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VOLUME 55 LEWISBURQ. WEST VIRGINIA, FRIDAY MORNING-. FEBRUARY 4, 1921. NUMBER 33 THE NEW ROAD BILL. The* bulky bill under which the lifly millions voted by the people :it the November election for a State System of road building was intro-| ikiced just before the preliminary session of the Legislature adjourned last week and was at once referred hark to the Road Committee to be considered and perfected during the recess until March 10th. The bill provides for a recodification of the Road laws of the State and how the lifty millions bonds are to be sold and the money realized ex pended. The most delicate task was the apportionment of new road con struction work among the 55 coun ties of the State on a road mileage basis. The ratios decided upon are believed by the Committee to be as equitable as could be devised. The reimbursement proposition was ig nored. State roads are to be* des ignated and maintained impartially The State Road Commission is to comprise three members named by the Governor and accountable to him. Their salaries are $7, 500 each. A companion bill provides for the issue and sale of not exceeding ?><>,000,000 of State bonds to raise money for road construction pur poses, and to provide for the levy and collection of an annual State tax sullicient to pay interest on the bonds and the principal thereof within 20 years. The issue is to be of serial bonds, coupon and registered, in denomi nations of $100, $500 and $1,000 fur coupon bonds, a\d $100, 500, si. (too, $5,000 and $10,000 for regis tered bonds. They shall be issued at direction of the Governor, upon recommendation of the State Hoad Commission. There will be $7,000, 1(00 of bonds issued in the calendar year 1021 and the residue thereof in the calendar year 11)22. All of said bonds shall bear the same date and be payable at the of fice of the Slate Treasurer 20 years sifter their date, with right reserved by State to redeem the bonds or any part thereof at any interest period prior to their maturity at par and accrued interest. The bonds are interest bearing at rate not ex ceeding 0 per cent, payable on Jan. 1st and July 1st, and are exempt from any taxation by State or any county, district or municipal cor poration hereof. A fund is created designated as site State Road Sinking Fund. The Governor is authorized to sell bonds from time to time as necessary to provide ample funds for road con struction purposes. The form of die bonds is similar to that for the Virginia debt bonds. MAN IN THE MOON A TARGET. The "Man in the Moon" is beam ing down on Mother Earth with the same smile, but nevertheless he's beginning to worry. Serene in his place in the heavens, he has looked down on warring nations hurling tons of high explosives at each oth er with no thought that any shell Ored on the earth would ever reach him. Professor Robert H. (Joddard of (Hark University, however, has innounccd that he will take a shot i al the man in the moon this summer ' He has perfected his plans for a! rocket which will be propelled ; from the earth bya succession of smokeless powder explosions. It i ?vill make a flash when it strikes large enough to be visible through j telescopes. The rocket will carry m initial mass charge of (i.lliti pounds and will travel 6,000 or 7,- j MOO feet a second. Professor God- j dard is hopeful of scoring a hit with < his rocket. If he does, will an inter; world war between the earth and j Miirs be one of the super conflicts ! fulnre generations? i SUBSCRIPTION BEIN6 PAID. j About $75,000 of the first $100.-; 000 subscribed for Alderson Hap- j Jist Academy has been paid. The new building will soon be ready for ( the roof. For the Bible conference to he held in the new building next August J. C. Massey, D. D., of New ; York, and W. B. Hiley, I>. D., of In- j 'tianapolis, have been secured. The , conference will last from August '0 to August 16 and will be follow ed by the second annual girls' en campment. VIRGINIAN MAKES GREAT HAUL. Ofllcials of the Virginian Railway claimed a new record when loco motive "711" hauled eighty loaded ? oal gondolas containing 0.200 tons ??f coal from Victoria to Norfolk un j aided. The 12.Vtuilc trip was made in ?dne hours and fifty minutes with ! four water stops. | Phe engine consumed 10,000 1 ?Jtflions of water on the way. POINTED ORDERS TO GERMANY. | The document signed by the su- 1 pre, me council of the allies Saturday night by which the reparations and disarmament decisions of the nllies will he conveyed to Germany, was | delivered on the 30th ult to Charles Hergmann, German under-secretary of state for the treasury and head of the German delegation in Paris! with a letter of transmittal marked "conlldental." The letter, with two | notes on reparations and disarma- j nient. totals 2.50U words. j The letter, so transmitted, dated January 29th, reads in part: "Sir: The Allied conference which met in Paris from the 24th to the 29th of January, 1921. has taken the following decisions: "1 ? As regards the disarmament of Germany, the allied reprcsenla- ' tives have approved the conclus ions formulated in the note at tached hereto. *'2 ? As regards the question of representations, the allied govern ments have unanimously approved the proposals formulated in that ; document, also attached hereto, j "The allied governments have on ?former occasions and again to-day, rnconsenting to fresh delays in 'the matter of disarmament, had regard for the dilliculties that surround the German government in the execution of the obligations which have resulted from the treaty of Versailles. They have formed ; the hope that the German Govern ment will not place the allies, who confirm their previous decisions, under the necessity of envisaging the grave situation which will he created if Gciynany persists in fail ing to meet her obligations. ! "Quahlied delegates of the Ger man government will be invited to a meeting in London at the end of February with delegates of the al lied governments." I The reparations note bears the title# "An Agreement Between the ; Allied Powers for the Settlement of Certain Questions Relating to Exe cution of the Treaty of Versailles." j The note reads: , '"Article 1 ? For the purpose of 'satisfying the obligations imposed upon her by Articles 231 and 232 of the treaty of Versailles, Germany shall, irrespective of the restitution she is to make under Articlc 238 and of any other obligation under the treaty, pay: "1 ? Fixed annuities payable half yearly in equal parts as follows: (a) two annuities of 2,000,000,000 god marks from May 1, 1921, to May 1, 1923; (b) three annuities of 3,000,000,000 gold marks frqm May 1, 1923, to May 1, 1926; (c) three annuities of 4,000,000,000 gold marks from May 1, 1926, to May 1, 1929; (d) three annuities of 5,000, 000,000 gold marks from May 1, 1929, to May 1, 1932; (e) thirty-one annuities of 6.000.000,000 gold mark from May lf 1932 to May 1, 1963. "2 ? Forty-one annunities run ning from May 1, 1921, equal in a mount to 12 per cent ad volorem of German exports, payable in gold two months after the close of each half year. "In order to insure complete ful fill ment of paragraph two above, Germany will give to the reparation commission every facility for veri fying the amount of the German ex ports and foii the establishment of the supervision necessary for this purpose. A German mark is about 12.? cents in American money. The Germans are required to give notes for the payment of these various sums. If the Allies now had the bent-lit of the support or even the moral influence of the United States in forcing Germany to meet her obli gations under the treaty of Versail les, the situation over there would be greatly relieved. But alas! our great country, after forcing Ger many to acknowledge defeat and cull for quarter, deserted her allies and, - under the leadership of Mr. Lodge, is forced to occupy the po sition of shirkers and slackers. This should bring the blush of shame to every American jealous of the honor of his country. With A merica now acting in concert with her allies in the war Gcrjnany would at once come to terms. NEW SENATE CHAPLAIN. The Senate has honored \l*ev. I>r. J. J. Muir, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Washington for thirty-one years, by electing him Chuplnin of the Senate to succeed Bcv. Forrest J. Prettyman, who re- 1 signed to accept a pastorate at ! Knoxville, Tenn. The choice was 1 made at a caucus of Republican i Senators, Dr. Muir receiving twenty one votes on the final ballot and Bev. J. Shcra Montgomery, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, the next highest number, seventeen. ! GRIFFITH IS CAPTURED. I Complete confession was made by W. 11. Griliith, alias O. 11. Mays, who made a daring escape on Janu ary tith from the State Penitentiary ? at Moundsville, W. Va., where lie | was serving a life sentence for murder, to Greenwood and New berry county ollicers Tuesday at i Greenwood, South Carolina, in the Newberry jail. Griliith was arrested there last Tuesday by Policeman C. T. Nel son, single-handed and later turned over to Newberry county ollicers J for the robbery of the postollicc, l the express ollice and three stores at Silver street in that county on | the night of January 24th. He con fessed to all the robberies when ar I rested. | Griliith is regarded as a desper ate character by the police. When I arrested he had in his possession ; four pistols, one of which was a i high-powered Belgian gun. two razors and two poeket knives, in a package he had a sack containing live pounds of pennies, a quantity of postage stamps and a check book ion the First National Bank of Moundsville, \V. Va. He made no at tempt at resistence when arrested but since lodged in the Newberry county jail has made several des perate efforts to escape. i Griliith is 28 years of age, six feet one inch tall, weighs 180 pounds. When confronted with his picture and record from the West Virginia ollicers lie merely smiled ami acknowledged his guilt. < Griliith escaped from the NV. Va. pen alter murdering a fellow pris oner, employed in condueting the engine to t lie electric plant and 'cutting oil" the lights, lie and oth ers then made a mad dash for lib erty. | HARDING ASKS FOR SPECIAL SESSION j A request from Pvcsident-elecl Harding that a special session of Ihe new Senate be called for March llh to confirm Cabinet and other appointments to be made by the j incoming Executive was conveyed on the 1st to President Wilson. Such a session is customary when there is a change of administra tion and it usually lasts only a week at most. The President-elect's request was contained in a telegram received ! by Senator Lodge of Massachusetts the Bepublican leader, and was conveyed to the White House by Senator Underwood, of Alabama, :the Democratic leader. J The call for the special session ;of the entire new Congress will be 'issued by Mr. Harding after his in auguration. It is expected that this jsesion will begin either late in | March or early in April. | TO PRESENT STATUE. | Governor Davis, of Virginia will ! ! be unable to serve ou the State Com ; mission which is to present the j gift statue of Houdon's Washing- 1 ton to King George sometime in the | coming spring. The Governor's of- j iflcial duties will prevent hyn from1 leaving home. j I Governor Davis has delegated to j represent him on the commission,! ; Dr. Ivdwin A. Alderman, President jof the University of Virginia. The ! i Governor so advised the commis sion. The commission, which was ap pointed by the General Assembly to i present the duplicate of Houdon's j j masterpiece to the British govern-; ment consists of the Governor, Speaker of the House of Delegates,! | and the Lieutenant-Governor. SUIT FILED AGAINST FORD'S PAPER, j The praecipe in a $5*000.000 dam age suit against Henry Ford and his paper, The Dearborn Independ ent, was filed in Circuit Court at | Chicago February 1st, by Morris! (iest, theatrical producer, who al leged that an article in The Inde pendent on January 22d, 1921, con tained "libelous, slanderous and faltfe statements" concerning Mr. (iest and certain stage productions i he has handled. i The articlc mentioned in the suit was said to have attacked "Aphro !dite" and "Mecca" in particular, 'terming them the "most salacious ' spectacles ever shown in America." | BUR6ULARS BLOW VAULT. I Anticipating possession of ,?i 5. 000 pay-roll burglars dynamited 1 the vault in the office of the Bab cock Coal Co., at Sewcll very re cently. They were disappointed in their hopes as the pay-roll cash was i not there but they secured >>1 i Tools of the C. Jfc (). were used and both vault doors blown open. I "re hnilding was badly wrecked explosion, the dam itfe >? n .:i, to at least ?800. There is no clue to the bnr-jlrrs. 1 WILL WRITE HISTORY OF U. S. America soon will know the story iT its participation in the world war and peace negotiations from its lirst authority ? Wood row Wilson. The President's lirst work after leaving the White House will be to bring his own history of Ihr Unit ed States up to date. This will include his own eight years in office. Students of events hope he will reveal and interpret situations preceding America's en try into the war. its part in the conflict and its difficulties at the peace tublc, which only the Presi dent knows all about. Writing this work is expected to ?take Wilson a comparatively short time, as his personal notes on events are complete and thoroughly syste matized. One reason for his re maining in Washington is that he will be convenient to national re cords. HASTY MARRIA6E IMPOSSIBLE. A hasty marriage in West Vir ginia would be impossible if a bill introduced in the recent session of the Senate is adopted by the Legis lature. Senator Harvey W. Harmcr, of Harrison county, introduced a bill that would require couples seeking .marriage licenses to make affida vits concerning the dates anil places of birth, their parentage and past marriage record, and then wait twenty days before the County Cler could .grant the license. Senator Harmcr said his hill aim ed to prevent the growing tendency toward bigamy in this State during the last few months." His fellow members of the Senate regard ii as "the most slingent measure <>f the kind ever offered in the Leg islature." SMILES TO UNDERTAKER CAUSED RAID. Checking up, at Chicago, January 22d, on liquor seized at the under taking parlors of Jackson & Harris prohibition enforcement agents listed nearly 100 gallons of various kinds of liquors. Smiles instead of tears were on the faces of the visitors to the undertakers, neigh bors noticed, and a squad of prohi biton agents arrived suddenly. In a purple casket lined with light gray satin three dozen quarts of high grade Scotch whiskey reposed; ,more whiskey was found in a body basket, while the casket cupboards lining the rear room of the estab lishment, were loaded with cases of whiskey, the agents said. BER6ER 6ETS NEW TRIAL Victor Berger, Socialistleader of of Milwaukee, and four co-defend ants who were convicted and sentenced to terms rangiug fro^in ten to twenty years for violation of the war-time espionage act, will be given new trials under a de cision of the U. S. Supreme Court. Dividing six to three, the court held that Federal District Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, of Chica go, was ineligible to conduct the trial and should have retired upon the filing of an affidavit by the de fendants charging hnn with "per sonal bias and prejudices," because of the nativity oi certain of them. 1 GROWTH OF THE TELEPHONE. j I The grow 111 of the telephone ; since its invention only forty years ago has been amazing. Today there i are approximately 12,500,001) teie-j phones in use in the United Stales | and the messages carried total ovit , I twenty two billions per ycur, or! | approximately 211 for each man, j woman and child in the nation.! i There are nearly 30,000,000 miles of wire and this equipment cost the j staggering total of two billions of j dollars. WOMEN JURORS WEAR HATS. Special concessions were grant ed to women jurors in the l'olk county, Iowa district court by Judge J. D. Woliingford, who an nounced that they may wear hats in the jury box and that time will be given them to powder their faces during court session. Of 10 women called for ju v service this term, 20 announced their willing ness to serve. GONE TO ViSiT 08RE60H. Win. (i. MeAdoo and Mrs. Me Adoo, daughter oi re sident Wilson I are in t!u < dy ?>( Mexico the guests ? ?f (ien. Obrugon, President of Mi xjco. Mr. MeAdoo said at Kl ?<>, !'(.??. is, Sunday morning that he and his wile wore going south .o Mexico C.ii> as 'he personal ,ue*t* ol P/esident Obrrgon. He .?.e;.;d i?<?t admit i.i it tie re wj^s any :'ie.> in Hit trijj. TEMPORARY STATE HOUSE UNDER ROOF. The temporary frame capitol building being constructed on the State's property adjoining the ex ecutive mansion and the Hoard of Control building on the west side I of Capitol Street opposite the burn ed Capitol, is under roof. Progress of the work has been more than satisfactory, according to a state ment recently by Houston 11. Young Secretary of State and a .member of the building committee appoint ed by the Hoard of Public Works. The huge structure extends thru the block lrom Summers to Capitol Streets. The main entrance will be located in the center of the ex tension facing Capitol Street. A hall will extend from one street to the other and supplementary halls are being constructed so as to run through the two rear wings from side to side. An extensive system has been formulated for clearing away the debris, tearing down the walls and disposing of the bricks and as soon as work is resumed progress will be rapid it is believed. "If work j had not been suspended pending the investigation of insurance com panies, the debris would have been cleared by ihe present time," Mr. j Darst said. About one hundred > men are at work on the building. | In the meantime all departments | of the Slate (iovcrnmcnt arc at i work in their temporary quarters. REFUSES TO RELEASE DEBS. I Recommendation by the Depart j-nient o?, Judiee that the ten-year sentence of l.ugeue V. Dibs, long a prominent Socialist leader, and now serving a ten-year senter.ee at At lanta, (in., for violation of Hie war time espionage laws, be commuted ellectivc February 12 next, Lin coln's birthday, was rejected by I President Wilson and communi '? cation refused. j The decision of the President came as no surprise because of ibis previous refusals to intervene '.in the case on the ground that Debs had sought to handicap the (iovcrn mcnt through opposition to the sc Jlective service act during the war, land that the granting of clemency j in this case might induce similar j tactics on the part of others in the ' mcnt of the Presidents decision was of the President's decision was .made a few hours after the recom mendations of the Department of | Justice had been submitted to him. BERGDOLL IN GERMANY. Press dispatches from Germany reveal the whereabouts of Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, the American slacker who escaped from a mill- , tary guard after he had been con victed of violating the military draft regulations. Most persons of course suspected that Bergdoll had fled to Germany, for he was horn of Ger man parentage and probably was sympathetic with German aspira tions. We have no treaty with Ger many and, of course, Bergdoll is safe in his asylum overseas. His name, however, will be held in con tempt, for it will be associated with i a disloyal evasion of a patriotic ! duty at a time when the land which gave his parents an opportunity was repudiated. ROBBERS SCOOP THE STAKES. j Kiglit men silling in a poker game in ;in upstairs room of the City Mali at Clarksburg, were held up and robbed at the point of re volvers January 2.jlh, by three mask ed bandits who ^ot siMH) in cash and two diamond rings valued at #000.00 each. The robbers then 1 escaped. The scene of the robbery is within a few feet of the police station. One robber had a red i mas, another a while mask and I the third wore a blue one. i Robbery, even of gamblers, is a shabby game in which to bring the red, white and blue in evidence. TO BUILD~BI6 DAM. I The Virginian Railway Company will soon begin the erection of a huge di\m near Kegley on its main | line, to provide a sufficient water Mipply for its shops and yards at Princeton. Its needs at present are supplied by a number of well which are inadequate for the rapidly in creasing business. Several farms sire included in the survey for the improvements. I SALARIES NOwTlVE THOUSAND. .lust before Ihe Legislature ad journed last Thursday a bill was passed raising the salaries of all State officers, Auditor, Treasurer, ete, to 5.r>.000 a year, the snhiry of the Governor having already been raised from 85.000 to $10,000. But few, in either Mouse voted against t!i * increase. TREASURE TROVE IN FAYETTE. For several months vague ru mors have been in circulation of the finding of a great treasure of gold in the old Holland house at .Miltalburg. Confirmation of these reports is given last week by the niing of a suit in the Circuit Court by the administrators of the Hol land estate against a dozen defend ants alleged to have shared in a division of this treasure, the a niount of which is lixed at $21,000. ? Attachments were served on about 50 banks in the surronding country where the money is believed to have been deposited. The story reads like one of the old yellow backs. Along in the six ties Wm. Holland, a veteran of the Crimean war, came to this coun try from England and settled in the Pennsylvania coal field. Ifi ! 1872 he came to Keency's creek and opened a mine. He built a handsome home at Nuttalburg in ? 1885 where he continued to reside until his death March 1018. lie was of an eccentric, secretive dispo sition and none of his famliy knew of his habit of hiding away gold and bank notes. His death was sudden heart failure seizing upon him as ? he was sitting ip a chair. I Since the finding of the treas ure members of the family have been able to interpret many strange remarks and singular habits estab lishing beyond doubt his owner ship of the treasure and solving a ! family secret that could not be read 'in his lift* time. i Alter Mr. Holland's death the old home passed into possession of I)r. Henley ami finally to the Stover (."oaf, Company. NVm, Nicholson, ' Miperinl'.'udent of Shi* coal company moved into the house las! Septem ber and began repairs and recon struction. 'the first jar of gold to be found was dug up in the old green-house by Mathew Dickson. Il amounted to s lOO and be immediate ly skipped out with bis treasure. l.;der several other glass jars were found in the cellar and about the premises. There was gold, English sovereigns and jnusty bank notes to an amount estimated at 821,000. The spoil was divided synong 5 carpenters and other workmen and an effort made to keep the matter secret. Convinced that the gold had been hidden away by Mr. Hol land the administrators of his es tate began to gather evidence for its recovery. ? Fayette Journal. i VALUE OF LIVESTOCK ON FARMS. Live stock on farms and ranges, January 1. were valued at $6,235, 509,000, compared with $8,507. 145,000 in 1920, the Department of Agriculture announced. Cattle and sheep decreased in number more than four per cent and swine de creased more than seven per cent. There was a decrease in value of more than half a billion dollars in milk cows and about the same for other cattle, while swine showed a decrease of almost half a billion dollars and sheep almost a quarter of a billion dollars. SURGICAL 6AUSE CAUSES DEATH. Thirty-four inches of surgical gausc left in the abdomen of Harry A. Larlcc, of Perth. a world war veteran, after he hail been operated upon at Portland, Oregon, a year ago for appendicitis, caused his death at the Soldiers' Civil He-es tablishment Hospital, Larlcc fail ed to recover his strength after the operation, and returning to New lirunswick, became a patient at the soldiers' institution. A few days ago surgeons decided upon another operation, and discovered the gausc. After it had been re moved Larlee failed to rally. SPRINKLE STREETS WITH LIQUOR., "Carrie Nation Day" was observ ed in Albuquerque, N. M-, the other day by the W. C. T. IJ., wh?*n >>)0 galons of lirpior *va.* poured into one of the large city street sprink lers and sprinkled upon the main throughfrire to "settle the dust" which gets pretty thick in t.iat locality. Many an old toper probably got his fill that day lying on his belly in the gutter with his mouth wide open simply taking it in as a Pro hibition free offering. | ROYAL DIPLOMAT. Hovalty will soon be among the 'diplomats at Washington, Prince lAntoinc liibesco, of Humania, the newly appointed minister to the United Stales, has sailed from Eng land for the Capital. He is aecojn panied by his wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Asquith, <iauyhU r of former Premier Asquith, <>f (ireat Britain. The Prince was ?ornier ly connected with the luunanian legation in London and married Miss Asquith last year.