Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, December 11, 1919, Image 1

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    Settlement of Coal Strike to Be Followed by Quick Return to Normal Production
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LXXXVIII No. 293 22 PAGES r ' ail Ma l ucr P at S the d Po a t offlcc C at'narr'isburg la 5 HARRISBURG, PA. THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 11, 1919. ° V W 1 PAP*H IJT H A\l IUSBITH t? S " SI TWO E CENTS :s HOME EDITION
Multiplicity of Amendments
May Create This Neces
sity; Decision Soon
Many Changes in Legislative
Practice Urged in Alter's
The Stute Constitutional Kevision
Commission to-day uutiiorized com
mittees having charge of studies of
subjects which might be related to
hold joint sessions and then ad
journed until next Wednesday, De
cember 37, at noon. During the ses
sion to-day ex-Speaker George E.
Alter reported on the constitutional
articles relative to the executive and
legislative brunches of the govern
ment, over a score of amendments
being proposed and this report will
be the calendar for the first gen
eral discussion by the Commission
next Wednesday afternoon.
The Alter report covered various
changes in legislative practice, the
succession in the Governor's office.
Senatorial confirmation of appoint
ments, proposal that the State may
do its own printing, classification of
cities, .appropriations and kindred
topics. Gifford Pincho t reported
tentative approvals of some sections
relative to taxation, but that the
main features were to be exhaus
tively studied. Francis Newton
Thorpe presented several sections
which he said other committees
might desire to study and authority
lor such joint conferences as might
lie necessary was granted after a
statement by Charles H. English.
To Study Changes
The changes suggested by com
mittees, almost all of which have
made some reports, will be forward
lo members for study before the
reconvening of the Commission. It
is probable that when the Commis
sion meets again that some ques
tions regarding future course may
lie asked as the number of amend
ments have caused the possibility
of recommendation of a complete
revision to be seriously discussed.
It will probably develop very
soon whether the State Constitu
tional Kevision Commission will not
lie required through very multi
plicity of amendments to work j
toward a complete revision of the '
'•enstitution. The fact that in the i
neighborhood of thirty amendments j
appeared yesterday purely as cor
rective of various provisions of the
document and that many of the
new subjects have not even been
discussed is causing some of the
members of the Commission to get
around to the belief that a recom
mendation for a revision might as
well be made to the next Legis
lature. There are other members
•who are opposed to such a course
until the whole proposition has been
gone into.
Attorney General William I.
Sehaffer says frankly that the
future course is contingent upon
1 he findings of the commission and
that if there, are many amendments
the proposition of a recommenda
tion for a complete revision will be
seriously considered. Should this
be decided upon there will also be
the question whether the Commis
sion should draft a new constitu
tion and make it part of its report.
Want Complete Revision
The manner in which some of the
committees have been operating
shows a determination to go right
through the document, while others
have not reported anything and say
that they want to make complete
studies and to get all of the Infor
mation possible and the aid that
can bo obtained from the State
officials and other states and then
to give the fullest hearings to sug
One of the things tliat is operat
ing toward a complete revision is
t lie fact that when eleven amend
ments were submitted in 1909 there
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Unless Christmas is to be a
"least of aching hearts" for nu
merous boys and girls of Har
risburg donations for the Toy
Mission must materially increase
during the next week.
There are stacks of toys, it is
true —but there are a great
many more children than the
Toy Mission workers imagined,
who may be forgotten by Santa
Claus unless the Toy Mission
conies to the rescue.
Toy Mission headquarters are
at 1,19 Soulh Front.
The workers ask for toys and
candies now—and fruits during
the last week before Christmas.
"Toys For the Toyless."
HnrrUburg and Vicinity; General
ly cloudy and warmer to-niftht
and Friday. I.owcnf tcmpcra
lare to-night about 2.* degree*.
I.onext temperature la*t night
18 degree*.
Eastern l*rnnaylrnnfn: Cloud r
and warmer to-night and Frl
dny followed by *now Frldnr In
extreme north portion. Moder
ate *ontb wind*.
Illxeri The lower portion of the
North hroneh will rl*e Mlowly
10-nluht and fall olowly Friday.
Nll other Ktrenmn of the nyntem
will fall slowly except t|; r low
er portion of flie main river
which will rlxr *ligh|lyr to
night. \ Nlage of about fert
I* Indicated tor llnrrlnhurg
Friday morning.
Some Ghosts Don't Need Any Mediums to Come Back
4 1 ,
- a i ■* . i*. ■■ i
Governor After Day of Ora
tory Guest of Honor at Penn
Delegation Dinner
AA u.shiiigtoii, Dec. 11 Governor
Sproul's successful day, beginning
with his notable American speech
that aroused Republican men and
women at the National Committee
meeting, ended in a family reunion
last night. As the guest at an in
formal dinner given in his honor by
the Republican delegation from
Pennsylvania in the House, at the
Hotel Raleigh, Mr. Sproul, fitter his
triumphs as a planner of national
policies and the mouthpiece of the
thought of the Greatest Republican
Stute in the Union, was just plain
"Bill" Sproul to the delegation, sev
eral of whom had served with him ir.
the State Assembly.
State's Choice
While there was only quiet but
earnest talk by the national leaders
of the Governor as the Republican
Presidential possibility there was no
such retraint upon the Pennsylvania
boys to-night. All of them whole
heartedly acclaimed Mr. Sproul the
State's choice for President and as
sured him that they would be back
home in time to help elect delegates
favorable to his nomination. Occa
sionally Mr. Sproul, one of the mod
est group of politicians, blushed scar
let at the complimentary things said
[Continued on Page I".]
City Gets $11.50 For
Stall Rent in Old
Market Square Market
More than thirty years after the
market houses in Market Square
were razed $11.30 for stall rent, paid
in 1888 by John Casey, was collected
by the city.
Casey paid the rent to the Com
monwealth Trust Company for the
city. Recently the bunking institu
tion published a list of funds which,
if not claimed, would be paid over
to the State. The Item of $11.50 was
included, and when Commissioner
C. W. Burtnett saw it, he made in
quiries and to-day collected the
money from the bank and deposited
it in the city treasury.
Warmer Weather Is
Forecast For Tonight
Skating is not for Harrisburg in
the immediate future, according to
Weather Forecaster E. R. Demain.
The temperature will not go as
low to-night as it dropped to-day.
The extreme to-night is not expect
ed to be lower than 25, according to
the forecast. Eighteen was reach
ed early this morning.
Poles are disappearing rapidly In
Harrisburg. To-day the line or poles
stretching along Court street rrom
l.oeust to Pine were removed. AVork
will start soon south of Market
street it was said to-day.
WITH characteristic enter
prise the Harrisburg
Telegraph was first to
give to the people of Harrisburg
last evening news or the official
ending of the coal strike. No
other Harrisburg newspaper con
tained this importa: t item.
This news was forecast the
night previous in a prematurely
published telegram from Attor
ney General Palmer, given to the
Associated Press at Washington,
and later recalled when it became
evident that while the strike was
practically over the miners were
not yet ready to announce their
Yesterday when the news
actually did break the Associated
Press was the only ne' s gather
ing organization to send the item
over the wires in time for after
noon editions, and as the Tele
graph is the only afternoon Asso
ciated Press newspapers in Har
risburg the Telegraph alone pub
lished the news.
Hall Hour Is Taken From
Regular Business For Mu
sical Exercises
A new wrinkle in retail merchan
dising methods developed at the S.
S. Kresgr store this morning when
the clerks took a half hour's va
cation in the midst of store hours
for a community sing. The cus
tomers who came into the store at
that time to do Christmas shopping
were treated instead to a short mu
sicale, and invited to participate in
the program.
The impromptu concert was a
part of the activities of the Com
munity Service Bureau of the Har
risburg Chamber of Commerce,
which is fostering community sings,
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Uncle Sum Needs Bullion to Bolster Foreign Credits So Pa
per Money Will Be Used in Stockings
Gold coins will play an unimport
ant part as Christmas gifts this year,
if the wishes of bank officials have
any weight.
New crisp bank notes are being
urged by the same officials, partly as
a sanitary measure, but primarily to
discourage the use of gold.
Requests for bright new gold coins
are already been received by the
hankers from persons who plan to
place them in the Christmas stock-
Automobile Hangs Over Via
duct When Caught by
Crashing against the railing on the
Mulberry street bridge and snapping
off the post and guard rails, a tour
ing automobile was prevented from
dashing over the edge with three
passengers, only when the fly wheel
caught on a slight elevation on the
edge of the bridge.
When brought to a standstill, the
fore part of the automobile was
hanging perilously over the edge,
more than fifty feet from the ground
below. The automobile is owned
and was driven by W. E. Dougherty,
of New Kingston. Hiding with him
were two other men from New
Strikes Second Machine
Moving toward the Allison Hill
district of the city, the automobile
struck the rear end of an automo
bile owned by the Scandalis and
Federick Motor Car Co., which had
just come up the incline and was
traveling toward Market street. The
two partners were riding in the au
Dougherty lost control of his ma
chine after the collision. Striking
a second machine on his left side, the
New Kingston man's automobile
swerved to the left and headed
straight for the side of the bridge,
immediately opposite the incline.
The concrete pole was snapped off
and the heavy iron guard rails on
both sides fell with it to the ground
below. The automobile was slowed
up by the impact and after the
wheels had gone over the side, drop
pod low enough for the rty wheel to
catch on the two-inch ledge. This
alone prevented the automobile from
following the concrete posts and
railing to the ground. The Dough
erty automobile is badly damaged.
lly Associated Press
London. Dee. ll.—The Introduc
tion of the Irish bill in the House
of Commons was again postpone i'to
ins. But the bankers arc doing all
they can to discourage the requests,
and break up this wide-spread cus
tom of former years.
While there Is no scarcity of gold,
Uncle Sam wants to conserve the coin
and use It In its primary purpose,
that of security behind gold certifi
cates or for foreign exchange pur
poses. Besld js. they say, much hand
ling of gold coin by the public leads
to abrasion of the coin, with deteri
oration in value.
First Task Will Be to Lay
Two 36-inch Water
City Officials Learn Details
For Proposed War
< Construction of the proposed Sol -
i diers' nnd Sailors' Memoriul Bridge
| in State street will not be started
i before next spring, and the first
| work whioli will likely be under
; taken will be the laying of the thirty
j six-inch water mains to replace the
I present thirty-inch ones in State
, street. H. G. Perring. of J. 10. Greln
jer and Company, consulting ongi
j neers, made this statement at an in
| formal meeting of City Council tills
j morning.
The Commissioners, City Solicitor
John 10. Fox, Assistant E. Bruce
Taylor and City Engineer M. B.
Cowden met with Mr. Perring this
morning to discuss what the city is
to pay as its share of the cost of lay
ing the new water pipe. William
M. Uargest, Deputy Attorney Gen
eral. was engaged in court all morn
ing and could not attend the confer
ence, so the meeting was adjourned
until next Tuesday morning at 11
Pipe Laying Costly
The whole cost of laying the
water pipe, according to the bid of
the Central Construction Corpora
tion, is $132,265.91. Because the
city wants the State to use thirty
six-inch pipe instead of thirty-inch
pipe J. W. Ledoux, consulting engi
neer of Philadelphia, who has been
retained by the city from time to
time, and who devised tlie city's
present system of charging for
water, thinks Harrisburg ought to
pay about twenty-seven per cent, of
the cost of laying the new mains.
Mr. Ledoux once told the city
that it would tost $145,000 to lay the
water pipe, but bis estimate contain
ed an item of $13,000 for engineer
ing fees. If that amount were add
ed to the contractor's bid it would
make just a little more than $145,-
000. Members of Council said this
morning that they probably will rci
tain Mr. Ledoux to supervise the
laying of the new water mains in
so far as looking after the city's in
terests are concerned.
Mr. Perring told Solicitor Fox
that the State will look after the
payments to the contractor, that the
city can reimburse the State later,
and that it will be early enough for
the city to pay its share in 1921.
Therefore, Council will not have to
bother with this project while fram
ing the 1920 budget.
The State's engineer also snid that
the work on the water pipe won't be
started before early spring, accord
ing to the present outlook, and that
the whole job cannot be completed
in less time than four months.
Crbrera Blames Press
of U. S. For Strained
Relations With Mexico
Washington. Dec. It. Louis Ca
brera, secretary of the treasury in
Carrunza's cabinet, and said to be the
moving spirit in the anti-American
propaganda in Mexican official cir
cles, puts the blame on the Ameri
can press for the strained relations
between his country and the United
States, according to the Universal, of
Docember 4, copies of which reach
ed Washington to-day.
Cabrera's hostility toward the
United States, manifested during the
A. B. C. conferences at Niagara
Falls, New London and Atlantic
City, is credited by many Mexicans
and Americans alike for the failure
of those conferences to accomplish
any amicable results, and little in
terest lias been showij in this coun
try in the suggestion from Mexico
City that a commission of news
papermen, officials and businessmen
attempt now to settle the United
States-Mexican differences.
Mayor Hears City Is
Not Likely to Get More
Food From Government
According to information furnish
ed Mayor Daniel L. lveister to-day
ttiere will not be any more govern
ment food offered for sale in liar
risburg. A committee from this city
visited Philadelphia Saturday to in
spect supplies reported in storage at
warehouses there. Inquiries were
made at other government distribut
ing depots.
It was said on return of the com
mittee to this city that there was
nothing on hand. Food supplies
havo been cleared out.
Commits Suicide by
Shooting Self in Head;
Leaves Big Family
William F. Ruder, aged 00, com
mitted suicide last night at his home. !
2120 Greenwood street, by shooting;
himself in the head. He is survived [
by a wife and live ch'ldren. Author- I
ities are unable to learn the cause J
of the suicide, as Mr. Ruder, it is i
suid, returned home lust evening
from work and went upstuirs a few ,
minutes later. .Soon ufter the shot j
was hoard and his body was found i
in a bedroom.
Washington. Dec. 11.—Despite a'
below freezing temperature President
Wilson spent an hour to-day on (lie
south portico of lhe White House.
He v us wi npped In the big fur coat
he wore while uttendtng flic Peace
Conference lust winter. There was
s bright sun and comparatively lit-!
tic wind.
General Operation of
Pits Is Pr
For Tomorrow
By Associated Press
Indianapolis, Dec. 11.—Gene,
mines of the country which ha\
a result of the strike of miners
morrow. Coal will he moving .
in the opinion of operators here.
Officials ol' the United Mine Work-'
era of America last night sent tele
grams to the 4,000 locals of the or
ganization telling of the action of
the miners' general committee here
yesterday in accepting President
Wilson's proposal and instructing
the men to return to the mines im
mediately. These were supplement
ed to-day by circulars prepared by
International officials of the union
explaining in detail the action of
the general committee yesterday,
the basis on which the strike was
settled and reiterating the instruc
tions to resume work at once.
Already Hcturning
Reports reaching here this morn
ing told of the return as early as
last night of some of the miners
in nearby fields and in other in
stances of some of the men report
ing tor work to-duy. It was pointed
out, however, that in most case:,
the telegrams directing an end of
the strike were not received by lo
cals until this morning, and that the
locals in turn must notify their
members before the majority will
again enter the mines.
The mine operators on their part
promise to bend all their energies
toward resumption of normal opera
tions and promise that if the
miners report promptly movement
of coal from the mines will become
general within a very few days.
All Sides Satisfied
All sides in the controversy just
ended were highly sutislled to-day
with the agreement reached by the
general committee of the miners in
their session here yesterday. The
miners were especially pleased with
the idea of the appointment of a
commission composed of one miner,
one operator and a third member
not affiliated with either side to in
vestigate wages und coul prices and
fix both at figures which they deem
reasonable. This commission, under
the plan, will bo appointed by the
President, the miners in the mean
time to receive an advance of four
teen per cent, in wages over the
scale paid prior to the strike.
One feature with which the
miners are highly satisfied provides
for settlement by the commission of
international questions peculiar to
each district. This, the coal workers
believe, will go far toward eliminn
[ tion of differentials in wages which
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No Immediate Relation
in Enforcement of Rigid
Consumption Restrictions
Washington, Dec. 11.—There will
be no immediate relaxation in the
enforcement of the rigid restrictions
on coal consumption, notwithstand
ing the settlement of the soft coal
strike. Fuel Administrator Garfield
announced as soon as he had heard
of the miners' agreement to accept
President Wilson's proposal.
Director General Hines, of the
Itailroad Administration, through
which the fuel regulations are en
forced, formally stated that the dis
location which the strike has creat
ed in the production, transportation
and distribution of coal cannot be
instantly remedied and pending re
adjustment "it is highly important
for the public to continue to ex
ercise great caution in the con
sumption of coal and it is hoped
there, will be a due appreciation of
the difficulties which cannot be im
mediately overcome."
As soon as practicable, Mr. Hines
added. regulations in connection
with the use of bituminous coal for
power, light and heat will be re
scinded or modified.
Under the terms of the President's
proposal a commission of three will
be appointed to investigate wages
and working conditions in the bi
tuminous fields and it was under
stood the President was awaiting
the return of Attorney General Pal
mer from Indianapolis before mak
ing the anouneement of the mem
bers of the commission.
Not a Union Mine
in Pittsburgh District
Resumes Operations
tiy Associated Press
■ Pittsburgh. Pa., Dee. ll.—Mot a
I union mine in the Pittsburgh district
j resumed operations to-day as a result
,of the action taken by the United
Mine Workers of America in Tndian
' spoils yesterday, but it was confident
ly expected the men would be back to
.work not later than Monday.
| Txical headquarters of the Union
.were without official Information that
J the strike had been called oft and
one of the office force volunteered
cihe information that nothing could
be done until this information had
hern received.
I Mine owners hud (heir properties
ready for quick resumption as soon
ns th" men reported and from other
sources canic reports that, many mi
ners were anxiously awailinng the
.required order.
; At heat. It was said, the men could
little before Monday. Friday is
tion of bituminous coal
• for nearly six weeks as
r 31, is predicted for to
■>v the lirst of next week,
Hy Associated Press
Washington, Dec. 11. Presi
dent Wilson to-day telegraphed
Acting President Lewis of the eoul
miners' union his appreciation of
the "patriotic action" taken by
the miners' representatives yes
terday at Indianapolis.
The telegram follows:
"May I not express to yon, and
through you to the other officers
of your organization my apprecia
tion of the patriotic action which
you took at Indianapolis to-day.
Now we must all work together
to see to it that a settlement just
and fair to every one is reached
without delay.
(Signed) "Woodrow Wilson."
generally looked upoh as a "bad
luck" day. and so is the 13th of the
month, which falls on Saturday. On
neither of these days, the operators
said would many men feel like re
suming work after the suspension.
e ft
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t It >
" * Atlanta. Floods resulting from heavy rains gen- • *
erally were receding. throughout Mississippi. Alabama * |
e * to-day, but Anxiety w;s felt as to the fate of * *
* * hundreds of persons caught by the waters. Fourteen
< known dead have been reported and property damage is
* j. estimated to amount to several millions doll; * *
4 • London—Andrew Bonar Law, the government leader J
' : answering several questions in the House of Commons * S
1 ■ * •
i to-day hinted that" the Adnatic trouble was a subject oi .
4 ~
i 1 discussion between Premier Clemenceau, of France
•. . •
t Foreign Minister Scialoia, of Italy, and Premier Lloyd * ■
4 t George as was also the Russian and Turkey situation; ■
•, Charleston, W. Va., District officials of the I J
! * : .ne Workers in West Virginia were busy early to **
• day, notifying the various locals of the e the co;i
e " n '
, i miners strike and union leaders predicted reports for the • g
" * y would show that many cf the men returned to work * *
4 , „
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* Washington. Organization and co-ordination meth-
A 4 ,
ids for the' coming campaign were d | ,
<e <-
: ernoon at a meeting of the National Association of Re * '
|| publican state chairmen. Will Hays, the party's" na t>
** tional chairman, and other officials of the national or- *
I * ganization participated in the consideration of measures * *
•U to insure harmony among the various state organize f
\ * tions, * I
■ • Washington—A House resolution authorizing expendi- | H
c i 'n S
4 tui eof an unused balance of the passport bureau's S6OO,
' * 000 fund to check immigration of radicals was passed by * ■
tat Senate. '
X Eagle Pass. —ln reprisal for the recent execution of * k
! • ■
General Felipe Angeles, 400 Villistas early Tuesday at- If
ft tacked the town of Musquiz, looting the stores and seiz- % Jf
* * ng c.eral prominent citizens for hostage, according * *
X to information, received here to-day. * *
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] German Itcply to Note De
j mantling Signing of Proto
col Is Received
Propose to Discuss the Other
Points, According to Paris
By Associated Press
Paris, Dec. 11. —The German re
ply to the Supreme Council's note
demanding the signing of the peace
protocol has been received In I'aris
and this afternoon was undergoing
translation by the German delega
tion, according to the Intransigeant.
The newspaper declares that tlve
reply is substantially a capitulation
on the Scapa Plow question and a
proposal to discuss other points.
High Cost of Liquor
Closes Bunkhouse
| By Associated Press
j tlorrlnionn, N. J., Dec. 11. —Largely
| on account of the high cost of liquor
I followed by prohibition the bunk
j house for prisoners at the county
farm will be closed January 1. An
! n'Uiicement to that effect was made
j this morning by Sheriff Edwin W.
)Otr. At present there are four men
[there with a day and night keeper to
| look alter them, costing for salaries
about $l5O a month. The prisoners
I do their own cooking and care for
the house, but there are so few on
' hand that little can be done on the
| farm.
Miner Crushed to Death
in Deepest Lykens Mine
lj.vkcns. Pa., Dec. 11.—John M.
1 Williams, of Wiconisco, was killed in
! the mines yesterday in No. 8 slope,
the deepest place In the coal mines
of Lykens. He was crushed by a
fall of rock. Williams was 40 years
old, a son of Matthew Williams. He
leaves a wife and two daughters,
Millie and Beatrice Williams.