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VOL. 50 NO. 203.
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Letters of
Joint Committee Probing!
Charges Against Code Secre
taries Said to Be Satisfied
With Interpretation.
Investigation . Is Closed
Lincoln, Feb. 8.(Special Tele
gram.) The joint investigation
committee probing charges against
:ode secretaries wound up its work
tonight. Its last official act.Avas. to
.spcnd several hours in examination
of letters written by Phil Bross,
secretary of ' the department of
finance; J. E. Hart, secretary of the
department of trade and commerce,
and D. 3d. Amsbcrry, secretary of
state, relative to the organization and
business sagacity of men at the head
of the Bankers Fire Insurance com
pany; now insolvent.
VI W illie IIIC gCHCl rij - ItllUUlK Ul .Hit
II . committee is not known, it is rc
I liortvd , authoritatively . that these
) letters, injected into, the investiga-
A inai'" by democrats at the last minute,
iavere explained satisfactorily,
n The kttcrs, the committee decided,
Vt were written in answer to requests
w .f Vioiifte ri tU officers for informa
tion relative to the company and
at the time the men at the head of
: the concern did stand well in the
I business world, as the officers stated
( in their, letters. : W .'.;
Letters Used by Company.
"These') letters.-,!. which did not ad-f
vise the purchase of. stock., butj
merely gave information relative to
v the standing f the men in the com
pany, were used by the company in '
a advertisinsr prospectus, without i
knowledge of the authors.'" i
:. Furthermore, the committee learned,
t he. Bross letter was written (while
. Bross ' was secretary no the gover
nor and while Harfheld a minor
state office. The Amsberry part of
1 the affair is not touched in the juris
diction of the committee. - -
The committee will write its re
port tomorrow, and possibly ,it will
be presented to a joint session of the
house and senate late this week at
which time the two bodies will vote
"on the confirmation for reappoint-
mcnt of the secretaries. , '
Investigation Concluded.
The investigation of the Bankers
Fire Insurance Co. by W. B. Young,
i ' chief of the state insurance bureau,
I i ended today. It includes affidavits
L from practically all officers in the
-V) Bankers' Fire Insurance Co and the
.-ankers Brokerage - Co., which fold
f mijusanus pi uoaxri 01 lire joaii.-
crs x ire insurance Co, stocks. . i his
information will be ; turned over to
Guy Chamber, special agent for the
insurance departments: ; 'i ,
"At the time V6 license was
granted to the Bankers, Fire Insur
ance Co. after a lengthy investiga
tion t still felt morally certain that
the . connection between the brok
erage concern and the insurance
company wasn't right, but legally it
seemed to hold water, so the licenses
was finally issued because I felt
that if it was not done the com
pany would go into court and man
damus us to issue it,'' Young said
tcday.: ,.-v . --v-
" , .7 Faced Precedent. -
"In addition' we , faced a prece
i dfnt established by the democratic
administration in granting a license
to the Bankers Auto Insurance. Co.,
which - had a stock selling project
connected with it appearing even
worse on the surface than the prop
osition of 1 the fire insurance com
pany." 1 ' . .),., .'. '
- "My principal objection to the
plan was that officers of the broker
age company and insurance company
were related so closely in business
and in other ways, that I felt they
i were aomg a uttic juggling to evaae
R -'.v the law which set a limit ori the
U- v a;tnunt"to be spent in stock selling
I. and organisation. '-'::,-;,.. y
JC ' " Sold Stock it. Profit. (
? ."The brokerage company purchas-
(d thousands of dollars in stock
a share and then sold it in Nebraska
at $25 a share.;. But -we didn't think
we could prove satisfactorily in a
n.andamus. proceedings that the two
tirms were allied in -the $10 differ
ence m each share." . . y v
The investigation - brings " in the
names of Max Bightol, H. W. Ken
yon, E. R." Kenyon, Carl Sanden.
Gus Johnson and Charles 'Mabtner,
llaixner, who is in state prison nw.
uot only was connected with the
formation of the brokerage company,
but also acted as the broker .who
disposed of the stock of the Banker
Auto Insurance company which was,
licensed under the democratic ad
ministration, according to Young.. -"
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V I; rench Jnvoy .to Germany
. Confers With His Premier
r Pans, .Feb." Charles: Laurent,
( French ambassador ; to - Germany,
,y had a long conversation with Pre
mier Briand last-evening. News
papers declare they discussed the
situation created in Germany by the
decisions of the supreme allied
council and L'Oenvre understands
M. Laurent believes that the more
" moderate minds of the Berlin cabi
net will eventually prevail
The possibility that an answer to
the allied note has already '.been
sent to Paris is mentioned by some
Two Aviators wHop Off ;
: t or Chicago in Face of Fog
. .j; wcaiaer conaicians ana a
slMeTT tog hangiuK over Ibwa. Jack
Atkmson, Omaha flyer, and his
brother-m-law, R. L. Dunlap, a fire
captain, 'hopped off ye.'terday
morning m Atkinson' plane for Chi
cago, from Ak-Sar-Ben field.
The two wished to attend th fu
neral of a relative which was to bev
held yesterday afternoon -and the
only way they eonld reach Chkajo
la time was t so Jx ai? - ' "
House Roll No. 1
' " Newspaper friends of House Roll No. 1, the water board's electric
light bill, at last admit that it confers no additional power on the
people of Omaha. The World-Herald, ingenuously arguing for the
bill's passage while claiming a neutrality that it does not practice, says:
- "The bill does not confer any new power on the people
of Omaha. . . . It confers upon the water board the same
power to initiate proceedings that is now and for some time
has been enjoyed by the council and by the people as citi
zens. .... It follows obviously that there is a good deal
of 'buncombe in the cry raised by some of the supporters of
the bill that to oppose it is to deny the 'right' of the people
to have a plant of their own if they want it. They have the
right. The defeat of the bill could not tike it from them."
: That is the fact, from a source friendly to the bill. Nevertheless
this democratic organ argues for the bill. So do members of the .
' water board. ? ' " ' .
, Why? 'i--:. "
As The Bee sees it, the situation is simple. The water, board
wants more power. It is not satisfied that the city commission
and the people themselvesr-have the power. The water board wants "
it. It wants the same degree of autocratic power as to electricity
that it has used in arbitrary assessments of water main taxes, that it
has used more recently in arbitrary increase of gas rates, which are'
still held at the high point despite a falling coal, coke and oil market.
The water board is an interested party in this case. The moire
utilities it has to manage, the greater the pay roll, the greater the
patronage at its disposal, the greater its power in every respect. Is '
it wise that the determination of the city's policy with reference to
so important a matter should be in the hands of ao interested party?
The law now provides that if the city own an electric light plant,
the water board shall manage it. This wisely, The Bee believes
leaves the city commission a body without personal interest in the
matter, subject ' to no consideration '-save that of the public interest.
Is it not right that the city commission, rather than a board directly,
and conceivably - selfishly interested, should pass upon the' question
of policy, particularly when the people have final authority in their
own. hands under the initiative?
" The question resolves itself finally into.this: " '
The reason for the water board's existence is the belief that the
administration of 'public .utilities is a purely business undertaking, '
to be divorced as far as possible from politics. By that same reason-
ing, the determination of policy whether or not public ownership
should be extended should rest in the people and the body which
is responsible for ptfMic policy, the city commission. t
Douglas County
ses Heard by
Parole Board
Application :: of Negro Mur
derer and Statutory Offend
er Considered; "Red" Neal
Offers Recommendations.
Lincoln; " Feb; 8; (Special Tclc
gram.)The new state board of par
dons and paroles had heard 22 appli
cations of convicts' for release1" from
the penitentiary when it finished its
first day's labor here today.
A number of the cases came from
Douglas county. -
William A. Fouz, negro, sentenced
to death for first degree murder and
later commuted to life, was one of
the applicants. Fous killed a soldier
at Fort Crook. He claimed he was
drunk at the time the xrime : was
committed. - There was no objection
fi!edtoM release -
Joe . Turner, another , Douglas
county man, sentenced to from three
to 15, yeara for robber also wa3
seeking clemency. There was a pro
test against Turner's release on file
from 'Judge Sears of the Douglas
county district court." Judge Sears
recommended the prisoner serve tiie
maximum sentence,
' i Negro Not Eligible.
v R. T. Ritchie.'negro, from Omaha,
serving from three to 15 years for
robbery, wanted a commutation. He
was not eligible for parole. There
was no protest against his release on
file. - - h '- -. - ..
''Another.DouijIas county case was
that of Joseph O'Hare, sentenced to
from one to eight years for a statu
tory offense. County Attorney Shot
welPwas quoted as saying he would
oppo4 O'Hare's release. O'Hare
started serving his sentence when he
was 17 years old. v , :.
The . board decided to adopt the
same rules as called- forin the bill
drafted tf- Attorney General Davis,
who m a member of the board, and
which is now pending, in the legisla
ture: ;:': '' -v. :?.. ' , r " :
Merle Craven, sent, up from Grant
county for arson, was the. first man
examined; ,He. was ' sentenced to
Ofnra t ay Tir. Cttaai jlT.)
Narcobe Agents in r :
Ney Yorlc Get $135,000
In ftrugs in Wlany Raids
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New York. Feb. 8. In a series of
rjids conducted early today and dur
ing the night in the Mulberry Bend
district, skirting Chinatown,, police
and federal officers seized narcotics
valued it $135,000. destroyed a moon
shine still 'they found m operation
and arrested 17 men. J ,
Behind a wall in a Hester street
room, the police said. ! seven men
were . lying in . bunks. The room
was murky with opium fumes, they
raid.' The raiding party found drugs
they Valued at $40,000 and several
opium pipes. " - :j .. . -
- Federal operatives found $80,000 m
drugs secreted beneath headstones in
an old cemetery in Second street In
later raidsfour arrests were made
and additional drugs were found.,
70.000 Greek Troops WiJJ j
Take Part in New Offensive
Rome. Feb. 8. Seventy thousand
Greek troops are organized for a
great offensive in Asia Minor, it is
said in reports received here from
Smyrna. Ibe Turkish nationalists
are preparing to meet the offensive,
and claim they will be, able to offer
a stubborn resistance. i - " ;
Seven-Year -Old Bandit
Arretted for Robbery
. Minneapolis, Feb. 8. A 7-year-old
bandit . who rode to? the ' scene of
operations on a tricycle is charged
with taking jewelry: and other, i-al-uables
from local apartments. by the
police, ' He was arrested yesterday
while looting a cornet, a part of his
l&st'hauL -,:,-: .
The .youngster,'1 j according ;tci
police, stated he first rang doorbells,
and when no one answered, he en
tered and ransacked the --apart-meaw."
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Muny Light Bill
Issue Up Today
In Lower House
Tote of Legislature Will De
termine . WhetLer Water
Board Shall Receive
; Additional Power.
Lincoln, Feb. 8 (Special) Mem
bers of the lower house of the Ne
braska legislature will answer at 2
tomorrow.' aftcr.ioon appeals of
Omaha business men to let Omaha
settle its internal problems with the
machinery already at hand rather
than permit R..B, Howell to plunge
the city into an cxpensicc election to
vote millions of dollars in bonds
for the erection of a competing light
plant at a time when prices on ma
terials and labor are at their zenith.
.A vote against House Roll No. 1
will mean that, the legislators will
ActjvhaXjijnajpriSr. ofc0.mb, tot-,
ness men wish lone, let Omaha call
in election through' the city council,
or condemn and purchase the Ne-'
braska Power company when prices
drop. . ' ,-. ;'"'-. ','
A rote for House Roll No. 1 will
mean that, the legislators will hurl
Omaha, already bond-ridden, into
another election to vote bonds for
erection of a competing municipal
light plant , in Omaha The bill
places the power of calling a spe
cial election for a competing light
plant into the hands of the Metro
politan district. At present this pow
er Is held by the city council;
Majority Opposed to Bill. ,
- A large mapority of the Douglas
county delegation will vote against
the bill. Following are'excerpts of
letters received, by this delegation
, (Tura ta ra Twa. Column On.)
Teacher Fined for ;
Giving Lessons in
German Appeals Case
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Lincoln, Feb. 8. (Special.) Val
idity of the parochial school law to
determine whether all instruction in
a-foreign language is contrary, to the
statute under any condition, is at
tacked m an appeal to the Nebraska
supreme court, of the conviction of
Robert T. Aieyer n- Hamilton coun
ty, the first of its kind under the law,
Meyer, who wras a oarochial school
teacher at the Zion parochial school..
was fined $25 and costs before
County Judge .Jeffers in the county
court-on a charge 'of havintr given
instruction in reading in German to
Raymond Parpat, 10, , a . boy. still
within the Eighth grade, r .
A jury in the Hamilton county
district affirmed the conviction; Mey
er was lined $23 and costs.
The prosecution was brought by
County Attorney F. E. Edgerton.
The defense was lepresented by the
law firms of Sandall &' Wray of
York, Albert" & Wagner of Colum
bus, and Attorney M. E. Stanley of
Aurora..--? ;.' ;'-.. -
' The petition iu error was filed in
the case Tuesday morning, in the
Nebraska supreme court.
Japan to Be Asked to Stop
; Baildiiig Navat-Armament
Tokio, Feb. ' 8. Yukio Oiaki, a
former leader of the Kensei-Kai, or
opposition party, told The Associ
ated Press this morning he would
today introduce independently be
fore the Diet a resolution proposing
Curtailment of naval armament. Hi
resolution, he said, would ask Japan
'to communicate : with the United
States and England, and to decide
on the "best way to restrict naval
programs -in conjunction with those
nations. .M.' Ozaki was expelled
frdnV, the ; Kensei-Kal last Friday
because he had not supported a suf
frage bill urged by that organiza
tion. '-.-
Wolves Fofce'Men Jto Spend
; n Night in Branches of Trees
Crandon,' Wis.. Feb." 8. After .a
night - spent " in trees-1 to escape
snarling pack of timber wolves. Matt
Willis and Paul Joeger, woodsmen,
were brought here today for treat
ment for exposure. The men were
numbed with cold and exhaustion
from hanging to limbs while the
wolves, bowled : below.
i Measure . Passed to Third
Reading in Senate Teachers
j Musr Be 100 Per Cent
i : American,' Says Senator.
I Two Members Opposed
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i Lincoln, Feb. 8. Special.) "Wc
I don't want our teachers 9a per cent
! American we want them 100 per
; cent," argued Senator G. C. Hum
phrey of Hall, defending is. V. 10b,
requiring an oath of allegiance by
all school officials, i:i the senate
committee , of the whole Tuesday
morning. ' I
He was answering Senator W. R.
Dutton of Custer, who opposed the
measure on the ground that "95 per
cent of our teachers ars patriotic
anyway," and that the required oath
was an insult to them. He said the
whole idea was an outgrowth of the
hysteria of the war.
Senator Otto Ulrich of Pierce
agreed with Senator Dutton.
"We can't make the teachers loyal
by this oath," he said, making a sub
stitute motion to indefinitely post
pone the bill.
Lost Motion to Postpone.
The motion lost by a vote of 2
to 29, on a demanded roll call, and
the bill was advanced to third read
ing. Senators Ulrich and Dutton
were the only, ones who voted
against it. Senators Beebe and Hal
dcrman'were absent. '
Senator R. S. Norval of Seward,,
co-introducer of the bill with Sena
tor Humphrey, explained that it had
been drafted by the state G. A. R.
and was particularly aimed at teach
ers of foreign languages in higher
schools. It applies to. members of
school .boards, school trustees, col
lege presidents, deans, members of
all faculties and all teachers and in
structors. Answers Dutton's Assertion.
Answering Senator Dutton's as
sertion that it was an insult to ask
"our boys and girls to take an oath
of that kind," Senator Norval ask
ed him if he felt "insulted" on be
ing required to taka the same oath
when he was sworn in as state sen
ator. ' An amendment adding the word
"support" to "respect jflid obey jthe
constitution" in the oath was intro
duced by Senator Wiltse. It carried.
When the committee took up S.
E, No. 152, to change the free high
school ..tuition law to a cost basis,
opposition developed on the theory
-that s ucb-a--p4rV';WjO,aid -only-help
high scnoois and would be an untair
burden ;on rural districts. y
Prorated Cost Unfair.
; In moving postponement, Senator
Hoagland argued that the, towns
ought to bear some of the burdens ii
(Torn to Paya Twa. Column Two)'
Chicago Collector
Foils Highwaymen by
Using "Stage Money"
C hlcac TrlbM-Oniaba Bee I.eaaed Wire.
Chicago, III., Feb. 8. Somewhere
tonight a pair of auto bandits are
grinding their teeth and muttering
curses as. they paw over about $1,
000,000 worth of stage money, while
at home, Clarence , Beatty, collector
for the A. & P. stores, is wearing
a smile that won't come off.
Beatty stepped from One-of the
company's stores, his black bag bulg
ing wfth money. He had proceeded
only a few blocks when a mud-spattered
car crowded his machine to
the curb and with two pistols lev
eled at Beatty's head, the occupants
ordered him to hand over the black
bag. ," k ..
Beatty did as he was told. ,Thc
bandits drove away at top . speed
while tthc collector leisurely drove!
in the opposite direction and a smile
gradually spread over his counte
nances'', 1 '',' ,' '-' ';. '-'..-
; "Fooled 'em that time,", he told
the police. "Nothing in that bag but
stage money. Carry the real stuff in
my pocket." , . .
Menacing Crowd Follows
Slayer, or Dubuque Men
Dubuque. Ia., Feb. 8. A crowd
followed deputy sheriffs and their
prisoner, - George Larue. - confessed
slayer ' of Matt Daly, democratic
politician, to the jail today, but no
trouble occurred, -although lynching
rumors, had been circulated. Larue
waived preliminary examination and
was held to the Brand jury.
Larue, according' to his confes
sion, entered the Daly home early
yesterday looking for Mrs. Edna
Daly.- the victim's daughtcr-irt-law.
to whom the prisoner says he was
married, last November. Daly was
killed and his-sick wife and a niece
Verestruck down and seriously in
jured by the intruder, who was
armed with an iron bar; -
Boxing Measure in Danger
Of Being Sidetracked
Lincoln, Feb. 8. The . house ,bill
legalising boxing in Nebraska,
sponsored by American Legion mem
bers, :was recommended for in
definite postponement today by a
majority of the committee qn mis
cellaneous subjects. A minority re
port was submitted and minority
members said they hoped to be able
to reyKe it. , .. A ,
House) Passes Money Bill
Providing for 150,000 Army
Washington, Feb. 8. The army
appropriation bill, carrying approxi
mately $329,000,000 and providing
for a-force of only 150,000 men in
1922, was passed today by the house
and sent to the senate.
Bank Officials
See ; Relief for
Farmers in Bill
Measure, Favorably Reported
To Senates Authorise, U. S.-1
m t tinAnnn
Treasury to Uuy 1UU,UUU,-
000 in Farm Loan Bonds,
Relief for farmers who have been
hampered in their operations by lack
of credit is seen by officials 6i the
Omaha Federal Loan bank in a bill
authorizing the United States treas
ury to buy $100,000,000 of farm loan
bonds, t This; measure, .which w
sponsored by Senators Swanson and
Glass, has . been favorably, reported
to the senate and dispatches indicate
that it will be incorporated in the
agriculture appropriation ;bill.
"With this sum a great deal could
be done to relieve, conditions on the
farms and in the small towns;" said
Merton L. Corey, general attorney
for the, Omaha land bank, yester
dav. "The share of ' this . district,
which includes Nebraska., Iowa,
Wyoming and South Dakota, prob
ably would ambunt to $10,000,000
and this money would .make a vast
improvement if put in circulation
here..-. - . .' - ,4,-' '". '
"The federal farm loan banks,
which have been, tied up by a suit
attacking their right to issue tax
exempt bonds, would be able to
resume business full blast through
the spring and early -summer. It is
probable that - v:e would have to
make a careful selection of borrow
ers and not attempt to refund other
mortgages, but only take new busi
ness." . ' .;" .: '.. '';.
The Omaha land bank made loans
approximating $48,000,000 in a
period of a little more than two
years. Payment is on an amortiza
tion plan, and less than $2,000 of
payments on $1,000,000 due in the
last 90 days are said o remain un
paid. , -.'.' . ' ' '
Senate and House Conferees
Agree on Cold Storage Bill
.Washington." Feb. 8. An- agree
ment on' the bill for government reg
ulation of cold 'storage has been
reached by , senate and house con
feree. The fhcasure as . approved
provides that food products- except
fruits, vegetables and cees held in
cold storage more than 12 months
shall not be sold. Frozen eggs could
be held 18 months, if approved by
the Department of; Agriculture,
which would administer the law and
have discietion to modify some of
the storage restrictions, ". " ; : t
Sheriff Forgets to Hang ;
-Man Sentenced to' Death
. Baton Rouge, La., -Feb. 8. Sher
iff T. A. Grant of Ouchitax parish,
notified Governor Parker, that he
had forgotten to hang Lonnie Eat
on, negro; convicted of murder Feb
ruary 4, as required by the sentence;
and asked what to do with the pris
oner. The governor has put. the
problem up to Attorney General
Coco. . '.- " .' " -
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Greek Premier to Oppose
; , Action of Sevres Treaty
" Athens. Feb. ' 8. Action of . the
Sevres reaty .will be opposed by M.
Kalogeropoulos.' the new , Creek
premiei4, who will represent Greece
at the Near East conference in Lon
don, he announced yesterday be
fore the Chamber of Deputies. AH
heads of parties, including ad
herents of former Premier Vcnizelos,
approved of his decision,;
Out in the Cold
Detective and
Bandit Killetl
Gun Battle Follows Tip to
Police That Robbers" Are
Looting Salt Lake Store.
. B'
City De-
( - 'air saKC city, rtu. p. vny ivc-
j teCti.. -G . Hambv was shot dead
! today at aote. by Tom B
of Police Joseph E. Burb.idpre. Burns
died within, an Hour., L.nict iiur
bidge narrowly escaped death, a shot
grazinghis shoulder. -
Earljv today C. W Rosencrantz
entered the Stewart hotel upon be
ing ' advised that robbers were at
tempting to break into the J. C.
Penney store,, adjoining. " The rob
bers are believed to have been aware
that the police had been notified and
soutrht to make their escao throuegh
the hotel. - Rosencrantz followed
one man wllo.opencd the door of theito China in carload lots, by indue
room he, had just entered ana com
pelled the detective to throw tip his
hands. As he did so another man
knocked hint senseless.: .The detec
tive was then bound and left in the
room, the assailants running down
the corridor. - , . '
Before the robbers could reach the
street other officers appeared - upon
the scene.. Several shots, were fired
by five robbers who darted from
several of. the rooms. Three of the
men were captured and . Detective
Rosencrantz was revived : and re
leased. ' : " ' . '
Several hpurs later, police received
a tip that one of the men, Tom
Burns, was at the Nord hotel. Chief
nf Police Burbidee. Detectives
Ha'mby and Patten. knocked on lbej
man s door, mere was no respou!i;
and Hamby proceeded to break it
open. As' he rushed into the room,
accompanied thqother officers, Burns
unloaded his revolver at him. 'Hamby
dropped dead. , The chief then shot
House Will Probe
; . f Slacker'i
Washington, Feb. 8. A prelimi
nary investigation of the escape to
Germany of Grover Cleveland Berg
doll, . wealthy , Philadelphia draft
dodger, is to be made by the house
military committee ' to , determine
whether a thorough inquiry by a spc
cial committee was justified.
This was announced today by
Chairman Kahu after an executive
session of the committee, which voted
Un launch the preliminary hearing
(Thursday. : ' , -
"I m convinced tne wnoie auair
was rotten and that Ave should go to,
the bottom of it," said Chairman
Kahn.. . - :.''- ; - r; .' '. '.
German Premiers to Seek -Non-Compliance
With Pact
Munich. Bavaria., Feb 8.-:Prem-ier
of the various Germaif states
.have agreed to urge the Berlin gov
ernment to refuse compliance with
the allied demands as formulated
by the supreme council in Paris two
weeks -; ago. This ; became known
here today when Dr. von Kahrr
premier of? Bavaria, returned from
Berlin, where he took part in the
conference ; of - federal .premiers on
Germany's attitude regarding the
allied note. ' ;
Mrs. Pcetc Not Senteuced .
Los Angeles Cal.,' Feb. mo
tion for a new trial for Mrs. Louise
L. Peete, convicted slayer of Jacob
Charles Denton, made today, re
sulted in the postponement ' of
sentence which was to have been
imposed, ' , ,
'Nebraska Quota
i Of China Famine
. Fund $150,000
ecuu onumuee auo
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From Starvation.
The executive committee ' of : the
China Famine fund for .Nebraska
met Tuesday and decided that Ne-I
braska "should " undertake ; to save
from, starvation 15,000 Chinese in
famine-stricken Chiiia ' by raising
$150,000 or the equivalent value in
grain. Fifty thousand dollars was
the quota decided upon for Omaha.
George A. Roberts suggested a
plan for raising and shipping flour
nig contributors to purchase-a sack
of flour and pay for it with cash, or
with corn in rural communities. The
national committee will be asked to
advise how . this flour ' may . be
handled. -' ' ' "
; Dr. Jennie Callfas was appointed
chairman of a commitiee to conduct
a tag day for Chinese relief.'. ' ; -
I. W. Carpenter,, vice chairman of
the committee, has subscribed $500.
personally, and $500 tor the Car
penter Paper. Co. - s ; " .'.
The first contribution from r the
state was a check for $10 from Lela
Tilford of North Platte. Neb. .
Smith Bread Bill V,
-v Passes in House
' Lincoln, Fell. 8.-r(Special,)tThe
Smith bread bill passed at the third
reading in the lower house of the '
state legislature today with but five
votes cast against it. v
" This, bill was introduced by ; Rep
resentative Ed A. Smith of Omaha
and provides that bread shall be sold
by the pound or the multiple of the
pound and the exact weight be
marked on the loaf. 'I'- r-.i '
Four of the five, negative votes to
day were cast by . members of the
Omaha delegation Vincent Hascall,
M M. Robertson, irvin Medlar, Wil
liam RandaH- and George Staats of
Dodge county. '
! A bread bill in the senate carries
the same provisions as the Smith bill,
except at the end are the words, "un
less . otherwise marked." These
words comprise the "joker," accord
ing to Smith. ' The senate will now
decide whch will pass. -,
T" t xt' t I (inn (re fuc - '"" provmc lor me csiaonsn
Timber , V alued ?100,000,000 j tnent of a republic, but such, action
;; Is Destroyed by Windstorm j is of considered probable;
tS' S Diamond Culters'
uprooted in the storm ..which swept
Olympic peninsula of Washington,
January "29 and 30. Charles , Mor
ganrbth, assistant federal forest su
pervisor for this district, estimated,
after a trip to the stricken district
The Weather
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Proposed Cougrcssioual lines-.
tigation of Bergdoll Case "
Urged by Officers of For
, mer Soldiers' Organization.
Ignores Nonpartisan Row
'By The Anawtatetl Ire.
Washington, . Feb. 8 Regret that
the American government saw 'fit 'to
apologize to the Berlin government
for the attempt of Americans to cap
ture Grover C. Bergdoll, wealthy
American draft evader, was ex-"
pressed in a resolution adopted by
the executive committee of the
American Legion.
'The resolution ordered scut to
congressmen, approved the proposed
congressional investigation of Berg
doll's escape from custody. .
Efforts to put the Legion on record
as opposing the Nonpartisan
league were made by members from
Oklahoma, and other western states,
but various resolutions were votod
down and tabled. The committee
voted unanimously to uphold F. A.
Galbraith, national commander, . in
advising state commanders of Kan
sas. ' Nebraska and Oklahoma tli:it
fthe legion itself should take1 nu
active part against the league.
Correspondence with ; respect to
the Nonpartisan league question,
which began with an appeal from
the Salina, Kan., post for support
from the national committee in a
fight against the' leaeue. was read.
! Other appeals had followed from
western and southwestern posts and
all were shown to have been given
the same answer by the commander.
Say Leaders'Disloyal.
Speakers urging the Legion to go
on record opposing the league, dt-"
clared its leaders were disloyal and
were using the league to cloak sedi
tious activities. Opponents con
tended such action would be con
sidered by many farmers-and other
league members, who themselves
were loyal, as indicating onnniti7n
, of the Legion toe conomic and politi
cal policies of the league. .All speak
! ers agreed the Legion should not
I oppose the league's status as a politi
I cti parry. . - .... ' .
. Announcement was made that ef
, forts would be made - to have the
' Knights of Columbus remove cer
tain conditions from their offer to
the legion, of $5,000,000 for construc
tion of a war memorial in Washing-
ton. The committee last night
voted to refuse the. offer unless made
" John G. Emeryt chairman of a
committee appointed to take the mat
ter up, expressed the belief that
j money offered by; the Knights of
: iiCTnrn ia r Tti, fel irain Stria.)
Couple Reconciled
In Cell After Husband
Had Been Arrested
-Mr. and Mrs. A.'W, Hurd, Can
on City, Colo., were reunited ' in
jaU cell yesterday after Hufd Pad
been arrested on advices from the
district attorney at Canon City that:
he was wanted there on charges of
wife abandonment and kidnaping his
two children, Gordon, 4, and Clinton,
Hurd was arrested at the office of,
the American Express company.'
where he has, been working the past
three months. ' , '
After a short consultation, all
their former difficulties were patched
up and Mrs. Hurd notified oo!i:e
authorities here that she would with
draw charges against her husband. " ..
The t reunited family "will reside
in Omaha., '.'? .-..:-. '-w '
Fire Sweeps Business
District of Colon, Neb. -
' Wahoo, Neb., Feb. Fart of tl.a
business district of Colon, a villag
10 miles north of here, was burned
early this morning'. The Bank of
.Colon -" building, lrug, hardware,
general merchandise and smaller
stores ;were destroyed. The total
loss is placed at $65000. .
Greek Assembly in Favor.
Of Constituent Assembly
Athens. Feb. .--The national as
sembly of Greece today voted by
acclamation In - favor of declaring
itself a constituent assembly.
This step was made necessary by
the projected revision of the Greek
constitution, forecasts of . which '
have indicated that the prerogatives
of the king would be more defined,
and clauses inserted establishing . a
senate. Reports were in circulation
late last year that the new constitu-
Are Idle as bperidmg Ends
Amsterdam; Feb. 8. Nearly 8.000
of the 10.800 members 'of ihe Dia-'
mond Workers', union here are idle'
and the bottom seem to have fallen
out of the world's diamond market.'
Experts in precious stones in this
city and in Antwerp say an era of '
financial stringency has supplanted
the epoch of free spending to: such
an extent that precious stones have,
become a drug on the market, al
though .prices are being maintained.
Chicago Banker Recovering '.
Albuquerque. N. M Feb. 8. 'I he
condition of George M, Reynolds,
president of the Continental and
Commercial bank of Chicago, who
is ill in a hospiut here, is much im
proved today. He has practically
no temperature and the infection of.
the throat from which he is suffer
jijg, is said Jo e jmdej -jootrol.