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Secretary Denby Demands to
Know If Statements Made
Against Irish in London
McCormick Starts Row
R The AMorUtrd Trt.
Washington, June 8. Secretary
Denby instructed Rear Admiral Sims
to advise the Navy department nn
mediately by cable, . as to whether
lie was correctly quoted in press ac
counts of an address he made to the
English Speaking union at a luti
. cheon in London, June 7.
The secretary's action was taken
after Senator McCormick, republi
can, Illinois, had called on the secre
tary to urge disciplinary action
against Admiral Sims because of ref
erence to the Irish in this country at
tributed to the officer in reports of
lii cnaprli Xfr f rfVirmirt alcn
that the matter be brought to Presi
dent Harding's attention.
"I have read with amazement,"
Secretary Denby said in his mes-
4 i ' i c it .
sage to Admiral aims, certain ex
tracts from a speech purporting to
have been made bv voti in address
ing the English Speaking union."
The message then quoted the press
reports of what Admiral Sims. said
about Irish in the United States,
s "some of them naturalized and some
bom there, but none of them Ameri
cans at all," including the assertion
that "they have the blood of British
and American boys on their hands
lor the obstructions they placed in
the way of the most effective opera
tion of the allied naval forces dur
ing the war."
Immediate Reply Demanded.
"You will inform the department
immediately by cable," Secretary
Denby concluded, "whether or not
jou were correctly quoted and made
such statements at the time and
F place in question."
I On leaving the White House,
Senator McCormick declared that
the admiral's adMress which was de
livered before the English Speaking
union, was "disgusting and un
Admiral Sims was quoted in press
dispatches as having said there were
many persons in the United States
who technically were Americans
"but none of them Americans at all."
"They are Americans when they
want money," the admiral said, "but
Sinn Feiners when on the platform."
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Delivers Smashing Attack, I
At Sinn Fein Sympathizers
By FORBES W. , FAIRBAIKN.
tnlvtrail Servlca Staff Correspondent
Special Cable Dlapatph. - ;i
London, . June 8. Charging that
Sinn Fein sympathizers in America
were responsible for loss of lives of
American ' and British soldiers and
sailors in war time. Admiral W. S.
Sims delivered a slashing attack on
Irish supporters in. the United States
here yesterday. Admiral Sims made
his address at a luncheon of the Eng-
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Iish peaking union at me nyae
fark Hotel, at wnicn ne was guesi pi
The speech caused tremendous ex-
(Tm'n to Face Two, Column Two.)
Help Yourself Club , ,
.. Member Backed By
Woodmen of World
Woodmen of the World are urged
to support' Miss Gertrude Sullivan,
8lJ Avenue B, Council Bluffs, in he
campaign for one of the capital
awards in The Bee Help Yourself
club, by an editorial in John T.
Yates' "The Woodmen ews." The
editorial reads; . !
"Considerable interest is mani
fested in te headquarters of the
Woodmen of the Wortd by the cam
paign put on by The Omaha Bee,
in which Miss Gertrude Sullivan is
one of the leaders. The News would
like to see Miss Sullivan have the
support of all Woodmen, as she is
sCn extremely worthy girl. Let us
send her our new subscription or re-
wal: she will surely appreciate it.
Miss Sullivan has her office 'in Room
fj? V n W huiMtnsr. Omaha.
'Bids for Drilling Offset
v Oil Wells Opened By Fall
Washington, June 8. Bids from 10
companies for the privilege of drill
ing 22 offset wells along the north
ern boundary of naval oil reserve No.
1 in California to protect that gov
ernment oil supply were opened at
the Interior department. Royalties
cf crude oil at the well or fuel oil
at tidewater were offered, ranging
from approximately 25 per. cent to
70 per cent of the total production,
all operating costs to be met by the
successful bidder. The offers were
taken under consideration by Secre
tary Fall. - ;
Pullman Employes Recall
Ballots for Strike Vote
Chicago, June 8. The strike bal
lot circularized among the Pullman
company's shop forces in more than
80 cities, which was to have been
voted and returned Friday morning,
today was recalled, following a con
ference with the railway employes'
department of the American Feder
ation of Labor. ; .
Dublin Streets Swept by
Bullets During Battle
riiiblin. Tune 8. (Rv Th Attn.
ciated Press.) Dublin streets were
swept with bullets for 20 minutes
f this morning following an attack
l . j t 1 i
"mi revolvers inu uuiuus on a ponce
lorry. Five constables were wound
ed during the attack and some civil
ians alio were wounded.
Rear Admiral Called
For Attack on Irish
In Flooded Area
Pueblo Citizens Undertake
Work of Cleaning Away
Dead and Debris to Pre
By The Attoristrd Treat.
Pueblo, Colo., June 8. A bright
sunshine today played over flood
stricken Pueblo and made the more
imperative the work of removing
dead bodies of animals and clearing
of debris as a precautionary measure
Already the stench of decaying
meat in the flooded area has given to
that section the odor of a packing
house or glue factory.
. All night gasoline pumps worked
on flooded cellars throughout the
business section, pouring thousands
of gallons of water into the streets
and again converting them into quag
mires of mud. The correspondent
rode through all the district shortly
before midnight with the Colorado
rangers. More streets were passable
to automobiles than at any other
The Main street viaduct, which
was closed yesterday when its condi
tion became menacing, was opened
to traffic, after one side of the con
crete structure, which had sagged
down toward the railroad yards,
threatening to pull the entire viaduct
with it, had been removed by work
men. The body of a girl, about 16
years old, was found by rangers
shortly after midnight in the Foun
tain river at the Fourth street bridge.
The body was not identified.
Trucks to Catty Food. ,
A company 'of trucks left early
today to bring back food and sup
plies from Colorado Springs.
Railroads announced yesterday
that refugees would be transported
from Pueblo free of charge upon
recommendation of the Red Cross.
Red Cross relief for the entire
Colorado disaster, was placed iti the
hands of A. W. Jones of St. Louis,
by James L, Fieser, manager of the
southwestern division of the organi
zation, who is on the ground. ,
Work of recovering the dead has
been subordinated to the work of
cleaning up and restoring sanita
tion. The search for bodies has
hardly yet begun. Great piles of
debris are in the downtown streets
ready to be carted away. It is ex
pected that the clean up work will
reveal more definitely the loss of
life, which Red Cross estimates place
A refugee camp, was ready (o re
ceive the homeless today. More than
200 tents were set up yesterday and
in addition a complete field hospital
was available for such refugees as
tiiight require medical treatment, Tlje
camp will contain 300 tents when
completed, each with a capacity of
six single cots. - .
Colonel Hamrock 'estimates that
there are more thau 2,000 homeless
in the city. Many of them are
Mexicans and they are virtually
helpless, he said. ' . '
Chicago Man Starts
War on "Gun Toting"
. Chicago, June 8. John R. Thomp
son owner of a string of restaurants
in several cities, has declared war
upon "pistol toting." He is inserting
display advertisements in various
papers offering a reward of $1,000
to any person who can furnish one
Kood reasbiv .why manufacturing of
revolvers should be permitted to ex
ist in the United States and enjoy
the facilities of the mails.
Mr. Thompson argues that if all
the revolvers and pistols in the
United States were confiscated by
the government and their manufac
ture and sale prohibited by law, the
decrease in crime would startle the
"The revolver always has been and
is still a menace to any community,"
he said. "It is merely the weapon
of the thug, the holdup man and
the murderer. It is impossible to
turn it to any useful purpose, ?s
one uses the rifle or shotgun." '
Chicago Carpenters Oust
Indicted Union President
Chicago, June 8. It has been the
custom among labor unions to re
elect their leaders when they were
under indictment, in jail or other
wise afoul of the laws, but Chicago
unions appear to be seeing a great
light, following the startling ' dis
closures before the Dailey commis
William Brim4, president of the
carpenters' district counsel, who is
under indictment for graft, has been
repudiated by his union and Harry
Jensen, long an opponent of Brims,
and his methods, was elected in his
place. This is the first of the un
ions to take the advice of the Dailey
23 Votes In
Reductions of 17 Per Cent
Since 1920 and 40 Per Cent
Since 1912 Made Under
North and West Raised
By The Ansortotod Trta.
Washington, June 8. Under the
Howell plan, adopted today b the
republican national commmittee, the
presentation of southern states in the
next national convention as com
pared with the last will be as fol
Arkansas, increased 1; Florida, in
creased 2; Georgia, . reduced 7;
Louisiana, reduced 3; Mississippi,
reduced e; iouth Carolina, reduced
7; Texas, reduced 2; Virginia, in
creased 1; Tennessee, increased 2.
Alabama and North Carolina are
given the same number of delegates
allowed in the last convention.
The reduction of 23 delegates
from the southern states represents
a cut of 17 per cent in the repre
sentation from those states since the
last convention and a cut of 40 per
cent since 1912.
The 23 places taken from the
southern states are assigned to
states in the north and west, which
along with other states that went
remiblican in th l-t re
ceive two additional delegates each.
increase Since 1894.
The total of 1,037 delegates de
cided upon represents an increase of
S3 over the number seated at Chi
cago last June, 1894.
The basis on which the next con
vention will be constituted under the
new plan follows:
Four delegates at large from each
state; two additional delegates at
large for each representative at
large in congress from any state;
two delegates at large for each ter
ritory; two delegates at large from
each state casting a majority of its
electoral votes for the rcoublican
presidential nominee in the last elec
tion; one district delegate from
each congressional district maintain
ing a republican district organization
and casting 2,500 or more votes for
any republican presidential elector,
or republican nominee for congress
I., Un 1 . : .
in iuc (jicicuiug election; one addi
tional district delegate from . each
congressional district casting 10,000
votes or more for any republican
elector or republican congressional
nominee in the preceding: election:
one alternate delegate to each dele
gate to the national convention.
- Special Provision.
The plan also makes the special
provision that a state, if its laws
require,' may elect the total number
of delegates permitted under the
plan at large from the state and that
if. case the state laws so require,
the total delegates at large shall be
the same as if they were elected by
Members of the national commit
tee were warned by Postmaster
General Hays, retiring chairman,
that a "7,000,000 majority is large,
but it is not an alibi for the mis
takes, negligence and extravagance
cf misgov,ernment." ' .
"I have complete confidence in the
good faith and effective expectation
of this administration, both execu
tive and legislative," he said. "Every
official has caught the spirit of its
chief executive, whose words and
deeds are the constant -fulfillment
of lofty ideals we call American
ism.". Fall Warns Coal Men
Competition With U. S.
Government May Come
Washington, June 8. Opposition
by coal operators to what was
chargeterized as further govern
mental interference in the coal in
dustry developed at a conference at
the interior department and was met
by Secretary Fall with a warning
to the coal men that "sooner or
later, you must find yourselves in
co-oiration or competition with the
The conference was called to con
sider the pending bill providing for
publication through the department
of commerce, of statistics of the coal
J. A. Bradley of the National Cop1
association, voiced the objections of
the coal men and declared there is
no need of further legislation.
Asserting that the tendency . was
toward nationalization of the coal
industry, Secretary' Hoover urged
complete co-operation through some
government agency. . '
Steamer Which Hit Iceberg
In No Danger of Foundering
St. Johns, N. F., June 8. A radio
message tonight from the steamer
Seapool, which struck an iceberg to
day, said, that, while her' bulkheads
continued to hold, the vessel was in
no danger of foundering." If weath
er conditions are favorable it is ex
pected the Seapool will reach this
port about noon tomorrow.
The message said that the ship's
stem and plates were, badly damaged
from the 23 foot mark downward.
The steamer Ingleby is proceeding
from here to assist the Seapool.
Children of Belvidere .
Farmer Stop Suicide
Alexandria. Neb., June 8. (Spe
cial.) Otto Prefert, farmer living
near Belvidere, narrowly escaped
death by suicide when his children
came into the room where he was
in the act of shooting himself in
the head with, a revolver, causing
him to shoot wild. The bullet grazed
the side of his face. No motive is
known for the act. Ill-health is
though o have been partially the
Lone Holdup Secures
$1 5,000 in Roadhouse
Chicago, June 8. "Line up here,
or you'll get shot," commanded a
young man with cap pulled down
over his eyes and a pistol in each
hand, as he stepped out on the dance
floor of a roadhouse north of Evans
ton early this morning.
The guests laughed, but three
other bandits stepped in and fired
several shots into the ceiling an
then cathered un nionev and iewplr
estimated to aggregate about $15,-
One woman was said to have
saved diamonds valued at $15,000 by
dropping them into her cup of cof
fee. She recovered them later.
Buck Passed to
Question of Control of Ger
' man Aviation "Will Probab
ly Be Taken To Bou-
Chlcaro Tribune Cable, Copyright, 1921.
Paris, June 8. The counsel of
ambassadors this morning passed the
buck on the control of German avia
tion to the supreme council, and in
view of Berlin's demand that the
question be settled, it is expected the
matter will- be placed on the agenda
of the Boulogne conference. The
treaty of Versailles provides that
Germany may maintain commercial
aviation, but requires that the planes
be such as cannot be transformed
into war craft
Military aviation experts are seek
ing to find a technical means for
solving the problem and the follow
ing recommendations have been
1. An interallied control is to in
spect regularly, all the airplane fac
tories in Germany to superintend the
number and size of the machines
2. German commercial airplanes
will be restricted as to size so that
they cannot carry more than a cer
tain weight of freight, thus auto
matically restrcting the amount of
explosives capable of being carried.
3. The German machines will be
restricted as to horsepower so that
they cannot exceed a certain speed.
It is impossible to engage in aero
batics with slow machines and they
would be an easy prey for the
speedy, fast climbing machines which
the allies will develop in readiness
for any German aggression.
British aviation experts propose
limiting the cruising radius of Ger
man machines to 150 miles and the
French point out the significiance of
this by stating that the shortest dis
tance between' Germany; and Eng
land is more than 200 miles.-
The French assert if the weight
carrying capacity of the German
machines is limited, the Germans' will
merely install 200-horse power
motors and then substitute them for
430-horse power engines at the out
break of a war. ' .
Rail Wage Issue
In Hands of Men
Brotherhood Chiefs Disclaim
Responsibility If Strike
Chicago, June 8. Giving warning
that the acceptance of wage reduc
tions was in the hands of the em
ployes, railroad brotherhood chiefs
disclaimed responsibility if the men
refused to accept a cut and " a stop
page of traffic resulted." -The strike
suggestion was made by L. E. Shep
pard, head of the conductors, and
W. G. Lee, president of the train
men, in opening the big four testi
mony in the railroad labor board's
waf?e hearing today..
They were followed by W. S.
Carter, president of the firemen and
enginemen. who presented data on
the hazards of the men's employ
ment and on what he called their
losing fight to maintain an adequate
The attitude of the railroads m
attempting to cut wages and the
labor board's reduction order were
declared to be the responsible causes
if the train and engine service men
vote to strike Juy 1, when they
meet here in conference, Mr. Shcp
Mr. Carter declared that the board
should give attention to "the losing
struggle" of firemen to secure an
adequate wage. He made a lengthy
comparison with wages in the metal
and buiding industries since 1907.
His comparisons were challenged by
J. G. Walber, representing eastern
railroads. - : ,
Banker is Elected Head
Of Tokio American Legion
Tokio, June 8. Arnold Cady of
the International Banking company's
Yokohama office, was chosen unan
imously to had the Tokio-Yoko-r.ama
post of the Americas- Legion
at a meeting held in Yokohama re
cently. Mr. Cady's first duty was to
aid in the entertainment for General
Leonard Wood and the American
mission to the Philippines.
Mr. Cady succeeds Alvin J. Ac
cola, of the Truscon Steel company's
Tokio Office. The American Legion
post of. Tokio and Yokohama now
has 84 members.
Pathfinder Reservoir '
' Overflowing, Report Says
Water is reported pouring from
the Pathfinder storage reservoir in
Wyoming at the rate of 11,000 feet
a second, according to a dispatch
from Scottsbluff, Neb., which says
preparations are being made in that
vicinity to prevent damage by flood
waters from the Xorth Platte river.
The effect on the river from the
overflow, however, is not expected
to be felt in Scottsbluff before Fri
day, the dispatch adds.
Father of Slain
Boy Testifies at
Samuel B. Howard Deeply
Moved As He Describes Son
Killed By City Detective
Samuel B. Howard, father of Joe
Howard, 22, killed by City Detective
John Herdzina, the night of April 9
hi a melee at i turty-third and L
streets, was deeply affected when he
took the witness ' stand in District
Judge Leslie's court yesterday after
noon and answered a few questions
regarding his son.
Mr. Howard was on the witness
stand only a minute. He was asked
by County Attorney Shotwell re
garding the physical build of Joe
"He was about five feet, six inches
tall and weighed about 130 pounds,"
said Mr. Howard in a low voice: He
was not cross-examined. .
Relates Conversation Overheard.
John Hall, who was visiting Miss
Theresa Stillmock at her home, 4605
South Thirty-third street the night
of the shooting,' testified that he
went to the fire barn at Thirty-third
and K streets after he heard the
shots and saw a man telephoning;,
that a policeman came in and ad
dressed this man as "Herd" asking
what was the matter, and that
"Herd" replied: "A bunch tried to
gang me and I shot three of them."
He could not identify Herdzina in
the court room as the same man
who was telephoning.
. Herdzina is being tried for man
slaughter in killing Joseph Howard.
He also injured three others of a
party of six boys who had been on
a "booze" party to several South
Side houses the night of April 9.
The fight started at a soft drink
parlor at Thirty-third and L streets
and Herdzina, in trying to arrest
the youths in the automobile, did
the shooting. .
Taken Back to Hospital.
One of the three injured boys,
Clifton Hannon, was taken back to
the Ford hospital yesterday, to have
an additional operation performed
on his head. He' was discharged
from the hospital a month ago, but
the pain from a bullet which was al
lowed to remain in his head for 36
hours after the shooting, , has re
turned. Several firemen from the Thirty
third and K streets station testified
yesterday afternoon that they ; did
not notice any injurieson Herdzina
after the shooting in the automobile.
H. H. Clairborne, an attorney, said
he examined. Herdzina' s head at the'
inquest over Howard and was un
able to find any bumps on it. ,
The state will finish its testimony
this morning, Chief Deputy County
Attorney Coffey said yesterday.
British Occupy Rosenberg,
20 Miles North of Oppeln
Oppeln, Silesia, June 8. Rosen
berg, a town about 20 miles north
cast of this city, and located near the
old Polish frontier has been occupied
by a battalion of British troops. Ros
enberg was taken by Polish insur
gents during their first advance in
upper Silesia and there has been
danger of serious fighting there be
tween the Poles and Germans.
Reports received here are silent as
to whether fighting occurred when
the British occupied this Polish
stronghold but in official circles it is
believed it is quite probable that the
British and Poles clashed. -
Three Frenchmen were wounded,
two probably fatally, by Germans
between Gross-Strchlitz and Ujest.
the Germans later explaining that j
thev thought -they were firing upon
Making It Emphatic N
Milk Fund to Save
Will Enable Visiting Nurses to
Administer Cooling Milk to
. Poverty-Stricken Infants.
Opening of The Bee's free milk
and ice fund for the summer of 1921
will give everyone a chance to re
lieve suffering at home.
Even those- who are . fed up" on
drives will enjoy contributing to this
fund, which enables visiting nurses
to administer- cooling milk t infants
in poverty-stricken homes of Omaha.
The knowledge that there is' no
"overhead" - expense to drain the
fund; that every cent is actually used
to buy milk and ice, should make
There is no similar fund in ex
istence here. There is no other
means of obtaining money to carry
on the work in homes of Omaha.
At the hot, trying days of summer
approach there is untold suffering at
our very doors.
Large contributions are not asked.
Any from 10 cert ts to $5 will be ac
knowledged in this column. Ad
dress them to the "Milk and Ice
Fund." ; " " ;
Hopes of Would-Be
" Movie Stars Wrecked
Chicago, June 8 With the arrest
of Charles R. Mingen, alias Harry
Crane, the hopes-of numerous boot
blacks, chambermaids and waitresses
who dreamed of becoming famous
on the silver screen faded out
Mingen formed a motion picture
comoany, the actors and actresses of
which were to be working people.
Mingen was formerly a porter at
a motion picture house and rapidly
rose to managership. He was known
as Harry Crane.'..: Several months
ago he was ; discharged. Recently
he promised to form the Helen Roy
Motion picture company with head
quarters in Hollywood, Cal. He in
terested a number of bootblacks,
waitresses, ; street sweepers and
others in. the venture, from each of
whom he obtained $25, promising to
take them to v Hollywood.
The entire company was to start
for California June 3,, but when, that
date passed, the contributors be
came uneasy and notified the police.
British Freighter Seapool 1
Hits Iceberg Off Halifax
Halifax, June 8.-i-The British
freighter Seapool struck an jceberg
off the . New Foundland coast to
day arid slowly is making for St.
Johns with her forefoot broken and
her forepeak full of water. Advices
received by the Canadian naval staff
here said that the steamer was not
in need of immediate assistance.
The position ' given ' by the Sea
pool was 48.20 north latitude,' 48.50
west longitude, - or approximately
300 miles easterfy from New Found-
Allied Troops Ordered
Not to Fire Upon Poles
Oppeln, Jiiie 8.' From sources
considered reliable, it is learned that
General Ler&nd, head of the inter
allied commission, has issued verbal
instructions to the British, Italian,
and French troops-not to fire on
Polish insurgents unless'.' first , at
tacked. ."' ,
Woman Held As Slayer
Of Husband, Tries Suicide
New York, June 8. Mrs. Eva!
Kaber of- Lakcwood. O., held here
in connection with slaying her hus-j
band in the Cleveland suburb nearly
two years ago, today attempted sui-l
cide in her cell by slashing her riqht
wrist with a nail lue
Wins Battle Upon
Army Budget Bill
Senate Makes Provision for
150,000 Men in Pas6ing Ap
propriation Measure of
Washington, June 8. - Rejecting
committee provisions lor a minumutu
army of 170,000 men the senate to
day passed the army appropriation
bill carrying $334,000,000 and mak
ing provisions for an army of not
less than 150,000 men. . lhe house
had previously provided for 150,000.
Advocates of :onomy, after pour
ing a hot attack on the committee
provision for 170,000, voted down, 36
to il, the committee amendment Joy
a like majority the senate yesterday
had accepted the 170,000 figure, so
that todajrs vote constituted a re
The army budget now goes to con
ference. The house bill carried ap
propriations totaling about $14,000,
000 less. . . -
Two democrats, Senators Fletcher,
Florida, and Meyers, Montana, voted
with 30 republicans -to support the
military affairs committee. Thirteen
republicans voted with 23 democrats
against the 170,000 figure. These in
cluded Borah, Idaho; Gooding,
Idaho; Jones, Washington; Kenyon,
Iowa; McNary, Oregon; Stanfield,
Oregon, and Norris, Nebraska.
Committee amendments other than
for the pay of enlisted men were
accepted and the senate added an
appropriation of $200,000 to prepare
plans for development of the Great
Falls of the Potomac as a source of
hydro-electric power for the city of
Engine and. One Car
Drop Through Bridge
Union,. Colo., June 7. The engine
and one end of the baggage car of
Chicago, Burlingtou nnd Quincy
passenger train, No. 303, en route
from Alliance,, Neb., to Denver,
slipped into the flood-swept waters
of the Platte river, near here, early
The engine crew was rescued, ac
cording . to railroad information.
The passengers later were routed by
way of Sterling, Colo., from which
place they will be sent to Denver
Voters of Oregon Approve
Bonus for Ex-Service Men
Portland, Ore., June 8. Aid for
ex-service men in . the shape of a
bonus of $15 a month for each
month served in the world war, with
an alternative of a real estate , loan
not exceeding $1,000 was approved
by Oregon voters yesterday ' by a
vote of about three to one, accord
ing to returns reported from all ex
cept a few remote counties.
A measure referred by the legisla
ture providing for physical examina
tion of both men and women seek
ing marriage licenses was defeated.
- The Weather -
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Leaders at Annual Convention
Urge Workers to Resist
Reductions and Long
Blame Dealers forH.C.L
By The Anoclatcd FreM.
Denver, June 8. Co-operation anc
joint action by all the metal work
ing trade unions in the country t
resist further reductions in wages
and increases in the hours of laboi,
was urged by James O'Connelf, pres
ident of the metal trades department
of the American Federation of La
bor, in his annual address to the de
Building trade workers were also'
warned that further wage cuts were
not justified by William Spencer,
secretary of the building trades de
partment, in his address before the
department's convention. He placed '
the responsibility for excessive
L. .Til' . . . 1. - ! .. "1 .t : -
terials dealers of the country and not
Despite the deplorable industrial
situation, President O'Connell of the
metal trades said that there was no
"justification for a second reduction
of wages, nor above all, can I con
ceive of any reason whereby the
hours of labor should be increased
with millions out of employment.
The labor leader asserted that the
proposed plan for united action in
the metal trades did not involve the
"one big union" idea, but its pur
pose is to secure a closer and more i
direct co-operation between affili
ated organizations. This would also
enable the metal trades, he said, to
act as unit in opposing employers'
attempts to abolish, collective bar
gaining; the non-union shop and
compulsory signing of individual
"Labor is not responsible for- ex
cessive costs of building," said Sec
retary Spencer, "notwithstanding in
sidious efforts of certain cold, cal
culating interests whose purpose
are best served by attempting to
blame, the high costs oh the back'
of labor in order that the building .
materials dealers may through du
plicity continue to reap their harvest ,
of inflated prices.
"The curtailment of buijding ac-.
tivity throughout the country is .
traceable to excessive cost of build
ing materials." '
The labor official said the con
tractors would also require, agree-
I .1. . t-.MJ?
menis irom ine uuuuing materials
dealers if they "are sincere in their
want to be fair with the building
public, as well as the worker."
Prices May Rise.
While some building materials
have temporarily declined in . price, ,
Mr. Spencer said, there was no guar
antee that higher prices would, not
become immediately effective with ,
the resumption of business.'
"When the contractors," added
Mr. Spencer, ."direct their aim solely
at a reduction of the workers' wage
and suffer material dealers the en-
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Congress Authorizes ,
Secretary of War to ,
. Aid Flood Sufferers
Washington, June 8. A ioint res
olution was adopted late Tuesday by
the house and the senate authorizing
the secretary of 'war to extend all
possible relief to Colorado flood
Previously Senator Phipps of Col
orado had announced he and Repre
sentative Harvey would seek an ap
propriation of $1,000,000 for flood
relief. -, i . ' ' ' '
The resolution reads- ;
"That the secretary of war is here
by authorized and directed to take
such sanitary measures as he may
deem necessary and to furnish sub
sistence and quartermaster suplies
belonging to the military establish
ment and make available1 ajpd issue
the same to such destitute persons
in Colorado as have been rendered
homeless or are in needy circum
stances as the result of the; floods
due to the overflow of the Arkansas
river and its tributaries, and in exe
cuting this joint resolution the sec
retary of war is directed ; insofar
as possible, to keep in touch with
the authorities of Colorado and the
mayor of such cities -on the Arkan
sas river as may have, sustained
One Man Is Killed in v
Circus Train Wreck
Hot Springs S. D.', June 8. (Spe
cial Telegram.) R, D. Snedcker.
Sterling (Colo.) Burlington fireman,
is missing and is thought to have
been killed when the Palmer. Broth
ers' rtrrna train 'u-a urrrlfiff ttif.,
miles south of this city. ,
The wreck was caused by spread
ing rails and flood waters undermin
ing a trestle. Three cars containing
cages of wild animals were wrecked.
The engine arid baggage car are still
in the river.
The fireman is believed to have
been drowned. Three others were .
slightly .injured.. A Union Pacific
train crossed the trestle 20 minutes
before the wreck.
Escaped Convict Sought ,
As Murderer Slain by Posse
Globe. Ariz., June .8 E. R.'. "Red
Whiskers" Burnett, escaped convict
and suspected of the murder of
m ariona Teague, here on the nut lit
of May 22. for whom a search has
been conducted contmuouslv bv
sheriffs' posses and cowboys, was
snot and instantly killed vesterdav
afternoon by a member of the posse
wnicn nao oeeu close on, hit trail
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