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Mailed to subscriber? tor Three Dollars a feat in *<!*»ne* THE STAR.INDKPeNDCNT The paper with the largest Home Circulation in Harrlsburg and Marby towns Circulation Examine a by TUB ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN ADVERTISERS. TELEPHONES' BELL " Private Branch l>ehan|e, No. 3280 CUMBEMLANO VALLEY >H»ale Branch E»ohan|>, . No. 145.246 Monday, February 15, 1915. FEBRUARY Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thar. Fri. Sst -1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MOON'S PHASES— La ft Quarter, 7th; New Moon, 13th; First Quarter, 21st. WEATHER FORECASTS / JTJn Harrisburg and vicinity: Fair and cooler tonight and Tuesday. Lowest temperature to-night about 38 degrees. Eastern Pennsylvania: Showers this /f' — p afternoon and to-night, cooler to-night, Tuesday fair and cooler. Moderate Mf^c: couth shifting west winds. ■ ■rV YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURE IN HARRISBURO Highest, 43; lowest, 34; S a. m., 34; S p. m., 42. UNEMPLOYED NEED JOBS NOW Now that there seeins to be a little better under standing among the members of the City Commis sion regarding the proposal to put the unemployed men of the city at work now on improvements pro posed to be made in the eoming y?J»r it is to be /hoped that they will speedily reach a conclusion as to how it can best be done at the earliest possi ble moment. We do not believe that the slight friction that ap peared among the Commissioners when they were deliberating on this important question was due to any lack of sympathy on the part of any one of them with the purpose of the general proposition. What differences there were, we believe, were merely differences of opinion as to how best to take care of the problem of unemployment with the least expense to the city. AVe do not believe that at any time any Commissioner was actually opposed to providing work for the men who are sorely in need of jobs at this time. It is only a question of the best way to provide the work. AVe believe that the fair-minded citizens of Har risburg, who desire to see the distress of the unem ployed relieved, will not object to the Commis sioners paying more money to have done now sueh work as can be done immediately, even at a greater cost. We believe the taxpayers of the city are will ing that the City should spend a few thousand extra dollars to have improvements made at this time of year and relieve the distress rather than postpone such work for several months when those several thousands of dollars might be saved. It is a commendable spirit on the part of the Commissioners to try to conserve the funds of their particular departments for they have not much of a margin to go on. Perhaps, however, it would be practical for the Commission to appropriate several hundreds or a thousand dollars from the City's general contingent fund for the specific pur pose of meeting the difference between the cost of making certain contemplated improvements to-day and the lower cost of making them a few months hence. Then each department might also draw to a more limited extent on its own departmental con tingent fund. Thus the added expense of making the improvements now would be borne by the City as a whole or be equally divided among the depart ments, and would not be a drain against one depart ment more than against another. Even if such a plan would result in a total deficit of several thou sand dollars in the various contingent funds at the end of the fiscal year, we believe that the taxpayers of the city, as a class, would approve of such a debt incurred for the purpose of putting bread in the mouths of the worthy unemployed who are willing to work. MORE STATES IN THE UNION—MAYBE If Texas were to be trisected and California bi sected, as has been proposed, and three new states thus added to the Union, the country would not be any larger or any mightier, even though the United States Senate would be vaster to the extent of six new members. The object of the Texans and the Californians in suggesting that their states be divided is of course to gain the additional representation in the upper branch of Congress. A joint resolution for an amendment to the Texas constitution to split the state in three is now under consideration by the HARRTSBFRG STAR-INDEPENDENT, MONDAY EVENING-. FEBRUARY 15. 1915. Legislature, and an amendment in California to be put on the ballot in the next election for a refer endum vote is proposed by the People's Associa tion of that state. The Texans hold that their state is too big for two senators to manage, and it does seem that can didates for election to the Senate froiu Texas. — now that such candidates must tell the people all about it. —are expected to do a good deal when it comes to canvassing their bulky commonwealth. One sad result of a division of Texas would be that of making impossible all usual comparisons as to the si*es of foreign countries with reference to the tremendous area of the state. "Not nearly so large as our own state of Texas alone," would be a happy phrase lost forever. In California, too, the size is somewhat of an argument for a division, but even more so is the peculiar situation of the state which stretches through so many different climates which cause so great a variance in the interests of its people. The suggestion is that the eight eouuties in the lower part of the state be made into a new common wealth. If two states were to be formed where one exists now. they would be as widely different in many respects as are Massachusetts and North Carolina. While three new states would put three addi tional stars on the flag, they would also supply three extra capitals for the school children to learn, thus helping to provide mental discipline necessary to the well-being of the little ones. The capitals picked out for the two new divisions of Texas by the advocates of the scheme are North Texas, Pal estine. and West Texas, Abilene, South Texas re taining the present capital of Austin. There would assuredly be a swing to a geography lesson dealing with "Palestine, Abilene and Austin." which would have possibilities in bringing out expres sion almost as great as a recitation iu Kuglish poetry. THE NEUTER AS PEACE-MAKER "A Neuter only has room to be a Peace-maker," wrote William Penn, "for being of neither side, he has the Means of Mediating a Reconciliation of both." This country is not without advice from great men of the past in the present crisis when it is striviug earnestly to please and displease equally the belligerents in Europe, that it may preserve its neutrality, remain at peace and ultimately be the means of bringing about satisfactory reconciliation. Certain words of wisdom coining from George Washington, some time after the production of Penn's "Fruits of Solitude," are also peculiarly appropriate. In his farewell address in 17% the Father of llis Country said, after pointing out that the detached and distant situation of this country should keep it from becoming implicated in European diffi culties. that he was certain that the United States "had a right to take, and was bound in duty aud interest to take, a neutral position" with respect to the war then being waged in Europe. The words which then followed are significant now if ever: '"The duly of holding a neutral conduct may t» inferred, without anything more, from the obliga tion which justice and humanity impose ou every Nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to main tain inviolate the relations of Peace and Amity to wards other nations." The rights of neutral nations are affected in the present war to a greater extent than in any pre vious conflict; yet this country, as a "neuter," has duties to perform as well as rights to uphold, and the most important, perhaps, of these duties is to remain itself at peace that it may ultimately play the peace-maker. Needless advice to the legislators: "Don't overwork yourselves!" Canada has a war aeroplane scare. Some of the Mil waukee Germans must be flying north. Guarding Berlin bakeshops to prevent bread riots sounds as if there is a laxity in the censorship of the war news. How did the story get through? Naturally there are two "original" charters granted by King Charles to William Penn when it is considered that a number of copies have been made of the "only original" at present in the State museum. More "old masters" are coming to the front, probably. Everybody will agree with the Rev. Dr. Sniucker in his statement that we ought to keep war out of politics, the home and from American citizenship. There is no occasion for Uncle Sam to mix in, and President Wilson can be depended upon to keep us in the right track. TOLD IN LIGHTER VEIN A DIFFERENCE Mrs. Hicks—"Have you ever tried shopping by mail?" Mrs. Wicks——"My dear, one cannot shop that way; one can only buy things by mail."—Boston Transcript. HIS WAR ZONE Knicker—"Does Jones suffer from a psychological block ade?" Bocker—"Yes, he is constantly afraid that his wife will blow him up."—New York Sun. ADVANTAGE OF AMEBICA Mr. ayupp—"This is a great big land of ours." Mr. Blase—"That's right, and a fellow doesn't realize it till he travels. Why, you can actually go to places in this country where you don't owe anybody."—Puck. SCAND'LOUS "Ef yo' had your choice, Liza, which would yo' rather do—live, or die an' go to Heaven?" "Ah'd rather live." "Why, Liza White, yo* scan'lous chile! Sunday school hain't done vo' no good 'fall!"— Life. TOUGHENING THE CANADIANS A London (Ont.) report says that soldiers of the con tingent in training were ordered to sleep outside with the weather at 32 below zero, and most of them had frozen ears, hands or feet. If that is true, th«re ought to be a sharp reprimand for the officer who gave such a foolish order. The Canadians are not going to be made better soldiers by being needlessly frozen, nor are they going to fight in the Arctic regions.—Toronto Mail and Empire. Omega Oil ColdinHead and Catarrh Put a teaspoonful of Omega Oil in a ; crip of boiling water, then inhale the ; steam which goes through the passages ! of the nose and throat. This simple treatment usually gives quick relief. / ■ , 1 Tongue-End Top ics I Wants to Pusli Death Chair Button John Frauctes, warden of the West ern penitentiary, who is to have charge of the electrocutions in the death 'house «t the now penitentiary in Centre eoun tv. is just now overwhelmed with ap>pli eations from persons who want to see the first electrocution—that of a man nnme.l Talap, a Montgomery county murderrtI—which 1 —which is to take p>*ee dur ing the week of February 22. Of course Warden 'Francies cannot permit anybody to be [resent except those ,named in the law—the physicians, jury and representatives of the newspapers from tlie county where the condemned man was convicted — but applications from the morbidly curious continue to reach the warden. The other day he received a letter from a man who is desirous of pushing the button that turns on the electric current to snuff cut the murderer's life. The man wro.'e: "I think 1 am well qualified for the place of electrocutioner. for 1 have had ait experience as a butcher for twenty | years." He will not have the grue some pleasure of pushing the button. 0 * * Keeping Tabs on War Contracts The Socialist group in the Chamber of Deputies of France uas decided to I tirstie vigorously the supervision ol all army contracts. The secretary has writ ten Monsieur Millerand demanding pub lication in the '' Journal Otiiciel'' of a complete list of all persons and houses furnishing supplies to the army with their addresses :yid the nature and amount of their contracts. The sub committee of the budget committee has slso ask oil the 'Minister of War for all records concerning army contracts. Xo detailed complaints of irregularities have been made but the "Socialist group declares it has information com'erning certain abuses. * « * Doctor Wounded t»7 Times Dr. Dercle, surgeon in the French army, was decorated with the I'rosa of the Legion of Honor at the Val-de- Graee hospital recently after having been several times mentioned in the orders of the day. He was wounded no less than 97 times before he gave up his strviees. Many times slightly wounded since the beginning of the jvar, he dresse 1 his own wounds and re fused to abandon -his post, but finally he fell under three very serious wounds that required his transportation to a hospital. ••• A Brave Printer's Boy Oaston Huet, printer's boy at Foil ta'ncbleau, France, stowed himself un der a seat in a train that carried rein forcements t'or the Forty-sixth infantry! to the front. He took part in all the battles of the regiment and was killed by a fragment of a shell January 18. * e * East Coast Death RdII Grows The complete list of the killed ami > wounded in the naval bombardment on 1 the east coast of England may never j be ta'bluated. At Hartlepool the death j roll to date is 113 and the wounded | approximately 300. At Whitby three were killed and only two wotnided. At I Scarborough the lis; is not procurable j though it is known that eleven at least ; died and twenty-eight were injured. These figures are rather under than over the actual totals. Each Life Valued at $2,500 Reckoning each man as a wealth producing force equal to a mere $2,500 in capital, the economic waste of human life in the present Kuropean war on the basis of a million dead and per manently incapacitated, had by Janu ary 1 eost Europe $2,500,000,000, ac cording to F. W. Hirst, a well-known Ijondoit- financier. Addressing the Shef field bankers on the political economy of war. he also said in the first three months of this war, Britain had actu ally spent- more than in her entire three years' campaign in Crimea, or two and a half years in the Boer war. We'll Catch That Cold When you exchange 25 ceuts for a bottle of our cough remedy WE GUARANTEE to catch that cold of yours. Relieves light colds instantly and never fails to overtake bad ones. Its name is Tar, Tolu and White Pine Cough Syrup, 25tf the bottle Foley's Drug Store 426 MARKET STREET 1 *• MPtn^FIDST (UNDER AN ARRANGEMENT WITH thk department or labor and INDUSTRY THE STAR-INDKPENDENT I EACH MONDAY A PRACTICAL. i&TICL.E DEAItING ON THE "SAKKTY *mST' MOVEMENT OR KINDRED SUBJECTS. PREPARED BY 'I HAT BRANCH OK THE STATE GOVERN MENT, OF WHICH COMMISSIONER JOHN PRICK JACKSON IS THE HEAD.) SAFETY' FOR FIREMEN i There lias been a great deal said | about safety for employes in ease of tire, and much emphasis is heiug placed on 'protective methods, such as an or derly arrangement of all working ma terials, constant practice of lire drills and in t>he use of fire-fighting equipment at immediate service in industrial plants. The safety of employes is the purpose emphasized. There is another group of men also highly deserving of consideration in these protective schemes. In case of a lire in an industry, that be.nines o; large enough proportions to call iu the company's firemen vr the town or city firemen, some thought should be given in advance to the con ditions which would make tfoeir work most safe and efficient. Many of the conditions which would insure safety for firemen are also the same under which all persons in a plant would be best protected; but in repeating the de tails the fireman's safety is empha sized, since to this group of men be longs the duty of assuming the most dangerous tasks connected witih burn ing buildings. The employes' duty is to leave these buildings as rapidly as possible; the fireman's duty is to enter and attack the lire. In entering or leaving buildings with greatest speed and safety the lirst requirement is free passageways. In plants where the orderly arrangement of all machinery and materials is the constant rule, nothing more in this mat- J ter is needed as a tire precaution. Or j derly arrangement would include aisles free from any accumulation of mate ' rials that would cause a person walk ing rapidly to stumble or fall. Another necessity is that the flooring of all passageways should he level, free from I sudden depressions or any unexpected ! irregularities. It is to be remembered ' that flie smoke of a fire would be apt j to shut off light in many such places, } and flooring irregularities would be j come dangerous. All openings to the floors below, abrupt entrances to'stair j ways, elevator shafts, etc., sihould be carefully guarded. The need of stopping all machinery j in ease ot fiie is generally recognized j as of great importance and regularly ! attended to; but for the safety of fire ; men entering machine shops it is of value to emphasize the great danger to | them of machinery left in motion. Another condition that would great | lv endanger the lives of firemen is the presence of explosives in burning buildings. It has beeu found in many instances that persons constantly handling explosive liquids or other ma- I terial become exceedingly careless con cerning it. The remedy would be to l*keep nil such material in storehouses j built purposely for it at a distance from i the main shops that would insure the j least harm in case of fire and explo sion. A frequent cause of accidents to I firemen is falling glass; but, at the present time, wire glass is coming con stantly into greater use and is giviug effective service. It not only prevents accident from falling glass, but is a greater barrier to smoke and flames. Wire glass in metal frames used for all j windows is one of the best aids in pre venting the spreading of flames and insuring the safety o" the lives of those whose duty it is to fight fires. In view of tiie fact that in case of fire the firemen are the ones by whom the greatest risks must be taken, every grhtme of fire prevention and protection should include safety not only to the employes of any industry, but also to) the firemen. It' is one of the purposes of tihe Department of Labor and In dustry to assist our State industries in every way possible to prevent fire, or, in case of its occurrence, to provide the greatest degree of protection. ' PEOPLE'S COLUMN The Star-Independent do«s not make itself responsible for opinion* expressed in this column. ' approaching armageddox The MennluK of Thin World War, an j Interpreted b~ Elder L.. E. Sklpltr Editor of the Star-Independent: Dear Sir —What is the meaning of this ; cataclysm of the nations? What mean.* ' the beating of this llail of death onl the quivering flesh of civilization? Is I it only a step In human evolution? It is < the wreck of civilization? Is it the j long-expected Armageddon of Biblical prophecy? Yesterday this world was a neigh borhood. to-day it is a slaughter house, a charnel. a cyclone, a cemetery. Yes terday there was comparative peace and prosperity, confidence, friendly in tercourse and kindly ministration; to day there is turmoil and famine, dis trust. hatred, malevolence, ruin, dis may, and a mutual desire to injure and to kill. Does it mean nothing to this race but the changing of a few rulers and the making of new boundary lines? It means much more. Civilization as a guarantor of peace has proved itself a broken reed. The hand that leaned upon it has been pierced by It; and the innocent victtms of that trust are wat ering the storm-swept soil with their j tears and their blood. ! Centuries ago this world was warned that a time would come when the call ; to war would go ringing through the | earth, and the nations would respond. 1 Certain religious leaders have been teaching the world for years that we j were soon to enter upon a mlllenium of [ peace. They have deluded themselves and their hearers with the belief that some of tiie wishes of the human heart : are the very oracles of God. They have wanted wars to cease, and have de clared that they would cease. God has | recorded their declaration; and then they have declared that God's record of their declaration in this matter was j God's own declaration to the human | race of wliat he purposed should be. This utterance from Isaiah they have thus interpreted: "And He (God) shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many | people; and they shall beat their 6Words into plowshares and their speans into pruning hooks: nation sh-all not | lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more."—lsaiab | I!:!. It is essential that we know who Is saying this. The verse immediately pre ceding the one quoted reads: I "And many people shall go and say. Come ye and let us go up to the moun | tain of the Lord, to the house of the I God of Jacob; and He will teach us I of His ways, and we will walk In His ! paths; for out of Zion shall go forth ! the law, and the word of the Dord from Jerusalem." Who says it? "Many people." And I they are saying it now. And what else are they saying? That "they shall beat their Bwords into plowshares, and their spears Into pruning hooks," and that "nation shall not lift up sword 1 against nation, neither shall they learn I war any more.'' When are they saying TIMELY ECONOMIES IN THE GLOBE'S February Final Clearaway Man's $2.50 Iranian Are Now $1,85 It's the combination of dependable qualities and remarkably low prices that makes this sale of men's trousers such a success. Sizes to tit every man—Cassiineres, Cheviots and Worsteds in striped effects—plain or cuff bottoms. $5.00 Storm Rttefers Art Now $3.50 Short Coats—the heavy "old time" Pea Jackets, with the Rood warm storm collar—heavily lined. The ideal coat for railroad men or others whose work takes them outdoors. • ■ - ■ ■ ■ -/ Monyso.so Raincoats Are Now $6.95 If it doesn't rain to-day or to-morrow—it will rain on many, many other days. So we say to men in need of a good, service able raincoat, buy these to-day—the saving is big. These are made of double texure Pararaetta Cloth, in the English Slip-on style. Exceptional values. $3.50 Corduroy Troason Are Now $2.85 A real saving snap in high grade corduroy trousers, lined throughout with heavy twill, exceptional quality corduroy— durably made to stand hardest kind of wear. Uncommon values at $2.85. THE GLOBE it? The second verse of the same chap ter tells us that "It .shall come to pass in the lust days." etc. Then "In the last days" we are to hear much talk t»f nil epoch of pence, tranquillity and prosperity; much talk of regulating nil human conduct by dl- j vine law; much talk of the church res- j uluting all the affairs of the world; much talk of the speedy and perpetual | elimination of war from the activities of this world. If we had no other proof j that we are living in the last days, present-day facts fulfilling that proph ecy would be proof enough. That scrip ture describes our times, and our times i fulfill that scripture. j Now what Is the truth of the matter? In the sarnie chapter we learn what the true conditions will be in the last days. It portrays a condition of terror in the world: "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted In that day. I'"or the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one tliat is lifted up; and he shall be brought low AnU they shall go into the holes of the roclts and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory kf His majesty, when He ariseth to shake ter ribly the earth." —Isaiah 2:10-21. A verv different condition of things Is this from the condition which "many people" are looking for; but that scrip ture agrees perfectly with what our Saviour himself declared would he. There is no promise there of any epoch of peace and safety. It is a time of distress and perplexity, and fear, and terror, and it leads right into the com ing of the Son of God, the destruction of the wicked and the reward of the righteous. ifHnee Turkey has decided to throw herself into this fray, there is every possibility that this terrible grapple of the nations of the world is leading straight on toward Armageddon. While Turkey kept out and the war was con- ! tiued to Europe, Armageddon did not j seem so near. That old battle ground of the ancient nations is located in Pal estine, at the foot of Mt. Megiddo, in the plain of Esdraelon, north of Jeru salem, accessible from north and south and from the sea. That is to be the gathering place of the hosts of the nations in the last mighty battles of this world. The reason for the assembly of the nations at Armageddon seems plain when we consider the logical result of Turkey's entrance into this war. If she is driven out of Europe and forced out of western Asin Minor, it would seem she must withdraw into Palestine. When Islam and - other heathen re ligionists come to grips with armed Christendom in the Holy Land, we shall have Armageddon. The door is now I flung wide open for just such a de nouement. And will peace follow it? Nay, verily; and there will be no j battles fought after that, for there will : be no one left to tight them. That closes the history of this present world, j and leaves the wicked slain upon the | earth and the righteous on their way with angelic escort to the 'place of their reward. Very sincerely yours, U E. SHIPLEY, SIS Market St., Elder of the Seventh day Adventist Church, Feb. 16, 1915. Security For Your Funds When you deposit your funds with this institution in a savings account or Certificate of Deposit you are as sured of unquestioned safety as well as the substantial interest return of 3 per cent. This institution is a conservatively managed institu tion with capital and surplus of $600,000.00, and it extends to every depositor the most prompt and cour teous attention. Small as well as large accounts are received. "The Woman in Black" at tha Vic toria To-morrow "The Woman in Black," is the title of a hij/hJv thrilling Claw and Krlitiger j feature which will be produced by the Hiograph ('ompany to-morrow at the Victoria Theatre, 223 Market street, j This special attraction is one of a uuni- J ber prepared l recently 'by the nmu&ge | ment for its jwtrons and is announced I to-day so they may be prepared in ad vance for this exceptional production, j The play, which is in four big reels, is j without doubt one of the most remark able photo-dramas of the day bearing on the great social question of the age. It is intensely interesting tliroug'luowt and combines pathos and tragedy in the portrayal of its wonderful theme. Don t forget the third episode ol' "Runaway June," the great serial of love, hate, revenge, money and my stery by George Randolph Chester ;it the Victoria to-day. The play feature* Norma Phillips, former Mutual star, and wil'l run fifteen weeks.—Adv. * To Hold Anniversary Members of the Robert Burns Lodge No. 4 61, Free and Accepted Masons, will hold tihe forty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the lodge on Monday night, March 29, in the Masonic tem ple, Third and State streets. IT IS To buy a good watch— one that will pass the ! railroad test, by joining Our New Club All you pay for your watch is a few cents a day and you wear the j watch while you are paying for it. P. H. CAPLAN CO. 1 Jewelers 18 North Fourth Street HARRISBURG, PA. • Call, phone or write and repre sentative will call.