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Pair tonight; tomorrow partly
cloudy and warmer.
Temperature for twenty-four hours
ended 2 p.m. today: Highest, 45, at 2
p.m. today; lowest, 31, at 7:20 a.m. to
Full report on page 7.
Closing New York Stocks, Page 24.
No. 27,602.
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psper and also the local news published herein.
All rights of publication of speoisl
dispatches herein are also reserred.
Yesterday's Net Circulation, 92,932
Both Sides Will Cool Off Dur
ing Vacation, Lawrence
Each Party Appears Confident of
Public Approval?Vice President
Marshall on Senate Rule.
The President had considered the
possibility of negotiating a new
treaty la the event of the rejection
of the present treaty, hat adminis
tration officials said he virtually
had refected that alternative as
ImprnctienMr, and probably wonid
take up with the principal sigaa
torles what compromise rescrva
tiona would be acceptable to theaa.
Senator Hitchcock aald he expect
ed the President, upon the conven
ing of Congress, December 1, to
withdraw the treaty and later re
submit It, poaalbly with sngges
tions for acceptable reservations.
Administration leaders In the Sen
ate alao are know* to be conalder
in( negotiation of compromises
with the mild reservation repub
licans after Congress reconvenes.
President Wilson will resubmit to
the Senate the peace treaty when Con
gress, at the end of its ten-day vaca
tion. comes back for its regular De
cember session. As anticipated, the!
Lodge resolution with reservations,
and the Hitchcock resolution, without
reservations, have now been defeated,
and the opportunity to consider a
compromise resolution has merely
been deferred ten days. In the mean
time the country will express' Its opin
ion and both sides will unquestionably
take note.
Out of the tangle of the last hours
of the present session certain un
mistakable evidences and facts pre
sent themselves as a guide to what
the Senate will do when it recon
Review of Closing Hoars.
First- The rej?rtU?a^My?rtty yhich j
?une Into power aft a result ? the
elections a year ago was split into
two factions, thlrfeen of their number
openly expressing a desifcfe to kill the
treaty at peace altogether.
Second. Of the remainder?namely,
thirty-four republicans?the entire
number refused to permit any new
resolution of ratification even to be
debated, or considered, or voted upon,
Sxcept the one which was introduced
?y Senator Lodge and which had been
twice defeated. That same number
supported Senator La Fqllette's mo
tion to defeat the proposal made by
8enator Pomerene of Ohio, who asked
that a special committee of concilia
tion. consisting of Senators Lodge and
Hitcheock and fsttr other senators <
from both partita, be appointed to
prepare a compromise and submit it
t* the Senate
Third. Uft entire republican major
ity refunds to "permit the introduction
of anyamendment* or changes in the
Ledge resolution that would make it
satisfactory to enough senators on
the democratic side and enable it to
get a two-thirds vote. ,
Fourth, the votes on the numerous
Otiestions which came up show clearly
that there are at least two-thirds of
the Senate who do not wi6h to see
the treaty killed, but who would vote
for it If reservations satisfactory to
them were adopted. The opportunity
to do this was removed by an in
sistence on a' ten-day adjournment,
but this by ' no means precludes a
revival of these same efforts when
the Congress comes back a week from
Analysis of Leadership.
The manner in which thirteen re
publicans refused to stand by , Mr.
Lodge's resolution of ratification be
cause they believed the treaty should
be beaten altogether illustrates the
difficulties of the republican leader in
handling his own party in the Senate.
On the other hand, the solidarity ot
the. tlemocratf; who mustered thirty
eight of their number?which is three
more than necessary?to prevent the
Lodge resolution of "nullification," as
the President termed it, from being
adopted illustrates clearly that the
President has by no means lost con
trol of his party in the Senate.
The democrats stood ready to make
compromises. Their opponents said
these offers came too late?their
minds were made up. The big ques
tion for the country to decide is
whether or not the democrats in try
ing to get the treaty adopted without
qualification and in not offering com
promises earlier committed a greater
blunder than the republicans who,
when those offers of compromise
finally did come, spurned them alto
Pride of opinion, party politics and a
bitterness on both sides that made it
Impossible for either to see clearly
the unmistakable desire of the coun
try for some sort of action on the
treaty has prevented an agreement at
this time, and unquestionably the re
cess of ten days will help matters. It
will give both sides an opportunity to
cool off and analyze public opinion. It
will give the countrp an opportunity
to say what It thinks of the mem
bership of the democrats and repub
licans in the Senate who together
failed to ratify a treaty of peace and
officially bring the war to an end.
How Each Party Sees Matter.
The republicans are serenely confi
dent that the country Isn't much
concerned about the treaty anyway
and that it wouldn't lose much sleep
if the whole thing is beaten. Even
the supporters of the Lodge resolu
tion with its reservations are luke
warm in their desire to see the treaty
or league of nations ratified, and many
of them are Just as content with the
way things have turned out as are
Senators Borah, Johnson, Knox and
McCormlck. who made no secret from
the start of their wish to see the
whole thing beaten?league, treaty
aad all.
On the democratic side there is no
discouragement. The democrats feel
that the republicans wilt mend their
ways when they have heard from the
country. From a political viewpoint
the democrats are inclined to be
happy because they think the repub
licans have presented them with an
Issue for 1920 and have made It pos
sible to charge the republicans with
having wasted six months?the entire
time of the extra session of Congress
?wlthoat doing anything, least of all
~TContIau*4 en Second Page.)
President Wilson will have no
statement to make on the failure
of the Senate to ratify the treaty
of Versailles, it was said today at
! the White House.
Senators Hitchcock of Nebraska,
the administration leader, and Un
derwood of Alabama called at the
i 'White House during the morning,
but did not see Secretary Tumulty,
who was with the President on the
south lawn. They took a philo
sophical view of the action of the
"Democratic leadership played
its cards to the limit and for all
they were worth and lost?that's
all," said Senator Underwood.
"As long as the treaty is not
i dead, there is somethifig to be joy
I ful about," said'Senator Hitchcock.
| Question as to Foreign Trade,
Prohibition, Property Rights
Although not changing technically
the existing relations between the
nited States and Germany, the Sen
ate's failure to ratify the peace treaty
at its special session is expected by
administration officrals and diplomats
to have an indirect result of some
importance on the steps now being
taken to restore the world to a peace
One of the first consequences, ac
cording to the view taken here, is
likely to be the hastening of the ne
gotiations in Paris, including promul
gation of the "proces verbale." which
will restore full commercial and dip
lomatic relations between Germany
and the powers which have ratified
the treaty. Paris dispatches have
said this step was waiting, for one
thing, on the action of the Senate,
( but it is thought there will be no
further delay now for that reason.
The new Congress will meet on De
cember 1, but not even the most ar
dent supporters of the treaty believe
it would be possible to take it up
again at the outset of the session. The
Christmas receBS was expected to in
tervene before much could be accom
plished, with the result that a clear
field for treaty consideration would
not be opened before January at the
Once the other great powers have
gone ahead with their establishment
Of full trade and diplomatic delations
With Germany, Officials say new ar
rangements will have to b? made by
the United States to fit into the com
mercial scheme thus created.
Spain to Continue to jieif
At present tjie war arrangement by
which Spain is taking care of Ameri
can interests in Germany continues in
force, and that is not expected to fee
disturbed. The rationing Of supplies
of various sorts to Germany must be
gin under the treat}' terms( however,
and the powerful reparation? ^ommis
| sion will be set up to determine, all
the details of Germany's Conflrferclal
i intercourse with other nations.
On this commission the United
rStates will have no representation,
| though it is hoped tc> work out a plan
by which this country cuiVkeep in
| close touch with the body's,#drk in
| order to. protect American ^interests.
| The administration officiate -Were not
[ prepared tbday to predict JuSt what
form this unofficial connection would
! take nor to- outline just what could
1 be accomplished by such a connection.
I The State Department, is emphatic in
I its stand that no American consuls
can be sent into Germany until peace
has been definitely established between
the United States and that country, and
I they declare only an imperfect trade
! relation can be built up without the
consular officers, who are in charge of
the legal end of international trade.
A contrary -view is held, however, by
j some of the senators who oppose rati
I fication of the treaty. Notable in that
connection is the stand taken by-Sena
tor Knox, republican, Pennsylvania, a
former Secretary of State, who holds
that by the language of the treaty full
commercial and diplomatic intercourse
can be resumed with Germany by all
of her late enemies as soon as the
proces verbale is exchanged.
Other senators have taken a
similar view, and Senator Fall, repub
lican, New Mexico, has declared re
peatedly in th$ Senate'that the United
States already is trading with Germany
tin. the full sense of the term, and that
! American consular agents could be
! installed without overstepping interna
j tional law. ?
I There seems little' prospect, how
ever, that the State Department will
! accept such a construction, and of
! ficials there say American trade will
have to accommodate itself to the fa
j cilities of the Spanish agents in Ger
? many until a state of peace has been
! defined directly between that country
and the United State#.
As a matter of fact, the lack of
American consular, representation is
declared by the administration offi
cials to be the greatest present handi
cap to resumption of trade. With the
President's authorization of blanket
licenses under the trading-with-the
enemy act last July, commercial, in
tercourse with Germany practically
was freed from legal restrictions and
it continues in that situation. There
are some prohibited articles, such as
drugs, chemicals and dyestuffs, but
the bars are down to most of the or
dinary articles of commerce.
Principally Affects Imports.
It is explained that this condition
applies chiefly on imports from Ger
many, though it affects in less degree
shipments from this country to Ger
many. It is in the import situation
that the government is chiefly con
(Continuod on Second Page.)
Democrats Accept Republic
an Challenge; Resubmission
of Pact Expected.
What will be the political effect of
the Senate's rejection of the treaty of
peace and the league of nations?
This question was suggested today
by the imminence of the approaching
presidential, congressional and sena
torial campaigns, the preliminaries to
which will begin next month.
Finality of conclusion was barred
by the general belief that the treaty"
will be resubmitted to the Senate
and reconsidered. It was the prevail
ing opinion in official, congressional
and political circles that the Senate of
necessity must again take up the
treaty and the league for the reason,
as is believed, that this country will
have to take some action looking to
formal declaration of peace with Ger
But, pending such expected action,
the possible political efTect will come
in for general discussion, it was said.
While there may have been much of
bravado and bluster in yesterday's
proceedings in the Senate, it was true
that men in both political parties ex
pressed willingness to meet the issue, ,
if issue must be made out of the de
feat of the treaty. Like willingness]
was reflected also In administration |
quarters today. The men who voted
down the treaty are to be dubbed "the !
battalion of death" by the democrats,
and the epithet will be iterated and
reiterated by the democratic political j
Republican Viewpoint Shown.
The republican attitude is thought
to have been correctly stated by Sen
ator Lenroot, in the Senate yesterday,
who is believed to have spoken by the
card. Furthermore, he spoke as a pro
gressive republican and one originally
favorable to a league of nations with
American rights conserved as he
viewed them.
Senator Harding of Ohio, himself
considered as a possible presidential
candidate, repeated the defiance of Sen
ator Lenroot:
"If you are determined," he said,
"that a minority of the Senate shall
follow the same blind insistence that
characterized the action of the execu
tive in negotiating, I warn you now
you are certain to go to defeat; and if
I can speak for one in accepting the
challenge of the senator from Ala
bama, I welcome the moment when, we
can go to the t people of the United
States on the issue as to who is respon
sible therefor."
Democrats Accept Challenge.
Senator Pomerene, democrat, from
Ohio, also in the presidential running-,
took up the challenge of his colleague.
"I say to him and to all others who
think like him, I will meet you at
Philippl on that proposition." Senator
SKsa/'WiiK ss;fepi?,.",ys5
In Oklahoma, where-the recent congres
sional contests were held," having ref
erence to the defeat of the league of
nations in a by-election for member of
"the House.
"Mistake not, senators," Senator
Pomerene, went on to say, "the Amer
ican people, who spent nearly $20,000,
000,0.00, who raised, an army of 4,000,
000 of soldiers and who left 50,000 of
th'elr'best sons oh the battlefields of
France and Flanders, are not going to
be deceived by parliamentary tactics."
Senator Underwood of Alabama, had
charged 'that the will of the majority
- in the Senate was not. getting honest
recognition, to which it was entitled,
and predicted that the republican
party would go to defeat "on a simu
lated issue."
Mr. Lenroot Welcomes Issue.
Senator Lenroot after analyzing the
effect of the reservations in detail and
asserting that their acceptance would
not nullify the treaty, as claimed by
President Wilson, but would "Ameri
canize it," still leaving the heart of
the covenant of the. league of nations
untouched, dwelt upon the political
"I shall be very sorry. Indeed," he
said, "if this issue must get into' a
political campaign. It ought not to.
There ought not to be any partisan
consideration whatever in a matter of
this character; but If need be, if the
republican party must again assume
the obligation to stand for American
ism, and the democratic party choose
to stand upon this treaty and defeat
it, we will welcome the issue. This
treaty has not been read generally by
the people of this country; but I say
to you that every one of these four
teen reservations will be read in every
home in this land and when they are
read and when they are understood
they will approve of this resolution
exactly as it is proposed today."
"National Politicians Present.
Chairman Hays of the republican
national committee was a spectator in
the galleries yesterday during the
disposition of the treaty, and resi
dent officials ^of the democratic na
tional committee were also present.
The two committees have well organ
ized press bureas, and politicians ex
pect the respective chairmen soon to
make anouncement of the drawing of
political lines.
Senator Thomas' BiU Would Have
Force of 200,000 Men.
Organization of a "railroad Army
reserve force" under the Secretary of
War to operate the railroads in time
of emergency was proposed in a bill
introduced last night by Senator
Thomas, democrat, of Colorado. It
would comprise 200,000 trained rail
road operatives between eighteen and
thirty years of age subject to call by
the government.
The bill proposed Joint state and
federal training for the recruits.
Additional Section Tomorrow
Advertising demands will make it necessary
for The Star to print an Advance Section
tomorrow, to be issued with the regular paper.
In order to meet the situation all advertising,
for tomorrow's Star must be received at The
Star office by midnight tonight.
l ?? ? m
Special Corps of Secret Serv-|
ice Men Detailed to "Run j
Out" Clues.
Traffic in forged government checks.
most of them representing officers
pay vouchers, or allotment checks j
from soldiers, has increased to such
an alarming extent that a special
corps cf secret service men has been j
detailed to run down this class of i
criminal", and, though the evil ?*
tends to all parti of the country. It
4a estimated that *0 P?r cent of such I
fraudulent paper is,passed In the
tft?t of ColumbU. Vt f,,nn
Approximately sev^ty
forgery connected with ^ HwE !
of Government checks mre nOw in the
hards of United Btates Distrlct At
toBney John E. Laskey here, and ar
rests being made in Wash ngton o
elsewhere every day are adding to the
string of pending prosecutions. One
official said today that the total
amount of money obtained by such
false means probably would equal a
quarter of a million dollar* none of
which Is lost by the government.
Blame Ii Divided.
Blame for tM# situation is divided.
part of It resting on careless or In
experienced disbursing officers who
make it easy for crooks to get pos
session of blank government checks,
and part of it is laid at the door of
merchants and bank officials who do
^scrutinize a government check
with the same care they bestow on
the naper of some banking institution.
The situation began to develop soon
after the war and the number
of fraudulently passed government
^hA^Vs which in peace times was
negligible, grew steadily in 1917 and
1918 as the personnel of the military
forces and government offices in
creased and governmental expendi
tures erew. But since a special de
taifof the secret service has been de
vntine its time exclusively to this
class of crime the wave of illegal pa
ner has begun to recede.
One thing that makes apprehension
less difficult is the fact that the pro
fessional forger. the "old timer," does
not fool himself with government pa
ner He has too much respect for the
federal secret service and the Penal
tfps are too drastic when caught and
vfL The age of those appre
hended in Washington ranges from
nenae twenty-four years, the
greater part of those held not being
? Where1 some forgers have been able
t^et hold of checks in blank and
fin ^hpm out as desired, others have
flU A * specialty of stealing checks
^ad letter boxes or ?ven from gov
waiting to J".? se" hlch ' a government
readiness with whichia go hftVe
cheek Is ?o let money on such pa
been able to g > wHUen the name
of theVayee o^ the back sometimes In
the most clumsy manner.
Serving Six-Year Sentence.
A former Army officer Is now serv
ing a six-year sentence for unusually
checks In New checks from a letter
He obtained the <:necKfflcea ^ Q{)V.
basket in one then, in uniform.
ernors Island, and tnen,^ (q see the
would vls t a bJ cashier. He would
vice Pr??'d?"{,eck explain that it was
present the ch 'n8eB and say that
for his Pay t anKer in the city. The
he was a stranger e(j h)s 8tory
bank to "O K." the check as
seldom ln8tead of cashing it at
requested, but tnste^ take lt to his
once the to several times Its
hotel, r and take lt back to
original amoun, g teller, seeing
the bank. Th p ? on the gup>
his superior s ^ further and the
Tfflclr go? several thousand dollars
before be'"? CaofBlfraudulent govern
The P"?e? lave played on the spirit
ment checks bankers and mer
of patriotism those caught
chants, and^ the uniform of a soldier
?' sx ssxr
First Indorsers Mftke Good.
rt sometimes takes from two months
. <n find that a certain check
to a year duientiy cashed, and if
has been frau has been turned
!ntnhthe^ Treasury the government
into first responsible indorser
makfh8? check make good the loss.
SL1?,. *?? the criminal is run down con
Wh^re the stlt?tion result In three
fession and resmuuo . n re8tt.
Wn does no^top prosecution of
the forger, though It generally In
alines the court to leniency.
THare i? one class of forgery cases
the government has not prose
Sfnre the war. and that was in
case where a soldier's allotment check
The Lodge resolution to declare
peace with Germany, which is a
concurrent measure requiring:
approval by the House, follows:
"Whereas, by resolution of
Congress adopted April 6. 1917,
and by reason of acts commit
ted by the then German govern
ment, a state of war was de
clared to exist between that
government' and the Urited
States; and
"Whereas, the said acts of the ?
German government have long
since ceased; and
"Whereas, by an armistice
sigred November 11, 1818, hos
tilities between Germany and
the allied and associated powers
were terminated; and
"Whereas, by the terms of the
treaty at Versailles, Germany is
to be ait peace with all the na
tions engaged in war against
her whenever three govern
ments, designated therein, have
ratified said treaty: Now, there
"Be it resolved by the Senate
(the House of Representatives
of war between Gferrbanry aha
the United States is herfeby de
clared to be at an end." 9
The resolution was referred to
the committee on foreign rela
tions without discussion.
Could Also Be Court of Ap
peal, Subcommittee Rec
i ? .
Commission oil Salary Btclaiiifica
tion Receives Report Stating
Arguments for Establish
ment of Body.
Establishment of a permanent wage
board by Congress, to do research
work in relation to salaries and
classification of government employes
and at the same time to be a court of
appeal for employes, was recom
mended today to the joint congres
sional commission on reclassification
of salaries in the District.
This recommendation was made by
a special subcommittee on the feasi
bility of periodical wape adjustments,
the report to the commission being
signed by Dr. E. B. Rosa of the bu
reau of standards, chairman; Dr. M.
Jacobson of the Federal Reserve
Board, Dr. Royal Meeker of the bu
reau of labor statistics, and Miss
Ethel M. Smith of the National Wom
an's Trade Union League.
Other Recommendations.
"Such a board, presumably appoint
ed by the President, should have upon
it representatives both of the execu
tive departments and the employes,
and possibly also of the public," de
clared the report. The report contin
"It is recommended that the increase
proposed in the salary scale by the
congressional commission be made in
two parts?namely, an increase in the
base pay which would be relatively
permanent and a supplementary bonus,
which instead of being a. fixed sum, as
(Continued on Seventh Page.)
was cashed by some member of his
family, but not by the person who
was entitled to it For example, the
check may have been payable to his
mother, but on her death his sister
may have continued to receive the
money,' signing the mother's name.
In such an instance the government
has waived prosecution if restitution
is made.
No organised band of any considera
ble size is responsible for the traffic
in fraudulent government checks, it is
said by Treasury officials, but the -eit
uation is the result of unusual oppor
tunity being presented to persons of
weak moral character. And a few
drastic sentences in the most aggra
vated cases will, it is believed, have a
most wholesome effect on those flirt
ing with forged government paper.
Also 20 Per Cent Raise Over
Day Scale ? Would Con
tinue Working Conditions.
An Increase in wages of 15 cents
per ton and 20 per cent over the ex
isting: day scale, to become effective
immediately the bituminous coal min
ers return to work, was offered by the
operators at the meeting today of the
wage-scale committees in the central
competitive bituminous field.
In announcing the offer Thomas T.
Brewster, chairman of the operators'
wage scale said the .oper
ators had propoWtfr* *jrt?Mng work
ing conditions be continued and that
the contract be operative until March
31, 1922.
Inadequate, Says Lewis.
John L. Lewis, acting president of
the United Mine Workers of America,
declared the Increase was totally in
adequate, adding that the miners had
not assumed the offer had been made
seriously. The operators^ he said, had
proposed increases in the price of
miners' supplies which would absorb
practically all the wage advances.
Nothing was .Bald about reduced
hours, although the miners had de
manded a thirty-hour week. An in
crease of 15 cents a ton, it was ex
plained. would be - an advance of 20
per cent over present wages for ma
chine mining,' a:s compared with the
60 per cent increase demanded by the
No Action on Restrictions.
FUel Administrator Garfield still with
held today any action toward a nation
wide restriction of coal consumption.
Steps taken in localities where the
pinch of coal famine has been felt
have been the action of regional coal
committees of the railroad adminis
A committee of the United Mine
Workers was in conference with
Judge Ames at th* Department of
Justice relative to reports from union
field observers that operators in many
regions are practically blacklisting
organized miners seeking employ
Operators ind miners of the central
Pennsylvania field, an "outlying dis
trict," conferred with officials of the
Department of Labor. One of the
operators said reports from the Mary
land and a part of the West Virginia
fields indicated more miners have quit
work during the last twenty-four
"Check-Off" Becomes Issue.
It was said further an important
question to be settled between the
operators and union officials is that
of the collection of union dues by the
operators, a scheme known in the in
dustry as the "check-off." Hereto
fore, according to an operator, it has
been for years the practice at mines
employing union labor for the man
agement to hold out of each worker's
pay his periodical dues to the miners'
union and turn over to the union of
ficers the sum of the dues collected.
As a result of the recent strike, how
ever, the operators decided they would
no longer participate in union activi
ties to the extent of collecting dues
through operation of the "check-off."
The officials of the United Mine
Workers are said to be urging the
operators not to refuse to have any
thing more to do with the "check-off,"
and to be making that point an im
portant one in their dealings with the
employers. The "check-off" system is
not confined to the coal industry. In
a number of organized trades there is
in effect a system whereby the em
ployer collects for union officials the
trade union dues of his workmen.
It was declared by an observer in
timate w.ith conditions in the soft coal
industry that the United Mine Work
ers' organization will lose much of
its strength if the miners' officials can
not prevail upon the operators to re
sume the "check-off" system. The
regular collection of weekly or month
ly dues after the men have been paid
is said to be difficult in many instances,
especially where a large proportion of
the men are foreigners.
Steps May Be Taken to Test Legal
ity of His Campaign.
MADISON, Wis., November 20.?
With the nomination of Victor L.
Berger, socialist, filed today at the of
fice of the secretary of state, as a
candidate for the seat from which
he was recently expelled by Congress,
intimation has- been made that steps
will be taken to test the legality of
Mr. Berger's campaign. An opinion
from Attorney General Blaine may be
called for within a few days, while
court action has been threatened as a
means of stopping him.
..... ; * I i .
Gain for Upkeep Allowed Is
$918,057 Over Previous
Session's ProMsal.
The District of ColumW was the
only branch of the federal govern
ment for which the special session of
Congress, which adjourned yesterday,
granted an increase in appropriations
over the amount decided upon in the
supply bill which failed Q.f passage at
the close of the third session "D^the
Sixty-fifth Congress. The lncrefc??
for the upkeep of the National Capital
was $918,057 more than the $14,446,
364 appropriation contemplated in the
i preceding session.
This increase for the District is all
| the more notable because on all the
other big supply measures the repub
lican Congress made decreases total
ing $940,610,598.97.
The District appropriation bill as
passed was $271,280 less than the es
timates submitted, but this was the
smallest reduction made on any of the
big appropriation bills.
Hr. Mondell Presents Facts.
| These facts are brought out in a re
view by House Leader Mondell of the
important work done by the special
In addition to this the deficiency
act. 1920, was largely for activities
and expansion in Washington?the
war risk bureau and detection and
prevention of crimes, including en
forcement of the anti-hoarding and
profiteering acts; national prohbition
and laws for punishment and depor
tation of anarchists and seditious agi
Other D. C. Legislation.
Other important District legisla
1 tion was passed by Congress and has
become law, including: ?
Provision for the regulation of
rents in the District.
Increase of' pay for printers and
pressmen in the government print- I
ing office.
Provision for additional compensa
tion for employes of the postal serv
lce- ~ .
Authorizing the Protestant Episco
pal Church of the Diocese of Wash
ington to five the same right to
women tQ vote and hold office as is
now enjoyed by p*en. ,
The bill carrying substantial in
creases in salary for all members of
the metropolitan police force passed
both houses, and the conference re
pdft *m approved by the House and
la stiff waiting the appro**! of the
Senate. ? ?? ?? ' ? ? ? ? ?
Status of Firemen's Pay Bill.
The bill carrying identical increases
for the firemen as for the policemen
Was passed by the House, and is under
consideration by the Senate committee.
A bill for the retirement of public
fctaool teachers in the District has
been passed by the House.
The Nolan three-dollar-a-day mini
mum wage bill was passed by the
A number of important measures in
whifch the District is particularly in
terested have been considered by House
committees, favorably reported and
are promised early consideratlon by
the House in the December session.
These include: .... , ,,
The Lehlbsch bill to establish a civil
service retirement system.
A measure urged by the District
bench and bar and the Chamber of
Commerce to enlarge the jurisdiction
of the Municipal Court and make It a
court of record, with juries, when de
n-anded. authoriline revision of the
District law code, which has been un
der consideration by a special bar com
mittee for several years.
The bill to Increase the pay of the
policemen in the District of Columbia
has been finally agreed to by both the
Senate and the House. It still has to
be enrolled and signed by the Speaker
and the Vice President, and this ac
tion cannot be taken. It was said at
the Capitol today, until Congress
meets, December 1.
However, the policemen's bill Is to
all Intents and purposes a completed
law since the signing of the bill by
the Speaker and the Vice President is
merely a routine matter. As soon as
it has been signed by them it will be
forwarded to the President for his ap
proval and then will become a law.
Owing to the jam over the peace
treaty in the Senate, Senator Sherman
was unable to call up the conference
report on the police bill in time to
have all the formalities gone through
with before the House and Senate
adjourned. The bill is retroactive,
however, so the policemen will not
lose any of their increase in pay be
cause of the delay. .
It is the plan of Senator Calder and
Senator Sherman to seek early?and
favorable action on the bill to in
crease the pay of the firemen in the
District, which already has passed the
BOSTON, November 20.?The coast
guard cutter Acushnet left Woods
Hole today to proceed to the assist
ance of the shipping board steamer
Roman, in distress oft the coast.
NEW YORK, November 20.?Infor
mation received through radio by the
naval communications service was
that the steering gear of the Roman
had broken down and that the ship
was being buffeted by rough seas in
duced by high northerly winds.
The Roman carries a general cargo
and a crew of thirty-two men under
command of Capt. John Jensen.
president to utile on ships
Final disposition of the Imperator and
the other German liners delivered to the
United States after the armistice awaits
the decision of President Wilson, it is
said at the State Department.
Naval reserve crews now assigned to
the former German liners ?will be with
drawn November 25, It is stated at the
Navy Department. That will pre??nt
the shipping board with the problem of
supplying crews to supplant the naval
17 Men to Take/lJp
Work of Parley
That Failed.
"Guided by Experience
of Last Gathering,"
He States.
P^sident Wilson today appointed a
tip industrial conference and called
ft into session here December 1.
The conference will be composed of
seventeen men, including government
officials, business men and former
members of the cabinet and former
governors of states, and it will carry
on the work undertaken by the na
tional Industrial conference which
foundered on the rock of collective
Personnel of Conference.
The personnel of the conference fol
Secretary of Labor Wilson.
Former United States Attorney Gen
eral Thomas W. Gregory.
| Former United States Attorney Gen
eral George W. Wickersham.
Former Food Administrator Herbert
Former Secretary of Commerce Cfc
car S. Straps.
Henry M. Robinson, Pasadena, Calif.
Prof. Frank W. Taussig, former
chairman of the tariff commission.
Former Gov. Samuel W. McCall of
: Massachusetts.
! Former Gov. Martin H. Glynn of
New York.
Former Gov. Henry C. Stuart of Vir
Dr. W. O. Thompson. Ohio State Uni
Richard Hooker, Springfield, Mass.
George T. Slade. St. Paul.
Julius Rosenwald. Chicago.
Owen D. Young. New York city.
H. J. Waters, Manhattan, Kan.
Stanley King, Boston.
Letter of Invitation.
The President's letter of invita
tion follows:.
In accordance with the sugges
tion riven me by the public group
of the recent Industrial conference.
I am calling a new body together
to carry on thle vitally Important
of Its members.
Guided by the experience of the
last conference, I have thought it
advisable that in this new body
there should be no recognition of
distinctive groups, but that all of
the new representatives should
have concern that our industries
may be conducted with such regard
for justice and fair dealing that
the workman will feel himself In
duced to put forth his best effort*,
that the employer will have an
encouraging profit and that the
public will not suffer at the hand*
of either class. It is my hope that
this conference may lay the foun
dation for the development of
standards and machinery within
our industries by which these re
sults may be attained.
It is not expected that you will
deal directly with any conditio*
which exists today, but that you
may be fortunate enough to find
such ways as will avoid the repeti
tion of these deplorable condi
The conference will meet at a
place to be hereafter designated In
this city on the 1st of December
None of the delegates to the na
tional industrial conference is included
in the President's appointees to the
new conference. Secretary of Labor
Wilson, who called the first conference
to order and presided as temporary
chairman, was named as a member of
the new body. He assisted Secretary
of Interior Lane as chairman of the
first conference and attended the aea
sions in an ex-offlcio capacity.
The minimum wage board today de
cided to consider jointly a mintrau?
wage for women employed both in
hotels and restaurants here.
When the hotel and restaurant em
ployers met yesterday to choose their
representatives to appear at the oon
ference before the waee board the hotel
men asked the board if they could not
be given a separate conference from the
restaurant business. The board con
cluded today that It would be better to
consider the two kinds of establish
ments together.
The restaurant men yesteray nomi
nated three men to confer with the
board. The hotel men will now M
notified to nominate three of tnelr
number and from these six the wtf?
board will appoint three to repretent
both grroups at the co.n*er?n?*:
The women employed in hotels,
taurants. apartment houses and no#
pitals will meet at 8:30 tonight in the
auditorium of the National Muw."
to elect six women to attend the oon,
ference. From these six the wage
board will select three.
Restaurant Men Named.
The three restaurant men nominat
ed by their associates yesterday vere
Henry E. Blttenger. manager. 510 11th
street; Oscar Connor. 1727 Pennsyl
vania avenue, and Herman Gaach,
1334 G street.
NEW YORK, November 20.?Rose
Pastor Stokes refused today to accept
a subpoena to appear before the ex
traordinary grand jury, which is consid
ering complaints of radical activities.
A process server reported to Assistant
District Attorney Rorke that when he
went to her Greenwich Village home a
maid opened the door and he heard
Mrs. Stokes shout to her to refuse the
Mr. Rorke sent him back to try
again and announced that if neces
sary he would apply to the supreme
court for a writ of arrest.
Mrs. Stokes is out on ball, pending
appeal from a ten-year sentenoe (or
violation of the espionage ao?

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