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A PRESENT REMINDING DAILY OF THE GIVER A YEAR'S PAID SUBSCRIPTION TO THE BEE.
WILSON TO DINE WITH
TROOPS CHRISTMAS DAY.
Paris, Lie 19. President Wil
son's present Christmas plans con
template Jn is departure from Paris
Christinas ev for Chatimont, Amer
ican headquarters, on General Persh
ing's special train. Christmas morn
' inij he will go by automobile to a
nearby rest camp and dine with,
the troops, returning to Paris the
SEASON'S LARGEST FISH
SHIPPED TO PRESIDENT.
Boston, Dec. 19. A 24-pound cod
fish, caught off Nantucket by the
steam trawler Fish Hawk, was ship
ped today to Parii as a gift to Pres
ident Wilson for his New Year's
dinner. It is the largest codtish
that has been brought into mar
ket here recently.
President I. M. Taylor of the East
Coast Fisheries company, said the
gift was an expression of apprecia-v
tion of the set of the president in
issuing priority orders which per
mitted the construction of the steam
trawlers Kingfisher and Fish Hawk
during the war. The Kingfisher
was sunk by a German submarine
M'ADOO SAYS RAIL
RATES MUST BE REDUCED
Washington, Dec. 19 Director
General McAdoo said today that
with an assurance of five years of
governmen control of the railroads,
existing freight and passenger races
could be materially reduced within
the next calendar year without any
reduction of the existing railroad
'AIR LINE" LETTERS
FORWARDED BY TRAIN.
Chicago, Dec. 19. The second
day's operation of the Chicago-New-
York aerial mail route was
marked :.g;."n today hy the failure of
the air postmen to reach either
Cnicngo or N'rw Yprk. Under the
proposed schedule tne time between
the tvo Title's was to have been
. l-oiit cii;ht hours.
"Air line'' letters which were car
ried from New York to Bellefonte,
Pa., yesuvi'ay morning by air plane
were; recf'vtd in Chicago today,
liaviug been forwarded by train.
FLU WORST PLAGUE
SINCE BLACK DEATH. ,
London, Dec. )9. The Time's
medical correspondent says that it
seems reasonable to believe that
throughout the world about 6,000,
)00 persons perished from influenza
md pneumonia during the past three
It has been estimated the war
caused the death of 20,000,000 per
sons in four and a half years. Thus,
ihe correspondent points out, in
iluenza has proved itself five times
:lead"licr than war because in the
me period, at its epidemic rate in
fluenza would, have killed 100,000,
D00. Never since the black death
has such a plague swept over the
world, he says, adding that the need
of a new survey of public health
measures has never been more forci
MRS. ROLLER INVOLVED
IN ALLEGED SWINDLE.
Atlantic City, Dee. 19. Stephen
N. Curry of New York, arrested
here Monday on a charge of passing
worthless checks aggregating $60,-
300, and Mrs. Maud Roller, divorced
wife of Dr. Roller, the wrestler, who
is charged with being an accessory,
were taken back to (New York to
lay by agents of the Department of
Curry's operations, it was said,
began last September and were car
ried on chieiiy in Pennsylvania,
New York and New Jersey. Gov
ernment agents said today they
were investigating reports that he
may have had some connection with
ihe recent hold up of a Brooklyn
Iink in which the cashier was killed
nd a large sum of money taken.
Detective Tells of Instance in
- Connection With Case of
Delia Dodder Against
The value of a package of Liberty
bonds as a bullet arrester was refer
red to in district court yesterday
af)enioon during the progress of a
civil action brought by Delia Dod
der against the Standard Accident
Detective Lew Strain was testify
ing to the destructiveness of bul
lets under certain conditions. He
had visited tht scene of the death of
Edward L. Dodder. Attorney W. J.
Connell questioned the materiality
Df the witness testimony
"I know o a case," Connell said,
"of a former Omaha lawyer John
Moore who exchanged shots with
a man in- a southern town recently.
Moore was shot over the heart, but
ti e bullet was arrested by a package
of Liberty tends which wero in
Judge Sears observed that the
thickness of the package of bonds
would determine the effects of a bul
iet in such a case.
"I have heard of a bullet being
stopped," the judge said, "by a
Testament and also by a pack of
cards." n .
Attorney Arthur H. Churchill
testified that after the finding Of
Dodder's body in an automobile
seven miles northwest of Florence,
he accompanied several men to the
scene where shots were fired at a
sack of sand which was placed in
side of the cr
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Scoutmasters Defy "Flu"
Round Roaring Campfire
Gather in Elmwood Park to
Devise Means for Boost
ing Work Among
Youth of Omaha. -
Sydney, N. S. W Dec. 19. (Via
Montreal.) The proportional rep
resentation bill for the next state
elections passed both houses of the
legislature." . -
Vorwaerts Fears as Result of
Situation Allies May Stop
Negotiations and Oc
cupy Entire Colintry.
Stockholm, Dec. 19. The Swedish
foreign office has handed to .'Ameri
can Minister Morris a &mmunica
tion from the German minister in
Stockholm on behalf of the German
government appealing to President
Wilson for leniency to the German
people. The communication of the
minister declares that unless . the
food situation in Germany is im
proved there is grave danger of
"more serious social disturbances."
Situation Deemed Perilous.
Berlin, Dec. 19. Evidently reflect
ing the views of the Ebert-Scheide-niann
group, Vorwaerts takes the
most serious view of an incident yes
terday, when the congress of sol
diers and workmen was invaded by
a party of soldiers. It accuses the
extreme left of aiming to disrupt the
"It must be declared openly," says
the newspaper, "that there is danger
of the whole government apparatus
crumbling and the armistice and
peace negotiations being broken off
on the ground that no competent
German government exists and that
all Germany will be occupied by en
The Freiheit, on the 'contrary, de
clares the invasion Of the congress
could, be explained by the indigna
tion of the soldiers and the counter
revolutionary activities by the offi
cers of certain troops.
Amsterdam. Dec. 19? The con
gress of the German soldiers' and
workers' councils on Wednesday
adopted a resolution, according to
a Berlin telegram, transferring legis
lative and executive power to the
people's commissioners (the Ebert
government) until some other ar
rangement is made by the German
The congress further appointed a
central council of soldiers and work
men to exercise parliamentary su
pervision over the German and Prus
sian cabinets with the right to ap
l,oint and depose the people's com
missioners of all of Germany until
the final regulation of state affairs
of Prussia. s
To Supervise Ministry.
In order, to supervise the conduct
pf business in the imperial ministry
"adjuncts will be appointed by the
people's commissioners. There wil!
be two adjuncts in each ministry.
They will be selected from the two
social democratic parties.
The congress rejected a resolu
tion dmanding the complete elim
ination of the bourgeoise class from
Report Ebert Resigns.
Paris, Dec. 19. The German gov
ernment headed by Friederich
Ebert has resigned as a result of
events Tuesday, according to a dis
patch received at Zurich from, Stutt
gart, says the Journal's correspond
Robbers Stage Bold Holdup
v m Freytag Drug Store
y. The drug store of John J. Frey
tag, Twenty-fourth and California
avenue, was the scene of a bold
hold-up late Thursday night, when
two robbers forced him behind the
prescription counter and took his
watch and then rifled the cash regis
ter. While they were in the process of
the robbery, two women came in,
but did not know what was going
on, although they say they are able
to identify the two men.
The robbers got $15.00 cash and
Property in prance
Destroyed by Germans
Paris, Dec. 19. Deputy Louis
Dubois, in the Chamber of Depu
ties today during the discussion of
bill dealing with reconstruction
and war damages, said he estimat"
ed the value of French houses de
stroyed at "20,000.000,000 francs;
furniture at 5,000,000,000; agricul
tural losses at least 10,000,000,000;
mines at least 20,000,000,000 and
railroads 9,500,000,000, Hie deputy
claimed that these losses ($12,900,-,
000.000) should have priority.
The Scout Masters' Training as-
i sociati.in. of the Omaha boy scouts,
entertained the scout executive com
mittee in a novel and appropriate
way, around a roaring campfire in
the wilds of Elmwood park Thurs
day evening, portraying the instinct
ol f ringing the boy scouts more
closely to nr;ture, and offering a
seitirg in which Dr. Manning and
all the "flu" bans in the world have
Twenty-five of the scoutmasters
gathered around the fire, and with
the executive committee, made
speeches on ways and means of im
proving the organization, and the
best methods to be used in keeping
the boys interested in the work.
Between the speeches, the crowd
sang patriotic and popular songs,
telling character stories, performing
"stunt;.' 'and devouring a generous
lunch of sandwiches and coffee.
W. W. Head. William E. Rhoades,
and DrMirucning of the executive
committee made short talks which
were responded to by Scout Execu
tive G. M. tloyt, Charles Stewart
ard Charles G. Triem of the scout
masters. S;iveial other scoutmasters
ters aiso offered suggestions relat
ing to troop work.
Saturday the boy scouts will go
to Camp GifTord to start the erection
of the camp cabin. Boys are as.ked
to report at scout headquarters at
?:.() a. m. tiiat morning.
Tuesday, 100 boy scouts will as
sist th war camp community ser
vice ia the distribution of Christ
mas baskets to the needy, several
of tl'.i boys to go with each truck
furnished by the Fort Omaha of
ficers to laul packages.
SENATE VOTES DEATH OF WOMAN
TO REPEAL ZONE CAUSED BY BLOW
Progress With Revenue Bill
Increases Confidence of
Its Passage Before Ses
sion Ends Monday.'
Washington, Dec. 19. By adopt
ing the finance committee amend
ments to the war revenue bill af
fecting second class postage and in
surance reports the senate today
cleared the way for disposal of the
few other contested, but important
features remaining. Leaders now
have increased confidence of passing
the bill before adjournment next
By a vote ,of 34 to 22 the senate
approved the committee amendment
proposing repal next July 1 of the
present zone system of second class
postage rates and substitution of a
rate of one cent per pound within 1 50
miles and one and one half cents be
yond. flan Stricken From Bill.
Most of the day was spent in
spirited discussion of this amend
ment and one, by Senator McKellar
of Tennessee for a modified zone
plan, which was rejected without a
Senator Hitchcock voted for and
Senator Norris against the amend
ment. Hitchcock Attacks Mail Service.
During the debate, Senator Hitch
cock of Nebraska, and other senators
vigorously attacked the Fostoffice
and War department's management
of the military mail service. He
charged that the "breakdown of
this system had been disgraceful"
and declared the onljr. explanation
possible for it was the rank incom
petence on the part of the two de
partments. Senator Hitchcock said this was
even worse than the "breakdown in
the matter of payment of allotments
Senator Hitchcock declared that
management of the military mail got
so bad that tlfe War department it
self took it over from the Postoftice
department and now the former had
broken down in its management. In
formation received by him showed
that tons of mail addressed to sol
diers were stacked up undelivered.
Reserve Officers' Corps
tor Bellevue and Creighton
Washington, Dec. 19. (Special
Telegram) A Reserve Officers'
Training corps. will be located at
Creighton university to take the
place of the Student Officers' Train
ing corps, according to information
from the War department made
public today by Congressman Lo
beck. The university also is to be
furnished with some field artillery
pieces if there is a field sufficient
for their use. Similar arrangements
for Bellvue college are in contem
plation. Highways Conference Called.
Kansas City, Dec. 19. A call was
issued here today for a nation wide
conference to be held in Kansas City
January 21, to discuss the concen
tration of the efforts of highway
associations throughout the country
and the establishment of a national
system of highways.
Soldier -Returns to House.
Washington, Dec. 19. After six
months' service with a machine gun
company in Europe, Lt. Royal C.
Johnson, member of the house from
Sutfi Dakota, today resumed his
ON BACKOF HEAD
Autopsy Performed to Obtain
Evidence in Case of In
surance Agent, Held on
- Charge of Murder.
Muskegou, Mich., Dec. 19. Find
ings in the autopsy performed to
day on the body of Frieda Wiech
man of Chicago, that her death was
caused by crushing of her skull,
have not cleared up the circumstan
t:al developments, police admit, in
the case of Milo H. Piper, local
insurance charged with her murder.
The body was disinterred- today
at a local cemetery, on order of the
prosecuting attorney's office. This
was the first time since the case was
reopened that a post-mortem exam
ination had been ordered, previous
examinations having been merely
for identification purposes.
Three physicians who examined
the body today declared death re
sulted from blows struck on the
back of the head.
n a ni nift
r An LL T o
IN THE AIR
Six Million Enrolled
in American Red Cross
in Three Days of Drive
Washington, Dec. 19. Six million
persons have joined the American
Red Cross since the beginning of the
Christmas "roll call" Monday, in
making this announcement tonight
tvprt Prrtes lippHmmrtprc cairl rpnnrts
from all states indicate that the cam.
paign 'now is going at top speed and
steadily gathering a momentum that
will continue until the close of the
drive next Monday.
Of the six million new members, it
was said practically all were obtained
up to Wednesday night as few re
ports were received on today'1
suits. The Atlantic division, compris
ing New York, New Jersey and Con
iiprfirnf continues fn Irarl in number
of memberships with 2.225,000 enroll
ed up to late yesterday.
Bolshevik Troops Advance
in Wake of Retiring Germans
Stockholm. Dec. 19.-Bolshevik
troops, marching westward, have
reached a point 100 miles east of
Riga and representatives of the Let
tish republic have asked the entente
legations here for military assist
ance. The soldiers of Lenine are
advancing immediately behind the
retiring Germans. They are taking
hostages, pillaging and levying con
tributions. Germany Ruined for
London, Dec. 19. "Germany is
ruined for generations, politically,
industrially and economically,"
Dr. Walter Rathenau, president of
the German General Electric com
pany, is quoted as declaring to the
Berlin correspondent of the Daily
"It is the greatest calamity that
has happened to any country in
2,000 years," added Dr Rathenau,
who is one of the largest employ
ers of labor in Germany.
"If the idemnities are high, we
shall have nothing with which to
expand our industries and there
will be a great tide of emigration,
probably to South Africa, the Far
East and certainly to Russia. The
result will be the Balkanization" of
Europe." ' ',-
Wilson Said to Be Satisfied
French and British People
Are in Accord With His
Paris, Dec. 19. Definite plans
for the peace conference are not
shaping as rapidly as some of the
American commissioners expected.
Meanyhile, President Wilson is
taking advantage of the opportun
ity to assess public opinion in
France and incidentally in Great
Britain. His advisers say that he
is entirely satisfied that these peo
ples are largely in accord with the
principles he has announced as
necessary to a durable peace.
The members of the American
mission are spending their time be
fore the peace delegates from the
various countries actually assemble
in a series of informal conferen
ces, which eventually will include a
representative of each of the entente
belligerents. Neutral states will not
come into these discussions.
I Making Peace First Task,
i The feeling among all the en
i tente conferees is that the making
of peace should be the first
task, so that they may determine
upon the broad outlines of a league
of nations, which later representa
tives of neutral counries will assist
While the American commis
sioners are holding these informal
exchanges which are designed to
clear up divergencies of opinion,
the president is constantly giving
the closest attention to immediate
problems. He is receiving reports
from the United States, from Amer
ican diplomatic agencies through
out the world and from the grqup of
investigators brought here for the
purpose of studying the many spe
cial problems which will arise.
The president may change the
program of his movements while
awaiting the opening of the confer
ence. It was not supposed until to
day that he would visit England
before the new year, but he has
received urgent invitations to come
All Conferences in Paris.
. American-observers deduce from
the pressing invitation to the presi
dent to come to England during
Christmas time that some confer
ences of the' statesmen with the
president here would logically fol
low. It is understood, however,
that' the president favors the hold
ing of all conferences in Paris as
far- as possible.
It appears to be virtually settled
that all the actual peace conferen
ces will be held in Paris and that
the informal exchanges, which will
lay the groundwork for the final
deliberations, also will be carried
It is .thought that the president
may try to crowd his visit to Bel
gium Jnto the time preceding the
Favor Open Sessions.
There is still much uncertainty
whether, the sessions of the Ver
sailles conference will be open to
the public or be secret. v
The general opinion inclines to
the view that the conference may be
modeled after the procedure of the
United States senate where the for
eign relations committee considers
international affairs secretly and
later reports to the whole body.
It is asserted that President Wil
son still holds to the view that it
would he preferable for him not to
sit at the peace table. This prefer
ence it was said today was connect
ed in a measure with divergence of
opinion among the entente missions
as to the number of persons who
should represent each of the nations.
It is understood that Great Britain
is pressing for five members from
each nation and in addition is con
sidering the claims of her own col
onies for representation.
Delegates Give Newspaper
Correspondents an Audience
Paris, Dec. 19.-President Wilson
personally has taken a hand in see
ing that the United States is in
formed of what is going on in the
peace conferences. He took the first
step last night at his conference with
the other American delegates. It was
decided and later announced that
the delegates would see American
newspaper correspondents each
morning for a frank discussion of
developments and the proceedings
of the conferences. '
Haig and His Generals
Given Ovation1 in London
Warriors Evince Delight at
Cordiality of Reception;
Welcomed by , King at
London, Dec. 19. (British Wire
less Service) Field Marshal Sir
Douglas Haig, commander-in-chiet
of the British armies in France and
Belgium, attended by Generals
Plumer, Rawlinson, Birdwood, Byng
and Home, who were his mainstays
in aiding to defeat the Germans,
reached London today and was ac
corded a notable welcome.
The train bringing the field mar
shal to London was accompanied
from Dover by about 20 airplanes
which also hovered over the proces
sion which passed through the
densely Wowded thoroughfare from
the station to Buckingham palace,
where King George welcomed the
Cheered in Trafalgar.
As the carriage emerged from the
station yard the bells of St. Martin's
rang out and the crowds again
broke into tumultous cheering,
'throngs had taken possession of
Trafalgar Square long before the
royal carriages containing the field
marshal and his generals came into
view. When they came abreast' the
historic square a mighty cheer, such
as had rarely if ever been heard
there, rose. All the generals clearly
evinced delight at the cordiality of
the reception. As the carriages pas
sed along Cockspur street, Pall Mall
and St. James street the enthusiasm
At Marlborough house there was
a brief halt during which Sir Doug
las saluted Dowager Queen Alex
andra, who was standing outside her
Entertained by King.
Fit!cl Marshal Haig and the gen
erals passed into the palace and
were received by King George.
Queen Mary and the members of
the royal family. After the recep
tion they were entertained at lunch
eon in the state room.
It was notable that the luncheon
was an. entirely informal function.
The guests numbered about 50.
The conimander-in-chief is to
spend Christmas at his home at
It is said that one of the first
acts of the rew parliament will be
t have submitted to it a vote of
thanks from the entire empire to
Sir Douglas Haig and his generals
and the troops serving under them.
It is understood thatthe vote of
thanks will hz followed by the usual
Dt bULd I
OF KING IN
PAYS VISIT TO
0. S. PRESIDENT
King Victor Given Vociferous
Welcome by Throngs in
Paris Streets Despite
Paris, Dec. 19. King Victor
Emmanuel, accompaniedvv.by the
hr of the Italian throne, the prince
of Piedmont, and a small person
al guard, arrived in Paris today. A
wtirm welcome was Riven the Ital
ian monarch by President Poincare,
Premier ClCmenceau and the other
ministers, and the throngs in the
streets acclaimed him vociferously as
the procession left tiie station and
went to the Italian embassy.
Calls on Wilson.
This evening the king paid a
visit to President Wilson at the
Mttrat mansion. It had been ex
pected that Victor Emmanuel and
Wilson would meet for the first
time at the luncheon to be given
in honor of the king by Stephen
Pichon, the French foreign minis
ter, tomorrow and that they would
again come together, and possibly
find time for conversation, "at a
dinner to be given at the Italian
embassy by the king to the presi
dent Friday evening.
Invites Wilson to QuirinaL
Speaking to a group which sur
rounded him this afternoon, King
Victor Emmanuel said that besides
coming to Faris to visit the French
people and government he was very
glad to able personally and official
ly to invite President Wilson to
b his guest at the qjirinal and that
he had been requested hy Queen
Helena to extend the same invita
tion to Mrs. Wilson.
Grain Supervision Work
Transferred to Chicago
Washington, Dec. 19. Charles D.
Brand, chairman of the bureau of
markets, announced today that the
board of review and the federal
grain supervision work, now main
tained in Washington, would be
transferred to Chicago, to establish
closer contact with field supervisors
and licensed inspectors.
Y. M. G. A.PLANS
Dr. Mott Admits There Has
Been Just Ground for
Complaint; 200 Unfit
New York. Dec. 19. Dr. John R.
Mott, chairman of the war work
council of the Y. M. C. A., discussed
in detail here tonight adverse criti
cism directed against the organiza
tion by .soldiers here and in France.
He vigorously defended the work of
the organization, as a whole, hut
did not deny that in isolated cases
there was just ground for com
plaint. Dr. Mott said 200 men and women
workers had been recalled from
France because of unfitness and he
was anxious that there would be a
general "tightening up" to correct
conditions which have resulted in
criticism. He stated that George
W. Perkins, Mortimer H. Schiff and
F. S. Brockman have gone abroad
for the express purpose of eliminat
ing, so far as possible, any further
cause for complaint.
He explained that the YM. C. A.
had not concerned itself specHtellv
with the wounded and ill because it
had been agreed that this work
should be done by the Red Cross.
He denied the most frequently
heard complaint, namely, that the
association has been profiting by
operation of its canteens overseas.
He declared it has lost thousands of
Denial was made by Dr. Molt
that a "holier-than-thou" attitude
was typical of Y. M. C. A. work.
(Continued on I'age Two, Column Three.)
Moritz Sachs, Resident Here
Forty-One Years, Dead
Moritz Sachs,' Majestic apart
ments, died Thursday afternoon at 4
o'clock of heart disease, at the age of
He has been a resident of Omaha
for 41 years and was a retired travel
He is survived by four sons, Theo
dore, Martin, Dr. A. Sachs, and G. A.
Ex-Kaiser's Face Ahen
And Hair Becomes Gray
Amerongen, Wednesday, Dec. 18. The constant worry
of the last five weeks and his virtual imprisonment in Count
Bentinck's castle here, have changed William Hohenzollern's
i appearance considerably. Hi3 face has become ashen, his
i hair aitd moustache gray and his features deeply lined. Since
j he has lain abed with his illness his face has remained un
shaven and the 72 hours' growth of beard seems to have
j added 10 years to his age.
i The ex-emperor's favorite adjutant, Capt; Sigurd von
Usemann, also is ill and the former empress has become her
husband's almost sole attendant.
No strangers are permitted to enter the castle grounds
under any pretext while all arrivals in the village are being
mqt closely watched.
British Officials Making Plans
Tentatively to Receive
Lovdon, Dec. 19. President Wil
son will probably be the guest of the
king at Buckingham palace during
his visit to England. This official an
nouncement was made tonight. ' .
The British government still waj'
without information this evening re
girding the exact date on which
President Wilson will visit London.
The officials, however, are making
tentative arrangements to get him
immediately after Christmas as that
is the time suggested by Mr. Wilson
for coming to this country.
I Xing George ' has canceledthe
arrangements which provided that
he should go to Sarfflringham
palace for Christmas and he will re?
main in London instead to wel
come President Wilson.
There is undisguised confusion
in American centers here as to the
result of the change. in President
Wilson's plans regarding his coming
to London- and the most directly
interested are anxiously awaiting an
official notice of the president's
early coming which was not to be
had up to noon today, v
Travel Plans Unknown.
It was suggested in American cen
ters today that the president might
come to England in a French or
British vessel, although there is
nothing available at the British ad
miralty to show that such plans
are contemplated at present.
All of the American battleships
that were in European waters have
sailed for home but there are
plenty of American destroyers for
the escort of any vessel bearing the
president. . ' "
Maj.-Gen. John Biddle, command
er of the American forces in Eng
land, is still here, but most of the
troops are homeward bound or arc
preparing for the trip. British army
officers, ever since it was announced
that the president was coming to
England, have been expressing the
hope that they would have tha entire
honor of supplying whatever mili
tary forces are required for the pro
tection of the president and for his
guards of honor and for any oc
casion when the presence of troops
might be desired.
Thinks Wilson Means Business.
Manchester, Eng., Dec. 19. In
commenting editorially upon Presi
dent Wilson's visit to London, now
in immediate prospect, the Glardian
today regards it as signifying that
the president means business which
the leisurely arrangements prev
iously contemplated hardly seemed
"It is unnecessary to speculate,"
continues the newspaper, "upon the
precise-causes of this sudden change
of plans, but obviously the circum
stances of th(? moment are not such
as to brook delay. The news from
Ormany shows 'that two things are
essential if order is to be kept and
a stable government maintained
the population must be fed and the
industries started by the returning
soidiers and munition workers
thn wn out of employment and yet
wc hear of nothing effective being
"Mr Hoover has been herc nearly .
a fortnight. He has a vast task to
perform, Has he all the resources
and all the authority he needs? tie
has immense experience and energy; -but
no man can make bricks without
.-traw, and we are not so sure about '
Before he lcjt America, says the
Guardian, Mi. Hoover said' he fav-'
ored raising the blockade, but hii
statement to this effect, it says, was
not allowed to appear in England,
the: opposite impression being con
"Has Mr. Hoover changed hU ,
niirn,- has tu- been overruled, or is
the decision pending?" the news- .
paper inquires. '
'He Guardian believes that Pre
mier Lloyd George desires to act
with President Wilson but that ex
planations and the reaching of a :,
definite agreement are needed. No "
step in advance can be taken until
this is done, it declares.
Wool Embargo Lifted.
Melbourne. Dec. 19. The embar
go on the manufacture of woolen
goods has been removed and civikSi
orders can now be filled.
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