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r Vff;.'-: ' 7eatlier Forecast V n tt fi ill -A. 1 1 Good Morning '. " Constant employment is an an tidote to the fear of death; for fear like vice, is the offspring of idleness. Dr. Rush. Parly cloudy with local thunder r with local thu Wednesday and Thursday t showera Wednesday and 4 Thursday ..v ! , , ssys yOIilL ., NO. 246. 'n PALATE A, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY M PRICE FIVE CENTS PRESIDENT'S BUNKUM -i W f ? I m. I 1 k 4 i' ) r ..IX SOLDIERS SEEM JO PELLAGRA . EPIDEMIC OR SEMI-MI ' Georgia's Senate Says "i That Such a Report Is if , , ;;Darrping" j allstateWakereply . a- Increase lit Pellagra Re- ported In Only One Cotjon State (Br Associated Prnl) Washington,; July 26. Quick re- ' p' sponse was made today to President f Harding s call on the Public Health 1 Service and the Red Cross to meet the reported,;' threats of a pellagra epidemic in , a large section of the otton belt.."; Officials of the two agencies set immediately; to work in an endeayor V carry out 'the- President's request 11 i the;day held a joJritoti-' . , feigill southern,! CjsuiUa -iai'"their"Te6pnee irt the form of a protest that no sue" serious situation . as has been pictured ex ists. " - f Surgean General Cummings and I Dr. Joseph Goldberger, pellagra ex ''irperts of, 'the Public Health Service, ! met i in conference with Dr. Livings J ton Marrand, chairman, and other ; I Bed Crsi officials. The session was lengihy md no information as to con clusions ' reached was disclosed. Dr. i Cumming. stated he would make a I report tomorrow t the President. 1' 5 The response from the south was vide spread and varried. The Geor gia, senate passed aresolution de nouncing the reprt of a pellagra epidemic as "damning", the secretary of the state board of health declared the disease' showed no increase. X The Macon Chamber of Commerce I telegraphed a protest to the White jHouse. Florida State health officers !ontendedthat the state of Florida N (showed a decrease. The state board f health of Alabama also claimed a 'decrease. The Tennessee health board Reported "nothing unusual". South Carolina admitted an increase but "ma "semi-famine" and contended there 'was" "nothing alarming". Arkansas reported "nothing alarming", and . .Xouisianna reported a decrease. Mis f 'ippi acknowledged twice as many 'pases this year as last, but disclaimed Ian epidemic or a "semi-famine." In all cases the state health offi cials took ,vigrous issue with the Report of the Public Health Service which has publicly estimated that due to impoverished diet forced upon them by depression of the cotton market at least 100,000 persons in the southern cotton belt would have pellagra and that ten per cent of then wilt die. Doctor Cumming said to- tight however, that the Public ealth Service would stand by its ) I figures. Wife of Watkins I Held for Shooting I Jacksonville, July 26. Mrs. M. J. Watkins was arrested and released "p 500 bond late, today in connection ith the shooting of M. J. Watkins, er husband, late Saturday night. H. L Spicer, a detective for the Florida -ntast Coast Railway,' was arrested ',jv te yesterday and furnished bond in y if lie sum of $1,000. , I'll I Watkins, who is in a local hospital (offering with several gunshot wounds rfl his legs claims the Shooting was mmitted by Spicer nd his wife. REV. DR. W. S. ABERNATHY Rev. Dr. William S. Abernathy, formerly pastor of the First Baptist church, Kansas City, Mo., is now pas tor of the Calvary Baptist church, Washington, the church attended by President and Mrs. Harding. Dr. Abernathy was ordained to he minis try at Berwyn, III., a suburb of Chica UP, where he, was pastor of the Berwyn Baptist church for thirteen years. Iii 1917 he' spent two months at Camp Funston and later served overseas for six months as special speaker to th American soldier. 7 i' INTO FLORIDA JAILED; TD BE POLO N TRIAL Plans Had Miscarried And Forced to Burn Their Boat ny Aiwooliiteil Pretmt Pensacola, July 26 Warrants were issued here this afternon for the arrest of Jack O'Leary, alias Jack Eddington; Heinrich Wentsel, alias Hugo Wentcal, and Ching Wall Lee, aliases Chester Wing and Sam Yuen, charging them with conspiracy to violate the act prohibiting the im portation into this country of alien Chinese. All the men are now under r.irest. The charges grew out nf the beach ing near St. Andrews, July 21, of the auxiliary schoone;, Viola, with 44 Chinese aboard. The vessel put in for repairs following, it is said, a miscarriage of plans whereby the vessel would have been met and the Chinese transferred. The Chinese were set ashore and the vessel burned. Bay county authorities later gather ed them up while the three alleged conspirators were arrested by fed eral authorities. The three men will be given a pre liminary hearing before commission er Curran. Missing Banker's Wife Willing To Aid in Captures (By Auneiated Prtaa) j XJCiroll, UUIJf fcv. liiLa. Sturgin, wife of the missing presi dent of the Michigan Avenue Trust Conmanv. of Chicago, was found by detectives here today and voluntarily returned to Chicago with the de clared intention of aiding authori ties to find her husband wanted for questioning in connection with the recent failure of his bank. With Mrs. Sturgin was her daugh ter, Vivian, who also returned to Chicago. Mrs. Sturgin declined to make any statement here aside from the fact that she had left Chicago to "escape notoriety" in connection with the business affairs of her husband. She added she did not know her husband's whereabouts. NEW CIVIC BODY TO BE ORGANIZED TO URGE PALATKA Business Men's Associa ation Holds Annual Meeting MEET AG1 TUESDAY Entire Community Will Be Asked To Join In Organization Postponing the election of officers for the ensuing year until the nex meeting, members of the Business Men's Association at the annual monthly meeting last, night Voted in favor of the appointment of a 'com mittee of five to nominate the officers for the next year. The attendance at this meeting was very good and the members showed much more intetest than has been done heretofore. ' j After the discussionr of routine business and the reading of several communications, the resignation; of two firms which have been jiiembers of the association 'an44'. who have been very active in its trials and labors were read, - t was. decided that fhese' s?pJfH'":f-il'il'f"' ' " (President deMontmollin stated that as this was the regular meeting for the election of officers for the ensu ing year, nominations for the various offices would be in order. H. O. Hanim was nominated and his nomination seconded but Mr. Hamm stated that he would be forced to ask that his name be withdrawn, as it would be impossible for him to serve in case he should be elected. Here's The Right Plan Prof. Cassels, in a very forceful talk, told of some of the results of similar meetings in other towns of Florida and suggested that a get together meeting be held sometime in the near future and in that way build up the local Business Associa ciation. He said that in one town re cently, three hundred members had been secured for the Board of Trade through just such a meeting. Mr. Cassels spoke of the need of Palatka of the organization and said that every man who is interested in the growth and development of Palatka should be a member of the Business Men's Association. He stated thrt while he was not a business man, from a commercial standpoint, h was intensely interested in the growth of Palatka and that therefore he was as much entitled to membership as any merchant. Following this talk, Mr. Hamm s"?: jested that the president appoint a r.imiating committee to nominate the officers for the next year. Fol lowing this Captain F. E. Waymer seconded the suggestion which had been made in the form of a motion, and railed the citizens for taking so little interest in a civic body which could mean so very much to a city. He also spoke very highly of the work which Mr. deMontmollin has accomplished for the city during his term of office as president of the Business Men's Association. The following committee was named to nominate tho officers for the organization: F. ' E. Waymer, Howell Davis. A. L. Teaff, and J. E. .Tnfinsnn. nnH S J Hilhnrn. ' C. E. Rowton suggested that if a collector were secured it would in all probability be possible to get a large percentage of the outstanding dues and thus be able to pay most of the obligations of the body. A. L. Teaff stated that as collecting was a part of his business he would endeavor to collect the membership; dues. This offer was received with a great deal of enthusiasm by all who were' pre sent , V ,. i ' i It was voted to take recess until next Tuesday night. ANXIO M&S. C. C. CALHOUN Mrs. C. C. Calhoun, wealthy society woman of . Washington and president of the woman's National Foundation, a new $3,000,000 organization to estab lish in th capital a center for worn, an'i clubs f the country. CONGRATULATIONS ARE SENTTD BISHOP CURLEY ON HIGH APPOINTMENT Says lie Never Dreamed a High Churchman , ny Amoclated Prt-lm) St. Augustine, July 26. Bishop J. M. Curley, "f the Catholic diocese of St. Augustine, who has been appoint ed by Pope Benedict to be Archbishop of Baltimore to succeed the late Car dinal Gibbons was the recipient to day of hundreds of congratulafry messages from all parts of the coun try. Bishop Curley, who has served his church in this state since 1914 when he came to f'e United States, ex pressed keen regret at leaving Flo rida. He has not yet received official notificati"n of his appointment, his first information having come yes terday in a eongratulartory message from a friend in Rome. "In my wild est imagination the thought never occurred to me that I would "ne day succeed the, great churchman and American Cardinal Gibbons", he said today. Among the telegrams received to day was one from Jo''n McCormick, the singer, and a personal friend of Bishp Curley. Governor Small Is Still Defiant Of AH State Affairs (By AHNot'luti-ri Prem) Springfield, 111., July 26. Although Circuit Judge E. S. Smith today held that Governor Small was subject to arrest following his indictment on charges of embezzlement and con spiracy to defraud the state while state treasurer, warrants had not been served tonight and the governor left the capital presumably for his home at Kankakee. Truce overtures by State Attorney Mortimer, who suggested conferences between county authorities and rep resentatives of the governor were re fused at the executive office. Court authorities declared they were determined to go through wi'.h the arrest of Governor Small follow ing Judge Smith's ruling. They de signated no time for service of the warrants or the time which their would allow the governor for his ap pearance to arrange bond. Although Judge Smith ruled against them Governor Small and his counsel still contend tha the executive is immune' from arrest in the charge made in the indictment. 1 v 1 i W 1 11:13 F. M. 1 . i. I ! a r i c PRESIDENT ASKS A WET NURSE TO AID Thinks War Finance Cor poration Should Take Responsibility IS SAIUT SPIGOT His Suggestion For Farm Credits Extension Al ready Cared For (By Aiisocluted PrM) Washington, July 26. Partial re by sponse was made immediately C'ngress today to a special message from President Harding requesting that power of the War Finance Cor poration be broadened to take charge of funding upwards of $500,000,000 of railroad debts and to provide ad ditional farm credits. The President in his message transmitted by messenger, declared the government was "morally and legally bound" to fund the railroad debts and was under "an impelling moral obligation" to prvide agri cultural credits. secondof the" two" requests' pr'ovi -pion for additional $arm credits had in reality been taken in the sen ate before the Presidential message was read. Senator Kellogg, republi can, Minnesota, introduced a bill, I drafted by Secretary of Commerce ! Hoover and Director Meyer, of the jWar Finance Corporation, and said I to have the approval of the Presi dent as a substitute for the pending j Morris bill to create a $100,000,000 'farm export corporation. The bill as I introduced embraced the President's I suggestions to empower the War Fi nance Corporation instead of a new (federal corporation as provided in the i Norris bill, to advance credits for agricultural exports. The President's message dealt with railroad financing and declared the proposal that the War Finance Corporation take charge of unding the railroad ddbts f:to the govern ment would cause "no added expense, no added liability, no added tax bur dens". The President, besides the proposal, asked "simple remedy" con templating receipts and disposition by the corporation of "ample secu rities" deposited by the railroads. The message was referred by the senate to its Interstate Commerce Committee, but Chairman Cummins, who is in ill health was out of the city, and when the railroad legislation AN RAILWAYS I would be taken up was in doubt, their own detense. j Leaders however, expected action! Previously it had been understood 'within the next fortnight. .Several j't the defense would depend tot-oii,. Senators opposing any semblance of further government advances to the carriers stated privately tnat the; would fight the legislation. U. S. Steel Feels Effect of Slump (By AHMoclitted PreN New York, July 26. The United States Steel Corporation reported to day that its earnings for the quarter ending June 30 were $21,892,016, the smallest of any quarter since March 1915, just prior to the war boom, when they fell to $12,457,809 Regular dividends of one and three quarters per cent on the preferred shares and one and one quarter per cent on the common were declared, but to meet the requirements of the common dividends on which only thirty five cents was earned it was necessary to draw from the corpora tions huge undivided surplus. Chairman Gary issued a statement after the meeting of the directors in which he stated that the business re sults for the quarter were not sur prising to anyone familiar with gen eral conditions. QUIT SERVICE ROBERT E, COX IBI4iiiliiiAhfM, Robert E. Cox of Belmont, Pa., a chief gunner in the United States navy, was decorated by President Harding with the highest award fot valor, the congressional medal o1 honor. The ceremony took plact on the seventeenth anniversary of the day on which Cox saved the battleship Missouri from destruction. After ar explosion in a turret had set fire te powder in the adjoining handlinj room, Cox flooded the after magazine of the Missouri at the risk of his owr life. Thirty men were killed in the ao cident. 1 .. THREE BALL PLAYERS TO TAKE STAND IN AN ATTEIlPnO WIN SOIT Will Make Efforts For Offsetting Testimony Of Confessors (By Aflftoclnted PreftH) Chicago, July 26. The defense in the baseball trial will send at least four of the former Chicago White Sox players charged with conspiracy to throw the 1919 world series in Cincinnati to the witness stand to testify in their own behalf it was an nounced tonight. Chick Gandil, named by state wit nesses as one "f the organizers of the alleged $100,000 sell out, Buck Wea ver, third baseman, Swede Risberg, shortstop and Happy Felsch, center fielder are the men it was announced positively would testify. Eddie Cicotte, Joe Jackson and Claude Williams, the three players I who confessed to the grand jury last' 'fall that they were paid to throw games also may take the stand in ice at these prices foday D REDUCTION III PERSONNEL IS SURPRISE TO U. S. OFFICERS Requests For Discharge Flooding the War Offices IS Army Strength to Be Cut In Two By July 31 Is Promise (Br AanodHted Preaa) Washington, July 26. Reduction of the United States army to a peace time strength of 150,000 men will be accomplished by July 31 in accor dance with the decision of congress when it refused to appropriate funds for pay of a greater force after Octo- Weeks said today, there would be a general redistribution of troops, practical abandonment of seven of the great war time army canton ments, placement of many of the or ganizations on the inactive list and skeletonization of others into ma terially reduced strength. There was considerable surprise among army officers when it was found that the enlisted strength would be reduced to the 150,000 mark by July 31. Only a few had believed it possible that the men would re sign under Secretary order in num ber sufficiently large to effect the reduction from approximately 220,- 000 men in June to the smaller figure before winter. Secretary Weeks recently instruc ted corps area and division comman ders to permit the men within the continental boundaries to resign dur ing July upon application without forfeiing travel pay to their homes or the $50 bonus which they received ordinarily when their enlistment ex pired. The resignations literally poured in and caused the secretary to revoke his order before the month was ended. State Encampment At Black Point By AHNfK-lntcd PreMH.) Jacksonville, July 26. The Florida ationa! Guard will hold its annual campment at Camp Johnson near re August 6 to 20, all units taking rt in the field training, under or- issued by Adjutant General arles P. Lovell. school of instruction will pre the field duty and will be at- hded by officers . and non-ommis- ned officers of the various units, binning "August 2 and terminating gust 5. (The camp will be in command of onel Raymond C. Turck, command- officer of the First Infantry. The b'utant General and other staff of- rs also will Be at the camp. bmprehensive Plan Reorganize Bench (Br Asaoclate PreM) ashington, July 26. A compre- sive plan for the reorganization of federal judiciary to meet the (wing business needs of the coun-1 and clean up congestion of liquor Vs probably will be presented to ongress within the next few days, jorney General Dougherty said to-: r-X3T5- -'J " -vP'-.-ri. Lit-?