The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, April 13, 1915, Image 1
THE WEATHER FAIR TO NIOHT AND TO MORROW Detailed Report. Pace • uS A 4 l Z ED VOL. 77—NO. 111. BOSS COPS HERE; ■MOODS! Police Chiefs in Our Midst Swapping Views on How to Trap Wrongdoers IBACH EXPLAINS BERTILLON PLAN Colonel Hutchison Tells of Economic Value of Identification Bureau — Tillard, of Altoona, Calls for Civil Service and Pension System Chief Joseph B. Hutchison, of the Harrisburg Police Department, spoke at the opening session of the Pennsyl aSSSk CHIEF JOSEPH B. HUTCHISON Head of Harrisburg's "Finest" Ad dresses Visiting Sherlock Holmeses vania State Association of Chiefs of Police, in the Board of Trade auditor ium tlii* afternoon, on the economic value to the taxpayer of a police iden tification bureau such as Harrisburg has in operation, lie was assisted by City Detective Joseph W. Ihach. who has charge of the local bureau, in a demonstration of the system. "Were every criminal caught imme diately upon the commission of his first offense and weie every crime punishable by death or life imprisonment, there would be small need of an identification bureau,'' said Chief Hutchison, "but every criminal is not caught and the majority that are get freo again, after seiving time, and most of them begin again to ply their crooked trades. "For example, a criminal is arrest ed, measured and photographed in ac <oidance with the Bertillon system and his record placed on tile. At some time this man regains his liberty and commits another crime. Vou look up your record and photo and send copies of record and duplicate photo all over the country, and not only the police of the different cities are enabled to aid in the search, but the public as well, because a general description of the man and his photo can be printed in the newspapers." * Value of the Bureau Here Chief Hutchison described how the bureau was opened in Harrisburg thir teen years ago by the purchase of measuring tools and cards for the Ber tillon, and how later it was developed by the purchase of a cabinet and finger print out fit. Now. he said, Harrisburg has a bureau of identification equal to any in the country, "The money value to Harrisburg can hardly be esti mated." added the chief. City Detective Jbach, in charge of the Rertiljon system here, who trans ferred his card cabinets to the platform in the convention hall, demonstrated to thri policemen that the complete crimi nal record of a suspect, together with a full description of him, could be ob tained almost in an instant, no matter what alins the criminal was known to have used. The convention was opened with Conllnnrd on Seventh I'affe. E. <i. SMITH'S LEU AMPUTATED Hill Employe Undergoes Operation at Harrisburg Hospital Edward (i. Smith, of Philadelphia, clerk in the ollice of the State Fire Marshal, had his left leg amputated above the kneo in the Harrisburg hos pital yesterday afternoon. lie baa been suffering t'lom an infection due to rheumatism for a number of years and efforts were made to save his leg, but physicians who have been treating him in the hospital since March 17 decided that an amputation was neces sarv if his life were to be saved. The operation was successful and Mr. Smith's condition was improved this morning. His Harrisliurg home is the Bolton House. Martins Move Into Awning Home The flock of martins that maintain a summer homo in the awning over the front of the store of Bates & Co., 110 Market street, began arriving yester day, one day behind their arrival last year. There were but a few twittering around this morning, but the full mem bership will come back with another ell of warm weather. k «bc Star- iHhMt Stikpumknt ELOPING BRIDE OF 15 . EXPECTS TO BE FORGIVEN Renatta Bennett, Who Ban Away and Married Harry Stormfeltz, Still Is Kept From Husband By Parents— Friends Say Latter Will Relent A, very tearful little bride and a very uncomfortable but determined bridegroom to-day are awaiting the blessing of the former's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Bennett, 1642 North Third stroet, on their ro mantic elopement of last Sunday. On Sunday night, on her way to church, Miss Kenatta Bennett, 15 years old, met her sweetheart, Harry Storinfelti!, 21, and they decided to take a walk instead of going to serv ice. During the walk the young man suggested that they go to New Cum berland, wait for the midnight train to Baltimore, and go to that city and be married as soon as a license could be obtained and a clergymau found. This plan was carried out to the letter. Upon their arrival in the Maryland metropolis they were mar ried at the parsonage of a Lutheran church. The young people returned to Harrisburg last night and went to the home of the bride's parents. The rtiother sent S Drmfeltz to his own home and kept her daughter with her until the father, an engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad, should return from bis trip. Mr. Bennett reached home early this morninig and after a family con ference decided to accept the in evitable and not take any steps to ward having the marriage annulled as said, he at first intended to do. The parents, however, have not yet given their blessing to the pair but their friends expect it to be forthcom ing vcrv soon. Then the parents will let the bride go to her husband. The couple probably will take up their resi dence at the home of the bridegroom's parent*. 1230 1-2. North Sixth street. OPTION BILL JOT TO-NIGHT House Law and Order Committee Ex pected to Report It at Start of the Evening Session The Law and Order Committee of the Houso of Representatives met at 3 o'clock this afternoon to consider, among other bills, the Williams county unit local option bill which has the backing of Governor Brumbaugh. This bill will likely be reported out in the House at the opening of the session at 8 o'clock this evening. It will be on the first reading calendar to-morrow. There is usually a light attendance on Thursdays and it will I likelv not be called up for action on second reading before Monday night. To-day was the day fijted by the Ijaw and Order Committee for action on all of the bills before that body. SENATE TO MEET ON FRIDAYS Work Will Pe Rushed So Adjournment Can Be Taken on May 0 or IS It was stated 'in well-informed legis ; lative circles to-day that the 'House ; resolution providing for final adjourn , ment of the Legislature on May 6, which has been reposing in the Senate • Committee on Executive Nominations for some time, will be brought out about May 3 and adopted, provided i that the Senate can see the way clear | for she disposing of the important leg islation tha' is now coming to the front. If there are any signs that the work | cannot be completed by May 6. then I the day for final adjournment will be 'fixed tor May 13. It is understood by j those who have been consulted that the j day of fina' adjournment will not be j later than May 13. The sessions of the Senate this week 1 will be prolonged to Friday, and it is | understood that Friday sessions will be held every week until final adjourn ! ment. MAY ELECT FN THE PRIMARIES Bill Applying to the Office of Mayor Is Passed by Both Branches The Senate bill providing that 51 ! per cent, of the total vote cast at the primaries gives a candidate for mayor j unopposed place on general election ; ticket in third class cities was passed fnally in the House of Representatives j this morning, and now goes to the Gov ernor for his approval or rejection. This bill applies to Harrisburg. Tulip Drops Out of the Race The Dunn bill designating the tulip as the State flower was defeated by a i vote of 90 to 28 in the House of Rep ; rescntatives this morning. Mrs. Dull Sends Money tp Firemen Mrs. A. P. L. Dull, 211 North Front | street, to-day sent Fire Chief John C. I Kindler, as treasurer of the Firemen's Relief Association, SSO to be added to the relief fund together with her thanks for the excellent work done by the local firemen in saving sur rounding buildings at Bonnymeads when a tenant house burned on April 7. Well-Known Hotel Man Dies By Associated Press, Baltimore, April 13.—Dr. John L. Perry, one of the proprietors of tho United States hotel, at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., died here to-day. He was 75 vears old. HARRISBURG, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 13, 1915—12 PAGES. WILL HUM 10 CLOSE OP GAP Lynch Aniounces In tention to Ignore the Objections of River Coal Contractors HAS CONSULTED CITY'S LAWYER Head of Highway Department Says Only a Court Injunction Can Pre vent His Going Ahead With Im provement as Originally Planned William H. Lynch, City Commission er of Highways, following a conference with City Solicitor Seitz and City En gineer M. B. Cowden, at noon to-day an nounced he had deeided to close the gap in the river front wall at the Mar ket street wharf, with step sections, pre cisely the same as have been construct ed along the rest of the river bank. This was the original plan but it had been objected to. Objection had been raised to this plan 'because it closes the wharf used by con tractors who get coal from ,the river and for years have been using t'he land ing. They have even threatened to take the city into court to obtain an in junction restraining the city from clos ing the gap in a way to eliminate the ivharf. Similar threats were made by •ontractors when a perpendicular wall >vas proposed fir closing the gap. livnc'i vn.evi r, said to-day he is atisfied 'b" construction of the tep sect filler for the gap, is the only ian and that he nov intends ti H out unless preventer by legal action. The contention has been raised tha the deeds given by John Harris, found er of tHarrisburg, conveying river fron! land to the city forbid the closing ol the landing. City Solicitor Seitz, how ever, hns advised the Board of Public Works that the Harris deed is not :i bar to the proposed improvement. Com missioner Lynch said he believes the court would decide that it is without power to restrain the city permanently from making the improvement in the waj' proposed. As to whether the Oity will have sufficient money to finance the cost of closing the gap, Lynch said it will be answered within the next several days. His determination to go on with the work, he said, is rinil if approved by the Board of Public Works. That body always has been in favor of the steps rather than 'the perpendicular wall, he said. The matter will be placed before the Public Works Board at a meeting to morrow or Thursday. There will be no necessity for action by the City Commission, Lynch said, unless it is found necessary to appropriate addi tional money for the work. The Stueker Brothers' Construction Company, contractors now completing the river front work, have agreed to rebuild five sections of stepA adjacent to the gap and this work will be start ed first. Then the gap will be closed. That will be a matter of two or three weeks' work, said Lynch. Reservoir Park Courts in Shape Park Commissioner Taylor is plan ning to have the two upper tier tennis courts on the terrace in Reservoir Park facing Whitehall streot ready for use by Saturday. These courts were re-equipped with iron posts and new wire netting last year. The other courts will be ready by the end of next week. PROPOSES BMCE OF CITY REAL ESTATE REGISTRAR Mayor Introduces Ordinance Providing for It to Assume Duties of Old Board of Revision of man Would Lease Ball Grounds The office of real estate registrar, an official who will prepare « file of books, maps and papers covering all real estate changes and new buildimgs for the benefit of the city assessors, is proposed in an ordinance introduced at to-day's meeting of the City Com missioners by Mayor Royal. City So licitor Seitz recommended the passage of the measure. Some other cities of Harrisburg's size have had property registrars for years but Harrisburg, it is contended, iiad no need for such an official so long as the Board of Revision of Taxes and Appeals was in existence. That body was wiped out by the Clark commis sion form of government act. Deeds marking transfers of property or showing title to new property must be filed with the city registrar for his information before they are entered of record with the County Recorder. Penalties are provided for failure to do so and the act of 1889 makes it mandatory that the Recorder refuses to record deeds that do not contain the stamp of the city registrar. Certified copies of the registrar's data on any particular parcel of real estate may be obtained for sl. A proposition to release to the Pennsylvania Exhibition Company a part of Hargost's Island—the Old Tri-State baseball field—is contained in an ordinance offered by Commis sioner Bowman. Probably Nominal Bent The understanding is that in view of the fact that the Exhibition Company officers have confessed judgment in fa- Caatlaaarf aa rwtrik Faaa CRUISE OF WILHBLM AND PO UNIT E V D, k 7^3 MA mm - ) Kaf* r * * —w .rtO Ml (Ml ft . /^ n c c O" «'*Port* \?S' jf.VE NE 2 u fteRRA LEONECBrft^-^zzz^: k -X, £>*'7 V. SOUTH y V A', v> bR a z Try; / <=> c "T a ® Feb %^, y\BOLIVIA/ // /® K- I y I,J / . 1 ] \*c i • tit Janeiro V > if y&) Eimts'frKliwte. Hp "(J-* '^10605 «-pprox- route ! f r SQ3B Mflgi. Above is a map outlining the cruise of the Kronprinz Wilhelm from August 3, when she left New York, to April 11, when she arrived at Newport News, giving the approximate places where she met and sunk "her victims, as follows:—1, Indian Prince (British); 2, La Correntina (British); 3, Uuion (French); 4, Anne de Bretague (French); 5, Bellevue (British); (i, Mont Angel (French,; 7, Hemisphere (British); 8. Potaro ♦British); 9, Highland Brae (British); 10, Wilfrid M. (British); 11, Somantba (Norwegian); 12, Guadeloupe (French); 13, Tainar (British), and 14, Coleby (British). No. 15 shows where the Chasehiil (British), was stopped. TERRIBLE EXPLOSION IS REPORTER FROM SCOTLAND; Aberdeen, Scotland, April 13, 4.15 A. M.—The "Free Press" published the following telegram from Lerwick: "A terrible explosion has occurred. Harbor street was wrecked and many lives were lost. No details are obtain able as yet." Lerwick is situated on the east coast of mainland, Shetland Islands. It is defended by an old fort, dating from the time of C'romwell, and is one of the chief stations in Scotland for the royal naval reserve. Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland archipelago. London, April 13, 4.20 P. M.—The fatal explosion at Lerwick, Shetland Is- I lands, yesterday was the result of a j lire, according" to recent dispatches reaching London. Considerable proper ty was wrecked and four men and one boy lost their lives. CREW CAN LIVE 100 DAYS IN SUBMERGED SUBMARINE? i New York, April 13.—-It was an nounced to-day that a new storage but tery is being made for the submarine L-8, under construction at the Ports mouth, N. H., navy yard, which will do away with the danger to the crew of chlorine poisoning. It is claimed the submarine can re- j main submerged for 100 days without danger of asphyxiation to the crew. Miller Reese Hutchinson, chief engi neer at the Edison plant in Orange, N. J., made the announcement. ANOTHER HOPE FOR F-4 Divers Will Attempt to Reach Sub merged Submarine To-morrow By Associated Press. Honolulu, April 13.—George D. Stillson, chief gunner's mate in charge of the diving operations for raising the submarine F-4, submerged outside the harbor since March 25, said to-day four expert divers would probably make a descent to-morrow. With the appartus brought here yes terday by the cruiser Maryland and the use of a new method of supplying com pressed air, Stillson said the divers would be able to work at any depth to 400 feet. The work of adjusting the apparatus for the descent will be com pleted to-day. JOHNFTKEUDIESIN FALL United States Commissioner In York District Victim of Accident • at Rohrerstown By Assoqiated Press. York, Pa., April 13. —Attorney John F. Kell, United States Commis sioner in this district, either fell or jumped from a Pennsylvania railroad train near Rohrerstown, Lancaster county, last night and was killed. The body was found by a track walker after a special train had left here to search for the missing man, his absence from the train not being no ticed until it had reached here. He was 52 years old. ilium mm Fine 1 Patients In Chicago Hospital For Insane Save Lives as Build ing Burns 2,800 OTHERS IMPERILLED Fire Drill Works Without Hitch When Hundreds of Inmates of Institu tion Are Conducted From Building Burning Fiercely By Associated Press. Chicago, April 13. —Two huudred convalescent patients of the Chicago State Hospital for the Insane were rescued to-day from fire which de stroyed a frame structure used as an annex to the institution at Dunning, northwest of the city. Warned by previous blazes in the building, the hospital authorities had | prepared a fire drill which worked without a hitch. Some 2,800 other in mates of the institution guarded to prevent panic or undue excitement in the main building a few hundred feet away. The loss was estimated at $50,000. The loss is estimated at $5,000, chiefly on the building,, an the patients helped the fire fighters remove the equipment from the wards. NEWSPWJWMENT W. Rockhill Nelson's Last Thought Was That of Taking Care of the Public's Interests » By Associated Press. Kansas City, iMo., April 13.—Wil liam Rockhill Nelson, owner and editor of the Kansas "City Star," died at.his home here this morning. Mr. Nelson, who was 74 years old, had been in ill htyjjth several months and had been confined'to bis home since last Decem ber. Uracmie poisoning caused his death, according to physicians. Mr. Nelson took an active part in the management of the "Star" up un til about a month ago, when his con dition changed for the worse. Until then members of the "Star" staff gatli ured at his bedside several times week ly for the purpose of discussing with •Mr. Nelson questions of editorial |>olicy. At these conferences he would dictate editorials and outline ideas for cartoons and feature stories. Although his phy sicians constantly advised against the part he was taking, during the last few months, in the management of the pa "per, he refused to obey them, reminding them that it was in the building of the "Star" he had been happiest and that he would not be content without some thing to occupy his mind. During the last month, however, Mr. Nelson had been conscious only at in tervals. At each period his mind was clear and he constantly asked questions about his newspaper and the members of its staff. AUSTRIAN!? IN A FIERCE STRUCCLE IN BUKOWINA Paris, April 13, 5.10 A. M.—A fierce struggle continues in Bukowina, according to a dispatch to the "Petit Parisien " from Bucharest. The Austri- ans are reported to have dispatched twtf farmorod trains against the Russians near Rojana yesterday. They were met by a terrific fire from the Russian ar tillery. One of them crawled back to Czernowitz badly damaged but the j other was blown up. Austrian troops which followed the train delivered two furious attacks but arc said to have been repulsed. OSSOWETZISSHELLED BY GEMS, BUT LATTER LOSE London, April 13, 9.45 A. M.—The ' following semi-official statement issued j at Petrograd last night is contained in a dispatch to the Reute» Telegram Com- i pany: "Ossowetz was bombarded through out the day Sunday by eight-inch howitzers. The artillery of the forts replied, seriously damaging one of the enemy's siege batteries. The Germans tried to send four fire relief trains against the forts tfiit they were sunk. In the region of Jebwabno was active fighting in the tranches, during which bomb throwers were used." SETBACK FORTHE RUSSIANS IN CARPATHIANS, IS REPORT Washington,' April 13.—An official VVai Office bulletin from Vienna re ceived by the Austro-Hungarian em bassy here to-day said the Russian of fensive in the Carpathians hail been brought to a standstill and that counter attarks had broken the Russian line in several places. LATE WARLEWS SUMMARY The effort of the allies to drive back I the German wedge in the Meuse-Mo selle region continues unremittingly, ; but the official communications from both Paris and Berlin indicate that the ; German lines are holding. The Berlin i announcement speaks of a number of French infantry attacks with strong forces, which are said to have been re pelled. Small gains are claimed for the Germans in the forest of Lepretre. The French War Office refers only briefly to this fighting, saying that at several points the attackers made their way to the wire entanglements | of the Germans. Elsewhere over the western front there wag a lull yesterday. German aviators dropped bombs on three towns occupied by the British. A French battleship, with the aid of sea planes attacked a Turkish concen tration camp in the vicinity of Gaza, in Southern Palestine near the Egyptian border. This camp probably was es tablished in connection with the ad vance of the Turkish troops to the Suez Oanal. The statement of the French Min ister? of Marine announcing the attack Cmi tin lied am Kourtk rase POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. GERMANY IS NOT READY FOR PEACE No Basis For Report That Negotiations Are Being Consider ed to End Conflict CAN PROLONG IT INDEFINITELY Both Germany and Austria, It Is Bald. Have Within Their Borders Ample Means to Carry on the Conflict Against Their Enemies Rome, April 12, P. M., Via Paris, April 13, 8 A M.—lnformation obtained froin tho highest Gorman sources in this city is to the effect that there is absolutely 110 basis for the re port that peace negotiations under conditions are being considered in Ber lin. These reforts, it is said, are based upon ignorance of actual conditions in the German empire. The assertion is made that both Germany and Austria, particularly the former, have within their borders supplies of everything necessary to prolong the war indefi nitely. Well-informed Germans in Rome de clare the determination of the central empires to carry the conflict to the end will become apparent soon when the campaign is resumed wiih fresh vigor on both fronts, according to plans mapped out by the general staff during the winter. The same sources of in formation are atuhority for the state ment that not only can Germany pro vide enough food to supply her people, but that she has on hand a plentiful store of supplies for manufacturing arms and Ammunition. Britain to Buy Wilhelmina New York, April 13.—The case of the American steamship Wilhelmina, loaded with foodstuffs for Germany ami detained since February at, Faj mouth, England, has been settled, counsel for the owners of tho cargo, announced to-day. The British govern ment is to buy the .cargo and compen sate its owners for loss of anticipated profits in Germany. Ship Bombards Turkish Camp Paris, April 13, 11.18 A. M.—The marine ministry issued the following statement to-day "Yesterday a bat tleship, in conue-tion with French sea planes, bombarded the important Turk ish encamp ment in the neighborhood of Gaza." 200 VILLA ADHERENTS ARE EXECUTED. IS LATE REPORT Laredo, Texas, April 1 3.-—'Mexican : sokliers in Nuevo ijaredo to-day de i dared General Madovie Herrera had caused 200 Villa prisoners to be exe cuted yesterday after the Villa defeat near Huipachito, twenty miles south of here. The (,'arran/ji commander's only reply to Americans who questioned him regarding tho report was: "The prisoners have been disposed of." In his official report to Car ran 7. a i regarding tho battle Herrera was said | not to have mentioned any such execu tions. Ameicans familiar with the sit | uation were little disposed to believe i | tho stories although they apparently . ! were taken for true across the border from here. Hundreds of residents of Nuevo La redo went to the Huisachito battle field to-day to watch> the burning of M dead, killed in yesterday's battle, in , which it was said more than 200 Villa troops were killed. Heavy Rifle Fire, Pupils Dismissed Hy Associated Prtss, , ] Brownsville, Tex., April 13.—Uhil- I ! dien were dismissed from school in 5 West Browiwville to-day because of heavy rifle firing in the woods on the Mexican side of the river near West Brownsville. . I Reports Favorable Trade Balance 3 I By Assnciafed Press. Washington, April 13.—Secretary ' ! Redfreld roported to President Wilson ; to-day that the commerce department for the 'general trade figures showed a a favorable balance for the United 9 States of $17,679,267 last week. 'i'hiH was smaller than the balance the Veek t before. » WALL STREET CLOSING 811 Associated Press. , t New York, April 13.—Bethlehem , Steel rose to 153 in the final hour hut . lost all of Its rise towards the end. _ Coppers were the feature of the gen s eral list at smart gains. The doting was irregular. All other features of . to-day's active market were second- E ard to the movement In Bethlehem Steel which roee SI points, but yield ed all of Its gain in the final dealing*.