Fair today and to
morrow. Warmer to
morrow. See page 7.
Calls to every one
Civic Leaders to Address
Gathering at Stadium
OF CONFEREES' ACT
Believe Report Un
Massed opposition to the proposed
increased tax lev^ for the District
of Columbia, will take place at a
public meeting in Central High
School tomorrow at 2:30 p. m.
city finance experts, legal authori
ties. civic leaders and other tax
payers will address the meeting, and
members of the Senate and House
and other government authorities arc
invited to participate, according to
Thomas J. Donovan, president of the
Central Citizens' Association, sponsor
of the movement.
The officers of every citizens' as
sociation in the city, the chamber of
Commerce, Board of Trade, Women's
Federation ani ether civic organiza
tions are co-operating in the ar
rangements for the "protest meet
ing." which, wether permitting, will
'?e held in the huge stadium adjoin
ing tl.e high school building. In the
*vent of Inclement weather, the meet
ing will be held in the school audi
"With Representative Charles U.
l>avis. of Minnesota, declaring that
h?' intends to bring about the pas
sage of the proposed measure M011
dav the .situation, which is unfair
Jo the residents of the District, call*
for prompt action." said Donovan
"There is no need for the proposed
action. and It is up to the peop!e
"f the city to demonstrate to those
in charge thi?t the conferees* proposal
is unfavorabiy received. Theie will
be insufficient time for the sending
< f formal invitations, but every in
terested citizen and member of Con
gress is urged to atteud.**
Mthouich the complete program,
will in. lude about six well
: ormed speakers* v. ill rot be an
:?????! until this afternoon, it is
v *?i>too?| that !''? Coiliday. chair
?f th< special ??ommittec on
? :n <-of the Federal ion of Citizens'
;at mus ami William Henry
chairman of ttv laws cm
?.ittee ??f the federation, will be
? ng those who will deliver ad
i*harles A. Baker, presi
? nt of the Citizens* Federation,
'ivhile. conjecture as to the
? 'ity of the conferees* action In
? lacing in their report the increased
?\ !e?v. which was not among the
latterj coumiUed tc- ihem by the
l??use. has atisen in Congress.
The action is unconstitutional. a?
??rd:ng to parliamentarians in the
iTfIBM. who contend that the con
ferees may alter out may not insert
??ew matter into bills that have been
passed by both Houses of Congress.
The following rule?known as the
Curtis Rule'*?covers the point at
"Conferees shall not insert ;n
their report matter not committed
to them by either house, nor shall
they strike from the bill matter
agreed to by both houses. If new
matter is inserted in the report,
or if matter which was agreed to
by both house? is stricken from
the bill, a point of order may he
made against the report, and if the
point of order is sustained the re
port shall be recommitted to the
committee, of conferees.**
May Rai?e Point of Order.
Commenting on the additional tar
burden imposed on the residents of
Washington by the conferees* re
l?ort. Senator Charles Curtis, of
Kansas, recognized as one of the
leading parliamentarians of th.-?
Senate, yesterday made the follow
"It is without the province of the
conferees to insert new matter into
a bill. If this is done, a point of
order may be raised which will re
commit the measure to conference.
Thl" r?ling was made to prevent
'legislation by conferees'.'*
Commenting on the objection.
Senator Carter Glass, of Virginia,
one of the Senate conferees, stated
that the question of authority had
not been raised when the new tax
\ rovlslons were Inserted. *1 am
not familiar with the rules govern
ing that point." he continued.
Senator William H. King, of Utah,
a member of the District Commit
tee. declared that he would "make
a close study of the conferees' ac.
"If I And that the charge is sub
stantiated. and that they have ex
ceeded their authority. I shall cer
tainly raise the point of order and
ask that the bill be returned to
conference." he continued.
Capper to Vaveatlffate.
Senator Arthur Capper, of Kan*
sas. stated that he too. would in
vestigate the matter and would
support any action that might be
taken In the interest of the people
Although every civic agency in
the District is actively engaged In
the formulating of plans for the pro
test mass meeting tomorrow after
noon. most of the leading organiza
tions are continuing private investi
gations With a view to outlining
a program of action.
Many prominent taxpayers yaa.
terday wer? loath to try to analyse
the tax bill or to try to Interpret
Its meaning, saying "that the
further the* got Into the matter,
the worse It looked for the Dis
trict." Sentiment was expressed In
some quarters that the matter
would be laid before the President
himself should efforts In other di
A special committer has been
named t>> the Merchants and Manu
facturers' Association to consider
?h?*_ situation and report to the
Confined on Page Two.
LADY ASTOR SAYS WOMEN
MUST EDUCATE MERE MEN
Declares League of Peace in World Today It
In Hearts of Her Sex.
"When the three wise gentlemen tonight talked of the slow
process of civilization, I longed to tell them why it ha* been slow,"
expostulated I-ady Astor at the conclusion of speeches by Secre
tary Hughes, Ambassador Geddes, and L. S. Rowe at Memorial
Continental Hall last night. "When the British Ambassador had
the cheek to talk about economics, I almost shouted out. But I've
learned to keep my mouth shut, and that's harder for a woman to
learn than economics.
"But we women are determined to educate the men, poor
darlings! We'll teach them mercy tempered with justice.
"They talk about conferences, but not about leagues. They
don't realize that there is a league of peace in the world today, and
that is in the hearts of women."
And when Lady Astor concluded. Lord Astor advocated mat
rimony, and said that since his wife had gone into politics, his
viewpoint had been changed many times. And each time his poli
cies had arise into a higher plane.
Lady Astor Chaffs Hughes
And Makes Plea for Peace
Women Put Into Politics Love That Will Help
Men to Do Right, Says Fair
British M. P.
"Women of England have dared
to do the unpopular things, and
the men of England disliked it as
much as the men all over the world
have disliked it." declared Lady
Nancy Astor in an extemporaneous
speech before the mass meeting of
th? National League of Women Vot
ers at Memorial Continental Hall
last night. Under a broad green
hat atop a white frock, Lady Astor
pertly lifted up her head, and set
all th? statesmen upon the plat
form and men in the audlejice
chuckling sy more alleged "un
"I long to be bold tonight and
SITE AT AUCTION
Theater Magnate Plans
To Build New Motion
answer these three wise gentle
men." she continued, looking at
Secretary of State Charles Evans
Hughes, British Ambassador Sir
Auckland Geddes and Dr. L. S.
Rowe, all of whom had spoken.
"The Secretary of state spoke elo
oue.ntly of the slow process of civ- j
iiizatlon and justice. We can tell !
them why it has been slow.
Spirit That ('Mata.
"We are determined to educate
the men. though it will be a slow
process. They may be crying for
justice, but if they had it they
wouldn't know what to do with it
Moses came teaching justice, but
Christ came teaching mercy. You
must temper Justice with mercy, or
It i* useless.
''You talk about conferences, but
not leagues," she continued, as a
deep hush fell over the house.
"The men don't realize that ther?
is n league of peace in the world
today, and that is in the nearts of
"Men still think it's the material
th'ng.< that count, but th?? women
knew it's the spirit.
Heart* Set wn IVnce.
"If we womeq, work together in
spite of the slow progress of the
past, we will show the poor i^arl
ings that women arc just and wise
and helpful, if they will give them
a chance. I hope the whole of
Continued on Page Two.
A new and more spacious motion
picture playhouse Is to rise above
the ruins of the ill-fated Knicker
bocker Theater. Eighteenth street
and Columbia road, where on the
night of January 28 ninety-seven
persons were killed and scores in
jured when the roof collapsed.
The new theater will be built
and operated by Harry M. Crandall,
who yesterday at a public auction
bought the. site outright from the
Knickerbocker Theater Company.
The stockholders in the company,
of which Crandall was president
and one of the principal owners,
decided to sell the property at a
recent meeting, and adopted a reso
lution to that effect.
Biijh Site s? Individual.
Crandail yesterday afternoon
bought the site as an individual.
The auction sale was held outside
the ruins of the theater and was
attended by a crowd of 100 or more.
Spirited bidding marked the auc
tion, the property finally going to
Crandall for $187,500. The auc
tioneer was Harry N. Dowling.
"The Ambassador" is the name
Crandall has in mind for the new
theater. Construction, he said last
night, will start in about a month.
The, plans will be drawn by Thos.
W. Lamb, of New York, a noted
Declare* Sentiment (or New Theater
A nationally known construction
company. Crandall said, would have
charge of the building end.
The new theater is being erected
In response to a strong sentiment
in the neighborhood for another
moving picture house on the old
Knickerbocker site, Crandall fie
cla?ed last night.
The "Ambassador," he said, would
be constructed of steel and .would
Whether or not any parts of the
Knickerbocker now standing will
be used as a basis of construction
for the new theater rests with the
engineers. Crandall si? d
WITNESS AT TRIAL
OF SARAH E. KNOX
Tells of Seeing Nurse on
Morning His Mother
MONTROSS. Va., April 28.?Testi
mony of Roger D. Eastlake, jr., was
the feature of the day in the trial
of Miss Sarah E. Knox. Baltimore
nurse, charged with the murder of
Mrs. Margaret L. Eastlake, the lad's
mother, on September 30 last. The
lad could add but little, however,
to the evidence already adduced at
this trial and the trial of his father,
who was acquitted of the same
Spectators were keenly interested
at the qualification of the 8-year
old child as a witness. Judge.
Chinn asked him if he knew what
happened to boys *ho told lies. The
"Y?s, sir: they go to the House
A titter ran through the. court
rooom at this rejoinder. He was
asked if he knew that boys who
lied went to the devil. He re
"Aw. they tried to fill me full
of that stuff, but
any of it."
morning his mother was murdered
he was awakened by his little sis
ter crying. He went over to her
bed and asked what was the mat
Continued on Page Twq.
I don't believe
said that the
RELIGIOUS REPRISALS REND
. NORTH AND SOUTH IRELAND
DUBLIN. April 28.?Religious re
prisals have begun in South Ire
land against the prolonged secta
rian slaughter in Belfast.
For the moment the limelight has
been switched from the old contro
versy of Nationalist against Union
ist. and it is unfortunate that the
situation perhaps can best be de
scribed as "Hating one another for
th? love of God."
it cannot be estimated how far
the campaign will be carried out
on the 400.000 Nonconformists re
siding in the twenty-six counties,
but the situation is so serious that
Dall Eireann plans weekly sessions
in an effort to exert its influence
Fear Farther Mardera.
It *is feared that southern crimes
of a religious motive will further
incite those responsible for the
murder and maltreatment of Cath
olics in the Ulster capital, where,
according to the Dail's reports,
twenty-four Catholics have been
killed and forty-one \p6unded since
April 1. In the same period ten
Protestants were killed in Dublin;
but. according to the Dail's infor
mation. thre? were shot in Orange
districts, "where no Catholic dare
show his nose, and flv? of the oth
ers were the victims of Orange,
Four more men were shot dead
In County Cork last night, bring
ing the total of forty-eight hours
to seven, all Protestants
r.rlffltb for All Claaaes.
These murders and the seizures
of the customs and excise taxes at
Clonmel brought an expression of
sorrow from Arthur GrlfTith In
today's session of the Dail. He
asserted that the Dall will main
tain its determination to protect
the lives and property of all
classes and creeds without dis
The Dall adjourned tonight until
No republican volunteers have
any respect for the Dall Kircann.
whose majority voted to destroy
the republic. William Mellowes,
speaking for the armed men hold
ing the Four Courts Building, told
the members of the Dail this aJe-r
noon. He said he stood by tha
declaration In principle and in
tended to maalntaln the republic,
and that was the only basis on
vhich unity could be obtained.
FIGHT ASSURES ,
PROBE OF NAVY
La FoUette Says Interior
With Corruption. I
FALL AND DENBY
ARE UNDER FIRE
I ' y
Resolution Insisting on
Inquiry Expected to
Be Passed Today.
Sweeping Congressional investi
gation of the alleged private ex
ploitation of the naval oil reserves
appeared to be assured., following
sensational charge* by Senator
toilette In the Senate yesterday.
Senator La I'ullette charged that
the Interior Department, which
leased the naval o? lands to pri
vate corporations. Is "reeking with
corruption." He characterised It
as a "sluiceway through which
Hows about 90 per cent of the cor
ruption going on in the govern
Under the contracts leasing the
naval oil lands, he declared, hun
dreds of millions of dollars' worth
of oil reserved for the future use
ot the navy has been turned over
to "favored interests," in which the
outstanding figure is H. F. Sin
clair, president of the Mammoth
KirrrlN ?? Tans Today.
At the conclusion of Senator La
FoUette's speech Senator Poindex
ter and Senator McCumber Joined
In urging an Investigation. They
declared La Follette/s charges were
so grave that all the facts must
bo brought to light. Unless oppo
sition arises from unexpected
source, indications are that the La
FoUette resolution will be adopted
today. Several members of the
Ceblnet. Including Secretary of In
tirioi; Fall and Secretary of the
Navy Denby, probably will be sum
moned to testify if the investiga
tic4- Is ordered. ;-v
La Follette served notice he will
fight until the investigation *? au
-We've got to investigate It," h??
said. "There will be no peace or
quiet until it is done.
Balllnger Row Heealled.
-The BalHnger-Plnchot investiga
tion a decade ago?which broke the
hack of the Taft administration?
did not proceed upon more damning
evidence that public interests were
being violated than is at hand at
this time. Congress must call, for
an investigation, or by its silence
must share responsibility with the 1
[ executive branch tor what has hap- j
Senator LaFollette asserted that j
naval officers who protested against
the leasing of the oil lands were !
ordered to sea. He pointed out that i
Secretary Fall had been a conspicu
ous opponent of the conservation j
policy and that it was "almost un
believable" that Secretary Denby
should be willing to turn the navy's
oil lands over to Secretary Fall's
"It is significant/* said La Follette,
"to note that every ofF.cer of the
navy who had been detailed spe
cially to Investigate the naval re
serves and who had become well In
formed as to these oil reserves and
supported Secretary Daniels in thai
contest has been ordered to sea or
to other parts of the world for duty. '
I have been informed upon very high
authority that these changes in per- (
sonnel detail were made after the
present Secretary had begun his i
campaign to secure the transfer of
these naval reserves to the Interior I
Sought ??Reasonable** Me*
"In fact, it was after a stormy
interview with the former cu?- i
todianr of the navy oil that Mr. Fall i
requested the Navy Department to
send more 'reasonable' officers to I
represent the navy in conference |
with him. These officers were or- j
dered elsewhere, and others who j
had not been specially associated ;
with or interested in the former
policy of the navy were named as
a naval oil reserve board."
Senator La Follette statod that the
value of naval reserve No. S. better
known as the Teapot Dome Res
ervation. in Wyoming, was con
servatively estimated at $500,000,000.
The lease between the government
and Mr. Sinclair was signed on
April 7 and was publicly announced
"During the time between Apri*
7 and 21, when this mystery sur
rounded the public business, specu
lation In Sinclair OH jumped on the
New York Exchange, in three dayc*
trading, over $30,000,000.
Claim la Dlapated.
"The Interior Department has
stated that an 'expert of this de
partment* has found that the Tea
pot Dome was menaced by drain
age. This claim, made by one lone
expert of the Interior Department, is
contrary to nearly all opinions of
geological experts who have here
tofore examined and are Intimately
acquainted with this field."
The Wisconsin senator produced
telegrams from Gov. Carey of Wy
oming. a Republican. O. B. Morgan.
State Geologist of Wyoming, and
numerous other authorities. Instat
ing that there was no danger of
outside drainage of the oil In Tea*
pot Dome. ^ t
President Harding, it is under,
stood, is interesting himself In the
controversy. He Is re"ported to
have sent a request to the Interior
Department for all correspondence,
contracts, and other data bearing
on the lease*. It was recently
stated at the White House that the
contract for the Teapot Dome Re
serve In Wyoming was made with
the President's full approval.
Calling in a Specialist of the Old School. By J. N. Darling.
Women Voters, 3,000Strong
Pay Tribute to Wilson
Deeply Moved by Sight of War President,
Their Voice# Falter and Fail in At
With voice* that weakened and
faltered. 3.000 women, representa
tive of womanhood of two conti
nent*. attempted to sing honor to
former President Woodrow Wilson
They failed. "Onward Christian
Soldiers" started, and trailed oat.
"America*' was valiantly begun. But
the sight of the man who apparent
ly has come to represent to a por
tion of the Uague of Women
Voters the peace idea, caught at
their throats and spoiled their
Hurriedly leaving many luncheons
given in the Capital, and by Wash
ington hostesses, to pay tribute to
the war President, the representa
tives from the four corners of the
United States, from the South and
Death Hastened by Fears
That Public Believed Him
PAIS, April 27.?Humiliation that
the French public should suspect
him somewhat mentally unbalanced
undoubtedly hastened the death to
day from Influenza of Paul Des
channel, former President of France.
He suffered keenly under the Im
pression that the public generally
believed his mind to be affected. So
determined was he to disprove this
that only a month ago he made
careful plans to interpellate the
government on Its foreign policy?
only to be thwarted by his watch
ful friends, who feared he might
break down from overstrain If he
tried such a performance in the
He recently developed a mania
for changing his address and woved
several times during the last year,
obsessed with the delusion that he
was being pursued.
which has been promised you
for the past week, begins to
day, on the first page of the
articles for especial use out
of doors, and news of all ac
tivities, such as
will be found in The Her
ald's Out of Doors Page.
Central American nations. Canada,
and Mexico, marched in hasty, ill -
d lines to the Wilson resi
When the former President came
to the door, his worn appearance
made a profound effect. "He has
the sorrow of the whole bungled
world on his shoulders." mourned
a woman, wearing a badge labelled
Wilwoa Deeply Moved.
It was with an effort that Mr.
Wilson spoke. His voice was husky
as he said: "I thank you very much
for your coming. I appreciate it
very deeply, and I am sorry I am
not strong enough to speak to you."
Teads streamed down the faces of
many of the women. A policeman
here and there looked furtively in
the other direction and swallowed.
Even the corps of newspaper re
porters who had followed the
league on its visit to the Capietal
were obviously moved.
As Mr. Wilson retired Into the
house, the crowd called for Mrs.
Wilson, and she responded by ap
pearing smilingly on the second
floor. A moment later her husband
joined her in the window.
Persistently the assembly called
for a speech.
Recites Favorite Limerick.
"I can't make a speech." reiterated
Mr. Wilson, "but I can recite you
my favorite limerick*
"For beauty I am not a star.
There are others more handsome l?y
My face. 1 don't mind it.
For I am behind it.
It's others in front that I jar"*
Shortly afterward he went out for
his regular afternoon drive. A de
tail of police, headed by Maj. Sul
livan. kept order. The crowd pushed
in its efforts to draw near the house,
and moved constantly far down the
street, where it extended.
Put it was an orderly gathering.
Cheers were enthusiastically given
for Mrs. Wilson and for the league
"I hope this will be the last of
these demonstrations." commented
one woman. "He doesn't look
strong enough to stand them any
Puts Mail Clerks
On 8-Hour Day
P. O. Department Adds Hour
Daily to Work of 130
The eigh'-hour working day.
bugaboo of the Federal employe for
years, has arrived in the Postofflce
More than 130 clerks, composing
the Division of Registered Malls,
yesterday were ordered to appear at
desks Monday at 8:30 a. m. and
labor until 5 in the evening, an ad.
dition of a half hour at each end of
their former working day.
"Accumulation of back *ork
which must be brought up to date"
was the only explanation given the
clerks. An extra hour of labor ev
ery day for a year would not make
the work current. It was said, so
the order was accepted as a per
Although yesterday's decree af
fects only t30 of Postmaster Gen
eral Work's corps, an extension of
the edict to include every office In
the department was confidently pre
dicted In various sections of the
PUTS 4 PER CENT
TAX ON RECEIPTS
OF D. C. BUS LINES
Commission Insists on
Rate Equal to Street
Motor bus companfes in the Dis
trict will be required to pay a 4
Per cent tax on gross receipts, ac
cording to an announcement yester
day of plans by the Public Utilities
j Commission in dismissing the com
plaint of the Washington Railway
and Electric Company against the
proposed bus line of the Washing
ton Rapid Transit Company from
( Rhode Island avenue and North
Capitol street to Potomac Park and
to Eighth street and Pennsylvania
} avenue, northwest.
The commission holds that the bus
companies are not paying a tax
rate equal to that of the street
I car companies and also favors re
! lieving the railway companies of
, the cost of maintaining certain traf
i flc policemen.
The following paragraphs define
: the policy of the Commission In re
, gard to motor bus transportation:
"Motor bus transportation has be
come an important quest'on in the
District of Columbia, evidenced by
. the fact that twenty-six different
individuals and companies, using
| eighty-five vehicles, are now operat
' ing under authority of the commis
j slon, and that there are pending
I Ave applications for additional
I lines. The commission believes
I that motor bus li?>es may render a
service to the public and that they
i should be authorized whenever the
public convenience and necessity
"The Commission believes, more
over. that where additional facilities
I are needed, they should be furnished
'by existing transportation agencies.
I either street railways or motor bus
The Commission comments on the
J delay in putting the proposed line in
I operation, stating that the permit was
| granted last August, and gives the
I bus ocmpany until May 16 to put the
| busses in operation In the future
I a definite time will be set when the
i permit is granted.
The Commissioners call attention
j to the cross-town transportation
service that will result from the new
line. The northern terminus wa*
j changed to Rhode Island avenue and
I T street northwest.
The bus companies that have been
using Tm-elfth street northwest, be
tween C and D streets, as a terminal
were yesterday ordered by the Pub
lic Utilities Commission to make
Eleventh street, between C and D
streets, the terminal, in order that
traffic shall be better regulated and
that there shall be no unfair com
petition with the Washington-Vir
ginia Railway Company.
The order went Into effect imme
diately and affected the following
lines: The Columbia Pike Rus Line,
the Alexandria Motor Bu* Line, the
Northern-Virginia Motor Transporta
tion Company, the Alexandria-Camp
A. A. Humphreys Bus Line and the
Falls Church-Washlnfton Bus Line.
CHINESE CIVIL WAR
OPENS AT MACHANG
TIENTSIN. April J?._The long
expefted hostilities between the
forces or Gen Chang Tso L4ng. the
Mukden war lord, and Oen Wu Tel
Fu. leader of the Central China
provinces, have opened near Ha
chang. where a general attack is
developing. Marhang. which Is In
Cbthli Province, is sixty mile* earn
of Paotlngfu. where Gen. Wu has
concentrated his northern forces
Machang Is sixty-eight miles from
Pekln and twenty-two from Tien
(Owrirkt. 1 ML)
Anglo - French Deadlock j
Ends?Note to SovieC^j
Being Drafted. *
BARTHOU TO LEAVE
BUT WILL RETURN
Russia Indicates It Wlfl
Reject Terms, and Hint#
At Separate Pacts. *
GENOA. April St.?The *11 lev has*
reached an agreement on the sec- I
ond ultimatum to Russia.
The Anglo-French deadlock ha# |
been broken and the two leading |
members of the allied croup are ,
now in accord as to the economic I
terms which Ruaaia will be asked ]
to accept without further delay If
she expect* to be permitted to re
enter the European family
After aeveral days' haggling.
Lloyd George and Barthou settled
1 their differences at an all-day session
of the political subcommittee to
day. and proposals agreed upon have
teeji turned over to a drafting com
mittee, which will put them in
shape for formal acceptance by the
allies probably tomorrow. The new
ultimatum thereupon will be for
? warded at once to the Soviet dele
, gation. Although the proposaia ,
! now being put in finished form by 1
the drafting committee are, strictly
i speaking, tentative, the British be
| Have there will be no difficulty
about obtaining formal approval.
BarlkM Will Retsrs.
The final terms represent a com
promise between the est rem*
French view and the more liberal
position of the British, each sid*
j having made concessions In the in- !
j terest of getting something done. |
Everyone at Genoa was cheered l?y
I the substantial agreement upon th* j
Ruaaian question, which has been
impeding the progress of the com- i
Barthou said he expected to spend |
the week-end in Paris, but will not
.leave until the Russian note ia
i finally drawn up.
"To show I am coming bark. I
am .'aaving my trunk and valet be
hind." Barthou declared "I Hal
j expected to go to Paris tonicbt.
t*ut I decided not to leave until the
Russian note is definite])- drawn up.
I I hope that will be done b> flat
It* as lass te Pretest.
Though there is optimism over t*.jk
fact that the allies have r. a- ? A
an agreement, there Is less confi
dence over the reception the n. v I
note will meet with the Soviets In
fact the Rusaiana. apparentlx hav
ing: a fair Idea of what the a!Ue*
intend to propose, are already .t*
|C!arlnjr th*> new terms will b, un- |
The Prenyl terms which formed
j in part the basis of the new note,
provide that if an arreeme-ii is n? t I
reached on the Russian question,
the Soviets shall promise to act-ipt J
the decision of a mixed arbitration
commission appointed *lt*er by the
Chief Justice of the rnitcj States
Supreme Court, the leagU" ?,f na
tions or The Hague tribunal.
J They demand either restitution or
indemnification of foreign property,
and in the event of a disn^tecment
as to detaila the final verdict i? to-"
be rendered by another mixed trl
jbunal comj?osed of three members,
one from Russia, one from an in
terested foreign nation, and a th.rfl.
jto be chairman, named by C?e Chief
Justice of the United States.
Ms?t Rrrosalif Debts.
The French plan also atta lies
Important conditions to the %?lied
'proposals. The Soviets must agr< ?
to a cessation of their propaganda,
recognise national debts with the
allies granting- a moratorium to fa
cilitate ultimate payment?and rec
1 ogn'xe also debts owed to foreign
ers by municipalities and public
utilities contracted for \ind< r the
The French demand that the Rus
sians promise to conclude by De
cember 31. It23. an engagement
with holders of Russisn b>nda,
whereby payment of ir.teieat wilj
All this meets with signs of op
position in Soviet quarters, where
the terms are declared to be un
satisfactory. The Soviets are Peek
ing cancellation of war debt* and
are willing: apparently to innk* only
slight concessions In the matter ?>f
recognising private property of for. .
eigners which has been nationalist*^
Hlata at Separate Part*.
"On the face of the terms It
would seem that Russia will hsv?
to conclude separate agreements
with Individual nations after the
Genoa conference is over." declared
Ilakowsky. the Soviet press spokes
The French plan also provides an
intricate arrangement whereby In
demnities may be paid by allowing
foreign companies to assimilate
Russian companies in which the-im
portant share was formerly held by
foreigners. Or Russls may issue
new obligationa to cover the In
demnities. a more direct way.
The Britiah proposals, like the
French, suggested an arbitration
court to consider the reduction or
war debts, and ulso agreed that t*i?
Russians must force recognition
and payment of municipal and pub
lic utility debts owed to locelgners
They also virtually agree with the
French that if foreign property can
not be returned, the owners shall
receive concessions for use of it or
similar property, or be compensated
through a mixed commission Th?
British terms finally declare that all
sums due from the Soviets must be
paid in gold fifty years ken.-a. the
obligations mesn while to bear 5
per cent interest Tl?e not#* a'so
recites the credits extend*j n?a*
sia by various countries of Kur-i#
as tending to show thit tl?e r*:;
have already tried 1*. b* as be
as possible under the exist** - ?.??
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