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Private Branch Exchange, _ No. 545-246
Tuesday, December 15, 1014.
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Full Moon, 2nd; Last Quarter, 10th;
New Moon, leth; First Quarter, 24th.
WEATHER FORECASTS f ' 1 , tUUJIJI
Harrisburg and vicinity; Fair, con- MLt
tinued cold to night and Wednesday.
Lowest temperature to-night about zero.
Eastern Pennsylvania: Fair to-night y y
and Wednesday, continued cold. Strong
YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HARRISBURG
Highest, 36; lowest, 16; 8 a. m., 32; 8 p. m., 16.
SELF-SUSTAINING POSTAL SERVICE
•There is a source of satisfaction in the declara
tion of Postmaster General Burleson, in his annual
report that the department '"has been safely placed
upon a self-sustaining: basis." lie estimates that
there will be a surplus after all claims and charges
against the department have been met, of $3,.>(39,545.
The postal service of the United States, the great
est business concern in the world, now pays. The
people, perhaps, do not expect that this giant gov
ernment monopoly shall provide revenue for the
treasury, but if it is actually doing so they can
hardly make reasonable complaint.
This day of a self-sustaining postal service has
been coming gradually. Partisans cannot logically
credit its advent to any political faction. Deficits
have been decreasing in recent years, and only nec
essary expenditures, as for the establishment of
the rural postal service, have prevented the earlier
appearance of a goodly surplus.
To-day, part of the postal business of the United
States is profitable and part is an undeniable loss,
only the advantage is that the profit overcomes the
loss. Kural mail delivery, so far as the government's
finances are concerned, has been poor business, but
is justified, as is the carrying of newspapers at the
extremely low second class rates, because of the
vast amount of benefit afforded the public.
Ordinary first class matter, including registered
mail, —a prolific, source of income,—is now making
up the loss in other departments of the service.
Yet there are those who would at once have two
cent postage split in half, the registry fee lowered,
the parcel post rates cut down, and there is no tell
ing what else, just because the service is beginning
to support itself.
The general lowering of rates of postage may be
expedient in time, but it need not now be hurried.
A TRUCE THEN AND NOW
The plea of the Pope for a Christmas truce in
Europe brings to mind the days of feudalism, in
the -middle ages, when there was, for a time, con
stant warfare between the nobles. The Church then
established the Truce of God and thus procured
cessation of hostilities at weekly intervals.
The Truce of God comprised an agreement that
the belligerents should lay aside their arms each
Sabbath, and in fact on the two preceding days as
well. The Church was able, if it could not prevent
incessant warfare, to make it at least intermittent.
The Pope in the middle ages, who later succeeded
in turning all the Christian warlike spirit against
\he Turks by means of the Crusades, urged the
Truce of God and his wishes were respected. The
request of the Pope in this twentieth century that
the belligerents take a recess during Christmastide
has been practically unheeded, perhaps because it
applies of necessity to Russia, the country with the
non-conforming calendar, and to Turkey, the coun
try of the Mohammedans, but at any rate, un
BRAVE LIEUT. COMMANDER HOLBROOK
Whether because of the censorship or because the
great battles which are of almost daily occurrence
contain so much of general interest as to belittle
by comparison feats of individuals, the news of the
war in Kurope as it has come through has contained
little reference to one-man exploits of heroism.
There has, perhaps, been too much to tell about the
movements of great n tehine-like armies to dwell
to any very great exter t on the accomplishments of
one brave leader and a handful of heroic followers.
HARRISBURG STAR-INDEPENDENT, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1914.
However, the feat performed by Lieut. Commander
Ilolbrook, at the head of the crew of the British
submarine B-11, in diving his craft under five rows
of mines and blowing up the Turkish warship Mes
sudieh, in the l>nrdanelles, as reported in an official
statement issued by the British war office yester
day, was such a rare act of heroism that it stands
out conspicuously even among the great number of
less personal achievements in the European conflict.
Ilolbrook and his band braved death every min
ute of the nine hours their craft was-submerged. It
was one chance in a million that they ever would
return alive, but they took that chance and won,
and the whole world is marveling to-day at their
daring and ringing with praises of their heroism.
Such acts as that of Ilolbrook and his crew must
awaken the admiration of friend and foe alike.
Even if the destruction of the rather antiquated
Turkish warship does not have any very direct or
important bearing on the general progress of the
war, it will go dowu in history with the heroic ex
ploits of the crew of the German submarine U-9, as
among the inspiring acts of personal bravery that
compel admiration even among the horrors of the
WHAT HAS BECOME OP THE SLEIGHS?
Ten years ago a snowfall the size of that of last
Sunday would have been followed by the merry
jingle of sleigh-bells in a"H parts of Harrisburg and
up along the river road. To-day, although the big
drop in the temperature which followed the storm
has frozen the ground and provided an excel
lent surface for good sleighing, especially on the
asphalted streets of the city, the sound of sleigh
bells in Harrisburg is so rare as to cause comment
when it is heard. In a walk up Third street yes
terday afternoon, from Market street almost to the
northern limits of the city, a citizen counted only
three sleighs. It was the same on the streets where
there are no trolley tracks.
Doubtless in the country where the sleigh is the
only vehicle that can be used when the roads are
choked with snow, the runnered vehicle still is'ex
tensively used, but it seems now as though the
sleigh is passing from use among city folk.
This may be accounted for by the fact that many
persons who have bought automobiles in the last
decade have abandoned horse-drawn vehicles for
daily use. Naturally in this part of the country
where there are only three or four weeks of sleigh
ing, even in the coldest of winters, few automobile
owners can afford to maintain horses merely for the
brief period when sleighing is possible; but there
are few, at least, of the older persons, who do not
regret that "jingle bells" are ceasing to be an
accompaniment of winter weather.
Watch your step on those iey sidewalks! .
District Attorney 81roup finds Broadway very imstßil
after his strenuous duties as Dauphin County's prosecutor.
Perhaps, when in need of a little more recreation, Mr.
Stroup will take a run over to the little village on the
Hudson and show them how to clean out the gunmen.
Generous Harrisburgers who, by reason of the suffering
among the Belgians and the distress among the poor of
their own city, are called upon more than ever this Christ
mas season to help in charitable works, are beginning to
le: the full significance of the fact that it is more blessed
t> ,;ive than to receive.
The Philadelphia triumvirate of Republican political
leaders is reported to have fjamed it all up as to what the
Legislature is to do for their home city. Perhaps the
Legislature will do as it is told by the Penrose-McNichol-
Varo combination, but then Governor Brumbaugh and his
little veto axe are to be reckoned with.
In discussing our suggestion that Highway Commissioner
Lynch direct his snow shovelers to clear little paths out to
the stopping places of the street cars in mornings after
snow storms, the "Patriot" inquires:
"Why not let the traction company do itf"
The traction company has our permission.
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
She needed pots and a new floor broom,
And window shades for the children's room;
Her sheets were down to a threadbare three
And her table cloths were a sight to see.
She wanted scarfs and a towel rack
And a good, plain, useful dressing sack,
Some kitchen spoons and a box for bread,
A pair of scissors and sewing thread;
She hoped some practical friend would stop
And figure out that she'd like a mop.
Or a bathroom rug or a lacquered tray
Or a few plain plates for every day.
She hoped and hoped and she wished a lot,
But these, of course, were the things she got:
A cut glass vase and a bonbonniere,
A china thing for receiving hair,
Some oyster forks, a manicure set,
A chafing dish and a cellaret,
A boudoir cap and a drawn-work mat,
And a sterling this and a sterling that;
A gilt-edged book of a lofty theme,
And fancy bags till she longed to scream;
Some curling tongs and a powder puff
And a bunch of other useless stuff.
But though she inwardly raged she wrote
To all of her friends, the self-same note,
And said to each of the friendly host—
"Just how did you guess what I needed
most?" —Ella Bently Arthur, in Life.
PART OP THE PROFESSION
"To succeed one must keep in close touch with the
"That is certainly essential for a picketpocket."—Bos
SHIFTING THE BLAME
"Have you anything to say before I pass sentence!"
"Yes, Your Honor. I would call your attention to the
fact that the fool lawyer who defended me was assigned
to the case by yourself."—Philadelphia Ledger.
The old motto might have read: "In time of peace pre
pare for Hobson and Gardner!"— Chicago Herald.
Willie —"Paw, what is sheet music?"
Paw—"Snoring, my son."—Cincinnati Enquirer.
| Tongue-End Top icsj
Interview Accurate, flays Mr. Cobb
A Harrisburg newspaperman recently
wrote Irvin S. Cobb, the only man who
ever interviewed Oeneral Kitchener, the
'British War 'Lord, congratulating him
on the fine piece of work Ihe had ac
complished in that interview. It will be
remembered that the British govern
ment, directly a'fter the Cobib interview
appeared in a Philadelphia publication,
seut out a statement discrediting the
published talk that (Mr. Cobb 'had with
the taciturn Hritou, and endeavoring to
belittle it. In his answer to the Harris
burg letter Mr. Cobb reiterates that
"the interview was fair and true."
And American newspapermen believe
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Many Eager to Shovel Snow
"Work must 'be scarce iu Hoaria
burg," said a householder to-day,
"judging from the numiber of men who
applied to clean the snow from the side
walk in front of my house ou Sunday
night. Long 'before the snow had ceased
to fall the doorbell rang and there were
men who offered to do the work for
much less than I paid last year. Wlhen
the snow had ceased to fall t*here was
another application, late at night, while
it was raining, and the fellow got the
jcvb. I thought that a man who was so
eager for work that he would stay up
uutil almost midnight to get it deserved
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KeUey Out of the Hospital
"Kelley" is back on the jab. Kelley
is a Postal Telegraph messenger, the
friend of all the legislative correspond
ents two years ago and an obliging lad
who never let the fact that his face
needed an introduction to soap and wa
ter deter him from delivering messages
to the most august and dignified State
official. The other day Kelley was on
his bicycle and turning from Fourth
street into Market saw that he was go
ing to collide with an old lady who
was crossing the street and did not
hearing his warning signal. Kelley
promptly switched his Wheel against
the curb, struck heavily and was thrown
hard upon the asphalt, his leg striking
the curb. They picked him up and
'carried him to the hoslfital and lie is
all right now. In explanation of his
fall Kelley said:
"Soy, de loidy was too old ter git
outer de way, an' I couldn't hit 'er;
I might uv urted 'er. It was me for de
Quite gallant for a boy.
Colonel Wilson Eevisits Harrisburg
Colonel William Bender Wilson, of
Holmesiburg, near Philadelphia, is in
Harrisburg visiting relatives, stopping
on his way home from Washington.
Colonel Wilson is one of the oldest liv
ing native Harrisburgers. He was born
in a residence on Market street near
Front street, his father having been one
of the managers of t'lie Pennsylvania
canal. Outside of a four years •' serv
ice as an army telegrapher during the
Civil war—at one time President Lin
coln's operator —Mr. Wilson's entire
life was spent in the employ of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company, but
he is now on the retired lisit. He spent
yesterday in Washington appearing be
fore Congressional committees on behalf
of those old army telegraph operators
who are asking that their country »c
--quitc them for their services by the be
stowal of a small pension, a bill whicih
is now before the Committee on 'Pen
sions. Those of his old friends who are
living gave liiffli a warm welcome here.
Colonel Wilson is the only man on whom
the State of Pennsylvania conferred
the rank of colonel by act of Legisla
ture for his services as military tele
graph operator during the war. The
State presented him with a handsome
gol<) medal. Governor Pennypacker
making the presentation speech in the
old executive chamber in the present
State Library buildiug.
FURE BLOOD MAKES
Hood's Sarsaparilla removes' scrofula
sores, boils and other eruptions, be
cause it drives out of the blood the
humors that cause them. Eruptions
cannot be successfully treated with ex
ternal applications, because these can
not purify the blood.
Hood's Sarsaparilla makes rich, red
blood, perfects the digestion, and builds
up system. Insist on having
Hood'sT Get it now. Adv.
—from the same amount of coal
will prove two things:
J si—that you know your fur
2nd—that you know what
kind of fuel to feed it.
Are you getting more heat from
the same amount of coal 1 You pay
the same price for coal as others,
but if you do not get the same re
sults, it's tipie to talk over your
heating troubles with Kelley and
to change the furnace's diet to
There's a reason—-t/ou , /l soon
FEEL it—the MORE HEAI.
H. M. KELLEY &C
1 N. Third Street
Tenth and State Streets
Artistic Printing at Star-Independent.
THE GLOBE-OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
Gifts to Make the Boys Happy
THIS popular Boys' Store knows a boy's needs his likes and dislikes and we
1 assemble our stocks accordingly. We have gifts that boys want that they
will truly appreciate and at prices parents will gladly pay.
Sp.Bs Buys Regular s[".oo Buys Corduroys
0= $7,50 &sß.soSuits u= Worth $6.50 ~
As this is the gift-giving These extra knickerbocker t
season why not give your boy Corduroy Suits are the great-
a new suit. Do it now— est values ever—they're sell
you'll make him happy and • f too y y th flre
save money at the same time. . , , /M MM I m
Some of these are the famous dressy any boy looks neat ISMmJ -a
BIGHT-POSTURE SUITS. b" beat" or wear 1
$*7.50 Buys $lO Value SCiQQ Buys Mackinaws
* = — Balmacaans 0= Worth J6jso
These nobby coats are just The reft , sport eoat fop a NgpP
as popular with boys as they boy—never was a better coat & C M
are with the men—we've a made for outdoor wear. GHIJIgL^
great line of them —made of ~ , , „. . 11? BflKg
cravenetted Brown and Grey Handsome plaid effects in jo&p&r
Check Tweeds—with convert- sizes to fit boys up to 18 \fl§|
Boys' Bath Robes $2.95 & $3.50 Boys' Raincoats At $3.95
He'll surely be pleased with one of these— Every boy wants a Raincoat —every boy
all beautiful patterns—the Indian Blanket needs one. A hat to match goes with these
Robes are $3.50. —worth $5.00 easily.
I L_ i
Christmas Suggestions For Boys—
Indian Play Suits, Kiddies' Sleeping Garments, at Fur Caps at St.so to $2.50
Cowboy Play Suits, st> ® „ , Hockey Caps at 50c to <st.OO
Boy Scout Play Suits, and (^ epro ° osler y a •» Prs. 01 Children's Velour Hats at $5.00
Baseball Outfits, at 50c to $3.30 j\ lr Lined and Silk Lined Oloves Boys' Sweaters at Ml .00 to s:t.oo
Pajamas at SI.OO at $1.25 Collar Bags at 50c
CHURCH 10 MB THE POOR
Pastor Appoints Committee Which
Seek to Get Work For
Waynesboro, Dee. 15.—The Rev.
Dr. J. L. Grimm, pastor of the First
United Brethren church at the morn
ing service Sunday, appointed a special
committee to look ufter the needy peo
ple of the congregation to procure
work for those out of employment if
possible and to supply such as are in
want with the necessaries of l'iife.
The committee consists of Daniel
Crouse, E. A. Glippinger, W. H. lerly,
Mrs. C. H. Williams and Mrs. J. M.
Dr. McLanahan Is Dead
Chambers'burg, Dec. 15.—Dr. John
ston McLanulian is dead at his home,
on South Second street. His death fol
lowed an attack of heart failure with
which he had been suffering for the
jiast two weeks. The end eaine aibout 3
o'clock Sunday morning. He was aged
70 years, 2 months and 12 days.
Within the last two weeks Dr. Mc-
Lanahan gave up his practice and al
though he was able to be about his
home he told his friends that the cud
was near. He felt that his heart
could not long withstand the Shock of
its weakened condition and death did
not come unexpectedly to him as to his
Indians Prepare Exhibit
Carlisle, Dec. 15. —Tho Carlisle In
dian school is preparing a comprehen
sive exhibit which will be sent t<f the
■fan-American exposition at San Fran
cisco, by way of the Panama canal. The
Carlisle display will include products
of Indian artists as trained here by
Angel E>e Cora Deitz, samples of acad
emic work showing the results of train
ing at Carlisle and a number of sa-m
--iples of finished work turned out by
Carlisle industrial departments.
Motorman Caught Babbit
Waynesboro, Dec. 15.—Motorman
John Waraick, of the €., G. and W.
St. Ry Co., caught a flabbit along the
trolley tracks yesterday while coming
off the mountains on the car that ar
rives here at noon.
Mr. Warnick, during the hunting
season, very often sees a ralbbit pass
ing in front of his car or sometimes
sitting along the track.
Yesterday the rabbit happened to be
sitting and tihe motorman stepped off
the car and walked right up to the
animal whicih never offered to run
away. It was am easy capture.
Fruit Growers Will Meet
Carlisle, Dec. 15. —The Fruit Grow
ers of Adams county will hold their
eleventh annual convention in the
Fruit Growers' hall, Bendersville, De
cember 16-18. Some of the distinguish
ed authorities who will speak at the
five sessions are Dr. C. J. Marshall,
State veterinarian; Prof. M. S. Mc-
Dowell, agricultural director, and Miss
Pearl McDonald, domestic science In
structor, State College; Dr. Donald
McOaskey, road building expert; Pro
fessor Knaipp, agricultural extension
authority from Cornell; J. W. Burk,
Batavia, N. Y., and Prof. W. M. Scott,
entomologist and pathologist, Balti
More Cattle May Have Disease
Gettysburg, Dec. 15. —Although no
new herds were condemned by the
State and federal inspectors who are
fighting the aphthous fever among cat
tle in the York and Adams county dis
trict in the last ten days, there are
two suspicious herds that are being
closely observed. One was examined
Saturday 'by Dr. F. W. Ainsworth, who
is watching developments. Both of the
herds under suspicion are located in
Among the other examples of incon
sequential expeiditures can be mention
ed the $1,500,000 expended for the un
sailed yac'ht race.
Trust Company Sends Out TOO Christ
mas Savings Checks
Hershey, Dec. 15.—Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Stauffer visited friends at
Isaac T. Baselhore, of Jeanette, Pa.,
spent a few days with his mother,
Mrs. Mary Basehore.
The Rev. O. G. Koinig and Chanson
Warileld, of Tower City, spent two
days here last week. They also attend
ed the Stough evangelistic meetings at
On Thursday eveninig a double at
traction wull be giiven entitled " Final e
gUin's Flat," at the Hershey Central
theatre, under the auspices of the Y.
W. C. A. Glee C3ub.
Seven hundred members of the Her
sihey Christmas Savings Fund received
checks from the Hers hoy Trust Com
pany amoumt-ing to SIB,OOO. There
are now 200 depositors among the
school children, in charge of the prin
ci]>al, Prof. F. D. Keboc.h. Since the
plan was begun they have deiposited
$1,457.97. Among the most enthusias
tic savers are the Italian children.
William Frederick, employed as a
chaffeur by the Hershey Chocolate
Company, moved to Haucksville.
The Hershey Industrial school has
completed another house and last week
eighteen orphan boys were received
from Damphin, Lancaster and Lebanon
counties, and placed in the home. This
is a two-story building, 60 feet long
and 35 feet wide, and has all the latest
modern improvements. The present
force of teachers and managers are
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amounts, and get a regular pass book, which enables you to
draw or deposit your money at will. On this modern plan
' you can draw a part of your money without disturbing inter
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SHERIFF TAKES SON TO ,|.\IL
Boy Must Face Trial 011 the Charge of
Lansing, Mich., Dec. 15.—Sheriff J.
S. Kggers, of Greenup, Ivy., left here
last night with his 17-year-old son,
Ernst, who is wanted in Kentucky to
face trial on a charge of murder.
Father and son appeared before
Governor Ferris late yesterday and
waived hearing on extradition.
"It's pretty hard on a father to take
his own son back to prison to await
trial for murder, but the law is there, "
declared Sheriff Kggers. "Irons are
unnecessary, as my son will return with
Eggers is Wanted in Greenup for an
alleged part he took in a tight in which
a Iboy was killed. A brother of Krnst
was engaged in a fight with a bigger
boy, according to the father's story.
Ernst came up and during the melee
fired a shot which passed through tlio
'body of his brother's opponent and
killed a boy standing near. The broth
er was tried and acquitted. Ernst fled
to Antrim county, Michigan, where his
father found him and placed him under
Yeggmen Fail to Blow Saf«
Lebanon, Dec. 15. —Failure of rob
bers to use a charge sufficiently power
ful frustrated the attempt of burglars
to blow open the 1,200 pound safe in
the office of the firm of Newgard and
Bachman, coal merchants, in Annville,
some time during Saturday night.