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SHOWERS TO-NIGHT AND TO-MORROW Detailed Krport. Pas* • 5EC A 4."X D VOL. 77—NO. 128. GAVE CREDIT TO PElffllM OHEELSEWONLD Firm of Henry Gilbert & Son Begins To-day a Celebration of Its 75th Anniversary HAD FAITH IN RAILROAD PLANS Founder of the Business Sold the Axes and Saws With Which Engineers Blazed the Right of Way of the Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh The hardware firm of Henry Gilbert & Son, 219 Market street, to-day be gan celebrating the completion of sev enty-five years' existence. The firm was established by Henry Gilbert, long a familiar figure in Harrisburg affairs, in 1840, at .No. 9 'Market street, and though he has long been dead his najne still is retained by his son and grand- Bon who now own the business. LMt. Gilbert was one of Harrisburg'b original live wires, and it was not long before his industry, enterprise and gen eral grasp of possibilities in Harrisburg led him to seek larger quarters, and he moved the establishment to 219 Market, street, where the business is now lo cated. The house was originally owned (by a man named Graydon, one of Har risburg 'a original Abolitionists, and it was there that the advocates of free dom for the slaves met ami laid their iplans for the future. iMen of such prom inence as Wendell Phillips came to these conferences. Mr. Gilbert conducted the business •by himself until 1872, when he took into the Urm his son, Spencer C. Gilbert, changing the name to Henry Gilbert & Bon, which it retains to this day. The head of the firm, Henry Gilbert, died in 1887, and the business of the and growing establishment devolved upon Spencer C. Gilbert, who about three years ago took into active partnership •with him, his son, Henderson Gilbert, who had for some time before that been identified with its interests. Extended Credit to Pennsy From time to time, as the demand arose, the large store was increased in size until now it occupies all the floors of the large building, extending back to Blackberry street. The firm has. be sides the Market street store rooms, its own warehouse, siding and stables. An interesting feature of the anniversary is a display of the old books and docu ments pertaining to the history of the firm Which are on exhibition in the Mar ket street show window. One of fhe incidents in the history of the firm is that it sold the first bill of nia railroad from Hnrrisburg to Pitts nia railroad from arrisburg to Pitts burgh, the bill consisting of saws, axes, etc., to blaze the way for the engineers engaged in running the line. When Henry Gilbert sold this bill of goods to the men engaged in pushing the railroad project, he was told by one of the pull'backs in the community that lie would never be paid for the goods, as the Pennsylvania railroad would never tie built, ljater on another man put his head in the store door and called out: "Has the Pennsylvania railroad tredit here?"* The elder Gilbert answered that it had. "I'm glad of it," said fhe man, "it is the only place it has any credit." Helped Pennsylvania Steel Co. Henry Gilbert had faith in the rail road project and was confident it would win, and time showed his wisdom. He nlso had fait'h in the establishment of the Pennsylvania steelworks in Steelton. A telegram now displayed in the win dow announces that the site had been obtained and that certain people were ready to take $30,000 worth of stock. It is the original, signed by Mr. Gilbert and .1. Donald Cameron. The firm has I>een identified with many moves made in the last three-quarters of a century that looked for the progress of Har risbnrg. Many telegrams and letters were re ceived by the firm members to-day from friends in many parts of the State ten dering congratulations. During the day many friends called in person to ex tend good wishes. GYPSY BAND ORDERED AWAY Police Dnly Impressed With Skill In Manipulating a Ten Dollar Bill A band of wandering gyjisies was ordered out of Harrisburg thin morn ing after a visit of three days in ■which members of the band read palms and did a few feats of legerdemain. They were encamped near Wildwood Park. The first the police heard of the bind was when one of the women re moved a $lO bill from thq pocket of a man in the Hill market house, at Fourteenth and Market streets. She returned it to the man so clevelv that he does not know how she did it. While counting his money at her re quest he mjssed the $lO and obeying her command to reach in his trousers pocket he found the bill there. This exhibition was calculated to bring on a profitable business in palm reading but the gypsy woman had no customers in the market. This morning the tiand was wander ing down Sixth street asking to be permitted to read palms in grocery stores when the police stopped the 'business. The gypsies hastened to leave the city when informed that the pen • Ity for palm reading is SIOO fine or to days in jail. m Star- ftJtikpcnknt MAYOR STOPSJHE JITNEYS But, Wait a Minute! Read This and Then You Will Understand Why They Continue to Bun "Hey, Steve! What do you think of iMayor Royal stopping the jitneysl" '"That's a pretty note. What did he do that fort" "0, lie just wanted to get on." Ha! ha! That's a funny one, but the Mayor doesn't think so. It hap(>ened yesterday that few, if any jitneys, were run. That caused some one to start the joke which in turn gave rise to the rumor that His Honor had put his foot down on the Sunday operation of the five-cent buses. Fifty times—-the Mayor estimated them himself—His Honor was com pelled to deny this morning that he in terfered with the new mode of trans portation. The jitneys, you know, are regularly licensed and can do business in Harris burg the Mayor holds he has no right to interfere and there the whole thing rests. Everybody being more or less inter ested in jitney transportation these days, the story had many willing listeners and consequently the Mayor 's official day was a series of interrup tions. Nine more jitney drivers to-day paid 15 license fees to operate in flarris burg, sweeping the total to thirty-one. This beats tihe "beat record the police department had of the jitneys. A cor ner copper who had twenty-six "spotted" thought he had them all. He has a few more to couLt and tben some, judging from the Saturday night busi ness. PUNCHBOfIRDSToFsCfIRD Police Put the Ban on Petty Gam bling Devices After Chamber of Commerce Urges It Punchboard gambling is at an end for a while. No longer will it be pos sible to get a five-dollar meerschaum pipe for a jitney. The' police have frowned on the game which, according to them, has been flourishing in cigar stores and pocket billiard rooms in Harrisburg. The Chamber of Commerce request ed the aid of the Police Department in breaking up the game. This morning orders were issued to the daylight force of coppers to notify all merchants 011 their respective districts to do away with the game. The Chamber took the step, accord ing to the secretary, E. L. McColgin, because of the complaints of the mem bers. Mayor Royal's aid was sought and prosecutions will be brought where it still flourishes. The game was easy to play. The player paid a jitney or a dime and with a sharp instrument punched a board in one of the numerous holes provided for that purpose, a slip of paper being punched out of the hole each time. If the player was lucky he won some thing. If he didn't he paid more money and tried it again. MOVE BY DISBROW CREDITORS Persons With Claims of $30,543 Seek to Administer Estate Creditors of the late Charles A. Dis brow, who following the death of Mr. Disbrow abandoned their plan to have a court inquiry to learn his real estate holdings, to-day petitioned Roy G'. Dan ner, Register of Wills, to issue a cita tion directing Mrs. Disbrow, the widow, to show cause within ten days why the Commonwealth Trust Company should not be appointed administrator of the Disbrow estate. Attorneys representing the creditors are Charles C. Stroh. Charles H. Berg ner and Jesse E. B. Cunningham. They assert that their clients' claims against the Disbrow estate total $30,543.35. One of counsel for the creditors this afternoon said that formal objections will be raised should the Register grant letters of administration to the widow. The Register this afternoon apprised j Mrs. Disbrow of the creditors' plan to I name the administrator and informed | her that any objection she may have to j that plan must be filed within the next | ten days. Counsel for tlie creditors this after | noon stated that this procedure coin -1 cides with their original plan to get in i formation concerning some property ! transfers that Mr. Disbrow made during 1 the year preceding his death. This data, it is planned, is to be obtained through the administrator. 4 SUFFER FROM COAL GAS Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bentz and Fam ily Barely Escape Death (Special to the Star-Independent.) Lemoyne, Pa., May 3.—Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bentz and two children had a narrow escape from asphyxiation early yesterday morning when the house became filled with coal gas. A fifth member of the family escaped the poisonous fumes, his bedroom being in a different section of the house. The family was aroused when Inza, the elder daughter, arose to get a drink. She had only walked a few feet when she fell to the floor. This aroused the rest of the household. Mrs. Bentz final ly got to a window, which she flung wide open, allowing fresh air to enter the rooms. Dr. John W. Bowman was summoned and rendered medical aid to the fam ily. He said Mrs. Bentz threw the window open just in time. The gas came from the furnace, where a fresh fire hail been started. The furnace door blew open and al lowed the gas to escape. Big Fire Raging In Ironton, O. By Associated Press. Ironton, Ohio, May 3.—The Masonic Temple and Opera House have been de stroyed bv fire, which started at noon to-day. "Fhere seemed but little hope of saving the entire square of business buildings in the same block, as the flames continued to spread this after noon. HARRISBURG, PA., MONDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1915—10 PAGES. CHILD LM ura-n Friends of Measure Say They Have Enough Votes to Block the Plan to Amend It EYES DIRECTED TOWARD SENATE Third Class City Bill, Altered to Elimi nate the Non-Partlsan Feature, Is Ready to Be Reported—General Ap propriation Bill Soon Before House AM eyes in legislative circles are turned toward the Senate to learn what that body intends to do with the child labor bill at its meeting to-night. The bill passed second reading in the Senate on Thursday last, at which time Senator Snyder, of Schuylkill, an nounced that efforts will be made to amend it to-night, but the friends of the measure say they are not in the least concerned as they claim thirty-four votes to be cast in favor of the bill just as it came from the House and that there will be no amendment permitted if it will in any wav alter the original purpose of the measure. The Clark act embodying various amendments to the third class city bid proposed by the city solicitors' associa tion, as well as a few that were put in the bill in Senate committee, wiH be re ported in the Senate to-night with no further changes, which means that the bill will be deprived of its non-partisan features. It is expected t'hat this week the workmen's compensation bill will came out of the Senate ccjmmittse, but not until a conference has been held by •Governor Brumbaugh and a delegation of twenty-six Senators to-morrow after noon. It is not intended to amend the bill so as to destroy in any way its orig inal intent. The House to-night will have 76 bills of a general character to take up on third reading. The House is rapidly clearing its calendar. It has disposed of the general bulk of the appropriation bills and will get out the general ap propriation' bill t'hi* week. OUT OF JAIL AND IN AGAIN E. A. Meckley Sentenced to 5 Months For Theft By County Court Kdward A. Meckley, of Peubrook, formerly an usher at the Pennsylva nia railroad passenger station, in this city on Saturday completed a six months' jail sentence imposed by Fed eral .Judge Witmer on a charge of rifling parcel post packages and he was sentenced this morning by Judge George Kunkel, of the Dauphin county courts, to a five-month jail term for stealing an Adams Express package of jewelry. | Meckley is 42 years old. The ex press package he confessed to stealing i contained jewelry worth $75 and was J being shipped from Providence, R. I. ! to Erie, Pa. He committed this theft j several days before the parcel post robbery, but the federal case was acted upon first. Addie Bennet, colored, and Mike Sorwich, picked up by the poliee when a Cowden street house was raided re cently, pleaded guilty to a statutory charge and each was sentenced to pay a fine of sls and the costs. MONSTER EAGLE IS SHOT Blamed for Carrying Off Small Lambs of Farmers' Flocks By Associated Press, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., May 3. —A moun j tain eagle, measuring seven and a half i feet from tip to tip of its wings and weighing 35 pounds, was shot to-day at Hays Corners, about 12 miles from here, by Ollie Hay. When brought down it hail lamb's wool in its talons anil the raisers in this section are now looking for its nest to verify the the ory that it carried off several of the small lambs of their flocks. The farmers say the eagle was pow erful enough to carry off a normal three-year-old child. It is the first eagle ever shot in this section, accord ing to aged farmers who have lived in the vicinity all their lives. CLEAN UP WEEK OPENS Collectors of Rubbish Will Be Busy To morrow on Hill North of Market St. In the Hill district south of Market street garbage wagons were plentiful to-day, giving evidence of the opening of Harristmrg \s clean-up week. Extra wagons and collectors were put on this morning by the Reduction Company, and the work of the men covered prac tically all of the district set aside for the day. To-morrow the wagons will go through the Hill district north of Mar ket street. All residents in this section of the city are expected to have their vgrds and cellars clean and the rubbish dirt ready for the collectors. Charles E. Blpper Injured Charles E. Ripper, 25 South Fif teenth street, foreman of the Star-In dependent composing room, suffered a painful laceration of th e forehead at noon to-day when the top of an auto mobile he was riding in came loose and fell, when the ei\r was crossing the Mulberry street bridge. He was taken to the office of Dr. M. L. Wolford where the wound wh dressed. ITALY WILL SURELYENTER WAR AT AN EARLY DATE, IS OPINIONOFU.S.OFFICIALS Washington, May 3.—Such advices as have come to the United States gov ernment through official and unofficial channels within the last few days indi cate that Italy's preparations clearly tend to her participation in the war at an early date. Aside from her extensive military preparations and orders for war sup pljes, the expected public appearance of King Victor Emmanuel at the Gari baldi celebration at Rome Wednesday is looked upon there as of much sig nificance and then in favor of war would not be surprising. Heretofore all such popular outbursts have been given no official sanction and at times have been repressod, but present indications are that Ihe point is almost at hand when a final decision cn Italy 's policy would be reached. American diplomatists in Europe, some of whom are in touch with the Italian situation, believe the decision is now only a matter of days and arrange ments already are being made to ac commodate Italian interests should the emergency arise. The recent call to Rome of the Ital ian Ambassadors accredited to Great Britain. France, Germany and Austria was generally taken to foreshadow Italy's final decision. JAP ULTIMATUM TO CHINA IS IMMINENT, SAYS PAPER Tokio, May 3, 5.30 P. M.—The "Ji ji Shimpo," a Japanese newspaper of good standing, issued an extra edition this afternoon in which it made the statement that Japan would send an ultimatum to China, the Chinese reply to the latest Japanese communication regarding the demands of the Tokio government 'being considered unsatis factory. GERMAN SUBMARINE AMUCK AMONG TRAWLERS: 2 SUNK Aberdeen, Scotland, May 3, 12.42 P. M.—Trawlers making port to-day declare that a German submarine sunk two trawlers within flft£ miles pf Aberdeen Sunday. The crews of the two vessels were successful in escap ing and to-dav they came into port. It would appear as though the sub marine ran amuck among the Aberdeen fishing fleet. In addition to sending two to the bottom it chased three other trawlers for twenty miles. A patrol boat was then seen approaching, where upon the submarine submerged. THE GERMAN ADVANCE TO THE RIVER NIEMEN IS UNCHECKED Petrograd, May 3, 12.45 P. M., Via London, 2.25 P. M.—The spectacular advance of German forces along a hun dred-mile front, extending from the Baltic sea, near Libau, in a southeast erly direction to the northern tributar ies of the river Niemen, continues un checked. It has not disturbed Russian activ ity in the region south of the Niemen, where, according to information re,- ceived ■here, consistent successes are being won by the troops of Emperor Nicholas. $300,000 JIORE TO BUY FA UK Extension Commission Feels Confident of Getting Additional Appropriation The Capitol Park Extension Com mission has been in conference with the heads of the Senate and House Appro priations Committees and, it was learned to-day, the members have every reason to believe their request for $300,000 from the state to complete their work of acquiring Eighth ward properties will be appropriated without any question. Commissioners Gilbert, Kunkel and Todd all have been before the commit tees, and with Mr. Etter, the Com missioners' real estate expert, explained at length the work that has been done, together with what remains to be ac complished before the entire park ad dition, complete in every particular, can be turned over to the state. The acquisition of the property so close within the amount originally ap propriated was the cause ot' favorable comment by some legislators who orig inally did not see how it could be done. POLICE FREE PAIR OF GIRLS Parents Being Willing, They Are Per mitted to Resume Trip Two girls, 16 years old, taken by the police from two youths in the Penn sylvania station Saturday afternoon, when the quartet wa« about to start for Atlantic City, were permitted to continue on their way alone this morn ing, Police Captain Joseph P. Thomp son being assured that the parents of the girls were willing that they take the trip. The young men also were released. The girls are from Mt. Uiiion, Pa., but their names have been withheld by the police. Weil-Known Canadian Barrister Dies London, May 3. —James Stewart Tupper, a well-known barrister and eld est son of Sir Charles Tupper, former prime minister of Canada, died yester day at Oxford. Mr. Tupper was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1851 ana was educated at MeGtiU University. SOCIETY MEMBER MISS MARGARET F MBf* - ~ ANDREVVS ;• H J H New > ork, May 3. —Miss Margaret F. Andrew*, who is a prominent, mem ber of society, is engaged to Wed Mr. Morgan Belmont, son of Mr. August Bel mont, of New \ork. The wedding, is expected to take place in the near future. SMS DRINK IS II iniE Labor Leader Refutes Statement by Lloyd George on Dereliction In British Navy PLACES BLAME ON EMPLOYERS Member of House of Commons Asserts There Is Less Drinking in England Than Before War and Says Chan cellor Is Mistaken Bii Associated Press. London, May 3, 3.20 A. M.—Will Crooks, labor leader in the House of Commons, declares in a newspaper in terview that there is less drinking in England than .before the war and that Chancellor of the Exchequer Lloyd George was mistaken in the statements he made regarding the subject. Crooks asserted that if less work is being done at private shipyards some cause other than drink must be sought and that this accusation has been spread broadcast by employers to cover up their own shortcomings. In his inter view ho says: "I have not the slightest hesitation in saying that the Wooiwich arsenal could turn out a third more work than it is doing now The men have insuffi cient work to do because of lack of or ganization. Moreover, although the war has lasted nine months, no accommoda tions yet have been provided for the men to get their meals." "White Paper" on Drink Question London, May 3, 3.40 A. M.—The "White Paper 1 ' on the drink question brings home to the nation in an impres sive manner the gravity of the situa tion. What causes the greatest indig nation in the newspapers is the fact not Continued on Mnth THE ALLIED TROOPS LAND AT KERIKLI, ON ASIATIC COAST London, 'May 3.—The Athens corre spondent of the "Daily Mail" tele graphs this statement: '•The landing of allied troops on the Asiatic coast has been accomplished successfully at Kerikli. This force is advancing rapidly, according to latest information.'' In mentioning Kerikli the corres|>ond ent probably refers to Gheyikli, four teen miles south of Kum Kale. Airmen Driven Off by Gun Fire London, May 3, .2.52 P. M.—A G-er man aeroplane, coming from the direc tion of Ostend, scouted over Dover and Folkstone at noon to-day. It was driven off by gun fire. ported that a Zeppelin airship is travel ing in the direction of England from the Island of Vlieland, which is on the northern coast of t'he Netherlands. The airship gassed over this island at 10 o'clock this morning. AUSTRIAN BIG VICTORY IN WEST GALICIA; BREAK RUSSIANH* FRONT Berlin, May 3, Via London, 3.34 P. M.—An important Austrian victory in the eastern campaign is announced in the communication issued to-day from German army headquarters. The statement is made that the Aus trian* have pierced and broken the en tire Russian front in Western Galicia. It says that in the presence of rhe Austrian commander-in-chief, Weld Marshal Archduke Frederick, and un der the leadership of General Colonel Von Mackensen, the allied troops yes terday, after bitter fighting, pierced everywhere and crushed the entire Russian front in Western Galicia from the neighborhood of the Hungarian frontier to the junction of the Dunajec river with the Vistula. Such of the enemy as succeeded in escaping, are in hasty retreat towards the east, closely pursued by the allied troops. The trophies of the victory cannot yet even be approximately estimated. The victory in Western Galicia re ported iby the German war office jt would appear to be of notable signifi cance. Prom the junction of the Vistula with tlip Dunajec to the Hungarian frontier is about sixty miles. After the surrender of the Austrian fortress of Permysl in Galicia, the Russian forces released from siege work in front of this position began moving to the south in the direction of the (Jzsok Pass, and to the west in the direction of Cracow. That a great battle was being fought in Western Galicia was indicated in dispatches sent out from Berlin several days aigo. It was then reported that the Russians, in order to avoid the disas trous effect of the heavy Austrian artil lery had vacated all their positions at Tarnow, which lies 135 miles to the west, of Lehberg. A official dispatch from Petrograd under date of April 29, set forth that the Aufitrians were concentrating their forces at Cracow and also in Western Galicia, evidently with the intention of undertaking a determined offensive movement against the Russians. It evidently is the result of these various military activities that is re ported in the announcement from Ber lin. LATE WAR NEWS SUMMARY An imposing victory of Austrian arms over the Russian forces in Western Ga licia was announced to-day by the Ger man War Office. It is said the Aug trians, in the presence of their com mander-in-chief, Archduke Frederick, pierced and everywhere crushed the en tire Russian line. An attack from this quarter has been predicted in Petrograd dispatches as an offset to Russian efforts further east on the Carpathian front. The direction in which this new and sudden stroke has been made, evidently in great force, lies to the south of Rus sian Poland. The line along which the Austrian advance was made runs for about 60 miles north and south through Galicia, something more than fifty miles east of Cracow. Sharp fighting has been resumed in Flanders. French, German and British Continued on Fourth Page Hutchison Ready to Quit Hospital Chief of Police Hutchison, who un derwent an operation in the Fountain Springs hospital, near Ashland, two weeks ago, is expected home this week. Mrs. Hutchison received word this morning tWat he will be ready to leave the hospital in a few days. He was dressed in street attire for the first time to-day. POSTSCRIPT PRICE, ONE CENT. DISASTER TO GULFLIGHT CONFIRMED Officer of U. S. Ship. Torpedoed Off Scilly Islands, Gives Report of Incident NAMES OF THOSE WHO LOST LIVES Besides Captain Gunter, the Wireless Operator and a Seaman Perished —Washington, Authorities Aroused Over Occurrence, Await Details Ry Associated Press. New York, May 3.—The two Amen cans in addition to Captain Gunter, who lost their lives when the American steamer Gulflight was torpedoed off the Scilly Islands, were Charles C. Short, of Chicago, the wireless operator, and Eugene Chapaneta, of Port Arthur, Texas, a seaman, according to a cable gram received here to-day by the Gulf Kefining Company, owners of the ves sel. The message, a brief one, was sign ed by First Officer Ralph Smith. It said that Captain Gunter, whose home is in Bayonee, N. J., died of heart dis ease, and that Short and C'&apaneta were lost. These were the two men, it is believed, were reported yesterday to have jumped from the vessel after she was struck and who were lost because of the fog that prevailed. Ship and Cargo Valued at Million Short's home address, according to the company's records, was 708 West One Hundred and Third street, Chica go. He was taken aboard the Gulflight at New Orleans, April 7. This was his first trip aboard the vessel. Chapaneta shipped at Port Arthur. Including her officers, the Gulflight had thirty-eight men aboard, most of them hailing from Gulf of Mexico ports. Ship and cargo, according to James Kennedy, marine superintendent of the company, were valued at $1,000,000. Mr. Kennedy said he was waiting further advices giving full particulars of the attack on the Gulflight before communicating with the State Depart- Continurd on I'agr. SWEDISH STEAMER SUNK BY CERIRANS: CREW SAVED l-iondon, May 3, 11.38 A. M.—The Exchange Telegraph Company has re ceived a dispatch from its correspond ent at Copenhagen, saying that the Swedish steamer Ellida, timber laden from Helsingborg for Hull, has been torpedoed in the North Sea by a Ger man submarine. She went to the bot tom in less than three minutes. The sixteen men and two women on board the vessel barely had time to make their escape in one of the small boats. After cruising about for two hours they were picked up by a Dan ish schooner and landed at Lemvig, Denmark. TURKS CLAHBE HOLDING ALLIED FORCES IN CHECK Constantinople, May 3, Via Amster dam and tampon, 3 P. M. —The Turkish War Department to day gave out the following official statement: "In consequence of th e attacks pro ceeding successfully for us the enemy has not succeeded in improving his po sition on the coast of the Gallipoli peninsula. The fire of our batteries di rected against the enemy at Seddul Bahr shows good results." The statement claims that the French battleship Henri IV and the British battleship Vengeance have been ilam aged by shells from the guns of the Turkish forts and it says that the Rus sian Black sea fleet demonstrated for an hour off the Bosphoras and then re tired rapidly in another direction. Friction Holds Up Belgian Relief I/ondon, May 3, 4.15 A. M. —A Rot terdam dispatch to the "Daily Mail" says that, as a result of friction between t'he American Relief Commission and the German authorities in Belgium two hundred barges loaded with food for the Belgians are held up at Rotter dam. WALL STREET CLOSINQ By Associated Press. New York, May 3.—Lowest prices ruled in the last hour, Steel falling .1 points under its best quotation, with proportionate declines elsewhere. The closing was heavy. New aspects In the foreign situation, coupled with exten sive European selling, caused many ma terial losses in to-day's active market, especially among war specialties.