Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, October 23, 1919, Image 1

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LXXXVIII—NO. 249 18 PAGES " al, £*tter a l t®h5 - pot omSTft" arriSbui* I*"*HARRISBURG, 1 *"*HARRISBURG, PA. THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 23, 1919. "KUfSSa irKiIKJET" HOME EDITION
Royal Party
Will Tour
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Capital to Take on
Holiday Garb For
Historic Event
King Albert and Queen Elis
abeth of Belgium and their son.
Prince Leopold, and party will
arrive at the Pennsylvania rail
road station at 9 o'clock to-mor
rpw morning.
They will be met at the sta
tion and escorted over the fol
lowing route in automobiles:
Pennsylvania raliroad station
to Market street, to West Shore
across the Market street bridge,
back to Front street across the
Walnut street bridge, up Front
to Maclay, to Second, to State,
to Front, circling the State
street plaza, to the Capitpl
grounds, to the entrance of the
Soldiers of the World War
are requested to report in Mar
ket Square to Major Mahin at
8.15 o'clock to line up along
each side of Market street from
the entrance to the station as a
guard of honor.
Crowds are requested to re
main on the sidewalks and nor,
press about the automobiles and
participants in the parade.
"Don't forget to decorate
along the line of march with
Belgiarr and Allied flags,"
urged Frank C. Sites, chairman
of the decorations committee.
At the Capitol, Governor
Sproul and Mayor Keister will
extend an informal welcome to
the royal visitors in behalf of
the State and city.
There will be no speechmak
ing and no formalities. At the
special request of the King and
Queen, the demonstration will
take the form of an Informal
visit to the people of Harris
purg, entirely devoid of cere
monies and pomp.
The party will leave by their
special train at 10.30 o'clock.
The plans will be carried out,
rain or shine.
All of Harrisburg is prepar
ing to go to court to-morrow,
and be presented to the King
and Queen of Belgium and the
royal party. It is Harrisburg's
lirst presentation to a reigning
monarch, and the entire popu
lace of the city is eagerly look
ing forward to the visit, while
the committee of directors of
tl*e Harrisburg Chamber of
Commerce, which is preparing
tor the event, is working at fever
heat to assure the successful
culmination o£ the illustrious
Wants to See Plant
After the Kinf has inspected the
State Capitol, he will be taken to the
Bethlehem Steel Works at Steelton
and shown through the big plant.
This addition to the plans for the
reception of His Majesty been
made at the express request of King
The ceremonies will last from 9
o'clock until 10.30 o'clock to-morrow
morning. During that time, Harris
burg's principal streets along which
the parade will pass, will be con
verted into a veritable corner of
Belgium, by decorations in Belgian
and Allied colors. Three bands, in
cluding the famous Navy band which
is in the city to stimulate Naval re
cruiting, will enliven the occasion
with American and Belgian anthems
and spirited marches.
Final Arrangements
The committee in charge of ar
rangements held a final meeting in
the Penn-Harris hotel at noon to
day, to complete the details of tho
demonstration. While the Belgian
party will remain in the city only
an hour and a half, enough will
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Herrlnharg and Vlclnltyi Unset
tled with probably rain to-night
and Friday. Not much change
In temperature, lowest to-night
about SO degrees.
Eastern Pennsylvania) Rain prob
ably to-night and Friday,
warmer In north portion to
night. Freah eaat and aouth
eoat wlnda.
River: The Suaquehnnna river and
all Ita branehea will fall alowly
or remain nearly stationary to
night and probably Friday. A
stage of about 4.0 ft. la Indi
cated for Harrlaburg Friday
•j morning.
Viewing Scenery From King's Special Train
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Queen Elizabeth, King Albert and Prince Leopold of Belgium viewing the scenery from a flatcar which
was attached to their private car. The King and Prince are togged in their "roughing it" clothes, and they
are hardly recognizable.
Trainmen determined to Get
Increases Asked For
Last Summer
Washington, Oct. 23.—There were j
indications to-day of an approach
ing "show down" between the rail- !
road administration and the!
Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen
and Enginemen, who asked increas
ed wages last summer. The report
of the wage board on the demands
has been sent to the director gen
eral, who will meet President W. G.
Lee and his committee next Wednes
day. The committee, composed of
the sixteen general chairmen of dis
tricts and six officers of the grand
lodge, will hold a preliminary meet
ing here Tuesday.
"There is no ultimatum about our
meeting," President Lee said, "and
it does not necessarily involve a
strike, though the committee has
been given full power to take any
steps necessary or desirable."
The shopmen, like the trainmen,
have given their committee full
power to call a strike whenever it
appears advisable. It has been un
derstood that the officers would wait
at least until December 1 to see re
sults of the government's fight on
high prices before taking action.
In addition to the labor troubles
besetting it. the railroad administra
tion also is being called on by the
railroad officials to provide an in
crease in rates to take care of the
operating deficit caused by the high
er prices of labor and materials.
Despite the announced policy that
no increase would be made by the
director general in the short period
remaining of Federal control, a com
mittee from the Association of Rail
way Executives, headed by Presi
dent T. DeWitt Cuyler, will confer
with him to-morrow on the situa
tion which will confront the roads
when they are turned back to pri
vate ownership.
Must Have Raise—Shea
Mr. Shea's testimony before the
wage board revealed that the union
men consider President Wilson's re
striction on any general wage ad
vances as only temporary, inasmuch
as existing rates of pay were de
clared to be entirely inadequate.
"There Is an increase due to fire
men and hostlers and thev have
got to have it," Mr. Shea told the
board. "If I cannot get it out of
this conference, it may be necessary
to use other means, but I am going
to get it."
Plans Completed For
Roosevelt Memorial
Preparations are being made for
a campaign to secure members for
the Roosevelt Memorial Association,
the committee of the Dauphin coun
ty branch meeting again last night
to discuss plans for the work.
It was decided to accept subscrip
tions for membership at headquar
ters on the second floor at 331 Mar
ket street. To become a life mem
ber of the association It is only nec
essary to pay sl, but larger con
tributions will be accepted. Mem
bership certificates will be issued
from New York. The money which
is raised will be sent to the New
York headquarters and will be used
to Improve the park which is pro
vided at Oyster Bay in honor of
Roosevelt and to erect a monument
at Washington.
Mayor Keister endorsed the move
ment to secure members for the
memorial association and also urged
residents of the city to attend the
public meeting next Monday evening
in the Chestnut Street Hall, when
Roosevelt's birthday anniversary will
be observed with a program of mu
sic amd addrAsuuut.
Wilson, in Another Letter, Urges Public Representatives to
Continue Work; Hopes They Can Formulate Program
Acceptable to Both Capital and Labor
By Associated Press .
Washington, Oct. 23.—Out of the
wreck of the National industrial j
Conference, President Wilson to-day |
sought to build new machinery to ]
bring about industrial peace in the
country. In a message to Chairman
Lane he asked that the public repre-,
sentatives in the Conference continue;
their work and to make a report to!
The President and other adminis-1
tration officials hope the public'
delegates, who were appointed by]
Mr. Wilson, and who represent both i
employers and workers, can formu-]
late a pragram which will be ac-j
ceptable to capital and labor.
New Conference
After announcing that he had re
ceived President Wilson's message,!
Chairman Lane declared the Nation-I
al Industrial Conference as original- 1
ly constituted adjourned, and im-j
mediately called the members of'
the public group into session as a I
new conference.
Gompors Reiterates
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor in a
statement to-day. reiterated that un
less the employers' group in tho
Conference agreed to the declara
Premature Blast Frustrates
Attempt to Shatter Cars
With 100 Aboard
By Associated Press
Charleroi, Pa., Oct. 23.—What is
believed by the police to have been
a plot to blow up a train carrying
100 employes of the Pittsburgh Steel
Products Conipany, of Allenport,
was prevented by premature explo
sion of a bomb placed beside the
tracks of the Pennsylvania railroad
at West Velle Vernon, near here
early to-day.
The explosion occurred only a few
minutes before the train reached the
It was witnessed by State troopers
who were crossing a bridge nearby.
Several men waiting for a train at
the station were hurled to the
ground by the force of the explo
sion but were uninjured.
The train carrying the 100 em
ployes was late and the police be
lieved this prevented its being blown
up. The bomb, they saw, was a timed
infernal machine set to go off at the
time the train was to pass. An in
vestigation is being made by State
police who expect to arrest the plot
Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 23. Offi
cials at the biennial convention of
district No. 19, United Mine Work
ers of America, with a membership
of over fifteen thousand stated to
day that coal production will not
cease at the mines in the local dis
trict, which have been signed under
the Plneville (Ky.) award, even if a
nation-wide strike of the bituminous
miners becomes effective November
1. These mines have been signed on
the agreement to continue the pro
duction of normal coal output dur
ing the time the negotiations are
ition that workers without disorimln-j
. ation had the right to organize, it!
I was worse than useless for labor's i
I representatives to continue the de-1
| "We have withdrawn," said Mr. I
| Gompers, "and until the conditions
, are changed, of course, that ends it
|as far as we are concerned. We
lare not jumping jacks. We are not
j only men responsible as citizens,
I but responsible to millions of work
! ers.
] "The representatives of the pub-
I lie group, largely employers and peo
| pie who have been antagonistic to
: the labor cause and labor movement,
| voted in favor of our declaration.
"Information has come to me that
the employers' group, in their con
i ference voted against the declaration
iby a majority of one. I am Quite
| convinced that those employers in
j that group who voted against the
declaration are unrepresentative of
I the intelligent fair-minded employ
j era of the country."
| President Wilson did not write a
| formal letter to the Conference. His
wishes were made known to Mr.
i Dane through Secretary Tumulty,
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1 housands to Come Here in
Next Twelve Months on
Business Trip
That Harrisburg rapidly is becom
ing the convention city of Pennsyl
vania is evidenced by the constant
acQuisition of conventions for the
city for 1920. Through the activities
of the convention committee of the
Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce,
many of these conventions are se
This morning the Chamber of
Commerce received a telegram from
Edwin D. Sollenberger, secretary of
the Pennsylvania Association of
Poor directors, announcing that the
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Governor and Other
Republicans Will Be
Guests at Reception
Governor Sproul will be the guest
of honor at the Harrisburg Republi
can Club's reception to the Republi
can candidates of Harrisburg and
Dauphin county at the North Second
street club house this morning. This
gathering will mark the formal open
ing of the fall campaign, which has
been lagging somewhat due to the
Jack of opposition to the Republican
nominees. The reception is an an
nual affair and is one of the biggest
political meetings of the year, bring
ing together men from all over the
city and county prominent in Repub
lican affairs.
Among the speakers this evening
will be Dleutenant Governor Beldle
man. Auditor General Snyder, Deputy
Attorney General Emerson Collins
and the candidates themselves.
Reports from all over the country
Indicate a sweeping Republican ma
jority of proportions seldom equaled
In any off year.
United Mine Workers For
mally Refuse Offers of Sec
retary Wilson, Seeking to
Avert Nov. 1 Walkout
Lewis Declares Proposition
Indefinite, and Inadequate;
Favorable to Operators, but
Men Are Dissatisfied
By Associated Press
Washington, Oct. 23.—The United
Mine Workers of America to-day
formally rejected the proposal by
Secretary Wilson for settlement of
the coal strike called (or Novem
ber 1.
John L. Lewis, president of the
miners' organization. announced
that the proposal was indellnite, in
adequate, and'failed to meet the sit
uation. He added that he would so
report to the joint conference this
Score Proposition
Officers of the United Mine Workers
of America, in a formal statement de
clared Secretary Wilson's proposition
and the proposition of the operators are
not only alike but both follow exactly
the lines laid down by Senator Freling
huysen in his speech in the Senate, tn
which he understood to disclose the
basis on which the operators would
deal with the miners."
"This remarkable similarity," the
statement added "was at least an extra
ordinary coincidence."
Before the joint conference began It
was announced that the operators had
accepted the Wilson plan for settling
the strike.
Wilson's Offer
Secretary Wilson's offer, which
prevented actual disruption of the
proceedings, set forth the case as
"That wages be increased at the
expiration of the present contract
in amount equal to the differences
between increases in wages received
by mine workers since July. 1914,
and the Increase in the cost of living
since that date.
"That the increase be effective
from the termination of the present
agreement until March 31, 4#20.
"That on these conditions the
strike order be withdrawn and that
the miners continue at work on
these terms; that negotiations be
entered into at the usual time for
making the new scale effective after
March 31, 1920."
The silence that prevailed during
the reading of the terms on which
Mr. Wilson hoped to settle the strike
was rudely broken by a quick de
mand from John L. Lewis, presi
dent of the United Mine Workers
of America, that the Secretary ex
plain what he meant in the opening
paragraph of his statement concern
ing "expiration of the present con
The Secretary, bearing in mind
that this was one of the principal
issues in dispute, said it would be a
matter for negotiation. The miners
have contended that the war-time
wage agreement under which they
have been working ended with the
armistice, while operators argue
that it will hold until peace is
formally declared by ratification of
the Treaty.
Proceedings Stormy
At times during yesterday the pro
ceedings were stormy, with half a
dozen delegates trying to speak at
once. There was an exciting mo
ment when President Lewis crossed
swords with Secretary Wilson over
remarks attributed to the latter by
Senator Frelinghuysen, of New Jer--
sey, in an address in the Senate Tues
day. Senator Frelinghuysen was
quoted as saying that Mr. Wilson
told the Senate Interstate Commerce
Committee that demands of the mine
workers were impossible and the
miners wanted an explanation.
Mr. Wilson explained cheerfully,
saying he was talking in a private
meeting, and that he had said de
mands of both miners and operators
were impossible. The statement by
the Secretary was satisfactory to the
miners' delegation, and later in the
day, in a statement to newspaper
j men, Lewis sharply attacked Sena
tor Frelinghuysen "for deliberate
misrepresentation of the facts."
President Wilson Is
Making Satisfactory
Progress to Recovery
Washington, Oct. 23. President
Wilson is making satisfactory progress
as is possible in the circumstances his
physicians said to-day. They issued
this bulletin:
"White House. Oct. 23, 1919, 12 o'clock.
"The President is making as satis
factory progress as is possible In the
circumstances. No new symptoms have
Unless President Wilson's executive
activity of yesterday showed ill effects
upon the patient, the prohibition en
forcement bill with the Department of
Justice's opinion on its constitutionality
was to be laid before him late to-day.
Turn Clocks Back
Washington, Oct. 23. Railroad
officers and employes have been
instructed to turn their watches
back one hour at 2 a. m. next Sun
day when the daylight saving law
becomes Inoperative, Director Gen
eral Hines said to-day. Trains In
terminals when the change occurs
will be held until the scheduled
time of departure under the new
To Citizens, School Directors, Superintendents, Teachers and the
Children of the Commonwealth:
Conforming to a practice which has been wisely followed in
Pennsylvania for many years, it is my privilege to designate a day
in the month of October to be appropriately observed as Arbor Day.
Under the law, such a day must also 'be observed as Bird Day. 1,
therefore, hereby designate as the
Autumn Arbor Day and Bird Day
Friday, October 24, 1919
There is no State in the Union whose natural resources are more
varied or more valuable than the natural resources of Pennsylvania.
A noted writer recently referred to our Commonwealth as the "In
dustrial Titan of America." The industrial supremacy of the State
depends in a large measure upon her coal, iron, forests and rivers.
The vast mountain forests, the numerous rivers and streams and our
delightful have made the land of Penn the abode of a large
•variety of summer and of winter birds. The birds exercise a great
influence upon many phases of agricultural life. The forests, streams
fand birds not only influence economic and commercial affnirs, but
tliey are agencies of great value in promoting the health, the social
conditions and the happiness of our people.
The school may not, therefore, render a greater service to the
State than to inculcate in every child Under its influence a spirit to
conserve every natural resource and to protect every useful bird.
Every citizen- of the Commonwealth should be educated to feel that
the waste of any of our natural resources is a national injury and
an offense to the good name of the State. I, therefore, suggest that
on the day set apart for the observance of the Autumn Arbor and
Bird Day that the schools co-operate with the public and with all
organizations desiring to promote the best interests of the State by
holding such appropriate public exercises ir.- the schools or elsewhere
as shall show the value of our natural resources, the relation which
they bear to the continued prosperity of our people, the vital neces
sity of their conservation and how many of those which have already
been depleted may be in part at least ultimately restored. Where -
an- adequate number of trees have been planted on the school
grounds, it is suggested that the school authorities co-operate with
the highway authorities ir.- planting trees along the highways. The
children and the adults will get much pleasure and will render a great
service in perfecting plans which will extend to the winter birds a
cordial invitation to remain with us and a hearty welcome to the
summer birds on their return to us in the spring.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Want Special Meeting
of A. F. L. and Brotherhoods!
to Perfect Alliance
By A ssociaied Press
Peoria. Ills., Oct. 23. —Following the
withdrawal of the labor group from
the Industrial conference at Wash
ington. the Illinois Federation of La
bor, in convention this morning au
thorized the sending of a message to
Samuel Gompers, president of the |
American Federation of Labor, and
to members of the executive council, !
urging the immediate issuance of a
call for a special convention of the
American Federation of Labor at
The message urges that the official
representatives of the railway broth
erhoods be invited to participate, the
object of the meeting to be the per
fecting of an offensive and defensive
alliance'of the international unions of
the United States and Canada and the
railway brotherhoods. The message
assails the "steel trust" for methods
used in the present strike and says
"too long,has labor permitted these
tyrants to keep the workers on the
The message also asks that included
in the call as one of the objects of
the proposed meeting be the "levying
of an assessment upon every organ
ized worker in the United States and
Canada of not less than one fourth
of his net earnings, and upon every
officer of organized labor not less
than 50 per cent of his salary until
the objects of this drive be accom
Urges Prosecution of
Army Officers in Effort
to Regain $15,000,000
By Associated Press
Chicago, Oct. 23. Criminal
prosecution of at least a dozen Army
officers and civilians, and institution
of a civil suit for recovery of from
$13,000,000 to $15,000,000 of which
he said he figured the Government
had been mulcted in connection with
a $40,000,000 munition contract in
volving the Standard Steel Car Com
pany, of Hammond, Ind., will be
asked in its report to Congress by a
subcommittee, which has been con
ducting an investigation according to
Chairman W. Graham in a statement
made public to-day.
The big contract was for howitzer
gun carriages at $40,000 each, of
which only 200 were finished accord
ing to Congressman Graham's state
ment. "Allowing for the cost of
preparation the Government still is
mulched of between $10,000,000 and
$15,000,000 as I figure it," he said.
Says Woman Kidnaper
in Middle West Has
Possession of Boy
By Associated Press
Hamntonton, N. J., Oct. 23. A
womean kidnaper is in possession of
missing Billy Dansey somewhere in
the middle west. Prosecutor Gas
kill, of this county, made this as
sertion to-day'. Information received
by his investigators from a passenger
on a railway train leads to this bei
lief, he said.
The three-years-old child wander
ed away from his home near here
fifteen days ago. Since that time a
country-wide search has been in
U. S. Appropriates Fund
to Americanize Aliens
Washington, Oct. 23.—Legislation
designed to bring about Americanization
of alien residents was agreed upon to
-1 day by the Senate Labor Committee
which is Investigating the steel strike.
Under the new bill, which will be a
substitute for pending Americanization
measures 125,500,000 would he appro
priated annually for allocation among ;
the Btates to assist' In the education of j
foreigners. The stateß would be re
quired to contribute an equal amount, i
Mineoln, N. Y., Oct. 23.—Governor
Punyon, of New Jersey, was taken
on a flight over New York in Rear
Admiral Marfk Kerr's "Atlantic," the
big British Bradley-Page plane which
flew here recently rrom Parrosboro,
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Evergreens to Bear
Names of Men Who
Gave Lives
, Following the example o
Governor William C. Sprou.
and King Albert, of Belgium
who will plant trees in Capitol
Park to-morrow morning, the
observance of the fall Arbor
| Day in Harrisburg will culmin
i ate with a public service in Res
| ervoir Park to-morrow after
j noon at 2 o'clock at which time
; a memorial grove of evergreens
| will be planted in honor of the
soldiers and sailors of the city
j city who gave their lives in war
.Many to Take Part
1 Thousands of school children will
| be present to participate in the ex
j ercises, and delegates will also ut
: tend to represent the American
| Region, Grand Army of the llepub
| lie, Spanish-American War Veterans,
j Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chamber
| of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kiwunis
j Club, Civic Club, Daughters of the
American Revolution, Daughters of
IS 12 and similar organizations.
In addition to the program to be
given at Reservoir Park, more than
one hundred trees will be planted
on city streets by property owners.
Arrangements for this work are be
ing completed to-day by City For
ester Douis G. Baltimore. Many of
the trees to be planted will be taken
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