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HARRISBURG SSSKKg. TELEGRAPH LXXXIV— 174 "lIM KOI GUILTY" DECLARES BECKER K HE GOES 10 CHI: DEAD ITJi 1. M. Protests His Innocence to the Last; Three Shocks Sent Through His Body; Retains His Composure Throughout Ordeal; Last Words a Prayer PINS PHOTOGRAPH OF WIFE OVER HEART Bids Newspapermen Good-by in Statement; Praises Wife as "Purest, Noblest Wo man That Ever Lived"; Mrs. Becker Said Farewell at Midnight; Negro Mur derer Follows Former Po liceman By Associated Press Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, X. Y., July 30. Charles Becker was put to death in the electric chair here this morning for the killing of Herman Ro senthal, the New York gambler. The former New York police lieutenant retained his composure and protested his innocence to the last. He went to his death with a photograph of his wife pinned on his shirt over his heart. Three shocks were given before the prison physicians pronounced him dead at 5.55 o'clock. Becker led the way to his execution. The condemned man sat up all night on the edge of his cot calmly talking to Deputy Warden Charles H. John son. "I've Got to Eaoe It** "1 have got to face it," said Becker, "and I am going to meet it quietly and without trouble to any one." m The deputy warden left Becker an hour before the time set for the execution and when the priests, Father W. E. Cashin, the prison priest, and Father Curry.of New York, came to administer the last rites they found the man who instigated Herman Rosenthal's murder, with his face resting on his hand gazing at the pri [Continoed on Page 12.] Matt and Jeff Are Coming Back I YES, and right in the midst of the vacation period, too. A cablegram from the European War Zone to the editor of The Telegraph brings the glad tidings. Mutt and Jeff have been "all shot to pieces" at times since their disappear ance last February, but it takes more than a German rapid fire gun to "gret" Mutt and Jeff. And they're coming home. Yes, sir. No fooling this time. And the readers of The Telegraph who have miss ed their smiling countenances for so many weary months will count the days until August 9. Yes, that's the date. Up In the mountains, down at the seashore, or anywhere you may be spending your vacation days, the Harrisburg Telegraph reaching you every day is like re ceiving "a letter from home." Did Harrisburg win the ball game? Who pitched? Is the weather hot? Where was the big fire? Your favorite newspaper, the Harrisburg Telegraph, will have all the story—a paper published in a distant city might give the Item In a few lines. Phone the Circulation Depart ment now. THE WEATHER For Ilnrrlntfiirg and vicinity: Part ly cloudy to-night and Saturday; probably tbundtrahonrriii not ranch change In temperature. For Eaatern Pennsylvania i Partly cloudy to-night and Saturday, with probably occaaional thunder- Hhowera; not murb change In temperaturei light, variable K wlnda. River The Suaquehanna river and Its principal branches will probably fall slowly. I,ocal rises may pirn*, nlbly occur as a result of heavy local rains. A stage of about 3,0 feet la Indicated for Harrlaburg; 1 Saturday morning. General Conditions Pressure la relatively high over the Southeastern and Northwestern States and has Increased some what over the Missouri Valley. Showers have occurred over a part of the Lake Region. In the Upper Ohio and lower Missouri valleys. In the Middle Atlantic and New England States. Temperaturei 8 a. m., 70i 2 p. m„ 88. Sun: Rises, R. 02 a. M.i sets, 7.22 p. m. Moon i New moon, August 10, 5i82 p. m. River Stao-et 4.1 feet above low water mark. Yeaterday'a Weather Highest temperature, 88. Lowest temperature, 70. Mean temperature, 7D. Normal temperature, 73, BECKER, HIS WIDOW, AND DEATH CHAIR C'"* *•'* "• » *• H eecKEft PJEJKSTH CHAMBJ&« AT SIHG SIMG CONCRETE DRAIN IN 13TH WARD STREETS Another Quarter Mile of 4-Foot Sewer to Be Constructed Be fore Winter Sets In Bids for the construction of another quarter of a mile of four-foot concrete sewer in the Thirteenth ward were opened at noon to-day by City Cora mlssioer W. H. Lynch, superintendent of streets and public improvements. The bids: M. M. Sheesley & Son. $7,359.49. Stucker Brothers Construction Company, for reinforced concrete, $8,916; for amco block, segment, (8.653. Henry Opperman, reinforced concrete, $7,949. William H. Opperman, reln [ContSnued on Page 12.] COLORED WOMAN MURDERED By Associated Press Doylestown, Pa., July 30.—Mrs. Su san Jenkins, colored, 80 years old. was found with her head crushed at aer home in Fallsington, this county, to day. A railroad bolt was found in the house. Mrs. Jackson was a dealer in produce, and her murder was prob ably actuated by robbery. Her hus band, two grandchildren and a board er have been by the Bucks county authorities pending an investi gation. lEBIU FORCES oism mums • Marines Will Not Be Withdrawn Pending Establishment of Stable Government By Associated Press Washington, D. C., July 30.—Secre tary Lansing announced to-day that a committee of public safety, organized in Port Au Prince Haiti, has taken charge of the capital and is conduct ing the de facto government. ATter a conference with American naval officers and the American Charge D'Affaires, the committee decided upon disarmament of the city which began yesterday. With the disarming of Haitten sol diers and civilians at Port Au Prince by American forces, It was believed here that this was the beginning of the restoration of permanent order In that republic. It wa.s not considered likely that the American marines un der Rear Admiral Caperton would be withdrawn pending the establishment of a stable government. The gunboat Nashville to-day was ordered from San Domingo to Cape Haitlen to reinforce the gunboat Eagle. The Navy Department is expecting from Admiral Caperton a detailed re port of conditions in the Haitien capi tal which are now said to be quiet. Pennsy's $65,000,000 Bond Issue Approved By Associated Press Trenton, N. J., July 30.—The Board of Public Utility Commissioners to day approved an issue of $66,000,000 of bonds for the Pennsylvania Rail road Company. The bonds are se cured by a general mortgage on the railroads' property and franchise. The mortgage will be executed to secure the railroads bonds to be issued from time to time there under, insofar as the mortgage will be lien upon the leasehold interests of the United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Com pany and the Belvldere, Delaware Railroad Company, corporations of New Jersey. The bonds will mature June 1, 1965 and will bear interest at 4 H per cent, payable semiannually on July and De cember 1. RACING MOTORBOATS WILL BE ARMORED By Associated Press New York, July 30. J. Stuart Blackton, who owns a fleet of fast motorboats, said to-day that after the motorboat races in August he will have his boats armored so that they can be used as auxiliary coast defense ves sels- HARRISBURG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 30, 1915 TO ASK INDICTMENTS IN EASTLAND CASE Captain Pederson Says "Fault Is Not Mine"; Death Lists Now Total 1,071 By Associated Press Chicago, 111., July 30. Federal and State Grand Juries and the board rep resenting the steambuat Inspection service resumed their inquiries to-day into the responsibility of the capsizing of the steamship Eastland last Satur day. State's Attorney Hoyne was pre pared to ask to-day for lndictifients in response to recommendations of the coroner's Jury, but he has not decided whether to ask for indictments of Fed eral Steamship Inspectors Reid and Eckliff. Secretary Redfield had in formed Mr. Hoyne of legal technical [Continued on Page 12.] Motorcyclist Hits Girl at State and 13th St. While running across the street in front of her home to Join her play mates. last evening, Elizabeth Dunlap, aged 7, of 1244 State street, was struck by a motorcyclist. The child sustained bruises and lacerations of the body and legs. Five stitches were required to close a gash I in her forehead. "JICK" SPEEL GOES Oil RETIRED LIST In U. S. Navy Service 40 Years; On Numerous Trips Arouod World a it',. 1 H iM jhHHHL M v" * ►' * It-lfe©* '- y --v; ;|S , j&gJSB. *. JOHN N. SPEEL Pay Director United States Navy Re tired To-day A Harrlsburger, John N. Speel, 124 Walnut street, was included in the list of United States Navy officials, retired to-day. "Jack" Speel, as he was known at home, has been a member of the corps of pay directors for many [Continued on Page 12.] ' TEXANS LYNCH MEXICAN Alleged Murderer and Horse Thier Hanged by Masked Men liy Associated Press Brownsville, Tex., July 30.—Adolfo Munoz, a Mexican, was lynched near this place late last night. Eight masked men took Munoz from Deputy Sheriff Frank Carr, who held him on a charge of murder and horse theft, and hanged him to a tree. U. S. WAITS REPLY TO DEMAND ON MEXICO Insist That Warring Factions Per mit Food to Reach Capital By Associated Press Washington, D. C., July 3f. Re sponses from the Mexican military factions to urgent representations by the United States Government that they allow food supplies to reach the starving people of Mexico City were to-day awaited by officials here. Notes addressed to CJenerals Car ranza. Villa and Zapata demand that the railroad lines from Vera Cruz to Mexico City be kept open for the transportation of food supplies. These faction leaders are In control of the road. The demand was made upon humanitarian grounds. The dispatch of the notes followed the receipt by Secretary Lansing of a communication from the Red Cross sent by Charles J. O'Connor, in charge of the Red Cross relief work in Mexico City. He pictured conditions in the Mexican capital as more chaotic than ever. People are actually dying of starvation, despite the fact that they have the money with which to buy food. The action of the United States is a forerunner of a more definite step in the near future in the form of a final demand that the hands of the warring tactions settle their differences and restore peace in the southern republic. IRK OUT BIG WAR PROBLEM IT GRETNA ■ Regular Army Troops Mingling With Militiamen; Keep Them Posted on Points By Associated Press Mount Gretna, Pa., July 30. Tht> big tentod city over the hills from Mount Gretna, where have dwelt for the last six days the militia cavalry men of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and a detachment of two [Continued on Pago 12.] | Driver Seriously Hurt When Hurled to Street by Runowoy Horse Frightened by a train passing under the State street bridge shortly before I o'clock this afternoon, a horse driven by Maurice Press, a Junk dealer of 1102 Cowden street, tore down tlic western approach or the bridge hurling Press to tlie street .anil scattering papers and junk over the street for al most a block. Press was hurried to the Harrlshurg Hospital in a jitney before the am bulance arrived. Ills condition Is said to IK> critical. Severe bruises of the body, lacerations of the face and head and other injuries were treated by tlie physicians. NO RELIEF FROM HOT WAVE YET IN SIGHT No Immediate relief from the pres ent hot wave is In sight. The entire country east of the Mississippi is in the grip of abnormally high humidity. Occasional thunderstorms accompanied by light winds are expected to tone the temperature down during the next few days. FAINTS ON TENNIS COURT Miss Ruth Starry, 33 South Eigh teenth street, one of Harrisburg's popular tennis stars, was taken ill at Reservoir Park last evening. Near the close of the match In which she played. Miss Stary fainted. She re covered soon after and was about again to-day. SPOT, SIX TIMES EARTH'S DIAMETER, APPEARS ON SUN St. I-JOUIS, July 30. A spot, six times the diameter of the earth, was observed upon the sun yesterday, by astronomers at Christian Brothers' College. The spot appeared to-day and will be vlsble until August 10. It first ap peared last February and now is on •4ts seventh rotation with the tun. LIGHTNING DESTROYS DARN AND BIG CROP AT NEWJfINGSTON Bolt Hit Barn Just After Farmer Closed It to the | Storm CATTLE SAVED; LOSS $4,000 Trees and Fences Blown Down Through Surrounding Countryside Lightning struck and set fire to a barn on the John Kutz farm, four miles north of New Kingston during the storm of last evening. The barn, with this season's crop of hay and wheat, and a number of farming in struments was destroyed. The stock was saved. The total loss is estimated at $4,000. Charles Lentzer, the tennant, with two of his hired men, went into the barn when the storm came up and closed the doors. Mr. Lentzer had just left the barn when the lightning hit the barn. He called to his farm hands and they got the cattle out in safety. The barn was a substantial struc ture. The farm was at one time known as the Roland Wingert farm. This year's crops of hay and wheat was large. The wheat was placed in the barn ten days agi», and prepara tions were being made to thresh it. It is estimated that 500 bushels of wheat were destroyed and several tons of hay. Machinery used in threshing, five ploughs, three wagons and other farming machinery, along with four sets ol harness and twenty or more bushel of potatoes, were destroyed. It was impossible to save the barn, or even a part of the contents. Mr. Lentzer with his men used their ef-1 forts in preventing the flying sparks from setting fire to the house. His loss is partially covered by insurance. The storm last night did some dam age about Harrisburg. A number of trees were reported down along the Harrisburg Railways Company lines between Harrisburg and Linglestown, and near Middletown. Along the lines ol the Valley Traction Company, in the vicinity of Shiremanstown, trees and fences were blown down. The circuit wires of the Harrisburg bight > and Power Company were burned off in several districts by the lightning and the city was In darkness for a short time. Shot at Georgia Governor Sixteen Times; Missed Each Time; they're Friends By Associated Press Atlanta, Ga„ July 30.—The fact that he shot at Governor Harris, of Georgia, sixteen times —and missed each time— may win for I. C. Wade, of Cornelia, Ga., an appointment on the Governor's stafT, provided the Governor can pre vail upon the state ieeislature. now in session, to abolish the age limit of 60 years. Governor Harris is a Confed erate veteran. Mr. Wade served in the Northern army. When the present Governor was campaigning a year ago he met Mr. Wade at Cornelia. Talk turned to the fighting at Mooreficld, Va., in the sixties. "Where were you on the morning of the second day's battle when you fel lows were making it so hot for us?" asked the Confederate veteran. "I was on outpost duty on the ex treme end of the upper right wing and I thought every minute would be my last," replied Mr. Wade. "You don't mean it! Well, tell me, did you see a man saddle a horse and ride off at top speed?" "Did I see him? Why. I shot at that man sixteen times, and missed him every time." "It's a good thing you missed," laughingly concluded Mr. Harris, "or I wouldn't be here. I'm the man you shot at." A close friendship resulted from the meeting and culminated to-day in Governor Harris announcing he would try to have the legislature change the age limit in Mr. Wade's favor. At'TOIST HITS BRIDGE AT SIGHT OF "SEPTEMBER MORN" By Associated Press Philipsburg, Pa., July 30. With his eyes intent upon a real "Sep tember Morn' taking a dip in Clear- Held creek, the driver of an auto, car rying four passengers, lost control of the car and sideswiped the bridge crossing the stream. The occupants got a bad scare and the car left some of its paint and decorations on the iron work. The innocent cause of the near-accident vanished during the commotion. I —„ f HI2KE AHE A FEW IMPORTANT DATES TO KEEP IN lUIND August 24-i-Flnal day for filing pri mary petitions for State offices with Secretary of Commonwealth. August 26. 31 and September 11 City registration days. August 31—Final day to file pri mary petitions for county and city offices with County Commission- September I—Final day to be as sessed for November election. September 2—Return day for regis tration lists to County Commis sioners. September 21—Final day to pay poll taxes for primary election. September 21—Fall primaries. October 2—Final day for out-of town voters to pay taxes in order to vote at Fall elections. November 2—General elections. Will Make Civic Club Contest Awards July 31 Flies, killed In the Civic Club's I contest will be measured at 11 I North Market Square from 9 to 12 j o'clock, morning of July 31. Five | cents a pint will be paid for all i flies and nearly S2O is offered in | prise*. 14 PAGES EXPECT NEW DRIVE AT PARIS ON FALL OF POLISH CAPITAL Triumphant Entry of Kaiser at Warsaw Is Expected Hourly; Third City of Russia in the Throes of Aban donment; Problem Now to Move Czar's Armies In tact and to Save Railroad "Situation Serious, if Not Perilous," Declares British Minister of Munitions; Expect Heavy German Attacks in West With French Capital as Goal When City Falls; Trench Warfare Continues in West London, July SO, 12.02 P. M.—War saw, the third city of Russia and the sroal for wtiioli the German armies in the east have been striving since Oc tober. is at last in the throes of aban d( nmcnt. Germans in overwhelming numbers are at the Kates <>f the Polish capital niul dispatches both from the city itself niui from Petrojtra<l say that further resistance would be unwise. Discounted not only through France and Great Britain, but in Russia itself, the fall of the city is expected hourly, and the problem now is to move the Russian armies intact, threatened as they are from the south by the Austro- Gerrrans and more seriously from the north, where the German forces which have swept through Poland are alm inr at the railway from Warsaw to Petrograd. This latter menace the British press admits is imminent and the hope in the allied countries now is not for the safety of Warsaw but for the continued cohesion of the Russian army. The Warsaw post office already has been shifted to some point to the east ward. the populace has been warned to remain calm and presumably for days Russian troops have been strip ping the city of everything of military value. German Aviators OTer City German aviators are hovering over the city and according to German ad vices plans have been completed for g—w/|frn I VILLA FORCES DEFEATED *> Galveston, Tex., July 30.—General Alvero Obregon, I , in command of Carranza forces operating against Torreon W reports that he cut off and defeated a large force of Vilh f troops south of that city. A I FOOT CRUSHED BY WHEELS j; Harrisburg. —G. P. Tawney, aged 41, 423 Cumbe'rlant L ( street, sustained a badly crushed foot, this afternoon whei i [ I it was caught between two wheels at the Central Iron ant I Steel plant. He was taken to the hospital. ' - ■ REFUSES $27,000,000 ORDER Pasadena, Cal., July 30. —E. T. Burrowes, a wealtl * * manufacturer of Portland, Maine, who is spending the sum- j mer here, announced to-day that he had refused a telegraphic £ offer to supply $27,000,000 worth of rifles to the allies. I ' 1 AUTO HITS GIRL a » Helena Foesel, aged 5, was struck and injured this af- ij l ■ ternoon by an automobile near her home, 1136 South Cam - j eron street. The little girl was treated at the Harrisburg J i llov 'al. f ENGINEERS TO BE DROPPED f All of the engineers of the Board of Public Work#, .lis i except Chief Engineer Justin, will be dropped from the ; 1 city's service this week. The work on which they have been a | engaged has been completed. On Wednesday, August 4, !i i 1* the Board of Public Works will make an inspection by au- | > tomobile of the Paxton creek improvement, leaving the jj l courthouse at 9 o'clock. QUELL FOOD RIOTS ' El, Paso, Tex., July 30. —An incipient food riot was j quelled in Chihuahua City, Wednesday, according to arrivals ' , from the south to-day. A mob of Mexicans marched to the State palace and demanded reduced prices on food stuffs. •>j TO GIVE STRIKERS MORE MONEY 1 ' 1 New York, July 30. ~ Notices of immediate wage in- 4 creases of from five to fifteen per cent, in wages were posted ( »I » to-day at the Bayonne, N. J., plant of the Tidewater Oil Company, whose 1800 employed were on strike last deck ir. : I sympathy with the employes of the adjoining plant of the * Standard Oil Company. • L MARRIAGE LICENSES ' ' James Marvin Cooke and Evn Elisabeth Ojler, city. f 5 >(" m A 11 «■ A" i»nlV" ix| | • POSTSCRIPT the triumphant entrance of the Ger man emperor accompanied by his con sort. With Warsaw captured, whether or not it proves a conquest of lasting strategic advantage, a great wave of enthusiasm will sweep over Germany and Austria-Hungary, and it is pre dicted here that the armies of the cen tral powers will then seek to force a period of trench warfare in tho east, meanwhile throwing a great weight of men and guns to the west with the idea of resuming the battering toward Calais and perhaps toward Paris. In the west just now there has been little worthy of note to break the monotony of mining and bombing from the North Sea to the Swiss frontier. Situation Perilous The British public is so little Im pressed with the events In the Kast tliat David Ijloyd-George, the minister of munitions. In a speech yesterday api»nrently thought It necessary to drive lionie the gravity of the situation in the minds of those inclined to over optimism. reminding them that re verses in Hussia would mean Increased pressure on the western allies. He summed up his opinion with the ad monition that "the situation is serious if not perilous." CONCERT TO-NTGHT A concert will be given this evening at Reservoir Park under the auspices of the Harrisburg Band Concert Asso ciation by the Municipal Band.