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CAN E ARIZONA BEPXJB AN INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL THIRTIETH YEAR 12 PAGES PHOENIX, ARIZONA, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 5, 1919 12 PAGES VOL. XXX., NO. 9 ill BELGIANS PLEAD WITH KII II ! TO SIGH TREATY j Claim Nation Wrongfully j Treated Would Sacrifice 'Herself to Gain Prestige in Eyes of World Not Willing to Accept Alms of Peace Council. BRUSSELS, Saturday, May J. (By the Associated Press;. The petition presented to King Albert by the na tional political committee, urging him to refuse to siii the peace treaty, de clares the nation would gain prestige in the eyes of the world if her sov ereign declined to attach his signature to a document which did not guaran tee her rights. "In tho last lew days," says the peti tion, "vast bodies have joined us. We echo public opinion which is constantly growing and which is indignant at the little which is offered us for the safety of Belgium and the dynasty. We be? your majesty to refuse to sign the treaty, rather than accept alms given . us. Ey leaving the conference, Bel gium would show the immorality of a peace signed without her. "By sacrificing herself she would fain prestige in the eyes of the world and the nations would demand that justice should be done her. We believe it would be better to risk having noth iiig, rather than abdicate our rights to the reparation and guarantees promised by most solemn assurances. In the midst of the nation's distress we com mit to your hands our desire and our confidence.'' Recall Their Delegates BRUSSELS, Saturday, May 3. (By the Associated Press.) At a cabinet founcil this afternoon, which lasted two ond a half hours, it was decided to re Call to this city the three Belgian dele gates whose presence is needed at a further council to be held tomorrow evening in the royal palace at Laeken, w hich will be attended by all members if the government and state ministers. At this conference, it will be decided whether or not the conditions offered Belgium by the peace conference are acceptable. The Catholic newspaper. Nation Beige, says it has been informed that Premier Delacroix told his colleagues Ht the cabinet session this afternoon, that Belgium is to receive immediately 2.500,000,000 francs in gold, and that the allies are. to relinquish the advances made to Belgium, thus far, of about six billion francs. The newspaper also states that all materials requisioned or destroyed by tiie Germans are to be returned imme dltly, and that Germany is to give Belgiun1, annually, for a certain number of years, eight million tons of coal, representing 400,000,000 francs. It adds that payment by Germany of seven bil lion marks, in circulation in Belgium when the armistice was signed, is to take place without the intervention of the allies, and thus is dependent upon the economic reconstruction of Ger many. x Hymans Goes to Brussels Brussels, May 4. (By the Associated Press.) Paul Hymans, Belgian foreign minister, has returned here and will at tend a council. Great patriotic demon strations were held at Antwerp today. Explains Hymans Visit PARIS. May 4. The Temps says the entire French cabinet is favorably im pressed bv the report on the peace treaty, and adds that Paul Hymans, Belgian foreign minister and peace delegate, left yesterday for Brussels with two propositions to be considered by the Belgian government. , These concern the priority of Belgium's claim to the amount of 2,500,000,000 francs against Germany's first reparation pay ment, and the clearing up of Belgium's war debt without reserve, and with the , elimination of the conditions which previously attached to this. WANT FULL SEPARATION NEW YORK, May 4. Ireland's plea to the peace conference is for complete separation from the British empire and for full independence. State Suprertie Justice Daniel F. Cohalan, chairman of the recent Irish race convention in Philadelphia, declared In a statement issued tonight to "clear up misunder standing among the people of America as to what the Irish are seeking." As designator of the committee of three Frank P. Walsh, Edward F. Dunne, and Michael J. Ryan which went to Paris to press Irish claims be fore the peace conference, Justice Co halan said he felt it his duty to "deny the Btory circulated here by friends 'of England" that the Irish desired only "some reforms, some rerdess of griev ances, some lightening of the burdens of taxation." NEWS EPITOME FOREIGN Belgians request King Albert net to sign peace treaty because of injustice dona to that nation by the council. Fall of Munich said to end the reign of bolshevism in German territory.. Orav of red without violence char acterizes May Day celebration in Budapest. Council of three invites Italy to re tain the peace conference. Omsk government has proceeded with rapidity on reconstruction. DOMESTIC Mexican Financial Condition proven . to be different than reported by . that government, Status of loan said to be worse than in any of the previous ones. ' Luxury taxes are explained by Com missioner Roper, LOCAL Seventy six men of the 158th arrive home to be greeted by thousands in an enthusiastic welcome. Great united parade starts at 7:30 o'clock tonight to boost the Vic tory loan; big meeting follows. MLKiCH'S Fftii n OF SOB U IN iGavest. Best Fed Citv of Huns All But Capitulates Ebert Government Wins Complete Triumph. BERLIN, Saturday, May 3. (By The Associated Press) Government troops have captured the whole of Munich, with the exception of the Ganhen quarter, where the communists have made frequent attempts to negotiate Premier Hoffman has reiterated bis demand for their unconditional surren der. The communists made a bitter de fense, but it proved ineffective. LONDON, May 4. Bavarian sparta can forces have blown up a train crowded with republican troops near Munich, according to the Zurich corre spondent of the Exchange Telegraph company. Three hundred bodies, the message adds, have been taken from the wreckage. BERLIN", May 4 (By The Associ ated Press) The failure of the Munich insurrection marks the collapse of the last important communist stronghold in Germany, and for the time being the Ebert and Scheidemann government is heaving a deep sigh of relief for which it can thank Herr Noske, minister of ' defense. The irony of fate decreed that at the moment when Field Marshal von Hindenburg announced his retirement as chief of the army, Noske, six months ago an unknown person of military calibre, with the ragged remnants of former battalions and hurriedly re cruited volunteer r?giments, should be winning the nation's applause in the sordid internecine guerrilla warfare that is not wholly without its opera boufe setting. Munich, the gayest and best fed of the capitals, still mindful of the arbi trary export embargo maintained by Bavaria when Berlin went hungry, to day is marvelling at the lack of the intrepidity of the Bavarians and their uttei impotence in the face of a hand ful of bolsheviki. Now that the latter have been defeated, government circles in Berlin are not expecting insurrec tions in other sections on an equally violent scale. Reorganize Spy Sstem The reorganized political secret ser- ret service, which the Liebknetch reO guards forcibly disbanded November 9, is at work again and is keeping close scrutiny on bolsheviki machinations. In a lengthy discussion of the situation today, the chief of the secret sen-ice informed the correspondent that the communists are now pretty well out of funds, as the Russian ruble has been kicked out of Germany. "The German bolsheviki," said the chief, "are pinning their last hope on a possible failure In obtaining peace and delay in the improvement of the food situation." The officials here do not believe there will be more street fighting in Berlin as the government troops are too well entrenched and because of the utter demoralization among the rad icals. Cobug Rebels BERLIN, May 4. (By The Associ ated Press) A rebellion against the Coburg dynasty at Sofia is reported. Sanguinary fighting has been going on between government troops and revo lutionists, who demand a soviet gov ernment, Ferdinand, the former king of Bul garia, is a member of the house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was son or Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Official notification of his abdi cation was published in November, 1918. Later he was reported to have arrived at Coburg and to have asked permission of the Swiss authorities to reside in Switzerland. Government Shoots Lantaur LONDON, May 4. Gustav Lantaur, minister of enlightenment in the Ba varian soviet government, who recent ly fled from Munich, has been shot by government troops nt Bamberg, ac cording to a dispatch from Zurich to the Exchange Telegraph company. URGES WOOD FOR PRESIDENT WASHINGTON, May 4. Senator Moses of New Hampshire, republican. issued a statement tonight urging the nomination of Major General Leonard Wood as the republican candidate for president in 1921. o EXPLAINED BY ROP WASHINGTON. Mar 4. Taxes im- posed under the new revenue act on sales of manufacturers, producers and importers, upon the sales of work of art and jewelry, and on transportation. were explained by Commissioner of In ternal Revenue Roper in a series of rulings made public today.- The tax on sales by a manufacturer producer or Importer is payable directly by him or his agent and is measured by the price for which the article is sold and not on the list price. The tax is payable on a sale, whether or not the purchase price is actually collected, and discounts may not be deducted. If an article is increased in price to cover the tax, the tax is on the increased price. The manufacturers' taxes cover a number of articles and range from 3 per cent on automobile trucks and wagons to 100 per cent on dirk knives and daggers. The jewelry sales tax is 5 per cent and applies to articles to be won for the purpose of adornment. Articles carried in a bandbag or m the pocket, such as i cigarette cases, powder boxes and j purses, axe taxable as jewelry, only if i ornamented with precious stones. 1 GERMAN TERRITORY! i LUXURYTAXES ARE Wilhelm Begs Permission To Go Back Home BERLIN, Saturday, May 3. (By the Associated Press) For mer Emperor William has re quested the German government to be allowed to return to Germany and reside on his estate at Kadi nen, according to a semi-official statement issued here. o i GENEVA, Saturday, May 3. Rumanian forces have entered the city of Arad, 145 miles southeast of Budapest, and have occupied the Czap bridge head on the Theiss river north of Arad, according to advices received here from Buch arest and Hermannstadt. Everywhere, the Rumanian and allied forces are being welcomed as liberators, it is said. BUDAPEST, Thursday. May 1. (By the Associated Press) May day has been an ogry of red. Tiousands of red troops marched to red music through red-bannered streets. 'he sidewalks were crowded with men, women and girls flaunting red ribbons. Street cars were red, automobiles were red, rail way stations and lamp posts were red. In squares and on street corners were huge red wooden stands on which were emblazoned the statement, "This is the day of freedom and world brother hood." There also were numerous immense plaster casts of Lenine and Karl Marx some of them 20 feet high. The red celebration continued all day and all night and red electric lights added to the crimson hue after dark ness fell. There were fiery speeches in different parts of the city by Bela Kun and other leaders of the Soviets. The total cost of this effort to make a red letter day for Hungarian com munism was 12,000.000 marks, taken from the banks of the country. The most remarkable feature of the situation now prevailing is the fact that there la absolutely no disorder. There have been relatively few execu tions, although the jails are almost bursting with prisoners. Situation Unchanged VIENNA, Saturday, May 3. The situation in Budapest remains un changed. The Hungarian communist government denies it has acceded to the demands of the Czech, Rumanian and Seib-French troops, involving the surrender of Hungarian territory. The Budapest soviet government is making a last effort to build a red army, which it is roughtly estimated, will number 100,000 officers and men. Many o these soldiers are Hungarians and it is said that probably one-third are willing to fight. Bolgar Locked Out VIENNA, Saturday, May 3. Alexii Bolgar, representative of the Hungar ian soviet government, on returning to ( Vienna today from Budapest, found the I Hungarian legation occupied by coun- I ter revolutionary forces. Bolgar was! i refused admission to the legation. It is stated that the officers found large sums of money in gold and Eng lish and American notes and also stocks and bonds at the legation. Not to Take Budapest VIENNA, Saturday, May 3. It is stated in allied circles that the com manders of the Czech, Serbian and Rumanian troops have decided not to occupy Budapest? confining their op erations to an encirclement of the Hun garian capital. Soviet Appeals to Wilson VIENNA, May 1. The Budapest soviet government has appealed to President AVilson to prevent the on ward march of the troops encircling Hungary. The appeal says it is time that war's bloody crime was stopped; that the soviet is making an honest effort for good government, and that it has kept order, despite the slanderous reports to the contrary circulated ly enemies who fled the countrs'. o IS E ROME, May 4. (By the Associated Press). An ovation was given Gabriel u'Annunzio. the poet, at a largely atr tended meeting in the Augtisteum to day. The speakers described Italy as "a living heroine in the midst of shame," and added that the hatred arising against Italy, "is only hellish rancor against the vigor of her life." "Let our eyes be fixed on her sacred countenance, still crowned with thorns and wet with sweat and blood." d'An nunzio exclaimed, "In spirit the Sa viour is by our side and urges us forward." DAnnunzio who recently was pro moted to be a lieutenant colonel, con tinning, said: '"This is another epochal month of May, like that month of May in 1860 when Garibaldi, with his thousands, went toward Sicily like that month of May in 1915, when Italy entered war, our epochal month of May begins again. , Here we are, ready." NOTICE TO AUTOISTS Monday night no automobile or ether vehicle will be allowed on Washingtton . . Street . . Between Fourth Avenue and Fourth street after 7 p. m., or on Adams street between Third avenue and First avenue until after the parade is over.. By order of Chief of Police. ORGY OF RED WITH 0 VIOLENCE OPENS m LUG HEROIN Mil T OF SHAME MEXICAN FINANC E5 SM TO BE WORSE Report of Three and llalf Million Indebtedness Is Proved False Expert Says Total Is $18,000,000. WASHINGTON, May 4. Financial legislation which President Carranza has asked the Mexican congress to consider at the extra session now be ing held, is being watched closely by officials here, it was learned today. This is understood to be due to the American interests involved and to the recent statement by Luis Cabrera, Mexican secretary of finance, that Mexico would not pay its debts at present, even it had the money, pre ferring to await the result of the Peace conference, to see "what the world in general will do with its obligations, how many will repudiate their debts, and how many will trim their obli gations to figures compatible with their incomes." Figures recently received from Mexi co City through official channels give the deficit for 1918, as announced by Cabrera, as seven million pesos, or about $3,500,000. But an investigation of the Mexican financial situation by T. W. Ostrrheld, specialist and con sulting expert in Mexican values for a prominent Wall street firm, shows that Cabrera in making the report of the deficit, failed to take into account the following items, amounts being in pesos: Unpaid Indebtedness National external bond interest for 1918, unpaid, 16,160,000; national in ternal bond interest for 1918, unpaid. 5,800,000; interest on unpaid national bond interest, L098.000; guaranteed railroads bond interest 20,780,000; in terest on unpaid interest on preceding 1,030,000; and bonds guaranteed by government other than railroad bonds, 3,075,000. Other figures compiled by officials show that the Mexican government re ceived extraordinary revenue during 1918 by the sale of stock in the Haw aiian American steamship line, seven million pesos, and tho abrogation of the Tehuantepec. railroad concession,, 12,000,000 pesos, which was reclassed as ordinary revenue in Cabrera's report. In addition, the National . Railways, which were confiscated by the Carran za government, yielding during- the year 8,000,000 pesos; private indus trial plants, mines, etc., confiscated and not yet returned to the owners. gave another eight million pesos to the public treasury, and the Wells Far go. and Mexican Express companies contributed 12,000,000 pesos, one-half of the income of the companies. It is said that if confiscated properties had been restored to their owners, the an nual bond interest debts paid, and the extraordinary revenue from the sale of the steamship stock and the abro gation of the railway concession eliminated, the real deficit for the year would have been approximately 96,000. 000 pesos, or $48,00,000. Republican A. P. Leased Wire OMSK, May 4. The Omsk govern ment has accomplished n months what other governments, naddled with similar reconstruction work, have taken years to achieve. When Admiral Kol chak took control of the administra tion, there was nothing in Siberia re sembling as central government. There were remnants of the old regime, badly disorganized, and various parts of Si beria were barely able to maintain con trol without affiliation one with the other. Kolchak has gained strength and recognition, until at present, his authority extends beyond the Urals to the Pacific. This territory embraces 70 million people, although there are a few elements which do not acknowl edge Kolchak's authority. One of the greatest deficiencies con fronting Admiral Kolchak is the lack of a code suitable fcr the changed conditions. Practically sit the laws of the monarchy must be rejected or re constructed. The council of minister sits daily, often late into the night, perfecting a system of legislation, and each day an official bulletin is issued embodying a dozen new laws as a re suit of the deliberations. Bolsheviki Retreat BEILEBEI, Province of Orenburg, Southeast Russia, Monday, April 21. (By the Associated Press) Siberian troops are pushing close to Samara and Orenburg. The latter town is being evacuated by the bolsheviki and it is expected a fortnight will see the cap. ture of Samara by the Siberians. To the northward, the Siberians have oc eupicd Bugulma, Menselinsk and Glastov. The retirement of the Czechs from the southeastern Russian front, at first regarded as a calamity, has been greatly offset by the spirit, self-reliance and patriotism shown by the Siberians. The advance of the Siberians has been carried practically to the predeterm med limit of possibility, before the spring thaw. It is expected that the Siberians will undertake a new drive soon, with the river Volga as their object. This front is held by an army 200,000 officers and teen, organized since Admiral Kolchak took control five months ago. A second army of 300,000 men is being formed in the rear. As a result of the efforts of Great Britain and France, quantities of much Reeded equipment are arriving. Till IRE ADMITTED OMSK HHT PROCEEDS RAPIDLY II RECONSTRUCTION All Phoenix Turns Out To Welcome Her Boys Men Are Glad To Get Back Band And Ten Thousand Peo ple Greet Th m Euthusiastic Cele bration Marks Arrival. Cheered on by ten thousand peo ple as their train drew into Phoe nix and the station, two officers nd 74 men of the 158th Infantry arrived home last night home, and to the most hearty welcome Phoe nix could give them. Swarmed up on as they left the cars by hun dreds of relatives and friends and fetlow-crtizens, they came home in a blaze of enthusiasm they will never forget. All Phoenix turned out to wel come home her sturdy sons back from the war, and nearly all Phoe nix was waiting for them on the platform as they came in. Never before on a Sunday night, and on few other nights, had the down town districts been so packed with enthusiastic citizens. And as the boys came home and up the street the night was filled with cheers for the 158th, Arizona's Own, and her returning heroes. And if Phoenix was overjoyed to welcome home her sons, the boys themselves were overjoyed to get home. Home-hungry as they had been for weeks, it was hard to say which were the happier, the boys who came home or the thousands that were there to greet them. The Crowd Out Early Hours before the train was scheduled to arrive, the downtown streets of the j city were thronged, and as 10:45 drew nearer, the crowd swelled. By 10 o'clock the station platform was filled and South Center street was a mass of motor tars and pedestrians, the mass growing thicker and thicker. By "train time" the station grounds were packed and Center street was a living wall all the way tip town. The crowd waited patiently. Now and then the city band, on the Hotel Adams buss by the station, played a patriotic air and the crowd took up the words of the song. People walked back and forth and men looked at their watches. Presently someone perched on a box car saw the light of the train afar down the track and gave voice. The light drew nearer, as the crowd swarmed as close as it could. Then the train be gan to pull into the station and the throng burst Into cheers. The band be gan to play "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." The boys were home. - Welcomed With Open Arms As the boys came off the cars It seemSd the entire city was there to welcme them with open arms. Eager arms by the hundred were stretched out to greet them, and shrieks and shouts of joy pierced the air as some soldier lad was sighted by his loved ones. Those who had no loved ones to clasp their hands found scores of wait ing Phoenicians who had no soldier boy to welcome waiting for them. The station platform became the scene of probably the most happy celebration Phoenix had ever seen. Hello. Jim, glad to see you back." A man would push up and seize a soldier, his son, maybe. "Jim: a feminine voice would gasp and the lad's mother would throw herself on Tils neck, into his eager arms. Many of the soldiers, however, had no one waiting for them at the sta tion. They were the men in the lot who are strangers here. But they too, found a warm reception. Center Street Swarms After the first burst of enthusiastic and tender greeting was over, the crowd began to break up. The soldiers were carried off by relatives and friends friends newly found, in Borne cases and Center street witnessed one of the queerest parades in its history. People marched up the street and side walks in hundreds, the soldiers in their midst. Scores of motor cars honked their way along througn the tremen dous traffic. It was not until midnight that the crowd, sightseers and enthusiasts and all. had thinned away, well satisfied. But it was long after midnight in many homes the homes that welcomed again some member of the family home from France, tnat tne ligms were dimmed. The boys were home again. The Boys Anxious for Home While thousands were anxiously waitine- In Phoenix tor the train to arrive, on the Southern Pacific train sneedine- homeward, the boys them selves were just as anxious ana ui as impatient. In two special cars, tliey counted the miles roil ay. almost, ana tried not to show how wildly glad they were to be nearly home. As the train neared Phoenix they became more and more enthusiastic. "Home again." "Oh, Boy, ain't it a great an' glorious feelin'?" "There's Twentieth street.; we'll be there in a minute!" "Oh, Boy:" Tes, they were home again, those boys from the 158th, and a better pleased bunch of boys never came into town. A . Republican represrfiiatlve went down to Maricopa to meet the train, and took with him a copy of the Sun day Republican for everr man. The Republican Like Home Were they pleased? They fairly fell over each other to get them. "Gee, this looks the most like home of anything I've Been in a year," said one. "The good old Republican," exclaimed another, "this is like kissing your best girl." The train pulled out r Maricopa for Phoenix a little late, but everyone was immersed in his reading and did not mind. Thev were n two coaches at tached to No. 1, and were put on the end of the Phoenix train. As they got nnder wav. representatives of the Great War Veterans' association went among them and arranged for all who were not to be met oy rrienas or rela tives, to go to the Commercial cafe for dinner, and to stay at the Adams, Jef ferson and Commercial hotels for the night at the expense of the War Vets and the citizens' committee. Tempe Out En Masse As the train approached Tempe a roar of welcome could Tie heard above the noise of the brakes, and on leaning out of the windows, the boys saw what seemed to be about five rimes the population of the town, turned out to J welcome them. The Normal girls were i -out in force, singing and chanting some XiVe 01 clever yells of welcome concocted fori the occasion, tine or two of the boys i who saw friends in the crowd got off! and were instantly swallowed up by the ' crowd, so surrounded by feminity andi so iieariny welcomed that they were fairly swept off their feet. And then the rest had a hunch. If there was this sort of a crowd at Tempe what would there be at Phoenix? In no time at all thev were busily engaged in rubbing up their shoes, buttoning up blouses, and in general getting shipshape for the welcome home. As the train neared Phoenix they could not keep still. They sajig and whistled, they gathered in little groups and grinned sheepishly at each other, or they sat with their heads out of the windows scanning the passing land scape lor lamiliar marks. At the Journeys End -is uie train puiiea in the Doys were waiting to rush out, knowing the wel come that awaited them. The lines up by the doors, the man next to the steps was envied. Every man of the 74 was looking out into the crowd for some face he knew and anxious to get down the steps. Then the train stopped and the boys began to pile off. They were engulfed as fast as they landed on the platform, engulfed in a sea of happy humanity. Each one became the center of a group of relatives and friends and persons who were wanting to be friends. The journey home was over. The boys had arrived. Colonel Saltmarsh Colonel S. M. Saltmarsh and Lieu tenant Fred Wright were the only of ficers from tho 158th aboard the train. The colonel was just as much pleased to get back as were his men, and an nounced that he was going back to his old job with the Santa Fe. "The 158th could not have been treat ed bet ter, "said Colonel Saltmarsh. "we had a fine time. When we landed in New Tork the Rocky Mountain club took charge of us and we were enter- tamea royally. The regiment was brought up from Camp Merritt on a special train, taken for a sightseeing trip, given a ainner that we will al ways remember, and taken to a very fine show at the Hippodrome. "This was all done by the copper men, who raised $10,000 in a few min utes to pay the expense, and enabled the clnb to save the state appropriation to care for the boys who are still over there and who will be getting back a few at a time. "And they did the state of Arizona proud at the Victory loan demonstra tion at the Hip, too. Every time some one w ould announce $5,000 subscription from some other state they would send down more than that for Arizona, and my boys would go wild. They kept Arizona in the lead during the whole evening. ' El Paso "El Paso treated us royally; the re ception there of tile 158th wa.s almost overwhelming. There was nothing that they could have aone to make our stay pleasant that was not done, nothing overlooked. The boys appreciated their reception by Governor Campbell, and his labors in their behalf, for it meant that thty got home sooner." Lieutenant Wright has charge of the regimental colors, the colors that were presented by the D. A. R. before the boys went away, and the colors that greeted President Wilson when he landed first in France, for it will be (Continued on Page Two) IITE ITALT TO PARIS, May 4 President Wilson. Premier Clemenceau and Premier IJoyd George, composing the council of three, today sent a communication to the Italian government, inviting it to re sume its place at the peace conference. It is believed Italy will accept. The terms of the communication to the Italians have not been disclosed, but it is believed they seek to remove the personal element of the controversy, and to pave the way for a territorial adjustment when tho relations are re sumed. Major Fiorello H. Lngruardia, a mem ber of the United States house of rep resentatives from New York, who is an Italian by birth, today said he believed the entire Italian question could be set tled within 48 hours. ROME, Saturday. May 3. Premier Orlando conferred today with Ellis Jones Griffith, former parliamentary under secretary to the British home office. The interview is considered to have been connected with the departure of the Italian delegates from the peace conference. It was announced in Paris last week that Premier Lloyd George had sent a representative of his government to Rome to open informal negotiations for the return to Paris of an Italian peace delegation. VERSAILLES, May 4. The question of Italian representation at the peace negotiations, so far as can be ascer tained, has not been raised by the Ger- man delegates. Certainly it was not touched upon at the meeting of the inter-allied and German credentials commissions here Thursday. There has been no meeting of the German and inter-allied commissions since then, but the inter-allied commis- sion met today at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, to prepare a report which will be submitted to the Germans in writing, It is understood the inter-allied repre- sentatives found nothing to qurftion in the German documents. C. 1 El II STATUS OF LDflH WORSE THAN IN L MY OF OTHERS Final Week Sees Herculean Task Ahead $400,000,000 Daily Aver age Needed St. Louis Still Leads for Honor of "First Over." OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla, May 4. Purchase of one million dollars worth of Victory-Liberty bonds by the Maryland Refining company of Ponca City, Oklahoma, was an nounced today. This isaid to be the largest single purchase of Victory-Liberty bonds west of the Mississippi, NEW YORK, May 4. Breaking all records for subscriptions re ceived at Liberty loan rallies, an audience at the Hippodrome to night subscribed for $11,250,000 worth of Victory notes. The nearest approach to this mark was made in the fourth loan campaign, when $7,500,000 was subscribed at a Metropolitan opera house rally. The autographed picture of Car dinal Mercier of Belgium wa auc tioned off and went to William H. English, who bid $1,600,000. Rear Admiral W. S. Sims, commander of the United States navy overseas during the war, was the principal speaker. General Pershing's head quarters band made its final ap pearance before sailing back to American headquarters In Francs. WASHINGTON, May 4 With sub scriptions to the Victory loan lagging to a greater extent than in the previous four campaigns. Secretary of the Treasury Glass tonight at the begin ning of the closing week of the drive, sent to all campaign committees a strong appeal for a final effort that would exceed the minimum quota of $4,500,000,000. Official figures for the various stages of the first and second Liberty loans are lacking, but the best available information was said to in dicate that on the eve of the final week, more than four-ninths of the loan had been taken in each drive. In the third loan campaign, at the start of the final week, two-thirds of the total had been subscribed, and at the beginning of the third week of the last loan cam paign, but one-half the total had been raised. Subscriptions officially reported in the Victory campaign totals $1,657. 979.350. To reach the minimum quota, slightly more than $400,000,000 must be raised daily, beginning tomorrow and ending Saturday night Treasury officialshowever, were not pessimistic tonighL The work of the final week, because of the relatively poor showing thus far, will be centered on what one campaign director terms "big money." The final week of the campaign is expected to see and interesting race between districts for the honors of tw ins the "first over the top." St Louis, which won this honor in the fourth Liberty loan campaign, is leading at present. Calhoun on Last Leg PANAMA, May 4 The United Stales destroyer, Calhoun, which w ill serve as the Victory ship on the last leg of the coast to coast Victory cruise, staged by the navy, is on her way back to New York, having cleared from Cristobal yesterday, after the arrival of the de stroyer Crane from the California coast. Progress of the loan subscriptions w erns the speed. o LIGGETT SUCCEEDS DfCKMAN COBLENZ, Friday, May 2. Lieu tenant General Hunter I Liggett. formerly commander or toe utpw . American army corps, arrived hero to day from Trayon and assumed com mand of the United States third army in the occupied zone. General Liggett relieves Major General Edward F. Mc Glachlin, commander of the first di vision, who has been acting commander of the army of occupation since Major General Joseph T. Dickman left Ger many for France. RED CROSS SAVES SERBIA WASHINGTON, May 4. The food famine and typhus epidemic which threatened Serbia have been averted through the work of the United States fcod administration and the American Red Cross forces, the headquarters of the latter agency was notified today in a message from Red Cross headquart ers at Soloniki. ONE FAILURE IN FOUR MONTHS WASHINGTON, May 4. Comptrol ler of the Currency William, in a state ment today, called attention to the solidity of the national banking sys tem, as illustrated by the fact that in the last four months uiy one small national bank, with $25,000 capital, failed. In the last 16 munths, only two national bank failures were recorded. ONE YEAR AGO TODAY Austrian launch extended at tack against Italians from the Adri atic forty miles inland. Desperate French attacks to re capture ML Kemmel fail with heavy losses. Germans advance with waves of shock troops against Flanders line for fifth successive day. British casualties since March 21, opening of German drive, more than 250.000. American participation in war on large scale waits completion of army bases in France. SUBSCRIBE NOW TO THE VICTORY LIBERTY LOAN WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE PAID FOR VICTORY THEN. i ! ! j ' 1 i , ' I i i I '