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lUiwii^ty to Petrojrad. THOTKKY 8KKDJ OKKCn TO rER5IAN OFFICIALS LOWDON. January 4.?Tho Bolshevik Fortlfv Minister, Leon Trotsky, is said by the petrograd correspondent of tho Bgehattge Telegraph Company to have ?ent a communication to the Persian government offering to begin n^Koti^ ttjnu for tho withdrawal of Russian troops from Persian territory provided Turkey will withdraw her*. The Russian commissioners, the cor respondent sayu, hnvc decidcd to nego tiate with the government of Ukraine on the basis of recognition of the Ukraine republic provided it does not hinder military operations against General Kajedlnes. the Cossack leader. It Is suggested that these negotiations bo held at Smolensk or Vitebsk. According to the same correspondent. , Mr. Keren*ky, the deposed Premier, has prepared an account of hid services j during the period of the first revolu tion. which will be presented to the ? constituent assembly. It includes full i details of conditions at the front dur ing the June offensive, and the reasons v. hy M. Kerensky decided to remove former Emperor Nicholas to Siberia. In the archives of the Russian For- | cigo Office there have been discovered i documents of unusual Interest dealing 1 with negotiations between Germany atjd the imperial Russian sovernmcm In regard to * national convention to combat socialism. Other documents re- j lating to the origin of the war throw : light on certain aspects of German policy. These papers will he published 34 soon as they have been classified. tOC.il FIGHTING occms ON THE CAMDRAl FRONT LONDON, January <.?"Local fight ing took place yesterday afternoon on the Cambrai front. In the neighbor hood of tiie Canal du Nord. without producing material change in the situation." the War Office reports. "We advanced our line slightly dur ing the night south of Lens. "There was some hostile artillery ac-1 tlvity during the night in the Bullc- j court scctor. and also in the Ypres sector." attacks of nnrrtsii Aim REPCLSKD, SAYS BERLIN BERLIN. January 4 (via London*.? Attacks by the British in the region east of Tprcs and north of La Basset Canal were repulsed by Gtrman troops, who captured prisoners and machine guns In the fighting, army headquarters announced to-day. TEACe DELEGATES ARRIVE FROM UKRAINE COUNTRY AMSTERDAM, January 4.?Accord ing to a telegram from Brest Litovsk, peace delegates from Ukraine have ar rived there and reported that the: ITkrainian government is preparing to conduct its own international aftairs everywhere. A telegrram from Warsaw says that a special train carrying the peace dele gates of the central powers has passed through there on the way to Brest Litovsk. I VIOLENT ARTILLERY FlItF. RErOBTEU IJY THE FRENCH PARIS, January L?Violent artillery fighting on the Champagne and Verdun fronts is reported in to-day's official communication. A German attack in upper Alsace was repulsed. I^ight German airplanes and a captive balloon wet u brought to earth yesterday. FLETCHER RETURNS TO U. S. Further Proof of Sweeping Power* Delegated to C?ini?naiii1?ira-ln-C'hl*f Are DUclosed. fBy Asroclkted i'reif.-. I WASHINGTON, January 4.?Further proof of the sweeping character of the powers vested In the commanders-in chief of the American naval and mil itary forces in Europe has been dis closed In connection with the return to this country for duty of Rear-Ad miral William B. Fletcher, former! head of the naval department, in French waters, ,^ar.d ^laJor-General William h? Siberk w<ho commanded the nr3t American troops sent to France. Confirmation was given to-day to . reports that Admiral Fletcher had been replaced by Rvar.Admiral Wilson because Vice-Admiral Kims felt that the latter officer was bet'er fitted tori the particular duties imposed by the post- Similarly, it is understood, j'. though there was no formal announce ment from the War Department, the return of Gener.tl Sibert was due to General Pershing's conclusion that the arduous t.:*V: ?.f training a division in France could he performed better by another o Hirer. The fact that Admiral Fletcher's re turn to await ;tssionment to duty, prob ab'.y an commandant of an important it ivy-yard, coincident with publication1 of reports that investigation of the loss f>f the Air.e-ican .:rtny trrtii port An tilles, with idxty-seven lives, for. - , ihadowed a naval tliake-up led to the direct connection of th<>>.<-- two inci dents. It va.'j explained officially tc? tiay, however, that '.lie decision to rc j/iace Fletcher had been made by Ad ipiral Sims prior to the. sinking of the transport. OFFER THREE PENSION BILLS ,Sab?uallal Advances of 1'rom to 950 Per Month Included in New Meaaorr*. WASHINGTON. January 4.?Three hills to increase the pm-ion. paid Civil War veterans were introduced *o-day in the Senate. One. by ^?nator Gal linger, would grant veterans who ?served ninety days or more * i>cn:ion of $'.'5 a month, and those eerv.ng three years or more K>9 a month. Another, by Senator tmoot would t'rant pensions ranging tro:n '?<> t< those who served nir.r'.y day. to $10 f'.r those who had two ycaru' or more Kcrvi ct. The third, by Senator Joi.e-. or Wash ington. would grant veterans ai, atldi tional 8?o a month, except in case: where this amount would increus their pensions to more than Jio month. Cerrattca Garrlaea Main. EL PASO, T EX.. January i.? Th Carranva garrison at Cruce.-. Chihua ho*. was annihilated by Villa bandits according to reports received here t<? day. The bandits are said t'? h-jvc car rled off practically all the loot! sup ply. National Council of DefmsTt Ue vicirs Achievements Since Its Creation. IiKPORT GOES TO CONGRESS J Expeditious Production nnd Delivery; of Supplies ami Savinpr in Con-; Iran Triers to Government Are Among Accomplishments. I I>v Atc<oeli*tod T'rcv.. 1 WASHINGTON, January 4.?Expedi tious production and delivery of war ! supplies and substantial saving in con- , tract pri<-e:i to the povcrnmem havg ; been achieved by the Council of Na- j tional Defense through its civilian ad- : visory commission, according to the ! council'.-! first annual report transmit j tod to Congress to-day by th<t presi- > dent. Tho report covers tho work of ; the council for only four months, from , the time of organization. March S. 1917, I to ths end of tho fiscal year, Juno 30. J "In a broad sense. th? council and commission iiavo sought to maka avail aMor to the L aited States tho best thouelu and effort of American indus trial and professional life for the rue. ccssfu! prosecution of the war." thj ' report bays. "Th?e direction of the machinery of j American industry for the national de fense necessarily involves the creation of an organization of treat flexibility. The swift changes In strategy and rapid improvement in war machinery, at tended by ilie usual speed with which implements of warfuro aro scrapped and replaced at tho front, has been ' reflected by corresponding rapid trtnu- j formation and stimulation of the in- - iustrial organization within th-} na- ' Lions at war. Th'> history of the tirst ^hree months of the war in tho United j states has proven no exception. IX CONSTANT RUAOI.NKSS TO EXPAND FACILITIES j "It has been the effort of the or-' jnnization of the Council of National I l>? fer..<e to hold itself in constr.nt readi- ! toss to meet such new demand# and j :o shift It? ground and expand its fa- j .-ilitics in the interest of the national ' service. Its organization h.?a been and j cf necessity must continue in process' cf evolu'ion rapid enough to keep breast w.tli the rapidly changing cur- i rent of t!:n times, and yet conserva tive enough to prevent confjsiou or lack of proper co-ordination ar.d c<-.n tro!. In a peculiar sense It has fvSt itself called upon to be ccnstantlv f ready to 'fill in the saps' a!id assist the regular departments of the gov- i ernment." i In order to assure the American | fnrors adequate equipment d bring victory, was increases in th-* ?ountry'si output e<f war supplies were r.i*o 'a.iry. i The. -council has developed n?i' s-^ur.-. j ' ? f supply for both raw materials u,ui finished products, and purchase* of sup plies tor the executive departments ; have be?:n co-ordinated. Standardised ' specifications for tools and iR-.plcn-.enti ' used in the manufacture of munition? have been introduced and the co-opera tho organization of transportation ar.d electric communication for war ?.-,rvjr. has been enlisted, an aircraft pro-rani ' was inaugurated, motor transportation facilities stimulated, labor leader? o-- i ganized conjointly with repress* itivc employers for the effective enlistment' the workmen in war service, s.-en- : tine research promoted, the engineer-! fng and medical professions mobilised ? <>r war and the eoal industry organ-i Ued for more effective production of j Assistance also g!Vcn bv the < <>un-Ml to the busiawa of the country in ! meeting changed conditions adayt ! ?U, resources to war demands. The! the State-s v. ere ? i:ffor:.? of American women to a5t.s. cK?f U!e W3r r?celve.J spt. ! ? ?? *.Ur.i!jn tiom the council which Provides mesne for concentrating their energies .rftctivcly. k ,r } i.im;iiTv Moron lk.vds .SELI* TO nic PRODUCTION i ?' ' nCraft.. P"d?*? I , report. "states that Ue Uc.n ot prcv.ous American exper ? <? in haitj,. plane construction led to the adoption to a large ?ron, ?f I trT*'o uV',,0p*d in lhc *HU-J ,-Junf! country llIul Eupt resulted ,n h' ! Motor' > a* Jhc *l?ib?riv t<ir,s>tructed an.? -vitv, i,'t !r,f ZtiTT"1? lhat 11 1^| w!th Anwricar. ""Ut^ "Eduction ! nun shop method!-:. -Manufacturing resource* or m ' country were; uei ' l!;e , tyre of itri i *" 10 t'*,i m?"Ufa'-- ' or airplanes, the . I adopted being that 0f r^^nV rl^"? ' O" relatively frU. l.'-hlv , mainl>'; tnanifestlv c a i> ? ? * Ca"l*cd and; ruthcr than Tcattirinr'5l^'i9hmen,? I Manes nn<\ r^parate part- ?1^11.f?r Urge, number of small feho^ " ' a 'ompetime bidding betu^.. tlw ii "'""Itions Noam, which .VotCl] ? ?' ir|ng-house; particularlv for u.'1.. ? ' ' involve materials in "in,'.,\ , national fhortage existed ui manufacturinc ?.*ci1|1Ick w,r. in-uffi' ' ct'-nt the board has directed Effort " to 1 develop new faoillt.cs. t0 ?I" < ommiitee on uupplio*-- v.v n,, \ the allotment Indu ir.e- r"rn,S throughout the n>. n." and' tho .* ?,nnUon of w,^dle. between ise ""b'nP f>f competition enable tf" tr"1 "Wlnnsni.,. has ..... ' ^""'"'nt to mnke .?h t< \ Mle- :*V ng*. ,n "S "?"??? t -vtile.. l.iodf.tuir>; and leather. onT*IN* iimv matk?,al? ? AT m dsts st,,,, itKiirri ,??> The re port of the comm-ttee on , und ,neta* A' nXea;;rsor,iy ,r> ,k ?? ri'lrra'.f In obtaining r>';\ substantiaj priOC rc. Z Tn :ilh? trad,J f,itfturb;ince of , Wiihoui the ),g;<, 'ar~eiv i, -1 " prlor,t-v' 't has been ftnU1 'n man>* ^ Jeeurl ^?UtPU' in "'rh as to V,., lhc Prrat?n general benefit Without any power save that of Mm vat# h'i'?!' lli? hrou?ht 'f'Ccla!Ued prl arid fUrct ' '"''''^y into ,r,imediare and (fret ';o.operation vlth a well ordered Federal tytlim.' " X. Fifty Thousand Heal Slacfa er$ Ten Men in Each District Es caped Service, the Figures Show. WASHINGTON, January 4.?Fifty thousand real slackers In the United Mates 13 Provost-Marshal-Genera I Crowder a estlmato In his report to Secretary Baker. That calculation supposes that ten men in each reels tration district have cscapcd service !h * ?"* a?"* CUU5l,t- ?n?' a fow more than 16.000 have boon idcritillcd. and a few more than 2.000 have been prose cuted. t^'frr lh?WS that ?"S ??rraan? Kc have b?(n accepted for :;rV^G n ;,lc -^'on.l Army. ,\ Jt?a\ Of 14.161 enemy aliens was accepted rrilns Th' bCinC Austr,ttns or ?uh wa?o J f?emy a,ien re*,8tration ?1iV 0t whom were caled to produce the l?.j6i accepted ?"? a?"PU" . ??" oi 1? stimulating- the work of the mHtee on coal production, the report 6 'sn'th inS Weck Qnd,n* January hit? aver*r? d^i?y Production of bituminous coal was 1.840.000 net ton ot ?nthracitc coal. I'CS !80 rrn->, . during the week ending Ap?i ?? the time of the creation of the com mrttee on coal production, the ive-.T. daily production of bituminous c--a 11, id laM~ V 5rrOKS ,C>n's- Fr>? i-.-V ,,roc*'uction progressively j nous v i Um" ,?ar,y i;' bitumi'-! ratcWi o^'a!# Cin~ produced at the rate of l.$0..s?,4 tons per day. Mid an-! thracite at tho rate of an,060 gross< inUre'^*'' th? -re:itcsl output in the : ou ? It1 r>' ?f thc COuI industrv-ani Mitpj.. if maint.lined. 0;,f?cient to sup? ' P.. not only ton entire con I require-) mwt. of this country. out would | the e created a larg.> surplus to relieve the coal shortage of the allied M?0nv! ^/OTrTrCr hoard has ? ud.cd and advised how commercial i ?v = \"lrhi rfd"?? noncwcntial ae- j t.v.ties. The hoard's worl: rovered re- 1 turn., of unsold bread to bakeries.! rr. * deliveries, wool conservation.! tnd other neld.*. IIAILROAD EXGIXEEHS HELEASED FOR WAR SKHVICE ' i~he report of the committee or. trans- i portation outlines the hlstorv of the I (J.reeling organization for war pur- ' po.-es built up by t:.a railroad war! board upon the special invitation of I t.^e i-ounci! of National Defense. The ! ton mileage during: April. May ar.d ' Juno was 15.SOO.OOO.OOO ton miles ' which was 15 per cent more than it! I the previous year. j To er.onoiT.lre In trarT.c facilities pas-I fenger trains making over 24.000.000' mi't!. per year in t ie aggregate, had a.ready been discontinued at the recom- : mer daiion of the executive committee. j r.irs. the report estimates, win result '< in the sxvi:,g of 1.500.000 ions of coal p.?r year, and has released C.OOO men ? and a considerable number of engineers, for other an.l more important service. The committee o:? labor's report tellt. ? >f the conference of organized labor j representatives, a: whicn they stated i ?.-.eir unqualified allegiance to the re- ! public in any situatiot.. I.iter a resolution was adorted by' the committee, approved by the coun ell. declaring thite should be no de-, parture from present standards in State ! laws or State rulings affecting labor.: without a declaration by the council 1 that it is essential for national defense. ; In discribir.g wc-H of special com-J mittees. special mention i? made of that i on ware?> and hours, which assisted in I Incorporating in government contracts I the standards tor waces and hours ai-| ready established by Federal JesUla- i tion. The repot t says that ol* 4'-*S perrons workire continually for tV.e council.' only It.Ji were paid, the kicater part' being clerks and stenographers, not | countine a very large number of per sons csvinif Part cf their time in and: out of Washington. VOTERS CLAIM EXEMPTION i Pirar-Paper ?Titiaeitu" of Vet>r*nka C ontend Tli^y *re K;nemy 1 Aliens. ' & y A f .'?<>*? I h.f. e<l Prv.%5.) O.MAHA, xcrs.. January 4.? Nebraska j exemption hr*ards rcpor'ed to-dny that! answers to drift quertinnnaire.M "how ; thousands of CJerinixns, who have taken ' <MJt their ilr.-.t papera. and. under the | Ntbra ku laws, have been voting fori years, are claiming exemption from arnr.y service on tne ground that they are enemy ullcns. Krom one small county alonv'.. 7S5 such answers have been received from men who have been vutinn regularly. '? rank A. K.rui-dy. chairman of the !-irst IMstrict Kxeniptton Hoard, de. clared that "I/iterf.l |y, tht.ysands of rtrst-t.ap'r voters are l:0w claiming to l?e er.erny .iiier.fi and exempt from military service." BLAZE IN*H0B0KEN '''n"1" ^>e?-k Manufaot urine as I'ortr.MMe < arrie- Snark? '* Other HuMitliiKn. lir.T-. xt.-f-^y A'."r'rl&tf'l Pre*!). 1 iuE%JKJ^.N. ,N. January 4.?Fire men. l nittd States tsoldiers and civil Pans, i.ide.i by .V?>w york nrehoats and .a.lroad tugs, brought a stubborn blaze ' ' control after a fight of several hours in ill' heart of the induftrlal /?V-, Pafa"elintr the govcrnrnent cmtrolled wattr tront here to-day. A an-story manufacturing plant, containing paper and other mill sup. owned by rh'- Oatti-McQuade ' "rnpany, was destroyed with an es imati d property loss r.f }?f?0,000 Nun-rows small lires. caused by sparks r^r:ed by ? forty-mile wind, v.cre 'tw by tf'? 'o'diers and citizens. I About 1.000 soldiers guarded th<j di?> ':n,J ?'ivillans were called on for Patrol duty. a number of firemen. lr:omt by ?0ld. exhaustion and smoke, were removed to hospitals. HHnkrr Named ?rita4nr. : ru?j:N?' t^KV" Jan,)ar.v <?Charles &p Henderson, banker and at torney at Elko. Nev.. w.s appointed i need States Senator from Nevada to .fill thc vacancy caused by the death of Fr-nnclo G. Newlands. by Governor Hoyle. The appointment la ad interim. i?xt?ndlng till the general election in November. MUNITION SECRETARY , PROPOSED IN MEASURE Senator Chamberlain Offers Bill to Croat Now Cabinet Mead for War. | IS UESITLT OP INVESTIGATION j Chairman of Military Committee Says Such Post Would Cat Red Tape aD<J Get at Heart of WlioJo 1 Situation. mv AdROclittd Prcaa.l WASHINGTON. January 4.?Katab ? llehment of a department of munitions ! under a new C'&binot head known as ! the secretary of munJtions is proposed i in a bill introduced to-day by C'hair' mm Chamberlain, of the Senute Mili tary Committee, as a result of its in , vestigatioti of war operation*. The new department would operate ' during tho war and one year there ' after. The new secretary of munitions i would httvo power under the Presl ! dent's diroction to control arms, am | munition, food, clothing. equipment. 1 i en tape, transportation and any other materials the President shall designate : at. munitions of war. Government bureaus, agencies and 1 fund*. necessary to a munition admln [ istration would be transferred to the i new department, which contemplatta ; control of naval Ha well ae army sup j plies. TO EXPKDITK SUPPLY OF WAR JILMTIOVS "The bill is intended to increase iimi i expedite the supply of munitions of war." said Senator Chamberlain. "One great trouble, with the war establlsh 1 ment as disclosed by the investiga tion has been a lack of co-ordination and the seeming impossibility of get ting rid of circuitous methods of doing business. Until there can be co ordination and methods more direct, the United States will be groping in ihe dark for many months before we can place ourselves In proper lighting trim. "Thi? measure places all jurisdiction over munitions of war. which is defined at length In the bill?and covering everything?In one person, known as the secretary of munitions: subject to the direction, of course, of the Presi dent-. "It co-ordinates all of the bureaus, cuts red tape, does away with useless decisions, which had tended only to hamper direct action, and guta to the heart of the whole situation. "I believe if Congress can see Its way to the enactment of this measure, and the proper man is placed at the head of the department of munitions, America will soon be occupying its proper place at the battle front. It will be noted that the .aeasure la only in force during the continuance of the war which brings !t into existence." Another war bill introduced to-day by Senator McKellar, of Tennessee, ac a result of the committee's investiga tion of the system of army supply pur chasm*:. would abolish the advisory committees of the Council of National D6fcn.se and prohibit civilians from cefving the government under the existing practice of Jt a year. The bill would amend the law creating the c-uncil and permit the President to appoint one advisory commission of seven members to terve without com pensation. Curtail* Mall Service. PHILAD1?L?PH1A. January 4.?An nouncement was made to-day by the Pennsylvania llailroad that, on ac count of Ico conditions in Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Ftoads. It will, until further notice, discontinue passenger, mail and express btrvice by way of the-New York. Philadelphia and No; folk Railroad for points south of Cape Charles. Va, This will mean the cut ting off of service to Old Point and Norfolk. ninuiM T?prn for Consc<iilu?, WASHINGTON', January 4.?-Blame for '.he congestion of railroad lines and freight terminals to-day was placed by Hobert S. Love.tt. director of priority. on the taj< tyste.m instituted by the railroads and the supply departments of the army, navy and Shipping Uo:jr<i. which gave preference in movement tu all cars bearing official tags. Mining Tmrn Face* Famine. POTTS VI ma:, pa., January i.?This city, built on ton of one of the richest coy I bjfina in the world. sur rounded by anthracite mines worklncr full time and with one of the largest i coal da; vl.'lcatlon yards, faces a fuel famine The retail dealers arc unable to obt'iin a sufficient supply of coal to meet ti\e demand. 'I'o liny Fttriu I.oin Bond*. WASHINGTON, January -..--Tho hill authorizing the Treasury to buy >100. i (<00,000 worth of (arm loan bonds this | fiscal year and a similar amount next j year was passed to-day by the Mouse, j A similar in en sure already passed by ! the Senate would authorize the. pur ! chase of $100.000,000 worth this year : only, atul only for the purpose of financing the production of foodstuffs. T|?pe? to See Kalner Win. NKW HAVKN. CONN., January 4.? Maximilian \ on Hoegen. a lawyer who has at time.s attracted notice by pro German utterances, returned his draft I questionnaire to the draft board here, i tt waa learned to-day, with "Deutssch j land uber alles" written across it, and j FtatlnK that lie has "an overwhelming j detirc to see Germany victorious In the i war," At one time lie claimed to be an ' agent of the German government and a i representative of ihe former am* j bnssador to Washington, Count von Bernstorff. Would Ktandirtfic* W?gn. WASHINGTON, January 4.? Itcciting ?alleged demoralization of the labor situation in the country because of high j wages pa'd for government work, ' Senator Kinc, of Utah. ?o-day Intro dt>c?d a rc.?oltiti"n proposing an lnvei?u ! gatlon by the S# nate. Labor Committee j with ;? view to legislation standardising I wag**. The resolution went over under j tho rules. Important Clmnac of Schedule Norfolk nnil Western Hy. Effective Sunday, January 6th, traln3 i 7 and 8 between Petersburg and Lynch burg, and trains and 30 bet we.-n Nor. ! folk and Crewe, will be ditconltnued. Connection for No. :s wilt leave lllob ' rnond 9:20 A. >f., instead of O:ft0 A. M., land connection for tsTo. IS will leave niehmond 8:35 p. M., Instead of 0:35 l>. i M. Leave Blchmond for Norfolk fi;0S A. 1 M. an?J o:'>5 P. M., instead of <5:55 A. M. '! and 4:00 p. >f. Cannon Rail trains for I Norfolk le.uve as heretofore?3:00 A- M., and 3:00 P. M. 1 C. H. BOSIA5Y. District Pausongcr Agent. To Open New Officers' Camp Thousands of Men Qualified Are to Be Advanced to Commission Grades WASHINGTON, January 4.?Prepara tions aro complete (or tlio opening Saturday of the third series of ofttccre' training camps. From tho noncom misaloncd and enlisted personnel of tho regular army, the National Army and tho National Guard, thero have been drawn thousands of men whoso quali fications, it Is thought, entitled them to advancement Into the commissioned grades. In addition, 3.500 candidate* hava been selected from specified schools and colleges, Including mili tary training In the curriculum. Enlisted men assigned to the schools will be considered as on detachod ser vice during the training course, and will receive the pay and allowance of their grade. College graduates as signed to the camp? will be graded and paid as tirst-clasa privates, will be re quired to enlist for tho duration of the war. and in event they full to win commissions, will have to stay in ser vice and finish their enlistment*. NEW YORK BUILDINGS CLOSE Other* ?? Do Likewise Because ot Knel famine Which (law City In Its Grip. I My Aejoclated Press. | NCW YORK. January 4.?Refusal of New Jersey fuel administrators to day to permit truck loads of coal to J be brought across tho Hudson River I to New York on ferry boats, thereby I cutting: off about 17 per ccnt of the ? city s supply, added another complioa j tion to a fuel shortage semi-officially characterized as desperate. Despite concentrated cft'orts to relieve th<i situation, the city to-day experienced j Its worst distress since the extreme j cold woathrr bepran a week ateo. I Aside from continued widespread suf I fering in the homes of rich and poor , alike, so serious was the coal shortage I that many lar^e ofllce buildings will close to-morrow, according to Rcev-e i. ^niey. i-ounty fuoj ariminiatrutor, un liens supplies reach the city durinr , tho nisrht. The Union Trust Companv | and the New York Life Buildings | closed to-day. and. lacking fre?h sup plies ot fuel, he said, the Western ! l nlon. the Empire, tho Stewart. New iiork Sun and Adams Express Build. Mngs will close to-niorrow. ? Lse of the Pennsylvania tunnels un ? d'r the Hudson River to hasten coal | mto the city has aided somewhat in j Long JsWind.''alr'0*S ??d The greatest problem again to.night ' 7** Vhve fr??*ing of coal-laden barges from the packed Ice floes at tidewater j points to pet them across to Manhat tan and Brooklyn ?-hores. where the task of cutting channels through th nA. / l? h* filCe<1 a K?co?d time. A fleet of government tugs battled all -n r..-? l" uar a P*ssa8ro to the ice. ",h?res aft' r "umerouB harbor .u?.a h*d been disabled |n the ,A-f,rK t7aU /raft ce,uId "ot cvc? ?>e ta,,tn to dry docks because of the ice. ; w.inMiin satiuday i* rnoMisc or weathkh man j 1\ ASHlNGTON, Januarv <. ">.*ot joulte so cold to-night and warmer Saturday," was to.day forecast of the j Weather Bureau for much of the cold j stricken eastern half of the United States. Temperatures will rise slowly ^"svr,;sd,Mrk-",""1 ,he The storm oft' the coast has moved northward to tho vicinity of Nova jScotia with greatly increased intensity and caused gales along the coast. IIEA\"Y PROST HITS T.\MP\ ?VXD MOST TOWNS IV STATE _ ! Tampa, pea., January i.?Tampa J had heavy front last nigh?, with 31 I degrees. and freezing weather over, apread rno.it of the State, Miami report- I I ing 33; Port Myers, 3<; Eustir;. =3, and j Jacksonville. ?<. As December and; j November were cold months, the citrus I trees were dormant and little damage has been done by the week of cold j weather. Truck has suffered in tome : sect lonr. ; Ask* lie peal o? Supertax Law. WASHINGTON, January 4.?A peti tion signed by President Walter Smith, of Philadelphia, and other members of I the American Bar Association, cabling j attention to what they term the. un j fairness of the supertax on professional I Incomes provided tn the war revenue 'bill, and asking for the repeal of this! ! section, was presented to the Senate i to-day by Senator Smoot arid referred j to the Finance Committee. Sis Die in Wreck. I MONTR ISA I,. January 4.?Six parsons were killed and sixteen injured in a 'collision ut Dorva) station ??.p the Ca i nadian Pacific Railway to-night. Kelp the Government and Buy Thrift Stamps Our oervice ta free. Everybody must do their best. Tho out look is full of hope. Conserve your money and 6pen<l only what you are obliged. Let the rest earu interest with 116. One Hollar starts an account. LOANS NADE on Real Estate, Two Coaches Carrying Government Forces to Concentration Camp ISadly Wrecked. VICTIMS TAKEN TO NORFOLK Passengers on Norfolk and Western Railroad Hurled to the Car Floors l>y Impart, Potting Many Into St. Vincent's Hospital. [By A?aocl?ted Pre?3.} NORFOLK, VA.', January 4.?Sixteen | men, a majority of whom were govern rnent employees, were Injured when an engine with two coaches carrying gov. ernment forces to the concentration depot plant at Port Lock, Va., ran into a light engine standing on the main line of the Norfolk and Western In the Port Lock yard this morning at 7:50 o'clock. All of tho Injured wero brought to Norfolk on passenger train No. 16 that j was inbound and happened to be pass ! ing Port Lock at tho time, and were ! rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital. While ! it is said that nono of the men were fatally hurt, it is believed that E. E. Parker, one of government employees living In Berkley Ward, was inter nally injured. When entering the yards at Port Ixjck, the ongine. in charge of Engineer A. K. Fontress, smashed into the en gine th&t was standing on the main line. The passengers were thrown to the floor and against the c&ets in the cars, and sixteen wero so badly Injured that it was nccessary to send them to tho hospital for medical treatment. Noses were broken, heads and face? bad'.v brulr.ed end some were injured about tho body. While a majority of tho msn in Uio ttro coaches wero gov ernment employees, a few were in the crr.ploy of the Norfolk and Western. TO ENTERTAIN MISSIOM. Ul?(l)it;uiiihtd I'rrnch Vlaltnr* Will He i in ItulHftli on lOtb of Junior) . (Special to The Tlmes-Disp:Uch.] It ALE lOH. N. C., January i.?Gov ernor L?i?:kctt called together to-day ' i a group of a dozen citizens to confer j j with the council of Slate relative to I tho entertainment of the French high | commission, headed by Marquis Je Bo- | lipnac, that will visit North Carolina, stepping at Raleigh on January 1C. Tho Chamber of Commerce is taking action for the entertainment of the commissioners. Tnere will be one or more luncheons and other social fea I tures of entertainment. A mass.meet ing in the city auditorium to hear the visitors discuss the world war sit [ uatlon will be arranged. I The Governor and council of State: | have accepted from Richard Billings, of New York, a gift of $46,000 tn tfrst ? mortgage bond?; of the Llkin and AH?s ? ghany Railroad, in which the State j is a ?:tr^?: stockholder This puts the ! State In mu -h better position to main 'tain tho railr-iad property in t*\e re ? i ceivershlp adjustment that ia in pro I ee:-s. ! A special military committee, r.on j sisting of Major P. A. Macon, Adjutant I Oenentl Young. Major J. C. Bessant. j Major Thomas Stringficld and Major J. J. Bernard, is in session here to i adjust a number of pending military i matter*, including a set of roguia ; tions for the government of the reserve militia companies that are bein? or I gani::ed in the Stati. . _ ! WILLIAM K. TAYLOR TAKES niCHLOniOE OF MERC! RY | (Special to The Times-Dispatch.1 DANVJLLE. VA., January 4.??Wll ! Ham F. Taylor, a telegrapher, is in a I serious condition at hi? home as re | suit of swallowing bichloride of rner j cury on Thursday afternoon. His doc tor says that he has a fighting chance ! to live. Taylor, who is married and i middle-aged, went to a hotel and j swallowed five tablets. Later he took i a car and went to his home. in North | Danville, where he announced what I he had done. A physician was prompt i ly called, but it Is yet to<> early to i nay whether th* measures taken were i successful. Taylor ha? been in ill i health for several years. Recently hy j underwent an operation. ftimS fi CtarYourSkin i I mi vSawYM|rHa|r MKIXnyga U I I ImW 0lr.tm?Tt25wd50c Montague Mfg.Co. S. W. Corner Tenth and Main Nti, j MJMBK.U AND MILL WORK. NORFOLK FIRE SUSPECT IS ARRESTED IN BUFFALO German Allen Held hy Department mt .lootIce When Mi*|w Of City Are Kunnd. BUFKAI/O, N. Y.. January 4.?Su?* pectcd of having been implicated la the arson plot which resulted In the deutructive tiro at Norfolk, Va.. Wed nesday. a German alien, giving his namo as Richard H. Batouu, thirty-two, member of tho crew of an interned Ger man liner, whs arrested late to-day by Department of Justice officials. When taken Ilatouu had n complete set of tnapa of Norfolk in his possession. Mr*. Hamilton Ask* Divorce. PHILADELPHIA. January 4.?Mr?. Elizabeth Proctor Hamilton, of thi:? city, lilcd suit for divorce to-day from Arthur Gould Hamilton, a nephew of Mrs. Gcorye Gould. Tlio Grounds for the suit ure desertion and cruel and "barbarous" treatment. Mrs. Hamilton In the daughter of Mrs. E. K. Lincoln, the wife of a film producer of New York. K Not so much a case of nerves as a case of Underwear. 51 If lie had on our All Wool, or Silk and Wool, Porous-Knit, Union or Two-Piece S u it, the draught would not have so got under his skin, as it were. To-day Is a good time to cover your nerves and your body with our sooth ing, warm, satisfactory Underwear. <T All good sorts are here. Pajamas, too, in that comfortable French flan nel. r House Coats. - ?] Bath Robes. Dance Music?the Finest in the World on the New Edison? If you enjoy dancing at home, call and hear some of the latest dance records on the Edison. Then you'll appreciate what it means to have this entertainer in your home. Easy terms allowed. C. B. HAYNES (5*?* % a? AI AT IICONI SPECIAL SATURDAY EVENING SUPPER HOME-MADE PIEJi AM) CAKKS. Urftle Sam'* men cordially invited. Breakfast from 7 to f. Dinner, to -:40. Supper, i>:iO to 7:at? V. W. C. A. CAFETERIA Fifth street, \e?r Main. ! During the temporary absence of I Colonel Joseph Bidgood, Secretary of ! the Sailors, Soldiers and Marines Club, conducted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. I will act In place. Parties wishing to communicate 'srith me for Blue Ridge Water, will pleas* phone Randolph 3751. PHIL F. B Ft OWN, A Builder of Homes The Savings Account is the pillar of the home. It is the Savings Account that founds the home. It is the Savings Account that tides the home over the rough places; that comes to the rescue when the wage earner is temporarily out of work; that holds the family together, and as sures security and peace of mind. The Savings Department of this company offers you unexcelled facilities for saving. RICHMOND TRUST & SAVINGS CO. Capital, $1,000,000. Seventh and Main Streets.