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PUT UP $10,000 LIBERTY
BONDS AS BAIL FOR I. W. W.
Chicago, , April 28. Ten thou
sand dollari worth of Liberty
bonds were placed before Federal
Judge Landis today as part bail (or
three members of the I. W. W.,
who were convicted here last fall
of violating the espionage act. The
Liberty bonds were furnished by
Olga Laukki of Minneapolis as bail
for Leo Laukki. Bond to the
amount of $10,000 also was fur
nished for John Panoner and $1,000
: for Petro Nigro. The three men
now are in the Leavenworth, Kan.,
penitentiary and an order for their
release was sent there today. .
SALES OF FURS AT FIRST DAY
OF AUCTION BRING $1,028,000.
' St. Louis, April 28. The firsUlay
of the spring auction at the Inter
national fur exchange today brought
$1,052,000, approximately 250.000
pelts' having been disposed of. Pre
ceding the sale, the 400 buyers at
tending subscribed for $1,028,000 ot
Ten thousand seal skins, sold for
the - United States government,
brought $700,000. Among the larger
sales were: 264 blue fox. $32,000;
44,000 house cat. $20,000; 75,000 Jap
anese mink, $35,000; 22.000 flying
squirrel. $19,500, and 39,000 white
v CHICAGO FIRMS TO BUILD
12-STORY BLDO. FOR FILMS.
Chicago, April 28. i 12-story
buildii.g, which will offer the last
word in scientific fire-proofing, is
to be constructed here for the par
ticular use of film exchanges.
. There are 38 firms handling mov
ing picture films in" this city, and
there films are particularly in
. flamable, it is said. On May 1,
1920, a city ordinance forbidding
the storage of films in the loop goes
. into effect. The new building is ex-
. pected to be completed by this time
a few blocks' outside the loop.
W.U.MEN OPPOSE STRIKE OF
. Chicago, April 28. E. FMWach,
deputy president of the Association
if Western Union Telegraph em
ploy!s, today issued a statement,
protesting claims of the Commercial
, Telegraphers union that the voting
was 20 to 1, in favor of a strike by
t "The Commercial telegraphers
yunion now consists mainly of brok
er operators and private and leased
wire men and Postal Telegraph
company men," said Mr. Wach s
- "The association of Western
Union employes is an independent
organization composed entirely of
Western Union men. It stands for
arbitration in all disputes. It ob
jects to outside workers and the
Commercial Telegraphers' union
using its members as a catspaw in
an issue in which they are not con
cerned. The Western Union work
ers are solid to a man and say they
will oppose the so called strike of
the 'Commercial Telegraphers'
union.? r - "
NO REASON FOR HIGH
PRICES SAYS DOUGLAS.
St. Louis, April 28. High prices
continue without the "slightest rea
son under the sun," A. W. Douglas
of St. Louis, chief statician of the
Chamber of Commerce of the
United States told the representa
tives of a thousand American trade
organizations in convention here to
night. He added that there had already
been scime decline and declared that
if the law of supply and demand
were given freedom of operation,
the decline would continue until a
normal level was reached.
SENATOR LODGE WILL NOT
TALK ON REVISED LEAGUE.
New York. N. Y.. Aoril 28. Sena-
LVj tor Henry Cabot Lodge of Massa-
cnuseus, who passeu uuuugu ueir
today on his way to Washington,
said he ''was convinced President
Wilson would be compelled to call
an extra, session of congress before
July 1 due to the failure of congress
to pass necessary financial bills at
its last session.
SenatoV Lodge refused to express
an opinion on the revised text of the
league of nations covenant until he
had time to study it in detail.
HINES MAKES PROMISE OF
BETTER RAIL SERVICE.
Denver, April 28. "It is ray pol
icy and purpose to restore railroad
service to the sort of service ren
dered before the war," declared
Walker D. Hines, director general of
the railroad administration, in an
address today at the luncheon of the
Denver Civic and Commercial asso
ciation. "This present government control
of the railroads is purely temporary
in character," he said. "I feel that
the most useful service I can render
is to iry'during this period to get
the railroad service on the best pos
sible footing from the standpoint of
the needs of the public.
He said the report that a 10 per
cent rate increase was in contempla-
tion was without foundation. He
also said reduction of operating cost
would be affected without a reduc
tion in wages for railroad employes.
Mr. Hines and the party of rail
road officials accompanying him left
at 3 o'clock for Topeka, Kan., and
will proceed to Kansas City, St.
Louis and Cincinnati before return
ing to Washington.
BRING NEGRO TO CITY
CHAINED HAND AND FOOT.'
, Frank Coleman, negro, who has
escaped prison four times by his
fleetness, is being held at Central
Station on a warrant charging bur
glary and larceny in Laramie, Wyo.
Sheriff George Treping of Laramie
brought Coleman here from Peoria.
III., where Cdleman was arrested,
and will startfor Laramie with his
prisoner today. Mr. and " Mrs.
Charles Carter and their two chil
dren, a colored family, will also be
taken to Laramie today m connec
tion with the same burglary.
v .When Sheriff Treping brought
him to Omaha last night Coleman
was chained hand and foot. When
arrested at Peoria a squad of of
ficers with shotguns surrounded the
house where Coleman was. He
jumped out of a second-story win-
do and wasturt
VOL. 43. NO 270.
Action of Congress Necessary
to Restore Telephone and
Telegraph Lines; 'Burle
son Makes Statement.
Washington, April 28. The gov
ernment is preparing to relinquish
control next month of American ca
ble lines, and to restore the tele
graph and telephone systems to
private ownership after enactment
by congress of laws necessary to
safeguard the properties. Postmas
ter General Burleson, as directing
head of the wire communication
service taken over as a war meas
ure, announced todaythe had recom
mended to President Wilson that
the cables be turned back forthwith,
probably not later than May 10. An
hour . later the postmaster general
gave out a statement saying he
would recommend that the tele-.
graph and telephone service be re-
turnea to private owners.gniin-.
gent, however, upon financial pro
tection to be obtained from con
No Legislation Necessary.
It was explained by Mr. Burleson
that no legislation was necessary in
the case of the cable company. His
"The postmaster general has rec
ommended to the president that the
government return the cable lines
to their respective owners. This
action is made possible by the? fact
that the congestion resulting from
war conditions has largely passed.
The enemy commercial blacklist has
been abolished and the tremendous
volume of government cable mes
sages from and to' the war trade
board have , ceased. The bar to
commercial code messages has been
removed, thus materially lessening
the cable loads. The use of the
cables in connection with the peace
conference have been greatly dimin
ished. "The postmaster general hopes
that the return of the cables may
be effective not later than May 10.
Solution to Congress.
In the matter of land service,
however, the solution of the prob
lem will be put squarely up to con
gress. Coming so soon after the
recommendation in his annual re
port that the telephone and tele
graph lines become government
owned at the conclusion of peace,
the postmaster general's statement
created unusual interest. The state
"The postmaster general will
recommend that the telegraph and
telephone lines be reverted to their
respective owners as soon as legis
lation can be secured from con
gress safeguarding the interests of
the owners in every way that it is
possible to safeguard them.
"The information of the post
master general as to the condition
of the wire xompanies convinces
him that it is imperative that such
legislative action must be had be
fore the various telephone and tele
graph lines are returned.
"This is not true as to the cable
lines, which are in a condition to
be returned at once."-
Postoffice department officials ex
pressed the belief that few of the
companies could weather the finan
cial storm if the properties were
turned back without remedial legis
lation. Some officials said that while
the properties must be returned in
the same physical condition in
which they were taken over, to do
this now, without added revenue to
meet wage demands and increased
cost of operation would wreck the
entire industry. x
Will Press Matter.
Officials responsible for the man
agement of the properties under
government control declined to sug
gest exactly what sort of legislation
would be necessary. Republicans in
congress have made no secret of
their intention at the forthcoming
extra session to press for the im
mediate, return of the service to pri
Change Plans fflr Reception
of 168th Iowa Troops
Des Moines, la., April 28. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Dispatches re
ceived, here today from New York
indicate that the 168th regiment
will not leave Camp Upton until
Friday. -This - will require that all
reception plans, will . be deferred
until definite word Is received as
to when the trains will arrive in
Convention Is Postponed.
Chicago, 111., April - 28. Post
ponement of the national conven
tion of the I. W. W. to May 3
when, it is believed, William D.
Haywood, national secretary, can
be here, was announced today.
Haywood's bond was signed last
week and he expected to be re
leased from prison at Leavenworth
ijfla ew (lays,
FASCINATING! GRIPPING!: ADELE GARRISON'S LOVE SERIAL, REVELATIONS OF A WIFE."
The Omaha; Daily
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Omaha P. 0. art e Hint S, 1873.
Mrs. C. L Hempel Made
Head of Woman's Club
From ' Vice President
Vlrs C Lttempei
Mrs. C. L. Hempel is the new
president of the Omaha Woman's
club, coming into office by virtue
of her election- to the vice presi
dency two weeks ago, at which time
Mrs. E. M. Syfert was made presi
dent. Mrs. Syfert declined to ac
cept the office and the club at its
annual meeting, Monday April 28,
formally declared Mrs. Hempel
president. Mrs. Edwin S. Jewell
becomes first vice president, leav
ing the office of second vice presi
dent to be filled by the executive
Mrs. Hempel has been a member
of the Omaha Woman's club since
Woman Drinks Poison
After Phoning Husband;
Her Condition Critical
Mrs. Marie Koppe, 29 years old,
drank a large quantity of poison at
4 o'clock Monday afternoon, reeled
into the entry way of the House of
Menagh, 1613 Farnam street, gasp
ing, "He lied to me" and fell in a
faint on the threshold. Het con
dition is critical. '
Herman Hoppe, an expressman,
pushed through the crowd that
gathered, explaining that he was her
husband, picked her up in his arms
and after placing her in his de
livery automobile took her to Lord
Hoppe says he knows of no rea
son for his wife's act. The Hoppes
moved Monday morning from 2234
Farnam street to 514 South Twen
"At 11 o'clock we were all
through moving and I went to work
at the express company," Hoppe
told thff-police. "About 4 o'clock
my wife telephoned me and asked
me 'Can you come and get me; I'm
going to take poison. I'm In a drug
store at Seventeenth and Farnam
streets.' I hurried there in my
truck and took her to the hos
pital." Mrs. Hoppe has a 9-year-old son
by a former husband, Ellingsworth
Hoppe. The Hoppes , have been
married a little more than a year.
Ellingsworth Hoppe is on a farm
in Iowa. k
Wayne Lawyer Held
for Trying to Follow
Woman Into Her Home
James Britton, Wayne, Neb.,
lawyer, was arrested in the home
of J. E. Terry, 5012 California
street, shortly before midnight last
night after he had broken the glass
in the front door of the Terry
Miss Florence Jeulis, who lives
with the Terrys, told police that
she and Britton came home in a
taxicab about 11 o'clock. Britton,
she says, started to follow her into
her home. When she refused to
permit it, he drew a .32-caliber re
volver and asked her to shoot him.
She seized the gun and ran into the
Marion Nash, 115 South Twenty
fifth street, who was visiting in the
Terry home at the time, called the
fire department. Neighbors hearing
the two 'girls screaming called the
police. Britton was held for inves
tigation. Prisoners to Be Released
After Treaty Is Signed
Paris, April 28. The council of
five at its meetings Saturday, La
Liberte, gays it is agreed that the
German, war prisoners shall be lib
erated after the signing of the peace
treaty. The1 .newspaper says that
the details concerning the future
status of the Kiel canal have not
yet been settled, but that an agree
ment has been reached on the prin
ciple of internationalization.
San Salvador Is Shaken v
by Severe Earthquake
San Francisco. Aorit '28. Ase
vere earthquake has shaken San
Salvador, Central America; accord
ing to cablegrams received here
from the capital" of that country.
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OMAHA, TUESDAY, APRIL 29, , 19 19.
Women Take Flights With
Plane Pilots WhD Soar Over
City Performing Feats
in the Air.
Omaha has seven new aerial joy
riders who soard through " the
clouds yesterday with the Flying
Circus No. 2 of army aviators in
Curtiss H machines. " . '
These intrepid Omahans are F. W,
Judson, I. F. Folda, state secretary
of the Victory Loan; Samuel Burns,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Selby, Grace
Allison and Mrs. Anderson Long of
the Red Cross Woman's Motor
The flights of these civilians were
incidental to the big show which was
given in the cjouds by a detachment
of the world's greatest aviation tal
ent, for the promotion of interest
in the Victory Loan campaign.
The new Ak-Sar-Ben field at Sixty-second
and Center streets was
transformed into a busy scene
yesterday morning when mechani
cians and pilots began getting their
Curtiss H's, French Spads, British
SE-5's and Gerrhan Fokkers into ac
tion. Nine railroad baggage cars
were parked on a sidetrack about
half a mile away and the planes were
hauled to the field on large platform
Judson First to Fly.
Every vantage point around the
field was occupied by pedestrisrns
and automobiles. Military police
handled the traffic situation.
Much interest was aroused by the
announcement that several promi
nent local men nd women would
receive their aerial baptism. . Lieut.
H. C. Roberts was the first pilot to
take the air with a Curtiss H. He
reported that the clouds were at a
I, 500-foot level, which prevented
some of the thrillers he would like
to have performed.
F. W. Judson, prominent Omaha
business and society man, was the
first civilian applicant for a flight.
He signed the necessary document,
giving directions where to send his
body, and then donned his aerial
clothes. He got away with Lieut.
J. J. Wagner at 10:30 and was gone
about 20 minutes. Samuel Burns bid
him a tender farewell. Pilot Wag
ner, looped the loop four cimes with
Mr. Judson and then finished UP
with a tail spin which seemed to
bring the plane to about 100 feet
from the ground.
When Mr. Judson stepped out of
the machine he tried to appear like"
a regular ace, but he was a trifle
"When I was up there," he said,
"I thought I could see all the cem
eteries in Omaha. I know I counted
four. I did not mind the loops, but
that tail spin say, boy, did you
ever take a tail spin in an aero
plane?" "Say, Frank, I've got something
in a bottle over there in my car,"
sai3 a sympathetic -friend
Mr. Judson regained his aplomb
and then walked around the field.
E. F. Folda was the next man to
take a flyer with Pilot Roberts. He
(Continued on Page Four, Column One.)
Swiss Mediator May
Be Asked to Settle
Geneva, April 28. Gustav Ado,
president of the Swiss federation,
has received an urgent summons
to the peace conference in. Paris
and left for Paris Sunday night.
The newspapers here state that he
has been invited by the allies to
act as arbitrator in the question
of the Adriatic.
Omaha Speed Demon Held to
County Insanity Board
Antone Nemic. Omaha's sensa
tional demon, wiil not have a chance
to drive an automobile again. Iowa
authorities released him yesterday
afternoon and permitted his friends
to take him to Omaha for the pur
pose of having him brought before
the Douglas County Insanity com
mission. Urged to explain the motive for
his wild ride through the Council
Bluffs and seizure of a Rock Island
locomotive, he uttered a few words,
spaced by intervals of a minute or
more.saying he had to hurry to
Washington to enter the navy and
expected to drive his car there in a
few hours. His purpose, he added,
when he boarded the locomotive
was to back the train off the street
crossing it was blocking, but when
he got on the engine he concluded
to run the train to San Francisco
and enter the navy there.
Dies Suddenly in Frisco.
San Francisco, Calif.. April 28.
lames Kennedy Lynch, governor of
the U. S. Twelfth Federal Reserve
bank in this city, died early today
at his office in Alameda, near here, between the VlflV".
from an attack pf heart disease ..men,
EX-KAISER TO BE
TRIED BY COURT
OF FIVE JUDGES
Associated Governments .Will
Request Holland to Give Up
Washington, April 28. Although
the peace conference today failed
to take up the question of respon
sibility for the war officials here
were unanimous tonight in the be
lief that the peace treaty asdeliv
ered to the German plenipotentiar
ies will call for the trial of William
Hohenzollern, former emperor of
Germany, before a court of the as
Trial of the former emperor, for
"a supreme offense against inter
national morality and the sanctity
of the treaties" the state depart
ment announced today had been in
cluded in the recommendations of
the peace conference commission
on responsibility. These questions
are embodied in four articles which
were made public before the state
department without comment and
which the commission proposes to
insert in the final treaty.
. Court of Five.
The articles specify that the for
mer emperor is not to be tried "for
an offense against criminal law"
and that the international court
shall be composed of five judges ap
pointed by Great Britain, United
States, Japan, Ijaly and Fra"nce. It
is further provided that the asso
ciated governments shall request
Holland to deliver up the former
The commission's recommenda
tions also provide that all persons
accused of acts in violation of the
international rules of warfare shall
be ' brought before international
Some officials today said this pro
vision would bring before the as
sociated governments other mem
bers of the house of Hohenzollern
and sucj other leaders of extreme
German militarism and cruelty as
General von Bissing, military gov
ernor of Belgium, and Admiral von
Tirpitz, who conceiyed and advo
cated the submarine campaign.
Radicals Planned "to
Get" Seattle Mayor;
Find Bomb in Mail Sack
Seattle, April 28. Knowledge of
the existence of an alleged plot
among persons of suspected anar
chistic tendencies "to get" Mayor
Ole Hanson, before he left on his
Victory loan speaking tour, was
admitted tonight by Police Inspec
tor Claude G. Bannick. The inspec
tor's statement followed the re
ceipt today of a broken bomb in the
mayor's mail. Inspector Bannick
said his information concerning the
alleged plot came from police sourc
es among the so-called radical ele
ment. The bomb, it was said, was only
prevented from exploding because
the mayor's acting secretary turned
it upside down, spilling out an acid.
Had the acid dropped onto a sub
stance below it in the bottle-like
bomb, a terrific explosion would
have followed. The bomb was
turned over to postal authorities.
It was postmarked New York, and
a return address given on the pack
age read "Novelty department, Gim
bel Brothers, New York City."
Central City Girl,
to Be Sent Overseas
MUs Georgiana Sterrett, Central
City,' will be the first Nebraska girl
to go overseas to do "War Victory"
work in . Europe. She goes as the
accredited representative of the Ne
braska Federation of v Women's
clubs, the appointment having been
made by Mrs. J. N. Paul, St. Paul,
head of the federation
In urop Miss Ster ett will work'
in the "Furlough House," but where
is not known. She expects to sail
from York early next month.
Oklahoma Leading in Loan
Drive; Nebraska Is Second
Kansas City, Mo., April 28. Ok
lahoma maintained its lead today in
Liberty loan subscriptions in the
tenth reserve district. The returns
from that state show subscriptions
totalling $12,312,350. The district
has subscribed $46,298,050. Other
returns are: Nebraska, $5,651,850;
Colorado, $4,753,250; Wyoming,
$576,800; New Mexico, $270.950.
Chicago Bakers' Strike Is
Extended to Delivery Men
Chicago, April 28. The strike of
the bakers in Chicago today was ex
tended to delivery wagon drivers.
F. E. Feick. of the federal depart
ment of labor, on instructions from
Washington, arrange to offer his
i services to compose the difference
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President Explains Draft of -Covenant
American Executive Calls Attention to Hopes Enter
tained as to Effect of New League Upon Steadying
Affairs of the World, Only few Instances Where
Less Than Majority of All Members Required.
Paris, April 28. (By Associated
Press.) Following is the text of
President Wilson's speech before
the plenary session of the peace con
ference today: '
"Mr. President: When the text of
the covenant of, the league of na
tions was last laid before you, I had
the honor of reading the covenant.
I will not detain you today to read
the covenant as it has now been
altered, but will merely take the lib
erty of explaining to you some of'
the alterations that have been made.
"The -report of the commission
has been circulated. You yourselves
have in hand the text of the cove
nant, and will no dou&t have no
ticed that most of the changes that
have been made are mere changes of
phraseology not changes of sub
stance, and that, besides that, most
of the changes are intended to clar
ify the document, or, rather, to make
explicit what we all have assumed,
was implicit in the document as it
was originally presented to you. But
I shall take-the liberty of calling
your attention to the new features,
such as they are. Some of them are
considerable; the rest trivial.
(Here the president summarized
the changes made in the covenant of
the league of nations, already offi
cially announced and published).
Drummond For Secretary.
"Mr. President: I take the ' op
portunity to move the following
resolutions in order to carry out
the provisions of the covenant You
will notice that the covenant pro
vides that the first secretary gen
eral shall be chosen by this confer
ence. It also provides that the first
choke of the four members states
who are to be added to the. five
great powers on the council is left
to this conference.
"I move, therefore, that the first
secretary general of the council
shall be the honorable Sir James
Eric Drummond, and second that
until such time as the assembly
shall have selected the first four
members of the league to be repre
sented on the council in accordance
with article four of the covenant,
representatives of Belgium, Brazil,
Greece and Spain shall be members;
and, third, that the powers to be
represented on the council of the
league of nations are requested to
r.ame representatives who shall
form a committee, of nine to prepare
clans for the organization of the
league and for the establishment of
the seat ot the league ana to mane
arrangements and to prepare the
Agenda for the iirst meeting of the
assembly, this committee to report
both to the council and to the as
sembly of the league.
w To Steady Affairs.
' I think it not necessary to call
y6ur attention to other matters we
have previously discussed the cap-
tat significance of this covenant;
(Continued on Faca Four, Column Seven.)
in League of Nations
Outlined by Wilson
President Wilson in his speech at
Paris mentioned the following
changes in the revised covenant.
Article 1,' paragraph 1: Provides
for , the method by which a neu-.
tral state may accede to the cov
enant. , .
Article 1, paragraph 3: Pro
vides for the withdrawal of any
member of league of a notice giv-1
en for two years.
Article 4, paragraph 2: Pro
vides for increase in the counci
should ofher powers be added to
Atraicle 2, two last paragraphs:
Provides specifically for one vote
for each member of league in
councit, and for one representa
tive of each member of league.
Article 5, paragraph 1: Incor
porates provision as to unanimity
Article 6; paragraph 2: Pro
vides that a majority of tfhe as
sembly must approve the appoint
ment of secretary general.
Article 7, paragraph 1 : Naples
Geneva as the seat of the league,
but gives council power to change
seat should it be deemed neces
sary. Article 7, paragraph 3: j Estab
lished equality of employment of
men and women by the league.
Article 13, paragraph 2: Under
takes to give instances of disputes
which are generally suitable for
submission to arbitration.
Article IS, paragraph 8. Where
the council finds a question aris-,
ing under the domestic jurisdic
tion of one or other of parties it
shall report to that effect and
make no recommendations.
Article 16, last paragraph: Pro
vides for an expulsion fromthe
league in certain extraordinary
Article 22, paragraph 2: Inserts
words with regard to mandator
ies, "and who are willing to ac
cept' it", tliis introducing the
principle that mandate cannot be
forced upon a nation.
Article 23: Provides clauses
providing for the just treatment
of aborigines, the prevention of
white slave traffic and traffic in
opium, and 'a clause looking to
ward progress in international
prevention and control of disease.
Article 25: Mentions the Red
Cross as one of the international
organizations which re to con
nect their work with that of the
Article 26: Permits amendment
of covenant by majority of the
states composing the assembly.
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Peace Conference, Paves Way
for Unanimous Acceptance
of league of Nations;
, Drummond, Secretary.:-
Paris, April 28. (By The Associ
ated Press) The covenant of the
league of nations in revised form,,
moved by President Wilson, was
adopted today by the peace confer
ence in plenary session without a
dissenting vote. .
The - president's motion also
named Sir James Eric Drummond
as secretary ceneral or the leatriie
and provided for a committee to in
augurate the league.
Thus one of the notable works
of the conference passes its final
stage and is incorporated i in the
peace treaty. V
The French and Japanese amend
ments after a brief discussion were
not pressed and the way was thus
cleared for unanimous acceptance
of the league.
Italy was not represented at the
session, but the name of Italy ap
pears as one of the members of the
league - in the covenant as finally
adopted. Nine labor principles
were adopted for insertion in the
""' Report to Council.
The session adjourned without
considering the report on Yesponsi
bilities providing for the trial of the
former German emperor by five
judges from the great powers. This
report was handed in by the coun-"
cil of four and embodies in the
peace treaty a provision for the for
mer emperor's prosecution. This,
however, has not as yet been adppt- -ed
by . the plenary conference.
The session opened at 3 o'clock
this afternoon in the French for
eign office under circumstances of
unusual interest because of the fact
that it was to have been one of the
last sessions before the German del
egates at Versailles; that final ac
tion was to be taken on 'some of'
the main features of the peace
treaty, notably the league of na
tions, responsible for the war and
the tAal of the former German em
peror and others, and because im
portant labor clauses were to be
inserted in the treaty.
Wilson Explains Changes.
President Wilson was recognized
at the outset for a detailed explana
tion of the new covenant of the
league. His speech was without
oratorial effect and confirmed the
explanation of the texuat changes,
and named Belgium, Brazil, Greece
and Spain on the league council and
also on the committee to prepare
plans for the first meeting of the-
Baron Makino, head of the Jap
anese delegation, in a brief speech,
called 'renewed attention to the
Japanese amendment on racial
eaualitv. He said that the . rr
f question was a standing grievance.
which might become a dangerous
issue at any time and announced
that in effort would be made to
have the principle of racial equality
adopted as part of the document
Paul Hymans, representing Bel
gium, expressed the regret of the
Belgian people at the selection of
Geneva as the seat of the league
of nations, while approving the
high aims of the league. ,
The Uruguayan delegate . an
nounced the adhession of his coun-'
try to the league.
Leon Bourgeois, for France, re
newed two amendments tending to
give France additional security. One
provided for the creation of a com
mittee to ascertain and exchange
military and naval programs, infor- ,
m .on regarding armaments and
similar matters. The other provided
(Continued on Pare Four, Column Six.)
No Credence Given to
Report That Rage Has
Rome. April 28.-Thomas Nelson
Page, the American ambassador to
Italy, has left Rome for Paris.
Paris.-'April 28. No credence is
given at the "White House," to the
statement that Thomas Nelson
1'age, the American ambassador t
Italy is coming to Paris, on ae
cou..t of differences with the presi
dent over the Fiume question. It is
declared that nothing it known, ai
any such difference,
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