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Thursday, October 22, 1011.
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AJ. fair weather is indicated for Friday,
P j with somewhat lower temperature, to-
Eastern Pennsylvania: Fair, slight
lv cooler to-night. Friday fnir. Gentle
t-" ■ • to moderate north to northeast winds.
YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HARRISHURG
Highest, 74; lowest, 48; 8 a. ni., 49; 8 p. m., 62.
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FEW UNOCCUPIED FARMS IN THE STATE
There are only 1 Of j unoccupied farms in Pennsyl
vania, according to a bulletin just issued by the
State Department of Agriculture. Owners have
either been unable to make these properties pro
ductive or have been seized with a desire for city
life. Their location and description are given in
the bulletin, the department hoping that they may
be sold and properly developed as Pennsylvania
cannot afford to have them lying idle.
The number of unoccupied farms is diminishing
since the "farm advisers" have been sent through
out the state giving free expert advice on all mat
ters relating to farms, marketing, produce, soil,
fruit and home economics. Three thousand farms
have thus been visited this year and every branch
ni' agriculture explained by the advisers.
Hundreds uf letters received at the department
testify to the financial value of such advice, many
of the farmers writing that by following the direc
tions of the experts they have made more than
The fact is 106 unoccupied farms is a remarkably
small number for a state covering the vast amount
of territory Pennsylvania covers. It must be re
membered. too, that all the farm land in this state
is not of the fertile sort that is found in Dauphin,
Lancaster and other counties in this immediate
vicinity. Roek.v and mountainous soil in many
Pennsylvania districts presents problems for farm
ers that'few city folk, perhaps, can appreciate, and
ir is remarkable indeed that the number not under
cultivation is so small. The small number of idle
Pennsylvania farms is particularly impressive when
compared with the vast areas of deserted farm
lands in some sections of neighboring Xew York
OLD NEW YORK'S TRADE TERCENTENARY
The city of New York, most important of Amer
ica's municipalities and in many respects leader
of the cities of the world, will next week celebrate
the tercentenary of its commerce and trade. The
States General of the Netherlands three hundred
years ago granted charters for trade and explora
tion, charters which provided the foundation for
New York's present day tremendous trade and
commerce. The celebration next week will include
elaborate pageants, in which Commerce and Peace
will be symbolized, followed by trade exhibits.
Washington Irving s "Knickerbocker History of
New York'' begins its narrative with the creation
of the world. In a broad sense, New York's his
tory began with that event. Influences have been
operative through all time for the shaping of the
destiny of this great municipality, this modern
example of the wonders which can be achieved
by a community of men. The glories of ancient
Rome and Greece, safe enough confined to text,
books, would be diminished indeed if placed visibly
side by side with the wonders of twentieth century
Statistics about New York City, with its five bor
oughs, arc always startling. In this one munici
pality 5,646,966 souls are harbored. Manhattan
borough alone has a greater population than Chi
cago; the Bronx is larger than Detroit; Brooklyn
equals Philadelphia ; Queens is equivalent to Minne
apolis, and Richmond borough is like Albany, the
capital of the state, in sizd. New York is a city of
cities overlapping one another to compose a tre
mendous whole. London numbers a million fewer
souls within its own county than the number of
souls in New York.
In thp great American city a child is born everv
HARRISBURG STAR-INDEPENDENT, THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, 1914.
four minutes, a soul passes away every seven min
utes and a marriage ceremony is performed every
ten minutes. A new building goes up every forty
minutes, adding almost $200,000,000 annually to the
assessed property value. Although the city covers
only one-fourth of the area of the state of Rhode
Island it is greater in population than any of the
states in the country save Pennsylvania and Illi
nois. Its growth is not outward but upward and
The nation is proud of its New York. The giant
city does not belong to itself nor to its state but to
the entire country. It is a clearing house for
America's great financial and commercial activities.
More than ohe-fourth of all the income tax paid in
tlie United States is collected below Fourteenth
street, New York City. As a seaport the city is
the mightiest in the world. From 80 per cent, of
all the cities in the United States travelers can go
to New York without changing cars.
Dutchmen started New Amsterdam's commerce
three hundred years ago. Early New Amsterdam
could be lost in one of present-day New York's
office buildings. Yet the start was essential. The
foundation had to be laid upon which American
thrift could build. Americans have made old New
York what it is to-day, and Americans take pride
in the accomplishment. The city and the nation
will next week join in celebrating the tercentenary
of the commerce aud trade of New York and the
If anybody has any real campaign thunder it will soon
lie time to turn it on.
It will be interesting to note how long it will be after
the American forces are withdrawn from Vera Cruz before
it will be necessary to send them back.
Former President Taft has trust in the Washington ad
ministration notwithstanding the apparent lack of confi
dence indicated by some Republicans of less prominence
Now they want to make the city commissioners' terms
four years instead of two. That might be all right, espe
cially as they are proposing to make it easier to exercise
the recall privilege of the Clark Act.
The city solicitors who are members of the committee of j
the League of Third Class Cities that is framing amend-1
monts to the commission form of government law to be i
submitted to the next Legislature, declined to vote on the
proposition to tax lawyers; but the mayors on the com
mittee went right ahead and "put one over" on the munici
pal legal advisers.
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
"Papa, what is an escutcheon?"
"This story says there was a blot on his escutcheon."
"Oh, yes! An escutcheon is a light-colored vest. He had !
probably been carrying a fountain pen."—Houston Post.
During a military review at Aldershot last summer one
of the foreign attaches had made himself obnoxious to j
several staff officers by asking ridiculous and ot'ten im-1
pertinent questions. At last he caught a Tartar. Turning
to an old infantry officer, he said:
"How is it, colonel, that your bugle call 'Advance' is so
very short, while the 'Retreat' is just, the reverse!"
"Because, sir,' replied the veteran, "when a British sol
dier goes into action it only needs a little note from a
bugle to make him advance anywhere, but it takes a whole
brass band to make him retreat!"— London Tit-Bits
BLAME THE CAT, ANYWAY
Mistress What! Ihe cream all gone again? [ really
cannot understand it."
Servant—"Please, mum, the cat."
Mistress—"Nonsense, when we haven't one." • I
Sersant But please, mum, you said as you was a-going j
to get one."—Exchange.
"Do yer lovj me, 'Erb?"
"Love yer, Liz, I should jest think I does. Whv, if ver !
ever gives me up I'll murder yer. I can't say more'n that,
"Are our theatre seats next the aisle!"
"No; they are at the extreme end of the row next to
"Then we'll go late."—Exchange.
Harry—"Marry me and your smallest w.ehes will always
Carrie—"l am able to do that myself. What I want is
a man who will gratify mv biggest wishes."—Town Topics.
HE KNEW THE MTJLE
Ephun, Johnson was up the judge on a cruelty to
"'Deed Ah wasn't abusin' dat mule, Jedge," the old
"Did you not strike it repeatedly with a clubf"
"And do you not know that you can accomplish more
with animals by speaking to them."
"Yesseh; but dis critter am diffnt, He am so deef he
cain't heal, me when Ah speaks to him in de usual way so
Ah has to communicate wid him in de sign language."—
"What are you laughing at, dearf"
"I was just thinking how you used to sit and hold my
hand for an hour at a time before we were married. How
silly you were."
' I wasn t sillv at all. I held your hand to keep you
away from the piano."—Exchange.
Mr. Scribe is a great ruslwr after compliments. Having
given, by request, a reading from his own works to some
ladies, hq said afterwards to one of them:
"It was very cruel of you, I think, to make me stand up
there and read my own stuff.''
"Ah," replied the young woman, "but you had your
revenge, Mr. Scribe. You must have seen that w e were
compelled to listen."—Exchange.
The cannibal picked his teeth reflectively. "Of course,"
he observed. "I have eaten worse speeimns than the late
He selected a cigar with a perfecto shape.
" —I can't understand why they always said ' Sour Ex I
cellencv' wnen they addressed him."—Fun.
IT ongue-End Topics |
"Hans" Wagner as State Official
When the State Fisheries Commission
meets in Harrisburg soin, as contem
plated by Commissioner Buller, among
those who will be present for the first
time will be General John P. Wagner,
of Carnegie'. Pa General Wagner is
known as "Hans'' Wagner, the great
est baseball player in bis day in the
country, for years th« mainstay of the
Pittsburgh National club and
often head of the batting list when the
averages are madb out. As shortstop
on the diamond "Hans" is without an
equal anywhere. Last summer, when
a vacancy occurred in the Fisheries
Commission, Governor Tcncr, knowing
that Mr. Wagner was an authority on
fishing, appointed him to till the vacan
cy, and at the next maeting of the
j Commission he will ;;it for the first
j time. As a member oi » he Commission
"Hans' 1 will receive no salary, but his
expenses will be paid. As a member
of the famous Pirates team Mr. Wagner
draws down a salary said to be little
short of SIO,OOO. He can afford to
take a day off to fish.
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The Genial Senator Thompson
Senator Joseph Henry Thompson, of
Beaver county, was an attendant at
the Board of Pardons session this
week, having a murder case to argue.
He is known as one of the most genial
and courteous Senators. There's a rea
son. .He was born in Ireland. Ho
came to this country in 1889, remov
ing to Beaver county iu 189 S. It
wasn't long before his Irish blood as
serted itself and lie was in a tight, for,
being a membor of the lighting Tenth
regiment he went with that command
to the Philippines aud had his share of
the Manila battle. He is a graduate
of the University of Pittsburgh and
was one of its football stars. After
leaving the university he acted as
coach for the team and made it one of
the best in the country.
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Senator Salus Seeks Re-election
Senator "Sam" Salus, of Philadel
phia, was a visitor to the Capitol this
week, and met mauy friends. Senator
Salus represents the Second Philadel
phia district, and has the nomination
of the Republican. Keystone and Roose
velt Progressive parties for re-election
this year. As a member of the House
iu 1905, he introduced the obnoxious
newspaper libel bill suggested by Gov
ernor Pennypacker, wtfich was design
ed to prevent the criticising of the acts
of men in public life, and which ha 3
seldom been employed in the courts as
it was meant to by its author. Senator
Grady, who introduced the bill in the
Senate, was long ago retired to private
life, but Senator Salus seems to "light
on his foot'' every time he runs for of
fice. If elected this year, it is under
stood, he will be a candidate for Presi
dent pro tem. of the Senate at the close
of the session of 1915.
Old Friends Greet Alter
Speaker George E. Alter, who pre
sided over the House of Representa
tives during the last session and kept i
order in a > mighty turbulent House, had
business with the Public Service Com
mission this week, and met many
friends at the Capitol, for he has many.
He was one of the most popular Rep
resentatives ever sent from Allegheny.
Mr. Alter is not a candidate for re
election this year, having decided to
stay home and attend to his law prac
tice. He has not left the political arena
however, and was quite active in his j
support of Dimmick, for United States!
Senator against Penrose in the pri- [
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AND AVOID SICKNESS
Humors in the blood cause internal
derangements that affect the whole sys
tem, as well as pimples,'boils and other
eruptions, and are responsible for the
readiness with which many people con
For forty years Hood's Sarsaparilla
has been more successful than any
other medicine in expelling humors and
removing their inward and outward
effects. Get Hood's. No other medicine
acts like it. Adv.
Our Advertisement Last Evening
Should Have Read
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At $4.00 Each
with every gale amounting to SIO.OO
Only one to a customer.
Price separate, 95.40.
The Sweeper for which you pay
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URGE FOUR-YEAR TERMS
FOR CITY COMMISSIONERS
Continue* From Klrat Page.
ordinances, except those ns otherwise
provided for in the act, cannot be
passed without tihe affirmative vote of
The Clark act in its present form
lias been interpreted by some city so
licitors to mean that a mayor may suc
ceed himself while others say he can
not. The committee suggests that the
act should bo so changed as to remove
all question as to tho rights of mayors
to serve one, two or more terms, this
suggestion being made in view of the
fact that the mayors do not have full
appointive and dismissals- powers over
Under the plan to extend the terms
of the (.'oinmissioners from two to four
years, four Commissioners would be
elected in the fall of 1915, the two re
ceiving the highest number of votes
to have four-year terms and the other
two, terms of only two years. Every
two years thereafter two Commission
ers only would be elected.
A special sub-committee composed of
K.-l*. Schoonmaker, of Bradford; Mayor
Ira W. Stratton, of Reading, and City
Solicitor A. A. Cochran, of Chester, will
draft the amendment under which it is
proposed to place the police and fire
departments under civil service. Mayor
Ira J. Stern, of Erie, suggested that a
civil service commission should be com
posed of tho Mayor, City School Super
intendent and City Health Officer.
The Referendum Feature
The amendment to the referendum
feature will be prepared by H. P.
Reiser, of Ijcbanon. The committee
men said they thought the change
should be so made as to make it pos
sible to have an ordinance, passed by a
city commission, referred to the vote
of the people, by tiling a petition
signed by less than twenty per cent, of
the voting population as is required
now. No fixed percentage was spcci-i
The plan to urge extension of the
terms of the city solicitors and city en
gineers was adopted by a unanimous
vote of the committee. Section 8 of
Article 4 of the Clark act provides that |
a person who shall give or offer money
or any other valuable consideration to
a member of a commission for the pur
pose of influencing that official shall
be guilty of bribery James A. Card- I
ner, City Solicitor of (New Castle, will j
frame an amendment to that section |
prohibiting making such offers to "any
or all city officers or employes."
Cities would be permitted to erect |
municipal boat and bath houses under
an ameudment offered by Mayor Stern. ]
of Erie, and adopted by the commit- j
tee. After Mayor Stern offered an
other amendment, under which lawyers,
doctors and other professional men
would be liable to taxation, City So
licitor Seitz, of Harrisburg, wanted to
know whether it is a revenue measure
or a license under police powers?"
Lawyers Decline to Vote
Mayor Stern said he didn't know,
and Mr. Seitz added: "If it is a
revenue measure, how can you fix the
amount of tax at SIOO, and, if it is
under police powers, it will mean the
inspection and regulation of those per
sons and their offices by the police."
On the vote taken four Mayors fa
vored tho amendment and the lawyers
refused to oppose it, many saying, "we
will not vote."
Mayor Royal, of Harrisburg, offered
the amendment extending the penalty
for violation of city ordinances from
thirty to ninety days. The committee
adopted his suggestion by a vote of
10 to 2. The Erie Mayor opposed the
suggested change, saving that an al
derman frequently holds police court in
his city and "he is too severe."
The plan to change the date of be
ginning the fiscal year back from Jan
uary 1 to April 1 was defeated, and
Solicitor Gardner was directed to frame
an amendment under which the tax
year will be ehanged, either from Au
gust 1 to May 1 or two collection dates
will be fixed, one for half the tax, to
'be about April 1, and the other on
The committee took no action with
respect to creating the office of city
manager to have executive powers over
all city departments leaving the com
mission with legislative powers only.
The matter will in all probability be
considered at another meeting of the
committee to be held in December.
To the Public—
You Are Invited to Observe
the Store Windows!
THE retailers of this city in common
with merchants all over North Amer
ica are observing Newspaper Window
They are showing in their windows
products made familiar to you by adver
tising in this newspaper.
They are backing up the advertising
with a showing of the actual goods.
These store windows'will be interesting
and instructive. They will evidence live
products and live storekeepers.
They will be well worth looking at.
Storekeepers who observe National
Newspaper Window Display Week
are Worthy of Your Consideration
You may hear or read about the remarkable suc
cess of some man and attribute it to luck. To be
honest with yourself you must acknowledge, how
ever, that the average lucky man makes his own luck.
He is prepared to welcome opportunity because of
his substantial savings account.
Open an account in this institution to-day and
begin the accumulation of YOUR " Opportunity"
fund. We invite small as well as large deposits.
SOLITARY LIFE IN JAIL
It Has Finally Wrecked the Mind of
That .lesse Pomeroy, the
prisoner at Charlestown prison, has at
last broken mentally under the strain
of his years of confinement, became
evident during the recent visit ol' Gov
ernor Walsh to the institution.
When the Governor, in his inspection,
stopped before the cell in Cherry Hill
and the guard drew aside the iron shut
ter which has cut off Pomeroy front
all communication witli even the rest
of his prison worltl, a strange thing oc
Pomeroy for the first time that he
had been brought in contact with a
chief executive since his imprisonment
did not ask for a pardon or protect his
innocence. He instead told the Gov
ernor that he had a bank book he
wanted to send his mother, but could
not do so because of red tape.
Officers at the prison for some time
have known that Jesse has considered
himself immensely wealthy. The Gov
ernor asked Pomeroy where the bank
book was, and Pomeroy replied that it
was in the prison office. He further
said that he had written to the prison
authorities about the bank book sev-
Just received a carload Potatoes, packed 2 bushel,
120 lbs., in bag.
10 bushel lots and up, 67'/*c
5 bushel lots and up, 70c
1 bushel lots and up, 76c
1 peck and up, 20c
Leave your order at any of our Stores.
OUR STORES ARE LOCATED AS FOLLOWS:
1903 DERRY ST. Bell Phone No. 895 L
COR. 13th AND SWATARA STS. Bell Phone No. 3673W
1518 N. SIXTH ST. Pell Phone No. 1718 L
COR. THIRD AND CHESTNUT Bell Phone No. 1753R
The 2 in 1 Stores Co.
eral times. but had received no sati«
faction. The Governor promised lii
would look after the bank book.
For thirty-six years Pomeroy has
been kept in solitary confinement, and
many alienists have given opinions re
Harding what effect it would have upon
his sanity. It is now believed that
Pomeroy has weakened mentally under
the strain.—Boston Post.
Where Dollars Originated
Joachitustahl, i.ear Carlsbad, is hi?-
toric as the birthplace of the original
dollar. This was the silver guldcu
groseken. coiued in 151U by order of
Count Sell lick from the metal of A
reeently opened mine, and it became
known as the joachimsthaler, or "tha
ler" alone for short. Before lfiOU the
nimble English language had already
made "dollar" of this. Thereafter this
name was loosely used of all manner
of coins, varying in value from
cents to sl.-5 and belonging to all
manner of countries, from Sweden 10
Japan. It was from the prevalence of
the Spanish "dollar" in the British-
American colonics at the time of their
revolt that the modern "almighty dol
lar'' was derived, while in modern
English very recent slang has given
the name to the crown piece.