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To Seize Ruhr
If Parley Fails
Poincare Hopes for Ami?
cable Settlement, but Is
Prepared to Invade
Germany to Collect
Would Use Troops
Already on Rhine
?Insists That Berlin Shows
Bad Faith and Declares
Debt Can Be ?Settled
By Wilbur Forrest
Fpecial Cable to The Tribune
Copyright, ir>22, New Yorfc Tribune Inc.
PARIS, July 24.?Premier Poincare
irill carry a trump card with him -when
fr? (roes to London next week to confer
with Premier Lloyd George on German
reparation? in the shape of an an?
nouncement that all preparations have
h?en made for the advance of French
troops into Germany twenty or thirty
mi!??, reaching into the Ruhr district,
if every method for friendly settlement
fails. While the French Premier ex?
pects to reach an agreernent amicably
with Lloyd George, he is going to Lon?
don with the firm determination to
??ttle clearly this question, which Is
the primary cause of Europe's upset
The object of the advance planned
by the French will not be to take terri?
tory, but to force Germany to meet her
obligations. French official circles be?
lle?? her bad faith has been proved
beyond a doubt. Tbo*e who are famil?
iar with Poincare's plans say that the
Premier is obliged to show a strong
hand in an attempt to settle the prob?
lem once for all because of internal
politics. Up to the present no govern?
ment has succeeded in getting results
from Germany, the Foreign Office said
this evening, and the public is growing
sngry at seeing France do nothing to
cheek the German maneuvers which are
solely for the purpose of avoiding the
payment, of reparations.
Entirely Germany's Fault
? The total of the reparation figures
has been lowered several times and a
moratorium granted, but the mark con?
tinues to slide and therefore Foincare
Insists that the present situation is
entirely Germany's fault. With both
the Seriate and the Chamber adjourned
Poincare has a free hand and he hopes
to face them in th-a-aatumn with the
?paration problem satisfactorily solved.
Mter twenty-five hours s"?^ of the
?tport of the committee on ?iaaranties
Premier Poincare has yea?hed th? con
?toon that German? needs e. jptiort
*M??-o?-ia*r\ on'y, ai?lr'th'av" a'.T g<1
?Be is both unwise and unnecessary,
since reparation payments are not the
?use of the mark's collapse, but he
believes that it would be a great error
not to take every possible measure to
'".force the necessary control of the
entire German administration.
The Premier believes the time for
?otes and ultimatums has passed, and
t'..;it the only method of compelling
Germany to make reforms which will
tr,?.ble her to resume payments after a
short delay is to take effective guaran?
ties through the occupation of terri?
tory. He hopes for perfect accord in
London, but he has prepared these
plans in order to be ready for any
If Germany does its duty the occupa?
tion proposed would be temporary, but
otherwise the French would attempt
the restoration of their finances
tbteugh exploitation of the lands on
the right bank of the Rhine, including
taking and selling the coal of the
Would Encircle Towns
Marshal Foch has carefully estab?
lished plans whereby the towns would
not be occupied, but merely the en?
circling territory, with a form of mili?
tary customs line preventing communi?
cation with Germany. Poincare is fully
aware that, the world's opinion would
perhaps he surprised and irritated by
the government's initiative, but he
thinks it will be clear that without
pressure on Germany it wiil be impos?
sible to settle the reparation ?question.
It is believed here that such action
*ou!d greatly strengthen the German
txovernmer.t, which is simply a pawn
pushed about by the different parties.
with a show of earnestnes on France's
Part Chancellor Wirth would have a
strong weapon to make the public,
especially the industrialists, pay suffi
??nt tax's The low mark is entirely
???TO to the strong industrial group, an
official of the French Foreign Office
Jsw to-day, which finds it necessary to
lower t' e mark every time prices in
Germany rise to make manufacturing
?st? equal in the markets of the
*?ld. Should the mark cease dropping
?ere would be a tremendous crisis in
?? German industrial world. Ger
P.a')y is tco weak to resist this com
nation and France believes her cccu
FUOD. plans will frighten industrial
^ into obeying their government.
??remier Poincare would rather ob
?w results through the Allies' unani
*% and the march o? events seems to
p?cate this will be the outcome of
?? London parleys. Failing that he
*1'l rattle the saber vigorously be
%?rise> his recent conversations with
?8 French Minister of Finance have
convinced him France would be bank
"?pt without German pa>ments.
Have Xo Formal Agenda
"rom The Tribune's European Bureau
Copyright, 1922, New York Tribune Inc.
.L?NDON, July 24.?Although Pre?
fer Poincare*, the date of whose arri
r-> in London has been officially an
;;.^u,nred M August 1, will confer only
Vc Lloyd George, the scope of the
'?--cussion is expected to be broadened
'include experts and advisors on
.''.Ia s'de3. There has been no formal
arranged for the meeting, but
;? ? generally accepted that the repar
?? ?ssue will be first discussed.
,. ; -ir Robert Home, Chancellor of the
Chequer, announced in the House of
.v*mmons this afternoon that the Brit?
j.-^government had made no offer to
????ice to reduce her debt on condition
lifr/ratlon reductions. This is re
t*?-a as an effort t0 break the too
i'.a speculation of the French press
"?ramg the terms Great Britain
tW? ,rath?r than as hint that
H'hct* reluctance to discuss the debt
'?PMie? rs"?7enl Bieeper dally. Ample
'n*-sr* ?ni'i^-i1 from surrounding country
W*n<lW quality food. Perfect golf.
?""?'?ma ?ir',,.. 8- biff swimming pool.
****'?* Boni.? anl ?aneing nightly. Cool
Booklage Th? Plasa.?-\ivt.
London Debt Parley
To GoOn Without ?.S.
PARIS, July 24 (By The Asso?
ciated Press).?The Allied coun?
tries, convinced that the United
States will not be drawn into a
debt cancellation conference un?
der any pretext, have decided to
go ahead independently, and it is
now generally understood that
debts in connection with the rep?
aration problem will be taken up
at the forthcoming conference at
London. The Allies have learned
from an unquestionable source
that during this discussion the
United States will be an inter?
ested, although silent, observer.
It is hoped, however, that if
economic improvement results
from any action taken, the Amer?
ican government may, in the next
few years, reconsider its attitude
toward its European debtors.
Hoover works out plan for ration- '
ing coal to avert fuel famine.
Daughcrty indorses it as legal. Will
provide cars to coal mines that ad?
here to government price policies.
Harding told by his advisers that
time hac come to 'act in rail strike.
Cabinet to discuss situation to-day
and new move is expected.
Battle on wool tariff in Senate
begins as Finance Committee Repub?
licans decide to "stand pat" on rates
they have fixed, despite threats of
Underwood pushes proposal ioj
quick settlement of American claims
against Germany. Defends sales of
German patents to Chemical Foun?
Poincare will meet Lloyd George
August 1 in London with plans all
drawn for invasion of Ruhr Valley
if Germany fails to meet her obliga?
tions. Will stick to short moratorium
British government receives note
from Washington asking co-operation
in suppression of rum-runners off
Duplications in bankruptcy sched
! ules reduce Ryan's liabilities to
$1&,000,000, $14,000,000 secured.
Sis-year-old boy dies of fright as
| fcutoist drives wild car clos? to
tvii>g?!ow ?iorch. j
Eight hurt, hospital aroused, by
manhole gas explosion in Bronx.
Gunmen who held up ?restaurant
escape in chase when chauffeur
drives taxi into West Side store
Wall Street "sucker" ends life in
leap from ferryboat.
General Stillman F. Kneeland,
seventy-seven, gets license to wed Mrs.
Miller orders commission to Wash?
ington to confer on coal for public
Government would recover from
Standard Aircraft Corporation
$2,300,000 paid on contract "im
Garland gift to be used mostly for
WJZ defers to Governor Edwards
and radio broadcasting war is post?
X-ray specialist in jail for sixty
days, wife's nose broken in fight
over auto "insult."
Big ship with sick baby on board
comes in on tip-toe.
Studied opposition to Miller poli?
cies to be Hearst's battle plan.
Former lawyer jailed in effort to
jog memory in conversion suit.
Both sides in rail strike ready for
United States intervention.
Railroad shopmen express belief
that strike cannot be settled \ill
Labor Board withdraws its "outlaw?
ing" ruling. Strike of 10,000 station
Some Pennsylvania and Illinois
coal mines resume operations. Mis?
souri operators plan to co-operate
with Harding. Price of Welsh ;oal
booming as demand for importation
to America increases.
Giants lose, 3-2, then win, 11-4, in
double-header wfth Pirates.
Reds defeat Yankees, 6 to 3, in ex?
Hullabaloo wins Arrow Soling
Stakes at Empire City.
Mrs. Mallory wins twice in New
York State championship.
Rain saves Washburn from im?
pending defeat in Met tennis tourney.
Thompson and Douglas tie Sara?en
and Downey on Apawamss links.
Leonard continues to rule favorite
over Lew Tendier.
Frank Kramer, veteran king of
bicycle riders, announces retirement.
MARKETS AND SHIPS
Stock prices turn lower; Liberty
Gulf Company withdraws from
agreement to limit Toteco pool out?
United States Trade Board dis?
misses forty resale price complaints.
Irish Disorders Aiding Drys
From The Tribune's Europea? Bureau
LONDON, July 24.?The dry move?
ment in Ireland has been aided by the
disturbances there. Applications to
sell spirits will not be entertained
pending the restoration of more stable
Conditions, according to notice given
by the Dail's minister for home affairs.
Duplications ' in Schedule
Reduces Liabilities by
14 Million, Counsel for
Receiver Tells Court
Sale of Collateral
Set for August 2
Guaranty Trust Accepts
Delay; Break in Stocks
as Banks Call in Loans
Duplictions in the bankruptcy sched?
ules filed by Allan A. Ryan bring his
actual liabilities down to $18,000,000
instead of the $32,000,000 total dis?
closed in Mr. Ryan's original exposi?
tion of his indebtedness, according to
David Hunter Miller, counsel for Colo?
nel Francis G. Caffey, the receiver.
This explanation of the schedules was
made in Federal Court before. Judge
Learned Hand by Mr. Miller late yes?
terday afternoon at a hearing upon
the application of the Guaranty Trust
Company to sell all collateral it holds on
Ryan loans as trustee or for its own ac?
count, at auction on July 26. The out?
come of the hearing was an agreement,
: suggested by the court, to postpone the
sale until August 2. -
No Urgent Reason for Sale Found
Judge Hand said that tho rule of the
law he was bound by prevented him
from staying such a sale unless there
were conditions indicating irregular?
ity. On the presentation of tho situa?
tion surrounding the bankruptcy pro?
ceedings by Mr. Miller and Allen Ward
well, of Stetson, Jennings & Russell,
counsel for the trust ompany, it was
found there was no pressing reason for
holding the sale to-morrow.
Judge Hand rulecr that counsel for
the trust company, after the receiver
had had time to examine all tho papers,
might renew the application for an
order to dispose of the collateral next
Monday at 4 o'clock.
Of Mr. Ryan's actual liabilities ap?
proximately $4,000,000, according to
receiver's counsel, were unsecured
claims, of which $2,000,000 was the
claim of Mrs. Sarah Tack Ryan, his
wife, and another $1,000,000 of the
Whitney group of creditors. Tho se?
cured claims amount to about $14,000,
Mr. Miller referred to a decision of
the Cir?vr,-Court of Appeals which de?
nies the right of the court to interfere
with the sale of a bankrupt's assets un?
less it is "-h own mat an injust..* would
be done by refusing a stay. lie urged
that it would not hurt the banks to
delay the sale of the Ryan assets for a
timo, so that the receiver and others
might have an opportunity to exam?
ine the complicated papers and reach
an understanding of the exact situa?
To Sell Accounts Receivable
The securities intended to be offered
at auction comprise all those pledged
by Allan A. Ryan & Co. with th? Guar?
anty Trust Company. The firm, how?
ever, was not made a party in the
bankruptcy proceedings, Allan A. Ryan
tiling an individual bankruptcy action.
The sale also is to involve accounts
receivable of the Ryan firm, which
amount to about $1,500,000.
The securities listed for salo include
111,614 1-3 shares of Stutz Motors,
49,266 shares of Ryan Consolidated
Petroleum, 3,562 shares of Times
Square Auto Supply Company, $1,000,
000 Continental Candy notes, $40,000
Knox Hat Company notes, and the ac?
counts receivable of the firm, a feature
not before entering into the situation.
There was a general discussion be?
tween the court and counsel for all
the interests represented at the hear?
ing, during which George F. Lewis,
personal counsel for Mr. Ryan, said
that the Stutz motor stock consisted
of an issue of 200,000 shares. Mr.
Miller said that the feature of the pro?
posed sale would be the disposal of this
stock held in trust, and Mr. Wardwell
declared that since the shares had been
ruled off the Stock Exchange there had
been no ready market for them.
Mr. Lewis said that if the stock vere
sold at par the banks would have all
that was coming*to them. At 49, a re?
cently reported quotation, there would
be $6,500,000. All agreed that the
stock would not bring anywhere near
the face of the loans, and Judge Hand
suggested that the sale be delayed two
weeks. Mr. Wardwell would not ac?
cept this suggestion, but did agree to
one week's delay.
In addition to the securities men?
tioned, there were also the following
which are to be sold, according to the
notice served by the Guaranty Trust
Company: Sixty-one thousand shares
of Green Monster Mining Company,
500 Johnstown Traction Company,
2,500 Argonaut Salvage Corporation,
125 Josephine Theatrical Company,
Inc., and a certificate of deposit of Mr.
Ryan for 11,880 shares of Consolidated
The list of accounts receivable of tho
Ryan firm include Bethlehem Motors
employees, $25,627'; H. M. Biggs, $55,
484; F. S. Burden, $187,790; Agnes W.
Gill, $9,784; D. Henry, $8,905; D. Man?
ning, $59,547; J. H. Mackin, $361; C. O.
Connor, $31,369; C. S. Ryan, $366,436;
Mrs. C. D. K. Walsh, $128,258, and
Frank White, $10,295.
A sharp break in prices on the Stock
Exchange yesterday was attributed
partly to the Ryan situation in that it.
had influenced banks to look over their
loan accounts with more care, with the
result that a considerable volume of
loans on highly speculative stocks were
called during the day. Observers said,
however,'that no direct selling of any
of the Ryan securities was discernible.
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Speedometer* to Check
Mail Truck Speeders
From The Tribune's "H'rifll-il-ipf on Bureau
WASHINGTON, July 24.?
Mail truck chauffeurs will be able
to keep within the speed law and
also prevent disputes with annoy?
ing "cops" when wrongfully
charged with speeding, through
the proposed equipment of all
postoffice trucks with speedome?
ters of the most modern type. The
Postoffice Department announced
plans for such equipment to-night.
The department has called for
bids for nearly three thousand of
these speed checks. Much com?
plaint has been made in Wash?
ington as well as in other cities,
that drivers of mail trucks have
violated the speed law.
Autoist Is Held
Boy, 6, to Death
Speeds Car at Beach Porch,
Where Youngster Is
Sitting, and Lad's Heart
Stops as He Runs Inside
Screams and Then Drops
Coney Police Lock Up Man
After Physician Declares
He Had Been Drinking
William C. Koch, thirty years old, a
salesman, living- at 412 Stratford "Road,
Brooklyn, was locked up last night in
the Coney Island p'olico station,
charged with having killed Willard
Tilly, the six-year-old son of David
L. Tilly, a broker of Ridgiwood, N.
J. The boy died of fright.
The Tillys have a cottage on a short,
quiet, street at Manhattan Bench,
which is known as Breakwater Court.
There is o sidewalk and the porches
of the houses come down to the street.
Willard was sitting on the lower step
of the porch.
An automobile had been going up
and down the street. It was operated
by Koch, who appeared to be in search
of a house he could not find.
Ira Pease, tho night watchman,
watched the automobile driving up and
down and wondered. Willard was
watching it, too. Willard's grand?
mother, Mrs. Carrie Tilly, sat on the
porch behind him sewing. Mr. Tilly
was not at home and his wife was iii
the living room.
In the course of his driving Koch
started to turn h.g automobile when
he was directly in front of the Tilly
cottage. He had brought the car into
a position crosswise to tho road, so
that it, faced the porch. Pease was
When Koch went to complete the
turn he stepped on the accelerator so
that his machine moved straight at
Wiilard and gathered speed swiftly.
Pease leaped on the running board
and yanked the emergency brake just
in tisne to bring the snachine to a halt
at the foot of the steps of the Tilly
porch and only a few inches from the
The boy screamed, got up and ran
past his grandsnother into the house,
where he collapsed on the floor. His
mother picked him up. A physician
was summoned. He found the boy
dead and said his heart had failed as
the result of shock.
Patrolman James Shea, of the Coney
Island police station, was summoned.
Koch was taken to the police station
and questioned by Lieutenant Thomas
Rorke. The lieutenant called Dr. Kra
vitch from Coney Island Hospital to
examine Koch. Dr. Kravitch "said that
Koch was not drunk, but that he un
aoubtedly liad had something intoxicat?
ing to drink. .
Assistant District Attorney Reuben
Wilson came out to investigate. He
listened to witnesses 3nd then ordered
Koch held on a charge of homicide.
He will bo arraigned to-day in Coney
Pair Who Rode in Auto
With Bielaski Arrested
Special Cable to The Tribune
Copyright, 1.922, New York Tribune Inc.
MEXICO CITY, July 24.?Two arrests
in connection with the reported kid?
naping of A. Bruce Bielaski, former
head of the investigation bureau of
the United States Department of
Justice, were made to-day when Jesus
Barcenas, a Mexican lawyer, and Mme.
Milo, a French modiste, were taken into
I custody. Both were members of the
motoring party near Cuernavaca, which
ended in bandits carrying off Bielaski
and the alleged'''theft of pearls from
Mme. Milo. Bielaski, who has been
protected by the police since fiis escape
from the bandits, expressed surprise
when informed of the arrests.
Barcenas, who is* attorney for
Jerome Bassidy, in a Supreme Court
contest with James W. Coffroth over
the Tia Juana racetrack, married an
American woman. Both he and his
wife are close friends of Mr. and Mrs.
Trade Revival Blanketed
by Impending Break
Down, They Warn; Ask
Him to Operate Roads
Has Power to Act,
Cabinet Gets Problem To?
day; Roads Pressed to
Restore Seniority Rights
WASHINGTON, July 24 (By The
Associated Press).?President Hnrding
has been told by some of his advisers,
it become known to-day. that tho gov?
ernment cannot permit the break down
of the country'.} railroad service to go
any further. The President, who is
now in personal charge of the efforts
to end the strike of railroad shopmen,
also has been told by Attorney General
Daugherty that he can lawfully take
over the roads and operate them if
the emergency requires such action.
The Cabinet will be. called on at its
regular session to-morrow to consider
the situation, and in official circles to?
night the impression was gained that
developments had reached a point
where n new move by the Administra?
tion could be expected.
Official reports have been received, it
is known, giving details of the extent
to which the strike has been respon?
sible for tho almost total blanketing
of the healthy business revival in the
United States, and while instances of
direct interference witn the United
States mails have recently been con?
spicuously absent, postal inspectors
to-day recorded the further annulment
of important mail trains.
Stand of Railroads Criticized
Somo Administration advisers who
favor a drastic move by the govern?
ment are known to hold to the
view that President Harding should
demand that the railroad executives
make every effort to restore interstate
commerce, especially to the extent of
abandoning their stand on the senior?
ity issue?said to be the crux of the
whole strike situation?whereupon the
disputants would be expected to come
together on the matter of a fair living
I wage for railroad employees, conceded
I to be the remaining important issue.
j If the railroad executives refused,
it was declared, the President, satis?
fied ho has full authority and a duty
delegated by the Constitution to main?
tain interstate commerce and the mail
service, could proceed to operate the
railroads. While the Esch-Cummins
act would be invoked for the purpose
as far as that would apply, it was said,
the President's main reliance would be
the duty "intrusted" to the Chief Ex?
ecutive under the Constitution.
The President, it is understood, has
been assured by his advisers that his
authority for decisive action, without
recourse to Congress, is without ques?
tion. Two courses would be open to
him in order physically to operate the
railroads, it was said. First, he could
request the strikers to return to work
under the government operation at the
old wage scale and with seniority
rights restored. If this failed, then
Federal troops could be called upon to
assure operation of the trains.
Seniority Fight Is Paramount
The first course, tho President is un?
derstood to believe, would be acceptable
I to the strikers, who would see in
it the capitulation of the railroad ex?
ecutives and a victory won for labor.
The chief contention of the strikers,
it was said, has developed into a fight
for seniority, with the wage dispute
There is little disposition in govern?
ment circles to consider meeting the
emergency by actually putting the
lines under government operation.
Powers given the Interstate Commerc*?
Commission in the transportation act
were cited as making this step un?
necessary. Terms of the act make it
clear, it was said, that this body in
any transportation emergency might
suspend all railroad rules and regula?
tions governing car service, inter?
change of equipment and facilities as
between roads, and create such
I agencies as it found necessary to en?
force its rulings. The sweeping grant
of authority would be first used in
connection with the coal distribution
plan, but official opinion existed that
it might bo extended to deal with other
phases of the transportation situation.
This plan is not looked on as afford?
ing a settlement of the strike crisis,
although it might be extremely help?
ful in enabling the roads to move coal
with the utmost expedition once the
railroad strike was settled.
Some hope of settlement of the strike
was held out in Administration circles.
The belief was expressed by responsi?
ble officials that the roads eventually
would yield on the question of senior?
ity. The possibility also was believed
to exist that individual roads would
make settlements with tho men. Some
of the President's close advisers in the
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Loses All in Wall Street, Leaps
To Death From Crowded Ferry
Edward J. Moran, sixty years old, of
274 Twelfth Street, Brooklyn, ended
his life at 9 o'clock last night by leap?
ing into the bay from the municipal
ferryboat President Roosevelt off Gov?
More than 1,000 persons were on the
craft when Moran uttered a cry and f
? plunged over the rail of the upper
deck. Passengers shouted "Man over?
board!" and Captain William Cole or?
dered a boat lowered. The ferryboat
lay to for more than fifteen minutes
while search was made, but no trace
of Moran could be found. The journey
to Staten Island then was resumed.
Meanwhile passengers on the lower
deck were seeking the owner of twelve
letters and three postcards which when
i turned over to Captain Cole were iden?
tified as having been left by the sui?
cide. They contained statements indi?
cating that Moran had lost ail his
money in Wall Street and killed him?
self as a result. The cards were ad?
dressed to the editors of The New York
Tribune and "The New York Ameri?
can." One of them addressed to "The
editor of The Tribune" read:
"If you will send a man to the cor?
ner of Exchange Place and Broad
Street at 12 m. to-day you will be able
to report the suicide of a sucker who
lost in Wall Street." The card was
bigned E. J. Moran and dated yester?
One letter was addressed to Moran
from E. H. Whiting & Co., brokers,
44 Broad Street. It contained a noti?
fication to him to appear at the offices
of the firm and pay margins. This let?
ter was dated Saturday.
Another postal card was addressed
to District Attorney Banton. In it he
had written a request that Mr. Banton
proceed vigorously with his investiga?
tion of bucketshops.
The police theory is that Moran .in?
tended to leap from a window n the
offices of a brokerage firm at noon yes?
terday, but decided later to jump from
Coal and Car Rat ion hi o
Plan Drafted to Prevent
Famine and Curb Prices
Governor Acts To Obtain Fuel
For Public Utilities in N. Y.
Acting on a telegram from Governor
Miller, the Transit Commission and
the Public Service Commission yes?
terday dispatched a committee to
Washington to co-operate with the
Federal authorities toward obtaining
an adequate supply of coal for the pub?
lic utilities here.
The Governor pointed out that the
Interstate Commerce Commission had
called attention to the emergency ?Ex?
isting because of the coal strike.
"In view of indicated declaration by
the Interstate Commerce Commission
of an emergency in the cool situation,"
he added, "I suggest you take meas?
ures to co-operate with tho Federal
authorities and obtain an adequate sup?
ply and proper distribution of coal for
Upon receipt of the Governor's tele?
gram, which was addressed in substan?
tially the same terms to the Public
Service Commission and the Transit
Commission, a committee was formed
to get in immediate touch with Secre?
tary Hoover. The committee is made
up of William A. Prendergast, chair
can of the Public Service Commission;
Commissioner LeRoy T. Harkness, of
the Transit Commission, and J. W.
Leib, vice-president of the New York
EdiRon Company. Chairman Prender
gast, General Lincoln C. Andrews, chief
executive officer of the Transit Com?
mission, representing Commissioner
Harkness, and Mr. Leib left at once for
Washington, where they have an ap?
pointment to see Secretary Hoover this
They will discuss with Secretary
Hoover priority for the public utility
companies in the distribution of coal
throughout the present emergency, and
the source of immediate supply, the
processes of delivery and whatever else
may be necessary to insure the ade?
quate safeguarding of the utility com?
panies, transit and otherwise.
It is understood that the Port Au?
thority also received a communication
from the Governor a day or two ago
asking that through it3 agencies an im?
mediate survey be made of the present
condition of the coal supply in and
about the Port of New York. The
scope of any inquiry the Port Author?
ity may make naturally would cover
the supply of coal for all metropolitan
purposes, public and private. The Port
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Fire Follows Explosions ini
Bronx Streets, Scorching
Victims and Scattering
Night Crowds in Panic
Hospital Patients Alarmed
Baby Carriage Flung High
in Air, but Occupant Is
Unharmed; Lights Go Out
Sewer gas explosions caused by an
electric short circuit in a conduit at
169th Street and Third Avenue late last
night injured eight persons, two? of
them seriously, spread terror in the
neighborhood and caused alarm in the
Bronx Hospital half a block away.
There were two explosions, the first
blowing off a manhole cover in front of
3403 Third Avt"inue and the second, of
greater force, at 169th Street, throw?
ing more than a score of men, women
and children to the street. From a
manhole at that point leaped a sheet of
flame that enveloped those in its path,
burning some severely.
Girl and Little Boy Hurt
The most seriously burned were
Mary Whitney, fifteen years old, of
1093 Third Avenue, whose body was
scorched, and William Fogerty, two
and a half years old, of the same ad?
dress, who was in Miss Whitney's
charge. Both are in Lincoln Hospital,
where their condition is said to be
serious. Six others were treated by
ambulance surgeons. They were sent
to their homes.
Vibrations due to the blast set off
four fire alarm boxes in the vicinity.
Confusion and panic were increased by
clanging of bells and blowing of fire
sirens. Reserves summoned from the
Morrisania police station established
fire lines with difficulty because of the
gathering of a crowd that numbered
Mrs. Kate Seidner, of 3651 Third
Avenue, who with her infant daughter
in a baby carriage was passing the
manhole in 169th Street at the moment
of the explosion, suffered lacerations
and burns. The child was blown twen?
ty-five feet and the baby carriage
soared skyward, descending across the
road. Mrs. Seidner and the baby wi-re
treated at Lincoln Hospital. The in?
juries of the former were, found to be
not serious. Those of the baby were
Many Lights Go Out
Fifteen minutes before the first ex?
plosion occurred street lights on the
electric circuit between 166th and 169th
streets were extinguished. Simultane?
ously lights in dwellings were affected.
Repair men were endeavoring to rem?
edy the difficulty when the blast came.
Seventy-five patients in the Bronx
Hospital became alarmed when the
lights went out there and the staff of
nurses was employed for more than an
hour in reassuring them.
Traffic Arbiter Put Into
Gutter by Elderly Goat
Section 6 Badly Violated and
Policeman's Dignity Also
Policeman August Grom, of the Bed?
ford Avenue police station, was di?
recting traffic yesterday at Roebling
and Grand ?streets, Brooklyn, when an
elderly goat, with whiskers on his feet
and chin, ambled up, stopped and
stared at him. It was a distinct viola?
tion of Section 6 of the traffic regula?
tions, and Grom drew his night stick
to disperse the animal.
Traffic stopped to watch him do it.
Pedestrians paused for the same
"G'way," commanded Grom, tapping
the goat on the brovr with his stick.
But the goat misunderstood him. a
thought Grom wanted to play, so it
backed up a few feet for the sake of
achieving a little momentum and
dashed at the policeman's legs. Grom
laid about him with his club. Some?
times he hit the goat and sometimes
he didn't. The goat didn't seem to
3nind it a bit. It just'kept ramming
Grom all over the street, finally knock?
ing him into the gutter?
Patrolmen Schneider and Meireau,
two skilled goat catchers, finally came
up and managed to lasso the beast. It
was later claimed by Philip Willstein,
O? 538 Metropolitan Avenue.?
On 40% Slash
In Wool Tariff
Amendment Limits Maxi-1
mum Duty to 60 P. C. Ad :
Valorem ; Senator Asserts j
This Protects Farmersl
High Rail Rates Assailed;
Committee Meets to Con?
sider Concessions, but Is
Expected to Stand Firm
From The Tribvne's "Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, July 24?Senator
Lenroot, of Wisconsin, to-day opened
the battle over the wool schedule by
offering an amendment to the first
paragraph, carrying the rate3 on coarse
wools, which would limit the maximum
duty to 60 per cent ad valorem. He
served notice he would propose a simi?
lar maximum of 60 per cent throughout
the wool schedule. The rate proposed
by the Finance Committee is thirty
three cents a pound.
If the Lenroot limitation should be
adopted it would reduce materially
many of the rates in the wool schedule,
some of which mount up to 137 per
The Finance Committee Republicans
met this morning to consider whether
some reductions should not be made in
the wool schedule, in view of the op?
position by Senator Lenroot and
| others. No final decision was an
| nounced, sharp difference? developed |
and the matter went over until to?
morrow. One member of the commit?
tee said the decision would be to
Wadsworth Backs Lenroot
Senator Wadsworth was not active in
the dur*ussion to-day, but is backing
The weakness of the movement to
reform the wool schedule lies in the
fact that ten Democratic Senators are
said to be ready to vote for the high
rates. If they do this it will be al?
most out of the question for the Len?
root plan to succeed. The first vote
is likely to be reached to-morrow.
With respect to the first paragraph
of the bill, Senator Lenroot said the
specific rates therein were the equiva
lent of 100 per cent, and hence his
amendment would mean a reduction of
40 per cent. He called attention to
the fact that the first paragraph of !
the bill contained a provision under
which coarse wools, if used for rugs i
or carpets, would come in free, but
"when used in clothing for the people"
would pay a duty of 100 per cent.
It was made plain by Senator Len?
root that even under his amendment
the rates in the first paragraph would
e higher than in the Payne-Aldrich
"The actual duty imposed by this
bill," said Senator Lenroot, "as com?
pared with the factual duty of the
Payne-Aldrich law", is 83 per cent in
excess of the duties of the Payne
Senator Lenroot brought out that the
Tariff CommissiOD '*- gures on the cost
of production of ?wools in this coun?
try showed that it was 45 cents a
pound in 1919 in the range states.
This includes 6 per cent interest on
investment. The 45 cents is the figure
generally referred to by the advocates
of the wool schedule as the cost of
producing wool. Senator Lenroot
pointed out that the Esch-Cummins
law had been severely criticized as
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Girl's Wit Saves Diamond
She Meant Hundreds, but Rob?
ber Didn't Know It
Special Dispatch to The Tribune
TOPEKA, Kan., July 24.-~"You ?can
have my diamond, it cost only three
and a half," said Grace Hensley, a
pretty Pittsburg girl, as a robber met
her and her escort, Charles Hunter, in
an automobile near Pittsburg, Kan., to?
"Keep them, then," the robber re?
She meant it cost three and a half
The hold-up ?tot $1,600 in loot from
the man, including diamonds, a watch
i and 9125.
Presidential Committee to
Be Formed, Co-operat?
ing With Commerce
Board in Emergency
To Lose Privilege
Proposal as Announced
by Hoover Makes No
Move Against Strike
By Carter Field
WASHINGTON, July 24.?A plan
for rationing coal to the country to
prevent a fuel famine resulting
from the miners' strike was worked
out to-day in a series of meetings
here, under the auspices of Secretary
of Commerce Hocver. The plan,
which had the indorsement of Attor?
ney General Daugherty, also calls
for the rationing of available coal
cars to mines which observe govern?
mental policies, especially as to coal
prices. It is to be carried out under
the supervision of a government
chosen committee, which will have
agents in the various fields.
Price Restriction Planned
The plan was announced to-night
without further official comr/ient
than that it was a "tentative plan
under discussion for distribution of
the current coal production, and for
restriction of unfair prices."
Meanwhile the Administration,
Secretary of War Weeks said, was
not changing its general policy with
regard to the coal strike for the
present, but is insisting that the
operators resume production, and
promising them protection from dis?
The plan, as announced to-night by
Secretary Hoover, follows:
"A committee in Washington, to be *
appointed by the President, of repre-1
sentatives of the Department of Com?
merce, the Interstate Commerce Com?
mission, the Department of Justice and
the Department of the Interior, to be
designated the Prev.iient.ial Commit?
tee. This committee to have general
supervision of the measures to te
taken hereunder and to authorize the
execution of such of these measures
as may be necessary from timo to
"The Administrative Committee,
comprising representatives of tho
Presidential Committee, together with
representatives of operators, repr??
sentatives of the railways and, where
necessary, representative? of the largei
"The Presidential Committee will es*
tablish a representative in each coal
"The Presidential Committee will ap?
point a committee of operators in each
district, to be nominated by the dis?
trict operators' association or inde?
pendent operators. (In case of failure
of the operators to take such action
the Presidential Committee may ap?
point such operators as they see fit on
such committee.) The members of
these district committees may be
changed as determined upon by the
fjrdcrs to Be Enforced
"The Presidential Committee will co?
operate with the Interstate Commerce
Commission in carrying out preferen?
tial orders issued by the commission.
"The governmental representatives
in the districts, with the co-operation
of the district committees, shali ad?
vise the agencies of the Interstate
Commerce Commission as to local car
movement as to effect the purposes of
"The operators will proceed with
their usual business until they are af?
fected by preference orders.
"It ;s e>T?'Cted that the district com
mittee<j under the authority of the
Presidential Committee will recommend
the allotment of cars on the basis of
those who conform to the fair prices
to be agreed upon with the Presiden?
Payment Will Be Guaranteed
"When the operator? demand, then
suitable guaranties shall be given for
payment by persons buying under pri?
"The railroads will be requested to
appoint a representative to deal with
purchases of railway fuel.
"The basis of prices agreed upon be?
tween the operators and the Secretary
of Commerce, on June 1 are to be main?
tained, except where varied by the
Presidential Committee, and this sane
basis of price determination shall be
applied to all districts which are so
far not co-operative.
"The whole of the above is tentative,
pending further consideration by the
Interstate Commerce Commission, the
Department of Justice, Department of
Interior and the Department of Com?
Both this plan and a new plan for
handling the railroad strike would be
discussed at to-morrow's Cabinet meet?
ing, it was announced, though no ink?
ling of what is in mind with regard to
the railroad strike was officially dis?
Announcement Startles Capital
To-day's announcement came as a
big surprise. It had been expected
that the least development of the day
would be announcement by the Inter?
state Commerce Commission that the
government would take charge of rout?
ing coal trains, so as to move them
to their destination over the shortest
lines, regardless of what the owner?
ship of the lines happened to be, and
whether the line on which the coal
originated had most of the haul or not.
This was a measure not only put
into effect during the war, but also
exercised by tho I, C. C. in the spring