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OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1921.
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THREE CENTS . ' .
Tells, Story of Fatal Shot
On Stand In
Clara Smith Relates Events
Workers on Eastern Lines Will
Take Case Before Labor
Board if Reductions Are
Plans to Boost American Busi
Leading Up to Fatal Shoot
ing of Oklahoma Politi- '
cian Last November.
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I Getting Nowhere ,
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By Th Aaaoclated Praia.
Ardmore, Okla.. March IS. Clara
Smith Hamon, charged with the mur
der of Col, Jake L. Hamon, took the
witness stand in her trial here today
and told her jtory of the incidents of
, the day and night of November 2W
when Colonel Hamon was shot.
She spoke dramatically in a cool,
low pitched voice, hesitating only
when she told that Colonel Hamon
had cursed her. She answered a few
preliminary questions and" then
launched into her story of their last
When she reached the point in her
story of the actual shooting she left
the witness stand and taking the pis
tol with which Hamon was shot in
her hand, she illustrated how the
shot was fired.
Didn't Mean to Slay Him.
"I didn't go to do it," she said.
The pistol went off when he struck
it, or I pulled the trigger or some
thing; I know not what."
After a few preliminary questions
in which shesaid she was 29 years
'old, knew Colonel Hamon was mar
ried, and that he had educated her
so she might work for him, she was
asked to tell the jury how the shoot
"We had breakfast about 11
o'clock," she said. "After breakfast
Mr. Hamon left me. I presume he
went to his office, he usually did on
Sunday morning. I went back to
my room and in the afternoon about
2:30 or 3 o'clock, I don't ,just re
member, he came back to the,,, room
and w e had a very pleasant coirversa
He Laid Down to Rest.
"He laid down on his bed to .rert.
He only stayed a short time, per
haps less than an hour, three-quar
ters of an hour, I should say. then.
he went back to the office, or he told
me he was going back; said he had
some friends waiting or some
politicians, somebody. I don't just
remember who. 1
"I was very busy cleaning upmy
room, reading newspapers and get
ting my clothes ready to go to Cali
fornia for my trip, and I decided thai
I would like to have a little ride, so
I got in my car and went for a ride.'
That was about 6 o'clock, and I
think I rode about an hour, perhaps
a little more than an hour. It was
about 7, dark enough for the street
lights to be on when 1 came back.
When I drove up in front of the ho
tel, Mr. Hamon was sitting in iront
of the hotel in a chair. Between Mr.
, Hamon and the door of the, hotel
there was another chair.
Started Fight on Porch.
He immediately grabbed me as 1
pa&sed and shoved me down in the
chair and said he wanted to alk to
me and used profane language.
"I told him 'please don't curse
here, don't make a scene; if you want
to curse and be mean to me and
abuse me. let's go to the room.'
"He continued to curst me and I
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hl-Wife of Missouri
Man is Charged With
Farmington, Mo.. March IS. Mrs.
Luther Parsons. IS years old. who
was married a week ago. today, was
charged with first degree murder in
connection with the death of her 6-
ycar-old-stepdaughter last riday
The little girl was shot in
head with a shotcun and. died, in
stantly at the Parsons home at Iron
Mountain, near here. '
The girl's 10-year-old brother, ac
cording to authorities, asserted he
saw his stepmother loading the gun
""following a quarrel with his sister.
The child wife is said to have told
authorities she was playing with the
little girl and did not know the gun
was loaded. , '
jefierson City, Mo., March b.
A fist fight was staged in the house
tc y by RcpnVntstives Straub and
The fight followed the defeat of a
resolution by Representative Vhit
ake'r, asking' the senate to amend
the county unit bill to provide eith
er; for a state referendum or loc-.l
option. Straub opposed the resoiu
t!on. Several blows were exchanged bu?
neither man was hurt seriously. The
fight was stopped r.y other members.
The fight was ' the second since
the session began two months ago
Nelson B. Updike Leaves
Washington for New York
Washington. March 13.(Special
Telegram.) Nelson B. Updike, pub-
ing his respects to the members of
the Nebraska delegation who are in(
Washington, nciuaing a visn who
Senator Norris, and a long confer
ence with Attorney Daughjjrty, left
tonight for New "Vork. '
Washington Coal Miners
Refuse Wage Reductions
Seattle, March 15. More than
2,300 coal miners, approximately half
of the number employed in the state,
will leave the mines after the night
shift at midnight as a result of their
having refused to accept wage re
ductions aggregating 23 per cent, the
sectary of the miner's union an
P r ' '41
,?ovl j,3ijki S& Oz-v . I
CUra Smith Hamon, pretty affinity of Jake L. Hamon, wealthy oil
man and politician, on trial for hit murder latt November, took the wit
net stand in her own behalf at Ardjnore, Old., yesterday. She recounted
the effect leading up to the, firingoTTth fatal shot and expressed re
grets at its fatal termination.' .Earlier in thei3ay she fainted in the
court room when the prosecuting attorney referred, disparagingly, to
her aged mother as "the old woman."
In Pullman Car
Two Dead Identified; Cause
Y Of Flames Undetermined;'
P,ueblo, .Colo., March 15. Five
persons were burned to death when
a"" rear Pullman car on the Denver &
Rio Grande railroad caught fire at
about 2 this morning between Pueblo
and Walsenburg The origin of the
fire is undetermined.
Two of the dead were identified as
F. S. Steclman, traveling passenger
agent of the Missouri Pacific rail
road, and A. B. Jack of La,Jara,
Colo., stock dealer. ; '
Seven Persons Sleeping.
Seven persons were aslecb. in the
Pullman when it caught lire. Two
of them escaped by jumping from the
windows and were slightly injured.
the train was traveling about 25
miles an hour, according to informa
tion received here. The , Pullman,
the Corona, was the last car on the
train and was completely destroyed.
The bodies were dragged out of the
mass of fire and wreckage when the
tram came to a stop.
The car ahead of the Corona was
The train was bound from Denver
to Alamosa, ' Colo. The fire was
discovered by the engine crew of- a
northbound Denver & Rio Grande
train, which signalled the other to
Conductor Tud Nixon of Alamosa
was severely burned on his face and
hands while attempting to' uncouple
the burning sleeper.
Under regulations the brakeman
should have been riding on the last
sleeper, but could not be found this
morning, the assistant superintendent
The dead are:
Francis S. ' Speelman. traveling
freight agent- Missouri Pacific rail
Mrs. Winnie B. Comstock, wife of
M. J. Comstock, Creede. Colo.
A. B. Jack, Manassa, Colo. .
T. H. Downcjy traveling man of
St. Joseph, Mo., and M. Berr)-, rep
resenting "Hamilton-Brown Shoe
company. St. Louis.
James Miller, Florence, Colo., trav
eling representative of Pueblo Auto
-0. M. Hood of TrinWjad. Colo.,
traveling postoffice inspector, was the
only one to escape. He jumped
through . a window of the blazing
Two Are Killed in Outbreak
At Cross Haven Near C6rk;?f -nini: ''dared him "one of the
Cork, March 15. Several British
officers, who were wearing civilian
clothing, were held up by unknown
persons at Cross Haven last night.
In the fighting" Thomas Hennessy
and Michael ' Murray ycre killed.
John Moyasta, a farmer of West
Clare, was shot and killed when he
pened his door in response to a
knock. Several other murderous at-
cks were reported here during the
Nine Stores Identify Four
T OUths Held as Highwaymen
Chicago, March 15. limploycs at
nine of the 32 chain' stores robbed
recently have identified the four
young men held by the police, it was
announced today when "the arest of
Mrs. Marie Dooley, whom the police
call the "robber queen," was made
known. ' , ' .
"My husband is straight and knows
nothing about the gang," Mrs.
Dooley said. "I'm going to stick
with the boys,"
Luther A. Drake,
'In Banking Profession Solely
For Half Century Was a
Director of Federal Re
serve Bank of This Citv.
Luther A. Dralce president of the
Merchants, National bank, of this
city, died at his home at 8:05 last
night, after a short illness.
Mr. Drake was 71 years old. .
For the oast halt centurv to the
fyear he was engaged solely in the
banking profession, principally con
nected with the Merchants National
bank of this city'.
Of late years, he was a director of
the Federal Reserve bank of this
city and a member of the executive
council of the American Bankers as
In .social affairs, he was a charter
member and a director of; the Oma
ha club, a charter member of the
Country club and was identified with
Chamber of Commerce activities.
Born in Detroit. "
Mr. Drake was born in Detroit,
Mich., May 18, 1850, of humble par
ents. J , . v
At 12 years of age he went out in
to the world for himself, working
at odd jobs about Detroit to aid in
the support of the family.
He came to Omaha in 1868 and
became a telegraph operator for the
Two years later, hig ambitions for
success in life materialized in tha
organization ot the State Bank of
Nebraska. Former Governor Saun
ders was president, Ben Wood,
cashier, and Mr. Drake, teller.
VThis position opened the way to
Mr. Drake's success in banking cir-J
cles, - -
In 1882 when the State Bank of
Nebraska became the Merchants Na
tional bank, Mr. Drake was promot
ed to assistant cashier. He worked
his way to cashier's position, thence
to president of the bank.
In his bachelor daVs, Mr. Drake
lived with Enoch Crowaer, later gen
eral pfovost marshal at Washing
ton, Dr. W. O. Bridges and former
Judge Herbert J. Davis, now de
ceased, in luxuriantly furnished
and servant attended home on
Twenty-fifth avenue and Dodge
Mr. Drake was married. January
25. 1917.0 Miss Mary Grace Wilt
shire of San Bernardino, Cal. No
children were born to them.
. In his early life Mr. Drake was
an ardent lover of outdoor sport.
Base ball wa his principal "hobby.
In later years he was a leader
among local golt enthusiasts.
His intimate associates, socakine
ucst irienqs mcy ever nau. ' m
Mr. Drake's rise in life followed
the. general course of most great
men who gained their success and
earned their education through ' the
hard knocks of life. .
Besides his widow, two brothers.
Flemon Drake of San Francisco, and
Charles Drake of Portland, Ore., andi
a sister in Detroit, survive
U. S. Counsellor at Paris
Embassy Given Promotion
Washington, March 15. Robert
Woods Bliss, of New York, now
counsellor ui inc nmcnun qmDassy
at Paris, was nominated today bv
President Harding to be third as
sistant secretary of state. '
Davenport, la.. March 15. In one
of tjie most spirited school elections
ever held in Davenport the socialists
were thoroughly routed yesterday.
A year ago the socialists captured
nlic city administration
Ily The Aaaochited Prras.
' New York, March 15. Railroad
workers in the east have decided to
reject all proposals oft wage reduc
tions and carry their fight to the
railroad labor board, if the cuts are
put into effect.
Representatives of the workers
who have been conferring here, it
was learned tonight, take the position
that the present wage standard must
be maintained and economic condi
tions will not permit reduction.
The workers' position was official
ly made known today when repre
sentatives of the unskilled men no
tified the New York Central that they
refused to consider proposed wage
cuts of from 171-2 to 21 per cent J
J "as we find that those employes to
day are not receiving sunicient in
come to maintain their families
70,000 Reject New Scale.
Representatives of the skilled
workers of the New York Central,
except those in the "Big Four"
brotherhood, it was learned, have
also decided to reject proposed wage
cuts. Altogether approximately
70,000 employes of the Central line?
have decided to oppose a reduction.
After receiving proposals for wage
reductions for unskilled labor rang
ing from 7 to 13 1-2 cents per hour,
effective April 16, from the Dela
ware, Lackawanna and Western rail-,
road, labor representatives in con
ference here, it was learned, practi
cally decided to reject this offer.
Union leaders declared that if the
New York Central put the decreases
into effect April 1, without first get
ting permission from the labor
board it would be a violation of the
transportation act. Railroad off i
ficials said that the board would be
required immediately to authorize the
Conferences March 31.
Philadelphia, March 15. Confer
ences between regional general man
agers of the Pennsylcania railroad
system and representatives of its
210,000 employes to consider pro
posed wage reduction, will be held
at Pittsburgh, March 31.' The com
pany announced the contemplated
downward revision of salaries "and
wages would' become effective April
20. , .' .
-The notice of the company in
forming the employes of the pro
posed cut announced by the direc
tors last week, is dated March 17,
find will be posted not later than
James Hart Appointed
Receiver for Blair
Bank Which Failed
James E. Hart of Lincoln, secre
tary of the state board of trade and
commerce, was appointed receiver
for the banking house of A. Castet
ter, Blair institution which recently
failed, by 'Judge A. C. Wakely of
Omaha ycterday afternoon. The ap
pointment was made at the sugges
tion of Attorney General Clarence
A. Davis, who, together with Mr.
Hart and Judge Wakely, was in Blair
Mr. Hart was placed under a $100,
000 bond, took the oath and was
qualified It is understood that his
appointment meets the approval of
all concerned, as he is a technical
banker and has been connected with
the state banking board for a number
Authorities are still seeking FreeJ
H. Claridge, president of the bank,
who disappeared mysteriously, and
for whose arrest a warrant has been
ssued. Fundsf the bank are esti
mated as between $200,000 and $400,
Tardy Ones Make Last Houri
Rush to Pay Income Taxes
Last hour income taxpayers filled
the corridors of the internal revenue
offices in the federal building to ca
Sixteen clerks and three cashjers-f
were kept constantly busy- accepting
Failure to make returns before ihe
day was over was violation of the in
ternal revenue laws, warned J. "Kit"
Carson, chief deputy internal revenue
New York Pours Golden
Stream Into Coffers
Of U. S. Government
New York, March 15. New York,
financial center of the nation, today
poured a golden stream-into gov
ernment coffers with first payment
on federal income taxes.
"Big Bill" Edawrds, collector ot
internal revenue and his staff, a.d
mitted they were wearied of accept
ing money. But they were not too
weary to hazard a prediction that
when the final penny was counted, it
would be found that more people
had paid income taxes here this
year than ever before.
Several persons who sent in pay
ments of 2 cents, spent 12 cents each
to send them in registered envelopes.
Several unemployed married women
reported individual vicome- due tq
playing theponics and "bridge par
ties!" One 'man confined in prison,
sent in a request for a 30-day time
extension, explaining he was "tem
porarily detained." Several waiters
reported" tips approaching $1,000, ,
Take Strike Vote
n Omaha Plants
Result of Ballot in U. S. and
Canada to Be Announced
Strike vote was being taken yester
day at the various local unions
throughout the country of the Amal
gamated Meat Cutters and Butcher
Workmen, following a conference of
the, international executive committee
in Omaha last week because of the
12 1-2 per cent reduction announced
by the packers which went into ef
Ballots for ;he strike vote arrived
in Omaha from the Chicago head
They were being gathered yester
day as the' workers go to or come
from the packing plants where they
are still at work. Ballots may also
be cast at union headquarters,
Twenty-fifth and M streets.
Results of the balloting must-be
sent to the international headquarters
in Chicago not later than midnight
Result Known Friday.
The total result of the" balloting in
the United States and Canada will be
announced from the Chicago head
Non-union packing house workers
in Omaha Monday night flocked into
the union liadquarters at Twenty
fifth and M streets to take out mem
berships. Workers already members were
paying an international assessment
of $2 made at the conference of the
international executive ' committee
here last week.
Officials of the local union declined
to discuss this assessment, but it is
taken to indicate the amassing of a
general strike fund for emergency in
the event of a walkout. x
Payment of this assessment by the
200,000 workers affected would build
up a fund of $400,000 it was pointed
Officers May Call Strike. N
International officers have been
given authority by the international
executjv committee to call a strike
when they see fit, provided there is
a showing on the face of the returns
from today's balloting" that a major
ity of the 200,000 workers affected is
in favor of -a walkout. '
No indications of a sporadic strike
in Omaha was evident either yester-J
day or today. J he men seemed in
clined to obey the instructions of
their executive committee to stay on
the job and work steadily without in
terruption until the general order for
a walkout might be issued. .
A mass meeting of the Omaha
packing house workers in their liall
at Twenty-fifth and M streets las.
night was addressed by Patrick E.
Gorman, international vice president
ff the union whoi presided at theJ
executive conterence here last week,
and Alex Nielubowski, Second dis
trict president of Chicago.
Many Spaniards Marked
For Death by Anarchists
Madrid, March 15. Police offi
cers, who searched Pedro Mateo, the
young anarchist, who yesterday con
fessed that he was one of the assas
sins of Premier Dato, found a list
of the names of prominent Spaniards
and the believe the persons had
been marked for death by the an
archists. Mateo blamed his landlady for be
traying him, and said to the police:
"You had better pay her the money
she has earned in denouncing me,
for possibly she will not live long to
Man LeapsxOff Bridge.
New York, March 15. A man ap
parently 50 years old today jumped
off the Brooklyn bridge and was
killed on striking the water many
feet below. His body was recovered.
F I f T : W
Scouts Rouds for
Outlaws in Auto;
Bandits Speeding Toward
This City in Big Car With
Yellow Wheels After Rob
bery & ReaMo.
Aided by an airplane, Omaha po
lice are watching the" highways lead
ing to Omaha from Missouri for a
quartet of bank ndits who robbed
the Farmers State bank at Rea, Mo.,
yesterday;; afternopHj after knock
ing the cashier unconscioop, and fled
in an automobile fbr OmSiia.
Chief of Police Eberstein received
word from Rea to be onhe lookout
for the robbers.
Kea is 100 miles south and east ot
At 1:45 yesterday afternoon, ac
cording to meager report received by
the chief, four men entered the bank,
ordered the cashier to throw up his
hands, and when he failed to com
ply with their orders with expected
alacrity, struck him over the head,
scooped all available cash into a bag,
leaped into their car and fled.
The 'loot will total between $500
and $000, according to Chief Eber-s-tein's
The bank robbers arc speeding to
ward Omaha in a Cadillac automo
bile equipped with bright yellow
Slight description of the men ts
given in the report made to Chief
Eberstein. 1 ,
Chief Eberstein at once chartered
an airplane from W. R.. Holcomb to
take off at once and soar through
the air in an effort to locate on
which highway the bandit car is trav
eling toward Omaha. -
The aviator will communicate with
Chief Eberstein as soon as he locates
the car. -
Measure to Regulate
Advanced in House
Lincoln, March 15. (Special.)
No member of a co-operative con
cern can own more than 4 per cent
of the capital stock and any co-ojjer-ative
concern organized under the
co-operative laws of Nebraska must,
have at least 25 mefnbers, under a re
written law passed on third reading
in the, lower house today. Tli law
also provides' that dividends on in
vestments cannot exceed 10 per cent.
Other bills passed on third reading
H. R. No. 393 Provides that war.
veterans, when they reach the age
of 35, are eligible as commandants of
soldiers' homes. -
H. R. No. 175 Fixes basis for
valuing bond and other securities
held as investments by insurance
companies and fraternal societies.
H. R. No. 490 Provides that no
money shall be expeuded from state
and federal aid road fund for building
of roadway until advertisements are
II. R. Net. 196 Provies for special
elections in road district, precinct or
township to settle proposition of
placing a tax not exceeding 5 mills
for road improvements when 10 "per
cent of freeholders petition for it.
H. R. No. 311 Provides when va
cancy occurs in any public office in
county all records and supplies shall
remain intact until appointment or
election of a proper successor.
Million Dollars Loaned
To Milk Products Exporter
. Washington, March 14. Approval
of a loan of $1,000,000 to an Ameri
can exporter was announced today
by the War Finance corporation.
The transaction will provide funds
for the movement of milk products
to Enrope largely from the eastern
and middle western states.
It was the second loan as proved
since revival of the corporation.
Upon to Carry Out
-Articles of Pact
Defeated Country Must Pay
20 Billion Gold Marks Be
fore May 1 Payment in
Paris, March 15. Germany was
called iipon yesterday by the allied
reparations commission to carry out
Article 235 of the Versailles treaty,
which, stipulates Germany must paji
before May 1, 1921, the equivalent of
twenty billion gold marks. 1 he trea
ty provides that Ihis paytneat may
be made in gold, commodities, ships,
securities or other valuables and that
out of this "sum the expenses of the
armies, of occupation are first to be
The commission also took steps to
carry out Article 233 of the treaty
which provides that Germany must
be notified before .May 1, next, the
total -amount, of War damage im
posed upon her by the treaty.
Scoff at Her Protest.
"It Germany persists in refusing
to make payment, ays the Petit
Parisien in discussing the action, of
the commission, "she will force us to
impose upon her the integral ex
ecution of the treaty. That was the
significance of yesterday's meeting.
In discussing the protest made to
the league of nations byTIermany
against the penalties-being enforced
by the allies on Germany because of
her refusal to carry out her repara'
tion obligations, the Petit Parisien
says, "Germany is not qualified to
demand arbitration trom the league
as she is not a member ot tt.
' Fail on All Provisions.
(Negotiations between France and
Germany concerning the transfer
futids collected for the purpose of
paying disability and old age msur
ancrto residents of Alsace and Lor
raine have failed, and France, it is
hJclared, is ' prepared" to ask that
Article 1 77 or the Versailles treaty
' This article provides that the Ger
man government shall undertake to
nav over to tho French Government a
proportion of all ' reserves accumu
lated by The empir or by public or
private bodies dependent upon it for
tne purpose ot disability na oia age
Cable Line to America
London. March 15. Purchase of
a direct cable to the United States
was announced by H. Pike Pease,
assistant postmaster general in the
House of Commons, during an ex
planation of postoffice estimates in
the pending budget bill. He said the
British government had acquired the
cable fqr 750,000, including 100,
000 worth of cable stock ami three
cable stations at Ballinaskelligs Ire
land; Harbor Grace, New F'oundland,
Rye Beach, N. H., and Halifax.
The cable that has been bought is
intended as preserve for the existing
imperial cable Sind has been leased
for a short time to the Western Un
ion company" for, 57,000 per year.
Mr. Tease remarked that a new cable
would have cost.. 1.000,000.
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ness Principal Topic of
Discussion at Cabinet
Conditions Improv i n g
By ARTHUR SEARS-HENNINGS.
Chicago Tribune-Omaha D Iaaml Wire,
Washington, D. C, March " 15.
How to boost American business at
home and abroad was the principal
subject of discussion at the meeting
of President J larding with his cabi
net today. ' ,
The president took an optimistic
view of the present period of busi
ness depression, reporting to his of
ficial advisers the substance of the
talks he has had in the last few days
with the- licads of great industries,
like James A. Farrell of the United
States Steel Corporation.
The information which has come
to the president in this way is that
the low tide of business, depression
has been passed and that conditi6ns
are beginning to improve in those in
dustries, particularly which were the
first to be hit by the buying slump ,
and fall in prices.
Mr. Harding directed the cabinet
discussion to the consideration of
definite policies for fostering the ex
pansion of domestic and foreign
commerce, which he sums up as the
promotion of national prosperity, on!
of the highest functions oPgovern
ment. Urges More Co-Operation.
The president indicated that he fa
vors the abolition of fettering restric
tions imposed on the industrial and
agricultural departments; and a
greater degree of co-operation be
tween the government and the busi
ness activities of the country. While
he drew no comparisons, he left no
doubt that he intends to effect a
change from the professional attitude
of the Wilson administration in seek
ing to apply impractical theories to
the solution of problems of trade and
production. " ,
In the field of foreign commerce,
the president cited the fact that thii -lack
of government co-operation and
outright restrictions, had served to '
place American business at a disad
vantage in competing with foreigners
whose governments are extremely
paternalistic in the promotion of for
eign trade. Such foreign paternalism
takes the form of government sub
sidies of ship lines and the extension
of banking and marketing facilities
to exporters. . '
- Aid to Exporters. :
While not advocating direct Sub
sides to American ship lines, the
president was of the opinion that
American ships would be relieved of
the payment of Panama canal tolls
and that the government should fur
nish the same aid to exporters en
joyed by their foreign competitors.
Secretary of Commerce Hoover
expressed the ppinion that one of the
first steps taken should be the adop
tion of the Webb-Pomerene act,
which permits computation of expor
ters so as to enable them to; operate
distributing agencies abroad. He
also described his plan for advisory
committees- of the principal indus-.
tries of the country which will co
operate with 'the government in de
veloping the production and mar
keting of the sort of goods required
by foreign customers. He is to
formulate this plan at a meeting
.with a committee of the Chamber
of Commerce of the United States
While on the subject of business,
the president said he was convinced
that the territories and insular pos
sessions had suffered from neglect in
some important respects. He cited
the situation in Alaska, which has
declined in population, owing to
economic conditions and inadequate
transportation. He asked Secretary '
of Interior Fall to proceed to Alas
ka as sobn as possible to survey tha
situation and report recommenda-.
tions. " '
Discuss War Supplies.
Secretary of Labor Davis brought
up the question of disposition of
war workers houses at Quincy, 111.,
and this led to a discussion of the ,
whole problem of disposition of sur
plus war supplies and settling war,
contracts. Secretary of War Weeks
told how he is required to devote
a large amount of his time to wind
ing 'up the accounts of the late war,
time which he feels should be given
to the management of the army and
consideration of future military
needs of the nation.
As a result of these representa
tions, the president is seriously qon-
sidering, a recommendation to con
gress for the creation of a liquida
tion commjttre to settle war con
tracts and sell surplus property. He
is convinced that a single agency
could realize more salvage than the
stattered agencies of the various de
partments. Another suggestion was that the
federal power commission be made
an independent body. It is now com
posed of the secretaryics of war, agri
culture and interior, who cannot give
the time to it requisite for the proper
consideration i water powes devel
opment. ' . -.. .
Cuba Provinces Voting
For-ftiew Chief Executive
Havana, Mrcli 15. Partial elec
tions are being held today in five
provintcs of "thej Cuban republic for
the purpose of deciding who shall be
president of Cuba for the next four
jears. Six provinces were involved
in the irregularities discovered in the.
November elections, but the voters
of Oriente province will not go to
the polls until March 26, as a number
of appeals from that province are
still pending before the supreme
District military commanders haua
been ordered to insure strictest im
partiality during the voting.'
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