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The Omaha Morning Bee
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State and Federal Agents In
vestigate Mine Killings as
Sheriff Took No Action
Herrin, 111., June .'(.-(By A. P.)
Invcstigators seeking to hx the re
sponsibility (or the rioting which
cost at least 21 live at the Lester
trip mine hi re l.ist week learned to
day from Sheriff Mclvin Thaxtoii
that neither he nor hi deputies took
any steps to prevent the massacre.
Williamson county huricd the dead
in her latest mine war yesterday, con
ducted an inquest to determine the
cause of their death, and today faced
(he responsibility of bringing the
uilty to justice.
With not a single arrest made since
the massacre of last Thursday, when
at least 19 men were killed after
strike sympathizers stormed the Les
ter mine, and with county officials
making: no visible effort to place the
blame, the investigating is being done
by state and federal agents.
Representatives of the Department
of Justice, Department of Labor,
state's attorney general office and the
adjutant general are quietly dipping
into the cloak of secrecy which so
far has surrounded the identity of
5,000 men who marched from Herrin
in broad daylight, took more than 50
unarmea men prisoners, marcnea
them back down the road into a
wood, and there killed 19 and wound-
cd nearly as many more.
Follow All Clues.
The state and federal investigators
worked far into the night following
clues which have reached them. At i low standing gram, unrooted dui m
1 o'clock this morning they visited i '"gs and tore down telephone, tcle-
the Herrin hospital to question Al-
len I. Findlay, 6304 South Halsted
street. Chicago, timekeeper for the
detective agency which supplied the
26 mine guards. Findlay was in the
front rank when the mob marched its
victims into the death woods and fell
at the first volley, with 46 shotgun
pellets in his side. As he lay on the
ground a miner with a revolver fired
a shot point blank through his foot.
Findlay told the investigators and
Col. Samuel N. Hunter, Illinois na
tional guard, that he could recognize
the leader of the execution squad
and gave a partial description of an
elderly gray haired man who took
Superintendent McDowell from the
ranks before the wood was reached
nrl killed him.
Findlay testified at the coroner's
inquest that McDowell shot at two
men on Wednesday, during the first
attack on the mine, and that he saw
one crumple up and the other throw
up his arms and fall. The coroner's
jury decided from his description
that one of the two was a miner
named Henderson and so found Mc
Dowell responsible for his death.
. The timekeeper told the investi
gators that snipers attacked the mine
about noon on Wednesday and kept
up a more or less continuous fire
until about 3 o'clock, when McDow
ell, seeing the two men on a hillside
a quarter of a mile away, shot them
with a high-powered rifle.
Carbondale, 111., June 26. (By A.
P.) Sheriff Gibson of Jackson
county today announced he had ad
vised coal operators' associations in
Illinois that he had not been ad
vised of any threatened outbreaks
in this county. His telegram was
in reply to one from the operators
saying they had learned the lives
of their employes, protecting the
idle mines, had been threatened.
Ruling on Ship Bars
Requested by Mellon
Washington, June 26. Secretary
Mellon has formally requested At
torney General Daugherty for infor
mation as to the legality of selling
liquor on shiDDme vessels outside
three-mile limit. It has been
officially held treasury regulations do
not prohibit such sales, but the ruling
when made will definitely determine
Request for the ruling, it was said,
was made at the urging of Prohibi
tion Commissioner Haynes and an
early reply from Mr. Daugherty was
sought to settle finally the contro
versy precipitated by Adolphus
Busch III, in connection with .the
shipping board's practice of operat
ing bars at sea.
Only a decision of a court could
overturn any position the attorney
general might take.
Judge Humphrey Quits
Race for Representative
Lincoln, June 26. Judge A. R.
Humphrey of Broken Bow, candi
date for the republican nomination
for congressman from the Sixth con
gressional district, today filed a with
drawal notice with Secretary of State
It was hinted at the state house
today that Judge Humphrey's sup
port would go to Judge Bruno O.
Hostetler of Kearney. It is the
opinion of a number of state house
officials here- that Judge Humphrey
might fill Judge Hostetler's place on
the district court bench in the event
that the latter is nominated on the
ritain Favors Admitting
Germany to League
London, June 26. Asked bv Lord
Robert Cecil in the house of com- I
mons whether he could state the gov- J
emment's attitude towards the ad-;
mission of Germany to membership '
in the league of nations. Prime Min
ister Lloyd George replied that Great
Britain would be willing to support
proposal fox Germany's admission.
Ifebratka War Bride
Married by Cable
Held by Government
New York, June 26. A marriage
knot tied by cable may be all right
in Nebraska, but the federal govern-
men doe.ri t believe in that kind,
.Malcmoirlle Hahn of liahltbach
AUare, learned when she arrived
here on the Cunard liner Saxonia
She produced a marriage certificate
signed by County Jude Wilbur Jv,
llryan of Cedar county, Nebraska,
showing that she was the wife ot
Lester M. Mabeus, once ot the A. fc
K. now of St. Helena, Neb., and
asked that she be permitted to cuter
America as Mrs. Mabeus.
She was informed she would have
to have a regular marriage and the
authorities will watch over her until
it is performed.
Mabeus met Mile, Harm while he
was serving with the American
forces in Alsace. He was suddenly
sent back to the United States. A
short time ago Judge Bryan sent this
cable to the mademoiselle:
"Do you take Lester Mabeus to
be your lawfully wedded husband?"
The answer. "I do," came by mail
and Judge llryan forwarded the cer
tificate to Alsace.
and Wind Storm
Grain Destroyed, Buildings
Damaged and Wire Lines
Blown Down Woman
Imprisoned in House.
Holdreee. Neb.. Tune 26. (Soe-
; ,:,a,) a terrific ram and hail storm,
i accomnanied bv wind of cyclonic
i proportions, caused heavy damage to
property ana crops in mis vicinity
The storm, said to have been tne
most violent experienced here, laid
graph and electric light poles ana
wires, coming up irom tne norm,
the wind and hail cut a swath about
five miles wide and seemed to be
made up of a thousand small twisters,
accompanied by a downpour of rain.
In the north part of the city, G.
I. Titus' garage was lifted from its
foundation, carried 20 feet and
smashed. The automobiles inside
were undamaged. The home of Joe
Johnson and the Engstrom green
house were badly damaged.
Chimneys Blown Down.
Chimneys on the residences of D.
J. Fink, John Hult and Robert Perry
were blown over, wrecking the roofs
and allowing rain and hail to damage
"Grandma" Gustafson, nearly 70,
was alone in her-home on East ave
nue. The house was turned nearly
one-quarter around on its foundation
and all of the doors jammed. Neigh
bors rescued her through a window
after the storm.
Another freak of the storm oc
curred three blocks west. The gar
age of J. Lindall was picked up by
the wind, carried over another small
building and set down on top of the
Beirman garage. Both of the- build
ings then crashed through the roof
of a neighbor's barn.
The heavy fall of hail blocked the
storm sewers in the lower parts of
the city and nearly 100 cellars were
reported flooded with water to a
deoth of from one to 12 feet.
At the farm of Robert Cain, south
of Holdrege, a barn was demolished
and two windmills blown down.
Window lights and roofs all over
the city were damaged by hail stones.
Cherry trees, loaded before the storm,
were stripped of every cherry and
thousands of young chickens were
Tourists camping in the city park
were compelled to seek higher
ground to avoid the water. It is
estimated that 3.15 inches of rain
fell in 45 minutes.
Mexicans Hold Four
Americans and Plane
San Diego, Cal., June 26. Four
Americans and the airplane in which
they were traveling were seized by
Mexicans in Tecate, Lower Cali
fornia, following a forced landing on
the outskirts of that town.
The plane was observed. by cus
toms officers on the American side
of the line to land near the town of
Tecate, which is about 40 miles east
from Tijuana. Officials at the San
Diego customs office stated that the
airplane was a commercial machine.
All information regarding the names
of the men and their mission was
Help build your com
munity. Make the first step to
day by reading ALL
the advertisements in
the "Real Estate" col
umns of The Omaha
Bee then read them
every day until you
find exactly what you
have been looking for.
You would be surpris
ed to know how, many
people have gotten
homes in this way
who, otherwise, would
still be paying rent.
One Killed&'tor of 50
i W s Visitor
of Auto Bus
Heavy Rains Cause Accident
on Grand Island-Lincoln
Route Driver of Car
Four Children Injured
Wilbur Wood, 40, University 1'l.ice,
was killed ami other lucnwm in-
ju'ed when a moior'hu on the way
Irom Oram! Island to Lincoln unit
over a 15 -foot embankment six mile
from Lincoln at II Sunday night.
The accident occurred after a heavy
rain which made roads in all sections
of the state almost impassable.
Others on the bus, Mr. and Mrs. II.
W. Davis and four children of llave-
ock, Esther and Ethel Jirittell of
Gresham, and Kenneth I sou of Uni
versity Place, were injured in the
crash. They were released from the
wrerkage by parsing motorists aim
taken to Lincoln. The driver of the
bus, C. B. Brount, had not been lo
cated early Monday morning.
All bus lines ot the state were
ordered to take out state liability
insurance two months ago by the
Mate railway commission. It is not
known whether this bus was regis
tered with the state.
Fifteen automobiles were aban
doned at one place in the mire be
tween Omaha and Lincoln late Sun
day. Roads in all directions from
Omaha were nearly impassable, ac
cording to reports, and many cars
were left in ditches were they had
skidded and could not get out under
their own power.
The rain which started falling in
Omaha late Sunday afternoon cov
ered ' practically the entire state,
breaking a drouth that has threaten
ed to ruin potatoes, corn and late
small gram crops, u he showers
were accompanied by a sudden drop
in temperature that brought the
mercury from 81 to 12 Sunday to
64 seven hours later.
The precipitation in Omaha to
taled approximately half an inch.
Small hail fell with the first showers,
but no damages resulted, according
Hail in Places.
Hail was reported in widely scat
tered areas throughout the state, in
some places doing small damages to
After an extended period of hot
weather, in which the thermometer
hung in the nineties, corn and pota
toes as well as ffe winter wheat
were suffering from drouth before
the rain fell. Farmers throughout
the state regarded the shower as a
veritable savior of their crops.
As far north as Rosebud, S. D.,
rain started falling in the morning,
reaching a two-inch fall Sunday
night. Beneficial rains were also re
ported at Laurel, Wausa, Randolph
and as far West as Chadron.
A .55-inch precipitation fell in the
vicinity of Sioux City. Three
fourths of an inch fell at Columbus.
This rain followed a small shower
A long drouth in the vicinity of
Beatrice was broken by an inch rain
Sunday which was beneficial to corn
A two-inch rain which began fall
ing Sunday morning and continued
through most of the day assures the
carrying of corn crops through the
usual dry July period at O'Ncil.
Small hail in 30-minute shower
fell at Fremont late Sunday atter
noon. The damages from the storm were
practically negligible according to
telegraph and telephone companies
Bonds to Be Required.
Lincoln, June 26. (Special.) The
Nebraska railway commission is en
deavoring to get names of all auto
bus owners in the state with a view
of forcing them to appear before the
commission and show cause why
they should not put up a bond suf
ficient in size to guarantee at least
$5,000 liability on every passenger
The commission holds it ha? power
under existing laws to force such ac
tion from owners of bus lines be
tween towns in Nebraska. In a re
cent case brought against Frank
Henry of Omaha, who operated a
bus from Omaha to Ralston, the
commission held it had such jurisdic
tion, and after the finding, which
also included rates and schedules to
be maintained by Henry, he quit
For three weeks the commission
has been sending letters to commer
cial organizations throughout the
state asking for names of bus own
err, The accident seven miles west
of here last night, in which W. S.
Wood of lTniversity. Tlace was kill
ed, and eight passengers injured
when the Lincoln-Grand Island bus
ran off a 15-foot embankment, has
caused the commission to redouble
its efforts to force bus owners to
insure their passengers.
The bus is owned by the Lehman
Bus company of York. Whether the
company had liability insurance for
passengers is not known.
Injuries of tha other eight pas
sengers have not proved serious.
Greeters of America
in Session at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, June 26. The greeters
of America held the opening session
of their 12th annual convention here
with delegates from all parts of the
LTnited States and Canada registered.
City officials welcomed the visitors
to Pittsburgh. President Louis
Lucas of Seattle, Wash., is presiding.
Prince Fushimi Has Cancer,
Tokio. June 26. fBy A. P.)
Baron Makino, minister of the im
perial household, announced that I
physicians attending Prince Fushimi,
who is ill at Hayama. believed their
.patient was sujfering from pancex,
Cornelius Cole, 100 Years
Lawmakers Was Personal Friend of
Lincoln and Accompanied Him to
Make Gettysburg Address. .
oiimiia Hr Wir. (newspaper men there Mat nothing;
Washington, June 27. Ex-Senator to the widely prevalent belief that
Cornelius Cole, 100 year old, of Cat- j the senate had deteriorated as a re.
ifornia, who was rounding out a long 1 suit of the direct primary. In fart,
career of public service when "Uclc ' he saw no change worthy of note
Joe" Cannon was in his legislative , in the seiuie except that it u con-
swaddling clonics, ptia a visit to tne
scute today and discussed the live
issues of the day in a very youth
ful and lusty manner.
Dressed in an up-to-date tropical
suit and wearing a panama hat, ele
gant enough to arouse the envy of;
J. Hani Lewis, the ancient statesman
stepped spryly into the seiate and
took a seat in the rear of the cham
ber to listen to the debate for a
while. It was his first visit in 25
years. None of the "young fellows"
present were old enough to remem
ber Mr. Cole, but some of them
had heard of him and he was soon
surrounded by a congratulating
throng of senators.
Mr. Cole was a "forty-incr." He
was born in Lodi, N. Y., September
17, 1822, but went to California in
the gold rush. After working a year
mining gold he entered politics. He
was first elected to congress in
1863. He was a close personal friend
of Lincoln and went with Lincoln to
Gettysburg when the great emanci
pator delivered his famous address.
He was elected to the senate and
served from 1867 to 187J. During
that time he participated in the im
peachment trial of President Johnson
and took an active part in ma.ny other
stirring scenes of the reconstruction
After shaking hands for a while and
listening to the tariff debate he went
to the press gallery where he told
to Escape Jail
Combination Lock Partly
Sawed Away Towel Used
to Conceal Operation
Alleged Robber Blamed.
Fremont, Neb., June 26. (Special
Telegram.) Another attempt to
break out of the Dodge county jail
was frustrated here early trday when
jail deputies discovered the combina
tion lock on the "bull pen" had been
partly sawed away. Deputy Sheriff
Leslie Hssson, who discovered the
attempt, found the lock covered by
a towel apparently hung up to dry.
He places the blame on jlliam
Collins, recently returned from Keo
kuk, la., on a charge of robbery.
Collins is charged with having
hurled a brick through the plate glass
window of a jewelry store here
some time ago and making away
with the contents.
The lock is part of the big steel
door which gives the prisoners ac
cess to the roof of the jail. Jail at
taches found several pieces of a saw
and a large knife in Collins' cell.
Two prisoners, Earnest Lundberg
and William Millard, the former still
at large, made their escape from the
Dodge county jail some months ago
in the same manner.
After taking the lock to pieces
they crawled through a ventilator
lo the floor below and made their
escape. Millard was later recaptured
when he tried to visit his wife.
Ceremony Is Simple
at Rockefeller Funeral
Tarrytown, N. Y., June 26. With
simple ceremony, the body of Wil
liam Rockefeller, brother of John
D. Rockefeller, and one of Amer
ica's wealthiest men, was laid away
in a receiving vault in Sleepy Hol
low cemetery, to remain there until
the completion of the handsome
mausoleum, planned by Mr. Rocke
feller before his death.
The only service was the reading
of the Episcopal ritual. There was
no music and euolgy in deference to
Mr. Rockefeller's oft-repeated wish.
The service was held at Rockwood
Hall, the Rockefeller home at North
Tarrytown, with only members of
the family and a few friends pres
ent. Rev. Charles Baldwin of St.
Marys Episcopal church, Scar
Among the relatives present were
John D. Rockefeller and Mr. Rocke
feller's four children, Mrs. Hartley
Dodge," Percy Rockefeller, William
G. Rockefeller and Mrs. McAlpin.
Seven old family employes attended,
as did several Standard Oil em
ployes with whom Mr. Rockefeller
had been on intimate terms. These
included Thomas D. Lacca, boot
black in the Rockefeller building at
26 Broadway, who had polished Mr.
Rockefeller's shoes for nearly 40
Nebraska Educators Reach
Washington on Auto Tour
Washington, June 26. (Special
Telegram.) Representative Mc- j persistence in the effort to scale the
Laughhn has been foregathering peak would result only in useless
with some old-time Nebraska friends ! tragedy,
here. A group of school superin- j
ndlltr,?tcentv?rriVTlinWasw1"!Gram Futures Trading Act
ton by automobile. They are Wil- I xrr-ii n m
liam Mortens of Fairbury. L. R. Will Lome to Vote Today
Gregory, Tecumseh, and J. L. Stod- i Washington, June 26. The house
dard, Beatrice. The party left Ne- adjourned today without completing
braska last Monday and arrived here consideration of the Capper-Tincher
Monday, indicating that school super- ' grain exchange bill which would sup
intendents can make speed on the plement the future trading act to meet
road. The party will go up to Maine j the recent decision of the supreme
and later will spend some time at court. After devoting more than six
Columbia university summer school, hours to its discussion, the house
and still later will attend the meeting leaders decided to permit it to go
of the National Educational associ- over until tomorrow when thev nr.
latioa of Boston. 1
at U. S. Capitol
Old, Spryly Mingles With
, ndcrahly larger.
Asked to tell the secret of "how to
live to be a hundred," Mr. Cole said
it would be impossible to prescribe
ror my part, he said, "I have
always tried to avoid extremes and
Is Not Prohobitionist.
Mr. Cole does not think much of
"There are too many bootlegger
today," he said.
"Would you have voted for pro
hibition if the question had come
before the senate in your day?" he
He dodged a direct answer and
said "If the prohibition amendment
had been placed before the framers
of the American constitution in 1787
it most certainly would have been
He admitted he couldn't attribute
his longevity to total abstinence
from liquor and tobacco.
"I suppose I've consumed my
share of both in my time," he said.
"Was there much liquor around
the capitol when you were here?"
"Never too much," he answered
with a chuckle.
Mr. Cole, accompanied by Sena
tor Shotridge of California, visited
the White House and chatted with
President Harding. It was the first
time he had met the president. He
retired from public life long before
Mr. Harding came into prominence.
Fred Brown Case
County Attorney Declines to
State Whether Siefken Mur
der Complaint to
County Attorney A. V. Shotwell
declared yesterday morning he has
sufficient evidence against Fred
Brown in connection with the Charles
and Robert Siefken murders to start
a personal investigation.
Detectives Frank Aughe and Fred
Franks started out yesterday morn
ing to work on the case for the coun
ty attorney's office, exclusively until
"I had quite a talk with Brown in
Lincoln," said Shotwell, "but at this
time I do not care to state whether
I will file a complaint against him for
the iiiefken slayings.
"Brown will be brought to Omaha
right after theFourth of July and
held in the county jail. He will be
placed with 15 or 20 other prisoners
in the "showup" room of the jail so
witnesses m the Siefken case may
see if they can pick the murder sus
pect Irom the group. He will be
given the same fair and square treat
ment every criminal is given by this
"Brown retold to me the story of
the Benson chaining, repeating the
Jenkins and McManaman girls went
to his' shack voluntarily and he
chained them when they threatened
to reveal his jewel thefts."
Filibuster in House
Washington. Tune 26. After lav-
ing in cold storage all day the Voigt
filibuster broke out again in the
house tonight, abruptly halted pro
ceedings ana torcea adjournment
The Wisconsin republican, han
dling the filibuster without help, de
manded a roll call at the opening,
which showed 284 members present,
or 33 more than the largest number
voting Saturday. Thereafter he held
back permitting the grain futures
bill, the only measure up during the
day, to jog along. But when it went
from the committee to the house
proper with 14 amendments, Mr.
Voigt demanded a separate vote on
The bells brought 263 members
scurryirg to the chamber to vote on
the first of the 14. Then, quite un
expectedly, Mr. Voigt withdrew his
demand and the house cheered.
A moment later, however, just as
the bill was up for passage, the Wis
consin representative called for the
reading of the engrossed copy of the
16 pages. It hadn't been engrossed
and the house quit.
Climbers Give Up Attempt
to Scale Mount Everest
London, June 26. (By A. P.)
Mount Everest has again baffled the
best efforts of man.
The Calcutta correspondent of the
Daily Telegraph confirms previous
reports that Brig. Gen. C. G. Bruce,
head of the present expedition, has
been forced to the conclusion that
diet its passage,
Suffers Fatal Stroke of Apo
plexy During Celebration
of Illinois Governor's
Politics Is Blamed
Chicaito. June 2o. The charges
made against Governor Small and of
which he was acquitted Saturday led
to Mrs. Small's death, Samuel A.
Hudson, corooration counsel of Chi
cago, declared today when informed
of the Bovcrnor's wife. Mr. Ettcl-
ion, who, with Mayor Thompson of
Chicago, had been a close friend and
political supporter of the governor,
declared that politics was behind the
prosecution of the governor and that
politics therefore was responsible for
Mrs. Small's death.
Kankakee, III., June 26. (By A. P.)
Mrs. Len Small, wife of Governor
Small of Illinois, died this morning.
Mrs. Small-was stricken with apo
plexy Saturday night during the ex
citement incident to the celebration
by friends and fellow townsmen of
the governor's acquittal that after
noon at .Waukegan, III. With her at
the time of her death were the gov
ernor and their three children, Leslie
and Bud Small and Mrs. A. E. Ing
lesh, all of Kankakee.
The long trial of nine weeks at
Waukegan where the governor was
charged with conspiracy to defraud
the state of interest on public funds
during his term as state treasurer sev
eral years ago, had been a heavy
strain, both on the governor and his
wife. Mrs. Small, however, had borne
up under the strain exceedingly well,
it appeared, until she was stricken
and sank into the governor's arms as
the noise of the celebrators filled the
neighborhood about their home at the
joyous home coming Saturday.
Physicians who attended Mrs. Small
offered no hope for her recovery and
throughout Sunday and last night she
lay in a coma as the governor and
their sons and daughter watched by
the bedside. The governor refused
to leave her.
Married in 1883.
Mrs. Small was born December
17, 1861, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Moore of Kankakee
county, and had lived virtually her
entire life in this county.
Mrs. Small and the governor were
married November 21, 1883.
Besides the governor and the two
sons and their daughter, Mrs. Small
is survived by her mother, Mrs.
Moore, a sister, Mrs. George
Vaughn, sr., both of Kankakee, and
two brothers, Bert Moore of Walnut
Creek, Cal., and Claude Moore of
Pompeys Pillar, Mont.
Governor Small is publisher of the
When the governor was told the
chances were all against his wife's
recovery, he burst into tears.
Falls in Husband's Arms.
"Thank God she lived to see me
vindicated," he said. "Yesterday
was one of the happiest days in her
When they arrived Saturday, the
streets were jammed and bands were
playing. Mrs. Small stood in the
door with the governor, shaking
hands with friends and waving to
the shouters in the streets. Then
she became limp and hung heavily
on his arm.
"Take me in, Len," she said. "I
am a little tired. I am afraid I'm
going to be ill." She swayed and
collapsed in his arms and did not
Drake Storehouse Bums
With $100,000 Loss
The Brandon Supply Co., Fourth
and Pierce streets, operated by the
Drake Realty and Construction com
pany, suffered a $100,000 loss by fire
last night when, the top floor of its
six-story building burned from
The floor was stored with large
quantities of mixed paint and linseed
oil, the burning of which sent huge
billows of black smoke over the east
ern part of the city.
The fire was first noticed about 7.
Three alarms were se.nt in.
Choice lumber on the lower floors,
used for apartment finishing, was wa
ter-soaked and will be almost a to
tal loss. ,
Continuance of U. S.
Troops in Haiti Urged
Washington, June 26. Indefinite
continuance of American military oc
cupation, of Haiti, but with a reduc
tion of the marine force, was recom
mended in a unanimous report pre
sented by the special senate com
mittee which for months has been
investigating American occupation
in Haiti and San Domingo.
Father Flanagan's Boys
to Have Outing at Valley
Father Flanagan's boys, 135 in
number, will be given an outing next
Wednesday at Valley by the com
A barbecue lunch, games, music,
swimming and water-polo contests
have been arranged.
Automobiles belonging to people of
Valley will carry the boys from
Overlook farm to the grounds.
March of West Virginia
Strikers Halted by Chief
Fairmont, W. Va., June 28. A
march of striking miners and their
sympathizers from Monongah, a min
ing village near here, to Fairmont
was prevented by C. F. Frank Keen-
ey, district president of the United
inline .Workers of Awstica, j
Los Angeles, Cal., June 26.
Collision between an airplane and
an automobile was reported to city
and county officials today. Ed
mund C. kossub, who drovs the
motor car, told tht authorities that
the plan damaged the car slightly
and caused his mother and sister
and a cousin riding with him to
suffer from shock. H added that
tht aviator stopped, but declined
to give his name and address or to
explain why ht wis flying so low
over a boulevard. Th aviator then
Lad, 12, Drowns
in Effort to Save
Sons of Fremont Family
Are .Victims of Sandpit
Fremont, Neb., June 26. (Special
Telegram.) The Murphy sandpit
lake, west of Fremont, took its an
nual toll of life at 4 this afternoon
when Harold Howard, 12, attempted
to save the life of his brother,
Both were lost.
The boys, sans of Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene Howard, Fremont, went with
another lad to the sandpit lakes with
out the knowledge of their parents.
According to the meager informa
tion that can be secured Jrom the
bereaved playmate, the only eye
witness of the double tragedy, the
boys had been playing about the
edge of the water, when the yotyig
est Howard lad toppled into the
l?ke. An immediate drop of 18 feet
right off shore caused the helpless
lad to sink beneath the surface.
Honine to rescue his brother, al
though unable to swim, Harold wad
ed into the water and he too plunged
out of sight. The companion, Jack
Lcurs, 12, stated that he waded into
the water up to his shoulders in the
attempt to help his playmate, but
was forced to abandem the attempt.
He ra,n to the nearest farmhouse,
about a mile distant, where he called
for help and word was sent to Sher
A plumotor and divers immediate
ly rushed to the scene. Both bodies
were recovered about two hours later.
The father was summoned to the
scene of the drownings, but was
overcome with the tragedy and had
to be cared for by physicians. He
is employed at the Northwestern
The mother is prostrated with
San Francisco, June 26. A spare
and shattered battalion broken on
the wheel of war and counting
in its numbers the blind, the
halt and the lame, arose in inspiring
salutation to the national banner to
day when the second annual con
vention of the Disabled American
Veterans of the World war was
called to order.
"A rendezvous of faith" was the
phrase by which this initial session
was referred to by the speakers. The
whole convention, they said, is a
plea for the country not to forget, as
the broken veteran intends to cling
to his faith in the things for which
Today was given over to merry
making for the most part, the vet
erans dispersing on picnics and auto
mobile rides after having been ad
dressed by Governor Stephens.
Tomorrow's parade units will be
made up of natty bluejacket and
marine units from the Pacific fleet,
now in the harbor, police and troops.
There will be some in the pagent to
morrow, who will not be able to
march, although they struck out to
ward the east, with a right good will
back in '17 and '18. Conveyances
will be provided for them and they
will be given a cheer that will bring
back the victorious flush of the war
days to them again.
Banker's Wife Burned
as Gasoline Explodes
Grand Island, Neb.. June 26. Mrs.
Charles Redman of Doniphan, Neb.,
wife of a banker, and sister-in-law,
Mrs. Bertha Zeibert. were seriously
burned when gasoline they were
using to clean a stove exploded. The
women had thought the flames in
the burner completely extinguished,
though apparently it was not.
Thousands of Acres of
Texas Cotton Land Flooded
Brownsville, Tex., June 26. The
ciTy of Mercedes, 50 miles west of
Brownsville, and thousands of acres
of cotton and cornland in the Mer
cedes district, were covered by about
two feet of water early today with
the crest of the Rio Grande flood
still lingering between Weslaco and
Mercedes, according to the latest re
ports here. ,
The newly-flooded floodland is
partly in Hidalgo. Cameron and
W'illacy counties. The latest inun
dation was caused by the overflow
ing yerterday of a levee protecting
Mercedes from the south.
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Government Operation of the
Mines Will He Last Resort If
Conferences Fail to Knd
Strike of Miner.
Lewis Opposes Truce
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
llmuli lira lnard Wlrr.
Washington, June 2(. That l'rei
dent Harding is determined to take
aKresive action to end the coal mine
strike or bring about the resumption
of full production of furl was dis
closed tonight following a protracted
conference between the executive
and Secretary of Labor Davis and
John L. Lewis, president of the
United Mine Workers.
Mr. Harding's immediate endeavor
is being directed toward bringing the
miners and the operators into con
ference on a settlement of the wage
dispute. He sounded Lewis on the
acceptance of a compromise plan of
negotiation, which the miners' leader
did not accept but which the presi
dent asked Secretary of Commerce
Hoover to put up to the operators at
The president indicated that if he
fails to bring the operators and
miners into conference within a rea
sonable time he will feel compelled
to adopt more drastic measures to
protect the people from the danger
of privation next winter resulting
from a coal famine.
May Furnish Guards.
Ojie plan under consideration is
to ask congress for legislation pro
viding for compulsory arbitration of
the differences between the operators
and the miners. It is suggested that the
arbitral tribunal might take the form
of the railway labor board. Lewis said
the mine workers would oppose and
resist any such measure.
As a last resort the administration
is prepared to consider government
operation of the mines, at least to the
extent of opening the mines to all
miners who desire to work and pro
viding armed forces for their pro
tection. Secretary Davis tonight said he is
extremely optimistic of the president
succeeding in his efforts to bring
about a settlement through a volun
tary conference of the miners and
operators, but earlier in the day he
had hinted at the more aggressive
measures under consideration when
he said that in the event of the fail-'
ure of the present efforts there might
be "a peculiar turn such as has never
happened in any previous strike."
' Conferences Discussed.
President Harding discussed with
Mr. Lewis the possibilities of district
or state conferences, to which the
operators have agreed, but in which
agreement the miner leaders main
tain they are not sincere, because
of the intense competition between
districts. The latest word from the
operators was a letter received by
Secretary Davis this mowing. It
said they would negotiate on the
state or district basis, but on no
other. Mr. Davis did not make pub
lic the signature.
Among the operators, it is ad
mitted that a minority in the indus
try is willing to enter a national or
central competitive states conference,
but it is generally insisted that the
real desires of the mine owners are
unknown because there is no central
organization and that many feel they
can enter no conference because of
the injunction of the federal court at
Mr. Lewis said virtually all of the
largest coal companies in the bitu
minous fields operate mines in sev
eral states and declared it is idle to
"assume that they would make any
agreement that would put their own
operations at a disadvantage."
Opposed to Truce.
The labor leader was questioned
on the acceptability of a truce while
an attempt was being made to settle
the controversy. He said a truce
would be a temporary settlement and
indicated that such a suggestion
would be given no serious considera
tion by the miners. He was asked
about the real situation respeVing
the coal stocks, and said:
"The coal situation is already
acute and will become increasingly
so. After July 1, when the freight
rate decrease becomes effective, tre
mendous orders will be placed for
coal and the supply will not be suf
ficient. Unless the strike is settled
in the immediate future the railroads
will find themselves unable to trans
port the tonnage necessary for the
requirements of the country."
I he loss of one-tourth the annual
supply of anthracite, which Mr.
Lewis said already has taken place.
will mean that the Atlantic seaboard
will be required to make heavy pur
chases of bituminous coal. He added:
The organized miners can stay
out indefinitely. There is no lessen
ing of their morale."
Fargo Woman Is Held for
Smuggling $100,000 Necklace
Chicago, June 26. Mrs. Laura
Kachclmacher of Fargo, N. D., is
being held by federal authorities in
connection with the smuggling into
this country of a $100,000 pearl
necklace, according to Charles Sal
ter, special treasury agent, from
Treasury officials in every large
city have been looking for this neck
lace, which has been taken from city
to city in an attempt to evade fed
eral treasury agents, Mr. Salter said.
Lease on Walnut Hill
Postal Station Renewed
Washington. June 26. (Special
Telegram.) The postmaster general
has acc?pted the proposal of W. T.
Smith to lease present quarters for
the Walnut Hill station of the Omaha
postoffice for a term of 10 years and
the proposal of E. G. West to lease
present quarters for the postoffice at
Gothenburg, Neb, fox & yea;,
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