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    End of Coal Miners' Strike h Believed Near as Operators Show Disposition to liaise Wages
LXXXVIII— No. 288 20 PAGES Da Xtte c r ep at o&TSt a Sa S rr?.°?£r ,aM HARRISBURG, PA. THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, 1919. on V b^p "SSfcfcSSf* HOME EDITION
Senate Committee Wants
Him to Appear; Will
Act on Resolution
By Assnf iutcd Press
Washington, Dec. 4.—Secretary Lansing will be called before
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before action is taken
on the resolution of Senator Fall, Republican, New Mexico, re
questing President Wilson to sever diplomatic relations with
Mexico. The committee hopes to have the Secretary before itj
later to-day.
Decision to call Mr. Lansing for a discussion of tße.Mexican j
question was reached by the committee after a two hours' ses-j
>ion behind closed doors.
Henry P. Fletcher, American am
bassador to Mexico, was before the
committee to-day to give his views
on the Mexican situation. The dis
cussion was said to have revealed
considerable difference of opinion
among committee members regard
ing the best method of protecting
American interests in the southern
When the committee recessed,
Senators said the whole situation
was in an uncertain state. Senator
Hitchcock. of Nebraska, aeting
Democratic leader, said the admin
istration Senators had not taken any
definite stand against the resolu
tion but wanted the committee to
be fully advised before a course Was
decided upon.
Want All Facts
Republican members of the com
mittee were understood to have fa
vored the resolution, but then join
ed with the Democrats in preparing
to get all the facts from Secretary
Ranging before reporting to the Sen
Support of Congress
Senator Hitchcock introduced a
substitute resolution in the commit
tee which besides authorizing the ;
President to break diplomatic rela- ]
tions with Mexico, would pledge sup
port of Congress to him in any sub
sequent action he might decide
upon. Senators said much of the
committee's time was taken up with
a discussion of the phraseology of
the resolutions. The chief reason for
summoning Secretary Lansing, it
was said, was to place the two pro
posals before him.
Answers Questions
Ambassador Fletcher, it was un
derstood. did not directly endorse
either the Fall resolution or the
Hitchcock substitute. He answered
many questions about the State De
partment's course in recent negotia
tions with Mexico in which he has
had an active part.
Virtually all of these questions
had to do with the case of William
O. Jenkins, the American consular
agent under arrest at Puebla. He
went l'nto this subject fully and it
was said that many of the questions
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Ash Collections to Be
. Improved With Arrival
of Five New Wagons
Although city ash collections
have not been made on regular
schedule for the last two months,
city officials to-day expressed the
hope that with the arrival of addi
tional wagons in the near future and
the purchase of other necessary
equipment to operate them, much
can be done by the bureau of ash
and garbage inspection to prevent
an accumulation of .refuse similar
to the conditiohs in the city in the
winter of 1917. ■
Five large wagons have been or
dered and when they are received
additional men will be hired and put
to work with the result that collec
tions can be made on a ten-day
schedule, officials of the ash inspec
tion bureau believe.
At present, a shortage of equip
ment and lack of fuuds until re
cently, when c<A7ucil provided an ad
ditional $3,500, are blamed as the
causes for existing conditions which
caused councilmen to make a com
plaint to Commissioner S. F. Ilass
While collections for this year
will not cost within thousands of
dollars of the estimate made by a
private contractor in bidding fot* the
work, commissioners declared they
are anxious to have a regular sched
ule issued and maintained so that
residents of the city can not com
plain about municipal collection
Injured in an automobile collision,
Ellsworth Thompson, 1312 North
Sixth street, a painter, is in the Har
risburg Hospital in a serious condi
tion. He is suffering with a frac
tured skull, a fractured right shoul
der, contusions of the right eye
and other injuries.
Hurrlxhurg and Vicinityi Fnlr and
slightly nnrmrr to-night with
lowest temperature niton! 20 de
grees. Friday warmer and prob
ably fair.
Eastern I'enasyl vnnia: Fair to
night and probably Friday, nix
ing trinperatnrc. Moderate west
and southwest winds."
Itlvrri The Siixfiiirluiiimi river and
all Its branches will cnntl tic to
full. A stage of almut feet Is
Indicated for llurrixburg, Frl
eMv morning.
01c Fearless Bill?
By Associated Press.
London, Dec. 4.—Former Em
peror William of Oermany does
not"believe lie will be brought to
trial by the Allies or, if tried,
that his future will be affected in
any way, says the Berlin corre
spondent of the Daily Mail. Vari
ous friendly sources have recent
ly suggested that he surrender to
the Allies, offering to give the
rourt all information in his power,
the correspondent says, but he
appears too lethargic to take any
steps, or even concentrate his
mind upon the preparation of
Next to sawing wood, the erst
while monarch's ' main interest
seems to be the various cam
paigns waged in Russia, which
he follows with the aid of large
maps and he eagerly reads all the
news from that country.
Not Believed He Would Allow
Himself to Be Trapped
So Easily
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 4—Reports of
the capture of Francisco Villa, Mexi
can rebel leader, near Parral, were
received in certain quarters here
with some degree of doubt.
It was pointed out that the in
surgent chieftain is too wily, and
has his men under too great control
to permit any of them to desert un
der the circumstances given in the
earlier reports. It was not believed
that he would allow himself to be
trapped in so simple a way.
Carranza officials on both sides of
the river, however, took a more
hopeful view. They asserted that
the recent elimination of General
Felipe Angeles, Villa's right hand
man. would be likely to convince
the rebel followers of the utter hope
lessness of their cause. Great stress
was laid in these circles on what
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Kiwanis Club Endorses
Harrisburg Hospital Plan
to Raise Building Fund
Endorsement of the plan of the
Jlarrisburg Hospital to campaign .for
funds to enlarge the present build
ing, was given at the weekly li.nch
eon of the Kiwanis Club held at the
Penn-Harris ballroom ,to-day. Col.
E. J. Stackpole, Jr.. and the Rev.
Harvey Klaer were the principal
Colonel Stackpole. spoke or the
recruiting pf the new National
Guard units which the State will lo
cate in Harrisburg and urged the co
operation of the members of the Ki
wanis Club in seeing that the spirit
of the old guard was kept up in the
younger organization.
The Rev. Harvey Klaer, pastor of
Covenant Presbyterian Church, gave
one of the best talks ever heard be
fore the club on "One Hundred Per
Cent. Americanism." The Rev. Mr.
Kluer wus not sparing in his lan
guage of the alien enemies, the Bol
sheviki who are uttempting to dis
rupt our country, and usked that
everyone unite in the effort of the
true Americans to oust these un
desirable Reds from the country.
Dr. W. A. Everhart won the at
tendance prize, which was presented
by Irving Robinson, who refused to
disclose the: nature of the package.
M. G. Sollenberger to-day secured
permits for the erection of two two
und-one-half-story brick houses at
2 336-38 North Fourth street, for Da
vid Bair and Edward Shreiner. Each
will cost $3,500. M. L. Grossman se
cured a permit to build two two
story brick houses in Green street,
near Woodbine, at a cost of SIO,OOO.
Edwin D. Cramer, with E. M. Wag
ner as contractor, will build n one
story brick garage at the rear of
1001 Berryhill street, to cost S4BO.
(ioiri.n I.OSF.S
IMiilnilrlplila. I ice. 4. —Waller Kin
wella. professional court tennis cham
pion. sprang a surprise by defeating
Jav Onuld. former world's tltleholdor.
In the second scries of matches here
to-day. 0-8, 6-3. 6-5. 6-1.
The Trouble With Just Pinning Things Up
Company Commanders Seek
Veterans and Youths For
Reorganized Guard
Active recruiting of men to form
Harrisburg's units in the reorganiz
ed Eighth Infantry Regiment, Pennt
sylvania'National Guard, will be un
dertaken at once by company com
manders. The recent announcement
from Washington that a full division
has been authorized for Pennsylva
nia, that it will be designated the
28th Division, and that all officers
and men in the new division be en
titled to wear as a distinguishing
feature the red keystone on the left
shoulder, Indicating full recognition
of the valor displayed by Pennsyl
vania's sons in the war with Ger
This city will be .represented by
Eighth Regiment Headquarters anil
staff. Headquarters Compafiy, Sup
ply Company and one or two letter
companies, depending on the re
sponse shown by the ex-service men
and new recruits who have since the
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Tax Rate Probably Will
Be Increased to Eleven
Mills For Coming Year
Because of the constantly increas
ing costs it was reported in city of
ficial circles to-day that Council may
find it necessary to increase the pres
ent tax rate of 10 mills one-half or
one mill to provide for the city's
needs in 1920.
While no budget estimates have
been completed yet by any of the city
bureaus officials in charge are work
ing on them and will have them ready
for eouneilmanic consideration next
Tuesday night when the first budget
session will be held.
It was said to-day that probably
the only salary increases which are
contemplated now will bp to patrol
men. as others in the city's employ
have been given substantial advances
during the last two years. Whether
any other department except the bu
reau of police wMI request pay ad
vances has not been announced yet
by any members of Council.
In addition to the usual mainten
ance budget for the various depart
ments, it is believed councilmen will
consider making appropriations to
furnish fire apparatus for the Four
teenth ward, and for the erection of
the Donato fountain. "Dance of Eter
nal Spring."
Public Is Invited to
the Opening Session
No tickets of admission will be is
sued to those who will attend the
ceremonies incident to the opening
session of the State Constitutional
Commission next Tuesday at the Cap
itol. Attorney General Schaffer has.
made clear that the public will be
welcome, no personal Invitations hav
ing been issued. * '
Many prominent persons have In
dicated' a desire to witness the Initial
procedings of this important body.
Stye otar-3nfcp(nftcnt
By Associated Press
Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 4.—Nanty-
Glo union miners last night sent
the following message to Attorney
General A. Mitchell Palmer, at
"Flour went up $1 a barrel to
day to $lB. What do you know
about that?"
More Than Half Month's Pay
Left After Living Ex
penses Are Paid
Special to the Telegraph
Washington, Dec. 4.—lt is begin
ning to dawn upon the minds of
many sympathizers with the so-call
ed "serfs" among the coal miners
that these diggers of the "dusky dia-
are rapidly degenerating
into "labor profiteers" at the expense
of millions of working people who
are shivering to-day by reason of
the obstinate stand of the coal min
ers in the wage dispute.
Ex-Secretary of the Treasury Mc-
Adoo is being sharply criticised for
taking the part of the 4 00,000 strik
ing miners against the rest of the
American people without finding out
that the miners are already getting
better pay than almost pnyone else
for the same quality of work and
that at the end of each month they
have left—after paying all their liv
ing expenses—more than half the
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Fever Infested Ship
Tossing on Atlantic
Ocean Far From Shore
Boston. Dec. 4. The British
schooner St. Clair Theriault is toss
ing in the Atlantic several hundred
miles Ironi shore, short of provis
ions, with fever raging on bourd and
two of the men down with broken
legs. Assistance is wanted imme
diately, according to wireless mes
sages received here to-day.
The messages, which were inter
cepted by shore stations, .were sent
out by an unidentified steamer.
They gave the position of th<;
schooner as I.at, 42.10, Lon. 54.40,
which is about midway between the
two principal steamer lanes, bat in
a track followed by many tramp
ships. She is a schooner of 346
tons, owned at Weymouth. N. S.,
and was last reported at St. Vin
cent, _Cape Verde Islands, on Sep
tember 18, bound for Maio.
Newark, Ohio, Dec. 4.—Fire, which
for a time threatened the. rnlire bus
iness section destroyed two buildings
here to-day with a loss estimated at
from 150.000 to $200,000. Ten fam
ilies, living in second floor apart
ments narrowly escaped.
Headed by Lewis, They Ap
pear in Court; to Answer
Charges of Contempt
By Associated Press.
Indianapolis, Dec. I.—Judge
A. It. Anderson, of the United
States District Court, has sum
moned tle Federal Grand Jury
to ap|H<nr here next Monday
morning at 10 o'clock, to take
up the Investigation of alleged
violations of the Lever Act and
tile criminal provisions of the
nnti-trost acts by the coal op
This information was given
out to-day in a statement by
IJ. Ert Stack. U. S. District At
torney, and Daniel W. Simms,
special assistant nttorncy gen
eral In charge* of the proceed
ings in the coal strike.
fudinnnpolis, Ind., Dec. 4.—Head
ed by Acting President John L.
Lewis, six general and district offi
cials of the United Mine Workers of
America appeared at the Federal
building shortly before noon to-day
and surrendered to U. S. Marshal
Mark Storen, who held capiases for
their arrest on information Hied yes
terday charging 8 4 officers of the
organization with contempt of court.
Besides Acting President Lewis
those who appeared to-day ure Wil
liam Green, secretary-treasurer of
the international organization; Ellis
Zearle, secretary of the Mine Work
ers' Journal, the official publication
of the union; Percy Tetlow, statisti
cian; Edward Stewart, president of
district No. 11 and William Mitch,
secretary of district No. 11.
The men provided bonds of SIO,OOO
each, whicli were furnished by a
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Hunting yesterday near Middle
t-own. Walter Taylor, a steel worker,
of 909 Capital street, shot his right
foot so badly that the fore part of
the foot had to be amputated at
the Harrisburg Hospital, to whieh
lie was admitted. Taylor was resting
his gun on his foot when it was
accidentally discharged.
Agree on Raise
Washington, Dec. 4. — Ati in
crease in miners' wages described
is greater than the 14 per cent,
suggested by Dr. Garfield was
agreed upon to-day by the scale
committee of ilie operators in
the central competitive Held. The
committee's announcement said it
had been decided to advance tbe
rates per ton for mining coal to
pick and machine millers *ll
cents, in tbe "tlitn vein" district.
This, it was said, would result in
giving the machine miners a rate
or around SI cents per ton. and
the pick miners n lute of around
97.64 cents, thpugh it necessarily
would vary In all lields.
j i
I First Timr in History of De
partment Has Such Rec
ord Been Made
'Less Property Stolen Than
When Booze Was Stimu
lating Thieves
Not a single person arrested by
Harrisburg police during November
was under the influence of intoxl
! cants and but one man had been
| drinking, according to records filed
'at police headquarters. This is the
I Jirst time such a record was made
'in the history of the police depart
This record is in sharp contrast
.. to that of November of last year,
when forty-three persons were
drunk when arrested, while twenty
six are reported to have imbibed too
• l'reely in intoxicants just before ar
rest. Records show that there were
! ninety arrests during November,
| 1919, as compared with 187 during
■ the same month lust year.
Twelve Traflic Violators
Of the arrests this year, 55 were
for disorderly practice, which in
dudes a variety of misdemeanors;
1 ,"i for miscellaneous felonies; eight
; for miscellaneous misdemeanors.
and' 12 for violations of traflic ordi"
j na noes.
! Value <>f property stolen in the
; city during the month, too, is less
i than one-seventh of the amount
stolen during the same month lust,
j year. The number of complaints
of larcenies ami robberies, how-,
ever, were greater this year than
Mncli Property Recovered
I During tlie past month propeity
'worth SI, 19;; was stolen and $2,146
! worth was recovered. The record <"
! November, 1918, shows property,
I stolen worth $14,004. and property j
'recovered worth $12,295.
Total reports for the year show
that more property was both stolen
land recovered in November ot last
I year. This year there be * n
! property stolen worth $54,824. tn
i eluding forty-seven automobiles and
I $39,257 worth of property recover
ed. including twenty-nine automo
i biles. The record of lust year was
I $60,737 worth of property stolen
and $55,520.50 recovered. There
were llfty-threo automobiles stolen
and forty-seven rpcovered last j ear.
The total number of complaints this
year is 366, as compared with -o
last year.
City Seeks Title to Lower
End of Island Park For
Erection of Bathhouses
With the consideration of P r °P°®*
cd plans for the construction of bath
houses at the southern endof 1 lar
gest Island officials of the Park De
partment arc working now to make
arrangements for the city to either
purchase or secure a long term lease
for the part of the island south of
Walnut street. .
The city now owns the pa it ot
the island north of Walnut street, on
which is locuted the athletic grounds
and" City Jllter plant, but the ground
below Walnut street is owned by the
Harrisburg Bridge Company and
leased from it.
Park Commissioner I'-. A. Gross
said to-day that Warren H. Manning,
the expert secured by the city to
make plans for the bathhouses, can
have complete plans and specinca-
I tions ready in the near future.
At present Mr. Gross is endeavor
ing to reach an agreement with the
bridge company which can be sub
mitted to Council for consideration
and approval.
Commissioner Gross also said that
in case the city did not purchase the
southern part of the island or se
cure a long lease, the park depart
l ment would go ahead with the com
-1 pletion of plans for bathing faclli
| ties and would locate them else
-1 where It is planned by the de
partment to have the bathhouses
ready for use by the middle of next
, summer.
Minister Takes Stand
to Explain Church Split
Differences said to exist between
the constitutions of the United Lu
theran Church in America' and the
General Council of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church were explained in
court to-day by the Rev. John Henry
Miller, pastor of the lloly Commun
ion Lutheran Church, and a defen
dant in an action brought by some
of his congregation to secure the
church property.
The latter organization was merg
ed with two other large Lutheran
bodies into the United Lutheran
Church. The Itev. Mr. Miller de
clared that he and a majority of his
congregation decided not to merge
and come under the control of the
united bodies because of alleged
changes in the method of governing
the churches.
Charges were made by the Rev.
Mr. Miller while on the stand that
a number of the provisions in the
constitution of the General Council
which merged into the new organiza
tion are changed by the rules of
the United Lutherun Church. Yes
terday afternoon and this morning
the minister was on the witness
stand for hours being examined
about his opinions concerning the
constitutions of the various Luth
eran bodies.
Bp Associated Pi
Washington. Dee. 4.—After u con
ference with Fuel Administrator
Garfield Senator Cummins, of lowa,
i announced to-day that the fuel ad
-1 nilnistrator had agreed tot Increase
i by fifty per cent, the coal allotment
| lor lowu, Missouri, Nebraska, Kan
[BUS and South Dakota.
John Smith, of ilurrisburg, has
a letter waiting for him in the
Hurrisburg post ollice. It was
mailed at "Bethlehem. Pennsyl
vania, on December 2, and ar
rived the next day at the local
Now, John, if you will please
step forward and receive your
missive, you will do the post of
fice a great favor, lor Postmaster
Frank <\ Sites reports that there
are just t went.y-seven John
Smiths listed in the Harrisburg
directory. The department will
puss the letter around to the
various Johns until it reaches
someone who appreciates the
Younger Brother Was Fatally
Injured by tin Automobile
Two Years Ago
Mother Not Told of Loss Be
cause of Her Physical
in his room ready to go to bed,
Henry Belty, 0-year-old son of Jesse
Belty, was suffocated when fire de
stroyed his father's home -and Elite
shoe repair shop, i 4 South Dewberry
street, late last night. Death was
due to suffocation, but the body Was
badly burned.
The building, a two-and-one-hulf
story structure. was completely
gutted. All machinery, shops and
other material on the first fl.oor and
furniture on the second and third
floors were completely destroyed.
The loss will be between $7,000 and
SB,OOO, it was believed to-day. In
surance will only partially cover the
Just how the fire originated has
not been definitely determined. It
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Announces Abandonment of
Attempts to Supervise Dis
tribution and Sale
Palmer Declares Efforts Will
Me Devoted to Prosecu
tion of Profiteers
Washington. Dec. 4.—Aban
donment of governmental at
tempts to control the distribu
tion and sale of sugar was an
nounced to-day" by Attorney
General Palmer.
After the sugar equalization
board is dissolved December 31,
the government will confine its
efforts to prosecution of profi
teering in sugar, Mr. Palmer
State Sounds Warning
Against Use of Certain
Brand of Ripe Olives
A warning against the use of ripe
olives of u certain brand was sound
ed to-day by the State Food Bureau
when a special agent was named to
inspect the supply held by whole
sale and retail grocers.
James Foust, dairy and food com
missioner for Pennsylvania, in nam
ing Charles C. Linton for the task
of investigating in Harrisliurg, Lan
caster and York, called attention to
twelve deaths, caused by botulism
poison caused in ripe olives.
Ripe olives contaminated by the
fatal poison look and taste the same
as wholesome ones. I)r. Edward
Martin, State Commissioner of
Health, is co-operating with -Mr.
Foust and his agents.
Recent announcements that the
River Drive Apartments in North
Front street have been sold to the
Commonwealth Trust Cftmpany
i were not correct. The mistake was
made when a mortgage was given.