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HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH LXXXIII— Xo. 203 ROM WEEK STIRTS WITH Bit RECEIPTS Society Crowds Orpheum Theater to See Belgium Bene fit Show BESSIE WYNN IS HEADLINER Farber Sisters and Joe Jackson Win Hearts of Vaudeville Patrons Success for the Rotary Club of Har- j risburg in its efforts to raise funds for the Be'sian sufferers was forecasted ! yesterday in two record audiences at 1 the Orpheum Theater. This is "Rotary Week" at Harris- j burg's popular vaudeville house. With ] the slogan that "An empty seat at the Orpheum this weok means an empty | stomach in Belgium," efforts are being ' made to have the "standing room only" sign out at every performance. Aside from the charitable spirit back of this enterprise to send cheer into many homes abroad the Rotarians are offering strong inducements for a liberal patronage in the way of an ex- ] ceptionally pleasing vaudeville pro- j gram. The big week started with the after- | noon performance, but last night's audience marked the official opening! of "Rotary Week." Not since the open ing of the Orpheum has a more fash ionable crowd filled the seats. In con trast with the colors of the Rotary Club, old Glory and flie other deco-] rations were the handsome gowns of, beautiful women and the flowers they More. Changing; Tears to Smiles The spirit of giving did not stop with the purchase of a ticket of ad mission. The Home and Foreign Re lief Committee and Junior Rotarians are big factors this week in the effort to change tears to smiles in Belgium. Wearing ribbons across their breasts ■■n which are inscribed "Junior Rotary Club" and red >-rosses on their arms, more than a hundred sons of the "big" Rotarians moved about the theater selling flowers, candy and lemonade. Intermissions were arranged so the Juniors eould work without interfering with the interesting bill. With the flash of the opening letter, the signal for the overture by the or chestra. the enthusiasm started. Ap plause was mingled with the introduc- I tion of Rotary features. Klaxon horns and other "noise" instruments helped swell the applause. Professor Herman Yeager offered an opening overture that also helped stir up the big crowd. Eselck Welcomes tlie Folks When the orchestra ceased playing and the second curtain went up Wil liam S. Ksslck. president of the Rotary club, stepped to the front of the stage and welcomed the audience in a happy vein. Mr. Essick called attention to the fact that while thß Rotary Club has secured the Orpheum theater fori the week in an effort to send cheer to the Belgian sufferers, the needy at home will in no wise be overlooked. Mr. Essick thanked the audience for its liberal patronage and urged a con- , tinuation of the "giving" spirit during the rest of the week. Mr. Essick re quested the audience to sing "Amer ica." And sing it they did. Xext came the big show. The Big Show When C. Floyd Hopkins, manager of ihe Wilmer & Vincent theaters in Har risburg. sent word from New York city last week that he had booked a great show lie was modest in his in formation. Any vaudeville bill on which Bessie Wynn is a headliner is extraordinary of necessity. Bessie is here this week, and her sweet voice, petite and refined mannerisms, with songs that reach the heart, are win ning her new laurels. As a flnale to her act Miss Wynn sang the national Rotarian song and everybody joined in the chorus. The show starts off with a rush. Two young men. both live wires. McCloud and Carp by name, are the openers. With a ban.io and violin they offer '•lassie selections and wind up with a rapid-fire introduction of ragtime melodies that make evervbodv move their feet. The boys do their work in whirlwind fashion. "Those Were Happy Days" is the title of a sketch by Ed Howard and company. It is a laughmaker with two ■ lever artists. Rill Blaisdell and Ed Coward as the fun producers. Pathos mixed with the eomedv makes the act a most enjoyable offering. •Toe Jackson Here. Too Joe Jackson, in the role of a speech less vagabond, had the audience in a continuous uproar with his funnv ac tions and efforts to ride an old blcvclc that was always falling to pieces." It [■Continued on Page 12] THE WEATHER I For Harrlnburg Did vlrlnttyi Fair continued rold to-nlglrt anil Wtil « nendnji lowest temperature tn night about zero. ..For Knatern I'enniaylvanln. Fair to night and WedneNday, continued eold; Ntrung west winds. River Thr &uft<|iirhanna river and all Its tributaries will fall slowly to night and Wednesday, except lo <al rises will occur where the i htnnrl becomes choked with lee. The area of rrozrn surface will inrrroar greatly and the streams of the system will become gen erally Icebound. % stage of about tt.O feet Is indicated for llarris •Hirg Wednesday morning. General t ondltlons The high pressure arru from the west following the severe storm now passing oIT the North Atlan tic coast has overspread the east ern half of the I'nlted States, with Its center over the Lower Ohio Valley. It has caused a de cided fall In temperature gener ally over thr eastern balf of the couatry. the most decided minus changes occurrinr In the Susque hnnna Valley. Temperatures S a. m„ 4. Suns lilacs. 7i21» a. m.; seta, 4t40 p. ni. Moon: >en moon. December IH, WtllS a. m. Itlvrr Stagei U feet above low wutcr murk. Veslrrday'a Weather Highest temperature, :t<(. 1 .oweat temperature. Mi. IMenn temperature. 20. Kornial temperature. ;(.i. STOUMMPIIGK : OR9WIZE BIG LEAGUE Will Carry oo Soul-winning Work After Big Revival Is at an End TO "STEER" MORE MEN IN Volunteer Firemen of City and Vi cinity Will Attend To night's Service A most important move toward the permanency of the work of the Stough campaign was made this afternoon at the tabernacle, when Dr. F. P. Cart wright organized the women of ihe personal service workers into a per manent league, which will work in connection with a men's branch to be organized in a few days. The object of the league is both to conserve the results and extend the influence of the evangelistic campaign, especially by winning men and women one by one to Jesus Christ after the close of the big revival. As explained by Dr. Cartwright. It is in line with the teaching of the Gospel to add new converts daily to the church by personal efforts and not to let the good work started by the campaign die out through neglect. Both men's and women's branches, [Continued oil Page 14] RIVER WILL FREEZE UP TIGHT TONIGHT Susquehanna Already Shut at Sev eral Points Up-State; Mer cury to Go to Zero SKATING AT WILDWOOD SOON Cold Wave Grips Country East of Mississippi and the Northwest A general freeze-up of the Susque hanna river at this point will occur in all probability before midnight, ac cording to E. R. Demain, weather forecaster. Owing to back water caused by the new dam, the river is expected to I freeze over much more quickly than heretofore. The river was already partly frozen shut when observed by the weather man at 8 o'clock this morning. The Susquehanna is already frozen over at Clearfield, Wtlllamsport, and Towanda. M. Harvey Taylor, park commis sioner. reports that JWildwood lake is covered with three Inches of ice and will likely be ready to skate upon by to-morrow. A temperature of four degrees above ! zero was recorded at the weather bu ' reau this morning at 8 o'clock. In the 'mountain districts aboye the city and [at Paxtang zero temperatures were re ported. A forecast issued at noon to day by the weather man predicts a zero temperature for Harrisburg and vicinity to-night and to-morrow. Bul letins issued this morning by the gen eral weather bureau at Washington, ■ I). (*., says: Two more days of severe cold weather will prevail over the i eastern section of the United States: ! The coldest weather of the season thus I far prevailed to-day generally east of j the Mississippi river and in the north- I '.vest. Below zero temperatures wore j reported from West Virginia. Pennsyl vania, Ohio, Indiana and the north west, while below freezing tempera tures were reported froia all other States east of the Mississippi as far South as Florida and the east Gulf States. Fair weather prevailed almost everywhere except for rains in the Florida peninpula and on the North Pacific coast and snow flurries near the great lakes and in northern Eng j land." At Pittsburgh a temperature of 3 |below was reported; P below near Wil jiiamsport; 4 below at ilasleton. Weather Holds Up the Completion of Sigler Piano Player Factory Owing to the weather conditions the opening of the Sigle,- Piano Player Company's new factory on Allison Hill, near Seventeenth and Derry streets, will be delayed for several weeks. Formal opening of the factory will not likely be made until some time in the latter part of January or possi bly February, but the mill will be open and actions will he turned out in all probability within the next three weeks. Just as soon as the roofing is finished the machinery will be In stalled and the factory will be open for work. The company has received two new machines and three more are on the way. A massive 60-inch boring ma chine and a big saw table will soon be placed in the factory and the other machinery necessary to turn out the product will be installed soon there after. Some of the machinery used in the factory at 426-428 Market street has been sent back to the man ufacturer for equipping with the latest improvements and appliances. \VII,SOX AWAITS INFORMATION Washington, D. C., Dec. 15.—More information is being awaited before President Wilson decides whether the request of Governor Goethals for de stroyers to enforce neutrality at Pan ama shall be granted. Suggestions of differences between Secretaries Garri son. Danils and Bryan over the ques tion were met by President Wilson with the statement that there could he no real differences since he would finally decide. , HARRISBURG, PA.. ' IS CHRISTMAS NEAR? JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THESE! - - Vx"' tMffibr ;T - i&sFSij TO CUT SUES Of | lIRBY POSTMASTERS I Congressional Committee Author izes Wholesale Cut in Salaries in Central Pennsylvania SLIM BUSINESS THE CAUSE Steelton, Middletown, Mechanics burg, Carlisle and Sunbury Are Among Those Affected Steelton. Middletown, Mechanics | burg. Carlisle, C'hambersburg. Gettvs ! burg, Columbia, Sunbury, Shamokin. 1 Palmyra—these are among the towns j in this section whose post otllcfs are materially affected by the wholesale! cut in postmasters' salaries authorized j yesterday by the congressional House | committee on post offices. The decreases are suggested in re- j spouse to President Wilson's urgent i plea for economy. The business de- I pression throughout the country is re [Continued on Pago 0] PAPERS PRINT SCHWAB REPORT' By Associfted Press ! Berlin. Dec. 14. 11 p. m.. via Eon-1 don, Dec. 15. 2.43 a. in.—Most of the! newspapers here printed yesterday j Secretary of Suite Bryan's announce-' ! ment that Charles M. Schwab had in- J | formed him that the Fore River Ship building Company would submit toi j the views of President Wilson and not j I build submarine boats for any of the] 1 European belligerents. I | "Your Fiance Died a Brave Soldier" Letter Tells Girl I•■ • • l Middletown Bride-to-be Learns Lover Met Death Battling With Russians on German Frontier "Your fiance died a brave soldier) and a leader. Your country lias lost a! hero.". This was ihe concluding iotter re ceived yesterday by Miss Amelia Ko vachek, daughter of Mi - , and Mrs. A. Kovachek, of Middletown. breaking the news of the death of her fiance, lieutenant Ralph Weiss, of the Six teenth infantry of the Imperial Ger man Army. Lieutenant Weiss, the letter said. OLD CHURCH ARMORY FOR GOVERNOR'S TROOP State Gives Cavalry Use of Bethel A. M. E. Structure Until Torn Down The State Board of Public Grounds and Buildings to-day granted the use of the Bethel A. M. K. Church at State and Wert streets to the Governor's Troop until the extension of Capitol Park makes it necessary to tear down I the church. The church property, j which is located a short distance from ! I'ourth street, was purchased by the | Capitol Park Extension Commission! I last year and turned over to the board i | several months OKO. The congregation | j lias been occupying the church until j its new edifice In Korster street Is com pleted. The Governor's Troop is now domi ciled In the Russ building, where It has been located almost from Its or ganization. but the offices and equip ment rooms arc on upper floors and (Continued on Page 8] TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1914. WIT II REAL. LIVE BABY f Of) CHRISTMAS? Children's Aid Secretary Knows Where the Cutest of Little Ones Can Be Had For Asking How would you like to have a real i j live baby for a Christmas present ? j One that'll coo, and say Oada and dO| I all those other cunning baby tricks i that help make home wot*th while? Well, Mrs. Elsie A". Middlefon, sec ' retary of the Children's Aid Society, 'said this morning that she can pro | vide just such a Christmas present to .quite a few folks this Yuletide. And | the beauty of the present all is thai [Continued on Page 0] j was filled in a battle on the Russian | frontier. October -0, when his regi ment was endeavoring to check the Russian invasion. The letter was writ ten by comrades, on the field and was first mailed to the young soldier's par ents in Europe ond then forwarded to Miss Kovachek. Lieutenant Weiss was 22 years old and had served several years In the Kaiser's armies. He and Miss Ko vachek had planned to be married next month. •» DRUGSTORE THIEVES MIKE II GOOD Ml I . S3OO Worth of Loot Taken From Middletown Pharmacy; Make Several Tripj Thieves looted the drug, store of T. K. .Mays, in the Kewalt Building, Middletown. last night and got away with S3OO worth of goods. The cash register was broken open, but all the thieves got was 25 cents in cash. The | I safe was also forced open, but no j money was found. Papers from thp [Continued on I'agc 91 FItOBATK K-UXKKIJ Wll.l. The will of the late John ('. Kun kel was recorded this morning. Two hundred thousand dollars is left to the Harrisburg Trust Conpany in trust for Mrs. Kunkel and his son John. The balance of the estate is left to his widow during her life, at her death to his son John. Mrs. Kunkel is named as sole executrix. . ; 11. S. LEADS IN HMDE~ j WITH 20 REPUBLICS For First Time American Business Exceeds That of Other Latin- American Countries JOHN BARRETT GIVES FIGURES Comparison of Statistics Shows Rapid Growth Since t907" Boston, Mass., Dec. 15.—Trad© of the United States in 1913 with the twenty Latin-American republics, both in sales and purchases, exceed in vol ume that of any other single country, I according to John Barrett, direcfor j general of the Pan-American Union, .in an addiess iiere to-day before the I^atin-American Commercial Confer ence. It was the first year, he said, the I United States ever had exported a greater valuation of products to Latin- American countries than did the United Kingdom. Mr. Barrett's conclusions were based on statistics just compiled by the Pan- I American. Union. lie said this was it he first time accurate figures of Latin- . | American commerce in 1913 had been given. The figures showed that the twenty j independent countries south of the I United States conducted a foreign commerce in the calendar year 1913 j valued at $2,864,87(1,224, of which [Continued on Pace fi] 11,434 Horses Pass Through Pittsburgh on Way to Warring Nations By Associated Press Pittsburgh, Dec. 15.—Since the bel ligerent nations of Europe began buy ing war horses in this country, 11,434 horses have passed through Pittsburgh on their way to Atlantic coast ports. They occupied 519 cars and traveled lon fast freight schedules. That the lagents* were not in a hurry, however. I was proved by the fact that while the law provided a rest of live hours in ■ Pittsburgh, horses were often kept here several days. On such waits the animals were branded with the mark of the country to which they were consigned. The first consignment was received here October. 14, and -there are at present in the stockyards sev eral hundred horses which will be sent East this week. The horses arc the finest that the French and English agents were able to buy. Apparently there was no effort at concealment concerning their destination; as they were in some instances consigned to men with military titles. Paxtang Provides For the Care of Its Trees Paxtang, Dauphin county's baby bor ough, has not yet appointed a shade tree commission—lt's less than a year old as a municipality—but it has pro vided for the care of Its trees. Failure to keep one's trees properly trimmed may cost the delinquent citi zen a fine of from $5 to S2O. . At a recent session the borough coun cil passed an ordinance which provides that any person "who shall have shade or other trees growing upon or along any sidewalk in the borough shall keep them pruned and trimme.] so that no branches or limbs shall project. over the Sidewalk at a height of less than eight feet above the grade of the side walk." Another clause fixes the penalty. I The measure has been approved liy | Chief Burgess T. W. Smallwood. i INJUNCTION SI IT STILL OX j At least a score of witnesses are yet to be heard in the Injunction suit in stituted by John J. Lynch and W. F. I Martin against Buililng Inspector J. ,H. Grove and John Wagner, to re strain the city from carrying out its threat to tear out the walls of a York street apartment house because the contractors allowed the walls to bulge. WANT WAR TAX PAID Paris. Dec. 15, 4.50 a. m.—A dis patch from Havre to the Matin says: "According to news which has reached i the Belgian government, the German governor-general of the occupied ter- I ritory in Belgium has ordered the pro- ,1 vincial councils to meet on December i 17 to take the necessary measures fori the payment of the war lax of 350,- 300,000 francs ($70,000,000), j 14 PAGES BATTLE RESUMED IN NORTHERN FRANCE; TURK SHIPS BUSY French Claim Successes, Saying They Have Captured Ger man Trenches and Many Prisoners; Berlin Makes Denial of Several Official Statements Sent From Paris; Sultan Tells Parliament Turkey Was Forced Into War The iirltlsli military authorities An nounced to-day that fighting In North ern France had recommenced autl that a combined attacked by the allies in Belgium, to the south of Ypres, had resulted in the capture of German trenches and sul»tantial programs. This is tlie first occasion in several weok on which the British authorities have considered the day to day activi ties of the allies of sufficient import ance to issue such a statement. Gui don suggests it may mean that the al lies have at least begun the general offensive movement which has lieen expected there for some time. The French statement to-day covers the same ground as the British an nouncement and In addition says that some progress has lieen made In the Argonile. There were indications, however, that the Germans have made progress recently toward the eastern end of the line. The French War Office admits that at Stein bach, in Al sace the German infantry "gained a foothold." Bombardment of St. Leon ard and of Coinmcroy by tlie Germans also has been mentioned in the last two official statements. St. Leonard lies some distance south of points previously mentioned In accounts of fighting In the Vosges. Coinmcroy is about ten miles south of St. Mlhicl, which lias been Itelleved previous to the southern extremity of tin- wedge thrust by the Germans into the French line. Such confident claims have been made by the allies during the last week concerning the success oi their new movement against the German line that the Berlin military authori ties have issued a special statement to contradict them. The French official statements, nn particular, have reach ed a long series of victories, includ ing the destruction of a number of German batteries, the capture of trenches and the rout of the German infantry attacks, along almost the long line. Tlie German statements, how ever. have said that there is little activ ity and to-day's announcement from Berlin characterize the French report of December 12 concerning the de struction of 'tatttrles and capture of trenches as "a pure Invention." STIMSON TELLS COUNTRY'S NEEDS Ne "Y; ■, D- JS - \ vfer-. •• > " inc ••■ in our rr ' : t- - * ■ ion- u;-- nvr ch -r. > • vonnrrcer a rr,/ ■. • )'f '• : • ;anized •n •ar y :rr err. - • ' ;n- such are t' : inmieoltr r>;<rriy need o the United States, in the opinion of Henry L Stim son, fo v- rly Secretary of War, who addressed to-day the Merchants' Association of New York, on "The Needs of the Army." AUSTRIANS ABANDON BELGRADE Vienna, via London, Dec. 15, 5.35 P. M.—The abandon ment of Belgrade by the Austrians is acknowledged in an oiTici.il statement , iven out at army headquarters to-day. OPEN BIDS FOR EIGHT SUBMARINES Washington, Dec. 15.—Bids were opened to-day at the Navy Depaument for eight new submai ines, one of which is to displace between s2.'» and 1,066 tons. The exact speci fic.: ii<. > nava! secret. The great, in>; ship :nust e a spcH «; tvcc -ty - ne knots >n the ace and sixteen i:not under water. JOHN I. WELSH DIES SUDDENLY * Shatnokin, Pa.. Dec. 15.— John 1. Welsh, nwyer. state advocate of the Knights oi Coh:>ni u-.. . ' ormer. tu- nan oi tfcf Northumbei ; «ud County Dev. ■: .ric Con-mittee, lied here to day after a brief illness. READING MAN DIES IN SUNKURY Sunbury, p., Dec 15 Arthur W. Heim, a welthy re tired nieicnantf of Reading, Pa., dropped dead here to-day. Upon his arrival in town he went to a hotel to vi-itinr uncle, Sam. el Weaver. He met Weaver m nd was about to grasp the hand of the uncle when he collapsed. LAWYER KILLED BY BURGLARS Atlanta, Ga., Dec 15.—Charles B. Reynolds', .a lawyer, was shot and almost instantly killed early to-day, in a re volver battle with a,' burglar in his home here. Reynolds fired four times before he was killed. The burglar escaped. RIVER CLOSED AT ROCKVILLE Ice on the Susquehanna river at a point near Rockville, jammed and froze the entire width of the stream, hhortly after noon-to-day. MARRIAGE LICENSES » W 111 lam J. Morrla anil Kilna M. Arntlt, clly. * POSTSCRIPT | The (ielinlte statement in made in I Rotterdam that the Germans have be , nun a retreat, failing back In Bel gium toward a prepared line further j from the coast. Official confirmation I was lacking, however. The report from Nlsh that the Ser vians had recaptured Belgrade was not confirmed from any other source, although it was admitted in Vienna | that the Austrlans had suffered re verses in Servla. It is announced in Berlin that the Turkish cruiser Midirli, formerly the German warship Breslau, has bom barded the Russian Black Sea port of Sebastopol. although with what effect is not stated. The Sultan of Turkey, : addressing Parliament, asserted that 1 Turkey had been forced into the war by the hostile acts of Russia, France j and England. Austria-Hungary Has Attempted to Conclude Peace With Servians By Associated I'rrss Vienna, via London, Dec. 15, 6.02 a. ni.—lt is officially denied that Aus ! Iria-Hungary has attempted to con delude a separate peace with Servia. There have been several reports re garding possible peace negotiations ■ between Austria and Russia, but the i official denial is the first intimation here that there have bee:' similar re ; ports regarding Servia. it is probablo that following the recently reported | success of the Servians such a rumor ! became current in Europe. | AIJIJKK rkpvi,sed, says rerun Berlin, by wireless to Sayville, Dec. 15. —An official report given out at headquarters late last night said: "The French have made weak attacks against our positions between the Mouse and Vosges, but these were eas ily repulsed. There were no Impor tant events on the west front, In East Prussia or in South Polo Our op erations in North Polam velop. lug"