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Object of Court Fight
LEGAL battle of Town Meeting'
' party for last election opens in
Election Court today.
Petition with sweeping accusa
tions against Organization to be pre
sented. The charges include nllcp;ed
throwing out of 110,000 votes cast
for the Town Meeting party, stuf
fing of ballot-boxes, phantom vot
ing, mutilation of votes and the dis
tribution of $50,000 worth of poll
tax receipts free.
Mass of affidavits covering alleged
fraud in more than 700 of the 1330
divisions in the city alto to be pre
sented in backing up the petition.
Evidence .said to be overwhelm
ing. Independents and Penrose men
predict complete victory.
Decision on the petition" of the Town
Meeting candidates to open the Imllot-boxeH
probably will be g veil bj the election court
on Monday. The court adjourned this aft
ernoon utter hearing lengthy argument
from both the Town Meeting nnd Hepub
llcan parly counsel.
An December 6 U the last (Into on which
a contest of nn election could be filed In
Quarter Sessions, according to thu law.
Judge Flnlctter said ho thought there might
not be time enough to go over all the bal
lots In the 1330 divisions throughout Phila
delphia. Henry J Scott, of counsel for the Town
Meeting party, suggested that suinelent
clerks and watcher for both sides be en
gaged for this task He said that time
could be saved by submitting only thu
questionable ballots to the court
Judge FInletter said he thought It would
be a good thing to open the ballot hose. so
that the election olllcers could know that
they were not so sicrcd that thev could
lock up corruption
Sir. Scott pointed out that the Town
Meeting party had tiled petitions to open
boxes In CO? divisions and that the Re
publicans had tiled petitions to open the
boxes In 101 divisions, making u total of
SIS divisions which are questionable. lie
asserted therefore that it would be Just
as well to open ull the boxes.
tV. Horace Hepburn said there was a
clause In the election law which stated tli.it
all petitions for opening boxes shim d be
disposed of three days after the official
count was begun.
If there were such n law. Mr. Scott said,
it was certainly unconstitutional.
In view of liiegularltlf s brought to light
In many divisions so far. It is contended
generally by counsel lor the Town Meeting
party that opening of the boxes will resu l
In electing the Independent candidates.
The petition to the couit was filed by
Thomas V. Armstionr,. candidate for Re
ceiver of Taxes ; William II. NicTiolsoti,
candidate for City Treasurer, and Walter
George Smith, oindldate for Rsgiuter of
Wills. A supplemental petition was flkd
by Eugene C. Bonnlwell, candidate for
Judge of Common Pleas Court of No. 5, who
was opposed by William 11 Staake, Jr., and
' At the outset of the proceedings Mr
Hepburn contended that petitions for the
Opening of all the ballot-boxes should b
filed . at one time Mr. Scott said that
he did not have every single one of tlio pe
titions completed as the soldier vote was1
only counted yesterday, and he had numer
ous petitions to prepare attacking these re.
turns. Mr, Scott showed, however, that he
had enough petitions ready to start proceed
Jt van finally agreed to let the nctlon
start. Henry J, Scott suggested that the
court take the vote of tho twelfth division.
Forty-sixth Ward, nnd twenty-sixth dlvl
Ion, Koit-fourth Ward, first.
Congressman Scott Immediately objected,
and said he w tinted to file nnswers to the-e
petitions 'iidges I-'.n'etter and Martin
ru.ed tnat argument begin Immediately.
DENIES COURT'S JURISDICTION
When thu, matter had been settled W.
Horace Hepburn slid tnat the election
court did no, havo the right to open the
ballot boxes. lie declared that the entire
ballot system was confusing and politics
had gotten the better of the law. He said
that the l.w dis'.lnct y stated that the
Quarter Sessions Court was tho place for
ballot boxen to be opened. He said the
petition wo'i.d deny the Quarter Sessions
Court Its right In the matter.
Mr. Scott will submit a largo number
of affidavits covering alleged fraud charges
in 700 of the 1338 divisions of the city.
The Town Meeting party and Penrose
followers ild the evidence was so over
whelming that they have eveiy hope of
proving their case easily.
CANDIDATES SIGN PETITION
j aiiw iieuuuu, waicn was urawn up msi
i, night. Is signed liv tho thiee Town Meet
ing candidates, uiiomns Armstrong, ror
Receiver of Taxes: Walter George Smith,
for Register of Wills, and AVlllIam R.
Nicholson, for City Treasurer, and also
by Judgo Eugene C. Bonnlwell, of the
Municipal Court, who was an aspirant on
the nonpartisan ballot for the Common
Pleas bench. In addition, Bonnlwell will
file a. separate petition for a recount.
The petition follows:
To the Honorable J. Willis Martin and
the Honor ible Thomas D. FInletter.
'judges of tne Common Pleas Couit. sit
ting as the Election Court Tho petition
of the undersgnej respectfully rpiesents
First. That ui the municipal e'ectlon,
dulv held in rti.d for the city and county
of Philadelphia on tne sixtn day or mo
ember, 1917, your petitioners were can
didates lor me omces neremanei set
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F..vW BmmiiiI That vnur ntlt!nnprt are In.
ri'Vi'VaAformtd and believe, and therefore aver.
f-mipti tthat at said election various Irregularities
as well as trauauient acts were commit
tetfby persons purporting to be qualified
electors, as we 1 as by various election
officers and others, so as to nullify and
vitiate the express intent of the majority
of the electors of Philadelphia Countv
as represented by the ballots cast at raid
election, particularly In:
(a) That In 110 election divisions the
voters' list fled by said election officers
-V?i'f the respective districts hetelnbefore
!? ,;'.' numerated, more votes were returned as
.j-J.teMt in me toiais compuieu man ine
-pvima no, nuvw ;-v ",,w vcw, e-
raiinr a loiai m ioji votes.
9) That in Ml flistricts tne voters'
fliea uy ino eicciion ouiccrs nnow a.
are to return the proper number of
mi indicated by the voters' lists, ag-
gating u total of 9309 votes.
r -(e) That in a large number of election
Ik. mmneiB a large numoer or votes were.
properly couniea tor me jiepuoncan
naaxeajn aisregaru oi me taws regu-
ftne marking or tne diiois.
'That a lance number of votes were
by persons not entitled to vote the
impersaiiawng uuiy uu&iuiea eiect
faiiea to vote: not Deing quaunea
of the districts In which said
I were cast ; and those who names do
pear upon tne registration lists.
) It appears by the returns of elec-
taai in a large numoer or divisions
s vmm were cast man me return oy
election'- board. This discrepancy
; on tne race or me returns
: of voters in the said dlvi-
l. a, greater number, or
were reiurnea ,y
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Philadelphia's postal chief is fiftv four years old today, nnd in honor of his birthday employes at the Federal
Building presented him with a huge bouquet. In the picture, left to light, arc Postmaster Thornton and Assist
ant Postmaster John K. Lister and Chief Bookkeeper Job n V. Myeis, who presented the bouquet.
to count and Inrltidi In -Mot return of
tes, will aggregate in, nun and upward,
nnd that If the ballot-boes of said dli
slons where said discrepancies In the
number of ntes cast and the number le
turned appears of record are opened, the
ballots so lawfulb cat and which tho
said board falh d and neglected to count
nnd Include In their return will be mani
fest and the said enor In the return can
therebv be corrected
(f) That your petitioners have been do
prled of a laige numbei of votes legatty
cast for them, because of the deliberate
fraudulent manipulation of ballots after
tin1 said polls had closed and during the
progress of the count nnd thereafter;
also bv the placing of additional marks
upon said ballots in fraud of your peti
tioners' rights as well as tho-e of tho
fg) That inn.nnn tax receipts were pur
chased In bulk with funds furnished by
the ltepulillcan oiganlratlon, In violation
of law That said lecclpts were gien by
the Republican organization aforesaid, as
petitioners are Informed nnd believe, to
electors win tieil them to qualify as
voters In violation of the law.
(hj That in a won- of cleition districts
the election olllcei s dd not return the
Voters-' list as required by law.
(1) That In a large number of election
districts the election olllcers signed the
election leturns before the vote was
counted. And without verifying the Fame.
(J) That lu a great many election dis
tricts, other men than the qualified elec
tion olllcers handled, counted the ballots
and filled in the returns, in violation of
Third. That In vuiinus divisions the
election boards did not rount the ballots
cist, but simplv placul upon the return
sheets such figures as thev arbitrarily
saw fit. nnd your petit oners believe that
the recount ..f the votes nst will Miow a
verv lnrg and fnnterlnl Increase in tile
totals cred'ted to them.
Fourth 'Hi it the finds heieinbiforo
enumerated were the result of willful nils,
take or palpable fraud or ,'ucr, mole
than suffirUnt to deprive t.ie eli etor.s of
PhllaiVlphia of their pioperlv elected of
fleers and constituted palpable fraud
upon the cit'zens of Philadelphia and
upon vour petitioners and ought to be
corrected In this court.
Fifth. That the officers in question are
among the most Important In their rela
tion to the city and county of Philadel
phia and that the citizens and electors
ns well as vour petlt'oncrs are entitled to
havo a full, complete lionet, and ac
curate return of the harlots cast, to deter
mine who are the duly efcttd officials
for the various nfilces voted for on No
vember r, 1317
Sixth Wlierifore your petitioners pray
your honorable court will In the interest
of good government, to protect the Integ
rity of the ballot-box nnd to give us cr
tlfieatai to the otlicey to which we aver
we were duly elected- to open all the
baliot-hoxes lu the elt of P-iHadelnh a
and recount the vote, believing that when
the ballot boxes are opened full corrobora
tion of the averments herein contained
will be found therein
BIG CORPORATION GRANTS
10 PER CENT WAGE RISE
Employes of Victor Talking Machine
Company Receiving Less Than
$30 Weekly Benefit
A 10 per cent wage Increase for all em
ploves receiving less than $3o u. week was
announced by the Victor Taking Machine
Company, of Camden, employing 10,000 per
sons, todu. The advance was made, the
company said, because an investigation had
shown tho officers and dliectnrs that the
cost of living had advanced and therefore
higher wages were necessary The company
decided upon the nctlon with a full realiza
tion that it involved serious risk and cer
tain loss of income to stockholders.
The present Increase makes a total wage
advance in the Victor plant of 30 1 per cent
since the great war began Hundreds of ad
justments of wages and salaries of In
dlvldua s also have been made
The comp.in said the advance was made
despite the fact that ah pad v tho amount
of money available for dividends was only
half that of 1010 and wages were already
higher in tho plant than in others of the
The company Is making no bid for serv
ices of operatives who aro needed for (!oy
ernment work, but on the contrary. Is
training Inexperienced persons for positions
left vacant by 1000 cmplojes who went Into
the Oovernment service or that of (tavern
WILL ATTEND WATERWAYS MEET
200 to Go Prom Here, but City and
Chamber Commerce Not Represented
Neither the City of Philadelphia nor the
Chamber of Commerce will he officially
represented at the annual convention of the
Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association
which opens at Miami, Kla., next Tuesday,
It was learned today. Both Major Smith
and the officials of the commerce body
failed to appoint delegates,
Wilmington. Chester, Camden, Trenton,
New York and other cities, however, will
send large delegations. Mayor Charles II,
Kills, of Camden, will head twenty-five
delegates from that city, while Mayor Fred
erick W, Donnelly will head a large dele
gation from Trenton.
About 200 representative business men
from this city will leave tomorrow after
noon for Washington, where they will board
a special train for Miami tomorrow night.
The delegation will be headed by Congress
man J. Hampton Moore, president of the
association. The special train will stop at
Chirleston, S. C, and Savannah, C'a., en
route and on the return will stop at Jack
Scranton Street Car Strike Settled
SCRANTON. Pa.. Nov. 21. The motor
men, conductors, barnmen and track hands
of the Scranton Railway Company have
accepted the company's offer of three cents
per hour. The men petitioned for an In
crease of six cents an hour. Operators of
the car will now receive thirty-two cents
an hour. The trackmen will get twenty-five
cents an hour. II. J, Crowley, of Phila
delphia, conducted the negotiatlois for the
Train Carrying Soldiers Wrecked
KANSAS CITY. Nov. 21. The second
section of a epcclal Union Pacific train
carrying soldiers from Camp Kunston to
Ifanaaa fit, a,l n Oau t .....1.. .. .A
,ws mum h nii, ' w WMUt wyii
wreaked t,the crowing vt the two roud
la the 1eeka. vardu todar. Both ensrlnaen
ifen Faoifio areman were tlhtly
EVENING IEDGER-PHnjADELPHIA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24,
RESPECTS TO POSTMASTER THORNTON
TURNED TO QUAGMIRES
Normal War Activity and Ab
normal Amount of Mud Mark
Situation on American Front
.UIIllllCAS KIia.D HKADQlWUTnUS IN
i'uvnci:, Nov :i.
Normal nitlllery and normal patrol activ
ity but abnormal mud expresses the
trench conditions nt the American front
The Samniees tako nightly cvcurslons
Into the weedy, muddy bottom of No Man's
Land Steady tains have made everything
diinj and sllppeiy. The trenches ate veri
SKILL OP SURGEONS SAVES
PROM CHARGE OP MURDER
Woman Who Shot Hotel Man Tlirouuli
Body Merely Accused of
ATLANTIC CITY. Nov 21 Mm velous
single ,i M s..iv,d Sidle Mitchell, twenty
two enrs old, fioni facing a i-h.ugc of
mind' r when she was arraigned bcfoie
Magistrate Soiitlielmer for shooting Cliailes
l Se. sous, a ll.iltiinore avenue hotelkeepei,
with Intent to kill on October IS last
Sesvons was brought to court fiotn the
I'lly Hospital, where surgeons had tak n
out his stomach and various other oigam
and patched them up In an astonishing
fashion to prevent a bullet fioni pioving
fatal after a dose-range shot had driven
the missile clear through his body , It
dropped from Sesson's undershirt when tie
first in rived in the hospital.
There ate now sis patches upon the lute-tines
of the human target, but the doc
tors feel citnin he will pull through.
The charge against the Mitchell woman
was atrocious assault and battel y with in
tent to kill. liven If Sessons ultimately
should die. tho best Jersey justice can do
will be to oNnct leparatloii for manslaugh
ter. She was held in $l.r,00 bail
SEEKS LICENSE TRANSFER
PROM SITE ON PARKWAY
Two Remonstrances Filed Against Jo
seph Pentony's Petition To I5e
Joseph I'etilon.v, who conducted 11 saloon
and restaurant at 11.11 Hllurt street, which
site was taken by the iltv for paikway
purposes, today filed a petition with Clerk
William Turner, in Qu.uter Sessions court,
for a transfer of the license privileges to
1C38 Maiket street. Two icmonstrances
wtre also filed against the transfer. The
remonstrants, who ate represented by
Krnnk A Moorshend, are nearby residents
and business people They say that the
license s not necessaiy for the accommo
dation of the public and point out that
theie are now thiee letaq liquor licenses
within a radius of one-half block of the
place applied for by Pentony.
Judges Martin and Klnietter will sit
next Wednesday to hear the following list
of applications for transfers'
Iletall Patrick J Cocn, 709 i:.ist Pas
syunk avenue, to John V. Leonard : Thomas
. Schmltt, 110, Market street, to Cabrlel
P Callahan : Charles K Petermnn and
owner. 80S Walnut street, to Morris Spiel
man: Joseph Pentony, 1131 Kllhert street,
to 1038 Market street; Charles Ihlenfcld,
SOT Callow hill street, to Henry F. Schnei
der; Josephine liogner, .103 Oreen street, to
Jacob Strassner; John (lallagher southeast
corner of Fifteenth nnd Callnwhill streets,
to Michael, Hradley ; Denis Mclntyre, 1001
Palmer street, to KflO Richmond street,
northeast corner Palmer street Patrick
Hurley and Samuel Hewlett, 1307 Master
street, t Patrick Hurley, George M. Sauers,
1700 Noith r.leventh street, to John McMa
bon ; Terence F. llodgers nnd owner, 1014
South Twentieth street, to Harry J. Mc
Glnnls. Wholesale Joseph (ctrpitella, 1824
South Hlcventh street, to Nutale Arena;
Peter J. Diamond, 273 West York street, to
Joseph C. Diamond . Joseph C. Diamond,
273 West York street, to 2401-03 North
Third street; the II L. Wlttc Hrcvvlng
Company, Inc. 2229-31 North American
street, to 2317-23 Sedgley avenue; Kdwin
W Williams, northeast rorner (Iratz stieet
and Susquehanna avenue, to Arthur A. Fal
llner. Pentony's application Is the only one with
a remonstrance filed against It.
DIt. MALATESTA BUHIED
Requiem High Mass Held Today at St.
Tho funeral of Dr Joseph M. Mnlatoxta.
who died Wednesday night after an illnesn
of several weeks, was held today from his
residence, 1013 South Droad street. Sol
emn requiem mass was celebrated at 10
o'clock at St. Hlta's Church, Ilroad and
Kllsworth streets Interment followed ut
Holy Cross Cemetery,.
Doctor Malatesta received his earlier edu
cation In tho common schools In this city
and In Italy. He obtained the degree of
master of arts at Waterford. N. J Acad
emy and later was graduated from the
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the
Jefferson Medical College. He held the
degree of Ph. D conferred by Vlllanova In
1906, and for several years was an instruc
tor In skin dlseates at Jefferson College.
Free Wool for Sweaters Monday
Free wool for 25,000 sweaters will bo
distributed by the women of the South
eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Amer
ican lied Cross to all brandies and auxil
iaries In Philadelphia and Camden CoJnty
for the thousands of knitters who are male
Inr garments for the soldiers and Scllrs.'
Tn .thousand pounds, of gray nii,ltil
BY TREMENDOUS VOTE
Only Two of GOO Delegates
Stand Against Wilson's
IlUl'TALO. Nov. 21.
Tlie A luetic:
an Federation or xaoor uy
majorities went on record
ns solidly behind Prosiucni
Wilson by re-electing his champion of or
ganized labor, Samuel riompers, to tho
presidency of the federation, and Frank
Morrison sccietatv Of nearly 000 votes
but two were cast against (Jumpers. Fight
vice presidents, were re-elected and D. .1.
Tobln, of Indianapolis, was elected trcas
uier over John H. Leiinon
President Compers delivered a ringing
pattiotlc speech, openly pledging a united
Federation of Labor anxious to lend every
possible support to the Oovernment. The
eight vice piesidents aio;
First "vice ptesident, James Duncan, Gran
Second vice ptesident.
Thlid vice picslilent.
Street Hallway Linplojcs
Foutth Vice president
Joseph F Vnl-
Fifth vice piesident. John R
Slth vice president, II
II Perham, Hall-
Seventh vice ptesident, Frank Duffy, Car
penters Highlli vice president, William (Jieeti,
Ml tie is
BECOMES WAR WORKER
Berryman Resigns as Leader of
Easton Eleven Made Good
With Poor Material
Unbelt M Herrym in, coach of the La
faette College' football team, has resigned
his position to enter war work In one of
tho Industrial plants near Pittsburgh. This
action was taken by Ilerryman notwith
standing efforts of Lafayette to havo him
sign a long-time contract, who warmed up
to him because ho made an excellent show
ing in spite of the poor material at his com
mand He Is well known to Philadelphia, sports
fo lowers, having been one of the best half
backs in scholastic circles while playing
with the Northeast High eleven
After leaving that school Uerrvninn went
to Penn State, where he was a star pltyer
for three years on the varsity team.
TILE DEALERS ALARMED
BY THREATENED EMBARGO
Fear Japan Will Capture American
Market if Industry Is
ATLANTIC CITY. Nov. 21 Pennsyl
vania manufacturers and dealers will have
to carry a largo share of tho loss, It was
dec'ared today In reports presented to a
Joint meeting here of the Knstern District
Tllo and Mantel Association .Vnd the Tile
Manufaetuiers' Hepresentatlves," Club, If the
Oovernment puts tile among nonessentials
for the period of the war. f
Dealers are hero from Philadelphia, Lan
caster, Harrisburg, Heading and York, ns
well as Wilmington, Haltlmore nnd Wash
ington. "A tvplca'ly American Industry, which
has been blult up under a protective tariff
until America is Independent of tho world In
tllo manufacture, will receive a setback
from which It will not recover for1 years,
nnd may never fully recover. If manufactur
ing Is wholly suspended," nn executive com
mittee report stated.
Tho fear of the manufacturers Is that
Japan will pre-empt the American market If
American manufacturers shut down.
Prices nre up, about 10 per cent at tho
plants and from 15 to 20 per cent among
tho dealers, with Indications of further
CONFESSES HE BURNED BARN
Youth Tells Tale of Beinp Paid for It
The Delaware County authorities are
puzzled today over whether or not a pro
(lerraan paid Jumes Schofleld. a Cardlngton
youth, to burn the barn of F,. V Hond, at
(Jnrrett road and West Chester pike,
Schofleld, a trusted employe at the Bond
feed warehouse, confessed to District At
torney Hannum, at Media, that he set fire
to the barn, first paying that he had been
paid $50 by a pro-Oerman and later that
he merely wanted to see a fire. Schofleld
Is being held without ball pending Investiga
tion. The barn, which is In the rear vf
tho warehouse, was burned November 15,
after four fires had been discovered In the
warehouse during the day.
U. of P. Gives $11,247 to Y. M. C. A.
The total results of tho Y.' M. C. A. cam
paign at the University are now Jll.247.85,
of which 1900 has been contributed by the
co-eds. The students have contributed to
this campaign more than three times as
much as they have ever given to any pre
vious campaign, although this contribution
has been made by only one-third of tho
student body. It Is with the hops of getting
still larger contributions from tha other two
thJrds that the campaign has teen extended
19 UHlyJWW. wiwi ii Tiii'NHt
MYSTERY ISLE THREAT
TO BJ(G U. S. SHIPYARD
"Discoverer" Opposes Permit to
Build Ways and Bulkheads.
Can't Find Island on Maps
A mysterious Island, supposed to bo In
the Delaware ltlvcr opposite the site of the
irA tuln.,l uMt.for.tu nncv beltllT CTCCted
bv the American International Shipbuild
ing Corporation to turn out standard steel
ships to beat the submarine, threatens to
delay the construction of the mammoth
Application for n permit to build ship
ways nnd bulkheads from the Commission
ers of Navigation was opposed by Frank
M Zeller, the discover of "New Providence
Island," which docs not exist, according
to Oovernment maps. Zellcr has nppealed
tcv the Delaware County courts to decide
whether ho enn build four piers on his
Zeller. officials sny, has been making his
Island an excuse for opposing the plans of
the Oovernment shipbuilding program. He
claims to be the president of the Arcadia
nnd Clifton Heights Hallway Company,
which Is snld to exist only on paper. Tho
Court of Common Pleas of Delaware Coun
ty, nt Media, will hear tho Zcller appeal on
Deceml er 15.
Shipping men along the riverfront ray
they had never seen this Islnnd and that
there Is no Island there today. The United
States Hnglneer's Office, In a communication
to the Hoard of Commissioners of Naviga
"The survey records on file In thin offico
do not Indicate the present or past exist
ence of an Island on the Pennsylvania side
of the Delaware In front of Hog Island or
at nny point near the shore line between
Fort Mlfllln and Tlnlcum Island."
TRANSIT LEASE MEETING
POSTPONED UNTIL DEC. 3
Failure of Conferees to Agree on Ex
change Ticket Abolition Method
Announcement was made today that the
meeting of the Joint Committee of Flnancq
and Street Hallways of Councils to tnke up
tho matter of tho Smlth-Mlttcn transit
lease will be postponed. Joseph P. CJnffncy,
chairman of the committee, made the an
nouncement, following a conference with
William Draper Lewis, the Mayor's advisor
In transit affairs. December 3 has now
been set for the meeting.
The postponement was necessary becauso
tho city transit olllclals and the" P. H. T.
Co, olllclals have not reached any agree
ment as to a method of eliminating the 8
cent exchange tickets. It was said today
that other conferences will be held next
Tuesday was the only day next, week
available for a transit healing. Monday
has beer set aside lor the Finance Com
mittee, Wednesday and Friday for special
meetings of Councils, while Thursday is
Only two regular meetings r.f Councils
are scheduled for December, friends of tho
high-speed lino pointed, out. Tho first meet
ing Is set for December C, the second on
December 20. To act on the transit
Iiao at the first meeting, the joint com
mittee would havo to work rapidly.
If tho administration rnred to rush
through a lease with u snake that was
unfair to the car riders, there would bo
little time remaining to crystallize public
sentiment against It. While there aro only
two legular meetings of Councils, It is
likely that a meeting will be held every
week during December to finish up the
Politicians say the Smlth-Mlttcn lease
could probably bo rushed through Coun.
ells If tho administration desired It. At
present the Smlth-Vare combination Is In
control of Councils. If ncV action Is tnken
this year, the lease Introduced ns an or
dinance would be thrown out nnd acted on
by tho new councllmanlc body.
With the strength In the next body al
most evenly divided between tho ymlth
Vnro machine nnd the Town Meeting Coun
cllmen, It would be next to Impossible for
tho administration to pass a lease unfavor
able to citizens,
GERMAN AGENTS AT WORK
Insidious Stories of Wastage at Camps
and Wheat Being Sold
Heports miido to the Committee of Pub
lic Safety nre to the effect that pro-(iennnn
agents nro working quietly to upset the
plans to Inaugurate a general program of
seven wheatless days a week suggested by
tho food administration. Women's organ
izations all over the State have taken hold
of the campaign with vigor and earnest
ness, but occasional hints aro given that
their efforts are meeting with stealthy op
position. This propaganda usually takes tho form
of reports that the soldiers In tamp are
wasting bread or that agents of our allies
nre treacherously selling American wheat
to Germany. Attention Is called to the
fact that Germany Is endeavoring In every
way posslblo to prevent tho shipment of
food by the United States to France and
England, nnd It Is not believed that the
new propaganda will meet with any success
In this country.
SAVE AND REUSE OLD BOTTLES
Mutual Profit in Conserving: Glassware,
Says Public Safety Committee
The conservation of glassware by tho
saving of old bottles Is urged upon the pub
Ilo by tho Department of Sanitation and
Medicine of the Committee or Public Safety
In a statement issuca toaay,
"By saving old bottles nnd taking them
to the drug store when you buy medicine,
you can conserve the glass supply and at
tho same time get full value In medicine.
Most druggists will pay for clean bottles
returned to tHem," tho statement says.
Society for Deaf Banquet Tonight
The Knights of de l'Epee, a beneficial
society for deaf persons, will give a ban
quet at tho Majectlc Hotel tonight to com
memorate tho 205th anniversary of tho
birth of Abbe Charles Michel de l'Kpec, a
French priest, who established the first
school for tho deaf In Paris and Invented
the finger-alphabet. William K. V. Brc-uan,
Orand Knight of the Philadelphia council,
will preside. Among the speakers will bo
Francis L. Felghan and John A. Itoach.
4 Americans In Canada Casualty List
OTTAWA, Ont., Nov. 21, Americana
named In today'B Canadian casualty list In
clude: Killed J. K. Raymond. Buffalo, N. y. A
T. Kevin, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; J. Douglas Aul
burn. N. Y.
Wounded II. Griffin, Utlca, N, y.
Brooklyn Man Killed in France
NEW YOnK. Nov. 24. Allen Thomas
Nlven. of Brooklyn, a member of the Prin
cess Pat Canadian Regiment, met death
duringthe capture of Passchendaele, Octo.
ber SO, according to word received here
today by his father, Thomas Nlven.
Bguquet for Postmaster Thornton
Employes of the postomce Drnt., .
bouquet to Postmaster John M. .Thorriton
tody. Tomorrow wl", be hU'birtlW'j2i
w , FJ
AlwvliA')Wwn4 . wxirv Anv.A ssw
Fourteen-year-old girl, who braved
death to rescue her four-months-old
niece during a fire at her home
RESCUES BABY IN FIRE
Girl Almost Overcome by Smoke
as She Staggers Out
Hesslo Lelghtman, 11 years old, 2113
South Front street, braved death to rescue
her four-months-old niece during a flro at
her home early today. Tho girl was almost
overcome by smoke ns she staggered to
thp street with the Infant.
A few moments nfter her father, Max
Lelghtman, had left the house to go to work,
tho young girl went Into the kitchen to start
a lire. Sparks from tho burning wood
Ignited a cloth on a table a few feet away
and spread rapidly.
Hushing upstairs she aroused her mother,
Mrs. Jennio Lelghtman, nnd her slstcr-ln-law,
Mrs. Jacob Lelghtman. As tho two
women hastily dressed and rushed to tho
street, they forgot tho baby, asleep In the
Fecond-story front room.
The flames In the meantime hnd spread to
the dining room and smoke filled the hall
ways. Choking and coughing, Henlo
rushed upstnlrs and hoou returned with
Firemen confined tho blaze to tho two
downstairs rooms. Tho damage amounted
DENIES FURTHER HEARING
IN AN AUTO THEFT CASE
Magistrate Beaton Holds Man for
Court, Saying There Is Too
Mngl-Utate Beaton, in the Tenth and But
tonwood streets police station, today sounded
a warning to nil automobile thieves', and
departed from the usual magisterial method
of handling nlleged auto larceny cases,
when he refused to hold n suspected thief
for n. further hearing rn his attorney's re
quest. The prisoner, Albert Townscjid, 717
South Smedley street, was held In $800
for court, so there would be no "adjusting"
of the case.
"I propose to throw every case of thls
kind that comes before mo Into court," the
Maglstrato said heatedly, nfter ho had re
fused the request of the attorney. "There
Is entirely too much of this going on, nnd
I propose to tnke every means to step It,
When held for a further hearing theso cases
nre almost always adjusted In some man
ner, and never reach ccurt. Automobile
thievery mus-t stop, and I believe that the
proper way to put an end to It Is to send
nil cases tf court"
Townsend was arrested late yesterday by
Acting Detective Titus According to tho
testimony of Charles Paine, 5529 Larch
v ood avenue, Townsend Jumped Into nn
automobile standing In front of the United
States Tire Company. 320 North Ilroad
street, fitted a key In tho keybo, and
s-tarted the engine. Palno rushed from the
store, he testified, and grabbed Townsend
ns the engine stalled, and held him until
BALTIMORE AND OHIO CUTS
DOWN PASSENGER SERVICE
Two Express and Four Local Trains
Are Discontinued and Other
Discontinuance of two express trains and
four local trains and other change's In
schedule were announced today by the Bal
timore and Ohio Railroad. Tho changes,
effective tomorrow, aro ns follows:
Trains leaving Philadelphia Washing
ton express (No. 21, 7:15 a, m.) discontinued;
Pittsburgh express (,No. 17, 7 p. m.) discon
tinued between Philadelphia nnd Baltimore;
Plilladelphla-Baltlmoro local (No. G9, 4:50
p. m.) discontinued; Wilmington express
(No. 53) 5:20 p. m. Instead of 5:33 p. m. ;
No. 49, 6:25 p. m., weekdays only; Phllndel-phla-Baltlniore
Sunday local (No. 751. 8:05
a. m.) discontinued; Sunday train No. 749
(formerly No. 769, 4:45 p. m.) run to Aiken
Trains arriving at Philadelphia Washington-Philadelphia
express (No. 22. 10:50
P. in.) discontinued ; Duquesno express (No.
18, 5:35 a. m.) discontinued between Balti
more and Philadelphia; Baltimore local (No,
C4, 11:55 a. m.) discontinued; Baltimore
Philadelphia Sunday local (No. 7C6, 9:30 p.
SEEK DEAD MAN'S ASSAILANT
Mysterious Assault Victim Refuses
Treatment and Removes Bandages
Detectives are searching for the assail
ant of James Griffin, 46 years old, 1026
Snyder avenue, who died last night at his
homo from Injuries received during a fight
yesterlay at Tenth and McKean streets.
Griffin, tho police say, when taken to St.
Agnes's Hospital, refused treatment, and
toro off several bandages that physicians
placed about his head, and walked to tils
home. His brother John found him dead
on the parlor floor when ho returned homo
late last night.
The police of the Fourth street und Sny
der avenue station arrested three men as
witnesses. They declared that they knew
nothing of the fight, but Magistrate Imber
held them In 1300 ball for a further,hear
Ing Wednesday. They are John J. Kevin.
27 years old, 1128 Jackson street; Joseph
Foley, 25 years old, 2425 Jouth Alder
street, and John McCann, 24 years old, 5031
Today'd City Appointments
City appointments today Include those
of Thomas F. Torpey,. 1122 Glrard avenue,
clerk, Department of Supplies, Jlioo;
Daniel M. Hughes, 301 West Thompson
street, assistant clerk, Department of Sup
plies, J3 a day; Harry W. Leonard, Somer
ton, special watchman, Bureau of Charities,
$900 a year; Lewis M. Schneider,' 4020 West
Reed street, plumber. Bureau otWater, 4
a day, and Thomas W. Sweeney, 4226 Pine
strtet, clerk, Register of Wills, S1000 a
Dance Succeeds McNichol
Rolla. Dance, close friend politically of the
at (Senator McNlohol.bM been elected the
;a MNnr WNWMI, as the Tent
RR0IIRKT POR itflv
w" d. w m m. m .ii.ii vii . r i.vj
niuiiiuiimry acriools Com,,,.
Refuses Permission to Wba
WOULD LET HIM
Mild Sensation Attends Reading
. ter IntimatinB Previous D J Ut'
posal of Educator's Case
Tho TlMnrrl 1M.. .i
mcYitary schools committee tSiJ J" ' ,'
in grant n leave of absence to Y, 'lhe i
Krazen nunnnl. ... . "re to John n
as requested-,;; Th'e TedTa'"'' ''
cf Public Safety "nntS,,
nl Defcnso In U- moblllMtlon Ii Mhv
ment of labor In Pcnnsylvan "ft Sft
to take leave of absence for cne v ,5f
out pny. t,le Vr wltl.
.J P",?1."'.?. "1 unanimous. ,...
i ,. . , "r "elnff nnent. at th ,. .7 .
held Indnv. ir. !.,....... ' l. ,nB mtttli "i
Dick to Inform the iVepartme .WFI,
that the board would TaccepT Mr l J
u'oiBiiiiiion ir ne ties reil t .s,: -! .rl
A mild sensation was created bv . . .1
from John Wanamaker read t tkJ
IWf Hi It he said that he was ,,'.v?: ii
..nvnu int.. nit-iump, but that h jCJ
the committee's voting on th" ,UM,W
.i ,i-i-.uiuueiii oi enc board "had ni . . it
posed of Mr. Franen. ti.i.'LI4' U- Si'l
to the resolution reducing the nZL V. .1
associate superintendents from Z
It was suggested that Mr. Wananf.fc P I
confused private conversation ft '
nectlon with tho Provisions of the LT '
tlotlS. Tho ehnr., 1,-.. 1 ."'. loj. J
that the resolution wa, TncW '"JS C
ii'inuc ot cno noard. It was nnimW
today that Mr. Wanam'aker"! ?
firmed this rumor. eU,r "
Dr. John P. Gnrber, superintendent . '
schools, recommended that the Tv. Si' '
granted to Mr. Frazee nn'd that Wff&J?
Ash. principal of tho Trades Schoo b. ,S i
pointed to net In his place. Ifcfurt& t
recommended that Charles P. BauVrZ l
an instructor at the Trades School, b, ,J j
.Schooh .ii. oi tw Trad,,
Mr. Frazee refused to comment upon tin
nctlon of tho committee. He also refuw!
to state whether ho would resign ! or not
Ono man In close touch with the tihn,
tlon denounced the nctlon of the schtvS
board as "dirty politics" and as "unwitrW
otic." "Mr. Frazee offered to take the
leave of absence without pay. Have joU
yet heard of any concern unpatriotic enourt
to refuse such n request? Yet the boird
has seen fit to refuse this. Did the Penn
sylvania Railroad ask Mr. Atterbury to rv
sign when he went Into Government sent.
Ico? There has been no mention of Mr
Frazee's unfitness for the place. The boirj
should be forced Into tho open and its poll
tlCH exposed. Tho Intimation by the Bu
i eau of Municipal Research that the resolu
tion reducing the number ot associate su
perintendents In a letter addressed to eich
member of the board at the time the resolu
tion came up for action was apparently
based on lnsldo Information."
FREDERICK R. HARRIS MAY
SUCCEED ADMIRAL CAPPS
Head of Bureau of Docks Probable
Chief of Emergency Fleet
WASHINGTON. Nov 24. Rear Admiral
Frederick It Harris, chief of the bureau of
yards and docks of the Navy Department'
will be the successor of Rear Admiral
Washington Ij. Capps as head of the Tmer-,
gency Fleet Corporation of the United States
Shipping Board, according to well-authenticated
reports this afternoon. It Is known
that he Is under consideration for the post"
and that his appointment would .be accept
able to Chairman Hdward N, Hurley, of
the shipping board, and other officials.
Tho appointment must be made by Sec
retary of tho Navy Daniels.
Capps was relieved from duty today at
his own request, on account of Illness.
Homer Ferguson, discussed as his successor,
declined tho appointment.
GERMAN PRISONER INSANE L
FROM BROODING ON WAR j
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24. Thin and
emaciated, with wild staring eyes, the
first German prisoner of w-ar arrived in
Wnshlngton today Insane.
Muttering continually and weeping over
the broken Hlndenburg line, Herman Berks
was placed In St. Kllzabcth's Hospital here,
the first German prisoner to be brought to
Berka was chief engineer on the German
ship Cormoran, seized nt the outbreak of
the wur. .He brooded over the flow of
events ns they have turned against th
Kaiser and became violent when he learned
the Hlndenburg lino had been broken. He
was removed from the State hospital at
Nnpa, Cal., and brought to Washington un
dcr a guard of four men.
Lack of Material Closes Plant
LAURDU Del,, Nov. 24. The plant of
tho Marvll Package Company has been
shut down all tho week on account or tne
firm's inability Jo Bet Bum timber from
Virginia- Two of its barges have been tiea
up in Norfolk for two weeks because
.i, mini have been pressed into the uov-
ernment service. The Marvll Package Mf
pany is the largest, employer ui i" -
BALTIMORE & OHIO
CHANGE OF TIME '
Effective Sunday, Nov. 25
.. Train No. SI-W-.hln;to B"tj;
(leaTinv i-iiimueijiiii --
be discontinued. . pi.ii..
Train No. S3 Washington-inns"
d.lp'da Expre..-(arrllnr l'hll.d.Ipl'I
10 1 SO P. M.) will l discontinued.
Train No 17 Pittsburgh KpreMj
(leaving Philadelphia 7 P. SI.) '" J
discontinued between Philadelphia and
"iffi's.. 18 lluque.n. Kpr
(arrlvlng Philadelphia SUB A. SI.) "
."discontinued between Malllmor. and
Philadelphia. The Pit "'' h ;
delphla sleeper formerly handled on tins
train, will hereafter arrive on Trsln
No. 1 t BIBS A. 31. The Washington
i . HI irrlve on Train 3o.
3lB0 A.JM. Tassengers may remain in
bIcw until A. SI.
Train No. 69 Plilladelplila-naltlmo"
Local (leaving Philadelphia 4tfl? P. M.)
will be discontinued.
Train No. BS Wilmington Eipress
will leave oisu . it, inicu . ";-- i
Train No, 40 (leaving riillad.lpbU J
... mar . 111 sals 11 Siva Atlrf.
RlXa 1" !! M wwwaaas-,7 - - -
Train No. 7S1 Phllad.lphla-Ualt more
Sunday Local (leaving 8.05 A. 31.) wl"
beT?ilnODNo.Ue740 (formerly N?.
Sunday only (leaving Philadelphia 4MB
P. SI.) will run to AlUIn only.
Train No. 04 Haltlmore leal (arrlr.
Ing Philadelphia lllSB A. 31.) will be
Sunday Local (arriving Philadelphia
B80 P. M.) Will be discontinued,
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