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RIEF RIG HT REEZY BITS OF NEWS SOCIETY'S MYSTERY MAN , IS CRITICALLY ILL. New Yrk, Dee. 26. Jean St. Cyr, known .is "Society s Man ot Mysr tery,". is critically til at a sanioriuni where he was operated upon eatur ' oay after suffering an attack o gaH-, gienous appendicitis. -! St. Cyr inherited a large fortune upon the t'eath of his wife, who was Mrs. Caroline . JV Redfield, a rich widow 0f Hartford, Conn. He rtmar Titd in 1915, this time secretly, his bride being' Mrs. Jathes 'Henry Smith, widow of "Silent" Smith. ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. San Francisco, ' Cal.. Dec. 26. San Francisco is going to "shoot from the hip" on New Year's eve. Dealers reported the, saje of more than 5..O0O flasks during the holiday ' season to date. The only inference one dealer said, is that convival San Franciscans arc not going to 'weigh ' themselves down with heavy bottles "from the home stock on the last night of the vear, but are going to ''wear" the flasks, most of which are finished in the. silver scroll de- 1 sign. ' ' . ' ."About a pint" was the way most orders for the flasks were qualified. r I CHRISTMAS TREE PROFITEERS LOSE. , . New York, Dec. 26. Speculators in Christmas trees were hard .hit in Jew York this year and today deal ers who had hoped for big profits hired, truck mento cart' many re maining firs to the bay. Others were turned over to janitors to help heat apartments. , . Large .shipments of Christmas trees were brought irr two weeks ago and were priced from $6 to $10 each.- No stampede of customers was observed, however, and a week later very fine specimens could be obtained for. $2 to $4. Tuesday night trees were selling from 35 cents to i -j .. ru.:..t ... .tr . many piles in various parts of the city over which were signs reading: "Please take one," ' USED OILED PAPER " IN LIEU OF GLASS, j - Valenciennes, France,' Dec. 26. Millions of yards of oiled paper are being used in France as a substi tute for: window glass, while , the glass works in" 10 department, wiped out during the war, are being i;cuilt. : The, "transparency" is composed of two sheets of oiled paper stretched between the window casings and reinforced by a wirdely-spaced net work of strings, v . POLICE MIGHT HAVE GOf "FRISCO PETE" IF- . ' The Council Bluffs police just missed . recapturing "Frisco Fete" Thursday afternoon, but the Bluffs police, department wouldn't have missed if the men had been given even .a half decent chance. At 2 ;35 o'clock a frantic ring of the. phone aroused" Desk Sergeant OHie Arnold. The message was la wn ic; but -siizfing with energv. "Frisco - Pete and Frank C Neil just trossed the bridge. Get'em quick!' Then the phone was hung up. Sergeant Arnold sent Emergency Officer Barritt and a plain c'othes man' flying toward the bridge. They got there in record time, bm they were badly handicapped. Never having seen either the men the Bluffs officers were unable to pick Pete and Frank from those persons crossing the bridge at the moment and neither of the men watted was generous enough to step I forward sna jae,nmy nimseu. -. QUAKER CEREMONTf AT RADICAL'S WEDDING. Boston- Dec. 26. Miss Mary Pea bidy, a Radcliffe graduate, recently suspended from the teaching staff j)f ihe Cambridge schools because her r.ame aopeared in a list seize, in a recent 'aid by officers seeking evi dence of radical .activities, was mar ried to J Leslie Hotson, a jtnrcr at . 1 rarvardv . . ' r .' The Quaker ceremony was used at the marriage, which took place at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. 1 .r . Tl t. - -1 -- Mr. Ho'tson's parents, forme! ly of Brooklyn, but now in Cambridge, relatives of the bride, and more than 25 friends of the couple attended the Tl,..- nee'tnKllt ill thp parlor of the Peabody residence and sr.t m silence, concentrating their minds ori "beautiful thoughts." After a" few moments the bride and hndge-5-oom stood tip and the bridegroom took the hand of the bride at.d an nounced that he desired to hae her tor his wife. She then' stated that she wished tc have him for husband. A paper was. handed the couple and they affixed' their signatures. All those present attested the signatures, and the ceremony was completed. "ALIMONY CLUB" New York, Dec. 26. There were just three members' of the Alimony club left in the Ludlow street jail on Christmas. -. . All the rest, and there were 33 yesterday, wilted at the last moment, paid up the back alimony and were given freedom outside by County Sheriff Knott. . ' But the three grim men i '.fused to pay up and so will have to stay in jail until three months are.com-. pleted. After that they are alimonily ' ebsolved. - . - Wives or-no wives the three an actor, a minister and a doctor had a merry Christmas tlinner and ate none the less heartily at the thought of their spouses aiimonuess. PAYS TO BE BORN ON CUNARD LINER. . New York. Dec. 26. "It pays to b born on a Cunard liner, as Frances Aura Astley will know when she is old enough to be in- . formed. Frances was Tjorn Monday on the Matiretania and when the ship leached here passengers related how the 503 persons in the first cabin made up a purse for her of $700. Not content with contributing to the fund, F. L. CHngensmith: European agent for the Ford Motor' company, presented the new baby with an order for a Ford car, handing the order to Frances' happy father, Will- - iam F. Astlev. The latter decided ' to raffle the flivver and thereby he gained $U01 which he added to the ether dot for France; "THE VELVET HAMMER" LOCAL CELEBRITIES DONE IN VERSE ON EDITORIAL PAGE. The Omaha Daily Bee VOL.- 49 NO. 165. ErttrMl it Mni.clu autter' 2. im. tt OauM P. 0. nnr let t March 3. IS7S. OMAHA, SATURDAY, pECEMBER 27, 1919.-." By Mall (I, Wrt, Oillj. MOO: Sunday. 2.Ms Dally aa Sua.. W 00: Mlslila Nik. lottaii antra. TWO CENTS. k. THE WEATHER s Fair Saturday and proba bly Sunday; continued mild temperature. ' Hourly l'cmfMratura'i : ' . 5 . m . ....... M I p. m. ... . .1(1 ). m,... S t (. in, ....... al 1 a. m. , 85 3 p. m.. ...43 8 m. ....... .84 I n, ,....,,,.' 9 a), an .85 5 p. m. J! 10 it. m. 3ft p. m. ....... M 11 ft. tn 37 1 p. m.... 1 nuun 40 I p. m S ( r V ji i(o) RAILROADS' fflClllfJISTS STRIKE MAY Will Not Submit to Enactment Of Cummins Railroad' Meas ure With Drastic Anti-Strike Clause Provision. "All 'Nebraska" Reception t Given.Geni Pershing; Pays Honor to Women in Address N t Representative Hall Smothered in National-Decora tions to Welcome Hero of Nation Governor and Mrs. McKelvie With Mayors "of Nebraska Cities . And Their Wives Head Reception Line Commit tee Present to Represent Omaha. CONGRESS IS WARNED . AGAINST PASSING BILL Heads of All ( Brotherhoods to Meet in Washington Monday To Define Precisely Position On Pending Legislation. Washington, Dec. 26. Organized railway rnachinists, through- their president, served notice on congress today that they would not submit to enactment of the Cummins tai'road till, with its drastic anti-strike pro vision. Voting more than a month ago, 98 per cent of the .125,000 members of the union favored an immediate ivalk&ut :n event of the bill's passage bv both houses of consrress. but the result was not made known through fear that he brotherhoods might ap pear in the light of attempt'ng to coerce the lawmaking brancli ot the governmet. , . The machinists, according to Will iam H. Johnston, president of the International association,, are th only railv'av employes who have taken a ftrike vote, but the heads of a'l the brotherhoods, 14 in all. have been summoned to meet here. Mon day to consider pending railway leg islation and define precisely their po sition on the clause in the Cummins bill, which would orevent strikes and put strikers in jail. Gomptrs Issues Call. 1 The call for the conference was isued bv Samuel uompers. presi dent of the American Federation of Labor, but Mr. Gompers and-cther leaders refused to discuss orobable action by the brotherhood leaders. President Wilson's Christmas eve announcement that the roads would hz handed back to their owners March 1. was a distinct disannoint- ment to labor leaders, who had been pleading for a two-year exten.-'on of government control. They agreed, rtowever, that if the roads were to co back it was a good thing to let it be known. . There was no meeting of house and senate conferees who have been assigned the stupendous job r.f try ing to frame a new railroad till out of the Escb and Cummins measures. This work, however, will beglr next week, in the hope of final enactment, of railroad legislation some t:me in the next two months. Main Point of Difference. The artti-strike section is known to be the main point of difference and while it was left 'jntact in the bill passed by the senate, house lead-; ers franklv. expressed loubt today' whether the house would accept it. At all events senators and rep'f sen- tatives alike are .anxious to hear from the brotherhood meeting Mon day, . without indicating chanp e in their own positions bv reason of any i declaration of principles from organ ized employes of the roads.. Go far as the conferees are coricefnid the j tabor section will not be considered until' they have reached art agree ment on all other disputed ques tions. , : - n ; - Must Use Strength. , Cleveland. O., Dec. 26. Represen tatives' of three big railway brother hoods, with, headquarters in Cleve land, will be represented Monday at two meetings of the railway unien officials in Washington, one to con sider pending railway legislation, the other to arrange for co-operation in obtaining wage increases. 1 he return or tne roaas to meir oVners in March does not lead the brotherhood's chiefs to fear their demands for increased wages will be neglected, they said. Timothy Shea, acting president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Enginerhen, said the brotherhood representatives would insist that the roads be returned without any restrictions being placed updn employes. The employes. Mr. Shea said, must be permitted to use their, eco nomic strength to oppose injustice just as they were permitted to be fore the government assumed con trol of the railroads. This ' does' not mean, Mr. '.Shea said, that they wished to become involved in a strike, but that they must be per mitted to retain their, rights as citizens. Melting Snow From Alps Threatens Grman Towns Geneva, ' Dec. 26. Melting snow from the, lower Alps has swollen the Rhine'river to 12' feet -above norraal, - threatening lower Basle and towns along the German shore. Floating trees; are doing damage. Tramway service in Basle lias been reduced ene half. Serious floods are reported from Alsace. . r . Heavy snows are continuing in eastern Switzerland, a fresh fall of 20 inches being reported from Da fcos and St., Moritz. Many trains arc stalled. '- . Lincoln, Dec. 26. (Special Tele gramsAn "all-Nebraska" recep tion to Gen. John J. Pershing was held tonight at the state capitol, at tended .by a large crowd of Lincoln people and many visitors from over ihe state. It was to give' the pub lic generally an opportunity not af forded at the more exclusive func tions to meet General Pershing. Friends of many years' standing were present. Earlier in the day General Pershing was the honor guest; at a luncheon tendered by. a merchants' club. There were no speeches tonight and the reception was marked by informality. McKelvie Heads Line. An hour before the time set for the opening of the doors to Repre sentative hall, hundreds of people were 'crowding the corridors to greet General Pershing. The hall of the capitol was gaily decorated with national colors and so profusely that the grim walls and standing piers of wood holding up the old building were hidden from sight, while every part of the second floor was covered with flags and other national colors. General Pershing, accompanied by his sisters, Mrs. D. M. Butler and Miss Mae. Pershing, and his son Warren, with members of the re ception committee' and Governor McKelvie, arrived at the reception Jiall about 8:30. A line was soon rormea neaaea oy vujiuaiu jcncmt Faul, while' next in line were Gov ernor andMrs. McKelvie, General Pershing, Mrs. Butler, Miss Per shing, Mayor Miller and wife, Colo nel Paddock, Mrs. H. J. Paul, Chan cellor and Mrs. Arery. In the line also were Mr. and Mrs. Gould Dietz of Omaha, Mayor Wray and wife of York. Mavor Davidson and wife tf Holdrege. and Mayor Mills and wife of McCook. . It was a late hour before thev im mense .rowd which filled the capi tol had passed down the line. The boy scouts and several policemen kept the crowd moving. Pershing Honors Women. . General Pershing, . addressing a club luncheon in h honor here, lauded the work of American women during the world war. The general declared he was certain the go6d morale of the army was due to the work of the women overeas and the "splendid influence of our women at home." General Pershing's remarks were made before members of the Ki wanis club, after welcoming ad dresses had been delivered by "Gov. Samuel R. McKelvie and Mayor John E. Miller. The general was in troduced by E. B. Chappell of Lin coln, a member of the American Le gion and formerjrivate in the Amer ican army, f 1 Several hundred persons, including members of the general's family, were present ' 1 . Omaha Sends Committee. Members of the board of govern ors of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben attended the reception of General Pershing held at the state house in Lincoln last night. , Everett Buckingham, John W. Gamble, Arthur T. Guiou, Wflliam Owen, W. R. Wood, Randall, K. Brown, Gould Dietz and J. Davis werev included in the party which left for Lincoln ;n the afternoon. A reception committee composed MAW HEAD WILL REVISE AWARD LIST Daniels Takes Action Follow ing Refusal of Two More Of ficers to Accept Medals for Valor He Recommended. . ADMIRAL AND CAPTAIN ' LATEST RECALCITRANTS "Number of Cases Requiring Further Examination," Sec retary Saysv in Ordering Board to Reconvene Jan. 5. Washington, Dec.' 26. Secretary Daniels tonight ordered ' the Navy department's board of awards re convened Monday,' January 5, to re vise the recent rccommendat:ons as 10 nava! awards, which have been .,. - .f t . ft.M ine sourc; oi a controversy orougm to a head a few days ago by declin ation of Admiral Sims to accept the distinguished ' service medal, while the awards remained as at present. The osder to reconvene th board wss made, public tonight following receipt of reports from Newport, R. I., that Vice Admiral Hilery P. Jones and Capt. Raymond D. Has brouck had followed Admiral Sims is. refusing to accept the medals be stowed oi them, disagreeing with the polbv determining theofficera to be rewarded, for services, during the war. Secretary Daniels, it was said at he Army department, how ever, had received no information as of iH. H. Baldnge, Col. J W. S. to the declination of Capta;.n Has Wuest and Mayor Smith wil go to brouck or the reported declination pf Lincoln.today to confer with Gen- Admiral Tones. V" Slain Man's Young Widow . And Closest Male Friend Detained in Murder Case , . ' , . Safety Deposit' Vault Containing Dead Michigan Man's Securities Opened and Found to Be $12,000 Short of Amoupt He Is Supposed to Have Owned Widow Denies Stories of Estrangement-Jealousy Thought Motive of Crime. ; : eral Perching relative to plans ; for his visit here, January 8. Members of the committee said that the general s wishes would determine the nature of his reception here.' ' ' . SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS SIMAN LANGUAGE LAW Holds Statute Just Measure To Protect American Citizenship. , Lincoln, , Dec. 26. (Special.) "Neither the constitution of the state, nor the Hth amendment takes away the power of the state to enact a law that may' fairly be said to protect the lives, liberty and property of its citizens, and to pro mote their heakh, morals, educa tion and good order," holds the state supreme court in an opinion Friday morning involving the con stitutionality of the so called Siman language law passed by the last leg islature and in which the Nebraska District of Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri and other church es brought suit in the Douglas coun ty court to test its constitutional ity. ' ' " ,. "If the state may compel a solvent bank to help pay losses sustained by depositors in insolvent banks, if it may enact workmen's compen sation laws in order that the work men shall have no strained rela tions with his employer, nor become embittered toward society because, though an industry has. crippled him it has paid him nothing; if acts aiming to make better citizens by diminishing the chances of pauper ism are sustained; if it is competent for' the state to protect the minor from impoverishing himself by con tract it surely is not arbitrary ex ercise of the functions of the state ta insist that the fundamental basis of the education 6f its citizens should be a knowledge of the language, history and nature of the govern ment of the United States, and to prohibit anything which njay inter fere with such an education. Laws, the purpose of which are with re spect to foreign language speaking children, to give them such training that they may know arid understand their privileges, duties, powers and responsibilities as American citi zens, whijh seek to prevent a foreign language from being used as the medium .of instruction- inr other branches, and as basis of their edu cation, .are certainly conducive, to (Contlnoed on Pace Two, Column Two.) Would Charge Murder Against City Clerk Who-Kaied Editor ' Gallatin, Mo., Dec. 26. A verdict recommencing that a charge of first degree murder' be' placed 'against Hugh T. Tarwater, city clerk, in connection with the 'shooting of Wesley L. Robertson, editcr of tfce Gallatin, Democrat, last Tuesday, was returned by a coroner's jury. Tarwater is being held in jail at St. Joseph, Mo., but will be brought here early next week for arraign 4 POISONED CANDY KILLS CHILD AND 'HIS GRANDMOTHER Believed Boy Found Stuff and Brought it Home for Christmas. David City, Dec. v 26. (Special Telegram.) Mrs. Anna Extine, 91 years old, and her grandson, aged 9, were found; dead in the Extine home' at Linwood, Neb. iThey had last been seen Thurs day, December 18, and it is thought they died that night. Mrs. Hladky, mother of the boy,, from near Morse Bluffs, came to spend Christmas with them and found the house locked from the inside and the cur tains pulled. The town marshal gained entrance through a window. Cyril Hladky, the boy, was found dead in bed and the grandmother on the floor nearby. A search of the premises indicated that no crime had been committed. About five pounds of old candy was found in the room where they died.. The candy was all melted into one mass and looked as though some one had thrown it out. It is believed , the boy found it and brought it home. The sum of $645 in currency and $20 in coins was found hid in a heating stove which had not been used this year, and $37 was found elsewhere in the house. An inquest was considered unnecessary, and it was decided they met death by eat ing stale candy. Supreme Council Lays 'Plans to Put . Treaty Into Effect Paris,. Dec. 26. Conferences will begin here early next ftek between allied and " German delegates on measures preparatory to putting the peace treaty into effect, it was an nounced today. The sessions will be held under the presidency of General Lerond, a member of the French delegation. Admiral Jones. Further Examination Required. . The secretary's order to reconvene the board addressed to Rear Ad miral A. M, Knight, chairman fol lows:' ' ; -- -- ;-f -"While approving in the train the recommendations of the board of awards', my examination into the, subject ha? convinced me that there are a number of cases requiring fur ther examination and there have been additional recommendations since your board adjourned which require examination, by a beard of officers. ' "I felt in going over the list that the board had been too liberal, par ticularly as regarded officers whose duty during the war was mainly or altogether on shore. I felt that re ports, some of which had not come to your board, particularly s to men who had served and suffered in the war zone,' justified additional awards.- , '' .All Lists Tentative. ;-' "No official approval of my list has been made. -All lists published were tentative. Last week, I or dered changes made in the list as printed awarding the distinguished service me'dal, amongothefs, to Ad miral Knight Caperton, and Vice Admiral Jones. 1 had also decided that like awards, should be given to certain other officers, who had ren dered long and arduous service on convoys and other service afloat in the war zone. "I feel that nothing should be left undone as far as is humanely possible to insure that the awards shall be made without th'e possible suggestion of injustice or discrimin ation against any person in the naval service and I have therefore decided to reconvene- the hoard of awards" to reconsider the whole sub ject in the light of the additional in formation recently sent to the bu reau of navigation and such other information as any person in the naval service may wish to lay be fore the 'board. "The board will therefore meet in Washington on Monday, January S, 1920." ' Hasbrouck Confirms Report Philadelphia, Dec. 26. Capt. Ray mond Hasbrouck, commander of the battleship Minnesota, tonight con firmed the report that he had de clined, to accept' the navy cross awarded Jiim by the Navy depart ment. He said he thoroughly con curred" in the views of Rear Ad miral Sims contained in his recent letter to Secretary of the Navy Dan-, iels that no special award should be given to orficers whose ships were successfully attacked by German submarines, though no special blame should be attached to commanding officers for their failure. Mount Clemens Mich., Dec. 26. County authorities, investigating the killing last Wednesday of J. Stanley Brown, son of a millionaire Detroit manufacturer1, have detained as ma terial 'witnesses Mrs. Ruth Prevost Brown,- the slain .man's young widow, and Lloyd Prevost, her cousin. - Mrs. Brown and Prevost, the lat ter of whom was regarded as one of Brown's closest friends, were ques tioned again by Prosecutor Lynn Johnston, and Sheriff William Cald well. Decision to hold them as wit nesses was reached after three hours devoted to interrogating Prevost. A safety deposit vault containing Brown's papers was opened . and found to contain securities worth $16,000. This, according to William T, Kelly.'an attorney who acted as financial adviser for Brown, is $12, 000 short of the amount of securities his .client was understood to have possessed, - ' Brown frequently carried ; large 'urns of money and securities on his person. .The authorities, however, scout the theory that robbery was the motive for his slaying. Sheriff Caldwell declared he was convinced ihat jealousy was the cause, He said he believed a man and a woman ac companied Brown on the automo bile, trip, which ended ip hisdeath on a country road four miles' fron here, and pointed to the fact that four bullets had been fired into th'e young ,man's neck from behind, "so close," the sheriff added, "that there was no chance of missing." ' The sheriff expressed the convjc-. tion that the shooting waS done by a man angered because he believed Brown was attentive to a young woman in whom he, himself, was interested. Stories of an estrangement be tween Brown and his wife were de nie,d by Mrs. Brown, who said that he had given her $50 as a Christmas .gift Tuesday. , , ,, .Late Friday night a farmer liv ing near the place where Brown's body was found gave the authori-1 ties a statement to the effect' that late Tuesday night he saw Brown's machine driving slowly along the lonely road. - In the front seat was Brown, the farmer declared, and in the rear seat were two persons, one of 'whom he believed was a woman. ' Both Mrs. Brown and Prevost? de nied they had been with Brown later than 9:30 Tuesday night, when Pre vost'claims he left(him in Mount Clemens. U.S. AND JAPAN IN AGREEMENT OVER SIBERIA B0LSHEVIKI TAKE TOMSK SMASHING " KOLCHAK'S ARMY 37DEATHSIN AMI" lflAHkll71ff UNt VIUNII i CHRISTMAS . ' ' , ' v " Twenty-Three Succumb in Chicopee, Ten in Hartford, Four in Holyoke and Four in Chicago From 'Poison Drink, MANY OTHERS SICK AND ' NOT EXPECTED 'TO LIVE Common Ground on Which to j Enormous Amount of Booty Reported Captured and ; Many Prisoners.. Base Joint Action Is Re ported Reached. Two Aged Enemy Generals , , in Civil War Die Same Day - f " '" - Richmond, Va., Dec. 26. Brig. Gen. William.. Ruffin Cox, one of the ranking ' officers' of the con federate army,' is dead, aged 78 "years, t General Cox was credited as having been the last confederate, officer to cease fighting at Appor mattox court house,' prolonging wthe fighting for some time after General Lee had surrendered. After the close of the war. Gen.-, eral Cox' became prominent in politics inNorth Carolina. "He served javcral terms' in congress. Baltimore. Md., Dec. 26. Gen. David L.. StantOn, aged 80 years, 1 a 'famous commander of union forces in the civil war, died today. .He came from a long line pf fight ing stock. His grandfather, Eli jah .Stap tan, was a colonel in the jah Stanton, was a colonel in the Stanton was brevettcd brigadier general for gallantry in the battle of Five Forks, Va. He was for nuny.yjears a conspicuous figure , at alt grand army reunions. He is survived by his widow, two ions and two daughters. i Vladivostok, Dec. 26. A common ground on which to base joint action in Siberia har been reached by the United States- and Japan, according to an announcement given out hereJ by the Japanese orhcial publicity bu reau', i . The announcement said: 'Genuine satisfaction is expressed in influential quarters that a com mon ground has been reached by. Japan and America for basingjoint action in Siberia. This is particu larly pleasing to those who have ob served with regret that. Siberian policies of the two countries' at times seemed to follow divergent courses." The announcement was contained in a summary given to the Russian press as the Japanese view of the situation in Siberia? This was dated "Tokio, Dec. 2," and included a re view of the policies of Japan and the United -States since joini action was instituted here. Continue New Case Until Next Monday; ' Depositions Made Los Angeles, Cal., Dec, 26. The case of'Harry New, accused of the murder here last July of Miss Freda Lesser was -.-continued, until Mon day at the request of the district at torney, who said he was ill. The morning session was devoted, to reading depositions from persons who knew the defendant in child hood, all bearing on his sanity. When the trial is resumed Mon day, the defense, it was said, would call witnesses to testify along the same line.. Among these it was said, would, be George , Gallagher, county jailer and several others who are attached at the jail, as well as some prisoners at the jail. Three Bum to Death When Kerosene Used To Rekindle a Fire Anthony la., Dec. v 26 -Using gasoline to rekindle a smouldering fire in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Bolles, farmers, three miles south of Anthon, Christmas night, resulted in the death of three members of the family. The dead: - Ruby Bolles, IS. Opal Bolles, 4. Willie Bolles, 3. Mrs. Bolles is seriously burned and may hot recover. It was after the Christmas dinner that the fire was allowed t0""burn too low. . Ruby went to rekindle it. She thought to get kerosene but got gasoline instead. An explosion and fire. resulted. . ' Chamber of Commerce J ' Backs Up Business Men Lawrence, Mass., Dec. 26. The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, in a fetter sent to Wiliam MWood. president 'of the American Wool company, says it has found "noth ing to warrant" his Tecent charges that some merchants in this city were charging, excessive prices-for necessaries, . London, Dec. 28. The bolshevik have captured Tomsk and also the towns of Fastoff, Vassilkov, Krem entchug,, Iziuh, Belovodsk, Makee veka and Kokpekhta, according 'to a wireless despatch received from Moscow. . The communication adds that after the capture of Tomsk the reds ad vanced from .Novo Nikolaevsk to the main, line of the Trans-Siberian railroad and occupied the station of Taiga, taking an enormous amount of booty and a, number of prisoners. "The road, to"1 Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk 5s now open, and Admiral Kolchak's army in this region has ended its existence," says the com munication. The rebels in' eastern Siberia, says a Moscow dispatch, have completely severed all communication on the Amur line- and Blagovieshtchensk has been cut off. The dispatch a,dds that Galician troops, intended for the defense of Kiev, have revolted against General Denikine, the aaxi bolshevik leader in the south and attacked the volunteer army in the rear. Prospective Groom Undergoes Operation- . "While Fiancee Waits s New' York-; Saturday, Dec. 27. Dr. William Grey Vermilye, who bailed to appear for his wedding with Miss Ruth M. Keeney at Monson, Mass., on Christmas day. was locat ed this morning at the Cumberland street hospital in Brooklyn, accord ing tp a statement issued by the .police at 2:20 a. m. The police stated that they had been informed by a physician -at the hospital that Dr. Vermilye had undergone a slight operation and that they had been requested to give out no information about the case; Monson,- Mass., Dec. 26. Miss Wilham Grey Verraiiye of Brook lyn, former naval surgee-n. Was post poned Thursday after the bride- v.An. .1... 1 f r . si uuiu-cicii nau iaiiea to. appear, stated she is still convinced that the doctor ithpr haA m&t 11,'Jttt nln,'. or had been injured in an accident Her convictions, sUe said, are con- j y uioaunva ill wnii.ii it was said tlat money due Dr. Vert uuiye nas nor Deen claimed. Export Liquor Men Must Put Up Bond of $12,500,000 Philadelnhia "Dpp 2fi A hnnJ $12,500,000 will be required of the exporters of 30,000 barrels of whisky, bound here from Louisville, Ky., before their cargoes, can be shipped, according to custom house officials. , Jhe bond will be de manded, it was. said, to nrpvunt th return of the liquor to the 'United Mates in any form. - 1 he cargo will be shipped to France on the steam ship Western Comet. Reduce Duty on Autos. , Paris. Tlrr. Tli tiit. nn a,f. - . . ' ' - .... ' y . J V ' mu.w mobiles .-nd '; autonobile pa-ts' has been reduced from 70 per cent ad valorem to 45 per cent and it is an nounced that a further reduction is possible.. .." Police and State Authorities Begin Investigations Six Already. Under Arrest in NewJEngland Cities. ' . DEATH LIST. 23 dead in Chkopee, Mass. 10 dead in Hartford, Conn. 4 dead in Holyoke. , Many others, reported dying. ,' A report from New York says' 27 deaths resulted from drinkirfj wood alcohol betweeto November -1 and December 20. , , ' Chicopee, Mass., Dec. 26.-7-Thirfv-four deaths had resulted ' tonight from "the drinking of liquor lought in Hartford, Conn., and drunk in this city, police say." Yesterday, last night and today, 22 men md one. in Hartford and four in Jiolyoke. A numoer oi otner men were m a critical condition tonight, at hos pitals in Holyoke and Springfield, T?rnw mail urn fa Htirlnf nfroct in T-T n f f I X in v. it r VI v. unuvi nu w o l III forjd and two in Chicopee pending I .1 1. . 1 L.1J tne resuir or autopsies o oe oeiu late tonight. , Police investigations .indicated that the liquor, whih was sent to Hart ford from New York, contained wood alcohol. ' Parts of it was sold at a bar in Hartford, part was bought at that place by persons who carried it away and part' was' sent to a hotel in Chicopee Falls. State ana ieaerai . auinormes in iuassa-r-hnett - anrt CntmVrtirnr frp aid ing the police of Chicopee, Hart ford, Holyoke and Springfield 6- night in their efforts to determine responsibility 'for the deaths. Two men were arrested by the Chicopee police and are being'held pending autopsies They are Charles Perry, brother of Alex Perry, pro prietor of the American house, Chicopee, and William A. Baker, a bartender. - Proprietor Not Held.. The Chicopee police announced that Alex Perry, proprietor of the American house in Chicopee Falls, had left the city and a search for him had not revealed his where abouts Charles Perry was released tonight under $10,000 bonds pend-"' inor ifij. m,tf.nmA n( V. a The police and physicians believe there are many more ill as a result of drinking the liquor and have not yet been reported, as the police de clared considerable of the iquor was sold in this sertinh , - Although Medical Examiner Fletcher WOllIri nnh cfot nn:it;.tu - ..v. W.U., Will that the deaths were due to wood alcohol, it was stated at the hospitals that the cases no doubt were due to rhis form of alcohol. The victims were affected similarly, most of them becoming paralyzed. As SOOn a: it'wae fviffin ! seme form of liquor was causing the deaths, all saloons in the vallev were ordered to sell no rnore of it Ihe American house in Chicopee Falls was closed and a special squad of police detailed to keep guard. At midnight the Chicopee police announced that charges of man slaughter had been brought against Charles Perry and William Baker, whrt havA Ko... a.. : : . - .. mm uv.iu ijquumg investi gations. Ten Dead in Hartford. Hartford, Dec. 26. Two men died in a Hospital late tonight from the effects of drinking liquor sold in Windsor street saloons, brlngingnhe death list here to 10. Hospital and police reports told of six. more dan gerously ill from drinking a com pound believed to be largely wood alcohol. Four men, two of them saloon keepers, , are under arrest charged with murder. A . Four Dead in Chicago. - Chicago, Dec. 26. Four. men were dead here from drinking wood alco hol as a substitute for whisky on Christmas day, according to the po lice. 27. Deaths Reported. . New York, ' Dec. 26. Twentv scven deaths from drinking wood aiconoi and several cases of poison-' ing have occurred in Manhattan be--tween November 1 and December 20. according to nfTirial (icrnr.c mJ. public by Medical ExaminervCharles i orris, ur, J orris, declared that in his ODillioM tllrsp Strnrrc A, A n J. trearly represent the full toll i aim sickiicss aue to taking the poison as a beverage, as he believed that manv deith and ill.iAcc. re ported as due to apoplexy, acute abdominal trouble and other causes w,ere .really caused by drinking wood alcohol concoctions. Venizelos In Paris.- Paris. pec. 26. (Hava.) rre niier Venizelos of Greece has ar rived in Paris.