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The Omaha Daily
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OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1920.
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. Francis Alexander, Lover of
Hayes Center Girl Who Died
. From Illegal Operation,
Suicide Was First Report
Hayes Center. Neb., Dec. 28.
(Special Telegrim.) Francis W.
Alexander of Hayes Center, sweet
heart of Ruth Ayer, 19, who died 'h
August from an illegal operatin iu
Omaha, was shot with, a .22 caliber
rifle Monday morning at 9, dying an '
Walter Counce, son of Alexander's
brother-in-law, at whose home, the
shooting occurred, and who Jwit-
, nessed the shooting, said Alexander
had planned to go on a hunting
trip and was opening the barn, door,
carrying the loaded rifle in his hand,
when the gun was accidentally dis
charged. Alexander fell to the ground, un
conscious, and was carried into the
house. A doctor who was sum-
' moned stated after an examination
that . the bullet had penetrated ths
.' youth's abdomen.
He died at 10, an hour after the
shooting, without regaining con-
sciousness. - .
ISuicide Theory Denied. '
Frist reports of the affair' stated
that the boy had ended his own
life' as1 a consequence of grieving
over the death of his sweetheart. -He
had declared more than once that he
' would rather be dead than hear about
the story of the girl's death any
more. f ' ,
The suicide theory, however, is
emphatically denied by members of
No inquest was held, the coroner
who investigated the affair apparent
' ly being satisfied that death was ac
Funeral services ( were held at
Hayes Center today. , .
Young Alexander came to Omaha
in August in answer to aUetter
written by Ruth Ayer just before
her death. He was arrested upon
his arrival and charged with being
an accessory after the fact of her
death, alleged to have resulted from
an illegal operation. t
. - Stunned by News.
He was stunned by the news of
;hjs sweetheart's death, and when
jbwn her body at the inquest,
stepped back as if struck in the face,
"My, God! Yes" in. answer to
County Attorney Shatwell's ques-
f s-'th' lr'AyerH':,,:r".
youth at once told the au
thorities of his relationship with the
girl and how, after he had learned of
the'r condition, had begged v her to
marry him. ;
The gir1!, he "declared, refused to
marry because she wanted to learn
nursing and wanted him to continue
collegiate studies, and insisted on
having an operation.
He then . gave her all the money
he couM raise, he 'said, and let her
ctonie to Omaha the night of Au
gust 2. s
The next time he saw his sweet
heart, she lay cold and dead on a
slab in the Omaha morgue.
Immediately after the girl's death,
Dr. L. S. Fields; Mrs. Minnie Deyo,
practical nurse, at whose home the
girl is said to have died, and young
Alexander - were arrested.
The doctor was convicted of man
slaughter two weeks ago, and young
Alexander was the principal witness
for the state at his trial. During his
testimony on the witness stand the
young man could hardly rontain
himself and spoke in such faint whis
pers the judge, ordered him to
While attorneys for the state and
defense wrangled over the admission
of the girl's last' letter to her lover
into evidence at the trial the youth
raised the letter reverently to his lips
and kissed it, as his eyes filled with
tears. ' ' -r . v -
Dr. Fields admitted treating the
girl, but denied performing the op
eration. He said he merely tried to
save her me atter someone eisc naa
performed the operation.
urse Deyo refused to testily,
motion for a new trial for Dr.
Fields was to have been heard yes
terday afternoon in Judge joss
divison of the district court.
Sale) of Whisky in Kentucky
Widespread, Governor Says
, Louisville, Ky., Dec. 28. Gover
nor Edwin P. Morrow, addressing
a' joint session of the Kentucky
Judgea association and the Ken
tucky Commonwealth . Attorneys
association, declared that the illicit
manufacture and sale of whisky in
Kentucky h more widespread than
ever before.-- It has reached a point,
he declared, where its suppression
presents one of the most serious
problems confrontinf the state.
. He asked energetic co-operation
in suppressing the traffic, adding
that one of its most alarming fea
1 tores was the spread of intemper
ance among youths of the state.
Two Lava Streams Flow '
From Kilafiea Volcano
iHilto. T.'HW Dec, 28. Two lava
streams, each a quarter of a mile
wide, are flowing from Kilauea vol
cano after several weeks of steady
rise of the lava pit. according to re
ports from the Yolcano observatorv
The overflow is through a crack
made by eruptions of 1868 about 50u
"feet above the main pit. where lava
fountains have been playing spec-
: tacnlarly for eeks.
Illinois It. Cold
Dixon, 111., Dec. 28. Ten degrees
below zero, the coldest of the win
ter, was officially recorded IstS dur
ing the night.
Hayes Center Youth
Who Shot Himself
On League Issue
Ideas of Senator McCumber
Of North Dakota and Oscar
Straus of New YorkAre"
Marion, O., Dec. 28. Conflicting
counsel regarding an association of
nations was given Presiden-elect
Harding today by former supporters
of the league of Versailles.
Senator Porter J. McCumber of
North Dakota, who voted for un
reserved ratification of the Versailles
treaty, advised the president-elect to
put the league aside and try for a
new deal all around in his efforts
to form an international peace so
ciety. 1 n
Oscar Straus of New York, a for
mer ambassador to Turkey and pro
league worker in --the ' treaty fight,
took the view that the United States
still ' should accept the league in
some form and should launch its
next move for world peace through
that agency. (
Both expressed confidence in Sen
ator Harding's policy of seeking to
unite tho country behind an inter
national program, but neither would
express an opinion- regarding the
president-elect's specific proposals
for a world concert' as he outlined
it to them. , ' '
Although he was the leading re
publican supporter of . the league
thmughbath, ratification, battles in
the senate Senator McCumber said
he regarded the covenant as defi
nitely rejected so far as the United
States was concerned and thought
an association of nations now could
be built tip independently of the
league machinery. He suggested that
the greater powers be linked by a
network of arbitration treaties as the
basis of the new society and that a
disarmament agreement might be
consummated as the next step to
ward world peace.
As acting chairman of the senate
finance ' committee, Mr. McCumber
also talked with the president-elect
about taxation and tariff proposals.
He held out little hope that the pres
ent session of congress would ' do'
more than pass appropriation bills
and a budget measure. ?
All Momehce, 111., Is
Present at Funeral
Of Lieut. Pat O'Brien
Momence, 111.. Dec. 28. This lit
tle city saw Pat O'Brien again Mon
day. For the first time in the his
tory of Momence he was quiet.
Through sa blinding blizzard, a
long procession of automobiles and
citizens on foot moved slowly and
sadly to the cemetery: They were
burying Lieut. Pat O'Brien, aviator
hero of the great war, the light
hearted boy who ran away from
home to seek adventure and found
it; who dodged German machine
guns, escaped from German prisons
and finally took his' own life in a
hotel in Los Angeles.
At the head of the funeral pro
cession marched the Knights Temp
lar, the Shriners, and other repre
sentatives of the Masonic order.
Atyong the dignitaries was Governor-Elect
Len Small. Despite his
sad ending. Lieutenant Pat will al
wjtys be a hero in Momence.
Milwaukee Rail Agent Sees
Signs' of Business Reviyal
G. L. Cobb of New York City,
general eastern agent of the Mil
waukee railroad, spent Monday in
Omaha and brought an optimistic re
port as to the .probable revival of
business prosperity. Mr. Cobb is a
former Nebraskan and made his an
nual Christmas vis.it to his mother at
Eastern manufacturers and whole
salers are planning to send out more
salesmen in January than ever be-,
fore, according to railroad reserva
tions now being made, Mr. Cobb
said. This he accepts as indicative
of a business revival. He also de
clared that California travel is un
usually good. i
Celebrates His 64th
Washington, Dec. 28. President
Wilson today celebrated his 64th
birthday, receiving numerous mes
sages of congratulations. Two of
the president's daughters, Miss Mar
garet Wilson and Mrs. W. G. Mc
Adoo, were with him for the oc
casion. Tonight Mrs. Wilson and
the president's daughters expected
to attend the wedding of Miss Mar
jorie Brown, cousin of President
Wilson's first wife.
Violent Verbal Argument
Marks Conference of 24
District Judges With Gov-
, eruor On Paroles.
Wl Ask Change in Law
Violent verbal clashes between
four judges of the district court of
Douglas county on one side and
Governor, McKclvie and H. H. An
tics, secretary-of the State uoard of
Public Welfare on the other, marked
a banquet and conference called by
the, governor in Lincoln Monday
Governor McKelvie, after hearing
the heated lemarks oi district Judges
against the evils of sentencing men
for crime, only to see them turned
out of the penitentiary by state of
ficials, announced that he will rec
ommend to the next legislature the
amendment of the indeterminate sen
24 Judges Present
i With the law amended judges will
impose whatever sentence, within
certain limits, they believe fits each
case and will proceed to "put the
fear of the law back into the hearts1
of criminals and check the present
wave of crime." They also hope to
have the present parole law amended.
District Judges Troup, Sears,
Goss and Day were present.
Twenty other district judges from
all over the state were there.'
The word battles started over the
indeterminate sentence and the pa
role activities of the state.
. - Given Hope.
The district judges declared that
the efforts of their courts, juries and
prosecuting attorneys in securing
convictions of criminals were being
persistently interfered with by the
activities of the state officials in
Mr. Antics said that all convicts
worked on road gangs were men to
whom hopes of paroles had been held
"And was Ben Marshall on one of
these gangs?" asked Judge Sears.
Marshall is a negro sentenced 12
years ago to 30 years imprisonment
for two assaults on Omaha women.
His impending parole was stopped
by public protest a few weeks ago.
"He was," said Mr. Antles.
j Nothing to Say.
"And had you seriousJy intended
to parole that man in the face of
two letters I wrote you about his
case and in the face of his crime
and conviction?" demanded Judge
. ''Yeweladlaid irrV Antles.: j
.. "If that is tbe condition of, things
in this department of our govern
ment, I have nothing more to say.
It would; be. useless," said Judge
Sears. , ' ' '.'-:
Mr. Antles, earlier in the meeting,
had - declared that the only thing
the - parole board considered in
paroling a. prisoner was the possi
bility of reformation.
Punishment Must Follow.
The judges declared that the in
dividual's past record should govern
"his parole. They declared that the
laxity of penitentiary sentence en
forcement has come to be a scandal.
"The time has come," declared
Judge Troup, "when an adequate
punishment must follow conviction
of a crime. ,The building of a wall
of sentimentality and unwarranted
pity around every convict must stop
if nve are to check csime and make
society safe. . .
"Why, ft has come to a pass where
criminals laugh at us. They be
lieve that even a heavy sentence
means only a few months in the
penitentiary. All they need to do
is stay on their good behavior for
a short time and appeal to the sym
pathies of officers and ., make
promises. There is too much
nambypamby iu the carrying out of
sentences duly imposed after fair
Missing Balloon Said to
Have Landed Near Lake
Ottawa. Dec. 28. The missing
United States 'navy balloon A-5598,
with three naval officers aboard,
which' floated away from Rookaway
naval air station. New York. De
cember 13,.' and was swallowed by
the mists of the northland after be
ing last sighted at Wells, N. Y., is
believed to have descended near
LakeTemiskaming, 200 miles north
west of here, i '
Sir Rupert Stupart, director of the
Dominion meteorological bureau at
Toronto, reported today, that a care
ful analysis of winds and other at
mospheric conditions obtaining dur
ing the flight made it nearly a cer
tainty that the gas bag had been
carried into the Temiskaming re
gion. Lake Temiskaming is an
elongated body of water forming
part of the Quebec-Ontario line at
the head waters of the Ottawa river.
Massachusetts Coal Men
Ordered to Adjust Prices
Boston, Dec. 28. Massachusetts
coal dealers were told to come down
from the high price perch of re
cent months in a communication
from- Fuel Administrator Eugene C.
Hultman. Asserting thaf the price
of anthracite coal in many commu
nities was excessive, the adminis
trators said there was no justifica
tion for continuance of high prices
and he requested a (prompt read
jtistment Author Is Bankrupt
New York, Dec. 28. Eugene
Walter, author and dramatist, filed
voluntary bankruptcy proceedings,
placing his liabilities at $7,49 and as
sts at $100. Among the creditors
named arc David Belasco, producer,
$500 for money loaned, and the
Friars club, $388 for dues and house
Women Would Sprinkle
Streets With Liquor
Seized in "Dry' Raids
Albuquerque, N. M., Dec 28.
Five hundred gallons of liquor
seized in raids in New Mexico will
be used to sprinkle streets in Al
buquerque, if a celebration being
planned by the state W. C, T. U.
for January 16, is carried out.
A delegation of women asked
Capt. R. E. Perkins, prohibition en
forcement officer, for permission to
use the liquor in this manner. They j
plan to put the liquor into a sprink- i
ling wagon and spread it over six
blocks. The day will be "Carrie
Nation Day." Captain Perkins has
not yet announced his decision.
Occupy Fiume, Is
Word of Premier
Report of Wounding of D'An
nunzio Confirmed Leader
Struck On Head at Head
quarters by Shell.
London, Dec. 28.-There is reason
to believe Fiume is occupied by regu
lar troops, Premier Giolitti of Italy
declared at a press conference at
Rome last night, says a Central News
dispatcVi from that city. .
Triest, Dec28. (By The Asso
ciated Press.) News confirming re
ports that Gabriele d.Annunzio, the
Italian insurgent leader at Fiume,
had been wounded in the recent
fighting between his legionaires and
General CavipHa's regular troops,
was received here today. No details
were given, however.
. Later advices said that d'Annunzio
was struck in the head by a piece of
shell while conversing in the palace,
but that the wound was slight.
Paris, Dec. 28. Newspaper reports
received here declared that the
wound suffered by Capt. ; Gabriele
d'Annunzio at Fiume was caused by
a fragment of shell which fell on
the palace where d'Annunzio has his
headquarters. A Rome dispatch
states that Premier Giolitti told a
delegation from Parliament that
Italy was forced to hasten its action
against d'Annunzio to avert an at
tack upon Fiume by Jugo-Slavia.
Ancona, Italy, Dec. 28. Italian
troops attempting to dislodge legion
naries at Zara were hindered in their
work by women of that city, accord
ing to statements made by soldiers
who have arrived here. As the
troops advanced toward the barracks
where the legionaires were stationed,
many women formed in line in front
of them, screaming: "Kill us first,
and then you can exterminate the
A few hours later the legionaires
surrendered, and were brought to
this city asrisjjmers. "
Rome, Dec 28. The mayor of
Fiume has asked General Caviglia,
commander of the regular Italian
forces, for a suspension of hostilities,
says a Fiume dispatch today. Gen
eral Caviglia stipulated two condi
tions, one of which already has been
accepted. It is expected that in an
interview arranged for today be
tween the mayor and General Fef
rario, commander of the blockading
force, the terms of capitulation will
be agreed upon.
Maj. Gen. OmarBundy
And Wife to Visit
In Central America
Maj. Gen. Omar Bundy, comman
der of the Seventh army corps, with
headquarters at Fort Crook, will de
part Friday on a two months' leave
of absence. !
General and Mrs. Bundy wlil sail
from New York January 4, accom
panied by Mr. ana Mrs. Jonathan S.
Bryan of Richmond, Va. Theywill
visit Jamaica, Colombia and Pan
ama and also Central American
countries. Mr. Bryan is publisher
of the News-Leader of Richmond,
Va. and was editor-in-chief of
"Trench and Camp" publications is
sued during the war.
While General Bundy is away,
Brig. Gen. Edward Mann Lewis, now
in command of the Third division at
Camp Pike, Ark., will be in command
of the Seventh army corps.
Cyclone in Spain
Oviedo, Spain, Dec. 28. A cyclone
has caused enormous damage in the
province of Oviedo. Forty homes
were destroyed in the hamlet of
Sama de Langreo, and buildings in
many min ng settlements of that re
gion were - unroofed. V The potato,
maize and chestnut crops are said
to be destroyed. '
"Uncle Joe" Establishes New ,
Record for Length of Service
Washington. Dec. 28. "Uncle
Joe" Cannon, war horse of the
house of representatives, today es
tablished a new American record
W'ith the close of a dull house
session he passed the mark for
length of service set by Justin Smith
Morrill of the Vermont, who as sen
ator and representative, served, 43
years, nine months and 24 days. The
former speaker will begin tomorrow
adding new time to his own record,
with the hope of reaching the ripe
old age of 100, and 'beating Glad
stone's record of S3 years in the
British house of commons.
"Uncle Joe's" achievement will be
celebrated in the house tomorrow
with Champ Clark, himself a veteran,
who retires March 4, leading the
speaking ceremonies. Mr. Cannon
also will speak, and many of the
older members will ask time for a
Walking about corridors of the
capitol today, chewing his long
black cigar, Mr. Cannon told a
friend there was no use offering a
little advice to younger representa
tives, because somebody else was
Discordant Notes in the Christmas Spirit
I 1 ' 11 imv in ' - '
Plot to Release
Arkansas National Guard
Troops Sent to Prisons Fol
lowing Disclosure of 'Plan
For Wholesale Escapes. ' .
Little Rock, Dec. 28. Reliable re
ports of a widespread plot to free
convicts in the state penitentiaries
were responsible for the mobilization
of the Pine Bluff machine gun com
pany of the Arkansas national guard,
according to a statement by Gover
nor Brough. . .
According to the (governor, the
plot was reported to him by peni
tentiary officials and involved plans
for the release of Tom Slaughter
and FuUon Green, Oklahoma out
laws, now serving life sentences for
murder. 1 . . ' '
Slaughter and Green are confined
at the penitentiary at Little Rock and
principal precautions are to be taken
there, but It was learned detatch
ments of the Pine Bluff company
also will be sent to the state farms
at Tucker, where white convicts are
confined, and to Cummins where
negro convicts are imprisoned. The
governor's action in calling out the
troops, he said, followed a confer
ence with penitentiary 'and military
authorities, during which the reports
of the plot to escape were given. He
said it was not known how wide
spread the pldt may be.
Governor Brough declined to dis
cuss the details of the reported plot,
but stated that the troop would be
kept on duty long enough to prevent
the contemplated escape. The gov
ernor also declined to say whether
the plot includes reports of outside
aid to the eonvicts as was the case
several days ago when trustees at
the penitentiary confessed that a
similar plot was on foot to release
Slaughter, Green and other convicts.
It was learned that the troops
stationed at the penitentiary will
conduct a thocough search ,of the
convicts- and the buildings, for
weapons or tools and prohibit visi
tors within the wa'Is.
Burlington Cuts Force
Aurora, 111., Dec. 28. Orders were
received here today to lay off 25 per
cent of the employes of the Chi
cago, Burlington & Quincy railroad
shops December 31. About 2,000
men are employed in the shops.
always thinking up smart things and
attributing them to him. The re
mark, charged to Mr. Cannon, that
they put spurs o nthe heels of army'
officers to keep their feet from slip
ping off the deck, was never uttered
"But what's the -use?" he asked.
Counting his victory in the recent
landslide, Mr. Cannon has been
elected to congress 23 times. He
is now ending the 44th year of
service. First elected in 1872, he has
just kept coming to congress ever
since, with the exception of two bad
Novembers, when his people failed
to return him. On, May 7, next he
will be 85 years old. Few of his
friends remember that he was born
at Guilford, N. C. He served eight
year as speaker, and has been doing
committee work so long he has for
gotten when he started.
"Gladstone served 53 years In the
British house of commons and with
good election luck, I hope to beat
that," the former speaker said. "I
have had four years' absence I didn't
ask for, and hope to reach the 53,
but then you never can ttV.
i ; '
(CscTTifM: 1930: My fhe Chicaco Tribune. 1
In Poker Game
McCook Man Charged With
Murder by Dying Victim "
Is Arrested. .
McCook, Neb., Dec. '28. (Special
Telegram.) A brutal murder con
cluded a poker game last night be
tween, three Mexicans employed by
the Burlington railroad here. Jdse
Sanchez, a roundhouse employe, is
dead, and his alleged, murderer, Pete
Lopez, a section' hand is in the coun
ty jail. Manuel Sanchez, connected
with the affair, is still at liberty,
although his arrest is expected at
Sanchez died within two hours of
the shooting through the abdomen,
but charged Lopez with the crime
before his death.
Lopez spent last night in a hay
stack south of McCook, but was ar
rested this afternon within a mile of
Cedar Bluffs, Kan., by Sheriff Mc
Clam and City Marshal Traphagan
and is now confined in the steel cell
in the county jail. Lopez bears an
unenviable record for cruelty and
it is charged that he formerly mur
dered a white man, and a year ago
roasted an aged man and woman
over a hot stove in an effort to ex
tort money from them.
The murder is said to have re
sulted over the refusal , of Sanchez
to loan Lopez some money.
Court Holds Pardons
y' Of Villistas Legal
- Santa Fe, N. M., Dec. 28. Par
dons granted by Governor A. O.
Larrazolo to 16 Villistas serving
terms in the state penitentiary for
their participation in a raid on
Columbus, N. M., are valid, the
state supreme court ruled, but it like
wise upheld the action of Luna coun
ty officials in rearresting the men
before they had been actually re
leased from prison.
The Mexicans will be kept at the
state prison pending trial on new
charges of murder . in connection
with the raid.
The supreme court's decision was
handed down a.s a result of habeas
corpus proceedings brought to com
pel the prison officials to release the
Mexicans in accordance with the
governor's pardons. Parties fight
ing the release of the men argued
that the governor exceeded his
authority in pardoning the men with
out the recommendation of the
state prison commissioners. The
court held that the governor's con
stitutional pardoning power was
absolute and could not be restricted
by any legislative act.
Phi Gamma belta Opens
72d Session at Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.,1 Dec. 28. The
72d annual ekklesia of the Thi Gam
ma Delta, a national college frater
nity, with 'a membership of about
20,000. opened here today. Glen Mil
ler of Salt Lake City is president
Among prominent members-of the
organization are Vice President-elect
Calvin Coolidge, Vice President Mar
shall, Secretary of .War Baker, Post
master General Burleson and Charles
P. Steinmetz, the scientist. .
Illinois Farmers Urge
Substantial Wool Tariff
Chicago, Dec. 28, -The Illinois
Agricultural association sent a tele
gram to the American Farmers
Bureau federation headuarters at
Washington, urging support for a
substantial tariff on wool, declaring
that such a tariff would be necessary
to preserve the sheep industry of the
"A substantial tariff would not
increase the price of all-wool suits
by more than $1.50, the telegram
By Legion Head
Commander Says Testimony!
Before Senate Finance Com
mittee on Proposed Soldier
Bonus Is Misleading.
Wa'sington, Dec. , 28. Testimony
by Secretary Houston of the treas
ury1 Defdre the senate finance commit
tee yesterday, placing the cost of
carrying out the pending adjusted
compensation or soldier bonus bill
at $2,300,000,000, was characterized
by F. W. Galbraith, national com
mander of the American Legion as
a, "cuttle-fish skirmish to muddy the
waters $o that the principle involved
can be clouded in a lot of figures
that mean nothing."
Mr. Galbraith estimated the maxi
mum amount the bonus bill would
cost the government at $1,878,800,
"Secretary Houston's whole pre
sentation of the matter," said the
legion commander, "was misleading
and designed to frighten the coun
try into a repudiation of its obliga
tion to ex-service men. The gen
eral impression was conveyed by his
testimony that the passage of the
adjusted compensation .bill would
entail the immediate aupjopriation of
billions of dollars by the government
and seriously cripple the financial con
dition of the treasury. The facts are
that appropriations necessary to
carry out all features on the bill ex
cept that of ' cash compensation
would be negligible for this year and
for several years to come and that
appropriations for cash compensa
tion are not asked until July, 1921,
and are to be spread over two years."
Utah Mining Property
Damaged by Snowslide
Salt Lake City, Dec. 28. A snow
slide four miles in length carrying
thousands of tons of earth and
debris from the mountainside, dam
aged the properties of the Utah
Michigan, the South Heda and the
Alta Consolidated Mining compa
nies in Little Cottonwood canyon
Sunday, according to Teports reach
ing here. A boarding house in the
path of the slide escaped demolition,
the snow sliding off the roof. No
body was injured. The damage to
the mining properties is estimated
at several thousand dollars. The
slide js said to have been one of the
most severe in Utah. '
Countess Markievicz Is
Sentenced to 2 Years In Pen
Dublin. Dec. 28. Countess Geor
gina Markieviczi who was tried by a
court-martial on a charge of con
spiracy to organize a seditious so
ciety, was today sentenced to two
years at hard labor in prison.
The specific allegation against her
was that between1 January 1918, and
September, 1920. she had plotted to
organize a "Fianna Eireann," or Sinn
Fein boy scouts society. This or
ganization has been charged with the
conspiracy to murder military police
and with unlawful drilling.
Fair and warmer Wednesday.
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Movement Under Way to Ef
fect Compromise on Immi
gration and Land Owner-
j ship Controversy.
Both to Concede Points
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
Chicago Trlnhnnr-Omalia Bee leased Wlrev
Washington, Dec. 28. A move
ment of influential sponsorship is
under way to effect a compromise
of the immigration and land owner
ship controversy with Japan on this
basis: ' '
1. Extension by California of Its
recently enacted land holding law
so as to prohibit the acquirement ';
of title to real estate by all alienes
instead of aliens ineligible to citf
zenshio.. 2. A revised "gentlemen's agree
ment" under which Japan would '
prevent the immigration to conti
nental United States and the Hawa
iian islands, of all Japanese. If this
proposition meets with a favorable
reception by the people of aCh'for
nia, the legislature of that state at
its forthcoming session will h al.
,cd to amend the act adopted by ini-
iiauve at tne November election so
as to apply the land holding prohibi
tion to all aliens.
The Japanese government has
indicated that it will he urillincr Ia
settle, the controversy on the basis
prohibited. 1 i
Concessions on Both Sides,
Such a settlement wnulri
sent concessions by both parties to
me dispute, japan would yield, cm ,
the exclusion from America of
farmers and the. relative nf In
nese already here, which classea ,
were exemptd from th terms of the
existing gentlemen's agreement. Cal
ifornia would viclrl (in -th evrlitcinn
of all aliens from land holding pri-
From the beginning of the land
ownership row in 1913, Japan has
contended that the California law
was a discrimination against race,
inasmuch as the statue prohibite
land holding, not by all aliens, but
by only those aliens ineligible to
American citizenship. Under the
American law, only a white or black
person is eligible to naturalization.
Tokio indicated that ground for ob
jection would be removed if the
prohibition applied to all aliens, as
it does in the land holding laws of
Illinois, Washington and some other
states and the District of Columbia,
and in Australia and New Zealand.
- Calif orni Suods Patt--- -
California however, was unwilling
in 1913, and has continued unwilling
ly, to prohibit all , aliens from ac
quiring land. The state was un
willing to, exclude the investment of
all foreign capital in the. develop
ment of its resources. The'extent to
which European capital has been
poured into the state is indicated by
the fact that 30 per cent of the oil .
lands of California are British owned. '
Of late, however, a change of
view on this question has been noted.
Some of the most active of the anti
Japanese leaders in California have
come out for the exclusion of all
aliens from land ownership.
It was as a result of this change
of attitude that the members of the
California delegation in congress
met a few days ago and discussed
the proposal that they sponsor a
movement for action bv the state
legislature, exoandinir th land hold
ing discrimination 'to apply to all
foreigners. In this conference the
argument was made that California
(Turn to Pago Two, Colnmn Fogr.)
John Evans, Prominent,
Veteran of Civil War,
J Dies at North Platte
North Platte. Neb.. Dec 28.
(Special Telegram.) John E. Evans,
civil war veteran, died nere Nyester
day. He was born in Wisconsin,
November 7. 1847. Mr. Evans
served throughout the civil war as a
member of the first Wisconsin cav
alry, the regiment which brought'
about the capture of Jefferson Davis.
He was a member of the Grand -Army
of the Republic, Odd Fellow,
and Elks. x
He had held the public offices of
postmasteh, county clerk, clerk of
the district court, county judge.
Deputy secretary of state, member
of the legislature and registrar of
the United States land office. Mr.
Evans spent considerable time in
Utah, Montana, Idaho and Oregon
prospecting, minin gand ranchig,
following the war. In 1871 he
settled in North Platte, where he has
lived for SO years. He was married
to Marion H. Hall in 1881. His
wife survives him. They have one
son, Everett H. Evans.
Negro Sentenced to Death
For Murder of Sheriff
Madisonville, Ky., Dec 28. Lee
Ellison, a negro, was found guilty
of murdering Sheriff R. Scott Hunter
of Hopkins county, on November
5, and sentenced to death in the
electric chair on January 31. The
Ellison trial opened this morning and
the veridct was returned late this
Ellison was arrested in Hannibal,
Mo., two weeks ago alter a search
that extended over a half dozen
states. He yms returned to Ken
tucky and lodged in the Jefferson
county jail at Louisville for safe
keeping. Cuban Steamer Seized
Hamburg, Germany, Dec. 28.
The Cuban steamer Maximo Gomez,
which arrived here from Galveston,
Tex., December 17, has been seized
by the authorities as a consequence
of a dispute regarding payment of
the port charges
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