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THE WEATHER BAIN TO-NIGHT CLOUDY TO-MORROW Detailed Report, Page 8 f, , rT A ? , , , :" Kn VOL. 77—NO. 60. SWEAIGIINHEI M FIBEIEI SHE 21IITI1IL Revised Code of Rules in Engine House Fol lows Conversion of Shamrock Company 36 NOW MEMBERS OF BIBLE CLASS Regarded as Significant That No. 11*3 Heroic Men Who Barely Escaped Death at Ford Fire Are Among the Most Active in the Religious Work It is strictly against the rules to ewear in the engine house of the Sham rock Fire Company, No. 11, since twenty-four of that Jompany "hit the trail" in the Stough tabernacle. If a stranger "drops in" to frater ' M * HARRY O. DYBLIB President of Shamrock Company Who i Hit Trail With 23 Other Firemen nize with the Shamrock somke-eaters in their quarters at Herr and Fifteenth streets, he may swear once in the course of his conversation—if he is of the swearing kind—but just as surely as he does so ho will be politely reminded to "cut it out/' If he forgets himself and swears' a second time he is likely to find him- j self in the grips of several pairs of! brawny hands which will pilot him out j to the sidewalk with a firm admonition j not to come back until he can eliminate j profanity from his talk. The whole code of conduct of the firemen, in and out of the Shamrock engine house has undergone a complete ; revision since more than a score ot j members marched up the sawdust aisle ; in Dr. Stough's big temple and pro-! fessed conversion. The taboo on swear-1 ing is absolute, both among guests at j the engine house and the firemen them- j Helves. The twenty-four trail hitters in- j elude the president of the company and | many others of the officers. Twenty-two of these, together with fourteen Sham- 1 rock laddies who were church members before Evangelist Stough started his THE REV. JOHN M. WARDEN Chaplain of Fire Company No. n and Head of Its Bible Class campaign, are now regular attendants ! at the Shamrock Bible class in Bethany ; Presbyterian church. Discuss Bible in Engine House The men were in deadly earnest when j they "hit the trail" and they are just as earnest now in maintaining the prin- j ciples they have adopted to govern their course of conduct. They have not only "hit the trail," but they have ' stuck to it. Even the reading of Sundav ! papers has been given up by many of | the converts. As the men sit around the engine ! house waiting for the sound of the gong to call them to duty, their e»nver- j •ation not infrequently turns to (lis- ' Continued on Second Pace. i' ; ™'• • * » WIDE RANCE OF OPINION ON COAL WHARF PROPOSAL Members of City Planning Commission Divided in Their Views After Con ference With Manning—May Delay Action on Ordinance After spending four hours witlv War ren 11. Manning, of Boston, the land scape architect of the Harrisburg Park Deipartment, during which they dis -1 cussed the plans of the Harrisburg bight Ac Power Company to place a eoal wharf on llargost Island, the five . i members of the City Planning Ooni , : mission this afternoon were divided on j the question whether tie Light Com pany 's plan should be approved. Two members of the Ootnmission openly condemned the plan. Another thought something shoullt l>e done to ward getting rid of the Front and Mar ket street coal Whanf. Another said: : "If the upper end of the city's island |is a beitter place for the wiiurf, then i that is whe>e it sfhoukl go.'' The fifth I member declined to commit himself, i 1 Mr. Manning, the landscape archi , tect, refrained from exipres-fing his oipin ion to reporters, but the members of i the Planning Commission said they in . ferred from his remarks to thean tha j while ho is not altogether in favor of the Light Gonupany's plan, as it now stands, he does feel that it can be so 1 amended as to make the building of the ■ wharf on the island not objectionable. K. S. Herman, president of the I'lan , ning Commission, sari after the confer ; ence that tihe Commission took no for | null action. It merely discussed tho Continued on Elrvrnth !'»«. PENROSE PROBE IS BUMED Charge of Alleged Corruption in Penn sylvania Senatorial Contest Put Up to Next Congress fly Associated Frets. Washington, Feb. 12.—Investigation of charges of corruption in the last Senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania, •j Illinois and other States, was blocked | to-day, so far as the Sixty-third Con gress is concerned, when the Senate committee, which provides for the ex pense of such inquiries decided not to I act. Chairman \\ illiains said the Senator ial terms to which the investigation | would relate do not begin until the j next Congress and it was felt that an inquiry by the present Congress would i be premature. ' DOG CATCHER'S HOME ABLAZE Firemen Give Battle to Flames in Two Old Log Houses Fire in two old log houses, 1217 and 1219 North Cameron street, shortly after 2 o'clock this afternoon, did | damage to the amount of about $25. | The former is ten ante. 1 by Joe Hoeton, the city's official dog catcher, and the | latter by Charles Davis. The blaze ! was put out with chemical streams bv ; the Shamrock and Gookl Wirl companies. The fire started with the burning of ' chips in a stove in the Davis house, and spread to the adjoining building. The houses are two-and-a-hadf stories high. The firemen experienced somo difficulty in getting into the Davis' ! house, since they said the roms were j j tilled with mattresses, rags and waste : matter in wild disorder. This *Md not I ; catch fire. The alarm was sent in from box 51, i Cameron and Herr streets, the district companies responding. Only the Sham-1 ■ rock and Cood Will chemicals were put' j into service. BLUECOAT OFF TO THE PEN. j Scott, Who Killed Banks, Sent Away to Serve 13-year Sentence Robert F. Scott, the colored patrol man. wfho murdered iNathan Banks, of ticiailly began his penitentiary term of t rum twelve to twenty years at noon to | day. \\ ifh three either convuts Seoflt was taken to the penitentiary in Ph "ua ; delphia by I)c<puty Sheriffs Wilita.m I Hofman and Edward Wetzel this morn , ing. Scott, on leaving the county jail,! , told the prison attaches tfoait "1 intend ; to l>e a good boy while I am down i there and if you ever get to Philadel- ! iphaa, dropi around to see me." Ot'her defendants taken' to the pen | were Cling Mitchell, Harry Ooreey and Joseph Wilson. Corsey and Wilson got } terms of from twelve to eighteen i months on larceny charges ami Mi;-; 'hell got from nine to fifteen months for striking a man on the head with a j hatchet. | RELIEF WORKERS NEED CASH Have Only Enough Money to See Them to the End of Month Announcing that its funds rapidly i are being used uip and that unless more 1 contributions are received the present work will cease with the close of this I month, the Home and War Relief Com mittee this morning sent out an appeal for financial aid. j About $2,000 is needed to keeip the | work going until the middle of March at which time it is hopet industrial | conditions will be improved in this city. Something like 315 poor women now are receiving $2 a week and no fewer than 116 women are on the waiting list for work. The total contributions thus far received have been $7,000 and of that but $1,200 remains in tho treasury. Rusty Vessel Causes Four Deaths By Associated Press. Abilene. Tex., Fob. 12.—Four mem bers of the J. T. Garrison faanily, near Anson, Texas, are dead, and four oth ers seriously ill from poisoning from bread made from milk out «f a rusty tin vessel. HARRISBUKG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1915-14 PAGES. , LOD.STEELI : MM IfIHIY i! *• , Brut a 1 Wife-Slayer ' Sends Message of De ; fiance to Police Who Hunted Him r t LETTER RECALLS 1: GHASTLY CRIME He Writes to Midd'etown Friend Tell ing of His Flight Across the Seas and of His Enlistment as a Soldier f in European War > ' Steve Loncar who brutally mur | dered his wife in Steelton, ou Novem ber 17, 1913, by slashing her throat . | from ear to ear and hacking her body ; with a butcher knife, and then fled : from the police, is now lighting in the j racks of the Servian army. I | This fact was revealed to-day in a | | letter which Loncar wrote to an ac j quaintance living in Middletown, one | of a force of laborers employed on the I Pei nsylvania railroad The letter was received in Middle town this week, but its contents were not made public until to-day. It was written in the Servian tongue, bore j the Servian postmark and, among oth er things, contained a paragraph which, | translated, advised the friend to "tell ' the Steeltou constables to go to h —l, | for they never will get me now." The only reference linear made to , his. crime was the message to the Steel ton constables. It was a brief letter, telling that Steve is well and enjoying , himself and "having a good time" fighting against the Germans. The story of the murderer's flight and his present whereabouts was re lated by two of the men who read 1 the Loncar letter, to Adam Souillard, 1 a former Steelton patrolman and now employed in a similar capacity with the I'ennslvania railroad and stationed , in Middletown. Policeman Saw Loncar Souillard, through his former affilia tion with the Steelton police depart ment, became acquainted with these men and also with Loncar, whom he j in vain sought to arrest on the murder i charge. Souillard said he is convinced the information conveyed in the Loncar j letter is correct. Besides telling of the recent letter, tihe railroad policeman 1 told a story dealing with what he be . Continued un Fourth Pnttc OPIIDN B!LLJS_!N WMi Those Who Oppose It Say 140 Mem bers of House Will Vote Against the Brumbaugh Measure Evidence continues to accumulate \ that the Brumbaugh local option meas | ure recently introduced in the House ' of Representatives giving, counties the .right once in three years to vote on the question of "liquor" or "no liquor," Will meet with a stormy reception in j that body, anil unless all indications are wrong the bill will be defeated. In the last week the opiioneuts of lo cal option have, been taking a poll of the House to ascertain just where they stand, and one of the most active of the antis is authority for the assertion that there are at leasrt 140 votes against local option in the lower branch. Only 104 are necessary to defeat a ! measure. A prominent legislative official, who has been watching the trend of events 1 in the local option contest, is authority | for the statement that there will be 14 6 j I votes against the measure in the House,! or six more than the number claimed by ! t.h e liquor men. This information, fie said, was obtained by personal confer-, | ence with members of the House and : j through written pledges that have been j | made by legislators against the bill. It is also said that the local option [ | hill will never get before the Senate j and if it should it will meet with de- ! j feat there. Should the measure be defeated in : the House and by any c<hance be passed j by the Senate it could not again be con sidered in the House because of the con-! stitutional provision that a Senate measure embodying provisinoe of a bill once defeated in the House cannot again be considered in the House. Governor Brumbaugh is working earnestly to secure a majority of both houses to cary out his local option pledges, ami hie friends say that he may be able to secure the passage of the bill, but they have their doubts. Wilson Rejects Compromise Ship Bill By Associated Press. Washington, Feb. 12.—President Wilson to-day rejected the compromise ship bill evolved yesterday by Demo cratic leaders of the House. He refused to agree to an amendment terminating the activities of the government in the shipping business two years after the close of the European wax. WITH THE GERMAN ARMY ON r CEUMAN OUTOOST AT VOICES OBSERVING THE. MOVEMENTS OF THE. ENEMYS TISOOPS The illustrations above were taken by a photographer with the German army at the front in France and show the Teuton soldier and his method of fighting the enemy. I'CfILEB PHEICTS A GREAT 111 IN SOUTH IB'G I P. R. R. Superintendent Says This City Will Be the Logical" Heart of Distribution" BIG WAREHOUSES ARE COMING Individuals Will Build Them Now That Railroad's Plans for Immense Freight Station Are Definitely Known WILLIAM B. M'CALEB Railroad Superintendent Predicts Boom for South Harrisburg William B. MoCaleb, superintendent j of the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in a talk with ai ' Star-Independent reporter last evening, predicted an immense business boom in the warehouse district of South Harris i burg on the completion of the vast im provements the ra.ilroall is making there. He said Harrisburg from now on can look for the consuination of nvanv plans for the building of warehouses both by individuals and companies. The fact that the railroad actually is at work preparatory to laying its net work of tracks and building its great freight station in t.he big area it has acquired south of Mulberry, gives j tangible proof thait this is to be one of the greatest wholesale distributing cen ters on the whole Pennsy system. This fact, in his opinion, will en courage the building up of South Har risitmrg as a wholesale distribution con tor by interests that had been hj-lding off pending definite assurance as to the railroad's intentions. Mr. McCalet) said that few persons, outside of railroad circles, appreciated how important it was for Harrisburg that the company established here the big freight transfer station recently completed at Division street, up town. CoktU|c< OB Fourth PACE TELLS UNKNOWN HISTORY OF LINCOLN VISIT HERE Benjamin F. Meyers Relates Surprising Fact That the "Peace Democrats" Were In Session in Harrisburg at Very Time Wax President Was Here "Reminiscences of Harrisburg," was the subject of a paper read to the Dauphin County Historical Society last night by the veteran editor, Benjamin F. Meyers. Mr. Meyers told his audience some things concerning events in Har risburg that few beside -the narrator knew about. He began with the early John Harris regime and traced the city's municipal government up to the present time. Ho toljl of the visits to the city of men famous in history, from Washington to Lincoln; gave a most interesting story of youmg Harrisburg, and ended his paper with the story of Lincoln's visit to Harrisburg on February 22, IS6I. It was in telling of Lincoln's visit that Mr. Meyers sprung a surprise on | his audience and gavei them a bit of Harrisburg history with which none of them were familiar. Indeed, no refer ence was made to it in the Harrisburg newspapers of the time, and but for its being repeated from memory by Mr. Meyers, it is doubtful if it would have been made public. Referring to the Lincoln visit and Continued on Ulrvrnth Page. LINCOLN'S BJRTKDAY QUIET Banks and Postoffices Close—Exercises in Schools—G. A. R. to Celebrate To-night Although Lincoln's birtludav is a le gal holiday in this State, it 'was not observed as such in Harrisburg. Patriotic societies did honoT to the memory of the great war President. No i city, county or state offices were closet,i on account ot the holiday, however. Banks observe every legal' holiday and they were closed. The schools remained open as usual and sihort exercises were bedd in mo<t every school in the citv in memory of the martyred President.' Holiday hours were observed at the postoflice, the first delivery and coHeo'tHon being m<ado to gether with the evening collections. The postoffices were closed at 10 o'clock this morning to reoipen at rnjit night. Members of al/1 O. A. R. ports and their friends are invited to attend the jjatriotic exercises tlliis evening at 8 o'clock in tfhie post rooms of No. 58 at 26 North Third street. Captain John Hart Campbell, chief draughtsman in the Department of Internal Affairs, will be the speaker of the evening. SAYS HOHL DID XOT EAT Cincinnati Man Asserts Bandit Subsist ed on Liquor and Drugs John T. Allen, Cincinnati agent for the Ohio Humane Society, wiho is in Harrisburg to-day seeking requisition papers for a man arrested in Pitts burgh for the Cincinnati authorities, this morning told the Harrisburg po- j lice the result of the autopsy held on the body of Frank G. Hohl, the Harris burg man who was killed in Cincinnati after robbing three banks and mortally wounding a policeman. "The autopsy showed," said Mr. Allen, "that Hoihl had not eaten a thing for three days and that the only thing he had in his stomach was whiskey and some drug." Allen did not recall the kind of drug. Its presence, he suggested, ac counted for Hohl's recklessness in doubling on his tracks to engage in a fight with t>he policemen. Aged Couple Murdered Gibsonburg, 0., Feb. 12.—Mrs. Jo seph Kiinbel, 70, was murdered and her husband, Joseph Kimbel, 72, was probably fatally beaten by unknown men at their home near Braduer, Wood county, early to-day. lira nor 10 DESTROY MIDGES ONCANADABO9DER Grand Trunk Officials Take Precautions as Startling Report Is Eeing Circulated HATCHED ON U. S. WESTERN COAST? Scheme to Destroy Viaducts Between Maine and the Canadian Provinces Alleged to Have Been Formulated in the Golden State By Associated Press. Portland, Mo., Fob. 12.—A large force of police and watchmen stationed at the elevators, docks and coal pockets of the Grand Trunk railway was in creased substantially to-day in conse quence of a reported plot to destroy the railroad's property here and its principal bridges between this city and the Canadian boundary. Word was received from the com pany's general offices at Montreal as- I serted that the alleged plot was evolved j in California and that six men were j bound here to carry it out. | Montreal, Feb. 12.—The Grand j Trunk officiate here Stated to-day that j extra precautions to guard the" cx»m --1 pany's property were being taken at Portland, Me. Officiate said that tho Grand Trunk railway, in common with other large corporations, thought it j advisable at this time to alfapt pre cautionary measures against possible damage, but no alarm need be felt bv tliie traveling public. HAS FIGHT WITH LOBSTER Tom Bell Bests Crustacean Combatant After Merry Chase Tom Bell, oyster opener ut the Sen ate hotel, engaged in a lively chase aft er a lobster in the basement of the ho tel last evening. The animal's claws, I working convulsively, indicated that it | had no intention of becoming a salad j if it were able to prevent the same. ; The lobster made its escape when | Tom temporarily got busy in a ihandi , cap. The lobster in a few minutes finally succumbed as Tom's prey. Once ja claw caught in Tom's leg, but the latter wriggled out in half-Nelson style I and the lobster was making his escape with a part of Tom's trousers, when the battle to the death followed. The lobster became lobster salad then just for spite. BADLY BURNED IN STEELPLANT Highspire Man in Serious Condition, Due to Injuries From Electric Flame George Williams, 38 years old, of IHighspire, was seriously burned by an electric flash from a short circuit in a motor in tihe new mills of the Pennsyl vania Steel Company shortly after noon to-day. He is burned about the faco, neck and hands. He was taken to the llarrisburg hospital, where it was said that, his condition is serious. When the short circuit occurred on tho motor, on whic'i he was working, there was a flash of flame that struck hitt face. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CJENT. 818 CHECK OF RUSSIANS IN NEW BATTLE The Czar's Forces Meet With Disaster and Are Retreating to Their Own Territory GERMAN SOIL IS FREED OF ENEMY Great Battle In the Carpathians Pro ceeds While the Russian Attacks on the Warsaw Front Apparently Have Subsided—Quiet in the West X>ondon, Feb. 12.—An official state ment from Petrograd to-day makes it clear that the Russian invasion of Ea3t Prussia is checked and that the in vaders are retreating to their own ter ritory. Germany's version of tho events which brought this about has not been given, and it is not known whether there has been heavy fighting or whether the Russians are merely fall ing back before the largely reinforced German army. With the withdrawal of the Russians, German soil will be freed J from hostile forces, except, in a portion : of Alsace. Battle in the Carpathians No further details have been re ceived of the great battle in the Car pathians, and on the Warsaw front the Russian attack which followed the latest German effort seems to have sub sided. Corresponding quiet prevails i along the western front. The Portuguese Foreign Minister I has announced that his country will i csrry out the policy decided upon early | in the war, involving adhesion to the | treaty with Great Britain reqiwing | Portugal to assist her with troops. Portugal now has about 100,00 men i under arms. The Foreign Minister did not state whether immediate action would be taken to throw the army into the field with the allies. NO ANSWERS YET TO U. S. NOTES TO THE POWERS Wash i riff ton, iFeb. 12.—The note to Germany warning against mo mice to American lives and property in the new naval war /.one at>out the British isles and the ncte to Great Britain pointing out the danger to neutral ship ping by any general use of the Amer ican flag over belligerent merchant ves sels, were discussed at to-day's cabinet meeting, but all administration otti lona la refrained from commenting on them. j Secretary »Brya n would say no more than that tihe United States had not yet tteen officially advised of the re ceipt of t)he papers in London and (Ber lin. PARIS SAYS GERMANS ARE DEFEATED IN POLAND Paris, Feb. 12, 2.5U P. M.—An offi cial statement given out at the Wair Of fice to-day announced the complete fail ure of the German offensive in Poland. The Statement follows: "The failuro of reeont attacks by the Germans in Poland appears to be j complete. The losses of the German* are unprecedented. It is reported that they exceed 4 0,000 dead." FRENCH AIRSHIPS DROB BOMBS INTO GERMAN MILITARY POST Paris, Feb. 12, 5.20 P. M.—Five French aviators dropped bombs today on the German military aerodrome at Ilebsheim, an Alsation town in the out skirts of Muelhausen. JUDGE GETS DEATH SENTENCE Opponents Hate to Kill Him, But Ho Must Succumb to Inevitable Bowling Green, Ky., Feb. 12. —"Wo liate to kill him but we will," was tho concluding sentence of a notice found )K>3ted to-day threatening death for County Judge iH. 'H. Denhardt, the de struction of Iknvliug Green by fire aud its utilities by explosives. Tho notice was t'he second within two weeks promising punishment for Judge Denihardt unless he was instrumental in freeing Thomas Burns, a wrestler, of Ironton, Pa., and Clarence .Stem, of Springfield, Tenn., who are awaiting trial before him 011 the charge of high way robbery. It was found on the ap proach to a wooden bridge spanning tho big Barren river here. The structure was saturated with kerosene aud de stroyed by fire early to-day. T'he first warning was regarded as a hoax, but in a statement to-day the authorities say they are convinced the situation is serious, so much so that Judge Denhardt has ordered an investi gation.