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Wednesday, October 7, 1914.
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Full Moon, 4th; Last Quarter, 151 th;
Hew Moon, 19th; First Quarter, 25th.
WEATHER FORECASTS f —3~>.
Harrisbuqg and vicinity: Fair to- 1
night and Thursday. Mild tem- . j
Eastern Pennsylvania: Cloudy to- a
night. Thursday partly cloudy" and >2
slightly wanrnor. Gentle east and south- c e\
east winds. V— *** '8
YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HARRISBURG
Highest, SO; lowest, 58; 8 a. m., 60; 8 p. m., 72.
CARE OF THE POOR AT HOME
The keynote of the general discussion concerning
the proper care of the poor, at the sessions of the
State Contention of Directors of the Poor iu Car
lisle, seems to have baen that it. is better to en
deavor todmprove the condition of the poor in their
own homes than to remove them to institutions
where they would he grouped together. This, it is
claimed, does not rob them of a certain dignity that
pertains to a man in his own home, and is a stimu
lus to greater effort on the part of those whose
home conditions are looked after by those ap
pointed to perform that duty.
In the last Legislature an effort was made to
obtain the«passage of a bill that would, to a certain
extent, do away with almshouses, the object being
to place, the indigents in private homes, but the
bill nover got to a further stage than introduction,
being left to die in committee. It was argued by
those in favor of it that placing a pauper in a home
wkere he or she could be cared for more properly
took away that lack of interest in life that comes
with the herding of the poor indiscriminately in an
institution. In opposition to this it was held that
there are few counties in the state where private
families would take charge of poor people from the
almshouse, and that the scheme would be a failure.
The Poor Directors' convention seems to be on
the right track, if it can follow its ideas to actual
accomplishment and improve conditions of the poor
in their own homes rather than remove them to in
stitutions to be cared for as public charges. This
plan canned out would mean the "uplift"' in all
of its true significance.
LOCOMOTIVE SMOKE NUISANCE
In the days when experiments were being made
with locomotives, when the smokestacks were the
biggest parts of the engines, fears were expressed
hv the farmers of our fair land that the smoke
emitted from the strange new demons would pass
over their fields and destroy their crops. The sons
of the soil believed that if railroads invaded their
peaceful domains, successful agriculture would be
forever impossible thereafter.
Railroads have been thrown across the continent
in a great network, and there is never a second in
which locomotives are not belching forth smoke
in all parts of the land. The crops have not notice
ably suffered. Science goes so far as to point out
that constituents of smoke serve to give rather than
to take plant life. If any harmful effects of the
suiokf are complained of, the complaints come from
the cities, —not from the country.
in large and small industrial centers the dense
biack smoke of locomotives joins the emissions
from the stacks of mills and factories to replace the
airs essential oxygen and pollute the atmosphere.
Most Americans, reared in such an atmosphere of
industry, breathe the impure air with scarcely a
thought that its constituents not those intended
Thick smoke from locomotives is not a necessary
evil. Railroad authorities are experimenting with
preventive measures, and many good recommenda
tions are being satisfactorily followed in actual
practice. A committee of the Railroad Smoke In
spfotors Association of Chicago, an association
whose members make impartial reports on locomo
tives of all roads which lead into that great railway
center, has recently stated that the most, important
features in smokeless firing are the eternal vigi
lance on the part of authorities controlling engine
crews, the careful instruction of these craws in
HARRISBURG STAR-INDEPENDENT. WEDNESDAY EVENING. OCTOBER 7. 1914.
tiring aiul operating locomotives as ill the use of
special stnoke-consuiuing devices, the co-cperation
of the engineers and tiremen and, if possible, the
use of oue grade of coal.
The Chicago plan of smoke inspection is said to
l be about the most effective and satisfactory in use
anywhere. It embraces 191 square miles of city
area in the overspread yards of which engines of
many roads move aud have their being. The smoke
| inspection has resulted in a reduction of just half
; the density of smoke belched forth during the past
In European countries, although the smoke of bat
tic perhaps chokes the argument, railroads are said
to •control the smoke problem much better than in
the l.'nited States, avowedly because conditions are
I much more favorable there for smoke elimniation
than here. We are told that European railways
pay more attention to firing: that their men are
more carefully instructed, and that every appliance
is utilized which will decrease fuel consumption.
We in this country have heard for a long while
how much better certain things are done in Europe
than in America, and we are inwardly piqued, per
haps, whenever a new instance of foreign superior
ity is cited. Our patriotism gives us the spirit of
! the Yankee abroad who scorned Europe's Vesuvius
because, said he, America's Niagara could put it
out in two minutes. We believe we can do what
ever Europe can so far as peaceful industries are
concerned, and perhaps improve eventually on Old
World methods,-—in the matter of smoke preven
tion, for example.
Last rail to shine up your helmet for the big parade
The Chamber of Commerce is doing things quietly, but
it is doing them.
Some parts of the state have been suffering from drought,
but not Harrisburg duriug the firemen's convention. \
Not the least interesting feature of the firemen's con
vention is the activity of the ladies' auxiliary of the state
association. This organization is a rapidly growing one
that lends much assistance to the fire laddies.
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Harrisburg firemen aren't so busy with the big eon-1
vention as to neglect their regular duties when called upon I
to perform them. They even are ready to go outside the !
city limits to help a community menaced by flames, as i
shown yesterday when several companies responded to j
Lenioyne's plea to help check the big blaze that threatened
TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN
TWO VIEWS or IT
"Poverty, mv dear, is no disgrace."
"I know that, but on the other hand you know it's uoth-!
ing to brag About, either."—Detroit free Press.
"How <•! Wasgerby's credit in town?"
"It must i"' very low bv this tiaie. When I was here !
tli'V: t < «vrs giving it oxygen."—Birmingham
"Rtn t peund-ot'-beel'steak" movement lags. Wall Street j
MISSED OUT BY A WINK
"V hat did you think of the motor ear race, Patf"
"I didn't see it."
"You didn't see it? Why, I saw you at the track."
"Vis. I was at the thrack; but I had to wii_k just at the j
wrong toime, and whin I got through the race was over." j
"There's nothing artificial about Mrs. Wiggs.'
'No. indeed; she doesn't even make up her mind."—i
NOT WHAT HE MEANT
Waiter—"Haven't you forgotten something, sir?"
Diner —'"That's so. My wife gave me a letter to mail."
WHERE HE COULD SAVE
Father —"Son, can't you possibly cut down your college j
expenses?" • *
Son—"l might possibly do without any books."—Hart- j
ford Times. .
"Mother, what does it mean when vou read about escap-1
ing 'Scylla' only to get into worse trouble with 't harv- j
bids'?" asked Mrs. Baker's young hopeful. Mrs. Baker
looked appealingly at her husband.
"It's like this, Willie," explained his father, eoming to |
his wife's rescue. "It means that just as soon as we get 1
through paying ice bills we have to buy coal!" Judge. !
THE SALT AND THE SUGAR
A German eruiser has sunk nine cargoes of sugar.' It
always was a nuisance when the salt got in the sugar bowl, j
CAUSE FOR DAMAGES
"Say, Tom," said Jack, "did you know that Bill was
going to sue the company for damages?"
"No, you don't say!" was the answer. "Wot did thev
do to him?"
"Why," explained Jack, "they blew the quittin' whistle!
when 'e was carryin' a heavy piece of iron, and 'e dropped 1
it on 'is foot."—Exchange.
A young man who needed false teeth wrote to a dentist
ordering a set as follows:
"My mouth is three inches across, five-eighths inches
threw the jaw. Some hummockv on the edge. Shaped like
a hoss shew, toe forward. If you want me to be more
particular, I shall have to come thar."—Exchange.
NO TIME TO LOSE |
One young man, who was highly sensitive about an
impediment which he had in his speech, went to a Stam
merers' Institute and asked for a course of treatment. The
professor asked him if he wanted a full or a partial course.
"A p-p-partial c-c-courae."
"To what extent would you like a partial course?"
"Enough s-so that wh-when I go to a f-f-florist's and ask
for a c-c-c-chr-chrysanth (whistle) e m-m-mum, the -th-thing
won't w-wilt b-before I g-get it."—Exchange.
HEIGHT OF ABSENTMINDEDNESS
"Battersbv is getting more absentminded, isn't he?"
1 should say he was! Why, I met him this morning on
the way downtown to have his straw hat cleaned."
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
I Tongue-End Top ics|
Mr. Montgomery, Fireman at 80
Perhaps the oldest fireman iu Har
risburg, who certainty is Che oldest
Chief Engineer of the Harrisburg 'Fire
'Department, will ride in the big jvarade
i to morrow. Joseph Montgomery, owner
j and manager of the Peipher Line of
| freight, one of Harrisburg's most re
i spec ted citizens, joined the Citizen Fire
| ComiMtnv sixty-two years ago, when he
«<as IS years old. He is now 80. [n
1 all these years 'he has ko-t up his mem
| bersnip in the Citizen company, ami up
' to within a few years ago he still took
nn active |>art in the \\ork at fires. The
last t:me Mr. Montgomery was in active
service was when the "Patriot " 'build
ing on Market street was burned out.
IMr. Montgomery succeeded Tlarrv
Sen after as Chief Engineer of the Har
ris'burg IFire Department, having pre
j viously beeu Mr. Schaffer's assistant.
He was the second fireman to fill the
position of Chief Engineer. He served
two terms as chief and was succeeded
'bv George V. Cor I, of the Friendship,
who will also be in line, although not
having served actively as long as l\lr.
Montgomery. When the lire occurred
| in fhe King hardware store, the site
| of the present Kttnkel building, at Third
i and Market streets; Mr. 'Montgomery
i met witli an accident that caused him
Jto 'be laid up for some time. A barrel
of gasoline in the cellar exploded and
he and the late Andrew Schlayer, both
of them 'having gone into the cellar to
j locate the fire, were blown up the cel
lar stairs, Mr. Schlaver flying clear out
ou i'hird street, and IMtr. Montgomery
being 'hurled wit/h great force against
a post, his Shoulder bein£ severely in
jured. 'Both of them were burned about
the head and face. Despite Iris four
score years, 'Mr. Montgomery is active
in business pursuits, and takes a lively
interest -in the firemen's gathering here
Chief Humphreys Is Here
Among the old firemen in attendance
at the State 'convention is IMiles S.
'Humphreys, of Pittsburgh, one of the
best known in t'he old volunteer davs
and later chief of t'he Pittsburgh De
partment for twenty-five years. Mr.
'Humphreys was a puddler in the mills
in Pittsburgh and was a poweT in - poli
tics. so much so that he was taken up
by the Republican party and electod
Senator, serving two terms. He was
afterward De>puty Secretary of In
ternal Affairs for two terms, and then
returned to Pittsburgh, where he was
made Chief o*f the Bureau of Safety,
corresponding to the position of chietf
of police. Tjater he was made chief
of the Department of Public Safety,
and for twentv-five years was at the
head of the Are department. Recently
he was placed on the retired list, but he
is almost as vigorous as ever, and has
for years been active in the affairs of
the State Firemen's Association. Chief
Humphreys is known in the West as
"The Puddler Statesma-n." Many old
Harrisburgers remember him from tho
vigorous speeches 'he made 'here While
Badge of the Old Union Company
No more interesting Telic of the past
has corn© to light in (Harrisburg since
the start of the State firemen's con
vention t'han t'he badge which will tie
worn by Edward F. Eiselv, president of
the Allison Fire Company, in the parade
on Thursday. It is from the Union iFire
Company No. 1, and bears the date
I i 89. It was lent to Mr. Eisely for the
week by Miss Margaretta Reed, daugh
ter of iMr. and IMtrs. Philip Reed, 1305
Berry hill street, whose great-great
grandfather wore it when a member
of the company.
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In the Days of "Dad" Fager
One of the most famous firemen in
Harrisburg was the late George C, Fa
ger, a member of the Citizen Fire
Company, for years its president and
Chief of the Harrisburg Fire depart
ment for a long period. IMr. Fager, be
cause of his ability as a fire-lighter,
would have earned renown in any of
the larger cities, and here in Harris
burg he was fairly idolized by his fel
low firemen, who referred to him proud
ly as "Dad" Fager. Up to the time
when old age prevented him from ta
king an active part in fire-fighting he
was always on duty. He was a mem
ber of the tinning firm of Fager &
Maeyer and active in its operations,
but, no matter where he was or what
he was doing, when a fire alarm was
sounded, he dropped everything and
was off to the fire. He brought in
telligence to his fighting of fires and
the department under him was wonder
WANTS CONTRACT FULFILLED
Palmyra Men Involved in Legal Fight
Over Real Estate Deal
L<ebanon, Oct. 7. —A demand for the
fulfillment of a contract involving a
real estate deal is demanded in a Civil
court suit, between Attorney G. H.
Mover and George Greiner, two Pal
myra men, which is now on trial in
court in this city. John C. Orr, of
Harrisburg, is interested, with the
plaintiff, in the case. It is alleged that
negotiations were entered into between
Mover and Greiner for the purchase of
the Greiner block at Palmyra for Jo 5,-
Of the purchase price $5,000 was
paid immediately with the understand
ing that the deed would be conveyed
on January 1, 1914. It is alleged that
when the deed was offered it failed to
include verbal agreement that the east
ern boundary line should be three feet
distant from the building line.
Legend of a Lake
Avernus is the lake in the neighbor
hood of Naples where the waters are
so unwholesome that, birds, never fly
near its banks. In ancient times it was
thought to be the entrance- to hades
and where Ulysses descended to the low
In buying food articles we must consider
several things—economy, results, conveni
ence, reliability; but the most important is
Health means everything. If one gets
cheated in buying dresses, shoes or bonnets it
is provoking, but the harm is chiefly loss of
money. I n buying food articles, if imitations
or poor stuffs are supplied, there is a loss of
money and probably an injury to health also;
and good health is beyond price.
Remember these facts when buying baking
Absolutely Pure No Alum
on 1 -no
FUNERAL OF JOHN'T. M'FALL
Held in York Yesterday Afternoon
With Full Masonic Honors
(Special to the Star-Independent.)
York, Pa., Oct. 7. —Full Masonic
honors attended the burial of John T.
McFall, senior member of the firm of
Mi-Fall & Son. men's furnishers. who|
died last Saturday, and whose funeral j
was held yesterday afternoon from the
family residence, 373 Madison avenue.
Services were conducted by the Hev. j
Dr. Clinton E. Walter, pastor of St. I
Paul's Lutheran church, and were at-!
tended by a large number of relatives, j
friends and representatives of fraternal j
and other organizations of which Mr.,
McFall was a member. Numerous Horn! [
tributes were beautiful.
Acting as pallbearers were Messrs. |
H. H. Lindemuth, C. J. Wallace, Ed
gar Y. Shearer, P. K. Devers, t). Hay !
Kain, 1* B. Wampler, John Sharp and'
John B. Sprenkle. Services at the grave-1
side were conducted by York lodge,!
No. 261 i, Free and Accepted Masons. I
They were those of the blue lodge
ritual, with the following officers in '
charge: McLean Stock, worshipful mas
ter; H. A. Wisotzkey, senior warden;
Edwin A. Barnitz,.junior warden, and
J have won remarkable
I \ y favor among stout and
medium women be
cause of their great
/ 4',:., . •'V'iV |\ strength —they are the
/' ' « .') strongest corsets made.
c \ M No matter how clever the
y! 11l j s j design in producing perfect
V(. f , A||r W style and correct lines for an
over-stout figure, the whole j
value of such a corset is im-
mediately lost if it lacks the
J P \
(r\(w /// .xH >N \ Rengo Belt corsets are all j
N> Hi \ \ ttiat can e desired in style
BE.LT |i || * /\ by examination), and they
FEATURE 1 \
UJ J 1A possess more of lasting |
h' I Ilk * <# Ai Atvl) shapeliness than can be
ti Ha purchased in any other
J Vy> :^=== = If I n 1 Thenew models are now ready.
\ / vT I Yoix will find them boned
\ |f I throughout with double
\-;t j j watch-spring steels, guaran-
I]" ' L/[jjO - fe«f not to rust.
Prices, $2.00, $3.00 and $5.00
For Sale by Dives, Pomeroy Stewart
Richard E. Cochran, chaplain. Prior to
the services at the McFall residence
memorial services wer e held at the Ma
sonic temple, North Beaver street, at
Pallbearers representing the Royal
Fire company were: Messrs. Frank
Bond, Aduui H. Allison, .lames Heunc
sev and John 11. Brooks. Mr. McFall
was a'so a member of the Royal Ar
caniutn, the Improved Order of Hepta
sophs lyjd General John Sedgwick post,
No. 37, Grand Army of the Republic,
which were also represented at the
Mr. McFall was the son of Thomas
and Eliza Mensch McFall aud was born
in Union county. He was educated in
the Lewisburg public schools. In Oc
tober, 1569, he established his first
men's furnishing store in York. In
1892 Mr. McFall received his son into
On June 26. 1866, Mr. McFall mar
ried Mary E. Johns, daughter of Jonas
Johns, of Gettysburg. Mrs. McFall died
in July, 1599. On August 11. 1908,
Mr. McFall married a second time his
wife being Mrs. Julia A. Gitt, of Han
over. Mr. McFall was a veteran of the
Civil war. He lirst joined the com
pany of Captain William R. Thatcher
enlisting from Chester, Delaware coun-
ty, about tho time of the battle of An
tiebam. He afterward enlisted in
Company A, Thirty-seventh Pennsyl
vania volunteer infantry, under Cap
tain William .Prick, serving as corpor
al. He was prominent in Masonic cir
cles, being past high priest of the chap
ter. a past commander of York coin
mandery. No. 21, Knights Templar, and
a member of Zembo temple, Ancient
Order of the Mystic Shrine.
FOREST FIRE SPREADING
Lands Owned by State Menaced by
Williamsport, Pa., Oct. 7.—A fierce
forest fire which has been raging 011
the mountains flanking Nippenoee Val
ley, this county since Sunday ha*
spread ovor an area three and a half
miles long and two miles wide and
threatens to spread to a vast area be
longing to the State in that vicinity.
The fire is on the land of M. C. Wil
shans and the White Deer Lumber Com
pany, and, owing to the drought, it is
difficult to obtain water to fight it.
"Why aren't, they going to try and
float that, stock?"
"They're afraid it won't hold wa