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PIIJCLADELIIIA, SATU1U3AY; SEPTEMBER 2, 1014.
PiaOE 02s'E CENT
HUGE LAND GRAB
HID IN COURT BILL
BY ITS PROMOTERS
Acquisition of City Block Contemplated
in Measure Jammed Through Councils
Over Mayor's Veto Map of Property
Defaced to Conceal Boundries.
KEY TO MUNICIPAL COURT LAND GRAB SECRET
A great land grab to be put thiough
by the Varc-McNIchol-Pcnrose-controlled
Councils Is back of the bill to condemn
(ami for the Municipal Court at Slst
and nacc streets. The bill was passed
Tuesday over the Mayor's veto. On the
surface the Municipal Court plan meant
the purchase of a small corner lot at
Slst and Race streets.
Hut the real scheme Is the acquisition
of an cntlie city block and the construc
tion of buildings which would cost JSCO.OOO.
Real c3tate ngents say the speculative
possibilities are enormous. This explains
the frantic mustering of a voto big
enough to override the Mayor's veto of
the preliminary bill.
The Kchpmc will cost Philadelphia
, nearly $2,0CO,000 unless It Is blocked. The
price of the land noeded will exceed
M ,000, 000, and the buildings will run the
price up another JWO.OOO.
The opening wedge wan the bill to con
demn land nt Second nnd Race street,
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jt seemed Innocent enough, as the cost
of the property would not exceed $150,
000. For buildings on this site $100,000 of
the loan bill money hail been appropri
ated. Mayor Ulnnkcnburg and many
others opposed oven this c.tpendltuie as
HUGE SCOPK OF THtl GRAB.
To all appearances the Municipal Court
plans were to be confined to the pur
chase of the Magdalen Home property
and the constiuctlon of buildings cost
ing no moro than $100,000.
But the Municipal Court ofllces at city
hall gave out un architect's sketch show
In; the proposed buildings.
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It showed that the Magdalen Homo
property was less than u fourth of tho
land tho court proposed to use. And the
buildings to be put up could not be built
for less than $500,000.
The land to be condemned for the
Municipal Court Is not big enough to
accommodate even one of the proposed
buildings. Yet thus far there has not
been even a whisper that more Ian
uoufd bo needed.
Only three boundaries of the Municipal
Court site were given in the architect's
sketch map. The name uf tho street on
the fourth side was mysteriously miss
ing. TJila was important, because It loft
HIP iZe Ol II1B KIUU Ulil'll iu v-wnjfcu,,-.
fiomo who saw the map said that the
tract shown must he intended to run
only to Winter street. Others believed
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extending the grab moie than 100 feet.
In any case the proporty on the map
extends 110 feet and possibly 2S0 feet
further north than the promoters ever
aid it would,
ORIGINAL MAP DnFACKU..
But a close look at thu map explained
why the name of tho northern boundary
line fulled to appear.
It had been blocked out by sticking
a piece of paper over the name on the
original sketch and photographing it oc
foro sending the picture to newspaper
Instead of the missing name there was
a strin of dead white three Inches long.
which entirely toncealed the name of tho
The Magdalen Home site Is relatively
o small that only a part of the "Ad
ministration Building" would nt In it.
The "Courts Building" Is at least l80
feet from the northeast corner of tho
Magdalen property, the "Hospital
Oroup" Is far off to the cast, and more
than 10O feet west Is shown the "De
omcers of the Municipal Court grew
reticent when asked to talk about the
Fred C. Simon, executive clerk to the
court, was said to know the name of
the northern boundary. He refused
rolnt-blank to tell what It was. He
refused to say who drew the map.
"The public Is not Interested," Simon
declared. "It Is not news. No one cares
about that. The public knows very well
what tho fine work this court is doing,
and when we have any Information to
give out the newspapers will get It."
. Prcsed for the name of the architect,
filinuti finally declared that he was tho
Judge, of news of tho Municipal Court
and he deemed the architect's name of no
value to the public.
"Thu plans aio not definite and I can.
not el you tho no mo of the street," ho
JIJUGK BROWN UNINFORMED.
Later Judge Brown was asked about tho
It is Winter street," he said, "and the
architect who drew the sketch Is John
T. Wlndrlm. That Is what you wanted
to know. Isn't It?"
"Do you know why the name of the
street was omitted?" he was asked.
"I don't know anj thing about It," was
"Didn't you notice the white mark In-
load of the name of the street when you
saw the sketch?"
Judge Brown said he hadn't noticed It.
"But don't you know why the street
wns blocked out?"
Judge Brown turned on his heel and
walked towurd his office,
"I'm not answering conundrums," he
said at the door.
The vote by which the owning wedge
was forced through over tho Mayor'o veto
wns that of Dr. Wllllnm D. Bacon, a
Penrose supported and noted gang man.
Judge Audonrled declared ho had no right
to n fipnl In 4aIa ;,,, II i... ..
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COUtlt of thi vntpa. It, IVin Vnli..l,A.,-4li
Ward. Dr. Philip H. Moore wns tho man
legally elected, according to Judgo Audon
rled. But Justice D. Newell Fell, of
the Supremo Court, granted Bacon the
Pilvllogo of holding his Beat until tho
Supreme Court levlews the proofs against
GERMANS HOLD 50,000
Exchange Plans Reduce Early Esti
mate of 250,000 Prisoners.
l.n.vnnv ni -n
The Central News Agency has received
th following dispatch from Rome:
"A message from Berlin says the Gen
eral Staff, having agreed to the complete
ofllclnl lists of ptlsonets, has found It
necessary to ndmlt that the totals al
ready announced were erroneous. The
aggregate number of prlsoneis In German
hands Is now reduced from 250,000 to
50.000. of whom 30,000 are Russians."
Telegraphing from Amsterdam, the cor
respondent of the Router Telegrnm Com
pany says tho 31st Gctman casualty list,
carrying it total of about 1000 men killed,
wounded nnd missing, hae been given
It Includes the names of 2.""omcers of
one regiment who weie killed In five
GERMANS AGAIN REPULSED
IN POLISH MOVEMENT
Eennenkamwf, on Offensive, Checks
Swo3lon, Inflicting: Heavy Damage.
PETROGRAD. Sept. 26.
It Is announced that the Russian army
of General Rennenkampf nan assumed
the oftenslve nnd has repulycd the Ger
riaiiB who tried to invade Russian Po
land In the direction of Suwalkl. 'While
details nic lacking, the early reports
to the General Staff Indicate that the
repulse has been serious to the Germans
who weie driven back toward Gumhln
neM with the loss of many men nnd a
number Of Mnnnn
The general Russian advance on Ger
man positions Is deoilbol ns well In
Prcgre3s. For .strbtsrlc reasons tho de
tails are ordered withheld by the censor
but the announcement is imhorlzcd that
tho advance, with Beilln as the Ab
jective, Is "now In ptogress."
Whether this means that the known
movementr are being carried on with
this intention or whether v great move
ment Is masked Is not revealed; but the
significant fact Is admitted that the en
tire Russian army. Including oven tho
troops brought through SIbeila from Mnrt
scr fi ' "ro now at nostln available for
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Minister of Asrinilhin, '- cj.i ,
nnd nn Imperial commission have re
turned from East Prussia, whero they
went to Investigate conditions and esti
mate the loss caused to the population
by tho Russian Invasion. Tho conimis
slon decided to teplaco the destioycrt
buildings with temporary structuies so
that tho people could contain their cus
Food has been dlutrlh,,) ,l.
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The Russians on their letteat before
General Un Hindenburg are said to have
left great nimntlHpi nf c,.n... ... :. .
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ous kinds which fully compensate for the
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VIOLENT ASSAULT "
MARKS NEW MOVE
ON GERMAN RIGHT
French and British Saved From Disaster
by Heavy Reinforcements Again
Charge Important Positions Near St.
Quentin, Defended by Von Kluk.
Berlin States Enemy Retreated 12 Miles
Along Oise Bombardment of Verdun
Toul Forts Continues With Invaders
Unable to Cross Meuse.
The War Today
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small plot asked for in Councils. The sketch was sent to newspapers with the name of the fourth side boundary
blocked out as shown, supposedly to conceal the huge extent of the contemplated grab.
WHITE STAR LINER
BY FIRE IN HOLD
Cotton Ignites and Threatens
Destruction of Vessel
About to Leave for Medi
NEW YORK, Sept. IS. Kite started
early today In the forward hold or the
White Star liner Crctlo as .sho lay at
her pier nt the foot of West Clgtcenth
street, and for a time threatened to
destroy the vessel.
The Cretic was schedulrd to sail at
noon for Uenoa and Medltotrane.tn ports
with a cargo of cotton.
A sailor discovered tho bluzo in for
wanl hatch No. a and sounded the fire
alarm. Captain Hownnh, master of the
liner, led the fust lighting foico of soll-
ors while city firemen under .puty Chief water spout
Martin fought to save tho big ship from
Tho city tlremcn had not been sum
moned Immediately, as Captain Howatth
believed his tlromen tould put out Jie
blaze. As tho cotton became Ignited,
howeDver. tno blaze spiead to such an
extent that outside aid was hurriedly
summoned. The flreboats Duane and Wil
lett rushed to the scene and hurled tons
of water over the forward deck of tho
In the meantime, the smoke pouring
skyward caused Intense excitement along
West street and In the vlclnltv iff
Llghteenth Btieet, ns peibons bcll'eved
that tho White Star pier was ablaze.
Lying next to the Cretic was the gleat
liner Olympic, which wai scheduled to
will for Liverpool. The pier was eiowdPH
with this liner's p.issungers and their i
friends. In their excitement mn and
women ran aimlessly about on the pie
In the way of the firemen ami hampering
Two sailors who had been sleeping In I
tne hold had a narrow escape fiom death.
They were unconscious when found by
the firemen, und It was with th great'
ot rilfliculty that they weie t.iken on
The Cretic, which Is one of thf best
known ships In the Ameiican-Medlter-ranean
tr.id has h.id an fxcltlug cm-r-r
since sho wan built at Xcw Cattle. Kng.,
In 1503. In 1507 their- was an rxplosion
on board, and two jrars after she went
aground on lleoige's Maud, off iloiton.
In 1011 tho Cietle m ri veil horp nftor a
tin tiling nice fot safety against a giant
DEFEATED BY YAQUI
ALLIES OF VILLA
Indians Drive Troops Com
manded by Governor of
Sonora Into Santa Barbara
After Severe Fight.
One of the most violent engagements
of the battle of the Alsno Is In prog
ress today, the fourteenth of the
struggle, along: the Ucitnan right.
The Allies, heavily reinforced, have
taken the offensive near St. Quen
tin, a town of strategic itnportunce.
Arrival of fresh troops saved the
Allies from disaster yesterday. They
were forced to retieat before supe-
; PARIS, Sept. 28.
JJIspatrhcs from the front today de
claie one of the most violent engafje
mentB of the sreat battle of the Al3no
is In progress ncur St. Quentin, on tho
General von Kluk, heavily rein
forced, compelled the Allies to retire
yeaterday and additional forces for tho
French and British arrived Just In
Urn to prevent a severe reverse.
St. Quentin. tl i,.lce of mucll stfa
, toKic Importance, is the centre of tho
NOGALKS. Sonorn, Sept -'6.-Cnrranza
foiees under Uener.T Benjamin Hill
were defeated with siveit- losses in a
battle with Vnqul Indians at Santa
narb.ira, n small town betwen Xogales
miii Cananea. He Is still In Santa Bar
bara, having been drlen into the tuwn
bj the Vaquls. who aio said to bo com
manded h Governor .Maytoionu. rteln
forcoments for Hill were sent from
Cananea Ia3t night, and M.iytoicna's
forces havo been reinfoiced with fifid
troops fiom Xngalcs. Both tides in
jcslenluj's batll- had about I'Mo men.
1'ear nt Intel mntlon alone will hold
L'nneliiilrd nn Piute 2 I
THE LINE-UP IN TODAY'S FOOTBALL GAME AT FRANKLIN FIELD
GERMAN PLAN IF VICTORIOUS
Would Have Made Trance Ally
Against England and Russia.
It Is said here on what Is legarded as
the best authority, that the plan of ie"!
many. In the event of her crushln
Franco at the outbreak of the war. as
to force the republic to become hei alH
against Unsland und nussl-, consider.-
",' n.ot. "skl,,K n unr Indemnltv.
(.m !l i"' n".V nny '"'PlXng a lack nf
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is felt ii Influential circles heie that the
dec ar.itlon signed b m.ssia. I'mnce ad
nrltaln Is oppoilune. .Vone of the Allies
will demand terms of peace will oiu the
Piovious agreement of each of the other
Allies, and It nmy be taken for sraiited
that then, will be no talk of te"m3 lo
far as the Allies aie concerned, until
Oeiman despotism la effectually ciushed
It will be "a war to a llnlsh "
POET ARRESTED AS SPY
D'Aimunlzo Released After Being
Held for Making Notes in Paris.
For Philadelphia and vicinity Fair
and continued cool tonight and Sun
day, with -possibly frost on lowlands
tonight; moderate northwest winds,
For dctaih, see last page.
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Oabriele d'Aiinunzio, Italian poet', wiis
anested the other evening as a sin ii
was standing on the Pont Ucs Aits mak.
Ing memoranda of his linpiesslona when
a passeibj. becoming suspicious, called
the pollie. vuiirij
The lutter tried t read Slgnor tl'An
nunzio's notes, bui could not. as thev
weie written In Italian The poet "s
taken to the station, where he was re-
.Uo..i nun piuvum riis uientlt).
PRESIDENT SIGNS TRADE BILL
WABHINUTON. Sept. M.-.,MWenl
W'iNon tuday fcivncd the Kedetal Tiade
.ominiMiun mil So iticmony altendta
Ms action. The bill would have become
law without his signature had hi- raiteU '
to sun it tockij.
ALMOST STRANGLED BY BONE
A nihbone In hla thioat nearly traiiisid
James Hockman, 13 yaara old. of am
North Ninth jtrtet, until u was reniovTd
by physic! jus at the Samaritan Hospital
MARKS BUSHIER, R.E
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Pennsjlvania'8 varelty sijuqU U immured u foiiowj. ' V ,'a'M 0 'J', kKW ' & bUuuH,
rlor numbers. Fighting continues llles assault. This town had been
on the eastern end of the line, where j taken hy th Uermans after desperate
the Germans have npt been able to s ""
ne Germans have made a supreme
effort to check the allied advance
ulonjr the Oise and to push their line
forward so as to split the allied forces
between Noyon and St. Quentin. but
they have been unsuccessful.
The now filled uimlcn. which moved
east from Amiens and Douliens. are
icported to have so strongly cntrenelied
tho Allies' left that thP capture of St.
Quonlin is considered certain within a
short tltm... If ,he AC3 ca take gt
Quentin and the railway lines between
it and Xoyon, the Germans must
abandon their stronffl,v entrenched po
sitions in the Olse-Aisne rcfrion and
mtreat speedily to the northeast or ba
cut off and forced to surrender.
The fouuuenth duy of the battla
found hard tiKhtlns: also on the right
flunk of the Allies, while in the centre
both the Germans and the French re-
mnlned behind their defensive works
as the opposing: artillery fought a lons
i arise duel.
General Gallieni. the .Military Gov
ernor of Paris, declared that the
French and British had shown con
spicuous gallantry in reputeing the at
tacks of the Germuns.
The Allies, said General Gallieni, are
now holding better positions than they
have olnce the battle began along the
Aisuc. Both flunks have been strength
ened as a i tault of the offensive move
ment of the Germans.
There was urtillery tiring all through
the night along the Oise.
The vlolenre of the tittaiks is shown
by the great numbers of wounded sol
diers that are being brought to Paris
from the north. These soldiers say
that the Germans hae planted in
numerable machine guns on every fa
or.:bk piece of ground around St.
Quentin und Cumbrai.
Terrible street fiahtliig is reported
from St. Quemin. where the French
lire fighting th troops defending Gen
eral von KluKs line o communication.
It wis regarded as possible that the
Urltish telnfor.emt.iitB might co-oper-alf
with General dWmades Picmh
troops in the north in a general movo
rittru against General von Kluli's rear
ami the forces' of General von Boohm
that are defending the German line of
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cross the Mouse River.
Aviators report the Germans are con
structing lines of entrenchment in
southern Belgium near the plains of
Waterloo. This 13 interpreted as a
plan to provide a haven, in case of
necessity, for the right wing, which
has been badly damaged by the Al
lies In the battle along the Alsne.
Belgian authorities expect an attack
on Antwerp, as German troops are
moving In that direction. Firing
heard a few miles from Ghent indi
cate the picsenco of a neat by force
and the inhabitants arc fleeing from
the city, which was believed safe a
day or so ago, when several train
loads of wounded were carried theie
Kussians have occupied Chyrow and
Dynow, Important railway centres
near Przemysl. The bombaidment
of Przemysl continues and two outer
forts have been taken. Its fall A
declared Imminent. Near Dynow the
Russian advance guard was repulsed
by a superior force of Austrinns. The
Austrian aimy is concentrated on
the River Wlslokn, west of the San.
where they vv II oppose the Russians
' before fulling back on Cnitovv.
I Petrograd War Otllce reports capture
, of small towns, giving control of en
tire railroad sjstem in Unst Galicia
and opening way for westward prog-
, ress to Cracow. It is said German
ultlccrs have taken cummnnd of the
defense of that city.
In Want Prussia the Russians havo as
sumed the drteiiBivo after Itennen
kainpfs strategic letiremeut south.
Germaua who attempted an invasion
of Poland near Suwalkl were re-
' pulsed, net nitting to Petrograd, ifnU
forced back to Gumbinnen. Be
vere Indues on tho German side, both
of men and guns, ar" reported.
Ho ill n ollielnl siatemem says the Al
lies have fallen back 12 miles along
the Oise. although the enemies' lines
had been reinforced, i'urther ad
vance, along the Mouse are reported,
while ttK German artillery continues
to iMimbard the French forts.
London i intensely escited over op
erations of the SSepnelin fleet in thft
North Kea. and extreme precautions
have been adopted against a pooaiblt
night uttack. .Ughts are out early
and great bearchlights comb the i "rn who has bn at the front
sHies malkes no nu-ntioti of an Untuh soi-
, fbmeee Porelgn onUe has formally lii0" ol " cjuentin. This message
. protested to tte Japrnw-ae legation ! swy: X
at PeUin against the oecupation of I "rh fl8b -it Bt. Qmritin haPTcn
Wfl-Hsien in Shan Tung province, vere. The Premh uere in contiol
TUe town. iih(i.h was aeisnj lyui,, " he "M. M a sup.rnr furtu of
wit reslktume, is su miles from ( t,rim eriBr4 Uero .iid aeurea a
Tsliig-Tai. in the German leasehold arm f"Hhod, There was furinuj
of Kiao-t'ltau. where the Japanese f h,M,",0hanl lighting in the street
are oruratcil and as oucuimiiun i 'h Clermaas usiiut Maxim ltmiiu ,.....
regurded as an infringement uf ,he Prtmh. who Here for. td to retire
fhinesi sovertignu j iwfore the steady Hre. TUp French
" . n lUeij aiu isx 4bl ihey tuU
BISHOP SPALDING KILLED bv 1'," hr' Jrm... u tH.
xt j , r I'flMiug Si. quentin. but a .,, fettre,-
HfatJ of Utah Episcopal Ctmrch 8aa i"-u the ay wuW be b?tr.,KLl) .
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