
dispose of defendants held on this
charge. According to the Mayor, in
other localities city ordinances au
thorize magistrates to impose a fine
or jail sentence when defendants
are arrested and charged with this
offense as a violation of a city law.
i i
THE Senate passed finally i
this afternoon the llarris-
I burg bill, sponsored by Sen
j ator Frank A. Smith, which will
• make possible the erection by
the county and city of a joint
city hall and courthouse.
The measure went through the
upper house in.record time and
! Senator Smith says that he has
1 been assured of like speedy ac.
i tion in the House.
The bill, which is the first
measure of Senator Smith's to
reach a final vote, went through
without a hitch, being reported I
out of committee at once, and !
j passing three votes in as many !
j days.
| War's Destitute Saved From j
Rags by Red Cross
Four hundred children's petti-!
coats from the Harrisburg chapter, |
American Red Cross, inspected by!
Miss Ellen K. McCulloch, 1202
North Second street, were received i
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IBill Appropriates $6,500
to Harrisburg Fire Cos.
i A bill carrying an appropriation of
$6,500 to the various fire companies
of Harrisburg was introduced into
the Senate this morning by Senator
Smith, Dauphin. The bill provides
that the money shall be equally dis
tributed among the companies.
Weather Bureau Statistics Show Much Sunshine and Little
Snow, but Old Records Still Stand
" I
There was more sunshine and less
snow throughout most of the United
States during the winter just passed
than ever before in the memory of
the present generation. In only one
section of the country—the plateau
region—was the weather severe, and
there low temperature records were
established. Snow falling in Novem
ber in the plateau region remained
throughout the winter.
• Everywhere else, reports to- the
Weather Bureau made available to-!
day show, precipitation was so light l
!Flumes on Farm of Walter
Koclier Spread to M. F.
Bell's Property
Fire this morning destroyed the
i large dwelling house, the barn and
jail other outbuildings on the farm
lof Walter Kocher, near Sliiremans
! town. Some crops and practically all
farm machinery were burned. It is
■ believed the loss will be more than
• $5,000.
Some household goods were saved,
(.but the greater portion were con
' sumed by the flames. The failure to
i secure satisfactory fire lighting ap
paratus prevented tlie saving of any
| of the buildings. All of tlie livestock
j was saved.
I The flames are believed to have
j originated in a wash house where a
j hot fire was burning in an open fire
place. A barn 011 the farm of M. F.
j Bell, nearby, was Ignited by the fly
! ing sparks and was entirely con-j
sumed. An estimate on this loss was
j not available this afternoon.
House Passes School
Code Amendments; One
Gives Salary Increases
The House to-day passed a series
j of amendments to tlie school code,
one of them being to authorize school
boards to increase salaries of teach
ers during terms, thereby relieving
directors from danger of surcharges.
Others included authority for school
facilities in districts surrounded by
another and where access is difficult;
making districts liable for salaries
of teachers when they are prevented
from teaching and regulating con
demnation for building sites.
and the temperature so high that
snow stayed on ground in only a few
isolated instances more than a day
or two.
Heretofore low temperatures have
prevailed during winters when there
was a light fall of snow, with the
result that crops, especially of winter
wheat and oats, have suffered. Dur
ing the past winter, however, the
combination of light snow precipit
ated and high temperatures have re
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Paris Alive
to Demand
of Hour
Vienna Agents Say,
Affairs Are in
Bad Shape
By Associated Press
Delegates to the Ponce ( on-
Kress realize the need in haste
in order, it' possible, to stay
tlie wave of llolslievlsm in coun
tries that are in the throes of
revolt and ready to join the
nulieal elements who will not
wait longer on action by the
The American delegates learn
ed to-day that ltolshevism prob
ably has fastened its fangs in
tierniaii-Austi'ia. Vicuna agents
say the state of affairs is threat
ening. thereby further ritsquict
ing the peai'e delegates and al
lied premiers.
Paris, March 23.—During a three
| hour session last night the League
! of Nations commission, considering
! proposed amendments to the cove- 1
| nunt, disposed tentatively of the first
j sixteen sections, agreeing upon a
; number of changes in form which
j the members of the commission
i believe will meet more than fifty
j per cent, of the objections offered
I by Senator Lodge and other Ameri
! can Senators.
. President \\ ilson at Session
President Wilson attended the
! session, at which suggestions from
| neutral nations as well as bellig
j erents were discussed.
| No action was taken on amend
ments for safeguarding the Monroe
! Doctrine, but this subject probably
j will be considered at the next meet-
I ing on Wednesday,
i The Japanese amendment to se-
I cure the equality of nations belong
ing to the league was not considered
last night, and no action was taken
I on the proposed French amendment
for the creation of an international
j military staff.
The entire covenant, when amend
i e<l and agreed upon by the eommis
' sion, will be submitted to a draft
! ing committee which will put it into
! more definite legal form before its
I submission to the Supreme Council.
| Paris. March 25. —All the dele-
J gations to the peace conference are
I very anxious regarding the situa
ition in Eastern Europe and are im
j pressed with the necessity of quickly
doing something to hasten the re
) turn of normal conditions to the
i rest of Europe.
! President Wilson and Premiers
; Lloyd George, Olemcnceau and Or
[ lando have decided that, beginning
| this morning, they will hold two
j sessions daily to bring to a eonclu-
I sion in the shortest possible time
| tlie principal questions concerning
j the Franco-German and the Italy
; Jt!go-Slav frontiers, reparation and
[ the I.eague of Nations.
The ministers of foreign affairs,
j who have heretofore been included
in important conferences, will not
Vie present during the premiers'
meetings this week.
President Wilson and Premier Or
lando will meet this morning to dis
cuss the problem of the Italian fron
tier. It is becoming more urgent
each day to reach a solution of this
problem because of the disorders
occurring on the eastern coast of
| the Adriatic.
IBoth Premier Orlando and Pre
mier Lloyd George must return to
their respective capitals soon, as
i their absence at the present .moment
i is more acutely felt because of the
spread of Bolshevism.
Americans Assured Protection
i Unofficial reports from Budapest
I state that allied missions there are
debating the advisability of leaving
and that the disarmament of
French troops in the city is being
considered. Order prevails and no
injury has yet been done foreigners.
American representatives are being
assured protection and may be ask
ed to remain, it is said.
Martial law has been declared and
the death penalty has been prescrib
ed for armed resistance to tbc Bol
slievkiki; for robbery and looting.
A fine of 5,000 crowns has been
fixed for the sale of alcoholic liquor
and a fine of 10.000 crowns for
drinking it.
British Monitors Umlcr Fire '
Two British monitors are report
ed to have arrived at Budapest hav
ing been under tire on their way up |
the Danube. Other British and j
French vessels are near at hand.
A British patrol boat was seized by |
the authories but was returned with j
apologies by the government.
It is said that rumors that Hun- I
gary has declared war on Rumania, j
Czecho-Slovakia and Jugo-Slavia are
extremely doubtful. Six hundred
Hungarians who have been prison
ers of war in Russia are said to be
returning daily across the Carpa
thian, being under the influence of
.snevik doctrines.
An alarm was sounded from;
Box 324, Third and Woodbine streets;
tiiis morning when grease In a pan i
at the home of John Gray, 2118!
North Third street, ignited. The!
fire was extinguished with little dif
ficulty and the damage resulting was
very small.
Wilson's League to Blame
By Associated Press
EOIHIOII, March 25.—Morning newspapers unanimously charge the
Paris Peace Conference with responsibility for Hungary's embrac
ing Bolshevism and the general dissatisfaction over the delay of
peuce, but the manner in which it has incurred responsibility is vari
ously explained.
While treating the Hungarian episode more lightly than others,
because it does not believe the whole country will, like Budapest,
become Bolshevik, tlie Post accuses the conference of delaying
peace, while its idealists are "following tlie will-o'-the-wisp called
the League of Nations."
The Daily News is independent, with a suggestion that the League
of Nations has been an obstacle to the conclusion of peace.
27,000 Veterans Who Smashed Hinden
burg Line March Through Greatest
Crowd Ever Gathered in New York
P.II Associated Press
New York, March 23. —Major
General John F. O'Ryan's Twenty
seventh division, composed of for
mer New York State Guardsmen
veteran two-tisted fighters who
broke through the "impregnable"
liindenburg line last summer in one
of tlie most gallant exploits of the
world war —marched in triumph up
Hag-bedecked Fifth avenue 10-da>\
to the tumultuous acclaim of a mil
lion or more spectators.
The doughboys were in heavy
marching order. They wore their
olive-colored campaign helmets or
"tin hats;" gas masks were slung
from their shoulders, light packs
and full canteens were carried and
bayonets were fixed on their rifles.
Each regiment, carrying the weatli
er-stalned guidnons and flags that
saw service in Flanders, marched in
half-battalion units, equivalent to
two infantry companies to the unit.
The rhythmic tread of these solid
blocks of fighting troops, with
bayonets glistening in the sunlight,
presented a martial picture never to
be forgotten.
Honors For the Dead
Along the line of march —from
Washington Square to One Hundred
and Tenth street—were little groups
of men who were unable to partici
pate in the glory of the marchers
soldiers of the division who had lost
a leg or an arm at Guillemont farm
or at the Ee Selle river; men who
were otherwise injured in the during
attacks that crushed the pride of
the German legions. The wounded
were not forgotten by the crowds,
and the cheers that greeted them
were as full-throated as the demon
strations for their more fortunate
After the first roar of cheers that
heralded the start of the parade a
hush fell over the crowds and heads
were uncovered as a caisson draped
in mourning came into sight. A
great service flag, with a gold star
for each of the 1,380 men who per
ished in service overseas, furnished
the symbolic evidence of the di
vision's remembrance of those who
made the supreme sacrifice.
' Cheers Drown Bands
The deep solemnity of the occa
sion gave way a moment later,
when General O'Ryan and liis staff,
mounted, trotted up the avenue, fol
lowed by the Fifty-fourth brigade,
which beaded the column. Tlie ova
tion along the five miles of march
was continuous, and the cheers
were of such volume as to drown
the music of the military bands.
At Madison Square, where dense
crowds had congregated, the troops
passed through the stately "arch of
victory," just completed. Tlie re
viewing stand was at Eighty-second
street, with Governor Alfred E.
Smith as the principal reviewing
officer. Others in the stand were
Acting Secretary of War Benedict
Orowell, Acting Secretary of the
Navy Roosevelt, and various repre
sentatives of the State and city gov
Greatest Crowd in History
Police officials, who called out
ten thousand reserves to aid In
maintaining order, said that it was
by far the largest crowd that had
ever assembled to view a parade in
this city, the nearest approach be
ing the Hudson-Fulton celebration
a number of years ago. The crowds
packed the sidewalks and cross
streets almost to the point of suf
focation. Every window was crowd
ed. and owners of rooms facing the
avenue charged fancy prices to spec
tators. Single windows, from which
several persons could see the pro
cession, brought as high as $75.
Relatives and friends of the troops
were seated in an immense stand
running tlie entire eastern length of
If you have a boy or husband
In the Twenty-eighth or Seventy
ninth Divisions or other unit of
the Army, in the Marine Corps
or the Navy, if at home or "over
there," we want you to join the
Home Folks Victory Association
to take part i n tlie Welcome
Home Reception and Parade that
will be held in the near future.
Benefit to defruy expenses,
Chestnut Street Auditorium, Mon
duy, April 28. Fill in and mail
this coupon.
Sue K. Long, Secretary,
1113 North Front St.
Harrisburg, Pa.
>Central Park. It was in this stand
that tlie most enthusiasm was
shown. Here, too, service Hags bear
ing gold stars were waved, and
Here were women dressed in black,
with tlie tell-tale gold star worn
upon the sleeve.
More than 500,000 of the specta
tors came front various towns and
cities In the State, according to po
lice estimates. Many of these came
to the city last night, only to find
hotels swamped. Hundreds of per
sons thronged Fifth avenue all night
and at dawn to-day many persons
were camped at favorite places
along the route of the parade.
By Associated Press
Zurich. Mar. 25.—Former Emperor
Charles and his family arrived in
Switzerland Monday. They will re
side at the Chateau Mantegaytaed,
near Rorschach, on Lake Constance.
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Wilson Sits
in 3-Hour
fJapanese Proposal
Not Considered
at Meeting
fly Associated Press
At the meeting <>f tlic League
of Nations Commission last
night, wliK'li held a three-hour
sitting, President Wilson was -
present. It was aiinotuiecd tliut
ainemlinonts are to IK; made to
j the league covenant to meet
fifty per cent, of the objections
interposed by Senator Lodge
j and other American statesmen,
i It was sai<l in Paris to-day
j that the American peace dele
gation lias delinitely agreed on
the amendment it will offer to
Article X of the league cove- '
iiaiit to safeguard the Monroe
Paris, Mar. 25. The condi
j tions in J hingary seem to have
j affected German-Austria. Ad-
I vices to the American Peace
Conference delegates from pri
vate agents in Vienna indicate
i the existence of a threatening
(State of affairs there.
' ; Berne, March 23. —The Bolhseviki
i army, which is on its way to 1-tun-
Igary, has readied Urody, according,
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