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VOL.'77—NO. 68.
Secretary Daniels
Wants Full Investi
gation in Sinking of
American Steamer
With Cargo of Cotton Bound for Bremen
the Steamship Evelyn Met Disaster
Off Borkum Island, In the North
Sea—Crew si Rescued
Washington, Feb. 22.—Secretary
Daniels to-day ordered Commander Wal
ter R. Gherardi, American naval at
tache at Berlin, to investigate and
make a full report on the destruction of
the American steamer Evelyn. So far
official advices merely have reported
the sinking of the vessel and her cargo
but gave no details.
Secretary Daniels explained that his
purpose in directing an inquiry after
the State Department had called upon
the Ambassadors at London and Berlin
for a report was to secure technical in
formation which, perhaps might not be
included in the ambassadors' replies.
It was, of course, understood that Com
mander Gherordi, as American attache
at the American embassy at Berlin,
would be guided entirely by Ambassa
dor Gerard in making his investiga
Difficult to Get Information
It was said at the Navv Depart
ment that from present indications it
will be difficult for the naval officer
to secure exact information of what
actually destroyed the Evelyn. Vnldbsj
O-iiptain Smith or eome of the mqpibersj
of the crew of the steamer actually saw
the conning tower or perisco-pe of a
submarine, officials say it would not be
•jiossiWe to deny that the Evelyn was
sunk by a mine.
The fact that the Evelyn lies at the!
■bottom of the North Soa would mako it 1
difficult to examine her hull. It was|
pointed out, however, that German of
ficials might disclose to the American
naval officer in confidence the map of
their mine fields in the vicinity where
the Evelyn was sunk.
The Minister from The Netherlands!
called at the State Department to in
quire what reports this government had
received about the Evelyn. He said
he had no official report of the destruc-!
tion of the vessel. After conferring
■with Counsellor Ijiinsing IK- expressed
the opinion that the sinking apparently
must have been entirely accidental. I
Sees No Complications
Chairman Stone, of the Senate For
eign Relations Committee, said he could
see no complications arising from the
destruction of the Evelyn.
"An American vessel," sail the
Penator. "ventured into an area known
to be mined and unfortunately struck
one. So far it is not known what na
tion laid the mine. It is probable that
a national claim for damages might be
made when all the facts are established,
but 1 cannot see how serious complica
tions could come from the incident."
Crew of Evelyn Vessel Saved
Ijondon, Feb. 22. —A dispatch from
Berlin last night announced that the
American steamship Evelyn, which left
!New York on January 29 with a cargo
of cotton for Bremen, struck a mine
off Borkuni Island, in the North Sea at
the mouth of the Ems river, and was
tnink. Her captain and the crew of
twenty-six men were saved.
Borkum Island, the most westerly of
the West Frisian Islands, is north of
the eastern frontier of Holland and
about forty miles west of the mouth
of the Ems river, which divides Ger
many from Holland. It is believed
here that the Evelyn was steaming
along the Dutch coast and was going
to skirt the German coast on the way
to Bremen in order to avoid the mine
Irish Coaster Another Victim
Another victim of German subma
rines was reported last night. The
small Irish coaster Downshire was sunk
Saturday night off Calf of Man, a little
island south of the Isle of Man, in
the Irish Sea.
The submarine ordered the Down
shire to stop off the Isle of Man, but
the little steamship tried to get away
and did not heave to until three shots
had been fired at her. The crew of
five men were taken n.board the sub
marine and detained for a while, but
were subsequently released and landoi
in their small boat at Dundrum, on
the coast of Ireland.
Men from the submarine boarded the
Steamer and put explosives amidships.
Then they retired, and in a few min
utes the explosion sent the vessel to the
The submarine which destroyed the
Downshire is one of three that have
been sighted recently in the Irisfy Sea.
A large force of British destroyers is
now combing these waters to rout out
the enemy. Their presence is a constant
menace to transatlantic steamships
Continued am Fourth Pace
Star- llHfer Snkpctikni
The German War Office announced
to-day that the Russian tenth army
was "considered as having been de
stroyed" as a result of the recent Ger
man victory in East Prussia. It is
stated that more than 100,000 Rus
sians, including seven generals, were
captured, and that the pursuit of the
retreating forces has now been brought
to an ued. The Russian military au
thorities, however, acknowledge no
such losses. They admit that one army
corps was cut to pieces, hut assert that
the main force extricated itself.
In the Vosges further German vic
tories are claimed, including the cap
ture of another town. The German
War Office also states that losses of the
allies in recent lighting in the cam
paign were "extraordinarily high."
The French War Office announcement
says that there have been no new de
velopments of importance on the west
ern front.
The naval attache of the American
embassy in Berlin has been instructed
to investigate the sinking of the Amer
ican steamer Evelyn by a mine in the
North sea. It was felt a* Washington,
however, that no disturbing complica
tions would result from the occurrence.
The loss oi almost an entire army
corps in the recent retreat from East
Prussia is admitted by the Russian
general staff in its version of the Ger
man victory. Of this corps, it is said,
only broken and disorganized portions
escaped. The success of the Germans is
attributed to the overwhelming number
Continued on Fourth Pane
Former President Says Nation Is Se
riously Threatened as to Its
Rights as a Neutral
R)i Associated Press.
Morristown, N. J., Feb. 22.—The
United States is threatened with a seri
ous invasion of its rights as a neutral
by the warring nations of Kurope and
in proving its commerce with those na
tions is face to face with a crisis, in
i the opinion of former President -Wil
liam H. Tuft. In the solution of that
erii-is, should it arise, no jingo spirit
must be allowed to prevail, Mr. Taft
advised; neither pride nor momentary
passion should influence our judgment.
"And when the President shall act,"
Mr. Taft declared, "we must stand
bv him to the end. In this determina
tion we may be sure that all will join,
no matter what their previous views, no
•matter what their Kuropean origin. All
will forget tlieiT differences in self
sacrificing loyalty to our common flag
and our common country."
Mr. Taft's reference to the situation
confronting the United States was made
at the conclusion of an address deliv
ered here to-day before the Washington
Association of New Jersey.
London, Feb. 22, 2.45 P. M.—The
Norwegian freight steamer Cuba, bound
from London to Rotterdajn, was sunk
to-day in a collision in the North Sea;
So far as is known, no lives were lost.
The Cuba carried an oflicial mail hag
of the American commission for the re
lief of Belgium.
Washington, Feb. 2'2.—Sir Edward
Grey has sent to the State Department
through the British embassy here a
statement characterizing a« a falsehood i
a recent statement from Berlin attribut
ing to the British the intention to de-'
stroy an American ship in the naval
war zone and change it to a German
submarine with the expectation of pre-1
cipifating a crisis between the United i
States and Germany.
The Berlin statement received in the
United States by wireless was cabled j
to London bv the British envbassv.
Famous Atcress Refuses to Have the
Amputation Delayed and It Is
Performed To-day
By Associated Press,
Bordeaux, Feb. 22, Via Paris, 11.55
A. M. —The right leg of Madame Sar
ah Bernhardt, the famous tragedienne,
was amputated to-day at the St. Au
gustine hosptal, at Arcachon. The op
eration, made necessary by an affection
of the knee, which had caused much
suffering for several years, was per
formed by Prof. De buce, of the Bor
deaux University.
Professor Pozzi was to havo con
ducted the operation yesterday, but he
was called to the colors to serve at
the Val-De-Grace hospital, n Paris, and
he found it impossible to leave his du
ties for several days. Madame Bern
hardt refused to submit to a delay of
what she courageously called her re
lease from bondage and it was decided
that Prof. De Luce should perform the
operation to-day.
A bulletin issued immediately after
the amputation of Madame Bernhardt's
leg said:
"The operation was decided upon at
a consultation on February 13 of Pro
fessors Pozzi, of Paris, anil Denuce and
Arnozan, of Bordeaux. It took place on
Monday morning and was endured un
der the best conditions. The condition
of Mins. Bernhardt after the operation
also was as good as possible.
"Signed, Denuce."
Awful Sweep Made by
Germans in the
Mazurian Lake Dis
trict Campaign
Upwards of 130 Cannon and Other War
Material Among Booty Takeu by
the Kaiser's Troops in Clearing Out
Berlin, Feb. 22, via London, 3.30 P.
•M.—The German official statement is
sued to-day announces that the cap
tures in the battle of the Mazurian
Lake district of Kaat Prussia have been
increased to seven generals and more
than 100,000 men. The pieces of can
non taken uuinhered 150. The text of
the statement reads:
"In the western theatre: Another
hostile trench wis taken by us yester
day to the east of Ypres (in Belgium).
The enemy \s counter attacks on the
captured positions remained unsuccess
"In the Champagne district there
was comparative quiet yesterday. The
number of prisoners taken by usduriug
the last battles in this region has beeu
increased to fifteen officers and more
than 1,000 men. The sanguinary losses
of the enemy have been extraordinarily
" The enemy made an unsuccessful
attack on our "positions to the east of
Verdun during the night.
"In the Vosges the villages of
Hochrad and Stosswcicr were taken by
lis after a short engagement. Otherwise
nothing of importance occurred.
Mazurian Campaign Closes
"In the eastern theatre: The pur
suit after the winter battle in the
Mazurian district has come to an end.
During the clearing up of operations
to the northeast of Grodno and in the
battles reported during the last few
days in the Hobr and Navew dislrict,
one commanding general and four other
generals and approximately 40,000 men
have been taken prisoner up to the
present. Seventv-fivc cannon and some
machine guus, the actual number of
which lias not yet been ascertained, and
mu.'h other war material has been cap
The total booty taken in the winter
battle in the Mazurian district as a
result of these additions has been in
creased to date to seven geuerals, more
than 100,000 men, upwards of 130 can
non and quantities of other material of
all descriptions, the amount of which
cannon \et be approximately esti
Tenth Russian Army Destroyed
Cannon of a heavy calibre and am
munition captured by the enemy were
;« n k in the lakes near Loetzen "and in
the Widimer sea. Eight cannon of
heavy calibre were dug up or pulled out
ot tihe water yesteniav.
The tenth Russiau army, linger Gen
eral Baron Sievers, is considered as
having been destroyed.
"New battles appear to be developed
at Grodno and to the north of Seicha
wolas. It is reported that the battles
to the northwest of Ossowetz as well
as those at Przasnysz are taking their
regular course. There is no news from
Poland to the south of the Vistula
Swiss Soldiers Bring Down Airship
Berne, via Paris, Feb. 22, 4.4 5 A. M.
Swiss soldiers opened fire vesterdav
on an aeroplane, said to have been Ger
man, which flew over Bonfal. The ma
chine was struck by nine bullets and
the pilot was forced to descend at Fer
rette after hovering over the positions
at Rechesy.
Ccurt Adjourns at Noon Without Pass
ing on Applications
The Dauphin county court took 110
action to-day on the 172 liquor license
applications which are pending. If, as
in the past, al! licenses to which 110
remonstrances have been filed are to
be allowed another year, it is believed
that an order to that effect will be
made by the Judges to-morrow.
The procedure in the liquor license
court was a trifle differeut this year
from that of other y»ars and, it is said,
this was due to the belief that the
cases could be disposed of more expedi
tiously by first hearing those in which
remonstrances had been filed. All but
one of the cases, 'hat of William H.
Bowman, for the St. Lawrence hotel,
Berrysburg, which will be ended next
Monday, now have been heard.
At the suggestion of the members
of the bar, the Judges adjourned court
for the day at noon, this being Wash
ington's Birthday anniversary and a
national holiday.
STOUGH GETS $4,789.33
Campaign at Altoona closes With To
tal of 6,773 Converts
Altoona, Feb. 22.—The Stough cam
paign closed its seven weeks in this
city to-day, with a total of 6,775 con
verts. The number does not quite
come up to the 7,000 of the Harris
burg campaign, the biggest ingathering
Dr. Stough has had since he entered
the evangelistic Held with his own
The thank offering for the Stough
party taken at the tabernacle services
yesterday amounted to $4,789.33,
which is not far from the $5,600 of
tihe Harrisiburg campaign.
The Stough party opens a campaign
at Lancaster next month.
Mrs. Rebecca Hogan in Possession of
Document in Handwriting of First
Pre ,ident in Which He Urges Na
tion to Be Prepared for War
One of the most interesting personal
relies of George Washington owned in
Harrisburg is in [tossession of Mrs. Re
becca Hogan, of No. 215 Peffer street,
widow of the late Richard Hogan, long
prominent in llarrit»burg affairs. Mrs.
Hogan, who was a Miss Hynicka be
fore her marriage, is a granddaughter
of Melchoir Rahin, her father having
been Christopher Hynicka. She was
born in the house No. 12 Market
Melchoir Rahm was a man of affairs
in Dauphin county. From 1803 to
1806 he was Sheriff and from 1806 to
1812 he re-presented Dauphin county in
the State Senate, the Legislature then
meeting in l*ancaster. When Mr. Rahm
died there was found among his effects
the manuscript copy of one of Presi
dent George Washington's messages to
Congress, dated June 8, 1790, the en
tire document being in Washington's
handwriting and the signature standing
out boldly.
Mrs. Hogan's mother fell heir to the
; document ami in turn gave it to her
! daughter who has kept it many years,
| carefully framed' and wrapped up. It
,is well preserved, the ink having faded
Continued on Fourth I'aKC
Russel Donley Victim of Accident Near
Williamstown In Which Three
Others Are Hurt
I (Special to the Star-Independent.)
Williamstown, Pa., Feb. 22. —Russell
Donley, 21 years old, was killed and
three other men slightly injured late
i yesterday afternoon when an automo
-1 bile in which they were riding upset
on a mountain road about half a mile
j from this place.
The occupants of the machine includ
i ing Russell Donley, his brother, John
! Donloy, William Shuttelworth, Harper
Machamer and Lick Carver, had left
aibout noon fc>r Branchdale, where they
Visited friends. Returning late in the
afternoon, their route led oveT a moun
tain road. Before the accident Carver
left the party and went to his home.
John Donley, who was driving the
car, then drove down a steep incline
with his three companions. It is be
lieved a defective wheel caused the
car to upset. Russell Donley was thrown
over the wind shield, his head striking
on a roc'k. John Donley was held in
the machine by the steering wheel, but
he received bruises about the body.'
Machamer and Shuttelworth received
slight scratchm on the arms and legs.
Russell Donley was brought to his
home here by Dr. H. A. Shaeffer, but
died within a few feet of the house.
He was well known in this vicinity,
being the son of Cyrus Donley. Surviv
ing him are his parents, one brother
and three tisterf.
GEO. Mil
Political Job Holders
and the .10,000
School Children Have
a Day of Rest
Washington Hose Company, No. 4, Will
Celebrate Holiday With Banquet,
at Which City Officials Will Speak
—Shorter Hours at Postofflce
Federal, State, county and eitv offi
cials aud employes, bank workers and
the. ten thousand odil school chil
dren in this city to-day celebrated the
one hundred und eighty-third anniver
sary of the birth of Ueorge Washing
ton by taking a "Jay off." Mauy wom
en 's organization marked the day by
holding Martha Washington teas. The
men of two churches will meet this
evening to hear lectures on the life of
the "Father of His Country," ami
Washington tHose Company No. 4 will
hold it's annual banquet.
Much business that could 'be trans
acted without the aid of the banks for
the day went on as usual, but official
life was made domestic life as few of
the political ,jo<b-holders work on a legal
holiday. Capitol Hill was not over
crowded with workers, and most of the
offices in the Court House were closed
Court was adjourned at noon.
The school children who suffered be
cause the holiday fell on Sunday last
year, doubly celebrated it to-day. The
"day off" "started the annual spring
game of "hold-uip." The fine weather
Continued on fourth Pace.
Governor Brumbaugh Will Speak at
Banquet To-morrow Night
More than a score of members of tfhe
Harrisburg Rotary Club will be present
at the tenth annual conclave of the
eastern division of the International
Association of Rotary Clubs at Phila
delphia to-morrow when a thousand
men will gather for business and social
purposes. Secretary 'Howard Fry, of the
local elaiib left this afternoon for Phila
delphia. President William S. Essick
will speak at one of the sessions on the
topic, "The Ideas of Rotary."
At a banquet to-morrow evening, ad
dresses will be ina-de by Governor
Brumbaugh, Glenn C. Meade, ex-presi
dent of the International Association
and others. Among the officers present
will be Frank Mulholland, of Toledo,
international president, who addressed
the local elufr about a month ago.
"Chief" Bender Among Those Striv
ing To-day to Wrest Title From
Fred W. Dinger, of This City—4lOO
at the Division Street Grounds
Fred AV. Dinger, of Harrisburg, pres
ent holder of the State live bird cham
pionship, defended his title against a
field of experts in the annual State
shoot held to-day on the grounds of the
Harrisburg Sportsmen's Association, at
Fourth and Division streets. The shoot
drew spectators .from all parts of the
State and more than 600 watched the
day's sport.
Among the contestants were "Chief"
Albert Bender, former Philadelphia
Athletic pitcher; "Izzy" -Hoffman,
manager of last year's Reading Tri-
State baseball team; Lee and Frank
W ertz and Edward 11. Adams, of
Reading. All are expert shots and for
mer State champions.
The entry list was near the century
mark and it will not be known until
late to-day who comes out on top.
Shooting began at 10 o'clock this
If arrangements can be effected, t'hc
Williamsport diamond trophy will be
awarded to to-day's winner. This
prize has not been placed in competi
tion for two years. The events were
twenty birds each, for which each
entrant paid sl2.
School Board Can Borrow For New
Building Without Getting the Con
sent of the Electors
The Harrisburg School Board will
not be compelled to go before the vot
ers to legalize a loan to buildinig the
proposed twelve-room school house at
Fifth and Mahantongo streets, a reso
lution providing for which was passed
by the board Friday night.
An increased assessed valuation to
igether with the elimination of former
bond issues by the sinking fund in
creases the borrowing capacity and
makes this possible, accordinig to a
statement made by an official of the
School Boanl to day. A school board
may borrow to within two per cent, of
the assessed valuation of the district
without being compelled to as'k the con
sent of the electors. There is now a
matorial- difference between the present
indebtedness of the district and the
outside limit of its borrowing capacity.
A special meeting of the finance
committee of the board will be held on
Thursday night to which all of the
members will be invitod. It is likely
that definite decision to issue bonds to
cover the cost of the new buildinig will
be taken at that meeting.
This will bo purely a committee ac
tion as the board may not legally is
sue bonds under the school code except
at the time of making the annual tax
levy, which is in April. The exact fig
ures the board is working on now will
not be made public until after Thurs
day's meeting of the finance commit
Redskins and Whites
Both Being Reinforc
ed and Another Big
Fight is Imminent
An Indian Maiden Loses Her Life as
She Runs Into the lane of Battle
—The Fight Started Early Yester
day Morning
■BJ/ Associated Press,
Denver, C 0,., IVb . 22.—After a bat
tie throughout the night near Bluff,
I tan, between a hand of 52 Piute In
dains ami a posse of 36 white men, led
>.T nited States Marshal Aquilu Neb
cker, bunds of citizens from varum,
towns in LJ ta.h were preparing to-dav
The S lnl°i " U> f sißtance of th <* whites!
»_ Indians also have been reinforced,
two Indians and one white man
i£te I kllled :, ' WO Indil,n » «»d a
* '" au wounded and two Indians
< aptured. One of those killed was an
Indian maiden who was said to have
run into the line of battle. The fight
s arkd early Sunday morning, when
bv « n !r ' t e L , Bever » l days' journey
V " n t K °"' «"»vfcd at (.lie camp of Tse
arrest nif lU J° In,liu " lt>H,lcr ' wllo »o
sought a ° " ge 0 murder was
Indians Open Fire First
From Grayson, Utah, the following
ni[rht f° u ba i ttl . e wa " wceived last
M I Marslntl Nebeker:
Posse of 20 men. led by'siieriff of
Doroles county, Kx-Sheriff Jingles of
Montezuma county. Col., and Sheriff
| eppcrson of San Juan countv, Utah,
elt here last night to surprise mid cap
ture the Indians At break of day this
morning the posse surrounded the
.amp in which the Indians wanted wero
located. The Indians seemed to be ex
pecting the arrival of the posse and
opened fire J. 0. Akin, of Dolores,
Col., was killed in the beginning of the
fight. An Indian called Jack's Broth
er was killed and an Indian girl who
ran between the posse and the Indians
was killed.
Two Indians Captured
The powe captured Indians named
I Howiin and Jack. Both Indians are
choice warriors and it is expected other
Indians will try to recapture thorn. A
| hand of Indians known as Posey'H
[band came to the relief of Polk's band
I from the souta Posey's band wound
icd Joseph E. Cordova, of Cortez, ono
I of our men, who was placed to guard
Itlio southern appioach. A posse of 15,
all this town could arm, has been sent
| from here to assist .lie posse at Bluff.
A posse of 29 ; s on the road from
. Monticello, Utah, to assist those Bt
I Bluff. Communication between here
| and Bluff has been broken all day and
has just been restored. The fighting
coutinues fiercely "
An Uncontrollable Tribe
Tse-Ne-Gat, who is also known as
Everett Hatch, is charged with the mur
der last March of Juan Chacon, a sheep
herder, in Montezuma county, Col.
After his arrest the Indian escaped to
Utah, where his father, "Old Polk,"
jis said to have counseled resistance.
| The band of which Tse-Ne-Gat is the
! leader is known as an uncontrollable
tribo, which has on many occasions giv
en settlers of Southeastern Utah much
Wife of the Clerk to the County Com
missioners Is Victim of Heart Attack
Mrs. .Sarah E. Strock, wife of J. H.
Strock, one of the clerks in the office
of the Dauphin County Commissioners,
died at her home, 96 North Eighteenth
street, at 11 o'clock last night, after
a long illness from neuralgia of the
heart. Mrs. Strock and her daughter,
Catherine, retired about 10 o'clock and
two'hours later the daughter discovered
that her mother was dead. It was evi
dent she had 'been dead for about an
-Mrs. Strock was a daughter of the
late William ami Catherine Yeager, of
Linglestown. mhe was married to Mr.
Strock on October, 4, 1870. Since
IS9B, the Strocks have lived in Harris
i burg. Besides her husband, Mrs. Strock
left four children, as follows: Cath
erine Savilln, at home; Mrs. Anna L.
Hocker Penbrook; Mrs. Margaret I*
IBaer, this city, and the Rev. B.
Strock, Pittsburgh.
Six sisters also are among her sur
vivors as follows: Mrs. Mary K>-v
Noeckcr, Linglestown; Mrs. Morris
Tobias, Mrs. Jacob E. Bei'kheimer and
'Mrs. William Look, all of Oberlin; (Mrs.
Edward A. Lingle, Enhant, and 'Mrs. Li I
lie Tanner, of Kansas. Private funeral
services will 'be 'held at the late 'home
on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, to
be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Thomas
ReitVh, pastor of Christ Lutheran
church. Interment will be in East (Har
risburg cemetery.
Balph Blum Wan a Member of Btata
Board of Charities
Philadelphia, Feb. 22.—Ralph Blum,
a widely known merchant and a mem
ber of the State Board of Charities,
died in a hospital at Atlantic City last
nght. from an attack of heart trouble.
Mr. Bluin was the founder of the
firm of Blum Brothers, which conducted
a large department Btorc. After the
firm liquidated he opened a store of
his own. He was 53 years old and
was widely Known in charitable and
political circles.