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To Eltect Compromise in Senate, Allies Are Willing to Accept Several Treaty Reservations 0 HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH 0 ®ic £tar-fnfcpcnftcnt. LXXXVIII— No. 295 10 PAGES Da X®?er p *t ß the d ?£.t offlce re at a Aa B r e riaburK laas HARRISBURG, PA. SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 1919. o e cents* 3 HOME EDITION OPERATORS CHARGE EXCESS PRICES FOR COAL, IT IS SAID Bills Rendered Show Higher Rates Than Those Set by Government When Recent Strike Began RESTRICTIONS MODIFIED AND TRAINS TO BE RESTORED By Associated Press Washington, Dee. 13. Prices charged by coal operators since gov ernment control was restored be cause of the strike are being scru tinized closely by officials of the rail road administration and probably will be submitted to the Department of Justice. Bills being rendered by the op orators are said by officials to specify prices higher in many instances than set by the government and investiga tion will be made to determine whether the increased prices are justified by existing contracts in all cases. Discrepancies in prices have been tine cause, according to officials, of the financial embarrassment of which the operators have been com plaining. Heeonsignment of coal, especially when shipped from the east to the west, causing a delay in payment, also has been a factor. Director General Hines has changed the method of payment for railroad coal from a monthly to a weekly basis to assist the operntors in this respect. A delegation of operators confer red to-day with officials of the War Finance Corporation regarding pos sible financial advances by the gov ernment. After the meeting it was said there probably would be no necessity for any such action, as other ways of meeting the situation had been pointed out. May Itaisc Some Prices F. 15. Ilarkness, counsel for the fuel administration, announced dur ing the day that prices of coal con tracted for by purchasers prior to the resumption of government price tlxing could bo legally raised to ab sorb the cost of the 14 per cent, in crease in miners" wages granted un der the strike settlement. Coal mined on contract, It was said, in most cases bore a price below the government maximum of $2.35 per ton mine-run, and contracts ordi nurly carried a clause binding the purchasers to pay additions in labor costs incurred after their making. Fuel administration statistics, it was said, indicated that even after the addition of extra labor costs created by the 14 per cent, increase, the largest pgrtion of the contract coal still would be sold below the $2.35 maximum. The government itself, through the railroad administration, which con sumes normally 31 per cent, of all coal mined, will pay the largest amounts under the ruling, it was pointed out. The War Department contracts were said to give power to the Secretary of War to make ad justments and as the settlement had the support of the administration, it was assumed that Secretary Baker would approve (he increase. Much of tho Navy Department's coal is being commandeered and some of the supply is mined in the Pocahon las field which is nonunion. Private and industrial consumers, supplied by contract coal, will in most cases pay the increase. A small amount of high class coal, under the ruling, it was explained would be sold for a higher price than the government Maximum. J. A. Affleck, Critically 111, Undergoes Serious Operation in Hospital John A. Affleck. 32 North Six teenth street, president of the Har rishurg Shoe Manufacturing Com pany. and connected with a number of other financial institutions, is in a critical condition in the Harris burg Hospital, following an opera tion for intestinal trouble. Mr. Affleck played an important part in the development of the Alli son Hill district. For many years he was head of the city water de partment, and has been a prominent factor dn Republican city politics. He is oneiiof thffounders of the Har risburjßi ShoefjManu fact tiring Co., of which (lie is president. NORTHWISST RELEASER By Associated Press Chicago, Dec. 13.—-Orders remov ing all restrictions on the use of light, heat and power from bitumin ous coal in the entire northwest region were issued this morning bv T. W. Proctor and O. W. Reed, of the regional coal committee. The orders will take effect at 12 01 o'clock Monday morning. The orders were sent to all public utilities and railroads in the region. ITHEWEATHFITI Ifnrrlshurg „„,i vicinity"! 1t,.1„ this afternoon. Fair nnd much colder to-niglit and Suiiilim Lowest temperature to-niglit iiViout (loKrcrN, Fasten, Pennsylvania! null, fol 'F clearing and much colder to-night. Sunday fair and colder. Strong southwest shift ing to northwest winds. Hlveri The Susquehanna river and all Its branches wdll probably " ' slonly or remain nenrly stationary except the upper west hrnneh which will rise somewhat this afternoon anil probably begin to fall to-night. A stage of a ho, it feet Is In dicated for Hnrrishurg Sundnv morning. Highways! Snow is forecast on l.lncoln Highway between Ifnr rlshiirg and Pittsburgh for to- 1 MANY MINERS IN CENTRAL PA. RETURN Altooon. Pa., Dec. 13.—Reports I indicate Fifty per cent, of the coal miners at Hroud Top, Punxsutaw ! ney. South Fork. Allegheny River. Onllitzin, Bakerton, Spangler and Wilmore, are at work. In Barnes boro district, the men will start on Monday. Plenty of cars are available at all the mines and the operators are trying to hurry pro duction. ~ ENABLE PLANTS TO RESUME FULL TIME ON MONDAY All Industries May Re Sup plied With Coal as Far as It Is Available By Associated Press Washington, Dec. 13.—A1l indus j tries may be supplied with coal for I their emergency needs as far as ! coal is available in any section for that purpose, under orders issued to-day by the- central coal commit tee. This order removed the restric tions which have denied coal to all industries except those in the five I preferred classes. Complete Resumption The committee announced that companies must continue to make application to the roads which have been supplying them with fuel. It is expected that the new order will result In almost complete resumption of manufacturing next week. IJftiug Restrictions Information received to-day by the railroad administration indi cated that restrictions on the use of light, heat and power would be re moved and normal train service re sumed in all districts by 1 a. m. Monday. Regional directors were given discretionary authority last night to lift the restrictions when the fuel situation warranted. To l.ift Restriction* Removal of all restrictions in the use of fuel for heat and light was .authorized by Director General of the Railroads Walker D. Hines, to go in to effect in the various parts of he country a room as the situation war rents at the discretion of the sev eral regional directors. Telegraphic instructions have been sent to the regional directors from the Railroad Administration to this effect. One result regarded likely is an im mediate rescinding of the restrictive regulations in Philadelphia. New York, Boston, Washington and other cities of the East, where coal stocks are comparatively plentiful. In many instances the local authorities are expected to give their order to-night. In parts of the West where the shortage has been most pronounced the return to normal will be ac [Continucd on Page 13,] : All Restrictions in This Region Lifted by Coal Director By Associated Press New York, Dec. 13.—A1l restric tions on the use of bituminous coal in the eastern region comprising all territory east of Chicago and north of the Ohio river, were removed to day by A. T. Hardin, regional fuel and railroad director. Train service will be resumed virtually as usual Monday with the exception of the 20th Century Limit ed between New York and Chicago. Lights may be burned as usual. Hard at Work By Associated Press Indianapolis, Dec. 13. —With mines in Indiana hoisting coal at a rate fast approaching normal, rfetall stores in Indianapolis to-day were permitted to resume their regulur hours and, on authority of the Re gional Fuel Director for the Alle gheny region, withdrawal of all re strictions on light, heat and power was expected in the State by Mon day. Production of coal in indinna yesterday was fifty per cent, of nor mal and many mines had not yet completed preparations for hoisting. FEW AT MINES IN OHIO By Associated Press Columbus, 0., Dec. 13.—Few miners returned to work in Ohio soft coal mines to-day, but union officials predicted that practically all of the mines in this Stute would be running full blast Monday de spite the action of several hundred miners in Eastern Ohio in voting to remain on strike. HICKSON TO ARRIVE ' IN CITY SI'NHAY James Moore Hickson. prayer healer, who is to be at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church next week, will arrive in time to speak at the Sunday evening service. A telegram 1o this effect has just heen received by tho Rev. Koilin A. Sawyer, rector of the ch' Another Case of "Personal Liberty" or Prohibition ALLIES WILL . ACCEPT SOME RESERVATIONS Willing to Do Everything in Order America May Take Part in Sessions By Associated Press Paris, Dec. 13. —As a result of the conference being held at London by Premiers Lloyd George and Clemen ceau, the American government will be notified that, In order to facili tate a compromise between adverse parties in the American Senate, the Allies are willing to accept to as great an extent as possible some of the reservations to the Versailles Treaty made by the foreign relations committee, according to the Matin. Will I>o Everything It is said the Allies will "do every thing in order that America may participate in future conferences." Important problems, the newspa per says, shall henceforth be set tled by a council of the premiers of France, England and Italy. This council will meet some times in Paris, and sometimes in London, and will examine principally Russian and Turkish problems. In the presence of John W. Davis, I T . S. ambassador to Great Britain, it is said Premiers Clemenceau and Lloyd George assured Vitteri Scial oia. Italian foreign minister, that there was a necessity for an early settlement of the Fiume problem, and indicated England would inter cede with the United States for Italy. Signor Scialoia will leave for Rome to-day to lay the matter before his government. The spirit which prevails at the London conference, the Matin says, is good and the necessity for close co-operation by the Allies is recog nized. * Hope to Collect All Accumulated Ashes by Maintaining New Schedule Ashes which have accumulated in backyards during the last few weeks will be collected and regular sched ules will be maintained after that H. F. Sheeeley. superintendent of the bureau of ash and garbage inspection, said to-day, with the announcement also that new equipment was sent out yesterday. Five new wagons each with con tents of five cubic yards recently purchased by the city were used for the first time yesterday. The present collection equipment includes nine five cubic yard wagons; nine three cubic yard wagons and three two yard carts. With these wagons about 400 cubic yards of ashes can he re moved daily It is estimated by Mr. Sheesley. The schedule of collections for next year will depend on the appro priation made In the 1920 budget It Is planned to maintain a ten-day schedule during the winter, if pos sible XO CALENDARS ATTENTION of theTeiegraph has been called to the fact that Telegrapl\ subscribers are being approached by boys, who are not employed by this newspaper, with the request that the subscribers purchase a calen dar which the boy is said to ex plain is the Christinas greeting from the Telegraph carrier. Subscribers are requested to refrain from purchasing any cal endars or other articles so offer ed and to at once inform the Telegraph of the circumstances along with the boy's name if possible. Telegraph carriers are suitably rewarded by the Telegraph each year at Christmas for good serv ice and the old practice of the boys selling calendars was dis continued by the Telegraph two years ago, when the present sub station plan of distribution was established. INVALID LEFT 3 DAYS BY WOMAN WHO KILLED SELF Brother Who Could Not Leave Bed Knows Nothing of Her Death An invalid brother lay uncared for three days while his sister, Mrs. J. M. Bitner, 48 years old, of 1431 North Second street, was dead in her bed with a bullet in her brain. The woman was found by her husband when lie returned home last night from a two weeks' hunting trip. A revolver, tightly clasped in one hand, together with a note, furnished evi dence of suicide. The invalid brother was found in a bed in an adjoining bedroom, in a helpless condition. lie had not heard the shot, and knew nothing of the affair. He is unable to speak clearly and can throw little light on the entire matter. May Ik* Dead Four Days Just how long the woman hast been dead has not been definitely determined. City police are of the opinion that the deed must have been committed three or four days prior to the finding of the body, while Coroner Eekinger maintains that the woman had not been dead more than thirty-six hours. No motive bus been assigned for the deed. She was in the best of spirits when her husband left for his hunting trip, he said to-day. Coroner Eekinger expresses the opinion that she committed the deed while in a lit of melancholy. She does not have the appearance of a woman in the best of health and this may have prompted the deed, the Coroner says. WORKING COI.MI'.Kir.S H)/ Associated Press Springfield. 111., Dec. 1,3. —Miners throughout Illinois reported ut the shafts to-day nnd continued the work begun yesterduy of producing coal. J 'EUCLID LODGE OF MASONS TO BE CHARTERED I : Thirty-four Charter Members Enrolled in the New Organization Officers of the Grand Hodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Penn j sylvania will constitute a new lodge | in this city, which will be known as j Euclid Dodge, No. 698, next Tuesday jat noon. A large number of Masons I will be in attendance. There will be j an unusual number of grand lodge j officers present, The stations and I places will be filled as follows: | James B. Krause, grand master; | John B. Sell, deputy grand master; j Abraham M. Beitler, senior grand j warden; Samuel M. Goodyear, junior grand warden; Thomas It. Patton, I grand treasurer; John A. Perry, I grand secretary; the Rev. Thomas | iteisch, grand chaplain; William S. | Snyder, senior grand deacon; Rich ard E. Cochran, junior grand deacon; pThaddeus G. Helm, grand steward; IJ. Simpson Kline, grand steward; | George B. Wells, grand marshal; i Frederic A. Godcharles, grand sword-bearer; Dietrick Ramade, grand pursuivant; William B. Jos lyn, grand tyler. The new lodge starts off with tliiry-four charter members, and the officers already selected are as fol lows: George Ross Hull, worshipful master; John H. Nixon, senior war den; John A. F. Hall, junior war ; den; Frank N. Matter, secretary; ! Ralph W. Dowdell, treasurer, j The music for the occasion will Ibe furnished by a Masonic double i quartet, under the leadership of <'. j Dinford Scott, tlie members of the .quartet being John P. Gibson. Aii ) gustus G. Sliantz, Walter K. Dle j trie*, Fred F. Blitz, Claude It. En ; gle, John N. Kinnard and Samuel S. ! Fackler, and Frederick J. Kramer, | organist. The membership of the new lodge jis made up of Masons who have withdrawn from the other Masonic I lodges in the city of Harrisburg and ! various lodges in Pennsylvania out ! side of Harrisburg, as well as from j lodges in other states. Woman Dead Three Days When Husband Returns From a Hunting Trip A bullet wound through her right ! temple, the body of Mrs. Mary Bit ) ner, 47 years old, 1431 North Sec , ond street, was found In bed last I night by her husband, J. M. Bitner, !on his return from a two-weeks' • hunting trip. She had been dead ! from 36 hours to three days It is I believed. ! That it was a plain case of sut | ride, is the opinion expressed to j day by police authorities and Ooro ! ner Eekinger. A revolver was lying jon the bed beside her. The woman i 's believed by Coroner Eekinger to have been melancholy, probably caused by an illness. The appearance of the body Indicates that had ibeen 111, the Coroner says. TWO AMERICANS AMONG CAPTIVES | HELD BY VILLA ;\Vith an Englishman and Eight Mexicans; Must Pay SIO,OOO Each ! 1 I TAKEN IN MUSQUIZ RAID Eagle Pass Resident and a Ranch Foreman Are Lat j 1 est Victims of Bandits ! Hy Associated Press \ Eagle Pass, Texas, Dec. 13.—Two ; Americans and an Englishman are 1 reported among the men taken by i Villistas in the raid last Tuesday lon Muzquiz, state of Coalmila, and j who are now held for ransom. I The Americans reported held by the bandits were R. B. Ransom, rep j resenting the Eagle Pass Dumber 1 Company, and Kred CI. Hugo, man | ager of the J. M. Bobies ranch. One j unconfirmed report said the Eng l lishman, whose name was not given, i had been released. ! Eight Mexican- Bold Advices received here to-day said j eight Mexicans also were held for | ransom. Ten thousand dollars each, jit was reported, was demanded for I release of the Americans and the ; Englishman, and live thousand dol | lars each for the Mexicans. 1 No official report as to casualties j and prisoners in the fighting between j Federals and Villistas had been re ceived in Pledras Negrus last night, and details of the engagement were meager. Consul Seguin's statement that . Francisco Villa commanded the 1 troops operating around Muzquiz was | tile first intimation that the bandit chieftain was in that section. Pre- I vious repors said Hipolito Villa com i manded these forces. The Villistas who captured Muz ! quiz, Coahuila. Tuesday were driven 'out of the town yesterday, atid have i fled to the mountains. British Steamer Is Sinking in Atlantic; Another Runs Aground! By Associated Press Boston, Dec. 13.—A radio message received here to-day said the British steamer Messina was sinking in the North Atlantic and would require boats. The message said it would be impossible to save her. New York, Dec. 13.—The British steamer Ldessina to-day sent out an S. O. S. call which was-picked up here. The steamship Mapleleaf an swered, saying she was making three knots an hour und would reach her in 20 hours. The Messina gave her position as Latitude 47.22 north and Longitude 42.30 west. This position is approximately 430 i miles off the New Foundland coast, j The Messina, a 4,271 tons steamer, i left St. Johns, N. 8., on December 5 | for Antwerp. She is owned by the j Quit Line, Limited. I New York, Dec. 13.—The British steamship Grangepark to-day ran | ashore on Long Island seven miles i east of Ambrose Channel light. The Iship sent out calls for assistance, j but stated that she was in no im mediate danger. The Grangepark is ] a vessel of 3,172 net tons and was last reported at Barry on November 11. A later report from the Grange park, was that her position was "dangerous" and that tugs were need ed. Captain Byron L. Reed, com mandant of the coast guard service, dispatched a cutter to the scene. The rising tide had driven the ves sel further upon the beach at 11 o'clock and she was sending out dis tress signals for tugs. The crew was still on hoard at that time. The Grangepark is ashore on the east side of Jones' Inlet, near Point Lookout .long a graveyard for coastwise ships. She is believed to have lost her bearings in the heavy fog last night. Woman Beaten and Robbed; Son Kidnaped by Men in Uniform By Associated Press Atlantic City, N. J., Dec. 13.—Mrs. James Blake, of this city, was at tacked and robbed of a handbag last night by two colored men in soldiers' uniform, and her flve-year-old son, who was with her at the time, is be lieved by the police to have been kid naped by her assailants The at | tack took place in Ventnor, where Mrs. Blake and her son had been vis iting friends. They were about to beard a trolley car when the negroes sprang from shrubbery along the sidewalk. One of them seized Mrs. Blake by the throat and she fainted. The other man took he child and when Mrs. Blake regained coneious noss the negroes and the boy had dis appeared. Would Abolish Colored Lights as Signals on Railways of the State Abolition of the familiar red. blue, green and yellow lights as signals on the railways in Pennsylvania to-day was recommended to the Public Ser vice Commission by John P Dohoney, chief of the bureau of accidents. Substitution of lighted signal arms are suggested as the best means of directing trains The colored lamps on misty nights are often indis tinguishable, Mr Dohoney reports, and are responsible for a number of rear end collisions. FIGHTING TURKS Salotiikl, Friday, Dec. 12.—Greek soldiers and Turkish irregulur troops; have engaged in scattering skirmish es during the Into couple of days in Western Asia Minor, according to atr official statement issued at army headquarters here Fair and Cold Washington. Dec. 13.—Weuthw predictions for the week begin- j n'ng Monday issued by the ! Weather Bureau to-day are: North and Middle Atlantic ] States: Cold and generally fair. COMMUTERS ARE BRUISED WHEN TRAINS CRASH Lvkens Accommodation Col lides Willi Engine in Pas senger Station Scores of passengers aboard D.vkens Valley accommodation were slightly cut and bruised this morning shortly after 9 o'clock when the train and a "light" engine crashed in a head on collision at the entrance to the train shed at Union Station. Boiled in Aisles ; The accommodation was slowly Isteaming into the shed and the pas sengers were crowded into the aisles iind vestibules preparatory to alight ing. The shock of the collision roll | and tossed them through the ! aisles. None was se usly injured. No Evidence of Panic ! Neither engine was badly damaged land both were able to move to the : cnginehouse under their own power, j The accommodation was filled with | upper-end commuters and shoppers, and according to passengers, 110 evidence of panic or hysteria was shown at any time. Official reports of this accident : give no explanation as to the cause. ! At the local office of the Superintend ent of the Philadelphia division, it I was said that Train No. 8510, known |as Lykens accommodation, east | bound with engine No. 1960, W. V. | Jones, engineer, was signalled to 1 enter the station over No. 4 track. 'Through some unknown cause the I train was run on No. 0 track, 011 1 which was an empty engine, No. | 3307. There was a head-on collision, due to the fact that the passenger train was running very slowly, as En gineer Jones was handicapped by a heavy fog and steam from other en gines. Only the engine pilots were damaged. Engineer Jones had lii 3 train almost stopped when the col lision occurred. • • A 4> LODGE WANTS WILSON TO SUGGEST t COMPROMISE PROPOSALS TO SENATE & Washington. Charging that President Wilson <v t n v/as "perfectly immovable," in urging unreserved Tatifi , 5 cation of the Treaty of Versailles, Senator Lodge, of * * Massachusetts, the Republican leader, told the Senate e k to-day the President should present proposals for a com ® * promise. He promised that the Republicans would give 4$ them careful consideration. J* PREMIERS SUMMON U. S. AMBASSADOR London—John W. Davis, the American ambassador, •- late to-day visited Downing street where Premiers Lloyd i? ■ ■ , t George and Clemenceau and their advisers were in con- J J ference. It was reported that Ambassador Davis' pres * * cnc? was connected with proposals submitted from the £ w conference to President Wilson yesterday, which were j „ !to render the Peace Treaty acceptable to general * * .iblic opinion in the United States. $ A 4* < WILSON ABLE TO WALK WITH AID OF CANE t t Washington. President Wilson, is now permitted | J to walk about his room and along the adjoining hall for I* r a short time each day, Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson, !| I his physician, announced to-day. The President, the 4ai doctor said, dresses himself and with the aid of a cane walks unattended. A ENY INTENT TO END STEEL STRIKE I * Washington. Denial that the meeting here to-day - of the steel workers' strike committee was called for the purpose of ending the steel strike was made to-day * by John Fitzpatrick, chairman, after the committee had A A met He said the strike had been discussed but not A V ui. . what line the discusion had taken. ' v* - 'h "Z* A '* :: MARRIAGE LICENSES -i Mmi rice Hovrrtrr and Ilulh I'alnr. llnrrlaburici noy F. Ilammr , Sterlton, and Annul'.. McC'nhnn, Ipnhnuti Knrl Mrbue. Harrln T k". rK, ." n /? V" • Ho-Lebn. C'lrdm ™, David IN. Vonn K . Merlon, an At Minnie <.rrlner, MiislrrmllU'i Suinu.l l„ Hooka, and Anno Kuitl y lto> niton. BUDGET MUST BE PARED DOWN TO STOP TAX BOOST Increase of Three Mills Nec essary if All Appropria tions Arc Made A C LION IS DEFERRED 15)20 Figures Total $1,125,- 000 in Tentative Form Appropriations asked by all city departments to be provided in the 1920 budget ordinance to tal $1,125,000, it was said to-day in city official circles. Councilmen met last night and submitted their estimates of proposed expenditures for next I year. To grant all the requests I would necessitate an increase of ; three mills in the present tax ! rate of ten mills. Kxpcct llig Cut An approximate estimate of avail i able revenue for 1920 was made. | Continuing the present tax rate of I ten mills would provide $940,000, I about $20,000 less than this year, i because no money will be received I from liquor licenses and less from I lines and forfeitures next year. At ill mills $1,003,000 wilt be avail i able, at 12 mills $1,066,000, and at I 13 mills 1,129,000. No action was token last night on ■ any of the items submitted. In all | the larger bureaus increases are : found, it is said. The next meeting ] of the Commissioners will be Tues- I day evening, and it is understood ■ that the Councilmen will begin par ; ing some of the requests th(jn. ItEFISKS TO 111 V PI.YIXO Kllil.ll By Associated Press Washington. Dec. 13. —The provis ion in the army camp appropriation bill for purchase of the Dayton- Wright airplane plant and adjoining fields at Dayton, Ohio, fir $2,740,228, finally was eliminated to-day by the House, which voted 159 to 152 to con firm its previous tentative action.