The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 25, 1915, Image 1

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DEC. 4. IS7H.
VOL. 77—NO. 147.
Italians Go Four Miles
Into Enemy's Land,
and Are Headed
Straight For Trieste
Official Statement Says That No Serious
Damage Was Done by the Eleven i
Bombs Dropped in Venice From.
Two Austrian Aeroplanes
Rome, May 25, via Paris, '2.20 P.
M.—Official announcement whs m:idc
by the war office to-day that Italian
forces luid penetrated Austria, oc
cupying Caporette, the heights be
tween the Judnio and the Isorno, and j
the nl' Cormoiis, Cervignano
and Ter/.0.
The statement savs these operations j
took place yesterday, in the Austrian I
crowd land of ( ariolo and in the Friuli
djstrict. It reads:
"On the ('aruiolo front Austrian ar- \
tillery opened lire against our positions '
without results. During the day of May !
24 i,iir artillery tired on positions oceu- j
i iei( by artillery of the enemy.
"On the Kriuli ir troops ad
vanced everywhere and encountered
only feebly resistance. We have occu
pied Caporetto, the heights between the
Jdria and Isonzo rivers, Cormons, Oer
vignano and Terzn. The enemy with
drew. destroying bridges and burning
"Our torpedo destroyers opened lire I
against the enemy's detachment at the)
port of Huso, and have disembarked j
"We captured seventy Auatrians |
who have been sent to Venice. Our
losses were one dead and sonic j
The town of Caporetto, Cormons,
< ervignano and Terzo are in Austrian
territory three or four miles from the
Italian border line. They stretch along
the frontier on a line running north
from the head of the Gulf of Trieste.
The Austian "town of Gorz, is five
miles to the east of Cormons, and
Trieste itself is 25 miles from the bor
der line. Railroads running cant and
west pass through both Cormons and
Austrian Warship Listing Badly
Koine, May 25, via Paris, 2.15 P.
M.— rho Italian ministry of marine
haw given out an announcement which
"A steamer arriving at Barletta |
reports that while passing near the '
Promontory of Gargauo at midnight j
last night she sighted an Austrian war
ship with a heavy list. She was escort- j
rd by four torpedo boats.
"Thin probablv is the warship which
was driven oft' from Barletta after
having fired several shots."
Rome, May 24, Via Paris, May 25,
2.45 A. M.—The following official
statement was issued to-night by the |
Italian general stall:
"An Italian destroyer entered the
•j'ort of Buso, near the Austrian frontier,
anil destroyed the landing stages, the
railroad station and'the barracks as
well as all motor boats in the harbor.
The destroyer was not damaged and
none of the crew was wounded. Two
of the enemy were killed and we took
forty-seven prisoners, including an offi
cer and fifteen non commissioned offi
cers. who were brought to Venice.
"According to supplementary infor
mation received the two enemy aero
planes which appeared over Venice this
morning dropped eleven bombs without
causing serious damage. The fire from
our defenses put them to flight. The
damage to the railroad caused by the
attacks of warships and aeroplanes in
the early hours of the morning was un
important and already has been re
paired. •
"The Austrian cannonade sank a
tierman steamer in the harbor at An
Washington. /May 2.i.—The State De
partment issued this statement:
» "The American consul at Venice
lias telegraphed the department that on
Continued On Ninth Page
®fic Iniin in niiu nil
Athens, May 25, via London, 11.58
A. M.—Advices reaching here from
Constantinople by mail describe the
arrival in the Turkish capital of
thousands of wounded from the Dar
danelles where the first Turkish army
corps, composed of the best lighting
elements in the country, has been en
In Constantinople there is a short
age of petroleum, wood and coal. Bread
also is lacking and at the bakeries
people must take their turn.
When American Ambassador Mor
genthau protested to the Turkish au
thorities against the sending of fifty
British and French subjects to be
placed in the fortifications of the Dar
danelles, a measure destined to stop
the bombardment of the allies, Knver
Boy replied he must do something, as
the arrival of Turkish wounded from
the straits was creating a deep impres
The ambassador's energetic, efforts
coupled with the British threat to
hold Knver Bey personally responsible,
resulted in the return of these men to
Constantinople within a week. They
were accompanied to Gallipoli by Hoff
man Philip, secretary of the Ameri
can embassy.
The collier Vulcan, which has been
coaling the American cruiser Tennes
see, is expected shortly at Dedeagatch
from Beirut, bringing the unit of the
American Red Cross Society which is
proceeding to Constantinople.
Paris, May 25.—A1l recent attacks
by the Turks on the Gallipoli peninsula
have been repulsed by the allies, who
have been reinforced and have taken
the offensive, says a iHav«s dispatch
from Athens. The bombardment of the
straits by allied warships continues.
Paris, May 25.—The French War
Office this afternoon gave out a report
the progress of hostilities which
"It was a night of considerable ac
tivity between the sea and Arras. In
Belgium, following a violent bombard
meut, a Yrman attacking column en
deavored to gain a footing on,the high
way between Langemarck and Ypros.
Jt, was definitely checked.
"The Germans delivered two at
tacks yesterday to the north of Ab
lain. In each case they were repulsed.
To the north of Neuville they deliv
ered four attacks, each of which was
checked by the fire of our artillery.
"In these various aggressive en
deavors, all of which resulted in com
plete failure, the enemy suffered heavv
losses. >
".Nothing has been reported from
the remainder of the front."
Amsterdam. Via London, May 25,
10.10 A. M.- —All property of the Brit- |
ish-American Tobacco Company in Ger- 1
many has been placed under German j
supervision, according to the Berlin j
correspondent of the "Telegraaf."
.lames B. Duke, of New York, is pres
ident of the British-American Tobacco
Company, the capital of which is $55,-
000,000. One of the principal German j
subsidiaries of the company at Dresden I
was sold in November to Germans with
the consent of the British Board of
Italy has invaded Austria. Official
announcement was made by the War
Office at Rome to-day that Italian'
forces had penetrated Austrian terri
tory along a line running about forty
miles north from the Gulf of Trieste,
capturing four towns within two or
three miles of the frontier.
An Italian destroyer raided the Aus
trian port of Busc, near the frontier
destroying the landings, railroad sta
tion and barracks. Two Austrians were
killed, the first casualty officially re
ported in the new campaign.
It is regarded in London as prob
able that the Austro-German army will
Continued on Mnth rngr.
John Davis Is Found by Boys After
Swallowing Poison in Vacant
Lot Near Home
John Davis, 403 South Seventeenth
street, attempted suicide at noon to-dav
by drinking the contents of a bottle of
medicine believed to have contained a
quantity of creosote. Davis was found
in a field at Sixteenth and Paxton
streets early this afternoon by a num
ber of boys, who called the police am
bulance. i
told the ambulance crew that
he had been ill for a long time and did
not care to live any longer. He re
sponded to treatment at the Harris
burg hospital, but would volunteer no
information about himself. He had
been taking the medicine in half-spoon
ful doses, although he hail been cau
tioned by a physician, he said, that an
overdose would kill him. He is ex
pected to recover.
That Impression I s
Given Out Through
Raiser's Subjects in
President Wilson Assumes That the
German Government Is For the Mo
ment Absorbed With Circumstan
ces of Italy's Entrance Into War
By Associated Press,
Washington, May 25.—President
Wilson told callers to-day he did not
know the causes for the delay of the
German reply to the American note on
the Lusitania, but ho presumed the
German government was, for the mo
ment, absorbed in the new circum
stances arising out of Italy's entrance
into the war. .
While Ambassador Gerard has sent
several messages Ibearing on what the
Herman reply may .be, no direct inti
mation had been received concerning
its contents and the American govern
ment is reallv uninformed.
The German embassy here, however,
has made suggestions to the German
foreign office for the reply and in Ger
man quarters it is said the note will
be of a character to satisfy American
public opinion.
While declining to throw any light
on the shipping situation as between
Great Britain and the United States,
the President referred to it as a
"chronic case." Jt. was learned that
he believed any formal note at this
time to Great Britain might be con
strued as a weakening of the American
government's position in its delicate
relations with Germany, but ai soon as
the Berlin reply is received sonic action
may be expected.
Pressure is constantly being brought
ta. bear, informally, however, on the
British foreign office and admiralty
to ameliorate conditions with respect
to American cargoes and ships and if
not relieved shortly, general represen
tations of a broad character would not
be surprising.
London, May 25, 5.10 P. M.—The
following dispatch was received to-day
by the Exchange Telegraph Company
from Amsterdam:
"The German government has asked
America for a further delay of a week
in its reply to the note concerning the
sinking of the Lusitania. In all proba
bility the note will be delivered at
Washington on Saturday.
"It is stated in Berlin that the note
will be couched in very friendly terms.
On account of the recent Italian compli
cations the feeling in Berlin regarding
the United States is much more calm.
Everything possible will he done to
avert trouble. German submarines are
to be instructed in accordance with this
policy, although the note will explain
that 0 n principle Germany cannot open
ly stop-submarine warfare."
The Hague, Netherlands, May 25,
ia London, 2 13 I*. M.—The govern
ment of the Netherlands has sent a note
to Germany protesting against the sink
ing May 7. of the Cunard liner Lusita
nia by a German subma'rine.
The contents of this note are sub
stantially the same as those of the
American communication on the same
subject. I
The lives of several Duteh subjects
were lost when the Lueitania was tor
Ordered Before the Mayor on Charges
of Traffic Violations
Four more alleged violators of the
traffic law were ordered to appear be
fore Mayor Royal late this afteruoon, —
two jitney drivers and two other a .-
J. Lerov Messenger, of Lincoln
street, Marvsville, is charged with us
ing his dealer's license on a car in
which he was hauling passengers at a
nickel a head. One of Edward F.
Eisley's chauffeurs is charged with
passing a trolley car at Sixth and
Oranite streets while it was discharg
ing passengers.
Dr. Charles H.
tal street, and Jonas Heist, 327 South
Front street, were both charged with
allowing cars to stand with side and
tail lamps uulighted.
Four more alleged violators have
been ordered to appear- before to mor
row afternoon.
Clash Expected at Her
shey Conference on
Question Affecting
Lancaster Countians
Committee Will Urge That All Mem
bers of Church of the Brethren
Who Profit By Cultivation of the
Weed Be Barred From Office
Is the raising of tobacco a sin I That
question is one which promises to pro
voke much discussion at the annual
national conference of the Church of
the Brethren which opens a week from
to-morrow in Hershey, and which will
brim '4 through Harrisburg thousands of
Brethren, from all parts of the coun
try. It is expected fully 60,000 will
igather at the big tabernacle in Her
At the yearly gatherings of the
Brethren queries coming from local
congregations are presented for gen
eral discussion and final adjudication
and of this year's questions none prom
ises to excite more spirited argument
than that dealing with the growing of
Jn their aversion to what they term
"the things of the world," some of
the members of the Church of tho
Brethren have regarded unfavorably
the use of tobacco by those of their
number. The members of the Blue
River Church of Northern Indiana,
have now gone so far as to petition tho
annual meeting "to prohibit members
of our church from raising tobacco."
The committee on resolutions, which
passes on all queries received, has re
ferred this question to the Hershev
conference, attaching the following
statement as an expression of its own
views on the matter:
"VVc advise all our members not
to raise tobacco, 4in<i deeirie thnfr no
member that raises, selln,. buvs or
uses it, he permitted to exercise tho
office of deacon, minister or elder."
Referred to the Conference
When the question is brought be
fore the delegates, it will be argued
on both sides on the floor of tho con
vention. Many members of the «hureh,
especially thoec from Lancaster coun
ty, are tobacco growers and arc ex
pected to defend their occupation.
Continued on Eleventh Page.
Five Men Terribly Burned in Another
Mysterious Explosion at
Powder Plant
By Associated Press,
Wilmington, Del., May 25.—One of
the operating mills at the plant of the
Dupont Powder Company at Carney's
Point, X. J., was wrecked by an ex
plosion of unknown origin at 4.30
o'clock this morning.
Five men were burned, three seri
ously, but all are expected to recover.
They are in local hospitals.
The injured are J. Harry Williams,
of this city, seriously 'burned aibout the
body. He also sustained a compound
fracture of the left leg.
Bert Smith, of Penn's Grove, burned
all over the body.
James Anderson, of Penn's Grove,
burned all over the body.
Charles Gabriskia, of Fieldsboro, N.
J., burned about the hands, arms and
Thomas Sarr, of Klk 'Mills, Md.,
burned about body and limbs.
U. S. Trade Balance
By Associated Press,
Washington, May 25.—Secretary
Redfield to-day reported the trade bal
ance in favor of the I'nited States for
the week ending May 22 at approxi
mately $19,000,000. He estimates
that the total bailee since last ,lulv
has been $900,000,000.
Hea4 of Acme Tea Co. Dies
Philadelphia, May 25.—Thomas P.
Hunter, founder and head of the Acme
Tea Company, died to-day at his horn?
in Haverford. He was 54" years old.
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Boys an d Girls! I
Uncle Harry Talks
To-day On
"How Torpedoes
Read What He Has to Say
On Page 2
Mrs. Claude Grahame-W hite, whose husband, a flight commander in the
British army, has hi bis exploits against the Germaus added to Ills previous repu-,
tatlon as a daring aviator, took her patriotism as a British subject to the United
Hunts Ruelng Association meeting at Belmont Park Terminal, New York. Not
only was there n suggestion of the military in her costume, but in her Jaunty
dark blue hat was a tiny but warlike cockade combining the British colors.
Her costume was of dark blue serge, striped with black satin and trimmed with
military braid. The sleeves of the short extended over her wrists, re
vealing a fulness of filmy white ruffles. Two pointed fox pelts formed her
furs, which were worn, after the accepted mode, backward. The cockade that
bespoke defiance to Britain's enemies from the left side of her narrow brimmed
dark bine satin hat was a miniature Union Jack made over with fine skill into
a circle of countless pleats.
1.00011 ROOD
Governor Brumbaugh
Will Have Chance to
Use Shovel in Cum
berland County
First Good Roads Day in Pennsylvania
Is Expected to Result in Material
and Permanent Benefit to the High
ways—Volunteers in All Counties
The State Highway Department is
sued a statemeut this morning in which
it_ forecasts the presence of more than
150,000 volunteers at work on the high
ways on "Statewide Good Boads Day,"
to-morrow. The department has been
in touch with the organizations in
sixty-two of the sixty-six counties out
side oi Philadelphia and has obtained
this preliminary estimate as to the num
ber of men pledged to work.
With clearing weather reported from
virtually all points in tht' State, it is
expected thai the original plans will be
carried out in nearly every county. In
those counties where the' rainfall was
so heavy that two days of clear weath
er will not suffice to dry the roads
enough to permit effective work, post
ponement may be had until Wednesday,
June 2.
Officials of the State Highway De
partment have completed plans to have
the department represented in all parts
of the State. Governor Brumbaugh,
having placed his services at the dis
posal of the State Highway Depart
ment, is to accompany Kirst Deputy
State Highway Commissioner Joseph W.
Hunter an<j the statistician of the de
partment on a trip through Cumberland'
county, during which the Governor will
be given an opportunity to show his
skill as a in practical form.
Cunningham's Plans for Day
Commissioner Cunningham will leave
Pittsburgh early in tl\e morning and
will spend the day in a tour of Alle
gheny and Washington counties. He
will keep on county and township roads
Continued on seventh fuse.
Japan-China Note Signed
Washington, May 25.—Tokio dis
patches to the Japanese embassy say
that at 3 p. in. May 25 two treaties
covering the negotiations concerning
the Shantung peninsula and Mancnurin
and Mongolia were signed and ex
changed between Japan and China with
a note concerning other questions. No
intimation of the contents of the note
was contair d in the dispatch.
Scranton "Daily News" Suspends
Scranton, l'a., May 25.—The Scran
ton "Daily News - ' suspended publica
tion with to-day's issue and is absorbed
by the Scranton "Republican."' This
leaves only one morning and one even
ing paper iH 8c ran ton.
Mil Associated Prrsa.
Albany, N. V„ May 25. —The sec
ond conviction of former Police Lieu
tenant Charles Becker, of Xew York
City, for instigating the murder of Her
man Rosenthal, the New York gambler,
was upheld to-day by the Court of Ap
peals. Becker now must die, unless he
can executive clemency from
Governor Whitman, who, as District At
torney of New York, prosecuted him, or
he can obtain r, reversal by the United
States Supreme Court.
The chief judge, Willard Bartlett,
wrote a prevailing opinion, and Judges
Hiscock, Chase, Collin, Cuddeback and
Cardo/.o concurred, .fudge Hogan dis
Judge Samuel Sea-bury, who is a Su
preme Court justice, presided at Beck
er's second trial, did not sit on the case
in the higher court.
Washington, May 25.—The United
States has inquired of Great Britain,
through Ambassador Page, to learn the
meaning of the British Admiralty no
tice which specifies that neutral vessels
must obtain permission to take the
north route around the British Isles for
Scandinavian countries.
Officials here are unable to under
stand why neutral vessels should be
prohibited from any of the navigation
routes flying outside territorial waters.
The (iernian and Austrian embassies
here are very much interested in the
outcome of the inquiry because they
believe it affects the rights of neutral
vessels on the high seas more than does
the German war zone proclamation.
Germans Capture 21.0(H) Prisoners
Berlin, May 25, Via London, 5.3"
P. M.—General Mackensen has re
newed his offensive against the Russians
north of I'ermysl and yesterday he cap
tured 21,000 prisoners, according to
the official statement given out in Ber
lin to-day by the German War Office.
Bird Is Driven From Judge's Bench
After Chirping Into Arguments
Like the foolish fly that stepped into
the spider's parlor a sparrow, possibly
fascinated by the strains of a lawyer's
argument, this morning flew into Judge
Kunkel's court room, by way of an
open window, perched itself on the
canopy over the Judge's bench and
chirped to its heart's content while tfce
counselor battled away with bis legal
At times the bird was as musical as
a canary yet its chirping was more of
an annoyance than an entertainment
and a trusty court attache soon routed
the feathered creature with a tipstaff's
rod. It made its egress through the
same open window.
OF $300,000
Bowman Asks City to
Submit Bond Issue
Project to Voters In
Resolution Calls for Retirement July
I of Public Works Engineers-
Hall Is Reappointed Planning Com
missioner—Curfew Plan Amended
Voters of Harrisburg will get an
opportunity at the election next fall
to approve or defeat a plan to float
$300,000 worth of improvement bonds
to cover tlie cost of building a. bridge
at Walnut street over the tracks of the
Pennsylvania railroad—similar to the
j Mulberry street viaduct—if the <"'ity
I Commissioners adopt an ordinance that)
»as introduced to-day by Harry P.
' Bowman, Commissioner of Public
_ Mr. Bowman offered the ordinance,
he said, in the request of electors of
Allison Hill. The measure passed first
; reading ami will lie over one week for
printing, second reading ami final pass
age. Walnut street only recently was
i formally opened over the railroad under
an ordinance prepared by tlie Hill
The loan ordinance prescribes that
, the voters shall pass upon the question
with a '' ves'' ami "no*' vote and
; that the question shall lie a part of th»
i official ballot that is to be used at tha
regular municipal election.
Other important business of today's
, meeting ot the 'ity Commissioners
I were:
Introduction of resolution dismiss
ing the engineering corps of the Hoard
I of I'ii*bli c Works 011 July 1, whether
j or not the present improvement work
. be completed by that time. Action was
I postponed one week,
i Awarding of contracts for pur.
j chase of 2,400 feet of fire hose.
F. J. Hall Is Reappointed
Francis Jordan Hall reappointed
member of the City Planning Commis
-1 sion, his term to continue for five
; years.
< urfew ordinance amended so as not
to apply tn holidays anil other "spe*
: cial occasions.''
Resolution adopted empowering Pub
lie Safety Commissioner Bowman to
1 purchase a new automobile for his de
j Immediately preceding the regular
order of business the Commissioners
coi.ferred with present and former mem
bers of the Board of Public Works, City
Solicitor Seitz and ' ity Knginoer Cow
j den with respect to the recent decision
j <>f the arbitrators in the Oppcrman in
tercepting sewer dispute. No filial ac
tion was taken on the arbitrators' re
Curing the discussion, however, Joel
I>. Justin, chief engineer of the Board
j of Public Works, declared unqualified
| ly that Opperman, under his original
contract with the city, was paid fur all
work on the intereepter and that any
Continual on Mnth I'Dgr.
Frank Weber, Seeking Divorce. Swears
She Rendered His Life "Bur
densome and Intolerable"
Frank Weber, 925 Crand street, a
telephone lineman, wants the Uauphin
.county court to grant him a divorce
from his wife, Katherine, because she
annoyed him by screaming and other
wise treated him cruelly and made his
life burdensome, according to W. Jus
tin Carter, his counsel, who has just
Hied the papers.
The Webers were married just thir
teen years ago this month and Weber
charges he has been unhappy the great
er part of that time. The troubles be
gan in January, 1903, so it is charged
•in the divorce papers which set out
that the wife "hath by cruel and bar
! barous treatment and indignities to his
person rendered the condition of the
said Frank Weber intolerable and his
life burdensome. - '
Besides annoying him by screaming
it is charged the wife kicked her hus-'
band out of bed, pulled hi* bair aud
occasionally "beat him up."
Fire Wrecks Breaker
Bfj Associated Prc»a,
Hii/.leton. Pa . May 23.—Fire of un
known origin, starting in the tipp!e r
early to-day destroyed the Lattimer
; Xo. 4 breaker, of Pardee Brothers k
Company, Inc., causing a loss of $75,-
' 000. partly insured and throwing
about 500 hands out of work. Spread
of the flan-es to eompanv houses nearby
was prevented by biasing away the
breaker drag line.
New York, May £->.—Decline in
Bock Island to a new low record pro
voked further recessions in the lata
dealings. The closing was heavy. Dull
ness, accompanied by a declining ten
j dency, were the only characterises ot
1 to-day'B market.