The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 26, 1915, Image 1
THE WEATHEB ' SHOWERS TO-NIGHT FAIR TO MORROW »rtatU4 Bcfatt, Pas* • SB?™'™ VOL. 77—NO. 148. U. S. STEAMER NEBRASKAN TORPEDOED DY SUBMARINE OFF COAST OF IRELAND Late Report Says Ves sel Is Proceeding and That No Lives Have Been Lost—lmmedi ately After Ameri can Ship Was Struck She Began Calling for Help by Wireless HOLDS OF SHIP FULL OF WATER Soon Ascertained That the Nebraskan Was Not Seriously Dam aged and Crew Re turned on Board and Got the Vessel Under Way— C re w Had Taken to the Boats and Stood by the Steamer London, May 26, 12 Noon —The American steamer Nebraskan, Captain Green, from Liverpool, May 2 4 for Del-1 aware Breakwater, was torpedoed yes-! terday by a submarine at a point forty miles west southwest of Fastnet, off the j coast of Ireland. The sea was calm at the time. The crew at once took to the boats and stood by the steamer. It was soon ascertained that the Ne braskan WHS not seriously damaged. She had been struck forward, an i her t'oreholds were full of water. The crew returned on board and got the vessel under way. No lives were lost among the crew. The Nebraskan did not carry anv passengers. The foregoing information was re ceived to-day bv the British Admiralty in London and it was at once com municated to the American embassy. Immediately after she was struck the Nebraskan began calling for help by wireless. Browhead received the wire less communication at 9 a. m. yester day from Crookhaven. Nebraskan Down at Bows London, May 26, 1.11 P. M. —A mes sage to Lloyds from Kinsale, Ireland, says that the Nebraskan passed that point at 11 o'clock this morning, ap parently bound for Queenstown. The Nebraskan was down at the bows. She was proceeding under her own steam and flying the signal: "I am not under control." The American steamer Nebraskan, Captain Green, is owned by the Ameri can Hawaiian Steamship Company, of New York, and is of 2,524 tons net register. Was Bound for Delaware Breakwater Philadelphia, May 26.—The Ne braskan, it was said here, is bound for Delaware breakwater in ballast for or ders. This means that upon arrival there the agents of the ship would di rect its master to proceed to any port where a cargo might be procured, pos sibly to the Pacific coast via the Pan ama canal. The Nebraskan sailed from New York May 7 and arrived at Liverpool on ilav 19. Previous to the war the ship had been active in trade between northern ports and Galveston, but since the out break had made one voyage to London and one to Bremen. New York, M: 26.—The American- Hawaiian Steamship Company, owners of the Nebraskan, received t wireless message to-day from the Nebraskan's captain, relayed by in wjich the captain said the vessel had been struck either by a mine or torpedo and that he had turned back and was proceding with a convoy to Liverpool. Probably Struck by Drifting Mine Washingtjr, May 26.—The govern ment had no report from the embassy in London n~r from any of the consuls along the Irish coast of the plight of the steamer Neb askan. Coming close on the Lut'tania dis aster, the ..ews that another American ship had been endangered aroused more* than ordinary attention, but all officials were disposed to hear details before liaking comment. Some officials could not understand fchy a ship bound for the United States, in ballast, and, therefore, carrying no contraband, should have been endan gerel by a torpedo and they considered it among the possibilities that the Ne braskan had struck a drifting mine. Reports Nebraskan Torpedoed Washington, May 26. —Consul Gen eral Skinner at London cabled to-day: "The British Admiralty reports the American steamer Nebraskan torpe doed." He gave the same location as men tioned in the London dispatches and added that he had received no direct report. The text of Mr. Skinner's cable gram follows: "Admiralty Teports American steam er Nebraskan, Liverpool for Delaware Breakwater, torpedoed forty miles south by- west Fastnet. Crew and boats standing by. Weather fine. No direct reports.'' Secretary Bryan said the State De partment 's information was too meagre to permit the forming of an opinion. He said a full report with details of the attack are expected soon. No One Injured. Reports Green | New York, May 26. —The text of | the message which was dated yester | day and signed by Captain John S. j Green was as follows: | "Struck either by mine or torpedo I boat 4 8 miles west of Fastnet and i steaming to Liverpool. Water in lower I hold. No one injured." Nebraskan Passes Queenstown London, May 26, 5 P. M.—The American steamer Nebraskan passed (Queens' wn this afternoon on her way to .Liverpool. She was proceeding un der her own steam at eight knots an hour. American Officials Surprised London, May 26. —The torpedoing of the ><ei/raskau was a surprise to American officials here. Apparently it occurred before 9 o'clock last night. Ail foreign vessels leaving Liverpool recently have had their names and na tionalities painted in large letters on their sides and nave Hovrn large Hags. Yesterday evening was dear, and tho period between S and 9 o'clock is tho twilight hour in the British Islands at this season. A message to Lloyds says that an armed trawler went to the assistance of the Nebraskan and stood by her all night. Submarine Campaign Continues The German submarine campaign is continuing actively. Dispatches from Norway say the people of that coun try have been aroused by the sinking la>t week of the Norwegian steamer Minerva and the attempt to torpedo the Iris, which went to her assistance. The steamer Cromer, loaded with pas- Continued on Fourth Pnse. CLASHWWEENTTALY AND GERMANY NOW INEVITABLE Cologne, via London, May 26.—A novel situation has arisen in the rela tions between Germany and Italy, ac cording to the usually well informed Berlin correspondent of the "Volka Zeitung.'' Formally no state of war exists be tween the two countries, the paper save, but Prince Von Beulow is said to have informed the Italian govern ment before leaving Rome that Ger man troops were so closely intermiugled with the Austro-Hungarian forces that Italy, in making war against an Aus tro-Hungarian army, faced the danger of firing upon German soldiers. The ambassador is reported to have pointed out that Germany naturally would regard this as an unfriendly act and would take steps accordingly. ALTO TAKEN BY MISTAKE Detective Ibach on Trail of "Thief" When Notified of Error When Dr. J. A. Stine, Sixteenth and Berryhill strets went for his automo ibile which he keeps in a garage near the Will market house, he found that he was a little too late for another person had been there first and drove away with it. Detective Ibach was notified and at once started a search for the supposed thief. This took place shortly before 10 o'clock this morn ing. About two hours later Dr. Stine again called the detective, this time to notify him that the suspected "thief" had replaced the car in the garage. It all happened, when another renter in the same garage sent his new chauf feur for his car, who took the doctor's in mistake. Kaiser's Granddaughter Baptized Berlin, via London, May 26.— The infant daughter of tho Crown Price and Crown Princess was baptized to day in the presence of the Emperor and Empress. She received the namo of Alexandrine Irene. The Crown Prince was not present. Injured in Fail From Engine John S. Orncr, 442 North street, was admitted to the Harrisburg hospital this afternoon suffering from a frac tured hand. Orner is employed as a laborer for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Lucknow, and while doing some work on an engine fell and frac tured his right hand. HARRISBURG; PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 26,1915—10 PAGES. DRAC RIVER IN VAIN FOR BODY OF DROWNED MAN No Trace of Charles Berger, Who Lost Life When Motorboat Capsized Near River Dam Last Night, Was Pound by Early Afternoon Searching parties using grappling hooks and other implements, after rak ing the river bottom in the vicinity of the municipal dam, South Harris burg, since last night for the body of Charles Berger, reported no success at 1.30 o'clock this afternoon. Berger lost his life by drowning, about 7.30 o'clock last night when a motorboat, containing Berger, Joseph Harlacher and Stephano Froe, all from Steelton, capsized near the breast of the dam. All three were thrown into the swift current. Berger had been raised along the river and was known to be a fearless and expert swimmer. The supposition of his friends is that in some manner, when the motorboat capsized, he re ceived a blow on the head which made him helpless. He was born in Royal ton and moved to Steelton several years ago. He had been a stove molder in the employ of the Middletown Stove Company, but had been laid off for lack of work several weeks ago. Since then he had assisted Samuel Shrauder in taking care of a number of motor boats, in Steelton. Berger. last evening, had completed making repairs to the gasoline engine of the boat in which the fatal trip up river subsequently was made. In fact the trip was made to test the repaired engine. When the swift overflow of the dam was reached, the party lost oontrol of the boat, which spun sideways to the current and capsized. The ' accident caused the submerged men to cry for help. Lewis Gibson, Raymond Dunlap, John Mclntee and Lewis Bowman hur ried out from shore in a row boat. Har lacher and Froe were pulled out of the water in a helpless condition, but nothing could be seen of Berger. The former two had managed to obtain a hold of the upturned motor boat and clung to it until rescued. Aft »r recovering from the shoi-lr, they re turned to their homes in Steeliuti- Ber ger wan married, and with his wife, re side! on Franklin street, near Main street, Steelton. He was aged 24 years. MRS. STUYVESANT FISH DIES Leader of New York's Social Set Suc cumbs After An Illness of Only a Few Hours By Associated Press. Garrison, N. Y., May 26.—Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, leader of New York's social set, is dead at her summer home here. She died last night of cerebral hemorrhatge after an illuese which had lasted only a few hours. Shortly after luncheon yesterday she was stricken while planning to give a garden party within a few days on her estate. She failed to rally and died soon after 10 o'clock. Her hus band was with her when she died, but her three children, Stuyveeant, Sydney and Mrs. Albert Gravj did not reach* the house till a short time after she had died. Airs. Fish was about 60 years old. She was born in New York. Her maid en name was Marion Grayes Anthon. On June 1, 1876, she was married to Stuyvesant Fish, a well known railroad man and financier and a son of Ham ilton Fish, Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grant. With her husband she was interested in manv charities and entertained liberally. Her list of personal charities, too, it was said, was large. THE PEAR IK ¥ HERB First Time In History of State. Pro fessor Surface Finds This Destructive Pest The pear midge has come to the State of Pennsylvania for the first time and is not a welcome visitor. Professor H. A. Surface, State Eco nomic Zoologist, so announced to-daj after examination of several abnormally large young pears that were shipped to him by a Philadelphia county grower with an inquiry as to the identity of certain worms "that were found near the cores. These worms, Professor Surface says, are pear midges. They arc very de structive to the fruit, and never before have appeared in Pennsylvania. They appeared first in Connecticut forty years ago, gradually spread into New York and New Jersey and have now come to this State to add to the worri ment of fruit growers. The midge multiplies very fast. Professor Surface says it cannot be killed by spraying, but it has been more or less successfully combatted in Jersey by scattering 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of kainit to an acre. This, however, is Tecommended only for sandy soil, as on some soils it damages the trees. Where the pear midge occurs the ground should be cultivated by shallow cultiva tion during June and July. As it goes to a depth of only one inch or two, it can be destroyed by this means in its earthen cells. Professor Surface is going to make a special study of the midge to devise a better way of killing it off. ENOLA IRAN IS KILLED WHEN AUTO HITS POST Three Other Persons, Incl ding Two Women, Are Injured When the Oar Upsets—Surviving Victims Brought Home From Carlisle Hospital An automobile accident which result ed in the death of John Shenk and minor injuries to Mr. aud Mrs. William Stietler aud Miss Kose Kohler, all of Enola, occurred last night shortly be fore 10 o'clock when the machine struck a fence post one and one-half miles west of New Kingston. According to the story told by the injured members of the party they had left Enola about an hour before on the way to Carlisle. The machine, which was driven by Shenk, was going at a rapid rate of speed and just as it was about to make a slight turn in the road in front of the Albright farm, the car skidded, striking an iron post and a foot square wooden post, turning the car completely over forward. Snenk, who was the only person in the front of the car, was pinned beneath the wreckage, while the other occupants were hurled from the machine into a farm yard. The injured persons were picked up by a p: :sing autoist and rushed to the Todd hospital, Carlisle, where their in juries were dressed. On examination it was found that Shenk was suffering from several broken ribs, a punctured lung and other internal injuries. He died at 10.30 o'clock. Stietler was badly bruised about the head, while Miss Rohler suffered a badly bruised leg and Mrs. Stietler minor scratches. After being treated at the hospital the three injured persons returned to this city. When they arrived ait the station in Harrisburg, Stietler became suddenly ill as a result of his injuries and fell over. He quickly revived and the two women helped him to a street car and proceeded to their homes. This morning it was reported that all three were in good condition, Mr. and Mrs. Stietler having improved so far as to be out doors. Miss Rohler will be confined to her home for a few days. Both the men are widely acquainted among railroad men of this city and Enola, being Pennsylvrnia railroad lire men. Shenk was a single man and re sided with his parents. An investigation of the accident was being made late to-day by the Cumber land county authorities. GIRL SHOT BY FATHER Grace Badel Is Recovering 1 From Slight Injury Inflicted Yesterday Williamstown, May 26. —•i?ixt«»n- Graco Radel, who was shut by her father. Elias Radel, yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at her home iu Bear Valley, near here, is recovering. According to the attending pyeician, Dr. Shaffer, only a flesh wound was in flicted. Neighbors say that Radel was in a drunken frenzy" at the time of the shooting. He will be placed under arrest by Constable Reisig. STEAMSHIPS CRASH OFF NANTUCKET Dutch Liner Ryndam F'reigher Cuneo Col lide—No Lives Are Lost 77 PASSENGERS ON THE FORMER Wireless Messages Prom U. S. Warßhips Standing Near Scene of Disaster Report the Accident Occurred dur ing a Thick Fog Bj/ Associated Press. New York, May 26.—The Dutch liner Ryndam, which sailed from this port yesterday for Rotterdam with 77 passengers and a million dollar cargo, was badly damaged in a collision fif teen miles southwest of the Nantucket shoals lightship at 4 o'clock this morn ing with the tramp freighter Joseph J. Cuneo, which sailed from Boston last night for Baracca, Cuba. Both vessels were seriously injured. The Ryndam's wireless reports indicato she was struck aft with such force that hold No. 5 filled almost immediately, water flowed freely into the engine room «nd began to creep up in hold No. 6. The Cuneo 'e bows were smashed in badly. U. S. Warships Answer 8. O. S. Calls S. O. S. signals were flashed from the Ryndam's wireless and her pas sengers were transferred hastily to the Cuneo. One hundred and sixty of the Ryndam's crew of 200, likewise were put aboard the freighter leaving only forty men aboard the liner to navi gate it. United States battleships in the vi- Contlaued oi Fourth Pas*. DALKY MOLE DEFIES THE GOVERNOR Brumbaugh Can't Make Stubborn Animal Move Water Wagon On Good Roads Day HIS EXCELLENCY WIELDS SHOVEL During Auto j.'our of Cumberland Val ley He Frequently Stops to Do Manual Labor Wlt*> Other Volun teers—College Girls Cheer Him (From a Staff Correspondent.) Carlisle, Pa., M<iy 26.—Governor Brumbaugh this morning got a lesson in some of the difficulties of road-n.end ing when he took the driver 'a seat on a sprinkling cart and tried in vain to make a balky mule go. Hooked up with that mule —whose name, by the way, was Local Option, which, perhaps, ac counts for the Go"ernor's failure to set it in motion—was an equally stubborn horse. The distinguished driver simply couldn't make them budge, go finally he climbed dow-ii .rom the seat in disgust, leaving the immobile water wagon stalled ' the roadside on the outskirts of Mechanicstiurg. This was only one of the interesting "Good Roads Day" experiences the Governor had after setting out in an automobile from in front of the Capitol in Harrisburg this morning. He went to do his share to help the volunteers who went out in all parts of the State to devote one full day to wielding the pick and the shovel on the highway* in response to the Governor's proclama tion. Dr. Brumbaugh determined to do his share of the actual manual ia»or. Ac cordingly he spent the forenoon travel ing through the Cumberland Valley, stopping here and there to encourage the roadside workers and in several in stances seizing a pick and a shovel ami working with all the enthusiasm he used to display in the old days on the farm in Huntingdon county. Just to break the monotony the Gov ernor stopped at Irving College, Mo cha- csburg, where one hundred very pretty girls made a great fuss over him. Eighteen in the Party There were eighteen persons in the ! three ears of tl.e gubernatorial party that set out from the at 9.15 o'clock. In the first auto—the Gov ernor 's official car—rode Dr. Brura bauga, Deputy State Highway Commis sioner Hunter, Chairman Woodward, of tiie Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives, and several newspapermen In the other two cars were newspapermen, Highway Depart ment attaches and photographers, in cluding several motion picture men with their cameras, all loaded to catch the uistinguished road mender when he C ontinued on Mnth Pnge. BECKER'S DEATH DATE SET Court of Appeals Fixes Week of July 12 for Convicted Slayer of Rosenthal to Die By Associated Press, Albany, N. Y., May 26.—The Courf of Appeals to-day fixed the week begin ning July 12 for the execution of for mer Police Lieutenant Charles Becker, convicted of the murder of Herman Rosenthal. New York, Msy 26.—Martin T. Manton, chief counsel for Charles Becker, the former police lieutenant whose conviction of the murder of Her man Rosenthal was affirmed by the Court of Appeals yesterday, was plan ning to-day to visit Becker at Sing Sing to confer with him concerning fu ture action. Mr. Manton agreed with Becker in stating that no attempt will be made to obtain executive clemency from Governor Whitman. District Attorney Perkins said that, in his opinion, Becker's only chance of escaping the electric chair is in newly discovered evidence or in an appeal to the Governor. "Not a single consti tutional question has been raised in this case," said Mr. Perkins, "and without nueh a question the Federal court will refuse to touch the case." Others asserted that Becker might apply to a Federal Judge for a writ of habeas corpus, or send a petition to a Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court for a writ of error. Striken Didn't Attack James Duffy East Donegal, 'May 26.—The news item published last week relative to the strikers of the Hollowware works at tacking James Duffy, one of the firm, was not correct, but several men were arrested for alleged rioting by a Lan caster constable and furnished bail for a hearing to-night. ABDQTT AGAIN PLEADS FOR THE COMMUTERS Philadelphia Lawyer Oomes Here To day and Presents New Case Before the Members of Newly Organized Public Service Commissioners Edwin M. Abbott, chief counsel for the United Business Men's Association of Philadelphia, and the Commuters' Association, lost no time in presenting the case of the commuters before Penn sylvania's new Public Service Commis sion, when the commissioners held a brief session this morning. Being dissatisfied with the decision of the old board, which refused to grant a rehearing on the whole Phila delphia commutation schedule. Abbott appeared this morning and assured the commission that he would present an entirely new case and asked for a hearing. He presented the case in per son, while other counsel for the busi ness men sent letters. The commission made no decision to day. It was merely an informal meet ing and no chairman presided. After the meeting Commissioner Pennypacker and Secretary Miller left for a tour of the northern tier coun ties to investigate a complaint against tho Erie railroad. The commission will meet next Tuesday. Governor Brum baugh yesterday outlined his policy regarding the new commission, saving: "It is my purpose to have the'PuTi lic Service Commission in session all ; of the time. It will Ibe a business ! board instead of merely a judicial one, although when it considers cases or ! renders decisions it necessarily will I have to act in a judicial capacity." Rilling Coming Here to Live ■ John S. Rilling, of Erie, one of the I new members of the Public Service Commission, announced to-dav he will : give up all his law practice at home and move to Harrisburg to better look j after the business of the commission. | Mr. Rilling also has resigned from the State Board of Education. ENDED SEASON DEGREE WORK State Capital Lodge No. 70, I. O. 0. F., Held -mousing Meeting Last Night State Capital Lodge No. 70, Inde pendent Order of Odd Fellows, closed their degree work for the season last night, when the third degree was con ferred on a class of ten candidates in their hall, 304 North Second street. The degree was conferred by Palmyra Lodge No. 1132. Addresses were made during the evening by Rooert W. Montgomery, newly-elected Grand Warden of the j Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, of Phila delphia; past Grand Master Christian •W. Myers, the Rev. Amos Htamets and ' Attorney D. H. Moyer, of Palmyra. The Past Grands' Association of the | Southern District Dauphin County were 1 also present and held a meeting, follow- i ing which refreshments were served to about 250 members. DEMENTED WOMAN'S CRIMES Kills Self With Pistol After Tying Cords About Necks of Her Tot; By Associated Press. New York, May 26.—Mrs. Charlotte O'Neill, wife of Francis O'Neill, an architectural engineer employed by the tßrooklyn Rapid Transit Company, was found dead to-day with a bullet in her heart in a bed room in her home in i Brooklyn. In an adjoining room lay two of her three children, Josephine, 1 year old, j and Francis, aged 4, with cords drawn i tightly around their necks. The boy j was later revived, but the baby died. Detectives said that it was their' theory that Mrs. O'Neill became sud denly demented, tied the cords around the children's i.eck and then believing them dead, shot and killed herself. A revolver lay on the floor near her body. NEXT CONCLAVE IN SIR ANTON Knights Templar Hold Election and Advance Old Officers By Associated Press. Philadelphia, May 26.—Thomas R. Patton, Philadelphia, was to-day elect ed junior warden of the Grand Com mandery, Knights Templar, in anuual conclave here. All the other officers, as usual, were moved up in rank, Brad ley W. Lewis, of Tunkhannock, becom ing grand commander. He succeeds A. Howard Thomas. The Rev. Robert O'Boyle, Sunbury, was selected grand to fill the place made vacant by the Rev. John Hewitt moving out of the jurisdiction. The next conclave will be held in Scranton. WOMAN GETS HEAVY DAMAGES Awarded $14,675 Against Reading Railway for Killing of Husband By Associated Press. Norristown, Pa., May 26.—Mrs. Minnie Simons has been awarded $14,- i 075 damages in civil court against the Reading Railway for the death of her husband, Fred. W. Simons, a newspa perman. Simons was killed when a motor car in which he and several Washington party candidates were rid ing was struck by a train at Souder ton on the night of October 15. Others who were in the car have suits pending, as has Mrs. A. J. Mc- Farland, of Upper Merion, whose hus ! band was killed. Brewer Jacob Ruppert Dies at 74 By Associated Press. New York, May 26.—Jacob Rup pert, one of the most widely known brewent of this country and founder of the Jacob Ruppert Brewing Company, died in his home here late last night. He was 74 years old. King Constantino Critically 111 London, May 26, 4.22 P. /M.—: The condition of King Constantine of Greece continues critical, according to a dis patch received to-day by the Kxchange Telegraph Company from its corre spondent at Athens. POSTStRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. AUSTRIANS FLEEINGRAZE THE BRIDGES Destroy Them as Ital ians Pursue Troops of Dual Monarchy in Mountain Defiles MANY TOWNS IN AUSTRIA SEIZED Offensive Operations on the Part of King Emmanuel's Forces Result In the Occupation of Austrian Terri tory All Along the Frontier Rome, May 25, Via Paris, May 26, 8.30 A. M. —Offensive operations re sulting in the occupation of Austrian territory all along the frontier from Lombardy to the Adriatic are claimed in an official statement issued to-night by t lie War Ollice. Italian troops have seized various towns in the Trentino and forced their way through mountain defiles. On the lower lsonzo attacks were continued to gain the line of the river. The Austrians are reported to have retired, destroying bridges behind them. Italian aviators bombarded Monfalcons, near the Gulf of Triest. Italians Take the Offensive The communication follows: "Everywhere on the 24th our troops took the offensive, occupying Forcella, Montezzo, Tonale and I'onte Caffaro, in V'al tiiudicaria, the territory north of Ferrara and Monte Baldo. "They also occupied Monte Reorno and Monte Foppa, on the slopes north of Lessinni; Monte Pasubia and Monte Baffelan, at the extremity of the Agno and Leogang valleys, and the defiles of Val Brenta. We took a number of i prisoners. In Cadoro we occupied all I the frontier defiles. "The enemy's medium calibre artil- I lerv opened hre ou the Bay of Misi trina, but without results. On the frontier the night of the 24th we took by a bayonet attack the defile of Val D'lnferno and the extremity of Val dagno. Austrian Fire Without Result "On the Frieuli frontier on the 2oth in the mi'ddle of the lsonzo region we successfully continued our offensive op erations near Catoretto. We have dis posed of troops on the conquered heights between the Judrio and the lsonzo. Medium calibre artillery of the Austrians at Santa Maria and Santa Lucia, to the southwest of Tolmino, opened fire on the heights between the Judrio and lsonzo, out without result. "On the lower lsonzo we also con tinued our offensive to attain the line of the river. Everywhere the enemy \ retired, destroying bridges and cutting communications. I "Our aviators bombarded the district power house and railroad station at i Monfalcone." Italians Blockade Austrian Ports Paris, May 26, 7.10 P . IM. —The Italian government to-day declared a 'blockade of all ports on the Austro- Hungarian toast. IMPORTANT REVELATION IN ITALIAN (iREEN BOOK Lomlon, May 26.—The "Times' " correspondent at Rome says that an ini]iortant revelation iu the Italian green book is the statement that the immunity from Austrian attack enjoy ed by Serbia and Montenegro during the last three months was directly due to the action of Italy, who made the immunity of Serbia a condition for en tering into negotiations with Austria, Baron Sonnino, Itailian foreign min ister, having twice in February noti fied Austria that any military action on the part of Austria iu the Balkans without a previous agreement with Italy would have the gravest conse quences. LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY The American steamer Nebraskan was torpedoed by a submarine yester day off the south coast of Ireland. The crew took to the boats but returned on ascertaining that the damage In flicted by the torpedo, which struck forward was not serious. No lives were lost. The Nebraskan carried no pas sengers. An official communication from Rome indicates that the Italian Inva sion of Austria has been extended over almost the whole of the Austrio-Itallan frontier. According to this statement, the Italians have seized a number of towns near the border, and have forced their way through mountain defiles, occupying strategic positions. Appar- Contlnueri on Fourth I'aic WALL STREET CLOSINO' New York, May 2« (Wall Street).— Severe declines in the less prominent specialties occurred in the final hour. The closing was heavy. To-day's dull and heavy stock market was again dominated by fears of further compli cations.