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OMAHA, SATURDAY, JANUARY, 1, 1921.
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Cons u J 1 U.S.
On Far East
Question 0f Renewal of Anglo
Japanese Treaty to Be Taken
Up After Inauguration of
position in Empire
ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
ftiro Trihiinn-Oiimlm Jlr l.rasrd Wire.
"ushingtoti, Dec. 31. Great
in, it was learned today, intends
'nsult the United Stales after the
titration of the Hardine adniiu-
ion, on the question of renewal
Me Anglo-Japanese treaty of al-
e which expires next July.
iere was an informal discussion
.e matter by the British ambas-
and Secretary of State Colby
p- n months ago, in winch i.ng
F manifested a disposition to act
Tinony with the United States
iling with far eastern questions,
the conferences were discon-.
presumably to await the
ai'f. f of administration in this
flicre is vigorous opposition in the
V 'e. particularly in Canada, Aus
W and ew Zcnhnid. tn a rnn-
fi ion of the alliance with a na-
wilh which these dominions
clashed on the immigration and
r phases of the race , question,
I' ne of the bitterest opponents ol
- apancse equality proposal at the
peace conference was Premier
'.es of Australia, who bluntlv
mded the policy of preserving
Opposition in England.
us colonial opposition will be
i at the imperial conference
,the heads of all the British
kiions will gather in London in
to discuss empire policies,
.re also is .considerable opposi
tion in the United Kingdom itself to
Iffintmuation of the relative of an
1 f Japan, in view of the appcar
of antagonism to the United
s in any controversy with
')m. which sufrh an agreement might
pr--' mcc. in tne existing lmmigra
tii' controversy, popular sentiment
ira igland favors America and not
, v i.
. ' i British government long; ago
.tj losed the possibility of being re
tiv . 'd , 'by. the alliar.ee to join-Japan
in. 'y war that might arise between
3 and the United States. A
vox so oi the alliance is to the et-
that neither party shall be re
ared to go to war with a poXver
fith which it has a general arbitra
tion treaty. - Although the J att gen-
'ubitration treaty between the
States and , Great Britain
jf ratification by the senate
.s dropped, England, upon ac
a tlie Bryan peace treaty in
notified Japan that this would
nstrued a general arbitration
; so far as the terms of the al-
Must Be Modified.
l"v IrtUVl AllVl JCH" ii.inv
ifythet reaty of alliance be re
all, it must be modified.
Cilrzon. the .British .foreign
. .ter, nd Viscount Chinda, the
, nese anifwfsador to Great Brit-
t oined at Spa July 8, last, in the
- ' ving announcement :
he governments..ot Ureat Urit
I nd japan have conVp the con
on that the Angle. Japanese
anient of July ivii. now
insr between the two cotifatrie.
i.'crh in harmony with the spiru-f
'the covenant of the league of na-f
tW,' ', is not entirely consistent with
tetter of that covenant, which
governments earnestly desire
spect. They accordingly have
onor to inform the league that
I recognize the principle that if
'.said agreement be continued
" July, 1921, it must be in a form
' i is not inconsistent with that
"Ahis announcement was brought
about by Great Britain and in some
nutters it was construed as paving
the way tor a discontinuance of the
allitnce. The Japanese have been
ijagSr to renew the agreement and
halt, exhibited considerable exaspe
ration with British coolness in the
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Urion Pullman Workers
Are Not for Wage Cut
Chicago, Dec. 31. Union employes
of the Pullman company will not ac
cep the proposed cut in wages up to
20 per cent which the employes' in
dustrial ' relations committee pro
posed, according to Harry Smith,
general chairman of the Pullman
System Federation of Labor.
Mr. Smith said that the men who
otti ided last night's meeting and
wh. represented 35 or 40 per cent of
the. ',000 employes at the Pullman
plant voted unanimously not to ac
cept a cut in wages.
t.000 Pounds of Whale Meat
' : ; On Sale by N. Y. Market
New York. Dec. 31. When the
ancestors of Joseph A. Picella, Xew
York sea food dealer, set forth in
business ' some four centuries ago
fwith a few sardines caught telong
the. shores of. Italy, they predicted
that some day Jhe business would
jrow to bigger things. It did to
fwhville. Tenn.. ' Dec. 31.-
MnHfied man entered the Peo-
' knk at Springfield, Tenn., this
ng and, making his way un
ied to the hank vault, heloed
1 elf to $50,000 in bonds. He
a off bank officials and wounded
ifucer. Taking refuge iu a store
a, Ke was killed by officers.
Figures on Omaha Business in 1920
Figures show the volume of business in Omaha for three years:
1920 1919 1918
Manufacturing $ 433,047,970 463,103,095 427,271,161
jobbing 458,721,105 353,462,457 260,836,940
Real estate transfers 37,246,991 36,876,527 16,293,698
Packing house out put 215,509,560 293,960,675 296,506,787
Bank clearings 3,907,930,964 3,057,000,000 2,818,964,262
Smelter out put 46,248,950 41,560,642 46,685,724
Bank deposits 102,888,663 130,000,000 104,742,547
Building permits 11,435,970 9,022,647 3,608,054
Grain receipts (bu.) 62,275,600 64,585,000 91,707,900
Grain shipments (bu.) 54,921.100 60,450,000 75,049,500
Live Stock Receipts
Cattle (head) 1,609,615 1,975,000 1,993,366
Hogs (head) 2,716,741 3.150,000 3,429,533
Sheeo (head) 2,892,066 3,600,000 3,385,696
Horses (head.... x "3,972 25,600 21,774
New Elevators Is
Plan of Farmers
In Grain Centers
E. M. Pollard Explains Aim in
Establishing Marketing As
sociation in Omaha on
E. M. Pollard, secretary-treasurer
of the grain marketing committee of
the federal farm organiiations, an
nounced yesterday that Nebraska
Co-Operative Farmers' associations
will undertake to establish a co
operative terminal elevators and
grain marketing business in Omaha.
A meeting of the terminal market
ing committee is to be held here
Similar arrangements are being
made in Sioux City, Minneapolis,
Chicago, Seattle, East St. Louis and
Kansas City,, under a plan adopted
December 18 at a national conven
tion of farmers' co-operative eleva
tpr companies in St. Loiris. Mr.
Pollard states that the plan con
templates the building or buying of
a large terminal elevator in Omaha
and these other cities, and the es
tablishment of a selling agency on
each grain exchange to handle the
grain shipped :n by Jhe co-operative
Seeks No Favors.
The proposed farmer company
will not avail itself of special priv
ileges, but intends to operate En
tirely under the rules of the Omaha
grain exchange, he sai"
"A delegate convention will be held
in each district of representatives
from the local farmers' co-operative
elevators, to form a terminal co
operative marketing association,
through which tte farmer will
have control of his grain from
the time it leaves the local
elevator until it passes on through
the terminal to the ultimate con-s-mer
or exporter," Mr. Pollard ex
"The farmers of the country have
begun to realize that the time has
come when the farmer must do like
every other business man market
his own prcducts. There is no
branch of industry in the entire in
dustrial field of the world where the
manufacturer or the producer does
not control all the channels of dis
tribution through which his product
passes, at least as far as the retail
dealer. The farmer 19 the only ex
ception. Realizing this, the farm
ers of the country propose to handle
their products exactly like other
business1 institutions handle their
products; namely, control the chan
nels of distribution through which
the farmers' products pass, on to
the ultimate consumer or as near so
as is possible. .
First Move of Kind.
"This is the first great national
movement that has had for its pur-
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Becomes Law Without
Signature of Wilson
Washington, Dec.l A ' lost" bill
became a law.
.The Smoot-Reavis.'tiill, providing
for the appointment .f a congres
sional committee to stidy reorgani
zation of government 'departments,
was passed finally by Congress 10
days ago and sent to the White
House, where all trace of it'.was lost.
The 10-day period having expired the
bill became a law to4ay without the
White House officials, in explain
ing thar the official copy of the meas
ure either was mislaid in the execu
tive office or in one of the depart
ments to which it was referred fov
rpi-rvmmpndation. said it was th
president's intention to sign the bill.l
Request was made ot congressional
clerks for a duplicate copy for filing
Harbor Employes Sign.
Agreement for New Year
New York, Dec. 31. Danger of
another harbor strike during the
next year probably was averted
when the representatives of the
Masters', Mates' and Pilots' asso
ciation, the Harbor Boatmen's
union and the Tow Boat Owners
association signed a new agreement
The agreement called for the
same wages paid during this year
and the 60-hour week, with over
time for longer working hours.
Massachusetts Police Use
Bootleg in Automobiles
Ware, Mass., Dec. 31. Court or
ders to destroy seized liquors have
been interpreted in a ulitarian way
by officers here. The radiator of the
police automobile requires alcohol
to keep it from freezing on cold
nights while chasing bootleggers, so
tr.e plan ot using tne condemned
"evidence" instead of denatured ako-l
hoi has been adopted,
Eanionn De Valera
Now in Ireland,
"President" of Republic to
"Press Forward Cause of In
surgent" Leaves Farewell
Message to Americans.
New York, Dec. 31. Eamonn De
Valera, "president of the, Irish re
public," has arrived safely hi Ire
land, Harry Boland, his secretary,
announced here today.
De Valera effected his landing on
Irish soil this morning, said Boland.
He gave no other particulars.
Boland said that De Valera s ob
ject m returning to Ireland w5
to resume active leadership of the
Irish provisional government and
"press forward the cause of the
Irish and of the insurgents."
He said De Valera had accomp
lished a marvelous feat in circum
venting the British blockade about
Message of Farewell.
A message of farewell to America,
dictated by Mr. De Valera. before
his departure from this country, was
made public today by Mr. Boland.
The message follows:
" 'Land of the Free and Home of
the Brave' Farewell! May you ever
remain, as I have known you, the
land of the generous-hearted and
the kindly. May you stand through
time as they would have you who
love you liberty's chosen champion,
and Oh! May you never know your
self the agony of a foreign master s
"I came to you on a holy mission,
the mission of freedom, I return to
my people who sent me. not indeed
as 1 1 had dreamed it, with the mis
sion accomplished, but withal a mes
sage that will cheer in the dark days
that have come upon them and that
will inspire the acceptance oi sucn
sacrifices as must yet be made.
"So, farewell young, mtghty, for
tunate land! No wish that I can ex
press can measure the depth of my
esteem for you or my desire for your
welfare and your glory. And fare
well the many dear friends I have
made, and the tens of thousands who,
for the reason that I was the repre
sentative of a noble nation and a
storied appealing cause, gave me
honor they denied to princes. You
will not need to be assured t,hat Ire
land will not forget and that Ireland
will not be ungrateful."
Dublin Officials in Dark.
Dublin, Dec. 31. '.By the Asso
ciated Press.) Inquiry tonight elic
ited the statement that neither the
Dublin Castle officials nor the news
papers of Dublin know anything
concerning the arrival of Eamon D
Valera in Ireland
The American steamer Pontia ii
rived at the Jvortn watt quay xoaay
and was boarded by armed soMiers.'
A machine gun was placed on boaj-d
and armored cars aif.ng the quaV
trained their guns on the ship, which
was thoroughly searched. Accord
ing to reports, nobody who was be
ing searched for was found on board.
Appropriation Urged 1
To Aid Nitrate Plant
Washington, Dec. 31. Charges
that the farmers of the United
States have been robbed by the
Chilean Nitrate trust which, he de
clared, was opposing the develop
ment of the government nitrate
plant at Muscle Shoals, Ala., were
made in the house by Representa
tive Almon. democrat, in whose dis
trict the plant is located. ( t
The representative made his
charges during debate on the sundry
civil bill. He urged inclusion of an
appropriation of $10,000,000 to be
used in continuing work on the gov
ct"pitnt dam at Muscle Shoals,
.vr.ich, he said, was neeaea 10 iur-
ish power for the nearbv nitrate
psant. Operation ot tne piant ciur-
i"ar peace times tor tne mantiiacture
of fertilizer was declared by Mr. Al
moh to be needed to insure a cheap
supfily to farmers of this country.
Authorities Search for
STflayer of Oklahoma Farmer
Afja, Okl., Dec. 31. County au
thorities are searching for the
slay -of Tim Hadsell. a farmer,
whol was found dead in a coitot;
field 112 miles northwest of here, late
yestetdaj. Officers were led to the
field W Mrs. Hadsell, who told them
d escaped from her husband s
at meht after lie had made
prisoner for several hours.
Railrioad Man Iniured at
NtVrfolk Sues Northwestern
Madikon Neb. Dec. 31. (Special.')
Actiojn was started in the district
ccurt oy Dean D. Payne of Nor-
ainst the -Northwestern rail-
mpany to recover $20,000
for injuries alleged to have
stained by him while at
the railroad yards at Nor
Merrymakers Throng Hotels
And Clubs While 1920 Pass
es Out Many a Cherished
Bottle Is Opened.
Jollity Lasts Till Dawn
This well-known earth tottered
around on its axis as usual last night,
apparently untroubled by the hilar
ious hubbub carried on by thousands
of Omaha folks who, in hotels, clubs,
theaters, "movies" and private homes
"watched the new year in."
And, on this first morning of 1921,
if the activities of last night may be
taken as an indication, there are
thousands who are sleepier than they
were yesterday and many who are
not as sober as they were yesterday.
For many a cherished bottle,
saved for a dry day. was broached
and consumed amid joy and hilarity
last night amid singing and dancing
in crowded hotels, clubs and cafes
and in private homes. A consider
able traffic in the forbidden fluids
was carried on to get the required
Reniniscences of Past
Of course, the advent of the Eight
eenth amendment made the "hootch"
harder to get. And there were many
fond reminiscences exchanged of the
"good old days" and many a chappie
gave voice to his feelings with a
"wish I was in Paris tonight," or
How d you like to be m Cuba to
night? Oh boy!" or, "Think how it
would be to go out and buy. a. case
without any hindrance -and at -reasonable
But the New Year arrived all
right, as everybody knew it would,
promptly at midnight.
In all the places where the merry
making crowds were gathered, the
solemn stroke of li was greeted
with ceremonies fitting the occasion.
Dancers stopped in the middle of a
dance. Banqueters, solemnly or
otherwise, drank toasts to the New
Year, to. prosperity, and happiness
and all good hopes. In some places
the brieht lights were put out for a
moment. In others, the orchestra
clashed the more madly a welcome
to another year, s - ,
More Solemn Greetings.
Yes, and in many churches, con
gregations which were holding
watch parties bowed their heads in
prayer as the clock struck 12 and the
whistles boomed and shrieked and
the bells rang and the guns were
Some of the church services be
gan early in the evening, others not
till near the midnight hour. The
people of Trinity Methodist church,
Twenty-second and Binney streets,
(Turn to Fane Three, Column Four.)
Kansas Legion Orders
To Cease Activities
Salina, Kan., Dec. 31. (Special.
The Aemrican Legion in Saline
county entered the lists against A.
C. Townley and his band of paid
.organizer:? who swept down on Ran
ks a werk ago and established head
quarters for nonpartisans in Salina.
jfcA note was left at Townley s quar
ters, signed by the heads of Saline
post of the legion, in which the "Big
Lhict was informed that his pres
ence was not desired in this county.
The note was signed by O. A.
Kitterman, commander of the post,
and Dr. F. G. Hagebush, its ad
jutant. The two officers of the legion
carried tli note to Townley's head
quarters -in company with C. H.
Hale, Dr. L. S. Nelson, George Robb
and Harry Wiles, all overseas vet
erans, and rugged and husky as the
day they were sent to France to
Townley was out in the rural dis
tricts spreading his propaganda
among farmers when the young men
called and none of his organizers
could be found. The note was left
for the chief in a sealed envelope.
Trial of Mrs.'Hamon
. May Open in February
Ardmore. Okl., Dec 31. The trial
of Mrs. Clara Smith Hamon, at
liberty on bond, charged with murder-in
connection with the death of
Jake L. Hamon, probably will take
place late in February or early in
March, it was stated "by Judge W.
Thomas Champion, before whom she
will be tried. Judge Champion said
the civil docket is to begin January
31 and continue two weeks, with the
criminal docket following.
Coal Companies Indicted
New York, Dec. 31. The federaTl
grand jury returned- indictments
charging the Haddock Mining com
pany of Lucerne, Pa. and the Von
Storch Collieries company of Scran
ton, Pa., and their exclusive agent
in this city with profiteering in the
sale of domestic sizes of anthracite
coal in violation of the Lever act.
Director of Mines Resigns
Washington, Dec. 31. Frederick
G. Cottrcll, director cf the bureau
of mines, presented his resignation
to President Wilson through Secre
tary Payne of the Interior depart
ment. Director Cottrell, before com
ing to the bureau, was assistant
director of mines, and resided in
Bulletin Issued on Condition j
Of His Eminence Orders
Prayers in All Cath
Baltimore, Dec. 31. All" official
bulletin given out by Bishop O. E.
Corrigan, revealed that the last
sacraments of the church had been
administered to Cardinal Gibbons,
who is seriously ill at the home of
Robert T. Shriver. Union Ivfills, Md.
The bulletin of Bishop Corrigan
"The condition of his eminence
today 4:a been less favorable than
at any time during his illness. H;
has received the last sacraments and
the reverend pastors are requested
to urge their people to offer prayer
for his eminence's speedy recovery
or i happy death. AH pastors will
please have the litany of the blessed
Virgin Mary recited after each mass
until further orders for that inten
tion. All the priests of the diocese
will add in every mass, when the
rubrics permit the prayers from tlie
mass 'pro infirmis' reciting the same
in the similar number, 'pro famulo
nostro intifmo.' These prayers are
to be recited until further orders.
The religious communities are also
asked to redouble their prayers that
Almighty God will . restore his
eminence speedily, if so be His holy
will, to strength and good health.
"O. B. CORRIGAN,
"Bishop of Macra. Vicar General."
Dr. Charles O'Douovan, the car
dinal's physician, announced that the
prelate had two fainting spells this
Pay Roll Bandits Slay
Two During Robbery
Cleveland, O.. Dec. 31.-W. W.
Sly, president, and George J. Fan
ner, vice president of the W. W.
Sly Foundry company, were . mur
dered by five payroll, bandits who
escaped with $400 in cash after hold
ing up the two men at the company's
plant this morning.
Mrs. H. C. Fielder Injured
When Hit by Auto in K. C.
Kansas City, Dec. 31. Mrs. H.
C. Fielder. 32, a guest at the Hotel
Mik'htebach, sustained bruises about
the body and back last night when
she was struck by a motor car. Mrs.
Fielder was given emergency treat
ment and taken to her room at the
hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Fielder came
here from Omaha, Neb., two weeks
Caruso Is Improving.
'New York, Dec. 31. Eniico Ca
ruso, Metropolitan opera tenor, who
is sufferiug from an acute attack of
pleurisy, passed a comfortable
night and is "progressing as favor
ably as possible," a bulletin issued
by his six physicians stated today.
The singer underwent a second op
eration for empyema during the
night. 1 '
Time for Inventory
Sentenced to 50
Years in Prison
Second Member of San Fran
cisco Gang of Assailants
Of Young Women Giv
en Maximum Term.
San Francisco, Dec. 31. Edward
(Knockout) Kruvosky, pugilist, -who
was the second of a group of men to
be Qbnvicted for attacks on young
women here, was given an indeter
minate sentence tpday of from one to
50 vears in San Ouentin prison. The
judge recommended that Kruvosky
serve the full term.
The sentence was pronounced fol
lowing the denial of a motion for
a new trial. '
Kruvoskv was fosnd guilty by a
jury in li. minutes on Thursday,
December 23, after a three-day trial.
Hi's trial closely followed that of
Edmond (Spud) Murphy, pugilist
and leader of the gang, who is now
serving a like sentence in San Quen
tin. Miss Jessie Montgomery, the
complaining witness, testified that
Kruvosky, in company with other
gangsters, accompanied her and her
companion. Miss Jean Stanley, from
a cafe to a house in the mission dis
trict in the early morning of Thanks
giving day and that most of the
men in the party attacked her. Miss
Stanley also testified in corrobora
tion of Miss Montgomery.
Two of the suspected gangsters
now in custody remain to be tried,
Thomas Brady and Allen McDon
nell. Three, Murphy, Kruvosky and
James Carey, have been successively
tried and convicted. Carey will
come up for sentence Monday, when
Brady's trial, is scheduled to start.
Articles of Foreign
TrilA Rb' A rrMrsrAtf4
i iauc ucuirw mppi uv cu
Washington, Dec. 31. Approval
of the articles of the Association of
the Federal International Banking
company of New Orleans was an
nounced by the federal reserve
board.' The corporation has a cap
ital of $7,000,000, and is organized
under the provisions of the Edge
act, for the purpose of financing
The new company, which is thi
second Edge act corporation ap
proved by the board, was formed to
finance shipments of cotton and to
bacco from . the south , to foreign
countries, but it is expected that
the corporation wilt devote itself
principally to cotton, with the view
of relieving the situation facing the
Penrose Opposes Bonus.
Washington, Dec. 31. Oppo?ition
to the house emergency tariff bill
and to the passage at this session of
the soldiers bonus bill was indicated
today by Senator Penrose of Penn
sylvania, chairman of the senate
finance committee, who returned to
Washington yesterday after an ab-
J sence of nearly a year, occasioned by
'I'll hi Mil
Dr. Fields Given
One to 10-Year
Judge Overrules Motion for
New Trial of Doctor Con
victed of Performing II- '
legal Operation on Girl.
Scathing denunciation of two af
fidavits offered by Dr. Leslie S.
Fields in a motion for a new trial
was made by District Judge Troup
yesterday afternoon in refusing a
new triai. . - -
Offering the affidavits, the judge
declared, showed poor judgment and
he said they were such that they
would not help Dr.- Fields' appeal
before the supreme court
. Judge Troup then ordered the doc
tor to stand up. Dr. Fields was
found guilty by a jury two weeks
ago of having caused the death ot
Ruth Ayer. 19-year-old Hayes Cen
ter girl, by performance of an illegal
operation August 3.
In respense to the court's ques
tion whether he 'had anything to
say as to why sentence should not be
pronounced, Dr. Fields made a short
speech asserting tha he is not
guilty of the crime.
Judge Troup then sentenced him
to from one to 10 years in the pen
itentiary. Fields' wife and two
young daughters were in the court
room. The girls wcrtt to him and
hissed him after sentence was im
posed. . f 1 - ',
Fields' attorney gave" notice that
the case will be appealed to the supreme-
Reduced Rail Rates
Effective in Canada
j ;' ' ' I
Uttawa, Unt., Dec. .u. Kecluced
railroad passenger and freight rates
will become effective throughout the
dominion tomorrow, under a ruling
of the dominion railway board mod
ifying increases granted last Septem
ber In easieru Canada the railloals
will reduce their freight charges
from 40 to 35 per cent above the
rate effective before the September
ruling. A reduction from 35 to 30
per cent has been ordered in the
Passenger" rates, which were re
duced 20 per cent by the September
judgment, will drop 10 per cent until
July 1, 1921, when the forma? nor
mal rate will be restored.- .
Fair and colder Saturday.
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Protrct xlilpmonta during tn n.i
to la hojrn from tomparftturtis a foil
North nnd wott, is drgrma' ms
aoutbi fO degrees, ,
U. S. RACE TO
Omaha Has Forged Steadily
Ahead Through Erratic
Business to Hum Soor.
In a year marked with orice de
dines and erratic fluctuations in
market conditions, Omaha has gont
steadily- ahead. The old year will
i.ot be kicked down stairs, for 1920
has been a pretty good year, aftet
As a manufacturing and lobbing
center Omaha has maintained a
healthv crrovvtll in tnanv UtiAC m
a good place to live in, it has gone
ahead with oubhc improvements.
kept its industries going and its
people employed at good wages,
When the cost of lfving is exam
ined, it is found that Omaha it
among the first two or three citief
in the race to get back to normal.
New industries and expansions o)
those alrcadv established have ex
pended $12,430,000 on bui.llir --'
equipment and capital. These new
plants have given employment to
1,320 more persons.
Outranki Other Cities.
It is -by comparison of Omaha
with other cities that its advantage
ous position is best realized. In
bank clearings and bank deposits,
in building operations, in live stock
receipts and many other lines of
activity, Omaha has far outranked
other cities of, its size and general
character. Where there have been
declines, as in the number of head
received at the stock yards, these
declines have not equalled those suf
fered by other market places, such
as Kansas Cjty. .
While the rest of the country was
undergoing the greatest discomfort
due to a housing shortage, Omaha,
though this may not , be generally
recognized even by its own popula-y
tion, has been less afflicted than'
most other. municipalities. Statistics
of building permits show that the
total amount for last year reached
$11,4.15,970 as compared with $9,022.- '
for 1919. This construction in-,
eluded 509 dwelling's and foer apar?-.-ment
buildings. Forty-two ware-
nouses and factories costing $2,594,
550 were also erected.
Growth Is Steady.
Just as Omaha is neither over
built nor largely underbuilt, so there
will be no great blocks of homes
standing unoccupied if the orocess oi
deflation should be applied to hous- ,
ing. This same thing is true of
Omaha in all respects. Omaha has
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Enactment of Special
"Dry" Law in Virgin
Washington, Dec. 31. Enactment
of a special law to make constitu
tional prohibition applicable to the
Virgin islands was considered by
the congressional commission study
ing conditions in the nation's newest
While the constitutional amend- "
ment applies to .he islands as a
part Of American territory, the Vol
stead enforcement act does not, mem
bers of the commission decided, be
cause the Danish code of laws still is
in effect. j
D. Hamilton Jackson, a negro resi
dent of the islands, told -the commit-'
tee that under a treasury order is- '
sued on November 28, distillation oi.
West Indian rum had been resumed
and that the intoxicant was sold free-.
ly to residents at $60 a cask. Mem
bers of the committee calculated this
at about 50 cents a gallon.
Mexico City Custms
House to Reopen Jan. 1
Mexico City. Dec. 30. The McxiVe
j City custom house will open Januan
j 1. irfter having been closed nearh .
' seven years, in order to help relieve
! the freight congestion which at pres
ent tnreatens id tie up many lines Of
industry. The treasury department,
in ordering the opening, issued a
statement that goods may be trans
ferred direct from , steamships at"
Vera Cruz and Tamr-ico to Mexico
City, where they will be inspected,
thus obviating long delays at the
Business in Mexico City and other
inland towns l.as been seriously
hampered for months as a result of
the freight tieup in Vera Crnz
which originated when the steve
dores and longshoremen went on
strike. Settlement of this strike, how
ever, has had no apparent effect
on the congestion.
Fear Harvard Students
Lost on Mount Washington
Bretton Woods, X. H., Dec. 31.
Probability that F. F. Cook, of
Duluth, M. Goldberg of Chicago
and Benjamin Scheinman of Detroit,
students at Harvard, are lost some
where on Mount Washington where
they went on a snewshoe trip Wed
nesday, was expressed by mountain
guides. The students planned to .
make a one-d.iy tramp and carried ,
only a small food supply.
A companion - was turned back at
the foot of the mountain said the
students had started up the moun
tainside in the snow and intended to
climb to the top. eat lunch, rest a
wntie and return,
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