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Cloudy to-day; to-morrow unsettled with
probable showers; mild temperature.
Highest temperature yesterday, 74; lowest, 63.
Detailed weather reports will be found on editorial pas*.
The New York Herald, with all that was
best of The Sun intertwined with it. and
the whoie revitalized, is a bigger atia better
and sounder newspaper than ever before.
NEW YORK, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1921.-B,,JS?Do&<gc^& <?S5. V1?*
L \V < (KB 8.
Telegraphs British Premier
He Only Meant to Make
Irish Position Clear.
One Says 'Republic,' Other
'No Republic,' but Really
Not Far Apart.
London Paper Calls Difference
One of Form Rather Than
i ?
Special Cabte to Tub NbW Yook Hchai.d.
Copyright, lOt,, by Thj, Nbw Yo?k Hr.iald.
New York Ilrrnld Rurean. )
I<ondon. JScpt. 16. J
With both Irish and British opin
ion. expressed through every possible
channel, calling loudly for Irish
peace, Eamon de Valera to-day took
the first step in resuming the nego
tiations. He telegraphed to Premier
Lloyd George at Gairlock declaring
Ireland's future required that before
her representatives entered any con
ference the position of the Irish peo
ple should be made clear.
The communication of the Irish
President" and the circumstances
under which it was sent have
strengthened the opinion that the
situation is far from hopeless and
that both sides are striving to avoid
* rupture.
Mr. de Valera's note read:
1 received your telegram last
Bight and am surprised that you
do not see that if we on our side
accepted a conference on the basis I
of your letter of September 7 j
without making our position quite 1
clear Ireland's representatives
v. ould enter the conference with
their position misunderstood and
tile cause of Ireland's right irrep
arohly prejudiced. Throughout
the correspondence that has taken
place you have defined your Gov
ernment's position. We have de
fined ours.
" the positions were not so i
definitely opposed there would in
deed be no problem to be dis
cussed. It should be obvious that !
In a case like ours if there Is to
be any result the negotiators must
meet without prejudice and un
trammeled by any conditions
whatever except those imposed by
the facts as they know them."
In a general sense the negotiations
are now bang up against a difficulty
which has been barring a settlement
for months. Actunlly the two posi
tions are not far apart. But each
side has taken a definite political
stand upon certain catchwords?De!
Valera's Is "the republic," Lloyd I
George's "no republic"-and the for
mula has not yet been found to recon
cile the two.
?o?h Would Avoid Break.
De Valera's letter to-day coming on
top of a wave of resentment over the
Prospect of breaking off the Irish
tiuce expressed throughout the Brit
ish Isles?with the exception of Bel
fast and the London Momint, Post?
taken with the. lack of finality of Mr.
telegram calling off
froth sides want to avoid a break. Tt
vould be futile to say now that It will
?cess t? r?ult> ?
the no m Ca" *rac-fu,,y abandon
the position which each has main
tained on a heroic scale for months
If Mr. de Valera in his letter to-day
could have said what is the fact, that
'we'll accept some form of allegiance
from the British Empire If adequate
liberties under that plan are assured,"
It would be easy for the Premier to I
If Mr. Lloyd George could say what
?s equally the fact: "All right, come
,8,k' 't over." It would be easy
for Mr. de Valera.
*"t both sides insist on going to the
conference with the flags flyInr,
whether they are nailed to the mast op
not One extremely hopeful element
" *,r" D<> Valera's letter Is that It
<rr "" r"f'ronc*' ln defining his
i,.. ,i ?n th" negotiations.
"Vlng out any reference to the rlRht*
8 desires and Irrevocable determi
nations of the Irish people.
Mora Gcorwe fo Try
What he 1? plainly trying to , ?.t Is
- opportunity to send his "roverelgn"
The rZt ^"'P^ntiArle,, into
nd TwmT hl" hnrK?'?.
nnd It Mill be a shrewd move the,, to
,0 thp Irlf,h
1? T1rCOf "rMont ?t>l'the 'eo'Jnen rn1(?,lt''
to press for breaking ofT tho n?
rcr-or;1 'ru"ch,n* "p?" ^ p*c.
ifuatlon of Ireland. But w-lint Ur.?.n.
most llhely to happen Is that Mr Lloyd
;?x "Z,r ;\fo frnmp a n-w ??*?.
lertn e ?.L ^ C?mC ,n,? th? ^n
wrtni.e with your weverelgn flag fly
Ceniitiucrt on Sovonth Page.
Board of Governors Tells Members They Must Do
Their Drinking at Home?Familiar Post Mortem
in Locker Rooms Hard Hit by New Order.
The nineteenth hole, which?say it
'ow ttill open in many a place
where golfers congregate in this more
or less arid land, has been definitely
closed no far as the North Hempstead
Country Club is concerned. Such
members as didn't know it have re
cently been apprised of the fact by
the receipt of the following printed
Enforcement of the Volstead Act
By North Hempstead Country Club.
By order of the board of gov
ernors members of the North
Hempstead Country Club are here
by notified that the Volstead act
will be enforced by the club. No
member shall bring intoxicating
liquors into the clubhouse or on the
club property.
North Hempstead Country Club.
So far as public recora goes this is
the only country club near New York
which has taken this action. The gov
ernors of the North Hempstead club,
which is near Port Washington, came
to their decision last month. The presi
dent. John H. Love of Ro.slyn, said
when The New York Herald asked
him nbout It last night:
"We did this because, while prohibi
tion is the law of our country, it is
Ihe right thing to do. The members
must obey the law, resign or be thrown
out. None of them has resigned or
been expelled; all are obeying the
Jaw. Our club has a family atmosphere
and there is general agreement that
the governors have acted wisely. For
one thing, drinking in country clubs is
unnecessary; the members can get it
imv airplane"
Speed Tourist to Capitals of
Europe Proves to Be Lucien
Sharpe of Providence.
Reports That American Finan
cier Is Negotiating Big Deals
Set at Best in Paris.
Sptrial Cable tn Tub N'rw York Hwuld.
Copitripht, 1021. f>u Tub New York Hkkai.d.
New York Herald Bur ran. )
Paris, Sept. I A. (
"No, I am not Mr. Morgan, and it Is
nobody's business who I am or what
I have been doing for the last three
weeks." declared the mysterious air
plane tourist who many newspapers
and bankers throughout Europe as
serted was the American financier.
A part of the mystery was cleared
up, however, when The New York
Herald correspondent here traced the
air voyager to a residence In Avenue
Raphael, where he was assured the
man of mystery was Lucien Sharpe, a.
wealthy munitions manufacturer of
Providence, R. I.
This was confirmed at the Tart* Pre
fecture of Police this afternoon, where
it was explained that Mr. Sharpe's pass
port was Illegibly written and this had
caused a mistake In his Christian name
In the off lets I records, where the name
appears as Charles Sharpe.
At the Morgan-Harles offices here It
was further explained that Mr. Sharpe.
like many other Americans, used this
address for mailing purposes.
Statements by German hankers re
ceived In Paris during: the last few days
Indicated a great bluff regarding secrecy
on their part in connection with the
identity of the mysterious airplane pas
senger and reports of conversations be
tween him and members of the Hugo
Stlnnes group. This bluff. It was charged,
was a part of a great scheme by them
for affecting International exchange.
It was considered here to-day, how
ever, that a more likely thesis was that
Mr. Sharps Intended Investing In Euro
pean aircraft exploitation and used a
mysterious twenty-three day trip in a
De Havlland war airplane In order to
show the public that a Continental tour
by air could be rarrted out with the
utmost security and at a moderate cost
of less than oOO francs a flying hour.
Mr. Fox. manager of the De Havlland
company, before leaving here for Lon
don this afternoon, stressed this In a
brief Interview, but he refused to com
ment on his pass<?flger's business In
Europe, declaring that an Ironclad con
tract provided that the passenger could
not be compelled to pay for th* trip If
Mr. Fox or his associates revealed either
his Identity or the purpose of his trip.
Mr. Sharpe left here for London to
Spccin! Pftpatch to Tint New YMMt ITmui.o. |
I'RoviDBNcr, R. I., Sept. 16.?Lucie >?
fiharpe If" the brother of Henry II. \
?Sharpe, a Providence millionaire and i
head of Brown A Sharpe Manufacturing j
Company, manufacturer* of machine
tools, which In normal times jmploys
from 6,000 to 8.000 in??n. He Is unmar- !
rled and Is regarded as somewhat ec- j
Franklin D. Koosevclt. former As
sistant 8*cretary of the Navy, who Is
In Presbyterian Hospital with ft ml!d
attack of Infantllo paralvsis, and .Sena
tor Lawrence C. Phlppp of Colorado,
who was operated on In Flower Hospi
tal .September 2 for appendicitis, were
reported to be Improving yesterday.
Th? b??? wrlllna pspara
are WHITING I?AI?KR3.-4<fi>.
in their homes, if they want to, with
out violating the law. For another
thing, it promotes Bolshevism among
the club servants, who cannot get
liquors, but observe that persons of
wealth can. Furthermore, we want the
flub to be a place, as it has been and
is now, where the wives and children
of the members can go freely. Finally,
the bringing of liquor to the club is
against the law; the North Hempstead
Country Club observes the law."
The club ha3 twenty governors.
Among them, in addition to Mr. Love,
are F. 8. Falea of the Standard Oil
Company, Edward Roesler of Laidlaw
& Co., William H. pvans of Leslie,
Evans & Co., H. H. Hoglns of Roslyn,
J. B. Pitman of Manhasset, Le Roy
Latham, head of the Latham Litho
giaphing and Printing Company; Wal
ter Dunser. Bradford Merrill of the!
Hearst publications and Howard B.!
Brumley, who is treasurer. The secre- j
tary is Glenn E. Fontaine. Fontaine i
Fox, the artist. Is one of the members. |
Members of the club say that no
great amount of drinking has been go
ing on, but that until the new rule was
| adopted it was possible for a person
j to sit on the veranda of an evening j
| after a hard day's work ploughing up |
the course and order ginger ale, into j
which something might be discreetly i
poured from a hip flask. It is assumed |
that a health to old Better Luck Next I
Time may have been drunk In locker
rooms now and then. But the members
are sure that bootlegging by servants,
which is not unknown at some country
clubs, has not been observed at the
North Hempstead.
Wholesfllers by Bogus Permits
Said to Be Flooding the
Enright Called Before Grand
Jury to Explain Illegal
Police Arrests.
The wholesale drug trade is nov.
under Are In the investigation and
prosecution of illegal liquor selling
which is being carried on here by E. C.
Yellowley, the internal revenue ex
pert, who Is temporarily assigned from
Washington to assist Harold L<. Hart,
State director. In the attempt to re
duce New York's bootlegging activities
to a minimum. Mr. Yellowley an-;
nounced yesterday he has begun to
concentrate his attack on the drug
men, believing more than one-half of
those who hold wholesale liquor per
mits are engaged in illicit manufacture
and sale.
Several wholesale druggists, the pro
hibition officials have discovered are
working under a combination, th?
members of which are really not drug
gists at all. In one instance agents
learned that a stock of castor oil shown
to an investigator by one applicant for
a liquor selling license was sent to;
another applicant after the first li- j
cense hud been granted. This practice ;
of moving the stock from one store to,
another as soon as the application is j
granted has been a common method
of camouflage for bootlegging ac
The arrest of Michael Bofflna. a rep
resentative of the Melbroe Drug Com
pany of 29ft East Fortieth street, on
Thursday night on a charge of at
tempted bribery was made In connection
with the Investigation of these prac
tices. the complainant being one of Mr.
Yellowley's staff.
Boffina's arrest was made after two
reports were made at prohibition head
quarters which were favorable to the
drug company, which, like all, was re
quired to show its stock and business
to the Investigating agents. A third In
vestigator wa.i sent out to check up on j
the reports, and he. It Is alleged, was
offered a bribe to make a favorable
Mr. Yellowley was asked if any pro
hibition agents are under suspicion as a
result of these Investigations as being I
Implicated In the work of the "whole- j
sale drug" ring. He replied lie was not '
yet sure about thai. Agents Miller and |
Grill arrested Bofflna. they say, after he i
passed over to them $400 and then 1200
Record* in prohibition headquarters
show that seventy-four druggists have
wholesale liquor permits, many of whleh
are believed to be bogus. Eighty filed
applications for permits are being held
for Investigation by agent* of the status
and reputation of the wholesale drug
gists who mad* them.
Under a rocent ruling wholesale drug
gists are permitted to procure only 10
per cent, of the alcohol they have orders
for. Much of the stuff sold by them as
whiskey la not the liquor secured from
distilleries under permit, but mere col
ored alcohol mailo on the druggists'
Mr. Yellowley believes most of the
Illicit liquor now In New York Is placed
In circulation by thwholesale drug
gists ?>( imishroom growth. It la not
the established firms In this business
who ara causing the Government trou
ble, but the host of boollejruers who |
never had any connection with the drug
business but saw In it an open door to ,
wide liquor selling opportunities.
It is believed some of the liquor put
Into circulation by these men has been I
Continued on Ninth Pag'.
More Than 2,000 Choked by
Gas Restored by First
Aid Methods.
Sixty Persons Treated in
Hospitals ? Patrolman
Dickie Badly Burned.
Cylinder Head Blows Out at
Knickerbocker Ice Plant,
Avenue A and 70th St.
The cylinder head of ice machine
No. 2 of the Knickerbocker Ice Com
pany's plant at Avenue A and Seven
tieth street blew off last night at 9:30
o'clock under the pressure of 180
pounds of steam, and released more
than 600,000 cubic feet of ammoniu
gas, formed from 2,000 pounds of
liquid ammonia. The fumes of the
ammonia seeped into tenements within
a radius of half a dozen blocks, driv
ing more than 5.000 persons from their
homes and injuring 2,000 of them so
seriously that they had to be treated
by twenty ambulance surgeons.
All the injured were able to move
at once out of the danger zone after
they had been treated with the ex
ception of sixty who did not respond
at once to the emergency treatment.
These were rushed to hospitals, prin
cipally to Flower Hospital, for further
treatment. Within two hours after
the explosion, however, all had re
turned homo excepting Patrolman
Peter Dickey of the Arsenal station,
who is still in Flower Hospital in a
serious condition. Patrolman Dickey
collapsed from suffocation and burns
after he had gone through the tene
ments without a mask and carried
a ttcorc or more of women and chil-j
dren to the first aid station estab
lished by the surgeons.
Excitement !? Twmendou..
The district affected by the funics "?
the escaping ammonia runs from Ave
nue A to Kxterlor avenue, west to Thtr
avenue and north and south to about
Seventy-third and Sixty-seventh streets.
Virtually every tenement In that section,
housing many thousands of persona, was
emptied by firemen and policeman, who,
wearing masks furnished by the l ire
Departments rescue squads, went
through the house, banging on doors
with their nightsticks and warning the
people to run to safety. Old men and
old women were carried out by the flr -
men and the patrolmen, as well as hun
dreds of babies too young to walk down
the stairs or descend the <1 re escapes.
The population of this district is largel}
foreign, and the excitement was trcmen
',0Fcw of the people affected knew what j
,t was that burned throats and made
their eyes swell shut with pftin. They
ran wild down the stairs and clambered ,
like squirrels down the Are escape .
most of them In their nlghtclothlng. but
hundreds carrying their belongings,
til the policemen put a stop to ,
streets were piled high with bedding and
pieces of furniture, and crowds of j
frightened persons huddled together? o.
ran shrieking about, tearing at their
burning throats and crying for help. The
police?mostly the reserves of the East
Sixty-seventh street station?flnalb
herded them Into long lines and marched
then, to Sixty-ninth street and Avenue
A where eleven ambulances stood wait
ing. the surgeons having established a
first aid station.
Scare Lasted Two Honrs.
There the doctors gave them soothing
drinks for their burning throats and
dressings for their bodies. Then those
that were not seriously affected were
sent on toward Second and Third ave
nues beyond the police lines, while those
whoso suffering was Intense or who
complained of pains after the^ emer
g-Jicr treatment were bundled in o
ambulance* and hurried to hospitals.
Within two hours after the explosion
startled the neighborhood and sent the ,
fumes of th< ammonia sweeping Into the
tenements the flow of *?' had been
rut off. the Injured had been treated,
and the entire population of the district
was marching back inlo their homes be
tween lines of policemen and firemen.
Lhemsclves burned and sore, but sti
on rjuty. ,
The Ice machine from which tne c\i
Inder head blew off was on the ground
floor of the Ice company's plant. Along
side It, working on machine No. 3.
was an oiler. Steve Pupchy. k of 413
Fast Seventieth street. At the Instant
->t the explosion this man realised what
had happened and be leaped fjrwaro
to try w. shut ofT the flow uf unmonta
ivhlch the blowing out of the -ylind r
head had released. He failed h(tau.?<
the K;'S came up In such huge <|iiantllles
,nd be stau-gered back, blinded, burn, d
and choking, and managed to make his
any Into the street. There a policeman |
Continued on Ninth Pngr.
Brown Tells Meyer Commit
tee of Enormous Sums Di
verted by Extortioners.
Gen. O'Brien Calls Manage
ment 'Iniquitous' and In
sists Guilty Be Caught.
J Dredging Absorbs Income of
One Pier?Legislature Held
to Be to Blame by Hnlbert.
Under what Elon R. Brown, coun
sel for the Meyer committee, de
i scribed as "a secret uncontrolled sys
I tern of extortion," the municipal
I piers have been sublet by private
(agents with profits at the rate of
j more than $4,000,000 a year. This is
I cither a loss to the city or an un
I necessary burden on commerce en
j tering this port, resulting entirely
] from bad management.
Operation of the Chelsea piers, the
finest in this port, was defined as
"absolutely iniquitous" in that totally
inadequate returns are paid to the
city, unjust discrimination is given
In favor of a few shippers who hold
the piers and the public suffers the
Gen. ted ward C. O'Brien, who was
Dock Commissioner under Mayor
Strong and special investigator for
the United States Shipping Board,
charged that the Department of
j Docks was guilty of criminal negli
i gence in permitting profiteering by
| the corporations and persona leasing
city piers. He told the committee
that its duty is "never to adjourn
until It has searched out and con
victed the men Kullty" of practising
extortion on commerce here.
Hnlhert Trrntpd "Unfairly."
At the end of the day's session in
City Hall Murray Hulbert, Dock
Commlsaione.r. issued a statement
Baying he had been treated unfairly
in the newspapers; admitting that he
was the best Dock Commissioner
New York ever had and stating that
any one who read the testimony
taken by the Meyer committee would
recognize Instantly that this state
ment was a fact.
Investigation of the Dock Depart
ment was suspended at least tem
porarily yesterday. The committee's
agents were sent to the offices of
the United States Shipping Board to
go through reports filed there by Gen.
William M. Black. U. S. A., retired,
dealing with profiteering on piers, j
Senator Meyer said he was not cer
tain when the dock inquiry would be j
resumed. There is much evidence on j
the subject yet to be presented. The;
committee spent two daya going into
evidence presented by The New
York Herai.d and Us own case as
prepared was delayed.
The Police Department Is next on '
the schedule and the plan now is to!
open with Commissioner Enrlght on
the witness stand next Monday
afternoon. The police inquiry prob
ably will take two weeks.
The city's rental from twenty-four
leased piers Is $1,484,717, Frank C.
Rippon, investigator for the Meyer
committee, testified. These are the
piers covered in Gen. Black's report.
At the rate they charge the shipping
Interests who lease these piers re
ceive $5,685,000 a year in revenues
for wharfage and service through
ProBt of 2SO Per Cent. Shown.
This figure Is based on the assump
tion that the piers were used to ca
pacity, whereas, in fact, they were
occupied under sublease only part of |
the time. The average berth charge
demanded by the lessees is $240 and
the amount received by the city Is
$63. This represents a profit of 280
per cent.
Mr. Rippon read Into the record a
report made by David Hirshfleld, Com
missioner of Accounts, questioning the
advisability of Retting only 7V4 per
cent, return on city Investment through
a proposed lease of l*)er 2, Hudson
River. The lease was made, however, I
on thnt basts. The city administra
tion after that went ahead with Its
Htaten Island project costlnsr $2S,- i
000,000 and Issued lejixes on the same
Conffnurti on Rtcond Pag''.
Men and Women Who Are
Looking for Work
Should avail themselves of the cooperation offered by
THE HERALD to those who advertise in Sunday's
Classified Section under "Situations Wanted." For com
plete details see top of Want Ad page to-day.
Telephone Chelsea 4000.
$4,000,000A YEAR ON DOCKS;
Great New Piers Leased on Losing Basis,
Despite Warning to Hylan by an Aid
THE hearing yesterday before the Meyer committee upon the city's
pier leases revealed:
That in addition to having its old pier leases profiteered
upon at a rate of $4,000,000 a year the leases negotiated for
new piers on a 7 Ms per cent, basis will mean a loss of 1 Vi per
cent, on thirty year leases and 2^ per cent, on fifty year lease?.
That David Hirshfield, Commissioner of Accounts, who is
Mayor Hylan's own investigator, knew that such would be the
case and warned against making such leases.
That despite that knowledge Pier 2, Hudson River, and the
new $28,000,000 piers on Staten Island were leased on that losing
That the city under the terms of the Staten Island leases is
losing control of its new piers.
That the leases are a speculation, in which only the lessee
can gain.
That the piers are not self-sustaining on that basis and will
be a drag on the treasury, to which they should add revenue.
Board's Figures on Registra
tion Show Failure of Promised
Facilities for All.
39,828 More Pupils Than Last
September Must Attend on
Limited Schedule.
Mayor Hyl.in is Just 126.103 school
j seats thort of his election promise
four years ago to provide a seat for
every school child in the city. The
above figure was taken from the
school registration report of his own
Board of Education which was made
public yesterday.
The report sljows further that, de
spite the Mayor's recent statements
i elaborating the number of new schools
has built and intended to build but
| hasn't, there are 39.828 more pupila
I this September who are relegated to
j part time attendance for lack of facili
ties than there were last September.
The registration figures show that
registration and attendance in public
schools Is the greatest this autumn in I
I the history of the city. The total
registration In day schools as of Sep
tember 14, 1921, is 909.658, an increase
of 53,545 over the registration of that
date last year. The total attendance
at day schools on f'eptember 14 of this
year was 838.509. if- against 770.610 on
the corresponding date of 1920. an in
creise of 67,899. Of the foregoing
1921 totals, 816.399 represents the
rpgistration In elementary schools and
757.536 represents the attendance in
elementary schools, the remainders
being in high, training and vocational
The number of elementary pupils on
part time is 92,875, and of high school
pupils 33,230, which gives a total of
126,105 In all the day schools this term.
The Increase over last September's part
timo pupils Is 39,828, the largest num
ber of which are in the high schools.
The Borough of Manhattan Is the
banner borough for elementary part tim
ers, 5.747 being the figure alreadv regln
t< red this term. Even the Borough of
Brooklyn, where most of the new schools
were opened tills term, shows an increase
of 2,588 pupils over September, 1920. In !
The Bronx, where two now schools have
been opened, there are still 3,697 more
part time pupils In the elementary
schools than there were a year ago. No
new schools have been opened In Man
hattan. In Richmond, where one school
has been added this term, there are 329
part time pupils In the elementary
classes. The figures of Queens show an
Increase of 732 pupils.
When, prior to the opening of school
on Monday, it was predicted that the t
total number of part time pupils would j
reach close to 95,000, members of the '
Board of Education and Mayor Hylan
appeared to bo hopeful, if net confident,
of a more satisfactory condition when
the actual totals had been compiled by
William L. Kttlnger, City Superintendent,
who issued the official tables for tnls
term. Tho actual total of part time
pupils Is more than 30,000 in excess of
the prediction, which shows that It was
a conservative guess.
Appended to the report on registration
and attendance for September 14, 1921,
Is an estimated registration for Septem
ber 30. 1921, showing a decided increase
over the flKures for the opening week I
this year. The estimated registration In
elementary *''boola In the five boroughs
Blven as 835,975: In the high schools
85,911; In the training schools 1,593,
and in the vocational schools 3,402,
which makes a total registration of
926,881. This Is an Increase In the
estimated numbers of 48,476.
After Dr. EtUnger issued the tabula
tion Annlng S. I'rall, president of th-i
Board of Education, save out the follow
ing statement:
"The Increase over September of last 1
year In elementary schools is 40,288 ; in
the high schools, 12.4SO; In training
schools, S43, and in vocational schools.
531, making a total In a'l day schools o'
53.545. Such a large Increase Is un
paralleled in the history of the city
.?chool system.
"The great <t Increase ever showr.
before was 36,000, In 19)4. The aver
age Increase of tjl" last nine years ,
18,500 per annum, while the Increase
this year, being 53.545. shows the regis
tration for September, 1921, to be 35,04.1 j
above the average.
"The total number of pupils regis- '
tered Is 909,638. as against *56,113 In
f SHI fit Itr Vf tf?
Unexpected Move by Prosecu
tion Blasts Hope of Helease
in Bail.
Inquiry Starts Into Forty
Quarts of Liquor Drunk at
Fatal Party.
San Francisco, Sept. 16.?"With the
formal announcement to-day that j
Roscoe C. (Fatty) Arbuckle, motion
picture comedian, would be prosecuted
on a charge of murder in connection
with the death of Virginia Rappc. |
actress, following a Labor Day party
in the actor's hotel rooms here, both
the prosecution and defence squared
away to-night to arrange for the trial,
the first chapter of which will be writ
ten next Thursday, when the prisoner
will enter a plea.
When District Attorney Matthew
Brady in the Court of Police Judge
V.vlvain Lazarus to-day announced
that "the people are ready to proceed
on the murder charges" he blasted
hopes of the defence that Arbuckle
would bo at liberty on $5,000 bond set
by the court when a Grand Jury in- j
dietment charging the defendant with j
manslaughter was returned.
It was indicated to-day that th??
prosecution's decision to go to trial on j
the murder charge was a surprise to
the defence. From Los Angeles <amc j
report ?> that Arbuckle already had
made train reservations for a trip
from San Francisco to that city this
evening. Murder is not a bailable
charge in California.
District Attorney Brady has the sup
port of the Board of County Supervisors
In his prosecution of Arbuckle. it was
shown when the finance committee ?>f
that body appropriated $1,000 for imme
diate expenses of the trial and promised
more when needed. Brady had asked the
hoard for additional funds, declaring
much wealth would be expended by the
Mrs. Bamblna Maude D'lmont, who
swore to the murder charge on which
Arbuckle to-day appeared in court,
viewed Miss Happe's body to-day and Is
reported to have suffered a collapse. The
body, according to present plans, will
be shipped to Los Angeles to-night.
Robert H. McCormack. assistant 1
ITnited States Attorney General in
charge of liquor prohibition prosecutlonr,
said he expected to present to the
Federal Grand Jury Tuesday evidence
that liquor was served and consume!
at the party given by Arbuckle, in
which Miss Bappe was alleged to have
received her fatal injuries.
In addition to his other troubles
Arbuckle may suffer the loss of his j
custom made automobile, said to have j
cost $25,000. Government officials Kay j
if It is shown that liquor was Iran- |
ported from Los Angeles t" this city i
in the automobile it Is liable to coti- j
Subp<*nas were issued to-day ;um
monlng Lowell Sherman and Fred Fiali- j
bar k, declared to have been guests ?t j
the party, to appear before the L'nltcJ j
States tlrand Jury here.
Sherman and Flshback were que*- I
tloned yesterday concerning the liquor
alleged to have been consumed at the
Arbuckle party. According to Robert '?
Camarlllo, Assistant t'nited states pin- i
trlct Attorney. Flshback said m?re than
forty quarts of liquor were consumed !
in three days in the Arbuckle apart
A development to-day was the an
nouncement that Dr. Arthur Beards!*'.
house physldan In the St. Francl* .lotel |
and the physician who first attended
Miss Rappe, Is being sought by the
authorltle .
Bigger crowds than usual grc*\'d Ar- (
buckle's public appearance. A few min
utes before his case was called 'n police,
court for a preliminary hearing <n one
of the murder charges, the crowd, mostly
men attempted to rush through the
door's. They were held back by police.
Members of the Women's Vlgl!an<c Con
mtttep, formed for the purpose of as
sisting the police and pros, ruling oifi
cliilw of the city In maintaining law imd
order were pr sent at the c urt hearing
Following the court session I? 'trlct
Attorney Brady gave out a sta' ?uer.t
in which h. explained the reasons tor
Ids determination to press the muni- r
charge Later. In asking the Inane
committee of the County Boml o<
Supervisors for a special fund witn
v*hl ii to prosecute Arbuckle. he s?M s
,4\W mty have to all ?4irt?
the 1 nlied fitntes f. r < < m "
Plans of Commission In
clude a Clean Sweep of
Tangled Finances of
4 ?
Decision, Made After Six
Months of Study, Not
Likely to Affect Five
Cent Fares.
Biff Boar From Financial In
terests Expected in Clearing
45ft Years of Wild Deal
ings. Some Scandalous/
A report of the Transit Commi#
sion, which now is expected to be
made public early next week, will
show that the plan for reorganiza
tion and unification of the city s
transit systems will include a clean
sweep of the tangled financial condi
tion and overcapitalization of the
companies, it was learned yesterday.
The commission purposes, it is un
derstood, to put the companies back
upon a basis of valuation at what the
properties are actually worth, and
to eliminate the large amount of
"watered" stock and other excessive
valuations which are said to exist.
No governmental action touching
the transit companies ever under
taken here, it is believed, brought
such a protest as will this move. 1 he
commission is expecting a storm,
but it is known also that the body
is committed thoroughly to the plan
and is determined to execute it.
In fact, it was ascertained yester
day that the forthcoming report is
I to be solely for the purpose of in
1 forming the public of the commis
sion's intentions and not for laying
open any part of the plan to contro
versy. For six months the commis
sion has been atndying the New York
i transit situation, finally has made up
! its mind about what should be done
to remedy conditions and intends to
carry out its plans unchanged. The
New York Herald is informed.
Firra on K*lr Bail".
"There is no time now to quibble
over details." is the attitude of the
Transit Commission, according to an
authority believed to be familiar
with the plan.
It was learned that the commission
is not greatly concerned over
whether the fare shall remain at 5
cents, go up to C or 7, or conceivably
drop to 4 cents. The commission Is
understood to take the position that
when the fundamental couuitlons
underlying the transit situation are
reduced to a firm, fair foundation
the rate of fare will take care of
Itself?in other words, that when a
just and reasonable basis of valua
tion is reached a fair return would
be determined upon that basis. It
was regarded as likely, however, that
an analysis of the commission's plans
would show the rate of fare would
not exceed 5 cents.
It is understood to be the purpose to
put the transit companies on a foot
ing so that they may obtain a profit
able return upon a fare that is reason
able and just to the riding public, and
to safeguard that footing fO that
financial manipulations to disturb It
would not be possible.
That plan, it was ascertained, will
Involve the stupendous task of "J'un
ing up the moss that has resulted
from fifty years of wild financial 1eal
ings, some of which have ?oi f-een
short of scandalous." While it was not
admitted that anybody would s.ifor In
such a cleanup in the lor.g ?un, it
?vnn conceded readily that there will
ho a roiirtng outcry from transit finan
cial Internets when the plan Is mads
Aftfc on rilea Drclilna.
Though the derision and opinion of
the Public Servico Commission ir. re
fusing to grant an Increased rate of fare
to the Utlca street car lines are known
to havr bron arrived at and promulgated
without cr.suHatton with She Transit
Commission. It was generally r<g:.rded
yesterday that the views of the two
.tnmlr ! .ns did not vary grpatly upon
the following point In the Public Servlco
Commission's opinion:
?'Public utilities. Just as other depart
ments of business, must expect to cop>i
wl'h periods of depression and short
earnings, just as at other tlmos they
enjoy periods of rrosp<-rlty and full dlvt
dend-?. If the public Is expected to maki
tin every deficiency In or lor to give a
utility a good round rate of earning
power, then the public Is entitled to the
benefit of the surplus over the agreed
. arnlng rat.- In time* of prosperity.'
It was regarded as altogether certsln
that the Transit Commission would agree
with the Public Servlco Commtsslou
that th. r Hod has passed ulvsn the
transit comranles may we* ??'Shw rates
of fare on th. pica of high costs of labof
MiVep' v-as reason to believe also that
n ionv; the disappointed when t< re
port is made public will be the 1 an
a Imlnlstratlon, which has made polli H
capital of <;ov. Miller s creation of t J
T anslt Commission by charging tha.
tho purpose was to order higher car
2rc?. It Is exported that tho f port
? , ? will show 'hit (? or> t -1 ?

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