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Members of Crew Killed When "Pennsy" Train Is Wrecked Near Conemaugh
Immigrant Children in
Harrisburg Brighter and
Better Than Native-Born
So Asserts Mrs. Anna H.
Wood After Study of the
Local Situation
"They Are a Force to Be
Reckoned With" in Future,
Writer Say*
(This Is the flrst of a series of
articles or the immigrant child and
the schools, as observed by Mrs.
Anna H. Wood. What Harrisburg
is doing for these little foreign
born newcomers and how they take
to study will be her theme.]
By Mrs. Anna H. Wood
Quietly but steadily, like the un
noticed growth of a plant which will
suddenly burst Into leaf, is the hold
which the immigrant people are ob
taining upon the life of America. With
the work of the average foreign adult
in industrial plants and elsewhere we
are familiar but the rising genera
tion which is filling our public schools
Is a force to be reckoned with. These
children possess an almost uncanny
ability to grasp our tongue and our
teaching, hiving in homes where only
their mother tongue is used they yet
learn to speak English freely in a few
Mike Costa, a dark-eyed, young
Roumanian boy of the foreign quar
ter. speaks and reads Hungarian. Eng
lish and Roumanian. His shrewd
handsome face is full of ambition.
And he is only one of hundreds.
When a certain Italian family came
to this "land of promise" a year and
a half ago they all passed the rigid
examination of Ellis Island but the
youngest son, a boy of seven. Re
cause of a serious eye condition he
was sent back. Until cured, a matter
of little over a year, he remained with
his grandmother in Italy and then
came alone to America to join his peo
ple. He has been in one of our schools
two weeks and can read fluently from
the first reader by the present system
of sound reading, although as yet, un
able to understand the meaning of the
words he utters.
All Nationalities Bright
This apptitude is not confined to na
tionality but is the same among the
Germans. Hungarians, Roumanians,
Poles or Russian Jews.
The constant tendency of the par
wits is to take the children out of
•school to put them into factories.
Against this the teachers have to keep
viligant watch. However, they have
a wholesome dread of American law.
< »ne father who recently insisted that
his child should help to bring in the
family income was visited by a boy
pupil sent in place or the truant of
ficer because of his knowledge of the
Roumanian tongue. The irate parent
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By .Associated Press
Newport News. Va.. Jan. 29.—The
John D. Archbold. largest oil tanker
ever built, was launched here to-da.v
with a ceremony which President
Archbold. of the Standard Oil Com
pany, and many officials and guests
came on a special train to attend. Mrs.
M. M Vanburen. of New York, Mr.
Archbold's daughter, christened the
By Associated Press
Miami, Fla., Jan. 29. David N.
Melvin, of Port Richmond, Staten
Island, said to have been the inventor
of linoleum, died at his winter home
here Tuesday night of heart failure.
Late News Bulletins
»w..fcln t L. r^. or c from . ,he l,K ; al WCA,her bureau are that the Ice lias
r lv,r at Clearfleld at I.SO this afternoon.
The river stage is 4 feet 5 inches and it is rising. It may possibly
gorge somewhere in west branch. 1 J
J "'V 2» —Because of the mild weather and conse-
demand Tor anthracite coal, the collieries of the Sus-
' a Pe " n *J' ,vania Railroad Corporation, will
Miut clown to-night for the* remainder of tlie week
. p ekta«. < hlna. Jan. 29—A hill prescribing the worship of Ileaven
( ''"m "" ■ *. 'J 10 T, 7' >i,,rn ' «' f'e Chinese republic was passed
administrative council which took the place of the Chi
nes Parliament, recently dissolved by President Yuan Shi Hal. The
measure «as submitted to the council by Yuan Shi Kal himself.
Washington, Jan. 29.—Lucy Bums, vice-chairman of the Con
gre* ional Lnion for Women s suffrage, to-day wrote President Wilson
a " y 11°* non ' he I >art of that organization to attack
Mrs Me/tiiT*^. S , wa * oh " ree , ,, a letter to the President from
AsßOdatfon or " ,,< k ' of the NaUonal American Woman's Suffrage
. JL' os A"®*". Jan. 29.—According to an anonymous letter recelv
? J? a , "joralng paper, Francis Lewi (lark. Uie Spokane milUonalre
ransom of $75,000 by "blackmailers" In or near this
£j y " « £ disappeared from Santa Barbara January 17 after seeine
It \ ra '.l anl ' Was lhoUKht to have committed suicide by
tnrowing himself iu the oceai*-
Washington, Jan 29.—Administration rural credit bills were in
troduced simultaneously in the Senate and House to-day. The hills
behitroduc«d o lat°r* term farn< loa " 8 ' BiUs for short Urm loan s wlu
Washington, Jan. 29.—President Wilson to-day wore a red carna
tion in memory of the late President McKlnley.
. Jan -„ 2 J?I —A J 1 "" 11 of n,,l,:ant suffragettes to-day besieged
tlie archbishop of Canterbury, the KnglLsli primate, in Lambeth Palace
and eventually forced hint to capitulate and receive one or their num
ber in order to discuss the Question of forcible feeding.
""J York, Jan. 2»—The market rlcmrcl weak. Stock* were liberally
■applied to purrhnnrra, whlek encouraged the bear faction to attack pricea
vtjtoroualy. Wcakneaa of Induatrlal atocka, particularly ateel, had mnrh
to do with undermining tke market for ataadard railroad akarea.
New York, Jan. 29.—Closing—Amalgamated Copper. 74%; Ameri
can Smelting, 68%; Atchison, 99%; Baltimore & Ohio, 97%; Brooklyn
Rapid Transit, 91%; Canadian Pacific, 213 >4; Chesapeake & Oh'lo
66%; Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, 104: Lehigh Valley, 153%- Xew
York Central, 91%; Northern Pacific, 114%; Reading, 168; Southern
Pacific, 96*4; Union Pacific, 161; United States Steel, 64%; Pennsylva
nia Railroad. 111.
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Harrisburger Is First Alternate;
Lebanon Youth Nominated
as Second
i Special to The Telegraph
Washington. D. C., Jan. 29.—Con
gressman Aaron S. Krelder, of the
Eighteenth Congressional District, this
morning nominated for a scholarship
to United States Naval Academy at
Annapolis. Owen Edison Grimm, of
Pillow, Dauphin county.
Aa first alternate ' 'orHTtescman Krei
dei named Clayton Koss Willis, of
1500 Market street, Harrisburg, Pa.
Joseph Albert Thomas, 209 Eehmanj
street, I.ebanon, Pa., was nominated'
as second alternate.
Owen Edison Grimm is the son of
Professor C. L. Grimm, of Pillow, this
county. He gets flrst chance at the
appointment. If he fails in the en
trance examinations, the flrst alternate
will take the examination, and if lie
fails, the second.
Young Grimm is one of the best
known young men in the upper end
of the county. He is both studious
and athletic and is thoroughly pre
pared for entrance to the academy,
service in the navy having been long
an ambition. He was notified of his
appointment by telegram to-day.
Clayton Ross Willis is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton F. Willis, 1500
Market. The young man is now a
student of the Technical High School,
being a member of the Senior class.
By Associated pres.-
Washington, " Jan. 29.—Shippers'
protests against the proposed five per
cent, general increase of freight rates
in official classification territory again
occupied Examiner Gerry of the Inter
state Commerce Commission to-day,
the boat and shoe industry representa
tives being heard.
By Associated Press
St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 29.—A confer
ence between the receivers and bond
holders of the Wabash Railroad was
begun here to-da.v and was looked up
up by the local financiers as the "be
ginning of the end" of the road'a re
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From left to right, Generals Flero, Villa. Ortego and Medina.
Pancho Villa, and the men who remained with him now seem to be the strongest force in Mexico outside of
President Huerta himself. The ox-bandit, who some weeks ago was merely one of the generals of the forces led
by Provisional President Carranza, has by his numerous victories at Juarez, Chihuahua and Ojinaga risen to
overshadow his chief. For weeks Mexicans fighting Huerta have been anxious for the time when Villa and Car
ranza would get together for a concerted attack on Huerta. but so far th*re has been no move of this kind. Thero
are now grave douhts if Villa will recognize the authority of Carranza. Men familiar with the Mexican situation
insist that Villa will now go it alone. If he does not feel strong enough to march on Mexico City, they believe, he
will hold what he has in Chihuahua and adjacent territory, and thus virtually set up a government of his own.
Pill CilL ZONE
Terms of Acceptance Not Made
Known by Secretary
of War
Goethals' Nomination
Forwarded to Senate
By Associated Press
Washington. D. C., Jan. 29.
President Wilson sent the nomina
tion of Colonel Ueorge W. Goethals.
to be Governor of the Panama Canal
zone after April 1, to the Senate to
By Associated Press
Washington, D. C„ Jan. 29.—Secre
tary Garrison announced to-day that
Colonel George W. Goethals had sig
nified his intention of accepting the
governorship of the Panama Canal
Zone to be proffered him by President
"I am not able to give out the terms
of Colonel Goethals' acceptance at the
present time," said Secretary Garri
son, "but it was whole and complete.
When President Wilson sends his
name to the Senate I shall probably
be able to make an interesting state
As chairman of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, Colonel Goethals now is
paid 515,000 a year. The Panama
Canal act fixes the salary of the gov
ernor at SIO.OOO. Representative Brit
ten, of Illinois, to-day Introduced a
bill to amend the law to make the
salary of the governor 515,000 so long
as Colonel Goethals holds the office.
To Build St Lawrence's
Roman Catholic Church
at 6th and Forster Sts.
St. 1-awrence's German Catholic
Church will be located at Sixth and
Forster streets, it was learned from
an authoritative source to-day. It is
said that the School Board has been
asked to name a price by Bishop John
W. Shanahan, and that, a satisfactory
agreement has been reached in the
As Bishop Shanahan is not in the
city, the official conlirmation of the
story could not be obtained. Mem
bers of the building committee, which
yesterday met to fix the price of the
old St. Paul's Chapel, have nothing
to say on the matter. It is said the
School Board will approve the terms
of a private sale of the property at
its meeting on February 6.
By Associated Press
Albany, N. Y., Jan. 29.—The Joint!
Republican committee appointed to
recommend a policy with reference to
a complete legislative investigation of
the affairs of the State reached an In
formal agreement to-day but declined
to give any information relating to it.
It was reported, however, that the
committee is in favor of an investiga
tion of a special committee of eight'
assemblymen with District Attorney
Whitman in charge.
Commercial Body May Ask Great
Britain to Join France and
By Associated Press
London. Jan. 2 9. —Relations of the
; United States with Great Britain in
[ regard to the Panama Canal tolls; the
j controversy between Washington and
| Tokio over the California land owner
! ship legislation, ynd President Wil
! soil's policy toward Mexico, are the
subjects of lengthy dispatches to-day
from British newspaper correspond
ents in Washington, but there is a
singular lack of editorial comment on
these questions.
The Pall Mall Gazette is the only
newspaper to mention Mexico edi
torially. It says: "President Wilson
has laid himself open to a charge of
having chalked up 'No Huerta' and
then run away. It is a position that
becomes worse for the prestige of the
Washington government every day on
which nothing happens."
Financiers here interested in Mexico
are becoming Impatient at the lack of
action shown by President Wilson. A
meeting of the Melxcan section of the
London Chamber of Commerce is to
be called shortly to discuss the replies
to a circular recently sent out to its
members asking them for their views
"as to whether it will be advisable for
Great Britain to join with France and
Germany in asking President Wilson
to take some steps to adjust the finan
cial position of Mexico."
Reading Seeking U. S.
Armor Plate Plant
Special to The Telegraph
Reading, Pa., Jan. 29.—A United
States armor plate plant for Reading
is requested in a resolution offered
at the meeting of City Council yester
day afternoon. The measure also calls
for a survey of the Schuylkill river
from Philadelphia to Reading with a
view to deepening the channel and
making it navigable.
The deepening of the Schuylkill
channel would not be as much of an
engineering feat nor so expensive as
the proposed deepening of the Dela
ware river as far as Kaston, it is as
serted. The Schuylkill has less fall
for the same distance and the present
average depth is greater than that of
the Delaware, it is said.
The co-operation of the Chamber of
Commerce will be enlisted. There are
numerous farms along the river, in
or just beyond the city, that would
make splendid sites for such a plant.
By Associated Press
Washington, D. C., Jan. 29.—Final
consideration of the bill proposing
Federal regulation of radium produq-j
tion in the United States was under
taken by the House mines committee I
to-day, with the expectation of pend
ing the redrafted measure to the
House with the committee's approval,
before night.
By Associated Press
'New York, Jan. 29.—Miss Eva
Booth, head of the Salvation Army in '
this country, spent a restful night and
was better this morning, according to
anouncement made at the army bar- i
racks, where she has been confined to
bed for more' than a week. It was
said that she probably would be out
again within a wetik unless complica
tions developed.
Report For First Half Year Shows
Big Falling Off in 92
Per Cent. Class
Cramped conditions at the Central
high school, requiring a double session
day, has worked its greatest hardship
on the bright pupils, according to the
report of standing for the first half
year. The report was read in chapel
this morning.
Only 45, or 5 per cent, of the pupils
in the high school, are classed in the
92 per cent, class. Of these 16 are
seniors. Professor Steele in comment
ing on the number this morning said
that this number is about three-fifths
of the number of high grade students
in other years. The number of 92 per
cent, students has been falling off
steadily in the last few years.
"The average of the students is
about the same as last year, I am
glad to say," Professor Steele re
marked. This average varies among
the classes, the freshman class lead
ing the school with u class average of
84.86 per cent. The seniors are next
with 84.03 per cent. The juniors are
rated at 81.32. The "sophs" come
along behind with 80 per cent.
Two hundred and sixty-seven of the
Sfil pupils listed attained an average
of 87 per cent, or over. The seniors
[Continued on Page 12]
College Presidents
Pleased With Training
Camp at Gettysburg
By Associated Press
' Washington, Jan. 29.—The work of
j the student army camps undertaken
| last summer at Gettysburg, Pa., and
near Monterey, Cal., and to be con
' ducted on a larger scale this season,
is commended in a statement from
| nine university and college presidents
1 made public at the War Department
i to-day.
I "The military instruction," says the
! statement, "was thorough, the disci
pline was strict; but.the work was so
i well arranged that It caused enjoy
iment rather than hardship. The food,
I sanitation and medical care were
| good and the lessons received by the
i students in these matters were scarce
; ly less valuable than the military in
struction itself. We commend these
camps to the attention of college au
thorities as a most important adjunct
| to the educational system of the United
States, furnishing the student a
| healthful and profitable summer
j course at moderate expense."
| The statement is signed by Presi
dents Hibben, Princeton; Lowell,
Harvard; Hadley, Yale; Flnley Col
lege of the city of New York; Hutch
ins, Michigan; Denny, Alabama;
(Nichols, Virginia Military Institute;;
Wheeler, California, and Drinker, Le
Safe Resists Robbers
in Eldorado Post Office
Special to The Telegraph
Altoona, Pa., Jan. 29.—Breaking
into the post office at Eldorado last
night, by cutting a hole In the door
and reaching through and opening the i
lock, burglars ransacked the place
and made oft with |l3 worth of
stamps, $3.25 in money and SSC worth j
of merchandise belonging to Postmas-1
ter A. Shew, who conducted a store i
along the post office.
They missed the big loot In the
safe, which resisted all efforts to open
• it. postal funds, stamps and valuable
.papers were inside.
Mrs. Gerhold and Mother
Arrested on Charge of
Murdering Floyd Keller
"Isaac Heckman Did It, I Saw Him," Prisoner Says;
Hopes "Hell Will Burn Him to a Cinder;" Sordid
Tale of Love Gone Wrong Revealed by State Police
in Franklin County
Chambersburg. Pa., Jan. 29.
Charged with the murder fourteen
months ago of Floyd Keller. Mrs.
Zelila Keller Gerhold and her mother,
Mrs. Reuben Rlcker, were arrested
to-day and committed to jail without
bail. The tirst named woman was
Keller's wife and since his death she
married John Lewis Gerhold. The
latter wedding occurred December 31,
Keller, a prosperous farmer, died
Lancaster Man Says They Could
Make Highways Passable
Until Reconstructed
Dr. Donald McCaskey, of Witmer,
Lancaster county, appeared unexpect
edly at this morning's session of the
State Hoard of Agriculture to outline
to the board what he regards as nn
entirely feasible plan to get good roads
throughout the State while the road
advocates are planning ways and
means of finance and waiting for the
Legislature to act. Mis idea is proper
use of the King split-log road drag
and he demonstrated his points with
lantern slides of the "before and after
taking" type.
"I came up here to-day," said Dr.
McCaskey, "because Governor Tener,
according to newspaper reports, yes
terday appealed for help on the road
question. Here It is. Let the State
Highway .Department have these road
drags In use ail over the State. You
need nothing else for Improvlog the
roads you now have."
"The cost Is, trifling." ho explained.
"Whatever financing: plan may be de
vised, you cannot get the money for
about eighteen months. Use the drag
in the meanwhile. Our roads cost lis
S3O per mile the first year, sl2 the
second and $5 the third.
"The Highway Department probably
has sufficient money for this work. If
not, let the farmers and supervisors
do it themselves. You'll have some
trouble. When T was supervisor in
my township and first began to use
this drag an injunction was obtained
from the court to prevent me using it.
The injunction didn't stand, but here's
[Continued on Page ll.]
Emperor's Reply First
to Cross Atlantic Ocean
By Associated Press
Washington, Jan. 29. —■ Emperor
William's acknowledgement of Presi
dent AViison's birthday greetings is
said to have been the first official
wireless message between the United
I States and Germany. The emperor's
reply was at the State Department
to-day where a suitable reply was
I being framed. The wireless came di
|rect from a station in Germany, across
] the Atlantic to a commercial station
at Tuckerton, N. J., and on overland
* wires to Washington.
! Whites Are Prohibited
From Teaching Negroes
Special to The Telegraph
I Columbia. S. C., Jan. 29.—The lower
(branch of the General Assembly yes
terday passed the Former bill pro
hibiting white persons from teaching
'in colored schools. Amendments to
Hhe measure adopted provided "that
the provision of this bill shall apply
to closer Intimacy of the races," and
that the bill shall include "white
nurses employed In colored hospitals
jor t? nurse colored patients at any
hospital or sanatorium."
| A State hospital for the study and
j treatment of pellagra would be estab
lished in South Carolina under a bill
| favorably reported by the Senate Fl-
I nance Committee. The measure would
(appropriate an initial fun of $35,00 for
| the purpose.
By Associated Press
Tokio, Japan, Jan. 29.—Hopes are
expressed in official circles here to
day that a basis of understanding
on the California Alien Land Owner
ship question will be found by the
United States and Japanese govern
ments which are both actively seeking
a solution.
The chief concern here at present
'seems to be a big regard to future
| legislation in America and it is said
any additional enactments unfavor
able to Japan would be considered a
serious menace to the traditional
friendship of the two countries.
John C'alahan, who says his home is
In Boston, Mass., last night was struck
bv an autolst, whose name has not been
le'arned, on the Mulberry street bridge.
At the .Harrisburg Hospital he was
found to have a fractured right hip ano
lacerations of the head. The driver of
the car brought the injured man to the
hospital and left without giving his
By April 1 the Mechanics' Bank will
be located on the first floor of the new
eight-story Mechanics' Bank Building,
at Third and Market streets. The build
ing will be finished by the end of March
and, acordlng to C. A. Kunkei, cashier
of the bank, more than half the offices
have been rented.
on the night of November 9, I#ll,
and chemical analysis developed that
the stomach contained enough poison
to kill four men. The case was sur
rounded with mystery until letters
written by Mrs. Keler to Isaac Heck
man, her alleged lover, came to light.
The State police took up the case
and to-day arrests resulted.
When arrested Mrs. Gerhold ex
fContinued on Pnffo 7]
Engineer Unable to See Block
Signals Because of Heavy
Fog Over Tracks
By Associated Press
Pittsburgh, Jan. 29.—Pennsylvania
passenger train No. 19, New York to
Pittsburgh, was wrecked near Cone
maugh. Pa., to-day, when It ran Into
a freight train going west. Three
members of the crew were killed and
one was injured.
The passenger train was running
at a high rate of speed when as it
rounded a curve, the engineer saw
the lights of the freight train directly
in front. He applied the emergency
brakes, but the heavy engine crashed
into the caboose killing A. D. Richey,
conductor of Youngwood, Pa.; A.
Lelchliter, brakeman, of Youngwood,
Pa., and H. C. Parnell, flagman, Al
toona. Pa., and Injuring H. W. Todd,
brakeman, Youngwood, Pa.
The engine and the mall car on
the passenger train were derailed,
blocking three tracks. Passengers
were tossed about by the force of the
collision, but none was seriously hurt.
A heavy fog hung over the valley
and the engineer of the passenger
train was unable to see the signals
of the automatic block system with
which the division f s equipped.
For Hnrrlshurg and vicinity! Un
nrttldl to-night and Friday! prob
ably occasional light rain) warm
er to-night, nlth lowest tempera
•turc about 48 degrees) colder
Friday; much colder Friday night.
For Eastern Pennsylvaniai Unset
tled to-night and Friday, prob
ably loeal rains; warmer to-night,
colder Friday) brisk south and
aouthweat wlnda.
The rlrer and Its principal trlhu
tarlea will continue to rise alow
ly to-night and Friday and local
movements of Ice are probable.
General Conditions
The western atorm ha* been divid
ed by n strong high preaaure area
attended by a cold wave that has
moved Inland from the I'aclflc
ocean and Is now central over
Utah. The principal depression
In located over Wisconsin and the
secondary over Southern Texas.
Temperature) 8 a. in., 38| 2 p. in* 43.
Suni Rises, Tils a. m.{ aets, 5i22
P. m.
Mooni New moon, tlrst quarter,
February 3, 8i33 a. in.
River Stage: 4.1 feet above low
water mark.
Yesterday's Weather
Hlghrwt temperature, IHS.
Loweat temperature, H
Mean temperature, 44.
Normal temperature, 28.
Wayne Klalss. Steelton, and Anna
Ruth Bowers, city.
Leon Hartman and Virginia Millar.
George R. Hartman and Hanna 18.
Wllber, Lykens township.
Caspar Gross and Stella M. Star,
Solid Gold Twins
These two 24 karat angels of
good fortune are called MIiR
When they are wedded In the
Successful bond of ADVERTIS
ING they become parents to all
the children of PROSPERITY.
Mr. Local Dealer: The work
of the manufacturer might De
said to end when he makes a good
article and sells it to you at a
fair, price.
ilut he Is too wise to stop
there. He assists you In service
to the public by advertising his
goods In the newspapers which
your customers read.
The manufacturer has already
dono a little more than his share.
Hp expects that you will at least
let the public know that you
have the goods. He expects you
to furnish service. Only to the
extent that you do give service
arc you entitled to a profit?
Link the right kind of service
with tlie work of the manufac
turer and see how taut your busi
ness will grow.
The Bureau of Advertising,
American Newspaper Publishers
Association, World Building New
York, will gladly furnish without
charge to manufacturers contem
plating newspaper advertising
campaigns special data on local
conditions in all parts of the
United States and Canada.

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