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VOL. 77—NO. 127.
License Tax Collector
"Discovers"Cit3 r Law
Which. He Holds, Im
poses Yearly Fee
Big Bush at the City Treasurer's Office
This Morning By Drivers Who
Hand Out Greenbacks Por Tri
angular Tags
Look out, Jitney! William I\ Block,
the license tax officer, is on your trail!
For allies he has the entire mem
bership of the Harrisburg police de
If you would escape from that com
bination betake yourself to the office
of the City Treasurer at your first op
portunity and pay a mercantile license
tax fee of $5.
Mr. Block is an energetic official
who is eager to fill the coffers of the
city treasury, and as the coppers look
to that institution every time pay day
comes around, Mr. Block wisely chose
them to help shoo the jitney drivers
lo the little opening in the screen in
the treasurer's office through which a
si> bill must be pushed for a license
receipt and a tag.
Quite a tag, too. A blatk triamgle,
six and a half inches on each side,
with grey lettering as follows:
"Auto license, 1915, Harrisburg,
Each tag, of course, contains a dis
tinctive number also. The paymont of
this tax is the first jitney regulation
ever enforced in Harrisburg, and was
enforced this morning for the first
New Jitney Restrictions
The police now are issuing orders
to the jitneys to etav back a "reason
able" distance from the Fourth and
Market street curb lines in front of
the Metropolitan hotel, where the bus
drivers have shown a tendency to as
Police Captain Thompson said this
morning that a new jitney city ordi
nance will have to be enacted if the
number of jitney cars continues to in
crease. He said that unless this is done
somebody will get hurt pretty soon in
the jitney rush hours. He advocates a
regulation requiring a bond to be filed
to insure against damaiges by jitneys.
What the Ordinance Says
The collection of the fee is being
made in accordance with an ordinance,
passed by the City Commissioners last
January, before the Jitney craze start
ed, and "discovered" by Collector
Block to-day. It says in part:
"All owners of drays, hacks, car
riages. omnibuses, automobiles, carts,
wagons and other vehicles used for hire
or pay, shall pay for each vehicle an
annual license as follows: One horse,
two dollars; two horses or over, four
dollars; automobiles, or other mechan
ically propelled vehicles, five dollars."
While the auto provision of this law
heretofore had applied chiefly to own
ers of the three-dollars-an-hour autos
for hire, it is now contended that it ap
plies also to jitneys.
By noon, the hour for closing the of
fice of City Treasurer Owen M. Cope
lin, —who, by the way, is ono of the
chief backers of the proposed big jitney
company recently chartered to operate
in this city and Steelton, —twenty-one
jitney bus drivers, all of whom operate
independently, had called for license
tags, uetting the city just $lO5 in reve
nue. This license runs from April 1
to April 1.
Danville (HI.) City Council Votes Out
Seventy-three Saloons
By Associated Press.
Danville, 111., May I.—Danville was
voted dry by the city council in special
meeting to-day for the first time in the
history of the city. The council was
called in special meeting at 8 o'clock
this morning to act on the renewal of
licenses of seventy-three saloons which
expired at midnight last night.
The action of the council moans that!
Danville will be without saloons for at i
least a year, until another expression
of the people is had. At the recent
township election the wets were vic
torious by more than 1,500 majority.
Tener Detained in New York
Samuel C. Todd, executive controller
last evening received a telegram from
former Governor Tener saying that the
latter would be unable to carry out
■his plans to visit his Harrisburg
friends and play golf with Governor
Brumbaugh at the Country Club this
afternoon. Mr. Todd believes that Mr.
Tener, who is president of the Na
tional League, was Retained in New
York on baseball busihess.
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President Musser, of Harrisburg Kail
way Company. Talks Also of Cur
tailing the Second Street Trolley
If it is shown that the jitney buses
ean ultimately handle the all-night traf
fic,the Harrisburg Railways Company
is ready to discontinue its after-mid
night service on the North Third street
line, according to an interview pub
lished to-day, with Frank B. Musser,
president of the railways company, who
was asked to discuss the probable ef
fect of jitney bus competition with the
street cars. Mr. Musser, while recog
nizing the jitney as a legitimate com
petition, expressed the opinion that jit
ney companies should pay taxes to the
city, just as the trolley company does.
"We regard the jitney as a legiti
mate competitor," said Mr. Musser,
"and in some ways it might be a bene
fit to lis. For instance, if the jitneys
by running at night would take over
the small traffic of our all-night cars on
the Third street line, we would be very
grateful to them. The receijtfs from
those half-hourly cars running after
, midnight do not pay the wages of the
Continued on Ninth Page.
Parent, Here on a Visit, Unwilling to
Express His Opinion of Son As a
Governor Before the Term of Of
fice Ends
Govennor Brumbaugh's father,
Goonge B. Brumbaugh, anil brother,
Prank G., who reside near Huntingdon,
arrived here last evening to be the
Governor's guests at the Executive
Mansion until Monday.
The Governor's father is in his 78th
year, and this is the first visit to Har
risburg since the son was made Gov
ernor. For a long time the elder Brum
baugh was too ill to travel, but he is
much ibetter now.
The Governor this morning escorted
hie father and brother through the
Capitol, the father expressing great de
»v<V the beautiful building. When
aske'd if'he was not proud of his son
and the honor done him through his
election as Governor, the father said:
"The time to be proud is at the
end of his term. It is too early now to
tell what Martin will accomplish as
Governor. 1 will tell you how proud
of him I am if he has 'made good' at
the end of his term."
Miss Helen Burn Zimmerman, of Eb
erly's Mills, Who Prepared in Har
risburg School, Captures a College
to the Star-Indei>endeTit.)
Philadelphia, May I.—ln the an
nual May Day awards of Bryn Mawr
College scholarships, it was announced
that a graduate of the Seiler School,
of Harrisburg, was the successful com
petitor for a prize valued at S2OO.
She is Miss Helen Burn Zimmerman,
daughter of Mrs. J. Markwood Peters,
of Eberly's Mills, Cumberland county,
who is now in the sophomore class of
the College. Miss Zimmerman was grad
uated from the Seiler School in 1913.
She took a high stand and was popular
among her schoolmates in Harrisburg.
Her's is one of the "special" under
gr- ' <ate scholarships.
Tne award of scholarships, fellow
ships and prizes played a prominent
part in the annual May Day celebra
tion at Bryn Mawr. The twenty grad
uate scholarships are worth S2OO each
and are usually awarded to unsuccess
ful candidates for fellowships. Of the
twenty awarded to-day nine went to
Pennsylvania girls, five of whom were
Philadelphians. Another was Miss
Alice Hill Brvne, of Ijancaster, a grad
uate of Wellesley College, who got a
graduate scholarship of S2OO for the
year 1915-1916.
Mercer's Parting Advice to His Pal,
Leßrun, Is to "Be Good!" New
York Crook Objects When Deputy
Takes His Arm on to Station
"Good-bye, old boy! Be good, and
I'll see you again when we can get to
gether. So long!"
With that remark H. R. Mercer, the
New York crook who got a penitentiary
sentence of from nine to fifteen months
for a forgery scheme by which he and
Fred Leßrun, a Frenchman, attempted
to fleece Harrisburg banks out of s2,'
0-00, to-day took leave of the Dauphin
county prison and his "pal" and
started for the Eastern penitentiary
in Philadelphia. Mercer was accom
panied by Deputy Sheriff William
Hoffman. Leßrun* is to stay here to
serve a jail sentence.
Wayne Kantner, the Harrlsburger
who flred his own home so as to get
insurance money with which to pay
his debts and who got a pen term of
Cmtlucd am Aimth Paca.
Housewives Prompt to
Test Devices Design
ed to Prevent Fraud
In the Markets
By Noon of First Day For Municipal
Weighing Machines There Had
Been No Cases of Short Weight
The new municipal scales, installed
by the city in three market houses to
safeguard buyers against short weight
frauds, were used by the public for
the first time this morning. They are
set up in the Verbeke street, Chestnut
street and Hill market houses and
were extensively used both by persons
selling and persons buying. Not only
were -the farmers busy checking up to
see that weights came up to the city
standard but many a housewife stopped
to weigh butter, meat, lard, chickens
and other things sold by the pound, to
ascertain if she had gotten full weight.
Harry D. Reel, City Sealer of
Weights and Measures, visited all the
markets and said he found the people
using the scales to a largo extent. He
said, however, that until the public
is fully "educated" to the use of the
machines some of the buyers will be
more or lesß timid about it.
It may take a few market days for
all the housewives to learn where the
scales are located, he said.
Chickens Weighed Too Much
While Sealer Reel was at the Ver
beke street market a buyer sought to
verify the weight of some poultry he
had purchased from one of the farmers.
This same person, Roel said, a week
ago complained that short weight had
been given to him in a chicken deal, but
the farmer had subsequently made res
titution for a five-ounce shoi-tnge.
When his poultry purchaso was
plaeed r>n the scales this morn
ing the bnye'r took montal account of
the weight, but indicated no comment.
He hesitated, however, before attempt
ing to remove the chickens from the
scales and this excited tihe curiosity of
the Sealer.
"Now what's your troublet" asked
Reel. "Short againf"
"Oh, nothing. No, not exactly,"
the man replied in a rather confused
"Didn't, you get all that belongs
to vou?" again queried the Sealer.
"Yes," said the patron rather dry
ly. "I've got no kick coming."
"But let me know about it," insisted
"Well, if you must know, the farm
er gave me fifteen ounces more than I
paid for. He said he would give me
good weight this time. That's all."
Immediately the man departed with
Owners Unwilling to Sell Small Plot to
City for a Playground Site
The local agent of the owners of Hoff
man 's Woods, just north of tihe City
limits, who, at the request of IMtayor
Royal, soughJ to effect negotiations
whereby the Oity could obtain a small
|art of the woods for less than $4,000
an acre for the proposed uptown play
ground, to-day received word from the
owners. The contents of this communi
cation the agent declined to divulge,
but it is understood the City's offer
has been rejected on the ground that
the owners do not desire to dispose of
the ground in sucih small sections as
three or four acres.
A majority of the City Commission
ers to-day said they will vote favoraiblv
on Park Commisioner M. Harvey Tay
iur V ordinance, which will come up for
final passage at the Tuesday meerting
of the City Commissioners, ' providing
for the purchase of axsite at Fifth and
Emerald streets.
This plot constitutes about an acre
and a half, for which the ordinance
proves the City shall pay $1 4,700 or
approximately $9,000 an acre. This
ground had been selected as the site
for the Polyclinic Hospital.
Sub-Contractors Are Going Ahead With
Stone Structure After Delay
Tlie United States Treasury Depart
ment, engaged in superintending the
building of tdie addition to the Harris
burg poptoffice, has directed (Pennock &
<'o., the contractors, through their
bondsmen, acting as receivers, to fin
ish the stone work. In turn Pennock
& Co. have directed Brown & Co., the
sub-contractors for the atone work, to
proceed and work is now in progress,
having been resumed yesterday morn
i ag.
Postmaster Sites was unable to say
to-day what will be done after the stone
work is finished, tout it is probable that
the TrnasHry Department has something
in view relating to the finishing of the
building t'hat it does not care to make
public just now.
Pennock & Co.'s affairs are in the
hacds of receivers and it rests entirely
with the government officials to say
Wha 1 : shall be done and when. The fin
ishing ot the stone work will take about
six weeks.
Bay Curfew Shall Not Ring
The curftjw ordinance, now pending
before the -<*ty Commission and which
was amended on Tuesday, it was said
by City Commissioners to-day, is des
tined ultimately to ba defeated '
Hiss Livingston, Social Worker of
Chiiurtoim, Tells Audience Here
Will Help Mother Find
Daughter Who Recently Disappeared
There is a mother right ihere in Har
risburg whose heart is breaking with
anxiety as to the fate of a daughter
who was^ lured from her home in this
City within the last few weeks and who
has disappeared so completely that no
trace of her has found. This
mother heard Rose Livingston, the
"Angel of Chinatown," tell yesterday
afternoon in the Technical High school
of her work in rescuing girls from
white slavery. Bhe wont to Miss Liv
ingston at the elode of the meeting and
begged her to try to find her daughter
and bring her back to her. She gave
the rescue worker a picture and a de
scription of the girl and told her all she
knew of the facts of her disappearance.
Miss Livingston told of this plea at
her evening meeting. She promised the
big audience of men and women of
Harrisburg, as Bhe had promised the
bereft mother, that she would start
searching for the girl as soon as she
got back to New York on Monday
morning. She said that the girl, of
course, might not be anywhere near
New York, but that sho has friends in
the underworld in all parts of the coun
try and that she will send tho descrip
tion of the girl to all of them and ask
their help.
Miss Livingston pleaded for the en
franchisement of women, so that they
might protect their daughters and save
their "little lost sisters" by stricter,
better laws. The afternoon meeting
was for women only.
Mrs. Ethel Vorse, of Ohio, also spoke
for the suffrage cause. Her picturesque
personality and her speech in the dia
lect of New York's East Side interested
her hearers.
Sigler Company Increases Board of Di
rectors by Two Members—To
Have Open House
The Sigler Player Piano Company to
day took over its building at Seven
teenth near Derrv street from the con
tractor, Joseph W. Pomraning. Tho
building, including the cost of the site
and equipment of the factory, repre
sents an investment of SIOO,OOO, which
is all Harrisburg capital.
The board of directors of the com
pany was increased by two members,
V.illiam R. Graijpner and Hary i}„
Bair. The officers of the company are:
C. M. Sigler, president; Charles E. Bard,
vice president, and John W. Thompson,
secretary and treasurer. Charles C.
Stroh has been made attorney for the
company and John W. Shumberger au
The company is arranging for a pub
lic housewanning to -bo held soon. In
addition to manufacturing player move
ments to be installed in any kind of
piano, the company is turning out a
movement to be sold to manufacturers
for installation in new pianos. Mr. Sig
ler is arranging demonstrations in Chi
cago, New York and Boston. Agencies
have been established in all of the prin
cipal cities in the east and one in Spo
kane. Wash. The company at present
has thirty-five employes.
Andrew Nelson Lukens, Civil War Vet
eran, Succumbed Last Night
Andrew Nelson Lukens, a retired let
ter carrier of Harrisburg and a Civil
war veteran, died last night at his
home, 302 Reily street, after a short
illness, aged 79 years. During the war
he served as a private in Company F,
201 st regiment, and Company H, 4th
rogiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infan
try. He was a member of Post No. 58,
G. A. R. Surviving him is one son.
Funeral services will be held at his
late home Tuesday afternoon at 2
o'clock, in charge of Post No. 68. In
terment will be in the Harrisburg ceme
Announced To-day That Surplus Flow
er Fund Will Be Devoted to Pur
chase of Emblem to Be Placed in
Cemetery on Memorial Day
A fund raised by small subscriptions
among old employes of the Pennsylva
nia Steel Company who worked under
Major L. S. Bent when he was. years
ago, superintendent of the Steelton
plant, reached such large proportions
that, only about half the amount raised
was used in the purchase of floral em
blems at the time of the funeral held at
the Major's home in Overbrook about
two weeks ago. The committee in
charge of this surplus fund has decided
to purchase a handsome floral design to
*be placed on the grave on Memorial
Day with the balance.
Major L S. Bent was a veteran of
the Civil war, having enlisted in Massa
chusetts as (j private, and was repeated
ly promoted for bravery. The follow
ing announcement was made at the lo
cal office of the steel company to-day:
"Special acknowledgment has been
received from the family of the late
Major L S. Bent in connection with the
flowers which were sent by the em
ployes of the Pennsylvania Steel Com
pany. Although the Major had been out
of touch with the men for twenty years,
the esteem in Which he was held was
evidenced by the spontaneous desire of
the men to join in some expression of
their feelings. Although the amount of
each individual subscription was limit
ed by the committee in charge, the sum
raised was far in excess of the expecta
tions, and an additional floral tribute,
to be placed on Major Bent.'» grave on
Decoration Day, will be purchased with
the remaining funds."
New York, May 1. —Mrs. Phyllis Langhorne Krooke, of Greenwood. Va.,
has inherited $300,000, nearly all the estate of Captain George Henry Douglas-
Tennaut of the Grenadier Guards, who was killed in action last March. The will
was drawn in October, 1914. Mrs. Phyllis Langhorno Brooks, one of the noted
"Langhorne beauties," is now in London assisting Mrs. Waldorf Astor, a sister,
in nursing wounded British soldiers. In December, 1914, Mrs. Brooks was
granted a divorce in the Albemarle, Va.. Supreme ('ourt from Reginald Brooks,
a New York clubman. She charged desertion and the action went undefended.
Violating Presbyterian
Regulationsis Charge
Made Against Great
er City Members
Complain That 21 Students of Union
Seminary Have Been Admitted to
the Ministry Through the New
York Presbytery Under Protest
New York, May I.—The Presby
terian General Assembly, which meets
at Rochester, N. Y., in three weeks,
will have before it a request that a
committee be sent here to investigate
the New York Presbytery. This re
quest is part of a protest bearing the
signature of the Rev. Dr. John Fox, of
this city, a director aud trustee of
Princeton Theological Seminary, and of
three other clergymen, which it was
learned to-day has been circulated
among Presbyterian leaders throughout
the country.
The protestants charge that the New
York Presbytery is violating Presby
terian regulations, that it is dominated
by the Union Theological Seminary
and that it disobeys the orders of the
Supreme Presbyterian body. The sign
ers complained that twenty-one stu
dents of Union Seminary have been
admitted to the Presbyterian ministry
through the New York Presbytery un
der protest. They ask: "Is it not ail
intolerable scandal! Has not the time
come for the General Assembly to vis
it the New York Presbytery officially
and inquire what is its practice in li
censing and ordaining candidates for
the ministryf"
A reply to this protest, in which the
charges were denounced as unjust, has
boen prepared. It was signed by the
Rev. I)r. John R. Mackay, pastor of
the North church of this city, and by
other New York clergymen.
Reformatory Inmates Struck L. R.
Poorman With Hammer and Pipe
Huntingdon, May I.—The life of an
officer in the Stato reformatory here
yesterday was threatened when two un
ruly inmates attacked him with a lead
pipe and hammer. Had it not been for
the intervention of othor inmates, they
would have succeeded in their purpose.
A gang of inmates in charge of John
Bell and Officer L. R. Poorman were
working in the brick stoop, when Bell
had occasion to leave. The officer had
his back turned, when one of the as
sailants struck him with the pipe, stun
ning him for an instant. The other
then struck him on the head with a
hammer, lacerating his scalp.
"Abstain From Smoking" Day
Venice, May I.—Throughout Hun
gary to-day is being observed as "ab
stain from smoking" day. Every
smoker will be expected to abstain
from using either pipe, cigar or cigar
ette and to give the money thus saved
to a fund for invalid soldiers.
Steamer Harvard Badly
Damaged in ' Storm
and Puts Back to San
Pedro Port
Tons of Water Flow Through Gap Made
by Giant Wave That Strikes the
Second Deck—Safety of Other Ves- j
gels Causes Alarm
By Associated Press.
San Francisco, May I.—Three hun- i
dred passengers on the steamer Har- j
vard, en route from Sun Pedro to San |
Francisco, whose lives were in danger :
when the vessel was struck .by a giant
wave that badly damaged the second '
deck, were congratulating themselves \
to-daj' on their safe return to port. 1
Tons of water flowed through the gap '•
opened by the wave and staterooms j
were partially flooded. The passengers
were thrown into a panic and the Har
vard was forced to put back to San
Several vessels due to arrive yester
day had not put in an appearance early
to-day, having been driven far out to
sea by t'ho storm of the last three days.
Fears are entertained for the safety of
the Norwegian steel ship Aggi. The '
Confirmed on Ninth Page.
London, May 1, 4.43 A. M.—"Ex
tensive mobilization arrangements were'
put in force throughout European Tur-i
key to-day owing undoubtedly to the
operations of the allies in tlie gulf of
Sarou," says the "Times," Sofia cor
respondent, telegraphing Thursday.
"All the remaining available men,"
the correspondent adds, "including
even the newly arrivod refugees, have
been summoned to the colors. A great
concentration of troops is taking place
at Keshan (26 miles north of Galli
poli) and heavy guns also have been
sent southward. It seems doubtful,
however, whether arms and ammuni
tion can be provided for the new ■
Chinese Refuse Jap Demands
Pi-kin, May I.—The Chinese govern
ment has definitely refused some of
the most important demands made by
Japan. On learning of China's decision
the Japanese minister, Bki Hioki, said
to the Chinese foreign minister, Lu
Chong-Hsiang: "1 am sorry. I believe
my government will be disappointed."
U. S. Steamer D SOT aged By Bombs
Washington, May I.—American
Minister Vandyke at The # Hague, re
ported to the State Department to-day
that the American steamer Cushing
from Philadelphia for Rotterdam, was
damaged by bombs dropped from Ger
man aircraft in the North Sea, but
that no lives were lost. \
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Troops in Gallipoli Pen
insula Being Gradu
ally Isolated From the
Rest of the Forces
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The French Senegalese Troops Occupy
Yeni Shehr, on the Asiatic Coast,
While Nechori and Nagara Are Be
ing Violently Bombarded
Paris. May 1, 4.35 A. M. —The Gal
lipoli peninsula gradually is being cut
off from the rest of Turkish Thrace,
says the Athens correspondent of the
Hnvas agency in a dispatch dated yes
terday. It now is said to be impos
sible for the Turks to pass from one
shore to the other. Their main.forces
are between Gallipoli and Maidos.
French Senegalese troops are re
ported to be conducting themselves
with the utmost valor on the Asiatic
coiist. They have occupied Yeni Shehr
while Nechori and Nagara are being
violently bonib'arded.
Berlin, May 1. —By Wireless to Say
yille. —Included in the news items giv
en out to-day by the Overseas News
Agency is the following dispatch dated
"The French soldiers who landed ou
j the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles all
j have been expelled. The Gallipoli
j peninsula also has been cleared of the
j invaders except at Ouba Tepeh point,
where the landing detachments under
j cover of the guns of the warships, is
| tenaciously maintaining its position on
'the coast.
I "A terrific bombardment by the al-
I lied fleet April 2 7-28 killed or wounded
a few Turkish officers and soldiers,
| while the allies lost several thousand
I in dead and wounded.
"In addition to the French armored
| cruiser Jeanne D'Arc, the British bat
tleships Majestic, Triumph and Ven
-1 geance were partly set on fire. Aided
j by tenders, they slowly returned to the
j island of Tenados. They were severe
i Iv damaged. Several transports and de
i stroyers also were sunk."
London, May 1, 3.23 P. M.— The
Russian 2,000 ton steamer Svorono,
bearing Welsh coal to Archangel, a Rus
sian port on the White Bea, was tor
pedoed and sunk by a German subma
; rine believed to be the U-23 on Friday
at noon near the Blanket Islands, on
I the West Coast of Ireland.
The Svorono's crew of 24 men,
mostly Russians, barely had time to
take to the boats when the vessel sank.
All were rescued by a patrol boat. (
Calling Out the Swiss Army
'Berne, Switzerland, i.May 1, Via
Paris, 4.55 P. M.—The federal council
to-day decided to call out tho Sixth di
vision of the SViss army,
The Gallipoli peninsula, which forma'
the European side of the Dardanelles,
is described in unofficial dispatches as
being gradually cut off from the main
land by the British and French force*.
It is said to be no longer possible for
the Turks to pass back and forth be
tween the European and Asiatic sides
of the strait. Their main forces are re
ported to be between the town of Oal
lipoli, at the further end of the straits
and Maidos which lies on th* straits
about two-thirds of the way down the
Official advices have not and* clear
the extent of tin opefations of the
British and French forces. A British
statement of last night gave the im
pression that the fighting had beea
Mlaa Put,

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