Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, November 15, 1919, Page 8, Image 8

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Founded 1881
published evenings except Sunday by
|M(ireyk BaUdlng, Federal Suue
iIS I I . . ,
President and Editor-in-Chief.
DTSTER, Business Manager
GUS. M. BTEINMETZ, Managing Editor
[A. R. MICHENER, Circulation Manager
Executive Board
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Our patience tcill achieve more
\han our force. —BURKE.
WE saw a shop window deco
rated in Christmas tree hang
ings yesterday and the Friday
issue of The Telegraph ran to thirty
two pages; infallible signs of the
approach of the holiday season, even
though one did not have the calen
dar at his elbow.
It is an old story, this "buy early"
cry of the shop-keepers. But this
year there is a special reason why
the careful buyer should take time
by the forelock.
The goods the merchants have
are in many lines limited in quantity.
In others they cannot be replaced.
There is a scarcity of almost every
kind of holiday merchandise, and of
many other kinds. The merchants,
once they sell what they have, will
not be able to duplicate many
articles- So, as the early bird is
pretty certain to catch the worm, so
the early shopper is going to get
What he or she desires and the others
I*lll have to be content with whnt
the clerks are fond of calling "some
thing just as good," but which sel
dom la,
"Do your Christmas shopping
There! We have performed the
annual ceremony of writing it out in
full and if you do not care to takq
advantage of this bit of free advice,
well, somebody else is going to get
what the Telegraph advertisers offer
for sale.
' Wild turkeya came In to-day—not
wery many of them, but still they
came in.
THE Y. M. C. A. and the Y. W.
C. A. organizations In Harris
burg are doing a good work
In planning extensions for the col
ored men and women, and boys and
girls of the city. The colored people
have shown a disposition to help
themselves. They have taken the
Initiative and have made the request
for co-operation. They are entitled
to all the assistance the two boards
can give them.
In time, doubtless, these branches
will have buildings of their own,
With study halls, recreation rooms
and gymnasiums. But those who
are to be benefited must show theiv
continued and practical interest if
this is to be brought about, and they
must be content to do what the older
"Y" organizations did in their form
ative periods begin in a small way
and build up.
Some folks down Philadelphia way i
appear to be surprised that Mr. Moore
balleves that he and he alone was
elected mayor.
v NE of the most important items
f 1 In the findings of the Senate
committee which investigated
the steel strike is this recommenda
tion relative to proper housing:
Aid through the Federal Oov
ment and the industries to make
Industrial workers home-owners.
More than merely good housing
provisions hang on that issue. Make
a man a home-owner and you make
Of him a responsible citizen. He
then has a share in the wealth of
the community. He has learned
something of the rights of property.
He can better understand what capi
tal means when it says It cannot
afford to earn nothing on its in
vestment. It makes him more con
fident of his own rights.
The home-owner is a solid, self
raspecttng citizen. He by very virtue
of his holdings becomes a factor of
Influence for good. He is neither a
wealthy man nor a pauper. He Is
B member of the great middle class
Which holds the balance of power
always In America. His Judgment
la always more nearly correct than
that of the extremist of the capital
ists class or the radical laborite,
for his Interests all He in the direc
tion 9t honesty, fair-dealing and
common sense. His perspective Is
By all means help the working
man to own his own home, both for
his own sake and In the Interests of
good citizenship. The time has come
when we must-make property own
ing simple and a home comparatively
easy to acquire. Tho whole tendency
Of real estate laws and transactions
has been toward complications that
confuse the uninitiated, and so many
men have been taken advantage of
by sharks that many a man is "gun
shy" when It comes to real estate
dealing. For the good of all con
cerned, the process of home-buying
must be made simpler and the pur
chaser, so far as possible, guaran
teed against the possibility of losing
his investment.
Now they are talking. The owners
and miners both have decided to re
duce their demands in the interests of
the public.
THE other day the Telegraph
started out to analyze the pro
hibition vote in Ohio. At that
time it was announced the State
had gone "wet" by some 25,000.
Before what had been written
reached the public, the returns
seemed to show that the "drys" had
carried the State by some 30,000.
And, now that the official vote has
has been recorded, wo are just as
much in doubt as to what the elec
tion means as we were during the
hectic period of uncertainty just
This is what happened:
The voters turned down the Na
tional prohibition amendment by a
few hundred majority.
They declined to repeal the state
prohibition amendment by 27,000
They voted against prohibition en
forcement in the state.
In other words, they voted both
for and against booze. They want
their state "dry" and the Nation
"wet" and they don't want any laws
compelling the state to be "dry."
If either the prohibitionists or
the rum element can get any satis
faction out of those returns they are
welcome to it. The vote may mean
anything or nothing, and we are
inclined to the latter view, unless
one Is to conclude that the electorate
of Ohio either lias gone stark, star
ing crazy or that the saloons were
selling something more potent than j
2.75 beer there on election day.
Householders in the United
Kingdom are barred from enter
taining their mothers-in-law or
other guests longer than four
weeks, by an order from the min
istry of food.— * ~mdon Dispatch.
THE English evidently have taken
the American mother-in-law
joke seriously. That's the trou
ble with our British brethren; the
American's Jest becomes the En
glishman's fact and then —as they
say in London —there is the very
deuce to pay. .... ~ 0
Now everybody knows that the
real, genuine, simon-pure American
mother-in-law is the staunchest
friend the American married man
has in all the great wide world. She
will do anything for him, from darn
ing his socks in a way that puts the
best efforts of his loving wife to
shame, to defending him single
handed against the world. Site will
work overtime cooking his favorite
dishes, and keep the babies while
he and his helpmeet hie themselves
off to the movies. She will take his
side of a family jar at the drop of
the diat any day and let her daugh
ter know in crisp and biting sen
tences that she never deserved so
good a husband, and serve her right
If he up and left her, or words to
that general effect.
If we lived in England we'd Just
naturally have to break the law, for
the kind of mother-in-law we have
over here is a blessing to any house
and four weeks is all too short a
visiting period for such as she. Life
is Just like one long vacation when
the American mother-in-law comes
along to add the bright efTulgence
of her charming presence to our
homes. We huve our own unvoiced
opinion of the fellow who Is fool
ish enough to quarrel with his wife's
SENATOR PENROSE spoke in the
Senate yesterday in an effort to
revive the tariff on foreign
made dye-stuffs.
He wanted to save our dye in
dustry from the cheap labor pro
ducts of Germany.
Senator Dial opposed him and
prevented the bill coming up.
Yes, Senator Dial is a Democrat.
Yes, he is a Southerner; from
South Carolina.
No. South Carolina has no dye
Yes, South Carolina has a lot of
child labor cotton factories.
Does South Carolina want cheap
labor German dyes to color Its
cheap-labor cotton goods?
We don't know, but there's no
harming in guessing. Is there, Sena
tor Dial?
yesterday. Her death is
worthy of more than passing
mention. For fifty years she taught
school In Harrlsburg. For fifty
years her business was the mak
ing of good citizens. From the day
of her graduation from the Bchools
of Harrlsburg she devoted all her
time and thought to leading boys
and girls In the way they should go.
Many of her generation won more ;
renown, many attained to a higher
place In the social scale, many
earned more money, but who shall
say that any of them wrought more
worthily or with results more Im
Some of her schoolmates, us has
been said, won fame and tome
places of prominence in society, but
she won the affection of childish
hearts and an influence in their
lives. Some others made money, but
she made men and women. And she
worked hard and lovingly; worked
up to the very last.
All of which may afford the rest
of us food for reflection.
fMUet U
By the Ex-Committeeman
Mercantile appraiserships are
commencing to loom up pretty
largely on the horizon of
county leaders, owing to the fact that
this winter for the first time ap
pointment of these officers will be
in the hands of the Auditor General
instead of the commissioners of the
various counties. This change was
brought about by the act of 1919,
which was planned to centralize the
collection of State taxes so that
there might be uniformity and ef
ficiency in collection of what is
Father Penn's share.
Numerous suggestions are com
mencing to be made about the ap
pointees, but Auditor General
Charles A. Snyder appears to be
pretty successful about keeping his
own counsel. He says that no one
has been decided upon and that in
due seuson the mon will be named.
One story is that some district ap
praisers may be named who are to
be in charge of groups of counties
as supervisors. In some of the larger
counties it is probnble that men who
have been in charge of appraisal
work will be selected as the first
'men to be appointed by the Auditor
General under the new act. This
will be true in Philadelphia and
Lackawanna counties.
—ln Philadelphia newspapers
which were busy speculating nbout
the mayor-elect's cabinet have been
i busy picking out the men to com
prise the board of mercantile ap
praisers. Names of J. L. Baldwin,
the former State tire marshal, and
Sheriff Harry C. Rnnsley are among
men mentioned for the Flnley va
—At Soranton it is said that the
Auditor General will name George
Davis to be made chief ol' the bureau j
in Lackawanna and that P. V.
Scanlon and Snnford Phillips, of the
Auditor General's office, may be
transferred to Seronton from this
city. Regarding these and other ap
pointments the Scranton Repub
lican says:
"These appointments, it is said,
were decided upon following a con
ference of the Republican lenders
of the county and give added color
to the story that all factions of the
party, as far as Lackawanna county
is concerned, are united. It was
also announced from authoritative
sources yesterday that Col. D. J.
Davis, who saw service in France
with the 28th Division and returned
as its chief of staff, is to be named
as counsel to the Workmen's Com
pensation Board in this district to
succeed Attorney H. C. Hubler, the
present incumbent. The appointment
is to bo made by Gov. William C.
Sproul and will be announced within
a short time. The office pays $3,000
a year. Mr. Hubler has held it for
several years."
—People connected with the
Capitol police force aire* still suffer
ing from the shock of a young: man
who got his ideas twisted in re
gard to employment. This young
caller, who came from a central
county, got an idea that the State
employment agencies were to secure
men for the State service. The Com
monwealth of Pennsylvania, so far
as recollection of the oldest attache I
of the Capitol, has never been forced |
to go to employment agencies to get i
people for its positions. Generally, I
it has needed people to keep appli
cants at a safe distance. The man I
who did not understand dropped in |
at the building and asked the first |
policeman on duty about the em- •
ployment bureau. He was told where
to find it, but he got into the office
of the guides instead and nsked
which lob was better—guide, polico
man or elevator man. He finally
confided that he bad not made up
his mind and would let the man in
charge know after a four of the
building. He was gently, but firmly
wakened up and sent to the State
Employment Agency, near the Cap
itol, where they list men for iron
• and steel mills and other estab
lishments, but not for Father Peon's
pay roll.
—ln all probability the Attorney
General's Department will be asked
to decide the situation in regard to
the Buperintendency of State po
lice. Col. John C. Groome, who re
cently returned to civil life, after
having been two years in the Army,
is said to hold that he is superin
tendent and'not to need a recom
mission as he did not resign, but
went into the Army on leave from
the State. It is improbable that the
State Treasury will send him a check
for full pay until it gets some legal
light. The records show that the
colonel was re-appointed and re
commissioned as superintendent of
police May 1, 1917, for a period of
four years. He did not resign and
was on leave. During his absence
Captain George C. Lumti, the deputy
superintendent, was named as act
ing superintendent and Is still filling
that place.
Col. John Pripe Jackson, who re
signed as commissioner of Labor and
Industry, was reappointed and re
commlssioned for four years from
June 2, 1917.
In the cases of other State officials
and attaches in the Army under the
act of 1917, allowing leave with halt
pay up to certain amounts, they re
turned to their positions sbme time
Hills of Home
Name me no names for my disease,
With unlnforming breath:
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death—
Homesick for hills that I had
For brooks that I had crossed.
Before I met this flesh and bone
And followed and was lost. * *
And though they break my heart at
Yet name no name of ills,
Say only, "Here is where he passed,
Seeking again those hills."
—Witter Bynner in Jessie B. Rttten
house's "Book of Modern Verse"
(Houghton-Mifflin Co.)
Cardinal's Property Sold
[From the London Times]
Moor Park, once owned by Car
dinal Wolsey and where Henry VIII
held clandestine meetings with Anne
Boleyn before the King obtained a
divorce from* Katherlne, has finally
been sold by Lord Ebury to Lord
' Leverhulmo for one and one-half
i million dollars.
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Suppose Farmers Strike
[From Successful Farming.]
The farmers keep their heads
when all others fly off the track.
We ask city workers to ponder a mo
ment what might happen if the
farmers should do what the workers
are doing—demanding shorter hours
and higher pay. The farmers are
their own bosses so they would not
have to quarrel with anybody. They
could hold out on strike until they
got good and ready, for they can
feed themselves.
You working city fellows, suppose
for a moment that the farmers
adopted the eight-hour day. It
would cut down production at least
half. Suppose they also set a price
on their labor and their products
based on an eight-hour basic scale.
Where would you get your food?
Only the rich could buy it at all, for
the price would be prohibitive to
men on strike. If the cost of living
is too high now, how will lessened
production affect it? How will in
creased cost of production bring
prices down? You live now because
the farmers have gone on produc
ing, working nearer sixteen hours a
day than eight hours. You can buy
food because the farmers have not
gone on strike, have not ceased to
produce, have not cornered the mar
ket and said "we demand so much
for our products or we won't work."
If you city workers expect the
farmers to go on feeding you at the
old price you have to get back to
work at the old wage and make it
possible for the farmer to buy
cheaper so he can produce cheaper.
This Is not a one-sided game. It
takes two to play it and if you city
fellows quit, don't get sore if you
go hungry soon. Either the farmers
must do as you are doing, shorten
the hours and demand higher pay,
or else you must lengthen the hours
and produce more without more pay.
The farmers have been patient
with you. When they lose their pa
tience, look out. You have already
taken their help. If they quit, too,
who is going to feed you. What city
workers have in common with farm
ers is not so much political as eco
nomic, What are you going to do
about it?
Motor Bus Lines
[From the Washington Star.]
Experiments are to be tried with
motor buses operating on three
routes from points in the northeast
ern section of the city to central
traffic points. Permits for the run
ning of these lines of motor vehicles
have been granted by the utilities
commission, under a prior ruling fix
ing a maximum fare of 10 cents. The
specific fares charged on these lines
may be less than that sum. It re
mains now to be seen whether at a
fare approximately the same as that
charged by the street cars, these lines
can be conducted profitably.
When the city was heavily con
gested, with daily car riders in ex
cess of the capacity of the lines dur
ing the rush hours, such accommo
dations would have been of the
highest value. The congestion has
now been materially relieved, mainly
by the departure of many of the
wartime workers from the Govern
ment service, and in part by the ad
dition of further facilities to the
street car service. Thus the demand
for more traffic accommodation is
less now than it was a year ago.
though more cars still are needed
and are being supplied from time to
time. Will the new facilities supply
a need in the matter of moving the
people to and from work morning
and evening?
Competition with the existing car
lines will not succeed unless the
service is speedier and more com
fortable and at least as cheap. If
the fare is higher the accommoda
tion afforded must be materially
greater than that given by the car
lines. Prejudice against the street
railway companies will not hold
great numbers of patrons continu
ously in line to their financial dis
The spring will come when the year
As if no winter had been.
But what shall I do with a locked
That lets no new year in?
The birds will go when the fall goes,
The leaves will fade in the field.
But what shall I do with an old love
Will neither die nor yield?
Oh! youth will turn as the world
And" dim grow laughter and pain
But how shall I hide from an old
I never may dream again?
—Margaret Widdemer in Jessie B.
lllßenhouae's "Book of Modern
'.VerM" (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
. # •
Attitude of Governor Coolidge Toward Striking Police in
Contrast With Wilson
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12. —As the
result of the four guberna
torial elections held in Massa
chusetts, Kentucky, Maryland and
New Jersey the Republicans of the
House and Senate are viewing with
equanimity but not overcontidence
the campaign of 1920.
By an increase of his majority
from 17,000 to 124,000 Governor
Calvin Coolidge was re-elected in
Massachusetts. This was a direct
slap at President Wilson in more
ways than one. He had taken au
opposite stand from that of Governor
Coolidge. The Washington police
had sought to become affiliated with
the American Federation of Labor.
Commissioner Brownlow had threat
ened to dismiss them. The Presi
dent, then on his tour of the West,
wired Brownlow that he should de
sist until after the meeting of the
Industrial _ Conference. The confer
ence came and blew up. In the
meantime Coolidge fired all the
striking policemen. The people
backed him up. Then the President
wired Coolidge that the upholding
of law and order has no partisan
ship. This courage of the Governor
of Massachusetts was the chief is
sue of the campaign, and the Re
publican party won by the largest
majority in its history. Another ele
ment in the election, though a minor
one, was the attitude of Senator
Lodge on the League of Nations,
and he, too, was sustained.
In Kentucky there was a great
overturn. Ed. Morrow, the Repub
lican candidate for Governor, was
swept in by 30,000 majority. He
had declared that the league as
drawn up at Versailles did not suit
him without reservations. Black, his
Democratic opponent, confessed to
having swallowed the document en
tire. The result was never in doubt,
and it means that Kentucky will
be in the Republican column next
In New Jersey the result was due
Tip to Investors
The value of a dollar
Has shrunk an awful lot.
A lot of people holler
That little can be got
For any hundred pennies
In these expensive days;
And certainly not many's „
The bargain true that stays—
But there's one!!
In buying coke or collars
Or furnitOre or food
One finds that single dollars
Do very little good.
Each neighbor gayly whittles
Your dollar down some pence,
Until for clothes or victuals
It looks like forty cents—
Excepting one.
There's one place where your dollar
Will buy as much to-day
As ever —come, let's waller
In bargains while we may!
There's one place where each one
Is worth ten times its face,
And if you're worth a gunshot
You'll hurry to that place—
The Red Cross!
—Lee Shipley.
Fashion Note.
[From the Philadelphia Record.]
American women may soon be
wearing knickerbockers. Miss A.
Sheer thinks so, and she wears 'em.
She has just arrived from Rotter
dam, Holland, and the nether gar
ments she wore when she landed
were not unlike those once effected
by the good burghers of New Am
sterdam. "There is really no rea
sonable argument against pantaloons
for women," she says. But, of
course, reason has nothing whatever
to do with feminine fashions or
follies. If the women make up
their minds that the knlckerbockeis
are cute, they'll become fashionable.
The men folk won't be surprised at
anything of that sort—they are past
either surprise or shock.
You're Thinking of Week Ago
[From Cartoons Magazine]
Browne —Norton's wife used to be
very thin and now she is quite stout.
What caused the change I wonder?
Towne—Divorca. This isn't the
sams wltel
somewhat to the shifting of Presi
dent Wilson on the liquor question.
Edwards, the Democratic candidate
for Governor, had during the cam
paign announced that if elected he
would make the state as "wet'' as
the Atlantic; that he would do all in
his power to nullify the National
prohibition act. He did not merely
announce this from the stump; he
said it over his own signature in
a formal declaration. In the midst
of the Campaign the President vetoed
the war prohibition section of the
enforcement bill. Congress promptly
upheld the law and passed it over
his veto. The damage was done,
however, as many of the voters of
New Jersey were led to believe that
it would be possible by the com
bined efforts of the Democratic Gov
ernor and the Democratic President
to nullify the new law. They did
not know the promise was entirely
for election purposes and as fruit
less as "he kept us out of war."
Hence the Republican majority, built
upon National issues, was wiped out
and a 14,000 Democratic majority
put in its place. Because this was
done to a local and specious issue,
the Republicans here attach no im
portance to it in relation to next
Maryland went Democratic by a
few hundred on issues which were
not National. So close a result and
so great a reduction from recent
Democratic majorities give the Re
publican leaders the practical cer
tainty of carrying the state in the
National election of next year.
Incidentally, Murphy's Tammany
judges were overthrown in New
York, solely by the assistance of the
Republican party. Major LaGuardla,
the Republican member of the
House who volunteered in the war
and became an aviator on the Aus
trian front, was choßen president of
the Board of Aldermen. In New
York and other states the Repub
licans gained in the State Legisla
Quite Right
[From the Altoona Tribune.]
Governor Sproul is entirely right
when he suggests that it is bad
policy for any company of citizens
to take the law into their own
hands for the purpose of depriving
their community of the presence of
obnoxious agitators. It is Just as
wrong for one company of citizens to
violate law as it is for another. Law
lessness is never justifiable. It is as
much out of place when practiced
by the agents of a corporation as
when indulged in by strikers. Every
good citizen respects the authority of
law. Those who undertake to set
law aside for the purpose of getting
at strike promoters do as wrongly
as the ignorant alien who indulges
in violence as a side issue to a strike
in which he has engaged. We be
lieve in the utmost freedom of ac
tion except under extraordinary cir
cumstance. We oppose raids upon
companies of peaceable men and
we believe it is a mistake to pro
hibit orderly meetings. Nor is it less
a violation of f£he constitutional pro
vision granting to citizens the right
to peaceably assemble for the dis
cussion of public questions.
New Wants Air Head
The creation of a new Department
of Air, the head of which shall have
a seat in the President's cabinet, is
provided in a bill introduced in the
Senate by Senator Harry New, of
It is proposed by the Indiana Sen
ator that it shall be the province of
the Department of Air to develop
and promote all matters pertaining
to aeronautics, including the collec
tion and dissemination of informa
tion relating to them; shall purchase,
manufacture and maintain all air
craft for the United States; and shall
perform all duties in relation to the
air service which have heretofore
been assigned to the War, Postofflce,
Navy and Treasury Departments.
Included in the bill is a provision
for the creation of an aeronautical
academy, to correspond to those at
West Point and Annapolis, for the
training of cadets in the science of
Senator New is of the view that
Great Britain, France and Japan £he
rapidly developing their aircraft, and
that the United States, to keep pace
with them, must also do so.
* W).
Pie and Bolshevism
[From the New York Sun.]
There are some magnates who
will bet that, if the real truth were
known, pie is at the bottom of most
of the present industrial unrest and
also has been a prolific source of
increase In general taxation.
For instance, It has been dellnitely
determined that the higher in price
pie goes tho higher go taxes, rents,
gas bills, clothing, insurance and
taxation. The world has been edu
| cated to believe that the price of
j bread was the unfailing barometer
i of a country's industrial status, but
I that theory has been shattered, say
those who dispense confections of
pumpkin, peach, custard and the
salubrious meringue.
A pie that sold January 1, 1916,
for ten cents in the bakery now
brings $1.20 at most of the cafes and
buffets in the downtown and uptown
districts. Four years ago one was
served with a quarter of a pie for a
nickel in the cheaper class of res
taurants; the price now is a dime;
and. In many cases, pending on the
genius, one-twelfth of a pie brings
fifteen cents.
"Ninety-nine out of every hundred
laboring men and women in the
nation ate inveterate pie consumers"
said one restaurant owner. "They
can get along without a beef or ham
sandwich and will overlook the ab
sence of cakes and puddings and
even coffee in their dinner baskets,
but they expect pie to be always on
1 hand.
"A half a pie in a lunch basket
represents a substantial investment
nowadays, and the pie is ether cut
out or cut down. This, of course,
. spells discontent. Cake, doughnuts,
i cream puffs, cinnamon rolls, sand
: wiches or eggs could never stir up
: half the trouble pie has stirred up
• these last three years."
Why He Left
[From Cartoons Magazine.]
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Fed
eral judge in Chicago, has a wealth,
of poise. He sits through long
stretches of litigation, apparently
lost in some maze of abstraction on
the other side of the moon, but he
never misses what is going on. And
suddenly he will break in when at
torneys arte wrangling, or a witness
isn't speaking well, and with a judi
cious question or some pertinent ad
vice, will readjust the court mechan
ism and set it running smoothly
again. x
One hot day the Federal prose
cutor was examining a witness In
Judge Landis' court, and wasn't mak
ing much progress. The witness was
an itinerant printer.
"Where were you working in Janu
ary of that year?" asked the prose
"On the Texarkana Bugle," re
, plied the witness.
"How long did you stay?"
"Two months."
"Why did you leave?"
, "The editor and I disagreed on a
groat National question."
, "Where did you work next?"
"On the Joplin News-Herald. I
, was there seven weeks."
"Why did you leave?"
"The editor and I disagreed on a
; great national question."
! Three other Jobs were mentioned,
, and each time the printer explained
his leaving with the same phrase.
Then Judge Landis sat up In his
chair and raised a hand.
t "Walt a minute," he commanded.
i "What was this great national ques
| tion?"
, "Prohibition," said the witness.
t About Daly
[From Cartoons Magazine]
Thomas Augustine Daly, the poet,
who has done so much to make
known the dreams of the Italian
immigrant to America, resides in
J Philadelphia, where he is spoken of
! as the best looking Italian the Irish
j race has produced.
; Recently he was co-host to the
American Press Humorists. One of
the New York humorists, who writes
j news as well as funny stuff for a
living, scented a story the minute he
landed In town—prison scandal.
Some politicians were trying to
make a goat of Warden Robert
McKenty at Eastern penitentiary.
The visiting newspaperman spoke
to Tom Daly about the matter.
"You go out and see Bob
McKenty," said Daly. "He's a good
Indian. Tell him you're a friend of
mine and he'll give you anything
he's got."
I So the New Yorker went out to
t the penitentiary. He interrupted a
conference In which the warden
t was taking part. McKenty came out
into the corridor,
t "I'm a friend of Tom Daly's—"
B! began the newspaperman.
II "Well, you can't see him now,"
a said the warden. "He's out in the
I shoe factory naakis' sheen."
lEtmttng (Eljat
It is Good-Bye to the midday
can." The much-taiked-of dinner
pail is fast passing into history. If
you have any doubts about this,
take a stroll some day about noon
to some place where many men
are at work on buildings or In
ditches. Of course, you will find a
few dinner pails and a sprinkling of
lunch boxes, but sixty per cent, of
the working: men when they leave
home in the mornings carry their
midday meals in a bag or small
packages. This is not all. If you
watch closely you will see most of
the men take from some secluded
spot a bottle of milk. Others, when
the whistle blows or the foreman
calls a halt to "eat," will rush to a
nearby store and buy a bottle of
m "JV There was a time when many
a dinner pail was emptied of its
contents and used for beer. No
more beer for the working man on
duty near a saloon. It Is now milk,
an< \_ moß t of them drink a quart
each day. Retail dealers vouch for
this. Many milk deliveries through
out the city now include stops at
places where men are working. One
man said the other day, "I always
like something cool to drink after
working with a pick and shovel for
four or five hours. Milk lilts the
• • •
Spencer C. Gilbert, in his reminis
cent talk on Harrisburg when he was
a boy before the Dauphin County
Historical Society the other evening,
referred to the changes in business
that had come over Ilarrisburg and
how in spite of the rise and fall of
various types of distinctive industry,
this city had always retained its
prominence as a transportation cen
ter. It is its geographical position
that has enabled Harrisburg to. grow
and to grow so firmly into the busi
ness scheme of the State unci it is
this lact that is going to make its
future so great as a center of dis
tribution. Mr. Gilbert mentioned
the fact that the place had Us in
ception because of its position on
routes and then referred in turn to
the trading, coaching and lumber
businesses which developed in turn
and how with them had come tex
tiles, iron and steel. But it is
the distribution advantages, said he,
that are making Harrisburg and will
continue to make it. "The big con
cerns that carry the large advertise
ments have their depots here, and
more are coming because Harris
burg's advantages in that direction
are well nigh perfect," said he. The
talk by Mr. Gilbert and A. Carson
Stamm's valuable discussion of the
school systems in Harrisburg, past
and present, are the beginning of a
series of talks by men who have
been making this city which will be
continued throughout the winter at
the rooms of the Society in the old
Kelker mansion, which was tk®
heart of the business district a cen
tury ago.
Hie State Capitol register which
is ulwnys an interesting: book to scnn
and which bears tho names of peo
ple from every state and almost ev
ery clime tells some things about the
developments among nations. For
instance, there have been people
registered from Poland and Czecho
slovakia, which would have been un
heard of a few years ago. Probably
one of the most significant of the
registrations was by a man and wife
from Pekin. They appended North
China after the name of the ancient
capital. Another registration that
commanded attention was from Tri
este, Italy.
Remarks by Dr. George H. Ashley,
the State Geologist, about the fut.il• ••
of boring for oil in this neck of the
woods, brings to mind the fact that
Dr. J. P. Lesley and other notable
authorities on the geology of Penn
sylvania, always warned people that
the conditions did not favor the dis
covery of oil in paying quantities
east of the Blue Ridge. Yet some
years ago oil was sought in an op
eration, that is painfully remember
ed by some Harrisburgers, right at
the city' -rates. Some traces were
discovered near what is now Wild
wood Park and a well was rigged
up and sun-k, heing watched by a
committee which saw visions of fast
horses and winters in Florida. The
apparatus lay in the weather fof
years aftfcr the people got tired pay
ing for the experiment.
"The other night you printed some
interesting matter about the passing
of old streets in the Capitol Park
extension and I was taken by the
references to colloquiAl names of
thoroughfares. Why didn't you re
fer to the old name of Poplar
street?" asked a friend yesterday.
When told that the nickname had
slipped, he replied, "Remember it?
Yes, you cnn. It used to be called
Ramcat alley."
Major-elect J. Hampton Moore,
who finds time to handle some of his
old Job, newspaper work, in a
column in the Evening Ledger, says:
"Major William B. Gray, at one time
connected with Pennsylvania Rail
road contract work and recently in
the service of Uncle Ham, has com
pleted a report on the navigability
of the Susquehanna River. This
has gone to Colonel J. J. Loving,
United States engineer in charge at
Baltimore. The major believes the
Susquehanna capable of great public
service, once it is properly improved,
and in this opinion he seems to be
backed up by Secretary Woodward,
of the Department of Internal Af
fairs, whose recent statement on
Susquehanna River commerce and
industry is worth perusal."
Dr. Thomas Lynch Montgomery,
the State Librarian, is to be the
speaker at the November meeting of
the Church Historical Society in
Philadelphia, one of the most im
portant of the societies in that city
and will discuss the Episcopal
Church in the State. This is the
second society that has asked Dr.
Montgomery to speak in that city
within a month.
—Seward E. Button, the Btate
chief of mines, has been elected
president of the Ptttston District
Mining Institute, composed of people
active in the study of mining in that
section of Luzerne county.
—Col. Franklin D'Olier, new head
of the American Legion, is a Phila
delphia business man, and rose in
the quartermaster's corps during
the war. He is of Quaker descent.
—That Harrisburg is a
manufacturer of pretzel-
—Early assessors' lists Bhow more
j than thirty taverns In Harrisburg
oon after the town began to grow.