The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, February 16, 1915, Image 1
THE WEATHER CLOUDY TO-NIGHT FAIE TO MORROW DttallH Heport. Pace • S>rT a ""st" kd ® VOL. 77—NO. 63, AUSTRIANS ADVANCE IN BUKOWINA Their Reoccupation of Czernowitz.the Cap ital, Is Reported From Bucharest RUSSIA ADMITS ENENTX GAINING Petrograd Official Report Says Aus trians Are Making Progress in Bukowina and That Desperate Fighting Is on in the Carpathians London, Feb. 16, 12 Noon.—The £( neral offensive of the Teutonic allies along the extended eastern iront is con tinuing successfully on both flanks, judging from reports reaching London, l>ut without any visible forward move ment on the front toward Warsaw or in the Carpathians. The Bucharest report that the Aus trians have reoeeupied Czernowitz, the capital of Bukowiua, has not been re ported from any other sources, but l'e trograd admits officially that the Aus trians are still advancing in Bukowina in large force, and that desperate tighting marks the operations in the passes of the t.,«rparhians, whore the Russians are claiming minor successes resulting in the capture of men and mu nitions of war. In East Prussia the Russians have Jiot yet regained their fortified lines and the German advance, while not checked, seems to British observers to be pro ceeding with less speed. Paris reports from the western front that the sole activity consists in artil lery engagements, in which the guns of the allies have been successful in silencing batteries northeast of Ypres and destroying Herman trenches at Beauraina. In diplomatic circles the replies of Germany io notes from neutral powers concerning Germany's proj>osed marine war zone are awaited with interest; Great Britain's reply concerning the use of neutral flags is given secondarv importance. The German press is hinting that satisfactory assurance by Great Britain on the question of neutral flags wculd constitute the best safe guard to American shipping. SPAIN WITHWIERICA IF LATTER BAKES PROPOSALS Madrid, via Paris, Feb. 16, 6.20 A. | M. —The Spanish government has adopted an attitude of extreme reserve regarding its position on Germany's note announcing its intention to include the waters around Great Britain in the war zone. While >*pain will try to avoid action which would give any belligerent an < excuse to accuse it of departing from its attitude of neutrality, it is under stood the government will join the l'nite.l States if the latter proposes joint measures on the part of all neu trals. ITALY IN WAR WTTHIN TWO WEEKS,STATES GARIBALDI' London. Feb. lb. 4.36 P. M.—The prophecy that Italy would mobilize her I army wiriiin a fortnight was made here to-day by Kicciotti Garibaldi, the Ital ian patriot. He said that unless bhe Italian gov ernment decided to participate in the war there would be a revolution. Recall of Greek Minister From Turkey Berlin, via London. Feb. ,16, 11.OS A. M. — The recall of Greek Minister Panas from Turkey is not clearly un derstood in high political circles here. It is felt that the condition of Grecian and Turkish affairs is not such as to! justify the minister's recall and the in clination is to believe that he asked to be relieve.! when he found his personal position difficult. Exchange of Prisoners Begun Amsterdam, via London, Feb. 16, 9.55 A. M.—The actual exchange of wounded British and German prisoners of war who have beeu incapacitated ior future service is under way. m Sht' Swkpcttktit HURRIES HOME IN SPECIAL CAR FROM FLORIDA TO DIE Mrs. Mar; Catherine Meetch, Wife of Local Republican Leader. Succumbs After Long Suffering From a Com plication of Diseases Following a hurried rush in a special , car from Florida, where she had gone I for the benefit of hex health and where I she a week atio was informed that she could not survive her illness, Mrs. Mary Catherine (Shafferl Meotvh, wife ot William B. Meetch. former prison ! warden and a leader in the Republicau ' I party, died at her liarrisburg home. at 2.40 o'clock, this morning. She had long been a sufferer from a complication jot" diseases. The husband and two of the three children, two daughters, were at the bedside when Mrs. Meetch died. Harry W. Meetch, a son. who also was form i erly a prison warden of Dauphin coun i tv," and who has been spending the r : winter in Florida, having a cottage at j Kiosimmee, that State, has been wired : concerning the death of his mother and is on his way to Harristiurg. " | Mr. and Mrs. William Meetch, their , laughter, Mrs. Anna Frain and Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Meet oh went to Florida ! on December 15, last. A week :*jo ■> Mrs. Meetch's physician said she could j not live an t that death would bea mat ter of only a few days. A special car ( j at once was chartered to make the trip home. Dr. K. K. Darlington, the family : physician, of this city, then was sum moned to Florida, and accompanied his ) patient home. • j The party arrived here on Saturday, two days after the death of Mrs. Meetch 's brother-in-law. Emanuel H. Miller, of this city. Vosterday morning i Mrs. Meetch was taken dangerously ill ! and she could not rally. Mrs. Meetch was a daughter of Peter an.l Sarah Shaffer, of Halifax township, and was born November 23, 1850. Since her marriage to William B. Meetch, forty-eight years ago, the family lived in Millersburg, Williamstown and Har risbn rg. Besides her husband, Mrs. Meetch i leaves r.wo daughters, Mrsi Anna Frain, at home; Mrs. .T. Harry Stroup, 1617 North Second street, and Harry W. ' Meeteh. 251 Forster street. Also one , sister, Mrs. E. H. Miller, of this city, and one brother. .John X. Shaffer, of 1 Haiifax. She was for a number of years a member of the Grace M. E. church, of this city. Funeral services will be held at her ■ late home on Thursday afternoon, tie Rev. Dr. John D. FV>x. pastor of Grace church, officiating. Interment will be • iu the East liarrisburg cemetery. LATE WAR NEWS SUMfBARY German forces have captured the ; important Polish t-own of Plock, the Berlin war office announced to-day. Plock lies on the Vistula northwest of Warsaw and the Russians pushed their advance far beyond it in their move ment against the west Prussian border, which apparently has now been ended. Not only Plock but the town of Blelsk is said to have been lost by the Rus sians. In east Prussia, the Berlin com munication states the advance of the German force continues, the Russians having been pursued across the border. It is expected in Londan that to night or to-morrow England will pro claim the cutting off of all food stuffs from Germany in retaliation for Ger many's declaration that the waters sur rounding the British Isles constituted a war zone. A note from the German chancellor, as transmitted to the Rotterdam Cham ber of Commerce, says that "in most cases" German submarines will be un able to distinguish between neutral and British vessels encountered in the war zone, and that all merchantmen there fore run the risk of destruction. In Berlin an official statement was issued suggesting that British submarines might purposely sink neutral vessels, in order to precipitate a conflict between Germany and neutral nations. French newspapers commend the attitude of the United States, which is said to be the first step toward "the inevitable par ticipation of neutrals in the great events which are dividing the world." The departure of the Green Minister from Turkey is not regarded in Berlin as implying a reputure in diplomatic relations. It is thought there that the minister, for personal reasons, asked to be relieved. The Albanian force which invaded Servia has been driven back across the border, says a Nish dispatch. The raid is believed to have been incited by Mohammedans preaching a holy war. It is reported from Milan that Itidy has asked Vienna and Berlin for assur ances that Austria will not make an at tack on Rumania, whose military pre parations have been interpreted as fore shadowing her entrance into the war. iCOIIIIIIfIANDEROFILOSTEMDEN RECEIVESTHEIRON CROSS Berlin, Via Amsterdam, to London, Feb. If S.Ol A. M.—Lieutenant Com mander Von Muoeke, commander of the detail from the cruiser Km lon which I landed at Cocos Island, has been award ed the iron cross, first class, while everv 1 member of the landing party has re ceived the iron cross, second'class. When the Emden was run down bv i the Australian cruiser Sydney in the! Indian Ocean on November 10, Von Muecke and forty members of the crew ! were on Cocos Island. They escaped 1 . by commandeering the schooner Avsha. A later dispatch from Manila said they I had captured a collier on which thev! had mounted two maximum guns. The French ministry of marine announced ion December 18 that the British &u- j xiliarv cruiser Empress of Japan had. captured the collier. Announcement , ! came from Berlin on February 5, how-! ever, that the schooner Avsha had ar- : ; rived at Hodcida. on the southwest i j coast of Arabia, with Von Muecke an ? | his men. HARRISBURG, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16; 1915-12 PAGES. LAWYERS DIFFER AS TO THE NEED OF THIRD JODGE Charles H. Bergner De clares Plan If Adopt ed Would Be An Im position on the People EX-SENATOR FOX FAVORS PROJECT Former District Attorney Weiss In dorses Proposal to Provide an Addi tional Jurist—Benjamin M. Nead Opposes the Niasley Bill A wide difference of opinion exists among the lawyers of the Dauphin coun ty bar as to the need of a third judge for this county, as provided by the bill introduced by Assemblyman John C. Nissley which is now before the House of Representative*. To ascertain the sentiment of representative lawyers the Star-Independent has obtained the opin ions of about a dozen of them which are published herewith. Charles H. Bergner, when asked for his opinion as to the need of a third judge, expressed himself as very em phatically against the plan. Mr. Berg ner said: '*lt is absolutely unnecessary, and if the bill becomes a law it will be an imposition on the people.'' Mr. Berg ner said he could not express himself more explicitly. "1 am not sure that I have a fixed opinion on tie question of a third judge for Dauphin county," sard B. F. Urn , berger. "I think it is up to the Dau- I j>hin county court to say whether au ad ditional judge is necessary." E. W. Jackson had this to say: "It is my best judgment that the Dauphin county court has sufficient judges at •present, without an increase.'' Benjamin M. Nead said: "I do not think there is any need for au addi tional judge in Dauphin county at pres- ent. As a rult i am opposed to the I increase of judges.*' John E. Patterson said he had no comment to make other than that "it is up to the present judges to say whether there is a necessity for an ad- Iditional judge," Senator Fox for Third Judge "I certainly do favor the bill giving a third judge to Dauphin county," said former Senator John E. Fox, "for I beiieve the volume of business in this | court requires a third judge. That was CtitlaiMd on f.levrmh Pnw. BIRD POPUUTM«. S. Robin Shown to Be the Most Numerous With the English Sparrow Close Second Tfy AsitM'iatrd Prc*». Washington. Feb. 16.—A census of ' birds of the United States announced by the Department of Agriculture to day, shows an average of sixty pairs of English sparrows to the square mile or seven to every 100 native biriffe throughout the country. The robin is shown to be the most numerous bird with tht* English sparrow ;i close second. In the northeast rob ins averaged six pairs to each farm of j 58 acres, while English sparrows aver aged five pairs per farm. Taking 100 robins as a unit other birds were not ed in the following proportions: Cat birds, 49; Brown thrashers, 37; house wrens, 2S; king birds, 27, and bluebirds, 26. As for density of population on each acre orf farm land there was an average of one pair of birds. Chevy Cha*e, Md., holds the record for density, where 161 pairs nested on 23 acres. Thirty.four species of birds were repre sented. The bird population is much less than it ought to be, according to depart ment experts, who claim that if birds were given more protection there would be an increase in numbers. Special Panel to Try .Thaw By Ansociatcd I'rcss. New York, Feb. 16.—A special panel of 200 talesmen from which is to be selected a jury to try Harry K. Thaw for conspiracy in escaping from the Nlatteawan asylum, was ordered drawn to-day by Supreme Court Justice Weeks. Thaw's trial was set for March 12. It had been previously set for February 23. Tuberculosis Sanitarium Dedicated By Assoi iatctl Prcs*. Chicago, Feb. 16. —The Chicago tu berculosis sanitarium, termed by experts the largest and best equipped in the world, was dedicted to-dav. Accommo dations for 650 persons will be ready within a month and eventually 950 beds will be instalfed. Acquitted of Alleged Malfeasance By Associated Press, Kast St. IJOUU, 111., former officials of East St. Louis were acquitted by a jury to-day of charges involving the misappropriation of SIOO,OOO in city funds. MJDRED CDIEF fiTS BERGNER MDI Mil Halbert, Bandaged and Just Out of Bed, Di rects Men Battling $5,000 Fii e LAWYERS FLEE UPPER STORIES Large Amount of Stock of Walkover Shoe Company Damaged by Flames and Water—Market Street Traffic Halted Fire starting at 10.30 o'clock this morning in the ceiling of the Walkover shoe store, which occupies the ground floor of 226 Market street, in tho Bergner Building, did damage estimated at $5,000. Most of the damage was to the contents oif the shoe store but the flames spread through a flue in the hall way of the building which contained electric wires. This caused many occu pants to flee from the upper floors of the building. Many carried books and papers with them fearing the fire would spread to the" upper floors. There was a stock of SIB,OOO in the shoe store, much of which is declared to have been damaged by smoke au<l water. Tiie $5,000 loss is covered by insurance. The loss on the building, which is of seini-fire proof construction, will reach S2OO. The building is owned by Charles H. Bergner, whose law offices and those of many other law yers and other professional mein arc lo cated in the upper floors of the struc ture. Assistant Fire Chief Edward Ilatbert, »b<> left his bed this morning for the first time since he was injured at the Maze at Blank's stoneyard on Saturday morning, when he tumbled from the rdßf ami landed on his faee, started to direct the - w«rit «f the riremen at the Coßttnnril tin Mnth Can CIVIL SERVICE FOR POLICE i Chief Hutchison Recommends It in An nual Report to Council ' Chief of Police Hutchison, in his | annual report to Council this afternoon | recommends civil service in the police j department, asks for two traffic police men at Fourth and < hestnut streets and the Cameron street approach to the Mul berry irtreet viaduct, asks for an ad ditional clerk for the department and wants Council to build a sanitary de ' tention cell at headquarters. He recommends that Council abolish free trips of the ambulance, saying that ■ private hospitals should maintain their own ambulance. During the fiscaJ year, which included December, 1913, V 12,- 742.19 in stolen property was recov ered and 2,175 arrests were made. Pa • trolman McCann le>l in the number of arrests with 74, Detective Ibach was | secoml with 69 and Chief Hutchison ] made 41. RIVER IS RISING RAPIDLY Warm Weather Will Bring Susquehanna Up to 13-Foot Mark The Susquehauna river is again ris ing rapidly, due to the long period of warm weather and flight precipitation in the upper valleys. The crest of the flood will be well within the flood sticge. however, but the water here is expected to go higher t-han it has at i any time since th- iccmoved off. E. K. Demain, local weather observer, fore casts a 13-foot stage here by to-morrow morning. The at 8 o'clock this morning was 9.5 feet, having risen nearly four feet in the twenty-four hours previous. The main river is expected to begin falling to-morrow. There will be a drop in temperature here to-night to freez ing jioint. The temperature has been above normal for several days, only falling to 36 degrees last night. ANOTHER NEGRO TAKEN Dorsey Charged With Helping in HiU Robberies Charles Dorsty, colored, was arrested in the Eighth' ward last night by City Detective White and Policemen Parsons and Murphy. The police say that he was an ac complice of Richard Williams, who ad mitted burglarizing three Hill stores, and charge Dorsev with those crimes. Williams is being held under S3OO bail for court. Dorsev was given a hearifil iate this afternoon. Man Jumps Overboard and Is Lost New York, Feb. 16.—The new An chor Liner Tuseania arrived here to day on her maiden trip from Glasgow and Liverpool. She brought 383 pas sengers and more than 3J)00 sacks of mail. Thomas Williams, a native of Wales on his way to Canada, jumped overboard during the voyage and was lost. " ~ Hope for the Totally Deaf Bombay, India, Feb. 16. —It was an nounced in Lahore that a Abbe, of that city, has invented a "phonoscope" th e use of which enables the totally deaf to perceive sounds, such as speech and music, by means of the eye. H. J. MUELLER ELECT TO NEW POST OF Hr ' ' T'-<T ■ FIRST CITY FORESTER AND HIS FAMILY Harry ,T. Mueller, a former Harris burger and graduate of the Central High school, now living in Bellefonte, Pa., this afternoon was named for City Forester by Park Commissioner M. Har vey Taylor, and the appointment was confirmed by tlio City Commissioners. Mueller was one of nine applicants for the position. He will be notified at once of his appointment and, Mr. Tay lor said, will be asked to begin work here on 'Marvh 1. The appointee is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mueller, 629 Briggs street, this city. He is 35 years obi, mar ried and has had eight years practical exjyjujoie as a forester. leading State College, from which iust'tntion he was graduated, Mr. Mueller went into the employ of the State Forestry Com mission, remaining wins that organisa tion for five years. Subsequently he spent a year as manager of the South ern office of the l)avey Tree Expert ill ACCUSED OF SLAmHG BOARDER STILL A FUGITIVE Police Send Description of Conte to Neighbor ing Cities in the Hope of Capturing Him WOMAN SEVERELY HURT IN FIGHT Mrs. Lauda, However, Will Recover From Injuries Suffered During Cher ry Street Quarrel in Which John Polmuch Is Shot to Death The police early this afternoon had not succeeded in locating J. Carlo Coute, who is accused of having mur dered John Polmuch at 9 o'clock last uight during a dispute about a board bill in a boarding house at 228 Cherry street. Mrs. Vincenza Lauda, who runs the boarding house, received severe lacera tions of the head during the struggle, but her injuries will not prove fatal. i>he was sent to the Harrisburg hos pital to have her wounds dressed, but was able to return to her home last night. The police to-day sent descrip tions of Conte to various cities of the State with the request that he be ar rested ou a charge of murder. The fight started when Mrs. Lauda demanded of Coute .that he pay his week's board bill. On his refusal to do so, the police say, Polmuch tried to compel Conte to pay the money to the Lauila woman and an argument" started. Conte, it is charged, then rushed up stairs, obtained a revolver and re-en tered the dining room, where the board ers were gathered, and opened fire on Polmuch. Two sh«ts were fired, the firßt entering Polmuch's temple and the other his breast. The police say the second shot was fired after Polmuch fell to the floor unconscious. About that time Mrs. Lauda went to the assistance of Polmuch, when, the police say, Conte struck her a blow on the' hoad with the butt end of the re volver. The other boarders rushed to Coattane4 on Nlath Paite, Company, and since then has been in the forestry business for himself in Bellefonte. The forester is to receive an an nual salary of SI,OOO. Upon taking the office he will have SIOO available for the purchase of equipment and Mr. Tay lor to-day said that arrangements for providing Mueller with the necessary assistants will be made "after the Forester is on the job." As Forester, Mueller will have charge of tree trimming, planting and the re moval of trees. The Park Commissioner said it is hia ;>lan to have the For ester in complete control of the work just as J. K. Staples is in charge of the City's playgrounds. The appointment of Mueller was ap proved by a vote of 4 to 0, all Com missioners, save Mr. Gorgas, casting their ballots for him. Mr. Gorgas said he refrained from voting because he favored the selection of T. A. Woods for the post. 111 OUTLINES (ITT WORK FOR THEUIEIFLOVED Specifies Improvement Contracts Which He Says Can Be Under taken at Once ACTION LIKELY NEXT WEEK Plan to Avoid Disputes With Contractor As to Cost of "Extras" in River Front Work Is Approved To-day— Job to Be Completed By July 1 At the meeting of the City Commis sioners this afternoon. Mayor John K. Royal offered to the Republican mem bers what he considers is a feasible plan for providing work for the city's unemployed. The suggestion came as a result of a resolution adopted a weok ago, and while the Republicans to-day officially made no answer to the chief executive's plan, they declared that they will make a proper reply at the meeting one week from to-day. The Mayor pointed out that he is not a miudreader and not capable of knowing just what his Republican col leagues propose to do along the im provement line during the coming sea son but he suggested that there are many jobs which could be started at once to give work to the unemployed. He referred to the Park Department having acquired sufficient ground for the extension of the Cameron park way from the almshouse to Reservoir Park and said that work had not yet been started. He suggested that the contractor could start work on the pro posed bridge over Spring Creek, at Cameron street, a job which now is un der contract. He further set out that twenty-one of the thirty-one servprs authorized by city ordinance a year ago have not yet been laid; that a number of street grad ing jobs can be worked and that he is advised that most of the frost is out of the ground and there is nothing now to hinder starting the work at once. The Mayor ended by saying that if Coatlaued on Mmtk Page. si rosTscmri ► 1 1 » PRICE, ONE CENT. STILL SEEK NEWSABOUT GUYER GIRL Authorities, However, More Eager to Learn Whereabouts of Mel lish Family WALTERS OFF ON A HUNT Authorities Make Little Progress in Trying to Solve the Mystery of the Mrrdered Girl Whose Bones Were Found Buried in Collar Bessie Guver, the Mechnniesburg girl who wa» employed as a child's nurse by Dr. Charles K. Ayres, dentist, when ho resided at 133 South Four tenth street, in the cellar of which house the hones of a murdered girl wero found buried last Friday, has not been established as "missing," according to Coroner Eekinger to day. The authori ties, with the aid of Dr. Ayres, still are trying to tind her. I owity Detective Walters, who is in vestigating the case for District At torney Siroup, inclines to the theory that the girl ilia* married and her identity as •• Bessie Coyer" has been | lost since 1901, when she resided in I he fourteenth street house. Coroner hekinger savs he is in possession of , tacts which lead him to believe she is still living at or mar Mechaniesburg. Since his trip to York to interview Dr. Ayres, Detective Walters has been engaged ou a second and what seems to i wie olhcials a more important phase of ! the case. He is trying to find the fam ily ot foreigners who occupied the i house before Dr. Ayres moved in. Kol ! lowing u lead that, may result in loeat | nig the one family that lived in this , house that the authorities have not yet communicated with, County Detective I Walters weiit to Middletowii this morn ing. 1-he name of this family, according to information given »n the authorities was Mellish, but so .little is known or remembered of them that the authori ties are having difficulty in locating tueui. Coroner Eckinger, who is keeping in close touch with the county authorities in this case, attaches more importance to the possibility of finding the missing family than running down the clue fur nished by Dr. Ay res concerning Bessie Guyer. hckinger said this inoruing: Statement by Coroner ''There is still one missing family we are seeking to make the chain of residents complete—a German family, we have been told There is nothing to indicate that Bessie Unyer was the victim of the murder. We learn that she returned to her home and was mar ried. We will, however, bend every ef fort to locate her." There was nothing more of value to aid in solving the mystery discovered l>y the washing out jf the earth taken from the grave. In all, seven barrow loads were carefully washed over under the direction of 0. li. (.'ashman, 206 South Thirteenth street. This work was finished late yesterday afternoon. This careful examination included ev ery bit of earth taken from the hole. This work furnished no new clue as to the identity of the victim, according to Mr. Cashman. It produced more small bones, parts of larger bones, a small white button here and there, but no comb or trinket that would give the authorities :i clue on which to work. The bones were delivered to Dr. K. L. Perkins, Coroner's physician, last even ing by .Mr. Cashman. After a further examination of the bones uncovered after the first day, Dr. Perkins said he is not inclined to change his mind as to the probable length of time the body was buried, which he said was from ten to tifteon vears. Part of Jaw Bone Missing Most of the b'.nes of the skeleton have been recovered, with the excep tion of a part of the jaw bone. The other bones of the skull were broken up and the jawbone, Dr. Perkins said, may have entirely disappeared, al though it may have been buried with the rest of the body. The part of UlO skull recovered has four teeth which never have been filled, and these are of little use to the authorities, thev say. When Coroner Eekinger gives hi# permission to close the "grave" in the cellar at 133 South Fourteenth street it will be walled up permanently, ac cording to W, E. Jones, agent for the projierty. Jack Johnson to Be Extradited? By Associated Press, Chicago, Feb. 16.—Jack Johnson, the nego pugilist, who fled to Europe after being sentenced to a year in the federal penitentiary for violation of the Mann act, will be extradited and re turned to Chicago on a charge of con spiracy, according to a statement to-day by Charles F. Cline, United States Dis trict Attorney. WALL STREET CLOSING New York, Feb. 16.—Selling of cop pers affected the active group in the late dealings. The closing was heavy. Foreign influences were again upper most in to-day's dull and irregular stock markets. Standard stocks wer« under pressure.