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1AY, DECEMBER 21, 1014.
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ConmonT, 10H,r tn rcstio Ltoou CouriNt.
Flanders' Town Menaced
by Furious Drive From
Offensive on River
Somme Makes Notable
German Guns Wrecked by
Heavy bombardment and
Trench Lines Taken by
Infantry Attack Dix
mude Reported Evacuated
by Invaders 100th Day
of Great Battle. ,
Reports from he Franco-Belgian
battle line indicate that, from the sea
to the River Somme, the Allies' of
fensive is being pressed steadily and
that some important gains have been
made at strategic points. The ad
vance against Roulers is being main
tained with such determination that
that Flemish city, which has been one
of the chief objectives of the Allies'
drive, is now being bombarded by the
heaviest Anglo-French artillery.
Farther south, in the vicinity of
Lens, the Allies announce important
gains, their lines being now but 2yi
miles northwest of that town. On the
Somme also' the advance is making
progress, German trenches having
been captured and German guns
dismounted east of Alhcrt, in the
drive on Peronne.
The capture of trenches from the
Allies and the taking of a number of
prisoners near La Bassee is reported
in today's official report from Berlin.
The report also announces' the re
pulse of a desperate charge by the
French northeast of Chalons and the
taking of an important position at
four-de-Fans. in the Argonne.
French attacks northwest of Verdun
have failed completely, the German
General Staff announces. "
The great battle in France and Bel
gium, which began as the Battle of
the Ajsne, has now been in progress
just 100 days without any decisive ad
vantage having been gained by either
Pounding at the Russian centre in
Concluded on race Four
Gosb. what a day!
How In tho world can one be peace
ful on earth and practlc rood will to
men when on Is slopping around tba
office on 'a pair of sponges tied to "each
foot end with the bade of one's collar
ilka a wet bath towel. And Christmas
shopping on a day like this I The leas
said about that the better.
For Philadelphia 'and vicinity
Clouds and unsettled tonight, fallout,
ed by fair and colder Tuesday; wtpaV
erate variable, winds becoming fresh,
For details, see page,
Observations at Philadelphia
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OFFICIAL WAR REPORTS
During tha dnv or December 50 there
was nothing Important to report In
Belgium except some process in tha
region of Lombnertzyde-St. Gcorgca
and to the southeast of Korteker Intl
(Southeast of Dlxsclloote), the occui
potion of romg houses nt Sownrtclcm
(south of Zlllebekc) and tho bombard
ment by the enemy of tho hospital nt
Between the Ls nnd the Alsne wo
captured a forest near the road of
Alx-Noulcttes-Souchez and occupied
nlso nil the first line of the Herman
trenches between that road nnd the
first houses of Notre Dame de Lorctto
(southwest of Loos).
Tho enemy bombarded Arras.
Our hea,vy artillery silenced that at
the enemy In fecrnl combats. To
the north of Carney (east of Albert) It
wrecked tho German trenches nnd
overthrew two pieces of a bnttery
placed near Horn (southeast of Car
hey). It likewise gained the advan
tage on tho Alsne nnd In tho sector
of Rhelms. In the Champagne region
In the region of Prosnos, of Perthes
and of Beausejour. ns well as In the
Argpnne, we have made appreciable
gains on our whole front. This Is
practically true to the northeast of
Beausejour, where we have taken 1200
yards of tho enemy's trenches.
In the forest of Grurie wo blew up
four sapping mines and hnve es
tablished ourselves In tho excava
tions. Between the Argonno and tho Jleuso
we havd made progress on nil tho
front, notably In the region of
Vorlennes, where wo have advanced
BOO metres beyond the heights nnd In
the roglon 'of Oercourt-Bcthlncourt.
On the right bank of the Mouse wo
have gained ground upon the heights
two kilometres (1U mllra), west of
Brabant and In tha forest of Consen
voe. In conclusion, wo have made slight
progress on tho heights' of the Meuse,
and In the forest of Chevaliers to the
northeast of Fort de Cojon.
French attacks at Nleuport were re
pulsed jesterday. They were also re
pulsed between tho mnal and La
Bassee. We nttacked the positions of
the Anglo-Indian troops. We stormed
and captured their trenches and dis
lodged them from their positions with
heavy losses. f
' We captured one cannon, five ma
chine guns, two mine throwers and
272 English and Indian prisoners, In
cluding 10 officers,
Tho trenches which were lost to the
enemy on December 18 near Notre
Dame de Lorretta, were recaptured,
In the neighborhood of Sllppes, north
east of Chalops. the French attacked
rlcrcely yesterday, and In one place
penetrated as far as the outer trench
es. Their attacks broke down under
our fire. We captured four French
olllcers and 310 men. A large number
of dead Frenchmen were left lying In
front of our positions.
In, tho Argonno wo captured an lm
ptrtant wooded hill at Four-de-Parls,
taking three machine ,cun, one re
volver sun and 275 prisoners. Fierce
French attacks northwest of Verdun
failed completely,'. y ' ,
In Cast and West Prussia the situa
tion Ja unchanged. In Poland we con
tinue to make attacks agajnst the
In the Carpathians the enemy's ad
vanced troops in the district of tha
Latorcia (In northern HiinBary, north
of Munkacs) were repulsed yesterday.
To the northwest of Lupkow Pass
(east of the Dukla Pass) a great bat
tle Is developing. Our attack on the
front, comprising Krosno and Zakll
czyn (In Gallcla, between Cracow and
Przenysl), has gained ground every
where. In the Blala Valley our troops
have advanced to Tuchow (south of
Tarnow). The battle along the lower
Dunajec (southwest of Tarnow) con
tinues. The Russians recently appeared with
strong forces In Qallcla. In south
Poland they have reached the Nlda
On the left bank of the Vistula, on
tho front of the Bsura and Raw a
Rivers, a number of encounters, some
of them of a very fierce description,
took place on the 10th Instant.
Two German companies which
crossed the Bsura, near the village of
Dakhova, qn a half-burned bridge
were Immediately attacked by our
troops and annihilated.
Of this force only W men remained.
These we made prisoners.
Fighting also la reported in the ,
region of Opoczno, 25 miles to the east
In Gallcla the situation Is without
Important change. At certain points
we have made counter-attacks and
captured some prisoners and machine
SUNK OFF SCOTLAND
liondon Also Bears of Damage to
Two British Destroyers.
LONDON, Deo. SI.
Rumors, entirely unconfirmed from an
official source, wero-ln circulation here
this afternoon that a German cruiser had
been "sunki off th coast of Scotland,
It Is reported further that two British
destroyers' have arrived at Lelth badly
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PANIC IN N. Y. SUBWAY
Trifling-Blaze Causes Passengers to.
NJIW YORJ, jrfec. H.-Two tralnload
of passengers w thrown Into a pan!
In the subway today aa the reauit of a
small Wae, caused by water rti tha rails,
whlsh ruled the Kd stmt station with
smoke. Flame bc$aa pretplny up the !
side 9f one or the- car and the pa$.
sengers Immediately stampeded far the
pjatfora. Sevwal women fainted at tho
When thorst xHemat seemed to
be passln a second train pujisd In and
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form. JimmlJi: the aock. M&aita wra
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'liio o.. .w uiJies ttuprcne Court decides case unpiecedenteu in legal annais ov ruling that the slayer
of Stanford White may be extradited from New Hampshire, thus reversing the United States Court
in that State, which granted the fugitive a writ of habeas corpus.
P. R. R. SUBMITTED
HEW RATES 8 DAYS
PRIOR TO DECISION
Schedules Allowed by State
Show Collusion Between
Railroads and Commis
sioners, Commuters Say.
NEW CHARGE AGAINST
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Public hearing held In Philadelphia,
December 10 and 11.
Decision by Pennsylvania Commls.
slon on December 12.
Changes ordered by the Commission
In Its decision December 12 sent to
the Interstate Commerce Commission
by -the- Pennsylvania Railroad Com
pany on December 4.. v
Interstate Commerce Commission
approved; new rates on December 10,
the day the hearing began In Phila
delphia. Charges of collusion between the
Pennsylvania Public Service Commis
sioners and the railroads to be based
upon this new evidence.
Proof that the new passenger tariff
schedules for the three railroads enter
In? Philadelphia, approved by the Penn
sylvania Public Service Commission on
December 12. were submitted to the Inter
state Commerce Commission at Washing
ton almost a week before even the hear
ing on the rate case began In Philadel
phia was obtained today by attorneys for
On December 1 the Pennsylvania Hall
road Company tiled with the Commission
at Washington an application to make
the very rate changes ordered by the
Pennsylvania Commission on (Decem
On December 10. the date on which the
publls hearing began before the Com
mission In this city, the Commission in
Washington put Its stamp of approval
on the changes proposed by the Penn
Whlla Commissioner Emory It. Johnson
admitted last week that the commlsstcn
had given the railroads an advance Up
on their decision and that a conference
had been held even prior to the public
hearing In the City Hall, It was not
known until today that the railroads had
been advised even before the hearing
what the new rates would-be.
On December 1 the commission ani
nounced from Harrlsburs that it would,
hear the compjahits of the commuters in
this city on December 10. From the evi
dence gathered by the attorneys today a.
secret conference must have been held,
with the railroad officials immediately;
after It was decided to grant a hearing,,
The Pennsylvania Commission, however,.
In Its effort to exact justice for tha peo
ple; decided to grant the railroads even!
more than was asked. In the request
filed with- the Insterstate Board the
Pennsylvania Railroad signified Its wlN
Ingness to continue the 100-trlp tickets
at an Increased rate to be good for a
yar from the data of issue. The Penn-
s)lvan!a Commission In its decision ruled
that the tickets should be good for
six months only.
In this respect alone does tha order of
the Pennsylvania Board differ from tho
tariffs tiled at Washington a week earlier
by tho Pennsylvania Railroad.
COMMUTERS ALLKQB COLLUSION
This evidence jhowing the course fol
lowed by the Pennsylvania Board In Ha
attempt to adjust the controversy be
tween the commuters and the railroads
same to life today In a letter from
0orge B. Mairjty, secretary of the
Interstate Gommajrco Commission, to,
Edwin M. Abbott, attorney for the com
rtVlth this pew paroof $f alleged col-.
Concluded tua Vaj Two
BtSASB'S SCMAS PARDONS
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Many Erlsoaws i& Soufh. Caroliaa.
Jaila to Be yrd.
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Cate Bisais today 4w op bis iUt
of cswtsAfAM sumacs, a4 & a reautt
were io a sf 9t saati who hav baea
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"Billy" Sunday Page
The story of Evangelist Sun
day's life and work, and all the
plans arid organization, for his
Philadelphia campaign will be told
in special articles, with illustrations,
to be published tomorrow.
Boy Scouts' Activities
Beginning tomorrow special de
partments will be devoted to the
man-building Boy Scout movement
in Philadelphia in the Evening.
Ledger. All scout activities will
be reported regularly in this depart
ment Watch for both these big fea
tures in the
Evening Ledger Tomorrow
CAUSES ARREST OF
Mrs. William F. Donaldson
and Her Maid Accused of
Assault Counter Charge
of False Arrest.
Another chapter In the Donaldson do
mestic controversy was enacted late this
afternoon when Mrs. Evelyn Donaldson
swore out a arrant for the arrest of
her mother-in-law, Mrs. William I'. Don
aldson, 2003 Chestnut street, and Miss
Fanny Blanc, her maid, charging assault
The warrant was Issued by Magistrate
Beaton and was accepted by M. Hampton
Todd, counsel for Mrs. William Donald
son, after Constable Duffy, of the Magis
trate's court, failed to gain admittance
to the Chestnut street home. The hear
ing Is set for tomorrow at 12 o'clock.
A summons was also Issued In behalf
of Mrs. William Ddnaldson by Judge
Brown, of the Municipal Court, charging
false arrest by the young Mrs. Donald
son. The amount of damages desired
will be named later.
A writ of habeas corpus was allowed
by Judge Brown to show cause why the
elder Mrs. Donaldson should not turn
the child over to Mrs. Evelyn Donaldson.
The latter, when seen In the office of
her attorney, John R. K. Scott, this
afternoon, said she did not want to cause
her mother-in-law trouble, but simply
wanted possession of her child.
"I have a right to the custody of my
little girl six months out of the year,
and I came all the way from London to
see her. It almost breaks my heart to
have her kept front me, and I shall not
stop until I once more clasp her In my
The younger Mrs. Donaldson was an
rested on Saturday afternoon when she
called at the Donaldson home for tho
child. Little Dorothy, 7 years old, has
been staying with her grandmother for,
some time and her mother has been
spending most of her time- In Europe. '
Mrs. Donaldson obtained a divorce fremi
Keith Donaldson at Reno, but the little
daughter It was agreed, was to live with
her for only six months of tho year and
with Mr. Donaldson the other six months.
Aa the time has arrived for her to take
charge cf the ohlld, she went to the
Donaldson residence, on Chestnut street,
Saturday, for her daughter
When a French maid refused her ad
rolttance, It was charged that she forced
her way In and struck and scratched the
maid, Mrs. W. "T. Donaldson called In
a policeman and Mrs. Hvelyn Donaldson
was taken to City Halt She denied tba
charges and was released after she had
signed a bond for tM to keep the peae.
J" i n si j ii ii
In tomorrow" Evening Ladgcr
will be prated a notable article on
the prapcU of acttaft by tbe aw
Legislature af Pennsylvania oa Vo-artpK-l
NtHt$9, It is from tfee
N. C. SCHAjEFFKR
State Supritn4at of Public In
struction, than wfeesn no man in
die 0awmtk if better ijiwli"
M4 to m&m tit topic uader
feagWy fcffld with authority
HARRY THAW LOSES
IN HIGHEST COURT;
MUST STAND TRIAL
Supreme Bench Decides He
Is a Fugitive From Justice
and Orders Extradition
to New-York State.
PROGRESS OF EVENTS
IN THE THAW CASE
June 25, 1906-AStanford White shot
by Thaw In Madison Square Roof
January 23, 1907 Thaw's trial be
nun. April 5, 1907 Commission appoint
ed to.examlno Thaw's sanity,
April 12 1807 Thaw " Jury dls-'
agreed, seven to flva In favor of con
viction. January 6, 1908 Second trial beaun.
February 1, 1908 Verdict "not
oullty" on account of Insanity.
Auoust 17, 1913 Thaw escaped
from, Matteawan Asylum.
Auoust 18, 1915 Captured at Cotl
September 10, 1913 Deported from
Canada, as "undesirable alien," to
Colebrook, N. H.
September 13, 1913 Thaw not writ
of habeas corpus to avoid being re
turned to New York.
April 14, 1149 Thaw won habeas
corpus suit In New Hampshire, but
was denied ball.
May 8, 1914 New Hampshire Fed.
eral Court brdered Thaw released In
custody of Sheriff pendlno appeal to
June 15, 1914 Supreme Court de
nled application for ball pending ap
peal. December 21, 1914 Supreme Court
orders Thaw extradited to New York
for trial on conspiracy charge.
Estimated total of Thaw's expenses
to date, 5063,000.
WASHINGTON'. Dec. 21.-Harry K.
Thaw, slayer of Stanford White, has lost
hla fight for liberty In the United States
Supreme Court. Ills extradition to New
York State frotn Now Hampshire waa
ordered by the court today.
Thaw must stand trial on the charge of
conspiracy to escape from tho Matteawan
Asylum, on which ha was Indicted In New
York, following his sensational night to
Canada and thence to New Hampshire on
August 17, 1913. He may stay in New
Hampshire for 30 days unless his at
torneys consent to his removal sooner,
Tho Supreme Court reversed the decision
of Federal District Judge Aldrlch, of New
Hampshire, who granted Thaw a writ of
habeas corpus. "Whether Thaw is re
turned to Matteawan depends 'upon tho
New Tork authorities. His attorneys de
clare that If he Is not tried on the con
spiracy charge, or should attempts bo
made to hold him aa a lunatlo In the
asylum, another application for a writ
of habeas corpus will be made.
Nearly all tho points made by Thaw's
counsel, former Secretary of. State Phil
ander C. Knox and former Governor
Stone, of Pennsylvania, ere overruled In
the opinion, which was handed dawn by
"Thaw was a fugitive from justice; be
was charged with a real srime, and it Is
for a Jury of tho State of New York,
after consideration of the law of tha
State of Kw York. t determine whether
or sot he waa tnasne at the time of hla
act. and whether he la guilty of a crime
against tha laws of New York," said Jus
tice Holmea "Thaw l not ot trial hare."
DBCLARBD HKHTIVB FROM JUSTICE
"It baa been allaged la the arguments
of the attorneys f of, Thaw thtt it waa no
ofiaaa far a matt in an Insane usyjua in
tho State of New York t walk out if ha
could do so." oattwM4 JwMaa ltolwsa.
TtaaMlore.-it waa coatenAed. it waa bo
erima to conspire to de tfeM (Mag, But
tfeat 4aa ut Bacaaaariiy foUaw.
"It la as a uriuie for a twaoa to watU
hoM Ma sres frasa a eariate stag,
but If a sMimfear of pajaesa aaBaplra Uy
K&aar to wKhtaald tbatr patresage. froca
that shop it becomes a ooaapUacy rnsri
able by taw
"Tharefore wa are obliged to hold that
tfe wUbdwi of Thaw fro aa ia
aaaa iiftm, luaawuUi aa It 414 otrujt
tha law. waa a eocapkacy tor that pu.
uaa, s4 tsMtacttuaaUy ife Htoffnum
as yktaa tkg tt f He Tor
WWJlti W Mmt Thaw Wi. ta Jw York
EXPLOSION OF DYNAMITE
DESTROYS SIGHT OF BOY
Blaekhandcra Blamed "for Wrecking
Catharine Street Tenement.
An explosion of dynamlto destroyed the
eyes of a evcn-year-old boy and wrecked
a tenement at 810 Catharine street today.
Six other sticks of dynamite found under
tho eves started the police on a. search
for the block banders believed to havo
set the explosive.
The Injured boy Is Morris Dlcecco,
whoso parents live In the house Mrs.
George Azemoro, his nunt, who also re
sides there, believes tho dynamite was
planted by men who are hostile to her
husband because he refused to sell them
The boy was playing with his sister
nnd cousin on tho fourth floor when tho
djnnmlte exploded. Tho force of It threw
him down a flight of stairs. The lad was
taken to the Pennsylvania Hospital.
Tho other children were merely bruised.
A great crowd gathered outside In tho
rollccmen Fitzmaurleo and Peter Cohen
ran into the house. On the fourth floor
they found tho greater part of the roof
blown nway nnd tho stairs choked with
debris Fltzmaurice, who nas digging
about In tho ruins, suddenly drew out an
unexploded stick of dynamite. Investiga
tion brought five moro to light. They
uero all damp and harmless from the
rain v,hlch had leaked through the roof.
1'ollco believe the black handers cut
a hole through the roof and then dropped
dynamite Into tho eaves.
BRITISH AND JAPANESE
LAND ON PANAMA COAST
Say Thoy Seek German Station, But
May Bo Taking on War Supplies.
PANAMA, Dee. 21. American officials
of the Panama Canal today received In
formation that shoro parties had been
landed by a British and Japanese cruiser
In the vicinity of San Miguel Bay, on
the Pacific coast of Panama.
The landing parties said they were
looking for a German signal station. It
was suggested, however, that supplies
were being taken on board the warships.
ORDERED BY COURT TO PAY
HIS WIFE $60 A WEEK
"Keely Cure" Agent Protests Because
of Effect of "Billy" Sunday's Work.
The largest order for wife maintenance
on record In the local courts was Issued
today by Judge B.rown In the marital
relations branch pf the Municipal Court,
requlrlnx the payment of $60 a week, by
Jnmes'Nelsonnuraon f'Ils-wlfa-fqr her
support. Burson Is exclusive Pennsyl
vania agent for tho "Keely cure" for
Burson protested against the order,
saying since. "Billy" Sunday's visit to
Pittsburgh the Keely institution In that
city had not been paying expenses. He
said a "sobriety wave" had resulted a
.poor business for his concern all over
the State. Witnesses called by Congressman-elect
John n. K. Scott, representing
Mrs. Burson, said Sunday had boomed
the "cure" business, as many of his con
verts took the treatment.
The Bursoiis were married 13 years ago.
They disagreed from the, beginning, it
was Bald, and 1907 rhey separated. Mrs.
Burson said her husband carried econ
omy too far. Thirty minutes nfter they
were wed, she said, he berated her for
wasting Boap by leaving It In the water
after she had washed her hands. He
was generally Irritating, she maintained.
Her allowance was systematically re
duced under various pretenses, Mrs. Bur
son said. After giving her testimony
she collapsed In court.
SET MOTHER'S BEDS AFIRE
First Drive Aged Woman Prom Her
Philip Heavy, of 430T Ludlow street, waa
taken from the University Hospital late
this afternoon to the 3A1 and Woodland
avenue police station to answer for his
actions of last night, when he la said
to havo forced hla TO-year-old mother to
leave her home and then set fire to two
beds, two chairs, a couch and a settee.
According to the police, the man was
intoxicated and threatened to kill any one
who attempted to enter the building after
he had set lire to it. Battalion Chief
Michael Walsh and Lieutenant Sweeney,
of trust No. 6, broke into the building
and found him overcome by smoke.
Mrs. Harriet Iteavey Bald today she
would not appear to testify against her
FRANK LOSES AGAIN
Denied Certificate of "Reasonable
Doubt" for Appeal.
ATLANTA. Go,, Dee. zt.-Federal Judge
William T Newman, before whom the
latest move In the Leo M Frank caee
waa made Saturday, today declined to
grant a certificate stating that In his
opinion there was probable cause for an
appeal to the Supreme Court of the United
States In the habeas corpus proceedings.
Justice Newman refused the applica
tion for the writ Saturday,
COAL SUITS DISMISSED
ii isp-nm pi s i
U, S. Judge Deoldes No Cause of Ac
tion Against Iiehlgh Valley.
NBW YORK. Deo. M. Federal Judge
Hough this afternoon dismissed the Gov
ernment'.! Sherman law monopoly suit
against tha Lehigh. Valley Railroad Cam
jkany and a number of other defendants
etigagsd la the raining and transportation
oft hard eeal
"No rnooapely of interstate corameroe
is shown nor any attempt to monopolize,
the option says. "Blase tha railroad.'
dissolution coatret th caal earners nave
B9 means of reatrahai."
MAW KIHiED BY PLY WHHBL
A fait agalast a Sir wheal U the Uj
rtsoe Cbaateai Warka, t Mth uat aa
Gray's Ferry Raad. aa&d tha tUt
death at Xtofco-Vie Huta, X ya aR
wfcaaa adsttaaa la uaksvawR- BtapaVii
head waa araahsa. He wu pmruwnetil
dead by yayeioNMaa at thtstvrtty Hos
pital PesnnTtYawie1!' sstftiijMs a Tmil
ABHINOTON. &a -Tht tteuae lu
of yawtfcei wstto ' t-msimss,
D ,' ta (i4viuQUttt iaibi, m isaiwi-eatU
; . tivt lite 0HMa! Umm a Gunloii iAVo.
Reparation Under Act
Creating Public Service
Commision May Be
Sought From Pennsyl
vania and Philadelphia
and Reading Loeb
.Delays City Bid.
Feared Mining Companies
and Retail Dealers May
Reach Out for Benefits of
Anthracite Rate Cut.
Decision Causes Rr R.
FACTS OP COAIi BATE'
DECISION IN BMEF
...Ne.w York' vvn,ch "o nearer to
the Pennsylvania hard coal fields than
it '! cJiy' '" netting Its coal from
Z5 to 50 cents a ton cheaper.
Stove and egoi coal there sell for
7 a ton.
Chestnut for iris.
Pea for $8.25.
Prices here aret Stove coal, $7.23.
Ego coal, $7,
Nut coal, $7.50.
Pea coal, $5.50.
Direct saving of $1,500,000 to con
sumer If coal dealers cut retail price
by 40 cents a inn.
.J?1 y .b.8 u9d r "MM J
t.",w,vw, uj, acaiera as reparation
for present rate, covering period jof
c'y holds up bids for 81,00000,1
"!' v ooiain oenent or
lower rates under tho decision.
FlDht for cut In rates took more,"
than two years, Harry E. Dellls,
Harold's. .Bhertt-and Ward VWPler'
son, tho latter two attorneys,, con
ducted it, with four business men's
Sults for nearly $10,000,000 may he started
against the Pennsylvania and Pblladel
phla and Heading Railway Companies tor
reparation covering a period of six years,
when the decision of the State Public
Service Commission ordering a cut of
40 cents per ton on the hard coal rata
to this city goes Into effect.
The act creating the Public Service
Commission makes It clear that when any
decision of the commission shows an over
charge or an unjust discriminatory charge
has been made, the sufferer may fU
action for reparation, from the time the
commission was created. The common
law, according to attorneys, equally Is
plain In providing six years as the period
for which reparatlon'foc a discriminatory
charge may be sought
Statements to this effect by coal dealers
and attorneys were the Jstest develop
ments today In the decision of the com
mission after the two-year fight waged
against the high coal rates from tha
Pennsylvania anthracite fields to this
IiATV MAT NOT BE ATTACKED.
Strong intimations that no action to
attack the constitutionality of the act
creating the State Public Service Com
mission would ba taken either by the Phil.
adelphla and Reading or the Pennsylvania
Railroads were given today by counsel
for the companies. George Stuart Pat
terson, general solicitor for the PcnnSyt.
vanla, said he had heard of no movement
along that Una and said ha doubted that
such action would be taken. A similar
statement was made by Charles Heebner,
general counsel for tha Beading.
Neither would say any fight would bs
made, but coal men and others Interested
expect (he railroads to contest the ordr
of the commission, which Is to be isyii
today or tomorrow. The two attorneys
named said that If action ware taken H
probably would be along the Una of as)
appeal against the order of the ooaiwW
sion. Tha Immediate effect of the dsaiatoN
upon the stock market today waa Ubs.
Pennsylvania waa quoted at WU. wtoeti
la U off Saturday's quotation, 11A
Valley fell on one and a quarter to Uth
Heading oeoimea one ana a quarter to
!&. Tba deoMa had mora Jfct oa
tha general list than tha Jataratate Owis
tserea 5 per oant. Increase decision,
HITS BIS COAL DEALERS
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deaaf that th smaller &rm will gm.
a dUU advaatag over their brsr
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