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FAIR TO-NIQ-HT AND TO MORROW Detailed Report, Face 8 dfT*?. l^" ed VOL. 77—NO. 66. GERMAN SUBMARINE TORPEDOES FRENCH STEAMER; U. S. OFFICIALS STILL HOPE FOR SAFETY OF NEUTRALS The Dinorah, From Havre for Dunkirk. Is the First Vessel fo Feel the Effects of the German War Zone Blockade Proclaimed in British Waters THE BOAT KEPT FROM SINKING No News at ton That the Mine and Submarine Cam paign of Germany is Actively in Effect — Official Text of the Reply to U. S. Note Is Awaited With In terest Dieppe, Franco, Feb. 19, via Paris, 4 A, M.—A German submarine tor pedoed this morning without warning the French steamer Dinorah, from Havre for Dunkirk, at a point sixteen miles off Dieppe. The Dinorah did not sink but was towed into Dieppe. No mention is made of the loss of any of her crew. A plate on the port side of the steamer below the water line was stove in by the torpedo. Nevertheless the Dinorah managed fco kerni afloat toy hard pumping, Word of the occurrence was taken info Dieppe by fishing boah and assistance for the Dinorah was prompt ly sent out. She was towed into port and her cargo will be discharged here. The presence of a German submarine off Cape Ailly was reported four days ago. The daily steamer traffic service be tween Dieppe and England has been suspended., Beldridge Strikes a Mine Dover, Feb. 19. Via Ijondon, 3.08 1". M.— The Norwegian tank steam ship Belridge, which sailed from New Orleans January 28 and Newport News February 5 for Amsterdam, struck a mine to-day oft Do\er. The vessel has been beached at Wal mer. It was first reported thiyt she was only slightly damaged by the explosion, but later it was learned that there had ! been fear of her going ilown. Her fore peak and her fore hold at water- j logged and her fore deck is awash. The | pilot on board and 18 men of her crew have been landed. The Belridige struck the mine at an early hour this morn ing. GERIIfI \N OFFICIAL REPLY 10 U. S. NOTE IS AWAITED WITH GREAT CONCERN Washington, Feb. 19.—Although Germany's reply to the American warn ing against attacks on its vessels in the new sea war zones gave great con cern to administration officials who feared for the safety of American ship ping, it was hoped that an understand ing might yet be reached for the pro tection of neutrals. No news had come that the mine and submarine campaign actually was in effect. Germany's dis claimer of all responsibility for what might happen to neutral ships ventur ing in the danger zones and its an nounced intention to lay mines in the British waiters, served to add to of ficial unxiety. The contemplated action of Germany continues to command attention here and officials were looking forward with unabated interest to the receipt to-day of the official text of Germany's reply. They already had unofficial information giving an outline of the answer. Pend ing the arrival of the official text, how ever, oflicials declined to comment. Delay in Receiving Beply The official text of Germany's reply hail not been received at the State De partment to-day; in fact there were no advices from Ambassador Gerard that it had been delivered to him by the Berlin Foreign Office, although officials kni>w fr .in other advices that the Ger man note ban been delivered to the American Ambassador and is, in fact, now on its way to America. Officials explained the delay by point . ; V' *;••••• •* V '- :; ■-> ■ ' ■ ' <S> ] I GERMANY'S TERROR OF THE SEAS AFTER A DIVE GERM Art SUBMARINE COMING TO THE SURFACE" ♦* J Above is shown one of Germany's submarines after Its rise from the depths of the oeenn. Note the rush ot water over the deck and the heavy swell caused by the sudden appearance of this strange war craft to the surface. inig out that the ambassador has been using the cable which comes from Rome and goes over a circuitous route with numerous relays, while the unofficial information about the correspondence has been sent from Berlin to London through neutral countries and then has taken the direct ca'ble to the United States. Berlin Note Considered Friendly When the Cabinet assembled for the usual Friday meeting, formal considera tion of Germany's reply which hail been expected, did not take place because there were uo advices from Berlin be fore the President. On the unofficial re ]»ort of the text published yesterday, however, the general situation was dis cussed informally and while it was ad mittedly the subject of concern, the general interpretation of the Berlin note was that it was friendly and of ficials prbfessed to be satisfied that no American ships would be destroyed by German war craft. Situation Not Threatening After the Cabinet meeting, it was said, it was considered that the situ ation was not at ail threatening anil that the administration had no fear that any American ship would be sunk. The suggestion of Germany in the latest note to the United States that means be found for identifying and safeguarding American ships venturing into the war zone was understood to have been taken up. It was agree*!, J however, that the American govern ment has no authority, to order ships to adopt such measures as taken in Holland and the Scandinavian coun tries which include the painting of the nationality of the in large let ters on each Jside. It was understood, however, that inquiries will be sent to maritime insurance companies to learn if any measures are contemplated 'for identifying neutral ships. Much Concern at The Hague The Hague, Via London, Feb. 19, 8.11 A. M.—The critical situation brought about by the German naval demonstration, which it was announced would begin yesterday, has greatly im pressed governmental circles here. A reply to the Dutch protest against the proposed submarine blockade has not yet been received but is expected momentarily. Work was continued in all govern ment offices until late last evening and several conferences were held between ministers. No real uneasiness is felt as to Holland's position but every precau tion has been taken by all branches of the defensive forces in view of possible eventualities. Several troop movements are report ed along the eastern frontier, facing Germany, but information regarding them is closeJy guarded. The water de fenses are understood to be ready fbr any emergency. New recruits for the army reached their training depots yes terday ami more will arrive to-day. Many Dutch vessels are now in Brit ish waters on their way to and from ports in Holland. Some apprehension is felt in shipping circles but it is pointed out that these merchantman are easily distinguished and consequently it is hoped there will be no untoward haippenings. The reported encounter of the Dutch steamer Helena with a Zep pelin airship in the North Sea and tho fact that the vessel was not harmed is regarded as indicating that Germany does not intend to attack neutrals. England Orders Travel Suspended Washington, Feb. 19.—A1l travel be tween England and the continent of Europe has been suspended by the Brit ish Admiralty until further "notice, ac cording to advices received to-day at the State Department. LATE WAR jra SUMMARY Germany has struck the first Wow since her war zone decree went into effect. A French steamer was torpedoed in the English channel by a German submarine. She was able to reach port although badly damaged. According to advices received to day at tile State Department in Wash ington, all travel between England and the continent has been suspended by the British Admiralty until further no tice. Berlin newspapers, commenting on the German reply to the American note, reflect the feeling that there must be G'oatlnacd on Twelfth Pace. HARRISBURG, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 19, 1915-16 PAGES. EXPECT RESULTS FROM President Gilbert, of Chamber of Com merce, Discusses Benefits of Tour READING WAS THE LAST STOP Harrisburg Party, in Twenty-five Au tos, Taken on Rubber-neck Sight seeing Journey Through the Parks of the Berks County Seat Back in Their Accustomed Places of business to-day, the trade boomers who made the two-day tour of Central Pennsylvania cities, under the aus pices of the Chamber of Commerce, ex pressed themselves as well satisfied with Harrisburg, although they enjoyed the tour immensely. President Hender son Gilbert, of the Chamber of Com merce, the "angel" of the trip, was asked to discuss the direct benefits likely to accrue to this city as a result of the sw'ug around the loop in the special train. "What it means in extension of trade will, of course, show up in after weeks when buyers in the eleven places visited remember the Harrisburgers they went out of their way to enter tain," said Mr Gilbert. "We are well satisfied with Harrisburg after comparing it with our neighbors. We, however, .learned something from each city we visited, but, better than that, we learned to know each other, which is of inestimable value." President Gilbert hesitated to talk about what the party saw that Harris burg does not have, but other travelers were not backward about expressing their views during the trip homeward last night from Peading, the last city visited. Not a few visionary city halls were constructed for Harrisburg dur ing conversation. The hotels in some of the cities visited created a fine im pression on the party and some fanci ful plans were discussed. Some Impressions of the Trip The bigger cities that entertained the loop-the-ioopers placed emphasis on their city improvements, something in which Harrisburg did not suffer by Continued on Twelfth Pace. FIVE ARMY CORPS OF THE RUSSIANS PROBAELY LOST Berlin, Feb. 19, by wireless to Say ville. Further reports concerning the German victory of the iMazurian lakes, in East Prussia, make it apparent that the Kussian defeat was a severe one. German military officers in Ber lin doubt whether much remains of about five Russian army corps. While the Russians may have saved some of their artillery through quick retreat it seems certain, army men say, that Rus sian troops to the number of at least 130,000, are no longer to be reckoned with by the German armies. The clearing of the Austrian crown land of Bukowina of the invaders also is taken by German officials to mean a Russian defeat on the other extreme wing of the operations in the east. WEST ENDERS IN SCHOOL BOARD WANT A BUILDING Director Werner Has Prepared a Reso lution for New School House at Fifth and Mahantongo Streets— May Go Before Board To-night To care for the increase in the num ber of grade pupils in the West End, George A. Werner, member of the Board, will introduce a resolution at the regular meeting of the School Board this evening providing for the erection of a new building at Fifth and Mahantongo streets, officials of the School Board learned this morning. It is known that Mr. Werner has been preparing this resolution for some time and previously mentioned this meeting at the'tiine he expected £o in troduce it. He was out of the city this afternoon and it could not be learned definitely if the resolution would go into-night. directors Shul and Hout/., who reside in the West End, also favor a new building and it is said they have urged Mr. Werner to be the sponsor of the resolution. There is but one school building be tween Woodbine and Division streets and all children in that rapidly de veloping section must go to that one, the Camp Curtin, at Sixth and Wood bine streets. This building is now crowded to capacity and many of tho directors fell now that a new building is necessary. According to Director Werner's plan, the new building will go on a plot of ground at Fifth and Mahan tongo streets now owned by the school district. It was purchased in 1910, along with two sites on the iHill, on which t.lie Woodward and Shi mine 11 buildings have been built.. The West End plot is an irregular triangle, fronting 285 feet on Fifth, ISO feet on Mohantongo and 334 feet on Reel street. It is commodious enough for a building similar to the Shinimell building. There may be contention in the Board on the location of the building, some of the Directors favoring the Reily plot, at Third and Reily streets, which is also owned by the district. This, however, is said to entail a great expense and the plan would naturally be for a building big enough so that the Reilv building could be abandoned and sold. TOLEMLQWCHTFROF SONGBIRDS IS UNEARTHED State Game Commission Learns That Blossburg Taxidermist Has Been Killing Rare Specimens, Mounting and Selling Them One of the most extensive slaught ers of song, insectiverous and game birds ever recorded since the laws went into effect forbidding the killing of such birds was reported to-day to the State Game Commission by agents in Bloauburg, Tioga county. The killing involved the destruction of turtle doves, screech owls, ruffed grouse, woodcock, brown thrushes, hairy wood peckers, yellow-breasted woodpeckers, red-headed woodpeckers, snowy bunt ings, orioles, quail, sandpipers, rose breasted grosbeaks, chestnut warblers and cedar birds, none of which, except the game birds, can be taken at any season of the year. Game Warder Joseph Smith, who has charge of the Tioga district, was informed that a man in Blossburg was engaged in the business of killing and mounting these birds and selling them, sometimes with their . nests, for big prices, and he made an investigation. He reported that the story was correct, and iu the house of the man, whose Continued on Twelfth Pace. Lobby Probe of Ship Bill To-morrow Washington, Feb. 19.—The Senate committee investigating charges of lob bying against the administration ship bill took no testimony to-day and will meet again to-morrow WON PLANT SHIN KEMKI Memphis Contract, Which Calls for 16,- OOOTons.is Released To-day- GIVES WORK TO 5 DEPARTMENTS Officials of Company Say Building of Big Viaduct to Span the Mississip pi River Will Keep Part ot the Plant Busy for at Least 18 Months At least five departments of the big plant of tho Pennsylvania Steel Com pany in Steelton will have plenty of work for tho next eighteen months, it was stated in the executive offices this morning on the big contract for the Memphis bridge across the Mississippi, which contract has just been released. This bridge will span the Mississippi river from 'Memphis, Tenn., and 16,000 tons of steel will be required to com plete it. All of this will be rolled in Steelton. The bridge will be approxi mately 2,500 feet long. It will be a cantilever structure connecting Ten nessee with Arkansas for railroad pur poses. The work began this morning and will be rushed right through. An advance crew has been sent to Memphis to erect the false work from which the superstructure of steel will be made. The departments of the Steelton company which will turn out the steel for the bridge will be open hearth; new "I" beam mill, recently com pleted; the steam presses, tho steel foundry and the bridge and construc tion department In the latter place the various sections of the bridge will be assembled and as fast as completed will be forwarded to Memphis. Although the cortpanv ol>taio«d the Memphis contract last September, work on it was held up and the order to go ahead was not received in Steel ton until yesterday. The new 44-inch roughing mill, now known as No. 3 blooming mill, is run ning full time, making billets and blooms of open hearth steel. This mill is equipped with a reversible steam en gine to drive the two-high roll train and the four soaking furnaces consist of four pits to each, with each pit sev en feet by eight and one-half feet square. The capacity of this mill is such that it can consume all the steel that can bo turned out by the eight open heart furnaces and Bessemer com bined at all times. The rail mill is busy rolling test rails for the Pennsylvania railroad and the outcome will not be known until the inspectors are through making tests. The frog and switch department is being operated on reduced time. Work on the new blast furnace is being rushed and four stoveß have been com pleted. 28 DRAFTSMAN TO BE DROPPED Steel Company Will Lay Off Men Em ployed on Special Work Twenty-edght draftsmen employed in special work on the plans for the now building now being constructed at the plant of the Pennsylvania Steol Com pany, in Steelton, for the last twio or thre'e years, will be dropped by the com pany at various times during the month of March. They will not all be dlropped at once, according to an an nouncement made this morning. A few of these employes, however, have already been notified that their services will not be needed after March 1. These will be followed by more lay offs each week during March. The dropping of these men will not affect the regular force of draftsmen employed by the company. ONCEFAMOUSBANDIT DIES Frank James Kept Promise That He Would Never Write Book and Refused 910,000 By Associated Pross. Kansas City, Feb. 19.—(Many stories about Frank James, the former outlaw and member of the notorious Jesse James gang, who died at his 'home near Excelsior Springs yesterday, Which clung to him after his surrender, were told hero to-day. A writer, long a friend of tlhe former bandit in company with a publisher, visited James several years ago to get information to be used in a book. "I promised the Governor of Mis souri when I surrendered to him," James told the publisher, "that I would never write a book about myself or per mit it to toe written." Though he was said to have been offered SIO,OOO, .1 pines kept his prom ise and his knowledge of the details of seventeen years of wild life will be buried with him. Much has been writ ten about the James boys, but accord ing to Frank no word of how they robbed ever came from him. Nor did he ever tell what became of vast amounts of money they were supposed to have stolen. RUSS FISH MARKET GIVES TON UF FISH 10 CITY POOR Pinched Faces and Shabby Clothes Evi dences That Bight Persons Were on Hand—City Police Conduct Eager Crowds Crowds which ahoiwed evidences of being pinched with the necessities of Wo began gathering shortly after the dawn of (l»v this morning in front of the Ruts Fish market on Market square, w<here an hour or more la/ter a ton of fish was in store for them. it was announced yosteHdlay by the proprietors of the market, A. B. Buss and J. B. Windsor, that they would give away a ton of fish to the city's pooT who called at the market wfhen it opened at 8 o'clock this morning. How ever, some three hundred did not wait until this time for when "Big Ike'' started weighing out the fish he found the crowd a little too much for him. Thiß part of the Mbnation was well taken care of, for Chief of Police Jo seph B. Hutchison also know what was going on and ordered a sergeant and four police to keep thing* going or derly. With the exception of minor incidents, suchi ais keeping the crowds in a single lino for fear the supply would give out, no trouble was reported at the police station. The fish were weighed by Isaac Freedman, known by his friends as "Big Ike/' giving each person one fish. As the average fish weighed aibout two and one-halif pounlds, it is es timated that from eight to nine hun dred persons went away happy. It is not definitely known whether father, mother, sister, brother and others of a family called or whether one fish went to each family, but this is a matter for the public to solve, as Mr. Buss j says hie is perfectly satisfied the way things went. PROMPT WORK IN FIRE DRILL Star-Independent Building Emptied Six teen Seconds AfteT Gong Sounds The first fire drill since a new sys tem of gongs was installed in the Star- Independent building, 18 to 22 South Third street, wa« held in the third and fourth floors at 9.37 o'clock this morn ing. The editorial department and news rooms are located on these two floors and the employes had been instructed in their duties in case of a* alarm. The gong was sounded tliis morning without previous warning as to the time, and in sixteen seconds all the em ployes of the composing room, those who had been ateigned to spec' 4; duties by Foreman OJrarleg R. liip]>er— a well trained fireman who for years has been a member of the Washington Hose Company—had marched onto the fire escapes in an orderly way. Women employes were included in the number and were sent to the escapes first. There was not the slightest confusion, so well had the fire drill work been system atized. In twenty-five seconds, under direc tion of Charley Kelly, a hose line in the third floor had been attached and spread ready for use, while in the same time John Handiboe had a hose line ready for service on the fourth floor. Roy Walters and Henry Henderson were at their assigned poets with tho hand extinguishers. ELIDES CAPTURE NEARLY YEARS Last of Alleged Dyna miters of Los Angeles "Times" Building is Arrested FOUND ON HIS CHICKEN RANCH David Caplan Taken Into Custody Near Seattle, Washington, Where for Two Years He Was in Poultry and Bar ber Business By Associated Press, Seattle, Wa»h., Feb. 19. —David Cap lan, last of the men wanted at Los An geles, Cal., in connection with the dy namiting of the liOs Angeles "Times" building in the fall of 1910, was ar rested last night on his chicken ranch, two niile« inland from Rolling Bay, Beinbridge attle. Caplan, according to Walter R. Thay er, manager of tho Seattle branch of the William J. Bums detective agency, admitted his identity and expressed a willingness to return to Los Angeles for trial. He was taken to Port Or chard, county seat of Kitsap county, where he was placed in jail under an armed guard. B'or two years he had been living under the name of Frank Moller on a small chicken ranch back of Rolling Bay. He also conducted a barber shop in Rolling Bay. He was found, Thayer said, through information gathered by William J. Burns, after the arrest of Schmidt last Saturday in New York. Oa.plan was in bed when the officers burst into his cabin, telling him that he was recognizee] as David Caplan "That's me; I'm glad it's over," Cap lan said, according to a statement Thay er made here to-day. Thayer said Cap- Cuatinned OB Twelfth rase. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. DEGLAHES WOHEH 111 BEER GARDENS INJURE mm Salesman, in Letter Read in the License Court, Tells of Losing Customers A MIDDLETOWN HOTEL ATTACKED In Moming Session J idges Hear Part of the Testimony in One Case in Which Remonstrances Have Beeu Piled—Many Witnesses Heard Without disposing finally of any one of the 173 applications for liquor li censes—including those of retailers, wholesalers, bottlers, brewers and dis tillers, Judges Kunkel and McUarrell, in the annual liquor license court, this morning took up two of the eleven cases in which remonstrances were filed. They held under advisement a request to withdraw the remonstrance filed in one of these two cases and heard a part of the testimony in the other. Frod 'Miller, an attorney who filed a remonstrance agaiiißt the application of Theodore S. Five, for the hotel at 501 State street, asked the Court for per mission to withdraw tlie papers. lie said that when he filed them ho was not familiar with certain matters pertain ing to tho case and now is not prepared to press tho remonstrance. Miller's client, a local merchant, had objected to Frye's licenso being renewed on the ground that Frye owed him some money ou a furniture bill. "We will consider your application to withdraw the remonstrance," said the Court. Two letters received by Judge Kun kel within the last day or two and which were classed by the I'rothono tary as "remonstrances," were filed in connection with two license applica tions. One Is th it of the Ho an house, Market street, this city, co ct ed by Edward Q. Hoffman, and the other that of the St. Uiwrence hotel, terrysmirg, conducted by William H. own mn. Criticises "Side Rooms" A Sunburv traveling man, in a letter to the court, besides saying that some of his prospective purchasers, whom ho brought to Harrisburg, met women at hotels, asked Judge Kunkel, in granting licenses, to restrict hotelmen from per mitting women of immoral character to frequent "side rooms and beer gar dens." The salesman said in part: "A number of traveling men have | asked me to write thi; letter and. Judge, we wish you would put a curb on hotels selling liquor to girls and women of immoral habits. It hurt* our business. First we go to the exponsu to Continued on Twelfth Pace. BIG SHOW oilO MORROW President Wilson Will Set Machinery in Motion as He Sends Electric Spark From White House By Associated Press, San Francisco, Feb. 19.—An electric spark jumping across the contineut, will open the Panama-Pacific Interna tional Exposition at noon to-morrow, Pacific coast time. In t)he White House at Washington, the President will press a button and the aerials of the groat government radio station at Arlington will snarl awl splutter. The vibrations will be received and infinitesimal frac tion of a second later by a commercial station on tho shores of San Francisco bay, where they will be relayed by wire to a receiving instrument on the exposition grounds. As soon as Che signal is received, the wheels wiN begin to turn and the foun tains to play; the gates will swing open and a procession of citzens, with the mayor at thedr head, will march on to the grounds. At the same time, President Charles ■C. Moore, o>f the exposition company, will inform President Wilson by word of mouth, over a telephone line already set up and waiting, that the wireless flasih has been received and t'he exposi tion is open. In return President Wil son will send his greetings and good wishes. Thus the two latest modes of long distance communication will be employed to vivify the fair. Ceremonies of dedication and acceptance as brief as it is possible to make thiem will fol low. Commissioner Johnson's Wife Dies Mrs. Charles Johnson, wife of Insur ance Commissioner Johnson, died at her home in Norristown this morning, after a long illness. Mrs. Johnson's illness as sumed a serious phase on Wednesday night and Commissioner Johnson was summoned home early yesterday morn ing. The funeral will take place in Nor ristown on Monday. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband and a married daughter. - WALL STREET CLOSING By Associated Press. New York, Feb. 10.—Prices shaded again in the final hour to the accom paniment of more activity. The closing was heavy. The stock market was dull and irregular for greater part of to day's session. The foreign situation out- I weighed all other consideration.