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First to Last?the Truth: News?Editorials?-Advertisements
Probably thunder storms to-day; to?
morrow fair, little change in
temperature; south and
southwest winds
Full Report on Ijttt Page
Vol. LXXXI No. 27,264
(Copyright, mi,
New York Tribun* Ine.V
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In Greater New York
Wiihlai 200 Mile* | Llxiwhstr??
Truce in Ireland Is Declared, to Take Effect Monday;
De Valera Consents to Take Part in Peace Council
Two Children
Kidnaped by
Pair in Boat
gtrange Couple Vanish
After Taking Boy and
Girl of Mrs. Woodland,
of Cape May, to Beach
-?'- !
Clew in Likeness
To Ex-Husband
Ransom Theory Is Held,
as Devoted Uncle of
Missing Babies Is Rich
Special Correspondence of The Tribune
CAFE MAY, N. J., July 8.?Mrs.
Kobert E. Woodland's two children,
Jack who is three years old and Mar?
garet, two, disappeared yesterday and
the police have sent out a general
?term for a couple boarding near their
home who left town at about the same
time. They are suspected of having
kidnaped the children in the interest
of ?>!rs. Woodland's husband, from who
?she is separated.
Another theory is that the children
nay be held for ransom, as their great
upcle, Joh'r. Wilbraham, a wealthy re?
tired **n:?r.ufacturer, is extremely fond
of them and is said to have settled
'$20,000 apiece on them recently.
The strangers who are under sus?
picion csme to town about a month
ago and took rooAs at Sunnyside Villa
on Hughes Street, about a block from
Mrs. Woodland's home. They said they
were Mr. and Mrs. Henry James, of
Richmond, Va. They struck up an ac?
quaintance with Mrs. Woodland and
?.ere assiduous in attentions to hur.
Attentive to Children
Often they took Jack and Margara?
to the beach with them and frequently
"Mr. Janes" would stay at home with
th.e children in the evening while the
>;tHo women went to a motion picture
Yesterday morning, the couple called
for the children, saying they were
(roing to the beach. Jack and Margaret
went with them. The children were
not back at lunch time. Mrs. Wood?
land went to Sunnyside Villa and dis?
covered to her dismay that her new
friends had packed up, paid their bill
and departed.
She learned that Howard Smith of
Schellehger's Landing had taken them
to Lewes, Del., in his boat and that
two children accompanied the couple.
Auother man had joined them, he said.
This information aroused Mrs. Wood?
land's suspicions. She suddenly re?
called several circumstances that took
on new significance in the light of the
"disappearance of her children. One
was that "Mr. James," whose appear?
ance always had reminded her vague?
ly of some one she had met, resemble'',
so far as she could recall, her hus?
band's younger brother, whom she had
seen but once.
Same City as Husband's
Another was that the couple fre?
quently had received mail from At?
lanta, Ga. Mrs. Woodland's husband,
from whom she has been separated for
eighteen months, is from Atlanta, and
was there in the employ of a railroad
company when Mrs. Woodland last
heard from him.
Mrs. Woodland had another inter?
view with the boatman who had taken
the "Jameses" to Lewes, and from
his description of the man who joined
them on the trip decided that he bore
some resemblance to her husband.
She notified the police and the prose?
cutor and warnings have been sent to
the police of cities in the South and
East to watch for the fugitives. Mr?.
Wocdland is thirty-one years old and
has lived here for many years. Be?
fore her marriage her name was Flor?
ence Gaiten.
Hunt for Stolen Torrens
Baby Brings ?So Clews
Mother insists Husband Ab?
ducted Infant Girl in Re?
venge; Father Accuses Him
From a Staff Corretpond?nt
' POMPTON LAKES, N. J., July 8.?A
ttate-wiric search up to a late hour to?
night had found no trace of nine
months-old Margaret Eloise Torrens,
who was kidnaped by four men from
the summfT home of her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson, of this
P'ace, Thursday morning.
Mrs. Margaret Torrens, the mother
w the missing infant, continued to in
Jist yesterday that her husband, Al?
fred Torrens,'from whom she has been
Mparated since last January, was one
w the quartet who entered the Simp
ion home and stole the child.
' Chief of Police Miller, of Pompton
?kos, hud fifteen men scouring the
Country over a radius of twenty miles
from the scene of the crime. He
risited Torrens's mother at Green Pond
yesterday and spent that night search
(Contlnued on pijt four)
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Locker-Inspecting Rum Raider
Knocked Out by Giant Catcher
Backstop Smith Curbs Detective Dolan's Curiosity
at Polo Grounds and Thoroughly Satisfies
His Desire for a Fight
Detective James Dolan, attached to
the 125th Street police station, who
tried to search private lockers of the
New York Giants at the Polo Grounds
for alcoholic liquors, was knocked out
yesterday by Earl Smith, catcher of the
club, in a fast one-round encounter,
after inviting Smith to "fight it out."
Dolan had already searched several
private lockers of players, who, on his
demand, had surrendered their keys
under protest. When several of the
men objected to having a search made
without a warrant, Dolan is ?aid to
have become abusive.
The detective appeared at the Polo
Grounds shortly after 11 o'clock, just
as the players had come in from morn?
ing practice. He explained that he
had been detailed to make a search for
liquor and demanded that all locker
keys be turned over to him.
"Nothing like that goes so far as
I'm concerned," said Smith. "If you
want to search my locker you'll have to
produce a search warrant. Then I'll
look it over."
"You're one of these fresh guys I
hear about," remarked Dolan. "You'll
turn over the keys and do it now. I'm
going to make this search if I have to
tight it out."
"If it's fighting you're after, we'll be?
gin right now," grinned Smith, wrig?
gling out of his sweater. Dolan made
for the door, tossing his hat one way
and his coat another. As Smith
emerged from the clubhouse Dolan
rushed at him swinging both fists. The
big catcher stopped him with a straight
left. The detective dropped to his
knees, but was up again instantly. He
rushed into a clinch and Smith sent
him reeling ten feet with a wicked
Surrounding the combatants were
fifty spectators whose delighted shouts
could be heard for several blocks.
Trainers, rubbers, players and mascots
(Continued on page three)
Jersey Sniper
Ends Life and
Siege of Shop
Wife Flees When Husband
Approaches With Pistol,
and He Barricades Place,
Then Shoots at Police
Battle On 45 Minutes
Firemen Flood Stronghold;
Defender, Holding Law at
Bay, Kills Self by Bullet
BLOOMFIELD, N. J? July 8.?John
Gruchacz shot and killed himself this
afternoon in his wife's dry goods store
at 458 Broad Street, in which he had
been besieged for forty-five? minutes
by policemen and firemen. Before
sending the bullet into his head that
killed him Gruchacz had fired a dozen
shots at the uniformed men posted
about the building, all of which went
He and his wife had been separated
since May 31, when she had him ar?
rested for threatening to shoot her
He was sentenced to sixty days in jail
but she obtained his release and'his
promise that he would never bothei
her again.
Husband Starts on Warpath
He kept his word until to-day. H?
was drunk when he left his hoarding
place, telling his landlord, who sough
to dissuade him from taking a revol
ver with him, that he was "going t<
shoot somebody to-day,"
When Mrs. Gruchacz saw her hus
band reeling toward the little shop
in the rear of which she lives, she rai
out the back door with her eight
months-old daughter and sought shel
ter with a neighbor. The neighboi
Mrs. Martha Wyman, called the police
Sergeant Huddy and Patrolman Col
lins, the latter a son of the Chief o
Police, were sent to the stort
Gruchacz had locked all the doors
piled furniture against them and ha
drawn the shades in the windows. A
the sound of Collins's stick rapping a
the door panels, Gruchacz did no
pause to parley but sent a bulle
through the door.
Firemen Rash to Rescue
Another bullet crashed through th
window beside which Sergeant Hudd
was standing. Huddy telephoned fo
reinforcements. Several more patrol
men and Excelsior Hose Company
were sent to the scene of the shoot
ing. The firemen connected two line
of hose and began to flood the sma
building while the patrolmen too
posts about it to prevent Gruchac
from making his escape by a sudde
He had no such intention, but cor
tented himself with firing at th
policemen and firemen. When wati
had been pouring into the store fc
three-quarters of an hour, Patrolma
Stocko demanded the surrender <
Giuchacz, speaking to him in Polish.
"I will never leave this buildin
alive," Gruchacz replied in the san;
language. ,
An instant later a single shot wi
heard and Sergeant Huddy, making
cautious reconnoisance, found Grt
chacz dead on the floor from a bull?
he had sent through his own head.
Score Stricken
By Heat, 1 Dead;
Relief To-day
Sleeping Man Rolls Over
Roof Edge to Death and
Frenzied Woman Is Saved
From Suicide at Battery
Day's High Mark 89
Thunder Showers on Way
May Give Early Relief;
City Piers Thrown Open
One death, an attempt at suicide by
a woman temporarily crazed by the
stifling humidity and nearly a score of
prostrations was the "toll of the second
day of the heat wave which is \isiting
New York City.
The thermometer of the weather bu?
reau registered 80 degrees early yes?
terday, and the mercury rose steadily
until it reached 84 degrees at noon. All
indications then were that the 90 marl
would be passed before sundown. Slight
relief came shortly after 1 o'clock
however, and kept the official tempera?
ture high mark down to 89. Manj
higher marks were reported in differ
ent parts of the city, however. A ther
mometer in Nassau Street registerec
96 at 6 o'clock last night, and ha<
dropped less than 10 degrees at 1:
Roof Sleeper Falls to Death
The neat resulted in the death o:
Edward Sinnott, thirty-seven years old
a printer, who was driven by the hu
midity to seek relief on the roof of hi:
home at 119 Ninth Avenue. He mad?
a pallet near the edge of the roof am
after falling asleep, rolled over th'
edge and dropped to the courtyan
below. Dr. Ogden, of New York Hos
pital, who was summoned by neighbors
pronounced Sinnott dead.
Mrs. Lizzie Carroll, forty-three year
old, of 151 Madison Street, Brooklyr
was rescued from drowning off Batter
Park in the morning by Lieutenan
Thomas Fcley and Fireman Charle
Burkett, of the fireboat New Yorke;
According to the police she becam
temporarily crazed by the heat anc
running to the sea wall, jumped int
I the water. She was taken to the Broa
Street Hospital and treated for cut
In a statement given out last nigh
by James Scarr of the Weather Burea;
a' thunderstorm is the only hope fo
New York.
"The present humidity and hazines
will continue," said Mr. Scarr, "unt
broken by rain. There is, howeve:
hope in this quarter for the city, a
a thunderstorm is expected before tc
morrow night.
"Michigan and some of the sout
Atlantic states have had rain, an
thunderstorms were noted as far ea?
as Buffalo last night. The intent
temperature, combined with the hig
humidity, easily made yesterday an
to-day the worst days we've had i
some time."
All City Piers Opened
Mayor Hylan yesterday ordered th;
all the city piers be kept open, guarde
by the police all night throughout tl
hot weather, beginning at once. 1
a letter to Otto B. Shulof, chairman i
the Mayor's Committee of R?cr?atif
and Playgrounds, the Mayor asked hi
to j cooperate with Park Commission*
Gallatin and Dock Commissioner Hu
bert, who have been requested to si
that the piers are kept open.
Engineer Murdered in His Cab,
Runaway Locomotive Blows Up
EL PASO, Tex., July 8.?Engineer
William Bohman, of Sanderson, Tex.,
was murdered and thrown from his
train near Alpine, Tex., to-day, accord?
ing to advices received at the local
office of tho Galveston, Harrisburg &
San Antonio Railway, part of the
Southern Pacific system.
After four miles of uncontrolled
speeding the boiler of the engine of
tht freight train blew up, seriously in?
juring the fireman, Charles Robertson,
of Valentine, Tex. The train was
wrecked ten miles west of Alpine.
Bohman's body was found four miles i
bnck of where the explosion occurred, !
advices from Alpine stated.
Bohman was attacked while his fir?- j
man was busy raising steam for a
grade, the fireman not noticing the
engineer was missing and the loco?
motive unattended.
The explosion blew the boiler and
engine about 30 feet and the cab about
200 yards.
AUSTIN, Tex., July 8.?A Texas
Ranger has been ordered to Valentine,
Jeff Davis County, to investigate the
death of Engineer Bohman and ihe in?
jury of Fireman Robertson in the ex?
plosion of a locomotive near Alpine,
Adjutant General Barton, of Texas, an?
nounced to-day. The officer was re?
quested by Southern Pacific Railroad
officials, who said foul? play was re?
sponsible for the explosion.
Ocean Trade
Duel Begun
By Stinnes |
German Croesus, Enraged
at Hamburg-American
Line, Forces Fight to
Obtain Marine Control
Rate War Expected
On Atlantic Route
British Group Is Backing
Drive to Get Lead in
Dealings With Russft
German shipping interests, in seek?
ing to regain the world trade lost by
Germany in 1914, have split into two
bitter factions which threaten to pre?
cipitate a rate war on the international
trade routes.
On one side is the Hamburg-Ameri?
can Line, with a view of upbuilding the
American and German merchant ma?
rine on a reciprocal basis. On the
other Hugo Stinnes, who was ousted
recently from the directorate of the
Hamburg-American Line and who is
described as the "one-man octopus of
Germany" because of his vast holdings
in coal and iron mines, is credited with
having launched a program which will
call for 77 ships, aggregating almost
1,000,000 gross tons, to be operated by
German and British capital in opposi?
tion to American ships.
Rato War Is Predicted
The Marine Journal, in making these
disclosures in its issue published to?
day, declares that a gigantic trade
duel has been launched to determine
whether the marine situation is to be
controlled on this side of the Atlantic
or on the other. It is asserted that a
rate war appears inevitable.
There is also said to be an arrange?
ment between Stinnes and a British in?
dustrial group to exploit find obtain
supremacy in the trade with Russia.
Revenge is said to be the motive
behind Stinnes's attempt to outdo the
Hamburg-American interests. Fore?
seeing his tendencies, the line several
months ago took steps to oust him as
a director. The voting power con?
ferred on him by his holdings in the
line's stock was minimized by a SDecial
issue of preferred stock' which was
kept out of his reach. It did not take
him long to gather his forces in Europe
with a view to retaliating.
"From a shipping standpoint," says
The Marine Journal, "the most inter?
esting aspect of the situation is that a
marine duel between the Stinnes lines
and the Hamburg-American Line would
he fought not merely with the vessels
and resources of those two companies,
but with those of the German com?
panies affiliated with them, as well.
And if these reserves are called upon
there will be a battle of the seas be?
side which all previous commercial
conflicts on the ocean will dwindle in?
to insignificance.
Stinnes a Powerful Foe
"Stinnes must be regarded as a for?
midable competitor in anything he un?
dertakes. He controls coal mines and
ore deposits with which to make the
steel and iron that go into the manu?
facture of ships and machinery, the
shipyards and engineering works
necessary for the production of ves?
sels and the shipping organization with
which to operate them. And through
his other industrial enterprises he is
in a position to furnish cargoes for
the ships. So that, from the produc?
tion of the raw material to the delivery
of the finished product to the foreign
buyer, every detail of the business is
in his own hands. And he even pos?
sesses a chain of newspapers with
which, if necessary, public opinion
might be molded in Germany."
Confirmation of the threatened rate
war is cited by The Journal from the
Hamburg Abendblatt of May 21.
"Stinnes is better prepared for a rate
war than the Hamburg-American Line,"
says the German authority. "It is said
that Stinnes's shipbuilding program
consists of about seventv-seven ships
of from 6,000 to 22,000 tons. If this fig?
ure should be only approximately cor?
rect it is certain that Stinnes will have
a considerable influence on the freight
(Continued sn pags five)
Air Forced Into Youth's
Mouth Kills; Two Held
Fellow Workers at Shipyards
Declared to Have Used Com?
pressor in Fatal Prank
Special -Dispatch to The Tribune
young men were remanded to prison
to-day for the Coroner as a result of
the death Thursday of Walter Ebbings,
teventeen years old, whose intestines
were ruptured by compressed air forced
into his moutth. They are Carl Reed,
twenty years old, and Thomas Divan,
Mrs. Frieda Ebbings, mother of the
dead youth, was at the hearing before
Magistrate Beaton. She sobbed aloud
as witnesses told of her son's agony
as the air was driven down his throat.
Three workers at Cramp's testified
at the hearing, while Winfield Gross, a
watchman at the plant, testified Eb- I
bings blamed Reed and Divan for the
fatal prank.
Harry Quinn, one of the workmen,
said he saw Ebbings standing with the
air tube in his mouth. It was hel<] !
there by one man while another kept j
him from backing away.
"The boy's cheeks were puffed out
from the force of the air, which had a
pressure of 120 pounds," Quinn testi?
fied. He described the hose as a rub?
ber tube attached to a compressed air
tank. Ordinarily one end of the tube
is mude fast to a riveting "gun."
Harding Plea
Wins Senate
Bonus Delay
With President Taking
Responsibility, Senators
Swidg in Favor of
Recommitting the Bill
Adjournment Plan
May Be Defeated
Backers of Farm Meas?
ures, Beer Bill and Free
Tolls Demand Action
From The Tribune's Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, July 8.?-President
Harding has practically won his fight
to have the soldiers' bonus bill recom?
mitted to the Senate Finance Commit?
tee, there to wait until the tariff and
taxation bills have been passed. The
President, however, has not succeeded
in inducing the Senate to adjourn. All
indications are that it will remain in
session until a number of agricultural
bills have been passed. The friends of
the "beer emergency" bill will not con?
sent to adjournment while that meas?
ure is pending, and, in addition, Sena?
tor Borah is insisting on passage of the
bill for free tolls through the Panama
Canal before recess is taken.
Under direction of Administration
leaders in the Senate, polls were taken
of Republican Senators to-day. Sena?
tor Underwood, who is fighting the
passage of the bonus bill, also sounded
out sentiment on the Democratic side.
As a result it was developed that
thirty-six Republican Senators would
vote to recommit the bonus bill. To
these Senator Underwood has promised
to add seven or eight Democrats. This
gives a total of 43 or 44 votes assured.
More than forty Senators are absent,
and of the absentees the Republican
leaders have no doubt they can muster
an ample number to insure a majority
to recoiumft. the bil?.
Harding Taking Responsibility
President Harding is expected to
send his special message to Congress
in favor of recommitting the bill on
next Monday. With the President as?
suming the responsibility for recom?
mitting the leaders are urging Repub?
lican Senators to accede to this plan
and are making converts.
The bill will not be recommitted
without a bitter debate. The fact that
Secretary of the Treasury Mellon will
ask a large appropriation from Con?
gress to make payments to the rail?
roads will be injected into the situa?
tion. Senator Watson of Georgia re?
ferred to it briefly to-day in a collo?
quy with Senator Myers and pointed
out a half billion was to be paid the
railroads, vast sums had gone to Euro?
pean nations and large amounts spent
for junketing, but justice was not
being done the soldiers.
Senator McCumber, in a lengthy
speech this afternoon, urged that the
bonus bill be passed now and put up to
the House. He argued that inasmuch
as the bill was not to take effect until
July 1, 1922, it could not be success?
fully argued that it would make any
difference as to financial effect on the
country whether it was passed now or
after the tariff and taxation bills are
passed. He held Secretary of the
Treasury Mellon had exaggerated the
financial effects of the enactment of
the bonus legislation.
Senator McCumber said Congress
has paid little attention to the Presi?
dent's plea for economy. He pointed
out Congress had given the railroads
about $2,000,000,000 to help them get
on their feet and would probably give
them half a billion more.
"Congress has mercilessly set aside
the plea for economy," Senator Mc?
Cumber added, "and has appropriated
hundreds of millions of dollars for new
enterprises and proposes to open up
"Apparently Congress is determined
to spend every cent that can be raised
by taxation. Therefore it becomes a
choice as to whether we shall devote
money for financial obligations or for
a moral obligation, like the adjusted
compensation for soldiers."
Recites History of Bill
In opening his remarks Senator Mc?
Cumber said:
"On May 20, 1920. the House passed
the soldiers' adjusted compensation
bill with not more than half a dozen
votes against it. At that time it was
too late for the Senate to pass the
bill in that Congress, though I am sure
that Congress intended to pass it.
That action was taken at a time when
(Continued an ptg? five)
$4,500 Lost Ring Is
Fished Out of Sewer
Gem Vanished From Wash
stand in Hotel Room, An?
other Still Missing
I John F. Keegan, chief engineer
of the Vanderbilt Hotel, recovered a
$4,500 diamond ring belonging to Mrs.
C. C. Coddington, of Charlotte, N. C,
yesterday from the trap of a sewer be?
neath the sidewalk in front of the ho?
tel. Another valuable ring, lost at the
same time, still is missing.
Mrs. Coddington put the ring3 in a
glass on the washstand in her room
when she returned from the theater
Thursday evening with her husband.
Half an hour later the rings had van?
ished. She had not'been out of the
room. The disappearance was a mys?
tery which the hotel detective force
wai unable to fathom.
At the instance of a representative
of the company with which the jewelry
was insured, the trap beneath the side?
walk was opened in the morning.
. m????
When you think of witieiK,
Thlnlt of WHITING, ?Aivt.
People Kneel in Dublin Streets
To Await First News of Truce
Harried Populace Eager for End of Raids and
Reprisals; Cheers for Sinn Fein Leaders
Repeated as Macready Appears
From The Tribune's European Bureau
Copyright, 1021, Now York Tribune Inc.
LONDON, July 8.?-Crowds knelt In
Dublin's streets to-day about the Man?
sion House, telling their beads as the
hour struck for the opening of the
conference there. On the eve of the
peace of centuries, the rank and file of
the Irish people stood quietly awaiting
hopefully for word that the sllrife was
to end. A great cheer rose as Eamon
de Valera and Arthur Griffith, the two
oustanding republicans, drew up in
a taxicab. They were followed in a
moment by Earl Midleton, spokesman
for the southern Unionists, and an?
other cheer camo from a thousand
It was a commonplace, volatile Irish
crowd, as enthusiastic in the r?les o?
pacifists as British troops here found
them when armed with guns, giving
no quarter and asking none. Many vol
unteers of the republican army tha
have hidden their identity for months
were active in the street crowds to
day. British troops and the black am
tans, on the other hand, were conspicu
I ously absent.
For two hours the multitude waite>
I patiently until the delegates emergei
from the peace parley for a recess. As
they went through the streets, again
they were greeted with cheers. Dublin
was looking forward to armistice days
when there would be no warfare, no
ambushing, no more reprisals.
Within the council chamber in the
Mansion House the conferees bent over
a table, seeking the basis of a peace
that would satisfy all Ireland. Earl
Midleton gave an account of his ne?
gotiations in London, where he saw
Lloyd George and the King, and vari?
ous Sinn F?in leaders plied him with
questions. As the first meeting broke
up the leaders separated into groups
that talked over the plan that would
be followed in talking peace with the
London government. De Valera hur?
ried away to see a few of his advisers
who were unable to attend the confer?
When the conference was resumed a
courier from British military general
headquarters, attired in the uniform
of a captain, arrived at the Mansion
House and was admitted to the council
chamber. He departed after three
quarters of an hour, and was followed
presently by General Sid Nevil Mac
ready, commander of the crown forces
in Ireland. Although by that time the
sun was sinking low in the western
?skies, the streets about the Mansion
(Continued on next pago)
U. S. Warships
Ordered Back
From Tampico
Action Is Taken After State
Department Decides That
Situation No Longer Re?
quires Their Presence
Conditions Less Menacing
Official Belief That All Ques
lions Will Be Handled
Properly by Obregon
From. The Tribune's Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, July 8.?Orders with?
drawing the American cruiser Cleve?
land and the gunboat Sacramento from
Tampico waters were issued late to-daj
by the Navy Department, on advices
from the State Department that the
presence of the vessels in Mexican
waters no longer was required. The
Cleveland was ordered to New Orleans
and the Sacramento is to return t<
It was explained at both the State
and Navy departments that reports re
ceived from American sources in Tarn
pico indicated that the unemploymen
situation there had cleared and tha
no danger to American lives or prop
erty was expected. It was denied tha
the withdrawal of American war ves
sels was due to any protest from thi
Mexican government.
Officials declared the dispatch of th
American vessels Into Tampico water
was merely a precautionary measure
and that the absence of any widesprea?
disturbances in that port removed th
necessity for any protective action b;
the navy.
Oil Crisis Minimized
Responsible officials reiterated to-da
their belief that conditions in Tampic
would be handled adequately by th
Mexican authorities, and asserted tha
the oil situation there was not a
grave as first thought. Informatio
reaching here is to the effect tha
American oil men are continuing th
drilling of oil wells, but that export
have ceased. The American operatoi
are storing their product, awaiting
definite decision by the Mexican go\
ernment on the question of the expoi
tax. No formal action has been take
by the State Department on the prote*
of the American oil producers again;
the proposed Mexican levy.
Secretary Hughes, replying to a pr<
test from Samuel Gompers, preside!
of the American Federation of Labo
against the reported use of warshij
at Tampico to fight labor unions, sai
the presence of the "craft in Mexica
waters had nothing whatever to c
with labor unions.
"It is simply a precautionary measui
for the purpose of assuring adequa'
(Csntlnued an pif? five)
British Move
For Parley on
Pacific Hinted
London Reported to Have
Made Overtures to U. S.,
Japan and China for
a General Discussion
Believed Vital to Peace
Dominion Premiers Expect?
ed to Demand End of Pact
if America Holds Off
LONDON, July 8 (By The Associated
Press).?Great Britain is believed to
have made overtures to the United
States, Japan and China on the possi?
bility of a conference to discuss the
whole Eastern situation, rt was^gtated
here to-day in a quarter usually pos?
sessed of reliable information.
If this is correct, it is pointed out,
it might explain what Mr. Lloyd
George, the Prime Minister, meant yes?
terday when he stated in the House of
Commons that he was awaiting replies
from America and China before making
a statement to the House concerning
the Anglo-Japanese treaty.
Official circles declined to comment
on the nature of any communications
with the United States, China or Japan,
but it was s^id in^ those circles it would
i be reasonable to assume that these
countries would be fully" gounded be?
fore Great Britain would show her
Overture Through Harvey
A Canadian Press dispatch sent from
here to-night says:
"Relative to the Washington dis?
patch that no formal communication
had been received by the State Depart?
ment from the British government re?
questing the holding of a disarma?
ment conference, it is explained that
the request was not made through an
official note, but through an interview
between Lord Curzon, the British For?
eign Secretary, and the American and
Japanese ambassadors in London.
"A day or two after the dominion
premiers had strongly urged that steps
toward the calling of a conference be
taken Lord Curzon visited Ambassador
Harvey and also the Japanese Ambas?
sador and asked that they convey to
their respective governments the desire
of the British government for such a
conference. In his speech in the House
of Commons yesterday Premier David
Lloyd George used language which p-ave
the impression that the request for a
conference had been forwarded in offi?
cial notes to both Washington and
"The feeling in official conference
circles here is that the empire's desire
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Caruso, "Obliged for Free Ads/'
Says He'll Sing at Proper Time
Special Dispatch to The Tribune
BUFFALO, July 8.?Bruno Zirato,
private secretary of Enrico Caruso, to?
day made public a cablegram from the
famous tenor, in which Caruso says
that he was never asked to sing aboard
the liner Presidente Wilson, and flatly
contradicts the report that he has lost
his voice. "When I ,want to show I
have not lost my voice I will do so at
the proper time and place," the cable?
gram concludes.
Mr. Zirato, who is in Buffalo to-day,
having returned from his honeymoon
with his bride, who was Nina Morgana,
the opera singer, said that he made
public the cablegram to counteract
stories recently published to the ef?
fect that Caruso's voice had failed and
he would not be able to sing again.
These stories, which originated in
New York, are said'to have come from
' Captain Chaiiles Anthony Fulton, of
the United States Army Intelligence
Service, who arrived a few days ago
from Naples on the Presidente Wilson.
Captain Fulton said Caruso believed
that he would never be able to sin*;
again with his old ability, and that he
was on the verge of tears when he
made this announcement.
The cablegram received by Zirato
"Officials of the Presidente Wilson
never asked me to sing, and if they had
I should have refused, as it in not my
habit to amuse people under the excuse
of a patriotic occasion. Anyway, 1 am
j obliged for the free advertisement, and
I v/hen I want to show I have not lost mv
voice I will do so at the proper time
and place."
The reference to the request to sine
aboard ship concerned a report that s
phonograph had to be used whih
Caruso remained in his suite. Carusc
? has seldom sung at concerts aboarc
? ship. Instead, he gives a check to th<
| Seamen's Widows and Ohphans' Fund
; as he did on the recent voyage.
Crown Army
To Suspend
Promise Given by Lloyd
George on Condition
That Sinn Fein Leader
Joined in Conference
King Cal?s Craig
In Consultation
Settlement Was Forecast
When Gen. Macready
Met Unionist Chiefs
LONDON, July 8 (By The Asso
ciated Press).?A truce in Ireland,
to take effect at noon next Monday,
was declared early to-day after
Eamon de Valera, president of "tho
Irish .Republic," had accepted Pre?
mier Lloyd George's invitation to an
Irish peace conference in London,
Preparations are already under
w*ay in Sinn F?in ranks as well as
British government circles to end
Premier Lloyd George, in a letter
to Earl Midleton, Southern Union?
ist, who was conferring with Do
Valera and other factional leaders
at the Mansion House in Dublin, said
the government realized the neces?
sity of halting bloodshed if peace
negotiations were to succeed. He
added that as soon as De Valera
accepted the invitation to a peace
conference the British crown forces
in Ireland would be ordered to sus?
pend operations.
De Valera Accepts Overture
De Valera, in a letter to tho Pre?
mier, sent after the conference to?
day in Dublin, accepted the invita?
tion to the conference, saying that to
end the centuries of conflict was the
genuine desire of the people of Ire?
land. Announcement of a truce was
made to-night at 10 Downing Street,
the Premier's official residence.
De Valera's letter to the Premier fol?
"Sir: The desire you express on the
part of the British government to end
the centuries of conflict between the
people of these two islands and to es?
tablish relations of neighborly har?
mony is the genuine desire of the peo?
ple of Ireland.
"I have consulted with my colleagues
and secured the views of repre?
sentatives of the minority of our na?
tion in regard to the invitation you
have sent me. In reply, I desire to say
I am ready to meet and discuss with
you on what basis such a conference
as that proposed can reasonably hope
to achieve the object desired,
"I am, sir,
"Faithfully yours,
In his letter to Earl Midletoa
Lloyd George said:
"The government fully realizes it
would be impossible to conduct nego?
tiations with any h'ipe of achieving
?satisfactory results if there is blood?
shed and violence in Ireland. It would
disturb the atmosphere and make the
attainment of peace difficult.
"As soon as we hear Mr. De Valera
is prepared to enter into conference
with the British government and to give
instructions to those under his control
to cease from all acts of violence we
should give instructions to the troops
and police to suspend active operation*
against those who are engaged in this
unfortunate conflict."
King Confers With Craig
The day began hopefully with the
King summoning Sir James Craig, tho
Ulster Premier, to a conference at
Buckingham Palace. This, following
upon the King's conference yesterday
with General Jan Christian Smuts, thft
South African Premier, is an indica?
tion of the intense interest the King
is taking in the Irish problem, and,
although under the traditions of the
British constitution the King has no
real voice in the direction of govern?
ment affairs, that does not prevent his
exercising great influence in the policy
of the country.
General Smuts is going to Chequers
Court to pass the week end, together
with the other premiers of the over-n
seas dominions, with Mr. Lloyd George,
General Smuts evidently is the influ?
ence in the negotiations, perh ps some?
thing more than mere influence, for,
lacking his active aid, it is hardly con?
ceivable that events could have pro?*
gressed so quickly as they did to-day;
and the fact that the Prime Minister
has not stood upon the dignity of hi*
once, but seemingly is willing to dis?
cuss with Mr. De Valera the basis for
j a general conference, is considered full
i of hopefulness.
The principal events of this jm
' portant day, however, occurred not ia
. London, but in Dublin, and the most
! striking was the sensational appearance
| r: General Sir Nevil Macready, the mil
i itary commander in Ireland, at the con?
ference cf Esmon do Valera and lead
ing southern Unionists.
Macready'? Presence Significant
General Macready's appearance ana*
long stav at the conference dearly had
to do with Lloyd George's letter to
Earl Midleton, one of the conferees, m
which the Prime Minister declared that
it would be impossible to conduct nego?
tiations with any hope of achieving
satisfactory results if violence in Ire?
j land continued; and also that the Brit
f ish government would give instructions
{to the troops and police to suspend

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