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y. S. Seizes
72 Enemy Ship
fleet of Eleven Vessels,
Valued at $7,500,000, Pre?
viously Taken Over
German Agent Here
Confesses Part in Deal
Richard G. Wagner Tells
How He Obtained Con?
trol for Teutons
.jre American Transatlantic Com-'
psny and the Foreign Transport and
Mercantile Corporation, whose fleet of
eleven ships ;> owned almost to the
list rivet bj German capitalists resid- :
' ir.g in Germany, have been taken over i
bv A. Mitchell Palmer, alien property
The ships of the two companies were J
; beught with German gold furnished
.through the intercession of that vet?
eran of German secret agents, Count '
von Bernstorff, former ambassador to
the United States. Their value may be ;
gauged by the offer made by the Hud-'
son Bay Coi ? ?> to pay $7,500,000 for:
the fleet This offer was made to
Eichard G. Wagner, native of Milwau- \
kee, founder and organizer of the ship- j
t-ing firmo and agent of the German '
interests which advanced the capital. |
Wagner re?u I the offer, although he
r.-.ight have made a handsome profit for
the enemic* i f this country by selling, j
Wagner bn ke lown and made a.full
confession aft' Mr. Garvan had virtu
dly traced all his ship-buying vent?
ures. He admitted that with his full j
knowledge ? i sent he had allowed I
Count von Ben .- orff and his German
propaganda agents ? i make capita! out
0{ stirring u trouble between this
cour.tr> ' ?' Britain and France
because the latti r had taken over four ;
ships alleged to be American. I
Wagn? r Garvan that he and !
Jensen dr? ? ; the whole ship par?
chase plai ' . '.nagen. Albert Jen
.sen, manag rector of the Copen- !
hagen Coal ' i pany, owned by Hugo;
Stinnes. wea ' German ship owner,
was to fun loney and Wagner I
was to pro? i the United Statesand
'Organize an American company which'
.was to nom ? the ships, so as '?
?to secure for ! ::: American registry,
.and America] - I ion.
.1 Wagner retun : to this; country via
Italy, and on Mart 2 l, 1915, he organ
the America . Transatlantic Cwu
pany with a car; alization of $200,000
? th? laws i Delaware. He then
began cal ling Jensen ft>r money, but ;
he received no reply. He then took the
matter straight to Count ven Bern-,
?tor/T. Ther r everything was easy.
ived .000 from Merlin almost.
al once. J? sen began to buy ships'
under Da; '. . Norwegian, Swedish and:
Greek :?. ... and to transfer them to;
the An: .. Transatlantic Company.
ihe.o hi was caught by the Danish gov- \
ernment smuggling copper into Ger- '
many, the manifest being represented I
to be sugar. He was sent to jail for
sixty days.
Wagner told Mr. Garvan that almost;
before he realized it. the American \
Transatlantic had a fleet worth about,
i, which had cost the company
0'* a penny. Then came the tussle
with the Commissioner of Navigation!
wget permission to hoist the Stars i
and Stripes over the boats.
""Wagner told Commissioner Chamber?
lain that he owned all the ships him?
self. ; ommissioner demanded to
know how he had financed the company.
.. In tted that Jensen, who, he
said, was n Dun?, had bought the ships,;
but thai mself had the right to
buy 50 per cent of the stuck. The Com '
Labor Board Faces Failure
Unless Given Punitive Powers
By Theodore M. Knappen '
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4..The Wat
Labor Board is discovering that it is
an industrial court without a sheriff or
police force to enforce its decrees. So
long ns its decisions favored the em?
ployes, which they invariably did until
the Bridgeport, Conn., community deci?
sion of August 26, everything proceeded
smoothly, on the surface at least. The
employers, remembering what hap?
pened to the telegraph companies when
the Western Union refused to abide by
the board's ?policy, have been compelled
to accept the decisions against them.
But who is to compel employes to live
up to decisions?
The Bridgeport case shows that there
is no compulsion for them. Sixty-five
hundred machinists are on strike
there a week after the decision was
rendered and they are rapidly leaving
the city to seek employment elsewhere.
On the other hand, the decisions o?
the board against employers are put?
ting both of them into an embarrassing
position. The companies that have
government contracts are saying that
they JrVe perfectly willing to comply
with the board's decisions that wages
must be increased, but where they have
flat contracts, with a small or uncertair
margin of profit which was figured or
existing wage scales, they politely in?
quire of the board where the wag(
money is coming from.
The Profit Problem
Those that have cost plus contract:
comply and shove the increase ont?
the government. t
The situation is even more difficul
in the cases of companies, as the vari
ous street railway companies that hav
been ordered to advance wages but hav
not the funds nor the government t
fall back on.
Still another phase is the growin
discontent among employers, who fee
that on account of the basic policie
which the board is administering the
are bound to get the worst of it in a
most every decision. Even in th
Bridgeport case the employers feel th;
the decision was against them, thoug
the employes i,or at least the unie
labor clement among them) are of th
contrary opinion.
There is reason to believe that tl
metallic trades are organizing to o;
pose the radical course of the boar
There is undoubtedly a growing fee
I ing among employers everywhere that
the whole war administration is along
I class lines, with labor always at the
front and in favor, always petted and
\ coddled and honored, whereas the em
j ployera ?re banned as profiteers and
"blood-money suckers," condemned by
i the President and castigated by the
Federal Trade Commission.
As the employers see it, it never oc?
curs to the powers in Washington that
there muy be such a thing: as labor
The Labor Dilemma
There is apprehension on the part, of
the board that unless it is to have more
! than moral powers, based on Presiden
' tial proclamations without statutorj
\ force, it will soon sink into complete
! ?mpotency and disrepute. But if Con
I gross is asked to give it power to en
! force its decrees, such a step will b<
i considered conscription of labor, an?
'will doubtless be bitterly opposed b;
| organized labor.
Yet, one reason why the board''
moral decisions ara not enforceabli
i against labor is that labor as a who!
? is not organized.
I Who is to keep unorganized me
from quitting work under a decisio
they do not like and going elsewhei
to accept higher wages?
Doubtless the labor leaders though
? the principle of collective bargainin
! which the board always supports woul
| naturally lead to the unionization <
employes everywhere. But their hope
are meeting with disappointment. TT
unorganized men eagerly accept ar
advantages organized labor secures f<
I them, but they see no advantage
joining a union in these prospero?
Unions Morally Bankrupt
In fact, one close observer of lab'
problems gives it as his opinion th
i with the government taking such ?
advanced stand for labor the lab
unions are morally bankrupt. They i
. longer have anything to offer to t
unorganized. They are like a poli
cal party without an issue.
In the general view, both employe
j and organized labor are now dissat
: fio^l. The employers lind that the <
cisions are going against them a
! the unions find that the governmc
I war'labor policies are taking the woi
I out of their mouths and robbing tin
I of their reason fftr existence.
It is believed that there must
! further steps along the path of n
authoritative control by the govei
ment of relations between labor a
capital or else the present atten
at control by mere moral authority \*
missioner refused American registry..!
so Wagner decided to "eliminate"' '.
Wagner sent Jensen his unsecured
promissory notes for $2,654,000, pay?
able at the rate of $500,000 per year.
Then he returned to Commissioner
Chamberlain and told him that he had
paid $1,300,000 to Jensen in "real Amer?
ican hard cash." He said he had sold
stock to Americans to the extent of
$000,000. and that, he had sold secur?
ities of his own for nearly $400,000.
To Mr. Garvan, Wagner confessed that
his kinsman, Edmund Wagenknecht,
also residing in Copenhagen, had ad?
vanced him the money. Wagenknecht .
is on the enemy blacklist.
Mr. Palmer then appointed Charles ;
II. Sabin, Irving T. Bush, Henry L.
Doherty, John Quinn, Frederick B. !
Lynch, Joseph S. Qualey and Henry
Thompson to represent him as direc?
tors of the two companies. Former
Judge James A. Delehanty and William
M. Coleman are named counsel.
2,500 to Join Red Cross
Franklin Simon & Co. will have a !
meeting at 8 p. m. next Wednesday, ;
when their 2,500 employes, who have i
been mobilized as Red Cross workers,
will be accepted by the New York I
rhapter as the Franklin Simon auxil- ?
Week's Coal Output
Largest This Year
(Special Dispatch to The. Tribune)
WASHINGTON. Sept. 1. - Anthracite
coal production for fhe week of August
31 was the largest recorded this year.
The estimated output of 1,80(5.121 gross
tons exceeded the production of the
preceding week by 100,000 tons. For
the first time, this year the daily out?
put passed the 300,000-ton mark.
The official figures on the distribu?
tion of anthracite this coal year are
encouraging. Domestic sizes of an?
thracite have been distributed closely
in accordance with the schedule of al?
lotments for the first third of the coal
year, and in some regions are ahead of
schedule. -
New York is only 250.000 tons behind
and all the Atlantic states are well up.
Moreover, their location is such that
their deficiencies can be made up
e;.sily. It is important now to gain a
surplus in New England. Canada and
the Central and Northwestern states,
as weather conditions later will make
it more difficult to coal them.
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