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    Nation's Highest Court Sustains Increased Railroad and Telephone Rates in Unanimous Decree
LXXXVIII— NO. 128 16 PAGES Matter 'at the Post Office at*Harrisburg
Allies of Germany
Gather to Learn
Terms of Peace
Wilson Is Delayed
on Way When Tire
Is Punctured
St. Germain, June 2. —
Austria was to-day given;
fifteen days to reply to the
terms of peace presented by
the Allied nations.
The entire treaty was not pre
sented to the Austrians to-day
and the fifteen days' stipulation
with regard to their reply, there
fore, refers only to the portion
of the terms handed them at to
day's session.
M. Clemenceau, president of
the Peace Conference, was the
first prominent figure to arrive
at the meeting at which the |
terms of peace were presented.
Lansing and White Arrive
Secretary of State Lansing and
Henry White were the first Ameri
can representatives to arrive for the
function. They were followed by
Arthur J. Balfour, Premier Orlando,
of Italy, and Premier Paderewski, of
At 12:10 o'clock President Wilson
had not arrived and the ceremony of
presentation was delayed somewhat.
The President, however, reached St.
Germain at 12:14 o'clock. A punct
ure in the tire of his automobile had
held him up on the way.
Army Car Commandeered
President Wilson's automobile mis
hap occurred at St. Cloud. While
the punctured tire was being mended
an army car passed. It was com
mandeered by the President's party
and the President and Rear Admiral
Grayson drove at high speed on to
St. Germain.
The Austrian representatives ar
rived at 12:32 o'clock, entering the
chamber by a rear entrance. The
delegates were attired in conven
tional morning dress. The Austrians
were escorted in by an Italian offi
"Tiger's" Address Is Brief
Immediately upon their arrival,
at 12:22 o'clock, the session was
formally opened by announcement of
the head usher. Premier Clemen
ceau, president of the Peace Con
ference, immediately began his ad
dress. M. Clemenceau spoke for
only three minutes.
Paul Dutasta, general secretary of
the Peace Conference, presented the
terms to the Austrians at 12:37
Dr. Karl Renner, the Austrian
chancelor and head of the delega
tion, then began an address in
French. Dr. Renner opened with a
complaint at the delay in the pre
sentation of the peace terms. The
chancelor declared the Austrian re
public was entirely free from the
Hapsburg dynasty. It would never
have declared war itself, he asserted.
The chancelor concluded his nl
dress at 12:50. After Dr. Renner's
address Premier Clemenceau asked
i f any one else desired to speak.
There was no response and he do
clared the ceremony ended.
Chiefs Ride by
Motor to St. Germain
For President Wilson, Premier
Lloyd George, Premier Clemenceau
and the other Allied statesmen, at
tendance upon the ceremony in
volved an automobile ride of "about
twenty miles by a roundabout
route, through the Bois du Bou
logne, and Rocquencourt, which had
been chosen instead of the direct
thoroughfare from Paris to St. Ger
main. which is scarcely better
adapted to rapid traffic than the
roads over which the court of
France once drove in its travels
from Paris to the summer residence
of St. Germain. For miles before
reaching there the plenipotentiaries
could see the high towers of the
ancient stronghold, first built in the
twelfth century to guard the pas
sages of the Seine, burned by the
Black Prince in 1346, and rebuilt
and enlarged by various monarchs
in the centuries folowing the En
glish expulsion from France, and
now serving as an anthropological
Roads Steep and Curving
Steep, curving roads lead from the
valley of the Seine to the square be
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For Hnrrlaburg and vicinity! Flr
nnd ■lightly warmer to-night,
with lowest temperature about
70 degrees; Tuesday partly
elondy, probably showers and
For Eastern Pennsylvania! Fair
to-night, slightly wanner In
west portion; Tuesday partly
elondyi gentle, shifting winds.
Tlie Susquehanna river and prob
ably nil Ita branches will con
tinue to fall slowly. A stage of
about K.O feet la Indicated for
Hnrrlsburg Tuesday
By Associated Press.
London, June 2. —Count von
Brockdorff-Rantzau, asked by a
representative of the European
Press Bureau whether he believed
the German counterproposals
would lead to negotiations, ac
cording to a Berlin dispatch to
the Wireless Press,' said he had
cured himself of the habit of be
lieving in such things. The chair
man of the German delegation
"1 will do what I think right
and await results. The French
press began the game of asking
'will they sign?' We on our part
should reply to-day with another
question, 'will they negotiate?'
"According to an article in the
Temps on Wednesday, our oppo
nents seem to assume that the
German counterproposals go be
yond the limits within which they
want to grant us a discussion. If
this article interprets the view of
the enemy leaders, I hardly see
any prospect of an understand
Pact Given Gorman Allies at
St. Germain Follows Nearly
Similar Outline
By Associated Press.
St. Germain, June 2.—Following
is a summary of the conditions of
peace as presented to the Austrian
plenipotentiaries at St. Germain-en-
Laye, to-day:
The conditions of peace of the
Allied and associated powers, with
the exception of military, repara
tions, financial and certain boundary
clauses, were handed to the Aus
trian plenipotentiaries at St. Ger
main to-day. Those clauses which
arc not yet ready for presentation
will be delivered as soon as possible,
the Austrians in the meantime hav
ing the opportunity to begin work
on the greater part of the treaty in
an effort to facilitate a final de
The Austrian treaty follows ex
actly the same outline as the Ger
man and in many places is identical
with it except for the change in
name. Certain specific clauses
which applied only to Germany are
of course omitted and certain new
clauses included, especially as re
gards the new states created out of
the former Austro-Hungarian em
pire, and the protection of the
rights of the racial, religious and
linguistic minorities in Austria,
Tchecho Slovakia, Rumania and
Serb, Croat, Slovene state.
Must Recognize Neighbors
Austria is left by the treaty a
state of from six million or seven
million people inhabiting a terri
tory of between five thousand and
six thousand square miles. She is
required to recognize the complete
independence of Hungary, Tchecho
Slovakia and the Serbo Slovene state,
and to cede other territories which
previously in union with her com
posed the empire of Austria-Hun
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Harry Behm Is Cited
For Bravery Under Fire
For gallantry in action and merit
orious service while acting as a mo
torcycle courier between the 79th
Division headquarters and headquar
ters of the infantry brigades and
regiments, Wagoner Harry Behm, of
this city, won a citation from army
officials in France.
Wagoner Behm, a former Pennsyl
vania railroad brakeman, is a mem
ber of the West End Athletic Asso
ciation. His citation, which was
made with that of another courier,
"Near Montfaucon, between the
26th and 30th of September, 1918,
both of these men acted as motor
cycle couriers between Division
Headquarters and headquarters of
the infantry brigades and of the reg
iments. Over congested roads by day
and night, and through continuous
hostile shell fire, these men continu
ously exhibited the utmost coolness
and indifference to their personal
danger in delivering messages. Both
of these men at all times executed
their duties in an exceptionally
thorough and efficient manner, and
with the most conspicuous cheerful
ness and willingness."
Legislature Will
Close on June 26
Steps to bring the legislative ses
sion of 1919 to a close on June 26,
will be taken to-night at a confer
ence of legislative leaders and it U
probable that the House resolution
fixing June 19 as the date for ad
journment will be amended this week
in the Senate committee to provide
that the session shall end on June 26.
Meetings will also be held by leg
islative leaders in the next few days
to determine upon a revenue policy
and it is intimated that no additional
taxes will be levied. The appropria
tion committees are planning to re
port out some of their bills next
Governor Sproul, who will be here
late to-day, is insistent on the pas
sage of the administration aaa#*n
.nation amendment bill.
Think It Over, Fritz
Gradual Reduction in Meats Is
Forecast by the Head of
Swift Plant Here
A gradual decline in the price of
beef during the next six months is
seen by C. A. Hibler, general man
ager of Swift & Company's plant,
at North and Seventh streets. The
consumer, however, will not get the
benefit of price reductions for some
little time, due to the fact that the
dealers are now stocked up on high
er priced meats which must be sold
before the lower prices begin to
reach the public.
"Pork prices, wholesale, are one
to two cents lower a pound than
they were at the peak of the war
market," said Mr. Hibler to-day, in
response to a query as to how the
promise of lower meat prices held
out by Washington would affect the
retail markets. This is so small as
scarcely to be felt in the retail
trade. But there is a better prospect
for lower prices in beef. This is
largely due to the fact that unusu
ally largo numbers of grass-fed cat
tle are reaching the markets to take
the places of the more expensive
grain-fed steers. Then, too, there is
a general tendency downward in the
price of beef on the hoof, due to
other conditions of the market. This
turn from grain-fed to grass-fed
cattle is an annual occurrence, and
no great reductions are to be antici
pated immediately, but I believe the
next six months will see a gradual
and material reduction in the price
of all grades of beef. Most of the
dealers are stocked up on high
priced meats and it will be some
time before the benefit of lower
prices reaches the consumer."
Good Will Firemen of York
Guests of Local Company
Members of the Good Will Fire
Company of York were to-day the
guests of the Good Will F"ire Com
pany of this city. The visitors arrived
arrived here at 11 o'clock and were
met by a delegation of Good Will
members. The York firemen were
escorted to the Capitol where they
were photographed. Later a dinner
was served at the Eagle's hall, Sixth
and Cumberland Btreets, and then
a trip over the city was made.
The York visitors are on a week's
trip to cities in Eastern Pennsylva
nia. including Conshohocken and
Wilmington. They have with them a
band and seventy members.
The Harrlsburg Retail Grocers' As
sociation will meet to-morrow eve
ning at i o'clock to fix the date for
the annual picnic to be held in
By Associated Press.
Munich, June 2.—The execu
tion of hostages at Munich at the
close of the communist regime
assumes new significance, it is
declared, with the discovery that
seven of the ten put to death be
longed to an organization known
Romin® Thule Society, an anti
bemitic association devoted to
race improvement and cultural
ideals. Their selsure is attrib
uted here to denunciation by Bol
shevik leaders of the government.
Miss Lila Hamill's Work Dis
tributed Among Hundreds
of Fighting Men
As a result of her clever letter
writing to soldiers during the war
Miss Lila Harnil, 2104 North Third
street, has received the than-ks of
hundreds of men who have reach
ed home from France. Miss Harnil
wrote a dozen letters which friends
had copied off and in this way hun
dreds of men from Central Penn
sylvania who had no close relatives
received letters.
Soldiers from several big demobili
zation camps have written to the
Telegraph asking that copies of the
letters be printed. Because of the
reception given the letters a number
of them were prepared and distribut
ed much the same as were maga
There were letters purporting to
be from mothers, fathers, brothers,
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Buries Wife Saturday;
Weds Again on Sunday
Scranton, Pa., June 2. —Appearing
as chief mourner at the funeral of
his wife, Saturday, William Witunr
kas, 59, of North Scranton, less than
twenty-four hours later, was one of
the principals at a wedding ceremony
here yesterday at which he became
the husband of Mrs. William Wasil,
40, a widow.
The marriage ceremony was sol
emnized by the Rev. John R. Kuras,
pastor of St. Joseph's Lithuanian
church, who was the officiating
clergyman at the funeral of Wltun
kas" first wife.
Friends of the couple refused to
act as witnesses at the ceremony be
cause they were so shocked, and it
was necesrary to hire a man and
woman from the central city to act
as attendants.
The new Mrs. Witunkas is the
mother of twelve children.
{3,000 RED MEN
Scnutor Smith to Be Marshal
of the Pageant on
June 11
More than three thousand Red
Men representing at least forty
tribes of that order in Pennsylvania
will parade in this city Wednesday
of next week, all of them specially
costumed for the event, which will
be part of the program of the an
nual sessions of the lodge which are
to be held at the Penn-Harris Ho-
I tel.
Senator Frank A. Smith will be
chief marshal of the parade and
' Deputy Attorney General William M.
1, Hargest, chief of staff. At least 30
bands will be in line, coming to this
city from points as far distan-t as
. Philadelphia and Altoona.
The parade will begin at 2 o'clock,
and will be over the following route:
Front and Market, to Fourth, to
Walnut, to Third, to North, to Sixth,
to Maclay, to Third, to Verbeke, to
Second, to State, to Front, to Market
r street and countermarch.
r The local committees are having
1 difficulty already in securing hotel
f accommodations for the big crowds
- which will be in the city. Lebanon
' will have 600 men in line for the pa
-3 rade, and other cities are sending big
" delegations.
Residents of the city and proprie
-3 tors of businesshouses have been*
urged by those in charge to have
■ their places decorated during the
3 convention and parade. Special
3 trains will bring some of the dele
-3 gations to the city next week.
r The Great Council will open its
" seventieth anr.mal session on Mon
" day evening with the registration of
delegates at the Penn-Harris where
3 all sessions are to be held. The busi
• ness sessions will open on Tuesday.
■ This is the third time the sessions
are to be held in Harrisburg, the
Great Cour.-cil meeting here in 1904
and 1909.
r Feast of the Weeks
? to Be Observed in
[ Temples and Synagogues
f An Important Jewish holiday will be
y celebrated by the congregations of that
a faith beginning to-morrow evening,
, when the historical Shabuoth or Feast
of the Weeks will be used in with spe
. cial services In the temples and syna
i, gogues.
8 The holiday originally had an agrl
< cultural meaning, which now Is over
- shadowed by historical interest. Be
cause It also serves to commemorate
j the handing down of the ten command
. I ments special confirmation services will
t be held Wednesday morning In Ohev
1 Sholem temple when a class of four
t will be taken Into the church. In the
class will be the Misses Annette E.
e Friedman, Evelyn D. Kapner, Pauline
E. Salkln and Marener R. Slmms.
Nation's Highest Court in Rul
ing Upholds Railroad Di
rector and Burleson
Power of Government Found
'Supreme and Conclusive,'
in Unanimous Opinion
Injunctions Restraining Post
master General Dissolved
by the Justices
By Associated Press.
Washington. June 2. Railroad
freight an<l passenger rate increases
by the Railroad Administration last
June were to-day upheld by the Unit
ed States Supreme Court, as were the
increased telephone and telegraph
rates put into effect last January 21
by Postmaster General Burleson.
North Dakota Supreme Court de
crees enjoining the Northern Taclfic
railroad and Director General Hines
from enforcing an order of the rail
road administration increasing rates
in that State, were reversed.
Decrees Set Aside
The court also set aside lower
court decrees which held that under
Section 15 of the Railroad Control
Act, pre-existing intrastate rates re
mained in effect as lawful police reg
The court held that the authority
conferred by the resolution and the
act were war powers conferred on
the President and that the power of
the Federal Government was "su
preme and conclusive."
The opinion was unanimous.
The court held that under the
joint resolution by which the wire
systems of the nation were taken
over by the Government, there was
authority for interfering with intra
state resolution.
The court set aside South Dakota
Supreme Court' decrees enjoining the
Dakota Central and three other tel
ephone companies from increasing
intrastate tool rates in compliance
with the Postmaster General's order.
Federal decrees permanently re
straining the Tostmaster General
from charging increase telegraph
rate in Illinois were dissolved by the
The opinion in all of the wire
cases was unanimous. Massachusetts
decrees dimissing the State Public
Service injunction were affirmed and
original proceedings brought by Kan
sas were dismissed.
City Is Gripped by .
Severe Epidemic of
Measles; Disease Spreads
During May physicians in the city
reported 724 cases of measles, ac
cording to records at the city health
bureau, indicating an epidemic of
the disease almost as serious as the
one a few years ago. Dr. J. M. J.
Raunick, city health officer, declar
ed the situation is improving now
but said that the rapid spread of the
disease was largely caused by
thoughtless parents who did not call
a physician, have the illness of their
children diagnoses and remain under
"Failure to do this caused much
of the trouble last month," he said.
"Parents know when a child is sick.
It is their duty not only to the child,
but to the hundreds of other boys
and girls in the district in which
they live* to call a physician and
keep the child at home until it is
determined whether a case of
measles is developing. The epidemic
is about at its height now and should
j abate with shorter school sessions
land more co-operation on the part
of the parents. It is not fair for one
I mother or father to ignore the com-
I plaints of a child and endanger the
I health of a whole community."
j During April 314 cases of measles
were reported; in March 47; Feb
ruary 5 and January 2, a total of
1,092 since the first of the year. In
the epidemic a few years ago about
2,500 cases were reported in approxi
mately two months.
Two Boys Missing From
Home Safely Return
Missing from his home since Mem
orial Day, Edward H. Thompson,
11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.
H. Thompson, 536 North street, re
turned home this morning after
spending the intervening time with
a boy friend at Progress. The lad
i went to Paxtang Park on Memorial
Day with Richard Davis. The Davis
lad returned home saying he had
left the Thompson boy at the Park
because he had spent all of his
money and could not return home.
Milton Potts, a Central High
senior, son of Dr. George C. Potts,
1513 North Third street, who disap
peared from his home on Memorial
Day, returned to this city on Satur
day after having been reported miss
ing earlier in the day. He had rid
den to York on a bicycle and was
too weary to return home on the
same day.
Upon motion of John Fox Weiss,
William A. Magec, ex-Mayor of
Pittsburgh, and formerly a member
of the Public Service Commission,
was admitted as a member of the
Dauphin county bar this morning.
Mr. Magee will locate in this city,
having h's law offices with Mr.Weiss
in the Bergncr building.
Elmer E. Erh, ex-Deputy Pro
thonotary, and formerly associated
In law practice with the late George
R, Helsey, attorney, has secured of
fice* also in the Bergner building
_with Mr. Magee and. Mr, t liVf>iaa,
Mr. Kcistcr Learns He Is to
Censor Future
Reading's Lovelorn Only to
Re Aided in Moon
Daniel 1,. Keister, Lord High
Mayor of Harrisburg, put in a very
uncomfortable half hour mayorlng
this morning.
Mr. Keister has just been inform
ed, albeit unofficially, that under a
recent act of the Legislature he
would officially be censor for all the
city's public dance halls. ''And the
shimmy's just coming in," His
Honor was told.
The Mayor has no plans to serve
in such a capacity, absolutely, he
declared. He wants to read that act,
he added. It appears that the Leg
islature in its wisdom, said all public,
dance halls must pay a license fee
each year. And if everything is not
O. K. then it's up to the Mayor to
revoke the license. The Mayor has
not shaken a foot in many years and
he admits he doesn't know what's
what in that line.
Added to his troubles the Mayor
had notice served on him that the
Mayor of Reading has agreed that
he, for one, is not too old to recog
nize that in the spring time a young
man's thoughts turn to love. No
siree! So Reading's lovelorn are to
have a special section of the city's
parks darkened for their observation
of the moon. Hand-holding will be
permitted and the police will see
that rowdies are kept off.
"Will you permit spooning in our
parks?" the Mayor was asked. "Not
exactly," parried the harassed Ex
ecutive. "That is to say we won't
darken any of our parks for that
"Say, who is the Mayor of Read
ing?" queried the inquiring one.
"His name is Filbert," was the
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Communication Is Cut Off Be
tween Juarez and South
ern Town Today
Wire Facilities Between Chi
huahua and Terrazas
Federal Authorities Receive
Word of New Drive in
Southern Country
By Associated Press*
Juarez, Mexico, June 2.—Reports
from reliable sources to-day are that
Chihuahua City was attacked in
force yesterday by General Villa and
General Angeles. All communica
tion is cut off between Juarez and
the southern city.
Mexican federal authorities at this
end of the line are making no at
tempt to restore them. Reports from
Mexican sources are that the fight
jat Chihuahua City is still in prog
Telegraphic communication be
tween Chihuahua City and Terrazas,
a station on the Mexican Central
Railroad about thirty miles north
of the former city, was cut yesterday
shortly after Mexican federal au
thorities here had received a mes
sage to the effect that Generals Villa
and Angeles had attacked.
By Associated Press.
Paris, June 2.—Coblenz will be the
capital of the new Rhine republic,
which was proclaimed yesterday in
several Rhine cities. The new gov
ernment and national assembly will
meet there, but the provisional gov.,
eminent will sit at Wiesbaden.