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i OMAHA, THE GATE CITY OF THE WEST; OFFERS YOU GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES.
DESCENDANTS OF OX TEAM
TOURISTS HOLD REUNION.
' Monmouth, Ore., Aug. 8. Direct
descendants of three brothers who
rame west by ox team gathered
here, 112 in number.
It was the reunion of the Powell
family. The three brothers were
John, Noah and Alfred Powell, who
came west in 1851.
The family had entered various
fields, as was shown by those attend
ing. Among them were bankers, law
yers, farmers, creamery managers,
newspaper men, doctors, teachers
and musicians. "
Mrs. L. J. Powell, 89 years 'old,
motored 30 miles to attend the re
union. PASTOR HOLDS SALOON
AS A DISTINCT NEED..
, Grass Valley, Cal., Aug. 8. Places
I must be opened where men may
congregate on the same footing as
the saloon, even if public or private
money must be contributed toward
supporting them, according to' the
Kev. C. E. Robinson, in a sermon in
the Congregational church here. He
said the saloons filled a distinctneed
for more than 300 years, and that the
success of John Barleycorn could
be attributed to his being "a good
v mixer, a maker of friends, who har
. bored no race prejudices and could
, not be induced to draw a color line."
MEN GROW SHORTER AND
LIGHTER OUT IN.CHICAGO.
, Chicago, 111., Aug. 8. Men are
getting shorter and lighter, accord
ing to statistics, and the big, burly
1 and large-footed policeman is soon
'to go. No longer will candidates for
. places "Cn" the Chicago police force
"be; required to be taller, heavier or
bulkier than the average. The Civil
Service commission has changed the
regulations from five feet eight inch
es to fivt feet seven inches and low
ered the minimum weight from 145
to 140 pounds.
OMAHA, MINISTER REACHES
TORONTO ON MOTORCYCllE.
Buffalo, N. Y, Aug. 8. (Special
Telegram.) Rev. R. W. Taylor of
Omaha, making a journey from
Omaha to Winnipeg on a motor
cycle, reached Toronto Thursday.
The Omaha pastor is a veteran
motorcyclist, having made many
long trips on his machine.
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SON PAYS JUDGMENT
AGAINST LAURA BIGGAR.
New York, Aug. 8. Through pay
ment of $15,000 hy hef son, Laura
Jiiggar, a former well known actress,
now living in Los Angeles, is free
of a judgment that has stood against
her in the New Jersey courts for
IS years. She may now return to
the east. .
J. Willis McConnell, a hotel
keeper of Los, Angeles, a son of
Airs. Biggar by her tirst marriage,
aid the $15,000 to Mrs. Agnes w.
lendrick of Brooklyn, who ob
tained a judgment 15 years ago tor
$55,000 for the alienation of her hus
With the interest, the judgment
amounted to nearly $100,000. but
Mrs. Hendrick settled for $15,000.
TOO MUCH KNITTING
CAUSES DIVORCE ACTION.
New York, Aug. 8. "My hus
band's charge that I deserted him is
absolutely absurd. There have been
other influences at work, but until
my case comes up in the Reno
courts I do not care to say anything
personally-against Mr. Ralston."
Thus did Mrs. Georgia Grayson
Ralston realy to the charge of her
husband, William C. Ralston, form
er president of the Fulton Iron
works of San Francisco, who has
brought action against her for abso
lute divorce in the Reno courts.
Mr. Ralston, who was formerly
president of the Miners' association
-fof California; and defeated for gov
ernor of California by Hiram John
son, charges his wife with knitting
all the time and refusing to go about
-with him. He charges that after
ward Mrs. Ralston deserted him.
SUSTAINS DEMURRER IN '
2.75 PER CENT BEER CASE.
Los Angeles, Aug. 8. Judge B. F.
Bledsoe of the United States district
court here, sustained a demurrer to
an indictment against Joseph Baum
gartner, an officer of the Bakers
field Brewing company, who was
charged with selling 2.75" per cent
beer in violation of the prohibition
war measure. The demurrer was
sustained on the ground that the in
dictment did not show that the
beer was intoxicating.
According to Gordon Lawson, as
sistant United States district attor
ney, the ruling means that in each
case brought under the law the
members of the jury must determine
whether the liquor complained of is
CONFER NEW HONOR ON
AMERICAN APPLE PIE.
Chicago, Aug. 8. The great uni
versal and ..distinctive American
dish is apple pie.
The International Stewards asso
ciation, in joint convention with the
hotel men, decided on this new
honor for the apple pie, pointing out
that it belongs to no particular sec
;m n( the rmintrv. the east and
west, the plantation and the prairie
districts all Claiming to turn uui
apple pie "like mother used to
SAILORS GIVEN WARM '
WELCOME AT SAN DIEGO.
San Diego, Cal., Aug. 8. Sailors
f h- Parifir flfct swarmed ashore
Friday and San Diego cheerfully
capitulated. It was a day given
over largely to the entertainment
of the sailormen, 5,000 or more be
inff crtvn fitinr leave.
Ffriday night the fleet was making
ready to leave an uiego ai aawn
for Los Angeles. In the harbor and
n(f Vi chnrr ranidlv blinking elec
tric signals flashed between the
hin and wireless messages were
being sent giving last-minute in-
Slructions oeiorc sailing noiu .w
. niirai MuoV Rodman, commander
in-chief, to commanders of the ves-
The 36 battleships of the fleet will
weigh anchor or cast oft trom moor
ings op docks at 6 o'clock Saturday
morning. Eight . hours later they
will he at San Pedro.
Mayor Smith Submits Evi
dence That Foodstuffs
Shipped to Commission Men
in Omaha Is Wasted;
PROBE TO FIX BLAME
ORDERED BY COUNCIL
Firms Accused Deny Charges
Management, of Municipal
Stores Given City Chief Ex
ecutive by Colleagues.
Startling evidences of an alleged
conspiracy to raise the price of food
in Omaha were laid before the city
council at a special meeting called
yesterday by Mayor $mith.
Eleven carloads of fruit were
found, neglected and rotting on the
tracks at the Webster stret depot
Thursday, the mayor stated in a re
port which he read tothe council
and in which he referred -to the com
mission men as "wolves."
So astonismng were the state
ments in the mayor's report that,
within two minutest the council
voted to start a thorough investiga
tion into the facts, beginning Mon
day morning at 10.
Gives Out Two Names.
The mayor gave out the names of
two firms to whom he says the
spoiling fruit was consigned. They
are Gilinsky Fruit company, 1015
Howard street, and I. Kobinon, 5U5
South Eleventh street.
These firms will be subpoenaed to
appear before the council at the in
"1 he mayor has ieen grossly mi?"-
informed," said C. J. Benson, vice
president of the Gilinsky Fruit Co..
when " infopmed of the charges
brought by the mayor. "He is away
off. and he's gone into this thing in
the same loose way -that he runs
his administration of the city.
"The mavor does not know that
we have to pay for this fruit before
it ever leaves its originating point
for Omaha. r
"What, then, would be our advan
tage in allowing it to spoil on the
tracks. It's too ridiculous to discuss."
J. Robinson was equally indignant
at the charges.
"I d like to have a debate with the
mayor on that subject," he said.
"The mayor knows nothing about
the fruit business. There is neces
sarily a great waste in this busi
ness. H- is perishable stufS
Says Would Gain Nothing.
"We would eain nothine bv allow
ing the fruit to rot. The govern
ment has investigated this thing ana
found that it is conducted properly.
Of course, some goes to waste, but
that is only what we cannot sell."
If the facts brought out in the
nvestigation warrant it, the district
court will be asked to convene a
special grand 'jury immediately and
if the grand jury finds that there
is a willful' waste of food products.
these facts will be laid before the
federal authorities also and the men
concerned will' be prosecuted under,
the federal laws. These steps are
advised in the mayor's report.
tThe mayor, indirectly,, took excep
tion to City Commissioner Zim-
man's managementof the municipal
grocery stores, and commissioner
Butler introduced a resolution oust
ing M,r. Zimman from the manage-
(C'ontlmifd on Pa Two, Columii'Thre.)
GAGS AND BINDS
Ransacks Ohio Street House,
But Fails to Find Any
Margaret Larson, 11 years old,
fought a negro burglar in her par
ents' home, 3239 Ohio street, Friday
afternoon. She knocked his hat off
during the struggle and tore a white
handkerchief, used as a mask, from
The burglar overpowered Margar
et, bound her hands and feet, stifled
her cries with a gag and then ran
sacked the house and fled. Nothing
A neighbor, Fred L. Grau, found
Margaret. Her hands were bound
so tightly that the knots could not
be untied. Grau cut them with a
pair of scissors.
The Larson girl was sitting in the
dining room of the home when the
negro entered. She screamed. He
threatened to kill her, she told po
lice, unless she stopped her cries.
After 'a short scuffle, in which she
matched her childish strength
against the man, he ' overpowered
and bound her.
-Mother Away From Home.
The girl's mother was downtown
at the time. Two other children,
Carl Larson, 10 years old, and Fran
cis, 7, were at the home of their
grandmother, Mrs. Harmon, 2508
North Thirty-third street.
Grau, the neighbor who heard the
cries of the girl and who . released
her from her bonds, said he saw a
negro answering the description
given by the girl, lurking in the
neighborhood Thursday nicht. He
had just come from work when the
burglar fled frointhe Larson home.
He heard the front door slam, he
said, but thought one of the family
had closed it.
Grau called the police. It was an
hour before the thoroughly fright
ened girl could tell detectives her
story. Then she related her struggle
with the colored man.
Asks About Liberty Bonds.
Margaret heard the newsboy
'throw the evening paper on the
front porch, she said, and went out
to get it. She was sitting in the
dining room" "wheh tfiie "colored Ttnari
entered a side door opening on the
veranda and grabbed her.
- "When I "screamed," she said, "he
told me he'd kill me.
"I broke loose from him, but he
caught me again and put his hands
over my mouth. I screamed again
while he was tying my hands, but I
guess no one heard, me. Then he
asked me where the Liberty bonds
were. I couldn't ansvr, even if I
wanted to. because he had the rag
tied over my mouth.
"I watched him turn out the draw
ers in the-' sideboard and in the
dresser in the bed room. When I
was fighting with him I knocked
his hat off and a white handkerchief
he had tied qver the lower part of
his face came off. I saw a gold
The girl told police the negro had
a smooth shaven head and was of
medium size. He was dressed like
The police last night combed the
neighborhood near the Larson home
in a search for the colored man, but
were unable to locate him.
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Agreement Reached Yesterday
Whereby Seven-Cept Street
Car Fares Are to Go Into
Effect Next Sunday.
NEW PACT WILL HOLD
Peace Treaty With
by Belgian Chamber
Brussels. Aug. 8. The chamber of
deputies 'Friday unanimously rati
fied the peace treaty with Germany.
During the discussion of the
treaty the foreign minister said:
"The league of nations fails to of
fer immediate guarantees and com
pels us to look to our own defense.
That is why we are seeking at Paris
a revision of the treaties of 1830.
,"1 wish to assure our delegates
that the whole nation supports them.
Revision of the treaties will pro
vide the required guarantees."
The chamber also ratified the an
nex to the treaty concerning . the
military convention entered into by
France, the United States, Great
Britain and Belgium.
Sugar Drops Two Cents on
Chicago Wholesale Market
Chicago, Aug. 8. Two-cent re
duction in the wholesale price of
sugar has resulted from inquiries
directed against the price of the
commodity ,v according tcTnembers
of the city food markets and farm
products "bureau. Eleven cents' a
pound now generally prevails
wholesale, though a few days ago
it ranged to slightly above 13J4
Is Held Up Pending
U. S. Investigation
Washington, Aug. 8. A presiden
tial decree issued by the Colombian
government last June 20, declaring
the petroleum lands of Colombia to
be "the property, of the nation," was
laid before the' senate foreign rela
tions' committee today and resulted
in indefinite postponement of com
mittee approval of the Colombian
Under the decree, a copy of which
was sent to the committee by the
State department, vast American oil
holdings in Colombia would be
threatened with confiscation, mem
bers of the committee said.
The closest government super
vision in all oil operations is re
quired under a complicated licensing
f I A
umana wresuer auccumos
' to Plestina's Strength
Boise, Idaho, Aug. 8. MarinPles
tina's giant strength was too much
for Konstantine O. Romonoff of
Omaha and the "big bear" won in
straight falls, the first coming in 32
minutes, 12 seconds, when Plestina
got a toe holil. The second came
after 28 minutes and 4 seconds with
a half Nelson and body lock.
Plestina was never in danger of a
fall. Romonoff slapped on good
holds time after time only to have
them broken by his opponent's
strength. Plestina was held in a toe
hold for one and one-half minutes
Employes Temporarily Accept
-10-Cent Raise Case to Be
Reopened in Jhree Months
to Decide on Wages.
A temporary wage agreement
was effected between officials of
the Omaha and Council Bluffs
Street Railway Co., and their em
ployes last night', averting for at
least 90 days the threat of a tieup
of "The mafia traction, lines by a
As a 'result of this, action the 7
cent fare will go into effect on Au
gust ID, the date set by the State
Railway commission when it
granted the company's request for
an increase in fare.
City commissioners' had withheld
assent to the increased fare when
informed that the company and its
employes were unable to conclude
an agreement on the matter of
wages. Both factions involved in
the controversy were informed by
the city commission that the ad
vanced fares would not go into ef
fect until their wage differences
were-adjusted, but that the new fare
would automatically become effec
tive on August 25, through a ruling
of the supreme court of Nebraska.
?'-;- City Not tdOppose; ''fik
As a wage agreement has been
reached the city ceuncfl. in a writ
ten statement, has. stipulated not to
oppose the increased fare which will
become effective Sunday.
The stipulation was delivered to
the company by Commissioner Zim
man, representing the city, follow
ing the agreement reached between
the men and the company.
It was only after the men had re
ceded from their original demand of
a flat increase of 15 cents an hour
that they were enabled to arrive at
an understanding with their employ
ers. The agreement concluded last
night calls for an increase of 10
cents per hour to . all trainmen,
retroactive to August 1., Shop em
ployes are to receive a proportion
ate advance in wages but their case
is to be considered separately by
executives of both the carmen's
union and the company.
, To Reopen Case.
After 90 days the matter of wages
is to be again taken up for consid
eration and if at that time the com
pany, as a result of the increased
revenues accruing from the higher
fare, is found to be in a position to
advance the hourly scale to" 15
cents it will be forced to do so by
the terni9of the agreement.
This pact will be placed, before
members of the street car men's
local for ratifieation tomorrow. The
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
Reports From All Over Coun
try Show Men Are Re
turning to Jobs.
Washington, Aug 8.-JReports be
gan to arrive at the railroad admin
istration office Friday from all the
country xsaying that tne striking
shopmen were returning to work
pending the adjustment of their
wage demands by Director Gen
Kansas City and Cincinnati offi
cials expressed belief that normal
conditions would prevail Saturday.
At all places where men are out,
local officials of the railroad admin
istration are. co-operating with
GOOD FOR NINETY DAYSrnion .tchirmen. in "p1"8 h,e
at once which President Wilson
made a prerequisite to the- opening
of negotiations. ,
Indianapolis was the only place
from which came a report that the"
men were refusing to resume their
places. Union headquarters were
equally confident that the shopmen
would make it almost a 100 per cent
Chicago Traffic Moving.
Chicapip, Aug. 8. A break came
Friday in the strike of railway shop
men when severa thousand strik
ers returned to work in response to
President Wilson's request, and the
appeal' of international representa
tives of the six crafts involved. Di
rectors R H. Aishton of the North
western and Hale Holden of the
central western roads said there
was much encouragement in the
In Chicago. 450 workers on the
Chicago & Northwestern and 'the
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
roads returned to work, and 4,000
at -Kansas City and smaller num
bers at various points in Illinois,
Iowa and Wisconsin were reported'
Wilson "Playing Politics."
Denver, Aug. 8. Charges that
President Wilson was "playing poli
tics" and "passing he buck" were
voiced by striking railroad shop-
ieneral Kruska Is
First German Sought
For Trial by Allies
London, Aug. 8. The surrender
of General Kruska, commander of
the German prison camp at Kaiser,
has been demanded by the allies as
the first of the enemy officials tq be
tried for violations of international
law during the. war, according to a
Copenhagen dispatch to the Ex
change Telegraph company, quoting
Berlin advices. General Kruska is
accused of having been responsible
for an epidemic of typhus fever at
the Kaiser camp which caused the
deaths of 3,000 French prisoners.
Polish Troops Occupy
City of Minsk in Russia
Paris, Aug. 8. (Havas) Dis
patches from Warsaw carry the an
nouncement by the newspapers
there that Polish troops have occu
pied the city of Minsk.
Minsk, is some 200 miles east of
the borders of the old province of
Poland. It-was well back of the old
Russo-German battle line and served
as an important base for the Russians.
men at a mass meeting attended by
5,000 of the strikers here Friday af
ttrnoon. - Practically, all shopmen in Den
ver walked out .according to union
leaders, who place the number of
strikers at 6,000.
Order Members Back to Work.
Springfield, 111., Aug. 8. Striking
members of the Federated Car
Meiv's Union, affiliated with the In
ternational Brotherhood of Elec
trical Workers, were ordered back
to work today. ' " ' v.
The order was sent out by John
P, Noonan, international vice-president,
as a result pf the decision by
President WilsoA that settlement
of the wage question would be held
iii abeyance pending return of the
railroad workers to their tasks. '
Ordered to Return.
Railroad men, officials and em
ployes alike, 'are of the opinion that
the strike of shopmen will be de
clared off inside of 24 hours. Yes
terday, B. M. Jewell, executive
chairman of the Railroad Employes'
association, wired to the heads of
all labor organizations involved in
the strike, instructing them to re
turn to work at the earliest possible
moment, and continue at work pend
ing an adjustment of the labor dif
ferences. Instructions of Mr. Jewell were
posted in all headquarters where
railroad men congregate.
As there were no men on strike
in the Omaha shops, the Jewell or
der had no effect' here. In Council
Bluffs, the Rock Island men out on
strike read the order and it is be
lieved that they will return to work
Several Parts; Large
Share Given to Greece
Paris, Aug. 8. The peace confer
ence reached a solution of the
Thracian problem Thursday, ac
cording to the Intransigeant, by di
viding Thrace into parts, some go
ing to Greece " and others being
designated to form the future free
state of Constantinople and a, new
free state under the league of na
. The peace coneference, the news
paper adds, will adjourn for a vaca
tion throughout September, the
American,' English -and Italian dele
gates returning to their homes.
Nebraska Woman Murdered
in Colorado: Seek Companions
Eaton, Colo., Aug. 8. The body
of Eva Binghamv aged 20, of Mc
Grew, (Neb., evidently murdered
nearly a week ago, was found in a
dry ditch one mile from Eaton. Mex
icans with whom the girlNwas . last
seen are being sought. Miss Bing
ham came here two-weeks ago.
RECOHEIS FOOD, CONTROL
ACT BE EXTENDED AND MORE
STRUM MEASURES PASSED
Plans to Reduce: High Cost
Urged by U. S. President
In Message to Congress
Washington, Aug. 8. President
Wilson's address to congress today
embodying recommendations de
signed to reduce the cost of living
Gentlemen of the CongressT" I
have sought this opportunity to ad
dress you because it is clearly my
duty to call your attention to the
present cost of living and to urge
upon you with all the persuasive
force of which I am capable the leg
islative measures which would be
most effective in controlling it and
bringing it down". The prices the
people of. this country are paying
fcu everything that is necessary for
them to use in order to live are not
justified by a shortage in supply,
either present or prospective, and
are in many cases artificially and
deliberately cheated by vicious prac
tices which ought immediately to be
checked by law. They constitute a
burden upon us which is the more
unbearable because we know that it
is willfully imposed by those who
have the power and that it can by
vigorous public action be greatly
lightened and made to square with
the actual conditions of supply and
demand. Some of the methods by
which, these prices are produced are
already illegal, some of them crim
inal and those who employ them
-will be energetically proceeded
against but others have not yet been
lirought under the Jaw and should
be dealt with at once by legislation.
Practices Familiar to All.
I need not recite the particulars
of this critical matter; the prices
demanded and paid at the Sources
of supply, at the factory, in the food
markets, at the shops, in the Res
taurants and hotels, alike in the city
and in the village. They are fa
miliar to you. They are the talk of
every domestic circle and of every
group bf casual acquaintances even.
It is a matter of familiar knowledge
also that a process has set in which
is likely, unless something is-ne,
to push prices and rents and the
whole costof living' higher and yet
higher, in a vicious cycle to which
there is no logical or natural end.
With the increase in the prices of
the necessaries of life come demands
for increase' in wagesdemands
which are justified if there be 'no
other means of enabling men to
live. Upon the increase of wages
there follows close an increase in
the price of the products whose
producers have accorded the in
creasenot a ' proportionate "in
crease, for the manufacturer does
not content himself with that, but
an' increase considerably greater
than the added wage cost and for
which the added wage cost is often
times hardly more than an excuse.
The laborers who do not get an
increase in pay when they demand
it are likely to strike, and the strike
only makes, matters worse. It
checks production, if it affects the
railways it prevents distribution and
strips the markets, so that here is
presently nothing to buy, and there
is another excessive addition , to
prices resulting from he scarcity. ,
Inactivity Not Justified.
Those are facts and forces with
which we have become only too
familiar; butwe are not justified be
cause of.nr fatntltaritv with them
or because of any hasty and shallow
conclusion that triey are f natural
and-inevitable, in sitting inactively
by and letting them- work their fatal
results if there is anything that we
can do to check, correct or reverse
(Continued en Page Ten, Column One.)
REMEDY FOR ILLS
LODGE REPLIES N
TO PEACE PACT
Interesting Comments Made
on Message by Nebraska -Representatives.
BY E.VC. SNYDER
Staff Correspondent of Omaha Bee.
Washington, Aug. 8. (Special
Telegram). President Wilson to
day made his first appearance before
a republican congress in joint ses
sion. It was not a subservient nor
a hostile congress, but it gave the
president a dignified, reception and
close attention because of the ser
ious import of his request that the
house recall its resolution for a re
cess to hear a message from him.
The republicans had to obtain a
quorum of the house ta listen, to the
president because of the obstructive
tactics of some democrats who re
fused to permit' the 'adoption of the
resolution for a joint session with
out the presence of a quorum. Many
republicans who had gone home for
a short respite froR the strenuous
session were summoned by wire.
The president's address Was a dis
appointment to those who expected
him tc make a recommendation for
the immediate dealing with the high
cosj of living. He admitted that
there is no immediate remedy to be
hafi from legislative and executive
action,- and did not let the oppor
tunity pass to suggest "that there
can be no peace prices so long as
our whole financial and economic
system is on a war basis," and that
"while there is. any possibility that
(Contlnuedxon Pare Two, Column Two.)
Undue Delay- Intended
Minneapolis Mayor Given
Power to Seize Surplus Food
Minneapoljs, Aug. 8. The city
council Friday adopted a resolution
empowering the mayor to seize and
take control of all food storage
warehouses here with a view of un
dertaking the distribution of food
stuffs stored therein at cost tohe
A second resolution .was adopted
ordering the public welfare com
mission to make a thorough investi
gation of living costs. 1
OMAHA KIDDIES AND THEIR FAVORITE DOLLS
Our special staff photographer attended the famous "Doll Picnic" recently held in Kountze park and
made some wonderful pictures of the children andytheir toy children, which are reproduced as only,
the rotogravure process can do.
The Sunday Bee Rotogravure Section
1 , . Edition Limited Order fa advance Phone Tyler 1000. ,
Washington, Aug. 8.-(By The As
sociated Press. Congress received
President W'ilstfn's address on the
high cost of living with varying
comment, for most part favorable.
Although some senators and repre
sentatives disagreed with some of
the president's specific recommen
dations, there was an almost unani
mous expression that his, address
probably would have a beneficial ef
fect on conditions. His reference
to sober secon'd thought on the part
of labor leaders was generally apf
Chairman Cummins of the senate
interstate commerce committee, and
Chairman Gronna, of the senate ag
riculture committee, both of which
will have to deal with the president's
suggestions, thought the effect
would "be beneficial, but Senator
Gronna doubted that the commit
tee would give the president more
power than the food control act now
Republican Leader Mondell, in the
house, however, characterized the
president's address as a "confession"
that the administration had failed to
realize the seriousness of the situa
tion and use its powers to cure it.
Speaker Gillett declared he found
little thoughtful suggestion in tne
eign relations committee issued a
statement in particular reference to
the president's allusions to ratifica
tion of the peace treaty, declaring
that no undue delay was intended
in the senate and that the body had
been acting as 'Speedily as it could.
He called attention to the fact that
the, president took seven months to
negotiate the treaty and that the sen
ate, sharing equal responsibility in
it, had been in possession of the
document only a monh. No other
nation except Great Britain has rati
fied it, .Senator Lodge said, and he
pointed out that it was not yet be
fore he senate of France. The
country, as a matter of fact, he
said, was" at peace with Germany
and trading with her. The, foreign!
relations committee, he reiterated,
had been unable to'get information
necessary to its consideration. Sen
ator t Lodge thought the president
had made some good and practical
suggestions in regard to prices. '
Bandits Get $50,000 Loot.
San Franciscrt, , Aug. 8. Three
bandits held up two clerks in the
Morgan jewelry store in the heart
l of the business section Friday and
-escaped with gems valued at $50-
Warns Labor World Strikes
Make Matters Worse Those
Wha Use Coercion "Prepar:
ing Their Own Destruction."'
TO ASSURE COMPETITION
Asks Appropriation for Gov
, ernment Agencies to Keep
Public Informed as to Whole
sale Prices to Dealers; - v
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Washington, Aug. 8. President '
Wilson laid several specific pro-,
posals before congress today for. : .
checking the high cost of living, C
but at the same time declared per-
manent results could not be ex- -pected
until peacetime bases were
fully restored by ratification of the-
peace treaty. , ' - -v v
High prices, the president told t
congress, were ngt justified by A
shortage of supplies either present
or prospective, but "were created -in
many cases "artificially and deliber-" '
ately," by "vicious practices". Re-"
tailers, he said, were responsible in
large part for high" prices.
Strikes, the president warned the -la.bor
world, would only make mat
ters worse and those who v sought
to employ threats or coercion were
only '.'preparing their own destruc-v
tion". Leaders of, organized labor... -the
president said he was . sure. I
would presently yield to second
sober thought. ,'.
"Illegal" and" "criminal" were the.
Wdids the president used in char" i
acterizing the methods- by . which.
soVne present-day prices have Meer
brought about. ' . . . ,
Bfesent laws, he said, would 1 'j
energetically employed to, the limit 5
to force out food hoards, and meet-
the situations so far as possible, bat . '
to supplement the existing statutes .
he specifically urged the followingr '
Would License Corporations. .
Licensing ;of all corporations en-. "
gaged in interstate commerce with'
specific regulations designed to se- .
cure competitive selling and pre- ,
vent "unconscionable profits" in the
method of marketing.-
Extension of the food control-act
to peace tirnes and the application
of its provisions against hoWdiflg
of fuel, clothing and other 'neces-sities-ef
life as well as food. .1
Penalty in the food control jet,
for profiteering. j , i "
- A law regulating cold "storage '1
limiting the time during which,
goods may be held; prescribing s
method of disposing of them if held
beyond the permitted period and re-'
quiring that when released goods
bear the date of storage.
Laws v requiring that goods re-
leased from storage for interstate
Commerce bear the selling pricei at ,:i
which they went into storage and ; J"
requiring that all goods destined for. .v.
interstate commerce bear the price
at which they left the hands of the
producer. ' 1 ' -
Enactment of the pending bill for
the control of security issues. . ,
Additional appropriations for gov
ernment agencies which can Supply,
Ihe public with full information as' '
to prices at which retailers -iuyj . -'
Eajly ratification' of ' the peace '
treaty, so that the "free processes of,
supply and demand can operate."
. Immediate steps r by executive
agencies of the government ' prom
ised by the president include: i
The limiting and" controlling of
wheat shipments and credits to.
facilitate the purchase of wheat in
such a way as not to raise, but
rather to lower the price of flour,
at home. " . , 1
- Sale of surplus stocks of food and
clothing in the hands xi the gov
The forced withdrawal from stor-.-
Chairman Lodge of the senate for- a.e and-sales of surplus stocks in
eluded: , . ;
Increase of production. " '
CartfuL buying by housewives.
Fait- dealing with the pe"6ple 'on
the part of the producers, middle ,
men and merchants. " ' '
That there be no undue insistence
upon the interest of a single class.
Correction of "many things" if '
the relation betweerK capital an4
labor in respect to wages- and con- v
ditions of labor, ,t : , .
In concluding the president made"
a plea for deliberate, intelligent ac '
non, reminding congress that an un
balanced world was looking to the
United States. , ' V
"We and , we .almdst alone,", he.
said, "cow hold the" world steady..
Upon our steadfastness and seff-,
possession depend the affairs pi na
tions everywhere. It "is in this su
preme crisis this crisis for all man
kind that America must prove her.
Liverpool Strike Settled. .
Liverpool. Aug. 8. The strike pn '
the tramways of the city was set
tled Friday. Work will be resutatf;
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