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Istry of munitions with power to mo
bilize all industries in service of gov
ernment will be authorized in bill
soon to be submitted to Duma. De
partment will be organized along
same lines as English war munitions
ministry under Lloyd "George.
FORMER REACTIONARY SCORES
Denver, Colo., July 21. Denounc
ing the "one-sided "enforcement" of
the law in imprisoning hundreds of
former strikers "while those respon
sible for the Ludlow massacre go un
punished," A. M. Stevenson, former
Republican national committeeman,
today asked Gov. Carlson to call off
the prosecution of the thousand in
dicted men. Stevenson, who had
charge of the Taft steamroller in
1912, has always been considered a
mine operators' man. His interview
today was remarkable for breaking
his known conservatism.
Stevenson declared John R. Law
son, the strike leader sentenced to
life imprisonment for conspiracy, has
not had a fair trial
"John D. Rockefeller, Jr., does not
know the real facts about the Colo
rado situation and these conditions
would not exist if he knew them,"
said Stevenson. "I do not think he
is in sympathy with these prosecu
tions. They are a grave mistake.
Most people think, and I believe with
reason, that many of the miners are
not getting a fair trial."
He specified Lawson.
BIG STEAMER AFIRE AT SEA;
750 PASSENGERS ABOARD
London, July 21. Peninsular &
Oriental liner Benalla. bound from
London to Australia with about 750
passengers, is afire in Indian ocean,
800 miles east of South African coast,
according to dispatches to shipping
circles from Pietromaritzburg. The
Benalla wirelessed for assistance,
saying fire was raging in one of her
The steamer OtaM of Plymouth,
has "picked up the Benalla's wireless
call and is rushing to her assistance.
BERTSCHE RINGS O'BRIEN INTO
STALL PINCH STORY
Barney Bertsche, former go-between
and "fixer," resumed his sor
did story of the police connections
with the underworld today. He will
probably hald the stand another day.
How O'Brien, one of the accused
detectives, arranged with the "clair
voyant trust" to make a "stall pinch"
so it would appear that the detective
bureau was after the fakers was told
by Bertsche this, morning. The dum
my was arrested and case dropped.
Court fans sat in gaping mouth
amazement in Judge O'Connor's
court yesterday while "Barney"
Bertsche told a story of police grafff
that almost seemed incredible.
Bertsche, convicted "fixer" for the
crooks, is star witness for the state
against Detectives Walter O'Brien
and "Big Bui" Egan, two of the band
of police under indictment as
Bertsche told how a band of offi
cers and detectives of the police held
close league with the crooks, extend
ing protection to clairvoyants and
wiretappers in return for pay. He ac
cused Former CapL of Detectives
John J. Halpin of being the man
higher up. He had given as much as
$1,000 at a time to Halpin and had
often "fixed" O'Brien, Bertsche said.
ALL "BIG BILL" NEEDS IS AN
Los Angeles, July 21. Mayor Wil
liam Hale Thompson of Chicago said
hewould be the Republican presiden
tial candidate in 1916 "if the younger
element in the party willed it"
Before boarding his special train
for the San Diego exposition Thomp
son also said: "The Republicans can
come back in 1916. I believe young
blood can put a Republican in the
white house by the greatest majority
in 20 years."