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Republican Candidate Tells
Members of Chicago Cubs
That United States Team at
Paris Struck Out.
TOUCHES UPON MANY
; ISSUES DURING SPEECH
Pledges His Support to Secure
" Better Wages for School
Teachers Says Low Pay
Has Brought on "Crisis."
- Bjr The Aoriatrd Preaa.
Marion, O.". Spt. 2. Putting his
.political creed into the vernacular
of base ball. Senator Harding deliv
ered a front porch speech todav to
the players ot the Chicago National
league club appealing for better team
work by the American nation "on
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Many issues, including the league
of nations, one-man government,
preparedness and progressivism were
touched on by Senator Harding in
declaring his love for the great
American game. The Cub players
had come to Marion to 'play a spe
cial exhibition game late in the day
as a personal compliment to the
nominee. , 7
Pledges Aid to Teachers.
In another speech, delivered to a
committee representing several as
sociations of 'teachers, the' senator
said the low compensation of teach
ers had brought on "a crisis" in edu
cation, and pledged himself to do
everything in his power to secure
better pay for the profession.
Saluting - the base ball players
simply as "Cubs," Senator Harding
plunged directly imp his discourse
on political issues as analogous to
the problems of the diamond.
,1 , pay to you," he said, "my trib
ute to base ball, because I like the
game just like every other real
American. It has been in the blood
for over a half century and it has"
helped its as a , people. Of course,
there, has been a vast improvement
since the early, game, but I am sure
it is not reactionary to remind you
that you still try to hit them out and
the bie thing is to reach the home
plate.. ' There are progressive ideas,
but it rejoices tht average crowd- of
rooters' ; .to note an old-fashioned
"Jl&Mhe tension of a tight game.
to see mnj recognizing a great piay,
the explanation of base bait popu
larity. We are all partisans of some
team, t am sure I rejoiced as much
.as Garry Herrmann when the Reds
'copped last year's pennant.' I ftel
the same way. in bij national mat
ters. I like to think of America
first.' I want our country to float
the championship pennant in the
contest for human achievement.1
: Says U S. Struck Out.
''Vou can't win a ball game with a
one-man t.am. J like a pitcher who
puts the ball over arid trusts lii
fielders to play their stations. Mar-
be it is olti-tasmoned. but l am tor
team play. I am opposing the one
man jlay for the nation. Too much
fanning 'out, too much unprepared
ness. National unpreparcdness for
war cost us many precious lives and
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CIlOlcss oiiiKJits in waaic iiu wii-mc-
paredness. for peace is costing bil
lions more and 'holding us in anxiety
"It is my observation that the na
tional team, now playing er the
United .States, played loosely and
muffed disappointingly in bur do
mestic afi'airs, and then struck out at
Paris." No,- one can dispute the
American team played badly when it
got on a foreign fiild.
"As a spokesaaa ior the rep jb
hcan party, I arn srrging team play
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Lord Mayor or Lork
Is Reported to Be
l.onoon. ;?ept. L-oro ju u.
Terence MacSwiney of Cork was re
oorted to be very muc'i weaker this
, i r t l i
morning, but despite his rapid fail-.
mg. still, was bright.
-.. A sudden weakness developed dur
ing the night, but this was some
what offset by two hours of fitful
Mayor MacSwiney's brother re
mained with hinr in Brixton tail all
night. This morning the brother
stated the mayor was so weak he
tven had to be assisted to drink a
glass of water. The mayor was still
worse this evening. His sister, upon
leaving tne prison snortiy Deiore o
o'clock tonight, said that for the
first time he was unable to speak to
Officiafof Japan Hears How
U. S. Handles Profiteers
Chicago, Sept. 2. Torajiro Ikeda.
attorney general of Japan, conferred
i with representatives of United States
Attorney Clyne concerning methods
used by the government in dealing
with profiteers. -
Mr. Ikeda is making a tour of the
United States to learn methods of
this country in coping with profit
Girls Sold by Parents in
Z' Famine Districts of China
Peking. Sept. 2. Girls are being
sold by their, parents in fatniue-rid-3en
districts a short distance south
of ePking, according to advices re
ceived here. Girls 10 years of age
have been sold for $10, it is reported
itta petition for relief received here
by the minister of the infvior,
Men Plead Guilty , by
Phone to Violating
Minnesota Game Law
Hibbing, Minn., Sept. 2. Ed
ward Hines, Chicago lumberman,
and several companions pleaded
guilty to violation of the state
game laws yesterday and were
fined $302 in municipal court Par
tridges shot out of season were
found in their possession. The men
pleaded guilty over long distance
telephone and mailed a check to
cover the fine.
COX STARTS ON
OF 9,000 MILES
Democratic Candidate Begins
Most Extensive Political
Trip Since Famous Jour
ney of Bryan in 1896.
Columbus. Sept. 2. Governor
Cox left tonight on a month's "swing
around the circle" through -the west.
In Michigan tomorrow he starts
his speaking trip the most exten
sive political tour undertaken smce
Wm. J. Bryan's in 1896 which will
take him around 9,000 miles through
22 states and end October 3, at St.
Louis. The governor expects to
reach many hundreds of thousands
of persons with the doctrines of de
mocracy on the tour arranged to
traverse the northern tier of states
to Bellingham, Wash., back to Utah,
thence to San Francisco and east
via Los Angeles and the south and
central west states.
The governor started his journey
just two months before election day
and will spead the last month of his
campaign in the east and middle
' Agricultural , problems were dis
cussed by the candidate today be
fore representatives of the National
Board of Farm Organizations. The
governor said he would name "dirt
farmers" to responsible government
positions and declared for co-operative
selling and purchasing by far
mers. Pershing May Go to
Brazil as Proxy of
Wilson to Repay Visit
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Lmacd Wire.
Washington, Sept. 2. While it
was said at the State department to
day that the decision had not been
taken, it is understood that Gen.
(John. J. Pershing will be invited to
visit Brazil at the close ot tnis year
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to the United States last year of the
then President-tlect Peshoa.
General Pershing is said to have
indicated his willingness to make the
visit. If he goes he will be accom
panied by a considerable escort. The
question of General Pershing's
resignation is also understood to
have been considered in connection
with his projected visit to Brazil, it
being understood that some authori
ties would prefer to have him defer
tendering his resignation until after
rris return to the United States.
General Pershing is now in Chey
enne, Wyo., visiting his father-in-law,
Senator Warren. He is ex
pected to return to Washington
tbout September 10. ,
Former Senator Is
Held as Fugitive on
Des Moines Complaint
John Regan, 2116 Burt street, for
mer state senator and prominent
democrat, was arrested yesterday on
a warrant from Des Moines, la.,
charging him with obtaining money
under false pretenses and being a fu
gitive from justice. He va later
released on $5,000 bonds.
Regan's arrest followed after sev
eral sight drafts on the Omaha Film
company, of which he is an officer,
were not honored. The drafts, Re
gan told police, were in payment of
salaries due film salesmen.
He said he had $4,000 invested in
the company,- for which a bank
ruptcy petition has been filed in Des
B. E. Cooper of Des Moines, for
mer president of the company, swore
out the warrant.
Pennsylvania Miners Sign
Contract Under Protest
- Scranton Pa.; Sept. 2. Anthracite
operators and miners signed a two
year contract embodying terms of
the award made by the anthracite
coal commission and approved by
President Wilson. The agreement
was signed under protest by the
miners, whose scale committee will
meet here tomorrow to ask that the
wage agreement be reopened and the
mi.iers given such further increases
as was granted in the case of the
The New Constitution
tilfrT and that 18Q of the 300 col
Mat constitution, propod by the atata . IicTies m districts 1, 7 and 9 were
constitutional convention ai.d submitted ' jn iHlnp;
to a vot of the tieople at a special elei- I v. c J. sa , ' A , ,
tion to be held September si. Thin eieo No disorders were reported and
tron i in many respect the most im- the "vacation" period of the miners
portant held In Nebraska In a feneration. . .4, j;ri.. 4i,
An intelligent ballot can bo cast only I t in without any display on the
after a clear unrierstnndlng of the various 'part of the rank and file of the in-
pisEa and each U .'ubmiuld for separate !
PROPOSITION NO. 19.
Amendment to Section 3 of Ar-
i tide. VII.
Removes the former provision,
which forebade a member of the
regular army from voting.
, PROPOSITION NO, 20.
. Amends Section 7 of Article VIII.
Permits the legislature to deter
mine the length of the term of school
required in order that the school dis
trict be granted a share of the state
public ichool fund.
LOST HERE IN
Enormous Sacrif ivr - i
Omaha Job mail
ers Who oSv at High
' Prices BehVie Decline.
' FORCING QUICK SALES
Quotations Here Lowest in
Country and Less in Propor
tionLarge Purchases of
Product Proving Expensive.
At least $1,000,000 has been lost
by Omaha jobbe rs aud retail dealers
as a result of the recent decline in
sugar prices, according to men in
close touch with the market here.
These enormous losses are due to
the existing money stringency,
which is forcing jobbers to sell at
the present level which they pur
chased several months ago at high
prices, these men say.
According to Louis Sommer of
the Table Supply company, sugar is
wholesaling at a much lower- price
here than in any other part of the
country. It is wholesaling here
from $15 to $16.23 per 100 pounds,
while the lowest quotation at any
other place in the country is $16 a
hundred, the present Chicago quota
tion, he says.
More Disastrous Here.
"When the sugar market weak
ened in New York a short time ago
the market became panicky in all
parts of the country, but the drop
was more disastrous in Omaha
than elsewhere," explained Mr. Som
mer. Large jobbers were caught
here because they had bought large
shipments at high prices to prevent
the famine which occurred during
the canning season last year.
"Retail dealers ordered other mer
chandise only from jobbers who had
sugar, hence jobbers were deter
mined to have a supply on hand this
year. They are now losing from $9
to $11 per 100 pounds. Retailers
who contracted for sugar from job
bers at prevailing prices last spring
are also losing monev. Some of them
will lose as high as $10,000."
Supply Hero Normal.
Jobbers also are losing large sums
on large quantities of Java sugar
purchased before the price decline,
according to Mr. Sommer. Java
sugar is sort ana incnnea io De wa-
f ; i i
ago, Mr. Sommer says.
I his Java sugar was bought by
jobbers at about $23.50 per 100
pounds here,"'' declared Mr. Som
mer. -"To -now dispose of it, 'it is
necessary to ship it to refineries iu
California at a cost of $3.29 per 100
pounds. It must beyrefined there at
a cost of $1.60 a bag and, allowing
for shrinkage' in the process of re
fining of 18 per cent, the Java sugar
is costing jobbers about $30 a bag."
State of Washington
Gains 214,326 People
During Last Decade
Washington, Sept. 2. State of
Washington, 1,356,316; increase, 214,
326, or 18.8 per cent.
Spokane county, Washington, con
taining Spokane, 141,289; increase
885. or 1.4 per cent.
Twin Falls, Idaho, 8,324; increase,
i,066, or 58.3 per cent.
Point Pleasant. W. Va.. 3.059; in
crease, 1,014. or 49.6 per cent.
Roosevelt. N. J., 11,047; increase,
5,261. or 90.0 per cent.
Spokane, Wash, (revised). 104,437;
previously announced 104,204.
Joplin, Mo. (revised). 29,902; prev
iously announced 29,855.
Georgia Broker Says
$150,000 Are Missing
Baltimore, Sept. 2. Linscy Hop
kins, who said he was a stock broker
of Atlanta, Ga., last night reported
to police of the Pennsylvania rail
way at Union station that a leather
bag containing about $150,000 of ne
gotiable securities had either been
stolen or taken by misakte while he
was enroute from New York to
Washington, between New York and
Antharcite Industry Hard
Hit by Insurgent Strike
Wilkesbarre, Pa., Sept. 2. The
anthracite industry was seriously
crippled by the strike of insurgents
in the ranks of the United Mine
Workers of America. It is esti
mated, according to early reports,
that 100,000 of the 175,000 anthra
ci'.e workers failed to report for duty
as a orotest asainst the recent wage
Mexico Spending Large
Sums to Educate Indians
Mexico City, Sept. 2. Large ap
propriations from government funds
are being devoted to the primary
education of millions of Indians, ac
cording to a statement by Provi
sional President de la Huerta. In
addition, the government is spend
ing large sums to improve communi
cations, especially through half-settled
states, and is building railways
and wagon road in many sectionj.
Jail Terms for Fans
Who Throw Bottles
New York, Sept. 2. John Mc
Geehan,' acting chief magistrate of
New York City, sent letters to all
city magistrates recommending
jail sentences for base ball fans
convicted of throwing bottles at
players or umpires.
"A man who throws a bottle
nay sentence a player to six
months in the hospital I recom
mend that we sentence any such
person to six months in jail," the
BANK CASHIER ,
Valparaiso Men Convicted of
'First of Five Counts in
Lincoln, Sept. 2. (Special). Ray
A. Lower, former cashier of the Val
paraiso (Neb.) State bank, novy- de
funct, was found guilty Wednesday
by a jury in the district court of
Wahoo of borrowing $2,500 from the
bank while he was an officer.
The law provides a penalty nfft to.
exceed $1,000 fine or five years -in
prison, or both. He has not been
Five other charges are pending
against him, according to Cecil Lav
erty, assistant attorney general, in
charge of the prosecution for the
state banking board.
They include three charges of
falsified returns to the state banking
board and one charge of 22 counts
for alleged embezzlement involving
Lower was given his choice of the
charges on which he might first
stand trial, Laverty says. The oth
ers will be held against him.
The failure of the bank cost the
state bank guaranty fund $250,000.
Admiration of Home
Life of Sen. Harding
Lincoln, Xeb.. Sept 2. (Special)
Governor McKelvie, back from
Marion, O., where he was one of
the 16 governors who visited Sena
tor Warren G. Harding, last Tues
day, issued a statement today ex
pressing his admiration for the re
publican presidential candidate.
Governor McKelvie said that he
I was particularly impressed . with the
unpretentious aimospnere surrouna
mg the Harding home. ; There are
hundreds of homes in Nebraska,
Governor McKelvie said, more ela
borate than the Harding mansion. in
"There is no effort at display or
exaggeration about the Harding
headquarters," said Governor Mc
Kelvie. "It is all so quiet and un
pretentious that one can scarcely
realize that a national campaign is on
and here is the central feature. We
were received amiably by Mrs. Hard
irg; we partook of a buffet lunch
eon and we came away realizing
that the voter this year has an op
portunity to place in the white house
a real American."
Kent Bail Is Reduced
And Attorney Expects
To Obtain His Release
"Dr." H. S. Kent, who has been
in jail since July 24 on a charge of
having placed in an abandoned
cistern at Thirty-third and Cali
fomia streets two newly-born twin
infants, of whom he was accused of
being the father, may be released
from the county jail within a few
His attorney. Eugene O'Sullivan,
was successful - in having Judge
Troup reduce Kent's bail from $20,
000 to $15,000 on the plea that the
constitution expressly forbids the
setting of excessive bail.
Miss Louise Boeke, 3041 Cali
fornia street, was alleged to have
been the mother of. the twins.
Kent's friends have already raised
$10,000 and O'Sullivan expects to
raise the balance in the near future.
Sugar Bowl Riot Causes
Injury at Ellis Island
New York, .Sept. 2. A "sugar
oowl" riot broke out amonp; the
1.750 immigrants in the Ellis Island
dining room today when for the first
time since the war sugar, substituted
for molasses to sweeten coffee, was
put on the tables. Several aliens
were removed to hospitals, one with
three fractured ribs. ,
Some of the hundreds had not
seen sugar since the first months of
the war. They immediately began
to delve with their fingers into" the
General attacks were launched at
a few who tried to pocket the bowls.
Before the riot ended all guards,
waiters and kitchen employes had
to be rushed to the scene.
Individual sugar, packages will be
distributed hereafter at meals, it w-as
Abandon Plan to Form
Farmers' Wheat Pool
Columbus, O., Sept. 2. Declariag
the project not feasible, the resolu
tions committee of the national
board of farm organizations today
rejected a plan drafted in committee
for the formation of a nation-wide
wheat pool, to be controlled by
It was pointed out to the comm?t
tee members that the proposed poo!
miht be a violation .of the Sherman
anti-trust law. The best farmers
could hope for, it was said, was the
right to market their products cooperatively,
1 Under Which Flag?
BLOOD USED TO
SAVE BABY'S LIFE
Wymore Mother and Wife" of
Omaha Pastor Give Blood
Infusion of blood from Mrs
Gowan Williams of Wymore, Neb., I
J ir. T, , r YT , , r !
ana jurs. i-ioya a. noisappie, wire
of the rector of St. Barnabas'
church, probably saved the life of
Mrs. Williams' 3-weeks-old child,
Gowan Hoyt Williams, at Clarkson
The child has rapidly . recovered
from loss of blood, which set in two
weeks after birth.
Dr. William H. Taylor performed
the operations, which took placej
In... t,n,., , il,,.. A Tl,.
infant weighed seven and one-half
pounds at birth, but fell off to six
pounds and eight ounces from loss
of blood. Infusions of the blood
were made simultaneously with a
serum obtained from horses until
the child's blood began to absorb
the fresh supply and show coagulat
The Williams baby is a grandson
of the late Bishop Arthur L. Wil
liams of the Episcopal diocese of
Nebraska. The mother was former
ly Miss Ruth Hoyt of Wellesley,
Mass., a Wellesley graduate and for
mer instructor" at Dana hall.
Mrs. Holsapple, a close friend, in
sisted upon submitting to the last
blood transfusions made in order to
relieve the mother of the infant.
Notes for Packing Stock
Canceled, Receivers Say
Des Moines, Ia Sept. 2. In their
report to the federal court the re
ceivers of the Midland Packing com
pany of Sioux City stated that "the
officers of the" Midland caused,1 or
acquiesced in, the subscriptions of
large blocks of stock at par by Fred
C. Sawyer,' the president, and by
certain friends and associates of the
officers and by men with whom they
were intimately acquainted," under
agreements to recall the same. The
issues amounted to $1,790,900. The
notes from them, the receivers say,
were canceled and returned to the
,; Men on Way to Work
New York, Sept. 1. More than
2.000 white and negro longshoremen
engaged in a battle at pier 50, North
river, today, which required strong
police squads to quell. A. number
of vhites and negroes were arrested
as ringleaders after several wounded
men had been removed to hospitals.
The ficrht started when 1.000 white
longshoremen reported for work at
the Southern Pacific steamship pier I
,nd found 500 ncKroes unlcadine a
Freight handlers' hokks. clubs
and stones were used freely.
Mexican Bandit Demands
Huge Ransom for American
Mexico City, Sept. 2. Charles
Hoyle, an American citizen, who
was kidnaped by the bandit, Pedro
Zamora at Cuale, state of Jalisco,
on August 20 and who was later re
leased, arrived at Guadalajara yes
terday afternoon, seeking 100.000
pesos ransom which Zamora is de
manding for W. A. (Sandy) Gard
iner, another .American, who with
H. T. Johnson, a British subicct. is
IN BELFAST AS
CROWD FIRED ON
Snipers Fire on Assemblage
Near Crumlin Road Jail,
Fatally Injuring One
"Belfast. Sept. 2. Snipers fired in
to a dense crowd shortly before 11
o'clock last night near the Crumlin
rOad jail, and for a time panic reign
ed in that section of the city. One
civilian was fatally injured by a
During a small not in Dover strec
During a small riot in Dover
street, where hostile crowds gath
ered during the late evening, one
man was seriously wounded.
During yesterday several persons
were injured by snipers in the north
ern part of the city.
Many dwellings and stores were
looted during the cTay.
London, Sept. 2. A Sinn Fein
party invaded the Royal air force
headquarters at Baldoyle, near Dub
lin. Saturday night, and carried off
a large number of secret' military
documents, including the army code
and cipher, used at the present time,
according to the Daily Mail. It is
declared the coup was the most dar
ing and Important that has been at
tempted in Ireland since the present
unrest in that country began.
The papers stolen, it is said, in
cluded the scheme of Irish defense
Laborer Narrowly Escapes
Being Buried Alive in Cavein
Tony Bilseao, 1915 Wh Thir
teenth street, narrowly escaped being
buried alive in a cavein on North.
Sixteenth street between Nicholas
and Paul streets at 3:30 yesterday.
Bilseao was working with a gang
digging and laying pipe for a sewer
when the east wall of a building
gave awaj', dragging four tons of
dirt with it.
Bilseao was partially buried by
the dirt, but was dug out by .fellow
workmen who had fled when the
warning cry was sounded.
Bilseao suffered severe bruises and
was taken to his home by police sur
geons who said he might be suffer
ing internal injuries.
Hold Druggist and Garage
; Man on Liquor Charges
As a result of the ' discovery of
three quarts of real Scotch whisky
in an automobile by . Detective
George Summitt, Howard Hultman,
Minne Lusa drufirsrist 6716 North
Thirtieth -street, and Verne D. Op
perman. Minne Lusa garage man
2310' Webster street, were arrested
yesterday by Deputy Marshall Earl
Young for alleged violation of the
federal liquor laws.
Mrs. Hultman sued her husband
for divorce in district court, alleg
ing in her petition that Hultman
rarely came horn? before 2 a. m. and
left at 4 a. m.
Grant, Miners Increase.
Kansas City. Mo., Sept. 2. An in
crease of $1.50 a day . to day and
month laborers in Kansas, Missouri,
Oklahoma and Arkansas coal mines
was allowed in an agreement signed
here by miners and operators, '
IS BLAMED FOR
Mexican Official Opinion Holtls
Military Leader Personally
New York, Sept. 2. Official gov
ernment opinion iu Mexico on the
death of President Carranza places
the blame on General Mariel as the
man personally responsible, accord
ing to a statement given out by Dr.
Alvaro Torre Diaz, new, Mexican
minister to Brazil, who is stopping
en route to Rio de Janeiro. He was
a confidential agent of tht new Mex
ican government in Washington for
"Several days before the death of
Carranza, General Mariel surren
dered with all his forces to General
Pablo Gonzales," Dr. Diaz' said.
"Then General Mariel gave orders
to General v Rodolfo Herrero. but,
not wishing to carry them out him
self, Herrero, in turn, passed the or
ders on to Colonel Marqucz, who
led the attack which resulted in the
assassination of Carranza."'
Declaring his statement the first
public one regarding official opinion
in the matter, Dr. Diaz said "full
justice" will be meted to Mariel, now
imprisoned by criminal processes
taken up by the state of Puebla.
Exports to Foreign
Countries Show Big
Increase for July
Washington, Sept. 1. Exports of
the Unhed States' to the principal
countries of the world during July
totalled $651,381,827, an increase of
$82,694,312 over the corresponding
period last year, according to De
partment of Commerce figures. Im
ports for the same month amounted
to $537,170,351, an increase of $193,
424.281 over July, 1919.
" For the first seven months of this
year exports totalled $4,899,254,121.
compared , to $4,626,109,266 in 1919,
while imports totalled $3,481,938,379,
compared with $1,954,257,362.
100 Rooms iTi Hill Hotel
Are Opened for Transients
One hundred rooms in the new
Hill hotel. Sixteenth and Howard
streets, were opened yesterday for
transient trade only. Formal open
ing of the other rooms, entrance and
mezzanine floors will be announced
"Our formal opening should have
taken place 30 days ago," said John
Hill, "but due to numerous recent
strikes, it has made it impossible to
open more than 100 looms just now.
"We expect to be in full operation
by September 10 and shall announce
a formal opening date to the public
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TO CLEAN UP
U. S. Department ot Justice
Orders Prosecutions as Start
Of Move to Settle All Con-
troversies Over Contracts. -
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
INVOLVED IN CASES
Plan to Pursue Investigation
Into Records of Firms and
Individuals Expect to Find
By The Auoclated Frm.
Washington, Sept. 2. Prosecution
of 324 contractors, marking the be
ginning of a move by the govern
ment to clean up its war contract
controversies, has been ordered by
the Department of Justice. The pro
ceedings will include criminal and
civil action and involve "millions of
dollars," department officials said to-'
Practically all of the cases cm
braced by the prosecution order were
turned over by the war department,
but there were indications that simi
liar cases would be received from
other departments. The shipping
board is understood to be planning
to request criminal prosecution i.i
half a dozen cases.
Contracts on which action will be
pressed were said to involve amounts
"ranging from a few thousands to
a few millions." They include agree
ments for the furnislrng of supp!ic -of
many commodities, construction
of camps, cantonments and ware-
houses and other facilities for the
training of the army. , ..
Rechecking Data. , '
Preparatory to instituting legal
proceedings in mot cses, the gov- .
ernment has started a rechecking
of iis data and figures, planning to
pursue the investigation into the rec
ords of the firms and individuajsx
whose contracts are questioned. This
work will require several months. -
Officials expressed belief that al
though the War Department had
failed to reach an agreement, many
controversies would be settled out
of court. The War. Department
abolished its fraud and graft invests
gating sections some months ago
and its facilities for making neces
sary inquiries in most cases were
Expect "Honest Mistakes.?
Whh"respecr;tD a score or more-"
of, the contract settlements in dis
pute, there was the belief that "hon
est mistakes" had been made by the.
contractor 'or sub-contractor and
that an investigation of records
would produce grounds on which
adjustment could easily be made. It
was said that in other cases, how
ever, "plain fraud and conspiracy"
had been proved so clearly that no
other course was open except direct
action looking to indictment.
Robert T. Scott, assistant to the
attorney general, said it would be
the policy of the government not
to deal leniently with the fraud cases.
Escaped Lifer From
Caught After Murder
Big Heart, Okl., Sept. 2. Ben
Hickman, escaped convict from the
Utah penitentiary, where he was
serving a life term, is in jail at
Pawhuska. near here today, having
been captured after be had shot and
killed his wife on a street here during
a quarrel last night. .
Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 2..
Warden George A. Storrs of the
Utah state penitentiary declared to
day prison records fail to show a
Ben Hickman having been confined
at the institution. .He. said,, how-
ever, a J. S. Hickman served two
vears for second decree murder. J.
S. Hickman was released from the
institution December 17. 1919. - ,
Victim of Wyoming HoTdup
Brought Here for Interment
Guy Robertson of Hudson, Wyo.,
nephew of Walter M. Ladd and brother-in-law
of Lester Ladd of Oma
ha, is in the Methodist hospitaHiere
suffering from injuries received Sat-!
urday afternoon, when robbers shoi
him in an attempt to seize the pay.
roll of the Popesia mine at Hudson
of which he is general manager.
The shot was fired by the robbers
from the side of the road, where
they were hiding. It shattered the
glass of the sedan car which Robert
son was driving and drove particles
of glass into his left eye and cheek.
He was a half-mile from the mine
and was carrying the money to the ,
Mr. Robertson was brought to
Om.';ha under the care of Gt:y F.
Collins of Chadron. Neb- sales man
ager of the Poposta.
One Killed, Five Hurt When .
Auto Plunges Into Crowd .
( New York, Sept 2. One mar! is
dead, another thought fatally injured
and four others are in hospitals se
verely hurt as a result of the plunge
of an uncontrollable stolen automo
bile through a matinee crowd on a
Sixth avenue sidewalk today. The
driver, who was in military uniform,
jumped out and esciped when the
car crashed into a show window.
Unmasked Bandits Rob
Texas Bank of $10,000 ,
' Fort Worth. Tex., Sept. 2. The '
Guaranty State bank at Graham,
Tex, was robbed this afternoon by
three unmasked men who escaped
with $10,000 in currency. Seven of-''
ficials "were locked io the vault
latill being held captive by the bandit.
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