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Royal Johnson Says He
Gave ProoPto Justice
OF SPECIAL AGENT
Fraud Reaches Hundreds
Gf Millions, He Avers.
Th? Bureau of Engraving and
Printing again has become a storm
renter as the result of sensational
charges made yesterday on the
floor of the Hquse by Ren~e*enta
tive Royal Johnson, of ?outh> Da
kota, that hundreds of millions of
dollars' worth of spurious govern
ment bonds have been circulated
in the country.
These duplicate bonds: Johnson
charged, were printed at the Bu
reau of Engraving snd Printing
and passed through the offlce of the
Register of the Treasury. Johnson
?*ld information bearing on the
fraudulent issues had been pre
sented to the Wilson administration
?nd suppressed, and that he per
sonally last year conveyed proof
to the Department of Justice.
Reaeata Agtaft Dismissal.
Johnson's accusations were made
yesterday in connection with his
discussion of the summary dismis
sal of W. O. Watts, a special agent
of the Department of Justice, for
"disloyalty to the department."
^ atts was discharged on orders
from Attorney General Daugherty
for having supplied Johnson with
information which the latter used
in making an attack on the depart
ment for alleged laxity in prosecut
ing war claims. Johnson was bit
ter in his denunciation of Daugh
A government employe. Johnson
insisted, should be privileged to i
? ommunicate knowledge of fraud
to members of Congress.
Johnson's speech In the House
followed a conference among Sec
retary Weeks. Attorney General
Daugherty. Chairman Campbell of
the Rules Committee and Repre
sentative Woodworth and Johnson,
W??ld Igwere Revolatloa.
This conference considered what
would be done with the resolution
offered Jointly by Woodruff and
Johnson, demanding a thorough in- j
vestigation of all matters relating!
to war contracts, war claims and
the disposal of surplus government
materials. Chairman Campbell in
dicated the disposition was to ig
nore the Johnson-Woodruff resolu-1
However, jn light of subsequent I
disclosures, it now seems more than
likely members of Congress will in
sist that his charges be substan
tiated or disproved.
The Bare .u of Engraving and
Printing recenfy came into the lime
light when twenty-seven executives
were dismi*3ed summarily without
explanation. The action of the ad
ministration created a furore In Con
gress and among government em
ployes. but reasons for the action
were never given other than that it
was for the good of the service.
Ordered tm Keep *llea?.
A check-u4? In the bureau ordered
aft^r the change showed no irregu
larities. according to Treasury offi
According to the story Johnson
told, J. J. MsCarter, who came to
Washington to become Assistant
Register of the Treasury, obtained
Information in 1919 that there had
been an eno:mous duplication of gov
ernment bonds. McCarter Informed
higher officials of his discoveries, ac
co ding to Johnson, and was told
that there ^ould be no lnvestiffa
tic and that 'he should keep his
mouth shut or iose his position."
Subsequently McCarter was dis
charged for informing members of
Congress of his alleged discoveries,
according to Johnson.
,;Ivm 9f ambers ,( Duplicates.
-ohnson that In 1?J1 he per
sonally took the data furnished by
McCarter to the Department or Jus
tice. after all efforts had failed to
obtain action from the Wilson ad
ministration. No one knows, accord
in* to Johnwn. the amount of the
duplicate bonda. He said he had
taken to the Department of Justice
seven typewritten sheets slngle
,paced, containing the numbers of
*om? nt "hlch ran
100000 higher than bonds which
were legally issued.
"At one time It was shown con
clusively that a colored' taxicab
driver was discovered I re front of
the New Wlllard Hotel with thirty
one (1.000 duplicate bonds." said
Johnson "He was discharged from
custody In four days."
W1?*? Asks Probe.
In rtipona? to questions. Johnson
said ho did not know what the check
ord?r?d by Secretary Mellon at
'he Bureau o* Engraving and Print
ing had revealed. His own inves
tigation. Johnson said, "was of an
independent character." and Droduoeri
facta which no one denied
"I took Personally all of this data
down to the Department of Justice
myself. early m 1M1. after we had
tried In every way to get action
from the former administration "
Johnson said. "letters that were
written through Mr. Leflngwell at
that time an Assistant Secretary of
he Treasury. are easily procurable"
Representative wingo. Democrat
of Arkansas, demanded that the
< hsrgee be Investigated.
Appeals to Cssstrr.
1 think we owe It to the people
who own bonds to Investigate this
matter and set It at rest once for
all- said Wingo. "If the charges
sre not true let us brand them as
Johnson declared Congress and
the countfy should reseat the dis
charge of Watts.
"We are setting to a peculiar
situation In our affairs." he said
If an employe of an executive de
partment cannot come to a chair
man of a committee of Congress
and information concerning
Comm ittee O. K.
Capper Bill, to Go Before
Senate; All School Em
- The Capper bill providing in*
creates for teachers. school officers
and employes was ordered favor
ably reported to the Senate by the
District Committee yesterday.
The vote for a favorable * report
was unanimous. Senator King was
not present. The committee di
rected Senator Capper to write the
report that is to accompany the bill
when It is submitted to the Senate.
Senator Capper said last night that
(he report would be ready before
the end of the week. He Naid it
would be exceptionally strong.
The Capper bill provides salary
Increases for practically all classes
of teachers, and in addition for
school officers and employes.
The bill creates a- number of
classes into which teachers arg
placed according to Uj?lr standing.
In each class there aVe a certain
number of groups, each of which
c?!'< for a basic salary and regular
The bill provides for promotion
of teachers and principals, assistant
principals, school supervisors and
department heads are also classed
and their basic and maximum sal
Basic and maximum salaries are
also provided the director and lea
ser officials of the Community Cen
The bill empowers the Board of
Education, on the recommendation
of the superintendent of schools,
to classify and assign all teachers,
school officers and other employes
to the salary classes in which they
are rated under the schedule.
The Board of Education is di
rected to prescribe the rules under
which assignments to the various
classes will be made.
MOTOR CO. GOUGED
Department of Justice
Reports Huge Profits
In War Contracts.
TOTAL 700 PER CENT
Tells of $500,000 Office Build
ing, $100,000 Salaries, and
Other High Costs.
Copies of the memorandum re
lating to the government's $9,000.
000 claim against the Lincoln Mo
tor Company, of Detroit, for al
leged overpayments on war con
tracts. came to light yesterday. The
memorandum has been placed in
the hands of the Department of
Justice by the War Department au
ditors. The case is one of the out
standing issues in the demand of
Representatives Johnson and Wood
ruff for a Congressional investiga
tion of war contracts.
Here are some of the charges
contained in the official memoran
du m: J
That^he Lincoln Company erect
ed the finest automobile factory in
the United States at government
expense, without the government
being consulted or advised with In
any manner as to the character or
cost of the buildings. The build
ings which the government paid for
included a $500,000 office bulldincr
and a $170,000 restaurant.
Prolts of 700 Per Ceat.
That the company collected a to
tal of $45,065,653.19 for its war
work, which was sufficient to re
imburse it for the entire cost of
Its plant and leave a net profit of
That the profits of the company
on Its war contracts amounted to
700 per cent of the money Invested
by the company.
That between January. 1920. and
November, 1921. the company lost1
assets worth $20,000,000 and was
placed In the hands of a receiver.
That the government reimbursed
the company for plant and p-oduc
tion costs without an audit being
made to establish the accuracy of
That in 1918 Henry an<f Wilfred
Iceland each received salaries of
$100,000: William T. Nash, secre
tary and treasurer, was paid $27.
000. and Leroy T. Williams. $27,000.
v mum?ra on 1'aye Fourteen,
AGREE ON 60-40
PLAN TO MEET
Conferees Vote Excess
Revenue to Be at Com
DECIDE ON FIVE
YEAR TAX RATE*
Approve Immediate Ap
propriation for $1,500.
000 Water Supply.
Continuation of the S0-4# plan for
apportioning expense* of the Dis
trict between the District and the.
nationaf governments, respectively,
was agreed upon yesterday by the
conferees who are. attempting to
adjust the differences between the
District appropriation bill as passed
by the House and as amended by
the Sejiate. >
The Senate conferees sacrificed
the Jones amendment, which left
the apportionment of taxfs indefi
nite., in order to retain some of
the other amendments increasing
appropriations for urgent District
A fixed rate of taxation for the
District from 1923 until 1927. in
clusive. wa? decided upon. The tax
on intangible personal property was
increased from three-tenths to five
tenths of 1 per cent of the full
No Restriction la Estimates.
Revenue raised by the District in
excess of the amount required to
pay 60 per cent of the District ap
propriations will in the future be.
held at the disposal of the District
Commissioners, to be used in suc
1 reeding years to pay the District's
share of the expenses or to reduce
the tax rate. There is to be no
restriction In the future in the es
timates that the Commissioners
shall submit to the bureau of the
The Sonate amendment calling for
an immediate appropriation of $1,
500,000 for an Increased water sup- ,
ply was agreed upon. In all $8.
378.000 will be spent, to be spread
over a period of years.
The conferees cut the provision
for an Increase in permanent build
ing Inspectors from four to two.
The former figure was that of the
Police Increased by Forty-two.
The bill as agreed upon by the
conferees provides for an increase
of forty-two in the number of
All amendments providing for
more street paving were agreed to
by the House conferees as passed
by the Senate with the exception of
the paving of the west side of Con
necticut avenue from Ingomar
street to Chevy Chase circle.
For the purchase or condemna
tion of land to take the place of
the Columbia Heights playground,
the members agreed on a sum of
$25,000. This is one-half *f the
sum provided in the Senate amend
The question as to which. If any.
of the Senate amendments pro
viding for more schools should be
passed Is still up for consideration
and will be referred by the House
conferees to the floor of the
House. The amendment providing
for a business manager for the
schools was eliminated.
Fire Eagiaes Struck Off List.
The fire department suffered the
loss of two prospective pumping
fire engines added by the Senate
amendment, but which the con
ferees struck from the list.
The conferees are still disagreed
ov?f the Senate amendment provid
ing $300,000 toward the purchase of
the KUngle Road Valley Park, the
Piney Branch Valley Park and the
Patterson tract, and over the pro
vision of $5,000 for the maintenance
of a tourists' camp In East Poto
An allowance of $2,400 with
which to equip, grade, and improve
six additional school yards for
play purposes was agreed upon.
The objection raised by the Dis
trict Commissioners to the location
of the proposed home for the fee
ole minded on the property now
occupied by the home for the
aged and infirm, failed to prevent
the conferees from agreeing on an
appropriation of $175,000 for a
home to be located on that site.
MAJORSHIP OFFERED WATTS
TO KEEP SILENCE, IS CHARGE
Representative Alleges Move Was Made to
"Buy Off" Investigator.
Secretary of War Weeks and Attorney General Daugherty went
to the Capitol yesterday and told Republican members of the House
Rules Committee that the proposed Congressional investigation of
war contract frauds would be inadvisable. They expressed fear
that such an investigation would disclose information of value to
persons involved in the frauds.
Representative Woodruff, of Michigan, and Representative John
son, of South Dakota, two Republican former service men, who
are demanding the investigation, gave notice that they would con
tinue to press for action. The Republican members of the com
mittee will meet again today and probably decide the fate of the
resolution providing for the inquiry.
Johnson charged in the House that an attempt had been made
to "buy off" W. O. Watts with a major's commission in the regu
lar army. Watts was dismissed as an agent of the Department of
Justice several days ago for furnishing information to Johnson
concerning war contract frauds.
"I am reliably informed, and I believe it to be true, that Mr.
Watts was offered a commission of major in the regular army if
he would withdraw his objection to certain contract frauds," John
son said. "He refased, and was discharged from the army. Later
on, through the efforts of Mr. Woodruff and myself, he, was given
a position in the Department of Justice. I believe that the Attorney
General was very ill-advised in dismi??ing him."
Dangerous Crossing, Look Out For the Cars.?By J. N. Darling.
BODY DENIES MOVE
TO KILL BUS LINES
Fear of Monopoly by Car
Companies Alleged by
PERMIT IS GRANTED
Rapid Transit to Run Another
Route With Terminal at
R. I. Ave. and T St.
The bus war, which threatened
between the Public Utilities Com
mission and the House District
Committee as a result of the an
nouncement recently by the former
that it would favor applications cf
the street car companies to operate
bus lines, has gone glimmering in
a denial by the commission that it
had any idea of throttl! 1; the bus
Chairman Focht, of the House
District Committee. feared# the an
nouncement presaged a monopoly
on bus lines by the street car com
panies. Crushing the bus line sys
tem was further from the minds of
the commission than anything else,
it said. Its only desire, the com
mision said, is to give the people
better service, and it feels a finan
cially strong company fan do this
better than one that has not so
I much money at its disposal.
Public Necessity In Keyaote,
The Public Utilities Commission
will grant bus line permits when
ever public necessity and conven
ience can be shown to require such
Tn the future preference will be
given the existing agencies in ac
quiring permits to run busses over
These were the policies that were
adopted yesterday by the commis
sion. and it Is expected Walter C.
Allen, secretary to the commission,
will make them public officially to
The commission reaffirmed its po
sition in regard to allowing the
Washington Rapid Transit Com
pany to run a bus line from North
Capitol street and Rhode Island
avenue to Potomac Park an 1 to
Eighth street and Pennsylvania
avenue northwest. A permit was
granted the company last year.
Terminal Is Chanted.
The decision, however, changes
the terminal from Rhode Island
avenue and North Capitol street :o
Rhode Island avenue and T street
northwest, which is a block and a
half west of the terminal first set.
The company will be given until
May 15 to put the line In operation.
Officials have stated that theL- cars
will be -eady to run May 7.
Bus stands on Twelfth street
northwest, between C and D streets,
will be removed to Eleventh street.
Immediately south of Pennsylvania
avenue, according to action taken
by the commission on the complaint
of the Washington-Virginia Rail
way Company. The commission
held that the change would re
move cause for complaint while not
seriously Injuring the bus com
The application of William Cath
cart to operate a bus line from
Union Station northwest on Massa
chusetts avenue to Q street and
then west to Thirty-third street
was refused on the grounds that It
ran over much the same route now
used by one of the lines of the
Washington Rapid Transit Com
HMirtag CsJki far May II,
A public hearing has been called
for May 10 to consider three other
proposed bus lines. 6ne of these 1?
that of Cathcart to run a six-bus
line from Nineteenth and Calvert
* Continued on Page Two.
Big Crime School
Preys on Gotham
I Captive Reveals How Gang
Tutors Crooks and Loots
NEW TOItK, April 2V.?Police are
convinced that New York .has been
at war for months with a school
of crime which is operating on a
scale of organized thoroughness un
known in the city's history.
With asfonishment. the old timers
in the police department listened
to a story of crime, organized with
a card index that . marked off the
city into districts, each in charge
of a lieutenant who directed his
criminals?told by Herbert G. Sla
bery. captain of the United States
transport Benneton Grange during
the war and afterwards skipper of
a Shipping Board vessel.
Slabery was caught while robbing
a cigar store, under direction of
the olty "crime chief"?his first Job
after receiving a course of instruc
Slabery. the police say. while
wandering the streets of New York
looking for work, was approached
by a stranger and promised "easy
pickings" If he would tgke a few
Nick Carter Loses
In Final Battle
Author of Thrilling Detective
Stories Kills Self, Fear
ing Old Age.
NEW YORK. April M^-Ntck Car
ter. Intrepid sleuth, has lost his last
battle. For twenty years he fought
through a thousand lights with des
peradoes. pitting his life against
theirs In a war on organised villainy,
in the pases of volumes.
But fear?fear of old age and of
"becoming a burden" on his friends
?beat him, and he Bred his last
shot tonight?killing himself in
The body of Frederick Van Rens
selaer D?y was found In the Hotel
^retsell at Nyack. Beside It was a
note to Deputy Police Commissioner
Fatirot, telling the inspector why
he had thus closed hla career. An
other noti. to MaJ. Joseph. Cac
cavlajn. a friend of years, told "how
things have gone to smash?I am
tired out *>?d want to try the long
sleep. It le no sudden decision. I
cannot stomach the thought or
growing old and being a burden."
Dey originated the Nick Carter
character more thin a quarter of a
century a#o And-for twenty years
he wrote one Nick Carter story.
10.000 words, a week. Fifty NIcV
Carter stories a year. 1.090.000
words a year and altogether 50.
?00, M0 word*.
IN CAR CRASH
Swedish Sovereign Es
capes With Bruises.
PARIS. April 2???KingQus
tave of Sweden came close to
death, but through luck es
caped with slight bruises when
his automobile was struck by
another car and thrown into
the ditch near the town of
Gapi, in Southeastern France.
The King's chamberlain was
King Gustave was motoring
over the mountain roads on his
way to Geneva when the ac
LAWYER TO BRAND
EASTLAKE IN FIGHT
TO ACQUIT NURSE
Move to Fasten Murder
On Exonerated Hus
BITTER BATTLE ON
Counsel for Miss Knox Turns
Guns on Plan to Put Chil
dren on Stand.
! MONTROSS. V*.. April *6?Harry
| M. Smith, chief counsel for Miss
Sara E. Knox, a nurse, charged
with the murder of Mrs. Margaret
L. Eastlake. sprung a surprise in
a crowded court room today by In
timating his purpose to attempt
jagain to shift the crime to th?
| shoulders of the husband. Roger
i D. Eastlake. who was acquitted.
That he trial will cause bitter
clashes between rival lawyers, was
shown from the start. There was
a clash between Commonwealth's
j Attorney Mayo and Attorney Harry
M. Smith over permitting witnesses
who had not been summoned to re
main in the court room.
In hi*, opening statement to th*
jury. Commonwealth's Attorney
Mayo pictured the killing of Mrs
Eastlake. He concluded by saying*
I "I expect to prove that the murJer
i of Mrs. Eastlake by Miss Knox ^^as
deliberate. She came all the way
here from Ocean City, N. J., with
murder in her heart. Within one
minute after Eastlake had left his
home. Miss Knox was inside. With
in two minutes Mrs* Eastlake had
Cluk Over Children.
Once during his dddress to the
Jury Mr. Mayo was interrupted by
Attorney Smith. It was when he
referred to Miss Knok talking to
the Eastlake child-en, Roger D., Jr..
8 years old, and Margaret, 6 years
"Are you going to put those lit
tle "fchlldren on the stand?" inquired
"I am going to prove everything
I say," mas the answer of Attorney
Attorney Smith In his opening
add-ess for the defense said: "I
am entirely at the mercy of the
Commonwealth attorney In this case
as regards to witnesses he intends
Continued on Page Nine.
Rear Admiral William S. Sims
was only a '^magnified naval at
tache" of the United States Em
bassy in London during the war, ac
cording to Rear Admiral W. S. Ben
son. retired, who states that Ad
miral Sims was under his direct
command throughout the war. Ad
miral Benson made the statement
in a letter to the Lowell. Mass.,
Courier-Citixen, replying to an edi
torial that newspaper printed on
the subject of Admiral Sims..
"As a matter of fact, 'Admiral
Sims was a subordinate, acting di
rectly under my orders during the
whole time, and was not responsible
except in an indirect way. either
for the strategy or th? operations
of any naval forces. The naval
forces in Eufope were a part of
the United 8tate* fleet under the di
rect command of Admiral H. T.
Mayo. In other words. Admiral
films was the naval representative
of my o?ff in European waters,
and he was not only acting tHider
my orders, bat was considered to
be a part of our naval forces com
Paris. April U. ? Premier
Poincare ii anxious for a
chance to convince the allies
that Arm measures must be
used on Germany to inforce
reparations payments. Whereas
Poincare formerly declared he
wan absolutely opposed to a
meeting of tjie supreme coun
cil during the Genoa confer- /
ence. It is learned authorita
tively that he now believes that
France should have a chance to
explain her position in the near
PARLEY IN TURMOIL
British Call Meeting to
Demand What France
Means by Threat.
future. He favora a meeting at ll* 1 i rr.11 n
Paris before May ?. or if that Is " eiSMnan I ellS PreSS
not noaafble at
not possible, at Genoa.
His change of mind la be
lieved to have been prompted
by Lloyd George's outspoken
opposition to tha French view
Defense Claims Agents of
Operators in Courtroom
Only Chance to Avert
War Is in Genoa.
STATE IS REBUKED
ent to Aid Defense.
GENOA. April ??.?The epe.-tre of
another European war has ap
peared with menacing *udd?nne??
at Genoa, obscuring everything els*
for the moment
Another conflagration In Europe,
which most surely would tiraw the
United States as It did before, is in
evitable unless the Genoa confei -
ence can deal successfully with the
dangerous situation which now ex
ists. Uloyd George declared in an
amasing speech at a dinner given to
him by Britiah and American news
Just a few hours before the Brit
ish had startled the conference by
iemanding that all nation* present
who signed the Versailles treaty,
except Germany, meet as soon as
' I Possible to demand what Franc,
r, .. ?... . ? means by her threat to act alone
Pretty Widow of Ed Cham-; ????inst Germany to ?iiwt her
. ' *hare of the reparations pavmente
bers, Lnion Leader. Pres- di.?, .. (
The whole conference has bee*
thrown Into wild excitement by the
? two developments, snd tlie dark
CHARLES TOWN. W. Va. April I Jr#rn,n* voiced by Lloyd ?;eor<e
??? Ki__ . . .. ?as a heavy cloud lianrinK
naa blood between the prose- | over Genoa.
cutlon and the defense flared forth Lloyd George Is without doubt
In the miners' treason trials here' thoroughly alarmed over th?- situa
today. The climax came when U. | JL^tTg?
defense, goaded by the State's at- many. His dramatic utterance ? %
torneys. charged that gunmen were ' ,h? <llnn*r was taken as a direct
In the audience armed men of the j ZTtZSKZZS?
coal operators, put there for the l>e spared another horrible war
distinct purpose of intimidating the! I.loyd George warned the
accused prisoners. 1 spondents tha, Europe fa. cr pnien
Attorney Belcher atirred up ,he: X"1 war unless the Genoa conf.
row ending In the defense's accusa-1'? ? success Otherwise ?n
tlon. which ended in a virtual re- , "ther conflagration Is Inevitable
buke to him from Judge Woods within the present feneration, he
Belcher had been asked for a list declared
of State witnesses. He would not Warns r. S. Will He Dragged la.
give them, alleging be had "good The British premier warne*
and sufficient reasons" for with- ncalnst a combination of Russia
holding them. Then. In the pres-J Hungary and an angry German*
ence of a courtroom filled with pros- j seeking vengeance
pectlve Jurors, witnesses and de-. "Every Eastern frontier from te.e
fendants. he shouted that the State | Baltic to the Blsck P'a remain* i n
was keeping Its silence because of! "*ttled and threatens peace." iTe
Intimidation of witnesses. j asserted
Charge Age.t. Are "Heeled.- "St**.,.*?*??* hi"'
T. j_? . . . , _ . Genoa, for then her disinterested
The defense, mhich for days had position would have been a power
been aware of reports that many in ful influence, tendinc tow ard a set
the court were going "heeled." but tlement of European questions, He
had declined to make the charge realised, he said. that any su*g?s
I with a demand for stacking arm#, tlon to America coming from Eu
was incensed at Belcher's move, rope would be subject to suspicion
The defense h"** ? ?? * * - ' *???? ? ??-- ?-?_?
I try the cases .
I hence its silence on the arms
j Hon. But when Belcher sat uvwn - ?
j Chief Counsel Houston retorted. y draw her in as did the la*t
charging unfairness in making such on*
a claim before Jurors. Defense At. j Challenge to P?l*care.
torney Mason Joined In with the While the allies are momentarily
i Munt accusation that there were dominant. Lloyd George warned th??
then and had been all along armed this domination could not continue
operators* men in the room with the to face two-thirds of Europe, ein
j distinct purpose of cowing defense braced by Germany and Russia. t**i
witnesses. less the defeated enemies were treai
The prosecution suffered another Justly.
| stinging defeat when Judge Woods While he pointedly refrained from
compelled the State counsel to am- m*nt?oning France directlv hi*
plify its bill of particulars, thus ****** was interpreted as a tftstl'i *t
1 narrowing the State's case acainst ?h?llenge to Poincare's Bar-lr-fitie
j the alleged traitors Judge Woods threatening separate action
then adjourned court until tomor- i ?ermany.
row morning to give time for re- *5 !Jce',!h* ,,f<l* Welsh -
i vision of the bill !? declared the Genoa parley is
. ' . . *he *w??t important conferene#. . v. f
l?ewla OptlmUtlr. held In Europe, and that it is folly
? Following adjournment. President not to recognise the portent of th**
John L Lewis, of the United Mine Ku??o-German combination, wh eh
^ orkers of America, gave out a m'aht be a revelation to some, but
statement declaring that in these wh|ch he forecast "as inevitable Ton<
I trials "the right of workingmen to apo
organise an<L protect their own In- i Aagry With I raare.
terestil is the great issue that is at i Questions of exchange snd other
subjects before the conference. If
thousands men." he said, declared, are unimportant com par- I
"have been denied this right by coal w'th the establishment of a pea. e
operators and coal companies, to that win avert the impending con
whom profit in dollars and cents is rtWatlon
the all-controlling principle." Without making any effort to con
Lewis expressed confidence that a British ar? frankly ansrv
conviction could not be obtained. w,th France over the !Mtuat:oti ?nd
"Cltixens of Charles Town." he ! lfey ca,,^<5 the allied meetinc w ith
asserted, "find that the coal miners L "vowed purpose of having a -ho* -
j down at once.
France, the British feel, must be
i "uvtuocu ai jkeicner s move. ? wwuiq oe suojfci to suspicion
; The defense had said It wanted to ,,u? he warned that the Cn'*ed
I try the cases on "a high plane." States would nevertheless be vitaJ'y
i i*- ques- Interested in the event of %no;#' i
down European war which would |r>e\ it -
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Continued on Page Fourteen.
?es Sims Was
manded by Admiral H. T. Mayo. , out ti
was given the title of com- demands me
mander of the United States naval heads of stites
forces In B?r*|wa. _wat.r, Ileu win Prt.Mr,
- "?"?Oil trri. IIIIIP1 '???
headed off and made to take a more
conciliatory attitude, if trouble is tn
France, wary of going into a e0n
ference dominated by the head*
1 the allied delegations here, succeste-t
that the question be taken up *t
a council of ambaassdor* with rep
resentatives of the little entente sit
But ^the British declare the
the deliberation of the
of any better title, but in fact was
a magnified naval attache." con
tinues Admiral Benson.
"There U absolutely no com
parison between the position held
by Gen. Pershing in the army and
that of Admiral Sims in the navy
Admiral 81ms was sent abroad pri
marily to obtain information and
transmit It to my office. Acting on
the Information thu* received ves
sels were seat abroad for needed
aervlce. The destroyers In Euro*
pean waters were operated Those
In British waters by the orders of
the British vice admiral at Queens
town. through Admiral Sims' chief
of staff at Queeastown. Capt. Prln
gle. N. 8. N.: those operating in
French waters and from French
bases were under orders of Vice
Admiral Wilson at Brest, and bat
tleships ln the North Sea. under
Admiral Rodman, were acting under
OattaiiMd P?#e TwiT
Coming at the moment when I.loyil
"?wge was striving for his non
aggression pact, the British cspecis
'f resent Poincare's threat*-, which
were made without consulting the
allies. At the coming meeting, which
the allies hope Poincare -will attend
he will be asked to explain tbe ut
terances he made at a time when
the British were working for silled
unity toward Germany.
France Is holding doggedly to th?
contention that she has a right fn
impose sanctions, such us ooct.rsilwn
of the Ruhr, should Germs ny fsil
to fulfill her obligations. Geivnsnw
herself acknowledged this right it
signing the Versailles treaty, the
French assert, and henc, it Is n?
violation of territorial riclitt
While there was nothing rfef ? ?
obtainable, the only ti,'-rer>.-e
could be drawn from ..Inv.i <
sudden alarm In that l>. is c?n- . t
France actually contempt?'?d forel.
Omflavei ?* P*lr TVe.