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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 51NO. S3.
Paving Of
Foad To Be
Contractors to Keep Up Work
Provided Specified Amount
Of Cement Used and
Daily Reports Made.
Tests Show Weakness
Paving of the Lincoln highway
will be continued by Murphy Broth
crs, contractors, provided one and
three-quarter sacks of cement are
used for each lineal foot and daily
reports on the quantity of cement
used are made.
Laying of brick on the concrete
base will be held up until tests ofl
each day s work on the base are
made under the supervision of Prof.
Clark E. Mickey, state testing engi
neer. -
This was the outcome of a probe
into the alleged shortage in the
amount of cement used, conducted
in the court house yesterday after
noon by State Engineer George E,
At the close of the hearing, Lew
Adams, county engineer, said he
would make no change Tn his system
of inspection of the work and that
he was confident tests would prove
the concrete base was up to specifica
Engineer Doubtful.
State Engineer Johnson, however,
is of the opinion the base laid since
the contractors changed their sys
tem of mixing may prove faulty. It
so, he will recommend to the county
commissioners that they not accept
the base, and that they require the
contractors to relay it.
None of the commissioners would
state what attitude he would take
on such a recommendation.
In making the tests, blocks will
be cut from the base and into cubes
six inches square. They will then
be given the regulation compression
test and results will be -compared
with those on similar cubes con
taining one part cement to six parts
gravel, mixed and dried under the
same conditions as was the base. By
this method Professor Mickey hopes
to ascertain what ratio of cement
was used in the base.
Offers to Make Changes.
At the close of the hearing Rich
ard Murphy of Murphy brothers, ex
claimed: "We want to do this job the way
you want it. We'll do anything you
ask us ' to."
Chairman Unitr, of the county
toard, exclaimed with equal vc,he
mance: The county wants what it is pay
int for. If there isn't one part ce
ment to six parts gravel being used
it isn't getting what it's paying for.
"It seems the whole proposition
has been handled very carelessly,
was the comment of State Engineer
Johnson. "But there doesn't seem
to be any evidence of bad intentions
or graft."
Attorneys for the contractors con
tended throughout the hearing that
wet gravel shrank much more than
(Turn to Fair Two. Column Four.)
Extradition Papers .
Awaiting Van Duesen
y Washington, July 25. (Special
T elegram.) Ross Johnson, accused
of forging a check for $500 on the
United States Trust company of Om
aha, who has been apprehended in
Montreaat, Canada, and is awaiting
extradition, will shortly be on his
way to Omaha if everything works
out as expected.
The State department in response
to inquiry by Congressman Jefferis
as to issuance of the extradititon pa
pers asked for by the Nebraska au
thorities stated that the necessary pa
pers will be issued, but officials of
i the department have been holding
them pending the arrival of C. C.
Van Deusen of the Omaha detective
In the event Van Deusen does not
show up in the next 24 hours the pa
pers will be sent to the American
consul at Montreal.
Morman Anniversary Is
Celebrated in Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, July 25. Featured
by pageantry depicting the entrance
of the first band of pioneers into
Salt Lake valley, a special program
was furnished at the mouth of Emi
gration canyon, at the spot where
Brigham Young on July 24, 1847,
uttered the famous words:
"This is the place."
The pageant formed a reproduc
tion of the entrance of the pioneers,
horses pulling an old wagon similar
to that in which Brigham Young
rode over the plains to this valley.
This was followed by oxen trains
and women in pioneer costume.
Sultana of Afghanistan
Is Visitor at White House
Washington, July 25. Princess
Fatima, Sultana of Afghanistan, who
has attracted unusual attention dur
ing her visit to this country because
of a white saphire set in right side
of her nose, was received at the
White House by President Harding.
The princess and her two sons were
dressed in native costume and were
accompanied by an American naval
officer detailed as interpreter.
Britain and U. S. Try to
Work Out Immigration Law
London, July 25. (By The As
sociated Press.) Negotiations are in
progress between the governments
of Great Britain and the United
States of the settlement of the dif
ficulties incidental to the first appli
cation of the new American immigra
tion law, Cecil Harmsworth, under
secretary of foreign affairs, an
nounced in the house of commons
today, j
Cttr u Sma4-ClaM
Omaha P. 0. Under
State Engineer Opens
County Paving Pro
J George tS.Joftnjpn
State to Hold
New Base Ball
Confessions of Players Ad
mitted Into Evidence
Charge Rothstein Paid
$10,000 For Papers.
Chicago Trlbunr-Omal'a Be Lraaed Wire.
Chicago, July 25. After a heated
legal battle, Judge Hugo Friend to
day admitted the full confessions of
Cicotte, Williams and Jackson that
they had participated in a plot to
throw the 1919 world's series for
$100,000, into the evidence at the
"Black Sox" trial. His action fol
lowed, the calling of Chief Justice
Charles A. MacDonald as a witness
that the statements of the players
had been given voluntarily.
This victory for the state followed
day of startling developments m
which two new grand jury investiga
tions were promised by the state
and charges made that Arnold Roth
stein, New York gambler, had paid
$10,000 to an attache at the states
attorney's office for the original con
fessions when they were made before
the grand jury in 1920.
Attorney John b. Tyrrell, one of
the attorneys prosecuting the "Black
Sox," said tonight that a special
pi and jury investigation aimed at
the persons responsible for the cor
ruption of the 1919 world series
would be begun immediately after
this case is finished.
Johnson Makes Charge.
The second investigation will
delve into the question of the miss
ing immunity records and other pa
pers which were stolen during the
spring of 1920. In a public state
ment today Ban Johnson, president
of the American league, charged!
that Kothstein had paid $IU,U(X) tor
the confessions. He declared that
after Rothstein had found he was
not implicated in the documents that
he turned them over to a friend in
the newspaper game. '
An agreement made by attorneys
just before adjournment today is
expected to save considerable time.
It was agreed that all the attorneys
would go over the confessions and
if they can be corrected to the satis
faction of both sides they will be en
tered into evidence without further
Judge McDonald Testifies.
Judge McDonald took the witness
stand after Cicotte, Williams and
Jackson had testified that they had
been promised immunity and told
that if they "came through" they
would be taken care of.
The players admitted signing the
immunity papers, but said they did
not know "they were loaded." They
said they did not read them. Jack
son said he was "teed up."
The chief justice denied that he
had ever promised any of them im
munity. He said that he had list
ened to their confessions, then told
them that if they told their stories
to the grand jury, they would have
to take the ' consequences, that he
could do nothing for them.
Navy Captain May Have to
. Pay $350 a Month Alimony
Racine, Wis., July 25. Receiving a
salary of $600 a month, as a caDtain
in the United States navv. William
D. Brotherton, 50, may be compelled
to pay $350 a month to two wives
from whom he has separated. .
His first wife, to whom he was
married in . Racine in 1899 and from
whom he was divorced in 1905. is
receiving $100 a month alimony. The
California in 1912 and from whom
he sei rated a year ago, is receiving
$150 alimony and she now demands
an increase to $100.
Washington and Jefferson
College. President Dies
Denver, July 25. Samuel C.
Black, president of Washington ond
Jefferson university, Washington,
Pa., died at a . local hospital early
today after a two weeks' illness
growing out of complications result
ing from- an attack of influenza last
April. He was on a honeymoon trip
to national parks. Mr. Black was a
native of Clarinda,' la.
Leaves For Germany
Sidney. Neb., July 25. (Special.)
Rev. Father Link of the local
Catholic parish left to visit his par
ents in Germany. He has not been
back to his native country for 10
years, and is making the trip at this
time to visit his mother, who is ill,
Mitttr Hay it. IMS. tt
Act at tun 5. 1879.
Sought on
Four Laws
Petitions Carrying 66,000
Names Presented to Secre
tary of State by Farm and
Labor Men.
Object to Primary Law
Lincoln, July 25. (Special. Ne
braska political storm clouds loomed
on the horizon here today when 150
farmers, representatives of political
and nonpolitical farm organizations,
labor unions and candidates for gov
ernor and United States senator
gathered in the office of the secretary
of state and presented referendum
petitions, bearing from 57,000 to 60,
000 names, against four laws passed
by the last legislature. The laws at
which the petitions arc aimed follow:
Randall-Hascall anti-picketing bill.
Portion of banking bill which gives
state banking board discretionary
power to decide whether there is a
public demand for a new bank in a
A state-wide registration bill which
would force farmers to register their
political affiliations.
Amendment to the primary bill
which would discontinue direct
primary for election of delegates to
county, state and national conven
tions. Wray Demands Amendments.
Arthur G. Wray of York, probable
candidate for governor, formally
opened his campaign broadsides in a
speech delivered at the meeting, in
whkh he advocated an initiative
campaign demanding the following
constitutional amendments:
To forever prohibit the legislature
from taking away from the people
their right to nominate their own
candidates in the primary.
To forever prohibit the legislature
from passing a law requiring a voter
to register his party affiliation as a
qualification for voting at any elec
tion. The stage setting was managed by
A. E. Sorenson, secretary of the Ne
braska Nonpartisan league, who in
troduced the speakers and superin
tended the work of draymen in carry
ing the petitions and placing them on
a table for flashlight pictures.
Attacks Registration Law.
The speakers included R. Beecher
Howell, candidate for United States
senator; Jesse Johnson, Nebraska or
ganizer for the Nonpartisan league;
A. H. Bigelow, attorney for the Cen
tral Labor union, Omaha; Mrs. R.
W. Curry, representing a gentle sex
branch of the Nonpartisan league at
Litchfield, Neb.; J. N. Norton, rep
resenting the Nebraska Farm bu
reau; C. J. Osborne, state president
of the Farmers' Co-operative union.
Arthur G. Wray explained reasons
for directing the referendum at the
state-wide registration law.
"The law," he said, "casts an un
necessary burden upon rural com-
(Turn to Page Two, Column Two.)
Woman Store Keeper, I
Flogged by Masked Men
Birmingham, Ala., July 25. Mrs.
Kate Alexander, who, with G. S
Cooley, was taken into the country
by a masked band of men Saturday
night and flogged, stated today that
she had been ordered to leave Bir
mingham by next Saturday or suf
fer a worse fate. Mrs. Alexander
operates a small grocery store.
"I am going to stay here even if
they kill me, Mrs. Alexander said.
My prayers saved me Saturday
night an I know they will save an
innocent woman against all comers
again. I don't know why they came
after me. I have no enemies that
I know of. I won't leave town."
Cooley, who is a butcher, stated
today that as soon as he could close
his business he would leave. He
says he was warned to leave by his
masked assailants, who charged him
with intimate relations with a
negress. He declared it is a case of
mistaken identity.
Co-Operative Marketing
Bill Reported to Senate
Washington, July 25. A substitute
for the house co-operative marketing
bill for agriculture producers was
reported favorably today by the sen
ate judiciary committee. The sub
stitute, drafted by Senator Walsh,
democrat, Montana, contains a direct
provision prohibiting agricultural as
sociations for setting up monopolies.
The committee added a new sec
tion authorizing co-operative agricul
tural associations to deal in products
of non members, but not in larger
quantities than secured from its own
Three Held for Slaying
Brother of K. K. K. Victim
Galveston, Tex., July 25. J. E.
Hayes, Perry McFadden and J. H.
Ross of League City, were arrested
by Sheriff Henry Thomas today in
connection with the killing of M. C.
Benson at League City this morning.
Benson, 30, a stockman, was shot
to death on the main street of
League. Benson was a brother of
G. C. Benson of Dickinson, "who was
flogged by a party of masked men
last week.
Shipping Board Enjoined
From Seizing Mail Vessels
New York, July 25. A tem
porary injunction restraining the
United States shipping board, the
Emergency Fleet corporation and
the United American lines from in
terfering with the operation of the
ships seized Friday from the United
States Mail Steamship company was
issued here today by Judge William
P, Burr of the state supreme court.
Denver's Mystery Girl
Is Returned to Home
Denver, Colo., July 25. Miss Con
stance Phillips of Rosston, Tex., who
for two weeks mystified Denver
county hospital authorities when she
was unable to remember her name,
left last night for her home in Ross
ton, accompanied by Sheriff Tom M.
Ford of Cook county, Texas. The
sheriff positively identified the girl
as a school teacher of Cook county.
The girl continued to cling to her
account of being kidnaped from
Denton, Tex., by "a man and a
woman with red hair." Sheriff Ford
announced he was investigating the
circumstances surrounding the girl's
Local police have been unable to
find any trace of the alleged kid
napers, whom the girl charges with
her abduction.
Securities Co. Is
Declared Bankrupt
By Federa1
Keceiver INamed ioroiiicern
Involved in Pioneer Bank
Failure Land Titles
Found Worthless.
The Guarantee Securities Invest
ment company, involved in bad in
vestments with the defunct Pioneer
State bank of Omaha, was declared
bankrupt yesterday by Federal
Judge Woodrough. F. E. Sheehan
is receiver.
The last hope to save the Securi
ties company from going to the
wall collapsed when title to 147,000
acres of West Virginia land, for
which $260,000 in bonds was held by
the Pioneer bank, was found to be
F. H. Gaines, representing the re
ceiver for the Pioneer bank; R. A.
Mulfinger, for the Securities com
pany, ana judge Jt. f. noimes oi
Lincoln, representing Lincoln stock
holders, returned Sunday from
Charlestown, W. Va., where they in
vestigated the land titles and
brought back the report.
Title Worthless.
"If the company's title to this land
had been good, we could have saved
the Securities company and the Pio
neer bank, too," said Mulfinger.
"But it is worthless and no taxes
were paid for 50 years."
Officers in both companies are
practically the same.
I he land involved was neia Dy tne
Colonial Land, Coal and Timber
corporations, said .to have been or
ganized bv Thomas H. Matters,
recently released from Leavenworth
penitentiary on a pardon by Presi
dent Hardine, with Walter Stickell
of Kearney. Ralph Sunderland,-4ee
Herdman, W. V. Matthews and Wal
ter A. George of Omaha and William
J. Culver of Chicago.
with Walter Stickell ot Kearney,
Ralph Sunderland, Lee Herdman,
W. V. Matthews and Walter A.
George of Omaha and William J.
Culver of Chicago.
These men boueht out Matters in
terest a year ago for $250,000 and
; said to have paid him siMJUU
in cash for his 30 per cent holding.
Bonds for $2,000,000 Issued.
The. Securities company issued
$2,000,000 worth of bonds on the
Colonial holdings and sold about
$900,000 of it, the rest being held
as securities on other mortgage
The Securities company was
named trustee and holder of securi
ties for the bondholders of the Colo
nial company and the Pioneer State
hank was named depository tor the
funds of the Colonial company. The
Securities company was to have 15
per cent of the sale of the $1,000,
000, bonds as a commission.
Armed with the facts ascertained
by their trip to Virginia, counsel for
the Securities company yesterday
withdrew its answer to the suit in
federal court and permitted the com
pany to be adjudged bankrupt.
Treasurer of Home
For Girls Kills Self
Chicago, July 25. Mrs. Jennie B.
I athroo. prominent social worker
who for the last 13 years has devoted
practically all her time to the redemp
tion of wayward girls, killed herself
by shooting today.
Her husband, who is general man
ager of the A. P. W. Paper com
pany, said she had spent most of
the night worrying over conditions'at
the Chicago home io- girls, of which
she was treasurer. This morning he
passed her room and found her dead
body stretched out over the bed,
where she had fallen after shooting
herself. He did not hear the sound
of the shot.
Disarmament Reply Is
Expected From Japan Soon
Washington, July 25. If expecta
tions of official circles here are
realized the next day or two will see
Japan's attitude toward the scope of
the disarmament conference defined
and the way cleared for the more
formal diplomatic exchanges that are
to bring the conference actually into
Iron Company Cuts Wages
Of Its 10,000 Employes
Duluth, Minn., July 25. Additional
reduction of 10 per cent in the wages
of its 10,000 miners, effective August
1, and further curtailment of opera
tions in the Lake Superior district
was announced today by the Oliver
Iron Mining company, a subsidiary
of the United States Steel corpora
tion. Brokerage Firm Fails
New York, July 25. The failure
of the firm of Chandler Brothers'
Co. was announced from the ros
trum of the Stock Exchange today,
JULY 26, 1921. .
The Battleship Bombing
IT Took The Bombing
Dlinois Civil and
Military Forces
Likely to Clash
Governor Small Insists He
Will Resist Arrest Use
Of Troops Seems Only
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Vt'lrf,
Springfield, 111., July 25. That
there will be a serious clash between
the civil and military authorities of
Illinois tomorrow appears more cer
tain tonight than heretofore. The
truce between the governor ana
Judge Smith will expire tomorrow
when Governor Small must submit
to arrest or the warrant will be
turned over to the sheriff for service.
Sheriff Mester. who has the reputa
tion of getting what he goes after,
says he will serve the warrant if it
is sriven him. Governor Small is
equally determined to resist arrest.
"I'm back and I'm going to stay
right on the job," said the governor.
"There has been no change in my
One thine has been definitely de
cided, it is generally agreed, and that
is the refusal of the governor to
submit to arrest or go voluntarily
into court to answer the indictment
against him. Three plans have been
suggested as outlining the probable
course of the executive.. They are:
First, to refuse Sheriff Mester ad
mittance to either the executive of
fice or the executive mansion, should
he attempt to serve the warrants.
Second, to call on the local units
of the state militia and issue orders
to prevent the arrest.
Third, to let the sheriff come to
the executive offices and meet him
at the door with a declaration of
martial law. In such an event the
sheriff's power would cease instantly
and the state would take over direc
tion of both the police and sheriff's
offices, it is claimed.
It seems certain tonight that Judge
Smith will rule that the criminal
code is not to be suspended in the
case of the governor. In this event
the writs will be turned over to the
sheriff who will attempt to rail the
governor on the telephone and notify
him his presence is nesirea m court.
If the governor goes into court and
gives bond there will be no civil
trouble, but if he declines, no one can
foresee where the end of the problem
will be.
"One of Greatest Heroes of
War" Is Buried at New York
- New York, July 25. The body of
Fred H. Meyer, whom General
Pershing mentioned as "one of the
greatest heroes of the war," was
buried today with one of the most
elaborate military funerals ever ac
corded a private soldier.
At Cantigny, Meyer was "killed
while offering his body as a living
wall to a comrade armed with an
automatic rifle, which exterminated
a German machine gun nest. He
was riddled by bullets.
9-Year-Old Girl Dies
When Motor Car Falls
350 Feet Into a Gorge
Pasadena, Cal.,
erine Messenger,
25. Kath-
killed at
Mount Wilson, near here, Sunday
when the automobile in which she
was riding left the mountain road,
leading to the observatory, and
dropped 350 feet into a gorge. The
girls lather, 1. Messenger, of Bur
bank, Cal., was driving. He was
thrown clear of the car, and escaped
unhurt except pr ..hock;
ytar). Dally tad
Sunday. 2M
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lOjpyrtfht; mi: By The Chicago Tribune. 1
At thm pro-battleship partisan ft.
At tht pro-qirplant pariiian it
Hunt for Banker
Is World-Wide
Indications Are Chicago Fi
nancer Is Headed for
Canada or Japan.
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Chicago, July 25. Search for War
ren C. Spurgin, missing president of
the Michigan Avenue Trust com
pany, today extended to all parts of
the United States, Canada and Mex
ico. . Especial watch is being kept
upon Canadian ports, as there are
indications that Spurgin is headed
that way. '
Six depositors of the failed bank
filed a bill in the superior court ask
ing the appointment of a receiver. It
is directed against Spurgin and all
other officers of the institution.
There were also lively intimations
that others beside Spurgin are con
cerned in the $1,000,000 grab from
the funds of the institution. This in
formation came at the same time
the bank officials learned of Spurgin's
difficulties in a bank at Panora, la.,
20 yers ago. At that time Spurgin
hastily departed for the Everglades
of Florida and remained until the
troubles were adjusted. Three months
ago, it is said, Spurgin went back to
his hiding place in flonda and the
auestion now is being asked if he
had in mind at that time a repetition
of his Iowa experiences.
Mrs. Spurgin and daughter, Viv
ian, have been traced to Detroit, but
police officials and detective agencies
do not believe Spurgin himself is
within 1,000 miles of them, and that
he is using them to throw his pur
suers off his trail. There is reason
to believe that when he sent them
away he fled in an opposite direc
tion, perhaps to Colorado or to
northwestern Canada, in the hope
of crettincr a boat to laoan. It is not
believed that Mrs. Spurgin or her
daughter were aware of his wrong
Creamery Company Cleared
Of Charge of Shortweight
The Fairmont Creamery company
was found not guilty of selling short
weight ice cream after a hearing of
its case in police court yesterday.
Complaint had been made that con
tainers in which the company sold
ice cream to dealers were not full
weight. Testimony failed to support
the charge.
Britain to Release Members
Of Dail Eireann in Prison
London, July 25. If Mr. De VaJ
era decides to summon the Dail
Eireann a full attendance will be
possible, the the British governnien'.
will release the members of that
body, who are still in prison, in ac
cordance with a 'request of repub
lican leaders already made, says the
Daily Mail.
Three Bandits Hold Up
Paris-Marseilles Express
Chagny, France, July 25. Three
masked men held and robbed the
first-class passenger Paris-Marseilles
express train here early today. The
bandits shot dead one man who re
fused to raise his hands, and wound
ed another. They escaped with a
quantity of booty.'
U. S. Steamer Sinks
London, July 25. The American
steamer Parthian, of 1,366 tons from
Alexandria to Hamburg, sank in the
fort of Oran, on the west coast of
Algeria, yesterday, according to ad-
yecs received here today. The ship
is reportea to nave toundcred as the
result of a fire. There was no loss
of life, but damage to the cargo of
cotton and silk was scid to have been
considerable. ,
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Weeks to Reject
Muscle Shoals
Offer of Ford
Terms Not Considered Favor
able to Public Interest ,
Another Bid Is Ex
pected Soon.
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Washington, July 25. Despite the
tremendous pressure exerted Henry
Ford's proposal to lease and pur
chase the government's $ld0,000,000
dam and war plants at Muscle Shoals,
Ala., will not be accepted by the ad
ministration on the terms submitted.
Secretary of War Weeks made this
disclosure today in issuing the text
of the Ford offer and citing some of
the conditions stipulated by Mr. Ford
which are deemed contrary to the
public interest.
Mr. Weeks said he had been ad
vised another corporation is prepar
ing a tender for the properties and
that no decision would be reached
until all offers submitted could be
Plan Is Bonanza.
Any one who can obtain these
properties on the terms Mr. Ford
proposes would have a bonanza, ac
cording to one official, who said that
under the proposed contract "the
government assumes all the risks,
putting up all the money and getting
back a limited amount, while Ford
is to assume no risks of any con
sequence and is to enjoy all the im
portant safeguards."
Secretary Weeks said the very first
condition that the government guar
antee 600,000 horse power at the
Wilson dam never would be accept
ed by the government, because it is
uncertain how much power can he
Special objection is raised to leas
ing the Muscle Shoals dams and
hydro-electric power plant, when
completed, for 100 years on any
terms based on present conditions,
particularly in view of the limitation
to 50 years of the Water power
grants now being made by the fed
eral power commission.
Hardship on Finances.
Doubt is expressed by one cabinet
member that, in the present state of
its finances, the government would be
justified in expending $28,000,000 or
more to complete the dams and build
the power plant for Mr. Ford, while
federal power grants elsewhere are
compelled to contsruct the works
with private capital and without
government assistance.
Mr. Ford's offer to purchase for
$5,000,000 the nitrate plants built by
the government at a cost of $80,000,
000 is regarded by some officials as
not unjustified as a proposition of
salvaging a war investment, but by
others as ridiculously low for fac
tories fully equipped to manufacture
the fertilizer Mr. Ford proposes to
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Pardon May
Be Probed
Nebraska Congressman Pro
poses House Committee In
vestigate Freeing of At
torney From Prison.
Andrews Urges Acbou
Washington, July 25. Investiga
tion by a house committee with i
view to determining why Thomas H
Matters was pardoned "after servinf
44 days of a five-year sentence fo
aiding and abetting unlawful issu
ance of certificates of deposit of th
First National Bank at Sutton
Neb.," is proposed in a resolution in
troduced by Representative Reavis
republican, Nebraska.
The resolution is as follows: "Re
solved, that the committee on judic
iary, or any subcommittee thereof, is
authorized to make such investiga
tions as it may find necessary to as
certain and determine the reason for
the pardon of one Thomas H. Mat
ters, after serving 44 days of a five
years' sentence for aiding and abet
ting the unlawful issuance of cer
tificates of deposit of the First Na
tional bank of Sutton, Neb.
May Call Witnesses.
"Said committee is authorized to
sit during the sessions of the house
and to send for persons and papers,
to compel the attendance of wit
nesses and to administer oaths to
"The cost and expense of such
committee shall be paid from the
contingent fund of the house of rep
resentatives, to be paid on the audit
and nrAer of tti rhairtnari. siihtrrt
to the approval of the committee on
Congressman Reavis may possibly
be chairman of the subcommittee of
the judiciary committee of which he
is a member.
Wants "Inside History."
In speaking of his action today,
the congressman said: "I assume
that the pardon was perfectly legiti
mate, but inasmuch as it does not
seem to have been based upon facts,
or evidence additional to those sub
mitted to the courts. I believe that
the people, whose confidence in the
due enforcement of law is so essen
tial to the peace and order of organ-,
ized society, should know whatever
of inside history the case contains.
Any one familiar with Washington
will readily perceive the almost in
surmountable difficulty the resolu
tion will encounter, and I can offer
assurance only of my best
secure its adoption."
Andrews Favors Probe.
Congressman Andrews, following
the introduction of the resolution,
said he was in receipt of many let
ters from residents of Sutton, whe
lost money in the suspention of tht
first aNtional bank at that place,
asking for information as to who
were instrumental in getting the De
partment of Justice to act favorably
on the pardon. He believed that
an investigation was absolutely nec
essary and he hoped the resolutior.
would be adopted. "
Impossible to Comply
With Law, Says Bakers
At Bread Bill Hearing
Lincoln, Neb., July 25. (Special
Telegram., Hearing on the applica
tion of Omaha bakers for an injunc
tion against enforcement of thi
Smith bread bill occupied the time
of the Lancaster county districl
court today and further arguments
will be held tomorrow. An early
decision is expected, as the law is
due for enforcement July 28.
Representative Ed . Smith of
Omaha, author of the bill, who
saedv it from numerous pitfalls
prepared during the legislature by
the big baker lobby, assisted C. L.
Dort, assistant attorney general, in
defending the attack of the bakers
in court.
The bakers declared it would be
impossible to bake bread at a stand
ard weight with only a two-ounce
tolerance, and presented affidavits of
experiments to prove their claim.
The ' state said such a thing was
possible and presented affidavits of
experiments to prove their claim.
Men Guarded by Asbestos '
Shield Fight Oil Well Fire
Mexico City, July 25. Guarded
by an asbestos shield, fire fighters
were making an attempt today to
reach one of the burning oil wells at
Amatlan to shut off the valve regu
lating teh flow of oil. If this effort
fails, tunnelling will be tried in an
attempt to check the flames.
Two hundred men are fighting tkJ
fires and oil men believe the flames
will have been extinguished within
three weeks.
All nearby wells have beea cov
ered with earth.
Man's Body Recovered After
Buried Under Tons of Sand
Red Wing, Minn., July 25 After
52 hours of constant shoveling by
hundreds of men the body of Frank
Ek, who was buried alive in a cave
in at the sand pit of the Red Wing
Filter Sand company here Friday
forenoon, was recovered today. It
was estimated that more than 200,-
000 tons of sand were moved.
Anti-Alien Land Law
1 Upheld by U. S. Court
Tacoma, Wash., July 25. Th
Washington state anti-alien land
law. which prohibits aliens to awn
or to lease land and penalizes citi
zens who enter into leases wit!
aliens, was declared constitutional
today by a decision filed ia the fed
eral court,