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ONCRESS TO TAKE
DESPITE EFFORT OF SPEAKER
CLAR* AND OTHERS TO CALL
DEFER RAIL LEGISLATION
V.4aders do Not Hope to Accomplish
Much. pfore Adjournment Except
to Pass Few Appropriation Bills.
May Dispose of Prohibition Bill.
Washington.-With a holiday recess
planned to begin Saturday and extond
antil January 2, congressional leaders
-do not hope to accomplish anything
before adjournment except the pas-.
sage of a few appropriationl bills in
'the House, and possibly the disposi.
ition of the Sheppard prohibitioni bill
dbr the\ District of Columbia in the
Considerationl of railroad legislation
and corrupt practice election mesas-,
ares, having been deferred until nex.
umonth, membefs 'already are planning
%their Christmas vacations, despite the
-effort made by Speaker Clark and
- ,others early in the session.to do away
with the usual 10-day recess.
Prohibition for the District of Co.
iumbia will be before the Senate again
with amendments providing for a ref.
'erendum and Senator Smoot's sub
irtitute, which would not only bar man
afacture and sale of liquor for bever
age purposes, but also prohibit im.
1portation of liquor for personal use.
The judiciary committee's fovorable
neport on the Webb nation-wide pro
lb40ition measure probably-will be sub
-mitted at the end of this week by Rep
zesentative Carlin of Virginia, a mem
ber of the committee who recently be
rame converted to the dry cause. A
rule for consideration of the resolu
1llon will not be asked until after the
3ecess. The Federal suffrage amend
ument resolution has been received by
4he House and a rule probably will
The asked on it early in January also.
ANTI-LIQUOR BILL GIVEN
FIRST PLACE ON CALENDAR.
*keppard Bill Gets First Place on
Senate Calendar by Margin
of One Vote.
Washington.- By a margin of one
-ote the Sheppard bill to prohibit the
-manufacture and sale of intoxicating
Mquors in the District of Columbia,
-was put into first place on the Senate
-alendar to be taken up this week and
-4ebate until it is disposed of. Senator
Townsend sought without success to
keep the volunteer officers retirement
WU befQre the Senate as unfinished
Senator Martine of New Jersey, op.
Miosing the bill, said the saloon should
aot be abolished until some other
7form of club for the poor man could
The Senate Commerce Committee
adeferred iAction on the $50,000,000
ficod control bill for the Mississippi
~and Sacramento rivers.
Debate was then ' resumed in te he
.flistrict of Columbia prohibition bill.
land Senator- Sheppard finally succeed
-ed, by a margin of one vote, int having
At given fir-st place on the calendar for
In the House, Chairman Adamsont,
est the. Interstate Commerce Commit
liee, introduced a joint resolution ex
'tending the time for the railroad int
westigation until January 14, 1918.
'MILSON GIVES $2,500
TO MAKE UP DEFICIT.
Washington.-President Wilson has
tsent a check tot' $2,500 to Treasurer
Narsh of the D~emocratic National
committee, as his contribution toward
~k?-ip'ting the deficit inE the committee's
- arpai gn fund.
MEETING BROKEN UP.
London. - Sylvia Pankhturst. the
unlitant suffragette, and a number of
sympathizers. endeavored to hold a
*'demonstration" at the East India
4ock gates to demand peace, but a big
BI-BOATS RESPONSIBLE FOR
BIG SHORTAGE OF WHEAT.
Washington-.-erman U-boats are
jplaying a large p~art in increasing the
wtheat shortage. Blritish vessels ca
wying hundreds of tons of wheat are
theing Bunk by submarines. How ex
. tensive is the damage wrought to
British shipping by submarines was
!learned from a Briton in the United
States on an important mission and
tin receipt of constant advices regard
dag the real state of affairs.
ImOVEMENT TO ADVERTISE
CHURCHES THROPH PAPERS.
St. Louis.-For' the purpose of gath
ering and disseminating in a 'reliable
'form religious news the Federal
Council of the Churches .ot>Christ in
America, representing 30 denotnina
tions, has established a religious pub
licity service. The Federal Council
has just held its annual convention.
fte addition, to establishing this news
aervice it is proposed to make a sys
- tmatic study of paid advertising in
Hipolito Irigoyen Is the new presi
dent of the Argentine Republic.
BRITIANS MAY CONSIDER
CRITICISM CAUSED BY FIRST AN.
BY CALMER JUDGMENT.
French Premier Warns Nation to
Guard Against Trap.-League of
Nations to Enforce Peace May Be
Suggested By President Wilson.
Information contained in news
paper reports in London leads to the
belief that the political leaders of
Britain will give the peace proposal
from the Central Powers to the En
tente Allies sober consideration,
which might possibly lead to a fur
ther note -from Germany and.her al
lies setting forth definite terms upon
which they would agree to end the
Criticism heard on the streets of
London a$ the news of the peace
move became public, seems to have
become less aevere with a feeling
that some conaideration should be
given the note when it arrives there.
Premier Llpyd-George and the mem
bers of Cabinet ,. are maintaining a
strict ailence until they have an op
portunity to study the text of the
An entirely diiYerent reception was
given the peace announcement in
Paris as Premier Braind in a speech
to the Chamber of Deputies, which
voted to sustain the activities of the
new Cabinet, sounded a note of warn
ing against taking the German pro
posal for what it appearad to be on
In a stirring address, he referred
to the conditions as they exist at
present. However, in his words there
seemed to be a sentiment reflected
Announcement of the resignation of
the Austrian Government in a Reuter
dispatch from Amsterdam may be the
forerunner of internal political dis
sension in Austria which would have
ant important bearing on the progress
of a peace move.
Announcement comes from Wash
ington thtat the President is serinusly
consider-ing submission of a prop)osl
lion to organtize a league of nations to
enforce peace in the event there Is
dliaeussion of peace terms by the
ituropean Nations. A waiting atti
tuade has beent adopteri by the Admint
istration until the~ note arrives and
the heads of the FIautente Allies give
some e xpressiont of their at lt itle.
BERLIN PRESS CAUTIOUS
AGAINST. TOO MUCH HOPE
Tenor of Opinions Shows Belief Pre
vails Allies Are Not Prepared to
Act Hastily on Peace Plan.
Berlin, via London.-The K~reuz Zel
tung expresses the featr that any peace
which to the IEntente Allies does not
bear the aspect of defeat would pr-ove
a great danger for Germany and be
only an armistice.
Die Post doubts the expediency of
the peace offer', but says it Is glad no
neutral has been asked to mediate.
The Taeglichle Runuschau tears that
the 1Entente Allies wvill drawv out the
negotiations by making implossible
counter proposals, hoping to enlist
pressure from "nteutral America."
The Tages Zeitung says it. wishes
Doctor von Bethimann-Hlollweg had
emnphasized more strongly the fact
that Germany offered pence as a vic
tot- and that the peace ter-ms must
adequately rewardi Germany for the
sacrifices she has made.
The Tageblt surmises that Ger
many's peace terms will be racson
able. for "an offer of peace can menan
naothintg unless wise moderation ac
c-ompatnies the conciliatory act." The
newspaper- warns' the peopie against
htavinag too opt imnitic expectations.
BOER GENERAL'S SON
IS SAFE IN MEXICO
Presidio. Tex. - Mexicans arriving
here from the interior of Mexico said
they had passed trough San Pablo
de Meotlui sevent days ago, .where 4they
'had seen Oullermo Snyman, soni of the
'atn General Synmnan of the Ber arnmy,
ife and unharmed.
The report that Synman, a British
'tbIect, had been killed was received
't the border last F~riday in the form
of a telegram to a relative from one
WILSON WILL SEND
NO OFFER WITH NOTE
AMERICAN PGOVERNMENT ACTING
AS INTERMEDIARY OFFERS
IS ALWAYS READY TO SERVE
President Is Holding Himself in Read.
iness to Serve in Any Way Possible
to Bring Warring Nations To.
Wasiiigton.--Prli.e1de1n1t Wilson has
decided 'hat the notes of the Central
Powers proposing a discussion of
peace to the Entente Allies will he
sent forward by the American Gov
ernment, acting as intermediary.
without any accompanying mediation
offer of its own. fie lias not deter
mined whether any action in behalf
of peace will be taken later by the
United States on its own account, butl
is holding himself in readiness to
serve in any -way possible toward
bringing the warring nations to
The course to be pursued was made
known after the President had con
ferred with Secretary Lansing, and
after a prolong, d Cabinet meeting.
It was stated that the delay in for.
warding the notes to the Entente
capitals was due to the fact that te
massages received from Germany.
Austria-liungary and Turkey, identi
cal in bubstance. differed slightly in
phraseology as a result of different
Since the first note arrived, the
one from Germany. the President and
his closest advisers have been absorb
ed in study of the stiuation. The
Austrian note followed, and the one
from Turkey came later. Those from
Germany and Austria have been gone
over carefully by the President and
Secretary Lansing to make certain of
their meaning, and so that they may
be sure to represent properly the in
tent of the Central Powers.
ANTI-LIQUOR BILLS FLOOD
TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS
Webb Sure e4ation-Weide Prohibition
Will Win at Next Sesbion.
Washingt.on --Legislative ineasuers
aimed at destruction of the liquor traf
fic continue to accumulate in Congress
as both houses are deluged with pe
tions from all parts of the country
urging adoption of the national plrohi
bition constitutional amendment and
,nassage of other anti-lionoir measures
including the Sheppard bill to prohib
it the manufacture and sale of liquor
in the District of Columbia.
' The House Postoffice Committee
onened the door to another phase of
the problem in reporting favorably a
bill designed to vlose the mails abso
lutely to advertising of any intoxi
eating liquors and to deny mil order
hour-es the right to go into either "wei
or drv" territory to silicit sales
through the medium of the mails.
No move was madle by prohibition
lenlers in the House regarding the (o-O
stitutional amendlment rep~orted from
the judliciaruy -ommi tee, b~ut Riepre
sr'~ntlye Webb. ''hairmain of the conm
mittIee. plans to ask thle rules com-.
mnittee for a sp~ecial rule to get the
rsol ution befor'e the II ouse sooni after
CONFIDENT OF VICTORY,
PEACE O)FFER IS MADE.
London.-" (onfirleist t hat w e are
'omplhetely the vic'tors. I yesterday
miade a proposual to thle enmey' to dis
(cuss the question 0of furt her war or
Peace." said the Germny Emperor
in add~ressing the troops in Alsace re
cently, accordling to a despatch pub
lished in The Cologne Gazette, says a
Reuter's dispatch from Amsterdam.
"What wvill come of it, I do not yet
know." the Empeor is rep~ortedl to
have continued. . "it is a matter for
the enemy now to decidle if the tight
inx is still to go on. If the enemy
still t hinks lhe has~ not had enough,
then I know you will"'- -here the Em
peor says the c-orespondent, made a
"warlike" gesture. which "produed~ a
fierce smile on the faces of all his
VILLA IS MAKIN'i
OVErITURES TO U. S.
El Paso. T.'xas.-- -Francisco Villa
Ithirough represenitat ives here, has
madle over-turies to the United States
and has promise dto cease his depre
dtaions upon AmerIcan property andl
'discontInue killing Americans ini Mex
ico. The r-eport thaiit representatives
of Villa are wvorkiung to have Villa
spare Amer-icans lives and property in
returni for- assuranices that his move
ments in Mexico would not be inter
fored with by the United States army.
GOVERNORS MEET NEXT
IN SALT LAKE CITY.
IWash ington .--The Govei'nors' con
ference. in session here, voted to hold
its next annual meeting in Salt Lake
City at a time to be fixed by the
executive committee composed of
Governors Manning of South Care
lina, Spray of Utah and Capper of
Kansas. Former Governor Fort of
New Jersey was re-elected treasurer
of the conference. The sessions were
devoted to discussions of state admin
istrative problems. defenseand nac.
CHARLES C. M'CHORD
Interstate Commerce Commissioner
McChord, after investigating the rail
road car shortage that is choking the
industries and rail movements of the
West, put in operation a plan of relief
by which all cars are to be returned
to their home lines as soon as possible.
PRAY FOR PEACE SUCCESS
SOUTHERN COMMERCIAL CON.
GRESS HAS BUSY SESSION AT
Ground Is Broken For Fort Storey at
Cape Henry.-Simple Ceremonies
Mark Dedication of Site For De
fense of Harbor.
Norfolk, Va.-*The breaking of
ground for Fort Storey at Cape
Henry, prayers for the success of
peace offers made by Germany and
her Allies, the tabling of a resolution
favoring the distribution of the
South's negro population among the
other states, and an address by See
relary of Labor W. B. Wilson were
fe:.tures of the activities of the
Southern Commercial Congress here.
Simple ceremonies marked the ded
Ication of the site for the great land
defense tle Government proposes tu
erjct, for the protection of Hampto1
Ijads, Baltimore and Washington
Governor Stuart of Virginia turned
tha spade of earth.
The National Association of Coni
missioners of Agriculture met and
discussed cotton crop diversification,
c6nservation of the Sputh's resources
and a better system of marketing.
Some speakers hailed the federal
farm loan act. as a means of increas
ing the South's agr'icultural yield by
enabling tenant farmers to become
A movement to have the Congress
go on record as favoring the location
of thte proposedl Government nitrate
plant at Muscle Shoals, Ala., was
launched at the first meeting of the
Woman's Auxiliary of the Congress.
Mrs. G. HI. Mathews of Alabama urged
the adoption of a resolution which lihe
Alabama delegation was to ofter.
A resolution asking the Congress
to declare f'or equal suffrage was laid
on the table, but the comimittee ap
proved one by Rea r Admiml Dilling
hanm, U. S. N.. retired, urging that
the Navy be immedilately' increased
b~y 561,000 to fully man the piresent
ships) of the Navy. S
Cotton's relation to internationai
r'econstrulct ion wvas thle sub1ject' oft~n
address by Col. Harvie' Jordan, presi
dent of the Southern ('otton Growers'
Secretary Wilson told the congress
he did niot belive immigration from
IEu'rope after the war would be as
great as it had been before because
history showed that it was a people's
tendency to stay where they had suf
fer'ed. lHe said lhe was in favor of a
more equitable distribution of inmi
grants in this country and thought
that as far as possible they should be
placed on farms so as to develop
DALE TESTIFIES TO
DEFRAUDING U. S.
Jacksonville, Fla.--Graham D~ale of
Jacksonville. indied with Thomas
McCoy of Asheville, N. C.. and four
other .Jacksonville men in charges of
dlefraudling the t'nitedl States Govern'
ment out of internal revenues, testi
fled for the Government at the trial
of McCoy. Dale corroberated testi
mony that the Long Branch distillery
here was run at night after the Gov
ernent gauger and storekeeper had
left, and that no r:evenue was paid.
MISS ADDAMS ASKS
Washington.--Headed by Misi Jane
Addams, a delegation of the Woman's
Peace IParty was heard before the
House Judiciary Committee, 'urginag
the Susan B. Anthony amendment for
suffrage. The Foreign Affairs Com
mattee urgedl favorable report on the
Keating bill far an international com
mission to pave the way for good re
lations between Japan, China and the
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEd C
VOTE TO PROPOSE PROHIBI
IS ENTIRELY UNEXPECTED 1
"Dry" Advocates Jubilant Over Vic.
tory Scored In Congress.-Con
gressman Webb Will Ask Passage
of Bill By Special Rule.
Wasthington.-Nation-wide prohlili. '
tion took a long stride toward con 0
gressionial consideration when the 8
lIouse Judiciary Committee unexpect- 11
edly voted to recommend adoption of a
the proposed constitutional amend- n
ment to forbid th manufacture and I
sal eof liquor for beverage purposes in
the United States. Even the most t
enthusiastic champions of the amend. t
ment had not expected favorable a
acticn so 1oon. S
How far tile resolution will pro- o
gress is problematical, and Adminis- C
tration leadpra doubt that it will reach a
the senate in time for action at this o
session. Prohibition advocates are I
Jubilant, however, and predict ulti. It
mate adoption of the resolution and il
its reference to the legislatures of a
the various states at a much earlier e
dati than they heretofore had hoped f
for. A two-thirds majority in both c
houses is required. e
Coincident with the committee's d
action, tile Sheppard bill to prohibit e
the manufacture and sale of liquor
in the District of Columbia bet'ame v
the unfinished business to be kept be. i
fore the senate until disqposed of. As F
an amendment. Senator Underwood a
has proposed a referendum to the
male voters of the District. Senator (
Kern of Indiana, has added a proposal F
that women should participate in tile (
During discussion of the Sheppard 3
bill. several Senators, among them. 1
Sheppard. Vardeman and Owen, pre- t
dieted triumplh for tile cause of na
tion-inide prohibition in v, ir future.
lardly any one doubted that pro
hibition will be a dominant legislative
issue before the new Sixty-flfth Con
gress if the constitutional anendment
does not reach a vote this winter. Ill
tile house, before the amendment can
be taken up for consideration, a
special rule must be adopted giving
it right of way. Representative
Webb. chairman of the Judiciary Com
mittee, will ask for such a rule arly
in January. and endeavor to press
the resolution to an early vote.
ANOTHER IMMENSE CREDIT
VOTED BY HOUSE OF COMMONS
Amount is 400.000,000 Pounds Ster
ling, and Will Have t6 Be Sup
London.-The House or Commons
'nanimously passed a vote of c2redit dY'
400.000.000 pounds sterling, moved by
a Bonar Law, chancellor of the ex
chequler, whlo madie a lenlgthy slpeOchl.
exulaining tile ulation's financial situ
101on, and( tonehiin g on the German
peace proposals. Tic anntoulnced that the
daily average expenditure of Great
'frieainl for- t he war now amounts to
it710.000 Dounld ster llng umi'i Ithat. tis
vole of credit woulld problably have to
be supp~llemlenltedl lebruary 24 with an
oth~er vote or 20)0,000.000 potniii st er
Tis w~onil make1( the Iotal Ivoted for
tile .vear 1.9ti0.000.000 pounidS sterling.
or ?.50 .000,000) pounds24 st erlintg miore'
than I tile estma mii iade somtle mo~th- i
ago by Regi nald Mc Kenna then. I102chan-f
WOMAN SUFFRAGE ADVOCATES
SCORE PARTIAL VICTORY
Washinlgton.--Wk~manl suffrage ad-t
vocates won a partial victory Inl theiri
bong fight to have the Susan B. An-.
thony federal amenldmenlt voted on in
Congress when tile Ifouse judiciary
committlee reported the measure for ,
(-onsidiera tioni withbout recoammendia
lion. A campaign no0w wiii he launch
ed1 to get a special r-ule to bring the0
amnendmlent befor-e tile Ilouse for ac-.
.tioni, probialiy some timle inu Janualtry. -
New Yor-k. --The views of First
Chief ('arran-za regar-ding tile ratineca
tion of tihe p)rotocoI signied at Atlantic
City by the Mexican-Amer-ican joi nt
comfmissionl were submitted by Al
berltO J. Pantilhere to Lis Cabrera,
chlairmnan of tihe Mexican comamisslion.
and Alexican Ambassador Designate 1
Arredondo. 'Mr. Pani ar-rived hlerei
from Quer-etar-o, wihere he went to
pla4ce tile agreemei-t before ('arraniza
for is r-at itoa voni.
COMMERCIAL CONGRESS. AT
CLOSE URGES CROP CM4ANGE.
bill, development of drainage for in
creased se rvice of .lroduction and the
intenstificationl and dsiversiflcation of
crops were appiroved by' tile gouthlern
Commercial Congress at tile close of
its eighth gnnulal convenltionl. The
Congress also urged greater effi
ciency In tile manlagement 0' cities
and tile more thlorough and genleral
education of the masses in all Uine I
IAPTISiS WILL MEET 4
iT STATE GAPITAL
OLUMBIA SELECTED FOR CON
VENTION OF 1917.-CHANGE .
HE DEFICERS ARE ELECTED
tate Convention at Newberry Plans
For Progress.-Strong Sentiment
For Schools to Fore.
Newberry.-With the re-el6ction of
T. Hyde as president, the electlou
1 other officers, including the Rev..E.
iReaves as secretary to succeed the
.ev. Charles A. Jones, D. D., and the
lection of Columbia as the next
teeting place the South Carolina
aptist convention adjourned' here.
Dr. P. J. McLean made the report of
ie committee on time and place of
ie next convention. The report as
dopted inaugurates an entirely new
ystem, and provides for the meeting
t the next convention to be held in
olumbia, on December 3, 4, 6, 1917. 4
nid that delegates are to provide their
wn entertainment at hotels. The
aptist convention has grown so
trge in recent years that it was felt
was a burden upon any city In the
tate to entertain it free as has been
ustomary in the past. It has there
ire been put upon a pay basis. The
hurches are requested to provide the
xtra expense of their ministers and
elegates. The following officers were
President, T. T. Hyde of Charleston;
ice presidents, C. B. Bobo, Laurens:
'.N. K. Bailey, Greenwood; secretary,
tev. S. 8. Reeves, Honea Path; assist
nt secretary, Rev. W. C. Allen, North
Lugusta; statistical secretary, Rev. C.
. Brown, Columbia; treasurer, C. B.
lobo, Laurens; auditor, J. A. Hoyt.
!olumbia. The Rev. Charles A. Jones.
). D., of Columbia, who has served as
ecretary of the convention for a num
er of years, resigned on account of
he pressure of other duties. Dr.
ones is now the secretary of the
laptist board of education in South
The convention adopted resolutions
ondemning the action of Gen. Funs
on in denying Dr. J. B. Gambrell's re
luost for permission to hold evangel
stic services among the soldiers on
Ae border as tending to encroachment
3n religious liberty. The resolutions
tio not call names but clearly refer to
the discussion now in progress be
tween the United States commander
knd the state secretary of the Texas
The convention also adopted a res
>lution in favor of the adoption of a
prohibition law and a committee of
en was appointed to communicate
vith the governor and general assem
It seeni to be the prevailing opinion
hat 'he session of the flaptist state
onvention was really epochal in the
Ife of the body. Several members of
he convention who have been attend
ng its sessions for years were heard,
o exclaim that they were glad they
tad lived to see this day when the
ubject of Christian education was
irought to the very forefront. The
tetails of the reports and frankness of
liscussion seemed to clear the Baptist
ducational sky andi the heartiness
vith which the convention finally de
'1d1ed to commit itself to anm advanced1
ducational program b~y a rising vote
vidlently implressed the delegatesN
hat there was realizatlont that the
eti y life of the denomination was at
Bryan Sees Probable Peace.
Charleston.-William Jennings Bry
i, here to lecture before the Char
eston County Sunday School associa
ion, declared in anm interview that he
hought Germany's proposal for a con
erence to. negotiate for peace would
ardly be rejected. Hie made the sig
ifleant statement ,also, that he (lid
Lot see it would aid the cause of
eoace for neutrals to suggest terms.
'he Great Commoner was in a jovial
100(d, although rather travel worn
ipon arrival. A large committee in
utos met him at the union station
.nd escorted .him to his hotel.
State Reunion May Meet Ecarly.
Columbia.-Southm Carolina diviionu.
anited Confederate Veterans. will
robably hold its annual rennuianu at
ihester during April, as suggested by
samp Hampton of Columbia at its Iast
neeting. D. R. Flennikeun. adjutant.
ransmitted the camp's resolutioni to
len. B3.,H. Teague of Aiken, command
ng the division. Glen. Teague replied
hat the proposal to advance thue (late
net with his hearty concurrence and,
me was asking the secretary of the
Thester Chamber to Commerce to
onfer with him on the subject.
Greenville May Get Big Hotel.
Greenille.--Probability of a large
ou~rist hotel in Greenville became
cnown when papers were signed for
he purchase of the Chioera college
>ropeirty for approximately $160,000.
L. C. Good, the owner, who bought
le college building and land from
he college boar'd two years ago, has
greed upon the conveyance of the
rop~erty to a capitalist of Florida who
loes not wish to become known yet
or business reasons, It is known that
us has large inrestmlents in Florida