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TEST M PLAYER
Any Other Restrictions Held by
National Commission to
Be Null and Void.
MUSCATINE THE OFFENDER
Cincinnati, O., Jan. 8. The Na
tional Base Ball commission today
held that the only tests that should
be applied in the engagement of a
minor league ball player, upon his
willingness to play for a salary within
the prescribed limit of the club desir
ing his service, should be his eligi
bility to contract. Any other restric
tions imposed by league legislation
are held arbitrary and subversive of
the national agreement rights of the
player, and therefore are null and
In announcing the ruling the com
"The National association's officials
and members will be held to strict ac
count by the commission if this rul
ing is not respected and enforced."
The ruling was rendered as a re
sult of the resolutions adopted by the
National board at New Orleans recit
ing that the Muscatine club of the
Central Association had subscribed to
and voted for a rule prohibiting the
employment of more than five veteran
players on its team. On this resolu
tion the National board said that the
Muscatine club had subscribed to it in
1915, but had resisted its enforcement
in 1916 and concluded the resolution
"Resolved that it is the sense of this
board that Manager E,?an of the Mus,
catine club has appeared before the
courts of base ball with unclean
hands, and be it further resolved that
this board further declines to place
its stamp of approval on the winning
of pennants by such unfair and un
sportsmanlike methods." '
The commission in its ruling today
says that at the close of last season,
when the Muscatine club complained
to the commission that its league re
fused to count some of its victories in
the official standing because of its al
leged violation of the veteran players'
rule, the commission formally notified
President Justice of the Central As
sociation that such legislation was null
Les Davies Loses
$1,000 When Fire
Burns Texas Club
Fire which destroyed the $75,000
club house of the Huaco Country
club at Waco, Tex., cost Leslie
Davies, Lincoln Country club pro and
brother of Stanley Davies, the Field
club pro, $1,100. Clubs, wood and
other golfing paraphernalia Leslie naa
stored in the club house were all lost
in the blaze. Davies acts as profes
sional at the Waco club during the
Denmark and Sweden Want
Some Soccer and Base Ball
New York, Jan. 8. The Danish
l-'oot Ball association has requested
the United States Soccer Foot Ball
association to select an all-American
squad for a series of games to be
plaved in Denmark in May. The
Danes are willing to guarantee
$9,000, it was announced today. The
offer was made through Harry Sand
ager of Pawtucket, K. I., a member
of the United States Foot Ball asso
ciation council who recently returned
from Denmark. The national and in
ternational games committee of the
association will submit the Danish
proposition to the council by mail
An offer has been received by the
association from Sweden, requesting
nventy players who are adept in base
ball, as well as soccer, to play in that
country next summer.
Ames Trying to Schedule
Game With the Gophers
Ames, la.. Jan. 8. (Special.)
Ames is negotiating with Minnesota
and another powerful member of the
Big Nine with a view to repairing the
damage to the Ames foot ball
.schedule which Nebraska's attitude
Director Williams said he could not
go into details, but he expected the
Cyclone foot ball schedule for next
fall will be completed and ready for
announcement within a week or so.
mes has been a traditional enemy
of the Gophers. The Cyclones have
plaved Minnesota eighteen times in
the' quarter of a century of gridiron
relations, which were interrupted last
year when Kansas university was put
on the schedule.
Vm Will Oat limtanl Hi-;:.
Dr. BHKh Pln-Tar-Honi ..n;i ."mr
...tiKh. allaya Inflammation, lii,i-.ns llif-
iiu.oiiH unU you brralhr- much belter. L'5,
All drunhts. AdverUnenvnl. '
Today's Calendar of Sports
Hockey niampltinalilii aeaaon of Amer
ican Hockey league opens In New York.
ItaMket Ball Dartmouth vm. Yale, at Xew
Haven. Columbia vs. Cornell at Ithaca.
Koxlng Fred Fulton vn. Tom Cowler, ten
round, at New York. -loey Connolly vs.
Eddie Murphy, twelve round, at Bottton.
Davies Shoots 81
At Field Club in
Spite of the Snow
Where were all of those ardent
Omaha golfers Sunday? Stanley
Davies, Field club pro, wants to know.
Sunday Stanley turned his weather
optics toward the sky and decided it
was a regular spring day so he beat
it for the club expecting to find an
eager mob of wild enthusiasts sur
rounding the club house and demand
ing their clubs. Just three showed up.
They were Judge Shields, who'd play
golf at the north pole, W. G. Brandt,
and J. F. Trimble.
So the four made up a Scotch four
some and battled through eighteen
holes. Davies and Shields playing
Brandt and Trimble and copping the
victory. Davies turned in the low
score of the quartet, shooting the
eighteen holes in eighty-one despite
Cubs Willing to Spend
Million to Get Winning Team
Chicago, Jan. 8. Announcement
that Fred Mitchell, recently chosen
manager of the Chicago Nationals,
has been given authority to begin a
campaign, which may last two or
three years, to build, regardless of
expense, a winning team, was made
today by Charles Wecghman, presi
dent of the club.
"The stockholder have decided to
go the limit in the matter of ex
penditures," Mr. Wecghman said.
"Dividends for the time being will be
lost sight of. We have $600,000 in
the bank right now which can be
used for strengthening the team. If
we use that up we'll get as much
more, or five times as much, if neces
sary." Mitchell plans to leave tonight on
a ten-day trip.
John McTaggart Wins
Indoor Match After Tie
John McTaggart won the first put
ting tournament on the Burgess-Nash
indoor course by defeating S. Hudson
in a thirty-six-hole play-off. McTag
gart negotiated the thirty-six holes in
83, while Hudson took a 91. Today a
woman's tournament will be staged
! Six-Day Bike Race Wished
! On Chicago for February
Chjcago, Jan. 8. Chicago's third
I annual six-day bicycle race will be
j held February 11 to 17. it was an
; nounced today. Twenty-two riders
' have been entered.
Sat ton Win.
Sut Inn. N'b.. Jan. fi. (Snociii I Sal ur
day night Sutton defeated thf (.'lay (.'entT
HiKh m hool team by a dpclsivp nore of M
lo H. Coach Pratt's pupils hint no trouble
In breaking up the Clay Center plays.
Rh UHctiT. Chambers and Nuna played Hip
KlPllur rules for Sutton.
Xrmy'n Featur (innifK,
West Point. N. Y., Jan. H. The feature
jritmeH tit the Army's 1917 foot ball peliedule,
announced tonipnt, are those with Pennsyl
vania. NntPi Dante and the Navy, All the
ronti'Mts will be played here, except the an
nual clash with the Navy at the Polo
uroundH, New York City,
Friend High Winn.
Friend. Neb.. Jan. 8. (.Special.) Th,e
Friend High school banket ball team de
feated the Crete. Hljrh school team on the
local hlKh school gymnalaum floor Saturday
night, ; t U.
Claiborne Boosting Bill
For Farm Instruction
Hastings, Neb., Jan. 8. (Special
Telegram.) H. H. Claiborne of Oma
ha is in the city in the itnerest of a
hill soon to lie introduced in the legis
lature providing lor a slate farm for
the development of agriculture among
children who are at present unable to
attend the State Agriculture college
nr "tafr nnivprsiav hv reason nf their
cost. Mr. Claiborne conferred with
Flishop Beecher of the Kpiscopa!
church on the subject this morning
and received hearty approval of this
plan from the bishop, who has been
for years ftnerested in child welfare
work, and who is now planning a
somewhat similar system to be oper
ated in a more close alliance with the
Kearney Military academy.
Nebraska Farmers' Union
To Meet in Omaha Tis Week
Another big farmers' convention is
scheduled for Omaha this week. It is
the Nebraska Farmers' union to meet
here January 10 and 11. C. H. Gus
tafson of Mead is President. The
organization has a headquarters plant
in Omaha, where machinery, groce
ries, dry goods and all articles need-
j ed by the farmers are dispensed to the
members. The meeting is to be held
in the Auditorium, as it i thought
I this is the only building large enough
'to accommodate ihe delegates. It is
i expected that fully 1.500 will be here.
THE BEE: OMAHA. TUESDAY, JANUARY !. 1917.
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LAWSON GETS IN
Creates Uproar That Ends in
Great Disorder in the Com
STATEMENT IS EXPUNGED
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would permit criminals to escape or
information to be destroyed.
Mr. Lawson repeated his public as
sertions that congress was "wallow
ing in the mire" of stock speculation
and declared that members of con
gress were wise dealers in stocks, but
he did not accuse them of benefit
ting by advance information on of
ficial acts and persistenly refused to
make any personal charges or make
public the name of any one, official
Clears White House.
He cleared the State department
and White House of any "leak" on
the peace note so far as his knowl
edge was concerned, but insisted that
there had been a "leak" that there
had been advance information in Wall
Street for years on supreme court
decisions, president's messages and
congressional matters which were
used to the advantage of the stock
gamblers. Regarding supreme court
leaks the witness when questioned
closely stated that he meant to insinu
ate no irregularity against the justices
themselves, stating that he had never
heard of a supreme court justice talk
ing about a decision in advance.
The committee issued subpoenaes
loday for F. M. Lockwood, a New
York broker, and and Albert H. Cur
tis, former president of the National
Bank of North America. Represen
tative Chipcrfield had been informed
that Albert H. Curtis was the man
who wrote Representative Wood the
letter regarding Bernard Baruch and
Secretary Tumulty, but this Mr. Cur
tis has denied.
Wants Sabin Be Examined.
At the opening of the afternoon
session of the house rules committee,
Lawson suggested that Charles H.
Sabin, president of the Guaranty
Trust company, be examined about
his prediction that Ambassador Ger
ard was bringing home Germany's
peace terms and about a U-53 raid.
"It was generally accepted in the
district," said Mr. Lawson, "that Mr.
Sabin had some knowledge from
Washington. I am not prepared to
say whether it was about the U-53
boat of peace. As it turned out it
seemed to hve been more U-boat
"What did you mean?" asked Rep
resentative Campbell, "when you re
ferred to supreme court leaks this
"I meant that advance information
regarding decisions got to the street
and that it might have come through
officers or attaches of the court," said
"Did you mean to include the jus
tices?" "Oh, no."
Don't Recall Specific Cases.
"Have you in mind any specific su
preme court decisions, advance in
formation of which affected the mar
ket?" "Xo. I don't recall any specific
cases, but there have been a number
of important railroad and labor cases,
the decisions on which were known
in advance." '
Lawson, asked about other leaks,
said that the president's messages
were always known in advance in
Another sort of leak from Wash
ington, he said, was where somebody
went into the street to peddle in ad
vance information regarding impor
tant government affairs. Men who
do that, he said, might be chief
clerks, stenographers or anyone who
might come in contact with the infor
mation in its physical preparation.
"Another sort of a leak," Lawson
continued, "is when some executive
officer of the government, some cabi
net official or member of the senate
or house, may be interested in stocks
or bonds they arc all human like the
rest of us acquiring information
that will affect the market, passed the
information on to his friends.
Will Not Divulge Name.
Lawson told the committee that a
member of congress had told him a
member of the cabinet had specu
lated on the falling market caused by
the leak, but he refused to give the
committee the name of the cabinet
member, or of the member of con
gress who told him.
"Who told you that and who was
the member of the cabinet? dc
mawded Representative Campbell.
"I am not going to answer," said
Representative Campbell asserted
thai tlie committee had the power to
compel htm to answer.
"When 1 sav that Ihe name va
given to nic in confidence on honor
not to be repeated, do you still insist
upon an answer?" asked Lawson.
"Yes," said Campbell.
Well, 1 shall not answer. said
Lawson. "It seems to me that it
could serve no good purpose to use
the name of a high ouicial of the gov
ernment at a time when it might
bring serious consequences to the
people and to the nation, and per
haps to the administration itself."
Representative Chiperfield moved
to report Lawson to the house for
contempt and after getting the mo
tion into the record, withdrew it tem
porarily while Lawson went on giv
ing his formula for finding the leak.
It embraces chiefly a plan for bring
ing the sales slips of the Stock ex
change before the committee.
Pictures a Senator.
Describing it first as a suppositious
case, but later stating it had been
told to him as a fact, Lawson pic
tured a United States senator, cabi
net officer and New York banker
having a joint stock gambling ac
count and dividing the profits among
them. He declined to give names
because he did not know them of his
As the examination proceeded
Lawson once asserted that he "didn't
give a d n" what the committee did
about his method of answering ques
On two occasions Representative
Campbell reminded him that women
were present and that he was not in
a bar room. Lawson's ire was
'That's twice you've said that, and
now I want to lecture you a little
bit." added Lawson.
Chairman Henry stopped the "lec
ture." Dozens of questions asked by Rep
resentative Camnbell during this
period of the hearing with the object
of pinning Lawson down to a con
crete statement of what information
he really possessed, if any, about the
leak were futile.
Ready to Explode Anything.
'Was it a case within vour personal
knowledge?" asked Representative
Garrett, at one stage of the question
ing. "I don't want to ask you for hear
say." 1 appreciate your attitude, an
swered Lawson, "and 1 meet it by
saying that I might explode many
sensations if I desired. I don't think
this has reached the stage for giving
names. It is not within my personal
Did the person who told vou claim
to have personal knowledge?"
No, but 1 corroborated it later and
had a reputable banker, a friend of
mine and friend of the banker, go to
see this banker. He mentioned this
matter and said 'what do vou know
about it?' He said the banker told
him that he not only had this account
but others and that he had this cabi
net member under such absolute con
trol that he could bring the cabinet
member from Washington to New
York, or to the telephone at any time
of the day or night and he offered
then and there to call him on the
telephone to demonstrate it. Now 1
am sorry to have gone that far "
. Might Know of Others.
Representative Garrett asked Law-
son if the cabinet officer, referred to
as connected with the leak, had
profited by it.
"He was as closely connected with
it as if he had speculated," Lawson
Answering Representative Lcnrool's
request that he give his reasons for
saying a real investigation would lind
congress without a quorum. Lawson
said that many would be at the leak
hearing and others would be absent
because of their interest in stocks.
"You would be willing to say under
oath that members of congress were
beneficiaries under the (leak?" asked
"No, I wouldn't say that," replied
Lawson, be he added that he knew of
a senator and a representative whose
names he would not give, but who
were supposed to. have benefited and
that "he might know of others."
What He Would Show.
"If an inquiry were ordered," Len
rott inquired, "are you prepared to
show that congressmen buy and sell
stocks and profit by advance informa
tion regarding governmental affairs?"
"No, I will show that they buv and
sell stocks," Lawson answered,
Lawson pointed out that the rules
committee was sitting merely to de
cide whether to report an investiga
tion resolution, adding:
"I've given you a lot of information
already in my opinion. I think it suf
ficient to make clear to the committee
whether there should be a real in
vestigation. I don't intend to dis
close my hand in an investigation
that goes no further than to decide
whether there is to be an investiga
tion and thus let the criminals escape
or destroy their records."
i Lawson began his statement t" the
committee with general declarations
which soon led into an uproar. It
ended by the clerk of the house forc
ing him to his chair and the commit
tee voting to expt- ge the whole ex
ihangc from the records.
Lawson Has His Own Way.
Thomas W. Lawson, when called
was told bv Chairman Henry that
he might "proceed in his own way
"ONYX GIRL" SUSrECT
COMMITS RUIOTDE. '
BKRNARD VV. LKWIS.
for the present," Mr. Lawson asked
if he were to be stopped at any point
in his talk. Mr. Henry said that
would depend on whether he confined
himself to the suhject before the com
mittee. "My name is Thomas W. Lawson,"
he said. "My home is Boston. My
occupation, you might gay, is that of
The crowd burst into a roar of
laughter and Lawson hastened to ex
plain. "I don't say I am a farmer to be
facetious. In a way also 1 am Con
nected with financial matters."
"1 will give testimony regarding the
damnable condition which has ex
isted for two years for the purpose of
finding remedy for conditions which
caused hundreds of thousands of per
sons to be driven to enormous
Flies Into a Rage.
Lawson flew into a rage after he
had proceeded for half an hour when
interrupted by Representative Chip
erfield. He asserted he proposed to
say all he had lo say, regardless of
"What's the penalty?" he shouted,
"and I'll take it an advance."
The committee room was in an up
roar and Representative Henry
threatened to clear it and hold the
proceedings in executive session.
Lawson gesticulated, shook his fin
ger in Representative Chiperfield's
face and loudly declared he, as an
American citizen, would sec to it that
he got his rights. Jerry Smith, clerk
of the house, pulled Mr. Lawson hack
into his chair, until order qtuld be
Lawson, pacing up and down he
fore the committee, declared that all
he had said in the public press re
garding the leak he believed to be
Many Other Leaks.
"I repeat it all now," be declared.
"It i.s one of the commonest things in
Wall street, advance information
from Washington about government
affairs, affairs of such importance that
they frequently affect the country's
securities. I mean all leaks from the
supreme court, advance information
on decisions, advance information on
important senate matters, action of
congressional committees, cabinet af
fairs and advance information direct
from the White house itself."
From that he led into charges of a
"premeditated, deliberately figured
out, deliberately worked out robbery
of the American people through
I lilted States stock gamblers.
He said he knew who was respon
sible for the leak and reiterated he
was convinced the committee did not
want an investigation. He reviewed
his recent trip to Washington.
Lambasted by Congress.
"I came to Washington," said he,
"lo aid in an honest investigation,
only to have hell lambasted out of me
as soon as congress convened.
Promptly when the senate met, a
leather-lunged, sewer-mouthed old
The chairman slopped Lawson
there and then followed a row be
tween Lawson and Representative
Chipcrfield, which was unintelligible
even to the official stenographer.
Chairman Henry rapped for order
and Lawson roared: "I don't propose
to be bulldozed and I will not be
Finally, after more wrangling, by
an unanimous vote of the committee
all of Lawson's heated speech was
struck from the record. The chair
man then began to question him.
"You stated that there was a leak?
Will you give the committee the
name of the person who carried the
leak to Wall street from Washing
Would Violate Confidence.
Lawson replied that the only way
he could give the identity of I he
bearer of the leak would be to violate
a confidence, and he could not do so.
,, , .
The Bee by George McManus
"Do you know any names?" dc-
maiuled Chairman 1 Winy.
"Not in a legal scne." ,
"Do you know nf any in any!
"I know there was a leak," Law-'
son returned, "and knowing there was
a leak, ! must have some in forma-1
Asked it he refused to answer the
question, Lawson avoided a direct an
swer. "Do you know any person who)
profiled on the day of the leak?"
Made Something Himself.
"I nrobablv do " Lawson said. "I
probably profited myself," lie de
clined to say bow much.
By a process of elimination Chair
man Henry drew from the witness
(hat be knew of no one at the White
House connected with the leak. Asked
if be knew of any leak in the secre
tary of state office. Mr. Lawson re
plied: "1 have no information regarding
anyone in the State department which
1 would give in public. I would give
it to the chairman, but you don't need
any more information than you have
to warrant an investigation.
"1 cannot give the committee names
in a court knowledge way as having
been principals to the transaction,"
said Lawson, ' l could give names
that were given to me by people I
consider responsible, but I won't not
at this time."
"Will you give them to me?" asked
"No, 1 will not give them at all un
less it is absolutely necessary."
"The chair requests you now to
give me the names?" continued Mr.
"I started out with the determina
tion, and I say again, that I will not
blunder up your record with names to
furnish headlines for the newspapers."
"Then you llatly decline?"
"Yes, 1 decline to furnish names
given to me by others not now."
Lewis Talked About
Killing Himself Long
Before Model Slain
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 8. District
Attorney Samuel P. Rotan, who Sat
urday expressed the belief that Mazie
Colbert, the advertising art model,
was killed by Bernard W. Lewis of
Pittsburgh, Pa., who committed sui
cide at Atlantic City as detectives
were about to arrelst him, today sum
moned many persons whose names
have been linked with the case in the
hope of definitely establishing the
identity of the murderer and the na
ture of the motive.
Included among those summoned
were Captain of Dcctcctivrs Tate and
virtually all the men under him that
have been working on the case. Gib
ers included relatives of the dead
girl, a police magistrate who is said
to have been acquainted with Miss
Colbert and several weallhy young
men known to have been friendly
Letters alleged lo have been writ
ten bv Lewis in Ihe middle of De
cember, last, to relatives and friends
in Pittsburgh that he was about to
commit suicide because he had made
a failure of life, raised a doubt in the
minds nf some that Lewis may have
hail any connection with Ihe case.
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