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E.rn SLS-IA VOTE OVER WELMINGL Y VBEPRT F.GRMN
*~v gnaw mmU drv iuu~ 11,812. ~ ~WWASHINGTION, EODYJVEN ING, MARCH 21, 1921. c!IA?..< V R W 16MA UPR SILESIA STAYS GERMAN Teutonfo Element Wins Over Slavs by 231,000 in Plebiscite Sunday. NATURAL RESOURCES VITAL Province Has Mineral Deposits That Mean Economio Jndependence. LONDON. Mareh g1.G ay will Petai Uppevr suede. Ae - essding to adviese reedved hero e at meem today. the plebiseite theonghemt Upper Siesia yester day resulted as fellows$ Ver Peiaad-MMa belits. Eser 11,se440 ballots. By FRANK E. MASON taterntiegal News Serviee. BERLIN, March 21.-The Ger over Pols =.n theplebiscite in Upper Silesia yestrday and Upper Sile: will remain German terri torintead of being annexed to Po , according to early returns received here this niorning. SHOOTING AT KATrOWITS. -Disorders were reported from Kat towits, where shooting broke out dur lag the balloting. - The voting tren4 was shown by the following returns from various cities I nOe plebiscite zone. , Beuthen-7 per eent of t1he vote German. Tarnowita-85 per esat of thei.te 'serman. Kreusberg-S5 per cent of the vote Germnan. Kattowit--82 per cent of the vote German. Oppeln reported 31,000 votes cast. of which 30,000 were in favor of the Germans and 11,000 in favor of Po- I land. At Koenigshutte 50,000 votes were east, 32,000 being in favor of the Germans and 18,000 In favor of the Poles. ANGLO-UPRENCR DRAWL. The fighting at Kattowitz was be tween British and French soldiers, ac cording to the following version con tained in a dispatch to the Montags Post: "English and French troops en gaged in a brawl at Kattowits. The trouble Is alleged to have resulted from the action of the English in re proaching the French for not hinder ing Poles who were creating disturb- I According to the Tageblatt corre spondent, Italian troops closed up the polls in the Rybnik district. alleging that fraud had been committed. Only the Polish ballots were given out, it .as declared. Upper Silesia was under patrol by -fritish. French, and Italian troops .uring the balloting. Germany claims that the retention of this rich coal and ore-producing province was a vital necessity to the tadustrial life of the nation. The Ger rans declared that if Upper Silesia -rere lost, Germany would become a A pocond or. maybe, a third class power. t TROOPS PUT DOWN 17 LONDONDERRY RIOTV 5 Two British Soldiers Killed t When Sinn Feiners Bomb I Motoriorries. DUBLYN. March 21.-Twenty-nIne persons who are known to have been Iiled in the bloodiest week-end in Ireland since the present ''campaign" begia probable t\ at the death list is much higher, since both sides sinn Feiners and Crown forces--are concealing their casualties. It was eclared In some quarters today that t he deaths may have totalled nearly Inftyaddition to the dead, scores were wounded. Two military lorries were bombed in this city, two Britigh soldiers be i-g killed outright aih six others wounded. Three bystanders were ,wounded. Fighting broke nut between Un onists and Sinn Feiners at L.ondon drry, but was quelled by troops. A civilian we. mysteriously shot dead in the heart of Cork. Numerous ambuscades were re parted from many districts through,-. c Jt Southern Ireland. 8.nn Feiners and sympathizers cov ered many parts of Dublin with lacards appealing for "support ftr tie Irish Republican Army against the foreign invader." The police and uoldiers were busy for hours tearing down the posters. Mrs. Patrick Doyle, widow of one of the young Sinni Feiners executed by he British in Mount Joy prison last onday, died early today. 8he never rooered from the shock of her hus and's esection. TEWA W. GARDN CMJ CHEF OFO President Harding has se lected Washington ardner of Albion, Mich., to be Commis sioner of Pensions it was learn ed at the White House todays Gardner is a former member of Congress from the Third Michigan District, servi from 1899 to1911. He is a War Veteran and for two years was Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was born in Morrow county, Ohio, the same county in which the President was born. BRITAINFEARS U. So RUSS PACT Moves for Trade Alliance With Japan to Bar Yank Capital In Siberia. By C. F. BERTELLI. Universal Service PARIS, March 21.-Following :onfirmation of the reports that Japan is yielding to Great Britain's persuasion and has decided to re )pen commercial relations with Russia immediately, diplomats al. ready are voicing the fear that a iew =##anm in sought by England ever to . wuplace f Etente .aleas well as -to- Feuideea 'ormidable- efforts of American Inanciers to obtain a foothold in Asia. France. moreover, while ostensibly objecting to the Anglo-Russian trade )act because it will drain Russian rold to England to the detriment of !rench investors in the Czarist loans, tevertheless fears chiefly that Great 3ritaan may soon exhibit the same eniency to Germany as to Russia, rhich would leave France utterly blone in opposition to Germany unless tene Viviani, en route to the United Itates, is able to persuade the Amer) an Government to All the breach. Officials here point out that Great 3ritain has chosen to sign a new al lance the moment when the enforce nent of the Versailles treaty is ap iroaching a dangerous test on May 1. when, if Germany has not paid the 2,000,000,000 marks in gold sum narily demanded by the Allied ktepa ations Commission, France will be orced to make good her threat of a urther invasion of Germany. FRANCE sEEIKS U. a. PACT. Faced with a situation in which she rill either be forced to invade Ger many alone or give up forever the ope of the payment of the indemnity, rance will undoubtedly turen to merica as her sole salvation at this me, with arguments of the strongest ossible nature, which will certainly Ive President Harding food for lought. France. for instance, will certainly take the most of the fact that Eng Lad and Japan are intent upon divid it the Russian trade, products and old, invalidating the contract, worth illions. obtained by Washington D. anderlip. France will point out that inasmuch to Germany. Italy. Japan and Great ritain are commercially allied with ie Soviets, the United States must tevitably be forced into an alliance ith France in order to provide for se mutual protection of their inter .ts. The Majority of People Are Honest That is why moat of the lost articles listed below will be recovered. You may help. Iast. bOO-Valuaabie French bail, strayed wayrd Drmbarton ave. a month SCOTCH COLLIE--Tan, female; an swer to same of "Mignen," Monday. FnAThgIrdTYIN--S. A. E., on sun LACE SCARF--Biaek, aboit rd tai Sunday evening, March 13; hand some reward. BWabbington Univrst tetitbook. nle r 1th and Colorado ave. N. W., morning Nmorning invcteyk ofand 34th a oras ae, and Dupont Cirole. Lib Foree t et thee md eher shu la adsm. eseate as ans ...a MINI PACKERS' ROW GOES TO DAVIS Envoys of Both Sides Submit Case to Labor Secretary. Employes Stand Pat. The friendly offices of the new Administration were injected into a labor dispute for the first time today in an attempt to adjust peaceably the differences between the packers apd their employes and to avert the strike that is threatened. EMPLOYEE TO STAND PAT. Both the packers and the employes sent their representatives here to cop. fer with Secretary of Labor Davis. Secretary of Commerce Hoover and Secretary of Agriculture Wallace will also sit in at the conference, as any thing affecting the packing industry affects their respective departments. The employes' interests are repr' sented by Dennis Lane. Secretary of the Meat Cutters' Union. and Red mond Brennan. The packers are rep resented by their attorneys, Carl Meyer and James G. Condon. After conferring with American Federation of Labor officials. Lane said the employes would stand square ly on the arbitration agreement which was effected during the war ani was extended a year "after the prolana. tion of peace." It is the empioyis' contention that the packing hou.ies have flagrantly disregarded that agreement by cutting wagen, length ening the hours of work, and refusing to arbitrate. The unions contend that the country is not yet at peace. EMPLOYES STATE CASE. Secretary of Labbr Davis received tbe employes' representatIves alon this forenoet to allow them to pres out thec ald6Ig '44M. 7 as tackers already have laid thleir ce before the reviewers. After unions had conferred with Davis, there was to be a general conference embracing both sides and the three cabinet members-Davis, Wallace. and Hoover. All, the meetings were in executive session. The Government's mediators ce pected to find the hardest problem recognition of the union, which the men are prepared to stand squarely behind. Working out of mutually agreeable hours of work and wages was expected to be accomplished after some parleying, but if the conference splits up, it is believed it will b: on the question of union recognition Both sides were reported to be adam ant on this point. Just before the morning conference took place Brennan, attorney for theI employees, said the sole object of the conference was to obtain from the packers a continuation of the war time agreement. "PROPHETS" FAVOR EXCHANGE OF WIVES Rebellious Mormon Leader Starts New Sect With Unique Love Theory. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah., darch 2! -A new prophet, wearing a long red beard, loomed up on the horizon of the Mormon Church today. Moses S. Gudmundson,'who claimed to have revelations direct from heaven to lead his followers to a new promised land, is established as head of a colony in Tintic, near Jericho village. Oudmundson. who recently was ex communicated from the Mormon Church for teachings alleged to have been contrary to those of the older church, believed sincerely in his mis sion, according to his friends. He stands firmly behind his teaehings. they say. Local officials today said they would start an investigation of th:. colony and that prosecutions would be started if it is established that the leader or his followers violated' the criminal code. Among the teachings of the colony. "wife sacrifice" is said to have been one of the foremost. This strange rule is alleged to provide that any member of the colony whose wife is desired by another member must sur render his spouse to the claimant. There are about 50 members of the colony. They "pooled" all of their property, and niow, as several of the m~embers are said to desire to leave. a legal tangle has resulted. PAIR OF RED S)CKS AVERTS TRAIN WRECK TORONTO, March 21.--A pair of red socks were used near here yes erday to flag a train which was threatened - with being wrecked at i washout. Samuel Lowe. of Hol land Landing. discovered the wash aut, which was eighteen feet long and ten feet deep. The North Bay train was coming and he stopped it by taking off me red socks and usaing them to flag the express. The passengers took up a pu rie I af *2S which shey presentae ta ,' I W'AR Ham on 's W Clara to K And Beg By WINIFRED topyright. 1921. by ARDMORE, Okla., March is truly penitent, she will coi beg ni forgiveness for the i my life. "I am told she was baptized into+ church membership yesterday to 'cleanse herself of sin. "But until this woman, who stoio my husband. makes her peace with me, I do not believe that floods of baptisnal waters will insure her peace with God. "Will I offer her my heart and my help if she dops come? Of course. 'Forgive us our trespasses as we for give them thas trespass against us.' " This remarkable revelation of a I woman's heart was vouchsafed to nme today by Georgea Perkins Ramon. IIS PORTRAIT REIGN:. I saw Jake L. Hamon's widow in the home she has bought on Main atreet. which she intends to occupy, now that "the Hamon affair" is over. nn4 'he may live in the part of the country where her girlhood was spent. It is a pleasant, low-roofed bunga low. On the wall in the living roon, w'here it must be met at every turn of the eye, In the enlarged, tinted portrait of the oil man and poli tician whose life paid the price of ten years' association with the slender, dark-eyed girl who has .o filed the public eye recently. Mrs. Hamon was looking toward the portrait as she sat under the light in her black dress. She knows the straia of the past wee'k in crows feet and shadows, M so doe no etfoty-tw (qd. know what th mid About I my husband. But they knew only i the outside man; I knew the wonder- I ful personality beneath. And I realize what my words mean when I say that, in seVA of the wrong he did. in spite < of lowa lightly held and as lightly I broken, Jake Hamon was a Christian. 9 CLARA -A MENTAL SPREE." In her gentle manner she spoke of Jake's father. He. too, she said, craved strong drink. Her voice was soft. "So I couldn't hold anything against my husband-not even Clara t Smith. I looked on her as a mental F spree-just as whiskey makes a phy- I sical one. And, oh! how I have felt r to think of my man drinking whis key! And how he hated to hurt me r by doing it-and still went on. "I remember one night in Chicago when we were dining in a restaurant and he ordered something to drink. I looked at. it, standing in the glass, the curs$ of his life. I couldn't keep back the tears. And he pushed it r away. That night, at least, he drank a nothing. "Through all the years just past, I ten of them., each with its lifetime f !f sorrow, I' never gave up hoping g that he would come back to %ne. And he did come back-too late for happi- t ness together; but the thought of I FNCH WITHDRAW I WRANGEL SUPPORT lction Seen as First Step To- I ward Rapproachement With Soviet Russia. LONDON, March 21.-The first indi !ation that France may follow Eng- n and into a rapproachement with Rus- n ala was given today by the following t jonstantinople dispatch from theb a Daily Express:n "Russians In Constantinople are t nost .indignant over the action of I !rance in sending a peremptory note tot hneral Baron Wrangel stating that t he French are unable to incur any 'I 'urther expenses on account of p WVrange1's army. France had been n upporting these refugee troops. (CGeneral Baron Wrangel was for- c perly the anti-Bolshevik commander an the Crimean front. When his army t vas crushed by the Reds, the bulk of a ils troops and he himself took refuge p n Turkey.) t: "France, in the note to General 3aron Wrangel, offered to secure am- ; uesty and repatriation to Russia or e .o assist the soldiers otherwise. I, brance offered to help the Russians to s ret to South America as colonists or s uggested that they accept poets in o he French foreign legion. "General Baron Wrangel is protest ng against this new attitude of t d'rance.v . Find Gas in Canada. q REGIN~A, Sask, Mareh 21-Gas has aeen discovered in the fQpothills of the as Qual range of mountai ns and arospectore are rushing there in large f aumbers to stake out claims. It is t -eported that the 'pocket of gas is so 14 argoennd so near the surface that the r ias in escaping from fissurs Ia the t< rround. sa DEft idow. Wants neel to Her Forgiveness VAN DUZER. Universal Service. 21.-"If Clara Smith Hapon ne to me on her knees and aisery she has brought into iappihesu we planned at- the end in lear to me now. "This In what I want to tell other lespairing wives. Huridreos of them iave written to me mince the trial iegan, begging my sympathy and Ldvice, because they -are going brough what I went through. "My message to them is that it pays o hope. I believe the angels write town all the hopes of all the wives vho feel their husbands slipping Lway, and for every such'record send compensation for some piece of sad tees somewhere. "Those wives must pray. "I prayed. I got down on my cnes and prayed for her as well as or him. I begged God to send my iusband back to me. And I asked hat she might find the right way. I lon't know why God didn't answer ny prayers. Perhaps there was bit .ernces in my heart. Toward her %ever toward Jake. "Do you think that if he had struck no. Beaten me, kicked me. as she said se did to her, I'd have killed him? "Oh. I'd rather have killed myself! Iy Jake couldn't lift his hand, except .o honor me. HE HATED HIMSELF. "He always -was gentle and 'kind with me and the children. Every time te came back to me from her his re norse was pitiful. 'I ceuldn't help 4t.' ie'd say. 'There's a devil in me thk kends me to her. I hate myself for im get away from me in the rst -lace-for not fighting harder -to eep him. "But those who talk this way don't inderstand that the other woman &me into my life at a time when I ad my hands full with a young baby ad when I most needed my hus and's care and love. Olfve is ill now; ou see it began just after she was orn. "But he adored his children and o man can be really bad who do4s. HIS BOY FOR PRESIDENT. "They have said he looked forward o being President of the Vlnited tates some day. That isn't true. 'or did he care for the post of Sec etary of the Interior. "What he wanted was to be chair rian of the national committee. He aid! ''ll try for that and through It rill put young Jake. our boy, into he White House. the youngest Re ublican President the country has ver had.' "I shall devotee the remainder of iy life to my boy and girl. Jake will tudy law; Olive is to continue her iusic training. They shall have bril ant careers, because they are their ather's children and inherit his entus. "Through them T shall teach the est that was in Jake Hamon to live. deed." [OBACCO TARGET OF W. C. T. U. DRIVE lational Campaign Against "Smokes" Starts April 3-De mand Also "Blue Sunday." EVANSTON, Ill.,' March 21.-A ation-wide campaign for strict ob ,rvance of the Sabbath and a deter ned drIve against "My Lady Nico ne" are to be launched on April 3 y the Woman's Christian Temper nce Union. according to announce lent made at the national headquar *rs of the organization here. Pre minary work already is under way. Appeals will be sent broadcast trough the nation urging the people go to church on Sunday, April 3. his will be followed by a week of rayer, and Sunday. April 10, will be1 ationally observed as anti-tobacco unday. A nation-wIde anti-tobacco rusade w'ill follow. - Among the things that wIll be at icked in the campaign for a Sunday beervance are golf, automobiling for leasure, baseball games, moving plc rem, dancing, and 'theaters. Literature announcing the cam sign and urging co-operation of biurches and Sunday schools already being prepared and sent out. A tatement published in the current is lie of the Union Signal, officia~l organ1 if the W. C. T. U.. declares that 50.000 caddies are employed on golf nkm of the nation on Sunday, when tey should be in Sunday school. 'our hundred thousand people work n Sundays who shopld not be re-i ulred to do so, it is charged. - 'Japan Wants Disarmament. SEATTLE, Wash.. March 21.--Japan, ~els that if disarmament is to comne, 1e United State. should take the, ad. according to Count K. Hietosawa, acently appointed Japanese minister Spain. who is here e'n route to his: se post. DANTI 'FIFI' TRIED TO WIN BACK LOVE Begged Stillman's Banking Friends to Aid Her in Holding Husband's Affections. NEW YORK, March 21.-In an effort to keep her husband, Mrs. "Fifi" Potter Stillman not only en listed the sympathy and aid of mnu tual friends in society, but also w. cured the active help of intimates of her husband in the world finance. BREAKS LAST LINK. It was this interference by her in his business .affairs that caused James A. Stillman finally to break the last thin link that held him and his wife together, so far as outward appearances were concerned. The campaign of the still beauti ful and always charming wift and mother among her husband's business associates was described today as most ingenious and adroit. Its prosecution carried her down town to Wall Street; to the National City Bank. of which great financial institution her husband president. Her plan was to hive him per suaded to go to Europe to take charge of the bank's interests there. She would go with him. She told her friends that it was her great hope to have him take a large part in the rehabilitation of war weary countries of Europe. She wished to do her share in the task of reconstruction. So smoothly did the hidden ma chinery of Mrs. Stillman's campaign run at frst that for along time Stillman was in ignorance of tIfe power behind the, pressure tht Oe Af 'ay have understood that it was 'his wife who had actuated their friends In society to try to bring them together. But the other plan. sa skillfully masked, remained a mys tery to him until March. 1920. He wasted no time when he was told that Mrs. Stillman had been labbling with har dainty fingers in his business affairs. He left her and the children on the ourntry place. ''Malbanna." at Pleas kntville. and went into town to live. 'hat ended any ipretens' now how shadowy had become relations be tween the Stillmans. From sources of unquestionsd au thority it is learned that Stillman was exasperated beyond measure by what he consirered his wife's 'in erference" in h:r. business. HOPED FOR CONCILIATION. It may be stated, however, that until the moment that she and her baby. Iuy. whose legitimacy her husband s attacking, were served with copies )f the summons and compldint in the ketion. she had hoped that a recon :iliation might 6e effected. Most reliable information is that the original plan had been for her to secure a divorce. It was to have seen one of those pleasant. har nonious affairs that be arranged by hose who have the price. The grim keleton in the Stillman family closet was going to remain in the closet. 'he public wasn't going to know any ,hing about.it. But Mrs. Stillman took no steps to vard securing a divorce. She went luietly about her scheme to win back ler husband. Then came the explosion. Stillman brought the suit himself, aot only naming a halfbreed Indian as he co-respondent, but 'also attack ng little Guy Stillman's legitimacy and his right to share in the $7,000,000 rust fund established by the will of fames Stillran. WHY HE A'rACKED DANY. The question, "Why did Stillman at ,ack the baby, certainly innocent of Lny possible wrongdoing'"' repeatedly las been asked. It has been explained .hat he considered that a highly aecessary part of his legal duel. Why was it necessary? has been tsked. One in a position 'to know details if the inside workings of the sit ation suggests the following an wer as probably the correct one: Mrs. Stillmnan charges that her ausband lived with Mrs. Florence H. ,eeds as her husband. She will try o prove that Mrs. Leeds' infant son a really the son of Stillman. information ina posession of the awyers in the case is that Stillman ad made no secret of love for the ivacious and comely Mrs. LeejIs. Phe common assumption of Mrs. itillman's friends is that Stillman wishes to marry Mrs. Leeds. New, should a ma. prove that he was net the father of a ehild, it weuld at that ehild out et a ohmr Ia ay rust fad, er of any estate of the ather er the fatheg's family. If the saa shoelM them marry a woman by whem he aiready had had a child, the marriage woeld legitimatise the ehild. 'hat action is automatic. The child, hen, would become heir to any trust und, or estate, 'of the father. Mr. Stillman is described as being 'xtremely fond of the son of Mrs seeds, just as he is said to be de oted to her. In this connection it must be men ioned that part of the evidence tra'. will he used by Mrs. Stillman will be in attempt to 0rove that Stillman and hirs. Leeds were together In Mia&mi Pia. last Janunre. SACQ Put'Em Back on, Jack Frost Due Winds on Way From Canada Will Bring ' Chilly Weather. Those who yielded to the lure or warm, caressing spring sephyrs and took 'em off during the fast few days, bad better put 'em back on. This was the gist of a warning sounded by the official forecaster of the United States Weather Bureau today in predicting that the un precedented warm weather which has prevailed generally over the Eastern States and in many othr parts of the country tor the lest few days will Vome to an abrupt end tonight. The forecaster was asked wheiher spring "has came." "It has not," he said emphatically. and launched into a technical ex planation of just what caused the summery breesis of Palm Sunday, which broke records in many re gions along the Atlantic coast. The warm wave, as officially explained. was blown up from the Gulf re gions, and in scheduled to keep right on going. Return currents from Canada and the Great Lakee wUl sweep over the Atlantic coast in retaliation from Maine to North Carolina, and over the Mississippi valley region tonight. The temperature will lower rapidly and there may be frost. HAWMI ARMY ,AR War Department Nearly Triples Forces Ther.-Stirred by Jap anese Military Activity. Army reinforcements aggregating 125 per cent for the defense of Hawaii and nearly 300 per cent for the Panama Canal Zone are being quietly mobilized by the War De partment, it is learned from the highest official source. JAPAN JINGOISM SPUR. Although this step is being taken army officers insist, without refer ence to any other nation as a prob able or possible enemy, it developel that the War Department started its plans when it became apparent that negotiations between American Am bassador Morris and Japanese Am bassador Shidehara were being at tended with little progress and wliea jingoism became rampant in Japan. There are now 12,000 officers and men at Hawaii and 7,000 at Panama. These forces will be increased to 27. 000 at each place. Staff officers read with interest the article by Joseph Timmons in the Hearst newspapers, setting forth the results of his investigation of Jap anese activities in Hawaii and the former German islands in the North Pacific. They pointed out that this article confirmed recent dispatches from Washington- stating that the Ctrolina Island and the Marshall group were being fortified by Japan and that the Japanese had exacted pledge of kllegi ance from the people It was cited that as the Island of Tap lies just southwest of the Ameri can outpost at Guam, neither the military nor the diplomatic relations of Japan and the United States can be made any more cordial by Japan's iffsistence of her right to fortify Yap. MORul RUIDRVES O0O1G. The sending of reinforcemnents to Hawaii and Panama will continue un less Congress iaterfetes. There are no intimations that tongrems will in tervene, however, especially in the light of news from all quarters as to the activities of Japan. The Hawaiian Island of Oahu, it was explained todayr by army stra tegists, is the Immediate key of the situation. As they put it..'Whoever holds Oahu can hold the islaeds." It was admitted that a weakness has been found in the former theory as to the safety of Oahu from ex ternal attack. One suggestion which will probably be carried out is that the reinforce ments shall conhist certainly of mo bile artillery for coast -defense in Oahu. DESfITYOF POPULATION INCRWSS5 PER SQ. ML -The density of population in the t'nited States iseresed nearly five p~ersons to the square mile ~n th~e last ten years. according to 3gmue rannouncued today by the Censs Bnreau. In 1920, therre were 32.5 persons 1o the square mile. as compared w.iI 20.3 In 1110. and 25 in 1300, JITTER MINGO JRO OUT 42OR Defendants Sent Back to Jail to Wait Trial on Other Indictments. VERDICT PLEASES CROWD Counsel for Defense Sees It as a Condemnation of Guard System. ' By 8. D. W IBR. - International Nes *evie, WILIJAMSON, W. Va., March 21.-Sid Hatfeld and his ifteen co defendants in the trigger trial were found not guilty bthe ryat 11:21 o'clock this nor . e jury re tired Saturday t and was out 1o=o hour. minutew after the vrdict was nad Judge Baley told the de fendants to beck to the county jail, where y will give bond for their appearance in court for the in distmenta of murdering six other do toctives. He then aranaged to alow the sixteen eaen to go back to Mate wan on the noon, train. GUAND XY9TE CO@b=NEO. J. 3. Coniff, chief counsel for the defense, made this statement to the International News Service staff cor respondent immediately after the ver diot wes read by the eierk of the courts: - "l think the Desb w . a my e"iMaem, tha 1Y -eg2 eesa Va West ra. been em tal a= bese esdaed and the liist o mew In semien sbeed tae settee of this fnt." The sixteen defendants received the verdict without any show of emotion. except that Sid Hatold, chief of po lice of Matewan, smiled his perpetual smile. After Judge Robert D. Bailey had told them to "go back to jail." they crowded around Coniff and grasped his hads. CONGRATULATED BY CaOWDs. Then, accompanied by two "double gun" deputy sherigs, they fled out. of the courtroom where they had sat daily since January 26. and walked through lines of men and women congratulating them argos the courthouse lawn to the jail. The slayings for which the miners were acquitted followed a gun 10ttle between strikers and Baldwla-ftke detectives over dispessession frt. the operators' properties of many Minge families. O*DURUD FROM zoes. When the West Virginia coal operators decreed war to the dnish against the United Xbe" Workers. they engaged hundreds of the Felts detectives to guard their properties and to protect the workers who tek the place of the striking miners. Some of the strikers still retained possession of the sope houses after the walkout and the detetves were ordered to diaposses. With a detail of his men Felts went to Mingo, armed with warrants which. it was brought out at the trial, were forgeries. The bad blood which had existed between the strikers and the oper ators' guards had long threatened to culminate in bloodshed and there was talk of forcible resistance ualess the detectives conformed .strietly to he letter of the law. Sid Hatfield was the leader of the faction which we ecquitted\ today' and a strong sympathiser with the striking miners. Uvidence was con fleting at tho trial as to just how the trouble started. It we. proven. however, that Felts had announced his intention to turn the miners out tf the company property and in the dispute which folleuged leright to do this, guns were hI ~tet piay. KILLUD MT & gge Felts dropped wilk the Irst Britag, killed instantly by a Neitet through the center of the forehead. Two 'leaded guns were fund upoa the body of the dead man. In the general gun battle which fol lowed the Felts shooting nine mnen were killed and it developed at the trial that nobody could testify with authority as to just who fired the fatal bullets. BRIIS IJNIONIS PARTY LONDON, March 21.-Austin Charab erlain, chancellor of the ezohequer in the British cabinet. we. today uinan imously chosen leader of the Unionist Party. LABOR S'IRFE LAID TO OPNN SiHOP CAMPAlIN P.OSTON. March I1.-Attempts to re dueA wages and re-establieh the open shop' are primarily responsible for the maelol ity of the 26 strikes attr look4. nlits exis'ting in Massachtteettj, '.he atttA TDepartment of IAbdr and a dustrla, announced today.