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WEATHER. . A Member of the Associated Pr*M Showers this afternoon and prob- I ?jRU w M ^ '* J The Aeeocleted Pre?? is exrlualTrlr entitled te ably tonight: tomorrow fair; MI .dA JH A/ & d^L Af the nee f?r republication of all aesrs dlspetches change in m M A V flm ^ VT WV W V ' W V JW ^TW credited to it or not otherwise *r#?diio<1 in ibis I Temperature for twenty-four hours | I ^^B > J papar and aUo the local newr published herein, ended at ? p.m. today! Highest. $3. I A I ^r I, I I I I I BP I ^B B SI All richta of publication a.m:mt.dlyterday' '""" ^ " *" 7^^ l ?\^ Ivl 4 VMS A'W'JV ! " "" Closing New York Stocks, Page 19. ^ V?-S WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION t^F \*S Yesterday's Net Circulation, 87,465 No. 28,220. gn&ig wrhmcgl"n. Dat'g WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1921-TWENTY-SIX PAGES. TWO CENTS. PROBE IS ORDERED INREVENUEBUREAU FOR IRREGULARITIES ? i i 11 n Commissioner mair win nun Down Charges of Objectionable Practices. PROPOSES CLEAN SWEEP OF GUILTY EMPLOYES Offenders Will Be Punished?Violations Not Believed as Numerous as Generally Charged. Sensational charges of irregular practices in the conduct of the affairs of the bureau of internal revenue are to be made the subject of a thorough investigation Commissioner Blair announced today. Cursory investigation of some of the charges. Commissioner Blair said, had been made personally, and the results he found pointed to the need of a sweeping probe of the charges. ,The investigation will be conducted by Assistant Commissioner Matson, under the direct supervision of Commissioner Blair. The latter said that he did not believe that there were '-in the bureau as many cases of irregularity as had been charged by Gov. Allen nf K;insas or others, but. if anv were found, the offenders would be punished to the limit of the law. Commissioner Blair declined to state howmany persons were involved in the charges prompting the inquiry. Many Changes Made. Conditions if? the local office will be the subject of much of the investigation. The charges cover many angles, including the giviug out of information regarding the income tax statements of corporations and individuals and collusion between persons in the bureau who are in a position to divulge the confidential information and people on the outside representing clients who have cases pending before the bureau. Commissioner Blair made it plain he intends to make a clean sweep of the bureau, and that he will tolerate nothing which is a violation of the law. While cleaning out the bureau of any employes guilty of culpability in the discharge of official duties. Commissioner Blair said that attention also would- be given the practices of attorneys before the bureau with the view to disbarring those guilty of fiupstinnahle onerations. Sweeping Investigation. Some of the charges which have been made. he said, are of a serious character. Many of these charges have emanated from within the bureau, while others have been made by persons not connected with the office. He said that "any ?l|"euTn8tance8 or fict that will tend to support a charge that income tax cases or other matters handled by the bureau are not disposed of according to the law and regulations is a proper .subject for the most sweeping investigation. Hearings will be held" and each v-itness will be examined under oath. ?A full stenographic record of the proc?, dings will he taken, and upon com ?de;ion of the hearings, he will re\ lew the record and determine upon and take the necessary action. l*rol?e Will Be Impartial. "T have issued instructions." he pp.id. "that the investigation will be full and impartial, as I want to get the exact facts regardless of the conjequences*. The results will be made public upon conclusion of the hear"nsis and my review of the testimony. Jt is impossible at this time to give ven a tentative date, because of the large number of witnesses and the investigation necessary in each individual case." traii??in I III 111. Ul Ul UllUilf LEADS TOMEXICO Said to Have Communicated With Friends in Interior of Country. By ihp Associated Prew. CHICAGO, August 3.?With the trail of Warren C. Spurgin. missing president of the closed Michigan Avenue Trust Company, leading into Mexico, and the authorities apparently close on his trail, local authorities, as well as those financially interested in the bank, today considered his apprehension imminent. It is also hoped that the banks shortage of $1,124,369. as announced by bank examiners, may be materially lessened by the determination of the value of loans, bonds and stocks that are now listed as doubtful. following messages received irom Marfa and El Paso. Tex., yesterday that a man answering Spurgin's description had been seen in that section and. it was thought, had crossed into Mexica. being hc-adecl for Chihuahua, local officials redoubled their efforts to apprehend him. A reward of $2,500 has been offered for his capture, and word from the Texas border today was to the effect that both sides of the international boundary line are being patrolled. "MINING MAN" SUSPECTED. PASO. Texas. August 3.?Immigration officers along the Mexican border today believed Warren C. Spurgin, missing Chicago banker, is somewhere in Mexico, probably with friends he is known to have been associated with, and who. at one time, made El Paso their headquarters. From authentic sources it was learned today that prior to leaving 4'hicago he had communicated with two former residents of this city who aronow in the interior of Mexico. Posing as a mining man, a man who answered the description of the missing banker, left a train at Marfa, Texas, July 19, hired an automobile, drove to Presidio and on July 20 crossed the river into Mexico. Local immigration authorities announced today that they had received m report from immigration men at Presidio and Marfa that a stranger who answered Spurgin's description presented a passport made out in the name of*"Scott." He said he was a mining man, and carried a large suit ca se. ^ The report also said that after" he had passed inspection he hired a Mexican in a rowboat to take him across the river. Persons coming from the ?Texiean side to the American reported that the stranger left Ojinttga, Chi] uahua, the border town across from Presidio, in an automobile, presumably for Chihuahua, City, NEARLY $18,000,000 EXPENDED IN BUILDING IN THIS CITY LAST YEAR Nearly $18,000,000 was spent in Washington last year in building 1 projects, according to announce- | ment by the Department of Labor j today. A total of 4.3,42 buildings were ertvted. involving expendi- ] ture of $17,892,910, the announce- i ment said. More money was spent in building in Washington last year than at any time in the past six years, with the exception of 1919, comparative figures show. In 1919 a total of $20,605,683 was spent in building here, while in 1914 only $10,415,645 was spent. Building in 1916 nearly approximated the 1920 total. $17,494,804 having been | spent in tnat year, in 1?19, however, there were 5,239 permits, while in 1920 there were but 4,342. Building generally all over the country showed a slump in 1920 over 1919. the figures showed. asaFpiDps quits d. c. office ? 1 | Sanitary Engineer Tenders | His Resignation After Service of Thirty Years. I . " * H fflL - .jHL ,^^^1 Kf^l I ASA E. PHILLIPS. After thirty years of service. Asa E. Phillips has resigned as sanitary engineer of the District government, it became known today. Although his resignation was submitted to the Commissioners only a few days ago. it is ! known that he has been contem; plating leaving the District service ^ sinre earlv snriner. The veteran municipal official has j had a number of offers of engineering j positions outside of Washington, but I he has been advised by his physician j to take a period of rest before acI cepting any of them. I Since entering the service of the city ^ in 1891. Mr. Phillips has served con| tinuously in the sewer division, once i as superintendent and later as sanitary engineer. Sample* of Hi* Work. ] He is credited with having designed I and supervised the construction of the ; six-nlWlion-dollar sewage disposal plant of the city, which is regarded | as one of the most perfect in the United States. I Mr. Phillips also leaves behind him i as a monument to his long period of i service the up-to-date sewerage sys| tern, the construction of which has j cost a total of $25,000,000. * * ? ? ?/.n!?rno?!on " t /> J in nis lencr ui icois?ai.v.. ! Charles' W. Kutz, Engineer Commissioner, the sanitary engineer took occasion to refer to the earnest and sincere labors of the personnel of his office, and also pointed to inadequate salaries paid them. As an example of this situation, he calls attention to his (Continued on Page 2. Column 4.) ORGANIZED LABOR SCORES VICTORY IN RAILWAY CASE Board Bules Long Island Boad Must Deal With Pennsylvania Employes. CHICAGO. August 3.?Union labor scored a victory on the Long Island railroad, in a decision by the United States Railroad Labor Board today, ruling that negotiation of rules should ] be held with System Federation No. I with the railway em j 7U. anil -- ; ployes* department of the American j Federation of Labor. The officers of the system federation j are all employes of the Pennsylvania j railroad and the company declined to negotiate with them. Long; Island officials declared they would deal only j with their own employes and the union took the case to the labor board, where it was heard on July 9. The dispute arose over who should represent the employes at conferences to negotiate new shop crafts rules to replace the national agreements. Until the road negotiates new agreements With the system federation, the national agreement was ordered continued in effect. HENRY FORD PEL j TO LOWER RATES ! Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer of Detroit, is determined to reduce rates on his newly acquired railroad, the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton. He has resolved to bring about lower freight rates on certain artioles on the road, notwithstanding rules and regulations of the Interstate Commerce Commission. / Following rejection by the commission of his application to put into efTect August 20 new schedules providing a 20 per cent -cut in the present rates on stone from Sibley to Detroit, attorneys for Mr. Ford late yesterday filed anj other schedule containing the same I reductions, with the effective date September 1. The commission, it announced last night, rejected his previously filed schedules because the effective date of the proposed schedules violated a rule of the commission, which says that any schedules must be in effect thirty GROWING BUSINESS AT PATENT OFFICE SWAMPSWORKERS Records Broken by Number of Applicants Offering New ^ Inventions. LIMITED FORCE UNABLE TO COPE WITH SITUATION Wide Attention Given to Motor j and Flying Machine Designs Partly Responsible. Inventors all over the United States have so flooded the patent office with ! I applications for patents on inventions, that the number is far in excess of what properly its limited force can handle. During the last six months. it was reported today, applications have broken all previous records, with the result that there are now 51,865 of them awaiting action. The congestion, it was said, is seriously hampering and interfering with many manufacturers and exporters of the country. The conditions, patent office officials claim, are destined to become more serious unless additional help and increased salaries are provided. Autos and Flying Machines. A great majority of the applications | are for patents on automobiles and * flying machines, to which inventors j h?vp turned f h ? i r Mttpntinn si nee the ! war. Many of them, however, are for ( patents on electrical attachments. , chemical processes and improvements j Ion wireless apparatus and agricultural implements. The business of the patent office for 1 the last six months was the heaviest ; for any half year in its entire history. it is stated. The applications top patents amounted to more than 50,000. as compared with 42,807. 37.143 and 31.568 for the first six months of the years 1920, 1919 and 1918. respectively. The applications for trade marks totaled 8,369 in this time, as compared with 7,950. 5.-447 and 3.730 for the cor- 1 responding periods of 1920. 1919 and 1918, respectively. The gain in applications for patents received in the half yearly period just closed over tne first six months of 1918 was 42Vfe per cent, while the gain in trade mark applications amounted to 124 per cent. In spite of the industrial depression, it is stated, the amount of business i nroBpnfpd Tr? the nufpnt nffirp in everv t branch has constantly increased since 1918 by leaps and bounds. The demands upon the patent office are beyond any previous figures in its history. with no recession in sight, and are far in excess of the capacity of its limited and practically stationary force to handle properly. Reasons for Delay. Delay in acting on the applications, which is responsible for the congestion, officials of the patent office attribute to the insufficient examining and clerical force and the small salaries paid the workers, it was pointed out that the wages of the patent office employes are much lower than those in other government departments and outside firms, resulting in many of the experienced examiners and clerks resigning to obtain more remunerative positions in patent attorneys' offices and elsewhere. Legislation designed to relieve the conditions in the patent office, it is reported by the American Engineering Council, which is making efforts to reform them, is being held up in Congress. * | HOME SEEKERS CHEATED. Salesmen Say Many Foreigners Have Lost by Promises. NEW YORK. August 3.?Testimony ' that hundreds of home seekers, mostly foreigners, had been induced to pay sums of money into the hands of officials of the Strilling Home Builders of New York, as first installments upon houses that the company promised to build for them, and which never were built, was offered here by Albert Goodian, a salesman employed j by the concern. He appeared before Magistrate Francis Mancuso, who. as the result of a John Doe inquiry into the alleged practice of real estate concerns selling lots on false pretenses issued warrants for the arrest of three persons, charging them with larceny. The names of the three were withheld. FACTIONS MAKE PEACE. "Treaty" Signed by Socialists and Fascisti in Italy. LONDON. August 3.?An agreement was signed in Rome yesterday for peace between the fascisti and the socialists, says a dispatch to the London Times from Milan. According to a Rome dispatch last Friday arrangements for a settlement of the differences between the socialists and the fascisti had been completed by Signor Denicola, president of the chamber of deputies. The arrangement was to be in the form of a I treaty signed by representatives of both parties. The agreement is expected to bring to an end disorders which have been going on for several years. tSISTS IN EFFORT ON HIS RAILROAD I days before the effective 'date of a new schedule. Freight rates on I stone, providing a reduction of '5 cents a hundred pounds, became effective on the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton road July 28, and would have been in effect only twenty-three days before the new schedule, including the 20 per cent decrease, became effective. Under the rules of the commission, as stated, tariffs must be in effect thirty days before the effective date of new tariffs. The reason given for this is that the public, must be apprised of the rate and' to enable competition to meet the Mr. Ford acquired the Detroit. Toledo and Ironton less than a year ago. Since that time, with the approval of the Interstate " Commerce Commission, he has several times reduced rates and has raised wages on the road to a scale approximating that his employes in his automobile plants re- ] ccive. The road runs through a rich agricultural section, of Michigan and Ohio and is said to be a | money maker. _ _ : ?yj I h rw-TP fcicsSMlfllt/.. NOT LOO AUTO LIMIT MAY BE 15 MILESAN HOUR Commissioner Oyster Considers Curtailment of 18-Mile Privilege in D. C. A reduction from eighteen to fifteen miles an hour in the speed limit for automobiles may be the next step in the campaign of Commissioner Oyster to improve traffic conditions. The Commissioner declared today that he is inclined to believe that a reduction in the speed limit might heln to reduce accidents and he has j discussed the question with Capt. Headley, head of the traffic bureau. No decision in the matter has been arrived at, however. Gs m Little Paster. ^"Thera are many people,** said the Commissioner, "who feel that the speed limit should be greater, rather than lowered. The great trouble is. however, that some people show a tendency to go a little faster than the limit. They may not always do so with the intention of violating the law, but with an eighteen-mile limit you will find some going at twenty miles an hour, and if the limit was fifteen miles there would be some driving at eighteen miles an hour.'* The Commissioner renewed his determination to round up permanent Washlngtonians who are using Virginia tags throughout the year without a District tag. in order to avoid buying a Maryland tag. This, practice is resorted to because a Virginia tag Is good, both in Maryland and the District, whereas a District tag is not recognized in Maryland. Tag Law Violations. Motorists from every state except i Maryland are permitted to remain in the DiArlct for a stated number of days on their home state tag. but it is a violation of law tor a 1 oqjA, resi- | dent to drive his car month after month on a foreign tag. The Commissioner is confident that if Maryland and the District could agree on a plan of reciprocity, the practice of using Virginia tags only would diet out. Capt. Hekdley reported to Commissioner Oyster that only one accident during the entire month of July, resulted in a death, and that did not occur until the last day of the month. The number of traffic arrests during July was about the same as for June. CONTINUED IN POSITION. W. R. Stansbury to Act as Clerk of U. S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice Taft today Issued an order recognizing William R. Stansbury as de facto clerk of the United States Supreme Court and directing him to continue as such until tne court shall meet in October, when proper steps may be taken to fill the office. This action was necessitated by the death of Henry C. MoKenney. the deputy clerk, who succeeded James D. Maher, clerk of the court. Mr. Stansbury is the senior assistant in the clerk's office, with a record of thirty-eight years' service. He lives at 1716 Oregon avenue. Today's News in Paragraphs Americans freed by Russia, but no word I has been received of where they will arrive at border. Page 1 Trlnkle for governor carries Virginia primaries by 25,000. Page 1 Patent office records broken, with resulting congestion. Page 1 Asa E. Phillips, in D. C. service thirty years. resigns sanitary engineer's pdbt. Page 1 A mob of 2,000 hanged a negro who had confessed to the murder of a Virginia postmaster. Page 1 Gen. Pershing yesterday paid a visit to the training camp at Meade. Page 2 Mr. Hoover blames general decadence for Russia famine. Page 3 Directors of Baltimore Coal Exchange indicted. Page 3 Claim that Germany is only European country showing industrial activity is denied. Page 12 President isolated in mountain retreat in New Hampshire. Page 13 I Commission refuses to agree to sale of I tpmnorarv war building for convention haiL' Page 13 Whisky ship ring round-up may trap wealthy men. Page 13 American Legion members sail for French battlefields. Page 13 Senator France accuses Red Cross man of instigating Kronstadt revolt. _ - F*?e lik to KING UP VACATION' LITER. Nnminatrrl -frtr filnvprniir By Virginia Democrats mx&i aP^A W mfc.: ^ E. LEE TRINKJ.E. MOB OF 2,000 HANGS CONFESSED SLAYER First Lynching in Virginia in Years Follows Murder of Postmaster. IJy the Assoc iated Press. PETERSBURG. Va.. August 3.? ,Virginia's first lynching in years was recorded shortly after midnight this morning in Brunswick county, when ? - v. nao vlv 9 AHA ninu-iilflip anil ! a IIIUU Ul UbO.1 a?< -,vvv V.U.. ? Brunswick county citizens took one I of the negroes charged with the mur- | der of Tingley Elmore, postmaster | and storekeeper at Tobacco, Va., i from Deputy Sheriff James Seago of Brunswick, between McKenney and Lawrenceville, and hanged him to a tree at the scene of the murder. The negro confessed his guilt before going to his death. His identity had not been learned early today. The life of Will Elmore, another negro, held for the murder, was spared by the pleas of Deputy Seago. He is now in the county jail at Lawrenceville, and fears for his safety are entertained by authorities. LienieN nnomraKt* vi vram?-. Elmore denies any knowledge of the crime, although when captured at McKenney, about 11 o'clock last night, a pistol and gold watch be- i longing to the murdered postmaster were found in his possession. He1 claims he won these in a crap game I from another negro yesterday. The body of the lynched negro had not been cut down at 10 o'clock to-* day. although Brunswick county au thorities have gone to the scene and will hold an inquest this afternoon. An investigation of the lynching will be started immediately, it was said today at the county seat, Lawrenceville. Deputy Seago and his two assistants did not have a chance to save the prisoner from the mob, which was thoroughly organized. So quietly did the mob carry out its work that few in the neighborhood knew what was going on. Not a sound was made when the negro was taken to Elmore's store at Tobacco and strung up to a tree in the store yard. Persons living only a short distance away were not' disturbed, while one resident, about 200 yards from the store, said today that not a word was spoken by the mob nor a sound heard from the scene. Admitted Robbery Wan Motive. When asked if he had anything to say, the negro confessed killing the postmaster and said robbery was the motive. He said Will Elmore, the other negro held, had nothing to do with the killing. When Elmore and the negro lynched were captured at McKenney shortly before midnight, feeling was running higdi and a mob of infuriated citizens quickly gathered. Sheriff Boiseeau of Dinwiddie took charge of the situation and he and his deputies, with drawn ghns, held the mob at bay until the arrival of Deputy Sheriff Seago from Brunswick. men wopft hnnrllprl into nn auto mobile and the trip to the county jail at Lawrenceville started. The mob increased rapidly and several hundred automobiles set out in pursuit of the Brunswick official and his prisoners. At a point about nine miles from Lawrencevillc and seventeen miles from McKenney, the deputy's car was overtaken and surrounded. Most of the members of the mob wore masks, and. unheeding- the pleadings of the officials, one of the negroes was taken. . ? a yjpni j ATL'RF.. ? HLt?!UK IN PRIMARYBATTLE Virginia Women Contribute to Majority of 25,000 in Governorship Fight. Special Dispatch to The 8tar. RICHMOND, Va.. August 3.?The incomplete returns so far received indicate that Senator Trinkle of Wythe a majority that is expected to exceed 25,000. Tucker carried Richmond by 153, whereas he was claiming 5,000 in this city alone. The vote claimed by Trinkle in every district that he said he would carry is much heavier than he indicated. West is winner of the second place on the ticket and Adams for corporation commission has an enormous majority over Polkes of this city. The wdm&rf vote Is responsible foi the big -majority given to Senator Trinkle. as they stand by him on the i score of voting for suffrage and for his position on prohibition. There have been immense sums of money won in the election, the Tucker people offering odds on their favorite, and it was taken up in quick time. J. D. Craig, a deputy in the office of the city treasurer, who was defeated for re-election, died suddenly this morning. Craig had been a deputy for years. All of the city officers who VfiH nnnnaitinn nf.<l-a rfafuatorl Tucker Leads in Staunton. Special Dispatch to The Star. STAUNTON, Va.f August 3.?Harry St. George Tucker of Lexington, former Staunton man, received a. flatteringvote from "his friemfrs here, al! though he lost out in the state al large. . Voting was very light berth in city and county. Woman voters took ar active interest, although numbers ol Ithem are known not to favor the present primary system of selecting candidates. Voting dragged all day | but in the evening after the polls had ciosfii iiiui.ii 11111* i trzsi w as iimniitaict in the results, crowds swarming around the polls, newspaper and telegraph offices until a late hour. ARLINGTON COUNTY VOTE. Trinkle Receives Majority of 180 in Contest With Tucker. E. Lee Trinkle, candidate for Governor of Virginia, was given a majority of 180 over Harry St. George Tucker by the voters of Arlingtor county, the vote being: Trinkle, 634 and Tucker. 454. The county also gave its candidate for the state legislature, Capt. E. W Jordan, a good majority over Charles Henry Smith of Alexandria, but noi enough to offset the wide margin, saic to be about two to one, gained by the latter in his home town. \ The vote from the various precincts for governor follows : Jefferson precinct? Trinkle. 89 j Tucker, 142: Arlington Trinkle, 40; Tucker, 65; Ballston Trinkle, 109: Tucker, 55; Clarendon Trinkle, 205; Tucker, 78; Rosslyn Trinkle, 73; Tucker. 23: Cherrydale Trinkle. 71 : Tucker. 57 : Camp Trinkle 12: Tucker, 12; Falls Church, Trinkle 25 : Tucker, 22. The vote for legislator follows: Jeffer son. Smith. 124; Jordan. Ip2 ; Arlington Smith. 57 ; Jordan. 46 ; Ballston. Smith 99; Jordan. 60: Clarendon, Smith. 58 Jordan. 221 : Rosslyn, Smith, 53 : Jordan 40; Cherrydale, Smith. 53; Jordan. 73 Came. Smith, 12; Jordan. 11; Falli Church. Smith, 22 ; Jordan, 23. Totals Smith, 478; Jordan, 576. ALEXANDRIA FOR TUCKER. Gilpin Leads Vote for Lieutenant Governor in That City. Correspondence of The Star. ALEXANDRIA. Va . Ansrnst 3?R\ (Continued on Page 2, Column 3.) CHARLES AND RUF BUBBLES TO Gi BY GEORGE WITTE. By Cable to The star and Chicago Daily Nfm Copyright. 1921. BERLIN, Germany, August 3.? Ex-King- Charles of Hungary and former Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria are passing the time these extremely hot days blowing bubbles. Both, according to latest reports, are hard at work with their confidants making new plans to win back their thrones. The bait-wlth which they hope to catch their former subjects is this: "As soon as our kings are back, food prices will drop 50 per cent and coal prices at least 30 per cent." IKupprecni is maKing use ui uic old political trick of meeting the common people graciously and shaking hands with even the simplest ot (arm laborers. Already V , -:l<VVs!fc , -rfi-' .T . , ALLIES WARN GREECE AGAINST AN ADVANCE ON CONSTANTINOPLE By the Asftwiatwl Prw*. LONDON. August 3.?The allies have warned Greece that an Advance on Constantinople by her troops, which now are engaged in war with the Turkish nationalists, will not be tolerated, it was authoritatively stated here today. No ground exists, however, it is added., for believing that Greece contemplates any such advance, which would bring her in conflict with ' ttw. ..Wis.,I ..Km.r ,.f ....? inn Reports from Athens that Great Britain favors a Greek advance on Constantinople were characterized as absurd?the exa?t reverse of the truth. Great Britain, it was declared, is maintaining strict neutrality between Turkey and Greece. MEETlOM UP ECONOMY PLANS i Department Agents to Disp.iirs thp niirtnilmpnt nf VMWV# ?IIW WMI ?MMIIIVII% W ? | I Printing Expenses. CUTS IN BILLS PROPOSEDj Representative of Gen. Dawes toI i Aid in Measures for Saving Public Money. The first meeting of the governrmmt's economy agents on printing 'will be held tomorrow at the govern! ment printing office, when A. It., I Barnes of Chicago, expert in commer jcial printing and representative of Gen. Dawes, will call to order a departmental conference. Kach department of the government will have a representative sitting at the table, authorized to recommend and approve items in the name of the department. The $13,000,000 printing bill of the I'nited States government represents the subject to be discussed. The conference is to be held at the ; printing office, where the experts In printing of the government shop will be within call to discuss and advise on t?technical details. The conference will 1 be the agency of advisory supervision in jail printing details. It will advise the ! budget bureau, the public printer and J the joint congressional committee on i printing of the changes and revisions in I appropriations, which arc needed. Supervisory Commit teen. II In line with the campaign of economic efficiency inaugurated by the bureau of the budget. Public Printer Carter today - announced the personnel of two super. visory committees appointed by the 80>ernmem pruning oince aumims tsation. One is the requisitions review board, which will inspect and discuss - requisitions of the departments in printing, with the aim of discovering the most economical and efficient ; method of handling jobs coming into the government printing office. Mem' bers of the board are John Greene. , superintendent of work; William A. ; Mitchell, chief estimater; Robert W. Summers, chief jacket writer: How[ ard Sherman and Fletcher Bowden. Revision of Style Book. The second board is the committee on revision of the style book, which controls the type and equipment of the government printing office. It will recommend changes made necessary bv Drocress in the art of nrint ing and act upon the various details of style governing federal printing work. Members of this committee are: Charles E. Young, foreman of the day proofroom; William H. Cornish. i\reman of the night proofroom; Walter R. Johns. Herman B. Barnhart. John P. Murray and James E. Mavnard. proof readers. FRANCE DENIES PARLEY WITH RUSSIA ON DEBT Declares No Negotiations Are Un' rl or TXTQ tt TXTieVi fintriat rirtTTorii UV? ww WJ WW tkU *J\J V VUVClliment on Obligation. PARIS. August 3.?Reports that negotiations for recognition of the Rus[ sian debt to France were impending, , which have been in circulation for several days, were given official de? nial today. The denial seems to have been i prompted by a circumstantial stateL ment. declared to be on reliable auI thority. printed here this morning. ? that such negotiations had been begun last night by l^ouis Loucheur, 3 French minister of liberated regions. - and L?eonid Krassin. Russian soviet minister ot trane ana commerce. It was said at the foreign office today that France had had no direct communication with the Russian soviet government for a long time on any subject other than mere details of the repatriation of prisoners. It was pointed out also that George Louis, former French minister to Petrograd. to whom in the version of the story the initiative in the .reputed negotiations between Krassin and the French government was attributed. had been dead for three years, j Before the collapse of the czarist regime in Russia that government had contracted a debt to France approximating $5,000,000,000 dollars. When the soviet administration of Russia was estaousnea cne Doisneviki refused to acknowledge this debt, and t to this fact has been attributed the refusal of France to enter into any negotiations with representatives of the bolshevik! or to arrange a trade agreement such as was recently entered into [ between Great Britain and soviet Russia. PRECHT BLOWING ET BACK THRONES he is said to be immensely popular and he tells the people that what he wants to construct is not a kingdom of the ordinary variety, but a "people's kingdom." Charles is not as fortunate as Rupprecht. for he cannot get into personal touch with the Hungarian people. For that reason he Is spending all the more money through his agents on propaganda. Two-thirds of the Hungarian army police force are said to be on his side, and in London political circles they are reported to have promised him their support the nest time he attempts a coup d'etat. Paris has so far been noncommittal in the matter. As Charles' permission to remain in the fatherland holds good only until August 31. it is expected that any move he intends will be made la the. next few weeks, I AMERICANS FREED BY RUSSIA, BUI ARE STILUNCOUNTRY No Word as to Number or UUhnn Thnvi VA/ill Da n? iviiwii i ll*>j Will UC wc" livered at Border. COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF OF STARVING ORGANIZED Moscow Installing Field Guns for Protection Against Attack by Hunger Stricken. Hv flip A?*o?*iat<Hl Pre**. HKSA. August 3.?American prisoners in Russia already have been released from confinement, according: to unofficial reports at the bolshevik legation press bureau here today, but there was no word as to the number released or when, how or where they will be delivered across the border, j An international committee has been organized here to render relief to the j starving of Russia. This committee. ! with the international Red Cross or ionization in Riga. which is looking | after the transport to Russia of for| nier prisoners of war. will maintain : relations, with regard to relief work, between Moscow and westen Europe, iit is announced. i A conference is to be convened by all the great international and national benevolent organizations in this [ connection, the announcement state.BUBNING ABANDONED HOMES i Hunger-Stricken People Firing Villages Before Deserting. I.OXIMJX. August 3. ? Hungtrstricken people in the famine districts of Russia are setting fire to their vil| lages before deserting them for other 1 parts of Russia, according to a : Helsingfors dispatch to the Central ! News Agency today, quoting persist1 ent reports said to have been received this morning from the interior of Russia. Many villages are said to be ; in flames. From the same source it was rei ported that great preparations were ! being made to deal with the masses of t peasants now moving toward Moscow, i Many trenches have been dug about j the city and much war material, ineluding field guns, has been installed, l the reports say. i Other telegrams received at Hel1 singfors reported that the Petrograd garrison had mutinied again. FALL OF SOVIET SEEN. End Predicted by Intervention of Western Powers. j By CiiMe to The Star ami Chicago Daily Now*. Copyright. 19J1. j PARIS. France, August 3.?Under j the terrible pressure of famine the ! Russian situation is apparently de1 veloping very fast. While on the one i hand the American relief adtninistra J tion and the American Red Cross arc j rushing their leading relief organ! izers across the ocean to prepare j for the work of saving Russia, on the other hand the bolshevik! announce that they are sending a mis: sion. headed by Maxini Gorky, to | western Europe to plead for imrneJ diate aid. When the supreme council meets ' next Monday its first preoccupation j probably will be with the Russian | question, for France. Great Britain and Italy seem disposed for both humanitarian and political reasons to collaborate energetically in the task of Russian relief, which otherwise would fall entirely upon the United States. It is announced that the first Ameri Iran food shipments for the relief of Russia will be sent to PetrogTad, ' but considering the dilapidated condition of the Russian railroads it is , difficult to see how shipments there j are well calculated to relieve the | famine area which is in southeastern ! Russia j Although no newspapers are sa.vi ing so openly, it is the common belief ! here that this relief intervention by the western powers will quickly bring about the downfall of bolshevism. | PREDICTS BILLION CUT. | Senator Lenroot Points to Saving on Armaments and by Refunding-. ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.. August 3.? Addressing the annual convention of the Cycle Trades Association here. United States Senator Irvine Lenroot I of Wisconsin predicted a drop of a ! billion dollars in the operating: costs i of the federal government. Half r.f i this decrease, he said, would be the result of the proposed disarmament conference at Washington in the fall. The chief element of the saving would be the curtailing of naval appropriations. A half billion dollars would flow into the national coffers, the senator continued, through a refunding of the American war loans to the allies, which now total $11,000,000,000, and agreement with these nations that they will ^ pay the interest annually, amounting to a half billion dollars, on these obligations. PRESIDENT OPPOSING EARLY ACTION ON BILL RESTORING FREE TOLLS President Harding has informed Senate republican leaders, according to information today, of his opposition to early action on the Borah bill to restore the free tolls privilege to American coastwise vessels using the Panama canal. Mr. Harding was said to take the - - ' -? w. i. position inai IU avuiu O, tJuooiuic. dispute with Great Britain and other nations the free tolls question should be deferred altogether until after the approaching disarmament conference, as discussion of the question at this time might create obstacles to success of the conference. The President also was repre| sen ted as preferring settlement of I the free tolls question by diplomatic negotiations rather than by legislation, aside from the disarmament conference complication. Senator Borah was said, however, to be disposed to press his free toll bills within the next few weelcfe <