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FASCINATING! GRIPPING! ADELE GARRISON'S LOVE SERIAL, REVELATIONS OF A WIFE
New York, Dec. 25. The peiW
- tion of an apparatus by means of
which 10 or more conversations may
be carried on simultaneously by pir
ons thousands of miles apart will
shortly he announced by Maj. Gen.
George O. Squier, chief signal officer
of the ainiy. The method, known as
Vwired 'wireless,"' makes long dis
tance tetenhoncommunication pric
ticatly limitless. .
The new method involves the use
of only a single wire, the current
traveling in trie air alongside tue
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T. . 1 llll.ll gUIUVl .It..,.. V ....SI.
destination. Successful tests of tne
method have been made by gov.cn
' mcnt experts along the Harlem di
vision of the New York Central rail
road. It is expected the "wired
wireless'' will be put into opetalion
between New York City and Albany
in' the nev.- future.
DIES AS DAUGHTER
READS BOOK TO HIM.
..Chicago, Dec. 25. Samuel Faulk
tte. pioneer merchant, aged 91, died
'sitting in a chair while his daughter,
Miss Elizabeth Faulkner, read to
"lt was a beautiful thing for him,
ftfst as he would have wished it, 1
think," said Miss Faulkner. "He had
never been ill and only yesterday he
took a lang walk."
;,Mr. Faulkner was one of the old-
f st of the city's successful business
men, a contemporary of Marshall
Field, Marvin Ilughitt and Levi Z.
WINE BACK TO SPAIN.
', rsew x orK, .Lsec rmctn years
ago, .'Miguel S. Alvarez imported
from Spain, many casks of wine be
queathed him by his father, and
transported them across the Amer
incan continent to . his home in
Pasadena, Cal. He is now sending
48 of those same casks containing
vintages from 20 to 35 years old
on the steamer" Antonio Lopez,
bound "back home" from these pro
hibition shores. Senor Alvarez said
lie was taking the casks to Spain
to guard against possible chance
of losing them "through legal ac-
.tion" in the United States.
CROKER STILL FIGHTS '
HIS SON IN COURT.
'JNcw York, Dec. 25. The legal
warfare between Richard Croker,
former chieftain of Tammany hall,
.and his son, Richard jCroker, jr.,
- which has raged for yArs, will be
lesttmed in court Friday." The elder
Croker obtained three orders calling
on his son to show why three judg
ments obtained against his father,
should not be set aside. One judg
ment is for $125,86, which Richard
jr., claims he advanced ris father
out of his own funds.
F.RE DISCLOSES TWO
COFFINS IN PARLOR.
. Newark; N. J., Dec 25. "Why,
ve just wanted to pick out our own
coffins,' My husband is 76 years old
vow and is at the point of death iry
the city hospital. We didn't want any
expense to tall on any one when we
died and we considered it an econ
omy to ,huy the coffins before the
v prices went higher."
This was Mrs. Mary Policaster's
explanation of the presence ot two
empty coffins in the parlor of her
flat in Miller street, when firemen
broke into the place to extinguish a
email, blaze. The aged woman said
she and her husband had bought the
coffins a year ago, fearing they might
not be able to afford v the price
MOTHER TO BE CALLED
AS WITNESS FOR NEW. "
Lbs Angeles, Dec. 25. Instead of
t Rowing his fate Christmas day, as
otk prosecution and defense i de
fclared they hoped would be the case
IsVhen his trial was begun on a charge
tof baring murdered his sweetheart,
fiitt Freda Lesser, Harry 7New
passed the day in the county jail
When depositions of all persons
, Enable to give their testimony ver
bally have been read to the jury,
his mother. Mrs. Burger, will be
tailed to the witness stand, accord-
to defense counsel. ,
GIFTS TO CATHEDRAL
New York, - Dec. 25. Three
Christmas gifts aggregating $250,000
-towards' completion of the nave of
the cathedral of St. John the Divine,
ere announced today by Right
Rev. Charles Sumner Burch, Prot
festant Episcopal bishop of New
York. Two of the gifts were for
$100,000 each. The donors' names
vere withheld. ,- - -
LOAF OF BREAD GIVEN
EACH PERSON IN AUSTRIA.
t Vienna,' Dec. 25. The Austrian
authorities arranged for Christmas
- gifts of one loaf of bread .for each
person. The bread was of slightly
.better quality than usual. Physicians
report an epidemic of intestinal dis
eases owing to the bad1 bread which
has been consumed during the las!
few months. .-
"BILL" HAS CHRISTMAS ,
TREE AT AMERONGEN.
Amerongen, Dec. 25. The. former
German crown- prince, Frederick,
reached here to spend with his. par
ents their second Christmas in exile.
. B. Kan, secretary of general af
fairs of the Dutch government, the
burgomaster of Wieringen, members
of the Von Bentinck family and some
of the Amerongen functionaires
were guests at a banquet in the great
hall of the Bentinck castle.
" "TViii K the climax of a celebra
tion arranged by the former em
peror personally. A huge Christmas
tree was in the hall, and from this
the former ruler distributed gifts.
GIFT OF $500,000.
DuquoinV 111, Dec. 25. Upward
of 50,000 coal miners in the south
ern and central Illinois districts,
received Christmas gifts of $10
checks from the state organization
. The distribution of the $500,000
was authorized several days ago by
' officials of the state organization,
who had been restrained from pay-
t ing stock 'benefits to the men by
a court order
The .Omaha Baily Bee
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OMAHA, FRIDAY DECEMBER .26, 1919. .
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Confession of One of Three
, Men Arrested Implicates
fwo Others in Attempted
Robbery of Hamilton Home.
OF "SOMETHING FUNNY"
Two Cars Break Downand
Give Police Time to Catch
Pair Find Six Cases of
Whisky in Back Yard. .
H. H. Daniels, 904 North Fo'ty
ninth avenue, and C. P. Swihart,
2710 Cuming street, were arrested
at 2 Christmas morning when, ac
cording to the police, they attempted
to "highjack" the home of C. W.
Hamilton, 1112 Park avenue. Six
cases of whisky were found stacked
up in the back yard of the Hamil
ton home waiting to be taken away
when the police interrupted the
L. A.' Young, 111 South Twenty
sixth avenue, was arrested yesterday
in connection with the same case.
Mrs. C. W. Hamilton and daugh
ter attended midnight mass at St.
Cecilia's cathedral, according to the
police report. Carl Anderson,
chauffeur for the Hamiltons, was
ordered to call for Mrs. Hamilton
and her daughter at 1:30. On the
wav home, he told Mrs. Hamilton
that he "thought something fuiin
was on at the house," as when ho
left the nouse a mat pressed a gun
nto his side and made him return
and unlock the cellar door. Mrs.
Hamilton ordered him to stop the
car and she called the police at once.
Car Breaks Down,
Detectives Paul. Haze, Anderson,
Danbaum VjUL Dessert, and Franks
were sent to tne Mammon nome.
At Twenty-ninth and Leavenworth
streets, two blocks away from the
Hamilton home, they met Swihart
and Daniels trying to fpair their
broken car. They took Swihart and
Daniels into custody At the Ham
ilton home they found six cases oi
whisky piled itr the yard.
According to the police Daniels
made a confession yesterday, admit
ting that he tried tox"highjack" the
According to Daniels' alleged con
fession, Daniels, Swihart and Young
started out in a Ford car for the
Hamilton home. At Twenty-ninth
and Leavenworth streets they broke
a wheel off of their car and had to
return to town and get a National,
the property of Young's brother.
They parked the National at Thir
tieth and Pacific. .
". i Return for Car.
Motorcycle Officers, Rutherford
and Sherwood saw them leave the
car and "planted" -for them to re
turn to it. , Instead they went back
downtown again and' got another
Ford car, also the property of
Young's brother, and returned.
They got the whisky out of the
Hamilton home, but before taking it
away they wanted to remove the
first car. While they were trying to
repair their first car they were ar
rested. Young and Swihart deny
that they took part 1n the attempted
burglary. k '
BABY IS UNHURT
Floods of Snow Sweep
Down on Villages
In Hour, r
Geneva, Dec. 25. The avalanches
at the mountain resort of Davos
yesterday caused terror among res
idents and visitors and resulted in
several deaths. One huge avalanche
swept down upon a t sanitorium
smashing doors and windows on
the first and second stories and kill
ing a Russian woman and her nurse
and seriously injuring several others.J
Many were imprisoned in the upper
floors throughout the night.
Another avalanche fell on the ho
tel Excelsior,- killing two employes
and a third overwhelmed the Pen
sion Germania. Five dead have been
taken from this building.
Under the wreckage, one French
invalid child had a miraculous es
cape. Though the room in which
it lay was almost filled with snow
the cot was untouched.
Six avalanches swept down with'
in an hour, all leaving their natural
beds from the Schiahorn mountain,
overhanging Davos, and carrying
down telegraph and telephone wires.
Venizelos in Rome.
Rome. Dec. 25. Premier Veni
zelos of Greece arrived here from
Athens yesterday, remained in Rome
12 hours and then departed for
Paris. Signor Scialoia. Italian for
eign minister, will go to Paris Sat
trdar and Premier Nitti early ir
WITH LIQUID JOY
Cocktails Sold Openly Only
One Resort Did Not Dis
BY AUGUSTIN LARDY,
(Inivrraal Service Stuff Corrwipoiidrnt.)
New York, Dec. 25. Christmas
eve. and all was well and wet along
Despite prohibition, there was an
enthusiastic Yulctide spirit in 'many
a genial diner-out, nursing a fla.;k
or a bottle beneath his table. Evea
the martini cocktails were not so
very "dry" tonight. Despite the coal
restriction 'ordinances, . the very
lights of the White Light district
were properly "lit up," gleaming
mistily through the drizzle and slec'.
Near-beer flowed as freely as tlie
Hudson river, but kickful booze
merely trickled "for the thirsty or.e
without the password or the huh
sign m the big hotels and restai-
rants. However, a wink was as,
good as a nod to a blind tiger,
r One Not .Selling Booze.
Now, officials of the Hotel Asso
ciation of New York, controlling
about 150 of the best hotels in the
city, lad said that members of the
organization had agreed to see to
it that Manhattan would be dined,
but not wined where the hotels were
"I m the only man along Broad
way not selling booze," declared
Capt. James Churchill, formerly or
New York's police force, and now
running Churchill's restaurant and
"Champagc? We had more cham
pagne in our cellars than any other
big hotel in New York," boasted
the manager of one . of the best
Carry Own Bottles.
Christmas . eve was a "home"
lighk according to hotel men, but
even so, every caie, caoarei anu
restaurant i in he city seemed
crowded. Corks were popping, wine
gurgled into crystal glasses and
whiskv some of it good, but most
of it bad was taken straight . or in
a highball wherever there was res
taurant or cabaret revelry, ratrons
entered the restaurants, some .of
them frankly carrying bottles un
der their arms, others ostentatiously
walking in front of a . waiter or
(Continued on PK Two. Column Throe)
FREE DINNERS GO
UNEATEN AT THE
N. Y. MISSION'S
Few Appear Where Formerly
1,500 Fed Tree at Every
New York, Dec. 25. Christmas
dinners went begging on the Bow-
n 1 ' . I II ,t..
ery. Koast turice witn an me
trimmings' candy and mince pie
failed to attract halt as many hun
gry men as were served m former.
years. 1 nis was auriDutea io pros
perity and prohibition.
-The ti-mous Bowery mission
served 'only 400 persons, where in
former years they have been called
to provide for at least 1,500. At Had
lev's Rescue hall fewer than 300 ap
peared for dinner. Many missions did
not serve tne usual v,nnsimas re
past because of the lack of appli
cants. Not a Man Present.
The usual Christmas noon hour
dinner at the McAuley Water Street
mission was postponed until njght
because of the lack of applicants.
Not a man appeared at noon, al
though 400 pounds of turkey and
many good things had been pre
pared. ,A few yeais ago it was not
unusual for the mission to feed 1,500,
but tonight fewer than 300 hungry
Outside the Bowery Christmas
chejr was spread into many humble
homes by organizations, institutions
The .Salvation Army furnished
Christmas dinners to more than 3,000
families. More than 500 merchant
sailors were entertained at a dinner
at the Institute of the American
Seamen's society. Several army
trucks bearing Christmas trees and
thousands of presents made tours of
the poorer sections.
Gifts for 7,000.
Nearly 7,000 children were made
happy with gifts,. valued. at $14,000
and distributed at the annual Christ
rias tree celebration of the New
York lodge of Elks. Approximately
10 tons of Christmas supplies were
distributed by the Knights of Colum
bus to wounded soldiers. They also
provided for each sailor on the naval
ships in the harbor.
The "Christmas job tree" erected
by the Knights, of.. Columbus in
liongacre square was covered with
cards from employers inviting ex
service men to see them for employ
ment. The cards were distributed to
jobless veterans as .gifts. , , . .
Policemen throughout v the city
acted as Santa Claus for needy fam
ilies in their districts. Each station
house had a Christmas tree and
thousands of gifts, and banskets were
distributed by the bluecoats.
. Three I. W. W. Indicted. ,
Tacoma. Wash., Dec. 25. Three
alleged leaders of the I. W. W. here
v'cre indicted by the federal grand
jury and arraigned in the'. federal
court charged with violation of the
anti-sedition laws. Bail for each was
,set at $5,000.
Unfortunate Shutins and Poor
Of the City Given an Op
portunity to pelebrate the
Birth of the Redeemer.
BUSINESS PREPARES TO .
END PROSPEROUS YEAR
Big Holiday Sales Encourage
Interests in City to Prepare
For Bigger Activities During
Omaha enjoyed a merry Christ
mas yesterday. .
The average home was the center
of Yuletide cheer, and it may be said
that every home, from the humble
cottage to the mansion on the hill,
had its quota of good fTiings.
Santa Claus was the only person
who slept yesterday, after a hard
right, distributing toys and confec
tions to 40,000 good boys and girls
of Omaha. The little folks were
rstir early in the' morning to learn
what Santa had brought them, and
father and mother harked back to
the days when they, too, were on the
calling list of the merry old pur
veyor of presents.
Weather Conditions Favorable.
Weather conditions were compara
tively favorable for the enjoyment
of the day. '
All theaters and movie houses did
a capacity business in the afternoon
and evening and the skater-: thronged
Hanscom, Riverview, Fontenelle and
Miller parks and also Carter lake.
One of the most inspiring scenes
Christmas morning was observed at
the City Mission, where the Omaha
Junior league, under the leadership
of Miss Erna Reed, Mayor Smith,
Leo G. Kratz, Gould DieU and-Mary-E.
Anthony, gladdened the hearts
of 400 boys and girls. This was the
happiest gathering of children in
Omaha. Each boy and girl was re
membered and those who assisted in
the celebration seemed to be as
happy as the kiddies.
The- Young Women's , Christian
Association Student club of the High
School of Corhmerce entertained the
residents at the county hospital with
a program consisting of carols and
school songs, reading, dance, vocal
solo and stunts. Mrs. Mary Horton.
Esther Stokes, Ellen Mattern and
Ida Joy Knapper assisted in this en
tertainment. A Christmas party was held yes
terday morning for the children at
Fort Omaha, under the supervision
of Mrs. Jacob W. S. Wuest.
Homeless Waifs Remembered.
The little people of the Child Sav
ing institute were remembered by
the board of directors of the insti
tution, "who trimmed two trees for
the occasion and filled every stock
ing with toys at St. James' Orphan
age by the Knights of Columbus,
who remembered 160 children in a
Children and adults at the Uni
versity of Nebraska hospital were
visited by Omaha women who made
each patient share the enjoyment
of the Christmas season.
' Omaha returns to business this
morning, ready to finish up a pros
perous business year and to begin
the new year next week with re
newed determination and loyalty.
Business men are pleased with the
holiday . trade, a feature of which
was the almost complete sale of
Christmas cards. Cards of the bet
ter kinds were all sold 'Wednes
day night and increase in the mail
was evidence of that situation.
Remember Jail Prisoners.
Prisoners at the city and -county
jails were remembered yesterday
and for the time being their hearts
were mellowed by the thought that
the world is not entirely against
them in their misfortune.
Shut-ins at the Old People's
(Continued on Pare Two, Column Two.)
$20,000 in Rare Wine
And Whisky Stolen
From Chicago Home
Chicago, Dec. 24. Ten disguised
whisky robbers used motor trucks to
take away whisky valued at from
$10,000 to $20,000 from the summer
home of C. H. Ackert, broker, at
Lake Forest, a Chicago suburb; it
became known Wednesday. A butler
vho attempted to prevent the rob
bery was strung up by the thumbs
and cut down exhausted hours later
when a chauffeur and his wife broke
out of a closet where they had been
Miners in Clash.
Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 25. John J."
Hewitt, treasurer of the Wilkeson
Coal & Coke company, received a
report tonight that fighting had
broken out between union and non
union miners -at the company's mine
at Wilkeson, Wash. He telephoned
at once to Governor Hart asking
(that trpops be rushed to Wilkeson.
OVER $1,000 FOR
ONE DAY'S WORK
- ' .
Two Highwaymen and Officer
Fight Duel on Eight
Burglars, - highwaymen and pick
pockets secured more than $J, 000
worth. of loot in Omaha Wednesday
in an," effort to malec Christmas
merry. Reports of their activities on
Christmas day and last night were
withheld at Central police station.
The following losses occuritig on
Wednesday were given out by the
Dr. U. E. Ludwig, 2720 Newport
avenue, reported that two friends
from St. Edward, Neb., left two
suitcases containing $200 worth of
jewelry Christmas presents in his car
in front of his home Christmas eve
and some one stole them. No trace
of either suitcases or jewelry has
been discovered. ;
Duel With Highwaymen.
Officer Hunsacker, patrolling his
beat, surprised two men in the act
of ..holding up Floyd Paynter, 302
North Twentieth street at 1:20
Thursday morning at Twentieth
and Davenport streets. The high
wavmen had taken only $1 from
Paynter when Hunsacker inter
rupted them. When they fled he
cpened fire on them. They returned
the fire, one of them firing five shots
and one six shots back at the offi
cer. Hunsacker was handicapped
iy a pedestrian on the street at
Eighteenth and Davenport streets.
The officer was unable to shoot
while the pedestrian was in the line
of fire. The highwaymen turned
south on Eighteenth street and it
Capitol avenue Hunsacker lost sight
of them. Hunsacker is one of the
new officers appointed to the force.
George Smith, 1203 Douglas street,
reported that some one stole two re
volvers valued at $54 from his room
Pocket Picked on Car. v
,W. J. Johnson, 2019 Burt street,
told the police his pocket was picked
of $25 while he was riding on a
Farnam street car.,
Pete Rcsik, 3420 Sahler street, re
ported that his pocket was picked on
a Farnam street car. Rosik said the
pickpocket took $83,
""Burglars broke into the "Store of
H. H. Anderson, 2520 Lake street,
and stole $40 worth of cigarets and
A. Menshik, 5431 South Twenty
fourth, street, was held up on the O
street viaduct by two armed white
men who took his watch.
C. E. Thorsen was held uo hv two
negroes in his store at 1439' North
Nineteenth street, and $200 taken
from the cash register.
Nels Jensen, 2132 South Forty
second street, either lost $190 or had
his pocke't picked of that sup. The
police believe on account of other
pickpocket reports' on street cars
Wednesday that Tensen's pocket was
Burglars broke a window in the
Christofer Coal company office, 2520
(Contlnurd on Page Two, Column Three)
tlohn'D. Rockefeller Astounds
The World With Announce
ment of Munificent Christ
mas Gift to All Mankind.
SAFE IN BLUFFS;
$605 IS TAKEN
Carnival of Crime Sweeps City
While Citizens Celebrate
Police reports yesterday showed
burglars and thieves active in. Coun
cil Bluffs Christmas eve, and well
paid for their work.' Phil Saks' gro
cery store, Fifth avenue and Tenth
street, was entered by burglars, with
a key, the safe blown open and
$605.83 in cash and a number of
valuable papers taken. Small quan
tities of choice merchandise were
taken, the door locked and the bur
glars escaped without attracting at
tention. The burglary was riot dis
covered until Mr. Saks went to the
Burglars entered the home of A.
J. Tanlus, 409 South Thirteenth
street, while all the members of the
family were enjoying Christmas eve
at the home of friends, and ran
sacked the house. Every room and
every receptacle was searched. A
suit of blue serge clothes and other
articles of clothing and a revolver
jvere taken. Entrance was gained
through a kitchen window.
Thieves looted a merchandise
truck belonging to the Harle-Haas
Wholesale Drug company ,after it
hadbeen run into the garage of the
Council Bluffs Auto, company. Six
boxes of cigars were stolen.
J. E. Swan, city passenger agent
of the Burlington railroad, lost an
overcoat when he left it unguarded
in a coach while riding from the city
depot to 'the Union Facific transfer.
Shoots Man Who Rushed
At.Him Brandishing Knife
' Gu's 'Sariiuels,' 323' North Seven
teenth street, was t shot and per
haps fatally wounded at 9 Wednes
day nighr by Pete Pitrick, 522
South Thirteenth street. Pitrick told
the -police' that -as he entered the
coffee house at 523 South -Thirteenth
street. Samuels rushed
toward him brandishing a -kinfe.
Pitrick said he shot Samuels in self
defense. Pitrick was arrested and
held for investigation. Samuels was
removed to Lord Lister hospital.
Hi munition t critical.
GIVEN IN AID
TOTAL OF GIFTS NOW
Half, of Huge Sum' Will Go to
Help Raise Salaries of Col
lege Professors, Remainder
To Combat Disease.
New York, Dec. 25. John D.
Rockefeller gave to mankind a
Christmas present of $100,000,000
half to the general education board
to raise the salaries of college pro
fessors and half to the Rockefeller
foundation to aid in its work of
combating disease through im
provement of medical education,
public health administration and sci
entific research, ft is estimated that
Mr. Rockefeller's public gifts now
While leaving to the general edu
cation board the task of selecting
the colleges which shall receive
awards for their teaching staffs and
the amount each is to receive, Mr.
Rockefeller urged the principal as
well as "the income be used "as
promntly and largely. as may seem
May Expand Principal.
The ;rustees of the Rockefeller
foundation also are authorized to
utilize both the principal and in
come of their gift, in connection,
with which Mr. Rockefeller added
that if the board "should see fit to
use any part 6f this new gift, in pro
moting .medical .' educatioaii? . Can
ada, such fction would meet with
my cordial approval." Such action
will, be taken,, acco-ding to Dr.
George E. Vincent, president of the
foundation, who stated onight that
the trustees would be asked to set
aside $5,000,000 for this purpose.
Would Aid Teachers.
It is known that for a long time
Mr. Rockefeller has been interested
in the problem of aiding teachers in
meeting the increased cost of living.
In 600 colleges campaigns are un
der way to raise .approximately
$150,000,000 for this purpose, and
while in making his gifts Mr. Rocke
feller does not specify institutions
receiving a share shall -contribute a
sum themselves, this has -been the
practice of the general education
Certaiu officers of the general ed
ucation boards are about to start a
southern trip when they will visit
several institutions which already
have applied for assistance. The
board will hold its next meeting
February 26, and it is expected that
at that time a policy for distribu
tion of the fund will be adopted.
In transmitting his gift to the
board, Mr. Rockefeller said:
"The attention of the American
public has "recently-been drawn to
the urgent and immediate necessity
of providing more adequate salaries
to members of the teaching profes
sion. It is of'the highest importance
that those entrusted with the educa
tion of youth, and the increase of
knowledge should not be led to
abandon their calling by reason of
financial pressure, or to cling to it
r.midst discouragements due to finan
cial limitations. It is of equal im
portance to our future welfare and
progress that able and aspiring
young men and women should not
(Contlnnert on Two, Column Three)
Says Germans Using
All Speed to Get
Paris, Dec. 25. (By the Associat
ed Press.) The final debate on the
repeatedly postponed exchange of
ratifications of the treaty of Ver
sailles now depends upon the speed
with which the allied missions in
Germany can verify the German fig
ures of available floating dock ton
nage demanded by the allies as com
pensation for the sinking of the Ger
man warships at Scapa Flow.
The Associated Press was in
formed to this effect Thursday at
the headquarters of the German
peace headquarters of the German
peace delegation. Baron von'Lers
nerhead of the'C-erman representa
tives, said he thought this would take
at least a fortnight, if not longer, in
view of the difficulties of transporta
tion in Germany and the details in
volved in veryifying the r-t tails.
"Peace means the repatriation of
cur soldiers, prisoners in France,
who arc obliged to spend another
Christmas in captivity, though hos
tilities have been suspended for more
than a year," he said.
"The fact that Herr von Sim son
arrived in Paris last Sunday to start j
negotiations for putting the treaty
into effect, proves that we had no
intention to delav matters: j
Makes A Christmas
Gift of $100,000,000
To American Public
President Issues Proclamation
Giving Control Back to Own
ers Notice Allows Adjust
ment to Old Conditions. '
John D. Rockefeller.
ONLY ONE DEMAND
FOR WAGES PENDING
Director General Hines Issues
Statement to Men, and Sends
Telegram tp Heads of Roads
ing Train at Night After
Feigning Illness Dur- -ing
Washington. D. C. Dec. 2a.
President Wilson announced Wed
nesdav he would return the railroads
Leaps From Window of Mov-1 to private ownership March 1.'
The president also announced that
the railway express companies
would ta returned at the same time.
In announcing these two decisions
of the president. Secretary Tumulty.
: i . l. r . 1 1 : . . .. l .
tj r .u ,i ' mii:u inr. luifowiiiK statement; . ;
"ir-:, T. .1 . r .i-i Last May in his message to tne
son by jumping trom a window in . .., . . . f ., . , r,
..:j ti41. .over to their owners at the end of
moi'th. Neb., at 7:45 Wednesday I ms "lendar year. v It is now i eces
n?ht. Tt i. heliwrf the fifiv i, ?ry to act by issuing the proclam
hiilimr in Omaha. I
iicn K;,'.: wn.. i no
to Omaha from Tulsa, Okl., to an-J
swer a charge ot highjacking the
home of Charles Storz, 1901 Wirt
street, while the family was attend
ing .a funeral last summer. The
"highjackers" who robbed the Storz
home of six cases of choice wines,
the police say, are Wegsworth and
Dave Gilihsky, now awaiting trial
in district court in connection with
an attempt to "highjack" the home
bf Mrs. C. C Allison several weeks
ago.' - -
, "Frisco was sick all day, .running
ta the toilet at rrequent intervals, '
Johnson says. "Every time he felt
sickness coming on, I removed his
handcuffs and accompanied him to
the rear of the coach. About 7:40
Wednesday night he got sick. I took
i off his cuffs for him. When he got
up he was so weak he staggered piti
fully, so I didn't follow him. After
he was gone a few minutes I got
worried for fear he might try Jo get
;iway and going back I found the
door locked. I hurried out thecoach
dcor to the steps-and saw he had
broken out the little window in the
toilpf room and escaped. The train
was moving about 30 miles an hour."
Sheriff Clark had a corps of depu
ties scour the neighborhood of the
pscape all day Christmas, but no
trace of the fugitive could be found.
No blood was found about the place
where Johnson says his prisoner
jumped from- the train , People at
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FEDERAL DRY ACT
TO BE FOUGHT BY
Anti-Saloon League Attorney,
However, Says Executive Is
Only "Bluf fag."
Newark. K. J., Dec. 25. The con
stitutionality of the federal prohi
bition amendment will be challenged
again in the United States supreme
court waen Governor-elect Edwards
takes office. After discussing his in
augural address with democratic legfc
islators and . leaders. Mr. Edwards
stated he would direct Attorney
General McCran to start proceed
ings, and pending decision in the
higher court a bill declaring beer
and light wines nonintoxicating and
salable in New Jersey would be in
troduced. The contemplated attack on the
constitutionality of the federal pro
hibition amendment by the gov
ernor and his intention to induce
the legislature to legalize the sale
of beer and light wines in the state
were characterized as "bluff" iby G.
Howland Monroe, attorney for the
New Jersey anti-saloon league.
"Mr. Edwards is simply at
tempting to make good some of the
rash promises he made in his cam
paign," Monroe said. "It is ex
tremely doubtful if he will have the
support of the legislature in his
fight except that its counsel, Wayne
B. Wheeler, may ile a brief as he
has done in similar cases in other
states." " -
Man Whose Life Lincoln
Saved 'Dead at Age of 90
St. Paul, Dec. 25. News of the
death of Lieut. L. Lancaster, 90
years old, a veteran of the Civil
war, at Eau Claire, Wis., was re
ceived by his daughter here.
He became a national figure in
186.?, while a member of the Second
Wisconsin cavalry. 4hrough a court
martial in which he was . found
guilty of insubordination and sen
tenced to be shot. He was lined up
before the firing squad when a
reprieve from President Lincoln arrived
tion. .In the present circumstances.
agreement having vet tfecn ,.
reached by the two houses of con-
gress in respect to legislation on the .
subject, it beconfes 'necessary in the
public interest to allow a reasonable
time to elapse between the" issuing -of
the proclamation and the date ol
its actually taking effect.
Must Have Delay. ; ' .
, "The president . is advised that
the railroads and express companies
are not organized to make it possi
ble for them to receive and manage,
their . properties if actually turned .
over o them on December 31," and
if this were done it would rais fin
nancial and legal complications of a
seriruis character. : J .
"The railroad and express com
panies should be given an opportun
ity to adequately "prepare for the. -f
resumption of their -business under
the control and management of
their own stockholders, directors
and officers. Therefore, the transfei
of possession back to the , 'railroac
companies will become effective. at
12:01 a. m.. March 1, 1920."
The decision of the president with
regard tp the railroad properties
was set forth in the following proc-'
tarnation: ' '
' ' Wilson's Proclamation.
"By the president of the United
States of America:
"Relinquishment of federal control
of railroads and systems of trans
portation. f :
"Whereas, In the exercise of "
authority committed to me by law,
I have, therefore, through the seerc-.
tary of war, taken possession of, -and
have, through the general di-.
rector of railroads, exercised con
trol Over certain railroads, systems
of transportation and property and
all pertaining thereto or connected
therewith systems of coastwise and
transportation, engaged in general
transportation and owned or con
trolled by said railroads or systems
of transportation; including also
terminals, terminal companies ajjd "
terminal associations, sleeping and
parlor cars, private cars and private
cars lines, elevators, warehouses, tel
egraph and telephone lines, and all '
other equipment and appurtenances"
commonly used upon 'or operated
as a part of such railroads and
systems of transportation; and .
"Whereas. I now.deem.it needful
and desirable ' that all railroads,,
systems of transportation and prop-'
erty now under such federal con
trol, be relinquished therefrom; now,
therefore, under authority of section
14 of the federal control act ' ap
proved March 21, 1918, and of all
other powers and provisions of law
thereto enabling me, I,' Woodrow
Wilson, president of the . United
States, do hereby relinquish from
federal control, effective the first
day of March 1920. at 12:01 o'clock
a. m.. all railroads, systems of trans
(Contlnned on Tn Tire. Comma dnc.i
Judge Sedgwick Dies ;
Suddenly After Eating
His Christmas Dinner '
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Lincoln. Neb., Dec. 25j Judge
Samuel H. Sedgwick, for IS years a
justice of the Nebraska supreme
court, died suddenly at his home
ncre i nursday trom heart disease
He was a pioneer lawyer of th
state. He was 71 year-old.
Judge Sedgwick had just "com
pleted eating Christmas dinner -witr
his wife and daughter -when stricken 1
W. J. Connell of Omaha, who was
eating Christmas dinner at the R. I '
Kaymond home next door,-and Mr.
Raymond were summoned by the
daughter, and when Judke Sedg- '
wick's condition" was learned, Dr '
Carl Connell of Omaha, aluo a guejt
at the Raymond home, was called
Judge Sedgwick died about 10 min
utes later. ..
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