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I will this day try to live a simple,
Sincere and serene life; repealing
promptly every thought of discontent,
anxiety, discouragement, impurity and
self-seeking; cultivate cheerfulness,
magnanimity, charity and the habit of
holy silence; exercising economy in ex
penditure, carefulness in conversation,
diligence in appointed service, fidelity
to every trust, and a child-like trust ;n
God,—Bishop Vincent.
THE issue has been sharpl/"
drawn in the soft coal strike.
You must support either Pres
ident Wilson, the lawfully-elected
spokesman of the American people,
in his efforts to protect public in
terests, or President Lewis, who
places himself above the law of the
land and has defied the constituted
President Wilson stands for law
and order.
Lewis, by his own words, stands
for the opposite.
Every loyal PennsyHvanian will
glory in the declaration of Governor
Sproul, putting all the force of the
Commonwealth back of the Federal
authorities in their determination
to protect the interests of all the
people from injury by the demands
of a 6mall minority.
There is oiUy one place for any
good American to stand in this crisis
and that is back of President Wilson
and Governor Sproul.
Steelton is keeping step with every
progressive municipality. Burgess
McKntee has issued a proclamation
calling upon all the residents of the
borough to clear their premises of
rubbish during the week of Novem
ber 3. As a wideawake and intelligent
official he believes that a repetition
of the influenza epidemic may be
prevented and the suppression of
communicable diseases accomplished
through a general clean-up cam
paign and the co-operation of the
officials of the thorough and the peo
ple. Filth invites disease and whether
it be Steelton or Harrisburg, this is
a good season of the year to remove
all waste and rubbish and disease
breeding matter.
Alderman hoverters
straightforward statement of
1 his beliefs and intentions with
respect to the mayoralty of Harris
burg will make him many friends.
Ho says he will sever all outside
connections and devote his whole
time to being mayor of Harrisburg.
Ho will conduct his own police hear
ings and will save the city the $6,000
or $7,000 now expended for hearings
by aldermen. He has a broad vis
ion of the future of Harrisburg and
the necessity of providing adequate
boosing facilities, continuing the
great public improvement campaign
that has made this one of the pro
gressive cities of the land and at
the same time studying the needs
and financial resources of the city,
to the end that money may be saved
the taxpayers and the burdens of
taxation kept within reasonable
Who could ask more?
Housing to meet, the demands of
Harrisburg will come only when
those with means determine to put
Into the necessary dwellings the pub
lic spirit which will represent the
difference between the cash outlay
and the ordinary return on such an
THERE are only two issues in
this campaign for Harrisburg
and Dauphin county Republi-
Olio of those is the importance
supporting a strong Republican
ticket at the polls on Tuesday as
opposed to voting for candidates on
the Democratic ticket, many of
rjrham were rushed into the field at
(he last minute by Democratic
tosses, either tor the purpose of
vent vacancies on the ticket that dis
gusted Democrats had Reclined to
come forward voluntarily to fill. The
affairs of the city and county have
been well managed under the pres
ent Republican officeholders. There
is every reason to believe that the
men nominated in September are
equally honest and efficient. There
is small reason for changing from a
good horse to a lame animal in the
middle of a stream. Republicans,
therefore, will vote for Republicans
next Tuesday, and that means an
overwhelming Republican victory in
both city and county,
And the only issue is this—that
this fall's election is but a harbinger
of next ybar's presidential contest.
As goes the county this year, so, it
will be predicted, will it go next
year. Republicans, knowing this,
will pile up such majorities next
Tuesday as to leave no doubt in
Democratic minds as to how they
stand on presidential matters.
If you have not yet contributed to
the memorial fund for the .com
memorative park and granite design
which will stand as the city's monu
ment to its soldiers, no time should
be lost in doing so. At the Cham
ber of Commerce offices a faithful
committee is constantly at work and
while subscriptions are being made
day after day, they are not sufficiently
large to close up the gap between
the amount subscribed and the
amount needed in the near future.
Harrisburg must not fall down in
this worthy movement.
IT HAS been suggested in connec
tion with the education of the
people of Harrisburg as to the
Importance of the four loans which
will be submitted to the voters next
Tuesday that the preachers of the
city would perform a great public
service in taking two minutes of
their time at the services —morning
and evening—to-morrow to tell peo
ple just what these loans mean with
respect to the welfare and improve- I
ment of Harrisburg.
There can be nothing more vital
to the health and happiness and con
tentment of-all the people than the
extension of the sewer system, the
expansion of the paving areas, the
providing of .bathing beaches and
bath houses and the transfer of the
$300,000 voted for the building of
the proposed Walnut street bridge
to the joint fund of the city and
State for the construction of the
great memorial viaduct at State
So far as this particular newspaper
is concerned, we have the utmost
confidence in the civic loyalty and
public spirit of the ministers of Har
risburg. They have never failed in
any of the campaigns for the better
ment of the city and it is entirely
probable, without any suggestion,
that the importance of the loans
will be called to the attention of the
thousands who will attend the serv
ices to-morrow.
It is creditable to the Republican
organization leaders in Harrisburg
that they have taken a proper and
public-spirited stand with respect to
the proposed ioans which will be
passed on by voters next Tuesday.
Lieutenant Oovertior Beidlenian has
not lost an opportunity to discuss
these measures in a broad and prac
tical way. The Republican workers
have also indicated their purpose to
give direct and practical service in
behalf of the loans next Tuesday.
WE ARE advised from Wash
ington that the United States
Sugar Equalization Board is I
preparing to "wind up its activities"
in view of inability to obtain suffi
cient sugar from Cuba to warrant
further Government control. In the
same advices we are also assured
that, through the control exercised
by the retiring board, the American
people have been saved a possible
$256,000,000 in the year ended July
15 last. It is likewise pointed out,
in addition, that the board will turn
over to the Treasury $38,000,000
made from its margin of 38 cents
on Cuban sugars which would have
gone to refiners or Cuban producers
or wOuld'have been lost between pro
ducer and retailer.
But we have no explanation from
the equalizers as to why, as hus
been recently alleged, Englartd pur
chased hundreds of tons of Cuban
sugar right under our noses and re
sold t in ths country at a profit, and'
likewise sent into Germany great
quantities of sugar which should
have been held for the people of the
United States.
The people are rapidly learning
what paternalism means when it
comes to conserving our interests as
York County is showing many
other counties of Pennsylvania the
right, way to provide a real high
way system which will make avail
able the great permanent roads being
constructed under the direction of
*he State.
ILLINOIS farmers, in a convention
of the State Agricultural Asso
ciation at Chicago, went on rec
ord as condemning strikes and the
eight-hour day, while favoring a
basic ten-hour day fo. all productive
Industries as a cure for the pre\ail
ing unrest. The same conference
criticized labor for its failures and
likewise chastised capita! for not
having reduced war-time profits to
peace-time conditions. The Bolshe
viki, I. W. W. and other radicals were
listed as traitors. Similar resolu
tions were previously adopted by
farm bureau representatives at In
dianapolis, in which strike methods
of righting wrongs or duress methods
of securing legislation were de
More and more people are begin
ning to understand in all the walks
present difficulties is the increasing
of production in every branch of
industry, and this cannot be achieved
by reducing the hours of labor be
yond a reasonable limit.
"We call upon all law-abiding
citizens to join in meeting the chang
ing conditions and in bringing our
country to an economic standard of
living," was the final appeal of tlio
Illinois farmers and it is a slogan
call which can be adopted with profit
by patriotic citizens everywhere.
Harrisburg has not "Vet solved the
housing problem, but it has not failed
to work out the things which provide
for the general welfare of the com
munity in the past and the people at
large may be trusted to provide the
necessary dwellings for those who
are now living here in congested
quarters and for hundreds of others
who want to Harrisburg their
permanent abiding 'place. The Cham
ber of Commerce is doing a big work
through its Bureau of Housing and in
making available the extra space not
utilized by private families, but until
some concrete plan is developed for
the building of houses, no permanent
solution of our difficulty can be
'Po&ttco IK
By the Ex-Commltteeman
More of the political work known
as "scouting" has been under way
in Pennsylvania the last week than
known for three years because upon
the way things go in a number of
the counties will depend much of
next year's President delegate elec
tions. It is said that more schemes
of political preferment will be based
upon this year's campaign than in
half a dozen years because there has
been an unusually large number of
younger politicians taking a hand in
I the maneuvering and it will also be
j demonstrated what can be expected
i when a state of unrest prevails.
The Republicans appear to be gen
erally satisfied with the outlook from
a party standpoint and in this sec
tion of the State, where there are
generally a good many men ready
to take the independent trail there
are few contests that may disturb. In
a couple of counties there are candi
dates who are running on side
tracks to get even with men who de
feated them at the primary, but they
are not going far. As a rule the
Democratic candidates arc afraid
that they are going to be toma
hawked by men aligned with one or
the other of the factions into which
the Democracy has split. The offi
cial organization which owns Attor
ney General A. Mitchell Palmer as
its sole leader has been pretty busy
trying to allay some some symptoms
of discontent in this part of the ;
State, but it has trouble in the north- j
west, the northern tier and in the I
central counties, too.
—Democrats throughout the State
are watching the developments in
Cambria county where there are
some splits and the Republicans
have gone through some trials. The
Democrats are cracked wide open
and the rival county leaders have
gone to court to enjoin the couDty
commissioners from issuing watch
ers' certificates to men whom they
do not like. The State ringmasters
have been trying to steer clear of
the Cambria trouble because that
county has started more than one
row' of State-wide proportions in
years gone by.
—The union of the Republicans
in Philadelphia seems to have been
the signal for more disunion among
the Democratic factions whose chiefs
are saying more about each other
than about J. Hampton Moore. The
Democrats arc particularly sore at
the Charter party, which is alleged
to be nothing more than a scheme
to seize minority offices. Mr. Moore's
majority is put at from 100,000 to
—lndications are that farther
changes in the State Departments of
Labor and Industry, Banking, Agri
culture, Printing and Public Service
will take place be'fore the end of
the year. There have been reports
of such impending alterations in
personnel for sofne time, but they
have never come to much, a few
people being dropped here and there.
Whn the election is over, however,
and stock can be taken of what hap
pened, the chances are that there
will be more activity.
—Appointment of William J.
Tracy, former magistrate in Phila
delphia, to the place of chief of the
Bureau of Mediation, is expected to
come along soon after election day.
Some changes in the factory inspec
tion division are also hinted at among
people on Capitol Hill. No exten
sive changes in the other depart
ments are regarded as probable. ■
—The controversy between Com
missioner of Forestry Robert S.
Conklin and Commission Members
Gifford Pinchot and Henry W. Shoe
maker over the policy of cutting
timber and forest management will
be given the Governor's attention as
soon as the "fair price" conference
is held here. The two members
have filed a report with the Gov
ernor giving the result of their ob
servations in Potter, Clinton and
other counties and Mr. Conklin has
prepared a report of his own which
is said to contain some observations
by Commissioner J. T. Rot h rock.
The Governor will literally be an
—-Appointment of the members
of the State Commission of twenty
tivc to study and revise the Constitu
tion of Pennsylvania will be one of
the first things to claim the atten
tion of the Governor after the elec
tion. The Commission will be called
t.o meet here within a few weeks
after it is named and start work
after an address by the Governor.
—lt is not regarded as probable
that the four additional referees in
compensation provided by the bill
recognizing the Bureau of Compen
sation will be made very soon by
Commissioner C. B. Connelley, of the
Department of Labor and Industry.
There are numerous applications, but
some of the State officials are said
to be of the opinion that the funds
in sight will not permit of appoint
ments for very long periods. One
of the new referees will he eventually
located in Luzerne county because of
the importance of the coal mining
awards and another will be in a sou
coal district.
—Much gossip is attached to the
place of supervisor of referees for
which there are a dozen or more
applicants, but no one has yet been
spoken of for chief of tbo Bureau
of Rehabilitation. Owing to the in
formation regarding accidents wliich
this official must have, State authori
ties have been looking over the field.
The bureau will be organized before
the end of the year. Some appoint
ments in the Department of Internal
Affairs, especially in the Bureau of
Standards, are looked for before
long. Another appointment hang
ing fire is manager of the State In-
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! To the Editor of the Telegraph:
} A copy of your paper of October 9
j lias just come into my possession.
The article on United States Govern
ment becoming interested in making
the Susquehanna river navigable
from tidewater to Harrisburg, Pa.,
a great benefit for the people.
Knowing the interest you have
always taken in all improvements for
the advancement of the growth and
I development of interests to Harris
] burg and the State, I write you at
I this time to use your great influence
in the Chamber of Commerce in
every possible way to have this great
improvement and betterment of the
interests to the people along the
line of the Susquehanna river and its
adjoining sections made. Now is the
time to do a great memorial of re
adjustment in the name of peace and
prosperity for the interest .of the
American people by giving to them
fi system of cheaper transportation
by making the Susquehanna river
one of the Government owned inland
Dams could be built at Columbia,
one at Middletown, Pa., where na
ture has already done half the work i
by placing Hill Island in the river.
The Swatara creek as a harbor or
terminal, and the three-mO e inlands
as a system of canal and locks. On
the breast of the dam could be built
A roadway connecting Middletown
and New Cumberland. A dam could
be built at Lucknow on which a
roadway could be built connecting
Rockville and Enola. At Clark's
Perry a dam could bd built for the
same purpose, and at different points
best suited, selected by the United
States engineers, for the purposes of
preventing floods in the spring ofi
every year, making basins or lakes
to hold all the water that may come
from snows or spring rains, stopping
damages that now occur every spring,
the amount of which in a few years
would pay the entire cost of the
work done. It would reduce the
cost of labor for electric power, light
and heat to the people,also a cheaper
transportation, reducing very greatly
the high cost of living. It would, by
giving to the farmer the electric cur
rent at a nominal coat, enable the
farmer and his 'family to have the
1 corfveniences of city life, removing
all drudgeries that are now a bid
den to farm life and a great draw
back to many who now exist'in large
cities to emigrate to the land where
they can live and enjoy life, having
full and plenty the whole year round.
With good American schools in
every co-operative community hav
ing social centers, it would not be
many years until the country farmer
and his family would be centers of
a c'ass of happy people that are not
found in large cities, where more
criminals are made than are born
n the pure air of country life.
If the Chambers of Commerce
along the line of the Susquehanna
river would join hearts and hands
and use their united efforts to have
dams erected along the same, con
serving the energy that is now lost
from the flow of water that could
he used in producing electric cur-
I rent for power, light and heat, for
i the people along the line of the same,
a* so reducing to a minimum energy
now wasted by the people in their
| efforts to live the good life on this
| plain of life.
Only those who were born on the
farm or in small country towns who
(were foolishly tempted to leave the
home town to locate in a large city,
l where people do not live, only exist,
1 where a few make money and lose
i their souls for the privilege of accu
jmulating gold, with which they burj
oil their aoojl intentions of early
life's ambitions. The masses Jn the
cities live from hand to mouth.
When Saturday night comes it takes
all the wages earned during the week
to pay up bills accumulated during
the week.
If they are fortunate to have
work, for many do not and want,
many would be very thankful to get
back to the land if they only couid
have the opportunity to do so. The
immigration laws should have a sec
tion compelling all immigrants en
tering America to first declare them
selves to become American citizens;
second, that they live seven years on
a farm of not less than three acres
and liberty as producers before they
can live in a large city, or to be
deported if they live in a city be
fore seven years to be consumed.
America should be reserved for
Manufactories should be estab
lished in small cities, where God
loving people control, and not jn
large cities where "money-mud
trusts" control, mnking the people
slaves for them to be masters for a
few years on this plane of life, to
have regrets throughout eternity. It
will then be too late, when the last
'trumpet sounds, for us to appear be-
Harrisburg and the State
(From rcnn's Column in Philadelphia Bulletin).
THE improvement of the area at
Harrisburg in which the ex
tension of Capitol Park is go
ing on is altogether likely to rosuK
in an attractive landscape. The
whole project is not only to the
benefit of Harrisburg in ridding it of
an unsightly region, but it is to the
interest of the people of the Com
monwealth in enabling their seat of
government to be surrounded by
worthy and appropriate adornment.
There .are by no means so many
Pennsylvanians who visit Harris
burg as there should be in view of
the delightful scenery which is near
it along the Susquehanna, of its
points of historic interest and of its
relation to the Commonwealth. But
when Capitol Park shall have been
completed according to the present
plans, it may be expected to produce
no small effect in turning a more
favorable attention to the capital on
the part of visitors or tourists from
other parts of the State. The Capi
tol itself as a building will be set off
to much more advantage, and when
the circumstances as to the extrava
gance and the jobbery in which it
was brought forth shall have be
come forgotten by most people, it
will be viewed with more respect
and admiration than it now is by
those who still resent the wrongs
which were practiced in its furnish
ing and equipment, and look upon
it as if the odor of the jobbery had
not yet entirely left its walls and
"Before the present Capitol was
built there was a good deal of senti
ment that the seat of the State gov
ernment ought to be restored to
Philadelphia, where it was in the
early days. But the extension of
Capitol Park strengthens still more
the fixity of Harrisburg as the capi
tal. It used to be that every once in
a while there would be a flutter over
a movement" for transferring it to
Philadelphia. For example, when
the Memorial Hall of the Centennial
.Exposition was erected, there were
some Philadelphians who were con
cerned in planning a way by which
it might eventually become the capi
tal of the State. When the old brick
Capitol on "the Hill" at Harrisburg
was destroyed by lire, more than
y ears a £°- a strong attempt
was made to accomplish a like pur
pose. To-day. however, when one
may go between Philadelphia and
Harrisburg i n a little more than two
hours or be whisked across the en
tire length of the State in a little
more than eight hours from the
Delaware to the Ohio line, the for
mer geographical arguments as to
the location of the capital in either
a central or an inland town have
lost most of their point. But whether
they have or not, there is to-day no
more likelihood in sight that the
State capital will be removed from
Harrisburg than there is that the
I-ederal capital will be removed
from the District of Columbia.
• * *
'Gradually in the past few years
there has come to bo a complete dis
appearance of the shabby houses
and shops which occupied the area
between the Capitol and the Penn
sylvania Railroad, and in which a
good deal of a low order of drunken
and vicious life used to he rooted.
I think that about two million doll
lars have been spent by the State
our reward. "The great scales must
Wishing success to navigation of
the Susquehanna river inland water
way to be started this year of great
events in making America free for
Americans. Yours sincerely,
2001 Nostrand avenue,
Brooklyn. N. Y.
Sproul on Class Revolution
[From the Scranton Republican]
At a meeting held in North
Adams, Mass., this week, in the In
terest of Governor Coolidge, who Is
a candidate for re-election, Gover
nor Sproul, of Pennsylvania, deliv
ered a strong, patriotic address in
which he scored the ultra-radicals
who are plotting and working for
a class revolution.
Governor Sproul declared in
favor of orderly constitutional' gov
ernment, on the broad basis of Jus
tice, peace and common sense. He
said that he had stood by the
Democratic President of the United
States in winning the war against
autocracy overseas, and he would
stand with him in oppbstng the do
mestic danger that menaoes Ameri
can freedom at home. o
for the acquisition of this property.
Its surface now looks like the newly
cleared parts of our Parkway. It
has reached that stage of demolition
and opening when the next thing in
order is the beginning of the process
of embellishment. In effect the
ground is an extension of Capitol
Park, comprising not far from
thirty acres, or five to sixfold the
area of our Logan Square, and it
offers an opportunity t® create a fine
example of the conversion of an
eyesore into a thing of noble public
"It is a question whether in the
planning of this general improve
ment, "the Hill"—that is to say, the
old Capitol groundS'of about sixteen
acres—should be used as a site for
additional and minor edifices for the
accommodation of the State gov
ernment. My inclination is to say
that this question should be decided
in the negative. The only other
structure on "the Hill" in addition
to the Capitol isi the State Library.
It is in such proximity to the Capitol
that the visual effect of a part of the
Capitol is somewhat disturbed and
impaired. It is difficult to see how
this undesirable condition would not
become far more disorderly than it
now is if new buildings were to be
placed on other parts of the area.
The edifice which is the product of
Joseph M. Huston's genius—for that
term not improperly describes the
fertile quality of Huston's mind as
an architect, whatever is to be said
at this late day of the turpitude into
which he fell and the wrong which
he has since expiated and which
should no longer be allowed to Cloud
the best possibilities of his career—
is surely, on the whole, a majestic
and impressive example of architec
tural skill. It is essentially, how
ever, a type of that architecture
which needs to stand alone, to be
surrounded with abundant space,
and to be seen through such vistas
as now enable most of it to look to
advantage from the rise and the
slope of its gentle elevation. "The
Hill" itself ought to retain the
simple, quiet aspect which trees and
grass impart to it —although this
effect, of course, is chiefly a summer
pleasure—and which is peculiarly
becoming, when not overdone, to
that normal condition of tranquility
and dignity in which a seat of gov
ernment and legislation should ex
ist. But as regards the new exten
sion ground it would be well if, in
the landscaping and beautifioation
of it, there could be devised the plan
of a graceful structure in which
those portions of the State govern
ment not now provided for in the
main Capitol would be brought to
gether, and which would blend har
moniously with an environment of
picturesque adornment.
• •
"It la contemplated that on the
west side of "the Hill" there shall
be carried into effect at an early day
a plan of a gateway approach and
terrace. This will be central at the
point where the statue of General
Hartranft now is; it will there face
Third street, and the direct view of
the Capitol from the Susquehanna
will thus be unusually effective.
Hartranft is the only Governor, in
fact the only citizen o f Pennsyl
vania, who is represented by a
statue on these grounds, although
Coolidge for his firm course in be
half of orderly government during
the Boston police strike, and said
the future of the country depended
on "upholding the sovereignty of
the State."
The Governor praised the patrio
tism of American labor for its great
services during the World War, but
intimated that a crisis even more
serious was now looming on the
horizon. He agserted that "ninety
five per cent, of our people are all
right," but that the country must
be alert in resisting the encroach
ments of radicalism which he con
sidered "as threatening as the
menace across the seas a year ago."
In the emergency growing out of
the threatened bituminous strike
Governor Sproul stated he had tele
graphed to the President the assur
ance of his support and that he is
also standing by the two Pennsyl
vania members of his cabinet, Wil
liam B. Wilson, mine worker and
labor leader, and A. Mitchell Pal
mer, Attorney General, in their ef
forts to reach a solution of the prob
The position of Pennsylvania's
patriotic executive has been clearly
defined. He stands for law, order
and justice as the Keystone State
NOVEMBER l, 1919
the State government has been situ
ated there for more than a century.
In carrying out the contemplated
improvement it is Intended,, how
ever, that the Hartranft statue shall
be removed to one side of the ter
race and that another hero or states
man shall be commemorated by a
statue on the other side. As to per
sonal memorials, it may be said also
that there was a design some years
ago of planting a native oak tree in
honor of each Governor of Pennsyl
vania since the early times so that a
great circle of these arboriferous
monuments will extend around "the
Hill" each of them about one hun
dred feet apart from the other; but
as only seven of the Colonial Gov
ernors have been chosen thus far. It
will be a long time before the oaks
for Stone, and Pennypacker, and
Stuart, and Tener, and Brumbaugh
will make their appearance In the
stateliness of their growth. As to
the new of extended park, there is a
project which will probably be real
ized before any other important fea
ture in its development, and this will
be a bridge which will carry State
street as its central avenue over the
Pennsylvania Railroad. The bridge
will be constructed as a memorial
to the soldiers and sailors of the late
war, and in addition to its orna
mental and sentimental character,
it will probably tit well into the
plans by which the railroad is to bo
prevented from marring the boun
daries of the extension.
"It used to be said that Harris
burp was simply the State govern
ment, plus the Pennsylvania Rail
road, or, as some put it, the Penn
sylvania Railroad jilus the State
government. But for some time past
the capital has boon expanding into
a city of population and proportions.
What has already been done in the
frontage along the Susquehanna is
a notable step in that direction in
showing how some of the most
glorious of Nature's river scenery
may be. made a daily source of
urban enjoyment. The Capitol and
Capitol Park seem now destined to
become co-Jointly one of the most
notable show-pieces in the United
States to lovers of architecture and
those "sights" which sometimes
serve to indicate the character of a
Commonwealth. It is occasionally
said that such things are the lux
uries of government and that they
are unrepublican. But this is not
true; they may be happily made to
promote public spirit and pride, and
I have no doubt that where Jeffer
son, With all his republican sim
plicity, planned the Capitol of Vir
ginia, more than a hundred and
thirty years ago—it still stands in
Richmond—it was regarded with
disfavor as a sign of undue splen
dor in the eyes of severe votaries of
simplicity in those days. Neverthe
less the spirit of simplicity in a tem
ple of government may join itself
with dignity and beauty; and that
we may expect in a wise outcome
of this ambition to make the Capitol
of Pennsylvania and the setting in
which it is placed, worthy of the
Commonwealth ana of republican
government in its best estate.
"The practical hand of the "new
Governor is altogether likely to be
the foremost in helping to work out
that conception in the coming
The Sinfulness of Man
Wc arc sifting out the sinfulness
that marred our olden creeds.
From the vineyards where we labor
wo are thinning out the weeds.
We are building for the future to a
nobler, better plan;
For the world has caught the vision
of the sinfulness of man.
We have put the past behind us, as
the sturdy pioneers
Saw within the tangled forest all the
glory of the years;
So we face our trials calmly, for be
beyond them we can see
The greater goals of freedom and
the world that is to be.
These are days of self-denial; these
are times for sacrifice J
It is freedom we are gaining and
each one must pay the price.
We are drawing close together
with a common end In view;
For the greater Joys we dream c*f
we've a common task to do.
We are sifting out the sinfulness
that marred us In the past.
For the light of truth Is shining
through the clouds of doubt at
We are building for the future to a
larger, better plan,
For all eyes have caught the vision
of the sinfulness of man.
—Charles Davis. Sing Sing, .•*.
StfMtiitg (Elfat
throi.Ti? ?r Ver^^ C coal car tha t P a^es
000 To g carrlos from 40,-
000 to 60,000 pounds of coal, or even '
wouldh tt n mo^ e ' how many oars
U>nTM?n r re( e( i Utred to haul 900,000
tfnn Vh T 8 nn interesting ques
coul nrod when the bituminous
tremhHra? If" the Nation is
trembling and when you have the
answer you will be able to com pre
that ,r t', nB ° f the production
that takes place not in Cambria
or"some 1 " West Virginia or Ohio*
or some other state, but right in
our own county of Dauphin To
hL eXa n „ mines of the Susque
loc"jte,i n° t i or 'i! S Com Pany. which are
rTT.T a an<l Williamstown,
produced 899,383 net tons in 1918.
u7 J 1 ot this enormous quantity
which was turned out in the
sence of many of the fine young
workmen in the army or navy, goes
the limTeH county. Except for
the limited quantity burned, in the
from°T the , rest ° f 't Soes away
from I ennsylvania. This mining
operation, whoso production last
Kf r . Was the av erage, will prob
ably be speeded up considerablv in
the next few weeks if the soft coal
?imTt?° eS ° n " , U wiU mcan busier
times than ever in the Lykens valley.
Ivy kens coal has been mined for well
nigh a century and it Is said that
there are large masses of coal in
the earth, although the cost of
i-nnf ™n? v f m and K e ing out the
fuel will be large.
The,conference to be held here in
!H?, ?. 1 f Novemb er 17 to discuss
educational matters will be one of
the most notable of the kind -ever
th -it P E ? tate , in the eighty years
that Pennsylvania has had a com
mon school system. To use the words
of a State official, "It will be to find
wtilth a ' ls the schoot system,
whether some people know what
they are talking about or whether
there is anything to talk about."
Hankers, farmers, railroad presi
dents, manufacturers, teachers and
doctors will sit down together and
talk over what's needed in English,
anthmetic, history and the like.
. ,s at^ cr funny stories are
M al)out the coming of the
P®fiod to Harrisburg and
'l'lfu'a" that t0 cer tain pilgrims
Third, Market and other streets re
semble sections of the great Ameri
can desert and that objects along the
mdewalks seem like cactus. One
man went into a thirst emporium,
as newspaper men in Harrisburg
used to call them thirty years ago
when they wanted to be complimen
tary, and demanded some of the new
a H I took one drinl < und de
manded ginger ale. From what tho
men behind the bars say, the drink
era have not gotten down to any
standard tipple yet. Many take gin
ger ale, but the way some experi
ment with the various fruit and
other concoctions is funny. They trv
several of them one after the other
just like some used to drink beer
and the sweet drinks and the several
fruit juices soon produce distress
which makes the drinker madder
than ever at the coming of prohibi
• * ♦
Attorney General William I. Schaf
fer, while a dignified Attorney Gen
e^ a A_ IS neverth eless very much one
of the plain people as becomes a
descendant of a long line of sturdy
Pennsylvanians. So when be got a
letter the other day addressed to the
Attorney General and saluting him
as "Your Highness" he proceeded to
dictate a statement to the effect that
the salutation that ordinarily obtains
among gentlemen was quite enough
for him and for other officials of the
government of Penn's Common
• * *
Prom all accounts, there were
fewer gates on sprees, less migrat
ing of steps and wandering of vari
ous objects, last night than usual
on Hallowe'en. The old-time mer
riment of taking away the front
"stoop" that used to be so popular
when Harrisburg was mainly below
Reily street lost its popularity with
the increase of the police force. As
one half-grown boy put it last night:
"Pop's stories about the way tbey
used to hang gates on trees on Front
street and put wagons on top of
sheds on the Hill sound all right,
but when we try anything we get
What will be the final steps in the
passing of State street as a highway
are now being taken by State work
men who are ripping up the old side
walks. People who use the old street
between Fourth and Filbert, and
Wiey are more numerous than the
average man believes, now have to
take to the highway. The old pave
ments could tell many a story of
lively times in Harrisburg in the last
sixty years. Present indications are
that the days of that section of State
street as a highway are numbered
and the end of the year may see its
use for trolley cars stopped and
other traffic greatly restricted.
Men who have been in Perry
county hunting the last few days say
there are numerous deer in the
Juniata valley counties. Several
have been seen near New Bloom
field and not far from Milierstown.
Deer have also been seen along the
Wiconisco beyond Oakdale in thla
—"George E. Mapes, veteran Phila
delphia newspaper man, has Just
celebrated his eightieth birthday.
—H. J. Meyers, well known here,
presided at the Rotary Club dinner
at Bethlehem which assembled many
prominent men of that section.
—Chief of Police George I/itman.
of Uniontown, says there are fewer
fires since liquor was cut out.
—John 8. Ritenour, former H&r
risburg correspondent, now actively
connected with the Pittsburgh HH- t
mane Society, was hero this week.
—Dr. P. P. Claxton, United States
Commissioner of Education, spoke
in Johnstown on the importance of
that city's School loan.
—Pius M. Glessner, new bead Of
the State farms at Hamburg, la a
State College graduate and eon
ducted the Somerset county poo*
farm for several years.
—Bishop Courtland white heed, of
Pittsburgh, has Just celebrated Ills
77th birthday.
The Rev. Dr. J. J. Cuiran. wide
ly known priest, is president of the
Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.
— E. H. Ripple, director ot safety v
in Scranton, says there were IS7
fewer arrests In Scranton In Septem
ber than In the same month last
That Ifarrlsburg shells have
been used In navy practice this
—The first elections in Harris
Ferry were held at John Harris*
house when Lancaster county offl
oials were voted for.

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