The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, March 20, 1915, Image 1

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I Detailed Report. Pace • i
ftT A ? , , , :" FD VOL. 77—NO. 91.
Destruction of the
British Battleships
Irresistibleand Ocean
and the French Bat
tleship Bouvet in the
Dardanelles Not the
Result of Floating
Mines. Is Turkish
Official Statement
British Cruiser Inflexi
ble Also Badly Dam
aged in the Fighting
—Shell Exploding on
Her Deck Is Reported
as Having Rilled 40
Men and Wounded
Many Others
Constantinople, via Berlin By Wire
less to London, March 20, 9 A. M.—
An official statement issued from Turk
ish headquarters says the sinking of
British and French warships in the
was due to "torpedoes"
find adds:
"A hard eoven hour fight ended
with suet ess for our forts. Beyond
slight damage to the earthworks, no
tiamage was done the fortifications.''
According to statements made yes
terday by the British and French ad
miralties, the British battleships Irre
sistible and Ocean and the French bat
tleship Bouvet, which were sunk in the
Dardanelles, were blown up by float
ing mines.
•14 Saved From Bouset's Crew
Paris. March 20, Via London, 4.4S
T M.—Official announcement was
made here this afternoon that 64 men
liaxe been saved from the crew of the
French battleship Bouvet, suuk iu the
Dardanelles March IS.
The losses on the other ships of the
French division which took part iu this
action are declared to be very slight.
The British Admiralty's Beport
London, March 20.—The British
admiralty lajt night announced that in
a general attack by the allied fleet
Thursday on the Dardanelles fortress
es, the British battleships Irresistible
and Ocean, and the French battleship
Bouvet were suuk by mines. The bat
tle cruiser Inflexible and the French
battleship Gaulois were so greatly dam
aged by the Turkish tire that they had
to withdraw.
The admiralty statement says that
virtually the entire crew of 6c'l men
of the Bouvet were lost. French of
ticial reports, however, state there is
reason to believe that part of the crew
was rescued.
Sixteen warships with a total ton
nage of 231,598, were engaged iu the
Dardanelles, while from the Gulf of
other ships bonr'aarded Fort
Kiiid Bahr at long range. During the
battle there was a steady stream of
shells from more than 200 guns of
more than 6-inch calibre.
Vice Admiral Sackville Hamilton
Carden, who is ill, has been succeeded
in command at the Dardanelles by
Bear Admiral John M. de Robeck.
Forty Killed On the Inflexible
I'aris, March 20, 4.30 A. M.—No
attempt was made by the allied fleet
to develop to the fullest extent its
first general attack on the Dardanelles,
which was launched Thursday, says an
Athens dispatch to the Havas agency
which quotes a British officer as au
thority for the statement. Two thou
sand shell# were fired in a six hours'
bombardment designed to force a pas
sage to Kiiid Bahr and Chanak Kal
Fire from the Turkish batteries was
uninterrupted and violent according
to information obtained from other
sources, the Havas correspondent de
clares. The prow of the French bat
tleship Gaulois was touched bv a mine
but the damage can be repaired in a
few days. She left the straits and an
chored at the island of Navria.
One Turkish Fort Damaged
The British battle cruiser Inflexible,
which was hit on the bow by shells,
also steamed out of the straits cou-
C«tUnt4 M Twelfth l'ait.
She. Star- mmb Jtikpctikwi
Those on Board Lap*
land Witness Fight
Between Torpedo
Boat and Submarine
Captain of British Steamer Steers His
Vessel in Zigzag Course Under Full
Head of Steam to Dodge the Sub
marine's Torpedoes
By Associated Press.
New York. March 20.—Passengers j
aboard the British steamer Lapland,
which reached here to-day from Liver
pool, witnessed a battle in the English
channel between a British torpedo boat
| which escorted the Lapland and a Ger-
I man submariue. The Lapland, crowd- i
i iug on all steam, fled in a zigzag line j
from the combatants.
The Laplaud picked up her naval es- !
cort outside the entrance to Liverpool i
harbor. Before the steamer left Liver- i
pool it was stated that submarines were
|in nearby waters. Steamer and convoy
1 were not far from Liverpool when the
; torpedo opened fire.
The raider fired a torpedo at another
; \ essel. Passengers aboard the Lap
| land watched the progress of the missile
: through the water and saw it went wide
of its target. Meantime the torpedo
! boat's guns had quickened their fire to
a fusillade of shots. The L.ap!aud's
• aptain ordered full speed ahead unit
the steamer shot forward. To dodge
torpedoes and to afford ihe submarine i
poor target, the l<apland was steered
at intervals abruptly to port and to
starboard in a zigzag course. Running
at her highest speed, the steamer left
; the combatants behind aud made the
sal'etv of the open sea.
The Lapland carried 113 pasteagers.
In the steerage were two American
I boys, Harold and Howard Hudson, of
Bridgeport. Conn., twins, about 15 years
old. w ho had attended school near Lon
don. The boys wanted to see actual
warfare and enlisted in the British
army, giving false ages and not men
tioning their nationality. Their par
ents in this country learned what had
happened and invoked the aid of the
State Department to secure their re
lease. Through the efforts of Ambassa
dor Page at Londou the two boys were
j released.
London, March 20.—The casualties
; reported sustained on the British cruuei
i Amethyst were the result of a smart
1 piece of work which she performed tn
I the Dardanelles when, it is stated, she
: was entrusted with the difficult task of
I cutting the telegraph cable connecting
' Kiiid Bahr with Chanak," says the
(Malta correspondent of the Reuter Tele
gram Company. The correspondent eon
!• tinues:
''She succeeded in lifting aud cut
ting the ca-ble undetected, aud had start
ed on her return journey when she -was
! discovered. She then had to run the
gauntlet of forts on both sides of the
: Narrods, becoming the target of a
I veritable hail of fire. Going at full
i speed, although frequently hit, she sue-
I needed in getting beyond the range of
| the guns and reaching the entrance to
; the straits."
A Brifisit Admiralty re»|>ort issued on
| March 17, stated that in the fighting in
I the Dardanelles on March 13 the Ame
: thyst made a dash into the Straits. She
| was struck by several shells and had
; 23 men killed, 19 severely wounded
I and 13 slightly hurt.
The attack of the Dardanelles was
resumed yesterday, notwithstanding the
heavy losses of the allied fleet on the
preceding day. No official announce
ment has beeu made concerning the re
sult of yesterday's operations, but un
official advices are to the effect that
little was accomplished on account of
unfavorable weather conditions. A Con
stantinople dispatch says that the sink
ing of the British battleships Irresist
ible and Ocean and the French battle
ship Bouvet, ascribed by the British
Admiralty to floating mines, was due
to torpedoes.
i The Turkish positions on the main
land near Smyrna are being strength
ened and large reinforcements have
been sent to the assistance of the de
fenders. Eflorts are being made to re
pair the damage already done to the
defenses on Smyrna and to plant mines.
The new naval policy of the allies
Is now in operation against Austria, ac
cording to word which' has reached
Rome. The commanders of the Anglo-
French fleet In the Adriatic have been
notified to prevent transportation of
all goods to or from Austrian ports.
The government of the Netherlands has
Cmtlaaed aa Twelfth Put.
Five survivors of the American steamship Evelyn, sunk by submerged mines In the North Sen on February 10.
reached New York on board the steamship Matanzas. which brought a carge of dyestuffs from Bremen. The men
gave a vivid account of the mishap to their vessel They were picked up several hours later by two Qerman patrol
boats, which conveyed them to Heligoland, whence they were sent to Bremerhaven. The rest of the crew of twetity
eiglit, including Captain David Smith, will leave Bremen ou board another steamship. The five survivors were
dressed In clothing supplied to them by the United States Consul in Bremen, they haviug lost everything but what
they wore when the Evelyn was sunk They were "broke" to a man, and but for the kindness of officers of the
liatanzaa they would not have been able to leave the ship.
Announcement Made To-day of Award j
to Grayce Construction Company
of Contract to Erect $750,000!
Structure Across River Here
To the Robert Grayce Construction
Company, a Pittsburgh contracting'
firm, it was announced here to-day, ha* !
been awarded the contract to build the '
new mile-long, doable-track concrete i
arch bridge over the Susquehanna riv
er. from Mulberry street, this city, to
replace the present single track steel
structure of the Cumberland Valley .
Officials of the railroad company
would not say positively when the
'■ontraetors will begin actual work on |
the structure, but let it be knovcu that
the successful bidder has been in
structed to make preparations imme
diately for going ahead with the work.;
Neither would the railroad officials}
make public the amount of the propo- J
sal submitted by the Pittsburgh firm.'
which was the iow bidder of 38 com
panies that submitted (inures but engi- i
neers have said that the total cost of j
the bridge will run to the neighbor
hood of $750,000.
The bids of the thirty-eight con
tracting firms were opened by M. C. |
Kennedy, president of the Cumberland j
Valley Railroad, at his Chambersburg
office, ou Thursday of this week. Until
the engineers went over the estimates
and made comparisons the low bidder i
i was not known.
The new bridge will lie built one
| side at a time. The one-half to carry '
the south side track wiil go up first.,
I Work on the second half will be start- '■
;ed immediately after the first section j
jis put into service. Recently the Penn-|
sylvauia Steel Company completed its .
contract under which the present steel ''
i structure, carrying the Cumberland i
■ Valley tracks over the river, was j
moved bodily for eight and one-half
| feet northward to make room -on the 1
southern part of the piers for the first
half of the new structure.
About 45 spans will go to make up
the new concrete structure which will
be of the barreled arch type.
Downes Says State Superintendent Re
ceived It "According to Custom"
—Other Officials Paid
The payment of S3O to Dr. Nathan
j C. Schaeffer, State Superintendent of
I Public Instruction, for a speech before
the city teachers' institute, was dis-j
i cussed to-day by City Superintendent
F. E. Downes, whom the County Com- i
missioners yesterday asked to explain I
why such a charge should be made.
Dr. Downes said the payment was
i made "'according to custom" and that
j the S3O was not actualiv charged by
; State Superintendent Sehaeffer.
Under the State law the County
i Commissioners made a payment to
! ward meeting the expenses of the in
l stitute. The City Superintendent was
required to file an itemized expense ac-
I count. This showed S3O given to Dr.
Schaeffer, and the Commissioners ask
: ed Dr. Downes about the item.
The Commissioners did not protest
! amounts paid to Reed B. Teitrick,
■ Deputv Superintendent of Public In
struction, and I>r. J. George Becht,
i of the State Board of Edu
i cation, both of whom spoke at the lo
| cal teachers' institute.
Mrs. Ellen Heney, Delirious From
Fever, Plunges From Fifth Story
By Associated Press.
New York, March 20.—Mrs. Elien
Heney, editor of the "Woman's Maga
zine "published in Detroit, and writer of
short stories, plunged five stories from
her room to her death at her home to
day. She was delirious from typhoid
fever a f the tim- and made her way to
a window during a brief interval in
which her nurse had left the room for
MTS. Heney was 32 years old and
came to this city fifteen years ago from
Biughamton, N. V.
Westerners Ready to
Close For Opera
House Plot, Says an
Apparently Well-substantiated Story In
Circulation That Transaction Will
Be Closed Next Week With Weight
man Estate, the Owners
There was an apparently a well-sub- |
i stantiated report ill circulation to-day I
that the vacant ground at Third and
' Walnut streets, the site of the old
Opera House which was burned in
197, has changed hands; that it has
been purchased fcom the Weiglitman
estate by a western hotel company—
: name as yet kept secret—and that the
agreement transferring the property
j to the hotel company will be signed by
the purchasers in Philadelphia within
I the next few days, the attorney for :
i the Weightnmn estate already having i
i signed it. The negotiations are with a !
] view to the construction of a hand
! some new hotel on the site.
The report ia so definite as to have
placed the purchase price at $2-25,000,
I bat the names of those interested in
i the purchase have been kept secret.
They represent a large hotel company,
however, ami are convinced that Har
risburg needs a new hotel and that the
; best location for it is the site at Third
j and Walnut.
I Recently a representative of the
Star-Independent had an interview
with a representative of the Hamil
ton Hotel Company, of Indianapolis,
' and was informed that a project to
1 build a hotel here was in process of
I incubation, but no information could
j be disclosed at that time. It was said
I that negotiations were then in progress
I to obtain the Thftd and Walnut street
j site, and that a representative of the
Cußtinard an Twelfth Pate.
New Anesthetic Is Tried for the First
Time in a Childbirth Case in Har
risburg in Connection With Caesar -
ean Operation
"Twilight sleep" was used in child
birth for tbe first time in this city at
the Harrisburg hospital yesterday aft
ernoon and the results were to-day ■pro
nounced by the staff surgeons to have
i been entirely satisfactory. The sur
geons performed a Caesarean operation
while the patient was under the new
A boy was 'born to 'Mrs. Charles Fry,
24 years old, of West Fairview. She
was sent to the Harrisburg hospital yes
terday afternoon by her family physi
cian and her condition was such that
surgeons deemed it best to use "twi
light sleep." Both mother and child
are reported as resting well this aft
Tbe "twilight sleep" method has
been used here in other forms of sur
gery recently with succestt, patients re
covering sooner than under the ordi
nary anesthetic. There are now three
patients in the hospital who underwent
operations while under the influence of
< "twilight sleep."
He Passed Many fears in This City,
Helped to Found Ridge Avenue
Church and Served -As Pastor of
Stevens Memorial
The Rev. Theophilus Lessev Tomkiu
son, » former resident of this city and
one time pastor of the Thirteenth citreet
Methodist church, now B. F. Stevens
Memorial church, died yesterday after
noon at his home in
ware. He had lived in this city until
recently and attended Grace Methodist
church. He was a member of the Cen
tral Pennsylvania conference.
Mr. Tomkinson was born at Pultney
ville, N. Y., July 19, 1536. Coming to
this city as a boy to learn the potter
trade, be WHR eotrveTted here and joiuod
the Loeust Street Methodist Episcopal
church. He waa one of a group of young
men who founded the mission which has
developed into Ridge Avenue and St.
Paul's Methodist churches. When he
entered the ministry he was stationed
by the Philadelphia conference in Mary
land and Viriginia. When the Wilming
ton conference was formed he became a
charter member.
After tilling important appointments
in that conference he was transferred
in ISB7 to the Central Pennsylvania
conference ami stationed at the Thir
teenth Street church in this city. He
also served at New Cumberland, Ber
wick, Phillipsbnrg, Williamsport and
Mount Camel. After nearly half a
century in the ministry he retired be
cause of ill health and took up his resi
lience in this city. Recently he moved
to Wilmington.
Ho leaves his widow, two sons,
Charles, of Plain field, N. .T„ and Hor
ace, Seelmore, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs.
William Hunt C'arsou, of Cambridge,
Md.; three grandchildren, and a brother
and two sisters at 604 Boas street, this
city, the Kev. William E., Martha M.
and Ellen P. Tonikinson.
The funeral services will be held at
Grace Methodist church, Wilmington,
at 3.30 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.
At the arrival of the body here on Mon
day morning at 12.45 o'clock burial
will be made in the Bast Harriaburg
cemetery. Brief services will be held
at the grave. The Rev. Dr. John D.
'Fox will proba'blv officiate.
John Minsker and Two Sons Thrown
From Wagon in Collision Near
Home at Dauphin
Dauphin, March 20.—John Minsker,
of Clark's Valley, near this place, was
badly injured when thrown from his
wagon in a collision with an automobile
in the Narrows at 7 o'clock last night.
His two sons, Simon and John, who
were with him in the vehicle, were also
thrown to the road butyescaped injury.
Mr. Minsker was returning home
with his sons from a public sale near
Harrisburg, when his team was struck
by an automobile coming from Dau
phin. He was thrown to the road on
his head, and in a semi-conscious con
dition was hurried to the office of Dr.
A. C. Coble.
The horses ran away as the collision
I occurred and were not caught until
some hours afterward. The wagon was
entirely demolished.
Work on Second and Front Streets
Nearly Completed
Announcement was made this morn
ing by Superintendent Martin, in
charge of the construction work in
South Harrisburg by the Pennsylvania
Railroad Company, that all excavations
will be completed within a short time.
Two steam shovels have been constant
ly at work for the past several months
and all work on the excavating of
Front and Second streets is a'bout fin
ished. Work on the grading of the
streets, it is said, will start within
the near future.
Work on the erection of the new
steel bridge at Front and Mulberry
streets, spanning the subway, will be
started early Tuesday morning. A
large force of men will be placed- at
work and a huge derrick erected to as
semble the parts. It is believed that
the erection of the other bridge at Sec
ond street will follow.
To-night Is Final Op
portunity to See the
Best and Latest in
Managers Myton and Johnson Pleased
With Returns of Week—Exhibits
Better and Business Conditions
Steady—Auto Education Provided
•Harrisburg is about educated to the
mysteries of autnmobiling. Having had
two shows running since last Saturday
night, accommodating almost capacity
crowds for a week, exhibitors have but
to night to get the late auto-showgoers
in line. The gates will ciose at mid
night to-night on what has been the
most successful week of united effort
on the part of all dealers of self-pro
pel led vehicles for the general advance
ment of the business.
The horseless age has not arrived as
yet, but from a trip around the Kelker
street hall and the Arena, where twin
: shows are in progress, one is convinced
that that era is not far off. If you
have a business which takes you on
j short trips over the city, if you are rich
| or poor, there is a machine and it is
|on display at t>he automobile shows.
Cars for every known purpose are dis
; played and if you have not picked your
i machine at either of the shows it is be
cause you are nrtt in a business which
requires one, do not have the money to
purchase or have not been to the auto
This is not the fault of the ex
hibitors, who have spent every effort
to give Harrisburgers the opportunity
to make selections. They have produced
shows which include stock machines of
most every representative make. Me
chanical mysteries have been simplified
'by the exhibition of cut-out engines
and other working parts. It required no
Continued an Twelfth Pace.
i John Filer, Whose Kinsman Killed Wife
and Her Alleged Paramour in Steel
ton Twelve Years Ago, Is Sentenced
for Attempted Burglary
Echoes of the crime in which Wil
liam Filer, now a fugitive from jus
tice, shot and killed his wife and her
alleged paramour, in Steelton twelve
years ago, were heard in Judge McCar
"rell's side of criminal court last even
ing, when John Filer, said to be a
brother of the fugitive, was sent to
the penitentiary on a robbery charge
for a term of from feightcen months to
three years.
John Filer, -while intoxicated, broke
into the home of Mrs. Emma S. New
comer, 1423 Derry street, on the night
of March 10 and was captured before
he could make a getaway, the police
having been attracted to the home by
Mrs. Newcomer's screams. When Filer
was called for trial yesterday afternoon
he pleaded not guilty, but later made
a confession.
The defendant is 23 years old and,
according to his story to* the court, he
has been living in Harrisburg about
fifteen years, further than that he
would say nothing regarding himself.
Charles Mollere, 903 North Third
street, this morning was convicted on
charges of felonious assault and point
ing a revolver, growing out of an at
tack he is alleged to have made upon
his wife and Miss Annie Kretos at the
Mollere apartments a week ago.
Witnesses declared that Mollere had
made an attack upon his wife and also
shot at Miss Krebs when she entered
Coatlnned on Twelfth Pace.
Released From Almshouse Ward Where
They Had Been Under Treat
ment for Drug Habit
(Four women dope fiends, who during
i the last fortnight had) been receiving
I treatment at the Dauphin County
[ Almshouse, to-day were pronounced
'cured of the drug habit and discharged
from the institution. None of the
women had been permitted to use drugs
while being cured of the habit after
the federal 'ban on the sale of drugs
became affected on March 1, last.
In the male ward it has been the
practice slowly to diminish the size of
doses of drugs* that the patients are re
ceiving. No "cured" case have yet
'been reported in this division.
Police After Auto Speeders
Spring has brought out automobile
speeders, according to Chief of Police
Hutchison, and motorcycle policemen
have been ordered to keep a sharp watch
for violators of the speed law. Already
several scorchers have been arrested
and fined by Mayor Royal.
Spanish Ship Seized by British
By Associated Press.
London, March 20, 4.43 P. M.—lt Is
reported jthat a Spanish ship laden with
iron ore and proceeding to a German
port has 'been captured by a British
cruiser off Goodwin Sands in the Straits
of Dover and sent in to Jarrow ia
charge of au armed crew.
Accident at Steelton
Plant Most Costly,
Save One, in the Last
Thirty-five Years
500-pound Missile, Hurled Out Top of
One Building, Falls Through Roof
of Another 1,000 Feet Awty When
2-ton Flywheel Breaks
A two-ton flywheel, propelled by a
1,200-horsepower electric motor, flew
apart late yesterday afternoon in the
28-inch finishing mill of tho Pennsyl
vania Steel Company's plant in Steel
ton with such force that a 500-pound
section of the wheel was hurled through
the roof of the mill and, going a thou
sand feet further, crashed through the
top of the 4 4-inch mill. Damage done
to the buildings and more particularly
to costly machineiy installed in both
of them is unofficially estimated at
No person was injured, but several
workmen almost miraculously escaped
being struck by flying pieces of machin
ery. It was the most destructive mis
hap, except the burning of the mer
chant mill many years ago, Wiat had
occurred in the big Steelton plant since
November, 1879, when a 30-foot fly
wheel attached to the engine of the
roll traia in the old rail mill uruKe and
so badly damaged the woodon building
that it was replaced with a steel struc
ture the following year.
Cause of Accident a Puszle
The flywheel of the electric motor
that broke yesterday was but four feet
in diameter but was a solid piece of
cast iron. The cause of the wheel
bursting and separating into various
parts of unequal size could not be ex
plained by officials of the company this
morning. They said the matter was
being investigated. Men who worked
near the place of the explosion unof
ficially advanced the theory that the
wheel hail an unseen flaw and that the
high rate of speed at which the ma
chinery was operated caused the dis
integration of the iron circle.
At the time of the accident the
motor driving the new roll train was
being tested out. Without warning a
rain of heavy projectiles began, doing
damage more than 1,000 feet away,
but not one of the employes received
a scratch. William Shipp, a machinist,
standing almost against the motor, had
a particularly narrow escape.
One of the flying missiles struck
the electric crane over the hot bed and
damaged the operating machinery of
the crane so badly that it will take at
least two weeks to place it again in
Machinery Badly Damaged
One of the heaviest missiles to leap
into the air, estimated to weigh at
j least 500 pounds, rent a large hole in
| the roof over the 28-inch mill and was
hurled through spaco at least 1,000
I feet, finally coming down through the
] roof of the new 44-inch mill. It land-'
|ed with such force against the roll
j train table in the latter mill that that
piece of machinery was forced loose
from its foundation as if a giant had
plucked it up bodily.
Smaller pieces of metal hit steam
and waterpipes which were snapped!
| like pipe steams. Some machinery in
the nearby 32-inch mill also was dam
aged, but it did not suffer as much as
that in the other two mills.
Until the machinery is repaired,
which will take several weeks, the ex
act cost of the accident will not be
known, but it is believed it will ap
proximate slo, oob.
Son of Former Publisher of the "Pa
triot" a Victim of Appendicitis
'H. Frank Moßeynolds, Jr., born and
raised in Harrisburg, the son of the late
H. Frank M-cßeynoldg, at one time pub
lisher of the "Patriot," died at his
home in Waterbury, Connecticut, on
Thursday morning, after an operation
for appendicitis.
Mr. Mcßeynolus was taken seriously
ill on Saturday last, and his sister,
Miss Mary Y. Metteynolds, of the De
partment of Education, was summoned
to his bedside. Shortly after the oper
ation ho sank rapidly until he died on
Mr. Mcißeynolds was for years con
nected with the United Gas Improve
ment Company, as manager, but retired
several years ago. The funeral will b»
held to-morrow. He was 56-years old and
is survived by his widow and three
sisters, Mrs. Richard B. Zeigler, of Phil
adelphia; Mts. George McGowan and
Miss Mary Mcßeynolds. A "brother, An
drew McKeynolds, died in Philadelphia
a short time ago.
Fine Day to Mark Opening of Season,
Weather Man Says
To-morrow will be the first day of
spring. This is the official day set by
the sun itself years ago when the uni
verse began and discovered by astron'
omers after years of labor. Days and
nights will be equal in the distribution
of light and darkness.
The season will be ushered in by I
fine spring day, if the weather mat
can be taken seriously. He says Sun
day will be fair, without much change
in temperature. The minigium to-nigh(
/will be close to freezing and the maxi
mum to-morrow afternoon will reacl
about 45 degrees. This convbinatioi
will make a fine early spriug da.V an<
should bring out lots of pre-Hastei
suits and hats.