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Partly cloudy tonight and Wednes day: possibly showers extreme north portion; not much change in tem perature. The Evening Newspaper of Kansas TOPEKA, KANSAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 25, 1920 EIGHT PAGES HOME EDITION FOUR CENTS VANT WOMER OUT Anonymous Handbills Demand Washburn Head's Resignation. ! Students Said to Hare Written Pamphlets Distributed Today. CHARGE HE WASTED FUNDS Resulted in Large Number of Faculty Leaving College. Work of Old Disgruntled Pro fessor, Says President Womer. FACULTY BEHIND STUDENTS? Womer Points Out Disloyal Ac tions of Teaching Staff. Kirkpatrick Matter Always Has Hindered the Administration. The old Kirkpatrick row that was a disgrace to Washburn traditions has broken out again. Anonymous handbills purported to have been written by members of the student body at Washburn college were distributed in Topeka today. The pamphlets are filled with attacks on P. I'. Womer. president of Topeka's largest educational institution, and de mand his resignation, which according to the pamphlet can be accomplished In any of the three following ways: " concerted protest by tbe student taking the form of a ignid petition demanding the removal of 1'reslilent VVtmitT. "A student strike. A unanimous wall-rout on the part of the student Imilv until Womer Is removed. "Individual action on the part or students not returning n"' 7e",r Thev nhmild discourage their friends from entering such a school a Wash bum will be with Womer at the helm another jear." 'Just One More Exodus." The pamphlets, which bear the cap tion. "Just One More Exodus,'' spend much time in enumerating the resig nation of faculty members from Washburn in the last three years. Low salaries and President Womer are blamed by the writers of the pamph lets for the so-called "exodus." "We wish to caH attention to the abnormal number of changes we have had in the faculty during the past three years," reads the lead article. In the last three years there have been fifty changes tf Instructors; in the last two years, forty-five, and In the li'st year alone, twenty-six. An-1 it la rumored that several more are seri ously considering resigning." Continuing, the article enumerates on? instructor after another who has left Washburn. Say He Wasted Funds. "President Womer claims that the reason he does not increase the salar-ithe ies is because Washburn has not the money," the article continues. "We claim that the reason Washburn has not the money is because Womer wastes it in lavish expenditures in decorating the cafeteria, on the college farm. In building stone porches and other less essential matters to college life." It is stated that the board of trus tees in doing nothing, that the alumni has "hoodwinked" and that the Con gregational board has met and ad journed "altho they far from approved the administration they 'passed the buck.' " Then, the article proposes the three alternatives as the "only remaining source of relief." Washburn on Blacklist? The article speaks of an investiga tion of the institution by a board of the American Association of Univer sity Professors. "Their findings may even now be on the press," reads the article. "When they do come out there will be some nick trustees, not to mention an ill Trr.ir1rnt fnt "VV'n Vi Vn rn will nnrlnnht. an - ill 1 etlly be blacklisted like Colorado col-1 lege was last year " ln concluding the article savs: "Thi urn. nlmnhM n.-. ni-i ,i r, teri edited and financed solely by stu dents of Washburn college. Altho we got a great deal of information from various instructors, it was without their knowing why we asked them. The editors are all students whom you all know and see every day about the campus, and it is only because of their belief in the gravity of the situation that they have spent the time, trouble and money in this effort to expose and correct existing conditions." Old lire Still Smoulders. It is very evident that the handbills uity for 2 o'clock. The faculty was are the last dying embers of the col-jt be asked to act on resolutions ex lego row that blazed up when Prof. pressing their opinion of Womer's ad J. K. Kirkpatrick was discharged from ministration. the faculty and refused to hand in his resignation. At that time Kirkpatrick solicited the aid of the unions and created discontent and ill feeling thru out the college faculty and student body Kirkpatrick refused to leave the collcse for some time and has spent considerable effort in carrying on the ill effects of his action. Stu dents, hacked up by the Kirkpatrick sentiment, have been disturbers in the college all this season. The handbills today are the climax of their unruly actions. The college alumni greatly resent the Kirkpatrick row. Womer Blames Faculty. The pamphlet was characterized as the work of a few members of the faculty who are friends of Prof. J. R. Kirkpatrick. political economy in strurtor discharged for incompetency, by President Womer. when a copy was shown him by The State Journal. "My. my, I never realized there was so much viciousness in the world." Womer kept repeating as he read the article. This small group of professors have employed all kinds of means to en gender antagonism in the student body against him, Womer asserted. He cited instances in which these pro fessors wrote letters on his stationery, signing his name, to popular students, calling them down for actions on the campus and making them angry at the president. After a copy of the pamphlet was shown to Womer by the reporter, sev eral peordp called his office bv phone regarding it. Immediately President Womer called a meeting of the fac - We a rORECAST FOB KANSAS. Partly eloudy tonight and Wednes day; posnlbly showers extreme north portion ; not much chance In tempera ture. 50-50 CHANCE FOR RAIN HERE. 'Finest Sort of Growing Weather Now," Flora Declares. TODAY'S TEMPERATURES. 7 o'clock 64 8 o'clock 64 9 o'clock 66 10 o'clock 69 11 o'clock 71 12 o'clock 73 1 o'clock 78 2 o'clock 78 A shower period prevails thruout a large part of the United States, ac cording to S. D. Flora, state meteor ologist. Conditions in Kansas are to be unsettled in the next 24 hours. I There is a fifty-fifty chance for rain in Topeka. Temperatures will vary only to a slight extent. Widely scat tered showers are apt to occur. A few showers were recorded In Kansas in the last 24 hours. Reports indicate precipitation as follows: Fort Scott, .30; Eureka. .01; Liberal, .38. The rain belt extends from Kansas east across the United States to New York. This sticky, sultry, damp weather presents the finest sort of growing conditions. Flora says. More sunshine and heat is desirable. The temperature in Topeka was 60 degrees at 6 o'clock this morning. Flora predicted 80 degrees for this (Continued on Pnge Two.l TO F0RCE BONUS Hundred Republicans Tell Lead ers to "Get Busy." Threaten "Direct Action" if Bill Not Up by Thursday. Washington, May 25. More than a hundred house Republicans, all sup porting the soldier relief bill, today threatened "direct action" if the lead ers postponed consideration of the measure later than Thursday. This agreement was reached last night at a meeting of the "insurgents." The original plan of the leaders was to permit action by the today today, but Chairman Campbell of the rules committee announced yesterday that final action would be delayed, until Thursday. One of the hottest fights of this ses sion of congress is now being waged over the soldier bonus bill "behind the scenes" in the house. When- the bill will be called up ap pears uncertain. Republican Leader Mondell today said he could make no prediction as to when efforts will be made to pass the bill, but Chairman Fordney of the ways and means committee thought It micrht be called ud Thursday. The fight now centers over whether measure Is to be opened up for amendments. GAS UP ONE CENT HERE Kerosene Also Advances Penny a Gal lon In Topeka. Gasoline advanced another cent on the gallon today, making the price 27 and 28 cents at the service stations. Kerosene also advanced one cents to 18.2 a gallon, it was reported. EASTERN MILLS CLOSE DOWN Transportation and Strikes Soon to Tie Up Shoe Factories. Boston. May 25. Poor transporta tion facilities, inability to obtain raw materials, and strikes continued today to fore the dnsinsr of shoe and tex tile plants thruout New England, ac- cording to report. rece.eu -rt L VY OUIloUURCl, V. mius nave ueen iuiu wwoc ?,, ..-. t., xfa,i- Three mills of the Jefferson Manu- facturing company at Worcester and 'Jefferson have closed have closed down for week. The Rice & Hutchlnsons cor poration shoe factory at Marlboro will shut down for a week beginning to morrow. At Haverhill approximntely 200 operatives have been laid off. Development Committee Meets. The industrial development commit- tee of the Chamber of Commerce was to meet in the large committee room at the chamber at noon today. - Kirkpatrick a Bolshevist." President Womer denounced Kirk patrick as "purely a Bolshevist" and said that he had no recourse but to discharge him. The Washburn head admitted spending money on the new cafeteria, but defended his expenditures in this direction by asserting that the cafe teria was making money, many fam ilies in the Washburn district eating there as well as students. He also ad mitted spending considerable money on the farm but declared that the col leeg had made $2,500 on it last year. Womer denied charges that he had refused to increase salaries of the j faculty members. When he took up ihis duties at Washburn five years ago. he satd, the average pay xor proresoun was 1.S00 a vear. Now it is $1,700. Next year a blanket Increase ol s-'uu will be granted. With regard to the changes in the personnel of the faculty, referred to in the pamphlet, the president said that some of them had quit, others had been discharged. wh:le others had merely responded to the call of more pay from other institutions. One woman instructor was discharged dur ing the war because she was an Aus trian, he said.. These things were kept quiet, Womer' said, in the interests of the college. "I am ready to meet all charges that may be brought against me and my administration." Womer declared. He added that an endeavor will be made to find the authors of the 1 pamphlet and punish them. IN BANK WARNING Curtailment of Credit Must Be Made Gradually. Got. Harding of Reserye Board Makes Statement. HINGES m CROP MOVEMENT Must Get 1919 Grain to Market at Once. Declares Federal Reseryes Are Very Greatly Depleted. Washington, May 25. Economy In individual expenditures, reduction of non-essential loans by banks. In creased production and improved transportation are needed to reduce the cost of living and deflate credits, Governor Harding of the federal re serve board declared today in respond ing to a senate resolution of inquiry. The board is not prepared to define what are essential and non-essential loans. Governor Harding stated. This, he said, is a problem for local bank ers familiar with local needs. Governor Harding's letter, present ed to the senate today by Vice Presi dent Marshall, came in resnonse to the resolution of Senator McCormick,' Kepublican, Illinois, adopted recently, requesting information regarding what steps the board contemplated "to meet the existing inflation of currency and credits and consequent high prices," and what measures were pro posed to mobilize credits for move ment of the 1920 crop. Expansion of Credit Unwarranted. Reviewing the board's warnings to federal reserve members against ex tending credits and its increase of dis count rates, Governor Harding said the board for months has recognized that the expansion of bank credits was proceeding at a rate not war ranted by the "production and con sumption of goods." "The discount advances," Governor Harding said, "have checked credit transactions somewhat but have not been entirely effective in bringing about the reduction in loans desired and which might normally have been expected during the early months of tne year. "On the contrary," he said, 'com mercial loans have steadily increased. Thus, it appears, that the public has anticipated demands for banking credit which are usually made later on in the year. Reserves Badly Depleted. ' "'The average reserves of federal re serve banks are now a little over 42 M per cent," he added, "as against 45 per cent at the beginning of the year and about 51 per cent twelve months ago." Governor Harding told of the recent conference here of the federal reserve advisory council and. its recommenda tions for curtailment of credits, to together with the opinion that conges tion of transportation facilities is ty ing up great quantities of foodstuffs. "The board is convinced," Governor Hasding continued, "that if the unsold portions of last year's crops can be brought to market before the new crop matures, the liquidation of cred its which are now tied up in carrying the old crops will be sufficient to off set to a considerable degree the credit demands in moving the crop of 1920." Banks Arc Cautioned. "In the efforts to reduce non-essential loans, Governor Harding said banks were cautioned against drastic curtailments and advised to seek grad ual liquidation, and to grant loans stimulating essential production. "The problem of the banking sys tem of the country," he continued, "is to check further expansion and to bring about a normal and healthy liquidation without curtailing essential production and without shock to In dustry and legitimate commerce. "The board will not hesitate so far as may be necessary to bring to bear all its statutory powers in regulating the volume of credit. Much win de pend up'-i. the restoration of the nor mal efficiency or rauroaa ana steam ship lines'. If adequate transportation facilities can be provided the board sees no occasion for apprehension In connection with the movement of crops now being grown." MAY ADD ONE CAR With Reservations Complete More Applications Four In. "Debate Special" "Will Leave Topeka Tomorrow Afternoon. Reservations for the New York special for the Allen-Gompers debate were complete today, according to an announcement by J. H. Lee, president of the Kansas Day club. The train leaves Topeka at 2:50 Wednesday aft ernoon and will run as a special from Kansas City to New York, arriving the :T-ormng of the debate. Additional reservations were asked In letters and telegrami received by Lee this afternoon. Should these re quests continue until the time of start ing, it may be necessary to add an ex tra car to the train. The Kansans will stop in Chicago Thursday morning for breakfast with the Kansas Day club of that city. A Thursday night stop of an hour will be made at Niagara Falls. Governor and Mrs. Allen will ac company the train over the entire route. They will leave with the To peka crowd Wednesday afternoon. Special Pullmans from Wichita and Kansas City will be added to the equip ment from Topeka. The train will carry at least four standard Pullmans, an observation car, diner and baggage car. "The addition of another car will depend on requests received before the train leaves Kansas City," Lee stated this afternoon. "We already have the required number of train pa trons with prospect of a considerable increase." Quick End for Sims-Daniels Probe. Washington, May 25. An end to the long drawn out Daniels-Sims contro versy is expected within a few days by Chairman Hale of the senate investi gation committee. Cross examination of Daniels was to continue today. Say Depositors of Hanover Bank Will Absorb $300,000 Loss If Jaedicke Will Return Unbelievable Brotherly Love and Confidence Comes Out of Crash Plan Public Appeal to Banker to Return , as Prodigal and Eat Fatted Calf. , Hanover Kan., May 25. Out of the! crash of the Hanover State bank fail ure has come a spirit of brotherly love that beggars belief. Victims of Au gust Jaedicke. Jr., defaulting bank president, planned today to issue a public appeal to the banker to return, confess his sins and resume his good standing in the community. Some of the victims of .the bank failure today assert that the depositors will absorb losses aggregating $300,000 if Jae dicke will return. That the sympathy of the little town and surrounding country has turned to the banker and his family is today clearly evident. This spirit came to the surface Tuesday afternoon when August Jaedicke's name was cheered in a public meeting. Not once, but several times, there was applause at the mention of the banker's name. And in the meeting were the farmers and business men who must bear the big burden of Jaedicke's losses. Wal ter E. Wilson state bank commis sioner, also was commended. Regard Jaedicke a Victim. When Hanover recovered from the first real shock of Jaedicke's illegal operations, there was a demand by many patrons for access to the safety, boxes. Securities in these strong boxes were found Intact. Then came an expression of belief that Jaedicke had been the victim of shrewd manipulators the feeling that the August Jaedicke who had spent his life and grown from boyhood in the community wasn't a bad man, but a victim. This afternoon this sentiment has a real hold on the people of the town and the community. They want some how to convey to the fleeing banker that his sins may yet be forgiven, that he may return as a prodigal and the town will kill the fatted calf, spit DENY KIEV FALLEN Bolshevik! Have Rot Retaken City, Declare Poles. Soviet Now Has Sixteen Divi sions on Kiev Front. London, May 25. A Polish authori tative source today denied the report that the Bolshevikt have entered Kief f. The official statement issued in .War saw on Sunday said: "In the Ukraine sector our opera tions have been very satisfactory; Our troops are advancing. The Boishevikl continue to. launch violent . attacks against our lines in the Berezina and Dwina sectors. In one sector alone there are ten divisions attacking our forces. Our counter attacks are de veloping with great success and all Bolshevik attacks so far have been repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy.' Reds Nearer Kiev. This would mean that the Bolshe viki have concentrated a force of sixty thousand on the Dwina sector. Russian soviet forces have occupied a number of villages on the west bank of the Dnieper river from fourteen to twenty-seven miles north of Kiev, according to an official statement is sued in Moscow yesterday and received here by wireless. x Whole Front Aflame. Warsaw,. May 24. Bolshevik troops which succeeded in crossing the Upper Beresina in several places, have been driven back across the river with heavy losses, including more than 400 prisoners, according to an official statement issued here today. The enemy is attacking along the entire northern Polish front but have been checked everywhere, it is declared. Fighting continues along the whole front and the Bolshevik! have brought up the largest number of troops ever faced by the Poles. Sixteen divisions hare thus far been identified as tak ing part in the struggle. Soviet cav alry is being used in the swampy country and it is known that at least one mounted division is in action. Both sides are using airplanes, ar-. mored automobiles and armored trains wherever possible. TEXAS DEMOCRATS MEET. Absolute Prohibition and woman Suf frage To Be Endorsed. Dallas, Tex., May 25. Texas Demo crats, to meet here in state convention today, apparently were agreed on a harmonious program. - Indorsement of the national admin istration, the League of Nations, na tional prohibition against beer and light wines, and approval of woman suffrage was forecast bv Dolitical lead - ers. Plans to elect eight or sixteen- dele-e-ates at larffe to the San FYnnclKCO j convention, giving the delegates frac tional votes, was early today gaining increased favor among delegates. THEY ARE FRIENDLY ENEMIES Sons of General Wood and Senator Johnson Refuse to Let Fathers' Political Scrap Interfere in Their Young Lives. Chicago, May 25. Two young men who art political opponents of a strange sort sons of two of the can didates for the Republican nomination for president met yesterday at the headquarters here of Senator Hiram W. Johnson. - "I'm Osborne Wood." said the young man in an army officer's uniform to the western senator's son. "Heard you were in town and thought you might like to have cards to some of the clubs. My father Is doing the same as your father running for the presi dency." "That's mighty decent of you." said young Johnson, as they shook hands. The cards were to four of the leading Chicago clubs. on the elate and start new set of books. Vnbelievable ? Of course. . Tet on the street corners, In the stores, out on the farms, that senti ment is taking hold of the men and 1 T)ti-nj rri , . , . women of Washington county whojttaUroad. Xleup Chief Factor In nave Known August jaeaicxe since ne was a freckle faced, barefoot boy In knee pants. Somehow a strange some thing seems to tell these people that Jaedicke wasn't dishonest thru cor rupt motives. There is that growing feeling that .some influence controlled hi acts that even yet August Jae dicke. Jr., will make good every miss ing dime if he has a fair 50-50 chance. Maybe it is emotionalism. But the sentiment is there just the same. It is the most complete reversal of the old days of crowds standing in front of bank doors waiting for their money that Kansas ever saw. Nor does the security and confidence of the bank guaranty law enter into controlling the spirit of these people. Word as Good as Bonds. , When Kansas enacted her bank guaranty act, August Jaedicke said his bank wouldn't Join. It didn't. Aug ust Jaedicke's word was just as good to the people of Hanover as a bunch of bonds deposited in a vault In the state house at Topeka. And each month and each year deposits in Jae dicke's bank grew and multiplied. Then came the crash. But today Hanover clearly wants August Jaedicke. Jr.. to come home. There may be some ornciai, puouc ei pressTon "St this spirit from The bank 5.i., hmi On. natron of depositors themselves. One patron of the bank today declared the people of the community would absorb losses of $300,000 if Jaedicke came home and told it all and resumed business again! That is the standing which August Jaedicke. Jr., held in this wealthy German-Lutheran community. CONVENTION IS ON Kansas Stationary Engineers Register for 3-Day Convention. W. Raven Principal Speaker ' on Afternoon Program. stationary engineers from ail parts of IKansas and representatives Of ma chine and 'stationary engine "manufac turers arrived in Topeka today to at tend the annual three-day convention of the Kansas State Association of Sta tionary Engineers. -. Registration of the engineers began at t o'clock this morning at the Cham ber of Commerce. More than 300 members of the association were ex pected at the convention. The convention . opened official ly at 2 o'clock this afternoon, with an address of welcome from Elmer F. Strain, president of the Chamber of Commerce. J. W. Kessler, state presi dent, of Topeka. was to respond. Committees Appointed. Committees of the stationary engi neers were appointed this afternoon as follows: Committee on credentials, Fred J. Brown, Emporia; Charles Godlove. Topeka; H. S. Dukes, Atchi son; committee on auditing, James E. Euwer, Topeka; John Roth, Emporia; H. S. Eberly, Salina; ways and means, R. B. Trimble, Topeka; Arthur Groes beck, Manhattan; Frank Marsh, To peka. F. W. Raven, of Chicago, national secretary of the National Association of Stationary Engineers, spoke on "The Individual.". Asked concerning his talk early in the day. Raven re - plied, "That's right. You publish I Mr. McAvoy, In a statement later, everything here in Kansas. The state ,ne army officer! are making the of Kansas has probably received more investigation for army purposes only, publicity in the last few months than.,. ,bat ,h. m.tter is entirelv in the any other state in the union. The state. what has been done in Kansas, your Governor Allen, the industrial court and other features are being discussed from one end of the United States to the other. To be able to be tied up with the various publicity coming from Kansas now, should Insure a wide-spread circulation, for every thing that happens here is being watched by the nation. My biggest present regret is that I am to be un able to hear the Allen-Gompers whirl in New York City.1 The opportunity of the individual during the present tumultous period, i was the theme of Raven's talk to the' engineers. Organization to effect co- j operation was better than organiza- tlon effecting destruction and waste, he nninred nut. he pointed out. Two speakers, J. L. Pritchard. of Chicago, whose subject will be "Lubri- ! cation:" and CaDt. Luther C. Tlllotson. of Topeka, on "Hydraulics," scheduled to talk this evening. Werinpsrinv nimn flt 1 o'clock a bar becue dinner will be given at the wa- terworks grove. Many of the engi - neera nave atreaay visitea tne water-, ... works and thev will be on familiar Harry G. Lanmer. Topeka attorney ground. The afternoon will be devot- and assistant state librarian, was re ed to field sports and other amuse- , ported in a serious condition at Christ ments. A dance will be given in the ! hospital today, the result of being evening with vaudeville acts between : struck by a south bound Country Club dances. I car at 8:45 o'clock Monday night as The program for this afternoon and i he was crossing Kansas avenue be tonight follows: I tween Sixth and Seventh streets. Dr. 2 p. m. Official opening- of convention, j W. F. Bowen. attending physician, Ctaaraber of Commerce. stated that Larimer suffered serious Auniw ni welcome, H. J. Corw,n' Ke.poDse. j. w". Kessler. state president. Topesa. Address, E. F. Strain. Chamber of Com merce. Response. F. vr. Raven, national secre- t N. A. S. 1L. Chleago. Appointing of committees by state presi dent. 7 p. m. Aridrexs, Lobrirmting," J. L. Pritchard. Chicago. Address. "Hydraulics," Capt. L, C. Tlllot son, Topeka. Celebrate War Date With Riot. Rome, May 25. Four policemen and one civilian were killed and two the Mexican border were today turn policemen and nine civilians. Including : ing their offices over to representa two women, were " seriously injured fives of ths new government hers today in a clash resulting from a i , Carranza Consul O. M. Seguin placed demonstration by students In connec- his office in the hands of Emiliano tion with the celebration of ths annl-.Tamez. who is now the sols Mexican versary of Italy's entry into ths war. representative here. PANIC JALK IDLE Federal Reserve Board Chief Denies Crisis Is Due. Bankers Warned, However, Against Rapid Deflation. PRICES ARE STILL FALLING Demand for Credit Continues To Be Excessive. Present Problems. Cleveland, O.. May 25. Panic talk is idle and without foundation, D. C. Wills, chairman of the federal reserve board for the Cleveland distrist, de clared in an address before the con vention of the Association of Reserve City Bankers here today. rancls ti. Slsson. vice president of the Guaranty Trust company. New York, sounded a note of warning against carrying credit deflation along too rapidly and expensively. Prices Continue to Fall. Chicago, May 25. Continued de creases in prices were predicted here today in the monthly report of the Sev enth Federal Reserve bank. Tightening of the loans is continu ing while the demand for money and credit is exceedingly heavy, said the report. It deplored a tendencey of farmers to buy securities representing speculative enterprises. More than 1200,000,000 worth of new securities were sold In Iowa alone last month, the report states. "The business world appears to be ""tmTnt'in 'tnf onomfe readjustment in the economic and so- cial influences governing our national life, and the situation is complicated because of the lack of any precedent," the report said. Railroads Chief Factor Now. There are a number of complex influences at work where each in itself is potent in character," the re port states in reviewing the situation. "Probably the most disturbing ele ment in the entire situation is the al most demoralised condition of our railroads, transportation being on the verge of a breakdown. "The labor situation as a whole shows small improvement, principally because of the attitude of mind of the workingman. The credit supply still is restricted and the demand outstrips any previous total in the history of the world. "There is the additional complica tion of growing signs of a general re vision of prices of all commodities, with the trend in most cases down ward." HE HAS VANISHED Star Slacker Eludes AH At tempts at Recapture. , Army Police and Federal Agents Run Down Every Clew. Philadelphia, May 25. Military au thorities, department of Justice agents and the local police, all of whom are investigating the escape of Grover C. Bergdoll from army guards here last Friday, apparently had made but little headway today so far as fixing respon sibility or of obtaining a clue to the fugitive's whereabouts are concerned. Col. Thomas C. Donaldson, of the inspector jreneral's department, and Cant. John J. O'Hare, of the military intelligence department, who haVe charge of the local angles of the war department's inquiry, questioned D. Clarence Gibboney in the office of United States Attorney McAvoy last night, but what they learned was not 1 revealed. anas of the war department. "There fore." he added, "there will not be anything for publication until the army authorities give permission- Mr. Gib boney came to my office because he vas requested to do so. He gave his version of the whole matter, but he stated that he would rot at any time tell v hat hi told the army officers." G.bbony said that he hsd told all he could reeall about eve::, thing -"which le-i up to the plans for the commission. the execution of the commission and I what I knew about the escape of Bergdoll." Absolutely no trace of Bergdoll has been found. Scores of supposed clues as to his whereabouts have been run down by federal and civil agents with- ! nut result. Rumors that he had aot- j ten out of the country aboard a yacht jalso were investigated but could not be nnf;mnri' HIS CONDITION IS SERIOUS. Harry G. Larimer Was Hit by Street 1 Car Monday Night. internal injuries, the extend of which ! had not b en determined In addition to internal injuries. Larimer's scalp was cut in a number of places. Larimer was picked up im mediately after the accident and rushed to the hospital. TURN OVER CONSULATES. Carranza Officials on Border Recog nize New Mexican Regime. Eagle Pass, Tex.. May 25. t ranza consuls on the American side of THE TOPEKA STORES. At a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce of a dozen representa tives of the larger stores covering vari ous lines of business, it was brought out quite, clearly that the Topeka f stores are offering their merchandise at lower prices than the same goods in Kansas City and other cities of the country. One reason for this is the lower cost of conducting business here. The contention of the merchants is borne out by the wonderfully attrac tive and impressive advertising which is appearing in the Topeka newspa pers. Merchants say that people are coming here from other towns and even from outside the state and assert that they can shop here cheaper than elsewhere. This Is a most desirable and satisfactory situation. Probably in no other city In the country have there been greater reductions an nounced in merchandise ..than have been given to the public in this city during the last few days. The merchants were, however, anx ious that the public should not Jump to the conclusion that fall goods are going to be lower priced. They assert that large purchases of the goods to be offered in the fall have now been contracted for and at higher prices than heretofore and that this will ne cessitate higher retail prices. Man ufacturers are , not yet meeting the situation to any great extent. Whether the prevailing reduced prices in force now all over the coun try are to continue thru the fall is thus problematic Meanwhile, it is a good time for economic purchases and an abandonment of the wild extrava gance that has prevailed, particularly on the part of that portion of the public which should live within -1ta means and lay by for. the rainy day. Prices cannot go on going higher In definitely they must stop at some time; , that is universally conceded. The only matter of doubt is when will that time be here. The safe thing for the buying pub- lie Is to carefully consult the an nouncements of the merchants and take advantage of the offerings that are made. Topeka may well be proud of her merchants, the merchandise displayed and the stores in which they are housed and offered to the trade. TIE-UP TO AN END First String of Empties Starts for Grain Belt." Railway Chiefs Confer Over Plans to Release Cars. Chicago, May 25. Relief from the present freight car shortage today was expected to follow a conference of a committee of three, appointed by rail road executives of the midwest to de termine radical steps to end the trans portation tie up. The committee will hold conferences today and report Thursday to the rail managers their plans for ending the car shortage. First Empties West. The first string of empty cars began arriving hers last night. They will be moved to the grain belt. Continuous trains of empty freight cars were ex pected here for the next week. Slowly Untangling Now. Washington, May 25. Reports to the interstate commerce commission today from its agents thruout the country showed a continued but slow improvement in the railway freight congestion situation. Members of the commission ex pressed belief that the peak of the congestion had passed and In support of this cited ths report of the Ameri can Railway association's car service commission which showed a reduction in the number of cars tied up from 269,000 on April 24, to less than 170, 000. In the meantime there was no let tun In efforts of the government and railway olilciais to eomDat tne jam and hasten restoration of normal traf fic conditions. TRAVIS ON GRILL FRIDAY Rainbow Veterans to Probe Cowardice Charges Against State Official. The executive council of the Rain bow Veterans' association will Investi gate charges of cowardice and miscon duct made against Frank L. Travis, former lieutenant colonel of the Kan sas organization. Travis was elected state superintendent of insurance while in France. The investigation Is to be held in Toreka Friday. Major W. K. Herndon Is president of the Rainbow organization in this state.' Charges against Travis's official record were made after he returned from France ahead of his organization. He came home under discharge from an army hospital. The state superin tendent has retained S. M. Brewster and John Hunt, well known Topeka at torneys, to represent him during the hearing. Train Hits Auto One Is Killed. Freenort 111.. Mav 25 rhrl Coomber. 5. was killed, and his brother. Alfred. 30. probably fatally hurt last night near here, when an Illinois Central train struck ths auto mobile in which the men were riding. Charged With Murder Surrenders. Bartlesville. Okta May 25. Mack Billingslea. charged with killing J. L. Crowe, a Bartlesville policeman. April 24. walked into the sheriff's office at midnight last night and surrendered. Rewards aggregating 11,000 had been offered for bis arrest. Expect Wilson's Veto Today. Washington, May 2 5.-President Wilson's message vetoing the Knox peace resolution is expected to be sent j to congress today. The resolution was delivered at the Whit House late I yesterday. 1 PRICE ONHIS HEAD Fancho Villa Bids Defiance to His De Facto Allies. With Small Band Has Returned to Outlaw Game. 1 CLAIM CARRANZA NOT SUICIDE Surgeons Found Ex-Chjef Killed by Two Bullets. General Huerrera Makes Report to General Obregon. El Paso, Tex., May 15. Gen. Fran cisco Villa, bidding defiance to ths newest Mexican government again has become an outlaw among his own people. The bandit with a small fores of men was reported today between Par ral and Jiminez, Chihuahua, the hunt ed quarry of the de facto troops with a price of 100,000 pesos on his head. Vera Cruz, May 25. Reports of an autopsy performed on the body ot venustlano Carranza at Tlaxcalan ?nf,a" to areo with the claim of Rodolfo Herrero that the president committed suicide rather than be taken captive, it Is asserted in official quarters here. ... Surgeons who conducted the autop sy, it is declared, found Carranza had oeen struck by two rifle bullets, one of which penetrated his breast and the other his abdomen. The bullets cmerea rrom m front and it was ths conclusion of those who witnessed ths operation that the president had been assassinated, it is said. Herrero Denies Killing. Mexico City, May 25. Gen. Alvaro Obregon, commander of the revolu tionary forces, today commanded Ro dolfo Herrero to surrender and an swer to a charge of assassinating Venustlano Carranza, former presi dent of the repuhllc. Obregon declared a clear case of ireacnery nas been proven. The order followed Herrero's offer to come to Mexico, if given assurance of security, and give evidence which he claimed would prove that Carranza died at his own hands. Herrero, in a telegram to Gen. Pablo Gonzales, denied that he or his troops murdered the former president, according to a report In Excelsior, a newspaper here. He declared Car ranza had committed suicide rather than suffer the dishonor of becoming a fugitive. -Huerta Is Mew Chief. Adolfo de la Huerta, former gover-noT-ef the state of 43onora, was elected provisional president of Mexico last night by' ths extra session of congress. The vote was: Huerta. 224; General Gonzales, 28, and Ingleslas Calderon and Antonio Villareal one vote each. Gen. Juan Barragan, Carranza's chief of staff: Gen. Francisco Urqtilzo, former minister of war; Gen. Bonlllas Aguirre Berlanga, prime minister un der Carranza; Paulino Fontes, former director general of railroads, and Gen eral Murguia, who were made prison ers by the revolutionaries when they arrived here yesterday with the body of their former chief, are still under arrest. Taakcs Oath June 1. Provisional President De La Huerta will take the oath of office on June 1. according to present plans. In ths election in congress last night Fer nandio Ingelsias Calderon and Gen. Antonio Villareal each received one vote. i Gen. Ignaco Enriquez Is leading a strong column of troops Into southern Chihuahua, ' where Francisco Villa, who recently announced his opposi tion to the new government. Is oper ating. The government has prohibit ed the sale of liquors containing mors than 14 per cent of alcohol. Juan Sanchez Ascona, In charge of the foreign office, has sent a note to all foreign diplomats here, explaining the reason for the extraordinary ses sion of congress which named the pro visional president. Virtually ths only new assertion made is ths statement that President Carranza had "re belled against the constitution." TO EXTRADITE KELLEY nmiwro Hani xionoer Buspecx niu Be Returned to Nebraska. Governor Allen this afternoon ap proved an application for an extradi tion by Governor Samuel R. McKelvis of Nebraska for the return to that state of Harry Kelley. At present Kel ley is in the county Jail at Atchison. He was wounded by Atchison pollcs last Friday when an effort was mads to apprehend three bank robber sus pects. Kelley was one of the trio wanted for robbery of the Howe State bank in Howe, Nemaha county, Nebraska. Following the robbery the men fled in a motor car. They were appre hended near Atchison and a gun bat tle ensued In which two of ths rob bers were seriously wounded. A third suspect escaped. This week Kelley was removed from a hospital to ths county lail for safe keeping. He will be transferred immediately to the Ne braska state prison hospital and wiil be held for trial on a bank robbery charge. SEED DEADLOCK TO END. Appropriation for Free Distribution To Be Stricken Out. Washington. May 25. A deadlock which has existed for weeks between house and senate over continuing free distribution of garden seed, may bs broken today when the senate is ex pected to reconsider its action l striking the free seed appropriation from the agriculture appropriation bill passed by the house. Senator Norris. Nebraska, an nounced that he would call up ths question today. BULL WON THIS FIGHT MaJrid, May 2S. -During a bull fight at Almanzora. Almeria prov ince, yesterday, the bull charged into the private box section beside the ring. In the melee that ensued, two persons were killed and twenty others injured.