Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, June 03, 1919, Image 1

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Petrograi Is Reported Taken From Russian Bolshevists by Esthoman and Finnish Forces in Drive
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Philadelphia Anarchists Sought as
Perpetrators of Dastardly Crime
Against Public Officials
By Associated Press.
The head of the dead anarchist was found on the roof of a
house more than a block away from the scene of the explosion and
taken down by firemen who were searching for possible evidence.
Washington, June 3. —Washington police inspectors to-day believed they had
Identified the man who was blown,to pieces last night in an effort to kill Attorney
General A. Mitchell Palmer with a bomb, as an anarchist of Philadelphia. They
also expressed the belief that the nation-wide plot against the lives of government officials and
prominent businessmen, had been laid in that city.
A blood-stained conductor's identification check, found in front of Mr. Palmer's residence
early to-day, showed that the anarchist arrived in Washington at 10.30 o'clock last night from
Philadelphia. He went directly from the Union Station to the Palmer home and only a few min
utes before the explosion he was seen alighting from a street car a few blocks away, by C. S.
Briggs, of Marion, S. C.
Failed By Stubbing His Toe
Detectives are positive that the stubbing of the anarchist's toe on a small concrete coping
six feet from the front door of Attorney General Palmer's house, was solely responsible for the
bombplacer himself being blown to bits instead of the house and, possibly, its occupants. The ex
plosion blew out a section of the coping and dug a hole in the earth under it. The anarchist ap
parently was approaching the doorway from an angle and in —
darkness failed to notice the low coping.
An examination of the fragments of the bombplacer indicated
that he was swarthy and slender. He wore a collar of a well
known make on which was a laundry mark. From this the de
tectives hope to learn much. His suit apparently was black with
a green stripe. He wore winter underclothing, tan lisle socks and
a white shirt of poor quality with green and yellow stripes. Frag
ments of papers which he apparently had been carrying in his
pockets, as well as the parts of two pistols, also were found.
Powerful Explosive
Lieut. S. J. Magee, U. S. A., an authority on high explosives,
who happened to be in the neighborhood at the time, declared
his belief that the bomb had been loaded with cordite, one of the
most powerful explosives known.
The police would not reveal theO
Identity of the man, but they felt I
confident the facts they had gather
ed in their investigation since last j
midnight would lead quickly to the j
apprehension of his associates, who .
they believe also were responsible j
for the May Day bomb plot in which j
many irrfernal machines addressed to i
government officials, members of 1
Congress and businessmen were I
placed in the mails.
Freaks of Explosion
The anarchist apparently was of 1
Italian birth or parentage. His j
scalp, found by the police at day- I
light, had upon it hair that was dark I
and curly. In-cluded in the heap of j
battered, scorched fragments of
Clothing and articles belonging to the |
man was a much-thumbed Italian- J
American dictionary, indicating its )
owner knew little English.
By a break of the explosion, the i
mart's hat remained intact. On the 1
sweat band was inscribed the name
of "De Buca Brothers. Hatters. 919 !
South Eighth Street, Philadelphia." |
It was at first thought that two j
men had been killed, because parts .
of two legs were found where they
had been blown. Eater, however,
the police established definitely, only
one man had been killed.
Plotter May Be Victim
Although apparently intended to |
do greater damage, the latest bomb ;
explosions, from a standpoint of loss
of life appeared to have been but .
little more successful than those of
May 1. Fatalities resulting, as re- '
ported to-day. were confined to the :
plotter himself at the Palmer home !•
and to New York where from one to
possibly three persons were killed.
In that case as here, the body or
bodies were so badly scattered it
was impossible to determine just
how many were slain.
As in the May day attempts the
bomb plot last night was directed.
In a majority of ■ vses, against pub
lic officials in vadous cities, men
who have been active in suppres- '
sion of organized lawlessness. As
there was little difference in the
time between the explosions with
the exception of that in Washing
ton, the police and government
agents believe the Instruments of
destruction were to be timed to ex
plode at about the same hour. The
fact that wearing apparel and an- j
archistic literature were found at
the Palmer home indicated to the
police that the bomb exploded just I
as the dynamiter took it from the
suit case under the front entrance
to the building. I
Copies of the pamphlet bearing
the caption, "Plain Talk," are in pos
session of the police and Depart
ment of Justice officials and may
possibly furnish the only clue to
the identity of the plotters. Printed
on what likely was intended to be
red paper, the pamphlets bear no
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For Harrlsburg and vicinityi Fair,
continued warm <<\-night and
probably Wednesday) lowest
temperature to-night about 70
For Eastern Pennsylvania i Fair,
continued warm to-night and
probably Wedneaday; gentle,
ahtftlng winds.
The Susquehanna river and all Ita
branches will fall alowly or re
main stationary. A atage of
about A 8 feet Is Indicated for
Baxrlsburg Wedneaday moru
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By Associated Press.
Washington, June 3. —Depart,
ment of Justice agents and police
throughout the country to-day
were hunting the organized band
of anarchists who last night
launched what they called an at
tempt to overthrow the govern
n\pnt by assassinating with high
bombs Government offi
>Ks and prominent men.
W Explosions took place in Wash
ington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland,
Newtonvllle, Mass.; Boston, Phil
adelphia, Paterson, N. J., and
New York. None of the men for
whom the bombs were intended
was hurt, but one man, a watch
man in New York, was killed,
several persons were injured,
buildings were wrecked, and in
Washington one of the plotters
himself was blown to pieces.
The outrages committed last
night were believed to be a sequel
to the May Day bomb plot, when
infernal machines were mailed to
a score of prominent men over
the country.
Attorney General Schaffer Is
Impressed With Reports In
dicating Terror Outbreak
By Associated Press.
Philadelphia, June 3.—The auto
mobile used by the men who bombed
the Catholic Church was found early
to-day abandoned, in Fairmount
Park, the city's big pleasure ground.
Eater it was learned that the car
had been stolen from the street in
the upper section of the city.
A chemist who made an investiga
tion expressed the opinion that high
powered explosives were used in the
bombs exploded here.
The police later discovered that
the suspicious printed matter found
in the motor car stolen by the men
who threw the bombs was merely
literature issued by a reputable
benelicial association of which the
owner of the stolen car is a member.
Police activity is now centered on
the clue from Washington connect
ing the man blown to pieces by his
own bomb in that city with a cen
tral organization in this city.
.Taglelky Chance Victim
Bonis Jagielky, whose residence
was bombed, said to-day he believed
the attack was due to a misappre
hension on the part of the bombers.
The police theory is that after the
attack on the church the men, hur
rying from the scene in an automo
bile, found themselves in possession
of a surplus bomb they must get. rid
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Means Some Big Changes
Here; Many Theaters in
New Corporation
Harrisburg is represented in the 115,-
000.000 theatrical corporation organ
j ized yesterday in Philadelphia. The
| name of the new firm Is the Stanley
. Company of America. With the new
j company will come some big changes
jon Market street. The company con
| solidates theatrical and financial in
' terests for showing of moving pictures,
j vaudeville and other amusements and
! takes in the Victoria Theater.
Bocally, the new firm Is represented
|by the Victoria Realty Company, of
j which C. Floyd Hopkins is treasurer,
, and which recently took over the Vic
toria Theater and the Gilbert property
i adjoining.
The Gilbert property Is to be made a
j part of the Victoria Theater. The Gll
: bert store part of the building, three
i stories in height is to be remodeled
| for a business place, and to include
, elevator and other facilities needed in
;an up-to-date storeroom. The rear of
I the property will be torn down and
i an addition to the Victoria auditorium
I built. When completed the enlarged
I theater will have a frontage of 85 feet,
j The front will include a new entrance
' and storerooms. There will be no
| changes in the offices now on the sec
i ond floor fr.ont of the Victoria The-
I ater.
Arc Not Producers
The new organization announces with
emphasis that it will not enter the pro
ducing field. Jules E. Mastbaum, of
Philadelphia is president.
Included in the merger are the Stan
ley Booking Company, the Central
Market Street Company, the Sablosky
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Powers Consider Easing
Yoke on Defeated Huns
By Associated Press.
Paris, June 3.—Two changes in
the German peace terms, one terri
torial and the other financial are be
ing considered by the Council of Four,
it became known to-day.
The financial question is the possi
bility of the acceptance of the German
proposal to pay an indemnity of 100,-
000,000.000 marks, which would in
volve dissolution of the Allied financial
commission, to which the German
strongly object.
The second proposal Is for a plebis
cite in Silesia in order to guarantee to
Germany a coal supply from the Silesian
Local Police Keep Close
Lookout For Bomb Plotters
Following the bomb scares which
created considerable excitement
throughout the country yesterday
and early to-day. Harrlsburg police
have been notified to be on the look
out. Suspicious characters and per
sons caught loitering about resi
dences or public places will be taken
into custody.
Sale of the tract of ground at the
southeast corner of Cameron and State
streets by Spencer C. Gilbert to the
Moorhead Knitting Company, was con
firmed with the filing of a deed for the
•transfer of title. The plot is 241 feet
long long on Cameron street, extending
188 reet west to the Paxton creek, con
taining more than an acre. The con
sideration was not givjpn. but revenue
stamps indicated that the purchase
iprice was about $30,000.
Why Not Begin by Liberating the Prisoner of War?
Samuel Mehaffie Saves Life
by Rolling to Middle
of Track
Knocked down and rolled about
as an engine in the Pennsylvania
Railroad yards passed over him,
Samuel Mehaffie, 42 year old, of 1602
i North Fifth street, escaped without
j serious injury this morning. Slight
bruises and contusions made up the
extent of the injury.
Mehaffie, an Inspector on the Penn
sylvania Railroad, was crossing sev
eral tracks while about his duties
and failed to notice the approach of
the empty engine. Employes called
to him but the noise drowned out
their calls.
The engine was proceeding slowly
and Mehaffie had sufficient presence
of mind to pull himself clear of the
tracks and as near the center as
possible. He was rolled slightly and
suffered bruises and contusions about
the right arm, the left leg and his
body. He was taken to the Harris
burg Hospital where his injuries were
Work Begins on Big
Apartment House to Cost
Approximately $120,000
Work on the construction of the five
story apartment to be erected by C. L.
hong at Front and Roas street, was
begun to-day. Materials were being
hauled to the site, tool sheds were built
and a steam shovel started excavating
for the foundation.
Mr Long to-day took out the permit
for the building, which will be known
as the Parkway Apartment House. It
Will cost $120,000 and will be 96 by
141 feet, situated on a plot 143 by 141
feet. The deed transferring title from
Henry McCormick. Jr., to Mr. Long
was recorded yesterday. No consid
eration was Riven but stamps on the
document indicated the purchase price
was approximately $30,000.
William C. Porr took out a permit
yesterday to erect a two and one-half
story brick dwelling at 1944 Chestnut
Btreet, at a cost of $6,000. Other per
mits issued follow: William Lyme.
George Russet. contractor. frame
garage, rear 1728 Market, $l5O ; Gio
vanni RiSanto. two-story brick build
ing, rear 1114 North Seventh, SI,OOO ;
Howard Ross. F. L. Morrow, contrac
tor. one-story brick garages, rear 1523-
25-27-29-31 and 1533 North Sixth, to
tal cost $1,600.
Hot weather caused members of the
House of Representatives to doff their
coats to-day and the business was
transacted in shirt sleeves. The weather
also had the affect of curtailing de
bates and committee hearings. It also
made members listless and several roll
calls came close to the margin of no j
nifirnm I
By Associated Press.
Berlin, June 3.—The German
government has issued an order
for the arrest of Dr. Dorten, the
president of the new Rhenish re
public, the North German Ga
zette announces.
The government also, the news
paper states, has entered protests
both at Paris and at Spa, the
headquarters of the armistice
commission, against the behavior
of the French authorities in the
occupied area of the Rhineland.
Five-Mile March to the Ceme
tery Made as Mark
of Respect
With the thermometer registering
more than 100 degrees in the sun,
hundreds of men, women and chil
dren walked in funeral procession
from St. Mary's Croatian Church,
and Mohn streets, Steelton,
to Mount Calvary cemetery, Harris
In the procession were priests,
men and women of the congregation,
members of the six societies of which
the deceased priest was a member,
women of St. Ann's Society and
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New Rules Drafted For
Guidance of City's Fire
Fighters by Chief Kindler
New rules for the city (Ire de
partment to he approved by City
Council are being prepared bv Com
missioner E. Z. Gross, Fire Chief J.
C. Kindler and Assistant Marion
Verbeke. They will probably be
presented at the session next Tues
day, Mr. Gross told Council mem
bers to-day.
The new rules will regulate the
speed of the apparatus going to fires,
will provide for stretching ropes to
keep back crowds giving a safety
committee authority to keep all per
sons in citizen clothes outside the
fire line.
It Is planned to have physicians
respond to fire alarms In their dis
trict to give first-aid in emergency
cases, and also to have the ambu
lance respond.
One of the Important regulations
will prohibit tampering with the
motorized apparatus and another
will regulate the use of telephones
As soon as the rules are completed
and ready to be presented to Coun
cil they will be published, city of
ficials said.
Board of Control Raises Tax
From Eight to Twelve
Erection of an additional school
building to provide for the needs of
Faxtang will be considered on Sat
urday by Paxtang voters at a spe
cial election when they will vote on
a proposed bond issue of $31,000.
In the event that the bond issue is
favorably acted on, the directors
will push the work on the erection
of the new building as much as pos
sible. They plan to erect a single
story, three-room, brick building,
which will be used in conjunction
with the present two-room struc
Ground for the structure already
has been broken. The work was
started after the directors had been
erroneously informed that they could
borrow to seven per cent, of the to
tal assessments of the district, with
out a bond issue. When the impres
sion was corrected, plans were made
to float the bond issue and work
discontinued until action could be
The need for additional school fa-
Mties in the district were reported
to-day to be urgent. More than 150
pupils must be instructed in the
district with but a two-room school
in which to care for them. Unless
additional facilities are provided, it
will be necessary to send at least
seventy of them to other districts to
be educated, it is said.
Two of the three rooms of the pro
posed new building will be neces
sary for school purposes at the open
ing of the fall term, officials declare.
The other room would not be used
at this time, but it will be only a
matter of short time until it will be
At a session last evening the tax
rate for school purposes was in
creased from eight to twelve mills.
In the event that the proposed
bond issue passes and the school
house Is built, the additional amount
will provide a sufficient amount to
pay the interest and to liquidate the
issue within thirty years, in addi
tion to paying salaries of the new
teachers who will be needed.
If the bond issue fails, however,
it will be necessary to send at least
seventy pupils to other districts and
this will, in the end, be even more
costly than if the new school build
ing were erected. The children will
be sent to Harrlsburg, Steelton.
Penbrook or wherever they can be
accommodated, and the additional
funds provided by the increased tax
rate will not cover this expense, the
directors say.
By Associated Press.
Washington. .1 u r.a 3.—Favorable!
report on the bill of Senator Kellogg,
Republican, of Minnesota, for the im
mediate return of the telephone and
telegraph wires to private ownership i
■was ordered to-day by the Senate In
fterstate Commerco-pomm ittee. J
Peace Conference Marks Time
While Austrians Consider
Their Treaty Terms
Bolshevik Regime in Hungary
Has Failed; New Leader
Is Chosen
Esthonians and Finn Forces
Reported to Have Taken
Russian City
With the terms of peace, ex
cept a few sections, submitted
to the Austrian representatives
and with allied experts working
jon the reply that will be made
to the German counter-propo
sals, the work of the Peace Con
ference in Paris is for the time
being, marking time. There will
be no meeting of the Council of
Four to-day, President Wilson
conferring with American spe
cialists who have the German
answer in hand and with the
! other members of the American
Runner to Moot Cabinet
Dr. Karl Renner. Austrian chan
cellor and head of the peace mission
of the former dual empire, is ex
pected to leave Paris for Switzerland
to-day. He probably will proceed as
far as the Austrian frontier, where
he is expected to meet members of
his cabinet who will discuss with
him the answer Austria will make
to the Allied terms. The Austrian
reply is due on June 17, but before
that time Dr. Renner probably will
send to the Peace Conference a num
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•| sailed this morning for New York. The Siboney and the -
I Orizaba, each carrying 4,000 men of the Eighty-first Di- t .
T vision sailed last night for Newport New*. ! •
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§ ierman peace terms, one
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Pittsburgh Robert Johnson, president of the j ,
V. organization here and intemationaly known as J *
]jl a radical agitator, was arrested after a fight with de- '| |
4k 1 agents of the Department of Justice in a 'j *
j * rwntown office building this noon. fire •
j* with a revolver, but was overpowered and taken to police \ \
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• I. W. W. sympathizers and Bobhevik agents was begun ? gjj
* J this morning by agents of the Department of Justice as £►] 1
| the result of the wrecking last midnight of five homes. ;jj p'|
• William H. Vanderbilt to-day re- L
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M , signed as a director of the Reading Company, which post- r
* tion he assumed a year ago. Alfred H. Smith, president M i!|o
* * of the New York Central; Railroad, succeeded him. '* .
1* „ , H " TTH . rri M Spcncrr, Cheater, and Mary E. White, MarravHlet * *
4 Fr " R. H.mmlrr and Florence J„ Smith, Watt* townahlp, Perry ►
| county; Ednard R. Herman mid Elcnnor O. Deal, Harrlaburs. ..
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City Swelters in the Hottest
Weather of the
Sun Beating on Asphalt Pave
ments Makes Terrific
The steady climb of the ther-
I mometer is shown by the read
i ings for the last 36 hours. The
first column shows the official
j reading for to-day as taken by
; Mr. Demain on the roof of the
post office building, the second
shows the unofficial readings
, yesterday on the recorder in
' front of the Harrisburg Dight
and Power Company office m
| Second street, and the third
| column shows this unofficial
i reading to-day':
Official Test. To-day
S a. m. 69 63 78
9 a. m. 72 70 80
10 a. m. 80 76 84
11 a. m. 84 79 86
Noon ... 86 82 90
1 p. m. 88 86 91
2 p. m. .. 88 92
3 p. m. .. 90
4 P. m. . . 92
With the mercury hovering offi
cially at the 88 degree mark at 1
o'clock this afternoon, yesterday's
high mark of 92 degrees reached at
| 3.30 o'clock promises to be surpassed
' before the day is over. Yesterday":
t temperature was the highest report
! Ed yet this year.
The mark of 88 is four degree
! above the figure recorded at th'
i same time yesterday. At 1 o'clocl
to-day, the humidity ranged about
the 4 9 figure while yesterday at the
same time the figure was 51 degrees
The humidity of the early mornini
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