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Terrific Ammunition Explosion Bombards Shrapnel
HARRISBURG ifSllll TELEGRAPH
LXXXV— No. 175
TWO FACE CHARGE
OF MANSLAUGHTER
AFTER EX
Terrific Blasts of Ammunition at New York Piers Kill Four,
Fatally Injure Three, Hurt Thirty-five Less Seriously
and Cause Property Loss of $45,000,000; Probe by
Congress Demanded
NEW YORK CITY BOMBARDED WITH SHRAPNEL
WHEN MUNITIONS-LADEN BARGES BURN
Thirteen Warehouses Destroyed; Vast Quantities of Sugar
and Tobacco Go Up in Flames; Statue of Liberty Is
Damaged by Storm of Shells; Cause of Blast Unde
termined; Twenty Missing
By Associated Press
New York. July 31. Two men are
under arrest to-day on warrants charg
ing them with manslaughter in in
directly causing the death of one of
the victims of the terrific explosion of
ammunition on Black Tom pier early
yesterday morning. Estimates of the
casualties early to-day placed the
number of dead at four, with three
others mortally injured. 35 suffering
from less serious injuries and eleven
to twenty missing. Estimates of the
property loss range from $25,000,000
to $45,000,000.
Many persons who were on board
barges moored at the burned piers are
missing and it is feared that they
have perished. In some quarters it
was believed the total number of dead
would reach 12.
Will Demand Congressional Probe
While federal and county prosecu
tors and the Interstate Commerce
Commission were conducting investi
gations to determine the cause of and
fix the responsibility for the great am
munition explosion in Jersey City yes
terday morning with its toll of death,
injury and destruction, Mayor Mark
Fagan, of Jersey City, announced that
he would demand a congressional in
vestigation of the disaster. He said
that such an investigation was im
perative in order to enact more strin
gent laws for the transportation and
storage of high explosives than are
provided in the present regulations of
the Interstate Commerce Commission.
The Mayor asserted that the State
of New Jersey, although it had strin
gent laws governing the transporta
tion of explosives within the State, was
at the mercy of the federal laws to
■which the Jersey authorities have
been obliged to conform in order to
permit inter-state commerce. The In
terstate Commerce Commission regu
lations, he said, allowed the transpor
tation and storage of high explosives
in quantities far too large.
"I have already requested three Xew
Jersey Congressmen to take steps to
bring about an investigation." he said.
"It seems unnatural that such a catas
trophe could occur in a civilized com
munity."
Those under arrest were Albert M.
Dickman, agent of the Lehigh Valley
railroad, stationed at Black Tom pier,
and Alexander Davidson, superinten
dent of the warehouses of the Nation
al Storage Company. 13 of which were
THE WEATHER
For Harrisburg and vicinity: Part
ly cloudy to-night and Tuesday;
not much change in temperature.
For Eastern Pinnsjlvaiuu: Partly
cloudy to-night and Tuesday,
probably local thunderstorms In
north portion) slightly cooler
Tuesday in north portion; gentle
to moderate went to northwest
winds.
River
The Susquehanna river and all Its
branches will probably continue
to fall slowly. A stage of about
4.0 feet la indicated for Harris
burg Tuesday morning.
General Conditions
The hot wave that has persisted
over the Great Central Valleys
and the Lake Region during the
past week is drifting slowly east
ward. It has caused a general
vise of 2 to 12 degrees in tem
perature since Saturday morning
from the Lake Region eastward
to the Atlantic coast, except In
Northern Xew England, where it
is somewhat cooler. Under the
influence of an area of high pres
sure that has moved down over
the Missouri Valley temperatures
have fallen - to 1* degrees gener
ally in northern and central dis
tricts between the Rocky Moun
tains and the Mississippi river
while west of the mountains
there has been a general rise of
2 to 30 decrees In temperature.
Showers have occurred In North
ern Xew- England, the Upper St.
Lawrence Valley and in some
places In the South and West.
Temperature: S a. m., 78.
Sun: Rises, 5:03 a. m.; aets, 7:19
p. m.
Moon: First quarters, August 1,
4:00 p. m.
River Stage: 4.3 feet above low
water mark.
Yesterday's 'Weather
Highest temperature, S3.
Lowest temperature. 65.
Mean temperature, 75.
Kormal temperature, 74.
Getting used to strange
newspapers is like breaking in
a pair of new shoes—mighty
uncomfortable. Order the
Harrisburg Telegraph mailed
to your vacation address if
you would enjoy real comfort.
Six cents a week will bring
the Telegraph to you no mat
ter where you are.
BY CARRIERS 6 CENTS A WEEK.
SINGLE COPIES 2 CENTS.
destroyed by the fire which followed
the explosions. A warrant was issued
for the arrest of Theodore B. Johnson,
president of a lightering company, one
of whose barges loaded with ammuni
tion is alleged to have been moored at
the pier.
Cause Undetermined
Frank Hague, commissioner of pub
lic safety of Jersey City, charged that
the blame of the explosion lay with
either the Lehigh Valley Railroad
Company, the storage company or the
lighterage company, and that some of
them had violated the laws of New
Jersey, the Jersey City ordinances and
the rules of the Interstate Commerce
Commission, by permitting barges
loaded with explosives to remain moor
ed at the piers overnight. These
barges were being used to transport
the ammunition to steamers lying in
Gravesend Bay.
The Jersey City police to-day added
to the list of dead, Cornelius J. Leyden,
chief of the Lehigh Valley railroad po
lice, who has been missing since the
explosion occurred.
At least , $10,000,000, probably $15,-
000,000 damage was caused by the de
struction of thirteen of the eighteen
warehouses of the National Storage
Company in Jersey City, Edmund L.
MacKenzie stated to-d'ay. This loss is
amply covered by insurance.
Insurance Company's Loss
"It would be more suess work to es
timate the damage now," said Mr.
MacKenzie, "but it was at least ten
[Continued on Page 4]
Federal Agents Begin
Probe of Explosion
By Associated Press
Washington, July 31. lnvestig
ations of the great explosion in New-
York harbor to learn if it was the
result of violation or the federal law
were begun to-day by the Department
of Justice and the Interstate Com
merce Commission, through their
agents in New York.
The inquiries at first will be inform
al and designed only to determine if
either department has jurisdiction in
the case. If it develops that either
regulations of commerce or the neu
trality laws have been violated, the
government then will begin extended
investigation into the facts leading up
to the explosion.
Shock of Explosion Felt
in This Part of State
The first intimation in Harrisburg
that somewhere a terrific explosion
had occurred was given when a Camp
Hill man called Gorgas drug store
about 2.20 yesterday morning, inquir
ing whether anything had been blown
up in this city. About the same time
another man, a Middletown resident,
called and asked the same question.
Both said they felt distinct shocks.
The operators at the Western Union
Telegraph office were asked if they
had word of any explosion and the
telegraphers becan making inquiries
over the wire. Operators on the New
York circuit told the Harrisburg men
that a terrific explosion had occurred
somewhere near by, but at that hour
they were unable to say just where.
The Xew York operators said all the
windows had been broken in their
building.
Cottagers coming in from Perdix,
the Cove and other points along the
river this morning said they had been
awakened in some strange way about
2.15 yesterday morning with a feeling
that their little bungalows were rock
ing on their posts.
Commenting on reports that yes
terday's explosion at New York was
felt here. Professor Percy L. Grubb,
instructor of geclogy of the Technical
high school faculty, declared this after
noon that such a terrific detonation
would have much the same effect as
an earthquake.
"A terrific explosion such as the
one yesterday," said Professor Grubb,
"would cause much the same kind of
a tremor on the earth's surface as an
earthquake. The shock would spread
out in concentric circles, with the rock
strata as conductors, and would cause
the earth's crust to tremble for a great
distance."
86 Stores Now Linked
in Saturday Closing
This week will mark the beginning
of the early Saturday closing move
ment which will be Joined in by a
number of Harrisburg storeo.
Three more stores, the Walk-Over
Boot Shop, Art Embroidery Shop and
E. Mathe" Company, bring the total
number of stores that will join in the
movement to 86.
Next Friday these stores will re
main open ail day and evening, and
close on Saturday at one o'clock. This
plan will be followed out each week
during the month of August.
A complete list of the stores that
will observe the Saturday early clos
ing movement will appear in the joint
advertisement of the stores in the
newspapers this week.
HARRISBURG, PA., MONDAY EVENING, JULY 31, 1916.
JUST A GLIMPSE AT SOME OF THE
GUARDSMEN WH
■ s.
A glimpse of the Harrisburg guardsmen on tho Mexican border. The picture on the left shows Private
Eugene Davis. Cook Oves and Cook Weber, of the Governor's Troop. On the right shows Richard Coover and
Harold Hippie, of the Governor's Troop, both of whom teach the latest dancing steps when they are at home.
NAME NAVY'S
FINANCE MEN
Include Many of City's Leading
Bank Officials; Meet
ing Tonight
City Council's recent refusal to ap
propriate any money toward financing
the big river carnival and regatta
planned by the "Greater Harrisburg
navy" for Labor Da,y has necessitated
the appointment of a finance commit
tee of public-spirited citizens to look
after this end of the celebration.
Announcement was made to-day of
the personnel of the committee which
has been asked by the "navy's" execu
tive committee to work out the money
problem. The committee, which in
[Continued on Page 4]
Dutch Ship Hits Mine;
Passengers Take to Boats
By Associated Press
London, July 31. The Dutch mail
steamship Konigin Wilhelmina has
struck a mine near the North Hinder
[ lightship, says a dispatch from the
Hague to Reuter's Telegram company.
The passengers left the vessel in the
lifeboats and made for the lightship.
The captain of the Konigin Wil
helmina reported by wireless that his
ship had struck a mine near North
: Hinder and that only the aft part
of the vessel was out of the w-ater.
Boats with the passengers left the
steamer but after a while returned.
Later the passengers again took to the
' boats and are proceeding to the Dutch
coast.
Steamers and torpedoboat destroy
ers have been despatched to the as
sistance of the Konigin Wilhel
mina.
The Dutch Mail steamer Konigin
Wilhelmina was a steel paddleboat
and plied between Flushing and Sheer
ness.
ROTARIANS WILL
BOOST THE NAVY
Club Decides to Participate in
First Big Regatta on
Labor Day
The Harrisburg Rotary club at Its
noon luncheon at the Columbus hotel
heard all about the Greater Harris
burg Navy and decided that the Ro
tarians will participate in the water
carnival on the evening of Labor
Day, when the first regatta of the new
Navy will be held.
[Continued on Page 11]
Baby Falls to Death From
Third Floor Balcony
While playing on the third story bal
cony of his home yfesterday afternoon.
Frank Paul Enders, 16-month-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Enders, 1800
Derry street, fell to the cement pave
ment below, a distance of 5 feet, frac
turing his skull.
Mrs. Enders took the babv to the
balcony because of the heat. The child
saw something jp the yard and leaned
over to reach fa* it. The mother made
an unsuccessful attempt to catch the
dress of the little fellow. Her screams
attracted the attention of a neighbor,
who went into the yard and picked up
the baby. Death occurred at the Har
risburg Hospital several hours later.
Funeral services will be held Wed
nesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from
the home of the grandmother, Mrs.
Frances E. Elder, 2117 Moore street.
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COUNCIL TO TAKE
JITNEY PROBLEM
UP WITH SEITZ
Trolleymen's Committee Asks
That There Be No Interference
Until Settlement
What action will be taken relative to
the enforcement of the "jitney" ordin
ance will be decided to-morrow morn
ing following a conference of the city
commissioners with City Solicitor D. S.
Seitz. •
Mayor E. S. Meals made that an
nouncement thl6 morning following a
conference with a committee of the
striking trolleymen, headed by Hugh
L. McLaughlin.
The committee astyed the Mayor not
to Interfere with the "jitneys" pending
the settlement of the strike.
The Mayor told newspapermen that
nothing will be done in the matter for
a day or so as he wishes to flrst con
sult with Mr. Seitz on the subject. To
this end he said he will invite the solic
itor to appear before council to-mor
row morning and he, himself, will at
tend the session unless his health pre
vents.
Announcement by President Frank
B. Musser of the Harrisburg Railways
company, that the "company considers
the strike all over, that practically all
the cars are running, and that service
has been restored." and statements by
J. J. Thorpe, vice-president of the
Amalgamated Association of Electric
[Continued on Page 9]
MEASURE FLIES TO-MORROW
The first fly measuring aay for the
Civic Club's fly catching contest will
be held to-morrow morning from 9 to
12 o'clock at 11 North Second street.
A prize of five dollars in gold will be
given to the one catching the largest
number and two dollars and a half to
the one catching the second largest
number.
200 Known Dead in Great
Forest Fires That Wipe
Out Half Dozen Towns
By Associated Press
Englehart, Ont., July 31.—Definite
| figures regarding loss of life in North
ern Ontario through the wiping out of
half a dozen towns by bush fires were
still lacking to-day. Figures on hand
indicated that at least 200 persons arc
\ dead.
The known dead are: At Nushka,
| 57; Cochrane, 18; Mathcson, 34;
Iroquois Falls, 15, and Ramore, 15, a
total of 139.
It is learned that there has been loss
of life also at Porcupine Junction
where only the railroad station es
caped the ilanies. Outlying places arc
expected to swell the list materially
I when rescue parties return.
BOARDER KILLS CHILD
By Associated Press
Cleveland, Ohio. July 31. Helen
Sabo, 15, was shot and killed to-day by
j Ladislav Curti. 2S, boarder at the
Sabo home. Curti then chased the
girl's mother into the street, threaten
ing her with his revolver, fired two
shots at a policeman who was called
and finally committed suicide by shoot
ing himself. Trouble between Mrs.
Sabo and Curti over room rent is said
to be at the bottom of the tragedy.
SOMNAMBULIST ROWS RIVER
By Associated Press
I Williamsport, Pa., July si. Clyde
I Hibler, 6 years old, son of Samuel
Hibler of Hyner, arose In his sleep
made his way from the to the
river, rowed across the stream in a
boat and was found early in tne morn
ing alongside a Pennsylvania watch
box still sleeping.
HEAT WAVE TO
END IN 2 DAYS
Cool Area Due to Reach City
Not Later Than Wed
nesday
The hot wave from the west which
was held up for several days Dy cool
breezes from the Atlantic <!oast, reach
ed Harrisburg to-day. At I o'clock
indications were that the season's heat
record 93.6 degrees would be reached.
With the arrival of the h«a£ also cams
the welcome announcement tnat it
would not last '— > Iftfin *— days.
Behind this heat wave Is another
cool area, due to a fall in temperature
in the Missouri and Mississippi valleys,
due to reach Harrisburg by Wednes
day. Then will come two more days of
[Continued on Page 9]
BIG FIRE IX KENTUCKY
By Associated Press
Cincinnati, Ohio, July 31. Fire
early to-day practically destroyed the
large plant of the F. C. Miller planitag
mill at Newport, Ky., across the iTver
from Cincinnati. Four other big build
ings also burned.
NEW YORK STRIKE SPREADS
By Associated Press
New York, July 21.—The Third ave
nue railway strike spread into Harlem
and Washington Heights to-day. At
8 a. m. not a car of this company's
lines was running in the districts be
tween Sixty-sixth and One Hundred
and Sixtieth streets.
FRANCIS JOSEPH VERY ILL
By Associated Press .
London, July 31.—Emperor Francis
Joseph of Austria caught a severe chill
while inspecting his troops, says a
Vienna dispatch forwarded to London
by the correspondent at The Hague of
the Exchange Telegraph Company.
His majesty is described as being very
ill and confined to his bed.
HUGHES CONSULTS
PARTY LEADERS
In New York For Notification
Ceremonies Tonight; T. R.
to Attend
By Associated Press
New Tork, July 31. Charles E.
Hughes came here this morning from
his summer home in Brldgehampton
preparatory to the ceremony to-night
in Carnegie Hal lat which he will be
officially notified that he has been
nominated for the presidency. The
nominee spent the day in consultation
with party leaders from all parts of
the country. Senator Warren Harding,
of Ohio, National Chairman Willcox
and various members of the campaign
committee.
Mr. Hughes will return to Bridge
hampton on Wednesday and remain
[Continued on Page 4]
State Printer Will Be
Heard at Federal Inquiry
Into Price of Print Paper
By Associated Press
Washington, July 31. Representa
tives of the National Editorial Associa
tion and newspaper publishers from
various parts of the country confer
red here to-day preparatory to their
hearing to-morrow before the Federal
Trade Commission regarding the scar
city at high price of newsprint paper.'
Only newspaper publishers will be
heard to-morrow; the manufacturers
will be given a hearing later.
John Clyde Oswald of the American
Printer, representing New York pub
lishers; A. Nevin Pomeroy. superinten
dent of State printing of Pennsylvania;
J. H. Zerby, of Pottsville, Pa., chair
man of the National Editorial Associa
tion's committee; Robert L. McCiean.
representing Philadelphia publishers,
and representatives of the Pittsburgh
Dally Publishers' Association probably
will be the flrst witnesses
COMBINED DRIVE
OF ALLIES GAINS
MORE TERRITORY
British Consolidate Ground
Won Along Somme Front;
French Hold Line
GERMANS IN EAST FLEE
Russians Drive Forward With
Undiminished Force; An
other "Zep" Raid
Further advances for General Haig's
forces on the Somme front In North
ern France, where a combined attack
of the British and French gained
ground along a six-mile front yester
day, are reported by London to-day.
The new gains, which were scored
north of Bazentin-le-Petit, were ef
fected in local operations, the British
last night spending their time chiefly
in consolidating ground won yesterday.
To the south of this sector, where
the French had advanced along the
road toward Combles and reached the
[Continued on I'ngc 11]
Let Mother Shave Him,
Braddock Youth May Die
Pittsburgh, July 31.—William Coch
ran of Braddock, Pa., may die as a
result of permitting his mother shave
him. COchran failed to visit a barber
shop Saturday night and in order to
attend church yesterday morning he
faced the necessity of making up for
his neglect. He had an old-fashioned
razor, but never tried to use it. "I be
lieve I could shave you," suggested his
mother. "Try it," responded Cochran.
• Operations proceeded with fair suc
cess till Mrs. Ccchran. overconfident,
tried the razor on the back of Wil
liam's neck. The blade slipped as she
was making a downward stroke and
cut a deep gash in the son's arm,
. severing an artery. Two physicians
who were summoned say Cochran's
condition is critical.
BUYS FRONT STREET HOME
Joseph K. White has purchased
from the Shearer Realty Company the
residence at Front and Schuylkill
streets occupied by Joseph L. Shearer,
Jr. For many years this property has
been justly considered one of the most
attractive residences in the city. Ne
gotiations were conducted by the Com
monwealth Trust Company.
T TWO OFFICERS RETURN TO WORK «?
Harrisburg. When Harry Dalton and Charles C.
t Page, treasurer and financial secretary re of the | >
9 trolleymen's union returned to work to-day the strikers
I were forced to elect successors at this afternoon's session. ,
& An auditing committee-was named to examine the books in
1 accordance with the rules of the Amalgamated Association.
& Both of the former officials turned over some of their books 1 '
1 thi H. A. Segclbaum. The books , >
i showed that there is a balance of $373.81 i-i bank, $601.66
j in anotl $2.85 in cash. For the c to-day the
i strike-breakers' term for the the men who didn't go on V
| strike :;o.t into general circulation, according to the strik
-1 ers. The men who remained with the cor. my are called 4 '
j "finks." ; |
I RECEIVER FOR WATER COMP \NIES ; I
9 - Ivierccr B. Tate was app linted by
1 Presi lent Jt »,; Kunkel to-day as receivei i>r the Ruther- < |
m fur Heights and the Extension Water Companies bonds of
« $2500 was required in each case. t |
. , .% *
I MANY KILLED IN HANKOW UPRISING
| Peking, July 31.—1n a revolution outbreak in Hankow < '
1 last night a large district was burned and looted and many
< ® natives were killed and some Russian women injured be- < '
j fore foreign volunteers checked the uprising.
T
4 L THREE MORE TRAFFIC VIOLATORS FINED '« '
Hnrrisburg. James B. Deshong, alderman of the
. , Twelfth Ward, who, sitting as police judge, has earned) J
I J fined diree more traffic violators $lO apiece for >
< ® the speed ordinance.
; l DUKE TO SUCCEED BIRRELL 1 '
. London, July 31. Henry Edward Duke, a barrister
| I and Unionist member of Parliament for Exeter v/as to-day® >
appointed be the new chief secretary of Ireland in suc
, cesi.ion to Augustine Birrell. The new chief .ecretary will* !
be given a seat in the cabinet.
\f
s - MARRIAGE UCENSES •
Y I.uke Zovorlck and 'l'hereaa llemrc, St eel ton.
I.eroy Koblnaun and >rlllr Ray Soha, Mlddlrtown.
T Edward James Hone)', city, and Ella May Curler, Steelton.
i Calvin Richard Stuner, Leuiojue, aad Beaale Catherine Baer, York. C
CITY EDITION
14 PAGES
TWO AMERICANS
KILLED TURNING
BANDIT RAIDERS
Eighth Regiment Trooper and
Customs Inspector Shot
by Outlaws
CROSSED RIO GRANDE
Mexicans Rode Across Line
Near Fort Hancock; Another
Soldier, Wounded
By Associated Press
El Paso, Tex., July 31. Two Am
ericans were killed and one wounded
In a clash with Mexican bandits who
had crossed the Rio Grande five miles
below Fort Hancock, Texas, early to
day. There were five bandits in the
party.
Private John Twoney, Troop F.,
Eighth United States cavalry, and
Robert Woods, a United States cus
toms inspector, were killed. Sergeant
[Continued on Page 11]
Writers Uneasy as Stories
of Mismanagement Along
Border Are Investigated
By Associated Press
El Paso, Tex., July 31. Special
correspondents attached to the various
militia units in this district were made
uneasy to-day by the news that copies
of their articles to home papers deal
ing with treatment of the men have
been submitted to the various com
manding officers fcfr investigation.
It is learned that at the orders of
the War Department these officers
have been instructed to get at the
truth of the charges of mismanage
ment, incompetence and neglect made
in these articles. If it is proved that
the men have been in any case mace TO
s".ffer needless hardships th e blame
will be fixed. But if it can be shown
that there was no basis ror charges
| that caused the relatives of the
I guardsmen great mental anguish, then
the guilty writers will shortly see
I themslves homeward bound.
MAYFLOWER DOCKS
By Associated Press
Washington, July 31. President
Wilson returned to Washington early
to-day on the naval yacht Mayflower
following a week-end cruise down the
Chesapeake bay to Hampton Roads.

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