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TIT" EE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1919.
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DE RETURNED TO
OWNERS MAR. 1
President Makes Proclama
tion Notice Gives Time ;
' Tn Prenarft for
4 . '
.. The Change.
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portation and property of whatever
J ind taken or held under such fed
eral control and not heretofore re
!:nquished and restore the same to
the possession and control 01 incir
' respective owners.
"Walker D. Hipes, director gen
v.rai nf railroads, or his successor in
office is hereby authorized and di
rected, through such agent and agou-
cies as he may determine, m any
, manner not inconsistent with the
provisions of said act of March 1,
1018. to adjust, settle and close all
matters, including the making ot
agreements for compensation and
all questions and disputes of what
soever nature arising out of or in
cident to federal control, until other
wise provided by proclamation of
the president or by act of congress
and generally to perform as fully in
all respects as the president is
, authorized to do all and singular
the acts and things necessary or
proper in order to carry into effect
this proclamation and the relinquish
ment of said railroads, systems of
transportation and property.
"For the purpose of accounting
and for all other purposes, this
, IllULIAUiailuil Jiiaii 1 v. w . . - -
on the first day ot Marcn, iy. ai
K:01 a." m. .
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' "in witness, wnereoi,.i. nave ut-
unto set my hand caused tne seai
of the United States to be affixed.
"Done by the president, through
Newton D. Baker secretary of .war,
in 'the District of Columbia, this
24th dav of December, the year of
our Lord, one thousand, nine hun-
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area ana nineteen, ana oi me muc
of the United States of
America, the one hundred and
"(Signed) WOOpROW WIL
SON, by the president; Robert
Tensing, secretary of state: Newton
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Uinta tn1 Wire
Director ' General Hines sent the
following telegram tonight to all
officers and employes of railroads in
'The proclamation which the pres
ident has issued fixes March 1 as
the date for transfer of the railroads
back to the possession and control
of the railroad companies. I ap
peal to every officer and every era
rtlnvA to redouble his efforts to pro
duce the best and the most econom
ical railroad service possible during
the remaining period c federal con
trol. ' . ...
"During the unusually -heavy busi
ness of the past few months and the
extraordinary difficulties created by
the coal strike, the officers :and em
ployes have done especially fine
work, so that with more confidence
than ever before, I express the hope
that all cvf us will" give the very best
account of ourselves in this remain
inSf period in our . common interest
and in the public interest. I extend
tc all of my comrades in the railroad
rervice and their, families my sincere
vihes for a merry Christmas and
; a hannv New Year," ' "
Makes New Wge Problem.
.President Wilson's proclamation
returning the railroads to private
control March 1 lends a new aspect
to wage problems; "now before Dir
rector General Hines.
In the opinion1 of railroad admin
istration officials, the president's
order, made public last night, should
tranquilite the labor situation, inas
much as the time of government
control! extended ; by two full
months. Union officers who have
been pressing for settlement of
their demands before the roads went
back on the supposition that the
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transfer would be made on January
1, the date originally set, have not
indicated how the proclamation will
affect their plans.'
Only One Wage Demand.
The only wage demands now be
fore Mr. Hihes are those of the 500,
000 shopmen, who were refused a
general ir.crease of 25 .per cent last
summer, President Wilson and the
d:rect6r general taking 'the position
tliat the war cycle of . advancing
wages ' md increasing living costs
must come to an end and the gov
ernment be given a fair 'chance to
compel a return to normal profits.
President Jewell and the executive
council of the six shop crafts re
cently rexewed their demands. They
were asked to await an official re
port by Attorney General .Palmar,
since made public, of the trend of
Mr. Palmer's: report showed that
the customary .upWard march of
prices during the fall months had
been much -less this year than in
the past, and expressed the convic
tion that the next two months would
show substantial results in reducing
the Inflation of living costs. The
.cost of Jiving question, therefore,
still is unsettled in the minds of high
government officials and will not be
settled until after government con
trol of the railroad systems had ex
pired. It remains to be seen what
viewthe president and the director
general will take of the shopmen's
renewed demand for more money in
the light of the attorney general's
Workers Want Action.
It is understood theshop workers
were represented to : be growing
restless over the lack of action on
Demands of railroad clerks for
more money now are before the
board of railway wages and work
ing conditions, which has not indi
cated when a report to the director
general may be expected. Extension
of the time of federal control will
necessitate the placing of additional
contracts by the administration, in
asmuch as purchase up to this time
generally have been for delivery up
to the end of the year. Some rails
nd ties will have to be bought, also
other materials for maintenance
work. Orders by Mr. Hines for an
inventory of materials on hand as
of January 1, will be changed to
have the inventories as of March 1.
The information will be used in
settling accounts with the roads.
I ; Approve Wilson's Actions
Washington, Dec, 24. Leaders in
congress generally expressed ap
proval of the president's action in
postponing return of the railroads.
"I think the president has done
th,e right thing," said Senator Cum
mins, chairman of the senate inter
state commerce committee and
chairman of the subcommittee which
framed the legislation known as the
Cummins bill. "It would have been
very unfortunate if the roads had
been turned back before necessary
legislation was enacted. Legislation
to meet ' conditions in connection
with the reversion of the properties
undoubtedly will be sent to the
president within the next month. It
may be possible to complete the leg
islation before the end of January"
Regional Director Says '
Wilson Acted Wisely
St. Louis, Dec. 25. B. F. Bush,
southwest regional railroad director
and corporate president of the Mis
souri Pacific, asserted President Wil
son acted wjsely in not returning
the railroads to private ownership
before March 1.
, "The roads are in no condition to
be turned to private control and it
would be unwise to return them at
this time, he said. "By March 1,
however, I believe they will be in
such condition that private control
can be assumed with little or no
inconvenience to the public." '
Christmas Festival .
" Enjoyed by All Omaha
' (Continued From Fill On.)
home. House of Hope and other in
stitutions were beneficiaries of re
membrances of holiday cheer.
Omaha made'the most of the day
and "peace oil earth and good will
.to men seemed really- to prevail
throughout this great metropolis.
Sing Christmas Carpls.
; The Community Service league
and Y. M. C. A. girls, numbering
about 75, carried the message ot
Yuletide to all parts of the city
Christmas : eve. The large trucks
donated by the Kotary and Kiwanis
clubs and .Nebraska White comoanv
carried the singers and a beauti
fully decorated tree lighted by the
Delco Light company through the
Starting at 6 Christmas carols
were sung on the streets after which
the singers went to several hospitals
and the detention home tor girls,
Great interest was snown in the
plan for community singing of
100 Million to Man
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for similar reasons be deterred from
devoting their lives to teaching.
"While this sift is made for the
general corporate purposes of the
board, I should cordially endorse
decision to use the principal as well
as the income- as promptly and
largely as may seem wise for the
purpose of co-operating with the
higher institutions of learning in
raising sums specifically devoted to
the increase of teachers' salaries."
'. Colleges Ask Aid.
In commenting upon the gift, Dr.
Wallace Buttrick, president of the
board, said that since the end of the
war it had received trom colleges
and universities applications tor
aid, "which would practically ex
haust the working capitM et the
board." He added that Mr. Rocke
feller had realized the emergency
In transmitting his gift to the
Rockefeller foundation "to promote
the well being of mankind through
out the world." Mr. Rockefeller im
posed no restrictions, although he
expressed special interest in tne
work being done throughout the
world in combating disease through
the improvement of medical educa
tion!" Alluding to a gift of $20,-
000,000 for this purpose which he
made to the general education Doard
this year, he said:
"My attention has been called to
the needs of some of the medical
schools in Canada, but as the
activities of the general education
board are ay. its character limited
to the United States, I understand
that gifts may not be used far Can
To Help Canadians.
"The Canadian people are our
near neighbors. They are closely
bound to us my ties of race, lan
guage and international friendship
and they have without 6tint sacri
ficed themselves, their youth and
their resources to the end that
democracy might be saved and ex
tended. For these reasons, if your
board should see fit to use any part
of this new gift in prompting medi
cal education in Canada, such action
would meet with my cordial approval."
In asserting $5,UW,0UO would be
set aside for Canadian schools Dr.
"From this sum appropriations
will be made by the foundation to
medical "schools on condition that
they raise additional funds for other
sources. It is hoped that $5,000,000
thus employed by the foundation
at this time will give a distinct im
petus to the development of medical
education in Canada."
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President's Day Quiet:,
Signs the Edge Bil
Washincrton Dep. 25 Th
tional capital, officially and privately,
spent a quiet umstmas. ah aepart-
closed and congress was in the midst
or us two weeKS noiiday recess.
The only official, act of the day
was the signature hv Pri'Hinf Wil
son of the Edge bill, passed by con
gress jut betore the holiday recess
began and designed to promote
American participation in foreign
With the crent!fin nf sttarht
his signature to the bill, the presi-
ucm rested, spending most oi tne
iorenoon m tne white House gard
ana at noon eating a Christmas d
ici hi in room.
- During the afternoon, while M
wuson drove out to present gi
to inenas ot the tamily and to
children 1:vinv sinner tti rnaA
Country club where the.presid
,iiB unless piaycu boh,
Wilson read the large number
Christm mfccaer urhirh Via
ceived from all parts of the United
states ana trom abroad.
Members of the cabinet and oth
Itign government officials spent
day at tneir' homes.
To Fortify th SyiUm Against Crip.
Tita LAX1TIV1 BROMO QPINITO TtbltU. which
dMtroji rtrmi. Tonlo and UuUn. md
thui jmirmt roM. Grtp ,nd innm,a Thr
lonly ono '-BBOMO omNma," js, W. CBOV'B
Broadway Giddy With
Liquid Joy Christmas
(Continued From Pare One.)
bell boy laden with bottled liquid
delight There was no law to pre
vent the public from bringing its
private liquor into the restaurants,
and there was .no law to prevent
the restaurant owners from adding
"corkage" charges to the bills,
Beer real beer was rarer in New
York than Grecian wine. Scotch -was
about as common as bottled star
dust. "Red-eye" was the drink these
days. It was of the triple-action,
high-tension TNT variety and was
to be had wherever one had slightly
more than a nodding acquaintance
with a bartender.
Cocktails Sold Openly.
Cocktails were being sold openly
in some places along Broadway.
Their cost was from $1 to $1.50 a sip.
Some of the smaller houses sold
cocktails, chiefly Manhattan and
Martinis, only if the customer pur
chased a pint bottle of whisky along
with, his dinner. The cost per bottle
ranged from $15 to $20.
In one auaint little place oft
Broadway, frequented by morning
newspaper men and other night
workers, there was gin to be had. It
came in coffee cups and cost 75 cents
a gulp, and was watered stock at
"New York is dvinsr hard, said
one well known hotel man just back
from a trio throughout the country.
"The west takes prohibition as a
sort of joke, but then everybody
seems to have a private supply.
Hence their humor. New York never
thought prohibition could happen. It
has. 'Tis going to be a dull,- dry
world and New York is growling
and drinking all it can Ret. This new
year will not be dry, however, for it
is the city's last chance to celebrate
and every Manhattanite knows it.
About the dawn of January z, lvu,
. . , , . .
tne town H oegin sooering up on bih
Thieves Get More Than
$1,000 for Days Work
Continued From Far On.)
Lake street, and took a revolver
valued at 20.
W. C. Daarwell, 1419 Sherwood
avenue, told the police a parcel con
taining a $14 bathrobe was stolen
from him in the Central market.
Robbery at Convent.
The Catholic sisters, at 8208 North
Thirtyrfirst street, reported that
some one broke a window in the
convent there and stole a pair of fur
gloves valued at $25.
John Holts, 1024 Capitol avenue,
reported the loss of $25 worth of
clothing to burglars.
A. Reiser, 1020 Lincoln avenue,
reoorted that h was held uo in his
place of business. 1002 South Thir
teenth street, by a white man. Keiser
says he seized a gun and attempted
to rout the robber. The highway
man struck him over the head and
inflicted a deep wound Nothing
Two tires were stolen, from the
automobile of Dr. S. Levy, 246
Brandeis Theater building. Dr. Levy
valued the tires at $50.
Mrs. Luda Mclntire, 703J4 North
Sixteenth street, told the police
some one stole a rug valued at $12
from her hallway.
Sam Riseman, 2308-10 Cuming
street, reported that some one stole
a tire from the rear of his car.. The
value of the tire was $35.
J. Shainholz said some one stole
his overcoat from the Y. M. C. A.
lobby. Shainholz valued the coat at
Virgil Johnson, Brandeis stores
employe, said his leather overcoat,
value $63, was taken from a locker
at the store. - - -.
USE WOMEN AS
DECOYS TO ROB
Startling State" of Affairs at
French Frpnt Told of
New York, Dec. 25. Murders and
robberies committed in Lemans by
gangs of American and French sol
diers, using women as decoys, were
described by Maj. George Armstrong
ot uetrou wno servea as assistant
p ovost marshal in the American
Major Armstrong was called by
the defense as a witness at the court-
martial-of Capt. Karl W. Detzer of
the 308th military police company,
who is chargad with cruelty to pris
oners while directing criminal inves-
igation work in Lemans.
Maior Armstrong testified that he
had direct charge of 2,200 military
policemen in Lemans from August,
1918, until January, 1919, and that
during this period 1,500,000 Ameri
cans passed through the area.
A large lawless element was at
work, he said, and while he was in
Lemans 25 murders were committed
and chateaux robbed of thousands of
dollars worth of furnishings.
The thugs, he said, were known
as the Kiver gang, unateau
gang," "Jewelry gang" and other
designations denoting their "spe
All the thugs, he said, were ar
rested by the military police and are
now serving sentences of two to 15
years. Notwithstanding the char
acter of the men with whom they
had to deal, he said, all M. P.'s in
the area were ordered not to strike
prisoners except in self-defense.
Kaufman Buys McClure's
And Will Edit Magazine
New York.- Dec. 25. McClure's
Magazine' has been bought by Her
bert Kaufman, poet, author and edi
torial writer, it was announced by
Frederick L. Collins, president of
tbe company. All the stocks of Mc
Clure's publications, incorporated,
went to Mr. Kaufman in the pur
chase, Mr. Collins said.
Mr. Kaufman will be editor of the
magazine, it was stated, and no
other change in the staff is contem
plated. Says Denikine's Force
Must Fiee to Roumania
Geneva. Dec. 25. The retreat of
General Denikine's volunteers has
been completely severed, according
to a Bucharest dispatch. Their only
recourse, the dispatch adds, is to
seek refuge in Roumania.
"Frisco Pete" Escapes
From Officer on Train
(Continued From Far Ont.)
farmhouses for miles around said
they had seen nothing of the fugi
tive. . 4
May Be in Omaha.
Sheriff Mike Clark is of the belief
that "Frisco Pete" is in Omaha. "He
was thinly clad," said Clark yester
day. "Johnson had taken what
money he had. He didn't inquire
at any farmhouses for food, as near
ly as we can learn. We are tracing
all cars stolen in the vicinity be
tween Plattsmouth and Omaha in
the belief that Frisco will , steal a
car and return to his friends in
Omaha for help and protection."
"The police and my men are on
the lookout for him here and I be
lieve he will be caught soon."
"Frisco Pete" and Dave Gikinsky
were arrested shortly after the Storz
home had been robbed in broad day
light. After a hearing in' police court
they were bound over to district
court for trial. A maid in the Storz
home indentified them as the men
who represented themselves to be
officers of the law and took the six
cases of wine from the Storz base
ment. Few Prisoners Escape.
When the case was called in dis
trict court, Wegs worth failed to ap
pear. He was arrested recently tn
Tulsa on a Mann act charge. The
Tulsa police allege that he took a
girl named "June" from Omaha to
Tulsa for immoral purposes. The
case was dismissed and he was
turned over to Deputy Sheriff John
son. According to . Sheriff Clark, but
three men have ever escaped from
his deputies. "Two men escaped in
a similar manner from a deputy this
summer - while being brought to
Omaha from St. Joseph. They were
laten caught. The police caught one
and deputy sheriffs caught the other.
"Frisco Pete" is the third. A man
charged with insanity, but who was
later dismissed from the charge, ran
down the court house steps one day,
but came back later. The next
prisoner who escapes will take the
deputy's job with him.
D'Olier Sends Greetings to
American Legion Officers
Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 25. De
partment commanders, executive
committeemen, alternates and adju
tants of the American Legion were
sent holiday greetings by Franklin
D'Olier, national commander. He
thanked them for their co-operation
and warned against "any future
overzealous, thoughtless or unfair
act which can weaken the legion's
influence for national betterment."
POLICE BREAK UP
PARADE IN GARB
Wearing "StHpes" and Man
acles Marchers Stage Plea for
New York, Dec. 25. The Christ
mas day celebration ot the League
for Amnesty for Political Prisoners,
met" with disaster today when po
lice, soldiers and irate citizens broke
it up. Several hundred men and
women, placarded and "single filed"
for the start of their "walk" u
Fifth avenue, dwindled to about 50
persons, divided into two Nvanderifg
bodies which found their wy
"heme" to the parish house of the
Church of the Ascension in West
Eleventh street after many hours of
Church congregations emergM
from services at noon without find
ing the league's carollers, who wrj
to s;ng for them in manacles and in
prison garb. An all-day vigil at
Trinity church downtown saw no
demonstrations there. Police warn
ings of drastic action to be taken
if attempts to violate the law weri.
made" brought changes in the
league's Christmas program, r.otaMc
for omissions, it was said.
Placards carried by the "walkers '
were destroyed wholesale by the po
lice and volunteer assistants. A
number of arrests were made for
disobedience of police orders, a.:o
constant interruptions by police and
civilians resulted in disruption of the
"procession" beyond all recognition
within a quarter of a mile of it J
The route of the "walkers" was
to have been up Fifth avenue. At
Twenty-ninth street, it made anoth
er effort to get on Fifth avenue
and succeeded in "walking" a whole
block there before the police went
into action again and. diverted the
line to Broadway. At Herald Square
the straggling column split, one
continuing to Forty-second street
and Bryant Park and by divious
ways, back to Eleventh street. The
second line, numbering less than
20 persons, managed to get into
Fifth avenue and continue along it
for half a mile despite interruptions
which met it at every crossing.
What was left of the demonstra
tion gathered in the Parish House
of the Church of the Ascension and
discussed a proposition for protest
against "brutality" of the police of
Greater New York.
Ireland Is Pictured
As Most Prosperous
Country in World
In a recently invented device to
enable golfers to practice hangs a
strip of paper that serves as a tar
get and is punctured by an accurate
ly driven ball.
New York. Dec. 25.-Sannicl S.
McClure, publisher, arrived here
atter a three months' visit to' Ire
land, . where he said he found a
"Ireland is the niost prosperous,
comfortable and law-abiding country
in the world," sajd Mr. McClure.
"lhe people are .well dressed and
well housed. One has to read out
side newspapers to learn of trouble
and unsettled conditions there. -
"I found that Irish banks have
deposits of more than 100,000,006
and have been forced to form alli
ances with English banks in order
to find an outlet for their money.
There are 5,000,000 head of cattle in
Ireland. Ireland has exported as
much food to England since 1913 as
either the United States or the Ar
The average automobile' owner
drives no less than 4,000 miles a
year, and buys a new model every
Kansas Miners Disobey
Order to Enter Mines
Tittsburg, Kan., Dec 25. Early
reports show that not all of the
Kansas coal miners who walked out
yesterday in protest against the
sending of Alexander Howat to jail
were returning to work. It.
was announced at the headquarters
of the operators' association that six
mines had been reported idle.
No word has been received here
as yet for a meeting of the executive
board of the Kansas district of mine
workers Friday to end the strike
against the Central Coat and Coke
company. This call is said to have
been issued by Howat from Indian
Commission on Coal
Problem Meets Monday
Washington, Dec. 25. President
Wilson has issued a ' call for a
meeting here Monday of the special
commission appointed to investigate
wages and prices in the bituminous
coal industry. The commission at
that time is expected to lay plans
for its jnquiry, which probably will
continue several weeks.
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