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OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1920. '
By Mall (I yrt. Ollly, 16.00; Sunday, 12. JO:
Oally and Sua., 17.00: aattlda Nab. .aoitan antra.
Possibilities of Defeat of Na
tional Amendment Loom as
Delaware Prepares to Re
fuse Women Franchise.
SENTIMENT AGAINST .
MEASURE IS STRONG
Suffragist Heads at Scene of
Battle Assert Opposition
More Determined Than En
countered in Any Other State.
Dover. Dc!.. March 23. With the
possibilities of the defeat of the
ratification of the suffrage amend
ment looming large, preparations
;ire being made by the Delaware leg
islature to have the ratification
measure presented to both houses
WfdnesiU'y. Arguments for and
against suffrage will be heard Thurs
day and leaders of the anti-suf-fracists
are working hard td have
the measure acted upon by Friday
Sentiment against suffrage has
crystallized and all party lines
dropped when republican and demo
cratic legislators refused to be bound
hv caucuses on the suffrage' ques
tion. jt the meetings Tuesday
morning state leaders of both par
ties appeared before the members of
the asserdjly and pleaded with them
lor an early ratification. When a
caucus was asked only a few mem
bers were willing to tie themselves
down to the dictates of their parties
Mid the motion was defeated.
Americans Paying Billions
To Support Great Civilian
War Machine in Country
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200,000 More Employes Today in Government Service
Throughout United States Than Before the War
Reduction of Only 2,840 Since October Many,
Of Remainder, Have Little to Do.
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
Chicago Trihun-Omahtt 11m I.eaard Wire.
Washington, March 23. The war
is over, but you would not think
so it you would examine the ad
Dillions of dollars are being ex
acted of the people in taxes to
support the great civilian war ma
chine in almost the same magni
tude as during the progress of ac
There arc 200,000 more employes
today in the government service
throughput the country than before
Before the outbreak of the war
there were, 37,908 clerks and other
civil employes of the government
in the District of Columbia. This
force was increased during the war
until on November 1, 1918, when,
the armistice was declared, it num
bered 117,477. Then the administra
tion began to reduce the "overhead"
expense, but with extreme reluc
tance. There still are 100, 110 -departmental
employes in Washington.
Have Little Work.
Several hundred acres of tempo
rary buildings are still inhabited by
the army of workers, a large pro
portion of whom, according to
Chairman Good of the house appro
priations committee, have little if
any work to do.
Before the war there were ap
proximately 500.000 cyil employes
of the government in the entire
country. Now there are 720,369 dis
tributed as follows:
Members of congress, secretaries,
clerks, help about capitol, justices
of the supreme court. United States
circuit court of appeals, and district
court judges, clerks, marshals, Unit
ed States attorneys, assistant United
States district attorneys, ambassa
dors and others in the diplomatic
and consular service, staffs of con
gressional library, etc., are at least
Unable to Reduce Payroll.
The republican congress which
did not get on the job until last
May, was unable to make any ma
terial progress in reducing the pay
roll for the present fiscal year. Mr.
Good has undertaken to cut $1,000,
000,000 out of the departmental esti
mates for the next fiscal year and
contemplates forcing the adminis
tration to drop at least 25,000 em
ployes in Washington alone.
"Twenty-five preceiit of the em
ployes in the District of Columbia
could be dropped from the rolls to
day," said Mr. Good, "withOvU in
juring the service and with the
clerks 'operating at somewhere
around 80 per cent efficiency."
Representative Sigel of New York,
who has been investigating the pay
rolls, has this to say:
"Without desiring to he made
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Situation Declared Bad
By Suffragist Leader
( liii'Hgo Triuifpr-Oiiiiihu flee l.euned Wire.
Washington, March 23. A tcle
. phone message ' from Alice Paul,
' chainnau of the National Woman's
party, now in Dover, stated today:
"The situation in Delaware is
"The opposition we are encoun
tering here is probably more bitter
- than we have found in any other
. state, but support is also pouring in
to us from the entire country. Wires
' are constantly arriving from gov
ernors and officials of states which
have already ratified, urging that
Delaware give the vote which will
secure women a share in the fall
' elections. Suffragists from other
states are sending money to aid in
the campaign. Among the contri
butions today waa t check for $500
from the Colorado branch for the
literature to convince the Delaware
legislature that suffrage wotks. Our
Virginia branch sent $300.
"Delaware women are working
splendidly throughout the, whole
state and delegations arrive daily to
work among members of the legis
lature." Urge Prompt Ratification.
" National leaders of both the demo
cratic and ' republican parties are
in Dover urging members of their
party to vote and work for prompt
Mrs. Florence Bayard Hilles, state
chairman, is in charge of Delaware
suffragist forces and is directing
the work of the lobby committee
in Dover. Headquarters have been
in Wilmington under Miss Vernon
of Delaware, secretary of the execu
tive committee of the woman's party.
Miss Betty Gramb, who has taken
part in some of the most difficult,
ratification campaigns, is in New
castle county bringing pressure upon
members of the legislature from
their constituents, and Miss Elsie
Hill, daughter of the late Repre
sentative E. J. Hill of Connecticut,
is carrying on the same work in
Sussex county. Mrs. Lawrence
Lewis of Philadelphia, treasurer of
the national woman's party and na
tional ratification chairman, is aid
ing the local women in their work.
Stormy Session When
Tenants and Landlords
Meet Before Committee
' Albany. N. Y March 23. Land
lords and tenants, transferring their
their rent war from New Yrk to
-Albany, faced one another across the
assembly chamber at a hearing on
rent measures held by a special joint
After a denunciation of "rent
hogs" by various speakers, a mem
ber of Mayor Hylan's committee on
rent profiteering jumped on top of a
dtsk and led mea and women ten
ants in cheering when Arthur J.
Hiltey, chairman of the committee,
urged that "the firm, stern hand of
the law be applied" and "the causes
of socialism be eradicated." Other
speakers warned of widespread dis
order if rents continue to rise.
The session grew storriier as it
proceeded, and jeers and hisses
greeted Dr. H. E. Berg, representing
realty interests, when he arose to
speak. This demonstration followed
a charge by a woman that he had
"insulted" aclergyman speaking in
behalf of the tenants. There were
cries of "throw him out."
Office Tenants Organize
League Against Landlords
New York, March 23. Tenants of
downtown office buildings took pre
liminary steps at a meeting tonight
to organize the "Office Tenants'
league" as protection against "un
conscionable profiteers," who, a
statement said, are "raising rents
from 50 to 50C "cr cent."
Jersey City, March 23. An ordi
nance requiring landlords to notify
ths city clerk when notices of rent
increases or eviction are served on
tenants has been adopted by the
LAW IN DECIDING
VALUE OF ROADS
HANGED ONE DAY
Representative of Public Sharp
ly Criticises Arguments of
Carriers Over Appraisal.
Washington, March 23. Solid
alignment of state railroadcommis
sioners, representing the public,
against consideration of the "unre
liable" investment accounts of the
roads for valuation purposes de
veloped before the Interstate Com
merce commission, which is holding
hearings to determine the basis of
payment of the standard dividend
under the transportation act.
Insisting that the "book accounts"
of the roads were worthless as art
index to the values of the proper
ties, John E. Benton of the asso
ciation of State riilroad commis
sioners, sharply criticised the argu
ment advanced by the carriers that
any valuation of the roads-iound to
be less than the aggregate accounts
would be a blow to the financial
centers of the world.
Won't Disregard Law.
"Since when has this commission
rendered its judgments with its face
toward Wall street'" he asked.
'Since when has it disregarded the
law and the facts to cover up the
rottenness of any situation it came
upon in the performance of its duty?
It has heretofore discovered and
exposed many shocking things, but
the country still lives and the finan
cial centers are still inact."
All the elements of value must be
taken into consideration, Benton
contended, but the investment ac
counts of the roads are not to be
regarded as evidence.
Scores Watered Stock.
"Congress has not given you dis
cretion," he told the commission,
"if you know the true investment
cost of the Chicago and Alton from
your valuation investigations to shut
your eyes to that element and con
sider its Wickedly water-soaked in
Representatives of the "shippers
generally concurred in the proposals
oftlfc carriers that the book ac
counts be considered, but advised
that they be checked in the light
of the other information available
to the commission.
Kills Officer in .India;'
Domestic Reason Cause
Londou, March 23. An American
medical missionary, the Rev. Mr.
Jackson, shot Maj. H. D. Cloete
dead at Sadiya", Asham, British India,
a northeast frontier post, according
to a Calcutta dispatch to the Daily
Mail, dated March 15.
The correspondentsays that the
reasons for the tragedy were domes
tic. The missionary surrendered to
the authorities. V
125 Convicts Escape, But
Most of Them Come Back
Houston, Texas, March 23. One
hundred and twenty-five convicts at
the Texas state prison farm over
powered the guards, seized their
guns and escaped, according to a
dispatch from Huntsville.
Soon after the break, the dispatch
says, 35 of the men returned. Strag
glers continued returning until eve
ning, when all but four were ac
There was an unconfirmed report
here that two of the men had been
killed and -a third woundtfd in a
Funeral of Mrs. Cowin
Postponed to Thursday
Owing to delay in the arrival of
Mrs. John Cudahy of California, the
funeral of her mother, Mrs. John P.
Cowin, who died Sunday, has been
postponed from this afternoon to
Thursday afternoon. Funeral serv
ices will be' held at 2 o'clock Thurs
day at All Saints church ,
Nearly 1,000 Sjck and Maimed
Ministered to by James
Moore Hickson During First
Day of Mission in Bluffs.
PLEASED WITH SUCCESS
OF WORK IN IOWA CITY
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The Changing World
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Previous Texas Court Records
Involving Death Penalty
Broken in San Augustine.
San Augustine, Tex., March 23.
Previous Texas court records in
volving ,the death penalty probably
were broken here Tuesday when
John Hood Price, negro, was legaliv
hanged for the recent murder ofl
John Kennedy, a farmer, less than
24 hours after his arrest and con
viction. The negro was captured Monday
afternoon and placed in jail here at
4:30 o'clock. He was quickly in
dicted on a murder charge by a spe
cial grand jury and a trial jury im
mediately sworn ij.; A night j ses
sion was held in county court a.,
which Price , was found guilty and
sentenced to death. A large crowd
surrounded the court house in the
evening but any possibility of at
tempted violence was averted when
a brother of Kennedy asked that
justice be permitted To take its
course as speedily as possible.
Nearly 2,000 persons at 11 o'clock
Tuesday silently watched Price
mount the scaffold, hurriedly erected
in the public square. They quieti
dispersed after the trap was sprung.
Kennedy was shot and killed at
his home near here March 18. Two
charges from a shotgun were fired.
through a window, it was learned
that Price and Kennedy had had
a dispute the preceding day."
Conditions in Ireland
Present Grave Aspect;
Crowds Stone Soldiers
London, March 24. The Dublin
correspondent of the London Times
describes the situation in Ireland in
the darkest colors. He says the out
look is serious and that conditions
in the west artd south are extremely
grave. The position, bad last week,
is now definitely worse.
The correspondent says the Sinn
Fein asks the country to accept the
monstrous theory that Lord Mayor
MpcCurtain of Cork was killed by
actual agents of the government. He
describes the over-night riot in Dub
lin as another danger signal, and
says it is impossible to get an im
partial account of the incident, the
popular' version being that the sol
diers provoked and assaulted civil
The correspondent learns the sol
diers wex". stoned by a crowd before
they left the theater singing the na
tional at.'them as a protest against
the failure of the theater orchestra
to play it.
Naval Appropriation Bill of
$425,000,000 Passes House
. Washington, March 23. The
naval appropriation bill carrying
approximately $425,000,000 passed
the house Tuesday without a roll
call and yow goes to the,senate. It
includes provisions aggregating
$104,000,000 to carry on construction
of new ships authorized in the 1916
three-year program and for an en
listed personnel averaging 125.000 in
the navy and 20,000 in the marine
There was no provision fof new
construction in addition to vessels
already authorized and contracts fot
which have been awarded.
An amendment by Representative
Hull, republican, Iowa, attaching the
same provision against stop-watcn
systems in navy yards that had been
previously enacted for both arsenals
and navy- yards was adopted, 218
Fire Wipes Out Town.
Springfield, Mo., March 23. The
town of Collins in St. Clair county
was almost completely destroyed
by fire Tuesday afternoon.' Fifteen
homes were said to have been razed.
Only two store building were left
Says People Came to Him in
Right Spirit Many Report
'T am delighted with the success
of mv work in Council Bluffs. T
have never held a more successful
'TW!s is the statement of, James
Moore Hickson. famous - English
healer, made last night atter seven
consecutive hours of ministering to
neatly 1,000 maimed, halt, blind or
sick men, women and children of
Council Bluffs, Omaha and the sur
"The people came to, me in the
right spirit," continued Mr. Hick
son. "The day s work gave me great
pleasure, and I believe the people
Mr. Hickson held his mission at
St. Paul's Episcopal church ' from
10 a .in. to 1 p. in., preaching two
sermons to sufferers of all kinds.
In the afternoon he visited a large
number of sufferers who were un
able to leave their beds, and also the
Council Bluffs' hospitals. He will
hold services at St. Pauls church
again this morning, beginning at 10.
Sufferers Express Faith.
Although Mr. Hickson emphasized
the improbability of effecting in
stantaneous cures a large number of
the sufferers treated by him ex
pressed the firm belief that they
were either benefited immediately,
or that they would eventually be
come well. Two patients whom he
visited yesterday afternoon in the
Jennie Edmundson Memorial hos
pital were reported somewhat' im
proved, at least in spirits, by hos
Sufferers from North and South
Dakota and from as far south as
Oklahoma gathered at the St. Pauls
church yesterday morning to re
ceive the ministrations of the famous
Englishman. Many of them were on
hand as early as 5 a. m., waiting
patiently for his appearance
They -came invwtieet -chairs, taxi
cabs, private machines and ambu
lances. Others came on crutches,
or supported by the arms of their
relatives or friends. Many were
carried bodily up the steps into the
church. When the services com
menced .300 sufferers filled the seats
of the auditorium and nearly 200
ethers waned patiently upon the
O. L. Lawson of Oakland, 20
miles east of Council Bluffs, brought
his wife to the church in a large
ambulance. She was the first per
(Continuril on Page Two, Column Two.)
Make Frantic Efforts
To Borrow Money to
Meet Demands of Men
Cliicnito Trlhune-Ontiihn Bee I.enNfil Wire.
Chicago, March 23. With team
sters and chauffeurs already on
strike and garbage and refuse piling
up, uncollected, a menace to public
health, and other city employes
threatening to strike, the council is
making frantic efforts to borrow
$4,000,000 to increase the budget and
meet the new wage demand. The
strike has spread to all departments
and everything is lagging.
Bankers, it is understood, have
taken up the matter and are not
inclined to grant the lean. The city
is already in a financial snarl and
the bankers think they would run
considerable risk of having their
money tied up indefinitely. This
loan would have to be made on the
"confessed judgment" scheme and
any taxpayer could tie up the entire
loan through court proceedings.'
The budget, as it now stands, runs
in excess of $32,000,000 and legis
lation will be necessary to secure
Is Given Omaha Boy
Over Bennie Valgar
Atlanta, Ga., March 23. Jack
Lavyler of Omaha won the referee's
decision (over Benny Valgar of
France at the end of their 10-round
featherweight bout here Tuesday
night. The Nebraska fighter showed
up mud: better than his French op
ponent in six rounds, with the other
four apparently even.
Can't Go to Church So -Ex-Kaiser
Amerongen, Holland March 23.
For the second time the former Em
peror Willikm of Germany was de
prived of the customary religious'
services at Bentinick castle Sunday.
Because of new restrictions the Ger
man minister from Zeist who usu
ally presides at the services at the
castle was unable to enter.
The former emperor renewed with i
energy his wood-sawing operations.
London, March 23. Sir William
Sutherland, coalition-liberal, was
elected to the house of commons in
the bye-election held in Argyleshire,
Scotland, a fortnight age, over the
Rev. Malx.lm MacCa'.luoi. labor, it
tCoprrlcM: 1920: By John T. McCufeheoo 1
'' An autocrat who hat reigned spreme
is threatened by m now Pretender to tho Thron.
In 1896 Bryan fought on a financial issue.
In 1920 ho will fight on m moral issue.
The old timo spirit of conquest-
stems to be with u again in a thin disguise.
AND MAN HIMSELF,
Senator Brandegee Says no
President Has Ever Been so
Shielded From Criticism.
New Haven, Conn., March 23.
Criticism of President Wilson, in
which the war, treaty making and
Mexican policies of the democratic
administration were severely ar
raigned, featured an address here of
Senator' Brandegee, acting as tem
porary chairman of the republican
state convention. He asserted that
"no president of the United States
has ever been so shielded from just
criticism by events as has the presi
dent of the United States."
The condition of America's un-
preparedness at the beginning of the
war, Senator Brandegee said, was
largely the fault of President Wil
son. He declared that gross ex
travagance characterized his gov
ernmental departments; that his ef
forts at treaty making in Paris re
sulted largely in fiasco and that his
coercion of the senate has resulted
in a "kick back" in which the sen
ate is now coercing the president.
He asked if the "people of this coun
try want the senate to abandon its
matured judgment after due con
sideration and to say that they ap
prove of a "treaty when they do not
approve of it."
Senator Brandegee explained his
objection to ..the suffrage and prohi
bition amendments as based largely
on the old proposition of state's
rights. He reiterated former state
ments that the administration s
Mexican attitude for the last six
years has been "an impotent and im
becile dntt with a conditioirnow in
Mexico so "appalling" that the
American people "have apparently
abandoned alj hope of any relief as
long as the present administration
s in power. the State depart
ment was designated as "a mere
sWell" and the operation of the Post-
office department, he said, would be
a "huge national joke if it were not
a scandal and a tragedy."
Lifts Ban on Dancing,
Theaters, Horse Racing
Newark, N. J. March 23. A reso
lution to strike from the book of
discipline of the Methodist church
that section known as the "Blue
law" or amusement ban, which for
bids Methodists attending dances,
theaters and horse races, was adopt
ed at the Newark Methodist confer
ence here. Coupled with the vote to
recognize these pastimes the con
ference advises all church people to
"make their amusements the subject
of. frequent thought and to be
scrupulously careful to set no in
The conference also adopted a res
olution memoralizing the general
conference relative to the stand it
has taken in the matter of permit
ting women to become ministers,
thus giving the women of the church
equal opportunities and an equal
standing with" men.
10 States, Nebraska Included,
Form Highway. Association
Kansas Citjy March 23 A pre
liminary organization of a highway
association, composing the highway
departments of 10 middle western
and southern states, was effected
here Tuesday. They are Missouri,
Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ar
kansas. Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana,
Ohio and Illinois.
Steps to complete the organiza
tion, it is announced, will be taken
at a meeting in St. Louis Thursday.
Kearney Attorney Submits
Bill Providing for Payment
Of $2 a Day to Men Who
Wish to Buy Homes.
. . BY E. C. SNYDER, :
tVmtilnctnn Correspondent of Omaha Be.
Washington, March 23. (Special
Telegram) E. P. McDermott, an
attorney of Kearney, .Neb., who was
tlj democratic candidate foV con
gress against "Uncle. Mose"'Kin
kaid, in 1910, and who is in Wash
ington as the Nebraska member of
the legislative committee of the
American Legion, had an extended
conference today with the republi
can members of the congressional
delegation from the prairie state.
Mr. McDermott laid before the
delegation the draft of the bill agreed
upon by the executive committee,
and which is to have the loyal sup
port of the Legionairies, providing
for a bonus. for the service perform
ed during the world war. This bill,
in substance, provides for an addi
tional payment of $2 a day for the
length of time the soldier was in
service, for the purpose of assist
ing him in acquiring a farm or city
residence, and $1.50 a day is to be
paid in cash for the number of days
in service over and above what he
received while in the army should
he not desire to take advantage of
the larger bonus given toward se
The ways and means committee
will hear the. members of the legis
lative committee of the American
Legion tomorrow on the merits of
the bill. The hearing will be the
first of the recognition accorded the
bill by the waysiand means commit
tee. Senator Norris took occasion to
read to the delegation a 1,000-word
telegram, sent to himself, Scnatoi
Hitchcock and Congressman Jef
feris from the Douglas county post
of the American Legion and signed
by Kendall Hammond, secretary,
wherein the allegation is made that
the Nebraska delegation has been
"passing the buck" with reference to
soldier legislation, and that the
member from now on would be
expected "to fish or cut bait" '
Mr. Dermott, as the Nebraska rep
resentative of the legion, took occa
sion to say that the telegram was,
(Continued on rage Two, Column Six.)
Reach Agreement for Moving
American Dead in France
Washington, March 23.1 An
agreement under which American
dead in France, whether in or be
hind the battle zone, may be re
moved to the United States as soon
as arrangements have been . com
pleted has been reached at a confer
ence between representatives of the
French and Amrican govrnment. The
agreement awaits the approval of the
WOOD LEADING ,
. IN SO. DAKOTA
SOVIET RULE. J
IN MOST OF
Virtually Every Town in Prov
inces in Hands of German
Workmen Prisons Opened
And All Inmates freed. f
GEN. VON LUETTWITZ
ARRESTED IN BERLIN.
Has Good Margin Over Low
den and Johnson in Presi
dential Primary Returns.
Sioux Falls. March jL. Leonard
Wood maintained a lead of 3,000
votes over Frank O. Lowden, for
republican presidential endorsement
on the face of returns tabulated at
1 o'clock this morning from 605 out
f -1,740 precincts iii 51 of -the 64
Wood, 20,257; Lowden, 17,898 and
Johnson, 15,292. Thfs tabulation in
cluded reports from nearly every
city in the state. .
The returns practically cleaned up
the precincts in all the leading cities
of the state except Huron, where
sevaral pricincts were missing. Short
ly before midenight, the Black Hills
counties began to report and those
heard from went heavily for Wood.
Johnson polled a heavy vote at
Yankton and complete returns from
Pierre, the state capital, showed he
carried the city by a plurality of
seven votes over Wood. Governor
Peter Norbeck has a good margin
over Dick Haney for the republican
senatorial nomination and W. H.
McMaster of Yankton, was ahead
of R. C. Richards, his opponent for
the , republican nomination for
' Refuses Comment on Funds.
Norfolk, Neb., March 23. When
asked to make a further statement
to that of his Chicago headquarters
concerning campaign funds, Gen.
Leonard Wood, who spent a few
minutes here en route to Chicago
from South Dakota, declared that
he has nothing to add to Mr. Proc
ter's statement. a,
Plan High Tariff
To Protect America's
ChiciiKo Trihune-Omnha Hee Leased Wire.
Washington, March 23. The sen
ate finance committee has decided to
recommend tne building of a high
tariff wall around America's infant
aircraft industry to save it from de
struction by British and French
A high ad valorem duty, perhaps
45 per cent, on aircraft will be car
ried in an amendment to the dye
stuffs tariff bill, which will come be
fore the senate again in a few days.
The committee decided to recom
mend sucr an amendment after hear
ing Senator New of Indiana predict
that American aircraft industries
were facing ruin through the pros
pective "dumping" of obsolete plants
upon the United States byi Great
Britain and France. ,
30 Aliens to Be Released.
Salt Lake City, Utah. March 23.
Release of 30 enemy aliens who have
been interned at Fort Douglas here
for periods of from one to three,
years will take place Wednesday,
according to announcement by De
partment of Justice olTicials.
Expect Trouble Between
Christians and Moslems
New York, March 23. Sanguinary
troubles between Christians and
Moslems in Syria are expected as a
result of the boycott declared
against France and England by Emir
Feisal. newly elected king of Syria,
according to a cable dispatch from
Paris to the Syrian-Lebanese league,
signed by three influential leaders in
the Syrian moement
Nebraska Unsettled and colder
Wednesdiy, probably showersj
Thursday partly cloudy and colder.
Iowa Unsettled weather Wednes
day and Thursday, with probably
thunder showers; cooler.
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Admiral Von.Trotha, Chief of
The Admiralty, Also Appre-
hended, But Whereabouts of
Kapp Not Definitely Known.
Berlin, March 23. The strike
. committee has unanimously pro
claimed the strike ended. Work
will be resumed tomorrow.
Rotterdam, March 23. The con
ditions in the Rhine provinces,
where virtually every tov$n is in the
hands of the workmen, rapidly are
approaching a duplication of the
conditions prevailing in , soviet
According to the Rotterdamschc
Courante's correspondents' in- Essen
and Dortmund, the first' step fol- .
lowing, the proclamation of soviet',,
republics was the opening: of prisons
and freeing not only political priscnW
ers, but also common prisoners,
Coming closely upon the heels, of N .
this order was an invitation to the,
bourgeoisie to surrender all fire- A
arms. Emphasis was laid on, this
bv an announcement that failure to
comply" would entail prosccutioji by,
tne revolutionary trinunai. .
Rationing Hardest Job.
The correspondents say that the -
hardest task of a soviet government
would be tor maintain rationing; that
failures in this respect woufd not be
improbable owing to the existing" -
scarcity of food, and that a compro- . -mise
with Berlin would be neces- ;.
sary. They assert that only enough
food is in sight for a week s rations
and that the supply, of potatoes .
will last only a few days. The hope -
of the soviet government, they as- i
sert, is to get food in exchange for
coal from Holland. '
The soviet councils have taken the
I sharpest measures against looting,
say the correspondents, out thev
are requisitioning provisions and .
and other commodities, without pay.
Revolutionaries Arrested. x
Berlin, March 23. Major ,Cneral li
Von Luettwitz, the military . cortw ,
Lmander in tfje lyapa reolt, has been
arrested, it is oicially announced.
Admiral Von Tro'ha, chief of' the -admiralty,
has also .!,een arrested." f.
There 'is no definite news -qf
Kapp's whereabouts. It is supposed
he is on his estate in East Prussia.
Soon after his return to Berlin " '
President Ebert ordered the im
perial court at Leipsic to bring ac- "
tion against the leaders of the revo
lution, including Kapp, Vcn Luett-'.
witz. Von Jagow and Admiral Von
Essen Region Captured.
Esse.i, Germany, March 23, via
Copenhagen. The local exeeutive
council, has announced that the en-' '
tire industrial region hereabouts is
m the hands of the revolutionary
workmen and that a red army of ;
50,000 men is victoriously advancing
on Wescl, where "the last remnants
of the regular troops" are concen "
' A second announcement by the
executive council said that the
revolutionary workmen on Saturday
captured five cannon, she mine,.'
throwers. 3,000 rifles, 20,000 cart- '
ridges, 200 horses and much bag
gage. In the'taking of Dorsten the
reds captured 300 reichswehr, the
C o b u r g, Saxe - Coburg - Gotha,
March 23. A heavy defeat has been
inflicted on the communist forces
who lost more than 1,000 killed ac
cording to the Reichwehr .com- .
mander in this region. The reichs-
wehr had 19 killed and 34 wounded,
while nine are missing.
25,000 Besiege Fortress. ,
Copenhagen, .March 23. Regard
ing the situation at Wesel, a special . x
Berlin dispatch says that 6,000 reg--ulars
within the fortress are besieg
ed by 25,000 spartacans. The troops '
are using heavy guns. '.;
Agree on Plans for Recount '
in Ford-Newberry Contest
Washington, March 23. Plans for
the senate recount of the ballots"
cast in the Ford-Newberry senatorial
election contest in Michigan were -agreed
upon tentatively at a con
fcrence between the senate privileges ,
and elections subcommittee and - -counsel
representing both sides.
Chairman Watson of the subcom-
mittce said tlfat the recount would -not
begin for at least 30 days. About "
three weeks, the chairman estimated
will be. required to complete the ,
: i '
Falls TVJine Stories, But t
May Not Die of Hurts
Los Angeles', Cal.f March 23.
Frank Alhvin, a janitor, leaped pi 1
fell from a ninth-story window ol ' j
an office building here, struclf the
electric wires stretched far below, i'
and then tumbled to the pavement. .
He received a skull fracture and ? ''
6ther injuries, but may recover. .
AHwin was sand by his employers
to have been despondent for some
months and to have made three
attempts at suicide. ., " ;''
Leave Capital for Chicago. '' '
Washington, March 23. (Special s.
Telegram) Mr. and Mrs. Gould
Dietz, wlio iavc been Washington -visitors
for a week, left for Chicago .v
Tuesday afternoon ; ,
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