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RAIN TO-NIGHT CLOUDY TO-MORROW ii Detailed ltcpurt, l'asr 8 H VOL. 77—NO. 60. SWEARIRG BANNED 111 FIREIfI SHE 21IITIIIL Revised Code of Rules in Engine House Fol lows Conversion of Shamrock. Company 36 NOW MEMBERS OF BIBLE CLASS Regarded as Significant That No. It's 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 fiwear in the engine house of the Sham rock Fire Company, No. 11, since twenty-four of that fonipany "hit the trail" in the Stough tabernacle. If a stranger "drops in" to frater- HARRY O. DYBLIE President of Shamrock Company Who 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 he will be politely reminded to "cut it out." If he forgets himself and swears a second time be is likely to find him self in the grips of several pairs of branny hands which will pilot him out to the sidewalk with a firm admonition not to come back until he can eliminate 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 of members marched up the sawdust aisle in Dr. Stough's big temple and pro fessed conversion. The taboo on swear ing is absolute, both among guests at the engine house and the firemen them selves. The twenty-four trail hitters in clude the president of the company and many others of the officers. Twenty-two of these, together with fourteen Sham rock laddies who were church members before Evangelist Stough started his Wt THE REV. JOHN M. WARDEN Chaplain of Fire Company No. 11 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 they "hit the trail" and they are just as earnest now in maintaining the prin 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 Sunday 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 conver sation not infrequently turns to dis- CwtiiM4 on Second I'agc. Z\)t Star- 4tKmm Stikpatktit WIDE RANGE OF OPINION ON CCAL WHARF PROPOSAL Members of City Planning Commission : Divided in Their Views After Con-j ference With Manning—May Delay ! Action on Ordinance I After spending four hours with War ren H. Manning, of Boston, the land ' scape architect of the Harrisburg Park | I Department, during which they dis-1 | cussed the plans of the Harristourg Light & Power Company to place a ! coal wharf on Hargost Island, the livo > | members of the City Planning Com mission this afternoon were divided ou I the question whether the light Com pany 's plan ghoukl be approved. Two members of the Commission \ openly condemned the plan. Another! thought Something shouM be done to-j ward getting rid of the Front and Mar-1 ket street coal Wharf. Another said: "If the upper end of the city's island! jis a belt tor place for the wb.trf, then! j that is whe»e it should go. " The fifth J i member declined to commit himself, i ' Mr. Manning, the landscape archi . tect, refrained from expressing his wpin ion to reporters, but the mem/bers o: s tine Planning Commission said they in . ferred from "his remarks to them tha " : while hi- is not altogether in favor of j the Light Company's plan, as it now I stands, he does feel that it can be si | ' amended as to make the building of the - wharf on the island uot objectionable. , E. S Herman, president of the Plan , niug Commission, sai 1 it'ter the confer ence that tiie Commission took no for-' mal action. It merely discussed the, Continued on Elfvenlh l*n£e. PENROSE PROBE tS BLCCKED Charge of Alleged Corruption in Penn sylvania Senatorial Contest Put Up to Next Congress By Associated Press, Washington, Feb. 12. —Investigation of charges of corruption in the last Senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania. i«l Illinois and other States, was blocked j | 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 act. Chairman Williams said the Senator ial terms to which the investigation would relate do not begin until the I next Congress and it was felt that an inquiry by the present Congress would, j be premature. DOG CATCHER'S HOME ABLAZE i ; i : Firemen Give Battle to Flames in Two s 1 Old Log Houses 3 j Fire in two old log houses, 1217 and s 1219 North Cameron street, shortly I after 2 o'clock this afternoon, did ; damage to the amount of about $25.; I The former is tenanted by Joe Ilosron, ] j the city's official dog catcher, and the! " : latter by Charles Davis. The blaze j f was put out with chemical streams by! t the Shamrock and Goo»l WiH companies. , The fire started with the burning of ,) chips in a stove in the Davis house, " j and spread to the adjoining building, i The houses are two-and-a-half stories Ugh. The firemen experienced some j difficulty in getting into the Davis l house, since they said the roms were! t - i filled with mattresses, rags and waste ) matter in wild disorder. This «3&d not j catch fire. The alarm was sent in from box 51, - Cameron and Herr streets, the district t companies responding. Only the Sham-1 . rock and Good Will chemicals were put into sen-ice. ; BLUECOAT OFF TO THE PEN. j Scott, Who Killed Banks, Sent Away to Serve 13-year Sentence ! Robert F. Scott, the colored patrol man. who murdered iXathan Banks, of ficially began his penitentiary term of froan twelve to twenty years at noon to day. With three other convits ScoX was taken to the penitentiary in Ph ia delphia by Deputy Sheriffs WilXam Hoffman and Edward Wetzel tins morn ing. Scott, on leaving the county jail, ' told the prison attaches that '' I intend to be a good boy while I am down ] there and if you ever get to Philadt'l- j phia, drop arouns} to see me.'' Ot!her defendants taKen- to the pen j were Cling Mitchell, Harry Oorsey and Joseph Wilson. Corsev and Wilson got terms of from twelve to eighteen months on larceny charges and Mi;-; chell got from nine to fifteen months for striking a man on the head with a i hatchet. RELIEF WORKERS NEED CASH Have Only Enough Money to See Them to the End of Month Announcing that its funds rapidly ! are being ased up and that unless more contrilxitions are received the present 1 work will cease with the close of this ' month, the Home and War Relief Oom . mittee this morning sent ourt an appeal for financial aid. About $2,000 is needed to keep the . ; work going until the middle of March! . at which time it is hope t industrial j conditions will be improved in this city, i Something like 315 poor women now! 1 are receiving $2 a week and no fewer j t than 116 women are on the waiting list for work. The total contributions [ thus far received have bee-n $7,000 . and of that but $1,200 remains in the | treasury. Busty Vessel Causes Four Deaths By Associated Press. . Abilene, Tex., Fob. 12.—Four mem . bers of the J. T. Garrison fajnily, near . Anson, Texas, are dead, and four oth . ers seriously ill from poisoning from bread made from milk out of a rusty | tin vessel. IIARRISBURG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1915-14 PAGES. mm,mm IIOIRJII THE SGIVIAI ARMY Brutal Wife-Slayer Sends Message of De fiance to Police Who Hunted Him LETTER RECALLS GHASTLY CRIME He Writes to Middletown Friend Tell ing of His Flight Across the Seas and of His Enlistment as a Soldier In European War Steve Loncar who brutally mur- ! dered his wife in Steelton, on Novem-1 ber 17, 1913, by slashing her throat ! from ear to ear and hacking her body 1 with a butcher knife, and then lied' I from the police, is now lighting in the j j ranks of the Servian army, j This fact was revealed to-day in a ; letter which Loncar wrote to an ac | ijuaintauce living in Middletown, one i of a force of laborers employed on the j j Pet nsylvania railroad The letter was received in Middle town this week, but its contents were ' j not made public until to-day. It was! I written in the Servian tongue, bore the Servian postmark and, among oth er things, contained a paragraph which, translated, advised the friend to "tell the Steelton constables to go to h —l, for they never will get me now." The only reference Honear 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 twu of the men who read the Lonea.- letter, to Adain Souillard, a former Steelton patrolman and now employed in a similar capacity with t.he Pennslvania railroad and stationed ! in Middletown. Policeman Saw Loncar Souillard, through his former affilia | tinn with the Steelton police depart ment, became acquainted with these men and also with Loncar, whom he in vain sought to arrest on the tnurder : charge. Souillard said he is convinced the information convoyed in the Loncar letter is correct. Besides telling of the recent letter, t>he railroad policeman i told a story dealing with what he be- Coittlmied on Fourth Pnise OPTION BiLUSJN JEOPARDY 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 that body, ami unless all indications are wrong the bill will be defeated. In the last week the opponents of lo cal option have, been taking a poll of tho Home to ascertain just where they stand, and one of the most active of the antis is authority for the asserti n that there are at least 140 vote* against local option in the lower branch. Only 104 are necessary to defeat a measure. A prominent legislative official, who has been watching Che trend of events in the local option contest, is authority for the statement that there will be 148 1 votes against the measure in the House, or six more than the number claimed by the liquor men. This information, Be said, was obtained by personal confer ence with members of the House and through written pledges that have been j made by legislators against the bill. It is also said that the local option bill will never get before the Senate and if it should it will meet with de | feat there. Should the measure be defeated in the House and by any chance be passed by the Senate it could not again be con sidered in the House because of the con stitutional provision that a Senate measure embodying provisinos of a bill ' once defeated in the House cannot aigain be considered in the House. Governor Brumbaugh is working earnestly tx> secure a majority of both houses to cary out his local option pledges, and 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 war. WITH THE OERMAN ARMY ON FIRING LINE IN FRANCE r a GERMAN OUTDOST AT VORES OBSERVING THE MOVEMENTS OF THE. E/*eMVS TROOPS 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. STEM PREDICTS A GIT HOI IN SOOIHjfiRiSB'G 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 Bailroad Superintendent Predicts Boom for South Harrisburg William B. McCaleb, superintendent of the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in a talk with a Star-Independent reporter last evening, predicted an immense business boom in the warehouse district of South Harris burg on the completion of the vast im provements the railroad is making there. He said Harrisburg from now on can look for the consumption of manv plans for the building oif 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 the big area it has acquired south of Mulberry, give® tangible proof thait this is to be one of the greatest whoJesale distributing cen ters on the whole Pennsy system. This fact, in his opinion, will en courage the building up of South Har ris-burg as a wholesale distribution cen ter by interests thait had been hiding off pending definite assurance as to the railroad's intentions. Mr. McCalei) said that few persons, outside of railroad circles, appreciated how important it was for Harrisiwirg that the company established here the big freight transfer station recently completed ait Division street, up town. C*ktlmfe4 ob K«rtk Pace TELLS UNKNOWN HISTORY OF LINCOLN VISIT HERE Benjamin F. Meyers Belates Surprising Fact That the "Peace Democrats" Were in Session in Harrisburg at Very Time War President Was Here "Reminiscences of Harrisburg," was! the subject of a paper read to the j Dauphin County Historical Society last I 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 a,bout. He began with the early John Harris regime and traced the city's municipal government up to the present time, ilo 1 of the visits to the city of men | famous in history, from Washington to I Lincoln; gave a most interesting story of young Harrisburg, and ended his paper with the story of Lincoln's visit: to Harrisburg on February 22, 1861. I It was in telling of Lincoln's visit that Mr. Meyers sprung a surprise on ! his audience and gave 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 Eleventh Page. LINCOLN'S BJRTHDAY OUIET Banks and Postoflices Close—Exercises in Schools —G. A. R. to Celebrate To-night Although Lincoln's birthday is a le gal holiday in tibia State, it 'was not observed as such in Harririburg. Patriotic societies did honor to the i memory of the great war President. No city, county or state offices were closekl I on account of the holiday, however, j Hanks observe every legal' holiday and ; thev were closed. The schools remained oipen as usual and sihort exercises were bsid in mod every school in the city in memory of the martyred President.' Holiday hours were observed at the postoftice, the first delivery and collection being mode to gether with the evening collections. The postoflices were closed at 10 o'clock this morning to reoipen at mM>- night. Members of alii O. A. R. posits and j their friends are invited to attend the j jvatriotic exercises till is evening at 8 o'clock in tflue post rooms of Xo. 58 at 26 North Third street. Paiptaiin John Hart Campbell, chief draughtsman in the Department of Internal Affairs, will be the speaker of the evondng. SAYS HOHL DID NOT EAT Cincinnati Man Asserts Bandit Subsist ed on Liquor and Drugs John T. Allen, Cincinnati agent for tihe Ohio Humane Society, wtho is in Harrisburg to-day seeking requisition papers for a man arrested in Pitts i burgh for the Cincinnati authorities, this morning told the Harrisburg po i lice the result of the autopsy held on i the body of Frank G. Hohl, the iHarris burg man who was killed in Cincinnati after robbing three banks and mortally wounding a policeman. "The autopsy showed," said Mr. Allen, "Dhat Hohl 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 light with t>he policemen. Aged Couple Murdered Gibsonburg, 0., Feb. 12.—Mrs. Jo seph Kimbel, 70, was murdered and her husband, Joseph Kimbel, 72, was probably fatally beaten by unknown men at their home near Bradne/, Wood county, early to-day. ■RED PLOT TO DESTROY DUES oncijpEß Grand Trunk Officials Take Precautions as Startling Report Is Being Circulated ••• a 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 Preus. Portland, Me., Feb. 12. —A large force of police and watchmen stationed at the elevators, docks and coal pockets : of the Grand Trunk railway was in- I creased substantially t-o-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- J pany's general ofiices at Montreal as -1 serted that the .alleged plot was evolved '! in California and that six men were J bound here to carry it out. Montreal, Feb. 12.—The Grand j Trunk officials here stated to-day that | extra precautions to guaird tilie com pany 's property were being taken at Portland, Me. Officiate said that tho | Grand Trunk railway, in common with other large corporations, thought it advisable at this time to alitapt pre cautionary measures against possible j damage, but no alarm need be felt by fchie traveling public. HAS FIGHT WITH LOBSTER Tom Bell Bests Crustacean Combatant After Merry Chase Tom Bell, oyster opener ut the Sen- I 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 | if it were able to prevent the same, j The lobster made its esciape when ! Tom temporarily got busy in a ihandi -1 <,a l'- The lobster in a few minutes | finally succumbed as Tom's prey. Once I a claw caught in Tom's leg, but the ! latter wriggled out in half-Nelson style j and the lobster was making his escape w-ith a part of Tom's trousers, when i the battle to the death followed. The lobster became lobster salad then just for spite. BADLY BURNED IN STEEL PLANT Highsplre Man in Serious Condition, Due to Injuries From Electric Flame George Williams, 38 years old, of (Highapire, was seriously "burned by an electric flash from a short circuit in a , motor in tihe new mills of the Pennsyl vania Steel Company ghortly after noon to-day. He is burned about the face, neck and hands. He was taken to tho Harrisburg hospital, where it was said [ that his condition is serious, i When the short circuit occurred on i tho motor, on whic'i he was working, ; there was a flash of flame that struck his face. )' ' ,1 POSTSCRIPT ► . PRICE, ONE CENT. BIG 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 London, Feb. 13.—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 lias 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 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 ; along the western front. The Portuguese Foreign Minister i has announced that his country will ! carry out the policy decided upon early | in the war, involving adhesion to tlie 1 treaty with Great Britain reqiiw'ing Portugal to assist her with troops. Portugal now has about I no,no men , under arms. The Foreign Minister did i not state whether immediate action would be taken to throw the army into the field with the allies. NO ANSWERS VET TO U. S. NOTES TO THE POWERS Washington, 'Feb. 12.—The note to 'Germany warning against menace to ! American lives and property in the J new naval war zone atwrnt the British j isles and the ncte to Great Britain I pointing out the danger to neutral ship j [ing by any general use of the Amer ican flatg over belligerent merchant ves- I sels, were discussed at to-day's cabinet i meeting, but all administration offi- I dials refrained from eommen'tini; on | them. Secretary 'Bryan would say no more than that t'he United States had not yet Keen officially advised of the re ceipt of the piapers in London and 'Ber lin. PARIS SAYS GERMANS ARE DEFEATED IN POLAND Paris, Feb. 12, 2.5'1 P. M.—An offi cial statement given ou't at t'he War Of fice to-day announced the complete fail ure of the German offensive in Poland. The statement follows: "The failure of recent attacks by the Germans in Poland appears to be j complete. The losses of the Germans 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 i French aviators dropped bombs to day ■ on the German military aerodrome at | llebsheini, an Alsation town in the out skirts of Muelhausen. JL'DGE GETS DEATH SENTENCE Opponents Hate to Kill Him, But Ho Must Succumb to Inevitable Bowling Green, Ky., Feb. 12.—"W0 'hate to kill him but we will," was tho concluding sentence of a notice found ["osteal to-d-ay threatening death for County Judge H. 'II. Den'hardt, the de struction of Bowling Green by tire aud its utilities toy explosives. Tho notice was the second within two weeks promising punishment for Judge Deu'hardt unless he was instrumental in freeing Thomas Burns, a wrestler, of Ironton, Pa., and Clarence Stem, of Spring fie I*l, Tenn., who' are awaiting trial before him on 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 and de stroyed by fire early to-day. T'he firsrt. 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.