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Motor War Coming?
Our Hopeful President
Biting Its Own Hand.
-By ARTHUR BRISBANE.
I (Copyright. IMS.)
A biff automobile war is com
Ford's program "to make
things so cheap that people
come and take them away from
me," does not suit competitors.
The International Harvester
Company, which manufactures
tractors, and General Motors,
owners of the Sampson tractor,
in addition to cutting tractor
^prices, are giving away plow*
and harrows with the tractor.
Ford's purchase of the Lin
coln Company, which producea
a very expensive car, is said to
mean violent competition in an
Such competition did not seem
to be Henry Ford's idea a few
weeks ago when he talked to
the writer, mentioning his inten
tion to bid eight millions for
the Lincoln company to save
Mr. Leland from failure and hi<s
workers from idleness. Ford
?aid then that if it were neces
sary to help the automobile
business generally, he would cut
down his own production of cars
in order to compel the purchase
But sometimes verbsjriendly
beginnings end in a fight.
President Harding, always
hopeful, as a good American
ahould be, says of the Wash
ington conference: "The torches
of understanding have been
lighted; they ought to glow
?nd encircle the globe."
So they are. But the late
Cxar of Russia thought the
?ame after he had started the
great peace enterprise at The
Hague. Where is that czar
Yon cannot change the char
acters of wild animals or of
I man by calling them together.
Yon must change their natures
before you can change anything
Barnum showed a lion and a
lamb living peacefully in the
\ aame cage. But he was careful
(to keep that lion fall of meat
And that particular exhibition
made no difference to lions
^ and lambs in general.
\v At French funerals horses at
tached to hearse and carriages
-move always at a very slow
walk. Passers-by raise their
bats?it ia very solemn.
Frenchmen that came to
America were amazed to see
funerals trotting briskly
through the streets, out to the
cemetery, and said:
"These people live fast?they
are even in a hurry to get to
What would the French say
of the Denver chauffeur fined
for driving his hears-; thirty
miles an hour through crowded
city streets? The excus? was:
"Jud;'e, I had t*> make two
funerals, and I was trying to
get to the second on time."
Perhaps if we reallv kiyaw
what iappens after death, we
shou'd all be in a great hurry
to gut to the grave, and reach
the other side and whatever
awaits ua there. Perhaps NOT.
In Berlin because of a great
strike, streets are dark at
night, theaters close, five hun
dred thousand walk to their
work through snow and slush
every day. When the machinery
we call civilization breaks down
in one place, it breaks down
all over?like an automobile.
Dissatisfied workers found no
way of solving their problems
except by attacking and incon
( yeniencing other workers. The
prosperous do not suffer. They
ride and eat a3 usual. One
working group on strike makes
other groups walk or d0 with
Our combined intelligence has
Dot carried us very far and la
bor, enraged, acts like the asy
lum idiot that bites his own
The ancient American Bible
Society in existence for a hun
dred years, yields to the high
cost of production, and will
Bibles no more. Here
after it will distribute Bibles,
but manufacture Bibles no more.
If fathers and mothers knew
the value of the Bible to their
children the American Bible
factory would go on.
Regardless of belief there is
no book more important than
j ill6, ^P^ally to chil
dren. The original King James
?ersion, not doctored or im
proved edition, is the best pos
sible education in the English
Failure to read the Bible is
responsible for much of the
?hemin>hlw Lngliah Med today.
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WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 8, 1922. THREE CENTS EVERYWHERE.
Divorce Ring Tries Camouflage
Experts Who Declare
First Picture of Army
And Navy Engineers
Who Reported Disaster
DAPPER DAN" IN MOVE
SLAYING, NOW IN MIAMI
Mabel Normand Wrote Letters.
Actress Still Prostrated After
Collapse at Funeral.
Bjr International Xnri gervlrc.
NKW YORK. Ft*. fc?"Dapper
Uiu" CuMins, whose uiiic wiw
mentioned in ronnetcl.xi \rttb
William Desmond Taylor murder
in Lam AiutIm, In under surveli
lanrr today In Miami, Ha., afford
ing to a telegram received by the i
detective bureau here.
Collin*, an ex-convict, wan nought
by New York police on a charge of
?hooting John H. Keid, a silk manu
facturer, on May 15 liyjf. He is
with Miss I.lla Wiley, detained for
a while an a witness in the Keid
MIAMI, Ha., Feb. 8.?Authori
ties here today said they had been
asked to watch for "Dapper Dan"
, Collins, alleged gambler, who is
wanted In Los Angeles for ?|ue*
tioning in connatclon with the mur
der there of William Desmond Tay
Police declared Collins has not
been placed under arrest, but inti
mated they had received Informa
tion that Collins is here now.
By International News flervlre.
LOS ANGELES. Feb. 8.?While
the attention of officers working
on the William Desmond Taylor
murder mystery today was cen
tered on unearthing hitherto
veiled secrets in the life of the
slain director and women widely
known in the film world, there
was still great activity at police
headquarters regarding the search
for Edward I<. Sands, former sec
retary-valet of the victim.
Clues On Sands Kept Secret.
Reports were current that officers
detailed to investigate the Sands
angle of the mystery made progress
during the night by developing clues
tending to show that the missing
man may have had business rela
tions with two and possibly three
women of the cinema world. No
hint was given to newspapermen
what these relations were.
It was suld officials or tne district
attorney's office are taking an ac-1
tive interest in the investigation
today. This was regarded as indi
cating an early grand Jury probe of
the case, together with possibly a
direct charge against Sands by the
district attorney. ? ?
A soiled handkerchief, Bearing the
initial "S", was found near Taylor's
body when it was picked up last
Thursday morning, according to a
statement from detectives today. Po
lice believe the handkerchief was
dropped by the murderer, either be
fore the fatal shot was fired or dur-'
Ing the assassin's hasty exit from
Mabel Normand's Letters Returned.
A new mystifying fact was thrown
into the case when detectives re
ported that the letters written by
Mabel Normand to Taylor liad been
returned to the actress after being
missing for several days. Report was
made to the police the day after the
director's body was found that a
bundle of letters, penned to the mur
dered man by the popular star, had
mysteriously disappeared from the
Actress Prostrated After Collapse.
While Miss Normand protested to
officers that there was nothing of
importance In the missives, the police
were eager to obtain possession of
the missing letters and to solve the
mystery of their disappearance from
the home of Ihe murdered man. The
actress stated that she desired them
only because of certain endear'ng
terms contained In them, which she
feared might be misconstrued in the
light of developments In the sensa
At the Normand residence today
denial was made by representatives
| (OontiniMd on P*g? t. Column I)
Dr. Hubert Work To
Succeed Hays in
Dr. Hubert Work, of Colo
rado, will succeed Will H. Hays,
as Postmaster General after
March 4, when the latter re
tires to go into the movies, ac
cording to word circulated to
day amont Republican political
leaders. Dr. Work is now First
Assistant Posmaster General.
President Harding is said to
have decided upon Dr. Work as
a mark of recognition for his
services as Hays' assistant.
During much of the time that
Hay\ has been absent from
WasMbigton, Dr. Work has car
ried ok the work of the depart
ment And is thoroughly familiar
with its problems.
Republican leaders in close
tovch with the White House
said today the ^election was
npt "final," hot. that unless
something unforeseen turns up
between now and March 4, Dr.
Work's nomination will go to
the Senate as soon as the resig
nation of Hays is received at
the White House.
CORN LIQUOR IS SEIZED
IN NORTHWEST APARTMENT
The apartment of- Louis H. Jeff
ries, colored Janitor at the Kenvon
apartments. 1317 Kenyon street
northwest, was raided last night by
police and internal revenue agents,
who seised three gallons of corn
liquor. Jeffries is charged with il
legal possession. He was released
under |1.500 bond.
While Sergeant McCormlck and
Policeman Wheeler, of the Tenth
precinct, were busy raiding tlw
place much excitement prevailed
among the tenants of the apartment
MOTHER OF TEN IS SHOT
AND KILLED BY HUSBAND
CLEVELAND, Ohio. Feb. 8.?Mrs.
Mary Brezlna, mother of ten chil
dren, was shot four times and killed
in her home here shortly before noon
today. Her husband, James Brezlna,
is held by pol.ee charged with the
"I had an argument with my wife
and fired one shot," Brezina told po
lice officers, who found him in a
highly excited state near his home,
where the body of his wife was later
SEC. HUGHES MAY SEEK
VACATION IN BERMUDAS
Secretary of State Hughes prob
ably will take a two weeks' vaca
tion to rest up from his arduous
three months' labors during the
arms conference. It was stated at
the State Department today.
Secretary Hughes mav go to
Bermuda for a short rest and visit
with members of ffls family who
are wintering there, although his
plans are at present unsettled.
Divorce Kings Try Concealing
Activities by Filing Sui^s
In That County.
By HARVEY L COBB.
iCopyright nil. by Th* VMklutoi
Tlmas fompu; ) .
Attempts to cover up the whole
Kale divorce operations of the Little
, Reno of the East are being made
by members of the divorce ring
through the filing of divorce suits
| outside of Alexandria.
Previous to and following The
; Times expose hundreds of divorce
I cases have been filed in Arlington
| county court house by Little Reno
I Members of the ring, it is
charged, were warned by the Alex
andria Bar Association, more than
a year ago that the divorce busi
ness in that city was growing: to
Filed in Arlington.
Rather than give up the lucrative
practice which ha* netted them hun
dreds of thousands of dollars, the di
vorce lawyers began filing a portion
of their cases in Arlington county,
which it was expected would "cover
up" to a certain extent the magni
tude of the.r operations.
Cases have also been filed in other
nearby counties in the Slate, it is
declared, by members of the ring in
an effort to scatter their activities.
Whether the suits for divorce are
filed in Alexandra, Arlington county
or any other jurisdiction in Virginia
is immaterial to members of the ring,
insofar as the fee they receive is
Approximately 450 suits for di
vorces were filed in Arlington county
last year, of which considerable more
than half were filed by members of
the divorce ring of Little Reno of the
I taxed on the per capita divorce
rate of the I'nited State*, compiled
by the United States Government,
Arllntgon county ranks third in the
nnmher of divorces secured, when
compared with other counties of the
A total of 480 cases were filed In
Arlington county from February 7,
1920, to yesterday?a period of one
year?and of this number all but
thirty were for divorce actions, show
ing that little of the court's business
?s devoted to any kind of litigation
other than divorce practice.
During the previous year approxl
(Contlnued on Page 2, Column 6.)
"How Ireland Will.
Youthful Idol of the Emerald Isle
In this article, the second of a series he is writing for
The Washington Times, Michael Collins tells of the secret
negotiation* between the emissaries of Ireland and Lloyd
George. He reveals for the first time just exactly how
Ireland was made a free state and discusses the plans for
keeping his country free for all tine. ?
?Photo by Time* Staff Photographer
First photograph of the committee of army and navy engineer* who, after an investigation of the
Knickerbocker disaster, told the coroner's jury yesterday that tfiey found the theater was poorly
constructed in twenty-one points.
In the picture, left to right, bottom row, Col. William Kelly, chief engineer of the Federal Parks
Commission, who read the committee's report to the jury, and Commander George A. McKay, of the
civil engineer corps of the Navjr. *^op row, left to right, R. F. Bessey, civil engineering aid in the
Bureau of Yards and Docks, Navy Department, and Major Lunsford E. Oliver, corps of engineers,
T T?? UaJ 'A ran V
Blf ARMED MEN;
Nine Prominent Unionists Kid
naped During Fight Between
Police and Civilians.
By New* Serrice.
LONDON, Feb. 8. ? Spectacular
raid* by armed men In the Irish
counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh,
during which nine prominent Union
ists were kidnaped, followed by a
fight between police and civilians, in
which many were shot, were reported
in a Central News dispatch from Bel
fast this afternoon.
Disorder* In I'lster.
These were the most serious dis-i
orders in Ireland since the armistice.
It was pointed out that they took
place in Ulster and not upon the
territory of the Irish Free State.
The armed bands of raiders came
from County Longford. Among the
prisoners taken by them were
Anketell Moutray, grand master of
the Tyrone Lodge of Orangemen,
and Ivan Carson, former sheriff of
Fermanagh, who was badly
When the raiders started on their
return Journey they were chased by
the police. After a running battle,
eleven of the armed men were cap
tured, as well as three automobiles
laden with bombs and rifles.
Police Party Ambushed.
A police party was ambushed near
Newton-Butler, on the Great North
ern railway, in County Fermanagh.
There was heavy firing and the
casualties are said to have been se
A number of houses were raided
by republicans, who carried off
Orange residents as prisoners.
(The Dublin government contends
that the Ulster counties of Tyrone
and Fermanagh, as well as other
northern territory, should be an
nexed t6 the Irish Free State on the
ground that the people are Catho
lics in religion and Sinn Fein In
their political sympathies.)
FORBES ASKS $17,000,000
FOR CARE OF DISABLED
Appropriation of $17,000,000 to
carry out the Government's program
of hospitalisation for disabled world
war veterans was urged today before
the House Committee on Public
Buildings and Grounds by Col.
Charles F. Forbes, director of the
Forbes told the committee that In
addition to the $17,000,000 appropri
ation proposed In the pending Lang
ley bill an additional appropriation
probably would be required to build
a hnegltal fee Inaane veterana.
Course of Balloting for
Pope Given by
Bj Intetjjiatlonal >rm RerrlM.
ROME, Feb. 8.?The course
of the voting in seven ballots
that led to the election of
Pope Pius XI was outlined as
follows by the newspaper II
"This must be taken with
reserve, but it is reported in
Vatican circles that Cardinals
Gasparri and Vanutelli on the
first four ballots concentrated
the votes of the Italian groups
upon Cardinal Maffi, despite
j sharp opposition from the op
j position group,' led by Cardinal
! Merry del Val. ,
"After the fourth ballot
j (Saturday evening), Cardinals
j Gasparri, Vanutelli, and Maffi
held a conference and decided
on the fifth ballot to swing all
their strength to Cardinal
"The sixth ballot, on Sunday
| afternoon, while not enough to
I elect, assured Cardinal Ratti's I
j selection. He was elected by j
the necessary two-third's major
ity on the seventh ballot, Mon
CAPTURED GERMAN SPIES
NOT SHOT, SAYS CAPTAIN
German spleii, caught in American
lines during the world war, were not
summarily executed because they
"were worth more alive than dend,"
'it was testified today by Capt. F.
E. Edwards, Ft. Sill, Okla., appear
ing before the Watson investigating
committee of the Senate.
"They were treated with great
care, said Edwards, who appeared as
a cha^cter witness for George Yar
borough, an ex-soldier of Koanoke,
Ala., who had previously testified he
saw an American soldier shot with
out trial in France.
Yarborough was a soldier of
"splendid character," Edwards said.
Similar testimony as to Yarborough'*
character was given by Howard A
Marsh, of Winchester, Conn., and
Joseph O'Kane, of El Paso, Tex.
FROM HAITI REQUESTED
A loan of $14,000,000 which he
charged New York banking Inter
ests were seeking to force upon
Haiti would Wopper rivet" Ameri
can occupation of the West Indian
Republic, Dr. Pierre Hudicourt, a
llult.an lawyer testified today be
fore the Senate Committee Investi
gating <4>nditlons (n Haiti and
Hudlcoffrt, shaking alternately In
English and French. protested
vehemently against the continued
presence of American Marinas in
Northern Pacific Has Third
Mishap in Two Years?Four
NEW YORK, Feb. 8.?The for
mer United States Army trans^
port Northern Pacific. which nailed
from Hoboken last night with a
crew of seventy men, IS burning to
day 100 miles south of Sandy Hook.
Her crew has aliandortod her.
All her crew except four wore ac
counted for In late dispatches to
naval officials here.
The four inen who have not been
picked up by other vessels are re
ported to be drifting in a life boat.
"Twenty-two members ship's com
pany on board Transportation, five
others on board Herbert G. Wylie,
accounting for all hands in crew,"
read a wireless message from the
t vessel Transportation at 9:15 a. m.
"Four Sun shipyard people still miss
ing. Transportation now standing by.
"Vessel burning throughout her
length and impossible to board at this
The message also said the North
ern Pacific was drifting in a south
The report that the twenty-two
members of the crew saved accounted
for the entire crew was denied by an
official of the Admiral Line, who said
there were seventy aboard. Another
official said the estimate of the num
ber in the crew was pure "guess
work" and that no one knew the
Known as "Hoodoo Ship."
The army transport Northern
Pacific, burning at sea 100 miles
south of Sandy Hook, is known in
army and navy circles as the "hoo
doo ship" of the government serv
The Northern Pacific was put in
Government service In the war. Her
Virst accident occurred wheft as a
?aval transport she was returning
fKom Brest on January 1, 1919. 8he
?<?ot ashore off Fire Island, and her
passengers were removed with diffi
The navy experienced other minor
mishaps with the vessel, and during
the summer of 1919 she was turned
over to the army for service In bring
ing home soldiers from France
On May 10, 1920, she went ashore
In San Juan hay, Cuba, with (Jon.
John J. Pershing aboard. Again sha
was gotten off with considerable
difficulty Today's accident is the
third serious mishap in two years.
Dispatches to the Navy T>epart
ment Indicated that this mishap may
be her last, as the fire is reported
I to have gained considerable head
Maj. E. G. Curtis Knew of
Subtle Revision of Plans
After City O. IC.'d Them.
A threat was made by Major E.
G. Curtis, former building inspec
tor, to stop work on the construc
tion of the Knickerbocker Theatci
because the builders were not pro
ceeding according to plans submit
ted to the building office, it wa:
brought out today at the corner'
inquiry into the collapse of t^>
roof of the theater.
D. C. Made Threats.
Major Curtis, now dead, rpade th>
following report to the building in
spector on November 27. 1916.
"Concrete base dimensions per
plan. Notified foreman that if step*
were not taken at once to notify
office 9t change in plans, work would
This report waa presented to ?*?'
Coroner's Jury by John RKehie, chlrt
clerk of the building Inspector s of
fice. In ir number of reports pre
ceding this one, there is no hint of
any orders to notify the building
i office of a change in plans. The
reports presented by Ritchie did not
I bring out the causes for Curtis'
threat to stop building.
Ritchie had with him all papers
in the building office with reference
| to the Knickerbocker. The papers
disclosed that A. K. Selden and Major
E. G. Curtia were the inspectors as
signed to the building.
Ritchie presented to (he jury a
number of written reports, which he
said Curtis filed daily after his in
spection of the progress of the
Knickerbocker. In some instance*
Ritchie could not read Curtis' writ
ing, and in some instances many
words were eliminated.
Here la the way Ritchie read some
I of the reports of Curtis:
"November IS, 1916,. Notified
foreman as to building. ? ? ?
Will be on the alert. ? ? ? Musi
take precedence of all other work."
"October 19, 1916 (This report made
by Selden). Grading lot and building
"October 25 (Selden). Excavating."
Admitting that while he was com
putlng engineer of the District he
had approved the plans and specif
ications for the construction of the.
Knickerbocker. Thomas L?. Costigan,
now superintendent of street clean
ing, declared that in doing so he
had found that the plans met with
the building regukitions of the Dis
Approved Materials Also.
Costigan also declared on the wit
ness stand that he had approved the
materials used In the construction
work, such as cement, brick, steel,
"The plans were in accordance
with the building regulations," said
Mr. Costigan, "If they were
changed or if materials different
from those called for in the specifi
cations were usi-d, the inspectors
from the building Inspector's office
should have discovered the dis
crepancies. That was his business,
and in making dally reports to the
chief inspector of the building In
spector's office, any such alleged dis
crepanciea In construction of the
i theater should have been reported."
To Call Inspectors.
After Costigan had left the stand,
District Attorney Peyton Gordon
and Dr. J. Itamsey Nevitt, District
coroner, who ia in charge of the In
quest, sent Detectives Pratt and
Mullin in search of the inspectors
who daily kept In contact with the
work of construction of the theater.
Costigan stated that a gencril
layout of till the plans and speci
fications were handed to him for
computation by the then building
Inspector. He said he founl that
all the building regulations had
been reasoned with, and that he
found no reason for disapproving
them. A permit for the construc
tion of the theater, he naid, was
"Who represented the District
Building Inspector's office in see
ing that the contractors and build
ers constructed the theater in ac
cordance with the specifications and
plans that you had approved?"
asked District Attorney Gordon.
"At that time, ax far as I re
call, 'the Inspectors were Mr. Sel
den. Major Curtis, Mr. Proctor. Mr.
Hunt, Mr. Kern and Mr. Neldo
maskl. Which one of two of thnae
Inspectors were detailed to the
Knickerbocker .lob I do not know."
"What computation of the plans
did you make?" asked Mr. Gordon.
"I checked on the structural (m
turea. U?e general ajrangwaeat of