The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, March 09, 1915, Image 1

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Ovtallrd Report. Pan •
saws?" VOL. 77—NO. SI.
Wilson Administration
Begins Taking Steps
To Carry Out What
the Diplomatic Corps
Interpreted as an En
tire Change of Atti
tu d e Toward the
Whole Mexican Sit
Serious Condition of
Affairs In Mexico
City Prompts Latest
Move of Washington
Officials to Carry
Out Plans For the
Protection of For
By Assortati d Press,
Washington, March I).—American
Consul Silliman telegraphed from Vera
Croz to-day that he had been reliably
informed that the evacuation of Mex
ico City by the forces of General Obre
gon began at I) o'clock last night.
Washington, March ».—After a con
feiwttce early to-day with President
Wilson. Secretary Daniels ordered one
cruiser and one battleship of the Atlan
tic fleet from Guantanamo to Vera Cruz.
Bear Admiral Fletcher, commanding
the fleet, will choose the war vessels
that are to go to Vera Cruz to reinforce
the small craft already there. The only
specification Secretary Daniels made in
his order was that one of the ships
should be a flagship, in order to put
an officer of high rank in command of
the forces.
General Carranza in an oral reply to
Counsel Silliman when the latter pre
sented the note from the United States
on conditions in Mexico City, entered
a general denial that General Obregon
had prevented food from entering Mex
ico City or sent any supplies out of
the city.
Admiral Fletcher selected the armor
ed cruiser Washington, now in Haitien
waters, with Bear Admiral Caperton,
and the battleship Georgia, command
ed by Captain Bobert B. Goontz, now
at Guantanamo, to proceed to Vera
Both ships, starting to-day, should
be at Vera Cruz by Thursday night.
Awaiting Carranza's Reply. U. S. Acts
Washington, March 9. While await
ing a reply to the representations to
General Carranza to take steps to mi
prove conditions in Mexico City, the
administration to-day began taking
steps to carry out what most of the
foreign diplomatic corps here inter
preted as an entire change of attitude
toward the whole Mexican situation.
Rear Admiral Fletcher, commanding
the Atlantic fleet at Guantanamo, was
Contlmird on Mnth I'ukf.
New Germantown Woman Victim of
New Federal Ban on Laudanum
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Waynesboro, Pa., March 9.—A wom
an, 45 years old. is dead at her home
in New Germantown, near Fayette
ville, who, according to her brother,
died because she could not obtain lau
danum any longer as a result of the
federal ban on such drugs.
According to her brother she had been
accustomed to drink a good deal of lau
danum, which she could buy without
any trouble. On March 1 she'found out
she eonld no longer obtain the drug
and at once she began to fail. She con
tinued to decline until death took her.
Will Build Structure on the Trenton
Cut-off of the Pennsylvania Bailroad
The Pennsylvania Steel Company, it
■was announced to-day, obtained the
contract yesterday* for the erection of
a steel bridge for the Pennsylvania l
railroad on Mhe Trenton cut-off. The
material will all be made and the
bridge assembled at the Steelton plant
of the steel eompany.
This order is a comparatively small
one, but, in connection with the
Memphis bridge contract, assures a con
tinuance of work in the bridge and con
struction department in Steelton for
s«veral months.
Ok Star- JfeNw Ittkuettkiti
Mill IS
Says That Under 11
Pennsylvania Can
not Be Ruled by the
Attorney General Declares We Are
Woefuliy in the Bear" of Other
States in March Toward Fulfilling
of Hopes of Our Forefathers
Attorney General Brown, in a type
written statement that he handed out
to the newspapers this afternoon, de
dared not only that under the preseut
Constitution of Pennsylvania "we do
not have a government of the people,"
but that "we certainly do not and
cannot in this State, under the present.
Constitution have a government by and
for them."
He added that Pennsylvania is "woe
fully in the rear" of other stales, and
offered to lend his assistance iu the
preparation of a new Constitution.
The Attorney General's statement
was given out in explanation of his
attitude in favor of holding a consti
tutional convention, a« expressed in an
interview printed in the Star-lndepeu
dent jesterdWy, and is printed in full
as follows:
"When I sugg<>!*tod yesterday that
I thought the time was ripe for a con
vention I expressed my individual view
as a citizen and a lawyer, ana did not
assume to ejtprees the views of the
Governor. What little talk I have had
with him thereabout has be.en casual,
and to declare the great and in some
cases insurmountable difficulty, because
Continued on Mnth V*ai?e
Republican Commissioners Beject His
Man for Police Patrol Driver and
Select Joseph Demrna
By a 3-to-2 vote the City Commis
sioners this afternoon defeated Mayor
Royal's selection for chauffeur for the
police auto patrol, to succeed Wilhelm
.1. Mehring, resigned, appointing Joseph
Bemma. 310 South Second street.
Demmn is a member of tlhe Friendship
Fire Company.
Mehring resigned to take-over his
late father's wholesale liquor business.
Mayor Royal in a resolution
naming C. W. Hiffe-rt for the vacancy.
Commissioner Lynch moved t-o amend
by substituting' the name of Joseph
Bemma. The amendment was carried,
3-to-2, aud the resolution as amended
was carried by the .-tune vote. Repub
lican Commissioners Lynch, Taylor and
Bowman favored Bemma, and Mayor
Royal and Commissioner Gorgas, Demo
crats, voted against him.
Lynch Ordinance Calls for Purchase of
SpTinkler and Two Sweepers
Under an ordinance introduced at
the meeting of the City Commissioners
this afternoon by Commissioner L.ynoh,
SI,OOO is appropriated for the purchase
of a street sprinkler and two street
sweepers. The contract for furnishing
the city with 5,000 tons of coal was
awarded to J. Weiuer, as previously
announced would be done.
The Bauphin County Medical Soeietv
sent in a letter utgiug the building of
a municipal hospital. It was ordered
filed. As forecasted, the ordinances
providing for a watei main in Carlisle
street and making an aj>propriation to
pay the cost of street grading assess
ments were introduced.
Walter L McJunkin, 00, Ends Own
Life at Clearfield
By Associated Press,
Clearfield, Pa., March 9. —Walter L.
McJunkin, assistant cashier of the
Clearfield National bank, committed
suicide in his room at a hotel last night.
The body was found in bed this morn
McJunkin was a bachelor, 60 years
old, and had been connected with the
bank for 20 years There is no known
reason for the suicide. The dead man
was widely known throughout Western
Taylor Changes Plan to
Award Contracts To
day and Gives Mor
ton Co. Show
Postponement of Purchase of New Fire
Apparatus Will Give Harrisburg
Concern Opportunity to Prove
Merits of Its Product
The Morton Truck & Tractor Com
pany, of this city, which submitted a
lower hid than the out-of-town concern
to which, it was reported, Park Com
missioner M. Harvey Taylor ha-1
planned to award the contract for three
motor tractors, for the H;irrisbarg Fire
Department, will be given an oppor
tunity to iiis|>4ay a sample of its trac
tors, one thai now is beiug assembled
and, consequently, is yet considered in
the running for the contracts.
This developed to-day when Commis
sioner Taylor agreed not to ask the
City Commissioners, at their meeting
this afternoon, to awurd the contracts
for the apparatus at this time. Pres
sure had been brought to give the
Morton people a fair chance to dem
onstrate the merits of their tractor, ami
Mr. Tavlor said this afternoon:
•'We want to inspect the tractor
which the Morton Company now is
building. I expect to make my recom
mendations for awarding the contracts
for the apparatus at the meeting next
It has practically been agreed among
the City Commissioners, or at least a
majority of that body, that the Morton
firm shall get the contracts for two
combination chemical wagons, of the
type now being used bv the Friend
ship Company. In addition the three
trnctors are to be bought, two for
steam tire engines and one for a ladder
truck. Although the Morton bid waa
» ontlnaril oa Ninth I*nicr.
Asks i>ynoh If It Is True McCormick
Estate Raised Figure on Plot When
City Started Negotiations
When the City Commissioners this
afternoon decided to postpone for twen
tv-four hours action on the ordinance
providing for the purchase of a South
!Xinth street plot from the Henry Mc-
Cormick estate, as a site for the mu
nicipal asphalt repair plant, Commis
sioner Lynch told his colleagues that
the $6,630 purchase price is more than
.SIOO higher than that for which it orig
inally was otfered.
Park Commissioner Taylor, who
queried Lynch on the subject, saying
that rumors are afloat that the price
was boosted after it became known that
the City wanted the ground, declared
that the price is too high.
"I am not prepared to-day to vote
on this ordinance," said Taylor.
"I have nothing oilicial to show that
the ground originally offered for sale
for a lesser sum than $6,630," said
•Lynch, " but I can say that Ratoi Sam
uel Friedman, acting as agent for the
owners, first advised me that the ground
could be bought for $6 500. Later he
came to me saying that the owners
would not pay him his commission and
he said it would be up to the City to
pay it. Later I received that letter
which fixes the price at $6.630.
Fully a hundred voters in the First
precinct of the First ward, in a petition
to the City Commissioners, protested
against placing the repair plant on the
South Ninth street plot. The Commis
sioners decided to postpone action on
the ordinance until to-morrow afternoon
at 1 o'clock. After their meeting to
day they inspected the site.
Salus Asks Senate to Bequire Kline to
Wear It Every Time He Presides
Senator Kline, President Pro Tem.
of the Senate, was one of the guests
who last night attended the dinuer
given by Governor Brumbaugh at the
Executive Mansion to the members" of
the Superior Court, and because of
this he appeared in the Senate to pre
side attired in evening dress of the
latest cut. Such a vision of sartorial
effulgence has seldom been seen in the
Senate, and it so impressed Senator
Salus that he offered the following
"Be It Resolved, That in the inter
est or dignity due the Senate of Penn
sylvania, that the President Pro Tem.
of the Senate be requested hereafter
to appear at all evening sessions in
full evening dress."
The handsome presiding officer
heard the resolution read and explain
ed that his reason for appearing in
evening dress was because of the Gov
ernor's dinner. He said he could not
find it convenient in the future to
comply with the resolutiou. / In the
meantime, he said, he would refer it
to the committee on Law and Order.
The laugh was on Senator Silus.
Military Bill Is Reported
The new bill for the reorganization
of the National Guard along the lines
oif the regular army as proposed by the
United States War Department, " was
reported favorably from the Military
Committee in the Senate this morning.
Senate then took a recess until 8
o'clock this evening.
Thut Greece Is at the parting of the ways, with her King exerting his Influence to maintain the neutrality of
bis country in opposition to Mr. Elentherios Venlrelos, the retiring Premier, and the man to whom Greece owes her
revival, is the opinion of Europe. Mr. Venlxelos announced the resignation of himself and his Cabinet, as King Con
stantlue did not approv; the policy of the government Mr. Venlrelos clearly Indicated that the difference between
him and the monarch was over the question of peace and war. He said he had advised the King to select as a new
Premier, Mr. Zaim.j, governor of the National Bank, who, he said, would follow a policy of neutrality which hi
hoped would not endanger Greece's newly acquired territory. Mr. Alexander Zalmls was Governor of Crete from
the autumn of 1906 until 1011, succeeding Trlnce George of Greece at the mandate of the European Powers. lis
career has been brilliant. He bears, moreover, a name which is honored In Greece and which he has enhanced \ j
the possession of a large fortune and the exercise of administrative talents of a high order.
Life Belts Distributed
and Boats Prepared
For Instant Use As
Flames Rage
No Disorder and No Panic Among the
Passengers, Who Accepted the Sit
uation Calmly in Belief That Blaze
Would Be Ccnquered
By Asmciatai Press,
Havre, March 9.—A rigid inquiry
already has been begun into all phases
of the tire at sea ot boar.', thu Freneh
Line steamer La Touraine, wtlieh
Uoeked here at 4 o'clock yesterday aft
ernoon and landed safely all her pass
engers. Admiral Charlier, of the Min
istry of Marine, and Director Duorol,
of the Compagnie Generale Transatlant
ique, boarded the vessel upon her ar
rival and started the investigation at
once. Tiie report of Admiral Charlier
will be submitted to the government.
The passengers apparently were
none the worse for their thrilling ex
perience. The lire, which was confined
to one of the holds, was extinguished at
midnight Sunday and the last stage of
the voyage was completed without inci
Life Belts Were Distributed
Life belts were distributed among
the passengers and the boats were pre
pared for instant use as soon ns tho
Hames were discovered, but at no time
was there any real danger, according to
a statement made by Captain Caussin,
who declared the 8. O. S. calls for as
sistance were sent out merely as a
measure of precaution. There was no
disorder and no panic, he said, the
passengers accepting the situation calm
ly in the belief that the fire would be
conquered and that other steamers
would reply promptly to the wireless
The steamer Rotterdam, one of the
vessels which answered La Touraine's
Continued on Sixth I'see.
Taylor Withholds Plan to Buy Dirt
From Company Giving It Away
Park Commissioner Taylor this after
noon decided to postpone for one week
bis pro[K>sed request on the City Com
missioners for an appropriation to pur
chase additional! dirt for the river bank
fill along Front street, between Calder
and Maclay.
Taylor's reported plan was to get
the dirt from the Bivwn-King Construc
tion Company, contractors who are
grading the railroad freight station
site. These contractors are albout to
be [-aid $4,000 for 15,000 cubic yards
of dirt thrown over the river bank,
dirt which originally, as by the
Star-Independent, wo.s to have been
dumped and graded, without cost to
the owner, on a piece of South Harris
burg ground owned by the Henry Mc-
Cormick estate.
The City Commissioners this after
noon decided to print departmental re
ports covering the last yenr's work.
These are to substitute the voluminous:
"annual reports" which had been got
ten up yearly by the City Clerk.
Residence and Valuable Library of Reg
istrar Destroyed
State College, Pa., March 9.—The
residence and valuable library of A. 11.
Espenshnde, registrar of the Pennsyl
vania State CoTifge, was destroyed "by
fire to-day.
Sparks from a chimney ignited the
shingle roof. The loss is said to be
Need Beds for Poor Family
Social workers for the Dauphin coun
ty board of poor directors are in neea
of two full sired bed* for a poor fam
ily. The directors will be glad to send
for the beds if they learn of any that
will be given for this work.
Passes Measure Per
mitting Third Class
Cit3 r Voters to Elect
Financial Officer
Amendment to Clark Commission Gov
ernment Act Goes Through Lower
Branch by Vote of 121 to 01—
■ Harrisburg Members for It
The Riningsr bill amending the Clark
Commission Form of Government act
for third class cities by requiring that
the City Treasurer bo elected by the
people instead of by the City Commis
sioners was responsible for a debate of
half an hour in the House of .Repre
sentatives this morning before it was
passed on third reading. It now goes
to the Senate where, politicians say,
its chances are not considered good. The
vote in the House was 121 for and 61
Tno Harrisburg. members voted for
the measure and worked for its passage.
City Solicitor tieitz, of Harrisburg, was
in the hall when the measure was be
ing discussed.
I Air. Ramsey, of Delaware, opened lire
on the bill, pleading that the Clark act
has not had a sufficient tryout. He said
the City Treasurer is merely a tax re
-Mr. Rininger, of Blair, the sponsor
of the bill, laid stress on the fact that
the City Treasurer administers the
school funds over which the City Com
mission has no control. When his mo
tive was assailed by Mr. Spangler, of
\ork, as being selfish, and when the
statement was made that a local con
dition 'brought out this bill, Mr. Rining
er said he had the unanimous backing
of the electorate of Altoona before he
consented to introduce the measure.
Half a Dozen Join Debate
Mr. Spangler said that the Third
Class League, composed of mayors and
city solicitors trom all parts of the
State, met in Harrisburg and decided
on amendments to the Clark Act which
were thought necessary and those
amendments did not include this one.
Half a dozen other members got iuto
a debate on whether the electors are
able to choose their public officials to
better advantage than the City Com-
Continued oc Seventh Pagt
Court Will Pass on the Civic Club's
Claim, Without Jury, on April 3
Hearing in the suit brought by tho
Harrislburg Civic Olub against Frank
Payne and the Central Trust Company
of N'env York City, in an effort to es
tablish the Club's title to the Fleming
mansion on North Front street, will
ibe conducted by Judges Kunkel and
iMoCarrell, without a jury, on April 5,
This was decided this morning when
attorneys in the case announced the
questions of fact virtually have been
agreed upon so that a jury trial will
not be necessary and the court will
have only the legal issue to deal with.
The sole question is whether the
property grant contained in the will of
the late Virginia Fleming, which pro
vides that the Fleming home shall go
to the Civic Cluib, shall continue in
force since the club was not a corpor
ation at the time the will became ef
fective. Mr. Payne is now living in
the house and his only connection with
the case i* that he doesn t know who
is entitled to receive tihe rent from
Wants Vaccination naade a Crime
Representative Horace W. Cromer, of
Allegheny, introduced a bill in the
House this morning prohibiting vaccina
tion and fixing a fine of SSOO or im
prisonment for six months as the pen-'
"Li" 111 HI
outh Is Reprimanded
By Judge Who
ThreatenstoJail Him
For Contempt
Mrs. Howard Croft Testifies That Her
Mother-in-Law Ordered Her and
the Baby Out of the House ' 'Never
to Return"
"You're h liar, ' snapped Howatd
Croft this morniiig when his pretty
bride of a year, who was before Judges
Kunkel and MeCarreH pleading that
she has been neglected by her husband,
related her side of a "too much mother
in-law story > and charged Croft with
being overbearing and bossy.
The youthful husband's face became
flushed and he seemed about to say
something more, bat he was silenced by
Judge Kunkel, who said:
"We don't allow people to talk
that way here. We will commit you
for contempt if you don't be careful.
Don't you know better than that?"
"Yes, sir,'' the youth replied,
"Is that the kind of language you
used at hornet" was another question
of the court.
"No, sir," the youth replied.
"Yes, he does," rejoined Mrs. Croft,
"and his mother uses that kind of
language, too. "
"So that is the kind of a man you
are," commented Judge iMcCarrell.
Wife Blames Mother-in-Law
The voun,; couple in their testimony
agreed that there has been much inter
ference from the young man's mother.
The wife declared that she was ordered
from the house "never to return
again" by the mother-in-law. March
Continued «in Mnth Pnic.
I#ondon, March 9, 5.15 A. M.—Since
the beginning of the war with Turkey,
says a Petrograd dispatch to Reuter's
Telegram Company, the Kussdans have
captured four Turkish pashas, 337 of
fers and 17,675 soldiers.
A Russian .official retport from head
quarters in the Cauvasus issued dn
January 5, in describing what purport
ed to be a complete victory over the
Turks at Sari-Kamysh, said :
"We have beaten two Turkish army
corps ami made the entire Ninth Turk
ish army corps, including its comman
der and three division commanders,
An army corps is composed of ap
proximately 40,000 men.
Both the right and left flanks of the
German forces in Northern Poland have
been dislodged, Petrograd dispatches
state, from the positions they took up
on the advance from East Prussia. The
German right wing it. said to have
beaten a hasty letreat to within eight
miles of the border. To-day's official
report from Berlin, however, states
that the Russian offensive is being met
successfully. Several Russian assaults
in this region are said to have been re
The battle in Champagne has become
less violent. Snow has interrupted
fighting in the Vosges and elsewhere
along the western front there is no
great activity. The day's official re
ports from Berlin and Paris mention
only local engagements of comparative
ly small importance.
A further advance by the Russian
Continued w Ninth Pace.
Both Countries Now In
Tumult Over Differ*
ences Concerning the
European Struggle
Bulgarian Premier Reported to Have
Been Ousted Because He Desired
to Take Immediate Action Against
Turkey by Reoccupying Adrianople
Paris, Mnrrh 9, 5 A. M.—A min
isterial crisis similar to that in Greece
lias occurred i" Bulgaria, according to
information reaching Paris. Premier
Radoslavort' is reported to have been
overthrown by tho influence of King
Ferdinand and the followers of Dr.
Ghe»ailieff, former foreign minister, ba
cause he desired to take immediate ac
tion against Turkey by reoccupyinjf
KadoslavoiT's opponents are said to
have declared this policy, which would
have placed Bulgaria in opposition to
Germany and Austria, was too ad
Although this information has not
been definitely confirmed it is generally
believed 'in French oilicial circles that
lifldoslavoff had resolved to march on
Adrianople if Greece pronounced for
I tho triple entente and that Venizolos
! made such an announcement at Athens
; when the question of intervention came
; "P-
To Form New Cabinet in Greece
Athens, Via Paris, March !), 4.45 A.
M.—M. Gounaris, deputy for patras,
i has consented at the request of the
i King Constantino to undertake the
task of forming a now Cabinet. It
reported that M. BeJtuiljii, who yv;i:s
' foreign minister in the Tlieotok'is Ca.'ji»
net, has consented to take that pni'fc
folic under the leadership of M. (roun
M. Gounaris has submit his
ministers to the king and it is under
stood obtained an agreement that the
chamber shall be dissolved if the sup
porters of the ministry are in the
, minority, which is considered highly
, probable. The now premier is expected
i to favor the continued neutrality of
Greece has been facing a Cabinet
crisis since the end of iiist week, when
M. Venizelos, the premier, who favors
i Greek participation in the war on the
side of the allies, resigned because his
: policy did not meet with the approval
: oif King Coustantine, who desired that
! the country remain neutral.
1 To Vote on Urgent Measures
Paris. Mirch 8, 9.30 A. M. —A Hav
| us dispatch from Athens contains the
I following quotation from the "Patris,"
which is published in the Grecian cap
-1 itnl:
"King Constantino wrote M. Veni
zelos emphasizing the necessity of the
convocation of the Chamber of Deputies
Ito vote on urgent measures. M. Vcn
| izelos repliod that lie had consented,
in view of the abnormal conditions re
sulting from his resolution, that the
new Cabinet might appear before the
new Chamber without conforming to
j the constitution and gave his assurance
that he would not insist upon the dis
' solution of the Chamber if the new
| Cabinet obtained a vote of confidence.
"Further than that, M. Venizelos
! said he would make no concessions. He
j declared thut he could not, as the chief
of tiho majority, consent that his party
should support b/ its votes a policy
I that the outgoing Cabinet had declared.
| was disastrous for the country." '
German Press on Greek Situation
, Berlin, Via Amsterdam and London,
i March 9, 3.45 A. M. —The GeTman
' newspapers discuss the Greek situation
! on the assumpt'on that M. Venizelos,
j the retiring Premier, wanted Greece to
participate in the war, while the King
j and General Dus.nania favored con
tinued neturalitv. Theodor Wolff, ed
i itor-in-eJiief of the, "Berliner Tage
' blatt," says in his paper:
"The King's bold step has not freed
him permanently from the war enthusi
asts, as M. Venizelos has a majority of
| the Parliament The majority of the
newspapers and the coffee house orators
j favor England and if another Darda
j nelles fort falls, a great popular dem- ,
onstratiou will be seen in Athens. How-
I over, as soon as the budget passes, tho
' King can send Parliament home. Since
lie has the army's support, the denrn-
I gogues are not so formidable as they
■ appear.''
Third Judgeship Bill Advanced
The Nissley bill providing for a third
| judge for Dauphin county passed sec-
I ond reading in the Senate this morning.
It already ha« passed the House.
By dissociated Pi cas.
New York, March o.—Diversion of
: speculative interest to the special class
caused renewed selling of leading
stocks, particularly Reading, Ste«l and
Amalgamated. The closing was heavy.
Stocks moved irregularly to-day, with
the Mexican situation acting as a re
straining influence.