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Sun Ri»«» '6-18
Sun Sets 5.29
Day's Length 11.07
Day’s Increase 2.16
F. Q. Mar. 2
S) F- M.Mar. 10
<T L. Q. Mar. 17
SN. M.Mar. 24
SUNDAY; Warmer
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Today and Everyday
Fernald Stages Fight for
Purchase Cape Cod Canal
Matye Senator Would
Make It Rider on
Rivers and Harbors
gff[ra u. S. Acquisition at Cost
of $11,500,000 — Western
Senators Also Ask Rider for
Gooding Freight Rate Bill—
Warm Debate Probable To
day on Both
Washington, Feb. 27—Carrying
more than 50 new proposals added by
th« senate today the $41,000,000 riv
ers and harbors authorization bill
tonight appeared to have entered a
stormy period in the senate because
of attempts to attach to tt several
vigorously controverted measures as
Fernald, Rep., Mainei late
today proposed an amendment to in
corporate in the measure the house
bill for government purchase of the
Cape Cod Canal for $11,500,000.
Western senators ,led by Senator
Gooding, Rep.. Idaho, attacked this
amendment, and in turn proposed to
add to the Cape Cod proposal the
Gooding bill prohibiting lower freight
rates on long than short hauls over
the same railroad route.
Tbe measure was laid aside to
night before Senator Fernald had
concluded his argument in behalf of
his rider, and will be taken up to
morrow with a lengthy fight in pros
pect unless both of the riders are dis
posed of.
Virtually all of the amendments
to thf house bill proposed by the
senate commerce committee were ap
proved, Including one to eliminate a
provision that all authorized projects
tbould be completed within five
>**rs. This was done at the request
of President Coolidge who was in
fonhed by Director Lord that the
proposal would seriously hinder the
program of the budget bureau.
Other provisions added to the bill
were authorizations for preliminary
surveys on various projects including
work on the harbor at Portland. Me.;
Nautucket Sound, with a. view to re
moval of the shoals in the vicinity of
• Cross Rip Shoal Light; Gay head,
.Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and har
L bor of Bristol, R. I„ with a view to
Slliopening it to SO feet.
ltd Resignation
doin Faculty
Announced Friday
(8pecial to The Kennebec Journal)
Brunswick, Feb. 27.—The resigna
tion of William Hawley Davis, pro
fessor of English and public speak
ing at Bow’doin college, was an
nounced this afternoon by President
Kenneth C. M. Sills. Professor Da
vis has been on leave of absence
this year while doing special work
at Leland Stanford university. He
will remain there as director of the
University Press and member of the
English department. This is the sec
ond resignation of a member of the
Bowdoin faculty to be announced
this week, George Roy Elliot, pro
fessor of English literature, having
rwigned to accept a professorship at
Amherst. Professor Davis was born
at Frazer, Pa.. June 1880. He
graduated front Harvard University
in 1905 and received his master’s de
gree from Columbia in 1908. Be
fore coming to Bowdoin in 1910 he
jnnght English and mathematics at
the Ethical Culture High school.
New York City, was instructor in
public speaking at Harvard, pro
fessor of public speaking at the Pots
dam, N. Y„ State Normal school and
w»s assistant professor of public
speaking and debate at the Universi
ty of Kansas. He is a member of
«ie Delta Upsilon and Delta Sigma
*tho fraternities.
/ Woman Secretary
Exploration Co.
Held for Larceny
Boston, Feb. 27—Mrs. Aimee
“weeney, secretary of the New Eng
Exploration Company, a subsid
.7^,of the 71umet and Ilec’ Con
ondated Mining Company, was ar
**ted today, .barged with the lar
of $22,830 in bonds, securities
negotiable property from
Gordon A- Prince, daughter of
resident Hodolphe I,. Agassiz of the
'-.Humet and Hecla Company.
was discovered recently that
523.('<) in high grade negoti
*D‘® securities had disappeai .d in a
^lod apparently covering two years
p ,m the safe deposit vault of Mrs.
Formerly Miss Anna L. Agas
according to the police. Investi
gators today arrested .Mrs. Sweeney,
Pp’. f^oy alleged, as secretary to
1 5J*s*dent Agassiz, had access to tl^e
■tjilt. She v.as held tonight as a re
•“it of her inability tc provide bail.
Mrs. Sweeney lias acted as.secre
3§ “JT for the New England Explora
I ,, n Company for more than 15 years.
3' 11 was said.
Towboat Captain
-Hangs Self at Bath
n)®al'1> Me.. Feb. 27—James T. Tem
L,, eaPt;'in of the towboat of the ,
^■th Box Co., hanged himself in his !
?r™6e today. He suffered a nervous !
eakdown two months ago. He was
■native of RouOoinharn, coming here j
, ago. He formerly was en- !
*u*i in 116 " ,JOd an(l portable saw •
, lib. 35-Mar. 4
.. . 0,,l) lords, L’nlted States
with tube. *10.00
l ord .Ire
HASBY t. jobs
F ranklin Servics
■febjinn,*1 <0ny St” Augu«ta
To Continue Fight
Today for Purchase
Of Cape Cod Canal
Senate Committee
On Committees Starts
Removal Insurgents
Washington, Feb. t-'T.—With but o
single dissenting voice the Republi
can committee on committees tool!
the first step today toward carrying
through the organization program
for the removal of Senator LaFol
ictte, of Wisconsin and three of hi’
chief supporters from their present
ranks.on the standing committees of
the Senate.
The four senators were assigned
tentatively to places at the bottom
of the committee lists as though
they had been elected on an inde
pendent instead of the Republican
ticket. This action is subject, first,
to consideration by a Republican
party conference, and later by the
Senate Itself.
The action was taken over the
written protest of three of the
senators—Rrookhart* of Iowa, and
I.add and Frazier of North Dakota—
in replies to letters it sent them ask
ing whether they desired the Demo
crats or Republicans to make their
committee assignments. I had re
ceived no reply from Senator I-a
Follette. -
While they anticipated some op
position in the party conference and
in the Senate, administration leader*
expect to be able to carry out their
program, decided upon, the? :-uy, be
cause of the action of Senator La
Follette in heading vhe national tick
et in opposition to President Cool
ioge, with the- support of the other
three senators.
Democratic leaders in the Senate
made it known that tho minority
would keep clear of the fight within
the Republican ranks and would not
by rlisposed to throw any obstacle
in tbe way of the majority nr the re
organization of the Senate at *he
special session called for next Wed
Kellogg Takes
Cheerful View
Of Foreign Affairs
Washington, Feb. 27—Although far
from considering every European
problem settled. Ambassador Frank
lB. Kellogg, the secretary of state
designate, has given President Cool
Idge a most optimistic view of mat
ters abroad.
The president, who was Mr. Kel
logg’s host at dinner last night, was
said today at the White House to
have been particularly gratified to
Hnd his new secretary of state in a
strongly optimistic frame of mind
to-.-ard the European situation.
It was also made known that re
cent developments and arguments
have failed to change the position of
President Coolidge with respect to
recognition of *lie Russian Soviet
government. ,
The statement of the president s
position with respect to Russia was
made in response to inquiries based
on recent reports thnt Mr. Coolidge
looked with favor upon creation of
a commlssin to discuss terms of rec
gnitlon with the Soviet authorities.
Mr. Coolidge. It was made clear,
continues hopeful, however, that the
situation in Russia may change so
that the T'nited States might pursue
a policy along the lines laid down in
his 1923 message to congress in
which he declared Russia must first
show signs of repentance.
French Airmen
Reach Algeria in
Exhausted Condition
El Golea, Southern Algeria. Feb.
27—Suffering from blistered feet and
thirst* and virtually exhausted, the
French aviators Captain Lemaitie
and Lieutenant Arrachard reached
here at 7 o’clock Thursday night,
after having walked for six days over
the desert waste to negotiate the 100
miles separating this oasis from the
spot where they landed last F riday
owing to lack of gasoline.
They had started from Timbuctoo
on Friday, flying northward In an at
tempt to reach Oran or Algiers, and
when nothing was heard of them,
word was sent to the various mili
tary posts In northern Africa to
search for the missing men.
The aviators reported that they
were In the air last Friday for ten
hours without a stop, crossing the
entire Saraha Desert and the Tanes
rouf district, or "Land of Thirst. ’
They were forced to descend at Hog
gar because tlieir gasoline supply had
given out.
Washington, Fob. 27.—Rear Ad
miral William S. Sims, retired, turn
ed loose before the house aircraft
committee today a broadside of criti
cism against naval officers who still
hold the battleship supreme in naval
warfare, and also trained his fire
against proposals for a unified ait
service as urged by Brigadier Gen
eral Mitchell, assistant army air
While the admiral was declaring
the battleship ••obsolete” and at
tacking the navy for its "conserva
tism," Secretary Weeks, who will ap
pear before the committee tomorrow,
again took cognizance of the air
craft controversy by making public
a letter to Representative Perkins,
Republican, New Jersey, the com
mittee-examiner, declaring "untrue’’
recent testimony before the com
mittee that junior army officers are
"muzzled from telling the truth,” by
the war department.
The admiral touched upon the
subject of naval “conservatism”
when aslted to explain his statement
that the naval air service "has done
pretty well under its handicaps."
At another point in his testimony,
after saying he considered the bat
tleship "obsolete” the admiral an
swering another question, said the
aircraft carrier had replaced this
type of vessel.
"Then you do not agree with 1 ie
navay general board that the battle
ship is most important to the fleet?”
Mr. Perkins asked.
"Xo, sfr," the witness asserted.
He refused to answer questions on
the present condition of the army
and navy air service, explaining lie
had been "oil the shelf two years."
To another question, this time by
Representative R»id. Republican, Il
linois, as to how the navy general
hoard could determine air policies
when its members are not flyers. Ad
miral.Kims replied:
"The same way your committee,
without practical knowledge of air
craft. chn formulate air policies, ex
cept that you are an impartial judge
and they are not."
Questioned by Representative
O'Sullivan, Democrat, Connecticut,
he said, "I quite agree” with General
Mitchell that the Philippines could
be captured in two weeks, but added
' later he thought it highly improbable
that Japan would ever attempt to
take the islands.
"What do you think of the state
ment that any ship can he sunk
from the air,’’ asked Representative
“It is entirely corret ,” Admiral
Sims replied.
Three Rescued
After Month on
Ocean in Open Boat
IKasthampton, N. V., Feb. 27.—
Adrift in the Atlantic ocean for al
i most one ftiontli. three men in an
open boat were rescued by the crew
of the Texas Oil Company tanker
Light Burn about .‘!7."> miles north of
Miami, Fla., late this afternoon, ac
cording to a wireless dispatch pick
ed up by the Independent Wireless
Company's station here.
The trio, emaciated and facing
starvation, are said to have been car
ried out from Miami by a storm.
The steamer Light Burn was out
ward bound from Norfolk, Va.. to
Galveston. Tex., when she encounter
ed the drifting boat. According to
the wireless message, the men were
weak but recovering aboard the ^s
Montreal, Feb. ‘27.—Three Canadi
an1 Pacific Railroad workers were
killed today when a passenger train
jumped the track near Lachute,
Que., and struck a snowplow. The
victims were Alphonse Saint Jean.
J.epold Desjardins and Joseph
France. Two other railway employes
were injured.
U. of M. Debaters
Lose to U. of N. H.
Orono. Feb. 27.—The Fniversity of
New Hampshire debating team, taking
the negative side of the question
“Resolved, that Congress should he
empowered to override, by n two-tliirds
vote, the decisions of the supreme
court which declare congressional ac
tion unconstitutional,” defeated the
University of Maine team here In the
dual debate being conducted at both
universities tonight. The judges' de
cision was unanimous.
Durham, N. H„ Feb. 27.—Taking the
affirmative side of the question “Re
solved. that Congress should he em
powered to override, by a two-thirds
vote, the decisions of the supreme
court whicli declare congresstonaj ac
tion unconstitutional.” the. University
of New Hampshire defeated the Uni
versity of Maine in the dual debate
being staged at both universities to
night. The decision was two to one.
Complete Power
Merger at Bangor
I Bangor. Me., Feb. 27—Today the
I Bangor Hydro-electric Company took
I over the business of the Bangor Rail
way & Electric Company. Bar Har
I bor &. Union River Power Company,
; Bangor Power Company and the
| Lincoln Light & Power Company,
these four corporations and their
properties having been merged in the
new concern for purposes of econ
omy of operation and for increase of
facilities to serve the city of Bangor,
towns along the Penobscot river as
far north as Lincoln, and along the
Hancock count;- coast to Mount
The new company is capitalized at
$10,000,000 of which $5,500,000 is out
standing. Edward M. Graham of
Bangor is president and Herbert L.
Clark o£ Philadelphia vice president.
4 Crushed to Death in Crash
Freight Trains Near Gardiner
Where Bodies of Four Victims Were
Found Following Rear End Crash
. . —By Kennebec Journal Staff Photographer
riont end of giant engine showing where bodies of four men were crushed between engine
and refrigerator car. Boards on top of engine boiler are parts of caboose in which the
men were riding at the time of the accident.
—By KVnnfbeo Journal Staff Photographer
Wrecked Potato Car at rear of First Section Which Received Full Force of Collision, Show
ing Havoc Wrought by Terrific Impact.
Queenstown. Ireland, Fel>. 27 (By
A. P.)—The Canadian Pacific trans
Atlantic liner Montlaurier, with 431
passengers on hoard, is safely at
anchor tonight in Kingahella Bay,
outside the western entrance to
Queenstown Harbor, after an alarm
ing experience at noon last Monday
230 utiles west of Fastnet when
hound for St. John, N. B„ when her
steering gear was seriously damaged
in a violent storm and had to he
lashed from starboard to port.
Reaching the entrance of Cork
Harbor the auxiliary gear went as
kew and the ship took a bad sheer
and grounded. The steamer remain
ed fast for two hours. After the
winds abated and the tide came tip
again she was refloated and towel
into the inner harbor.
The passengers tonight remained
aboard the Montlrurier hut tomor
row, together with 4,000 bags of mail,
will he transferred to the steamer
Montclair for the trip across the At
The mails for Canada, New Found
land, China and Japan will lie con
siderably delayed.
Price of Milk Drops
To 7 l-2c Per Quart
Boston. Feb. 27—A decrease of one
rent a quart in the price of milk in
March and the succeeding months
was announced today by the sales
committee of the New England Milk
Producers’ Association. The price to
the dealers, which has been K’j cents
a quart since September, wil be 71,i
cents for March, April, May and
June, it was stated. The reduction
is the customary seasonal dr rca: i
although it was said that it was un
usual to name the price for four
months In advance
Do you Have your clothes
made especially to your
measure? If so, you will find
the finest materials and ob
tain guaranteed satisfaction
238 Water Street
“Just a good place to trade”
fcM’Xdlt_ _
Washington. Feb. 27. — Nicholas
Longworth of Ohio was selected to
night as the Republican candidate for
speaker of tho next House.
Mr. Long worth, who is the Republi
can floor leader, was named over Rep
resentative Madden of Illinois at a
caucus of Republican representatives
On the first ballot Longworth re
ceived 111 votes and Madden 85.
As soon as the roll call result was
known, Mr. Madden moved to make
j Longworth' selection unanimous,
j Afti r Mr. Longworth s nomination
| had been made unanimous Represent
I ative Tllson of Connecticut was named
j by acclamation to succeed him as floor
; leader.
! Former Secretary
| Of State Franklin
! M. Drew Dies
l.ewiston, Me.. Feb. 27—Franklin
M. Drew, colonel in the 15th Maine
Regimen* of Volunteers, former sec
retary of state, I'niled States pen
sion agvnt at Augusta, anti judge of
probate for 2t! years in Androscog
gin county, died at bis home here
today, aged 87 years. He was a nat
ive of Turner, a graduate of Rowdnin
and was admitted to the bar in 1861.
liis home has been in Lewiston since
1878. lie was prominent in the G. A.
R. vice president of the Lewiston
Trust Company, treasurer of Rates
College and it member of the Maine
Bar Association. Maine Historical
Society and Congregational church.
Passengers Cut
And Bruised on
Liner Acquitania
Cherbourg, France, Felt. 27 (By A.
P.)—The surgeon of the Cunarvl
Line steamer Aquitania, which nr- J
rived here this evening from New ,
York, was busy dressing cuts and
treating bruises passengers received
during violent storms the steamer
met with on Wednesday and Thurs
day. Tite casualties were thirty-two
among the first class passengers and
forty among tho crew. No one was
seriously injured, however.
The Aquitania made Cherbourg
eight hours late.
Boston, Fel:>. 27.—Holding tliat the
use of speedboats capable of making
faster time than the ordinary com
mercial craft used to make purchas
es of liqrcr Irom foreign vessels ly
ing at anchor an hcfur’s sail off the
American coast is "mere entrapment
quite outside the purpose and intent
of the treaty” Federal Judge Morton
today handed down air opinion that
the seizure of the British rum run
ner Marjorie K. Bachman, by the
coast guard cutter Tampa last Octo
ber was illegal, and ordered the dis
missal of the government's libels
asking forfeiture of the ship and
The Marjorie K. Bachman was
seized more than LT miles off Glou
cester on October 21, after the gov
ernment had established the fact she
was selling liquor by sending a sea
sled capable of making 40 miles an
hour out to her. The men on the sea
sled purchased a quantity of liquor
with the result that the rum runner
was seized by the Tampa the next
day. The treaty with Great Britain
provides that a vessel flying the flag
of that country may be seized if she
is found selling liquor within an
hour’s sail of the American coast.
Japs Can Lease
Land in California
Supreme Court Rules
San Francisco, Feb. 27—The state
supreme court in a decision today
held that the treaty of 1911 between
the United States and Japan Is still
in force and that under it Japanese
residents in California can lease land
in the state for residential and com
mercial purposes.
Victims Were Aroostook!
Potato Car Tenders on
First Section of Big Ship
ment; Bodies Horribly
Burned and Mutilated
Second Extra Plows Into Rear of First Halted
for Hot Box-Caboose with Occupants Crush
ed Like Egg Shell-Refrigerator Car Demolished
-Several Others Derailed-Officials Silent on
Accident-Block Set 300 Yards Away but
Brakes Fail to Halt Impetus of Heavy Train
(By a Kennebec Journal Staff Man)
Gardiner, Feb. 27—Four lives were snuffed out when an '
extra freight train laden with potatoes from Aroostook
county crashed into the rear end of another potato extra at a
point about a mile north of the Gardiner Maine Central Rail
road station, known locally as the Farmingdale Bog, at about
9.30 this morning.
The four whose mangled remains were removed from the
wreckage, were all tenders of potato car heaters, accompany
ing a shipment of many thousands of bushels of potatoes,
and all were in the caboose of the head train, which was at a
stand-still on the west-bound track, when the second extra
crashed into it. The members of-the two train crews all es
caped serious injury.
Justice Scott Wilson of Portland
was administered the oath of office
of chief Justice of the supreme court
by Governor Brewster Friday in the
presence of four members of the
executive council, several department
heads and about a dozen spectators.
The council met at 10.10 o'clock,
and those present when Governor
Brewster entered the executive coun
cil chamber were Councilors Stearns,
Folsom, Torrey and Smith, besides
Justice and Mrs. Wilson.
Opening the proceedings the gov
ernor announced, "There 13 up for
confirmment at this session the ap
pointment of Mr. Justice Scott Wil
son of Portland as chief Justice of the
court. What is the pleasure of the
“I move it be confirmed," Council
or Stearns said.
“Second the motion,” stated Coun
cilor Folsom.
The vote was unanimous.
■The governor then read a long list
of notary publics and justices of the
peace, who had been appointed. The
confirmations were made, following
which tho governor announced that
the oath would be administered to the
new' chief justice.
Chief Justice Wilson stepped to
the side of the governor’s desk and
repeated the words of the solemn
oath in which he promised to uphold
the constitution of the United States
and of the State of Main < and to per
form the duties of the office to the
best of his ability, closing with the
formal “So help me God.”
Friends of the new' chief Justice
crowded about him with congratula
tions following the ceremony.
Northern New England — Fair
and continued cold Saturday; Sunday
increasing cloudiness and warmer;
snow' Sunday night.
Southern New England — Fair
and continued cold Saturday; Sun
day increasing cloudiness and warm
; er: rain or snow Sunday night,
j Eastern New York—Fair and con
tinued cold Saturday; Sunday in
I creasing cloudiness and ■ warmer,
! probably followed by snow in north
j and snow or rain in south portion.
Boston Forecast
Forecast for Boston and vicinity—•
Saturday fair and continued cold;
Sunday increasing cloudiness ami
warmer, rain or snow Sunday night;
diminishing westerly winds, becom
ing southeast by Sunday.
General Forecast
The northeastern storm lias con
tinued to move northeastward over
eastern Quebec and Labrador. High
pressure prevailed over the eastern
half of the country with generally
fair weather. The temperature was
considerably below normal Friday
night east of the Mississippi river,
except in the extreme south.
The eastward advance of a dis
turbance over Colorado will be at
tended by snow in the lower lake re
gion, northern New England, north
ern New York, rain or snow in the
upper Ohio valley, souther New Eng
land and the northern portions of the
middle Atlantic states. The temper
ature will rise in tho north Atlantic
states Sunday.
Winds north of Sandy ITook—
Diminishing westerly and weather
fair Saturday,
The Dead
Roy Miller.
A. D. Webster. '
Del Banks.
“Sandy” Palmer.
All were from Aroostook County
towns, where the potato trains wer<
made up.
Worst Wreck in Years
The roar end collision was one of
the worst ami most destructive of
life and property, which the Main®
Central Railroad has experienced In
many years. There was no official
statement forthcoming yesterday as
to the exact cause of the accident,
hut it was obvious to those w'ho in
vestigated the scene shortly after
the crash that there were several
contributory factors. A hearing on
the accident has been ordered by the
Public Utilities Commission to ha
held next Tuesday, March 3rd at 10
A. M.
Tiie morning was bitter cold, and
there was a light flurry of snow in
tho air at the time of the accident.
There is little doubt that the rails
(Continued on Page 5—Col. 6)
Fear Huge Ice
Jam in St. Lawrence
At Ogdensburg, N. Y.
Ogdensburg, N. y., Feb. 27.—Cana
dian and American officials tonight
were watching with anxiety the huge
ice jam extending from the Canadian
shore of the St. Lawrence River to
the American side just below this city.
Ice cakes broken loose from tho
massive field were being hurled
against the barrier with terrific force
by a 50-mile gale. Officials found the
ice had gained a height , of 38 feet.
The center of the huge pack rests on
Chimney Island.
Steadily rising water already has
reached several camps along the river
and caretakers were moving furniture
and other property to higher ground.
Morrlsburg. Ontario, reported water
four feet above normal and rapidly
rising. It was feared the river town*
may suffer great damage if the Jain
suddenly breaks, sending down
stream the huge Ice cakes.
Belfast Steamers
Held Up by Gale
(Special to the Kennebec Journal)
Belfast Feb. 27—Owing to the ter
rific north gale today neither the
Golden Rod nor the Shelldrake, Pe
nobscot Bay steamers, were able to
make their trips to Belfast. For
this reason the Belfast chamber of
commerce which was to attend a,
banquet in Islesboro tonight, given,
by the Isles, aro chamber, was post
poned until Saturday.
Deny Rumor Second
Operation on Ebert
Berlin, Feb. 117.— (By A. P.)—»
The condition of President Kbei t
was satisfactory tc night. This aiN
nouncement was contained in a bill,
letin issued by his physicians at 7
Rumors that Herr Kbcrt had mi.
dergone another operrtion were dea
Wadleighs List
IV© have nine used Nosh Touring '
onrs. nil rebuilt nnd newly painted.
Sold with our used cur guarantee.
Chapel Street IMace. Augusta

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