The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, January 02, 1915, Image 1

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Ofttlled Report* Pave I
VOL. 77—NO. 25.
DEC. 4. 1«T«.
Miss Maugans Expires
Early To-day as Re
sult of Accident at
Frontand Walnut Sts.
Coroner Eckinger Starts Inquiry to Fix
Responsibility for Machine and
Trolley Car Coming Togetl ■ r —Rail
way Crew to Be Questional
Miss Grace L. Maugans, a years
old, 310 Forster street, died . arly this
morning in the Harrisburg hospital
from injuries she received when an au
tomobile driven by John J. Hargest, Jr.,
crashed with a Valley Railways Com
pany trolley car at Front and Walnut
streets at 1 1 o'clock last evening.
Three other occupants of the auto were
seriously hurt, but ail are expected to
Miss Maugans was picked up uncon
scious and hurried to the hospita! in
the police ambulance. She was operated
on immediately to relieve a depressed
fracture at the base of the skull, but
sli • ta led to respond to treatment and
her <!■:.*»- n-enrr") «t 3 o'clock. She
also received .i compound fracture of
her right arm and numerous bruises of
the head and body.
With Miss Maugans in the tonneau
of the big touring car were Miss Lillian
Swails, 1410 Green street, and T. Elder
Cleckner, 1112 Green street. All three
were thrown against the trolley car by
the force of tho crash. Miss Swails
was rendered unconscious, but recovered
soon afterward a"d was able tt> walk
to a ward in the hospital aftrtnummt
ment. She is suffering from a badly
wrenched right hip and a sprain of the
back. She suffered a great deal of
pain, but her injuries are not dangerous.
Cleckner suffered a sprain of the back
and an injury to his left knee. An X
ray examination was made at the hos
pital late this afternoon to determine
if the knee was fractured.
Samuel Weber, 160 Sylvan Terrace,
who, with Hargest, was riding in the
front seat of the machine, did not go
immediately to the hospital following
the accident, hut when he began suffer
ing severe pains in his right side he
hurried to that institution. On exami
nation of him there it was found that
four ribs on his right side were injured.
An X-ray examination was made this
afternoon to determine if any were
broken. Hargest, who is proprietor of
the Rex garage, was the only other oc
cupant of the auto and escaped injury.
Coroner Starts Inquiry
Coroner Eckinger started an investi
gation of the accident as soon as the
death of Miss Maugans was reported to
him this morning. The diagnosis of
deith from a fractured skull, as given
out by the hospital physicians, was ac
cepted by the Coroner, who immediate
ly released the body to the girl's moth
er. Ooroner Eckinger will hold an in
<ju«6st as soon a-s the other injured per
sons are out of the hospital. The trol
ley crew and some of the passengers
who witnessed the accident will be
summoned as witnesses. There have
been no trrests.
Miss tlaugans resided with her
mother, Ars. Cora L. Maugans, 310
Forster sieet, who is the only close
relative toUurvive the girl. 'Mrs. Mau
gans was U in bed at the time of her
daughter sWeath and the news was a
great shoclito her. Her condition was
said at her ftime to be slightly improved
this morninL
The autoWlonged to M. H. Gettys,
1718 North Second street, and Hargest
had permissilh t,. hire it out, according
to the latta's statement made last
night followiig the accident. He had
hired it to Wdter, he said.
Hargestg story of Crash
The party returning from a spin
up the river roil, according to Hasgest,
and when the suto approached Walnut
street he saw sveral trolley cars com
ing across the 'eople's bridge toward
the city, but thught at first he could
get across Walnt street ahead of the
trolley car. He said that an instnnt
later he realized he couldn't make it
and applied the rakei, hut the street
was so icy that t was impossible to
Stop the auto.
The front of th automobile ran onto
the track and thefront of the trolley
crashed against it. The rear of the au
tomobile was bronht sharply around,
striking tho trolley and the occupants
of the rear seat ? the auto were
thrown against the-ude of the trolley
Miss Maugans riding on the
right side of the at 0 , which hit the
tiolley car with the, n ost force. The
front part of the automobile was
wedged under the frnt of the trolley
car so firmly that jats had to be em
ployed to release it
iliss Maugans and liss Swails were
employed at Cunninghm's restaurant
at Walnut and Court treets, where a
great many Capitol 111 officials and
attaches take ineala Cleckner is
a graduate of the Ichnical High
School and is employees a traveling
representative by a %risburg shoe
manufacturing firm. \4, Pr j, a promi
nent athlete and is a imber of the
bowling and baseball tei s of the Elk*.
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fflie Star- 4SBmm Inkpcnknt
Two Couples Pinned Under Machine
in Accident at Seneca Street Are
Bescucd "by Party Headed by At
torney H. A. Segelbaum
An automobile going up Front street
nenr Seneca shortly before 6 o'clock
last night skidded on the icy street
ami ■ plunged down over the embank
ment of the river, rolled completely
over twice and pinned the occu|>ants,
two men and two women, beneath it
only a few feet from the ice of the
river. The occupants were not seri
ously injured, and after they were res
cued were able to walk with support.
They made every effort to conceal
their identities. They do not live in
this city.
Tine accident was witnessed by but
one person, a woman walking on Sene
street. The occupants of the car,
it appears, mail® no outery. The wom
an, as soon as she saw the automobile
plunge over the bank, ran to the near
est house, the residence of Attorney
Horace A. Segelbaum, 2401 North
Front street, and summoned help.
Mr. Segelbaum First on Scene
Mr. Segelbaum, Dr. D. J. Reese and
other men in the house lost no time in
reaching the scene of the accident, Mr.
Segelbaum arriving there first. The riv
er bank is so steep at Seneca street
that descent is difficult, but the men
slid down as best they could, and set
to work to right the overturned car.
The head of a man protruded from
beneath the machine, and he told the
rescuers that if they lifted his end he
could work himself out. There was no
movement or sound from the other vic
lonttnurd <■■■ Ninita I'hki-.
She Is One of Half a Dozen Minors
Who Obtain Marriage Licenses
Here This Morning
This was "children's day" at the
marriage license bureau, half of the
| dozen applicants for licenses being
mjnors. One of them Annie Scarchello,
who has consented to wed Linge De
Lutiz, 22, is but 14 years old. She
will not celebrate her fifteenth birth
day until May 9, next. The clerk in
j the marriage license ' bureau hesitated
I somewhat before consenting to grant
tho license and the necessary consent
| of the parents was given and he was
; obliged to issue the papers. The young
lire )rr Harrfsmrrg-.
j William H. Cain, 20, and Sarah B.
| Sihoop, 16, both of MiddletoWn, ob
tained a license, as also did Josef Dres
! nor. 20, and Verona Verner, 17, both
of Billmver. Other licenses granted this
morning included these: Mervin J.
Souders, Churehtown, and Lida Shindel,
21, West Fair view; Wilbert Bollinger,
23, ami Emma Geesey, 18, both of this
city; Josef Toth, 26, and Vera Kovacs,
22, Steelton.
Five Boys Seriously Injured at Walton
ville by Being Hurled Against
a Stone Wall
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Hummelstown, Pa., Jan. 2. Five
; aKonville boys were painfully in-j
: jured in a coasting accident which
occurred at that place on Thursday aift
-1 oruoon. John LafTertv, who was guid
ing the bobsled, on which the boys were
coasting, turned the aled to.the side of
the road to avoid running down two
children and when the .sled struck the
railroad tracks at the foot of the hill,
the occupants were thrown against a
stone wall.~
Romeo Sevastio had his left leg
broken, James Rodney and Louis
<jorenator suffered badly bruised leigs,
Karl Clark had three teeth knocked out
and Lafferty sustained a bruised heel
and sJioukler and had several toes
smashed. Dr. W. C. Baker, of town,
who was on a professional visit to
WaltonviMe at the time of the accident,
attended to the injuries of the boys.
One Youth's Leg Is Broken Wlien Coast
ing on Ann Street Hill
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Middletown, Jan. 2.—Thomas Leech,
son of Mr. and Mrs. <H. Leech, Lawrence
street, had his right leg dislocated at
the ankle while coasting on the Ann
street hill on Thursday evening. He,
with several other boys, was coming
down the hill on a sled and when below
Wood street tried to turn out of the way
for a team when the sled ran into a
tree, injuring young Leech. Dr. C. E.
Bowers was summoned and dressed the
injured leg.
Russel Deibl, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Percy Deilil, Ann street, is also suffering
with a bruised limb, the osuH of hav
ing, it injured on Thursday while coast
ing on Ann street. The lad suffers much
pain, but fortunately no bones were
Finger Cut Off While Coasting
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
New Cumberland, Jan. 2.—While
coasting down a steep hill at this place
yesterday, Daniel, the youngest son of
Mr. and Airs, .fames Weigle, I\>urth
street, had his little finger cut off. He
was thrown from the si' I and it ran
over his 'hand.
Rotary Belgian Relief Fund
It was unofficially announced that
the proceeds for the Belgian relief
fund from Rotary Club week at the
Orpheum Theatre during the week of
December 14, were $462. An official
announcement will be made at a noon
day luncheon of the Rotary Olub next
Baldwin and Wilson
Confident of Victory
-Habgood Admits He
Is Only "Receptive"
Headquarters Are Opened In This City
by the Various Candidates But Few
of the Law-Makers Have Yet Ar
rived for Monday's Caucus
Three candidates for the nomination
j for Speaker of the House in the Re
publican caucus to be held on Monday
night are now in the city and it is ex
pected that by this evening all of the
aspirants will be on the ground. What
is more to the point, all of them "have
Despite the efforts of the adherents
of one or another of the candidates to
j make it appeal that each is supported
;by Governor-elect Brumbaugh or the
Republican State organization, when
pinned down to solid fact none of them
can point to any particular declaration
for any particular candidate on the
part of either Dr. Brumbaugh or the
The candidates here at present are
Richard J. Baldwin, of Delaware, who
came in last night, accompanied by
Chief Clerk Thomas H. Garvin, and was
joined to-day by several county officials
from Delaware, Henry I. Wilson, of
Jefferson, and Robert P. Habgood, of
McKean. Mr. Wilson was accompanied
by Senator Kurtz and Congressman
eiect North, from bis county, and Mr.
I Haiigood had with him former Mayor
Hoffman, of Bradford; Dr. W. A. Os
trander, C. Scott Smith, of the Melvean
"Republican," and Fred Newell, of
Canton, all of whom are substantial
citizens or' McKean county. The candi-
Continued on \lnth race.
Governpr-Elect Declares HimseU Wlth-
in the Speaker
ship Fight
By Associated Press.
Philadelphia, Jan. 2.—Governor-elect
Brumlbaugh to-day announced that he is
in favor of Charles A. Ambler, of Mont
gomery county, for Speaker of the
House of Representatives. The Governor
"I agree with Mr. Lane that the
Speaker should be in sympathy with all
the measures to which I pledged my
self in the primary and fiuni contest.
Mr. Ambler is such a man. His long
consecutive service and his clean Re
publicanism appeals to me and I am for
him for Speaker."
>lr. Lane referred to by the Gov
ernor-elect is David A. Lane, of Phila
delphia, a local leader, who had made
a statement that Amlbler typified every
thing that Mr. Brumlbaugh stood for
and had had his support.
His Housekeeper Also Meets Similar
Fate When Parish House Is De
stroyed By Fire
By Associated Press, t
Cleveland, Jan. 2. —The Rev. Steph
en Makara, 42, pastor otf St. John's
Greeik Catholic cliuireh, and his house
keeper, Mrs. Fedor, were burned to
death early to-day when fire practical
ly destroyed the parish house directly
at the rear of the churoh. Police believe
the fire was of incendiary origin.
Mr. Makara was found dead in his
bed to which firemen finally fought
their way through the flames. The
housekeeper was lying in the hallway
near Mr. Makara's room where she is
believed to have been overcome while
hastening to arouse the priest. He came
here from Philadelphia two years ago.
Mrs. Fedor had been housekeeper only
since Tuesday.
Police to-day learned that the Rev.
Mr. Makara, on November 19, was as
saulted by two men and that he was
released from a hospital only a few
days ago. These two men, according
to the police, beat the priest wi/th clubs
and roibbed him of $147 and his cit
izenship papers. The attack took place
in front of the parish house. That the
men who attacked the priest robbed
him to conceal the real motive of the
attack, is the belief oif the police.
Injured in Fall at Round House
William Stine, 1952 North Seventh
street, a machinist for the Pennsylva
nia Railroad Company, fell five feet
in round house No. 1, this morning, I
badly wrenchinig his right side and
back. He was admitted to the Harris
burg hospital for treatment.
Burglars Make $l5O Haul
Lebanon, Jan. 2. —Burglars entered
and ransacked the hom e of William
Freshley on Forge street at an early
hour yesterday morning and got awa-,
with jewelry and other articles valued
in the neighborhood of $l5O.
Carranza Takes San Luis Potosi
Washington, Jan. 2.—Capture of San
Luis Potosi by Carranza forces was re
ported in adviceß to-day from Galveston
to the agency here.
WRg &
Was Hard Job to Decide the Winners,
but the Schnitzel Bum Band, of
Elizabethtown, Carried Off the First
That th clubs and organizations
who took pare in the mummers' parade
yesterday went to the trouble and ex
pense they did has made the way for
the celebration next year a compara
tively easy one. The parade was not
a long one, but it was so good' that
even the officisls of the Harrisburg
Mummers' Association were surprised
at the showing.
It was a har<Jl job for the judges to
decide the winners and after a lengthy
session following the parade these
awards were made:
Comic—Club or organization, first
prize, Schnitzel Brm band, Elizabeth
town, $25; second prize, Sour Note
band, Lemoy.'ie, sls.
Individual, Ida Mason, $5; unpaid
band, divided, Schnitzel Bum band.
Elizabethtown, $lO, and Sour Note
band, Lemoyne, $1 .
Team, M. H. Hinkle, Hershey, Pa.,
bear and trainer, $lO.
Finest-appearing—Club or organiza
tion, first prize Kevstone Motorcycle
Club, Harrisburg, s*>s; second prize.
Continued on Seventh Pace
City Defective Harry White last
evening noticed D. B. Peek walking on
Market street with an overcoat and
realizing that Peck did not wear one
usually, investigated.
It was later identified, the police say,
as one taken from the Y. M. ('. A. and
belonging to Edward Rinkenbach. The
latter identified the gloves Pec'k was
wearing as his property and a handker
chief in the poeket of the coat. Peek
was sent to jail, changed with larceny.
Calendar for 1915
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The Star-Independent Calendar for
1915 Is another of the handsome
series, featuring Important local
views, issued by this paper for many
years. It Is 11x14 Inches ln/felze and
shows a picture, extraordinary for
clearness and detail, of the "Old Cap
itol," built 1818 and destroyed by Are
In 1897. It Is In fine half-tone effect
and will be appreciated for Its his
toric value as well as for its beauty.
Mall ordera jtlven prompt atten
tion. Remit in eenta In Ntumpa, nnd
nddreaa all lettera to the
18-20-22 South Third Street. Harrla
hur*. Pa.
Keystone of Motorcycle Club Born by Score of Members
Steelton Loyal Order of Moose Entry
"B. F. Brown," Charged
With Odd Swindle.
Arrested Through Ef
forts of Local Police
Prisoner, After Beading Obituary No
tices, Said to Have Collected Big
Prices for Cheap Trinkets From
Relatives of the Deceased
Charged withi sending "C. O. D."
packages through express companies
to dead persons and depending on bho
relatives of the dead, through senti
mental motives, to pay for what event
ually turn out to be almost worthless
trinkets, a man who styled himself as
"B. F. Brown" and is allegeM to have
operated from Harrisburg under the
firm name of B. F. Brown & Co., was
arrested in Lewistown yesterday On a
tip furnished by the police of this
Brown is said to have reaped a finan
cial harvest. His method of operation
was, the police say, to read obituary
notices in the newspapers and from
addresses obtained in that way to send
out the trinkets on the "cash on de
livery" plan. Usually he would get
$2.50 for a twenty-five cent trinket,
the police say. Relatives of a dead
Continued on Ninth Page.
Middletown Hostelry's Fixtures Will
Be Sold to Meet Debts of s»,<>oo
The 'Ann Street hotel, Middletown,
which for moie than a year has been
conducted bv John A. Haas, was to-day
closed by Sheriff Wells and the bar
and fixtures will be sold by the Sher
iff at 10 o'clock next Thursday morn
ing. The Sheriff's action was the re
sult of the issuance of an execution on
a $9,000 judgment note which, it is
said, Haas gave one of his backers who
aided him financially at the time he
took over the hotel.
On the afternoon of the day Haas'
hotel iB to be sold the Sheriff will put
eleven parcels of real estate under the ,
hammer at a sale to b# held in the
Court House.
London, Jan. 2, 3.25 A. M.—The cor
respondent of the "Express" in Athens
reports that a state of panic exists in
Constantinople and that the Turks have
a<bandoned all idea of taking the of
"The Holy Relics," t)he dispatch
continues, "have been removed to
'Bruza, Asia Minor, whither the Sultan
and the porte are preparing to follow.
All available forces, about 150,000 men,
are concentrated in the city.
" Adrian o>ple has been practically
evacuated and the heavy guns thero re
moved to Tchatalja w'hiu> is near tho
Turkish capital. Frenzied entrenching
is in progress along the shores of the
Dardanelles ami the Bosporus and prep
arations are being made to resist the
passage of a hostile fleet.
"The attack on Egypt has been defi
nitely abandoned and the troops have
been recalled to defend the Asiatic side
of the straits and Brusa. Everything
points to Constantinople being the first
enemy's capital to fall."
London, Jan. 2, 4.J 8 A. M. The
Warsaw correspondent of the "Times"
sends a report that six German army
corps have withdrawn from that front
supposaMv to guard against the rumor
ed plans of the Russians to make an at
tack on the German line of communi
cations between Lowicz and Thorn.
The German attack In France and
Belgium, Initiate! in reply to the of
fensive movement of the allies, has de
veloped to such a point that the allies
now are on the defensive along the
greater part of the line. The extent
of the German movement is shown by
to-day'B French statement, which
speaks of a series of night attacks
against the along the front.
These onslaughts apparently were not
in great force however, and the asser
tion is made that they were all repulsed
with ease.
As to the results of recent fighting in
Alsace and the Argonne, along the east
em portion of the front, there is a
sharp conflict in the statements from
Berlin and Paris. The German state
ment says further gTound has been
gained in the Argonne and specially de
nies the claims of the French War Of
fice that half of the Alsatian village of
C«tl»ad OB Math Pass.
British Battleship Sank
Almost Immediately
After Attack by a
German Submarine
But Captain of Trawler That Rescued
Seventy of Ship's Crew Thinks
Other Boats Close at Hand May
Have Saved Some More
By Associated Press,
Ixjndon, Jaa. 2, 3.42 A. M.—lt is
now believed that more than 700 lives
were lost when the British battleship
FormidiaibJc was torpedoed by a German
submarine yesterday morning.
The "Daily Chronicle" staAea that
survivors of t>he battleship Formidable
report that the vesel was torpedoed
'both fore and ait curly Friday morning
and sank almost immediately.
The "Chronicle's" Brixham corre
spondent, who is authority for the
above, aays the of the trawler
Providence, which rescued seventy sur
vivors who had escaped from the bat
tleship in a cutter, states that other
shipping boats were close at hand. The
caiptain expresses the belief that other
survivors have beem rescued and take*
to Dartmouth. He s»w no otfher boats
belonging to the Formidable, however.
The "Chronicle's" Chatham corre
spondent says that the Formidable left
that port on Thursday morning.
London, Jan. 2, 3.45 P. M. The
British Admiralty to-day issued a Ikt
containing the names of Captain Ar
thur N. Loxley and 34 other officers
of the British battleship Formidable,
which was sunk in the English Channel
yesterday who, it says, must be pre
sumed to have been lost in the d.S:
aster as they have not been reported
among the saved. The list includes nine
Brixham, Devon, England, Jan. 2.,
Via London, 4.50 P. M.—Survivors of
the British battleship Formidable,
which went down in the English chan
nel yesterday after having struck a
mine or been torpedoed by a German
submarine, have been brought ashora
They \ late that the warship was
struck aibatit the magazine. The ex
plosion was terrific, but the magazine
Was not reached. Hnd this also been
blown up, the ship would have foun
dered without there being time to save
As the water lushed in the men of
the Formidable hurried to the deck.
They found that the vessel already had
a heavy list to starboard. The small
boats were sent out. A cutter foun
dered and the men in her were drowned.
CMllninl on Ninth Pace.
London, Jan. 2, 3.29 A. M.—The
"Daily Mail's" Rome correspondent
sends a telegram received there from
Budapest whie.h says that the Russians
are invading Hungary from four points.
"Refugees are flocking into Buda
pest," the dispatch adds. "There is
a panic throughout Hungary a« a re
sult of the rapid reitreat of the Austri
an army before this new Russian ad
vance. All public meetings have been
prohibited in Budapest."
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Petrograd, Via London, Jan. 2,
3.15 A. M. —The "Novoe Vremya"
states that a strong Turkish force has
succeeded in entering Russian territory
in the Caucasus near Kara and Arda
The paper adds that the plan to en
velope the Russian rear, however, was
upset by the Russian artillery.