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FAIR
VOL. XLVI NO. 175.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1917 TEN PAGES.
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BUFFALO BILL IS
DYING; HE HEARS
THE END IS NEAR
Colonel William F. Cody Faces
Death in Same Manner as in
Countless Battles on
Plains of West.
WANTS TO KNOW CHANCES
Learns of Brief Time Left Him
and Then Gives Directions
About Funeral.
THIRTY-SIX HOURS TO LIVE
Denver, Colo., Jan. 8. Colonel
William F'. Cody (Buffalo Bill), is
dying in Denver tonight, facing death
in the same manner that lie has faced
it many a time on the plains of the
west in conflicts that made his name
famous.
The "greatest plainsman the west
ever knew," heard the warning words
of the approach of the end of his
life today from Dr. J. II. East, his
physician and friend. Colonel Cody
had summoned the physician to the
home oHiis sister, where he is spend
ing his last hours. When Dr. Fast
walked into his room, Colonel Cody
said:
"Sit down, Doctor, there is some
thing I want to ask you. I want you
to answer mc honestly. What are my
chances?"
Hears Death Is Near. ,
"There is a time. Colonel," said he,
"when every honest physician must
commend his patient 10 a higher
power."
Coloi.el Cody's head sank.
"How long?" he asked, simply.
"1 can answer that," said the
physician, "only by telling you your
life is like the hour glass. The sand
is slipping; gradually; slowly but
soon the sand will all be gone. The
end is not far away."
Colonel Cody turned to his sister,
Mrs. May Decker.
"May " said he, "let the Elks and
Masons take charge of the funeral."
Then the man who made history in
the west when it was young, began
methodically to arrange his affairs.
Boys Write to Him.
Dr. East tonight said death would
come within thirty-six hours.
Hundreds of telegrams from men
of prominence from all over the
country came today. Many boys from
different parts of the United States
wrote to. him.
"Won't you please send me the
story of your life' and all your pic
tures, so I can be a scout like Buffalo
Bill? "one" yourTgsfdr wrote" The let
ter was taken to Colonel Cody.
"He is a typical American youth,"
said the colonel, as his face lighted
with a smile of happiness.
Parral Captured by Carranza
And Villa Forces Driven Out
El Paso, Tex., Jan. 8. Parral, Chi
huahua, was occupied by Carranza
forces under General Francisco Mur
guia yesterday, a message received by
the Carranza, consul. Bravo, here to
day stated. The Villa forces that oc
cupied Parral fled to the mountains,
the message added, and nine locomo
tives and 100 cars were recaptured.
This message to the Carranza con
sul also stated that General Favila,
a Carranza commander, met and de
feated a column of Villa followers
yesterday on the wagon road between
Jimenez and Parral, killing thirty-five
Villa troops and capturing many pris
oners after the command was scat
tered. Loewe Gets Interest On
The Savings Bank Deposits
Washington, Jan. 8. In a new
phase of the old Danbury Hatters'
case the supreme court today decided
that Dietrich E. Loewe, Danbury,
Conn., hat manufacturer, and not the
United Hatters' union, is entitled to
$20,000 in interest accrued on Union
Hatters' savings bank deposits, at
tached toward satisfying Loewc's
$353,000 judgment secured under the
Sherman law for union boycotting in
1903.
The Weather
l-'or Nebraska Fair; colder
Temperatures at Omaha Ypaterday.
Hour. Dvg.
6 a. m SR
I fl a. m 28
7 a. m 20
8 a. m 29
9 a. m 31
10 a. m 34
12 m.
1 p. 1
2 p. :
i p. in.
5 p. m.
P.
Comparative lorat fteconl.
1917. 191ft. 1915. 1914.
1 1 1 c he? t yostrrday 49 .It 2 44
Lowest yesterday 2 l 15 :
M-nn temperature. . .. 38 2K 22 ;tH
Pror-lpitatlon 00 .00 T .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
vin.il temperature 21
i:Di for the ly i;
Totitt exrens since March 1 261
Niirrnal prortplintion 02 Inch
Mrllcien-'y fin- the day 2 Inrli
Total ruin fa 1 1 since. March 1 .... 16. z Inehen
l.fYlpny since March 1 12. filt Inches
TJrricfeney for for. period. 1910,. 2.00 Inches
iVficlency for cor. period, 1914, 3.S9 Inches
Reports from Stations at 7 P. M.
.Nation and State Temp. lH(th- Ratn-
or weather. 7 p. m.
I'hcyenno, clear 36
DHvenport, rloudy 42
I'cnver, cloudy ,. HO
I os Molnra, rloudy . ... 42
iKiripa City, clear 44
Lander. clar
North riatte, pt. cloudy 40
Omaha, cloudy 44
I'ueblo, part cloudy o4
Kaptd City, rlear 41
Suit Lake, pi. cloudy... 24
Santa F cclar 3
Sheridan, part cloudy... 3i
.Sioux City, etoudy...... 42
Vaiuntlne, clear rtti
est. fatl.
42 .00
4 .00
tfi .00
4S .00
f'S .00
40 .00
fin .on
49 .00
0 .00
t'.O .00
28 .00
44 .00
;.o .00
41 .00
40 .00
T indicates trace of precipitation.
U. A. WEILS II, Meteorologist.
Tumulty Denies He "Leaked" Any
Word to the Wall Street Brokers
Private Secretary to President
Reads Carefully Drawn
Statement to the
Committee.
DID NOT TALK PEACE
Washington, Jan. 8. When Joseph
P. Tumulty, secretary to President
Wilson, was called before the house
rules committee today in fhe inquiry
into the alleged leak to Wall street, he
read a statement, as follows:
"1 appear before this committee to
resent the unjust intimation that 1
gave information to B. M. Baruch in
regard to the so-called peace note
sent to the European belligerents last
month by the secretary of state. This
intimation was contained in a state
ment made to this committee by Rep
resentative Wood of Indiana, a man
whom I do not know. To the best
of my knowledge, 1 have never met
Mr. Wood. Certainly he made no ef
fort to find out the truth from me be-
NEBRASKA MOST
PROTECTSOLDIERS
Colonel Fetterman Sounds Call
for a Regimental Armory
Here in Omaha.
SHUN FALSE ECONOMY
"Nebraska must spend money to
preserve its National Guard and to
keep the respect of the country," says
Colonel Fetterman, inspector of the
National Guard. "This state must
build a suitable armory as soon as
possible with money appropriated for
the purpose by the stale legislature.
And until such a building is erected,
some place in Omaha must he found
to store temporarily the $25,001) worth
of property which the four companies
own.
"There is no longer need of evad
ing the issue that Nebraska must pay
its share in making the nation's de
fense. The only point for discussion
is whether it shall be paid in money
for he education of men and officers
that they may be able to be good sol
diers, able"" to take care of themselves
and to come home safe and sound,
save from inevitable casualties; or
whether it shall be paid in the flesh
and blood of Nebraska boys sacrificed
by incompetent officers upon the bat
tle field, or in fever-stricken camps
through ignorance of sanitation, and
by mothers' tears. I know what edu
cation has already dor as I see the
Fourth infantry coming home in
splendid health, with but one death
to report, and that from accident;
while I recall that the regiment in
which I served in the Spanish war
suffered twenty-eighth deaths, nearly
all from typhoid fever, during prac
tically a corresponding period of ser
vice, and came home as a mob of
physical wrecks."
Meeting to Be Held in the
Interest of Preparedness
New York, Jan. 8. Prof. Albert
Bushnell Hart of Harvard university
has been selected chairman of the
committee in charge of the education
al features of the Congress of Con
structive Patriotism, to be held in
Washington on January 25, 26 and 27
under the auspices of the National
Security league and in the interests
of better military, naval and industrial
preparedness for the United States.
S. Stanwood Menken, chairman of
the committee on congress of the
league, said that fourteen governors,
nearly fifty colleges and universities
and approximately 150 commercial,
agricultural, patriotic and defense so
cieties have agreed to send repre
sentatives to the congress and that
there will be more than 1,000 dele
gates there.
Faithful Pig Feeder
Gets Mysterious Mail
Don't be surprised if a mail man
comes up to you and casually asks
what time of the day it is. The
chances are that he is only trying to
locate Sam Drabenia. Postmaster
Fanning has received a letter from J.
A. Worthington, a farmer of St. Louis,
asking him to locate Sam, and the
chief means of identification is that
Sam wore a silver watch which
Worthington claims to bave awarded
him for faithfully feeding pigs on a
farm owned by Worthington. The
letter describes Sam as a hard worker,
one who saves his money, and am
bitious to make his way in the world.
Sam was last heard of in Omaha and
his job still awaits him if he will com
municate with J. A. Worthington.
Husband Says His Wife
Condoned Indiscretions
An unique answer to his wife's
petition for divorce is filed with the
clerk of the district court by Leo F.
Heifncr, who is charged by his wife,
Byrtha M with misconduct.
"Whatever indiscretions I have
participated in," replies the husband,
"were condoned by the plaintiff fof
a long time prior to the commence
ment of the suit."
Mrs. Heifncr savs her husband
cams from $1,500 to $3,500 a year.
Bernice Drishaus asks divorce on
the grounds of cruelty from Lester
H., vice president and secretary of
the Gate City Hat company.
Christian Scientists Exempted
And Court Decision Stands
Washington. Jan. 8. Without de
ciding constitutional questions, the
supreme court today affirmed the re
fusal of the California federal courts
to enjoin enforcement of California's
medical practice law requiring licens
ing of "drugless" practitioners.
The law exempts Christian Scient
ists. The ruling leaves it in full
force and operation.
t'ore dragging my name into this af
fair. "1 wish to deny generally :md spe
cifically that 1 gave advance informa
tion to Mr. Baruch, or to anybody
else, in regard to the peace note. 1
did not know of the existence of
this note, or that this government con
templated the dispatch of such a note,
until after printed copies of the note
had been given to representatives of
the press by the State department,
was not consulted in the prepare'
of the note by the president
anybody else. The coufereiv v
communications relating to the.0'
ing of the note and its dispatch s ore
confidential between the president and
the secretary of state. 1 knew noth
ing of them whatever, nor did any
other person employed in the execu
tive office.
"I have had no correspondence,
written or telegraphic, with Mr.
Baruch or anybody representing him
regarding this matter. I have had no
telephone talk with Mr. Baruch or
anybody representing him regarding
this matter. I have never talked with
(Continued on )': Nine, Column Vivo.)
TEST OF ADAMSON
LAW MG MADE
Arguments in Supreme Court
On Appeal of Government
from Hook Decision.
BRIEFS ARE ON FILE
Washington, Jan. 8. The climax in
the legal contest over constitutional
ity of the Adamson law was reached
today in the supreme court.
Arguments were begun in the Mis
souri, Oklahoma & Gulf railroad test
case, in which the Department of Jus
tice is appealing from Federal Judge
Hook's decision at Kansas City, Mo.,
that the law passed last September
when a nationwide railroad strike
seemed imminent is unconstitutional,
null and void.
Conclusion of the arguments late
tomorrow is expected. They are the
first on the merits of the Adamson
law in any court, Judge Hook having
decided the case without formal hear
ings in order to expedite the appeal
for the supreme court's final deter
mination. A decision is expected
within a few weeks.
Voluminous briefs were filed today
by the federal and railroad council
before the beginning of the arguments
which proceeded after announcement
by the court of numerous opinions
and orders on reconvening after its
holiday recess.
Precedent! Are Cited.
Numerous precedents, including su
preme court decisions, were cited in
support of the law's validity. The
railroad brief contended the law is un
workable,, experimental, incapable of
application, interferes with liberty of
contract, docs not fall within con
gress' authority to regulate interstate
commerce and takes railroad property
without due process of law.
The arguments were begun by
counsel for the Department of Jus
tice, which has sole charge of the de
fense, the railroad brotherhoods not
appearing officially. Eight hours for
the hearing was desired by the rail
road's counsel, but less was deemed
necessary by the federal attorneys.
The usual time given by the court
for acase is three hours.
. Annulment of Judge Hook's deci
sion holding the law unconstitutional
and dismissal of the railroad's suit
was asked in the brief of the De
partment of Justice.
Argues Is Constitutional.
As an "hours of service" act and
also as a wage law the federal brief
contended the law is constitutional.
Infcrcntially, the brief argues thai
compulsory arbitration legislation,
such as is under consideration, also
is constitutional in behalf of public
interests to prevent tieups of trans
portation facilities.
Practicability of obeying the law,
the brief asserted, has been admit
ted again and again by railroad offi
cials, particularly in hearings before
congressional committees last August
and in conferences with President
Wilson.
"All assumed the mere change
from the established and well under
stood ten-hour standard day to the
proposed eight-hour standard day was
alt that was necessary or .intended,"
the brief stated, citing that 85 per
cent of employes affected arc now em
ployed on a ten-hour basis."
Would Enforce Law.
i Admitting that a rigid eight-hour
day for train operation is not com
jpletely practicable, federal attorneys
I said the Adamson law should be cn
! forced at least so far as is possible.
! "Two co-ordinate branches of 1 lie
government have evidenced the opin
ion that the law is constitutional."
the brief continued. "Certainly this
court will not strike down the law
i upon mere prophecies of its effect "
Alleged infringements of the lih-
erty of contract, it was contended.
; does not affect the act's validity nor
! "the assertion that congress enacted
! this law from improper motives and
upon insufficient information."
; New York Leads World in
I Volume of Foreign Trade
j New York, Jan. 8. Of every $100
jworth of foreign trade in the United
States in 1916, $52 was transacted in
; New York, according to figures made
public today by the collectors of the
I customs, showing that the foreign
trade of this port, during the last
calendar year was valued at $4,609,
j 000,000. No other harbor in the world
ever transacted trade to such an cx-
lent in a single year, it was stated.
The total averages about $40 a head in
the country's population,
j Customs collected here last vcar
amounted to $153,211,9.19, or almost
$500,000 for each business day. March
was the record month, with $14,948,-478.
WEBB-KENYON
DRY LAW GIVEN
HIGH COURT O.K.
Supreme Tribunal Declares Act
j Barring Liquor From Wet
: . Vohibition States
Is Valid.
I VOTES POUR TO TWO
McRcynoIds Concurs in Ruling,
but Not Wholly, and Holmes
and Van Dcvanter Dissent.
AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS
Washington. Jan. 8. -The Wchh
Kenyon law, designed to prevent
liquor shipments from "wet" to
"dry" states, was today declared con
stitutional by the supreme court by
a vole of 7 to 2, which also upheld
West Virginia's prohibition amend
ment, prohibiting citizens from
receiving liquor, for personal use,
shipped by common carriers in inter
state commerce.
It was announced that Justice Mc
Reynolds concurred in the decision,
but not completely in the opinion.
Justices Holmes and Van Dcvanter
were the two dissenting justices.
"The all-reaching power of govern
ment over liquor is settled," said the
chief justice in announcing the de
cision. "'There was no intention oi
congress to forbid individual use of
liquor. The purpose of this act was
to cut out by the roots the practice
of permitting violation of state liquor
laws. We can have no doubt that
congress has complete authority to
prevent paralyzing of state authority.
Congress exerted a power to co-ordinate
the national with the slate au
thority. Attorneys for national liquor or
ganizations who were in court said
the decision upholds and applies the
Webb-Kcnyon law "in its broadest
sense."
Wayne Wheeler, counsel for the
Anti-Saloon League of America, who
with Fred Blue, state prohibition com
missioner of West Virginia, argued
the case before the court, made this
statement on the court's decision:
"The states may now prohibit the
possession, receipt, sale and use of
intoxicating liquors and not be ham
pered by the agencies of interstate
commerce."
Mackensen Takes
Roumanian Town of
Fokshani on Sereth
(fly The Amorlatcd Vitus.)
Field Marshal von Mackensen lias
broken through the strong)- defended
barrier before the river Scrcth which
the Russians had constructed at Fok
shani, has captured that important
town and taken nearly 4,000 prison
crs and three kuiis in the process.
j The Russians also have lost prountl
turther north along the Moldaviau
frontier between the Putna and Oituz
valleys, Berlin announces. Towards
the Danube from Fokshani, however,
the latest reports showed a Russian
offensive of some importance which
admittedly had succeeded in gaining
ground from Von Mackcnsen's forces.
lu the France-Belgian front, patrol
and aviation operations are featured
in the war office statements. Berlin
reports considerable aviation activity
and announces the bringing down of
six hostile airplanes during the day.
In Inaugural Address Lowden
Tells the Needs of Illinois
' Springfield, 111.. Jan. 8. A budget
jsystem and consolidation of state ad
ministrative agencies were empha
sized as needs in the address which
Frank (J. Lowden delivered today on
the occasion of his inaugural address
as governor. He also said: "The time
has come for a new state constitu
tion," recommended extension of the
! civil service, reclamation of waste
I lands, reduction in the number of clcc
I tions, with the enfranchisement of
aoscnt voters ann extension ot woman
suffrage and state supervision of
private banks.
Lowden discussed the relation of
the state to industrial workers and
wards of the commonwealth and en
dorsed good roads construction and
the Chicago plan to control its own
public utilities. He concluded with
an appeal for Jaw enforcement and
asked the legislators to co-operate
with his administration.
Happy Hollow Prize for
Best Barefooted Score
Bare feet are -going to blossom out
more strongly than ever on the Hap
py Hollow golf course in the spring.
This is assured by the fact that the
club has officially decided to award a
prize for (he best barefoot score. That
is. a prize will be offered for the man
who makes the best golf score while
playing barefooted.
Last spring barefooted golfing was
inaugurated at the club grounds by
Dr. D. T. Quigley and very soon
he had a large following of enthu
siasts, who liked the feel of the cool
dew on their toes in the morning. The
club has taken an interest and has de
cided to encourage this sporl by of
fering a prize.
Court Will Not Interfere
And Chaloncr Remains Insane
Washington, Jan. 8. John Arm
strong Chaloncr, Merry Mills, Va.,
by a supreme court decision today lost
his suit to annul New York proceed
ings in which he was declared in
sane and which was designated to se
cure possession from his lunacy trus
tee of propcrtv estimated at nearly
$3.0(10,000.
The court declined to disturb the
insanity proceedings, leaving' Chnl
oner's property in the trustee's hands.
Witnesses in
j OTTO 1" JOFH
E.C. HARDY, PIONEER
WRITER, IS DEAD
Editorial Writer On T,he Bee for
Many Years Passes Away
at Chicago.
SICK BUT A SHORT TIME
A dispatch from Henry Hardy an
nounces the death of his father, Kd
win C. Hardy, in Chicago, Sunday
noon. Mr. Hardy made his home
with his son, Walter R. Hardy, at
3556 Milwaukee avenue.
The death of this veteran newspaper
worker is a source of keen regret to
former associates in Omaha, among
whom Mr. Hardy labored for twenty
years. Horn November 23, 1838, at
Georgetown, D. C- Mr. Hardy's life
work began before the civil war, cov
ered that crucial period and the sub
sequent progress and development of
the nation. His training as a news
paper man was had on the Cleveland
(O.) Leader, under the elder Cowles,
and embraced every variety of work
in the shop, from printer to reporter
and editorial, writer. "Clevclaim was
a small burg in his day, just getting
its footing and expecting big things
from neighboring oil fields. In his
rounds as a reporter Mr. Hardy fore
saw its business possibilities and orig
inated the. first daily commercial re
port appearing in Cleveland papers.
His work in that line brought him in
contact with subsequent millionaires
of oildom, one of them no less than
the senior Rockefeller, then a plod
ding clerk in a Cleveland office.
Comes to Omaha.
The failure of an afternoon newspa
per venture prompted Mr. Hardy's re
moval from Cleveland to Omaha in
1885, where he joined the editorial
staff of The Bee, and for twenty years
held the post of associate editor.
Mr. Hardy made his home with his
children at Chicago for the last ten
years. Though his home was there,
his heart was in Omaha. In a letter
written on New Year's day to an
Omaha friend he repeated an oft
expressed longing to visit this city
and confidently hoped to do so "next
spring." In the same letter he re
vealed the deep faith and hopefulness
which buoyed his spirit amid physical
infirmities in these touching sen
tences: "Well, we have entered upon a new
year. How many of us will see its
end is known only to the Infinite One
who gave us being. But we may at
least hope that the gracious Provi
dence which has piloted us thus far
along life's highway will continue
with us another year. Those who
have reached the summit of life's
rugged hill and are descending to
ward the valley where arc buried
hopes, aspirations, friendship, affec
tion, realize that the end is not re-
! mote. With faith in the justice and
mercy oi the Supreme Being they can
look forward fearlessly and without
misgivings to the inevitable coming
of the lime of departure." Three
days after these words were penned
the beginning of the end came.
Mr. Hardy is survived by five sons
and four daughters Henry. Edwin.
Waller. Frank and Arthur; Mrs. Ivan
Lbcrman of Cleveland, Mrs. Florence
i i ..f kr. : , I.. i
iv4in;tig hi vv in nip. x, v anaua, ami
two others. Mrs. iiarny aiert last
August. Four of the sons and two
daughters were present at the bedside
when the end came.
! Greece Neither Accepts Nor
' Denies Entente Demands
' London, Jan. 8. Reuter's Athens
correspondent says the Greek govern
mcnt has handed to the diplomatic
representatives of the entente a series
; of statements in response to the last
note of the allies. '1 hese statements,
' tile dispatch says, are neither a rc-
fusal nor an acceptance of the entente
note, but point out difficulties in the
way of compliance with sonic of the
; terms.
j Daniels Asks Congress for
Twelve Million for Navy
Washington, Jan. 8. Secretary
I Daniels today appealed to congress
for $U,000,000 to add to navy yard
construction facilities because of the
failure of the private builders to sub
mit bids lor t lie name cruisers ana
scout cruisers.
Six million dollars already has been
authorized by congress for the im
provement of navy yard building
plants.
"Leak" Probe
RINE COOKS BATCH !
MD f miQI ATADQi
l vii LLUiuuniuau
City Attorney Prepares Number
of 'City Charter Amend
ments for Approval.
MORE POWER TO CITY PADS
City Attorney Rine has prepared
for the Douglas county legislative
delegation a batch of Omaha city
charter amendments which have
been referred to in detail from time
to time.
Some of these proposed amend
ments arc intended to make more
definite and certain existing charter
provisions, while others are to en
large the authority of the city council
in situations which the city officials
have been unable to negotiate in the
past.
One amendment, for instance, pro
vides that intersecting streets may be
included in an improvement district
and that a majority petition of the
entire district will govern. In the
case of the proposed grading of the
Dodge street hill,- there-were fouw
district proposed, namely: Dodge,
Seventeenth lo Twenty-first; Eight
eenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth
slreets, each from Capitol avenue to
Douglas street. In the cases of
Dodge, Nineteenth and Twentieth
streets there were sufficient signers
to the petitions, but the Twentieth
street petition lacked sufficient sign
ers and thus held up the entire im
provement. Under the proposed
charter amendment, the present sig
natures on the consolidated district
would be sufficient to make a ma
jority of the four streets if considered
as one improvement district.
Bonds Without Vote,
Provision is made for voting of
bonds for public comfort stations and
a police station without submitting
to vote of the electors; also remov
ing the maximum of $.200,000 sewer
bonds in one year; providing tbat
the city council may take over public
contracts in default and hold contrac
tors without further formality.
It is proposed to require the Met
ropolitan Water district to pay half
cost of paving on streets adjoining
water plant property. Another provi
sion is to allow the city council to
purchase or condemn property for
opening or widening streets and
boulevards, and issue any necessary
bonds in connection therewith, with
out submitting to a vote of the citi
zens. It is provided that appraisers'
reports and bond propositions shall
be in the form of ordinances, to en
able the voters to take advantage of
tne reterendum law it they wish. I his
amendment would provide a way for
putting through the widening of
Twcnty.fourth street which is under
consideration.
Poor Burglars!
They Get Pennies
And Then Nothing
Between 30 and 40 pennies was a
the swag obtained hy hurglars who
Sunday night pried open the rear
door ot a grocery store at JJJb Cali
fornia street, owned by I.ouis Ziea
Zica had taken all the cash from the
register Saturday night when he
closed the store.
Two men who tried to rob H. Fran
sen's store at 2255 North Nineteenth
street fared even worse. Fransen,
who sleeps in the rear of the build
ing, was awakened when the hurglars
broke the glass in the front door and
he put them to flight.
K. G. Mills. 505 South Twentieth
street, has reported to the police that
'he was held up between Chicago and
'Davenport streets. He lost $1 and
his watch.
Sugar Rations for Peqple
Of Paris Cut Still LoWer
Paris, Jan. 8. M. Hcrriot, minister
of supplies, has decided that the ra
tions for sugar for the French people
shall be one pound and a half for each
person per month after February 1,
according to the Matin. It is ex
pected a system of books of coupons
will be adopted, each coupon giving
the right to a certain quantity at the
grocery.
The object in restricting the sale
of sugar is to reduce purchases abroad
and release shipping for more urgent
needs.
LAWSON DEFIES
CONGRESS; Will
TELL NO NAMES
Motion to Cite Him Before the
House for Contempt Taken
Under Advisement by the
House Rules Committee.
v
HOT ROW WITH PROBERS
Witness Says He Has Evidence
Cabinet Official Benefi
ciary of "Leak." (
WON'T GIVE INFORMATION
Washington, Jan. 8. Through a be
wildering maze of intimations and
heated colloquies which turned the
hearing into an uproar, the house '
rulcaconimittcc wrestled for several
hours today with Thomas W. Lawson
of lloston without obtaining any
definite information to substantiate
the stories of a "leak" to Wall street
in advance of the president's peace
note.
When the committee adjourned un
til tomorrow with Mr. Lawson's ex-
animation uncompleted a motion to .
cite him before the bar of the house
for contempt because he refused to
give names had been considered iii
executive session and taken under ad
visement. Denial By Tumulty. .
Earlier in the day Joseph P.
Tumulty, secretary to President Wil
son, whose name was mentioned by
Representative Wood in the rumors
he laid before the committee last week
appeared to give an emphatic state
ment, endorsed by the president that
he had no knowledge of the peace
note before it was given to the press.
He also denied the report repeated
by Representative Wood that Mr1.
Tumulty and Bernard Baruch, a Net
York broker had conferred in a New
York hotel a few days before the note
was made public. Mr, Tumulty de
nounced the action of Representative
Wood in making public charges baaed
on a tetter from an unidentified man, '
and declared from the witness stand,
looking Representative Wood in the .
face that he was still awaiting the
congressman's apology.
Lansing on Stand.
Secretary Lansing of the State de
partment also took the stand to -assert
that he had no knowledge what
ever of advance information having
been circulated -regarding the peace
note. Secretary Lansing related .the
physical history of the note, how it
was prepared, through whose hands it
passed, and of his participation. in . its
preparation. He also told of a state
ment he had given in confidence to
newspapermen on the morning before
the note was made public, in which he ;
told them to expect a note at 5 o'clock
that evening for publication Thursday
morning. He did not go into details
with the correspondents, he said, but,
did say that it was not a proposal (or
peace nor an offer of mediation.
Beyond Scope of Committee. .
The secretary further stated that he.,
had not given the possible effect of
the note on the stock market the east
thought, but that he had cautioned
secrecy because of the courtesy due
to the foreign nations that the com
munication should be published here
before it was received abroad.
When Representative Chiperfield,
republican of Illinois, sought to inter
rogate Secretary Lansing regarding
his interpretation of the note on the
day following its publication the sec
retary said firmly that such question
ing was going beyond the scope of
the inquiry and was sustained by the
committee.
The commitatec's troubles with Mr.
Lawson began soon after the financier
took the stand, and grew into a noisy
row, quieted only after Chairman
Henry had threatened to clear the
room of spectators and proceed in
executive session.
After declaring that he had evidence
of a leak and asserting that he had
information from a member of con
gress that a cabinet official had been
a beneficiary, Lawson flatly refused to
give the names to the committee. He
announced defiantly tha he would
give no names regardless of conse
quences, and declared:
"You may punish me if you wish,
but I will not besmirch the names of
men in high positions at this prelim
inary inquiry; my only business here
is to give information that would war
rant you in ordering a full investiga
tion. This I think I have done." ..
Before this the witness had flown
into a passion when questioned by
Representative Chiperfield about his
book, "Frenzied Finance." j
Won't Be Bulldozed.
There were heated exchanges, dur
ing which the word "four-flusher"
could be heard above the general din,
which interrupted the record of the
official stenographer. Lawson, shaking
his hand in Representative Chiper
field's face, asserted that he knew his
rights and would not be bulldozed.
He finally was pulled into a chair by
the chief clerk of the house. The col
loquy with Representative Chiper
field and some of Lawson's other re
marks were expunged from the rec
ord. "
The examination then proceeded
more quietly. Mr. Lawson frequently
asked to be excused from answering
question, but not until he had told an
other story, at first hypothetical!)-,
and then as a report related to him,
to the effect that a member of the
cabinet, a United States senator and
a New York banker had a joint stock
gambling account, which was shared
among them. ,
Charges Against Congress.
He flatly refused, despite persistent
efforts of the committee, to reveal
these names, declaring first that he -would
not besmirch the names of men
in high places at a preliminary inquiry,
and, secondly, that he did not feel
called upon at this stage of the in
quiry to give information which
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