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Friday, January 1, 1913,
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MOON S PHASES—
Full Moon, Ist, 30th; Last Quarter. Sth:
New Moon, 15th; First Quarter, 231
f WsUflftN WEATHER FORECASTS
Harrisbttrg and vicinity: Increasing
D cloudiness aud warmer to-night,
urday unsettled, probably snow or rain.
Jk*' Kastern Pennsylvania: Increasing
Xt/f cloudiness and warmer to uiglit. Satur
day unsettled, probably «no<v or rain,
I «w*t/l warmer in south portion; moderate
southeast to south winds.
BRITAIN S SANE ATTITUDE TOWARD NOTE
The attitude assumed not only by the press of
Great Britain and the people of that nation, but
also by the British government toward the protest
of the United States concerning delays to American
commerce due to search of vessels by the British
fleet, removes all cause for uneasiness lest any per
manent misunderstanding can result from the situa
tion brought about by President Wilson's firm and
All the British appear to be giving that serious
consideration to America's demand which it merits.
They are not belittling the importance of the pro
test either from the British or the American point
of view. They, both officially and unofficially, are
exhibiting a disposition to give due and fair, con
sideration to the representations of this government
and. what is best of all, are manifesting no resent
ment at the stand taken by this country in its cau
did yet friendly note.
One of the most encouraging l things about the
attitude being manifested by Great Britain is that
the British government shows 110 disposition to
quibble over technicalities. It has been contended
that under the terms of The Hague agreement
Great Britain would be entitled to take one year iu
determining her course with regard to the protest,
but it is evident that the British War Office, recog
nizing that such a delay would result in prolonging
the conditions complained of to the continued detri
ment of American shipping interests, has no inten
tion of exercising its technical right under inter
national law to postpone adjustment of America's
grievance for such an unnecessarily long period.
That this is the British government's attitude
may reasonably he concluded from the text of a
statement issued yesterday from the Official Infor
mation Bureau in Loudon, as follows:
An answer to the American note of protest against the
detention of American shipping will be drawn as soon as
possible. It will be in the same friendly spirit in which
the American note is written.
QUEER SCIENTISTS THE EXCEPTION
Among the scientists gathered in Philadelphia for
the convention of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science is one who has a most odd
specialty. He is existing in this world, we are told,
solely for the purpose of studying and classifying
fungi found on the wings of certain South Amer
Now these fungus growths are in no way injuri
ous and, it is held, have no possible interest for any
human being iu the world except for the eccentric
scientist who is uselessly investigating them. Their
only distinction is that they are the subject of per
haps the most fruitless line of scientific research
Yet the man who assigned to himself this work
of investigation that he might purposely carry on
the most purposeless research he knew of, is an
expert in his specialty and as such must be re
spected. He is presumably the only man on earth
who is intimately acquainted with certain varieties
of one particular species of fungi of the thirty
thousand or more species known to exist. He can
speak with authority in this domain of human
knowledge, and there is nobody to question him.
Scientists as a class, however, do not confine their
activities to such narrow fields, and their researches
are not so useless. The student of the fungi is an
exception among scientists, not an example. There
is no point of likeness between him and the great
number of leientific thinkers who are busily aiding
HARRISBUKG STAR-INDEPENDENT, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 1, 1915.
the world's progress, unless it be that of passion
for deep investigation into things which research
has never before penetrated.
DAMAGE TO PARCEL POST MATTER
When a parcel post package is damaged in tran
sit, the recipient, if he is endowed with ordinary
human nature, will blame the government carriers
for carelessness, and Uncle Ham's employes will
naturally be disposed to place the responsibility on
the sender of the luckless parcel. It might save
time if a person who gets a battered package in
the mail would seek an explanation direct from the
one who posted it, in case he insists on any expla
nation at all. '
The railway mail clerks are unnecessarily rough
with parcel post matter, according to persons who,
although they have never witnessed actual hand
ling of the mail, are nevertheless certain that their
ideas about how it is done are undeniably correct.
The mail clerks sleep on the mail, it is said, and
when they move it they handle it without any ten
To these charges the cjerks reply that a bed of
plow-points, hat-boxes and pump-handles is not
very tempting, even should they at times find op
portunities to sleep. They complain that damage
to parcels occurs because ot" poor wrappiug, that
butter, molasses and berries are shipped in buckets
with the lids tied 011 with light cords, and the whole
covered with flimsy paper on which the address
often is written with lead pencil. They are doing
their best, they assert, with the sorts of packages
entrusted to their care.
The suggestion lias been made occasionally that
since Uncle Bam is so strict in his requirements
in the matter of preparing parcels for mailing he
should take better i-are of them when he gets them.
The whole difficulty seems to be that, even though
the department insists on special packing, there
are too many postmasters iu small towns and in
larger ones, who let insufficiently protected matter
go by. If all parcels were properly prepared for
mailing, then all damages could be blamed on the
government's clerks and carriers, but not other
Loss by damage to packages in C. 0. D. and in
sured parcel post mail, according to a government
report for the past fiscal year, has been reduced to
seven one-hundredth of one per cent. When the
casuali ties are diminished to that extent in ordinary
parcel post mail, there will not be much to arouse
Be sure to write it: "one-nine-one-five!"
Why do they call them "mummers" when tliey make so
Some fellows were left behind when the water wagon
started at midnight.
Again we are reminded there is nothing new under the
sun. Old Father Tipie has been an aviator since the world
At one of the fashionable New Year's Eve dances the
"old fashioned waltz" was a number on the program.
A few of the older residents remembered how to do it
And now the college student faces the bugabee of re
turning to midnight oil and the midyears! We are glad
to have him with us it' only to learn how we ought to
wear our clothes.
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
HE CAME CLOSE TO IT
Governor .lames B. Cox. of Ohio, remarked at a diuuer
the other evening that the public school teacher has no
easy job in filling the youngster's head with knowledge,
and told this story as an illustration:
Some time ago. a young teacher was instructing a junior
class in history, and try as she would she couldn't impress
on the mind of one of the small boys that Columbus dis
covered America in 1492. /
"Look here, AN illie," she finally said, "T am going to
tell you the date in rhyme so that you wou't forget it.
'ln fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the
ocean blue.' Now, then, can you remember that!"
"Yes, ma'am," was the smiling rejoinder of Willie. "I
can hold on to that all right."
"Willie," remarked the teacher the next morning on
calling up the class, "when did Columbus discover
"I got her all right," grinned the youngster, confidently,
" 'ln fourteen hundred aud ninety-three Columbus sailed the
deep blue sea.' " —Philadelphia Telegraph.
POLITE AS STRANGERS
Aunt Maria has been a cook in both boarding houses and
private families, and she has often commented on how
much more common quarrels, harsh words and scraps were
in the families than in the boarding houses. At, last she
took a job in a private family where peace reigned. One
day she said to her mistress:
"Missus, is all yo' familyt"
"Yes, Maria," said her mistress. "Why do vou ask?"
"Well, nobody would a thought it," was the reply. "Dey
act so nice to each other dat you would think dey was per
fect strangers."—Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph.
GOOD NEWS FOR HOBSON
John Wilson, assisting Bud Boyatt, whom he shot last
week while they were both intoxicated, appeared before
Notary Public Blevens and both solemnly swore they would
not take another one—for a year.—McCreary County ( Kv.)
It must be admitted that the ownership of the Panama
Canal requires not only great wealth but exceptional polite
ness and patience.—Washington Star.
A COURTEOUS APOLOGY
An interested visitor who was making a call in the
tenement district, rising, said:
"Well, my good womau, I must go now. Is thore any
thing I can do for youf"
"No, thank ye, mem." replied the submerged one. "Ye
mustn't mind if I don't return the call, will ye? I haven't
any time to go glummin' meself."—Ban Francisco Argo
"Ah, my poor man," said the benevolent old lady, "I sup
pose you are often pinched by want and hunger, are you
"Yessum, and cops."—Cincinnati C'ommurcial-Tribune. I
|T ongue-End Topics I
The Old Plan of New Year's Calls
• 'When grandma danced the min
uet '' —no, not that far back, but just
far enough back so that the present
generation has no knowledge of it—
it was the custom in Harrisburg to
make New Year's calk, and from
Christmas to the first day of tho year
active preparations were made in many
homes to receive visitors on that day.
It was a very gala occasion, ami the
beaux and belles of Harrisburg were
very much alive to that fact, as well
as the heads of families. It was '' open
house'" day of all days in the year,
aud from morn to night the visiting
was kept up and New Year greetings
exchanged. There was grea.t rivalry
as to who could have the largest list
of callers, and a careful count was
kept of aM who entered to convey
greetings as well as of tho"cards left
in the ribl>on-deoora.ted can! baskets
that hung in the halls. The good lady
of the house and her daughteis were
very solicitous lest sonic rival should
overtop them in the matter of the num
ber of visitors.
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Reaux Always Wore Top Hats
The beaux, of course, were the cal
lers, and for the occasion they always
wore the very gladdest toggery they
owned. Xobodv dreamed of wearing
other than a top hat —by that meaning
a silk topper—and it must be a brand
new one. The fair maidens of the Har
risburg mansions began their receptiou
of visitors about 10 o'clock in the
morning, and thoso who we're not re
ceiving at huiue were generally in the
receiving line of some friend, aud the
young fellows were sure to get a
welcome. Added to the warm welcome
was the cake and with the cake went
New Year's Punch Had a Punch
A New Year's punch was something
to talk about. It was generally con
cocted by the pater from a recipe
handed down to him. and it was filled
with strong waters—Santa Cruz rum
being one of the ingredients. The
young fellow who looked upon that
punch too frequently was apt to get his
language mixed before the day was
over, and it is related that he was .just
as apt to get the location of his resi
dence inixej, s-o that it was late—oh,
so late —before he arrived at his domi
cile that night. Many are the funny jn
cideuts told of Old Harrisbnrg on New
Year's, and the young fellows who look
ed upon the punch bowl when it was
red. white and blue and other colors—
assorted, *o to speak.
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The Ribbon-decked Baskets
Bat the old custom of "receiving''
on New Year's Day died out, and in
stead of receiving visitors the custom
of hanging a ribbon-decorated basket
011 the front door came into vogue.
Therein visitors deposited their cards,
showing that they still observed the
calling custom. In time even the bask
et at the front door was discarded, and
the good old custom of making New-
Year's calls diet! out with the disap
pea: ance of the basket. It is recorded
that one of the reasons for discarding
the basket was the bad actions of the
small boys in the various neighbor
hoods, they considering it fun to place
all kinds of obnoxious things in the
baskets, much to the dismay of the
basket-owners when they came to ex
amine them in the evening to sec who
were on their calling list.
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Dead Bat in a Basket
For instance, in one of the pretti
est baskets 011 a North Second street
residence was found a rat that had
evidently been dead for some time, but
had been held by a small boy for the
occasion to pay off a score against the
resident of the mlMfcion. And there
were all kind* of scurrilous notes found
iu the baskets, much to the distress
of the good people who had hung thefai
so conspicuously. The receiving line
disappeared and with it the cake ami
punch,—which was a good thing for
the promotion of temperance,—and
with the going of the card basket the
mail was brought into use, and now
there is no prettier custom than to mail
a New Year's card, ami the postal
clerks will bear witness to the fact
that it is kept up very largely in Har
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Times Have Changed
Those were good old days, but what
would you? They no longer dance the
minuet. These are tango times, and'the
re velrv of the mummer displaces tba
joys of New Year's calls.
THOMAS M. JONES.
Kaiser'b Best Wishes for the U. 8.
Berlin, Jan. I.—Emperor William of
Germany has sent from the army head
quarters a message to President Wil
son, conveying his wishes for a happy
New Year. The Kmperor also ex
presses his best wishes for the welfare
of the United States.
Saturday, January 2nd. we will give
a beautiful \
to all who visit our store.
None given to children.
H. J. Fornwalt
1807 North Third Street
THE GLOBE > THE GLOBE
You've Resolved to Save
HERE'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY
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the highest character of custom tailoring. Too many black suits on hand, m H
Conservative styles to tit the stout man—the tall stout man —the long lanky /■ ■ $
fellow and the normally built man. Special Saturday only at...
America's Best Suits, Values to $25 at $ 16-75
Unusual to offer such famous suits as Fashion-Clothes—Atterbury System and
Adler-Rochester Suits. They need no further recommendation save to "| 'TfT
say that they are without question most remarkable values at I
Men's Snappy Chinchilla Overcoats, Regular S2O Values at
Strikingly handsome Double Breast Chinchilla Overcoats with shawl collars —
the kind that will withstand the severest wintry blasts. Satin lined yokes and
sleeves and fancy plaid backs. Beautiful Blues and Oxford Grays.
$11.75 For High=Grade Balmacaan Overcoats, Worth to S2O
A maker of High Cla*js Overcoats accepted our offer for the sample coats
which he had 011 hand. They arrived this morning—and are the choicest variety of
superior-quality Bahnacaans we have shown this season. Many CM 1 rjfr
worth S2O. For Saturday only at ' vll# lu
CORDUROY TROUSERS—the best grade—all lined with exceptional quality of QfT I
heavy drill—seams guaranteed not to rip—regularly sold at $3.50. Special at I
Boys' $8,50 and $lO Overcoats at $6.85 $7.50 and $8.50 Boys' Suits at $6 85
Regular and Balruacaan styles in a splen- Several lots of higher grade Boys' Suits,
did assortment ot rough Scottish Tweeds. including the famous RIGHT-POSTURE
\ dour-finish Cassimeres and Cheviots—eon- HEALTH SUlTS—neat Pin Stripes, Plaids,
vertible and shawl collars sizes 12 to IS Mixed Tweeds and Blue Serges—all sizes,
$6.50 Chinchilla Overcoats at $5.00 $6.50 Boys' Suits at $5.00
For the "little fellows" 2 to 9 years old— Sturdy built suits of choicest fabrics—
button snugly to neck —plaid worsted lining Cheviots, Cassimeres and Blue Serges. Lat
—Navy, Oxford, Gray and Brown. est models—some with extra Knickerbockers.
$2.50 Silk Shirts at $1.95 $5 Shaker Sweater at $3.95
Pure Silk Shirts in a beautiful variety of 'he famous Pennsylvana-Knit Shaker Swent
, • ~ • , «. , ~ . . ... ' , ers—shawl collar and made with patented "NO
plain and striped effects shirts that will stand TAIR" buttonholes. Gray, Navy, Blue and
the tub—wear well and always look line. Maroon.
Special Value Cape Gloves at (I Men's Underwear at SI.OO
English Walking Gloves of splendid qual- Such sterling quality underwear as Dr.
ity heavy Capeskin—in rich shades of tan — Janeway's Worsted, I)r. Wright's Fleece,
well made—regular and cadet sizes—are * Natural Wool, heavy ribbed Egyptian cotton
verv special values at SjSI.OO. and Peerless Uiiion Suits at $1 the garment.
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BRUMBAUGH OPPOSED TO
Wants Short Meeting of Legislature,
But One Long Enough to Enact AU
Party Pledges and Those He Indi
1 Special to the Star-Independent.'*
Philadelphia. Jan. I.—Governor-elect
Brum'baugh, upon his return yesterday
from Pitts-burgHi, reiterated his de.-lara- j
tions made in the Smoky City that he]
desired the election of a Speaker of the
House of Representatives who is in svm
pathy with his platform pledges. He
further stated that he would also insist
that the Legislature carry out these
While I>r. Brum'baug'h 'has not as vet
announced his support of Charles A. Am
bler for Speaker, it is now generally
understood that the Montgomery coun
ty representative is his ■candidate for
the place and has accordingly 'been
slated 'by the Organization leaders. Dr.
Brum'baugh, in expressing his views yes
terday, declarged that he was opposed
to the Republican 'caucus of next Mon
day night fixing a date for the ljegisla
ture to adjourn.
"The date for adjournment should
Ibe fixed in the legislative halls and
'by all t'he members," said fhe Gov
"I am in hearty accord with Senator
Penrose's opinion that the session should,
bo a _ short one but the session should
l>e long enough to enable the legisla
ture to keep the pledges made by the
party and contained in ray platform.
"The next Legislature will contain
many new memibers and it is not pos
sible for any man to say at this time
how well they will work together in
tihe matter of facilitating legislation.
The new inemibers 'must have time to
find tihemselves, so to speak. I have
said and I repeat tihat I am ib favor
of a short session, but I am not in fa
vor of the Legislature adjourning he
fore it has done the work that the peo
ple of the State have a right to expect
Dr. Brum'baug'h was asked what
measures he included in his- program
for the Legislature. "The whole pro
gram," he replied; "what the State
platform pledges the party to, as well
as my own." -
Dr. Brum'baugh ridiculed reports of
leaks regarding his cabinet. "The per
sonnel of my calbinet will be known iu
good time," he said. "Meanwhile there J
is nothing definite."
Walter 11. Gai'ther, recently named j
by Governoc Tener as « member of the i
Public Service Commission, visited l>r. I
Brumbaugh during the morning and Dr. I
Brumbaugh during the afternoon called i
upon Governor Tener in the Bellevue-1
Stratford. Neither the Governor nor |
the Governor-ele-t would discuss the |
rumors concerning recent appointments J
to be presented to the State Senate for
confirmation. Governor Tener said he!
expected to clear "his desk before leav- !
ing Harrisburg. lie will reside at the
Maidstone apartments, Philadelphia,
practically adjoining the home of Sen
j ator Penrose, on Spruce street, near I
I Broad, after the inauguration of Dr. I
j Brumbaugh, but will retain his voting '
i residence in Charleroi.
! JILTS FIANCE FOR HIS FRIEND
| Graduate of Vassar Proves raise to j
N«w York. Jan. 1. —A romance that
began while Miss Adelaide Requa, a
Vassar graduate, was engaged in re
search "work at Columbia University,
cirlminated 'Monday in her marriage to j
Horace A. Lake, an attorney of King- i
stou, Jamaica. Yesterday the couple [
sailed on the United Fruit steamship'
Santa Marta, and t'heir story became j
Five months ago, Miss Requa, tfhosc j
home is on Riverside drive, was the I
affianced sweetheart of Alee Sherlock, a
millionaire planted of Jamaica. The!
war caused nim to make a hurried trip |
to England, and lie brought with him to j
New York his friend. Horace Lake. He :
introduced bake to CMiss Requa and then |
continued his journey across the Atlan
During his absence his sweetheart de
ckled to change her mind, and write
'him that she had promised to 'become
Some Novelty for Your
Den or Cozy Corner
Genuine French Briar. Just the p
postage prepaid for UUc each.
Address MUTT AN
\ Mrs. bake. Sherlock; it is said, joined
the British forces instead of returning
TAXES EVERY SIX MONTHS
Proposed System Receives Favorable
Consideration in Wisconsin
Chicago, Jan. I.—One of the latest
Wisconsin ideas is that of havirg a
j semi-annual payment of taxes instead
I of annual. A bill for that purpose WHS
passed in 1913, and was vetoel by
Governor lMd3overn, but the Legisla
ture is to take U'p the matter rt the
, approaching session. Governof-elect
PhiTipp is in favor of the chance.
The main argument is that tfie farm-
J ers thus would have a portioir of their
tax money for six months, whtroas now
' it is kept idle in the treasuf of the
j State. It is asserted, too, that/the farm
-1 ers often are obliged to sell fieir prod-
J nuts at a disadvantageous ti«e to meet
! tax liabilities.
The objection to the plan is that of
cost. The energy required u make two
I collections would be much frpater than
that needed under the prcseii system.
Victoria New Year's Bill
An exceptional selec.tioi of motion
I pictures comprises to-day 7 program at
j the Victoria theatre, 223 jarket street.
"The (juest of the Saeril "Gem," a
| strong photodrama in foil parts, heads
j the bill. It is an excee«Jngly interest
j ing story showing Hind? life at close
II view in an intensely plot.
Another headliner at he Victoria to
■ j day is a thrilling Weston drama "The
11 Passing of Two-Gun 1 feks,'' in two
I reels. It is full of paths and tragedy
! ansd romance in a picaresque setting.
| A woman's love is plaed on a bet
which is lost showing the sportsman
ship and self-denial o, the loser.
The program will fc concluded with
"The Tin' Can Shac'," an American
i studio drama. AdV. *
pipe for a good snjke. Sent by mail
rD JEFF PJ»E CO.,
lent, Harrisbnrg, jt.