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ARIZONA REPUBLICAN A&M INDEPENDENT PROGRESS3VE JOURNAL THIRTY-FIRST YEAR 36 PAGES PHOENIX, ARIZONA, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 6, 1921 3G PAGES VOL. XXXI, NO. 283 KB PE IT 1 IRS. ID PHOENIX HOST LONG SERIES OF BRILLIANT EVENTS TO MARK CONVENTION WEEK WHICH OPENS TUESDAY Four Conventions,.Visit of Delegation From Los Angeles, Great Pioneer Parade and Meeting Among Features of Week Detailed Program Includes Dinners, Recep tions, Barbecue, Trips Over Valley and Grand Ball Pioneer Day February; 14 To Be Concluding Feature With every auxiliary committee announcing that its share of the work of preparation has been well done, and with everv member of those committees determined that nothing shall be forgotten in event of the Denod between a memorable one, the Committee of 100, appointed by the chamber of commerce and Mayor Willis H. Plunkett, an nounced yesterday that every detail of the program of Convention Week planned as the greatest week of its kind in the history of Phoenix Ta Begin Tuesday Morning Beginning with Tuesday morning,' when the Arizona Cattle Growers' as sociation will meet In convention and 100 members of the chamber of com merce of Los Angeles will arrive here on a special train, there will be an unbroken series of conventions, lunch eons, receptions, dances and trips through the valley until the week of work and festivity is brought to a close Monday evening. I'eb. 4, with a dinner to the pioneers of Maricopa county. Included In the program is a grand ball Wednesday evening and a pageant on Pioneers' day which will beperhaps the finest historical paraue ever staged In the whole Southwest The final meeting of the barbecue committee, in charge of the open air dinner to be given at the state fair grounds Thursday, will be held at the chamber of commerce at 2 o'clock to morrow afternoon, and at 4 o'clock the executive committee will gather to dis cuss the Una plans for the grand ball. Two events will open Convention week. At 10 o'clock Tuesday morning the delegation of the Los Angeles chamber of commerce will- arrive in Phoenix. They will be assigned to automobiles immediately and taken on a tour of the Salt River valley, with luncheon at some point along the route, probably at Chandler. At the same time the Arizona Cattle Growers' asso ciation convention will begin a three day session at the Salt River Valley Water Users' association building, with Judge R. E. Sloan making the open ing address. The cattle growers also re to be met and welcomed by mem bers of the Committee of One Hun dred, when cards from the chamber of commerce are to be given to the dele gates and flowers to their wives and daughtrs. Town Meeting Tuaday Night In the evening there will be a great town meeting and community confer ence at the high school auditorium. beginning at 7:45 o'clock. In addition to a program of speaking there is to be music and refreshments and special Invitations are to be extended to the women of the city. The members of the Los Xngeles delegation who are on their-way to the West Coast region of Mexico, will not leave Phoenix for the border until 11 o'cock at night, and they are i to be invited to the town meeting. On this evening the Wom an's club will hold a reception at the Woman's club building, where those who do not attend the town meeting are to be entertained. On Wednesday the chief event will be the grand ball, which is to be-held at the Shrine auditorium, and which has been outlined as one of the great social affairs of the Season. The ball (Continued on Page Two) Read the Advertisements and Go to the Stores With Your Mind Made Up Sit in your easy chair and read the ad vertisements leis urely. Find out what the merchants have to offer. Make up a list of the things you want to look at or buy. This will save hours of standing around the stores, asking questions of the clerks maybe getting what you want and maybe not. The advertisements are a panorama of dealers' shelves passed before your eye, with the name of Read the advertisements regularly! the effort to make every reDruary s ana v eDruary 4 has Deen completed. Husband And Wife Can't Divide Joint . Income In Report ' Some confusion baa existed In the minds of not only Income tax payers, but also of lawyers regard ing the returns to be made to the collector of internal revenue. The confusion has grown out of a deci sion as to a Texas case in allowing a husband and wife domiciled in that state to divide their commu nity property Income and each re port as gross Income one-half of the community Income. ' .' It was supposed by many that that ruling would be generally ap plicable, but it has not been applied to Arizona. On the contrary, Judge Franklin yesterday received a tele gram from the department of the treasury instructing him to refuse to accept returns in which the-Income of ,- community property is divided in the returns by the hus band and wife. Therefore all such returns will be rejected. To the average income-taxpayer returns under the Texas ruling would make little difference, but It would make a vast difference in the cases of large incomes where the graduated tax is increased with the size of the incomes. Mexican Commerce Bodies Favor New Commercial Treaty EL PASO, Tex, Feb. 6. Enactment of international -commercial treaties, actual operation of the gold standard and abolition of excise duties between states were Important measures fav ored at the opening session of the con vention of the Confederation of Cham bers of Commerce of Mexico this morning at the Juarez chamber of commerce. At the afternoon session the aboli tion of stamp taxes was favored, as well as the establishment of night commercial schools by chambers of commerce, the establishment of confi dential records by chambers for de termining the financial standing of business men and extension of moral and financial aid to members finan cially embarrassed. A substitute for stamp taxes will be discussed at a special meeting Sunday morning. A tax on capital received support. the article and its price plainly stated. If you're in a hurry, make up your order from the advertise ments and have it de livered, or at least wrapped up so you can get ;t without waste of time. That is easier than running your legs off trying to get this or that article . of mer chandise. Even though you "love to shop," the ad vertisements will save you a great amount of time and money. TO SOUTHWEST Fifteen Million People Starving In" China Famine Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 5. The famine situation in China has reached such a crisis that 15,000, 000 people may die unless imme diate help is given, according to information received today by the state department. Another famine" equally -severe may arise next fall unless seed is made available to the Chinese farmers, who are practically un-, able to undertake the spring plow ing, a statement by the department said. The Chinese are doing all in their power to relieve the situa tion, the statement added, and it is estimated that $5.0CO,000 will be obtained for relief by surcharges imposed on the railway, tele graphic and postal services. Red Cross funds of $1,000,000 will help 85,000 persons for 00 days, it was said. SftDVDCATEDAS Republican A. P. Leased Wire! WASHINGTON. Feb. 6. Regulation of the coal industry to prevent prices rising too high or going too low,. was advocated today before the senate committee considering the Calder coal regulation bill by Dr. C. O. Smith, di rector of the geological survey. Further light on coal mining profits of 1920 was also developed by re examination of D. L. Wing, statistician. employed by the Calder investigating committee, who cited some cases where operators took as much as 17.91 profit margins on coal that cost $4.1 to mine. Dr. Smith was 11 into sharp tilts with Senator Reed, Democrat of Mis souri, on cross examination, the latter asserting that the witness was "aim lnx "at a John D. Rockefeller etabiliza tion' of Industry, to prevent compe tition." Dr. Smith advocated government regulation, but said he didn't favor government operation of the mines. "You favor having the bituminous industry combat . the opening of new mines, so that the big mines would not have to face the competition of the little new fellows?" asked Senator Reed. , "Yes, because the small mines are riot efficient, economic producers," Dr. Smith said, adding that the object was I "stabilizing business." Citing the organization in the steel industry. Senator Reed said that "all you mean by stabilizing is organizing to prevent competition, with the big fellows fixing it so the little man knows he can't dare to compete with them." o Propose Fleet Of . High Speed Plane Carriers For Navy Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 First steps looking to the construction of a fleet of modern high speed airplane car riers for the navy were taken today in congress. Senator Gerry, Democrat of Rhode Island, introduced an amendment to the naval appropriation bill providing for four such vessels to cost not more than $24,600,000 each. Before the house naval committee Representatives Brit ten, Republican of Illinois, and Oliver, Democrat of Alabama, announced that they would present bills, each providing for two airplane carriers. All naval officers and Brigadier Gen eral Mitchell of the army air service, who have been testifying before the house committee for two' days, have stressed the importance of obtaining such carriers as soon as possible. Gen eral Mitchell said today American avi ation officers had little knowledge of the uses of the proposed vessels because Great Britain is keeping the data secret. Representative, Oliver's bill would set $30,000,000 each as the limit of cost for the two carriers and would provide that until money was appropriated none of the fund authorized for the battleships Massachusetts and Iowa, already under contract, could be available. The Brit ten proposal would divert $52,000,000 authorized for 12 destroyers, one trans port and six fleet submarines, for the two airplane carriers. General Mitchell told the house com mittee that a united air service would save the government money and would place the air service under flying of ficers who would be interested in its development. Under present conditions in both the army and navy, he said, aviation is under officers who are un sympathetic. Members of the navy general board and Captain T. T. Craven, director of naval aviation, will present the navy's side of the case in opposition Monday. The senate naval committee today continued hearings on Senator Borah's resolutions to suspend naval building for six months while experts stnrlv types of ships- Rear Admirals W. S. Sime and B. A. Fiske, before the com mittee today in executive session, op posed the resolution. Deny Knox Favored Cancelling Loans WASHINGTON. Feb. 5. The state mcnt in the dispatches last niyht that Senator Knox had at one time intro duced a resolution proposing to cancel the war debts of the allies was an error. Senator Knox has never intro duced any such resolution. regulation ! coal industry price mm. BRITISH PREMIER SAYS REPARATION CMS MUST BE Pi By GERMANY Bill Formulated By Supreme Council Just Claim And Must Be Paid Germans Able To Bear Tax Burden Republican A. P. Leased Wire nipnMnTj a it t - , -. . - The British premier's advice to Ger many is to accept the bill for repara tions as formulated by the supreme council. "Our claim is a righteous one and we must enforce it," he declared in a speech here today. He replied to the speech in the reichstag by Dr. Walter Simons, in which the German foreign minister stated that the reparations plan could not be accepted by Ger many as a basis for negotiations. "A great part of this speech," the premier -said, "was based on a com plete t misconception as to what had been done at Paris. Such misconcep tion could be cleared up in the Lon don conference. , If a full bill were sent Germany, according to the Ver sailles treaty, she would be compelled to accept it. but I fail to see how that would mprove matters and I advise Dr. Simons to take the Paris bill. "Ifhe has any alternative proposals the allies are prepared 1 to consider them- so long as the proposal repre sents a bona fide efforts to liquidate the liabilities of Germany. We are willing that Germany should pay us under conditions) which best suit her own -- means, requirements' and re sources, but if it is a mere attempt to evade payment , we cannot put up with it." The premier pointed out before the last election he had emphasized that Germany was morally bound to pay for the wanton ' damage she had inflicted but that one could only get froifi a debtor what the latter was capable of paying. ' ' Germany,. he said, had not yet beer, taxed to the level of Great Britain and France, and it was Intolerable that a country held responsible for the war and which had suffered no damage should have a lighter burden than her victims. Speaking tonight, he again referred to Germany. "Exchanges will have to be stabil fzed," he said. "I have an idea Ger many Is not trying to stabilize hers." Germany, he continued, was a strong and powerful nation and she should be made to pay. He would tell Dr. Simons when he met him in Lon don that German was not making a real effort to pay her way. Referring to home conditions, the premier declared that the nation wasi simply going through difficulties in evitable after a great war. but he did not doubt it would weather the storm as it did after the Napoleonic wars. i "Let us stand together,' he admon ished. "It is unity that enabled us to win. This is no time to be pulling both ways." HOUSE OVERRIDES EXECUTIVE VETO reduk m T0 175,000 MEN Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 5. The Joint resolution directing the stopping of enlistments until the regular army is reduced to 175,000 men was passed to night by the house over President Wil son's veto. The vote was 271 to 16, one member voting present. The president's veto message was not read to the house until six hours after its formal delivery, but once read action was swift. Those voting to override the veto in cluded 82 Democrats. Action is expected to be taken on the veto early next week in the senate, where it was said prospects were fav orable for overriding the president. The president in his veto message informed the house that he was unable to see in the condition of the world or in the needs of the United States any such change as would Justify reduction of the force from 280.000 men. All 16 members voting to sustain the president were Democrats. They were: Bee, Texas; Bland, Virginia; Camp bell, Pennsylvania; Cleary, New York; Coady, Maryland: Eagan, New Jersey; Fisher. Tennessee: Igoe, Missouri; Mc- Andrews, ' Illinois; Minnahan, New Jersey; Pell, New York; Raker, Cali fornia; Adams, Tennesage; Tague, Massachusetts; Weaver, North Caro lina; Welling. Utah. Lee, Democrat, of Georgia, voted present. o Cyclone Pit Saves Family In Alabama Republican A. P. Leased Wire PHILCAMPBELL, Ala., Feb. 6. A storm pit probably saved the lives of the family of Riley Peppers here today when a cyclone blow swept this sec tion. The Peppers' residence and sev eral other buildings were demolished but no serious casualties were reported. ill ' j, if J ki L - CfiJ'3r& 1 ; v 1 Vv &v J l - -- vf. ' - r t irJS r i.y A " ,s f ! IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY ORGANIZING FOR BITTER FIGHT Bisbee 'Mexican Gets "Kick" Out Of Shoe ' Polish BISBEE, Ariz.. , Feb. 5. "John Doa Mexican' is held la the city Jail as the first man ever arrested for becoming intoxicated on shoe blacking. He was taken into cus tody after having offered a local police officer a drink from the bot tle he carried. The Mexican's face was covered with blacking and his cheeks, which he had apparently brushed with his coat sleeves dis played an excellent polish. Officers said that, from the Mexican's hilari ty, he apparently was rather shiny inside as well. Congress Firm On Million '.And Half Gor Gas Warfare Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 Horrors of gas warfare were pictured today in the house by members opposed to an ap propriation of $1,500,000 for the chem ical warfare service of the army. An amendment by Representative Mon tague, Democrat of Virginia, to cut the amount to $1,000,000, however, was voted down nearly four to one and the amount caried in the army bill re mained unchanged. Declaring that the use of gas "de stroys the last vestige of civilized war fare," Mr. Montague said the "world was horrified" when the Germans be gan to use gas, but that nations which deplored its use most were now con ducting experiments to make it still more deadly. Representative Sisson, Democrat of Mississippi, favoring the $1,500,000, de clared he thought the United State's should make war so frightful that an enemy 'nation would "regret ever hav ing tackled Uncle Sam." "If we ever get into another war," he declared, "I want the United States soldiers to kill as many of the enemy as quickly as possible with the small est possible loss of life to themselves." "How about dum dum bullets," he was asked. "I don't see much difference between shooting a man with poisonous bul lets and killing him with ones not poisoned,", was Mr. Sisson's reply. - Debate on the army bill closed to day. The vote probably will not come before Tuesday. Fourteen Injured When Gallery Fails In Denver School Republican A. P. Leased Wire DENVER, Colo., Feb. 5. Fourteen persons were injured, two seriously, here today when a balcony in the gym nasium of the North Denver high school, supporting approximately 400 enthusiastic spectators of a basket ball game, collapsed fifteen feet to the floor. i Most of the injured were women and girls. More than a Score of persons were slightly hurt. Joseph Fleming, athletic director of the Cameron Methodist Episcopal church, stood beneath the bslcony when it began its gradual fall. A splintered plank struck him, inflicting severe scalp wounds and rendering him unconscious. A number of boy spec tators underneath the balcony suc ceeded in leaping to safety. The crowd was thrown into the greatest confusion, many women and girls fainting, and hysterical screams could bo heard for blocks. Nearly every one in the building began a frenzied scramble for the two small exits. Two or three men, assisted by basketball players, remained to extri cate a number of persona heaped un der th wreckage. Republican A. P. Leased Wire DUBLIN, Feb. 5 A high officer of the Irish republican army has given to The Associated Press a statement on the army and its operations. This is the first . authorized statement thus made public, but the identity of the oflicer and the circumstances of the interview cannot be disolosed, nor is the correspondent permitted to publish the statistical information supplied re garding the total number of forces, both regular and irregular, trow in the field. The officer who will be designated a4 "Colonel X," spoke freely,, answering every question, but he enjoined non- publication of' various statements. which, he said, "might give information to the enemy." " He denied the declaration of Major General Strickland, in command of the British troops, that the Irish republican army organization was dismeraberad and repudiated the suggestion that the remarkable activity in the last fort night was a demonstration to disprove the assertions that the morale of the volunteers was impaired. "The recent increase in the ranks of the crown forces," he said, "was only a natural development due to the per fecting of our organization. From nw on there will be further extension and intensification of our operations in all parts of the country." , Plan Systematic Campaign He intimated that the republican army would soon begin the issuance of a military communique, probably weekly, and added: "Our svstem of.communicatlom is not yet rapid, but it is certain." He smiled at a reference called to his attention that Michael Collins -was head of the republican army, saying: "That Is a delusion persisted in not only by the public, but by the British governmenL" He did not say whether the direction of the republican army was in the hands of one man or a com mittee. There is a large reward out standing for the arrest of Collins. Colonel X began: "The Irish republican army dots the country. Our plan is to account for every "district either by battalion . or companies; every foot of ground is (Continued on Page Two) LITTLE ROPE FOR GASH BOflUS BILL AT THIS SES Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON. Feb. G. An Ameri can Legion delegation was told by Chairman Penrose of the senate tt tndav that he would favor increases in federal taxation if necessary to provide a cash bonus for war veterans. Ho expressed ooudc, however, whether the legislation could be put through in this session. Senator Penrose and Senator Me Cumber, Republican; North Dakota, who has charge of the bonus bill, were interviewed by the American Legion representatives, including F. W. Gal braith. national commander. The ex ecutive committee of the Legion will meet Monday to discuss the situation. The opinion that the people favor "adequate and satisfactory provision for soldiers, their wives and relatives, was expressed -bv Senator Penrose. "I further told the committee," he said, "that the country was in a very bad financial situation and hardly able to meet its requirements and that rev enue undoubtedly would fall off to a very marked degree In the next fiscal year. "At the same time. I conceded that It was tho duty of the government to provide the revenue for this patriotic purpose, and were it necessary that an added tax be levied, I would favor these taxes at this short session but it was obvious that this is impossible." SON MRS: PEETE MUST SERVE REST OF; LIFE I PRISON FOR MURDER OF fiGDB G. OENTO Husband Weeps When Jury Returns Verdict But De fendant Shows No Signs Of Emotion Out 6 Hours Republican A. P. Leased Wire UV". LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5. Mrs. Lou ise L. -.Peete late today was found guilty on the charge of murder in con nection with the death of Jacob Charles Denton. The Jury fixed the penalty at life imprisonment. Mrs. Peete shook hands with her at torneys, W. T. Aggeler, acting publio defender, and Robert H. Scott, assist ant public defender, then turned to the bailiff and said: "We'll go now." She was then taken back to the county jail. There was no demonstration in the crowded court room. With the bailiff holdinar one arm and her weeiwng; husband the other, the defendant walked calmly and steadily down the aisle of the eonrt room and. down the stairs to the street. At the doorway the three stopped a moment while Peete rubbed the tears from hi face with a handkerchief. Then they faced a xrowd of probably more than 1,000 persons as they walked half ay block to the jadl. where Mrs. Peete' is to remain until sentence-in imposed Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. - t Peete accompanied his wife te her quarters in the jail, waiting there un-' til attendants compelled him to depart. He went there to try and diva her comfort, but the jailers said it waa she who comforted him. He wept almost constantly, they said, while she re mained dry-eyed and with an arm about his shoulder, endeavored to en courage him. Peete went from the iail to an apart ment where he has been living with rour-year-oid Hetty peete. who never has been told her mother was under arrest. He declined to speak to news papermen. So ateo did Mrs. Peete. Six Ballots Taken The Jury had been out from 11:44 o'clock this morning until S:25 thfs afternoon with a-"two-hour adjourn ment for ' lunch. Six ballots were taken. - William T. Aggeler, actlna; publio defender, who was counsel for Mrs. Peete. stated he had not decided whether a newtrial would be asked. "That depends on the record in the transcript of testimony," said Aggeler. "If there is any basis for it, we will seek to try the case again." New Trial Improbable "The record of the trial is perfect and the verdict speaks for itself." was the only comment made by District At torney Thomas Lee Woolwine and Raymond I. Turney, deputy district attorney, who prosecuted the ease. The Jury voted for conviction on the first ballot and on every ballot there after, according to the statement of J. B. Johnson, foreman. "The only question was as to whether the death penalty should b; inflicted," he stated,. Mrs. Peete' was the second woman to be convicted in two days of mur der in the first degree in Los Angelea county. The first. Mrs. Maybelle Roe, was found guilty yesterday of the slav ing of McCullough Graydon, a real estate operator. Her punishment was also fixed at life imDriaonment. . Crowds Seek View A crowd, declared by court of fleers to be the largest since the trial start ed, was gathered about the hall of Justice all day awaiting the outcome of the case. A sudden shower of rain, accompanied by hail, failed to thin out the throng to any noticeable degree.- The Jury was out about six hours and a half. Mrs. Peete listened to the verdict with the same composure that she maintained throughout the trial. Her husband. R. C. Peete, burst Into tears. In the trial of Mrs. Peete for the al leged murder of Denton, which was Be gun here January 19. the prosecution sought to establish that Denton was last seen alive June 2. last, and an nounced the theory that he was killed by Mrs. Peete on that date. A body found September 23 in the basement of the Denton residence was declared to have been that of the missing man. Circumstantial. Evidence i It was shown that Mrs. Peete waa renting the house at that time, Denton retaining an apartment there. Other testimony was that after June 3 Mrs. Peete pawned a diamond ring which belonged to Denton and disposed of wearing apparel and other of his pos sessions, whilo. several witnesses as serted she had made contradictory statements about his disappearance. Mrs. Peete declared Denton was alive after June 2, but she did not know where ho had gone. She asserted she had his permission to dispose of the articles named. Her counsel main tained that none of the prosecution's assertions in connection with the case had been established beyond a reason able doubt. Denton Last Seen June 2 Jacob Charles Denton, well to do mining promoter, last was seen alive June 2, 1920. He had been married twice. His first wife and daughter, aged 16, live in Phoenix, Ariz., Denton's second wife died early in 1920. Soon after her death he advertised his home for rent and Mrs. Peete leased the place She occupied the house until August a, when she sub-leased it and moved to Denver. Denton had written to his daughter promising to come to Phoenix. When he failed to do so iiiquiry was made. Eventually this led to the discovery ot his body. Mrs. ppete returned to Los Angele after Denton's body was found, declar ing she was ready to tell the district (Continued on Page Two) Pi""