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THE WEATHER
TtJr and continued cold teday ud probably
omorrow
Hlffheat tcnp?rttur? yuttrfcy, 14; Inrtat,
THE WASHINGTON HERALD
Theodore Roosevelt
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politic*! faith, na euwt fail to ? iWW
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NO. 4797
WASHINGTON. D. C? TUESDAY. DECEMBER 16, 1919.
ONE CENT
LEAK ON WET
DECISION BEIN6
FROBED HERE
Department of Justice "Go
ing to Bottom" on Story
Of Advance Information.
mentiond.cT^lawyer
Newspaper Man Told Jus
1 tice of Friend Who Could
Anticipate Ruling.
The Department of Justice is "go
ing to the very bottom"* of the al
leged Supreme Court "leak," hy
?which certain persons are supposed
to hare received advanced inform*- |
rtion of the court's ruling yesterday
sustaining the constitutionality of
?the wartime prohibition act.
This was emphasized last night
"by CapL Burke, of the department's |
bureau of in vest I {ration.
The alleged leak. Burek said, was
be in; investigated at the dlract re- j
quest of Chief Justice White. The
matter was brought k to Justice
JWhlte's attention, he said, by a
newspaperman.
"This newspaper man came to
Washington." said CapL Burke. "an3
saw Chief Justice White. Ha told
the chief justice that a friend of his
had volunteered the Information
that this friend had been approach
4 by t Washington lawyer who
claimed to be in a position to an- |
ticipate decisions of the court, and
that a lot of money might be made
In this way."
The Washington attorney refer
red to, according to Capt. Burke, j
-was R. E. Moses, with offices In the
Munsey Building here.
Moses is alleged to have told this
friend, whose name was not dis-,
closed .that he was having much
difficulty to find anyone with enough
money to go into the proposition
on a large enough scale. Moses at
the same time is said to have In
volved an attache of the Depart-]
ment of Justice, whose name was
aot disclosed.
Both Moses and the Department of
Justice attache were questioned by
Chief yiynn. of the bureau of Inves
tigation, this afternoon
, ~M#0sa admitted," said Capt. Burke
?last night, "that ha had been trying
to get money to finance such a scheme,
but denied flatly that he was in asy
pfsttio* to gat advance information on
Supreme Court decisions. Ha said
that h? used his ability as a lawyer to J
draw his own deductions from the i
records and testimony of cases before
the court. The department attache |
said that he did not know of any
1?ak or anyone in a position to know
of sny leak. And there is nothing to
chow that he did."
The Department of Justice has
established, said Burke, that on No
vember 16. Moses and the depart
ment. attarhe were In New York and
sold Southern Paclc short. This
was the day the court handed down
Its adverse decision In the Southern
Pacific case, and the stock dropped
three points. They are said to have
roomed together at the Waldorf
Astoria. with only Moses register
ing.
Gerard Seeks Democratic
Presidential Nomination
Pierre. 8. D., Dec. 15.?James W. ;
Gerard, former United States ambas- ]
sador to Germany, has signed a petl- 1
ti<^h announcing his candidacy for j
endorsement as presidential nominee \
by the Democratic psrty in the even
ing state primaries. The petition was
I Bled with the secretary of state to
faf
The keynote of Dr Gerard's national
; principles as contained in the docu
ment is: "Make and keep the country j
?afe for democracy." His slogan fori
, the state campaign is "True democ
1 racy."
I AT WASHINGTON j
THEATERS j
1
National?Mrs. Fiske in "Mis'
Nelly of N' Orleans.''
Shubert-Belasco ? "Carnival,"
with Godfrey Tearle.
Shnbert-Garrick?Thurston.
1 Poll's?"Sunrise."
Crandall's Metropolitan ?
^ Eocene O'Brien in "Sealed
Hearts."
Moore's Rialto?Mary Pick,
ford in "Heart o' the Hills."
Loew's Palace?Robert War
wick in "An Adventure in
Hearts."
Crandall's?Norma Talmadge
in "The Isle of Conquest."
Moore's Garden ? "Every
woman."
Moore's Strand ? "Desert
Gold."
Loew's Columbia ? Hobart
Bosworth in "Behind the
Door."
Cosmos ? Continuous vaude
ville and pictures.
Crandall's Knickerbocker ?
Mabel Norman d" in' "Jinx."
e. r. Keith's-.-Vaudeville.
Gayety ? Burlesque; "Step
Lively, Girls." '
The Coliseum?Roller Skat
i
Admission Charge
To the Battlefields
France's Scheme
Paris, Dec. 15.?The French
government is considering
charging admission fees to
tourists desiring to visit the
various battlefields in France,
it was stated today.
Financial experts are said
to have figured out that the
revenue from this source for
one year would practically
equalize the loss incurred by
the fall of the franc on the
exchange. This is but one of
the many curious money-rais
ing schemes being considered
in the efforts to bolster up
France's badly crippled finan
ces.
?
Another Canal
Across Isthmus
ill Be Needed
United States Must Build
Second One if Business
Continues to Improve.
Another Isthmian Canal will be
come necessary. In the opinion of Sec
retary Baker, to handle the ever-in
creasing business now developing
through the Panama CanaL
The United States holds all avail
able routes across the Isthmus bo
that when the time comes to build
another canal to accommodate the
world's commerce the United States
will control the new waterway. This
new however, will not be a
matter of the near present.
It is the understanding that the
War Department is to push as rap
idly as other business will permit
the theoretical defenses of the Pan
ama Canai. A perfect plan of de
fense. which would make it impreg
nable, was worked out by the
Board of Fortifications before the
war. the main project being to send
to the Eastern and Western term
inals eight If-inch guns sach, and
4 fall complement .of 12-inch
mortars. These lt-inch army guns
are being made and are known to
be the most powerful land puns in
existence. They have a range of
more than twenty-one miles and
are effective at eighteen miles.
Mr. Baker has just returned from
Porto Rico and the Panama Canal.
He stated that the canal revenues
for last yrar were $200,000 in ex
cess of the operating expenses and
that the business was increasing
and would be' increased by new
lines of steamers.
3 DIEASlSULT
OF GIRL'S LOVE
Father Kills Suitor Then
Brothers-in-Law Shoot
Each Other.
St. Stephens. S. C., Dec. 15.?Three
men were killed and a girl injured to
day as the result of a girl's affection, j
All are prominent citixens.
The dead are Dr. Pratt, John Bell, j
his brother-in-law, and Royal Cotton, j
suitor for the hand of Miss Pratt, the j
physician's daughter.
Dr. Pratt objected to Cotton's atten- !
tions to his daughter, the authorities
were informed after the tragedy. To
day tftere was a violent quarrel be
tween the two and Dr. Pratt grabbed
u shotgun and shot the young man,
killing him Instantly.
Bell, who had entered the room dur
ing the quarrel, sided with Cotton and
immediately after the latter had been
slain the brothers-in-law exchanged
shots in the room at such close quar
ters that both dropped dead.
Miss Pratt, who was said to have
fought to act as peacemaker, sustained
a flesh wound in the arm by a shot.
CLEAR AND COLD;
WEATHER FORECAST
The mercury hovered between 2#
and 34 decrees yesterday, which
was some 20 degTees colder than the
same day last year. The cold
weather that augurs well for a
white Christmas is hilled for today
and probably tomorrow.
The weather man also promises
the same high winds that cause
so much embarrassment and amuse
ment on the windy corners.. The
days of slssling and drisaling have
pasaed according to the weather
man's best "dope." but with the
present coal shortage he seems to
fear any predictions of a closer ap
proach to the aero mark.
Ckntk ami Ckb Bmei
New York. Dec. IS.?The First Re
formed Church and the Admiral Ben
son Service Club were destroyed, and
ten other buildings were damaced by
Are in Hoboken today. The damage
waa estimated at ISO,000.
WILSON TREATY
DEFI HELD BID
FOR THIRD TERM j
Democratic Senators Great
ly Perturbed by Stand - j
Of President.
PRESENTS PROBLEM
' .1
Republicans Hail Statement
With Glee?Pact as Is
sue Held Unavoidable. {
? -
Democratic Senator* yesterday view
ed with resentment and alarm Presi
dent Wilson's latest declarat.on on
the peace treaty in which he asserted
his opposition to any compromise on
the question of ratification.
By these Senators, the President's
statement la generally accepted as a
direct notire by the executive that he
will make the treaty an iasue In the |
1930 campaign with himself as a third- j
term candidate. j
j Issue Up ts Seaatsr*.
This means that every Democratic
Senator who cornea up for re-election
will have to go to hia people on the
treaty question. There are fifteen of
! the Democrats whose terms are about
to expire who voted unreservedly for
| ratification.
j If the President forces the treaty ia
j sue Into the fight, therefore, every one
I of these fifteen Democrats will be
: compelled to defend his opposition to
the reservations proposed by Senator
i Lodge's committee or desert the lead
i ership of President WUson and make
! the fight for re-election upon inde
i pendent Issues.
Sltostlon Fraught With Peri!.
It is a situation which all the Demo
cratic Senators realized yesterday is I
fraught with hazard and peril to their |
chances of re-election. Therein lies I
the cause of the anger and bitterness
and resentment which were reflected j
in cloakroom gossip throughout the j
day.
RANSOM CAPTIVE
REPORTED FREE
American Citizen on Mexi
can Ranch Released, j
Hope for Friend.
>?
Frederick Hugo, one of the two,
American citizens, who was cap
tured by Villista troops when they'
.took the town of Muzquiz. in Coa-j
hiiila. has been released, the State j
| Department announced last night, i
i The hopo was expressed that an
| other American of the name of1
j PI illipy. had likewise been released. ]
Th i announcement says:
Earlier reports to the department
had said that Hugo was held for 10,000 I
pesos ransom. #
The department was without word j
from Mexico City on its request for I
the immediate release of William O- |
Jenkins, American consular agent. j
The department'3 advices con- j
cerning the capture of Muzquiz said '
that Villistas evacuated the town
December 13, and under the personal
command of Francisco Villa left for
the Paloraas Mountains. All live
stock on the American ranches in
j the vicinity of the town were taken
[ by the bandits, and a number of
( wealthy Mexicans were aaid to have
I ben carried off. Mexican Federal
I forces, under the command of Gens.
| Ricaut and Peraldi entered Muzquiz
| after the Villistas evacuated.
Hugh was manager of the Hacion
|da Las Rucias in Coahuila, and Phil
| lips is understood to have been an
employe of that hacienda.
SLOW FREIGHT MEN
' TO RECEIVE RAISE
Agreement has been reached by tnr
four railroad brotherhoods and the
Railroad Administration on the ques
tion of wages to be paid employes in
the slow freight service, it was an
nounced yesterday.
Under this agreement time and one
half will be paid for time required
j to make runs in excess of what would
be required if an average speed of 12H
miles an hour were maintained. This |
system is now placed in operation,
it was stated, and made effective as
of December f.
Under the settlement, however, all
special allowances formerly applicable
between terminals are dispensed with.
The agreement provides that special
allowances for switching and similar
work at terminals shall remain in
effect at the old rates.
MILITARY SEIZE IRISH
NEWSPAPER IN DUBLIN
*, ????
Dublin. Dec. 15.?The military de
scended upon the offlce and plant of
the Freeman'* Journal' today. eup
the paper. Mixing the type,
and dismantling the machinery.
The atreet on which the plant la
located wai barricaded toy police and i
military, and coplea ot today'* Uaue <
V..- '
Veterans Back Suffrage
For District; Organize
Own Ballot Committee
Veteran* of every war In which the j
United State* has been engaged. from |
the civil conflict in the 60'* to the |
world war, met in the red parlor of
the Ebbitt House lust night and |
formed the "Veteran*' Suffrage Com- j
mittee of the District of Columbia."
"Our soldiers and aailors fought to I
free the people* of Cuba and the j
world. We will fight with our infiu- j
ence and effort* to free the people of
Washington," was the shibboleth |
sounded by the veteran* in attend- |
ance.
Joaei Made (hairtnun.
Col. Winfield Jones, a veteran of i
the war with Spain, waa elected tem-j
porary chairman. Capt. J. Walter1
Mitchell, of the Army and Navy I'nion. !
was elected temporary secretary.
A resolution pledged the commit-j
tee to "work in cooperation and af- !
filiation with the National Pre** :
Committee for District of Columbia j
Suffrage in the plan to secure for;
the people of Washington repreaen- ;
tation in Congress and the El* c- j
toral College."
It was further resolved that **tha ,
; executive committee of said suffrage
| committee shall consist of the Na
jtlonal. State, and Department com
manders. and the commanders of *11
i camps, posts, garrisons, legions and
| other local organisations, and the
| editors of all veteran publications.
I past, present, and those elected In
11919-20. resident in Washington.
"The officers shall br* an follow;-:
Chairman, the state commander of
the American Legion; vice chair
! men. thfc state or department
I commanders of the Grand Army if
the Republic, Confederate Vete:ais,
United Spanish War Veterans. Ve
! eran* of Foreign Wars. Army and
Navy Union. Private Soldiers and
Sailors* Ixgion, with the pa*t and
present National officers resident In
Washington of these organisations.
Where there is no State or depart
ment. the commanders of the camps
of such organisation shall serve as
vice chairmen. These officers are
empowered to select a secretary and
treasurer and to proceed forthwith
CONTINUED ON PAGE THERE.
Cut in Clerks' Leave
Is Heckled Members
Of Congress' Plan
Government employes' annual leave
will be cut to fifteen days instead of
the thirty days' leave if the plana of
certain heckled members of Congress
are not thwarted, it was reported last
night.
A bill asking for sutic a reduc
tion in the annual vacation of gov
ernment will be introduced In Con
gress in the immediate future, it is
authoritatively stated, unless mem
bers of the Federal Employes' As
sociation cease their activities to
force upon Congress legislation mak
ing it mandatory upon departmental
heads to grant thirty days' annual
leave to all government employes.
It is pointed out by those who
are discussing the idea of introduc
ing a bill to cut the annual leave
of govei^unent employes from thfcdy
to fifteen days, that such ' action
would result in a saving to the
government of 1.650.000 working
days, figured on the basis of de
ducting fifteen days from each of;
the 110.000 government employes, j
While it could not be learned ddfi-j
nitely that the association itself j
was insisting upon the mandatory
legislation, many Congressmen are!
I complaining that members of the j
association were becoming unduly
insistent in their demands for the
passage of such a bill.
Luther C. Stewart. national head
of the Federal Employes Union
could not be located either at his
office or home last night in order
to get an expression on the threat
ened cut in the Government em
ploye's leave. John K. Beach, who^
is in charge of the local Federal
Employes stated that he would not
like to give an opinion until Mr.
Stewart had a* it affected the na
tional situation.
Congressmen say that the per
centage of govern meat employes who
do not get the entire 30 days leava^
due them is small and consists prin
cipally OfttHM?e who perform aueh1
duties that It is hard to And others
to relieve them for that period. It Is ;
admitted, however, that some of these I
cases come from the overly ambitious
and martinet attitude of some of the |
executives. ^
At this time when economy is the
watchword and retrenchment the
program in both branches of Congress,
CONTINUED ON PAGE THREE.
New Child Labor
Laws Urged Here
Bitter condemnation of the inade
quacy of the child labor laws in the
district featured the meeting Inst
! night of the Monday Evening Club in
i the assembly hall of the Cosmos Club,
[without exception the speakers urged
|the adoption of new laws whicti would
fully protect the health and education
of those who And it necessary to leave
school at an early age.
Mrs. Louis Brownlow, wife of the
commissioner, voiced the sentiment of
the club, when she, as the first
speaker, cited the need for an ade
quate child labor law and also a law
compelling children under 14 years of
age to attend school.
Citing flagrant violations of the
child labor laws in New York. Miss
Pauline Goldmark, director of the
woman's service section of the United
States Railroad Administration, told of
having found eighty children huddled
together in one small room in a button
factory.
Further she said that many children
were so eager to "earn some money"
that they often falsified as to their
ages. So prevalent did this practice
become that it was necessary to com
pel children to bring their birth cer
tificates when applying for permit** to
work. In some le?? ueservuit; cases
children had been given scholarships,
thus enabling them to continue their
education.
"There is no excuse for not havinc
adequate child labor laws in the Dis
trict," said Miss E. Natalie Matthew,
director of the child labor division, of
the Children's Bureau of the Depart
ment of Agriculture. Continuing she
said that there were few manufactur
ing plants here, and that a suitable
law was to be had for the asking.
Dr. Royal Meeker was unanimously
elected president of the club to suc
ceed Rev. Dr. John Van Schaick. re
signed. Fourteen new members were
taken into the club.
Boost Governor'* Rent
Northampton. Mass., Dec. 15.?Gover
nor Calvin Coolidge. who lives in the
same modest two-family house whicti
he has occupied here for twenty
years, has had his rent boosted $5 a
month. He now pays 132 instead of
527. Former Mayor James W. O'Brien
is the owner of the house. He said
he was sorry to be compelled to boost
the rent. Governor Coolidge dW not
think it exorbitant.
A Fatal Handshake.
Newcastle, Eng., Dec. 15.?Alfred
O'Kelly was killed after shaking
hands with his brother, Lieut. Mi
chael O'Kelly, as the latter was leav
ing for London to be demobilised.
The handshaking was continued as
the train moved out and Alfred fell
between the train and the platform.
Prisoner Beats Jndfe.
I^ondon. Dec. 15.?Frederick An
derson. a miner, was fined $25 for
assaulting a magistrate who had
fined him on a former occasion.
Civil Service Subscription.
The Washington Sunday Herald will be sent to any part
of the United States or its possessions (excepting the District
of Columbia or towns where The Herald maintains a carrier
service) starting with the issue of December 7 and continuing
during the running of the "Civil Service Coaching Course" for
50 cents, postage prepaid.
USE THIS COUPON
Enclosed find so cents, for which send me The Sunday
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M orvtiijpeni tliruMgh tb? Bail on mailini privilege in tb* dt| of |
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FORTUNE LOSS
MADE WAN KILL
COURT IS TOLD
Bad Business Venture Led
To Slaying of Chinamen
At Mission It Is Said.
LOST COLLEGE FUNDS
Story of Man's Life to Time
Of Triple-Murder Is Re
lated By Laws.
H
Id a desperate effort to retrieve fi
nancial disaster brought ?o by In
vesting 12.000 sent from ?Tiioa by his
mother to pay for his schooling at
Colombia L'nlmvity. Ziang San Wan
ingeniously planned and executed the
gruesome killing of three officials of
the Chlneae Educational Mission here
January 29 last, it was charged yes
terday by Assistant Attorney Bolftha
j Laws, in Criminal Division No. L.
District Supreme Court, where Wan is
on trial for his life.
In his opening statement for the
government and in the examination
of witnesses that followed. Laws en
deavored to show a strong motive for
the crime that ended the lives of Dr.
Theodore T Wong, director of the
mission, and two of his assistants,
Ben Sen Wu and C- H. Ssie.
Although none of the testimony
given by ten witnesses heard yester
day boro directly on the crime it all
combined to dovetaQ Wan with the
motive set forth by laws.
Forgery Charjrd.
Today, it is expected, the prosecu
j tion will center its attack on the
j forging of a check for STvUUO on Dr.
: Wong, to cover up which. Uws set
fotrh in his statement, the three men
1 were murdered. The check was pre
j sented at the Riggs National Bank on
? the day after the crime was corn
emitted. by Wan's brother. Tsong Ins
Wan.
| Wan had been leading a miserable
CONTINUED O* PA<iE TFLREt
FAKE PASSPORT
PLAN IS B ARED
Reds in Berlin Planned In
vasion Here With Plenty
Of Gold.
A Bolshevist plot to expedite the
entry of radical agitators into
France, England and the United
States has been exposed by the
Secret Service.
According to the State Department
the scheme was to have par-sport
forms engraved by German Social
ists at Berlin. This fact was com
municated to the military intelli
gence of Eastern Russia and in Si
beria. Couriers were intercepted in
those areas who had on them the
papers which uncovered the con
spiracy.
As a result the vice office of th?
Citizenship Bureau here will prevent
the entry of Bolsheviki with al
leged passports into this country,
and doubtless the same will be done
now in all countries. The plan in
volved forgery, but that might not
be detected if the forgers had coun
terfeit forms such as are being en
graved at Berlin.
A recent statement by a State
Department official was that the
State Department had positive proof
that the Bolsheviki had entered
on a campaign of getting agi
tators into this country to assist
those here with large supplies of
I gold to upset the United States gov
I ernment.
Plan to Rush Bill To
Curb Traffic Violators
Drastic legislation, sponsored by
Senator Sherman of Illinois, to con
trol reckless driving in the Dis
trict of Columbia, was considered
in the Senate Committee on the Dis
trict of Columbia yesterday.
Jail sentences for reckless drivers,
and iron-bound rules for the Is
suance of licenses are the principle
it?ms in the bill which it is ex-j
pected will cut down the number
of accidents and decrease the ha-|
sards for Washington pedestrians.
An attempt will be made by Sen-j
ator Sherman to get his bill before
the Senate before the Christmas re
cess. but it is doubtful whether he
will succeed.
Hodcarrier Stumps
High Priced Lawyers
Hartford. Conn.. Dec. . IS.?James
O'Brien, a New York hodcarrier.
created a sensation in the United
States District Court today by arguing
his own case in two Bridgeport re
ceiverships against high-priced law
yers.
Judge Garvin, of Brooklyn, was so
impressed by the hod carriers' knowl
edge of Federal rulings that tonight
he helped-O'Brien in his case atfer
he had discharged his Bridgeport law
T*- L
Previous Decisions
By District Courts
On Dry Measures
ws
District Court for
Pennsylvania?United States va.
Pittsburg Brewing Company.
Judge J. w. Thomson < Miy
term. Itl9>.
District Court for Maryland ?
United State* va. Standard Brew
ery, Judge John C. Rose.
District Court for Illinois ?
United States vs. Stenson Brew
ing- Company. Judge Page (July
26. 19i*>.
District Court of Connocticut?
United States vs. S< himaoder and
United State* vs. Stephen A. Win
ery. Judge T. L Chatfleld. of
Brooklyn* K- T.
District Court for lias tern
Pennsylvania?United 8tate? vs.
Bergner and Engel Brewing
Company. Judge O. B Dickinson
(Jane. 1915).
Wrt? merr apfceld la the fat
lawiag easest
Louisville?Kentucky Distiller
ies and Warehouse rompaay.
Judge Walter Evaas.
St. I^ouis ? Ju^ge David P.
Dyer.
New Orleans?United 8tates
vs. American Brewing Company.
Judge Rtrfus El Foster.
Providence ? Judge A. L?
Brown.
RAPS ASSESSOR
IN TAX HEARING
Herbert J. Browne, Tax Ex
pert, Says Citizen Groups
Aid Real Estate Men.
Hearing* before the Hous* Commit
tee on the District of Columbia on the
Mapes bill to abolish the half-and
half plan of financing the National
Capital were continued yesterday
afternoon and ^?e end is expected to
day.
Col. A. S. Worthing toe. a member
of the executive committee of a joint
committee of the Citizaas' Associa
tions. will testify.
Herbert J. Browse, expert on taxa
tion. attacked the methods of the dis
trict assess*r and charged the Citi
zens' Associations were organised to
control public sentiment so that il
would respond to the interests of real
estate dealers and landlords.
Defeats Associations.
William McK. Clayton, an attor
ney. replying to the charge, de
covrrmr <>w page two.
FEWIN MINES;
TRIBUNAL WAITS
Ten Per Cent of Coal Men
Return to Work in Illi
nois Fields.
The coal miners are slow in return
ing to work, according to a 5tatement
; issued by the executive committee ?!
the operators of the central competi
tive district last nijerht.
"In he Central Pennsylvania field,
one of the larprest in the country, not
over 40 per cent of the men on strike
returned.
-Reports from the South wesetn
fields show a very small percentage of
men are working In Ohio and West
ern Pennsylvania half of the men
are back.
"Indiana makes the best showing,
with practically alt of the men on
j duty.
"In Illinois only 10 per cent of the
men who went on strike have re
turned."
The appointment of the special com
mission to adjust the coal controversy,
which is to be made by the President,
is still unannounced.
HOUSE CLEARS WAY
FOR GRAHAM REPORT
During a two-day Democratic fili
buster the House yesterday, by a vote
of 177 to 154. voted to give precedeence
j to the Graham report on the select
I committee on expenditures in the War
! Department
| It is charged by the report that
"millions of dollars are Involved in
settlement which the government
made of war contracts and on which
the government, if a proper review
of such setlement were made, could
recover millions.
"In many of the cases they seem
to have been obviously tainted with
fraud." the committee's report said.
BRITISH LEAVE SYRIA,
FRENCH TAKE CONTROL
I/ondon. Dec. IS.?A ditapatch from
Cairo today reported that under a
Franco-British agreement the Britlah
have withdrawn from Syria and the
territory handed over to the French,
including Lebanon, Beirut and Alex
andretta.
The Damascus. Allepo and Harna
jdistricta have been awarded to Emir
ItMk
HOPES OF WETS
BLASTED BY U.S.
SUPREME COURT
i<
Decision States President
Has Exclusive Power to
End Drought
PROCLAMATION NEEDED
*
Grant Army Is Nearly De
mobilized, But Point to
Wartime Acts.
There will be no wild men, wild
women or wild bells this Christ
mas.
If there are, k will be becauae
the President is wUlmp there shall
be
Tbe same applies to New VearV
and other festivities where "Tom
and Jerry" and other bibulous con
coctions have usually lent the
proper degree of cheer to the oc
casion.
"Tom and Jerry," those insepar
able twins of the cups who have
become as indigenous to the
American celebration of Christmas
as Santa Claur and Dickens'Christ
mas Carol are no more. They
passed away yesterday with their
doughty old parent. John Barley
corn, over whom final obsequies
were read when the Supreme Court
read its decision declaring the war
time prohibition bill constitutional.
ml Art.
Besides affirming the legality of
the war-time measure the court defi
nitely flxed the nwonsibmty for de
claring demobilization of the oour
i tT', military foxes complete and tbe
r a1 an end, which r*on^.i * at and
| the White How have been ntnit
teling back and forth since the taw
.1 became effective. "I^ir decision put#
? It aquarely up to the Pi?idem, vtn
idicatlni: < "oneness completely
The decision of the court mesne
.that the President ha* the exclusive
?i powor to giant a reprieve to liquor
I befVwe the national prohibition
' sanerKlmcnt become* effective. }%wu~
i a>T K * Pfmdmtir : t>roc amatwn
, declai ms demur lltaartnn compete ta
all that is necessary. the court de
dans. although t questions whether
the President would be nrata4
technically in taking such action, the
court making the point that demo
bilization baa not been effected The
! annual report of the Secretary of
; w*r. which show* that flpinofeiItaa
, tion bae not been effected. The an
nual report of the Secretary of War.
| which shows that demobilization la
| still In progress, wae cited to prove
! this contention.
I The court did not hand d?vwn a deci
sion on the caae arte, tine the con
stitutionality of the let-ie s ion adopted
| for the enforcement of the war-time
act. nor on tboae question ins the right
j of Congress to declare a beverage
onTn vrwi os race tiuie&
LYNCH NEGROES
WHO KILL MAN
Mob Follows Tram Carrying
Two Arrested for Chap
manville Murder.
<
Huntington. W Va. Dec li-Two
negroes alleged to have killed Cdward
Meek, of County, last night,
were taken from a train and tynchaf
by a mob at OiapmansviTle today The
bodies of the negroes were then
thrown Into the Wyandotte River
The negroes were arrested imme
diately after the killing and placed on
a train for this city for safekeeping
At t'hapmanaville. the train stalled,
and the mob which was reported to
have rone there tn automobiles, over
took it and seised the negroes alter a
short struggle
NEWBERRY'SMOTION
DISMISSED BY COURT
Grand Raids. M?rh? Dec I*.? /
I'nlted States District Judge Clar
ence W. Sessions todsy J ml
the motion of attorneys for the de
fense in the conspiracy ease against
Senator Truman H. Newberry and
1*4 others for a list of witnesses who
appeared before the grand jury.
The Judge stated a great majority
of the Indicted men themselves wore
witnesses before the Jury and there
fore the defense was In as rood a
position as the government to know
what charges were made
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