The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 27, 1915, Image 1

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Detailed Report. Pas* «
VOL. 77—NO. 149.
"pr. i. I*7«.
Examination Neces
sary to Determine
What Damaged U. S.
Vessel Off Ireland
Thus Reports Captain Green, of Dis
abled Vessel, iu Message to Consul
Skinner at London—President Wil
son Awaits More Definite News
By Aawiated Press.
Washington. May 27. —Messages re
ceived by the State Department to-day
from Ambassador Page and Consul Gen
eral Skinner at London and Consul
Frost at Queenstown, failed to say defi
nitely whether the steamer Nebraskau
liad been torpedoed or had struck a
mine. One of the dispatches- said the
Nebraskan's American flag had been
hauled down five minutes before
wa.s struck, although her name was
painted on her sides in letters six feet
high. The American naval attache at
Loudon has been sent to Liverpool to
examine the Nebraskan's hull.
Terrific Explosion Causes Damage
Consul General Skinner's message
"Green, master of American steamer
Nebraskau, in wireless addressed to me
via London, reports:
"'Nebraskan passed Rock
Tuesday 4.32 p. m., t ' erpool
bound for Delaware Breakwater in bal
last. At 8.24 p. m. when steamer was
about 48 miles west half south from
Fastnet she experienced violent shock
followed instantly by terrific explo
siou, bursting hatches :ind throwing
hatch beams, cargo derricks and twist
ed iron into air, tilling lower hold for
ward completely with water. Crew im
mediately took to boats.
U. S. Flag Hauled Down
" 'After standing by ship one hour
returned on board and at 10.30 start
ed for Liverpool. About 1.25 a. m. met
two vessels sent by -British Admiralty
in answer to our wireless call. One has
been in attendance ever since.
" 'lt was dusk when the explosion
occurred. Flag had been hauled down
five minutes before. Steamer's name
paiuted ou both sides of the ships in
letters six feet tail. Had no warning
an 1 saw nothing.' "
Ambassador Page sent the following
"Admiralty has reported from
that the Xeibraskan is now
on her way to Liverpool, under her ow-n
Continued on Seventh Pace.
South Shields. Eng., May 27, 2.41
P. M. —The Danish steamer Betty was
torpedoed bv a German submarine in
the Xorth Sea yesterday and went to
the bottom. The members of her crew
were rescued and have been brought to
the Tyne.
The "Danish steamer Betty was 281
feet long an.l of 1267 tous net register.
She was built in 1912 and was owned
in Copenhagen. She sailed from Balti
more April 10 for Copenhagen, where
she arrived May 8.
Cardiff. Wales, May 27, via London,
4.20 P. M. —The steamer Morwenna
of Montreal, was torpedoed and shell
e l by a German submarine at midday
of Wednesday at a point 160 miles
west by south of .St. Ann's Head. One
member of the crew of the vessel was
killed and three were wounded. The
others have been lauded here.
The Morwenna WHS bound from Car
diff for Sydney, Cape Breton, in bal
last. The Belgian trawler .laquelene
picked up the crew.
The Morwenna, a British steamer,
was built at Dundee in 1904. She was
260 feet long and was owned bv the
St. Lawrence Shipping Company, of
Montreal. The maritime records show
that she left Cardiff, May 2-5. Ht. Ann's
Head is in Wales, in Pembrokeshire. A
distance of 160 miles west by south
of this location would have placed the
Morwenna not far from Old Head of
Kinsale, where the Cunard liner Lusi
tania was torpedoed, May 7.
King of Greece Getting Better
Washington. May 27. King Con-,
stantine's condition is improving, ac
cording to a physician's bulletin issued
last night and received to-day at the
Greek legation here.
Young Woman Who Was Bridesmaid at
Smlth-Knisely Wedding Last Fall
Will Be Warmly Welcomed When
She Appear* To-night
Many of the younger social set of
Harrisburg who met Miss Jessie Nick
olls. of New York City, when she spent
several weeks in Harrisburg preceding
the wedding of Miss Mary Esther
Knisely, daughter of the late Arch G.
Knisely, to Mr. Paul G. Smith, which
took place on last Thanksgiving Day
and at which Miss Nicholls was a
bridesmaid, are planning to give her a
warm welcome when she appears on the
stage at the Majestic Theatre this
evening with Miss Christie Mac Donald
in "Sweethearts.''
Miss Nicholls has been on the stage
only six weeks, having started out
with the "Sweethearts" company
when it left New York about the mid
dle of last month. However, she has
been intrusted with an important role
in which she sings well and dances
with rare grace.
Miss Nicholls conducted a dancing
class in New York for several years
and it was her skill and experience
thus gained that won for her a coveted
place in the company with Miss Mac-
Donald. She already has a'' speaking
Continued on Mnlh I'ftge.
Order Affecting Concern Having Ex
tensive Camps in Mountains Near
Dauphin Is Issued by Federal Judge
The W. P. Zartman Lumber Com
pany, which for years has operated
lumber camps near Dauphin, in the up
per end of this county, and conducted
a similar business in Northumberland.
Clinton and other counties of Pennsyl
vania, was placed under a receivership
bv an order Issued yesterday by Judge
Charles B. Witmei. sitting in the Mid
dle District Federal Court, in Sunbury.
Mercer B. Tate and John E. Witmer,
of this city, were appointed receivers
on petition of Senator K. E. Beidleman.
who represents creditors who allege that
the company's assets amount to several
hundred thousand dollars, but that they
are exceeded by the liabilities.
Zartman. who for years has engaged
extensively in the lumber business, is a
resident of Shamokin. Harrisburg
lawyers recently have entered a score
of judgments, totaling $26,146.77,
against the lumber dealer. In some of
these judgments, however, Zartman is
but a party defendant, other persons
sharing the liabilities with him. The
individual judgments range from S2OO
to $5,000 in size.
Appointed This Afternoon by New
Principal Who Is Disgusted With
Drill Held Yesterday "Girls
First" Is to Be Slogan of the Corps
Because he is dissatisfied with the
results of a fire drill held yesterday at
the Central High school, Howard G.
Dibble, the new principal, this after
noon appointed twenty of the school's
athletes to serve on a fire patrol which
will direct future drills and be respon
sible for the safe conduct of the stu
dents from the building in case of
actual fire.
The drill yesterday was the first
which the new principal has witnessed.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the
order, or lack of order, of the students
and decided on the necessity for the
tire patrol. There was much unueces-
Continued on Ninth E'aKf.
State Game Commission Compelled to
Take Quarters in Locust Street
This is moving day for the State
Game Commission. For years the Com
mission has "been confined to one room
in the Capitol, but the growth of the
many duties imposed on it by new laws
has led to the demand for larger quar
ters, especially since the scalp bounty
law has required more help and greater
room and the hunters' license law has
added to the work.
To-day the Commission's quarters
were removed to the fourth floor of the
Franklin building, on Locust street,
next door to the Orpheum, where the
business will be transacted probably
until the Capitol is enlarged.
Mother and Son Seek That Amount For
Loss of the Latter'g Leg
A claim for $15,000 damage, $lO,-
000 for the son and $5,000 for his
mother—is made in a damage suit
filed to-day against the Pennsylvania
Railroad Company by Earl E. kreiser,
12 years old, the Rovalton lad whose
foot had to be amputated following an
accident in which a freight car passed
over the limb on a siding within sight
of his home on May 15, last.
The claim of the mother, Margaret
Kreiser, is based upon the consequen
tial losses she sustained as a result of
the son's injuries.
James Walker, 66. and
Miss Matilda Elder,
Childhood Sweet
hearts. Soon to Wed
After Courting Miss Elder in Youth He
Marrted Another Woman. But He Is
a Widower Now and Prlends Let It
Out that Wedding Day Is Near
A romance begun more than two
score years ago when they were chil
dren together on the Rutherford farms,
near what is now Rutherford Heights,
will culminate in the wedding in the
near future of Miss Matilda Elder, sis
ter of Mrs. Prancis Rutherford, and
.lames Walker, 66 years old, a widower,
who has long been a trusted employe of
the Boyd estate. Miss Elder resides
with Mrs. Rutherford in the latter's
home in Rutherford lane, a mile east of
News of the wedding plans has been
confided to close friends, although the
date for the marriage and the details of
the ceremony have not yet been ar
ranged. Formal announcement of the
engagement has not yet been made, but
a niece of Miss Elder this morning con
firmed the news.
Both Miss Elder and Mr. Walker
were born on the Rutherford farms and
have resided in that section of the
county ever since. They were play
mates and later sweethearts, Mr. Walker
having courted Miss Elder two score
years ago. Despite their childhood ro
mance there was no wedding of the pair
and Mr. Walker, after some years,
married another woman. He is a
widower now, the old love lias been re
kindled and announcement of the wed
ding date is expected soon.
Mr. Walker, who boards house
hold of Mrs. George Shearer, on Peifer's
lane, just east of Paxtang, at present
is engaged in building a storehouse on
the Boyd estate. He will fill a clerkship
there on the building's completion. Mr.
Walker has been employed on the Boyd
estate ever since his youth. His one
son is also employed there.
Large Crowds at Hershey Next Week
Will Be Protected From Artful
Dodgers by Detectives and by De
tail From State Constabulary
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
Hershey, May 27. —The services of
a detail of eight members of the State
Constabulary, three mounted and five
on foot, as well as of experienced plain
clothes detectives from various cities,
have been secured to protect the large
crowds which will be in the chocolate
town during next week's Church of the
Brethren conference and which on one
day, Sunday, June 6, are expected to
reach sixty thousand persons.
The detectives will be posted par
ticularly in the cars of the Hershey
Rapid Transit Company, which will be
crowded at practically all trips in all
directions and will keep constantly on
the lookout for artful dodgers and oth
er crooks.
Very seldom in the history of the
chocolate town has there been such a
busy season as is noticeable here at
present. In a few days hundreds of
the Brethren denomination will arrive
for their annual gathering. Nearly all
the preparations are complete with the
exception of the massive tabernacle in
Continued on Eleventh Pace.
Causes Thief to Flee After Getting Only
$1 at Home of One-Time
Head of Council
Thieves last evening broke into two
places, a residence and a candy store,
got several dollars and fled without the
police knowing of their presence. At
the home of Charles Steiner, 817 North
Sixth street, $1 was taken. At the
candy store of R. V. Fairlamb At Com
pany, 208 Market street, both cash reg
isters wers rifled and something like
$3 stolen.
After ransacking the first floor of
the Steiner home, the intruder went up
stairs and poked his head into Stein
er's sleeping room. A dog roused the
family, but the thief ran and escaped
before an effort could be made to ap
prehend him.
After the $3 was taken, something
like $1 in change was left in one of
the cash registers in the Fairlamb
store and this led to the belief that the
thieves were frightened away before
they finished their job.
Mr. Steiner, who is a former presi
dent of Common Council, said:
"If it hadn't been for my terrier
'Diana,' I believe the burglar would
have gotten more money which was in
the house."
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Austrian aeroplanes In their first demonstration against Italjr attacked the arsenal at Venice and other points
along the Italian coast. Anti-aircraft guns at Venice drove away the Austrian* and little beyond material damage
was Inflicted at any point attacked by aeroplanes. Venice is one of the nearest points of attack from Pola and
Trieste, and lias long been reported as the first point of attack for the Austro-Hungarian forces, and in anticipation
of just such an attack as that delivered the Italians have revised the defences of the place Uuriug the last six months
by the addition of 10 and 11-inch guns.
Geneva, Switzerland, May 27, Via
Paris, 2.25 P. 11. —A strong Italian ad
vance guard to-dav crossed the Isonizo
river after a sharp fight with an Austri
an force and arrived before the town
of Moufalcone which is thirty miles
from the Austrian seaport of Triest.
The first of the Austrian wounded
are now arriving at the latter place.
The Italians also attacked at sev
eral points along the forty miles of the
Corinthian frontier. A battle between
the Italians and Au»yians now is rag
ing around Ploken and *h>n west of the
Praedil pass in Austria. In Adige the
fighting has been limited to skirm
Italian forces which penetrated the
Tyrol at Oandino and other Italian
arms which captured (.'ormons had re
constructed the railway and are now
marching on liorz. the capital of the
Austrian crowH land of tiorz and (irad
Both the Austrian and Italian avia
tion services are very active along the
frontier. Many machines have been
gathered at Venice to protect that city.
A Parsival airship arrived by rail at
Trent yesterday from Munich. Bavaria.
A Zeppelin dirigible balloon is reported
to be preparing to follow it shortly
from Friedricbshafen.
Several regiments of Bavarian Al
pine troops yesterday crossed Brenner
'pass, which is 4,485 feet high, bound
for Bosen.
Between Salsburg and Innsbrueck
forty-five trains are passing daily, and material. Swiss
patrols are marking the eastern fron
tiers of Switzerland with flags to pre
vent incidents.
Minimum Temperature of Forty De
grees Reported Last Night—Weath
er Bureau Officials Predict Frost
To-night in Exposed Places
Tnusual falls in temperature which
carried the mercury within six degrees
of the May minimum temperature rec
ord will continue here to-night and into
to-morrow, causing frost in exposed
places to-night. Heavy damage was
done in the lake region "and the Middle
Atlantic States by frost last night.
The minimum temperature here last
night was 40 degrees. No frost was
re|>orted here, probably due to a brisk
wind which was blowing. With the
abatement of the wind Weather bureau
officials expect frost in exposed places
to-night. On May 2, 1903, the abso
lute minimum temperature for twenty
seven years, 33 degrees, was estab
While frost is expected to-night,
warmer weather is promised Friday.
Temperatures close to the freezing point
were recorded in places in the lake re
gion and the IMiddle Atlantic States,
while a warm rain was falling in the
central valleys.
Overcoats and winter bed clothes
which were put in the moth chest for
the summer weTe resurrected last night
when the cold overtook the city ami
will be put to good use again to-night.
Ice Formed at Lockport, N. Y.
Lockport, N. Y., May 27.—A killing
white frost, which put a coat of ice on
Continued on Ninth I'axr.
Vigilance Committe For Paxtang
Determined to put an end to the
many robberies that have occurred in
the borough in the last few months,
residents of Paxtang declared to-day
that they proposed to organize gangs
of volunteer watchmen to go on night
duty. The plan is to have at least half
a dozen men remain on the streets of
the town each night and lie in wait
for the thieves.
Dreadnought South
Carolina Escorts For
mer Vessel and Pas
sengers to New York.
1 Holland-American Liner's Pirescngers
Asleep When the Cuneo Struck the
j Ryndam—When Vessel Settles
Lifeboats Were Entered Orderly
By Associated Press,
; New York, May 27. —The Holland-
Americun liner Ryndam was safe in
port here today with passengers and
crew once more on board after a col-
I lision anil a narrow escape from de
struction early Wednesday morning off
1 Nantucket shoals lightship. The Nor-
Iwegian freighter Joseph ,1. Cuneo,
which rammed the Ryndam, was ereep
| ing in with ten feet of her bow
I crumpled by the impact.
! Four transfers, two at sea anil two
jin New York harbor, left (12 of the
j 74 passengers who sailed from New
! York on the Ryndam Tuesday afternoon
buck again aboard the Dutch liner,
i These passengers and 160 members of
| the Ryndam's crew who were taken
aboard by the Cuneo at 4.30 Wednes
| day morning, half an hour after the two
I steamers collided.
Rescue Vessel's Fast Run
At fi.3l) a. m. the Cuneo transferred
' the rescued passengers and seamen to
I the United States battleship South
< arolina, which distanced three other
battleships of the Atlantic fleet in a
race started by the call for help from
, the wireless aboard the Ryndam. The
] South Carolina brought the ship
wrecked company to this port and trans
| ferred them at 1.30 to the steamer
Thomas •). Millard off Tompkinsville.
Meanwhile the Ryndam, with fifty
of her crew aboard, came in under con-
Contlnued on Sixth I'aEe.
Rhode Island and Nebraska Consider
ably Damaged When They Scrape
Each Other In Storm
By Associated Prcsa.
Newport, R. 1., May 2 7. —The bat
tleship Rhoilf? Island dragged her an
chors during a heavy gale that swept
| Narragansett bay last night and was
| blown against the battleship Nebraska,
carrying away a portion o>f the bridge
and injuring somes of the guns on the
later ship. Itoth vessels lost consider
| able side gear.
Hundreds of officers and men of the
Atlantic fleet were forced to spend the
night ashore, as the wind was so high
that the launches could not put out to
the ships.
Dogs Attack and Kill Four Calves
The County Commissioners will be
asked to pay damages for the loss of
five calves that were torn to pieces on
Tuesday night by a pack of half a doz
en savage dogs that were roaming
about on the farm of Albert Detweiler,
near .Oberlin, so attorneys said to-day.
One of the calves died within a few
minutes of the attark, three others
since have died and the fifth, it is re
ported, cannot live.
! I
Paris, May 27, 2.37 P. M.—A
! French aerial squadron composed of
j eighteen aeroplanes, each one carrying
! fifty kilos (110 pounds) of projectiles,
this morning bombarded a chemical
i factory at Ludwigshafen, on the Rhine,
opposite Mannheim. Fire broke out in
! several of the factory buildings a.s a
' result of this bombardment.
This factory is one of the most im
portant manufacturers of explosivos in
I all Germany. The French aviators
! were in the air for six hours and cov
ered more than 400 kilometres (24ft
This information was contained in
the French official statement given out
by the War Office this afternoon. The
I statement reads:
"Belgian troops last night repulsed
two German attacks, one to the north
i and the other to the south of Dixmude.
Continue!) on Ninth
London. May 27. —British aviators
j have destroyed the big railroad bridge
| over the Scheldt at Ghent, besides
j wrecking the railroad station and
i freight depots, says a Rotterdam dis
patch to the "Mail."
j 1
The raid s believed to have spoiled
German plans for a new railroad cen
| ter at Ghent.
| Amsterdam. Via London, May 27,
5.13 A. M. —Fifty German soldiers
I who were passengers in a street car at
| Ostend were killed by a bomb dropped
i from an allied aeroplane, according to
| a dispatch from that city to the
"Telegraaf," describing a series of air
raids made by the allies' aviators.
The railroad station, shipping in the
harbor and numerous houses have been
Paris, May 27. 5 A. M.—A Turkish
gunboat of the Aidin Reis type was
sunk in tin: Sea of Marmora, within
sight of Constantinople, by a British
submarine, according to an Athens dis
patch to the "Journal."
The loss of the gunboat, following
i close upon the destruction of Turkish
! transports last week has caused a deep
! impression in Constantinople.
Allies Batter Turks' Positions
Paris, May 27, 1.0.20 A. M.—A dis
patch to the Havas Agency from Athens
dated May 26 says the action of the
allies against the Turkish positions on
the Dardanelles straits is continuing
\ igorously.
Creditors Ask Court to Name Receiver
in Lieu of Bankruptcy Proceedings
The appointment of a temporary re
ceiver to take over the company's af
fairs in lieu of having the concern go
into bankruptcy, has been suggested by
creditors of the African Ostrich Farm
& Feather Company, who declare that
the eompanv is now insolvent, as has
been. alleged.
.fudge Charles B. Witmer, sitting in
the Federal court in Sunbury, yesterday
deferred until next Monday his deci
sion on the request for a receiver.
Town In England Is
Visited by German
Airships For the Sec
ond Time
Latter Were Pursued By Aeroplanes
But Succeeded In Making Their
Escape—Little Material Damage
Was Done By the Bombs
South Bnd, Eng., May 27, 10.35 A.
M.—Another Zeppelin airship raid was
made upon this town last uiglit and it
in • reported that three persons were
killed hv 'bombs which were dropped.
The entire town was illuminated by
the bursting of shells dropped by the
aircraft. The material damage caused
appears to have been less than on the
occasion of the last raid. Among the
killed was Mrs. May Fabin, who was
here on a visit. A number of people,
however, were injured.
Some reports say that two and
others three Zeppelins took part in the
raid. It is, however, impossible to
give the number accurately because of
the heavy cloud through which the
moon shone but dully at the time of
the attack.
Some of the Missiles Incendiary
The noise of the propellers of the
airships was first heard shortly before
1 1 o'clock. Then came at once the
shock of the explosions as the bombs
rained down from above. Somo of the
missiles were incendiary and threw out
bright flares of light.
Crowds assembled in the streets of
South End to view the raider*. The
killing of Mrs. Fabin occurred while
the woman was leaving a street car. It
is retailed that on the previous raid
the only victim was a woijian.
British aeroplanes went up in pur
suit of the raiders but were not suc
cessful in overtaking them. Somo tjnie
later two Zeppelins were seen over
Burnhani-on-Crouch, seven miles to the
northeast of South lind, but no more
bombs were dropped.
Two Women Reported Killed
London, May 27, 11.50 A. M. —The
secretary of the admiralty has issued
a statement on the South End raid
which, contrary to the dispatch from
South End says two women were killed
in the air raid on that place last night.
It reads:
"Late last night a Zeppelin visited
the east roast, and bombs were drop
ped on South End. The casualties re
ported to-day are two women killed
and one child badly injured. Very lit
tle material damage was done. Aero
planes and seaplanes proceeded in pur
suit of the enemy but the Zeppelin suc
ceeded in escaping in an easterly direc
tion. ''
South Bnd, which is « municipal
borough and popular seaside resort at
the mouth of the Thames, forty miles
cast of London, has been the target of
Zeppelin raiders several times in the
past six months. On no previous occa
sions, however, have the results been
To Maintain Strict Neutrality
London, Muy 27.—Sweden, Norway
and Denmark have sent to Italy, Ger
many and Austria, following their
declaration of war, formal notification
of the Scandinavian nations' determi
nation to imfintain strict neutrality.
Italian forces, pushing Into Austria
along the front running north of the
gulf of Triest, crossed the Isonzo river
to-day, after a sharp encounter. They
are now said to be within 30 miles of
Trieste. The Italians also are attacking
at several points farther north, along
the Carinthian frontier.
A squadron of 18 aeroplanes, carry
ing bombs were reported as having
struck into Germany to-day and per
formed one of the most spectacular
feats of the war. The raid was direct
ed at one of the principal manufactur
ers of explosives in Germany, on the
Rhine opposite Mannheim. The official
French statement says the attack was
successful and several buildings were
set on fire by the bombs.
Infantry fighting is proceeding along
the France-Belgian front principally
on the western end but the official re-
Continued on Ninth Pnfte.
Immersion at Nagle Street
The Rev. J. A. Staub, pastor of the
I Nagle Street Church of God, immerse I
; six candidates for membership at the
Nagle Street Church of God on Sunday.
Hi/ Asfiociritcd I'rrss,
New Yorjc, May 27 (Wall Street).—
The Pacific group moved contrarily in
the later dealings, Union Pacific and
Southern Pacific falling back, while
Great Northern and Northern Pacific
advanced. The closing was firm.
Trading in stocks to-day was again
mainly professional and inconclusive.
Coppers were the chief features.