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County Authorities Following Out Many Ctues in Effort to Solve Mystery
HARRISBURG Qfilslii TELEGRAPH LXXXIV — No. 36 RUSTY RAZOR AND 8 . FEATHERS FOUND IN GIRL'S CELLAR GRAVE German Family That Lived in Murder House in 1902 Kept 1 Chickens and Geese ALL TRACE OF PEOPLE LOST Coroner and County Detective Busy Getting History of All Who Occupied Residence A rusty piece of steel which looks like a razor blade and six or eight chicken feathers were found this morning 1" the grave in the cellar of the "house of mystery," 133 South Fourteenth street, where Friday the skeleton of a young girl was unearthed by plumbers. The authorities also learned In con nection with this find that a tierman family occupied the murder house sev eral years after I#o2 and that this family kept chickens and geese in the cellar. Ml trace of this (German family lias been lost, according to the coroner. One of the men ill this family is sup posed to liave worked in the 801 l mat trc*M fa<-tory In Fourteenth nemr How ard. Officials or the 801 l comiwui.v liave no recollection of ever having such a German in their employ, but say it Is altogether probable such a nwin might have been working for them at some time or other in their polishing department. Tills company has no record of Its employes during the years when the tierman is said to have been employed. In digging deeper Into the grave this morning several more bones were found. All other occupants of the house since its erection about 189- have been located by Coroner Jacob Ecklnger and by officers working for District Attorney Michael E. Stroup. County Detective James T. Walters is in York to-day on the case. Dr. ; Charles E. Ayres, a dentist, who occu pied the house in 1901-02, is now liv ing in York. Coroner Sore It Was Murder Coroner Ecklnger said this morning, 'that there IJB not the least doubt in ] his mind that the girl was foully mur- j dered. He said he hopes for some de velopments within a day or two that] may clear up some points of the case, i The local police have not done any thing in the matter because as Chief I of Police Hutchison pointed out this morning, there is not much use for hint to work in duplication with the coroner and the district attorney. He said the department is ready to step in as soon as help is desired, and may at any time take action If the devel opments Indicate a demand for police co-operation. He said the tracing of the former occupants of the house is being carried out as rapidly as pos sible by the county officials, and that this is the first step to be taken in clearing the mystery. Hutchison Wants Clues "Of course," said Colonel Hutchison, "the Harrisburg police department has authority to act In the case and Is ready and willing to do all in its power to assist, and as soon as there are sufficient clues we will start work. "I have looked up all our records of missing people in the city and can find no trace of any case that would fit this mystery. There has never been in re cent years any person missed who could be identified with this girl whose skeleton was found. As soon as we get something to work on and have any clues to follow we will work on [Continued on Page 8] Joy Party Skids Into Iron Pillar of Bridge A joy party, said to be from York, had a narrow escape last night when their auto skidded and crashed into the iron pillar supporting the low grade line railroad bridge near the west side entrance to the Market street bridge. The accident happened at 8 o'clock. The party was enroute from Harris burg ahd according to the toilgate keeper, was driving fast. Tn making the turn the auto struck the pillar. None of the occupants were trown out. The automobile was badly dam aged in front. Quickly making re pairs the party sped away. THE WEATHER Far Harrlalinrg and vicinity: l-'alr and cooler to-night anil Tues day: lon-cut temperature to-night about 38 degree*. For Eastern Pennaylvanln: Show era thin afternoon and tn-nlght: cooler to-night: Tueailny fair and cooler: moderate auutli alilftlng west winds. River The Susquehanna river and ita prin cipal tributaries will continue io rlae to-night nntl Tuesday, except the Juniata will probably full Tuesday. Moderately high atngea are Indicated. A atage of about feet la ladicated for Harris bars Tuesday morning. General Condltiona The western atorm baa moved alowly aortheaatward during the laat forty-right hotira and la now* central north of the tireat I.akea. It has cauaed ahowera over the greater part of the country rant of the Mlaalaalppl river. Temperaturea arc « to 3d degro-a I or more higher than on Sntiirdnv morniiiß along the northern nod ' eaatern bordera of the I.akea and In the Atlantic Statea. Temperature: H a. tn., 44. Nun: Iliac*, 6:34 a. in.: acta, 5:36 p. m. Moon: »w moon, llrat quarter. ni.is p. m. River Stiicc: n.S feet above low water mark. Yeatrrday'a Weather lllgheat temperntu 43. I.oweat temperature, .14. Mean temperature. ,11. Atnaal temperature, 30. "HOUSE OF MYSTERY" ON HILL WHERE GIRL'S SKELETON HMS UNEARTHED, MEN WHO FOUND BONES, AND SKETCH OF SPOT WHERE GRUESOME DISCOVERY WAS MADE BY PLUMBERS WHILE HUNTING FOR SEWER "The House of Mystery," at 133 South Fourteenth street, is shown at the left above. In the center is a sketch of the rear part of the cellar, show ing the steps which lead to the areaway at the rear of the house shown in the picture on the right. The sketch was made from observations made by a Telegraph reporter, who is said tobe the only newspaper man In the• city who gained access to the cellar. The arrow points to the hole where the body was found and it will be noted that the edge of the bole does not extend heyond the base of the steps. The body in its entirety was buried di rectly beneath the steps.' The arrow in the picture at the right points to he cellar entrance. Present occupants of the house would not permit photographers to make pictures of the interior of the cellar. Below, lef*. s Samuel Hillman. one of the men who unearthed bones and who is now retained by the coroner to .continue digging about the cellar in a* ffort to secure some evidence. At the right is C. R. ('ashman, 206 South Thirteenth street, whose workmen unearthed the bones and who since has been exerting every effort to help clear up the mystery. EX-PRES. TAFT TO GIVE LECTURE HERE Accepts Invitation of Spectator Staff of Harrisburg Academy; Coming April 15 BOYS ARE DELIGHTED First Appearance Here Since He Came as President During B. of R. T f Convention Ex-President William Howard Taft will lecture in Harrisburg Thursday evening. April 15. The distinguished lecturer will come to this city by Invitation of the Spec tator staff of the Harrisburg Academy. It will be his first appearance here since he came as President to be the guest of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen when they held their con vention here some years ago. Ex-President Taft has been much sought after by schools and colleges all over the United States and his time is so well occupied that the Harris burg Academy boys are delighted to have been able to procure his services. The subject of his lecture will be one of general Interest and will be announced by the headmaster of the Academy at a later date. The Tech nical high school auditorium has been engaged and the sale of reserved seats and general admission tickets will be announced not later than April 1. silts. STORY TO RL'X AGAIN By Associated Press Washington. D. C,. Feb. 15. —For- mal announcement of the candidacy of Mrs. William t'umming Story, of New York, president-general of the Daugh ters of the American Revolution, for a second term is made here. The elec tion will take place in April during the annual congress. Her only opponent is Mrs. George Guernsey, state regent of Kansas. SNOW 25 FEET DEEP By Associated Press Turin, via Rome, Feb. 15, 5.15 P. M. —The snowfall in the Piedmont re gion this winter is heavier than any heretofore known, according to avail able records. This is expecially true in the Alps where all wires are down and even the telegraph poles are in visible because of the depth of snow. At the famous St. Bernard Hospital the snow Is more than 25 feet deep. RYE PRICES GO CP By Associated Press Connellsville. Pa., Feb. 15. —Increase In the price of rye is held responsible of whiskey at many of the large dis for curtailment in the manufacture tillerles in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Operations at two of the plants which are among the largest and best known in the United States will probably be suspended temporarily next month, two months ahead of schedule time. SAYS NOTES \RE FRIENDLY By Associated Press London, Feb. 15. 3.05 A. M.—Com menting on the American notes re garding American shipping sent to the governments at Berlin and London, the Times says to-day: "The tone of both is most courteous and friendly. Not the most captious of the German [critics can detect the slightest want of «onsideration or of good breeding In I the remark* addressed to Berlin." " HARRISBURG. PA., MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 15, 1915. PUBLIC LIBRA RY AND , DRUG STORES ROBBE CROOKS WHO OPEN YALE LOCKS Harrisburg's Public Library and two centrally located drug stores were robbed last night. Cash amounting to $36.50 was the loot. At each place the robbers pulled one over by a clever manipulation of Yale locks. At the Public Library, Front and I Walnut streets, entrance was gained j through the Walnut street door. Here I the thieves pried open a drawer in a ! fireproof record case and obtained S3O j in cash. At the drug store of John T. j Ensminger, Jr., 214 North Second I street, they cut the telephone wire and carried off a pay teelephone, slot machine and all. There was about $1.50 in cash in the slot machine. At the Croli Keller drug store, 405 Mar ket street, the cash register was opened and $5.50 was stolen. 1 HICKOK WORKS AHE BOUGHT BY STATE Biggest Manufacturing Plant in Capitol Park Extension Zone Taken Over The Capitol Park Extension Com mission to-day completed negotiations for the sale to the Commonwealth of the cnti.* property of the W. O. Hickok Manufacturing Company, the largest single property in the exten sion district. The property contains about 98,800 square feet of land or two and a quarter acres and consti tutes about one-eighth of the total area to be purchased by the State for extension of the Capitol Park. The price paid was $219,000, which is considered a fair price to all con [Contlnucd on Page 8] Mayor Mitchel Wants President Wilson to Place Embargo on Wheat By Associated Press I Washington. D. 0., Feb. 15. Presi- I dent Wilson to-day received a letter I from Mayor Mitchel, of New York, urg- I ing that an embargo be placed on the j exportation of wheat to check the ris< ! in "rice of bread and flour. The Presi dent has previously taken the stand ! tHat C./ugrees alone has the authority jto declare such an embargo. Represen tative Farr, of Pennsylvania, has a bill pending in the House for the purpose. Aeroplanes Reported to Have Visited Dominion I By Associated Press Ottawa. Canada, Feb. 15.—After an j all-night watch for the air visitors in I three or four aeroplanes who were re i ported to have crossed the St. Law rence river at Morristown, N. T„ and to have dropped fire yesterday as they passed over Brockvllle, the Dominion police and officials were of the opinion to-day that the report was unfounded. The chief of polite of Ogdenshurg, I N. Y., twelve miles down the St. L«w --| rence river from Brockville. had heard I nothing of the passage of the aero i planes over Brockvllle or of excite ment incident thereto. He said, how ever. that on Friday last a farmer, liv ing five miles froiii Ogdensburg. hsd reported the passage of an aeroplane over his farm, traveling in the direc ' Uon ot the Candlan border. • ■ These robberies, according to the police, were the work of two profes sionals. Their plan Is to visit the places they intend to rob during the day time, at a busy hour. While one of the robbers is engaging the atten tion of the clerks the other, with the I aid of a small screwdriver, removes a | set screw which releases the key i cylinder on the Yale lock on the street ! door. At night all that is necessary, is to | remove the key cylinder, run a finger I into the Jock and press the chamber. The door opens without any further effort. The robberies, it is believed, occur red between 9 o'clock and midnight last night. Xothing was taken but cash. At the Harrlsburg Public Library the 1 robbers missed a two dollar bill. IWIVES, MOTHERSAND ! SOTS OBJECTORS I Upp ;r Dauphin County Women Sign Remonstrances to Lenker ville Bottler's Request Upper Dauphin county voters and taxpayers to the number of several hundred are signers of remonstrances filed to-day with Prothonotary H. F. Holler against the relicensing of John Mackert, Lenkerville, as a bottler, and jJ. H. Pontius, B. F. Weiker, Andrew I Hoffman, John J. Murphy and Ed mond Umholtz, hotelkeepers in Wl conisco township. Many of the objec tors are women. The objection against the regrantlng of Mackert's privilege is specific, and is to the effect that he has permitted youths to become • intoxicated on his premises and that he has sold liquor to minors. The remonstrances against the Wi conisco township tavernkeepers are general and the petitioners declare that they do not wish to be heard on the question, but merely take this means of calling to the court's attention the lack of necessity In their opinion, for the relicensing of these hotels. Mlddletown Hcnionst ranee to lie Heard Besides the remonstrances from , the upper end, the court will also con sider the objection raised by the peo ple of Middletown against the re | licensing of the Ann street Mid dletown. to Harry White. White re [Continued on Pa«e 8] Trying to Secure Free Band Concerts For Parks Plans for the organization of a "Municipal Band Concert Association." will be taken up at a meeting to be held at the Mayor's office In the near future. The object of the new organi zation will be to provide free con certs for the public in the parks dur ing the summer. The co-operation of the Harrlsburg Charrtber of Commerce and other civic organizations will be requested. Xoth ing definite is known regarding the plans. Information about the pro posed body was given out at the police station to-day. when it was announced that those already interested include M. Harvey Taylor. J. H. Troup. Frank Blumenstlne. Clarence O. Backenstoss. Benjamin Strouse. Charles Xuss, Charles K. BreU and V. Grunt Korrer. MANNING SUGGESTS L : mm PLAN; Expert Shows Planning Commis sion Pencil Sketches For Treat- I ing Capitol Extension AMPHITHEATER A FEATURE Depressed Traffic Roads, Sloping! Terraces and Lawns; Will Finish ; Drawings Upon Return Pencil sketches of a plan for the treatment and development of the Capitol Park extension zone, provid ing: for a bis amphitheater, sunken roadways, overhead bridges, terraces and lawns have been submitted to the City Planning Commission by Warren H. Manning, landscape architectural expert. The scheme as Mr. Manning out lined it, was tentatively suggested sev eral months ago but it had never been even roughly worked out on paper by the expert until his visit here the lat ter part of last week. Mr. Manning who left last evening for New Tork will return within ten days or two weeks when he expects to bring back the finished drawings. The State, of course, will have to adopt the scheme, but it will likely be for the City Planning Commission to ulti mately pass upon any changes in the topography of the land or any altera tions in the laying out of the section I that will be vacated by the city be tween Fourth street and the Pennsyl vania railroad. .Mr. Manning's Amphitheater Plan The architectural expert's idea is to maintain the sloping vista effect from the railroad to the east entrance of the State house and to preserve this effect by depressing the traffic high ways below the grade of the lawns. The pleasure roads and walks could be built on the surface and the de pressed sections of the service road ways could be crossed where necessary by bridges. The predominating feature of the plan, according to Mr. Manning's idea, should be the Amphitheater. This could lie just east of Fourth street and should be open to the east. Am ple provision for bandstands, platform ; for speaking, choirs and the accom-i modation of big .crowds would bu available. Here the inaugural cere«| monies or such other big occasions) which would bring together thousands ? of people, could be held, and there would be plenty of room for their ac commodation. Memorial Services Held For Victims of Maine By Associated Press Washington, D. C., Feb. 15.—Me morial services for the dead of the battleship Maine were held in ArlinK ton National Cemetery to-day. Patri- I otic organizations anil United States' | troops, marines and bluejackets par ticipated. The principal speakers were the Cu ban minister. Carlos Manuel de Ce»- pedes and Representative Kahn, of California. A feature was the placing of floral tributes from President Wil son and the President of Cuba on the Maine anchor and The Third United States Artillery fired a national salute of twenty-one guns during the i ceremony. ] 12 PAGES LEAVES SERVICE OP STATE 10 TAKE UP PRIVATE PRACTICE Deputy Attorney General Cunning ham Resigns; Governor Writes 1 Letter of Regret Jesse E. 11. Cunningham, former district attorney of Westmoreland county and Deputy Attorney General during the Stuart and Tener adminis trations. has resigned to engage in private practice in Harrisburg and bis resignation was to-day accepted Ibv Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh. The Governor sent Mr. Cunningham a letter expressing appreciation of his distinguished services to the Common wealth and of regret at his retire ment from the office and Attorney General Francis Shunk Brown issued a statement in which he added a tri bute to what the Governor had written. Mr. Cunningham was asked to re main as deputy, but on March 1 he [Continued on Page I WILL CONTINUE TO STOP FOOD SHIPMENT J London, Feb. 15, 5.05 P. M.—ln a statement to th ■ rT use of Commoni to-day Winston Spcnccr Churchill, first % d pf the Admiralty, intimated that further action would % je taken by the allies to prevent the importation of foodstuffs I neutral ships to Germany. I STOUGH TABERNACLE SOLD I A delegation from Reading, this afternoon purchased I 1- bemad* from J. E. Dare for #4,000. The building is ' L now being torn down and will be shipped to Reading for the , ' 1 i campaign tojn to be opened there. It will be loaded ;. on -xteen f'at cars. # NEED FLOUR IN MEXICO J Washington, Feb. 15.—There is no flour in Mexico Cit J B State Department advices say to-day, and bread is being ? H mad from cornmeal. Carranza forces there disdain w n of evacuating the city. Zapata forces still 1 2 ft some of the suburbs. General Gutierrea. who fled from the w %i, ital, i'i reported with General Blanco at Vallea, 5t mi.'. K a w: 1 of Tampico with 3,000 troops. A K ii 11 »i 1 r\ | BELIEVE AIRSHIPS CROSSED BORDER J » Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 15.—Residents of Brockville re- a » fuse to accept tke statements made by young men of Moms- X ( town, N. Y., that balloons sent up by them last night were J 1 responsible for tke report that aeroplanes had crossed th > 1 Ame: ican border at that point and were headed toward • Ottawa. Tke Canadian press to-day received dispatches to ' the effect that responsible residents claiaied they saw tke ' ■ aeroplanes cross tke St. Lawrence from tke United States la and tkat they also saw them komeward kouad at 1.30 a. m., to-day. ( Reading, Pa., Feb. 15. The explosion of a gasoline engine on tke farm of John Hallman, in Herford, this county, today, resulted ia the death of kis 15-year-old daughter, # m Helen Viola Hallman, and of Mr. Hallman. Hallman leaves m I a widow and six children. . y # fc Rome, Feb. 15, 1.35 P. M.—The flood waters in the C 1 street around St. Peter's have risen to a height of four feet X I and eleven inches. Several walls have collapsed, but without & » serious consequences. . ' % I MARRIAGE LICENSES B John W. Klncr nml Snaan I. Satlrhnrh, Herahry. \ * POSTSCRIPT BUS BOMBARD MONTENEGRIN PORT II iniCK RULER Little Information Obtained Con cerning Great Struggle in Progress in Poland RUSSIANS CLAIM VICTORY Rome Newspaper Says Germany Will Offer Territorial Con cessions to Italy After a lonir period of inactivity fighting between Austria and Monte negro has been resumed. An Austrian fleet has bombarded the Montenegrin port of Antivari and two Austrian aeroplanes attacked with machine guns the palace in which were King Nicholas and the other members of the Montenegrin royal family. Of the great struggle in Poland, Galicia and Bukowina there is little new information. A decisive battle in Northern Poland is looked for when the retreating Russians reach positions on which they decide to make their stand. The long-drawn struggle in the Carpathians shows no sign of ap proaching an end. Both the Austrian and Russian war offices claim victories along this front. German newspapers continue to [Continued on Page 8] j Berlin Newspaper Says Germany Should Not Fear Threats Made by U. S. By Associated Press Amsterdam, via l/niodil. Feb. 15, P. M.—Tile Montag Zcitung, of Berlin. a< cording to a dispatch reach ing here Iriim the German capital, in an article referring to the stand of the Vnited States, asks what harm America can do to Germany. "She lias no army." this paper says, "and her fleet would not dare to approach nearer our shores than does the Knglish. The expulsion of Germans from America would mean her ruin. America's threats are simply ridiculous, and it is more than ridiculous for us to take them in earnest." Tills paper says It Is the intention of Kmperor William to be at Cux liaven, on the North Sea, on Febru ary 18.