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'The Omaha Daily Bee
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VOL. 49 NO. 11.
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OMAHA, TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1919.
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MUCH DECORATED U. S.
WOMAN HAS RETURNED.
New York, June 30. Eve Ham
mond of San Francisco, one of the
most decorated of American women
war workers, returned on the Lor
raine. She wears the Croix de
Guerre, Legion of Honor and Sau
vetage medals, and the ribbon of
the battle of the Marne. She was
t Carrel of the Rockefeller Institute,
and went abroad four years agcr with
the first Harvard unit.
Catherine Porter, Washington,
and Marjorrie Allen, Orange, N. J.,
both decorated, also were aboard.
"BIO BERTHAS" HOME
SOLD TO AMERICANS.
" Loadon, June 30. The Krupp
works at Munich have been sold to
Americans, according to dispatches
irom JHUnicn quilling ucnsaycn
e there. It is added several industrial
Aiconcerns in the Bavarian capital
plilso have passed into American
da HEREABOUTS OF LILLIAN
shock JSEL'S DAUGHTER ASKED.
The d.w York, June 30. (By Univer
noweService.) "Information wanted
was .nf erniiiK the whereabouts of Miss
a&.e "fothy Russell, daughter of Lillian
fftiellLM. K." I
Mnrpfn advertisement appearing in
"personal column of a New York
er this morning was tne cause
much speculation among tnends
Miss Russell and her mother,
"who is now the wife of Alexander
MP. Moore of Pittsburgh. Interest
in the mysterious advertisement was
intensified by the fact that it was
followed by an announcement from
Lillian Russell that her daughter
' was with her in Pittsburgh and was
employed on her stepfather's news
paper in that city.
Dorothy Russell has frequently
figured in the newspapers. Until a
few years ago she was in vaudeville,
but of late has not been seen on the
OPERATIC PAIR TAKE
ANOTHER MARITAL FLIER.
New York, June 30. (By Univer
sal Service.) Another operatic ro
mance, culminated in the marriage
of Edith Mason, soprano with the
Metropolitan Opra company, and
Giorgio Polacco, conductor of Ital
ian opera at the Metropolitan. The
marriage took place in New Jersey
and the honeymoon will be spent at
the home of the bride's mother in
- Mrs. Polacco has been divorced
twice and her new husband once.
She is an American. Polacco is a
native of Italy. He recently con
ducted the Chicago Opera company
in New York.
FORETOLD BY ISIAH.
New York, Jone 30. (By Univer
sal Service.) Isiah, the propeht,
may have had some jnkling several
thousand years ago of the thirst that
prohibition would raise in the land.
Attention was called today to the
prophet's words as found in Isiah
24th chapter, 11th and 12th verses,
which read as follows:
"There is a crying for wine in the
streets; all joy is darkened, the
mirth of the land is gone. In the
city is left desolation and the gate
is smitten by destruction."
"MUZZLED THEY MAY BE,
BUT CURED NEVER."
Paris, June 30. Amid the chorus
ot triumphant joy m tne rrencn
jVnress over the signing of the peace
J luVeaty, the only frankly censorious
I mOte xs t,at of Mrcel Cachin, the
socialist leaaer. w ruing in nu
uanite he said:
XThe oeooles were absent from
the ostentatious ceremony in the
hall o mirrors. The signatures are
not tnpse of their representatives.
They, iwe no part in this treaty.
It is nothus that they undersand
the futurcltpf civilization of human
ity. Otherradical journals like Le
Radical, Le iRappel and Libreparole
r do not disguffc their uneasiness over
what Ihey cafthe menace of Teu
. "Muztled theywiay be, but cured
never, says Le Radical.
- Paris, June 30. The signing of
the peace treaty was celebrated with
enthusiasm in Paris Saturday. The
French soldiers, who for nearly five
years withstood some of the strong-'
est onslaughts of the Germans, were
the center of the crowd . of cele
brants on the principal boulevards.
Marching columns of troops drew
,wild cheers from the throngs in the
streets and the soldiers were pelted
with flowers and blue confetti
whereever they appeared. Large
crowds were massed In front of the
Hotel De Crillom the American
headquarters, and salutes of cheers
for America were given.
The- Strassbourg statue had an
American flag at its apex, thus
typifying the efforts of American
soldiers on the fighting front in Al-sace-Lorraine.
Except for the inevitable lack of
spontaneity, the celebration was a
duplicate of that the night the ar
, mistice was signed.
They were many American sol
diers in the throng drawn to Paris
by the inter-allied games. The re
frain of "Hail, hail, the gang's all
here," was heard almost as frequent
ly as that of the Marseillaise. Rep
resentatives of the British domin
ions also took a prominent part in
Peace was celebrated throughout
. ; France with the utmost enthusiasm.
At Marseilles, Toulon and Cher
bourg as well as Kther seaports,
warships were dressed in flags, sa
lutes were fired, church bells were
rung, and there were illuminations
and torchlight processions.
GERMANS TO CELEBRATE
A DAY OF MOURNING.
Berlin, June 30. (By the Associ-
ated Press.)The Evangelical
churches of Germany will celebrate
Sunday, July 6, as a day of mourn
' ing. It will he requested that quiet
prevail and that, Germany make an
earnest effort to recuperate by con
sent work, C
U. S. MARINES;
Disorders Begun When Naval
Officer, Drunk, Tramples on
Tricolor; More Than Hundred
Persons Injured in Brawl.
TWO BREST CIVILIANS
KILLED IN FRACAS
American Who Is Blamed for
Starting Row Attacked,
Kicked and Beaten Into In
sensibility by the Gauls.
Brest, June 30. Two Frenchcivil
ians were killed and five American
soldiers and sailors were injured se
verely, and more than 100 wounded
in riots here last night. Two of
the American soldiers are expected
The casualties occurred as a result
of 'the exchange of shots between
American military and naval police
and French sailors.
The trouble began, according to
available accounts, when an Ameri
can naval officer, who is said to have
been drinking heavily, tore down a
French flag and trampled on it. A
crowd of Frenchmen attacked the
officer, and it is said, kicked and beat
him until he was unconscious.
Americans who passed by and who
were not aware of the cause of the
fight, went to the aid of the .naval
officer. The fight then became gen
eral. A mob of French civilians and sol
diers and sailors attempted to rush
the Hotel Moderne where American
officers were quartered. They
burned a sentry bok and threw
stones at Americans in uniform
wherever they found them. The
Americans, it is said, retaliated,
A company of marines with fixed
bayonets was hurried to the scene
and the Americans soon restored
order. Admiral Henri Salaun, the
French naval commander a Brest,
ordered the marines to return to1
their barracks. As the marines
marched back to their quarters, it is
declared, they were pursued by a
mob throwing stones and hricks.
The city is quiet today.
Charge British With
Bombardment of Irish
Towns From Airplane
i Paris, June 30. (By the Associat
ed Press). Irish-American dele
gates, here in the interest of the
Irish independence movement, sent
a new note to Premier Clemenceau
in which they charged the British
with bombarding Irish towns from
airplanes as "wantonly murdering
women and children." They said
also the British are issuing frequent
orders of banishment.
They asked the appointment of a
special investigating commission.
Number of Bills Signed
by President at Sea
Washington, June 30. President
Wilson signed the railroad appro
priation bill, the Indian bill, some
minor measures and other docu
ments which needed signature to be
come law before July 1, in mid
ocean at 8 a. m., Greenwich time, to
day. It was the firs time that a chief
executive of the United States had
affixed his signature to appropriation
bills at sea or, indeed, away from
continental United States.
A pouch containing the bills was
dispatched on the eastboundv trans
port Great Northern, from New
York on June 24. This morning the
Great Northern met the George
Washington, bearing the president
homeward. The important papers
were sent on the president's ship,
signed, and a wireless was sent to
the White House announcing that
bills had become law.
Technically, the president was, on
American territory when he signed
Fiance Falls Over
Precipice at Picnic
Denver, Colo., June 30. While
his fiancee, Miss Mildred Rowan,
with a number of friends, was cele
brating her approaching marriage
during a picnic party in the Turkey
Creek canon near here Frank Smith,
27 years old, of Denver, left the par
ty and fell over a precipice. He
died from his injuries shortly after
being found by his friends. Miss
Rowan and Smith were to have been
Yank Aviator Killed When
Plane Falls Near Coblenz
Coblenz, Tune 30. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) Capt Walter Schulti
of Chicago, 111., a member of the
138th aero squadron, was killed Sat
urday evening when an airplane in
which he was distributing an extra
edition of the Amaroc News, the
soldiers - daily newspapers, an
nouncing the details of the signing
of the treaty of peace, fell near
Montabaur, headquarters of the
.division. ' .
Runyon Says Heavyweight
Fight Like David-Goliah
Scrap; Picks Dempsey to Win
Calculates That in His Opinion Dempsey Ought to Win
Because He Is 11 Years Younger Than Willard,
Is Faster, in Better Condition, and Hits Harder
Than Champion Willard Bets Hard to Find.
By DAMON RUNYON.
I'nlTersal Service Staff Correspondent.
Toledo, O., June 30. This is a
once a prophesy and a confession.
I predict that Jack Dempsey is oing
to knock Jess Willard for the pro
verbial nine of hat racks on July 4.
But, gentle reader, I confess that
I am unablft to guarantee it, ,
I don't really know that Mr.
Dempsey-is going to do as I pre
dict and that's a fact. He tells me
he will and the truth seems fairly to
beam in his large-like orbs.
Then Mr. Willard, without giving
the lie direct to Mr. Dempsey, you
understand, but making the state
ment most emphatically, tells me Mr.
Dempsey will not do anything of the
sort, and I scarcely know which one
of them to believe. They both talk
like honest men.
Could "Clean" Town.
But I can say this much to you,
G. R.: If I were dead sure of my
prediction turning out as pre'lictcd,
I'd go away from this town of To
ledo, Ohio, with enough niorey to
make Jake Ruppert and a. lot of
other millionaires sick with envy.
Whereas, in truth, and in fact, I'll
probably depart with just sufficient
dough to oay ,my taxicab fart from
the Hotel Secor to the depot, which
will be $18 under the present rate
of Toledo taxi fares.
In short, I'm guessing, the same
as you, and I'm net cocksure of my
guess. And if any one eie in these
parts is basing a prediction as to the
result of the big smear on more than
a guess, he's a better man than I am,
Counts Dempsey's Years.
I take Dempsey to win because
he is 11 years younger than Willard
on ,Willard's own s:atement of his
B0LSHEVIKI KILL 1
18 AMERICANS IN
Officer and Eight Men Also
Severely Injured in the
-Washington, June 30. Eighteen
American soldiers were killed, one
officer and eight men severely
wounded in an engagement with
anti-Kolchak -forces near Roman
ovka on June 25.
Major General Graves, command
ing the American expedition in Si
beria, informed the War department
today that the engagement followed
an attack by the bolsheviki on rail
Apparently company A of the 31st
infantry was the only unit engaged.
Second Lieutenant awrence Don
ald Butler was reported severely
The official cablegram consisted
of, only the single line, "Anti-Kolchak
forces attacked railroad guards
at Romanovka, Suchan branch, 5
a. m., June 25th, and then gave the
"Killed: Company A, 31st infan
try: Sergeant Henry P. Casey, Cor
porals Thomas B. Mason and Her
bert Toll; Privates Brook Lee,
George Love, James R. Love, Cecil
T. Parson, William Roberts, Albert
Simpson, Dart H. Balch, Walter H.
Cole, Wesley Davis, Dave William
Ivie, John Montoya Lopez, Walter
Edward Roberts and Frank Schwab.
"Died of wounds: Corporal Louis
Carter, Private Louis A. Schlichter.
"Severely wounded: Corporal Va
leryan J. Brodnicki, Cook Louis K.
Boneau, Privates Edgar Cureton,
Aloysiuk Lukenitsch, Roy Ray
Reader, Walter J. Reano and Stlw
Defensive Pact of France
and U. S. Announced
Paris, June 30. (Havas.) The
first public announcement of text of
the defensive pact between France,
Great Britain and the United States
will be made in the Chamber of
Deputies the Echo de Paris says.
The document, according to the
newspaper, contains clauses intend
ed o justify it before British and
American public opinion.
Don't Forget Best Sport Writers at Toledo
for Big Battle July 4 Are Writing for The Bee
Runyon, Menke, Dorgan (Tad) and Kid Graves, the latter Sport
ing Editor of The Bee, are all at the big show in Toledo to give sport
fans the very best that money can buy on the championship figlit
July 4. Can you beat them? You can not. They are the first and
last thing in sports. - Runyon without doubt is the greatest writer of
sports in the world; Menke has made sport history for many years;
.Tad Dorgan is in a class all alone when it comes to sport cartoons,
and Graves, besides being a writer of ability, is former champion wel
terweight of the world. He knows the game and knows how it feels
to win and to Jose. He has promised to pick a winner before July 4.
Watch for his "selection. In the meantime, keep up to date on the very
latest from Toledo by reading what these great writers have to say
between now and the fight that may make a new champion heavy
weight. And don't forget you will get the fight returns round by round
in front of Bee building the afternoon of July 4.
age ?nd 13 ycari yemnger on my
reckoning of it because he is faster,
because he h m better .mdition as
1 see it, because he is a harder hit
ter and because the old law of the
game runs against the Pottawato
I figure that last about as im
portant as anything else. A cham
pion lives his little day, and then
along comes some young squirt and
knocks him loose from his title. It
has always been so, and will always
be so. I believe that Willard has
lived his day. He is due. It is the
law of the game.
Of course, a lot of the old pre
cedents have been upset lately
what with a president of the United
States going abroad and prohibition
coming on, and maybe Jess will up
set another. It would be just like
the Kansan to do something to
make a well regulated prophet look
I have referred to this matter of
condition. I do not claim to be a
judge of condition down to the fine
ness of hair on a gna's back.
I cannot tell just by looking at a
man and watching him tussle
around with a bunch of sparrints
partners what he can do in a bear
fight. I gaze at him and he either
looks good to me or he looks bum
to me, and yet I cannot really be
specific and tell you why he looks
either way to me.
Prefers Dempsey's Looks.
I say Dempsey looks good to me,
and I also say Willard doesn't look
good to me, still talking about con
dition, but I can show you a whole
slew of gents in the lobby of the
Hotel Secor whose view is just the
reverse. They think I am cock
eyed. A profound study of the proposi;
(Continued. f-e Three. Column Two.)
BOOST PRICES OF
ALL KINDS OF WORK
Shaves 25 Cents and Haircuts
50 Cents In Proposed New
Schedule Beginning July 1 5.
Omaha barbers will meet at the
Labor temple next Monday night to
consider raising prices. The pro
pose? schedule will increase the
price of shaving from 20 cents to 25
cents and hair cuts from 35 to 50
Shampoos and massages are ex
pected to be increased in price at
the same time. Omaha barbers are
unable to say when the new prices
will go into effect, but it is ex
pected that July 15 will be the date
If the increase is agreed upon by
the barbers, it will make a 100 per
cent advance in the price of hair
cutting since before the war. Shav
ing will have been increased 150
per cent in the same length of time.
Prices on hair tonics and other
"extras" is not uniform in the vari
ous' shops at the present time and
it is planned to establish a price
that will be adhered to by all of the
Townley Trial Resumed
After Short Recess
Jackson, Minn., June 30. The
trial of A. C Townley, president of
the national Nonpartisan league,
and Joseph Gilbert, organizer of the
league, was resumed here late this
afternoon with Sheriff O. C. Lee of
Jackson county on the witness
stand. Townley and Gilbert are
charged with conspiracy to teach
Evacuation of Petrograd
Is Progressing Hastily
Helsingfors, June 30. The evacu
ation of Petrograd by the bolsheviki
is progressinghastily, according to
recent decrees of the bolshevik gov
ernment received here. War Minis
ter Trotzky has ordered that the
fortress of Kronstadt be blown up
and that the bridges and railway sta
tions in Petrograd be destroyed be
fore the last troops withdraw.
Kansas City to Entertain
Large Crowds, Business
Maintaining Brisk Pace Dur
ing Last Night of Saloons.
ST. LOUIS WITNESSES
San Francisco's Three-Night
Orgy Concludes at Midnight;
Famous New Orleans Bars
Close Forever at 12 0'Clock.
Kansas City, Mo., June 30. After
an hilarious Saturday and Saturday
night, followed by a painful and
meditative Sunday, Kansas City
"wet 'enthusiasts and those from
the southwest, assembled here to
day to observe the last day of sa
loons. Business, both over the bar and
in package goods, maintained a
brisk pace this morning. Practical
ly all of the tables in downtown, ho
tels have been reserved for the past
fortnight and scenes resembling
those of New Year's eve took place
tonight. Saloonists built extensions
to their bars and employed extra
attendants in anticipation of a
goodly rush of the thirsty during
the last hours before prohibition
St. Louis Going Well.
St. Louis. June 30. With reserva
tions at cafes, clubs and saloons in
dicating the greatest celebration in
the long history of wet St. Louis,
war-time prohibition became ef
fective here at midnight tonight.
However, if plans of saloon keep
ers affiliated with the St. Louis Re
tail Liquor Dealers' association are
carried out, it still wilt be possiUk to
obtain drinks of all kinds after the
nation-wide ba't Takes effect.
Hundreds of saloon owners, who
are members of the association, have
announced th;;r intention to disre
gard war-time prohibition in an ef
fort to test its enforcement, in the
event the salons remain open the
a,-sociation nas announced tliKt it
will fi?ht a teaf case in the federal
courts to df.fcnniiic whether offi
cials have the means to carry out
the provisions of the act.
Ends Celebration Midnight.
San Francisco, June . 30. San
Francisco ended its three-night
celebration of the coming of the
war-time prohibition tonight with
the hotels and restaurants crowded.
Reservations, according to hotels
and restaurants, indicate even a
greater business than Saturday
Retail liquor stores prepared to
remain open until midnight. Con
fidence of liquor dealers that the ban
soon will be lifted is shown at the
tax collector's office, where a ma
jority of those holding licenses haye
paid their fees for the coming
In hotels and cafes no liquor was
sold after midnight, but pur
chases' before that hour may be con
sumed. 1 Dancing will be permitted
New Orleans Bars To Close.
New- Orleans, La.. June 30.
Some of the oldest and most famous
bars in America, where special re
cipes for mixed drinks have been
in use many years, closed here
tonight with the coming of war
time prohibition. Some begun
closing as early as 6 o'clock this
evening. One large hotel announced
its bar would close at 3 o'clock, and
that thereafter only ice cream and
soft drinks would be sold.
Milwaukee Began Early.
Milwaukee, Wis., June 30. Mil
waukee saloon keepers are ready
to obey the mandates of the war
time prohibition law which took ef
fect at midnight tonight. It is esti
mated that 6,000 proprietors and
bar tenders are affected. Many of
the neighborhood saloons had a
farewell celebration Saturday night,
in several of them dancing taking
place on the floor in whicji mem
bers of families in the neighborhood
Vancouver Labor Offices
Raided by Mounted Police
Vancouver, B. C, June 30. Royal
Northwest mounted police today
raided the Vancouyer Labor temple
and seized a quantity of documents
and papers. Simultaneously the
homes of a number of strike leaders
here were visited and documents
were, removed. The police entered
also the ofiices of the British Co
lumbia Federationist. Among the
papers declared to have been taken
from the Labor temple was one
recording an official strike vote
which had never been made public.
No arrests were made.
Dirigible Flight Delayed.
East Fortune, Scotland. June 30.
(By the Associated Press). The
giant British dirigible R-34 will not
be able to start on its proposed
transatlantic flight for two days un
less there should be an unexpectedly
marked improvement in weather
Service $Jrij)e,Ct ?
FOUR INJURED IN
Train Hits Auto-One Mile
West of Oxford, Neb.,
Six in Machine Are
Oxford, Neb., June 30. (Special
Telegram). Six persons were in
stantly killed and one seriously in
jured one mile west of Oxford last
night when an automobile carrying
a party of eight was struck by a
Eurlington passenger train on a
The train was running late on ac
count of a bad washout near Ra
venna, which forced them to detour
at Alliance. The passengers in the
auto were unable to see the train
until too late to avoid the accident.
Mrs. Fred Flahn, aged 26.
Dorothy Flahn, aged 5.
Velma Flahn, aged 4.
Francis Flahn, aged 3.
Corinne Flahn, aged 2.
Mildred Burgeson, aged 12.
Fred Flahn, driver of the car and
father of the dead children, was se
riously injured and his condition is
uncertain. The Flahn family lived
at Bertrand, Nfeb. Mildred Burge
son, who was riding with the Flahns,
lived at Holdrege.
Dorothy Glen, 12 years old, of
Bertrand, escaped from the wrecked
car practically uninjured. Her par
ents, who were riding in a following
car, were-the only witnesses of the
accident and cared for the injured.
An inquest will be held tonight.
Dr. Wilson Aboard Train
Which Killed Six Persons
Lincoln. June 30.-Dr. H. W. Wil
son of the State Board of Health
arrived at the state house Monday
morning after a trip west in the
interests of the board and matters
demanding attention in the north
western part of the state. '
Dr. Wilson was on Burlington
train No. 42, which struck tthe auto
mobile a mile west of Oxford and
killed six persons. The doctor as
sisted in picking up the bodies and
getting them loaded on the train.
He says that the railroad and wagon
road run parallel just before the
latter crosses the track for more
than a mile, and he can 'hardly un
derstand why the driver of the car
did not see the train.
Another automobile close behind
the car which was hit was occupied
by one -man. A short time before
that the man's daughter had moved
from that car to the one which was
struck, so as to be with the rest of
the -young persons.' She was in
jured, but not seriously.
The train was making a detour
over the Brush line because of a
washout at Ravenna, and was about
12 hours late.
Wife and Daughter
Are Instantly Killed
Valparaiso, June 30. An automo
bile driven by Stephen Kasparek,
carrying his wife and two children
and Julia Zatocha, daughter of a
neighbor, was struck by a Union Pa
cific passenger train near here Sun
day evening. Mrs. Kasparek and
her'' young daughter" were instantly
killed. Kasparek and the other two
occupants of the car were seriously
hurt but probably will recover,
U. S. RETURNS TO
Business Houses - May - Ex
change 3-Cent Stamped
Envelopes at Full Value
Postage on envelopes and post
cards will be reduced 1 cent be
ginning today. This will reduce
postage on letters to 2 cents, and
on postcards to 1 cent, as it was be
fore the war measure postage raise
took effect November 2, 1917.
Three-cent stamps cannot be re
deemed cither for money or for
lower denomination Stamps. They
may be used, however, on mail mat
ter of all classes requiring 3 cents
The sale of stamped 2 cent post
cards and J cent envelopes will
be discontinued today. Provision
has been made for the exchange of
stamped cards and envelopes at full
value during the month of July.
After July only postage value will
be allowed on these Cards and en
velopes, the value of the stationery
itself not being allowed.
Assistant Postmaster Woodard
predicts an enormous quantity of
stamped envelopes will be returned
by Omaha business -houses during
the month of July. These envelopes
will be stored at the Omaha post
office until orders are received to
ship them to Washington, where
they will be destroyed.
Mr. Woodard calls attention to
the advisability of exchanging en
velopes and postcards in July when
value is allowed on1 the envelope it
self, as well as the postage.
Simultaneously with the new
postage order a new fiscal year for
United States postoffices begins.
Accounts will be closed and the
new appropriation by congress goes
French Chamber of
Deputies Is Given
Text of Peace Terms
Paris. June 30. In presenting the
text of the peace treaty to the
chamber of deputies today, Premier
Clemenceau made a brief speech in
which he recalled the French na
tional assembly which met at Bor
deaux in 1871, and added:
"We make peace as we made war
without weakness. Internal peace
is a necessity for external peace."
Cardinal Mercier to Visit
United States Next Fall
New York, June 30. Renewed as
surance that Cardinal Mercier of
Belgium would visit America this
fall was brought by Abbe Julius E.
De Von, who was sent abroad by
the archbisho of Chicago to per
suade the distinguished prelate to
come to the United States. Al
though Belgium's reconstructiop
work would occupy Cardinal Mer
cier throughout the spring and early
summer, he may arrive here in Sep
tember, the abbe said.
Italians and Serbs Cla:h,
Is Report Paris Receives
Paris, June 30. Serbian and Ital
ian troops have clashed near Dizrai,
according to ' unofficial reports re
ceived here today,
Department of Justice ,Wil(
Take No Action Pending De
cision in Present Litigation,
Says Attorney General. "
INTERPRETATION OF ACT
MAY PROVE DIFFICULT
With Respect to Whisky,
Brandy and Other Alcoholio
Are to Be Arrested.
Washington, June 30. The De
partment of Justice will take no ac
tion, pending decision in present lit-,
igation, against persons manufac.
Hiring or selling beer and wines con
taining 2J4 per cent or less alcoholic
content. This announcement was
made by Attorney General Palmer
The statement said:
"After today it will be unlawful to
sell for beverage purposes any dis. "?
titled spirts and any beer, wine i
other intoxicating malt or vinous
liquor except for export. This pro
hibition will continue under the
terms of the law until the conclu
sion of the present war, and there
after until the termination of demo
bilization. As long as the law thus
remains in, force it must be obeyed,
and I intend that the Department ol
Justice shall do its utmost to per
form the duty which cohgress has :
placed upon it.
Whisky Sale Unlawful.
"This law has been held to be coiv
stitutional and valid by the circuit
court of appeals sitting in New :
York. It plainly makes unlawful
the sale of whisky, brandy and other
distilled spirits and wine.
"The only controversy that has
arisen is as to whether the. saj&-f-beer
containing so little tfliohol as
not to be in fact intoxicating is pro
hibited. The government's conten- ,
tion has been that the act prphibits
the manufacture and sale of -beer '
containing as much as one-half of rl -per
cent of alcohol, but the interpre
tation of the act is not free from
difficulty, and I am endeavoring tq,,
have the question settled by the'v
courts at the earliest possible mo
mcnt. - ;
"My course with respect to beer
containing less than 2 3-4 per cent
of alcohol which it is claimed is
not intoxicating will depend upon
the ruling which will soon be made 1
by the district courts in which cases
are now pending or in which other '
cases may be brought. I have no
power to grant amnesty to anyone
who may see fit to manufacture or
sell beer, pending an authoritative
judicial construction of the law and,
1 am sure that brewers and dealers
generally understand that the pen
dency of litigation will be no pro
tection against prosecution for of
fenses under the law.
To Arrest Lawbreakers.
"But with respect to whisky,
brandy and other distilled spirits,
wine and beer containing more than
2 3-4 per cent of alcohol and other
intoxicants, the prohibition is be- '
yond controversy and but one ?
course is open to the Department - ,
of Justice. All persons found sell
ing such liquors must be arrested
and prosecuted. The district attor- '
neys will cause warrants' to be is
sued for all offenders as to whom
evidence is furnished by-the bureau
of investigation, the agents of the
internal revenue bureau of the
Treasury department, local officers
or others, and the marshals and. ;
their deputies will promptly ser,v
such warrants. ' ' !
"With the co-operation of local
authorities, it is thought that the
law can be made effective. For this j
reason I call attention to the fact : j
that it is the duty of local arresting?
officers to make an arrest for ;
offenses committed in tjheir pres
ence whether the offense be against
the laws of the state or the laws of -the
United States. I confidentialy
expect the hearty co-operation of
local municipal authorities , and
earnestly request that all poliqt
officers he instructed to arrest per
sons found selling in violation 6f
the war prohibition act and to take
such persons before a United States
commissioner, when the district at
torney will cause warrants to issue.
Local officers should also report ta
the United States attorneys evi
dence of offenses not committed ia
their presence." ' s :
Poincare Says That Task
of Allies Is Not Ended
Paris, June 30. (Havas). the
task of the allied and associated
powers is not ended with the sign
ing of the treaty with Germany and
the nations must continue to be
united in order to see that the
clauses of thr trratv sr rrrA
out, President Toincare declared in
an interview in the Paris edition of
the London Daily Mail.
It will take some years for France
to regain its normal mnHi of tifp.
and what Franc nfrf . mni
present is ships, the president said.
tions can brirz about a rWr9c in
the present high prices of raw m
terials and the necessities of bfc
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