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I ’resident in Address at Kan
sas City Approves Inter
state Commerce Plan
President Says That Some
Action Must be Taken to
Avoid “Costly Blunder”
Kansas City, Mo., Juno 23.—Con
solidation of the railroads of the
country into a small number of sys
tems is a rational, justifiable step,
full of promise towards solution of
the transportation problem, Presi
dent Harding declared nere last night
in the second prepared address ot
his western trip.
“If the system consolidations will
not afford the solution,” he said,
“then our failure will enforce a
costlier experiment and the one great,
commitment which I hope the United
States will forever escape.”
The executive expressed the belief
that this one great commitment
government operation—would be “a
cWI ossal blunder, whic.i would de
stroy initiative, infect us with politi
cal corruption, create regional jeal
tuisics and impose incalculable cost
on the public treasury."
Railroad Labor Board.
Discussing relations between ear
ners and their employes as a vital
factor in the transportation situa
tion, the President announced that
he favored continu/ince of the Rail
road Labor Board “under such modi
fications as stem most likely to make
the plan successful.” He said he
was not convinced that the test of
this plan had been “a complete and
entirely fair one,” but added that
“there is little to hope Tor until all
concerned ar< ready to comply
with the board’s decisions."
“I am frank to say,” he continued,
“I do not hope for compliance on
the part of employes so long as de
cisions are ignored by the managers.”
The sort of consolidation of the
carriers which Mr. Harding advocat
ed contemplates a constitution of the
larger systems so that the weaker
and unprofitable lines would be able
to lean upon the financial strength
of the stronger and profitable ones
until the growth of the country
makes them all earn a Just return
upon the capital invested. The whole
would be under “rigorous government
Such a consolidation, the Prcsi
difct asserted, would “effect a dimu
nffion in rates without making a net
return impossible” and at the same
time “make sound finance possible
for expansion.”
“There now appears to be no dif
ficulty about any constitutional inhi
bition to the voluntary consolidation
unauthorized by Congress,” the ex
ertuive continued, “But the problem
of reconciling the interests of the
hundreds of different ownerships and :
managements of lines to be merged
into systems has proven a task for
whic lino solution has been found. j
Expects Legislation.
“It is, therefore, being seriously |
proposed that the next step be to |
further amplify the provisions for I
consolidation so as to stimulate the !
consummation. It is my expectation
that legislation to this end will be -
brought before Congress at the next
“There are some roads—many of
the smaller ones in fact—whose con
tinued operation is absolutely vital
to many thousands of people, to con
siderable towns, to large areas of
country, whose revenues simply can
not provide financial facilities
through earning, pending a consider
able growth in community population,
say nothing of earning any return
whatever on capital invested. iNo
legerdemain of court processes, re
ceivers’ certificates oi financial jug
gling, can save them. They must get
more revenue or stronger support or
quit operating until the country is
r «nore largely developed.
Grand Forks, June 23. —Mrs.
Maude Ployhar of Valley City, was
chosen grand matron of the grand
chapter of the Order of Eastern
Star in North Dakota at the session
tii is morning of the annual conven
tion. She succeeds Mrs. Blanche
Lynn Whittemore of Bowman, N. D.
Other officers named are: Grand*
Patron, Charles H. Starke. Dick
inson; Associate Grand Matroty,
Mrs. Pearl Clark, Kenmare; Asso
ciate Grand Patron, Ralph Miller,
Furgo; Grand Secretary, Mrs. Min
nie Rusk. Fargo; Grand Treasurer,
Mrs. Cora Richmond, Minnewau
kan; Grand Conductress, Mrs. Lil
libridge, Dickinson; Associate
Grand Conductress, Mrs. Emily
Baldwin, Devils Lake.
--'■Tiie ceremonies will close today.
After the deluge which swept Texas and Kansas for two weeks, Beaumont, Tex., looked like an Amer
ican Venice. Flivvers became gondolas.
Present Bonds Continue Un
der New Law State
Officials Rule t
Bonds of depository banks given
under the present laws may he con
tinued in force, under conditions,
when the new depository act takes
effect July 1, according to opinions
of Attorney-General George F. Shaf
er and Tax Commissioner C. C. Con
Auditor C. W. Nelson of Barnes
county, stating that the 1921 deposi
tory law provided for continuing
bonds of four years, asked whether
bankers arc required to furnish new
“It was the intention of the leg
islature in enacting chapter 1942,
session laws of 1923,” says the At
torney-General's opinion, “that it
should not he necessary for the
county commissioners to require
new bonds of all depositories, if at
the time of being designated as
sAch in conformity to said chapter
tne bank so designated did have
with the proper official a continuing
bond as provided in said chapter 56,
session laws of 1921, it being the
plain duty of the hoard to examine
all outstanding bonds, and to re
quire new bonds whenever neces
sary in order to comply with the
new law. In other words, it will
only amount to a re-designation un
der the old bond, care being taken
to see that the old bond is a con
tinuing one.”
Thx Commissioner Converse
points out that the new depository
law requires that every bank in the
county be notified on July 1 by the
clerk, which includes the auditor,
of a public corporation despositing
money, and that at the next meeting
of the board a depository be desig
nated. In the event there should be
no proposals from banks, Mr. Con
verse says: “My conclusion is that
it would then be proper for the
board to designate as a depository
the hank which now lyis the funds
in its custody providcu the bond of
such bank already on file conforms
to the provisions of the act.”
The new depository act requires
the bond to be approved by ( the
states attorney as to form and by
the hoard as to sufficiency. Mr.
Converse suggests it would be well
to have the board again approve the
amount of a continuing bond and
the sufficiency', as well as having
the states attorney approve the
Under the new law interest paid
on public money shall be not less
than 2 percent nor over 3 percent
on call deposits and not less than 4
nor more than 6 percent on time
FOR $77,000
Burke. County Demands
Money of State Bonding
Fund *
Suit against J. R. Jensen former
treasurer of Burke county, and the
State Bonding Fund for' $77,768.36
because of money deposited in the
First State Bank of Bowbells, now
closed, has been started by the
board of county commissioners of
Burke county. Jensen was bonded
for $50,000 by the state fund.
The suit alleges that there was
in the bank $36,583.61 on deposit
by a former treasure* which Jensen
accepted and $41,184.85 deposited by
Board of Equalisation 4
The city commission will meet as
a board of equalization next Tues
day night. The body now is in the
midst of this work, hearing an*
complaints taxpayers have to make
over assessments.
New Prize Is Announced Today to be in List Offered to
“Ford Family”*— Bismarck Makes Plans to Take Care
of Visitors Coming For The Big Event
The “Ford family” which gathers
in Bismarck qext Wednesday, June
27, is going to he seen far and wide.
Pictures will be taken of the big
gathering, which is to be staged un
der the auspices of the Copelin Mo
tor Company, and'they probably will
go all over the country in the Ford
magazine and other publications.
It is to he a big day.
Even after the outline of prizes
was* made and the arrangement by
the Bismarck Retail Merchants and
the Copelin Motor Company to give
away a brand new Ford touring car
to the holder of n lucky number, a
lot of other interesting sidelights
and stunts were being developed to
day. Some of them are now secret,
but are expected to provide a lot of
fun for the “FortJ family.”
Then genial Old Lady Bismarck
expects a big job in entertaining
all the Ford owners and their fam
ilies expected in here for the festive
Drives Binder in Wheat Fields
and Shows He Knows
How To Do It
Hutchiitson. June 23. Before
arriving in Hutchinson, President
Harding’s trail? traveled for miles
through Kansas wheat fields and
upon arrival he, with Mrs. Hard
ing and other members of the party
were taken for a ride in the coun
try where the wheat harvest is in
He drove a binder, shocked up
some of the grain in both the Kan
sas and Ohio ways and obtained
first hand information as to the
problems of the wheat farmers of
the middle west.
The President .demonstrated that
he had not forgotten his farmer
boy days in Ohio as he climbed
down frem the tractor which 'drew
the 10-foot binder, Governor James
A. Davis of Kansas exclaimed:
“You - are some farmer, Mr. Pres
ident,” and several of the farm
hands called out, “You are all
right, chief.”
Adventists Plan
For Sanitarium
Fessenden, N. D., June 23. —The
matter of establishing a sanitarium
will be taken up at the annual camp
meeting and conferences of the Sev
enth Day Adventists beginning yes
terday and lasting until July 1. Dur
ing the past year the Adventists have
opened headquarters at Jamestown
for F. E. Barley, the new field secre
Banking Houses
Show Surplus
New York, June 23. —The actual
condition of clearing house banks
and trust companies for the week
show an excess in reserve of $7,-
548,950. This is a decrease of $16,-
819,580. 1
Break Ground.
Ground was broken today for the
new water works filtration plant.
occasion, but there won’t he any
dull time, the visitifrs arc promis
With hand music, novel stunts
and beautifully decorated cars—not
to mention a picnic to give every
body a chance to get acquainted and
swap stories —the Ford Day in Bis
marck is counted to he the most
complete Ford Day entertainment
held in the Northwest.
Scores of Ford owners already
are looking forward to the big prize
of the day, the drawing of the Ford
touring car to he given away free
to the holder of the lucky number.
The numbers arc going into a sealed
ballot box, Under padlock and key,
and then at 5:39 in the afternoon
on June 27 the lucky number is to
be drawn, and some one is going
to he the proud owner of a new car.
This feature, it already has been
announced, is arranged by the Copc
(Continued on Page 3)
Six hundred claims for loss by
hail in Bowman, Oliver, Kiddc,
lagan and Emmons counties in
storms on June 19, 20 and 21 were
received this morning by the state
hail insurance department, Man
ager Martin Hagen said. The heav
iest losses appeared to he in Bow
man county, where percentage of
loss ran high, according to claims.
Scattered claims for hail loss in
Adams, Renville, Stutsman and a
very few from Cass also have been
received in the last day by the
state department.
G. R. Lowe Will Explain
“Neosha Plan” Here
G. R. Lowe, engaged by the Asso
rted Advertising Clubs of the
World to explained' the “Neosho
plan” of which he is the origina
tor, will address a noon luncheon
of the Association of Commerce
iSometime in July.
Mr. Lowe’s plan, it was explain
ed, is getting the farmer and city
man together, building a better
understanding, improving rela
tions, increasing a city’s functions.
Ilia plan attracted nation-wide at
A request from Julius H. Barnes,
president of *tlie United States
Chamber of Commerce, that the lo
cal A. of C. join in a nation-wide
effort for better utilization of the
transportation system through
closer cooperation between shipper
and railroad, has been placed in
the hands of the A. of €. transpor
tation committee.
Strasburg Man 4
Drowning Victim
Linton, N. June 23.—Mike Rich
ter, twenty-five years old, and son of
Andreas Richter, of Strasburg, was
drowned Sunday afternoon when he
attempted to ford Beaver Creek be
low the O. E. Burge farm. The vic
tim was unable to swim and dropped
into a deep hole. Several Linton peo
ple and other neighbors were in the
vicinity, but were unable to save the
drowning man.
Governor Believes Problem Is
Important in Dealing with
Farm Situation
Every Member of Such Or
ganization Must Give it
Close Study, He Declares
Belief that lower freight rates
constitute an important factor in the
improvement of agricultural condi
tions in the Northwest was expressed
by Governor R. A. Nestos on his re
turn here from the National Wheat
Conference held in Chicago.
With a long haul and bulky pro
ducts raised, North Dakota and other
Northwestern states are in jieed of
freight rates that will give a lower
rate to the farmer, the Governor
said, adding this is true especially
in view of the rates in the Dominion
of Canada to the seaboard being
much lower. The ultimate comple
tion of the proposed Great Lakos-
St. Lawrence waterways is an import
ant factor in the future, the Gov
ernor added.
The Chicago conference, he said,
was successful as a conference, there
being 550 delegates from 36 different
states, including representatives of
all great farmers’ organizations of
the country and farmers themselves,
as well as representatives of milling,
baking, banking, meat packing and
farm implement industries.
Deals With Future,
Tiie conference, he said, was called
to deal with the economic solution
01 problems confronting the wlieut
raisers, and working out a program
for years to come rather than to
deal with legislative remedies, since
the conference last winrerTh St. Paul
took steps to urge legislative action.
A committee was named at that con
ference, he said, to induce Congress
to pass the Gooding price-minimum
on wheat hill.
“It was the feeling at the Chicago
conference that everything that could
be done'to create greater markets
for products should be done, and
while a committee was at work in
ducing Congress to pass a price-fix
ing measure, action should be taken
toward developing a sofinf and safe
agricultural program to insure bet
ter markets and tjiore stabilized
Price-Fixing Plan.
“The reason the conference de
clined to also adopt a price-fixing
resolution was that many felt this
had been taken care of in the St.
Paul conference and the Chicago con
ference should he ,devoted to eco
nomic measures tending to limit pro
duction and increase consumption
by co-operation of wheat raisers
to secure better price conditions.”
The Governor said that after going
through the conference he felt per
sonally confident that the chief hope
for the future lies in such organiza
tions as the farm -urenu, national
wheat growers organization, and
added “I hope the farmers In increas
ing numbers will join in the build
ing of these organizations and will
have the constant co-operation of
business and • professional men.”
Must Take Interest.
“While our experience In the past
shows frequently the difficulty in
finding the best kind of men to take
active charge of the work of these
organizations, there is a positive
need of them and no one should be
deterred from joining, and with the
co-operation by members the highest
type of leadership can be retained
and secured if not already actively
The Governor said that in the past
there has been too much of a dis
position when a co-operative organi
zation was formed to rely on the
mere fact that co-operation was an
open sesame to success, but added
that there can be no hope for suc
cess in any co-operative organization
until the memberghip takes as kfcen
interest as they would in their pri
vate business, and apply the same
sound principles of business organ
Dairy Special At
Mandan Monday
Burleigh county and slope
farmers in general are urged to
attend* the “Dairy Special” pro
gram which will be given in the
NortheVn Pacific railway yards
at Mandan all day Monday.
The train with a Wisconsin
state exhibit will arrive in Man
dan 3:20 Sunday and will leave
that city at 10:20 P. M. Monday,
Mandan time.
There are a staff of lecturers
on board and probably one of
the finest exhibits ever arrang
ed for a tour of this kind.
There will be Holstein, Guern
sey and Swiss cattle shown.
No Explanation Is Given For
Interruption, But Seizure
Is Resumed
S(c;iin>;hip Sets Sail From
England for United States
Bearing Sealed Liquor
Washington, June 23.—New
and drastic instructions design
ed, it was said, to hasten seizure
of beverage liquors aboard the
incoming foreign ships, were
sent today by Assistant Secre
tary Moss of the Treasury De
partment to customs and prohi
bition officers in New York.
The new orders were made
necessary, it was officially stat
ed, by the action of Dr. E. K.
Sprague, public health officer in
New York, in granting a request
of the medical officer of the
British liner Berengaria to re
tain its entire supply of liquors
as “medicinal.”
New York, June 23. —Uncle Sam,
after sturting to seize Johnny Bull’s
liquor on the steamship Baltic, halt
ed, scratched his head and later re
sumed his raid on the steamship
lockers stocked with liquor under
British government seal, intended for
use on teh homeward trip.
Secretary Mellon who promulgated
the dry ruling which the Baltic, Ber
engaria and Paris have defied show
ing and officials at Washington pro
fessed ignorance of the reasons for
the pause, and officials at the cus
toms .house locked in conference
could not he reached. At the offices
of the White Star line It was stated
fhnt no injunction proceedings had
been instituted.
At the prohibition unit officials
likewise di*olai,med *ll knowledge for
the reason for interrupting the seiz
ures. It was learned, however, that
Commissioner Haynes who also is in
New York had been in communica
tion with prohibition legal advisers
here by telephone. No one would
reveal the subject of the conversa
It was said later that the author
ities had delayed, through courtesy
for Dr. E. K. Sprague, local head of
the United States Public Health Serv
ice, who ha<i issued a permit for
retention of some liquor for medi
cal supplies. When he failed to ap
pear raiders resumed their work.
Removal of the seized liquor from
the Baltic began shortly before 2
o’clock. The authorities induced
longshoremen to lift it with a crane
from the hol,j and it was loaded on
trucks bound for a government ware
house. Only a few dozen cases had
been removed, however, when the
work was stopped on telephonic in
structions from Dr. Sprague.
Southampton, England, June 23.
The steamship Ohio of the Royal
Mail Steam Packet Co., sailed for
New York today with a sealed sup
ply, of liquor for her return trip. The
Aquitania sailing tomorrow will be
similarly stocked.
London, June 23. —An official state
ment issued this afternoon read:
“There is no foundation whatever
for certain remarks attributed to Mr.
Baldwin (the prime minister), in the
press to the effect ‘now that the Irish
question and the debt arc out of the
way prohibition seems to be the only
thing likely to disturb Anglo-Amer
ican friendship.’”
Washington, June 23. —The sudden
halt in seizure of the Baltic supply
of liquor was a surprise to treasury
officials in Washington who immedi
ately took steps to ascertain the
Assistant Secretary Moss, who is
acting head of the department in the
absence of Secretary Mellon, said no
order countermanding yesterday’ in
structions to seize the liquor had
gone forward from the capital.
New York, June 23.—American
customs authorities charged by Se
cretary of the Treasury Mellon’s or
(Continued on Page 3)
New York, June 23.—A wireless
message from Albert D. Lasker, for
mer president of the shipping board,”
to President Harding announcing
that the steamship Leviathan had
broken 'all world records for sustain
ed speed was forwarded by the ship
ping board today.
i !
Telephone Communication Is
Disrupted in Many Places
Because of Blow
Bismarck escaped the brunt of the
terrific wind storm which did serious
damage lust night west of the Mis
souri river. The weather bureau’s
report here showed the highest winj
velocity was 40 miles an hour, while
some estimates placed the blow west
of the river at 80 to 90 miles an hour.
The storm cut across a patch of
woods on this side of the Missouri
river south of here, according to Mich
ael O’Connor, and blew limbs six inch
es thick off big cottonwood trees
along the river. Many limbs were
blown off’ trees at the cupitol grounds
and in various parts ot the city.
The highest temperature yester
day was 87 here, and was one of the
hottest days of teh season. J
A few telephone circuits were dam
aged in Bismarck. The North Dakota |
Independent Telephone company re- |
ported service crippled from Steele
east, bad wires at Flasher, and west
of Glen Ullin 16 telegraph poles were
blown down. Trouble also was re
ported north of Coleharnor.
The high power electric line from
Underwood to Max was badly dam
aged. There also was telephone trou
ble north pf Mandan. The Soo line
reported some poles down north of
Underwood, and one report to that
company said that across the river
from YVashhurn the wind uprooted
big trees while it did not do much
damage on the enst side of the river.
Reports from Fargo stated that i
wire communication from Minnesota
was badly crippled because of storms
here, and that this morning Fargo
was cut off from Minot.
Minot, June 23. Rain which be
gan falling in Minot late yesterday
afternoon has totalled 1.10 inches.
Fargo, Juno 23.—Several plate
glass windows were blown in dur
ing a wind storm in Moorhead last
❖ ❖
For Bismarck and vicinity: Part
ly overcast tonight and Sunday.
For North Dakota: Partly over
cast tonight and Sunday. Not quite
so warm east portion tonight.
General Weather Conditions
Low pressure centered over North
Dakota has been accompanied by
showers and thunder storms in
Mi nnesota, the Dakotas and at scat
tered places to the north Pacific
Coast. Some high winds were re
ported in central North Dakota and
the showers were heaviest in north
ern and western sections of the
Stute. Temperatures are still high
from the Mississippi Valley east
ward, but cool weather prevails from
the Dakotas westward and south
Road Conditions
The roads throughout the State
are generally in good condition, ex
cept for a few rough places due to
recent rains.
Corn and Wheat.
Stations. High Low Preci.
Amenia 90 62 .23 C
BISMARCK 87 57 .05 C
Devils Lake 90 62 .34 C
Dickinson 86 60 .49 Cl
Dunn Center 83 51 .58 Cl
Ellendale 87 62 .79 C
Grand Forks 89 65 .11 C
Jamestown 91 56 .11 C
Langdon 90 60 .10 C
Larimore 90 60 4.00 C
Lisbon 91 60 .48 C
Minot 91 48 1.10 Cl
Napoleon 86 58 .45 C
Pembina 82 64 2.50 Cl
Williston 80 54' .68 Cl
Moorhead 90 64 .44 Cl
Orris W. Meteorologist.
In addition to making 28.4 knots in
one hour the steamship sustained 28
knots for six hours, the message said.
During a 26-hour period she cov
ered 68 nautical miles, the average
speed being 27.48 knots. The dis
tance run was declared to be 11 miles
further than teh fastest record made
by a merchant marine ship.
Starting in Sioux County Ter
rific Wind Carries Farm
Buildings in Its Path
Reaches Into Northern Bur
leigh and Southern McLean
Counties, Reports Say
At least three farm homes were
destroyed, scores of barns, granaries
and other farm buildings wrecked
and two persons seriously injured
in cyclonic storm last evening whicn
came on the heels of one of the hot
test days of the season when the
mercury reached almost 90 degrees.
A wide area was affected, embrac
ing most of Grant and Morton coun
ties, nnd striking across the Mis
souri to northern Burleigh anr
soutehrn McLean counties.
Woman Injured.
Mrs. Ed. • Gittei, north of Net
Salem, hurrying to get into he;
house, was struck by heavy tint
hers, sustaining a broken arm, broke:
nose and loss of an eye.
North of Lark in Grant county the
farm homes of William Peterson and
Louis Tibbetts were completely de
stroyed. Families at both places tool
refuge in the cellars and all escapee
injuries except a 12-ycar-old son o'
Louis Tibbetts, who was’hit by fly
ing timbers and badly injured. H>
was taken to Flasher unconscious.
South of Raleigh, according t
meager reports received by messen
gers to Mandan, not a farm hut los 1
some buildings, barns, granaries r.m
houses. Telephone wires are dow
in that vicinity and many detail
could not be secured.
The storm was apparently 30 to 5“
miles wide, came up out of South Da
kota and swept across eastern Siou
Grant nnd Morton dodged around th
city of Mandan and crossed the MiF
souri river, struck north across th
northern part of Burleigh county an
southern McLean.
Granary Crashed.
Near Carson a granary was crash
ed in to the William Owen far:
home, practically demolishing !t.
The storm was not a twister but
terrific blow. Starting at 6:30 th
wind steadily increased in velocit
until it reached a speed estimated i
80 to 90 mijes an hour.
Meager reports received at Mai
dan from points wh’ich could 1
reached by telephone told of destro
ed barns and granaries wrecked.
A particularly heavy loss is repot
ed to the territory 20 miles sou
of New Salem and Flasher.
The loss, it was estimated, migl
include wrecking of SO farms at
other damage, amounting to ov<
Girl Injured
Odella Fried, 15, daughter of J
cob Fried, farmer 12 miles nort
went of Mandan. was brought to t
city today in a critical conditi
suffering from internal injuries si
tained when she was crushed i
neath a small building which w
picked up and thrown upon* h- r
while she was hurrying to shelt*
Conservative estimates in Mand;
at noon placed the damage at w»
over $250,000.
Farmers coming int* Mandan to
of at least two big barns blov
down 17 to 20 miles southwest i
the city, and scores of smalh
buildings wrecked.
The city of Mandan escaped an.
damage, although a small barn jus’
west of the city was blown dow
and a string of box cars on a sidin
three miles west of the city wa
sent down the track at a 25-mile-a
hour gait and halted by a switchin •-
crew which hooked on to the cars
Wires were down at Harmon ant
Price, and indications were that ter
ritory suffered greatly.
Damage at Wilton
Damage amounting to sevei
thousand dollars was done to f
Washburn Lignite Coal Compai •
property at Wilton, by the st -
which reached tftere about < v
o’clock last night G. W. Stev *
of Wilton said over the teleph h r
today that there seemed to be tw
storms, straight, hard winds, one
from the Northwest and one fron:
,the southeast, which met ab >i.
Barns of several farmers living
east of Wilton were leveled to the
ground. It is expected barns ii
wide area were damaged. No r< -
ports of injuries were received.
The wind stripped the roof of the
office building of the Washburn
Lignite Coal Company at the time,
taking it entirely off and some of
the bricks at the top of the waP.
Most the books and records of
the company were in vaults, and- e -
caped damage.
The wind raised one corner of the
power house four inches. It also
blew down a~ windmill of the etfm
pany at Langhorn, a company town,
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