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cather Forecast
.'ir Wednesday and probnbly
Thursday. No chrnge in "
G'oori Morning
There are thousands hacking at
the branches of evil to one that ia
striking at the root. Thoreau.
H. No. 288.
;! 5 f1I' Ill
v m es.
md Jury Recesses ,to
kVait District Attor
ney's Probe
Fiance of Miss Rappe Pravs That
Justice Be Done; Would Kill Her
Attacker Who He Savs a Vulgarian
Sllt-clnl to the New
York, Sept. 13 "Oh,
God, give justice!" was the prayer
that went up today from the lips pf
Henry Lehrman, motion picture pro
ducer and fiance of Miss Virginia
Rappe, for whose alleged murder
"Fatty" Arbucklc, film" comedian, is
held in San Francisco.
Lehrman formerly directed Ar
buckle as a film actor.
"I do not want to face Arbuckle
now. I would kill him," Lehrman
said. "If he wants to live, he had
better be punished."
Lehrman was bitter.
"This is what comes of taking vul
garians from the gutter and giving
enormous salaries, and making idols
of them. Arbuckle came into the
pictures nine years ago. He was a
bar boy in a Sin Francisco saloon.
ss Rappe in Room An
lour With Fatty Be
fore Screaming
(By Ajwoclated Fnn.)
a "FrancisloSept. 13 With the
4 jurj which has been hearing
nee 'against him adjourned and
soroner's inquest extending into
econd day without a verdict,
ty"; Arbuckle, motion pjicture
dian, charged with the murder
!iss Virginia Rappe, an actress
e death occurred after a party
rbuckle's rooms in a hotel, spent
hird night in a cell tonight.
e grand jury adjourned withbut.
JSTiJSSfSi: zUrbuckle picruREES to be banned
He washed the dishes and cleaned
the spittoons.
"Such people don't know how to
get a kick out of life except in a
beastly way.
"Despite his weight, Arbuckle was
a powerful man," Lehrman said. "I
remember a few years ago when we
were making a picture at Tia Juana,
Mexico, he weighed 310 pounds. He
entered a 100 yard dash against Mex
cian athletes. Tney laughed at his
entry. He beat them all.
"Mrs. Delmont who accompanied
Miss Rappe to Arbuckle's suite in
the St. Francis hotel at San Francis
co has had several telephone talks
with me. She said: 'Mr. Arbuckle
telephoned Miss .Rappe to come to
see him. She distrusted him and
had me come along. We had a few
(Contined on Page 4)
Attorney Bradey is ready to!
Mt further testimony, the fore-1
announced j
ded interest was given the case,
r when the"Cistriet Attorney de- j
1 he would start an investiga-'
as to , whether witnesses whoi
(By AMroclated Pre.
Bedford, Mass, Sept. 13 Mayor B.
F. Haines, of this city, today issued
an order barring exhibition of mo
tion Tintnrpa in whirVi "Fn Hr" &p.
present at the party last week . buckle ars- "
been tampered with The offi- beliuve ,t - iMt bHc moras
statement Mowed the appear- to show Arbuckle as a hero whe
of Miss Vey Provost also known so serious . a charge di
iss Tyvron, before the grand inst h, (leM the .
,Aecordin,r to Mr Brady her tosnni his or(,er tQ ,oea, theaterg
nony there was entirely differ-.
from that she previously gave ; Barred at The Capitol.
Reports That another witness,1 . r'y Aiwocintui Pmni '
.Blake, 'but disappeared, proved; New York, Sept. 13-The notorie-
eous wnen she appeared at the
ct attorney's office. Miss Blake
ined that she had gone from
home, in Berkley to a friend'3
in Oakland in order to avoid
city. :
Among Those Present,
long witnesses before the grand
some " of whom later testified
second day's proceedings-of Senate Finance Commit-
iiijucoi,, WCIC iuia,
tee Completes JMore
ty occasioned by the death of Miss
Virginia Rappe and the arrest of
"Fatty" Arbuckle on a charge of
murder, aroused interest today along
Broadway as to what effect the case
would have regarding exhibiting his
films in which Arbuckle is starred.
The Capitol which is one of the
largest movie theaters in the world
authorized this statement:
"We would not touch his pictures
now. The public wouldn't come to
see his pictures if exhibited."
Canvassing Teams Meet
With Practically
No Refusals
Three Hundred Memb's
Is Mark Set For
of Tax Bill
(By Aanoclnteil PeM.)
Washington, Sept. 13 Corpora
tions wouulud re required to pay ex-
lina Maud Delmont, Al Semna
Miss . Rappe's manager, Vey
st and Alice Blake, all of whom
aid to have been present at the
ckle party, and a nurse who at-'
i Miss Rappe before her death, i
a. Delmont at the inauest said
Miss Rappe and Al Semnacher coss Profits taxes for another ycar
to San : Francisco from Los under decision today of the senate
les arriving Sunday night, Sep-: finance committee which finally ap-
j proved the provision in the house bill
iile she and Miss Rappe were repealing these taxes as of next Jan
i breakfast the next day a tele- uary 1 instead of last January 1 as
! call was received that a Mr. recommended by Secretary Mellon,
ikle wanted to see them all at1 The committee also inserted a pro
5t, Francis hotel. Miss Rappe vision in the house measure repeal
to Arbuckle's room alone and'ing the capital stock tax effective
telephoned for Mrs. DeImont 1 next year and adopted an amend
3emnacher to join her. There, ' ment increasing the corporation in
estified, she met Arbuckle and come tax from ten to fifteen per
others, i There were manv bot-cent instead of 12 1-2 per cent ef
fective January 1, 1922.
These represented the major de
cisions reached today at two sessions
although it was said officially that
the committee practically had decid-
were Alice Blake and Vey Pro-led to amend the house bill so as to
continue the tax on express packages
and oil transported by pipe lines
Whether any portion of the taxes on
the transportation of freight and
passengers will be retained after
next January 1 will depend, Chair
man Penrose said, upon a report to
room where the other members be made tomorrow by the treasury
i party were. j as to the savings in expenditures ex
i heard screams coming from pected to be made this year by the
oom about . an hour later, she various government departments,
and demanded that Arbuckle
the door. He did so. The Had to Talk AH
s gin was on the bed tearing
r clothing and screaming.
m hurt, I am dying, he did it.
: removed .. the girl's clothing
ssisted by one of the other men
J placed her in a tub of cold
This had no effect and so
Rappe was taken to another
and put to bed.
uckle kept his eyes fixed on the
is throughout her testimony.
:. Delmqjit finished her testimo
noon. Arbuckle took more than
interest when the coroner ask
s witness "How do you happen
nember what happened if you
o many drinks of whiskey?"
(Contmned on l-ae 2
n the table in the room. Miss
s had three drinks of gin and
juice and Mrs. Delmont had
ten drinks of whiskey. Two
girls came in whom she learned
Vrbuckle Closed the Door.
! Rappe girl rose and went into
ath room off Arbuckle's room.;
she' came out of the bath room I
:kle was. in his room. He clos-!
e door between it and the sit-:
Trial of Two Men Will
Commence in Jax On
Summer in French
or Spanish Tongue
(By Ananrtntcfl Hrpnw)
Middlesbury, Vt., Sept. 13 Three
hundred pupils in the Middlcbury
College summer school who have had
to converse in French or Spanish at
play as well as in classroom under
penalty of dismissal, have resumed
their native English.
The faculty was composed entire
ly of professors from France and
Spain, while the students were large
ly high school teachers who came
from all parts of the country.
(By Aaiovluted PreMl)
Jacksonville, Sept. 13 John Pope,
local attorney and Frank Rawlins,
of Chicago, will be arraigned tomor
row on a charge of first degree mur
der in connection with the killing
here September 4 of George H.
Hickman, manager of a local thea
ter. The two men were jointly indicted
today by the Duval county grand
jury. A former indictment against
Rawlins charging murder will not be
presented State's Attorney Wideman
said tonight and the men will go on
trial jointly next Monday morning.
Rawlins pleaded not guilty when
arraigned on the first indictment,
but since then has made a confession,
officials say, implicating Irvin No
vitzky. Rawlins was the principal
witness at the grand jury hearing
yesterday and today. The grand
jury adjourned this afternoon with
out taking any definite action on the
charge against Novitzky. Charges
against Mrs. Irvin Novitzky
When the results of yesterday's
canvass for members of the Palatka
Chamber of Commerce were tabulat
ed it was found that the three teams
had enlisted approximately fifty
new members, a mark much below
what had been expected for the first
day, but this shortage was not due to
indifference on the part of citizens
but the length of time necessary to
fill out the initiation papers and ex
plain the method of collection of dues
to the various one solicited.
That Palatka will join the Cham
ber practically oiie hundred per cent
strong was indicated by the readi
ness with which 'all who were ap
proached joined in with the move
ment. Two of the committee report
ed that they had not been turned
down by a singlp person, while the
third had only one refusal.
Be Ready Today
If will probably require more than
three days in which to round up all
the members, but the work will be
continued systematically until the
membership is the largest that has
ever been enrolled in any commercial
organization in. Palatka. Jf any one
is missed "?y .- fhe committee they
should not be disappointed, for some
one willjae aT?midjooner or later.
But those who have already made up
their minds to join the Chamber
should save the committees as much
trouble as possible and send their ap
plication direct to Secretary Hart at
the Chamber of Commerce rooms.
Mr. Hart spent last night at Or
lando as a representative of Palatka
at the ship by water movement that
has been 'auncTied by Snnford, Or
lando, Leesburg and other points. He
will make a report to t Board of
Governors on his return. He wa?
authorized to broach to those present
the matter of organization of an in
dependent boat line to operate all the
way from Jacksonville to Sanford.
To Have Get Together Meeting
As soon as the membership com
mittees finish their work a big get
together luncheon will be staged at
which the definite program for win
ter work of the Chamber will be an
nounced. At that time President
Merriam will also announce the
standing committees.
OF "
Judge Sheppard Tells a New York
Grand Jury It Has Powers Which
Will Suppress "Secret Empire"
(By Anftocinted rrrnn. ,
New York, Sept. 13 Judge Wil
liam B. Sheppard, of Florida, sitting
in federal district court today, told
the federal grand jury it has the
power and authority to investigate
secret societies which "are reported
to be interfering with the constitu
tional rights of citizens."
"Any organization," he said,
"which holds its meetings by the
light of bonfire, in secret places and
the members of which wear white
suits and masks, which attempts to
prevent orderly citizens from enjoy
ment of their constitutional rights,
freedom of speech, conscience and
right of trial by jury, is a proper
subject for investigation by a grand
jury. That is because such behavior
on the port of a secret society is a
conspiracy ana" the law can be
brought to bear upon them."
Continuing his charge Judge Shep
pard said in parti' "There is a law
here that can be brought to bear up
on any group of people or secret or
ganization which administers justics
in the woods.
"It is not within the province of
secret societies to say who is, or is
not, a desirable citizen. When they,
by a demonstration of power seek to
prevent others from the enjoyment
of their constitutional rights they
are amenable to prosecution in the
federal courts through presentment
or indictment by the grand jury."
Judge Sheppard remarked that,
"according to newspaper reports
there is a certain organization now
in existence, the members of which
are undertaking to censor the con
duct of their fellow citizens."
Millions Being Lost to
State By Failure to
Utilize Rivers
California Can Ship to
New York Cheaper
Then Florida
Tokio Newspaper Tells
of Momentous Decis
ion in Orient
(By Ansoi'Ijt.imI I'rews.)
Tokio, Japan, Sept. 13 A confer
ence of the naval and military au
thorities and the officials of the for
eign office has decided upon the fol
lowing besic principles on 'the limita
tion of naval armament according to
a local newspaper.
"Japan has nu intention of reduc
ing the strength of her navy inde
pendently, nor of suspending the
previously arranged building pro
gram. But as she has heratily ap
proved curtailment so as to promote
the happiness of mankind Japan is
willing to make efforts to establish
some arrangement with the powers.
"Japan believes, first, that it is
against the fundamental spirit of the
Washington conference that any pow
er should possess superior forces
sufficient to secure a decisive victory
over any other power or powers,
therefore the powers should mini
mize the scope of armament to the i
same degree as that of the country
having the smallest naval strength
among the powers concerned. j
Second: The powers
Union Men Allege That
Evidence Proves It Was
Not Explosive
(By AuMoeJnte.l lrH.) c
Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 13 Testimony
of Dr. C. W. Dumas, former state
chemist, that he found evidence of an
explosive around the wreck here last
deek of an Atlanta, Birmingham &
Atlantic Railway freight train were
followed later by statements by wit
nesses for the union men that a wheel
of an engine could not have been
blown off" without destroying less
solid parts of the engine.
One wheel was said to have been
hurled up a 30 foot embankment and
the union men told the governor's
commission investigating the wreck
that it was a loose wheel and whirl
ed off in the wreck.
They claimed they found evidence
of oil in certain parts of the bearings
which could not have got there had
the wheel been perfect.
Commissioners To
Help Strikers to
Live On Benefits
snau not e.stannsn any naval base or
l mane any arrangement to serve as
naval bases for their navies on the
State Rests of Fitzgerald
Illy AHMm'liiteu IVvniiI
Fitzgerald, Ga., Sept. 13 The
state rested tonight in the trial of
0. C. Fairfield, first of 2(i persons
indicted in connection with alleged
concerned interference with employes of the A.
New York, Sept. 13 Establish
ment of commissaries to feed strik
ing members of the United Textile
workers of America and their fam
ilies in lieu of the payment of strike
benefits was authorized today by
delegates in attendance at the annual
convention of the organization.
A resolution adopted that the com- j
missaries would prevent dissatifae-j
were tion in the distribution of strike ben-
War Finance Corp.
Ready to Lend to
Farmers on Crops
dismissed and it was announced she efits. Provision was made whereby
will be kept under surveillance as a the international body could make a
material witness. flat donation to strikers instead of
Two attorneys, have been named
by the court to represent Rawlins
but no definite announcement has
been made as to the preparations for
the defense of Pope. It was report
ed that his aged father, formerly
well known throughout the state as
an attorney might aid in the defense
in which Pope himself is expected to
play a prominent part.
(By AfMorlnted PreM.)
Miami, Sept. 13 In an effort to
speed up the collection of personal
taxes from citizens of Miami, C. B.
Selden, director of finance, has plac
ed two collectors on the streets to
remind persons of their obligations
and bring to his office as much mon
ey as possible. Mr. Selden declared
thohusands of dollars is past due.
operating a commissary if conditions
seemed to warrant.
Teacher's Strike
in Pekin Ended
Illy AHMM'IfltlMl IVt'MH.l
Washington, Sept. 13 The War
Finance Corporation announced to
night that it was ready for business
in connection with the distribution of
upward of one billion dollars in agri
cultural and live stock loans under
recent congressional authorization.
Circulars have been mailed to all
farmers organizations and financial
institutions in the agricultural and
live stock sections of the country
I setting forth the manner in which ap
I plications for advances should be
i made and local committees have been
! appointed to handle the requests.
B. A. railroad.
The defense will begin the intro
duction of testimony in the morning.
More than 1,000 subpoenas have been
issued for witnesses it is understood.
There were more than a dozen wit
nesses for the state today, each tell
ing of allged threats of personal vio
lence or of alleged threats to damage
Paris, Sept. 13 The teachers'
strike which closed eight higher
schools in Peking for the last four
months has Feen ended by agree
ment of the Minister of France to
guarantee payment of salaries out
of the surplus of salt revenues.
The settlement is a clean victory
for the teachers. They held out
from the beginning for establish
ment of a reliable fund of $2,000,-
000 monthly for the support of high- J
er government institution of learning.
Dead in One of
Flood Sections
Reported As 90
(By Anaoelntrd Prrnl
Taylor, Texas, Sept. 13 Official
and unofficial figures bring the total
dead in the San Gabriel river and
Brushy creek flood near here to 90.
It is believed additional bodies may
be found as the debris on the banks
of the two streams is uncovered.
A messenger came from the
Youngstown district across the river
from the Bowers farm, reported 27
Emerson Too Frank
For Swivel Chairs
Washington Sept. 13 "Summary
dismissal" of Dr. Haven Emerson,
medical adviser of the United States
Veteran Bureau, who was quoted as
having said in a speech at Columbus,
Ohio, yesterday that the bureau was
being made the "football of politics"
was announced tonight by Acting
Director Fraser.
Colonel Forbes, director of the bu
reau, who is on an inspection trip
to the Pacific Coast, declared in a
statement sent to the bureau for pub
lication that Dr. Emerson's charge
that $500,000 was being used for po
litical patronage is "unqualifiedly
"I have expected some such silly!
statement from a disgrountled em-
ploye whose services have proved un-t
satisfactory, thestatement said.
By AMOclated P-km.)
Orlando, Sept. 13 Shippers, grow
ers and business men from Sanford,
Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg, Pa
latka and other points, large and
small in this section of South Florida,
met at the Orlando Chamber of Com
merce tonight and discussed ways
and means to combat the high, freight
rates and declared every effort will
be made to encourage a "ship by wa
ter campaign, with Sanford the main,
S. J. Sligh, of Orlando, chairman
of the traffic committee of the Or
lando Chamber of Commerce, pre
sented statistics designed to show
the freight rates were losing the peo
ple of Orange and Seminole counties
alone, more than $2,500,000 annually.
These figures were based on present
freight rates against pre-war rates,
in some cases being based on 1918
rates. He said the only solution for
the shippers, growers and merchants,
as well as saving the consumer, was
to ship by water and carry goods to a
water shipping port by a short haul.
Back to Pre-War Prices
F. L, Skelly, of Orlando, asserted
that, citrus fruit, this season would
sell at pre-war prices and that the
freight rates would be as high as, or
higher, than last year and the cost
of labor virtually the same. Mr.
Skelly pointed out that California to
New York freight rates on fruit were
20 cents more per hundred weight
than from Orlando to New York. He
asserted that California could ship
fruit to New York by the Panama
Canal at 57 cents per hundred
weight, while Orlando to New York
by water via Sanford and Jackson
ville was 76 cents per hundred
Mr. Sligh read a list of carefully
prepared figures. Basing last season'3
citrus crop of Florida at 12,098,520
boxes at ibc then and present rate of
$1.08 cents, all rail, frieght rate to
New York, would total $13,666,401.
This amount against a pre-war rate
of $7,622,067 made a net loss to Flor
ida of $6,444,334', he said.
Heavy Loss on Vegetables
Vegetable figures were based on "a
Winter Garden rate to New York.
Nine million four hundred thousand
baskets at a $1.05 cent rate to New
York totalled $7,807,844. The pre
war rate was 62 cents and the loss at
the present rate was estimated at
Potatoes, 2,322 cars from Hastings
to New York, showed a loss of $264,
544 the present rate being $1.46 and
the pre-war rate 85 cents, he said.
He declared watermelons on the Wau
chula to New York freight basis
shows a loss of $401,411.
He figured that Orange and Semi
nole counties alone were losing $5,
000,000 annually because of the high
freight rates.
Mr. Stoval, of Mount Dora, declared
that his section was facing a $42,
000 loss on citrus fruit as a result of
the present freight rate.
H. C. Robertson, of Orlando, said
that the diuerence in freight on a
car of automobiles between northern
points and "Orlando and Sanford was
$103, in favor of Sanford. He said
he proved it when three cars of auto
mobiles came to Orlando, one con
signed to Sanford coming here by :
mistake. '
Mexicans drowned there. It is not!
known whether those are included in'
the 22 reported dead on the Bowers
From Thorndale, on the San Ga
briel river it was reported that 451
bodies had been recovered from the j
river at noon today. I
(By Aaaoelatc4 PrrM
New York, Sept. 13 Harry H.
Curran, ocalition candidate won the
Republican nomination for mayor to
day over three opponents leading his
nearest rival, F. H. Lagaurdia, presi
dent of the Board of Aldermen, by a ,
vote of almost three to one.

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