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BITS OF NEWS
SAYS OFFICIALS ,
"EAT TOO MUCH."
Washington, Jan. 30. Cabinet of
ficers eat too much,' Representative
Rucker, democrat, Missouri, said in
a speech in the house opposing ap
propriation of $10,000 for repair and
upkeep of automobiles for official use
by State department officials. -
"These officers and their chief
clerks are always at lunch," said Mr.
Rucker. "You call at 11 a. m., and
they are at lunch; you return at. 3
p. m. and they are still at lunch.
They eat too much."
TO SHOOT MESSAGES.
London, Jan. 6. In a small room
at the Imperial college of tech
nology, South Kensington, Prof. A.
C. Rankin is perfecting an instru
ment which shoots messages as a
gun shoots shells.
A person talking into a trumpet
attached to a minute mirror, reflect
ing a strong light, can send a mes
sage to any distance reached by the
light without fear of the words be
ing intercepted, -it is said. The words
, spoken can be heard distinctly half
a mile away and are transmitted
through projectors to an, electric
battery attached to a piece of sel
enium fitted to an ordinary telephone
receiver.' The larger the receiving
battery the greater distance can the
message be sent.
FOX HOUNDS MAKE
FOR QUEEN'S MUFF.
London, Jan. 22. Queen ,Mary
made the mistake recently of wear
ing a uge grey fox muff when at
tending a meet of the West Nor
folk Fox Hounds. Just befone the
pack was started one of the hounds
spied the muff and made for it. Soon
most of the pack swarmed about the
queen, to the delight of the king and
the considerable discomfort 'of the
queen.' uhe master of the hounds
finally extricated her without dam-
ATHLETIC LEAGUE '
FOR CHICAGO SCHOOLS. '
New York. Jan. 30. A public
school athletic league for the chil-
. dren of Chicago, modelled along the
lines of the successful organization
in evidence in this city,vas launched
at a special meeting of Chicago and
New York athletic authorities here.
' The conference was accepted as be
ing the forerunner of similar action
on the par,t of the leading cities of
the country with the idea of improv
ing the physical education of school
children. , k
Chicago, Jan. 30. Indictments
against .three members of the in
ternal revenue department were re
turned here. John Snoroski, deputy
collector, was indicted on a charge
of accepting a bribe, and John War
ren and Earl Tremble, were indicted
on charges of. disposing of liquor
they had seized.
Indictments also were, returned
against 13 individuals and firms
charged with profiteering in sugar.
' CARRANZA RETALIATES
ON SENATE WITNESSES.'
Btdwnsville, Tex., Jan. 30. Sev
v eral prominent Brownsville citizens
who testified before the senate sub
committee investigating Mexican
conditions have been informed thai
their permits to enter Mexico have
been revoked. Mexican Vice Consul
R. C. Dominquez declared he was
acting on instructions from Mexico
Cityv : , ' ,
WOULD SAVE SISTER
. ON CHARGE OF MURDER.
Marysville, Cal., Jan. 30. Freder
ick A. McCormick, formerly of
Des Moines, la., testified in the
trial of his sister, Mrs. Gertrude
Wilson, charged with the murder
of Charles Brown, a rancher, that
be shot Brown.
NEARLY KILLED BY .
WATER ON LIVE WIRES.
O'Neill, Neb., Jan. 30. (Spe
cial.) George Caughanbaugh, pro
prietor of the O'Neill flour mills,
poured a backet of water on a couple
of crossed electric wires at his mill,
Wednesday evening. He is able to
. be about again and aside from a
severely burned arm and hand suf
fered, no internal injuries. The
current from the "short"' followed
the stream of water to the pail,
turning the water into steam.
Caughanbaugh was knocked to the
floor by the shock and the water
pail was set afire. The throwing
of the electric switch saved him
, from electrocution.
DETZER MAY GET
OFF WITH REPRIMAND.
New York, Jan. 30. Captain Karl
W. Detzer, whose court-martial on
charges of cruelty to prisoners at
Le Mans, France, was completed
Thursday, was "released today by or-
der of Major William F. Kelly, judge
advocate, at Governor's Island.
Major Kelly set forth that the
court-martial had recommended
neither his imprisonment nor dis
missal. The verdict will not be dis
closed until it has been reviewed
in "Washington, but officers believe
that if Detzer is not acquitted he will
accept he will escape with a repri
mand. WOMEN STOWAWAYS
New York, ' Jan. 30. Women
stowaways have become so numer
ous since the war ended that immi
gration officials cautioned all steam-
ship companies in this port to have
their vessels carefully searched be
fore departure from Europe. An
official declared that a steamship
which reached an American port re
cently from Europe brought "more
than twice as many female stowa
ways as the ship had men among
its crew." , " .
FIND SLEEPING -SICKNESS
Rome, Jan. 30. Professor Hag-
: giora of Bologna university is re
ported to have succeeded in isolat
ing the germ of lethargic encephali
tis (sleeping sickness) in the blood
of patients. He 'is now said to be
' preparing a serum to combat the dis-
ease,- - ...
VOL. 49 NO. 195.
Meteoric Business Career of
Head of North Platte Cham
ber of Commerce Ends' With
L Letter That He Is "Broke."
DROPS OUT OF SIGHT
LEAVING &EAVY DEBTS
Clyde M. Trotter Emulates Ex-
ampie or "liei-mcn-uuicK
Dill UorTin InniiMnxa
uiii nail in npfjcai ai ivc.
After a metoric career of the
riety, Clyde M. 1 rotter, president
of the Chamber of Commerce of
North Platte, Neb., has disappeared.
Bankruptcy proceedings filed by his
creditors list liabilities of over $100,-
000, although his friends say many
ot the claims have been duplicated
and in some cases merchandise sold
him has been recovered..
The first intimation of his totter
ing financial condition came last
week in a letter to friends irt
Omaha, asking them to notify his
wife and friends in North Platte
that he was "busted." The letter
was mailed at the Union station here
and stated that he was leaving for
"the land of nowhere," and advising
them to save all from the "wreck"
that was possible. s
, Mr. Trotter is 38 years old and
was raised on "Kis father's farm near
North Platte. After teaching school
n a rural district, he was elected
county superintendent of schools in
Lincoln county. , He, re'tired as a
public official and entered a bank
at Brady, Neb., being advanced to
the presidency. Five years ago, he
disposed ot his - banking interests
and engaged in the automobile busi
ness for himself- at North Platte.
Issued Mortgages Promiscuously v
Duriiig his business career for
himself, his friends say, he .became
deeply involved in debt in an 'en
deavor to operate too many enter
prises and become wealthy at once.
In addition to his automobile busi
ness, he operated a large farm
and an alfalfa ranch of 640 acres.
Selling or mortgaging machines
to which he did not have clear title
is said to have been his chief source
of revenue. Records at North
PJatte are said to show where two
mortgages on the same car have
been filed. " . .
It is said'he purchased machines
from manufacturers on credit fur
nished by the Motor Finance cor
poration of Omaha, and smaller
banks and trust companies. Trust
deeds were deposited in a North
Platte bank and Trotter was 6Up-.
posed to take up the deed when the
car was sold. '
Many Loans Unsecure1.
For some time past, it is said he
has not been taking up the trust
deeds, and when he sold cars, kept
all the money. In addition his friends
in North Platte report personal.loans
made both with and without secur
ity. Henry Hupfner, a railroad en
gineer, is said to be the largest in
dividual creditor, haying loaned
$17,500 on a mortgage bfthe busi-,
Other creditors who have filed
claims aggregating over $100,000,
from which no reductions have
been made for dupplicates are:
Gothenburg State bank, Farmers
State bank, Gothenburg; First Na
tional bank, Norfn Platte; City Safe
Deposit' company, Omaha; Powell
Supply company, Omaha; and Dan
Creditors are of the opinion that
he went to South Amerlca an e
forts are bsjng made to determine
whether he secured passage on any
steamer. A search is being made in
several states where it is thought
possible he may have located.
Say Roosevelt May
Lead Move to Reseat
New York Socialists
Albany, N.- Y., Jan. 30. The
second week of the trial of the five
Suspended ' socialist assemblymen
charged with disloyalty ended to
night with a report that a fifth ef
fort might be made in the lower
house Mpnday night to reseaty the
ousted members and discharge the
TJie report had it that Lieutenant
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt would
headvthe movement, but the colonel
would neither confirm nor deny the
Hitchcock to Visit Omaha;
Loses Leadership Fight
Washington, D. C, Jin. 30.
(Special.) Senatofi Hitchcock left
Friday evening for Omaha, to re
main a week or 10 days. It is. ex
pected that on 4iis return the minor
ity leadership in the senatevill be
definitely settled, Secretary of the
Treasury Carter Glass.' who. will
shortly, take his seat in the seriate as.
successor to the late Senator Martin
of Virginia, having stated, that he
will vote for Underwood for minor
ity leader, thereby breaking the ex
isting deadlock, '
NEBRASKA WOMEN'S CLUB ACTIVITIES ARE
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OUT; TREATY GOES ;
TO SENATE AGAIN
Efforts to Break Deadlock
Brought to Sudden End by Ac
tion of Senator Lodge.
Washington, Jan. 30. Efforts to
break the peace treaty deadlock by
unofficial bipartisan negotiations
ended suddenly in failure today, and
democratic leaders began prepara
tions to bring the treaty back into
the open senate for consideration. It
was over the long debated Article
X that the bipartisan movement
after brin'ging republicans and demo
crats together on many collateral
issues finally met disaster. ' v
The end cafne after Senator
Lodge of Massachusetts,' the repub
lican leader, had renewed his re
fusal to compromise on that article
and had rejected a reservation on
the subject written by former
President Taft and presented to the
bipartisan committee by the demo
crats. s v
Walking out of conference with
announcement that further delibera
tions there were useless, the demo
crats quickly drafted plans to re
new the fight in the open. The act
ing party leader, Senator Hitchcock
of Nebraska, announced that notice
would be given in the, senate tomor
row of hiVintention to make a mo
tion February 10 to take up the
treaty for ratification. Opinion
was divided as to whether such a
motion would prevail.
If it does, Senator Hitchcock ex
pects to propose, he said, that the
senate adopt those reservations on
which tentative agreement had been
reached in the committee and then
fight out differences over the others.
A draft of the committee's work
made public by Mr. Hitchcock did
not correspond with a review of its
accomplishments given out by Sen
ator Lodge, however, and a bitter
aftermath seemed in store should the
democratic plan ot open discussion
be carried out.
AND OFFICIALS ,
City Attorney Says Authorities
Run Gambling Resorts Enor
mous Graft Alleged. '
Louisville, Ky., Jan. 30. Both the
January grand jury and a circuit
court judge Friday took official cog
nizance of allegations that gamblers
in Louisville long have been per
mitted to operate without being mo
Summing up, after indicting 11
persons, including a captain of po
lice and two other city officials, on
charges in connection with gaming,
the grand jury asserted in its re
port, it is "satisfied beyond a doubt
that gambling could not have ex
isted to the extent we have found
without being protected from some
source, and where such protection
is granted we feel that money or
other valuable consideration is given
for this protection. '
"We have had evidence," the re
port, continues, "that city officials
themselves have operated games
with police knowledgeand partici
pation." Announcement was made by As
sistant Commonwealth Attorney
Mix that a former policeman had
been instructed not to molest games
at two negro clubs and to protect a
notorious dance hall where there
was no color line.
Iawa Bank Is Victim
Of "Sledge Hammer"
Robbers; No Trace Left
Sully, la., Jan. 30. (Special) Bank
robbers last night broke into the
Sully State bank and rifled the vaults
of $12,000 in Liberty bonds and made
their escape, leaving no trace. So
quietly did the men work that no
person in the town was awakened.
Entrance to the bank and also into
the vault was secured by the use of
sledge hammers,' the men battering
down a door to enter the building
occupied by the bank and then
knocking off the combination lever
on the vault to secure admission.
The authorities from Des Moines
who were called into the case and
made an investigation are of the
opinion that the robbery was staged
by the same band that made an un
successful attempt to enter the vault
of the bank at Roland Thursday
Sully is 14 miles south of Newton
and about 50 miles from Des Moines.
Red Cross Workers on '
Way Hpme From Siberia
Vladivostok, Jan. 30.-(By The4
Associated. Press.) Three trains of
Red Cross workers, including 10U
women, are on their way to Vladi
vostok, the first being due to arrive
Fridav.. The second is at Harbin
and the third at Chita. All the
women personnel, of the Red Cross
will be, sent from Siberia on the
earliest sailing transport
' Red Cross volunteers are being
recruited to remain - here to direct
the distribution to civilian refugees
of the $3,000,000 worth of supplies
on hand, and also to care for 900
children here whose homes are in
Senator Wadsworth Warns
i committee to Prepare Air
Service for Big Struggle on
Sea Coasts of Country.
PERSHING INSISTS ON
ARMY HAVING CONTROL
Borah Leads Tremendous On
slaught on Separate and
Larger Air Department on
Ground of Its Extravagance.
Washington, Jan. 30. The new
bill to create a separate department
of the air encountered further vigor
ous opposition in the senate today,
Senator Borah, republican. Idaho,
leadinc; the attack against the meas
ure on the ground of extravagance.
Urging its passage. Chairman
Wadsworth of the military commit
tee asserted that the next great war
involving this country would be
ushered in with an air battle off the
coast and warned the senate to pre
pare against that day.
Pershing Wants Army Control.
Opposition to' the bill, so far as
it would separate the army air serv
ice from it( status as an integral
part of the army, also was expressed
in a letter from General Pershing,
made public during the day by Rep
resentative Fisher, democrat, Ten
nessee. In his attack on the bill Senator
Borah took occasion to warn his re
publican colleagues that the party's
special promise of economy ac the
last electiefn was not being carried
out in congress.
'The first or the second day of the
next great war emergency this na
tion faces will be marked by a great
air battle off our coasts," said Chair
man Wadsworth of the military
committee, defending the bill "I
am as sure of that as I am standing
here. ' . ; ' ' "
"It is e-ur way to wait until emer
gency overtakes tis, Nbut we have
spent $26,000,000,000 and thousands
of wasted lives in the past two years
to find out how expensive our way
can be. '
"The number of men you provide
inthis proposed central agency and
the amount of money is immaterial,,
but the principle and policy involved
and the organization is important"
Writes From, Denver.
General Pershing's views on the
proposed separation of the aif serv
ice from the army were disclosed in
correspondence between that officer
and Major General Menoher, di
rector of the army air service, made
public today by Representative
Fisher, democrat, ' Tennessee, a
membet of the military committee.
"The air service for military pur
poses should remain a part of the
army," General Pershing wrote
from Denver, adding that it should
be established, "as a separate branch
within the army, and separate only
in the same way that infantry and
field artiNery are separate."
Answering a series of questions
submitted by General Menoher,
General Pershing wrote:
Cannot Win Alone.
"Military forces can never be ef
ficiently trained nor operated with
out an air torce,
'An air force, 'acting independent-Jjjf
ly, can of its own account neither
wins a war at present time, nor so
far as we can tell, at any time in the
"If success is to be expected, the
military air force must be controlled
in the. same way, understand the
same discipline, and act in accord
ance with the army command under
precisely the same conditions as
other combat arms.
"An air force should not be es
tablished as a comftat force distinct
from the army and navy."
Another 50 Million
Going taHelp Out
Washington, Jan. 30. Republican
members of the house ways and
means committee, in conference late
Friday, informally Sgreed to favor
legislation authorizing the treasury
to extend additional credits of $50,
000,000 to certain European coun
tries fbr fooi relief.
The specific countries to benefit
by the food creMits will be decided
upon at a later meeting of the ma
jority members of the committee.
Poland, Armenia and Austria were
included in the oriarinal orooosal of
a letter from President Wilson, for
credits of 1S0,000,000, later reduced
to ?IZ5,UW,UW by Mr. oiass.
Hoover's Name Will Go
4 On Ballot in Michigan
Lansing, Mich., Jan. 30. Petitions
to plact', the name of Herbert
Hoover orithe democratic ballot at
the presidential preference' primary
April 5 were received by the secre
tary of state this morning. The pe
titions lacked the required 100 sig
natures, but it was indicated addi
tional signatures would b p.taiaed,
ADEQUATELY "COVERED ONLY IN THE BEE.
JANUARY 31, 1920.
Final Flio-nf fU,dD
Body Borne From Flying
Field to Grave in
San Francisco, Cal., Jan. 31.
(Special Telegram.) The first
aerial funeral in history was held in
this state when the body of Charles
TO OWNERS NOW
Sentiment as to Carriers
Voiced by National Con
gress Head Favors
: Pershing for President.
. By E. "C. SNYDER. . -
Washington Correspondent of The Be.
Washington, C C, Jan. 3X
(Special Telegram.) O. G. Smith
of Kearney, president of the Na
tional Farmers' congress,, also pres
ident of the State Farmers' con
gress of Nebraska, allied with the
state board of agriculture, is in
Washington together with repre
sentatives of other farm organiza
tions for the purpose of formu
lating resolutions reflecting the
economic conditions. of the coun
try and the position of farmers
on the same.
Mr. Smith, who is one of Ne
braska's most progressive tillers of
the soil, said that there had been
many misstatements made by men
who pretended to represent the
farmers generally to the effect that
they were asking for the retention
of the railroads by the government
for a further period of two years.
"These men," said Mr. Smith, "are
a very insignificant minority and
do not bv anv means represent the
dominant '.thought of the husband-J
men ot America, ine aniea organ
izations now in session in the na-,
tional capital, through their rep
resentatives, adooted res6T3tions
favoring the return of the1 rail
roads to their private owners, under
laws that will permit the railroads
to operate successfully and that will
insure the farmers and stockmen
the nation good service. These
representatives, - lJcll; iui m.
millions of farmers in the several
allied organizations that meet an
nually, are a unit in demanding the
return of the railroads as speedily
as possible to'their owners." '
. Farmers Want Pershing.
Mr. Smith took time from his at
tendance on the conference that
brought him to the . capital tor' say
that he was unreservedly for Gen.
John J. Pershing for .president on
the republican ticket. '
Asserting that the influence of a
positive character is needed in the
(Contlnned on Pace Two, Column One.)
Captain and 22 of Crew - --
Lost as Tanker Sinks
, New York, . Jan. - 30. The tanW
steamer Mielero, bound tor, this
port, split in two and sunk on Jan
uary 26, according'to word received
The loss of the tanker was re
ported by the steamer Oxette by
wireless, relayed through the U. S.
S. Clemson. The position by the
Oxette indicated that she picked up
the men approximately ISO miles
east of Savannah, Ga.
U. S. Marshal to Give Free
Whisky to "Flu" Patients
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 30. United
States Marshal Henry Behrendt was
authorized this morning in a tele
gram from Washington to furnish
free of charge to all reputable
physicians whisky to be used in the
treatment of influenza cases, y
Sterling Exchange Drops.
New York, Jan. 30. Sterling ex
change fell to $3,491-4 in the first
half hour of trading today, or within
a quarter of a point of the low
record. Lires drooped to 15.57 to the
dollar, or 9 centimes off. Francs were
ouoted at 13.34. or 12 centimes off.
and marks were .valued at 11-4 cents.
By Mall (I Mir), Dally. M.W; Saaday. 2.Mt
Dally aaf Sm.. I7.M: aatelfe Nak. wtum artra.
Abrames, San Jost . aviator, was
taken from the avlalon field to the
cemetery in the former flyer's plane,
A piloted by the former companion of
the dead aviator.
(Editor's Note: This is another
telephotograph, or telegraphed pic
ture, exclusive rights to the publica
tion of which in Omaha are held
bv The Bee.)
RUN IF ASKED
BY HJ PARTY
Brother Gives Out Statement
' Which Indicates Attitude .
. Of General Towards
- .Lincoln. f.Jan. 30. (Special)
General Pershing will accept the re
publican nomination if it is tendered
him, according to a statement made
Ty James Pershing, his brother, at
the Pershing headquarters in New
York City. This is the word sent
by George J. Woods, head of the
Pershing organization in the east, to
Mark W. Woods, chairman of the
The gefieral's brother made the
statement, according to the tele
gram, whan asked whether or not
General Pershing would accept the
nomination if offered him by the re
"The general is not a candidate
in the sense of scrambling for the
nomination," Mr. Pershing is quoted
as saying. "Few are the Americans,
however, who would not serve the
country as president if called to the
White House by the people. That,
I take it, is my brother's view."
Mark Woods on giving out the
statement explained that this ex
pression from the brother of the
general should serve to satisfy those
who have viewed Pershing's position
as to the nomination as doubtful
"It isn't necessary," said Mr, Woods,
"that the general should definitely
express his position. His past serv
ice is indication enough that he will
not refuse to heed the wishes of the
Proprietor df Store
Held Up by Two Men
And Robbed of $35
Herman Kowalski, proprietor of
a small clothing store at 2523 Q
street,' South Side, was held up at
the point of a gun by two men, one
masked, and relieved of $35 in his
store about 8 o'clock, last night
According to a report to1 the po
lice, a young man entered the store
about 7:50 and asked to be shown a
suit, of clothes. While Kowalski
had his back turned mother man,
wearing -a mask, ordered him to hold
up his hands. The first mart pulled
a gun and covered the victim, while
the masked bandit searched the
' Both men were described as
young and of medium build and
wearing dark overcoats and caps.
They backed out of the store and
disappeared in the darkness. .
Paintings in New York
Valued at Million Burn
New York, Jan. 30. Art treas
ures valued at $750,000 were .de
stroyed today in a fire which swept
through the annex of the American
Fine Arts building in West Fifty
eighth street. The total loss Is ex-
pected to exceed $1,000,000. Most ot
burned paintings were in the Van
Great Britain to Vote .
On Nationalizing Mines
London, Jan. 30.Premier Lloyd
George is about to offer the miners
a proposition that a referendum of
the 20,000,000 electors of Great Brit
ain be taken cm the question of the
nationalization of the coal mines, H4
js asserted by .the evening ulobe
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THOUSANDS FROM SACKS
Robber Boards Train at Fremont, Locks Postal Em
ployes in Vestibule and Rifles Registered Mail
Escapes Through Ventilator in Roof as .Train Pulls '
Into City Drops Revolver on Floor of Car on '
Leaving and It Is Found to Be Unloaded Over-"
looked $8,000 in Liberty Bonds Being Taken to
A lone' bandit boarded the eastbound Union Pacific
Overland Limited train at Fremont, Neb., last night, held up
six mail clerks at the point of a gun, rifled a dozen mail sacko
of probably several thousand dollars in registered letters and
made his "escape through a ventilator in the roof of the mail
car as the train was pulling into Omaha.
When the Overland Limited stopped at the Union station
in Omaha at 8:40 three mail clerks were found huddled on,
the platform between the mail car and the baggage car and
three others were discovered locked in a clothecloset in the
end of the mail car. ' ' v ,
AIM OF SOVIET
"Ambassador" Betrays' Bol
shevik Plans to Corrlmittee -Of
U. S; Senate.
- Washington, Jan. 30. How the
couriers of soviet Russia, carrying
funds to finance its propaganda in
America, ran the gauntlet of death
and imprisonment in the surrounding
states of Europe was a story half
told, and then abandoned by Ludwig
C. A. K. Martens, soviet agent in
the United States, before jthe senate
foreign relations subcommittee in
investigating Russian propaganda.
Martens flatly declined to answer
further,, questions on the. subject of
the couriers, and left the committee
to consider whether or not his plea
of "diplomatic immunity" should be
allowed, while he went on to re
count his personal activities in en
deavoring to get his government
recognized by the State department.
Couriers Run Deadly Gauntlet.
Out of 20 of the mysterious mest
sengers who started during the last
year from Moscow with funds and
letters to him, Martens said, seven
had gotten through the barriers of
armies and international frontiers.
Several had been shot summarily in
Finland "three that I know about'"
Martens said casually. Of 10 who
tried to get through Germany, nine
were caught and jailed. The first
man to reach him, however, carried
$30,000 and his credentials as soviet
ambassador to the United States.
The couriers carried money in the
form of Finnish marks, -or Scandi
navian currency, Martens said, and
had various varieties of passports.
Altogether, $150,000 had come to
him throught the underground
route, and also an instruction, so
he said, not to spend any of the
money "on politics or the support
of international factions or parties
in the United States."
Submits List of Contracts.
A list of contracts for goods en
tered into by Martens was submitted
to the committee with the explan
ation that the firms named had
agreed to furnish the goods only
on condition that they were given
licenses by the State department
to export the products to soviet
"You depended on the relations
opened. with American business con
cerns to help you get recognition?"
Chairman Moses asked.
"Yes," Martens replied.
Former Senator Hardwick of
Georgia, counsel for Martens, told
the committee that Martens desired
some of the letters considered in
executive session, as it might in
volve the safety of persons who
have kept open the lines of com
munication between Martens and
Hamby Autopsy Shows
Man Had a Normal Brain
Ossining. N." Y.. Jan. 30. The
body of Gordon Fawcett Hamby,
notorious murderer and bandit, who
was electrocuted in Sing Sing prison
last night for the murder of two of
ficials of a Brooklyn savings bank
in December, 1918, was buried
today. No one claimed the body
and the mystery surrounding his
parentage which he had studiously
guarded, remained unsolved.
An autopsy disclosed that the
brain of the youthful criminal was
"normal" and well developed.
Raise in Wages Not to
Affect Price of Steel.
New York, Jan. 30. There is no
present intention on the part of the
United States Steel corporation or
its subsidiaries to increase the sell
ing price on their products, Elbert
H. Gary, chairman, of the board, de
clared, on account of the 10 per cent
wage- increase to day laborers, ef
fective February 14 which the corpo
ration authorized. It is expected
that 175.000 men will benefit by the
raise, which will add $24,000,000 to
the company's annual payroll
Generally fair Saturday - and
Sunday, warmer Saturday and in
east portion Sunday.
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Shortk' after the train Iff Fr.
rnont, they said, the bandit entered
the mail car, unmasked, and with a
revolver in his hand. He ordered
the mx mail clerks to throw up their,
hands, telling them in a pleasant
voice that he did not intend to rob
them (of their personal property. '
Clerks Locked in CloSet
He forced N. B. Wood. Schuyler, '
Neb,; E. E. Hdrtwell, 6317 North
Twenty-fourth street, and Curtis
Cook, 3702 Grand avenue, into a
clothes closet at the end of the car
and locked the door on them. Then
he order W. J. Lucas, 6223 Florence
boulevard; F. M. Wiggins, 1809
Fourth avenue, Council Bluffs and ,
F. J. Bloomquist, 2706 Manderson
avenue, to step from the end door
of the car to the platform between t
that car and the baggage car. He
also locked this door.
Having disposed of the clerks, the
robber opened nine sacks of Regis
tered, mail and three common mail
sacks, scattered the mail 'Over th-
floor and .tearing letters apart in TttfTi
search for money. He rifled -hun-,
dreds of letters and probably ob
tained a large amount of money, al
though not even an approximate es-'
titnate could be obtained last night
of the amount. Officials say that it
will be several weeks before exact
figures can be secured by checking
the mail. ,
Climbs Through Ventilator.
The bandit spent more than half
ah hour in thenar. When the train '
reached the outskirts of Omaha he
climbed through the ventilator-in
the top of the car and dropped ofi,,
The train slows up at this point. The
mail clerks did not know of his es-,.
cape until the train stopped in thei
Omaha station and the car was:
opened. ' ;
"The man was very calm and cool
in his manner and talked politely to
us," said N. B. Woods, the first V
clerk that the bandit accosted on en
tering the car. i
"You are an old man," the rob-;
ber told Wods. "You don't need toj.
hold up your hand in th air with j
The bandit was six feet tall,, an
weighed between 150 and 160 pounds v
was smooth shaven and had a prom
inent nose. He wore a grayish top '
coat and a dark cap.
Revolver Not Loaded. v
The-revolver which he ihed was
dropped on the floor when he left
the car. It was a brand new .32
calibert automatic and did not con
tain a single cartridge. F. M. Cash-1
man, special agent far the Union
Pacific said that the gun apparent- "
ly had never been loaded.
The robber swung boldly into the
side, dooV of the mail car at Fre
mont, according to the postal clerks.
They believed that he was a car in-'
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Fear Influenza May
Result in Mistrial
In Newberry Case
Grand Rapids. Jan.. 30. The
United States district court faWed,
Friday to complete -the jury to hear
evidence in the Newberry elections
conspiracy trial." Two cases of influ-;
enza in the panel and the excusing
of a third man because of illness in
his home town threatened his busi
ness interests, depleted the tentative
Attorneys f6V both sides were wor
ried over the possibilities of a mis
trial if the influenza in the jury is
not checked. A -physician has been
appointed to watch the men. N . "V
Four defendants were also on the ;
sick list. More than a dozen tales
men have also been excused and sem' i
to their homes.
Erzberger Recovers From I
' Attempt at Assassination
Berlin, "Jan. 30. Considerable imi
roVement in the condition of Ma-
tnias nrzberger, vice premier an
minister of finances, is reported. At-;
tending physicians declare he ap4
peared to be regaining strength
raprdly from the .shock of the wound",
he received last Monday Jat the
Jands of thfyoung former cadet of-'
ccr who tried to assassinate feirft i
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