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Fiftieth v-rwNo. OGDEN CITY, UTAH SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBErTsT 1920. FORTYPAGES
DEFENSE OF COMMERCE VITAL, HARDING SAYS I
1 Ogden Woman Victim Of Fatal Crossing Accident I
I ACCUSED III
Mystery of Oil Operator's
Death No Nearer Public
OF MISS SMITH'S DIARY
Widow Holds Shooting Was
Accidental; Believes Fu
ARDMORE. Okla., Dec 4 Mys
tery surrounding the schooling or Jake
1, Hamon, R. publica.i nuPnnul com-,
mitteeman from Oklahoma, tmllghl
was no nearer public solution, Thre
everts marked resumption today or me
investigation of the death, which oc
curred Vovember 26. after he was she,
Russell H. Brown, county attorney.,
of Carter county, announced a warrant
would !e taken out for any person 1
that evidence shov.-d was lmtiumen-1
tal in spiriting away rom Ardmoie
Clara Smith agalni .whom a charge
of assault with Intent to kill, has been
A statement was made by Mrs. Ha
mon. the widow, that she did not be
lieve Miss Smith fired the fatal shot
and that she would not prosecute Miss
Smith should she be apprehended In
another Statement, Mis. Hamon said,
she would gladly become her hus-(
band's successor as national commit-1
teeman If the honor were offered
The clothing worn by Mr. Hamon
when he was shot and the w. upon!
from which the bullet was fired had I
not been placed In the hands of Couniyi
Attorney Brown tonight followln;, h I
requcr.t to Sheriff Garret i yi-.tlcrday 1
for these artietrs. Sheriff Garrett wus
away fiom Ardmore last night and
until this t venlng. Upon his return he
issued a statement denying he ever
had the bullet pierced clothing or the
pistol and characterized as "Infamous"
published reports, whl' h, ;he sheriff i
said, tended to indicate he purposely j
was withholding the articles.
Sheriff Garrett staled he had not
had the articles in his possession and
that he had made two attempts to'
obtain the articles frcm Frank L. !
Ketch, formerly business mumigcr for,
Hamon and now u nin8trntor of his
estate, but that Mr. Ketch was out of
Ardmore on one occasion and could1
not be located on the other
Hi T 11 is 1BSENT.
Mr. Ketch has been away two days
to West Texas oil fields, where Mi.
Hamon was credited with immense
property holdings. Mr Ketch was ac
companied by Jake Hamon, Jr.
County Attorney Rrown said the,
case was no nearer solution than it
had been since the supposed trial ot
Miss Smith was lost at Cisco, Texas,,
to which place she was driven in an
automobile from Dallas, Texas, sev-i
eral days ngo, and there purchased a
v ticket to El Paso.
j .Mr Brown who retires from office
January 1, In commenting on a state ,
inent by Charles A. Coakley. law part
ner of Mr. lirewn's successor, J. 11.'
;fyjfs Mathers. that Mr. brown probably!
staPld would be appointed a special prose!
''' 'HHH cutor, after the new county prose-1
-flSP or 'n,lucted into office, since the'
' jjjHf Coakley -Mathers firm had been em-1
':.';)$?IB ployed to defend Miss Smith, he -aid,
nc coula Ilot say What might happen'
'U a month from now.
CLAIM SHOOTING ACCIDENTAL
, ii In lnT verbal statcim Mrs Ha
cjjjfSs mon expressed Implicit faith in Mr.
Ift. Hamon. Sh.' expressed herself as be-.
fl!4Si tlsfled by conversation with him
RHfljsJ while in the hospital that Miss Smith
ft1it8 ' no1 sr,ool li 1 111 and that the shoot-
?tN9 K was accidental.
$Ff8 Mrs. Hamon, In saying she would
'pliHi gladly become the Republican national
committeeman should the place b
offen i. remarked on her keen inter-
piJwISJ cet In politics for several years and
said shQ v. -odd like to arrv on Mr.
ffgjj-'BB Hamon's work
jwH "It would be greater than the finest i
gonjH monument that could be erected to
Mgyfl his memory'," she said.
h Dpvs vTrrnjDE,
H 'Mr Hamon told mo that the wo-
' . in ui .li.i not shoot him and thai he
H shot himself while : .mlng or loading
jjjgH y-JL the automatic," Mrs. Hamon said. "I
$PHB could not believe other than that. Con-
.fTt sequently I would not prosecute Mlssl
rtiJjj4j Smith if upprchended und brought;
MHj back hero
fcH Mrs. Hamon said tliat for years she
I9H had taken a great interest In politics,
wBm Not to the extent Mr. Hamon has."
iffH shi added, ' for I wanted him to be
MBH the head of the hduse. Bui 1 hav
BH stood back of him and aided him In
B every possible way "
ifmU "Should the position of national
dRH committeeman be tendered me I would I
tjH accept it," she continued. "1 would'
MM regard it as greater than any marble
jMM monument that the state of Oklahoma'
yMH could eiect to my husband'B memory.
MM It would enable me to carry on his
MMj work and do the things that I know ho
M wanted to be done."
WANTS DIARY SI i'l'Kl SSl.h.
fajjtf Mrs Hamon deprecated the publl-
lyTflfe I'y that has been given Miss Smith's
BH sged diary, saying that it had an'
jH .i:flucnce on the minds of young!
MB ind was Immoral. She taid she!
MH ould appeal to the churches to aid in J
MH lUppresslng such alleged statements, i
Mrs, Hamon and Lor daughter who I
M.-" sd to return to Chicago in'
MjH reside during the education of hcrj
HH chlldrenj today remained In the hotel!
MH suite especially prepared for the fami-
( Continued on Pugv TWO )
Skull Is Fractured j
I When Auto Skids
! On Wet Pavement
Mrs. Ban Johnson, 37. residing at 253 Thirtieth street, a
'former lesident of Brigham City, was struck down by Bill
'automobile at Thirtieth street and Washington avenue at 8;
o'clock last night and died two hours later at the hospital.
Police records say the automobile was driven by John I
Emmett, 18 years of age, son of Dr. W. R. Enimett, but
police say the boy does not seem to have been to blame.
Mrs. Johnson and three relatives were standing at Thirti
eth street wailing for a car. Young Emmelt was driving a'
a moderate rate of speed and sought to pass behind the party.
The group is said to have become confused. They
stepped in front of the car. Brakes were applied, but the ca
skidded and Mrs. Johnson was knocked down. Her skull
Another member of the party was severely injured.
An undertaker from Brigham City was called to tak'
charge of Mrs. Johnson's body.
BE MUCH WORSE
Geneva' Deprorn cn in Industry
But Wo Sendus Unem
NEW YORK. Dec. 4. Official re
ports from forty-five slates reveal
a widespread Industrial depression
in spite of whicli no serious or gen
eral unemployment has yet rievel
oped, the NatJonr.l Industrial conf- i
once board declared iu u statement
This situation has dcvelorcl when
seasonal agricultural employment h
at its lowest ebb In most sections
with indlcalions that unemployment
flowing I? increasing, it was said
To understand Qse apparently con
tradictory situation of unemploy
ment, the board asserted:
"It is necessary to recall that the
industries are Just emerging from
a period of Intensive operation. In
rnauy localities there has been a
chronic shortage of labor for peeral
years. Overtime work has been gen
eral. The agricultural work has been
carried on short-handod.
OVERTIME CUT DOWN
"High wages have brought a great
inflow from villages and rural ills
t'ricts to the Industrial centers The
country has never fully realized the
labor shortage in minor employ
ments which this condition brought
about The industrial depression has
cut out most of the overtime Short
time is in evidence In many indus
tries. "Complete shutdowns have occurred
but not in great numbers, nor lor
any great length.
BACK TO OLD JOB.
"The labor, therefore, 'hat has been
released, has largely drifted back to
the less attractive employments from
which It was drawn to the high wage
industlres and is not always uuem
ployed even when so reported. In
some districts the back-drift has not
yet been sufficient to make up tho
ioss due to the war-time migration
to industrial centers. In these sec
tions an actual shortage is reported "
NEW ENGLAND DARKEST.
New England unemployment picture
Is darkest, the board reported, ne
cause of the depression In textile
and other Industries
In the eastern states employment
Lb decree Ing but is still abo' ore
Conditions' in the south vary con
siderably but unemployment is re
ported growing generallj
The middle west reported severe
depression in automobile centers with
other conditions nearly uormal.
WEST BETTER OFF.
On the Pacific coast less unemploy
ment Is reported There is unem
ployment In the logging Industry
but either a normal situation or la
bor shortage for the rest
"Reviewing this picture," the board
said, "it appears there has been a
Jim ld( d rei i : i rom I he peak of
activity and that some few Industries
and the districts depend nt on then
are suflerlng from considerable un
cmployment. Also it is apparent un
employment ir, gradwiU) increasing.
a resumption of industrial activity
would probabl show a shortage of
labor throughout the country
FOR RELIEF OF
Reviving of Wr Finance Cor- j
poration to Be First Step
I W'APHINGT' N. Dec. 4. First stepsi
toward remedial legislation for farm
lord by cOngresS v. ill fchke the form of I
a concurient resolution directing res
loiatiou o: tn' w,ir finance corpora-'
ition. This mw made clear today in
statements by Jjcaator liairlson, Mis
sissippi, aim lh i in: of Alabama, and
tieprjMieutatta Byrnes, .south Caro-'
.Necessity of action by the president
would oo avoided, it was contended,
by iiiakini; the resolution concurrent!
in form and it would become effec
tive on adoption,
'We Intend ourinc the fiist week'
(of congress," Benator Harrison de-
Clarsd, "to paM a resolution directing I
th Be ere tar) of the treasury to revle'
i the war fiuanCe corporation so oui .
agricultural proaucts may be market
able." I V ! Ps BI I
"The south and west have voles
enough to pass nu ll i: measure next I
week." Senator fieflln said.
Sufficient sentiment had been cre
ated. Senator Harrison .salu, to impross
I upon those in authority that It a nec
leseary mat some immediate action be
taken to relieve the critical situation
The house and senate agricultural
committees today heard Oovernor Mc
Kelvle of Nebraska, tell of the situa
tion in his state
They will meet again Monday to
bear ah more Interests desiring
to present views and then formulate
TENANTS IN PLIGHT,
t'nless they are aided over the pres
ent period of price depression, thou-1
jsaiid.M of tenant farmers In .Nebraska I
will driven from the land Oover
; nor McKelvle, of Nebraska, declared.
The governor stopped over In Wash
ington en route home from the gover
nor's conference it Harriahurg to tell
the committee about what he de
scribed as the serlousnesa of the sltu
i utlon In his state.
Edward 1 Cha&sell. of Chicago,
,Kecrctnr ,.f t!,.- Farm Mortgage
Bankers' association of America, as
sorted that tho crops now in the hands
rof the farmers ought to be financed i
so the fiirmi r Instead of the specula-l
tors would get the profits. In reply
to a question from Senator Norrls, Of
Nebraska. Mr. ;hassel said he believed
prices would ro up in tho next low
months and that the foreign demand
I would Increase,
PROGRAM FOR PEACE
IN INDUSTRY SOUGHT
, CHICAGO, Her X. Stephen a.I
Day, secretary of tho League for lu
du.sirial Justice, announced today he
would leave Sunday for Washington to
, confer with T. Coleman DuPont, Har
beri Hoover and Congressional leaders
.on plans for the Industrial peace con
gress, to be held there February 10
Announcement of plans for the con
gress says "the purpose of the confer
ence will bo the declaration of an
American Industrial program that will!
be so eminently lair and Just to all
elements that it will be welcomed by
the American people
"Instead of discussing how to Kettle
'industrial disputes, we will establish at
oni,- and In a positive Way the basis
ot closer relations and mutual under
standings, to emphasise the comxhunl
ty of interest and Interdependence, of
employer and employe. That Is what
the first Industrial conference of Pres
ident Wilson should have done, but
Jit was disrupted because of the ut
LemP' to Inject the steel strike Into it."
U.S. FIGHTS TO
GUARD FOREIGN !
Western Union Cable Order
and Colby's Oil Note Steps
NATION WILL CONTEST
DOMINANCE OF BRITAIN
Sullivan Says History of World!
in Future Depends on
Ci M KK sl I T IV N
National I'olltlcil t orresiMWidi i t "' He-
New i k Evening Post
WASHINGTON, Dec. .4. Three ln
CjdcntS In the news that has arisen in
Washington during the p.ust wr-eK are
i elated to one another and are phases'
of one ofthe most important sondl-l
!nns in contemporary history. None
f these Incidents has been made)
.vholiv clear to the public in Its bear-,
lngs, and one of them at least it quite,
Imperfectly understood. The first that
1 refer to consists of the various dis-j
patches slating that a naval cruiser,
IS en guard off the coast of Florida
to prevent a cable, which is owned,
the Western Union from being landed:
on tho American coasts
This spectacle, as pictured by the
baro dispatches is most extraordinary.!
But 1 do not use the word "extraordin
ary" in auy sn6e critical of the navy!
or of the government. On the other!
hand, having looked into the matter
with some care. 1 think the navy do-1
partinent, the state department and
tho president, who personally refused
the permit to land the cable, are all
quite 10 the right. Hut the Incident!
has a bearing which will onh' appear)
later end which it nut too much to
say, will affeci the c v of tbu world.)
It appears thai the cable which the
Western union is tjylng to land, ruhj
or.lv to one of the Ui tll.-di Ulands in j
the Went IndiCS. At Barbados it is
Intended to abhnsdt with S Kritlshj
cable line, which runs to South Amer
ICa and which has a monopoly of the
cable business In UraZil
PIOH l BR1 l !it MONOPOlilT.
If tho Western Cnlon were permit
ted to land this cable It would fol
low that cable messages for South'
America originating In Western Union
territory In the United States w. lid l e
routed over a British cable and would,
be to the benefit of a British company!
which alias to maintain a monopoly Inj
Brazil. Tho pednt can only be under-1
i whgn it is further borne In mind
that there is an All -American cable,'
originating in New York, touching at
Panama going down the west coast of
gOUth America, and competing with
the Uiltish company In those countries
of South America where the British
company does not already have an ex-
elusive monopoly. The action of our
government 1 intended to protect the'
interests of the American company.;
This bare outline of the facts does not
purport to be complete ami Is not
enough to form a Just judgment
without the knowledge of further ml-i
nuto and technical details. The whole
subject of the fair and proper control!
of international cables Is very big I
und extremely complex. Cables are,
so to speak, an international public
WORLD-WIDE t OMPETTTION
But this cable incident does not
stand alone it 1m merely one aspect of
a world-wide competition between the
United States and Great Britain In
foreign trade and foreign shipping. In
this field, hitherto Great Britain's pos
session of a large proportion of the
world's cable facilities has given her s'
great advantage Jn the newly awak
ened national self -consciousness of the
United Stales and in our new ambi
tion to be a larger factor In world
Shipping and world trade. America Is
disposed to reKiird Great Britain's pos
session or control of so much of tho
world's cable facilities as a handicap
against us which we cannot afford to
The next Incident. superficially,
has no connection with the cable. In
cident, but, seen In Its true bearings.
Is a part of tho same situation. 1
refer to Secretary Colby's note protest
ing against Great Britain's apparent
disposition to assume an exclusive
attitude In Its relation to the oil re
sources of Mesopotamia.
BRITAIN BESTS in mi i iv
The British empire on Its econom
ic side, rests upon commercial ship
ping The British islands have no
great resources such as wc have
favorably located Iron ore, coal and
Other raw materials; no fruitful wheat
and corn lands, anil the like, her em
pire rests on her dominance In ship
ping l'oi i;en r i t lon It has been n r
Ownership or control of a very lar-e
proportion of the world's shipping
that his been the economic basis oi
tho empire's existence.
Great Britain has held this Shipping
dominance by reason of several fact
ors including greater experience and
greater skill in the business, a labor
supply that has been trained for yen
eratlons In this trade, and other ad
vantages, such us the ownership o;'
coal bunkers, all over tho world,
bank and cable connections all overj
tho world, and the control of a largel
share of the world's marine, insurance
and other commercial aspects of the
The United States, up to the time of
the war. never seriously considered
Great Britain's dominance in shipping
but since, as an incident of the war.
WS installed a huge shipbuilding plant
and became tho owner of what was
for us an unpredeccnted quantity of
tonnage, we have come to be ambi
tious In this field, und If the aggrc-
(Conliiiucd on Page Two.)
TD PIECES, SAYS
Lodge Also Declares With-1
drawal of Arcientina Is
COMMISSION ON CHILD
WELFARE IS DESIRED
Paderewski Cheered With He,
Speaks, Denyinq Alieged
WASHINGTON, Deo. i The "In-,
citable disintegration'' of the league!
of nations has begun. Senator Knox.1
said in commenting on the dispatches
t lllng of the withdrawal of the Ar
gentine delegation from the league as-,
"II comes a lltt'.e earlier than I hsd!
XOected," he added.
"Some nations ore beginning to find
the ime objections that the Republl-
cans raised two years ago." said Sena
tor Lodge, chalrmin of the foreign re
-.THlKl s I l Us i RE 11
GENEVA. Dec. 4. (By the Associ
ated 1'iei. The Argentine delega
tions withdrawal from the league as-
ii bly today was the first reef struck
during the "three weeks' deliberation
which had been going on with reasur- j
lng smoothness until It got Into fog
In the dhcusslon on amendments.
Independence -shown hy llonorlOj
I'ueyrredon. in voting against post
ponement f the consideration of the
amendments, and hln breaking of the I
assimbl) unanimity, with Senor Vel
aSQues, of UaruRuav. supporting him. I
v.Ti regarded a ominous of a etornr
sfswon, but the Argentine delegation's
extreme action In withdrawing was
t TKRKNTS OF OPINION
There were two currents of opinion
this evening, unc Is that the directing
rnlndS have too much neglected the
feelings of the smaller powers and
have erred in opposing discussion of
amendments; the other is that the Ar
gentine delegation has been too pre
cipitate In its action.
There is no indication that the other
South American tU legations will fol
low the example of Argentina: most of
them faor 1'ueyrredon's amendments
but Will not go to the extent of with
drawing If they arc not token Into con
sideration lr. Octavlo of Brazil said today he
regreUert that the Argentine delega
tion had found it necessary to take
Such radical action. He hoped the
withdrawal would be only temporary
From another I.atln-Amerlcan dele
gation, it was learned there is much
feeling over the manner In which the
South and Central American delega
tions have been treated The sensitive
ness characteristic of tho Latin people,
it Is declared, has not been taken
Into consideration in applying rules of
the assembly, which are still illy de-i
fined and Imperfect. understood by
the delegates. Several South Ameri
cans have considered themselves
"roughly " treated
There is, moreover, a marked senti
ment among smaller powers that they
are not expected to take any consplcu-l
ous part. j
M. Hymens, president, has been in
consultation with M. Vlvlanl, or
France, and other delegates, regarding
the situation arising out of Fueyrre
don'S letter unnounolng withdrawal
M. Hymans declined to make any
statement before he placed the matter
before the assembly
PRESS SCE 1 BEL! IBS
Tho note, which was sent at 3 45
o'clock this afternoon pointed out that
the Argentine delegation regards Us
presencs In the assembly as useless,
following refusal of the assembly to
alios discussion of the amendments of
the league covenant.
senor I'ueyrredon told the Associat
ed Bress his action does not mean that
Argentina has withdrawn from the
league of nations, but refused to sayi
if tho move was the preliminary to 'i j
final break between the leaxuo and Ar
gentina. 'We feel." said Senor rueyrredon.
"that there is nothing more to be ac-1
eomplisheil in the assembly It hasi
refused to permit even discussion ofi
the amendments which Argentina con-
slders as fundamental to tho league
necessary to Its successful existence"
Senor rueyrredon said Argentina
would not resume her place in the as
sembly until it had passed the four
amendments he had proposed. These
aim principally at securing compul-.
sory arbitration by tho International
court of Justice, the admission of all.
states and the election Of all members!
of the council Instead of only four as
The Argentine delegate explained
Lh it he had expected to leave for home j
next Monday hut now had decided to
remain to sco what action the assem-.
bly might take at Monday's BSSSlon j
Ho declared he was supported uy
many of the South American states.
President Hymans of tho assembly
called on Senor Pueyrn don this after-'
noon and tho two were In conference
for some time, but tho Argentinian's
purpose was not altered by the talk.
The position ho took came as a great
surprise to tho entire assembly.
Referring to the reports In Argen
tina thai Pianos was Questioning the
constitutionality Of Argentina's ad
herence to the league and the statu
(Continued on P'tgv Two.)
"LAUNCH WAR 0N1
HIGH HEELS AND
ALL DAY SUCKERS
BOSTON, Dec. 4. A
ban on high heels, such as ; ;
i never carried a puritan an- J
1 cestress to church, is to be
sought from the legislature
by the Massachusetts Oste
opathic society. Announce-'
mcnt that the society would
introduce a bill to stop the
high heel at its source thu
manufacturer was made at !
us nineteenth annual con-
The fad of sucking lolly-
pops also was attacked.
WASHINGTON. Pec -4. De
nunciation of agitation In various
localities against locations of hos
pitals for ex-service men. particu
larly tuberculosis sanitarium was
made tonight by the American
legion's national legislative committee-
Tho legion "from the na
tional commander on down to tho
lowliest buck private in the ranks
is going to bat agalus( mercenary
I meddlers whoso patriotism tiled
when the bands quit playing" the
"In Doise. Idaho. Is a hospital
of at least 200 beds which the
public health service has leased."
it continued. "Powerful local
influence object to the treatment
of tuberculosis there and prefer a
remount station Instead. Things
hue come to a pretty pass when
horses are to be taken care of In
preference to disabled American
The committee said it had been
advised that 160 "tubercular ex-scil,-e
men In Tucson, Arizona,
wore destitute and without shelter."
00 NOT EXCLUDE
CHRISTMAS. HE SAYS
NKW YORK, Dec 4.-rTlie
qusstlon of the legality of flavor
ing Christmas mince pies and oth
er holtduy delicacies with brandy,
wine and other liquor was charac
terized by K. B. Phagan, federal
prohibition enforcement officer
here today as "foolish question
"The law Is supreme and the
law Is plain." he declared. ' Use
of brandy in holiday mince pies
and use of wine In ("hlrstmas
sauces are illegal The low says
nothing about Christmas."
-NOT WANTED HERE" IS
GREETINGS TO SLACKER
DENVER, Colo.. Dec. 4 Resolu
tions condemning Secretary of War
Baker, for tho recent release f rom
prison of Pen Salmon, Denver, con
scientious objector, and Informing Sal-1
mon that his "presence in Colorado
Is undesirable" were adopted last night j
at a meeting of John S Stewart post
No. 1 Veterans of Porelgn Wars, and
made public tonight.
MEXICAN REBEL LEADER .
. LODGED IN TEXAS JAIL
BROWNSVILIjE, Tex. Dec. 3. A I
man whom American officials believe
to tie General Pedro Guzman, wanted
In connection with alleged violation of
neutrality laws of the United States
by crossing into Mexico with an armed
band two weeks ago, was lodged In
jail here today.
IN OREGON WHEAT COSTS
$1.85 BUSHEL TO RAISE
MORO. Ore., Dec. 4. Investigation!
made bv the Sherman county farm
bureau, based on figures kept by co
operating farmers, reveals. It wits an-
nounced today, that the average cost
of producing s bushel of wheat last
year was $1.85. Half of the farms,
produced their crops at S figure about
this, some running as hi'jh as $2 40.
COLLINS SEES MOTHER, .
"MENS STARTS FOR PRISON
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ii . Dec 4. j
Keith Collins had a brief visit with his,
mother hero today and was started
Immediately afterward for federal'
prison at Port Leavenworth, accom
panied by United SI ite.s Commissioner
V. A Byers. and leput United s
Marshal Fred Shoemaker. He will land
in prison Just one week from the day
of his arrest.
NAVY FIT FOR
FIRST LINE OF
Harclings Given Lively Wel
come When They Land at
Pictures America Leading in
Maritime Commerce and
NORFOLK, Vs.. Dec 4. An Amen- H
ca pr-f mliiPiit in maritime commerce,
cultivating friendly relations but JeaN H
ously determined to defend Its rights
was pictured by I'resident-elect Hard
lng today as he ended his vacation and
turned to the task of formulating poli
cies of his administration. In a half
lo.en short speeches, he asked for a
government aided merchant marine
that would make the United States
"the greatest maritime nation on
earth" and for a navy fit to be the
Hi I line of defense for a people. H
"everlastingly determined to defend iti
commerce and lis rights." H
N VI IONAL UNITY.
He, also spoke for an International
peace understanding rhat should Pot
sacrifice American nationality and
took note of his presence In the south
by forecasting a national unity that
would "have the people of the old con
federacy understand that that's only
The program of entertainment and
-ru iii ing arranged by Norfolk
and Newport News to celebrate the
home i omlng gave Mr. and Mrs. Hard- fl
lng oi:c of their busiest days. After
they stepped off the Past or en which
had brought them back from the canal
M.e, thai were kepi on the move until
late at liit when they left for Bed
ford. Virginia, where Mr. llnrding
speaks tomorrow. In addition to nu
inerous functions they visited tho ship
yard at Newport News, tho Norfolk
'naval base and army base and the
navy yard at Portsmouth and re
lewed a special drill of ton thousand
bluejackets at Norfolk.
N.W AL PREPAREDNESS.
It was in a short talk to the blue
Jackets that Mr. Harding voiced his
belief in adequate naval preparedness
and In a nation "e verlastlngly deter
mined" lo protect American interests
He spressed, however, a hope that
they never would havo to fire u gun
foi their country.
His stund for a pre-eminent mer
chant marine was expressed in
speeches at Newport News and at
Norfolk. Stress ulso wus laid on the
i nation's commercial expansion and op
Mies ".' Hamilton Heads in an
address here tonight
Mr. Harding emphasized the auxill
ary military Importance of a strong
merchant marine and charged that the
chief opponents of an American ship
I subsidy In pre-war days were agents
of German steamship lines.
lit GE ll ls III. PR
The senator and Mis Harding, lib
sent since November IS, came ashore
at Newport News at 10:30 a. m. after
a greeting by naval and commercial
craft. Ashore they were received
with similar acclaim, crowds cheering
them and city officials extending them
In his talk at the training station
Mi ii irdliig declared ins heart seldom
has been so warmed as by the privilege
of reviewing such a body of young
I 1 have felt Just a Utile special re.
joiclng." ho continued, to know that
you all are hero ua volunteers. The
I greatest thing In life Is service and the
greatest achievement in lite is tho
highest service one can give. How for
tunate It is that our civilization hn.i
been developed to point where you
ar(. more than trained to defend your
country , you ore trained also to live
for our country
Ml HAVE NAVY.
' The navy is the first lino Of Amerl
can defense. No nation can hope to
ie eminent in commerce in tness times
without a naval Institution adequate to
protect Its rights. I want s nation
righteous In Its purposes, righteous In
Its commerce and then everlastingly
determined to defend its commerce
end its rights.
"I hope you will continue in your
dsvotlon and service to your country".
but I hope you will never have to flss
a gun in defense of your country."
SPEAKS AT TABERN ICTd
When Senator Harding reached tho
tabernacle where he spoke tonight the
audience wan singing religious hymns
and he asked for one- more before ho
bogan his address. Then he paid a
tribute to the influence of religion
declaring If he did not believe there
was a God to aid mankind, he never
would w ant to take the responsibilities I
of the presidency.
"I do speak criticism of any party
or any personality. I believe Very much
in un essential autocracy for tho win
nlng of the war, but now that It is
over I want the restoration ot normal
government, a lot of old hide bound
Democrats and a lot of miserable old
mugwump Republicans have been ut
torly blind to the idea of tho Amorl
can nation giving a thought to an ade
miete merchant marine. If the La
Follette seamen's act represents tho
conscience of tho American people.
and I believe it does, then the Amerl
can government ought to step in and
share the burden It imposes.
GERM INS BLAMKU
"I want to call attention that the
Chief propagandists against subsidies
for American ships which are th
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