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Harrisburg Merchants Feature Celebration
HARRISBURG sSSIIk TELEGRAPH LXXXIV— No. 223 HARRISBURG BEGINS FORMAL OBSERVANCE OF GREAT THREE-DAY IMPROVEMENT CELEBRATION Thousands of Harrisburgers at Home and From Abroad Co operating to make Week-End One That Will Go Down in History of City Exercises Begin With Unveiling of Marker and Tablet in River Front Park North of Market; Big Auto Tour Takes Town Boosters Over Line of Fifteen Years' Progress; Big Reception Tonight TONIGHT'S AND TOMORROW'S PROGRAM To-night, 7.30 P. M. —"Merchants' Night"—lllumination of display windows. 8 P. M. —Big reception In Chestnut Street Hall. To-morrow, 11.30 A. M.— Parade of 11,000 school children. 10 A. M. to 10 P. M. —Decorated floats anchored along river wall near Walnut street. 1 P. 91. —Unveiling of marker of Harris' Ferry near Washington street, in Harris Park, a P. M.— Water carnival. <1.30 p. M.— Parade of Red Men.. 7 P. M. —Pageant, historical, "Burning of John Harris." 8 P. M.— Illuminated boat' parade and fireworks. Harrisburg to-day, began the formal observance of the great three-day celebration that marks fifteen years of active civic wake fulness after the long sleep of years and years. For weeks various committees working with the Chamber of Commerce have been busy with the details of a program that was in tended to outdo the famous "Old Home Week." Thousands of Har- risburgers at home and from abroad are co-operating and Pennsyl vania's capital city has begun a week-end such as will go down in history. The formal exercises began this afternoon with the unveiling near the formal entrance to Harrisburg on the river front of a hand some marker and tablet commemorating the fifteen years of public improvements. It was dedicated and presented to the city by the Chamber of Commerce. Following this was a tour of inspection covering some twenty-five miles of the city by the Chamber of Com merce and the hundreds of men and women who helped in making the big improvement program possible. These were the guests of the Chamber of Commerce and they filled the longest automobile train that ever rolled over the streets of Harrisburg. To-night the city is to be aglow with electric lights in honor of "Merchants' Night." Following this the Chamber of Commerce will tender a reception to its guests of this afternoon in Chestnut Street auditorium. And to-morrow and Friday the best is j-et to come. Longest Auto Train Spins Over Streets of City; 120 Motors The longest automobile train that ever rolled over the streets of Harris burg this afternoon carried the hun dreds of guests of the Chamber of Commerce on the twenty-five-mile in spection tour of the city's parks, play grounds and other public improve ments of nearly fifteen years. All told there were just 121 cars in line, and they stretched for blocks up Front street in a long chain during the dedication of the Chamber of Commerce improvement marker near the Market street bridge entrance while waiting to take aboard the mem bers of the Chamber and their guests. Following the comparatively brief ceremonies at the marker the cars loaded up and started away across the river on the lirst lap of the trip. Nearly an hour was required to get the big train loaded and under way. While the wonderful story of Harris burg's Improvements, as illustrated be fore them, wasn't a new story to scores of the guests, they got a gr£at deal of enjoyment out of it nevertheless. They'd read about it, it is true; but they wanted to sec .iust the same. The trip served anotner purpose, too. In many a car there was an in formal but none the less jolly reunion of friends who hadn't been together on a congenial little automobile trip or any other trip except in a business way. perhaps, in many, many years. Following a visit to the island filter plant, the playgrounds and the nurs ery, the train returned to the city and for the next two hours the auto train wound through the southern section or the city, then across the parkway to the eastern section and around into Reservoir Park. Hack to the city again the train chugged, over the Mulberry street viaduct and then up through the proposed Capitol Park extension zone to the Twelfth street playgrounds on up through Wlldwood Park and (Continued on Page 22.) THE WEATHER Harrlxbtirg and vlvinltyi Fair to-nleht nnil Friday with alowly rlNlnir trmprraturr. I.uneat tem perature to-night about r>o degreem. F.aatern I'eniiKylvnnln: Fair to night anil Friday. Slowly rifling temperature. Might to moderate variable wind*. River The SuNquehannn river and Ita principal brant-hea will fall alovily except the lower portion of the main river will rcmuln ncarlv *ta tlonnry to-night. A atnge of'nhout 4.1 feet la Indicated for Hnrrla burg Friday morning. General Condition* The crent of the area of hlßh preaaure covering; the caatcrn half of the country la now located over the Middle Atlantic Stntea. It In a to 3 degree* cooler over n narrow belt of country extending; from the upper Suaquchannn valley aouth warii Into Southern Florida and light froata were general In the Suaqnehanna valley. Temperatures Ba. m„ 181 2 p. m.. <ls. Sum Rlaea, 5.,13 a. m.; Seta, 8.0.1 p. iu. Moon: Full moon to-day, 4.33 a. m. River Stnget 4.2 feet above low water mark. Yeaterdny'a Weather Hlgheat temperature, fit. I.oweat temperature. 50. Mean temperature, ST. Normal temperature. City Begins Great 3-Day Celebration by Unveiling Marker With simple, but impressive cere monies, the splendid monument that marks nearly fifteen years of public improvements in Harrisburg was dedi cated early this afternoon before a great crowd in the River Park just north of the formal entrance to the city at Market street. The marker and bronze tablets that bear the history of the vast work and the loans by which Harrisburg tax payers made it all possible, was pre sented and dedicated to the city by the Chamber of Commerce. The cere monies which began at 2 o'clock marked the formal opening of the three-day celebration which Harris burg has planned in honor of the re markable strides it has made in fifteen years toward building a more beau tiful, healthful Harrisburg. The marker was presented by Presi dent Judge George Kunkel, of the Dauphin county courts, and was ac cepted on behalf of the citv by Mayor John K. Royal. Immediately after the exercises the hundreds of guests and the members of the Chamber of Commerce, the hosts, filled the long train of automo biles and started on the 25-mlle ride [Continued on Page 10] Reception Tonight to Citizens Who Helped New "Harrisburg Grow" Hundreds of the public-spirited men and women of Harrisburg who helped make possible the working out of the program of fifteen years of im provements will be the guests of the Chamber of Commerce this evening at a great reception in Chestnut street auditorium. The hall has been prettily decorated with flags of the national and city colors. Arrangements have been made by the Chamber of Commerce to ac commodate at least a thousand guests. Attractive souvenir programs have been prepared bearing the city flag and embossed in blue and gold. Features of the program will be the 1,700 feet of moving picture film showing scenes in Harrisburg parks, playgrounds and other beauty spots. This will precede the addresses. In conclusion, J. Horace McFarland will illustrate his talk with a series of lan tern slides. John E. Fox, a former State Sen ator, and prominent in the start of the great development scheme, will pre side at this evening's reception. J. V. W. Reynders, vice-president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, and the first contributor to the fund for pro viding the first expert for Harrisburg, was on the program for an address, but an engagement In New York will prevent his reaching this city in time. He has written a letter, it is under stood, and this will likely be read by Senator Fox. The program follows: Music. Moving pictures, showing mu nicipal improvements. Addresses: John E. Fox, chairman. "The Capital City and the State." Governor Martin G. Brum baugh. "A Contented City," Spencer C.-Gilbert. "Com mun it y Co-operation," E. J. Stackpole. "Our City and Its Future," Vance C. McCormlck. "The Broad Aspect of the Har risburg Improvements, J. V. W. Reynders. "The Working Out of the Har risburg Plan," J. Horace Mc- Farland (illustrated with special lantern slides). HARRISBURG, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 23, 1915. A CORNER OF THE NEW PLAZA FACING THE RIVER AT THE PUMPING STATION DOLLAR SUPREME RULER TOMORROW Merchants Will Demonstrate Their Advancement by Of fering Rare Bargains STYLE SHOW OPENING Stores Will Make Splendid Demonstration of Modern Merchandising Not the least of the features which the people of Harrisburg and visitors from other parts of Pennsylvania will be privileged to enjoy during the cele bration now in progress will be Dol lar Day to-morrow. The celebration would not be com plete without giving the public a spe cial opportunity to have demonstrated to them the great strides which Har risburg stores have made at the same time the civic improvements were be ing taken care of. The development of the city along these lines has not been accomplished with a blare of trumpets and a sounding of hautboys, but is the gradual, almost impercep tible growth of public sentiment merged into individual progressive liess. The merchants of Harrisburg are justly proud of their forward movement and a celebration feature of the nature of a Dollar Day is addi tional proof, if that were needed, of the active spirit which characterizes movements of this sort in Harrisburg. Store* Arc Co-operating Dollar Day will hold sway in prac tically all the stores of the city to-mor row. The Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the idea and inaugu rated the plan with the co-operation of the merchants for the double pur pose of giving the public a chance to investigate intelligently the mercantile situation and enabling the merchants to really show what has been accom plished in recent years. The big day will start unofficially with Merchants' Night this evening. At 7.30 the Style Show will begin with the simultaneous lifting of curtains in all the show-windows, which have been specially and tastefully decorated for the occasion. During the after noon the windows were shaded, in the majority of cases, and the surprise in the way of artistic window trimming saved for the evening illumination. The display of the best which the merchants have to offer will be a big factor in making gay the appearance of the city and when all the show win dows are lighted up, the casual passer by, of which class there will be many for the next three nights, will imagine himself in fairyland. There is a big surprise in store for those who visit the business section of the city at 7.30 to-night. Dollar Day Popular Dollar Day has been tried success fully in other towns and has always met with popular approval. It has been found that the people are keenly interested in the offerings of the mer chants this occasion and the idea has been popular wherever it has been at tempted. The merchants have tried to arrange their sales with the dollar as a basis. Goods will be marked down and unusual opportunities will be given to buyers to-morrow. The ad vertisements in the Telegraph this evening offer special inducements that ought to be of Interest to the conserva tive purchaser as well as the bargain seeker. There Is no question but that Dollar Day in Harrisburg will meet with the popular approval and if prop erly supported, will be a good thing to keep in mind for repetition at some future date. POIjICK CHARGE WOMAN GAVE THEM THE XX Alice Williams was arrested last night on a charge of disorderly prac tice. According to the police, the Williams woman double crossed them. She told of a crap game near the Herr street subway. While the police were enroute to the place to make a raid, it is said she tipped the crap shooters that the police were coming. A hearing was fixed for this after noon. SUBWAY ACCIDENT IS INVESTIGATED ,City Officials Fear Repetition of Accident in Vicinity of Broadway By Associated Press New York, Sept. 23.—Five official Investigations of the cave-in of the new subway under construction in Sev- ! enth avenue in which seven persons' were killed and about eighty-five in- I jured were in progress to-day. The accident which occurred yesterday was j still attributed to a coilanse of the' wooden rtiWl fllUuftl >11! I iff a dynamite blast. The inquiries were conducted by the Public Service Com mission, district attorney and other city and state officials. Mayor Mitehel | declared that all the subway construc tion now in progress throughout the city will be inspected to learn if there is danger of a similar occurrence else where. At least, five miles of Manhattan's thoroughfares, including some of the avenues carrying heavy traffic, are undermined by subway construction. The wooden surface of the roadways traversed by street cars, automobiles and heavy wagons is supported by a honeycomb of wooden girders said to be similar to that which collapsed in Seventh avenue. Engineers and ex perts engaged in subway construction fear a repetition of the accident, pos sibly under Broadway, more crowded with traffic than was Seventh avenue at the time of tlie cave-in. Search of the piles of timber and broken street car tracks in the bottom of the excavation was resumed tovlay for bodies of additional victims. Four !of the subway workmen were still | missing and it was feared that their bodies were buried under the debris. MACKEY CHOSEN" CHIEF OF BOARD Compensation Bureau Will Be in Charge of Philadelphia Attorney Harry A. Mackey, or Philadelphia, was to-day selected as chairman of the Workmen's Compensation board, whose members are at work here on the details of their organization, in cluding the making of districts and State Treasurer Robert K. Young was chosen as chairman of the Workmen's Insurance Fund Board. Mr. Mackey, who Is a former select councilman of Philadelphia and re membered as one of the athletes of a dozen or so years ago, was the gov ernor's choice for chairman. The chairman receives $7,500 or SSOO more than the other members of the com mlbslon. No secretary will be se lected for the present and Francis li. Botilen will act as counsel. The Insurance Board had a long conference with Albert L. Allen, the assistant manager, regarding details of Its work. The two boards are in the Masonic Temple where two floors have been se cured for their use. The complete or ganization of the office will not be un dertaken for several days. Temperature Falls to Ten Above Freezing Temperatures far below normal, with light frosts, were reported from practically every district in the coun try surrounding this city last night. The mercury here dropped to 42 de grees. It is not expected to be quite so cold to-night. Crisp, cool weather for the remain der of the week is promised by the Weather Bureau. It Is to be slightly warmer to-morrow. At 4.35 o'clock this morning the moon became full and at 10.24 o'clock this evening the sun will cross the equinox on its southern journey, ush ering in Fall. While the weather throughout the country generally has been clear. Cor pus Chrlsti, in Texas, has had more than BV4 Inches of rain in the last forty-eight, hours. Killing frosts were reported from Scranton last night, where the temperature went down to 36 degrees. TURKISH SUPPLIES RUNNING SHORT Little Light Is Thrown on Bul garia's Attitude Toward Belligerents SNOWS CAUSING TBOUBLE Rome Declares Austrian Forces Have Been Successfully Dealt With Recent reports that Turkish sup plies were running short are reiterated in private reports brought to Switzer land from Constantinople. It is de clared that because of the lack of raw materia] 2,000 workmen from the Krupp plant in Germany are idle in the Ottoman capital. Little further light has been thrown on Bulgaria's attitude toward the belligerents, the latest report being contained in a London newspaper dis patch last r.lghi from Sofia that Pre mier Radosiavoft had announced to his followers the signing of a conven tion with Turkey for the future main tenance of armed neutrality on the part of Bulgaria. Reports from the Italian front are that snows already are rendering the operations of the Italians and Aus trians in the mountain districts in creasingly difficult. Rome, however, declares that Austrian forces which have penetrated Into the valleys of the Tofana and Cristallo ranges have fContlnued on Page 11] MONSTER STEEL COMBINE FORMING Proposition Now Before U. S. Attorney General; Would In clude Many Big Companies fly Associated Press Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 23.—After the meeting of the directors of the Cambria Steel Company here to-day the following announcement was made: "Owing to the recent absence from the city until yesteday of a num ber of the executive committee only routine business was transacted at the Cambria Steel Company's board meet ing to-day." Mr. Donner stated that lie desired to bring some important matters before the board and tliat this would l>e done us soon as they could be formulated. Itotli Mr. Donner and Sir. Frick were at the meeting. It has lieen reported that the Cambria Steel Company and the Pennsylvania Steel Company may figure In a merger, the two concerns to he taken over by [Continued on Page 11] Four Children Trapped in House Burn to Death By Associated Press Large, Pa., Sept. 23.—Trapped by flames which enveloped their home while their mother was calling on a neighbor, four children of Daniel liisli were burned to death here to day. Hie mother returned in time to find entrance to the dwelling cut off by the lire and was seriously injured while] trying to force her way through a | window. The bodies of the children, who I ranged in age from 2 to 6 years, were found near the beds from which they had been roused by the Are. 24 PAGES * POSTSCRIPT BIG VICTORY FOR U. S. IN LATEST FRYE CASE NOTE Germany Anxious to Avert' Break With Washington Government UNCLE SAM WINS POINTS Accept Hague Commission' Proposal; to Sink Ships Only After Search By Associated Press Washington, D. C., Sept. 23.—Ger many's latest note on the sinking of the American sailing ship William P. Frye, published to-day by the State Department discloses an important diplomatic victory for the United States. Germany accepts the proposal to fix damages by commission and to let The Hague pass upon disputed treaty rights involved. She also gives as surance that no more American ships carrying conditional contraband will be destroyed under any circumstances. American ships carrying contra band. however, still may be destroyed. What effect this can have in practical operation is problematical, because Germany and Great Britain in their rCoutinued 011 I'ajte 11] Anarchy in Mexico Is Predicted by Garza By Associated Press Washington, 1). C\. Sept. 23.—Publi cation to-diy of a warning by Ttoque Gonzales Garza that recognition of General Carranza by the American nations would bring anarchy in Mexico brought sharply to the attention of official Washington the light the Villa element is expected to make on any Mexican pacification plan that does not Include the northern chieftain's supporters as possible factors. Garza, who was one time president of the convention, is here to forward the peace, convention plan which the Villa and Zapata elements have accepted at the Invitation of the Pan-American conferees. Recognition of Carranza, Garza de clares, would result in a situation that would be terrible in its consequences and he urges that the convention be held to establish a provisional govern ment regardless of Carranza's refusal to participate. BOMB HITS AMERICAN CONSULATE Washington, Sept. 23. The American consulate at Stut.tgart, Germany, was struck by a fragment of bomb dur ing the recent raid upon that place by French airmen ac cording to a message ta-day from Consul Higgins. He said no one in the consulate was injured but did not indicate whether the building was greatly damaged. COBB HOLDS STEALING RECORD Chicago, Sept. 23. Ty Cobb's stolen base during the Detroit-Philadelphia games ytfrtarday gives him the record of the American League, it wan stated by a statistician here to-day. The previous record af the l«egue was 88 bases, stolen by Milan, af Washington, in If 12. Cabb has stolen W. GERMANS LOSE 250,000 Petrograd, Sept. 23, 1 P. M„ via London, 4.15 P. M The Russiaa military authorities rejjard tho withdrawal from the very difficult position near Vilna, which for a time seriously menaced a large army, as virtually completed. They assert the Germans have lost 250.090 men in their recent operations in this region. GERMANS MAKING PROGRESS Berlin, Sept. 23, via London, 3.45 P. M.—The new Ger man offensive movement, with its object the capture of the important Russian fortified city of Dvinsk, haa made definite progress. The War Office announced to-day that Ruaaian advanced positions west of the city had been penetrated and that more than 2,008 prisoners and several machine had been captured. YUNGMAN GETS PROMOTION Philadelphia, Sept. 23. —Edgar Yungman, division p* senger agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Pittsburgh, was to-day appointed assistant general pas senger agent of the company. He succeeds the late Colin Strudds. * 110,000 MEN FOR ALLIES / Berlin, Sept. 23. By Wireless to Sayville. A new army of 110,000 men has been sent to the assistance of the allied forces at the Dardanelles according to the Overseas News Agency. • MARRIAGE Ckarlra G. Haurahai-U, Mlridletonu; Ileatrlce Mae Thumaa, Mlddletowo DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK ON HEAD BY PITCHED BALL Member of Marysvillc Nine* I Succumbs to Injuries Received in Dauphin Game Saturday MISJUDGED FAST BALL Believed Kistler Thought Sperc Was Going to Break Away From Him Prom Injuries received when struck on the head by a pitched bai! during a Dauphin-Perry League same be tween Dauphin and Marysville Satur day, Russell Kistler, aged 29, of Marysville, died at the hospital this morning at 10 o'clock. Physicians said death was due to a depression of the skull which pressed in on the brain. His death came sud denly to doctors at the hospital who did not regard the injury as fatal Kistler was batting in the seventh Inning of the game which was being plaved at Dauphin when White, tha Dauphin pitcher hurled a high fast ball toward the plate. The batter seemed to think the ball was going to break away from him and did not move. It struck him a glancing blow [aside of the head, tearing his ear and slightly lacerating the scalp. Became Unconscious A substitute was placed in the gams while Dr. A. O. Coble, of Dauphin, gave Kistler temporary treatment. He was taken home in an automobile and apparently did not seem badly in jured. Saturday night the ballplayer became unconscious. He was brought to the hospital Monday morning where physicians found the man's skull was fractured. After a post-mortem examination this afternoon Coroner Ecklnger de cided that an inquest was not neces sary as the accident was purely acci dental. Kistler has been playing ball with J Marysville teams for years. He played in left Held and has been one of .the leading sluggers of the Dauphin-Perry league. His widow and three sisters survive him. Kistler was employed as a fireman on the Philadelphia and Erie division of the Pennsylvania railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Funeral arrange ments have not been completed. .