The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, May 28, 1915, Image 1
THE "WEATHEB • UNSETTLED TO-NIGHT AND TO-MORROW Detailed Report* Page 8 I VOL. 77—NO. 150. PERMYSL'S FALL AGAIN LOOKED FOR Famous Fortress, Cap-1 tured by Russians, Menaced by Austro-j German Troops IN DANGER OF BEING ENCIRCLED Kaiser's Forces Now Attempting a Double Flanking Movement, Which. If Successful, Will Isolate the City From Rest of the Russian Army 1 London, Mas 28, 12.15 I'. M.—The fortress of I'ermvsl, garrisoned this | time by Russians instead of Austriaus, | is once mole threatened with invest- j inent. Just as the Russians, after sur- j rounding Permysl and starving out its Austrian garnspn, forced the surrender of the fortress on the 22d of last | March, so Austro German troops, who Lave driven a wedge through Central j Galicia, arc j.ow attempting a double I Hanking movement, and with growing intensity of ittaek are seeking to en circle Permysl from the north and the • southeast. According to Vienna reports, prog- | less is being made in both directions : and, if the advance is not checked, Permysl will either be isolated from the rest of the Russian army or the Russian ! troops which fell back to the San will j Lc forced into further retreat. Position of Permysl Serious This situation in Galicia is unquos- ! 1 iujihbl\ of great strategic importance I at the present time and even the Brit ish pr<;ss concedes that the position of J'ermysj is serious. It is described as tin' key to tin* whole Russian position in Galicia, and its fall will mean that the I mi I road running eastward to Lemberg, : the main artery of the Russian supplies in this region, will fall into Austrian hands. Reports that this railroad line already has been severed are still with-1 out confirmation to-day. Fighting along the Austro-ltalian frontier still is in the development stage. There i* virtually no change on j the western battle front and the British* and the French admit that the Turks are so strongly entrenched on the lialli poli peninsula that anly siege warfare can be waged there. Russian Report on Permysl Petrograd, Via London, May 28. 3.12 A. M. — I'se by the Teutonic allies of asphyxiating gas to cover their of fensive in tiie Ossowctz" region i» re ported in an oflicial statement issued last night by the Russian general staff. Austro-Gernian attacks all along the line between the upper Vistula and the left bank of the San are reported to have been repulsed with heavy loss to the attackers. A very stubborn battle is said to be continuing oil both banks nf the San between I'ermvsl and the Lubaczowka river, as well as between Permysl and the great marshes of the Dneister. The Russians claim to have inflicted enormous losses upon their antagonists on the 25th on the entire front, captur ing prisoners during counter attacks. The communication follows: Very Stubborn battle Continues "In Galicia on (he 25th and the suc ceeding night the enemy delivered at tacks on the v hole of our frr.it be tween the upper Vistula and the left bank of fhe San, but was everywhere repulsed with great losses. "A very stubborn battle continues with great intensity on both banks of the San between Permysl and the Lu baczowka rivet, as well as between I'er mvsl and the great marshes of the Dniester. In the region beyond the Dniester on the 25th the enemy opened a determined offensive on the entire front from the great Dniester marshes to Dolina. In the course of this and the following day the enemy, who suf fered enoroiims losses, was nowhere successful. "Hostile elements which pierced our line between our points of support near Stry were destroyed by our fire. Dur ing counter attacks we took many pris oners, whose number has not yet been ascertained definitely." SAYS (iHUMAN CASUALTIES IN WEST («ALICIA ARE 106,000 London, May 28, 3.32 A. M,—The "Times' " Petrograd correspondent says he learns that the German casual ties in the West Galicia drive would reach 106,000. An army organ in Petrograd, the correspondent adds, declares that Prince Joachim, a son of Emperor Wil liam, and the Prince of Lippe, nar rowly escaped capture as the Russians suddenly stormed the Kurzany position with the bayonet. The princes, it is asserted, Hcd to their staff ia the rear of the position. I * BRITISH SHIP, ATTACKED BY GERMAN SUBMARINED SENDING WIRELESS CALLS Liverpool, May 28, 3.50 P. M.—The British ship' Argyllshire, which left Sydney, N. S. W., April 16, is sending out wireless dispatch calls after having been attacked by a German submarine, according to information received in shipping circles here. Liverpool, May 28, 5.0 5 P. M.- —The Argyllshire reached port safely later in the day. The harbor into which she put has not been announced. ITALIANS TAKE 14 TOWNS IN ADVANCE M CARINTHIA Geneva, May 28, Via Paris, 1.45 P. M. —The Italians are continuing their advance into Carinthia. They have taken three of the lower mountain passes and fourteen villages. Rome, May 27, 10 P. M„ Via Paris May 28, 8.30 A. M.—A successful raid) upon the Triest-Nabresina railroad by j a squadron of Italian hydro-aeroplanes, ! together with the occupation of addi- ! tional Austrian territory along the i Tyrol frontier and the Prionle front, i are reported in an official statement is- j sued to-night by the Italian War Of- | tice. It is stated that an arti 1 lory bat tle is raging between the Italian forti- ! tied positions on the Trentino front and j those of the Austriaus. GbRSIIYTO DECLARE WAR ON ITALYIN 48H0URS, REPORT Geneva, Switzerland, May 28, Vial Paris, 1.40 P. M.—A dispatch lias been! received at Basel from Berlin saying j that Germany will formally declare war on Italy within the next 4S hours, and that '"urkey will make her declaration upon Italy later. BRITISH STEAMER CADBY IS SUNK BY GERMAN SUBMARINE Eng., May 28.—The British steamer Oadby has been sunk off the Scilly Island by 'gunfire from a : Herman submarine. All those on board the vesxel, including four passengers ; were saved. The Cadby was sent to tho bottom ' yesterday. Her crew of 18 men, to ; gether with t'<o four passengers on | board, took to the boats and were later I rescued by a fishing smack and brought j j into Newlvn, a fishing village near here. After firing a shot to hilt the Cad ! by, the submarine ceased firing while the crow and passengers took to the iioals. She then opened fire again. It required thirty shots to sink the ves- Tlie steamer Cadby wafl of 077 net tons register, and 225 feet long. She was owned in Glasgow. TURKS LOST 7,000 IX ATTACK ON AUSTRALIANS' POSITIONS London, May 28, 3.46 A. M. —From I the front comes a report that the Turks on May 25 attempted to capture Aus tralian positions at Gaiba Tench. Do j scribing this attack the "Times' " cor i respondent says: "The first onset began at 3 a. in. | and for 12 hours the enemy attacked in serried columns in a series of des perate assaults, yet at 2 p. in., the Aus | tralasians were able to signal that they j were holding easily and at 3 o'clock | they counter attacked, driving the ; enemy back with the bayonet and pur suing him in the open to his entrench | inents with great slaughter. The Turks ' lost 2,000 killed and 5,000 wounded. ! The Australasians' casualties, though heavy, were light in comparison. _ i Danish Steamer Sunk By Mine Copenhagen, Denmark, May 28, via i London, 2.3'5 P. M.—The Danish tea in | er Ely struck a mine off Stockholm yesterday and sink. Her crew was saved. The Ely was bound from Eng | land for Sundsvall, Sweden, with a ear ' go of coal. GERMAN REPLY TO U.S. NOTE HERE TO-MORROW, REPORT London, May 28, 3.30 P. M.—The "Evening News'' publishes a dispatch trom The Hague giving reports from Berlin that Germany's reply to the American note will be presented to morrow. "It will be of a temporizing char acter," the dispatch continues, "and will ask the United States either to af firm or to deny that the Lusitania car ried ammunition destined for the al- HARRTSBURG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 28, 1915 16 PAGES. SUES FOD Mi FOB W1 MI Si IS GRAFTED Mother of Paul Erb Says She Is Convinc ed Now He Is a Crip ple For Life VICTIM OF A "HARMLESS" TOY Parent of Child Who Was Terribly Burned By "Sparkler" a Year Ago Seeks Damages Prom Mrs. Annie B. Albitz, Charging Neglect Almost, a year has elapsed since Sydney Erb, now lfi years old, >Oll of Mrs. Lottie M. Erb, a widow of 1804 North Sixth street, was fright 'nlly burned on his right leg and about lie body by a supposedly harmless *%. : »** fe: --- --■^s^^jßß^^^H BOY WHO Fl'. sB,OOft SUIT Damages Sought for Alleged Negligence That Caused Paul Erb to Be a Cripple "sparkler" in a premature Fourth of July celebration on the farm of Mrs. Annie B. Albitz, at Enterline, Dauphin county, and although two skin graft ing operations have been performed on | the hid and he has received constant ! medical attention lie has not recovered sufficient!v to leave his roller chair. r On the strength of the attending physician's statement now that the lad is certain to be a cripple for life, even though his wounds do heal, and on the further allegation that tho boy's injuries were neglected at the Continued on Hlevcnth I'aifr. APPROVE REORGANIZATION PLAN OF CENTRAL IRON CO. Majority of Bondholders Give Assent to Proposal and It Is Understood Also That a Majority of Creditors Also Are Agreed A majority of the bondholders of the Central Iron <.V Steel Company have assented to the recently an nounced plan for reorganizing the com pany by increasing the capital stock, increasing the bonded' indebtedness by $500,000 if necessary and putting tho plant on a sound basis for extensive operations, so it was learned there to day. Belief was expressed that the bondholders' committee and the credi tors' committee within the next few weeks will proceed to carry out the general idea as outlined. The approval of the creditors of the reorganization plan also must be ob tained before any definite steps are ta ken. Although a formal report has not Continued on Eleventh Page NEW SERIAL STORY A real story of adventure on the briny deep is "The Lady and the Pirate," by Emerson Hough, which will appear serially in the Star-In dependent beginning to-morrow. This thrilling tale, by one of the coun try's beat known writers of the day tells of a man who has been disap pointed in love, and who sets out to capture by force the object of his devotion. There are many humorous situations, which go to make up a very enjoyable story. E. A. JONES QUITS POST IN HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Second Deputy Commissioner, Appoint ed by Tener to Serve Under Bige low. Submits Resignation and Brumbaugh Accepts It Kdward A. Jones, of Seranton, Sec ond Deputy State Highway Commission er, this afternoon tendered his resigna tion to Governor Brumbaugh, to take effect when his successor is appointed. Mr. Jones, who was prominent in public affairs iu Lackawanna county for years, was appointed Second Depu ty Highway Commissioner by Governor Tener and served in office during the whole of Commissioner Bigelow's term. It was said some time ago, before the present administration came into of fice, that Mr. Jones contemplated re signing in order to make a canvass for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in Lackawanna county, but whether his purpose in resigning now is to cai ry out that intention could not be learned, as Mr. Jones was not in the city to-day. Governor Brumbaugh has accepted I the resignation, and Mr. Jones is now awaiting the appointment of his suc cessor. STEEL CORPORATION HEAD SEES BIE RACE AFTER WAR . Depicts International Struggle For Su premacy In All That Tends to Make Countries Prosperous When Gigantic Conflict Comes to An End ; lift Associated Press. New York, May US.—Elbert H. j Gary, chairman of the United States j Steel Corporation and president of the American Iron and Steel Institute, in an address to-day at the annual meet- j ing of the institute declared that after : the war there would be seen among the j nations the most persistent efforts to succeed in the international race for su premacy that the world has wit nessed. Whether the United States would occupy the first, or a secondary place, depended much upon our man agement of affairs, he said. "There was never in history, there fore, so great a necessity for w4sc and disinterested statesmanship, or for loyal and honorable conduct upon the part of practical business men. "After all differences are adjust ed," said Judge Gary, "the nations now, or be engaged in this colossal conflict, though . terribly crippled, will take a new start and in many respects a new course and will begin immedi ately to build on a better and firmer and more permanent basis for success and high achievement in everything that adds to national wealth, power, Continued on Kleventli I'nKe. i mm M ASHORE ID IMYDiD LaChampagne Aground i Near St. Nazaire — All Passengers Are Reported to be Safe ——— 900 PERSONS WERE ABOARD Officials of French Line Report There Is No Need of Anxiety As to Safe ty of Vessel and Say She was Not Torpedoed Nantez, Prance, May 28, 2.40 P. M. —Tho steamer La Champagne, of the French transatlantic line is ashore near St. Nazairo. She is badly damaged. The 900 persons on board of her have been taken off. , La Champagne was engaged in transatlantic trade between Central and South American ports and France. r She was last reported as having nailed from Colon on May 7. Tho steamer is 493 feet long. A plot to blow up La Champagne was reported last February in a dis patch from Madrid to a Paris news paper. According to this dispatch of ficers of tho vessel stated on her ar rival at Corunna, Spain, from Mexico, that the plot had been frustrated by a wireless message received aboard- the ship. This message was said to have conveyed tho information that a man on board intended to destroy the ves ' Continued on Eleventh Pace. 6UCHER RIANSI n 10 BE SOLD. AFTER 125 YEARS Dwelling at Front and Market Streets Has Been in One Family Since 1790 E. M. HERSHEY • IS THE BUYER Will Transform It Into Apartments As Soon As Court Proceedure Faci litates the Transfer From the Heirs of Mrs. Eliza B. Hummel The old Bucher mansion, on the southeast corner of Front and Market streets, built 125 years ago, and which is now a part of the Eliza Bucher Hum mel estate, will pass into the bands of a new owner and be converted into an apartment house provided the Dauphin county court confirms the sale as made to B. M. Hershey, a local attorney, by the Hummel heirs who are direct de pendents of John Jacob Bucher who built the house about 1790. It will thus pass out of the hands of the Buch er family or its descendents, for the first, time. The court will be asked on June 22 to approve the sale, notice of which fact is contained in an advertisement which the heirs have authorized to be published. The deed of transfer will call for the properties, No. 1 South Front street, and Nos. 101 and 1 103 Market street. Court proceedings to facilitate the transfer from the several Hummel heirs, mav defer for several months the date when Mr. Hershey will receive title to the property, but he said to-dav that as soon as he does come into possession it is his plan to proceed with the work of transforming the big brick structure into an apart ment house. An architect will be en gaged to prepare the plans which likely will provide for the enlargement of the present two-and-one-half story structure to one of three or four stories. I'ntil comparatively recent years the house, which is a Harrisburg landmark, was used exclusively for residence pur poses. but in later'vears the downstairs part was converted into business quar ters and stores. The sale of the property is about to be consummated by Vialentine Lorn Hummel, Mrs. Eliza Hummel Mac Do nald and Mrs. Helen Ray Donaldson, all of whom are great great-grandchildren of the John Jacob Bucher, who built the home in 1790; that is just after his coming to Harrisburg, 11215 years ago. Mr. Bucher wiae very wealthy and at one time served as associate judige of Dauphin county. When the court confirms the sale it will be the first time for the house to pass out of the hands of the Bucher family or the direct descendants of John Jacob Bucher. Judige John €. Bucher, a son of the original owner, came into possession of the residence after the death of his father and un der the will of John C., his three daughters inherited it along with other Harrisburg real estate. Two of these three daughters were Mrs. Eliza Bucher Hummel and Mrs. Alexander Ray, and the third died when quite young. Mrs. Hummel survived her two sisters and after Mrs. Ray's death be came the sole owner. The heirs now about to complete the sale to Mr. Her shey are all grandchildren of Mrs. Hummel and inherited the property from her. Miss Hannah Ross, the pres ent tenant, is the only person who has ever lived in the house aside from the Bucher family or the Bucher heirs. SHIFTER HITS SIX IN AUTO One Man in Party Mortally Injured in Grade Crossing Accident Wilkes-Barre, May 28.—Six were injured, two seriously and one mortal ly, when a shifting engine on the Le high Valley railroad, struck an auto mobile on a grade crossing at White Haven, near here, to-day. James Sehatacl was probably fatal ly injured, his legs and one arm was cut off in the accident. With two others he was taken to the Bethlehem hospital in a special train. The men, who are residents of White Haven, were on their way to work in a stone quarry at Moosehead. Boys and Girls! Uncle Harry Talks To-day On "Life in the War Countries" Read What He Has to Say On Page 2 GRECIAN KING WHO HOVERS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH ' CON ' r ,' '^ F OREECE Athens, May 28.—The con<lition of King Constantine of Greece continues to be critical, and grave anxiety is felt through Greece. The King is i'orty-six years of age am) was active recently in overturning the war party in Greece. INCOMPLETE REPORT ON SINKING OF NEBRASKAN ' IS RECEIVEfIJY BRYAN Washington, May 28.—Secretary Bryan said to-day that an incomplete report had been received 1 from London of the investigation into the explosion which damaged the Nebraskan, but that nothing would be made public un-1 til the report of naval experts had ; been received. Department officials said j the full report of the investigation | would be cabled as soon as possible by Ambassador Page. American government officials to-day I awaited the affidavit of Captain Greene, of the American steamship Nebraskan, regarding the explosion that damaged his ship off the coast of Ireland on ; Tuesday night. Ambassador Page at : London hns cabled that the captain's | sworn statement concerning the inci dent had been given to Lieutenant l'ovv- j j ers, naval attache of the embassy at Liverpool, and that it would be for warded at once. ! Officials here express the belief that ! Captain Greene's affidavit may not be ■ j more definite than a previous report by iiim whichi said his ship either struck a mine or was hit by a torpedo. In un ! official advices received here the cap itaiu, who arrived with his ship at Liv erpool last night, is quoted as saying that although he saw no submarines, he was certain that the ship was torpe j doed. Officials have been unable as yet to determine from advices received' up jto date how the Nebraskan was dam aged. An examination was to be underta ken in Liverpool to-day by American Naval Constructor Beckridge, to de | termine if possible whether the Nebras i kan was damaged by a mine or torpedo. Liverpool, May 28, 7.11 A. M.— While none of the crew of the Ameri can steamer Nebraskan, disabled Tues day night by an explosion off the coast of Ireland, saw a submarine, the chief [ engineer believes he saw the wake of a torpedo on the starboard side, accord ing to Captain Greene, of the steamer. The captain, in reply to questions, stated that there is a hole about twen ty feet square in the forecastle below the water line large enough to admit a I freight ear. j The members of the crew of the Ne braskan admit that no submarine was actually sighted, but nevertheless they | are convinced that she was struck bv a j torpedo. They do not believe a mine j could have done this damage. TURKS CAPTURE AM) HOLD 2 ENGLISH POSITIONS AT KURNA Constantinople, May 27, by Wire less to Berlin and London, May 28, 8.11 A. M.—fVesh activity of Turkish forces in the vicinity of Kurna, Meso potamia, is announced in a war office statement which nays: "In a night attack by volunteers in 'boats we captured two English posi tions which we arc still holding." Kurna is on the right bank of tho Tigris river at its junction with the Euphrates. It is a stopping point for river steamers going up and down and has a small trade. REFUSE AID TO MURDERERS j Arizona Legislature Declines to Recom mend Clemency to 3 Doomed Men By Associated Press, Phoenix, Ariz., IMay 28.—IHv a vote of 15 to 12 the 'House of Representa tives of the Arizonia Legislature de clined to-day Governor Hunt's request to memorialize the Board of Pardons and Paroles o reprieve the live men condemned to be hanged at Forence to day. James Scarlet's Barn Dynamited | Wilkes-Barre, Pa., May 28.—The barn of James Scarlet, at Luzerne, near here, was dynamited early to-day. One horse and two cows were killed. The explosion shook the neighborhood, breaking windows and causing other damage to nearby houses. POSTSCRIPT PRICE. ONE CENT. URUMIAH IS OCCUPIED BY RUSSIANS Persian Town, Scene of Turkish Atrocities. Is Taken by Czar's Forces OPENS THE WAY TO SEND RELIEF U. S. Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions Welcomes News of Rus sian Victory and Sees Way to Suc cor Beleaguered Christians Rjl Associated Pi rns, Petrograd, Via London, May 28, 7.08 A. M.—Urumiah, Persia, has been occupied by the Russians after an en gagement. with the Turks in the direc tion of Oilman and near Bachkala, ac cording to a statement issued by the General Staff of tho army of the Cau casus. New York, May 28. —Officials of the j Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions ; welcomed the news to-day that the way j to Urumiah had at last been opened. I The city has been beleaguered since I January 2 last according to their re | ports, and during that time no for | eigner has 'been able to reach it. For more than three months persist ent anil continued efl'orts had been made on behalf of tho board to send succor to the Christians at Urumiah. Expeditions from Dilman, it was said, have repeatedly endeavored without ] success to penetrate through the Kurd infested section lying betwen that city and Urumiah. Two messengers, natives dispatched from Urumiah by Presby terian missionaries, have reached the j outside world with stories of tre mendous hardships, sustained by the population there. These messengers were sent, back over their perilous road to convey to the beleaguered missionaries the tidings that everything possible was being done to aid them. Whether they suc ceeded in reaching the city was un known to officials of the board to-day. Representations have been made iu sev eral instances, it was said, to the State Department at Washington by indi viduals of the board calling attention to the plight of the Christians at Uru miah, and Ambassador Morgenthau, at Constantinople, the board was advised, has received Turkish assurances that the Christians would be protected. Now that Urumiah has fallen into the hands of the Russians, relief will be possible by expeditions sent from the north through the Russian lines. Such relief will be transmitted as speed ily as plans could be perfected for do ing so, officials of the board stated to-day. Eager to Fight the Italians Berlin, via London, May 128, 10.45 A. M. —Hundred of volunteers, includ ing men more than fifty years of aigo, have reported to tho military authori ties at Frankfort in the paet few days, making the specific request that they be permitted to serve against Italy. LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY The capture of fourteen Austrian villages along the Carinthian front by 1 the invading Italian forces is reported i in an unofficial dispatch from Geneva. |lt is said also that the Italians have taken possession of three mountain passes and are continuing their ad vance elsewhere along the border. The statement to-day from the Ger man war office concedes victory to the Russians in a battle along the San river, in central Galicia. The Germans lost six cannon and were compelled to fall back from the left bank of the river near Sienlawa, where their posi tions were not defended strongly. Petro grad reports say that the Austro-Ger man advance in Galicia having been checked, the Germans are taking the initiative in the north, along the line from the Baltic to Southern Poland. The capture of 0,000 more prisoners is announced by the German war office Continued on Eleventh Page Danner Seeks Re-election Roy C. Danner, Register of Wills, to day formally announced his candidacy for re-election. He will bo a candidate on the. Democratic ticket. WALL STREET CLOS/NQ 11 \j Associated Press. New York, May 28 (Wall Street).— Recovery of 2 points in Rock Island and losses of a point each by Chesa ' peake and Ohio and -New Haven were ' the sole features of the Anal dealings. ■ The close was Btrong. Canadian Pa • cific was the chief feature of to-day' 3 , market. Delay of the German reply to ■ this government's note was a restrain l ing factor.