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FAIR TO-NIGHT AND TO-MORROW Detailed Report. Face « SEfT®?? 10 VOL. 76—NO. 120. BRITISH WARSHIPS BOMBARD GERMAN TROOPS TRYING TO REACH NIEOPORT With the Co-operat French Artillery Forces Are D Middelkerke W Entrenching Latter Are Bombarding port and Many Been Shattered Flames— Town Destroyed by Japanese Squa German Fleet Islands EMET^AL y<»>4'^ooX6 FRENCH AND GERMAN COMMANDERS General Joseph Joffre, the commander-in-chief of the French army, is a distinguished military engineer, famous for his roads and bridges, but with only one year's service in the field,when he was at the head of the Second Army Corps at Lille. General Count Helmnth von Moltke is field marshal of the German army, now in supreme command under the Kaiser. He was the favorite nephew of the old iield marshal of the Franco-Prussian war, whose estate he inherited. London, Oct. 22, 6.30 P. M.—The Amsterdam corre spondent of the "Daily Chronicle," in a dispatch dated Wednesday, concerning the fighting on the Belgian coast, says: "For three days British warships have been bombard ing the German troops who are trying to reach Nieuport. "With the co-operation of the French artillery the Germans were driven back on Middelkerke, where the invaders are entrenching themselves. "The Germans to-day bombarded Nieuport from Ma riakerke, their attack being vigorously replied to by the allies and the warships. The battle is not yet decided. Many villages have been shattered and are in flames." London, Oct. 22, 8.50 A. M.—A dispatch to the "Daily Mail from Dunkirk, says that the British naval bombard ment has destroyed the town of Seyre, which the Germans held in force. The house occupied by the German head quarters staff was blown to bits. The naval marksmanship, according to the dispatch, was superb. A British signal man, in a stationary balloon, was shot by the Germans. JAPS SEEK GERMAN FLEET Tokio, Oct. 22, 2.15 P. M.—A Japanese squadron, it is officially announced, is seeking the German fleet in the neighborhood of Hawaii. New York, Oct. 22.—The East and West news bureau gave out this afternoon a cable message from Tokio dated to-day, as follows: "The Japanese naval general staff announces that the marine heavy artillery corps is engaged on the 22d (to day) i nan attack upon Tsing-Tau and that a part of the Japanese fleet is keeping watch on the enemy's warships hovering about Hawaii." London, Oct. 22, 2.45 A. M.—The Copenhagen corre spondent of the "Daily Telegraph" reports a "German fleet off Palsterbo, Sweden, on the Baltic Sea. Northern France and the coast of Belgium still are the fields where the most important fighting in the west ern arena of the war continues with the utmost stubborn ness, but as yet without decisive results. The French war office announces that the allied lines are holding in spite of the furious onslaughts of the enemy, while news dis patches from London assert that developments generally are against the invaders. Berliu, however, has not been heard from on this sub- Contlnued on Ninth Page. * ' \ m Star-Mtefimknt HARRISBURG, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, 1914—12 PAGES. 11l DIME REIKI IP Protest to Great Brit ain About Seizure of the American Steam er Brindilla ROCKEFELLER IS RELEASED American Tanker, Also Seized By British Cruisers, Has Been Freed, According to Advices Received in Washington From London Washington, Oct. 22.—Acting Sec retary Lansing, of the State Depart ment, announced to-day that the Unit ed States had protested to Great Brit ain against the seizure of the Ameri can steamer Brindilla now at Halifax, N. S., as unjustifiable, and demanding her immediate release. Secretary Lansing said the American protest made through Ambassador Page was similar to that lodge yesterday against the seizure of the .John I), i Rockefeller, bound from Philadelphia 'to Copenhagen. He stated that the ! Brindilla also was plying between neu ; tral ports—Now York aud Alexandria, j Kgypt—and he was satisfied that even though there had been a change of reg ] istry from German to American, the | ownership was continuously American. Illuminating Oil in Cargoes The cargoes of both the Rockefeller and the Brindilla contained illuminat ing oil which has not been specifically ; declared contraband in any list sent to the State Department by Great Brit : ain, although officials here believe Great Britain regards that oil aq cover ed in the general prohibition against ''fuek'' It is the British contention that the illuminating oil can be used for pro pelling Zeppelins, submarines and tor- Contlnard on \lnth Pagr. ALLIES MAINTAIN POSTS AGAINST IST VIOLENT ATTACKS OF THE GERMANS Paris, Oct. 22, 2.45 P. M. —The offi cial announcement issued this afternoon by the French War Office says the posi tions occupied by the allies in Belgium and northern France have been main tained in spito of the violent attacks of the enemy. The text of the an nouncement follows: "On our left wiug German forces in I considerable strength have continued their violent attacks, particularly in the vicinity of Dixmude, Warniton, Arinen tieres, Radinghem and La Bassee, but the positions occupied by the allies have been maintained. "On the rest of the front the enemy has delivered only partial attacks. These all have been repulsed, particu larly at Fricourt, to the east of Al bert; on the plateau to the west of Uraconne; in the region of Souain, in the Argonne district at Four De Paris, southwest of Vareunes; in the region of Malancourt, in the Woevre district; in the direction of Champion aud at a point southeast of St. Mihiel, in the forest of Ailly. '' We have made slight progress in the Argonne district and in the south ern part of the Woevre, in the forest of ilontmare "in Russia the forward movement of the Russian forces has been posi tively announced. An important suc cess in the region of Warsaw has driv en back the enemy more than 13 kilo metres (8 itiiles). The advances of the Russians at Ivangorod and to the south of Przemysl are equally perceptible." GERMANS DRIVEN BACK TO LILLE INJFIERCE FIGHTING London, Oct. 22, 5.50 A. M.—The correspondent of the "Times" at Boulogne, under date of Wednesday, describes she desperate fighting of the past week in which the Germans have been driven back from village to vil lage to the outskirts of Lille. He says: "The destruction has been terrible. Some of the villages have been shelled by both the allies and Germans and many non-combatants have been killed. A whole family was found dead in one house. In one of the villages 500 dead Germans were found after the fighting. The cartridges in their possession, it was noted, were of the old Snidortype with a large lead bullet. "During some of the attacks the al lies had only time to make rough trenches, a couple of feet deep, and were obliged to lie in them at full length. They gained much ground but are now coming in touch with the main German position at Lille and aro dig ging themselves in to hold their ground until necessary reinforcements can reach them." URGE FOUR-YEAR TERIRS FOR CITY COHRISSIONERS Representatives of the Third Class City League Make Recom mendations FAVOR CIVIL SERVICE PLAN Committeemen Will Draft Amendment to Clark Act Applying Principle to Police and Firemen—Want Mayors to Succeed Themselves ______ i More than a dozen suggestions for changes in the Clark Commission form of government act, under which Harris burg and all other third-class citie- of the State are operating, are contained in recommendations mad by the law committee of the League of the Qities of the Third Class, composed of city so licitors and mayors, Which was in ses sion here yesterday afternoon and. last evemng. Among the changes which the next legislature will be asked to malce are the extension of the terms of City Com missioners from two to four yearn and the establishment of civil servicie for the police and fire departments. The salient points contained in tho loup list of recommendations are as follows: Extend terms of the City Commis sioner* from two to four years. Make it possible for the iMayior to succeed himself. Civil service for the. police and fire departments. Facilitate establishment of municipal baths and boathouses. Make lawyers, doctors and other pro fessional men liable to license tax. To impose a mercantile tax on own ers of markethouses. warehouses, stor agehou6es ana trading stamp compa nies. , <J : .ve Authority to establish, maintain and regulate municipal playgrounds. Revise tho general welfare clause so as to permit as far as possible the "home rule feature." Extend penalty for violation otf city ordinances from thirty to ninety days. Change beginning of the tax: year from August 1 to May 1, or apportion collections so that one-half of thio tax may be collectable on April 1 and the rest on June 1. Amend referendum feature so that consent of less than twenty per cetnt. of the voting population will be necessary to have the consideration of an ordi nance, passed by the commission, jput to a vote of the people. To change advertising plan. Extend terms of city solicitous and city engineers from two to four years. Abolish practice of advertising for bids in cases where articles to' be pur chased or sold by the city do not ex ceed SIOO in value. Mayor to have no veto powers, and Cnntlnuril on Sixth Pale. CAMBRIA DIVIDEND IN SCRIP Earnings for Eight Months Smallest in Company's History By Associated Press. Philadelphia, Oct. 22.—The Caimlbria Steel Company directors to-day declared a quarterly dividend of IVi per cent., payable in scrip datel Novem'bar 14, 1914, and redeemable in cash in two years with interest at five per centt. A statement addressed to frtodkliold ers was sent out informing tfhem that earnings for eight months to October 1, 1914, were tfhe smallest in tl»« his tory of the company. This condition is attributed to the general business de pression for the year dtie to t)he war. WOMAN SUES RAILWAYS- CO. Seeks SS,(MM) Damages for Injuries Re ceived When Dragged by Car A $5,000 damage suit was filed to day against the Harrisburg Railways Company by Mrs. Anna Martin, Who seeks redress for injuries alleged to have been received when dine was dragged for some distance in the vicin ity of Sixth and Maclay streets by a trolley car. It is charged that the car started be fore 'Mrs. Martin had boarded it and that her dress caught in t/he stop. She alleges that the car step 'was too 'high. GEN. ~BABTON IVES, 74, DOES Veteran of Civil War aud Tared in Financial Operations New York, Oct. 22.—General Bar ton Ives, veteran of the Civil wiar and for many years a prominent figure in the financial district, died to-day, aged 74, at his country home in Ossinintr. N. Y. He was a former memiber of the Stock Exchange, president of the Metropolitan Trust Company and a director tun sev eral foreign corporations and netted as a book collector. He was born in. Farm ington, Conn. $84,000 for Stock Exchange Seat By Associated Press. New York. Oct. 22. —A seat on the New York Stock Exchange was fjold to day for $34,000. This is the -'lowest price obtained for a seat in many years. It was the second seat sold since the Stock Exchange closed on July 30, the other seat selling fox $42,000. "SPIRITS" AND MYSTERIOUS "FORCE DAGS" FIGURE IN $12,000 WILL FIGHT DEFENSEOPENS IN IHE CARFFIAN TRIAL Counsel Levy Makes Opening Address for Woman Accused of Killing Mrs. Bailey FARRELL LAST WITNESS HEARD He Saw Woman Running From the Window Through Which Fatal Shot Was Fired Around the Carrrmn House to the Bear By Associated Press. Mineola, Oct. 22.—i Mi's. Florence Conklin Carman, on trial as the slayer of Mrs. liouisc Bailey, entered the tiny court room in the Nassa>u county Court House here on this, the fourth day of her trial, expecting to take the stand this afternoon as 'her own ohiaf wit ness. Presentation of the State's case was concluded this forenoon. Frank Far rell, who testified yesterday afternoon he had seen a woman running from the window through which the shot was fired arouud the Carman house to the rear, was recalled to the stand for a continuation of his cross-examination when court convened this morning. As on preceding days the court room was crowded with women. Elizabeth Carman, the 12-year-old daughter, of the defendant, was permitted to sit with her mother at the counsel table. John J. Graham, Mrs. Carman's law. yer, questioned Farrell closely about his movements on the day of the murder. The story related by the witness was practically the same as- that given on direct examination. After an hour and a quarter's cross examination, Farrell was excused and the state announced that it rested its case. George M. I>evy, of Mrs. Car man ' counsel, then began his opening address. "We will prove," said Mr. Lievy, "that this crime was not committed by Mrs. Carman but 'by a man whose mo tive we do not know." Farrell's Testimony of Yesterday The prosecution was about finished with the testimony at adjournment time yesterday of Frank Farrell, the unem ployed engineer, who corroborated the story t.old by Celia Coleman, the negro maid in the Carman liouschold, tending to directly connect her mistress with the murder of Mrs. Barley. That 'Mrs. Carman will 'be a witness in Iher own defense seemed assured in view of the testimony of the maid. It is almost certain, according to persons close to the defense, that Mrs. Carman will be 'held until tthe last When her de nial of flier former maid's testimony will be fresh in the minds of the jurors when they retire to consider the evi dence. Corroborates Maid's Testimony The .testimony of Celia Coleman that her mistress, wearing a dark kimono, went through the kitrihen just previous to the crash of glass and the report of the revolver shot was corroborated by Farrell, who said that 'he was on has way to the Carman house to beg for food. Farrell testified that lie saw a woman dressed in a dark garment standing by the window of the office of I>r. Edwin Carman, husband of t/he de fendant. Mrs. Carman came into the kitchen after the shot was fired, the negress testified and remarked: "I have shot him." The testimony of Farrell and the maid remained un shaken under cross-examination. 3 INjRijUOOTBALL Two Steelton 'Varsity Aspirants and One Independent Player of This City Suffer Fractures Two members of the Steelton High school second team and one independent player of Harrisburg were treated in the Harrisburg hospital this afternoon for broken bones. The Steelton play ers both suffered broken right collar bones while the Harrisburg man, Bus sell Murray, 2158 North Seventh street, received a broken nose in prac tice last evening. He is 22 years old and is an employe of the Pennsylvania railroad. Robert Thompson, 15 years old, 349 Poplar street, Steelton, was practicing with the Steelton 'varsity eleven last evening trying 10 make a place for the game with Central High school Satur day when he was injured in scrim mage. George Wolf, 15 yearß old, who re sides in Highspire but who attends the Steelton High school and was back on the Steelton scrub team, received his injury in the game at Hummelstown ■Saturday. The injury pained him very much and he came to tho Harrisburg hospital for an X-ray examination to determine if the bone was broken. Both boys will be out of the game the remainder of the soason. Heirs Seek to Set Aside Be quests of Mrs. Martha Adams Which Favor Harrison Sei /ere/, Alleged Clairvoyant Lawyer Says He Will Prove Strange Powers Were Claim ed for Bags Containing Toe nails and Strands of Hair— Declares Effort Was Made to Influenc phin County Court With One of Them J However, Wasn't Swaged by "Spooks" and Decided the Other Way Declaring Harrison Seiferd, 1301 South Cameron street, to be a wealthy clairvoyant claiming to have spirits at his beck and call and alleging that through undue influence Soiferd induced Mrs. Martha Adams, now dead, but who formerly lived on Peffer street, to leave him by her will the bulk of her $12,000 estate, .fames G. Hatz, repre senting Mrs. Susannah Albright, a sis ter of the dead woman, this morning started proceedings before Roy C. Dan ner, Register of Wills, to have the will set aside. Mrs. Albright and other heirs are seeking to have an administrator ap pointed to take charge of the estate and divide it equally among the sur viving relatives. They want to ex clude Seiferd from all share in the es tate. They allege he was an acquaint ance of both Mrs. Adams and her hus band, the late William Adams. Seiferd is defending the action brought by the other heirs and it is ex pected the hearing before the'register will take up several days. Fully fifty witnesses, the majority of whom are women, will be called to testify. Hatz declared he will show that Seiferd, in following his alleged "vocation" as a clairvoyant, carried on an extensive business, has for years enjoyed a large financial income from it and that he now owns an expensive automobile and much real estate. Alleged He Sold "Force Bags" The attorney declared further that called "force bags"—sealed recep called "force bag's'—sealed recep tacles—and that he represented to the purchasers that with those "bags" they could accomplish many things to their individual advantage. Hatz alleges also that these bags were sold for amounts ranging anywhere from $1 to st,- 000, and that Mrs. Adams was one of Seiferd's "victims." "We will show," said Hatz, "that many of the witnesses whom we pro pose to call at this hearing were in formed by Mrs. Adams that she paid various sums of money to Seiferd for FIGHT PAVING ASSESSMENT Thirteenth Ward Property Owners Make a Formal Protest Thirteenth ward property owners af fected when assessments were levied to cover the cost of paving Derfy street, from Eighteenth to Twenty-third, tJhis morning made a formal appeal frffm the assessments. One of the properties con cerned is a triangular strip of land and it is charged the other property owners along the street are asked to pay in proportionate shares the amount was deducted from the "claim against the three-cornered atrip. The appellants declare the assess ments were made under the Clark act, and according to benefits derived, and, therefore, they should have 'been levied under old legislation and according to the "foot front rule." The ordinance providing for the pav ing o'f this street soction was passed on July 9, 1913, five months before the Olark act became effective. City officials, however, contend that the Clark act was effective as soon as approved by t'he Governor on June 27, 1913. GOVERNOR MARRIED 25 YEARS He and Mrs Tener Will Hold Sliver Anniversary October 30 Governor and Mrs. John K. Tener will have been married twenty-five years on Friday, October 80, and in honor of the occasion they issued invi tations to-day for a reception to be given at the Executive Mansion in cele bration of their silver wedding anniver sary on that date. Governor and Mrs. Tener, who was Miss Harriet B. Day, were married at Haverhill, Mass., on October 30, 1889. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. his 'force bags;' that he represented to 'her 'that toe had the power of communi cating with her dead husband; that he transmitted to her what Tie represented were advices and wishes of her hus band and that he influenced her'to make a will granting to him, Seiferd, the bulk of her estate.'' The attorney displayed three small bags. One was made from a piece of c/hamois and two from cotton goods. These, he said, were sold by Seiferd to "certain persons" whom we will call to testify and that those bags were rep resented by the alleged spiritualist ay "force bags," by use of whitfh tift wishes of bhe purchasers would tie granted. Says He Has Records of Payments The lawyer also presented two diar ies, one of which, he said, contained data sihowing payments supposed to have been made to Seiferd 'by the late J. M. Rummler in return for these mys terious bags and as royalties on tlip bags. During an argument witth John Fox Weiss, representing Seiferd, Hatz said: "We will show that your friend there—pointing to Seiferd —gave Mr*. Adams powers for ten years and up wards." "Yes, and they are all good ones, too," interjected Seiferd. At the morning hearing testimony was confined to the framing of the will and the circumstances under which it was drawn and signed by Mrs. Adam* and the witnesses. The witnesses of the will were Uriah A. Poffenbergar and his son, Albert, 1 942 North Sixth street, and George J. Booser, 194H North Sixth street. The instrument bears date of October 1, 1913. None of the witnesses could recall exactly, they said, whether that wai the date on which they attached their names. Neither could they say whit provisions the wilt contained! The Register has not yet accepted the will and will not pass upon it until after the hearirg. The document provide* that a SSOO bequest shall go to the Ot terbein United Brothren church and Continued on Mn(h Fuse. LAST PAY OF CONGRESS? Adjournment Arranged by Leaders for fl O'clock This Evening By Associated Press. Washington, Oct. 22.—Adjournment of Congress at 6 o'clock tonight wa« arranged by Administration leaders o? both houses to-day and a formal reso lution to that effect was prepared. There were some rumblings of a filibus ter by Southern members who want legislation to relieve the cotton sit.ua tion, but the Democratic leaders seemed sure of their plan. When the House met at 10 o'clock it began killing time by reading the Jour nal in full while awaiting the report of the conference on disputed points in the war revenue bill. The Senate wa« ready to follow action of the House Seemingly the adjournment was a sured. The conference report was adopted by a rising vote of 126 to 52. The re port went over to the Senate for action and the House took up the cottou ware house bill. When the report arrived in the Senate Senator Smith, of Georgia pressed a resolution for a Senatorial commission to investigate the cotton export situation. The Senate adopted Senator Smith's resolution and proceed ed to the conference report on the war revenue bill. Meanwhile m the House Represents tive Henry's filibuster was productivr of an agreement to take up the cottor warehouse bill, provided a special rub under which amendments to the bank law are being considered coufti be di« posed of.