The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 19, 1915, Image 1

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VOL. 77—NO. 142.
DEC. 4. IS7B.
Germany Alleged to
Have Ordered a Sus
pension of Warfare
on Merchant Vessels
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
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.
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
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
Will Mi
Sproul Amendment Ap
proved in the House
This Morning by Vote
of 160 to 24
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
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.
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
"Crazy" Jack, the "Hu
man Fly," Thrills Big
Crowd Gathered at
State House
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
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.
**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
Governor May, How
ever, Announce His
Public Service Board
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.
Governor Brumbaugh this afternoon
sent to the Senate the following ap
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'
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.
City Hard Put to Find
Means of Settling
Award Made by Sew.
er Case Arbitrators
ONLY $12,000 IS
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.
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 '
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
Boys and Girls!
Uncle Harry Talks
To-day On
| "What the U. S.
Is Learning"
Read What He Has to Say
On Page 2
iSweepingChanges May
Follow the Resigna
tion of Lord Fisher
From the Admiralt3 r
\ 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
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
U. S. Asked to Care For
Her Interests i n
Vienna, and For Aus
tria's in Rome
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.
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."
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.
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.