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iUKIUSBURG TELEGRAPH
A. NEWSPAPER FOR THE HOME
Founded 1831
Published evenings except Sunday by
THE TELEGRAPH PRINTING CO.
Telegraph Building, Federal Saare
• E. J. STACKPOLB
President and Editor-in-Chief
F. R. OYSTER, Business Manager
QUS M. STEINMETZ, Managing Editor
A. R. MICHENER, Circulation Manager
Exeeatlre Board
J. P. McCULLOUOH.
BOYD M. OGELSBY,
F. R. OYSTER,
OUS. M. STEINMETZ.
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titled to the use for republication of
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berg. Pa.,' as second class matter.
By carrier, ten cents a
week; by mall. $3.00
a year In advance.
One taper lights a thousand,
. Yet shines as it has shone;
And the humblest light may kindle
A brighter than its own.
—Hezakiah Butterworth.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 118
OUR NEXT BIG TASK
SPEAKING before the Klwanis
Club yesterday, Dr. H. B. Wal
ter, former Select Councilman,
voiced the sentiments of thousands
of Harrisburgers when he said that
the improvement of the housing
conditions of Harrisburg should be ;
one of our first peace moves. There
has been much talk, he said, but
little action on the part of indivi
duals or organizations who should
head the enterprise. Dr. Walter
spoke with knowledge, having been
for years a member of city council
and as a physician getting into
homes in all parts of the city.
Better housing is not only a hu
manitarian but an economical
measure. There are better days
ahead for this city. We have just
begun our growth. So we must come
to the understanding that we can
not hope to maintain our prestige \
as a progressive city if we do not '
recognize our obligations as to prop
er housing for our people.
The war has brought with it a
wider outlook. Men and women
have toiled and fought for better
things, and they are going to have
them. It is no longer the belief of
anybody that four walls and a roof
constitute a home. "Home is where
the is," and nobody puts much
heart into a hovel. Health, oppor
tunity, happiness—these ought to
be the heritages of every American '
child. Paved streets, parks, filter- 1
ed water, sewers, schools, abundance I
of work for those who want it— <
these all make for a model city, but
the very foundation of the com- '
munity is the home and it ought to 1
be our first consideration. Dr. 1
Walter is correct in his view. Bet
ter housing conditions ought to be 1
our first thought in the reconstruc
tion program following the war.
"War has cost $200,009,000,000, says
a news dispatch, and we wouldn't be
grudge a penny of it were it possible
to bring back to life all the gallant
lads who fell in it.
MEN OF VISION
MAJOR WILLIAM B. GRAY
and R. A. Zentmyer, chair
man of the State Water Sup
ply Commission, are men whose
practical knowledge is supplement
ed by a breath of vision of the type
that makes dreams come true. There
was a time when the telephone, the
aeroplane, the wireless telegraph
and many other devices now in
everyday use, were regarded by mil
lions as 'the idle notions of vjsion
arles—good jokes for neighborhood
comedians, but not for a moment to
be considered seriously. So it has
been for years with regard to the
canalizing of the Susquehanna river.
But those who heard Major Gray
and Mr. Zentmyer speak before the
Rotary Club and its guests Tuesday
evening were convinced that they
knew whereof they spoke and that
the great project can be accom
plished within a reasonable cost and
with great profit to the people of
the Commonwealth, and those who
use their products the world around.
President Ell N. Hershey, who
has been entrusted with the selec
tion of a committee of representa
tive citizens to meet in Harrisburg
shortly to prepare a recommenda
tion for the Legislature having to
do with preliminary work on the
river deepening project, has an im
portant work to do. If the plan
Is pushed to completion, as there
Is no reason to believe it will not
be in the yeare to come, the gather
ing of Suequehanna river delegatee
here will be historical.
The immensity of the task should
frighten nobody. Major Gray told
hia audience that the low grade line
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THURSDAY EVENING, lARRBIBCrRO (Ms& TELEGHAPII • NOVEMBER 21, 1918.
he built for the Pennsylvania rail
road a few yeare ago coet $1,000,000
a mile, and that no modern canal
construction Costs that much. When
It Is remembered that this line was
built by private capital and that
the great Commonwealth of Penn
sylvania would be called upon to
finance the Susquehanna project, the
amount of money Involved does not
setm so Important, especially in
view of the accomplishments of the
State in meeting its war-time loan
quotas. We are no longer stagger
ed by expenditures of a few mil
lion dollars.
Germany, of course, will be fed. but
It Is our advice to anybody thinking
of visiting Berlin to stay at home for
the Thanksgiving dinner.
THE BREWERYBUND
IF any evidence were needed that
the liquor trade is detrimental
to public order and the general
welfare of the country, it is provided
by the investigation now going on
at Washington. Testimony has been
presented there to show that the
brewery interests blacklisted, brow
beat and otherwise injured or intimi
dated those who had courage enough
to openly favor, prohibition.
Even one man who had given
support to a Christian evangelist was
placed on the blacklist. Iron works
that required their employes to be
temperate were listed for ruin, if
the breweries could bring that about
by steering business from them.
A big automobile company was
chalked up for the same reason. De
tectives were put by the breweries
into the mills of the United States
Steel Company to stir up interest In
beer drinking. The Delaware, Lacka
wanna and Western Railroad Com
pany was marked up because it in
sisted that its men safeguard the
lives of the public and the prop
erty of the stockholders by remain
ing sober.
A big hotel was blacklisted lor the
reason that it declined to fight
against the closing of bars on Sun
days.
Isn't it time we put out of busi
ness an interest that places Itself
above the law and regards its own
pocketbook as the sole guiding force
of its activities? Isn't it about time
that we recognized in this band of
blacklisters an instrument of dis
order bordering upon anarchy, and
quite as bad as the spy system that
Germany maintained in America be
fore and during the war? Isn't it
about time we got rid once and for
all of this lawless brewerybund?
Are we quite sure that the weed of
Kaiserism has been uprooted in Ger
many, or are we being lulled into a
false security through cunning repre
sentatives of the military caste.
THE YELLOW HUN
THE yellow streak In Germany is
getting broader and broader
with the passing days. "De
vastated Belgium, her peqple en
slaved, her children dying, her most
precious possessions violently taken
from her," says the New York Even
ing Sun, "did not complain of her
lot as much as the Germans have
since the armistice was signed."
Nor have the French people, with
all their suffering, or Serbia, or Rus
sia, or Austria-Hungary, or Turkey,
or any other of the impoverished
and stricken nations—the victims of
Germany—displayed the mean and
cowardly qualities of the Hun autoc
racy. v
As the Sun observes, "Germany
howls' like a whipped cur, cringes
before its conquerors, weeps creco
dlle tears, begs, whines; all the yel
low, all the aniline dye the works
In all of Germany ever turned out
couldn't make her yellower."
When the former Kaiser boasted
that he was responsible for the use
of the slogan, the "Yellow Peril," re
ferring to the Asiatic peoples, he
was, perhaps, inspired by the color
of his own makeup.
Public opinion throughout the coun
try will support the statesmen at
Washington, who are beginning to in
sist upon a reduction of national ex
penses. During the preparation for
and prosecution of the war. the peo
ple naturally overlooked heavy ex
penditure, due to haste and the neces
sity of throwing our whole energy and
force into the destruction of the Hun
machine, but they will not continue
to approve prfitgate or extravagant
expenditure under the new conditions.
The American people are generous to
a fault, but they will also demand an
accounting of the Government and
will expect a proper stewardship.
Again Harrisburg and the Central
Pennsylvania counties have acquitted
themselves admirably in the great
campaign of the United War Work
organisation. The Herculean task of
raising approximately a million dol
lars in this section upon the heels of
a great Liberty Loan drive and the
comollcatlons growing out of an epi
demic and the peace demonstrations,
offered problems of the first magni
tude. But the patriotism of Pennsyl
vania, as emphasized in this city and
the surrounding counties, has been
manifested in a way to make all of
us feel proOd that we live here.
In the Senate of the United States
there is a determination on the part
of Republican leaders to Insist upon
open doors at the peace conference at
Versellfes. There must be no secret
sessions, unless these are absolutely
necessary to reach a proper agree
ment. President Wilson declared In
the first article of his fourteen prin
ciples that there should be no secret
diplomacy. All the cards must be
upon the table and the world should
know just what has been done when
peace shall have been finally con-'
eluded.
Gradually the eountry is coming to
the realisation of the sectional at
mosphere which surrounds the reve
nue-making activities of Congress
Represenative Kltchln, from the land
of cotton, has made It his business to
Impose upoa the North and East an
unfair . proportion of the increased
burden of taxation. Thfb is apparently
done with Intent and with ho regard
to fairness or equity, but the day
that sort of fhing In Congress is hear
ing an end, and the disposition to sse
tlonalise the Government is bound to
glvo way to a broader view of the
conditions and the needs of the coun
try as a whole.
Republicans in the United States Sen
ate are determined that the functions
of Congress shell not be overruled by
an executive government. This is in
accordance with the sentiment of the
country without regard to political
opinion. Republicans are justified. In
view of the President's insistence up
on a Democratic Congress, in demand
ing a proper observance of govern
t mental functions.
5 —■ •
r Some tart and significant statements
have been made since the conclusion
of the war. but nothing more pointed
has appeared than the reply of Ad
miral Wemyss, who retorted to the
t German protest, "it is inadmissible
j our ileet should be given up without
. having been beaten," by observing
j quietly: "It had only to come out.'
1 "Our invincible fleet" has gone to
i Join "our shining sword." and the
s Potsdam hyperbole is at least tempo
. rarlly eclipsed.
I
( By the Ex-Committeeman
While Go'vernor-elect William C.
Sproul is off somewhere near the
northern state line enjoying a rest j
and thinking over men and means
to make his administration what the
voters of the state willed, specula
tion as to appointments under him
has broken out again in Philadel
phia. It seems to be generally agreed
that the new Governor is going to
bring about a pretty general reor
ganization of the business methods
j of the state government and that 1t
j may be necessary to enact legisla
: tion which would change the person
] nel of the most of the agencies of
j the Commonwealth, but meanwhile
I it is the open season for rumors and
every man who does not like an
other man has a chance to say
some thing. Verily, as Attorney Gen- I
oral Francis Shunk Brown, who has
i reached a philosophic stage, re-'
: marks; "The last couple of months
j is a very interesting period for any- ('
j one who has time to listen."
Governor-elect Sproul has not vfet
made any announcements. Hc>w
-1 ever, Philadelphia is filled with re
| ports of what he is going to do.
■' Likewise it is interesting to note
! that everyone agrees that Senator
|C. J. Buckman will be re-elected
' I president pro tem. of the Senate and
! W. Harry Baker secretary, but that
the Speakership of the House is in
. doubt. With a considerable element
in favor of Representative George
W. Williams, of Tioga, there has
been an up-state switch to Repre
■ sentatlve C. Jay Goodnough. of
Cameron, a "dry" and a regular.
There is also some mention of Rep
' resentatives Robert S. Spangler, of
York, and W. Heber Dithrich, of
Allegheny. The Hess, Ehrhardt,
Stadtlandcr and Sinclair booms have
not made much headway and Repre
sentative W. T. Ramsey, of Chester,
. says there is nothing doing.
—ln discussing possible changes
the Philadelphia Record says the
Vares are backing Dr. Wilmer Kru
sen, Philadelphia director of health,
for commissioner of health, and re
vives the whiskered story that the
dairy and food bureau is to be placed
under control of the health com
missioner and a new chief named.
Commissioner James Foust has sail
ed through many stormy times,
however, It may be noted.
—The Record also prints this in
teresting paragraph: "Considerable
opposition has arisen ovej the sug
gested reappointment of Frank D.
Beary. of Allentown, as Adjutant
General. It is claimed by many per
sons of prominence in the state that
Adjutant General Beary did not
measure up to his position when
called upon to handle the draft in
Pennsylvania. It was only when Ma
jor W. G. Murdock was placed in
charge that the work incident to the
movement of draftees was expedited.
Because of the part he played fn
sending Pennsylvania's quota to the
cantonments and the efficient man
ner in which he took over the work
of the Adjutant General', Major
Murdock is suggested for the Job by
persons having at heart the best
interests of the state."
—Next in interest as a theme of
political discussion is the proposed
constitutional convention. The Phil
adelphia Bulletin says that the mat
ter should be taken up seriously and
that the Governor-eleCt should push
it through if he finds that the time
has come. The Record says that the
days of a "patchwork" constitution
are over.
—David H. Lane, the nestor of
Philadelphia polities, is to be mar
shal of the Philadelphia section of
the inaugural parade, which is to- be
unusually impressive.
—Johnstown city officials have
cancelled the Thanksgiving day
peace celebration.
—Congressman J. Hampton Moore
is mentioned by the Philadelphia
Press as a possible candidate for
Mayor of that city.
—Tho Pittsburgh Gazette-Times
gives prominence to a demand for
nfty more police for that city.
Philadelphia's primary bill trial
has developed the fact that more
printing than needed was ordered.
—M. Bogandoff, Vare leader, has
been appointed Philadelphia sealer
of weights and measures.
—The Philadelphia Public Led- >
ger is giving considerable promi
nence to a campaign against the
street cleaning methods in that city
and to-day announces that the citi
zens committee will demand the
cancellation of the bids for 1919
street cleaning which are very high.
' It is stated in other Philadelphia
newspapers that there Is rfot har
mony tn the moves to obtain a new
i city charter. The Committee of
Seventy is back of one and the
. city solicltoi back of another. It is
also intimated that in order to
raising the tax rate the city, may
; borrow money.
—Presence of Senator James B.
' Weaver, of Latrobe, here to-day re
vived Interest at the capitol In the
: Westmoreland county judgeship on
. which Governor Brumbaugh- has
I maintained silence since the hear
, ijig early In the fall.
,• * —Wilkes-Barre reports are that
i an unofficial tabulation of the sol
dier vote from Luxerne elects John
J. Casey, Democrat to Congress by
88 votes. vhers will undoubtedly
be a contest. Casey was formerly
In Congress.
—Oscar B. Helm has been elected
, secretary of the Reading School
Board.
—"1 shall be a candidate for re
election as president pro. tem. .of
the Senate," said Senator C. J.
|IT HAPPENS IN THEBEST REGULATED FAMILIES Z- By BRIGGS
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To Our Boys Who Died in the Training Camps
. IN FLANDERS' FIELDS OUR CAMP HEROES
T N B F t LAN T S ' fiC ' dS ,HC P ° PPiCS WOW F" K
Between the crosses, row on row, JL i- A
That mark our place; and in the sky xt nnn ui rea •
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, P°PP es blow ' no songbirds
Scarce heard amid the inins'belmv No din of carnage where they lie,
heard amid the guns below * No bursting shells o'erhead.
We are the dead. Short days ago . a I cu I
it- <• j c n a „ ,1 B ut they are dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, T . O J . b .
i' j . I hey were at camp; saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved; and now we he t ,l r
Anders- fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe! T . •, „• •, .. £ ,
r , y c Iheir aim it was to fight the foe,
tI° U : T n g ! h\ V .T° be u 'here failing hfnds could throw
* Hye break faIUS i°s t T h bi( f
We shall no. sleep .hough poppies grow be ; knSYo
In Flanders fields. • Far, far Iron. Flanders' fields.
—LT. COL. JOHN McCRAE, —MRS. MARY A. BACON,
Killed in France. I , Harrisburg, Pa.
Buckman ,of Bucks, in Philadel
phia. "My colleagues were good
enough to elect me to that office to
serve during the interim and I shall
ask them to continue me in the
chair for the coming session. I
have no thought of being chairman
of the committee on appropriations."
—Senator W. C. Hackett, of
Northampton, will come pretty close
to being the Democratic leader of
the upper house this coming ses
sion.
—Chester is getting new experi
ences. Now the federal authorities
have started a cleanup of their
own.
—Senator Sproul, who is the old
est Republican member of the State j
Senate in point of service in that
body, according to precedent, is ex
pected to issue the customary call
for the Republican senatorial cau-1
cus. He will participate! in the or
ganization of the Senate before he
signs to take the oath of governor.
SEA POWER TRIUMPHS
It Admiral Mahan could have liv
ed to witness the events of thie last
fortnight, says a Boston exchange,
he would have seen a new and over
whelming verification of his nota- j
ble thesis that sea power has won
most of the great wars of history.
It was England's command of the
ocean that vanquished Napoleon.
It was the strictness of the northern
blockade that throttled the South j
during our own Civil War. It was j
Admiral Togo's victory In the Sea of
Japan that sealed the fate of the
Russian army In the far east. And
it was just as truly the Allied mas
tery of the Seven Seas that ulti
mately drove the two kaisers from
their thrones.
Without the silent, steady pres
sure of the grand fleet the German
people coujd not have been goaded
by hunger Into revolution. Without
supremacy at sea the steady flow of
men and munitions from America
,would have been altogether out of
the question. The most critical Junc
ure of the whole struggle was the
one at which a possible mastery of
the sea lanes by submarines put the
whole Allied cause for a few months
In serious Jeopardy. When the sub
marine menace was conquered the
issue became one of time alone.
For twenty years the German gov
ernment devoted itself assiduously
to the creation of a fleet which
might some day hope to challenge
England. It was the German hopo
that attrition, accident or some
fottunate circumstances their fleet
might be enabled to face the Eng
lish on something like equal terms.
But that opportunity never came.
The one encounter off Jutland bank
was enough. The whole truth con
cerning that sea fight has never
been told but when the Germans are
willing to give the world the real
factt concerning their own losses
there will be no need to ask why
the Kiel flotilla kept close to shore
for the rest of the war. England
may have been slow In her mili
tary preparations; her statesmen and
soldiers may have bungled things
In Mesopotamia and and the Darda
nelles; but the handling of her
great navy has been superb from
first to last. As a demonstration of
what sea power can do toward the
winning of a war the world has
never seen anything eo Impressive
as the event of the last four years.
"What Has England Done?"
Strange, that in this great hour,
when Righteousness
, Has won her war upon' Hypocrisy,
That some there be who, lost in
littleness.
And mindful of an ancient grudge,
can ask:
"Now, what has England done to
> win this war?"
We think we see her smile that Eng
lish smile,
And shrug a lazy shoulder and—
just smile.
It were so little worth her while to
| pause
|ln her stupendous task to make
reply.
What has she done! When with
• her great, gray ships,
Lithe, lean destroyers, grim, invinci
ble.
She swept the prowling Prussian
from the seas;
And, heedless of the slinking sub
marine,
j The hidden mine, the Hun-made
I treacheries,
j Her transports plied the waters
ceaselessly!
| You ask what she has done? Have
you forgot
That 'neath the burning suns of
Palestine
She fought and bled, nor wearied of
the fight
Till from that land where walked
j the Nazarene
| She drove the foul and pestilential
j Turk?
| Ah, what has England done! No
need to akk!
Upon the fields of Flanders and of
France
A million crosses mark a million
graves;
Upon each cross a well-loved Eng
lish name.
And, ah, her women! On that peace
ful Isle,
Where in the hawthorne hedges
thrushes sang,
And meadowed-larks made gay the
scented - air, ✓
Now blackened chimneys rear thair
grimy heads,
Smoke-belching, and the frightened
birds have fled
Before the thunder of the whirring
wheels.
;chind unlovely Walls, amid the
din.
Seven times a million noble women
toll—
With tender, unaccustomed fingers
toil.
Nor dream that thew have played a
hero's part.
Great-hearted England, we have
fought the fight
"ogcther, and our-mlngled blood has
flowed.
Full well we know that under
neath that mask
Of cool Indifference there beats a
heart.
Grim as your own gaunt ships when
duty calls.
Yet warm and gentle as your sum
mer skies;
Nation's heart that beats through
out a land
Where kings may be beloved, and
Monarchy !
Can teach Republic# how they may
' be free. ,
Ah! What'has England done? When
came the call.
She counted not the cost, but gave
he VILX)A SAUVAGE OWENS, [
AMERICANS AT MARNE
One of the essential characteris
tics of this battle must always be
the part played in it by the Amer
icans. For the first time on Euro
pean soil a large number of Amer
ican troops, formed into divisions,
found themselves engaged in a mili
tary operation on a very large scale;
they were about to undergo a deci
sive ordeal.
From this ordeal they came out
with flying colors, in every sense of
the word. The gallantry with which
they fought, the skill of their offi
cers, the heroism of the men excited
the wonder and admiration of every
Frenchman who came into contact
with them. Many of my comrades
were delighted to bear witness of
their valor and coolness. General
Degoutte was for a long time in
Morocco, commanding the celebrat
ed Moroccan division, which is one
of the glories of. our army; all its
regiments have the"fourragere," and
their flugs are • decorated with the
Legion of ouor. In speaking of the
American division which fought at
Chateau Thierry the general de
clared, "I couldn't have done bet
ter with my 'Marocaine,' " and Gen
eral Gouraud said of the men:
"They are as good as the best of
our pollus."
"As to the Americans," Foch said,
"you may say that they are admir
able soldiers; I have only one fault
to find with them—they want to go
forward too fast —I am obliged to,
hold them back. want to I
push on all the time, and kill as j
many Germans as they possibly |
can."
When these gallant American di- i
visions received their baptism of
fire, fighting magnificently beside the j
war-hardened French troops, a de-1
cisive moment in the war had been
reached. The comradeship, the
brotherhood between the French
and the Americans was strengthen
ed upon the field of battle, and their
blood, shed side by side for the same
just cause, sealed forever the union
of these two great nations. —From'
"Marshal Foch und the Second Bat
tle of the Marne," by Raymond
Itecouly (Captain X), In the Decem
ber (Christmas) Scrlbner.
OH, BILL!
Oh, Bill! Oh, Bill!
Where do you. go to now?
You've lost lost your throne,
You'll have to roam.
Whore can you go to now?
Oh, Bill!' Oh, Bill!
What are you "going to do?
The Yanks have won
And you must run,
Bill, get a move on you!
Oh, Bill! Oh, Bill!
You and your rat-faced son
Are out of a Job
And facing a meb—
Take to your legs and run.
Oh, Bill! Oh, Bill!
Look tor a hole and hide;
It's the only place
To hide your face
In all the world so wide.
Oh, Bill! Oh, Bill!
What are you going to, do?
From German-ee
' You had to flee.
Bill, where are you going to?
Oh, Bill! Oh, Bill!
Nobody care# for you;
You've lost your crown
And tumbled down-
Good bye Bill:—you're through.
—J. Andrew Boyd, in Wilkes-Barre
Record
1 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR~|
A MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
It was with a great deal of inter
e® that I read your editorial of
last Saturday on "A Harrisburg Me
morial." I feel as you do that a
permanent memorial for those who
fopght and bled, for the boys who
>oftered up their last measure of de
votion for their country and hu
manity, "should not only be orna
mental, but that it ought also to be
useful." And what more worthy and
useful memorial could be erected
than a hospital building modern
and well equipped? A city the size
of Harrisburg should have a large
institution ' hat can properly care
for the sick. Such a hospital, also
would be a fitting thanksgiving of
fering to the good God who has
guided us through the trials and
perils of war to a just and victori
ous peace.
During the recent influenza epi
demic I had the sad duty of visit
ing the Harrisburg Hospital sev
eral times a day. The manner in
which the hospital staff—the phy
sicians, nurses, etc., handled the
critical situation was indeed very
commendable and praiseworthy. The
hospital authorities had an ex
tremely difficult task, but they coped
with it very admirably and efficient
ly. The Emergency Hospital proved
of very great benefit and assistance.
But still the facilities were not ade
quate. The demands mate upon
every hospital in our community
were very much greater than they
could properly meet. It is true that
tho epidemic was one of tremendous
proportions—may the like of it
never return to our community or
any city. It is true that the hos
pitals in the large cities could not
take care of the enormously large
number of cases. Our community,
however, is growing. We are dis
playing a very progressive spirit
in many ways. Harrisburg is in
need of a hospital which will be
large enough to conform with the
size of its population, an institution
which will adequately meet the in
ireasing demands of our city.
The memory of our boys who have
fallen upon the battlefield cotlld be
perpetuated by calling such a hos
i pital "Harrlsburg's WAr Memorial
Hospital" or any other appropriate
name that may be suggested after
careful thought and consideration.
An institution of this kind will re
abound to 'he glory of our boys that
have gone from our midst and it will
be a worthy and fitting memorial of
which Harrisburg will be able to
point with pride and honor for many
generations.
! A splendid opportunity is now
at hand for ore or more of the civic
bodies of Harrisburg to launch the
I project suggested in your editorial.
I I hope that it will meet with a
speedy,* earnest and favorable con-
Islderation.
Very truly yours,
LOUIS J. HAAS,
Rabbi, Ohev Sholom Temple.
LIGHT FOR POST OFFICE
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
Conservation everywhere has been
practiced until tho putlence of the
\ public is well nigh satiated. Just
so long as there was a real cause
for discomfiture and the many try
ing ordeals, the writer acquiesced
heartily and peacefully and en
couraged • tho process. However,
as a frequent visitor to the Post
Office in the evening and early
morning hours, among many other
boxholders, he finds the lobby on
the Third street side so poorly illu
minated that it is almost Impossible
to see and locate the box numbers.
The boxholders in tho rear of the
elevator are especially Inconveni
enced.
It is also a matter of regret that
there is no light burning at the
Third reet entrance early in the
morning. It is sufficiently difficult
to enter the portals of the office Af
ter the entrance is reached by rea
son of the peculiar construction of
the doors, to say but little about the
lack of proper light. Women and
children And their strength taxed
to the utmost in gaining admis
sion.
"PRO-BONO-PUBLICO."
What Will Be Accomplished?
"Abram S. Hewitt," said Mr.
Tllden," Is never in doubt until he
has made up his mind." Having
made up his mind to go to France,
President Wilson will now have time
for doubt and reconsideration. The
people of the country respectfully
assent to his decision; we are sure
they regret It. —New York Times.
lEuptung CHljat
"I don't know of any reason why
the Susquehanna could not be made
navigable by means of a channel.
I have thought tor years that it
could be made so and I studied it
for a time as a matter of interest,"
was the opinion given here today
by Joseph W. Hunter, first deputy
highway commissioner. "I have
been studying the highways of Penn
sylvania for a good many years and u
have also considered the waterways.
They are capable of much improve
ment." Mr. Hunter remarked he
had gone along the stream for a
good part of Its length In his many
trips about the state in connection
with highway matters and said that
between Harrisburg and McCall's
Ferry he believed that the stream
could be cleared out by use of explo
sives, applying some of the power
ful kinds which have been developed
during the war to this work. "I
think that It would only require four
dams between those two points. Up
tho river there would be different
conditions. In addition to the dams
which would be required on the
lower reuches the Vtute could get
the use of some of the portions of
the old canal which could be linked
up. There are waters in that sec
tion known as "Tho Levels' which
could be used. The truth is that
the subject has not been gone into
us carefully as it might considering
thes6 latter day means. The war
has brought übout many things
which would have been considered
impossible. I know it has in some
details of highway engineering and
I guess it can be found so in regard
to the Susquehanna.
• * •
People up the Susquehanna river
are commencing to sit up and take
notice of the project for improving
tho navigation of the stream and
men who have oome to Harrisburg
the last few days say that people
are recalling with more or less feel
ing how coal used to be floated down
from the Wlikes-Barre region and
tho price per ton hardly pay
for a scuttle now a days, while the
times when the "garden sass' was
landed on the river shore from
farms miles away are brought back
to memory with more or less point
In view of wa£ prices. Some of the
people living in the Sunbury dis
trict say that steam navigation was
considerably In vogue In that region
seventy-flve years ago and that boats
were run clear up to above Berwick.
• •
"Just exactly why this city can
not use motorboats to get its vege
tables from the islands and the
farms lying along the shore I don't
see" remarked a Susquehanna wor
shiper yesterday. "Major Gray
has opened up an interesting train
of discussion and I hope he may
be able to open up a channel. Now
there are a dozen motorboats to be
had cheap around here and as the
old river don't freeze up except for
three or four months what's the
reason we can't have boats bringing
vegetables down the Susquehanna or
up or from the Conodoguinet? The
motorboat can help cut prices
around here Just like the motor
truck that goes out and buys up •
the produce at tho farm and saves
the price of coming to town."
• • •
Major Gray has not only started
the town talking about the Improve
ment of the navigation of the wide
branching river, but he has caused a
somo of the folks living in the lower
and eastern ends of the county to
conjecturing what it would cost to
put the old Union canal back Into
business. The Union was one of the
earliest canals projected in America
and was built in the thirties. It
was Intended to carry out a dream of
William Penn, which called for the
uniting of tho waters of the Susque
hanna and the Schuylkill. By
means of the Swatara and Tulpe
hocken Valleys It did link the water
ways and while it never was a roar
ing paying proposition it had possi
bilities and some engineering fea
tures which made it notable. The
ditch can still bo seen in many places .
and as it was a well-graded line h
might some day be revived.
Paul Littlefield, secretary of the
State Chamber of Commerce, who
spent several days In Philadelphia
and eastern counties, said to-day that
he found a growing sentiment in
favor of a constitutional convention.
1 WELL KNOWN PEOPLE |
—T. D. Harman, well known here,
has been nominated for president
of the Pittsburgh Board of Trade.
—John C. Winston, who is chair
man of the committee of seventy
and prominent in the discussion of
the new Philadelphia charter, has
been active in publishing for years.
—Judge John C. Haymaker, of
Pittsburgh, was one of the team
captains of Pittsburgh's United War
work drive.
—Georr- H. Burnham, Jr., presi
dent of the City Club of Philadel
phia is serving as a member of the
committee to Investigate 1 e street
cleaning in that citj.
—Dr. Lewis Bayb Patten, who
lived for years in Palestine, is in
Philadelphia lecturing on the Brit
ish capture of the Holy Land.
[ DO YOU KNOW -Zl
—That Harrisburg; rm.road men •
have won laurels for them
selves on the army railroads in
France? ,
HISTORIC HARRISBURG
In old days every family along
Front street owned its own pumj
and some of them were preferred
for blocks around because of th<
quality of water.
LABOR NOTES
Employment of women munltlol
workers in France is left to mams
facturers. ,
Pittsburg (Kan.) cooks and wait
era have secured better working con
ditlons.
Women at ordinary work In I
French munition plant earr from I
to II francs a day.
There are 17,000 women employs!
in the Paris offices of the Frenol
War Department.
Thousands of women clerks era
ployed by the railroads are to re
ceive the same pay as men for sltn
liar work.
There was no State-owned employ
ment service in France for recruit
ing labor at the beginning of tin
war.
It is stated that probably 100,04
Porto Ricans will be available fa
unskilled labor as soon as trani
portation can be secured.
Trade unioniata In Sedalla, Mo >
have become interested In co-oper
atlon and are selling stoek to start I
store

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