The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, March 11, 1915, Image 1

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OetiUci Report* Pate • !
VOL. 77—NO. 83.
OKf. 4 I*7H.
Members of House Pass
Resolution Calling
For End of the Ses
sion on May 6
Impression Prevails on the Hill That
This Move Is Taken to Prevent
Action on Local Option and Other
Brumbaugh, Measures
By the overwhelming vote of 137 to
19 the House of Representative* went
on record this morning as favoring an
adjournment of the General Assembly,
nine die, 011 Thursday, May 6, at noon.
A concurrent resolution, introduced by
Representative R. J. BaMlwin, of Del
aware county, was passed by that voto
after a debate of more than an hour.
It being a concurrent resolution the
measure will go to the Senate. The
opinion prevails on the Hill that the
Senate will pass this resolution on Mon
day ntght.
The tiglit for an early adjournment
is said to have started among leaders
of the upper branch of the General As
sembly in the hope that in the final
rush of the Legislature some of Gover
nor Brumbaugh's measures will be re
main not acted upon.
Governor Brumbaugh's recent orders
that the local option measure be not
reported from the House Committee on
Law and Order until some of his other
bills are acted upon will delay the re
port of that bill into the House until
late this month. The oKWnary time
consumed in getting a bill through
both branches of Legislature will put
this measure in jeopardy in the Sen
ate, in the opinion of men experienced
in legislative affairs.
Governor Brumbaugh's comment on
the adjournment resolution this morn
ing was: . J
"If the Legislature can get through'
with its work by that time I will be
satislied with an adjournment or if it
can get through before that time I will
be satisfied."
Speaker Opposes Resolution
Speaker Ambler was opposed to fix
ing the date of final adjournment and
when the measure was introduced by
Mr. Baldwin he said it would lay ovet
for printing "under the rules of the
House." Mr. Baldwin objected and
Speaker Ambler withdrew his decision.
The debate started when Mr. Wit
taker, of Chester, a member of the
House Committee on Rules, moved thati
the measure be referred to his commit
tee, pleading that immediate action on
it was unfair to the many members of
tbe House who were not in their seats.
"The men who are here and the
men who have been here are the ones
to act on this resolution and the meas
ure should not go over until Monday
night when the others come back," re
plied Baldwin. "You men who are here
are the interested parties and hero is
your opportunity."
Wittaker said his reasons for asking
that the resolution be referred to the
Committee on Rules was that the Im
portant legislation of the session, to
which the Republican party is pledged,
would be on the calendars next week.
Contlnnpd on Ninth rage.
Ordinance Providing for Purchase of
Three Is Being Prepared
A City ordinance providing for the
purchase of three sets of scales for use
in the city markets by market patrons
will be introduced, probably by Mayor
Royal, at the next meeting of the City
Commissioners, so Harry D. Reel, City
Inspector of Weighits and Measures,
announced this morning.
The scales can be ready for installa
tion in the markets within two or
three weeks after the ordinance be
comes a law —provided it is approved.
The market houses in Which the scales
will be placed are the Broad street,
Chestnut street and Allison Hill mar
Mrs. Hattle Weaver, of Speeceville,
Got It In "Flannel" Cakes
An X-rav examination was made at
the Harrisburg hospital this afternoon
to determine the location of a needle
swallowed by Mrs. Hattie Weaver, of
Speeceville, at dinner last evening.
She believes that the needle fell into
batter for "flannel" cakes while she
was mixing it and she was unlucky
enough to get the cake with the bit
of steel in it.
Her family physician sent her to the
Harrisburg hospital this afternoon for
an X-ray examination. When the posi
tion of the needle is located an opera
tion may be performed to remove it.
Thaw'B Sanity Barred From Trial
By Associated Press.
New York, March 11. —Harry K.
Thaw 'g attempt bo get evidence con
cerning his sanity into the record of
his trial for conspiring to escape from
Mattea-van failed to-day.
Stork Visits Governor's Family
Albany, N. Y., March 11. —A son
was born to Governor and Mrs. Charles
8. Whitman to-day. This is the fiTst
boy in the Whitman family. There is
one other child, Olive, 6 years old.
mv ■ w
m Stnr- |h|i 3nkpcnknt
Her Father, Jeremiah Tost, Says He
Will Make a Full Investigation of
Circumstances That Led to Attack
and Man's Suicide
Mrs. Norah Hosie, who was shot in
the jaiw yesterday morning at Wyeth
and Basin streets, by Stephenson W.
Keys, a chauffeur, who afterward com
mitted suicide, was reported to-day to
be slowly improving in the Harrisburg
hospital." Attending physicians say the
woman is out of all danger ami will
soon be removed to her home.
Since the statement she made last
nitght to her father, Jeremiah Yost,
when she -wrote on a pad that she had
not known Keys, except that the fam
ily employed him on one occasion to
run an automobile, Mrs. Hosie has de
clined to write anything further about
the tragedy.
The woman's father, who is known
in railroad circles as "Jerry" Yost,
•being employed as shop policeman for
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company,
stated to-day that he intends making
a thorough investigation of the quarrnl
that led up to the tragedy. The rela
tives of Keys have not yet an noticed
the funeral plans.
City Advertises For Bids to Improve
Half Mile of Thoroughfare
East of 21st Street
With the abutting property owners
to-day filing with the city notice of
their agreement to waive all right to
claims for damages incident to the im
provements, William 11. Lynch, Oity
Highway Commissioner, began adver
tising for bids for the grading of Mar
ket street, from Twenty-first street to
the eastern city line.
The proposals will be opened by the
Highway Commissioner at noon on
March 23 and the contract probably
will be awarded by the City Commis
sioners at their meeting on the after
noon of that day. The improvement
involves the grading of about half a
mile of Market street and will be an
expensive piece of work, due to the
fact that a deep cut must be mnde at
one point and some filling at another.
The ordinance authorizing the work
was passed by the City Commissioners
several months ago but it was not de
cided until to-day to go ahead with the
work, all the affected property owners
having given notice that they will not
present claims for damages.
Scranton Woman Insists That She Was
Married to New Haven Manufac
turer in 1890
By Associated Press.
Scranton, Pa., March 11.—Mrs. Flor
ence Weeks Mayo, of this city, who
claims to be the wife of Virginius J.
Mayo, the New Haven, Conn., manufac
turer whose marital affairs were re
vealed through the suicide of his ste
nographer, said to-day that her attor
ney would take every legal steps neces
sary to prove that she was married to
Mayo on May 14, 1890, at Bingham
ton, N. Y. According to a record made
public here purporting to contain the
details of the Binghamton wedding, it
was Mayo's second marriage, ho being
31 years old at the time.
Mayo, through his counsel last night,
denied thnt he was ever married to the
Mrs. Mayo of this city. The revela
tions in the case have prostrated Mrs.
Mayo and she is uuder the care oif a
Surgeons Plan an Amputation to Pro
vent the Spread of Gangrene
In an effort to save the life of Jo
seph E. Rhoads, a prominent cement,
coal and wood dealej, private physi
cians in the Harrisburg hospital, this
afternoon were preparing to amputate
the left foot which is infected with
Mr. Rhoads, who resides at 12'01
North Second street, has been confined
to his home since last August, suffer
ing from a badly infected foot which,
physicians say, was caused by the clot
ting of a blood vessel.
Mr. Rhoads has been connected with
the coal and cement business at Cow
den and Forster streets, for many
years, having succeeded his father, the
late Jamee M. Rhoads, who started
business in 1880. The son has been
identified with the finu from his youth.
Doctors said this morning that unless
the operation was performed Mr.
Rhoads would be in danger of fatal
blood poisoning.
Want Him and Other Prominent Party
Men Here on Jefferson Day
President Woodrow Wilson, Congress
men Oscar W. Underwood, of Alabama,
and Claude Kitchin, of North Carolina,
with Senator Ollie James, of Kentucky,
are among those whom a special com
mittee of the Central Democratic Club
has invited to address the Dauphin
county Democrats at tie coming Jeffer
son Day banquet, April 12.
Members of the committee made tlie
announcement to-day and also state!
that the committee making arrange
ments for the banquet will meet this
evening in the office of Howard W.
Jones, in the Spooner building. The
committee will fix the hour and place
of the banquet and prepare a complete
list of speakers.
Among the Democrats it is said that
there is a strong probability that the
President will bo here for the dinner.
Thought That Would
Be Plenty For 3»Day
Jaunt to the Newport
News Launching
Succeeded Finally in Convincing Dr.
Brumbaugh $48.57 a Head Will Be
Needed Even With Hummingbird
Tongues and Trimmings Eliminated
There will be no sju,t<oo junket for
the Pennsylvania Legislature when the
big battleship '' Pennsylvania" is
launched at Newport News next Tues
In fact it was learned to-day tnat
Governor Brumbaugh, who has consist
ently been putting the brakes on un
necessary expenditures of State funds
in view of the prospects for reduced
revenues in the next two years, thought
that sls a man would be sufficient to
cover all the expenses of the trip that
will start Monday night and end t etl
nesday morning.
This made those in charge of the ar
rangements for the excursion a bit un
easy. They got out their pencils and
pads and nnally convinced the Gov
ernor that, even with champagne and
hummingbird tongues eliminated from
the bill of fare, it would cost about
SSO a man to make the trip in ordi
nary comfort, and it finaTly was agreed
that $1,700 or an average of $48.57
for each of the thirty-five excursion
ists, would not be an extravagant fig
ure to cover all the expenses.
Bill in 1897 Was SIO,(MM)
It is certain, therefore, that nothing
like characterized the legislative pil
grimage to New York at the time ot
the dedication of Grant's Tomb, In
1897, when the entire Legislature went
on a junketing trip and the titate was
called upon to foot the bill, will be re
peated. On that occasioi/ the bill
amounted to something like SIO,OOO,
the caterer's share of which was vetoed
by Governor Hastings and was i.ever
paid until the man who furnished the
food and drinks was empowered to
sue the State for his bill. Even then
he only received a part of it.
Governor Brumbaugh believes that
the State of Pennsylvania can be prop
erly represented at the launching of the
battleship by a smaller party of Penn
sylvanians, and. that the cost cau be
kept within reasonable bounds.
When the resolution providing for a
commission consisting ot' the Governor,
Lieutenant Governor, Attorney Gen
eral and Secretary of the Common
wealth, with several of the Governor's
personal friends and a Senate commit
tee of ten with a House committee of
fifteen, was adopted, it was expressly
stipulated that the expenses of the
trip should be out of the con
tingent funds of the clerks of the Sen
ate and House, but just how much it
was going to cost was what the Gov
ernor wanted to know.
He is opposed to junketing on gen-
Continue*! on \lnfh Pngre.
Representative Jones Introduces Meas
ure Which Would Place Heavy
Burden on Line Planned Here
A bill designed to regulate jitney
I>us lines was introduced in the House
late yesterday by E. E. Jones, of Sus
quehanna, chairman of the Committee
on Good Roads, which will consider the
measure. Men interested in the pro
posed "jitney" line in Harrisburg say
its passage will be vigorously oppose i,
and that if passed it would impose a
heavy financial burden on this and oth
er companies of the kind.
The bill proposes a municipal tax
of ten per cent, on the gross receipts
of a company, an additional tax of
fifty cents a month on each 'bus op
erated and the filing of a SIO,OOO bond
to cover damages in case of injury from
a "bus, before a license can be issued
for the cars.
An affidavit must be filed specify
ing the number of cars to be operated,
the number of passengers to be carried
and the proposed routes. The Public
Service Commission is given power to
supervise the TJUS lines.
Already Five Patients at Temporary
Institution at the Almshouse
Five dope fiends who have suffered
through their inability to get narcotics
since the federal law on the sale of
drugß became effective, to-day were
admitted to wards in the Dauphin
county almshouse for treatment. A
county physician is looking after these
patients and hopes to restore them to
their former health by weaning them
from the habit.
At the office of the Directors of the
Poor it was said that the department
expects to be called upon to treat a*
great many "dopewters" in. its tem
porary hospital ward. One physician
has advised the directors that he now
has twentv such patients under treat
•» VJEIW OF 4 SnYRNA.. _.
Above is shown a view of Smyrna, Turkey, which, according to reports, is now being sorelv menaced by the British
ships. Only throe Turkish land batteries are now replying to the fire of the British squadron, which has moved into the
harbor and is shelling the enemy's guns high on the hills in the Turkish quarter of the citv. British occupation of Smyrna
would be the first decisive victory in the naval war against the Sultan. With the Smyrna forts levelled marines will be
landed under protection of big naval guns to seize the city.
Fails to Survive Hard
Times That Confront
the Minors and Will
be Disbanded
All Assured of Contracts in Other Or
ganisations—Harrisburg Won 3
Pennants in One-time "Outlaw"
Organization Formed in IDO4
The Tri-State Baseball League, it
was officially announced to-day, is to
be disbanded, and Harrisburg, which
won the peunant last year, will have
to take to independent baseball and a
team in the Central Pennsylvania
League for , its diamond sport in the
coming season The Tri-State, tne orig
inal "outlaw' organization, which was
born in 1904, has diet] a natural death.
Its official funeral will be held March
19, when the rep.escntatives will gath
er to make a final disposition of every
thing pertaini.ig to the Tri-State, ex
cept the memory of some rattling good
News of the league's demise was
made public this morning by an official
of the Pennsjlvania Exhibition Com
pany, owners of the Harrisburg fran
chise, after almost all of the players
of last year's championship team had
bten disposed of, the release of the last
of the players, save two, having been
signed yesterday.
Emerson, Diet - /., Rudolph and O'Oon
nor, all of whom were still in the local
club's uossession, were released to
'"Red" Calhoun, a former Harrisburg
player, now manager of fhe Bingham
tou club of the New York State League.
Fox and Cruickshank were to-day re- '
leased to Scranton. The other players
of the Harrisburg team of last
year will be seen in the following
places this season:
Where Other Players Go
Adams, Pittsburgh; Chabek, Brook
lyn; Cockill, a National League um
pire; Crist, Newport News; Whalen,
Omaha, and Miller, Scranton. Keys
and McCarthy were not the property of
the local team.
Disposition of the lease of the Is
land Park grounds for the coming sea
son has not yet been made, but it is
expected that baseball and other ath
letic sports will be staged 011 the
grounds during the year. It is likely
an arrangement will be made so that
Continued on ««v*ntk Pace
Puts in Counter Claim for Damages to
By Associated Press.
Newark, N. J., March 11.—A rail
road's counter claim for damages to it 9
locomotive figured in the trial of a
$25,000 accident suit in the Supremo
Court here to-day instituted by Frank
W. Wilkinson who was struck and se
verely injured by an Erie railroad train
in Bloomfield last year as he was driv
ing a milk wagon across the tracks.
Wilkinson's hips and several ribs \yere
broken and he was injured internally;
his wagon was smashed and the mules
which drew it were killed. He claimed
the train approached without proper
The company in its counter claim al
leged that by careless driving he
struck the locomotive and "bent, broke
and destroyed divers, slats or frames
of the pilot or co>w catcher, and bruised,
abrased, mutilated and destroyed paint
and polish on the locomotive."
The road asked SIOO damages.
An important battle, of which only
the barest details are given in the of
ficial communications of ,to-day, was
fought in Flanders yesterday as the re
sult of a British attack on German po
sitions along an extended front. The
Trench war office announces that about
1 1-2 miles of Gorman trenches were
captured by the British. The German
statement that merely the British made
advances at some points.
A report from the official observer
at British headquarters in the field
characterizes the Germnn army as "in
tensely brave, determined and well or
ganized," and says there is 110 reason
at present why the German troops
should be discouraged. It will be im
possible for the allies to defeat tho
Germans decisively, the observer be
lieves, except for "ever increasing pres
sure of vast numbers of men and guns
throughout the coming months."
No extended reference is made in
the official report from Berlin to the
new German advance toward Przasnysz |
in Northern Poland which Petrograd;
says has led to a great battle that is:
still to be decided. The reports says,
however, that the German forces made j
progress north and northwest of I
The British plan for attempting, in
co-operation with France, to stop trade
to and from Germany has been decided
upon and embodied in an order in
council. King George signed the order,
which will soon be gazetted.
Field Marshal Von Hijudenburg has
Continued on ISfnth I'niso.
Settlement Is Beached in Suit in Which
City Building Inspector Was
Accused of Conspiracy
After n legal fight lasting many
weeks, the conspiracy charge lodged
against James H. Grove, City Building
Inspector, in the suit to restrain him
from carrying out his order to raze
the apartment house at GO3 York ave
nue, this city, beca.ise of alleged build
ing defeats, have been dropped and
the controversy will be amicably ad
justed. The court was so informed to
Grove and John Wagner, who is own
er of the York avenue property, jointly
were charged by William F. Martin
and Jaines J Lynch, contractors, with
conspiring to dheat the latter two men
out of money they claimed for work
on the house. The controversy grtnv
out of a bulged wall. The contractors
maintained that the wall was not un
safe and that the order to raze the
building was made for no orner pur
pose than to deprive them oif their
money on the contract.
Under the terms of settlement, t'he
wall will be torn down and replaced
and, it is said, the building in the
main can be preserved. The costs of
the court suit are to be paid by the
contractors, it is said.
Because of the plans for settlement,
the court hearing in the case scheduled
for to-day was indefinitely postponed.
Slain in Mexico C'ty. Is Report of
Spanish Ambassador to U. S.
Washington, March 11.—Senor Ri
ano, the"Spanish Ambassador, informed
the State Department to-day that four
Spaniards had been assassinate*! in
Mexico City and presented reports of
the looting and burning of private resi
dences in the outskirts. ,
He made no specific request for ac
Mexican Situation More Hopeful
Washington, March 11.—General
Oarranza's reply to the American note
was lai'd before President Wilson to-day
and afterward it was indicated in ad
ministration circles that the situation
looked more encouraging.
27 Head of Infected Cattle Killed
Lebanon, March 11.—The slaughter
ing squad of the State Livestock Sani
tary Board yesterday afternoon killed
twenty-seven head of infected cattle on
the farm of It. S. Werner, near Ann
Sine IF IE
U. S. Will Make Search
ing Probe Into De
struction of Ameri
can Sailing Ship
Act of Prinz Eitel Friedrich in Destroy
ing the Ship Classed as Unfriendly
and May Result in Diplomatic Ex
changes With Germany
I By Associated Press,
Washington, March 11.—The follow
ing statement was issued at the White
j House to-day:
"The President when aaked regard
ing the sinking of the American sailing
shij) William P. Prye by the German
auxiliary cruiser Priuz Eitel Friedrich
" 'A most searching inquiry will be
made and whatever action is taken will
be based upon the result of that in
quiry.' "
Washington, March 11.—The neu
trality board has made a report, which,
it is understood recommends that tho
Prinz Eitel Friedrich be permitted to
make such repairs ns would make her
"seaworthy,'"' under supervision of
American naval authorities, if the com
mander of the German ship requests it.
Await Story of Frye's Captain
Washington, , March 11.—Officials
of the United States government to
day awaited a decision by the neutral
ity board on problems rinsing from the
destruction of the American sailing
ship William P. Frye by the German
converted cruiser Prinz Eitel Friedrich,
now at Newport News, before deciding
on what action to take A report was
expected to-day from the Collector of
the Port at Norfolk, before whom the
Frye's master and crew were to appear
to tell their story of the vessel's cap
ture and destruction.
Meanwhile an immediate decision by
tho board was looked for on Mic ques
tion of how long the German raider
might remain in port to undergo repairs
and what disposition cau be made of
the more than 300 survivors of the var
ious ships she had captured. Every in
dication, it was said, led to the belief
that the cruiser's captain would elect
to intern the ship until t'he end of the
Ship Not Subject to Seizure
Official Washington was stirred by
the sinking of the Frye. It was held
that the vessel's cargo mf wheav, bound
for Queenstown, could not be classed as
contraband and that, therefore, the ship
was not subject to seizure. Some offi
cials asserted that tfhe incident on its
face bore the prints of an unfriendly
act which must result in diplomatic ex
changes with Germany.
If the destruction of the Frye were
considered an unfriendly act, it is un-
Contlnurd on Seventh Pas*
Secretary of the Treasury Goes to Hos
pital tot Operation
By Associated Press.
Washington, March 11.—Secretary
of the Treasury McAdoo went to a hos
pital to-day to be operated on for
appendicitis to-night or to-morrow.
The Secretary was at his office early
to-day and it was said no compila
tions had appeared. /
Is Captured From Ger
man Forces Under
Fire of Heavy French
Most Important Advance For the
Allies Reported From North of
France In Several Months—ls Re
garded of Strategical Importance
London, March 11, 11.56 A. M. —
Under cover of the fire of heavy
French artillery British troops liave
captured Neaive Ohappelle, 3 1-2 miles
north of La Bassee. This success, in
cluding the ♦aking of 1,000 prisoners
and several machino gnus, makes it
the most considerable advance re'port
ed from the north of France for sev
eral mouths past. This advance, if
made in force, is strategically of great
importance, as the position commands
the road between La Bassee aud Lille.
Furthermore it makes the German hold
on La Bassee insecure and gives a base
for operation for the straightening of
the allies lines in front of Lille.
The Advance Unexpected
This advance was unexpected, as
lately the principal activity reported
from the British front has been in the
direction of the' other end of the line
near Ypres. The British are now
within two miles of the furthermost
point gained by General Sir Horace L.
Smith-Dorrien last October when, with
one army corps, in an effort to gain
Fournes, on the road between La Bas
see and Lille, he forced his way as far
as Albuers, two miles to the
of Neuve Chappelle, but after dWWr
ate fighting against tremendous TodiTs
was forced to retire A
Przasnysz Fighting Favors Gernnuis
News dispatches reaching here from
Berlin report the failure of the Rus
sian attempt to break through the
German lines at Augustowo, while the
battle of (.totrolenka continues. Accord
ing to this information which is from
official sources, the fighting to the
northwest and west of Przasnysz is
developing favorably for the Germans.
The British admiralty continues
sdlent concerning the operations in the
Dardanelles, but reports given out in
France set forth that armored fillips
have penetrated the narrows of the
straits. It is not considered likely
however, that the attack will be press
ed until land forces occupy both side*
of the straits. That such land forces
are almost ready for this tank is indi
cated by the report that a great
French transjiort licet has been sight
ed off Malta.
Berlin, Via London, March 11, 10.35
A. M.—Major Moraht, military expert
of the "Tageblati," explaining the sig
nificance of the French campaign in
Champagne, which, he says, (tlosed with
"a complete French defeat," declares
the city of Vouziers (on the Aisne in
the Department of Ardennes; was un
questionably the point which the
French sought to take.
"This city," he says, "commands
to a great degTee the northern entrance
to the Argonne and this district would
have been evacuated by the Germans
if the French had taken it ur else the
German front there would have been
forced into an angle toward t<he west,
where it would have been exposed to
attacks from both the west and south.
Another result would have been the
weakening of pressure oh Verdun,
which the Germans then would have
been able to menace only from the east
and southeast. Te tihe material aspects
of the victory must be added the phys
ical and moral effect on the enemy and
their heavy losses."
Eighteen Killed in Train Wreck
By Associated Press.
Madrid, Spain, March 11, Via faris,
10.50 A. M.—Eighteen perons lost
their lives and many others were se
verely injured last night when the mail
train from Vigo to Madrid was wrecked
in a deep defile in tfoe province of As
turias. The accident is believed to
have been due to a landslide.
By Associated Prett.
New York?, March 11.—Automobile
shares and iow priced railroad stocks
were bought in the late dealings. Profit
taking occurred in steel and other fa
vorites. The closing was firm. Mock*
displayed general steadiness to-day
with Increased activity and higher
prices in the specialties.