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j RAIN TO-NIGHT AND TO-MORROW DttllM Rtftrl. Put • VOL. 77—NO. 61 BODY OF BONES Strong Suspicion Causes Distric Stroup to Order Full Investi gation by Coroner SolveSouthFourteenthStreet Mystery— Wisp Shred of Clothing Mag Help to Identify Victim—Author ities Seek Names of All Who Have Occupied the House in Recent Yea A wisp of chestnut brown hair and ft bit of calico with a stripe running through it are clues on which may liinge the identification of the body of the girl whose bones were dug lip in the collar of 133 South Fourteenth Street, yesterday morning by plumbers ■who were digging to lay a sewer. There Is strong evidence to support the theorv fhat the girl was murdered. While Ihe authorities have not publicly com mitted themselves to the murder theory, they are known to bo investigating on the belief that murder was done. District Attorney Stroup said Wtday lie has ordered Coroner Bcltinger ,tx. make the fullest possible investigation to include the names of all the persons ■who have occupied the house in recent j ears. He will later take up the case liimself. The police looked through the records and said at noon to-day that no report rf a missing girl sent to poliee depart ment could be connected wibh the find ing of the bones in the cellar. Body Burned Before Burial There is no doubt in the minds of the men who uncovered the bones that the girl was murdered. Dr. R. L. Perkins, Coroner s physician, who was asked to make a report on the bones, eaid that he could not positively state that murder had been done but he has found from investigation this morning that the body had first been burned in 8 fire before it was interred in the basement. C. R. Cashman, a plumber, 206 South Thirteenth street, whose men uncovered the bones, is of the opinion that the girl was murdered. He had the bones removed to his shop and called in Dr. Oeorge H. idder, who said they were those of a girl between the ages of 16 and 18 years. The doctor anvised Cashmin to notify Coroner Eckinger. The latter started his investigation at 1 o c.ock yesterday afternoon and last night turned the bones over to Dr. Perkins. Perkins, after having worked ou the ease all morning, gave out the fol lowing: "I believe the body was burned t>y tire before it was buried, for I have burned other bones and the same marks of discoloration have resulted. "What was first believed to be a particle of flesh turned out to be a bit of cloth, a kind of calico with a faint stripe running through it. "Some of the bones are missing,] among which are the back and the ! left side of the skull and the smaller bones of the ringers arid toes. The flesh will disappear from buried'bones and I believe that body had been buried from ten to fifteen years, judging from the condition it is in." Discovered by Plumbers The plumbers, yesterday morning, in seeking a place to dig, found a spot un der the cellar steps leading down from the outside yard at the rear of the building that seemed at first an "old ditch," and there they dug. At the depth of two feet they found the skull of the interred body. Charles Thomas 126 South Thir teenth street, who made the gruesome discovery, immediately told Cashman, who ordered the hole to be opened up. The "old ditch" was opened. The body was found to have been crowded into a space two feet by three feet. It die Star- Mi Jitkucttktti was two feet below the surface. Cashman is certain that he has dis covered the original dimensions of the grave, for the earth surrounding it is firm and does not have the appearance of ever having been disturbed. An old opening can be detected readily ten or fifteen years after it is made, according to Cashman. "Just as the plumbers had to remove the cellar steps to dig, so the murderer, if murder it was, had to remove the steps to dispose of the evidence of his crime," said Cashman. Cashman has been ordered by Cor oner Kckiuger to keep the hope open for further investigation and has stopped work there. '"lt looks to me like foul pit.y," Cashman said. "The 'hole is eo small that the body was eithor doubled up and crowded into it, or it was cut to pieces before burial. The bones looked to me as though they wore burned by acid. It looks as though the murderer threw acid over the body to hasten decomposition to cover up the crime, for the men complained that the water burned their hands while they were washing the bones. Skull Appears to Have Been Cleft "The bones are discolored, being mostly black with red and white spots. The skull looks to me as if a blow j from a sharp instrument, like a hatchet, had cleft it on the left side near the ! nose. That part of the skull is miss ing. The back of it is missing also, but small flat pieces of bones wore found. These may be a part of the skull. "The tuft of hair was matted but when washed was a beautiful shade of chestnut brown. What I at first thought was a piece o>f th# size of tihe palm of a man's hand, was found. To tihis was attached a piece of cloth. I am not sure now that it was flesh. The cloth is double thickness—a part of a hem something like the end of an apron string. It seemed to me as though it was white muslin." The house is noiw occupied by Elmer E. Stoner, who moved in on February 14, 1914, according to W. E. Jones, real estate agent, who has charge of the property for Miiss Minnie Burtner, 212 tiouth Fifteenth street, bhe owner. Jones took charge of the property in 1913 and first rented it to Jefferson 'B. Regar, who occupied it for three months but left in February, 1914. It was va cant for a few days until Stoner moved in. . At the home of Miss Burtner it was said that the house was occupied pre vious to February, 1914, by a family by the name of Hoopes, who resided there six or seven years. The property was purchased by Miss Burtner from a man by the name of M, H. Wagner, who now resides in Lebanon. Miss Burt ner has never had much to do with the house, she said, for she has always had a real estate dealer care for it, "except for a time while the Hoopes occupied it when she collected the rent herself. Noticed Odor in the Cellar The Regars still reside in Harrisburg Continued on Tnrlflk Pace. CALLS IN FIRE MARSHAL Chief Kindler Investigates Blaze in Tailor Shop Fire was discovered in the tailor shop of Lewis Bergfeld, 621 North Second street, this morning at 6 o'clock by neighbors. The Hope Comipanv was called and chemical streams extinguish ed the blaze. Fire Chief Kindler in vestigated the fire anil has turned it over to bhe State Fire 'Marshal for fur ther investigation. A slight fire in one of t'he guest rooms at the Pennsylvania hotel, 313 Verbeke street, this morning, destroyed the basket and burned a small portion of woodwork before extinguished by 'hotel attaches. No firemen were called. HARRISBURG, PA., SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 13, 1915- 12 PAGES. CIRL BURNED BEFORE WERE BURIED MIS HELPING IIIH GGINS Heagy Makes Confes sion Implicating Gibb and 2 Other Men in SBOO Holdup TELLS STORY OF ATTACK Former Sheriff of Potter County Was Left Unconscious on Trolley Tracks —Police Hope to Recovery Jewelry In Pittsburgh Albert Heagy ami John K. Gibbs, Jr., Steelton men, who last Wednesday were arrested in Youn'gstown, Ohio, to which city, it is charged, they fled after attacking and robbing J. F. Higgins, of Austin, Pa., were brought to Harris burg by Constable James Haines at 6 o'clock last evening and lodged in the l>auj»hin county jail. Higgins, a friend of former State Senator Baldwin, of Potter county, was beaten and robbed near Highspire on .January 19, last, after he had come to this city to attend the inauguration of Governor Brum baugh. This morning Gibb was admitted to Kail after Judge McCarrell had fixed the amount of the bond at $1,50 U. Tom -Jfeliej. proprietor of the Half Way house, Steelton, became his bondsman. Heagy, who is a machinist and has a wife and son, was unajle to get bail. Following Gibb's release Heagv made a statement to District Attorney Stroup. The prosecutor said that Heagv, besides confessing to the highway rob bery charge and implicating Gibb'as an accomplice, implicated also.two strang ers, whose names he does not know, but who. he said, planned the robbery plot against Hi'ggins. Victim a Former Sheriff Higgins formerly was Sheriff of Pot ter county. He is a middle-aged man and, according to lleagy's storv, was in a Market street hotel just before the trip, during which he was attacked and robbed. Heagy and Gibb will be given a preliminary hearing before Alderman C. E. Murray on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o clock. The District Attorney asserts Heagv said that the party induced Higgins to accompany them to the White House lane, below Hi'jh spire, on the represen ts 10 ", V l '! 1 ' lO wou 'd he taken to an rJks club house, this being a part of the plan, he said, that was advanced by the strangers who were supposed to earrv t^\J ob >; r . v and give Heagv and C»il*b half of the spoils. T l ie strangers were on hand when the trio left the trolley car at the lane and Heagy said, he and Gibb-walked out the lane, on the east side of the Continued on Twelfth I'nice. POST 58. G. A. R.. HONORS THE (HEMORY OF LINCOLN Captain John H. Campbell and Chap lain Staley, of the House of Repre sentatives, the Principal Speakers at Patriotic Gathering Last Night Post 58, Grand Army of the Repub lic, with members of visiting posts, Sons of Veterans and members of the For eign War Service and ladies of the G. A. R., last night held a Lincoln me morial service in the post room at Third and Strawberry streets and heard Captain Jmm H. Campbell, of the Internal Affairs Department, make a most eloquent address on the life of martyred President. Captain Campbell made particular reference to three of Lincoln's most speeches—that at Cooper Un 'on > *^* ew Vork; tho famous "lost speech ' at Springfield, Illinois, and the Gettysburg speech, quoting from all of them, and read hhe letter Lincoln sent the mother who had lost five sons in battle. He also recited a number of stories and told of Lincoln's love of humor. In closing the speaker jmid a beautiful tribute to Lincoln, the man. Chaplain Staley, of the House of Representatives, a former Middletown clergyman and member of Post BS, now residing in Philadelphia, told of Lin coln 's visit to the Union hospital after the Seven Days' fight in front of Rich mond, where Mr. Staley, then a mere boy, lay ill from fever, and of Lin coln's clasping his hand and wishing him well. He said tihat visit of Lin coln had an influence on his after life that was potent for good. Thomas M. Jones spoke briefly on boy life in Harrisburg during the Civil war. The speakers were given a ris ing vote of thanks by the old and young veterans. TURKISH CAVALRY ON WA Y TO THE FIRING LINE 1 lie cavalry divisiou uf the Turkish aruiy Is an Important unit of the Sultan's fortes The photograph abo' is u recent one and shows a body of these splendid fighters answering a call to the front. ASSISTANT CHIEF I IS HIT FIGHTING ASIOHAIE j Halbert Falls Fifteen Feet From Roof and 1 Is Rushed to Hos pital in Auto HAY MARES A DENSE SMOKE Firemen Have Hard Battle With Flames Which Wreck the Plant of the Har risburg Stone Works—Valuable Ma chinery Is Damaged - HL i, flflßg an. k. EDWARD HALBERT Assistant Fire Chief Who Was Injured While Fighting Blaze To-day Fire starting shortly before noon to day near the electric motor in the cut ting shop at the Harrisburg Stone Works, Seventeenth and Mulberry streets, owned by John Black, gutted that large one-and-a-half story frame buijding, which also contained the draughting room and a loft which was well filled with hay. The loss will amount to $7,000 and is partly covered by insurance. No men were working in the build ing at the time the fire was discovered. A caretaker, who was on the outside, noticed flames in the cutting shop. He caused the alarm to be turned in from box No. 17, Seventeenth and Market streets. In responding to this box most of the fire companies went several blocks out of their way to the blaze and consequently were late in getting streams on the building. Later an alarm was turned in from a box nearer the scene of the fire. Assistant Fire Chief Edward Hal bert, who was among the first to arrive, was assisting in laying a line of hose from a small shed at the side of the CaiUned an Twelfth Page. EARIMIFH BRITAIN EXPECTED British Government's Answer to American Note Will Probably Be Forthcoming Soon USING NEUTRAL FLAG CONTENTION London Newspapers Unite in Express ing Opinion That U. 3. Colors Will Be Displayed Only on British War ships Under Certain Conditions Kit Associated Press. London, Feb. 13, 12.15 P. M.—That the British government will have no difficulty in giving an early reply to the American note on the use of the American flag by British merchantmen is the contention of the afternoon pa pers of London, which \irtually unito in expressing tho opinion that a neutral flag will be used by British vessels only as an intimation to German warships that there are neutral passengers and goods aboard. Tho "Pall Mall Gazette" attaches "immense significance" to the phrase in the American note to Germany— "or cause the death of American citi zens" —as meaning Mi at Americans aboard British ships will be equally protected by tho home government aa those on board American ships. The "Evening Standard," basing its judgment on the tenor of the American notes, says: "It is plain in which di rection America looks for the possibil ity of trouble. If Germany does not now understand the meaning of the note and realize the false position into which she has been led by the arro gance of the official minds in Berlin she must abide by the issue." Lusltania Flies British Flag B]/ Associated Press. Liverpool, via London, Feb. 13, 4.14 P. M. —The Cunard line steamer Lusi tania, the vessel which flew tiie Ameri can flag across the Irish sea on her last trip in, as a measure of protection against German submarines, sailed from Liverpool for New York at her usual hour to-day under the British flag. ZfIPmIIMPERILsTAPITAL His Forces Destroy the Water Works in Mexico City and Situation Becomes Critical By Associated Press. Washington, D. C., Feb. 13.—Zapata forces have destroyed the water works in Mexico City, the food famine has become more critical and indications are that Carranza forces may soon evacuate, official advices to the Ameri can government say to-day. Mil CAVES INASBLRCKWELL WIS I SPEECH | Back Wall Crashes as Negro Orator Begins Thundering Praises of Abraham Lincoln AUDIENCE GO | OUT OF WINDOWS One Hundred Colored Voters in Wild Panic in Second Floor of Hall in Steelton—Some Leap to Ground, Others Come Down Telegraph Poles i Peter 8. Blackwell, the spectacular leader of the colored Republican forces in Steelton, noted as the political orator who gave Republican County Chairman William H. Horner the title of "Coron ious Leader,'" was about to start an oration on "Lincoln, the Great Emanci pator," in a Steelton hall last night, when part of the building fell down and there was a wild panic among his audience of 100 negro voters. About 9.30 o'clock, when the audi ence was assembled in Blackwell's hall, Adams street, to attend a memorial meeting in memory of Abraham Lincoln, the bulky form of Blackwell was dis cerned ascending the steps leading to tihe second story, where the auditorium is located. His entrance was greeted with loud and prolonged applause from his admirers, and this made the building shake. Blackwell, who was on the program to deliver tho principal "oration," was introduced by John W. Bailor in a short speech, wthich made out Black well to be hardly less of a statesman than President Lincoln himself. Wihen Blackwell stepped to the front of tho platform to begin his remarks the ap plause was vehemently repeated and again the building At this juncture Blackwell, with fire in his eyes and with a sweep of his arm half way across the platform, opened his mouth and was about to Continued on Twelfth Pane. Hurled to Death in Stone Crußher (Special to the Star-Independent.) Rheems, Pa., FVb. 13.—When his clothing was caught by a rapidly mov ing belt, George Shields, Jr., 21 years old, was thrown bodily into one of the big stone crusihers at the Laudis Broth ers' stone quarry here yesterday after noon aaid so badly injured that he died shortly afterward. His parents survive him. Gardner Out for County Commissioner Another candidate for the nomina tion for County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket has come to the front in the person of Gardner, of the Ninth ward. Mr. Gardner served in Solect Council from his ward and is widely known among tho Democratic voters. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. BIG BATTLE IS AGAIN ON IN ARGONNE The Western Front Scene of Struggle Be tween Germans and the Allies ACTIVITY SHOWN IN EAST PRUSSIA Reported Victory of the Kaiser's Forces in the Czar's Domain Causes Sub jects of Emperor William to Renew Faith in Ultimato Success Paris, Fob. 13.—Heavy fighting is in progress once more in tlio Arg-onno and the Vosges which have now become the most bitterly contested sections of tlio western battlefront. Otherwise the op jjosing armies in that war theatre are at a standstill. The activity of German submarines is believed to have been responsible for the sinking or injuring of threo more merchantman. Great Britain s spectacular aeroplane raid, her reply to this menace, was directed at the German submarine bases. The event of immediate importaneo in the east is the German victory in East Prussia, which according to Ber lin reports, was an imposing one. It is assumed in Germany that danger of Russian invasion in that region is end ed, but it is not yet clear to what ex tent tho conduct of the campaign will be affected. In the Carpathians the battles for possession of the passes are still unde cided. A Geneva dispatch states that the Austrians have suffered heavily from Russian bayonet attacks in Dnkla Pass. BRITISH STEAMER ORIOLE TORPEOOEHY GERMANS Havre, Via Paris, Fob. 13, 1.55 A. M.—Shipping circles here now consid er it practically certain that the British steamer Oriole was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine. The last time the vessel i« known to have been seen was at 2 p. ni. January 30 near Dunge ness iu company with the London (ftearner London Trader, which is also massing. There is oquail certainty that tho London Trader Shared the fate of the Oriole. A telegram from Rouen says Jajines Cullen, a survivor of the Trader, was landed there by the steamer Po- Lanll, the captain, of which stated an other ship w'bxe name he could not give, had saved three other sailors from the trader. The Oriole left London for Havre on January 2S. Her crew numbered 21 men. The British Admiralty ex pressed the opinion on February 9 that sho had been sunk by a German tor ipedo. The London Trader is a vessel of 654 tons built in 1913 and owndd by the London steamship Com pany of 1/ondon. LATE WARIeS SUMMARY The persistent German attack in the Argonne has gained further ground, the Berlin War Office announced to-day. More than half a mile of French po sitions is said to have been won. There has been f.'.tther fighting in the Vosges, and the Berlin .official report states that all attacks of the allies were re pulsed. The French communication gives few details of yesterday's fight ing, laying particular stress upon heavy artillery contests. The German War Office states that on the western front was found artil lery ammunition "which doubtless originated' in American factories." Berlin Is already celebrating the 'striking victory said to have been won over the Russians In East Prussia and further successes are noted In to-day's official report. It is stated that in Northern Poland as well as East Prns sla the Russian attacks have failed and that the Germans have been uniformly successful.