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M FIBEIEI SHE
Revised Code of Rules
in Engine House Fol
lows Conversion of
36 NOW MEMBERS
OF BIBLE CLASS
Regarded as Significant That No. 11*3
Heroic Men Who Barely Escaped
Death at Ford Fire Are Among the
Most Active in the Religious Work
It is strictly against the rules to
ewear in the engine house of the Sham
rock Fire Company, No. 11, since
twenty-four of that Jompany "hit the
trail" in the Stough tabernacle.
If a stranger "drops in" to frater
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HARRY O. DYBLIB
President of Shamrock Company Who i
Hit Trail With 23 Other Firemen
nize with the Shamrock somke-eaters in
their quarters at Herr and Fifteenth
streets, he may swear once in the course
of his conversation—if he is of the
swearing kind—but just as surely as
he does so ho will be politely reminded
to "cut it out/'
If he forgets himself and swears'
a second time he is likely to find him- j
self in the grips of several pairs of!
brawny hands which will pilot him out j
to the sidewalk with a firm admonition j
not to come back until he can eliminate j
profanity from his talk.
The whole code of conduct of the
firemen, in and out of the Shamrock
engine house has undergone a complete ;
revision since more than a score ot j
members marched up the sawdust aisle ;
in Dr. Stough's big temple and pro-!
fessed conversion. The taboo on swear-1
ing is absolute, both among guests at j
the engine house and the firemen them- j
Helves. The twenty-four trail hitters in- j
elude the president of the company and |
many others of the officers. Twenty-two
of these, together with fourteen Sham- 1
rock laddies who were church members
before Evangelist Stough started his
THE REV. JOHN M. WARDEN
Chaplain of Fire Company No. n and
Head of Its Bible Class
campaign, are now regular attendants !
at the Shamrock Bible class in Bethany ;
Discuss Bible in Engine House
The men were in deadly earnest when j
they "hit the trail" and they are just
as earnest now in maintaining the prin- j
ciples they have adopted to govern
their course of conduct. They have not
only "hit the trail," but they have '
stuck to it. Even the reading of Sundav !
papers has been given up by many of |
As the men sit around the engine !
house waiting for the sound of the
gong to call them to duty, their e»nver- j
•ation not infrequently turns to (lis- '
Continued on Second Pace. i'
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WIDE RANCE OF OPINION
ON COAL WHARF PROPOSAL
Members of City Planning Commission
Divided in Their Views After Con
ference With Manning—May Delay
Action on Ordinance
After spending four hours witlv War
ren 11. Manning, of Boston, the land
scape architect of the Harrisburg Park
Deipartment, during which they dis
-1 cussed the plans of the Harrisburg
bight Ac Power Company to place a
eoal wharf on llargost Island, the five
. i members of the City Planning Ooni
, : mission this afternoon were divided on
j the question whether tie Light Com
pany 's plan should be approved.
Two members of the Ootnmission
openly condemned the plan. Another
thought something shoullt l>e done to
ward getting rid of the Front and Mar
ket street coal Whanf. Another said:
: "If the upper end of the city's island
|is a beitter place for the wiiurf, then
i that is whe>e it sfhoukl go.'' The fifth
I member declined to commit himself,
i 1 Mr. Manning, the landscape archi
, tect, refrained from exipres-fing his oipin
ion to reporters, but the members of
i the Planning Commission said they in
. ferred from his remarks to thean tha
j while ho is not altogether in favor of
the Light Gonupany's plan, as it now
stands, he does feel that it can be so
1 amended as to make the building of the
■ wharf on the island not objectionable.
K. S. Herman, president of the I'lan
, ning Commission, sari after the confer
; ence that tihe Commission took no for
| null action. It merely discussed tho
Continued on Elrvrnth !'»«.
PENROSE PROBE IS BUMED
Charge of Alleged Corruption in Penn
sylvania Senatorial Contest Put
Up to Next Congress
fly Associated Frets.
Washington, Feb. 12.—Investigation
of charges of corruption in the last
Senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania,
•j Illinois and other States, was blocked
| to-day, so far as the Sixty-third Con
gress is concerned, when the Senate
committee, which provides for the ex
pense of such inquiries decided not to
Chairman \\ illiains said the Senator
ial terms to which the investigation
| would relate do not begin until the
j next Congress and it was felt that an
inquiry by the present Congress would
i be premature.
' DOG CATCHER'S HOME ABLAZE
Firemen Give Battle to Flames in Two
Old Log Houses
Fire in two old log houses, 1217 and
1219 North Cameron street, shortly
after 2 o'clock this afternoon, did
| damage to the amount of about $25.
| The former is ten ante. 1 by Joe Hoeton,
the city's official dog catcher, and the
| latter by Charles Davis. The blaze
! was put out with chemical streams bv
; the Shamrock and Gookl Wirl companies.
The fire started with the burning of
' chips in a stove in the Davis house,
and spread to the adjoining building.
The houses are two-and-a-hadf stories
high. The firemen experienced somo
difficulty in getting into the Davis'
! house, since they said the roms were j
j tilled with mattresses, rags and waste
: matter in wild disorder. This *Md not I
; catch fire.
The alarm was sent in from box 51,
i Cameron and Herr streets, the district
companies responding. Only the Sham-1
■ rock and Cood Will chemicals were put'
j into service.
BLUECOAT OFF TO THE PEN. j
Scott, Who Killed Banks, Sent Away
to Serve 13-year Sentence
Robert F. Scott, the colored patrol
man. wfho murdered iNathan Banks, of
ticiailly began his penitentiary term of
t rum twelve to twenty years at noon to
| day. \\ ifh three either convuts Seoflt
was taken to the penitentiary in Ph "ua
; delphia by I)c<puty Sheriffs Wilita.m
I Hofman and Edward Wetzel this morn
Scott, on leaving the county jail,!
, told the prison attaches tfoait "1 intend
; to l>e a good boy while I am down
i there and if you ever get to Philadel- !
iphaa, dropi around to see me."
Ot'her defendants taken' to the pen |
were Cling Mitchell, Harry Ooreey and
Joseph Wilson. Corsey and Wilson got
} terms of from twelve to eighteen
i months on larceny charges ami Mi;-;
'hell got from nine to fifteen months
for striking a man on the head with a
| RELIEF WORKERS NEED CASH
Have Only Enough Money to See Them
to the End of Month
Announcing that its funds rapidly i
are being used uip and that unless more 1
contributions are received the present
work will cease with the close of this I
month, the Home and War Relief Com
mittee this morning sent out an appeal
for financial aid.
j About $2,000 is needed to keeip the
| work going until the middle of March
at which time it is hopet industrial
| conditions will be improved in this city.
Something like 315 poor women now
are receiving $2 a week and no fewer
than 116 women are on the waiting
list for work. The total contributions
thus far received have been $7,000
and of that but $1,200 remains in tho
Rusty Vessel Causes Four Deaths
By Associated Press.
Abilene. Tex., Fob. 12.—Four mem
bers of the J. T. Garrison faanily, near
Anson, Texas, are dead, and four oth
ers seriously ill from poisoning from
bread made from milk out «f a rusty
HARRISBUKG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1915-14 PAGES.
, Brut a 1 Wife-Slayer
' Sends Message of De
; fiance to Police Who
1: GHASTLY CRIME
He Writes to Midd'etown Friend Tell
ing of His Flight Across the Seas
and of His Enlistment as a Soldier
f in European War
' Steve Loncar who brutally mur
| dered his wife in Steelton, ou Novem
ber 17, 1913, by slashing her throat
. | from ear to ear and hacking her body
; with a butcher knife, and then fled
: from the police, is now lighting in the
j racks of the Servian army.
I | This fact was revealed to-day in a
| | letter which Loncar wrote to an ac
j quaintance living in Middletown, one
| of a force of laborers employed on the
I Pei nsylvania railroad
The letter was received in Middle
town this week, but its contents were
not made public until to-day. It was
written in the Servian tongue, bore
j the Servian postmark and, among oth
er things, contained a paragraph which,
| translated, advised the friend to "tell
' the Steeltou constables to go to h —l,
| for they never will get me now."
The only reference linear made to
, his. crime was the message to the Steel
ton constables. It was a brief letter,
telling that Steve is well and enjoying
, himself and "having a good time"
fighting against the Germans.
The story of the murderer's flight
and his present whereabouts was re
lated by two of the men who read
1 the Loncar letter, to Adam Souillard,
1 a former Steelton patrolman and now
employed in a similar capacity with
the I'ennslvania railroad and stationed
, in Middletown.
Policeman Saw Loncar
Souillard, through his former affilia
tion with the Steelton police depart
ment, became acquainted with these
men and also with Loncar, whom he
j in vain sought to arrest on the murder
Souillard said he is convinced the
information conveyed in the Loncar
j letter is correct. Besides telling of the
recent letter, tihe railroad policeman
1 told a story dealing with what he be
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OPIIDN B!LLJS_!N WMi
Those Who Oppose It Say 140 Mem
bers of House Will Vote Against
the Brumbaugh Measure
Evidence continues to accumulate
\ that the Brumbaugh local option meas
| ure recently introduced in the House
' of Representatives giving, counties the
.right once in three years to vote on the
question of "liquor" or "no liquor,"
Will meet with a stormy reception in
j that body, anil unless all indications
are wrong the bill will be defeated.
In the last week the opiioneuts of lo
cal option have, been taking a poll of
the House to ascertain just where they
stand, and one of the most active of
the antis is authority for the assertion
that there are at leasrt 140 votes
against local option in the lower branch.
Only 104 are necessary to defeat a
A prominent legislative official, who
has been watching the trend of events
1 in the local option contest, is authority
| for the statement that there will be 14 6 j
I votes against the measure in the House,!
or six more than the number claimed by !
t.h e liquor men. This information, fie
said, was obtained by personal confer-,
| ence with members of the House and :
j through written pledges that have been j
| made by legislators against the bill.
It is also said that the local option [
| hill will never get before the Senate j
and if it should it will meet with de- !
j feat there.
Should the measure be defeated in :
the House and by any c<hance be passed j
by the Senate it could not again be con
sidered in the House because of the con-!
stitutional provision that a Senate
measure embodying provisinoe of a bill
once defeated in the House cannot
again be considered in the House.
Governor Brumbaugh is working
earnestly to secure a majority of both
houses to cary out his local option
pledges, ami hie friends say that he
may be able to secure the passage of
the bill, but they have their doubts.
Wilson Rejects Compromise Ship Bill
By Associated Press.
Washington, Feb. 12.—President
Wilson to-day rejected the compromise
ship bill evolved yesterday by Demo
cratic leaders of the House. He refused
to agree to an amendment terminating
the activities of the government in the
shipping business two years after the
close of the European wax.
WITH THE GERMAN ARMY ON
r CEUMAN OUTOOST AT VOICES OBSERVING THE. MOVEMENTS OF THE.
The illustrations above were taken by a photographer with the German army at the front in France and show the
Teuton soldier and his method of fighting the enemy.
A GREAT 111 IN
P. R. R. Superintendent
Says This City Will
Be the Logical" Heart
Individuals Will Build Them Now That
Railroad's Plans for Immense
Freight Station Are Definitely
WILLIAM B. M'CALEB
Railroad Superintendent Predicts Boom
for South Harrisburg
William B. MoCaleb, superintendent j
of the Philadelphia Division of the
Pennsylvania Railroad, in a talk with ai
' Star-Independent reporter last evening,
predicted an immense business boom in
the warehouse district of South Harris
i burg on the completion of the vast im
provements the ra.ilroall is making
He said Harrisburg from now on can
look for the consuination of nvanv
plans for the building of warehouses
both by individuals and companies. The
fact that the railroad actually is at
work preparatory to laying its net
work of tracks and building its great
freight station in t.he big area it has
acquired south of Mulberry, gives j
tangible proof thait this is to be one of
the greatest wholesale distributing cen
ters on the whole Pennsy system.
This fact, in his opinion, will en
courage the building up of South Har
risitmrg as a wholesale distribution con
tor by interests that had been hj-lding
off pending definite assurance as to the
Mr. McCalet) said that few persons,
outside of railroad circles, appreciated
how important it was for Harrisburg
that the company established here the
big freight transfer station recently
completed at Division street, up town.
CoktU|c< OB Fourth PACE
TELLS UNKNOWN HISTORY
OF LINCOLN VISIT HERE
Benjamin F. Meyers Relates Surprising
Fact That the "Peace Democrats"
Were In Session in Harrisburg at
Very Time Wax President Was Here
"Reminiscences of Harrisburg," was
the subject of a paper read to the
Dauphin County Historical Society last
night by the veteran editor, Benjamin
F. Meyers. Mr. Meyers told his audience
some things concerning events in Har
risburg that few beside -the narrator
He began with the early John Harris
regime and traced the city's municipal
government up to the present time. Ho
toljl of the visits to the city of men
famous in history, from Washington to
Lincoln; gave a most interesting story
of youmg Harrisburg, and ended his
paper with the story of Lincoln's visit
to Harrisburg on February 22, IS6I.
It was in telling of Lincoln's visit
that Mr. Meyers sprung a surprise on
| his audience and gavei them a bit of
Harrisburg history with which none of
them were familiar. Indeed, no refer
ence was made to it in the Harrisburg
newspapers of the time, and but for its
being repeated from memory by Mr.
Meyers, it is doubtful if it would have
been made public.
Referring to the Lincoln visit and
Continued on Ulrvrnth Page.
LINCOLN'S BJRTKDAY QUIET
Banks and Postoffices Close—Exercises
in Schools—G. A. R. to Celebrate
Although Lincoln's birtludav is a le
gal holiday in this State, it 'was not
observed as such in Harrisburg.
Patriotic societies did honoT to the
memory of the great war President. No
i city, county or state offices were closet,i
on account ot the holiday, however.
Banks observe every legal' holiday and
they were closed.
The schools remained open as usual
and sihort exercises were bedd in mo<t
every school in the citv in memory of
the martyred President.' Holiday hours
were observed at the postoflice, the first
delivery and coHeo'tHon being m<ado to
gether with the evening collections.
The postoffices were closed at 10
o'clock this morning to reoipen at rnjit
Members of al/1 O. A. R. ports and
their friends are invited to attend the
jjatriotic exercises tlliis evening at 8
o'clock in tfhie post rooms of No. 58 at
26 North Third street. Captain John
Hart Campbell, chief draughtsman in
the Department of Internal Affairs, will
be the speaker of the evening.
SAYS HOHL DID XOT EAT
Cincinnati Man Asserts Bandit Subsist
ed on Liquor and Drugs
John T. Allen, Cincinnati agent for
the Ohio Humane Society, wiho is in
Harrisburg to-day seeking requisition
papers for a man arrested in Pitts
burgh for the Cincinnati authorities,
this morning told the Harrisburg po- j
lice the result of the autopsy held on
the body of Frank G. Hohl, the Harris
burg man who was killed in Cincinnati
after robbing three banks and mortally
wounding a policeman.
"The autopsy showed," said Mr.
Allen, "that Hoihl had not eaten a thing
for three days and that the only thing
he had in his stomach was whiskey and
Allen did not recall the kind of
drug. Its presence, he suggested, ac
counted for Hohl's recklessness in
doubling on his tracks to engage in a
fight with t>he policemen.
Aged Couple Murdered
Gibsonburg, 0., Feb. 12.—Mrs. Jo
seph Kiinbel, 70, was murdered and
her husband, Joseph Kimbel, 72, was
probably fatally beaten by unknown
men at their home near Braduer, Wood
county, early to-day.
lira nor 10
Grand Trunk Officials
Take Precautions as
Startling Report Is
HATCHED ON U. S.
Scheme to Destroy Viaducts Between
Maine and the Canadian Provinces
Alleged to Have Been Formulated
in the Golden State
By Associated Press.
Portland, Mo., Fob. 12.—A large
force of police and watchmen stationed
at the elevators, docks and coal pockets
of the Grand Trunk railway was in
creased substantially to-day in conse
quence of a reported plot to destroy
the railroad's property here and its
principal bridges between this city and
the Canadian boundary.
Word was received from the com
pany's general offices at Montreal as-
I serted that the alleged plot was evolved
j in California and that six men were
j bound here to carry it out.
| Montreal, Feb. 12.—The Grand
j Trunk officiate here Stated to-day that
j extra precautions to guard the" cx»m
--1 pany's property were being taken at
Portland, Me. Officiate said that tho
Grand Trunk railway, in common with
other large corporations, thought it
j advisable at this time to alfapt pre
cautionary measures against possible
damage, but no alarm need be felt bv
tliie traveling public.
HAS FIGHT WITH LOBSTER
Tom Bell Bests Crustacean Combatant
After Merry Chase
Tom Bell, oyster opener ut the Sen
ate hotel, engaged in a lively chase aft
er a lobster in the basement of the ho
tel last evening. The animal's claws,
I working convulsively, indicated that it
| had no intention of becoming a salad
j if it were able to prevent the same.
; The lobster made its escape when
| Tom temporarily got busy in a ihandi
, cap. The lobster in a few minutes
finally succumbed as Tom's prey. Once
ja claw caught in Tom's leg, but the
latter wriggled out in half-Nelson style
I and the lobster was making his escape
with a part of Tom's trousers, when
the battle to the death followed. The
lobster became lobster salad then just
BADLY BURNED IN STEELPLANT
Highspire Man in Serious Condition,
Due to Injuries From Electric Flame
George Williams, 38 years old, of
IHighspire, was seriously burned by an
electric flash from a short circuit in a
motor in tihe new mills of the Pennsyl
vania Steel Company shortly after noon
to-day. He is burned about the faco,
neck and hands. He was taken to the
llarrisburg hospital, where it was said
that, his condition is serious.
When the short circuit occurred on
tho motor, on whic'i he was working,
there was a flash of flame that struck
PRICE, ONE CJENT.
818 CHECK OF
The Czar's Forces Meet
With Disaster and
Are Retreating to
Their Own Territory
GERMAN SOIL IS
FREED OF ENEMY
Great Battle In the Carpathians Pro
ceeds While the Russian Attacks on
the Warsaw Front Apparently Have
Subsided—Quiet in the West
X>ondon, Feb. 12.—An official state
ment from Petrograd to-day makes it
clear that the Russian invasion of Ea3t
Prussia is checked and that the in
vaders are retreating to their own ter
ritory. Germany's version of tho
events which brought this about has
not been given, and it is not known
whether there has been heavy fighting
or whether the Russians are merely fall
ing back before the largely reinforced
German army. With the withdrawal of
the Russians, German soil will be freed
J from hostile forces, except, in a portion
: of Alsace.
Battle in the Carpathians
No further details have been re
ceived of the great battle in the Car
pathians, and on the Warsaw front the
Russian attack which followed the
latest German effort seems to have sub
sided. Corresponding quiet prevails
i along the western front.
The Portuguese Foreign Minister
I has announced that his country will
i csrry out the policy decided upon early
| in the war, involving adhesion to the
| treaty with Great Britain reqiwing
| Portugal to assist her with troops.
Portugal now has about 100,00 men
i under arms. The Foreign Minister did
not state whether immediate action
would be taken to throw the army into
the field with the allies.
NO ANSWERS YET TO U. S.
NOTES TO THE POWERS
Wash i riff ton, iFeb. 12.—The note to
Germany warning against mo mice to
American lives and property in the
new naval war /.one at>out the British
isles and the ncte to Great Britain
pointing out the danger to neutral ship
ping by any general use of the Amer
ican flag over belligerent merchant ves
sels, were discussed at to-day's cabinet
meeting, but all administration otti
lona la refrained from commenting on
j Secretary »Brya n would say no more
than that tihe United States had not
yet tteen officially advised of the re
ceipt of t)he papers in London and (Ber
PARIS SAYS GERMANS
ARE DEFEATED IN POLAND
Paris, Feb. 12, 2.5U P. M.—An offi
cial statement given out at the Wair Of
fice to-day announced the complete fail
ure of the German offensive in Poland.
The Statement follows:
"The failuro of reeont attacks by
the Germans in Poland appears to be
j complete. The losses of the German*
are unprecedented. It is reported that
they exceed 4 0,000 dead."
FRENCH AIRSHIPS DROB BOMBS
INTO GERMAN MILITARY POST
Paris, Feb. 12, 5.20 P. M.—Five
French aviators dropped bombs today
on the German military aerodrome at
Ilebsheim, an Alsation town in the out
skirts of Muelhausen.
JUDGE GETS DEATH SENTENCE
Opponents Hate to Kill Him, But Ho
Must Succumb to Inevitable
Bowling Green, Ky., Feb. 12. —"Wo
liate to kill him but we will," was tho
concluding sentence of a notice found
)K>3ted to-day threatening death for
County Judge iH. 'H. Denhardt, the de
struction of Iknvliug Green by fire aud
its utilities by explosives.
Tho notice was t'he second within two
weeks promising punishment for Judge
Denihardt unless he was instrumental in
freeing Thomas Burns, a wrestler, of
Ironton, Pa., and Clarence .Stem, of
Springfield, Tenn., who are awaiting
trial before him 011 the charge of high
way robbery. It was found on the ap
proach to a wooden bridge spanning tho
big Barren river here. The structure
was saturated with kerosene aud de
stroyed by fire early to-day.
T'he first warning was regarded as a
hoax, but in a statement to-day the
authorities say they are convinced the
situation is serious, so much so that
Judge Denhardt has ordered an investi