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THE BISMARCK ’I r RT B TJ N E I
ESTABLISHED 1873
DECLARE COLLINS LIVES IN CAVE
BIG WORK OF
LEGISLATURE
. YET TO COME
Most Important Measures
Pending Are Yet to be
Disposed of by Body
SOME BIG QUESTIONS
Banking, Highway, Cigarette,
Appropriation Bills Re
main For Action
The 10th general assembly of
North Dakota, moving at an accel
erated pace, this week will approach
final decision upon some of the im
portant subjects of legislative con
sideration in the present session.
With hut few of the big measures
disposed of both in Senate und
House, however, it is evident that
the most important work of the as
sembly will be done in the last two
weeks, before adjournment.
• Many knotty problems are on
the program of business of either
the Senate or the House. Among
them are:
• The two cigarette bills, to be
voted on in the House Tuesday.
Have passed the Senate.
>JRepeal of county agent law,
pilnding in House.
Enactment of Sorlie mill pro
gram, particularly board of man
agers repeal law, pending in Sen
ate after having passed the
House.
Bank regulation measures
pending in Senate.
One measure providing $lO,-
000,000 bond issue to pay depos
itors of closed banks; another
abolishing guarantee of bank de
posits law, in Senate.
Bill for reopening of Bottineau
Normal, pending in Senate after
having passed the House.
Four House bridge bills, now
in Senate.
Senate bill rewriting delin
quent tax laws, passed Senate,
now before House.
Measures restoring some ex
emptions from taxation, in Sen-, *
ate.
Highway policy, yet unsettled.
Measure abolishing party reg
istration by assessors, pending
in House. Passed in Senate.
Bills Disposed Of
Some of the appropriation bills
have finally been disposed of, and
several more of the important ap
iVopriation measures will be voted
>if finally during this week. That
;ome differences may arise between
Senate and House is evident from
the fact that already the Senate
has refused to agree on amendments
made by the House to three meas
*ures, and conference committees also
Have had trouble in reaching an
agreement.
The action of the Senate against
the child labor amendment w*as fol
lowed by putting to sleep of two oth
er measures which, if they had come
up for lengthy consideration, would
have provoked sharp differences of
opinion. They were the measures
providing for compulsory vaccination.
The House, by voting down two
bills designed to limit the school
transportation costs, ended in short
order consideration of a subject
much discussed both before and dur
ing the present session of the as
sembly. Serious discussihn, however,
will follow on a bill, providing local
option for school districts in the
matter of furnishing or paying cost
of transportation of pupils/
The Highway policy of the legis
lature still is unsettled. The House
has before it bills placing: an addi
tional one-cent tax on gasoline, re
vising the automobile registration
fees and providing a new form of
highway commission. The. chief
problem'.is the division of the pro
ceeds of the motor vehicle and-.gas
>line tax. The conflict comes be
tween those who believe the proceeds
should largely go Back to the coun
ties to aid in maintaining and build
ing local roads, and those who de
sire to see main state -roads built.
lAbout the best that those advocat
ing main state roads hope for is a
50- 50 division in the funds.
Federal Aid Resolution
There is division of opinion as to
whether it is wise to accept Federal
Aid in road building. The House
has before '’it ‘today a resolution
memorializing Congress agaifcst cost
of the federal aid system of road
building.
A bill providing for local option in
the matter of Sunday movies is
pending in the Senate, but no action
?« likely before the, cigarette bills
are disposed of this week.
The program of financing, the state
mill and elevator will have a prom
inent plate in legislation deliber
ations this week. The Independents
are ready to insist upon amending
" House Bill No. 94, which repeals the
provision for a board of managers
Vor the state njill and elevator, sub
stituting the power of the Governor
for the Industrial Commission and
Board. An appropriation to finance
, thejuill’s operation also is proposed.
FLIES YIELD DYES
Mexico City, Feb. 9.—Tons of dried
flies are shipped annually from
Mexican ports. The insects yield
searlet and crimson dyes. Many of
| the peasant phildrett ere helping
support the family by catching these
flies. _
DOCTOR AND NURSE FIGHTING
DIPHTHERIA PLAGUE AT NOME
This photo taken at the Maynard-C
-show Miss Bertha Saviilc and Dr.
Public Health Service, wlvo are tl
diphtheria-stricken Nome, while tin
bein-g rushed there in i
| Your
| Income Tax |
1 This is one of a series of j
| articles explaining the in
come tax to the laymen. It
1 has been prepared in view of
j recent changes in the income
I tax law.
•I* ❖
BY R. A. CONKEY
Tax Consultant
A normal tax is imposed upon
net income in excess of the personal
exemption and other credits against
income, at the following rates:
1. Citizens residents:
First S4OOO 2 per cent
Next S4OOO ,4p'er cent
Balance ..0 per cent
2. Non’-resident' alien;
Total amount 0 per cent
The surtax is imposed upon the
entire net income before deducting
the personal exemption and other
credits against income. However, it
does not apply unless the net in
come exceeds SIO,OOO, the rate on
the net income from SIO,OOO to $14,-
000 is 1 per cent, $14,000 to $16,000
is 2 per cent, $16,000 to SIB,OOO is 3
per cent, and go on up until a max
imum rate of 4 per cent on all in
comes in excess of $1,000,000 is
reached.
The tax is payable in four equal
quarterly installments. The first in
stallment is due when the return is
required by law to be filed, and if
return is filed for a calendar year,
the return with at least one quarter
of the tax is due on or before March
15th, of the following year. The sec
ond installment would be due June
15th, the third one September 35th.
Returns should be filed and pay
ments made to the collector of in
ternal revenue for the district in
which you reside.’
FOG BRINGS
TRAIN WRECKS
• New York, Feb. 9.—Two men were
killed and more than 50 persons were
hurt in a series of collisions on New
York Transit lines today, Ahile one
of the heaviest fogs in recent years
enveloped the city.
5 KILLED IN
TRAIN WRECK
Locomotive Crashes Into
Freight Train
Kansas City, Kans., F®h. 9. — Five
persons were killed and three dan
gerously injured when the locomotive
of Missouri Pacific train No. 104,
eustbound from Omaha to Kansas
City left the rails and crashed into
a standing freight train at Nearman,
Kans., three miles west of here.
The exact cause of the wreck had
not been determined.
The revised list of dead:
R. H. Jones, Falls City, Neb., engi
neer of freight train.
Marvin C. Wodell, Kansas City, en
gineer of passenger train.
D. R. Wires, Falls City, Neb.,
freight fireman.
Corporal Carlos Hall, attached to
service school at Fort Leavenworth.
W. J. Neely, of Falls City, Neb.,
brakeman of the freight train, who
witnessed the accident, declared he
saw the passenger train leap from
the rails of the plain line as the
front trucks of the locomotive hit
the switch. He said the passenger
engine swung into the freight train
on the side track, then rebounded
and rolled down a ten foot embank
ment.
'cGumbus llsoipital in Nome. Alaska.
Curtis Welch, director of the IT.l T . S.
le entire me..‘.cal force -battling in
ey waited for the life-saving seurm
tile epic dog team race.
LEGALITY OF
ATKINSON FEE
TO BE TESTED
Action Started by
Under Edburg’s Name
Has Been Resumed
$7,800 IS INVOLVED
Powers of a City “Commission
To Fix Compensation in
Matter Involved
George D. Mann, publisher of the
Bismarck Tribune, has permitted his
name to be substituted for that of
Marcus Edburg’s to the taxpayers’
suit brought recently to determine
the legality of the three percent
commission paid T. R. Atkinson, city
engineer, upon $265,000 or the pur
chase price of the water plant of the
Bismarck Water Supply company.
This suit was instituted sometime
ago to clear up the situation, but
pressure was % brought, to bear upon
Mr. Ed burg and after consultation
with his friends it was decided that
the suit could best be pushed by
securing another signer.
The Tribune has taken the position
that the payment of this fee was
ethically wrong if not legally. Mem
bers of the city commission and the
city engineer should be as willing
as the 'publisher of The Tribune
to have the matter settled in court.
Th 6 group of taxpayer^.,started the
suit far in advance of the cjty elec
tion in hopes that the matter would
be settled and determined far re
moved from the heat of such a con
test.
But interests* at work fighting
strenuously to prevent this action
reaching the courts, brought press
ure to bear upon Mr. Ed burg,-.a tax
payer, to withdraw which he with
stood until it was disclosed that a
member of the city commission in
volved in this law suit was adminis
trator of an estate against which Mr.
Edburg had a very substantial claim.
In view of this fact and the embar
rassment encountered by Mr. Edburg,
under these circumstances, he was
advised to withdraw from the suit
and that another signer would be
secured to carry on the matter and
on whom none of the members of
the city commission had any strings.
Investigations made by The Tri
bune indicated clearly that those
made defendants in this action by
the taxpayers were not anxious to
have the matter adjudicated.
The issue over the payment of this
fee has become more or less acute
and a large group of taxpayers of
which The Tribune company is one,
decided to continue the action and
ascertain if such fees can be paid
to city engineers without specific
contract, previous publicity or warn
ing to the taxpayers of the city.
While such a duty involved in this
suit is plainly one that should have
been, performed by the city in
the opinion of taxpayers,
no steps have been taken to deter
mine the validity of a fee that takes
one dollar out of the pockets prac
tically of every man, woman and
child of the city of Bisjmarck. All
this too in addition to a five per
cent commission on all new con
tracts, amounting to vast sums all
of which have been repeatedly set
forth in these columns.
These taxpayers take the position
that if it is possible legally to pay ai
city ■ engineer three percent on the
purchase price of a water plant that
may be bought, that there is no limit
to the commission’* power* and if
there is no law to prevent such pay
(Continued on page jthree)
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, MONDAY. FEBRUARY 0, 1925
UTILITY ASKS
FOR RENEWAL
OF FRANCHISE
Hughes Electric Company
Files Application with
City Commission
PLANNING TO EXPAND
Investment to be Materially
Increased in Future. Says
Application
Application for renewal of franch
ise hns been filed with the city
commission by the Hughes Electric
Company, and is expected to be act
ed upon soon by the commission.
“The franchise now held by the
Hughes Electric Company will expire
during the coming summer,” says the
letter of transmittal accompanying
the application for franchise. “This
company has let contracts for ex
tensive replacements and betterments
to its present plant; and in view of
these facts, it has been deemed ad
visable to make application for a
new franchise.”
A proposed ordinance drafted by
O’Hare and Cox, attorneys, is sub
mitted to the commission, providing
the company shall have a franchise
to construct, operate and maintain,
under certain restrictions, an elec
tric light and steam heating plant
in Bismarck, for a period of 25
years.
To Increase Investment
“In passing upon this matter the
Commission will doubtless desire to
consider the ability of the utility to
furnish satisfactory service at rea
sonable rates to the consuming pub
lic,” the letter of transmittal further
says. As to this, we advice that the
depreciated value of the property of
the utility used for this purpose has
been, fined at figures ranging from
a minimum of $499,009.00 to $592,-
191.00. This investment will be ma
terially increased during the com
ing months.”
The recent statement of the board
of railroad commissioners in connec
tion with publication of new rates
in the city is set out and the state
ment added that “the new rate sche-<
duie now in effect gives to the city
of Bismarck and private consumers
therein the most favorable rates for
like service in the state of North
Dakota.”
The regular form of ordinance is
appended to the application, speci
fying that the streets may be used
in placing of poles, etc. Section 2
requires the company, in case of any
change of grade of any streoi or
pavement, to replace the same at its
own cost and expense. It is provid
ed that all poles and posts set in
the streets shall be placed in con
formity with all ordinances and regu
lations of the city.
Does Not Bind City
“Nothing herein contained shall be
construed as the granting or at
tempting to grant of any exclusive
privilege to said first party, or to
bind said city at any time to be a
patron of said first party (electric
company) whether in the way of tak
ing lights or otherwise.”
There is some question, it is held
as to whether it is necessary for the
utility to ask for a new franchise,
because of the railroad commission
law giving it supervision over rates
and regulations of public utilities,
and the right to grant indeterminate
ipermits. The ordinance follows the
lines of the one now in effect under
which the company first began to
operate.
There is, according to the state*
ment of the railroad commission,
submitted to the Commission, little
chance of any litigation arising over
electric lights and service in the city.
The railroad commission is quoted
as saying: “The Commission is well
pleased with the action of the utility
(in settling the rate question) and
is of the opinion that the rates filed
will receive the general approval of
the consumers in Bismarck. The
rates compare very favorably with
those of other utilities operating in
our larger cities ‘and since it hag
been universally conceded that the
utility renders excellent service,
we believe that rate litigation in Bis
marck has been ended for some time
to c^me.”
BOMB CAUSES
HURTS TO ONE
Chicago, Feb. 9.—A bomb placed
in the desk of Charles O. Rider of
the printing firm of Rider and Dick
erson, fractured the arm of Mr. Rei
der and caused consternation among
the employes of the building. The
police are investigating the motive
for the bombing.
TOO MUCH PENSION
Glasgow, Feb. 9. —The <jity council
granted a pension of 38 shillings a
week to a Highland widow. She mov
ed to Skye with her five children.
Now she has requested'that the pen
sion be reduced, saying that only two
other persons thefre— a clergyman
and policeman—were at well, off as
■he. -
MEDIATOR
Mrs. Augustin Edwards, who has
arrived with her husband at Valpar
aiso to help settle the row between
Chile’s army and navy over propos
ed return of President Alessandri.
Her husband's president of the Lea
gue of Nations.
SHIPSTEAD IN
SPEECH UPON
CONSCRIPTION
Minnesota Senator Opposes
Use of Conscription
in War Time
Washington, Feb. 9. A pica
against conscription in war time was
delivered in the senate by Senator
Shipstead, Farmer-Labor. Minnesota,
who declared the time bad come to
deprive “diplomats dominated by the
industrial groups” of the power to
bring on war and then force the or
dinary citizen to carry it on.
The Minnesota senator offered ail
amendment - to a pending appropria
tion bill to authorize President Cool
idge to negotiate an international
agreement prohibiting the drafting
of man power, but the proposal went
out on a point of order.
Jones Has Similar View
Senator Jones, Republican, Wash
ington, who raised the objection, said
he was somewhat sympathetic with
the purpose of Senator Shipstead,
hut that the proposal did not belong
in an appropriation bill.
Senator Shipstead asked if it were
conceivable that the World war could
have been fought had governments
been compelled to rely on voluntary
enlistments.
"None of our international law
bodies here or in Europe," said Sena
tor Shipstead, “in spite of the fact
that they draw their nourishment
from the industrial prosperity and
corporate securities of the Carnegie
corporation and other perpetual es
tates have had the courage to meet
the issues. They have not had the
courage or wisdom to see that in the
Bolshevist chaos in Russia, we have
the inevitable result of the whole
sale and ruthless disrespect for ene
my private property that character
ized the war time policy of Great
Britain, France and the United
States.
Sees Another War
“Great international lawyers and
statesmen are quibbling over techni
cal points in the abstract while diplo
mats and commissions dominated by
industrial and banking groups are
playing the game of international
poker for possession of natural re
sources and markets of the world.
Unless something of a practical na
ture is done the time will again ar
rive when one or more of these pok
er players will find it convenient to
accuse the others of cheating and
the shooting begins. ..
“It would not be so bad if these in
ternational poker players had to do
their own shooting, but they now
have the power through the control
of the governments of the world to
conscript the manhood and wealth of
tka world to enable them to start and
prolong the row.”
I Weather Report |
For 24 hours ending at noon:
Temperature at 7 a. m 22
Highest yesterday 27
Lowest yesterday 17
Lowest last night 22
.Precipitation Q
Highest wind velocity 8
WEATHER FORECAST
For Bismarck and vicinity: Cloudy
and unsettled tonight and Tuesday.
No decided change in temperature.
For North Dakota: Cloudy and un
settled tonight and Tuesday. No de
cided change in temperature.
WEATHER CONDITIONS
A high pressure area has appear
ed on the Pacific coast but low press
ure, with centers over Alberta, Co
lorado and the Great Lakes, prevails
over the rest of the country. Mild
weather prevails in all sections and
temperatures throughout the north
ern states range from 56 degrees
above zero at Toledo, Ohio to 20 de
grees above zero at Moorhead, Minn.
Skies are mostly cloudy in all sec
tions and precipitation occurred in
the Great Lakes region, Mississippi
Valley and from the Rocky Mountain
region to the Pacific coast.
HIGHWAY BODY
i PROBE METHOD
i IS OUTLINED
Committee, in Meeting This
Morning, Decides on
Public Hearings
ENGAGE ASSISTANCE
Checkup of Equipment De
partment of Commission
Will Be Made
The House committee named to in
vestigate the affairs of the State
Highway Commission, at a meeting
this morning, completed the formula
tion of a method of procedure and
engaged assistance.
The committee will hold executive
sessions for a few days, receiving
complaints and “leads" and then will
open public hearings, according to
F. J. Graham of Ellendale, attorney
for the committee.
The committee will subpoena wit
nesses if necessary, swear them and
require them to give testimony, un
der the authority of the House, he
said.
A set of rules for the investigation
lias been drawn up.
Mi ss Sigfrid Alfson has been nam
ed reporter for the committee and a
transcript of the testimony will be
taken. A. W. Luehrs, formerly in
charge of the equipment department
of the Highway Commission, was en
gaged to make a check-up of the
equipment <#pnitment and given au
thority to name four assistants. He
is to be paid $7.50 per day ami $5.00
will be paid his assistants. The
compensation of Mr. Graham, attor-
ney, and others, has not been fixed,
it is declared. Members of the com
mittee. it is understood, fee! Mr. Gra
ham should be paid the attorney's
“court day fee” of SSO per day.
<). B. Lund, accountant, is to be
gin a checkup of the Highway Com
mission under instructions from the
board of auditors composed of At
torney-General Shafer, Auditor
Steen and Secretary of State Byrne,
Mr. Graham said, He added that
Statje engineer Black bad promised
cooperation.
Motor Vehicle Fees
The high way committee of the
House, at a meeting this morning,
decided to report in House Bill No.
3, the motor vehicle license bill, pro
viding a division of the motor ve
hicle license
counties and 25 percent to the state.
The license fees arc the same as at
present, except on trucks and com
mercial vehicles, on which they were
raised.
Bank Measure
It was reported a group of Non
partisans wfuld introduce a measure
providing for establishment of
branch banks by the Bank of North
Dakota, on petition of 50 percent of
the voters in a county, and restore
the compulsory deposit of all public
funds. The measure also would pro
vide that one-fourth of one percent
on daily balances and one-half of
one percent on other funds woo'd be
set aside in a fund, one half of which
would go to pay depositors of closed
banks and one half to a permanent
guarantee of bank deposits fund.
It also was reported a hill would
be introduced permitting campaign
organizations to post tickets of their
candidates in election booths.
2 CHILDREN IN
ONE FAMILY DIE
Napoleon, N. D., Feb. 9.—The home
of Mr. and Mrs. George Marquart.
three miles northwest of Napoleon,
has been saddened this week by the.
death of two of their children.
Bernard Marquart. past two years
old. passed away Tuesday morning.
George Marquart, aged five, passed
away Wednesday morning at 5
o’clock.
Death in each case was caused by
scarlet fever, complications having
set in.
GERMAN METAL
EXPORTS DECLINE
Nuremberg, Feb. 9.—The metal
ware exports of Germany recently
have amounted to only about 40 per
cent of the pre-war figures, accord
ing to announcement of the German
Metal Ware Manufacturers’ Associ
ation. The decline, it is said, is due
to the protective measures adopted
by many countries which formerly
consumed considerable quantities of
German goods.
“DIANA OF THE DUNES” DIES,
WANTS HER ASHES SCATTERED
Chicago, Feb. 9. —Mrs. Alice Wil
son, called Diana of the Dunes, after
she went among the shndy wastes
between Michigan City and Gary, In
diana, nine years agq, to live- in a
shack by Lake Michigan, died Sun
day. She succumbed to an illness
for which she had refused to have
a doctor because she feared to leaye
her hills tot a hospital.
Mrs. Wilson, a graduate of the
University of Chicago and a Phi
Beta Kappa, was a mathematician
and editdrial secretary of the Astro-
Physicil Journal, h University publi
cation.
COPS MILLIONS
Mrs. Scott Durafid, a “dirt farmer”
living at I.ake Shore Drive Hotel.
Chicago, is shown telephoning her
broker to buy more wheat. Accord
ing to reports she doesn't deny she
has cleared a million dollars by out
guessing the market.
INQUIRY COURT
ON COLLINS IS
TO BE OPENED
Military Commander Plans to
Clear up Many Rumors
Regarding Him
RESCUE WAS BLOCKED?
Repcrted Fireman Declares
He Has Positive Knowl
edge on This
Cave City, K.v., Feb. 9.— -(By A.
P.) —First extrical electrical lests
conducted with voice amplifiers
have convinced 11. M. Carmichael,
in charge of the Floyd (kilims |
rescue work at Sand Cave, that j
Collins is still alive, after 10 days
imprisonment. j
If. G. Lane, Munfordsv'lle. op
erating the lighting system which j
supplies current for the hull) left i
al Collins’ head said Homer Col- j
lins, after listening 20 minutes 1
on the wire, was satisfied he had
heard Floyd's heart beating at a
rate of 20 times a minute. The
lest was made on the wire wl.ich
had been placed around Collins’
chest last week by rescuers.
“Many people on thp outside
would not believe our‘tests showed
Collins was alive,” Lane said,
adding that a statement would
be given “proving that
Collins was alive."
Cave Cgy, K.v., Feb. 9. Circum-i
stance surrounding the trapping of 1
Floyd Collins in Sand Cu v<j and the!
efforts of volunteer rescuers to re- J
lease him will be made the subject,
of a military court of inquiry, Bri- 1
gadier-Generul H. H. Denhardt, in
command of the National Guardsmen ,
here, announced today.
“I hope by this court of inquiry to
lay at rest all suspicions, whisper
ings of the efforts to block rescue j
work and rumors that Collins’ en
trapment was not genuine,” said
General Denhardt.
The commander said his plan for
the military investigation had been j
sanctioned by Governor Fields and
Adjutant-General Ke^oe.
His Purpose
“It is my purpose to determine ex- ,
actl.v why the efforts to rescue Col- !’
lins through the natural passage
failed," Denhardt continued. “Wheth- j
er Collins went into Sand Cave
through the regular entrance and;
was caught coming out and whether!
he knew of any other way out are j
matters which will be delved into.
“T have received information that
the eye of suspicion has been turn
ed on Kentucky and its officials and :
the wonderful cave region by persons
unfamiliar with the cave Section. I i
propose in the inquiry, to bring out
every fact. j
“It is hoped that the findings to
the board will be so and*
thorough from the testimony we hear
that the underground whisperings |
will be quieted. Every witness will j
be summoned to testify and will be
heard in full.”
(Continued on page three)
Her first winter in the Dunes, Mrs.
Wilson, then Alic<* Gray, spent in a
tent. The first ' spring she spent
there, she became an object of gen
eral interest when Deputy Sheriffs
started through the sand hills to find
the nymph who was bathing without
a bathing suit and in the light of the
full moon. She married Paul Wilson
three years ago, .the two continuing
to live close to nature,
Mrs. Wilson asked her husband to
es to the Winds frdnrthe top of Mount
es tothe winds fro mthe top of Mount
lom, the highest hill along the Lake
shore.
FINAL EDITION
PRICE FIVE CENTS
NATURE HALTS
RESCUE EFFORT
AT SAND CAVE
Will Be Thursday or Friday
Before Shaft Is Sunk to
Required Depth
PROGRESS IS SLOW
Theories Being Advanced,
One That Collins Is Put-
ing Over Hoax
Cave -City, Ky., Feb. 9.—The
shaft through which rescuers
hope to reach Floyd Collins in
Sand Cave was approximately 30
feet deep at 9 o’clock this morn
ing, four days after it was start
ed.
, At the present rate the level
where Collins is thought to be
will not be reached before Thurs
day or Friday.
Cavp City, Feb. 9.—(By the A. P.)
Mother Nature had added another
obstacle to the efforts of man to
rescue Floyd Collins from the grip
of a boulder in Sand Cave, sending
torrents of rain last night with a
promise of more today.
Despite precautions to keep the wa
ters out of the perpendicular shaft
aimed at Collins’ prison, seepings
crept into the bottom of the shaft
and added heavily to the burden of
the volunteer diggers. They kept
doggedly at it, with slight increase
in hourly progress as the tenth day
of Collins’ imprisonment ended at
10 o'clock this morning. The shaft
then was less than half way to Col
lins, 60 or 70 feet below the surface.
With most of the spectacular,
frenzied, striving to reach Collins a
dosed chapter and all efforts center
ed on the monotonous toil of dig
ging und hoisting, new theories be
gan to develop about the situation
until they were almost as thick as
the outstanding incidents in the
d ram a.
The principle group of theories fail
into three classes: that the impri
sonment of Collins by a rock slide
on his leg is a publicity hoax; that
enemies finding him trapped caused
the walls of the cave to collapse so
that he could not be rescued alive,
or possibly caused the slide which
entrapped him, or the most gener
ally accepted theory, Collins’ own
story in the early days of the rescue
work that he really was accidentally
trapped after discovering a cavern
more beautiful than any yet found in
this region.
Lieut. Robert A. Burdon of the
Louisville fire department, and Wil
liam Burke, “Skeets” Miller, the little
red-haired reporter of the Louis
ville Courier-Journal, who were al
most the only outsiders to talk to
Collins in his prison scoffed at the
publicity hoax, especially at the varia
tion which has Collins climbing into
position when rescuers approached
and climbing back to his secret
cache of food and water when no
one is near.
LEAGUE PAPER
FIGHT LOOMS
Annual Meeting of Stock-
holders To Be Held
A meeting of the stockholders of
the North Dakota Nonpartisan is
scheduled for tomorrow in Bis
marck. Possibility of a marked
change in the management of the
newspaper looked possible, as several
who are interested in the control of
the paper became active over Sunday.
John H. Bloom, editor-manager,
has suggested that a board of five
newspapermen be named to control
the paper. He would, however, re
tain Mrs. Minnie Craig. Other pre
sent directors are S. S. McDonald,
Pat Daly, R. W. Frazier and Thomas
Mahoney. The executive committee
of the Nonpartisan League has gen
eral control of policies.
‘ Among those much interested in
the paper is William Lemke of Fargo.
The state convention of the Wo
man’s Nonpartisan League of the
state also opens here tomorrow.
WILL OPPOSE
RATE BOOST
Grand Forks,' N. D., Feb. 9.—The
Grand Forks Commercial club
through T. A. Durrant, traffic com
missioner, % will oppose the rates on
lignite coal proposed by the car
riers, according to a recision made
at a meeting of the traffic commit
tee. •
These rates, if they are put into
effect, would be so prohibitive as to
bar/the shipment of lignite coal to
Grand Forks in preference to soft
coal from the ;Re*d of the Lakes,
Mr. Durrant says.
A workingman's clubhouse will he
built near Yokohama, with a fund
of 356,000 yen contributed hr eit
isens of the city at the time of the
earthquake. The building will be
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