Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, August 09, 1919, Image 1

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    Nation Hopes For Speedy Action on Recommendations For Lowering Prices Suggested by President
£be Sfar-3n>epen6cftt.
Leaders of Fifteen Organiza
tions Give Assurance That
Nationalization Under Tri
partite Control Will Not Be
Backed by Violence
Labor Heads Say if Wilson j
and Congress Could Not
Meet Request For Higher
Wages or Cheaper Food the
Men Would "Have to Find
Another Solution"
By Associated Press.
Washington, Aug. 9. Leaders
of the fifteen organizations of the
railroad employes united to-day in
a "definite assertion" that they had
no desire and have had none, "to
impress upon the public by violence
or by threat" their proposal that the
railroads be nationalized under tri
partite control.
Declaring that the requests of the
men that living costs he reduced
or their wages increased, was aside
from the question of the future dis
position of the railroad problem, the
übor leaders said that if President
Wilson and Congress could not meet
this request the men would "have
to try to find another solution."
Result of Warning
While the labor leaders did not
mention the President's address to
Congress yesterday it was the gen
eral belief that their statement re
sulted from his warning to the labor
tvorld that strikes would only make
? 'resent conditions worse and that
Jiose who sought to employ threats
or coercion were only "preparing
their own destruction."
"To prevent any misunderstanding
as to the policy of the organized
railroad employes," said the state
>tnent, "we unite in a definite asser
tion that we have no desire and
had none, to impress upon the pub
lic by violence or by threat, our
proposal that the railroads be nat
ionalized, under tri partite control.
"Two distinctly separate consider
ations now confront the people, the
wage requirements of the railroad
employes, and the Sims bill (em
bodying the railway employes' plan
lor reorganization of the railroads.)
"In the matter of wages we have
submitted an eminently just pro
Wreckage of 26 Coal
Cars Blocks All Tracks
of Middle Division
Huntingdon, Pa., August 9.—Traf
fic on the Middle. Divison of the Penn
sylvania railroad was completely
blocked early to-day by the wrecking
of an eastbound coal train at Peters
burg, seven miles west of here, where
by the debris of 26 loaded cars were
scattered over all four tracks.
The wreck occurred at 4.20 a. m„
due, it is believed, to the breaking of
a car axle. Long lines .of passenger
trains from the Kast waited here for
the clearing of the tracks. Passeng
ers were taken to Petersburg for
transference around the wreck.
Washington, Aug. 9.—Weather
predictions for the week beginning
August 11 are:
North and Middle Atlantic States;
Generally fair; moderate tempera
ture; cool at beginning of week,
normal temperature thereafter.
He didn't want it, anyhow!
At least, the Steelton owner
thought he didn't when his auto
mobile wouldn't work, but he
thought better of it later.
He is reported to have driven
his automobile to the vicinity of
the Elliott-Fisher plant, jacked it
up and made attempts to make
slight repairs. He jacked it up,
but his efforts apparently were
unsuccessful. Picking up the
jack, he is reported to have
smashed the radiator, walked
away and left the automobile
After thirty-six hours, he came
back last evening and drove it
away when his temper had
Hnrrlshurg and Vicinity: Fair to
night and Sunday. Not much
chnnge in temperature. Lowest
to-night alinut s<i degrees.
Eastern Pennsylvania: Fair to
night and Sunday. Gentle vari
able winds, mostly north.
Itlvcri The Siisqnelinvinu river
and all its branches will full
slowly or remnln nearly sta
tionary. A stage of about 4.0
feet Is Indicated for Harrisburg
Sunday morning.
General Conditions: The high
pressure nren from the North
west lias overspread the greater
part of the eastern half of the
country causing n general fall
of 2 to 22 degrees in tempera
ture in practically all districts
east of the Mississippi river in
tile Inst 24 hours. The most de
cided falls In temperature, 20 to
22 degrees, occurred In the up
per Susiuehnnna Valley.
U. S. Agents Are
Seeking Evidence
of Profiteering
By Associated Press.
Washington, Aug. 9. Domestic
problems now facing the country
may be taken up directly with the
people by President Wilson during
his forthcoming trip in the interest
of the peace treaty. This was in- .
dicated to-day at the White House
where it also was said that plans for
the President's tour were going for
Seeking Profiteers
All special agents of the Depart
ment of Justice over the country
have been ordered to assist District
Attorneys in uncovering evidence of
profiteering in foodstuffs and other
Attorney General Palmer's in
structions were that the special j
agents should drop everything but i
the most pressing cases now pend- ]
ing and devote their entire attention !
to assisting in the campaign to re- j
duee the cost of living. The result |
will be to put hundreds of trained j
investigators in the search for men
who have inflated prices exorb
While it was not so stated, the
impression was gained that nothing
but the investigation of radical
propaganda which resulted in recent !
bomb outrages would be allowed to |
interfere with the efforts to punish
Numerous reports received at the
department from District Attorneys
indicated that much evidence
against profiteers was being ac
cumulated. Prosecutions are ex
pected to result soon in a number
of districts.
(A digest of President Wilson's
address to Congress and its probable I
effect will be found on page 10). j
Determined to Uncover
Whole Story of Mexican
Infringement on Patents
Washington, August 9.—Determined :
to uncover the whole story of the rel- !
ations between the United States and I
Mexico, including facts of Mexican j
infringements on American rights i
during recent years, the three mem- !
bers of the sub-committee named late j
yesterday by Chairman Lodge, of the :
Senate Foreign Relations Committee j
were preparing preliminary plans for j
their work. The sub-committee, con- |
sisting of Senators Fall, New Mexico, i
end Brandegee, Connecticut, Repub- !
lican, and Smith, Arizona, Democrat, j
was appointed under authority !
granted by a resolution adopted in ]
the Senate and of which Senator King, '
of Utah, was the author.
While the investigation by the sub- I
committee will go into every phase
of the Mexican situation and will take
j many months to complete, it was ex- '
pected that only preliminary features
i would be dealt with pending dispo
sition of the Treaty with Germany.
Tentative plans include hearings to
be held at points along the border,
as members of the committee desire
I u> get first hand information concern
ing "any and all acts of the govern
ments of Mexico and its citizens in
derogation of the rights of the U. S.
and its citizens.
Shoes to Remain
at $8 and sl2 a Pair
Philadelphia, Aug. 9. Charges
that shoe retailers are profiteers as
made in a report of the Federal
Trade Commission were denied to
day in a statement by A. H. Geuting,
president of the National Shoe Re
tailers' Association. The bulk of
: next fall's shoes will be sold at from
$8 to sl2 a pair instead of higher
! prices, he said.
The statement further said that it
[is unfair to hold up one line of
I merchandise as a "horrible example"
| when in reality the profit is not
more than six per cent.
Cobweb Prophets Predict
10 Feet of Snow in Winter
Hazoltoji, Pa., Aug. 9. —Do your
' winter snow shovel shopping early'
Weather prophets to-day predict
jed that the snow next winter will
i reach to the clotheslines and the
\ lower branches of the trees. They
based their conclusions on the fact,
j that cobwebs were seen all over
j town this morning, many of them
: six to ten feet from the ground, i
j There is an old tradition that cob
| webs in August show by their po
j sitlon how high the snow will reach
] the subsequent winter.
Dies of Injury When
Run Over by Auto
Frank Valle was fatally injured
this morning when a heavy auto
mobile truck of the Atlantic Refin
ing Company passed over his stom
ach. He died at the Harrisburg
Hospital, this afternoon. Valle at
tempted to "hop" on the truck and
slipped. He fell under the rear
wheel and was injured internally.
His home was in Lemoyne.
Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 8.
Seventeen deaths were caused by a
dynamite explosion in the Rosario
mine, Pachuca, according to latest
reports. Two trains, one carrying
n,OOO pounds of explosives, crashed
near the main entrance to the mine.
It was at first feared that more than
a thousand miners were entombed.
Hasn't Anyone an Electric Fan They Can Spare?
Crews Have Narrow Escape
in New York Strike
By Associated Press.
New York, Aug. 9.—Several cars
of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit
•Company, leaving the Greenwood
depot, had proceeded only two blocks
late last night when they were at
tacked by a mob of 500 who at
tempted to drag them from the
tracks. Police reserves, with drawn
clubs and revolvers, charged the
mob and rescued the crews.
Alarmed by disorders in their
neighborhood, members of the Flat
bush Chamber of Commerce called
upon Mayor Hylan to call out
enough police reserves to mainta.n
order and upon Receiver Garrison
to obtain a court order "enjoining
strikers from participating in acts
of violence."
Public Service Commissioner
Lewis Nixon announced Lindley M.
Garrison, receiver of the Brooklyn
Rapid Transit Company, had ac
cepted his services as mediator in
the strike which for three days lias
paralyzed traffic on the surface,
subway and elevated lines operated
by the company. Mr. Garrison, ac
cording to Mr. Nixon, also has
agreed to meet a committee of his
"As soon as a representative com
mittee of employes can be selected,
this commission will use all its ef
fort as a mediator to bring about
an early and amicable settlement,"
declared Mr. Nixon.
Mr. Garrison, however, has stated
he will not meet any committee,
including in its membership offi
cials of the Amalgamated Associa
tion of Street and Electric Railway
Employes not employed by the B.
R. T.
As these officials are conducting
the strike, the strikers announced
last night that "the only committee
that will be sent to meet Mr. Gar
rison will bo one that represents the
union." The men added that tiie
only settlement to which they would
agree would he union recognition.
| WASHINGTON, Aug. The j
j War Department to-day an-
I noniieed that Army bacon will be
j sold tlirougli postmasters lor 25 j
cents a pound, baked beans at 5 j
cents a pound, flour at sli a linn- j
dredweight and other commodi
ties at correspondingly low
prices. To the prices will be
added parcel post charges from i
the nearest Army depot. The |
side through post offices will be
gin August 18.
! Negotiations With Director- !
General Mines May Be- ,
gin on Tuesday
By Associated Press. i
Washington, Aug. 9—Union head- ]
quarters were confident to-day that i
the shopmen would make it almost ]
a one hundred per cent, return.
"It's a 1 fttle too early to get aj,
mass of reports from locals, but ,
we have already been notified by a I i
number of union officials that their I
men intended to go back at once," I ■
said Acting President Jewell, of the ' j
railway section of the American !
Federation of Labor. "We should
be able to commence negotiations
next Tuesday with Director General '
Hines, under terms of the Presi
dent's letter, with the men back at
About 40,000 of the estimated 50,-
000 men in the shop crafts have
walked out.
Kansas City and Cincinnati offi- |
cials expressed belief that normal !
conditions would prevail to-day. At
all places where men are out, lo
cal officials of the railroad admin
istration are co-operating with
union chairmen in explaining the
necessity for going back to the job
at once, which President Wilson
made a pre-requlslte to the opening
of negotiations.
Calvin Swain, five years old, 1320 '
North Fourth street, was slightly I
injured and bruised this morning
when struck and knocked down l;y
nn automobile driven by Fire Chief
Kindler. The lad was playing about
the sidewalk and ran directly in
front of the machine. His injuries
are very minor in their nature. '
Mayor's Committee Is Getting
Ready to Act Before It
Is Too Late
Arrangements were made to-day
by the special committee named by
Mayor Keister to puchase one and
probably two car loads Of cured
meats and canned vegetables from
the reserve depot at New Cumber
land. Rsidents of the city await with
considerable interest the action of
the food committee which has been
held up until Monday despite the
need of haste.
The foodstuffs will be placed on
sale at fire houses and other centers
where volunteer workers will sell it
direct to consumers at big savings
over the regular retail prices.
Lieutenant Boyle who is in charge]
of the shipments at New Cumber
land to-day advised haste if any
quantity is to be purchased. Lieu
tenant Boyle was advised by tele
graph to-day to clean out all sup
plies from the depot as rapidly as
cars can be provided for the pur
The following shipments were
ordered: Corned beef, New Orleanc,
486,000 cans; St. Louis, 821,000:
Omaha, 143,000; San Francisco,
1,075,000. Number two cans, At-j
lanta, 871,000 cans. Hash, Wash-1
ington, 37,500 cans.
Roast beef, six pound cans. Bos-'
ton, 6,000 cans; New York, 107,000 1
cans. Two pound cans, Philadel
phia, 323000 cans; San Francisco,
13 4,000 cans. One pound cans.
Washington. 58.000 cans; New Or
leans, 267.000; St. Louis. 1,057 cans:
San Antonio, 300,000 cans.
Carefully Sweep For Bergs
in Path of Prince's Ship
By Associated Press.
St. John's, N. F., Aug. 9.—Special
precautions against the possible
presence if ice floes and bergs in
the path of the battleship Renown,
bringing the Prince of Wales to
Canada, were taken to-day.
It was announced that the cruiser
i Dauntless, which preceeded the es
corting feet to arrange for the
Prince's reception here, would cruise
about the grand banks to locate ice
and would then proceed to sea to
escort the Renown to jier anchor
age in Conception bay. Several
unusually large bergs have been re
ported in- vicinity of shipping lanes
during the week.
Businessmen View With Fa
vor Proposal to Honor
Utilitarian Form of Project
Pleases Many in Har
Sentiment in favon of the plans J
for the soldiers' and sailors' raemor- I
ial, recently announced by the Har
risburg Chamber of Commerce, is
growing daily, as Harrisburgers con
tinue to give their consideration to
the project. It is evident that com
ments expressed by prominent cit
izens this morning, that the feasa
bility of the Chamber's proposi
tion, and the permanent way in
which it will give expression to the
i city's interest in its service men, has
! met with widespread approval,
j The memorial is to be a flag shaft
to be set in a great granite base
at Thirteenth and State streets.
The utilitarian as well as orna
mental value of the project, and its
perfect assimilation to the Capitol
Park and Memorial Bridge plans of
the State, afford much satisfaction
I to those whose interest in the veter- (
ans of the great war actuates them j
! in their desire to erect a iitting mem- .
j orial as a tribute from the commun
! ity to the veterans. ,
To Xanic Committees
| The committees which will carry |
i (he project to completion, will be |
j appointed from among the ranks j
I the welfare organizations and other
I interests whose activities are devoted
]to the civic welfare. These com
i mittees will be appointed as soon as
the cessation of the summer vaca
! tion season warrants, the beginning
| of work upon the materialization of
the memorial project, it was an
nounced at the Chamber offices.
I That the memorial' plans meet
with the whole-hearted support of
Mayor Daniel L. Keister was shown
iby his comment this morning. The
! Mayor and City Council already have
given the project their approval in
a resolution. Following is the
Mayor's statement of to-day:
"I am very well pleased with the
entire project, and know of nothing
else that could be more suitable. I
am especially pleased with the plan
to make the city's memorial tit in
so well with the elaborate Capitol
Park and memorial bridge plans of
the State."
Itotai'iaii Endorsement
Gus M. Steinmetz, president of
the llotary Club, of Harrisburg, was
enthusiastic in his comments on the
plans, and has this to say of them:
"Members of the Harrisburg no
tary Club, so far as 1 have talked
with them, have expressed them
selves as hehrtily in accord with the
Harrisburg Memorial plan as out
lined by the Chamber of Commerce
committee. The fact that it is to
ue a part of the great State develop
! ment here, connected in a way with
jthe State's magnificent Memorial
I Bridge, is a big point in its favor.
1 Beside, it will show to the people
> of Pennsylvania as a whole that the
I citv appreciates what the Common
wealth is doing and is willing to
ido its part. The Chamber is right
jin deciding that the memorial be
| erected by popular subscription.
Every man, woman and child in the
I city ought to have some part in it.
i The ltotary Club, 1 am sure, will
' do whatever it can to advance the
I project."
Needed Tribute
Local citizens who took prominent
| parts in war campaigns, have also
I given the project their approval.
| Said Andrew S. Patterson, president
|of the Union Trust Company, who
! was chairman of the Liberty Loan
committees of Harrisburg during
I the five campaigns, this morning.
"The memorial will be a perman
ent tribute to the youths of Har
risburg, who gave up their time and
freedom to light for Democracy. It
' is fitting that the memorial should
I take the most attractive form im
aginable, and I think the Charn
! ber's project will constitute one of
the most attractive features in the
A 1 K. Thomas, vice-president of
the Kiwanis Club, and cashier of
the East End Bank, gave his ap
proval in a short statement, very
much to the point.
"It's a mighty good thing," he
said, in answer to a query."
Francis J. Hall, vice-president and
general manager of the Central Iron
| and Steel Company, also has given
i much consideration to the project.
! "I like the form of the memorial
very much," he said, "it surely is an
improvement over the plan of put
ting up an old tablet some place.
I particularly like its assimilation in
the general Capitol Park plans."
Others who have given the sub
ject of the memorial their atten
tion, likewise united in their ap
proval of the plans.
Boy Who Tries to Hit
Airplane With Stone Is
Run Down by Autoist
Running across Front street "to
stone the airplane which circled
above the city, hundreds of feet in
the air yesterday, Carl McFadden,
fifteen years old, of 1319 Susque
hanna street, suffered a badly frac
tured right ankle when struck by
an automobile.
With his eyes turned toward the
skies, the youth failed to notice the
automobile as it approached and
ran directly in front of it. The au
tomobile was driven by W. S. Haupt,
of Shamokin. The lad was taken to
the Harrisburg Hospital where the
fracture was reduced.
No Trouble Experienced in Enforcement
of A nti- fore stalling Ordinance;
Consumers Pleased With Act
Harrisburg's first market day with the forestalling and price
fixing ordinance in effect saw prices of many food supplies take
a drop of 15 to 40 per cent., and late in the morning there was
even a larger decrease for some of the perishable produce.
Dealers said the prices were due partly to the big supply of
provisions brought to the markets and partly to the ordinance
which kept forestallers out of business. At one market three per
sons known to have been forestalling for months were not at
their usual stands to-day. Another woman who had been buying
up chickens and reselling them, did not have a chicken to sell
Itnuly to Enforce Law I,
Storekeepers in nearby towns who
had been coming to the market;-
early in the morning to buy up a
supply of pfoduce which they took
to their stores and resold, were not
on hand either, police officials re
All the markets were under close
police supervision and a number of
times farmers were standing in litt'e
groups talking a few minutes with
a member of the city police force
standing close by.
At the Allison HMI market, Four
teenth and Market streets, prices of
practically everything on sale were
higher than at either of the other
markets. During the early hours
and until after T> o'c'cck the farmers
and truckers were charging practi
cally the same or higher prices than
prevailed on Wednesday.
Lite Hour Drops
At tlie Chestnut street markets
prices were slightly lower at the
start, anil liy 8 o'clock took a decid
ed drop, some dealers cutting their
figures almost 50 per cent. This
market had a larger supply of pro
duce and more dealers at the stands
to-day than during the last four or
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T the Casino. The steady, machine-like playing of the J
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X were forced into making many errors.
X Boston—The Boston and Maine Railroad to-day de- 9
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$ local freight fftr the m'oserrt. '" • • a
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X S?et: c*. J "7 2! were 6 ;>7S e"-r •• m|
T ing to the corporation's monthly statement issued to-day jfl
X This is an increase of (585306 tons compared with the X
ordr m Jane 30, JJ
8 Philadelphia—More than 200,000 bushels pf grain, jfl
t # mostly oats, valued at abexit $170*006, was destroyed by dp
* * fire to-day at the plant of the Keystone Elevator a-
Warehouse Company In thfs dty.
Philadelphia—William T. Gabell, dual dlrecor and X
* J clerk in the North Penn Bank, closed three weeks ago J|
* * with an apparent shortage erf more than $2,000,000 was to- X
day held in SIO,OOO bail for a farther hearing on a charge X
4* of conspiracy to receive deposits when he knew the bank
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w*s ir olvent. |
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| llobert A. Mrnmini, llnrt Inicton, Neb., anil In Io L. Hill, HarrU- 4*
* liurgf fiforue Cndlcr. Philadelphia, and llnude S. Conrud, llarrlu. a
*i liiirm t'lmrlen O. Mllnor nnd Mnrle S. /nmer. lliirrlKlnirgi AVllnicr T
j, l Heed and illury K. iUuiiiinaw, Hiirrlnburgi Hurry U. Behoey and
Sadie H. Sehrefller, l-Ulxnhctliville.
City officials were highly
pleased this morning over the
manner in which the new fore
stalling ordinance worked. For
the first time in years, the price
of produce came down as the
time for market closing drew
near. This was taken as proof
that hucksters, grocers an-d ped
dlers formerly worked in har
mony with many farmers to fix
prices. Heretofore forestallers
protected producers in keeping
up prices to artificial heights by
agreeing to take all unsold goods,
provided there was no reduction
to the consumer. This practice
served, it is said, to keep up re
tail prices in the city throughout
the week.
live months. Tlic late hour drop,
lias not oeeured for innny month;
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