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IWvatb Brainh Kiohaine. - No.
Monday, March 8, 1915%
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Full Moon, Ist, 31st; Last Quarter, Bth;
New Moon, 15th; First Quarter, 23d.
? WEATHER FORECASTS
V Harrisburg and vicinity: Fair :
® • weather to-night and Tuesday; some-
Lw what colder to-night.
Eastern Pennsylvania: Fair weather
'Ufb - to-night and Tuesday; somewhat colder
to-night in south portion.
YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HABRISBURG
Highest, 33; lowest, 30; S a. m., 30; 8 p. m., 32.
LET'S HAVE MADE -IN - HARRISBURG
Some months ago there was held in the Board
of Trade building an exhibition of many products
made in Harrisburg. the ostensible purpose of which
was to educate Harrisburgers to the high quality
of Harrisburg-made goods aud, above all to point
out of them the advantages to the community of
patronizing home industries. It was a wonder
fully creditable exhibition, showing a surprising
numfJfcr of useful products of home plants and fac
tories. At the close of Made-in-Harrisburg week
it was generally remarked that the greater amount
of the success of the exposition would depend upon
whether Harrisburgers all the year around there
after would insist on having Harrisburg-iuade
"We believe the principle of buying Made-in-Har
risburg goods has been adopted by many persons as
a result of that exhibition, and that much local
benefit has accrued therefrom, but there are many
more persons who could adopt that principle if they
It is reported that when the City Commissioners
meet to-morrow and the matter of awarding bids
for five new pieces of motor tire apparatus comes
before will seriously consider awarding
the contract for three tractors to an out-of-town
firm despite the fact that a lower bid has been made
on such machines by the Morton Truck and Tractor
Company, a Harrisburg industrial establishment.
The only objection that has been raised to the
purchase of the less-costly Harrisburg-made tract
ors, —at least so far as has been brought to the
public attention,—is that the local concern offers
four-wheel machines while those which it is pro
posed to buy out of Jown are of the two-wheel va
riety. No reason, apparently, has been advanced
to show that the two-wheel are superior to the
four-wheel tractors. If it can be shown that the
local tractors can do the work just as well or better
than the others there is absolutely no excuse for
not buying the tractors here, —especially as they
cost less money.
The only way to determine whether the tractors
made in Harrisburg will meet the requirements of
the department is to give them a fair test, and any
effort to rush the contract through until such a test
can be made must be construed as unfair and for
eign to the whole spirit of the Made-in-Harrisburg
We are told that in a few days the Morton Com
pany will be in a position to demonstrate the merits
of its machine. The demand for the new motor
vehicles here is not so pressing that the award of
the contract cannot be postponed even for several
weeks, if necessary and the taxpayers of the city
should protest against any precipitate action by tlu
City Commissioners that would deprive tlie Harris
burg concern of a fair opportunity to show what
its tractors can do.
There is a motor-driven combination chemical
wagon, made by the Morton people, which has been
in use in the Fire Department here for several
months and which apparently has given entire sat
isfaction. Moreover, the company has demonstrated
that other motor-driven vehicles it has made have
met all the requirements of exacting purchasers, in
cluding the Russian and British governments. -
Certainly, therefore, the local company's tractors,
if they stand the test of the local department,
TTART?TSRTTRtt STAR-INDEPENDENT, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 8, 1915.
should be bought for Harrisburg in preference to
those of an out-of-town firm whose bid is higher.
COMPENSATION BUT NO CONSOLATION
From the humble homes of miners on the side of
Quiuimont Mountain in West Virginia, funeral par
ties have since last Wednesday been following sim
ple coffins to hurriedly prepared graves in a Hinton
cemetery, where fifty such narrow cells are now the
resting places of as many victims of Tuesday s ex
plosion in the Layland mines. About twice that
number of bodies had, up to this morning, been
taken from the scene of the awful catastrophe, the
excavations of the anxious rescuers yesterday hav
ing resulted in eleven additional gruesome disco\ -
The afflicted families may now be thinking of
little .more than the losses of loved ones, through an
accident as horrifying as it was sudden, nor need
they give immediate attention to means of support,
for under the Compensation Act of est \ irgiuia |
they will receive needed aid.
Compensation can hardly carry with it much con
solation, however, aud decidedly more cheering to
contemplate is the fact that forty-seven of tlie
entombed miners have been taken alive from the j
trap in the earth and have returned to their homes
where they had beeu mourned as lost. ears told
that all of these men, after existing for a hundred
dragging hours in their subterranean prison without
food or drink, arc in good condition and will sur
vive. Their return as from the dead has gladdened
but half as many homes as the departure of lifeless
bodies to their graves has saddened in the little
mountain community, yet the number of survivors
is large considering the nature of the catastrophe.
The resellers seem to have done noble work in
searching for the bodies of victims, lifeless and liv
ing. and the survivors when facing death, appear
to have done much for their own salvation. The
workers outside of the mine were urged 011 by the
possibility that they might be able to find still alive
some few of the entombed men, and on Saturday,
! from early morning to early afternoon, the number
i rescued went from thirty to forty-seven. These
| forty-seven apparently owe much to their own cool
headed operations while in confinement, by which
i they protected themselves behind barricades from
the poisonous gases and preserved their lives until
I the way could be cleared for their escape.
The tax-pavers look to the City Commissioners to live up !
to the Made-in-Harrisburg idea.
Soon as the snow goes,—and it is 20>ng fast, —the street j
repairs problem will bob up again to harass the City ,
Better not do any more river front filling till we see
whether the melting of the present snow is going to eause
a new flood in the Susquehanna!
The youth who married a widow who is the mother of
nine children ought not to remain long at his job as a
laborer. He has enough fortitude to qualify him for the
post of general in the army.
Will the City Commissioners vote to morrow to pay more
good money for dirt for the river front fill to a company
that is gladly giving away large quantities of the same
kind of dirt to individuals?
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
FEW PERFECT PEOPLE
Practice makes perfect, but how long a time it takes no
one has ever found out. —Deseret News.
"I see one man has dramatized a popular adage and an
other a popular song."
"I wonder if they couldn't dramatize my popular brand
of chewing gumf"—Kansas City Journal.
HIS STRONG POINT
"Senator Flubdub looks stupid to me. Doesn't appear to
know whether he is going or coining."
"He is not so sleepy as he looks. Ask him about his
mileage and you'll find he can tell you exactly what he is
entitled to, going or coming."—Kansas City Journal.
"So you are going to be married, Maryt"
"Yes, ma'am, and I'll be leaving you next Tuesday."
"Well, I hope you are getting a good husband."
"If he ain't any better than the one you've got I won't
keep him long."—Detroit Freee Press.
Joke with him who jostles you,
Smile on him who hurries you,
\ Laugh at him who pushes you,
It doesn't cost a cent!
Don't be carrying round that chip,
Wink your eyes and curve your lip,
From life's sunshine take a sip,
It doesn't cost a cent!
Don't be always first to rile
Your neighbor—give him just a smile.
It will cheer the dullest while.
And doesn't cost a cent!
—Mildred Stewart, in New York Sun.
WITH A SMILE
If you're in a world of trouble.
With a hun(tred little woes.
Short on joy and full of sadness.
All your friends are slinking foes;
You are burdened with a soreness
Of the heart that makes it smile
With that lonesome, sickly feeling.
Try the glad game for a while.
When the world is hard and heedless
Of its smiles to others lent,
And you owe your bank a jpillion,
Though you do not own a cent;
Still you know that you are worthy
Of ten times the gold you owe.
Face tbe teller with the smile game
Watch it on his features grow.
Would you cross the happy threshold
Of prosperity and peace.
Shun the pathway of the moiler—
Toil your pleasures aye increase.
Lift your face and set it beaming
Like a smiling goldenrod;
Watch the joy-game lead you heavenward
Through prosperity to God.
—Edwin P. Haworth, in the Book News Monthly.
The first thing to 4o for a sprain or
a bruise is to corer the hurt with a
piece of flannel soaked with Omega
Oil. Quick relief usually follows this
simple treatment. Trial bottle 10c.
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HOT Dollar Grew to Five
Ben I\. Focht, Congressman numer
ous times from the Shoe-string district
and now Congressman-elect, was on his
way home to l-ewisburg the other day
from a trip to Washington, accompa
nied by his daughter. Stopping over
in Harrisburg for a brief period, it oc
curred to Mr. Focht that while he was
in Harrisburg years ago he put a dol
lar in a bank to his daughter's account,
on interest, and he wondered just how
much that dollar had grown since then.
He took the young woman around to
the bank, made known his wish to
withdraw the deposit, and the daughter
received a bill.
"There." said the thrifty Congress
man to his daughter, "vou see how
I money grows. Perhaps you had better
! call at some !r.\jre of the Harrisburg
barks to se whether any more has
i grown for you.''
But the young woman knew that fa
j ther was having his little joke and de
| elined to pursue the search any fur
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Honey Boy Evans Remembered Her«
George Honey Boy) Evans, the fam
! ous minstrel man, who died in Balti
more 011 Friday last, was a guest of the
1 Muzzle Club at its annual banquet tin
1 ln?t time he was in Harrisburg. t.wc
! years ago. Mr. Kvaus was himself s
newspaper man before entering the min
' strel business, anil lie was right al
heme witti the Muzzlers. telling niauj
j entertaining reminiscences of his ca
rear as a printer ami publisher of s
' country newspaper In Kansas. He hac
1 a brij,Lit wit. was exceedingly clever al
repartee, and the Muzzlers found bin
a worthy focman in a joust at "josh
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Dogs Neglected in War Zone
Stray dogs continue to be a sort of
by-product of the war in Paris. Be
sides the animals intentionally aban
doned, there are on the average about
fifteen a day taken to the pound by
their owners who are unable to feed
them and who prefer to have their pets
asphyxiated rathei tthan turn them
loose to their fate. The animals of
the zoological section of the Jardin des
Plantes were never so neglected by the
public, and for the first time in his in
teresting career the pet bear, "Mar
tin,"' who ouce required his favorite
rabbit's foot before he could be enticed
from his den is now glad to climb out
of his pit and to the edge of the railing
for anything that is eatable. The di
rector of the zoological section has
found it necessary to increase the ra
tions of all his boarders by reason of
« , .
Paris Sparrows Grow Thin
The sparrows that were formerly fed
in the squares and public gardens by
the sewing girls from the dressmakers'
establishments, from the remnants of
their mid-day lunches, are thin and
woe-begone. The large flock of pigeons
of the Square de la Trinite, which was
formerly fed by thoughtful visitors,
has dispersed almost entirely in the
search for better feeding places. Seme
of the birds have found their way to
the Jardin des Tuileries, where they
share with tihe pigeons of that quarter
the protection of the veteran letter
carrier. Monsieur Pol, one of the char
acters of Paris familiar to every vis
itor. Monsier Pol's feather friends
have nothing to complain of excepting
that they have been obliged to learn
new roles imposed by the state of war.
The exercises for which he trained them
have all been given a military charac
ter. The present favorite of the flock
is a dignified bird that responds with
s-tatelv gravity to the name of "Gen
eral French." The flying corps is very
large and responds readily to the order
"In the air."
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Russians Impress Berlin Writer
A more favorable view of the dis
cipline in the Russian army in Galicia
than prevailed during the autumn in
vasion of East Prussia is given by
Leonhard Adelt, the war correspondent
of the "Berliner Tageblatt," who re
cently visited Neu-Sandec, on the Duna
jec river, a short time after it had
been evacuated by the Russian army.
At the corner of one street he saw a
hook fasteued to the wall, from whidh,
as he was informed by the citizens, the
Kussians had hanged one of their sol
diers for plundering. There was still
visible on the adjacent wall the follow
ing inscription in Russian:
"The C'zar sent out soldiers, not pil
-1 lagers, to fight for bim.''
J Uncle Henry Honck Is 70
Lebanon, March 8. —Henry Houck,
'Secretary of Internal Affairs, Saturday
, attained the seventy-ninth year of his
! age. He was the recipient of many fe
licitations. He continues to be in spir
it one of the young members of the
community and as much as ever con
tinues to hold his title as the "apostle
of sunshine." The natal anniversary
Saturday was not formally celebrated
other Mian in the receipt of many tele
grams and post cards.
The Star-Independent floss not
make lttylf responsible for opinions
expressed in this column.
Opposes Repeal of Full Orew Law
Editor the Star-Independent.
Dear Sir—At a regular meetrmg of
Keystone Lodge No. 42, Brotherhood
of Railroad Traiumen, held Sunday,
February 28, 1915, the following reso
lutions were unanimously adopted:
"Whereas, The men employed in
train service in the State of Pennsyl
vania in order to properly safeguard
their own lives and the lives ot' the
traveling by supporting the en
actment of a full crew law, nnd,
"Whereas, The railroad companies
operating within the State are com
plaining of the increased cost of opera
ting under this law, regardless of the
increased safety surrounding the move
ments of their trains, have inaugurated
a movement to have the full crtjw law
repealed at the present session of the
Legislature, and, v
"Whereas, It appears to be the pur
pose of the railroad companies to
create sentiment against this law by
misrepresenting its explication, by
willfully substituting the title of the
extra crew liw, iustead of the full crew
erew law, and,
"Whereas, This is unfair to the meu
in train service ami also to the public,
because it leads them to believe that
the law requires the railroad companies
to place an extra crew on all trains
which is not the f'.ict, and.
"Therefore It Resolved, That.
Keystone Lodge No. 42, Brotherhood
of Railroad Trainmen located in the
city of Harrisburg. I'a., and numbering
five hundred (5 O'O) good and loyal citi
zens most sincerely as'k yon to use your
influence and vote not to have the full
crew law repealed.
"W. H. Patuck, Secretary,
"2311 North Sixth Street,
" Harrirtburg, Pa.
"Approved, H. S. Swartz, President."
liurriirtmrg, Pa.. March 8, 1915.
Want Full Crew Law Repealed
Editor, the Star-Independent.
Dear Sir —The full crew law is not a
safeguard to humanity, neither is it a
safeguard to eorjKirate interests. The
federal acts of 1593, with amendments,
laws of 191)3 and 1910, and the order
of 1911, are for the purpose of safe
guarding all those who handle and use
The law of the Commonwealth, or
dering full crews for railroad trains
does not, in any manner, serve the pur
pose of protection to either travelers
or those handling the trains.
All railroads have applied to their
rollin.iT equipment such appliances, de
signed by experts, and are at the pres
ent time applying additional safe
guards and changing some of those
that hail previously been applied be
cause of uo advantages for safety.
In compliance with the latest fed
eral order for safety to railroad cars,
equipping of same must be otntipleted
by July 1, 1916, costing approximately
five and one-half million dollars on the
Pennsylvania railroad 'alone.
Rolling equipment is not. the only
item of danger that is being protected,
but every other detail connected with
railroads and their property is being
viewed thoroughly by competent me-
chanics, individually and in commit
tees, from whose judgment and recom
mendations they are made safe.
Safety rallies are called 'by railroad
officials, together all of their
employes and urging, by able mechan
ical speakers, the importance of arriv
ing at the highest standard of safety
by every means possible, going so far
as to advocate one employe taking care
of the other, so as to eliminate ex
clusively the slightest injury which
might occur by careless acts or other
Train running is but one part of Hie
service in which there must be employ
ed a certain number of men for assign
ed duties. There are many, in fact a
very large majority of other services,
for which there is no law, providing
! for a number of men to do a certain
amount of work, and, the question
arises as to why a law has been en
acted compelling the employment of a
man where he is not actually needed.
It would appear that law only enters
into this one subject, notwithstanding,
; all tMe efforts that have been made for
i safety and the men that would be em
ployed and are employed where neces
j earv for safety without law.
Harrisburg, Pa., March 8, 1915.
Beturas to the Hub
tHP, ■ »°'
Jsbe Friedman, who was formerly a
popular salesman for about five years
at the Hub, but who resigned about a
i year ago ta engage in another line of
j business, returned to the Hub this
morning as salesman of the children's
clothing department. Mr. Criedman
has a thorough knowledge of the cloth
ing business and is well qualified to fill
his new position. He is affable and
painstaking in his dealings with the
public and has a host of friends, who
will be pleased to learn that he is
back in his old position again. **
J. F. Barnhart Company Gets Contract
The contract for the new building
to be erected at Jednota, to be used
for nuns of the Sitters of St. Meth-'
odias, has been let to the J. F. Barn
hart Company of this city. The work
is to be started at once and completed
by August 1; consisting of a frame
bungalow for the spiritual adviser and
a brick structure for a sisterhood home.
George F. Schroader, of Wilkes Barre,
is the architect and tho contract price
AN EXTRAORDINARY SALE OF
1,000 Music Rolls
March 9, 10 and 11, only
Over 1,000 of the best 88-note
music rolls, popular pieces, classics,
operatic, musical comedy, dance,
sacred —rolls to suit every taste and which
fit any standard 88-note Player; At the prices
To-mofrow, Wednesday and Thursday Only
50c Rolls 23tf | $1.25 Rolls, 58^
75c Rolls | $1.50 Rolls, 69tf
SI.OO Rolls, i $1.75 Rolls 79^
$2.00 Rolls 89^
Come as early as possible. The quality of these
rolls and the very low prices will create a great de
mand for them.
J. H. Troup Music House
Troup Building 15 S. Market Square
(UNDER AN ARRANGEMENT WITH
THE DEPARTMENT OF l-AlWli ANI)
INDUSTRY THE STAR-INDEPENDENT
PRINTS EACH MONDAY A PRACTICAL,
ARTICLE BEARING ON THE "SAFETY
FIRST" MOVEMENT OR KINDRED
SUBJECTS, PREPARED BY\THAT
BRANCH OF THE STATE GOVERN
MENT, OF WHICH COMMISSIONER
JOHN PRICE JACKSON IS THE
DEFECTIVE STAIR TREADS
An examination of causes of acci
dents which were reported to the De
partment of Labor and Industry dur
ing 1914 show that 3,437 were caused
by slipping' or tripplm'. Accidents of
this nature are generally due to in
equalities or unevenness in the floors,
passageways, stairways, etc.
Frequently, inspectors of the depart
ment notice, as they make inspections
ih various establishments throughout
the Commonwealth, that there are very
many stairways iu a dangerous condi
tion. In some cases, owing to the na
ture of the establishment, material
has been deposited on the steps which
makes them uneven. Iu many instances
wooden stairways are found to be so
worn (by the constant tramping of
many feet that the threads in some
portions are almost worn through. As
this worn-out condition is fouud usual
ly on the front edge of the thread,
many manufacturers have corrected
this condition by reversing the threads
and using the underside.
The danger which such irregular and
uneven surfaces occasion is very sel
dom realized by the owners of the
buildings in question until the matter
Our Women Customers
The large number of women in Harrisburg who
transact their financial affairs with this institution is
evidence that they appreciate the courtesy and atten
tion extended them and the special facilities provided
for their comfort.
We cordially invite YOU to test for yourself the
many advantages of an account and to avail yourself
of our complete facilities.
We invite small as well as large household accounts
subject to check and pay 3 per cent, interest ou savings
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1 Smokers of nickel cigars with jaded tobacco /
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is called to their attention* Many ac
cidents have 'been caused by such ae
fects, and, for that reason, the atten
tion of the public is directed to this
dangerous condition found iu so many
places, frequently, where such condi
tions exist, no hand rails have been
provided, and a person tripping on the
steps would have nothing to grasp ill
order to regain liits balance. A slight
misstep on a stairway without a hand
rail might generally result in serious
accident, while a similar misstep on a
stairway provided with a handrail
might have no serious result.
Iron or stone stairways, the threads
of which have been worn smooth, are
often as serious a menace to safety as
oues with defective treads. This condi
tion should also be looked after and
means used to correct the defect. In
sonic cases, this may be done by rough
ing'the surface of the steps by suit
able methods, or else by covering tlient
with material of a "non-slip'' char
The Department of La'bor and In
dustry would, therefore, urge all own
ers of buildings, where employes or the
j public are accustomed to using the
I stairways of such buildings, to see
; that these stairways are maintained in
; a safe condition anil are provided with
handrails. Where stairs are less than
ei'ght feet in width, handrails should
be provided on each side; and where
the width is eight fpet or more, center
handrails should be provided. If these
suggestions are carefully carried out,
there will be fewer accidents upon
! stairways in industrial establishments
I and public buildings.
Fire Destroys Large Barn
Xeffsville, March B.—Fire Inst even
ing destroyed a large barn and shed on
the premises of Frederick It. Gonstein.
The farming implements, gnsoline en
gine and the season's crops were de
stroyed. No live stock was burned.
The loss is partly covered by insurance,