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Police Find Bloody Shotgun—
Robbers Speeding Toward
Wyoming With $200,000
Loot, Officials Believe.
BY THOMAS MEANY,
Universal Service Correspondent.
Denver, Colo., Dec. 18.—One suspect
Is under arrest and every peace of
ficer In Colorado is combing all roads
leading to and from Denver Monday
night as a result of the $200,000 Fed
eral Reserve bank robbery at the
Denver mint Monday.
The suspect, said to be a notorious
gunman and highwayman, was ar
rested Monday night and held at po
lice headquarters. The police refuse
to give the name of the arrested man.
Search for Gang “Queen.”
Police were searching for Kva
Lewis, “Queen” of the famous Dale
Jones outlaw gang, who Is believed
to be directing genius of the specta
They believed the Lewis woman also
directed the haul of $96,000 by bandits
in the Kansas City Stock yarc’n last
The “Queen” was released from the
Colorado state penitentiary a short
time ago after serving a term for
complicity in the crimes of the Dale
A speeding automobite bearing
seven men, two wearjjig masks,
heading for the Wyoming line is the
best clue that the police are now
working on in hopes of capturing the
lour men that participated in the
most daring robbery in the history
of police records in the state of
“Stick 'em up”!
With these three words as the only
warning four desperate auto bandits
covered a federal reserve motor truck
in front of the United State* mint and
after a fusillade of bullets were ex
changed with employes 6f the mint
escaped with $200,000 in $5 bills.
Shift Bags of Money.
Three of the masked gunmen
leaped from the touring car, while
the fourth stayed at the wheel. As
they hit the ground they began
shooting. Concealed behind the gov
ernment car, which is enclosed and
heavily wired, the bandits smashed
open a window, lifted out the bags
and shifted them with almost incred
ible rapidity into their own ear. As
they leaped in their car the bandits
lioqibarded the door of the mint which
had^been opened by guards summon
ed by the shooting.
Fifty employes of the mint were
summoned by an electric alarm and
grasping shotguns gave battle to the
•outlaws. One robber was shot
through the jaw, but was quickly
loaded into the escaping car by his
companions and whisked away.
Charles Linton, 60, bank guard is
dead, as a result of a wound inflicted,
during the battle.
Two Confederates Watch.
During the five minutes in which
the bandits completed their daring
• robbery, pandemonium reigned in the
vicinitytof the mint, shots ringing out
in constant volleys. Two confederates
of the four bandits were hidden be
hind telephone poles opposite the mint
and jumped into the robber car as it
As one of the outlaws fired point
blank at Linton, a mint guard took
careful aim and returned the volley.
“I believe I got the man who killed
Charles Linton,” the guard salcV I
had a chance to get a good bead and
shot him through the body."
Bloody Shotgun Found.
A shotgun, covered with blood, and
loaded with buckshot, dropped by ongg
of the bandits when he was shot by a
mint guard is also considered a fair
•clue in ultimately identifying the
Much of the success of the ‘search
for the bandits depends upon the ser
iousness of the wound incurred by
one of t£c bandits. The bandit lost,
a large amount of blood. If his
wound is superficial; the bandits may
be able to dress it themselves. If it
is serious, they will be forctjjl either
to abandon their comrade, thus leav
ing a first flats clue, or seek the »ser
vices of a physician.
Sheriffs in nearby counties were
quickly notified by the local police in
an effort to apprehend the robbers.
Police reserves were rushed to the
j?< cue and kept all persons away from
The robbery was the most daring m
in Denver's history. The bandits ap
jaranetly had planned the holdup
carefully, and their action was timed
so that when the bank car started
away, the bandit automobiles crowd
ed into the curb.
The money was in $5 bills, and was
being taken to the Federal Reserve
A waitress in a restaurant across
the street from the mint saw the
holdup and made frantic efforts to
call the police.^ Before she was able
to get headquarters, mint employes
rushed to the door of the building and
began shooting with sawed-off shot
guns and repeating rifles. The ban
dits lined up along the curb, answered
with several volleys.
UPSET PLANNED UNION
FOR CENTRAL AMERICA
Washingt. n, Deo. IX (A. I’.)—The
proposal for the Central American
conference meeting h re to discuss a
program looking to political union of*
the five Central American republics
went by the boards today, when the
conference resumed its sessions after
1 evolving formal mstniutions from all
the governments interested. The five
nations decided against considering
tlie union proposal by a vote of three
HOUSE 0. L’S
Provision for Second Limita
tions Conference Retained
Intact—Bill Carrying $325,
000,000 to Senate.
BY WINDER R. HARRIS,
Universal Service Correspondent.
Washington. Dec. 18.—Retaining In
tact the provision requesting the pres
ident to call another international
conference for the limitation of war
ships and aircraft not covered In the
five power naval treaty, the House
Monday night passed the naval ap
propriation bill without a record vote.
It now goes to the Senate.
The bill carries a fund of $325,000,
000 for naval activities during the
fiscal year beginning next July 1.
Fifty five million dollars of the total
is set apart for pushing construction
work on the 56 ships permitted to be
completed by the naval pact. Among
the other important items are:
Continuation of the present enlisted
personnel of 86,000 In the navy and
19,500 in the marine corps.
Increase Officer Strength.
Increase of 225 in the officer per
sonnel In the navy, making the total
6,615, and slight increase also in the
number of marine officers, bringing
> the total up to 1,003.
Appropriation of $14,647,174 for
naval aviation, of which $5,798,950
is for new construction and procure
ment of aircraft and equipment.
In passing the bill the House estab
lished a record for major supply
measures. Not a single change was
made in the 55 page measure as it
cam% from the approprtatiops com
mittee. Only three amendments were
adopted and all of these were purely
The biggest fight on any section of
the legislation developed over the
proposal for another arms conference.
Representative Lineberger, repub
lican? of California, offered an
amendment endorsing the “limitation
of armament by international agree
ment,” and ‘‘suggesting to the pres
ident the desirability of entering into
further conferences” with Great Bri
tain, France, Italy and Japan, rather
than ‘‘requesting" the president to
institute such negotiations. He later
withdrew his motion.
Representative Logan, democrat, of
South Carolina, moved to strike out
the section altogether, but got only
his one vote for the motion. Logan
said the provision in itself was a
; "confession” of the failure of the
five power treaty.
A shower of points of order from
both sides met' an amendment by
Representative Linthicum, democrat,
of Maryland, requesting the president
to negotiate with foreign govern
ments for the entry of the United
States into the league df nations, or
any other association of nations here
after created in the interest of world
peace. The objections were promptly
sustained by Representative Long
worth, republican, of Ohio, in the
PLAN UNDER WAY
Germany Prepares to Ask Five
Sixths Reduction at
Beriiu, Dec. 18.—Germany will pro
banly be ready to submit a new re
parations scheme to the Fatis con
ference of allied premiers on Janu
It is understood that tip* new pro
posals will urge a moratorium of five
years and a reduction in the repara
tions total to about five billion dol
lars, or about five sixths reduction.
The proposals were discussed today
by government officials with leaders of
finance and incVstry.
Tbs latter forces have promised
their complete moral support, so that
the German government, no longer
anticipating active hostility from tHe
indstrlalists has decided to draft the
STREETS OF WARSAW
Warsaw, Dec. 18 (U. I’.)—With a
number of I’olish nationalists under
arrest, suspected of having had a
hand in the plot to assassinate Pres
ident Narutowicz, Warsaw fairly
bristled with bayonets Monday as
troops patrolled the streets. Martial
law was being strictly enforced.
Reports were in circulation that
political opponents of Narutowiez’s
party are forming a “fascisti” organi
zation and intend to seize the gov
ernment. The insane student who
killed the president was closely
guarded. It was feared lie will at
SOVIETS MEET TUESDAY.
London, Deo. 18,—The 10th all
Russian congress of the soviets con
venes in Moscow Tuesd ly. The chief
subject for action is the proposal by
the Ukraine and Georgia for the or
ganization of a Russian socialist fed
YOUNG MOTHER^ MURDERED.
Newark, N. J., Dec. 18 (U. I'.)—
Mrs. .Marie Venneia was found mur
dered Monday in her small apartment
I’.ere. Her body had dropped over
her baby’s crib, above which hung a
picture of the Holy family. She had
been shot through the chest.
WfE TERM Tor KILLER.
Angola, In ].,_ Doc. IS (A. I’.)—Nie
Scheffer, on trial here, charged with
siaying his brother, James M. Schef
fer and the latter's wife, was found
guilty cf muder in the second degree
in circuit court Sunday and sen
tenced to life imprisonment.
Disarmament Would Pay
Off Debts, Figures Show
BY SIR FREDERICK B. MAURICE.
Special Cable to Universal Service.
London, Dec. 18.—A billion dollars a year could be released
to pay debts and relieve unemployment in Europe if all the pow
ers, including those created by tho Versailles treaty, were really
The number of man under arms in Europe in 1913 was 3,780,
938. In 1922 the number is 4,453,179. The percentage of revenue
spent for armaments in Europe as a whole was 19.7 m 1913, as
agaiiftt 24.2 in 1922.
When allowance ia made for compulsory reductions in the
enemy states and voluntary reductions in Britain and other coun
tries, it is still found that Europe today has 1,503,344 more men
under arms than in 1913.
Money which should find its way into trade ie being spent
on armaments. The result is unemployment and misery. This is
the road to disaster.
The armaments expenditure in Germany, Austria, Hungary
and Bulgaria has been compulsorily reduced by $400,000,000 an
nually, as compared with 1913, yet the rest of Europe is at least
Shuts Off Remarks of Russian
lied Proposals An
nounced to Turks. *
BY C. F. BERTELLI,
Universal Service Correspondent.
Special Wireless Dispatch.
Lausanne, «Dec. 18.—A demand that
Germany he admitted to membership
in the international commission for
the straits, coupled with charges that
the allied straits proposals are aimed
solely at Russia were made by
Georges Tchitcherin. soviet foreign
minister, at Monday afternoon’s
meeting w%en Lord Curzon presented
the allied plan for the control of the
Tchitcherin’s bitter words brought
a severe rebuke from Lord Curzon,
"We are trying to make peace. The
whole world is getting impatient, and
you are Just hindering.”
According to the amended allied
proposals the demilitarized zones on
both sides of the Dardanelles are re
duced to 10 miles. The whole south
coast of the Sea of Marmora may be
fortified by the Turks and the size of
the garrison at Constantinople is in
creased to 10,000.
The Turks are permitted a naval
base and munition factories at Con
The international commission is t.o
include the United States If the
United States signs the treaty.
In case of violations, any signatory
may appeal to the League of Nations
without writing a note to the
Ismed Bey, replying to the allied
proposals said that the substance of
the proposals might lie accepted, but
that It must be clearly understood,
that no further infringement of
Turkish sovereignty will be tolerated.
He said that the Greek fleet must he
withdrawn from Turkish waters; that
the eastern borders of Thrace must
he inviolable, and the Islands of liar
dan must be Turkish.
Will Debato Today.
These points, as the substance of
the Turkish amendments, will be de
bated by the conference Tuesday.
Tchitcherin demanded that file con
conference take ut> the Russian pro
posals, including the admission of
Germany to the international com
mission as the basis of a new *gree
ment. To this demand Lord Curzon
“You are championing Turkey for
things that Turkey herself does not
demand. The conference cannot hear
any more counter proposals.”
As a result of this application of
the allied steam roller it is declared
likely that the Russians will refuse to
sign the treaty.
4 TO HARNESS WINDS. 4
4 - 4
4 London, Dec. IS (A. P.)—A 4
4 ' plan to harness the winds and 4
4 make them produce electricity, 4
4 for rural districts has been 4
4 presented to the ministry of 4
4 agriculture. The scheme in- 4
4 volves 'he erection rn hill tops 4
4 of low buildings from the sides 4
4 of which will project huge 4
4 wings. These wings will be 4,
4 spun by the wind horizontally, 4
4 just above the ground. 4
4 Proponents of the plan as- r
4 sert that unlimited amounts 4
4 of electricity can be obtained 4
4 in this way, at a minimum of 4
4 cost. 41
MEXICO DEPORTS “DOPES.”
Culexico, Cal,, Dec. 18 (A. P.) —
Mexicali, Lo/ver California, just
across the international line from
here, t< day began dimporting Ameri
can drug addicts as undesirable citi
zens, In acc< rdance with the an
nounced intention of Mexican au
thorities to rid their soil of foreigners
i:i the grip of the narcotic habit.
ENGLISH ACTRESS FAMED
FOR BEAUTY WINS DECREE
Bond. n, Dec. 18.—England’s most
beautiful actress), Oiadys Cooper, on
her titird birth t’ay Monday was
granted a divorce from Capt. .John
Buikmaster. She named a ’myster
ious dark iady" as corespondent. She
married Bu -kmasler in 1918. She |
was awarded the custody of their
The court was < rowded with wom
en prominent in the social life of
U. S. TO WOO ON
Campaign to Wipe Out Nar
cotic Evil to Center
on Smuggling Ac
Washington, Dec. 18.—The federal
government Is preparing for a vigor
ous attack on the narcotic evil in this
country at Its source. It was revealed
Tlrts attack will Ye launched
through the customs division of the
treasury department to check the
smuggling of opium, morphine and
other narcotics coming In principally
at Pacific coast ports from the orient.
The conferees on the treasury ap
propriation bill for the 1924 fiscal
year, now pending before congress,
have agreed to make available Im
mediately upon passage, a portion of
the amount allotted to the customs
service. Tlie treasury plans to use a
portion of this money for the empoly
ment of additional inspectors at San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and
other coast ports, so that every ves
sel coming in from the orient may be
More Inspectors Needed.
At present the treasury claims. It
is not possible with the limited num
ber of inspectors available to make
complete inspection of all boats. A
representative of the customs ser
vice from Washington on a recent
trip to the c.fwst had this matter up
with customs officials there and
plans for the strengthening of the In
spection service then were worked
Smugglers resort to all manner of
schemes to conceal narcotics aboard
ships where they will escape discov
ery unless a thorough search of every
part of the vessel Is made. In one
case recently at San Francisco in
spectors having Information a ship
was bringing In a quantity of opium
and morphine, searched two djays
after It reached port without discover
ing the cache. Then, as a last resort,
one of the inspectors crawled Into a
boiler that had not been fired on the
voyage, and found $45,000 of narcotics
concealed there. In another recent
Instance at New York, packages of
dope were found tied high up In the
rigging to one of the masts, a most
unlikely place of discovery except un
der most c areful search.
Aided by Small Boats.
Other Instances are reported of
smugglers dumping drug consign
ments overboard at the outer-waters
of n port to be picked up by waiting
small boats, to escape detection by
customs officers nt the dock.
The increasing of the customs In
spection forces will makg possible, in
the opinion of treasury officials, a
more rigid enforcement ol tlie drastic
provisions of the Jones-.Mtiler nar
cotic act passed by congress last '
spring. This act provides penalties
of $25 an oun e against the owners of
any vessel bringing in opium and pro
portionate penalties for other drugs.
Libel of the ship is provided for to
secure the payments of these penal
Want Supply Stopped.
Officials of the department of jus
tice and the treasury entrusted with
the enforcement of the Harrison nar
cotic law against domestic sales of
drugs, declares that with the enor
mous profits in the trade, experience
has proved that it is nett to impossi
ble to stop drug peddling as long as
tlie trade continue to be supplied with
smuggled wares from abroad. Th-j
best they (an hope for D to hold it in
check until the sources of supply can
be wiped out.
Prohibition Commissioner Haynes,
In charge of narcotic enforcement, "
said Monday he would be in Portland,
Ore., January 18, to deliver an ad
dress, and from there would go to
San Francisco and No* Angeles to
look into the drug traffic on the
BANDITS CET $10,000.
New York, L w. it,. Holdup
i .cn Monday obtained $10,000 from
Barnett Tillinger, a collector for the
Green Poo National bank.
HEART FAILURE SEIZES
BERNHARDT ON STAGE
Special Cable. Dispatch.
Paris, Dec. 19 (1 a. ni.)—Sarah
Bernhardt was seized with an at
tack of heart failure on the stage
Monday night while rehearsing a
new play with Sacha Guitry.
At this hour the dlvinie Sarah is
improving, although it is annount ed
that tha play will be indefinitely
Resolution Being Drawn Re
questing Light on Negotia
tions fo^TProposed Loan
BY JAMES R. NOURSE,
Universal Service Correspondent.
Washington, Dec. 18.—The Senate,
which stopped America's entrance
Into the League of Nations when pro
posed by the Wilson administration,
la ready for another battle on the
question of International engage
ments. The signal for action will be
any defect move to put the power of
this government back of the suggest
ed scheme to adjust the financial dif
ficulties of France and Germany.
A resolution calling upon the pres
ident and state department to dis
close what steps are being taken In
the direction of giving government
sanction to a loan; or putting the
United States In the position of ar
biter between France and Germany
on the subject of reparations, is be
ing drafted by one senator.
A number of speeches by other
senators are being prepared. Tffte
resolution and the speeches may
reach the public during the week.
Who Started It?
In addition to asking Information
regarding the status of the negotia
tions the resolution will also request
the state department to disclose to
the Senate the name or names of the
person or persons who first ap
proached administration heads with
these proposals. The Senate has
heard reports that the whole scheme
originated" in the brain of one of the
cabinet- members, wlio Is believed to
be In particularly close touch with
International hanking houses. The
Senate would like to be advised au
thoritatively on this point; also If
this be true, wlto suggested It to the
The senate is waiting and watching.
As yet it has no authoritative infor
mation as to Just what the admin
istration head's are planning.
Debt# Not Involved.
The Senate Is not Informed to whnt
extent, It any, cancellation of the
debts'" owed’ this government by Eu
rope is involved In the financial un
dertakings which are being consid
ered. At the state department Mon
day it was authoritatively asserted
that the question of settling Inter
allied debts, including debts to the
United States, has been in no way
linked with the loan question nor with
the matter of reparations adjust
The state department laid down the
rule that as a condition precedent to
the use of American money to help
Germany there should be a settle
ment of the reparations controversy
between France and Germany, In
othor words, the department is un
willing to extend any governmental
sanction for such a loan unless the
reparations difficulty has been first
Tin} state department, It was as
etrted authoritatively, has noted
with distaste, dispatches from Eu
rope setting forth various views of
possible American participation In a
loan to place Germany on Its feet.
These views, It was said, were quite
premature In the light of the fact
that no agreement has been reached
in the matter of reparations.
The American government accord
" lngly regards It as regrettable that
any attempt should be made to con
nect subsequent reparations with
war time expenditures.
By John T. Burke, Universal Service
Special Cable Dispatch.
London, eDc. 18.—Chancellor of the
Exchequenr Stanley Baldwin, who
will leuve for America on December
27 with plenary powers to discuss
with the United States government
the problem of funding the British
debt to America, had a long aud
ience with King George at Bucking
ham palace Monday.
It is learned that if the government
receives word before Mr. Baldwin
sails, as it is hoped hen*, that the
United States is willing to take up
tin- question of reparations, he will tie
accompanied to America by an Im
posing staff of industrial and finan
The British press is stunnedby th
announcement from Washington that
tlm stories published here that Amer
ica is ready intervene to bring or
der o7?t of the European chaos, are
exaggerated and unwarranted.
The jingo Ball,Mail Gazette is an
gered at being forctAl to admit that
Washington is not going to intervene
or advance a gigantic loan.
MORGAN TELLS OF CALL.
New York, Dec. IS.—J. P. Morgan
and Company Issued a statement to
duy that the German ambassador Dr.
Otto Weldfeldt, has called on Mr.
Morgan on Saturday to make In
quiry as to the possibility of a loan
and has been told by Mr. Morgan
“that it was not possible for us to
disc uss or consider a loan to Germany
unless and until the reparations ques
tion was settled."
20 BELOW AT WINNER.
Norfolk, Neb, Doe. 18 (Special).—
It was 20 degrees below zero at Win
ner, S. D. Monday morning ar.d five
below in Norfolk. Gordon, Neb., re
ported 30 below Saturday. '
REPLIES TO cTe VALERA.
Dublin, Dee. IS.—“We have lost-loo
many men. There ran be tin peace
unless the irregulars disarm." This
was the ultimatum of Minister of De
fense Richard Mtilcahy, ;-p aking for
tile free state government Monday in
answer to De Valera's indirect mes
sage to America proposing peace.
VOTE AGa’iNST UNION.
Washington, Dec. 18.—The confer
ence on Central American affairs de
cided Monday not to form a United
States of Central America, but agreed
to discuss the proposal to consider
such a union three years hence.
U. S. AGENTS
One HJlds Out Against Vol
stead Law—Daugherty, Mel
lon and Haynes Join Presi
dent in Appeal for Help.
BY WILLIAM P. Fl.YTHE,
Universal Service Correspondent.
Washington, Dec. 18.—At a confer
ence with 15 stats. governors Monday
President Harding set ir motion tho
machinery through which he expects
strictly to enforce tlie "dry" lav.’.
The plan calls for the active sup
port of state and local officers with
the federal prohibition agents, it was
announced, and tnis support, was
pledged. Conferences at which all
state governors are to be present will
he held later, when a defir.lto pro
cedure will bo worked out and put
Into execution, it was stated.
With tlie exception of Governor
Hltchle of Maryland, who questioned
the wisdom of the Volstead act. the
merits of prohibition did not enter
. Into the discussion Monday, It was
Harding Outlines Plan.
The president opened the confer
ence with att appeal for law enforce
ment and the employment of every
available means to stop what he
termed disgraceful defiance of tho
law. The government l» under a tie
mendoua handicap, he said, unless It
can have the active cooperation of tho
He then revealed a skeletonized
plan providing for such cooperation,,
which he asked to be treated as con
fidential until It can be worked out In
more detuil and yctually adopted by
nil the states.
Attorney General Daugherty, Sec
retary of the Treasury Mellon and
Prohibition Commissioner Haynes
supplemented this statement with the
specifjc problems cbnfrontlng the
"dry” enforcement. They told the
governors the situation has become
so serious with the law in many lo
calities held In such little esteem
that drastic measures must be em
ployed at once.
“Impossible", Says Haynes.
Mr. Haynes pointed out that it is
absolutely impossible for his staff of
agents to police thoroughly the whole
United States. Kltlier the number of
federal agents must be materially In
creased by congress or the states will
have to make up the shortage by act
ive cooperation, he said.
Governors were then called upon
to give an outline oft the situation In
their respective states and point out
ways in which it was believed that
the conditions might be remedied.
This statement on the result of the
discussion was issued by tho White
“The president invited from the
governor!* a wholly informal expres
sion of their views as to the effective
ness of the enforcement of the pro
hibition law under the concurrent ac
tivities of the federal and stato au
“In many cases the reports of gov
ernors were of an encouraging na
ture, indicating very gratifying prog
ress in making the enforcement of
the Volstead act effective. Numer
ous instances of lack of cooperation
were pointed out; many instances of
the Inadequacy of the federal forces
"On the whole the informal confer
ence was helpful to both slate execu
tives and federul officials who wore
There was a preponderance of
opinion that an earnest official ap
peal for reverence for the law and a
cordial support of law enforcement
by the press would combine to cure
the worst conditions reported.”
MAIL FLYERS HUNT
FOR MISSING PILOT
Service on Salt Lake Division
Suspended While Search
Washington, Dec. 18 (T.T. P.)—Con
centration of all mail airplanes in
the western division of the air mail
service at Salt Lake City and P.ock
Springs was ordered Monday by
Postmaster General Work to- search
for Henry G. Roonstra, mail pilot,
who has been lost since last Friday,
when he was overtaken by a heavy
Tlie service has been completely
suspended In this division under in
struction from Washington, while all
pilots and planes, numbering 25, are
scouting the country in an effort to
find some trace of the missing flyer.
According to information received
at the postoffice department, the
storm in which Hoops.tra.was i aught
laiter 20 hours, thus preventing any
attempt to search for him until the
weather cleared. Agents at railroad
stations, postmasters and amateur
radio operators along the entire Salt
Lake-Rock Springs route have been
notified and are participating in the
DECLARE PORTER SUICIDE.
Denver, Colo., Dec. 18.—John H.
l’orter took his own life. Police Mon
day night abandoned all theories of
murder or foul play in connection
with tjhe death of John II. Porter,
scion of one of Colorado's wealthiest
families, who was found dead on a
lonely mountain read. 25 miles south
of Denver. It has been igieed that
. Ir. Pyrter shot hlrn.-elf as a result of
despondency over ill health. ,
The license which authorized the mar
riage i f Char'es Dickens to Catherine
Hogarth. In 1R38. brought only $150 at
public ■•'alo in London recently.
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