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Little Children Lose Lives When School Building in Peabcdf, Mass., Burns p
HARRISBURG flfSSik TELEGRAPH LXXXIV— No. 253 SCORE OF LITTLE CHILDREN DIE IN FIRE WHEN THEIR SCHOOL IS BURNED Blaze Sweeps St. John's Paro chial School in Peabody, Mass., Where 600 Students Were Gathered BOILER EXPLOSION MAY HAVE CAUSED BIG FIRE Large Percentage of Young sters Were of Irish and Italian Descent and Were in Charge of 16 Sisters By slssociatrd Press Peabody. Mass.. Oct. 28. Fire swept through the three-story brick building occupied by the St. John's Parochial School to-day, burning or driving to death in the panic that fol lowed the alarm, probably thirty of the 600 boys and girls, who a few minutes before had assembled for their dally lessons. At eleven o'clock twenty bodies bad been removed from the vestibule where the jam of terrified little ones bad resulted In the greatest loss of life. The police had estimated the dead as high as fifty. Many others were injured In their flight down the stairways and a few Jumped from the windows of the third floor. The students who ranged in years from 7 to 13, were in charge of six teen sisters. When the fire broke the sisters marshalled their charges as for a tire drill and started them from the building. The processions were order ly until those from the third floor Joined others pouring from the class looms on the second floor. Fear Starts Panic Suddenly there was a cry of fear from one of the throng. It was taken up by a hundred others and panic ensued. The sisters made frantic ef forts to stop the pushing, struggling F" [Continued on Page o.] Claims the Riverton Water Co. Has Failed to Keep Agreement Complaint was filed at the office of the Public Service Commission to-day against the Riverton Consolidated Water Company by Edward N. Cooper, head of E. N. Cooper & Co., iron founders of this city, and a resident of Damp Hill, in which it is charged that the company has not given the service which it is declared to have promised and which the law requires of a public utility company. Mr. Cooper charges in his complaint that he is opening a tract of land and that when he laid out the lots he ar ranged with an officer of the com pany to secure water service, provided at least four houses were erected. He states that the houses have been put up and side walks and curbs laid, but that the company has repeatedly re fused to extend Its mains. Searches For Gas Leak With Lamp; Poof! F. E. Ellicker, 1192 Bailey street, this morning searched for a gas leak in his cellar. He carried with him a lighted lamp, placing the latter near the gas meter. When Ellicker re moved a cap from the gas pipe there was an explosion, followed by a blaze In a pile of rubbish. Someone saw the smoke coming from the cellar and sent in an alarm from Box 3 32, Wal nut and Balm streets. There was no fire when the firemen arrived, as Mr. Ellicker had been busy with several buckets of water. No damage re sulted. COUSIN OF ?IRS. GALT DIES By Associated Press Bristol, Va., Oct. 28. Mrs. Char lotte Payne Winston, a cousin of Mrs. Norman Gait, who is soon to become the wife of President Wilson, and a grand-niece of Dolly Madison, wife of President Madison, is dead here at the age of 85. She was also a great granddaughter of Alexander Spotts wood, Colonel Governor of Virginia. SUFFRAGE RAM/V IX SQUARE Miss Emma MacAlarnev will be the principal speaker at a big suffrage mass meeting to be held in Market Sq.iare to-morrow evening at 7:30 o'clock. THE WEATHER ilarrlnbiirar and Vicinity) Fair to-night ond Friday, warmer to night. I'taatern I'ennnyl vnnlii : Fair nnrl warmer to-night, Friday fair. Moderate Mind* becoming noutber niVKlt The SuNquehaniia river and all Mm trlhutarlex ivlll fall alowly. 1 "t»«f of about 4.0 feet In Indicated for Hnrrtsburg Friday morning. UEJiKHAI, CONDITIONS I'rraNiire la low nlong the north ern boundary rrom the tireat l.nkea wratwnrd. It la hlghext over the Paelfle alope and moderately high over the Middle and North Atlantic Statoa and south and eaat of the Ohio river except Florida. It I la cooler In the Middle and /North Atlantic Ktntes and In Haat orn Tennenaee and Wentern North Carolina and In the Rocky Mnun ' talna. Temperature—B n. m., SS. Sani Itlaea, 7.»2 a. m.; Seta, 4.4 a p. m. Moon: New Moon, November 7, J a. m. Itlver Stage: 4.1 feet above low water mark. YESTERDAY'S WEATHER llluhcxt tempernture, «4. t.oweat temperature. 46. Mean temperature, SB. Normal temperature, 19, I GLANCE AT OFFICIAL RECORDS SHOW WHAT EACH j | OF FIVE COMMISSIONERS HAS DONE FOR CITY 8 1® City records speak for themselves and a £lanca at the councilmanic journals and ordinance books for the last two years will show conclusively what the five ® members of City Council have done in the way of constructive and improvement legislation. City Commissioner William 11. Lynch heads the list with 117 ordin- (|| gE ances, Commissioner H. F. Bowman has sixty-one to his credit, and Commissioner M. Harvey Taylor, fifty-two. §39 Mayor John K. Royal offered eighteen and Commissioner W. L. Gorgas twenty-four. Most of Royal's and Gorgas' were salary raisers or routine appropri- gg ation measures. , ® gf WILI lAM H. LYNCH HARRY F. BOWMAN M. HARVEY TAYLOR WILLIAM L. GORGAS MAYOR JOHN K. ROYAL HS Superintendent of Streets and Superintendent of Public Safety Superintendent of Parks and Superintendent of Finance ami Superintendent of Public Affairs Public Improvement Public Property Accounts _ (§£ SH Nine-mill city tax rate. * Appropriating salary of Mayor ttS (Ffl Ordinance authorizing ex- Retaining Board of Health as Submitting $«0,000 fire loan to Fixing salary of clerk to su- and City Councilmcn. * »§ penditure of $88,500 for sewers. Bureau of Health and Sanita- people. perintendent of iluance and ac- Authorizing appointment of y3j Kquitable reduction hi paving foil. Placing lights on river front counts. secretary to the Mayor and Hx- H5- corner and irregular lots. Reducing water rates and wall. Appropriation of portion of ing his salary. SH Defining official opening, grad- costs of meters. Purchasing land in Paxtang gem-ral water fund toward re- Fixing salaries of chief of po- !?» ing. paving and curbing rcgu- Ap|>ointing city bacteriologist for parkway purposes. demption of water bonds iu tic- lice, captain and detectives. ® latlons. and chemist. Constructing parkway road Appointing additional police VS3 Opening and grading Mne- Placing sixteen adcUtloiial Cameron Extension to Reservoir Bowman s suggestion. constables. WV teenth street. Chestnut to Mul- cluster electric standards. _ Park. Requiring coupon holders of Fixing salaries of Mayor, City KB Ijerrv; Twentieth, Market to Placing ornamental electric Construction of new formal 'onus to show certificates Councilmcn and City Controller Mi Chcstnnt: Mulberry. Eighteen til lights in Second street from Lo- entrance to Reservoir Park. .. . .1 .. for 1916. E Bw to Nineteenth, and Chestnut, cust to State. Condemning almshouse land redemption ac- Curfew ordinance (by re fS Eighteenth to Nineteenth. Opening and grading Summit f or park purposes. ... . . quest). UC Regulation construction of street to provide easier access Obtaining by gift or purchase . Riquirin„ hucksters to wear Other measures, totaling just foS sidewalks, curbs and gutters from Market street by means of i and to cast or titJ j or con - na "£\f- . „ eighteen in nil, included such flk SQ along highways. concrete steps. tiiiuation of parkway. , ° r "inance andap- items as appropriations for light- Paving and curbing Dcrry Changing water mains at State Creating department of City poiiitmcnt or license officer. ing Mayor's office, buying type street from Twenty-second to street by lowering thertl under Planning Commission. , totaling writers and cabinets for Mayor s Twenty-third streets. Paxton creek . invert and in- Creating department of city ~ „„! U., „!„ ~ ' K the office and ofliee of City Scaler, fs* BS Creating police captain and stallation of great valve. forestry. usual routine measures trans- prohibiting youngsters from at- n§ Kg increasing force. Collecting ashes in Thirteenth Authorizing tioating of 1»13 villi depart " tending "movies," widening Purchase of street sprinklers ward and other AuUylng dls- 5300.000 pubUc improvement w "•J®"" 1 ' '. J, ? a^ se '?. s " Briggs street, providing money L& and sweepers. trk ts. loan. ments. appointing assistant city for Mr. Lynch'snew street signs, fig Building bridge across Jones- Appropriations to pay paving Obtaining lands in Susque- ' P i ,lK ' nt , regulating sale of red lire. ¥$ SS town road at Walnut street. assessments against St. Mat- han,m township for park pur- Zmnriation and ™ n r.ST^ 1 8§ <<2, Changing names of highways thew's Lutheran and Immanuel poses. appropriation and mill rate ordi- -<a gS in city. Presbyterian Churches. Raising pay of lire drivers. nances. , JjV Sr) Opening and grading of Mar- To secure purity of milk and Purchasing tract at Sycamore ySp fis? ket street from Twenty-first to cream. and Fourteenth streets for city fift As* eastern city line. Opening Front street from playground. Yfo fo?) Paving and curbing l)erry South to Liberty, Harris to Ma- Purchasing tract at Fifth and fe Eo street from Twenty-third to clay. Emerald for city playground. £Z§ Sy eastern city line. Appropriation to pay water Purchasing motor-driven lire Fg (8? Constructing liridges across assessment for Christ Lutheran apparatus (seven pieces). Vf2 Paxton creek at Mulberry. Rcily, Church. Opening Front street, Hcrr to yYr; Walnut and Cumberland streets. PermltUng construction of Calder. MS* )fp. Specifying amount of bonds great frame Stough tabernacle Appropriation for Memorial rS-'j and checks required of con- in tire district. l>a.v. tractors. Leasing portion of island to Purchasing fire hose. N on Authorizing construction of Pennsylvania Exlilbltlon Com- Rttlldiiig Royal Fire Com- v.; fiz*! asphalt rejtair plant. pany for baseball. pany's new house in Thirteenth New sewer system in Market Placing Taylor Boulevard and ward. ftc street ami Market Square. Berkeley Place on city map. Installation of ornamental fsj Zgp Regulating traffic in subways Amending license tax ordi- standards in River Park south So? and on bridge approaches. nance to reduce fee from $5 of Paxton street and In Twelfth fig Turning into city asphalt re- to $4. street playgrounds. Yfcl pair fund all sums heretofore Ordinances for placing of two Regulations for planting of Cjc jSi appropriated for payment of pri- < sewers and thirteen water pipes; dty trees. fis rS> vatc repair contractor. additional electric lights, Inchid- Regulations for automobiles WS? Authorizing sewers in the fol- ing cluster standard at Cherry parking in Market Square. lowing streets: Fifth, Twentieth, and Front streets opposite liar- Providing funds for skating on fK 59 Swatara, Klttatinny, Shamokin, rishnrg Hospital. Wi Id wood Lake. Kg River. Cumberland, Barker. Other measures totaling sixty- Other measures totaling tlfty- , fe* Clicstnut. Maclay, Seventeenth. one in all, including the ordi- two, including the ordinance A Herr, Maclay street from east nance "abolishing the positions stipulating how the various city . fK* side of Paxton street, Mifflin, of chief clerk and assistant chief departments shall be superin- n> Sixteenth. Bock and Seven- clerk" in City Treasurer O. M. tended by the live members of Cvf teenth, tieiger. Third, Berry, Copelin's department. Council. (K Carlisle, Monroe, Boas, Florence jfc ® alley, Cameron, Berry, Market s gf street (Hill section). Green, Ma- jS fjQ hantongo and a score of smaller >^c«rtvnn(TiJOS<TT?i<TP^ rtC; Authorizing paving of these ' r sections of streets: Seventh, W Rhoadcs alley, Emerald, Aprl- Hg cot. Wengert, Whistler alleys, Nineteenth, Primrose, Howard, yul Ethel, Market. Cumberland, Brown. Atlas. Said, Clover, Zar- 2R MS ker. Chestnut, Cream and Snow JSj ® alleys. May and several streets ' > OH ©i in Bellevuc Park. eg Other measures totaling 117 JERSEY CENTRAL J MUST DISPOSE OF COAL INTERESTS Decree Filed Today by U. S. j District Court Result of Government's Suit By Associated Press Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 28. Tlio United States District Court to-day decreed that the ownership of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Com pany by the Central Railroad Com pany of New Jersey is a combination in restraint of trade and that the j Central Company must dispose of Its interest in that concern. The decree filed to-day is on the decision of the court last June In the government's antitrust suit against the Reading Company, Jersey Central and : others. The court at that time sug gested that the Lehigh and Wilkes-1 Barro Company be divorced from the [Continued on Pago 9.] Former Harrisburg Woman's Life Reads Like a Movie Story York, Pa., Oct. 28.—A1l of the ele ments of a novel down to a happy ending arc contained in the life his tory of Mrs. Emma Franks, who has been located here and informed of an inheritance of $2,000 through the death of her father. As a child of 2 years Mrs. Franks, then Emma Bennett, was kidnaped from her home in West Elizabeth, Pa., twenty-nine years ago, by Mr. and Mrs. Oeorge Brindley, a childless couple. The Brindleys, she says, toolt her to Cleveland, and only when she was 16 years old Imparted to her knowledge of her real parents. Shortly afterward the Brindleys removed to Harrisburg, and Emma, going with them, there met and fell In love with Frank B. Franks, a young railroad engineer. The pair had not been wedded long when Franks, in Pittsburgh, met a Civil War veteran, who told him of a missing daughter, displaying her pho tograph in a locket. When Franks displayed its duplicate, father and daughter were reunited. Two years ago John Bennett visited his daughter in Harrisburg and that was the last time she saw him. Since that time her husband was killed in a railway wreck. Two of their children had previously died and four remain- 1 ing ones succumbed to diphtheria. In reduced circumstances, Mrs. Franks was for the lirst time In her life forced to seek employment and caine here as a domestic. HARRISBURG, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28, 1915. BIG CONFERENCE FOR WELFARE OF WORKERS IN NOV. Industrial Conference Will Be Attended by Leading Engi neers of Country . Workmen's compensation, educa tion in its relation to industrial effi ciency and what the Commonwealth is doing to promote safety and bring about better living conditions will form the chief themes of the third an nual Industrial welfare and efficiency j conference which will be held at the ■ State Capitol November 16, 17, 18 and [Continued on Page 11] PREMIER VIVIANI QUITS HIS POST As Result New Cabinet Is Now Being Formed in France France's war cabinet is in process of Premier Vlvlani is to retire, It Is understood, his suc cessor being Arlstide, Briand, former premier, who Is likely also to take the foreign ministry, while M. Vlvlani will remain in the cabinet as minister of justice. Other important changes in the cabinet are likewise indicated. Jules Cambon. as general secretary of the foreign office, will probably be re [ Continued on Page o.] Russians Make Attack on Black Sea Coast By Associated Press Rome. Oct. 28, via London, 2.26 P. M.—A Bucharest dispatch to the Stofani News Agency filed yesterday says that the Russians have begun an attack on the Black Sea coast of Bui- ■ garia. < "A Russian fleet arrived at 4 o'clcok i i this morning off the Bulgarian coast," ' th? correspondent wires, "and Imme diately began a bombardment of I Varna. Shelling was still proceeding at 11 o'clock. Considerable damage I has been done to the town." < SUFFRAGE UP IN THREE OF THE 13 ORIGINAL STATES Pennsylvania Workers Feel Confident That Amendment Will Be Adopted Next Tuesday the fate of long cam paigns in favor of woman suffrage will be decided in three of the thirteen original States—Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. In Pennsylvania the advocates of suffrage close their efforts with a feel ing of quite confidence that the amendment to the constitution will be [Continued on Page 3.] SCENES OF WAR IN TRAVELOGUES Robeson Declares Kitchener Is Right About Length of the Conflict With hundreds of beautifully col ored views and thousands of feet of new motion picture flbn. much of it obtained from Europe within the past five weeks. Frank R. Roberson, world wide traveler and famous traveloguer, will commence on the first of his screen-tours to the interesting places of the world to-night at the Chestnut Street Auditorium. Germany will be the first land o'er [Continued on Page 6.] Nothing Known of Woman Sentenced to Be Shot By Associated Press Amsterdam, via London. Oct 28. The Telegraaf hears from Liege, Belgium that two more persons have been sentenced to dsath there by court martial. Their names are Franz L&qiiay and Andreas Garot. Three others. Orial 3inion, Amandeus Hesse and Constunt Herick, already have been shot at Liege. Nothing is known concerning the fate of Anna Benazet, of Vorviers, Belgium, who was sentenced to death by a German court martial on Mon day. i BOWMAN EARNED $84,000 SURPLUS FOR TAXPAYERS Royal, Copelin and Gorgas Lose SI,OOO For City by Failure to Invest City Commissioner Harry F. Bow man said this morning: "I desire to clear up some mis understandings and unintentional mis statements and at the same time pre sent a clean statement, to the tax payers of Harrisburg with relation to certain financial transactions In the conduct of the water department: "An article in a recent issue of The Patriot misquoted me, setting forth that I was trying to- compel Mr. Royal and Mr. Copelin to Invest SIIO,OOO of the surnlus of the water department on hand when I took office. This SIIO,OOO was not invested [Continued on rage 3] ARMAMKNT TH ANSFKRRED ! By s!s.'ccialid Press Pans, Oct. 28.—-The entire arroa fate of Anna Uenaaet. of Vervier*. ferrod to Tchatalja and Adrianoplc while the Turkish garrison has been sent to the Bulgarian frontier. The Havas correspondent at Athens wires, that he has '.his news from reliable' sourceH in Constantinople. I TELEGRAPH jj :! TRAVELOGUE:: COUPON ■. This coupon and 10c • . J ) , will admit holder to J J < • The Roberson Travelogue '' i! "GERMANY": I Thurs. Eve., Oct. 28th ■ ;; Chestnut St. Auditorium ;; •i < i | ' One-half the houae only avail- J J ! ! able for coupon admission. ! ! I+H 1 1111 11 ***** 1111111 ti4 j j - Ambassador Gerard's reccr.t I ) confcrenc is ca, I | g stated to- I 1 day th sador had not been directed to visit the ' I emperor and that no report of the conference had been I I ceived. ( RUSSIAN ATTACKS REPULSED 1 I Berlin, Oct. 28.—8y Wireless to Sayvilie.—Repulse of I I Russian attacks in the Dvinsk region and near the cent, I part of the line in the east as well as a success for General f Von Linsingen's troops in the southern sector are recorded I in to-day's official statement by German army headquarters. \ EVIDENCE IS CIRCUMSTANTIAL ( Joliet, 111., Oct. 28.—Joseph Campbell, nc&ro convict ac- I cused of the murder on June 20th, last of Mrs. Maizie Odette j Allen, wife of Edmund M. Allen then warden of the State 1 Penitentiary, here, was placed on trial to-day. Questions 1 asked the first veoii emen 'were taken to indicate the evidence jj ! against the negro is circumstantial. |l New York, Oct. 28.—Testimony disclosing that the late I General Charles R. Brayton, "the blind boss a£ Rhode 1 Island" was employed by the New York Haven and Hart- 1 ford Railroad to block the passaged bills in the Rhode C Island Legislature authorizing the construction of trolley J lines which would compete with the New Haven, caused a 5 sensation at the trial of the eleven former directors of the J New Haven to-day. j Peabody, Mass., Oct. 28. Angus McDonald, of the 1 State police, believes the fire in St. John's School originated 1 in a closet near the stairway and was caused by a hot air J explosion. It was believed late to-day that the death list 1 will reach twenty-five.. Reading, Pa., O ct - 28.—Allen Adkirns, 56 years old, an 1 orderly in the Homeopathic Hospital was arrested here to- J day as an arson suspect. ■He was recently employed and J since then three fires broke out in the institution. » Harrisburg.—Dave-George, a foreigner empoyed at the J Paxtang atone quarries sustained a badly lacerated foot this J afternoon when it was caught in tke mackimery. F MARRIAGE LICENSES ) Kdvvard William Hewitt anil Bnnle May Holtsman, l.laflritonß. POSTSCRIPT— FINAL 16 PAGES NEW BRIDGE LOAN BACKERS EXPLAIN THEIR POSITIONS Walnut Street Viaduct Associa tion Issues Statement to People URGE ENDORSEM EN T Question of $300,000 Debt In crease Will Be Decided on Tuesday In a voluminous and comprehen sive statement issued to the public to day the Walnut Street Viaduct Asso ciation explains why it is boosting the $300,000 loan for the construction of the new bridge over the Pennsy tracks at Walnut street. The question will be decided by the people Tuesday at the polls as to whether Harrisburg shall increase its bonded indebtedness to construct the bridge and the Hill Association pre sents its statement in order to con vince the voters why it believes the loan should be passed. Following is the statement: The Allison Hill Association favor ing the $300,000 loan for the erection of a Walnut Street Viaduct desires to present concisely to the citizens of Harrisburg the views of its member ship in regard to the imperative neces [Coiitiiiucd on Page 7.] Mayor Attacks Hospital Where Nurse's Mistake Caused Woman's Death By Associated Press Atlantic City, N. J., Oct. 28.—Mayor William Riddle to-day called upon the Board of Governors of the City Hos pital to confirm or deny charges that, they attempted to suppress news of the mistake of a pupil nurse, which resulted in the death of a patient in the hospital from poison. EDISON'S LIFE THREATENED By Associated Press San Francisco, Oct. 28. Annoy mous letters, threatening the life of Thomas A. Edison, because he bus been named as a member of the Na tional Defense Board by President Wilson, have been received by the In ventor during his visit here.