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Heavy Storm in Middle West Causes Great Loss of Life and Big Property Damage
LXXXIV— No. 157
Scores of Wagons, Autos and Car
riages Bring Friends of Cassel
Family to Services
Coroner's Jury Blames Railways
Company and Service Com
mission For Tragedy
rfummelstown, Pa., July S.—Hun
dreds of persons from the country sur
rounding Hoernerstown drove for
many miles through the mud and rain
to attend funeral services for t six
victims of the grade Tossing accident
Monday night in w 1 .h Mr. and Mrs.
George Cassel, their children, John
and Elizabeth, daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Harrison G. Cassel. and her child. Rus
sell. lost their lives.
It is estimated that more than a
hundred wagons, carriages, buggies
and automobiles followed the six
hearses from the funeral chapel of
Karmany & Son to the Hummelstown
Cemetery, where burial was made. Mr.
And Mrs. Cassel were burled side by
side in one grave. Their two children
were buried in one grave. Mrs. Har
rison Cassel and her son were placed
In separate graves.
After burial was made services were
held in the Lutheran Church by the
Rev. Mr. Brownmiller. of Reading.
Censure Railroad
The coroner's jury last night cen
sured the Philadelphia and Reading
Railway Company and the Public
Service Commission following the in
quest. In the verdict it was pointed
cut that the railroad never heeded the
reauests of borough council to protect
the grade crossing. It was testified
at the inquest that from the time the
train whistles until It reaches the
crossing Just ten seconds elapse.
The verdict was as follows:
"Mrs. Tlnrriet Cassel and family were
killed July 5, 1915. at 10.23 p. m.. by
train Xo. 9, known as the Qneen of the
Valley, of the Philadelphia and Read
ing Railway Company. In Railroad
street, Hummelstown, and that on ac-
count of the gross negligence of the
• Philadelphia and Heading Railway
Company In not providing a watch
man at the safety gates at said cross-
Inc as well as other railroad crossings
as requested repeatedly hv town coun
cil and the citizens of Hummelstown
we find that the Philadelphia and
Reading Railway Company Is respon
sible for the killing of the above
named Harriet Cassel and family.
"AYe also censure the Public Service
Commission for negligence In not com
pelling the Philadelphia and Reading
Railway Company to protect the trav
eling public at said crossing ip the
borongh of Hummelstown."
A copy of the verdict was sent to the
Public Service Commission to-day as a
mrtter of information for that body.
William O'Mara was arrested last
night by Detective Tbaoh and Police
man Gibbons and Dickey charged with
breaking into the home of Philip D.
M. Marko. 1022 Fox street, and steal
ing several articles. The police claim
that a number of houses in North
Seventh street have been entered and
robbed and suspect that O'Mara and a
partner are connected with the cases.
Owine to wet grounds, the game be
tween Harrisburg and Montreal has
been called off. It will be played the
next time Montreal comes here.
Don't put it oil until you get
downtown, don't wait another
minute. Order the Harrisburg
Telegraph to your vacation ad
dress, then you won't miss a sin
gle issue. You're going for a rest;
but you're not going to drop out
of Harrisburjt life. You'll want
to know what's doing at home.
Telephone the Circulation De
partment or drop a postal card.
For Hari-ÜburK and vldnityi
Shoifern this afternoon; partly
cloudy and cooler to-nighti Fri
day fair.
For Eastern Pennaylranlat Short
er* thin afternoon; partly cloudy
to-night; cooler In Month portion!
Friday fair; freah »lilf<ln K nlnda.
River conditions are uncertain.
Heavy rain* have already fallen
over the Upper North Branch,
which will chunc that ntream to
rise, and ahowera, probably heavy
In some localities, are likely to
oeenr generally over the .Susque
hanna Valley to-day, irlilch mav
atart a general rise In all atreaui's
of the ayatem. A stn K e of about
».» feet Is indicated for Harris
burg, Friday morning.
General Conditions
The storm that was central over
the Lower Missouri Valley, Wed
nesday morning, has moved cast
ward and ia now central over the
Upper Ohio Valley. It has caused
heavy local rains In the last
twenty-four hours over the south
ern portion of the l.ake Region
and In Missouri, Illinois, Indiana
and In the Interior of New York
and Northern Pennsylvania.
Temperature! 8 a. m., 70. I '
Bum Rises, 4i48 a. m.; sets, 7iJ3
p. m.
Mooni New moon, 4i31 p. m. July
River Stage! 5.« feet above low
water mark.
Yesterday's Weather
Highest temperature, 81.
Lowest temperature, 50.
Mean temperature. TO. ■ • '
Normal temperature, 71
River Has Already Broken Mid
summer Records For Last Ten
Years; Mounting Higher
Rain Banks Streets Full of Water;
Traffic at Noon Suspends;
Subway Fills
Torrential downpours of rain over
the entire Susquehanna river basin for
weeks past have swollen the usually
placid waters of the Susquehanna to
a midsummer flood stage.
With a height of 6.4 feet above low
water mark, the crest of the flood was
reached here Monday and Tuesday.
This breaks all local records for July
for a period of ten years.
During the heavy rain at noon the
Market street subway filled to a depth
of 8 feet. Streets were filled from
curb to curb and traffic was suspended.
From present-indications, E. R. De
main, local weather forecaster, pre
dicts a river stage of 8 feet at this
place within the next few days. How
ever. the river is more than a foot
higher than usual because of the dam
that has been built at the lower end of
the city.
The storm which caused tornadoes
and heavy rains in the West recently
and was central over Des Moines yes
terday is now central over the upper
Ohio valley, causing general rains over
the southern part of the lake region,
the central states and also in New
York and Pennsylvania.
Effect of Tornado
A river stage of 5.5 feet is predicted
for Harrisburg to-morrow. The rains
In this state will not cause flood stages,
it is believed, but a rise in the river
and all of its branches is expected.
Little wind has accompanied the
storm so far, but shifting breezes are
forecast for Eastern Pennsylvania to
morrow, with fair weather. The river
conditions are uncertain at present,
as much depends on the amount of
rainfall and the duration of the storms.
The storm which caused the trouble
in the West is believed to have been
partly broken up by changes in atmos
pheric conditions. It is the cause of
[Continued on Page B.]
London, July 8, 12.20 p. in.—So
great has been the weight of rein
forcements brought up by Russia
along the stretch of territory between
the rivers Vistula and Bug, notably in
the vicinity of Krasnik that the Aus
tro-Hungarians for the moment have
been forced to assume the defensive
and to pause in their rush toward
Lublin and the railways running from
that city to Warsaw.
Only Direct Means of Communica
tion Between U. S. and
By Associated Press
Washington, July B.—The govern
ment to-day took over the Sayville,
Long Island, wireless station, the only
remaining privately operated direct
means of communication between the
United States and Germany. Secretary
Daniels announced that Captain Bui
lard, in charge of the naval radio
had gone to take over the station and
would continue its operation with
naval forces.
Secretary Daniels issued this state
"It is understood that the Sayville
radio station had made application to
the Secretary of Commerce for a li
cense. The secretary of Commerce
declined to grant the license and so
informed the Secretary of the Navy,
who, after conference, directed Cap
tain Buliard, as the expert of the de
partment, to take over and operate
the station. Lieut George R. Clark
will be in control of the station. Cap
tain Buliard reached New York this
morning and will confer with the own
ers of the station in all that relates
to the details of the operation of the
station. Practically the same rules
and regulations as are now applicable
to Tuckerton will be put in operation
at Sayville."
There will be no change, so far as
the public is concerned. Messages will
be accepted as heretofore.
London, July B.—Giving Judgment
In the Board of Trade inquiry into
the sinking of the African liner Fala
ba In St. George's Channel March 28.
with the loss of 111 lives. Lord Ker
sey to-day found that the ship had
been sunk by a torpedo from a Ger
man submarine; that the measures for
saving life had been promptly carried
out and that proper discipline had
been maintained.
Newark. N. J., July 8. —A stock divi
dend of 250 per cent, was declared to
day by the New Jersey Zinc Company,
which by Its action increased its capi
ta! from $10,000,000 to 135,000.000.
The $25,000,000 new stock is to be
distributed as a stock dividend to hold
ers on a basis of 2% shares of new
stock for every share of the old stock.
The company's surplus at the present
time is approximately $27,000,000.
XEW db:stroyer lauxched
States torpedoboat destroyer Conyng
ham was launched from the Cramp
shipyards in this city to-day. The
vessel will make a speed of about 29%
[knots an hour. ,
Property Damage, According to
Estimates, Will Total Several
Million Dollars
Telephone and Telegraph Service
in Stbrm-Swept District
According to figures compiled early
to-day, more than fifty persons were
killed and many injured by the violent
wind and rainstorm which extended
from Xebraska to Ohio last night.
The property damage is estimated at
several millions of dollars. The great
est loss of life occurred In Cincinnati
and vicinity where 83 persons are
known to be dead and fifteen missing,
18 of the dead tliere being deek hands
who were drowned by the capsizing
of the towboat Convoy, on the Ohio
In Eastern Missouri, the storm as
sumed the proportions of a tornado,
demolishing 162 blocks in St. Charles,
a town of about 11.000 people.
St. Peters, a town of 300 inhabitants,
and Gilmore, a Tillage of 100 were al
most wined out by the tornado. In
St. Charles and St. Peters there was
no loss of life while In Gilmore only
one person was killed.
In Lincoln and Custer counties,
Xebrnska. wind and hail caused heavy
damages to crops and in the village of
Callaway several buildings were un
roofed. There had been no loss of life
reported early to-day.
In Southern Illinois the storm was
severe, causing heavy damage in many
localities. At Mound City, the busi
ness part of the town was flooded.
In Ceniral and Southern Indiana,
three persons were killed and many
injured. Telephone and telegraph
service was demoralized, buildings
were unroofed and crops damaged by
the heavy wind and rain.
Loss of Life Greatest
in Cincinnati District
By Associated Press
Cincinnati, 0., July B.—The most
devastating storm that has visit ?d this
city in several decades descended
about 9:30 o'clock last nlgW, raged
with cyclonic intensity for half an
hour, took a toll of lives estimated at
close to 3 5 and wrought property
damage somewhere between half a
million and a million dollars.
As definite reports began to filter
In to-day from the suburbs where
telephonic communication was slowly
[Continued on Page 7]
Eighteen Little Women Think He's
Mean, but Set Up Camp
"All right for YOU. Mr. Weather
If eighteen little, pig-tailed women
in "middies" and bloomers didn't say
they thought the weather man was a
mighty mean old thing, they all
thought It. So there.
The eighteen were the pioneers of
the 1915 McCormlck's island girls'
camp and the whole party landed and
hustled under canvas in a drenching
rain. From the dry warm cover of
the tent-flies they watched a force of
park department men unload the bag
gage in the heaviest rain of the
Mere rain doesn't bother a McCor
mlck island girl camper one wee bit,
however, and within much less time
than it takes to tell it, a roaring fire
was agoing and the youngsters were
getting their tents and clothes and
I things In order for a week's stay.
Seven tents in all and a nice big
kitchen comprise the camp and there
is ample room for some more camp
ers. Eighteen braved the elements
this morning, but by this evening there
will be a lot more under canvas.
In spite of the rain the new instruc
tor, Miss Ruth Little, gathered the
youngsters together and mapped out
plans for the week. The water is
nice enough for swimming even if it
is a trifle high, but there are plenty of
safe bathing spots that will be selected
for the girls.
Camp was visited this afternoon by
Park Commissioner M. Harvey Taylor
and Assistant Superintendent Hoffert
while Playground Supervisor Hill put
in most all day there.
Indulge Only When Hungry, and Then
Little, is His Advice
Detroit. Mich.. July B.—One of the
many features of the new general hos
pital which is being built with Henry
Ford's money will be a special depart
ment to teach people how to eat prop
erly. It is the contention of Mr. Ford
that with less eating there would be
fewer cases of alcoholism. He says:
"Eat only when hungry, and then
eat less than you feel you need."
$60,000,000 POWDER ORDER
Special to The Telegraph
Wilmington, Del., July B.—Sixty mil
lion dollars' worth of powder, with a
chance to obtain a bonus of 33 1-3
per cent, if the contract is completed
within a certain time, ig called for In
a contract which has just come to the
Du Pont Powder Company from the
Russian government. The agreement
gives the company an opportunity to
make a profit of $20,000,000, in addi
tion to that which would be made at
I the reeular erica.
t s
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McCormick's Island camp for girls opened this morning under the jur
isdiction of the city park department. Miss Little, the new instructress has
plans for some new "stunts" which she has brought along from the Sar
gents' girl camp In New Hampshire, these will be put into practice at an
early date.
Vessel Torpedoed by Austrians in
Upper Adriatic at Dawn
By Associated Press
Rome. July 7. via Paris, July 8, 8.40
a, m.—The Italian armored ' cruiser
Amalfi was torpedoed and sunk at
dawn this morning by an Austrian
submarine while taking part in a re
connaissance in the upper Adriatic, it
was officially announced to-night by
the Ministry of Marine. Most of the
members of the crew were saved.
The text follows: "A reconnaissance
in force was accomplished last night
(July 6) In the upper Adriatic. The
Amalfi, which took part i:i the recon
naissance was torpedoed at dawn this
morning by an Austrian submarine
and soon listed heavily to port.
"The commander, before giving or
ders to the crew to jump overboard
cried: 'Long live the King, long live
Italy.' The entire crew, drawn up
along the stern, echoed the shout, giv
[Continued on Page 7.]
Lines Strengthened and Grand
Duke's Forces Are Holding
Out Along Extended Front
At the moment when the Teutonic
march through Southern Poland wa.s
beginning to threaten, first, Lublin
and then Warsaw, It lius boon brought
to a halt. Official statements from each
side agree that at the one point—in
the angle north of Krasnik —where,
the Russian lines were still displaying
weakness, they have l»een strength
ened, and it appears that Grand Duke
Nicholas' forces are holding their
ground along the extended front.
Determined attempts by the Austro-
German forces to drive the Russians
out of what remains to them of Galicia
are unavailing. Petrograd reports as
saults by great forces east of T-em
l>erg, but declares they were repulsed
with heavy losses by the attacking
Apparently tliere is a lull In the
furious lighting along the Austro-
Italian front after the recent deter
mined attacks by the invading forces.
Official statements from Rome, how
ever. declare continued advances are
being made on the Camic plateau,
where the progress is described n.s
"slow but constant."
The Italian nrmorcd cruiser Amain
lias been sunk In the upper Adriatic
by an Austrian submarine. Most of
the crew were saved.
Carranza Forces Are
Now Within 10 Miles
of Mexican Capital
By Associated Press
Washington, July B.—The Carranza
forces have pushed their attack on
the convention forces defending Mex
ico city up to within ten miles of the
capital. Their military trains are op
erating that close to the city. State
Department dispatches from Vera
Cruz to-day gave this report.
Stockholders Want to
Recover $102,000,000
By Associated Press '
Boston, July B.—A suit of minority
stockholders to recover $102,000,000
from former and present directors of
the New York, New Haven and Hart
ford railroad, who were charged with
responsibility for alleged Improper ex
penditures of company fundß, was die
missed by the Supreme Court to-day.
William G. Rockefeller, Lewis Cass
James S. Elton and Charles
S. Mellon are among the defendants.
Coroner Eekinger will hold an In
quest to-night at the District At
torney's office to investigate the mur
der of Mrs. Ella Albright, Fifteenth
and Briggs Greets, who was found
murdered last Thursday night _ ,
48-Inch Muscallonge Taken From
Waters of Canadian Lake by
Harrisburg Attorney
When Attorneys C. H. Backenstoe
and William M Hain gravely carried
ashore the spoils of Mr. Backenstoe's
hour and a quarter's battle royal on
Pigeon Lake, Canada, the other day,
the oldest guide, the most boastful
fisherman in camp, stood with head
bared in silent, awed admiration.
Between them the Harrisburg law
yers carried the biggest muscallonge
that has been taken from the waters
of the Bobcjiygeon region this season.
Just four feet—forty-eight inches—
he'measured from tip of nose to tip of
And he tipped the scales at twenty
eight ppunds.
Now the great fish is In Peterboro,
Canada, being stuffed and mounted for
shipping to Harrisburg. Messrs. Back
enstoe and Hain are wonderful fisher-
stories of things they've
[Continued on Pnge 7]
Experienced Troopers Will Be Sta
tioned at Penbrook; First
Post in This County
Announcement was made to-day at
the office of the State Pollcq that a
substation of the State Police force,
the first to be established in this coun
ty, would be located immediately at
the farm of H. H. Walter, not far
from Penbrook. Several experienced
men will be detailed and the farm can
be reached by telephone any time of
the day or night for emergency calls.
The purpose of locating the substa
tion In the vicinity of Penbrook is to
break up the thieving that has been
going on in that region and also to
have the men so that they can Include
Paxtang and Pleasant View In easy
reach. All of these communities have
been annoyed by thieves of late and
numerous clues are ready for the State
Police to work on.
The State Policemen will be a big
protection to the suburban region and
all that is asked is co-operation and
prompt notice of thefts arid that when
men are arrested the cases . be
pushed and .not dropped. Justices of
the Peace will also be asked. to act
when informations are made.
Substations established In other
counties in this district have been of
lasting benefit to the communities.
To Break Ground Soon
For Briquette Plant
Plans for the building of the Gamble
Fuel Briquette Company's plant at
[ Ninth and Dock streets have been
i placed in the hands of contractors and
bide are expected to be received within
the next few days. Contract for the
construction of the machinery has
already been given and the plant will
be in operation by Fall.
The type of machinery used in the
plant will be somewhat different from i
that used in most briquette plants. It
will be of heavier construction and re
quires fewer men to operate it. Both
the machinery and the formula for
making the briquette are patented
Dr. B. E. Gamble, of Chambersburg,
holds the rights to manufacture. The
briquette will be made in one size only
and the output be about five tons
dally. It will be made from river coal,
but in case river coal cannot be se
cured culm will be used. It wiU be
cheaper than coal.
By Associated Press
Rome. Italy, July 7, via Paris, July
B.—An official statement issued to
night at the headquarters of the
Italian general staff was as follows:
"An attack against our position at
Ptsso di Campo. In the Val d'Aone,
was repulsed with heavy loss. In Ca
dore our heavy artillery opened flro
on the enemy's defensive works at
Ccrte, in the upper valley of Crods
veole. At La Tagliata and Tresassi, in
Val P oral a, serious damage .was dona."
Companies D and I Leave Late
This Afternoon to Take Part
in War Game
Governor to Inspect Guards Wed
nesday of Next Week; Real
Guns With Bullets of Wax
Parading In heavy marching order
through the drizzling; rain, Companies
D and I of the Eighth regiment. Na
tional Guard of Pennsylvania, accom
panied by Colonel Joseph B. Hutch
ison, late this afternoon, boarded the
special train for Mt. Gretna, where
the annual division encampment will
be held from July 9 to 17.
The soldiers will play the war game
this year in Camp Major General John
W. Sehall. Major General C. Bow
Dougherty, division commander, will
be in complete command of the camp.
The special train which carried the
local companies pulled into this city
shortly before three o'clock. On board
were Companies M, of Lewistown, F,
of Huntingdon and L, of Bedford.
[Continued on Pa?e 3.]
Suicide on Bench in
River Park Had Three
Bullets in His Body
Reclining apparently asleep on a
bench in River Park, between State
and South streets, early this morning,
an unidentified man was seen by
Policeman George Shoemaker whose
attention was attracted by a shining
revolver lying beside the man.
"The officer tried to awaken the man,
but a close examination showed he
was dead. An Investigation revealed
a bullet hole in the man's forehead,
one in his side and one over his
heart, indicating according to Coroner
Eckinger that he had committed
suicide. No one in the vicinity heard
any shots it is said/ The man is about
5 feet, 9 inches tall and has gray
hair and a gray moustache.
The man appeared to be about B5
years old and was dressed fairly well.
Some change was found in his pocket,
also a silver watch with the initials
"E. F." engraved upon ,it. The stub
of a money order for $25 was found
also, but no name was signed to It.
Coroner Eckinger has been working
all day endeavoring to learn the man's
T iington, July B.—Secretary Redfield in a letter to
« 3ing- that" the United States
1 1 ... said ... estigation bad shown !
( » v sending station, for" which license was .asked
11 had all been erected' since the. beginning of the war, with 1
J I apparatus made in Germany, that the company was entirely j
' ; v. Ned, and working with stations in Germany i
under government control. ;
g°i July B.—Five Monte rins, including three I
, £ ners of the King of Montenegro and a former I
aires at Constantinople were named in an indict- • (
: ; conspiracy to violate the neutrality laws of .the United. i
' ( States. *
\ isburg.—United States Senator Theodore E. Bur- 1
2 ton, j has recently returned from a tour of Sola: ij
& Amen and who is spoken of as a presidential possibility,. i!
j I has a >ted the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce j j
f. to speak at a luncheon at noon on Friday, July 16, at the ]|
Ha;. it) urg Club. " I
<: "
| [ gara Falls, July B.—Seventeen persons were killed *
j • and fifty injured, some probably fatally as the result of ; '
j the trolley wreck on the slope of Queenstown Heights, 4
ilast night. ... i
Harrisburg. Pending . a decision of the Supreme
Court as to the legality of the act, no certificates may be '
issued to the 300 or more applicants for mine foremanships
and assistant foremanships by the State Bureau of Mine- '
gm accord to. the opinion of the Dauphin county court this '
J after * *
> York, July B.—-The Dow Jones News Bureau pub
! *nil day a statement that the White Star Liner ' '
Adriat had dockwi safely at Liverpool a* ? o'clock this ! '
' aft. * f
Washington July B.—Two Ameiicans, Richard Msr
hei of Chelsea, Mass., or Providence,. R. 1., and John < f
Hi h thought to have lived at No. 321 Third avenue, ; j
New c rk, were killed by the shell fire of the German sub- « >
, .marine which attacked the British ship Anglo-Californian.

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Vessel Sailed From New York For
London Last Saturday; Crew
Number 100
Captain Notifies Officials That
Blaze in Hold Is Not
Py Associated I'rtss
New York, July 8. The fire
aboard the Minnehaha was caused
by an explosion according: to a
wireless message received at 12:40
p. m. to-day from Captain Claret.
At that time the fire waa said to
have lieen mastered.
Captain Claret's message read
as follows:
"Fire caused by explosion. Now
under control by suffocation and
steam. .Much smoke in holds.
Deemed it expedient to make for
Halifax. Due off Chebucto Head
9a. m. Friday. Advise agents."
The message came by way of
Cape Raw.
The explosion occurred late
yesterday and appears to have car
ried oul Frank Holt's statement
that a ship would be burned on
July 7.
New York, N. Y.. July B.—As if in
answer to Frank Holt's last warning
i that a ship at sea "should sink, God
| willing, on the 7th," there came last
[Continued on Page B.]
King Victor Counts
Shells Fired at Him
Special to The
London, July 8. A dispatch to the
Dally Mail from Rome says a soldier
in a letter to his parents relates this
Incident of King Victor Emmanuel's
[coolness under fire:
l "Along with the general staff, the
I King visited our post to see how op
erations were progressing. News of his
presence was communicated to the
Austrians by a spy, and they immedi
| atelv fired sixteen twelve-inch shells at
the spot, some exploding within 120
I yards of where the King and his of
| floors were standing.
"His Majestj' counted the projectiles
: as they fell and then sat down on the
I grass and figured out an account "to
I shdw how much it had cost the Austri
ians to try to take the life of one man.'"

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