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HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1919
This world has been led more by
footprints than guide-boards. H.
A. POSTER.
GOVERNOR'S ACTIVITIES
GOVERNOR SPROUL win return
to Harrisburg this week and
it is expected that some mat
ters which have been held in abey
ance during his western trip will be
acted on. While absent front Capi
tol Hill the Governor has been busy
on State matters constantly. His
conference with other executives at
Salt Lake City were most helpful
and it is no secret that he was re
garded in that interesting conference
as the most practical leader present.
His speeches were characterized by
great good sense anil his views on
the matters and tilings now engag
ing public attention were given
close attention.
Pennsylvania is happy In the
thought that there is now on Capi
tol Hill a man of vision and con
structive purpose who is developing
big welfare policies and aiding in the
formation of plans which will mean
greater prosperity for all the people
and the placing of. Pennsylvania,in
its propyr place as an imperial Com
monwealth.
Governor Sproul is hack of Com
missioner of Highways Sadler in the
great road-building crusade, and be
cause the people have faith in him
and his administration the various
municipal units, from township to
city and county, are co-operating in
the development of a system of high
ways which will open Pennsylvania
to thousands of tourists during the
next year or two. Already there are
signs of a friendly invasion of the
State such as was never contem
plated in the dreams of the most
enthusiastic good-roads advocates.
Here at home the Governor is giv
ing much thought to the Capitol
Park improvement plans and before
the month is ended it is expected
that two or three of the most im
portant features of that great plan
will be on the way to final accom
plishment. Harrisburg is keeying
in close touch with the various steps
of the State officials and the co
operation of the city and State will
certainly result in harmonious and
comprehensive treatment creditable
alike to Pennsylvania and the ad
ministration.
In short, the Governor and those
associated with him on Capitol Hill
are up and doing and there is gen
eral satisfaction among the people
with the constructive policies which
have been outlined from time to
time.
Our Democratic brethren in Dau
phin county are whistling vigorously
to keep up their courage and through
transparent camouflage are trying to
create the impression that their party
is in fine fettle, while the Republicans
are torn asunder. And this in the face
of an overwhelming Republican reg
istration as against a small enroll
ment under the Democratic name.
OLD CARS; FAST TRAINS
IT IS bad enough for the United
States Railroad Adrninistration
to require the Pennsylvania and
Reading railroads to use old wooden
cjirs to handle the women and chil
dren who make up the bulk of the
local holiday rush traffic, but it is
hard to understand why it provides
old style, oil lamp lighted wood
built passenger coaches of uncer
tain age for fast expresses on the
main line of the Pennsylvania Rail
road between Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh.
The public has been paying
enough money to the United States
Railroad Administration, at three
cents a mile, for it to provide the
normal increase of equipment even
though there has been what some
one has termed un abnormal num
ber of southern Democrats given
Jobs in the outfit that is now admin
istering the railroads of this coun
try, not long ago heralded us the
best in the world, and Including our
own Pennsylv an.u Railroad, that
"<id to be advertised as "the
TUESDAY EVENING,
standard railroad of America."
Passing through Harrisburg, on
express trains run on fast time, the
trains that go around Lancaster and
race into Harrisburg from Philadel
phia by night in something like two
and a half hours, there have been
used wooden passenger coaches,
some lighted by oil lamps, some
with doors that banged as the old
arks swayed and jumped when they
battered over switches; cars that
had no separate toilet facilities for
men and women, such as law in
Pennsylvania requires of every fac
tory; cars that would not have been
used on a one-train-a-day branch
railroad in a rural county of the
Keystone State in the days before
the war.
And the worst part of it is that
soldiers and sailors who fought in
Europe come home to travel in such
conveyances. If soldiers, inured to
taktng things as they come, find
such cars cause for complaint, what
must be the feelings of women and
children riding in an old, wooden,
[ oil-lighted car grinding along on a
fast express train beside two steel
cars of modern make and shaking
from stem to steer. ->very time it
passed over a switch?
It's high time that train manage
ment and operation in Pennsylvania
is put back to the Pennsylvania
standard.
In short. Senator Knox believes the
United States should shinny on its
own side and keep out of all entan
gling alliances. Because the President
has attempted to bind us to a
and-fast agreement with European na
tions is no reason, in the able Pennsyl
vania Senator's mind, for endorsing ills
proposals. Stop, look and listen, is his
j advice in a sentence.
IT'S A SAD WORLD
I' T"S a sad world. Ask any school
boy or girl that you meet. They
know. Yesterday the old earth
was a happy, carefree place. The
September sun lighted a land of
freedom where "all was merry as a
marriage bell" and "joy was uncon
fined." But as in the old poem, the
morrow has a different tale to tell
and of all the hosts of merry
makers who thronged the great
amphitheater of the river steps yes
terday, only a scattered few remain
and the rest of the lassies whose
laughter mingled with the cheers of
the laddies assembled with them
are slaves again—slaves of the book
and pen; slaves of the desk and study ■
hall.
Gone is the golden period of va
cation, and what sdemed in June
like an indefinite space of time
ahead, seems all too brief for the
pleasures that were crowded into it.
There is something just a bit sad
dening to see the little fellows trudge (
away again with school books under ;
their arms! after the liberty they j
have enjoyed. Life is like that, its
vacations are all too brief; its joys j
are all too fleeting. But even so j
there is consolation in the thought
that work for those who learn to
love it brings its own reward and j
the round of idleness for which we I
in our hoursrot weariness sqnutlnica j
yearn would pall upon us if all op- j
portunity for useiul employment I
were suddenly taken from us.
Secretary of Agriculture ltasmussen
is outlining plans for a great Farmers'
Week in Harrisburg next January un
der the auspices of allied agricultural
associations and the Department of
Public Instruction. Secretary Rasmus
sen is on the right road and here at
the seat of State government is the
place to develop the policies and pro
jects which will encourage more scien
tific farming and fruit growing and
collateral activities. It may reasonably
be hoped that such a conference will
lead eventually to a real State Fair
here which would bring to Harrisburg
for a grand review all of the fine
things which have first been exhibited
at the several county fairs and
smaller ex'hihitions.
THE KIPONA
THE Kipona celebration of yes
terday was all and more than
had been promised for it.
The community owes a vote of
thanks to Admiral J. "William Bow
man, V. Grant Forrer, the rivermen,
the coal fleet proprietors, the War
Camp Community Service and all
others who had a part.
An especially pleasing and greatly
"appreciated part of the program
was that of the jubilee singers. An
other was the wonderful fireworks
display, to which the contribution
of Col. James B. Kemper, of the
Harrisburg Recruiting otflce, added
so much.
But there is no reason for particu
larizing. The whole affair was both
entertaining and spectacular. The
Susquehanna River basin came into
its own and the Kipona celebration
henceforth will be a regular feature
of Labor Day in Harrisburg. The
time is coming when it will rank
with the Mandi Gras of New Orleans
or the great river pageants of the
Mohawk Valley, noted the world
over for their beauty and popu
larity.
THE LABOR DAY PARADE
THE Labor Day parade was a
very distinct credit to the or
ganized bodies of the city. It
was dignified and impressive in point
of numbers and there was plenty of
music, lacking which any proces
sion lacks in pomp and enthusiasm.
Those who arranged it may well
congratulate themselves upon its
success.
Harrisburg is a great center of
industry and its working people
rank with the best in the country,
both as to skill and intelligence.
Harrisburg steel is in the sides of
ships on ail the seven seas, Harris
burg boilers make steam the world
around, Harrisburg engines pump
water and drive machinery over the
whole world, Harrisburg bridges
span mighty rivers and chasms from
New York to India, Harrisburg hos
iery Is worn even as far away us
South Africa, Harrisburg shoes
clothe the feet of millions here and
abroad, Harrisburg clothing Is fam
ous for Its quality In every State, |
Harrisburg rails girdle the globe
in a hundred ways the excellence of
our product and the skill of our
workmen are demonstrated. Harris
burg labor has a right to Jubilate.
And now, that the celebration is
over, let's buckle down to work
again, keen to take advantage of
the opportunities that lie ahead and
remembering that there can be no
progress for anybody unless the
quality of our workmanship is kepi
up and our production gotten back
to a peace-time basis.
The Kipona river carnival will be
come more and more attractive as the
years roll on and the people generally
realize the wonderful asset of the
Susquehanna Basin from the civ
standpoint.
£ll.
By the Ex-Ooinmittccman
This is the second registration day
in Philadelphia and in the third
class cities of the State and Thurs
day the first registration takes place
in Pittsburgh and Scranton, the two
second-class cities. For the time
being the registration holds the
center of the stage in the primary
contests and strenuous efforts are be
ing made in Philadelphia to get
100,000 more men to register. In
the third-class cities, where the reg
istration generally was large there
will be renewed activity on the part
of the city committees and every in
dication is that there will be a large
enrollment all along the line. Very
few third-class cities are without
healthy political contests. In Pitts
burgh there will be a tremendous ef
fort made to get men enrolled, espe
cially by the Republicans because of
the contest in the Republican or
ganization, while at Scranton things
have assumed an interesting aspect
owing to the rulings on returned sol
diers.
Some idea of what the registra
tion means can be gained from the
statement in the Public Ledger that
233,000 assessed voters in that city
have not registered although 187,000
names are on the rolls. The Press
and Inquirer emphasize the fact that
there are many men who have not
registered and that the most import
ant mayoralty primary contest in
the history of the city and the first
to come under the new charter will
be decided at the polls.
The primary will take place just
two weeks from to-day in Pennsyl
vania and national attention lias
been attracted to the battle in
Philadelphia, which will have far
reaching consequences.
—The campaign in Allegheny
county Ms warming up much as it
is in Philadelphia, where Congress
man J. Hampton Moore is making
daily attacks on the Vare organiza
tion and Director McLaughlin, of
the bureau of supplies, has been say
ing things about Senator Edwin H.
\ are and contracts that have
brought sharp denials from the Sen
ator. The latest developments are a
series of attacks upon the Yare men
who made up draft boards, the scan
dal about Appeal Board No. 2, which
was so much in the limelight, having
been brought up again.
-—ln Pittsburgh the newspapers
of the city are practically all against
the Babeock-Leslie combination, just
as in Philadelphia all the big dailies
are against the Vares. An organiza
tion of anti-Leslie men in the bor
oughs has been formed with Senator
C. Jr. Barr at the head, while Col.
J. P. Kerr, candidate for county
commissioner, is assailing Senator
Max G. Leslie, with a virulence sim
ilar to that employed in Philadel
phia. Speaking of the meetings the
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times says:
"That the apathy which character
izes many elections and permits the
machine politicians to obtain control
of elections through voting their
paid and office-holding henchmen is
being dispelled was indicated by the
large size of the audience at the
meeting."
—One of the interesting things
about the Allegheny contest is that
William Flinn is taking a hand in
the battle and is aligned with former
political enemies.
—The Lackawanna situation will
likely be straightened out in a day
or so as meetings are being ar
ranged for Scranton and Carbondale
which will be attended by the county
commissioners. The Scranton Times
says that the estimates made in that
city show the city to have a popu
lation of 168,000.
—ln Reading some estimates on
population are being made which in
dicate over 110,000 and maybe
120,000. Reading is engaged in the
hottest municipal primary contests
known in years and the odd part
about it is that the men elected
this year under the third-class city
code will next year automatically go
under the second-class city law as
the Federal census will show the city
to be over 100,000 beyond all doubt
—The editor of the# Scranton
Times, E. J. Lynett, says in his
Roderick Random column: "An ef
fort is being made to induce Presi
dent Wilson to include Scranton in
the itinerary of the big swing around
the circle which he has planned. It
will be a great honor to the city to
have him come, and it would be
rather discreditable not to make a
sincere effort to have the city thus
honored. Of course we should not
make it a partisan affair."
—Democratic bosses, ringmasters,
placeholders and scouts will gather
in this city to-night for the opening
to-morrow of the two-day conven
tion of the postmasters convention
which will have its qqp.drennial im
portance. The postmasters will be
addressed by Democrats of national
grade and also be informed inform
ally of what they are to do In the
coming Presidential contest. For
weeks the scouts of the Democratic
machine have been out sounding the
Democrats to see whether the Bonni
well organization has damaged the
Palmer control and to play up the
value of the Attorney General as
Pennsylvania's entrant for the Dem
ocratic Presidential honor, provided,
always, that the President does not
decide to run again.
—An interesting incident in Dem
ocratic affairs is that B. F. Davis,
Jr., close relative of the B. F. Davis
who lost the revenue collectorship
of tha Lancaster district after hav
ing fmight and bled in behalf of the
Palmer-McCormick machine for
years, has been elected chairman of
the Lancaster Democratic commit
tee, succeeding W. J. Coulter who
landed the census supervisorship
for Lancaster district.
—Congressman J. Hampton Moore
says in his Evening Ledger letter:
"Gossip has is that Thomas Robins,
who married the daughter of the
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and who has figured as a friend of
Roosevelt in the Philadelphia may
oralty campaign, has his eye on the
congressional seat now occupied by
Congressman George S. Graham.
Robins has not been unfriendly with
Penrose; on the contrary, l\e has at
timep been quite complimentary,
but recently he has tied up with the
Vares to an extent that has attracted
the attention of his friends in the
social world. Robins was on the
ticket for congressman-at-large in
tlie last campaign, but fell short of
the requisite number of votes.
Whether Congressman Graham in
tends to run again in the Second
district or not has not been definitely
announced, but the Robins rumor is
abroad.
No Wonder Germany Quit
By MAJOR FRANK C. MAIHN
Of the Army Recruiting Station
"The spent runner who hurled
himself through the gute of ancient
Athens and with his dying breath
gasped out the news of the brilliant
success of the Athenian troops
against the Persian at Marathon in
the year 4UO B. C. was the first
famous soldier of a signal corps,
but since then the exploits of the
beareis of military tidings have fill
ed the pages of legend and story,
high perfection in modern tiniest
Just as other branches of military
science have been brought to a high
perfection in modern times, so in
equal degree has the art of military
signaling progressed in efficiency.
Where the ancient athlete once ex
hausted his strength in bearing
military messages long distances in
the field, the modern Mercury uses
the wireless phone. In Civil War
days the pony express rider brought
from some desperate stand the
story of the lack of ammunition;
to-day the ammunition-supply or-i
ganization is in constant touch with
the front by means of telegraph or
the long-distance telephone. In
the Indian campaigns in our own
West messages from beleaguered
parties were sometimes conveyed by
.signal smokes; the "lost battalion
gin the Argonne sent news of its
•plight by carrier pigeon. Modern
warfare has indeed retained the old,
but it hat also developed the new,
in transmitting military tidings.
So important is this branch of
fighting that it is put in tire hands
of a specialized organization, which
in the American Army is known as
the Signal Corps. The Signal Corps
not only had charge of the opera
tions of the various communicating
devices in 1917 and 1918 in the field
of operations (except latterly in the
air), but it also had charge of the
manufacture of the equipment for
this work. The production of sig
naling equipment was far greater
than the uninformed person would
imagine. As an Instance, there was
one special type of telephone wire,
a form unknown to commercial use
before the war. which, before No
vember 11, 1918, was being pro
duced at the rate of 20,000 miles
a month, at a cost of $5,650,000 per
month, requiring the complete ca
pacity of the day and night opera
tion of all fine wire machinery in
the United States, except that which
was working on Navy contracts.
Many other production activities of
the Signal Corps were carried
through on a similar scale. Until
after the Civil War, the operation
of large units of troops was greatly
handicapped by the limitations of
military signaling as then known.
A force could not be effective in
combat that could not be readily
reached in all quarters by runners
or riders or by visual signals. The
development of the telegraph and
telephone and the invention of radio
changed all this, so that in the
great war armies stretched out on
fronts 100 miles or more in length
with every part of them In im
mediate touch with every other
part through the exact and com
plete systems of signaling on the
field. Military signals to-day in
clude the telephone, the telegraph,
radio telegraphy and telephony, the
buzzer, the buzzer phone, panels,
pyrotechnics, flags, smoke signals,
pigeons, dogs, mounted orderlies,
and runners. Each of these means
of signaling is an adjunct to the
others; when one fails, another is
employed to get the message
through. Some have special uses
for branches of the service with
peculiar requirements. The radio
phone is especially suited for corn-
MADE HIM SECRETARY OF THE
UNITED STATES TREASURY
[Henry Watterson in the Saturday Evening Post]
MR. CLEVELAND was fond —
not Overfond—of cards. He
liked to play the noble game
j at, say, a dollar limit —even once
I in a while for a litle more—but not
much more. And, as Dr. Norvin
Green was wont to observe of Com-
I mod ore Vanderbilt, "He held them
, exceedingly close to his boo-som."
Mr. Whitney, Secretary of the
Navy in his first administration,
equally rich and hospitable, had
often "the road gang," as a certain
group, mainly Senators, was called,
to dine, with the inevitable jiftcr
, dinner soiree or seance. .1 was, when
in Washington, invited to
parties. At one of tpom I chanced
to sit between the President and
| Senator Don Cameron. Mr. Carlisle,
j at the time Speaker of the House —
who handled ids cards like a child
and, as we all knew, couldn't play
a little—was seated on the opposite
side of the table.
After a while Mr. Cameron and I
began builiing the game—l recall
that the limit was $5—that is rais-
municating from airplanes. Ar
tillery fire is directed by wire and
wireless communication. 'Trained
pigeons are sometimes able to get
messages through when all other
means of communication have fail
ed. The Army did not have a great
quantity of signaling equipment
when it went to war with Germany,
but what it did have was good.
The American punitive expedition
in Mexico, where long lines of com
munication over rugged country
were required, had given opportun
ity for testing modern signal ap
paratus in the field. In addition to
the various means of communica
tion, the Signal Corps were also
called upon to supply in large quan
tities such other articles as wire
reel carts, flag staffs, field glasses,
photographic equipment, chests,
tools, meteroroligical apparatus, and
wrist watches. Having learned
what was needed; knowing what
part of the old was fit, and over
coming nearly insuperable diffi
culties in producing the necessary
quality and quantity of all material,
the Signal Corps made possible that
great contributor to victory, Liai
son, which helped so much to beat
Germany.
Why Not Allen? Oregon Asks
[Prom the Corvallis, Ore., Gazette-
Times.]
Massachusetts has sept out a feel
er for Governor Allen of Kansas as a
presidential candidate. The Boston
Transcript had half a page about
Governor Allen a few days ago, in
cluding a two column drawing of his
classic features. Corvallis peop'e
are somewhat acquainted with Mr.
Allen through his letters from
France published in these columns
frequently.
He is a whirlwind of a campaign
er. Our own belief is that he has
William Jennings Bryan backed off
the platform when it comes to
oratory or interesting a crowd. He
has initiative, energy, push, ability
and is clean aa a whistle.
It is not at all among the least of
the possibilities that Mr. Allen's
name will be presented to the Re
publican convention. Should he be
nominated he would make such a
campaign that he would be a record
breaker among Republican candi
dates. After they got to know him
Roosevelt himself couldn't beat him
drawing crowds.
The Gateway of the West
[Emerson Hough in the Saturday
Evening Post.)
The village of Franklin on the
Missouri river was the first capital
of the Santa Fe trade, and St. Louis
we may call the capital of the Mis
souri river commerce.
The frontier town of Independ
ence on the Missouri river was the
eastern terminus of th# Oregon
Trail. When the steamboat landing
at Independence was washed out;
the new town, Westport, a few miles*
farther up the river, was established
on the site of what to-day is Kansas
City; wherefore we may call Kansas
City the true gateway of the Great
West.
ing and back raising each other,
and whoever else happened to be in,
without much or any regard to the
cards we held.
It chanced on a deal that I picked
up a pat flush, Mr. Cleveland a pat
full. The Pennsylvania Senator and
I went to the extreme, the Presi
dent, of course, willing enough for
us to play his hand for him. But
the Speaker of the Hopse persistent
ly stayed with us and kept on.
We could not drive him out.
When it came to a draw Senator
Cameron drew one card. Mr. Cleve
land and I stood pat But Mr. Car
lisle drew four cards. At length,
after much banter and betting, it
reached a showdown, and, mirabile
d'.ctu, the Speaker held four kings!
"Take the money, Carlisle; take
the money," exclaimed the Presi
dent. "If ever I am President again
you shall be Secretary of the Treas
ury. But don't you make that four
card draw too often."
He was President again, and Mr.
Carlisle was Secretary of the Treas
ury.
The Inquisitive Woman
[Ada Leverson in the Continental
Edition of the London Mail.]
It has always been supposed that
women do not need to be told
things in order to know them. It is
quite true. ,
Yet they ask questions.
A boy was carrying a crate of
eggs. Unfortunately his foot slipped.
While he was trying to collect a few
that were uncracked someone pass
ed him and said, very kindly, "Oh,
poor boy! Have you broken your
eggs ?"
The boy answered, "Oh, no! I'm
giving an example of my new open
air cookery. I'm making an omel
ette."
The questioner was, of course, a
woman. She cannot have been over
30, and must have had a low, swsct
voice and, notably, dark soft eyes
with long eyelashes.
I quite believe in her. But I
don't believe in the boy's answer.
He must have said something quito
different.
Unless, of course, he was really
an open air cook and wished to at
tract attention to his autumn classes
to be held in public—which seeins
improbable.
Still, if he didn't give that answer
he should have done so.
When a wife, seeing her husband
putting on his hat, asks, "Are you
going out, dear,?" he should reply.
"Oh, no! I'm staying at home. I
only thought I'd liko to have my
hat on."
If he says this apologetically she
will not have asked where he is go
ing before he bangs the door. But
she knows where he Is going, any
how, even if she thinks she doesn't.
Perhaps we ask questions only
when we already know the answer!
Except, of course, in really im
portant things. And then our an
swers are sometimes curious.
Ask for the address of the won
derful tiny, little dressmaker who
"runs up" jumpers and skirts and
you will be told: "Oh, -gihe's so
frightful busy! She hasn't a min
ute."
The answer to "Where did you
get that hat" Is "Oh, I've had it
for ages!"
Night
Bed is too small to rest my tired
ness,
I'll take a hill for pillow, soft with
trees,
Now, draw the clouds up tight be
neath my chin •
God, blow •- * * the moon • • •
out, please. • • •
—Elizabeth J. Coatsworth in the
New Republic.
The Bright Side
The melancholy days have come, the
saddest of the year,.
For every frouzy. red-eyed bum
who goes without his beer.
But for the sober vest of us the
happy days have come.
For when the bum's without his
beer we are without the bum.
—Kansas Citv Star.
SEPTEMBER 2, 1919. 1-
Why Explore the Artie?
When I was exchanging my Cur
clothes at Nome, Alaska, in 1912, for
a suit of the well-advertised Ameri
can kind, the clerk who sold them
to me sail} thgt he could not under
stand how I could waste five years
of my life in the Arctic. That is
one point of view and a, common
one. This young man had spent
the same five years behind a cloth
ing store counter. Colonel Roosevelt
had spent them in African travel, in
the writing of books and in the
making of history. He said to mo
a month or two later that he en
vied me my five years in furs and
snow houses, in new lands and
among new people.
That was another point of view.
And a third was mine, for 1 in turn
envied him his power and achieve
ments and the character which had
made them possible. But while X
concede that accident plays so large
a part in determining the momen
tous or trivial nature of geographic
discovery that the greatest geo
graphic discoverers must for that
reason be ranked lower than the
great men in other fields, still there
is much to be said for exploration
as a career, so long at least as there
remains possible discovery of lands
previously undreamed of. The tour
ist who crosses the .Atlantic for the
first time will spend hours on deck
awaiting the predicted rising of Ire
land above the rim of the sea, and
feels then, unless he is neither
young nor imaginative, a thrill
which he does not forget the rest of
his life.
Yet Ireland to the tourist or
America to the immigrant can never
be what San Salvador was to Co
lumbus, and, though you may not
for the thrill of San Salvador be
willing to change places with Co
lumbus, you may well envy us who
are still alive our first sight of the
new land and our first landing upon
it. "While you may think what you
will about the greatness of the
achievement, the performance of it
cannot be denied. The next genera
tion and the next will find that land
upon their maps and, if they care to
visit, they will find it there bound
ed by its ice-covered sea. If it is
not an important, it is at least a
tangible contribution to the world's
knowledge of itself.—V. Stefansson
in Harper's Magazine for August.
Trade Briefs
The London and River Plate Bank,
Ltd.. has received authorization from
the Portuguese Government to estab
lish a branch ir. Lisbon with a capital
of one hundred thousand pounds.
The exports of dried figs from
Spain during the past three years
were as follows: In 1916, 22,072.358
pounds, valued at $464,723; in 1917,
44,244,800 pounds, valued at $931,-
564: and in 1918, 34,194,200 pounds,
valued at $719,943.
Small motorboats predominate in
the Norwegian fishing, industry
Rowboats have nearly passed out of
use and sailboats have not proved
themselves able, from an efficiency
standpoint, to meet the motorboat
competition.
A list of importers and commis
sion- merchants handling ail kinds of
foodstuffs in Copenhagen, Denmark,
may bo obtained from the Bureau of
Foreign and Domestic Commerce or
its district of co-operative offices up
on referring to File No. 112175 a.
It is reported that an Italian trad
ing company is being formed for the
importation into that coun-try of
cereals after the conclusion of peace
and the resumption of private im
portation of foodstuffs. This new
company will be capitalized at 60,-
000,000 lire.
The important firm of Pedro A.
Lopez & Co. of Bogota has just sign
ed a contract with the Department
of Tolima for the cor.-structien of a
railroad between Ibague, the capital
of the department, and Ambalema,
on the Magdalena River, to connect
at its river terminus with the La
Dorado Railway, and at the other
end with the new Girardot-Ibague
line, which is a link in the projected
Pacific Railway.
Imports into Guayaquil during
May amounted to 32,000 packages,
weighing 2,890 tor.-s. The number
of packages received from each
country participating in the import
trade was: Canal Zone, 350; France,
754; Italy, 16; Peru, 3,615; Salvador,
35; Spain, 262; United Kingdom, 4,-
643; United States, 22,985. A por
tion of the imports from the United
States consisted of 389,092 pounds of
flour and 520,714 pounds of lard.
According to the Lon-don Times at
a sale just conducted at the Anzac
factory, Glasgow, by the Disposal
Board of the British Ministry of
Munitions, $455 was paid for a one
ton electric overhead runway hoist
which cost, when new, $220. For a
ten horse-power shunt wound direct
current electric motor, 240 volts, 790
revolutons, $37 5 was paid, a profit of
$120; and for a similar motor, with
double the power, which cost $367,
610 was paid.
Unique Experience
[From Leslie's]
Cities at least have the stimulus
to make improvement whether they
do so or not. The village and rural
community lack the stimulation
that comes through contact with the
outside world. It is not surpr'ttng
to find them narrow and unpto
gressive. A unique experiment
along the line of community bettet
ment has been in progress for two
years In twenty-three small West
Virginia communities.
A system of points is used to
score community progress, 1,000 be
ing a perfect score. Nine general
headings are used to cover the lleid
of community development—history,
government, business, farms, clubs,
homes, schools, churches and
health.
As an example of the way it
works, the absence of gaudy and
ugly advertising signs scored two
points; increased " use of school
building for regular school wot k
and as a social center, four poinU,
and one point each for better house
keeping as the results of activi
ties of the farm women's clubs, in
stallation of bathrooms, and run
ning water In kitchens, and exten
sion and improvement in the rural
telephone system.
The experiment has produced no
Utopia, but has raised standards in
the communities Involved.
A Common Experience
[From the Dallas News.]
"I tell you gentlemen," said the
great explorer to the crowd in the
hotel smoking rooip. who were lis
tening breathlessly to his recital,
"you can't imagine what things are
like in the Arctic region."
"Oh, I don't know," said one.
"Even if we haven't seen it, we can
imagine what is feels like."
"I doubt it. It's impossible until
you've really seen it; until you've
stood there a small. Insignificant
utom, surrounded by vast stretches
of white —"
"Oh, yes, I know! I've been like
that." "Really! And where was
that, may I ask?"
"First time I appeared in public
in a dress shirt!"
&rotino (Efyatjj
One has only to take a glance at
the registers of the Penn-llarris and
other hotels to realize that all State
roads now lead to Harrisburg and
that improvement of the highways
under the Sproul plan has brought
literally thousands of people to the
State Capital who used to go by
way of Gettysburg and pass by the
official seat of the Commonwealth.
Of course, the building of the new
hotel has had a good bit to do with
it, but the remarks of the automo
bile owners and drivers indicai.
pretty conclusively that the better
ing of the roads has had much I"
fluence. There are people coming
here not only from many of the dis
tant points of Pennsylvania. Iff.'..,
Bradford, and Franklin
who used to go to the two large
cities at either end of the State ami
take the Lincoln highway.
taking one of the new routes" is a
common remark to hear in hotel
corridors and it is notable that more
people are coming up the Cumber
land Valley to Harrisburg over
night than ever. Many of these
tolks come from other States and
speed over the Lincoln highway to
Gettysburg, which preserves its im
portance as the central point for
tourists. But there are many who are
commencing to appreciate the beau
ties of the William Penn highway
from Ebensburg to Harrisburg, and
that the road from this city to Al
lentown is as interesting as any
from a historical, industrial and ag
ricultural standpoint. When the
reconstruction of the Susquehanna
Trail is completed there will be
travel from New York State down
the rfc'er and an increase in the
number of people coming from
Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. An
other road which is proving popu
lar is that leading from Dflßois to
Harrisburg. The flags on cars and
the number of automobile license
tags from other States seen here
daily are pretty conclusive evidence
that Harrisburg now has something
in the way of hotel facilities and
better roads approaching it that it
lacked a long, long time.
• •
Plans for charting and marking
of some of the rocks in the Susque
hanna so that there will be a greater
measure of safety for the many
people who plan to take up boating
and canoeing are being made by a
number of river lovers who have
round that accidents have been
barely avoided by inexperienced
rowers and paddlers this summer.
It is figured out that with the es
tablishment of the system of munici
pal boathouses and bathing places
next year as a result of the pro-
P°f® d loa " "tat there will be more
the r'ver than ever before
and that a system of marks will en
able people to. learn the currents
ay as well be sai <i that
the Susquehanna not only has some
peculiar currents which are swift in
n® C b USe of exist ence of rocks
are soon dissipated in the
olume of water in the river. And
the river also changes its currents
every year in certain places owing
to the amount of silt, sand and coal
broi.ght down, a condition which is
common to many shallow and rock
! hr, ~"h streams like our wide
blanching river. The sand and coal
fleet steamer pilots have learned to
know the channels, but there are
many people whose enjoyment of
gating could be increased materially
if be defined for them,
ft would be a comparatively easy
matter for men familiar with the
river to mark those places and next
. prmg some way of marking could
be employed at very Uttle expense.
■tnHnn'wfctff Lab ° r Day demon
™'°" wh ! ch aroused such popular
interest and was witnessed by prob
ably the largest crowd ever gath
ered for such a parade as well as
by unprecedented numbers of or
ganized labor paraders, is the lineal
successor of a big demonstration fn
1889. In the late eighties and
1 y ti!! n k , ', lle Kn 'hts Of Labor
fJJ e . b| S labor organization and
davs ™mV" a d the early Labor
* c were observed on the
brat t Satorday in September instead
of the first Monday. The parades
were revived about 1900 and in 1902
there was a notable parade, followed
~, nd me eting in Reser-
Since then the day has
been observed continuously and the
number of organizations and parad!
e*j has grown rapidly. •
• • •
From all accounts the new Na
eobSr ® uard ff Pennsylvania is not
cer ™ . for ex Perienced offl
•mrf fine 5" Ve een between 500
and 600 men of overseas service who
have applied to Major General W
Price, Jr., for commissions. These
men are all being listed and asked
to give the records from their offi
cers record books and when the
Guard is made un they will be ap
''> d by the Governor according
to fitness. The importance of train
ed officers, say men active in the
formation of the new guard, was
bi ought out in the war just closed
because it was found that many men
did not have the "habit of com
mand when to a pinch.
The State Capitol had one of the
biggest holidays in its history yes
terday, hundreds and hundreds of
people thronging the building and
passing through the corridors all
day long. Superintendent Thomas
W. Templeton had the legislative
halls and the executive reception
room open for visitors with Capi
tol policemen on hand to explain
things. Many of the visitors came
from nearby counties, hut Mr. and
Mrs. Harrisburger made up a con
siderable number of the people in
the crowds.
| WELL KNOWN PEOPLE
—James M. Beck, prominent at
torney, is to be the orator at the
celebratioi) of the adoption of the
constitution in Philadelphia.
—Mayor A. M. Hoagland, of Wil
ltamsport, is taking a part in tli
fight against increased gas rates ir,
that city. . *
—Auditor General Charles A.
Snyder is urging that Pottsville, his
home city, spend half a million im
proving streets.
—Attorney General A. Mitchell
Palmer will he one of the speakers
at the American Bar Association
meeting.
—George Wharton Pepper will
represent friends of Colonel Roose
velt at the Roosevelt Memorial
meeting in New York.
—James Scarlet was speaker at
Danville's welcome home to its sol
diers.
1 DO YOU KNOW
—That Harrisburg's Klpona
was watched by residents of
many other cities in the State?
HISTORIC HARRISBURG
—-Harrisburg was given a post
office and a borough government ir
'1791.