The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, December 29, 1914, Image 1
THE WEATHER RAIN TO-NIGHT CLOUDY TO-MORROW Oetclled Report* Page 6 8IT*?"«VJ. KD VOL. 77—NO. 21. ENGLAND IS LIABLE FOR BIG DAMAGES! May Eventually Have| to Pay Large Sums' for Detention of' American Cargoes PRESIDENT GIVES VIEW ON SUBJECT Mr. Wilson States Opinion in Refer ring to American Note to Great Britain For Better Treatment of U. S. Commerce By Associated Press. Washington, Dec. 29.—President Wilson, referring to-day to the Araeri < sn note to Great Britain, insisting on better treatment for Ameri in com merce, declared that large damages eventually would have to be paid by England for unlawful detention of American cargoes. The President coupled a confirma tion of this morning's publication of the sending of th» note and of its con tents with the statement that the gov ernment could ileal confidently with the subject only if supported by absolutely honest manifests. He said the great embarrassment to the government in dealing with the whole matter was that some shippers had concealed contraband in the cargoes of non-contraband arti cles, for example, under a cargo of cot ton. So long as there were instances of that kind, the President said, sus picion was cast on every shipment and all cargoes were liable to doubt and search. Republican Leader Mann's Views Vigorous criticism of the adminis tration policy in Mexico and on-en dorsement of the protest to Great Brit ain against the seizure of American neutral vessels were coupled in the House by Republican header Mann. "Our rights on the high seas," said Mr. Mann, discussing the protest to England, "must be upheld with dig nity and firmness. I commend the ad ministration for the position it has taken. I do not believe that we ought to resign all our rights on the seas to foreign countries. England has continu ally and persistently seized neutral vessels carrying neutral cargoes to neu tral ports. "We wish to keep out of this Euro pean war. But we do not intend, in or der to keep out, to say to the warring nations you may do what you please without regard to our rights. There is no danger of our being involved in this war by protecting our rights. Eng land cannot afford to go to war with us. Neither can Germany." Washington, D. C., Dec. 29.—Official Washington awaited with much inter est the outcome of the expected con ference in London to-day between Am bassador Page and Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary for the presentation of a long note from the United States government insisting that the legitimate commerce of this country should not be unduly molested by the British fleet. The communication, prepared by- President Wilson and his advisers in the State Department, reached Lon don to-day and was regarded here as the strongest representation on the subject of commerce made by the Unit- Contlnued on Mntk I'nge. Small Steamer Sunk by Mine London, Deo. 29, 3.10 A. M.—The Glasgow steamer Gem, a small vessel of about 500 tons, has been sunk in the North sea as the result of striking a mine. Two of the crew were rescued, tiut the fate of the others aboard the Gem is unknown. Russian Cruiser Threatened Tripoli Washington Dec. 29. Captain Oman, commanding the armored cruiser North Carolina, at Beirut, Syria, in formed the Navy Department to-day that it was a Russian cruiser and not an American vessel which recently threatened to bombard Tripoli. Wilson Firm on Philippine Policy By Associated Press. Washington, Dec. 29.—President Wilson told eaHers to-day that his sup port of the Jones bill for ultimate Philippine independence, will not be altered by the recent disturbances in the islands. He declared accounts of the uprising had undoubtedly been ex aggerated. The President intimated he believed the reports were due to ef forts to defeat the cause of Philippine independence. ®)c Star- Jtdtepettkiii LATE WAR MEWS SUMMARY Russian announcements of defeats of the Germans are disputed to-day by the Berlin War Office, which states that the attacks of the invading armies in Po land have made progress and tha v strong Russian assaults have been re pelled. No mention is made, however, of the situation in Gallcia, where the Russians are described as having in flicted a severe defeat on the Austro- German forces. The French campaign for re-posses-1 sion of its lost province of Alsace, ono j of the first objectives of the armies of the republic after th 8 outbreak of the war. apparently is making progress. The ' unofficial reports last night that the al-1 lies were shelling Muelhausen are sup- j plemented to-day by the statement of the French War Office that the town of Steinbach, Upper Alsace, has been in vested. In France and Belgium the fighting drags on, with small victories for each side. The German official announcement tells of the capture of a French trench in a burned forest west of Apremont. The French statement admits the tem porary loss of this trench but adds that it was retaken later after three counter attacks. Both Paris and Berlin mention minor gains, with violent fighting at Continued on Ninth I'nve. 2 HELD ASK THIEVES Men Accused by a Middletown Livery man Are Remanded for Court on Bail, Each (Special to the Star-Independent.) Middletown, Pa., Dec. 29.—'Harry Sheet/, and Morris Mellott, at a hearing before Squire T. C. Smith late yester day afternoon, were declared by D. Miles Sherrick, a Water street livery man, to be the men who on October 10, last, failed to return a team which Sherrick alleges they hired from him early that day. Both were remanded to jail in default of $2,500 bail, each, to stand court trial on the charge of horse stealing. Both horses have been found. One was returned to the liveryman several weeks ago and the other will be brought back in a few days. It is charged that the defendants disposed of both the horses and a phaeton wagon. Sheetz and Mellott were brought to town from Kittanning where they were arrested by C. C. Sturm and W. H. Schmuehl, State policemen. When taken before Squire Smith the defendants said Ihey wanted to waive a hearing, but the Justice questioned the witnesses. Among Shorn was Fred Myers, another Middletown liveryman, who identified the accused men as a pair who, on October 10, last, sought in vain to hire a team from him. WIDOW CLAIMS $5,000 Sues Railways Company for Death of Husband Beheaded in Subway Amelia Walters, widow of John Wal | tors, the workman who was beheaded j by a falling rail at the Second and I Mulberry street subway excavations on i December 10, last, this morning filed : suit against the Harrisburg Railways I Company, claiming $5,000 damages. | The papers were filed by W. L. Loescr, I as counsel. It is charged that Walters came to ! his death through negligence ou the part, of the company. Workmen had | been distributing rails preparatory to : extending the Second street trolley line i in the subway excavation, when' Wal , ters fell down an embankment and was | rendered unconscious. Before work i men could rescue him another rail was dropped, striking one that had been | dropped a moment before, and, acting like a shear, cut oil the top of Wal ters' head. BOY'S DEATH LAID TO HER | Mrs. Keane Accused of Involuntary Manslaughter in Automobile Accident Mrs. Alma Keane, 524 Maclay street, whose'automobile struck and fatally injured John McCormick, 5 years old, j son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob McCormick, 834 Harris street, on October 31, last, j was to-day charged with involuntary manslaughter, information having been [made before Alderman Bolton. Mrs. j Keane was taken before the Dauphin I county court this afternoon when bail was fixed. She will have a hearing be -1 fore Alderman Bolton Thursday morn ing at 10 o 'clock. Mrs. Keane, it is- alleged, was driv j ing north in Third street when her car j hit the boy. The child at first was ear- I ried to his home nearby and later taken Ito the Polyclinic Hospital where he ! died from a fractured skull the same j afternoon. EIRE DRIVER CLAIMS $5,000 Man Injured When Train Hit Chemical Apparatus Sues Railroad A claim for $5,000 damages was filed in court to-day Dy W. L. Loeser, as counsel, for Charles B. Sharp against the Northern Central Railroad Com pany. Sharp was struck by a North ern Central train at Second and Mul berry streets 011 December 17, 1913, it is alleged, while driving up Second street with the chemical wagon of the Paxton Fire Company. His shoulder blade was broken and he was other wise injured, he alleges. It is charged tint he was not warned of the approach of the train and that the grade crossing watchman did not put the gates down in time to prevent the collision. Infant Daughter of Mr. Holton Dies Isaibelle Hershey Holton, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Holton, died of pneumonia yesterday afternoon at 2.30 o'clock at the home of her parents, 1 North Harrisburg street, Steelton. Mr. Holton is private secretary to J. V. W. Reynders, vice president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company. The funeral will be private. HARRISBURG, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 29, 1914 10 PAGES. ■EH GOES ON UTILITIES BOARD Governor Appoints His Private Secretary a Member of Public Service Commission THE SALARY IS SIO,OOO A YEAR Pennypacker Becomes the Chairman and His Term of Office Is Ex tended Two Years—Extensions of One Year for Other Members Announcement was made to-ilay by Governor Tenor that he has appointed Walter Htigus (iaither, for the last four years his private secretary, to be a member of the State Public Service WALTER HUGUS GAITHER Governor s Private Secretary Appoint ed To-day to Public Service Board Commission to succeed the late Judge Nathaniel Ewing. The salary is $lO,- 000 a year. Mr. Gaither is forty-five years old, a resident of Pittsburgh, and has been in public lifp for the last eight years, four of which were with Governor Tell er as his Congressional Secretary in Washington. Previous to yoing to Washington Mr. Gaither was an active newspaperman in Pittsburgh, having been connected with several prominent dailies as political reporter and cor respondent. Mr. Gaither upon receiving the ap pointment this morning at once resign ed the positions of private secretary Continued on Fourth I'aicr. [THE "PRETTIEST (URL" TO WEI) Miss Marie Tailer to Become the Bride of S. Bryce Wing (Special to tli- s.a -In nc'ent. New York, Dec. 29.—The engage ment of Miss Marie Tailer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Tailer, 16 East Seventy-second street, to S. Bryce Wing, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Stuart Wing, West Forty-eighth street, was announced yesterday. Miss Tailer made her 'debut last year. Grand Duke Alexander Michael ovitch of Russia, a cousin of the Czar, I declared when he saw her in Newport j last year that she was '-the most | beautiful girl in all the world." She has been prominent at the race ; meets and horse shows and has taken | part in numerous charity enterta'in -1 merits. Mr. Wing is a member of the i Piping Ro-ck and New York Athletic j Clubs. WALKING IS DANGEROUS Rain Freezes to Sidewalks—Traffic Not Interrupted A heavy rain which started falling a c 10 o'clock this moruing made walking extremely dangerous. A "thick coating of ice formed on the sidewalks. The temperature was above freezing, but the pavements were cold. No ice formed on wires so as to hinder lines of communication nor waS it of suffi cient strength to hinder trolley or rail road traffic. There is no prospect of any immedi ate change in the weather, as it is the result of a storm which is traveling southeastward from the western lake region, its center was in Indiana this morning. The rain will probably cause a slight increase in the river stage, but no important change in the ice condi tions are likely to occur. The lowest temperature fixed for to-night is 36 de grees. Trampled to Death by Horse Philadelphia, Dec. 29. —tili|»pery sidewalks and road-ways, caused by rain which froze as it fell, caused one death and numerous accidents in this city to-day. William Munp'hy, 57 years old, walking in the street, because of the icy -pavements, slipped and fell di rectly in front of a horse and was trampled to death. Aged Man Injured by Fall on Ice New Holland, Pa., Dec; 29. —R. M. Storb, proprietor of the New Holland marble yard, fell Sunday while on his way to church and was badly injured. The icy pavement threw him violently to the ground. He is 82 years of age and the injuries may prove fatal. LOWER TDK RATE FINALLY CARRIES City Commissioners Fix It at 9 Mills for 1915, and Approve Budget of $552,162 ROT AL RAPS CLARK LAW Says in One Year Under Commission Form of Government City Has Paid SID.KOH for New Jobs, Increased Salaries and Improvements The ordinances fixing the city tax I rate for 1915 at nine inula and mak ing deprtmental appropriations total ing $.">62,162.73 were passed finally by the City Commissioners this after ' noon. Immediately before final action was ! taken on the tax levy measure Mayor Royal declared that in his opinion tho I city cannot take care of the increased i appropriations with the decreased tax j rate, announced that the tax rate for | 1916 cannot possibly be fixed at less j than nine and one-half mills and added j that it may go soaring to ten mills, i The mayor further remarked that ; the Clark commission form of govern ment, under which the city is now j working, is not the means of running i the city at less cost than when the old two-council system was in vogue, and i wound up by saying that. since the five-member Commission has been op | erating the affairs of the city, new po sitions have been created, salaries i raised and improvements made costing | the city no less than $49,808. However, when it came to voting on j both the tax levy and the budget, all five Commissioners, including the niay- I or, cast their ballots in the aftirma j tive. | Not Economies, Says Mayor I Denpite contradictory statements from | all his colleagues, the Mayor insisted j that while some increases come natur ally with the growth of the city, "it | is not fair that the people should be i made to understand that the decrease j in tho tax rate is due solely to an eco ; nomical administration of the City's af , fairs under the Clark act." To Hint he ndde»l: "The only reason 1 you could decrease the tax rate this j year was 'because we did not make an appropriation to certain of the sinking | funds which had previously been taken j care of." | In response to a remark from Com ; missioner Taylor to the effect that the | City Solicitor rendered the Commission i an opinion to tihe effect that it could j not appropriate money to the sinking fund, since the moneys which must be i available in that fund already have | been appropriated, the Mayor remarked I that he could not understand "why we can't make the appropriation this year, Continued on Fourth I'njfc. BOWMAN PROPOSES NEW CUTS IN WATER RATES Introduces Ordinance That Would Bene fit Both Large and Small Consum ers—Would Mean $25,000 Less Revc n ue Annually to Department Another cut in i he city water rates— one that will mean a reduction in the City Water Department revenues of from $25,000 to $26,000 a year, equiv i alent to more than half a mill on the j City's present realty valuation of $49,- 000,000 —is planned by Harry F. Bow man, Commissioner of Public Safety, • under an ordinance he introduced at the meeting of the City Commissioners this afternoon. The measure passed first reading and ! will come up for second reading and : final passage at next week's meeting. I Unlike other reductions Mr. Bowman i made in the wate: rates, both this year | and last, this cut will affect generally , the private families and the hotels and j restaurants. Under the present rate of ,12'/, cents per 100 cubic feet—7so ; gallons—the consumer is allowed to I utilize 4,000 cubic feet of water for the annual charge of $5. The reduced rate will be 10 cents I per 100 cubic feet, so that for the mini i mum charge of $5 the consumer will | be allowed to use 5,000 cubic feet of ! water. In a letter which accompanied ! the ordinance reducing the rates Mr. ! Bowman said: "This new rate also benefits the small manufacturer, hotels, restaurant keepers and all users of water who heretofore have paid the 12Vi-cent rate.'' This reduction alone, according to Mr. Bowman, will mean a cut in the annual revenues of the Water Depart ment of something like $22,810.10. However, that is but one of three rates that will be reduced. For those consumers—principally the large ho : tels —now using less than 5,000 gallons j of water daily the rate will be changed from 10 cents per 1,000 gallons to 9 cents. Half a cent, it is proposed, also will be deducted from the rate charged con sumers whose daily average is not less than 5,000 gallons and not more than 10,000. This rate heretofore has been BVj cents per 1,000 gallons, whereas the ordinance provides only 8 cents shall be charged. Mr. Bowman informed his colleagues that the Water Department is entirely aible to stand the reduction in its reve nues, since the unexpended balances and excess revenues this year will amount to something like $80,216.45. SPEAKER CLARK'S DAUGHTER, WHO IS TO WED NEWSPAPERMAN V k. BHL ciaf?K l V i,\sr i rrrr -* a* •>»»>» w uncord Washington, D. C., Dec. -fc. —The [ | wedding of Mass Genevieve ("n:k ami j j James M. Thomson, whose engagement j has just been announced by Speaker of the House and Mrs. Champ Clark, par- j j ents of t'he former, will be an event I ' of the spring or early summer at Honey- \ shuck, the Clark home at Bowling j Green, Mo., and will culminate a ro- j WHITE WOIAN IS FELLED Ml . v. • I Police Redouble Efforts to Land Man Who Has Assaulted Three Women NEIGHBORHOOD SEARCH FAILS Dozen Bluecoats Engage in Hunt After He Knocks Down North Tenth Street Woman Who Is Taking Clothes From Line The Harrisburg police are redoubling their efforts to ca'.cli the negro who three times within a week has assaulted white women. Last night and the night before a dozen policemen scoured the sections of the city where he has ap peared. Last night he scaled a fence at the rear of a North Tenth street house, where a woman was taking some clothes from the line He struck her on the side of the face with his fist and felled her to the ground. Her screams at tracted her husband, who was inside the house, and the negro mado good liis escape into an alley at the rear of the yard His appearance was reported to the police, who searched the neighborhood, ■but he could not be found. Two other similar cases have been reported to the police and in each case the descriptio ll of the man was the same. He is of slight build, light complexioned and wears a little mustache. On Sunday a man answering this description rapped on tho rear door of a North Seventh street house and a little boy answered the rap. The ne gro inquired for the boy's father. On being informed that his father was up stairs he left, saying he would see him again. The father immediately noti fied the poliee, but a close search failed to locate him. Chief of Police Hutchison is anxious to land this man ar.d asks the co-opera tion of the citizens in general for their aid. Charcoal Fire Starts Blaze When a charcoal fire was built in what appeared to be a fire place in the front room on the second floor of the Hotel Detroit, 422 Market street, the flue caught fire. The fire was con fined to the room in which it originated. The Aaronson store on the first floor suffered a trifle by water. The loss will not exceed S2OO. Arm Fractured in Coasting Accident James Cooper, 7 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Cooper, of Camp Hill, suffered a fractured left arm in a coasting accident noar his home yester day afternoon. He was admitted to the Harrisburg Hospital for treat ment. man begun at the National Demo i ratio convention at Baltimore, in 1912, where 'Mr. Clark was one of the leading aspirants for the Presidential nomination. Mr. Thomson was born in 13 7S and is a New Orleans newspaper man. His fiancee, who is remarkaible for her charm of manner and a fair girlish beauty, recently celebrated her nineteenth birthday. FIGHT TO KEEP RCAD CP2N TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS Wormleysburg Borough Council Goes Unanimously on Record as Opposed to Alleged Plan of the Pennsylva nia Eaiiroad Company (Special to tlie Star-Independent.) Wormleysburg, Pa., Dec. 29.—There is a spirited contest on regarding the closing of Ferry street, in this borough, at the Pennsylvania railroad crossing. I'ersons alleged to be looking in the interests of the railroad circulated a 'petition to the court asking that tho road, which has been a public high way for many years, be closed. The purpose is said to be to close tho crossing which is at the foot of a long hill so the railroad company will be re lieved of the responsibility of the trav el over its tracks. Some signatures were obtained in favor of having tho roaid closed. Yesterday a counter petition was circulated and numerously signed by the citizens of Wormleysburg and vicin ity. It was planned to present it to the court in Carlisle to-day. Those opposing the plan to close the j road say such a change would cut off several large farms back of Worinleys j burg and compel those desiring to go jto Fort Washington, Washington I Heights, or Camp Hill to go by the way ! of Lemoyne which is much further and I more inconvenient. Furthermore, it is | set forth, it would cut off the Heights back of Wormleysburg from the town laud prevent the Heights developing into ! a residential section. There is much feeling in the matter and a decided effort will be made to keep the road open. The borough council unanimously passed a resolution protesting against closing the road anil instructed the borough's attorney, in Carlisle, to take any legal measures in his power to prevent the plan being accomplished. ID-19-19-15M5-15-15-15? i Just 101 But City Electrician Diehl Is in a Quandary It having been duly proclaimed and spread broadcast that the Court House bell would boom forth with "1-9-1-5" at midnight. City Klectrician Diehl, after trying to find the man who first said it and being unsuccessful "is now doping out a plan whereby be can sat isfy the demand. Assistant Fire Chief Edward Halbart advanced the idea that a man be sta tioned at fire alarm box No. 19 to pull it at that time, to be followed closely by a pull from box No. 18, but that was not feasible because four rounds of each ■figure would ring and not only from the Court house but from every other bell in t'he fire house, hence the result would be " 19-19-19-19 15-15-15-la." "Besides," argued 'Mr. Diehl, "that would tie up tihe fire alarm system for some time, and we can't do that. So he is now engaged in doping but a sys tem by Which he can strike the nu merals representing the new year with out interfering. It is some .job. Confessed to Killing Little Girl Bp AssoiHatcil Press. Millville, N. J., Doc. 29; The mys tery surrounding the killing last night of Beatrice Bailey, 6 years old, who was struck by a bullet that came through a window at the home of her grandmother, was cleared up to-day when George Hanti, 29 years old, was arrested and confessed, according to the ]>oliee, that he had accidentally shot the Child while trying to kill his sweet heart. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. HUGH FIB MOFHISH Tells State Teachers in Session Here Why- Pupils Should Learn the Language NO REFERENCES MADE TO POLITICS Meeting of Classical Language Section Preceding General Session—Speak er Explains How History of Cae sar's Time Is Being Repeated Governor-elect Martin G. Brumbaugh, in an address at. Technical High school this afteruoon at the first general ses sion of the State Educational Associa tion convention, spoke briefly of the aims of the association, and as his only recommendation, strongly urged tho study of the Spanish language in the pr.'blic schools. He made no reference either to Pennsylvania or to national politics. In his audience were element i ary and high school teachers, normal | school, college and university professors and presidents, county, city and bor ough school superintendents aud many visitors. His address follows: "For this great organization of my co-workers in the dear old Keystone i .State I have a deep and abiding affec- I tion. I attended the sessions here in t I.'■So, when the late and much loved | John Q. Stewart was president. At. I Mnuch Chunk soon after I became a life . memiber and in 1 898, at State College, ; I was your preside.it. "The record of the association '* services to education iti Pennsylvania is a lengthy and honorable one. It has wisely kept from advocating extreme and sensational things. If has steadily and sturdily stoi;:l for the truly pro gressive things in our educational ad \ ance. Schools Aie the People's "The public schools, supported by law, are the people's schools. The peo ple provide the fund by taxation and appropriation for their maintenance. They justly, as well as legally, demand large consideration from our citizens. They exist to make democracy possible. More potent than armies and navies are schools. The soldier and tin sailor must shave with the teacher the honor able and patriotic service of preserv ing our national life. For the schools exist primarily to make our civilization and our civic, progress possible. To them is given, with the home and the church, the honorable task of making the life of the republic secure. These are the institutions m our social order to which we must, always turn for the making of the citizenry we would have the republic possess. Need for Knowledge of Spanish ".lust now, we have a striking il lustration of a great educational need in this country. Almost ten million Continued on BRUMBAUGH SHUNS POLITICS Governor-elect, Here To-day, Says He Has Not Made His Cabinet Selections Dr. 'Martin U. Brumbaugh, Governor elect of Pennsylvania, was in Harris burg to-day, the first time since the election that gave him a majority vote over the combined vote of all the other candidates. Dr. Brumbaugh was hero to attend a meeting of the State Board of Education, his last before he assumes the position as Governor, as he has ten dered his resignation to take effect Jan uary 1. Accompanied 'by James P. Hyatt, hi» personal secretary, Dr. Brumbaugh ar rived here at 11.30 o'clock this morn ing and went at once to the board meet ing. Later the entire party registered at the Commonwealth, anil after lunch eon the board won't to the Technical High school where the State Educa tional Association was 'holding its an j nual session. Later tho educational board mot I again and took up its unfinished busi ness. This evening Dr. Brumbaugh will bo the guest of Governor and Mrs. Tener at the Executive Mansion, and will leave for Pittsburgh about 11 o'clock, where to j morrow he will meet Kopubli can County Chairman Walter .1. <'liristy and Republican City Chairman Charles H. Kline, to confer on the political sit uation in Allegheny county and discuss Western Pennsylvania appointments un der liis administration. Dr. Brumlbaugh was questioned while here on the subject of his cabinet ap pointments but said he had not as yet made any selections for any of his calbinet positions. He intends to tako t'he matter up after his return to Phil adelphia from the west. "I have not told anybody about the make-up of my calbinet," said Dr. Brum baugh. Just who of his immediate family will accompany the new Governor to Har ris'burg when be takes up his homo in tflie Executive Mausion is as yet un decided. Dr. Brumbaugh said his daugh ter, who is a school teacher in Philadel phia, prefers'to teach school rather than come here, but his domestic and Eocial affairs have yet to 'be arranged. WALL STREET CLOSING By Associated Press. New York, Dec. li».—Liquidation of Rock Island collateral Is and Deb enture 5s which fell from 2 to 5 points was the sole feature of the final hour. The closing was irregular. The situa tion growing out of Washington's pro test to England over the detention of this country's commerce imported some heaviness to to-day's market. Most of the leaders were under yesterday's best on a small overturn.