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i ADVERTISED IN THE jp?BUNE IS GUARANTEED \( Ems m* LXXXI No. 27,334 First to Last?the Truth: News--Editorials?Advertisements (?Copyright, 1881. New York Tribune Inc.) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1921 * * * * THE WEATHER Cloudy to-day; to-morrow ?unsettled, with probable Hhowers; mild tem? peratures; ?oothweat winds. Fall Itaport on J.ji?t Tage Tu firenter Krv? Tork r T I w fthln 200 Mile? rom CT7NT8 Fire-where Step Toward peace Taken By De Valera $nn Fein Leader Hurries a Tele-grain to Premier Explaining Delegates Sought Understanding Situation Is Helped fey Course Adopted General Opinion Is That Door to Continued Ne? gotiations Still Is Open B.v Arthur S Draper frer* The T^bui"'.' Eumvean Pureau jjjBTTfeht, 1921. New York Tribune Inc. CONDON", Sept. 16.-?Eamon do Va? in rafle haste to-day to retrieve the Em situation, which was thrown into j crave crisis yesterday when Premier Lioyd Geornre refused to meet Sinn fcin delerrates in a peace conference Jecau?e De Valera insisted that they it recognized as envoys of a sovereign, Independent nation. In a brief tele<--ram of explanation to tie Premier, made public to-night, the Jn'sh republican lender declared: "I received your telegram last night tsi? am surprised that you do not see tiat if we on our side accepted a eonferenci?. on the basis of your let? ter of September 7 without making jar position quite clear Ireland's itpresentatives would enter the con? ference with their position misunder Itcod and the canse of Ireland's right irreparably prejudiced. Throughout the correspondence that has taken jlace you have defined your govern? ment's pesiticfr.. We ha?/e defined ?j'jrs. "If the positions were not so defi? nitely opprsed there would indeed be no problem to be discussed. It jhould bo ohvio'rs that in a case like ours if there is to be any result the negotiators must meet without preju? dice and untrammeled by any condi? tions whatever except ti:->se imposed Ijj the fac's if they know them." Situation Improved Whether the new message from the Ir.fh spokesman provide? the basis on which the government would consider that the coniVi-. nee could be held is as yet uncertain, but it shows in any event that De Valera is anxious to remove the Impression that his reply made public yesterday was del berately provocative, sod that he wants to avoid the break mg off of tie negotiation5, threatened 1 the Prime Minister's letter of yes fcrday. To that extent at least De Valera's postscript? materially improves the sit Mtlon, Plauso everybody wants peace in It'.livJ nobody ".ill believe thai Lloyd fcorfe's sudden cancellation of the iBvernc s conferrnco with the Sinn Ftin representatives, which had been |&hedu!ed for next Tuesday, means the fcniinaticn of the negotiations. The PTrmier's action fine as a thunderbolt, not only in Dublin but in . london as well. To-day, though the English press was Mying uncomplimentary things about De Valera as a diplomat and defending Llovd Georpo, the newspapers insist that the situation must he regarded as ? breakdown rather than a breaking fff ef trie negotiation?. The outstand? ing ne?rjpaper comment is the caustic criticism leveled at De Valora, whose ?tron?c nationalism has alienated many of his English supporters and Uinoyid and alarmed even his Sinn ?in followers. Thoue;!i reci -r-nizint? fully the diffi? culties w'tb which he was forced to contend, the f:.:t remains that Do Val? era played his cards poorly and that ucyd Go >rg? now ira? the odds great'y 'a his favor. The Irish "president" ?.rcafiy his conferred with members of ?s cabinet, and a meeting of the Dail Etreann is exo? -tod soon. | 1 Premier Not Quite Well Lloyd George has stated that he ?uld call a meeting of his ministers ?ho are in Scotland, but the Premier's kealth is causing worry, and some days ?>*}' pass before he holds a Cabinet neetins;. dj??rd, Dawson. the King's physician, "a a local dentist from Inverness have tien Geo summoned to Gairloch, as Lio d . rge is suffering with a'heavy chill ?w neuralgia. In the circumstances ir, development;; are expected this ?uv cnd?. ?"'??<? it now can be announced jui considerable positiveres? that the nemlet-will not go to Washington. ?? er L ''-vd George's physical lr.l!'I'-n had aR>' ^?Tinjr on his srarnatic move at the eleventh hour is ?"?icuit to judge, but there is no i l-poo? that the Premier was ex (Continued en page'thr??) ^ee Army Flyers Die In Plane Crash in Texas Want P. J. White, of New! iork, One of Victims of . Love Field Accident ?!lLt.*S'.. Tex- Sept I?-?Lieutenant ?n^H. Arrnstrrng and two enlisted ihn ,J"?eant Andrew Gibson, of Wal C: ?T}-> and P. J- White, of New OkM, -''? fr"m Post FicU?? Foi-t Sill, D?]lr,,0r;'a'Jwore killotl at Lovf- Field, Iind^i. ? ' when an arm.v -?e Hav? ? ?i, ?l'Ta!,ion p!anc went int0 ? spi-? te?to1:;^about i5?fcct ami JR*? machine burst into flamen as it; ?wes tne ground. JjAWTON, OklITs7pt. 16.-Lieuten- ! ^ ?mes F. Armstrong, who was UveV Mno7a'rplane accider?t to-day at ?*???' Texas, was assistant master | ISrt! aAt,Post Fic,<1- Hia home was wriorth Adams, Mass. ?ORTH ADAMS, Mass, Sept. 16.? *y ??,nt?JameS F- Armstr?l?g. Of this o?f.' K1'',Cfl m an airplane crash at fc, I' . x- entered the aviation ser J***>ne the World War. He was jtion?! for a, timo at Kelly Field, T. Antonio. ^?tenant Armstrong, who was about j/jy years of age, was married loss tiiivnVyoar ng0- IIe studied at the ?iooi i tynf V"rmo?t and later taught I ? ?lid Mrs. .lohn F. Armstrong. a ?k E'i?5ryoo think of wrlttntc. r! ot WhJUa*. ?A-dvt,' Stone Asserts 98 P. C of Rail Workers Will Vote for Strike Some Would Take Wage Cut, but Oppose Changing Rules; Will Seek New Negotiations With ? Roads When Result Is Known From a Staff Correspondent I CLEVELAND, Sept. 16.?Warren S. Stone, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive- Engineer?, to-day pre? dicted that 98 per cent of the members j of the railroad brotherhoods who are ? balloting on the recent wage cuts amounting to 12M per cent would vote in favor of a strike. In an Interview | with The Tribune correspondent; the ? labor leader said that the results would bo known between October 3 and 10. "The men on some of the roads might have accepted the wage cut even though ?t was a drastic one," Mr. Stone , said, "but they object strenuously to j the elimination of rules and working ? conditions which they fought to estab i lish for thirty years. Moreover, some jof the roads are even asking for an? other wage cut." Mr. Stone was asked whether a vote by the four brotherhoods' membership in favor of a railroad strike would automatically result in a stoppage of work. He replied in the negative, show? ing that the ballot read as follows: "I have personally read the fore? going statement regarding tho wage reduction authorized by Decision 147 of the United States Railroad Labor Board, und hereby authorizo the chief executives and general chairmen of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi? neers, etc., to act ns my agents and attorneys in dealing for n settlement of these questions, and if the said chief executives and general chair? men aro unable to otherwise effect a settlement satisfactory to them, I here? by cast my vote (for) (against) a strike." In case of a strike vote, Mr. Stone said the next step would be to open negotiations directly with individual railroads or groups of carriers. He said the matter was beyond tho Rail? road Labor Board stage. Regarding strike prospects, Mr. Stone said: "I can veto a strike or call one off. but the men themselves are the only ones who can decide to call one." Mr. Stone said that railroad labor was sjffering greatly from unemploy? ment, and that many men were being demoted. According to the seniority principle, when necessary to cut down the number of engineers employed, he I said, engineers wero being turned into firemen, and firemen wero being crowded out. Cecil Demands League Conduct Open Sessions Assails Secret Methods of Council and Alleged Con? tempt Shown Delegates of the Smaller Nations -._ i Wants Press Admitted j Launches Campaign for Publicity by Means of World-Wide Propaganda - Special Cable to The Tribune Copyright, 1921. New York Tribune Inc. GENEVA, Sept. 16.?The campaign ; of publicity by which the League of Nations will seek to popularize itself by world-wide propaganda, as well as by opening all its activities to public opinion, was launched to-day by Lord Robert Cecil, of England, in a docu? ment in which he severely criticized j the secret methods of the League ! Council and outlined various reforms which he believed would stimulate pub? lic opinion in the interests of the league. The document is significant because j ' it represents the opinion of the great ' majority of the delegates from the ! smaller nations, and doubtless will be the basis of a formal resolution be? fore the end of the present meeting. Lord Robert demands that all meet ings of the Council, in which are found ? representatives of the great powers ? who control the league, should be , opened to the press of the world in? stead of compelling writers to sit in the corridor and wait for the "cold, un- , , interesting official communiques.'* Assails Withholding of Records Lord Robert's main attack on thoso ! dominating the power of the league, however, is based on the contempt they have shown for their smaller brethren by. withholding the records of their proceedings, sometimes for two or ' three weeks, instead of announcing matters of public interest on the fol- | lowing day. On important questions or policy he demands that the Council make public in interesting form the j main lines on which it is working. There have been many occasions, j said Lord Robert, when the Council could have strengthened its position j even if it had done no more than make , a human statement of the difficulties it was facing. The speaker likewise suggested that the league secretariat j employ a greater force, whose member.-* ; would concentrate on keeping in touch I with journalists and world-wide public j opinion. He suggested a wider dis- ? tributior. of the league's monthly sum- ! mary, which, already is printed in French, English, German, Italian, Span? ish and Japanese and distributed to the nations in which those tongues arc 6poken. Fuller Reporta Urged For general publicity purposes, ho exhorts all national delegations now in Geneva to make full reports to their parliaments and peoples after the As? sembly meeting comes to an end, show? ing what the league has done and ap? pealing to each country from its own national point of view. The foreign offices of all nations in the league are urged to become dis? tributing centers of information for the press on league activities, while the press should be urged always to give greater space to the league anil send its best representatives to the league conferences. "Finally," says Lord Robert, "tht? various league associations must keep in close touch with the central organ? ization at Geneva and have all their material and data filed for reference and stimulate all forms of propaganda in their countries on behalf of the league and its activities." Lord Robert's influence in the As? sembly is such as to make it certain that the Assembly will act on his sug? gestion. The lcaguo to-day named Judge F. V. N. Beichmann. of Norway, president of the Court of Appeals at Trondhjem, as fourth deputy judge of the Interna? tional Court of Justice. Acceptances of judgeships also were received from John Bassett Moore, of the United States; Dr. Andre Weiss, of France; Dr. Max Huber, of Switzerland; Dr. B. T. C. Loder, of Holland; Dr. Antonio S. de Bustamente, of Cuba,\aml Vis? count Robert Finlay, of England. Dr. Moore's cablegram said: "I accept with a due sense of the honor and re? sponsibility." Americans Explain l'o?ition The league secretary also received cablegrams from Elihu Root. Justice George Gray, Oscar S. Straus and Dr. Moore explaining their position in not (C-Mtlnued ?? ?ata ?-jr?) Gas Routs 1,500 In 6 Tenements; 20 Overcome Bursting Valve in Ice Plant Sends Wave of Deadly Ammonia Fumes Through Block on East 70th Street Kenlon Leads Rescuers Firemen, Police, Ex-Soldiers in Masks Carry Choking Women and Children Out Fifteen hundred persons were driven to the street last night from six tene? ment buildings and more than a score were carried out partly asphyxiated when a valve blew off an ammonia vat at! the Knickerbocker Ice Company plant, 519 East Seventieth Street, re leasing 600,000 cubic feet of ammonia gas. j Twenty-one men who were working ' in the plant on an upper floor emerged ? by way of fire escapes and escaped in- ; jury. William Kopech, chief engineer of the plant, and Steven Tupchyck, an ; engine room helper, were overcome by ? fumes but were resuscitated. The gas penetrated to the basementr, ; ? of tenements opposite by way of wire ? j conduits, permeating all floors within 1 ? a lew minutes. Tenements on the j south side of Seventieth Street from 502 to 512 and on the north side from ' 1511 to 517 became a center of wild | i excitement as half-suffocated men, j 1 women and children rushed to the ; j street crying that many wtre asleep on ! j the upper floors. ?v onion Leads Rescue fire Chief Kenlon and Fire Commis? sioner Drennan personally took charge of the Fire Department Rescue Squad, which responded together with three fire companies. Captain Wall, of the East Sixty-seventh Street police sta? tion, with fifty reserve patrolmen, had hard work controlling a huge crowd at? tracted by men's shouts and the screaming of women and children. Lieutenant Charles Coffey, of the Rescue Squad, with a volunteer force of ex-soldiers, all of whom appeared with gas masks, began a systematic search of the tenements. Five women and three children, partly overcome by fumes and unable to find their way, were carried from 534 East Seventieth Street, and ten women were removed in an hysterical state from 514. Two small children were carried out of a room on the rfiourth floor of 617 East Seventieth Street by Frank Elichy, of 1295 First Avenue, who borrowed a gas mask and was among the first to enter the reeking tenements. El ich j is an ex-soldier wearing the Croix de Guerre and Medaille Militaire. II( made five trips into the gas-lader structures without suffering injury. Patrolman James Sull.ivan, of th< Forty-third Precinct, found an olt woman unconscious on the third floor of 534 East Seventieth Street and car ricd her to safety. Five others wen removed from the same house in ? semi-conscious state. Crouch Below Gas Rescue squad men spread sheets or the Kirie to? Iks and comnelled those wh : were rescued to he flat on their faces : in order to escape ammonia gas, which '. was in choking volume four to six feet ; from the ground. Surgeons operating ?from eleven ambulances treated the ; rescued, crouching below the gas as they worked. Ambulances responded j from Knickerbocker, Reception, Flower, St. Vincent'--., Harlem and New York hospitals. Fourteen surgeons attended the tenement victims. Sixteen were re? moved to hospitals, but most cases r'e I covered after treatment on the spot. A first aid station established by the Rescue Squad between Sixty-ninth and Seventieth streets, cared for more than 200 patients, most of whom were in a semi-conscious state when taken there. Police and firemen who were unable to obtain gas masks worked with wet pil, low cases and towels bound round their faces, A squad of firemen equipped with gas masks succeeded in closing the valve and preventing a further escape of ammonia fumes after a twenty-minute fight, in which they were frequently driven back. Lieutenant Roth, of tho East Sixty-seventh Street station, aid? ing Captain Wall in command of the reserves, suffered severe ammonia bums. He was taken to Knickerbocker Hospital. A westerly breeze carried the fumes East in Seventieth Street, driving pe? destrians heiter skelter as the gas met them. Patrolmen mounted and on foot ordered all in the gas nrea to lie down. Hundreds of men and women lay on the sidewalks long after danger had passed. The most serious case of asohyxia tion was that of Patrolman Herbert Dickey, of the Arsenal police station, who was removed to Flower Hospital unconscious. Miss Gussie Fcidc!, of 517 East Seventieth Street, was also taken to Flower Hospital unconscious, but completely recovered nnd was sent sent home before midnight. Arfouckle to iro on Inal For Murder | Manslaughter Charge Laid Aside by Prosecutor in Case Against Comedian ; Must Plead on Sept. 22 Decision Prevents Admittance to Bail Women Throng Court : Men Barred; $25,00C Car Sought by Dry Aid? Special Dispatch to The. Triliun* SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18.?In th presence of a big and intensely inter csted audience District Attorney Mat thew Brady to-day announced in Pc lice Judge Lazarus's courtroom ths Roscoe ("Fatty")?Arbuckl/, motion pic ture comedian, would be tried for mui der, and not manslaughter, in conne< tion with the-death of Virginia Rapp screen actress, as the supposed rcsu of a pprty in the actor's rooms. The determination of the Distrii , Attorney to proceed to trial on ti murder charge -A-as announced just b fore the court proceedings began. was reached after a series of confe enees with his staff, and his reasoi therefor wero set forth in a statemer which he issued after the court se sion. Through the prosecutor's acti< in deciding to stand by the murder wa rant sworn out by Mrs. Bambina Mam Delmont instead of the manslaught indictment found by the grand jur Arbuckle must remain in his cell wit mir. Vinil nriviliirro To Appear Again Thursday Arbuckle's attorneys had made every | preparation to have the comedian re ! ?eased on bail. Five thousand dollars , in cash had been deposited with the : Police Department for immediate use if Brady had decided to act on the man ' slaughter charge, or if at the conclu | sion of the police court preliminary ex j animation the case had taken such a : turn as to warrant them in applying to ! the Superior Court for the prisoner's ; release on bail on the manslaughter icharge, a matter which would rest in ; the discretion of the court. Rut the police court hearing was continued un ! til next Thursday and Arbuckle can ! entertain no hope of release during that time. Arbuckle had no advance informa? tion on the prosecutor's decision. Hi did not hear it until the same momem that the hundreds of strangers whe formed a wriggling mass of humanitj in the none too spacious courtroom there to see "Fatty'' face the discern forting outlook, heard it. Then th? announcement came so quickly and sc unexpectedly that it was plainly ap parent it took some seconds before Ar? buckle realized it had been spoken. The scenes around the courtroon were most exciting, the corridors be ing packed with a throng of more thai a thousand persons. Men and womei fought to get inside the doors, whicl were guarded by a cordon of police and the entrances were closed am locked when the room was crowde? with women, no men being allowed a hearings in the women's department where the proceedings were held. When the case was called Distric Attorney Brady announced that th prosecution was ready to proceed o the mffrder charge. Frank E. Domin guez, far Arbuckle, asked for a con tinuance of ten days, saying he wa tired out from working on the cas day and night. The District Attorne declared that the prosecution was dc sirous of adhering to every right o the defendant and had no objection t a reasonable continuance. He su? gested fivo days. Defenses to Call Physicians In reply Mr. Dom?nguez indicated on line which the defense would follov saying that there was a great deal c expert medical testimony which mu: be heard, it being of vital important to the case. This was understood t mean that the defense would raise tl; issue whether Virginia Kappe died i the result of medical treatment. A compromise was effected by tl court setting the case for next Thur day afternoon, and Arbuckle w: ushered from the room carrying tl knowledge that he must remain in ja at least seven days, whatever unexpectc developments might come after that. After the court session Mr. Brae issued a written statement qualifyir to a certain extent his decision to pr ceed on the murder charge. In th statement he said: "The District Attorney's office, fro The time that the facts became know has always been firmly of the opini? (Continuad on piget six) Transit Board Refuses Fare Raise in City Elimination Sought of Two - Cent Transfers Which Increased Rates During Hylan Regime Unified System Of Lines Planned Governor's Suggestions Followed to Save Situa? lion Here From Chaos The Transit Commission's first re? port, which will outline a comprehen? sive plan for the reorganization anc unification of all subways, elevate? and surface systems in line with Gov ernor Miller's suggestion that th< city's transportation must be rescue from bankruptcy and receiverships will state that under proper manage ment and freedom from overcapitall zation tho lines can bo operated sue cessfully without any change in th present rate of fare. The plans of th commission in reference to fares, how -ever, are to be only tentative and no arbitrary in laying down a 5-cent tari: rule, it was learned yesterday. Tho report, which was prepared b George McAneny, Le Roy T. Harknes and Major General John F. O'Ryai tho. members of tho commission, wi be made public early next week. li announcement, planned for this after noon after the Stock Exchange close has been delayed on account of mint revisions, it. was said yesterday at ti commission's office, 49 Lafayeti Street. Report Addressed to Public Containing about 5.000 words, the report will be addressed to the public with a view of making known in ad? vance just what the commission intend.** to do. While criticisms are expected, it is not the intention of the commis? sion to delay a prompt execution of its plans. / The commission's attitude, it was J learned from good authority, is that the public, being most vitally inter I ested in transportation, has the right J to know what plans are contemplated j on the samo day the traction com I panics learn of the plana. Tho. com i mission will announce its purposes with full confidence that it will not please everybody concerned, and conse? quently it is prepared to hear many . complaints. "lt is clear that the transportation lines will have to make concessions," said an official yesterday. "It will be shown that in the last fifty years some of the systems have been allowed to drift into a hopeless mess. They may have to suffer for it now. Hence it is likely that when the report comes out there will be much squealing." Traction experts assert that the duties of tho commissioners were ex? plicitly pointed out by Governor Miller when ho appointed them, and that the Governor left no room for doubt when he said that the public must not be called upon to pay fares raised merely to meet dividends on watered stock. Plan to Adjust Transfers Consideration will be given in th? forthcoming report to the increased burden put on the public by the method of charging for transfers. A plan tc eliminate two-cent transfers will be offered. Mayor Hylan has contended that he is largely responsible for the maintenance of the five-cent fart throughout the city. He will be shown in the report that at least one-fifth of the traveling public, by reason oi transfer charges, pays from seven tc fifteen cents for rides between certair points. Latest available -figures are for the year ended July 1, 1920. They show that 47.380,922 persons paid for trans? fers. The amount of money paid ir excess of five cents for fares is esti mated til be $-15,000,000 yearly. Officials of the Transit Commisaior said yesterday that their report wil not be influenced by the decision o1 the Public Service Commission, whicl on Thursday refused to sanction an in crease from six to ten cents irt th< fares of the New York State Railway'.' lines at Utica. The Transit Commis sion, as the governing board on loca traction questions, is not related to the Public Service Commission, which deal. with all public utilities in the stati except New York City's transportation Members of the two commissions d< not exchange views and therefore prin ciples laid down by one commission an in no way binding on the other, it war said. Menoher Asks To Be Relieved As Head of Army Air Service From The Tribune's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Sept. 16. ? Major ! General Charles T. Menoher, who has ' been chief of the army air service i since 1918, to-day asked Secretary of ! War Weeks to relieve him from that ' offico and assign him to command troops in the field. j Th? action of General Menoher is believed to have been the direct out? growth of dissension and friction which ha3 prevailed in the army air service for the last several months, which cul . mir.ated last spring in Menoher asking for the relief of Brigadier General William Mitchell, his chief assistant. General Mitchell and General Meno? her have not been in accord on certain ? policies that were put in effect in the | air service, notably the assignment of ! non-flying officers to high administra? tive positions in the service. Mitchell has vigorously advanced the contention that qualified flying officers should have the higher posts in the air service, while Menoher has insisted that the "ground men" of the service should be I equally recognized in the administra ; tion of the air force of the army. Secretary Weeks said to-day that ho had not yet acted upon the request pre-< sented by General Menoher and that he was not ready at this time to sny whether he would grant the request. He added, however, that it was cus I tomary for the department to grant high ranking officers any request for special duty in the service. He with? held the letter laid before him by Gen? eral Meticher, but explained that the general's request was based on "per? sonal reasons." When asked if it were not fair to as? sume that General Menoher's request, was due to the.controversy within the service between the Mitchell and Merio her factions, Secretary Weeks replied that both officers had agreed last spring to submerge their personal differences for the good of the service. Secretary Weeks ad-mitted to-day that he had received a report from General Mitchell regarding the results of the recent bombing tests conducted by the army and navy off the Virginia Capes. He said the report would not be made public, and he declined to indicate its contents. It is known, however, that in the report General Mitchell violent? ly disagreed with the conclusions of the joint army and navy board, which declared that the battleship was still the backbone of the navy. The Mitchell report is understood to have contained the emphatic assertion that the test disclosed the inferiority of all surface vessels when pitted against air bomb? ers. General Menoher served overseas as the commander of the 157th Field Ar? tillery Brigade of the Rainbow Di? vision, and had command of the di? vision during the defense of Chateau Thierry to the conclusion of th? Ar gonne-Meuse offensive. Pier Profiteers Make ______ _ ? Four Millions a Year; Extortion Plot Charged 126,105 on Part Time in Schools Now 909,658 Pupils Packed Into Crowded Rooms; Prall Makes Frantic Ef? fort to Uphold Hylan All records for school registration were shattered on Wednesday, accord? ing to the official statistics issued by tiie Board of Education yesterday. They show that on that date 009,658 pupils registered in the day schools. Of this number the amazing total of 126,105 are on part-time instruction. The cor? responding number registering last year was 856,113. In a desperate effort to nullify the effect of this telling evidence against the Hylan administration Aiming S. Frail, president of the Board of Educa? tion, issued a statement, after a con? ference with Superintendent of Schools Ettinger and Superintendent of School Buildings Snyder. The figures com? pletely contradict President Prall's tes? timony before the Meyer committee to the effect that only 56,500 were on part time. In every case the official statistics exceed the estimates that were made before the schools opened, and show that The Tribune's reports were con? servative. They show how inadequate is the relief afforded by the belated opening of the nine new schools and two additions that were opened Mon? day, the first during the three and a half years of the Hylan regime. Crowded High Schools The most appalling conditions are shown in connection with the .high schools. The figures show that there are 88,172 students registered and 33, 2:;0 of them are on part time. The Hylan administration has not built a high school during its entire term of office. Tho terrible crowding that has res ilted is reflected back on the ele? mentary schools, because it has been necessary to take space in them for high school purposes. After holding up the release of the statistics for a considerable period yesterday President Prall issued a statement in which he said in part: "In the elementary schools the reg? istration this year over September last year is 40,288, while the increase in part time over the same period is only 13,093, which shows conclusively the extent to which relief has been given by the new school buildings built by this administration, and the careful organization of classes through out the city." He failed to mention in his statement that this increase in part-time pupils is the second largest increase in the history of the Board of Education. The only time it was evei- exceeded or even approached was last year, during the Hylan administration, when there wris an increase of 27,810 in part-time in? struction because the He?rst-Hylan Tammany organization had failed ut? terly to supply new schools of any <5e Bcription. During the Mitchel administration the highest number of part-time pupils under instruction in the elementary schools was 46,402. This year there are 92,875 elementary pupils on part time, exclusive of those who are on double or triple session. In his statement President Prall triec to make a case for his superior at City Hall by dwelling on the Brook? lyn figures as follows: "This (relief afforded by new schools) is illustrated by the statistics as reported from the Brooklyn schools, where the greatest number of build? ings wero opened, which shows an in? crease in the register of 1G,466 and an increase on part time of only 2,588, and in taking the June figures we find an increase in registration of 12,737 in the Borough of Brooklyn and a de? crease in part time of 2,000." Little Relief in Brooklyn The real fact is that tho relief af? forded by the new schools in Brooklyn merely takes care of the increase that should have been taken care of more than a year ago, while the present figures show that Brooklyn is again on a terrific upward stride in the num? ber of part-time pupils. The statistics for Wednesday show there were 46,811 elementary pupils on part time in Brooklyn. Mr. Prall then tries to explain the high school conditions in the following manner: "The increase from September to June is due to a new method of count? ing part time by which many thousands of students formerly classified on dou (C-nntlnw-d on next page) Bosnian Revolutionists Kill Serbian Battalion Insurgents Numbering 100,000 Reported Equipped With Cannon and Machine Guns Spec?? Cable to The Tribuve Copyright. 1921, New York Tribune Inc. CHIASSO, Sept. 16.?An insurrection of ser'-ous proportions has broken out in B.aria, which was taken from Aus? tria-Hungary by the terms of the peace treaty and awarded to Jugo-Slavia, and is reported to be gaining ground rap? idly. The insurgents are headed by Petruc and number 100,000. They are well armed with cannon and machine fume. The Serbian troops resisting the re? volt are having a bad time of it. One battalion has been annihilated and an? other, traveling on a train, was cap? tured after rails h#d been torn un. Tho battalion was composed mainly of Boinian natives, who killed their officers and joined the insurgents. Ser? bian troops are being hunted along the frontier, and the hospitals are already filled with wounded. The insurgents have occupied Sara? jevo, and, according to news from Za f;reb, Croatiana also appear to be wani? ng to join the insurrection. 280% for Lessees In Pier Lease Deals The following figures, based on a report by General William M. Black to the United States Ship? ping Board, show how pier leases were manipulated by certain dock lessees to extort huge profits from steamship owners: Total yearly rent re? ceived by city from twenty-four piers-$1,484,717 The yearly rental col? lected by lessees from sub-tenants ......... $5,685,000 Average daily rental re? ceived from each dock by city . $63 Average daily rental col? lected by lessees. $240 j , Profit to lessees ... .280 per cent i Miller Is Asked To Bar Swann In Hines Probe Attorney General Is Ro quested to Prosecute, as District Attorney Is a Loyal Murphy Follower ?New Fraud Proof Claimed Foes of Tammany Leader Asked to Enroll ; Shalleck Is Bitter Against Police Governor Miller was requested yes? terday to appoint the Attorney Gen? eral of the State to supersede District Attorney Swann in the prosecution of the alleged election frauds committed in the Tammany primaries over the Hines-Miller contest and to order a special grand jury to hear the evidence. Vincent S. Lippe, counsel for James J. Hines, who opposed Julius Miller, the Murphy candidate for the Tam? many nomination for Borough Presi? dent, in announcing the Governor's aid had been, sought, said that positive evi? dence of frauds at the primaries on. I Reason for Move Aga?Bfct Swann lit #aT^r*,fOwiiMlfcJ.,.iJji>t ?Imb^Goyejnor was aiked to supersede Districc*3ffcto"i> rjey Swann because the latter is a Ibyal ftllow?r of Charlea..E? Murphy,,, ?g^n-m j Bines 19 fighting. j It was learned/last night that Lippe and several pother lawyers called on Hobert S. Cfmkling, l?Wputy State At? torney General in charge of the New work office, ein Wednesday, and laid the facts they had before him, and that it \?|as on his advice that formal request wbs made yesterday for assistance from ?Gpvernor Miller in prosecuting the pri rn nry frauds. It is expected that the Governor will a< t on the application, probably Mon? ds y, when the recount proceedings in atfc<t??d-h^..Hinea eome up for ?-?? hear? ing before Supreme Court Justice Isa do|c W'toiorvagpl JIM| _ ?he Ji**tr?Tnght agaiusl MurpWy Witt be fcushed to the bitter end,-both within thesranks of Tammany HaUjyyi-i?-the coufts. "HI HUB'H ' ^ail?liKlgninanager, Josifph Shalleck, who alleges he was blae^jacke(3JJ^^e^j?d^!shii,t..by mem? ber? of. therolice Department when in search of election fraud eveiAeauft' in Murghy's own district, rmjjwflily will bo ??ble to le-^Y^ hia<*iiw*unext week. Thenl Shalleck wih.as?Mtt in the fight agai?wt Mimihjr*a leadership, which yes terdajt---t*OK definite shape in the for? mation ?f the Hines Anti-Murphy League ?nd an apneal. by Hines for all ivKn' KillwwfT. witVi Viitn frt ?nrnl 1 in thn league. At his home in Riverside Dr?fre yes? terday Shnlleck criticized the Polico Department and District .attorney Swann. He was incensed at the Dis? trict Attorney because of failure on the part of his office to start proceedings against the policemen and Tammany politicians who assaulted him and his associates who visited the polling booth near Murphy's home on Tuesday night following reports that frauds were be (Continucd on next pao?) Louisville Bars Ku-Klux; To Punish All at Rally Pnhlic Safety Board to Regard Those Who .Attend Meeting as Unpatriotic Citizens LOUISVILLE, Sept. 16?The Board o?( Public Safety to-day "served notice or, all citizens to remain away" from a r-rbposed meeting of the Ku-Klux Klan on Sunday night, and warned owners of pu-blic halls not to rent their places to the organization. "Should any attempt be made to hold tha meeting in defiance of this order," the* board's announcement says, "any per-feon who attempts to attend it will be regarded as an unpatriotic citizen and a law violator, and will be dealt with ac? cordingly." Derailed methods to be employed in stopping the meeting were not disclosed. Published statements several days ago, attributed to an unnamed member of the KJan, said the organization had ?ix thoysami pledged members in Louis? ville, fyimediately after that announce? ment Mayor Smith declared he would use every lawful means to prevent the for? mation df a Klan in Louisville. Full page advertis?ments in a morning paper announced that a "Rev. Ridley" would address a masa meeting on Sunday on the purposes of the Klan, which brought the subject to an issu?. - "Secret, Uncontrolled System Made Condition Possible," Says Brown at the Meyer Inquiry Official 'Criminal Negligence' Blamed Ex-Dock Commissioner O'Brien Urges Guilty Be Found and Punished Testimony offered before the Meyer legislative committee investi? gating the Hylan administration yesterday showed that while the city had received a yearly rent'il of $1,484,717 for twenty-four piers un? der lease, the lessees had collected from other shipowners in wharf charges $5,685,000. It was further disclosed that the average daily cost of the piers to the lessees was $63, and that they had collected an average of ?2*i0 a day from subtenants, raking in a profit of 280 per cent. Elon R. Brown, chief counsel to the committee, charged that "a se? cret uncontrolled system of extor? tion was at the bottom of the situa? tion and made the condition pos? sible." Criminal Negligence Alleged General Edward C. O'Brien, a for? mer Dock Commissioner, who had been authorized by Chairman Albert D. Lasker of the United States Ship? ping Board to make an investigation of the dock profiteering charges, re? ferred to the condition from the wit? ness stand as "an official perversion of the people's interests of the Port of New York," and insisted that it was due to "criminal uegliganceJ" "The committee," he concluded, "ought never to adjourn until it ha-? taken every pier that General Black has named and searched it out and convict the guilty men. That is what the people are going to demand of officialdom from now on." Senator Schuyler M. "Mayer, chair? man of tho committee, said the com? mittee *was far from being throug. the dock investigation and that it would! "be gono into more in detail the comijrg week. It was intimated, however, that the' I subject would not be taken ud on./Mon- H day, when the comrrrittee resumes it? hearings, at 2:30 p. m. It ?3 uif?er- I ptood that arrangements for a prelim? inary probe of the Police Department ?have been made to begin a' that time, ?and that? Commissioner of PolicevE.:- ? fright and numerous other officialsVof -?the department have been subpoenaed. Hulbert Make Comment*-! I Murray Hulbert, Dock Commissiorrr. ?was present during the taking of yes? terday's testimony-arid engaged in mri .?ning comments with counsel or; facts "sind figures given by wit.': 'jng particularly to statements of Frank .?. Rippon, a British *'oe*k exp acted as examiner for the legislative committee. Mr. Rippon said he found that t increase in gross revenues from * Pock Department from l'-"'? to 19 was $1,059,810, or about 29 per c< From 1913 to 1917 ho said il $1,071,393, or about 23 per cent, and from 1917 to 1920, $1,364,057, a 24 per cent, ?n connection wil figures he ?jaid ,fcha*-**t*he gross ineomoj from d&ek** fc.tS 'shown a tteady increase) for many years. Asked to comment on a report of Commissioner of Accounts ?iirshflel? on the dock situation, he said that the Commissioner's allowance for tax raU> was too low, and the carrying charga w is therefore- higher than in per cent. Commissioner Hirshfield " had qu< ( - tioned the sufficiency of a rental of.7"^ per cent of the cost of improving the, proposed Pier No. 2, North River, when' constructed. The Commissioner held that the carrying charges would bo 6% per cent interest on th? investment, I per cent amortization (for a 50-y?i.r period) and 2% per cen? losses of taxes, or a total of 9 per cent. Huge Profils Collected Mr. Rippon was then asked to taki up the report of General Wi'rliarajM. Black for the Shipping Board profiteering question. He quoted me figures referred to at the beginning fcf this article, pointing out that fror.i the twenty-four piers leased from tSe city the lessees by their operation* were able to collect a profit of 231? per cent. Tir?se figures, he ?;ii<!, werf based on a 300-day year and intimate! that at least these were what the charges were, though ho was not sur? they were re.ceived. Th lease of part of Pier No. 1,1 North River, was taken up. Tins pier! was leased to Edward M. Raphael & j Co. on May 1, 1919, at $30.000 a year, although the superintendent of docks ! and the do'-'/? department a advised the auctioning of the lease be? cause of the fact that the Atlantic Fruit Companv had offered $34,000, the T. Carroll concern $32,000 and th? Montanigno & Delphine company ?'"5, 000. The Raphael company held iho lease until June, 1920, when for "cer? tain reasons" the lessee relinquished the pier. Mr. Rippon whispered the reason around amorrg members of the commit? tee and to the committee counsel, but it was not made public. Commissioner Hulbert brought out in this connection that he got $.j0,O1O fo the city from this arrangement it of $32,000, by hiving another steamship company double up with the Raphael firm in the use of the pier. The question of the Staten Island pier improvements came op, Mr.