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OMAHA, THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1921.
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French Ambassador Calls on
President to Learn Attitude
, Of U. S. Toward Ver
Viviani Coming March 28
Chicago Trlbuaa-Onaatha Be ltma& Wire.
Washington, March 16. A confer
ence today. betwn President Hard
ing and M. Jules Jusserand, the
French ambassador, brought to the
fore the question of the new admin
istration's attitude toward thy Ver
sailles treaty, the league of nations
and pending differences between the
United States and entente allies.
Ambassador Jusserand, whose gov
ernment desires American aid in ex
acting reparation from Germany
American acceptance of the Germai
peace treaty and the tripartite alli
ance for the protection of France and
also the entrance of the United States
yinto some sort of a league of nations,
paid a formal visit to the president
and remained an hour in the White
When he emerged from the execu
tive mansion shortly after 5 o'clock
, " the ambassador said that he had
called to announce to the president
the forthcoming visit of former Pre
mier Viviani who is coming to pre
sent the, good wishes of the Frerich
government to the new administra
tion. President Harding, had nothing
to add to the ambassador's explana
tion of his mission.
Due Here March 28.
Viviani is scheduled 'to sail Satur
day, reaching this country March
-'28 for a stay of about three weeks.
It is reported that the British gov
ernment also contemplates sending
an official of high rank to extend
felicitations to the new administra
tion whose favor it desires to culti-
vate. . '
To what extent Ambassador Jus
serand i elucidated to the president
the underlying aims of the Frencli
government, which presumably the
Viviani mission is intended to fur
ther, and to what extent Mr. Harding
defined his attitude towards the ques-
' tions thus raised are matters leff
to speculation, aided by such glimps
es of the president's statements as
have been vouchsafed up to dat.
That . M. Viviani is coming to
Washington to state the European
situation from the Frenclr viewpoint
and " to learn to what extent the
United States is disposed to partici
pate in European afhirs, is not
doubted. It was only last week the
French foreign office stated that
-la Ambassador' jusserand bad been in
structed - to asctta. Anahcr Ue
United States would join a "modified
league of nations.
Want American Aid.
Indications are not wanting that
what France and the allies, most
keenly desire at the earliest possible
moment is some manifestation that
the United States endorses the rep
arations bill, presented to the Ger
man government and the measures
adopted by France and Great Britain
to compel German acceptance. There
is no doubt they want American
troops to remain on the Rhine and
that they would regard the with
drawal of those forces as certain to
encourage German resistance to the
It American troops remain on the
Rhine and if in addition the Ameri
can government were to express ap
proval of the reparations exacted of
Germany and the measures taken Jo
cniorcc payment, the allies would
.have reason to believe that the Ger
mans would abandon hope of moral
sr.pport and yiefd to the terms.
It is not doubted that tjic presi
dent will inform M. Viviani,' if he
did not inform i Ambassador Jusse-1
rand today, of the policy adopted by
his administration which was offi
cially revealed last Saturday .and
presumably was imparted to M.
Jusserand by Secretary of . State
Hughes in their first talk a few
Demand Full Rights.
' This policy is that the United
States purposes to insist upon full
recognition of -all its rights flowing
from participation . in the defeat of
Germany and does not intend to dis
cuss matters brought forward by any
nation which does not satisfy the ad
ministration on this score.
In pursuance of this policy the
president and Secretary Hughes
would decline to entertain from the
allies proposals of action by the
United States until they have caused
the modification of, the mandates for
former territories of ahe central' pow
ers to th satisfaction of the Ameri
The United States contends that
the Mesopotamiart and Pacific is
lands mandates fail to juarantee the
open door for American enterprises,
and that the allies disregarded Presi
dent Wilson's reservation, including
the Island of Yap in the Japanese
These denials of inalienable Ameri
can rights derived from American
participation in the war can be res
tricted bv the allies, if necessary.
through the league of nations coun-1
cil, which they control, ad w hen they
have done so the Harding adminis
tration, if it adheres to its enunciated
policy, will be willing to discuss
allied proposals as to other matters,
but not before. ' v
As to the .Versailles treaty, the
Knox resolution, declaring peace
with Germany and the formation of
an association ' of nations, these arc
questions on . which the president
does not expect to reach any definite
decision until after conference with
'.his cabinet and leaders in congress.
Harding Boy Scout Chief
Washington, March 16. President
Harding was formally notified to
day of his election to another chief
executive office, that of honorary
president of the Boy Scouts of
For Road Improvement
Washing. March 16. Approxi
mately $622,000,000 is available fbr
road and bridge contruction and
maintenance this year, the bureau'of
public roads of the Department of
Agriculture announced today.
" Among tine approximate amounts
given as available to each state from
local, state and federal sources, were
Arizona, $8,000,000; California, -$26,-000,000;
Colorado, $7,000,000; Idaho,
$4,500,000: Iowa, $37,000,000; Mon
tana, $8,500,000; Nebraska, $6,000,
000; Nevada. $3,500,000; Nw Mexi
co, $4,000,000; Oregon, $10,000,000;
South Dakota, $7,000,000; Utah, $6,
000,000; Washington. $14,000,000, and
Girl With Whom
He Fled Country
Family Deserted by Man
Learn He Killed Affinity
and Self Aboard Ship
Returning to America.
i New York, March 16. The long
) search " for Louis Campagna, a
I wealthy merchant, who left his home
' I M I T ft
anuiamny ncre on January o, was
ended last night by the receipt of
news dispatches from Bridgetown,
Barbados, stating the man had com
mitted suicide on board the steamer
Vasari en route from Buenos Aires
to New York. He fired five shots into
his body after he had killed Vivian
Dressel, a young woman with whom
he had eloped from New York.
Members of the dead man's fam
ily, some of whom knew of - his
fascination for -iht young woman
half his age, were preparing a for
giving reception for the erring hus
band and father, when news of his
death reached them.
The dead' merchant's daughter
Viriginia, 20, said her father met the
girl he had slain two years ago. She
tried to induce her parent to give up
the girl, she said, but was unsuccess
ful. When Campagna left home in Jan
uary. Virginia1 related, she went to
his New York office to plead with
him, but was told he had gone to Ar
gentina. "I called up the girl's home," she
continued, "and was told she had
gone away for a year with a fashion
show.' I questioned father's-chauffeur.
At first he wouldn't say any
thing. But I pressed him and he
finally admitted that father and the
girl had sailed for South America on
June 10 on the Vasari." "
Virginia said she then communi
cated with the State department and
learned that her father had sailed
with, the girl as Mr. and Mrs. Cam
pagne. She had their passports re
voked and the captain of the vessel
was instructed to (detain the elopers.
On the return voyage between Rio
antcro to Barbados the couple, it is
tlieved, entered a death pact rather
than face their, families.
. The bodies were burred at sea.
Hays Says All Postal j
- Employes ' Partners
In Huge Enterprise!
Washington, March 16. Views of
postal employes on the question of
policy affecting the personnel of the
service, were presented Postmaster
General Hays today, at a confer:
ence with national representatives of
organized postal employes. T he post
master, general, at whose invitation
the conference was held, expressed
the hope that frequent meetings
might be held to facilitate adjustment
of all differences.
"The battle is won in the heart
of the soldier." he said. "Three hun
dred thousand men are engaged in
this enterprise and we are going to
have 300,000 partners; the Postotfice
department is not an institution for
profit or politics; it is an institution
for service and it is the president's
purpose that every effort shall be
made to improve that seryiefc."
Omahans Defendants in
V. of W. Row in Missouri
St. Louis, March 16. Injunction
prpceedings to prevent a bolt of one
faction of the Missouri section of the
Woodmen of the World, will be
heard bv Judge Garesch tmorrow.
Claud Manlove, past Missouri head
consul declared his faction had
elected delegates to the national con
vention of the order, before the is
suance yesterday of a temporary in
junction at the instance of Head
Consul Claude Wilkerson. The pro
ceedings are directed against Man
love, James E. Fitzgerald, of Omaha,
chairman of the national sovereign
board of managers; sovereign Phy
sician Lloyd, of Omaha, and J. B.
Redford, of Clinton, Mo., head clerk
of the head jiamp.
Boston Mayor Gathers
On Labor Conditions
Boston, March 16. it was a weary
rand a tattered mayor of Boston who
came to the city hall today. Mayor
Andrew J. Fcters, seeking to learn
at first hand unemployment condi
tions and how the city is meeting
them, spent the night incognito at
Wayfarers lodge, where the city
shelters the homeless and feeds them
in the morning.
In a room with 40 unfortunates,
he lay on a municipal bed and said
he slept fairly well. He was routed
oWt at 5 o'clcck and sent to the wood
pile. After four hour there it was
decided he had earned his breakfast
and with the oatmeal, bread and cof
fee eaten, he went to the city hall.
The figure with frayed coat and
faded ht, was halted at the door
of the mayor's office and it was .. t
until his secretary saw him that he
was recognized and admitted.
Arguments of Each Side .Lim
ited to Five Hours Prose
cution Will Not Demand
Death Penalty for Clara.
Lawyers are Threatened
By The AtMirlutrd Tread.
Ardmore, Okl., March 16. Intro
duction of testimony in the trial of
Clara Smith, Hamon for the alleged
murder of Col. Jake L. Hamon. re
publican national committeeman from
Oklahoma and millionaire oil and
railroad man, ended at 10:34 o'clock
this morning and court was recessed
until 3 p. m. to permit Judge Thomas
W. Champion to prepare his instruc
tions to the jury.
Each side was allotledfive hours
for arguments, and it was said that
if the Court had prepared his charge
by the time court reconvened, they
will be gotten under way mt
The court will charge the jury on
three points: Murder, which, upon
conviction, would carry a sentence
of death or life imprisonment; first
degree manslaughter, the sentence for
which upon conviction would be from
four years to life imprisonment; and
second degree manslaughter, with a
minimum fine of $1.
., Lawyers Are Threatened.
S. Prince Freeling, state attorney
general in charge of the prosecution,
said that H. H. Brown, special prose
cutor, would make the opening
argument and that he would close"
for the state.
There were numerous reports
about the county building this
morning of threats made against
state counsel and the jurors should
a verdict of guilty be returned
against Clara Hamon. Sheriff
Buck Garrett said, however.ithat no
such reports had reached him with
one exception, that of a letter writ
ten to a member of the defense coun
sel in which a warning was given of
possible violence to the defendant
should she be acquitted. H. H.
Brown, special prosecutor, said
threats had been made against him,
but he would not go into details.
Offer to Bar Arguments.
W. P. McLean, Fort Worth. Tex.,
said that the defense, had submitted
a proposal to the state counsel to
permit the case to go to the jury
without arguments immediately after
the judge reads his charge, but that
the state had declined.
Atforney General Freeling pointed
out that in his opening statement lie
had not referred to a death penalty
should Clara Hamon be found guilty,
and said he would ask a penalty
which the .jurors "in their judgment
find .fit." He said he would not
change from that in his argument.
Letters Ruled Out.
Judge Champion today ruled in
admissible as evidence a number of
letters Hamon had written to the
(i(Turn to Pase'Two, Column One.)
Has Farewell Meeting
With Pope Benedict
' Rome, Mardi 16. rope Benedict,
Tuesday, gave a fareweli audience
to Cardinal Dougherty. The pon
tiff expressed his satisfaction over
the stay of tire new American prince
of the church in Rome and wished
him a pleasant journey 'homeward.
Cardinal Dougherty on Sunday
celebrated the solemn pontifical
mass in the church of the American
college in Rome.
During his audience with the pope
he presented the pontiff with three
silk flags, the gift o Rodman Wana
maker of Philadfflphia and New
York. One was a flag of the United-
States, the second the colors of
Pennsylvania and the third, insigna
of Philadelphia. Pope Benedict
ordered the-' flags be preserved
among the Vatican treasures.'
Southern Pacific Railway
Announces Wage Reductions
Phoenix, Ariz., March 16. Notice
of reduction in wages for employes
of the Southern Pacific railroad was
posted here today. The notice,
signed by J. P. Dyer, general manag
er of the company, said that the re
duction would be effective April 16.
it also announced a minimum
wage of 30 cents an hour in the
southern territory, with somewhat
higher rates in zones where condi
tions make the higher pay necessary.
The notice said employes objecting
to-, the reduction would be heard in
the general offices of the company
in San Francisco, April7.
Memorial Fund to Help
Build Colleges in Orient
New York, March 16. Trustees of
the Laura Spellman Rockefeller me
morial fund will 'grant $1,000,000 to
the special committee for financing
union colleges in the Orient on con
dition that $2,000,000 be raised by
the committee, it was announced by
Mrs. H. V. Peabody, committee
The money is to be used for build
ings for the six colleges in Japan,
China and India, which are sup
ported by 12 co-operating mission
Secret Organization to Aid
Prosecution of Kidnapers
Sedalia, March 16. The White
Circle, a mysterious secret organiza
tion, will participate in the prosecu
tion of three' men who will be
brought to trial here tomorrbw for
the alleged kidnaping of C. I. Ben
nington, city attorney. 4hree weeks
ago, it was announced today.
The organization, said to have a
membership 'of several hundred citi
zens of Pettisc countj", is sponsoring
a law enforcement program and is
waging war against criminals and
alleged resort keepers.
it n i
an nun as doitid in
Pocket Is Exploded
hicaeo. March 16. Elmer Adams,
31, was seriously1 injured last night
when a bomb he was carrying in his
coat pocket exploded, shattering his
hip and injuring him internally. A
large hole was torn in the sidewalk
by the blast. Adams told policf he
had been experimenting in the manu
facture of bombs as a pastime.
Authorities failed to obtain con
firmation of their theory that the
bomb was to have been thrown into
a taxi company station a block from
the scene of the explosion.
Search of 'Adams' room by police
disclosed a quantity of explosive ma
terial, a clock-work device and a
number of pamphlets relating to the
manufacture of bombs.
Bitter Fight is
Made in Taxing
Corporation Interests Send
Agents to Lincoln to Op
pose Measure Urged
Lincoln, March 16. (Special Tele
gram) The fate of millions of Ne
braska dollars was under discussion
here tonight at a joint meeting of the
house and senate committee on rev
enue in taxation, endeavoring in a
series of stormy meetings to follow
Goernor McKelvie's recommendation
to revise taxation laws and primarily
to make sweeping changes in the tax
on intangible property.
Corporation interests from the
western to the eastern border of Ne
braska have representatives here
fighting plans for taxing intangibles
under consideration by the joint com
mittee preparatory to embodying Ne
braska tax laws, revised and en
larged, in senate file 65.
T1ie committee threatens to put
a tax on creameries, on their business
done by agents in Country towns, no
part of which volume of business is
touched by taxation at this time, it
'is claimed. The same tactics in
handling oil companies for the money
collected in the state by their agents
is being considered.
Stringent taxation laws affecting
the sugai beet industry in western
Nebraska are under contemplation.
"Under the preseiit plan there is
hardly a sack -of sugar in western
Nebraska warehouses on April 1,
Representative William said. "A
method should be devised to reach
An attempt to impose a 4-mi!l
tax on corporation shares of stock
is raising a rumpus also. Lincoln
and Omaha business interests are
here fighting the proposition with' all
the energy at their command.
Action by the committee in ex
empting banks fronr ir,4angible ia
not making it any easier for commit
tee members to insist that other con
cerns shall be taxed on intangibles.
Senators Halderman and Randall,
bankers on the joint house and sen
ate committee, admitted fhey were
responsible for the bank exemption
and claimed they did so because
banks already paid three to five
times more tax in proportion to the
investment than other classes of
The meetings promise to continue
for the balance of the week.
Passes Grain Bill
St. Paul. March 16. With only
minor amendments, the state senate
passed the house bills prohibiting
trading in grain futures and declar
ing all grain exchanges open mar
kets. The measures now go back
to the house for concurrence.
The senate also passed the bill pro
viding for submission to the voters
in 1922, of a constitutional amend
ment establishing a state rural cred
The anti-futures trading bill de
fines a gambling contract as an
agreement "wherein the actual de
livery of the commodity sold is not,
in good faith, contemplated or in
tended bv the contracting parties."
. i .
Two Orphans Are Dead From
Eating Poisoned Parsnips
, Tiffin, O., March 16. Two boys,
inmates of the Junior Order L'nited
American Mechanics Orphans' home
here were dead and two others in
serious condition from poisoning
said to have resulted from eating
wild parsnips. The boys ate the
parsnips today, thinking they were
artichokes. .They became ill shortly
afterwards and the two died withiu
a few hours. s
Ex-Governor Spry of Utah
May Get Land Office Plum
Washington. March 16. Former
Governor William Spry of Utah is
understood to have been virtually de
pided on by President Harding for
appointment as commissioner of the
general land office. 1
Fred E. Scobey of San Antonio,
Tex., is understood to have been se
lected by President Harding as di
rector of the mint.
1920 French Wine Output
Gains 177,000,000 GalloiiB
Washington, March 16. French
wines last vear exceeded by more
than 177,000,000 gallons that coun
try's supply in 1919, according to a
report to the Department of Com
merce today from Commercial At
tache F. G. Singer, at Paris. Pro
duction of wines in France in 1920,
he said, amounted to about 1,400.
Armenia Cleared of Reds
New' York, March 16. Armenia
is virtually cleared of bolshevist in
vaders, and a new coalition govern
ment sitting at Erivan has control
of. a wide area of the country, it
was announced today in messages re
ceived here at headquarters of the
Near East Relief from Constanti
I LQoking for a Mayor
( ' : ' " '
Huge Credits in
Large Amounts of Funds
Being Held in Name of
Individuals in United
States, Officials Say.
By The AMOcIatfd Tress.
'Washington, March 16. Inclusion
by the allied reparations commission
of?tfi4 American "federal reserve
banks as an optional, depositary for
German indemnity payments brought
from treasury ofhcials tonight the
statement that the commission pos
sibly had two purposes in view:
Jo enable Germany to call upon
"vast credits," which it is said to
hold through private agents in the
To employ in favor of the allied
governments, the tremendous differ
ence in exchange rates.
Information gathered by the re
serve banks was said to show that
since the armistice. Germany has
been amassing credits in United
States' national banks, -holding the
funds in the names of individuals.
Officials said the amount would run
into many millions. This money,
it was said, was presumed to be for
use in Germany's future trade, much
of which would center in the United
TlSere had been no intimation given
the United States that its banking
system' might be employed as the
reparations note forwarded to Berlin
today suggested, officials stated. The
mere fact that this government's
banks would serve as practically
neutral territory, so tar as repara
tions were concerned, was not ac
cepted as the full reason for the
commission's proposal, although the
reserve banks have acted as deposi
taries 'for several foreign govern
ments. v t s
. Some $30,000,000 is held for for
eign governments, the weekly state
ment of tlie federal reserve board
shows, and" to receive a deposit from
Germany, although a technical en
emy, would mean only the placing
of that additional credit to the na
tions by the commission.
In some quarters it was believed
that allied intelligence agents had
discovered the existence of the Ger
man funds here and that the com
mission had acted "on the feeling
Germany would use the money in
indemnity payments. The sugges
tion also was made that Germany
might attempt to borrow in - the
United States, in which case the ship
ment of gold to Europe would react
favorably on the exchange situation.
Teller of Defunct Bank
Held for Embezzlement
Fargo, N. D., March 16. Frank
C. Heaton, former teller in the Scandinavian-American
bank of Fargo,
which closed several weeks ago. was
arrested last night charged with em
bezzling $9,000 of the bank's funds.
He was released on $20,000 bonds.
Heaton expressed ' confidence he
could prove his innocence. Heaton
left the employ of the bank in Jan
uary, 1921, vheii a chock revealed a
shortage of about $70,000, officials
of the bank said today. This shortage
was not reported at the time.
Demand Made on Germany
For Billion Marks, March 23
Paris, March 16. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) The allied tepara
tions commission in its note to Ger
many demanding fulfillment of Ar
ticles 235 of the peace treaty, noti
fied the German government it must
pay 1.000.000,000 gold marks before
March 23, it was' announced today.
The money, must be deposited in
the Bank of France, Bank of Eng
land or the federal reserve bank in
the United States, Gcnany was told.
Defunct Blair Bank
Will Open Today
Banking Department Will Ask
To Control Affairs of all In
stitutions Forced to Close.
Lincoln, March 16. (Special.)
Appointment of J. E. Hart, secretary
of the state department of trade and
commerce, as receiver for the de
funct Castetter bank of Blair, NTeb
inaugurated a policy Tuesday 'that
the department wjll follow in future
bank, failures, "it was announced by
Secretary Hart Wednesday.
The department will not only ask
that it be given the receivership, but
Governor McKelvie, it is said, is
planning to introduce a bill in' the
present session of the legislature to
require this procedure. The bill is
being drafted by the -attorney gen
An agent of Mr. Hart was
scheduled to open the bank for re
ceivership purposes at '2 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Hart
was appointed by the court and gave
bond Tuesday afternoon. He will
direct the policy of the receivership,
but all details will -be in th hands of
Secrctar Hart' withheld the name
of the agent untft'he had made an
kppointment td fill his place. Under
the present banking laws, the state
bankin bureau has no control over
the affairs of closed banks, other
than a provision by the last legisla
ture requiring the .receiver", who is
appointed by and responsible to the
district court, to file a quarterly re
port with the state department.
Under the national banking act,
the comptroller is receiver of na
tional banks which fail, and the Sec
retary Hart says the state is asking
only the same supervision.
Trotzky Says Report
' Of Revolution Is False
London, March 16. (By The As
sociated Press.) Leon Trotzky,
Rujsian soviet war minister, de
clared in an interview given in Mos
cow that "all talk of an uprising in
Petrograd and a bombardment of
the town is silly fiction," says a
wireless dispatch from the soviet
capital today. ,
Petrograd is just as impregnable
against a counter revolutionary
coup d'etat as it is to the Kronstadt
forces," Trotzky asserted. "Liquida
tion of the uprising has been dragged
out because we wish to avoid severe
losses, not only to our troops, but
to the. insurrectionists in the Kron
stadt gifrison. Up to the present
our losses have been insignificant."
Trotzky charged Russian , emigrant-
centers abroad with fomenting
fhe revolutionary movement in order
to break up peace with Poland and
the agreement with Great Britain for
resumption of trade relations.
Refuse to Let Troops March
In Evacuation Day Parade
Boston. MVs., March 16. Secre
tary of the Xavy Denby and Secre
tary of War Weeks today sustained
the action of army and navy offi
cers here in refusing to allow mem
bers of the regular forces or- re
serves to march in uniform tomor
row in the Evacuation day parade.
The refusal was based on the fact
that societies active in movements
to obtain recognition for theMrish
republicand freedom for India were
also to be in the column.
Many Unable to Make First
Payment on Income Taxes
St." Louis, March 16. Although
their 1920 incomes were sufficient to
make them federal taxpayers, many
persons here were unable to make
first payments because it was an
nounced, they were penniless, George
Moore, collector of internal revenue,
At Next Session
Is Not Decided
Legislative Program for Ex
traordinary Meeting of
Congress to Be Outlined
Within Next Few Days.
Washington, March J6.
for tariff or internal tax
legislation at the special session of
congress still was an open question
today and probably will be the sub
ject of conferences to, be held within
the next few day by t President
Harding 'with congressional leaders.'
Prospective fiscal legislation was
discussed by Mr. Harditg late yes
terday with Chairman Penrose of
the senate finance committee and
Chairman Fordney of the' house
ways and melns committee.
The two chairmen laid before the
president the results of the pr
eceding day's meeting of the re
publican members of their commit
tees with Secretary Mellon.
The definite results of the White
House conference were said by the
chairmen to have been the obtaining
of presidential, approval for the pro
posal to enact as soon as possible
after convening of the special ses
sion April 11 of anti-dumping and
American valuation of imports legis
lation. Both Senator Penrose and Repre
sentative Fordney expect to confer
with Mr.. Harding before the end of
the week end in the meantime the
president is expected to call in
other members of the two commit
tees to receive views as to whether
tariff or tax revision should be given
precedence. The majority of the
two committees is know to favor
taking up the tariff first.
Attorney Refuses to Drop
Charges Against Newberry
Grand Rapids, Mich., March 16.
United. States District Attorney M.
H. Walker, of the Western Michigan
district, directed by the Department
of Justice to drop the perjury charge
against Senator T. H. Newberry,
has declined to enter the motion, he
admitted today. The perjury charge
is separate from the case now before
the United States supreme court on
Confesses to Double
' Murder in Cleveland
Los Angeles, March 16. Sam Pur
pera, 17, confessed to two Cleveland
officers here today, they said, that
he had murdered George K. Fanner
and Wilfred G. Sly, both officials of
the W. W. Sly Manufacturing com
pany, in Cleveland, December 31 last.
Furpera was arrested here March 11.
Britain and Bolsheviki
Sign Trade Agreements
London, March 16. (By The As
sociated Press.) The trade agree
ment under which commercial rela
tions will be resumed by Great
Britain andRussia was signed here
this morning by representatives of
the governments of the two countries
Thursday, fair; moderate temper
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Officers of Other 1 Organiza
tions Agree to Support
Meat Cutters if Threat
ened Strike' is Called.
Proposal Up to Gompers
1T The Aitocliited 1rM.
Chicago. March 16. International
officers of every packing plant union
under the American Federation of
Ljbor today pledged their organiza
tions to go to any extent in support
of the Amalgamated Order of Meatv
Cutters and Butcher Workmen of
North America in its dealings with
the packers over wages and working
A resolution adopted at a confer
ence of the officials pledged "full
moral and financial support" and the
officials announced that they had
agreed verbally to go to the extent
of calling a sympathetic strike, pro
vided the meat cutter. walked out
and their own Organizations author
It was decided to place the matter
before Samuel Gompers at a confer
ence of presidents of the 11 allied
unions in Washington Sunday. A
telegram asking Mr. Gompers -to be ,
present was sent"' tonight.
Dennis Lane, secretary of the Meat
Cutters' organization, and Andrew
Brennan of Kansas City, its attor
ney, were chosen to represent- the
workers at the conference with Sec
retary Davis in AVashington Mon
day. Demand ' Arbitration.
It was decided that the labor rep
resentatives should, insist that the
packers live ap to the arbitration
agreement reached during the war
and which recently was terminated
by the packers.
Mr. Brennan and Mr. Lane 'were
instructed that on this point there
could be no weakening. The stock
yards workers, it was decided, would
arbitrae anything at any time, but
would not consent to a violation of
this agreement. '
A resolution calling on Secretaries
Hoover, Wallace and Davis to in
sist on the carrying out of this agree
ment was adopted.
Until the conference, the workers
will take no action, it was decided. '
The workers wish to go into the
conference, it was said, with a record
of having lived up" to their agree
ment and of the ruling made by"
Judge Samuel Alschuler when he was
federal arbiter of packing plant labor
disputes. . , v -. -
Result -of VSte Monday.
Labor officials said that the com
plete vote on the strike question
would be in before Monday and 'that
if the packers did not agree to re
tsore the old agreement an immediate
strike would be called, probably to
take effect before the end of next ,
week. ' i
Workers today voted on fhe strike
question, but no returns were re
ceived here. It was not believed that
the results would be available before
tomorrow or next day.
At the local packing plants the
.situation was reported normal.
At Armour & Co. the 24 labor re
presentatives elected yesterday met
today with 24 representatives of the
employes to confer on the employe -representation
plan, announced Mon
day. In reply to a statement from
Armour & Co. that 70 per cent of
the eligible men voted in yesterday's
elections, Mr. Lane today declared'
that their reports showed' that less
than 30 per cent cast ballots. Many
of these cast blank bailors, he said,
while others voted just because the
bosses were watching."
Kansas City, March 16. Officials
of packing house unions asserted to
night that today's voting on a strike
at three of the big packing plants
in Kansas Citjv Kan., had been al
most unanimous in favor of a walk
out in the event of a return to the
10-hour dav. About l.sno hattntc .
had been cast so far, they said.
Court Names Receivers
For Importing Company
-Vey York, March 16. Federal
Judge Mayer named -receiversd for
Gaston, Williams and Wigmore. ex- .
porters and imp6rters of this city.
The liabilities of the firm were giv
en as approximately $6,000,000. The ,
receivers are former Governor Ben
jamin Odell and former Judge Van
The appointment was made in an
equity suit brought by the Sumner
company, machinery manufacturers
of the state of Washington, with a
claim of $60,000. Assets of the de
fendant consist of stock in 25 sub
sidiary conranies located all over
the world. The largest of these' is
Gaston, Williams and Wigmore, Ltd.
steamship owners of Canada.
Cleveland Bank Cashier
Held for Embezzlement
Columbus, O., March 16. E. F.
Fox, assistant cashier of the National
Bank of Commerce, was arrested
today on complaint of bank officials,
charged with embezzling $10,000.
P. L. Schneider, president of the
bank, issued a statement saying Fox
is $124,000 short in his accounts. The .
loss is covered by insurance.
Fox it is said, made private loans
of bank money which could not b
Bingbampton (N. Y.) Paper
To Run on Non-Union Basis
Bimghamton, N. V., March J6.
Binghamton publishers announced
that the first publication of Bing
hamton newspapers in seven days
would open its plant with a full
force of non-union printers.
The striking printers refused the
proposition -.hat they return to work
temporarily without recognition of
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