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Oddest Daily Newspaper In the'.
United States and Best Advertis
ing Medium in Northern Virginia
VOL. CXXXVII.?' No. 187.
Passenger Steamer Goes
Down 30 Minutes After
Grounding On Reef.
166 Survivors?Fog Responsible for
Accident ? Work All Thruogh
Eureka, Cal., Aug. 8.?Forty
eight persons, ;{(5 passengers and 12
of the crew, were lost last night
when the steamer Ale.rka, of the
San Francisco and Portland Steam
ship Company, southbound from i
Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco,
sank 30 minutes after crashing in
to the rocks of Blunts Reef, 40
miles south of this city.
The survivors, numbering 1G(> per
sons, were brought here today by .
the rescue ship Anyox, the first
vessel to reach the scene of the ,
wreck in response to the Alaska's
radio signal's, The Coast Guard tug
Ranger, dispatched earlv today from i
Eureka, returned to port with the ,
bodies of 12 men. Eight were mem
bers of the crew an:i four were pas
sengers. Captain Henry Hobey,1
master of the Alaska, is still unac
counted for and is believed to have
goro? down with his ship.
-'"Of the survivors landed by the
Anyox, 30 were more or less seri
ously* injured and recc.ved medical
treatment at local hosn:.uals.
The Alaska struck the reef bow
on in a dense fog, according to the
survivors, and immediately began to
list. The work of launching life- 1
boats was accomplished without de-;
lay or disorder. Three of the boats
successfully rode the waves, but the I
fourth was capsized, throwing its ;
occupants into the sea. The great- ;
est, loss, survivors said, resulted .
from this mishap. A few who wore j
iife belts succeeded in keeping afloat
until picked up.
Captain Hobey, when .the last of i
the lifeboats had been sent over the
side oif the rapidly filling Alaska, i
went to ;,lhe stern of his vessel and
he was (there when it started its j
plunge id the bottom.
Praise was mutually extended be ;
tween members of the crew and j
passengers in their stories of the
scenes following the crash. Des
pite the isolating terror on the ship
which was enveloped in fog with the :
swells dashing against it and throw
ing spta\ from ;agged r -cks of the
reef, calmness prevailed among the
passengers and crew. It was a short
time that scant 30 minutes between
the strinking on the reek and the
sinking. But without signs of dis
order the passengers were helped in
to the life boats under calm direc
tion of officers and crew and lowered j
into the water.
continued on page two
Elks Tonight Will Also He-ir Re
port en Frisco Convention
Alexandria Lodge No. 75S, Benevo
lent and Protective Ord?r of Elks, to
night will elect ten delg ites and ten
alternates to the state convention of
that oionization which will be held
in Charlottesville September y and
At this meeting reports will be
received from the delegates to the
national convention held in San
Francisco. The delegates were Geo.
A. Kaus and W. H. P. Kelly.
The lodge also will have a social
session following an initiation.
Noted Musician Visitor
Alfred II. Wert'neini. son of Max
Wertheim, formerly of Metropolitan
Opera Company, oi' New York,
was a recent visitor of C. M.
Schwab, and while hero, played at
the Methodist Church.
Mr. Wertheim appeared a- so
loists with the National Symphony
Orchestra last season. j.nd was read
ily acclaimed America's foremost
Recent critiques from musical
editors of the North comment on
his marvelous tonal qunity, which
is said to be equalled by Kreisler
alone, while his powers of feeling
and interpretation are cited as- the
"main-springs of a divine geniyus."
Washington, P. C.. Aug. S.?A
collision at Fourth and Pennsylvania
Avenue, Southeast., between the ma
chine of Alden Bates. 2620 Nichols
Avenue Southeast, ard Kemper
Hardy, 415 Eleventh ^t^eet South
east, resulted in the destruction of
both cats and injuries '?"> three per
sons. Albert Morris, j7 years old,
of Alexandria. Va., was treated at
Casualty Hospital for sever* lace
rations of the legs. Florence Bates,
was removed to Casualty suffering
from shock and bruises about the
body. Mrs. Lizzie Hardy, 40 years
old. was treated at Casualty for a
lacerated arm.
State News
Fredericksburg1.?E. N. Helsabeck
has announced himself an independent
candidate for the house of delegates
in November election from the legis
lative district composed of Essex and
King and Queen counties.
Roanoke.?Ground was turned yes
terday for the erection of a duplicate
I of the present Viscose silk mill plant,
southeast of the city, at a cost of
more than $1,000,000. The two addi
tional units will employ a force of
1,700, and the output of the plant will
be more than doubled.
Lynchburg.?Wonder is still being
expressed in eastern Campbell County
over the disappearance last Novem
ber of Pat Johnson, a farmer from
whom nothing has been heard since
about Thanksgiving Day. This, de
spite the fact that the country for
miles was searched for his body for
several weeks.
Leesburg. ? Much interest was
shown in the recent primary election
for the nominaiton as delegate from
Loudoun county. Harry Keen, a promi
nent farmer from near Middleburg,
won over his two opponents, Joseph
M. Martin and John O. Daniel. Mr.
Keen's maority over hi^ nearest op
ponent is about 275. s
Danville.?Otis Bradley, for 25
years deputy clerk of the corporation
court, who defeated his chief, John R.
Cook, in Tuesday's primary, was today
tendered his old position as deputy,
which he accepted. Bradley's election
in November is assured, but he will
not take the office for 18 months.
Cook is planning a brief vacation in
the near future.
Lynchburg.?Although local real
tors maintain that the sales in July
were* . below those of July
a year ago, nevertheless the
recordation of deeds in the Cor
poration Court clerk's office shows
fiva more deeds were admitted to re
cord thore this year than last year.
July, always a dull month for realty
transfers, this year saw sixty-two re
Manassas.?Friday of this week, at
the fair grounds, will be held the
Prince William county rally and bas
ket picnic, for which plans have been
in the making for several months. It
will be under the auspices of the Wo
"hian's Auxiliary, the Farmers' Union
and the boys' and girls' clubs of the
county . Good speaking, {fames, etc.,
is re promised for the day.
Norfolk.?The annual State camp
meeting of the Patriotic Order, Sons
of America, will be held in Portsmouth
next week. The convention is destin
ed to be an important one and dele
gates from all parts of the State wiiT
attend the sessions, which are to be
held in the Woodmen of the World
building, in county, near Court street.
Lynchburg:.?Contractors on the
state highways being built out of
Clover, Halifax county, and between
Meechum river and Crozet, Albemarle
county, have let subcontracts to D. F.
Burnett and company of Lynchburg.'
for the building: of small bridees and
culverts on the new work. The con
struction is all to be of concrete.
Petersburg:.?The lynching of Lem
Johnson, negro, for the murder of T.
W. Elmore at Tobacco. Ya., early
Wednesday morning by a mob of
Brunswick and Dinwiddie county citi
zens. will be investigated by a special
grand jury, which has been called by
Judge Jesse West to s:t at Lawrence
ville next Thursday. The special
grand jury was called at the request
of Commonwealth's Attorney Lewis,
of Brunswick.
Fro.lerieksburg.?The missing link
of ;he improved roa l extending fr.v^i
Kent's gate to th" fr .-f. of Oakley nil!,
on the Fredericksburg-Shady Grove
road, in Spotsylvania county, was
c-.mpieted Thursday by the joint ef
forts of the county equipment and the
residents of the neighborhood. This
bnk is one of the best built pieces of
road in the county. As many as
forty-four horses and mules and fifty
men worked and the helpers all en
joyed the fine dinners in Oakley
Grove, provided free by Charles A.
Petersburg.?That Will Elmore, the
negro held in the Richmond jail in
connection with the brutal murder of
T. W. Elmore, postmaster and store
keeper at Tobacco. Va., on Monday
night, and Lem Johnson, the negro
lynched by the Brunswick and Din
widdle counties mob Wednesday morn
i:ic. may have been two of the six
r.eirroe:- who shot W. R. Harris, town
sergeant of Wakefield, last week,
when he attempted to arrest them, is
the belief held by the police here.
Winchester.?Dr. Randolph Tucker
Shields, a medical missionary of the
Southern Presbyterian Church in
China, arrived at Vancouver, B. C., a
few days ago, and is on his way ?o
Winchester to join Mrs. Shields and
. their son and daughter, who have
been with the former's parents. Rev
' and Mrs. C. R. Page, since early last
spring. Dr. Shields, whose parents
are prominent residents of Missis
sippi, is to be a Rockefeller Founda
vot. instructor during ihe forthcom
ing session of th" nedical school ;.I
Johns Hopkins (.: ? vr-ity, Baltimore.
(Continued on Page Five)
Twenty Autos and Band $500,000,000 Available for
To Participate In Af- Treatment of Ex-Service
fair. ' Men.
To Boost Coming Dollar Day Sale. Measure Ready for Harding?Inipor
and Induce Shoppers of Places tanl Changes Made In Provisions of
Visited To Buy In Alexandria. Insurance Law.
?Headed by eight puces rf the
Citizen's Bund, in the neighborhood
i of 20 automobile loads of business
j men and earnest boosters of Alex
andria will take part :n the first of
j a series of Boosters' Trips which
I will leave Alexandria next Friday
1 morning; and spend the day visiting
the smaller towns and vllages of the
, nearby counties.
The trip is under the direction cf
j the Advertising Club of Alexandria
and the Retail Merchants' Bureau of
the Chamber of Commence is work
ing hand in hand with the club to
1 make this trip a howling success.
The automobiles will leave the
i corner of King and Pitt street about
J) o'clock J?riday morning, and the
first town to be visited on the sched
ule so far laid out, is Del Ray. From
! there the Boosters will go to Clar
endon, Falls Church, Vienna an:l
Fairfax and will eat iunch at the
Fairfax Hotel at 1 o'clock. After
; leaving Fairfax Courthouse, the cav- j
; aicade will cross the county to Occo
cfi?an, by way of Burke'? Station, and
will return to this city through
j Camp Humphreys and Accotink.
Circulars conveying the infornia
; tion incident to the coming Dollar
j -Day Sale will be distributed in eacn
, village along the route and the band
will render a few selections at each
stop along the vay. Seveia1 of
the merchants are plan-ing to (-quip
their cars with banners advertising:,
their own particular business and
some will distribute circulars show
in? the many bargains that re to
be found at their particular stores
on this big: sale day.
The trip is an earnest effort on
he part of the Advertising Club and
the Retail .Merchants Bureau to ad
vertise the city and to bring a !
crowd of shoppers from .the smaller
villages to Alexandria for Dollar
A number of the mercahnts have
been approached and asked to con
tribute a small amount toward the
? printing: of the circulars and the hir
, ing of the band end al! nave gladly
joined in the movement toward the
1 biggest Dollar Dav ever h*ld
; here. <
Owing to the limited time, how- j
ever, it will be impossible to see
: every person \yno might be willing
I and anxious to join in the movement
and all persons who wish to make
the trip, whether or iiot they own
a car are .equestecl to commuicate
at once with Mr. Lleweilyn Dyson,
of S. F Dyson and Bros., store, ?
and hand in tehir names as wishing
, to become participants.
Distributing Center.
j j
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Virginia Wool Growers Association
Selects Alexandria
i The Virginia Sheep and Wooi
Growers Asseoiation, through the !
efforts of the Chamber of Con;- '
merce, have made Alexandria their
chief distributing cinder. It is
stated that from two hundred t> five
:hundred thousand pounds of wool
will be stored in Alexandria at ali
times. The wool will be distributed
j to the trade of this section only!
from Alexandria. One of the build
ings at the old brewery has been se-'
cured as the storage house for this
Film Star Menacled Near
"Bathing Machine."
; Atlantic Citj, Au.y. .9 -_Mi--s
Hope Hampton, moving picture act
!ress. was badly buffeted by an ex
cited throng of several thousand va
cationists when she assisted at the
? ceremonies attendant upon th^ chris
j tening of Atlantic City's first "bath
ing machine." introduced by the
Ritz Carlton Hotel on the Chelsea
Beach yesterday afternoon.
Methodist Protestant
The tMethodist Protestant Church i
; in this city was the scene of Chris
tian activity yesterday, there was a
1 large attendance at both morning
and evening services. The pas'or
delivered two very helpful sermons :
: which were enjoyed very much by :
all present. His morning subj ct was
?the ^ Higher Life, and the evening
subject, "Sowing Wild Oats."
; At both services thee were nine
new members who joined the church
At the morning service three chil
dren were baptized, and at the even i
ing service three people came to the
altar and gave their hearts to Chris*
The Lord is in his Holy Temple." i
j Midweek prayer meeting on Wednes
day evening at 8 oclock, choir re- j
hearsal on Friday evenfng at eight
o'clock. This church extends a wel
come to all those who have no
church home. Come and worship
with us. r
' i
Washington, Aug. S.?Approxi
mately $500,000,000 has been pledged
by Congress annually for the care
of the sick and disabled soldiers and
sailors of the World War. This is
exclusive of insurance which the
survivors will receive and of any
bonus which may at some future
time be awarded by Congress.
Considering the number of disab
led men involved, high authorities
insist that the American Govern
ment is according more generous
treatment in the matter of money,
rehabilitation and of hospitalization,
to its veterans who suffered disabil
ities in the service, than is any
other Government that engaged -in
the war.
These are outstanding facts of
the legislation which Congress ha?
jusc enacted under what is known
as the Sweet bill, a measure to
which President Harlir.g has al
ready committed himself and one
which he is expected to formally ap
prove soon after his return from his
New England vacation
For weeks the House and Senate
have been engaged in perfecting the
bill, which consolidates al! the
agencies which deal with incapaci
tated service men and which is de
signed to bring a degree of effic
iency and dispatch to that- work
which has been lacking in the past
and which has been the cause of
nation wide dissatisfaction.
(Continued on page four.)
Harding- To Be Elks' Guest.
Hagerstown. Md., Aup:. S.?Presi
dent Harding, "Uncle Joe" Cannon
and many other prominent officials
have accepted invliations attend
the first annual meeting here next
week of the Maryland F.Iks associa
tion. The convention will he held on
August 1"). 1G and 17.
Lawn Fete Tonight.
Many novel features are planned
for the lawn fet? which will be given
tonight by the Girl Scouts of the city
at 7:.'!0 o'clock on the lawn of the
Young People's Building. The first
Girl Scout pin worn by Mrs. Hard
ing will, be shown.
Dead Whist Expert G ave
Woman Money To Cover
Orlando, Fla., Aug. 8.?Joseph B.
Elwell, New York sportsman and
whist expert who was shot to death
in his apartment in New York city
last year, loaned Miss Lena Clarke,
West Palm Beach postmistress in
jail here in connection with the shoot
ing of W. H. Miltimore, $38,000 in
1918 to cover shortage in the West
Palm Beach postoffice,. according to
an alleged statement Sheriff Karel
of Orange county, said tonight Miss
Clarke made to him.
Thousands of Miners Out of
Work August 27.
Scranton, Pa., Aug. 8.?Thou
sands of mine workers in S"ranton
and the vicinity will b'_? thrown out
of work after August 27, when some
of the coal companies cease second
mining as a result of the operation
of the Kohler and Fowler bills,
adopted at the last Legislature.
The Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western Railroad Company, which
operates the majority of collieries in
wle city, has announced that it will
cease all second mining" on August
27, and will not resume unless the
Kohler and Fowler acts are declared
unconstiuttional. Th<* Price Pan
coast Company operating in throe
operations, announces it will close
?down its plant entirely, as there is
only second mining possibly there.
It is stated that the Delaware.
Lackawanna and Western Company
will completley close down five of
its collie* ies, all Iocnkd in West
Scranton. Officials of the company
say that second mining comprises
most of thf work being done there
and they do not intend chancing jail
sentences as the result of the laws
that become effective this month.
The company will get out much
virjrin coal from newly opened tracts
while the constitutionality of the
acts is being contested.
It is explained that by devoting
its energies co this branch, more*
money will be made for the share
holder? ?nd it is less expensive min
ing than that of pillar robbing-.
Babylon is believed to have been the
first city to attain a population of a
Riles for Colonel James.
Funeral of Virginia Representative
This Afternoon.
Danville, Ya., Aug. S.?The funeral
of Representative Rorer A. James,
whose sudden death of heart failure
occurred here yesterday, will be con
ducted this evening at 5 o'clock at
the residence. The Rev. J. C. Hall will
be the officiating minister, with the
service of the Episcopal Church, of
which Colonel James was a member
and communicant. Interment will, be
in Greenhill Cemetery.
Peopje are arriving from all parts
of the State to attend the obsequies.
Senator Swanson and Governor-Elect
E. Lee Trinkle arrived on a late train,
and the Congressional delegation ar
rived early this morning. The fu
neral design sent by Congress is a
large Roman cross of roses.
lie was born at Brosville 62 years
ago, his father being John James, of
the upper part of the county, his
mother being Miss Angele Rorer, of
Pittsylvania county. His early educa
tion was at home and then he entered
Va., Military Institute from which
he graduated. It is one of the salient
points of his career the devotion he
showed to his alma mater. T1 or ten
years he was a member of the board
of visitors, four years as chairman.
It is recorded, that once Colonel
James said that the height of his am
bition was to be chairman of the V. M.
I. board and few things pleased him
more than his elevation to that posi
tion. He invariably attended - the
finals. Mr. James began his political
career in the house of delegates In
1891. He served in the lower house
for two years and was then elected
from Pittsylvania to the state senate
for eight years. His political sagacity
soon won for him a place in state af
fairs and the late Senator Thomas
Martin early recognized his ability,
Colonel James being one of his warm
est supporters and close personal
friends. In 1899 he purchased the
Danville Bee, both of which were
owned by him at the time of his
death. He was on the verge of build
ing a new handsome newspaper plant,
a lot having been cleared for this pur
pose and plans submitted by archi
tects only recently.
Mr. James was chairman of the
Fifth District Democratic committee
for many years and at the conven
tion held at Roanoke was named
chairman of the state Democratic
committee by acclaim; this in !i?20
when he was already acting as such,
having succeeded the late J. Taylor
Mr. James, who, it is recalled, was
a C.L. of the University of Virginia,
graduating in law after graduating
from V. M. I. entered congress to suc
ceed Edward W. Saunders, of Frank
lin county, who resigned to accept an
appointment on Ihe Virginia supreme
court bench. This was early in the
spring of 1919. Mr. James was nomi
nated and elected for the short or un
expired term as well as the ensuing
full term in the sixty-sixth congress,
sweeping the district by a substantial
To the members of his personal
staff at his newspaper office who re
garded Mr. James more as a frient
and adviser than an employer the
news, of his death today came as
stunning blow. A telephone message
reporting him dead was the first re
ceived and in a few minutes the report
had been confirmed.
Colonel James was married in the
early nineties to Miss Annie W ilson
of Henry, who survives him with the
following children. Wilson R. James,
of Camden, X. J? Rorer A. James, Jr.,
his associate in the conduct of his pap
er, Miss Annie James and John Bruce
fames. One brother survives, Dr.
Bruce R. James.
Police Court.
Only three cases were called for
trial in the police court. One was
a colored man charged by Police
man Thompson and Durrer with vi
I olatinjr the traffic law, and he was
fined $10. A white man arrested by
Policemen Rawlett and Talbot for
being: drunk on the -rivet forfeited
$5 collateral and a white man pr
rested by Sergt. Campbell and Dur
rer charged with beinjr drunk, for
feited So collateral.
Repudiation of Truce In Ire
land Is Threateneo By
Sinn Fein.
Dunlin. Aujr 8.?Repudiation of
! the truce between England and Ire
i land is considered a possibility
I should rhe British Government per
' sis; in its refusal to liberate .John
J. McKeown, a membev of the Irish
Republican Parliament, who is un
der conviction of murder. Respon
sible Sinn Fein leaders identify
themselves with McKeown's act as
part of the war ar.d consider refusal
to relea?e him as indi -itinjr a want
' of good faith or. the part of the Gov
General Sir Xevil Mac Ready. i:i
command of the British froces in
Ireland, recently had a conference
wfth Premier Lioyd George, and re
sponsibility for the orient situation
? in connection with McKeowns 'im
prisonment is considered by Sinn
Feiners to rest on him Strong- ef
forts are being- made today by in
fluential persons not connecter! with
Sinn Fein, who fear con.seqi"-nces
injurious to peace, to secure a le
\<rsal of the Governments decision.
It is reported that a "fecial courier
. has been sent to see the Premier.
Mrs. Harrison Declares
Two-thirds of Russians
On Hunger Rations.
She Predicts Food Situation Will
Have Vital Hearing On Public
Health?Polish Campaign Hurt.
?Berlin. Aug. 8.?The American
relief workers who are about to go
into famine stricken Russia proba
bly will find 12,000,000 persons in .
the Volga basin actually starving
and two-thirds of the entire popula
tion of Russia on hunger rations,
according to Mrs. Marguerite E.
Harrison, the Baltimore newspaper
woman, recently released from
prison in Soviet Russia.
This Mrs. Harison attributes to
international economic and political
disintegration under Soviet rule, and |
also to the ravages of the internecine
wars against Admiral Kolchak and
General Wrangel, and to the drought
What the drought failed to accom
plish conscription of farm hands'
and the requisitioning of grain for
the Red armies completed.
The result is that the Ukrainian
Republic, normally the granary of
Russia, barely is able to sustain it
self. Siberia virtually is in the
same predicament. ' Neither region
is willing to surrender grain to the
famine sections, and migrations of
peasants je new preceding, complete
ly halting the autumn planting,
which constitutes a tluvat against
next year's crops. The food situa
tion, Miv.. Harrison sal.!, also will
have a swift and decisive bearing
on the public health, although the
Russian sanitary crops had the
cholera situation in hand when she
left Moscow at the end of July.
The fumine area begins between
Nizhni-Novgorod and K..zan <>n the
north and extends southward in a
broad belt to Tsaritsin, on both sides
of the Volga, embracing the Tartar
Republic provinces of Simbirsk, Sa
mara. Saratov, Penza end Tambov:
the Teherkask Republi*. paits of
Riazan and Tula, and a large part of
the province of Ufa to Vie foothills
of the Ural Mountains.
Famine conditions have been
made worse by poor transportation
and the inefficiency of local distri
bution organization, which have
been vigorously attacked by the
newspapers during the past few
weeks. For instance. S"> per cent of
the milk spoiled in the Moscow Gov
ernment was due to the defective or
ganization of the receiving stations.
Pitiful stories of suffering are
told on all sides. The peasants of
Tambov are reported to be eating
bread made of straw, potato parings
and weeds. It is called lebedya. In
the Novenski prison where Mrs.
Harrison was detained i'.e bread was
adulterated with a flour which ap
peared to have been made from cow i
peas. Kasha, the staple cereal of
the peasants, has been replaced by
flageolet beans, which ;re imported.
(MYs. Harrison visited the Volga
basin with the British labor delega
tion a year ago. when ?he observed
symptoms of the approaching food
shortage. This, she said, is not the
result of the crop failur<\ but of the
economic conditions prevailing since
the beginning of the revolution. Din
ing the Kolchak campaign the Volga
provinces were overrun, with the re
sult tlr-i- the fields were not cultiva
ted and the populatior scattered.
This wa. one reason why th" offic
ial figures for 1920 showed that the
number of farm worker- in Russia
had decreased ~>0 per cent since
(Continued on Page Two.)
Ringel, Daring Airman.
Elopes With Widow.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8.?An
nouncement was made here tonight of
the elopement and marriage of Harry
Ringel, known throughout the coun
try as "Jersey" Ringel. dare-devil air
man. and Mrs. Blanche West Allison,
of St. Elmo, a suburb.
The couple stole away late Thurs
day evening and drove in a car to a
near-bv town for the ceremony.
Five Hurt At Shore In Auto
Atlantic City, Aug. 8.?Five chil
dren were injured last night and to
day as the result of the invasion oi
the resort by thousands of motorists
from all sections of the country.
Three girls, Katherine Martin,
Helen Kerr and Elenor McCann, were
driving- a pony cart when a heavy ma
chine crashed into the vehicle at
Rhode Island and French avenues. All
were taken to the City Hospital, suf
fering from shock.
George Erickson, a messenger/boy. \
was knocked down by a machine,
driven by Wilson Victor, a New York
salesman. The lad suffered a frac
ture of the ankle.
Thelma Aralmoxitz. 3 years old,
was struck by a car driven by Charles
Samuelson, escaping with slight in
(From Our Special Correspondent.)
Washington, Aug. 8.?Alexandrians
will be interested in the proposition
of the bureau of Ordnance of the
Navy Department to transfer gun
tests from Indian Head to Dahlgren,
on the Virginia side of the Potomac.
This suggestion, emaant'ng from the
Navy Department is meeting with de
termined opposition from the .Mary
land delegation in Congress and es
pecially from Sydney E. Mudd of that
state who is a member of the Naval
Affairs Committee of the House.
It has been represented at hearings
before the Naval Affairs Committee
that the five hundred civilian em
ployees oppose the transfer to Dahl
gren. They claim that they have pur
chased homes at Indian Head and
that if they were compelled to move
across the Potomac the expense en
tailed would be greater than they
could bear to say nothing of the in
conveniences to which they would be
Those who are fighting against the
proposed transfer of the testing plant
from Indian Head to Dahlgren claim
that at the latter place there is no
harbor and that Congress would In
called upon to spend millions f?>r
deepening the Potomac River at this
point in order that vessels might be
afforded an appraoch to it.
"Vessels now anchor three miles
away and barges are towed to Dahl
green with the guns. Then will come
other estimates for housing projects
whereas the government has con
structed two hundred homes at Indian
Head," is the argument made by the
advocates of the retention of Indian
Head to the Navy Department au
Representative Mudd who is lead
ing the fight against any change ad
mits that it might be satisfactory to
test out the big 12-inch and 16-inch
guns, fired at high angles at Dahl
gren, as during the war, but it would
be foolish to take all gun testing
away from Indian Head, where it has
been conducted successfully for more
than twenty years.
Navy Department officials, in argu
ing for a change in the testing plants
claim that at Indian Head indivi
duals are liable to injury as the re
sult of the fire of long range gun?.
They say that the Virginia site
agreed upon for such purposes would
remove the possibility of claim:;
against the government arising out
of gun tests now conducted at the
Maryland point.
In rebuttal of this argument the
Maryland delegation in Congress
claim that there has not been ;i
fatality at Indian Head in thirty
years as the result of gun tests and
armor plate experiments except
among the employees actually on
duty at the time.
The Navy Department, while favor
ing the transfer from Indian Head
to Dahlgren will not act upon the
matter until the Naval Affairs Com
mittee of the House has signified by
?ts vote that it prefers to create at
the Virginia location a gun testing
plant in preference to the one now
maintained by the government on
the Maryland side of th Potomac.
One of the three principal sources
of supply for "bootleg" whiskey has
been closed more tightly than a
drum under new rules for the sale of
intoxicants announced by Commis
sioner of Prohibtiion Haynes. Re
duction of the amount of whiskey
available in the United States by ?*).
000,000 gallons a year is estimated
by prohibition enforcement officials
to result from the new regulations.
While approximately 20,000,000
gallons of whiskey a year are now
being withdrawn from bonded ware
houses. the new restrictions on the
sale of liquor are expected to reduce
this amount to 15.000,000 gallons a
year or less.
This source of supply, which has
proven a gold mine for the bootleg
gers in the past, has been the con
stant drain and leak of whiskey
legally manufactured and held in
this country, but which, by devious
means, has been getting into the
hands of those who sell for .SI0 a
quart or more to the thirsty con
Since the advent of the prohibi
tion law, leaks of whiskey have been
serious. Wholesalers and retailers of
whiskey have suffered unaccountable
and mysterious robberies and deple
tions in stock, th? whiskey in ques
tion always finding its way to the
bootleir market. Shipments of liquor
have been waylaid, freight cars have
been robbed, all to the enhancement
of the supply of illegal booze, at
$10 a quart or more.
But there is to be no more of this
under the new rules. Commissioner
Havnes has decided that there will
be only two kinds of wholesalers in
the future. One will be the manu
facturer and the other will be the
wholesale druggists. Not only must
the wholesale druggist be bona fide,
under the new regulations, but he
must limit his whiskey business to
10 per cent, of his business in drugs.
He will not be permitted to use his
drug business as a blind for the
whiskey he sells. In other words,
the days of tb,e fake wholesaler has
Furthermore, in the future, when
whiskey is bottled, it "must be bot
tled only in pints. Quarts and
"shorties," as half pints are known,
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