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4 COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 8, 1917.
K 1S0N IYPE0 NOTE
ON HIS OWIT MACHINE
President Used Every Effort
for Secrecy, Says Tumul
ty, His Secretary.
GERARD'S NAME UP
"Farmer" Tom Lawson Ad
mits Profiting by Leak
; Investigation Goes On.
By United rrc
WASHINGTON. Jan. S. Thomas W.
Lawson declared late this afternoon
thnt he had been told by a member of
Congress that a member of "Wilson's
cabinet had speculated In stock on ad
vance information of the peace note
io belligerents. The Boston financier
Informer made the charge at the aft
ernoon session of the House Rules
Committee, probing the note leak to
wall Street. Earlier wrangling, that
looked for a moment as thought it
might develop into a personal en
counter between Lawson and Repre
sentative Chiperfield. who did most of
the questioning, marked the session.
The row between Lawson and Chip
erfield started after Lawson referred
to a Senator as "an old blatherskite."
Chiperfield expressed the hope that
Lawson's testimony "would amount to
more than the book 'Frenzied Finance
A near personal clash was averted
ntrnin late this afternoon when Law
son refused to divulge names. Chlper
fipid demanded that Lawson be re
ported to the House "that he might
be dealt with for contempt," out me
motion was laid aside.
Rt United Pres?
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The name
of James W. Gerard, United States
ambassador to Berlin, was mentioned
today for the first time before the
House Rules Committee, which Is in
vestigating the alleged leak of infor
mation to Wall Street of the Presi
dent's note on DecembeF21. Gerard's
name came up while the President's
secretary, Tumulty, was being cross
examined. Tumulty has made a comprehensive
denial of the report that he was in
volved In the leak of information re
pnrdine the peace note o belligerent.
He also testified that the President
wrote the note on his own typewriter.
Renresentative Chiperfield asked Tu
multy whether he had ever visited a
local stock broker. The Secretary an-
OTOprprf that he had. He also added
that he had introduced Ambassador
fierard to a Washington broker be
cause Gerard wished to buy some
Lansing Gives Note's History.
Secretary Lansing was called next
and gave the history of the prepara
tion and Dublication of the note. He
said that the note was received from
hp white House about 4 o'clock Mon
day. It was given to three confidential
stenographers, prepared and delbered
to the chief of the index bureau, also a
confidential man. Lastly he admitted
that three men not reporters were
present when he made the announce
ment to the newspaper men: T. M
Snowden of New York; Robert Gay-
lord, civil engineer of the United
States Navy, and Dr. M. T. McLean
of the United States Navy. Lansing
safci that he had never dealt in Wall
Street. He also said when the note
went to the Government printing of
fice it waB split up in short "takes"
jso that none of the men in that de
partment were able to comprehend the
text of the entire message.
Lansine admitted there had as yet
been no checking up of newspaper
fnen attending the conference. This
, taken to mean that the men attend
, fflcial conferences of this nature
nS o. . . . . , . . . m
hereafter pieueeu 10 ic
. . , "'fldential contract than in
thC Cm Lawson
After the secretary: amtaaUon.
the committee called Thorn!8 WV
stepped smilingly to the chair, au
eery Rules Committee man he smile'
once and at each newspaper man
twice. "I know many who profited
from the leak; I profited myself," Law
"I have reasons to believe I will be
expelled," he complacently added.
Asked his occupation, Lawson paus
ed, -smiled and then replied: "Well,
call it a farmer."
After an explanaUon by Lawson's
lawyer that he did not have to answer
all the questions put iby all the mem
bers present, Lawson continued:
"There have been leaks from the
United States Supreme Court as well
as from the White House. I am go-
Jan. 1-3L Anleney Picture Exhibit, New
Jan. 11. University lecture series: "The
rt 11 llf.bkaatl ViW IJCAf T. T. HAP.
social nurui uj ""'."'.r .
nard, In the University Auditorium
atr 7:30 o'clock.
Jan. 11. Piano recital by Isaac Edward
" . i rti.iin rVillotvA Anil .
morris, uuauau vvin-b" -
tnrlnm R:15 n. m.
Jan. 12. Basketball : Missouri vs Ames.
Jan. 14. Gounod's Messe Solennelle hy
comumeu uuitcibu i..vuo ..
Columbia choral society In Univer
sity Auditorium, 4. p. m.; Direction
of Prof. V. H. Pommer.
Jan. 17. Glee Club opening concert.
Jan. 19-r-ColumbIa U. D. C. Memorial Pro
gram In honor of Robert E. Lee.
Jan. 22. Phi Mu Alpha concert.
Teb 3. Grand Opera, Faust, i;avanena
Rustlcana, I Pagllaccl.
ing to proceed to lay before this com
mittee all that I consider advisable to
show up. This damnable, situation
which has been wringing millions
from the public for the past two years
must be stopped. Two millions were
lost by private citizens on account of
this last speculation."
"Well, proceed." interrupted Chair
man Henry of the Rules Committee.
Calls Such Leaks Frequent
"I do not understand that this com
mittee is sitting to haul any guilty
persons out into the open and punish
them," Lawson continued. "There
have been leaks and thousands and
tens of thousands of persons have
been ruthlessly robbed. One of the
commonest things in Wall Street is a
Washington leak on things of such im
portance as this one now under inves
tigation. I mean by this leaks from
the Supreme Court, from the Senate,
advance information of Cabinet offi
cers, and advance information fre
quently from the White House."
Asked if he would name the per
sons informed of the leak, he answer
ed, "To do that I would have to be a
principal conspirator or benefactor."
JUDGE W. F. ROBERTS DIES
Was Pioneer of Red Top and Judge
of County Court 16 Years.
Judge W. F. Roberts, 85 years old,
formerly for sixteen years judge of
the Boone County court, died at 7 o'
clock this morning at hta home in
Hallsville. Five years ago Judge
Roberts became ill while in Califor
nia and never recovered his health.
He is survived by six sons, R. L. Rob
erts of Centralia, W. F. Roberts of
E'.mer, Wash., C. A. Roberts of Los
Angeles, Cal., J. E. Roberts, C. C. Rob
erts and R. F. Roberts of Hallsville.
The funeral will be held tomorrow.
In 1817 the community near Halls
ville, called Liberty, was settled by
Judge Roberts' grandfather and his
six sons. The name Liberty was soon
dropped and the locality was called
Red Top, the name it bears today. In
1822 the first church in what is now
Boone County, a log building twenty
feet square, was built there.
The members of the first organiza
tion were mostly Baptists. Judge
Roberts' father, William L. Roberts,
was an elder in the church and his
two uncles, Richard T. Roberts and
John Roberts, were deacons.
In 1869 the present frame building
was erected at Red Top. Thirty-two
years ago the trustees decided that a
porch over the front doors was neces
sary and Judge Roberts hauled the
lumber and supervised the work. He
had the roof of the church painted as
a reminder of the church's name.
LUNAR ECLIPSE IS SEEN HERE
Many Parties Gather to Watch Moon
Enter Earth's Shadow.
"Did you see the eclipse last night?"
is the question today. The moon en
tered the earth's shadow at 11:50
o'clock last night At the beginning
of the eclipse the sky was clear, but
about 1 o'clock a cloud overspread
the moon and the complete eclipse
could not be seen here.
Three total eclipses of the moon
take place every year, according to R.
H. Baker, professor of astronomy in
the University. Only two of them
can be seen in Columbia, the one last
night and the one the night of De
cember 28. "They are of little value
to the astronomer," said Professor
Baker, "'because they are so much
alike that after he has seen one he
has seen them all."
Tuesday Clab to Meet la IV M. C A.
The Tuesday Club will meet tomor
row afternoon at the usual hour iu
the Y. i- C. A- The leader for the
afternoon will be Mrs. E. D. Bewick.
The subjects will be "The Origin and
Observance of the Sabbath" and "The
Five Women of the Bible, All from
To be GoTeraor's Guest
t v. Knees, clerk of the Circuit
-...- nrant tn Jefferson City to at
tend the Inaugural ball. Mr. Boggs
will also attend a dinner given m-
mnrmw hv Governor Gardner ior me
State Democratic Committee.
Basis of New International
Law Will Be Taken From
the Present War.
PORTUGAL IN FIELD
Well-Equipped Forces Land
in France to Join Allies
on Western Front.
By United Press
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. A new In
ternational code to protect the liber
ty of neutrals is being worked out by
leading men of the South American
republics and officials of the United
law experts, on the basis of lessons
drawn from the present war. Presi
dent Wilson and Secretary Lansing
are the original proponents of this
movement Ways and means of for
mulating temporary rules and laying
down new principles will be discussed
at a meeting of international law
yers in Havana, Cuba, January 22, the
United Press learned today.
Allies Lose Six Aeroplanes.
By United Press
BERLIN, Jan. 8. The loss of six
aeroplanes by the enemy through
German air activities was announced
from the Western front today.
Portuguese Get Into Fighting.
By United Press
BERLIN, Jan. 8. Foczani was cap
tured by the German forces yesterday
with 3,910 prisoners, it was officially
announced by the German war office
this afternoon. Forcing back the Ru
manian forces from Petun-Ajobezta
and storming trenches in hand-to-hand
fighting south of Minzosa were
reported this afternoon.
With British officers in charge,
large numbers of Portuguese have
arrived in France preparatory to
fighting on the western front Au
thority to cable this news for the first
time was given, out today. The prea.
ence of the Portuguese marks the be
ginning of Portugal's real participa
tion in the activities of the war. It
is understood that the Portuguese are
all exceedingly well equipped.
11 COUNTY AGENTS MEET HERE
Farm Advisers in Annual Conference
With Extension Service.
County agricultural agents of eleven
counties are in Columbia this week
holding their annual conference with
the members of the agricultural ex
tension service. Two counties having
county agents are not represented.
Eleven are present.
The discussions will include the
whole field of agriculture. A half day
or more will be devoted to each de
partment of the college. The meet
ing this morning was devoted to boys'
and girls' clubs. The best methods
and plans for these were discussed.
The county agents present are E.
A. Ikenberry, Jackson County; F. A.
Gougler, Johnson County; E. A.
Cockefair, Green County; H. B. Derr,
Scott County; C. M. McWilliams, Cape
Girardeau County; W. R. Hedrix, St
Charles County; F. E. Longmire, Knox
County; R. D. Jay, Carroll County;
C. M. Long, Pettis County; L. V.
Orandall, Buchanan County and J.
Howat, Saline County.
LOCAL STATION HAS WIDE RANGE
Lawrence Stewart's Wireless Heard
From Jfew York t-o Texas.
Lawrence Stewart, son of Dr. 0. M.
Stewart, recently received a letter
from Peekskill, N. Y., telling him
that he had been heard from his wire
less station here. Two years ago he
erected a station at his home, 211
Hicks avenue, and has since been
steadily improving and using it Last
year he relayed messages and talked
daily to stations within an 800-mile
radius of Columbia, Including Fort
Wayne, Ind., Houston, Tex., Mobile,
Ala:, Shreveport, La., and Cleveland,
O. In all he has talked to about fifty
stations and heard from about two
hundred, including stations in Brazil,
Panama and Cuba.
Mrs. Susan Oldham Harris Dies.
Word has been received in Colum
bia of the death of Mrs. Susan Old
ham Harris of Las Vegas, N. M., the
daughter of W. A. Oldham, president
of Christian College from 1885 to 1893.
Death occurred in Kansas City at the
home of her sister, Mrs. H. J. Groves,
at 9 o'clock last night No relatives
of the Oldham family are now resid
ing in Columbia. Mr. Harris is the
cousin of Mrs. F. W. Niedermeyer,
Mrs. A. J. Estes and Mrs. W. H. Guitar.
ON CAPITOL'S STEPS
Governor Changes Plans of
Inauguration by Having
SEAT DEMAND GREAT
Museum Inside, Made for
2,000, Too Small to Ac
By United Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Jan. 8. Colonel
Frederick D. Gardner at noon today
took the oath of office as Governor of
Missouri on a stand erected on the
steps of the new capltol building.
Gardner altered all plans of the com
mittee on inauguration arrangements
when he ordered the ceremony con-
j ducted on a temporary stand out in
the open. The governor's action fol
lowed a flood of protests against hav
ing the inauguration in the Capitol
Museum because of the limited seating
capacity. Requests for seats came in
to senators and representatives from
all over the state, and the museum
holds only 2,000 persons.
Gardner Takes Oath of Office.
Br United Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Jan. 8.
Colonel Frederick D. Gardner of St
Louis took the oath of office as Mis
souri's new governor today at noon.
In his inaugural address Governor
Gardner urged the application of busi
ness methods in state affairs and
recommended legislative measures de
signed materially to increase the com
"We must put aside petty politics
and consider only the commonwealth,"
said Mr. Gardner. "Problems cannot
be solved by figures of speech. I have
left a busy workshop moved by the
belief my experience in business may
be applied in the solving of prob
lems confronting the state and evolv
ing a sew Missouri."
1 "Governor Gardner declared he 'will
never again become a candidate for
any Office and wanted to make his
term one of service to the State.
"I want to be the builder of a ma
chine not a political machine, nor a
personal machine, but a machine man
ned by men inspired with a patriotio
spirit and a sense of their duty to do
something for the State men equipped
iby experience to help operate this ma
chine." Governor Gardner said. "The
moUve power of this machine is ef
ficiency; and the output good govern
ment, economically and wisely admin
istered." He dealt extensively with the finan
cial status of the State, declaring we
were face to face with a crisis due to
the deficit of approximately $1,800,-
000, the annual decrease in the reve
nue from liquor interests and the
$400,000 annual decrease due to the
abolition of the contract system in
Public expenditures should be lim
ited to public necessity and should be
measured by the rules of strict econ
omy, such as is required in a private
business, the Governor said. His
recommendations included the aboli
tion of about 15 boards now in con
trol of State institutions and the sub
stitution of two Central Boards of
The appointment of a State Tax
Commission to enforce and supervise
revenue laws was urged by Gardner,
as also was the organization of a new
State Highway Commission, consist
ing of four members. An increase in
the automobile tax to meet the rates
now in effect in other States is recom
mended by the new Governor.
Among the revenue legislation urged
by Governor Gardner is the raising of
the collateral Inheritance tax and the
adopUon of a general inheritance tax,
a tax on the capital and surplus of
corporations, a State income tax, a
mortgage recording tax, secured debt
tax and the addition of the inspection
of soft drinks to the pure food and
drug department and of the inspec
tion of spirituous liquors to the beer
Governor Gardner recommends the
raising of the saloon license fee for a
flat rate of $500. Prison and eleemosy
nary legislation also is urged by the
MoTla Day at Capital.
By United Press
JEFFERSON CITY. Mo Jan. 8.
Today was moving day here. Em-
nlnvPB of many of the state offices
packed their belongings and prepared
for the trip back to the "home town"
whence. they came. From governor
down there was a new head in every
department with the exception of
For Columbia and Vicinity: Pair to
night and Tuesday; somewhat colder Tues
day. Lowest temperature tonight near the
For Missouri: Fair tonight and Tues
day; somewhat colder Tuesday north and
There Is no material change in the gen
eral arrangement and distribution ot at
mospheric pressure, that Is, the high pres
sure naves continue to pursue their way
eastward along the far southern tracks,
while the lows travel along the northern
routes. As a result fine weather prevails
as a rule, although It Is rather cold in
California, Arizona, and northern Mexico.
Fair skies and moderate winter tempera
tures obtain In all sections of the country
east of the Rocky Mountains.
There was no precipitation of conse
quence anywhere during the past twenty
In Columbia the present weather will
likely continue for the next two or three
The Temperatures Today.
7 Cm. 35 11 a. m. 40
8 a. m. 34 12 m. 44
9 a. m. 35 1 p. m. 47
10 a. m. 37 2 p. m. 51
the State Superintendent of Public
Schools. Secretary of State Roach
and Auditor Gordon, among the out
going officials, will not leave the city.
Both have houses here. Gordon is
staying because of his contest over
STUDENTS TO INAUGURAL BALL
Governor's Son Takes Fraternity As
Gnests to Capital.
Besides the two special cars of the
Sigma Chi fraternity, the guests of
William K. Gardner, son of Governor
elect Frederick D. Gardner, the fol
lowing left this afternoon on the
Gardner special to attend the inaug
ural ball tonight in Jefferson City:
Leland Rea, Paul Hamilton, Wil
liam Wells, J. J. McRoberts, John
Halderman, Melton Foster, Ralph
Gravely and John,NoweU.
DITORCE DAY IN CIRCUIT COURT
Case of Mrs. Iva C McQuitty Against
Husband Taken Under Adrisement.
The opening case of this morning's
session of Circuit Court was that of
Iva C. McQuitty against John B. Mc
Qultty for divorce. Mrs. McQuitty al
leged lack of support and inhumane
treatment. She testified between sobs
that she had been forcibly ejected
from her home with her bajby in her
arms. The case was taken under ad
visement by Judge Harris.
Failure to take care of their home
was alleged iby Green Barrett, negro,
in his suit for divorce from Maria
Barrett The use of a strong arm and
strong language by the plaintiff dur
ing the fifteen years of marital dis
cord was counter-charged by the de
In the case of Isabelle Melvln for
divorce from Hugh Melvln, Mrs. Mel
vin said that since her husband re
fused to support her that they agreed
to separate. She even packed his
grip, she said.
Other cases tried this afternoon
were: Kenton Brothers against C. B.
Lawson of Hallsville, judgment of
$151.89 with compound interest at 7
per cent for the plaintiff; Mabel Man
son against Owen Manson for divorce,
taken under advisement; divorce case
between Ella Lawson and George
Lawson, continued; Sterling P. Spe
gal divorce from his wife, Gertrude
Spegal, taken under advisement; ap
peal from the justice court of the case
of Frank Finks against L. F. Herndon,
continued; divorce case of Dorsey
Blackburn against Lillle Blackburn,
Late this afternoon the court was
still hearing the arguments in the
case of T. J. Bryson. charged with
giving cigarette papers to Homer Gos
lin, a minor.
A. L. SAPP FUNERAL TODAY
Services Were' Held From the Nash
ville Church, Near Providence.
A. L. Sapp, 84 year old, died last
night at the home of his grandson.
Charles Nowlln, in the northwest part
ot the city. Mr. Sapp had no immed
iate relatives and made his home with
Mr. Nowlin. The funeral was held
today from the Nashville Church,
near Providence, twelve miles south
Adaauoa Law Test Begins.
By United PraM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The Gov
ernment's fight to prevent the Adam
son 8-Hour Law from being cast aside
as unconstitutional began In the Su
preme Court this afternoon.
Pass UuiIgratloB BRL
Tty United Press
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. By a vote
ot 58 to 10 the Senate adopted the con
ference report on the Immigration bill
late this afternoon.
Retail Merchants Meet Tonight.
The regular meeting of the Retail
Merchants' Association will be held
PLENTY OF POULTRY
IN OPENING OF SHOW
South Eighth Street Traffic
Is Increased by Those
PLACE FOR CHILDREN
Guessing Matches for Visit
ors and Eating Contest
for Birds Planned.
Farmers and townspeople in car
riages, wagons and cars, laden with
boxes of choice fowls, monopolized
the traffic on South Eighth street to
day, bringing their birds to the
twelfth annual poultry show of the
Boone County Poultry Association,
which is being held this week at the
James Implement Company building.
Eighth and Cherry streets. Entries
will be taken till 6 o'clock this even
ing. The show will start at 8 o'clock
The usual cash prizes and ribbons
will be awarded for single birds, cock
and hen, cockerel and pullet and pen
classes. Special prizes besides those
on eggs and-capons, are a sweepstake
cup offered by Goetz & Llndsey Jewel
ry Company for the best pen; the
state cup for the best display of any
one variety; the Columbia merchants'
prizes and the Boone County Court's
prizes for the best birds of certain
varieties. S. B. Johnson of Fair
land, Ind., who has had fifteen years
of experience, will act as judge. The
judging probably will be finished and
the prizes awarded by noon Thurs
day. A new department this year will
be the children's contest Last spring
fifty-two settings of eggs were giv
ento Columbia children by the asso
ciation and several Boone County
breeders. The chickens hatched
from these eggs will be exhibited and
cash prizes given. All birds in this
class will be judged by score cards.
The special characteristics of each
will be placed on the card.
Feather guessing contests, a corn
eating contest among a chicken, a
turkey and duck and grain guessing
contests for the visitors will be held
each day and prizes offered.
Prof. H. L. Kempster of the poultry
department of the University will
give demonstrations every afternoon
and some evenings.
Miss Elizabeth Hodge, secretary of
the association, who is in charge of
the show, says from present indica
tions she expects a record exhibition
for Boone County.
NEGRO STOLE MAYOR'S HORSE
Police Catch Ora Arthur, bat He Es
It was Ora Arthur, negro ex-convict,
who stole Mayor Batterton's
horse. The police caught him Satur
day night but he escaped.
The police have been searching for
Arthur since the robberies in Colum
biajust before the holidays. He has
a twenty-year term awaiting him for
escaping the state penitentiary. Ar
thur was caught about midnight when
the police raided a crap shooting and
bootlegging joint in the north part
of town. While taking him to the
jail they wanted to make another raid
and left Rufus Atson, a former mem
ber of the police force, to guard Ar
thur. As soon as the other police
men's backs were turned Arthur
knocked Atson down and ran. When
the officers returned, they went back
to the house where .they had made
the arrest and found then it was Ar
thur they had taken Into custody.
It was learned after the negro es
caped that he was also the one who
had stolen Mayor J. M. Batterton's
horse and buggy Friday night while
the mayor was attending the Farm
ers' bafequet and that he had stolen
a horse from John Hall of Millers
burg. Behind the house where Ar
thur was caught, the two horses were
found together with a saddle and
bridle which had been stolen from a
farmer west of town.
Today they said Arthur was a great
deal changed from the negro that they
knew a few years ago. He has raised
a mustache and the scar on his face is
Taa Beta Pi Initiates Fear.
The Tan" Beta Pi, honorary engi
neering fraternity, held an initiation
Saturday evening. The new members
are: Eugene Gaebler, Swiss; Stephen
W. Thompson, West Plains; Logan C.
Grigsby and'Gynne G. McCausUand,
Columbia. A banquet was given at the
Virginia. Grill for the new members.
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