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The Evening Newspaper of Kansas ng temperatures. HOME EDITION TOPEKA, KANSAS, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 27, 1920 TWELVE PAGES FOUR CENTS ENGINEERS URGE A WATER FILTER PLANT FOR CITY Reports of Five Investigating Firms Are In. Kinkel and Grady Alone Favor "Well System. ONE COST ESTIMATE $350,000 Reserve Reservoirs Are In cluded In Reports. Claim River Would Always Fro vlde Sufficient Supply. MAY HOLD BOND ELECTION SOON Reports Will Be Submitted to Civic Bodies First. Investigation by Engineers Cost the City $2,560. A filtration plant will solve Topeka's water problem. This appears to be the consensus of opinion among the five engineering firms engaged to make a survey of local conditions and report back to the water department. The reports now are all in. Kinkel & Grady, the local firm on the investigating board, alone appear ed to be opposed to the filtration sys tem. They urge that the present sys tem be enlarged and ten new wells be constructed north of the river. The next step on the program will be the submission of the engineers' recommendations to the various civic bodies of the city. The consensus opinion as to which plan should be adopted will be obtained. A final se lection will then be made by the city commissioners and bonds voted for the construction of the new system. Consider Special Election. The calling of a special election to vote bonds is being considered. It Is pointed out that postponing the elec tion until the primaries in August would simply be wasting three months' time. While there is no escape from going thru another crucial time next winter like that during the past winter, neither the city officials nor the people care to go thru it twice more; yet this may be the result if a special election is not called, officials declare. The consulting engineers are unan imous In their denunciation of the present water system. They declare it is Inefficient, unbusinesslike and a menace to the health of the citizens and the industrial welfare of the city. They point out that, with increasing population, Topeka is using more wa ter every year and that the time has Iresiilv arrived when the present sys tem is far from adequate to supply the demand. Four to One for Filtration. Burns McDonnell, of Kansas City; Black & Veatch of Kansas City, and lload & Decker of Ann Arbor. Mich., openly recommend the filtration sys tem. C. A. Haskins also leans toward this system. Kinkel & Grady of To peka. however, recommend that the present well system be extended and .n In rffftd. The program suggested by the local j firm includes tne construction ox im now wells north of the river, with a combined capacity of 4.000.000 gal lons daily, and the construction of a reserve reservoir with a capacity of 1 600,000 gallons lor emergencies. Thev also recommend that the large , wells now in use be lowered four or five feet; that the present suction lines and centrifugal pumps be re- arranged and lowered five feet and that an additional electrical power j unit be Installed in the pumping sta tion. They estimate the costs of such improvements would De aoout io-,-250. , , For 3.10,000 Appropriation. TC,,fn j- McDonnell ooint out that ample water supplv may be obtainea me muraer or eigne memoers ot jacoo with either the we'll or filtration sys- Wolf's family here, was expected to tems. They point out. however, that day the river supply cannot possibly fall Officers spoke with awe or the nnd that river water, being softer. Is ! chilled Bteel nerve of the two suspects, much Letter for laundry and Industrial ! who mingled with the crowds of euri purposeo It is slightly warmer In the ! ous at the farm home where eight of summer than the well water. The fil- the family were obliterated, tratlon plant, thev assert, would cost; Two guests were at the Wolf home . i .v.. xinriv, i,io well Rvstem. ! Thursday the day of the murder and while the cost of operation would .since the table was set for ten. Wolf be higher the maintenance cost would was shot at long range. There was be less The filtration plant can he ar- evidence others of the family were ranged' to soften the water, if needed, killed at short range, probably to si at little expense. lence witnesses. Only the baby was Their recommendations include the left am e. appropriation of $350,000 for improv-I Suspicion centered on two men be ing the water supply. Of this. $10,000 cause thev had had trouble with Wolf, should ha spent, they say, in testing One recently received a shotgun from for wells on the south side. If the mail order house. The weapon was test, prove satisfactory, they urge that .1.. ,trr, ho ..nlnrced to vide 10.000.000 gallons of water a day. The remainder of the money will be sufficient to cover this cost, they de clare. In event the tests are not satis factory, they recommend the construc tion of a filtration plant with a capac ity of 8,000,000 gallons a day. 4 Irgo Minor Changes at Ouoe. In comparing the two sources of supply, the firm of Black & Veatch point out that soft water, obtained from the river, effects an enormous plumbing bills. Vrom a bacterial standpoint, there is no difference in 1 the two supplies, they assert, but they "e imperJ , lne ?uaJ"y.. 01 , , , ,;, ,v,' i" i'the water, they declare, would be bet- from the river Instead of wells would . vi,.,. 1 nftft f i-fxrw - Thn. . question, they declare, but that the river is the place to get an everlasting and dependable supply. Their recom mendations Include the building of a filtration plant with a 6.000.000 gal - Ions a day capacity and a 2,000.000 gallon storage reservoir. Iload Decker, while recommend ing the ultimate construction of filtra tion plant, urge that minor improve ments be carried out at once, includ- ng installation of a Kiersted booster pumping station. Thev also urge that the cltv eleotrlo HHf r.lun h. ..-j t .-o... . . v. . f i SHX'lng in fuel and l.hnp K,. - " " ' " ..vv . tl firtntio. 7.; rnU "7 facilities for .operati-v The river, FORECAST FOR KANSAS. , Fair tonight ul Wednesday rltfag temperature.. WAS COLDEST PLACE IN V. S. General Warming Vp, Howeycr, Forecast for Kansas. TODAY'S TEMPERATURES. " Is 7 o'clock 34 8 o'clock 39 9 o'clock 42 10 o'clock 45 11 o'clock 47 12 o'clock 48 1 o'clock 49 2 o'clock 49 A general warming up, the finest kind of growing weather, sunshine and a south wind is the "good word" this morning from S. D. Flora, state me teorologist. Kansas was the coldest place in the United States this morning. Freezing weather was reported from all parts of the state. The lowest record on the weather map was 2fi degrees at Scott City. The temperature in Topeka was 32 degrees at 6 o'clock this morning. It had risen to 44 degrees at 10 o'clock. Flora predicted a tempera ture of 40 degrees for tonight, which will rise to between 60 and 70 degrees tomorrow afternoon. A killing frost occurred during the night. As all vegetation is several weeks behind schedule there was not much to kill. Allplants that could Continued on Page Two.) HALRlTAlERE Shawnee County Successful in Interchurch Drive. Out of $448,913 Xecessary, $236,206 Is Subscribed. More than half of Shawnee county's quota in the. interchurch world finance campaign has been raised, it was an nounced today by W. J. Herwig, coun ty director. The total amount raised in the county to date is $236,206. Of day afternoon when the concentrated drive for funds to carry on tne work of the denominations began. The Shawnee county quota is $448,913. The amount now on hand represents largely the efforts of the workers in Topeka, for the other communities of the county are not ready to report, D. O. Coe, head of the work in Shawnee county outside of Topeka, said today. The First Baptist church leads with $36,000. The First United Presbyter ian comes second with (7,250. Other churches reporting to headquarters are: Seward Avenue Baptist. $533; Quinton Heights Baptist, $1,666: First United Brethren, $1,345; Second United Brethren, $409; Central Con gregational, $681. Remarkable progress has been made by several other churches but reports are not available, It is said. The Methodist and Presbyterian I churches already have their portion of the $448,913 county quota covered by previous drives. The Methodists raised $163,64 7 last year in their cen tenary campaign. The Presbyterian New Era fund raised in this county totals $24,884. Fifty business men attending a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce Monday evening formed themselves into a committee to canvass the busi ness district. The citizens of Shawnee county not actively connected with churches are expected to donate $65, 000 of the county's allotment. The big thermometer at Seventh and Kansas avenue, which will mark the progress of the campaign, was placed Monday. ONLY BABY LEFT Two Are Held Charged With Murder of Family. Bodies Of Eight Found About the Dinner Table. Turtle Lake. X. D.. April 27. The arrest of two men believed guilty of h tnmt later louna nro-inear the house. The two l in a pond men assist- in "moving the bodi es from the pty shells and other cluf s. Another Woman Into Tangle. Los Angeles. April 27. Informa tion concerning James R. Huirt who is being detained here pending inves tigation of his matrimonial affairs, was sought in a letter Sheriff Cline had today from Coaway, Ark., signed "Mrs. Jack Hilton." i lf.L"1''. vU never e ?. Iow.tha' a source of water supply thru filtration !,er. than any ground water In the ; state. In recommending the filtration plants, the engineers point out that there has been much misapprehension concerning the purity of the supply ! ' OI "r consumers. 1?,. jjPre,are s.on,,e forty-five towns among the mass of water consumers. above Topeka which drain into the Kaw. the amount of this sewage, they assert, is negligible compared to the immense volume of water. But even if conditions were worse, the filtration system would eliminate all contami nation, sediment and bacteria and fur nishes a water of unexcelled purity ' " . .7. - h.u.... unn Knaru in. hn. , , i. Clilim. . rL - i investigation oy tne rive en- glneerlng firms cost the city $2,560. TOO MUCH PROFIT - Congress Plans to Cut Overhead in Sugar Deals. Ten Cents Per Pound Paid to Middle Men. HOLDING SECRET SESSIONS Department of Justice Confers With the Refiners. 3Tew "Curb" Bill To Be Intro duced, Says Oklahoman. "Washington, April 27. A new plan for curbing speculation in sugar Is now being written by department of Justice attorneys and several members of con gress, and will be submitted within a few days, it was learned today. Such a measure is being planned by Representative Howard, Oklahoma, to be presented as soon as the results of the department of justice conference with sugar refiners becomes known. Ten Cents for Profits. Howard said sugar speculators were charging as much as 10 cents a pound more than the refiners' prices. "The increase in the cost of sugar is much in the public mind and is be coming a menace," he said. "Sugar should not be selling at the price it is today and I believe that speculators have much to do with it. I am advised that the dealers in lines in no way re lated to the production or distribution of foods, are buying and selling sugar and oftentimes a single car is sold a number of times before it is finally distributed by the wholesaler to the retailer and by the retailer-to the con sumer. Thfs speculation in this most necessary commodity should and must be stopped at once. Hold Secret Sessions. . "I shall Introduce a bill in a day or two curbing speculation in sugar." Secret sessions of department of Jus tice officials and sugar refiners which have been in progress here since yes terday, recessed today. A committee of the refiners will meet justice depart ment officials later. TO RATION SUGAR One Pound Per Week Per Household Is Possibility, Chicago "Wholesalers- Beclare Tot Enough to Go Around." Chicago April 27. One pound of sugar a week to each household until j the present critical sugar shortage is relieved was advocated here today by wholesale grocers. ' According to sugar buyers, unless some such voluntary step is taken, the appointment of a sugar administrator to regulate price and distribution may become necessary. I The present sugar situation was likened to a famine. "There isn't enough sugar to go around and something must be done to prevent disappearance of sugar alto gether," said E. L. Thomas, buyer for a large wholesale grocer here. Sugar prices in Chicago today went as high as 32 cents a pound retail. Wholesalers were soiling around 25 cents. Sugar speculators with car loads on hand were asking wholesalers 32 cents a pound. MAY ASK FOR THIRD TERM Wilson Will Run if New European War Breaks, Says Lewis. Washington. April 27 President Wilson will be a third term candidate if war breaks out in Europe, "as now seems inevitable," Former Senator James Hamilton Lewis declared here today. Lewis called on Secretary Tumulty. Afterward he said: "The second war has followed every peace. If war breaks out anew in .Europe, the peo ple will call on Wilson." He predicted Charles E. Hughes or Senator Kellogg. Minnesota, would be the Republican nominee. "The Republican fight in Illinois." he said, "has removed Lowden's chances for the nomination." TO TAME K. V. SOCIAL LIFE. Frats at L'nlversity Cut Party Ex penses Down to Minimum. Lawrence, April 27. Elaborate par ties at the University of Kansas re ceived a death blow recently when the Panhellenic council of fraterni ties at the school passed a resolution that hereafter expenses for social af fairs should be cut to a minimum and all favors, flowers and expensive deco rations be eliminated. The move came as part of a gen eral campaign recommended by Gov ernor Allen and endorsed by university authorities, the purpose of which is to reduce student expenses and simplify the social life of the institution. K. C. CONFERENCE ADJOCRXS. Wage Hearing Gives Way to Howat'a Need to Appear In Court. Kansas City, Mo., April 27. Ad journment until tomorrow morning has been taken by the Kansas joint miners' and operators' representa tives wage scale committee in session here, to allow Alexander Howat, presi dent ot tne Kansas miners, to attena the injunction hearing against him In Pittsburg today. The Missouri joint scale committee continued Its session. No definite action had been reached. All matters will be finally acted upon by an interstate conference of miners and operators representing Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ar kansas to be held here on May 3, ac cording to W. L. A. Johnson, secretary of the Southwestern Interstate Coal Operators association. House DefkJency Bill Passed. Washington. April 27. The house bill appropriating ISOO.000.000 for de ficiencies in government operation of railroads and 19,000.000 for miscella neous deficits was passed today by the senate and sent to the conference. 1 HOW A SENATOR LOOKS IN OVERALLS . Senator Sheppard Inspecting Senator Dial's Overalls. U. S. Senator Nathaniel B. Dial of South Carolina is the leader of the overall movement in the senate. He was accosted on the street by1 Senator Sheppard of Texas, who was skeptical at first but after a careful' examination decided to adopt blue denim as his congressional uniform. FIGHT FOR SEATS Kansas City Republicans Hold Dual District Conventions. Both Delegations Wrfll Go to Chicago L'n instructed. Kansas City April 27. On the heels of dual Fifth district Republican con-' ventions here, which adjourned at an early hoar this morning after nominat ing two sets of delegates and-alternates-to the national convention at Chicago June 8, the county convention was called to order early today and the same opposing sets of delegates, repre senting organization and anti-organization forces began anew the fight of yesterday for places on the convention floor. The unusual situation was brought about when, at recent "mob" primaries the same sets of delegates were nomi nated to serve at both the district and the county- conventions. The same credentials committee which ruled ail anti-organization delegations out of the district convention and paved the way for the "rump" convention which followed, adopted its former program in dealing with delegations for the county convention. An Identical minority report of the credentials com mittee submitted to both conventions charged illegal procedure in the "mob" primaries. The district conventions nominated the following delegates and alternates: Anti-organization Delegates David M. Proctor and T. J. Hedrick. Alter nates: Mrs. C. A. Braley and Mrs. E. E. Elliott. Organization Delegates Robert J. Flick and Jesse Martin. Alternates: Mrs. A. L. Reeves and Miss Jennie M. Fisher. Both conventions adopted resolu tions to send their delegates to the na tional convention uninstructed. NAT. C. OF C. OPPOSES BONCS. Declare Ex-Veterans Would Start Spending Orgy on $500 Eacli. Atlantic City. April 27. The XTrrited States chamber of commerce would go on record as opposed to the grant ins of a bonus to soldiers who served ir. the world war, by adoption of a resolution submitted forifcction by the rt solutions committee at the initif 1 session of its eighth annual conven tion here today. The resolution declared that "not only half a million negroes in the south, who probably would receive $500 or J60O each, would immediately quit work until the money was spenfr, ' bun predicted there would be generally "such an orgy" of spending that labor would be disorganized and production decreased. TO FORM THIRD PARTY. Chicago Committee of Forty-Eight Issues Call for Meeting in Jul)'. Chicago. April 27. The official call for a national convention to be held here July 10, 12 and 13 to launch 'a new political party to contest in the November elections was issued here today by the committee of forty-eight. The call declares the two major parties "will do the bidding of the in terests that filled its campaign1 cof fers." and that they are "rival lackeys to great monopolies; that they (bankrupt of the Democratic purpose." The convention" is purposely held after the nominations of the two major parties, committee of forty-eight leaders iere explained. PRESS CM B MEETS TONIGHT. I Plana for Stunt Before State Editorial Association at Hutchinson. The Topeka Press club will meet to night at the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the customary amuse ment at these meetings, the members will discuss plans for the Press club skit to be put on at Hutchinson, May 7. at the annual meeting of the Kan sas Editorial association. TEST COURT LAW Postponed Twice, Howat's Case Finally Called to Hearing. Ignored 'Subpoenas to Testify Sfpre Industrial. Tribunal. ' :j.;; ,; Pittsburg. April 27. The law which created the Kansas court of industrial relations was put to its first test in the Kansas Judicial machinery today. Enemies of the law, centered around Alexander . Howat. . chieftain of the Kansas union miners," athis morning at tacked the law as unconstitutional when the Injunction hearing in the case instituted by the state to prevent the calling of a mine strike, came up before Judge Andrew J. Curran in the Crawford county district court. On March 30 Judge Curran upon the application of the state attorney general. R. J. Hopkins, acting at the suggestion of the court of industrial relations, granted ..a restraining order, restraining Howat and scores of other t:nion officials from calling a strike. The following week the "Industrial court came to Pittsburg to start on its investigation of the mining in dustry. Howat and other officials ignored subpoenas to appear as witnesses be-, fore the court and ignored the order of Judge Curran for them to appear. As a result Judge Curran found them guilty of contempt and sent Howat and three other officials to jail. After a week In jails at Girard, Ottawa and Iola, the officials gave bond and now are at liberty pending an appeal iO the Kansas supreme court. Case Postponed Twice. When the matter of the hearing of the state's application for a temporary injunction came up before Judge Cur ran two weeks ago, arrangementswrere made by both sides to postpone action until Saturday, April 17. Then a post ponement was agreed upon today. Counsel for the miners announced yesterday that they would make a complete attack on the new law, al leging it is unconstitutional so as to send the law to a test as speedily as possible. They deny allegations of a conspiracy made by the state. Miners Walked Out. The Kansas miners walked out when Howat was sent to jail and the pro duction of coal for the period from April 14 to the present has been prac tically nothing. Pittsburg. Kan., April 27. Fewer mines worked today in the Kansas coal fields than worked yesterday, accord ing to a statement issued by the opera tors' association officials this morning. It was reported that three-fourths of the nvnes were operated yesterday. No definite statement as to the num ber of miners not idle was available this morning. Association officials said that a pro duction tonnage of 277,000 tons had been lost thru the idleness of the Kan sas mines this month. Good Old Days Gone in Spain; King Is Fined Madrid, April 27. King Alfonso was arefined two pesetas today for walking i across the grass in the gardens of the i Alcazar. livery memoer oi nis suite who followed the king across tne greensward likewise was fined. The first intimation the royal party had that it had committed an offense was jwhen a guardian approached and said: "Your majesty, wanting on tne grass is forbidden. I must fine you accord ing to my instructions." At first King Alfonso was aoasneo, tnen ne taugneo and paid the money. Later the mayor of the town called at the palpce an-J apologized to the king, but his majesty told him the guardian had acted properly and should be rewarded for devotion to duty, MAY MEAN PEACE Senate Democrats Elect Under wood as Party Leader. Succeeds Hitchcock, Who Quit Caucus Lasted Fiye Minutes. 6. 0. P. EXPECTS COMPROMISE New Chief Favored Treaty With Lodge Reservations. Announces He Will Fight the Peace Resolution. Washington, April 27. Senator Un derwood of Alabama today was elected Democratic leader of the Eenate by unanimous vote of the minority. The caucus at which Underwood was elect ed lasted five minutes. Underwood said he had no state ment of policies to make at this time and that- he did not contemplate an immediate visit to the White House. He intimated that another caucus might be held to discuss party plans. Oppose Peace Resolution. He said he had no plans regarding the treaty or the peace resolution, ex cept that he expected to oppose the resolution. Asked concerning the pub lished statement that the president will re-submit the treaty this summer acompanied by reservations acceptable to him. Underwood said he had no knowledge on the subject and doubted any one except the president had def inite information. Underwood's election, however, re vived treaty talk in the senate today because many Republicans feel that with him as a leader it would be pos sible to reach an agreement on reser vations. Senator Lodge and other Re publican leaders apparently find Un derwood easier to deal with than Sen ator Hitchcock, who was acting leader and in charge of the treaty. G. O. P., Expects Compromise. Mild reservationist Republicans are expected to initiate a movement for agreement on treaty reservations. It is probable that they will suggest to Underwood that he take up the matter with the Democrats and that they work together to obtain signa tures to an agreement to be submitted to President Wilson. - Mild reservation- ists believe, they said, that if t sena tors would agree on a set of reserva tions, the president would re-submit the treaty. U.S.W0NT ACCEPT Mandate for Armenia Offered by Entente Unpopular. , "Attempt to Wish on Us World Poor House.' Washington. April 27. Rejection of the allied proposal that the United States accept the mandate for Ar menia, was forecast today when Sen ator Hitchcock, administration spokes man, declared he did not believe the American people would sanction such a proceeding. Added to Republican comment which declared the plan was an at tempt to "wish on us the poor house of the world," Hitchcock's attitude was believed to indicate definitely that con gress will never give its consent to the project. Senators take the position that the allied statesmen have stripped the Near Bast of everything they want and now offer to the United States the mandate for Armenia. This mandate would involve Amer ica in large expenditures and possible war, it is held. TO PROBE OUTLAW STRIKES Behind Closed Doors New Tork Court Is Hearing Witnesses In Case. New York. April 27. Federal in quiry into strike conditions in New York was conducted today by Judge C. B. Ames, assistant United States at torney. Ames planned to make a thoro probe of not only the outlaw strike of railroad employes but also of the strike of longshoremen and steamship clerks. Our purpose is to ascertain the facts," said Ames. Chicago Strikers Deny Claims. Chicago. April 27. Claims of rail road officials that 90 per cent of the normal freight traffic was being moved in the Chicago district today were dis puted by manufacturers, who declared receipt of raiway materials was seri ously curtailed and that outgoing ship ments were far below normal. . Service lOO Per Cent Normal. New York. April 27. For the first time since the railroad strike began, the Erie railroad today announced that its passenger service was 100 per cent normal. Freight movements also were reported improved, with thru freight sixty per cent normal, . Other railroads terminating on the New Jersey shore of the Hudson also issued optimistic report. Many strikers had returned to Jersey yards, officiala said. ARE BACKING IvOWDEN. Illinois Connty G. O. P. Conventions Instruct Delegates. Chicago, April 27. Gov. Frank O. Lowden, of Illinois, was endorsed for the presidential nomination by Repub lican conventions in Sangamon, Mor gan. Vermillion. McLean, Pope and Stephenson counties. Raw Materials Tied I p by Strike Chicago. April 27. Manufacturers today declared the strike of "outlaw" switchmen in the Chicago district has tied up raw materials and virtually prevented shipments of finished prod ucts. Railroads claimed freight was moving 90 per cent of normal. Hearst Paper Hikes Price. New York, April 27. The New York Evening Journal, a Hearst news paper, today announced an Increase in circulation rate from 2 to i cents. In creased cost of print paper was given i aa the reason. NO CLEW TO "LOVE BABY" Child Found In River Born With out a Physician, Coroner Says. There is little doubt that the dead boy baby found on a sand bar in the Kaw river near the Ed Peyton farm, east of Topeka, was a "love baby" born to a grirl betrayed by some man, according to Dr. O. F. Marcotte, coun ty coconer. "An examination of the child re vealed that it had been born without a physician being in attendance at the time," said Doctor Marcotte today. "The length of time the baby was in the river is hard to ascertain. 'I think the child was born alive. vv hether it was killed before it was thrown in the river or died from drowning, I can't say." The Topeka police have no clew to the parentage of the child. The baby was naked. There were no marks on its body. The child was discovered Monday afternoon by a hunter. THRU TO TOPEKA Express Dodges Kansas City During Strike There. Causes Much Work Here Situ ation Eases Up Some. In order to avoid difficulty and de lay during the switchmen's strike at Kansas City, express is being shipped thru Kansas City to Topeka, or around Kansas City -to Topeka. Hutchinson, i Wichita, or Newton, according to E. E. Brayman, manager of the American Railway Express company. As an example of the roundabout method, . car load of strawberries was shipped from Springfield to Wichita on the Frisco and from Wichita to To peka on the Rock Island. While switching is impossible in the Kansas City terminal, express cars are being brought on thru and distrib uted from other points instead of be ing laid out at Kansas City. , Some switching has been done in Argentine. Some of the roads into Kansas City were unaffected by the disturbance and have been able to do all necessary switching in the terminal. The method of handling necessary express during the settlement of the difficulty has meant considerable extra work at Topeka. As large shipments are usually received here daily in one car billed to Topeka, the addition of two. three or more cars to be handled from this point require a large amount of extra work. The greatest conges tion is now over, however; Brayman said. More switching is being handled dally In the Kansas Cy'-rerrrrinal. Embargoes have all been lifted, he says, except the embargo on New York City. Express in or out of New Tork City and Brooklyn Xs not being han dled. During the disturbances standard acceptances were received by express offices according to the following or der of priority: Government ship ments, perishables (including cream and .poultry), nursery stock, seeds, drugs, surgical supplies, moving pic ture films, caskets and funeral sup plies, articles covered by money classi fication. FREIGHT OUTLOOK BRIGHTER. Santa Fo Reports K. C. Strikers Re tnmiiu Moving Perishables. Conditions arising from the railroad freight tie-up caused by the switch men's strikes in Kansas City and Chi cago, are showing considerable im provement, according to E. A. Gbeld ner, assistant to the general manager of the Santa Fe. "The situation .is improving grad ually but surely," Goeldner declared today. "We have twice as many men at work in the Kansas City terminal yards as were at work last week. Co operation with our connections is also greatly improved; they are taking more (of our shipments and we are taking is twice as good as it was a week ago, we are still not up to normal. Em bargoes have prevented the shipment of much material. This, coupled with the slrtke has brought about an ac cumulation of freight that will take some time to clear up. Practically all perishable freight has been moved. By tomorrow our lines will be almost oy me nouse ruies committee. ; clear of shipments of perishable ma- 'or months, tha fight on Mr. Post terial. - has been brewing in congressional clr- "The men are coming back to work eles, but the rules committee Investiga- in larger numbers daily at both Kan-1 tion to the first attempt at a formal sas City and Chicago. On some days fairing of the charges, made openly in the number is not so large as on oth- the house, that the assistant secretary ers. In a general way. however, there is unduly friendly with enemies ot the are a larger number of men at work American form of government, each day. The strike waa unauthor-' ...,.,..' , ,STm ized. No negotiations were held byi"01" REOPEN R. R. QUESTION. th,Vt,rJker" TthJ.hfT,.?Wn ,eer" IMoAdoo Would AUo Have Man f the men who went out do not seem inclined to come back to their old jobs but have gone to work at other points. Still, with more men go ng back to work each day, the improve ment is very noticeable." Chicago and Kansas City remain the keynotes of the entire freight situation. Goeldner pointed out. With condi tions reported constantly improving at ihese points, the outlook from the standpoint of the railroad officials and from that of the shippers, is far more cheerful. A Ions continuation of the tie-up would mean further in creases to living costs in general. SETTI.E 127,151 WAR CI.AIMS. Deaths and IMsahillty In Army Have Vrmt $1,135,352,173. Wa.hir.rtnn Anrii 27 A total of 127,161 claims arising from deaths or permanent disability, representing a total value of I1.13S.652.1 7J have been settled, according to a statement of the war risk Insurance bureau pub lished today, leaving only 6.11 claims pending, many of them Involving bene ficiaries residing in foreign countries. HOWAT WTUj NOT RUX. Czar of Kansas Miner Off "Socialistl Tk'ket as State- Senator. Wichita. Kan.. April 27. Alexander Howat, president of District No. 14. United Mine Workers, will not run for the Socialist nomination for state-sen ator from Crawford county, according! to a Pittsburg dispatch to the Wichita J Beacon today. Several years ago Howat was de feated for mayor of Pittsburg. That waa his only venture in politics. MEX REBELS GAIN Two Towns Are Tajken Sonora Forces, Mazatlan Is Threatened by Ad vancing Armies. CARHANZA TROOPS DESERT Federal Soldiers Are Joining: Obregon and Villa. All Americans Who Wished 0t of Threatened City. Washington, April 27. Capture bjr Mexican rebels of two towna and two federal military trains was claimed by General Alvarado, revolutionary rep resentative, here today. The Mexican embassy continued te view the situation calmly and officiala expressed belief Carranza's control of Mexican affairs was still unshaken. The embassy bad been without advicea for several days, however.. Rebels took the towns of Mier and Guerrero in Tamaulipas. according to Alvarado. They are on the United States border east of Nuevo Laredo. The federal troop trains reported taken were part of the command of Gen. Pablo Gonzales, presidential candidate, and were seized by the reb. els between Cuernavaca and I sua la, near Mexico City. All Americans Safe. All Americans who desired to d- nnrt loft M...:.... n . w . . of Mexlrn An-n ?i . . .oenaior, wnicn is due at San Pedro, Cat., tomorrow, the state department was advised today. A clash between rebel and federal forces for possession of Mazatlan ia now thought to be immlnent The arrival of eight bombing air planes at Guadalajara was expected to be announced today, together with, details of the plan of offensive. Gen eral Rafael Buelna. former federal commander along the west coast,, waa expected to command a brigade under Dieguez. Start Drive on Sonora.' El Paso, April 27. Formation of a complete Carransista division to start an offensive against the Sonora-Blna-loa rebels before the rainy season opens, was reported here today. Ac cording to the reports, the division win be headed by Gen. Manual Diegtics, whose mission to the west coast last month precipitated civil war in Mex ico. The land troops will be supported by naval forces. It was said. Federal Forces IKrscrt. " Agua Prieta. April 27. Reported defections among federal" Mexican forces thru military sources and press dispatches yesterday encouraged So nora military authorities in their plana for defense of the state against invai sion of federal troops. Two thousand federals under Gen eral Antonio were said to have Joined Gen. Francisco Villa near Parral, and two other Villa bands, on of 700 and the other of 900 were reported in Chi huahua. Goes Over to VUla. This movement by the rebel leader, altho he is not allied with the Sonora rebellion, is expected to make increas ingly difficult the campaign of Car-: ranza forces. A press dispatch from Chihuahua City said. Oeneral Arnulf ; Gomes and his command In the Tam- ' -! 1 . ,. - . . . . " " " ' ""klr. " 1 a Fifty Carranza soldiers also were said to have crossed thru Pulpito pasa Infto 8onora and to be negotiating with Sonora forces for their surrender. Col. Antonio Guerrero, former chief of staff for Gen. Alvaro Obregon in the Villa campaign, arrived at Maco yesterday with 600 Mayo Indians, for duty on the Chihuahua boundary. An edict lpsued yesterday makes uolawful I the" Infliction of the death penalty by the Sonora army. PROBE LABOR DEPT. CHIEF. Charge Made That Post Waa Too Friendly With Allen Red. Washington, April 27. Investigation of the conduct of Lui F. Post, assist ant secretary of the department of la bor, in the deportation proceedings against radical aliens, was begun to-. Mmpllficd Tax laws He Says. wasnington, jipru iha i in road question should be reopened after the present law has had two years trial if conditions by that time are not satis factory. W. O. McAdoo said in reply to a questionnaire sent presidential sspir ants by the national board of farm or ganizations. He also reiterated his demand for Imnllfla tav la m- (hat InramM ' nf waffa DO fTl I'rM fthlLll n Ot hM SMUtMed so high as unearned incomes divi dends, etc., and for free speecn, tree press and free assembly. IXJNE BANDIT GETS 1,000. Locked Martin City, Mo., Cashier la Vault and Walked Away. Kansas City. Mo-, April 27. A . bandit was believed hiding here today after robbing the Martin City State bank, about eighteen miles southwest of here yesterday afternoon. He locked the cashier In a vault walking away with about 11,000 in currency. PUT BAR 0' ALL BUYING Louisville, Ky., Aprir 27. Minis ters of all church denominations, leaders of labor organisations, so cial workers anS city officiala to day were enlisted In a campaign started by various women's clubs to discourage buying at present price, curtail unnecessary spending and unite the city in a pledge to save and economize.