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    The Omaha Daily Bee
More store news in
THE BEE,
than other papers.
"The great market place"
THE WEATHER
FAIR
VOL. XLVI. NO. 184.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 19, 1917. FOURTEEN PAGES.
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RUMOR RAIDER
IS HEADED NORTH
CAUSES TENSION
One Report Has It that Com
merce Destroyer May
Have Armed One of
Its Prizes.
BRITISH NAVY GETS BUSY
Cordon of Fifteen Cruisers is
Sweeping Sooth and Mid
dle Atlantic.
AMERICANS ON THE SHIPS
New York, Jan. 18. With the pos
sibility that the German sea raider
which sank or captured from fifteen
to a score of allied ships is still con
tinuing its depredations, steamship
owners and marine underwriters were
in a state of nervous tension today.
The losses in ships and cargoes' thus
far represent from $15,000000 to $20,
000,000. A cordon of British cruisers, re
ported to number fifteen, is believed
to be sweeping the southern seas in
search of the raider, which, according
to one report, may be the auxiliary
cruiser Vineta, or, according to
another, the cruiser Moewe, the same
sea rover which played havoc with
allied shipping about a year ago.
Steamship circles were especially
concerned today over a wireless warn
ing that the German raider was work
ing northward to more frequented
lanes of steamship travel. The pos
sibility that the raider may have
armed and manned one or more of
its prizes and dispatched them also
on commerce preying missions was
another source of anxiety. One re
port was that the -British steamer St.
Theodore was thus transformed.
News of the fate of this vessel and
of the Yarrowdale, reported to have
on board some of the crews of other
captured vessels, was still lacking to
day. Raider Working Way North.
Norfolk, Va., Jan. 18. Raider wire
less warnings picked up'here said the
German sea raider, which has played
havoc with allied shipping, was re
ported 1,500 miles south of Cape
Henry, apparently working northward
'.o more frequented lanes of travel.
Warnings sent out Tuesday night said
the German craft was off Pernam
buco, Brazil, last Friday.
The warning, believed to have come
from a British cruiser, also laid re
ports had been received that a sub
marine of undetermined nationality
had been sighted 700 miles east of
Virginia Capes.
The reporting warship gave its po
sition as about 800 miles south of
Cape Henry and proceeding south in
the hope of intercepting the raider.
Thirteen Americans Landed.
Rio ' Janeiro, Jan. 17. Thirteen
Americans are among the victims of
the German raiders who have been
landed at Pernambuco. The re
maining, number is made up of 170
Englishmen and fifty-four French
men. . A German raider for the last month
has been sinking vessels of entente
powers in the south Atlantic. Latest
reports fix the number at fifteen. Sur
vivors of the destroyed vessels to the
number of 237 have been landed at
Pernambuco, and th fate of nearly
490 men is still unknown.
The first official statement given
out here regarding the raider were to
the effect that seven vessels had been
sunk and nine captured. In a com
munication to the minuter of marine,
the captain of the port of Pernam
buco declared that he had learned the
raider had also sunk eibht of the ves
sels which were at first reported
merely captured. The crews, the fate
of which is not known, numbered 441
men.
Proceed to Port.
It is reported that the raider placed
these crews on board the British
steamer Yarrowdale, which then pro
ceeded for port. It is therefore be
lieved that they will be safely landed
within a day or two.
Another -cport has been received to
(Coathmed on Pas', Two Column One.)
The Weather
For Nebraska Fair; rising temperature.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday.
Hour.
& a.
6 ft.
7 a.
DfK.
21
10
12 m 22
1 p. m 26
' p. m 27
p. m 29
4 a. m 30
5 p. m 30
6 p. m 29
7 p. m 2
8. p. m 28
Compnratlre Local Record.
1917. 19.lfi.19.16. 1ft.
Ilflthesl yesterday 30 20 27 47
I.wst today 17 4 17 34
31 mi. temperature ....24 12 22 40
l'reclpitation 00 .00 T. .17
Temperature and precipitation dpparturos
from the normal At Omaha since March 1,
and compared with the last two yearn:
Normal temperature , , 20
Kxcfwi (or the day 4
Total vxct-m ulnre March 1, 1916 234
' Normal precipitation 02 Inch
Dnflclcnry (or the day ...... .02 Inch
Totnt rn in full wince March 1. .Ifi.82 Inches
Drllclency since March 1 12.86 inches
DrJk-iency ror. period, 1915... 1.7 inuheK
'jotli-lency cor. period. 1914 ....3.10 incbea
Report . from SaUons at 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Rain.
of Weather. 7 p. m. eat. fall.
Cheyenne, clear 39 42 .00
Davenport, clear ...16 20 .00
Denver, Clar 2 la .00
Den Moinea, Clear 22 8 .00
Lander, clear 4 10 .00
North Platte, clear 23 J2 .00
Omaha,, clear 29 30 .00
Pueblo, Clear 20 21 .00
Halt Lake City, clear if is ,oo
Santa Ke, cloudy 34 3 A x.
.Sheridan, clear 24 34 .00
Sioux City, clear 26 2S ,00
Valentine, clear 2t 34 . f.
"T" Indicate! trace' of precipitation.
U A. WELSH, Meteoroloclflt.
EGG BOYCOTTERS MAY
Consumers' League Leade
Believe Commoner Should Be
at Helm in Movement.
SAY HE'D WORK
fREB
VV. J. Bryan may be summoned back
to Nebraska by the Consumers' ;
forces of evil that are boosting thejpjrjmj RATES ARE HIGH
prices of eggs. At a meeting of the .
league yesterday afternoon in the , Rairoadg a0 Come Under
city council chamber Mrs. Charles , f M M y
Innntnn Knur pr tr. Sllfffffxit-
, - ........ CTO
ed that a state-wide organization
should be set in motion, with the
grocers included in the movement.
"I would suggest that the grocers
agree not to buy certain -goods on
certain days and then they would not
have to sell to consumers on those
days. We should organize through
out the state and get Mr. Bryan to
start the organization, like temper
ance folks did." said Mrs. Johnson.
What Would Be Charge.
Mrs. Vernon C. Bennett, head of
the league and chairman of the meet
ing, suggested that Mr. Bryan might
charge a high fce-for such services.
She admitted that Mr. Bryan had to
live and that the laborer is worthy of
his hire. Whereupon Mrs. G. W.
Ahlquist assured the assembled con
sumers that Mr. Bryan would be
pleased to hie back to Nebraska to
take up this work without making
any charge. No action was taken on
that phase of the situation.
The meeting was called primarily
to discuss the high cost of eggs and
a boycott of hen fruit. The league,
the membership of which is 1,000,
started an egg boycott yesterday
morning and will continue it till Feb
ruary 1.
Dr. Catherine Bonaviez stated that
the grocer has his trials, and she in
sisted that the high cost of eggs and
other commodities was a matter for
the consumers to solve among them
selves. "Just let the women say they
won't buy eggs and then ask their
friends to do likewise," was her sug
gestion. Bachelors Are Enthusiastic.
Mrs. Bennett said that a grocery
driver told her that he is no longer
permitted to look inside ot the egg
storage places. She made the an
nouncement that the bachelors ot th
city have joined the egg boycott with
considerable zest.
One of the women ventured the
opinion that what the egg ' boycott
movement needs is a lot of sober, in
dustrious men to co-operate with the
women to make it a success.
Laurie J. Quinby urged that the use
of vacant land of the city would tend
tc,sowenigBMTTTTingri
enty-fivc per cent of the land of
Omaha not used. I would have a
public gardener who would be of
more service than a playground
superintendent," said Air. Quinby.
The egg question was not solved,
but the women declare they will pro
ceed with the boycott.
Seventy-Three Lives
And Fourteen Ships
Lost On Great Lakes
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 18. Seventy
three lives and fourteen vessels were
lost on the Great Lakes during 1916,
according to the annual report of the
Lake Carriers' association, made
public today. This casualty record is
the most serious since 1913.
The report also declares that "the
ore movement iti 1916 was 64,734,198
tons, as against 49,070,478 tons in the
hitherto banner year of 1913."
The grain amount in 1915 totaled
363.999,156 bushels, a decrease of 22,
166,896 bushels from 1915.
Modern Paintings Sell
For Nearly $5,000 Each
New York. Jan. 18. Eighty-seven
modern paintings were sold at auc
tion by the American Art association
yesterday for $432,399. an average of
almost $5,000 each. Few of the can
vasses were more than fifty years old.
The chief attractions were paintings
by Claude Monet, the French impres
sionist, and an assortment by painters
of the Barbizon school.' Twenty-four
of Monet's works brought $161,600.
Graft Charges Against
Iowa Aldermen Upheld
Davenport, la., Jan. 18. Charges
of graft in the purchase of a site
for a municipal structure were sus
tained today against Aldermen C. J.
Prostler and William Moeller. The
former was expelled from the coun
cil, but the vote to unseat Moeller
lacked one ballot of the necessary
two-thirds majority. Proestler and
Moeller were involved by a letter left
by Oscar Sustmihl, who committed
suicide.
Products of American Farms
Worth Thirteen Billion Dollars
Washington, Jan. 18. American
farm products attained a gross value
of $13,449,000,000 in 1916. making that
year the greatest ill point of value
of any in the nation's existence. That
estimate of the year's gross value of
farm crops and animal products, an
nounced today by the Department of
Agriculture, exceeds by $2,674,000,000
the total of 1915, the previous record,
and by more than $3,500,000,000 the
value of 1914. Crop production for
the year was comparatively low and
did not reach record figures except
in a few minor instances, but high
prices sent the total values up.
Crops were valued at $9,111,000,000
and animal products at $4,338,000,000.
The crop value exceeded that of 1915
by $2,204,000,000 and of 1914 by
$2,299,000,000. Crops alone in 1916
LAWIffS OUT
YARDS AND ROADS
I House Orders South Omaha
I Exchange and Stock Yards
Officials to an Open
Meeting.
of Inquiry.
SWANSON ON CAE SHORTAG
(From a Staff Correspondent.) ,
Lincoln, Jan. 18. (Special.) Leg- j
islative antagonism to alleged exces- I
sive charges made by live stock com- i
mission merchants at South Omaha is j
expressed in a motion, which the I
house adopted today, calling on the j
Union Stock Yards company and
the South Omaha Live Stock ex-,
change, to appear before the commit
tee on live stock and grazing, at an
open session to be held in the house
chamber ,and give their reasons in
defense of the practices which are
the subject of complaint.
The motion was made by Anderson
of Boyd, a farmer, and live stock ship
per. Some of the grievances it re
cited were as follows::
In addition to regular commission
charges of 60 cents per head for cat
tle, 30 cents for calves, 20c for hogs
and 20 cents for sheep, the rules of
the South Omatla exchange fix
charges of $10 for single deck-and
$15 for double deck cars of hogs
or sheep, and $12 per car for cattle.
In Case of Two Shippers.
Where two shippers consign their
animals in the same car, an extra
charge running up as high as $4 is
made for selling them under two ac
counts. Over and above all other charges,
there have lately beenadded 10 cents
a carload for insurance and 5 cents
for "protection."
This scale of charges is pro
nounced "extravagant, unfair and ex
orbitant," but before any legislative
action is taken the house will hear
what the stock yards people and the
commission merchants have to say for
themselves. The chief clerk was in
structed to notify them to appear, the
time not being fixed.
Railroads the Goat.
There' is every indication that the
railroads arc ill for the job of being
the "goat," for it is an exceptional
day when some member does not
make some remark aimed at the car-
riers because of the so-called car
shortage situation.
A bill introduced by Representative
H. A. Swanson of Clay county,
known as H. R. No. 20. goes into the
car shortage matter from two angles.
The first provides that the carriers
may make a demurrage charge of $1
per day per car for the second day
afler the car has been delievered by
the road, $2 for the third day. the
same for the fourth $3 for the fifth
day, $4 for the sixth day and $5 for
each day thereafter.
Roads Penalized.
The other provision is that "It shall
be the duty of the railroad company
to furnish care when ordered by ship
pers. In case of refusal or failure to
furnish cars when ordered the rail
road company shall forfeit or pay to
the shipper, after five days have
elapsed from the specified tinic,set for
the loading of the car or cars, $1 per
car per day for each of the first five
days and $2 per car per day for each
and every day thereafter until the
cars ordered have been furnished the
shipper. Provirjed that the railroad
company shall have five days to fur
nish the car or cars."
Must Furnish Cars.
The bill forces the roads to furnish
the cars whether they them or not or
pay the charges.
in 1907 there was a shortage of
cads for shipping grain, but the short
age of cars for shipping grain, but
the shortage did not continue for a
long period and not at all like the
present. An investigation of the rec
ords in the office of the State Railway
commission show that on last Satur
day there were 3,632 box cars in
Nebraska not on moving trains. It
is estimated that it would require
from 10,000 to 12,000 cars to relieve
the present congested condition.
Lobeck Is Recovering;
Comes Out of Hospital
(From a SUff Correspondent.)
Washington, Jan. 18. (Special Tel
egram.) Congressman Lobeck has
been removed from the Homoepathic
hospital to apartments In the Winston
hotel, having stood the transfer well.
The congressman is on the high road
to recovery. Mrs. Lobeck will re
main with Mr. Lobeck until the ad
journment of congress.
were worth more than crops and ani
mal products combined in any year
prior to 1912:
Four crops in 1916 each exceeded
$1,000,000,000 in value. The corn
product is put at $2,296,000,000; cot
ton, $1,406,000,000; hay, $1,162,000,
000: wheat, $1,026,000,000. Other crops
that exceeded $100,000,000 were: Oats
$656,000,000; potatoes, $417,000,000;
wood lot products, $221,000,000; ap
ples, $186,000,000; tobacco, $169,000
WJ; barle, $160,000,000.
The level of prices paid to produc
ers for the principal crops on Decem
ber 1, 1916, was about 55.9 per cent
higher than a year previous; 52.9 per
cent higher than two years before and
52.8 per cent higher than the average
of the previous eight years on De
cember I,
1 lWtfl 1
MEL "k- la-miMn I .... II S
ROSS ON OFFENSIVE
IN NORTHROOMANIA
Attempt of Teutonic Forces to
Make Counter Advance
Fails, Says Petrograd.
BRITONS BEATEN AT LOOS
lAMoetated Ptcm War gummArr.)
The Russians -apparently still, are
on the offensive alongS the' Rouman
ian front. Berlin in its official report
,u. t....;, .. f .
the teutonic forces . except for a
raiding operation, on the Moldavian
frontier, while mentioning the repulse
of a strong attack by the Russians in
the Oituz valley region.
On the Pranco-Belgian front the
rriving back of the British near Loos
after an advance in connection with
a mine explosion is reported by the
German staff. Tic recent British at
tack near Serre was made upon an
advanced position which had been
evacuated by the Germans, it is de
clared. On the naval side of the war inter
est centers in the operations of - the
German sea raider in the south At
lantic, which has sunk or captured at
least thirteen entente merchant ves
sels and so far as is known is still at
large.
Russian Official Report.
Tetrograd (Via London), Jan. 18.
The repulse of Teutonic attacks
along the northern Roumanian front
is reported in. today's official an
nouncement, which follows: j
f.ncmy attempts to take tne ol
fensivc against the heights south of
the river Oituz wcrerrested by our
fire. The Roumanians repulsed a
German attack south of Monestar
Kachinul, on the river Kasino.
"Southwest of Pralea the Rouman
ians surrounded a height occupied by
the enemy and took a great number
of prisoners and four machine guns.
"On the remainder of fhe front, as
far as the Danube and along that
river, there has been an exchange of
fire."
German Official Report
Berlin, Jan. 18. (By Wireless to
Sayville.) Bulgarian artillery has
been vigorously bombarding from the
Dobrudja side of the Danube hostile
'shipping in that stream and entente
positions on the opposite side, in the
vicinity of Galatz, according to the
Bulgarian headquarter's report of
January 16, which continues:
"Near Isakcha our artillery up to
this time has sunk seven tug boats
and one small torpedo boat."
The statement says:
"While south of the Oituz road an
attack made by strong Russian forces
broke down under our artillery and
machine gun fire, we, by a surprise
attack between the Suchitza and
Putua valleys, succeeded in taking
from hostile positions one officer and
230 men prisoners and one machine
gun.
"In Dobrudja, for some days past,
Tultcha and Isakoha have been
shelled by Russian artillery. Several
inhabitants, mostly women and chil
dren, have been killed."
Oklahoma City School Teacher
and Music Teacher Murdered
Oklahoma City, Okl.. Jan. 18. Miss
Nellie M. Dunn, a school teacher,
was shot through the head while in
the main corridor of the Wheeler
school building here today.
Shortly after Miss Dunn was
killed, Rowland D. Williams, vocal
teacher and prominent in local music
circles, was shot and killed by an
unknown man in his studio.
Police began working on the theory
that the man who killed Miss Dunn
and the slayer of Williams was the
same person and a search was made
for John M. Couch, Miss Dunn's
brother-in-law.
The Melting Pot
Vs.' ft. m.. jfar wti.Jt
sin, v- f ' I U Miitl - rz
ACCOUNTANTS FIND
DODDFJUHORTAGE
Workmen Grand Lodge Treas
urer's Books Show $16,
000 Missing.
ACCOUNTANTS END WORK
Grand Island, Neb., Jan. .-(Special
" Xelegraifl.ireylti f1 has , become
known"1 Ihit" the accountants, the
Tttessrsr Roberts and Tulleys, Who
have just completed a thorough audit
of the books of the late treasurer of
the grand lodge-of the Ancient Order
of United Workmen,' have found a
shortage of $16,000. '
This amount was previously indi
cated from an investigation made by
the members .of the grand lodge fi
nance committee. No doubt any long
er exists therefore as to the default
in the sum indicated.
The accountants have not as yet
made a formal report to the commit
tee, though they have completed their
work, excepting the written complica
tion of their findings.
Blasters Plotted
To Murder Wilson,
Charges Mr. Cunha
San Francisco, Cal., Jan. 18. Pres
ident Wilson's life was threatened by
an anarchist' organization known as
"The Blasters," of which Thomas J.
Mooney, on trial here for bomb mur
ders, was a leader, with Alexander
Bcrkman, Assistant District Attorney
Edward A. Cunha charged here to
day. "I will prove," said Cunha out of
court prior to opening argument in
the Mooney trial, "that Mooney and
Berkman belonged to an organiza
tion known as 'The Blasters.' The
purpose of the organization was to
overturn the government and stop
preparedness at .any cost."
Cunha quoted an article in' Berk
man's paper, "The Blast."
: "We want to warn the weather
cock in the White House that it may
not prove safe. Suppression of the
voice of discontent leads to assassina
tion." : "Vide Russia," read the article
written March 4. 1916, in protest of
alleged federal suppression of free
speech in Chicago and New York.
Oracle of Police Hands Out Sound
Advice for Use in Case of Holdup
"I want to ask you what should I
do in the case of a holdup?" asked an
apprehensive citizen of General In
formant Havey of Chief of Police
Dunn's office.
Mr. Havey dispenses information
! by telephone, mail and by word of
j mouth. He is one of the veterans of
the department and knows the city
; from Bloody Corners of the South
j Side to the Prettiest Mile of the
North Side. The harder the ques
I tion. the better he likes it.
"You want to know wha you should
do if you were stopped on your way
home by a stranger who made a
militant demonstration of his desire
to take your money and jewelry do
1 get you?" inquired the official
encyclopaedia.
Then Mr. (Patsy) Havey explained
just how a citizen should conduct
himself on an occasion referred to by
the caller.
"You must remember," he said,
"that the holdup man has your num
ber. He is -generally sure of his
M ?
rcii
FARMERS WINDING
UP BjGJEETING
Great Variety of Interests
Represented as Different
Societies Convene.
THIS IS THE LAST DAY
(From a Staff t'nrreapondfltil.)
' ,:'Lii)folu, iNeb., Jan. 18. (Special
Telcgram.)-Tomorrov will finish
the last session of the societies of Or
ganized Agriculture, the State Dairy
men's association, Agricultural Ex
tension and State Live Slock Im
provement association being the last
to finish. .
Today was due of the big days for
most of the associations, and good
meetings were held! The beef cattle
men held their first session of the
week this morning, a demonstration
by Elliott Davis alofg lines tending
to give breeders the best results be
ing one of the features. Prof. W. A.
Cochel of the Kansas State Agricul
tural college was the principal speak
er, however, but Frank D. Thompson
and Prof. W. J. Kennedy of Sioux
City gave interesting talks.
The State Dairymen's association
cosed their week of work with a ban
quet at the Lindell hotel, while the
Horticulturists, Aberdeen-Angus as-'
sociation. Hereford breeders, Red
Polled breeders. Shorthorn breeders,
and also the Board of Rural School
Patrons finished their sessions with
meetings at the Lndcll and the state
farm. .. ., ..
The Home Economics association
was well entertained by demonstra
tions in canning by Emma F. Ort of
Lincoln, a talk by Maud M. Wilson
and Mrs. H. H. Wheeler and an illus
trated lecture by Prof. L. W. Chase
of the State Agricultural farm.
The dairymen had a fine program.
Prof. C. L. Eckles of the Missouri
university; J. F. Winkler of Washing
ton, D. C; Hugh G. VanPelt of Wat
erloo, la.; W. S. Moscript of St. Paul,
Minn.; Charles L. Hill of Rosedale,
Wis, and James G. Watson, of Kansas
City, field representative of the Air
shire Breeders' association, being the
principal speakers.
Reichstag Wil Not Meet
Until Tenth of February
London, Jan. 18. The Reichstag
will not assemble this month, but
will meet on February 10, accord
ing to an Amsterdam dispatch to the
Central News.
ground. His mind is on his work.
He takes you by surprise. Don't
think he does a one-step up to you
and tells you he is going to hold you
up. Oh, no. He is prepared. My
advice to you would be to hold your
hands up, or do anything he asks.
Don't ask for his name.. Just keep
quiet and let him do all of the work.
He is the boss of the job. Of course,
if you have a gun in your pocket and
can use it quickly, that might help
some. When you are traversing a
lonely street, walk in the cente of
the thoroughfare and watch both
sides as you proceed along. If you
see a man with a mask, keep out of
his way. If a' man asks you for a
match, hand it to him quickly and
watch him all the while."
Charles Carlson, chief clerk of the
parli and recreation department,
states that when he is returning from
a friend's house late at night he car
ries his right hand in the right pocket
of his overcoat, just as if he had a
gun. By following this practice he
has never been, held up.
WHIPPLE NAMED
TO HANDLE PROBE
OF LEAH CHARGES
Noted Democratic Lawyer of
Boston Invited by House
Rules Committee to Con-
duct Investigation.
DEMOS MAKE SELECTION
Republicans Object When Op
ponents Talk About Unter
meyer for Counsel.
NO EXTENSION OF SCOPE
Bulletin.
Boston, Jan. 18. Sherman L.
Whipple declined tonight to say
whether he was to act as counsel in
the peace note leak inquiry.
Washington, Jan. 18. Sherman L.
Whipple of Boston, a democrat and
a noted trial lawyer, was invited to
night by the house rules committee
to act as counsel in the peace note
"leak" investigation, which, (it now
appears, will extend deeply into Wall
street stock manipulations.
From authoritative sources there
were intimations that the Boston at
torney had been consulted and was
expected to undertake the task.
Woman First Witness.
Further public hearings in the in
quiny were postponed until Monday
to give counsel and the committee
time to prepare for the future pro
ceedings. The plan is to call as the
first witness Mrs. Ruth -Thomasou
Visconti, the woman whom Thomas
W. Lawson says told him Secretary
Tumulty and W. W. Price, a Wash
ington newspaper man, were benefi
ciaries of the alleged "leak." She will
be followed by a score of other wit
nesses, including the men mentioned
in the inquiry and a number of promi
nent New York financiers.
The selection of Mr. Whipple fol
lowed a bitter fight or several hours
among democrats of the committee,,
in which Postmaster General Burle'
son, Solicitor General Davis and Ma
jority Leader Kitchin participated.
Several of the democrats, including
Chairman Henry, urged Samuel Un
tcrmycr as counsel, despite attacks
against such a course from both sides
of the house yesterday, ,
White House for Untermyer. .
Mr, BurJcsoQ.. often sdmimstrstion
spokesman at the Capitol, is under
stood to have been there to advocate
Untermyer. .
One of the chief objections against
Mr. Untermyer was that Lawson had
discussed the case with him and was
known to want an investigation of the
Stock exchange with Untermyer in
chaVge.
Democratic members of the com
mittee struggled with the problem
for more than twenty-four hours, ex
cluding republican members from
their conferences. Representatives
Campbell and Lenroot, ranking re
publican committeemen, learned of
the efforts to choose Untermyer, and
late this afternoon issued a statement
assailing the democrats. The state
ment, which charged the democrats
with attempting to choose a partisan
counsel, had the effect of ending the
differences.
Republicans Invited.
The republicans were invited info
the conference at 4 o'clock, at which
time Mr. Whipple was suggested.
They' were told to return at S o'clock.
In the meantime Mr. Campbell con
sulted Senator Weeks of Massachu
setts, against whom Mr. Whipple
made a race for the senate, as to
Whipple's qualifications. Senator
Weeks' endorsement was so strong
that the republican members made no
further inquiry, and returning to the
committee room, approved the selec
tion. Agitation to broaden ' the inquiry
still further by a new resolution,
which specifically would direct
through investigation of the stock ex
change with a view to reform legis
lation, caused much discussion in the
democratic conference. After the se
lection of Mr. Whipple, however,
democratic leaders said that the in
quiry would proceed along lines al
ready outlined. In the investigation
of the nomination of Louis D. Bran
dcis to the supreme court, Mr.
Whipple appeared before a senate
judiciary subcommittee as a witness
favorable to confirmation. He also re
cently appeared as counsel for pneu
matic tube intrests before the post
omce committee.
Lansing Issues Denial. - : ,r
Secretary Lansing today denied
statements made at the "leak" hear
ing that he had breakfasted several
times at the Biltmore hotel in New
York with Bernard Baruch. He said
he did not know Mr. Baruch and
never had any conversation with
him.
Secretary Lansing's authorized
statement is as follows:
"While I dislike very much to dig
nify by denial false and malicious
scandal, at the same time the pub
licity which has been given to some
of the reportj warrant me in saying
that in regard to the statement that
I breakfasted several times with Mr.
Baruch at the Biltmore hotel, im
plying, I assume, that I gave him
advance information concerning the
note to the belligerents, I never to
my knowledge saw Mr. Baruch at any
time. I do not know him and never
had any conversation with him, and
I have b;en out of Washington only
once since election, and that was to
attend the army and navy game in
New York November 25. . ,
Samuel Untertneyer 111. !
Baltimore, Md., Jan. 18. Samuel
Untermeyer, the corporation lawyer
of New York, arrived at Johns Hop
kins today for a physical examination.
It is said he is suffering from an as-,
thmatic affection. ' it