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OFSCANDALABOUT i MARION STAR 1I >■. Bi . K '-■■■" ■ L-- ■ iw&k.,... r JH I ' KMOW . J 1 OK'Vwfe’ J 1 [ ' -W& a &*. z - <xi I ' ' sWawiwßßr L ImEWfI *' ' ■ W! L ? x- .KBMWBIBIbI • * * I I *wWMM | Bk « . -1 Sk • •< /< , s 4 ■' * te ™k Sk < & i ■ Iflk i hmMIl. JPtWRr HBwHk ■k “photo x< FRANK A. VANDERLIP, Who thought it was time that someone “spilled the beans” about the sale of the Marion Star for a supposedly excessive price. VENGEANCE FOR GIRL SWORN “Butterfly’s” Brother, Nor man Lawson, Will Hunt Sister’s Slayers. By International News Service. ALVARADO, Tex., Feb. 14. A vow of vengeance—of unceas ing search for the murderer of his “golden butterfly” ' sister—was sworn ovejLJte-Jfafr of Louise Lawson here today by Norman Lawson, Dallas attorney, as he looked for the last time onthe slain guTs features just before the funeral services. “The murderer of Louise Law son shall pay. We shall strive unceasingly to that end.” This was his statement—and the pledge of a lifetime for the Normans and the Lawsons, pioneers of Texas, has been made. Body in Bed of Roses. Louise's body rested in a bed of roses here today, in the freshly . painted little church at the end of ' Main street. There the casket ; nestled in a great bank of roses , before the altar. The casket was not opened for i the hundreds of friends and curios ity seekers who thronged the i church and overflowed into the I streets for the burial services at 11 o’clock this morning. But in the early Jiours of the day, under shaded light) in the home of W. B. Norman, an uncle of Louise, the coffin was opened and the family permitted a final view of the cold beautiful girl that had only last Christmas greeted them with sparkling vivacity. Marks of Mutilation. There were marks of mutilation about the head and throat. The body arrived last night at Cleburne, a few miles south of here, and to avoid any repetition of yes terday’s last minute delay was taken overland to Alvarado at mid alght. Although for two days scores of friends have driven into Alvarado for the final services, a greater throng than ever today milled in Alvarado’s one street—Main street. Every place of business was closed. Miss Lawson will come to final rest in the family plot at Glenwood Cemetery. Here a grave was pre pared among the graves of the Normans, grandparents and great grandparents on her mother’s side, among the first pioneers to pene trate the wilderness of West Texas. THANKS “JOHN T. KING” FOR NEW SSO NOTE NEW YORK, Feb. 14. Acting Mayor William T. Collins received a brand new SSO note recently. It came In a cheap white envelope, enclosed in a sheet of foolscap on which was typed: “For the con science Fund.” There was no signature. The acting mayor said to city hall reporters: “Maybe it was from John T. King. I’ve been looking for him a long time.” BANDITS GET $2,000 IN TWO RESTAURANTS NEW YORK, Feb. 14.—Bandits early today held up the patrons of two Brooklyn restaurants and es caped with more than $2,000 in cash and Jewelry. ' WEATHER Fair tonight and Friday; slightly wanner tonight. Lowest temperature about freeing; moderate northwest winds. HIGH OFFICIALS IN DOPE AND RUM RING House Takes Up Tax Bifl With Party Lines Finn Tax reduction started its haz ardous way through the House today. The measure which engaged consideration was the modified Mellon bill, with normal tax rates reduced to 3 and 6 per cent, and the maximum surtax fixed at 25 per cent. In the background lurks the Demo cratic plan, providing for great er cuts on small incomes and a maximum surtax of 44 per cent. It is expected the tax bill will be passed in two weeks, but what form it will take in the final stages was a matter causing grave concern to Republican leaders today. The Republicans are split on the Mellon bill, and the Democrats are almost solidly united for the Garner plan. Only eight Democrats in party caucus remained unpledged to the Garner measure. . . General debate will be the order until 4 p. m. next Mon day, and amendments will be proposed thereafter. BERLIN ORDERS CRISIS STATE TREND i Ebert Acts on Suggestion of Reichswehr Chief, Rescind ing Emergency Order. By International News Service. BERLIN, Feb. 14.—The national state of emergency in Germany, proclaimed when the nationalist movement in Bavaria threatened dissolution of the confederation, will be abolished March 1, it was announced officially today. Gen. Von Seekt, commander of the Reichswehr and norpmal dicta tor, wrote a letter to President Ebert suggesting that the state of emergency be rescinded, now that quiet has been restored. President Ebert thanked the com mander for the excellent services rendered the Fatherland. “I agree to the abolition of the state of emergency beginning March 1,” wrote the president. Police KiU Striker. STETTIN, Germany, Feb. 14. Police fired upon riotous striking dock workers here today killing one and wounding seven. One police man was wounded. DEBT COMMISSION MAY CALL FOR PAYMENTS A meeting of the Amercian Debt Funding Commission, at which it probably will be decided to send a “dunning” letter to the nations that owe the United States some $7,000,- 000,000 in unpaid war debts, was called tdoay for next Monday. The commission has not had a formal meeting in months, and ad ministration officials are becoming restive because debtor nations are taking no steps towards adjusting their debts. France, owing $4,000,- 000,000 and Italy, owing more than i $2,000,000,000, are the chief debtors. VERLING HARRIS FINED ; FOR POSSESSING LIQUOR Pleading guilty to illegal posses sion of whiskey Verting Harris was sentenced by Judge Gus A. Schuldt In Police Court today to pay a fine of SSOO. After pronouncing sen tence the court reduced the fine to S4OO upon the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney David A. Hart, who interceded in behalf of the defendant because of the plea of “guilty.” When arrested Harris is said to have had in his possesion one hun dred' gallons of rye whiskey and forty gallons of corn whiskey. WAIRBMIIiMES NO. 12,850 g WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1924. "WREE CENm~~| KIRBY NAMED BUREAU HEAD £ * ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ * ‘Butterfly's' Brother Vows Vengeance £ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Oil DEAL DEEMED ILLEGAL OFFICIALS IN DRUG RING Special Investigator Said to Have Given Police Sen sational Information. A vast liquor and dope ring involving men and women in every walk of life in Washington may be uncovered by the police within the next few weeks. Information of a startling na ture has been placed in the hands of the police. A hasty inquiry has revealed most of the infor mation to be true. Members of Congress, Govern ment officials, messenger boys, women clerks, employes of Con gress, and possibly members of the police force will be involved, it was said today. Investigators Busy. The names and addresses, occupa tions, and past conduct of eighty one persons connected with the bootleg syndicates were turned over to police yesterday, and the infor mation has been placed in the hands of special investigators. Seven hotels, including four fash ionable hostelries, drug stores and numerous kinds of business houses are understood to be the rendezvous and storehouses of the liquor and dope rings. Capt. Charles Backsy, the mysteri ous investigator who lives in the Wardman Park Hotel and appears to be very prosperous, is said to have gathered the information now in the hands of the police. Just how the police will proceed in the case placed before them has not been definitely determined. Com missioner James F. Oyster, Major Daniel Sullivan, members of the vice squad and a headquarters detective were in conference today discussing a plan of procedure. Backsy Not to Take Part. It was established, however, that Captan Backsy will neither take part in the police inquiry or in any raids which may be decided upon. Considerable mystery surrounds Captain Backsy. He contends, it Is said, that he is in the employ of "the railroads,” but he has not named any of the railroads he repre sents. There are rumors that He is either an operative of the special intelli gence unit of the Treasury Depart ment or an agent of the Department of Justice. Officials of these two departments, however, deny any of ficial connection of Backsy with the Federal Government. Police, it is said, are convinced that Captain Backsy knows the liquor and dope situation in Wash ington and that he is in possession of first-hand information regarding the activities of those engaged in selling liquor and dope. Another List to Come. The list of eighty-one persons will be followed up by a second list al most as large, it is said. This list probably'will be turned over to the police in a few days. Bootlegging of liquor by the syndicate is said to have been car ried on with the aid of Pullman porters and conductors, these rail road employes bringing whiskey into Washington from northern and southern states. Several druggists are said to be connected with the dope ring. . Police have several times ar tested men believed to be with the “ring.” These men have been put on bond, and, police believe, re- (Ctmtlnued on Page 2, Column <J N. Y. World Publisher And Wife Seek Paris Divorce By lateraatianal Mews gervieo. PARIS, Feb. 14.—Ralph Pul itzer, president of the Press Publishing Company,, which publishes the New York Morn ing and Evening World, and Mrs. Pulitzer have filed suit in the Seine Tribunal for a mutual divorce, it was learned from an authoritative tcurce today. Under the French laws di vorce actions arc kept secret upon the request of counsel representing the interested par ties. Pulitzer, who is a son of the late Joseph Pulitzer, of New York and St. Louis, was mar ried to Miao Frederica Vander bilt Wobb, of New York, in New York, October 14, 1905. NEW YORK, Feb. 14.—At the offices of the Ne# York World it wes announced that Pulitzer is now in Pans and that, in his absence, there is no one authorized to discuss his per sonal affairs. TIMES SAVINGS PLAN LIKED BY BOYS Say They Find It Easy When They Explain Idea to Neighbors. “Education in thrift” —these three words hold the keynote to the fu ture prosperity and life of this country. Where will the best results be realized from the teaching of the maxims of better business and thrift? There is but one answer — among the boys of this generation. By starting its Savings Club Plan, The Washington Times is attempting to do its bit toward the teaching of this lesson. Bank offi cials and business men of this city have given their firm support to the plan and urged all fathers and mothers to give it their support also. Among the Members. Among the boys who have an swered the call of the club are Walter Pettit, 226 Fourteenth street southwest, and Edward Chambers, Jr., 147 North Carolina avenue southeast. Walter, who is just within the age. limit of the club but is, at heart, a real business man, has secured fourteen subscribers among the people in his neighborhood since he Joined the club. When asked if he had any diffi culty In securing subscribers for The Times, he said: "No, when I tell them about the club and what The Times is doing for the boys of this city they are always glad to sign up with me. “Gee, but won’t I be glad when I get my $75 next December. I'm going to put It In a bank and save it so that when I get older I will have some money to go to school with and everything. ’I should think all the boys here would want to come in on the club. The branch manager is great and treats us so good that we have a dandy time while we are carrying our papers." Edward, whose father is a branch manager for The Times, la an older boy. Finds Plan Popular “It is so much more fun to work when you can think that you are going to get $75 in addition to your regular earnings. It seems to give you an awful lot of’•pep.' "One of my best sales arguments is telling my prospects what The (Continued on Pago 2, Column 2 J MAJ. KIRBY TO HEAD BUREAU Named by Coolidge At Acting Director in Hill’s Place “To Restore Morale.” Major Wallace W. Kirby, of the corps of engineers, United States army, officer in charge, of the engineer neproduction plant at Washington Barracks, today was detailed by Secretary of War Weeks to be acting director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, succeeding Louis A. Hill. Coolidge Makes Announcement. Announcement was made in be half of President Coolidge to this effect: “The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is an essential part of Gov ernment operations. For the past two years its organization has been disturbed, and it is not now func tioning with smoothness. "After consultation with the Sec retary of the Treasury, I have asked the Secretary of War to detail as acting director of the bureau Major Wallace W. Kirby, of the engineer corps, United States army, who Is an expert in the work done in the bureau, and who served with dis tinction in the American expedi tionary forces in France, in charge of battle maps and map making. “Major Kirby will retain his com mission in the army, and after the bureau is put once more in good working order, a permanent direc tor will be appointed. The pres ent director’s resignation will be accepted without prejudice to his consideration for reappointment.” The last sentence of the Presi dent’s announcement left open the possibility that Director Hill may> later return, if his superiors see at. To Restore Morale. Major Kirby’s appointment is solely for the purpose of reorganiz ing the bureau and restoring the morale which has been shattered since the dismissal of former Di rector James L. Wilmeth and twenty-eight other officials in I#2l. Formal announcement of the ap pointment was given at the con ference of newspapermen with Sec retary Mellon, who stated that the order detailing Major Kirby to the bureau had been issued by Secre tary Weeks today. The new bureau chief had re ceived no official announcement of his detail when notified by tele phone after the conference. "I’m an army man,” he said, “and I’ll go where I'm sent, but I won’t give up my commission in the corps of engineers for the di rectorship of the bureau or for anything else." It was explained to him that he would retain his rank. He said he would wait until he received hlu orders before making any further statement. The appointment is ef fective at once. Expert in Methods. Major Kirby is an expert in re production processes and methods. rliH experience covers twenty-three years’ work in commercial establish ments, engaged in plate printing, lithography, type printing and photo engraving. He has also served in the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the United States Geological Sur vey. For eighteen months, he was superintendent of the photo-litho graphic section at the Bureau. Major Kirby received his com mission in the corps of engineers at the outbreak of the World War. He was given full charge of equip ing and operating the map repro duction activities of ths army. He (Continued on Pago 2, Column 8 J WIFE OF ENGLISH LORD LIKES LABOR IWI ;l. JWIJWHIHI. JIIJ HI W JWmjWUWWWWWW Kir ft- 1 1 <xs J- x - t '' ' - v ■' ' L. 1 ' ,a ' / L I -♦ i r- Ji -k ' V ■ A J \ ( Jhrw v I ■ i Ini r v £ rw ■ M MRS. J. R. CLYNES, Wife of the new lord privy seal, likes labor in reality as well as in politics. She is shown kneading dough in her kitchen in her Lon don home. Like Queen Mary, she knows the value of good house keeping. Harding and Ralston Focus of Interest By WILLIAM HARD. Two themes gripped Washington today—one of intense per sonal interest out of the past and the other of intense per sonal interest leading into the future. The first was the ex panding inquiry into the late President Harding’s personal financial affairs. Ths second was the political con-' sequences of the extraordinary re; ceptlon given in the Senate to the maiden speech of Senator Ralston of Indiana, Democrat, leading dark horse and tallest stationary light ning rod for the Democratic Presi dential nomination. The day was devoted thus to the alleged speculations of a dead Pres ident and to calculations of the sud denly increased political strength of a possible future President. Back of the assertions made by Frank A. Vanderlip, banker, of New York, regarding an alleged ex cessive price paid to the late Presi dent Harding for his newspaper, the Star, of Marion, Ohio, there lies a long line of charges, it was learned today, regarding alleged dealings in speculative securities not necessarily by President Hard ing himself, but by close associates of his in White House circles dur ing his administration. • Walsh Was Reluctant. This writer can state out of his own personal absolute knowledge that Senator WsJsh .of Montana. Democrat and leading senatorial oil inquirer, has beeen extremely re luctant to bring these matters into public view and that he was hold ing his hand about them regarding (Continued on Fags 2, Column SJ HOME MNHagSWMMHMHMMMMI■■■■■■Mi EDITION POPE PIUS RECEIVES VISITORS; ILLNESS DENIED ROME, Feb. 14.—Pope Pius XI received visitors as usual during the morning, completely refuting the report published by the newspaper Epoca that he was ill. GET IN ON THIS MONEY • • The Washington Times and Herald are offering S2OO in cash prizes, to want-ad read ers and advertisers this week. SIOO to Readers SIOO to Advertisers If you are in either class you have a chance to get some of this money. For further details, turn to today’s Classified Advertising Section. CALL THE TIMES-HERALD Main 5260 STANDARD HELD UP 610 FOR LEASE ’ Attorney Sutro Says Company Acted on His Opinion—Fall Informed, He Adds. i Sensation followed sensation to day as the Senate oil investigators dug deeper into the morass of amazing circumstances underlying the leasing of the great naval oil reserves to Sinclair and Doheny interests. John C. Shaffer, owner of a string of Western newspapers, ap peared before the investigating committee and revealed that as ; early as March, 1921. only * mat iter of days after he had been ; sworn in as Secretary of the In > terior, Albert B. Fall was ne gotiating with Harry F. Sinclair ! for the lease of Teapot Dome, i The contract was not consum mated for more than a year later —in April, 1922. Gift of 1125,000. Shaffer revealed, too, that he him self received $125,000 out of the set tlements which Sinclair made In satisfying rival claimants to the Dome area. Under gruelling queo tionlng by members of the com mittee, the publisher once admitted that It had the appearance of “a gift,’* although he defended it on the ground of his prior claims nnd the fact he had spent considerable money In developing adjoining property. Standard Banner Bld. The Standard Oil Company did not make any effort to secure the contracts for construction of oil storage tanks at Pear Harbor (Hawaii) because, in the opinion of its chief counsel, Oscar Sutro, the entire project was illegal, according to Sutro’s testimony today at the resumption of the. oil investigation by the Senate Committee on Publio Lands. These storage tanks were later constructed by Doheny interests, under the contract which gave them the lease on Elk Hills re serve in California, and within a few months after Doheny had loaned ex-Secretary of the Interior i Fall SIOO,OOO “in a satchel.” Sutro Explains Reasons. Do you recall advertisements , issued by the Navy Department for construction of storage tanks at Pearl Harbor?” asked Senator Walsh. “I do, yes." “Did you company bld?” ‘ ‘I think not.” "Why didn’t your company bid?” “The proposal was referred to me to ascertain its legality. I did not think the proposal was legal or would be a good contract. Was Not Authorised **l rendered a written opinion to the vice president of the company that I could not approve it.” In his written opinion Sutro said: “I am clearly of the opinion that the naval leasing act does not au thorize the proposal of the Navy Department." Sutro pointed out that thi word “exchange” in the act did not au thorize exchange of royalty oil from 1 the naval reserves for storage tanka.