Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 22, 1922, Image 1
6 r i ) The Omaha Daily Bee VOL. 51-NO. 233. f. (im A4 at n t tin. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY. MARCH 22. 1922. t Cllt till (r of i',rcs('ent k Urged to Proclaim Mall II t.on Bill) .4 . II; lilu, IM allfti Ht 4l . O.lfM IM 41 MM il IHOI Pall, ft ..U, Ml), I, TWO CENTS Tax Waste Is Problem (Juotiuit Sol Height of Leici lut IIW People Are to tft Mot for Their Money, Could Save on Purchases By PAUL GREER. "Little else i required to carrv a state to the highest degree of af fluence from the lowct harbarim. Imt peace, easy t:txc anil a toler able administration of justice; all the ret being brought about by the iinttiral course of tilings." So wrote Adam Smith, tunny years ago. r.ay taxes 11 a turning ingredi ent in Nebraska. While it can not be taid that the Mate is clipping back . into barbarism, it is well to remem ber the conclusion of the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland," that it takes a lot of running to Maud still to keen from backsliding. A point, however, that is frequently overlooked is that those taxes which make living easier 6r increase the productive power of the people arc a benefit rather than a burden. The question then is not entirely the height of taxation, but what the people get for their money, an J how waste can be reduced so that they will get more. ' Budget System Will Help. With public feeling on taxation what it is, the legislature that will meet next January undoubtedly will scan state expenditures closely. The budget system will result in better information, although this budget will be drawn up by the retiring governor and that the incoming exec utive will have only 15 days to go over it seems unwise. It is tinder stood now that 19 cents out of each dollar collected in taxes for 1921 went to the state, and the rest to local divisions of government. This 19 cents was apportioned as follows: F.ducation. 5 cents; penal, charitable and reformatory institutions, 3 cents; roads, bridges and paving, 3 cents; general state government, 4 cents; state capitol building fund, 2 cents, fund soldier relief, 2 cents. One possible source of economy might be sought in the purchase of supplies. At present each normal school buys separately, the univer sity also, and the hoard of control. All other state purchases are group ed under a state purchasing agent in the finance department. The least that is needed is a central clearing house through which all orders would go. some to be grouped for the benefit of wholesale prices. - A standardization of supplies and the . establishment of a central ware house would seem to offer further advantages. Movement Started Nationally. Secretary of Commerce Hoover has started a movement of this sort nationally. By developing a set of standards, goods could be made and bought at lower cost. The board of control with 17 state institutions under its care, has a tremendous (Turn to Pacw Taw. Column One.) Arl)or Day Golden Anniversary Congressman Jefferis Suggests a Nation-Wide Observance, With Fitting Ceremonies on April 22, of Festival Originating in Nebraska. Wellington. March Jt. (Special Telegram,) The 5tli annivcriory of Arbor dy, which Ncbrk v ill observe with fining ceremonie April 22. ttiygotcd to Congressman Jrffcrt that the preident ought to make the golden anniversary a nation- ide event by issuing pro. cUmmiou calling attention to the plendid achievement tn the way of reforestation that have followed Ne braska' lead and iugneting that a tree be planted where il will do the moot good. Appreciating v. hat Arbor day lias done for Nebraska and being a lover of the great outdoors, Congressman Jeiferi today ent a letter to Prei dent Harding recalling the early his tory of Arbor day, which t now more or less observed in all the states, and claiming that a day given over to tree planting was distinctly a Nebraska product. Origin of Arbor Day Recalled. In reciting the genesis of Arbor t'ay. Representative Jefferis, in his litter says: , "At an annual meeting of the Ne braska -state board of agriculture held in Lincoln, January 4, 1872. the Honorable J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City introduced a resolu tion, which was unanimously adopted, setting April 10, 1872. as a' day set apart and consecrated to tree planting and the name Arbor dav was adopted. ''Tho agriculture board, appreciat ing the need for forestation in Ne braska, at that time offered a special premium of $100 to the agricultural society of the county in Nebraska, which, to quote from the resolution, shall, upon that day, plant properly I lie Urgent number of tree, km! a farm library i( $25 worth of books to that person who, on that dav, shall plant properly in Ncbra.ka the greatest number of tree. "Hubert W. Furnas, then governor of Nebraska. In hi interesting book, entitled 'Arbor Day." state: 'The newspapers of the state were geuer tui, and kept Arbor day well before the people. The reu!t was that over a million trees were planted in Ne braka on the firt Arbor day. April 10, IH7J. The Nebraska legislature in 1885 designated April 22 as Arbor day and it has since been observed in our state on that day. Urges Proclamation. "In iew of the pressing need for reforestation - throughout the entire nation it has seemed to me most fitting that the golden annivtrsarv of the firt Arbor day be proclaimed by the president of the United States. Such a proclamation would merit cordial response from trie various governor of the states, an it the result would be mot hrnrficaf. "Arbor dav is now celebrated In all states, as well as in Hawaii snd I'orto Rico, Although the exact date is not uniform it generally falls late in April or early in May in the northern states, while in the south ern states the day is observed as early as December. In some of the states it is a legal holiday, while in most it is a school holiday, observed by the children with appropriate ex ercises. "A. proclamation on this golden anniversary would, as I have before stated, have a stimulating effect on reforestation throughout the nation and I shall certainly appreciate your consideration to this end." Gustafson l If We Have to Have a Strike-Breaker Pleads fe ill" . iraii jdii , Revolt Starts in House Over Annv and Navy Budget Military 'Affairs Committee Charges Concentration of Power in Appropria tions Body. House Will Vote on Soldier Bonus Bill Thursday Nonpartisan League Secretary Resigns Lincoln, Mrrch 21. (Special.) Richard Miller,' secretary of the Non partisan league, has resigned, accord ing to announcement by C. A. Sor enson, attorney for. the league. . Actor Refuses to Pose as Lincoln for Movies Soringfield, 111., March 21. Frank McGlynn, actor, who plays the part of Abraham Lincoln in John Drink water's play of the same name, to day rci'used to be filmed on the sireets of Springfield and in the old Lincoln homestead dressed as the martyred president. McGlynn. notified the Chamber of Commerce that his respect for Lin coln was too great to carry the im personation into the streets and the courthouse or Lincoln's old home. The actcr appears here in Drink water's play tonight and movie men were waiting to film him in Lin coln's old haunts. Council of Nations Will Meet in Paris on Friday Geneva, March 21. The council of nations has been called to meet for a brief session in Paris on Fri day of this, week, it was announced today. The meeting has been called at the request of Great Britain and France, who have presented for dis cussion four questions: The league's relations with the Genoa conference; the, possible participation of the league's technical staffs in prepara tion for the Genoa meeting; the problem of Russian refugees and the nomination of additional mem bers of the league's commission for the reduction of armaments. Judge Denies Prosecution Arbuckle Juror Challenge San Francisco. March 21. Judge Harold Louderback denied today the prosecution's motion to be allowed to chalienajt peremptorily Juror Ed ward V. Brown in the third man slaughter trial of Roscoe C. (Fatty) Arbuckle. The jury was sworn in last week. The motion was made yesterday prior to the selection of a second alternate juror on the ground that Brown was hostile to the dis trict attorney. . 3 Children Die in Fire Eldorado, Ark, March 21. Three children were burned to death in their home here last night when a fire started from a broken gas pipe. They are Edith, Byssie and Tressie Bagget Their mother and two brogthers were badly burned. No other children escaped. The family had been quarantined on account of measles. ; . . Omaha Be Lotted Wfiw. Washington. March 21. Open re volt broke an the house today, ove the growing concentration of power in the hands ot the small army ana little navy," appropriations commit tee as manifested by its apparent de termination to reduce the nation to its prewar condition of unprepared ness. .... ' ' Although the insurgents, under the leadership of Representative Kahn of California, chairman of the military affairs committee, met defeat in the opening skirmish, the prediction was generally made that much more se rious rebellion " could be expected in the near future. Budget System Changes. Under, the provisions of the-budget system the jurisdiction over all appropriations including those for the army and navy was lodged in the appropriations committee. There was considerable grumbling over this radical deoarture from the time honored practice of the house, par ticularly by members of the military and naval committees, but the rec ognized necessity for rigid economy induced those who were dissatisfied to acquiesce in the new procedure. When, however, the appropriation committee, disregarding the urgent recommendations of the president and the War department, reported the army bill, arbitrarily cutting the size of the army to 115,000 enlisted men, the dissatisfaction was revived. Representative Kahn and others took the position that the appropriations committee was usurping legislative functions which the house has never intended it should have. Charge Power Usurped. They pointed out that the appro priations committee was attempting to write into the general supply bills all sort? of legislative measures deal ing with questions of general policy which should come under the juris diction of other committees of the Jiouse. Mr. Kahn undertoow to test the general legislating powers of the ap propriations committee . under the rules today. He was defeated, but he sowed the seeds of insurrection which may in time reach the pro portions of the "parlous days" of 1909-10, when the concentration of vast powers . in . the hands of the speaker led to the spectacular revolt against "Cannonism. ' . Crude Oil Advances Dallas. Tex.. March 21. An ad vance of 25 cents in Mexia crude oil was announced by the Magnolia Petroleum company, effective March 21. The former price was $1.25 a barrel. Thousands of people read The Bee "Want"Ad columns J 7th and Faraam ATlantic 1000 Leaders Confident of Passing Measure Under Suspension of the Rules Debate Is Limited. Omaha B Leaiml Wire. Washington, March 21. A definite program for the passage of the soldiers' bonus bill on Thursday, under a suspension of the rules, was announced today by republican lead ers of the house. The rules committee will meet to morrow to report out a special rule making Thursday suspension day. This will permit the bill to be called up under a suspension of the rules without opportunity for amendment. A two-thirds vote .will be necessary on the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Four hours of de bate will be allowed and the entire matter disposed of in a single day. Gillett Satisfied. Speaker Gillett indicated that he was satisfied with this' program and would grant recognition under a motion to suspend the rules, follow ing the adoption of the proposed spe cial rule. The speaker remarked that after reading the report submitted) by democratic members of the vays and means committee proposing the restoration of the excess profits tare and higher surtaxes, he believed it to be just as well that no opportunity should be given to amend the bill on the floor. ' The special rule making Thursday suspension day will require a ma-" jority vote. No difficulty is anticipat ed either in the ' adoption of the special rule or in mustering a two thirds vote on the motion to sus pend the rules and pass the bjll. Sentiment for the soldiers' bonus bill is so overwhelming in the house that comparatively few votes are ex pected against the measure. Prob ably a majority of the democrats will vote for it. Confident of Passage. President Harding's attitude . on the bonus bill docs not appear to disturb the house leaders greatly. Notwithstanding various reports that the president might veto the bill if passed in its present form, the house leaders insist that he never has told them so. They take the position that the bill in its present form comes as close to meeting the president's ob jections as any bonus bill can. They are flatly opposed to either of the two alternatives emphasized by the president, namely, financing the measure through a sales tax or In definitely postponing ail bonus legis lation. The sentiment in the house is such that in case the president should veto the bill it probably would be promptly passed over his veto. Whether a two-thirds vote for the passage of the bill over the presi denfs veto could be obtained in the senate is more doubtful. Fordney Tariff Rates on Sugar Are Approved Washington. March 21. Sugar raftes in the Fordney tariff bill on the basis of $1.00 a hundred pounds for Cuban raw. were approved to day by the reoublican members of the senate finance committee after" a prolonged fight. The vote was reported as five to four. . The Fordney rates were accepted s a compromise'. Senator Smoot of Utah, the ranking majority member, contended for. a rate of $2 a hun dred on Cuban raw. the duty asked for by American beet sugar Inter ests. Helvey Epstma6ter Quits. Helrer. NU, March 21. (Spe cial.) Postmaster Frank Day has resigned his position. Mayme Welch, his deputy, has been designated act ing postmaster until an examination can be called to fill the vacancy, Program of Organizing Com. miitee of U. S. Grower, Inc., Strewed at Open Meeting. Pooling Is Big Question t liicaeo, March 21. The baie principle of the committee of 17. which outlined the plan under which the I'tiited States Grain Growers, Inc.. was formed, should be retained in the future conduct of the organiza tions, nlncer of the grain grower ertrd today iit opening the firt annual convention. Moth President C. II. Gustafson and Secretary Frank M. Myers rced that the grain growerf should follow the program prepared !v the orpntiiiiing committee, while Mr. Gustaison, in his welcoming ad dress, told the delegates' that "what oit do at this meeting will either make or break the organization." Would Avoid Dictation, While declaring that the grain grower bad ample work to do with out "trying to become associated with other co-operative organizations which would try to dictate its poli cies," the president a'sertcd that the best form of co-operation would con sist "of working 'separately on the details and problems that concern us differently and then working whole heartedly together on those problems that are of mutual concern." The nearly 60 delegates attending the convention have the authority to cat a total of 4 1 .730 votes, repre senting the membership on January 17 of this year. Since that time, Mr. Guftafson said, the membership has increased to more than 50,000. The voting strength of the states reprcrcnted follow: Colorado, 804; Illinois. 10.251: Indiana, 4.405: Iowa. 3.449: Kansas. 949: Michigan. 1: Min nesota, 1.225: Missouri, 4,041; Ne braska. 8.146; Xorth Dakota, 5.520; Ohio. 1: Oklahoma and Texas, 2,6 J9; South Dakota, 339. Sessions Largely Routine. Today's sessions largely were largely taken up with organization work and with the routine reports of committees, with most of the im portant questions to come before the gathering remaining to be threshed out tomorrow. Among question? on which lively discussion wa3 anticipated was the pooling issue, but there was no in dication in what form this would come before the ( convention. The president's address, in which it was urged that the organization follow out its original program, was taken as indicating opposition to any move toward pooling or co-operation with other marketing agencies based upon the 100 per cent pool. A bright picture of the future of the co-operative marketing agency was painted in the reports of offi cers and directors witn rresmcnt Gustafson announcing it was hoped to announce soon that it was ready to receive grain from members. With more than 50.000 growers and farm ers elevators signed, it was stated that 500,000,000 bushels of grain w-ere under contract for a five-year period: Attempt Made to Kill Chinese Envoy at Pans Paris. March 21. An attempt was made today to assassinate Mr. Chen Lu. Chinese minister to France. Four shots were fired at him by a Chinese youth, none of which,--- how ever, took effect. Mr. Tsan-Gow, a Chinese engineer, who was accom panying the minister, was wounded in the head. The ministers assailant who sur rendered shortly after the shooting, is a student who gave his name as Lee-Ho-Ling. He was disgruntled with the attitude of the minister to ward the Chinese in Paris, which he complained of as unkind. The attack took place as Mr. Chen-Lu was driving in his automo bile. v I ss ar - m Youth Charged With Murder of Lady Alice White Pale-Faced, Inoffensive Look ing Pantry Boy Accused of Slaying in London Hotel. - -;- - London, March 21.- Henry Ja- t the hotel 11,500 Gallons of "Gas" Lost at Geneva as Pipe Breaks Geneva, Neb., March 21. (Spe cial.) Because of a broken pipe connecting one tank with another at the new filling station here, 11,500 gallons of gasoline leaked into the ground. The loss was discovered by Charles J. Warner, owner ot the sta tion. The tanks had been placed under ground, oneholding 17,000 gal lons and two small ones, 5,000 gal lons each. The large one auto matically supplies the others. The supposition is that the settling of the large tank while the small ones re mained stationary was responsible for the snapping of the pipe. Auction of Soviet Furs Is Halted by Injunction Lcipsic, March 21. The civil court of Leipsic today halted the auction of a large consignment of furs, pelts and hides for the account of the Rus sian soviet government on an in junction obtained by the Russian Trading company of Copenhagen which claims to be owners of the goods stored here for the account of the Moscow government. This was the second consignment of furs shipped from Russia for the soviet government's' credit, the pro ceeds of which were supposed to ap ply on purchases made by the soviet government in Germany. Former Vermont Senator Marries American in Rome Rome, March 21. The wedding of Henry F. Hollis, former United States senator from Vermont, to Miss Ann White Hobbs of Con cord, Mass., took place here today Richard Washburn . Child, ths American ambassador, and James Phelan, former" senator from Cali fornia, acted as witnesses. , cobi, IV. pantry hoy where Lady Alice White was in jured fatally last Monday night, was arraigned in police court .today; charged with murder. He is alleged to have confessed to striking Lady White with a hammer. She was found unconscious, in her room Tuesday morning and died the next day. Her skull was fractured. Lady White was the widow of Sir Edward White, late chairman of the London county council, and was be tween 5U and OU years old. in a lucid 'moment, after her injury, she declared a burglar had entered her room and struck her. Inoffensive in Appearance. Jacobi is a pale-faced youth; quiet and inoffensive in appearance. He had been employed in the hotel only a few days prior to the murder. His work consisted principally of wash ing crockery and cleaning plale. In his spare time, he said, he read a number of cheap novels, mainly of the detective type. Since the death of his mother, 13 years ago, he had mainly been cared for by his grandmother, a frail little old lady who lives in the east part of London. Hi$ father is employed as a bar man. No evidence was revealed in court to indicate the reason for Jacobi's act. The detective who arreted him testified, and then the youth offered to pick out from the number of the hammers brought into court the one with which Lady White was killed. He picked up one, saying he recog nized it by a dent which he ob served while washing the blood from it. He was remanded for one week. McLaughlin Taking Poll on Soldiers' Bonus Bill Washington, March 21. (Special Telegram.) Congressman M. O. McLaughlin of the York (Neb.) dis trict, while having a decided leaning toward an adjusted . compensation till for the ex-service men of the world war, decided last week to get an expression from his constituents of the fourth district as to how they stood on the much-discussed bonus bill. At random he sent out 400 letters to business men, farmers, la borers, professional men, public of ficeholders, judges of the district courts, lawyers, doctors and news paper publishers, asking them whether they were m favor pf a cash bonus for able-bodied ex-scrv-ice men. Church Woman Is Denied Injunction From Ouster Xew York, March 21. The peti tion of Walter Fairchild, attorney for Mrs. Augusta- E. Stetson, formerly-a leading figure in the First Church of Christ, scientist, for an in junction restraining the trustees of f 1 . . i A- 1 uiai uuuy iium ousting ncr ironi membership, was denied by Su preme Court Justice Joseph A. New burger. N. Y. Debutante Wed in Paris New York. March 21. The secret marriage in Paris of Miss Margaret A. Train, New York debutante who went to France to study art, and Reginald Embree of Boston, an other art student, was announced in a cablegram received here today. Pact With Britain Denied by Hughes Hopes to See "No Further Re flections on Veracity of American Delegates." Washington, March 21. Presenta tion in the senate- today of a letter from-- Secretary Hughes denying flatly tint any secret agreement ex ists for future British-American co operation led today to another effort by opponents of the four-power treaty to send it back to committee. The effort brought on a warm de bate. The secretary's letter, characteriz ing suggestions of such an agree ment as "absolutely false," was laid before the senate by Senator Lodge, the republican leader and a member of the anils delegation, who at the same time put into the record a tele gram from Paul D. Cravath, the New York attorney, denying the ac curacy of a statement on the same subject attributed to him by Senator Borah, republican, Idaho. Reiterating a denial made in a for mer communication that any secret agreements existed with other pow ers in connection with the arms con ference, Mr. Hughes wrote m today s letter that he hoped to see no "fur ther reflections upon the veracity and honor" of the American dele gates. The charge of a secret agreement was described as outrageous and un thinkable. It was further declared inconceivable that the American gov ernment should invite Japan to a con ference and, then be perfidious enough to turn arOund and make a secret agreement antagonistic to her. Lloyd George to Ask Vote of Confidence London, March 21. (By A. P.) Prime Minister Lloyd . George will resume his" place in the house of commons April 3 and will immedi ately ask for-a vote on the govern ment's policy regarding the Genoa economic conference, Austen Cham berlain, the government leader, an nounced in the house this afternoon. Mr. Chamberlain, added that the government intended to put a mo tion clearly, 'raising the question as to whether' it possessed the confi dence of - the house. "The whole house will recognize," he said, "that it would be impossible for us to ask the premier, to go to Genoa if there were any doubt about his authority." Foreign Stockholders Are Barred From Union Oil Co. San Francisco, March 20. Stock holders of the Union Oil company of California by a vote of 285,000 shares out of the 500,000 comprising the total capital stock, have ratified a plan to form a holding company by wihch the properties of the cor poration will be held under-American control, it was announced today by Thomas A." Hayes, general manager' of the company. The holding company . will be organized within the next 10 days, he said, and all foreigners will be barred as workng dnrectors. Telechrometer System Will Be Used on Everett Phones Olympia, Wash.. March 21. The department of public works gave authority today to the Puget Sound Telephone company to establish a new schedule of telephone rates in Everett, Wash., effective April 1. for 60 days to test the efficiency of the telechrometer. an instrument where by the patron is charged according to the amount of times he uses his telephone. t Dr. Wiedfeldt Named German Envoy to U. S. . - . To Fill Post Vacant Since 1917 When Bernstorff Left "Washington Is Leading Industrialist. Berlin, March 21. (By A. P.) Di Otto Ludwig Wiedfeldt has been appointed German ambassador to this United States. Dr. Wiedfeldt will fill the post which has been vacan since Febru ary, 1917, when Count Johann Hein rich von Bernstorff left Washington, prior to the declaration of war be tween the United States and Ger many. Knotty Problem.. Since the resumption of normal re lations betwen the two countries the question of naming a new ambarsa dor has been one of the knottiest problems confronting the German government. In addition to diplo matic experience, it was necessary that the incumbent be wealthy as the exceedingly low value of the German mark will' place him in a financial disadvantage in the Amer ican capital. Berlin dispatches to The Asso ciated Press for the last few days have forecast the appointment of Dr. Wiedfeldt, who is 50 years old and one of the foremost German indus trialists and economists. He is re ported to have been released from his position at the head of the di rectorate of the great Krupp works so that he might accept the post. Experienced Diplomat. Dr. Wiedfeldt is reputed to be one of the wealthiest Germans of the present day. He is an experienced diplomat, having for years occupied important position- in the German home office. He also spent about three years in the far east as con sulting expert to the Japanese gov ernment in connection with the or ganization of its railway system. Iowa Women Wish to Know If They May Run for Senate Des Moines la.. March 21. (By A.. P.) Attorney Gen. Ben J. Gib son is in receipt of a letter today formally requesting Biim to supply information concerning the status ot women as candidates for the state senate. Tlje letter was written by Mrs. Florence P. Pierce.-state chair man of the"Towa league of women voters. Mrs. Pierce, in her letter, states that considerable interest has been aroused as to women's chances to become candidates for the upper house of the Iowa legislature. It was first learned last week that the state constitution may permit women to become candidates for- the state senate. It specifically excludes women from becoming members of the house of representatives in that it provides only for the seating of "male" citizens. The Weather Forecast. Wednesday i-air; rising tern ature. Hourly Temperatures. C a. m a. m 1 a. m 8 a. mi a. m 1 a. m. 15 ...M ...83 ...4 ...84 ...as ...as .. .s ...as l . -., p. m.. S a. at.. 4 p. m.. 5 p. m.. 4 P. nt., 7 p. m.. I p. at.. per- . .3 . .a . .i . .s . . . .x Si Highest Tuesday. rvnT'on . P.. Motn. Rapid C'ilT ..49' Slnut Citr ..4;i v!fatlne . . JS Coal Strike is Ordered i In All Mines j iNifjieiiMiMi nf Work Order! at Miiliiiplit, Man-It .11 j I'ird Time All .Mine Or drml Mini Pom n. :600,000 Mm Affected ImlMiMiHt'ik. Intl., Mm i'Ii Jl. ' SuspriiHon ui work by all union foal niinm at midnight March 2-1 j wi ordrrrtl today by otfirrr of the I'nited Mine Workrrn of America, the call hriiig the tiisf tvrr inetl fur boili bituminous and wnthrcie worker to walk out siuiult.inrmitily. .Si hundred thousand nirn will h afectrd by the order, it wa rt i mated oit'icully. The siipois!s, the order piuvitltd, will continue un til Mopped by union officials. The order, which was sent to the 3.0IM local unions, directed the min er to give the operators their full t co-oprratiou in the piotecttoi' of mine property and counseled against ioii-nrr and violation of the law. In addition to aiferting ail union miners in the I'nited State, the order also directed approximate ly 6,'5ll union men in western Can ada to join in the walkout, but did not apply to 14.W0 miiurs in Nova' Scotia. First in History. N'evrr before in the history of. the ru.il industry has a suspension or strike order called for cessation of work by all union miners in the United State. In the rast, wage contracts in the bituminous and an thracite fields have not expired at the same time, but a complete tie un in union fields wa connidered dur ing the great anthracite strike in 1902. A sympathetic strike by the bituminous miners at that time wa rejected by the union's convention, it being argued that the soft coul workers were bound by a contract. The issuance of the call came with the recent strike vote of soft col miners not completely tabulated, but it was said oficially' that the vor'c of the union's board of tellers had progressed to such a point as o show every field voting overwhelm ingly in favor of a suspension. In dications were that nine-tenths or the miners favored the walkout. Cessation of the suspension in whole or part, is left to the unions policy committee, composed of more than 100 union officials, which will meet in Cleveland on Friday to con- sidcr plans for conducting the strike. Outstanding among the questions to be considered by the committee is that of negotiating single wage agreements. A division within tiie committee on this question seems certain, with indications that a ma jority will oppose the single state proposition. Operators Are Blamed. The suspension order, which aid blame for the walkout in the soit coal fields rested with the operators for refusing to negotiate a new con tract with the union, and with the failure to reach a new agreement 'with the hard coal operators, was mailed by office employes at the union's headquarters here in the absence of officials. The procedure, however, had previously been ar ranged by officials and the release of the call which was dated yesterday, was directed by officers, who are (Turn o Pane Two, Column Six.) Hearing on Mileage Book Bill Is Op ened Washington, March 21. (Special Telegram.) At the hearing before the interstate and foreign commerce committee of the house today on the interchangeable 'mileage book bill, which has the backing of the travel ing salesmen of America, 4,500 mem bers making Jsebraska their head quarters, Senator . Poindexter of Washington and Representative Jul ius Kahfi of California presented ar guments in favor of the bill. E.--Congrespman John Ksch, a member ji rnc interstate Commerce com mission, appeared against the meas ure, which he pronounced unconsti tutional. Representatives Jefferis and .McLaughlin, who are friendlv to the bill, were present at the hear ing Avhich will be completed tomor row. Forty representatives of the national council of Traveling .-alesiiien of America, accompanied by Floor Leader Mondell and Rep resentative McLaughlin of Nebraska, had a conference with President yarding today in the interest of leg lElalion affecting the traveling men, and judging from the pleasant ex pressions on the faces of those who met the president there was no doubt as to his sympathies. Viscountess Astor Urges Change in Old British Law London, March 21. (By A. P.). Viscountess Astor today introduced a bill in the house of commons de signed to amend the old British law concerning the presumption of coer cion in case of offenses committed by married women. Introduction of the bill arose from the recent case of a prominent fo ciety woman. Mrs. Owen Peel, who was acquitted in connection with bettintr fraud in which lir Uiihnit Capt. Peel, was sentenced to one year imprisonment. Her acquittal was; by virtue of an old law of Saxon times, on which the judge ruled that as the offense was committed in the preseuce of her husband and there fore presumably under his coercion he had no option but to acquit her. Endicott Gets Electricity. F.ndicott, Neb, March 21. (Spe cial.) Endicott now ha electric lights for the firs,t time. The cur rent comes from the municioaj olant at Fairburv. s) '