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THTRSDAy. APUII, 3. 1919
How men undervalue the power of
simplicity, but it is the real key to
the heart. — WORDSWORTH.
JUDGE KUNKEL struck a mighty
blow for State rights and the
supremacy of State law within
the Commonwealth yesterday, in de
ciding that Posdmaster General
Burleson has no legal authority for
upsetting the laws of Pennsylvania
in an effort to advance telephone
rates without appeal to the Public
{Service Commission. As Judge
KunUel says, if the revenues of the
company were not sufficient to meet
its needs resort to the commission
110 doubt would have resulted in
permission to charge more for the
service. But Mr. Burleson was not
interested so mnch in the welfare
ot the company as he was in forcing
his own personal authority upon a
sovereign State of the union, of over
turning its laws to demonstrate his
own powers and to concentrate gov
ernmental power at Washington to
an extraordinary degree by robbing
the Commonwealth of a right guar
anteed it nnder the Federal consti
tution. No such barefaced attempt
to override a constitutional guar
anicc was ever made in the United
Pennsylvania has a perfect right
to make its own laws, to govern its
own corporations and to enforce
them, and Judge Kunkel takes a
stand that will be supported by all
loyal Pennsylvanians when he up
holds the position of the Common
wealth In maintaining that within
the State of Pennsylvania State laws
regulating purely State matters are
supreme. Otherwi.se one of the great
fundamentals nnder which the Com
monwealths which make up the
Union have been operating would be
overshadowed and a source of con
stant bickering and quarreling be
tween State and National Govern
ments wonld ensue.
Incidentally, the way the case has
turned out is a big victory for Gov
ernor Sproul, who was the instigator
f the injunction proceedings which
were begun to test the right of Penn
sylvania to exercise its own police
powers without outside interference.
SATS Secretary Wilson, of the
Department of Labor:
'T want to see every wage
worker own his own home."
Says the Philadelphia Public Led
"Good housing plays a part in
good living, just as good eating and
good clothing do."
Now, if we can place everybody in
decent homes—each in proportion to
his earning power and ability to pay
—and can induce everybody to buy
his home, we shall haye gone a
very long way toward stabilizing
government for aH time in this
The trouble Is that not everybody
•wants to own his own home and
many builders are content to
stick up any kind of ramshackle
houses that will earn for them high
rentals. Both problems require edu
cation and legislation—education to
teach the renter that his interests
lie in ownership and builders that
it is poor business to put up any but
substantial, sanitary houses; legisla
tion to enable the working man to
buy on easy, long-term payments
and to compel unscrupulous build
ers to erect houses that will pass
muster as real homes.
WELL, It had to come; we knew
that. It comes every
April, so perhaps it is
Just as well to print it and
have It over with for another
season. We refer to the "frozen
peach crop" story that turns up
each spring. The only variation this
year is that It comes from Virginia
instead of Delaware. Perhaps it was
the idea of the folks along the Blue
Ridge to come in ahead of Delaware
and thus get the benefit of what
ever advertising value there may be
to the story. Of course, nobody
doubts the truth of the item, but
that doesn't prevent one from won
dering how it happens that every
spring the peach crop is killed, down
to the last delicate bud, and that
in late summer the usual amount
of fruit appears at the same old
THE Harrisburg Country Club
management Is displaying com
mendable energy in planning
the prompt rebuilding of the club
house destroyed by tire a few weeks
ago. It is an ill wind that blows
nobody good, and while it is a pity
that a structure so new and so well
furnished should go up in smoke,
the rebuilding of it will furnish
work for many men during what
appeared early in the year might
develop into a more or less dull
The determination of tho club to
go forward with this enterprise no
doubt will encourago others to push
building programs that have been
held up in the hope of price re
cessions. Those at the head of the
club are representative business
men and if they see no advantage in
delay there would seem to be small
reason for the postponement of other
projects that have been hanging fire
for a year or more. The building
outlook brightens.
THE anti-sedition bill presented
in the House yesterday, bears
the Sproul administration's
stamp of approval and it was intro
duced by Representative Flynn, the
ranking Democrat on the floor of
the lower branch of the Legislature.
That removes it at once from parti
san politics. The thing was wisely
engineered. This measure should
have the support of all patriotic '
legislators and no better way to
that end could have been reached
than to let it be known that while
it was framed by a Republican Gov
ernor. it lias tho full support of lead
ing Democrats.
The measure is drastic, but it muss
have teeth it it is to meet the emer
gency. Law-abiding citizens will
have no cause to fear it, but it will
place a weapon in the hands of the
authorities that will enable them
to deal promptly and effectively
with nltra-radicals or paid agents
from Russia, who come here to stir
up trouble among folks of foreign
birth or others of limited under
There is no need for revolution in
this country. The people have the
ballot and when they want any
thing badly enough, from a change
of administration to revision of the
constitution, they can get it byway
of popular election, and they have
no patience with any other method
of procedure.
There has been introduced in the
Legislature a bill providing: for the
collection of all city, county, school
and other taxes in cities of the third
class by the city treasurer. Without
discussing its general provisions, it
may bo said that for years there has
been a popular demand for a receiver
of taxes in cities of the third class,
to the end that the inconvenience and
expense of the old system may be
remedied. If this particular measure
is not in proper form it ought to be
an easy matter to amend it in such
shape as to be acceptable to all the
cities concerned. Certainly, it is high
time to provide for a receiver of
taxes who shall have charge of the
collection of all taxes.
MEMORIALS are taking the
form of substantial things
more and more as the people
realize that the old ideals in this
respect are no longer popular. For
instance. Governor Sproul issued an
Arbor Day proclamation emphasiz
ing the importance of planting long
lived trees as memorials of the dead
and living soldiers. This is precisely
in line with public sentiment and
ought to mean a real Arbor Day this
Sentiment is also growing in favor
of building good roads as memorials
to our war heroes and to our former
statesmen. Taxpayers in many cities
and towns have approved the per
manent highways as a memorial
proposition and in many -cases the
names of distinguished soldiers and
statesmen are being given the long
stretches of good roads.
With noble trees and real high
ways as memorials the people are
more likely to be impressed than
by the raising of granite shafts and
bronze statues. In short, the tax
payers of the country want their
money expended In some useful way,
and Governor Sproul long ago gave
expression to the real thought of the
people when he declared in a public
statement against the alleged artis
tic creations of sculptors and de
signers who have no real conception
of the fitness of the memorial which
they have been commissioned to
TRUE to the traditions of his
party, Senator Fletcher, of
Florida, recent chairman of the
Senate Commerce Committee, warns
against adopting any sort of a mer
chant marine policy at present. "I
am opposed to announcing any de
finite polioy now regarding this mat
ter," said he in a recent interview.
"The situation may change. We
ought to see first how the situation
is going to work out."
Tf the Senator's advice were fol
lowed and we waited to see how the
"situation is going to work out," we
could send our ships to the scrap
heap in a year or two, as, in the
meantime, other nations more alive
to their opportunities would have
grabbed all of the world commerce.
What the Nation needs is the quick
and accurate formulation of a mer
chant marine pdlicy that will en
able us to make the most of the
facilities that the war has placed
in our hands. That the Republicans
propose to do, in spite of the words
of gloom thrown out by leaders of
the former regime in Congress.
By the Kx-Couimttteejngn !j
I '
The week of April 20 will prob
ably be made the last week where
in bills may be introduced into the
House of Representatives. The ex
act date will be determined within
a few days. Readers of the House
spent considerable time while here
this week linding out whether many
bills were to come and as the total
j now on the House lists, including
: those from the Senate, is now well
along toward the 1,250 mark they
have expressed the opinion that the
tower branch has about as much as
it can take care of, considering
what will be passed by the Senate
and messaged to the House.
Some of the House leaders are
working toward May 15 as the date
for final adjournment, but no reso
lution to that effect will bo intro
duced for the present. Instead the
time limit on bills will be estab
Demands for drafting of bills
continue at the Legislative Refer
ence Bureau which has many in
process of preparation for Monday
night introduction.
Numerous hearings are being
scheduled for the month of April
and the appropriations committee
plans to complete its visits of in
spection and discussion of hospital
appropriations the middle of the i
month. The appropriation bills !
will be reported out the latter part |
of the month, according to present '
—Members of the House are look
ing forward to an interesting
time on Monday night when the
fishermen's license will be called up
on special order. Intimations are
being given that strong influences
are behind the bill so that there
may he revenue for the work of the
fisheries department.
• —The compensation code amend
ments seem to be in a peculiar posi
tion, judging from what the news
papers say about the hearing held
here a few days ago. While Harry
UV. Mackey, chairman of the Com
pensation Board, expressly dis
claimed that the board Was advo
cating the increased rates and
changes and said they had been
drafted in response to demands,
some reople got the idea that they
were administration measures. The
administration has not committed
itself to any changes, but is await
ing developments which is held to
be the wisest course in the present
times. Some of the employers were
slightly inclined to say things when
they heard one of the labor spokes
men say that the proposed changes
had been approved by his people,
when the employers had not seen
the booklet more than a few days
and some declared that they had not
enjoyed opportunity to figure out the
effect of the changes. Suggestions
for changes, say people at the Cap
ital, are being sent to Mr. Mackey.
—The name of Ex-Judge J. W.
Reed, of Jefferson county, is being
prominently mentioned for public
service commissioner to succeed the
late Judge Harold M. McClure.
Judge Reed has an office in Clear
—Clifford B. Connelly, of Pitts
burgh. is getting ready to assume
his duties as acting commissioner of
labor and industry. The Governor's
illness prevented action being taken
in the matter.
—The Evans House bill providing
for an additional law judge in the
thirty-first judicial district composed
of Lehigh county has been approved
by the Governor. The bill does not
require an appointment by the Gov
ernor. but authorizes the voters of
the district to elect a judge next
—The Governor also approved the
House bill authorizing the district
attorney of Allegheny county to ap
point ton assistants, one to be desig
nated as the first assistant and to re
ceive $6,000 a year and others to be
paid according to their rank tang
ing from $5,000 to $2,700 a year
He also approved the House bill
authorizing the District Attorney of
Allegheny county to appoint a chief
countv detective at $4,000: chief as
sistant at $3,000 and twenty-four
others to he paid $173 per month
with traveling expenses.
One of the liveliest hearings In
many days in legislative committees
developed out of that held by the
House ways and means committee on
the Fowler bill to extend to labor
the lien rights enjoyed against con
tractors by persons who supply
equipment or materials. John R
Wiggins, a Philadelphia builder,
contended that it would add five per
cent to the cost of construction and
cause a decrease in building of 40
per cent. P. 11. Kelley, of Phila
delphia. also opposed the bill, which
was advocated by James H. Maurer,
former legislator and president of
the State Federation of Labor. Wig
gins called the bill "hogwash" and
Maurer reported that it had been
drawn by people who had studied
the subject, adding it was "the best
thought of the legal department of
Columbia University and the Uni
versity of Pennsylvania.
fßy LieutCol. John McCrae]
Amid my books I lived the hurry
ing years,
Disdaining kinship with my fellow
Alike to me were human smiles and
I cared not whither Earth's great
life-stream ran,
Till as I knelt before my moldered
God made me look into a woman's
And I, who thought all earthly wis
dom mine.
Knew in a moment that the etern
al skies
Were measured but in inches, to the
That lay before me In that mystic
"Surely I have been errant' it is
That I should tread with men
their human ways."
God took the teacher, ere the task
was learned.
And tc inj lonely books again I
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Hans Christian Andersen
As the shadows grow long, and the
light fades away.
Strange sights all about me ap
Weird figures fly by, and right
merrily play,
And fairyland seems very near.
The "Old Church Bell" with its
sweet, rich sound,
Calls "The hovers" to head its
The "Jewish Girl" on -The Elf Hill"
"Something" brings from the "Old
"Little Tuk" and "The Shepherdess"
"In the Duck Yard,"
Run to see "The Puppet Show
While "Grandmother" finding her
"Tinder Box" charred.
Tries to hide her "Great Grief"
if she can.
The"Hardy Tin Soldier" selects for
his mate
"The Loveliest Rose in the World,"
'Neath "The Old Street lamp" to
settle their fate,
"The Goloshes of Fortune" are
"The Ugly Duckling" Meals "The
Last Pearl,"
In "The Shirt Collar" deftly to
While "The Girl Who Trod on the
Loaf" gives a curl,
"The Old Bachelor's Nightcap" to
The "Neighboring Famikes" gather
the "Flax,"
The "The Darning Needle" be
While "Great Claus and Little
Claus" their patience tax.
Lest "The Little Match Girl" be
"What the Old Man Does Is Al
ways Right,"
So "The Children's Prattle" de
Though the "Flying Trunk" which
he brought them last night.
Of 'The Red Shoes" contained
but two pairs.
'The Farmyard Cock and the
Weather Cock"
Both picked "Five Out of One
"While "The Nightingale" all "The
Storks" would shock.
As "In Seven Stories—the Snow
Queen" he'd tell.
Would you know why to me all
these strange sights
The "Fairy Tale Prince" has his
birthday to-day;
His magic tales many thousands
have cheered,
And chased gloom and sorrow
away. •
For though he was honored with
monarchs as friends.
No simpler man could be found,
Though his fame throughout every
country extends,
In the hearts of all children he's
May his spirit dwell with us, and
may we believe.
In fairy tales, fairies and elf;
Yes, there's truth in them all, if
his words we but live,
'The Most Beautiful Fairy Tale
is Life Itself."
How Lloyd George Keeps Fit
Few men have ever had to bear
such a heavy burden as the prime
minister has had to carry during
the last three months.' A general
election, a peace conference, and in
dustrial trouble—each would have
meant an epoch in the pre-war life
of a premier. How does Lloyd
George manage to keep so cheery
and fit? An interesting insight on
this point is shown by the fact that
recently Mr. Lloy*d George has sev
eral times strolled into a room oc
cupied by his staff and asked if the
girl secretaries had any amusing
novel there. He has picked up some
light literature and gone off to read
it quietly for half an hour or so
as a distraction from more serious
affairs. —The Edinburgh Scotsman.
Great April Snowstorm of '4O
Ex-Sherift Cooper of Riverhead,
the ninety-one-year-old youth whose
blood is as young as that of a man
of forty years, and whose memory
is a marvel, told a Patchogue man
last week that in 1840, on the 12th
and ISth of April a snowstorm left
three feet of snow on the level in
the woods about Riverhead, where
it could not drift. It snowed two
days and two nights. He says he
knows, because he waded in it and
measured it. Ret us hope Mr. Coop
er's history will not repeat itself
now.—The Patchogue Advance.
Eyes of the World Filled With Dust
(By Fred. I. Kent. New York)
AT the moment the eyes of the
world are being filled with
dust, and under cover of so
called theories the dark ages are
being re-lived in Russia. There is
no question about the cleverness of
the propoganda as such, in that it
has set the world to talking about
something that has nothing to do
with the real situation. Under
cover of a huge agitation carried
out by means of stolen money and
started with the apparent purpose
of benefiting the laboring men, the
worst crimes the world has even
seen are being enacted. The result
of this agitation has been to give
those elements of society which are
constantly looking for opportunity
to win their way through destruc
tion the backing of many thousands
of people who know not what they
are doing. There are the self-seek
ers, some innocent and others with
guilty knowledge, who have accept
ed the opportunity of controversy to
endeavor to bring themselves before
the public. There are well-inten
tioned persons of insufficient intelli
Also hurry up with the disarmis
tic. —Indianapolis Star.
Pour Russian factions are said to
have reached an agreement. Where
are the three buried? —Chicago
Daily News.
We can't decide whether Lenine
will establesh a new aristocratic line
or a new bee-line. —Greenville Pied
America is to have a Bolshevik
uprising May 1. The name of the
speaker has not been announced. —
Toledo Blade.
If the peace terms don't humilate
Germany it will be a humllating ex
perience for the rest of us. Green
ville Piedmont.
The American people gave $400,-
000,000 to the Red Cross. Some
Americans in France gave more.—
Chicago Daily News.
After all, it is simply a question
of whether Germany or France shall
bear the cost of the Hun's crimes.—
Helena Independent.
We suppose the Republican caucus
chucked Mann and chose Gillette,
because they preferred a policy of
"safety first."—Houston Post.
The world has a choice of two
internationalisms that of the
1-eague of Nations and that of Bol
sheviki. —Philadelphia Evening Led
Dr. Dernburg says Germany won't
give up her colonies. He ought to
subscribe to some good daily news
paper.—Nashville Southern Lumber
There Is a Third Possibility
The subjoined thought and the ac
companying prediction are to be
found in the esteemed editorial col
umns of our neighbor the World:
"It is already certain from
the march of events that there
will be a league of nations. If
it is not Wilson's league it will
be Lenine's league."
On further reflection it may oc
cur to the World that its alterna
tive is not watertight.
If there is a League of Nations
of which the United States is a
member the possibility is consider
able that it will be neither Wilson's
league nor Lenine's league, but a
league shaped and limited by the
only body constitutionally author
ized to engage by treaty the future
policy of this nation, namely, the
Senate of the United States. —From
the New Y/jrk Sun.
Harrisburg, Pa., April 1, 1919.
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gence to go to the bottom of things,
who are honestly attracted by the
theories being spread abroad, and
who, without realizing that they are
aimed to keep the minds of men
from consideration of the facts, see
in the theories only a possible means
of value to the human race. Such
people come from all classes, and,
together tvitli the self-seekers, add
the weight of their influence to that
of the vicious.
Those in control of Russia are
fully awafre of the fact that if the
minds of the peoples of the world
were turned upon their actions in
stead of being centered on the theo
ries they profess but ignore, and if
all could see that labor under their
regime has no place and no voice,
no work and no food, that democ
racy is not a part of their plan in
effect, that the opinions of no men
or group of men are allowed to
prevail as against their own, that
their rule is by force and terror,
that right and justice do not exist,
and that life to all within their
power is a misery and a mockery,
they would be crushed in a moment.
Bolshevism at Close Range
[From the Erie Dispatch]
There are still people in the United
States—not immigrants or aliens,
but citizens of good American lineage
—who persist in maintaining that
the Bolshevist movement is sound
and worthy, and that Lenine and
Trotzky are doing an admirable work
and paving the way for the civiliza
tion of the future.
/ Not to mention the crazy eco
nomics of Bolshevism how any one
with American ideas of decency and
humanity can take this view is cer
tainly beyond the understanding of
ordinary citizens. Ifere is a little
description of Russian Bolshevism
in operation, as seen by Colonel John
Ward, a "radical" member of the
British parliament and an executive
officer of the General Federation of
Trades Unions in England. He has
been serving with the British army
on the Omsk front.
"For the love of Allah," he says,
"never more talk of the glories of
revolution. lamin it here. Friend
strikes down him he thinks his foe
and finds the dead man his brother.
Princes, peasants, plutocrats, work
men, rich and poor, go down to
gether in one welter of blood and
dirt. The Bolshevik thinks nothing
of standing 500 social revolutionists
against the wall and shooting them
down before breakfast because of
some small petty difference of opin
ion as to whether the railways should
be national or communal. How
the gods must cry with rage that
men can be so mad. How ever any
of our labor leaders failed to grasp
the Bolshevik creed of blood and
presumed to condone the horrors
committed by this mob of fanatical
maniacs I cannot imagine. Rather
pray heaven to defend our country
from such a calamity."
Among the things he tells of see
ing was the cleaning out of an old
well at Ekaterinberg. "There was
an occasional grand duke mixed up
with the timber. Then another poor
piece of flesh was recognized as a
grand duchess. Then another as the
foreman of a nearby iron works.
Theh a few workmen and work
women—all murdered, mutilated,
just to prove the love of humanity."
This is one little "close-up" of
the Russian regime which certain
perverted idealists insist is destined
to "regenerate the world"—an eco
nomic chaos with a reign of "blood
thirsty cutthroats who murder for
the love of it."
A Pull Overlooked
The Man in the Moon complained.
"I have a lot to do with the sea,
yet they never asked me into their
league," he cried. —New York Sun.
Thirty-Fourth Division
National Guard
of lowa, Minne- f
sota, Nebraska and //I /S \
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signia: Black oval [ 1 f |
encircling red bo- I I J I
vine skull, a con- \ U /
ventionalization of \ sANcroty'
the Mexican olla or
water flask, the
whole design reminiscent of the
Camp Cody country in Mexico where
the division trained.
'APRIL 3, 1919,
[A Demobilized Officer in the Con
tincntal Edition of the London
1 wonder how many men like me.
on the verge of returning to civil
life, are casting up their own in
dividual account with the war?"
Each man's account must bo dif
ferent, and every honest account will
be interesting. Some have lost heav
ily, others have gained considerably;
others, who might be inclined hastily
to declare a deficit, may find that a
careful calculation will show a slight
credit balance.
I drew up my own balance sheet
the other day. This is the result.
I lost:
Four precious years in the activ
ity which 1. had deliberately chosen.
Opportunities during those years
of Improving myself and doing good
work in my profession.
Possibly certain appointments,
which had I been competing during
the war, 1 might have got.
Four years, all but a few weeks,
of the company of my wife and
children, at the impressionable time
when the latter were passing from
childhood to youth.
.Some of my own health, and still
more of my wife's health, owing to
worry and anxiety o her part,
A certain amount of money
through depreciation of securities
and rise of prices, and a great deal
of life's amenities.
Many old friends, who have been
The last vestige of youth. I am
now definitely middle aged.
The light heart and the old care
less optimism with which T took life
And here is what I have gained:
A far greater self confidence and
courage, also a greater resourceful
ness and power of dealing calmly
with unexpected circumstances.
A new ability to get on with other
men, and a general sense of my
hearings in the world.
A conviction nothing Is im
possible given energy and good staff
A far wider outlo'ok on men and
things than I had before, and an
intense interest, which shows itself
especially in my attitude to politics.
1 found them dull before, but now
A knowledge of the world's geo
graphy which only a study of this
war could have given me, and ex
perience of foreign lands to which T
could never have afforded to travel.
, A complete knowledge of the
working and organization of tho
army, about which I was entirely
Ignorant, and realization of its needs.
A greater realization of the happi
ness which was my lot before the
war and will be my lot again.
A conviction that brains are not
everything, but that courage and
devotion are equally valuable.
A new optimism in exchange for
the old, which rests ,upon far more
logical basis.
New friends.
A boundless pride in my count/y
and faith in my countrymen, if they
will only let their own deep feel
ings, and not party cries, guide
Bank clerks at Winnipeg, Canada,
have organized.
An inventor has mounted an orch
ard ladder on a wheeled frame so that
it can be secured at any angle and
easily moved about.
present time, receive between $l4 and
Policemen in Quebec. Canada, at the
$1 a week, while the firemen's wages
vary between $l4 and $lB.
Official announcement has been
made by the United States War De
partment of the fact that women
messengers in the Rock Island (111.)
arsenal are using roller skates to
"speed up" on their errands around
and between buildings.
A standard low-heeled boot is now
worn by women in the English ship
yards, introduced by the manage
ments because of the many sprained
ankles that resulted from the clumsy
hlgh-lieeled shoes thut were first
worn by the workers.
The number of shipbuilders em
ployed at Hog Island now numbers
almost as many as the total number
of iron and steel shipbuilders report
ed four years ago throughout the
entire nation, when 33,508 consti
tuted the national quota.
Last-year 190 I'nited States firms
were engaged in the manufacture of
dyes and chemicals from coal tar,
as against 7 prior to the war. The
total production last year was 54,-
000,000 pounds, valued at $69,000,-
lEbemttg OHjat
The ftne erect carriage of the men
who have been coming back to every
day life from army camps or from
the transports which brought them
overseas, is a subject of remark ot
many persons who believe In system,
atic exercise, as one of the greatest
things to keep one lit and there are
many specimens in this city whose
whole bodies have been changed bj
the care and attention given to these
by army ollicers and instructors and
who ara blessing tho day when they
were taught the use of their muscloa
and how to maintain their health.
Scores ot young men back at their
old jobs not only show tho difference
between themselves and their com
panions, but are keeping hp their
exercises and have others following
their example. Col. J. B. Kemper,
who is in charge of the United States
army recruiting station here and
who is great on the army system
of discipline and training, has re
ceived an interesting article about
tho effects of army system on the
men abroad. This is from the Red
Cross Magazine and tells that the
American army is coming back from
France 18,000 tons heavier than
when, it went over due to care in
diet,system in exercise and insistence
upon sanitation and good behavior.
It gives the credit to good house
keeping in tho army. It is a matter
of fact that the late lieutenant Col
onel Frank K. Zeigler, of this city,
said that Mexican border service
had added inches to the chest
measurements of many men from
Harrisburg and taken it off their
waists, while the weight of almost
every man in muscle had increased.
The Colonel himself said that he had
gained three inches in the chest
while at El Paso. The good, healthy,
outdoor life of the American sol
dier is worth enlisting for to say
nothing of the desire to servo the
Some of the beautiful magnolia
blossoms which have been so much
admired in yards of Harrisburg
residences will be missing this
spring as a result of the cold weather
this week. A number of fine speci
mens in tho uptown and Allison
Hill sections show the effects of Jack
Frost, the delicate leaves having
been turned brown and the larger
buds being almost lifeless. In some
orchards about the city the trees
do not seem to have been affected
at all, probably due to the fact that
the buds were not very far advanced.
Famuel P. lOby, well known Har
risburg businessman, has sold his
orange grove near St. Petersburg,
Florida, and friends who have been
accustomed to gifts of fruit from
tho generous owner will receive the
news with sorrow, for tho particular
variety of fruits which Mr. Eby pro
duced doesn't grow on every orange
tree. Mr. Eby has just returned
from a winter spent near his grove
and in St. Petersburg. "It may be
that peace brought a slackening of
trade in the north but you would
never know that an armistice had
been signed in Florida," said he tho
other day. "Six thousand more
tourists visited St. Petersburg this
year than ever before, and they are
looking forward to even better times
next year."
"Yes," commented Dr. J. B. Law
rence who was listening, "bnt you
wasted all YOUR time. Think of
being down among the tarpon all
Winter and never going fishing."
"You can see a lot of queer things
in travel," observed a well known
Harrisburger yesterday, "but the
Strangest thing that has come under
my attention was drawn to my no
tice by a sailor who occupied a car
seat with me on my way out of
New York. Last Friday afternoon
while the wind was blowing 55 miles
an hour, the snow was driving in
sheets and the thermometer was
away below freezing. The sailor was
occupying the aisle seat and an old
lady sat just across the way from
him. Suddenly ho touched me on
tlie knee and exclaimed: 'Excuse
me, friend, but for the love of Mike
look over there.' And what I saw
was that old lady calmly taking a
dripping package from her suitcase,
remove a wrapper and start eating a
slab of ice about as large as her
hand. As she sat and cracked ice
under her teeth for all the world
like a pig munching corn she calmly
surveyed the countryside where the
blizzard raged in fury.*. 'Say, friend,"
observed the admiring sailor,
she make the crackerjack
Eskimo, though*."
A well known Harrisburg man
who chums a lot with his three chil
dren thought to play an April fool
joke on them, (letting down 'stairs
ahead of them he called -but in ex
cited tones, "Oh, children, come
quick, see what Daddy has." And
when they camo tumbling down in
their nighties he gleefully shouted:
"Three little April fools." Then the
youngest spoiled it all V piping up.
"but Daddy, isn't this the 31st of
March?" And it was.
—Col. James E. Barnett, former
State Treasurer, was here yesterday
for a short time and visited Capitol
—A Merritt Taylor, the Philadel
phia transit expert, who was here
yesterday, spent somo time at the
office of the Attorney General dis
cussing plans for extension of the
transit system in this city.
—Col. John C. Uroome, superin
tendent of the Stato Police, has
been at Washington on army mat
ters since his return to this country
from France.
Ex - Representative B. M.
Strauss, of Berks county, was among
men at the State, Capitol. He is
interested in municipal legislative
—Wellington M. Bertolct, city
solicitor of Reading, here on the
third class city bill, is one of the
most active of the attorneys of the
smaller cities of the - State.
—That Harrisbwrg steel billetts
materials for the navy's use?
materials for the navy's use.
—A woman's college was located
In the old Harris mansion in early
"Though (he Rose Is Dust"
I>ife's bee that roves in spring,
Love's a passing rose;
Just a little while to wing,
After that—repose.
Lone and chill the leafless lanes,
Keen the wintry gust;
Yet the sweet of Love remains.
Though the rose is dust!
—Morris Abel Beer in Contemporary