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i.'l ■ 1 « •"^srr*jéi:^î * -tS5î. •'**#'*' Ml MISSOULA, MONTANA, SATURDAY MORNING, MAfcCH 30, 1918. PRICE FIVE CE im IS l'ï 7TF T Coj 'M urder Mystery B affles Officers I wm i p âi TQIttl TRIO FREE Divorced Wife and Two Men Reièaieii After Short Examination. CO-RESPONDENT NOT NAMED IN RECORDS Mysterious Person Added to List of Those Involved in Affair. The mystery surrounding the brutal murder of D. R. Cox, the Missoula man whose body was found in the Mis soula river near Cyr Thursday morn ing, yielded nothing yesterday to the efforts of Sheriff J. T. Green and Coun ty Attorney P. R. Angevine, who have the case in charge. The case was made even more mys terious than before by the addition of an unknown "John Doe" to the list of men and women connected with the strange Cox history. Was Accused by Dead Man. "John Doe" is at present only a name so far as the records go. In Cox's divorce bill, filed in February, 1916, Mrs. Cox is accused of having had Im proper relations with one "John Doe" in the Higgins block. In Mrs. Cox's answer, not filed untU Januar}', 1918, Cox is virtually accused of attempting to blackmail the same "John Doe." The manner in which this mysterioui person is involved In the complicated affairs of the Cox family apparently makes htin oho of the most important figures in the little group connected with the quarrel between the murdered man and his first wife. The member* of this group are: Mrs. Opal Css. divorced wife of the dead man and mother of the two children for whose custody hs was fighting at ths tims of his dsath; Mrs. D. A.. Ctx, ths man's sec ond wife, whs was in Missouri at the tims sf ths murder; Thomas Molten, brother of Mrs. Ops* Cexi Charles Qduld. an intimate friend «f ths Meltena; Purl 1. Css, brother of ths dead mam "John Dee," ths mysterious per- j sen whs either wronged Cox or wss ] a victim of ths deed man's slander. Of these men and women, three were arrested yesterday on suspicion and later released. They are Thomas Mel ton, Charles Gould and Mrs. Opal Cox. They were taken in custody, . cross-examined and afterward set free. The authorities announced that they could not be connected with the crime. Inquest te Is Held Tonight. County Attorney Angevine would . not say last night what evidence he would produce at the inquest, which will bo held by Coroner Abbon Lucy this evening in his rooms on East Pine street. It ta probable, however, that Mrs. Cox, Melton and Gould will be called as witnesses, and possible that the authorities may present definite evidence which they have not yet made known. Killed by Blew an Head. The coroner's Jury was empanelled yesterday and viewed the body of the murdered man, which was brought here in the morning from Supertor. An autopsy performed previously by Dr*. Dodds and Fessier showed that Cox was killed by a blow on the head, prob ably before he was thrown into the river. The Jurors are Fred Stoddard, T. H. Dunston, Theodore LaChambre, F. H. Herwig, Frank Long and W. L. Bailey. Demastie Affaire Invelved. Cox's tangled domestic affairs will play an Important part In the case, and may be considered at the inquest tonight. Cox Uved here with his first wife until a little more than two year» ago, when he seat the woman and her children east. A little later he sued for divorce, naming "John Doe" as co-re Thw suit was not contested, and not long afterward Co* married again. C ht Up at Tims sf Crim* In January of this year, hotrever. a the first Mrs. Cox asked to have the suit reopened, alleging that her hus band. after treating her cruelly and forcing her to Slgp a false confession of tnfideHty. shipped her east In order to get a divorce. Mr*. CMfB petition was before Judge a L- Duncan in the district court when the husband was kilted. The day after j the ilim mieaiawfn the court denied the petition and gare each parent the cus tody of cm drik Marder ar Buiel«^? Cox eras last seen, on the night bp fogs this verAet. 'He was then near tha V*» JBi um atfl*t bridge One (CosCtuuod Æ Page Five.) Find Glass in Sack of Flour Here Chemists at the State University are in possession of a considerable amount of white flour in which has been discovered pulverised glass. Whether this has bqen the work of German agents has not yet been determined. The flour has been subjected to chemical test, arid according to professor W. G. Bateman, there is no doubt as to the identity of the glass. Only these facts can be learned at this time. The investigation will be continued, .it is said, and the origin of both the flour and the mixture will he determined if pos sib'e. The glass Is so finely ground that when rubbed upon the skin it makes no impression. Through the microscope It show« but indistinct ly and it was only after chemical analysis that its identity was es tablished. Mr. Bateman, who is now con ducting- the investigation, cares to give no further facts regarding tho matter. Where or from whom the flour came will not be given out until the matter is more fully In vestigated. DRAFT MEASURE Upper Hww Vofca to €*il All Youth* Reaching 21 Since Registration. Washington. March 29.—The reso lution extending the draft to men reaching the a^e of 21 years since June S. 1 S 17. the first registration day. was passed tonight by the senate after a futile attempt to add to it a provi sion for training youths ffllm 19 to 21 years old. It Is estimated that about 760,000 men will be added to the registration this year by the resolution, which la One of the pieces of legislation on which the War department is waiting hr fore announcing complete plana for the next draft. It now goes to the house with the bill to base draft quotas on the num ber of registrants in class one instead of on population, another administra tion measure already passed by tho senate. Reject Compulsory Training. The proposal to require training of boys over 19 and under registration age was an amendment by tfenatoi* New of tndiuna, which the' senate re jected, 36 to 26. after a debate of sev eral days. A number of senators, who favor universal military training as a piece time policy, voted agaiilst the amendment. As adopte«! the resolution provides that all male el tisons of the United States In this country, attaining their majority since June 5, last, shall be subject to registration, under regula tions prescribed by the president and shall present themselves for registra tion on a day proclaimed by the pres ident and thereafter shall be liable to military service. There was no opposition to the reso lution itself, the only controversy be ing over the New amendment. Oppo nents of the plan argued that training youths would hamper urgent army enterprises and take the labor from farms and factories, without providing soldiers for Immediate needs at the front Strong sentiment for universal compulsory military training was ap parent however, and today's vote was not regarded as foreshadowing future acUon on Senator Chamberlain's uni versal training Mil. .f: ■» i'M M 1 >f i I — Tho weather j Moorhead ** Forecast — Pair Saturday and Sunday, moderat# te m perature. LOCAL OBSERVATIONS. Maximum .„ SS Minimum _____30 At 0 a. m----..OS At • p. m. .......M Perfect spring weather marked Good Friday, and filled Missoula churches with worshipper*. Many picnickers took advantage of the weather to get out into the open. I .... __... . 34 ...... ...... 4k ____ ___________ ___________ _____ 54 8t Paul __________ 50 Wllllston ...... '«a . _ - ______________~43 M .... ... «4 Portland ...... TO ......... 99 .. «9 LDNG-RANGE GUN ms CHURCH ell Drops Just as Crowd Is Kneeling in Prayer on Good Friday. GREAT INDIGNATION OVER HORRIBLE ACT Bitter Feeling: Over France and Stern Resolve for Defeat of Hun. l'arin, March 29.—Seventy-five per sons were killed and 90 wounded, most of them women and children, when a shell fired by u German long-range gun fell on a church In the region of Pari*, w hile Good Friday services were being bold, according to an official communication issued this evening. Among those killed was H. Stro lilln, counsel of the Swiss legation in Paris. The same church was struck by a shell during the celebration of high mass lust Sunday and many casualties resulted. Kneeling in Prayer. The killing of the women upd .chil dren who were praying' in the church this afternoon has caused the feeling of honor and intense indignation in Pttrls. The German exploslve'/mlsslle fell amid an assemblage of peace-lov ing people, who were beseeching heav en to send an enduring iieace on tlie day they w-ere commemorating the greatest sacrifiée ever offered that peace should reign on earth. Feeling runs high in Paris tonight. It is no j*eacc crowd that walks the streets or congregates in (he cafes, theaters and churches. The stern reso lution to conduct the war to a sue ceasfiil termination is written on the face of every one. The American Red Cross once more distinguished itself in rescuing injured persons from the edifice. HOOVER CANCELS MEATLESS OHS Suspends Restriction During Next Month Because of targe Supply. Washington, March 29.—Fuspension of the meatless day regulation« for 30 days, beginning tomorrow, wan ordered tonight by the food administration In Instructions telegraphed to all state food administrators. Temporary relaxation of the restric tions was decided upon because mar keting of thousands of hogs has In creased the meat supply beyond the country's shipping and xtoragr capac ity. Food Administrator Hoover ex pressed confidence that the producers would not take advantage of the "holi dey" to ask more than fair prices and that the "packers and retailers will have sense enough to realise that this is not to be a holiday of high prices." Large Heg Supply. "The very much over normal run to markets of hogs, due to supplies dammed buck during the winter months' car shortage, still continues," Mr. Hoover said, "and seems likely to go on for another 30 days. After this pe riod the seasonal shortage in market ing will set in. "It is a matter of regret that the extent of our domestic storage capac ity. the limited overseas and Inland transportation and port facilities do not permit of saving and moving the whole of this temporary and abnormal surplus to the allies for use When this heavy killing season has passed." "The consumer should' not take this announcement as la any way a depar ture from the general principles of conservation of ail foods. Which the food administration p r each es . The need of food on the other side is great er than gger—the need of economy In America great» than ever." Government Takes Over Rif German Woolen Mills Washiagton, March, 29.—Six great German owned New Jersey woolen mfila, with n total valuation of more than tT9.*99.969 have been taken over by tbe alien p r ope r ty eustodinn, wbo boards of dbfe _ _ , .. —m««« +»*,. KÄ'XSÄjÄL" for tho purchase of Liberty bonds. New Chief of All Allies and Design He Must Foil General Foch (Above) Who Is Commander-In-Chief Now of Entente Forces; Kaiser's Aims in Drive. JES TOC GENERAL FERDINAND FOCH. oAXTVJTCP a MUSSELS \ AREAS % I f • MOHS HgptU* M vaunts, JAMS CHALfJO I steel dispatches report that kaiser's and Hindenburq'e drive aim is to pieces tha alliad line, roll back the sides by a flanking move and then pour men through the gap for drives at Paris and Calais, as indieatad an the above map. HOUSE FUSSES FINANCE ! MEJISII FOR FARMERS tor Washington, March 29.- Relief (armer, who raise wheat, corn. rye. oats or barley and who are unable to purchase seed this year would be pro vlded in a bill passed by the house today. It would supply a fund of I<.590.060 from which to lend farmer« money to buy seed and would give the secretaries of agriculture and labor 12,590,00« to mobilize labor for the harvest this year. The bill originally gave relief to farmers In the spring wheat belt and stipulated that only jrheat. oats, and ..... After hartey aeed might be included. Mtur B.M u... .»,» 1 ,., » .!" ÄUTSS: [forts to include corn and rye. ! DIES AT MISSION Father De ta Motte Pas« After 30 Years of Work Among Indians. j i , ____ j I math summoned a leading Jesuit _ , . \ ot northwest yesterday, when Fa Iber f.rorgc de la. Moftc died of ap i poplexy at the St. Ignatius mission, ' Father d<> la Motte bad been in frail ! health for several yearn, but had been j ,nuch >f late and the stroke came without warning. George do I« Motte wag born in , ... . . i r *. s ' rv* S2 Jï'«!ïï?lïâ (Continued on Page Ten.) fl fl |g ALSO CLAIM 1,100 GUNS TAKEN DRIVE OPENED IN WEST America Urged Naming Foch to Command A hies Believe Baker's Pretence in Europe Had Something to Do With Appointment of Frenchman. Washington ,March 29. Official in formation has reached Washington thaï General Foch, the French chief of staff, has hern appointed lo supreme command of all the allied and Ameri can forces In iuince. General Pershing's message, made public by Mn.lnr General March, acting chief of staff, foil- we: "Have made nil our resources avail able and our divisions will lie used If und when needed. French arc in flue spirit and both armies seem confi dent." The first hint of Ihe historic develop ment name In press rahle dispatches telling how General Pershing bad placed the American expeditionary forces ut the disposal of tin* French commander. This was confirmed to night In a message from General Petshlng to the War department. Baker Influenced Appointment. The news of the appointment of Gen eral Foch, one of the heroes of the Marné to supreme command gave rise Instantly to suggestions that the pres ence of Hecretary Baker In F.urope was connected with the development. Many observers here surmised that Mr. Baker was sent to Kurope partic ularly lo urge the co-ordination of all allied urmlqp under a single comman der. Hneh Is known to have been President Wilson's desire when his urgency caused the creation «if the su preme war council. Home measure of co-ordination was secure«! through that body, hut any plan for appointment of supreme commander with authority over all the armies French, British, Italian and American, met strong op position In KnglHnd. The recent crisis, which threatened the Lloyd-George ministry arose from the. extent to which the premier had gone In merg Ing the British forces with 1 luise of Britain's allies. Foch Wouldn't Be Hun, General Ferdinand Focli, is of Basque origin. He was born at Tarbee iu 1861, but was raised at Metz. Rather than become a German after the annexation «if Lorraine, Foch preferred to return to France and help to prepare France's struggle with Germany, which lie he lieved ultimately would take place. lie entered tho polytechnic school with the number 72. lie left it the 45tl> of Ills class a rank that was not con sidere«! aa Justifying hopes of a great future. He never daszled by his brtl Haney, but he ahowtul that wonders c«iuld be accomplished by application. He never ceased study, except to teach Studied German Methods. Foch began by mastering the strate gy of the wgr of 1870 in Its minutest details. Knowing the mentality of the Germans he counted upon their pealing In fuiure c«*nfllcts the maneu vers that had succeeded, lit* also peeled them to make some of the old mistakes. In his teachings at the su perhir war school and In his writing» he lu-Id always to the Idea of an Inevi table aggression by Germany, sprung with lightning like rapidity after long premeditation and most minute prepa ration—th«> swift thunderbolt of the opening to develop Into a struggle of colossal proportions. To parry the hl<iw, Foch said repeat edly France must have a staff working In the same direction, practicing the same doctrines under a vigorous and audacious chief, shirking no responsi bility, preserving thp «•«itiUihrliim of ills mind and the force of hfs Intelligence under formidable difficulties and exer rising without hesitation the most re doubtable rights over his suhordinat Had Great Foresight. Foch foresaw Joffre as clearly as hi foresaw the war of 1914 arising from the same motive» as the war of 1870 and developing with the same objective I'arb'. He thought ho saw quite as clearly a different Issue, and it would be difficult to estimate the value of tlie service lie render«ji to France by comm unirating his confidence to the young officers, ills work at the su perior war school contributing largely to the perfection of the French army which. If less "disciplined'' than the German army was held by him to bo far better "educated." Th* stars of a general were given Foch in 1997 and the command of the superior war school, where he left his mark as professor. 1'referrlng a more active command, he resigned in 19)2 and commanded successively the eighth and twentieth army corps, and proved that he was qne of the taw military wribsra or profsgaora who, cquld effi ciently handle man in the field. Tim war found Foch at Nancy, tha headquarters of the Twentieth corps (Continued on Page Ten) Great French General to Have Supreme mand of All Annies in France. Paris, March 20.—The Ger man official statement yester day announced that 70,000 prisoners had been captif red and 1,100 guns taken since, the beginning of the big driye on the British in Picardy. The statement also claims further inroads on the British and French lines from Arras to Montdidier. It was officially announced that General Foch, the great French strategist, to whom has been attributed much of the credit for the victory of the Marne in September, 1914, has been appointed to supreme command of all al lied and American forces. This means unification of aii the armies opposing the Germans, a step which the American and French mili tary men long have urged, and which apparently Aaj been brought about by recog nition of the imperative de mand for concentrated effort to hurl back the gigantic thrust of the enemy in France. In recognition of the honor conferred on General Foch, President Wilson Friday sent his congratulations. General Pershing has placed at his command all the American soldiers* now on French soil. General Foch would have, in addition to the men on the actual battle tines, a strategic reserve force the size and lo cation of which is not known, but which, from recent re ports, probably is very large. This force ail along has been expected to strike the blow, which may deliver a "knock out" to the German offensive. Driva Slows Down. After «Iglil «lay», during which it 1m m swept forward over the rolling hills of Picardy, at limes like a tidal wax«*. Hi" German offensive ha» slowed «1« wn. I uni end of a »weeping advance. I< K progress ha* been checked at all but ori" sector of the front and there it has been merely creeping for tha last two «iay» —this fact even admitted by the German war office, which usually concedes nothing. From A rieur, north of Arras, to Al beit, on the Homme, the British lines hove been holding stubbornly and have tliiuHt hack the Germans at a number of points. From Albert south to Mont rildler, there ha» been a slow movement to the west, hut the hills west of Mont, (ii«l 1er are still being held by tha French. No ground has been made against the French along (he south ern side of the salient driven into the Allied line*«, whllu It Is assorted that the French counter-attack from Las signy to Noyon is still going on. The extreme depth of the Oerman wedgo now l K about 37 miles. ,, Meanwhile the allied world Is await ing for the entente forces to strike heck at the Germans. Expect Counter Slow. When this blow, if If cotnqa wiK fall, or where, is as yet seated In the minds of tbe men directing the pfoftreaa of military affuira for lha allies, but seemingly it must come Mqp, if It la to be effective. Th« Gepipen advanoa now is converging on rr 11 road center of Northern which Is known to be (he from which rqn tho fions of the Britlah army in, : France. Tha. railroad from Amiens was cut bjr the Montdidier, but Vital it Amiens allies. The âerean thrust I while, to' I (Continued < tbn