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Spectacular Early Morning Shooting Fray in Streets of City Results in Death of Man
Tells Minnesota Legislature Sacrifices
and Waste of War Responsible;
Ignorance of Peace Status Helps
l,y Associated Pres.'.
St. Paul, Minn., Sept. o.—The cost
of living President Wilson told the
Minnesota Legislature to-day is large
ly due to "a world situation" grow
ing out of the sacrifices and waste of
the war.
Back of that, added the President,
lay the fact that the world had not
yet learned what the peace statute
would be.
"The world is not going to settle
down." said he, "until it learns what
part the United States is to play in
the peace."
Ho ontinued that this was the only
nation which would have enough free
capital in the near future to rehabil
itate the world economically.
The Legislature, which began yes
terday in extraordinary session to ,
consider the high cost of living and
other subjects, received the President i
with cheers. He was introduced by
Governor Rurnquist, who said Minne
sota hoped there would be some ar
rangement to prevent future wars.
The President congratulated the
Legislature on its ratification yester
day of the Federal woman suffrage
Set Commerce Going
First of all, Mr. Wilson said, it was
the nation's duty to set the com
merce of the world going by the es
tablishment of peace. After that, he
continued, there were domestic ad
justments that must be made, men
tioning among other things, that rail
way facilities in this country were
•not equal to the demand.
Having established a world settle
ment economically, Mr. Wilson de?
clared, it was imperative that there
be an arrangement to insure "that no
body monkey with the process" set
Production Would Help
Turning to the relations of labor and
capital the President said that labor
ing men everywhere were dissatis
fied with their relation to their em- I
ployers. That was true abroad, he
added, in larger measure than in the
United States. Referring to the
Treaty provision for an international
labor organization, Mr. Wilson said
here was a way to bring a definite so
lution to the problems. He asserted
that in this solution, the United
States was expected by the world to
set the standards and lay down the
As a basis for the solution, the Pres
ident suggested that the interests of
labor and capital must be recognized
as identical and the two ought to be
reasonable enough to get together.
When it was realized that labor was
not a commodity and a real co-oper
ation had been established, produc
tion -would increase by leaps and
bounds, and that would be one ele
ment in reducing the cost of living.
V. s. Provincial
The United States, said the Presi
dent, had been "provincial" in past
years in its economic relations to the
world. There must be a change he
argued, if the United States were to
rehabilitate the world.
That was why, he continued, the
cost of living was a world problem
and was wrapped up in the Peace
Treaty. It was "just downright ig
norance" of world affairs, he declared
that prevented some men from seeing
that point. There was applause when
he remarked that he did not think
either of the Senators from Minneso
ta was afflicted with that state of
"Any man with open eyes," could
see the inevitable role the United
States must play in world affairs,
said the President, and must realize
that it was a case of either "welcom
ing or surrendering" to the facts.
Mr. Wilson said he had seen con
ditions on the other side of the wa
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Gen. Pershing Will Not
Be Able to Ride His Own
Charger in Big Parade
By Associated, Press.,
New York, Sept. 9. —General Per
shing will not be able to ride his
favorite horse, Kidron, in to-mor
row's parade, it was definitely an
nounced today. A message front the
Department of Agriculture stated
that the animal must remain at
Embarkation headquarters at New
port News for the full quarantine
period. Instead the General will be
mounted on a Virginian thorough
bred, named Captain, owned by the
city police department.
General Pershing will leave New
York for Philadelphia on a special
train at 8 o'clock Friday morning.
He has accepted an invitation from
Mayor Smith to visit Philadelphia
and will remain there for a couple
of hours before proceeding to Wash
ington. He is to arrive in the capi
m tal at 4 o'clock Friday afterffoon.
llnrrlshurg and Vicinity. Partly
cloudy to-night. not much
change In temperature. Wed
nesday probably tnlr, not quite
so warm.
Eastern Pennsylvania' Partly
cloudy to-night, somewhat
coo'cr In north portion. Wed
nesday probably fair, not quite
so warm. Gentle westerly
Rlveri The Susquehanna river
and nil Its branches will fall
slowly or remain stationary. A
stage of about 3.47 feet Is In <ll
- for llarrlsbur? Wednes
day morula?.
MaJ-or Keister this morning
emphatically denied that he
would not push his candidacy
for re-election or that he had
accepted an offer of a $5,000 job
on the Hill if he would withdraw
from the mayoralty fight. The
Mayor said in part
"There is absolutely no truth
in the rumors that my political
opponents have been circulating
to the effect that I' will not fight
for re-election. They say that I
have been* offered a $5,000 job if
I will not push the fight. I want
to say that I have never been of
fered any job at all; that I do
not expect to be offered any job,
and that I should most certainly
decline to accept it were it of
fered me."
Questionnaires to Be Mailed
• to Consumers and Pro
ducers of District
The first survey of market con
ditions and facilities to be made by
the State Department of Agricul
ture will be undertaken in Harris
burg and will probably be extended
to other cities during the autumn.
A series of preliminary inspections
and meetings with farmers is plan
ned for Harrisburg and State offi
cials will also visit Lancaster, York,
Reading and other places.
Within the next few days Har
risburg food consumers will receive
questionaires from the State Bureau
of Markets as part of the survey
here and municipal officials will co
operate with the State authorities.
Guy C. Smith, director of the State
Bureau of Markets has already for
warded questionaires to hundreds
of producers within the marketing
radius of Harrisburg and this sur
vey is expected to show what quan
tity of foodstuffs from the produc
ers reach the Harrisburg wholesale
and market trade and what portion
is shipped to other points.
The list of questions which will
he submitted to Harrisburg fami
lies of all classes will include a plan
of suggestions for the improvement
of the public markets and for the
general handling of food products
in the city. It will also give the
consumers a chance to record what
complaints they have against the
present market system and will
show in what portion food products
are purchased by the average con
sumer. These questionaires are ex
pected to go out next week and Mr.
Smith is asking the housekeepers to
give immediate attention to the re
ports so that they may assist in the
movement to promote better mar
ket conditions in the city.
In a cable dispatch to Secretary
of Agriculture Rasmussen yesterday
Professor J. P. Sanders, director of
the Bureau of Plant Industry stated
that he was leaving Rotterdam,
Holland, on the steamship Amster
Professor Sanders as an agent of
the United States government has
been making an extensive study of
the potato wart disease in England
and other European countries. He
is expected to bring back with him
valuable information concerning
methods for combating the disease
and also a list of wart resistant va
rieties of potatoes which have been
developed in England. It is likely
that the Federal and State authori
ties will arrange for the importance
of .resistant types of seed potatoes
if Professor Sanders has found them
to be a success and they will be
used in the districts in which the
potato wart hus been found.
City Saves Money by
Collecting Ashes Under
Municipal Supervision
The cost of municipal ash col
lections in Harrisburg during Aug
ust was $482,35 less than the old
system of collecting by contract, ac
cording to a report presented to
City Council this morning by Hariy
F. Sheesley, chief of the Ash Bureau.
The report was read into the Coun
cil Journal by Commissioner Hass
Maintenance and care of the
horses, including the blacksmithing
amounted to $424.40, salaries paid
to seven drivers, seven ground men,
three dump men and one stable man
aggregated $1,215 and $26.25 was
charged for stable rent, making a
total of $1,665.
With the same amount of men
and equipment Sheesley said it
would have cost $2,148, hence the
difference. $482.35 represents the
saving. Sheesley also charged for
depreciation and interest on the
money invested. Other figures he
offered shows that it costs the city
ninety-eight and two-fifth cents u
day to keep the horses. Council
was p'eased with the report and
ordered it to be made a part of the
.official Council Record.
Selecting a "Lid" For the Treaty
I n —— f modcstDV CHARMINC-I?
| Only Three of the Big Office
Force Fail to Sign
The thousands of employes of the
big Steelton plant of the Bethlehem
j Steel Company are lining up for an
( extra hour of daylight next sum
mer, which Congress sought to kill
by repealing the act which proved
immensely popular among all class
es of workingmen and women.
Petitions calling for the setting
lof the clock an hour anead next
1 summer for five summer months
! have been circulated. Only three of
j approximately 200 men employed
|in the general offices (lid not fix
l their signatures to the petitions.
Similar petitions have been got
ten ready for circulation through
out the plant and it is believed that
more than 5,000 signatures may be
obtained in this manner.
Many members of the Steelton
I council are known to be inclined to
favor a continuance of the extra
hour of sunshine which they have
been enjoying for two years. An
ordinance calling on all business
men to observe the new schedule
during May. June, July August and
September of next year is being pre
pared, it is understood.
By Associated Press.
Paris, Sept. 9 (Havas) —Dr. Stephen
Prledrich, premier of Hungary, is re
ported in a Vienna dispatch printed
in newspapers here to-day to have
sent a Hungarian delegation to Buch
arest. The repart states that, besides
being empowered to negotiate a sep
arate peace with Rumania, the dele
gation may discuss the eventual
Union of Hungary and Rumania.
Student Aviators Are Getting Too Near to Chimney Tops
to Make Quiet Burgers Feel Safe
Fly cops for Harrlsburg! Welt,
not exactly; but Harrlsburg prob
ably will have cops to watch those
who do fly after City Solicitor John
E. Fox rules just how much Juris
diction the city has In the air above.
After Council had concluded Its
session this morning, Mayor Kelster
and the Commissioners informally
decided to put the quesUon to Mr.
Paris, Sept. 9.—(French Wire
less)—rßeports received by the
Radio Agency from Christiania
announce that the government
wireless station at Bergen, Nor
way, has been called up twice
recently by a voice from a wire
less station on the American
coast. The Bergen station, which
is not fitted with a wireles6
telephone transmitter, sent wire
less telegraphic messages in re
ply. The voice heard is said to
have been perfectly clear.
Result of Rattle Between Em
ployes of Standard Steel
Co. and Police Force
By Associated Press.
Hammond, Ind., Sept. 9.—Five
strikers were killed and fifteen
wounded to-day in a battle between
1,000 former employes of the Stand
ard Steel Car Company and the po
Two months ago 2,000 workmtn
at the plant went on a strike for
increased wages and improved
working conditions. Five weeks ago
there was a riot between strikers
and the police, in which a num
ber of persons were injured, and
as a result of this outbreak Gov
ernor Goodrich sent a regiment of
the Indiana State Militia to Ham
mond to restore order. The troops
were withdrawn about two weeks
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Pox. Complaint has been made by
Hill residents that student aviators
are flying so low over housetops
that they fear for their lives and
that trees are being damaged by
machines in landing.
"We'll probably find it necessary
to make some regulations," said
Mayor Keister, "because the proba
bilities are that there will be much
flying In the future."
G. A. R. Commander, During
Convention, Says Plans Are
Under Way For Merge
By Associated Press.
Columbus, 0., Sept. 9. —Plans for
combining into one patriotic feder
ation all soldier societies and aux
iliaries are under way, according to
Commander-in-Chief Adams, of the
Grand Army of the Republic, meet
ing here.
Tentative plans, he said, call for
the merging of the G. A. R„ the
Confederate Veterans, Spanish War
Veterans and Veterans of the World
War. who r.re members of the
American Legion.
President Henry D. Lindslcy,
Secretary Grenville Clark and Coun
sel Elihu Root, of the American
Legion, will come to Columbus
this week, he said, to talk over
plans for the merger. Final details,
it was said, would be worked out
at a meeting of the American Le
gion to be held November 11 and
12, at Minneapolis. Marshal Foeh
is expected to be the principal
speaker at that meeting, it was
The influx of visitors to the fifty -
third annual encampment of the
Grand Army of the Republic con
tinued to-day, special and regular
trains bringing members of the G.
A. R. and allied organizations from
every state.
The encampment opened last
night with addresses of wglcome by
Governor Cox and Mayor Karb.
Officials of the G. A. R. said James
D. Bell, Brooklyn, was the likely
candidate to succeed Commander
Adams at the election to be held
during the week. John G. Cham
bers, Portland, Ore., senior vice
commander-in-chief, it was said
also will be a candidate.
Uptown Druggist Arrested
For Selling Paregoric to
Known Users of Narcotics
Charged with U'eitally selling
druKB in the compound, specifically!
paregoric, to known usera of drugs I
B. H. Jenkins, a i itail druggist, of I
2300 North Sixth street, was this 1
afternoon arrested on information j
made by Dr. Thomas S. Blair, head '
of the State Bureau of Drug Con
Jenkins was taken before Alder
man Murray, where he was held un
der $l,OOO bail for a preliminary'
hearing on Thursday morning at IX
o'clock. Jenkins is charged with
having furnished paregoric illegally
to C. D. Kellar for the use of his
wife, to Corporal Meier and to i
| Sarah Brunner.
Acting Head of Mine Workers
Declares Any Sweeping Re
duction Improbable
At Opening of Convention De
clares Washington Agree
ment Is Unsatisfactory
By Associated rrcss.
Cleveland, Sept. 9. Acting
President John L. Lewis, in his re
port to the convention of the United
Mine Workers of America, to-day
discussed the greatly increased cost
of living and the improbability of
any sweeping reduction through "be
lated" Federal action, as a preface
to his recommendations for a can
cellation of the Washington wage
agreement in the bituminous field
not later than November 1 and the
negotiation of a new wage scale to
be enforced, in case of failure to
reach a satisfactory settlement by a
general miners' strike throughout
the entire jurisdiction of the United
Mine Workers of America. The
basis of the proposed agreement
should be that outlined by national
policy meeting held at Indianapolis
in March calling for the six-hour day
and five-day week and "substantial"
wage increases.
In other parts of .his report he
discussed difficulties with the United
States Railroad Administration, re
sulting from the efforts of Directors
General McAdoo and Hines to secure
coal for railroad use below the rate
fixed by the United States Fuel Ad
ministration; expressed fear that the
success of such efforts would tend to
force down miners' wages; strongly
condemned policies and principles of
tile I. W. W. and similar organiza
tions and declared against any com
promise with elements seeking to
spread such doctrines in the United
Mine Workers organization.
Reports 011 Action
He reported on damage actions
brought against the United Mine
Workers organization which are in
spiring efforts to secure from Con
gress an amendment to the Clayton
antitrust act to prevent the possi
bility of such suits against labor
unions. He further recommended
an effort to secure tariff legislation
to cope with the problem of Mexi
can fuel oil, which is entering into
serious competition with American
coal and on account of its cheapness
and the ease with which it may *e
delivered at seaboard, Great Lakes
and Mississippi river points, contains
a threat to the prosperity of those
engaged in the coal industry. An
import duty of at least a dollar a
barrel was desired to meet this com
The "astonishing increase," in the
cost of the necessities of life, felt
by the miners with particular sev
erity owing to their life in isolated
communities far from centers of dis
Tlie principal matters to be de
cided are the demands to be made
on the coal operators affecting
wages, hours and conditions of
labor. For the past two years
miners have been working under a
contract made in Washington, in
November, 1917, which was to last
until March 31. 1920, or "until the
expiration of the war." The miners
will consider the war ended when
the Senate ratifies the Peace Treaty.
Want B-Hour Day
Aocording to William Green, in
ternational secretary-treasurer of
the organization, the wage and hour
demands. although subject to
change, are substantially: A six
hour day instead of the eight-hour
day; a five-day week instead of six
and an increase in wages of from
2 5 to 4 0 per cent. "We are forced
to demand shorter hours and a
shorter week because of the unem
ployment at the mines," Mr. Green
Miners now are paid a certain
sum for every ton of coal mined.
Operators have claimed miners can
make $l5 a day. Union officials as
sert, however, the average—count
ing time of layoff— will not run
more than $6 a day. Other help
are paid by the day generally, the
wage running from $4.75 to $5 a
Scale Conference
A joint scale conference between
representatives of miners and
operators of the central competitive
field, including Ohio. Illinois. In
diana, and Western Pennsylvania,
will be held immediately following
the miners convention, to consider
the new wage scale. Inasmuch as
the district is the most important in
the country, its rate usually governs
the country, with modifications due
to local conditions.
Another matter of importance to
be brought before the convention
will be the nationalization of the
mines. However, this is merely a
question of general policy, accord
ing to Secretary Green, and is not
a demand.
Pennsylvania Boy Witness
in Killing of American
Soldier by Germans
Jty Associated Press.
Coblenz, Monday, Sept. B.—A de
mand upon the German military au
thorities for an immediate report on
the killing of Private Howell Man
sen, of Sacramento, Cal , who was
I shot Saturday by Germany soldi-rs
while he and a companion weru on
i a hunting trip in the neutral zone,
. was made by Major General Henry
I T. Allen, commander of the Amarl
l can forces in Germany, to-day. Gcn
; eral Allen sent the demand after lie
t had heard the reports of the vari
ous American investigating officers
Private Bert Balslnger, of Sharps
burg, Pa., the only American wie
ners of the killing of Madsen, told
the invest gating officers that tli-
Gcrmans called upon Madsen and
him to halt and then began ta
[ shoot. The Germans contend thut
j Madsen fired first.
Man Held For Murder Rushes to Police
Station in Taxicab to Surrender;
Fight Over An Automobile
Grabbing his assailant's revolver after the latter had fired
two shots at him from a wooded lot in the 600 block in North
C ameron street about 5.45 o'clock this morning, Sim Velco, a
Bulgarian, shot and instantly killed Thomas Lignon, an Italian.
\ elco, running all the way from the scene of the shooting
affray to the Pennsylvania Railroad station, flung himself into a
taxicab and ordered himself driven to police headquarters, where
he gave himself up to police authorities.
Held Without Bail
He is being held in the Dauphin
county Jail, without bail, charged
with the murder of Lignon. He will
he given a preliminary hearing with
in the next several days. Steve
Rico, who is reported to have seen
the affray and to have called to
Velco during it, is being held by
the police as a witness. Lignon's
body has been turned over to Un
dertaker Arthur C. Huuck by Coro
ner Jacob Eckinger.
Police t ailed Before
This morning's affair is believed
to be the culmination of a dispute
between the two men, started on
Saturday, over the repair of an au
tomobile belonging to Velco. It
was necessary at that time to call
in the police to settle the matter and
since then Lignon, at several times
and in one instance in the hearing
of a city detective, made threats
agaist Velco's life.
This morning. Velco. according to
his story as told to police authori
ties. was going to work at the Har
risburg Pipe and Pipe Bending
Company from his home at 1018
Herr street. He had gotten as far
as the vacant lot, just north of 609
North Cameron street, when Lig
non suddenly raised up from a de
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was hiding and tired two shots.
Both Shots Wild
Lignon's aim was poor and both
shots went wild. Scrambling to got
out of the depression as if to give
chase to Velco, he stumbled over
the stump of a tree and slipped,
dropping his revolver.
Just then Steve Rico, another
employe of the Harrlsburg Pipe
and Pipe Bending Company, going
home from work, passed by on the
opposite side of the street.
"Shoot him! Shoot him! he is al
leged to have called to Velco.
Velco rushed towards the pros
trate man, picked up the fallen re
volver, and pulled the trigger. The
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Upward Trend in Steel
Industry Is Continuing
New York, Sept. 9. Unfilled
orders of the United States Steel
Corporation on August 30 were
6,109,103 tons, according to the
corporation's monthly statement is
sued to-day. This is an increase of
( 530,432 tons compared with the
orders of July 31.

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