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VOL. XLHI-NO. 212.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 1. 1914-FOUUTKKN PAGES.
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REPORTS OF FALL
OF TORREON CAUSES
A IIQIIR IN 1 1 1 A R F 7
tt I UIIUM ill uuniiLc
Thr,t City and El Paso Wildly Ex
cited by Rumor of Victory
BUT NEWS IS NOT CONFIRMED
Bryan Gets No Word from Letcher
of Defeat of Federals.
FIGHT IN TORREON CONTINUES
Losses on Both Sides Solfeavy that
FEDERALS CLAIMING VICTORY
Dlsnntch from Mexico City Says the
Plnce linn Not Fallen nnil Gov
ernment In Confident it
Will Not Fall.
NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR OF
JUAREZ, Mex., March 31. This city
and El Paso were thrown into a furore
of excitement this afternoon by u. report
that Consul Letcher at Chihuahua had
forwarded a telegram to Secretary Bryan
that Torreon fell at 1:30 o'clock. An of
ficial here telephoned' a- lcadotng business
house that the report was official.
In a few minutes the streets leading to
T" "a i ii'i ?i""i'i'n'ff1i"" !"! 'iimiiiAtittJ
SUGGESTS A FEDERAL
Sir Edward Grey Proposes It in
House as a Solution of
Home Rule Difficulty.
READY TO GO
Real April Fool?
Minister Hints Liberal
Put it Up to
Measure Will Occupy Commons at
Least Three Days.
MORLEY STAYS IN THE CABINET
fiord President of hc Council Ite
connldcrs Hln Intention to
llnnd In 1H nralar-
ffjjf telegraph Office here were Jammed
!5h peraons seeking verification. Among
them were most of the rebel officials,
who presently announced that the fall
had not been officially reported.
WASHINGTON, March 31. Secretary
Bryan tonight said he had received no
word from Consul Letcher announcing the
fall of Torreon and that no Important
news from Mexico had come to the tSate
department during the day.
The Mexican embassy here today re
ceived the following message from the
t I nlflnd In MAYinn I 1 T .
V. . . niian anil (Vin rnv.
ernment is quite confident that It will
Siot fall, according to the latest- reports
received by the government from the
Rebeln Are Optimistic.
CHIHUAflUA, Mexico, March 31.
While officials here are optimistic as to
the outcome of the battle of Torreon they
Bald today that the absence of official
reports Indicates that General Villa is
Tneeting with stubborn resistance.
The telegraph office Is accepting tele
grams addressed to Gomez Palacla, care
of General Villa, but thus far none ad
dressed to newspaper men have been re
World's Fair Fund
to Be Used for Baby
CHICAGO, Mretj 31. Disposition of
the $100,OOQ fund derived from the sale of
souvenir spoons and Isabella quarters
at the time of" the World's fair here was
-announced today by the committee of
three women appointed by Mrs. Potter
Palmer to pass on the question. The
principal was untouched for the present,
but the Income, amounting to about-,000
annually, will be used to establish three
or more additional stations of the Chi
cago Infant' Welfaro society.
The fund has been increasing br lnter
mJk accumulation during the twenty-one
Hrs since- the fair and recently Mrs.
jPner has boon urged to take steps
toward making use of It while members
of the original world's fair board of
women managers might have a voice In
Part of Kelly's Army
Will Leave Hastings
for Omaha Tonight
HASTINGS. Neb., March 31.-(Speclal
Telegram.) A detachment of fifty-two
members of the Kelley army of unem
ployed who left the main body at Bait
Lake City arrived here today from Mc
Cook, coming In two box cars cushioned
with straw. A committee waited on
Mayor Ingraham and the latter supplied
tho men with coffee and sandwiches.
This Is part of the army that disappeared
from Sand Creek, Colo.
The army that camo here Insurged from
Kelley's brigade at Denver under "Gen
eral" John Brlnkcman, who convinced
his followers that Kelley was too cxar-
llke. They know nothing of the where
abouts of Kelley. Tho men left In a prl
vate freight car on tho Burlington at
Suit for Divorce
NEW YORK, March 31. Henry Siegel,
the bankrupt banker and merchant, under
Indictment for grand larceny and viola
tion of the state banking laws, Is named
as defendant In a suit for absolute divorce
-which counsel for Mrs. Marie Vaughn
Siegel saJd'jjwould be filed today. It Is
said that lvp co-respondents are named.
Mrs. Siegel was widow of George M.
Wilde, brother of Rear Admiral Wilde,
V. S. N., when she came to New York
from her home In Virginia In search of
She was employed as a newspaper writer
and was assigned to write a story about
tho Siegel stores when they opened. There
she met Siegel. She resigned from the
stuff of the newspaper and went to work
for Siegel. In 1893 they were married.
Until four years ago Siegel and his wife
maintained luxurious establishments In
New York, Mamaronek and London. Then
Mrs. Siegel went abroad and the fact that
they had separated became ki own.
Siegel, It was said, paid his wife $25,000
a year. These payments are declared to
have been discontinued some time ago.
Paris about five weeks ago. She con
suited her attorneys and they began
preparation of the complaint against the
merchant and banker. Siegel and his
wife hoth refused to discuss the suit
Trio actual nung of the suit, counsel
for Mrs. Siegel explained, depended on
process sewers finding Siegel. They
hunted for him all forenoon In vain.
Assistant General Manager Koller of
the Burlington, speaking of the east
ward movement of tho remnant of Kel
ley's army that evacuated Sand Creek,
nlno miles east of Denver, said:
"All that we have heard concerning
these men is that they were In Hastings
today, fifty-two of them. We have In
structed our officials out on the line not
to permit them to board any of the Bur
lington cars unless they pay full fare.
If they do this, they will be permitted
to rldo to whatever station their tickets
The Burlington has sent a number of
special agents to Hastings, and If they
arrive before the members ot tho army
take their departure they will bo ejocted
from the railroad property and will be
kept off. Tho Burlington officials will
not permit the men to capture a car or
any portion of a train. If their own offi
cers cannot prevent the capture If it Is
attempted, they will call upon the Has
tings police and the Adams county sher
iff for assistance. In the event a small
party ot the Kclleyltes should board a
freight train and refuso to get off, there
is a possibility that they would be hauled
some distance and to some point where
the force of civil officers would bo suf
ficiently large to eject them.
Just when the men of Kelley's army
evacuated Band Creek and on what train
they took passage east. Burlington offl
clals here have not been apprised. Sand
Creek is nine miles this side of Denver
and Is the point where the Burlington
tracks cross those of the Union Pacific,
The supposition is that they broke camp
n the night and when the first through
mln came along they boarded It for
Vote $150,000 to
DBNVBTt, Colo., March 31. That the
Illinois miners voted to appropriate I1W,-
000 to aid the stming woioraao cow
miners was tho announcement made at
headquarters of the United Mine Work
ers of America here today. A telegram
from Frank J. Hayes, International vice
president at Indianapolis, was made pub
lie as 'follows:
"Illinois miners by referendum vote de
elded by overwhelming majority to ap
nroprlate 1150,000 to Colorado miners. Tho
complete vote was tabulated and result
made known today. This ought to serve
as a fitting answer to falsehoods clrcu
lated by some of tho corporation-owned
papers In Colorado. All organired work
era and liberty loving people of America
are with us In our strike in Colorado,
Our cause Is Just, right and will surely
trlumDh in the end. I shall return to
Colorado as soon as we have disposed of
the various wage conferences in the
LONDON. March 31. The establish
ment of a federal system of government
for the Ilrltlsh Isles was suggested to
the House of Commons today by Sir
Edward Grey as a solution of the home
rule difficulty. The suggestion was re
ceived with great attention by the house,
which was engaged in debate on the
second reading of the home rule bill.
I believe." said Sir Edward, "that it
our present difficulty Is not solved by the
Introduction of a federal system, me
oountry will go under through the sheer
inability of Parliament to transact Its
Sir Edward Grey put forward a hint
that the government was ready to go to
the country for a general election If
Parliament would enact bills abolishing
the system of plural voting, giving home
rule to Ireland and disestablishing the
"If an election could be assured," he
said, "on the terms of securing the aboli
tion of plural voting and of placing home
rule and the disestablishment on the
statute bonks, the method would be
worthy of consideration." '
AVon't Concede More.
Sir Edward Grey said that the ministers
were not prepared to make any conces
sion beyond the six years' exclusion ot the
Ulster counties from the operation of the
bill offered by Premlor Asqulth. "The
country." he said, "must settle the ques
tion at the ond of that time. Meanwhile
the qustlon of the coercion of Ulster can
not arise until after a general election.
but if there or sporadic outbursts In that
province, force must be used, and it an
attempt Is made to sot up a provisional
government and defy tfie imperial Par
liament, the army must be used.
If there had been a general election
last week. It would have been on a much
graver Issue than home rule. If the army
had taken active sides In politics, the
country would have faced a graver prob
lem than It had faced in three centuries.
If ther Is any question raised ot gov
ernment by Parliamenf"wlthout1ntcrfer-
ence, I, myself, take a stand as firm as
that of any labor member."
Sir Edward suggested tho resumption ot
conferences between party leaders in
order to see whether a settlement could
not be reached on the basis of establish
ing a federal system for the whole coun
try before the end of the six years named
by the government In its offer to Ulster.
After a week of sensational develop
ments in connection with the Ulster situa
tion tho House ot Commons today started
the debate on the second reading of the
home rule for Ireland bill. It Is expected
the measure will occupy the house for at
least three days.
Tho absence of Mr, Asquith, who was
In charge of tho bill, was bitterly com
plained ot by the unionists.
It Is reported from Dublin that Premier
Asqulth is to be opposed in the bye
election for East Fife by James Larkln.
who, as head of tne Transport Workers'
union, was leader of the strike in Dublin
last autumn. In connection with tho
strike Mr. Larkln was sentenced to
seven months' Imprisonment In October
for Inciting to riot, but was later released.
Viscount Morloy of Blackburn, lord
president of the council, today abandoned
his intention of resigning from the "cab
Inet, Intimated In the House of Lords
The cabinet met today and the strong
" uicoauia was Drousmt tn tlnar nn
Lord Morlcy not to add to the difficulties
or colleagues by giving up his office.
when tho House of Lords met later In
the day. Lord Morley announced to the
members that ho had not quit the cab
I l l l i win Ml
WILSON MEN JAM
TOLL REPEAL BILL
Sims Measure, Rescinding Exemp
tion Clause of Canal Act, Wins
by 248 to 162.
I MAJORITY OF EIGHTY-SIX
Administration Forces Triumph
Earlier on Test Vote.
MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS LOST
Clark Disappoints Those Expecting
Him to Attack Executive.
NO ISSUE WITH THE PRESIDENT
Sooner Ditch Walled Up Tlian Under
REPLIES TO PRESS ASSAULTS
Drawn for The Bee by Powell.
REPUBLICANS ARE PLEASED
Omaha Delegates Returning from
Lincoln Are Satisfied.
STATE MEETING TO BE IN JULY
Chairmen Instructed in Join In Call
ing Convention to lie Held at
Lincoln on Twenty-Eighth
Forecast till 7 p. m. Wednesday.
For-Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vicinity
Unsettled weather tonight and Wednes
day; probably showers; not much change
6 a. nt 41
6 a. m ii
7 a. m 42
8 a. m 4
9 u. m 4
10 a. m 41
11 a. m r
12 in w
1 p. m W
3 p. m , t'i
Taking of Testimony
in Dollar Gas Suit
to Start Saturday
Taking of testimony In the dollar gat
suit will begin beforo Master-ln-Chancory
Dunham Saturday. City attaorneys say
It will require several weeks to complete
The city contends that gas can be sold
at profit for II pjr 1.000 cubic feet, and in
I proof thereof will offer the report of an
expert, W. D. Markiu-who appraised the
gas plant for the city.
Gas company officials may abandon the
contention that 11 is confiscatory and
seek to annul tho dollar gas ordinance by
a successful fight on the principle of rate
regulation by the city.
Man Who Hypnotized WHERE WILL THE BANKS BE?
Other Into Oommitmg
Returning from the republican state
committee meeting held at Lincoln yes
terday the half doren delegates from
Orrmhii nre w.e!5-. pleased with the esult
of tho conference held with -the EpperjJ
son committee and believe that It will
mean a single harmonious republican con
vention next summer. Those who at
tended the republican meeting from
Omaha were Amos Thomas, secretary ot
the stale commlttoe; A. W. Jefferis, Rob
ert Smith, William Ure. R- B. Howell
and C. F. McGrew,
'The result of the conferences," said
Secretary Amos Thomas, "Is that It
leaves the matter practically up to Ep
person and Currlo to arrange for a har
monious convention, and I am sure they
will do It. Although there are two resolu
tions, one from the Epperson committee
and one from our committee, they cmbddy
practically the same Idea."
The resolution by the Epperson com
mittee reads, "Resolved, That Chairman
A, C. Epperson proceed to call the state
convention for July 28 and that tho Currle
committee be Invited to Join and co
operate In the call."
The resolution from the Currle commit
Resolved. That F. M. Currle. chulrman
of the republican state central commit
tee, is Hereby directed to call the Ne
braska republican state convention, to be
held on July 28, 1914, at the city of Lin
coln, as provided bv law.
Be it further resolved. That the chair
man of this committee is requested and
directed to Invite the committee of which
Mr. A. C. Epperson Is chairman, to co
operate and Join in such call. That tho
executive committee is hereby authorized
to carry out the details for tho holding of
said convention, and apportioning the
delegates to the several counties of the
state, and that an invitation be extended
to tho executive committee of which A.
C. Epperson Is chairman to assist In ar
ranging such details and also the appor
tioning of said delegates.
FEELINO FAVORAI1LE TO UNION
Crime is Convicted
NEW YORK, March 3t.-Pflycho)oglsts
today made a study of the case ot
Philip 8. finltta, a lawyer, who yesterday
was convicted of grand larceny, after
tho evidence had revealed tho subjection
to suggestion ot Salvatoro Gatto, Who
blindly followed Baltta'a dictation. After
Gatto told of his career ns Salttats slave,
the Jury rendered Its verdict and Judge
"Oatta palrvalby had become an 'auto
maton MndiV the Influence of thu maslcr
mind. Unquestionably he had felt the
Irresistible compulsion to perform what
ever act he was bidden to perform. The
rase developed an Instance In real lite ot
one person being 'SvengaHcd' by the In
fluence of a superior mind.''
Foltta wns on trial for having duped
Italian lemon growers Into Hcndlng con-
dlsnments ot fruit to 'a dummy firm, us
ing the namo of Gatto and leading tho
exDorlers to believe It to be the com
mission house of Ferdinand Gatto.
Saltta msdo Gatto sign for the con
slgnmenls nnd then turn them over to
"Once he struck me," Gatto testified
Location of Reserve Centers to Be
Announced Very Soon.
DOPE DOESN'T FAVOR OMAHA
Thnae Close to Administration Ilc-
llevc Chicago, St. Ltitiln nnd Kan
sas City Practically Certain
to lie Chosen.
llenonncea Xenspapcr Charging
lllm rrlth nclng Friendly (
WASHINGTON. March 31.-Th Sims'
bill to repeal tho toll exemption caluse
ot the Panama canal act was passed
by tho house late today, inn to ik.
At 6:37 o'clock when tho third reading
of the repeal bill was colled for, Minor
ity Lcador Mann demanded the yeas and
nays, and the roll call was begun on
the motion, the first real test on the
On s motion for the engrossment and
third reading of the repeal bill the hu
mlnlitratlon forces won by ayes, 517;
noes, 1C0. Th'a was the first test volt.
First Test Vole.
This victory by a majority of eighty
seven for the administration on tho first
tost vote was conceded to assure passage
of tho bill Itaelf by a greater margin than
even the most optimistic of the repeal
lenders had predicted.
The house by a vote ot 23J to 171 vot.l
down a motion to recommit the bill to tha
Interstate and foreign commerce committee.
Speaker Clark departed from the text
of lib prcparod speech to dramatically d
clnra. "I would rather see tho Panama canal
walled up than to klve the British people
any control of It. It's ours forever, for
better or worse."
WASHINGTON, Mnrch 31.-After threo
organisation committee, Secretaries Mo- Speaker Clark, closing thfc deUl?sgaiun
.17 . ' L . Itiin rnnenl. dlssnnohted thosrt Who ex-
nuoo anu iiouion niia uompironcr oi inn -- -- . .. .....
Curwncy Williams, charged with laying j twtti him to attack President Ilson. Ho
the tround work for me new currency i disclaimed any porsonttl Issue With th
system, Is about ready to define geograph
Ically the limits of the federal reserve
districts, and name the cltltH In each
district where reserve banks are to bo
It Is the general expectation that the
announcement of these conclusions will
be made about April 1.
Opinion Is divided among. those close
to the administration as to the number ot
banks to bo established. The law per
mits the establishment of not less than
eight and not more than twelve banks.
There is apparently little ground for be
the money. He would make me do uny
thing he wanted. I might know It was
wrong, but I'd do It Just the same."
When the verdict was announced Gntto
slipped out of the court room, sobbing.
He Finds Wife After
. -Thirty-Seven Years"
NEW YORK, March 31.-Captaln Albert
Wellman, who fought under Osman Pasha
In the Turkish-Russian war and was
counted among the dead at the battle of
Plevna in 1877, today was reunited to his
wife, who had left their home In Cairo
for England end eventually for this coun
try, after receiving the news that her
husband had been killed.
Captain Wellman, Instead of being dead,
was among the prisoners taken by the
Russians. When he was released from
prison In Russia he could find no trace
of his wife and son. After making a
long search for them he came to America
and settled In Montreal, where he built I has a majority In that county of 1.181
up a large furniture manufacturing bust- land In the Mute pf 700.
Recently he received word from Mrs.
Wellman' s telatlvea that she waa living
Party Men In Cnpltnl Think 3lnt
ters Will lie Adjaste.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, March 31. (Spcclol.)-Feel-Ing
over the result of the action of the
two republican state committees seems to
be favorablo to union In the future, not
withstanding those who would like to see
It otherwise are trying to give the Im
pression the party Is split over the result
of the final action of the Currle commit
teo In falling to accept the report of the
two subcommittees who agreed that the
Epperson committee should mako the call
and the Currle committee be Invited to
According to the derision of the su
preme court In 1M2 wherein the rights of
the Epperson committee and the Taft
committee were Involved In placing elec
tors of the two committees on the repub-
Senator J. P. Clarke
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 3l.-F1g-urcs
received today from the primary
election ot last week show that Senator
James P. Clarke has won In the United
States senatorial race over Judge Wil
liam F. Klrby. The official vote of
Poinsett county, the returns from which
have not previously been available, as
given by the chairman of the Poinsett
county central committee, show Clarke
3 p. in. .. 40''n Brooklyn, and he soon sought her out
The total vote of the state, official, ex
cept from Polntett. which r-omes from tho
chairman on that county's central com-
imlttec. Is Clarke, 6S.4U, Klrby, 67.7C
Koetters (riven Life
Term for Murder of
Mrs, Emma Kraft
CHICAGO, March a.-John B. Korjter
was found guilty of murdering Mrs.
Emma Kraft of Cincinnati and his pun
ishment flx-d at life Imprisonment In a
verdict rendered by a Jury hero today.
The Jury took the case yesterday after
noon. Koetters was found guilty of kill
ing .Mrs. Kraft In a hotel here by a blow
from a hammer, which crushed her .tWull.
Tho crime was committed November 14,
1912. Mrs. Kraft whs 60 years old and
had been a widow four years. She had
been Infatuated with Koetters and had
Just sold property In Cincinnati for 13,000.
It was the accusation of the state that
Koetters, falling to get this i)m from
her by cajolery, murdered her and fled
Evidence was Introduced that Koetters
previously had obtained JS00 from Mrs.
Kraft and he acknowledged that he had
done so and kept the money. Koetters
Is about 36 years old. Mrs. Kraft waa
found at the point of death, her head
crushed from a blow with a machinist's
hammer. In a hotel room here.
Erie Lays Off Six
(Continued on Page Two.)
The National Capital
Tuesday, March 31, 101-4.
Met at noon.
Considered mlscelllaneous bills on the
. Coast and Insular survey committee
heard arguments on the proposal for the
government to take over tho Chesapeake
& Delaware canal.
Commerce committee was urged to ap
propriate for deepening and straightening
the Narrows of Lake Cb&roplain.
Met at 11:30 a. m.
Final debato was begun on the proposed
repeal of the Panama tolls enemptlon.
Representative lllnebaugh. chairman ot
the progressive congressional committee,
testified before the elections committee
ot contributions made bj congressmen to
the last campaign.
NEW YORK, March 31.-The Erie rail
road, through A. J. Btonr, general man
ager, today announced the enforcement
of a general retrenchment order. Includ
ing a reduction In the clerical force,
wage cuts and lessening ot working
hours, to aid, according to the statement,
In offsetting declining revenues. About
6,000 men have been laid off since De
"Usually at this time of the year we
Increase our maintenance force graudually
until we get to the maximum in the mid
die of the summer, but wo will not do
that this year," Mr. Stone said. "We now
have about 11,000 fewer men at work than
at the holght of our maintenance work
last summer. Our retrenchment Is shown
better by the faot that we are putting on
fewer men than In laying them off. While
we are anxlourly hoping for an Increase
In rtts. the letrenclunvnt In progress .
due to quiet liu.-lnfMS "
llAvIno- Oinl Ihn PAtnmlttH wilt tinniA nntv
"I started to cry and he drove me out ot cRnt cMfH Bnd lriBn. pcrBOnB are conti
his office. That same day he made me d,nt that thfty wnl 8Cicct the full numbci
na.v.11 my which lor i.i nnn Dnng niminllowrd
Fonr In ICiml, Expected.
The expectation seems to be general
that there will be at least four cities on
the Atlantic; seaboard. In this section,
Boston, New York City and Philadelphia
havo been namod many times. Between
the Allegheny mountains and the Rockies
the prophets agree that Chicago, St.
Louis and Kansas City practically are
certain to he chosen and many of them
add Minneapolis, Cincinnati and New Or
leans or Dallas.
Persons who have figured their lists
largely on the resources of the national
banks which nre to become members of
the reserve system, believe only one bmk
will be located on the Pacific coast and
that at Pan Fronclsco. They point out
that In that territory there nre. now only
banks with sufficient capital to subscribe
to the stock of one reserve bank.
Under the law each reserve bank must
have a capital stock of $1,000,000 end eanh
bank must subscribe to make Its capital
G per cent of Its own capital and sur
Mnat lie Snlmerlhed by Public,
tf the hanks becoming members cannot
subscribe a sufficient amount to make up
the M,O00,0O0 the stock of the reserve hank
Is to be subscribed by the public. It Is
assumed here that the committee will not
launch the new system In such a way
that any bank will be the center of a
district which cannot without public
subscription take up the necessary re
serve bank stocks. Those who use this
argument are Inclined to believe that the
commlttoe for this reason may establish
less than twelve banks. They say that
It will bo only a few years when tho
Pacific northwest will be able In the
course of normal expansion to take the
stock of a reserve bank, and that by that
time that section will need such a hank.
Willi llnrrotYlnor Country.
There has been doubt in the minds ot
some persons as to the number of banks
to he set In the south. Atlanta, New Or
leans, Richmond and Louisville have been
eatlvc In an attempt to obtain a hank,
but the committee has been reminded by
others that the south, east of the Missis
sippi ilvcr. Is still a borrowing country.
Accepting this statement as true, some
persons In their prophecies have limited
their lists tn ten. They declare that this
would allow for natural expansion In the
south and permit the establishment of a
bank there later.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
ALBANY, K. V.. March 31. High school
students n New York state, who tried the
state examination In geometry a few days
bko. misspelled the word "Isosocles"
fifty-six different ways. It was an
president, declared ho believed Mr. Wilson
was actuated by the highest patriotic
motives and that thero was no breach
In the democratic party. H argued ai
length against the president's contention
and declared that "tho amaslng request
ot the president for the repeal, like the
peace ot God, pateolh nil understanding.
He disclaimed any personal Issue be-
t wee n the president and himself nnd
added that It the president had reasons
'which are not utterly untenable and
which compel him to make this request "
ho had not given them to the house. He
differed from the president's statement
that loll exemption was "a mistaken
economic policy," but admitting dispute on
that point, proposed that the exemption
be suspended two years. He contended
that the president wna mistaken In tnn
view that the exemption waa repugnant
to the Hay-Pauncofote treaty.
In suggesting a two-year suspension of
tolls, Speaker Clark said;
' Most assuredly the 'mistaken economic
policy reason for the president is tin
tenable and fades away before the stub
born tactH of our history. As that Is k
disputed point, why not amend this bill
so as to continue tho present law with
the oxemptlon section for two years or
suspend It for two years? By amending
tho bill, either way, we control the sltua
tlon, It thu oxemptlon from tolls should
turn out to be 'a mistaken economic
policy,' we can repeal or modify It, but
it we pass this repeal bill, control over
our own canal, built on our own soil
with our own money, l.i gone from us and
our hears heirs forever and forevor,"
Will Hnrrcnder No night .
"We want war with no nation," said
the speaker, "but rather than surrender
our rleht to complete sovereignty over
every square foot of our globe-encircling
domain we will cheerfully and courage
ously facis a world In arms,"
He attacked the attitude of the demo
crats who have led the president's fight
for the toll exemption repeal. Referring
to published declarations that his oppo
sition to tho president was "the opening
gun of his fight for the nomination in
19JC" the speaker declared he had told
all to whom he had spokon about the 1916
situation that If the president's adminis
tration were a success, Mr. Wilson would
be re-elected and If It wore a failure "the
nomination would not be worth having.'
As to his own future, the speaker Insisted
ho could be happy without the presidency,
the speakership, or even wtlh retirement
to prlyate life, should his constituency
"There Is no personal Issue between the
president of tho United States and my
self," he said. "I trust there never will
be. I have at no time uttered one word
of criticism of the president. At no lime.
so far us I am Informed or believe, has
the president said one single word ot crit
icism of me. I havo never for one momen
entertained the opinion that President
Wilson is actuated by other than the
So llrench In Party.
"I do not believe that President Wilson
has ever entertnlncd any other opinion ns
to the conduct ot those ot us who tint
It necessary to differ from him on this
measure. President Wilson does not rieslro
a breach In the democratic party. I do
not desire a breach tn the dcraocnitl
party, and there Is no breach in the dem
ocratic party. I would acorn to belli-e
that President Wilson counrtnancei for
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