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Probably fair tonight and Tues
day; warmer east, cooler northwest
portion tonight; cooler Tuesday.
The Evening Newspaper
of Kansas
That's Early Indication at State
Convention, Emporia.
Will Seek Alignment With
Farmers and Democrats.
Bourbons EaTor McAdoo, Ke
publicans Hiram Johnson.
rianning War on Industrial
Court Howat Didn't Arrive.
Emporia, Kan., March 22. Organ
ized labor will fight compulsory mili
tary training and by this means may
attempt to align themselves with the
farmer element which is said to frown
on any attempt to make soldiers out of
everyone. Tnis was clearly indicated
at a meeting here today of 300 dele
gates from labor un-ons thruout the
state to make plans for a finish fight
In Kansas politics this year.
This anti-militarism attitude, so
plainly shown in early deliberations of
the body, clearly throws consideration
of Gen. Leonard Wood from the minds
of laboring men who will follow the
dictates of labor representatives at to
day's meeting. As to how many inde
pendent thinkers in labor's ranks will
support Wood or other men not tn
the good graces of the labor dele
gates at the convention cannot be esti
mated. Favor McAdoo and Johnson.
There was a strong sentiment ex
pressed for the candidacy of william
G. McAdoo for presidential nominee
by labor Democrats and Hiram John
eon as the nominee by labor Republi
cans. The ex.ent to which resolutions
to be passed late today or tomorrow
morning will go in backing these can
didates was not indicated.
In state politics labor leaders pre
dicted that labor union strength would
be thrown behind candidates looked
upon as friendly to labor views. Espe
cially strong support will be given to
legislative candidates known to be
friendly to labor, it was predicted, in
order to get. labor's ideas printed on
the statute books of Kansas.
Full Labor Ticket Here.
In Shawnee, Wyandotte and Craw
ford counties It was indicated there
would be a full labor ticket In county
and in city politics. The Brown-Ste-vic
faction which represents Topeka's
labor elements at the meeting inti
mated they would go home from Em
poria with a determination to put la
bor on the county as well as the city
political map by putting a full labor
fclate into county politics. The same
plan promises to be carried out in
Wyandotte and Crawford counties and
in other labor strongholds in the state.
The resolutions which were being
much discussed at today's meeting
promise to give organized labor's sup
port to the efforts of teachers attempt
ing to unionize in the state. The Al
len industrial court bill and Governor
Allen himself will receive no bouquets
in the resolutions, it was evident.
Howat Hasn't Showed Up.
Alexander Howat, president of the
Mine Workers' union for the Kansas
district, had not appeared at the meet
ing late today. Howat, with Jake
t;hepard, Fort Scott attorney and labor
orator, was scheduled to make the
keynote address at the meeting which 1
promises to continue weil into tomor
row .
Glenn Willetts. Wellington, chair
man of labor's legislative lobby, and J.
O. Stevic, Topeka, appeared to be lead
ing in deliberations of tne resolutions
committee, which has been consider
ing labor's attitude for two days.
George Blakely, Emporia, is chairman
of the organization committee; Fred
Martin. Topeka. is chairman of the
resolutions committee: tjugene i ay tor, justice ana inai ne win oe rauiuau
Kansas C't'. is chairman of the ed" thru a trial in a state claimed to
finance committee, and E. D. Rafferty, be unfair to the negro race.
Ka-.sas City, is chairman of the co- Arbuckle in his plea denied charges
ope atlon committee. I that the other negroes awaiting elec-
Bo b the radical and conservatives trocutlon were "railroaded" thru the
of Kansas labir interests are partici- courts.
rating In today's conferences. The i "They were all given fair trials," he
real spir.t of ' organized labor will I asserted. ,
doubtless control the day's meetings. I Hill was arrested in Topeka several
The s ate fight w.ll be directed chiefly weeks ago. Hearing on a requisition
agalns. Governor Allen's re-election. I extradition was postponed from time
In this move the labor interests are ' to time. Meanwhile. Hill has been
expected to unite with the Democrats. ; confined In the city jail,
seeking to enlist farmer support of the I At a meeting of the Association for
labor movement thru attacks on the j Advancement of Colored People held
farm tenantry amendment to the con- Sunday afternoon at the Central Bap
etltutlon. as urged by the governor. I tist church resolutions were adopted
Many leaders hope for an align- against returning Hill to Arkansas. If
ment with the Democrats In a straighten" win kJ .7h k.
issue regarding the industrial court.
Nearly 100 delegates from mine
workers' unions in the Pittsburg field
are here for the meetings. Most of
these delegates are "hand picked." in
short, the majority of these men are
declared to represent the radical How-
at viewpoint. They want raw raeai
and are looking ahead to a campaign
In which much 'political gore will be
spilled. Howat does not indicate the
slightest tendency or desire to dis
turb such plans.
W ould Force Court Act Repeal.
Some of the leaders in today's meet
ing believe the labor interests may
stake their chances for success in a
united stand behind a general coal
strike. Should Howat order the strike
in the next few weeks, it would give
the radical leadership an opportunity
to concentrate Its forcees and to unite
on a positive issue.
Efforts to control the 1921 legisla
ture and to force repeal of the indus
trial court act is the desire of the
labor organiiation in Kansas during
the coming campaign. In every dis-1
trlct candidates for the house and sen-
ate are to be interrogated as to their
position on the new law. Friends of
th enactment will be opposed wher-
ever there Is a chance to elect an op-
conent o: thu law nr a rnnrlidate who
Contlued on rage Fire.)
Flora Predicts 50-3Iiie Wind in
Kansas Tonight.
Warmest Since Last Fall, Tho
Up to 70 Today.
Probably fair tonight and Tuesday; warm-
er east and cooler northwest portion to- .
er east and cooler northwest portion to-
niput; cooler Tuesday.
Shippers' forecast calls for temperatures
above freezing in all directions.
7 o'clock. . .
8 o'clock. . .
9 o'clock. . .
10 o'clock . . .
. .58
. .63
11 o'clock. . .
12 o'clock . . .
1 o'clock...
2 o'.clock . . .
. .65
Bone dry and full of dust. Kansas
is due to become much more saturated
with dust in the next twenty-four
hours, according to S. D. Flora, state
- Southwest winds are expected to in
crease during the day until a fifty
mile gale is attained sometime tonight.
Flora does not expect any rain to
counteract the dust. The entire state
is very dry. The wind tonight will
blow much more dust out of southwest
Kansas. Coincident with depositing of
the dust by the expected high wind,
more damage to wheat thruout the
state may be expected, according to
No rain has been recorded east of
the Rocky mountains in the last twen
ty-four hours. No cola weather ap
peared this morning on the weather
map. The lowest temperature in the
United States was 28 degrees at Sault
Ste. Marie, Mich.
The temperature in Topeka was 60
degrees at 6 o'clock this morning. This
is 17 degrees above normal. Flora
expects a temperature of 70 this after
noon, the highest the mercury has
risen since early last fall. Flora pre
dicts a temperature of 55 degrees to-
on Page Two.l
Court Boom Filled With
Jfegroes in Extradition Case.
Word ""lggah" Causes Angry
Murmurs Decision Late Today
The Kansas Industrial court room
this afternoon was filled until stand
ing room was at a premium with To
peka negroes listening to arguments
in the fight of the state of Arkansas
to take Robert Hill, negro, back to !
Arkansas to face a first degree mur
der charge in connection with race
riots at Helena, Ark., last fall.
Excepting Gov. Henry J. Allen, four
state and federal officers and Hugh
Fisher there were no white persons in
the room. Outside, looking thru the
windows leading from the hallway
into the court room was a sea of white
faces, state house officials witnessing
the strange sight.
Governor Allen's decision was ex
pected late today.
John D. Arbuckle, attorney general
of Arkansas, described the riots in
which it is claimed Hill was implicated.
He described a trip to the State prison
at Arkansas where he obtained depo
sitions from negroes in cells awaiting
electrocution for murder in connection
with the riots. He read affidavits
fcom newspaper men purported to be
conversations overheard between Hill
and other negroes in which it was
charged that Hill advised other ne
groes to go to a meeting armed.
Arbuckle called the negroes "nig
pahs" when be referred to them.
There was an audible murmur of an
ger heard when the lawyer from the
south called the members of the black
race by the name they resent.
Hill escaped to Kansas, where tie 1
had heard negroes received more jus-1 , , ,
tice at the hands of courts and other i di"ctI5r1 interested in the man
officers than anywhere else in the i whose educational policies will large
United States. Negro societies thru- ly dominate those of the lesser edu
out the state have hired lawyers, in- j cational institutions in Kansas. The
eluding Fisher. Elisha Scott. James H. 'lve men named above, all W ho a
Guy and others in the fight, against! h folks, are those who did not
the issuance of extradition papers. I "turn to brass' when the test was
Negroes claim tliat if Hill is returned j
to Arkansas he will not receive real
nor Allen, a hearing will be held be
fore Federal Judge Pollock, where
Hill will be charged with impersonat
ing a federal i-fficer.
Anticipating the large number of
interested negroes that would be pres
ent at the hearing. Governor Allen
arranged with members of the Indus
trial relations to hold the hearing in
the court room.
State Refuses to Permit Use of Nam
in Proceedings.
The attorney general's office toda
decline i to permit the use of the
state's name in bringing mandamus
proceedings in the supreme court in
an effort to force the Douglas county
commissioners to call a special election
on the li-oJuUon of a. rural high
tight by those fcr a rural high schoo,
at Lecompton and those against the
improvement was checked up to the
' attorney general's office by citizens o;
the town last week.
ew K. C. Bank to Cost 2.0O0.O00.
i Kansas City. Mo.. March 22. Bids
will be opened here tomorrow for-a
sixteen story federal reserve bank
htilldtnir. The structure is exoected to
.cost around J 2,000,000.
; SurrlTe Allen's Acid Test of K.
U. Chancellorship Applicants.
Two Newspaper Men, Three
Professors Didn't Turn to Brass
- win nt Turn uithic crtue
IHU Ur inCHI RHIIfC ouno
Are Dr. Henry J. Waters and
Edward Slosson of T. T. '
Eastern Educators
Final Decision Due Soon.
Edward Emery Slosson, editor
New York Independent and former
member of K. U. faculty.
Dr. Henry J. Waters, former
president Kansas State Agricultural
college and at present editor Kan
sas City Weekly Star.
Dean Lotus Delta Coffman, Uni
versity of Minnesota.
Prof. Frederick Morgan Daven
port, Hamilton college, New York.
Dean John Erskine, Columbia
university. New York.
Two newspaper men and three col
lege men have survived the process of
elimination in the selection of a chan
cellor for Kansas university to succeed
Frank Strong, the former chancellor,
now a professor in the law school at
ivansas university. . This statement
was made today on good authority at
the state house.
Henry J.
The appointment probably will be
announced by Gov. Henry J. Allen
shortly after his return from a trip
to eastern states the latter part of this
t week. It is understood the governor
will hold interviews with certain of
the applicants while in the east.
Did Not "Turn to BrassC
In recent weeks applicants for the
highest educational honor in Kansas
have been put thru an acid test by the
governor, by the board of admlnistra
tion, the faculty committee, an alum
nae committee and other organiza-
Frederick M. Davenport.
Prof. John Erskine-
, fYo J&"roT th
IrES"- a".
nown thruout the country. Waters re -
i., . hpaii n( the State Aericul-
jural college more than a year ago to
become editor of the Kansas City
Weekly Star. He was federal food
administrator for Kansas during the
war. -
Edward Slossons. New York editor,
is Kansas born, married a Kansas girl
and was a member of the Kansas uni-
iCoati&ued on. r&ge Five.)
" J
m you- iuLa t
f vj' - : "
Tried to Force His Ideas on
American People. -
' !
Failure of Pact Serious,' Say
European Papers.
Paris. March 22. The Journal Des
Debats today blamed President Wilson
for the senate's rejection of the peace
treaty. While Wilson autocratically
tried to impose his ideas upon the peo
ple he was supposed to represent, the
newspaper said, the political parties
squabbled in Washington and de
stroyed the fruits of America's victory
in tne way. ..
London, March 22. The London
press today gravely deplored the ac
tion of the American senate in what it
considered a final rejection of the
peace treaty.
While the comment was not general-
1.. yitnr HaT-nanA i,.j t
ly bitter, newspapers pointed out that
thB rearfinn Ihn.nnt th. w,-!rt
the reaction thruout the world cer
tainly will be serious, especially with
regard to the restoration of peace and
normal economic relations.
Relations between the United States
and the rest of the world have gone to
their pre-war status, the newspapers
believed, and American prestige has
suffered a considerable blow.
The newspapers regretted that there
seems to be slight prospect that ac
ceptance of the treaty will become an
issue in the presidential campaign.
They agreed, however, that the pact
apparently is dead, ts far as America,
is concerned.
New York Silver dollars less than one
per cent legal tender are good enough to
boy many gallons of beer less tbaa 1 per
cent alcohol. Discovery was mode when
"saloons" tried to bank tne doli&rs.
Suffrage Leaders Want
Twin Victories Today;
Two States Will Vote
Legislatures of Washington and Delaware About to Pass
on Votes for Women" Amendment Two More .
Ratifications Needed to Give Women the Ballot.
Olympla, Wash., March 22. "We
hope to have twin victories," suffrage
leaders here declared today in com
menting: on the prospects for ratifica
tion of the federal suffrage amend
ment by Washington and Delaware
Both bodies were to convene in apo
dal session today.
The lawmakers here are expected to
endorse th Susan B. Anthony amend
ment, shortly after the legislature con
venes at Boon.
The Delaware legislative also goes
Into special session today and will con
sider ratification of suffrage. Ratifi
cation by Washington and Delaware
on the same day would make a grand
pair of twins, the suffragists say.
"If today brings two new arrivals"
to the family of suffrage states, the
necessary 36 will have come Into
' ttr.rti, the vote to all women
""D" In Delaware. .
1 Dover. Del.. March 22. The date
for takine ud the Question of ratifica-
tion of the federal suffrage amend-
' ment will be fixed at a joint legisia-
tive caucus tonight,
The legislature met in special ses-
sion today to act on the suffrage ques-
tion and the school code. The latter,
Governor Townsend's "pet measure,"
will be considered first.
X no Qppoacau vi biuiiBia are ex
Teach Health
Texts by Using
, Doll Models
t , , .
Sure Board Will Send Special Car on
Tour of State March 31 Healthier
Children, the Aim.
Doll will be the chief attraction on
the special car of the state board of
health which is almost ready to begin
a tour of the state of Kansas.
Dolls in gymnasium suits will dem
onstrate to persons who visit' the car
the joys of playground work for chil
dren: invalid dolls and healthy dolls
tell the story of right care of infants
and children, and the entire display
of rules and advice in the "health car"
will be thru doll models. The car will
begin its journey March 31. -
The demonstration car will be of
vital aid in the survey of the state by
the Kansas women's committee on
child welfare, now tinder preparation.
The object of the survey is to point
the way to needed legislation and com
' iiiuiuiy eniiu weiian) programs, to
f ! -iVi- ,hB
Put "ew ssues into elections for the
munity child welfare programs, to
benefit Of children and to further the
rights of children in general.
Health, education, children in
courts, organizations and institutions,
and children's and mother's conditions
all over the state are points covered
by questionnaires sent to all counties
of the state, to be handled by a county
chairman with the co-operation of the
county schools.
Our Daily Bank Bobbery
Oklahoma City, March 23. Safe
blowers successfully "blew" the safe
cf the Epworth grocery store last
night and escaped with J150. The
robbers did not molest several hun
dred dollars worth of checks.
. pected to arrange a trade, offering
their support of the school code in re
turn for opposition to the federal
Until the last few days, suffrage ad
vocates apparently had a safe maioritv
but the opposition had been gaining
strength and political observers look
for a long fight with the result doubt
ful. Need Two More States.
Washington. March 22. Chances
for ratification of the federal woman
suffrage amendment in Delaware were
described as very bad" at suffrage
headquarters here today.
In Washington, leaders hoped, the
ratification will be accomplished to
day. Legislatures In both Delaware and
Washington met today to consider the
suffrage amendment which would al
low women voting equal rights to
those enjoyed by men. Thirty-four
states have ratified and favorable ac
tion in Delaware and Washington
would make thirty-six. the total neces
sary for final ratification. ,
Suffragists here declared they were
at present without a majority in either
branch of the Delaware legislature.
In Washington, which already has
woman suffrage by state enactment,
suff rapists are sure of victory.
If ratification fails in Delaware, spe
cial legislative sessions will be asked
in Vermont and Connecticut.
Railways and Shippers Well
Represented at Hearing.
Valuation and Bate Question
Up Before I. C. C. 3fow.
Washington, March 22. Five hun
dred lawyers representing railroads
and shippers from all parts of the
country crowded the interstate com
merce commission hearing room here
today at the opening of hearing be
fore the commission in connection with
the Esch-Cummins bill.
Two questions were before the com
mission today. The first was to de-
termine methods to be used in fixing trail leading out of Topeka southeast
temporary valuations of the railroads to the Dougla8 county Une, prepara
until the formal valuations are com-torv to building a hard mrfart high
pleted by the commission two years
from now.
The second question was whether
the valuations should be considered as
St whnlo fnc all all nn. I '
of roads rUups the hiEhway runs west flve ro,Ie8
Both ouestionn kv an !,,.,.,', i north two miles and west again four
effe?th iUletenrmihnm "JSnST'ta ! Tnintne-h,al,fhmi,'eS- ,entn,? TPeka "
freight rates Under the F-h rum Twenty-ninth street and Kansas ave-
mins law rates must h 7irt h.Th nue- At tne Dolnt wher '
enough To ensure ?he rlt. t l8 two mlleB- th road wll continued
HearingsareexpectedtolJtLverallteV "ffifj two" direct routes
farneahmeeem?fuWhiCh 5 teSPo?6f8edtP;ida-w.l, be
rat. whm f ,C n v,railroa,d granted, the entire cost of construc
""L1 'aie today when ''-ition resting upon the county, township
7h t . "6w K -
frf?e .1 coner on demands for wage
S approximately
tl 000,000,000 a year. Higher wages,
railroad men say. will mean higher
ra?- . , .
The demands of the union men are
the same as those represented one
jcai o-Bu w iu iuivaa administra
tion, but which the union leaders de
cided not to press at that time, at the
request of President Wilson. The de
mands are based upon increased living
costs during the last two years.
Sunday Blasting
Tends To Shatter
Religion, He Says
Shawnee County; Minister Objects to
Road Work on Sabbath Downs
, . , , M ,
Church Kicks on Erection of Filling
. Station Across Street.
. , 7T.t ii , .
Clashes between old-time religion in
Kansas and modern improvements
reached the office of Richard J. Hop -
kins, attorney general today.
S. H. Domoney. a member of the
board of directors of the First Metho-
dlst church. Downs, Kan., has written
to the attorney aeneral askinsr whether
there is a state law which will forbid
the erection of an oil filling station Turkish national st and Hynan move
opposite the church property. Do- ments are so general thruout Syria and
money complains that the noise from Cilicia that it seems improbable France
autos standing in front of the pro- can continue her occupation of dis
posed new station would Interfere with tricts there unless she receives strong
services in the new 130,000 Methodist reinforcements.
church at Downs.
The Rev. J. B. Deever, pastor of two
churches in the eastern part of Shaw
nee county, situated on the East Sixth
street road, comptains in a letter to
the attorney general regarding Sunday
work on th road by the contractors.
"T. k1..li Ik. .4..-(r
church service has a tendency to
shatter religion." write the minister
from Big Springs.
As yet, Maurice McNeill, assistant
attorney aeneraL has rendered no
Labor Outlook for 1920 Gloomy
One, Wilson Says.
Department of Labor Issues Re
port on Prospective Walkouts.
2,300,000 OUT IN 1919
Loss in Wages to Workers Last
Tear $50,000,000.
Sixty-Eight Per Cent Strikes
Are Still in ControTersy Stage.
Washington, March 22. Approxi
mately one million workers will be af
fected by strikes, lockouts and wage
controversies during 1S20, it was est!
mated here today on the basis of labor
department records.
The records show that in the fiscal
year ended in June, 1919, approxi
mately 2,300,000 workers were in
volved in strikes, lockouts and con
troversies referred to it for settlement.
Losses of workers thru wage con
troversies and strikes this year may
reacn Sao, 000,000. it is believed. In
1919 total losses in wages are be
lieved to have been twice this sum or
more than $100,000,000.
No reports are obtainable on the
losses of employers and the extent of
the decrease in production resulting
from strikes.
Many Not Arbitrated.
In 1919, however, 68 per cent of the
cases referred to the labor department
for settlement were still in the con
troversy stage and had not developed
into strikes or lockouts. These were
adjusted peacefully.
But the cases referred to the labor
department for adjustment represent
ed only a small percentage of the ac
tual number of strikes, officials ex
plained. Thus the steel stirke. which
is claimed to have made idle 300,000
men, does not figure in the labor de
partment records. Neither does the
coal strike, altho Secretary Wilson
personally took a hand in It.
Evidences are abundant that with
the coming of spring, workers In all
parts of the country are turning their
attention to wage scales.
Builders Hike Demands.
In many cities, building workers and
machinists already have opened ne
gotiations for wage increases. Build
ing mechanics in most cities now re
ceive $1 an hour. In a few cities 'de
mands have been presented for in
creases ranging from $125 to (1.60.
The industrial situation now is near
the tense moment from the labor
standpoint. In April and May, wage
contracts expire in scores of crafts.
Plans at Once for a Hard Sur
faced Highway Here.
Concrete From Topeka to Doug
las County Line.
The county commissioners today In
structed J. A. Campbell, county sur-
vevnt tn Kiif-i.ev nnri nlnt th Xf lla nfl
way. The surveying and platting will
cost $230 a mile.
Beginning at a point Just east of
natson on the Douglas county line.
and property owners in the benefit
district. It is said farmers along the
mute are greatly enthused over the
i prospect of having a hard surfaced
; highway over which their products
! .nay be moved to market. The road
wui be buillt of bituminous concrete,
according to present plans.
King of Syria Declares Against Na
tions Occupying Territory of Arabs.
Beirut," March 22. Emir Feisal.
king of Syria, has declared a boycott
against countries occupying territory
of Arabs France, and England and
has organized & commission to bring
Moslems and Christians into a better
understanding. Posters disDlaved ' at
Damascus where tho Syrian congress
proclaimed the independence of that
country, declared:
"In 8Pite of h'mself. the Moslem is
brother to the Christian and the Jew.
Th, Arabg e3t!(ltea ion Christ. Moses
jor Mohammed, and freedom and in-
'dependence are rights of Syria. Reli-
gia God fatherland be-
longs to his children."
1 The Syrian congress signed a decree
! asking foreigners to evacuate that re-
?ion, and Palestine and Mesopotamia
ar reported to have been included.
Lebanon is a section of Syria supposed
to be strictly loyal to France and anx-
lous for French mandate, but the
"PrMMmi nr Kinn tvin Ttmi Mi."
Says No Irishman Killed Mayor.
Chicago. March 22. Eamonn De
tuieia. iicsiuciti ui use 41 isu icpuv.
, - . . . n . I . . I I
robber and thug." in an address here
He told an audience of S.OOO that no
Irishman murdered the mayor of Cork,
but he was certain an English thus
had committed th crime.
Battles With Spartacan Troops
Continue Thruout Country;
Eight Thousand Killed in Lest
Week's Battles.
Ebert Sends Troops to Combat
Forces of Radicals. '
Is in Direct Violation of Peace
Treaty, Declares French.
(By the Associated Press.)
Berlin, notwithstanding the return
of the Ebert government to control
there, still presents pretty much the
aspect of an armed camp with th
food supply short and sanguinary
fighting occurring at intervals In the
suburbs. Serious trouble occurred In
the Moablt industrial quarter Sunday
night and In one conflict reported Sun
day 20 Spartacans were killed In an
engagement and 24 others who, we.
captured were summarily executed.
In the Ruhr industrial region, im
mediately adjoining the allied sone of
occupation there Is veritable civil war
fare, with opposing armies of com
munist and government troops draw
ing up their forces in line for battle.
Government detachments have been
defeated In omi preliminary skir
Lelpsic has quieted down after th
government victory there. Among th
agricultural population in some sec
tions of northern Germany there is in
creasing unrest. Southern and east
ern Germany are reported fairly quiet.
There Is a threat, however, of a re
newal of the general strike in Bavaria,
because of dissatisfaction over some of
the terms of settlement.
That eight thousand persons have
been killed during the revolts of th
past week In Germany is the an
nouncement of a dispatch- received at
Paris. Of the number S50 wer killed
in Berlin alone.
It is reported that in the face of In
creasing demands on the part of th
radical socialists, the Ebert govern
ment is now breaking off all negotia
tions with the leaders of the, revolu
tionists. An ultimatum has been presented
the Ebert government by th Ameri
can food commission, according to a
dispatch received at Paris. The
American mission. It is understood,
has declared that all food supplies
from America will cease in case
a soviet government is established in
Latest advices from th Ruhr dis
trict Indicate that there are from 20,
000 to 40,000 Spartacan troops there.
They are fully equipped with all im
plements of modern warfare. Th
Ebert government It Is understood is
planning for a movement by which th
government troops will surround th
district and capture the rebels.
The occupation of the Ruhr district
is in direct violation of Articles 42 and
43 of the peace treaty, according to
the French foreign office, which also
points out that It is the first direct
violation on the part of Germany.
Two German officers hav been sent
by the Ebert government to explain th
situation in the threatened district and
the French do not plan any action un
til the matter has been considered by
the other allies.
A dispatch from Berlin cuotes th
minister of defense ss saying. "You
cannot paint th situation thruout
Germany too black." after a survey of
th reports that had some In during
the night.
Government officials confidently
predicted a return to normal condi
tions, despite the fact the general
strike Is still partly effective. They
believ a majority of the workers will
return to their posts today.
The Independent Socialists. It wii
understood, demand additional con
cessions over those granted by th
government Saturday. The Independ
ents beilev that the serious situation
I ' wst Germany, where many towns
are in control of radicals, will fore
the government to grant Its demands
for still mora radical reforms.
iK-rlin Back to Normal.
Berlin Is beginning to assume a nor
mal aspect. Radicals elected revolu
tionary councils yesterday and will
vote on the labor unions' proposition
to call off the general strike today.
All Baltic troops have withdrawn
from Berlin, according to officers of
the retchswehr.
There was a small fight In th
Friedrlchstrasse when a truck load of
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Two Skeletons of Children Diacoirred
In Attic of Old Hous.
Leavenworth, Kan., March
Finding of the skeletons of two chil
dren in the attic of an old farm hous
being razed near here has given th
coroner a mystery to solve.
Members of the last family that
Hived in it say they know nothlrg
.btut the bones.
. Thieves Moved Bare seven Blocks,
1 Wichita, Kan., March 22. Thieve
moved the Jewel Tea Co. ef seven
blocks on a hand truck to th banks
of the Little Arkansas river to crack
jit. They got f 1,200.

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