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VOL. 60 NO. 82.
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Biggest Issue Before People
Completely Ignored by Both
' Candidates, Former Cab-
. inet Member Says. ''
ause for "Optimism!
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New York, Sept. 20. Franklin K. I
Lane, former secretary of the inte
rior, today issued a statement mak
ing public a summary of what he
call "the first cohiprehensiver- care-fully-made
and approximately accu
rate picture of industrial, agricul-
ural, financial, and political condi
tions throughout the United States."
It discovers in the foreground, he
jays, that both major political par
ies have overlooked the greatest is
sue in the public mind, which is the
cost of living, - It also shows, he
states, that the country is on a sound
economic basis, with the wave of ex
travagance subsiding, saving increas
ing, wholesalers and .retailers opti
mistic over the winter outlook and a
growing disposition for hard work,
although the individual productivity
of labor is not yet showing much
evidence of increase.
Mr. Lane's statement summarizes
a survey made through 900 field rep
resentatives 'of the Fidelity and De
posit company of Maryland and cov
ersevery section of the country.
Manufacturers,' merchants, chambers
of .commerce, bankers, lawyers,
business, men and farmers were ques
tioned in the-effori to mirror th'e im
mediate econpmic ad political situ
ation and obtain a consensus of rep
resentative opinion as to the future.
The replies from all localities' were
made simultaneously by telegraph. ,
Uncertainty Js Felt.
In a preface to his analysis of the
survey, Mr. Lane says: " .
"With the presidential election but
six weeks away and Jhe winter rap
idly approaching, many, thoughtful
people. stand be silant arid undecided,
having difficulty because ot the gen
eral tick. of knowledge of business.
conditionsJoutside their. own locality!
r interests. I he general tendency
lias been to eee what the next nvajf
thinks, with the uncomfortable feel
ing that hit guess is no better than
another's. I believe for-this reason
ine picture presented in ine iaou
lated analysis made b the Fidelity
and Deposit company is of interest
to every business man and other
voter. While ft is not, of course,
perfect in detail and exact in proph
ecy, it is as clear and valuable a con
spectus of present Conditions as can
" be gathered."
Under the heading of industrial
conditions, Mr.yLane says: "Eco
nomically, the United States is
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other country in the world. There
is no evidence of idleness. Our peo
ple have the opportunity to work
and are at work.
a ; Plenty of fcaw Material.
"There is no shortage of raw ma
terial sufficient to curtail production
reported from any of the nine geo
axanhical districts ; into which the
country was divided for the purpose
of the survey. Only in the district
including Minnesota, the Dakotas,
Iowa, Kansas, ' Nebraska and Wis
consin isHhere evidence of a lack of
orders. New England industries
report a number of cancellations, but
there as elsewhere, manufacturers
are well filled" with calls for their
products. v
"Transportation conditions are im
proving everywhere and a substan
tial reduction in the freight car
shortage is reported in every district
except in the Rocky mountain states,
in the southwest and m the district
including Kentucky. Tennessee,
"Alabama and Mississippi, aitnougn
an improvement is noted in the lat
ter district. ' '
"A shortage of coal and the failure
of labor to increase individual pro
ductivity appear to be the only two
unfavorable aspects in the immediate
industrial situation. The 'Rocky
mountain and Pacific states report a
sufficient supply of fuel. All other
sections of the country 'are eeling
the shortage, but-it is apparency
least felt by south Atlantic states.
Wages Show Increase.
"Although labor is . costing stitl
more than it did-last year, it appar
ently is producing no more. Wr?ges
have advanced from 10 to 50 'per
cent in the last 12 months and yet
nowhere is. there reported increase
in productivity per man. I am not
expecting that the, cost of labor will
tall off even in the worst of times to
its prewar stage, for I believe that
the real differential between 'direct
in labor and manual labor will
never again be as grcafas it has J
been. v
"So far as the "distribution of la
bor is concerned, the situation na
' ttonally -appears to be well . equal
ized. A shortage of labor is found
only in the middle and south Atlan-
lie siaics, aiiu, una is idigciy vi un
skilled workers. In the rest of the
country the demand and supply ap
nea balanced. Only in some sec
tions of the middle Atlantic states is
any unemployment reported, and
this is in certain of the skilled trades,
chiefly the building and shipbuilding
trades. " n I '
"An .important - disclosure of the
survey is the seriousness .of ahe
housing situation. . In manjr of the
larger industrial centers where the
shortage has been most acute, the
investigation of the Fidelity and De
posit company has, disclosed build-
Buehler Metacalf Is
Appointed Assistant
s To Attorney.; General
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Washington, D. C, Sept: 20.
(Special Telegram.)-Buehler Met
calf," sen of R. L. Metcalf of Omaha,
toho has been "in Washington n
general staff dutf since the signing
of the armistice with Germany, to-.
day -was appointed Assistant to the
attorney general to have charge fl
criminal and civil cases dealing wit
the settlements war contracts an
war materials. " :
Captain- Metcalf- served in. the
Sixth Nebraska infantry at Cody,
New Mexico, and later was instruc
tor in oth " infantry and artillery,
his efficiency being attested by his
superior officers. After three years
and five months service he was dis
charged from the army lastSatur
day. - . ' - . v-
Body Found ija v
River Is That of
Tekainah Farmer
Police .Identify Man by Card
In Pocket- Suspect He Was
Victim of ;, 3IurdeK t
'oris1 Robbers.
The body of a m3n found in the
Missouri river 4ast night near Gib
son, was identified yesterday by
police as 'that , of James S. King,
farmer, Tekamah,-. Neb.
Identification was .made Possible
through the discovery of a water
soaked card from the Arcade hotel,
Thirteenth and Douglas street!?, in
the pocket of the overalls in' which
the decomposed body was-attired
when found on a sand bar in the
river at Gibson. y' f
Polite advance the theory Kjng
was the v ictim ot murderous rob
bers. . , - v '
Investigation fhto King's affairs
while in Oiriaha disclosed the fact
that he has been missing from the
htftel since August' 15.;.; King's ef
fects were found in his room at the
hotel. The key to his room was in
one of the pockets of the overalls.
Police are endeavoring to get in
touch with relatives, in Tekamah.
Had Large Sum' on Him.
King war-known to have a large
amount " of money cm him when he
left the hotel early, in the morning
August 15, police say. -71 '
tie dio not "return to the hotel.
He wav dressed in good clothes
when he disappeared. "
I hese two tacts, coupled witn the
fact that the body was foufld dressed
in overalls and the key and card
were left in the pockets, lead police
to advance the theory that King.was'
lured to a lopely spoUut up a fight
to protect his moneind was killed
by the robbers, who took his moncyt
and threw the body; in the river to
cover up their crime.
Red hair on the head of the body
aided police in their identification.
They are .. now investigating tfce
movements of King while in Omaha
in the hope of arriving at some clew
to the men who may have murdered
him, - .
Body Badly Decomposed. -C -
The body was badly decomposed
when found Sunday night by James
Green, 1603 Archer avenue: Dawson
Thompson, 4977 South Thirteenth
street, and barl Stoley, 1419 Arcper
They notified South Side police,
who recovered 1 the body in a row
boa?. , v , -
This makes the third body found
in the Missouri river at .Omaha dur
ing the last week. ' . "v
The other two were those of U.
G. Bridenbaugh( retired - Coleridge
banker, who leaped from the Doug
las street bridge last Monday, and
Miss Carrie Boutelle, Omaha school
teacher, whose bod.-was. found two
days later. . .1 '
Poll on G.A.R. Train Gives
Big Majority to Harding
Chicago. IH Sent 20. (Special!
Telegram). Results ot a poll taken
today among Nebraska men on the
. . a n
sneciai train xo mc u. a. k.. cncaniD-
mcnt at Indianapolis' were told to-
(icy by F, B. Corrick of Lincoln.
The poll showed 204 for Harding,
20 for Cox and 20 noncommittal, but
not for Cox. Oi those who commit
ted themselves, 10 out of 11 were for
Harding. Mr. Corrick, who was in
eharsre of the Wood . nreconvention
campaign in Nebraska, predicted pe
brau would gq repubUcajj . " ' v
(Jmaha Gunman Asserts That
Marshalltown Jeweler IsJMis
takefi in Identifying liim as
Diamond Thief.
yife Trusts in Husband
Des Moines, la.. Sept. 20. (Spe
cial Telegram.) "It's a dirty frame
up. That's whatsit is," Beryl C.
irk today told newspapermen re
garding identification of him by Wil-lian-Hodges
of Marshalltown, la.,
as the man who last December
robbed him of nearly $6,000 worth
of diamonds.
VI was in Marshalltown only once
in my life. That was when I was
Wheeler to raise Kirk's bonds "from
S4,000 to $25,000 will be heard by
Judge . T. L- Sellers in municipal
court . 'tomorrow, morning. At the
pnesent time Kirk is being' held, in
the Polk county jail without bonds.
Kirk's identification by Hodges,
according v to Sheriff Charles Save-v
rude of Pelk county, means that
Kirkwill not be taken back to Ne
braska, but will be tried in Iowa
for robbery. ' v -'
Hearing. Today on Bonds,
the hearig on a motion filed by
Assistant Attorney General Mason
to raise Kirks bonds from 4,UUU
to $25,000 will be heard by Judge
T. L. Sellers in municipal court to
morrow morning. At the present
tjme Kirk is being held in the Polk
county jail withouf bonds.
Mrs. Kirk -stated that Hodges'
identification of Kirk as a robber is
all a mistake. "I know that he will
clear himself of this charge, -it
seems to me that police are trying
every effort to railroad my husband
to the penitentiary," said Mrs. Kirk,
j Identifies Gunman.
Kirk's picture has been in Iowa
and Nebraska newspapers in connec
tion with the" story of his release and
capture. Hodges saw one of these
pictures -Sunday and recognized the
face, he said. "
He hastened-to Des Moines and
f entered the sheriff's office. "
'"Let 'me see this fellow. Kirk, he
requested. ,
, Kirk was brought into the room.
That's the man," he said exe'it-ff
edlv. 'and told of the robbery, which
is alleged to have taken place in De
cember, but a lew days alter Kirk s
release from the Lincoln prison -on
furlough signed by Senator B. K.
Bushee, September 8. in the ab
sence of Governor McKelvie and
Lieutenant Governor P. A. Barrows.
"He walked into my store and
said -his - ixanie. was Petersen,"
Hodges told the Authorities, "and
asked to see some diamonds.
-"He said he' wanted to buy sev
eral of them. I-laid out two tray
(Continued ra l'are Two. Column One.
BQmbTheory Scouted
By Grand Island Man
-( Who Saw Explosion
Grand Island, Neb., Sept. 20.
(Special Telegram.) Lieut. Floyd
Thompson, head of the Grand Island
Aero company, until recently,' and
son of Wi.H. Thompson, national
democratic committeemen, returned
today from New York.
He was in a conference with presi
dent C. M. Keyes of the Curtis com
pany in New York, on the 16th
floor or the 26-story building at 60
Broad street at the time of the- ex
plosion last Thursday. The moment
the. window of the room was shat-
j .1 j.i t..:.. .,n
lereu, nicy saw uvuna njmg ui
past the opening. After 15 seconds,
some of it fell straight down again,
but much of it "went over the top
and landed on the roof of the Singer
building a block and a half away.
Thompson immediately descended to
the street, where there was a seeth
hig panic. '. 1 i
Thompson ridicules the idea that
the explosion- was that of a bomb,
on the ground single bomb
has ever! been invented that. could
contain jso jniwfh ocntuD force. Di
agonally across the way7 from the
Morgan building, lie declares, me
vork of cavating for a new sky
scraper is in progress, and many
high powered explosives have been
used in blasting. He credits the
theory, that a DtiPont wagon, laden
with high explosives, was carrying a
delivery for the next niglit's blast
ing when trie entire load exploded.
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Vive President to Take
1 -Stump for Democrats
.- New, York, Sept. 20. The addition
of -Vice" President Marshall, Secre
tary of State Colby, Senator Oscar
Underwood. Senator Joseph Robin
son and 'Bourke Cockran to the list
of sneakers campaigning in behalf
of ihe democratic party, was
A Frameup
Says Kirk
norfneed here today by Senator Har-j-tie
rison. chairman ot tnespeaKers on
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reau.of the democratic hational com
mittee. - x
Vke President Marshall will
spealc. thisvweek in Iowa and his
itinerary is being made up at mid
dle west headquarters in Chicago.
Secretary Colby will be ready for
active duty, Senator Harrison an
nounced, on October 1. '
Predict Gulf Storms.
Washington. Sept. 20. Shipping
in central and western portions of
the Gulf of Mexico was advised by
theeather bureau late today to be
prepared for dangerous wind condi
tions iajhii.Joutfcfc,
gfehy Lft the Punishment Jit
Montevideo, . Sept. 20.-Morris
Fox. the young man detained here
on. the supposition that he might be
Eugene Leroy, the alleged perpetra
tor Detroit "trunk murder."
is not Leroy, police officials of this
ycity announced la,st night. Finger
print record showing characteristics
of Leroy's Bands arrivtd from Bue
nos Aires during'' the day arid es-
foKliclii1 nmn1if(i nrnnf ef Fnv'c
innocence, there being no semblance!
of identity between, them and His
finger prints.
Fox will be. released today and
probably will go to Buenos Aires to
rejoin the British ship Dryden, from
which he was taken.
Ajiother Bomb
Plot Warning Is
Given in Mail
Postcard Sent to Collector Ed
wards Says Attempt Will
e Made on Customs
House. ' .
' By The Anoeiated Fretf.
' New" York, Sept 20. A postcard
warning that an itternpt
made tomorrow to blow up the cus
toms houfse, 'after the Wall street ex
plosion last Thursday, was received.
in the majl today y Wrilliant B. Ed
wards, collector of internal revenue
for this district. ? '-
This postcard, signed "A Citizen,"
was turned over to the custodian of
the building by' Mr. Edwards, who
?.lso notified Postmaster Thomas G.
Patten. The Depigment of Justice,
too, was inforfned of receipt of the
postcard. . "
The warning id that the customs
house, alreaoy under heavy , guard,
would' be blown up at 2 0, m. Mr.
Edwards said that a preliminary in
vestigation ha,d shown no evidence
f,f a plot and he was inclined to re
gard the warning as a hoax.
'Last Body Identified.
A few minutes before the warn
ing postcard had been received by
"Big Bill" Edwards, who is a for
mer Princeton foot ball s tar,..Edwin
P. Fischer, ex-tennis player, who
stent warnings of the first explosion
on- the strength of an alleged tele-
athic "tip,". had declared at ; police
headquarters on his arrival here
from Canada that "more win hap
pen ,in the future."
"Unseen powers had communi
cated that to me," he said. S ' .
i Fischer, in July;' 1916, annoyed
President Wilson with a series of
letters demanding that heend the
war) , v . . " .
These letters urged the president
to put an end to the slaughter Of hu
matt beings and asked that the Sjrit
er be allowed to visit Washington to
confer with Mr.-Wilson at Jhe
White House. t '
Harmless Crink.
Fedcralagnts admitted that these
letters had been turned over to them
nnd that they had traced them to
lischer.. . ' v
At that time Fischer-was reported
by government agents to be a harm
less crank and a religious fanatic.
No action was taken against him on
his promise to stop pestering the
president and to keep away from
Washington. The record of the iif
vestigation is preserved in the- ar
chives of secret service headquarters
in the "custom house.'
The body of the one victim of the
Wall street explosion which had re
mained unidentified was recognized
at the morgue today by Mrs. Qlive
Kehrer of Brooklyn as her son,
Elmer Wallace Kehrer, 21-year-old
chauffeur. Kehrer had been' out of
work and looking for employment,
Mrs. Kehrer said."'- ' ' i
" Grand Jury $o Probe.
The September ' grand jury was
convened today to investigate the
explosion that shook thcr financial
district last Thursday and exacted
a toll of 34 lives and injury to near
ly 300 others. Subpoenas were is
sued for the appearance of scores of
eye witnesses of the blast T
' -Included among those to oe ex
amined was Edwin P. Fischer, ar
resfed in Canada; Fischer sent warn-N
insr's of th disaster in 9 nnriibrr of
Mriends here, but authorities attach
little significance to his story be
cause of his recognized eccentricities.
Interest was attached to the
further examination of Alexander
Brailovsky, a Russian journalist, the
only man in New York who has
been detained by the, authorities,
who has already testified to having
been in-the vicinity when the explo
sion occurred. He is held without
tail as an undesirable alien.
Can't Find Horse' Driver.
Efforts to' identify the owner xf
the horse which drew the wagon
supposed to carry the infernal ma-
5 'nine were continued. Although
ohn Haggerty, a farrier, identified
the shoes of the dead horse as those
had attached twoweek's ago, he
(Contlnned on Face Two, Column Five.)
Aberdeen Newspapers
Are Shut Down by Strike
Aberdeen,, S. D., Sept. 20. Be
cause their demand for a wage in
crease was refused, the press forcesJ
ot ttve Aberdeen Daily American
and Daily News, morning and eve
ning papers, respectively, walked out
causing suspension of the regular is
sues. A stwo-pagc paper, printed ,on
a job press, will be issued as long
as the men are out, in order to main
tain the papers' status as legal pub
lications, according to th raanaae
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Solons May Again
Expel Socialists
Special Session of New York
Legislature May Repeat
Action of Last April.
Albany, N. Y., Sept. 20. Interest
in the housing shortage throughout
the State, which the' legislature has
beeh called to Consider- in special
session tonight, was subordinated at
thescapitol today to a' general dis
cussion 6f what action, if any, the
assembly would take regarding the
five expelled socialists, re-elected at
special elections last 'v week to fill
their own vacancies. - '
the socialists, Louis WaldmanJ
and August Claessens of New
Samuel A. Dewitt and Samuel Orr
of the Bronx and Charles Solomon
of Kings, were found guilty of
charges of disloyalty last April by
an assembly committee. ' ',
Some members of the assembly
who voted to unseat the 'socialist
have let it be known that they have
not changed their views,, notwith
standing the re-election of the- quin
tet. Some of them, it is said, are
prepared to offer resolutions tonight
to deny agaip Jb.e socialists their
seats just as congress did in the case
of Victor L. Berger., .
It would be a different proposition,
they point out, had the socSalist
party elected other men to fill the
vacancies. ' t
New York, Sept. 10. Officials of
the board of elections declared that
no certificates of election had been
issued to the five socialist assembly
men, who were ousted by the legis
lature last winter, and were reported
to have taken the Oath of office in
Albany today after having been, re
elected in Thursday's special elec
tion. - '
Omaha Bankers Are Back
From Wyoming Convention
Omaha was well represented at
the meeting of the Wyoming State
Bankers' association in Casper last
we'ek. Eight bankers attended from
here, only three from Denver and
two -from Kansas City. Members
ofhe party who have returned re
port a condition of prosperity in
that state, although living costs are
very high. A great deal of building
is going on there, especially in the
oil districts, which they visited.
Omaha bankers attending the con
vention were: W. L. Pier, H. M.
Nicholson, "C M. Hitchman, Dale
Clark, O. T. Eastman, John L.
Kennedy, W. E. Rhoadcs and E. F.
Je'ppson. . - ' . - ,
$18,000 jn Missing
Bonds Are Recovered
San Francisco, Sept 20. Missing
bonds of the Cumberland Telephone
and Telegraph company of Cum
berland, Tenn., the Slashville Light
and Power compan and an Anglo
French war loan, to -(he total value
of $18,000, were located in a lodging
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nousc.nere xouay wnn yie arresi 01
Less Accidents
Since Launching '
Of Safety Drive
Judge Foster Makes Recom-
mendation at .C of G. Meet
ing for Traffic Regulation
Mentions Signals.
Fewer automobile accidents have
occurred since the campaign of pub
licity: and law enforcement began.
Police Judge Charles E. Foster told
the traffic regulation committee,
which met in the Chamber of Com
merce at noon Monday. Public sup
port of the movement for safety in
the streets is a most valuable -asset
to the authorities, he declared. Judge
Foster has recently sent many care
less and intoxicated drivers to jail.
Suggestions for motor traffic regu
lation, gained from observation on
trips to other cities, were made by
Judge Foster. One great need is for
a system of signals by which drivers
can indicate a turn to the right or a
stop, he said. In Los Angeles the
drivers crook their arm at the elbow
to indicate a right-hand turn.
Should Show More Courtesy.
-t"I would like to see drivers more
courteous," he said. "No one should
denend on the pedestrians being fa
miliar with all the rules of the road.
Cars should always slow down whenJJS'isconsin Ex-Convict
children are playing near the curb
or in. the street, for they have not
the wisdom ot an adult. The man
who has just bought a new car has
no right "fo take it on abusy street
until he, is thoroughly able to -control
it. There should be some, sys
tem or examining drivers." .
Night-classes for truck drivers
were advocated 'by the judge. He
called attention of the business men
to the fact that whistles on trucks
are forbidden by law. , The foe w safe
ty zones were praisefl, -but it was
said that -many motorists get the
impression that they can create imag
inary safety zones ot their own 111
the outlying districts and pass street
cars taxing on or leuing on passen
gers. f
Use of Dimmers Necessary. v
No automobile lens is made that
can be satisfactorily used with bright
lights, the committee was told. The
compulSory use ot. dimmers is nec
essary, Judge Foster believes.
v For the comfort of motor tourists,
he advocated more, places near the
center of the city' for them to camp.
No action was taken on the recom
mendations of the judge. The com
mittee has under way an intensive
campaign to end reckless driving,
and wHl take action later.
Arnstein Ordered Jo Jad.
New York, Sept. 20. Federal
Judge Manton today issued an order
directing that Jules W. (Nicky)
Arnstein, putative "master mind" in
New York's ."$5,000,000 bond theft"
be placed in Ludlow street jail until
he ooeyed a court, order to answer
questions in bankruptcy oroccedingJ
t.: -
-the Crime
Blown From Tank
Car by Explosion
Newport Man Crawls Into
Gasoline Container With
'Lighted Lantern.
. Norfolk, Neb., Sept. 20. (Special
Telegram.) Erl L. Keck,' 22,
crawled into a railroad gasoline tank
car at Newport' Sunday evening with
a lantern to see f the carcontained
gasoline. A terrific explosion fol
lowed and Keck was blown out of
the manhole. ,
Pie was brought by Dr. Ganguer
to Norfolk in a Northwestern big
gage car Monday morning and sur
geons at the Campbell hospital an
nounced . that he may die. He is
terribly burned about the face' and
upper part of the body.
Details of the accident are lack
ing. Keclc merely told the surgeons
that he crawled into the manhole of
the car with his lantern to see wheth
er the car contained gasoline. It is
believed he had just entered the
tank when the blast came, shooting
him straight upwards and out of
the car. Northwestern-officials had
no report of the- exDlosion. exceot
that a telegram was received asking
that Keck be taken to Norfolk in the
baggage car. It was stated in rail
road headquarters that he is not an
employe of the company.
Breaks Into Prison
Waupun. Wis., Sept. 20. Officials
at the state penitentiary were -con-frontrd
with their first case of its
kind when William Chouchick, re
leased convict, broke into prison.
Chouchick, convicted of burelarv.
served three years and nine months,
ana was oiscnarged September 0.
He returned Saturday night. Using
a rope, he cliinbcd over the wall and
hid (himself in theJtwinc room.
-Chouchick explained that during
his imprisonment he has been work
ing on a perpetual motion invention.
He asserts hat he has nearly per
fectedLa theory, and that he can com
plete it within two weeks' time.
Earthquake, Registered.
- Wsfeingtojr; Sept. 20. A very se
vere earthquake was recorded today
on the seismograph at Georgetown
; !a ti 1 a
university, inc aisiuruance Degan
at 9:58 a. m. and continued until
about .12:30 p. m., with the greatest
intensity at 10:40 a. m. It was esti
mated that the disturbance occurred
about 3,300 miles from Washington.
The Weather
Forecast ,
x Tuesday fair; not much change in
Hourly Temperature.
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Is Turned;
On "Stars"
Chicago Grand Jury Subpoe
naes Witness and Will In
vestigate Charges of
"Thrown" Games.
No Stress on "Pools"
Chicago, Sept. 20. Grand jury in.
vestigation ef alleged gambling b?
base ball players in last year's world
series and in games between Chicago
and Philadelphia National leagu
clubs August 31, will start Wednes
day with a score of base ball offi
cials, players and writers subpoenaed
to testify. .
Subpoenaes were issued tonight
for the following persons to appear
before the grand jury:
B. B. Johnson, president of ths
American1 league,
John A. Heidler, president of the
National league.
Wm. ("Kid") Gleason, manager
of the Chicago Americans. 1
Charles A. Comiskey, president of
the Chicago Americans.
Wm. L. Veeck, president of "the
Chicago Nationals.
Jacol? ("Rube") Benton, pitcher
for New York Giants.
Bert E. Collyer and Frank O.
Kline, both of Chicago, sporting
writers. -
Will Subpoena Playert. (
Harvey Woodruff, sports editor of
the Chicago Tribune.
Sam Hall, sport editor of the
Chicago Herald and Examiner.
I. E. Sanborn and Oscar Reichow,
base ball writers for the Chicago
Tribune and the- Chicago Daily
News respectively.
Subpoenas for additional pjayerj
probably, will be issued before the
investigation begins, said R. A. Rep
logic, who is .working as prosecntoi
under direct orders from Chief Jus
tice C. A. McDonald of the criminal
court. He declared that Hal Chase
Lee Magee and Heinie Zimmerman, !
all former major ' league -playert,
probably would be called. Charge,
of alleged gambling which have been
voiced against McGee and Chase '
would enter into the investigation ;'ni'm'
said. . , '.
When asked why Benton was the,
only player called thus far, Mr. Rep- v
logic said he "believed Benton had- t
information the grand jury needed,"
and Benton would be asked "to tell
what a certain player, asked him to
do." r v.
Investigate "Stars' " Record.
The grand iiry will not be giv
it -
any quantity of evidence concerning
ase ball pools, he said, but every 1
attempt would be made to got into
the real gambling the throwing ol
games bv star plavers.
1- Officials and writers subpoenaed,
who are now in Chicago, unanimous-
ly voiced approval of the subpoenas,
and declared they were ready "to
go the limit in furnishinz any infer-
knation they possessed."
Mr. Johnson of the American
league declared the league's re
sources would be at the jury's dis
posal, andthat he believed the inves-
tigation vuld be of great benefit
to base ball generally.
William Vecrek, president of the
Chicago National league club, said
"it was just what he had been hop
ing for." .
President Comisky of the Amer
ican league club, could , not dc
reached, but his son, J. Louis Comis
ker, treasurer of the club, isaid the
clul would, co-operate "to the limit."
. Writers Probe Failsji
'It became known toriight that the
committee of base ball writers ap-
pointed to investigate charges that
the Chicago-Philadelphia National ,
league game referred to by the grandN
jury had been "fixed" for Philadel
phia to win had d6ne little thus far.
Sam Hall refused to serve as chair
man, saying he could not spare the
Messages, were, sent tonight to
President Heidler &nd Benton, order
ing them to come before the jury
The Philadelphia-Chicago . game
was won by Philadelphia, 3 to 0, aft- .
er Manager Mitchell had switched at
the last minute irom Hendrix to
Alexander in making the pitching
assignment Just before the game
President Veserek received a num
ber of telegrams and telephone call. ,
telling ' him the game .had been
"fixed" and that large sums of
money were being bet on Phila
delphia in many cities. (
In a stRtement Vcerek said the
switch to Alexander was made so
as to present the strongest lineup
possible. Alexander pitched good
ball, but lost primarily on errors by
Herzog and Barber. '
Chase Charges Old. N
Charges that Hal Chase was im- 1
plicated in . gambling were made
several years ago when he was a
member of the Cincinnati team.
Benton was a member of the Cin
cinnati club then Prosecutor
Replogle said. v
The. American league will ask con
gress to enact a law at its next ses
sion making betting on a baseball
game a penitentiary offense. Presi
dent Johnson said tonight. He laidy
the league would ask that this law
bemade as severe as possible and
worded so as to eliminate all base
hall nnnlc Ontw 111 tliic n eiA
could gambling be definitely elimi
nated, from base ball.
Mr. Johnson said the American
league still was investigating charges
of- gambling in Usf year's world
series and expected to make onblic
the result rf u.ut;.t. wirkin