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0MA1IA, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 2U, 1913 TWELVE PAGES.
On Trains and at
Hotel Nw Stands, So.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
EVERY OA! MADE A
HOLIDAY BY HUERTA
TO CHECK BANK BUN
Institutions Thus Absolved fromi
Meeting Any Obligation Until I
January Two. j
PRESIDENTIAL DECREE ISSUED
Executive Says Such Action Neces
sary as Measure of Protection
FEDERALS REPORT SUCCESSES
Advices of Victories at Tampico and
Mazatlan Reach Capital.
Railroad una Wtre in Northern
Mexico Practically n Opera
tion, vAccordln to Cnr
MEXICO CITV. Doc 22. By a presiden
tial decree Issued this afternoon every
,iov Inrlndtnr today until tho end of tho
present year Is made a legal holiday f
in nnlvr to check the run on the banks, i
particularly that on tho bank of London j
On tho promulgation of this decrco tho
bank of London and Mexico opened ita
door, hut refrained from paying deposits.
Provisional President Hucrla Bays In tho
decreo he deems such action necessary to
protect tho banks until public confidence
Is moro nearly restored. By tho decree
the banks nro absolved from meeting uny
obligation until January 2, It applies to
all banking houses whether a bank of
Issue or not.
With tlin exception of tho bank of
London and Mexico, und tho Central
bank, none as yet have, tuken advantage
of the decree and business at tho other
Institutions Is being conducted as usual, j
Crowds gathered about the doors of tho
two banks mentioned, but there was no
disorder. Both banks are being strongly j
guarded by police.
Kedernln Report Victory.
f Forlorn 1 nuccesscs at Tenlco and Maiat-
lnn on the Pacific coast of Mexico nro
reported In official advices received here
Tho rebels are said to havo been se
verely punished In a fight with the fed
eral troops eight miles from Tcplco, the
aplt.il of ihe territory of the same name,
whlto tho fcdernl forces which had been
' cslefed at Mnzatlnn for many weeks ars
-aid to lme assumed the aggressive ana
10 bo forcing tho rebels back toward" Cu
llaepn, capital of the sluto of Slnaloa.
Rebel Control Tlirco States.
HERMDSILLQ, .Sonora, tfec. a-ponv
munlcntlona ' by rp.ll and wire "have been
practically restored throughout north
western Mexico, according to ah an
nouncement made today by Ig,naclo
Honlllhs. secretary of communications
in Odncial Carranza's provisional cabi
net. This Is assisting materially tho
coiibtltutlonnllst .campaign by putting
the various Insurgent leaders in closo
touch with tho general headquarters
Te'.egrap'j lines have been restored in
the states of Slnaloa, Sonora, Chihua
hua and Durango, which comprise a
section In northwestern Mexico about
SfiO miles long and about HX) miles wide.
In this territory the federals hohU only
the coast towns of Guaymas, on tho
gulf of California, and Mazatlan, on tho
Pacific ocean. Constitutionalist officials
assert that only, tho presence or two
federal gunboats on the coast has pre
vented tho capture of these ports.
Statement of HonlUns.
Secretary Bonlllas announced that
within a few days telegraphic communi
cation will be restored between Nogales,
on the Arlzona-Sonora border, and
Juarez, on the Texas-Chihuahua border,
by way of Torreon, 700 miles south of
the international line. Already the bor
der telegraph lines between Hermosillo
and Chihuahua City havo been put In
General Carranza received from his
homo at Saltlllo, Coahulla, news that his
three sisters, Ursula, Ilermclda and
Mariana Da Carranza, had been forced to
ride upon a fcdernl, troop train. This fol
lowed previous reports that federals had
compelled the wives' of constitutionalist
officers to ride on patron trains to pre
(Continued on Page Two.)
5 a. m.
6 a, m..
7 a. in.
8 a. in.
0 n. m....
10 a. m....
Comparative Loral Record.
1913. 1911. 1910.
Highest yesterday 20 40 JU 35
lowest yetterday M 21 25 23
Mian teinptjraturo 22 an IS 30
Precipitation 01 .0) .00 .01
Temperature and 'precipitation depar
tureK from tho normul:
Normal temperuturo 25
Deficiency for the day 3
Total exross u nco March 1 321
Normal preolrltatlon OR Inch
Deficiency for the day OR Inch
Total rainfall since March 1.... 23.05 Inches
Deficiency since Maroh 1 iv.35 Inches
Deficiency for cor, period, 1912.. 4 (Cinches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1911.. 13.M inches
Itenorts from Stations at 7 1. M
Station and State
Cheyenne, clear ....
Davenport, clmr ...
Denver, cloudy .....
Ds Moines, cloudy
Pudge City, clear .
1 umlai ,-lnlMir .
7. p. m.
Jvi -H 6 rnZ'.'.'.'.'.Z'. 14
S-m A a. in JG
"jflSSv3 H n n- ni lf'
V t3W( 10 a. m IS
J).ZtS"TM T ii ni '.'0
7W ? Yr 12 m 23
fjt' 1 p. m ...23
CirJS u 2 p. in .. 23
C E 8 P- n J
V0i D 4 nl 24
JgStL 5 P- " 27
fCTPU J P. m 27
& p. m 27
North Platte, clear 18
)maha, plouuy r
I'tiehlo, cloudy "2."
Rapid Citv. clear SO
Halt Lake City, snow JS
Paqta IV, cloudy liJ
Sheridan, dear J
Moux City, clear ,
Vuivntne, ijear .., ....... 21
- nidi, ates below zero,
L. A. WELSH, Local Forecaster.
of Phones Presents
No Great Problems
WASHINGTON, tec. Si-Government
ownership of the nation's telephone lines
would cost less than $300,000,000 and
would present no greater difficulties of '
financing than did tho Panama canal. 1
rteprcscntatlve Lewis of Maryland told '
tho houso today In an exhaustive analysis
of his proposal to have those lines oper-
atcd by tho Postoffico department.
Mr. Lewis, who took a tending part In
tho establishment of the parcel post and
who has made a study with postofflce
officials of government ownership of the
electrical lines of communication docs
)t propose to have the government take i
er tho telegraph companies. His plan .
Is to have the government first own tho
telephonic network of the' country, oper'
ate some of the telephone lines as tele'
graph, as Is now possible under modern
mechanlcnl conditions, and have tho gov
ernmcnt system compete with tho prlv
telegraph companies at the outset I
same proportion as the parcel pos
competes with tho express comp
"The perversion of the laws
and private financiering," 8a!dJ
"by which governments haveflj
herlted of their normal functions,
to such corruption and demoralization
that cities like New York, with Its street
railways, Philadelphia with Its gas works
and San Francisco with Us telephones,
have shamed over tho scions of Roman
corruption In their most dishonorable .
iiii..,,.l. ... r, i I
In his annual report favored tho people
, . . . ....
of government ownership of telegraph
an dtelephone lines. President Wilson has
not taken a position on the question and
has not made up his mind.
The postmaster general had a long con-
, . . . . ,
renco with the president today, and,
It was understood that was one of the
subjects under discussion. It Is not be
lieved that the administration wtll tnko
any definite position on tho subject now.
After his conference with tho president,
Mr. Burleson manifested an Indisposition
to discuss the subject.
"It will take some time," he said, how
over, "to work tho problem out and Jo
get facts and figures on It."
Tho postmaster general Indicated that
ho was In no hurry to press bis recom
mendations and that he would make a
complete survey of the subject before
further expressing himself on it. It is
certain, however, that the subject will
not be pressed by the administration at
this time and the president's desire not
to take a position of Its own was taken
generally to mean that he did not con
sider It of Immediate Importance.
Murders Boy to
Get Money to Buy
Presents for Girl
...LOKAELS.. CaU. J3ea.,3i Need'
oi money to buy a Christmas present for
his sweetheart, Charlotte Trcadway of
Nnrdhoff, CbI.j Is the reason Loubi
Bnndy, 9 years old,1 fa Bald to have given
the police for having murdered Harold
Zleschc. a drug store messenger boy, IS
years old, who was lured to a lonely spot
Friday night and beaten to death.
'Bundy Is a former student ofOccldental
college and a foot ball and base ball
pluayer,' the police say. His confession,
according to the police, Is this:
Expecting his sweetheart to arrive In
Los Angeles that evening he planned to
obtain $30. So he gave the drug store
where Zllesche was employed, a, tele
phone delivery order, asking that the boy
be given $20 In change, as he, Bundy, had
only a 120 gold piece.
lie had to kill Ztesche when he robbed
him, so Bundy's alleged confession runs,
for .lesche knew him and would havo
caused his arrest. Accordingly Bundy
beat him over the head with a pick
handle, dragged the body Into a ravine
and struck tho messenger again with a
Bundy had hardly gone a dozen yards
from the scene when he dropped the
purse ho took from his victim. Ho did
not daro go back for tt.
Zlesche came here from Norfolk, Nb.,
a few months ago.
NORFOLK, Neb., Dec. 22. Harold
Zelsche lived here until a few years ngo.
His father. E. W. Zelsche, was a cigar
J manufacturer hero, G. R. Zelsche of Nor-
ro.K is an uncle of the boy.
Motive for Murder
CHICAGO,. Dec 22. Revenge may lie
back of the murder hero yesterday or
Thomas Scheer. according to a story
told the police today by the widow. Mrs.
A year ago, she said, her husband, a
wealthy meat dealer, was serving an Ar
menian. As the buchers cleaver was de
scending, the Armenian pointed his finger
at the cut he wanted and the digit was
"Tho Armenian demanded $100 damages
which my husband refused to pay," said
T -.. C ..1. I. - ... . . . . .
...ir. i-iren, .nun uiu rtrmcnutn Baiuiiunas,
he would get my husband cold."
Scheer was waylaid and shot, but ITS
In his purse was not taken.
Warrant is Issued
for Kansas Banker
TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 22. A warrant
for the arrest of C. G. RIcker, former
president of tha defunct Yates Center
National bank of Vales Center. Kan., has
been Issued, government officials here
bald today. They suld shortages and lia
bilities would amount to J175.000, and that
Mr. Ilicker iad disappeared from his
homo ln Yates Center.
WILLIAM AST0R CHANLER
PARIS, Dec. 22. William Astor Chan
ler today underwent an operation for a
fractured knee. H km successfully per
formed by Dr. C. N. DuBouchet, who
removed a clot of blood. The patient
was very feverish afterward, but there
wcro no other unfavorable symptoms. It
was reported on December 8 that Mr.
Cbanlcr was lying seriously 111 at the
American hospital at Nuellley, a suburb
of Paris, as a result of an automobile
accident of n bullet wound. Authorities
refused to define the Injury until today.
STORM DELAYS BIG
STEAMER IN PACIFIC
Canadian Pacific Lii Mount Eagle
Hove to for Twenty-Four
Hours in Midocean.
SWEEP OVER VESSEL
Huge Seas Threaten to Wreck Deck
r' j n t-
fittings and UlDin.
'HOV LING EASTERLY GALE RAGES
e . . u a
Sutsides Somewhat and Boat Pro-
aeds Slowly on Way.
OF ASIA BRINGS NEWS
nns Into Dirty Weather i
i nil It Pnmrcs Ontalde Cnpc
Flottery, Bound from Van
couver to llonx Konu.
ANCOUVEH, B. P.. Dec. 23. With
huge seas sweeping clear over her and
threatening to wreck her deck fittings
and cabins, the big Canadian Pacifio
steamship Montcagle, Captain Halley, had
to behove to In mld-Paclfic on her pres
ent outward voyage from Vancouver to
Hong Kong, according to word brought
In by officers of the Empress of Asia,
I ..-1. I n U V . 1 . - . I . .
iv,, ,, ',,. .
eighteen and one-half Knots an hour, a
,.. , ' u.., ....
wlrolss message was received from the
Montcagle, stating that she was hove to
In latitude 53 north and longitude ICO west,
...LI. L ...1 1 . 1 . . ... - a ,
' ? r..u u.m
a terrific sea sweeping clean over her.
... ,,,. ;",.., ....... .'.,,
. .......ov xtttKj ..cntitvi
ns soon us she passed outside Cape Flat
tery. Southeast gales battered the ship
and tho disagreeable conditions reached
their height when the liner was In mld
Paclflc. The ship was hovo to for aboot
twonty-four bourse when the storm sub
sided, somewhat, and enabled her to
proceed at slow speed.
Eeport of the Death
of Emperor Menelik
is True This Time
ADDIS ABEBA, Abyssinia, Dec. 22.-U
was officially announced here today that
Emperor Menelik Is dead.
Emperor Menelik II had boon reported
dead on many occasions, out this Is tho
first time an official announcement lu.s !
been published. Rumors of the occur
ence had been In circulation for1 several
days jn the European capttols, but were
received with skepticism.
Emperor Mepellk was born at Ankobar
pn Juvy? lHllHe.was a' enn yof ' Haell
MedlcoUT'klrig of :Shoir and was" reputed"
a direct descendant of the qlicfch of
8heba and King Solomon. When his
father died, Menelik for only 12 years old.
The throne of Abyssanla was" seized by
Kassal, governor of Kondor, who took
Menelik captive and proclaimed himself
emperor, but Menelik escaped and be
came ruler of the Kingdom of Shoa.
Menelik became famous chiefly In con
nection with the war between Abyssinia
and Italy when he organized an army of
70,000 men and defeated the Italians In a
series of battles, dlctattng his own terms
of peaco. One of the fiercest battles of
the war was fought at Adows on March
1, 1896, when the Italians lost more than
4,200 whites and 2,000 native troops In
killed and' wounded. The Abysslnlans
admitted a loss of 3,000 men.
Menelik declared himself a Christian
and maintained a church establishment
In which there was a mixture of Chris
tianity and heathanlsm.
The heir to the throne. Prince LldJ
Jeassu Is only IS years of age. Ha Is
said to possess great Intelligence and
speak English, French and German. He
was chosen several years ago by Menelik
himself as heir apparent. The late mon
arch Is said to have possessed a prlva'.o
fortune of 125,000,000.
' Quarrel Over Funds
LONDON. Dec. 22. Mrs. Kmineline
Pankhurst, the militant BUffragette leader,
left London yesterday for Paris on tho
way to Switzerland to recuperate from
her weakness brought about by "hunger
and thlrBt strike" In Holloway Jail, from
which she was released on December 17.
Her departure was not accompanied by
any of the usual demonstrations.
Rumors were ln circulation today that
relations were strained between Miss
Sylvia Pankhurst and Miss Chrtstabcl
Pankhurst, tho two daughters of the mili
tant loader, in consequence of Miss Syl
via's - determination to concentrate her
campaign In the cast end of London and
ln efforts to co-operate with the members
of the labor party.
Miss ("hrlstabel disapproves of this
! scheme and Is said to be withholding
MME. SCHUMANN HEINK
FILES SUIT FOR DIVORCE
CHICAGO. Dec. 22.-SuIt for divorce
was. filed here today by Madame Ernes
tine Schumann-Helnkc. the opera singer,
against her husband, William Rapp. De
sertion Is the charge. They were mar
ried hero In May, ISO.", and tho singer
since has made Chicago her residence.
Rapp deserted her two years ago, she al
leges. They had no children.
Temperamental and family differences
are said to havo estranged the Rapps.
Madame Schumann-Helnk had eight chil
dren by her two former marriages. That
she would seek a divorce from Rapp has
bten known for some time to her friends.
Rapp Is said to be In New York.' He
Is a lawyer 40 years old, and Is a man
of means. His father vbm a prominent
Oernvin newspaper man and was editor
of the Chicago Staats Zeltung when he
died about six years ago.
SUPREME COURT TAKES
RECESS TO JANUARY FIVE
WASHINGTON, Ic. 22. -Tho supremo
court recessed today to January 5, when
decisions In several Important cae are
Drawn for The Bee by Powell.
APPLICATIONS FROM OMAHA
Looal Bankers Among Those McAdoo
Receives Communications From.
NATIONALS GETTING INTO LINE
Directors of One of Largest Instltu
' tlons In New Eneland Urged by
Execntlye Committee to
' r 'Accent -1niT.-
WASHINGTON, Doc. 22.-What treas
ury officials regarded as an Indication
of how financial circles will receive tho
now federal currency system Came today
from Boston In a .nieseago to Secretary
McAdoo from tho National Shawmut
bank, one of the largest' Institutions in
Now England. The mcssago declared the
executive committee of the bank had
voted to advise Its directors to accept
the new law and enter tho system
Receipt at tho treusury of scores of
Informal applications from all parts of
the country led Mr. McAdoo to bellevo
that there can be no question now that
a largo part of tho national hanks In
tend to come Into the System. Then nro
about 7,600 national banks In the United
States and not moro than a few hun
dred have wired their Intention to apply
tor membership In tho federal system,
but a rush of applications Is expected as
soon ns the bill Is signed by President
Wilson. Many of the banks, realizing
that they cannot get ln the first applica
tion and not caring particularly about
tho relative position they may obtain
are understood to be awaiting tho sign
ing of tho bill.
Applications today came from tho fol
lowing cities: Waterloo, la.; Boston,
Omaha, Wcstfleld, N. J.; Chattanooga,
Mudlson. Wis.; Lynchburg, Va.; Ot
tumwa, la,; Wilmington, Del.; Bloom
lugton and Springfield, III.; Marlon, lnd.;
Columbia find Scdalla. Mo.; St. Johns,
Ore.; Grand Rnplds. Mich,; Topoka nnd
Omaha Electrician is
Killed in Train Wreck
RAWLINS. Wyo.. Dec. 22. Two men
' were killed and other passengeri very
1 slightly Injured In n head-on collision be
tween a Union Pacific freight train nnd
J tho eaatbound Los Angeles Limited train
I No. 8 near Black Buttes, Wyo.,' "curly to
t day. Both trains were trnvellng rapidly
and the freight engine and two buggag
cars of the pusscngcr truln were badly
Tho dead were Thomas Moore, Rawlins,
fireman on the freight train, and F. C.
Krefcs, the train electrician, of Omaha.
The wreck occurred In n dense fog and
no stntcmcnt concerning Its causo has
been given out.
SUIT IS FILED AGAINST
SANTA FE FOR MILLION
K1RKSVILLE. Mo.. Dec. 22.-Attorney
General Barker filed suit here todny to
recover from tho Atchison. Topcka &
Santa Fe railroad Jl.000.0W contained in
excess passenger and freight charges.
The National Capital
Monday, December S'Jt, 11)1.1.
5Ict at noon.
Conference report on tho administra
tion currenoy bill taken up for approval.
Conference report on currency bill sub
milled by Senator Own.
Ucccssed nt 5:50 p. in. to 9 p. m.
Met at noon ...
Conference report on the administra
tion curronM" bill taken up" for approval.
Representative Moore of Pennsylvania
urged foreign affairs committee to eek
official Information of alleged discrim
inations against Jewa in Rumania.
Conference report on currency bill sub
milted by Representative Glass.
WELL . I GVE'SS. Z
Castro, Accused of
Released on Bonds
Salvntore Castro, suspected of having
assaulted James Patterson, Union Pacific
ahop foreman, with a hammer, wns re
leased from custody on a K.OOO bond by
District Judge Lcrllo as o result of habeas
corpus PtpcerdlPS" ln.tltu,ted, by jm. No
cnmplalut -hotT 'be'en -filed' nclnst"C'asrrT
by tl-.n polled during nn Investigation can
ducted by CHIef of Detectives Mnlonoy,
but he will Ixi taken before tho pollen
magistrate today. Judgo Leslie ordered
CnBtro to appear tills morning.
In tho presence, of Detectives Lelieay
and Sullivan, Castro wns placed along
sldo of Patterson's "bed and Patterson
was asked lf Castro was the man who
assaulted him. Patterson nnswered In
tho affirmative two times, nvowlnjr that
Castro was the man who had struck him
over the head.
Pattorson's condition at St. Joseph's
hospital Is still very critical, although ho
has boon slightly Improving, His Injury
cpnslsts of a triple frncturo of the
skull, the wounds being Inflicted by a
hammer. The wounds are such that iw
predictions can be inndo as to tho vic
tim's probable condition for any length
of time. Police officials four he muy
Asks for Records in
Thaw Lunacy Case
CONCORD, N. H Dec. 22.-Certlfled
copies of all records of tho Matteawun
Insane hospital relating to Harry K.
Thaw Blnco his commitment to thnt In
stitution havo been requested of William
K. Jerome, special deputy attorney gen
eral of Now York ln the legal tight to
secure Thuw's return to the Now York
Jurisdiction. Tho request wns made to
day by tho commission appointed hy the
federal court to determine whether
Thaw's mental condition would make his
release on ball a menace to public safety.
Buys Cardiff Giant
to Exhibit Freak
FORT DODGE, Is.. Dec. i2.-(Speclal
Telegram.) J. R Mulroney, forniur pres
ident of tho Fort Dodge Commercial club.
today clofed a denl whereby he becomes
solo owner of the celehtnted Cardiff
Giant, fHshloned from gypsum taken from
tho local quarries, lie pn'd several thou
sand dollars for It. getting title after
following up the matter for two yeatn
nnd dealing with 1C0 heirs of the estate
of the original owner of the great hoax
He hXs not decided what he will do with
his now possession, further than that he
will exhibit It at the l'nnamu exhibition.
Together with tho giant, Mr. Mulroney
gained possession of all correspondence
concerning the big fnke, which wns dis
covered" In 1W at Rome, N. Y., and
which made a fortune for Its "discov
erer" as a new world wonder a specimen
of prehistoric man.
MISSOURI MAN WOUNDS
WIFE AND KILLS SELF
TULSA, Old.. Dec 22. Lewis T. Hen
of Carrollton. .Mo., shot and probably
fatally Injured IHm wife. Blanche Ilea,
then shot himself to death In a hotel"
hero early today." Both Ren and his wife
are said to be prominently connected In
IS REPORTED STOLEN
ROM E, Dec 22. A rumor Is current In
Vatican circles that a box supposed to
contain the will and other Important pa
pers of the late Cardinal RauipolU has
CHRISTMAS TREE IS IN PLACE
Program is Completed for the Big
MAYOR ISSUES PROCLAMATION
Electric I.lnht Company Is Installing;
Thousands of I.lchts to Illumi
nate Olant, Pine from the
Aortti Woods. :
' . te - t- , i- ' v '
Decorations and electric lights on the
municipal Christmas treo arbclng pu$
place and Mayor Jifnies' C. bahlmsn
hns iBBUcd -a, proclamation calling lipon
the people of Omuha to Join In the cole-
bratlon around tho tree In tho couit
house square' Christmas ove. Tho proc
On Christmas eve there will be a mu
nicipal troo on tho court house grounds,
which will ho free for everyone.
Much energy and money have been
spent to give each of us a chnnco to en
Joy this entertainment.
Now. to mako It a success, everyone
should come. Put asldo little private
celebrations for a part of tho evening
nnd Join In tho whole rejoicing of tho
It Is to trach the true moaning of
"peace on earth, good will to men." The
tree with lis lights, the music, the open
ing of the court houso doors for rich und
Ill foiclRli lands the city does things
for the people ns ii whole, nnd tho people,
lovo their city, tku pride in Its appear
ance nnd Its progress.
It Is hoped that the municipal Christmas
trees In the cities of the United States
will help a run mi and keep alive that spirit
In this country.
The court house doors will bo open at
7 o'clock p. in. so that all who euro to
can see tlin Interior of this beautiful
building.' The tree will be lighted and
the music begin at 8 o'clock p. tu., so
that everybody can take part and have
plenty of time to attend any other fes
tivities previously arranged for.
Tho name of the promoter of this splen
did entertainment Is to bo kept a secret
until later. Come nnd Join the crowd
and be merry.
Tree Belli HP Decorated.
"The work of decorating the big spruco
hun begun ami tho aid of tho flro depart
ment with Its largest hook and ladder
truck was required .to reach the higher
(Continued on Pago Two.)
BROKER'S CLERK PLEADS
GUILTY TO FORGERY
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Dec. 22.-Jamcs
E. Foye, formerly u clerk In tho cm
Ployo of tho Fanners l)an und Trut
company of Now York City, pleaded
guilty In criminal court here today to
four bills of Indictment charging him
with fraud ilontly making written In
struments und uttering and publishing
them, and also with obtaining tJrt.OOO by
false pretenses from the brokerago firm
of Charles T. Brown & Co. of Phlla
dolphin. Sentcme was deferred. Last
month Foye obtained about $200,000 In
loans from local banking concerns on
forRed stock certificates. All tho money
has been recovered except 32,"00.
STORES KEEPING OPEN
NOW UNTIL TEN O'CLOCK
Botali stores remained open until 10
o'clock last night for the accommodation
of ChrtstuuiK shoppers, and will remain
i open until that hour tonight and Wednes
day night. For three days hist week tho
stores stayed open until ! o'clock, and
were crowded until the last minute, hut
last night tho swarm of late shoppers
was far largor than any evening last
week. All of tile stores seemed (o enjoy
the big trade which Santa Cluus and cold
weather havo o enchanced,
HEAVY SNOW IN THE SOUTH,
ACCORDING TO WEATHER MAN
A heavy snow Is Indicated by the
weather foroeatiter for western Kunras,
northern and western Missouri, southern
Iowa and Kiutheastern Nebraaku, The
storm Is general over the lower Misxls
slppl allov and Is piogresslug northeast
PROBABLY WILL BE
Indications that Currency Bill May
Not Be Passed Tuesday as
Planned by Leaders.
COMMITTEE MAKES ITS REPORT
Final Agreement is Reached After
All Night Session.
COMPTROLLER GOES ON BOARD
Item Backed by Wilson' Causes Sev
ers Hours' Deadlock.
GOLD RESERVE IS INCREASED
PrrcrntnRt- llrhlnit Nctt Notes In
rtnUrd to Forty Per Cent, vHh
Grndnutrd Tnx ns Pro
posed lr the Senate.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 2S.-Although ad
ministration leaders In congress bent
ever' effort for a speedy approval of the
currency bill today, that It might be hur
ried to 'the White Houso for President
Wilson's signature before night, a series
of delays developed to hamper their prog
ress. Printed copies of the conference report
woro late coming from the printers, and
the parliamentary situation ln both th
house and the senate seemed to favor de
lay. Democrats In both houses were pre
pared, howover, to nsk for speedy ap
proval of the disputed points agreed on
by house nmj senate, conferees, with the
hopo of getting tho .bill out of the wnv
In time for President Wilson to leave for
his Christmas vacation In Mississippi to
morrow. Conference Committee Afrree.
The currency bill In Its final form
was reported to both houses of congress
today to be written Into law. Tho mem
bers of tho conference committee which
labored until dawn this morning thresh
ing out tho differences between the two
houses, presented a perfect measure
which followed closely the lines laid down
by President Wilson In his demands for
The conferees agreed on practically all
of the fundamentals of the measure sn
It passed the senate. Including' tho pro
vision that no less than eight por morn
than twelve regional banks should no
created. The reserve requirements for
banks entering the system which had
been slightly let down by the senate wnn
strengthened In conference, nn amend
ment allowing tho use of the present
banh notes and the proposed neiv federul
reserve notesJn bank reycrygs belnK
strToUe'n ouT.-Kn order ' to make th
change," the hoUfco conferees called lit
jber of the Iioubo banking committee whu
I made an extended argument to show
that the provision was unnecessary
Coiuptproller on 'Board.
The last long drawn out struggle of
the conference resulted from the admin
istration's determination that the comp
troller of tho currency should b given a
place on the federal reserve board whjeh.
will control the new system. The Bcnato
conferees were evenly divided on this
proposition, three senators Joining with
tho house members of the committee In
supporting tho administration's conten
tions. It waB nearly daylight when n
single shifting voto brought the confer
ence to a close.
The conference accepted the acnato
amendment Increasing the gold rese.rvu
hnhind the new notes to be Issued from
33& per cont as fixed In tho house bill, to
40 per cont, with a graduated tax oh de
pletion aa arranged In the senate. It
was understood that President Wilson
and Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo
let the conferees know that they favored
A compromise plan for retiring the 3
per cent bonds on which tho present cur
rency Is based wub written Into the bill
by the conference. Under the plan JM,
000,000 worth of these bonds will be pur
chased each year, beginning two yeara
after the system Ib placed in operation by
the new regional banks from the prcucnt
mittona! banks. On one-half of Its hold
ings each regional bank may Issue cur
rency. Tho remainder will be refunded in
2 per cent thirty-year bonds or 3 per cent
one-yenr treasury notes, whlh the bank.i
must agree to renow each year for thlrtv
Another Benate amendment that wai
crushod out In the confcrcnco was thi
propoial to guarantee bank deposits.
Nperlnl nil! for flank Rnarantee.
The elimination of the federal guav
nntee of bank deposits from the new cur
rency bill Is to lo followed soon by tho
lntroduct!onof a separate bill to estab
lish such a' guarantee. Chairman Owen
of the benate banking committee cxpecH
to Introduce It early next month.
Under tho conference agreement cities
where regional reserve banks are to bo.
located will be selected by the secretary
of the treasury, the secretary of agricul-
(Continued on Page Three.)
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