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TOPEKA, KANSAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1922 TWELVE PAGES
III MINE BLAST
Only Nine Bodies RecoTered
From Pennsylvania Shaft.
Gas Believed t 'Have Been
Cause of Explosion.
TWENTY BURIED IN DEBRIS
Thousand Employed, But Had
"ot Entered Mine.
Volunteer Rescuers Work Fran
tically to Save Entombed Men.
Brownsville, Pa., Feb. 2. Eighteen
bodies had been recovered shortly be
fore 2 o'clockthis afternoon from the
Gates mine of the H. C. Frick Coke
company at Gates. Pa., where a fearful
explosion occurred early today. Eight
other miners, all believed dead are
still in the mine.
It was .stated by company officiate
this afternoon there were fifty miners
in the mine at the time of the explo
sion but a latw check up shows that
twenty-four escaped by climbing up a
2 50-foot mine shaft, hand over hand,
over ropes and cables.
The bodies recovered are badly
burned. But one man of the eighteen
known dead has been identified. He
was Mike Yoursinsky of Adah, Pa.
Gates. Fa., Feb. 2. All hope for the
miners imprisoned by an explosion in
the Gates mine of the H. C. Frick
company here was abandoned at 2
o'clock this afternoon when rescue
crews came across seven bodies in
the workings affected by the blast.
Nine bodies had previously been
brought to the surface. Checking the
workmen believed to have been in the
mine officials said the men still un
accounted for had probably perished.
liescuers coming1 up from the scene
'f the explosion say there is no hope
thnt any of the other twenty men in
the mine are alive. This theory was
based on the fact that the men taken
out had perished from asphyxiation
an-l not. from the force of the blast.
(Jns Caused Explosion.
The explos on is believed to have
br:fu en used by gas. A fall of tons of
fiate following' th explosion is be
liived to have crushed many more
minors, according to company offi
cinl Mtfltenient just before noon. j
One statement by a company offi
cial said about 100 miners were at
work at the time of the explosion, but
that some had escaped by use of ropes
a :id cables by which they clambored j
up the 2 50 foot shaft. j
The entrance to the mine Is a pic
ture of horror. At the base of the
shaft are the bodies of the five dead j
May Not Identify Victims. I
They have not been Identified. The
bodies of some of the victims are
chaired so badly they probably will
iiev.T br identified.
Snm Brown, former Boston Braves
cm-her. is directing the rescue work.
ll;s ivife is aiding him. Brown is
superintendent of the in -h
A squadron of state troupers was dis
patched to the mine today to aid m
the rescue and preserve order. The
mine in which the explosion occurred
is the largest of the sixty-three mines
of the H. C. Frick Coke company.
Thousand Are Employed.
About 1,000 miners are employed in
tins mine, but the day shift had not
reported for duty when the explosion
A relief train carrying doctors,
nurses and undertakers left here this
morning. Miners, acting as volunteer
rescuers, are coming from various
Rescuers are working frantically to
dig thru the mass of debris and reach
the entombed men. The exact num
ber is yet unknown.
New Jersey Court Against Dry Law.
Trenton. N. J., Feb. 2. The court
of errors and appeals, highest court
in New Jersey, today declared the
Van Ness state prohibition enforce
ment act unconstitutional reversing a
previous decision of the state supreme
court. The vote of the court was
8 to 4.
A COMBINATION OF 2'S
Date Today, Designated by Num
bers. Is 2-2-22 Not Until Mareh,
3. 1933, Will All UM5 Figures In
I. in;' He Saute.
The average harassed American,
when he writes down a date,, doesn't
t,-ke time to rpell out the name of the
month. Usually he designates it by
its number, follows that number with
the number of the day of the month,
and follows that with the last two fig
ures of the year, separating the thr?e '
ngures with dashes.
The man who writes his dates that
way, has today a combination which
will not be repeated for a long, long
tme. To-wit: "2-2-22."
The, American must be original, or
he is not happy. He will sacrifice ef
ficiency and logic to originality, as a
rule. So the practice of the European
countries, to place the day of the
month first, and the number of the
month second, in the list, couldn't be
followed in At.. erica.
On this occasion, however, the Eu
ropean and the American will have to
au-ree whether either party approves.
The day of the month, and the num
ber of the month, are the same a co
Incidence which can only occur once a
But not until the third day f
March. 1933 eleven years, one monci
ne daywill all the figures in the
line be the same.
FORECAST FOR KANSAS.
Generally fair tonight and Friday.
Warmer west portion tonight.
PLENTY SUNSHINE IN KANSAS
Ground Hog Has Splendid Opportunity
to See His Sliadow.
7 o'clock 22
8 o'clock 23
y O'clock 24
10 o'clock 26
11 o'clock 29
12 o'clock 32
1 o'clock 34
2 o'clock 35
Protect all thirty-six hour shipments
north against a temperature of 15 de
grees. West 20. East and south 25.
The ground hog saw his shadow to
day, as sunshine was plentiful. The
sky was clear today from St. Louis to
San Francisco, so a large number of
ground hogs will crawl back into their
holes for a stay of six weeks.
The cold wave which was scheduled
failed to materialize as the cold weath
er passed to the north of Kansas. The
sky was also clear from Texas north
to South Dakota. No zero weather
f-was reported in Kansas. Temperatures
below zero were general in Montana,
Wyoming and North Dakota.
No tail of moisture was reported in
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TOLnOW IS 98
Second Assistant Postmaster i
General Knickerbocker Victim,
Dies in Washington Hospital
From Injuries in Crash.
Washington, Feb. . 2. Edward H.
Shaughnessy of Chicago, "second as
sistant postmaster general, died here
early today at Walter Reed hospital
from injuries received in the Knicker
bocker theater disaster Saturday night.
Altho Mr. Shatighnessy's injuries
were known to be of a critical nature,
his condition had shown improvement
up to yesterday and his death was
Attending physicians said his death
followed a sudden heart collapse
shortly after midnight. This was pre
ceded, they said, by development of
internal complications yesterday.
Mr. Shaughnessy's wife and his 10-year-old
daughter Ruth, both of whom
are now recovering from injuries re
ceived in the theater disaster, had not
been informed of his death at an early
The death of the second assistant
postmaster general brings the fatality
list of the disaster as now recorded by
the police up to 98.
CABINET HAS QUIT
Italian Ministry Hands Resig
nations to King Today.
Action Comes Following Open
ing of New Parliament.
Rome, Feb. 2. Premier Bonomi
and the entire Italian cabinet re
The resignations were tendered to
King Victor Emmanuel by Signor
Bonomi. It is believed former Pre
mier Orlando will be in the new min
istry. The resignation of the cabinet was
expected, due to the growing hostility
in parliamentary circles during the
May Affect Parley.
The resignation of the cabinet may
have some effect upon the forthcom
ing international economic conference
at Genoa, as Premier Bonomi was in
charge of the preparations.
The Democratic members
chamber at a caucus voted
The morning newspapers
that Premier Bonomi would be forced
out, but they are not certain whether
he would resign or attempt to fight
the opposition in the chamber. It is
believed Signor Giolitti will be called
to form a new cabinet.
Two Cider Causes.
Washington, Feb. 2. There were
two chief causes for the downfall of
the Bonomi ministry at Rome today,
according to Italian officials now in
Washington. These are:
1. The apparent failure of the:
Genoa economic conference. j
2. Strong Catholic dissatisfaction !
with the policy of the Bonomi ministry !
toward the Vatican.
URGE DYKES FOR MISSOURI
River Already rutting Channel Four
Miles Behind Missouri Town.
Washington. Feb. 2. Immediate
construction by the federal govern
ment of dykes along the Missouri
river, at Cambridge Point, Mo., was
urged at a hearing before the house
rivers and harbors committee today by
B. Nivert. Glasgow, Mo., and M. L.
Francis and D. F. Herider, of Slater,
The Missouri, unless some preven
tive measures are taken, will cut a
new channel leaving the town of Glas
gow four miles off the river, the com
mittee was told. It is estimated it
would cost $200,000 to keep the river
in its present channel by the construc
tion of dykes.
NEW IRISH DEADLOCK ON
SutH Ireland and lister Fail to
Agree on Frontier Qurstloii.
Dublin. Feb. 2. Following the con
ference of Michael Collins, minister of
finance in the Irish provisional gov
ernment, and Sir James Craig, premier
of the Unionist government of Ulster,
it was announced this afternoon that
a serious deadlock had '.developed. It
was hoped, however, the differences
could be cleared away.
. Inability of Sir James to control the
Ulster extremists put severe obstacles
in the way of an agreement. In au
thoritative quarters of Dublin, it was
declared the chances for an agree
ment between the north and south had
receded, but there was still hope.
IS MOVIE MURDER
Los Angeles Picture Director
Shot Down in Home.
Police Hunt His Secretary Be
lieve Bevenge Motive.
STARS NEAR BY HEARD SHOT
Mabel Normand and Douglas
MacLain Help Detectives,
Bullet Found in Victim's 3teck
Los Angeles, Feb. 2. Shot down
while writing at his desk by a mysteri
ous assassin, William Desmond Tay
lor, well known motion picture pro
ducer and director, was found dead
today in his bungalow in the Westlake
district. Death was caused by a bullet
wound in the back just belovr the left
shoulder, according to police.
Taylor, who was 60 years old and
wealthy, apparently was killed be
tween 9 and 10 o'clock last night.
The body was found today by a col
ored servant when he reported for
duty at the house.
First Thought Death Natural.
Police detectives who first reached
the scene reported that death was
from natural causes, but an under
taker found the bullet wound which
caused an internal hemorrhage. Tay
lor evidently died a few minates after
Detectives questioned neighbors,
who stated they heard what appar
ently was the report of a revolver
shortly after 9 p. m.
The police immediately began
search for Edward F. Sands, former
secretary of Taylor. Robbery was not
the motive for the murder, it was an
nounced, as officers found $78 in the
pocket of the slain man as well as a
large amount of jewelry in the house.
Taylors revolver was found in a
drawer of the dresser in his bedroom
on the second floor of the pretentious
house. It had not been discharged,
and none of his personal effects had
The officers reported that they are
confident that revenge was the motive
of the mysterious slayer.
Neighbors Heard Shot.
Among the witnesses questioned by
the police during the ' morning were
Mabel 'Normand, Edna Purviance and
Douglas MacLain, prominent film
Miss Normand admitted having vis
ited Taylor's bungalow in the early
evening yesterday to discuss a new
production, and that he had escorted
her "to her automobile at the curb
shortly before 9 o'clock. Taylor was
to telephone to her later in the eve
ning. Miss Normand said he did not
Miss Furviance, whoMives in a
house adjoining Taylor's bungalow,
returned home about midnight and
saw a light burning in Taylor's study.
Douglas MacLain and his wife, who
live in the same district, said they
heard the shot fired shortly after 9
o'clock. They thought at the time it
might be an automobile exhaust.
They described a strange man whom
they saw in the street.
Taylor had never been married, liv
ing alone in the bungalow.
Robbery Not Object.
Several months ago Taylor informed
the police that he had discharged a
butler for making irregular use of
Taylor's bank checking account, and
the police are conducting an inquiry
along that line for a possible motive
for the slaying.
An actress living in an adjoining
residence informed the police that she
saw a man go into the Taylor apart
ment early today, and shortly after
ward heard a shot. The body was
found by Taylor's valet. Robbery evi
dently was not a motive for the slay
ing, for a purse containing 578 was
found on the desk near the body.
There was no indication of any at-,
tempt to take articles or papers from
Taylor had an adventurous career,
which included three trips to Alaska,
during one of which he wrested a
small fortune from the Klondike. He
served during the war with the British
army, having been born in Ireland,
and within a few months rose from
private to captain. He was trained
for the engineering profession but
turned to the stage when 18 years old.
BUILDING BOOM IN TOPEKA
Industry Has Taken Decided Turn for
Bettor in Last Two Weeks.
A building boom for Topeka and
for the entire United States, which
will make the year 1922 lead all year?
since 1914, in building activity, was
forecasted Wednesday night at the
dinner and meeting of the Topeka
Builders club at the Elks, by Wr. A.
Irwin, professor of economics at
Professor Irwin based his prophecy
on the, drops which have occurred in
the prices of 'building materials. He
declared that the urgent need of hous
ing facilities has become so great, and
the impatience of the public has be
come so keen, that with the reductions
which have occurred in the price of
building materials, prospective build
ers will not delay their work any
Professor Irwin's contention was
backed by the statements of several
members of the club, who made short
talks after he had finished.
They asserted that within the past
two or three weeks, the building in
dustry has taken a decided and unex
pected turn for the better in Topeka.
Travelling representatives of building
material manufacturers assert that thj
revival is general, the builders said at
the meeting. The building now undrr
contemplation in Topeka, far exceeds
all that the men in theclosest touch
with the industry and its prospects,
had anticipated for this year.
Legion Men Want Insurance as Bonus.
Aikansas City. Kan.. Feb. 2.
Eighty-five per cent of those 'present
at a recent meeting of the American
Legion post here indicated they would
toke paid-up insurance under the pro
posed national adjusted compensation
measure. Only 5 per cent voted in fa
vor of cash.
Ground Hog Sees Shadow;
Late Spring Due in Kansas
M 1 :' -.
The goosebone prophets are going
around in circles. Modern science is
again playing thunder with . estab
There was a time when the o. r.
(oldest resident, Maybelle, of course)
could look out of his window on the
morning of February 2, and decide
what sort of climatical conditions
should obtain during the next month
and a half.
Topeka's o. r- would this morning
have shaken his palsied cranium dole
fuUVf and retired to toast 'his shanks
before the wood fire or the hot air
register, as the case may be. confident
that the entrance of Sweet Spring had
been delayed for six weeks.
For any ground hog which left his
burrow this forenoon, and failed to
descry his shadow, sharply etched
upon the ground, would need the at
tention of an expert optician. The
sun was shining and the shadow was
there, and the superstition hath it
that there is six weeks of real weather
in store for us before gentle Spring
trips lithesomely in.
And just about that time the icono
clastic, unimaginative, plebian, prosaic,
utra-modern Associated Press butts in.
with the following:
New York, Feb. 2. It lopks like
an early spring. The ground hoto'
snooped out of his hole today, swept
the horizon with a calculating eye,
then noted that his plump form was
unaccompanied by a shadow so he
GAS FOR SLAYERS
Nevada Checks 'ew Penalty
to Supreme Court.
Two Chinese Assassins Under
"ew Sentence for April.
Carson City, Key.. Feb. 2. The
V nited States supreme court probably
will be called upon to determine
whether death by lethal gas as pro
vided by statute in this state as a pen
alty for murder, is "cruel and un
usual." This developed today as the death
watch was placed on Gee Jon and
Hughie Sing, Chinese assassins who
murdered a compatriot in a tong feud
last year, and who are condemned to
die by lethal gas during the week of
April 16 to 22.
Counsel declared an -appeal will be
taken acting as an automatic stay
against execution and carry the case,
if necessary, to the supreme court of
the United States.
Jon and Sing are the first to be sen
tenced to death under the new law.
which, beyond providing generally for
the administration of lethal in execu
tions within a suitable enclosure at
the state prison in the presence of
the warden, a physician and not more
or less than six citizens, contains no
It is expected that to meet the issue
respecting the character of the pun
ishment, the prison board will order
plans prepared and adopted. A her
metically sealed cell with a glass front
and having pipes for the entrance and
exit of the deady gas is contemplated
but the plans may be limited to a hel
met, securely adjusted and containing
the deadly agency ready for release
on the turning of an external valve.
NEW REPUBLIC FAILURE
Revolt in Guatemala Spoils Plans for
Central American Nation.
Washington, Feb. 2. The attempt
to form a Central American Pvepublic,
consisting of Honduras. GuatemaU
and Salvador, has resulted in a virtual
failure, according to a dispatch to the
state department today from Franklin
Morales, American minister to Hon
duras. The revolution in Guatemala, which
resulted in the overthrow of the
Herrera government and renunciation
of the new central government oy
Guatemala, was held by Morales to be
a contributing factor of the collapse
of the movement for a Central Amer
T remained out totake the air. Rain
clouds kept the sun and shadow away
thru out the east and middle west.
Kansas City, Mo.. Feb. 2. The
groundhog saw his shadow today, but
that doesn't mean six more weeks of
cold weather, according to P. Connor,
As a weather prophet, he is a
frost," said Connor, "and should crawl
back into his hole.
'Last year he was all wrong. There
will be more 'warm weather this win
tep thsttla a straight tip." ;
"Six weeks of it?". Connor was
"Don't be a'ground hof," said Con
nor. Later on, it ft- probable that other
reports from other sections of the
I country, all of them confidently con
tradictory, will come rushing over the
sizzling wires. And the Topeka o. r.,
the New York o. r the San Francisco
o. r., the Tucson, Ari., o. r., and ail
the other o. r.'s from Dan to Beer
sheba. from New York to Los Angeles,
will be puzzled and perplexed and dis
Modern methods of communication
are fast wrecking the established ten
ets of our early civilization.
Woe is U3!
Pittsburg, Kan., Feb. 2. The south
eastern Kansas ground hog blinked his
eyes in the bright sunshine this morn
ing and scampered back into his den.
IN STORM'S GRIP
Northern States Suffer Severest
Storm in Years.
Railways and Wires Badly
Crippled Is Keport.
Minneapolis, Feb. 2. Four north
ern states today are In the throes of
a severe snow storm which is crip
pling telegraph and telephone wires
and causing delay to railroad trans
portation. Between Minneapolis and
Duluth, all telephone and telegraph
wrires are reported down and in Du
luth, a snowfall of 24 inches was re
ported as having fallen there within
At Mitchell, S. E., one of the worst
storms since 1881 held that city in
its grip and loss to livestock on
ranches in that vicinity was said to be
On a branch of the Soo line railroad
in North Dakota, a passenger train
with seventy-five passengers aboard Is
stuck in a snow bank and rescue crews
are at work today digging them out.
High winds and heavy snows in
northern Wisconsin have delayed
trains and reports from all sections
of that territory indicated decidedly
Orders were issued today to own
ers of all downtown buildings in Min
neapolis by the city building inspect
ors to clear roofs of snow.
. GOV. ALLEN TO PITTSBURG
Will Attend Meetinic of Third District
- Republicans Friday.
Governor Allen will leave Friday
morning for Pittsburg, where he will
speak that night at a meeting of Third
district Republicans. He will discuss
the tax problems.
Congressman J. X. Tincher of the
Seventh Kansas district will also speak
at the meeting. Congressman Tincher
came to Kansas this week. He ac
companied Congressman Fordney to
Topeka for h s speech before the
Kanras Day club.
Craig and Collins in Parkr.
i Liy the Associated Press.
Belfast, Feb. 2. The first formal
conference on Irish soil between Pre
mier Sir James Craig of Ulster and
Michael Collins, Irish free state will
be held this afternoon in Dublin. Fol
lowing the meeting Sir James will pro
ceed to London.
TO RUSH FINISH
Eyery Effort Made to End Con
ference Xext Week.
Jfext and Last Plenary Session
Monday or Tuesday.
CHINESE PACTS BEING DRAWN
Tariff Increase in Orient Sow
Twenty-One Demands Are Still
Washington, Feb. 2. The whip was
applied today to the lagging arma
ment conference In a drive to have it
complete Its work and adjourn finally
Secretary of State Hughes and the
other conference leaders are deter
mined to end the conference by the
last of this week or the first of nxt, if
it is humanly possible to do so. An
other plenary session of the confer
ence to clean up is in prospect for
Monday or Tuesday.
Material" progress was reported to
day on the two Far Eastern treaties
which are to consolidate the work of
the conference respecting . Chinese
Are Three Major Questions.
One of these will deal solely with
China's tariff increase, according to
present plans the other will incorpor
ate all the other decisions of the pow
ers restoring Chinese sovereignty.
Three major questions occupied the
attention of the delegates when com
mittee meetings were resumed all
along the line today:
1. The Chinese Eastern railway.
2. The matter of selling arms to
3. The much discussed twenty-on
Differences Only Minor Ones.
Only minor differences are holding
up the agreement respecting the Chi
nese Eastern railway. International
control will be continued until Russia
j is in a position to reassert her dual
I control with China. ,
1 Italy is holding up the decision re
specting arms to China. All the other
, powers have signified acceptance of
I the resolution which pledges them not
to import arms and ammunition ino
the strife-ridden country. The Italian
vices from Rome before giving ad
herence to this proposition.
The twenty-one demands alone pre
sented an uncertain issue. The gen
eral expectation is that Japan will re
nounce group V of those demands
which was never accepted by the Chi
nese and which was "left pending and
under discussion." Ther. short work
can be made uf the other demands by
reference to the numerous resolutions
adopted by the conference, whih
tends to invalidate many of them.
Delegates Plan Departures.
Further evidence that the confer
ence is almost at an end was seen in
the announcement that the major part
of the British delegation, headed by
A. J. Balfour, will sail for home on
the liner Acquitania, leaving New
: York on Tuesday, February 7.
j It is probable that parts of the
l French and Italian delegates will
leave about the same date.
Assure Holland and Portugal.
Holland and Portugal, the two
smaller powers having substantial
interests in the Pacific regions, are
being "informally" brought into the
I provisions of the four-powered Pa
i cific treaty, it was learned officially
I - The powers signatory to the treaty
; are addressing individual notes to Hol
! land and Portugal, assuring them that
I tho not signatory powers, they are
i nevertheless, to "all practical pur
I poses" party to the treaty which is
j designed to keep the peace of the
British Still Unsatisfied,
j London, Feb. 2. "Adoption of the
two treaties in the Washington con-
f erence limiting navies and restricting
I the use of new agencies of warfare Is
'a frreat step In world history," was the
official comment today at No. 10
j Downing street, the official residence
' of Premier Lloyd George.
1 The cabinet held a meeting at which
: the treaties were discussed. Great
Britain's disappointment over failure
to secure the scrapping of submarines
was the outstanding note In press
'comment. The Times, Chronicle and
Westminster Gazette pointed out that
the submarine regulations were inade
' quate. Only the scrapping of sub
, marines, they said, could prevent
j "hideous warfare" in the future,
i It was indicated in official circles
;that Premier Lloyd George may hold
up the Washington results as a good
example to follow at the international
economic conference at Genoa. It is
( believed the premier will initiate
movement at Genoa for the reduction
of armies similar to the naval reduc
tion program at Washington.
' Jap Delegates Leave Feb. 21.
Washington. Feb. 2. Baron Ad
miral Kato, head of the Japanese deie
, gation at the arms conference, accom
! panied by Vice Minister of Foreign
Affairs Masono Hani ha ra and the en
tire Japanese delegation -staff will sail
for Japan aboard the liner Talyo Maru
from San Francisco on February 21,- it
was announced today at the Japanese
TAXI MEN FILE SUIT TODAY
They Charge That New Ordinance Is
Vn reasonable and Oppressive.
The new city ordinance which went
into effect Wednesday night requiring
all taxi-cabs to be equipped with
meters drew fire this morning when
the Union Taxi company. 427 Jackson
street, filed suit in the Shawnee county
district court against the City of To
peka and George T. Mattingly, city
license collector, asking that they be
enjoined from putting thef ordinance
The Union Taxi Co., which is a
voluntary association composed of J
L. Cobery, L. E. Coberly and John L.
Simmons, charges that the ordinance
is illegal and void inasmuch as the
insurance clause of the ordinance is
unreasonable and oppressive, and that
the requirements with reference to
the meters and numbers on the doors
of the cars are unjust.
I THEIR SIGNATURES SIMPLE TjOHLY CONGRESS
American Signers of Naval Cut
Treaty Only Called Themselves
"Citizens of th- United States'
Others Used Long "Handles."
(By the Associated Press.)
Washington, Feb. 2 When the
American delegates to the arms con
ference Kcame to describe themselves
for the purpose of the list of pleni
potentiaries that always precedes the
official text of treaties, they set be
fore the world a new example of de
mocracy. Titles and official designa
tions of many sorts glitter opposite tne
names of the representatives of other
governments who are parties to the
treaties negotiated here but under the
head of the American delegates in the
new naval and submarine treaties ap
pears simply this:
"For the president of the U. S. A.;
"CHARLES EVANS HUGHES,
"HENRY CABOT LODGE.
"OSCAR W. UNDERWOOD,
"Citizens of the United States.",
Compared to this every other dele
gate list carried some sort of a handle
long or short, to his name. The long
est is that of the head of the Japanese
who is described thus:
. "For his majesty, the Emperor of
"Baron Tomosaburo Kato, minis
ter for the navy, Junii, a member of
the first class t,f the Imperial Order
of the Grand Cordon of the Rising
Sun, with the Paulownia flower."
HE GETS BIG JOB
Manhattan Man 'amed Kansas
X. Ji. DeArmond Is Veteran of
Washington, Feb. 2. Prohibition
Commissioner Haynes today an
nounced the appointment of Nowal
DeArmond as federal prohibitory
agent for the state of Kansas.
Nowal DeArmond. referred to, in
the above dispatch, is N. L. or Red"
DeArmond, of Manhattan, Kan., and
jhis appointment has been expected for
.iiiie liHif, 1 1 w an naiu luuav i 111-
office of George Wark. federal pro
hibition enforcement officer or this
Altho Wark is at home sick. It was
announced at his office that De
Armond would make the sixth man
on the federal prohibition enforcement
staff in Kansas. The agents are not
assigned to any certain territory or
district, but work under the direction
of Wark over the entire state.
DeArmond was popular in national
guard circles for years and is a vet
eran of the recent world war. Since
his discharge from the army he has
been working- in "a clothing store "at
A ROAD VACATION
Work on the Topeka-Lawrence
Highway To Be Delayed.
Jefferson Connty Officials Take
Action on Newman Road.
Jefferson county commissioners
have notified the state highway com
mission that they will declare a two
years' vacation on construction of the
Topeka-Lawrence gravel road north
of the river. The state commission
recently allowed Shawnee county $45,
000 federal aM for building of the
road from North Topeka east to the
Jefferson unty line.
The gravel road east . from the
Shawnee-Jefferson . county line to
Newman has been completed. Re
mainder of the road from Newman to
the Douglas county line wiH not be
built for two years,, the Jefferson
county officials have decided.
Now a Secondary Highway.
The Southwest Trail from Topeka
to Council Grove has been reduced
from a primary to a secondary high
way by the state commission. In its
stead the commission has approved
the old Santa Fe trail as a primary
road, the route being from Council
Grove to Osage City to Baldwin. A
detour to Tt peka will be over the Cap
ital highway. The change was con
ditioned on immediate construction of
the hard surface road from Council
Grove to Baldwin, a distance of seventy-five
Five new county engineers have
been a-pproved by the highway Com
mission. Thy are: H. D. Hillman,
Sherman county; C. W. Hickock, Has-
winSr Joe D Burwlck. Seward Tcoun-
ty. and C. G. Waterson. Lane county.
FARMERS COMMEND P. U. C.
Resol u t tons Passed Rega nl i ng Work
in S. curing Freight Reductions.
The executive committee of the
state farm bureau has adopted a reso
lution commending the public utilities
commission for its work in securing
freight rate reductions. The resolu
tions were Teceived today by R. C
Dellinger, secretary, and were sent to
Topeka by Charles R. Weeks, of Man
hattan, secretary of the farm bureau.
Following was the resolution affecting
work of the state commission:
"The executive board of the Kan
sas State Farm Bureau in session as
sembled hfreby expresses its apprecia
1 , .. : " ,. r
i mission for the good work it has done
t thru its chairman in securing material
reductions in freight rates and we
tender them the further co-operation
of. this organization.
MISSISSIPPI -YFX.RO I.YXCHED.
Note Near Body Accused Him of
Assaulting White Woman
Jackson, Miss., Feb. 2. Lynching
of a negro east of Crystal Springs was
revealed today when the body of Will
Thrasher, was found suspended from
a tree east of there.
A note was tacked to the tree say
ing the negro had been Identified as
the one who attempted to assault
J white school teacher. Authorities are I way into the channels of the booties'
investigating. ger trade.
CAN SELL PLANT
Submits Henry Ford's Muscle
Shoals Contract Today.
Makes No Recommendation to
Accept or Reject.
SUGGESTS SEVERAL CHANGES
Need for 3 Urate Fertilizer I
Contract Would Gle Ford Huge
Long Time Loam
r.y lh Associated rrss.)
Washington, Feb. 2. Henry Ford'
proposal for the government project
at Muscle Sh'jajn. Ala., was submitted
today to congress by Secretary Week,
for "such action as congress may
deem appropriate." The only sugges
tions contained in the lptter of trans
mission related to specific clause! in
the contract and the desirability of
j amendments which -would In the event
further safeguard the government's
Otherwise the secretary of war
carefully avoids reference to congres
sional action involving the ultimate
acceptance or rejection of the offer
Ixnfr Ioan Incl tided.
"In the event Mr. Ford s proposal
is accepted," Secretary Weeks de
clared, "the government must make
new appropriations amounting to
$40,000,000 to 150. 000. 000 of which
Mr. Ford will have the benefit for ap
proximately one hundred years at 4
"In the event the offer rejected."
the secretary gave it as his opinion
"that dam number 2 (Wilson dnni
should be completed by the govern
ment and that tho power requirement
for commercial purposes, the, benefits
to navigation, as well as the possible
needs of the government, wouldwar
rant this expenditure."
"Jf this were done," he continued,
"the government may itself under
take to sell the product to the best
advantage. In such cases the amount
of the government's present proposed
investment would be very materially
reduced, because dam number 3. cost
ing from $18,000,000 to 25!0O,O
would not be built." and It would not
be necessary to make the full Installa
tion of power plant on the Wilson dam
until the market required such instal
lation. "This partial Installation." the sec
retary explained, "would effect a sav
ing of present Investment in at lea.t
the sum of 3.000,000. leaving, accord-
ling to the chief engineer's estimate.
not to exceed 122,000.000 to be in
vested hy the government at this time
instead of $40,000,000 to $ 50.000.00."
I'n,' mploj'incnt Is Factor.
The question of unemployment is
recognized as a factor to be consid
ered by congress in connection with
its treatment of the Muscle Shoals
At this time, the secretary points
out. "when there is a large amount of
unemployment. ,it is not withotit im
portance to consider tho advantage to
the nation of the employment of the
large amount of. labor required in
undertaking this development. I.
therefore, urge that congress give
early consideration to this matter, not
only to settle a controverted question,
hut to iurnish employment on a large
The secretary explains his action In
sending the offer to congresf. by de
claring he is without authority In law
to accept Mr. Ford's offer, or "dis
pose of the property as a whole, either
by sale or by lease." and that "it is
peculiarly the province of congress to
weigh the considerations which will
fContltined pn ross Two.)
REPORTON HOTELSTOCk SALE
Holders of Common Stork In Topeka
Hotel Co. WiH Meet Tonight.
The holders of common stock in the
Topeka Hotel company will hold s.
meeting at the Chamber of Commerce
at 7:30 o'clock tonight, at which time
they will listen to reports from ths di
rectors and officers of the company
on the work which has been accom
plished thus far.
The directors and the majors of ths
campaigning force which will start
next week to sell the rest of ths pre
ferred stock in the project, will meet
at the Chamber of Commerce at :la
i oelocK tonight for dinner previous to
1 tn m?T,n3t2' eV?J.h "Z '. .A
members of trie preferred stock selling
force tonight, final plans will be mads
for the drive which will start next
TAKE OUT THE DENATURE
Bootless-rs Now Have Found
Way to Make "Coroner's Cock
tails" rcrfcetly Healthy, Say Drx
Washington, Feb. 2. Bootlegger"
thruout the country are evolving a
new industry the rectification of de-
t naturea atconoi fronutiuyii
said t0day. wnn-n pronariy win ikcm-
s.tate a complete revision of the gov
ernment's system of distribution.
Reports have been received, it waa
said, that some of the government for
mulae for industrial alcohol lend
themselves readily to rectification f
that illicit liquor dealers are obtain
ing the denatured spirits under gov
ernment permits and by various proe
esscs rendering it more or less drink
able. Unusually large quantities of indus
trial alcohol, officials declared, hava
ben withdrawn in some localities, os
tensibly for use in.the manufacture of
barbers' puppl.es and toilet prepara-'
tions. but after being subjected fa
alchemical processes have found their