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Friday, December 11, 1014.
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WEATHER FORECASTS 'if ' 'V
Harrisburg and vicinity: Partly
•loudy to-night and Saturday. Some- jr
what colder to-night, with lowest tem- r V jf&Sy/K.
perature slightly below freezing.
Ea»tern Pennsylvania: Partly cloudy aßflr*
to-night and Saturday, slightly colder *
to-night. Light to moderate northwest . J
YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HARRISBURO
Highest, 35; lowest, 31; 8 a. m., 32; 8 p. ni., 34.
OUR LACK OF PREPAREDNESS DOESN'T
The militarism which some of the people dread is killing
itself. It will not survive this war.
Thus briefly the New York "World" this morn
ing convincingly answers all the arguments of
those frightened persons who think this nation
should plunge into a campaign of extravagant ex
penditure to make United States "prepared for
It is not unnatural that timid Americans should
show some alarm over the fact, as the "World"
points out, that they have seen ''national obliga
tions, international law and the claims of civiliza
tion lightly disregarded" by the nations involved
in the great struggle beyond the seas. All these
things have tardily impressed on Americans how
unprepared we all along have been for war, but
the fact is the possibility is past of the United
States needing a standing army the size of those
of the great European Powers or a naval equip
ment equal to theirs. It is past, at least for many
years to come.
Even admitting a very remote possibility of our
becoming involved in the present fight,—on one
eide or the other, —there is no need now for us to
spend hundreds of millions for new battleships and
new armies. No nation involved in the present
strife could or would attempt to come in and crush
us, —even with our present limited military equip
ment, —for all of them have all they can attend to
in Europe and will have until this war is over.
Again, assuming, as seems altogether probable,
that we will succeed in maintaining our neutrality
throughout the present conflict, all the nations at
present involved will be so impoverished at the
close of these hostilities that a revulsion of feeling
against militarism is sure to result among their
people which will certainly, together with their
depleted treasuries, have the effect of preventing
them from building up anew the tremendously ex
pensive fighting machines that are now so rapidly
being reduced to junk.
The fact is America has never been prepared for
war with any of the great European Powers. It is
true many of us probably never realized it. "We
have lived in a state of Utopian ignorance of what
might have happened to us through the lack of a
navy as strong as those of the world Powers and
the lack of an army as large as theirs; but the dan
ger now is past. At the close of the present war
it will be years before the Powers abroad can build
up new fighting machines of anything like the size
and strength of those their enemies are now de
stroying, if popular sentiment in those nations does
not eliminate the evil of militarism in a lasting and
We have escaped foreign invasion thus far, —
through good luck, perhaps,—but we will escape it
in the future through the fact that none of the
Powers will have anything left to fight with. Why,
then, should we now waste hundreds of millions of
dollars to prepare for a war that no one will be
able to make?
SUFFRAGE FOR WASHINGTONIANS
Perhaps the residents of Washington, D. C., have
been agitated by the fact that United States Sena
tors now are elected by popular vote, or perhaps it
is merely one of their periodic protests,—the cam
paign they are waging for the right to vote.
At any rate, they are at it again. They want the
District of Columbia converted, by a constitutional
HARRISBURG STAR-INDEPENDENT, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 11, 1914.
amendment, into & state of the Union and desire
thAt this new state have one United States Senator
and Representatives to correspond with popula
tion. They further request the power to recall
Commissioners appointed for them by the Presi
dent, and to pass on fiscal legislation enacted for
them by Congress. Then, too, they insist 011 having
a voice in the election of the presidents who dwell
in their midst.
Whatever the disadvantages may be of enfran
chising the residents of Washington, and the plan
of course has its drawbacks, we must admit that
they are peculiarly well qualified to take an active
part in the conduct of national affairs, situated as ;
they are at the seat of the nation and in constant
touch with the affairs of government.
As proof of the intelligence 6f Washingtonians,
take President Wilson's newsboy! When he deliv
ered papers at the White House the other day, he ,
drew Secretary Tumulty into conversation about
the President's message to Congress, subsequently
explaining that he had to submit an essay on the
subject at school and thought he might as well get
his information direct from headquarters.
That boy, by keeping his eyes and ears open,
will learn a lot about the government of the United
States, yet if he continues to be a resident of Wash
ington when he reaches legal age, and the laws
have not changed, he will have no voice in the
conduct of national affairs.
"IMPRESSIONS" OF AMERICA
This country is about tired of having foreigners
visit it and get "impressions" to take back home
with them for use in books. The practice has already
done too much damage. Impressions of America
which Charles Dickens published years ago still
have their effect on Englishmen, preventing them
from knowing the real America of to-day. The
criticisms of other visitors, less eonsi-ientious than
Dickens, have done even more harm.
We in this country are bored by published im
pressions of us, and in some instances disgusted.
We realize that no alien can form honest and accu
rate opinions of us during a brief visit in a few
sectious of our vast country, among the members
of but one class of our society. We do not care in
the least to know what such a person thinks of us.
The Irish novelist, Birmingham, in an interesting
book of experiences just off the press, tells how he
had sailed for America with carefully prepared
comments on this country in readiness for the New
York reporters, having expected them to question
him first thing regarding his impressions of the
United States. But he was disappointed. The re
porters asked him about conditions in Ulster.
The American press, and hence the great public
whose wants it knows, does not care to hear for
eigners talk about this country, of which they can
know little, but rather about their own native lands,
of which they are supposed to know a great deal.
We take it the weather man is saving up the sunny
days for the Yuletide.
Some of those European navies will soon be reduced to a
sampan and a ratboat.
It has cost Ambassador Herrick $400,000 to represent
this country in France, which is probably why country
editors are not candidates for jobs in the dimlomatie
Jiet us spend enough to keep our Navy modern, but don't
let us waste money trying to make it as big as the navies
of the European Powers that are rapidly being made
smaller by the shot and shell of their enemies!
The Federation of Labor has declared in favor of a new
constitutional convention to draft a constitution to take
the place of the antiquated instrument under which this
State is now working. It is about time we were getting
out of the tallow-candle period into the brighter rays of the
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
At a social session in Washington reference waß made
to the matter of making bad breaks, when Congressman
James A. Frear, of Wisconsin, was reminded of an incident
along that line.
"Some time ago," he said, "a farmer out my way began
to miss chickens and in order to better protect them he
had the door of the coop fitted with iron bars. Still the
fowls disappeared, and finally a party named Rastus was
arrested on suspicion.
" 'There seems to be no evidence against this man,' said
Rastus' lawyer to the judge at the subsequent trial, 'and
I ask your honor to discharge liim.'
" "I will let him off with a suspended sentence,' answered
the judge, 'provided he enn file an alibi. Can you flic an
alibi, Rastus!' he continued, turning to the defendant.
" 'Yessah, boss. YessahV was tho prompt response of
Rastus. 'I kin if dey ain't no harder dan do -iiahs of
Mistah Johnsing's chicken coop.' " —Philadelphia Tele
Charles H. Britting, proprietor of the New York Actors'
restaurant known as the Little Hall of Fame, took a keen
interest in popular trends and movements of all kinds.
Mr. Britting thought little of scientific management and
efficiency engineering. He said one day of an efficiency
"Blank is a fool and I thought he'd go broke. But, by
jingo, the fellow has deceived me. He has discovered a
labor-saving device and his address will be Easy street
from now on."
"Good boy, Blank," said an actor, "and what labor
saving device has ho discovered!"
"An elderly widow," Mr. Britting answered —"an elderly
widow with a million who has consented to marry him."—
New York Tribune.
Nurse—"Why, Bobby, you selfish little boy? Why didn't
you give your sister a piece of your apple!"
Bobby—"l gave her the seeds. She can plant 'em and
have a whole orchard." —Judge.
PEACE AT ANY PRICE
"What is the shape of the earth!" asked the teacher.
"How do you know it's round!"
"All right, it's square, then; I don't want to start any
THE GLOBE Open Evenings Until Christmas, Beginning Monday, Dec. 14th
A Lucky Business
<4 /~*OME at once," was the message of one of our best suit and overcoat makers. Within
twelve hours we were "on the job." The result —a big purchase of clothing of excep
tional style—merit and quality. An opportunity that comes very seldom—but just in time
for Christmas and the right time for YOU.
f Snappy Balmacaans, worth sls & $lB, at § .75
We would have purchased double the quantity of these ■ B ■
serviceable overcoats, if they were available. Donebal |0 m ■
Tweeds in plaid effects—Scotchy Homespuns and Silesian $5
Beaver Cloths—in the real Balmacaan style. ®
Chesterfield Overcoats, worth S2O, at ||||F JJQ
Dressy overcoats for the more conservatively inclined £|
man —the business man—the professional man—the mid- M _ fl|
die-aged or elderly man. Beautiful Oxford ( i ray and Black || §1
Melton Cloths —superbly finished and hand-tailored. P
Men's & Young Men's Suits, worth s2l, at gi IP QQ
There is a difference in GLOBE CLOTHES—a dif- 8$ "
ference in tone and character that makes them distinctive. i| If
These are fancy Blue Serges, neat Silk Mixed Worsteds ffiMn
and Tartan Plaid Cheviots. Suits for all occasions—sizes |g|
Suits of the Better Sort, worth $25 to 539, at g|| sq
Dressy suits that have an air of refinement —that em
body every "ear mark" of the finest tailor-made. No man if
need "stand back" because of these clothes —he'll doubt- m B
less be asked by his admiring fellowmen, "What store m>m Unaa
sells such unusual clothing?"
Buy That Boy a Right-Posture Suit $/C.85
At These Unusuai Savings, 57.50 & $8.50 Suits at v-
A rare variety of sturdy suits that will make both boy and parents
happy. The boy will appreciate the gift, the parents the unusual wear. < <
Cheviots, Serges and Tweeds, in every wanted style.
Boys' "Nifty" Balmacaans at $7.50 and $lO
Balmacaans —those loose-fitting, swagger overcoats, all the well
BRING you Xmas dressed boys are wearing. They combine service and utility with snap-
Savin £S Fund Checks py ' style—the proper coats for every purpose. Made of cravenetted rough
, ® , . , Scottish Tweeds in beautiful colorings—raglan shoulders and convertible collar,
nere to be casnea. Originally priced at slo.oo' and $12.50.
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| Tongue-End Topics
He Didn't Crack a Smile
The solemn man selected a cigar
from the box set before him and then, j
by way of conversation, remarked:
"That's a terrible war they're hav
ing in the Old Country, George."
"Yes," replied George Harry, as he
replaced the box in the case, "it cer
tainly is. I hear the Dutch have taken
"That may be," said the solemn
man, "but you can't always believe
these censored dispatches."
And the traffic cop on tie eornar
stopped the frightened team just as it
was about to make a wild dash.
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Told the Wrong Man
It was at a meeting of the Board of
Pardons. Among the lawyers assem
bled to argue cases were John H. Fow,
i the familiar "fog horn," who is known
to everybody for his bluntness of
| speech, and Senator "Sam" Salus, both
lof Philadelphia. During the proceed
j ings Senator Salus was observed to be
: convulsed with laughter and it excited
, the curosity of Secretary McAfee, who
| was sitting in solemn judgment. Mc-
Afee sent a note to Salus inquiring the
; cause of his mirth. For answer Salus
1 wrote the following:
"A Philadelphia attorney has three
; cases on the argument list, all from
different counties, and none of them
from Philadelphia. Fow saw the list
and reading it over turned to the man
sitting at his side, and pointing to the
three cases represented by the Phila
delphian, said 'Gee, that fellow must
|be a regular jail chaser-' The man
j didn't answer. He was thb fellow who
j had the three#ases."
j. And Secretary McAfee joined in the
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Tried to Fool Stroup
From the office of District Attorney
M. E. St roup and through bounty do
tectives the newspapers this week
were informed of the invasion of Har
risburg by a so-called "humbug" who
was endeavoring to "sting" the wom
en of the city with a $5 set of furs
which he offered to sell "for the small
sum of $25." As tho story came out of
the office of the District Attorney,
where many complaints are lodged, no
question was raised as to its authen
ticity nor was it even suspected that
the District Attorney had information
concerning the alleged crook except
what hail been told to him. The story
was a good "tip," both to tho news
papers and to the women, and it now
develops that the District Attorney
himself was a subject upon whom tho
flim-flammer tried to work his game of
swindle, —but all in vain. Mr. Stroup
said the visitor was a "slippery, loose-
tongued individual." Undoubtedly he!
was, for he got away with about half
an hour of the County Prosecutor's j
time. The man had a real line of j
"gab," telling how impossible it would j
be to duplicate the "valuable" furs he 1
is selling "for only $25" and wind- j
ing up with a hard luck tale of how
his firm is "going under' because of
the war, and the unseasonable fall. It:
sounded good to the D. A. In fact, it;
was too good.
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Got an-Expert's Opinion
"Mike" Stroup has heard too many |
Where Quality Counts!
Special Xmas offerings and suggestions as to what to buy for liim. A visit to
our store will help you greatly in selecting appropriate gifts of quality at low prices.
On account of limited space we only mention a few items to give you an idea of our
vast stock of Men's Furnishings.
Everything Guaranteed or Y. M. B, 0, D. If Not Satisfied
»;ic to 50c Handkerchiefs, Linen and Silk 5c to 50c
Hosiery. 10c to ."SOc Tie ' Hose and Handkerchief Combination^,^
Ga S rters der . 8 :V. 50c Belt and Garter Sets in single box, ... .50cand7Bc
A __ Hip tn Shirts, oUC to f3.00
ah •' ' "J ' VLViV 'I Underwear, 2 piece and Union Suits, SOc to $3.00
All conic in ample Holiday boxes. X ,V ? t i
n t UaijLi, Kav «i tn ( ollars, Arrow, Lion and Royal.
slrf Pins ' ' 25r to 812 00 Men's Sweater Coats, all colors and styles,
ins rZ \° n SI.OO to $5.00
l in rel a-s, •> iiT'o,, Special—Children's Sweater Coats, grey and blue,
£> ov ? s ' ' • \ 1° *- 50c grade, our Christmas price, . 10c
s Shaving Sets SI.OO to . . .#I.OO to $8.00; Stetsons, s:s.so to $5.00
Smoking Sets 50c to $2.00 f i, - n
Toilet Sets. Comb, Brush & Mirror, #I.OO to SO.OO , a,ls ' " '. t« aiann
r , ~ * _ <2- 4>K a.- -ux Rain Coats, H.oO to $12.00
Pn «r b™, *1 00 and Balmacaan O'Coats $12.00 to f 15.00
S r ®X.. » ™ Suit Cases #I.OO to $7.50
.Neck Tie Boxes, ••..••<..«•«».. ••.... .™l .'io .. , « pc#\ f« §< $
Bath Robes, $3.50 to $7.50 (also slippers to match) TrJ^ka at ooa't" price.
All wool, well made $6.50 to $8.50 Better grades, SIO.OO to $15.00
Overcoats, $12.50 to $15.00 Trousers, SI.OO to sß.^o
We represent the ROYAL TAILORS. Suits and Overcoats made to order, a
perfect fitting garment guaranteed, for $16.00 to $35.00.
All orders placed before or on the 16th wiil be delivered before Xmas.
By visiting our store and looking over our line of Men's Furnishings you will
at once be convinced that we can save you a good margin of your Xmas money.
' Watch our window displays.
ALL PURCHASES EXCHANGED AFTER XMAS
THE QUALITY SHOP
MEN'S FURNISHER AND HATTER
Front and Locust Streets ° pen Svenlngs Steelton, Penna.
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I persons endeavoring to "got away
j with" that same line of "dope" and
\ho called his visitor 's hand. He im
| pressed the man as being a prospective
! purchaser and even induced him to
leave Jiis wares in the office until the
! salesman got his dinner. While the man i
| was absent a furrier, —called 'in by)
j Stroup,—examined the furs.
"Nothing doing," said the furrier, j
j "Not good enough to fasten on a dog.!
| Can't say they 're worth a dollar, al- j
| though it might not be a violation of j
the law to charge $5 for them."
The furrier departed and into ' the
office tripped the salesman, after lunch.
A moment later he tripped out while
"Mike" was saying:
"Beat, it, boy, and don't let me
catch you around here agaiu! Your junk
isn't worth examining. Got out."
The man promised to leave the city
on the next train.
People are posting themselves on the
ma.p of Kurope just at a time when the
map is about to be changwl.