The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 19, 1915, Image 1
THE WEATHER FAIR TO-NIGHT SHOWERS TO MORROW detailed Heport. Pace d VOL. 77—NO. 142. ESTABLISHED DEC. 4. IS7B. CEASES ITS SUBMARINE OPERATIONS Germany Alleged to Have Ordered a Sus pension of Warfare on Merchant Vessels REPORT SAID TO BE AUTHENTIC Orders Issued a Week Ago but Not An nounced Officially—Belligerent as Well as Neutral Vessels to be Safe From Attack Bji Associated Press. New York, May 19. —Orders sus pending submarine operations against merchant vessels have ben issued by the German government pending the outcome of negotiations regarding the representations made by this govern ment in President Wilson's note, ac cording to a Washington dispatch to the "Times" this morning. The "Times" says the information was obtained' in "a well informed quar ter" after cable press dispatches had paid a German submarine fired a tor pedo at the liner Transylvania on her trip from New York to Glasgow, ended Monday. It was stated at the source of information that the report about the Transylvania could not be correct "for the reason that submarine activ ity had been discontinued by the Ger man government." Applies to All Merchant Vessels It is not disclosed, the "Times" dispatch eays, whether the new enters Tequire that there arc to be no attacks by German submarines on vessels at war with Germany unless they are sup posed to carry war supplies and have no passengers on board, but the dis patch says it is th e understanding that the order will apply to all merchant vessels, belligerent as well as neutral. The order, it was said, was issued about a week ago, but the supposition is that it has not been announced of ficially. It is pointed out that since the day' following the sinking of the Ijusitania rui'y one German submarine attack on n merchant ship has b<A;n recorded. This u;;- (in May 15, or about a week after tli, l.usitania disaster, the steamer be hi:> the Marjha, a Danish craft, sunk on Aberdeen and that In this case all the members of her crew were saved. CONTESTONJDJ. R. Miss Cora Lee Snyder and Mrs. James B. Mersereau Are Rival Candidates in Election Being Held To-day A contest is on for the position of regent of the Harrisburg Chapter, D. A. 8., which will be decided late this afternoon at the annual meeting which is being held in the assembly hall of the Y. M. C. A. Miss Cora Lee Snyder an'd Mrs. .Tames Barr Mersereau both have been nominated for this post of honor and the indications at noon were that the balloting would be very close. Eight candidates have been nominated for the governing board, four of whom will be elected. Mrs. Henry McCormick, who has been acting regent since the death of Mrs. Gilbert M. McCauley, who was re gent, has been nominated 1 for first vice regent; Miss Caroline Pearson, for sec ond vice regent, and Mrs. Frederick Herman Marsh, for treasurer, all with out opposition. Mrs. Charles J. Wood, Jr., will likely succeed Miss Snyder as chapter his torian. While no candidate for record ing secretary was nominated it is un derstood that the new recording secre tary will be Mrs. Mary Boyer Mcl'rea, with Mrs. Bishop us corresponding secretary. PLAN < UOSINU STORES Harrisburg Chamber of Commence Ar ranging With Business Firms of City The Harrisburg Chamber of Com- ' merce is now arranging to bring about the closing of the stores on Friday aft ernoons if an agreement can be made with the business men. According to the program, the initial closing day will be July 9, and will remain in ef fect until after September 10. A number of the large dealers have already agreed to the plans and an ef fort is being made to have uniform ac- ' tion. tree window placards annoutic- ' ing the plan will be furnished by the Chamber of Commerce to all who de- , dare their intention to follow the sug gestion. Will Mi win Sproul Amendment Ap proved in the House This Morning by Vote of 160 to 24 GREAT RUSH OF LEGISLATION Senate Bill Giving Juries the Right to Prescribe Life Imprisonment in Place of Death Penalty for Murder Passes Lower Branch The McNiehol Senate bill amending the penal codo of the Commonwealth so that the penalty for murder in the first degree shall be either death or life imprisonment, at the discretion of the jury, in cases of conviction *here a not guilty plea has been heard, was passed by a vote of 152 to 23 in the House of Commons this morning after a debate. Mr. Roney, of Philadelphia, con tended that many murderers in Penn sylvania are acquitted by jurors who cannot bring themselves to send a pris oner to the electric chair. He said more guilty murderers would be brought to justice if the jury were given power to name the punishment. The measure permitting the taking of unclaimed dogs from public pounds by medical societies for the promotion of medicine and surgery was dropped from the calendar by a vote of 285 to 6 4 after a lively debate of twenty min utes. Mr. Baldwin, of T>elaware, opened the argument by saying that persons who were in favor of dropping the bill from the calendar did not understand the bill. He was immediately opposed by Mr. Spangler, of York, who said that the measure permitted persons un skilled in the practice of medicine to operate on dogs. Cromer Defends S. P. C. A. Mr. Cromer, of Allegheny, charac terized the bill as a slap at the So ciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said: "Physicians to-day are trying to Continued on Klnth Pace. LAWMAKERS WILL FEAST IX THE CAPITOL TO-NIGHT The feast of Teason will give way to ttie feast of substantial in the Senate and House to night. Cards for the Sen ate luncheon announce that it will be given in the Senate caucus room about 11 o'clock. The House will have its pink tea in the corridors of the basement of the Capitol and cards have been issued for three hundred to attend. The close of the festivities will mark the end of the actual work of the leg islative session as nothing of import ance will be done after reassembling to-morrow. CLlllfiS TO TOP OF DOIEONCAPITOL "Crazy" Jack, the "Hu man Fly," Thrills Big Crowd Gathered at State House CHEERS ARE HIS REWARD Wandering Steeplejack Provides Dar ing Spectacle for Hill Officials, Law makers and Others by Touching the Ball Beneath "Miss Penn" "Crazy" Jack, the human fly, or whatever you|choose to call him, at 2 o'clock this afternoon scaled the out side of the Capitol dome, scrambled up the pillars surmounting the top-most railing and then shinned up the cone shaped masonry on which the statue of "Miss Penn" rests in her golden splendor. After touching the gold ball on which the figure of "I.Miss Penn" rests, "Crazy" Jack turned to the half-hor rified, half-admiring crowd and shouted that he would give an exhibition to morrow, but his great, distance from the crowd on the plaza on the (State street side of the.Capitol kept his words, ex plaining the details of his plan, from being understood. When some of his shouted words reached the ears of the assembled spec tators the suspense was broken and mighty cheers were his reward. In the crowd were members of the House of 'Representatives who had just taken a reress of a few hours for lunch; State officials and other Capitol Hill employes Continued on Second rase. HARRISBURG, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 19, 1915—12 PAGES. GIRLS WHO WILL DANCE AT T **t s*c,'? t - r one Het h of M°a U y tft in uT&VelLnCif ' l '/""-™ bei «* th. Pennsylvania Steel Company, represents young fMks /sterday 1 afternoon and evening, in Seco'nd stree't. The one of the many features of the "home talent" i-imiv 1 tW;« i ! thl «l ?• V \ Kp y j,,l<!r8 ' 1 superintendent ot the steel plant. This is only Steelton and Harrisburg are showing bo «" Ch ,or the ben * ht <" tl,c traveling nurse's fund of the borough. Society folk of both DEFERS Nil CeiBIOD Governor May, How ever, Announce His Public Service Board To-night BOTH BRANCHES READY TO QUIT House and Senate Have Their Calen i dars in Shape to Permit Final Ad journment of the General Assembly At Noon To-morrow i T was expectfed that Governor i ! Brumbaugh would pond to the Senate j i to-day the names of the men lie has | selected for Public Service Comniis- I sinners to succeed those nominated by I Governor Truer, which were recalled ( some time ago by Governor Brum baugh, but announcement was made from the Executive Dejtartment at noon that there would be no appoint ments of commissioners to-day, al though a few minor appointments may be sent in. It is j>ossible that the Gov ernor may take action at to-night's session of the Senate which will meet j to take action on conference committee reports and for a general clcariuji up of odds and ends. Both the Senate and House have cleaned up their calendars and will be ready to adjourn at noon to-morrow after to-night's finishing touches. Ac tion on the workmen's compensation bills to-day will be completed without any fiction, as the amendments made j in the Senate are of minor importance i and do not affect the general purpose of the bill. The Legislative Steering Committee j had a conference with Governor Brum- i baugh this morning and it was said i that the revenue bills would be passed i practically as agreed upon, including I the ee<-heat and stock transfer tax! ' measures. f CALEB IS APPOINTED AS A CAME COMMISSIONER Governor Brumbaugh this afternoon sent to the Senate the following ap pointments: Members of the Board of Game Com missioners of Pennsylvania—George U. Gideon, Philadelphia; W. B. Mc,Caleb, Hnrrisburg; John M. Phillips. Pitts burgh, and J. S. Speer, St. Mary's. Trustees of the State Asylum for the Chronic Insane of Pennsylvania, at Wernersville—B. P. Light," Lebanon; Henry M. Dechert, Philadelphia; 8a v ery Brail ley, Philadelphia; Jacob M. Shenk, Lebanon; Walter T. Bradleyj Philadelphia, and Daniel J. Driscoll' Heading. Trustees of the State Hospital for the Insane of the Southeastern District of Pennsylvania, at Norristown—Frank L. Smith, , Norristown; Thomas W. Marshall, West Chester; J. Whitaker Thom])son, Mont Clare; Samuel S. Thompson, Philadelphia, ami John C. Swartley, Doylestown. Members of th'e State BoanV of Un dertakers—J. Lewis Good. Philadel phia; C. <'. A. Baldi, Philadelphia, and Wamue] Foster, Philadelphia. Trustees to administer law providing payments to indigent, widowed or abandoned mothers, in the county of Continued on Krconil I'nitr. linns TO PHIfOPPERIIII City Hard Put to Find Means of Settling Award Made by Sew. er Case Arbitrators ONLY $12,000 IS LEFT IN FUND i J Amount Awarded to Contractor, Plus Costs, Exceeds Thiit Sum By About —City Has Still a Borrow ing Capacity of Conceding lhat the city cannot I legally question the amount of the j $212,767.09 award made by the arbi | tr-ators to William H. Opperman, con | tractor lor extra work in connection I with building the river front inter cepting sewer—an amount the size of which startled the City Commissioners yesterday and which Commissioner Lynch declared is much in excess of the amount for which Opperman once agreed to settle —officials to-day turn ed their attention to discussing sources j from which to obtain money with | which to pay the award. The balance in the 1910 sewer loan I out of which the sewer was built will | approximate something like $12,000 | after the sewer protective wall job is ! paid for. It wan from this balance the j eity figured on paying Opperman for Continued on Ninth I'lijje. OAS FROM PIPE IGNITES Fire Companies Are Called Out When | William Heller Tries to Connect Meter William J. Heller, who is moving with his family to 624 Curtin street, I tried to connect a gas meter at that place this afternoon without skilled as sistance, but he did not meet with suc cess. While endeavoring to make the proper adjustments he allowed the gas to escape in some quantity from the pipe. The gas was then ignited by a carulle wlrch he was using during the ' operation. The flames shot out wildly for a i while, but did no damage. The fire J companies of the district responded to an alarm sent in from box 56, Nev ! onth and Curtin streets, hut their serv ices were not needed. An employe of th(< gas company will connect the meter. Boys and Girls! Uncle Harry Talks To-day On | "What the U. S. Is Learning" Read What He Has to Say On Page 2 BRITISH WIT BEOnil iSweepingChanges May Follow the Resigna tion of Lord Fisher From the Admiralt3 r . 1 ASQUITH TO STAY AT PRESENT POST \ Coalition Cabinet, Composed of Men of All Political Parties, Believed to Be Probable Solution of Govern ment's Difficulties By Associated Press, London, 'May 19, 4.45 P. M.— Pre mier Asquith announced in the House of Commons to-day that steps were in contemplation which involved a recon-l struct ion of the government upon a broader personal and political basis. London, May 19.—The resignation of tiie veteran sailor, Ijord .Fisher, from the post of first sea lord of the admir alty, because he and his nominal civ ilian superior, Winston Spencer Church ill, first lord of the admiralty, have been unable to work together, is prob ably the first step toward a sweeping reorganization of the iiritish govern ment. A coalition cabinet, composed of the strongest men ol lioth political paries, j is believed to be the probajble solution of the government's difficulties.'There is no question of a complete change of the government, but the retirement of several members of the liberal cab inet to make way for the strongest men of the conservative party is con fidently expected. Premier Asquith to Remain Premier Asquith will remain at the head of the government in any event, with I/oril Kitchener ami Sir Kdward Grey, respectively the war and foreign ministers in undisputed possession of Continued on Kit-truth I'ntje. BRITISH STEAMER DUMCREE CREW IS SAVED Cardiff, Wales, May 19, Via London, 12.31 I'. M.—The British steamer Duin cree, which left Barry yesterday, has been torpedoed in the Knglish channel. The members of her crew have been saved. « i The Dunicree was of 2,557 tons net register and 374 feet long. She was owned in Liverpool. It was due to the bravery shown by the crew of a Norwegian steamor that the passengers and crew of the Dum cree were rescued. The Dumcree was first torpedoed when off the Cornish coast yesterday, but the projectile failed to sink her. She was taken in tow by the Norwegian steamer, but the submarine started in pursuit and tfie Norwegian cast her off. A second torpedo finished the Duin rree. She was sinking rapidly when the Norwegian vessel, perceiving her peril, returned and took off the pas sengers and crew. RUSSIAN FORCES APPEAR TO HAVE COLLAPSED AFTER ROOT OH 200-MILE FRONT London, IMay 19.—"Never since the war began has any one day brought so grave a bulletin as that received late last night, says the I'etrograd corre spondent Of the "Post." ''On this occasion, for the lirst time since hostilities opened, I failed to lind any indications that suggest a promis ing set-ofV to what on its lace seems something like a collapse of the Uus sian forces. Over a front extending some 200 miles the Germans nave caused the Russians to retreat. "After the experiences of the past few months this seems almost incredible and almost compels the belief that the best part of the truth about the entire situation remains hidden. The official organ conveys the impression that what the Russians have done is only to suc ceed in escaping annihilation by a series of more or less masterly movements to the rear. It is admitted that the Ger man plan of compelling the. abandon ment of an invasion of Hungary by a fierce onslaught from Cracow has been successful.'' The I'etrograd Correspondent of the "Telegraph ' says it would be absurd to pretend that the situation developed on the Russian frout iu the last three weeks is anything but uncomfortable for iu almost every direction the Teu tonic allies seem to be gaining ground rapidly. He asserts, however, that there is no need for pessimism for the tier man successes are due entirely to the possession of strategic railways which enable them to concentrate rapidly in any desired direction." '8 PERISH WHEN CANADIAN ; SUBMARINE RAJS VESSEL Ottawa, Ont., May I!).—Right »f the foilrtei'ii members of the crew ot' the small government steamer Christine were drowned when that steamer was rammed and sunk by an unnamed vessel off the Island of Orleans last night. The vessel sank within three minutes and the crew were unable to launch a lifeboat or don life preservers. Six of them were saved hv another vessel. Quebec, May 19.—The little govern ment steamer Christine, which was sunk with a loss of eight lives in a collision last night, was rammed by a Canadian submarine. How the submarine came to rani the steamer was not disclosed. ALLIES LAND FRESH TROOPS AT KIM KALK, DARDANELLES London, May lit.—An Athens dis patch says it is reported at Mytilene that the allies disembarked fresh troops 'Monday night near Kuin Kale on the Asiatic coast of the Dardanelles. It also has been learned there that the Turks on the Uallipoli peninsula who for weeks have lacked artillery ammunition have obtained an abundant supply of shells in the past few days. Kaiser Sees His Soldiers Fight Amsterdam, Via London, May 19. An official statement issued in Berlin says Kmperor William was present Sunday while fighting was in progress on the eastern front, first with the gen eral staff and later with a division which, was struggling to force a cross ing of the San river. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. ITALY READY TO RECALL DIPLOMATS U. S. Asked to Care For Her Interests i n Vienna, and For Aus tria's in Rome PASSPORTS NOT YET DEMANDED Foreign Minister Soiinino Is Reported to Have Received Additional Offers of Territorial Concessions Prom the Austrian Government 11 >l Associated Press, Washington, May lit. —Both Austria j and Italy have asked 1 lie United Btates Uo caiv for their diplomatic interests in I Rome anil Vienna, respectively, in the event of a severi.nce of diplomatic rela tions. The Washington government has instructed its embassies al the two cap | itals ti> be in readiness to do so. 11 is regardei 1 here as assured that if Italy and Austria declare a state of i war it will be extended also as between Italy :tit(l (iermHiiy and Turkey. In | that event the Home government wishes the vmerican Ambassadors at | Berlin and Constantinople to take ovei j its diplomatic interests. Rome, May 19, 8.2.~> P. M., Via Paris, May I!), 1.45 P. M.—At the Aus trian and German embassies to night I denial was made of the reports thai I Prince \on Buelovv, the German Am bassador, ami Baron Von M'aechio, the Austrian Ambassador, have demanded their passports, or that thejr departuri is utfmiucr.t. Home. May IS, Via Paris, (May 19. i Foreign Minister Sonnino is reported tc have informed the Council of Ministeri j at its session this evening that otterj of adilitional territorial concession! had been received from Austria. Home, - Lay 19. —It is said here thai 1 Austria already has decided to entrust to the I'fiiled States the protection ol her subjects in Italy in the event ol wiir, which is considered inevitable Owing to the feeling caused in tin I'nited Slates by the sinking of Ilit Liisitania Germany if. reported to ha* < decided lo ack Switzerland to under take tin' same task for German sub | jccls and property in this country. Rupture Believed Imminent ( Rome, Via Paris, May 19. —Th< Austrian and German Ambassadors pie seated a verbal note when they called upon Foreign Minifcter Sonnino venter ( ontiiiiHMl 4iii bletruth I'nur. 41) I'EHSOXS SLAIX BY POLICE AM) TROOPS IX HOLA UPRISING Koine, May 19. —Forty persons wore killed and several hundred wounded by | the police and Austrian troops in quell ing the iip-ising in Pola, according to j the "Idea Nazionale." Homes of Italian subjects are said .o have been sacked by the authorities. No Submarine Chased Transylvania New York, May 19. —The Cunard l.iiie made public to-day the following cablegram received from its represent ative in Glasgow. "Absolutely no foundation for report that Transylvania has been chased by a submarine or any attempt made to torpedo her." LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY Information from various sources indicate that the defeat of the Russians in Galicia has reached serious propor tions. British correspondents at Petro grad, who heretofore have been willing to concede little to the Austriaus and Germans, admit that the Russians have been forced to retreat along a 200- mile line, and in one case it is said the situation on its face seems some thing like a collapse of the Russiau forces. The statement Is made, how ever. that the Germans and Austrian* have not thus far won a victory of de cisive strategic significance, and that their losses have been enormous. Austria is reported to have offered further territorial grants in the hope Continued on ,\ln(li i'Ricr. WALL STREET CLOSING New York, May l»._A five point rise in one of the speculative coppers was the only feature of the late trad ing. The closing was firm. Trading was again at a standstill to-day, pending further developments abroad.