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THE WEATHER .
CLOUDY TO-MORROW ii
Detailed ltcpurt, l'asr 8 H
VOL. 77—NO. 60.
111 FIREIfI SHE
Revised Code of Rules
in Engine House Fol
lows Conversion of
36 NOW MEMBERS
OF BIBLE CLASS
Regarded as Significant That No. It's
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
fiwear in the engine house of the Sham
rock Fire Company, No. 11, since
twenty-four of that fonipany "hit the
trail" in the Stough tabernacle.
If a stranger "drops in" to frater-
HARRY O. DYBLIE
President of Shamrock Company Who
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 he will be politely reminded
to "cut it out."
If he forgets himself and swears
a second time be is likely to find him
self in the grips of several pairs of
branny hands which will pilot him out
to the sidewalk with a firm admonition
not to come back until he can eliminate
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 of
members marched up the sawdust aisle
in Dr. Stough's big temple and pro
fessed conversion. The taboo on swear
ing is absolute, both among guests at
the engine house and the firemen them
selves. The twenty-four trail hitters in
clude the president of the company and
many others of the officers. Twenty-two
of these, together with fourteen Sham
rock laddies who were church members
before Evangelist Stough started his
THE REV. JOHN M. WARDEN
Chaplain of Fire Company No. 11 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
they "hit the trail" and they are just
as earnest now in maintaining the prin
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 Sunday
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 conver
sation not infrequently turns to dis-
CwtiiM4 on Second I'agc.
Z\)t Star- 4tKmm Stikpatktit
WIDE RANGE OF OPINION
ON CCAL WHARF PROPOSAL
Members of City Planning Commission :
Divided in Their Views After Con-j
ference With Manning—May Delay !
Action on Ordinance
I After spending four hours with War
ren H. Manning, of Boston, the land '
scape architect of the Harrisburg Park |
I Department, during which they dis-1
| cussed the plans of the Harristourg
Light & Power Company to place a
! coal wharf on Hargost Island, the livo
> | members of the City Planning Com
mission this afternoon were divided ou
I the question whether the light Com
pany 's plan ghoukl be approved.
Two members of the Commission \
openly condemned the plan. Another!
thought Something shouM be done to-j
ward getting rid of the Front and Mar-1
ket street coal Wharf. Another said:
"If the upper end of the city's island!
jis a belt tor place for the wb.trf, then!
j that is whe»e it should go. " The fifth J
i member declined to commit himself,
i ' Mr. Manning, the landscape archi
. tect, refrained from expressing his wpin
ion to reporters, but the mem/bers o:
s tine Planning Commission said they in
. ferred from "his remarks to them tha
" : while hi- is not altogether in favor of
j the Light Company's plan, as it now I
stands, he does feel that it can be si |
' amended as to make the building of the
- wharf on the island uot objectionable.
, E. S Herman, president of the Plan
, niug Commission, sai 1 it'ter the confer
ence that tiie Commission took no for-'
mal action. It merely discussed the,
Continued on Elfvenlh l*n£e.
PENROSE PROBE tS BLCCKED
Charge of Alleged Corruption in Penn
sylvania Senatorial Contest Put
Up to Next Congress
By Associated Press,
Washington, Feb. 12. —Investigation
of charges of corruption in the last
Senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania.
i«l Illinois and other States, was blocked j
| 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 Williams said the Senator
ial terms to which the investigation
would relate do not begin until the
I next Congress and it was felt that an
inquiry by the present Congress would,
j be premature.
DOG CATCHER'S HOME ABLAZE
i : Firemen Give Battle to Flames in Two
s 1 Old Log Houses
3 j Fire in two old log houses, 1217 and
s 1219 North Cameron street, shortly
I after 2 o'clock this afternoon, did
; damage to the amount of about $25.;
I The former is tenanted by Joe Ilosron, ]
j the city's official dog catcher, and the!
" : latter by Charles Davis. The blaze j
f was put out with chemical streams by!
t the Shamrock and Goo»l WiH companies.
, The fire started with the burning of
,) chips in a stove in the Davis house,
" j and spread to the adjoining building,
i The houses are two-and-a-half stories
Ugh. The firemen experienced some j
difficulty in getting into the Davis l
house, since they said the roms were!
t - i filled with mattresses, rags and waste
) matter in wild disorder. This «3&d not j
The alarm was sent in from box 51,
- Cameron and Herr streets, the district
t companies responding. Only the Sham-1
. rock and Good Will chemicals were put
; BLUECOAT OFF TO THE PEN. j
Scott, Who Killed Banks, Sent Away
to Serve 13-year Sentence
! Robert F. Scott, the colored patrol
man. who murdered iXathan Banks, of
ficially began his penitentiary term of
froan twelve to twenty years at noon to
day. With three other convits ScoX
was taken to the penitentiary in Ph ia
delphia by Deputy Sheriffs WilXam
Hoffman and Edward Wetzel tins morn
Scott, on leaving the county jail,
' told the prison attaches that '' I intend
to be a good boy while I am down
] there and if you ever get to Philadt'l- j
phia, drop arouns} to see me.''
Ot!her defendants taKen- to the pen j
were Cling Mitchell, Harry Oorsey and
Joseph Wilson. Corsev and Wilson got
terms of from twelve to eighteen
months on larceny charges and Mi;-;
chell 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
! are being ased up and that unless more
contrilxitions are received the present
1 work will cease with the close of this
' month, the Home and War Relief Oom
. mittee this morning sent ourt an appeal
for financial aid.
About $2,000 is needed to keep the
. ; work going until the middle of March!
. at which time it is hope t industrial j
conditions will be improved in this city, i
Something like 315 poor women now!
1 are receiving $2 a week and no fewer j
t than 116 women are on the waiting
list for work. The total contributions
[ thus far received have bee-n $7,000
. and of that but $1,200 remains in the
Busty Vessel Causes Four Deaths
By Associated Press.
. Abilene, Tex., Fob. 12.—Four mem
. bers of the J. T. Garrison fajnily, near
. Anson, Texas, are dead, and four oth
. ers seriously ill from poisoning from
bread made from milk out of a rusty
| tin vessel.
IIARRISBURG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1915-14 PAGES.
THE SGIVIAI ARMY
Sends Message of De
fiance to Police Who
He Writes to Middletown Friend Tell
ing of His Flight Across the Seas
and of His Enlistment as a Soldier
In European War
Steve Loncar who brutally mur- !
dered his wife in Steelton, on Novem-1
ber 17, 1913, by slashing her throat
! from ear to ear and hacking her body 1
with a butcher knife, and then lied'
I from the police, is now lighting in the j
j ranks of the Servian army,
j This fact was revealed to-day in a
; letter which Loncar wrote to an ac
| ijuaintauce living in Middletown, one i
of a force of laborers employed on the j
j Pet nsylvania railroad
The letter was received in Middle
town this week, but its contents were '
j not made public until to-day. It was!
I written in the Servian tongue, bore
the Servian postmark and, among oth
er things, contained a paragraph which,
translated, advised the friend to "tell
the Steelton constables to go to h —l,
for they never will get me now."
The only reference Honear 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 twu of the men who read
the Lonea.- letter, to Adain Souillard,
a former Steelton patrolman and now
employed in a similar capacity with
t.he Pennslvania railroad and stationed
! in Middletown.
Policeman Saw Loncar
Souillard, through his former affilia
| tinn with the Steelton police depart
ment, became acquainted with these
men and also with Loncar, whom he
in vain sought to arrest on the tnurder
Souillard said he is convinced the
information convoyed in the Loncar
letter is correct. Besides telling of the
recent letter, t>he railroad policeman
i told a story dealing with what he be-
Coittlmied on Fourth Pnise
OPTION BiLUSJN JEOPARDY
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
that body, ami unless all indications
are wrong the bill will be defeated.
In the last week the opponents of lo
cal option have, been taking a poll of
tho Home to ascertain just where they
stand, and one of the most active of
the antis is authority for the asserti n
that there are at least 140 vote*
against local option in the lower branch.
Only 104 are necessary to defeat a
A prominent legislative official, who
has been watching Che trend of events
in the local option contest, is authority
for the statement that there will be 148
1 votes against the measure in the House,
or six more than the number claimed by
the liquor men. This information, Be
said, was obtained by personal confer
ence with members of the House and
through written pledges that have been
j made by legislators against the bill.
It is also said that the local option
bill will never get before the Senate
and if it should it will meet with de
| feat there.
Should the measure be defeated in
the House and by any chance be passed
by the Senate it could not again be con
sidered in the House because of the con
stitutional provision that a Senate
measure embodying provisinos of a bill
' once defeated in the House cannot
aigain be considered in the House.
Governor Brumbaugh is working
earnestly tx> secure a majority of both
houses to cary out his local option
pledges, and 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 war.
WITH THE OERMAN ARMY ON FIRING LINE IN FRANCE
r a GERMAN OUTDOST AT VORES 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 GIT HOI 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
Bailroad Superintendent Predicts Boom
for South Harrisburg
William B. McCaleb, superintendent
of the Philadelphia Division of the
Pennsylvania Railroad, in a talk with a
Star-Independent reporter last evening,
predicted an immense business boom in
the warehouse district of South Harris
burg on the completion of the vast im
provements the railroad is making
He said Harrisburg from now on can
look for the consumption of manv
plans for the building oif 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 the big area it has
acquired south of Mulberry, give®
tangible proof thait this is to be one of
the greatest whoJesale distributing cen
ters on the whole Pennsy system.
This fact, in his opinion, will en
courage the building up of South Har
ris-burg as a wholesale distribution cen
ter by interests thait had been hiding
off pending definite assurance as to the
Mr. McCalei) said that few persons,
outside of railroad circles, appreciated
how important it was for Harrisiwirg
that the company established here the
big freight transfer station recently
completed ait Division street, up town.
C*ktlmfe4 ob K«rtk Pace
TELLS UNKNOWN HISTORY
OF LINCOLN VISIT HERE
Benjamin F. Meyers Belates Surprising
Fact That the "Peace Democrats"
Were in Session in Harrisburg at
Very Time War President Was Here
"Reminiscences of Harrisburg," was!
the subject of a paper read to the j
Dauphin County Historical Society last I
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, ilo 1
of the visits to the city of men |
famous in history, from Washington to I
Lincoln; gave a most interesting story
of young Harrisburg, and ended his
paper with the story of Lincoln's visit:
to Harrisburg on February 22, 1861. I
It was in telling of Lincoln's visit
that Mr. Meyers sprung a surprise on !
his audience and gave 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 Eleventh Page.
LINCOLN'S BJRTHDAY OUIET
Banks and Postoflices Close—Exercises
in Schools —G. A. R. to Celebrate
Although Lincoln's birthday is a le
gal holiday in tibia State, it 'was not
observed as such in Harririburg.
Patriotic societies did honor to the i
memory of the great war President. No
city, county or state offices were closekl I
on account of the holiday, however, j
Hanks observe every legal' holiday and ;
thev were closed.
The schools remained oipen as usual
and sihort exercises were bsid in mod
every school in the city in memory of
the martyred President.' Holiday hours
were observed at the postoftice, the first
delivery and collection being mode to
gether with the evening collections.
The postoflices were closed at 10
o'clock this morning to reoipen at mM>-
Members of alii O. A. R. posits and
j their friends are invited to attend the
j jvatriotic exercises till is evening at 8
o'clock in tflue post rooms of Xo. 58 at
26 North Third street. Paiptaiin John
Hart Campbell, chief draughtsman in
the Department of Internal Affairs, will
be the speaker of the evondng.
SAYS HOHL DID NOT EAT
Cincinnati Man Asserts Bandit Subsist
ed on Liquor and Drugs
John T. Allen, Cincinnati agent for
tihe Ohio Humane Society, wtho is in
Harrisburg to-day seeking requisition
papers for a man arrested in Pitts
i burgh for the Cincinnati authorities,
this morning told the Harrisburg po
i lice the result of the autopsy held on
i the body of Frank G. Hohl, the iHarris
burg man who was killed in Cincinnati
after robbing three banks and mortally
wounding a policeman.
"The autopsy showed," said Mr.
Allen, "Dhat Hohl 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
light with t>he policemen.
Aged Couple Murdered
Gibsonburg, 0., Feb. 12.—Mrs. Jo
seph Kimbel, 70, was murdered and
her husband, Joseph Kimbel, 72, was
probably fatally beaten by unknown
men at their home near Bradne/, Wood
county, early to-day.
■RED PLOT TO
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 Preus.
Portland, Me., Feb. 12. —A large
force of police and watchmen stationed
at the elevators, docks and coal pockets
: of the Grand Trunk railway was in-
I creased substantially t-o-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-
J pany's general ofiices at Montreal as
-1 serted that the .alleged plot was evolved
'! in California and that six men were
J bound here to carry it out.
Montreal, Feb. 12.—The Grand
j Trunk officials here stated to-day that
| extra precautions to guaird tilie com
pany 's property were being taken at
Portland, Me. Officiate said that tho
| Grand Trunk railway, in common with
other large corporations, thought it
advisable at this time to alitapt pre
cautionary measures against possible
j damage, but no alarm need be felt by
fchie traveling public.
HAS FIGHT WITH LOBSTER
Tom Bell Bests Crustacean Combatant
After Merry Chase
Tom Bell, oyster opener ut the Sen-
I 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
| if it were able to prevent the same,
j The lobster made its esciape when
! Tom temporarily got busy in a ihandi
-1 <,a l'- The lobster in a few minutes
| finally succumbed as Tom's prey. Once
I a claw caught in Tom's leg, but the
! latter wriggled out in half-Nelson style
j and the lobster was making his escape
w-ith a part of Tom's trousers, when
i the battle to the death followed. The
lobster became lobster salad then just
BADLY BURNED IN STEEL PLANT
Highsplre Man in Serious Condition,
Due to Injuries From Electric Flame
George Williams, 38 years old, of
(Highapire, was seriously "burned by an
electric flash from a short circuit in a
, motor in tihe new mills of the Pennsyl
vania Steel Company ghortly after noon
to-day. He is burned about the face,
neck and hands. He was taken to tho
Harrisburg hospital, where it was said
[ that his condition is serious,
i When the short circuit occurred on
i tho motor, on whic'i he was working,
; there was a flash of flame that struck
)' ' ,1
PRICE, ONE CENT.
BIG 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
London, Feb. 13.—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 lias
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
from hostile forces, except in a portion
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
; along the western front.
The Portuguese Foreign Minister
i has announced that his country will
! carry out the policy decided upon early
| in the war, involving adhesion to tlie
1 treaty with Great Britain reqiiw'ing
Portugal to assist her with troops.
Portugal now has about I no,no men
, under arms. The Foreign Minister did
i not state whether immediate action
would be taken to throw the army into
the field with the allies.
NO ANSWERS VET TO U. S.
NOTES TO THE POWERS
Washington, 'Feb. 12.—The note to
'Germany warning against menace to
! American lives and property in the
J new naval war zone atwrnt the British
j isles and the ncte to Great Britain
I pointing out the danger to neutral ship
j [ing by any general use of the Amer
ican flatg over belligerent merchant ves-
I sels, were discussed at to-day's cabinet
i meeting, but all administration offi-
I dials refrained from eommen'tini; on
Secretary 'Bryan would say no more
than that t'he United States had not
yet Keen officially advised of the re
ceipt of the piapers in London and 'Ber
PARIS SAYS GERMANS
ARE DEFEATED IN POLAND
Paris, Feb. 12, 2.5'1 P. M.—An offi
cial statement given ou't at t'he War Of
fice to-day announced the complete fail
ure of the German offensive in Poland.
The statement follows:
"The failure of recent attacks by
the Germans in Poland appears to be
j complete. The losses of the Germans
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
i French aviators dropped bombs to day
■ on the German military aerodrome at
| llebsheini, an Alsation town in the out
skirts of Muelhausen.
JL'DGE GETS DEATH SENTENCE
Opponents Hate to Kill Him, But Ho
Must Succumb to Inevitable
Bowling Green, Ky., Feb. 12.—"W0
'hate to kill him but we will," was tho
concluding sentence of a notice found
["osteal to-d-ay threatening death for
County Judge H. 'II. Den'hardt, the de
struction of Bowling Green by tire aud
its utilities toy explosives.
Tho notice was the second within two
weeks promising punishment for Judge
Deu'hardt unless he was instrumental in
freeing Thomas Burns, a wrestler, of
Ironton, Pa., and Clarence Stem, of
Spring fie I*l, Tenn., who' are awaiting
trial before him on 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 and de
stroyed by fire early to-day.
T'he firsrt. 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