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HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH LXXXIV— No. 30 'MESSAGE FROM TIE DEAD' TELLS STORY OF BIIER SUICIDE Cashier Shot Self Because He Was Over Accommodating to Others With Bank Funds HIS WIFE IS PROSTRATED Believed to Be Short $15,000; Directors Promise to Make Good Any Losses gy - * ALVIN BINNER 1 lank Cashier who Killed Self. Special to The Telegraph Lebanon, Pa., Feb. B.—"A Message From the Dead" is the heading over a letter found by Mrs. Alvin Kinner, of jScliaefferstowu, wife of Alvin Binner, Cashier of the Schaeff erst own National Bank, who committed suicide early Saturday morning. The "message" explains why he put the bullet in tils brain, it is as follows: A Message From the Dead My dear 1 .alira and Children: I am wrong in my I tank ac counts. 1 do not have a cent of the bank's money; but am caught by (three men named). l>o not give this paper to anyone hut your lawyer. G. 11, Moyer. The deeds are all in tlu* safety deposit Ihjx in bank. The bank keys arc in the bank. These keys are >ours. Ask ltcx Wciglcy for ad vice. J am sorry IH'T COULD NOT tell you. lam sorry for the DISGKAI'K, hut must go. This was my trouble for the last year. Good-by to all. ALVIN BINNIvK. The missive was found in the cellar entry of the new home recently built by Blnner, and into which he expected to move his family soon. 'With the note was fouifd His wallet, containing all the cash money he possessed; his watch, and life insurance policies. A cellar lire was already being built in the new home, and the valuables were placed at a spot where the suicide cashier knew ho one but his wife would lind them. Up to this morning, the affairs of the bank were still under examination by J. M. Logan, a United States bank examiner. He refused to say what shortage had been found in the ac counts, but officers of the bank part ly corroborated the statement made in the letter. There was a suspicion that the bank books had been "lixed" to cover the discrepancy, for all of the bank directors assert t bat they knew absolutely nothing of the over drafts until Binner's suicide brought about an inspection of the bank rec ords. llauk to Make t.ooil An interesting feature is the prom ise that the bank will not l>o forced Into liquidation, and that Ihc losses will be made good. Uriah B. llorst, who is president of the bank, stated that, the doors of the institution will lie opened again with out the loss of a dollar to depositors, unless the shortage should be found to lie much over what has already been found, and he anticipates no such a surprise. He admitted that ovcr [Continucd on Page ".] THE WEATHER lor llnrrl*hiirß anal vicinity; Fnlr tu-fiitchl mill Tiirxdayi Inivrm icitilit-rulure 10-iilkM iiliout de le rem. I-'nr Kaxtrrn IVnnNylvimla: Fnlr Ki-nluht iiiml TiKmliiy; no) much rbanse In t<>ni|>«-rnturr; modrrirle iveit nliiila. Illirr I'lic SuNqurliauiiu river hiiil nil |(a tributaries will fall slowly for several iln>*. \ slum- of nbont C feet In liulloatril for llarrla- ImrK Tik'hilii.v niorulng. General ( onilltlonN Tlir storm that wit a central over tlii- northern portion of tli<? tirent l.akra. Sntiirilny niornliiK, Imi moved slowly ciiMltvnrd during the Inst forty-eiicht hours and Im no" iiusnlok <>o the \e« Ciiklmiml const. I.ljtht »uonn H nd rnlna have fnjlen in the Ohio Vnliey "•id from the l.nke Iteuion eaat vvnrd to the Atinntle const In the Inst twenty-four hours, nnd lo.nl snows were fnUiiiK In >licltl K uu, New VorK mid I'cnnsyhitnln. A general fall of 1* to U4 deicreeit hns occurred In the trmper n iurn esst of the >llhslnsl|||il river Mince Snturday. Temperature: S n. m., 24, Sum Rises, 7101 H. Ml.; nets, 5i3l p. m. . Moon: >cw moon, Kebruarr IB lli3l p. m. ' nivcr Stavei «. I feet ahove lorr ««lcr mark. Yesterday's \\ cut her 11' lilies! trmpcrntiire, 117. I.owest temperature. :to. vicnia temperature, 31. Annual temperature. •!>. DEATH OF FAMOUS GERMAN FLIER v Photograph showing the famous German aviator Falkenstein after he had been shot down when reconnolt j ering over the lines of the allies in France. When lirst reports ot' his death were published it was believed he ! was another son of Admiral Falkenhayn, who had perished. The photograph shows the blrdsman's Taube, with the .Maltese cross, which distinguishes German machines, painted on the wings. P.&R. HELPING TO BOOM FOREIGNTRAOE Division Freight Agent Points Out Foreign Trade Possibilities to Scores of Shippers COACHING MANUFACTURERS Puts Business Men in Touch With Washington Bulletin Service Department If Central Pennsylvania manufac turers are not represented in the for eign markets of the world it will not !>e the fault of the Philadelphia and Rtading Railway Company, i Under the direction of Division ! Freight Agent E. D. Ililleary, with I Headquarters in Harrisburg, every Heading freight agent and solicitor in 1 the Central Pennsylvania field is act ing as an advance agent for foreign trade. Prompted by the interest dis played by manufacturers in the recent foreign trade expansion conference held under the auspices of the Harris burg Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Hii leary set about carrying the ideas ex pressed there to the hundreds of man ufacturers along the Reading lines under bis direction who found it im possible to attend the conference and learn for themselves. The Reading agents and solicitors talk foreign trade possibilities to every | shipper with whom they came into : contact and make special visits to fac [ContltauCd on Page 10] GREAT BRITAIN HAS LOST 104,000 MEN Premier Asquith Makes Announce ment in House Which Covers Dead, Wounded and Missing By Associated Press London, Feb. 8, 3.30 P. M.—Premier Asquith, speaking in the house of commons to-day, said the British cas ualties in all ranks in the western nrena of the war from the beginning of hostilities to February I amounted to approximately 104,000 men. This includes killed, wounded and missing. $24,108.66 Worth of Goods Saved in Kaufman Fire Frank It. Lelb. of F. R. I.eib & Son who held a majority of the Kaufman fire insurance policies, stated this morning that the report made to them by the adjusters of the Kaufman's loss showed that the loss on the building was $17,158.91; the loss on stock and fixtures $76,020.49, and that the sound merchandise saved and taken from the. burned building to the temporary store on Market Square, consisting of men's, women's and chil dren's goods. Inventoried $24,108.66. The temporary heaquarterg of the Kaufman Underselling department store, at No. 9 North Market Square was closed all day to-day. A large corps of clerks were busy preparing the stock for the reopening of the special sale of salvage goods to-mor row. HARRISBURG, PA., MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 8, 1915 BEGIN LAST LAP OF IMPROVEMENT WORK Less Than Two Months Will Mark Completion of All Big Jobs 8,000 FEET ON RIVER FRONT Early Resumption of Various Con tracts Dependent on Weather Conditions Six weeks of work on Paxton creek, a month or so on the river wall :ind a week on the dam—and then llarris burg's big improvement jobs in charge of the Board of Public Works will, have been completed. Hesumption of operations for 1315 depends of course upon the weather, but unless the conditions arc extraor dinary, it is expected that the contrac tors should be ready to begin by the end of March, at the latest. What applies to the creek, wall and dam contracts is equally true of the paving worlf mapped out for this year. The grading of the proposed site for the T'ennsy freight stations on South Second street, should be finished by April 1, while the Second street subway will be completed entirely by April ir> or May 1. 650 I'Vct of Creek .101 l With the opening of Spring the va rious activities of the street, park and water departments scheduled for 1915 will be started although some of the [Continued on Page 10] 2 PERSONS MAY HAVE BEEN BURIED ALIVE Story of Former Nurse at Odd Fellows Home Is Partly Verified Hy Associated I'rcss Yonkers, X. V., Feb. S. —To the story that eight feeble inmates of the Ger man Odd Fallows Home here had been put to death because they were aged and required much attention, was add ed to-day the suggestion that two oth er inmates might have been buried alive while still under the influence oC an anaesthetic. It was believed that at least two of the bodies will be ex humed. The coroner to-day began in investi gation. There was little tangible evi dence for him to work on except re ports founded in the fears of tho pres ent inmates with whom they held a lons talk yesterday. The New York undertakers who took charge of tho bodies were to be questioned as to what steps they had taken to make sure that life was extinct before bur ial. llenry Blum, an embainter ques tioned to-day by the coroner, con tinned a statement imputed to Fred Mors, a former nurse who told the district attorney he had caused the death of three inmates, In relation to the death of Henry Horn, December 20. Blum told the coroner, it was said, that when he took charge of Horn's body he noticed a burn on the mouth and asked Mors about it and that Mors explained it had been made by a cloth saturated with anaesthetic tied about tlio dead man's face to hold his mouth shut. The bodies of all the eight Inmates who Mors said were put to death were embalmed beforo burial, Blum said. CUHD LINER FLIES STAR 10 STRIPES Lusitania Hoists Yankee Flag While Crossing Irish Sea to Avoid Capture WASHINGTON AWAITS REPORT American Government Will Take No Action Until Page For wards Official Statement By Associated Press Umiliin, lob. 8. 3.07 l\ M.—W alter lliiios I'IIW, the Anicrlciin ambassador . in London. to-da> forwarded to tlio i Stale Department at Washington a re ! port on the Ltislfaidu Ibc incident. I Tin- ambassador in Ills report iufor l inally reviowi) the alleged use of the American llag by the Ounard liner on entering IJvor|Kiol harbor Saturday morning. as was related to the inom liers of the cmlMtssy staff by Americans who liad crossed the Atlantic on the vessel. Washington, Feb; 8.- —A report from Ambassador Page at London on the hoisting of the American flag on I the Cunarder Lusitania while crossing | the Irish sea, was expected to-day and pending its arrival there were no of ficial statements of how the Amer ican Government regarded the inci dent. It was stated, however, that while no report had been called for, one [Continued on Page 10J KBESGE WILL OPEH MAIL BRANCH HERE Stock Will Be Practically Same as 5 and 10 Cent Stores; to Employ 60 j S. S. Kresgc and Company, of I)e --j troit, owners of a chain of five and ten-cent stores, throughout the United States will open a mail order j branch in Harrisburg about March t. This firm has leased throe upper floors of the llursh building, Court and Cranberry streets, and expects to start business with a list of 1,000,000 pros pective customers. Between sixty and ono hundred employes. Including a number of girls, will be given em ployment. Tho llursh building was formerly [Continued on Page 7.] Coal Miner, Caught by Cave-in, Alive Under Tons of Rock Uutte, Mont., Feb. B.—Of five min ers 1 caught by a cave-In in the Gagnon mine of the Anaconda Copper Com pany Saturday night the bodies of four have been recovered and the fifth, Richard Rogers, was still en tombed early to-day, but was alive. Rescuers were In communication with Rogers and expected to bring him to the surface before the end of the day, although he Is covered with many tons of rock. He shouted that he was free except that one foot was pinned between two masses of rock. Two of the five men wore taken out alive, tout died from their injuries soon after being brought to the sur i face. INCAUTIOUS USE OF WEAPONS MPPED US SCOTT IS SENTENCED Ex-patrolman Gets From 12 to 20 Years in the Eastern Penitentiary MINIMUM LENGTH SURPRISE McCarrell Declares Police Officers Must Be Careful With Revolvers Not less than twelve nor more than twenty years in the Eastern 1 en!ter tiary was the sentence imposed this morning by the Dauphin County court upon ex-Patrolman Robert R. Scott. Scott was convicted in January quar ter sessions of murder in the second degree of Nathaniel Hanks, a fellow negro, following a quarrel in bible town. The jury commended bcott to the court's mercy. In pronouncing sentence Additional l,aw Judge S. J. M. McCarrell. the trial judge, pointed out that while the jury was warranted in returning the verdict in the degree that it did, the court, under the testimony, would not have felt at liberty to set aside a ver dict of lirst degree had the tindint ' Should Use Weapons Willii Caution Furthermore Judge McCarrell in unmistakable language explained the extent to which police officers may use the revolvers or maces which they are permitted to carry and emphasized the Importance of using their weapons with caution and only in the perform ance of their duties. The length of the minimum term created more or less surprise in police and court circles as well as through out the citv. Scott himself was affected, although he did not show any evl- [Continued on Page T.I ADMINISTRATIONS FARM BILL REAOY Provides Commission of Seven to Have Charge of Dept. of Agriculture SALARY OF EACH TO BE $1,500 Executive Officer at $5,000 a Year to Replace Present Secretary The bill prepared b.v representa tives of the agricultural interests of the State for the reorganization of the State Department ol' Agriculture along the lines favored by Governor Martin U. Brumbaugh is ready to lie presented to the Legislature to-nfght and will probably be introduced into the House. The Governor will look it over during the day, but it is stated that the measure stands as sub mitted to hini by a committee when the State Hoard of Agriculture was in session here. Briefly stated the bill places, all activities of the Department of Agri culture, whose function is conserva tion of improved land and to encour age the raising of foodstuffs, under control of a commission of seven, to bo appointed by the Governor and to receive $1,500 each per year. Alt acts are repealed and the several bureaus are recreated along the lines now followed but with provision for extension or such changes as the Gov- CContinued on Page 7.1 DEHLERS PREDICT BIG REM.TYJUNSFERS Negotiations Pending For Market Street, Square and Second Street Properties Reports in real estate circles to-day indicate considerable activity within the next three months. It is under stood that negotiations are pending for properties in Market street, MuM ket Square and North Second street. John C. Wensell, with offices in the, Trustee building, said: "There are four propositions for the' sale of the Trustee building, now owned by X. K. Oyster. 1 am not at liberty at this time to say who is ani lous to buy this building, but it will lj* sold in the near future. I also under stand that negotiations are on for the sale of important Market street prop erties and that there will be a further extension of business houses in Nortfc Second street." Announcement was made Saturday that Samuel Irishman, owner of the furniture stores and apartment houses at Herr and Sixtli streets, had sold his property to fJideon C. Keeser, real es tate dealer at I<inglestown. Another change reported was that of the Brenner Outlet Store. 42 6 Wal nut street, to the Frankem building. It is said that Charles Watson and Moe Cooper, who have been identi fied with the Olobe Clothing House, will open a clothing store at 14 North Third street about March 1. OPPOSES KXTKA SIXSION By Associated I'rrss Washington. IJ. C., Feb. S.—Presl-i dent Wilson told callers to-day he was j making every effort to avoid an extra ' session of Congress. 16 PAGES * POSTSCRIPT. GERMANS AND RUSS IN FIERCE BATTLE ON WARSAW FRONT Important Successes of Russians in Carpathians Announc ed in Petrograd Dispatches; 2,700 Austrians Re ported Captured; Rumanians Victorious in Battle With Austrians, Following an Invasion of Rumanian Territory The German attack in Central Po land thus far has failed to make a gapi in the Russian lines which would open] the way to Warsaw and apparently ] the only result of the battle has been heavy losses on both sides. Petrograd has announced the capture of several German positions, but the general alignment of the opposing armies has not been ciinngeit materially. Minor Victoria* there and In Northern Po land are reported by the Russian war office to-day. There is no slackening of activity in the Carpathians, where the Austrians, assisted by German reinforcements, are struggling with the Russians for mastery of the mountain passes which give access to Northern Hungary. Im portant successes of the Russians in several engagements are announced officially at Petrograd. It is said that Austrian attacks broke down and that in addition to indicting heavy losses on their opponents, the Russians cap tured 2,700 prisoners. Rumanians Victorious A private dispatch from Nisli, Ser jbia, describes a battle between Ru manian and Austrian troops which is said to have resulted from Austrian in vasion of Rumanian soil, in the direc tion of an important strategic position • which controls the only Serbian posi tion on the Danube permitting com munication with Rumania. Accord ling to this dispatch the Austrians were j defeated ami driven back. There is no confirmation, however, of the Nish 1 report. | STEAMKK ABANDONED VI si:\ Hy AssceiateJ I'ress Halifax, N. is.. Feb. s.—The Xor [ wegian steamer lmataca. bound from , A.vr, Scotland, to Baltimore, in bal- I last, was abandoned in a sinking con dition in the middle of the Atlantic and her crew taken on by the steamer ! 101 Sorro, aeurding to a wireless mes i sage received here to-day Jjy the ma DACIA LEAVES NORFOLK TODAY t Norfolk, Va., Feb. B.—The steamer Dacia was re;.t to start on her long-heralded voyage to Rotterdam with ccnon from Galveston for Bremen. Great Britain has given notice she will seize the ship and pay for her cargo. CARRANZA RECAPTURES MONTEREY Laredo, Texas, Feb. 8. The constitutionalist con .1 here to-day announced that Carranza troops had recaptuied Monterey. MAY SELL WILHELMiNA AND CARGO London. Feb. 8, 1.57 p. m.—lndications are more favor able to-day that the American commission for relief in 5 1- gium will be successful in its efforts tp purchase the Amc ican steamship Wilhelmina and her cargo of food si which the vessel is taking from New York to Hambu Pittsburgh, Feb B.—Federal inspectors to-day lot ,d foot and mouth disease in a herd of 176 cattle which h.. bin quartered in one of the outlying wards of the city since 11 t week. The entire herd will be slaughtered and buried to morrow. "MILLION-DOLLAR SWINDLERS" ON TRIAL St. Louis, Feb. B.—Depositions to prove that they ha warned jobbers and credit agencies that the Great Westei Jobbing House in St. Louis was being run by Charles i Greenfield, who had failed .n business in Philadelphia, Carlisle, Pa., were in the Federal District Court to-day at the trial of Samuel Bernstein and Jacob Li These men are two of the four defendants still on trial in nection with the so>-called "Million-dollar Swindle." MAY GIVE UNEMPLOYED WORK Harrisburg.—Mayor John K. Royal said tlwfc afternoon 'that he may suggest to City Council to-morrow the formation of some plan whereby employment might be, given by the city departments to men who are out of work and who i .jobs. "I'm not just clear as to what can be done or what steps may be ncessary," said Mayor Royal, "but I think something should be done, and I did have in mind the ad visability of bringing the problem to Council's attention. Whether I shall do so to-morrow or not I haven't fully de . ~Mf an* imm™ •» • MARRIAGE i'* 11 ' Shorn, city, antl Cliarlotte Catherine tiiardner, Newport. Irmik It. Illeycr ntul t'artlilne Freda Splckler, Steelton. John J. INitteltfer, city, and Anna M. Splelntau, tarlliale. John llorwfrJl» M nd Annie Porta**, Stcelton. rino and fisheries department from | < 'ape Knee. Tht: abandoned vessel I was reported to bo a menace to navl | gat ion. KUSS TO TAKK OFFENSIVE By Associated Press | Warsaw, Kussian Poland, Feb. S, j via liondon, 1:45 p. m.—The reaction : which followed the cessation of thu | liereo German asgressive in the re ! tfion of llumin, and the transfer by German troops northward to initiate i a new defence in the TOiiat. Prussian j country which lies between Tilsit, Gurn , blnen and Lipno has provided tho | Kussian forces in Poland, in the opln j ion of Kussian military observers, with lan opportunity for the long-heralded j offensive. "Unemployed" Will Start Work on Chicago Streets By Associated Press Chicago, Feb. B.—Solicitation of the s.">uo,ooo fund to provide work for Chicago's unemployed began to-day under the direction of Professor j Charles R. Henderson, of the Univer sity of Chicago, chairman of tho j Municipal Industrial Commission. Tho : fund is being raised as a result of an (appeal made by Mayor Harrison lo I citizens on Saturday. It is the object of the commission to insist, upon a year's residence in (Chicago as a qualification for work. "Your home workers must be taken cure of first," Prof. Henderson said, j "Me reliveing charitable organization* of their present burden in this direc | tion we would be able to do mora t along the lines. I The work created by the fund will be to beautify the city. Cleaning un- Isightly spots am' street work of | kinds, for which public funds do no# provide, will be started immediately) laccording to the plans.