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The photograph was taken this
row of seven State Senators..
pad in his lap. Others who may
?0E OUT OF LODZ
jortant Bases in Poland
and East Prussia Lost by
IFCaiser French Admit
jjCerman evacuation of Insterburp. In
Northeast East Prussia, and Lodz. In
JEjttt Central Poland, .are reported' In
Sspatcftea irom Potrocrad. Otesldents
Rf9-,neelng from. InsterburB," capture" of
uca gives the Czar a foothold 35
iJulWa Inside the East Prussian border
s.nd brings the column drivins on
fKbenlgsberg CO miles from .'the provln-
p-capuai, ivoss or ioaz aopriyes me
PKaiser of a fortified base of supplies In
line Poland 'campaign. The German
yfaf? Is reported at Knflsz, just Inside
Kh Poland border from Silesia, whither
Owes and ammunition havo .been- hur
SBoth Berlin and Petrograd agree that
If? THE WEATHER
ftrhaps, now, you thought you were go-
m aiiiitf mis atiernoon, wen, you
?n.'t This winter stuff Is only a Hash in
s pan. iva going to bo very warm
yn. How do wo know? We don't. It's
8. op to Sir. BUss, who says the tern-
y i m cmcago. 4 m Fittpourgn,
ftiliat 28 is entirely top Jow for Phlla-
jrwa. unaer tnoae circumstances, wiucn
ten another indication of the doml-
or mese western cities, nut witn
lliiclptlla on the world's greatest
fe'uop, we can afford to yield prece
g on such small matters as tempera-
-ahd other climatic detaJU. Any-
rt we suppose it is going to bo warm
tyro tell the truth, we do Tiot mind-a
writing on the weather has one
lenfiatlnn nt laftB,
EiV much easler to knock than to
Tot Philadelphia and vicinity
today and tonight Much'
Wr this afternoon and tonight,'
j or details, see page S.
t;Qberyatlons at Philadelphia
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SCENE AT SENATORIAL COMMITTEE'S HEARING TODAY
afternoon in the chambers of Common Council. In the foreground John P. Connelly, chairman of Councils' Finance Legislative Committee, is addressing Chairman Edwin H. Vare, who is fourth from the left in the central
At the left end of this row is Senator McNichol, sitting next to Senator Patton.. Occupying chain at the end of this row are Director A. Merrit Taylor, with thumbs in armholes, and Director G. W. Norn's, who is writing op a
be noted are W. Clayton H ackett, E. E. Beidleman, Charles J. Magee, H. M. Kephart, Marshall Phipps, Richard V. Farley, Augustus F. Dix, Jr., and Horace W. Sch mtz. Seated at the president's desk are W. W. Smith, Owen
b. Jenkins and Clarence Buckman.
action has been resumed In East Prus
sia, the hostile forces being locked in
. the MemelvRlvcr and ddntrlng at l.as-
dehnen, which tho Czar still holds.
The strengthened Austro-German of
fensive In Bukowlna has forced a gen
eral Russian rotreat In tho Crownland,
Vienna and Berlin report. Occupation
of Suczawa, BO miles beyond tho south
ern border, has been followed by a
march on Ccrnowltz. The Russian
Governor and garrison have aban
doned the capital, It Is officially an
nounced by Germany, and retired to
the Slav frontier to tho east.
Farther west tho Russians apparently
hold the advantage In the Carpathians,
tho enemy's official reports admitting
a stubborn resistance in Dukla Pass.
Meanwhile, Petrograd reports a contin
uance of terrific German assaults at
Kozlown, to control tho heights com
manding Ttilcholka Pass.
The most violent fighting In the west
ern theatre is reported from the Ar
gonne. The French admit heavy losses
In battle near Fort Marie Therese, but
declare that they held tholr ground and
that tho Germans also suffered severe
losses. Berlin, on the contrary, reports
that ground was gained in this battle,
wljich is still proceeding.
Infantry fighting has also been in
progress in Champagne, the French re
porting tho repulse of attacks at Mesnll-les-Hurlus,
but elsewhere on the line
only artillery duels and air raids have
Airmen of the Allies' fleet off the
Dardanelles dropped bombs on Con
stantinople, Russian warships sank EO Turkish
vessels In their Black Sea raids in the
vicinity of Treblzond.
INSTERBURG IN PRUSSIA
Battle on 50-Mile Front Centres at
PETROGBAD, Feb. U.
Dispatches received here from Berlin
sayit is rumored there that the Germans
have evacuated Inaterberg, East Prussia,
and that the Inhabitants are fleeing in
pa.oio befpre, the Russians.
Insterberg is an Important town of
about 32,000 population, 33 miles from the
Russian frontier. It is less than 60 miles
Germans and Russians are locked in
battle over a front of 60 miles stretching
southward from the Memo! River.
The heaviest righting is now ia the dis
trict about Lasdehnen. This town is now
held by the Rus?lani. but the German
front is In the form pf a half circle, west
of Lasdehnen. On the plalh between, the
ilernel and, the Schulppet the Germans
have dug nine rows of trenches that can
be takeq by assault only with heavy
OTHER WAR NEWS ON PAQE 4.
REPORT RESOLUTION TO
PROBE PENROSE ELECTION
Senate "Will Act on Committee Bec-
(iou stt? coturoxpfKT.j
WASHINGTON. Fb. H-Senator Kern
today reported th resolution providing
for on investigation into the elections of
Senators in PnasylvanU and Illinois and
other States where fraud is beL'evti to
have existed u t-hi elscUon,
rmDDADELPniA, tuttesday, rEBRtrAnr 11, iois.
Sunday's Topic, "Amuse
ments," Draws Record
Crowd "Billy" Preaches
a "Double Header."
More than 40,000 persons, anxious to
be among the first to hear "Billy" Sun
day deliver his famous sermon on
"Amusements" In Philadelphia, stormed
the tnbernucle between noon and 1 o'clock
toduy and confronted the noted evangelist
with a task which only ono of rare vital
ity and quick Judgment could accomplish.
Scenes of excitement seldom before wit
nessed in this city were being enacted
outsldo the big wooden temple as men
and women clamored for admission, al
though every seat In the place wus occu
pied and hundreds of persons stood, Po
lice were being sent to the tabernacle'
posthaste when Sunday, after leaving the
home of Mr. and Mrs. E. T, Stotesbury,
Where he had addressed 3)0 society
folk, heard of the outpouring of Phlla
delphlans. Forty-four persons, mostly
women, fainted In the crush. They
were treated In the tabernacle hospital.
Be had a glass of milk for luncheon.
"I'll see you later," he said to callers,
and In a few minutes wag on his way to
"Keep this crowd back and say I'll
preach now and deliver the same sermon
at the scheduled time," he Informed
police captains in charge of arrange
ments. This sentiment pleased those on
the streets surrounding the tabernacle
and order was easily maintained. "Billy"
then carried .out his plan of playing a
The evangelist In whirlwind style de
nounced gambling, dancing, bridge whist,
theatre and euchre parties, the theatres
themselves, as well as many of the so
called modern amusements, which he said
,were only breeders ot evil and sin and
WniCn wcru auto o,ua Ul MIC luwi iukv
led to hell.
The evangelist was especially firm in
.his denunciation of the modern dances,
"Pandng," he said, "is nothing more
than a hugging match done to music I
would like to see the color of some buck
that can dance with my wife."
"If you want to dance, first get a di
vorce from Jesus and then go to t,if you
like. Take the devil along with you as
e. partner and he'll take you to hell."
The evangelist characterized gambling
as one ot the current evils in society to
day. "The Bible and cards don't shuffle
together," be 'said. "So throw out either
one or the other. But every one knows
'that the deck of cards should go to the
ash heap. I am slad to say that I have
not played cards for more than SO years."
In denouncing many bridge parties which
Concluded on Faro Six
FJremau Hurt Sighting Blare
Actlpg Battalion Chief Harry Palmer,
of Engine Company Nq. 26, was badly cut
on the face and head today when fighting
an unusual blare which, broke out In the
bridge connecting two portions of the
furniture warehouse of Derbyshire Broth
ers, at WH North Fropt street. Before
tho firemen got the upper hand of the
blaze the "bridge," which runs from Hope
to Bridge street, sagged in the middle and
disgorged burning mattresses and fur
niture on the firemen. Sparks also ig
nited the Kresse and 10-cent store ad
joining the warehouse and the firemen
liu4 tu ruin the stock of tUe Utttr yjjftse
Vare Urges Immediate Action
on Transit and Election in April
State Senator Edwin H. Vare, in an official statement, Indorses the
Taylor transit plan today.
He advises immediate action by the Finance Committee of Councils to
report favorably the $30,000,000 transit loan election measure.
Ho wants Councils to pass these bills calling for a special election.
He wants this election to be held in April.
Senator Vare's statement follows:
"Last' night, nt a meeting of my friends in the Finance Committee of
Councils, as well as my friends in the Senate from this city, it was agreed
that the best way to clear up this situation would be to pass immediately
the $30,000,000 transit loan, give Director Taylor about $8,000,000, which
would be all he could properly spend this year, and then go to Harrisburg
and pass the amendment, which would give about $60,000,000 more for
transit and port projects. This $60,000,000 could also be used immediately
after the election this fall, when approved by the voters.
"The balance of the $30,000,000 loan, which is $22,000,000, and other avail
able moneys on hand at present, as well as the $8,000,000 or $10,000,000 each
year that could be borrowed on the present 7 per cent, basis and used for
other permanent municipal improvements, would come very near meeting
all requirements. .j
"The Taylor plan will, in the end, have to be approved by Councils, and
later if Councils found any parts of the Taylor plans were not advisable they
need not be approved, and the money for those not approved need not be
"After all, the entire plan, or any part of the plan, is up to Councils
to approve, reject or change. Unless there Is a better proposition made,
this will be our stand. ,
"Under these conditions, I shall urge an early meeting of the Finance
Committee, so as to have the election as early as possible In April."
Senator MoNichol was immediately shown the statement issued by Sen
'ator Vare. He was asked whether he would announce that he also would
favor an April election. He declined absolutely to make any comment upon
the Vare statement or to define his position.
GANG ORDERED FROM COURT
-Tenderloin Habitues Too Much In
terested in Accused Assailant's Case.
A stir was caused at the hearing of
Jacob ("Reddy Jake") Mellncorf, the
Tenderloin gang leader, In Magistrate
Renshaw's Court today when, upon the
application of Charles Edwin Fox, As
sistant District Attorney, the Magistrate
ordered 25" tenderloin characters from the
courtroom. Mr, Fox declared that these
met! and others have followed him for
three days, ever since the affairs of
Mellncorf, now under parole, have taken
a new turn. '
Mellhcoff was held in $S0O bail for court
on a charge of assaulting and stabbing,
"Young Jack" Ilanlon on the night of No
vember. 29, 19H. The hearing followed the
action of Judge Barratt earlier In the
day of refusing to sentence Mellncorf as
a parole violator, he holding that the
stipulation banishing the gang leader
from the city is Illegal. The hearing was
Interrupted, frequently by wrangling be
tween the attorneys and the objection of
Senator Samuel Salur, MeUncoft's law
yer, to Hanlon giving testimony. Ilanlon
caused a surprise when he repudiated the
affidavit he bad signed In the District At
torneys' office yesterday to the effect that
Melnlcoff stabbed him. He said today
that he did not know what he was sign-
Tillman Denies Meyer's Charge
WASHINGTON, Feb. U. Asserting that
without a scintilla of truth to back him,
George von U Meyer, former Secre
tary of the Navy, has slandered me
grossly." Senator Tillman, of South
Carolina, chairman of the State com
mittee ou Naval Affaire in the Senate, to
day denied Meyer's charges published
recently ia a newspaper- that Tillman and
others hd wasted the naval appropriation.
ON THE RAPID TRANSIT QUESTION
BRIBE TAKING LAID TO COP
Witness Says Special Officer Ac
cepted $300 Vice Money.
A special policeman of the 12th and Pine
streets station was accused of accepting'
$300 to permit the reopening ot a dis
orderly house at 400 South 9th street he
previously had raided, before the Police
Board o)t Inquory today.
The policeman Is David McBeth. He
and Martin S. Dyford, .the other special
officer of the 1.9th District, were brought
before the board on charges of false
arrest made by Samuel Merino, a' tailor,
ot 830 Dixon street.
Michael Pennalja. of 727 Christian
street, a witness for Merino, caused a
sensation by declaring McBeth hod re
peatedly sent him to Merino with offers
of money to drop the falea arrest case.
He then declared he had paid money to
the special policeman to reopen the
Three Instances were cited by Pennalla,
In the first of which he said he paid Mc
Beth 1200, and in the second 100. He
did not name the sum paid the -third
time, but declared the arrangements
were made In the saloon of Victor Hamil
ton, a Washington party leader1. In Lom
bard street, and in the' presence of
The case was continued because a
woman named Rose Persona, wanted as
a material witness, -was not - present
Hatboro Chocolate Works Burned
HATBORO. Pa.. Feb. 11. The Ameri
can Chocolate Company's mills at Ful
rnor station, a half mile south ot Hat
boro on the New Hope division of the
Reading Railway, were deatrffiea by fire
at 3 o'clock this morning. .WW ortata
has not been learned, but tttjgftmes are
believed to have started from, an over
heated Stove. The loss Is 133, QW. partly
covered by insurance, accenting to Rlmw
J5. Brede, the. treasurer, who lives at
tttt North Bfad street.
CormtonT, 1MB, rr the Tvtt.w l-macs Coumnt.
M'NICHOL YIELDS ' .'
Charles Seger, at Public Hearing of
Senate Committee, Agrees to Hold
Early Meeting of Councils' Finance
Committee and Act Favorably on Bill.
Obstructionists' Chief Fight is Made in
Attempt to Divert Increased Borrow
ing Capacity to Municipal Improve
ments Other Than Transit and Port,
Confusing complications In the rapid
transit situation came late this afternoon
In the hearing before the State Senate
Committee on .Municipal
Affairs In City Hall. They
Cliurlrx Srirrr, cliulrmuu
of CounclU' Bllli-Cominlt-tre
ou l'lnunce, iiroiulneH
that the ordinance pro
viding for the Mienl rlectlon to vote
on tbe trunult loan would be reported
favorably to the uext meetluit of Colin.
Till would Insure an April rlectlou
and iiu actual Htnrt ou trauult con
struction this summer.
Senator Mc,N'lcho threatened to test
In the fitute Supreme Court the consti
tutionality of the act allowing the cltr
to borrow on the personal property
assessment, upon vu,en tne proposed
transit loan, to be voted upon nt n spe.
clat election, was to be based...
Director Norrls replied to the sugges
tion ot Senator McNichol to test the
constitutionality of the personal prop
erty act by declaring that the Supreme
Court in 1911 had approved the large
municipal, loan largely on the greater
borrowing capacity allowed by Increased
personal property assessments.
Director Norrls read the following from
the decision of the Supreme Court:
'Our reason for now passing on this
question is that it Is sure to arise again
In the near future"
Senator McNichol. however, still in
sisted that the Supreme, Court should
again pass upon tho matter.
CITES JOHNSON'S OPINION.
Mr. Norrls further said:
"No lawyer in Philadelphia will say
there Is anything questionable in this
act. and, furthermore, the people will
know that a bill Introduced, to question
this act s Introduced for no other pur
Here the audience In th Council cham
ber broke out Into loud applause.
McNlohol then asked Norrls If be bad
Obtained an opinion from John Q. John
son. Norrls replied to the contrary, and
McNichol then said'
"Well, we have beard from bita so
oiroiiK a statement that Ute eaputte
tl inclined to consider wuetiter this act
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D&vtil If. lane. Republican. CM?
UtalruMiu, deecd te Sffector bj a
PItlOE ONK ( UNT
demoaogue null, nhnklns; Ills fist at htm
exclaimed! "Hull, llali, Hah!"
Director Taylor, prior to Senator Mo
Xlchol'a threat, voluntarily agreed te
auk for SU,OOO,00O, Instead of $30,000,
OOO nt the special election, provided lie
was gleu assurance that tbe pending
amendment to the Stnte Constitution
providing for Increasing- the- city's bor
ronlng capacity from 7 to 10 per cent,
lie not amended o that tbe money
might lie used for purposes other than
trauult and port.
John 1'. Connelly chairman of Coun
clU l'lnniice Committee, attempted -to
blft the responsibility- from bU own
f nhoulders nnd those of the Organisa
tion for holding tbe special election
ordinances In "pickle" since Jauuary ?
Connelly said that tbe Taylor transit
plan would be on a paying basis after
a term of years,
Seger said that Council's Finance Com
mittee would meet either Mpnday or
Tuesday of next week to consider tho
ordinances providing for a special elec
tion to authorise the ?anDyjaranslt
Seger said the FlniJnSvTrirnHLee
would report the ordinances favorably at
the next regular meeting of Councils,
Thursday, February 18.
CONNEWY thies TO S1UFT BIAME.
That he was responsible for the long
period of delay and Inaction on the parC
of 'Councils' Finance Committee was vig
orously denied by Chairman Connelly,
who shifted the blame for the delay upon
the Qlty Controller In reporting the status
of tbe municipality's finance.
While the concrete question before the
Senate committee was .consideration of
the proposal tq amend i.h'p"pen4!nt amend
ment to the State Constitution so th?t
the iunds accruing to tbe city from to
creaslne the borrowing capacity from 7
I to-W per cent, could be pplted to projects
Concluded on Vase fire
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