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Pupils Already Attending New
Buildings Will Not Be
Following a suggestion made by
Superintendent F. E. Downes, as a
-""makeshift whereby the children of
the seventh and eighth grades in the
central part of town, if they so de
sire, may attend at least in part
the two Junior High Schools of the
city the School Board yesterday af
ternoon adopted a resolution au
thorizing Dr. Downes and his as
sistants "if possible to work out a
plan whereby that can be accom-
P 'lt was brought out at the meet
. ing that while there was some dls-
S satisfaction with the arrangement
whereby the. pupils of the .'..t
part of town were not able to at
tend the two new schools, tiiere is
-ilso a feeling on the part of "J"" 5,
parents of young ch.ldren that they
would not care to send them either
frnn-i the lower end of the city ro
fhe school on Nineteenth street or
from the central part of town to the
faraway Camp Curttn building. So
Dr. Downes said he thought t a u -
Dr. Downes' Statemcm
Following the ™ c £!uon of which
Board last night, th Downes
* aS , *" h . C y.f school principals. Dr.
and i.,?od the following state-
Downes issued vne
ment covering the sUuati° (
"I think the resotuwo reason -
Board Vf-fi'r We shall make every
able and fair. acco mmodate all
effort to plan to aceo lh ftnd
pupils of the s Antral section
; ninth grades in the cen the
:of the cit>, who ma king se of
junior Schools, h> oenl l)U ildings,
vacant rooms ini a j C cd in our
• and I hope wo shall ""J™,, course ,
planning. J. he b r e a makeshift, but
If successful, be. a unde rstand
parents will douhtßss We
this and acceptthe f^ deT the
shall do the best we
C % U have nC cmieiBtently maintained,
pfls' ofthe IB grade who^rejow
Junior owing
to distance; (4) that
pupils of the seventh, eighth a
patrons, may
solve the question.
"The resolution provides for tne
2-year organization, for keeping in
the schools all pupils now enrolled,
for the optional attendance of pupils
from the center of the city, now ex
cluded. and for the use of additlonal
school rooms outside of the Junior
H '"lt wilTtake several weeks to solve
the problem. In the meantimesev
enth and eighth grade puplls of the
center of the city will attend the
s hools to which they have been
assigned. The corresponding with
parents, the selection of co " rse ;L°f
study the reconstruction of P r °
grams, etc., cannot be worked out
at once."
Parents Appear
Five parents of children from the
central part of town appeared to
ask the board to find a way to get
them Into the junior high schools
and after considerable discussion
during which the president of the
Board. Mr. Enders, Director Keen
and Dr. Downes made suggestions,
it was brought out that room might
be found in the Cameron and the
Forney buildings for the housing of
some of the seventh and eighth
grade pupils who might he given at
least part time in the junior schools
by the use of the auditoriums, but
it was pointed out that this will of
'necessity cut down the efficiency of
the two schools by reducing the
periods and cutting out some forms
of study. .
The Boyer resolution as original
ly passed called upon the school au
thorities to work out a plan to take
care of all the 500 pupils outside
of the junior schools but later on
# motion of Mr. Stamm it was amend
ed to read "if possible" and to make
optional the attendance of seventh
and eighth grade pupils, so as not
to force any who do not desire to
make the long trips.
Dr. Downes in commenting upon
the matter said that in some of the.
newspaper reports—those of the
McOormiek papers—-such words as
"arbitrary" and "personal" were
used inadvisedly and that certain
other assertions were false in their
entirety. He said that if he chose
he could relate a very "personal"
side to the contrary, but did not in
tend to do so in public. He said It
is impossible not to discriminate in
the matter of education and that
"progress in education methods is
impossible without discrimination."
In his report he said:
"First, our thought of course from
the beginning was to organize the
junior high schools according to the
best educational procedure else
where as to grading, namely, by
housing in them the pupils of the
full three years beyond the sixth
"Second, the schools were or
ganized as regional schools, also in
accordance with established prac
tice, with the exception that the
ninth grade of the entire city was
provided for. The ninth grade
could not be accommodated in the
senior high schools, and hence it
and ordinary corn flakes
: Crisper, Thicker. "
Richer flakes full /Qk '
of food value. • '
and economical.
was thought best to include all of
them in the junior schools.
"Third, it was thought that the
distance was too great to require
pupils below the ninth grade, par
ticularly of the seventh grade (pu
pils above 12 years of age), to at
tend. Probably a majority of them,
at least a large percentage of them,
would be compelled to go by trol
ley, which many doubtless could ill
afford, and the remainder of them
would have had to walk long dis
"Fourth, in planning the open
ing we have always had in mind,
and assumed the public had the
same view, that the center of the
city was to be taken care of by a
\ third junior high school just as
I soon as the Board found it possible
to construct it. and in the mean
time the schools in the center of
I the city would be conducted under
the usual 8-4 plan of organization.
"Fifth, the plan now in opera
tion conforms' to the ideas of the
expert employed by the Board, Dr.
James H. Van Sickle, who recom
mended the* entire junior high
school system.
"I do not know what individual
members of the Board had in mind
as to the plan of organization of the
present schools, but I do know that
the superintendent and principals
who have been responsible for the
planning have never had any other
conception of the plan of organiza
tion than the one I have outlined,
which Is the one now in operation.
When the plan was incidentally
mentioned and informally discus
sed in the spring in the presence
of some of the members of the
Board (the budget committee, I
think) the present criticism was
forecast, and it was suggested that
all of the eighth and ninth grades
of the entire city be taken care of
in the new schools and that the
seventh grade continue as in the
past. While this did not appear to
me as fulfilling the full purpose of
the schools, still, the possibility of
this plan of organization was stud
ied carefully, and it was found that
by such a plan we should be un
able to accommodate anywhere in
the upper end of the city, between
two hundred and two hundred fifty
of the seventh grade pupils who
would be affected.
"Having thus outlined briefly the
basis of the action already taken,
I will state that our organization at
present is as follows: The Edison
school is accommodating all of the
pupils of the seventh, eighth and
ninth grades in the school build
ings east of the Pennsylvania rail
road and also all of the ninth grade
pupils west of the Pennsylvania
railroad and on or south of Docust
street. The Camp Curtin school is
accommodating all of the seventh
grade pupils west of the Pennsyl
vania railroad, on or north of Ham
ilton street, all of the eighth grade
on or north of Kelly street, and all
of the ninth grade north of Docust
street. This leaves our approximate
ly five hundred pupils of the sev
enth and eighth grades living in the
central section of the city below the
limits mentioned.
"I appreciate keenly the disap
pointment occasioned. The criticism,
I think, is but natural and was to
some extent expected. I have no
explanation to offer, so far as I am
personally concerned, except that I
desired to see the schools organized
in accordance with uniform educa
tional practice, and it seemed impos
sible to do this and at the same time
accommodate all the pupils of the
city who were concerned. In other
woids it was impossible to ge 3.000
pupils into buildings of 2,400 or 2,-
500 capacity. To state it another
way, it was impossible to get into
two buildings as many pupils as
were supposed to be provided for
eventually in three buildings.
"However, I am very desirous of
having the Board take some steps
locking toward supplying, to some
extent at least, tc the pupils in the
central section of the city who are
affected, the advantages of which
they have been deprived. Many sug
gestions have been made to comedy
the difficulty, but most of them have
been found to be impracticable.
Only two, I think, are at all feasible.
They are as follows:
The After School Plan
"By this plan the regular sessions
of the Junior Schools would open at
8.30 and close at 3.15. The pupils
affected of the central section would
be dismissed from the grade schools
at 2.45 and would then go to the
Junior Schools to pursue such studies
under regular schedule, as they will
not be able to pursue in their grade
schools. All pupils of the seventh
and eighth grades on or south of
Docust street would go to Edison
an dall above Docust street would go
to Camp Curtin. Acceptance of the
privilege should he optional with
parents in order to avoid the forcing
of children of this age to go such
long distances to school. Of
in instances where the privilege is
not accepted, pupils would remain
in their regular schools until four
o'clock, as usual. The studies to
be taken in this way would include,
commercial branches, Datin or
French, algebra, general science,
physical training, sewing, cooking
and manual work for boys, all, of
course, in accordance with the pu
pil's grade and the prescribed course
of study. The plan would involve
the added expense of remunerating
such teachers as might be concerned
for the extra service rendered. It
also has the disadvantage of impos
ing a slightly longer school day,
estimated to the time of dismissal,
upon the pupils involved. In actual
time spent in the schoolroom, how
ever, the day would be exactly the
same length as the regular Junior
High School day.
"Plan two is for the changing of
the present organization. I am pre
senting this plan by request, even
though it does not have my approval.
It has been suggested that If we
should drop out the 7B grade en
tirely, we could this year accommo
date all of the 7A grade and also all
of the eighth and ninth grades in the
entire city in the two schools in reg
ular organization and without after
school work. This is doubtless true.
The plan has the advantage of tak-
Rotarian Club Enjoys Mystery Night With Varied
Program in Island Park
Ing care of pupils of certain grades
throughout the entire city, giving all
pupils in these grades identical ad
vantages. (if course, if this plan
were adopted, we should have to re
quire the attendance of all, no mat
ter how great the distance. An even
greater drawback, however, to my
mind, is that it would mean the dis
appointment of more than 600 pu
pils now enrolled, who would have
to go back to the grade schools.
These pupils have for several months
been given assurance that they were
going to the Junior High Schools,
and to exclude them now would
seerrf almost like breaking faith.
"These two plans, so far as I can
see, are the only two plans that are
at all practicable. That something
should be done is perhaps to be de
sired under the circumstances."
The resolution, as finally adopted,
reads as follows: "Resolved, that the
City Superintendent and the princi
pals of the Camp Curtin and Edison
buildings be directed to so arrange,
if possible, the programs at the in
termediate schools as to take care of
the seventh and eighth grade pupils
now denied admission to those
schools, at their option, said pupils
to be housed in home rooms in the
Forney and Cameron buildings."
A Welcome to Our Soldiers
Back from the fields of Flanders
And the borderland of France
Where it touches the hated Hunland
With its battlefields immense;
Back from the roar and rattle
Of the Hun-created hell.
Back to homes and families
And the friends you love so well.
Back from the hated "Fatherland"
To the Motherland of your birth.
From the shores of war-torn Europe
To the dearest place on Earth;
Back to Pennsylvania,
With beautiful vale and hill,
Bg.(;k to your job apd happiness
And to do your own sweet will.
Back from camp and cantonment,
From the soldier's uniform
And all those military stunts
To city, town and farm;
Back from another continent
To the States —the place for me;
Back from subs and transport
And the warfare of the sea.
We welcome you back—-God bless
We know your job wasn't fun.
But you were the wall of safety
That stood between home and the
Well did you do your duty
As soldiers and as men-;
You upheld our old traditions,
But we're glad you're home again.
—-H. H. H.
(H. 11. Hain, who is at work on a
historv of Perry county and who
now 'resides at 1257 Ktttatinny
street, Ilarrisburg, has been inspired
to write the foregoing lines in honor
of the returning soldiers who are
now being weleomed in the several
towns of Perry county.—Editor
Upper Silesia to Be
Occupied by Allies
By Associated Press.
liontlon, Sept. 9.—Upper Silesia,
where serious conflicts are in prog
ress between the Polish and German
elements in anticipation of the pro
posed plebescite over the transfer
of the territory In Poland, will oe
occupied soon by Allied troops, ac
cording to a statement made by
General Du Pont to refugees and
insurgents in the region it was
learned to-day on seml-ofhcial au
thority. General Du Pont, repre
senting France: General Malcolm,
Great Britain; General Rencivenga,
Italy, and Colonel Goodyear, the
United States, after visiting the
camps in the region, are declared
to have telegraphed to Paris urging
the necessity of this action.
General Du Pont is quoted as
saying that tho technical difficulties
would prevent the carrying out of
the occupation before September 20
and as advising the insurgents to
await patiently the arrival of the
Search For Woman
Believed to Be Slayer
of Wealthy Young Man
By Associated Press.
Knoxville, Tcnn., Sept. 9.—Keroy
Harth, president of the Imperial
Motor Company, and a wealthy
young businessman of this city, was
mysteriously shot last night and
died on the porch of a farm house
on which he took refuge. To-day
the police are searching for a wom
an whose name, it is said, Harth ut
tered as having been his assailant.
Harth's automobile was found
near the scene of his death and po
lice theory is that he and tho
woman left tlje car, that the shoot
ing followed and that Harth ran to
the farmhouse for help. The man's
money nnd diamond ring were
found upon him and robbery is not
considered as a motive.
"Mystery Night," arranged by tne
entertainment committee for mem
bers and friends of the Harrisburg
Rotary Club, is all clear to-day to
those who had the pleasure of at
The only mystery now is how the
committee thought out so many
novel and entertaining stunts.
Frank Davenport, the chairman,
blames it all on Norris Long&kcr;
Norris says the responsibility lies
entirely with Dee Moss; Dee lays it
to Shirley Watts, at whose home
the entertainment was held on
Island Park and the athletic field
adjoining. Shirley is positive that
Floyd Hopkins was the chief con
spirator, and Floyd insists that the
"whole committee and then some,"
hod a hand in the plotting. And
this appears to have been the case,
for very prominent among those
who were running things with a
high hand on the island last evening
were Colonel James B. Kemper,
Major Mnchen, Captain George F.
Dumb, head of the State Police De
partment: Captain Pitcher, also of
the State Police; "General" S. S.
Rutherford and a band of able
bodied assistants who aided and
abetted them in the crimes that
were committed right under the
noses of the crowd. Heaven only
knows what might not have happen
ed had it not been for the presence
of the newly-organized troop of
State Police, desngnated for Harris
burg, but temporarily located at
I-ancoster under the command of
Captain Herbert Smith.
Real Army "Chow"
Nearly 300 Rotarians and guests,
including many heads of State De
partments, were present when the
call to "chow" was sounded and
they lined up two by two and filed
down toward the stands fronting on
the athletic field, where the big
show followed the "feed."
The food was cooked in the nig
traveling army kitchen that stands
in front of the recruiting office in
Market street, and was loaned for
the occasion through the Instru
mentality of Colonel Kemper. The
dishes served included baked beans,
beef stew, mashed potatoes, rice
pudding, rolls, doughnuts and coffee,
all of which was prepared by 'Army
Cook Braunbeck, who followed the
American Army through France in
that capacity and is an expert in
handling a field kitchen on wheels.
Many liked the cooking so well that
Colonel Kemper expects a big rush
in recruiting to-day.
The "chow" was served In cafe
teria style, the diners taking their
supper with them to the stands,
occupying the same seats for the
big show which followed. Imme
diately in the center of the field
had been erected the scenery that
served during the Kipona as John
Harris' wine cellar, but which Cap
tain Dumb, as master of ceremonies,
solemnly informed the audience
was a Mexican bandit den.
A large part of the fun and frolic
which followed was really a demon
stration of the methods and ability
of the State Police in any emer
gency, and they did so well that the
Rotarians joined in three cheers for
Captain Dumb and the Harrisburg
Holdup Staged
The first act on the program was
the holdup of a farmer by a high
wayman, who shot and wounded a
State Trooper who came to the res
cue. But, as it often happens, the
police were traveling in pairs and
in a thrilling scene and hot chase
the desperado was properly brought
to book and yanked off the field In
the most approved manner. Just
about that time the president of the
club, G, M. Steinmetz, discovered
that his watch was missing and
noted a stranger who had been sit
ting close to him slipping quietly
through the crowd. He set up a
great hue and cry and amid a lot of
excitement a State Trooper nabbed
the "pickpocket," who was another
member of the force In civilian
clothes, and restored the stolen
property. It was all a fake, hut so
cleverly enacted a majority of those
present were fooled.
Prince of AVnlcs Arrives
Captain Lumb announced, whan the
excitement had quieted down, that the
"great trouble and expense" the Club
had procured the presence of the
Trince of Wales, now visiting in this
country, and Immediately the Prince
and his valet arrived in a big auto
mobile. It occurred to many of those
present, that the Prince bore a strik
ing: resemblance to Shirley Watts, but
as he wore handsome military re
galia, of course it could not have been
he, for Shirley is a man of very dem
ocratic habits; and there were others
who remarked that the valet looked
strangely like Lee Moss, but Mr. Moss
is a man of such austere manners
that ho wouldn't even stoop to acting
as valet to his own white shoes, so
that suspicion also must be dismissed.
The Prince made a long and eloquent
address, during which Lee Moss—beg
pardon, we meant the Prince's valet—
ministered to him with numerous
drinks—water of course,—and sup
plied him with a dozen or more hand
kerchiefs, His Highness declining to
use one more than once. The Prince
raid he was surprised at the height
of American men, and mentioned
"Bob" Lyon, "Chnrley" Wood and
Frank Musser as examples, and he
was astonished to learn that they had
grown that way for their own pur
poses—Dyon so he could wade deep
streams while fishing, Wood so he
could crawl through the tubes of boil
ers and Musser so he - could mend
trolley wires while standing on the
Avlntors Rescued
As the Prince rolled away and the
crowd cheered, Captain Dumb an
nounced that the two American avi
ators captured by the Mexicans and
held for ransom would be rescued
"right before the eyes of the audi
ence" by gallant American soldiers,
and it was here that the John Harris
wine cellar came to play the strange
part of a Mexican bandit's den.
George McFarland and George Tillot
son were the stranded aviators, nnd
tliey appeared dragging themselves
wearily over "the hot sands of the
Mexican desert near the Cumberland
Valley railroad bridge, all unconsci
out of the fact that a lot of wily
bandits, made up of such desperate
characters as Ell Hershey, Mr.
Maclary, John O'Nell, Millard King,
Al. Moul and Charles S. 801 l and oth
er Rotarians. "General" Rutherford
played the part of the dashing Amer
ican, bearing the bandits in John
Harris' cellar—beg pardon, their den
—and getting off with only half the
ransom, George McFarland taking the
part of the aviator who made the
daring escape.
Then the American Army, made up
of men from the recruiting office
squad, crossed the "Rio Grande" and
in a hot fight killed all of the bandits,
while the "stage hands" Norris
Dongaker, Floyd Hopkins, Shirley
Watts and Captain Pitcher—rushed
in to clear the stage for the next ser
ies of stunts, In the form of drills by
the new Harrisburg Troop of State
Police. The troop first drilled under
the command of Captain Smith, and
Harrisburg is going to be mighty
proud of those State troopers. They
can do anything an Indian can do on
horseback, and then some. Two of
the interesting features being the
wrestling matches on horseback, and
the Roman races, during which three
of the troopers rode bareback, using
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two horses each, one foot resting on
each horse. In the wrestling match
Sergeant Carlson threw Corporal Sli
fer and his horse after ten mlnulos of
hard work. Those who participated
in the thrilling Roman ruces were
Corporal Beotner, Sergeant Sturm and
Corporal Klifcr, all of them expert
riders, who made a big hit with the
The evening came to a close with
community singing under the direc
tion of C Llnford Scott, guests voting
the entertainment the best in the his
tory of the Rotary Club. This eve
ning the Club will be the guests of
Robert Walton at the Beast End fruit
farms, where a cornroast will bo
! served and the firHt fall business
meeting of the year held.
[Continues! from First I'SRc.]
ago. Yesterday 200 strikers return
ed to work and this caused consid
erable bad feeling among the men
who refused to return.
To-day when the 200 men were
on their way to work a crowd of
1,000 foreign-born strikers gathered
in the street several ■ blocks from
the plant of the Standard Steel Car
Company and threatened them.
Twenty policemen and twenty spe
cial guards employed by the com
pany were rushed to the scene and
the crowd was ordered to disperse.
The order was greeted with jeers.
Captain Ben Strong, in charge of
the police, then ordered the lead
ers of the mob arrested. The police
claim that when they attempted to
execute the command the crowd
attacked the special guards with
sticks and stones, and that several
strikers drew revolvers and fired.
.The police then retaliated by fil
ing about seventy-flve shots into the
crowd, killing five and wounding
•fifteen' strikers. Later the strike
leaders were taken Into custody.
None of the policemen or special
guards was wounded In the fight.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1919.
Attorney General Will Have
Charge in the Appropria
tion Equity Charge
Course of the State in regard to
the equity action to restrain pay
ment of appropriations alleged to
be sectarian will be determined here
in the next few days, it was an
nounced at the Attorney (ieneral's
Department to-day. Attorney Gen
eral William I. Schaffer, who re
turned to the city from his vacation,
will take up the matter. The ans
wer will be prepared by Deputy
Attorney General W. M. Hargest.
The 801 l Telephone Company to
day filed an answer to the com
plaint of the city of Pittsburgh
against the continuance of the pres
ent telephone rates, contending that
they are Just sufficient to afford a
reasonable return "after paying pre
vailing high expenses of operation
and taxes." The matter will come
up for a hearing 011 September 17.
The commission spoilt to-ilny In
executive session and arrangements
are being made to send examiners
and inspectors to Philadelphia in
the next few days to take up the
investigation of taxicab conditions
in that. city. The Pittsburgh situa
tion will also be taken up and the
jitney operation without certificates
In both cities will receive attention.
Complaint tlint the Greciioastlo
Electric. Company refused service
because George Bryson of Green
castle declined to pay a service
charge was filed.
The Conyngliam Valley Telephone
Company, operating In Schuylkill,
Luzerne and Columbia counties,
filed notice increasing rates includ
ing ten per cent, penalty for bills
unpaid after twenty days.
Tine Statu Water Supply Com
mission to-day discussed the pro
ject of deepening French creek, for
which the Legislature appropriated
$25,000, it being the first of the im
provements authorized by the 1919
session to be taken up. Meadville
Shorthand, Typewriting, Bookkeeping, Accounting,
English, Penmanship, Arithmetic, Spelling, Etc.
Strictly Individual Promotion
Register Now, Day and Night
Sessions Open Now—Enter Any Time
Bell 125; Dial 4016
Two Separate Night Schools—One on Mon., Wed.,
Fri. The other Tues., Thurs. —7.30 to 9.30
121 Market St. (Opp. Senate.) Catalog Free.
"Harrisburg's Greatest Commercial School"
officials and residents appeared to
talk dver the plans and the best
place to begin. Tho commission
acted upon over a score of appli- *
cations for bridge permits.
The special committee of the
State Industrial Board in charge 'of
the completion of a code to govern
protection for heads and eyes of
workmen in various industries spent
a day going over suggestions of
changes and hearing representatives
of vnrious lines which may be af
fected. The code will be submitted
to the Board and made effective late
this year.
'Howard M. Iloke, secretary to the
Attorney General, has returned
from his vacation spent in Maine.
Captain Fred A. Godoharies,
deputy secretary of the Common
wealth, is attending the big shoot at
Atlantic City.
Adjutant General Frank D.
Beary is at Washington meeting
with Army officers regarding the
National Guard reorganization
Auditor General Charles A. Sny
der has returned from Philadelphia
where he was a witness in the La
fean hearing.
Governor Sproul in Interviews at
Philadelphia has intimated that he
may order an official investigation
of the Eastern Penitentiary as a
result of the discussion now going
on. ,
Insurance Commissioner Thomas
B. Donaldson and Deputy Samuel
j W. McCulloch are attending the in
surance commissioners' national
convention at Hartford, Conn.
Neighbors Check Spread
of Flames When Large
Barn Burns to Ground
Granville, Pa., Sept. 9.—Fire of
incindiary origin destroyed the large
bank barn on the Hugh McCay farm
•rt 3 o'clock this morning. Four
valuable horses, with three young '
cows, the season's crops and all ma
chinery were burned, entailing a
loss of $lO,OOO, with only $2,800 in
surance. The barn was located on
the outskirts of tho village and the
entire population turned out to aid
in preventing the spread of tho
flames to the house and other build
ings on the east, and the Methodist
church on the west. The general
opinion prevails that some tramps
s'eeping in the barn dropped matches
that were ignited in some manner.

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