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VOL. XXIX., NO. 189
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Mooney's Chance Brighter-
Governor Stephens Non
committal Labor Secre
tary Criticises Investiga
tionOffers Densmore's
Aid Fickert Barred By
Grand Jury Date Of
Mooney's Execution De
cember 13, Friday.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27. The re
port alleging irregularities in the
Mooney rase, which was made re
cently to Secretary Wilson by John B.
Densmore, director general of the fed
eral employment service, is to be fur
nished, to Governor Stephens of Cali
fornia, and Mr. Densmore is to place
himself at the governor's disposal in
connection with any investigation the
California executive may order.
This announcement was made to
night by Secretary Wilson, who made
public a copy of a telegram sent to
Governor Stephens. Mr. Wilson's tele
gram revealed that the grand jury at
San Francisco, which is investigating
Mr. Densmore's charges, had asked for
a complete copy of the director gen
eral's report, together with all infor
mation Mr. Densmore has, bearing on
the charges.
Mr. Wilson did not grant this re
qurst. informing the governor that it
had been his original purpose to fur
nish a copy of tho report to him, and
he would now carry it out, despite the
fact that the report had received "tin
intended and partial publicity." The
report was published November 22 and
was said to have dealt largely with the
case ot Mrs. Kena Herman .Mooney,
wife of Thomas J. Mooney, under sen
tence of death as the result of the
Preparedness day bomb explosion In
San Francisco.
In the report as published, it was al
leged that evidence against Mrs. Moo
ney was "manufactured," and mention
was made of a former justice of, the
California supreme court, a member of
the public prosecutor's office, and oth
er persons connected with the cases,
growing out of the explosion. Mrs.
Mooney was indicted with her husband
and three others on ten counts, charg
ing murder. She was acquitted on one
count, four were dismissed, and she
is now at liberty on bail awaiting dis
position of the other counts.
Doesn't Like Investigation
In his telegram to Governor Stephens
today. Secretary Wilson criticized in
vestigation of tho Densmore charges
by tho San Francisco grand jury, say
ing that this body does not seem the
impartial and appropriate instrument
of investigation the situation calls for,
inasmuch as the inquiry concerns the
district attorney, who is legal adviser
of the grand jury.
Secretary Wilson's telegram follows:
"Am in receipt of wire from
foreman of the grand jury of the
city and county of San Francisco,
requesting me to instruct John B.
Densmore, director general of the
United States employment serv
ice, now outside of San Francisco,
to return to San Francisco for the
purpose of assisting the grand jury
in the investigation of certain
charges of corruption contained in
his report to you, published in the
San Francisco Call on November
22, 1919. Will you also instruct him
to turn over all information in his
possession, regardinq said charges,
so that a thorough investigation
may be made?
"The report referred to was in-
tended by me to be submitted to
you for such attention as the facts
therein revealed made appropriate,
and was not intended to have pub
licity, unless you so desired. The
fact that the report has received
unintended and partial publicity
should, not modify the purposes I
had in mind. Any further action
in regard to the Mooney case is left
entirely with you, and whatever
material the federal government
has, bearing upon such action,
should therefore be placed at your
disposal. I am instructing Mr.
Densmore to put into your hands
a complete copy of his report to
me, and I am also instructing him
ti place himself entirely at your
disposal. Inasmuch as the inves
tigation to which Foreman McCar
thy of the grand jury refers, con
cerns the district attorney, who is
the legal adviser of the same
grand jury, it does not seem to me
the impartial and appropriate in
strument of the investigation the
situation calls for. Nevertheless
any means or agencies of investi
gation in regard to these new
charges or any others growing out
of the Mooney case, selected by
you, will receive the fullest possible
co-operation at my hands. I am
sending a copy of this telegram to
the foreman of the grand jury as a
reply to his request."
Governor Remains "Mum"
SACRA MKXTO, Cal., Nov. 27. As
surance that tiie case of Thomas J.
Mooney, sentenced to hang, would be
given "careful consideration" was giv
n today by Governor Wiiliam D.
Stephens to members of a committee
if the San Frneisro T.ibor council who
'"'! to ask the executive to open the
wy for a re-trial of the rnso.
This statement Mas made by I). G.
(.Continued on. I'ago Two).
Start Pershing
For President
League in N.M.
The first step toward organizing
a Pershing-for-President league, to
boom the commander of the Ameri
can expeditionary forces for presi
dent on the republican ticket in
1920, were taken here today when
a petition circulated by Captain
Clark M. Carr was signed by nearly
100 persons in a few hours' time.
It is the intention to form similar
leagues in every county in the
state. The organization will not
be incorporated at this time, it was
stated today.
Delay May Embarrass Col
lection Bureau Not
Ready Republicans Op
pose The 1920 Rates
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27. Revision
of the war revenue bill was substan
tially completed tonight by the senate
finance committee. Amendments per
fecting the program of raising six bil
lion dollars in 1919 were adopted, and
by a strict party vote the committee
formally approved Chairman Sim
mons' plan to raise four billion dollars
in 1920, through reduction of indi
vidual and corporation income rates,
elimination of the war profits tax, and
reduction of the excess profits rates.
With the seven republicans of the
committee voting solidly in opposition,
the ten democrats adopted Chairman
Simmons' plan for 1920, to reddce the
normal income tax rate for individuals
and corporations from 12 to 8 per cent,
to abolish the SO per cent war profits
rate after 1919, and to reduce the ex
cess profits rates in 3920 to a mini
mum of 20 per cent and a maximum
40 per cent, or two-thirds ot tne
Collector Can't Get Ready
Although the committee now prae
ticallv has completed the bill, it be
came known today that the internal
revenue bureau has almost despaired
of the enactment of tho measure before
Jannary 1, and has made full plans
for collection of taxes under the old
law, by which it is estimated only
$4,000,000,000 would be produced next
year. The old law, which remains ef
fective until repealed by the new rev
enue bill, specifically enjoines the com
missioner of internal revenue to pre
pare forms for use of tax payers, to
report their Incomes, profits and other
taxable matters between January 1
and March 1.
Daniel C. Roper, revenue commis
sioner, also explained today that he
would be forced to administer excise,
floor, business, transportation and
other taxes collectable monthly, under
tho old law, after January 1, if the
newlmeasure is not finally enacted by
then. The collection of additional
sums, resulting from increased rates
under the new act, or repayment of
taxes collected under schedules re
pealed by the new act, then would
precipitate much confusion, it was ex
plained. Simmons' Plana Prevail
Both the programs for 1919 and 1920
taxation, except for minor amend
ments to be made when the committee
reconvenes next Friday, virtually were
completed today. Alter Friday s meet
ing, a reprint of the bill will be made
and Chairman Simmons plans to re
port it to the senate some time next
week. The republicans announced their
intention to oppose Inclusion of 1920
rates in the bill and may file a minor
ity report.
Chairman Simmons plan for 1920
revenue was adopted without change.
Its provision for reduction from 12 to
8 per cent in the normal rates on indi
vidual incomes, also provides that the
rate shall be six per cent in 1919 and
four per cent in 1920 on the first $4,000
uoiiars or taxanie incomes.
McAdoo Partially Approves
Chairman Simmons said Secretary
.mcauoo does not approve the 1920 pro
gram in us entirety, as he desired
higher normal rates to continue on
both individual and corporation in
comes, and also opposes continuation
of the excess profits taxation plan, j
DENVER, Nov. 27. First knowledge'
that the war had ended very possibly
first kn6wledge that there had been a
war came to William Hardick, known
in Pagosa Springs district as the "mys
tery man of the mountains," on last
Saturday when, after a two-day search
for the home of the recluse. Deputy
United States Marshal William J. Mc
Clelland of this city succeeded in lo
cating Hardick and serving upon him
a summons to appear in a case brought
against him by the forest service for
grazing horses within the forest with
out a permit.
Until McClelland, guided by a rancher
known as "Denver Latham, located
Hardick last Saturday, the recluse had
not conversed with a human being in
five years. He was found making his
home in a cave, and his reception of his
visitors was anything but cordial. He
refused flatly to promise the deputy
marshal that he would reply to the
summons, and the action being- only a
civil one, it is doubtful if the forest
service will seek other means of hail
ing him into court.
Some two vears ago . government
ALE R 0. S.
Community Sings Masses
Praise Services Sol
dier And Sailor Feeds
Nation Has Cause For Jov
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 With the
declaration of President Wilson, "that
this year we have special and moving
cause to be grateful and to rejoice" in
mind, the American people tomorrow in
their annual observance of Thanksgiv
ing day, will give evidence of a deep
sense of gratitude for the victories of
the nation's army and navy, and a teel
ing of joy that the war has ended.
Many communities in the absence of
an officially designated "victory day,"
will combine that celebration tomorrow
with Thanksgiving day.
President Wilson and Mrs. Wilson
will attend church services in the
morning. Only tne immediate family
will be at the White House for dinner,
and the menu has been arranged in ac
cord with food conservation requests.
The president and members of the
cabinet have been invited to attend
services at the Metropolitan Methodist
church. Envoys of a number of foreign
nations and of practically all the South
American countries will attend the an
nual pan-American mass at St. Pat
rick's church.
Make Day Memorable
Preparations have been in progress
for several weeks, to make the day a
memorable one for the men in the
training camps in this country, those
overseas and those in the navy.
In a -Thanksgiving message to the
nation, issued tonight, Secretary Baker
"America can rejoice and give thanks
because she has been able to demon
strate the solid character of her people,
the inspiring quality of her institutions,
an dthe capacity of the republic tor
sacrifice in the interest of high ideals.
We give thanks this year as a united
nation, as a people who have abated all
difficulties of lineage, language and
creed, in order that we may express er-
fectively, and as one, our common be
lief in the virtues of democracy."
Combine Joy And Peace
NEW YORK, Nov. 27. New York
will combine Thanksgiving with joy to
morrow, in celebrating the greatest
Thanksgiving day the city has ever ex
perienced. A feature will be the inauguration of
the "victory sing" at the same hour
that similar "sings" are conducted
throuehout the nation, and in every ar
my hut in France. The city's poor will
not be forgotten.
Another feature will be a special
Thanksgiving service in the cathedral
of St. John the Divine, attended by
military and diplomatic representatives
of the United States and allied nations.
There will be services in virtually ev
ery church in the city.
Perhaps the biggest feature, howev
er, will be the "capture ot tu,uuu sol
diers and sailors, who will have more
turkey than thev can eat. It was an
nounced tonight that plans have been
made so that every soldier and sailor in
the city will be provided with a full
Thanksgiving dinner, from turkey to
pumpkin pie.
Prayer For everybody
munity Thanksgiving day services will
be held tomorrow in virtually every
city on the Pacific coast, where influ
enza epidemic restrictions do not pro
hibit public gatherings. Special services
also will be held in tne enurcnes:
where thanks will be offered for the
successful conclusion of the war, the
expected return soon of the nation s
fighting men, and the lessening toll of
victims of influenza. In several com
munities proclamations will be read de
daring the necessity of wearing gauze
masks as a preventative ot influenza,
at an end.
NEW YORK, Nov. 27. The Polish
commandant at Przemysl has threat
ened to ransack all Jewish homes ii
that town unless the Jewish population
Davs.a tribute of 3,000,000 kronen, ac
cording to a cablegram received here
tonight by the Zionist organization of
America from the national Jewish
council of Vienna. The council, it was
announced, is petitioning the govern
ment at Cracow and Warsaw to pre
vent this newest form of outrage.
agents, knowing that Hardick claimed
ownership of a large herd of wild horses
which roam the forest in the Pagosa
Springs district, wrote him offering to
buy the animals for war work. The
letter was returned undelivered, but
forest rangers were instructed to pass
the offer on by word of mouth, in the
hope that eventually it would reach
Hardick. McClelland found no evi
dence in the few words he had with
Hardick that the man ever received the
offer for his horses, or ever learned by
any other means ot the great world
conflict. Hardick evidenced no inter
est whatever in the news of world han-
penings which the deputy marshal told
him, and ended tne interview as quick
ly as possible. '
Hardick, accordinq to Pagosa Springs
people, is about 76 years old and has
lived in his mountain fastnesses for
better than 40 years. The deputy mar
shal says his clothing, which was old
and ragged, was patched in places with
cardboard, evidently obtained from
refuse left by hunting parties. The
man carried a rifle of a comparatively
modern model, but refused to tell how
or where he obtains ammunition for it.
M Ml AmmQm
NEW YORK, Nov. 27 Announce
ment was made tonight of the death
here yesterday of Francis Banner
man, dealer in military goods and
war relics, who believed so thor
oughly in the war against Germany,
he tried to donate his $1,500,000
stock of military supplies to Great
Mr. Bannerman offered his entire,
stock to Lord Kitchener at the be
ginning of the war, but the offer
was declined, because, though of
Scotch origin, he was a naturalized
American. Later, by omitting to
state he was an American citizen,
he succeeded in donating to Great
Britain complete regimental equip
ment valued at $70,000. He made
another gift of 1,000 rifles, with
bayonets and other equipment, val
ued at $30,000.
When the United States entered
the war, Mr. Bannerman gave the
war department two six-inch guns
and $20,000 for remounting them on
niodern carriages. Shortly before
his death, he donated the commis
sion for the relief in Belgium, 50,000
garments and a draft for 50,000
francs, for the employment of Bel
gian labor to alter them for imme
diate use.
Mr. Bannerman was one of the
leaders in the fight against the pro
posal of German sympathizers, to
enact legislation forbidding the ex
port of military supplies to the al
lied nations. He made several ad
dresses against the proposal, and to
back up hjs argument gave away
souvenir pencils made of cartridge
shells, captured by American sold
iers during the Spanish American
war. The shells had been made by
Germany, a neutral, and sold to
OCCUPATION, Monday, Nov. 25. (By
courier to Nancy, Nov. 27. By the As
sociated Press.) The indications are
that the American army of occupation
will spend Thanksgiving in their pres
ent positions on this side of the Ger
man frontier.
The Americans already have started
a search for the luxuries of Luxemburg
for Thursday's dinner. In the absence
of turkeys, they are casting their eyes
at Luxemburg's chickens, geese, ducks
and pigeons.
The German officers also were fond
of chickens and geese and consequent
ly the farmers and villagers have but
a few on hand. There is plenty of
American frozen beef at the ports, but
the Americans feel they should have
some kind of poultry on the day that
everybody at home is eating turkey.
Officers of the third division at
Remich have priced chickens and
found them at from 18 to 30 francs
each. There are plenty of ducks on this
side of the Moselle, in the region of
Remich, but investigation revealed the
fact that they belong to Germans liv
ing on the other side of the river, and
that the ducks came to this side of the
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Republican A. P. Leased Wire
SANTIAGO. Chile, Nov. 27. The
complaint of the Peruvian minister of
foreicn affairs, tnat tne aemonsira
tions against Peruvians at Iquique
were countenanced by the authorities.
is denied by the Chilean minister of
foreign affairs. This denial nas re
assured commercial and social circles.
The newspapers are of the unani
mous helief that everything can be ar
ranged by the fulfillment of the treaty
of Ancon. signed in iss. in omciai
circles, the opinion prevails that ar
bitration will be the best means to
bring about the fulfillment of this
Under the treaty of Ancon, Chile
was to retain possession of the prov
inces of Tacna and Arica, belonging
to the Peruvian department of Mo
ouegua. for a period of ten years, and
then "submit to popular vote whether
those territories are to belong to Chile
or Peru.
At tho expiration of the period
(1893), Chile failed to comply with the
agreement and retained forcible pos
session of the territory.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27. Distribu-
tion of sugar under the certificate sys
tem will be discontinued December 1
under an order issued today by the
food administration. In announcing
the order, the administration empha
sized that requests for conservation
of sugar were in no way modified. Do
mestic consumers, it was said, will be
expected to observe the voluntary ra
tisn of four pounds a person a month
and public eating places will be re
quired to use only four pounds of sugar
Tor-eacn SO meals served.
French Has Been Diplomatic
Language Economic
Questions To Occupy
Considerable Attention
PARIS, Nov. 27. (By the Associated
Press.) The question of conducting
the proceedings of the peace congress
in English is being discussed with
some prosiject that this innovation will
be brought about. If it is, it will be
the first great international .congress
with English as the official language,
as French has long been recognized as
the medium in diplomacy.
For practical reasons, it is said, the
use of the English language would be
more convenient to a larger number of
delegates than French, for during the
sessions of the inter-allied conference,
all but two of the delegates spoke Eng
lish, whereas a considerable number
did not speak French and were unable
to understand the proceedings when
French was used.
The printed record of the daily pro
ceedings will be in both French and
English, for the convenience of all, and,
in addition, several of the governments
probably will have their own publica
tions, dealing with the developments.
Economic Questions Arise
Economic questions are coming
prominently to the front In connection
with the presence here of Herbert C.
Hoover, the American food adminis
trator, who was joined today by Ed
ward N. Hnrley, chairman of the ship
ping board. They conferred lengthily
this afternoon at Colonel House s resi
dence on food distribution and ton
nage. France needs a considerable amount
of tonnage for the rehabilitation of her
merchant shipping, lost during the
war, and through enforced inactivity
of her shipyards during the war. One
plan is a governmental project involv
ing the expenditure of approximately
i,ouu,ouu,ooo francs.
There has been considerable discus
sion, also, concerning the amount of
tonnage likely to come from the United
States, following on Captain Tardieu's
statement, recently, that he bad been
assured of 100,000 tons. The presence
of Mr. Hurley is giving an opportunity
to go over these and other shipping
NEW YORK, Nov. 27. Mayor Hy
lan in a protest, directed to the sec
retaries of war and the navy, Major
General Bell, commander of the de
partment of the east, and rear Admiral
Usher, commandant o fthe third naval
district, demanded that the federal
authorities make "immediate arrange
ments to keep soldiers and sailors un-
?r their control while they are in
uniform, and until they are discharged
from the navy and army."
The police, the mayor said, had
shown extreme courtesy to the men
in uniform, and expected that they
would reciprocate, but they had as
sumed he declared, that "they are
privileged to conduct themselves as
they please." This attitude, he asserts,
had endangered law and order "not
only in New York, but in other cities,
where soldiers and sailors in great
numbers are allowed the freedom of
the city without restraint." Their
own deportment, Mr. Hylan added,
had made it necessary for him to order
the police to give to soldiers and sail
ors "the same treatment as civilians,
when they become disorderly and in
cite riots.
Patient With Uniforms
Commissioner Enright, in his letter
to Mayor Hylan. charged soldiers and
sailors with "reprehensible conduct
on several occasions, following the
signing of the armistice, but said these
disorders, which under normal condi
tions "would have been the occasion
for stern treatment," were overlooked.
"in order that nothing should mar the
general feeling of joy at the coming
of peace."
The attacks of men in the service
upon persons attending the socialist
meetings "to avenge some rumored
insults to the American flag which
had never occurred," would have led
to riots "of the worst type," the com
missioner asserted, if the police had
not suppressed them.
In order to forestall "serious dis
orders,' when soldiers and sailors are
demobilized from camps in this vicin
ity and returned to civil life in large
numbers, without restrictions which
they are bound to respect," Commis
sioner Enright suggested that the
government keep the men undr con
trol while they are in uniform, and send
them directly to the districts where
they were enrolled. He urged that
demobilized soldiers be paid off by
their local draft boards "protecting
this and other large cities from con
sequences, the gravity of which no one
could possibly estimate.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
ARCADIA, Florida, Nov. 27. Three
deaths resulted from accidents at the
aviation fields here today, one at Dorr
field and two at Calstrom field.
Lieutenant W. P. Mtilvihill of New
York City was killed when his plane
crashed to earth after developing en
cine trouble.
Lieutenant W. E. Cummings ami
Lieutenant G. H. Gissinet, were killed
when their planes collided--
All TO
President Provides Facilities for Corres
pondents A. P. Man to Accompany
Executive Party Special Ship for
Press Creel Is Not Connected With
Affair Imposing Naval Escort Ar
ranged France to Be First Stop.
Well! Well! If
Thaw Doesn't
Return Again!
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
Harry K. Thaw, who has been in
the Pennsylvania hospital for the
insane in this city since March,
1917, has been taken to Pittsburg
by his mother, over Thanksgiving
holiday. Former Judge James Gay
Gordon, counsel for the Thaw fam
ily in the commitment proceedings,
obtained an order from the county
court to permit Thaw to go to
Pittsburg, it became known to
night. He will be returned to the
institution early next week.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27. Notice
that the country must prepare for an
other intensive war loan campaign,
probably in the latter part of April, was
given today by Secretary McAdoo in a
letter to bankers, explainingthe treas
ury's program tor floating certificates
of indebtedness and bonds during the
next six months.
The secretary stated that plans for
continuous sale of government bonds,
recently discussed as a strong possibil
ity, had been abandoned, and that
plans snouid be made for one more
great, popular campaign." Previously,
he had announced that the bonds to be
of fered. then, would be of short matur
ity, less than ten years, and it has been
indicated that the amount would be
around five billions. Although Mr.
.McAdoo did not state the time of the
campaign, it was learned the treasury
plans tentatively to hold it the last
three weeks in April.
Blocks of treasury certificates ot
indebtedness, ranging in amounts be
tween $500,000,000 and $750,000,000, will
be marketed every two weeks, begin
ning December 5, to provide funds for
running the government until pay
ments from the fifth war loan begin to
come in, and these payments then will
be uhed to pay off the certificates. Ev
ery bank will be expected to subscribe
five per cent of its gross resources
monthly to these certificates.
The first issue of $600,000,000 mini
mum, announced today, may be sub
scribed between December 5 and De
cember 10, will mature next May six,
and will bear per cent. This rate
is not considered as affording anv indi
cation of the interest to be borne by the
fifth war loan bonds.
Mr. McAdoo also disclosed today that
the government's expenses this month
probably will run to a new high recordj
ot ,uou,ooo,oou, ana that "the wise
policy of prompt liquidation of con
tracts" may increase rather than lower
the government's outlays.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 27. Notwith
standing that the court of criminal ap
peals has declared- the Texas statutory
law proniDitmg sales ot intoxicating
liquors unconstitutional, and refused a
motion for rehearing today. Attorney
General Looney declared that the state
still is legally "dry," 'and his depart
ment will spare no effort authorized
by law to. prohibit traffic in intoxicat
ing liquors.
The state comptroller, following an
opinion given by the attorney general,
said he would not issue permits to se-
ffe license to sell liquor in Texas.
The attorney general holds that only
the portion of the law which prohibits
selling intoxicants is affected by the
recent decision, and that these parts
which make it a felony to transport,
advertise, manufacture, deliver, re
celve or store liquors are still in force,
He also holds that all liquor licenses
became void when the act went into
effect, and that no law, authorizing
issuance of new licenses is now in
Injunctions restraining practically
every railroad in the state from ship
ping liquors have been obtained by
the attorney general, and an appeal
to dissolve one injunction has been
Jtaade to a court of civil appeals by
one of the railroads.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
DENVER, Nov. 27. At a special
meeting of the Denver schoolboard to
day, it was decided to make no attempt
to reopen the public schools of this
city, which were closed for the second
time last Monday, because ot renewed
appearance of the. influenza epidemic,
until January 2. To compensate for the
loss of time caused by the closing or
der. the board decided to extend th
term to July 1. two weeks later than
the normal closing date. & . -
(By the Associated Press)
The German government
will invite President Wilson
to visit Germany while he is
in Europe, says the Berlin
Lokal Anzeiger. 4
BOULOGNE, Sur Mer, France,
Nov. 27. King George, the Prince
of Wales and Prince Albert landed
here at one o'clock this afternoon.
They were welcomed by the mili
tary and civil authorities and later
partook of a luncheon at the of
ficers' mess. The king everywhere
received a warm welcome. After
luncheon King George and his
party left by automobile for Brit
ish general headquarters at Mon-treuil-Sur-Mer.
LONDON, Nov. 27. (British
Wireless Service) King George,
accompanied by the Prince of
Wales and Prince Albert, left Lon
don today for Paris. Great crowds
at Victoria station cheered the
royal party.
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
WASHINGTON,- Nov. 27 Presi
dent Wilson's plans for attending the
peace conference are all matured, with
the exception of the day and hour c-
sailing. His departure, however, is
certain early next week.
It is entirely probable that the first
announcement of the personnel of the
American delegation will be made la
the president's address to the openinsr
of congress, which will be delivered
on Monday or Tuesday. At the same
time, the president may take occasion
to make something in the nature of a.
statement to the country, as well as to
congress, on his going to Europe,
something no other president has ever
The most important announcement
that has yet been made in connection
with the official plans for the peace
conference came today. It was that
there would be absolutely no censor-
ship on the news which the American
newspaper correspondents send back
home. At the personal request of.
President Wilson, both the British and
French governments will entirely re
lax all censorships on all American
newspaper dispatches, telling of the
deliberations. Furthermore, to facili
tate the transmission of news to this
country, the government, through its
recently acquired control of the cable
lines, will give news a preference in
transmission, second only to govern
ment official business. News will take
preference over all commercial busi
ness on the cable lines.
Creel Will Aid Press
George Creel, chairman of the com
mittee on public information, also an- .
nounced today that the committee's
machinery in Paris would exercise
nothing, whatever, approaching a cen
sorship on the dispatches telling of the
progress of the conference. All th9
committee's facilities, Mr. Creel said, ,
are to be devoted to helping the Amen- ,
can newspaper correspondents get the ,
news back home. The committee's of
fice in Paris will be used as a head
quarters for newspaper correspond
ents; stenographers, typewriters and
interpreters are to be provided, and the
committee s machinery also will be
used to assist the correspondents to
get their dispatches on the cables.
Lntil two or three days ago, there
were grave doubts as to whether any
American correspondents at all would
be permitted to. accompany President
Wilson on the trip. There was, how
ever, to be no restriction on the pass
age of newspaper men to France, by
any means they might find available.
Mr. Creel took the position that the.
American people should be informed of
the movements of the president at all
times, through their only source of in
formation, which is the daily newspa
pers, and upon his representation, it
finally was decided to include a cor
respondent of the Associated Press,
and correspondents of the other press
associations in the president's official
party, aboard the liner leorge Wash
ington. It was decided at the same
time, to give passage to correspondents
of individual newspapers on the army
transport Orizaba, which, will sail from
Hoboken Sunday at noon. She will be
part of the convoy of the president's
ship, which will include the super-
drcadnaught Pennsylvania and a num-i
ber of other naval ships.
Thousand Officers Accompany
Besides the president's official party
the George Washington will carry a
naval crew'of more than 1,000 officers
and men.
The George Washington, being a
faster ship, will arrive in France at
about the same time as the Orizaba.
It seems to be settled, although no
official announcement has been made,
that the president will go first directly
to France, and later to England and
possibly to Italy. If he intends to
visit any of the other European coun
tries, his plans have not become
Mr. Creel's statement regarding the
president's trip follows:
"It has been arranged that the rep
resentatives of the press association
will travel with the president and the
official parti'.
"With the approval of the president,
the secretary of war has set aside tho
transport Orizaba to carry duly accred
ited newspaper correspondents to
France, Dec. 1. All passengers still
report to General McMarrOs at port or
embarkation. Pier 3.
"In the matter of sailing list, no dis
crimination will be made or special
privilege granted. All responsible news
paper men, duly accredited by respon
sible newspapers, are entitled to pas
sage. "Passports have to be viewed by the
various consuls in New York. Applica
tions that have not yet been, madt;
should be filed at once, and reported to
me, likewise, applications that have
,been made, but not yet acted upon. Tho,

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