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WEATHER. Partly cloudy tonlfrht and tomor row; little chancre in temperature. Temperature for twenty-four hourn ended 2 p.m. today: Higrhest, 89. at 2 p.m. today; lowest. 64, at 6 a.m. today. Full report on page 9. Closing New York Stocks, Page 9. Member of the Associated Press 11 The Associated Press Is txclni!*tlj entitled ts the use for republic*tlo* of sll news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited la this paper and also the local news published herein. All rights of publication of dispatches herein are also reserved. t Yesterday's Net Circulation, 94.908 No. 27,436. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1919?TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS. DISTRICT SOLDIERS 9F 3I2TH GET BIG WELCOME HOME Stirring Scenes at Station as Heroes Arrive From Camp Meade. BOYS MARCH UP AVENUE AMIDST CHEERING CROWD Guests at Dinner and Dance To j night at Willard's?Review of Achievements in War. Washington's fighting: men of the Tl2th Machine Gun Battalion marched In review today before a city that is ** of the record they made. The city did not take a day off, but %nen, women and children paused in J*he streets as the heroes passed and tehouted a welcome to them. Stirring' Scenes at Union Station. The scene at Union station when the vtnen arrived from Camp Meade at 10 ?"clock was a stirring, one. Long he Tore the train arrived a long line of Triends and relatives formed outside the President's entrance. As the men of the 312th. marching ^lth the sturdy step of veterans, came through to the street the Joy tone families began to cheer, drown a lively air from the Marine i Wind. ISven the polin?men, assigned to K**P clear an aMle for the marchers, Mtered Into the ?*irit of the welcome, and for a few momenta military dis cipline suffered badly as eager fathers tad mothers hugftvd their sons in line. Hen Officially Greeted. Isaac Cans. chaii'RIan of the wel come committee, was in the PresU dent's room at the station and offi cially greeted the soldiers as they entered. He introduced Commissioner Erownlow, who told the men briefly haw glad the District was to have "?hem home and how proud the city is 1 ?>f their conduct overseas. Maj. Gen. Joseph E. Kuhn, com mander ol their division, also was at the station to welcome the men back JMMa Two airplanes from Boiling field *ere hovering over the station wait ing to drop flowers on the heads of the soldiers as they marched out of tha station. The aviators flew over the marchers along: the route of the parade. * Sirens Shriek Welcome. *rom a score of automobiles parked I around the station a chorus of sirens i began to shriek and cheering became ! general. In addition to the Marine Band, a detachment of the new Na tional Guard of the District was wait ing to escort the victors through the city. As the column sw-gng jnto Delaware avenue and started toward the Capi tol schoolboys whose heads only reached to the soldiers' belts trailed along beside the battalion, their eyes riveted in admiration on their "big brothers" who had been over there One hatless lad of ten slipped his hand into the grasp of a soldier on i the end of a line and sought vainly! to keep in step. The big soldier look- 1 *d down and smiled at the little "re- ' cruit' who had fallen into line. Mascot Dog Marches in Line. Out in front of the battalion, look- j lug straight ahead, trotted Brownie.1 the mascot dog of the 312th. He was i just as proud of the Lorraine cross i ^ hlch was clipped in his shaggy hair as any man in the battalion was of that cross, which was chosen as the 7?th Division insignia. On his back he wore a little jacket with the name of the battalion Inscribed on it. Brownie belongs to Bugler Alex Pe trte of Company C. who lives at Ken llworth, D. C. Brownie "enlisted" in the 312th at Verdun. For several days ae would come running up to Petrie ?very time the bugler gave the call Jer mess. Brownie is a bad soldier in one *e?Peet only. He ignores the higher ranks of the battalion to take orders from his bugler, Petrie. As the men swung through the j Capitol grounds into Pennsylvania ' avenue, members of Congress on their j way to the <"apitol paused to cheer: Washington's fighters. Crowds on Avenue Cheer. All along the avenue from Peace Honument to 17th street crowds gath ered hurriedly on the sidewalks and wavsd to the men In khaki.. From !#th street the parade turned west on t onuecticut avenue to Massachusetts avenue and thence east to the War t amp Community house at 1314 Mas-I bachusetts avenue. In front of the community house the national guardsmen formed a court of honor for the men from overseas to march through. Hot and somewhat tired from the march, the i *1" ???serl> *o the luncheon! v hlch the community house had pre pared for them. There were approximately ISO men ia the detachment which came home from Meade more than a hundred teing Washington men and the bal ai>te from Maryland. Capt. E W Jordan marched at their head. Wounded Comrades Greet Boys. Among the crowds that stood on the side lines to greet the boys were at least a dozen men who were able realize what the bat'alion did to ?_arn a welcome. They were former members w-ho were sent home sev a! months ago to recover from wounds received in action. They included Sergts. Carl o Alli a Louden Langdon. Privates fc-lmer Andrews Jam<-s Rittl*. km ward Boteler. Gamett P Brown" V Brown. Loui, Connor am E. Eisenian, Owen Kelley. Charles' Schrotha?omh? .voldano Richard Dudley Wirfleld l.fford H. 'Wilson and Carl Worth One of the outstanding feature*" of JUkin" ""^Je was the ? hey chased the Death Head Hiissars* the favorite troops of the Crown , -'*'^e times the 312th took the h.ll frnni these picked Gern ans r..."1 each time were forced to retreat ..e fourth time they took the hm' back?Vel"' thC Hu"ars dld not come The Midlers who marched today ?l- took part in the capture of Mont iucon, the town in which was the loirer used by the Crown Prince In Aftir fh? ? *tVaCk? ?f his army After the luncheon the men were fr*e to go to the ball game at Am" lean League Park or spend the art ?rnoon with their families and . ^arts dark Griffith. m,n??"^ (Continued on Second Page.jT" DELEGATES FIRM AGAINST SENDING PACT TO SENATE By the Associated Press. PARIS, June 7.?The American delegation to the peace conference apparently is firm in its decision not to authorize the publication of the German peace treaty ur.til it is signed and not even ' o communi cate the official text in its present form to the United States Senate. PARIS, June 6 (by the Associated Press).?The members of the American peace delegation, dis turbed by the report that copies of the German peace terms have reached New York, are undertak ing to check up all the copies is sued in order to ascertain if any are missing. 2,300lYlf GET irSPBOIS District Workers - Protest Against Alleged Dis crimination/ UP TO COMMISSIONERS Nearly 2,000 District government laborers, skilled and unskilled, and about 300 per diem and monthly em ployes, including assistant engineers, inspectors, computers and clerks, probably will be denied the additional 1120 bonus to be paid government workers for the fiscal year beginning: July 1. That the laborers will not be given the bonus appears certain, despite that a protest against the contemplated action has been registered by the City Employes' Association. The status of the per diem workers is somewhat different, and the Dis trict wage board has recommended that they be not denied the extra pay. There were strong Indications to day. however, that the Commission ers may rule otherwise. Great Protest Aroused. Probably never In the history of the local government has a con templated wage adjustment aroused greater protest. There are about one thousand annual employes, not Including members of the police and fire departments and institutions un der the jurisdiction of the Commis sioners. who are not affected by the controversy. The situation as to the per diem em ployes grows largely out of the fact that during the war many clerks on a statutory basis were transferred to a per diem and monthly basis at In creased pay. The Commissioners round It necessary to make suck transfers to retain their services. In addition to the increased pay the bonus of $120 also was given. Claim 6340 Bonus These employes claim that they should be riven the bonus of $240 that goes into effect July 1. But there is a question in the Commissioners' minds as to whether, in view of the fact that the war Is over and conditions have changed, their pay should not be re duced to a point where it would con- ! form with the amount paid them when j they were on a statutory basis. To this amount would then be added th? full bonus of 1240. ? , 11 Is aaid to be the opinion of at least some members of the board of Commissioners that the intention of Congress would be defeated if em ployes transferred from a statutory to a per diem basis at increased pay would still be given a bonus of $240. Employes' Contention. The contention of the employes, on the other hand, is that their rates of pay are absolutely comparable with those of statutory employes by rea son of the limitations of expenditure for their class of service. These rates by reason of this limitation, they say' are far from being adequate to the' ,1? p*y for like services on tne outside. i It is contended that they have working under them mechanics who receive a greater rate of pay than themselves, adjusted through the wage board. This view of the matter has been sustained by the wage board, which has recommended that the per diem men be given the additional bonus. If the men are put back on a statutory basis and then given the bonus, many of them will receive much less than they are now making, it is contended. The nfembers of the wage board, which is understood to have unani mously reached this conclusion, are C. B. Hunt, engineer of highways; J. S. Garland, superintendent of the water department; Snowden Ash ford. municipal architect; Asa E. Phillips, sanitary engineer; Morris Hacker, supervisor of refuse collec tion and disposal, and T. M. Robin son. superintendent of machinery of the tile department. Reduction in Basic Pay Suggested. With respect to the wages of laborers, the board has recommended a reduction in basic pay to absorb the additional bonus of $120'. This is done, it is ex plained. to preserve the equality of out side rates to the combined basic rates fixed by the board, plus the bonus as in creased to $240 per annum. The act for the fiscal year 1920, which provides for the $240 bonus, states "that the increased compensation provided in this section to employes whose pay Is adjusted from time to time through wage boards or similar authority shall be taken into consideration by such wage boards or similar authority in adjusting the pay of such employes." Bonus Bated "Part of Pay". j The wage board, it is explained, re gards this proviso as determinative of the fact that the bonus is to be re garded as a part of the pay of this ; class of employes and not as an addi ; tion thereto. ; Proceeding on this interpretation of the law. the board reduced the basic pay to take care of the $120 j bonus granted for the current year ! and the reductions now proposed will ! absorb the auded bonus authorized for the year that begins July 1. Any other action, it is "stated, would give higher rates to District labor ers than are paid for similar service 1 on the outside. The total pay under j the adjustments, it is contended will I remain the same as at present as I contemplated by law. Jamaica Ginger an Intoxicant. AUGUSTA. Me.. June ?Jamaica ! ginger was declared to be an intoxicant and its sale or possession unlawful, in an opiniov handed down yesterday by the supreme court. Three different grades containing, respectively, 95, 28 and 55 per cent alcohol were in the lot seized a year ago in the case on which < the decision was based. Big Four Also Considers Counter Proposals at . % Meeting Today. DERNBURG PESSIMISTIC By Thi* Assooiatod Press. PARIS, June 7.?Virtually all the im portant commissions connected with the peace conference were in conference to day. The activity was due to the direc tions Issued yesterday by the conference leaders that the work of the body should be speeded up as far as pos sible. The council of four met this morn ing and continued its consideration of j the German counter proposals. The | commissions which held sessions In i eluded those on ports and waterways, responsibilities. Belgium and Alsaee Jxjrraino. Brockdorff-Rantzau at Cologne. fount von Brockdorff-Rantzau, head of the German peace delegation, who left Versailles last evening, is on visit to Cologne, it developed toda?. According to the French newspapers, the count's visit is connected rather with events in the Rhineland (where conditions are unsettled through the recent proclamation of the Rhine land republic), than with the peace conference. It is understood that the German plenipotentiary will con fer at Cologne with Cardinal von Hart mann, the Archbishop of Cologne. German Assembly lleets Today. BERN, Switzerland. June 7 (Havas). ?The German national assembly will meet today with members of the gov ernment and members of the Ger man peace mission for a joint confer ence over the status of the Versailles peace negotiations, the Berlin Gazette announces. Unable to Pay, Says Dernburg. LONDON', June 7.?Germany's in ability to meet the financial demands of the peace terms and the Inability of the allies to make her pay are in sisted upon by Dr. Bernard Dernburg, the German minister of finance, in an interview telegraphed by the Daily Mail's Berlin correspondent. Dern burg reiterates his recent declaration that Germany will not sign the terms as presented, and continues: "As a matter of fact, neither the entente nor Germany is capable of signing this peace. Germany cannot pay and the entente cannot make Germany pay. You can invade Ger many and occupy the Ruhr basin and nobody will stand in your way if you wish to come to Berlin. But when you are there what are you going to do? Hope Lies^in Industry. s or i4par; "Tour only hope or reparation lies In getting the German people to work producing good* which they can give the allies againsf money indemnity, but firsy they must have food and then raft materials. You must make terms which will enable you to get your reparations reasonably soon. "You do not suppose that our chil dren are going to remain slaves be cause their parents lost the war." "No Word of Conciliation." Dr. Dernburg elsewhere in the in terview speaks derisively of Presl dent Wilson. "I thought he came over here as a new sort of redeemer, in the role of a savior of mankind." the finance minister is quoted as saying, "but I have not found in the peace treaty one word of his peace of conciliation and good will." , Senner Back at St. Germain. ST. GERMAIN, June 7.?Dr. Karl Renner. the Austrian chancellor and head of his nation's delegatioa to the peace congress, arrived here today, after his visit to Feldkirch, where he had been In conference with Austrian government representatives from Vi enna. Dr. Renner was accompanied by Richard Schuller and Herr Stern balk, technical counselors of the dele gation. Commissions on Reply to Huns Must Complete Their Reports by Monday PARIS, June 6 (by the Associated PresB) Positive instructions were is sued tonight by the council of four to all commissions working on the reply to the German counter pro I posals to complete their reports by ( Monday. | Socialists Would Aid Huns. [ The socialist group met in the | chamber of deputies today and adopt ; ed the following resolution: "This motion expresses the hope that the allied governments will bring ameliorations to the peace treaty, giving It a character more in conformity with the conditions of a Just and lasting peace, and, further more. that the situation in Germany and the peoples not forming part of the society of nations be defined more clearly and in a favorable sense." Erzberger Favors Signing. COPENHAGEN, June 6.?Mathlas Erzberger, head of the German arm istice commission, according to the Deutsches Tageszeitung of Berlin, Is preparing a memorandum, which, after "Slscussing the peace terms in all their aspects, advocates signing the treaty. ! PAYS TRIBUTE TO LAFAYETTE President Places Bronze Wreath on Eminent Frenchman's Tqmb. J PARIS, June 7.?-President Wilson | today visited the tomb of Lafayette in i the Plcpus cemetery and placed on it a bronze wreath. The new wreath is a duplicate of a floral wreath which the President placed on the tomb when he first arrived In France. The card on the bronze wreath bears the same inscription as the card on the floral one. reading: j "To the great Lafayette, fro ma fel-| low servant of liberty." Champion Cow Sells for $26,000. ! PHILADELPHIA, June 7.?The cham | pion Holstein cow. Rollo Mercena df ! Kol, was sold yesterday for 126.000 at j an auction of pedigreed cattle in con- ' nection with the annual convention of the Holstein-Freieslan Association here, i The cow is six years old and weighs 1.300 pounds. Her record is 51.93 pounds of butter and 1,138 pounds of milk in seven days and 201.17 pounds of butter and 2,930.60 pounds of milk in thirty days. She was sold by J. B. Harmer of Norwich. Ontario, to the Coldstream farms, Lexington, Ky. A daughter, Glenotter Rollo de Kol, brought $7,100. THE FISHIN' SEASON. TO D. PRESIDENTS Police Discount Accusing Letters, But Do Not Ignore Them. PITTSBURGH VITAL POINT Numerous letters containing ac cusations of near-bolshevism and anarchy against residents of this city have been received by the police the past few days. Few of them bore signatures, it is stated. "We can't afTord to ignore any of them," MaJ. Pullman, superintendent of police, said to a Star reporter this, Morning. .. MaJ. Pullman said It was found In a number of Instances that there was absolutely no reason for statements contained in the letters, and few of them amounted to anything. "It's an easy matter for a man who has a grudge against another to write an anonymous letter to get him in bad," the superintendent said, "and for that reason the department Is wlthhdtding names mentioned In the letters." Notes Significant Fact. Discussing the situation this morn ing, MaJ. Pullman said he thought it was significant that there were no explosions in Paterson, N. J., or Chi cago. said to be the hotbeds of anar chists. The thought suggested to him was that the anarchist may have made the cities mentioned their head quarters and worked from them. "The anarchists are a foxy bunch," he added, "and would likely pull off , such a stunt. The fact that no ex- | plosion occurred in those cities means that no intensive Investigations have j been conducted in them." Maj. Pullman said it seemed that the anarchists made their headquar ters In New 7ork or Pittsburgh, and police activity at this time is centered in these cities. He said he had heard nothing from Detective Burllngame since night before last, when the de tective sent him some Important in formation to assist in establishing the identity of the man who was killed In this city. Believe Detective Has Clue. Detective Burlingame has made, quick moves between New York and Philadelphia, police officials stated, and It Is believed by them that he Is making progress. It is probable that he will visit Pittsburgh and other cities before returning home. "It is reasonably certain that Bur lmgame has something tangible in the matter of the identity of the dead an archist." MaJ. Pullman commented. Just what has been accomplished by the Department of Justice, the superintendent of police said he does not know. It may be that the de partment's operatives have the whole, story of the plot and are extending their Investigations. Plans No Arrests Here. Maj. Pullman said he knew of no organized set of bolsheviki in this city, nor did he anticipate any imme diate arrests here. This city has no established band such as exists in other cities, he said. Inspector Grant, chief of detectives, does not believe the identity of the man killed in front of the home of Attorney General Palmer has been established Miscounting a report from New York to that effect. He said he failed to understand how an anato mist had pieced together the recover ed fragments of the man's head and face and made identification possible. No Part of Face Found. "None of his face was found," the inspector declared. "We had portions of the scalp and hair, but not a ves tige of the face. "We did not find enough to de termine if he were smooth shaven or had a beard." the inspector added. He bases his hopes for the identi fication of the dead man on his hair. Included in the group of pictures of anarchists brought here by the New York detectives, the inspector stated, were several whose hair resembled the hair of the dead man, and several of the fifteen taken Into custody In Pitts burgh, it is stated, also have such hair. Says Key Lies in Pittsburgh. At this time, said the inspector, the key to the situation seems to be in Pittsburgh, where anarchists were taken almost red-handed. He express ed the belief that it is only a ques tion of time befqre the whole band will be rounded up and their identity fully established. The New York detectives, he stated, brought with them the most attrac tive lot of photographs of anarchists he has ever seen, most of them being pictures of men less than thirty yeiirs old. He thought it highly probable (Continued on Second Page.) DISTRICT BUDGET 1MSDRNB Measure Goes to Senate With Provision to Repeal Half-and-Half. The House this afternoon passed the District of Columbia appropriation bill after adopting an amendment, au thorizing' the District Commissioners to purchase food and other surplus stock now held by the War Depart ment. On a point of order raised by Rep resentative Walsh of Massachusetts, the proposed increase of $1,000 a year In the salaries of the District Com ? n ?? ?m a. from the bill. Nisncrfes'ttt? which in an Increase of $689,280 over the bill which failed in the last Con gress. The bill as passed by the House abolishes the half-and-half principal bj providing that these appropria tions be paid entirely out of the reve nues of the District as far as they are sufficient and the remainder out of the United States Treasury. This means that the District will be called upon to pay $9,547,800. while the United States Treasury pays $4,54?, 621. or 32 per cent of the total. The most important Increase In the bill as it passed the House on the bill that failed In the last Congress, is $507,300 for street Improvements. The next Is $74,750 for increases in sal aries to 1,495 school teachers. There is also a new Item for $60,000 to con tinue work on the Petworth. Burr vllle and Phelps School and the school between 18th and 20th and Monroe and Newton streets northeast. An other new item is $50,000 for work on the sewers, $40,000 of which is to con tinue the upper Potomac Interceptor. For the District National Guard the appropriation for expenses for en campment Is increased from $20,000 to $24,000. . Sent to Be Cremated. At the District morgue this morning, the superintendent placed the frag ments of the dead anarchist in a small box, retaining the pieces of scalp, and sent them to the District cramato rium, where they were reduced to ashes. No ceremony of any kind marked what-jnight have been termed a fu neral, fear probably having prevent ed friends of the dead man from ap pearing and chanting one of the songs from "Fan the Flames of Discontent." The scalp of the anarchist was pre served in a Jar of chemicals for fu ture reference. BOY'SIMJTEARS; COURT BLAMES ALLEYS Chief Justice McCoy Denounces Such Surroundings of Youth as "Burning Shame." John Jones, colored, seventeen years old, was sentenced today by Chief Justice McCoy in Criminal Division 2 to serve twenty years in the peniten tiary. Jones was convicted of murder 1n the second degree in connection with the killing of VIrgie Mills, thirteen years old, March 5 last. Claims It Was Accident. The boy claimed the pistol was dis charged accidentally while he was showing the girl how he had "held up" some boys. In Imposing the minimum sentence allowed under the law. Chief Justice McCoy said the boy's plight was probably due to the fact that he had been reared in an alley. The court characterized the alleys of Washington as a "burning shame" and declared that "so long as- they are permitted to exist we may expect outbreaks of crime." He stated that he had visited sorrfe inhabited alleys In this city in which if he had kept a pig he would expect to be arrested. Luther Brooks and John Slye, both colored, were also sentenced to serve twenty years each in the penitentiary following convictions of murder in the second degree. Brooks killed Frank Jones October 26 last, and Slye, shooting through a door, caused the death of Lillian Holly February 18. Coiibiander Cleary Coming Here. Commander Francis J. Cleary, U^S. N., at the Mare Island navy yard, has been ordered to this city for duty in the bureau of steam angineering. Navy Department. POLITICS IN FRONT IN SENATETANGLES Two Parties Seem to Be "About Even" After Week's Debate. FEELING RUNNING HIGH BY DAVID LAWRG\CE. Out of the tangles of a week's de bate, the democrats and republicans emerged today about even. The Sen ate demanded the text of the peace treaty ?'if not incompatible/with the public interest." President Wilton's answer probably will be that he will give the Senate a copy of the treaty (j?rhenithefe ana. Ail copies, docu ments, drafts, proposals and other material exchanged between the Ger man and allied commissioners will be turned over In due time, but to transmit anything now would be to interfere with the -control of the ne- ' gotiations hitherto exercised by the executive branch of the government under the Constitution. For, until the Germans sign the pact, it is not a treaty. And Mr. Wilson isrt't obliged to sub mit unflnished treaties unless he has reached a deadlock or wishes action from the Senate. Republican Admissions. ? Republican senators admit they have no constitutional right to get this treaty till it is finished, but they also admit they passed the resolution to register their impatience at not being allowed to see it at the same time German storekeepers and book pub lishers sdw it and distributed it Score in favor of the republicans. The democrats have lost no time in turning the tables on Senators Lodge and Borah, who spread the ' sensational story that copies of the i peace treaty, were in the hands of : unofficial persons in New York. In- I sinuations that the financial interests have a copy of the proposed treaty were conveyed by the debate. Sena tors Lodge and Borah refused to tell where they saw the alleged copies of the treaty. Another Phase of Incident. The democrats quickly asked for investigation. But that is not the most interesting phase of the incident. Senator Lodge endeavored to secure the passage of a substitute resolution proposed by Senator Kellogg of Minnesota which would not require either Mr. Lodge or Mr. Borah to testify -concerning their own sensational charges. But Senator Hitchcock, democrat, insisted that senatorial immunity should not be invoked to conceal the name of anybody. If Mr. Lodge made the charge he must sustain it. Who has the treaty, and how was it secured? The democrats are sure Mr. Wilson didn't authorize anybody to have it and that the facts will show he had no knowledge of or part in the trans action. So the Senate resolution specifically names Senators Lodge and Borah and calls upon them to make good their charges. Will they tell where they saw the treaty, and who has it? The democrats --have countered quickly. The score is in their favor unless the republicans can prove the President gave copies of the treaty to persons in New York or elsewhere who had no business get ting it. ^ Action in Irish Ca3e. Next one comes to the action of the Senate in unanimously asking the peace conference to- grant a hearing to the Irish-American delegates Ir respective of whether the Irish ques tion comes within the Jurisdiction of the conference 04 powers, which de fenders of the league of nations cov enant argue that it does, there was considerable amusement today over the fact that Senator Borah on the one hand denounces American entan- I glements in European affairs and then obtains the passage of a resolu- I , tion calling upon the peace confer ence to listen to the discussion of what Great Britain, a European power of considerable prominence, considers an internal affair and something en tirely covered by her sovereignty. And the truth is democrats as well as republicans, believers in the league of nations and opponents of the idea, all joined in asking the peace conference to hear the Irish-Ameri can delegates. Both parties in the United States Senate would hardly want to offend the Irish elements in the United gtates, so the score is about even on that Irish resolution. Politics Playing Vital Part. Politics is indeed playing a vital part in the Senate debates. It is a far cry from a Senate debate to a munici pal election in L.os Angeles, but Sena tor Phelan of California, having some what of a reputation as a wit, en livened the proceedings the other day by having printed what he evidently regarded as a sequel to President Wilson's famous appeal for a demo " (Continued on Second Page.J / * P. 0. HEAD TURNS DOWN REQUEST FOR REFEREES IN WIRE CONTROVERSY STRIKE MAY NOT HURTDlSERffi Wire Companies Predict Lit tle Effect Here of Threaten ed General Walkout. STATEMENTS ARE MADE Wire transmission of intelligence to and from the "District of Colum bia probably will not be seriously af fected in the event of a national strike called by the Commercial Telegraphers' Union. Local officials of the Western Union, the Postal Tele graph Company and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company made statements to this effect today. Officials of the Western Union Com pany, upon which it is anticipated the strike will (irst be called, mini mize the danger of the strike, de claring that they relied upon the loy alty of their employes and that only a small number would be affected in the District in any event. Expects No Trouble Here. "We don't anticipate a ripple here." said General Supt. Taff of the local Western Union offices. "The situation is now serene and normal. The trans mission of messages is normal. If any of our men should go out in the event of the calling of a strike there will only be an infinitesimal number com pared with the number of our em ployes." Mr. Taff declared that the number of Commercial Telegraphers' Union men In the local Western Union office is small, although he was unable to giv.e the exact number. Income of messages from the strike center in the south was normal, the general superintend ent stated, indicating to him that the strike there was not so serious as claimed, since the District office is a sort of telegraphic barometer, being a big relay center for messages from the near south. W. U. Seen as Storm Center. The Western Union office here prob ably--will be the storm center of any strike called here, it is anticipated. It is generally understood that the Postal Telegraph Company will not be touched on a strike order, as it is believed that this company met the full wishes of the Commercial Teleg raphers' Union by recognising that body. Officials of the local office of the Postal company do not expect a strike to be called upon their com pany. Efforts to get exact figures as to the membership of the Commercial Union in the various local telegraph offices led to dubious results, as neither side was ready with even ap proximate figures. Not to Affect Phone Service. Telephone service in the District will be affected in no way by the strike, according to C. T. Claggett, division manager of the local office of the Chesapeake knd Potomac Telephone Company, for the simple reason that there is no labor union among the em ployes of the telephone company here. | The local office speaks for the terri tory of the American Telephone Com pany included in the District and nearby sections of Virginia and Mary land. Press associations and brokers prob 1 ably . will not be affected by any | strike called, although one of the press associations has a large mem bership among its telegraphers of Commercial Telegraph Union men. Workers in this office, however, de clared that the strike, if called, will not affect them. "We are not in volved," one of these men said today. Postal Company's Attitude. The local office of the Postal Tele graph Company is planning to take care of any Commercial Telegraphers' Union men who may strike at the lo cal office of the Western Union Com pany in the event the national strike is called. This is pointed to as a force ful indication of the security felt by the Postal Company against a strike. Union Leader, on Way to Chicago, States He Will Call Big Strike President S. J. Konenkamp of the Commercial Telegraphers' Union of America, who today Is on his way to Chicago, announced before his depart ure last night that he would call a nation-wide strike of union telegra phers upon his arrival in Chicago late today. The strike is proposed in sup port of the Western Union Telegraph Company's employes in ten southern I states, who went on strike Thursday night. Until he reached Chicago, Mr. Ko nenkamp stated, it would not be de cided whether the spread of the strike would be confined to the Western Union or include the Postal Tele graph and Cable Company. He also said the date of the proposed strike had not been determined. Western Union officials claim that of the 40.000 employes of the com pany eligible to join the telegraphers' union only 710 were members and ex pressed belief that a strike would not seriously impair the service. Post Office Department officials are not concerned in the threatened walk out as the order of Postmaster Gen eral Burleson in returning operating control of the wires to their owners puts the burden of combating the striKe on the companies. MR. BURLESON, HAPPY AND CALM, IS 56 TODAY Postmaster General So Quiet About Date That Office Force Verifies It. "Mr. Burleson's birthday? Why, we didn't know that!" ' And this from the personal office force of the Postmaster General of the United | States of America! He kept so quiet about the dawn of his fifty-sixth anni versary today that practically the entire post office force of employes was .-n aware of its advent. A confidential clerk was sent to verify the report which was brought into the Office. He came back smiling. "Yes, the chief is fifty-six years old today. But he's taking it the same as any other day, only he appears to be more happy than usual over something." * Operators in Carolinaa Called Out, But Order Is Rescinded. Cable and Line Men Join in Sympathetic Walkout. Postmaster (General Burleson today turned down the request of Mayor James L. Key of Atlanta, Ga., for the appointment of an arbitration board to settle the telephone and telegraph | strike in that city. At the sain* time he announced de tails of the investigation by poet 1 office inspectors who are looking into ' the situation. The first preliminary report from Inspector J. W. Cole. In chance of the investigation, declares that officials of the Southern Bell Telephone Company had not violated the order of October 2 in discharging employes, according to? present testimony. The order of October 2 ruled that no employe might be discharged be cause of labor adulations. The dis charge of employes for this reason is one of the contentions of the striker*' Postmaster General's Message. In refusing the request for an ar bitration board Postmaster General Burleson wired as follows: "Thanks for your telegram. It does not require an arbitration board tn ascertain the truth about a disputed fact. I am having the facts as to whether any employe of the South ern Bell Company has been dismissed because of affiliation with a labor organisation investigated by post ol?~~ flee inspectors who have no intceat in the dispute other than to ascertaia the truth. 1 have confidence in thair ability and integrity. When they re. port to me (and I am urging that they do so promptly as possible) I will aet at once with a view of seeing that tho order against discrimination is strict enfM^kb Inspector Cole's Report. A telegram from Inspector Cole^ who was transferred for the investlgatidft from Chattanooga. Tenn., was mad* public. It ia a preliminary report on the situation. The telegram reads: " "Conference with Graham and Flem ing and review of statements of dis charged employes and company offi cials yields impression that unleM disinterested testimony not yet ob tained can be produced in support at employes' contention, 'evidence wlH not show that Postmaster General** j order October 2 has been violated. Taking up each individual case sep arately. a complete investigation will require several days. Case John Rou* millat, highest paid employe dis charged. will be completed tomorrow. Evidence in his case so far fndicatea his discharge warranted account of insubordination." Thorough and Impartial. Mr. Cole is regarded by the depart ment as one of the most thorough and impartial investigators in thi service, and he was detailed to taka charge of the investigation at At lanta on account of his good record, it was stated. Postmaster General Burleson haa sent Postal Inspector George M. Sut ton. chief inspector of the service, to Atlanta to have a personal conference with the inspectors and review the situation. No further action can be taken by the Post Office Department until the inquiry by Inspector Cole has been con cluded. and his final report, together with that of Chief Post Office Inspec tor Sutton, has been received. ORDER RESCINDED Affects Operators in Carolinas?Figures Still Widely Variant. T By tlie Associated Prp?. ATLANTA. June 7.?Orders calling out the union telephone operators at Columbia and other points in North and South Carolina at 10 o'clock today in connection with the strike of tele phone and telegraph workers in At lanta and elsewhere in the southeast have been rescinded, according to an announcement this morning by C. ft Mann, southern organizer for the ti. T. U. A. Statements as to the number Western Union employes actually on strike in the southeast remained n widely variant today as they had been since the strike against the company was called. Local union officials put the number at 3.000, while the company's latest announcement was 288, of whom It was claimed 160 were from the At lanta ?ffice. The company claims tjw strike already has proved a "failure" and that business is being handled la normal fashion with few exceptions. Cable and Linemen Out. NEW ORLEANS. June 7.?Cable and linemen of the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company and the Wes tern I'nion Telegraph Company, mem bers of Local No. 823, Interna tional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of the World, went on strike this morning in sympathy with Wes tern I'nion employes affiliated witK the Commercial Telegraphers' Union. It was claimed by labor officials that 175 failed to report for work at the two offices. Counter claims by union and com pany officials continue to be made to-> day as to the effect of the C. T. U. A." strike on the Western Union. The company reported a sufficiency ?S operators and asserted business was moving "as usual" at the main office and at the cotton exchange. Union officials said the number of strikers was increasing and that business was "greatly delayed." ?