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Russian Invasion of East Prussia Has Been Checked; Invade # > kre Moving Back
HARRISBURG SfiSlilft TELEGRAPH LXXXTV— No. 34 U. S. WILL HOLD GERMANY AND BRITAIN FOR YANKEE LOSSES German Military Command ers Are Accused by Amer ican Minister at The Hague With Interfering With Di plomatic Communications With Luxemburg INQUIRY SENT BY BRYAN TO GERMAN OFFICIALS Publication of Text of Two Documents Sent to Great Britain and Germany on Commerce Produces Wide spread Comment in Wash ington's Official Circles By .Associated Press Washington, D. C., Feb. 12.—Ad ministration officials looked forward to the receipt late to-day of prelimi nary advices from Ambassadors Page and Gerard, at London and Berlin, respectively, describing the attitude of British and German officials toward the two notes of warning against pos sible menace to American lives and vessels in the sea nones of war. Publication of the text of the two documents produced widespread com ment among officials, members of Con gress and diplomatists, most of whom regarded them as the most emphatic expression from the Washington gov ernment on the conduct of belligerents during the present war and presaging, perhaps, further representations on! what seem to the American govern ment violations of the rules of war fare. Germany was advised that the I'nited States "would be constrained to hold the imperial government to a strict accountability" for such acts of its naval authorities as might result in the destruction of American vessels or the loss of American lives and that such a deplorable situation should V<i'ise" the American government would "take any steps it might be necessary l to take to safeguard American lives and property." To Great Britain the United States pointed out "the measure of respon sibility" which would seem to be im- ! posed on the British government "for the loss of American vessels and lives in case of an attack by a German na val force" If England sanctioned the general misuse of the American flag by British vessels and thereby cast doubt upon the valid character of neu tral ensigns. UNITED STATES FORWARDS AX INQUIRY TO GERMANY By Associated Press Washington, D. C., Feb. 12.—The J Vnltetl States lias sent an Inquiry to ; Germany on the complaint of Amcrl- [ can Minister Vandyke, at The Hajftie. , that German military commandersj were Interfering with hLs diplomatic I communications with Luxemburg, Sec retary Bryan so announced to-day. A report that some of Ids mail had i lieen held up by (icrninn military au- ! thorities reached the State Department i I'mm Dr. Vandyke last night, Secre tary Bryan said. Ambassador Gerard, | at Berlin, was Instructed to make rep- ' resen'atlons to the German foreign ! olTlc, BRITAIN'S SUPPLEMENTARY NOTE REACHES WASHINGTON By Associated Press Washington. D. C„ Feb. 12.—Great Britain's supplementary reply to Presi dent Wilson's note of December 2 6 re specting interference with American commerce was being received to-day at the State Department and being translated from the diplomatic cipher. It may be a day or two before the reply, which is a document of some six or seven thousand words, will be before the President and the Cabinet for consideration. It is understood to be an elaboration of the preliminary [Continued on Page ll] Mob of Tramps, Cozily Snuggled in Straw, Routed by the Police Lead by Sergeant Amos Draben stadt, a squad of patrolmen routed a gang of forty tramps at Tenth' and Market streets last night. The hoboes had taken possession of a building, now in progress of con struction. They made beds of straw and took advantage of the fires used to dry the concrete. SPRINGFIELD HONORS LINCOLN By Associated Press Sorlngrfield. 111 Feb 12. Spring field to-day did honor to the memory of Abraham Lincoln and all State of fices. banks and stores in the former President's home city were closed. THE WEATHER] For ItnrrUhurc iinil vicinity: Rain thin afternoon and to-nlghti Sat urday rain. Fo:- Eastern I'enunyl vanln: Local rain* thin afternoon and to-nlgbti colder weather In northern part of the States Saturday unsettled. River The Susuehanna river and all Ita tributaries will continue to fall ■lowly to-night and probably Fri day, except the tributaries may begin to rlar Saturday, due to meltln,; snowa and rain as a re sult of the decided rime In tem perature Indlcnted for the Sus quehanna watershed In the next thlrty-alx hours. Temperature i 8 a. m. t 38. Sun: Rises, f1i.%8 a. m.t seta, 5:31 p. m. Moon I New moon, to-morrow, at lliSl p. m. ' Rlv r Stage: 5.4 feet above low water mark. Yesterday's Weather Hlgheat temperature, 82. I.oweat temperature. 24. Mean temperature, 23. .Normal temperature, 30. ABRAHAM LINCOLN Millie PREPARES PUN FOR PROPOSED ISLAND COAL WHARF Hopper and Hoist of Monolith Type; Suggest Formal Ending For Pine Street Vista Preliminary etchings suggesting a method of construction for the coal wharf, hopper and hoist on the east ern shore of Hargest's Island which would convey the Idea of a monolithic ending to Pine street when viewed from the city shore were prepared l>y Warren H. Manning, Harris burg's architectural landscape expert, for the conference to-day of the City Planning Commission, Park Superin tendnet M. Harvey Taylor and repre sentatives of the Harrisburg t.ight and Power Company, which wishes to move its landing dock Iro Front and Market streets on the river waJl to the island shore. By way of compensation the electric company offers to supply the city filter plant with at least 1,200 tons of coal a year—all that will be re ! quired. The concession is authorized in an ordinance offered by City Commis sioner H. F. Bowman in Council last Tuesday and will go before the same body for second reading Tuesday. Take \o Official Action For several hours the commission [Continued on Page 11] PKOTOCOTv OF ANTI-OPIUM CONVENTION GETS SIGNERS By Associated Press The Hague, Feb. 12, via London, 1.16 P. M.—The protocol of the anti opium convention of 1912, which aims at the suppression of the opium traffic and International traffic in cocaine and other noxious and habit-forming drugs, was signed at The Hague to day by Henry Vandyke, the American minister to the Netherlands: Tang ! Tsing Fou, the Chinese minister, and M. Loudon, the Netherlands minister of foreign affairs. The affixing of their signatures to the protocol by these three diplomats puts the convention, into immediate force for the signatory countries, which comprise approximately 475,- 000.000 inhabitants; China, with an estimated population of 330,000,000; the United States, 100,000,000, and the Netherlands and her dependencies 45,000,000. PROHIBITION BILL PASSES By Associated Press Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 12.—A State-wide prohibition bill passed the Senate last night by a vote of 14 to 3, with one member absent. Notice of a motion to reconsider Monday was given. Antl-llquor forces claim that llie measure will pass the House with a 1 1.-.rfe 'majority. HARRISBURG. PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1915 LINCOLN TUG; HERO } Firm and sure, a nation's bulwark, Fearless of the foes that KUI With the poisoned barb of slander. Bending to Ills iron will Forces that are living still. THE MAX Human every fiber of him. Great of heart and keen of brain, SIJW of speech to hurt another Or through other's loss to gain. Sharer of a brother's oain. TUB MARTVR Muffled drums! The funeral cortege Of a martyred king goes by While a nation bows in homage. Friend and foe with streaming eye Ask the endless hopeless, "Why?" ANNA H. WOOD, Written for the Telegraph. CONSUMER Clll SUE BAKER WHOSE LOAF FALLS BELOW POUND State, County and City Sealers Say Blue Law of '97 Gives That Right Should any bread buyer discover that his loaf weighs less than an avoirdupois pound——sixteen ounces he can institute proceedings against the baker. This was the opinion expressed to day by chief of the State Bureau of Standards, James Sweeney; by County Inspector of Weights and Measures Harry A. Boyer, and City Sealer of Weights and rt-ensures Harry D. Reel. A similar opinion was handed down In Philadelphia yesterday by Alexan der Simpson, Jr., attorney for the Philadelphia County Commissioners. The opinion was based on the law of 1797 which is still in force. This law specifies that bread shall be sold "by the pound avoirdupois." The law also prwviden tnat hair of the fines [Continued ou Page ll] : PRESIDENT REJECTS COMPROMISE Si PUSE MEASURE Refutes to Agree to Amendment Terminating Government Ac tivities in Two Years * By Associated Press Washington. D. C, Feb. 12.—Presi dent Wilson to-day rejected the com promise ship bill evolved yesterday bv Democratic leaders of the House. He refused to agree to fin amendment terminating the activities of the gov ernment in the shipping business two years after the close of European war. Plans to bring up the cloture rules which the long filibuster suggested wer© knocked awry in the Senate to day. Meanwhile it appeared that the sentiment in favor of getting through with the waiting appropriation bills was growing. The administration Democrats, however, reiterated their hopes and President Wilson's deter mination to pass the bill even if it takes an extra session was recalled on all sides. This morning plans were going for ward for the passage through the House of the Gore bill with an amend ment that would terminate the gov ernment activities in the shipping business two years after the closo of the European war. White House conferences have de veloped. House administration leaders [Continued 011 Pag® 11] Shoe Dealers Organize to Better Trade Conditions In an effort to better trade condi tions, shoemen have organized the Harrisburg Retail Shoe Dealers' Asso ciation. The meeting was held at the home of John E. Kelly, who was elect ed president. Other officers are: Joseph F. Shorb, vice-president; Walter S. Stern, secretary and Sam uel E. Ellenberger, treasurer. D. P. Jerauld will represent the or ganization 'at a meeting of the State body In Lancaster next Tuesday and Wednesday. LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY CELE BRATED By Associated Press Chicago, Ills., yeb. 12.—Many civic, educational and fraternal organiza tions celebrated the one hundred and fifth anniversary of the birth of Abra ham, Lincoln to-day. Municipal and State courts were closed and the work of city offices curtailed. Tributes of praise for the character and achieve ments of the emancipator were given hefore many audiences, the celebration of the Grand Army Memorial Associa tion being prominent among the duy't) events. GOVERNOR OPPOSES Gin LICENSE IN PARK EXTENSION Holds That Liquor Should Not Be Sold on Property Owned by State TAKE MATTER UP AT ONCE Says He Will Lay It Before Attorney General Brown Soon "I am certainly opposed to the granting of any liquor license for a property owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania either here or any where else and If the attorney general were here to-day I would take the mat ter up with him,' said Governor Brumbaugh this afternoon when he heard that an application for a license had been made for an Eighth ward saloon license for a building in Capi tol Park extension bought by the State. The application was made for the Leroy Hotel, which was bought by the State and which is stated in the ap plication to be owned by the Common wealth of Pennsylvania. The place has had a license for years and is said to have been conveyed to the State some months ago, the occupant being given privilege of remaining as lias been done in other cases. When property is transferred to the State for park extension purposes It is handed over by the Capitol Park Commission to the Hoard of Public Grounds and Buildings, of which the Governor is chairman by virtue of his olllce. j It is the intention of the Governor ;to take up the matter with tlie ut torney general to see what authority 'the State has in the matter and it may I Ihe possible that the State may ilgurc : jas a remonstrant. ' Former Bank President and His Wife Beaten to Death by Two Burglars By Associated Press ! Oakland. Cal.. Feb. 12.—Jacob \o ! gel. former president of the Citizens Bank of Frultvale. and his wife, were found murdered to-day in tlieir home in l'rultvalc. a suburb. They had been beaten to death by burglars, who first trussed them up with ropes and Sirs. Voxel's apron strings. The bodies were found this morning by Miss Hose Kist. a domestic, who returned to the Yogel home after a night spent with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Vogel are believed to have been called to the door by two men who seized them. bound their bands behind their backs and, when they made an outcry, beat them to death. Tlic house was ransacked In lan elTort to obtain a sum of money i rumored to have been kept by the Yogcls. Fanny Crosby, Well-known Hymn Writer, Dies at Age of 95 in Bridgeport Home By Associated Press Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 12.—Fanny Crosby,, a well-known hvnin writer, died to-day at her home in her 96th year. Her death was not unexpected as her health had been failing for some time. Shortly before the end she be came unconscious and remained In that state until death. At her bedside were her niece, Mrs. Henry D. Booth, and other memners of the family with j whom she long had made her home. In spite o£ feeble health, especially within the past few months Miss Crosby continued writing hymns up to a short time before her death. RUSSIANS MAKING GREAT PREPARATIONS IN EAST By Associated Press Berlin. Feb. 12. Via London, 10:45 A. M. The National Zeitung has pub lished a dispatch from a correspondent on the Russian border who says the Russians are employing- thousands of laborers to strengthen their second line of defense. At the fortresses of Ivan gorort, Rrest-Litovsk and Kovno men are working day and night. At Brest- I,ttovsk arrangements have been made to flood the entire district, and for a distance of seventv-flve miles the ter ritory around the fortres has be . n barred to ordinary travel. Great stores of ammunition and provisions are be ing laid in. These preparations, the correspondent o' the National Zeitung goes* on to say. make the inhabitants fear that the Russians soon will be seen falling back. NEW TARGET RECORD IN* ARMY By Associated Press Texas City, Texas, Feb. 12.—A score which army men here declare is a rec ord for the United States army In ma chine gun tiring at floating targets was made here last night by Private Claude Blofrtnfleld, twenty-sixth infantry, who at 500 yards, shooting at Illumi nated targets, made 101 hits out of 102 shots. The entire company made 520 hits out of 1.200. XO CHOLERA REPORTED By Associated Press Petrograd, via London, Feb. 12, 10.35 a. m.—No cases of cholera, have been reported In Petrograd, is the re ply of the Central News Agency of the report that cholera Is prevalent in the Russian capital. WILL CARRY OUT POLICY By Associated Press Lisbon, via Paris, Feb. 12, G. 36 a. m. —That the government of Portugal has resolved to carry out the policy decided upon by Congress on August 8 and November 23 was the assertion made yesterday by Foreign Minister Monteiro In a statement to the press regarding the international situation. MEAT PACKING IS STOPPED Wellington, N. Feb. 12. Via London, Feb. 12, 5 A. M. All meat Racking establishments on South Island as *been closed down owing- to the ■ bortase of shipping facilities 16 PAGES * POSTSCRIPT. RUSSIANS ATTEMPTING TO INVADE EAST PRUSSIA ARE PUSHEDBACKBYGERMANS Germany Freed From Hostile Forces Except in Portion of Alsace; Corresponding Quiet Prevails Along West ern Front; Portugal Ready With 100,000 Men to Cast Her Lot With Allies If Occasion Arises An official statement frbm Petrograd ( to-day makes it clear that the Rus sian invasion of East Prussia Is checked and that the invaders are re treating to their own territory. Ger many's version of the events which brought this about has not been given, and it Is not known whether there has been heavy fighting or whether the Russians are merely falling back be fore the largely reinforced German army. With the withdrawal of the Russians, German soil will be freed from hostile forces except in a por tion of Alsace. No further details have been received of the great battle In the Carpathians, and on the Warsaw front the Russian attack which followed the latest Ger man effort seems to have subsided. Corresponding quiet prevails along the western front. The Portuguese foreign minister has announced that his country will carry out the policy decided upon early In the war, involving adhesion to the treaty with Great Britain requiring Portugal to assist her with troops. Portugal now has about 100,000 men under arms. The foreign "minister did not state whether immediate ac tion would be taken to throw the army into the Held with the allies. TRADE Ol' FRANCE DECREASES By Associated Press Paris, Feb. 12.—Trade of France with foreign countries decreased 3,- 250,500,000 francs ($650,100,000) dur ing the first four months of the war as compared with the similar period of 1913. KINDNESS URGED IN BERLIN By Associated Press Berlin, via London. Feb. 12, 10.50 a. in.—An appeal to its readers not to allow hatred for Great Britain to lead them to insult English speaking per sons in the streets is printed by the Lokal Anzelger. The paper says it may be assumed in the great majority of such cases that the speaker* are Americans. Tt reminds readers that OVERHEATED STOVE STARTS FIRE Harrtsburg Fire slightly damaged two frame houses at 1217 and 1219 North Cameron street this afternoon short 'y after 2 o'clock. The fire, according to the police, started in 1217 from an overheated stove, burning through the i artition to the adjoining house. It was said the occu pants in one of the houses had been drinking. The houses were occupied by several colored families. The damage was estimated at sls. The fire started in the home cf Charles Davis and spread to that of Joe Holstein. Paris, Feb. 12, 2.51 P. ll.—An official statement given out at tha War Office to-day announced the complete fail ure of tha German offensive in Poland. Tha statement says 40,000 Germans were killed. Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 12. Legal proceedings have been started by Attorney General W. L. B*rtin against the Montgomery Advertiser, to enjoin that newspaper from publishing liquor advertisements. The proceeds will be the first step to test the constitutionality of anti-liquor ad vertising law passed Wednesday. Tutuila, American Samoa, Feb. 12.—8y wireless.—Not only at hurricane, but with it an earthquake and a tidal wave swept No Man's Island of the Samoan group, as reported here , two days ago. Fuller details received to-day show that three persons were killed, one of whom was beheaded by flying wreckage. Gibeonburg, 0., Feb. 12.—Mrs. Joseph Kimbel, 70, was murdared, and her husband, Joseph Kimbel, 72, was prob ably fatally beaten by unknown men at their home, near Bradner, Wood county, early to-day. Kimbel was reported to hara kept a large sum of money about his house. Washington, Feb. 12.—Inrestigation of charges of cor ruftion in tka tart sanatori*) catrapttgcai In Pennsylvania, Illinois aal «tfcar wea blocked ta-day, a© faru the 63rd Congress is concerned, when the Senate committee which provides for the expense of sack inquiries decided not to act. London, Feb. 12, 12.15 P .M.—Edward Monroe, aged 106 years, one of the oldest veterans of the American Civil War, was buried in London to-day. 'diplomatic representatives of tha United States have assumed the pro tection of Germans In lands with which this country Is at war. Duma Passes Resolutions and Quits Until December By Associated Press Petrograd, Feb. 12.—The session oC the Duma has been suspended by Im perial ukase until the middle of De cember or later. Before suspending its sittings the Duma adopted the fol lowing resolutions: "First—That the government take as rapidly as possible measures for the relief of the provinces which has suf fered from the operations of the war. "Second—That the government work out plans for a complementary law on pensions, support of children of wi dows living with their mothers as well as Increased pensions for orphans left by soldiers who have fallen on the Held of battle. "Third —That the military reserves doing service as police be summoned to the colors and be replaced by sol diers who have left the army service but still are capable of performing police duty. "Fourth—That a commission be ap pointed by the ministry of foreign af fairs to investigate violations of the law of nations, rules and customs of war by the German-Austro-Hungarian and Turks as well as damages sus tained by the State, public institutions, societies and private persons." AMERICAN NEWSPAPER WOMAN TOO INQUISITIVE IN BERLIN By Associated Press Berlin, via London, Feb. 12, 10.30 a. ml —Miss Caroline Wilson of Beverly, Mass., arrested here several days ago on suspicion of espionage, was releas ed yesterday through the efforts of Ambassador James W. Gerard. Shei came to Berlin as the correspondent of a Chicago paper and was taken into custody it was alleged because she dis played Indiscreet curiosity concerning naval, affairs, gun calibers and other matters.