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i ' i ; - i - n TODAY'S V' 'NEWS ' '' t6day t-r . WEATH ER Generally fair IT IS NEWS TODAY. HISTORY TOMORROW tL. IX. No. 133 PALATKA, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1921 PRICE FIVE CENTS MOSCOW. RED CAPITAL: 1T. 7 IAMNETHREATE w GLA POPULACE JS RESTLESS Tl SKY ORDERS TROOPS MAKE ATTACK ON KRONST ADT SEVERE LOSSES IN FIGHT THERE Forty-Foul- -Red Aviators Executed For Trying to Desert Britain Signs Trade AgreementTV (By United Prrnn.) . X 'Berlin March 16 Authoritative dispatches from Moscow today de y scribe the city as in a critical condi f tion) due to food scarcity. Bolshe j vik authorities were exerting them- selves to quiet the threats of a gen k eral strike by extension of food and ;i clothing allowances. . It was asserted also that Trotsky us ordered ..troops to advance upon fonstadt by way of Crainenbar.4 yere losses were reported sutain- prday when (Jhiacr and other attempted to advance on leaders declare that forty- II aviators attempted to desert iet forces, but were betrayed Iced under arrest and executed. Britain Signs Agreement HO' I'lUCed PrrfUhl Mon, March 16 Great Britain iussia today signed , a trade Iment. The document .marked first assumption of commercial igements with an unallied power. Turks Turn on Bolsheviks nstantinople, March 16 Ruse soviet cavalry, part of the forces 'ch recently occupied Tiflis, the Tgian capita, has been recalled to Kuban region on the eastern re of the Black sea, where insur- ctionsists hold the towns of Aram r and Turgovais. Two Bolshevik libmarines have appeared in the lack sea.' Relations between the Turks and lolshevikj have become strained. The Moscow government has sent a note recognizing the government of Pre- 'mier Makharady of soviet Georgia. The note also stated that any attacks made on Georgiar would be consider ed tantamount to "attacks on soviet Russia. EASTERN RAIL WORKERS TO CONTEST WAGE CUT ' New York, Mar. 16 Railroad workers in the East have decided to reject all proposals of wage reduc tions and carry their fight to the rail road labor board, if the cuts are put "into 'effect. Representatives of the workers who have been holding conference here, it was definitely learned tonight, have decided upon this course, taking the position that the present wage standard must be maintained and eco nomic conditions will not permit of any reduction. NEGRO RUSHED AWAY t , ON MURDER C . ARGE 't Macon, Ga., Mar. 16 Lonnie Ed ( wards, 20-year-old-negro farm hand, was rushed to the county jail here I late today by Sheriff T. S. Chapman, f fef Houston cov.nty, on a charge of murder. . The negro is alleged to have as saulted J. W. Stalneker, pvch grow er of Fort Valley, yesterday after noon. Stalneker died late today and violence was threatened to the ne gro. t WOODMEN MEET TONIGHT The Columbia Woodmen will meet tonight at the Moose Hall at 8 o'clock. All members are requested to attend. HAVE SHBLE . ORDER AGAIN TR vT! RA'S STORY SAVED HER IS BELIEVED LIVING COST IS NOT LOW ENOUGH SAYS FERGUSON Newport News, Va., March 16 Wagse have been cut, and will be cut twice and thrice. Food and clothing have come down, and must come down some more. Rents must come down or enough men will be laid off at the shipyard to bring them down." These were among the statements made by Homer' L. Ferguson, presi dent of the Newport News Shipbuild ing and Drydock Company, and form er president of the Un'ited States Chamber of Commerce, in an address before the Rotary club here last night E Lines were very sharply drawn in council last night over a question of whether or not exceptions should be made to the fire limit provisions of the building ordinance every time an application was made for construc tion of a frame building in the re stricted area whenever the applicant seemed to have good reason for re ceiving a permit with the exception that it is a violation of the law The split came over Dr. W. S. Mil ler's application for a permit to con itrucaframejresidence and officesat the southeast corner of Reed and Fourth streets. City Engineer Ran dolph had declined to issue the per mit and suggested that the matter be taken before council, which should decide whether or not an excepiton should be made. Alderman Gay led the opposition to making an exception in this or any other case where the committee, of which he was a member, had, after careful investigation and considera tion decided nothing but fireproof buildings should be constructed. Mr. Gay pointed out that this location is in the most dangerous fire menace area of the city and is growing into importance as a block for retail bus iness. Many of the buildings on it, he said, are old frame affairs that will sooner or later be torn away as they "will no longer be habitable. If new frame buildings are permitted on the block, he said, there is not a possibility that the block will ever be a fire proof one. Alderman Gay said that when the committee was mapping out' the areas for restricting construction of frame buildings it especially figured on this block on account of the court house and new school building. He also pointed to the fact that the new Methodist church will be just across the street. Alderman Pearce asked if an exception had not been made in the case of Mullis Brothers. Mr. Gay said that this was true, but that they had constructed a manufacturing plant along the river front and of cor rugated iron, which was not a similar case. Means More Frame Work . Alderman McNally said that he wished an expression of council on the matter at once as he proposes to remodel the frame building just touth of the site owned by Dr. Miller if he is able to get a permit. If Dr. Mil ler's permit is granted, he stated, council cannot consistently refuse his petition. This is the building owned by the Flynn estate, of which Mr. McNally is executor. Alerman Pursley said he was op posed to making exceptions to the fire ordinance every time a petition came to council's attention. One frame building constructed in viola tion of the ordinance, and under a special permit, he said, would open the way to other permits, as council could not discriminate, and if this way is opened the ordinances passed for protecting the business section of I the city as much as possible might never nave been passed. Un motion of Alderman Pearce to refer the mat ter to the ordinance committee Mr. McNally asked that he be allowed to file a petition for remodeling the PERMIT WHECKDRDINANC IDLE MILLIONS A n o STILL 1 GOVERNMENT SPENDING HUGE SUMS BUT NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT UNEMPLOYED LIST-RUNS 1,143,300 This Only Accounts For Those Who Have Registered Thousands More Not of Record By Austin West. 1'nttcd PreaM StnfT Correspondent London, March 16 According to figures issued by the Ministry of La bor today there are 1,143,300 regis tered un-employed in Britain and they are still climbing. The unemployed barometer has ta ken several big jumps during the last fe months. At the middle of October the number of men and omen regis tered at the Employment Exchanges was 350,000; by the middle of Nov ember it was 473,000; by the middle of December 582,000; by the middle of January 842,000, and now they are well over the million mark. These figures do not take into ac count the thousands -of unemployed who have not registered at the gov ernment bureau. If these were in cluded, it is estimated that the num ber would be swelled to a milliih and a quarter, Nor are they, inclusive, oi tfie people working on systematic short time, estimated at 600,000. The latter are chiefly made up of cotton operatives and government employees at dockyards, etc. Optimistic officials of the Ministry of Labor believe the peak has been reached, but the Labor members of Parliament lean to the belief that the situation will be decidedly worse be fore the turn is reached. Realizing this the government is grappling with the problem with the primary object of stemming the tide. So far the government has been chiefly concerned in efforts to absorb tens of thousands of ex-service men into the industrial fabric by propa ganda and appeals to employers., The unexpected avalanche of unemploy ment of all classes, Tiowever, has made it imperative to create state aided schemes. These were explain ed by the Minister of Labor, Dr. Mac namara. According to Macnamara, at least 70,000 men have been found employ ment on public works. The expen ditures authorized for these schemes is practically $100,000,000. In addition to that, and in the di rection of mitigating hardship, an amendment to the Unemployment In surance Act has added 8,000,000 to the 4,000,000 persons insured. A further extension of the out-of-work donation to ex-service men has been granted, involving an additional of $25,000,000, making in all, since the armistice, $2000,000,000 to ex-service men, and $110,000,000, out-of-work donation for civilians during the first year after the armistice. SOUTHERN PACIFIC WILL REDUCE WAGES IN APRIL IBt United Preaa. New Orleans, Mar. 16 The South ern Pacific Railway in Texas and Louisiana has served notice on its unskilled labor and clerical forces that a general reduction in wages will be gput into effect on April 15. DAUGHERTY WANTS GOFF By t nllrd Preaa.) Washington, Mar. 16 Attorney General Daugherty today recom mended to President Harding the ap pointment of Guy D. Goff, of Wiscon sin, as assistant attorney general. frame building previously mentioned so that it could be included in the consideration of the matter. On the vote to refer to the ordinance commit tee Alderman Merrill, Rowton, Pearce McNally, Dineen and Nottage voted in the affirmative and Alderman Gay, Pursley and Browning in the nega- Itive. CITIZENS TO VOTE QMBOND ISSUETO T ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON APBlL APRIL WHEN OFFIC ERS VOTED FOR - ISSfEWILLBE i ABOUT $140,000 Question to Be Decided Is Whether Legislature Be Asked to Pass proper Bonding Act im Acquirement of the old water works plant by the city advanced one more step last night when council unanimously agreed to accept the re port c the special water committee, which provided that an election be held for the purpose of securing an expression of the will of the people on recommendations in the report. On suggestion ? ot President Merrill the vote wilt .ej taken at the same time tkat the' Regular election for city officials is teld, April 18. The ;'J special water committee is composed of W. P. Dineen, F. H. Wil son, H. E. Merryday and John H. Randolph, the report, in .the main, betng prepared by Mr. Randolph who has been, making investigations for several i'months. It covers every phase (of the situation, goes into the probaale cost of uniting the two plants with no increase jjn the present cot-:al6pwtift) 1 ..-v-vds..' - Captain Randolph went carefully into the estimated cost of consolida ting the two plants, fixing the cost above the purchase price at between $27,000 and $40,000. The last price fixed by General Wheeler on the old plant was $85,000, but members of council believe that with authority from the people to go ahead and make the purchase that the price can be materially cut, permitting of acquire ment of the plant, making necessary consolidation arrangements and ad ding filters and place meters through out the entire system, the entire cost of purchase, consolidation and added equipment being $140,000. To Work Out Details. However, this matter was not de finitely settled by council last night, but will be left to the committee. It (Continued on 1-age 2) BURGLAR ENTERS HILTY HOME AND GETS BANK ROLL Some time during last night some one entered the home of Geo. R. Hilty on Madison street and robbed him of about two hundred dollars in cash. His trousers were found out side the house this morning in the yard. When Mr. Hilty was paid yesterday afternoon it was too late to deposit the money in the bank so he carried it home in his pocket and uponj-e-tiring last night, laid his trousers on a chair in the room. This morning one of the boys got up a little earlier than usual and started down town when he found his father's trousers out in the front yard on the lawn. Realizing that this was rather unu sual he reported the matter to his fa ther who immediately discovered the loss and reported it to the police de partment. Nothing else was takeTi although there were a number of very valuable watches, pins and other jew elry in the house at the time. Evidentlv the burglary is the work of an experienced hand and that the party responsible for the deed knew of the presence of the money and was familiar with the details and plans of the house. Any ordinary burglar would have made it his business to take everything of value which he could conveniently lay hands on. Chief of Police Livingston imme diately upon notification of the rob bery, went up to the house and searched the grounds and premises for any possible clues or traces of the guilty parties but nothing of impor tance could be found. It was Impos sible to tell anything about the foot- BUY WATER PLAN FIVE BURNED TO DEATH AS FLAME BURNS PULLMAN Pueblo, Colo., March 16 Five per sons were burned to death when a rear Pullman car on the Denver and Rio Grande railroad caught fire early today between Pueblo and Walsen burg. The origin of the fire was un determined. Seven persons were asleep in the car when it caught fire. Two of them escaped by jumping from the win dows and were slightly injured. The car was destroyed. The bodies were dragged out of the wreckage when the train came to a stop. Two of the dead bodies were identified as F. S. Steelman, traveling passenger agent of the Mfssouri Pacific railroad, and A. B. Jack of Lapars, Colo., stock dealer. PUBLIC URGED TQ L Every man, woman and child in Pa- latka is cordially invited to attend the house warming party at the Mel lon School Friday evening at 8 o'clock as well as to make an inspection of the building on Friday afternoon be tween the hours of 3 and 5:30 o'clock. The new building is already being used, but has not been formally ded icated. The school board has decid ed to make the occasion one both in- ormative an3""profitable, not only for the school, but for the patrons. To this end a splendid program has been prepared, embracing talks by those closely identified with the work of advancing the interests of the system, and, principally, information on the exact financial situation which now menaces the expansion and improve ment of the schools all over the state. Putnam county is in better condi tion, perhaps, than many other coun ties in the state, yet the situation here has reached on acute stage and unless some provision is made for relief by the next legislature very serious impediment to education in Florida will result during the next few years. The program will open with a chorus by the primary department, followed by a short talk by Principal W. H. Cassels on "Relations of Good Schools to the Community. H. M. Fearnside, secretary of the Palatka Rotary Club, will speak on "Rotarian Interest in Public Educa tion;" F. D. Wattles, largely instru mental in securing the new school building, will talk on "Palatka's Hopes Realized;" J. H. Haughton, chairman of the county school board will make an address on "Plans for the Future." To C. W. Loveland, member of the school board from Satsuma, will fall the task of telling of "Finances and Needed Legislation." Mr. Loveland attended the recent conferences of school superintendents and board members at Live Oak and has given the problem now confronting the schools of the state much thought. He has assembled data showing nec essity for increasing the county school millage from ten to fifteen and for increasing the special school tax districts millage from three to ten. Another speaker of interest will be Professor Riley, from the University Extension department of the Univer sity of Florida. COUNTRY CLUB DIRECTORS WILL MEET TONIGHT. There will be an important meet ing of the directors of the Country Club this evening for the purpose of selecting a caretaker for the club house and making plans for the swimming pool which is to be built on the club grounds. The committee on furnishings will make a report on the progress made in furnishing the club. President Waymer eays the meeting will be called at eight o'clock prints in the yard as the children had been playing out there the night be fore. The police are working on the case. ATTEND EN 0 M SC I STATE CLOSES CASE; JURY'S VERDICT NOW FORECASTED GENERAL BELIEF IS THAT VER DICT OF NOT GUILTY WILL RESULT SENTIMENT NOW IS ALL ONEWAY Life of Misery With Tyrant Moved Many In Court to Tears Want ed to Protect Mother (By Halted Preaa.) I Ardmore, Okla., Mar. 16 Th state closed its case in the trial of Clara Hamon, charged with the murder of Jake L. Hamon, early today, follow- ing testimony given by a few wit- : nesses during the morning. The general feeling here is that Clara saved herself by the story she told the jury yesterday afternoon that she was her own best witness. She made many weep as she recited the" soidkakie -how Hamen-luwj dominated her every movement, and had finally resorted to beating her when on his sprees. The closing ar- ft guments are scheduled to take place this afternoon. In her testimony in the gathering dusk of late yesterday afternoon Clara reenacted the scene when she shut Hamon, who, she swore, had beaten her and cursed her, and at the moment of the shooting was threat ening to strike her with a chair. She maintained, too, under cross ex amination that she had not intended to kill Hamon. Her testimony was the last of the day, and the defense . announced that except for the matter of the admissibility as evidence of letters from Clara to Hamon, it rest ed its case. Both in her direct testimony and on cross examination she maintained she could not tell just how the pistol was discharged, but that it was discharg ed as she was attempting to unlock the door of her room to escape Ha moi, who she said, was threatening to strike her with a chair. At one point in her direct testimony she illustrated to the jury the ar rangement of her room, and how her view of Hamon was cut off for a mo ment as she reached the door. At the request of Attorney General Freeling, who is directing the prose cution, the defendant pointed the pis tol at him as she said she did at Ha mon. "I might have pulled the trigger," she testified, "but I don't remember. I did not intend to shoot him, but my hand might have relaxed." To many questions by Attorney General Freeling, Clara said with a shrug of her shoulders, "I am sure, general, I can't remember." She reiterated she could not tell just when the pistol was discharged; that she did not know whether the pistol fired as it left her hand, or when the chair hit her. Clara said " she had pawned her diamonds presented to her by Hamon to pay the expenses of her trial. JUSSERAND CALLS ON PRESIDENT HARDING (Br llllrd PTrn.) Washington, Mar. 16 Jules Jusse rand, French ambassador ( called on President Harding today. It is un derstood that he will discuss the en trance of the United States into a modified league of nations, the proba ble visit here of Premier Viviani, the French debt to the United States, the ratification of the Anglo-French American treaty for defensive alliance.