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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 50 NO. 6.
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Bryan and Followers Prepare
For Hot Clash on Prohibition
Plank in Democratic Party
Platform at San Francisco.
AS FIELD MARSHAL
May Also Take Command of
Allied Interests Opposed to
Views of President Chance
Of, Compromise Small.
San Francisco, June 24. Mobiliza
tion of democratic national conven
tion force for the expected clash
over a prohibition enforcement plank
in the party's 1929 platform will ap
proach completion tomorrow when
VV. J. Bryan arrives on the scene.
The Nebraskan is generally re
garded as field marshal of the bone
dry element. He may also function
as supreme commander of allied and
associated interests opposed to Pres
ident Wilson's platform views and
his arrival is expected to see battle
lines for the whole platform sharply
While the enforcement question re
mained the outstanding issue with
the factions as far apart as the poles,
interest in other platform questions
was stimuated by the presence of
Senator Glass of Virginia, who is
known to be fully advised as to the
president's views on what the party
should do on the league of nations
issue and similar questions. Sup
porters of proposals to modify the
Volstead enforcement act are claim
ing presidential favor of their proposi
tion, but up to date Mr. Glass has
not indicated what views Mr. Wil
son may have expressed in this re
gard during the conference which
preceded the senator's departure
Has Plank of Own.
Mr. Bryan also has disclosed that
he has a plank of his own to pre
sent on the enforcement question.
He is understood to favor putting
the party on record for rigid enforce
ment of prohibition enactment to the
full limit of the Volstead measure.
Between this suggestion, which
gained the" support of Senator Owen
of Oklahoma, first of the presiden
tial aspirants to reach the scene and
that.of ' the enf?rcement modrfica
tionf advocated, the gulf is so wide
that no possibility of compromise
is visible unless it should be based
on an agreeiient to follow the plat
form of the Virginia democrats and
ignore prohibition entirely.
The bone drys have a working ma
jority 6n the committee. That is
admitted by the modifiers of what
ever shade of opinion. They also
are credited with a slight majority
in the convention itself, but the
would-be rainmakers, who view with
alarm the present drought, are very
hopeful th's can be upset.
To Pick Candidate.
Ogen, Utah, June 24. William
Jennings Bryan, who joined a train
load of delegates here today en route
to the San Francisco convention,
"I am going to San Francisco to
see that we get a platform and a
candidate that can win. I have no
interest in any particular candidate.
1 shall see that the platform is ex
actly the opposite of that adopted by
the republican party at Chicago."
Bryan referred to Senator Walsh
of Montana and other democratic
leaders and delegates.
Two Alleged Thieves
And Three Cars Are
brought from Denver
Thro aiitnrrmhili". s!H to have
Ibeen stolen in Omaha, and Tom
Celly, local police character, ana
iVilliam Connolly, both charged with
tile then ot the cars, were returned
toXOmaha last night by, local detec
tives from Denver, where they were
arrasted last week.
Wjlliam Cooper, from whom Den
ver police recovered the cars, was
freed ater an extradition fight.
Detectives James Murphy '.ftd
Jack Ps?anowski and Dell Rich, pri
vate detSctive, drove the ca'. back
from Denver. The cars belonged to
Dr. Gamble of Missouri Valley, la.;
T. R. Henry. 4321 Decatur street,
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and v. a. nugnes, vub w. j. w.
building. Gamble's car was stolen
in September, 1918; Henry's ma
chine was' stolen April 13 and
Hughes' car on May 7.
Cooper told -detectives that the
cars did not belong to him. Both
Kelly and Connolly testified in the
extradition hearing in Denver that
Cooper owned the cars, but the
judge ruled that the evidence was
not sufficient to turn Cooper over to
jhe Omaha police.
Last of Americans at Kiev
Reach Warsaw in Safety
Warsaw, Jun 22. The Ameri
cans who were in the thick of the
fighting around Kiev recently, have
reached Warsaw safely. They were
the last to leave the city and were
forced to pass through the zone of
The, American convoy of trucks
and ambulances was surrounded at
times by troops of bolsheviki cav
alry and twice narrowly escaped
Fightinfc Near Karwin.
Prague, June 24. Sharp fighting
between Czechs and Polish frontier
guards is reported from Karwin.
French troops, have occupied this
region and the Italians have moved
, into Tessl '
BE NEXT STATE TO
Legislature Has Power to Rat
ify Amendment, Says At
Chicago Trlbone-Omaha Be iMHd Wire.
Washington, June 24. Tennessee
may be the 36th state to ratify the
suffrage amendment in spite of the
clause in the constitution of the state
providing that no legislature shall
act on an amendment to the federal
constitution unless elected after the
proposal of the amendment. The
present legislature was elected be
fore the proposal of the amendment,
but it nevertheless has the "clear
power to ratify the amendment," ac
cording to William T. Frierson, act
ing attorney general.
Mr. Frierson's opinion, given oral
ly and in writing, both to Governor
Roberts and the attorney general of
Tennessee and communicated to the
president in response to his request,
for the views of the department on
the Tennessee situation, was based
largely on the 'decision of the United
States Supreme court in the Ohio
referendum case. In that case the
court held that ratification of
amendments could be had only by
state legislatures or conventions and
that provisions of state constitutions
that ratification be referred to a
vote of the people conflicted with
the federal constitution.
Following the receipt of Mr.
Frierson's letter, the president last
night telegraphed Governor Rob
erts urging him, "as a real service
to the party and the nation," to
call a special session of the Ten
nessee legislature to consider the
suffrage amendment, and a few
hours afterward the governor an
nounced his decision to convene the
legislature in special session with
out delay to act on the suffrage
'In the confident hope that Ten
nessee will be the state to enable
the women of ' the whole country to
vote in the November elections,
Miss Alice Paul, national chairman
of the Woman's party, began today
the concentration of her forces in
WAGE BOARD DOING
ALL POSSIBLE TO
SPEED UP WORK
Assurance Given of Expediting
Decision on Railway
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee leased Wire.
"Washington, June 24. Assurances
that everything possible will be done
to expedite the decision in the rail
way wage controversy were received
by President Wilson today from the
railroad labor board at Chicago. The
message was in reply to the tele
gram sent to Judge R. N. Barton,
chairman of the board.
The text of the president's tele
gram'of yesterday became public to
day. It was as follows:
"Reports placed before me show
transportation situation hourly
growing more difficult and I am
wondering whether it would not be
possible for your board to announce
a decision with reference to the
pending wage matter. At least would
it not be possible for your board, if
it has reached no final conclusions
relative to the vital matters, tenta
tively to agree upon a settlement or
even a partial settlement."
Among the callers at the White
House today was W. L. McMenimen,
deputy president of the Brotherhood
of Railroad Trainmen. Mr. Mc
Menimen said that assurances of
speedy action by the board have a
most helpful effect upon the railway
situation. 4 '
Loses Badge and
Gun to Boy Bandits
Harry Gilmore, special detective
for the Great Western railroad, was
stripped of his badge, revolver, a
pold watch and his pocketbook by
three boy bandits while making his
nightly' travels in the railroad yards
near Eighteenth street and Popple
tcn avenue about 9:30 last night.
The pocketbook contained 3 cents
imd a Chinese yen. The boys
threatened Gilmore after relieving
him of his valuables and said upon
leaving, "We have a good notion to
pump you full of lead."
Gilmore told police that he ob
served the men riding on a freight
train. He said he hid behind a
clump of weeds in wait for them.
But the three men surprised him by
sneaking up and covering him with
three revolvers. They escaped by
jumping on a freight which was
Worker Killed by Fall
Down Elevator Shaft
Plunging three stories down an
elevator shaft in the new building of
the Omaha Ice and Cold Storage
company. Eighth and Farnam
streets, about 4 o'clock yesterday
afternoon, F. McCain, iron worker,
was fatally injured.
McCain, who lived at 1423 Ave
nue D, Council Bluffs, was rushed in
the police ambulance to the Ford
hospital, where he died several
Police and workmen in the build
ing were unable to ascertain ' the
cause of the accident.
Authorities Admit Failure
In Caruso Jewel Robbery
East Hampton, N. Y., June 24.
The John Doe inquiry into the disap
pearance on June 8 of jewels worth
$400,000 from the East Hampton
villa of Enrico Caruso ended today
with this statement of the court:
"We have been unable to locate
the missing jewels or any party who
may have taken them. There is not
sufficient evidence to justify the is
surance of a warrant.''
Canvass of Three Delegations
Shows Majority of Members
Against Renomination ' of
President Wilson at Frisco.
M'ADOO STILL REGARDED
Many Predict Nomination of
Former Cabinet Member as
Means to Break Deadlock
Supported by Rail Employes.
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
Chirago Trihnne-Omalia Bee T.efisrd Wire.
Aboard Southern Pacific ConverT
tion Snecial, Winnemucca, Nev., Tune
24. Though convinced that Presi
dent Wilson is maintaining a recep
tive, if not inviting. attitude toward
renomination and would be greatly
pleased by such tribute from his
party, most of the democratic dele
gates interviewed today expressed
unqualified opposition to a third
term candidacy. The prevailing
opinion is that they party would
court disaster by naming a candi
date who would be fin the defensive
from the start, particularly in resnect
to the traditional two-term limit on
the presidency and to physical fitness
not only to wage an election cam
paign, but to serve another four
years in the White House.
These views were gathered today
from members of the Maine, Massa-.
chusetts and Alabama delegations en
route to the convention. It is clear
that if the sentiment thus disclosed
prevails to the same extent in other
delegations, the convention will be
in no mood to take the president for
the party standard bearer, even if
convinced of his willingness and of
the advantage of naming the author
of the league of nations issue to
wage the fight of his own making.
Against Third Term.
The Alabama delegation proved no
more sympathetic toward the re
nomination of the president than the
convention aggregations from north
of the M'son and Dixon line. Few
Alabamans doubted that Mr. Wilson
would like to be the candidate, but
not a single member of the delega
tion favored accommodating the
president in this respect. All were
willincr Ao give their views of. the
question though none for publica
tion. There was a roundup of Alabama
delegates on the train today at
which Governor Kilby is reported to
have expressed the opinion that the
renomination of the president would
spell party suicide. He was quoted
as asserting that the convention
would prove so strongly opposed to
naming a third term candidate who
is also a sick man, that it would
be impossible to stampede the big
conclave into the renomination of
Mr. Wilson. Members of the dele
gation said that the governor's views
were unanimously endorsed.
Expects Statement Soon.
"It looks as if the president is
mighty willing to run again," said
one of the leading Alabama dele
gates, "but I think you will find that
the vast majority of the convention
will look at a third term nomina
( Continued on Page Two, Column FtTe.)
U. S. Judge Refuses to
Check Drive Against
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Washington, June 24. Continu
ance of activities of the Department
of Justice in prosecuting profiteers
under the Lever act, at least until
the supreme court reconvenes in the
fall, was assured today. Justice
Pitney of the supreme court, sitting
in chambers, refused to grant the
application of the Willard Co. of
Cleveland, O., involved in a sugar
case, to restrain the federal govern
ment from pushing cases until a
final decision is given in litigation
involving the constitutionality of the
Justice Day, at his home in Ohio,
refused a similar request by a cloth
ing 'company a few days ago.
While the Lever act has been
held to be unconstitutional by dis
trict judges, the cases cannot be de
cided by the supreme court before
White House Denies Wilson
Will Address Convention
Washington, June 24. Reports
from San Francisco that President
Wilson would address the demo
cratic national convention on the
long-distance telephone were denied
today at the White House.
Wall Street Betting
On President Seems
To Favor Ohio Chief
New York. June 24. Wall
street odds offered today against
the success of the various possible
democratic nominees for the
Governor Cox, 3 to 1.
Ambassador Davis, Vi to 1.
McAdoo, 4 to 1.
President Wilson, 4l2 to 1.
Governor Edwards, 5 to 1.
. Governor Smith, 5 to 1.
Vice President Marshall, 6 to 1.
Champ Clark, 10 to 1.
Attorney General Palmer, 12
Bryan, 20 to 1.
Very little money is being
wagered, it is said, because of the
probability that a third party will
' be launched; "
MAN WHO PICKED
SITE FOR STATE
Thomas P. Kennard, Former
Secretary of State, Expires at
Lincoln at Age of 92.
Lincoln, Neb., June 24. Thomas
P. Kennard, one of the founders of
the city of Lincoln, former sec
retary of state and member of the
commission which located the state
capitol here, died tonight at the ad
vanced age of 92 years.
Mr. Kennard's work on the com
mission was also the cause of his
political downfall as he and the oth
er members, Governor Butler and
Auditor John Gillespie, were heavy
purchasers of land which the state
sold to pay for the building and big
profits . made by them defeated
Mr. Kennard was responsible for
the selection of Lincoln as the cap
ital site and in explaining the vote
in later years he said that his vote
was for the present site while Audi
tor Gillespie favored Ashland, gov
ernor Butler voted with Kennard
and a later vote made it unanimous.
At the time Lincoln was located
60 miles from a railroad, but the
commission had ideals for making
it an educational, moral and religi
ous town. In laying out the town
site lots were reserved for schools,
parks, churches and public build
ings although the commission had
no power to give deeds until sanc
tioned by the legislature.
Mr. Kennard was always an opti
mist over the future of Lincoln and
was an active worker for its upbuild
ing. He was a large stockholder in
the Western Paint & Glass Co.,
which burned this week at a loss
of $250,000, but his condition was
such that he could not be told of
the fire. He suffered for two weeks
before his death with a carbuncle
but his end was peaceful from old
He is survived by one son, Alva",
in Los Angeles, and two daughters,
Mrs. George H. Holden and Mrs.
Cora K. Chapman, both of Lincoln. -
TO SUSPEND EIGHT
HOUR WORK DAY
Republican Nominee Labors
From Sunup to Dark Under
Deluge of Business.
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Washington, June 24. Swamped
with correspondence and besieged by
caller!,' Senator Harding,' republican
presidential nominee, has had to sus
pend the 8-hour day .so far as it ap
plies to himself and his secretaries.
His working day now consists of at
least 16 hours and this overtime
schedule will continue until he be
gins to make a dent in the heaps of
letters and telegrams which must be
Among the senator's callers today
were J. W. Stipes and Richard Eng
lish of Champaign, 111., who have
been closely identified with Repre
sentative McKinley. They told the
senator that sentiment in Illinois wa9
rallying enthusiastically to his lead
Senator Sterling of South Dakota,
Gov. R. Livingston Beechman of
Rhode Island, and Senator McLean
of Connecticut also made encourag
T. C. Atheson, representing the
National Grange, called on the sen
ator to ask him to be sure and se
lect some practical farmers for
places in the government. The
farmers are tired of having so many
theorists and gentlemen farmers in
charge of the offices and boards
having to do with agriculture, he
ElmeJ Dover, who used to be
Mark Hanna's secretary, called on
the senator and probably will be put
to work in the campaign.
Ex-Senator William Alden Smith
of Michigan assured Senator Har
ding Michigan would roll up one of
its old-fashioned republican major
ities next fall.
Senator Duncan U. Fletcher of
Florida, one of Senator Harding's
democratic colleagues, called upon
the nominee to extend the glad
hand and to say that Mr. Har
ding was his second choice
30 Years at Hard Labor Jolt
Handed to Crooked Banker
Youngstown, O., June 24. Thirty
years in the state penitentiary at
hard labor and a fine of $10,000 and
costs was the sentence imposed to
day on Bruce R. Campbell, former
secretary-treasurer of the Struthers
Savings and Banking company, by
Judge D. G. Jenkins when he plead
ed guilty to one of 14 indictments
returned against him in connection
with the failure of the institution.
The court imposed the maximum
Wilson Pardons Socialist
Convicted of Espionage
New York, June 24 A pardon
signed by President Wilson was re
ceived today by Marshal James M.
Power for Morris Zucker, Brook
lyn dentist and socialist, convicted
in 1918 for violation of the espionage
act and sentenced to serve IS years
in the federal prison at Atlanta. Mr.
Zucker appealed his case, and has
never served any time in prison.
Griffiths-Rostan Bout at
Alliance Results in Draw
Alliance, Neb., June 24. (Special
Telegram.) Johnny Griffiths, the
Akron (O.) "flash," and "Navy"
Rostan of Chicago fought 10 fast
and furious rounds to a draw here
tonight before a crowd of over 1,000
fans. From start to finish it was
one of the best bouts ever seen in
the middle west and had the fans on
their feet from the first round.
ALL IRISH ASK,
"Is Not Ireland Nearer and
Dearer to America than
England?" De Valera
Archbishop Daniel Mannix of the
See of Melbourne, Australia, and
Eamon De Valera, president of the
"Irish republic," were guests of
honor last night in Hotel Fontenelle
at a banquet attended by 125- men
and women. Archbishop Harty pre
sided and Francis r. Matthews
voiced a welcome in behalf of the
laity. Father Gannon spoke briefly
on the historical status of the Irish
De Valera entrained at 1:30 this
mornirg for San Francisco, and
Archbishop Mannix and his party
will proceed at 4:30 this afternoon,
leaving the residence of Archbishop
Harty at 3:30. A party will accom
pany the distinguished Australian to
The addresses of the visiting arch
bishop and of De Valera were di
rected for the most part to the Irish
Question, with collateral references
to the principles enunciated during
the period of the war and of the ap
plication of those principles, as the
speakers believed, to the Irish sit
uation. Argument Aganst War.
The archbishop asserted that he
is not only on a political mission,
but rather on his way to visit the
Holv See at Rome. He stated that
he has always endeavored to help
the weak as against the strong in
Australia and thus receive credit for
which he makes no personal claim.
He declared that he felt it his duty
to help the democracy of Australia
to "beat back the autocracy of mili
tary conscription," stating that his
country remains today, as before the
war, a free democracy.
"1 have asked why America did
not have the. same opportunity to
express herself on the question of
conscription," he said. "If it lay
with the man who has to do the
fighting, to make peace or war,
there would be no peace to make,
because there would be no war."
"While I have no desire to mix
myself up in the politics of this
country, still I was an Irishman be
fore I left Ireland and I am an Irish
man while I am passing through this
country," he added.
Referring to the principles for
which this country fought during the
war, he said he could not believe that
this country will turn its back when
it comes to the application of those
(Continued on Page Two, Column Four.)
Two California Firms Are
Indicted Under Lever Act
Los Angeles, June 24. Two in
dictments were returned by the fed
eral grand jury here late today,
charging three officers of the Globe
oil mills and two officers of Goree
Hartman with profiteering in viola
tion of the Lever act, it was an
nounced by J. Robert O'Connor,
United States district attorney. The
firms involved are Imperial Valley
concerns and alleged violations of
law occurred in connection with the
ginning of cotton, it is charged.
Irish Threaten Cardinal
Dublin, June 24. Cardinal Logue,
archbishop of Armagh and primate
of Ireland, declared while speaking
at Maynooth college yesterday that
he had "received warning his time
was set." No indication of the
source of the warning was given by
the aged cardinal
Greeks Start Offensive
Smyrna, Asia Minor, June 23.
The Greek army has begun an of
fensive against the forces of Miis
tapha Kemal Pasha, the Turkish na
tionalist leader, according to an of
ficial statement issued bv Greek
rftrmy headquarters today
The First Cap
TO BOB MARTIN
Miss Madeline Nugent, Other
. Occupant of Wrecked
Robert C. Martin, 41 years old,
vice president of the Mutual Live
Stock Commission conipany, 630
Park avenue, died at 7:25 last night
from injuries received in an auto
mobile accident late Sunday night.
Martin died in the Nicholas Senn
In another ward in the same hos
pital Madeline Nugent, 2033 North
Twentieth street, Martin's companion
at the time of the accident, was re
ported last night to be-sjightly im
proved, although her condition still
Hospital attendants said that Miss
Nugent had not been, told of the
death of her companion on the Sun
day night ride.
Martin, associated with the live
stock commission company for the
last 20 years, was driving east on
Leavenworth street, and the acci
dent occurred when he turned his
car to the left in an attempt to pass
an eastbound street car. His ma
chine was traveling at a high rate of
speed, according to eye-witnesses.
The automobile collided with a west
hound street car. Martin was
thrown through the windshield and
against the street car. Miss Nugent,
while not thrown from the car, was
badly injured from the force of the
Martin is survived by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin, Madison.
Neb.; one brother, Edward, of
Omaha, and two sisters, Mrs. H. G.
Loonan of Shenandoah, la , and Mrs.
Nelson Bell, Waterloo, la.
The body will be sent this after
noon from the Larkin undertaking
parlors to Patterson, Neb., the old
home of the Martin family.
Labor Chief Pardoned
By President Calls
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leaned Wire.
Chicago, June 24. Quite recently
President Wilson granted a pardon
to "Umbrella Mike" Boyle who was
serving sentence after conviction on
a long string of counts of extortion,
grafting and terrorizing. Today "Um
brella Mikee" who is still a labor
czar, called a strike of the electrical
workers employed on city contracts,
This means that work will have td
stop on many residences and other
buildings because there can be no
inspection of the electrical installa
tion. It also means that the ice
plant at the contagious disease hos
pital wpl be put out of business
and that there will be no lights on
the municipal pier, the great recrea
tion spot for the poorer classes, as
nonunion electrical workers will not
be permitted to turn the switches.
"Mike's" followers have been get
ting $215 a month and demand $275.
The city offered $250, but this was
spurned. They also demand full pay
whether they work or not.
Food Riots at Bremen.
Berlin, June 24. The Vossische
Zeitung reports food riots at
Bremen, where the markets and
shops have been compelled to sell
at prices dictated by the public.
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Saturday; probably showers; not
much change in temperature.
Iowa Unsettled Friday and Sat
urday; probably showers; not much
change in temperature.
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AGAIN IS QUIET
Lull in Warfare Between
Unionist and Nationalist
Londonderry, June 24. Since mid
day there has been virtually no fir
ing by the unionist and nationalist
forces who for a week have been
waging civil warfare.
No attempt has yet been made to
resume business, however, The
streets are still deserted, the people
keeping within doors.
At a meeting today of the mag
istrates. General Camnhell pave the
assurance that the government would
provide surhcient troops for the pro
tection of law-abiding citizens in
Londonderry. He issued a procla
mation putting the curfew order-into
force from 11 p. m. Saturday to 5
a. m. Sunday.
A total of 17 persons have been
killed and 29 wounded during the
fighting in the city, according to an
official statement issued by the po
lice. The statement says that rive
persons were killed and 10 wounded
last Saturday, two were killed and
four wounded Monday, three killed
and one wounded Tuesday, three
killed and 14 wounded Wednesday
and four killed Thursday.
The looting last night was more
extensive than ever. Numerous
cases were reported of armed and
masked men calling at homes of
unionists and nationalists and giving
them a couple of hours to clear out.
An English soldier, who went
through the war, describing his ex
periences in Londonderry today, said
he had seen nothing in France to
compare with the situation in Lon
donderry. Several parts of the city were
without food today.
Charge Landis Unable to
Give Socialists Fair Trial
Chicago, June 24. The circuit
court of appeals today aked the su
preme court to help decide the case
cf Victor Berger and four other so
cialists who are appealing from
20-year sentences imposed for vioh
tion of the espionage act during the
The appellate court asks the su
preme court to decide whether
Judge Landis, trial judge, ruled cor
rectly in dismissing affidavits of
prejudice filed by the socialists prior
to their trial. The affidavits claimed
Judge Landis could not give the de
fendants a fair hearing and cited
remarks he was alleged to have
made when sentencing August Weis
scnfel, a German, to prison in a
Mrs. Davis Presents Number
Of Americans at Court
London, June 24. At the second
court of the season held tonight
a number of American women were
presented to the king and queen by
Mrs. John W. Davis, wife of the
American ambassador to Great
Britain. Those presented were Miss
Cornelia Bassel of Clarksburg, W.
Va., a sister of Mrs. Davis; Mrs. G
F. Devereux, sister-in-law of L.
Lanier Winslow, first secretary of
the American embassy; Mrs. John
Sanford and Miss Sanford of Am
sterdam, N. Y.; Lucy Lee Ken
solving, Grace Vanderbilt, daughter
of Brig. Gen. Cornelius Vander
bilt of New York, and Mrs. J. A.
Fisher of Pittsburgh.
Four Men Are Killed in
Cartridge Plant Explosion
Springfield, 111., June 24. Four
workmen were killed in an explosion
and fire which destroyed the West
ern Cartridge company's plant to
day. Bodies of two of the victims
could not be found. The cause of
the explosion is unknown,
WILD CAT OIL
Indictments Returned at New
York Against 14 Concerns
And 50 Individuals, Charged
With Using Mails to Defraud.
SAY PUBLIC SWINDLED
OUT OF MANY MILLIONS
One Firm Alleaed to Have
Falsely Used Name of Son of
Late Theodore Roosevelt
Stocks Sold at Huge Profit.
New York, Tune 24. With the
breaking of seals today on indict
ments charging 14 concerns and 50
individuals with fraud, government
agents let it become known that they
had begun a nationwide roundup of ,
liiegecl wildcat oil company promo
ters who are said to have swindled
the public out of millions within the
last few months.
The defendants oil companies.
brokerage concerns and their officers
and salesmen are charged with hav
ing used the mails to defraud. They
are alleged to have made gross mis
representations and to have in some
cases paid impressive dividends out
of receipts on stock sales.
Made Huge Profit.
In one case the indictment-.
charged, salesmen disposing of stock
ot the Lrown Uil company falsely
represented that a son of former
President Roosevelt was an officer of
the company, which it was claimed
would soon rival the Standard Oil
company in volume of business.
Shares of this company, according
to one of the indictments were sold
to investors in Chicago at $2.25 a
share, and to "evade the western
blue sky law" later was disposed of
here at $3, after costing brokers only
7'2 cents a share.
The companies involved are the
Ranger Oil company, W. P. Wil
liams Oil company Great Western
Petroleum corporation and Crown
Brokerage Firms Indicted.
Brokerage concerns indicted were
Stickney, Rawlison & Colclough of
Boston, and Curtis, Packer & Co.,
United Securities company, H. Kent
Holmes & Co., H. Morgan Pollok
& Co., Thompson, James & Co.,
George A. Lamb & Co., E. M. Fuller
and Greenbaum, Bigelow & Green
baum, nearly all of them with head
quarters in this city.
While federal officers were seek
ing Louis C. Van Riper at Atlan
tic City and Boston for alleged
connection with the sale of Ranger
Oil stock, -the promoter and his
counsel appeared at the federal
court to answer the indictment.
Bail was fixed at $20,000 after the
prosecution had sought to' have the
amount fixed at $50,000.
Van Riper's counsel. Martin W.
Littleton, pleaded the latter sum
was excessive and would be tanta
mount to punishment, contending
that a bond of $5,000 was the usua'
bail in mail fraud cases.
And Payne Will Study
Conditions in Alaska
Washington, June 24. Secretaries
Daniels and Payne will go to Alaska
next month to study conditions there
a? relating to their respective depart
ments. It is understood the cabinet
officers will spend at least a month
in the territory. They will leave
Seattle July 8 on a destroyer.
Secretary Daniels will go pri
marily to study the availability of
government coal lands for operation
for naval use, an appropriation of
$1,000,000 for that purpose having
been included in the last naval ap
Secretary Payne will study numer
ous questions involved in the devel
opment of Alaskan resources and in
dustry, particularly in the light 61
recommendations recently submitted
to him by an advisory committee o!
officials in the Interior department.
Charge Five With Murder .
Following Chicago Riot
Chicago, June 24.Charges of
murder were placed against five ne
groes in connection with the South
side riot last Sunday night in which
two white men and one American
sailor lost their lives and severaf
persons were injured.
One of those charged with mur
der is Grover Cleveland Redding,
who, according to the police, has
confessed that he was the insti
gator of the riot and the man who
set fire to the American flag, thus
starting the trouble. Redding also
is declared by police to have ad
mitted that he was the man known
in negro districts as "The Prince"
and "The Great Abyssinian" and
planned the parade of "Back to Af
rica" advocates, which preceded ;he
Sugar Purchased Under
Direction of Government
Washington, June 24. Howard
Figg, special assistant to the attor
ney general, announced today that
the 14,000 tons of sugar which Ar
gentina has permitted to be exported
to the United States "was purchesed
under the direction of the Depart
ment of Justice and representations
made by the State department to
I'resitient irogoyen that the same
was purchased and would be dis-
ited under the direction of
The purchase, Mr. Fins said.
made bv an American trading com-tanji
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