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Oldest Daily Newspaper in the
United States and Best Advertis
ing Medium in Northern Virginia
vol,. UAXX.
First Move is Made to Test
Validity of Eighteenth
Amendment 1
'ommittoe of the House of Kepresen- [
tatives Tables Bill for Repeal of i
Wartime Act.
The wet forces fell back yesterday
;o their final line of trenches. Legal
iteps wer_> taken in the United States :
Supreme Court to uphold the con'ten-1
ion of the anti-prohibitionists that ]
he Constitutional Prohibition amend- I
nent is not valid.
Earlier, in the day the wet fsrees
pera routed by the House Agricultural
Committee, which, by a vote of 17 to
!, tabled the Gallivan bill for a re
>eal of the Wartime Prohibition act,,
;he constitutionality of which was up-!
leld Monday by the Supreme Court. !
The move made in the Supreme
]ourt was on behalf of the retail li
}uor dealers of New Jersey, who, un
ler the name of William Deuehr.e, as
rtaintiiff, asked the Court for pcjrmis
?:on to file an original bill testing the
validity of the ratification of the
tmendment. The petition asks for an
njunction to restrain State and Fed
nrtal officers from enforcing the Vcl
itead' law in New Jersey after Jan
Jiary 16.
The contentions of the retail deal
?rs. of New Jersey is based on the
rround that the proclamation of rati
fication included Ohio in the list cf
ratifying States, whereas that State
las since, by popular referendum, re
pudiated, the . action of the State
Legislature in railfinng the Eiprh .een
th Amendment.
This question already has been cor,
sFdered by the State Department,
yvhich issued the original proclamation
ar.d an opinion has been asked from
the Department of Justice as to whe
ther the Ohio referendum actually
invalidates the .ratification. J nf or nva 11 y
the Federal authorities have taken the
waitfon that inasmuch as two other
States beside? Ohio were added to the
list of ratifying: States on the day
til at; ratification was complete}:!, th.'
elimination of Ohio in n,owise. can af
fect the fact of rartsrfieati'on as prc
c-inimed.. The wets, on the other hand,
take the position that a new procla
mation is necessary and that under
the law. the. effeotive date of th3
amendment would have to be set to a
time one year from the date of the
new proclamation.
It is admitted privately in wet cir
clets thait the new legal move repre
sents the last resort of the opponents
of prohibition, and that at best it is
a technical- one. It is expected thri1
the New Jersey case will be jcsined
with a similaT one that the Illinois
Whisky dealers are planning to bring
if the Supreme Court agrees to the
filing <5f a'bill.
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I ~
Berlin, Dec. 17.?For the first
time in its history Germany has
failed to float a provernmrai. loan.
Five billion marks were appealed
for in the latest loan, conducted on
the lottery plan,, but only 3.800,000
marks were netted.
There was no patriotic advertis
ing: and only the^people's prambline:
instinct was appealed to. About
three-fourths of the subscribers
were comparatively*poor people.
PAGE OX ple.l QolonCle
Motion pictures of the Sunday
School parade will be shown at the
Richmond Theatre, Thursday after
noon and evening. 299-lc
The annual meeting: of the di
rectors of the Alexandria Iron
Works will be held at the office.
Royal and Wilkes street. January
1st. 1920, at 9 a. m.
By order of the President.
299-12t. A. S. Mankin, Secty.
Norfolk salt water Oysters and
Hampton Bar clarr>3 Jacob Brill
foot of King: Street., 227-tf
Woman's Auxiliary cf Presbyterian
Church December 29-31
The Woman's Auxiliary, Synod of
Va., Presbyterian Church, U. S..
j will hold its fifteenth annual meet
i ir.g at the assembly's training schocl,
Ginter Park Richmond, Va., Dec.
29th to 31st inclusive.
The conferences will be deeply in
teresting nnd of vital importance to
these who arc interested in the work.
Among: the speakers named on the
program are: Rev. Gilbert Glass, D.
D., Richmond, Assembly's executive
secretary of Sunday school extension;
Rev. b. K. Walthall, D. D., Waynes
boro, Va.; chairman Woman's Ad
visory committee of synod; Rev. Wm.
K. Hudson, Staunton, Va., synod's J
manager of stewardship campaign;
Mrs. J Calvin Stewart, Richmond, |
honorary president and historian of!
the :iii -:il<ary and Miss Margaret Mc-j
Guire, R.>anoke, synodieal secretary of j
Young People's Work.
Mrs. John Bratton, Madison
Heights, Va.. vice pi-esident of the
synodical and president of Montgo
mery Presbyterian Auxiliary, will
preside over the business sessions.
Mrs. H. N. Price. Baltimore
synodical vice president and presi
dent of Potomac Presbyterian Auxil
iary will attend.
Among- others who will go from j
Potomac Presbyterial will be Mrs. I
J, A, Dorritee, Washington, synodical |
secretary of assembly's home missions j
and Miss Mary Weddell, Washington, j
synodical and Presbyterial treasurer. I
A large delegation from all over I
Virginia Synod will be present.
At the annual meeting of the Re
liance Fire Engine Company held
last night the following officers were
elected to serve for the ensuing ?
year: L. E. Uhler. president; J..i
Sid Douglas, first vice president; j
Claude 'Fletcher, second vice presi- i
dent; William Fletcher, secretary; j
Walter Pierpoint, Jr.. assistant sev- j
retar.v; C. Schwab. Treasurer; H. '
Baker, recorder; J. H. McGowar, j
captain; Charles Humphreys, fi,>;r j
lieutenant; Henry Padgett, second i
lieutenant; John A. Bayne, com
mander of hose; William Bontz. Sr.. ;
Richard Finks and William Griffith, i
cxtcutive committee.
The meeting was attended by a j
large gathering of member* cf the J
company. *
? ?
* just Recorded;
Deeds of transfer for four pieces i
'of property have just been recorded i
:as follows: Robinson Moncure. j
special commissioner, to Graham &!
Ogden the two story brick dwelling j
on the south side of King between (
Payne and West streets, formerly I
the property of the late Andrew i
Cheshire, and Graham and Ogden !
have transferred this property to i
Ralph A. Steele and others trading !
as the Alexandria Amusement Co.,!
John J. Hale to Edgar T. Walker i
house and lot 1S25 Duke street; j
John G. Graham to Mary Thomp- .
son house and lot 510 South Pitt j
street; William Desmond to Frank I
Shapiro house and lot at the north
west corner of Pitt and Queen '
English Engineer Claims Process Will
Cut Cost of Fuel
Cleveland. Middleborough. England.
Dec. 17.?It is announced here that a
local engineer has succeeded in ex
tracting commercial alcohol and its
derivatives from coke.
It is claimed tha? if the process
which requires the use of gas. is
applied to all the coal carbonize.! i*i
Great Britain an estimated yield of
?ri0,000,000 gallons of motor spirits
will be obtained annually revolu
tionizing the supply and cost of li
quid fuel.
cember 12th. Catherine S. Wash
ington, wife of Nelson V. Wash
ington. Funeral Thursday, De
cember 18th, at 2 p. m., from
Wheatley's mortuary chapel. Fu
neral and interment private.
QUANDER?At his home. Brook
side Farm. Mount Vernon Dis
trict. Fairfax1 county. Va.. De
cember 16, 1919. at 1:15 p. m..
Charles Henry Quander. Funeral
from Alfred Street Church. Alex
andria. Friday, at 2 p. m. 299-lp
Pledges Full Power of De
partment of Justice to
Catch Profiteers
Urges Organization of Fair-Price
Committees in Every City and Comi
ty in the United States.
Chicago, Dee. 17.?Attorney-Gen
eral Palmer yesterday pledged the
full power of the Department of Jus-!
Licc in the prosecution of hoarders and !
profiteers in a talk, in which hi- out-!
lined to 400 city officials, haa'ls of I
civic organizations anc club women j
of Illinois the program of his depart-j
mcnt in combating the high cast of j
A plea for the assistance of every :
man and woman in the country, in a '
national fight against high prices wa?
made by Mr. Palmer at the meeting,
which was called by Governor* Low
Explaining the plan of action, where j
by fair-price committees in every I
community become agents of the Fed-'
eral government in enforcing its de-j
crees, Mr. Palmer laid down a pro-j
gram of five conservations, which, if j
carried cut, would do much to deal a:
deathblow to the high cost of living.
They arc: "
1. Organization of fair-price com
mittees in every city and county,
backed by Mayors and prosecuting at
torneys. with the committees support
ing Uniited States district attorneys.
2.?Organization of women to re
fuse to buy anything but actual ne-1
ces?'ties until prices come down.
3. Holding' of ^conservation" "an! j
cccnomy meetings in every community)
under the auspices of civic bodies. I
1. Influence of Mavors and prosecu-j
tors to be brought to bear on th.- war- j
ring elements to prevent factional dis- j
turbances in industry and particularly]
to bring about an industrial peace of
at least six months' duration.
5. Rcmcbil'i/.ation of the four-min-1
iste men to deliver "work and save" 1
addresses in theaters each night. , j
"Dispute all objections and rbsta-i
clcs, I propose to go through with this '
campaign. Mr. Palmer declared. ''IT
industrial conditions do not go* to > j
bad during the next few months wi ;
can bring real relief.''
The chief causes of the high cost j
cf living, he pointed out, were de- j
creased production, incident to the war j
inflated currency, due to government j
borrowings, and heavy taxes, which :
he charged, were passed on by busi- j
ness men to the ultimate consumer."
"In every line of trade thero are |
selfish and greedy men, who have j
taken advantage of after-war condi- j
tiens to add to their prices and pro-!
fits." Mr. Palmer said. "Such men ar;>
the profiteers, and I propose to do- j
vcte all the power at my command
to root them out and expose them to
public scorn, and if necessary in pub
lie prisons. The profiteer is worse than j
unpatriotic; he is a criminal. I ask
the State's attorneys of Illinois to go ;
after those devils with all the force
i you command."
: Will Not State Platform, as That is
Duty cf Republican National
Washington. Dec. 17.?Senator
Harding, of Ohio, formally announ
: ced last night his candidacy for the
Republican Presidential nomination
in 1020.
The announcement was made in ''a
letter to Clare Hughes, of Piqua.
Ohio, chairman of the Miami eoun-'
. ty Republican Committee, authori
] zing the use of the Senator's name
in the choosing of delegates to the
i National Convention.
Having qualified as executor of
j the estate of Bernard McCar.n, de
ceased, al! person? indebted to said
estate are requested to make prompt
; settlement, and all persons having
> claims against said estate are re
j quested to present the same, prop
i erly certified to the undersigned for
I payment.
John D. Normoyle Executor.
j 207-l0c.
J /
j Witnesses Who Testified at Previous
Hearing Will be failed to
[ Before the Christmas holidays arc
(over, William^C. Hall, i>f Danville.
| State prohibition inspector, will
on trial again for the murder of Ray
mond Shackelford and Lawrence Hud
son. Danville men who were shot and
morally wounded last March nca?
Fishers Hill, Shenandoa'h ? County,
while transporting: a large quantity
' of liquor from Baltimore into Vir
ginia. The first trial of Hall, held in
September at .Manassas, resulted in a
hung jury, the jurors, it was. reported
at the time, standing seven for con
viction and five for acquittal.
Hall's deputies, W. ft. Punleavy, TL
j F. Sweet, Sr., and J. II. Sullivan, were
j indicted at the same time the Shenan
doah County grand jury brought in
true bills against Hall, but tbey have }
never been placed on trial.
It is the impression that the uTli-l
mate outcome of the Hall case will, j
to a large extent determine the j
course to be pursued by the Com- J
monwealth in regard to the others, j
The second trial of Hal! has been set
for Monday. December 20, before
Judge Samuel 0. Brent, of Aloxan- j
dria, who presides over the circuit j
embracing the Manassas court.
Virtually all the witnesses who were
summoned to testify in the first trial
will be called again. The niost im
portant witness for the defense is
Joe Williams, chauffeur for "Kid"
Hall's party of detectives. This man
has since been indicted in Richmond
on a charge cf wife murder, and his.
own trial has been postponed freni
time to time.
Paris, Dec., 17.?A burst of speed
of approximately 220 miles an hour
was scored by Sadi Lecomte, th<
noted French aviator, in an officially j
timed airplane test yesterday.
Leoointo. who holds the French r:>- i
cord for height and woke the French j
-peed record last September, cover d j
vhc distance of a kU?me.t^r ?^fjp^yes-i.
ternav's test at an average speed cf
HO?.22~> kilometers (about 100 miles)
an hour, while during some seeon-'s
cf his flight he reached a speed cf]
304.f) kilometers (220 miles) an hour.}
or about 3 3-4 miles a minute. I
Lancaster, I'a., Dec. 17.?The
building at East Earl, this county,,
occupied by the- postoffice and tlu1
office of Allen B. Wallace, coal and
lumber merchant, was wrecked yes
terday by yeggmen. who used a
largo quantity of nitroglycerine t">
shatter the .safe.
A mail bag: is. missing, but no
cash was secured. It is believed
the burglars used an automobile to
make a hasty exist from the scene.
Proposal Made by Foreign Minister
lo Mexican Charge d'A flairs
Mexico City, Dec. 17.?Gabriel
Terra, the Uruguayan Minister of
Foreign Relations, has offered the
services of his country as mediator
in the difficulties between Mexico
and the United States, according to
advices received by the Mexican
Foreign Relations Department here
yesterday from Mexican Charge
d'Aftaires Enriquez at Montevideo.
Indianapolis, l)ec. 17.?Tele
grams were received at headquar
ters of the United Mine Workers
yesterday fo tir* effeof tint m'rv.'
operators in Alar. ma. Tennessee
at d Kint." vc f sed to per
mit the miners to return to work in
the mines unless they i enounce the
Shopping Days
Till Christmas
in STILL 1
Refuses to Relinquish Legal
Proceedings in Jen
kins Case
Language Setting Forth Attitude of!
Carranza Government is of Em-;
phatic Nature. j
Mexico City, Dec. 17.?The Mwci- f
can government refuses to relin-!
quisli the legal proceedings against j
William O. Jenkins, United States j
consular agent at Peubla, in the re- !
p!.v to the latest. United States note,!
which has just been forwarded to I
Washington through the United j
Stares embassy.
'rhe reply was for\va?* h 1 today
by George Summerlin, the Ameri
can charge d'affaires. He received
it from the Mexican foioign office
late last night.
The note is defiant in tone, and
the language in setting forth the at
titude nf the Mexican government
?s emphatic.
The note contends that court pro- !
cecdings affecting .at: American |
'jit'zen in Mexico cannot be d;ici(:?d j
by information supplied ly the J
State Department in Washington |
nor by "recommendations" from
In conclusion, the document >?>:
presses belief that the Jenkins ras '
will anot affect thV harmony wlv'ch.
it is sincerely desired, shall continue
between Mexico and the Lrr?; tc-?!
-J. N'owmt-'i - Gr-iil- J r ?? 25 ..years I
old, died at 4:30 o'clock this morn- !
ing at the Alexandria Hospital !
where he recently underwent an op- j
e nit ion for appendicitis. The de-j
censed was unmarried and lived with .
his parents, Mr. and Charles E. j
GLbbs, at Mount Ycrnon, Fairfax j
county. ""IXPj
. During the war he served in the I
navy. For two years previous to j
that time he had been employed in (
a -clerical'.capacity by W. If. May J
and Son.
His funeral will take place at 2 !
o'clock Friday afternoon from '
Wheat ley's mortuary chapel and j
services will be conducted by Rev. j
Dr. John Lee Allison, pastor of the |
Second Presbyterian Church. Burial j
will he at Woodlawn, Fairfax county j
Longshoremen's Treasurer. Accused
of Killing Manager
New York, Dec. 17.?Lawrence
Walsh, business manager of Local |
No. 824, of the International Loner- i
shoremen's Association, was shot an:! {
killed last night in the headquarters !
jf the union, John Carr, treasurer of I
:he local, was arrested, charged with j
:he killing.
The police say that Carr confessed I
to having shot Walsh and claimed he
had done so in self-defense after h? j
had been attacked by the business j
President ''Takes the Air" on White
House, Portico
Washington, Dec. 17.?President
Wilson spent more than an hour on
| the south portico of the White
| House yesterday, despite the ex
j tremely cold weather.
!. Rear Admiral Grayson, the Presi
! dent's physician, said' Mr. Wilson
l desired to take automobile rides, but
that he had not approved for fear
the President might take cold.
! The annual meeting of the stock
l holders of this bank will be held at
: the banking house, Tuesday, Janu
ary l"th. 1 f>20. between the hours
? of eleven o'clock a. m.. and twelve
: o'clock noon, for the election of di
i rectors for the i-n.su:*lsr year, and
! the transaction of such other busi
i ness as may be propel !y brought
: before the meeting.
George E. Warfield. Cashier.
; - . ,
J State Corporation Commission Hoars;
Lively Debate, But Final De. *j
cisicn Will be Postponed
! Advancing: the claim tli.it Ports
i mouth was not an intermediate poinj
; between Norfolk and Washingtor '
[ representatives of Norfolk-Wash
ington Steamship Company yes tor;
day fought strenuously against:
having their vessels stop at Ports-;:
mouth, in a hearing before the'
State Corporation Commission.
Fire was also injected into the
review of the case by the. commis
sion, when the jurisdiction of (he
body in the case was questional by
attorneys for the steamship com
pany. It was set forth that the
charter under which the company
is operating was granted by the,
State Legislature in 1S90. b'efori
the creation of the Corporation
Commission, and that the provis-;
ions of this charter should continue'
in force. ;
For almost every argument ad-;
vanced by the setamship men. argu
ment in rebuttal was given by prom
inent. Portsmouth men attending the
hearing in the interests of the city. ?
Before the Corporation Commis
sion can give a decision in the mat
ter it will first have to settle tl.e
legal points involved. Major Alex
ander Forward said yesterday at the
conclusion of the hearing. Tit
jurisdiction of the commission w:P
have to be settled and the claim
that Portsmouth is an intermedia^ :
point between Norfolk and Wash
ington established or denied.
C. S. Sailers Give Varied Reasons
for Overstaying Leave
New York, Dec, 17.?Of JofiO al
leged deserters court martialed at
New York Navy Yard since the
United States entered the war, 2~
attributed their overstayed leaves tr
French girls who ''insisted" on mak
ing love to them, it became known
Several explained that their over
stayed leaves were due to tln-ir
widowed mothers' need of their u
sistance. One bluejacket said hii
ship sailed while he had "gone
across the street to purchase to
baceo." and that he had vainly trie'
to overtake the sh'ip with a tug he
hired for the occasion.
Four Hundred Letters Written le
Authorize Payment of
Cents for Telegram
Philadelphia. Dec. 17.?The far.
that more than -10(1 letter? we re
written in a period of t'i<\htc?'
months in order that vouchors cnui
be authorized ."or the payment <
two telegrams cvsfcing eighteen an
fifteen cents, respectively, was
cited vsterdav by .lames FI. Moffatt.
formerly Lieutenant Colonel in the
Ordnance Department, as an exam
ple of what red tape did in' some of
the government's departments in
Washington during the war. Colo
nel Moffatt addressed the members
of the Kiwanus Club at the Be!!evur?
Stratford yesterday.
Merchants* .Association Says Amer
ica Has Moral Obligation
New York,. Dec. 17.?Immediate
ratification of the peace treat;,
"with such reservations as will
i either now or later, permit our
; participation in the league of na j
tions without impairing ? the sover- |
eiprn powers of the United States,''
was urged in resolutions adopter
by the directors of the Merchants'
Association and sent yesterday to
President Wilson ar.d members of
the Senate.
President Wilson was asked to
. re-submit the draft to 'the Senate
j in order to provide for its early
j consideration.
1 DO per Cent Honest Policy
WK stand by this broad state-'
j ment. A trial will convince you.
Our line of Accessories ar?? of the
! 100 per cent kind.
! 200-lc- Kir.tr and Patrick Sts
( One of the most sensible Xmas
gifts is a pair of army shoes which'
can be purchased at one half origin*!
cost at sale now going on 120 North
t Fairfax Street. Open evenings till 8
| o'clock. 299-41
Frederick P. iiussell left this
mornintr for New York, for the re
mainder of the week.
The Virginia 'Athletic <;iub ^ave
I a dance last night in the auditor
j mm of the Elks' Home.
The Willard W. C. T. U. will meet
I tomorrow evening at 8 o'clock with
i Mrs. Campbell, 21K Smith Washington
In the Circuit Court for this city
in vacation Robinson Moncure was
appointed administrator of the es
tate of Mrs. (iracd E. Todd.
Mr. John 11. Strider, a native of
Alexandria, who has resided in Sus
quehanna, Pa., for many years, is
>n a visit to his old home.
Many of the Sunday Schools of
'.he city have completed plans for
their annual Christmas celebrations,
most-of which are to be given dur
ing Christmas week.
A meeting of the subscribers to
the stock of the Alexandria P.ea!
Estate and Mortgage Corporation
will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in
the rooms of the Chamber of Com
merce. c
Mount Vernon Council, Daughters
of America, will meet tomorrow,
Thursday evening, at 7:30 in their
hall in north Pitt street, at which
time there will he election c-f offi
cers. also this is the last meeting of
the quarter. There will b** no meet
ing next week as Thursday is
Christmas Day.
TIih Columbia Fire Engine Com
pany has organized an athletic team
.0 1h* known as the Columbia Ath
etic Club. These officer* have
Seen chosen: J. W. Sehneider,
"r?p.esii^-nt; George Simpson, treas
irer; ,Iohn Evan?, secretary. This
?lub will i?ri a member of the Alex
wdria Basketball League.
The funeral of Mrs. Catherine S.
Washington.. wife of Nelson V.
Washington, will take place at 2
/clock "tomorrow afternoon from
WTieatle.v's chapel and will lx* o.on
lucted by Rev. Edgar Carpenter,
?eet'tr of Grace J'. E.; Church. Bu
rial w.'H be in Union '.cemetery.
Both funeral and burial will be pri
Charles Henry Quander. a well
'inovvn colored truck gardener, who
Jor thiity years conducted a stand
'n the city market, died yesterday
afternoon at his home, Brookside
Farm, near Mount Vernon. He is
survived by two daughters and
three sons. The funeral will i>e
erom the Alfred Street Church!
.Friday at 2 p. m.
i The monthly meeting of the board
of police commissioners will be held
at 7:-'J0 o'clock tonight in the office
)f Mayor Fisher when a policoman
{will be fleeted to fill the vacancy
-.caused by-the resignation of Police
iman John W. Kerns. All candi
lates are expected t/> appear in
oerson, otherwise .their applications
will not be considered.
The clinic being he-id here under
auspices of the United States, state,
tnd city health department which
for some time past ha,s been located
; ;n the Smith building on King
| street, has moved into its new quar
i ters on the second floor of police
headquarters. The room it occu
pies was used as police court room.
The clinic will probably be contin
ued until June.
Cant. Howell and Mechanician Drown
Off Island of Corfu
London, Dec. 17.?It was announced
by the air ministry yesterday that the
wrecking of the airplane of Capt.
Cedric Ernest Howell, one of the Brit
ish aii-men in the Loncfon-Melbooirne
flight.' occurred off St. Georges Bay,
j island of Corfu. December 0 at 3
p. m.
A nava! mototfbeat and some fish
ermsn proceeded to t)'ne .<pot but ar
rived too late to save Oapt. Howy!
j cr his mechajTci-an. Neither of fiht
j iKxlies has been found. The airpilar.e
j is believed to have been salvaged.

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