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AMERICANS GAVE THEIR LIFE RELTS TO
WOMEN AND PERISHED WHEN SHIPSANK
This Caused the Heavy-
Death Toll Among
Residents of United
States in the First
Took to the Boats
Until Thrown Into
the Water When the
28 MORE BODIES
Alfred G. Vanderbilt's
Secretary Not Yet
Able to Arrange For
the Chartering of
Tugs to Search For
—Coolest Group on
Board Doomed Vessel
By Associated Press.
Queenstown, May 11,—Sixteen
bodies were brought into Queenstown
this afternoon by a tug chartered by
the Cunard line. None of the bodies has
ds yet been identified.
Queenstown, May 11.—The body of
Albert Thompson, of Toronto, brought
in by an admiralty trawler last night,
nas tonnd drifting with wreckage near
the coast not far from the scene of the
Lusitania disaster, which leads to the
hope that additional bodies may be
found iu that vicinity. Several un
identified bodies also were landed at
Baltimore, 47 miles southwest of Cork,
hut the weather conditions are such it
i* not considered probable many more
will be found in that immediate vicin
ity and all hope of finding further sur
vivors now lias been abandoned.
A current of from two and one-half ]
to three knots races around Old Head
Kinsile and this has been augmented
by a stiff east wind which at the end
of eight or nine days may carry bodies
ashore around Cape Clear, on the West
Irish coast. The ■ winils ordinarily pre
vailing would have brought bodies
a*hore on the Atlantic coast of Corn
Cun:*rd Tug Hunting For Bodies
The CuiKird Steamship Company, !
after much trouble, has sent a tuy to
the scene of the disaster with the in- |
structions to run into the nearest cove
and inform Cunard officials hero if
even a single body is found.
There are indications that the heavy
death toll among the American men iii !
the first cabin was due to a scarcity of i
life many of them having given |
the life preservers they had obtained ,
to helpless women. There is a pre- |
ponderance of testimony that no |
American man got into a iboat until
after hS had been thrown into the
Vanderbilt's Last Moments
_ Webb Wade, secretary of Alfred G.
anderbilt, has not vet been able to
arrange with the authorities to comply |
with his request that all necessary
tugs be chartered at the expense of the
\ anderbilt family to search for other
bodies as well as that of Mr. Vauder
bilt. Until he heard the story of Dr.
Owen Kenan, of New York, Mr. Wade
believed his employer had entered one i
of the boats smashed against the Bide
of the ship, but Dr. Kenan 'p story is
so definite it is accepted generally as
the correct version of Mr. Vander
bilt's last moments aboard the ship.
Guided Women and Children
When the Lusitania was in her death
throes there was no cooler group aboard
than that composed of Mine. Marie De
page, Herbert S. Stone, Lindon \V.
Bates, Jr., and Dr. J. T. Houghton. The
last named was the only survivor of
the party. This little band guided vyoin
en and children, supplied life belts,
bound up the wounds of other passeng
ers and then plunged hopelessly into
the noa, having given up their own life
preservers. Another throng of anxious
friends and relatives arrived here last
night but the chances of identifying
more of the dead are remote as the
great pits in the cemetery are filled
w ith those buried as unknown while
other bodies which come ashore soon
will be beyond identification.
12 More Bodies Recovered
The number of bodies of victims of
the torpedoing of the Cunard liner Lusi
tania at Baltimore, a small seaport on
the southern Irish coast, was increased
this morning to ten. Two other bodies
have been brought ashore at Castle
townsend, near Baltimore. Of the bod
ies at Baltimore, sixe are of men and
. four of wunen.
The Cunard Line to-day dispatched a
tug to Baltimore to bring all bodies to
She Star- Snkpcn^cni
Queenstown. Relatives of survivors
who had planned to leave to-day are
going to remain over in the hope of the
possibility of making further identifi
cations. It is reported here that one of
the bodies at Baltimore had on it pa
pers bearing the name Harrison, Main
street, Bridgeport, Conn., and that on
another there was found the circular of
a firm called Florence & Company, tooth
brush manufacturers in Connecticut.
The tug dispatched yesterday evening
by the Cunard company to the scene of
the disaster to look for bodies had not
returned to Quemstown up to noon to
Indignation in Australia
Sydney, N. S. W., May 10, Via
don, May 11. —The deep indignation
felt throughout Australia at the sink
ing of the Lusitania should find immedi
ate expression in increased participa
tion in the war, was a statement con
tained in a resolution adopted yesterday
at the conference of Australian Pre
The conference also agreed to the
suggestion of Premier Holman. of New
South Wales, that a recommendation be
made to the imperial government that
| Great Britain shall not agree to any
i peace terms which do not guarantee
I that officers of the German Admiralty
j responsible for the orders given subma
; rines be handed over for trial by juries,
| charged with murder on the high seas.
Paris Press on Tragedy
Paris, May 11.—While the press
j continues to display intense interest in
the sinking of the Lusitania. the discus-
I sion in its editorial columns is now turn
ing more towards the political side of
I the tragedy and the prooable attitude
lof President Wilson. Much curiosity
j is displayed regarding the decision of
| the Washington government. The
j "Matin" believes the least the United
j States could do would be to expel the
BERNSTORFF GIVES BRYAN
GERMANY'S NOTE OFREERET
Washington. May 11. —Count Bern
storff, the Germnn Ambassador, to-day,
accepting as authentic the text of Ger
many s formal expression of regret fir
i the loss of Americans on the Lusitania,
• whiufi was receiv.sl in last night's news
j dispatches, formally presented the
| statement to-day to the State Depart
ment. The official text has not yet
reached the embassy because of diffi
-1 culties of wireless communication.
When the German Ambassador left
! Secretary Bryan's office he said he had
delivered the message forwarded from
"That is all I can say." he added.
"For anything else, I respectfully re
fer you to the Secretary of State.
While the Ambassador was talking
Secretary Bryan came out of his office
with an armful of documents.
"The Ambassador has just delivered
to me a note from his government
I which was carried in the press dis
j patches last night," said the Secretary,
j pointing to a document in his hands,
which he took with him to the Cabinet
meeting. Secretary Bryan was asked
if there was any discussion with the
German Ambassador concerning the
; nofe or the Lusitania matter. "Notli
I ing that I can talk about,' replied the
IMDhER SAYS HE'S WITH U.S.
Declares He Believes That to Be the
Attitude of Most German-Americans
(Special to tHe Star-Independent.)
New York. May 11. —Herman Rid-
I der makes the following statement this
I morning in the "Staats-Zeitung: "
| " 'What attitude do German-Amer
| icans take toward the German subma- !
riiie policy as evidenced by the fate of
their fellow citizens on the Lusitania?
" 'Are they with the President of the
United States or the Kmperor of Ger
many J'—the Evening Mail.
"I speak for myself anil, I believe,
j for the great majority of German-
Americans, when I say that we are
with the President of the United States
to the finish in all matters affecting
national honor or national prestige.
"I subscribe unqualifiedly to the
statement of I'arl Schurz: 'My coun
try, right or wrong; if right, to be kept
I right; if wrong, to be set right.'
"Does this satisfy the 'Evening
Mailt' "Herman Ridder."
WOMAN KILLED BY AIITO
Wife of Prominent Lehighton Citizen
Run Down by Hotel Man
By Associated Press.
Allentown, Pa., May 11.—Mrs. John
Obert, wife of the senior member of
the Obert Meat Packing Company, Le
highton, was run down and instantly
killed at 10 o'clock last night by an
automobile driven by Charles Christ
man, proprietor of the Central Hotel,
Lehighton. The wheels of the car
passed over her head, causing a frac
ture of the skull and a broken neck.
Mrs. Obert was returning from a
missionary meeting in company with
Mrs. James Kistler, Mrs. Grossman and
Mrs. 1. 8. Koch, all of whom escaped
injury. Christman purchased the car
last neck and was learning to operate
it when the accident happened. Mrs.
Obert leaves a family of six children,
one of whom, Miss Kate, is a nurse in
the Medico-Chi Hospital, Philadelphia.
Jitney Bill Passes Finally
The Whitaker House bill permitting
street passenger railway companies to
operate jitney lines in connection with
their system passed finally, by 35 to 5,
in the Senate to-day.
HARRISBURG, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 11, 1915—12 PAGES.
President Says Phila
delphia Speech Was
Not a Declaration of
NOTHING TO SAY
FOR THE PRESENT
Considering Very Earnestly and Calmly
Bight Course of Action to Pursue
and Says Country Expects Him to
Act With Deliberation
By Associated Press.
Washington, May 11.—President j
Wilson said to-day that his speech in i
I Philadelphia last night was not a decla-1
ration of policy in reference to the !
| Liiisitania disaster: that he was not!
I thinking of any such matter but of the i
; newly naturalized Americans in his au-1
The President used the expression i
that he was thinking of the ''Cain"!
some people were trying to raise.
The President said he would make |
j a decision on the policy to be followed I
in the Lusitania case as soon as he ha i !
all the elements in mind. For the pres- j
ent he had nothing to add, he said, to
his statement of last Saturday night!
j which was that he was considering
| "very earnestly but very calmly the I
right course of action to pursue and!
, that he knew the country expected him j
| to act with deliberation as well as .with
What the President Meant
The President made it clear that he f
I was expressing a personal attitude and
not referring to any specific case. That i
led to the belief in many quarters thati
the President had not reached a deeis ■
I ion in the Lusitania case and was
speaking his personal feelings as to the
; ideal the United States should have in
Continued on Seventh Puce,
Second Trolley Victim Dies
■ Mrs. W. S. Pipes, 415 Soutili Thir j
I teenth street, injured by the trolley
i car under which her "husband was killed I
j at Fourteenth and Derrv streets Sunday |
night, died late this afternoon at the i
Harrisburg hospital from a fractured
skull. Husft>ai>d and wife will be buried j
100 MADE HOMELESS WHEN
FLAMES RUIN FRAME ROW
Seven Houses Destroyed and Two >
Damaged In Swatara—Theory
That Blaze Was Started to Cover
a Murder Is Discredited
| (Special to the Star-Independent.)
j Swatara, Pa., May 11.—A fire
! which destroyed seven frame dwellings
and damaged two others, resulting in
an approximate loss of sl'o,ooo, oc
curred here yesterday afternoon short
ly after 4 o'clock in what is known as j
the Italian colony, near the Bradley j
quarries. The fire started near' the mid- i
die of a row of douible frame dwellings j
and is said to have been caused by an i
overheat flue from a stove.
An unconfirmed rumor, however, was j
afloat that a murder had been commit- j
ed, following which the row was set !
afire. When Constable J. A. Suavely, j
was asked concerning this rumor, he i
"There are several stories as to t'he
Continued oe Seventh Pace
CENTRAL IRONi STEEL CO.
LOST $116,439 IN YEAR :
Receivers' Report Shows That Its As
sets Depreciated «UOB,o49—Re- ]
duction in Business Is Attributed 1
by Them to the War in Europe
Attributing its reduced business to
the depression due to the European war
and declaring that the plant was oper
ated on a forty per cent, basis and at a
net loss of $116,439.10, while the as
sets decreased by $208,949.40 during
the year ended February 28, last,
Charles L. Bailey, Jr., J. V. W. Reyn
ders and James Cameron, receivers of
the Central Iron & Steel Company, of
this city, last evening submitted their
third annual report to the Dauphin
The receivers say that improvements
made to the plant during the year wero
confined to such as were absolutely es
sential and necessary for operation, and
that the cost thereof amounted to $31,-
677.43. The difference between the
$208,949.40 decrease in assets and the
Continued on Ninth P>«.
Leaves There After
Noon on the Way to
ALONG THE SEA
Trip Through South Jersey Constitutes
Second Day's Program in the Pub
licity Bun In Which 67 Cars From
This City Are Participating
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Stone Harbor, N. J., May 11. —The
sixty-seven cars participating in the
publicity run of the Harrisburg Motor j
Club began arriving here before noon
to-day. The 270 persons composing the!
party took luncheon at the Stone
The tourists left Atlantic City early
this morning on the second day's leg
; of the run and before arriving in this
| resort passed successively through
Pleasantvilie, Sonimer's Point, Oce'an
| City, Sea Isle Oitv, Avalon and other
smaller seaside communities. The
j weather was fine and the sea air brae-1
The noon checking took place here,
j After luncheon the motorists started
| for the afternoon spin which will land
| them in Wilmington, Del., where they
I will pass the night.
I Atlantic City, May 11 —The activi-1
i ties in the second day of the three-day;
publicity tour of the Harrisburg Mo
tor Club, started oarly this morning !
when the tourists left the Kudolph Ho
! Tel where they had spent the night
here. The scheduled route was through
j Sonimer's Point. Ocean City, Sea Isle!
, City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Penn's
| Grove and thence to Wilmington, Del., j
| where the second day of the big tour I
.will end. It was arranged that the
motorists would be met at a number of
j these places by prominent public men.!
j Dr. Harrib'iin W. Howell. Mayor of Wil
mington, will welcome them to that;
On arriving in Wilmington to-night
a big reception will be tendered the
tourists after which they will be the
j guests of the Chamber of Commerce
Continued on Seventh Page.
A DOG'S ACCOUNT OF TRIP
TO FLORIDA AND RETURN
i ■■ wp Sfc
MISS SABA EISENBEROER
and Her Dog Tessie
(By Bowwow to the Star-Independent.) |
New Cumberland, Pa., (May 11.—
Mv name is Tessie. 1 arrived from Se- j
bring, Florida, on Friday, where Ij
spent the winter with my mistress,
Miss Sara fiisenberger. She came
a few weeks ago and 1 stayed with j
Mr. aud Mrs. G. F. Bobb. *As they'
were returning to New Cumberland |
they shipped me. When I arrived 11
could scarcely wait to get out of the |
crate, and went trotting home, where j
I greeted the neighbors with a bark I
and made my owner very happy.
SebTing is a pretty place. I was!
the only Northern dog there and re-!
ceived much attention, yet T love New
Cumberland and the old Susquehanna
river much better than the Sunny
Boys and Girls!
Uncle Harry Talks
" The Neutrality
Read What He Has to Say
On Page 2 ,
VOTES FOI liEl
Antis and Suffragists
Have Speakers Be
fore Labor Conven
tion Here To»day
J. P. JACKSON ON
Rowan Wauts Resolutions Passed Ask
ing Governoi to Veto the Full Crew
Repealer—Says Steam Roller Ac
complished Its Work Last Night
The campaign for ami against the
passage of tfe constitutional amend
ment providing for votes for women in
Pennsylvania lias opened. Two speak
ers before the delegates to the annual
convention of the Pennsylvania Federa
tion of in the Board of Trade
hall debated the question almost be
j fore the convention ;vas organized.
More than 300 interested delegates
| from most all local labor organisations
i in the State heard the debate,
j Mrs. O. D. Oliphaut, of New .lersey,
! was imported by the antis to speak,
while the side of suffragists was pre
sented by Mrs. Gertrude Breslow Fuller,
|of Pittsburgh, who will mount the
| stump i:i the interests of votes for
| women from this on during the ram
Unable to Use Vote Wisely
Mrs. Olip.hant pleaded that the men
| do not add the political burden to the
; burden already borne hy the women,
I while Mrs. Fuller asked for equal suf-
I t'rage and organization so that the help
! lessness of the women could not be
I played against the men to the detri
ment of the latter, whose positions, she
; said, will be taken by women at less
Mrs. Oliphant said the women have
i demonstrated that they have been un-
I able to use the vote wisely where they
i have it. citing the case of Chicago.
! where the yeleeted a Mayor and did not
carry nut his municipal government
Continued on Klrventh I'nue.
| CRISIS NEAR IN ITALY?
On (he Italian Frontier, May 11,
Via Paris, 11,40 A. M. —The opinion
| prevails in Rome that Italy's partici
pation in war is only a question of
I days. Along the Austrian frontier,
j where the correspondent of the Associ
j ated Press has been from one of the
! line to the other, it is universally felt
: that war is a question of only hours.
j War between Italy and the central
empires is now regarded in Rome as ai
| most unavoidable. There is said to be
only a slender chance that an agree
ment will be reached. Military prep-
J arations are being pushed vigorously
; and political opposition to war appar
i ently has largely died away.
In Paris it is rumored Germany and
! Austria have declared war on Italy, but
; so far as is known there is no basis for
such reports. A Milan dispatch gives
what purports to be an offer of terri
torial concessions from Austria, de
scribed as unacceptable to Italy, inas
much as it excludes Triest and Istria.
GERMANY AND AUSTRIA TO
WAR ON ITALY, IS REPORT
Paris, LMay 11, 10.45 A. M.—lt is
being persistently rumored in Paris that
Germany and Austria-Hungary have al
ready declared or are about to declare
war on Italy in anticipation of such
I action on her part directed against
themselves. This report, however, has
I received no confirmation of any kind.
I Another rumor current on the Bourse
| to-day was that the Italian government
j 'has signed an agreement with the allies,
\ Great Britain, France and Kussia, to
take part in the war before May 16. It
is without confirmation.
Consequently the Italian parties
would be united in support of a war
policy, in the judgment of French ob
| servers, based upon two fundamental
j considerations, namely that wrongs have
been dono to Serbia and Belgium and
■ that the racial aspiration of the Italians
j on the eastern shore of the Adriatic
1 and in the Mediterranean now can be
| Military writers are presenting the
| argument that war for Germany and
I Austria on a third frontier undoubtedly
! will make the resistance of the central
empires on their other fronts more
feeble, so much so that with the advent
of Italy, victory over Germany is set
for the middle of the summer.
FOUND DEAD BV HUSBAND
Aged Matamoras Woman Stricken
While at the Washtub
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Halifax, May 11.—Mrs. Fulton
Knouff, of Matamoraa, was found dead
by her husband when he returned
home from work last evening. was
no doubt stricken while at the wash
tub and it is thought she died about 9
Mrs. Knouff was aged 68 years and
is survived by her husband,' one son,
Charles F. Knouff, of this place, ari(T
two daughters, Mrs. Millard Poffenber
ger and Mrs. Ray Beattie, of Ports
mouth, Ohio. The funeral arrange
ments have not yet been announced.
Coroner Eckinger was summoned and
pronounced death due to heart trqublo.
CLERCT MARCH IN
Robes of Bishops Give
Procession to St.
Stephen's an Impres
Delegates to Convention of Harrisburg
Diocese and Anniversary Guests Go
on Pilgrimage in Special Oars This
Afternoon to Coxestown Shrine
At an impressive anniversary serv
j ice (held at 11 o'clock this morning at
I St. Stephen's Protestant Episcopal
j churc'h, the Holy Communion was cele
| brated bv Bishop .lames Henry Darling
! ton following a sermon by the Rt. Rev.
Krederivk Burgess, Bishop of Ix>ng
, Island. Assisting Bishop Darlington
|BL .4f Hraßgg
' ■ ' .«
The Bt. Rev. James Henry Darlington,
Bishop of Harrisburg Ten Years
were the Bishops of Bethlehem, Central
New York, Long Island, Maryland, To
ronto and Cuba.
All the clergy, including sixty dele
gates to the convention of the Harris
burg Diocese and the visitors from other
dioceses marched in their vestments to
the church from the parish house head
ed by the St. Stephen's choir boys. The
long procession halted on the steps of
the church for the benefit of the pfoo-
. : n
The Rev. Rollin A. Sawyer, Rector of
St. Stephen's Church
tographers, and then passed into the
building where all the seats but those
reserved for the choir ami the clergy
were already occupied.
The gowns of black and white worn
by the clerical delegates and the robes
of their office worn by the bishops gave
Continued on Klrvfnth Page.
OSTRICH COMPANY IN COURT
Creditors Allege Insolvency and Ask
Appointment of Receiver
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Sunbury. I'a., May 11. —The ap
pointment of a receiver to wind up the
company's affairs and make distribu
tion of ( thc assets among the creditors
is sought through a bill in equity filed
in the Federal court hore yesterday
against tli° African Ostrich Farm &
Feather Company, which maintained of
fices in Bloomsburg and farms at Pax
tang, near Harrisburg, and in Kspey,
W. H. illile. president of the com
pany, is directed under the court's or
der to show cause why the stockholders
who brought the proceedings are not
warranted in closing in on the company.
It is charged that the company's af
fairs have been mismanaged arid that
the concern is insolvent.
The overseer at the company's Pax
tang farms to-dav declared that he is
not familiar with the concern's affairs.
PRICE. ONE CENT.
Advancing and Pres
sing Czar's Forces at
Sanok and Lisko
260 GUNS TAKEN
Russian Third Army, Composed of Five
Corps, Has Thus Far Lost 100,-
000 Men in Prisoners and Probably
50,000 in Dead and Wounded
Vienna, May 10, Via London, May
11-—The following communication was
"The Russian Third array has been
repulsed with 'heavy losses from West
Galicia and the Carpathians and is now
being pressed in the region of Sanok
and Lisko. The allied army is advanc
ing successfully and has taken by fight
ing from the west the passage of the
Wistoka and has reached from ths
South Line Vernik, Jlaligrad and
"On the northern wing of the West
Galician front yesterday troops from
upper Austria, and the Tyrol
stormed several places east and north
est of Debica.
"The number of prisoners captured
in West (ralicia has risen to 80,000
and to these are to he added over 20,-
000 ca/ptured during the pursuit in the
"Tiie Russian Third army, com
posed of Ave eonps, has thus lost 100,-
"Reckoning the number of dead and
wounded, the total loss of the Russians
is at least 150,000.
"The booty has not yet 'been com
pletely estimated, but sixty guns and
two hundred machine gains have been
"Battles in Southeast Galicia con
tinue. By a counter attack on the
heights northeast of Ottinva, a strong
hostile party was repulsed."
Russians Continue to Fall Back
London, May 11, 2.56 P. M.—The
Russians continue to fall back in
Western Galicia before the Austro-
German thrust and the Germanic allies
now have crossed the upper reaches of
the Wisloka river and are within fifty
miles of the fortress of Permysl.
Britain's Toll In Lost Vessels
London, May 11, 4.20 P. M.—The
cost of the war in British ships, not
including warships, thus far has been
20'1 vessels. The loss of life has been
LATE WAReS SUMMARY
The newly inaugurated offensive
movement of the allies over a long sec
tion of the front In Belgium and North
western France has developed a gen
eral engagement of considerable Inten
sity. The official statement from Ber
lin to-day concedes that the allies have
won ground between Carency and Meue
ville, but attacks elsewhere are said to
have been repulsed The Germans an
nounce the capture of French trenches
over a width of nearly one-fourth of a
mile in the vicinity of Berry-Au-Bac.
The Paris War Office states that the
allies made gains yesterday In Belgium
Vontliiurd on Mnlh Page.
Beidleman the Only Senator Who Vote*
For Plan to Substitute Political
The Clark bill making numerous
amendments to the law governing third
class cities, of which Harrisburg is one,
and cutting out the non-partisan elec
tion of city commissioners, was defeat
ed by a vote of 1 yea to 31 nays, in
the Senate this morning.
Senator Beidleman, of this city, who
in committee eliminated the non-parti
san clause, was its only supporter.
WALL STREET CLOSINQ
New York, May It.——The market
again became animated in the later
dealings, some stocks making best
prices of the day. The closing was
strong. Stocks rose buoyantly at to
day's opening, receded moderately dur
ing the dull mid-session, but turned
strong again in the final trading.