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PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1915,
PRICE OlSTUJ GJDtftf
CotumiiT, 1018, t inn Fcsuo Lidodi Comtamt.
TO POLAND SOIL
IBnemy's Stand East of
Lakes Broken Aus
trians Launch Gali
f. . - i. Aii..1. T
jffencn uounter Abtuun. iw
t takes Heights at Norroy.
Allies Claim Capture bf
Trenches at La Bassee, but
Lose South bf Ypres.
Albanian Rebel Raid Into Servlti Re
garded as Formal Entry Into War.
Austrian Airmen Shell Montene
grin Palace Warsaw Menaced by
West and North Drives.
Russians operating north of Tilsit
havo been driven several miles Into
R homo territory, today's Berlin offlcial
.' report declares, and adds that Slav at
tempts to make a stand east of Mazur
Lakes havo been broken -up, whllo tlio
German column at Mlawa again men
aces Warsaw from tho north.
Shifting of activity to tho East Prus-
ila-North Poland boundaries appar
tntly gives advantage In tho east to
the Germans, who, according to Berlin
dispatches, havo cleared East Prussia
$ of tho foo and by their rppld advance
lxo menacing Warsaw by a rear drive',
fcthe Initial stages of which aro dovelop-
ilng at Ossowltz.
Petrograd admits retirement along an
Ifextenslve front to tho fortified lino of
Kthe River Nlemen, but chronicles a
halting of tho German advances from
g?-Lyck and on Ostrolcnko. Admission Is
nuCde of stubborn resistance In Dulda
Tass, where, however, the Slavs aro
) itlll fighting on Hungarian soli.
Austro-Gorman troopB In Bukowlna
& havo made so rapid an advance that
Radautz, south of tho Sereth River.
if was captured. Tho Austrlans havo
.hunched 'a new offensive In .Southern
tflallcla and hayo ndvIlSS.G mllcsQ
q; vicinity oi iNauworna.
The recapture of the" heights at Nor
roy. In Lorraine, from which tho
fc French were driven Saturday night, is
reported in today's omclal communique
of. the Paris. War OITlce. The- state
ment also claims tho capture of 250
.yards of trenches on tho La Basseo
Canal, but Berlin reports that tho Al-
B lies' attacks at that point failed. Tho
German General Staff also announces
Ethe capture of a half-mile of trenches
Jn the neighborhood of St. Elol, south
f'Refugees reaching Franco from Al-
More of this balmy winter weather.
Aside from tho Inconvenience of straw
bat temperature In February. w nn n
bit chary of It for other reasons at this
nme of tho year. It Is a fact, and an
II too significant one. that everv bliz-
iard that has dumped ItBelf on Philadel
phia, has been nreceded bv hlch tnmnrn.
Iture, And most of them, further. hnvB
teen booked for the closing weeks of
" the season. Thu. th fgmmu nn.
K 1SS3 occurred about the mlddlo of March,
Etnd the Inauguration nn r,r iti nntnmi.
K,' enough fell, on M,arch 4. Then, of
course, you Temember the real blizzard
Eihat pounced upon us about a year ago
"na the great storm on Washington's
RBIrthduy a short time later. We 'have
rno particular reason for anticipating any
i bllttard at this nartlcnlnr wriiinr hn
Rhlsh temperature, as wo say, makes us
r It reached 60 today.
for Philadelphia and iti-n!t,i
Wntettled and cooler tonight with
ptobably show era: Tueadau tnfv .?
iwofar; moderate eouthqrlu winds, 6e-
foming weaterly Tuesday.
ror aetaue, see' page S.
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saco-Lorralno report that tho Kaiser Is
massing nn army of 1,000,000 men along
the Rhino for a now offensive along
tho French frontier.
PERSIANS HOT IN PURSUIT
OF FOES ON POLAND BORDER
Russian Attempts to Mako East Prus
sia Stand Roported Foiled.
BERLIN, Feb. 15.
Retreating before tho German fotccs
north of Tilsit, the Russians have been
driven out of Pyklupocnen In tho dtrec
t on of TnurogRcn, several miles within
the Russian frontier, According to today's
official report. Central von Hlndenburg's
i armies east of the Mazurlan Lakes havo
broken up every attempt of tho Russians
to make a Bland and are pursuing the
enemy over a long battle front. Fighting
Is In progress on both sides of tho fron
tior. To completo Von Hlndenburg's victory,
German detachments aro now marching
through Kolno ngalnst tho body of Rus
sians that marched northward through
I.omm, 78 miles northeast of Warsaw, to
reinforce tha Oar's armies In tho lako
region. This Russian force must retreat
upon tho Polish capital or face tho dan
ger of being surrounded.
General Francois' army operating near
Jllawa If steadily pushing tho enemy In
a southeasterly direction and has taken
several hundred prisoners.
OTHER WAR NEWS ON PAQE 4.
MASKED MEN IN AUTO
CHASE THEIR VICTIMS
Brandish Revolvers at Man and
Woman 'Near Griard College
and Rob Them.
Ono of tho most darlnc holdups In
recent months. In which three masked
bandits pursued their victims In an auto
mobllo and used tho same means to
escape, was reported to tho police today.
Miss Helen Humphreys, 3029 German
town "avenue, and her escort, Anthony
Humpol. 1431 Myrtlowood street, were held
up at the point of revolvers at 23d street
and SOuth College nvenue "while return
ing from a ball at the Lelber Attfcr Hall,
27th and Stiles streets, early Sunday
Tho first Inkling tho couple had
of danger was when tho headlight
of an automobile flashed upon them from
around a corner. The machine dashed
Up to the curb and three men, with faces
screened, and brandishing revolvers,
leaped out Hiss Humphreys an! Hum
pel, warned not to cry out, were backed
up against tho wall of Glrard College by
two of tho men, whllo the third seized
the young woman's handbag.
Ho opened tho bag while t his confeder
ates held tho victims at bay. Seclnc the
color of bills within by the light of the
automobile, he gave a low command to
the other two and tho trio Jumped Into
tho machine and wero whized away as
quickly as they had come. ,
The handbag contained J17 In bills and
other- valuahloBEo-qulekly-woB'tbc, affair
over tnat neunor Jiumpei nor miss
Humphreys was able to give good de
scriptions of their assailants. Special Po
licemen S'bro and Dervin, of the 19th and
Oxford streets station, are working on
MASKED ROBBERS FORCE
CASHIER TO GIVE UP ?2000
Level Revolvers at Night Worker in
Washington Car Barn.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.-Two masked
men early today cntorcd tho car -barns
of the Washington Railway and Electric
Company In Northeast Washington, and
with their revolvers forced Jerry Hag
gerty, tho night cashier, to give up his
cashbox containing about 2000 and a
bundle of car tickets.
Tho burglars escaped.
BEFORE PRIZE COURT
Washington Hopeful of Delay in Set
WASHINGTON, Feb. jl5.-areat Britain
this afternoon Informed .the United States
that It had already placed In prize court
tho entire Wllhclmlna cargo, but had not
unloaded tho vessel. This action was
taken beforo Great Britain received a
United States' request for delay of pro
ceedings, This Government Is hopeful that there
still may bo delay In deciding the case,
and It will notify Great Britain of its In
tention to present fully tho owner's case.
ATWOOD B. HOSKINS DEAD
Widely Known as Merchant and
N Breeder of Pigeons.
Atwood B. Hoskln.s of Rockdale, Pa.,
died this morning after an Illness of
more than two months. Mr. Hosklns, who
was Just past his ,69th year was well
known In this section. For nearly 30
years he conducted a "general merchan
dise store In Rockdale, arid tho breed
ing of pigeons was his particularly
hobby. He Is widely known as the pro.
ducer of the Blue-vJacobln breed of
He Is survived by his wlfo and one
daughter. Mrs..Samuel Spencer, of nock
dale, and three- brothers. W, Horace
Hosklns, president . of the Democratic
Club, of thl sclty; the Rev. Fronkford
E. Hosklns. now a missionary in Syria,
and Prof, J. Preston Hosklns. of Prince
The. fimera.1 wU be held Wednesday
afternoon from the residence Oakhurst.
Interment will be made' in Calvary Ceme
tery, FANNY CROSBY BURIED
Many Mourners at -Funeral Services
for Blind Hymn Writer,
BRIDGEPORT. Conn., Feb. .-Flrst
Methodist Church woa crowded to ttje
doors this afternoon when the funeral
services were held qver the body of
Fanny J. Crosby, the. blind hymn writer.
The aeivlces were conducted by the Rev.
George M. Brown, the pastor. Tne pall-
.bearers wero young men, relatives and
irienas or tne aeceasxa.
,Tje floral offerings, were numerous,
comlpg from all parts of the country.
Interment was made in Mountain Grove
JUNKJN'S CAR STRIKES CHILD
Threo-year-oid Charles J. Flemmtng. of
SI South Sydenham street, was knocked
down by the automobile of Joseph Vet'.
JurtKln, a member of the Board of Dl
raotora of Jefferson Medical College, this
.afternoon- Mrs. Junkln. who. was In the
car, naa ujesenna taiwn io eneraan o
pltaJ, where It was found he was suffer
las from s, fractured skull The -ar wa
driven by Frank Robtoson, of 11 North
SENATE VOTES FOR
CLOSURE RULE ON
SHIP PURCHASE BILL
Vice President Decides Tie
After a Prolonged Par
liamentary S t r u g g le.
Norris Votes With
Question of Ending Long
Drawn Out Debate on Feb
ruary 19 to Be Settled by
Vote Prior to Final Disposi
tion. WASHINGTON, Kcb. 15.-Admlnlstra-tlon
forces are nearer a Senate vote on
the ship purchase bill than at any tlmo
since the Republican filibuster began, as
tho result of a. parliamentary strugglo
lasting a large part of tho day In the Sen
ate. It began when Norris, Progressive
Republican, succeeded In tacking an
nmendment providing for a closuro rulo
on to Galllngcr's proposition to throw tho
rule for a voto on tho 19th Into the hands
of tho Rules Committee. Tho Democrats,
however, won NorrlB back and by a voto
of 45 to 45, tho Vice President deciding It,
Norris' amendment was defeated, taking
with It Galllnger's scheme.
Tho Democrats then voted with NOrris
for a straljht closuro rule.
This leaves the closuro question to settle
first, then tho question of ending debate
on tho 19th and then as the Democratic
majority sees It the voto on the bill.
Following the Introduction of a resolu
tion by Senator Burton, Saturday, provid
ing for an Inquiry Into tho alleged con
nection between tho ship companies own
ing Interned ships and tho Administration,
particularly tho Treasury Department, the
Democrats this afternoon approved the
proposed probe, but suggested that Its
scope bo so widened, as Senator WllllamB
put It, as to "catch all tho Ilsh and not
only ono kind."
Tho Uurton resolution was reported
favorably by Chairman Williams, of tho
Senato Contingent expenses Committee,
with a number of amendments.
As amended It directs the investigating
committee to summon witnesses and com
pel testimony to discover whether the
shipping trust, or any shipping company,
or any chamber of commerce or other
body dominated by ship owners, employed
lawyers or lobbyists to work against tho
bill. Tho resolution particularly inquires
If any company whose ships tho proposed
Government lino might competo with has
been actlvo In opposing tho measure.
Another amendment provides an Inquiry
whether any Senator owned stock In any
Contlaned on rnto Two
OF SLANDER MRGES
Suit Brought by Former Treas
urer of His Church Volun
The'slandei suit against the Rev. Dr.
J. Beverldgo Lee, pastor pf St. Paul's
Presbyterian Church, 60th street and
Baltimore avenue, brought by Paul WH
klns, former treasurer of the church, has
been withdrawn. The suit was brought
after Doctor Lee, in a public sermon,
charged Mr. Wllklns with misappropriat
ing church funds during his Incumbency.
The action was withdrawn voluntarily
and because George Wcntworth Carr, at
torney for Mr. Wllklns, became convinced
of the "Impropriety of continuing tho
case," according to a statement of ex
Judgo William W. Porter, counsel for
"The suit was withdrawn Saturday," ho
said, "and, as my understanding goes,
such action was wholly voluntary on tho
part of the plaintiff. It was for reasons,
I am Informed, that camo to the knowl
edge of Mr. Carr after the suit had been
brought. These reasons convinced him
of the Impropriety of continuing. I re
gard It as a vindication for Doctor Lee."
A meeting of trustees of tho church
was held by the board for 4 o'clock this
afternoon In the ofllce of Mr. Carr, Mr.
Contrary to expectations, Mr, Wllklns
was not present, and It was announced
by Mr. Carr that he Is HI at his home In
Winona, N. J. Mr. Carr declared he vis
ited Mr. WllkinB Saturday, and at that
time ho seemed on tho verge of collapse.
Today the attorney learned that his cli
ent's temperature was 103 degrees, and
that his condition still Is serious.
GRAFT IN BATTLESHIP
, - SUPPLIES ALLEGED
Manager of Brooklyn Concern and
Steward of the Texas Arrested.
NHW YORK, Feb. 15.-Charges of
wholesale graft In furnishing supplies
to United States battleships were made
today by Government ofliclals In New
York. Thomas J, White, manager of the
Brooklyn Steamship and Hotel Supply
Company, and WaHer O. Roach, com'
mlssary steward on board the battleship
Texas, were arrested. They were 'held
by United States Commissioner Cortiran
for further examination.
United States Attorney Held seized the
books of tho supply company In Brooklyn.
He declared It had been found that many
officials had "been bribed by tho company
to permit Inferior supplies to be' sent
aboard the ships and that the Govern
ment had been swindled out of thou
sands of dollars.
The disclosures followed .a complaint
by Paymaster James Ray, of the Texas,
who asserted that on January 9 he was
approached by White, who offered him
$200 If he would permit the poorer grade
of supplies to be placed on the Texas.
White told him, be Bold, that he (White)
had been sent to Ray by Roach.
"CJH" STUDENT DOES "STUNTS'
Fully half ft hundred Medfco-Chl. stu
dents cheered John JarvU as he trudged
along through the shopping district this
afternoon In n, bathrobe and pajamas, and
performed obliging feats which were, part
of hU initiation Into a fraternity of the
college. At Broad and Walnut street he
brushed the clothing of two truffle police
men and rubbed down their horses. He
also knelt down In Broad treet and
wiped a, clean spot for Policeman Hess to
stand on Then he wiped off the electrie
light pole and a number of windows
along Chestnut street. The students, fol
lowing applauded hi open-alt household
duties orjd toaibt they expect to supply
him wMh a bucket and brush so that he
ca elaa out City Halt
HEROINE IN SHIRTS-FOR-SOLDIERS ROMANCE
Photo, by Underwood & Underwood.
MISS ADELE LEUVILLE
Louisiana girl who has sailed for Franco for tho purpose, It is
bcliovcd, of meeting her soldier-admirer.
SUNDAY TAKES FIRST
HOME IN JENKINT0WN
"Billy" and "Ma" Evade
Usual Monday Program
of, Visits and Enjoy Quiet
Juuhj vveev., ,
There wtU be no services at the
Yesterday morning 18,000
Yesterday afternoon 20,000
Approximate grand-total.. 1,685,000
Yesterday morning 319
Yesterday afternoon 414
Last night i)9
Total to data 5,85?
Preached , 82
To be preached 49
This Is to bo one of the most restful
"days off" that "Billy" Sunday has had
since he same to Philadelphia more than
six weeks ago to conduct tho biggest re
vival campaign of his career. Immediate
ly following his sermon last night and a
quick rub-down and change of clothing In
his residence at 1914 Spring Garden street,
the evangelist, accompanied by Mrs. Sun
day, his son, George, with the Iatter's
wife and baby, wero motored to the coun
try estate of John Wanamaker In Jenkln
town, where they remained through the
"Billy" had one of his most strenuous
days yesterday, and, while he was feeling
very well, ho was tired and he decided
to accept the Invitation of Mr. Wana
maker to go far away from tha nolse-and
excitement of the city. The "trail-hitters'
for the three services yesterday
totaled 11S2, mostly men.
Tonight Mr. and Mrs. Sunday and Bent
ley D. Ackley. tho pianist and Sunday's
secretary, will be quests at the Lincoln
anniversary -celebration of the ' John
cnamDers mqnaiy union ai zsin ana
Morris streets. It Is expected that the
(evangelist will address the organization.
an.d that Mr. Wanamaker will attend
and give a short talk. The event was
postponed from last Friday In order that
"Billy" could be present.
Mr, Ackley was entertained today on
the golf course at the Whltemarsh Coun
try piub by J. C. Sheahan and II, Well
Ington Wood. He proved himself a good
player by defeating his hosts, covering
the 18-hole course. In 105 Btrokes. Mr.
Wood, who s ono of the widely known
players ftl th Old York Road Club, was
second in the contest.. He took 107 strokes
In making the 18 holes, while Sheahan
Covered them in 110 strokes.
Jack Cardiff, puglllst-tratner and body
guard of the evangelist, left for Reading,
his home town, this morning. He will
peak before members of the Olive Club
Word was received today that a dele
gation of about 100 Boston ministers are
to arrive here In- .special coaches qver
the Pennsylvania. Railroad tomorrow to
attend the m.eetDgSln the tabernacle.
There will also be delegations of clergy-
Continued on Fata Two
WOMAN KILLED BY AUTO
Mm. Abble IIpfT, $3 years old, of 1
Budd street, was struck and fatally in
jured by an automobile at 20th and
Market street, shortly after 3 o'clock this
afternoon. The machine was driven by
William We.bb. of 131 West Penn street,
who rushed the victim to the Presby
terian Hospital, ' where she died shortly
STUDENT ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
Otto Welderman, n years old, a medi
cal student, of S6 South Carlisle street,
waa found unconscious today Iq a fur
nished room in Baltimore. Both hla
tnOlctad with suicidal Intent Wldr
nR a rwovaa to the Maryland a
erol Hjpifl, in falumor, where fci
ewyiMw Is iijna to fed aetfoas.
OFF IF BRITAIN WILL
LET F00DSHIPS PASS
U. S. Is Notified That Kai
ser Will Abandon Pro
posed. Undersea Warfare
-if-Foe-Will "Allow FooVJ'.
WASHINGTON, Feb. IE. Tho German
Government, In a note to the United
States, submitted to the State Depart
ment today through Ambassador Bern
storff, declared that Germany was willing
'to' recede from Its nnnoupced policy to
attack British merchantmen If Great
Britain would cease interfering with
shipments of foodstuffs destined for the
noncombatant population of Germany.
. Tho German note asserted that the war
zone proclamation was a retaliatory
.measure, adopted as a result of Great
Britain's departure from rules of inter
national law and Its purpose to starve
out Germany's civil population, Ambas
sador Bernstorff, who delivered the noto
to Counselor Lansing, said that the com
munication was of an Intermediary char
acter and was not to bo regarded as Ger
many'sreply to the recent American noto
on the war zone decree.
The German Government set forth In Jta
noto today that Britain already had armed
many of Its merchant vessels with guns,
and was continuing so to arm them, with
the avowed purpose of having them pro
ceed through the war zone area In groups
to resist attack, and that under these cir
cumstances the safety of neutral ships
could not bo assured.
It was declared that the arming of
merchant ships carried with It the pre
sumption that England had abandoned
the rule of visit and search laid down
by the laws of nations. Germany, re
ferring to the use of neutral Mags by
British merchant ships, again warned
American shipping to follow the course
around the north of Scotland.
Secretary Bryan Indicated this after
noon that this Government Intends to
have correspondence with England as a
result of the German note. While he
'would notv admit It, It Is believed the
IfnltAri Rtntpn uHll Half tn amnnih nit.
'the misunderstanding between England
ana. uermany on me rooa ana war zone
After delivering the npto the Ambas
sador made this statement:
"The note delivered today was upon In
structions from the Foreign Office In Ber
lin and It clearly polnts-out the fact that
Germany Is willing to give up absolutely
Its declared plan, to destroy British mer
chantmen. If England win return to an
observance of the rules of civilized 'war-
Concluded on Page Four
4MISS ANNE LEWIS TO WED
Chestnut Hill' Girl Will Become Mrs.
An engagement of much Interest to
this city which Is announced today Js
'that of Miss Anne Lewis, daughter of
Mr, and Mrs. Francis D. Lewis, of
Moreland avenue. Chestnut Hill, and
Francis Clark Grant, eon of William S.
Grant, Jr., of 2302 St James place. Hiss
Lewis Is the youngest daughter.' of Mr.
and Mrs. Lewis. Her Bisters are Miss
Julia P. Lewis and Mba Mary Q. Lewis.
Joseph W. Lewis Is a brother,
Mr. Grant is a nephew of Miss Alice
Grant and Mrs. T. Learning Smith- Ills
grandmother was a Miss Vezln, of this
city. Ilia mother, who was Miss Jennie
Clark, died several years ago. No date
bos been set far the wedding.
CHILD HIT BY TROLLEY
Tessie Cymwinsky. i years old, of 759
South Front street, was struck by a
trolley car at Front and X Uzwater streets
as she waa returning from school this
afternoon. The. child In running hurriedly
'across tho street slipped u the car w&s
approaching. She was hurled a short
dwtaofe. but suHared only slight In
juria. She was taktn to Mt- Einat Hoa-
lul and these? smt home.
CUPID INVADES TRENCHES
ON THE ARGONNE FRONT
Comfort Kit Sent by Louisiana Girl
Revives Old Romance.
NEW YORK, Feb. lB.-Cuptd has In
vaded tho trenches of tho French army.
And therewith lies nn Interesting tnto.
When the Lafayette Fund Issued Its ap
peal for money to be used In tho purchaso
of comfort kits to bo sent to tho soldiers
In the French trenches, $2 camo In nn
envelope from Miss Adela Leuvllle, of
Plaquemlne, Louisiana, with hopea that
"this terrible war wjll soon be over,"
Each kit that Is forwarded contains a
card upon which Is written tho namo of
tho contributor. By odd chnnco Miss
Leuvllle's kit waa received by a soldier
named Maurlco Dubois, of tho 2Jth Com
pany, Gth Cavalry of tho 4th Army Corps
In tho frosty weather of tho Argonno
trenches Comrndo Dubois could not re
strain a feeling of gratitude for the kind
porson who sent tho warm stockings, tho
woolen mittens, tho snug-flttlng under
wear and tho comfortablo cap and muffler
which composed the kit. And as ho
thought of writing a letter of thanks to
tho donor. It seemed ns If the namo wero
familiar to him, Dubois communicated
with tho Lafayctto Fund, at tho Hotel
Vandorbllt, Now York, saying that 17
years ago ho went to nchool with a
girl of tho same namo In Nancy, France,
when ho was 12 and Bho 11 years of age.
Ho asked that Inquiries bo mado to es
tablish her Identity, If possible. This
waB dono. It wns confirmed that Miss
Leuvllle was Dubois' former schoolmate,
and sho wrote him that sho would pray
for his survival of tho war and welcomo
his promised visit to America at that
But this Incident eventually aroused tho
patriotism of Miss LouvlIIo or awakened
romance In her nature. Sho wroto tho
Lafayctto fund that sho would like to go
to Franco to act ns nurse. In which ca
pacity sho had soma experience. Satur
day sho sailed on the French Lino steam
ship Niagara to aid her natlvo Franco
on tho tiring line and seo Maurlco Du
bois. TWO DEAD, OTHERS INJURED,
WHEN KENTUCKIANS FIGHT
General Battle in Mountains Follows
Fracas in Gambling House.
LEXINGTON, Ky., Fob. 14. Letcher
and Boverly White, members of tho noted
feud family, were killed, Boverly Bailey
was mortally wounded and several other
persona Injured In a general battle in
tho Clay County mountains ,cnrly today.
The fight resulted from a fracas In a
gambling house. Bailey Is alleged to
havo shot both tho Whites, who wero sons
of one of tho wealthiest men In that part
INCENDIARY SETS FIRE"
TO ST. JOHN'S CHURCH
Flames Discovered in Belfry
Soon After "tMan Is Seen
Two attempts to set Are to St John's
Roman Catholic Church, In 13th street,
were made today. Deputy Fire Marshal
Caldwell said after making an examina
tion that tho blaze, which was quickly
extinguished, was of incendiary origin.
Today Is the 14th anniversary of a fire
In a laundry that nearly destroyed St
John's Church. According to the watch
man, a man was chased away from tho
side door of the edifice several days ago.
Two plies of burning rags were placed
In the building, one at the bottom of the
'steps leading Into the belfry and the
other behind tho organ.
The Rev. John J. Wheeler, assistant
rector of St. John's, was In the rectory
adjoining when he saw tho crowd form
ing and heard shouts of fire. He ran Into
the church, intent on saving tho sacred
vessels, but found this was unnecessary,
as by that time the blaze had been put
out by a Are extinguisher.
Numerous letters from crankB, some of
them of a threatening nature, have been
received nt St. John's parish house re
cently. According to Father Wheeler, it
has been necessary nearly every day to
eject men from the edifice who went In
to sleep, sometimes drunk. In the benches.
Threats have been made by some of
these men, but no attention was paid to
Gates well be erected now to prevent
entrance to the belfry of the church
through the vestibule. Heretofore It has
been possible to get Into the tower with
About five years ago a candle loaded
with dynamite was found In St. John's.
An oxploslon was prevented through a
letter eent to one of the priests telling
that the candle had been placed on the
altar. Examination showed this to bo
true. The candle had not yet been lighted.
pearly every engine company In tho
centre of the city responded to the alarm
turned In by Captain Tempest and Sr.
grant McMullln, who were passing at'Uie)
time. The basement of the church!
was well filled with worshipers when
the shout of fire was raised by pedestrians
who saw the smoke coming from the bel
fry, but there was no disorder. Captain
Tempest and Sergeant MoMullln superin
tended tho emptying of the church.
tjf. John's Churcli was burned It years
ago. During the fire in 1900 among other
things which remained unharmed was a
llfe-Blzed statue of the Imn-'.culate Con
ception. This was presented to the
church by Francis Copper, a Philadel
phia who sailed from this city for
Europe In one of Cope's trading vessels
PAUL CRET WRITES MAYOR
Mayor Blankenburg today received a
letter from Paul Cret. former professor
of architecture at the University of
Pennsylvania and a member pf tbe Cem-
prenensive i-ians uommmee, wno js
fighting In the French army. There was
no -marking on tha letter to indicate
where it was mailed, although it waa
postmarked "France, January XI" The
communication was In answer to a card
conveying Christmas greetings from the
Mayor and bis wife to Mr. Oret. Pro
fessor Cret says he- expects to return to
Philadelphia next fall.
"JAKE" MELNICOFF INDICTED
"Reddy Jake" Melincoff was lodleted by
tbe Grand Jury today on abarfa of ac
gravated assault and batery tw "Young
Jack" Henlon. a former pugWUt Han
Ion, It is Uge4. was s4ashd aeros tha
face by MalhsMsK last Novwufew At t
hearing before Jfc4t Rahw Um,
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STARTED ON VOYAGE
Subcommittee on Finance
Meets and Acts Favora
bly on Measures Connel
ly Says They Will Come
Taylor Plaif Likely Will Be
Amended to Give $6,000,000
Immediately Proposed to
Floar Loan Under Personal
Property Tax Act.
Council). Subcommittee on FInanw met
In tho City Hall at noon today and acted
favorably on tho ordlnanco providing for
a special election In Apttl
when a transit lonn Will b
submitted to tho voters. John
P. Connelly, chairman of the
Finance Committee, said th
ordinances would be reported
out Of committee nt (hn ntr.
ular meeting Thursday. Prompt and
favorable action by both brunches of
Councils is oxpectcd.
Directly before the meeting today. Coun
cilman Connelly and Seger wero in con
ference with Stnto Senator James Mc
Nlchol. Tho loan ordinance will call for J6,COO,0(
to be used oxcluBlvely for trahslt, in M
cordnnco with the suggestion made-by Di
rector Taylor at tho hearing beforo the
State Senate Commlttco on Municipal
Affairs In tho City Hall Inst Thursday.
Another meeting of tho subcommittee
wll bo held Thursday at noon. Tho date
for tho special election then wilt be set.
As tho special report on rapid transit
requested from Director Taylor by Coun
cils at Its last meeting was placed In the
hands of Councllmen Saturday, tho las't
excuse for furthor delay was removed.
Although the members of the Finance
Committer mako it plain that they do
not approve all tho features In thd pres
ent Taylor plan, they have pledged that
there will bo no change In the program
for a speedy election, so that 'the actual
construction work can bo begun early in
PLAN FOR FLOATING LOAN.
It Is proposed to float the ROGO.OOO for
rapid transit under tho authority Of thd
personal property tax act passed by tha
Legislature two years ago, giving the
city tho right to use personal property
assessments as a baslo for floating loans
for permanent Improvements.
Senator McNIchol, at tho hearing last
Thursday, Indicated that tho Supremo
Court might rulo the personal property
tax act unconstitutional. Joh.n tfi John
eon, howevor, nt tho request of Director'
Tdylorr gnro an-'opfiltbh that the act not
only was constitutional, but likewise
fully upheld by judicial opinion.
Connelly in a' statement intimated
that Councils probably would amend the
Taylor plan at several points. Mr. Con
nelly again declared that ho was In favor
of a Broad street tube from League Isl
and to Olney avenue instead of Plko
street, opposed to the delivery loop and
In favor of elevated lines to the north
east sections. It was observed that when
tho loan legislation had been approved by
tho voters. It still will rest with Councils
to designate on what part or parts of the
Taylor plans tho money will be immedi
EXCHANGE TICKET 'WHIP."
Director Taylor, In his special report to
Councils, urged that the 8-cent exchange
ticket system be abolished by duo pro
cess of law in case the Philadelphia
Rapid Transit Company should not in
dorse the co-operative agreement requir
ing that company to equip and operate
the proposed city-built lines.
Among the changes from the original
plan revealed by the supplementary rer
port, Is an announcement that the
Boqthern portion of tho four-track sub
way lino In North Broad street will be
constructed In such a manner as to per
mit tho laying of two additional tracks
for railroad service. It is assumed that
tho Pennsylvania Rallrpad soon 'will de
sire to thiough-route Its trains. The ad'
dltlonal expense Involved in such
changes, however, would devolve upon
tho railroad, according to the plans of
TAYLOR SUPPLIES PATA
Transit Director Sends
Plans to Councilmen.
Director Taylor told , the members of
tho Mayor's cabinet at their meeting In
City Hall today that ha had furnished
every member of Councils with tbe data
-which had been resquested by Select
Councilman Seger. The department di
rectors met at the sarno time as the
members of Councils'. Subcommitte on
DlrecN.J of Public Health and Charities
Zlegler told tho Mayor and directors he
had also Bent to the Subcommittee on
Appropriations the plans tho alleged lack
of which was given by Councllmen as th;
reason for refusing to grant the Jl.O50,a
decided upon out of tho municipal loan
of Ul.SOQ.OOO for improvements at Block
V. It. T. YEiimyr nnY.e.uor.u
'Samuel Kane, Awarded f 15,000, Died.
Before Court Order Was IssuetL
A verdict of J15.00Q for John Kane
ngalnst tho Philadelphia Rapid Transit
Cnmnanv. as damages for injuries re
ceived In a trolley accident which, ren
dered him a helpless cripple, was sei
ualdo today by tha Supremo Court.
News of the reversal of the verdjet
given by a Jury in Common Pleas Court
??o. I was spared Kane, who died on Sat.
Mrday. In Judge Von MoschzlskerVi opin.
ion, banded down today the Ropld Tran
sit Company a awarded a new trial be
cause rcross-examlnaUon on Irrelevant
matters wo permitted, and counsel for
the" plaintiff allowed to Introduce rtbuttnl
testimony with relation to some, of th
Kane received a fractured sjJn in a
accident that occurred pn the evung f
October SO, 1313.
Standard, QH Newspaper for LmW
LONDON. Feb. I5--H U rIWpl relaps
ed that a new newspaper, to be aaa
with Standard Oil capital. Is to b started
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