The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, March 01, 1915, Image 1

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MUt< lUf«t PW •
T SFWS?" VOL. 77—SO. 74.
am in
Becomes Much
Alleged Habits of
Alleged Habitual Drunkards
That They Bought Drinks
the St. Lawrence Hotel, in Ber-
Dauphin County
witnesses, including alleged
drunkards and at least one
went on the stand in court be- :
Judges Kunkel and McCarrell this
and declared that they ob-
liquor in the St. Lawrence hotel,
®3errysburg, a hostelr- >se license ap
oat ion lias not vet ueen passed upon,
ving been held up because of charges
■ violation of the law have been pre- j
against the proprietor, William j
WH. Bowman.
A score or more of witnesses also
testified, some opposing and some fa
voring the relicensing of the hotel.
Bowman himself denied that he ever
violated the liquor laws and added that
he always instructed his bar clerks to
t sell intoxicants only to eligibles.
Fred. Koclier, and Upper End farmer, !
. who recently professed religion at the
evangelistic services held in Berrvs- j
Ijrg. became so excited when he went
| the stand to tell of the alleged
■vnfall of a friend that he cried alo«£
L yelled at the top of his voice,
■her in his fit of screaming, said:
■'What a pity it is for that man. '">h
kgoodnes* I pity that man. I „ft,»ii ■
■•led with him to let drink alone, I■ 11-!
■will not do it. 11l- is a splendid
K- he is my neighbor and friend r
■ I pity him ao. 1 am just
I; some hy he will till a drunkard'si
Htdgc McCarrell told the ivitmas 1
We was no rcas n for his be -inning, J
piled but Ko»-her continued yelling i jl
"I can't help it, I pity liiiu so." Ai
'Bute later he was quieted and after! J
••♦way til,, tetws he <*: I: ' .<
Xow 1 am ready."
"Twenty Years Old Till June" 1
Kodier later said that he often saw "j
I alleged " habituate" under the in
n.o of liquor ami ad-tad that he at
e- saw them obtain beer anil whit -
at the St. Lawrence hotel.
'leou Ki>|ipcnhaver. When questioned i
lit his age, said:
'I will lie twenty years old 'till'
le then related :i story covering sev
visits to the Herryaburg hotel, say
that he onee became so intoxicated
Continued on Second I'ngr.
erintendent of Philadelphia Divj
sion Gives Out Statement in Whica
He Declares the Act Has Resulted
in 1j137,00(> Useless Expenditure
t. B. McCaleb, superintendent of thu
adelphia division of cue I'onnsyi
a railroad and a well-known resi
i of Harrisbjrg, gave out a state- .
t this morning 011 the full crew '
in which he I
The so-called f-ill crew law has .
1 in operation on the division under i
jurisdiction between Uarrisburg
Philadelphia and Knola and West I
ris\ ille aiul I can say positively |
it has not increased safety in rail- j
operations, but rather responsitnl- |
has been uivided by forcing extra
into train .Tews. Phis works
11st rather than for safety and elli
ey in railroad operations.
In the opeiation of the Philadel- j
division we .'iiovj, on an average,
2 -passenger trains, 3,527 Blow'
Cht trains and 90U fast freight
trains per month, and it is obvious°as j
a plain business proposition that we \
could not afford to permit these trains ;
6 move improperly manned. Accidents i
id wrecks are costly and it is the !
instant aim and study upon the part \
, myself and assistants to avoid the
'' During the year 1914 it was nec
sary to have a second brakeman on
ch of the fast trains, which only had
average of 35 cars eastbound and
Continued on seventh Pace
rects Smoke-eaters at Race Street
Blaze During Absence of Kindler ,
When fire broke out at 3 o'clock 1 1
is afternoon in a stable at the r*ar
siß sa<e street, the district firemen
10 responded, worked under the direc
i>n of Fire Commissioner M. llarvey
aylor who hurried to the scene in the j
fcsence <rf Fire Chief Kindler. The s
rhieJ IS out of the city,
i TJie damage to the stable was slight. ,
» h f roof caught fire and burned fc
B.t the blaze was extinguished by a n
■ lemicjlJstream and one plug stream. 1 ~
■he <talne was empty except for a
Potor bit stored on the ground floor ! t
r.bich wis not damaged. The building lj
U ownedlby Mrs. Jesse L. Miller. j
>l';' fr • ■ •
€lje Star- Jti kpewkttt
Release of Immense Surplus Stocks of
Anthracite for Spring Shipment
Causes Much Activity at McClellan
and Halifax
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Millersburg, March I.—Workmen
began digiging into the huge mountains
Oil anthracite coal piled up along the
railroad at McClellan and Halifax, lust
night, aud long lines of freight cars
were in waiting to be loaded fo>r the
eastern market.
This is the usual movement of coal
bqgan every spring to stock up dealers
in Xew Jersey, New York and the New
England .States, and it toi a great extent
depletes the black mountans that when
seen from the car windows excite the
wonder and admiration of travelers,
in a short time the big mounds wih
I have yielded thousands of tons stored
iup to meet the demands in cases of
Spring shipments are classed among
the emergencies, the supply of coal in
the East being held down to the lowest
point until almost exhausted when
spring arrives. The coal will be sent
to New Jersey ports and there loaded
on vessels and taken to its ultimate
The coal movement does not mean
much of an increase in the matter of
freight shipments as a whole, and rail
road men say that freight business at
| present is away below normal. The
I shipment of anthracite will make
I tilings a let tie better, but not much.
The anthracite shipments will cease
in a short time and the shipment of
bituminous will become active onlv as
restrictions arc removed at South Ain
boy, where the soft coal is sent to be
! loaded on vessels. The removal of the
restrictions on shipments are irregular
and only come when the supply is low.
Then the companies are notified to ship
quickly and activity is resumed.
Civil War Veteran and Former State
Superintendent of Public Printing
and Binding, a Victim of Rheuma
tism After Long Illness
I Major Barton D. Evans, former sol
er, editor and State official, died
sterday afternoon at his home in the
gler apartments, Second street near
aiiiut. aftei a long illness from rheu
itism and neuritis. He was 70 years
The funeral will be held Wednesday
morning at 11 o'clock from St. Steph
en's Epiwpal cthuich, of which Major
lityans was a member for years. The
I set-vices will be in charge of the rector,
I th? Rev. Rollin A. Sawyer. Interment
| will be made in the Harrisburg ceine
: e -y.
Major Evans for the past twenty-five
ye »rs was a resident of Harrisburg in
co 1 I nee tion with carious positions held
i\ v him under several State aduiinistra
<f>ns. He was born in West Chester,
'■ile son of Henry S. Evans, founder,:
Vblisher and editor of the West Ohes- j
1 * "'Village Record," for years one
<♦* the most prominent and influential
<Af Pennsylvan-a newspapers.
' Major Evans was educated in the
W »jst Chester Military Academy until
| he was 17 years old, when he was .sent
tS Yale University. The Civil war
brolke out and after he had been at
the j university for two years the young
muTk determined to enlist and hi- left !
Yalfe and joined a West Chester com- i
pa'ty attached to the 29th regiment.
Pennsylvania volunteers, serving until
tho tlose of tihe war. He enlisted as a
drunjimer and was mustered out as a
private, having served gallantly and
Continued on Mnth I'agr.
Says One of His First Duties
' W|ll Be to Take a Census of the
•' V * City's Trees
larry J. Mueller, Harrisburg's first
city forester, assumed his duties this
mo *njmg and at once issued warnings
agaiiiwt the trimming of trees by inex
penie >ced persone and also against the
fas.te ling of horses to trees.
Th > forester added that he expect*
to vote his early efforts to taking
a census of city trees, studying local
contli' ions and determining the wants.
He would not discuss the questions of
how linanv assistants he will have or
w*ha; equipment he will need, prefer- I
ring, he said, to get familiar first with
the city's He did intimate,
how aver, that he personally will treat
the trees and expects to supervise all
trim Where conditions will permit
it 1 e will ismie jiermits to property
own srs to trim trees, he said, but never- I
thel ;s6 he wants to keep in touch with
that work too.
> ;ueller will select varieties of trees
tor frhe streeits; decide which should be
rem >ved and replaced by others ami
den ri/iine those, if any. that should
be transplanted. Actual work along this
iine, virill not be begun, however, for 1
neural weeks, or until the start of the j
pi ai ting season.
The- forester is a former Harrisburg- i
er, sad he will move his family here 1
froi i Beliefonte on April 1.
leading, Pa., March I.—Fire at
this county, this morn
ing destroyed the Mansion House Hotel
taejirtpre room occupied by J. R. Keim'
a wfarfchoose and lodge hall in the same
boil l.tag and caused a loss of 125,000. i
* hflrej is some insurance on the prop
-Brt- j The cause is unknown. ,
n. Ttf ot the hote ' got out of I
the. uuilmng as quickly as they could.
Not £ few of them escaped with noth- ]
I HJ *f ut their "'git clothes. ,
: nW
1 /
Lynch, Whom 'Patriot'
Criticised, Will Put
» In an Ordinance Pro
• viding for Purchase
Plot Is Located 6n South Ninth Street
I and It Is Offered by the Estate
1 for —Commissioner Says It
. Is Well Suited for Purpose Proposed
■ Under an option obtained lato Satur
' | day from the trustees of the Henry Me
' | formic k Estate, the City has a than, e
: j to buy a three-quarter ai re plot of
| ground on South Nint'h striet, just
1 i above Shynois. as a site for the pro
l |K*-oil municipal asphalt repair plant.
■! Highway Commissioner William 11.
t I Lynch, at the meeting of the City Com
'' missiouers to-morrow at" terno n. will in
-5 troduce an ordinance, he said to-day,
; carrying an appropriation of $6,630 to
s ; buy the ground.
One half of the plot years ago was
) j utilized by the Rider Coal Com any.
; The groumi skirts the tracks of the
< ! Philadelphia & Reading Railroad an 1
> ,is said by Lynch to be well adapted
• 1 for an asphalt plant site, ex eeially b»-
. I cause of its having a raiiro ut tre.-tie
i| on the western side. Pockets are ; ro
| vided beneath the trestle and much
I money can be saved through this ni.'ti
iod of unloading cars, in the Commis
sioner's opinion.
Commissioner I.vnch said to- lay t ie
| option is signet! by Vance C. McCor-
I mick and Henry B. McCormick, Jr., as
trustees of the McCormick Estate. Tne
option will remain in force on v until
II March 15 and if accepted the site must
-1 be paid for nn or before April 1. next,
;bv which time the deed will b; 1 trans
■ j f erred.
Lynch to-day suit! that unless objec
j tion is raised to his ordinance it can
; be passed finally on March 9 and that
! immediately thereafter he will adver
i tise for bills for the construction of tho
I plant. He now is in communica.ion
i with several concerns which make a
1 specialty of such work.
I The contract for street repairs, wiiich
, now is in th-> hands of Charie* P. Wai
ters, will not expire until April 1. and
I the need for a municipal repair p ant
| will not be great until the middle of
1 ; May or June 1, said Lynch, by which
| tinie it is hoped to have the proposed
| plant in operation. The cost of the
I plant and the site will be paid for out
jof the $25,000 improvement .oan au
i thorized bv the voters for th .:t purp>se
in the fall cf 1913.
Commissioner Lynch recently wan
criticized by the "Patriot,"' the Mc-
J Corniick newspaper, for having private
ly purchased a plot of groumi at Mfl
| clay street which the "Patriot"
thought should have been bought by the
city for the asphalt rejiair plant.
Great Crush at Box Office by Holders of
Coupons Clipped From This News
paper Means Big Audience To-night
at Reduced Rates
Large crowds which late Saturday
afternoon and early this morning Hooi-
I ed the Majestic box office with cjupons
| clipped from Saturday's issue of th_'
| Star-Independent entitling holders to a
big reduction in the-price of seats for
the Thurston exhibition of magic to be
given in that theatre this evening, gave
! striking testimony that a good tff.-r!
! need* only to be made in a widely read
! newspaper au-l the public will not be,
| slow in taking advantage of it.
As soon as copies of the Star-Ind'-'
pendent were on the street Saturday
afternoon, hundreds of persons seized
them and hurried with the coupons to
the Majestic box office, where one of
the greatest rushes in the theatre's his-'
t-orv was experienced. When the doors
were opened this morning another
throng, which had been waiting out&'le
and was each minute increasing in size,
presented the Star-Independent coupons
and received tickets at the reduced
j "1 think there is a good deal ofi
I credit coming to the Star-Indepen
jdent," said C. Floyd Hopkins, nnn
ager, of the Majestic this morning, j
"The crowds hurrying here to the the
atre for tickets argue well for the mer
its of the paper as an advertising medi
1 um. By running a coupon in its ad
, vertising columns, and giving publicity
| to offer of reduced rates, the Star-
Independent brought on the rush here
•Saturday and to-day, and demonstrated
how widely read the paper is."
There has been a total of approxi
mateiy 1,400 coupons presented at tha
' Majestic box office for tickets for to
i night's performance. The ho!ders of
| the coupons were entitled to their
! choice of any seats in the house while
j the choice .larted, at the rate of twen
i tv-five cents each. The regularly list
ed dollar seats, of course, went first,
and ha«l all been taken before the box
office closed on Saturday.
Thurston, the successor to Kellar, hai
arrived in the city with his twenty-six
assistants and two carloads of equip
ment, and thanks to the Star-Indepen
dent coupons, will perform before a
packed house to-night, even before the
city starts to talk about th e hundred
mysteries he has in store for his audi
ences. Thurtrton will give Qiatinee an I
evening performances to-morrow a ud
Wednesday but the coupons entitle the
holders to reduced rates for to-night
According to the latest cable despatches, all the forts at th« entrance of the Dardanelles have been reduced
and the greatest fleet of war ships ever seen In action Is attempting to pouud a way through to Constantinople
and the Bosphorus After reducing the fortifications at the entrance to tbe strait the allied Franco-British force
cleared the waters of mines and worked its way fourteen miles toward the Ottomun capital, and the forts at
tbe narrow portion of tbe strait—the strongest of Constantinople's protective chain—probably are by now under
a terrific bombardment.
Funds Raised Yester
day 1< or Sufferers at
Home and Across the
Division Operating in City Has Funds
to Give 330 Applicants Work This
Week and May Continue During
i Sunday schools of the eitv showed
! their nppreciation of the splendid work
I the Horn* ant 1 . Wtr |{e I; Otrnmw t is
, doing for the needy families of the city
yesterday, when many of them voted
] money for the work, or arranged tor
1 special collections. Action by others
will be taken during the week, or next
I Sunday.
Classes of Grace Methodist church
btreet Church of God contributed their
entire collection, sl7; Stevens Me
morial school planned a special con
tribution for next Sunday; the Fourth
Reformed school is planning heavy con
tributions; Messiah Lutheran will take
special collection and the Derry Street
I'nited Brethren school will attend to
. the matter of contributing Wednesday
; night after prayer meeting. Others of
the city's churches have not been heard
from, but in all of them the appeal was
i read.
I The Home Division has enough
money ou hand to continue furnishing
work for more than 350 women for at
least another week, and from indica
tions there will be sufficient money con
tributed to keep the work going until
April 1. Friday there was paid out
more than $l6B, while to-day's requests
I t'or work will payment of
more than s2llO. There are more than
200 women on the waiting list and if
the contributions warrant it they will
all be put to work this week.
One Woman's Industry
One of the visitors to the headquar
! ters, 7 South Front street, who has
done exceptional work has made eleven
: visits between February 1-and 24. In
that time she spent $5.40 for materials
, and has transformed those materials
into 24 baby saiques, 14 baby caps,
one baby blanket, a child's petticoat
and nine hospital socks. Her work is
unusually good. The entire general
committee welcomes such visitors, or
those desiring to inspect the place.
Garments, ban luges and medical
supplies sufficient to fill 74 boxes have!
been made up by needy women of I
this city, working for pay, and by vol- j
unteers. Shipment on Saturday of two
boxes by the Red Cross division round
ed out the list, which contains more
than 60,000 pieces.
Barrel of "Rice" Explodes on Mexican
Gunboat at Progreso—Five
Women Among Victims
By Aaaunatcd Pre Ha.
Galveston, Tex., March I.—Dis
patches received ait tihe Mexican con
sulate here of an explosion on board
the main gun'boat Progresj which re
sulted in the death of 30 persons in
cluding five women. The explosion, ac
cording to the first report, occurred yes
terday morning while the gunboat was
at Progreso. it is said that wthut pur
ported bo be a barrel of rice sent on
board was, in reality, a bomb, pre, a: ed
by persons opposed to the Carranza
The Mexican consul here has cabled
for further information as he is in
clined to doitbt the report.
Car Inspector's Face Injured
John Ream, 229 South Twenty-ninth
street, Penbrook, a car inspector for
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company,
wag struck in the face by a s'eam pipe
Saturday night, receiving bad lacera
tion® of the face and right eye. tie
was treated at the Harrisburg hospital.
Whole Department Di
vided on Question of
Who Shall Manage
Bluecoats' Team
Assurance Is Given That the Balloting
Will Not Be on Political Lines and
That No a-to-2 Vote Will Be Tol
The police force is divided on the
all-important question of who is to be
j cf t-fce copptjrv' b<jj<el>a,;l ,t,tnuii
this year.
Sergeant Drabenstadt was manager
lasit season, and a pretty good manager
was he, but some of the coipipers incline
to the theory that he is not the only
Connie Mack the department is capaible
of producing and they want to give
someone else a shew at the honor. At
any rate they want to have an election
and the members of one faction have
trotted out Sergeant Eisenbcrger as a
candidate for managerial honors, —in
fact they have fixed up a new slate
for all the baseball club offices.
The friends of Drabenstadt are just
as determined to keeip their man in
the managerial post and have frame)
up a ticket including the name of Lieu
tenant Warden for treasurer, —Warden
served in that capacity last year,—and
there is going to be a baseball war in
the police department that will make
| the bombardment of tihe Dardenejles
j look like a minor attraction.
Will Petition the Mayor
So much importance is attached bv
the copjiers to the contest for baseball
officers that a petition is being pre
pared to be wi'binitted to Mayor Royal
and Chief Hutchison to Idt the blue
coats hold a regular election.
It is denied that the controversy is
based in any way on j>olitical lines.
I'erish the thought that any-t/hiug like
politics should get into police depart
ment baseball! It is going to be a
real out-and-out election and nothing
like a three-to-two vote will be toler
The opponents af the Drabenstadt-
Warden ticket have framed up a slate
as follows: President, Captain Thomp
son; manager, Sergeant Eisenberger;
secretary and treasurer, Clarence o!
Backenatoss Backenstoss Has Held this
job before, hut Thompson and Eisen
berger are new in police baseball busi
The petition will ask that the cop
pers be permitted to hold a baseball
meeting on the morning of March 15,
when the entire membership of the de
partment congregates for tho quarterly
march to criminal court to make re
turns. Then it is proposed to hold the
election wihich will decide w?ncn fac
tion will get control of tho police af
fairs on the diamond.
The policemen's bnseball team does
a lot for the department. Its annual
games put money in the police quick
charity fund, oue of the institutions
that "the department cannot well afford
to be without.
When the police details changed at
noon to-day tnere was much discussion,
t'ho result being that there are two well
defined factions . Being on the police
team means a trip to Altoona to play
against the Altoona coppers, and an
entertainment for the Altoona coppers
when they come to Harrisburg. The
games are as much a fixed custom in the
police department as the switching to
summer uniforms on Memorial Day.
Judge Gillan Declines to Grant Renewal
to the Indian Queen, Chambersburg
Chambersburg, March I.—-Judge Gil
lan tljis morning refused to grant the
renewal of the liquor license of the In
dian Queen hotel, in thi« place. W. H.
Stover yas the applicant. A license
was granted to the Miller hotel whoee
application had been held over.
The Indian Queen is one of the old
est hotels in this city and one to which
much historic interest attaches.
Stegler's Wife Under j
Arrest Following
Scene in New
Hotel Early To-day
Said to Have Thrown Seltzer Bottle
and Beat Reporter Over Head With \
Cane—Mysterious Suitcases and
Another Ccuple Figure in Case
11 y Associated Press.
New York, March young worn- I
an who, according to the police, gave '
her uanie as Mrs. Annette Stegler, and?
is described by them as tho wife of !
Richard I*. Stegler, a prisoner in the i
Tombs in connection with the alleged j
passport frauds, was arrested early to !
day on a charge of felonious assault i
made by Arthur Mateiket.
The arrest was made in the Hotel j
Grenoble. Mateiket, w«ho is said by the
police to be a reporter on a German
newspaper, charged that the woman at- I
tacked him with a seltzer water bottle j
and also beat him with a cane.
Mrs. Annette Stegler lias appeared j
prominently in the passport fraud |
charges in the defense of her husband,
Richard P. Stegler. It was through j
her influence, she said, that Stegler
gave up tbe idea of being a German
spy and caused him to make a confes
sion, in which he alleged that Boy-Ed,
the German naval attache, was behind j
his activity fr r tho German cause.
At the Grenoble hotel it was learned !
that the woman, who described herself :
as Mrs. Stegler ; and Mateiket came to i
the hotel about 9 o'clock last night. |
They arrived : n an auomobile and were :
accompanied by another young man and 1
woman. Both men carried suit cases, I
which, according to the hotel people, |
they guarded carefully, even refusing to
allow bellboys to carry them to ad- |
joining rooms which were assigned to I
the two couples after they hail regis- j
tered at tie hotel desk.
About 1 o'clock this morning a caJl
for the police came from the room to
which Mateiket bed been assigned and
when Detective Burgess arrivd he was
Coutinued on Se«oxid I'ase.
A new attwnpeHo force back the
German line in France apparently Is
underway in the Champagne region and
although no definite results have been
achieved a battle of considerable im
portance is developing. Attacks of the
allies along this section of the front
have been proceeding tentatively for
several days but the communication
from the German war ofllse to-day in
dicates that an asftanlt in force has now
been launched. It is 1 said that at least
two army corps of French were engaged
and that they were repulsed after fierce
fighting at close quarters.
In the Argonne, Berlin report*, the
Continued uu Second Page.
Succession in Harrisburg Diocese
Caused by Death of C. J. Galligan
Several changed were made in the
Harrisburg Diocese of the Catholic
church to-day, caused by fehe death of
Father C. J. Galligau, rector at Locust
Gap. The vacancy caused by. his death
will be filled by Father J. F. McDon
uell, rector of' St. Mary's Catholic
church, who left for Locust Gap this
morning. St. Mary's church will be
filled by Father William V. Dailey, rec
tpr of Sacred Heart church.
The change left Sacred Heart church
without a rector, but the charge was
filled this morning by Father Rice, of
the Mont Alto Catholic church.
His Motorcycle Stolen
Benjamin F. Trout, 524 Camp street,
notified the police at 2 o'clock yester
day morning that his motorcycle was
stolen from Jefferson and Schuylkill
streets the night before. '
Formers' Fleet Reaches
Chanak. 15 Miles
From Mediterranean
Entrance to Straits
Operations of British and French War
ships Creating Tremendous Stir in
Near East—British Press Warning
on Fall of Constantinople
London, March 1, 12 noon.—The
flags of Great Britain and France are
now flying at the entrance'to the Dar
danelles over the Turkish forts re
duced by the sea power of the allies.
While it would appear to be a fact
that ho allied fleet has readied Cha
nak, fifteen miles from the -Mediter
ranean entrance to tho straits, the Brit
ish press warns the public not to ex
pect the immediate fall of Constanti
nople. Nevertheless, tho operations of
tho British and French warships against
the sea defense of Constantinople are
creating a tremendous stir in tho near
east. Broussa, in Asiatic. Turkey, is be
ing selected by the Turks as their new
capital in case it becomes necessary
to evacuate Constantinople. The Ger
mans in Turkey, it is declared, wanted
the Turks to move to Ad'ianople, ■ n
Kuropean Turkey, but the Turks would
have none of this and started shipping
their archives to Broussa.
Russians in Desperate Struggle
Interest in the lighting along the
eastern battle front has been deflected
for the moment from the Carpathians
to the north of Poland, where the Prus
sians appear to be making a desperate
effort to regain tie ground field Mar
shal Von Hindoiiburg won when ha
threw tlfein back from East Prussia-
Consequently a stubborn struggle con
tinues on the line from the Bohr to
the Narew where tirand Duke Nicholas
has yet to establish his ascendancy;
Vienna reports a violent engagement
in Bukowina without saying anything .
about the outcome, while Petrograd
claims to have checked the Austro-Cor
mau advance in this region.
Counter Claims on Western Front
In the west interest is centering on
the fighting in the Champagne re
gion. where fierce attack and counter
attack have marked operations of the
last week. Berlin claims to have re
pulsed French advances in this region,
while Paris asserts the French troops
have been successful in making prog
ress and repulsing the German counter
attacks. Paris claims also the capture
of 2,000 yards of trenches to the north
west and fiorth of Beausejour.
Practically all discussion of the diplo
matic situation has been suspended in
the expectation of the statement Pre
mier Asquith is to make in parliament
this afternoon on the stejMi which the
allies probably will take to meet the
menace of the German submarine block
ade. In the meantime no progress has
been made in the case of tho American
steamship Wilhelmina, which will be
come a mere formality if a general
blockade of Germany is proclaimed.
Washington, March I.—France an<l
Great Britain served notice on the
United States to-day that they would
hold themselvew at liberty to all
shipping hereafter to and from Ger
A couiunication, outlining measures J
of reprisals on the part of the allies 'y
for t>he submarine warfare ou merchant vj
ships conducted by (Jermany was tie- •'i
livcred to Secretary Bryan bv tlie ' ,
French and British ambassadors, here,
who nulled personally at the State De
partment together for that purpose.
Secretary Bryan promptly appraised
President Wilson of the new move but
declined to make any statement.
\ Slump in February Marriages
Another slump !n the marriage li
cense department occurred in Febru
ary, when but 94 couples got permits
to wed. This is more than a score be
low the average, which in 1914 was
11S. Licenses obtained to-day in
cluded these: Charles M. Oberly", Wil- 1
uiington, and Fern Dasher, Mid
dletown: Frank. Inliono and Emilia
Donato, cityUeorge H. Kiehl and
Queen I. May, city.
By Associated Press. * • A
New York, March I.—Trading be
came more stagnant in the late deal
ings, following the announcement of
the British government's more string
ent policy against Germany. The clos
ing was steady. TStocks rose and fell ]
within narrow limits to-day, the under
tone, however, reflecting n ran ess. Deal
ings were light and professional.
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