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a, Daily 1 '&THE WEATHER 'Do Your Bit" And Do It . Now HE 'air OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1917. TEN PAGES. 0 TrtlM. at HoHH. hm Staadt. th. St SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS VOL. XLVII. NO. 156. PHOT DOORS YAWN WI CMOLAS RAND AID) F7T Omah .dEE rid'rossI's DE FOR 1 9 MAGNATE CO TO MAT H p "- ' J t 1 fjjr i FOOD HEAD SAYS REFINER 'SORE' AT SLASH IN PROFITS Hoover Declares Spreckels' Balance Sheet Shows Up Poorly Since Prices Are Regulated; Refutes Charge That Administration Is at Fault in Shortage; Lack of Transportation Responsible. (Wy AsMM'lalrd 1'rcsn.) Washington, Dec. 16 Charges mad by Claus Spreckels, president of the Federal Sugar Refining company, before a sen ate investigating committee that the food administration is re sponsible for a sugar shortage, drew from Food Administrator Hoover last night a vigorous attack on Mr. Spreckels. , SPRECKELS IS "SORE." O- ' , An open intimation is made by Mr. ( f loover that Mr. Spreckels testimony was inspired by the fact that the food administration cut profits in sugar transactions, fit requires no proof from me,' said Mr. Hoover, "to establish that Mr. Spreckels, a leading sugar refiner, is sore at the food administration and would like to see it destroyed. I real ize that Mr, Spreckels' balance sheet will not look as good next year as last, for refiners', profits have been regulated. Furthermore, his balance sheet would have looked better this year if the price of last August had not been reduced and held fast, in the face of a partial shortage that prom ised a. fair opportunity for 30-cent sugar and much increased profits. SPRECKELS FEELS BADLY. "Mr. Spreckelsthereforc, Iks reason to feel badly.'Tlierc are other citizens who will feel the same way, and no doubt can entertain the public by assaulting the ?ooK administration. While many feel badiy, still the vast majority of men andvomcn of our business community and of our. fann ers are sacrificing their profits daily to the nation's necessities without complaint, for many are sacrificing more than their money their sons. "We have had two mouths of par tial sugaf shortage October and No vember and will also have December before rejict from the new crop. The American people have had 500,000 tons of sugar iti these two iiionths that is 70 per cent of normal supplies in each), month, andjf cars are avail able, they will have 70 per cent in De. rember. Owing to lack of cars, the shortage lias been most, awite in the northeast and ab'ou -200 cars are' today blocked from thatvregion. Twice What Vrench Get. . "This 70 per cent is twice the French ration. In the meantime we have given France; a goad i part of the 30 per cent and are proud of it. This supply, to France was given deliberate ly and the American people were told of it at the time. We have' also agreed to draw 10,000 tons for our friends in Canada. ' I have yet to meet an Ameri can citizen who would have had it otherwise, t "As to the food administration sha ping the sources of supply the fact is that all r.vailable supplies have been brought here that ships and cars could bring: and that it has already been eaten is sufficient answer. "Mr. Spreckels knows the bitterness of the 10-vear fitrhts between nroduc- ers and refiners between different re-1 liners and if he looks back over the last three months he will observe desire of many of these elements td use the food administration as a club to settle their long standing bit terness. "If Mr. Spreckels will tell us where there is any sugar today that ships can be obtained to carry or cars can be obtained to deliver, it will be de livered at once with the same resolu tion that we have requisitioned or dis tributed over 60,000,000 pounds of era , bargoed sugar since October 1. In the meantime the 900,000 tons of sugar iti Java is as remote as cheese out ofth"e moon unless we wish to take bread ships from ourwn sol diers and the allies to provide our selves with candy." Electrician Killed. Sioux Falls, S. D., Dec. 16. Special . Telegram,) 11. B. Jones, local elec , tticiaii, aged ,i0, married, w'ss killed this evening by coming in contact with a live virc , The-Weather n t Fair Monday, warmer in east por tions Monday. Temperatures nt Uigaka Yeslr!y. 5 a. in It a. m 14 7 a. ra 14 S a. m 1 a. in IS W an- m 13 11 a. -n 2J J - r, 1 p.. in.. "1 f p."m S p. m V 4 p. m 11. in m 7 p. m 36 Comparative Local Record. 1917. 116. 1915. 1914. nigbettyeaUrday .... 36' 42 S 9 J.oweat eterday .... 14 26 If 7 Mean temparatui, .. 25 34 tl 1 Precipitation 00 .00 ,14 .00 Temperature add preclpItaUon departures from the normal at Omaha elnre March 1 : Normal temperature 28 Tieflciency far the day 8 Total deflclcrity tiauo March 1 4,4 formal precipitation 13 inrb Iefteien"y for tha lay 03 Inch' Total rtinfall aim- Man-h 1 21.76 tiuhes tficlency since March 1. 1917. - 7.06 Inches -riclency for cor. period, 1916.. 12. S7 Inches fletency for cor. period, 1915.. 1.8) Inches Biow wo. l A. VBLSH, Mottoroloiift 9 RELIEVE THOSE AT HOME, HEAD OF CHARITIES SAYS Mrs. G. W. Doane Appeals for Aid for Worthy Poor Through The Bee; Many Make Donations. I "We must relieve the trenches at home," remarked Mrs. G. W. Doane, general secretary of the Associated Charities, Saturday afternoon, when she received a large package and various smaller packages of clothing audi shoes sent to The Bee office to help' the worthy and needy. ' The large package was sent by Mrs. S. O.oyce of Boelus, Neh., and the other bundles were brought to The Bee office by Omahans who wished to promote the co-operative Christmas work . o Tbe Bee and the Associated Charities. Send Checks for $10. J. N. Cox of Exeter, Neb., and Clara Hawley 6 'Omaha sent checks for $10 each to The Bee office Satur-M uay attetnoon, indicating mar tney wished to hfclp needy ones during the Christmas season. Air. Cox wrote the following note: "Omaha Bee: Please find my per sonal check for $10 to be given where it will hflp allevfatcvsuffering among the pejor. child:.-u 6r, any- worthy poor. 1 will in a day or so ,send a package of clothifig also."1' "What are some of the particular needs?"- was asked1 of Mrs.' Doane. ."Shoes, stockings and mittens for children. We have received many calls for these articles. Wc can use a few soft coal stoves. I mentioned this several days ago, but we still needa few more, and there are real needs. Read this letter," she replied. Letter from Widow. The letter she' handed was from a widow, who wrote: "f do washing for. a living and try ing toake care of four small chil dren. Jt is hard to make ends meet, and I am afraid it won't be much Christmas for my children this year, so 1 thought I would ask you to kind ly send some things for the chil dren." Mrs.' Doane stated that persons who wish to send baskets of provi sions to needy families for Christ mas dinner may leave the articles at the Associated ' Charities office, 519 Far nam building, Thirteenth and Far n'am streets, and she will see that the baskets are delivered to worthy fam ilies in time for Christmas day. Moifey ,and goods for Christmas re lief work1 may be seut to the Asso ciated Charities office or to The Bee office. "Your help is, needed now," added Mrs. Doane. Two Nebraska Soldiers - At Cody Die of Pneumonia Camp Cody, N. M., Dec. 16. (Spe cial Telegram.) The bodies of the following soldiers who died in the base hospital have been sent to their homes: Private Eddie Lowry, Company M. 134th infantry (Fifth Nebraska infantry), who- died of pneumonia. His father, ' Fillmore Lowry, resides at Richards, Mo. Private WUJard D. McGee. Com pany C. 109th engineers, pneumonia. Hi father. Crnest McGee, resides at Fayette, Neb. v Private Willard E. Harding, ma chine gun company, 136th infantry, pneumonia. His mother, Mrs. E. C. Harding, resides at Watertown, S. D. Jury May Decide Boy Can (From T .inmin a Staff Correspondent.) Dec. 16. (Special.)- question whether a child 11 years of age is of sufficient. knowledge, discre tion and appreciation of danger so that it may be held guilty of contrib utory negligence is one for a jury to determine, according to the Nebraska supreme co'uH. The case in controversy comes from the Douglas county distfiet court on an appeal by the Claar Transfer com Bany of Omaha from a judgment of V 's- - ... ... Tears and Love Figure in Patiietic Human Drama La&$bhged in Omaha Hospital Superinti jV" and Welfare Municipal Judge First Aid to Cupid in lif e and Death Emergency. By HELEN MAR M'DONALD. This is a hidden love story. It is the history of how two men won the same woman; and how Omaha's wel fare superintendent, a municipal judge, and a hospital served as nrsi ams 10 Cupid. 1 George married Martha, a northern girl, 15 years ago. The first year they were happy; the second, things were a little different. Wnen tue seconu baby arrived, George grew, restless and longed for freer fields. One day, he disappeared without ex planation, leaving his wife and chil dren destitute. For months, Martha struggled bravely, although her spirit was broken and she had no ability to earn money. Finally, the remnants of her pride urged her to try among strangers. She must win. It meant the lives of her little ones. They came to Omaha where further misfortunes befell thein during the ensuing year. Starvation threatened and the babies grew ill. Still, she fought Avith allViere was of life left in her. Then Charles discovered her. He understood. "I can always help you," he told her. , ' Somehow, his words seemed pro phetic, and she received him daily with eyes full of dumb gratitude. The children adored him. And she was lonely! When he asked her to marry him, she stood as one in a dream. Nevertheless, she told him everything and, thereafter, -they drifted into an irregular relationship. Later they moved into a reputable part of the city where they lived as man and wife ITALIANS HOLD IN FACE OF FIRE OF GERMAN GUNS .?- - Tremendous Bombard ment Continues Against Roman Lines, With Berlin Claim-' ing Small Success. (By ASHoe luted Tress.) The Italian front remains the only major field of military operations -in which there is more than local activ ity on the-part of infantry. The Ital ian line, although almost ccaselssly assailed in the mountain regions, is still intact and holding well except for a small recession here and there, forced at the cost of extremely heavy casualties on the part of the Austro Gerroan invaders. Berlin claims the taking of more than .3,000 prisoners in the fighting of the last few days and the repulse of Italian counter attacks on positions won by the Teutons. Few Local Thrusts. The Franco-Belgian front is inac tiveiexcent for local fighting, mostly due to German thrusts here and there, delivered with the seennnj intention of keeping the Anglo-French com mand guessing as to the enemy inten tions. . ' In P. 'estine the British have scored a farther advance northeas' of Jeru salem. In making known the sinking of two moit Norwegian steamers, the Norwegian government announces that 5,000 Norwegian sailors have been lost durif the war. ' Two Airships Lost. ' Two airships of the non-rigid type have been lost by the British, one of which was sunk by a seaplane in the North Sea, while on patrol duty and tbr other being compeljed to descend in Dutch territory because of engine trouble. The British admiralty also an nounces the sinking of a British de stroyer through a collision, all but two of those kon board being saved. Berlin Gloats. Berlin, Dec. IS. An official com munication from general headquarters making reference to the front of Crown Prince Rupprecht in Flanderi says : ' For over four weeks the British -have discontinued tlieir attacks in Flanders. Their violent offensive, which had for its objective possession of the Flanders coast and destruction of our submarine bases, may, therefore, be considered closed for the "present Whether Exercise Judgment $2,000 obtained by Robert Rule for in juries sustained his 11-year-old son, who was hurt by being struck by a truck driven by employes of the transfer company. Evidence m the case indicated that the boy was riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the street, but also that the tructwas running above the speed limit and that the driver was riot pay ing attention to where he was driving, consequently the court holds iris a question for a jury to decide and affirms the jwdgment of the lower court Judge Sedgwick diiitnts. T" for H years and won the respect of ( the community. George Was Dead. Once, during the early part of their union, an indirect rumor reached Martha that George was dead, and im mediately, she and Charles utilized every means to verify the report, but without avail. With the coming of children, they discussed their situation repeatedly. ' What should they do? Was it best to go on as they were? Some unseen fore, swept them on ward. They waited. ; A few years ago, Martha obtained evidence that .George died shortly after deserting her. Again, the old question confronted them. It had be come a specter. Was it not possible to remain as they were? It seemed probable, because their reputations were unquestioned. Their children at tended good schools. Should theV wreck innocent lives? .Never! None but they knew the facts. They de cided there should be. nothing but happy days for their loved ones, and again they drifted Both were ignor ant concerning the legality of the com mon law marriage, but that would not have satished them. A few weeks ago, Charles became ill and was removed to a hospital. Anxious days passed, and, then came the doctor's verdict. "He will not get well. There is something depressing him. If tots mind was freed of that, his last hours would be easier. Martha Forgets All. ; Martha understood. She forgot heT self. She forgot their children. She knew what she must do. Oh! there must be someone who could under stand and Kelp her. "Dear God," she prayed, as she journeyed citywards, "send me to the right one!" She stopped at the city hall. Faster and faster came her breath; and Schumami'tleink8 Son Enlists as Army Cook New York, Dec. 16. Walter Scht-mann-Heinkson of Mnie. Ernestine Schumann-Heink, enlisted in the army today as a cook of the fourth class, after recruiting officers had satisfied themselves that he was an American citiiert. . He Js the fourth son of the opera singer to enter tbe army or navy. ,' : - , GARFIELD TAKES -DRASTIC STEPS IN COAL CRISIS Sixty Carloads of,Fuel'Start for Cleveland, Where 100, z 000 Men Are Idle; To Supply Homes First. (By Awmfcisted Frew.) . . . ; Washington, Dec. 16. Reports of almobt nation-wide suffering due to lack of coal stirred fuel administration officials today to redoubled efforts to release sunfilies held on tracks' by car congestion. Orders rent forth to fuel admini stration representatives in the middle west to make every attempt to move coal to points declared to be facing roat famines. A. W. Thompson, chair man of the operating committee of eastern railroads, was called into con ference by Fuel Administrator Gar field for suggestions. Tonight Dr. Garfidid named C. R. Moriarity-of Cleveland, general di rector of the Middle Western Coal Shippers' Terminal Pool association, and gave him full powers and 'au thority to supervise transportation. Mr. Moriarity will wfk with Homer Johnson, federal fuel administrator for Ohio, and V. K. Prudden, admini strator for "Michigan. After his conference with Dr. Gar field Mr. Thompson said the situation was serious, but that his committee was making great progress towards reli ving congestion in the Pittsburgh terminal territory. The full effect of the committee's efforts, he said, would not become apparent for several day& Coal for Cleveland. Fuel Administrator Johnson re ported from Cleveland tonight that he had started 60 car loads of coat into that city where 100,000 men were idle today., .Mr. Johnson, who. has been eiven full nowers in the matter of distribution, said he would supply householders first, even if it forced industries to close down. "If4he weather stays sever," he teleprraohea, "my opinion is that all industries, no matter how important. except in case of vital importance for keeping a plant warm or maintaining refrigeration or sou':ethiug of that sort, should give way to domestic needs. , The, miners are not loadin and the emergency will become graver unless the weather moderates. My of hce is distributing all the lake coal available to domestic consumers and -we are trying to make up a train load for country distribution for the north west part of the state." 1 Governor Asks Nebraskans To Join Red Cross Society (.Krom a Staff Correspondtnt ) Lincoln Dec. 16. (Special.) Gov ernor Neville today issued a procla mation calling upon Nebraskans to make R4 wtck a success. whiter grew her ancl fijrf flf" lips, a A little sob Omaha's welfare superintendent enlisted the co-operation of a munici pal judge. He was told that secrecy must be maintained. His assurances were satisfying, whereupon Martha and he hastened to the hospital. When she knelt by the dying mau and whispered to him, his face in stantly reflected the joy that rilled his soul. At last, he could bestow upon the woman and children he loved that priceless gift a name. The judge cleared his throat and joined their trembling hands. Unsteadily he put the solemn questions. "Until Death Us Do Part" "Charles, do you take this woman to be your lawlully wedded witef "S'LTyo your lawfully wedded husband!' "I do." choked Martha. "Until death do you part." sottly! asked the judge. Until death -repeated Charles do us part," and Martha to- gethcr. "I pronounce you man andwife." Martha bent over Charles and their lips met in a long kiss. The judge, wielding his handkerchief, crossed to a window, where Martha found him a moment later. "I can afford to pay for this," she said. i "I cail't afford to take it," returned the judge, huskily. An hour later, Charles died Teace transfigured the dead face. What is it in the home fields that smells so sweet? In the wind that blows in one's face? The songbirds the sunshine! Martha and children soon will he home in the north. There will be 110 more hardships for them no despair. Charles guaranteed their future long ago. He did more, lie gave them golden memories. GERMANS MAY LAND ARMY ON BRITISH SOIL . , i. Invasion of England Hinted in Recent Speech of Lloyds George; Preparations for .. Move Once Completed. London, Dec. 16. (Special Cable to. The Bee.) The' Evening Star to day, ri its front jiage, suggests that Premier Lloyd George', speech last night hinted at ' an invasion of Eng nd. The Star says: "Lloyd George warned against new contingencies against which precau tions must be taken. The German at tack on the west front is ruled out because that possibility already has been considered by the prime min ister. Moreover, such an enterprise lias been self-advertised. "There remain two principal pro jects: An onslaught on the Saloniki armies and an attempted invasion of England. As for an invasion of, -this country, it is known that in the autumn of 1I6 the headquarters staff had i entiling in readiness for the kaiser to press the button, but ic didn't press it. The enterprise could hardlv have success, in the sense of establishing a permanent Lfront on British sqil, but it might seem to the kaiser worth sacriticmg some tens of thousands of lighting men." Johnny Kellher of 'Bears Joins Forces of the Army Denver. Colo.. Dec. 16. John-Kell her, shortstop of the Denver team of the Western league and tormerlyot the Brooklyn Nationals, enlisted here yesterday in tne army, mis nome is at Brookline, Mass. Greatest Bazar in History Makes $100,000 Nevr York, Dec. 16. Herb Land, described as the greatest bazar in history, was opened in Grand Central palace November 24 and closed tonight. It was estimated by John Moffat, executive chair man, that the net receipts for th , allied war charities which partici pated will approximate $400,000. The awrage daily attendance was 12,000. The final day of the bazar was devoted to an auction sale of $100,000 worthy of merchandise which had been unpurchased. Unmarried Farmers of Draft Age Should Go Slow L Unmarried farmers, of draft ay: are advised by the district exemption board officials riot to be 'in too much of a hurry to sell off their stock and farm implements won receipt of a notice from their local boards that they have been placed in the first class. "Failure to understand operation of fhe draft system has lead many young unmarried farmers to dispose of their effects prematurely," said R. J.. Sut ton of the office of the dib'tript ex emption board. "If a single man, a farmer, ha3 made no exemption claim exceot on agricultural grounds lie is automatically placed in Class 1 by the local exemption boards in spite of his exemption claim. They send him a notice that he it in Class 1 and he EX-CZAR ESCAPES JUST IN TIME TO AVOID FORTRESS Red FfegimenU in Petrograd at the Time Were Adopting Resolution to Send Him With Hi Family to Strict Confinement at Kromtadt or Peter andPaul. London. Dec. 16. A diSDatch from Keuters, Umitec, correspondent .ays that on Saturday about the time it was reported former Emperor ing: of the Ismaildvsky an Petrogradsky regiments was adopt ing a resolution demanding the immediate removal .of the former ruler "with Alice (Mix) and family" to Kronstadt or to the St. Peter and St. Paul fortress for strict confinemen. O OPPOSE ASEMBLY. JURY ACQUITS MEANS OF CHARGE OF KING MURDER End of LongSensational Trial Reached When Verdict of "Not Guilty" Brought to ' ' Court Room. Concord, N. C. Dec. 16.-Gaston F. Means was, acquitted here today of a charge of slaying Jirs. Maude A. King, the wealthy New York and Chicago widow. 3hh jury received the case last night, but after 'two hours deliberation announced a ver dict would not be returned until to day. v ' Mrs. King was killed at Blackwcld- er Sprtng, a lonely spot in the coun try near here, August 29. last, when with Means and party of his friends she had stopped on an automobile drive to practice pistol shooting. Means and the, woman were alone at the time,' Captain W. S. Bingham and Afton Means, a brother of Gaston Means, having walked down the road to shoot at rabbits. A coroner's inquest accepted the statement of Gaston Means that 6he shot herself accidentally. It was not until the woman's body was taken to Chicaeo for burial that charges ot foul olav were made. There the cf- oner'a physician declared that the wound m the back of the woman s head could not have been self- inflicted. . Charged German Connections. The investigation shifted to New York, where Mrs. King had resided for several years and where Means had handled her business affairs and a search of the apartments there of Mrs. King anH her siste,r and Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Means, disclosed, accordinK to New York officials that Means had misappropriated the, worn? an' money, and also that he was con nected with German agents.. Inherted Great Fortune. Mrs. King had inherited approxi mately $1,000,000 from her second husband, the late Jautc9 C. King of Chicago, and during the trial New York and Chicago witnesses declared nearly all of this sum had "vanished" during the time Means was connected with the woman's affairs. It also was asserted Means was preparing to of 'fer for probate an alleged second will of James C. King which would give an additional $2,000,000 to Mrs. King. Contended Loot of Money. At his trial, the state contended that Means had looted the woman a fortune and killed her to escape an accounting. The defense denied this and offered evidence to show 4hat Mrs. King appoved Means' specula tions with her money. Declares Loyal to United States. Means said on the stand also that he had investigated alleged neutrality violations for German interests before the United States broke relations with Germany, but always loyal to his country and turned over to officials information he- thought of value to this country. in "Selling Out" immediately infers that he is to be drafted and begins disposing of his property. But the fact is he may not be drafted at all but may be ordered to remain upon his farm by the draft authorities. "When the local board places him in Class 1 hts case automatically goes up to the district xemptioa board at Omahawithout any move on his part The district exemption board in vestigates the claim for exemptiqn on agricultural grounds and gives the final order whether he shall be drafted or remain on his farm. "A lfumber of yung farmers in the first draft closed up their farms and were afterward exempted by the district board grounds," agricultural Nicholas had escaped, a meet The meetings of almost all units of the Petrograd garrison have sided with the peoples' commissioners anc the soldiers' arid workmen's delegatet against the constituent assembly in the form originally issued. Three Cos- x sack regiments quarters in Petrograd have been ordered to send detach ments against General Kaledines. The lsvicstu, organ ol the soldiers and workmen's delegates, says that the maximalists, socialists and social ist revolutionaries of the Right must be classed with the Right parties and' the counter revolutionaries. Since the ejection of members of the constitutent assembly from Tau rida Palace by armed sailors, attempts to meet there have been abandoned. The Bolsheviki Red Guards broke up a meeting for the defense of the con stitutent assembly and made 40 ar- . rests. Unruly scenes in the peasants' congress have followed clashes be tween the supporters and opponents of the constitutent assembly. The destruction of wine stores in Petrograd continues, accompanied by orgies and shooting. Reds Gain Upper Hand. Partial, if not complete, collapse of the counter revolution in Russia is indicated in an announcement from the Petrograd official news agency, which says thd Bolsheviki have cap tured three important cities in the Don Cossack territory and that Gen: eral Kaledines, leader of', the Don Cossacks, has been arrested, appar ently by his own generals. With General ' KornMoff . reported defeated and wounded near Bielgorod . and General Kaledines under arrest, the only one left of the counter rev6ltltionary triumvirate of military leaders is General DutofL ; hetman of the Ural Cossacks, who has been operating in the province of Oren burg. " I Peace Proceedings Go Forward, j The Russo-German peace negotia tions are reported proceeding apace. A German official announcement says the conditions and draft of a treaty have been formulated, the discussions having been put over from Friday to Saturday, however, as the Russian delegates desired ,to obtain supple mentary instructions from their gov- eminent. Whether the word "treaty" refers to a formal peace treaty or merely to the armistice-agreement thaf had been pending is not clear from th German announcement. This is the first intimation that the Russian and German delegates have carried ' their deliberations further than the consideration of au armistice, although a Petrograd dis patch yesterday quoted Leou Trotzky, Bolsheviki foreign minister, o the effect that if an annistrice should be signed the Russian delegates would have the power to entcrvino peace negotiations. ' U. S. to Train Men 'to Man Merchant Vessels Washington, Dec. 16. Completion of plans for training 58,000 men to man- merchant vessels under con struction for the government "were announced tonight by the shipping board. The men will be schooled for the most part aboard training ships operating out of an - Atlantic port. Two of the training vessels to ac commodate 600 men, each already have been selected and others will be put into service as fast as they can be obtained. Instruction will be by able seamen. The men will be recruited through out the country and while in schooV find clothing. Men without seafaring- experience will be accepted. "Suffs" Re-elect Mrs. Catt To National Presidency , Washington, Dec 16. Business sessions of the 49th annual conven tion of the national American Wom an Suffrage association, were brought to a close here today with the re- v election of Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt as president, and- of all other officers and adoption of resolutions pledging support to government ac tivities directed to winning' the war. Strong Plea fop State x Railway Commissions' Washington, Dec. 16. Representa tives of state railway commissions ere. heard again today before, the congressional joint railroad commit tee and all joined in objecting to anv. system of regulation which did away with the state commissiwJi.