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Don't Forget May 1 Is Closing Date in
LXXXIV — No. 96
Carranra Authorities Say He
Sent Out False News
Consul Silliman Instructed to Take
Up Question With General
By Associated Press
Washington, D. C., April 26.—Philip
E. MeCleary ,an American newspaper
correspondent at Vera Cruz, has been
imprisoned and sentenced to he shot
by Carranza authorities for having
sent out unauthorized news dispatches.
Secretary Bryan received an appeal
for aid to-day from John W. Roberts,
another American correspondent there,
and Instructed Consul Silliman to take
the question up at once with General
Carranza. No official report on the
affair had reached the department.
Various military movements in Mex
ico were reported to-day in official
Carranza troops from Tamplco are
being brought to Vera Cruz and sent
inland by rail. Quiet was reported at
Progreso. General Carranza has re
leased the American steamer Benito
Juarez, detained on the west coast on
a charge of carrying arms for Villa
Labaree Tells How Living
Man Was Thrown Into
Well With Dead Bodies
A graphic tale of the atrocities of
the Kurds has been told the Associated
Press by Robert M. Labaree, an Amer
ican missionary, married to Miss Mary
Fleming of this city, of Urumiah, Per
sia, who. visited the villages where the
refugees are quartered.
He says everything possible is being;
done for the homeless persons. Food '
is scarce but the relief committees |
have managed to distribute a trifle
more than a pound of flour to each
refugee each week.
The Associated Press says that at
least 1,500 persons have been mas
sacred in the last several weeks. A
young man related how he had been
crammed into a well with the bodies
of a number of dead. He worked his
way out and escaped at night. An
Armenian girl with a rifle killed a score
of Kurds in the village of Hohrova and
saved It from destruction.
Berluno, Italy, April 25, 9.50 P. M.,
via Paris, April 26, 5.38 A. M.—ltalian
refugees from Austria report that Aus
trian troops have fortified the entire
frontier, even building entrenchments
o. concrete and cement behind which
have been placed cannon of large cali
ber. •
168,200 Tons of
Steel For the
i € Pennsylvania"
The Pennsylvania Rail
road Company lias
asked for proposals on
millions of dollars of
steel and will follow
the theory of helping
the other fellow fir si,
that they may help
That applies to your
case too—<lon't put off
buying "Just because."
It hurts.
This Is the time of nil times
for the U. S. A. to ninke vast
strides. Let'i all get busy.
Tor Harrlslinric and vicinity: Fair,
continued mm to-night and
For Rasters Pennsylvania: Fair
to-nlgltt and Tuesday; ttarmrr
to-night In aontheast portion i
Il«ht, variable irliids.
The Snsqnehaniiß river and all tta
tributaries will tall slowly or re
main nearly stationary.
A stage of about 3.7 feet Is Indi
cated for Hnrrlsburg Tuesday
General Conditions
The general distribution of pres
sure over the country has not
changed materially In the last
forty-elgb-I hours except over the
Ffew England States.
The temperature contlnnen unsea
sonably high over the northern
half of the country east of the
Mississippi. Sunday's records
were eapectslly high In Pennsyl
vania, West Virginia and the Dis
trict of Columbia.
Temperature! 8 a. m, ig,
uni Rises, flil4 a. M.i sets, AiRS
p. m.
Mooni Full moon, April 2f», Bilfl
a. m.
River Stsgei 8.8 feet above low
wster mark.
Yesterday's Weather
, Highest temperature, 03.
I Jyowest temperature, IM>.
Mean temperature, 7(1.
J Xormal temperature, 36. 1 M. t
Accidents Result as Autos and
Teams Speed Along on First
Hot Day
Child Hit by York County Man's
Car; Man Thrown From
Carriage Dies
Yesterday's midsummer weather
brought a lone line of automobiles,
motorcycles and other pleasure ve
hicles onto the fine State roads in the
lower end of the county. Hundreds of
machines were in the procession that
sped along in an unending chain from
dawn to long after midnight.
Heath, of course, followed the pleas
ure seekers, flirted with them and
levied Its toll. In more than a score
of reported accidents two were killed
and many were injured—and this
doesn't include the minor accidents
not reported.
The dead are Stephen Fath, a
6-year-old Steelton lad, killed by an
automobile while playing near Front
and Dupont streets, and Jacob R.
Epler. 70 years old, a Conewago town
ship farmer, thrown out of a carriage
[Continued on Page 5.]
Easy to Read Water
Meter After New Type
Is Installed in City
Reading the water meter will b- a
comparatively simple job for the
housewife when the new type of regis
tering machine is installed by City
Commissioner Harry F. Bowman, su
perintendent of public safety. Mr.
Bowman, who is now testing out the
kind that will be purchased within a
week or two, announced Saturday that
his intention is to buy only the
"straight reader'' type. This is of such
simple construction that it will be very
easy to determine just how much
water is registered.
"The householder ought to be able
to read the water meter just the same
as he should he able to read the gas
or electric meter," said Mr. Bowman.
"Some of our meters are so con
structed that it Is a mighty difficult
Job to decipher how much is regis
tered and the householder Is always
mystified as to why his water bill Is
what It is. So when the new meters
arc purchased we will buy only the
'straight-reader' type."
Entries For Big Contest Close
May 1; Send Your Name
in Today
Prizes For Yards, Porches, Win
dow Boxes, Building Decora
tions and Special Work
Straw-hat-and-parasol weather of
the last few days to the contrary not
withstanding, the time for planting
the flower garden is not quite yet at
hand, say the cautious practical gar
deners, but—
The time for planning surely is.
Now is the time to figure out what
flowers are to be placed in the plots,
where they are to be planted with
reference to sunshine and shade, the
probable results in color scheme—
these are all points that the contest
ant in the Telegraph "city beautiful"
prize garden competition can well con
sider now.
The competition for which ex-Post
master K. J. Stackpole has offered
[Continued on Page 7.]
Services For Mrs. McCauley
in Market Square Church
Funeral services for Mrs, Sarah K.
Doll McCauley, wife of the late Gil
bert M. McCauley, of this city, were
held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from
the Market Square Presbyterian
Churcb of which she had long been
a member.
The Rev. Dr. George R. Stewart,
president of Auburn Theologlcai
Seminary, and the Rev. Dr. J. Ritchie
Smith, of the Princeton Theological
Seminary, both former pastors of
Market Square, assisted in the serv
ices, conducted by the Rev! William
B. Cooke, minister in charge. Mrs.
Wilbur F. Harris sang "Peace, Per
fect Peace" and "The Homeland."
Burial was made in the Harrisburg
Cemetery. Among the beautiful floral
tributes was a large basket of white
roses, marguerites and fern tied with
hlue and silver ribbons from Harris
burg chapter. Daughters of the Amer
ica 1 Revolution, of which Mrs. Mc-
Cauley was regent for several years.
Too Much Heathenism in
Preparation For Weddings
"Too much heathenism in the pre
paration for weddings and too little of
the simplicity of civilization." accord
ing to the Rev. Harvey Klaer, pastor
of Covenant Presbyterian Church has
caused the marriage state to deterio
Continuing the Rev. Mr. Klaer said;
"The foolishness of modern prepara
tions often cause the bride to enter the
marriage state broken in health. The
Joking and rowdyism which accom
panies many of our marriage services
has, in many instances, left bitterness
never healed. If we could only sur
round the service with sweet sim
plicity, we would confer a great boon
upon the young peop;e of the land."
Officially 92 Yesterday; Humid
ity Terrific; Warm Wave to
Last Several Days
Philadelphia, Scranton, Detroit,
Washington and Other Cities
Swelter, Too
Harrisburg and Philadelphia, with
officially reported temperatures of 92 !
degrees, yesterday had the rather un-j
enviable distinction of being the!
hottest cities in the territory covered!
by government observatories.
But in the streets It was much hotter]
than 92. The mercury soared as
high as 97 degrees in the central busi
ness section. Harrisburg, forgetful of
the cold of several weeks ago, voiced
vigorous complaint and hurriedly
donned light suits, heeveedees and
straw hats.
Ole Man Weather after his first tug
settled Into the traces and to-day
pulled more evenly. At noon the ther
mometer registered 82 degrees and
was still going strong.
At least forty-eight hours more of
the early season hot spell was pre
dicted to-day by the observers.
Extraordinarily high temperatures for
the season were reported from all
points east of the Mississippi and new
records were made in many places.
Not even a local shower is In sight.
The absence of rain, except for some
scattered showers, is being felt In many
sections and crops are suffering.
Smashes April Records
Yesterday was warmer than the
average June day and smashed all
April records at the local weather
bureau, it opened under auspicious
circumstances, the thermometer regis
tering 62 degrees at 8 a ,m. The
humidity was 82. Soon after the fun
commenced. At noon collars were
wilting under the Influence of n
humidity far below normal. Tn the
fContinued on Pnge 7.]
James Maher, National
Supreme Director of
K. of C., Dies in Chicago
fly Associated Press
Ch'.cago, April 26. —James Maher,
national supreme director of the
Knights of Columbus, died at his home
here to-day. He was a native of Illi
nois and was 55 years old.
Forgers Sentenced to State and
County Prisons, Respectively,
From January 15
From nine to fifteen months in the
Eastern Penitentiary, sentence to date
from January 15, date of convicUon,
for H. R. Mercer, and six months in
the county jail dating from January
15, for Fred Leßrun, where the penal
ties imposed to-day by President Judge
Kunkel upon the two forgers about
whom so much mystery and publicity
had been woven by the police depart
ment for the last several months. The
pair were convicted of forging checks
upon a couple of local banks in endea
voring to swing an alleged automobile
wheel patent deal in this city.
Mercer, It appeared, had a previous
penitentiary record; Leßrum showed
by letters and by the Kev. Father T. B.
Johnson, assistant rector of St. Pat
rick's Cathedral, that he had
heretofore enjoyed a good business
reputation in Chicago. Mercer plead
ed for mercy on the ground that his
health is failing due to confinement—
both men have been in jail since No
vember 7, 1914—and that since his in
carceration his aged father died. To
Lcßrun's sentence was added a fine of
$25; Mercer was fined $5. Leßrun
thanked the court.
Mercer's minimum sentence would
expire October 15, Leßrum will be re
leased July 15.
Busy on Pier Foundations; Big
Force of Men Will Soon
Be on Job
Increased activity is expected this
week on the new Cumberland Valley
railroad bridge contract. The concrete
forces will begin work as soon as the
frame fillers are erected. Lumber has
been delivered on the Harrisburg side,
island and west shore for the fillers.
It is likely that the erection of the
fillers will start sometime this week.
The number of men to be employed
is not known, but every effort will he
made to rush the work after once
started. The erection of the concrete
fillers about the steel piers at Front
and Second streets will be completed
within the next two days.
Several car loads of steel material
to be used In the reinforcement on the
new bridge have been delivered at Le
moync and on the south Second street
President John K. Tener. of the
National League, former Governor of
Pennsylvania, will visit Harrisburg
friends on Saturday.
Albert Kelsey Will Tell How It Was Found in Old Well in Yucatan;
With Ninety Girl Skeletons
When you enter Fahnestock Hall
Friday evening to see and hear Albert
Kelsev's picture-talk on tropical Mex
ico, the chances are you'll wonder at
the source of the peculiar, faintly
sweet fragrance that will be barely
perceptible in the auditorium.
In the course of his talk Mr. Kelsey
will tell about it.
That fragrance will arise from in
cense that burned in the ancient tem
ples of the Aztec more than 3UG years
Here's the story of It:
When Mr. Kelsey, the well-known
architect, who has traveled through
out the civilized world—and much of
that which Isn't so civilized—agreed to
tell of his experiences in tropical
Mexico for the benefit of the Pure
Milk Society, he arranged to bring
along some of the quaint native blank
ets, pottery, wearing apparel and so
on to give a real "local color touch"
Park Department to Provide
Courts With Paraphernalia; to
Frame New Regulations
Reservoir Park tennis courts will be
equipped this season with permanent
nets by the park department so that
It will not be necessary for the players
to bother about furnishing their own
The pian was suggested to Com
missioner Taylor by the new tennis
club house committee, as it is believed
that elimination of the necessity for
individual nets will prevent any player
or players from taking possession of a
court by the old, old scheme of merely
stretching his or her net on the
ground. By tills "system" some play
ers exclude others from using a court
by the plea that it Is "taken" by those
who put up the net.
New rules and regulations for the
conduct of the clubhouse and the
courts will be discussed to-night at a
meeting of the house committee in the
park offices.
Saturday's excellent weather aroused
the tennis players to the importance
of plenty of courts and scores were
disappointed because the four lower
tier courts at Reservoir were not ready
for service. The two upper courts
were in great demand all afternoon.
The lower tier courts have been
graded, lengthened and equipped with
new wire screens attached to cast Iron
standards. These are set in concrete
Make of Car With Most Entries
Will Receive Trophy; Want
Entries Soon
With the arrival of six more silver
cups to-day, the list of trophies for
the Publicity Hun of the Motor Club
of Harrlsburg now numbers 75. The
biff event ta'kes place Mav 10-12.
Other prizes will reach Harrlsburg
this week.
The cups received this morning in
cluded a silver trophy thVee feet in
height from the Rotary Clifb of Wil
mington. Other trophies were from
the Ainscow cafe. Hoffbrau House and
Postals Auto Brokerage Company,
Wilmington: Jerry Dean. Sea Isle
City, and W. Scott Sands, Ocean City.
[Continued on Page 7.]
First Contributions For
Free Band Concerts
The first contributions for the mu
nicipal band concert fund reached the
treasurer, Clarence O. Backenstoss to
day. The committee named last week
will start canvassing this week.
The contributions to-dav were Rob
bert McCormlck, 125; John N, Kin
nard, $5; cash, fl.
to his story. And among other things,
he promised to bring was a censer of
incense. How he got it is a shivery
story, too.
Chichean, Itza, one of the two great
towns of Maya civilization of old Yuca
tan, was onco the mecca of thousands
of pilgrims who traveled across the
mountains and swamps to worship the
sun. The greatest temples were there,
and there congregated the greatest
gatherings of the faithful. Some 300
years later Mr. Kelsey and his party
happened 'round and while looking
over the ruins of an ancient temple,
the bit of incense was found in a well.
And from that same well the skeletons
ol' ninety young women were taken.
The story of the skeletons—whether
they were the dancers of some ancient
emperor, his wives, his slaves, or just
a group of women wo.shipers who
came to the well to pray—ls hidden be
neath the dust of 300 years.
Chinatown's "Angel" to Tell Her
Experiences in Gotham's Vice
To Explain Traps and Pitfalls Laid
For the Downfall of
Young Girls
Miss Rose Livingston, of N>w York,
better known as "the Angel of China-
I town," will speak here before women
only In the Technical High School
next Friday afternoon. She will tell
I her audience a story of the under
' world from which she herself was
| rescued seven years ago and in which
I she has labored since to save other
Although self-educated, Miss Liv-
I ingston has acquired the power to
visualize her experiences to her audi
tors. Her story of the white slave
traffic in New York and the efforts
which are being made to suppress it,
[Continued on Page 7.]
Cunningham to Address
City's Commerce Chamber
Jesse E. B. Cunningham, former At
torney General of Pennsylvania, will
l>e the guest of honor at a member
ship luncheon of the Harrlsburg
Chamber of Commerce Thursday at
noon. He will deliver an address upon
"Fire Insurance."
Probably no one in the State is bet
ter fitted to present to businessmen
the facts they should know about fire
insurance than Mr. Cunningham.
While Attorney General, Mr. Cunning
ham had charge of the celebrated Al
legheny county litigation with the un
derwriters' board of that county.
Reformed Classis Meets
in Fourth Church Tonight
The Rev. Benjamin M. Meyers, of
Elizabethtown, retiring president of
the Lancaster Classis of the Reformed
Church, will havo charge of the open
ing service of that organization, which
\ meets to-night In the Fourth Re
formed Church for n four-day session.
Delegates from all parts of Lan
[ caster and Dauphin county arrived to
-1 day to attend the session which will
close Thursday. More are expected
early to-morrow. The Rev. Homer
Skyles May, pastor of the Fourth Re
formed Church, together with the con
gregation hns made arrangements for
the entertainment of the delegates
during their stay in the city.
By Associated Press
Washington. April 26.-—Questions
concerning field guns and ammunition
for them will be considered shortly by
a board consisting of Colonel Charles
G. Treat, general staff. Major John H.
Roce. ordnance department, and Ma
jor Charles P. Summerall, field artil
lery, which has been ordered to con
vene in Washington.
Prince Von Buelow Says It Is Impossible For Austria to
Accept Italy's Terms; Austrian Frontier Is Be
ing Fortified, According to Refugees; Russians Are
Reported to Have Lost in Fighting in Carpathians
The opinion is growing in Rome
that Austria and Italy are drifting in
evitably toward war. A diplomat
quotes Prince Von Buelow, the Ger
man ambassador at Rome, who has
been the principal figure in the efforts
to avoid a war, as saying that it would
be impossible for Austria to accept
Italy's demands.
Italian refugees from Austria say
the frontier has been fortified by the
Austrians with concrete trenches and
heavy artillery.
A British correspondent accredited I
officially to the Dardanelles expedition
admits that the problem of forcing j
the strait is a tremendous one. His!
observations have led him to the be- |
lief that a strong army for operations j
on the Gallipoli peninsula will be nec
essary. Land operations, he says,
would present difficulties, since the
Turks are strongly entrenched.
New victories iri the fighting in the
Carpathians are claimed by the Aus
trians. After several weeks of slow
progress they have at last reduced
the Russian positions on both sides
of the Orawa valley, the Vienna war j
office announces. Petrograd reports
the repulse or an attack in V'zsok
Pass, and says that the Austrians have
brought up a large amount of artil
lery along the Carpathian front.
London, April 26, 5.23 P. M.—The I
admiralty and the war office declared !
this afternoon that a general attack on
the Dardanelles has begun. An army,
it was said, has been disembarked suc
The new German offensive in Bel
gium, styled by some British commen
tators the greatest battle of the war,
is being pushed on with all the power
of the army Germany is reputed to
have assembled along this front. The
officinl announcement from Berlin to
day reports impressive victories, al
though no admissions to this effect
are made at Paris or London. The
German statement makes no specific
claims as to further territory conquer
ed but described the attacks In which
it is said large numbers of prisoners
were taken including 1,000 Canadians.
The official Paris statement gives
few details of the fighting in Belgium.
It is said German attacks were check
ed by the British.
By ! o'clock this aftern on the weather if
neter had ascended to 9 a >
ghest point reached yesterday. Sodn after i I
began to fall and at 2.30 o'clock had destrv :d to 89 degree:., g |
•in Ivfcrket Squane this afternoon the mer ..istered si
degrees less than 100. L
Harrisburg— William H. Wert, a c r of the Har
iriaburg Transfer, residing at 2007 Green street, was struck '
shortly before noon to-day by a shifting engine, sustaining j i !
of the head and arms. His i n is not ' *
seVious. ] |
New York, April 26.—John Bunny, 1 moving picture l!
comedian who made millions laugh, died home in
'Brooklyn to day. He had been ill for about three weeks of J
I a complication of diseases. Members of his family were . L '
' with him when he died. For a week hr h" apparently been J L
on the mend. . !
1 Boston, April 26.— Connie Mack, manager of the Phi a [
adelphia Athletics said in an interview to-day that so long ; I
as he remained at the head of the club, J. Franklin Bake t »
Jof home run fame, would not be a member of the team. J
am through with Frank Baker as a ball player," Mack > *
added, "and it is my intention at the present time not to '
i allow him to become the property of any other team in th' ■ ►
American League. I would not sell him for $1,000,000 in
( cash." i ►
Berlin, April 26, by wireless to Sayville.—ln the official ,
I statement given out to-day by the German general arm ' i
headquarters it was announced that more than 1,000 Ca
nadians had been captured in the fighting around Ypres, ' '

I Peter J. Mitchell and Mary Stephen Keva«e, WHllamatswi.
I .luiepti X. Hohart and Jeunle V. I'aipie, elt.v.
I Hiram B. Dry, rnwrrat, and Gertie May Iterating, Juniata eoaaty.
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The German attack is developlr
with great force over a large part of
the western front. Berlin announces
the recapture of Hartmans-Weiler
kopf, in the mountains near the east
ern end of the line which the French
took recently after several weeks of
fighting. On the heights of the Meuse
a severe battle has begun.
In the east there was no change yes
terday, so far as the German state
ment revealed. It is said Russian at
tacks near the east Prussian border
were defeated.
American Delegates to
Peace Meeting Marooned
London, April 26, 10.38 A. M.—Tha
steamer Noordam with 40 American
women delegates to The Hague Peaca
Congress among its passengers, is an
chored in the Downs, unable to ob
tain permission to proceed up the
channel to Rotterdam. Jane Addams
has sent an appeal to United States
i embassador Page, urging him to en
list the aid of the American govern
ment to secure the release of the ma
rooned delegates and enable them to
arrive at The Tfague in time for tha
conference, which opens Wednesday.
j London, April 26, 11.52 A. M.—An
| influential committee for Belgium re
;lief has been organized and has issued
an appeal to the public for funds.
This committee, composed of many
I well-known English men of all creeds,
'proposes to raise the money, but ex
! plains that it is to be distributed in
i the form of relief through ihe Amer
ican commission of Belgian Relief, for
'the reason that no Englishmen are al
| lowed to go to Belgium.
Rome, April 26, via Paris, 8.05 A. AT.
—The opinion prevails in parliamen
tary circles that if no definite decision
as to Italy's participation in the war
is reached previous to May 12, tha
date upon which the chamber of dep
uties reconvenes, parliament will ba

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