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IS REVIVED AT GENEVA.
Geneva, Neb., Jan. 14. (Spe
cial.) A real dinner at SO cents a
' plate which netted the women who
served it over $100, featured the last
of six weekly dinners of the Gen
eva Community club. The entire
program mas conducted by women
program was conducted by women
its to furnish a rest roam in the
. "MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY"
SEEKS HABEAS CORPUS.
New York, Jan.' 14. Martin De
wal, discribed as a 'man without a
country," applied for a writ of ha
beas, corpus in federal court. He
has been held for deportation on
Ellis Island most of the time since
his arrest as an I. W. W. in July,
1918, in Seattle, and claims St. Hert
eagenlosch, Holland, as his birth
place. The Dutch government has
refused to accept him.
SWEET ROLLS MAY BE
THING OP THE PAST.
Chicago! Jan. 14. Sweet rolls may
be a thing of the past unless there
is a change in the sugar distribu
tion system, according to members
of the executive committee of the
American Association of Baking
, idustries, which went into session
Wednesday. John H. Hartley, a
Chicago baker, in explaining the sit
. ration, said that "contrary to popu-
lar belief, bakers do not get all the
sugar they wish. Some bakers in the
city have paid 26 cents a pound and
then couldn't get all the sweet stuff
LACK OF TRAINED
-WURSES IN COUNTRY.
New York, Jan. 14. The-lack of
trained nurses throughout the coun
try was declared to be rapidly reach
ing a crisis by Miss Lillian Clayton,
president othe National League of
Nursing Education, at a meeting of
the advisory council of that organi-
zation. Directors of the public
health nursing " bureau of the Red
Cross estimated that they would be
called upon to place at least 1,000
nurses within the next six months
and reported they did not know how
they were to meet the demand.
. PERSHING VISITS GRAVE
OF WIFE AND CHILDREN.
. . Cheyenne, Wyo., Jan. 14. Gen.
John J. Pershing visited the graves
of his wife and three children, who
are buried in a local cemetery. They
were burned to death in their home
at the Presidio, San Francisco, in
With Fred E. Warren, his wife's
brother, General Pershing drove to
the cemetery. Standing under the
last rays of a fading day. General
Pershing uncovered his head and
laid a wreath on the graves.
y "WOMEN SHOULD FLY
AS MATTER OF HEALTH."
Chicago, Jan. 14. Women should
fly as a matter of health, Miss Ruth
Law, aviatrix, said in an address at
. the aeronauticaL.jhoMWr,at the Col
iseum. "Wittiin a few years," she said,
"every physician will own a ma
chine or an interest in a machine so
that he can send his patients who
have affected lungs up to a height of
a mile instead of sending them west.
"Daily trips to an altitude where
the air is curative will be less ex
pensive than trips to western moun
tains. Nervous women should fly.
Nothing is so refreshing as a spin in
a flying machine."
NEWFOUNDLAND CO A"ST
STREWN WITH FISH, ETC.
Halifax, Jan. 14. Reports, arriving
here from Newfoundland tell of the
havoc wrought along the, coast by
the winter's gales and seas. High
est waves in years were recorded,
reaching at Little Harbor Head, at
one time, to the 200-foot hfeh tower
of the lighthouse, incasing it in 9 1-2
inches of fee. The keeper had to
lower himself from the top window
to chop away the heavy casing be-
fore he could restore the light serv-
. ice. At Batteau Cove, a 200-pound
ledge anchor, was swept away. The
entire Newfoundland coast is strewn
with lobsters, clams and fish tossed
' up by the seas.
CLOTHING PRICES WILL
BE HIGHER, DEALERS SAY.
Chicago, Jan. 14. Clothing prices
next spring will be from 25 to 40
per cent higher than at present,
: according to H. R. King of Seattle,
who addressed the .National Retail
' ' Mr. King said that the increase
would come from a-complexity of
causes, chief of which was increased
pay to workers. Labor had gone
up 275 per cent since 1914, he said.
Mr. King also cited the decrease in
working hours and the increase of
Australianwool from $1.15 a pound
in 1914 to $4.1U a pound now.
"The coming year will be a most
crucial one for clothing merchants,"
he declared. "It will not be so much
a question of making money as to
keep the business from going on the
CHORUS GIRl'S SON
FIGHTS FOR MILLIONS.
, . Chicago,1 Jan. 14. The right of
Henry Antony Marsh to share- in
" the estate of Marshall Field was
the subject of hearing in the su
peVior court here. The claimant is
3 years old and is the son of Henry
Field, grandson of the multimil
lionaire Chicago merchant, and
Peggy Marsh, a farmer chorus girl.
Her allegation that Henry Field
was father of her child was virtually
admitted by Marshall Field III after
his brother's death, when he estab
lished a fund of $100,000 for Piggy
' Marsh in settlement of contract
between her and his brother.
The hearing started concerns the
right of Henry Antony Marsh to
share in the income and ultimately
in the principal of a $5,000,000 trust
fund established by the seventh ar
ticle of Marshall, Field's will , It
.vill hinge upon the court's interpre
:atfon of the terms "issue" and "law
oil issue" as used in the instrument.
SILK HOSE BANNED ' ' ,
BY MOTHER'S CONGRESS.
Denver, Jan. 14. Silk stockings
, ere added to . the list of articles
of clothing considered detrimental
to the morals of youth by the Den
ver chapter of the Mother's congress
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Watchmen Will Protect
69,000,000 . Gallons of
Whisky Held in Government
Bonded Warehouses in U. S.
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FINAL DISPOSITION OF
LIQUOR NOT DETERMINED
75 Thefts Reported From
Warehouses in Last Few
Months Despite Iron Doors
And Bars, It Is Reported.
Washington, Jan.s 14. Employ
ment of a force of 2,500 watchmen
to guard 69,000,000 gallonsfjf liquor
held in government bonded ware
houses is planned by the internal
revenue bureau to protect the liquor
against theft, Prohibition Commis
sioner Kremer today toid the hietuse
appropriations committee. He asked
that congress make .uuo.uuu avail
able immediately for establishing the
No plan for the filial disposition
nf the linnnr tiae heen Hptprmined on
by the bureau, Mr. Kremer told the
committee, adding that permissive
withdrawals after constitutional pro
hibition becomes effective would be
so few as not to pay the expenses
. . i . i
tor maintaining ine guaiu.
Congress, he suggested, may be
ocl'fl tr enlvp thp nrnhlem of dis
posing of the liquor, and committee
men suggested its concentration in
a few places.
Such a plan of concentration, Mr.
Kremer said, is being considered by
the bureau officials.
Sowpntv-fivp thpfts have been re
ported from the warehouses in the
last few months, despite iron aoors
nnil ksrc ttip rnmmissioner said.
Without a large increase in the pres
ent force at tne warenouses, jvir.
V"-mr caifl Isrorp miatltitieS WOuld
be released by theft and distributed
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and consumed m dehance oi law.
Distillers Ask Guards. '
Distillers who own the liquor were
said by the commissioner to be
nrpecino- trip htireau for an increased
guard because they are compelled
under their bond to pay $6.40 a gal
lon for withdrawals. and mens
come within this provision.
Commissioner Kremer, in telling
the committee of .plans for action
ittmr in ViP wppW when the consti-
tutional prohibition amendment be
comes effective, said a lorce ot i.iuu
-,vnte -r pnfnrrpmpnt of the law
had been organized- This force will
be a dual organization, ne saia, most
of the agents being raiders and de
tectives, with the other portion
forming the branch of the bureau
to have charge of permission for
Most of the force, it was said,
would be centered in the east, of
ficials expecting to need fewer men
in the western prohibition states
Conspiracy to Rob
ADeged at St Paul
St. Paul. Minn., Jan. 14. Harry
Rahinovitch of Winnipeg was ar
raigned before a federal commission
er charged with conspiring to rob a
whisky-laden freight car in the Soo
road yards. He pleaded not guilty,
but was not able- to furnish $25,000
Jack Burke, a local prize fighter,
who was shot in the head by of
ficers during a spectacular revolver
battle between railroad police and
. . t:A -a.L.
persons attempting to DreaK inio xue
car, is alive but his condition is criti
cal. Warrants have been issued for 10
nnnni Hpsirlpa Ra hinnvitrh. it was
announced by Assistant District At
torney William Anderson. Anaerson
e-A th nr rnntainprt nearlv 1.600
cases of whisky of an estimated val
ue of $216,000. Rabinovitch ob
tained the whisky in St. Louis and
the car was enroute to Winnipeg.
The federal authorities charge that
Rabinovitch directed a plot to have
the car robbed here, so the liquor
could be sold for higher prices than
are being paid in Canada.
Wage Point Conceded
To British Railway Men
London, Jan. 14. The government
is prepared to make concessions to
the railwaymen on the wage ques
tion, but is unwilling to give way on
the general principle upon which its
recent offer was formulated. Sir
Eric Geddes, theiminister of trans
port, informed a delegation of the
railwaymen to this effect today.
The modified propositions will be
laid before the body of delegates at
a meeting tonight.
"Soviet Ark" Leaves Kiel
For Unnamed Russian Port
Kiel, Jan. 14. The United States
army transp'ort Buford,xcarrying 249
Russians deported from the United
States, left-Kiel for an unnamed
Russian port at 7 o'clock last evening.
Denies Wool Prices Soar
Or That Clothing Prices
Due to Cost of Product
Statement Made Before National Retail Clothiers'
Association at Chicago That Clothing Prices Will
Advance 40 Per Cent, Partly Because of Higher
. Wool Prices Characterized as "Absurd" by Sec
retary of National Wool Growers' Association.
Salt Lake City. Utah, Jan. 14.
The statement of H. R. King of
Seattle in an address before the Na
tional Retail Clothiers' association
at Chicago yesterday that clothing
prices will advance from 25 to 40
per cent, partly because of higher
wool prices, was characterized as
"absurd" by Dr. S. W. McClure,
secretary of the National Wool
Growers' association, here. Mr.
King said before the clothiers that
Australian wool had increased from
$1.14 a pound in 1914 to $4.10 a
"The truth of the matter is that
wool is.no higher in Boston, the
wool market of the country today,
than it was 90 days ago," Dr.- Mc
Clure declared, "and the highest
price yet paid for clean scoured wool
in Boston is around $2.10 per pound,
and that is for the very finest grade.'"'
Not Very Much Higher.
"Ordinary J-jj-blood wool, which is
the class out of which soldiers' uni
forms were made and which is really
the most useful grade of wool in the
world for clothing purposes, is sell
ing today in Boston at from $1.30
to $1.40 pcr" pound, scoured. This
wool has not advanced in the last 90
"To manufactures a suit of men's
clothing suitable for the average
sized individual and made of me
dium winter weight goods requires
about 62 ounces of wool, which wool
can- be bought in Boston today at
$5,25. Thus, on a basis of the pres
ent prices, the total amount of wool
in an average man's suit can be
bought for $5.25, and this is on the
presumption that the suit is made of
all wool. Such suits as this retail
today at from $60 to $75. If one
were to use the very finest wool
grown in the manufacture of this
suit, not more than $7 worth of wol
could be used.
Not Responsible for Prices.
"The price of Wool has not been
responsible for the advance in the
price of clothing, and even at present
wool values tne wool required to
manufacture a suit represents less
than 10 per cent of the price at
which such a suit is retailed.
"There may be some reason for
advancing the price of clothing,"
Dr. McClure concluded, "but it can
not be claimed on 'to the price of
Chicago, Jan. 14. The statement
that high clothing prices are due to
under-production resulting from the
44-hour week in factories was chal
lenged by Sidney Hillman, president
of the Amalgamated Garment
Workers of America. He entered
the meeting of thi National Asso
ciation of Retail Clothiers, one 'of
whose members had made the state
ment, maintained production had in
creased and promised to appear
again and (frove his assertion.
The clothiers were a bit startled
by Hillman's act, but readily prom
ised him a hearing.
M. L. Rothschild, a Chicago re
tailer, told his fellow merchants that
it was their "duty to protect cus
tomers next fall and tell them not
"A boycott from "the consumer is
probably the only solution of the
high prices problem," he said. "An
indifferent suit is going to cost $75
and an ordinary suit about $100."
Rothschild turned to Hillman and
"Who is to blame for the high
"We all are." responded Hillman.
Stories of, Unredressed Mur
ders and Devastation of
Property Given Senate Sub
Committee Probing Situation.
SOLD TO 0MAHAN
TWO BANDITS GET
OVER $600 CASH
IN DARING RAID
Douglas Hotel Co. Agrees on i Unmasked Men Hold Up
Sale Price With the H. A.
The Hotel Fontenelle was sold
yesterday to the H. A. Wolf Co .
contingent only upon acceptance of
the provisions of the sale by holders
of a majority of the Stock of the
Douglas Hotel Co., which is the
holding company of the hotel prop
erty. " -
The price paid by Mr. Wolf is
much above that at which the stock
has been selling on the open market
so that acceptance of the proposi
tion is assured. He is paying par.
$100 a share, for the preferred stock,
and $50 a share for the common
stock in the holding company. Until
recently the preferred stock has
been selling at $75 to $90 a share fo
preferred stock with a share of comr
mon stock thrown in with each two
shares of the preferred stock.
Most of the larger stockholders
have already agreed to the proposi
tion of Mr. Wolf.
The entire deal involves a total of
$625,000 through the purchase of
$500,000 of preferred stock at par.
and $250,000 of common stock at half
of par. In addition to this the prop
erty carries a mortgage of $400,000.
Pavments are to be made to stock
holders through the United States
Trust company as follows: 5)iuu,uuu
on February 1, 1920, when the sale
contract is consummated; $25,000 on
or before February 15, 1921; $25,000
on or before February 15, 1922; $50.
000 on or before February 15, 1923;
$50,000 on or before Sebruary 15,
1924, and the balance on or before
February 15, 1925. .
Gurdon W. Wattles ft president of
the Douglas Hotel company, which
has owned the hotel since it was
built five years ago. A. C. Smith is
vice president and A. L. Reed secre
tary and treasurer.
The hotel has been a paying prop
osition, stockholders receiving 6 per
cent interest on their investment -
Omaha Student Arrested on
Forgery Charge at Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 14. (Spe
cial.) Edwin Atschuler, 18 years
old, student at the University of
Nebraska, giving his address as 2304
North Twenty-first street, Omaha,
was arrested on a charge of forgery
here Wednesday night.' . County
Attorney Matson says the boy has
confessed to forging checks aggre
gating nearly $200.
" Ask Transfer of Machinery
Washington, Jan. 14. (Special
Telegram.) -r Congressman Reavis
exoects to introSuce a bill in the
house providing for the tiansfer of
equipment for the construction of
roads and highways from the War
department to the several state high
way commissions. - Mr. Reavis has
accepted an invitation to speak be
fore the Young Men's Republican
club of Lincoln on Lincoln's birth
day, February 12. His subject will
bc-'Thc'High Cost 'of Democracy.'
" - -
Sixteenth Street Store
At 9 O'Clock.
Two bandits entered the store of
M. Cohen, 624-xSouth Sixteenth
street, about 9 last night and fobbed
him of between $600 and $700 at the
point of a gun.
Cohen told police that one of the
rtien wore a soldier's overcoat and
the other had a black overcoat and
dark cap. Both were unmasked and
about 30 years old, he" said.
The thugs walked quietly into
the store and asked the proprietor
for some screws. When he turned
his back one of them pulled out a
revolver and ordered him to throw
up his hands. They obtained the
cash and made their escape. Po
lice found no trace of the -robbers
in the vicinity.
A fur cap valued at $25 was stol
en from the G. E. Shukert fur store
at Fifteenth and Harney 6trcets.
last night by breaking a window'
with a brick. About $3,000 worth
of furs in the window 4were not
molested. . ' v
Americans Killed and
Wounded in Fight on
The Far Eastern Front
- London, Thursday, Jan. 15 Two
Americans were killed and three
wounded in a tlash with an armcred
train of General Semenoff, com
mander-in-chief of the all-Russian
anmy, between Lake Baikal and Vei
khneudinsk in the province of Trans
Baikalia, according to the corre
spondent of the Daily Mail and Har
bin. The Americans were reported to
have captured the train.
Jury in New Case ,
Remains in Deadlock
Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 14. The
jury in the case of Harry New,
charged with the murder of Freda
Lesser, was still deadlocked Wednes
day night with apparently little
chance of reaching an agreement, ac
cording to a statement of Foreman
R. G. Klingerman. Deliberations be
gan Tuesday at 4 o'clock.
Chicago Faces Deficit.
Chicago, Jan. 14. Chicago faces
a deficit of more than $7,000,000 for
the coming year, according to a re
port submitted to the council com
mittee on finances by City Comp
troller George F. Harding. Mr. Hard
ing said the city's resources in 1920
would be about $32,000,000, while
the anticipated expenditures were
placed at more than $39,000,000.
New York Herald Sold.
New York, Jan. 14. The New
York Herald announces that the
newspaper ha9 passed into the hands
of Frank A.- Munsey, who has pur
chased all of the publishing inter
ests of the late James Gordon Ben
nett. - ,
MAN OF DETROIT
AT FOCUS TODAY P"11" Doiet Succumbs in New
U York Brother, Also 111,
Will Meet in
Caucus This Morning to
Washington, Jan. 14. Further
and more determined efforts to
bring about ratification of the peace
treaty are expected to follow selec
tion tomorrow by democratic sena
tors of a leader to succeed the late
Senator Martin of Virginia.
Senatorial conferences today were
devoted almost exclusively to the
leadership race between Senator
Hitchcock of Nebraska, administra
tion manager in the treaty contest,
and Senator Underwood of Ala
bama, former democratic leader in
The democrats meet in caucus to
morrow morning before the senate
convenes to make their choice, with
an extremely close contest in pros
pect. One Vote May Decide.
Managers of the Hitchcock and
Underwood campaigns, while both
claiming victory, agreed that the
democratic membership Was virtu
ally evenly divided and that one
vote might decide the contest.
Effect of the democratic leader
ship election on the treaty is predi
cated on variant positions taken re
cently by Senators Hitchcock and
Underwood on ratification. Al
though both have unreserved rati-
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Hoover Won't Become
White House Candidate
Unless People Demand
New York, Jan. 14. Herbert
Hoover was declared by Julius
Barnes, his close associate and
friend, to be a "progressive repub
lican" who "will never allow him
self to. be a candidate for high of
fices, nor allow his friends to make
an effort in his behalf, unless' there
shall come such indisputable evi
dence of such spontaneous and uni
versal popular demand that it will
overwhelm his present resolution
not to enter politics."
Mr. Barnes, who is director of
the United States' Wheat corpor
ation, was the principal speaker at
the annual dinner of the National
Wholesale Dry-Goods association.
Referring to reports that ' Mr.
Hoover might be a democratic pres
idential candidate, Mr Barnes said:
"As avlifeloug - republican, '1 am
reassured to believe fhat only one
conceivable development could place
him on ; the democratic ticket, in
spite of all that has appeared in the
recent- press. I believe that could
come only if over-confidence in
their own political prospects blinds
the republican party to adopt 4 non
progressive platform and to nomi
nate candidates of' reactior "
New York, Jan. 14. John Dodge
of Detroit, automobile manufactur
er, is dead here of pneumonia.
Mr. Dodge, with his brother
Horace, came here to attend the
automobile show. They were both
stricken with influenza, which de
veloped into pneumonia. Horace
Dodge is said by his physicians to
be out of danger.
The career of John F. Dodge
paralleled in many ways that of a
majority of Michigan's leading
automobile makers. It began in a
small Michigan machine shop, in
cluded many struggles against pov
erty and failure and its, close found
him one of the motor kings of the
world with a fortune estimated at
upwards of $50,000,000.
He was born in Niles, Mich., 54
ill Try Again to
Rescind Action and
Albany, N. Y., "Jan, 14. While
the assembly judiciary committee
was setting the stage for thft trial
here next Tuesday of the five so
cialist assemblymen suspended at
the opening of the legislature, it
became known that another effort to
have the lower house rescind its ac
tion and reseat the five, is being"
planned for Monday night's session.
After the committee had adopted
rules under which the trial will
be held and had reauested Attorney
General Newtonto conduct itscase.M
employing whatever additional
counsel he might desire, Assembly
man William G Ames, republican
of New York, announced that on
the eve of the first public hearing
he would introduce ' proceedings to
have the suspended members re
stored to their seats.
A similar motion to reconsider,
introduced last Monday night, was
rejected, 71 to 33. , -
Louis M. Martin, chairman of 'the
judiciary committee, has sent formal
notices of the opening of the trial
next Tuesday to the unseated mem
bers Louis Waldman, August
Claessens,' Samuel A. Dewitt, Sam
uel Orr and Charles Solomon, all
of Greater New York. '
Thaddeus C. Sweet, speaker of
the assembly, who launched the
ousting movement, made public a
letter from United States Senator
Miles Poindexter, , republican of
Washington, approving the action
taken by the assembly. ,
Leon Bourgeois Elected
President of French Senate
Paris, Jan. 14. Leon Bourgeois
was elected president of the senate
by that body on 'the third ballot
taken today for the choice of a pre
siding officer. He received 147
votes as against 125 for Antonin
Dubost. the retiring president of
the senate. x .
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Bullets Take ' Heavy Toll
And Police Are Forced
To Throw Bombs
London, Jan. 14. Eye-winesses
estimated the casualties in Berlin on
Tuesday at 42 killed and 105 wound
ed, according to the Reuter corre
spondent. Bullets took a heavy toll,
he said, and the police finally were
cdmpelled to throw bombs among
the rioters, causing a panic in which
many persons, including women,
were trampled under foot. Martial
law has been declared in Germany.
Provocation for firing upon! the
crowd was furnished by its attempt
to storm the west entrance of the
Reichstag building. A score of men
attacked the guards and' took their
rifles away-just as 'soldiers rushed
lup. Oeneral hfing then began, i
vvnen me moo ran into tne streei
fronting the south side of the edilice,
soldiers stationed there immediate
ly opened a. fusillade. Six slightly
wounded civilians were carried into
the Reichstag building, a dozen, oth
ers were transferred to the guard
house near the Brandenburg gate
and a number were carried off by
members of the sanitary corps.
Reichstag Adjourned. '
The Reichstag temporarily ad
journed amid great confusion.
President Fehrenbach was obliged
to leave the chata, but was unable
to control the situation. Members
of various parties engaged in violent
recriminations, and members of the
cabinet left the chamber. ,
When the troops dispersed the
crowd they extended their cordon in
the direction of Unter Pen Linden
where throngs filled the street. An
officer who chanced along was se
verely beaten by the crowd.
After a short recess the house
visibly quieted down and President
Fehrenbach, rising from his seat,
told the deputies the dav's casual
ties had reached a total which would
occasion profound regret and that
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Confer Citizenship Upon
Indians Born in America
Washington, Jan. 14. The house
passed bills conferring citizenship
upon-Indians bqrn within the limits
of the United States, and providing
a final disposition of tribal property
among Indians adjudged competent
to administer their share. All re
strictions on the disposition of the
property after apportionment would
be removed by the bill.
60,000 Girl Scouts. -
Philadelphia. Jan. 14. Reports
given out at the sixth annual coun
cil meeting of the Girl Scouts of
America showed that the organiza
tion has a membership of more than
60,000. Mrs. Woodrow Wilson was
elected honorary president and Mrs.
Arthur O. Choate, Plcaantville, N.
TAMPIC0 LAWYER TELLS
OF TWO RECENT DEATHS
Seems Confident That Roney
And Boles Were Murdered
By Carranza Soldiers and
Not by Bandits. -
San Antonio, Tex., Jan. 1 14.
Stories of terrible cruelty? unre
dressed murders and devastation of
property were given the senate sub
committee investigating the Mex
ican situation by men in close touch
with conditions in Mexico T. M.
McBee. a cattleman from a border
town; James J. Britt, a lawyer from
Tampico, and George E. Blalock,
once head of what was the largest
colony of American farmers in Mex
ico, and who now is operating a
mall grocerv store here, were some
of ;!ie witnesses. The effect of their
testimony strengthened the claims
that were made in Washington that
the insecurity of American life and
property in Mexico is growing
Britt, who reminded the committer-
that he is not employed by an oil
company, asserted that "American
life was worth more during the war
than it is today in the country about
Cared for Murdered Bodies.
He entered the United States only
two days ajro. He is one of the men
Vho assisted in caring for the bodies
of E. J. Roney and Earl Boles, who
were killed in the oil fields Decem
ber 31. They had dined togerher
Britt appeared confident that the
men were killed by Carranza sol
diers. "They were killed within the Car
ranza lines," he said, "and the bul
lets we took from .their bodies were
those used by the government sol
diers and-not by the bandits. More
over Boles, after he had been throw?
to the ground by a bullet in his
ankle, had been attacked from be
hind by a man with a hatchet. The
blade had been thrust far into, his
bodv. turned "downward and then ur
again. The bandits in thafpart of
the country do not carry machetes.
The soldiers do. . -Theory
of Killing Supported,
x The theory that the killing was
done by soldiers was'further sup
ported by telling how the paymaster
of one of the oil companies, who
resembled Roney, received permis
sion about the same time the two
had left to carry a certain amount
of monev into the oil fields. I his in
formation was, transmitted to the
Carranzatas, Britt said, and those
who killed Roney and Bowles be
lieved they were killing the paymas
He told the committee ths Amer
icans stood guard over the bodies
until tn autoDsv could be held.
"We had one experience of ne
glecting that phase of such a case
when Wallace was shot. I know for
a fact he was not a drinking marr,
and yet the claim set up by the
Mexicans was that he was drunk.
And this is what happened. They
poured tequila into his mouth, and
over his face after he was dead. in
order that the odor might support
Want Support of V. S."
arm, wno was a soiaier in tne
tank corps xl the American army
in France, confirmed to the com
mittee the recommendation that was
attributed to Secretary of Finance
Luis Cabrera that members of tfce
American Legion in Tampico should
be deported. The membership, he
said, was nearly 4l)U. '
"What are you going to iol"
asked the chairman, "are you going
to get out?
"We won't get out if -the United
(Continued on Putt Two, Column Two.)
Of Commercial arid
Financial Men Called
New York, Jan. 14. A call foV
one of the srreatest international
conferences of commercial and finan-
cial figures ever assembled in an efJ
fort to find a remedy for the nnan-i
cial and commercial chaos in whichl
the world has been left by the war
was issued here following the meet
ing of a coterie of nationally known
financiers. - :. ..
The appeat was issued siinultane-l
ously with similar proclamations puc
forth in Great Britain, France, HoW
land, Switzerland, Denmark, Swedew
and Norway. , I
While Germany and'Austria were
not included in the-original call, it
was announced that delegates from
these countries would be invited te
attend the conference. "T. sum op
the document," says the ofncial an-
....... l .L. .... - I
iiuumriucni ui inc.comerencc, h is
a call to Hie people to return to pre
war standards of reason."
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