what the outcome of the hearing
would be, said that Sercombe must
Loeb didn't indicate that he was go
ing to investigate the truth 'of the
figures laid bare by Sercombe and
decide on the fate of the investiga
tion. He just said that some of the
stuff from Sercombe's office had leak
ed out in the papers and that Ser
combe would be dropped from the
Figures from Sercombe's office,
quoting the chief engineer of the
school system, showed among other
things that the schools were getting
$100,000 worth more of coal every
year than they were burning. An in
vestigation of tie charges had just
been started. Today is the last of
Sercombe's contract with the school
The investigation, of course, may
be dropped if Sercombe is fired.
Max Loeb, friend of organized la
bor on the school board, and member
of the audit committee of the school
system, said yesterday that Sercombe
had shown up apparent defects in the
handling of school money, and that
the bookkeeping of the board was off.
"There is no doubt that Sercombe's
figures have shown that there is
something wrong with school board
methods," he said. "We have not
been able to investigate the facts as
yet I am sure, however, that tables
from Sercombe's office do indicate
that there is something that might be
"I am for an investigation; let the
reporters, the press and the public
hear what is going on. If ws find that
the board methods- are wrong, let's
admit it and change them. IJut I'm in
favor of concealing nothing."
SIX KILLED IN MINE BLAST
Kempton, W. Va., Feb. 29. 6 min
ers killed, number injured and 33 still
reported entombed in mine No. 42 of
Davis Colliery Co., here, following
terrific dust explosion early today.
DECISIVE BLOW FOR VERDUN
STRUCK FORTS BATTERED
London. Decisive battle for Ver
dun is about to begin. Checked in
savage onslaughts against Pjepper
Heights. Germans are moving up
their heaviest artillery to blast away
armored trenches on ridge, barring
their further advance from north.
While indescribable slaughter con
tinues about ruins of Fort Douan
mont, Teutons are feeling out French
line along 100-mile front with artil
lery poundings and infantry attacks.
Paris confident that fortress will
never fall by frontal attack over the
strongly fortified Pepper Heights.
French war office officials believe the
kaiser already despairs of victory in
front of Verdun and either is search-.
ing out new road to Paris through
Champagne tor will renow attack
through Fresnes, aimed, at squeezing
French out of Verdun.
Petrograd. Turks hastily evacu
ating important Black sea port of
Trebizond and neighboring cities be
fore Russian advance.
London. More than 45,000 Ger
mans have been killed in assault on
Copenhagen. Gothenburg steam
er Knippla, displacing 498 tons,
struck mine south of Falsterbo, just
outside Swedish territorial "waters,
and sank. 15 of crew and 2 women
Paris. All German attacks in Ver
dun district in past 24 hours have
been repulsed. French troops now
Entirely surround Fort Dounomont.
Admitted that Germans have cap
tured village of Manheulles, 11 miles
southeast of Verdun, in their east
ward drive to force evacuation of
Verdun by "squeezing out" process.
Loss of several trenches in Lor
raine to Germans also admitted, but
stated that these positions were Im
mediately .recaptured by French.
Berlin. German troops have cap
tured small armored works north
west of Fort Dounaumont
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