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Vol. 1. No. 6.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1922.
CU"w??KLtt&.-T5AS PRICE TEN CENTS
LLOYD GEORGE SEES HOPE OF PEACE
Crowell Among 7 Indicted In Camp Frauds
*Convtrtatlon?,' Look Out.
Oovornment Coal Mine??
350 Word? a Minute.
-By ARTHUR BRISBANE-J 1
Vow STARTS the last day
of another year.
Hew many years most pas?
before the world fete back to
?olid ground after the war?
No sign of safety yet Sen
ator Borah's request for a con
ference to start us in new
European complications is set
aside by revelation that our
Government has already started
in that direction, without let
ting the people or Congress
know anything about it. The
theory that the people are chil
dren and elect men to govern
them is the Administration
QUR GOVERNMENT has
" been "carrying on conver
sations" with European pow
ers?about debts that Europe
owes us; about settlements that
Germany must make with the
Allies; what Germany can pay;
what the United States will do
if other nations take our ad
vice; what we won't do if our
advice is ignored, etc.
WE ARE GOING to "lose"
another conference before
1923 ends. That's plain. The
sudden rise in English exchange
that puzzled the world is puz
zling no longer. "Conversa
tions" about cutting the inter
eat on England's debt, and per
haps cutting the debt also, or
forgetting it because England
?ade some bad debts in the
war that she can't collect?all
that improves British credit
?nd makes the pound sterling
What knocked the German
mark was buying foreign money
to pay foreign debts. England
is "conversing" to avoid that.
She has statesmen. We hare
village politicians. Not much
doubt about the result.
I pi ION MINERS Y'ANT the
*-' Government to take over
. all the coal mines, soft and
hard; . pay the owners four
thousand five hundred millions
and ran the mines under Gov
ernment ownership for the
benefit of the public and of
About the price, there would
be no trouble. The total amount
le less than the nation spent this
year for Christmas presents.
The Government could finance
It easily enough.
That the present system of
strikes, lockouts and shortage is
a disgrace is certain also.
The problem is one of Govern
ment capacity and official hon
esty. Can you imagine the field
of graft opened up with political
bosses mining and selling coal?
HOWEVER, every child falls
and bumps its head learning
to walk. Sooner or later the
people must learn, in spite of
bumps, to take care of their chief
necessities. Coal mining, rail
reads, street railways, telephones,
telegraphs and lighting systems
have already outgrown private
management and private finance.
STUDENTS of Moscow Univer
sity, it is said, will select
the Russian Christmas, which
falls on January 7, for certain
impious demonstrations. They
will carry saered images in pre
cession, then burn them in effigy!
Images of saints and devils will
be burned together indiscrimi
nately, according to a New York
Student? and communists will
unite to demand a law forbidding
churches to feed the hungry.
ALL of which, in some form,
usually accompanies violent
revolutions, and is, in the long
run, quite unimportant.
Many of the French decided,
In their revolution, that religion
was not necessary. They found
themselves mistaken. Until with
in the last thirty years "The
Comic Bible," a pamphlet cari
caturing the Bible and lampoon
ing saered characters, has been
sold publicly in Paris streets.
But the real Bible has not suf
The Bolshevik government
permits churches to continue,
but near the churches puts up
sign? reading: "Religion, the
Opium of the People."
The people gradually come
back to the fact that there is a
difference between opium and
(Continued on Psge 2, Column t.)
Defendants Charged With Giv
ing Cost-Plus Contracts to
Own Firms and Friends
ACCUSED OF CONSPIRACY
Turned Down Lower Bids in
Defiance of Law to Favor
Others, Indictments Allege
The indictment by h Federal
grand jury of Benedict Cro
well. former Assistant BeOM
tary of War, and six other
former war-time Government
officials in connection with
cantonment construction, will
be. followed by prompt court
action, it whs stated last niprht
by Government officials.
"The responsibility is now be
fore the courts," Attorney Gen
eral Daugherty declared. He de
clined to say whether additional
indictments would be sought by
the ? ' partment of Justice.
The indictments as presented Ml
noon to Chief Justice Walter ?. Mc
Coy In Criminal Court contain the
name? of the following person? an
BENEDICT CROWBUj, Assist
ant Secretary of War under Pr?si
dant Wilson, and president of a
construction company doing busi
ness under the name of Crowell,
Lundoff. Little Company.
WILLI AM ?. STARRETT, an
engineer and architect, of the firm
of Starrett 4 Van Vleck, and act
ing chairman of the emergency
construction committee of the War
CLEMENS W. LUNDOFF. vice
president and "eneral manager of
the Crowell. Lundoff, Little Com
pany, also chairman of the emer
gency construction committee and
cenerai manager of the Cleveland
CLAIR FOSTER, formerly as- ?
sodateci with the Oeorge A. Fuller
Company, and the Thomnson-Star
rett Company, and formerly a ma
jor In the Engineer Corps, V. 8. A.
JOHN MarQIBBONS, represen
tative of a bonding company and
associated with the emergency
JAMES A. MEARS. general
manager of the Fred T. 1-ey A Co.
and secretary of the emergency
MORTON C. TUTTLE, general
manager of the Aberthaw Con
struction Company and chairman
of the emergency construction
NO DETAILS GIVEN.
The Indictments, which are the
first to result from alleged whole
sal ? frauds growing? out of the cost
plus system of contracts, do not go
Into details as to the various spe
cific acts of these seven defend
ants, but deal mainly In gener
The tone of the indictments in
dicate that the defendants, who ap
pear to have formed the emergency
construction committee, or were else
In absolute control of Its operation
and policies, "worked both ends
against the middle," in that they
placed contracts Indiscreetly and In
an alleged criminal fashion, with
firms who paid them tribute and
(Continued on Tage t. Column ?.)
BENEDICT CROWELL (at
top), former Assistant Sec
retary of War, and Major
William A. Nlarrrtt, of the
NtarreU-Van Vleck Co., In
dicted by war frauds Jury here
Chinese Maid Told to Come
Home and All Will Be
?111 ? 111 -? I Wen, the pretty Chinese
girl who would "rather die than
marry." has been released from her
engagement to (icorge Num Lee.
wealthy New York oriental lRd, and
will not he "punished" for her re
fusal to wed.
Th? runaway girl, In hiding since
Tuesday, the second date set for
her wedding, was sent the following
"come home" message last night by
her uncle, C.eorge Wen:
"Your little sister. Betty, Is very
sick. Come home. You will not
have to marry anyone. You will not
The engagement ring sent from
the girl's hiding place to her pa
rents yesterday, was Immediately
shipped to J.ee's New York resi
dence. It was announced by the
uncle. Accompanying the returned
ring was a note announcing that
she would not return home until
she was guaranteed immunity from
the wedding and punishment.
Italy to Oppose Ruhr
Seizure, Says Press
ROMK, DM, 30.?Italy, In the
allied conference next week, will op
pose the French request for mili
tary occupation of the Ruhr basin.
In (lermany, but will support addi
tional economic sanctions, the Gior
nale D'Italia stated today.
IN YOUTHS DEATH
Robert Webster Fatally Shot
in Home of Friend at Capi
tol Heights, Md.
KILLING FOLLOWS DISPUTE
Police Doubt Claim Victim Is
Said to Have Made of
Robert Webster, twenty eighi years
old, la dead, and police are search
ins for a married woman after a
?hooting; last night at the home of
Krank Huber, on Sixty-first street
near Central avenue. Capitol Heights,
Webster, who until a month ago
lived with William Owen? in C
street. Greater Capitol Heights, waa
shot through the left chest, two
inches below the heart. A blood
transfusion, performed early thia
morning by Casualty Hospital
physicians, failed to save his life.
LOVE AFFAIR ALLEGED.
The shooting, police sa>, was the
aftermath of a triangular love affair.
Webster and the woman had visited
the Hubers home often, according to
the police. _^^
? Ar< orelng te Muti?lf'Webster and
the woman had planned a trip. She,
accompanied by her five-year-old son
and Webster, entered the home
shortly after 7 o'clock, bringing a
ratease filled With clothing for her
?W and the chfM, he said.
Webater began drinking. Huber
told the police, after which the couple
had a dispute in a rear house. Huber
told the police he heard Webster
refuse the woman's order to go
home, after which he heard a shot.
Running into the room. Huber told
the police, he saw the woman pick
up the revolver and, taking; her son
by the hand, walk quietly from the
home. Joseph In Durnhaugn. living
across the roadway, heard the ^hot.
and running to Huber's home, found
Webster tying in a pool of Mood.
SEARCH FOR WOMAN.
The wounded man was rushed o
the hospital by Clayton Payne, living
nearby. Despite the assertion smld
to have been made by Webater that
he shot himself, authorities are
searching for the woman.
Huber was questioned by Constable
Thomas Garrison, of Hyattavllle. and
Deputy Sheriff Kelly Harris, of
Prince Georges county, Md.
Police say a large still waa found
outside Huber's house, said to have
belonged to Webster. After the
shooting, Huber went to the cellar
and dumped out four barrels of
mash, which had been prepared by
Webster, he said. No liquor was
The revolver, 32-caliber, belonged
to Webster, acordlng to Deputy
Sheriff Harris. Police believe the
shot waa fired during a struggle
over the pistol.
At the hospital, Webster gave his
name as Robert Stoyer. Police de
clare he aasumed the name which
was obtained by bla mother through
her second marriage.
BOSTON LAWYER A SUICIDE
BOSTON, Dec. 30. ? Boardman
Hall, corporation lawyer and for
mer Boston public official, shot him
self to death at his home here today.
Ill health was given aa the cause.
Senators and Representatives
Say Plan Facet Same Pit
falls as Borah's.
MORE DEBT PLEAS FEARED
Will Give Impetus to Propa
ganda for Cancellation,
It Is Shown.
By WINDER R. HARRIS,
The reaction on Secretary
Hughes' propoaal that a commis
sion of financiers of the United
State* and the allied countries
solve the reparations problem was
distinctly unfavorable in both
branches of Congress, except, of
course, among the Administration
SAME DANGERS SEEN.
Lender? among the Irreconcili
ables who fought the Borah amend
ment fo- sn economic conference as
a step toward American Interven-1
tion In th? European tangle, saw
? in the Hughes plan most of the,
Sams .tangere thst lurked Ini
Borah's proposition snd others]
squally grave. Senator Oeorge H.I
Moses <R.) of New Hampshire, said:
"I was greatly struck by this
new method of conducting our for
eign relations by means of speeches ?
before the American Historical
Senator Johnson of California and
Senator Reed of Missouri had not
given the speech sufficiently care
ful study to wsrrant formst com
ment, but both Indicated the same
vigorous opposition they have ex
pressed to every new effort to In
volve the United States in the af
fairs of Europe.
MANY PITFALLS FEARED.
Even some Democratic Senators
who heretofore have favored every
proposal for American participa
tion In European affairs saw in
the Hughes propossl msny pitfall?
for the United Ststes.
In privately-expressed, unbiased
comment by both Senators and
Representatives who have kept
abreast of the reparations, war
debt and general International eco
nomic sltustion, two emphatic objec
tions to Mr. Hughes' idea were set
forth. These objections dealt with
the certain effort that would be
made to link up war debts with
reparations and the fear of Inabil
ity to select financiers who would
not have axes to grind.
BANKERS FOR CANCELLATION.
American representatives on a
commission of "men of the highest
authority in finance," It was point
ed out. inevitably would embrace in
ternational hankers Virtually all
of the outstanding international
bankers in the United States. It
wa- further declared, have In one
way or another indicated sympathy
with the European movement for
debt cancellation. Knowing in ad
vance the contention of European
statesmen, financiers and econo
mists that reparations cannot be
separated from International war
debts, the dsnger to the Interests of
the United States becomes obvious.
LfOve Leads Sightless Eyes of Two
From District to Rockville Altar
Love is blind, literally, In the
rase of Miss Ruth Lloyd Perry,
1620 Columbia street northwest,
and Louis G. Taylor, 400 Fifth
street northwest, both sightless,
who were married In RockvHle.
Md., yesterday afternoon. . The
ceremony, waa performed at the
parsonage of the Rev 8. 3. Ooode,
of the Christian Church.
Friends led the couple Into the
presence of the minister. "It was
one of the happiest couples I have
ever united In marriage," said the
Mis* Perry wss one of the librar
ians at the National Library for
the Blind. Mr. Taylor Is an at
torney. They will make their home
at IMO Columbia street northwest.
Five Are Hurt
In $250,000 Fire
In Atlantic City
Hy I nl?rul Servir?.
ATLANTIC CITY, Dee. 30.
F IRK that started In the
Bai Tabarin cafe today
spread to seven cabarets.
Itotele, restaurants and stores
In (be block at New York
avenue and the boardwalk, re
sulUng In an estimated loss of
Three women and two men
In hotels were hurt as the
flames, fanned by a brisk sea
br?ese, swept rapidly along
Luther J. Adler was seri
ously hurt when be fell
through a skylight trying to
rescue two women overcome
by smoke In the Hotel Strosse.
He was removed to the Atlan
tic City Hospital unconscious.
Mrs. Josephine Nice, her
left lag In a plaster rast, was
rescued by firemen fresa the
third floor of the MeCrory
SENT TO BOSPORUS
Will Re-enforce British Ships
In Preserving Safety of
s, gsjevsjBjsJ asset?
LAUSANNE. Dec. ?0.?The United
States became the actual leading
figure in the Lausanne conference
tonight when It was reported thst
an American battleship squadron
will re-enforce the Brltlah fleet now
?ailing from Malta to the Bosporus.
It was said ths purpose of the
American naval demonstration will
be to Impress upon the Turks the
complete Anglo-American unity on
the question of ths safety of the
The report of America's naval
participation came close upon the
filing of a memorandum before the
conference today proposing the e
tabliahment of a "national home"
for Armenians, taking in part of
Cellcia to a point east of the Gulf
f Alexandretta. This territory would
be an autonomous stste, similar
to Switzerland and Belgium, under
a treaty of all powers.
Although America* refused the Ar
menian mandate. Ambassador Child
said, she now proposes this plan
In conjunction with all the powers,
and stands ready to make a loan
of $20,000.000 from the United States
Treasury to establish this "home."
Husband Sues 'Other
Woman" in Pollard Case
By International New? Servie?.
RICHMOND. Vs.. Dec. 30.?H.
Edward Beck, public accountant,
who Is being sued for divorce by
Bertha Louise Beck, South Rich
mond choir singer, known as the
"other woman" in the Pollard case,
today filed s cross bill charging his
wife with desertion and Infidelity.
Mrs. Beck, In her divorce action,
recently filed, charged Beck with
desertion and cruelty.
The grand jury will consider the
Pollard case next week.
By Bomb Throwers
MADRID. Dec. SO.?A reign of
terror was precipitated here today
by bomb throwing in various parts
of the city.
A minist?riel crisis Is feared as
a result of the disorders.
BANDITS GET $27,000.
CLEVELAND. Dec. 10.?Working
with lightning speed, five armed
bandits within an hour this morn
Ing held up two plants In widely
separated parts of ths city and
escaped with approximately I IT,000
"Occupying, Controlling, Developing
Annexing?They All Mean the Same
Thing, That the Province to the Left
Bank of the Rhine Is to Be Torn from
Germany and Grafted Into France
There Is No Peace in This Talk?It L?
a Sinister Note on Which to End
Pacific Music of This Year."
"WEARY ANGEL IS STILL ON WING,
FOR WATERS HAVE NOT SUBSIDED"
By DAVID LLOYD GEORGE.
Former Prime Minister of England.
Spedai Ca*l? U The Waealaste? TtateaXeraU.
rC year 1922 witnessed * genuine struggle on the part
of the nations to establish peace conditions in the
world. During 19191920 and 1921, "the Tarantella
was still in their blood/' THE HAD WAB DANCE WA8
STILL QUIVERING IN THE? LIMBS, AND THEY
COULD NOT BEST. The crackle of musketry waa Ineea
eant and made needful repose impossible. There was not
a country in Europe or Asia whose troops were not firing
shots in anger at some external or internal foe. America
rang down the fire curtain until this hysterical frensy had
burnt itself ont.
WAS SHE RIGHT?
It is too early yet to give the answer. The case 1? but
yet "part unheard"?many witnessing years whose evidence
is-relevant have not yet entered the box. It will, there
fore, be some time before the verdict of history as to her
attitude can be delivered.
Some Signs of Returning Sanity
But 1922 testifies to many striking symptoms of recoi
ering sanity on the part of the tortured continents. Befoi
1922 you had everywhere the querulity of the overstraine
nerve; the slightest offense or misunderstanding, howevt
unintentional, provoked a quarrel. And almost ever,
quarrel was followed by a blow.
It was a mad world to live in. The shriek* o
clawing nation? rent the European night and mad?
it hideous. One distinguished general declared that
at onm period, I think it wae the year of grace 1920,
there warm thirty war?, great and email, proceed?
WHO WAS TO BLAME?
Everybody and nobody. Mankind had just passed through
the most nerve shattering experience in all its racking
history, and was not responsible for its actions. Millions
of young men had for years marched through such a pitiless
reign of terror as had not been conceived exoept in Milton's
description of the battle scenes when fallen angels were
driven headlong to the deep. And when the Angel of Peace
led the nations out from the gates of Hell, no wonder it
took them years to recover sight and sanity.
Nineteen hundred and twenty-two was a year of restored
composure. The outward visible sign was seen in the
changed character of the international conferences held
during the year. The ultimatum kind of oonferenoe gave
way to the genuine peace oonferenoe. The old method in
sisted upon by French statesmen was to hammer ont de
mands on a oonferenoe anvil and send them in the form
of an ultimatum to nations who, in spite of the peate
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