The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, January 12, 1915, Image 1

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Detailed Report* I'age H
VOL. 77— NO. 33.
V o trk on Submitting
Amendment toStates
for Ratification Will
Be Taken Late To-day
Driving Rain Storm Failed to Dampen
Ardor of Suffragists and Anti-Suf
fragists as They Assembled in the
Galleries This Morning
B<i Aasorinted Press,
Washington, Jan. 12. —After an
hour and a half of debate the House
to-day adopted '209 to 31, a special
rule for considering the proposed con
stitution a'l amendment for woman suf
frage and then settled down to six
hours' actual debate before voting on
whether to submit the resolution to the
States for Ratification.
The country-wide agitation for wom
an suffrage to-day reached a climax in
the consideration in the House of Rep
resentatives of an amendment, to tlie
federal constitution providing "votes
for women." Under a sipecial rule
brought in by Representative Henry,
chairman of the rules committee, oppor
tunity to discuss and vote on the Mon
dell resolution, providing an amendment
for women suffrage, was assured.
The Moil doll resolution would sub
mit to the State for their approval an
amendment to the constitution insert
ing a new article as follows:
The Proposed Amendment
"The right of citizens of the United
States to vote shall not be denied or
a/bridged by the United States or by a
State on account, of sex.
"Congress shall have power, by ap
propriate legis'ation, to enforce the
provisions of t-iiis article."
All the feminine forces that have
taken part in the suffrage caimpaign
were in evidence at the Capitol to-day.
The officers of the National American
Woman's Suffrage Association and
kindred organization and t.he officers of
the National Association opposed to
woman suffrage were assigned places
in the galleries where provision had
been made for rccord-lbreaking crowds.
The anti-suffragists were enthusias
tic in their predictions that the attempt
to secure suffrage for women through
federal means would fail. They declared
that tbe suffragists would not muster
more than one-third of the votes in the
House, although were neces
sary to submit the amendment to the
■States. The suffragists claimed to have
about a majority.
Vote on Bill Early To-night
The determination of the Democratic
leaders to allow a direct vote on the
suffrage question resulted in the adop
tion of the special rule without a record
vote. This may bring the final vote on
tlio bi JI early to-night.
A driving rain stonn failed to dis
courage a record-breaking crowd. At 1
8 o'clock this morning the first arrivals
went into the house galleries to await 1
the beginning of tlie debate. An hour
before the session opened practically all
tlie unreserved seats for women were j
filled with suffragists and anti-suffra-1
gists. t„ (he men s gallery, however,
there were vacant seats a plenty. When
the women doffed their waterproof
coats the purple an.l yellow banners
and sashes of the suffragists filled the
galleries with a wave of color. A
whole block of reserved seats was occti !
pied by women wearing the broad satin I
ribbons. Many brought their knitting
and needlework.
Knit and Sew as They Wait
The gallery to flic left of Speaker!
< lark s desk was occupied by the stif- |
fragists. On the right the anti-suffra
gists, each weaiing a red rose, knitted
and sewed 'Us they waited. Separating |
the hostile eamps was the inuu 's gal- j
In the suffrage gallerv Dr. Anna I
Howard Shaw, Mrs. Carrie Chapman
Catt, Mrs. O. H. I'. Belmont, Mrs. Petti- j
iek Lawrence, of ..ondon, and the Con- i
gressional committee of the National
Association were in charge. Across the j
way were Mrs Arthur M. Dodge, presi- j
dent of the National Association Op
posed to Woman's Suffrage; Mrs. A. J. j
Ccorge. Mrs Daniel A. Markham and '
the legislative committee of that asso- j
< iation. The galleries applauded gen-!
eially when Dr. Shaw and several other!
prominent suffragists were invited by j
the Speaker to leave the public gallery!
and took places in his private gallery. '
Special Rule Presented
At 11 o'clock Chairman Henry, of j
the Kules Comn:i tee, presented the spe
cial rule upon which it was agreed to
allow one and one-half hours' debate,!
exclusive of the six hours provided for 1
the resolution itself.
"I shall support the rule because ij
believe a vote should be given on anv |
proposal which has become a national
issue," said Mr. Henry. "But I be-!
lieve this is purely a matter of state
jurisdiction. I »!:<all never vote fori
any amendment that proposes to take!
from the "states powers now reserved |
to them and to vest those powers in
the federal government."
Representative Campbell, Republican,
spoke for the rule and the Moudell
Talks of Ante-Bellum Days
"The President and many of his fol
lowers," said he, "insist that granting
the right of suffrage to women is one
that must be dealt with by the states.
He invokes the lloctrine of states
sovereignty with the same enthusiasm
atid conviction that others of his par-
Coutlnued on Kourth I'mcr.
Star- Sultepctiiteivt
Route to Include Sunbury, Wilkes-
Barre, Hazleton, Pottsville and
Reading Is Ag:eed Upon—Charles
W. Burtnett Heads Committee
Intense interest, in the next trade ex
tension and get acquainted trip-of the
membership of the Harrisburg Cham
ber of Commerce was shown at the first
meeting of the committee having the in charge, which. was. held a(,
noon to-day at the Harrisburg Oluib.
Those present were ChArles W. Burt
nett, chairman; Brook Trout. Stanley
JeaSi, Carl W. Davis, J. A. Grteshaber,
Joseph Klinedinst, A. E; Buchanan,
Henderson Gilbert, president, and E. L.
McColgin, secretary.
Roughly, the route agreed upon for
the next trip will be up the Northern
Central, tb Sunbury, up the Susquehanna
probably as far as Wilkes-liarro, re
turning via 'Hazleton, Pottsville and
Reading. The trip will be made oti
February 10 and 11, just one month
from now.
Chairman Burtnett will announce tlie
numerous sub-committees in a short
time and from now until the day the
trip is started those of the membership
who are interested in out-of-town trade
will be unusually active.
The committee and officers of the
chamber desire to have it clearly under
stood that in addition to promoting
business the great benefits from the
trip are in the way of better acquaint
ance among those who participate, a
knowledge of what other Pennsylvania
cities are doing and general advertise
ment of Harrisburg as a live city; that
does not entirely rely upon business
and people coming to it, but that goes
out after it. It is part oi the cham
ber's general advertising and selling
campaign of the city's advantages in
order to capitalize Harrisburg.
Great Ball Player, of Pittsburgh Na
tions, Attends First Meeting as
Member of Commission
John P. Wagner, of Carnegie, the
great and only '•Hans - ' Wagner of the
Pittsburgh baseball team of the Na
tional League, was in Harrissburg to
day attending a meeting of the State
Fisheries Commission, to which Gover
nor Tenor appointed him some time
This was the first time the great in
tj'ilder haid an opportunity to moot with
tlie Commission, which is winding up
its annual business, anil Mr. Wagner,
be<ing an old fisherman, took a great in
terest in the proceedings.
During the morning he called upon
Governor Tener, and the fact that he
was in the Executive Department was
soon noised about and many called to
meet the very modest gentleman who is
considered by many "fans" to be the
greatest living baseball player.
"Hans" is one of that class of ball
players who is not constantly "fan
ning" about the game, and he declined
to talk baseball, remarking when t(h/a
subject was broached that he played
baseball during the season only.
To one of his questioners who ex
pressed the hope that would bat at
least 485 in the Fisheries Commission,
"Hans" remarked that he couldn't
help but have a good average as he
was attending his first meeting.
He is a bright, shrewd-looking man,
pleasant and genial, and was much in
terested in conversing with Fish Com
missioner Bulier anld' Governor Toner re
garding the work of the Commission.
City Commissioners
Decide Not to Make
the Change Between
COST $50,000
Taylor Submits Annual Report on the
Work of the Departments He Heads
—Contract to Spend $4,000 for the
Proposed River Front Pill Approved
The City Commissioners in their
meeting this afternoon authorized Park
Commissioner M. Harvey Taylor to en
ter into a contract with the Brown-
King Construction Company, the con
cern grading the site for the Pennsyl
vania Railroad Company's proposed
warehouse in South Harrisburg, to
tlumip 1 5,000 or more cubic yards of
dirt over the river bank, to make the
till along North Front street, between
Oalder and Maclay streets.
The fill will cost the city $4,000,
the money to bo taken out of the un
expended "baJan<-e of the sloo,o' OK) park
loan voted in 1913, and the work will
/be begun in the latter part oif this
week, possi'bly on Thursday. Provision
is made in the contract for getting ad
ditional filling material to be dumpod
north of Macta-v street, at the rate
specified in this deal, if the comniissioti
ers decide to make that improvement
On the contention that too heavy an
expense would be incurred if the city,
under an ordinance passed some weeks I
sJoutinued on Fourth Page.
omn IE
National Banks Here
and in Steelton Hold
Their Annual Elec
tions This Afternoon
Local Financiers Regard Prospects Here
As Bright—ln Most Instances the
Old Boards Are Retained Without
Any Changes
The national banks in this city and
jsteelton held their annual stoekhold
| ers' meeting to-day as required by fed
i eral law, and elected their board of
I directors, in most cases the old boards
I'Were retained without change.
Tlie meetings in several cases were
made the occasions for informal discus
i sions of the business outlook in the com
munity and several prominent bankers
! who afterward were interviewed on the
subject took an optimistic view of the
I future from the financial standpoint.
Tlie First National bank held its
! election of directors this afternoon
when the following members oif the old
i board were chosen again by the stock
j holders: C. H. Bac'kenstoe, James
1 Brady, John Fox Weiss, W. T. Hildrup,
Jr., William Jennings, A. C. Starnoi and
| John K. Small.
j The First National bank has paid
,28 per cent, in dividends on its par
j stock during the year just closed or
J 7 per cent, quarterly. President laimes
Brady speaking of the financial outlook
j said that it is better than last year,
I caused mainly by tlie increased demand
! lor manufactures and the demand for
; products that will start business along
increased lines. Money has 'been eheap
| er for the reason that few new enter
prises have 'been started here.
"The outlook is encouraging and
conditions are looking up," said Mr.
; The Ilarriffouirg National bank re
elected the following directors at a
stockholders' meeting held to-day: Ed
ward Bailey, J. U. M. Bay, H. A. Kel
ker, Jr., HONS A. Illckok, W. L. Gorges,
A. S. MeCreath, George \V. Reily and
T. T. Wiermaji.
Business Prospects Good
W. L. Gorgas, cashier of the Harris
ibuTg National, said that the financial
outlook is better, following the busi
ness conditions. Business in lla>rri:Jburg
in December and January thus far has
been good, he said, and it is fair to
suppose that it will continue in view
of the fact that manufactures are get
ting into better shape, and that is a
safe barometer.
The Harrisburg National paid divi
dends of twelve per cent, during the
year, six per cent, semi-annually.
Miller Goes on Merchants' Board
Directors of the Merchants' National
bank were elected as follows: Louis
Dellone, W. M. Donald son, W. L.
Stoey, William Witman, John Dfcpp;
David E. Tracy, P. H. Zaughtn, Chris
tian W. Lynch and H. O. Miller. The
directors will meet on Friday for organ
Mr. Miller is the only new director
elected, havim? been chosen to fill a
vacancy caused by death.
Steelton National Board Re-elected
The stockholders of the Steelton Na
tional Bank re-elected the following di
rectors at a meeting this afternoon:
Luther S. Bent, Joseph J. Biughman,
J. E. •Rutherford, John B. Liteh, 8.
Cameron Voung, Samuel Couffer, W E
Aborcrombie, Robert M. Rutherfor.lj
Continued on Fourth I'air
Youth Accused of Slaying Grandfather
Sent to Institution for the Insane
Judge S. J. M. McCarrell this aft
ernoon made an order directing that
Edward G. Smith, who was accused of
slaying his grandfather, John E. Bush,
and who, u jury decided, is now insane,
shall be committed to the State Hos
pital for the Insane, just north of this
Some weeks ago, or shortly after
Smith was found to be mentally unbal
anced, the court here made an order
sending Smith to the State hospital in !
Norristowu. Since then the superin- I
tendent of that institution has advised !
the court that he cannot take care of !
the local patient because of overcrowd- i
ed conditions.
Sheetz Gets From 4 to 7 Years and
Burlap From ii to 3
Marry Sheeitz and Horace Burlap this
afternoon confessed in Judge Kunkel's
court to the theft of a. two-horse team
about six months aigo from B. Miles
Sheetz was sentenced to from four
to seven years, and Burlap to from two
to five years in the penitentiary.
Mercer and Leßmn Indicted
H. R. Mercer and Fred l<eßrun, ac
cused by the •Harris'lHirg police of try
ing to defraud local banks by use of
worthless checks, this morning were in
dicted ou charges of forgery ant I false
pretense, by the Grand Jury now sit
ting at the January Criminal session*.
l>intrict Attorney Stroup expected to
open the trial of the cases late to-day
or early to-morrow.
George D. Thorn Has Grip
Georgo D. Thorn, chief clerk in the
State Department, is confined to his
home with the grip.
Work Halted By Rain To-day But Plat
form Will Be Completed By Thurs
day Night—Then the Decorators
Will Begin Their Work
The platform on which the inaugural
exorcises will take place one week from
to-day at Third and State streets, will
be completed by Thursday night, said
Superintendent Rambo, of the Cftpitol
Building and Grounds. The rain ptf to
day interrupted operations to some ex
That part of tihe platform covering
the stairway will be 34 feet wide and
extend back toward the Capitol so as to
give space for twenty-five rows of
chairs. Running north the platform will
extcad 120 feet and will be fifteen
rows deep. The platform immediately
fronting State street will have 600
chairs, and in front will be the speak
ers' tables and these will be flanked by
the press tables. The rest of the chairs
■will be occupied by State officials, those
who will participate in the inaugural
ceremonies, the inaugural cominiljtee
and members of the Senate and lloifse.
The platform running north from the
main platform will seat 1,200 people,
so that it is calculated that almost
2,000 can be seated comfortably. The
seats will all be numbered and a force
of ushers will be on hand to see to the
proper seating of ticket holders. Mem
bers of the State police will be station
ed in front of the stands to preserve
order and keep the space in front clear
for those on the stands.
The inaugural reception will take
place in the Capitol at 8 o'clock, and
ample arrangements will be made for
ingress and egress. At the inauguration
of Governor Tenor the reception party
was stationed in the House caucus room
at the State street side, persons enter
ing the south wing of the Capitol going
through the resident clerk's room past
the reception party and thence out into
the hallways. Decorators \yill begin
work on the grandstand on Friday, as
soon as it is turned over to the com
Company That Withdrew From the
Firemen's Union Plans to Take Part
in the Inaugural Procession
Plans for the firemen's division of
the inaugural parade next Tuesday will
j be made at a meeting ot' the Harris
! burg Firemen's Union iu the Hope en
gine house this evening. The Friend
i ship Fire Company will take no part
in the meeting, said a prominent mem
ber of that company this morning, but
will march in the parade next Tuesday.
The representatives of the Prieud
ship company withdrew from the un
ion when the right <'f line was granted
j to the York firemen in the parade which
featured the State firemen's conven
tion here last October, contending that
| honor should have fallen to the Friend
: ship company as the oldest company in
the city.
The firemen expect the Vigilant
! Fire Company, of York, to come here in
j a body to mrreh in the inaugural pa
rade and prominent members of the
firemen's union say that should the
York company cone to Harrisburg it
i will be given the right of line of the
firemen's division of the parade, which
i will be th'e last division in the inau
! gural procession.
! The executive committee of the un
ion met last evening and audited the
nccouu-ts of the finanee committee. A
j report will be turned in at the union
| meeting this evening.
I Irvin Emrick, Philadelphia and Read
ing Signalman, Succumbs to
Blood Poisoning
lrvin Emrick, 3? years old, of Camp
Mill, died early this morning at the
Harrisburg hospital from blood poison
ing, the infection coming from a tooth
which hail previously received atten
tion. He was in a very serious condi
tion when admitted to the hospital on
January 8 and heroic measures were
adopted to save his life, but his condi
tion grew steadily worse.
The tooth had been filled and after
wards became HO sore that his jaw and
the parotid gland, the largest salivary
gland, became infected. The infection
spread throughout his system. In an
effort to save his life the tooth was
pulled at the hospital in the hope of
relieving the pressure. Emrick was a
signalman for the Philadelphia and
Reading railroad
Nine Distinct Shocks Pelt at Santa
Barbara Last Night
By Aatuciatcd frenn.
Santa Barbara, Cal., Jan. 12.—Nine
distinct earthquake shocks were felt
here last night. The only damage report
ed was the settling of a brick building
in a nearby town. *
Uakersiieild, Cal., Jan. 12.—An earth
quake from northeast to southwest
shook Bakersfield slightly last night.
The tremor wati felt in office buildings
and in the residence districts but no
harm was dooie.
Senator Beidleman Is Stronger
Senator E. E. Beidleman, who has
been coufined to his bed with a severe
attack of grip, is reported to-day to be
much 'better and continuing to im
prove. The high fever that threatened
him seriously has broken and the Sen
ator is now able to see his more inti
mate friends, but is forbidden to trans
act any business.
Federal Indictment
Charges Terre Haute
Citizens With Cor
rupt Practices at Polls
Other City and County Officials, Em
ployes Holding Minor Appoint
ments, Attorneys, Saloon Keepers
and Alleged Gamblers Are Included
Indianapolis, Jan. 12. —Charged in
a federal indictment with conspiracy fo
j corrupt th« election of November 3,
j 1914, in Terre Haute, 114 men, includ
| ing Mayor Donn M. Roberts, were to bo
arraigned before Judge A. B. Ander
| son, of the United States District Court
i here to-day. Twenty-four jail prison
i crs, indicted for robbing postoffices and
misuse of mails, were also to be ar
raigned at the same time.
According to local attorneys, the
Terre Haute investigation marks the
first time that the Federal government
! has ever attempted to have jurisdiction
!over the election machinery. Frank C.
| Dailey, United States District Attor
; ney, for Indiana, is working on the
theory that since a United States Sen
ator and a member of Congress were
! elected in the election, any efforts to
manipulate the election illegally con
; stituted fraud against the United
| States.
' Included among the 114 persons ar
rested are ten city and county officials
among whom being the Mayor, City
Judge, City Comptroller, Chief of Po
lice, two members of the City Board
mf Works, the Sheriff and a Judge of
the Circuit Court. There are 14 city
employes holding minor appointments,
whils the remainder of the group is
composed of attorneys, saloon keepers
and so called gamblers, but chiefly of
men with "occupation unknown.'
Mr. Dailey says he has confessions
from several of the men and expects a
numbdjLto plead guilty and throw
themwltha on the mercv of the court.
Others were expected to attack the in
dinttnert*' by demurrer when called for
Eighty Enter Pleas of Guilty
Indianapolis, Jan. 12. —Admitting
that they had participated in the al
leged conspiracy to corrupt the election
of November 3, 1914, in Terre Haute,
eighty men out of 114 under arrest
pleaded guilty before Judge A. B. An
derson in United States District Court
here to-day. Sentence was not passed.
Mayor Donn M. Roberts, of Terre
Hnute; Circuit Court Judge EH 11.
Redman; Sheriff Dennis Shea and oth
ers who were represented by Repre
sentative A. O. Stanley, of Kentucky,
filed demurrers to the charges contain
ing the indictment which was returned
the day before last Christmas. The
demurrers will lie argued January 20.
J. E. Holler, who until a few davs
ago was Chief of Police of Terra
Haute, and John F. Nugent, former
night Chietf of Police, were among
those who pleaded guilty. With tho
exception of Holler and Nugent, all
of the city and county officials who
were indicted fi'led demurrers.
After the 114 men had pleaded
JuVlige Anderson instructed that all
those who had pleaded guilty could re
turn to their homes and await the sum
mons of United States District Attor
ney Frank C. Day ley. The same free
dom was granted those who had plead
ed not guilty and then the court set
January 20 as the date to hear argu
ments on the 'demurrers.
No Danger of Its Reaching the Flood
Stage Here, However
The rain and snow in the Susquehan
na valley last night and to-day was so
great in volume that a general rise in
the Sftisquehatnia river and its southern
•tri/buitaries is exipec-ted. A rise of more
than two feet is forecasted for the
main river at this .point, but thore is
no cause for alarm as the river had
fatllen to 6.S feet at 8 o'clock this
morning. The danger stage here is
17 feet.
The storm has passed off the Carolina
| rapes am) clearing and somewhat cold
j or weather is expected for Harrisburg
; to-night, with the lowest temperature
[ about freezing point.
Man Is Marooned on Island Near the
York County Shore
York, Pa., Jan. 12.—An ice gorge 40
| feet high has formed in the Susquehan
na river at Shenk's Ferry, and the pub
lic road is covered with ten feet of
A largo quantity of* ice is coming
down the river on the York county
side, and a gorge at Bridgeville is caus
ing much concern. Lee Detweiler is
marooned with his dog on Mill Island.
Tetanus Kills Coasting Victim
George Early, 10 years old, of Dun
cannon, died at 1.30 o'clock this morn
ing at the Harrisburg hospital of teta
nus, the disease developing from a se
vere laceration of the left thigh re
ceived in a coasting accident in Dun
cannon about two weeks ago. The lad
was not admitted to the hospital until
his condition became alarming.
Joseph Montgomery Has Pneumonia
Joseph Montgomery, head of the
Peipher Line and one of Harrisburg's
oldest native bom citizens, is confined
to his home on State street with incip
ient pneumonia but is reported as im
Paris, Jan. 12, 2.40 P. M.—The
fighting in the western theatre of war
did not yesterday show any develop
ment of importance, according to the
official report given out by the French
War Office this afternoon. There were
artillery exchanges at some points
along the line, and infantry attacks on
trendies. In some of these encounters
the French claim to have been success
ful It. is still snowing in tho Vosges
mountains. The statement follows:
"From the sea to the Oise there
wasyesterday an intermittent cannonad
ing, fairly violent at certain places.
On the Aisno to the north of Soissons
determined attacks have been delivered
against the trenches occupied by us the
ninth and tenth of January. The ene-
I iny during yesterday attacked our posi
i tions several times. We repulsed him
j and we took possession of more
i trenches.
I "From Soissons to Rheims there
; were artillery exchanges. Our heavy
j pieces of artillery ;esponded efficaciously
j to the batteries and the mine-throwers
;of the Germans. In Champagne, in the
region of Souain, there was yesterday
very active shooting by our artillery di
| reeled against the positions of our ad
| versaries near Perthes.
"lie Fortin, situated to the north of
the Beausejour farm, was the seene of
j desperate encounter. The enemy de-
I cidod ou setting up a trench at a point
i within a series of field works, the com-
I inanding position of which was held by
us. This fighting is still going on.
j "In the Argonne and as far as the
Mouse there is nothing to report. On
the heights of the Meuse there have
been two German attacks, one at tho
; forest of Consenvoye and the other fl.t
' the forest of Boucho. Each was re-
I pulsed.
; "To the southeast of Cirey-sur-Ve
| zouzone our detachments surprised and
i put to flight n German company which
was pillaging the village of St. Sou-
I veur. In the Vosges ami in Alsace the
day passed quietly. Bad weather and
| the snow storm continue.''
Four distinct battles which have de
veloped in France and Alsace are be
ing carried on vigorously, but without
marked advantage for either side. Of
greatest immediate consequence is the
fighting near Perthes, which involves
possession of important railroads and
probably a considerable section of ths
fortified battle line. In this district
the French attempted further attacks,
hut were beaten back with heavy losses,
t tiro German official statement to-day
! asserts.
Near Soissons, in the Aisne country,
the French statement says, German at
tempts to capture lost positions were re
pulsed and more trenches were seized
by the allies.
In the Argonne, where the fighting
has been more continuous and stubborn
since the early weeks of the war than
aln:ost anywhere else, the Germans are
on the offensive, and claim to have cap
tured a French vantage point.
The fourth battle in Alsace is less
active than was the case before the
reinforced Germans checked the French
advance. The Berlin War Office asserts
that a French attack south of Sennheim
was defeated and that the attackers
suffered severe losses.
Desultory fighting continues in Po
land and the German statement tells
t of slow progress on the part of the
rrmy which is attempting to advance
on Warsaw from the west.
According to a Petrograd dispatch.
Continued on !\'in(h I'n&re.
Wasn't Thinking of An
nouncing His Candi
dacy for 1916 in In
dianapolis Statement
Refuses to Discuss Question of Being
Candidate and Remains Silent on
Giving Opinion on One-term Plank
in Baltimore Platform
By Associated Press,
Washington, Jan. 12. President
Wilson to-day declared that he-was not
thinking of announcing his candidacy
for 1916 when he made tho statement
in his Indianapolis speech recently that
the people of the United State might
have a chancr to judge his acts.
His utterance was interpreted by the
audience and by others at the time as
a hint that he might be a candidate for
renoniination. The President explained
to callers to-day that what he had in
mind was that future generations would
pass upon his acts as president.
The President refused to-day abso
lutely to discuss the question of being
a candidate. Efforts were made to get
an expression of opinion from him on
the one-term plank of the Baltimore
platform, but Mr. Wilson shook his
head and refused to answer questions.
He said that he could not talk about
himself. 1
3,500 MEN
Kaiser's Troops in Bat
tle Since January 8
Meet With Success,
Says Berlin
Attack German Positions to the South
of Cernay and Are Repulsed With
Heavy Losses—Allies Also De
feated at Perthes
Berlin, 3 P. M., Jan. 12 (By Wire-
I less to London). —Severe lighting is in
progress to day for the possession of po
! sitions now in the hands of the Ger
j mnns on the heights to the south of
Cernay (Sennheim), in upper Alsace, ac
cording to the German official communi
cation issued to-day at, army headquar
ters. French attacks which were begun
I last, night; are reported to have been
repulsed with l\eavy losses, but the
French returned to the attack at dawn
In the fighting on the eastern part of
I the Argonne forest during the past five
j days the Germans claim to have taken
i prisoner seven officers and 1,600 men.
The repulse of French attacks in the
1 region of Perthes and at. Ailley and the
! capture of a French position along the
j ancient Roman highway which runs
j through the Argonne are the only oth
-1 er activities in the western arena men
j tioned in the report.
In Noidhern Poland the Germans
i claim that a forward movement of the
j Russians was checked. The text of the
i statement follows:
j "French troops last night made an
] attack on our positions to the south nf
| Cernay (Sennheim), but they were re
j pulsed with heavy losses. Early this
j morning the battle was resumed in this
I district.
"A French attack which started
'yesterday afternoon in Ihe region of
J Perthes (between Rheims and the Ar
j gonne withered away before our tire,
j the cnemv suffering very heavy losses.
"In the Argonne forest a French
j vantage point was taken ou the Roman
j bigh road. In this engagement two
officers and 140 men fell into our
[ hands. In the battles on the eastern
; side of the Argonne wo have taken
; sirce January 8, including those already
mentioned, one major, three captains,
130 lieutenants and 1,600 men. The
French losses, including killed and in
jured, in this battle area consequently
are estimated at 3,500 men.
I '' An attempt of the French to make
an attack at Ailly, to tho south of St.
Mihiel (on the river Mouse), failed.
'' There is nothing new to report from
Fast Prussia. Tho Russian attempt to
advance in Northern Poland was un
successful. Our attacks in the district
to the west of the Vistula river have
made progress in certain places, not
withstanding the bad weather. On the
eastern bank of the Pilica river (south
ern Poland) the situation continues the
London, Jan. 12, 2.45 P. M.—The
German cruiser Bremen has arrived at
Wilhelmshaven badly damaged by a
mine, avoiding to a dispatch received
by tho "Evening Star" from Petro
The Bremen is a small cruiser and
was built ton years ago. She is 341 feet
long and lf*H a normal displacement of
3,250 tons. Her complement consist*
of 286 men. The Bremen is arijjed
with ten 4.1-inch guns and ten one
pounders and is equipped with two sub
merged 17.7-inch torpedo tubes. At the
time of tJhc occupation of Vera Cruz by
American marines the Bremen was sta
tioned in Mexican waters.
By Associated Press,
New York, Jan. 12.—Lack of de
mand and short selling produced lower
prices in the final trading, some promi
nent issues and coppers falling under
yesterday's last quotation. United Dry
Goods, on a single sale, regained over
l:t points, while United States Realty
lost over 4 points on Its unfavorable
statement. The closing was irregular.
With less activity and breadth,
stock market manifested a tendency to
react, leading stocks in yielding on
realizing sales.