The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, April 14, 1915, Image 1
* , 1.1 THE WBATHEB FAIR TO-NIGHT ' AND TO-MOKBOVT j twtalM »m«t Par* I Si""".™'" VOL. 77—NO. 112. RACINE D ES; lIjRHEO Measure Providing For Commission Is De feated In Senate and Then Recalled ON POSTPONED CALENDAR NOW Senator Catlin Indicates Confidence In His Ability to Have Bill, Which Regulates Betting on Hones, Finally Passed by Legislature Horse racing in Pennsylvania was discountenanced emphatically to-day by the State Senate, when the racing com mission bill was defeated on final pas sage. Later a sufficient number of Senators agreed to give the bill anoth er chance and the vote of defeat was reconsidered and the bill was placed on the postponed calendar. The ultimate outcome of the strug gle is a question which is interesting men with sporting proclivities all over the state. The bill was introduced by Senator Catlin, of Luzerne, whb is lak iuk a keen personal interest in the proposition. It creates a state racing commission and makes general provis ions for horse racing anj also regulates betting on the races. Catlin seems to feel certain of getting the bill through. When the bill came to a vote *lB Senators voted "aye" and 15 voted '"no" and the bill fell for lack of the constitutional majority of 26. Neither Senators Beidleman nor Martin voted. Senator ( atliu at first voted "aye" but when defeat was apparent he changed to ,- no" so as to be in a position to move to reconsider. An hour or so la ter Senator McConnell, of Northum berland, moved for reconsideration and Senator Catlin seconded the motion. Opponents of the motion demanded a divisiou and the count showed 25 votes in favor of reconsideration and 7 op- Coatlßnrd on Ninth Page LOCAL OPTION Bl' IS <5 ! CAMPAIGN I " The local option bill was reported to the House this meaning by Representa tive \ ickerman. of Allegheny county. The Law and Order Committee yester day unanimously voted to report the bill to the House. Following the report of the bill, Rep resentative Glenn, of Venango, called up for consideration the resolution ask ing for an investigation of money ri-ised and expended in the last political campaign by the liquor dealers of Pennsylvania. The resolution calls for a committee consisting of three mem bers of the Senate and four members of the House to hold complete investi gations and authorizes expenditures for clerks and other help. Representative Kitts. Erie, moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on Elections and there were a dozen seconds to the motion. Representative Glen insisted on a roll call on the mo tion. The motion carried by a vote of 127 to 36. Representatives Wildman, Nisslev and Young voted with the ma jority and Representative Swartz was absent. Representatives Shoop and Goodyear, of Cumberland county, also voted with the majority. Representative Wilson, of Jefferson, introduced a resolution calling upon the State Veterinarian to furnish the House with a report of the operations and ex penditures of the campaign of the %tate Live Stock Sanitary Board against the foot and mouth disease. The motion was referred to the Com mittee on Agriculture. The Howarth bill requiring the li censing of barbers and regulating bar tering was defeated by a vote of 112 to 4S. The bill to place county officers in counties having fewer than 150.000 inhabitants on a salary basis and abol ishing all fees was objected to by Rep resentative Milliron. of Armstrong, who led in its defeat bv a vote of 151 to 20. The Mearkle bill enabling second class cities to construct and -maintain subways and galleries in congested dis tricts and empowering the Public Serv ice Commission to use the same was passed finally. The bill giving foreign corporations doing real estate business in Pennsyl vania the right to hold real estate was also passed finally Shortly after noon the House recessed until 8 o'clock to-night. WILL GRANT A HEARING OX "SOOTHING SYRUP' BILL Patent medicine interests got busy At the Capitol to-day with the result that the bill introduced by Senator Plymouth W. Snyder, of Blair, regulat ing the sale of infants' "soothing sy rups" and similar medicines, was sent back to the Senate Committee on Pub lic Health and Sanitation for a hear ing. The hearing will be held to-mor row afternoon at 2 o'clock. The bill j had reached the third reading stage in the Senate. The measure forbids the sale of any patent medicine for infants less than three years old if it contains any opi um, morphine, heroin or codeine. It specifically provides that the act shall in no way be construed to forbid a practicing physician from prescribing any medicine containing any of the drugs mentioned. Senator Snyder, who is a retail drug gist, living in Altoona. says that the bill will be passed. He agreed to the hearing as a matter of courtesy. * ®l|e Sto- Sirftepettitetit FIREMEN SAY COMPANIES GET TOD UTILE SUPPORT Members of Union at Mooting Last Night Assort They Must Often Moot Deficits—A. li. Pfctton Elect ed Delegate to State Convention At the meeting of the Firemen 's j Union held in the Mount Vernon truok house last evening, it was the unani mous sentiment of those present that more money was needed for the sup port of the fire department of this city, each company receiving annually about SI,OOO less than is appropriat ed to fire companies in other eities of this commonwealth, known as third I class cities. Frequently say the fire man they have to chip in to make up , deficits on horse feed, harness supplies, horse shoeing, and other necessary ! items. They are preparing for a car j nival on May 17, to raise money to j help meet these and other necessary expenses. The firemen ask for six smoke'-pro • tecting helmets, two to be placed on 1 each hook and ladder truck. The im portance of these line been made very manifest at recent fires, they "assert. They also ask for a revised map, one for each company, showing tlie location of all the fire plugs in the ' city. It seems that now and then a ! plug is changed from one locality to | another, and that new plugs are put ! iu without any notice to the lire de ! partment. A. L. Patton, of the Reilv hose, was elected delegate to the next State I Bremen's convention. Copies of the | new constitution and by-laws of the ! Firemen's Union were handed to the members. Comments were made upon j the unusual number of fires in our city since the first of January, and ' the email comparative loss attributed | to prompt service. There were no complaints of police , interference since the March meeting, i and all seems to be harmony again. 1 The Firemen's Union did dot deem it I wise to take any action on the propos- local option law, since no instruc- I tions from the various fire companies on the subject had been received, j It was decided that hereafter when j sermons are delivered by chaplains to • the respective companies, that all the other fire companies be invited to the services. Messrs. Avars, of the Wash i ington: Wert, of the Citizen; Rahn, jof the Friendship; Tawney. of the j Royal, and Patton, of the Roily, were I appointed a committee on social ! events. I ____ ITS "4-TO-1" IN BRADFORD Msyor of That City Discusses "Split Vote" Among the Commissioners I .Mayor Spencer D. DeGrolier, of I Bradford, who with the Bradford chief lof police, is iu Harrisburg this week attending tho convention of police chiefs, said this morning he was much | surprised when he read Harrisburg newspaper stories last evening of the weekly meeting of Harrisburg's Cora j missioners and saw nothing about "split voting" by the well known "3 | to 2" method. The Bradford Mayor laughingly re ; marked that the Bradford City Com j mission has its "tips and downs some , times, but not frequently," but he , added that when all is not hayuonious, j the voting goes "4 to 1." The Mayor covets the honor of frequently toeing in the minority. | PLANETS CLOSE TO ECLIPSE Will Seem Almost to Touch, Although About 400.000.000 Miles Apart ! A close approach of the two prin ' cipal plants in the morning sky, Jupiter and Venus, will be visible here to-mor i row morning between 4:30 and 5 o'clock. At that hour they may be seen rising almost due cast and will be sep arated from oile another by less than half the distance across the face of the moon. They will actually 'be more than 400,000,000 miles apart. The brighter one is Venus, the other Jupiter. About 11 o'clock to-morrow they will '■begin once more to separate, and by | Friday morning will tie five times as I far apart as they will appear early to | morrow morning." BRUMBAUGH ANDM'CLAIN CELEBRATE SAME BIRTHDAY Governor Is 5» To-day and the Lieu tenant Governor 51, and Their Friends Heap Congratulations Upon Them at the Capitol Senate routine was interrupted early this afternoon when Lieutenant Gov ernor McClain was in the chair. Sena tor Sproul, of Delaware, "father of the Senate," remarked upon the coincidence that the Governor and Lieutenant Gov ernor both are celebrating their birth day anniversary to-day, the former be ing 53 and the latter 51. Senator Sproul presented Mr. IMc- Clain in behalf of the Senators witli a vase of handsome "red roses of Lan caster." The roses, long-stemmed American beauties, dotting heavy banks of foliage, were borne to the head of the main aisle bv two pages while Senator Sproul was speaking. They were set in a vase four feet high. Senator Sproul made some congratulatory remarks to which the Lieutenant Governor replied. The Senate then took a short recess, during which the members, attaches and other spectators crowded about the Lan casterian to extend their good wishes in •person. Governor Brumbaugh put in fhe same kind of a day which has characterized his entire administration. He seeming ly was the only person on the hill ignor ant of his birthdsy anniversary and was too busy in conferences about his local option fight and other matters to receive more than passing congratula tions. \ * HARRISBURG, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING. APRIL 14, 1915 14 PAGES. WILHEtI WANTS TOGOTJIHK German Raider's Com mander In New Move to Take His Ship From Newport News AN AMERICAN AMONG CREW? Details of Sensational Sinking of Brit ish Steamship Bellevue, One of the Wilhelm's Fourteen Victims of the Sea, Told by Members of the Crew By Associated Prefa, Newport News, Va., April 14. —Ex- pecting permission from Washington to move into dry dock, Captain Thierfeld er, of the German commerce raider, Kronprinz Wilhelm. to-dav ordered his I vessel made ready to proceed up the James river from her anchorage. The | examining board from the Norfolk navy ' yard was due at any time to check up on his outline of repairs necessary to mako the ship seaworthy. The German commander did not complete his inquiry into the national ity of members of the Wilhelm's crew ; last night, as requested by Collector | Hamilton, but promised to ascertain to | day whether any naturalized Americans are aboard the ship. At least one ! American is believed to belong to the | crew. Details of the sinking of the Brit ! ish steamship Bellevue, one of the Wil helm's fourteen victims, stated to-day j by members of the crew, reveal that I the British ship was held as a prize | for 16 days before she was sent to the | bottom. The Bellevue was bound from j Liverpool to South American ports with | key and some oxen when she was cap tured by the Wilhelm December 4, last She was moored to the Wilhelm with strong cables and stripped of ev erything or value after her coal had been taken aboard. hen the French steamer Mont Agel was sighted the Bellevue was Jeft in charge of a prize crew while tit Wil helm gave chase and finally sank the Frenchman by ramming. Then, on De j cember 20, after all movable parts were securely lashed down, in order j that nothing might be left floating upon the surface to give tne British cruisers : a clue as to the Wilhelm's whereabouts, , the Bellevue was scut to the bottom. : Newport News, Va., April 14.—The German commerce raider Kronprinz : Wilhelm, it was learned to-day, is in j need of boiler tubes which eannot be : supplied at this port and must be man ufactured elsewhere. To procure and j install the tubes, it is said, would re quire at least three weeks. FUNSTONIMIf FRONT U. S. General Will Take Personal Charge in Recent Alarming Con ditions in Mexico By Associated Press, Washington, April 14.—Major Gen eral Frederick Funston, commanding the American forces on the Mexican j border, is en route to-day from San i Antonio to Brownsville, Texas, to take | personal charge of the situation there, I which has again become threatening in 1 consequence of the falling of Mexican i bullets into American territory, j According to Reports from Mata moros to the Carranza agency here to day, the sortie against the Villa troops yesterday resulted in the killing of 300 of the besiegers and the capture of ! many -prisoners, with 200 horses, sixty j mules and four machine guns. Mexican Refagees Sail for XT. S. Galveston, Tex., April 14.—The United States army transport Sumner sailed early to-day for Tampico where she will take on about 300 refugees who desire to return to the United States. SUIT AGAINST THE COLONEL William Barnes' Complaint Against Roosevelt to Be Argued Monday By Associated Press. Syracuse, N. Y., April 14.—Arrange ments for the trial of the $50,000 libel suit of William Barnes, of Albany, against Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, which will be called before Justice Wil liam 8. Andrews next Monday, were completed and aipproved at a confer ence hera last night. Special tables for use of fifty newspaper representatives will be constructed. Chief of Police Caden announced that guards will be assigned to both Colonel Roosevelt and Mr. Barnes. Misses Bolt, Kills Father of 6 By Associated Press. Sunbury, Pa., April 14. F. C. Schope, married, and a father of six children, was killed to-day when John Gaugler,swinging a hammer at the Penn sylvania railroad car shops, missed a bolt he was aimiug at and struck Schope on the head, fracturing his skull. WANT CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS FOR POLICEMEN Chiefs Invade Capitol to Appear Before the Senate Judiciary Special Com mittee—Williamsport to Get Next Convention—Old Officers Re-elected Determined to fight for civil serv ice for police in third class cities of Pennsylvania and to work for pension funds for policemen of all classes tho chiefs of police attending the conven tion of the State Association this aft ernoon determined to show the Senate Judiciary Special Committee at a hear ing this afternoon thnt there is a popular demand for civil service. This legislation has been backed by the con vention. All of the plans for future better ment of police in the state depend on this issue, according to the policemen. To remove political control from police departments would work for a more intimate co-operation bctweou the mu nicipal and state police, which subject was taken upon by George F. Luinb, deputy superintendent of the state po lice. last evening at the annual ban quet which was served in the Board of Trade hall. He also advocated a state bureau of identification, similnr to one now in operation in Albany. This subject was brought up by City Detective lbach, who has charge of the local bureau of identification. The convention closed this afternoon with an automobile ride over the city, which ended at the capitol. Williams port was selected as tho place for the next meeting. The following officers were re-elected: President, J. N. Tillard, Chief of Po lice of Altoona; vice president, Charles F. Evans, chief of the L. V. R. R. police of South Bethlehem; secretary, George W. Harder, Chief of Police of Williamsport; executive committee, James Robinson, Superintendent of Po lice of Philadelphia; Joseph B. Hutchi son, Chief of Police of Harrisburg; Manfred Narr, Chief of the P. anil R. police of Philadelphia; L. B. Day, su perintendent of Altoona, and William B. Thomas, Chief of Police of Jenkin town. > SAUL OPPOSES HIS NEPHEW Says Miss Saul, If Anyone, Should Be Made the Assistant Principal Millard F. Saul, member of the School Board, denied this morning that he is backing his nephew, Bertram W. Saul, a member of the Central High school faculty, for a position that may be created of assistant principal of that school?* "I am not in favor of Bertram Saul for the place," he said, "and I am making efforts to learn where the story started that it is my plan to place Ber tram there. If I favor anybody for that position it will be my sister. Miss Anna M. Saul, who has virtually been prin cipal of fhe Central High school since Professor Steele was taken sick and since his death. '•Bertram was a candidate for the principalship and it is said that he was given to understand that there was op position to him. i.ic first the members of the board heard of a plan to create an assistant principalship was last Sat urday when some directors were cskej to support the suggestion." HOPE ENGINE IS SENT AWAY It Will Be the First SteameT to Be Equipped With Motor Tractor The first Harrisburg steam fire en gine to be equipped with a motor trac tor, under the contract awarded by the City Commissioners on April 6, will be that of the Hope company, which was sent to-day to Hoboken, N. J., to the factory of the Front Drive Motor Car Company to be equipped in that way. The steamer will returned to Har risburg in ten days, according to as surances given to Fire Chief John C. Kindler. Meantime the Paxton steamer will be placed in the Hope engine house and will cover the Hope district and the central part of the city. Other steamers will be sent away as soon as the Hope engine is back in service. TWO BIG LEAGUES START. BASEBALL SEASON TO-DAY Tener Gives Optimistic Forecast Re garding the Race in the National— This is "Lajole Day" In Philadel phia—Fine Weather Everywhere By Associated Press. New York, April 14.—For baseball fans throughout the country this was the most memorable day of the year, the day for which they had waited six long months, the day of the opening of the big leagues season. The Washing ton weather bureau promised fair weather to greet the thousands who were to gather in baseball parks in the East, and the West to welcome old favorites and new faces on the dia monds in the American and National leagues. All the disputes and legal tangle ments of the winter wero temporarily thrown into the discard so far as the spectators were concerned at the sig nal to play ball. In accordance with the custom, the great game was to re ceive official endorsement by President Wilson in Washington, in tossing the first ball upon the diamond, while Miayor Mitchell, in New York, and other officials in various cities per formed similar functions. President Tener, of the National League, former Governor of Pennsyl- CwtUui ok Ninth Pave, THE FORMER PRESIDEN ■ WHOHASJUSTLANDEDIN I\ general vctowano HUERTA General Vietoriano Huerta. dictator of Mexico until ousted by the United States, arrived in New York recently, and declared that he was not think ing of Mexico, or of starting any revolution to regain his lost control, but that he came to attend to personal and family business. Despite his as sertions he was kept under close surveillance by government agents. JAPM PERMITS GERIANSTI LAID I I ... - : Passengers Rescued From Minnesota En ter Robe Under U. S. Consul's Escort WRECKED SHIP STILL ON ROCK Among Americans Reaching Yokohama From the Steamer Are Wife and Children of Philippines Governor General Harrison By Associated Press. Kobe, Japan, April 14.—Because of the heavy passenger lists of steamers sailing soon for American ports, con siderable difficulty is being experi enced in making arrangements for transporting to the United States the persons rescued from the Minnesota, which struck a rock Sunday night at the entrance to the Inland sea. Sev eral will sail for San Francisco to-mor row on the Manchuria, while the Pa cific Mail Steamship Company will pro vide extra berths for others on the Tamba Maru, which sails on the 17th for Seattle. The German passengers on tho Min nesota who were brought here by the Oanfn have been permitted by the For eign Office to land under the escort of the American consul on condition that they remain in their hotel until their departure. The Minnesota still is pivoted on the rock which tore a hole in her bow. The entire bow is visible at low tide. Only one hold was damaged and the cargo is being shifted aft. The steer age passengers have been removed. Yokaha.na, April 14. —Mrs. Francis Burton Harrison, wife of the Governor General of the Philippine Islands, and her children, who were passengers on the steamer Manchuria, arrived here to day. Other passengers of the wrecked steamer who have reached Yokohama confirm the previous statements that there was no panic when she struck and that after the accident many of the passengers went to their berths for the night, while others spent the night in the salon^ playing cards. Wilkes-Barre Officials Here t Mayor Kosek, Finance Commissioner Bennett and City Solicitor McHugh, all of Wilkes-Barre, were in the city to-day to attend tho hearing before the Legislative committee on the bill intended to repeal the anthracite coal tax law. Warren Van Dyke Named Deputy Warren Van Dyke, of this eity, for mer secretary of the Democratic State Committee, was named yesterday by B. F. Davis, newlv-appointod Collector of the Ninth Internal Revenue district, as his deputy. SAYASTATEOFSIECEFOR AUSTRIA IS NOW APPARENT Rome, April 14.—A dispatch from Trent telegraphed from the frontier to the "Idea Jiaxionals,'' quotes an ofli £ial who ha« just returned from Vienna •as authority for the statement that a state of siege •probably will be proclaim ed soon in Austria because of the un rest resulting from the Russian advance across the Carpathians. Wealthy Hun garians are said to be making hasty preparations for flight. The "Idea Xazionale" correspond ent says he has learned from the same source that Emperor Francis Joseph has decided to cede to Italy the so-called "Italian provinces." This report is considered in Rome to be entirely with out foundation. THE AUSTRMTREAT AFTER DESPERATE BATTLE Lemberg, April 13, Via Petrograd, j April 14 and London April 14, 3.45 P. . M.—ln a desperate attack by the Rus sians on the right flank of the Austri jan position at Mezolabercz, on the ! Hungarian side of the East Beskid | mountains and about fifty miles south of Permysl. the Austrians were forced I after a 12 hour battle to make a re treat. Tho whole main crest in this dis trict which the Austrians considered I to be impregnable now is in ' Russian hands. Last Struggle for Carpathians London, April 14, 12.45 P. .u.—The struggle for the last of the Carpathian passes remaining in the hands of the Germanic allies still holds the center of the war stage. In London the critical importance of the series of fierce battles being waged along the eastern front from Bartfeld to Bukowina is so fully recognized that tho activities in other fields, appear relatively of minor im portance. HOPE BENEDICT CONTRIBUTES i *50,000 FOB BELGIAN PEOPLE Rome, Via Paris, April 14. —Pope Benedict has sent to Cardinal Mercer $50,000 for the Belgian suffers from the war. Accompanying the donation was a letter expressing the pleasure [ of the Pope that rolief committees for the Belgians had been formed in vari ous countries. The Pope also sent $5,000 to tho bishop of Cracow for the Polish war sufferers. Greater Danger Than War Petrograd, April 14, 12.35 P. M., via London, 2.4>5 P. M.—The chief of the Rumanian oanitary corps has dis covered cholera bacilli ami other in fectous disease germs in the waters of the river Pruth which for part of its course flows along the boundary be tween Rumania and Russia. Cotton Not Contraband Says Britain London, April 14, 3.16 P. M.—The British government has decided against placing cotton on the contra band list. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. TURKS OPEN HOSTILITIES AFTER LULL Fighting in Dardanelles Is Resumed With Sultan's Forces Tak ing the Offensive SAYS RUSSIANS GET BIG CHECK Austrian Official States Czar's Troops Were Given Terrible Setback In the' Carpathians, but Denial Is on Heels of Story After a prolonged lull in the opera tions at the Dardanelles, lighting has been resumed on a small scale. An of ficial report from Constantinople says the batteries at the entrance to the straits were bombarded yesterday and that a cruiser and destroyer were struck by the Turkish fire. Messages from Vienna to Rome quote an Austrian official as saying that a state of siege probably will be proclaimed in Austria, on account of popular unrest occasioned by the ad vance of the Russians through the Car pathians. It is reported also that Em peror Francis Joseph has decided to mako the territorial concessions desir ed by Italy provided that nation will take up arms for Austria and Oer many. This report, however, is not generally credited in Rome. The Austrian announcement that the Russians have been checked in the Carpathians is disputed at Petrograd, , where it is said that further advances j have been made. Uzock Pass apparent -Ily is the key to the situation, and on account of the strong forces of Aus trians and Germans massed in this dis : trict, the Russians have been unable to force their way through. The last Russian official report, .however, an nounced the capture of three villages j and 2,700 prisoners in the fighting j near the pass. The British Parliament meets to-day for consideration of some of the lm ! portant collateral issues presented by the war. It is expected the liquor prob i lem will bo discussed and the goveru -1 m«nt may announce its decision in 1 favor of a measure to enforce temper -1 ance or prohibition. Announcement also is expected concerning the govern ! ment's plan for utilizing the nation's resources for the manufacture of war munitions. After a twelve-hour battle the Rus sians have captured another section of the mountain barrier between Galiciz and Hungary. A dispatch from Lem berg. Gallcia, tells of a Russian attack on the Austrian forces at Mezolaorcz, in the East Beskids. The Austrians were forced to give ground and It is said the main mountain crest in this section, considered impregnable, has passed to the hands of the Russians. This battle was an Incident in a struggle of unusual severity now in progress along a front of more than 100 miles from Bartfeld, Northern Hnn i gary, to Stry, Eastern Gallcia. Petro | grad reports that both sides are at ; tacking simultaneously and that the : losses are heavy. The Austrians In Bukowlna and the Germans in North ern Poland are making small movc \ ments, Interpreted in Petrograd as in tended to force the Russians to with draw some of their troops from the Carpathian front. \ In France and Belgium only small engagements occurred yesterday. The ; official report from Berlin mentions | several French attacks in the Meuse ! Moselle region, where the fighting re cently has been most severe, but says the Germans made a successful resist ance. NEW SENSATION IN WHEAT Prospects of World Shortage Shovel Prices Skyward By Associated Press. Chicago, April 14.—Pros F i;ets of a world shortage in wheat available for immediate .shipment resulted to-dav in a sensational bulge in prices. Business suddenly assumed large proportions in the last hour of trading and prices fluctuated wildly, jumping up at the rate of 1-2 eent between transactions. May wheat rose swiftly 6 1-4 going 163 as against 156 3-4 at the close last night. The :idvanee was to within four cents of the topmost level since the beginning ot the war. Increased Woolworth Dividend New York, April 14. —Directors ot' the F. W. Woolworth Company to-day declared a quarterly dividend of 1*54 per cent, on the common stock, an in crease of % of 1 per cent. This places the stock on a 7 per cent. basi*. WALL STREET CLOSING New York, April 14. —Pressure of profit-taking became more pronounced in the final hour, lowest prices of the day then being registered by many leaders. The closing was irregular. Speculation was again extremely ac tive and broad to-day with all around gains. These were subsequently reduced or effected on extensive realising.