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LEO STACK CHARGES FRAUD. IN TEAPOT DOME OIL TRANSACTION COMBINE GOTHIC LEASE (Continued from First Page.) Administration and knew the de partmental routine.” Wasn't “Business Man.” “But X later found that Creel wasn't muoh of a business man. I couldn’t get things through his bead.” Stack described how he had “talked to Creel for a hour before a conference with navy officers, and then Creel sat there in the con ference and never said a word; didn't help me with the argument.” To Stack’s argument that Teapot Dome was being drained, ho said Daniels replied “the Government is getting royalty from oil from the adjacent wells so the navy isn’t losing anything." Stack said he also talked with Commanders Shafroth and Stewart ’’but' I couldn’t get them to see that the oil was being drained so I conceived the idea of going to the field itself.” Previous testimony indicated that Shafroth and Stewart were de tached from duty by Secretary Denby because they opposed leasing of the reserve. Contract With Doheny. Stack testified Creel’s connection ended when Doheny “accused him of being on his (Doheny’s) pay roll.” In January, 1981, Stack made a separate contract with Doheny, ’'telling him I am confident the incoming administration would grant a lease.” "On what did you base your claim to Teapot Dome?” “On my priority application in 1917.” “Do you think that was valid?” “Certainly, priority always is recognized by the Interior Depart ment in considering applications.” After his contract with Doheny, Stack said in the spring of 1921, he went "to Teapot Dome with consulting geologists and found that 38,000 acres were on the Salt Creek structure and subject to drainage.” He remained a month, mapping Teapot Dome. Doheny paid the expense he said. In April or May, Stack instructed bls geologists to submit the report to the geological survey "about the danger of drainage.” Confirmed By Survey. “The survey Immediately sent two men to Teapot to cheek up en our map.” Stack said the survey confirmed the report "and I placed the mat ter before the navy.” "Doheny was enthused then and said no sane man could refuse the lease" Stack eaid. "I then went to Secretary Denby. He said nothing doing about the lease. I told him about the navy losing the money on royalty oil. "He said, in view of this, that ho would look into the matter, “Then I learned the Pioneer Com- Kny was trying to get Teapot •me under the leasing act of Con gress. I was trying to get a lease under the navy bill of 1920. That caused a conflict between us. “In view of this we all tried to got together, but because of the at ttttude and dilatory tactics of the Pioneer Company, Doheny said he wanted to retire if reimbursed, and If the Pioneer gave me a fair con tract." Standard Oil Gets In. "That was agreed to and in De cember I entered a contract with Pioneer giving me 5 per cent of profits on off-set wells and 8 per cent on other wells.” Stack said Pioneer was a subsi diary of the Standard Oil of Indiana. 'So Doheny stepped'out and these companies gave me a cashier's check for $14,000 covering all expenses.” Stack explained later that the Belgo Company was made a party to the contractt. "Before Doheny dropped out you were interested in getting the Pio neer and Belgo claim* for him?” "Yes. I’ve always held the Pio neer claims were valid despite what the Interior Department has said.” “How can you say the claims were valid?" asked Senator Walsh, Democrat of Montana, heatedly, declaring that the Interior Depart ment had twice repudiated the claims. "Because they made application. I took for a fact what the Pioneer Company told that they had the claims.” "If they had valid claims why did you try to get the leases?" "Because since 1890 they had title to the land." “Who determines whether the claims are valid?" •The Interior Department.” “If that was final why did you go on?" "Because the courts are final in the determination.” Profit of 130,000,000. “I went to California and saw Doheny and he advised me my con tract was worth $1,500,000. "If you had no assurances that the Pioneer would get the leases how can you say the contract was would be $30,000,000. “If they got the leases it was. If not, the contract wasn’t worth a cent." Sure Relief FOR INDIGESTION Bkixans Hot water nF Sure Relief deWans 25< •«<s,7s< Packages Everywhere * Coolidge Promises* to Punish Guilty Oil Men President Coolidge made the following reference to the oil scandal in his address last night in New York before the National Republican Club: Lately there have been most startling revelations con cerning the leasing of Government oil lands. It is my duty to extend to every individual the constitutional right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But X have another duty equally constitutional, and even more important, of securing the enforcement of the law. In that duty I do not intend to fail. Character is the only secure foundation of the State. We know well that all plans for improving the machinery of government and all measures for social betterment miserably fail, and the hopes of progress wither, when corruption touches administration. . i At the revelation of greed making its subtle approaches to public officers, of the prostitution of high place to private profit, we are filled with scorn and indignation. We have a deep sense of humiliation at such gross betrayal of trust, and we lament the undermining of public confi dence in official integrity. But we cannot rest with righteous wrath; still less can we permit ourselves to give way to cynicism. The heart of the American people is sound. Their officers with rare excepton are faithful and high minded. For us, we propose to follow the clear, open path of justice. There will be immediate, adequate, unshrinking prosecution, criminal and civil, to punish the guilty and to protect every national interest. In this effort there will be no politics, no partisanship. It will be speedy, it will be just. lam a Republican, but I cannot on that account shield any one because he is a Republican. lam a Repub lican, but I cannot on that account prosecute any one be cause he is a Democrat. I want no hue and cry, no mangling of innocent and guilty in unthinking condemnation, no confusion of mere questions of law with questions of fraud and corruption. It is at such a time that the quality of our citizenry is tested—unrelenting toward evu, fair-minded and intent upon the requirements of due process, the shield of the innocent and the safeguard of society itself. I ask the support of our people, as Chief Magistrate, intent on the enforcement of our laws without fear or favor, no matter who is hurt or what the consequences. Distressing as this situation has been, it has its reas suring side. The high moral standards of the people were revealed by their instant reaction against wrong-doing. The officers of the Government, without respect to party, have demonstrated a common purpose to protect Govern ment property and to bring guilt to justice. U FOLLETTE TO HEADTHIRD PARTY Radicals of Northwest Finally Win Consent—Conserva tives Ready for Battle. (Continued from First Page.) Borah of Idaho, who is not thought to be likely to follow La Follette but who repeatedly has expressed his conviction that a third party In' the northwest might soon appear. It happens that in his state there is already a powerful third party going under the name “Progres sive." A few months ago it was not be lieved among the closest observers of La Follette that he would make a third party run. Now among those same observers it is believed that he will. From Northwestern Republicans and Democrats this writer now has in many Instances heard the opinion that La Follette, if he did run, would carry the States above named. In each one of them there is already a considerable third party, or else, in place of a third party, as in Wis consin and Montana, there have been great decisive victories lately by radicals running on regular Re publican or Democratic tickets. Many conservatives here are in clined to believe that this Is as good a year as any year for fighting it out with radicalism and getting the issue settled. They also are inclined to believe, if they are Republicans, that in Cal vin Coolidge there iWa conservative leader whose personal high charac ter and personal simplicity of life qualify him supremely to represent victoriously the innate conservatism of the great masses of the voters In most regions of the country. It is perceived, nevertheless, that if La Follette on a third party ticket should carry his own State of Wisonsin, the Farmer-Labor State of Minnesota, the Non-Partisan League State of North Dakota, the strongly radicalized State of South Dakota, the State of Montana, which has just elected the radical United States Senator Wheeler, and the State of Washington, which has just elected the radical Senator Dill, he would then have forty-six votes in the Presidential Electoral College. Task for Democrats. The amazing fact would then de velop that in these circumstances the Democratic party, in order to prevent the Republican party from getting a majorty of votes in the Presidential Electoral College, would have to carry only the ten "solid” Southern States plus the seven "border” Southern States' plus the one Northern State of New York. The Republicans could carry all the other States in the Union, out side of the ones above indicated, and yet have only two hundred und fifty-four votes in the electoral college, whereas two hundred and sixty-five and a half votes are nec essary for a majority. The election would thereupon go into the House of Representatives where because of certain peculiar internal circumstances there would probably be a protracted deadlock. New York Battleground. These facts are regarded here as making it ceriain that the fight between the Democrats and the Re publicans for the State of Naw York will thia year be one Ue jnost V THE WASHINGTON TIMES - LABOR CABINET ASSAILED IN COMMONS Health Ministry Attacked for Allowing Excess Doles To Unemployed. By DAVID M. CHURCH. International News Service. LONDON, Feb. 13.—The first -attack of the opposition against Premier MacDonald’s labor gov ernment opened In the House of Commons today. The ministry of health was assailed for per mitting the local government of ficials of Poplar, a metropolitan borough of London, to extend re lief to unemployed persons in ex cess of the amount allotted to other districts. It was claimed that this action would increase Poplar Hotbed of Reds. There have been many unem ployment riots at Poplar, which is generally regarded as the seat of red extremism in England. Former Premier Stanley Baldwin was expected to take a leading part in the attack upon the labor government. The Liberal organ Dally Chron icle (also the personal organ of former Premier David Lloyd George) declared that the Liberal members of the Commons would not support the Tory opposition in Commons- Baldwin is leader of the opposition. World Parley Plans. Foreign office officials have am plifled the premier's reference to a world conference in his speech of Tuesday. These said MacDonald would not make any decisive move toward convocation of an interna tional conference until the repara tions experts make their report upon Germany. They added the premier believes the nature of the report will make it imperative to appeal for a reconstruction confer ence. gigantic fights ever staged even in that State, where gigantic fights have been frequent in the past. Above all. however, it is believed that if LaFollette runs for Presi dent the conservatives under Cool idge will go to the northwest with a campaign of education as elab orate and as costly and as highly organized as the one with which Mark Hanna combated “free silver” in the fight which resulted in the election of McKinley- It is thought that the country may now see a sort of repetition of those days. (Copyright, IM4, by Washington Press -Service.) STEAM TABLED SPtCJAL ATTENTION smeny mkh-oms eating plaS Iwnwxgjnr w^orotto muhucht ■ TIMES PLAN IS EDUCATIONAL FOR BOYS Business Training Received by Carrier Work Will Be Valuable in Life. (Continued from First Page.) shown its value as a means of teaching a boy self-reliance, the value of thrift, and salesmanship. It will be unnecessary for The Times to trace that training further in this appeal for the support of the fathers of thia city. They as business men know the value of such training to their sons. Fathers of Washington, explain to your sons the benefit that they will receive from membership in the club and as carriers for The Times. They look to. you with pride and have absolute confidence in your Judgment of what is best. Could any greater stimulus to ambition and initiative be given than to offer a boy $75 in savings certificates in addition to his reg ular earnings as a carrier, for se curing fifty subscribers to The Times? Do you not think it is better for a boy to start his actual business career with the experience of asso ciation with older people, other than his parents, and the invaluable les son of salesmanship, rather than to have him start totally unequipped with those qualities? In another part or this paper you will find a detailed description of the methods and alms of the plan. Go over that plan and see if you do not agree with The Washington Times when it says that this plan is one of the most unusual and beneficial ever offered to the boy hood of Washington. Salesmanship Helpful. It does not make any difference what business a boy goes into he must have the quality of salesman ship. How much better it Is to teach him that quality while he is young and receptive- As a further proof of the value of this plan we have secured the in dorsements of the neighborhood and community banks of Washington. It is these banks that have the most intimate contact with the people and are the best acquainted with their needs and desires. First of the bank presidents to en dorse the plan was W. R. Lewis, president of the Northeast Savings Bank, who said: "Too great an emphasis cannot be put on the value of friendship. Os all the factors of success this is one of the most im portant. ■ Business and professional men, men whose business it is to meet other people, must learn the quality of making friends. “No one is ever too old or too young to learn this lesson, but one of the best times for teaching the lesson is when the boy loses his childish self-consciousness and learns how to meet others. He reaches this period when he is twelve years of age. “One of the best ways of teaching the boy how to meet people and make them become his friends Is to give him a small business, the success of which depends on his own efforts. Feature of Times Plan. "This Is one of the features in the Savings Club of The Washing ton Times and because of this fea ture I have given my Indorsement to it. It would be well for the par ents of this city to support a plan which gives their children such a splendid opportunity.” Any wideawake boy between the ages of twelve and sixteen years should be able to fulfill the re quirements of the club and earn his $158.92 by the end of eleven months. Fathers and mothers of Washing ton, The Washington Times be lieves that It is rendering you a great service. See that your son takes advantage of this opportunity immediately, not tomorrow or the next day, but right now. before it is too late and the membership of the club will be closed. Send or bring your boy to see the Circulation Manager, The Wash ington Times, fourth floor, new Hearst building, 1315-1321 H street northwest, or to the nearest branch station in your neighborhood, be tween 3 and 5 o’clock in the after noon, or call Main 5260 and the Circulation Manager will send a representative to your home. Branch Managers. Branch managers of The Wash ington Times who can enroll boys in the Savings Club and the ad dresses of their branch offices-a-re: J. Horne, 1110 Tenth street north west; O. R. Lewis, 946 Tenth- street northwest; F. Hartwell, 906 Twenty first street northwest; C. Reinhard, 141 Bates street northwest. A. Furman, Twenty-ninth and Olive streets northwest; J. Crick enberger, 106 Fifteenth street north east; W. C. Caton, 2219 Minnesota avenue southeast; E. Chambers, Eighth and I streets southwest; R. Quistorf, 824 Thirteenth street northeast; Edward Kohler, 723 Ninth street northeast; Hartwell, Eighteenth street and Oregon ave nue northwest. J. H. Vittum, Georgia avenue and Rock Creek Church road northwest; T. R. Jones, Sixth street and Massa chusetts avenue northwest; O. W. Holland, 901 Hamilton street north west; Harvey Temps, 1018 K street northeast; James Wood, Fort Myer, Va. Any of these men can give you Rbout The Washington Times Savings Club plan that you may want to know. SMITH'S FIREPROOF torage UMBT FAMIIY MOVERS IN O.G JSJJt LOW ® distance. ‘313 YOU STREET, N.W. t_KQRTH 3341 The National Daily • • She Refused to Pay Rent on Leaky Building TIMES STAFF PHOTO MRS. N. I. ALDEN, 210 Seventh street southwest, who was forced to move her store yes terday, because she would not pay rent as long as “the celling leaked." Neighbors have allowed her to store her property In their t homes. INSULTED STREET CAR AVENGED ON FLIVVER SUNBURY, Pa., Feb. 13.—A small automobile derailed a twenty-ton street car when they collided at a street intersection here. Miss Myrl Eckman suffered a broken arm and Charles Fegley slight bruises. Like a giant going after a fly, witneses said, the big car, after it was derailed, shot across the pave ment after the flivver and crushed it against a concrete retaining wall when the two occupants were in jured. z MINERS OF NOVA SCOTIA AGREE IN WAGE DISPUTE MONTREAL, Feb. 13—The wage dispute between the British Empire Steel Corporation and the Nova Scotia mine workers has been settled. Twelve thousand miners have been idle since January 16, fol lowing a disagreement over in creased wages. CAPITOL LIMITED “Over ths Nation’s Highway’* 96% On Time! A LITTLE over eight month* ago the Capitol Limited made it* first trip to Chicago. Through the good and bad weather this all-pullman tram ha* proved it* dependability. In 404,210 mile* the Capitol Limited ha* arrived at Chicago and Wash ington 96% on time. Truly a record warranting the confidence of Washingtonian* who travel to Pittsburgh and Chicago. Thu Capitol Limited saroics corresponds to Capitol Limited depondaMfty. The traveler find* on board everything to main his trip convenient and comfortable. Stenographer, barber and valet, ladies’ maid and manicure, comfortably arranged club and observation cars, and well-known Balti more and Ohio dining car are ™oi£ ‘ho ' features of the Capitol Limited's service. NO EXTRA FARE. Lv. Washington... 3.00 P.M. Lv. ChiW_. J'®® f'JJ' Ar. Pittsburgh 10.40 P.M. Ar. Washington >.OO A.M. Ar. Chicago 9.00 A.M. City Ticket Office, 13th A F Sts., S. W., Treeel Bureeu, 323 Homer Building —Mein 353 Welter V. Shipley, A"'t Gen’l Pace. Agent Baltimore &Ohio (TfmoricasJirst Tteilroad WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18,1924. TENANT KICKED ONROOFLEAK; EVICTED Woman Who Refused to Pay Rent Until Repairs Were Made Is Put put. Refusing to pay rent until her leaky celling was repaired, Mrs. N. I. Alden, of 210 Seventh street southwest, was evicted from prop erty at that location yesterday. She owes three months' rent which she has refused to pay because the owner, Isaac Schelnerman, would not repair her ceiling, she said. f Mrs. Alden said she was made to move out about a year and a half ago for a week’s time, while repairs were made and that she has claimed that sjie should not be made to pay rant for that time, particularly since she lost a great amount of business from that forced cessation of ac tivities. She has occupied the property for about three years, selling cakes and pies. When she moved into the building she paid sls a month, later the rent was raised to $25, and now the owner demands S3O, which she refused to pay while the ceiling-was in such an unsatisfactory condition, according to her stbry. Mrs. Alden claims so have made most of the repairs to the building since she has been there, except for the repairs made a year and a half ago. At that time she was given only three days’ notice, she says, that she would have to move while they improved the property, and it occurred during the busy season, when such a move meant much loss to her in busness. “FAITH HEALING” ISSUE IN CHURCH OF ENGLAND LONDON. Feb. 13.—“ Faith heal ing" promises to become a subject of controversy in the Church of England following the report of a committee appointed by the Arch bishop of Canterbury to investigate the subject. The report urged sick persons "not to look to clergymen to do what is the duty of physicians and surgeons" and advised the church "not to apply its means of resora tion when no higher end than the recovery of bodily health is sought.” The report, which also criticised amateur healers, is said to be op posed by certain factions in the church. LIGHTNING KILLS HORSE, SHOCKS 2 MEN IN BARN PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 18. —A racehorse wm killed, another stunned and Charles Jamison and son Mark, who were attending the animals, badly shocked at Clarion, when a lightning bolt hit the barn. The dead horse belonged to T. C. Leedom and was one of the leading mares on the Iron and Oil circuit of the State. She raced under the name of Hattie Wood. The lights in the town went out momentarily. An inspection of the barn, which was closed, showed no effects from the lightning. Neither was there a mark on the horse. Lays Aside Labors For . State to Sing at Musical CONG- CLIFTON A. WOODRUM Os Virginia, who sang a series of baritone solos at the community musical in Central High School auditorium, last night. IMPROVEMENT REPORTED IN ALLEYS ‘ 689 Persons Have Complied With Notices to Clean Up Premises. Conditions in Washington alleys have improved considerably in the past few weeks, Dr. William C. Fowler, District health officer, re ported to Commissioner James F. Oyster today. A second survey of the alleys to check up on the work of the inspec tors of the Health Department has been ordered by Commissioner Oyster. Police will make a report in a few days on conditions. Dr. Fowler reported that his men inspected 90 alleys and notified L 428 owners wnd ocupants to clean up and make necessary repairs. Since these notices were served 689 persons have complied. It has been necessary to refer only six cases to the courts for action. As soon as the police make their report. Commissioner Oyster and Dr. Fowler will mate a personal investigation. Pope Pius Indisposed. ROME, Feb. 13.—Pope Plus XI is indisposed and is remaining in his private quarters In the Vatican for rest, according to the news paper Epoca today. FARM CONCLAVE HITS POLITICS INCONCRESS Delegates Determined to Vote ( , for “Dirt” Farmers in j Future. 1 The delegates to the National! 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