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VOL. VII. NO. 189
Too Busy to Discuss "Such
Legislation," Which He
Won't Approve
Vares Skidded, but Street
Cleaning Amendment May
Trick Way Through House
Backers "of Measure Were
Drowsy and Put Schomo
Across Late
Bv n Btaff Correspondent
Harrisburg, April 22. Should
the Aron bill by any ovll chnnco
sneak a dcviou3 way through the
House and go before the Gov
ernor for approval, Mr. Sproul
would refuse to sign It
This is the understanding here
today, although the Governor
himself says, for the public car,
that he "will not discuss" this ,
Aron bill, which would give the
Vares a new grip on the street
cleaning business in Philadel
phia. Mr. Sproul is errtphatic that
he has too many important
things on his mind to bother
nbout "such legislation" as this,
and he refers to his message to
the Legislature, in which he
said there should be "no tinker
ing" with the new charter.
The Governor plainly means
Harrlsbuig, April 22. It 1b nn axiom
In Philadelphia politics that "the or
ganization never sleeps."
But It Is equally a fact that it some,
times gets drowsy and overlooks things,
that Is the rase with the Aron bill.
It wbk Just thirty-eight hours from
the time thcblll was introduced by Sen
ator Aron. who comes from "Uncle
Dave" Lane's district till It wan rushed
through the Senate yesterday afternoon.
A place en the House calendar will
be secured for It today very probably.
Th bill changes the city charter by
'illy two words. The charter uses the
word "may" In two places. The Aron
amendment makes It read "shall." This
Is the way the charter will read If the
change Is mado:
Provided, That any such work
(street cleaning- and ash and rubbish
removal) shall be done by contract
when authorised by tho Council by a
vote of a majority of all tho mem
bers elected, etc., etc. Tho Mayor
or the Council shall, prior to the
first day of August of any year, in
vite bids for such work.
How Vnro Men Erred "
Where tho Varo organization men
drowsed was noglect'ng the Introduc
tion of this bill until so late In the
session. It will have to take a low
Place on tho House calendar, and may
pot be reached before adjournment ; that
!, unless tho bill is "tricked" onto the
calender and then, In the rush of. the
last hours, It Jammed through when no
body In watching.
If the charter builders who were so
solicitous for the new Philadelphia leg
islation oro up to snuff they will have a
committee nn guard hero all next week.
It will be the easiest tblng for tho
yere people to slin something over nnrt
In five days undo the work of five
lit:"" "' two yer ago.
.l.1?. ,ittlc doubt that the repeal
or toe full-crew railroad law will be
May Act Backward
One of tho peculiar things that somo
times bobs up ot legislative sessions has
come to tho front In connection with
this bill. It In nn amendment that
uu.u noi oniy practically nullify tho
repealer, but would give added effect to
Continued on rai Twenty. ?olumn One
Important Activities
in Legislative Session
Senate recommits Millar transit bill
to pickling committee. This Is tho
bill the purpose of which Is to end
excessive rentnls paid by P. n. T
Co. to underlying companion.
Qovernor has dry enforcement bill
returned to committee to restore moro
of Its teeth, removal of which he bod
previously yielded to.
House passes bill replacing state
Uucatlon Board with a stato educa
tion council, Senate passes teachers'
salary Increase bill, which now will
be signed by tho Governor.
Administration bill creating o wel
fare department, In which soveral ex
istent bodies would bo merged, will
bo subjected of conference today and
may bo reported out of committee
Governor signs sheaf of bills. In
H 'n,e '""easing pay of Phtla
$2500 tlp,'tavC!, to maximum of
inIi0UBlir,aMes, ?rade crossing dim
B nn Lfa t JMe 0,'al"o-, Albert
B. Illnn, of Lehigh j but the Senato
U now expected to pass It and It may
beeuu. law. It would cllimnato the
crossings In fifty years.
"" hundred and thirty bills, nn
Proprlatlng $115,853,081. reported to
House und passed, for first time.
House defeats housing bill advo
cated by Bute Chamber of Commerce.
Hie general appropriations bill for
fV fxJ,enw,.,5 ,H wportwl t House
w third reading nnd recommitted to
&RW u tn,f,a moro thau
aui'sM.HM.kt;,m.titt n.v-.lW-.VK'.,niiyAJ2iaIftiJ1
Entered as flecond-Clm Muter at the Pottofflce. at Philadelphia, Pa,
Under lh Act of March I, 1STB - ,
Former Penn Professor Served In
Council and on School Board
John W. Patton, formerly professor
In the law department at Penn, diet,
last night at his home, 2223 De Laneey
Mr, Patton, who was born in Phila
delphia, In! 1843, was at one time a
member of the Board of Education. He
also served in Common Council.
He was elected from the Tenth ward
In 1881 under the auspices of the orig
inal ohjmittee of one hundred. Mr.
Patton wan in Council until 1880.
He was n trustee and elder of .the
Arch -Street Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Patton Is survived by a widow,
who was Miss Florence!. Crew, and
by several chlldrenCtfJs?''
Mr. Patton jUWrson of tho Rev.
Dr. John rattMPresbyterlan clergy
man, of this city.' After spending bis
freshman year at Penn no entered
Princeton, whera he was graduated in
1803. He studied law at Harvard and
in the office of John C. Ilullltt. He
practiced law In the Arm name of Hand
& Patton.
In 1887 he was elected president ot
the Mortgage Trust Co. of Pennsyl
vania. He resigned In '1800 because of
ill Health." In 1897 be was appointed to
the new professorship of the practice
of law.
His first wife was Mary Illacklston,
of Mlddletown, Del,, and there survives
of this union J. Woodward Patton, Jr.,
Mrs, Lucius II. Ileers, of New York;
Mrs. Schuyler G. Woodhull, of Min
neapolis; Henry II, Patton, Jr., of
Philadelphia, and Mrs. Henry It. Cart
right, Jr., of New York.
Bilf Contractors' Plot to Restore
Contract Street Cleaning,
Caven Says
Th Aron bill Is n plot by contractor
to force the city back to cleaning its
streets by contract, said Director Caven
Should this measure, which has passed
tho Senate and now goes to the House,
become n law, it would wipe out one
of the.vltal provisions of the city char
ter. Mr. Caven went on.
"The city today Is cleaning the dis
trict bounded by Columbia avenue,
South street, and the two rivers for less
money than tho lowest bid made by any
contractor for the work, nnd It must
be. apparent to the nvernge citizen that
the work Is being done very much bet
ter," Mr. Caven said.
"Thore is not a doubt in the minds
of the men connected with the bureau
cleaning of streets that the municlnnl
force Is much more flexible and better
able to remedy any defects that exist.
For examnle. this Tear thn central sec-
tlonof the city Is being cleaned at night
cue uiuimi (,'ururr nun 111 iubi yeura,
and the department did this as a matter
6f efficiency.
"But If the city bad to let the con
tract, containing specifications calling
for the cleaning of streets In the cen
tral section of the city at ntght after
May 1, it would not have been possible
ns wo have done this year to start In n
month earlier.
Blow at Efficiency
"If the amendment passes it will
break down the aim of the Department
of Public Works, which Is to build up
an efficient organization to take care
of the cleaning of the streets In the
entire city anil to do the work at the
lowest possible cost. The city might
he confronted with having to dispose of
Its street cleaning plant in ono year and
having to buy it back the next, entailing
a big los?. . .
"The Aron amendment not only af
fects street cleaning, but' the very Im
portant matter of repairing strcuts. Tin
city has just built nn exceptionally good
asphalt plant to take care of repairs
to streets promptly. In the past the
city has been forced to let contracts for
street repair work. Street repair con
tracts have proven unsatisfactory. 'It is
difficult to draw specifications properly
In street repair contracts, since there is
always a dispute as to the method ot
measuring breaks and holes under the
contract system.
"Aside from this thero is a long de
lay In repairing when n serious break
occurs In a street, due to the time re
quired to draw up such contracts. The
building of tho municipal asphalt plant
has dono away with all these problem,
and the city is now in a position to
make rcpnlis to streets an hour after
required repairs are reported.
'Tnssuge of tho Aron amendment
would be a step backward, which I am
sure the cltizons ot Philadelphia, espe
cially those who fousht for tho new
charter, will vigorously oppoBC."
Mr. White Gets Busy
Thomas llaeburn White, chairman of
the subcommittee on charter of the gen
eral charter committee, says he will
confer with the Dureau of Municipal
Research on tho amendment sponsored
by Aron.
"Tho bill should not bo passed be
cause it destroys the system provided by
the charter for handling the street
cleaning of tho city," said Albert Smith
Fought, a member of the subcommittee.
"As a member of the charter
committee, I am of the opinion that the
bill will not pass the House, and If
passed, will bo voted by the Governor.
Mr. Sproul Is In entire sympathy with
tho purposes of the new charter."
Frederick P. Gruenberg. director of
the Dureau of Municipal Research and
a member ot the charter committee,
termed tho Aron bill "an absurdity."
The charter as It now stands with re
spect to street cleaning Ih a perfect
home-rule measure, he said. The pro
posed amendment would open the way
to "fllmflammlng tho public again nnd
Councilman Dovelln, nn independent,
expressed himself forcibly In urging
detent of the bill. He said:
"Adoption of tho Aron bill would be
a great blow to tho charter. One of the
striking advances made by the charter
was tho provision allowing the city to
do its own street cleaning. It was the
first step to got rid of tho contractor
Influence in the city government,
"If tto bill were passed and ap
proved by the Governor It would have
the effect )t paralyzing efforts of the
Deportment of Pirblle Works and would
cause a great loss in connection with
tho plant that has been provided for
street cleaning."
JoIIImI Alnslhs Orchestra voa ovvr heard
melody ana pep In combination. Dnoe to It
listen to Its at dinner and after the theatre.
Ilnterjldclpbla. Chestnut and loth. Jidv.
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Attractive Burglar, Armed and
Crafty, Directs Crippled Man
to Bind, Gag and Loot
A woman burglar accompanied by n
man who hhd n peg leg attacked Mr.
and. Mrs. L. Ashton in their home In
Vlneland, N. J., early today, and after
binding and gagging them, stole $127
and Jewelry and escaped.
Mr. and Mrs. Ashton received slight
injuries and are suffering from nervous
shock. A description of. the two bur
glars has been sent to the Philadelphia
and Camden police.
Woman Thief Is Young
Shortly beforo midnight the woman,
who was about twenty-five nnd at
tractive, called at tho Ashton home. 522
North Fourth street, and told MrsI
Ashton her mother, Mrs. Eye, had met
with a serious accident and needed at
tention. The woman then left and Mrs.
Ashton nrenarcd to leave tho hmiin
Mr. Ashton arrived and urged his wife
not to go. He said he thought tho mes
sage was a trick. Mr. and Mrs. Ash
ton then retired. The latter placed
$127 under a pillow before going to
Shortly after midnight thero was a
knock at the front door. Mr. and Mrs.
Ashton answered it together. The
woman who called earlier was there;
this tlmo accompanied by a man.
"You better go to your mother," said
the woman, "she needs you greatly."
"lea, said the cripple, "you'd better
uotn go."
Mr. and Mrs. Ashton were about to
shut the door when tho visitors drew
IJoth Were Armed
"Don't move a hand," sold the
woman or you'll regret It."
"Keep quiet," the man added.
The woman who appeared to bo di
recting tho proceedings, then ordered
Mr. and Mrs. Ashton to go up stairs.
Husband and wife were forced Into
their bedroom. Whilo the woman
covered both with her revolver, the man
tore sheets ami bound the ban'ds and
feet ot the victims. A towel was then
stuffed lu the mouth of each.
"Toko the man to the back Toom and
lock him in," the woman ordered. The
cripple obeyed.
Y hile Mr. Ashton was being taken to
a rea. room, the woman burglar lighted
a cigarette and sat down.
"J bate to have to bind you." sold
the woman to Mrs. Ashton, "but we
can't afford to take any chance."
Just then two children who were 'in
an adjoining room started to cry. Mrs.
Athlon moved as though she would like
to comfort them.
Showed Motherly Instinct
"I'll take the gag from your mouth,"
said the woman, and you tell them
everything's all right and to keep quiet.
Don't say another word."
The gag was removed for u moment
and Mrs. Ashton compiled with the
orders. The, children then remained
The woman thief then searched every
room in the house. She found the
money under the pillow and then took
K'V'iio! pieces of Jewelry.
As the couple were about to depart,
the woman took a $5 bill from the roll
ot stolen money and left it on a table.
The man and woman then left by a rear
Mrs. Ashton managed to get to the
wall and knocked against it with her
fjot. Mrs. Mary Schcnley, who lives
next door, was aroused and freed the
Flee Toward Philadelphia
"I think they must have known we
had tho money." said Mrs. Ashton,
"for they were' deliberate and made
no attempt to rbb any one else."
The burglars went to Mlllvltle and
from there took a tnxlcab to Camden.
Chief ot Police Hudson, of Vlneland,
traced them there and with the aid of
Captain Humes, of the Camden police,
nas obtained several clues, it was
learned that a pair supposed to be the
cripple and girl stopped at a Camden
hotel several days ago
The couple were In Millvllle Tuesday
and registered In a Millvllle hotel as
Mr. and Mrs. John mlth, ot New
York. Tho man told several persons
that he had lost his leg In the war and
was now employed as a salesman.
She Tells of Delicate Sheet In Lux
urious Country Home
London, April 22. Sir Shirley Iienn,
who describes himself ns "one of the
male members for Plymouth," told an
amusing story wben the Karl of Ply
mouth was presented with the freedom
of the Glaziers' Company.
"Lady Astor," he said, "who Is a
woman of great courage and nimble wit.
once asked me why a certain gentleman
had voted with tho Labor party. 'I
can't think that he has anything in
common with the labor people,' she
said. 'He lives in the lap ot luxury and
If you go to his country seat he puts
you Into beds where the sheets. are so
delicate that you are tickled all night
with the blankets.' "
Nine Georgians Must Answer Charge
of Murder
Camilla, Ga April 22. (Ily A. P.)
Nine indictments hnvo been returned
by the county grand jury In connection
with the lynching lout January of Jim
Roland, a Negro, said 'to be the first
such findings in tho stato under what
Is known as the "mob violence act."
The charges oro murder nnd mob vio
lence and all of the Indicted men. ex
cept two, have been arrested and re
leased on $10,000 bond, to be tried
next week.
Roland was shot and killed by a mob
after he had shot and seriously injured
Jason Harrcll, of Grady county. Wit
nctKCH. testified before the grand jury,
it lu stated, that Harrell wan making
some Negroes dance, and that when
Roland camo along Harrell tried to
make him dance also. Roland, it was
testified, refused to dance, whereupon
botli pulled their pistols and began fir
ing, Harrcll falling badly wounded.
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Lawyer Dies
Widely known lawyer In Now York
and director of several Philadelphia
corporations victim of pneumonia
Prominent N. Y. Attorney, Wall
Known Here, Was 65 Years Old
M. Tnvlor Pvnc. nromlncnt Now
York attorney, active in the affairs of
Princeton Unlversltj. of which he was
a trustee, and well known in tnis city
as a director of many Inrge corpora
tions, died this morning at 203 Madison
nvcnnc.'New York, of pneumonia. He
was sixty-five years old.
Mr. I'yne, a native of New York, was
a graduate of Princeton University and
Columbia Law School.
For twelve years ho was general
solicitor of the Delaware, Lackawanna
and Western Railroad Co. lip later
withdrew from general practice and for
the last few years had been directing
the affairs of various large estates.
In addition to being n trusteo of
Princeton University he was chulrman
ot Its graduate school committee, a
director of the Lake Carnegie Asso
ciation and a trustee of the Lawrence
vllle School. Ills home was Drum
thwacket, near Princeton. Ho leaves
a widow and two sons.
Two Other Lads Injured When
Struck by Machines
Two small boys were killed by auto
mobiles and two others berlously in
jured yc.itcrdny. The dead are Ray
mond Corbctt, four years old, R84li;
Woodbine avenue, and Raymond Wal
ters, four years old,' 1022 North Uou
vler street.
Raymond Corbctt was playing near
his homo when struck by an automobile
driven by H. McChcsley, of 1147 North
Sixty-fifth street.
Raymond Walters was crossing Co
lumbia avenue at Ilouvlcr street, and
stepped from behind a westbound nuto
mobile Into the path of a vehicle pro
ceeding east on Columbia avenue. He
was instantly hilled. Arthur I-lnley,
twenty-live years old. 1722 North Park
avenue, driver of tho automobile, and
MdJhesncy are held to await action ot
the coroner.
Edward Marriott, six years old, 207
1Vf "!nmhrln tW.nr.--2n.na nlnrfntr nt
'Tftcond. street1' and. Columbia avenue
when struck by an automobile driven by
George Ayllng, .1423 North Hope street.
Ayllng Is being held pending the result
of hit injuries.
Fred C. Romaln. 5014 Master street.
was held under $800 ball by Magistrate
Uarney, chnrged with running clown Jo
seph Connc, nlnriycars old, 004 North
Twenty-third street, last night at
Twenty-fourth street nnd Pennsylvania
avenue. The boy Is In the Medico
Chlnirglc.il Hospital with a fractured
Insurance Man, Long Prominent
Here, Born In Orkneys
W. A. L. Lflughtnn, on insurance
man, died yesterday at his home. 252
West Johnson street. His funeral will
tako place there at 4 :45 o'clock Satur
day afternoon. Interment will bo in
Massachusetts,, where Mr. Laughton
made bis home before h? came to Phila
delphia thirty years ago.
Mr. Lnughton had been for many years
Identified with tho Employers' Liability
Assurance Corporation of Ijondon. He
had been manager of the Middle De
partment ot the company, embracing
New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylva
nia, for thirty years.
He was bom at Kirkwall, Orkney
Islands, Scotland, and came to America
when a young man, being first con
nected with the company's homo office
In Roston. He was sent to Philadelphia
to tako chargo ot the business in this
Mr, LuVghton was n member of St.
Mangus Cathedral, Kirkwall, the Union
League. Harmony Lodge, No. 42,
F. nnd A. M. ; the Consistory, tho
Chamber of Commerce and the White
marsh Country Club. .He Is survived
by his widow.
Aged Woman Trips Over Branch
and Plunges Into Flames
Harrlsburg, April 22 (ny A. P.)
Mrs. Inry Shecsly, eighty-three years
old, a retired school tcarhrr of Dauphin,
may die from burns received today when
she tripped on a branch of a tree and
pitched head foremost into a bpish fire.
Thj aged woman, who bus lived alone
since her husband suddenly disappeared
moro than half a century ago, was
burping debris from her Mower garden
in which she has spent most of her
summers. Mrs. Jacob Wlnegnrdner
answered her screams, and was burned
nbout tho face and arms In pulling her
from the fire. She taught in the Dau
phin schools more thnn forty years.
New Cwtle, Pa., April 22. Mrs.
Minnie Douglas, aged fifty -three, died
en route to the Shcitango Valley Hoh4
nltal, of burns received this morning"
She was alone In the kitchen at her
hom(, and passersby, attracted by her
screams, found her with her face bur
ied In a smaH cot, her clothes ablaze.
There was no fire of any other soft
found in the room.
Arrested as Wire Clipper
l Thomas Pechlo, of Carpenter street
near Ninth, was arrested last night at
Gcrmantown and Highland avenues,
and today turned over to the Mont
gomery county authorities, charged
with clipping copper wire from tele
phone lines near Fort Washington. Ho
hada bagful of copper wire valued
At Ve,
Three in Motorcar Captured
After Thrilling Dash Down
Broad Street
Three armed men In a motorcar led
police a chase on Broad street early
today In which many salvos of shots
were fired.
The fugitives, George W.ood, twenty
eight years, old, TwentyflAit street
near Porter; John Dolnnd, thirty years
old, Eleventh street near Federal, and
Harry-Coons, alias Harry Carly, twenty-one
years old, of Darby, wcro ar
rested and arraigned before Magistrate
Oswald at the Nineteenth and Oxford
streets station. The magistrate held
them tinder $1000 ball each for a fur
titer hearing April 24, so police could
trace the car they used and see if It
were stolen.
Created Disturbance
Patrolman Tratnor was approached
by a citizen shortly beforo 0 o'clock this
morning and told three men In an au
tomobile, had been driving through the
neighborhood and creating a disturb
ance. Tho patrolman caught sight of the
men and called to them to halt and
for answer one of tbem fired three
shots at him, all of which went wild.
He ran up to the car and emptied
his revolver into the tonncau. One ot
tho bullets struck Doland, passing
through his overcoat, coat and vest, but
not even cutting his silk shirt.
Tratnor jumped into a passing ma
chine and ordered the driver to pursue
the fugitives. They dashed down Ilroad
street, the parto'man reloading and
firing, and the men in the speeding car
ahead returning tho fire.
Two Moro Patrolmen Join in Chase
Motorcycle Patrolmen Conlcy nnd
Boone beard the shots and Joined In
tho chase.
The three men abandoned their car
at ett and Stiles streets and threw
their revolvers away.
The patrolmen pursued the fugitives
on foot. Tralnor caught Doland; the
motorcycle men caught the others.
Five bandits in a touring cur at
tempted to hold un and rob Frederick
Gensel and B. S. Weaver, officials of
tne 3Imortal Ilulldlng and Loan Asso
ciation, in front of the Northwestern
National Bank, Broad street and Fair
mount avenue late last night.
They were outwitted and obtained
only a few books.
Went to Bank Near Midnight
Gensel and Weaver, at the Memorial
Association, went to the Jiank shortly
before midnight. They summoned Law
rence Andrew, tba watchman,- and, fol
lowing a regular ctlwtn4ia.nd(;d the re
ceipts of the association ."'amounting to
about $2100, through a little wicket
gate in the grilled droor of the bank.
Just as Andrew extended his hand for
the money a touring car with five men
arrived. Three of tho men remained In
the car and the other two drew re
volvers and ordered the officials to throw
up their hands.
Despite the fact that n revolver stared
him' In the face Gensel shoved the bag
of money into the watchman's hand.
The wicket gate closed with n snap
with tho money safe inBlde.
Desire to Appear In Movies Leads
Two Youngsters Far Astray
Francis and Phillip May. both in
their early 'teens, left their home, 15H0
npring Harden street, yesterday after
noon and fared forth into tho world to
become "movie" stare.
At 2 o'clock this morning they were
found near a motion picture house at
Levering and Mansion streets, practicing
tho mlrthmaklng pranks of comedy
screen actors. District Detective Green,
ot the Mnnayunk station, discovered
them by the intermittent blinking of a
flashlight which each was UBlns: on the
other In imitation of the projector light.
Questioned by the detective, they
said :
"We are planning to make the rounds
of all movie houses in town, then we
will go out on the road. All the time
wo will study the actors wo see. nnd
some day we will be like Charlie Chap-
Jin. -
"And what will your mother think of
thntvv ashed Urcen.
"She'll Just have to bear it," was
tho reply, "lou know a man has got
to go out and face the world some
Their great ambition was not din-
pellcd by the presence of the police, for
on the floor of the rollroom they con
tinued their capers. They will do re
turned to their parents todrty.
ROBBERS GET $200,000
Armed Bandits Raid Chicago Jew
elry Establishment
Chicago, April 22. Two armed ban
Idts today entered the J. J. Rclngold
jewelry concern on the fifteenth floor
of a downtown building and, after forc
ing the owner nnd a traveling salesman
Into a private office, escaped with cash
and iowcls valued by the owner at
Mr. Rcingold nnd I.eroy I'resent, son
of the head of a diamond importing
company in Rochester, N. Y nnd
traveling representative for tho con
cern, were the only persons In thn n
"when the bandits entered. They were
ily bound ami the bandits spent
time In rani-neklng the place.
Customers Attack Chinese Walter,
but Land In Cells
John R. Walsh and Charles Bates
both of Fifty-third street abdve Colum-'
bla nvenue, became so provoked at n
waiter In a Chinese restaurant, at (1011
Market stieet, last night, that they at
tacked him with sugar bowls, knocked
him down and kicked him, It Is charged
a ho waiter, Wong Leung, was un-'
coniciouj, when taken to the West Phil
adelphia Homeopathic Hospital. III
skull ih believed fractured.
Wcish and Bates were held today In
$1000 bail each by Magistrate Pricef
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America's Stand May Cause
Entente to Alter Its Pro
posed Course
French ' Regret That Hughes'
Reply to Teutons Was Not
Categorical Refusal
ny the Associated! Press
London, April 22. Dramatic effort
on the part of Germany to Induce tho
United States to arbitrate tho repara
tions question between Berlin nnd the
Entente governments, nnd the refusal of
the Washington government to ilt In
judgment on the merits of tho vexing
problem, hnvo lent new interest to the
conference at Lympnc on Snndny be
tween Premier Briand, of Franco, and
Prime Minister Lloyd George, of Great
The expressed deslro of the United
States that there be "an Immedlotr re
sumption of negotiations" has brought
into the situation a new element, as ic
had been popularly supposed the two
premiers would merely consider plans
for further occupation of German ter
ritory, and not a renewal of exchanges
between London nnd Paris and Berlin.
The new factors entering Into the
situation make it probable that Mr.
Lloyd George and M. Briand will find
themselves called upon to mnke some
sort Of answer to the implication in the
United States note to Berlin that fur
ther negotiations should be commenced.
Military Plans Complete
It is known that military authorities
of France have perfected all plans for
the occupation of cities and towns in
the industrially important Ruhr dis
trict of Germany, and have formulated
economic penalties that will be put
Into operation when occupation of these
plaecB has been completed.
Germany, at the same tlmcshe ap
pealed to Washington, sent 'n com
munication to the Allies rejecting the
demand that the gold holdings of the
Relrhsbank in Berlin be deposited be
fore May 1 in either Cologne or Cobleni
ns security for reparation payments.
These holdings amounted to 1,001,51)8,
000 marks on April 15.
On the other hand, tho German ship
ping delegation has reduced by 2,500,
000 tons its estimate of the amount of
shipping turned over to the Allies under
the ersalllea treaty.
Valuation Cut Down
The Germans originally asserted that
4,000,000 tons of shipping, valued at
7.000,000,000 gold marks, had been
turned over, but she has notified the
Entente that an alternative valuation
on a lower basis will be submitted soon.
Dr. Walter HImolis. German fornlmi
minister, will speak in the Reichstag
nexr. jionaay or Tuesday, nnd will
answer questions ns to the allied de
mands and the position taken by the
Berlin government.
It may be that during his address
he will outline the terms Germany will
offer the Allies In her nttemnt to avert
an Invasion of tho Ruhr region by the
rrencn nnn tne enforcement ot nddl
tlonal penalties by the Allies
Paris. April 22. (By A. V.)
French officlnl circles expressed disap
pointment today tnat tne American re
ply to Germany's request for mediation
was not a categoric refusal, oh had been
expected here. 'I he regrets were mlti-
gated, however, by satisfaction that the
United States was displaying an active
Interest In the reparations question.
The American answer is interpreted
here ns an invitation to wcrmnny to
resume negotiations with the Allies. It
is thought thut the communication in
dicates that the United States will not
continue the conversation with Gcr
mnny on this subject except In accord
with the Allies. Secretary of State
Hughes is understood in authoritative
quarters here to have assured Am
bassador Jusscrand to this effect.
Germany's appeal to Washington
caused little surprise here. It had bpen
more or less anticipated, and was taken
as evidence thnt Berlin had reached the
limit of her powers of resistance.
Absolute confidence thnt "America
Continued un t'asr Twrntr. Column Five
BUFFALO. N. Y April 22. SeVenty-flve chauf fours weic
held up in their clubrooms hero 'early today by four aimed men
and lobbed of S5000. Tho robbers escaped in nn automobile.
WASHINGTON, April 22. The United States would be lep
rcsentod by a commission nt the coming- centennial colcbintion
of Peruvian independence under n resolution reported fnvoinbly
by the Sennt foreign relations committee on recommendation of
Pi ehident Harding.
NEW YORK, April 22. The French stenmer Itoussillon from
Havre wns held nt quarantlno today after the ship's officers had
reported death of a child from smallpox April 20. The 17S steer
age passengers were transferred to Hoffman Island for vaccina
tion and observation.
Man Aided by Patrolman Takes
Animals From Burning 8table
Fourteen horses wero saved from
death last night in a fire that partially
destroyed a stable at the rear of tho
house of Alexander Medley, 704 North
Forty-fifth street.
Medley was looking out of a win
dow in hls'home when he noticed smoke
Issuing from the htahle. He called Pa
trolmun Johnson, of the Forty-second
district, and the two succeeded In re
moving the fourteen horses stabled
there. The loss to the building was
bout ?1COO.
. (fou
fluhirrlntlon Prlc IA a Tear by Wall,
Public r.dtr Company
Secretary Hughes Noto
Replying to Berlin
The text of (Secretary Hughes' an
swer to Germany4 reparations plea
"This government coultf not agree
to mediate tho question of repara
tions with n view to acting an um
pire In Its settlement. Impressed,
however, with the seriousness of Uc
issues Involved as they affect the
whole world, tho Government of the
United States feels Itself to be
deeply concerned with the question
of obtaining an carly and just so
lution. This government strongly
desires that there should be an im
mediate resumption of negotiations
and reiterates its earnest hope that
the German Government will
promptly formulate such proposals
as would present a proper basis for
"Should the German Govern
ment take this course, this govern
ment will consider bringing the
matter to the attention of the al
lied governments In a manner ac
ceptable to them In order that ne
gotiations may speedily be re
Federal Agents Comb Radical Cen
ters for I. W. W. Secretary
Chicago, April 22. (By A. 1M
Federal officials today announced they
were requesting exhaustive investiga
tions of Headquarters of radicals in
various cities throughout the country
in tho belief that "Big Bill" Haywood,
I. W. W. chief, reported yesterday to
have fled to Russia, was being con
ccoled in this country in connection
with alleged plnns for a May Day
Application for fnll pardons for four
I. W. W.'s convicted in Chicago with
Haywood were made today to the De
partment of Justice by their counsel,
Harry Weinberger, of New York. The
department was told there "was not a
scintilla of evidence" to show that the
four men were guilty of vlolntlon of the
esplonuge net or of conspiracy to ob
struct the draft.
The men arc Charles Ashlclgh, of Now
York; Jack Law, of Pittsburgh; Vln
rent St. John, of Chicago, and Gio
vanni llnldazzl. of New York.
Haywood, who disappeared just as
lie .was about to bcglu a twenty-year
penitentiary sentence for obstructing
this country's war activities, must sur
render by Monday or his bonds will he
forfeited and he officially will become a
fugitive from Justice, the United Stntis
district attorney's office announced to
day. "Big Bill" was out under bond of
$15,000, nnd under the law double thnt
amount had to be scheduled by Iiif
bondfmen. William Brnss Lloyd,
wealthy member of the Communist La
bor party, scheduled $20,000 and the
bnlnnco was furnished by several per
sons. I. W. W. lenders yesterdny received
word that Haywood had reached Russia,
but they said they believed he had gone
on a personal mission. Efforts are being
mado to reach him by coble.
Fall to Decide InConspJracy Case In
volving Three Men
Tho jury that yesterday heard the tes-
' tlmony in the case of three men accused
of conspiracy to rob a tailor shop at
,1220 West Moyamcnsing avenue report-
' ed to Judge Shull In Quarter Sessions
' Lourt tills morning they had been un
I able to reach a verdict and were dis
charged from further consideration ot
the case.
It was charged the defendants, John
Mornn, 2231 South Fifteenth street,
George Boynton and John Garvey, of
the Y. M. C. A. branch at Thirteenth
nnd Shunk ntreets, confided their con
spiracy to rob the tailor shop to Mount
ed Pntrolmnn John McCIosky, of the
Fourth street and Snyder avenue sta
tion, nnd promised him a rewurd for
protection. The hearing of testimony
wns completed lute yesterduy afternoon
and the Jury retired to deliberate. Court
was adjourned until this morning.
Three Others Injured When Train
Hits Car on Grade Crossing
.Montreal, Quebec, April 22. (By A.
P.) Three persons were killed and
three others injured when their auto
mobile was struck late lnxt nlcht liv n
southbound Delaware and Hudson Rail
way train at Hughes Crossing, near La
colle. Tho dead are Mr. and Mrs. Isidore
Bcaudln, of this city, ami their Infant
granddaughter, Leoun Blair. The child's
rarehts nuil a friend, the other occu
pants of tho car, were not seriously
JVbn you think of wrltlnr,
think ot WIIITINO-Mltfv,
' ...(;& it
Harding, Refusing to Mediate;
Stresses "Just" 'Solution In
Suggesting Now Discussion
Victors Likely to "Throw Gem
many to Wolves" for Own
Restoration '
Staff Correspondent livrnlnr Puhlte I.rd(nnT
Covvrioht, lilt, bv FubHo Ledger Co.
Washington, April 22. The United
States, In a prompt reply to Germany's
appeal to President Harding to act as
mediator between Germany nnd tho Al
lies on tho question of reparations, re
fused tho request, but expressed tho
hope that the German Government
would present proposals ob a basis for
the renewal of negotiations.
The American note is taken here to
Indicate not only the government's de
sire to see the reparations question re
opened, but a wish to participate In a
conference with tho Allies and with
the German Government upon it. Mr.
Hughes speaks of obtaining nn early
and just solution.
The adjective "just" has repeatedly
been applied by both President Hard
ing and Secretary Hughes to the sub
ject of reparations. But there has been
no disclosure of what this government
regards as Just reparations, what criti
cism it makes, if any, of tho sum which
the Allies arc now trying to collect of
Germany by the militnry measures
which they arc now planning nnd which
involve nn advance nnd occupation of
the Ruhr coal region nnd of the indus
trial cities of which It is the base.
For the sake of a better understand
ing of the situation it Is necessary to
recall that the treaty fixed a -certain
basis of reparations to be worked out
In detail and applied later by tho rep
arations commission. At n conferenca
held in Paris some months ngo the Su
prrme Council, using the figures pre
pared by the reparations commission,
demanded of Germany the payment of
about $.-"1,000,000,000 over a period of
forty-two years, plus a levy of 1214 ner
cent yearly upon Germany's total ex
Could Not Legally Collect
Germany at a conference held In
London refused to agree to pay this
amount. As the treaty made repara
tions pnyoblo In thirty years, nnd as tbo
Allies spread them over forty-two
years, the nmount fixed nt Paris and
subsequently demanded nt London
could not legnlly be exacted.
Threfore, ,the Allien fell back upon
the basis which Germany agreed to In
tho treaty, which Involves n larger sum
than thnt fixed at Parin and rejected
by Germany, to be pnld In thirty years.
In place of tho export levy of 12V4 per
wiit. both England and Franre have,
bj domestic legislation, lnld an import
duty of r.0 per cent upon all German
goods coming Into their territories.
This creates nn Impossible situation.
Germany is asked to pay an enormous
nmount of money and nt the same time
n prohibitory tax is levied upon Ger
man goodK Imported by her creditors.
As the trenty contemplated nn adjust
ment of reparations by the reparations
commission, in the light of Its inves
tigntlons. in a sense reparations still re
main to bo fixed, although the Allies
have legal authority In the treaty for
proceeding as they nre proceeding.
Mr. Hughes' words, "a just solu
tion," are not, therefore, to be taken
as a criticism of tho work of the Paris'
and the London cnoferences which fixed
$.1( plus the 12 per cent
levy so much us n criticism of the fail
ure to agree upon un equitable basis
of settlement such nw the Versailles
Treaty It-o'f contemplated.
No Definite Opinion on Total Sum
A to the amount of reparutlonH
which Germany can nnd should pay It is
doubtful If Mr. Harding and Mr Hughes
have a definite opinion. During tho
latter port of the Wilson administration
Normnii Davis, who wuh umlei secretary
of state, had been one of the economic
advisers of the American delegntlon
to the Pence Conference. Mr. Davis
hud settled views. He regarded tho
$.-.0,000,000,000 fixed at Parih and Lon
don as excessive nnd beyond Gcrmany'H
ability to pay. He regarded the 12',
per cent levy ns Improper, since It tend
ed to clone the mnrKets of the world to
(Sermnn goods.
His iutlucuco upon the present ad
ministration was nothing more than
to suggest certain doubts In Mr.
Hughes' mind. In general It is be
lieved hero that A.--. Hughes inclines
to plnce ut a higher figure both Ger
many's obligation to jmy und Ger
many's capacity to paj than did Mr,
Duvis mul the WlUmi admlulMtratlon.
But as Mr. Hughes expert h thnt tho
Cunllnunt on I'.ise Twt-nU. Culuian MIX
Todays Developments
at National Capital
Nnval bill appropriating $,I!H1,000,
000 for construction of capital ships
and reducing personnel of imvy re
ported to House.
Representatives of Importers at
tacked currency revaluation provisions
of emergency tariff bill before Senate
finance committee.
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