The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, December 08, 1914, Image 1
THE WEATHER CLOUDY TO-NIGHT AND TO-MORROW Detailed Report* Page « g£ A ?. L J 8 S T H 6 ED VOL. 77—NO. 4. GET 100,000 RUSSIANS IN TAKING LODZ Report That Germans Capture Great Army of Prisoners as the City Falls BERLIN JUBILANT OVER THE VICTORY Entire Crew of Swedish Steamer Per ishes When Vessel Strikes a Mine Off the Finnish Coast—Two Other Boats Similarly Lost London, Dec. 8, 11.50 A. M.—A •'Central News" dispatch from Am sterdam says that according to a mes- ] •age from Berlin, it is reported there J that upwards of 100,000 prisoners! were taken by the Germans when they j taptured Lodz, Russian Poland. News of the capture of Lodz, this i message says, aroused extraordinary! enthusiasm at Berlin. The houses there •re decked with German and Austrian! Hags. No official report has yet been: received concerning the number of I prisoners and guns captured. London, Dec. 8, 5.10 A. M.—A die ! patch from Stockholm reports that the! entire crew of 37 men of the Swedish, fteamer Norra Sverige perished when) the ship struck a min e off the Finnish' coast. Two Swedish steamers, the Luna and j the Everilda, were reported yesterday j as having been lost in a similar man ner. Nish, Servia, Dee. 8, Via London, 11 A. M.—The Servian victory on De cember 5 on the northeastern front is j further emphasized in the Servian of- j ficial statement issued to-day which concluded as follows: "The enemy was overwhelmed and had to retire in disorder. In pursuit' we took six officers and 1,800 men 1 prisoners. We captured two howitzers and nine other guns and also ambu lances, many rifles and telegraphic ma-' teriaJ." DENY CAPTURE OF WHOLE CORPS OF GERMAN AIRMEN Berlin, Dec. 7, Via Wireless to Say ville, Dec. B.—Au officer of tlie general staff states that tne report from the front that the JVench near Ypres, Bel gium, had captured a whole corps of <>erman aviators is absolutely unfound ed. Denial is also made of the Lou don report that aviitors belonging to Ihe allies had thrown bombs on the Krupp factory at Essen. The Hussian statement contained in the official communication of November 29 that the German attack near Czent ptochowa had failed with heavy losses is declared to be uinrue. On the con trary, it is said the Seventeenth Rus sian army corps, which was met in this, attack, was defeated on November 29 and suffered heavy losses. The Rus sians, it is declared, left a large num ber of killed and wounded on the bat tlefield. The situation in the western battle field shows little change, it is stated. !News of decisive results in the east is expected here. LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY Official advices from Berlin to-day confirm the reports that the allies have assumed the offensive in France and Belgium, but do not indicate that the movement has yet grown to formidable proportions. The attacks, it is said, have been few in number and have been de feated. Private dispatches from Holland are to the effect that fierce fighting is in progress along the Yser Canal. These reports' are in partial agreement with the latest official French communica tions, which, however, tend to show that the forward movement of the al lies is being attempted at points all along the lines. Berlin is already looking toward the possible investment of Warsaw, as a re sult of the capture of Lodz, Russian Po land. It was said officially at the Ger man capital to-day that news of de cisive results in the campaign against the Russians may be expected at any time, and that latest reports from the military headquarters lead to the belief that "operations thus far have been successful." It is reported unofficially Continued ou Ulitbth I'nge. ®ic Star- I Itikpettkni ENGLISH ROYALTY AT AMERICAN WOMEN'S HOSPITAL IN ENGLAND fmWtk I r 1 \ i\\ 11» Wsms „ f J?* 1 ft t - I r ÜBa^v. ,i -j. FTOYMW i&~f&*p' •^^^MB^WMrifW'^■^BBBBIiBBHWBMii^BW^EWB^IiBWEimBMiiMffIiPWPff'HwP-P" -iIHIIf m&-v i§PHR^nHI^ J I §g£ai. .tfv.l IvlrMßMai 1 SB M : -yj*jMHli , QUEEN MARY AT THE AMERICAN WOMEN'S HOSPITAL AT OLDWAY HOUSE jPAIGjNTON * For the first time In the history of Paignton, royalty visited that place on the occasion of the Queen's presence at the American Women's Ked Cross Hospital at Oldway House. The hospital was flying the American and the British flags. During the Queen s progress through the hospital she passed through the magnificent marble hall in which is the large oil pninting by the French irti»t, David, depicting the ceremony of Napoleon I. crowning the Empress Josephine. The photograph shows the yueen with the staff of the hospital and her attendants. Left to right:—Dr. Car per. Dr. Steel, Dr. !• rampton. Dr. Stabb, Dr. Bennett. Mrs. Paris E. Singer, the Queen. Mr. Paris E. Singer. Lady Arthur Paget. Dr. Real (American)'. Rev. R. A. Fuller (the vicar of Paignton), Colonel Sunnrng (the commandant), Sir Charles Cust, Miss Fletcher (the matron) and Mrs. Harcourt. Mr. and Mrs. l'aris E. Singer, who ace Americans, accompanied the Queen to the railroad station Lady f ortesque is fourth from the right THE STORM CENTER GOES TRAVELING OUT TO SEA Weather Bureau Says Precipitation Is Ended Although It Will Be Cloudy To-night and To-morrow—Little Prospect of Cold While it will take some time to re pair the damage caused by the Atlan tic seacoast storm, the fog end of which has been felt in this city in the last few days, there is uot likely to be any further damage iu this vicinity or throughout the Kast. The storm center has moved off the Now Jersey co(|pt and beyond a high surf. Weather Bureau officials expect no further de velopments. There was some belief that following on the heels of this storm a high pres sure area from the northwest would find its way South, but belated weath er reports coming into the local office of the Weather Bureau showed at noon to-day the presence of another depres sion of moderate strength from the west which will likely give cloudy weather here and keep the temperature slightly above normal for the next few days. Weather Bureau officials have very little hope of clear cold weather in the near future, although there is ao depression of strength, enough to cause precipitation, according to the fore casters. To-day's forecast for Harrisburgi reads: "Generally cloudy to-night and Wednesday. Not much change in tem perature." The lowest temperature registered in Harrisburg in two days has been the freezing point and that occurred during last night, the mercury being two de grees lower than the" minimum mark of the previous night. Although the snow here was heavy at times it did Continued un t.lnhtli Pnge. GIRL TAKES JjEAOLY PILLS Bessie Hagey Swallow Bichloride of Mercury Tablets by Mistake— Her Condition Is Alarming Miss Bessie Hagey, 23 years old, of 321 Poplar street, Steelton, was ad mitted to the Harrisburg Hospital late this afternoon suffering from ]>oison, taken by mistake. Suffering from headache, Miss Ha gey, who is employed at the Harrisburg Cigar Factory, took a pill and a half under the impression that they were headache pills. Her condition in a short time led to inquiry- when it was found that the girl had taken bich loride of mercury, a deadly poison. Her condition this afternoon was re ported to be very serious, with but faint hopes of her recovery. She is a daughter of Henry W. Ha gey. FIFTH BABY BOY BORN Polyclinic Hospital Has Busy Day With Many Patients To-day has been a very busy day at the Polyclinic Hospital, in addition to attending to their regular (atients, the physicians performed two successful operations. Miss Catherine Ross, of New Cumberland, was operated on this morning for appendicitis and iMiss Kdit'h Miller, North Nineteenth street, Har rietburg, had an abscess removed' from her neck. So far five ba'bies have entered the world at the Polyclinic Hospital and all of tihem have been boys, the fifth being born yesterday. Six cases cf typhoid fever treated at this institution have been successful. The seventh case of this disea-se is about ready to be discharged. The ofli cials feel that this is a very satisfac tory report and expressed a desire to have their success continue. HARRISBURG, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1914 12 PAGES. LOWER TAX RATE IS ROW ASSURED City Commissioners Let It Be Known To day That the Budget Will Be Reduced WILL ACT ON IT ON THURSDAY , Mayor Asks for Increase in the Sal aries of Hutchison and Ibach— Wants Auto for the 'Sealer and i Standard Scales lor Markets The City Commissioners in session this afternoon fixed next Thursday as the time for snb«iittiuc their depart mental budget estimates for 1915 and ; putting the annual budget into shape, i The budget, when complete, is expected Jto be many thousands of dollars less [ than was allowed in 1913, and it will i come within the revenue to be derived from a reduced tax rate, nine mills. The tax rate this year was nine and one-half mills. The Mayor said his budget is about I same as that of a year ago, yet a num- I ber of salary increases and changes I are suggested and will be carried out lif his requests are granted! He asks 'for SI,OOO for an auto fur the Sealer I of Weights and Measures; s.">oo to cov- I er the cost of installing standard scales in three of the markets; an increase of j S3OO in the annual salary of Chief of Police Hutchison, making it SI,BOO in- I stead of $1,500, and an increase of i SIBO in the salary of City Detective Joseph Ibach who now receives $1,020 a year. In addition the Mayor asks for SSOO to cover the cost of opening Front street, from Paxton street to Iron alley, Continued on IJlulith Page. 34PERISH INIMLINIiFIRE Cargo of British Steamer Vedra Ignites as Vessel Is Driven Ashore in a Heavy Gale Bu Associated Press. j Bairow. Dec. 8. Via London, 11.15 !A. M.—The British steamer Vedra, | from I'ort Arthur, Texas, with a cargo | of gasoline, went ashore near here this ; morning in a heavy gale. The cargo j ignited and of the crew of thirty-six I men on board the Vedra only two were saved, and they were severely burned. The steamer Vedra left 'l'ort Arthur lor London November 14 anil passed Norfolk on the 21st. She was reported yesterday as passing Tuskar, in the Irish sea, which would indicate that she had changed her destination and was bound for some port on the west coasl of England. The Vedra was un der the command of Captain Brewster. She was built in 1893 at Sunderland, England, was of 4,057 tons anil be longed to the Associated Oil Carriers' Company, of London. Falls From Top of Church Steps l<ebanon, Dec. 8. —Seized with what was probably_ an attack of vertigo, Harry B. Shultz, a clerk, fell from the top step of Salem U. B. church Sunday evening and was rendered unconscious, in which state he remained until yes terday. BOTH SIS 1 DEADLOCK FIRI Boyer Says "They'll Have to Knock Me Out" of Fight to Head i School Board 78 BALLOTS ARE TAKEN IN VAIN Independent Members of the Board In dicate They Are Determined Not to Give Way When Struggle Is Re sumed on Saturday Evening There was no indication of yielding on the part of either side to-day to break the deadlock on the presidency of the School Board which was re sponsible for seventy-eight ballots be ing taken without result at the annual organization meeting of the Board late yesterday afternoon. Harry A, Boyer, who has been presi dent for tour terms and is a candidate to succeed himself, was loath to discuss the election this morning. He declared, however, that he* knew of no plau to break the existing deadlock. "They have drawn me into it," he added, "and now they will have to knock me out. And I am not going tj vote for myself either." The independent ranks in the Board were split between Adam I). Houtz and the Kev. Dr. William N. Yates. Harrv M. Bretz, a Democratic member of the board, who was temporary chair man of last night's meeting, would not discuss the plans of his colleagues ex cept to say that he knows of no plan for a conference of the independent members to agree on :i course of con certed action. It requires five votes to elect a can didate. The first ballot showed Messrs. 8011, lOohl, Kennedy and Saul for Hoy er. Mr. Hover voted with Messrs. Werner and Vates for Mr. lloutz, and Messrs. Houtz and Bret/, voted for Mr. Yates. With the exception of the ten times that .Mr. Werner vote 1 for Dr. Yates all the ballots showed the Same results as the first one. . A recess of five minutes was taken after the third ballot and again ikt'ter the seventy-fifth vote. It was then moved for recess until Saturday evening at 7. 1*0 o'clock. Temporary Chairman Bret/, ruled that several more ballots should be taken. Three more were counted and the meeting was de l-lured adjourned. FEW AMIS DIE IN FIRE Destroyed This Morning When Barn of John Swartz, Near Boiling Springs, Burns to Ground Carlisle, Pa., Dec. B—Three horses and seven cows purished in llames that started at 6.45 o'clock this morning and destroyed a barn belongiug to John Swartz one inile southwest of Boiling Springs. The barn was burned to the ground and most of the con tents were lost. The damage is $5,000 and is covered -by insurance. The flames started from the explo sion of tt lantern that ." farmhand was using while feeding the cattle. The fire spread with great rapidity and practically nothing of the contents of the barn was saved. Besides the loss of the animals, a large number of fariA implements and much hav, feed and crops were destroyed. The barn was situated on what was formerly the Oyster farm. LIOIOR LICENSE FIERI IR COURT Rev. B. H. Hart and Su perintendent F. E. Downes, Oppose Re location of Hotel 1,679 SIGNERS IN OPPOSITION Decision Reserved on Application of Owner of Hostelry in Capitol Park Extension Zone to Move Business to Third and Dauphin Streets Hearing on the application of Pat rick T. Sullivan for the transfer of his retail liquor license from 727-729 East State street, in the Capitol Park ex tension zone, to 1819 North Third street, at the corner of Dauphin, was held in court this morning before Judges Kunkel and McCarrell. Testi mony was offered both by those favor ing and those opposing the transfer after which the court took the papers and reserved decision. It is likely that a decree will be entered within the next day or two. Sullivan is seeking to relocate his hostelry by reason of the fact that more than four-fifths of the properties which, up until two years ago, had been situated in the Capitol Park zone, have been taken over by the State and the majority razed, and his place of business will also soon be taken over. In support of his application tsu 11i vau presented a petition signed by 217 electors of the Eleventh ward. A re monstrance signed by 1,679 men and women was filed by James A. Strana < on (Inn i'<l uu IJlKhlli I'nitr. MACK PARTS WITH COLLINS The Athletics' Famous Second Baseman Is Sold to the Chicago American League Team Philadelphia, Dec. B.—Eddie Col lins, star second basoman, was to-day sold to the Chicago Americans. According to Connie Ma.-k, manager o*f the chiannpion Athletics, negotiations have been under way for some time and the deal was consummated in New Vork to-day, the contract being sigite»l in that city. N'ew York. Dp. . B.—4Ban Johnson, president of the American League, sai> 1 t'iiat Collins had signed a five-year con tract, the, consideration being Cash and some players of the Chicago Americans which Connie Mack will select later on. New York, Dec. B.—Jacob Ruppert, New, York brewer, is negotiating wi't'li William 8. Deverv and Prank Far re II for the purchase" of the New York American I-eague baseball club. The price wanted by Deverv and Farrell is $.">00,000. 'Hie deal has not yet been closed but Han Jolhnson, president of the American League, is endeavori'ng to put it through. Struck by a Trolley Car Mark Brown, of Wormleysfourg, was struck by a trolley car at Cameron and Magnolia streets last evening. He re ceived a lacerated face and left knee. Ilis injuries wore not serious and he was sent to his home after treatment at the Harrisburg hospital. COCK-A-D3ODLE-D0! HAVE YOU BEEN TO POULTRY SHOW? Party at Chestnut Street Hall—At Least the Hens That Are There Are Not Doing the Cackling—Open for Rest of Week The cock that crowed in the morning, having been removed from its favorite roost to the Chestnut street auditorium for the second annual show of the Cen tral Pennsylvania Poultry Association, now crows :tM the time. After assem bling the seven hundred oitd fowl for the exhibit the mnnagcrs rfVwl 1-„ek and listened to the racket. Straightway it was decided that there would be no orchestra engaged to provide music for the show. The poor little hens are there in num bers, but they cannot attract any at tention but that of the judges, the roosters taking so much of the spot light. S-o the average layman will pass up the hens while the roosters yell greetings to each other across the hall. It is a splendid exhibit and shows great improvement over last year's show. There are more exhibits and bet ter birds, exhibitors coming from ten different States. Some are from as far west as Missouri and others from as far north as Connecticut. For the show's opening this morning more than 700 birds were on hand. The. exhibition will be open mornings, after noons and evenings during the rest of the week. Judges have been appointed as fol lows: .1. W. Anderson, white wyan dottes; Henry D. Roily, barred rocks; A. B. Cox, leghorns of all kinds; J. D. Koons, white rocks and minorcas, and A. W. Newcomer, all other varieties. Eleven cups will lie awarded to the winners in each class. The officers of the Central Pennsyl vania Association are Harry Stonelbrak cr, president, and ('. S. Smith, score, tary. They are in charge oif the show. BIG P.I R.JMRACT LET Brown-King Company Successful Bid ders on Excavation Work for New Freight Station Here The contract for the grading and excavating work for the great freight station that the Pennsylvania Railroad Company is going to build at Second and Mulberry streets, was awarded yes terday to the Brown-King Construction Company of Philadelphia. The specifi cations provide that the work will be completed by April 1, 1915. The work will start at an early date. The improvement will be a big win ter job for Harrisburg and should pro vide work for a largo number of men as approximately 50,000 cubic yards of earth will have to be removed. In addition to this the job will include the laying of about 2,000 feet of sewer pipe and much concrete work. The concrete used in the con struction of :i retaining, wall to extend from the subway abutment on the oast, side of Second street, along Mulberry street. This wall will support the tracks out of the yards beyond Third street. Pennsylvania Railroad officials here declined to state the figure at which th» contract was awarded. Freight Rate Cancellation Suspended By Associated Press. Washington, Dec. S. —Cancellation of joint freight rates between certain small roads in connection with trunk lines operating in official classification there which .yould result in an increase in thO rates from five to twenty per cent, was supendid to-day by the In terstate Commerce Commission until June 20. The rates of these short lines now are under investigation. POSTSCRIPT . PRICE, ONE CENT. WILSON MESSAGE ANSWERS CRITICS President Talks to Con gress on the Unpre paredness of Uncie Sam for War LARGE STANDING ARMY A MENACE Would Not Turn America Into Military Camp and Ask Young Msn to Spend Best Years of Their Lives Making Soldiers By Associated I'rcas, Washington, Dec. B.—President Wil son, in his annual address to Congress to-day, gave Iris answer to those who contend the United States is unprepared for national defense. "Let there be no misconception, 1 ' he said. "The country lias beeu mis informed. We have not been negligent! of national defense. We are not unmind ful of the great responsibility resting upon us. We shall learn and profit by the lesson of every experience and ev ery new circumstance; and what is needed will be adequately done.'' Assembled in joint session in the hall of the House, Senators and Representa tives heard the President reading his address in person from the clerk's desk, outline the administration legislative program and voice a fervent hope that the United States might he instrumental ii bringing peace to Europe. The legis lative program includes passage oi the conservation bills, the bills for ultimate independence of the Philippines, ratili cntion of the London convention for safeiy at sea, a government owned mer j chant marine, charting the perilous wa | tcrs of the Alaskan coast and measures i for economy in all branches of the gov | einment. The Regulation of Business The President's remarks in full with j relation to business legislation were as I follows: "Our program of legislation with re . gard to the regulation of business is now virtually complete. It has been put forth as we intended as a whole and leaves no conjecture as to what is to follow. The road at last lies clear ami firm before business. It is a roiid whirih it can t/avel without t'esr or em ba'rrasament. It is the road to un grudged, unclouded success. In it ev ! ery honest man, every man who believes ! that, the public interest is part of his own interest, may walk with perfect I confidence." Subject of National Defense But the portion of the President's | address which commanded intense in ! terest was that in which he discussed I tne subject of national defense. "It is said in some quarters that ! ve are not prepared for war," said the President. "What is meant by being I prepared? Is it meant that we are not icady upon brief notice to put a nation in the field, a nation of men trained to arms? Of course we are not ready to do that, and we shall never be in time of peace so long as we retain our pres ent political principles and institutions. An l what is it that it, is suggested we should be prepared to do? To defend ourselves against attack? We have al- Continued on Twelfth Pase, WANT BETTER_CAR SERVICE Residents of Allison Hill to Petition Railways Company for Extended Trolley Accommodations Residents of Allison Hill met in the Shamrock hose house, Fifteenth and Herr streets, last night to arrange for the presentation of petitions to the Harrisburg Railways Company for bet ter and more extended service of the lines touching the Hill section. At present the requests will be for a belt line out Herr street and across Allisou Hill and more frequent and rapid, serv ice on all lines on the Hill. v - * W. VanDyke was elected chairman of the organization and 11. G. Klugh, of the Department of Agriculture, was made secretary; Plan* were made for the presentation of petitions signed by 4,000 residents of the Hill and thev will be perfected at another meeting to be held at the Mount Pie asnnt en gine house on the evening of Decem ber 22. It is planned to place peti tions urging this improved service in various business places on the Hill and secure as many signatures as poxsibla. It is understood that further re quests will be made of the trolley com pany involving one fare to Rutherford, all night service on Allison Mill, bet ter seating capacity on the Borryhill line, and east and west cars on Market street beyond Thirteenth. < HAIUJKS AGAINST SULLIVAN Wilson Orders Probe at Suggestion oJ Dominican Minister By Associated Prctt. Washington, Dev. B.—President Wil son announced to-day that he hud in structed the State Department to make a full investigation of published charges against James IVI. Sullivan, American minister to the Dominican Republic. Mr. Sullivan cabled to President VVil son to-day asking for an investigation of the charges tihat he had used his in flue tree to get contracts for friends and relatives from the Dominican govern ment. Such charges have once been in vetrtigated by the State Department, and after the last investigation Mr. Sullivan was allowed to return to hi* post.