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HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH
A NEWSPAPER FOR THE HOME
Pounded iSji
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Published evenings except Sunday by
THE TELEGRAPH PHINTING CO.,
Telegraph Building, Federal Square.
E. J. STACKPOLE, Pres't and Editor-in-Chief
F. R. OYSTER, Business Manager.
GUS M. 6TEINMETZ, Managing Editor.
/Member American
Newspaper Pub
®aylvanla Assoclat-
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Brooks, Fifth Ave
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" cago. 111.
Entered at the Post Office in Harris
burg-, Pa., as second class matter.
By carriers, six cents a
<KSMk§SSE> week: by mail, $3.00
a year in advance.
tinorn daily average circulation for the
three iiionfhn ending .Inn. 31, ltllU.
22,760 •+(
'lhrne figure* are net. AH returned*
Unsold and dainnwd oopleii dedueted.
WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEB. 2.
Green ways or gay,
Labor or play,
There's sweetness somewhere
In each passing day.
— ANON.
UNCLE SAM IS BOSS
NOTWITHSTANDING the superfi
cial indicatons of a changed at
titude on the part of the Wilson 1
administration toward the business]
interests of the country the determi-1
nation to establish a merchant marine I
under the patronage of the govern-1
ment has undergone no change. It is
obvious that the whole power of the
administration is behind the bill that |
is now under consideration in Con- j
gress. Of course, there has been ]
some pretense of eliminating the gov
ernment ownership and government
operation features, but it is apparent
ly the intention of the administration I
to absolutely control the shipping in
dustry under the proposed law.
Every move that has been made in
the matter of the merchant marine
under the present administration has'
been along the line of government j
control. Protests have gone to W T ash- j
ington from every quarter, but as in
nil other cases where the popular will
was made known in this way little at-1
lent ion has been given to the objec
tions of the people. Unfortunately,!
there has been an assumption 'of;
superior wisdom on practically every !
proposition which has directly af- j
focted the important business interests
of the United States. Starting with,
the government-owned Alaskan Rail- j
w»y there has been a continuing effort 1
to control public utilities and direct j
their operation from Washington.
This attitude is so different from i
the policies of the government hereto- j
lore that the people are not yet awake
to the full meaning of the present j
administration's attitude in this re
spect. Individual initiative is being!
checked at every turn and there is ]
little encouragement for private cap
ital to launch forth in the develop
ment of the shipping and industrial
and manufacturing interests of the
country.
Private competition as against gov
ernment ownership would inevitably'
succumb. There could be no other 1
result. Government ownership would
almost certainly stifle enterprise and
interfere with the expansion of those
material interests which have made:
the United States a powerful leader
In industrial and commercial activities. I
When Lieutenant-Governor Frank B. j
McClain is not lieutenant-governing
he is giving close attention to the cat- i
tie industry, as it applies to Lancaster
county. During 1915 it amounted to j
$6,000,000, exceeding In volume the j
great Lancaster county tobacco in- '
dustry. Winter feeding of Western cat
tle Is the big phase of the business.
HOW WE GROW !
CITY COMMISSIONER LYNCH
submitted to Council yesterday
an interesting and encouraging
report of the construction work of
his department during the last year.
He showed that twenty-seven high
ways, in whole or part, were paved at
an approximate cost of $93,000; that
thirty-four sewers were constructed,
costing almost $33,000, and enlarging
our drainage system in several im
portant particulars; 2,296 new street
signs were installed, besides other
Kigns; another street sprinkler and
two more street sweepers were added;
the new asphalt repair plant was put
in operation, and street repairs costing
nlmost $20,000 were completed, the,
net cost to the city being about $7,-
000, the remainder being paid by cor
porations.
Of course, there was much more
done by the department, but these
high lights from the report show the
activities of a modern city and how
diversified are the duties of Commis
sioner Lynch in the course of the
year.
Incidentally, watch Harrisburg
grow!
SPREADING GOOD CHEER
ONE of the cheeriest places in Har
risburg is the Pennsylvania Rail
road Y. M. C. A. building on
Ttcily street and one of the cheeriest
influences about the place is Frank H.
i Gregory, the able secretary, whose life
; work has been the upbuilding of that
very useful and popular organization.
Not content, however, with scattering
sunshine among the members who fre
quent the home of the association,
those in charge, by correspondence, are
(juaking life less dreary for railroad
WEDNESDAY EVENING,
men under treatment at the Stata
tuberculosis sanatorium at Hamburg.
The Railroad Y. M. C. A. has been and
is a great influence for good in the
community and it deserves even
heartier support than it receives.
President Judge Kunkel has little
patience with those lawyers who fall
to assist the Court and prevent con
gestion of litigation by having their
cases in readiness. He was particularly
pointed in his references to those
lawyers who promise to submit addi
tional proof in divorce proceedings and
then promptly forget all about it.
GOMPERS SPEAKS OUT
SAMUEL GOMPERS is one of the
prominent labor leaders of the
country who Is strong for pre
paredness in the way of national de
fense. He does not agree with some
of his associates in the labor world
that we should be lulled into a false
security by the propaganda of pacifist"*
under the leadership of Mr. Bryan
and others. He says:
National defense and prepared
ness are but one phase of national
life. Provisions for this purpose
must be a part of the whole plan
for national development. In other
words, military training and mili
tary institutions must be a part of
the life of the people, rather than
of a nature to alienate citizens
from the spirit, the ideals and the
purposes of civic life.
Fear of militarism is clouding the
good judgment of many an otherwise
safe and sane citizen. Practically all
11he potential exponents of the program
1 of preparedness are just as anxious to
! keep tlie country out of war as arc
the professional peace-at-any-price
orators and propagandists. We want
no mollycoddle theories in the up
building of the nation. We must be
prepared—not for war, but for peace.
"While the organized labor move
ment deprecates war and is willing to
do all within its power to prevent
war," he says, "our experiences with
the practical affairs of life have
taught us that we can secure justice
and recognition of rights only when
we are prepared to defend and protect
our ideals of Justice."
A naval and military system which
includes the wage-earners and pro
vides equal opportunity for all citizens,
he declares, is in little danger of
developing into militarism.
TRACTORS AND HIGHWAYS
OUR friends of the Pennsylvania
Threshermen's and Farmers'
Protective Association have an
other grievance. They are out in a
protest against their insurance rate
under the compensation act. Without
discussing this particular objection we
may be permitted to observe that this
association must be careful if it would
escape the criticism of wanting!
everything in the way of protection
while giving little in the way of re
turn therefor.
There was a great deal of criticism
of this association in its fight against
the State Highway Department on the
question of general use of the im
proved roads without properly safe
guarding the same from damage by
traction engines. Those who use the
highways built at great expense are
frequently confronted with the reck
lessness of,drivers of traction engines
who do more damage in one trip over
an improved highway than hundreds
of automobiles in the course of a sea
son.
It is still a serious question whetliet
these traction machines should be
permitted to use the highways without
proper protection for their heavy
wheels which do so much damage.
LESSON IX PREPAREDNESS
DESPITE the warning of President
Wilson that he does not know
"what a day may bring forth,"
to most of us war is a distant possi
bility, very unreal, something to avoid
but not very likely ever to invade this
splendidly isolated continent upon
which we have lived so long in peace
and security that it is difficult to
imagine any other condition. But
how closely the distant places of the |
world are related to us and how near
we really are to the great war that is
ravaging Europe is brought home to
us when we read that one of the
bright young men of the foreign sell
ing force of our own Elliott-Fisher
Typewriter Company has been killed
on the field of action leading a charge
against the Germans in front of Loos.
"Ginger," the monthly publication
of the company, publishes the follow
ing letter from the father of the lad,
and it is a sad commentary upon the
unpreparedness of England at the
outbreak of the war with Germany.
Dear Mr. Robb: Thank you for
inquiries. I regret to say it was
my sen whose name you saw In the
local paper. He was killed in the
charge on Loos on September 25.
It is gome consolation that he died
doing his bit for his country. He
was young for the work, but he
was very keen on his duty. He,
with his regiment, had a hard time
in the trenches, but he never
grumbled—his letters were always
cheerful and bright.
An officer of his regiment informs
me that his death was instanane
ous. He was hurled with a lot of
his comrades, about one mile due
soutl. of Loos.
I must thank you for your kind
ness when he was with you. He
was very fond of you and appreci
ated your kindness to him.
Yours faithfully.
(Signed) rienry J. Parkin.
How would YOU like to write a
letter like that about YOUR son?
Ypt that is exactly what this na
tion is heading toward, and what YOU
arc heading toward, every moment
that this country delays preparation
to resist a possible invasion.
The big fellow in the crowd who
looks as though he could give a good
account of himself In a scrimmage
may be ever so benign of countenance
and sweet of disposition, but he is not
the one to be set upon when bullies
are lookinr for victims. The man
who is reckoned a deadshot and is
known to go armed is seldom molested
by footpads who know his abilities for
self defense. And so it is with national
preparedness. An adequate army and
navy and young men who know how
to care for themselves In a fight will
do much to save us from the agonies
of writing letters like that which we
have quoted. Is preparedness worth
p the price, Fathers?
Tolitici LK
'PtKKOi^taaKta
By tha Ei-Oommittwmu
Notwithstanding: declarations for
harmony in the selection of delegates
at large to the Republican national
convention signs are not wanting here
or in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh that
lines are being drawn for a battle. In
the absence of Governor Brumbaugh
things are moving along at the Capitol
Just as they are in Philadelphia and it
is openly stated that the State admin
istration means to stand for ex-Speak
er George E. Alter as a delegate. Mr.
Alter has been opposed by some inter
ests and E. V. Babcock, of Pittsburgh,
suggested in his place. The Governor
and his friends are for Alter.
In Philadelphia yesterday Mayor
Smith said that attempts wete being
made to secure changes in the list as
announced by him, but that nothing
had been done.
T, Philadelphia Bulletin says
that Senator Penrose has "taken off
his coat ' to fight the Vares to a finish,
while the Philadelphia North Ameri-
is proclaiming another movement
to unhorse" the senator. The Phila
delphia Record says that Penrose must
fight to retain his leadership as the
State administration and the Vares
are organizing all over the State and
mean war. Pittsburgh papers also tell
of warlike moves by the administra
tion, but it is noticed that papers in
Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and other
places are silent except to deprecate
the belligerent tendencies of the Vares.
—ln a resume of the situation to
day the Record says: "The fight will
center not only on national delegates,
but will extend to State offices also.
Penrose, it is said, will not pprmit the
Governor and his allies, the Vares, to
dictate a State slate. In regard to the
question of State offices much will de
pend on the attitude to be taken by
Mayor Smith. For some days it has
been understood that the Mayor would
issue a statement indorsing Speaket-
Ambler, the Brumbaugh-Vare candi
date for auditor general. The Mayor
declined to make any comment on the
subject of State offices yesterday, but
intimated that the would give out a
statement in the near future outlining
his personal opinion on certain sub
jects."
—The Governor's local option cam
paign is waning in Western Pennsyl
vania. The Governor has declared
that the full power of his administra
tion will be used to put through local
option. All of the State officials ap
pointed by the Governor and their em
ployes, Mr. Brumbaugh has said, will
be found working for the election of
local option legislators. Local option
leaders, who have been at sea regard
ing the plans of the Governor for the
legislative fight this year, are now con
vinced that he proposes to use all his
power to put a bill through the Legis
lature of 1917, and they are enthusi
astic in his support.
—ln a letter to Senator Penrose, S.
R. Tarner, chairman of the State Leg
islative Board of the Order of Railway
Conductors, who lives in Pittsburgh,
enters a strong protest in the name of
railway employes of Pennsylvania
against the nomination of Charles A.
Ambler, of Montgomery county, for
the office of auditor general. Mr. Tar
ner says: "Mr. Ambler, as speaker of
the House of Representatives in 1910,
was absolutely unfair to working men,
and especially so to the railroad train
service men."
—Announcement that Simon P.
Light, of Lebanon, who was a Demo
cratic national delegate twenty years
years ago, would be a candidate for
delegate from this congressional dis
trict this year, was not received with
much enthusiasm here last night. The
Democrats are awaiting the word from
the windmill.
—Trouble has broken out in Lu
zerne county because Controller Hen
dersliot insists on surcharging ex-
County Treasurer Buss with over $4,-
000, which he retained as license fees.
Hendershot ueclares he was not en
titled to them and Buss says he was.
The matter will likely go to court.
—A move to have John R. K. Scott,
Philadelphia congressman at large,
slated for delegate at large has been
started among some of his friends.
-—Joseph O'Brien, prominent Lack
awanna Democrat, has offered his ser
vices to the district attorney to assist
in prosecuting men guilty of ballot
frauds.
—Fifteen relail liquor licenses have
been granted in Indiana county. It
was dry last year.
—Luzerne county commissioners are
in a row over clerks" salaries. A dead
lock exists.
—Richard B. Scandrett, a Pitts
burgh lawyer, has given a new turn
to things In the western part of the
State by coming out as a national dele
gate candidate in the interest of P. C.
Knox. In his statement he pays tri
bute to P. C. Knox as a presidential
eligible and says "the delegates from
Pennsylvania in the. Chicago conven
tion should all advocate his nomination
and no doubt will. The unfairness of
ignoring Pennsylvania because she is a
safe and reliable Republican State is
manifest. Her very loyalty should ac
centuate her unrivaled claims. I an
nounce this attitude without the
knowledge or consent of Mr. Knox.
But as a patriotic duty to the country,
to Pennsylvania and to my native city
of Pittsburgh, I believe it is right that
I should support him."
SOLVING THINGS
[Saturday Evening Post.l
If you should happen to look back
a year you would recall, with surprise,
that the country then had a great and
urgent problem on its hands. It was
the worst period of industrial depres
sion we had known for a long while.
The number of unemployed men was
estimated all the way from two mil
lions up. An investigation in New
York city indicated upward of two
hundred thousand there. It was gen
erally felt that something of a perma
nent nature must be done to solve this
exigent problem of unemployment.
Many meetings were held, committees
appointed, plans proposed. You will
find a great deal about it in the news
papers of a year ago.
Of course there is no problem now.
Labor is quite fully employed. Short
age of hands is complained of hero
anil there.
Mostly our problems solve them
selves. in so far as they get solved at
all. Possibly two or three years hence
somebody, in looking over the news
paper files 1o find the price of eggs this
winter, will notice some big headlines
and exclaim:
"By Jove, I'd forgotten all about,
that agitation for preparedness against
war!"'
NO SHADDER TODAY
Hy wins; Dinger
This is Groundhog Day. but. brother.
No groundhog of real sound mind
Would go forth a day like this one,
Shadders of himself to find.
Put yourself In his position—
After hitting long the hay.
Would you wake up and go outdoors «
Seeking shadows such a day?
And we're safe against the groundhog
That is nuts about the game,
And thinks that he just must go out
To perpetuate his fame.
For the snow so fast has fallen.
And so deep lies all about,
That the hog without his senses
- Has no way of getting out.
HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH
< THE CARTOON OF THE DAY
NOAH AND THE SKEPTICS
—From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
(""TELEGRAPH'S PERISCOPE
• —Well, even If he did come out to
day, the groundhog wouldn't have been
able to find his way back.
—When we consider the earth
quakes and floods of recent years,
those "Come to California" advertise
ments lose some of their pulling power.
—lf these raids keep up, the Zeppe
lin will soon have to be considered as
a new factor in infant mortality.
—Now we understand why the Ger
mans were unable to get to the chan
nel—they were opposed by 86,277
Irishmen.
—The artillery skirt and the shrap
nel bonnet are the latest styles from
Paris. Perfectly killing, it is said.
EDITORIAL COMMENT
It is just as well to look on the
bright side of things. If the United
States harl had a merchant marine most
of it would have been torpedoed by this
time.—Chicago Tribune.
Washington's revision: "We have
not yet begun to write."—Columbia
State.
A PARABLE
[New York Sun.]
Passing over the interesting problem
in biblical chronology raised by Colonel
Roosevelt's establishment of the year
16 as that in which a certain man went
down from Jerusalem to Jericho and
fell among thieves, the application of
the parable to the conduct of this na
tion toward Belgium made yesterday
in the Colonel's address before the
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences
compels attention. Colonel Roosevelt
likens Belgium, violated by Germany,
to the victim of the thieves, and as
serts that the United States "has played
the part of the Bevite that passed on
the other side without trying lo help
the man."
It is not recorded, so far as we are
aware, that the Samaritan who suc
cored this unfortunate man expended
his energy in pursuit of the thieves, or
even gave to their conduct subsequent
to the assault they bad committed seri
ous thought. The Samaritan, instead,
"bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine, and set him on his own
beast, and brought him to an inn, and
took care of him." The Samaritan
gave to the host of the inn two pence,
and said to him:
"Take care of him; and whatsoever
thou spendest more, when I come
again. I will repay thee."
Colonel Roosevelt's biblical excur
sion seems to have produced a curi
ously inappropriate Illustration for the
Illumination of his argument. The
Samaritan practiced benevolence, not
vengeance; and the United States has
been benevolent to Belgium.
ALONG THE COLOR LINE
[From the Crisis.]
Arthur K. Bruce has been elected
president of the National Alliance of
Postal Employees, a colored organ
ization.
Plans are being discussed in Chi
cago, 111., to buy a building to be used
as a social center and school for the
industrial training of colored children.
The Pyramid Art Association, for
the study of negro art, has been
formed In Syracuse, N. Y. Chapters
are proposed in other cities.
Denver, Col., at the request of the
colored people, has barred "The Birth
of a Nation."
On the afternoon of December 5 the
Misses Dorothy Rosalind and Cynthia
Fuller presented a program of Old
English and Scottish songs at the first
of a series of concerts at the Music
School Settlement for Colored People,
New York city.
I OUR DAILY LAUGH 1
BETWBE n 1^32"
NEIGHBORS. M tZjSfT
Going to have I
rarden this Bum'jN/
Don't know yet. HI I
Are you going [
raise chickens? J '
fWARS OF TO-
Men used to
think they had
done their full
duty when they
fought to th« last
- But now tjjey
immediately start
a new series of
trenches.
< ———
MANAGING THE CITY
The Western Way
By Frederic J. Haskin
IF you are an employer yon know
how hard it. ia to tire anyone, and
how much harder to keep the pay
roll from growing at an alarming rate.
To reduce and keep down the pay
roll of a city is just about four times
as hard. Yet that is what the com
missioners of Oklahoma City havG
done, with a directness and lack of
ceremony which is very characteris
tic of that city.
At an early meeting of the new
commission, one of the members
moved that the five clerks in the
auditor's office be reduced to three.
Another one wanted the seven clerks
in the water department reduced to
four. So each of the commissioners
moved a reduction in his own depart
ment, and the proposals were voted
on in a bunch. In twenty minutes the
payroll of Oklahoma City was cut
in half, and the people were saved a
good many thousand dollars a year.
This actual economy in government
is Oklahoma City's chief claim to dis
tinction, and it is a very considerable
one. in every commission govern
ment campaign, economy, efficiency
and honesty have been held up as
the blessings that commission gov
ernment would bring. In most of the
cities that, have made the change, ad
ministrations have become more effi
cient and more directly responsible to
the people, but very few of them
have actually saved money, and still
fewer have materially reduced the
number of city employes. The city
hall pie counter is too ancient an insti
tution in American town life to be
easily uprooted. But Oklahoma City
is young and traditions are nothing to
her. She abolished the pie counter
at a swat.
That same independence of tradi
tion and daring directness are charac
teristic of the Oklahoma City charter
throughout. It embodies all the new
est wrinkles in commission govern
ment. The commission consists of a
mayor and four commissioners, elect
ed at large. The mayor gets $4,000
a year and the commissioners $3,600
each, which is pretty good pay for
such positions in a town of 65,000.
The Des Moines plan of a free-for-all
primary, in which anybody could run
for nomination, was adopted. This is
followed by an election, in which the
candidates are the two who received
the highest vote for each office, mak
ing a field of ten from which five are
elected.
Machinery by which the people
could recall any member of the com
mission at any time is provided. The
people are also given power to initi
ate laws and to require the commis
sion to refer any of its laws to them
for approval or rejection whenever
they desire. The claim of the friends
of the initiative, referendum and re
call—that they make public officials
at all times responsive seems to
have been justified in Oklahoma City.
The people have been so well satis
fied with the government that they
have not used the weapons, which
President Wilson once called "the
gun behind the door."
Oklahoma City employes are also
under a rigid civil service system.
The commission appoints a civil
service board, but has no administra-
THE STATE FROM DAT TO DAY
Remember that this is leap year,
and do not judge too hastily the dozen
or so young ladles of Mahanoy City
who popped the question to a dozen
bashful youths who were, forsooth!
taken unresisting to the altar by their
captors. Notary Goyhe had published
an offer to grant free licenses to wed
on condition that the prospective
brides admit they had done the ask
ing. At least one result accomplished
is that the ladies will have no come
back if it does not. pan out well; there
can be no "I told you no's."
There lives a York man with a
broken neck by fhe name of John
Klickenger. That is the man's name.
The bone in the neck was crushed by
being caught between the elevator and
floor a few days ago. His entire left
side is paralyzed, but the unusual has
happened and he is still alive.
0 * *
A chicken thief is worse than a
bank robber, according to Judge Gar
man, of Luzerne. One year in jail is
the penalty handed out to the offender
who comes under the judge's power.
For stealing an overcoat another man
received two years. Ergo, two chick
ens equal one overcoat. Q. E. D.
• • *
The epitome of indifference has been
found embodied in a South Bethlehem
widow, who derided to be married to
another man three months after her
first husband had died leaving her
with her five-day-old child. The child
died, but that made no difference, and
even before it had been burled the
woman was away getting married. She
FEBRUARY 2, 1916.
tive control over it. Anybody who
wants a job with the city goes before
the board and takes an examination.
The board certifies a list of the com
petents to the commission, and when
ever anybody is appointed to a job it
must be from this list. The commis
sion has no power to appoint anyone
else. Neither has the commission
power of removal of city employes,
except on charges preferred before
the civil service board, and after the
board has sustained the charges. If
the board finds the charges not well
grounded, the employe cannot be
discharged.
Heads of departments and certain
other officers are excludeJ from the
civil service by the charter. These
are the private secretaries to the
commissioners, the corporation coun
sel, the chief of police, the superin
tendent of the water department, the
city engineer. the city cleric, the
auditor and the treasurer. As a re
sult of the civil service, the old sys
tem by which city officials parceled
out the jobs to the faithful, has been
abolished. In fact, the operation of
the civil service - board, together with
the businesslike administration of
city affairs, has been so successful
that the former job-giving system has
been practically forgotten by the
people of the town and abandoned by
candidates as a method of getting
elected.
When the commission took office it
found an antiquated, imperfect sys
tem of accounting in operation. It
was not rare for bills against the city
be paid twice. The new system
makes such a thing impossible, and
gives the city, for the first time, a
daily knowledge of what it is collect
ing and what it is spending.
The commission effected a saving
of about $23,000 the first year of its
work. This saving was effected, not
by curtailing the municipal services
or slowing up on improvements, but
by getting more for the money spent.
Oklahoma City, being new and having
been located where there was plenty
of space, has unusually wide streets;
yet it has 143 miles of paving, mostly
sheet asphalt of good quality. The
fire department, scattered through ten
stations, has been two-thirds motor
ized and will be all motor in another
year. In spite of reduced expendi
tures, the street paving has been
kept in repair and the streets kept
clean to such a degree that the resi
dents of the town are proud of them,
and boost that no city in the country
has better thoroughfares. The sys
tem of public lighting has been mate
rially extended and many miles of
additional water mains have been
laid —all on a reduced total of addi
tional expenses, and with a fewer
number of city employes. The number
of consumers of water has increased
from 9,000 to 12,000; yet four clerks
keep the accounts of the office now
where seven wore employed under the
old form of government.
The five commissioners of Okla
homa City divide the work of the city
among themselves and each man is
held directly responsible by the coin
mission—and to some extent by the
people—for the affairs of his depart
ment.
returned to her home and the burial
ceremony was performed.
Dr. Conwell, of Philadelphia, famous
lecturer and president of Temple Uni
versity. has made the statement that
lie believes war In Europe will be
stopped If President Wilson does but
start a movement for peace now. Dr.
Conwell, who is a fairly sane indi
vidual, does not usually go oft on tan
gents, and his belief that a peace con
ference ite desired by all the warring
nations at this psychological time, and
if suggested to them by a disinterested
outside party would bear fruit, may
have some foundation.
THINK OF THE BIRDS
Many a tragedy of bird life is hap
pening now in the frozen woods and
brush and weed patches where jays
and sparrows and woodpeckers, red
birds and even a few robins that stay
with us through the winter are shiver
ing and starving.
The food they glean in winter, when
the weather is fair, is buried now
under snow and ice. The bugs and
larvae they find in crevices of the bark
of trees is sealed under a sheet of ice
that even the woodpecker's bill cannot
pierce. A great many birds always
starve to death In such weather as
this.
In every back yard thera should be
food for the starving birds. Some suet
tied to the tree branches; bread
crumbs,, cornmeal, oatmeal, cracked
nuts in mesh bags suspended from tree
branches or placed in a box sheltered
from drifting snow, will save many a
bird life.
"He prayeth best who loveth best
both bird and beast and man."—Kan
sas City Star,
Batting dfjal
One thing the city of Harrisb
has succeeded in acquiring along
parkway in addition to some very
tractive bits of scenery and pn
pieces of hiii and dale, is a i
lection of echoes. In fact, it wo
seem that several sprites have ta
up quarters along the route of
parkway between Cameron sti
and the Reservoir Park. Somewh
between Nineteenth street and
end of the Cameron parkway, wli
the road winds along some very •
turesque sections of Spring cr
there lives a real lusty echo He
cause from the strength of
answer it must be a masculine dwe
in the lowlands, hurls back voices i
calls almost with a shout. Over n
the county almshouse there is anot
echo, one with a rather thin vo
who pipes up from near the qua
Over along the Paxtang section tl
is a lively echo, one which chases
and down the creek valley betw
the pike and the cat-o'-nine
patches, tossing back and forth
echoes of the cries of children,
barking of dogs and even the cl
of trolley cars and the rattle of tra
Further up the hollow, half way
the Reservoir, there is a spot wl
voices scarcely raised above the c
versational pitch may be heard ec
ing from the stream. The echo r
Reservoir park is old, well establis
and has a certain rotundity of vi
which rather bespeaks the resic
of many years. Perhaps, there
echoes up in Wildwood Park,
who may be linked up with tl
brethren and sisters in South and I
Harrisburg one of these days.
Among the applicants for a n
riage license at the Dauphin rec<
er's office yesterday was a bear
Canadian from faraway Saskat<
•wan. Naturally the request from
whose home was so many miles fi
Harrisburg caused a whole lot of
cussion among the attorneys and
taches of the recorder's office.
Recorder James E. Lentz had to
swer quite a number of quizzes.
"Saskatchewan?" exclaimed
lawyer. "Why, Jimmie, why do
suppose a fellow would come all
way down here from Canada to
a marriage license?"
"Well," gravely replied Recoi
Lentz, "I suppose he wanted to
me the business!"
• • •
Public Service Commissioi
Michael J. Ryan''seems to have
old style way of pitting things ir
apt way. Yesterday afternoon in
Marysville street, car service caa
minister was called to testify and
witness and Jesse E. B. Cunningli
former deputy attorney general
one of counsel for the company,
not seem to get along very well
gether. The minister could not
Mr. Cunningham's viewpoint
finally Mr. Cunningham asked for
formation as to where the wit
was going.
"Perhaps," remarked the coml
sioner, "he will yet lead us to
ter things."
Harrisburg guardsmen will be
terested in knowing that the War
partment has detailed as an inspc
of the Pennsylvania militia t'ap
Robert McC Beck, Jr., of the Se(
United States cavalry. He was fc
erly stationed at Fort Ethan A
Vt. He succeeds the late Car
Stephen M. Kochersperger,
known to many here.
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Announcement that the State m
be able to continue its quail prop;
ting operations and that a closed
son might be asked on "Bob W1
for half a dozen years to overc
the decrease, has resulted in all k
of offers being made to the £
Game Commission and to the o
ers of game preserves. When
federal quarantine against tho
portation of Mexican quail was
nounced it was stated here tha
least 10,000 quail contracted
could not be received and that
only thing left was a closed sea
Consequently efforts were madt
find the quail in captivity and o
have been made at fancy prices,
though some owners of lands 1
been trying to buy.
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Among visitors to the Capitol
terday was Franklin S. Edmunds,
of the prominent younger attor
of Philadelphia, who appeared
in a case before the Public Set
Commission. Mr. Edmunds u.xe<
be active in the Old City Party
I is more or less known in indepen
I movements lately. Yesterday he
marked while here that, the prof
sives of whom he has been a li
! member, will get what they strug
I for in five years "except" he ad
i "the credit."
WELL KNOWN PEOPLE
—Bishop Earl Cranston will pr<
at the Altoona Methodist Confen
—C. C. Jenkins has been appOi
chief engineer of the Lehigh Vi
Transit Company.
—The Rev. Dr. Russel H. Con
of Philadelphia, says that this c
try should make peace overtures.
A. A. Gery, prominent Rea
businessman, has affected a con
dation of the brick plants in
about Reading.
—John T. Dempsey, who led
fight against miners' unions con
uting to campaigns, Is a Sera
man.
[ DO YOU KNOW
That Harrisburg used to ha
six blast furnaces within
limits?
HISTORIC HARRISBURG
One of the first car rep,
plants along the Pcnnsylvai
Railroad was established here.
The New Goods Are*
Appearing
February marks the beginni
of Spring'business in the stor<
The first of the new goods b
gins to appear; the first sugg«
tlon of the advanced styles a
seen.
To the up-to-date woman tl
is Interesting shopping mon
Often it is an index to her
what slio will buy a little lat
on.
She likes to vUlt the stor
and look.
She likes particularly to wat
the newspaper advertising f
the helpful messages that will n
slst her In forming a defln:
opinion.
And the merchants knowii
j this, crowd their advertising wi
notes of the new.
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