The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 15, 1915, Image 1

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OttilM Keport. P>§« a \
nlT A " L, ,K?« ED VOL. 77—NO. 139
Cablegram From Am
bassador Gerard
States He Has Not
Received Message
Ambassador Page Says Note Was Sent
From Capital of Italy Over Italian
Telegraph Lines—Officials Seek to
Hasten Its Delivery
Washington, May 15. —A cablegram
from Ambassador Gerard in Berlin, sent
at 7 o'clock last night and reaching
the state Department early to-day, stat
ed that the Ambassador had not then
received the American note. State De
partment officials expected further ad
vices soon.
Meanwhile officials sought to trace
the note and hasten its delivery. Hav
ing knowledge from Ambassador Page
at Rome that the note wa-s relayed from
their yesterday afternoon on the Italian
telegraph lines, officials felt assured
that it surely would reach Ambassador
Gerard to-day.
Bryan's Messagos to Gerard
Secretary Bryau sent two messages
to Ambassador Gerard after the note
itself left the telegraph offices here—
on** notifying him that it had been
sent, and another advising him that it
had been arranged to release it for
publication for 5 a. m. Friday and
therefore to present it to the German
Foreign Office as early as Am
bassador Gerard acknowledged both.
Interest continued to-day in official
Washington and diplomatic circles as to
the probable nature of Germany's re
ply but neither th e embassy or the
.State Department had any intimation
as to the feeling in Berlin. Among
well informated diplomats as well as
officials the belief existed that (ser
manv °s reply would afford a means of
settlement through diplomacy.
Gossip About Germany's Action
It was thought not improbable that
Germany would suspend submarine, war
fare while the diplomatic discussion
was in progress and it might suggest
that if the British government notified
all its merchantmen the right of visit
and search would then be exercised to
prevent contraband from reaching its
Another suggestion which was re
garded as not unlikely to be made by
Germany was that the belligerents give
assurances that no contraband be car
ried on passenger ships. Although the
United States has asserted the right of
neutrals to travel anywhere on the high
seas, even on ships carrying contra
band, insisting that the light of visit
and search be exercised iu accordance
with previous rules of international
law, the possibility of a discussion of
the legal points involved so as to fur
nish a common ground for an under
standing was admitted in official quar
ters as a 1 likely development.
London. May 15, 3.22 P. M.—The
Exchange Telegrajdi Company has re
ceived the following message from Am-,
'"A telegram from Berlin states that
the "Vossisehe Zeitung" announces
that high government circles in Ger
many favor the submission of the ques
tion of the Lusitania sinking and the
difficulties with America arising there
from to a court of arbitration.''
Washington, May 15.—The sugges
tion of arbitration contained in a dis
patch to Ixuidon from Berlin by way of
Amsterdam was received among offi
cials here with the informal comment
that such a course was rfmong the con
siderations which had occurred in
Washington, but it was pointed out
that it probably would not be satisfac
tory unless assurances were given in
the meantime and the submarine war
fare on merchant ships was suspended.
Officials pointed out that unless' that
were done more lives might be lost
while an arbitration was in progress.
American Woman's Body Identified
May 15.—The body ot
an American, Mrs. Harry .1. Keser, of
Philadelphia, was identified to-day
among the bodies brought in last night.
A tug with five bodies on board a man
believed to be the Rev. Basil W. Ma
turin, of Oxford, England, and four
women anil children, has been compelled
to take shelter from a storm in a bay
% near Baltimore, on the south coast.
London, May 15, 3.09 P. M. —The
Danish steamer Martha was torpedoed
and sunk off Aberdeen this morning by
a German submarine. Her crew of
eighteen was suved.
The Martha's net tonnage was "24
She was 232 feet long, was built in
189" and was owned in Copenhagen.
London, May 15.—The Cape Trrwn
correspondent of Router'« Telegram
Company sends the following:
"Grave anti-German rioting is re
ported in some of the principal towns
of the Union, accompanied by whole
sale destruction of German property.
The total Uss is estimated to exceed
The Cape Town correspondent of the
Exchange Telegraph Company mentions
the towns of Johannesburg, Kimborley,
Blocmfontein and Port Elizabeth as
scenes of rioting.
Paris. May 15, 2.30 P. M —The
French War Office this afternoon iseuef
the following statement on tie progress
of hostilities:
"There have been 110 changes in the
situation since last evening in the
sector to the north of Arras. Here the
lighting continues under the conditions
set forth in our last communication.
We have progressed 500 yards in the
direction of Souchez. In this sector
there have been violent artillery ex
New York. May 15.—The bodies of
nine of the Lusitania"s dead, including
the body of Charles Frohman, are be
ing brought to New York aboard the
American line steamer New York,
which will leave Liverpool at 9 o'clock
to-night, according to a cablegram re
ceived here to-day from Liverpool by
the line.
Governor To-day Signs the Bill Making
That Appropriation
Iu legislative days gone by it was
the practice to includ* in the general
appropriation bill that passed the Leg
islature an item appropriating money
to the various companies of the Har
risburg Fire Department, but somebody
discovered that this item was not prop
erly a part of such a bill, and that a
separate bill ought to be introduced.
In accordance with that idea Repre
sentative Wildman, of Harrisburg, on
March 23. introduced a bill in the
House making such an appropriation,
and to-day Governor Brumbaugh ap
proved a bill to givp the 14 fire com
panies a total of $5,600 for the two
years beginning June 1, 1915, to be
distributed among the companies in
equal amounts. Each, therefore, will
get S2OO a year.
Youths Are Knocked From Wagon at
Kith and State Streets, While
Horse Is Wounded and Has to Be
Shot at Second and Locust Streets
Two trolley accidents this morning
resulted fatally to a horse belonging
to Bernard Schmidt, baker, of Eight
eenth and Holly streets, when it was
struck at 9.30 o'clock on Second street,
just north of Locust, and in injuries to
two youths who were thrown from a
wagon at Sixteenth and State streets,
at 5 o'clock.
The horse was injured so ba»lly that
it was shot where it lay. The wagon
was standing along the curb. The
driver, J. W. Broughter, got into it and
the horse walked. Almost instantly
there was a crash with a trolley car
going north. The driver had been ac
customed to permitting the horse, which
was well trained, to walk off while the
driver prepared for the next stop. This
he did this morning, according' to a
statement given to the Harrisburg
Railway Company officials.
The trolley car was in charge of J.
Continued on Xlnth Pan.
City Commissioners Believe It Will Be
Passed With Minor Changes
That the curfew ordinance, which is
on the City Commissioners' second
reading calendar, will be amended at
the meeting next Tuesday anil then
passed finally at a subsequent meeting,
was the belief among some of the City
Commissioners to-day.
Joliu Fox Weiss, former District At
torney, representing the Civic Club of
Harrisburg, will discuss the merits of
the proposed curfew law at the meet
ing on Tuesday.
It was said this aftenioon that the
latest plan is to amend the ordinance
so that only boys under fourteen years
old and girls under fifteen will be af
fected. As the measure now stands the
age limit is fifteen years for both
Jitney Driver Fined
H. R. Zinn, driver of a jitney for
the past few days), was arrested this
afternoon by Xraffic Officer Hicks, at
■Second and Locust streets, for driving
past a street car and was fine'd $5 by
Mayor Royal. He said he did not even
know there was a traffic ordinance in
force in the city.
Alleged Unofficial
Spokesman of Raiser
to Leave Country of
His Own Initiative
President Wilson and the Cabinet Were
Displeased With German's Remarks
in Which He Said Sinking of Lusi
tania Was Justifiable
By Associated Press,
Washington. May 15.—Dr . Bern
hard Dernburg, often referred to as the
unofficial spokesman of Emperor Wil
liam in the United States, has made
plans to leave the country of his own
initiative within a short time.
• It became known in official quarters
here to-day that in view of the intima
tions that President Wilson and the
Cabinet were displeased with Dr. Dern
'burg's speeches justifying the sinking
of the Lusitania and some of his other
public utterances, which they believed
might be calculated to array sentiment
of Germans in the United States against
the Washington government, friends of
Dr. Dernburg here have persuaded him
to leave the United States.
Just when Dr. Dernburg would leave
or where he would go was not made
known, but it was believed he would
sail for Cuba or South America.
Dr. Dernburg's activity in the Unit
ed States since the beginning of tfie
war, has been closely observed by the
President and other high officials here,
who came to believe in the last week
that a continuation of his speeches and
statements might, in the event of a
critical turn in relations with Germany,
menace the democratic welfare of
It has been repeatedly denied by the
(German embassy as well as by Dr. Dern
burg himself that he was a spokesman
for the German government or that he
had any official status. In view, how
ever. of the fact that Dr. Dernburg was
formerly Colonial Secretary ,in the Ger
man Foreign Office and has become
prominently active in belialf of the Ger
man .cause idnce the outbreak of the
war, officials here believe that German-
Americans attach official weight to bis
Dr. Dernburg himself issued a state
ment last night declaring he had never
discussed matters that had arisen diplo
! matically between the United States
and Germaav. Officials here made no
comment on that beyond pointing to
Dr. Dernburg's utterances in Cleveland
and New York recently, seeking to jus
i tify the attack on the Lusitania.
At the German embassy it was
learned that Dr. Dernburg had ex
pressed the wish himself to leave the
country. Embassy officials made it very
plain that the action was voluntary on
his part. The question of his depar
ture depends upon securing assurance
from the British and krench. through
the mediation of the State Department,
for his immunity from detention on the
high seas.
Dernburg Remains Secluded
New York, IMay 15.—©r. Bernhard
Dernburg declined to-dav to discuss the
statement from Washington that ho
would soon leave the country of his own
initiative. Remaining secluded In his
apartments here, he refused to see news
! paper representatives. In an answer
I to a note enclosing a copy of the Wash-
I ington dispatch, he returned the reply,
j'' No comments."
Reported in Madrid That Former Pre
mier Closta Has Been Assassin
ated in Lisbon
By Associated Press,
London, May 15, 12.49 P. M.—A
i news agency dispatch received here
| from Madrid declares there has been
| received in the Spanish capital infor
| mation of a grave revolutionary move
ment in Portugal. One report is that a
revolutionary committee is in control
of the situation at Lisbon.
This information has reached the
Spanish ministry of the interior. Re
bellion is said to have broken out at
Ciomibra, Oporto, Lisbon and San -
tarem. Fugitives reaching Bada.jos de
scribe the situation an extremely men
acing. Telegraph and telephone com
munication has been interrupted and
the troo(>8 appear to be powerless to
control the people. .
A news agency from whose agent
this dispatch comes gives it out under
reserve but at the same time says it
believes the information probably is
A dispatch from Madrid to Reuters
Telegram Company, says it is reported
there that Dr. Alfonso Closta, former
premier of Portugal has been assassin
ated in Lisbon.
No Lives Lost on the Ramona—Cause
of Disaster Unknown
By Associated Press.
Washington, Miay 15.—The Ameri
can yacht Ramona has been wrecked
off the Mexican west coast near Tep
opa, north of Gnaymas, without loss of
life, according to a report to the navy
department from Admiral Howard,
who sent the cruiser Raleigh to pick
up the rescued crew. The cause of the
wreck was not reported.
•y|if Tit JHH
One hundred parrots, a boxing billy goat, a "superdreadnougbt" tn the form of a pup fox terrier, a chicken, a
squirrel. Spot, an English bulldog; and two canaries, the latter caged, live In harmony on board the bntlle ship Dela
ware, known as the mascot ship of the fleet mobilized in the North River J»t New York. The parrots have the freedom
of the battle ship. They light on top of the guns, the sun turrets, occasionally climb on the back of Spot and rest there
and also make themselves comfortable on the rungs of the masts. Superdreaduouglit is a fine looking pup, less than
four inches high. He was appropriated by one of the crew at Norfolk, who found the animal near the navy yard
barking at the sailors. As soon as he got aboard he seemed happy and contented. Spot sized him up, growled a little
and then adopted the little fellow. Since tben they have been the best of friends. Rilly, the goat. Is quite a boxer.
When a sailor assumes a fighting position the animal stands on his hind legs, turns his tiead a little to one side and
lunges forward to butt. Billy has sharp horns, but he is never rough and has never hurt a Bailor in getting home his
blows. On the other baud, he lakes a good mauy blows without displaying anger.
Week of Recreation for Officers and \
Men of Navy Ends To-day With
Bound of Pleasure—Ships to Be j
Illuminated To-night
Bit Associated Press.
New York, May 15. A week of re
creation for the officers and men of
the Atlantic fleet ends to-day with a
final round of entertainment. Sunday
will be a da* of rest audSf&iday will !
bring the review by President Wilson
and the culmination of the whole naval
For the officials to-day there was a
luncheon given by the Circumnaviga
tors' Club and a dinner to-night ten
dered by the Mayor's entertainment
committee. The enlisted men will be!
guests at tho baseball games and more
theatre parties. To-night the warships
will 'be illuminated and there will be ai>
exhibition of fireworks from floats and
band concerts on Riverside drive, where
several hundred thousands of citizens
have gathered each day to view the
inspiring spectacle spread out on the
broad waters of the Hudson.
The international crisis has directed
to the fleet more attention than it ever
has received during former visits and
the dinner given for the officers last
night by the navy league was marked
by patriotic speeches.
A Common Pleas Court Jury This Morn
ing Awarded C. J. Mahoney $4,-
557.78 for Damages to His Two
Naudain Street Properties
After a trial lasting ail of this week
a Common Pleas Court jury this morn
ing rendered its verdict, holding that
the damages and losses sustained by
C. J. Mahoney when his two Naudain
street properties were precipitated into
the Fifteenth street sewer, amounted
to $4,557.79, and t'hat the City of
Harrisburg is liable to Mahoney for
the full amount.
A question of law raised by the at
torneys in the cas® was reserve*!! by
the court for future argument an*!' upon
this hinges the final outcome of the
case. Should the court decide in favor
of Mahoney, the plaintiff, the case will
not be appealed by the city and the
property owner will be paid the full
amount of the award.
In the case of Riley Bogner, the
Dauphin man who brought suit against
Ihe Northern Central Railroad Company
for damages as a result of injuries
sustained when he fell into subway at
Dauphin, the jury found in favor of
Bogner in the eum of $2,541. The
Railroad Company proposes to ask for
judgment and a new trial, it'is said.
The jury in the damage suit of John
Thompson against John G. Wall evi
dently were guided by their knowledge
of criminal court procedure for they
returned a verdict of "not guilty."
"You mean you find in favor of the
defendant!'' asked Judge iMcCarrell.
"Yes, sir," said the foreman of the
Thompson lost an eye through in
juries sustained when a bottle which
he was filling with beer at the Wall
bottling works burst ami! showered him
with fragments of glass. The question
of liability in this case hinged on
whether Wall actually has provided
proper safety devices for the bottling
118 th Jitney Bus Licensed'
City Treasurer Copelin to-day issued
a license for the 118 th itney 'bus that
is operating in the city.
Judge Seibert Says Su
perior Court Ruling
Means Reopening of
Ten Bars
Higher Tribunal Decides There Must Be
a "Behearing" Which Perry Jurist
Asserts Simply Means That the Ten
Applications Must Be Granted
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
New Bloomfield, Pa., May 15. —The
whole of Perry county has been "dry"
for a month and a half, but ten of the
sixteen liquor establishments, whose li
cense applications were not granted at
tho annual license court on March 12,
last, because the court was hopelessly
divided, will reopen for business next
week, probably on Monday.
In these ten cases the State Superior
Court, to which appeals had been ta
ken, decided that, contrary to the de
cision of Judge W. N. Seibert, of Per
ry county, the applicants' papers were
in proper form and according to law.
Tho Superior Court sent the cases' back
to the county court for rehearing. Judge
Seibert had decided, that the applica
tion [tapers were defective and for that
reason he would not agree to grant the
applications. His associate, Judge S.
W. Bernheispl, a "lay" judge, said he
was disposed to grant the licenses.
Judge Seibert said this morning that
if the official reports bear out the news
dispatches that the Superior Court holls
the teu license applications to be regu
lar, th/re will be nothing left for him
to do out grant the ten licenses.
Only two hotelmen had appealed the
cases to the Suporior Court but an un
derstanding was had between the par
ties whereby the Appellate Court's de
(ontlnurit on Seventh I'm.
I. W. Copeland Acquires Land Near
Fort Hunter From Colonel Ott
-Vhuouncement was made this after
noon that I. W. Copland, of Toledo,
()., brother of City Treasurer O. M.
Copelin, of Harristourg, has purchased
from County Solicitor Colonel Fred M.
Ott, a strip of river front property,
skirting the Riverside Drive, near Fort
Hunted, and proposes to build a costly
stone dwelling.
An architect now is preparing plans
for the home.
No One Injured When Smokeless Pow
der Wrecks Building
By Associated Press.
Wilmington, Del., May 15.—An ex
plosion at the Dupont. Powder Works
at Carney's Point, N. J., at 5.10 o'clock
this morning startled Wilmington by
its heavy concussion.
It happened in the still hours, burn
ling a considerable quantity of shotgun
smokeless powtyr and wrecking the
building. There was no loss of life or
| injury to persons, none of the men be
ing at work at the time.
Stricken Here Two Months Ago. Chair
man of State Water Supply Com
mission Dies of Heart Failure—He
Designed City's Water System
-Tollii Birkinbine, 71 years old, chair
man of the Pennsylvania Water Sup
ply Commission, and one of the fore
most consulting mining ami mechanical
engineers in this country, died sudden
ly 'vetterday afternoon at liis home on
Highland avenue, Cynwvd, near Phila
delphia. Heart disease was the cause.
He is survivd by his widow and nine
children, four sons and five daughters,
One of his sons, Henry E. Birkinbine,
2518 North Sixth street, Harrisburg,
is' an assistant engineer in the office
of the State Water Supply Commission,
in this city. His widow \va.s formerly
Miss Weimer, of Lebanon.
John Birkinbine was appointed a
member of the Water Supply Commis
sion by Governor Pennypa«'ker in June,
19'0'5, and reappointed bv Governors
Stuart and Tener, and was still a mem
ber of the board it the time of his
death. Although he was a very busy
man. he gave a great deal of time and
attention to his work for the State
Continued on Seventh I'ncr.
London, May 15, 11.45 A. M.—Aft
er having been deluded by a series of
chimerical crises, the Rritish public is
coming to the belief that Italy finally
has reached the point of a momentous
decision in the matter of her relations
to the Triple Alliance.
Early to-day London was informed
unofficially that Italy a week ago had
denounced this alliance. When this
step failed to produce further conces
sions from Austria, there occurred the
resignation of the Italian Cabinet.
London is now awaiting breathlessly
news from Home of the final break.
Home, May 15, via Paris.—The
"Tribuna" in a special edition denies
the report that Italy had denounced
the Triple Alliance. It explains ■. the
king's decision to entrust to Giuseppe
Marcora the formation of a cabinet,
instead of insisting upon the retention
of Premier Salandra, as being due to
the fact that the Salandra cabinet has
shaped its policy in the direction of
withdrawal from the Triple Alliance,
but had not taken definite action to this
end, wishing first to obtain the support
of Parliament. No pledge of any kind
had been made, the "Tribuna" asserts
and the new will thus have
complete liberty of action.
Riotous demonstrations continued in
Rome during a great part of the night.
They increased in intensity when it
became known that, notwithstanding
reports to the contrary, the king had
accepted Premier Salandra's resigna
One of the most violent outbreaks
occurred in connection with attempts
of the crowds to approach the Austrian
embassy. A member of the staff of the
Nationalist newspaper "Idea Nation
ale," succeeded in hurling his cane
through a window of the embassy,
breaking the glass. He was arrested.
At a meeting in Horghes square,
twenty speakers, niost of them depu
ties, made addresses in favor of war.
Marc or a. Asked by
King Emmanuel to
Perform the Task,
Declines the Offer
Latter Insisted Upon His Resignation
Being Accepted and Emmanuel Then
Chose President of Chamber of
Deputies. Who Declined the Honor
Rome. May 15, 12.55 P. M„ Via
Paris. —Signer Marcora. President of
'the Chamber of Deputies, requested by
King Victor Emmanuel to form a new
Cabinet in sue,cession to the Salandra
ministry, has refused the commission.
It is probable that the King will in
sist ou Premier Salandra remaining in
Rome, May 14, Via Paris, May .15,
6.20 A. M.—Premier Salandra has In
! sisted upon his resignation being ac
cepted and King Victor Emmanuel lias
entrusted Giuseppe Marcora, president
of the Chamber of Deputies, with the
task of forming a new Cabinet.
Marcora a Oaribaldian Veteran
Rome, May 15.—Giuseppe Marcora.
I entrusted tty King Victor Emmanuel
| with the task of forming a new Cabinet
I to succeed the Salandra ministry which,
insisted upon its resignation being ac
cepted b&cnuse it lacked the. unanimous
i support of the country in a supreme
| crisis, is a Oaribaldian veteran 74 years
old. He. has had wide experience in
I public 111* and in 1910 declined a re
quest to organize n cabinet. 'He tias
served many years in Parliament and
has long been president of the Chamber
j of Deputies.
After receiving the King's request
I he called upon Premier Salandra and
j former Premier fiiolitti. He then waited
1 ! upon His Majesty and reported progress
in his efforts to get together a new min
istry which would represent all phases
' of public opinion.
Urges Respect for Foreigners
Prince Scipione Borghes, bead of one
1 I of the foremost families of Rome, In
! dicated yesterday that he favors when
1 j lie sent from his palace to Hergiies
Square a large Italian (lag to be car
' ricd at the head of the crowd which was
1 loudly applauding Salandra.
Before bis resignation was accepted
Premier rialanilra sent to all prefects
in the kingdom a circular reminding
j them they arc authorized, if necessary,
! to entrust to the military authorities
p j the protection of public order. He es
pecially urged that foreigners be treat
' ed with respect, evidently referring to
, Germans anil Anstrians.
i Hankow, China. Via Peking, May 14,
s 7.18 P. M.—An incipient anti-.lapa
s j nese riot resulted last night from the
circulation yesterday of circulars of
I unknown origin stating that the Jap
anese colony would hold a lantern pa
' rade in celebration of the victory ove:
a China.
Shops were closed and crowds assem
bled at the British concession to watch
a the Japanese procession. Three Jnpa
nese shops were looted and two Japa
nese injured. British and Russian vol
■ unteers with fixed bayonets dispersed
the rioters before the arrival of a regi
ment of Chinese troops which had been
called out to quell the disturbance. The
Japanese garrison was ordered out, but
J | withdrew at the request of the British
I consul and tho Chinese authorities,
• j Giuseppe Marcora, a Garibaldi vet
, ! eran, is to form the new Cabinet to
i guide Italy through the present crisis,
i It is believed in Rome that he will be
4 able to assemble a Cabinet in which
■' the opposing factions will be represent
, | ed. He is said to have received the
1 ; support of the retiring Premier, Signor
i Salandra. who insisted upon quitting
. i office, notwithstanding the desire of tha
. | King to retain him.
It is reported in London that Italy
> ; had denounced her alliance with Ger
• 1 many and Austria a w.sek ago and news
of the final break is expectantly await
; ed there. Internal agitation continues
in Italy.
In both the east and west the oppos-
Cfiatlnueit tin Mnlh Page.
> Increase in Bank Reserve
3 By Aaaociatcd Prmt,
New York. May 15.—The statement
' of actual condition of Clearing House
> banks anil trust cam >anies shows that
they hold $1 73,241,1 ISO reserve in ex
, cess of legal requirements. This is an
• inrreauo of J10,847,390 over last
. week.