The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, December 16, 1914, Image 1
THE WEATHER| FAIH TO NIGHT COLDEK TO-MOKBOW ! Ortrtlrd Hrpurt. fas* « ' VOI,. 77—NO. 11. ESTABLISHED DEC. 4. FOUR CITIES ON ENGLISH COAST ARE ATTACKED BY GERMAN FLEET Kaiser s Warships Make Sudden Dash Into the Bombard Scarbo tlepool, Whitby Great Damage to Property Reported At First Named While At Hartlepool Nine Persons Are Been Killed and —Reports Curre That Two Ger Were Sunk---Attack Made Under Cover of Heavy Fog - 1 By Associated Press, London, Dec. 16, 11.52 A. M.—A German fleet made a sudden dash into the North Sea to-day, shelled Scarbor ough, Hartlepool, Whitby and Redcar, English coast towns on the North Sea, and engaged certain units of the British fleet. London, Dec. 16, 12.35 P. M.—Reports are current in London that two German cruisers have been sunk in the North Sea. Hull, Dec. 16, via London, 3.12 P. M.—The arrival of the German raiders off Scarborough took place under cover of a thick veil of fog. Some people declared they saw a German cruiser lying off Castle Cliff. The roof of St. Martin's church was struck and one woman is known to have been killed. Another church was damaged, and the roofs of several houses were carried away by shells. The people were greatly excited. They rushed from their houses at the first sound of firing, and women and children were seen running through the streets in their night clothes. London, Dec. 16, 3.12 P. M.—The Yorkshire "Evening News" reports that two German cruisers were sunk in to day's engagement and that the British flotilla was damaged. Hull, Eng., Dec. 16, via London.—Fugitives reaching here from Scarborough say the German bombardment of that port was heavy and that great damage was done to property at Scarborough. BOMBARDED HARTLEPOOL 25 MINUTES Hull. Dec. 16 ,via London, 5.10 P. M.—Nine persons are reported to have been killed at Hartlepool, and a number injured in the bombardment of port by German cruisers this morning. The bombardment of Hartlepool ■ asted for 25 minutes. The hostile warships which took part in the operation a 1 estimated from two to six, but never once were they ck rly visible from the shore. 'lie forts on the river Tees replied to the fire of the Gei *n vessels. F :es of shell have been found all over Hartlepool. The d mage inflicted on the town is said to be consider able. One of the shells hit a gas tank and set it a fire. Hartlepool, Dec. 16, via London, 2.45 P. M.— Many business premises and private homes were wrecked here by the German shells. Whitby, . r ork, England, Dec. 16, via London, 1.48 P. M.—Two German cruisers bombarded this town be tween 9 and 10 o'clock this morning. Whitby is in the north riding of Yorkshire, on the coast, and about half way between Scarborough and Hartlepool. It is a town of about 12,000 people, and also is a seaside resort. It has a group of hotels along the cliffs and the town itself is situated on both banks of the Esk. ATTACKING TEES BAY FORTS? Redcar, York, England, Dec. 16, via London, 1.27 P. M.—Heavy firing was heard off the coast here between 8 and 8.20 a. m. to-day. The forms of three cruisers could be discerned looming out of the haze and the flashes of artillery fire could be easily observed from the Redcar promenade. The people of Redcar sought the water front, but they Continued on Seventh Pngtb JQB a SI) tStar- 4mmhStdtepcnknt HARRISBURG, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 16, 1914—14 PAGES. LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY The eastern coast of England was raided to-day by German warships which dropped shells in several towns along a forty-mile strip of coast. Con siderable damage was done in Scarbor ough, Whitby and Hartlepool and it is reported that several persons were killed or wounded. The German raid apparently was per formed by a few fast cruisers and so far as is known the main British and German fleets were not engaged. London has a report that two German warships were sunk. The British Admiralty stat ed that naval encounters were in prog ress but details as to size of the engagement and the outcome were lacking. Official announcements from the British official information bureau came through with unusual celerity. Some of these dispatches wern passed by the censor and transmitted to New York in about an hour, as compared with delays of two to four hours, which are not un usual in tie forwarding of news from London. Although the raid on England over- Continued on Klfchth I'afff. AN EYEWITNESS DESCRIBES SHELLING OF SCARBOROUGH Hull, Dee. 16. Via London, 1.40 P. M.—James Harvey Scott, of Scarbor ough, who arrived here after the bom bardment of the seaside resort by the Germans, said: "1 could uot believe it was a real attack; 1 thought the battleships were practicing. Then I saw a shell fall on the roof of a house which caught fire and there was a cloud of smoke. I also noticed that the Balmford Ho tel, right in the center of the town, was struck. As I walked to th e sta tion I saw sheils bursting overhead and at the station shells fell into the yard. A i«>rter than picked up a fragment. "A man accompanied by his wife and children, came running into the station, saying t'tiat the roof of their house had been damaged by shells." Another eyewitness from Scarbor ough said that a large amount of debris was scattered about the square near the railway statiou by the shell fire. Roofs of lK>uses were torn away, win dows were broken and hole* were bored entirely through some houses. The huge chimney at the brick works was knock ed down. It is reported here that word had been received that au attack by the Germans was anticipated and that con sequently the authorities were in readi ness to meet it. The coast defenses had been thoroughly prepared anil all the units of infantry and artillery were at their stations and in the trenches. t"p to 3 o'clock this afternoon no re liable estimates of the casualties were available. GERMAN YVARSHIPei DRIVEN OFF BY HARTLEPOOL FORT London, Dec. 16, 11.20 A. M.—The official bureau announces that German movements of importance are taking place in the North Sea and that the Germans are shelling Scarborough and Hartlepool. The official announcement regarding this important development follows: ''German movements of some impor tance are taking place this morning in the North Sea. Scarborough and Hartle pool have been shelled and our flotillas have at various points bee« engaged. The situation is developing." Ijondon, Dec. 16, 1.46 P. M.—A statement given out by the Official In formation Bureau says that the German warships which have been bombarding the Ea-tern coast of England have been driven off by the West Hartlepool fortress. . ENTIRE ROWS OF HOUSES AT HARTLEPOOL DESTROYED London, Dec 16, 2.30 P. M.—The Xiw Castle "Evening Chronic.le" places the number of German cruisers which bombarded Hartlepool at three. It says that these cruisers were at tacked almost im nediatelv by four British destroyers Several entire rows of houses at Hartlepool were destroyed and the gas works were seriously damaged, this newspaper says. It is believed several persons weie killed or wounded. KAISER'S CONDITION SAID TO BE CAUSING OKEAT ANXIETY Paris, Dec. 16. 4.15 A. M.—A Ma drid dispatch published in the "Jour nal '' says: '' Reliable news received here says that Emperor William's condition, al though recorded by the bulletins as im proved, is giving great anxiety. His doctors speak of a serious sore throat, following diphtheria, which the Em peror contracted during a visit to the eastern front." Tribes Declare War on Servla Amsterdam, Via London, Dec. 16, 2.50 P. M. —A telegram from Constan tinople to the "Telegraaf says that the tribes in northern Albania have de clared war on Servia. 1 RELIEF 111 GOLDEXFGCIED River Is Icebound and Skaters Begin Win ter Season at Wild wood Pafk SEVEN DEGREES THIS MORNING Zero Temperature Did Not Materialize But Mercury Will Stay Around Ten For Remainder of Week—Yester day Was 23 Degrees Below Normal There will be ivo decrease in the streniJth of the eoM wave tinning the remainder of the week anil below nor mal te imp Matures win continue, accord ing to officials in change of the local office of the weather bureau. While the ntiniimim mark of last night diil not reach the expected zero murk, the river became icebound dur ing tie night and skating was made possible 011 the lake in Wiidwood ;ark. The ice is nothing to brag about at present, but the continuation of the oold snap Will make it Meal. Four times since 1870 the Susque hanna river at this point became ice bound earlier than this year, but 110 comparison van be made because the municipal dun nearing completion and t r ue i offer dajns arpanU the piers at the Cumberland Valley bridge all served to keep the floating ice intact. There were two small channels open yesterday at nightfall but they were closed this morning. Not As Oold as Yesterday The mercury touched a minimum of T ikvrees here this morning, three ribove the record-breaking temperature of yesterday. Two high pressure areas Continued on RlKhth I'asr. WANTS COMON Fie Lawyer for Dissatisfied Commuters Asks Tener to Remove the SIO,OOO Members of Public Service Board I'd win M. Abbott, an attorney, of Philadelphia, representing business men of that city and th< Commuters' Asso ciation, who are not satisfied with the recent ruling of the Public Service Com missioners in the matter of the in creased passenger rates put into effect yesterday by the Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia & Reading and the Balti more & Ohio railroads in this State, called on Governor Tener this after nodn and, according to Mr. Abbott's statement made afterward, asked the Governor to tire all the Commissioners from theii SIO,OOO jobs and appoint an eutireiv new board. Mr. Abbott first called on the Public Service Commissioners to ask when he Continued on Klxhth Page. DIPHTHERIA CLOSES SCHOOL Pleasant View Grammar Building Closed Yesterday by Order of the State Health Department The Stite Health Department yes terday olosed the Pleasant View grajn mar sc hool building due to an epidemic of diphtheria. Sin<*« the opening of the building in September nearly fifty «wes of the disease have been reported in the schools and a number of deaths have occurred. In order to check its progress it was decided to close the building until after fihe Christmas holidays. This gives aver three hundred * children about two weeks more vacation than they would otherwise have gotten. It is hoped that by January 4, when the school will again open, that the dis ease will have disappeared. $27,000 FOR TEACHERS Christmas Pay Saturday After Lots of Trouble The public school teachers in the Harrisburg district will receive their Christmas pay tiatuTday. The total money to be distributed will be some thing oveT $27,000. There were all kinds of complica tions that may have caused some in convenience in getting out the war ranto. First it was the fear that the board could not organize in time to have the president sign the warwnts and then the printer did not get the new check book out in time. Secretary D. D. Hainmelb&ugh solved this latter problem by making the printer send down some sheets not yet bound i-mthe new book. 565 POUNDS IS WEIGHT The "Two Johns" of the Western Union Telegraph Office Have Been Crack "Wire Ticklers" Since Boyhood ' A • THE TWO JOHNS'' Here are the "Two Johns" of the Westerh Union Telegraph office in Har risburg—two of the most widely known telegraph operators in the State, one of them a "wire-tickler" for almost fifty years, the other since his thir teenth year. "To the right," as the man on the rubberneck wagon says, is William 11. Boggs, night wire chief of the West ern Union, a gentleman who dis-uluv.es the weight at 250 pounds. Mr. Boggs COUGH Ml coin ms m Strikes Bargain Where by He Redeems $20,- OOO.Par Value, Bonds for SIB,OOO TRANSACTION CLOSED TO-DAY Including Interest for the Next 10 Years This is a Gain of $7,120 for Taxpayers—He Has Saved $2,517 In This Year Alone Through the redemption of two hun dred Dauphin county SIOO serial thirty year improvement bonds, due in 1931, at S9O each or $lO below par, County Controller Henry W. Gough and the Board ad: County Commissioners have effected a saving for Dauphin county estimated at something like $7,120. Controller Gough conducted the trans action and to-day asked the Commis sioners to draw a warrant in the sum of SIB,OOO to cover the redemption of the bonds. The dea>l was made with Warner & Fitzharris, Philadelphia brokers, anil was closed on Monday, the bonds ar riving here this morning. A voucher was drawn and the boiuls taken up. The bonds .originally were offered a week ago to the county at sl)4, just $6 below par. Mr. Cough refused to consider the offer, urging tihe company to make a more attractive price, and under a second proposal the brokers agreed to turn over the boruls at 92 1-2. That also was rejected by Mr. n/il in a succeeding communi cation the price was dropped half a point, to 92. That" too was rejected and a fourth offer was made, this time the S9O fig ure being set up by the brokers and Mr. Cough closed the deal. Interest on the bonds from July 1 to the pres ent day, December 15, exactly five and Continued on Seventh PnKe PAPERS SERVED ON DR. STOUGH Evangelist Subpoenaed to Appear for Trial Next Monday Papers were to-day served on tihe Bev. Dr. Henry W. Stough, evangelist, requiring him to appear next Monday at Wilkes-Burre to answer to four separate charges of libel, preferred against him by 'business men whom he attacked in an evangelistic campaign in Luzerne county. The subpoena was served by Sheriff Campbell, of Wilkes-Barre. |is a native of franklin county. He l came to llarrisburg from Fayettcville ' in 1869 to visit his uncle, John Hutchinson, who was superintendent of the restaurant in the Pennsylvania railroad station, and in a short time ho , was up stairs among the telegraph op erators. It wasn't long before he was handling a key with the others. Then he j»ot a place in the Western Union and he has. been there ever since, and now, when sixty years have frostc,! his head, he is still ;is useful as ever. Out side of a short time spent in Chambers burg, where he handled a wire in a. | broker's ollice as a diverion, Mr. Boggs has been stationed in Harrisburg all that time. He began to take on i weight at an early age, and he is still accumulating avoirdupois in order to i catch up with his side partner. "To the left" is Harry W. Hitter, ! only 38, and he looks to' be 30, but 'he certainly has "weight for age," as | they say on the turf. Mr. Ritter tips the beam to 315 pounds, and is as ac ! tive as a young fellow of 21. He be gan to look into the mysteries of tele graphing when he was thirteen years • old, and was a messenger boy at the I Western Union at that age. He com ' mitted the Morse code to memory in 9 one night and then set about putting - it into practice, the result being that , in a short time he could receive and e send with the best of them, and he is ' still at the business. He was with ' the Norfolk & Western railroad for a • while, but finally went back to his first j love and William Boggs, and is now e the reliable night man. The two operators strolled into a night photographer's one time and s that's the reason for the picture that s accompanies this story. I CASH AWARDED in BARGAIN CONTEST More Letters Entered for Competition This Week Than Any Pre vious Time PRIZES AGAIN OFFERED TO-DAY There Is Chance to Get Christmas Mon ey in Pleasant Way By Submitting Choice ol Best Offers on Bargain Page of Star-Independent Last Wednesday s bargain page in the Star-Independent called forth more letters than in any previous week's contest., and for the most part they were very good ones. The writers se lected the offers they considered the 'best bargains, and presented good rea sons for doing so. A number of boys and girls were among the leitter writers, as indicated by the handwriting, and they showed tehmselves to be good judges of best bargains. They did very well for a start, and should ketp at it from Wed nesday to Wednesday until they are ajnong the prize-winners. Chance to Oet Christmas Money Another page of bargains appears to-day in this paper, offering readers their last opportunity to get Christmas money in an easy and pleasant way. The usual cash prizes will be awarded next Wednesday for the best letters re ceived by the Bargain Editor on what the writers consider the best offers on the page. The prize-winners this week, unlike preceding weeks, all happen to be of the fair sex. Thejv are: First prize of $3, Minerva Creager, 402 North Third street; second prize of $2, Lil lian Miller, 701 Garfield street, and third prize of sl, Mrs. 8. M. Taylor, 903 North Second street. The winning letters follow: First Prize Winner Bargain Editor. Dear Sir—The "best bargain" to the greaitest number of readers, is the Arcade Laundry advertisement; be cause it insures satisfaction and a just, equivalent for value received. And si* other valuable reasons added. Saves Continued on KltTnik Haze, Mummers Meet To-night The Harrisburg Mummers' Associa tion will meet this evening at police headquarters. Impo r : ,nt business will be transacted and a large attendance is expected. POSTSCRIPT I PRICE, ONE CENT. 1410 25 CRITICAL ME. SITS 511 Declares Protestants Should, Like Catho lics, Take Children Early Intothe Church NURSERY CLOSED BECAUSE OF COLD Evangelist and Party Are Vaccinated to Ward Off Smallpox—Belief Is Expressed That Tabernacle Will Ea Properly Warmed To-night The closing week of the Stough cam paign started nt the tabernacle last night with one of the smallest audi ences at any of the evening meetings. The big building was cold and the nursery was not opened because it could not be properly heated. Dr. Stough, who had just been vaccinated so as to take the greatest precaution against smallpox, to which he had been indirectly exposed, was nevertheless cheerful and displayed his optimism by declaring that lie was glad ho had tho privilege of talking to people so cour ageous as to venture out on such a night, lie said that he believed tho tabernacle wonld be properly heated this evening. Announcement will be i made when the nur.. ry is- to bo re | opened. Delegations of city firemen attended the meeting and a speaking trumpet, ! which has not yet reached the city, | was awarded by Colonel Demming, | president of the Firemen's Union, to I the Royal Firo Company tor the larg ] est attendance. Dr. Stough preached a brief sermon, emphasizing the impor tance'of training children in the church. Believes in Child Conversion "Some persons do not believe a child can be a Christion," he said. "I be lieve in child conversion. When a child is old enough to love its father and mother, it is old enough to lova Continued on Seventh I'ace BELLEVUE TO HAVE COPPER i Police Telegraph and Fire Alarm BOXC3 Are Placed in Residential Section The person whose avocation has been | frightening couples in Bellevue Park and contiguous territory during the : past two summer seasons will have to look to his safety next year for a po lice telegraph station has been placed within tiie confines of the park and aft er it has been placed into service it will be a regular report station on a police beat through the East End. With it on the same standard at Twenty-first and Chestnut streets will be a fire alarm box. The fire alarm box is No. 48 and the same district companies which now respond to Mar ket street boxes on the Hill will re spond to alarms from that box. This box was tested out at noon an 1 was placed in service tliis afternoon. The police telegraph station will he No. 35. It will ultio be equipped with a telephone on the police system. Both boxes are arranged on a standard sim ilar to the ones on Market street. JAMES KISS SERIOUSLY ILL Prominent Former Hotel Man Is Con fined to Apartment With Diabetes x, James RUSH, for many years identi fied with hotel interests in Harrisburgrf is seriously ill with diabetes in h.f apartments in the Bodearmel, Third street near North. Mr. Kuss some time ago retired from the management of the Senate hotel, which he originally established, and after more than half a century with drew from active business pursuits. He was in ill health at the time ami re cently diabetes developed. One foot i< affected to such an extent that he il unable to walk. Fur three weeks Mr. RUSB has bees confined to his bed and his condition has been such as to cause apprehension among his friends. Hp was reported to be feeling somewhat better today. WALL STREET CLOSING New York, Dec. 16.—The closing was heavy. Prices sagged again in the ■final hour from sheer inertia rather than anf pronounced pressure. A num ber of issues went under yesterday's low and several touched minimum prices. Foreign developments were part ly responsible for the heaviness shown by to-day's market. Dealings showed a marked contraction from yesterday'« active session.