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Mostly fair tonight and Wed nesday; not so cold. ESTABLISHED 1873 BOWMAN MAN MURDERED, BODY HID IN TRUNK GOOLIDGE IS INTERESTED IN IOWA MEETING Officials of Des Monies Con ference Receive Telegram Front While‘House WILL CLARIFY REPORTS Object of Meeting Is to Show Farmers All Industries Are Back of Them Des Moines, Dec. 29. —(4 > )—Presi dent Coolidge is interested in the “all Iowa” farm marketing confer ence which opens here today. A lengthy telegram has been received hy officials of the conference from the White House, it was learned late last night. It is expected that the telegram is intended to be read be fore the conference, which will be attended hy farm organisation leau ers, county agents, bankers, business and professional men throughout iht> state and the lowa congressional delegation. Its original purpose set for the preliminary hearing at Ames, lowa, was to call another, more compre hensive conference, embracing simi lar persons front all states of the corn belt. The president’s telegram probably will clarify conflicting reports which have appeared recently as to the ex act attitude of the administration on the agricultural marketing problem, the conference leaders think. Purpose of Conference “To show the farmers of the state and nation that all industries and interests are back of them,” is the principal object of the conference today, Frank Warner, secretary of the bankers’ association, declared. Congressman (iilbert X. Haugen was prepared to suggest the crea tion of a federal agency to market agricultural commodities and rec ommend tariff adjustment to aid farmers. Mr. Haugen was one of the authors of the MfXary-Hr.ugen export corporation bill, which was defeated by congress last season. TELEGRAM CLARIFIES PRESIDENT'S ATTITUDE - Des Moines, la., Dec. 29.— (A 3 )— President Coolidge looks to the farm marketing conference here today to aid in “working out a sound econo mic policy (for holding crop sur pluses) on which there will he sub stantial agreement among farm in terests.” V telegram from the White House closing with these words was re ceived by conference lenders and read by Representative Cyrus Cole. The president's telegram clarify ing his attitude on a grain export corporation as expressed in his re cent Chicago speech, was the chief topic discussion as the conference as sembled It was as follows: “In order that you may he able to clarify certain conflicting reports being made concerning my attitude uti tba agricultural marketing pro idem, in case the question arises at your conicrenoe December 29, I re i'er y«*ii to my recent Chicago speech where among other things 1 said ‘of course, I should be willing to ap prove any plan that can be devised hi accordance with sound economic principles.’ I recognize that it is a problem of economic importance not only to agriculture, but to the na tion and I believe that sound ways can be found for coping with it. As I have stated 1 am opposed to gov ernment. price fixing whether direct or indirect and to government buying and selling farm products either di rectly or indirectly. I have not ap proved any specific plan. 1 believe, however, that discussion of the sur plus problem is bringing different interests together on the principles of a sound plan to handle it and I hope further conferences and dis cussions will result in the working out of a sound economic plan on which there will be substantial agreement among farm interests. I trust your conference may contrib ute to this end.” TOO MUCH EMPHASIS PLACED ON PART OF THE MESSAGE Washington, Dec. 29. — OP) —Presi- dent Coolidge was represented at the White House today as feeling that confusion has arisen over his present agricultural policy because of a fail ure in some quarters to take a com prehensive view of hiS expressed po sition. In this connection it was asserted that the president still stands on his recent message to congress and his address on agricultural delivered in Chicago. There is a tendency, it was added, to place more emphasis on one point of his message and the ad dress than on others, instead of tak ing into consideration all of his ar guments. CUMMINS GIVES PLAN FOR FEDERAL EXPORT CORPORATION Des Moines, lowa, Dec. 29. — OP) — Senator A. B. Cummins, lowa’s sen ior senator, before the farm confer ence this afternoon outlined his plan for a federal export corporations to buy up the surplus of agricultural products and sell it on foreign mar kets at a loss to the latter to be met by an excess tax on dealers. This proposal the senator plans to ineor ' porate into an amendment to the ad ministration’s farm relief bill now i before congress. $8 Wheat Would Compare to Rubber - f Washington, Dec. 29.— 0 P) —The best method for the United States to follow in combating high rubber prices is to use as little as possible and to build up independent sources of supply, Secretary Hoover declar ed today. lie said if this country were to sell wheat and cotton in exchange for rubber, based on the ratio of pro duction cost of rubber, wheat would sell for $8 a bushel and cotton 75 cents a pound. THE BISMARCK TRIBUNE! FINAL EDITION ~| Man Killed in Ten-story Drop Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 29.— (A*) ---Joseph S. Vogt of Grund Rap ids, Mich., believed to he a uni versity of Michigan student, fell 10 stories to bis death lute last night. Vogt fell down a hotel el evator shaft while scuffling with a companion, hell boys at the hotel informed police. Witnesses said the victim was thrown against an elevator door with such force that he broke a hinge on the door and plunged down the shaft. NYE HERE FOR LITTLE VISIT WITH SORLIE Says Daughter Is Much Dis turbed Because He Hasn't “a Seat” in Washington Cheerful and smiling, Senator Designate Gerald P. Nye arrived at the offices of Governor A. G. Sorlie shortly before noon today and imme diately went into conference with the executive. Sorlie said Nye was merely pay ing him a "little friendly visit" and the senator-designate said no parti cular politick! importance attaches to his visit here. He will return to his home at Coopcrstown to spend New Year’s dav and will leave that night for Washington where ho ex pects to arrive Sunday. In conversation with friends Nye said the most disturbed person in his family as the result of the con troversy over bis right to sit in the senate is his eight-year-old daugh ter. “Everything she has read on the subject has hud as its theme the question of whether or not 1 will get the seat,” Nye said. “She is very agitated and thinks it is terrible that Daddy should have to stand up all the time he is down in Washing ton." NO BIDS ON SEWER WORK Matter Deferred Until Later Date—Fire Limits Ordi nance Is Passed The city commissioners met last night in regular weekly session to open bids on the construction of a sewer on Mandan avenue between Avenue It and C. No bids were on file, however, and the matter was, therefore, deferred until a later date. N The ordinance defining the fire limits of the city of Bismarck, which was given its first reading a week ago, was given final reading and passed last night, without any changes. The new ordinance adds about 12 blocks of the city's business district to the fire limits and pro hibits the construction of frame buildings within that area. A notice from the board of rail road commissioners was read, set ting February 4 at 10 a. m., as the date and hour of the hearing con cerning railway crossings in and near Bismarck. The hearing will be held in the senate chamber at the state eapitol and the city of Bis marck, county of Burleigh, North ern Pacific and Soo Railway com panies are expected to have repre sentatives in attendance. A report from ction Bureau of Minneapolis regard ing the recent fire inspection made in this city was read to the commis sioners. The report is given in de tail elsewhere in today’s issue of The Tribune. Bills Allowed The commissioners allowed the following bills: J. N. Johnson Go., supplies..! 7.82 Bismarck Motor Co., supplies. 189.28 Lahr Motor Sales Co., sup plies .75 'M. Goetz, labor 28.00 J. Hummel, labor 21.00 H. Christopher, labor 17.50 J. Burton, labor '. J 9.50 Waterworks Dept., water .... 796.00 L. S. Fredericks, killing dogs. 3.50 Paul Pecht, salary 35.00 Wm. Rbelrng, salary , 35.00 Wm. Franklin, salary 33.00 Richmond’s Bootcry, supplies. 16.00 Mrs. Anna Schubert, laundry. 1.85 Bismarck Motor Co., supplies. 3.00 Aug. Helle, labor 2.00 John Ehli, labor 2.00 Waterworks Dept., cash ..... 1.72 Doyle, Clethe, Carlisle, Bra ham Co., supplies 19.03 Quanrud, Brink & Reibold, supplies .88 J. Klein, labor 25.00 W. Koenig, labor 25.00 Standard Oil Co., distillate.. 635.91 M. H. Atkinson, post office box rent 1.50 National Municipal League, supplies .50 J. O. Fredericks, board and room 30.00 Quick Print, Inc., supplies... 8.15 Oil Companies Fight Injunction Greenwood, Miss., Dec. 29. — OP) — Attorneys for the Standard Oil com pany and the Texas Company appear ed before Chancellor Lomax here to day to show cause why the injunc tion refusing tHe companies to sell gasoline throughout Mississippi at the price for which they distribute in Tunica county, 16 cents per gallon, should not be made permanent. The injunction was sued out tem porarily two weeks ago by Attorney General Russ Knox, who declared that the companies named wore vio lating the state anti-trust law ijt that uniformity of price did not pre vail throughout the state. «. ,V"> .... HOPE REVIVED FOR ENDING OF COAL STRIKE Both Groups Hold Informal Conferences Today Pre ceding Joint Session SESSIONS ARE SECRET Discussion of Operators' Re cent Offer Expected Early in Meeting New York, Dec. 29. </P> -ll•■pi* for early resumption of mining in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsyl vania was revived today as represen tatives of jniners and o|x* raters gath ered for their first meeting since the deadlock at Atlantic City last, summer. Separate informal conferences of the two groups will precede the ac tual parley between the negotiators, scheduled to begin at .’t p. m., at the Union League Club. Alvar Markle, chairman of the joint negotiation committee, who called the meeting, w«s designated to preside over the joint session. Major William Inglis, chairman of the anthracite operators, headed the operators’ delegation, and John L. Lewis, International president of the United Mine Workers’ Union, head ed the miners’ group.. No Statements Issued Although all sessions were closed to the public and no formal state ments were, planned, it was generally conceded that the operators would bring up for early discussion their offer last Saturday to the 148,000 striking miners to return to work at once under the wage scale in the contract that expired August 1. The miners are expected to pro pose settlement with Governor i’m chot’s plan as a basis, a plan which the operators are known to oppose, chiefly because of its check-up fea ture and its suggestion of an inquiry to decide whether wages can he raised. INGLIS BELIEVES AN AGREEMENT WILL BE REACHED New York, Dec. 29.— UP) —W. W. Inglis, spokesman of the anthracite operators’ conference and chairman of its negotiating committee, said today that the operators were will ing to open their hooks for public in spection. Separate conferences were held by the operators’ and the miners’ rep resentatives today, preparatory to the j joint session scheduled to begin at 3 p. m. Mr. Inglis said ho thought the dif ficulties between the two groups would be settled during the negotia tions in this city. Secret Conferences Held He revealed that since the nego tiations were broken oft' at Atlantic City he had held three secret con ferences with John L. Lewis, presi dent of the United Mine Workers of America. The first was held-in New York on October 1, Mr. Inglis said, the sec ond at Harrisburg, Pa., on November 25, and the third in Philadelphia on December 5. He said the operators bad come to New York in a hopeful spirit, being neither optimistic nor pessimistic. When Mr. Lewis arrived shortly before noon, he declined to discuss the impending negotiations. The general attitude of the miners’ rep resentatives was that of “neither op timism nor pessimism.” EAST TO HAVE SLOW RISE IN TEMPERATURE Reaction to Wanner Weather Taken Place in Several • Mid-west States Washington, Dec. 29. — (A*) —A grad ual rise in temperature tomorrow in the eastern part of the country was promised today by the weather bur eau, but frost was predicted us pro bable tonight as far south as central Florida. It was predicted there would be little relief tonight from the cold wave in the lower lake region and the middle and north Atlantic states. There has been a reaction to some what warmer weather in eastern Montana and Wyoming, the western Dakotas, the southern plain states, Missouri and the southern states ex cept Florida, but the weather still is abnormally cold over most sec tions east of the Rockies. Reports this morning disclosed that the temperature is below freez ing along the gulf and south Atlan tic coast except in southern Florida, while killing frost prevails in North ern Florida and light frost as far south as Fort Myer. Troops Called to Maintain Order in Tepic, Mexico Nogales, Ariz., Dec. 29. — (A*) — Troops have been called out in Tepic, Nayarit, Mex„ to keep order, say special dispatches received here. It is stated that the retiring leg islature has refused to accept ■ the new regime in that state and trouble between the two political factions\is feared. PARK YOUR HORSES Lincoln, Neb.—An ordinance has been passed here setting aside a block in the downtown district where only teams cab be parked. Motor cars are not ullowed in the block, and a big sign advises motorists: “This space reserved for horses.” . . i I, I l ill / fv- -•■».- BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29. 1925 Northern Pacific 9 s New Rotary , Most Powerful in United States This is the Northern Pacific's new snow plow, (lie most powerful and largest, capacity rotary plow ever Imiit for operation in Ibis country. It will be assigned in N>>rth Dakota territory but will be moved, it is ex plained, to whatever territory it is needed. With such a plow, operating oll'i cials say, the road will lie in posi tion to most speedily free any stretches of its t rack of snow in case a so called bard winter with heavy INSPECTION PUTS CITY IN CLASS FOUR One-half Class Better Rating Than Before—Many Rec ommendations Made The city of Bismarck is now grad ed as class 4, from the standpoint of the General Inspection Bureau of Minneapolis, which fixes fire insur ance rates for Minnesota, North and South Dakota, whereas the city’s pre vious grading was class 4 1-2. This information is contained in a letter just received by City Auditor M. 11. Atkinson from the Inspection Bur eau, following the inspection made here during October. “If the fire department is brought up to an efficiency' corresponding with the water department, the town can be passed to the next class,” the letter states. “We would suggest, however, that all the recommenda tions made should be carried out as soon us possible, in order to give the town a better standing, even ihough it should still be in the next better class, 2 or 2 1-2." General Summary The general summary of the bur eau’s inspection here reads us fol low's : "Under the standard grading schedule, the waterworks of Bis marck grades sth class, the fire de partment grades 9th class, fire alarm Bth class, building law and other or dinances Bth class, and structural conditions sth class, the town as u whole falling into 7th class corre sponding to 4th class in the former bureau method of grading. “Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and has a varying populat ion, several good sized hotels and a nuni, her of public buildings. Water sup ply is good from Missouri river, a modern filter and pumping plant having been put in service recently. Fire department is on *<’all basis'' with one paid driver oil duty for the cue auto hose truck. Equipment and manning of fire department are very inadequate. Laws and ordinances are in need of revision and codi fication. Streets are fairly level and mostly 80 feet wide, paved in P. M. D.” After describing in detail the city in general, its principal industries, transportation facilities, structural conditions, fire fighting facilities, fire department, fire alarm system and ordinances, the Inspection Bur eau makes the following recommen dations: Waterworks Department Additional feeders from Avenue C to Main, so as to connect mercantile district with large mains on Rosser and Avenue 0. Provide gates in branch connec tions to all hydrants on large a/er ial mains. Complete connections through from Avenue C to Main with not less than 6-inch pipe*on First Street, Mandan Avenue and Washington Avenue. Complete connection between fl inch and 8-inch mains at Main and Ninth. Connect up dead. ends. Electric supply should be provid ed at pump station to operate ail motors. Fire Department Provide fire department with com bination pumper*apd hose truck and with motorized ladder truck in addi tion to present truck. (A proper equipment would be two pumpers and an aerial ladder truck, keeping the present hose truck loaded in re serve). Provide paid firemen on full time sufficient to take out apparatus on first- alarm. (Full complement of men for two pumpers and aerial lad der would be 18 men days and 24 nights.) Heavy stream apparatus such as turret nozzle, deluge set, cellar pipes, etc., should be provided as well as 1 1-8 and 1 1-4 inch nozzles for single lines. A modern telegraph fire alarm system should be provided with box es so distributed that every build ing in the mercantile district will be within 500 feet of a box. The proposed building law should be passed with provison for enforc ing same, as well as electrical or dinance. Hazards, such ns storage of gaso line, carbide, films and dry cleaning shops should be regulated by ordin ance. Matches which can bn dipped in water without spoiling have been produced by putting rubber latex into the tip material. siiowfa.il again visits tin* Noith we t. thus being an insurance toward Keeping tin* Northern l , ai , :ln’. fust 1 1 a n >ci * 11 1 i tie nt a 1 trains on time every month of the year. Not a sin. le rn tary lias been called out on the Ninth*rn Pacific's main line in the past two winters. The new machine is 79 feel long and weighs 2.‘!.'t,(Min pounds. Older rotary plows of tin* Northern Pacific, it is explained, have a cutting wheel 9 feet H inches in size in comparison Chicago Has 781 Auto Deaths in 1925 Chicago, Dec. 29. — (A 3 ) Auto mobiles have killed nearly 100 more in Chicago this year than in 1921, the coroner's office re ports. Two fatalities yesterday made the total 7HI for 192 a as against for last year. WHEELER WINS FIGHT TO QUASH ALL CHARGES District of Columbia Supreme Court Upholds Senator's Contentions Washington, Dec. 29.— (A 3 ) Sena tor Burton K. Wheeler of Montana today won his long fight to have all charges brought against him by the government wiped off the books. The District of Columbia supreme court upheld the contentions of the senator, who had already been ac quitted in Montana, that the charges contained in u conspiracy indictment returned against him here should he quashed. A demurrer (<> ihe indictment was upheld. Today’s decision leaves Senator Wheeler free of all charges unless the government should succeed in winning an appeal to the higher courts. Whether such a step will he attempted was not made clear, hut i lie Wheeler counsel expects no such development. The UhargcH Against Wheeler The specific charge against Senator Wheeler and the other defendants was that they conspired to defraud the government by obtaining a large number of gas and oil permits to prospect on the public domain, and, in its argument, the government as serted all the permits were for the list* of one man—Gordon Campbell— a procedure it contended was illegal. Justice Bailey, in his opinion, held that the indictment failed to charge a violation of the law and was "therefore bad.” He asserted the federal land act does not limit the number of permits to be issued to any one prospector and that the secretary of the interior cannot, by his resolutions, go beyond the statute and deny the applicants rights given them by the law. This one point, the court declared, was sufficient to throw out the in dictments. and it was unnecessary to pass on the legal points raised by counsel for Wheeler, or on the de murrer filed by William A. Leahy, special government counsel, to the plea of former acquittal interposed by Wheeler After announcement of the decision today, Senator Wheeler issued a statement in which he said: “I am delighted to learn of the de cision in my favor and I hope that this will end these persecutions and that I will now be permitted to de vote some of my time and attention to constructive measures in the Unit ed States senate.” | Weather Report ♦ * Temperature at 7 a. v 1 —9 Highest yesterday 10 Lowest last night —9 Precipitation to 7 a. m. Trace Highest wind velocity 12 Weather Forecast For Bismarck and Vicinity: Most ly fair to-night and Wednesday; not so cold. For North Dakota: Mostly fair to-night and Wednesday; not so cold to-night and in west portion Wednes day. Weather Conditions The extreme high pressure that prevailed yesterday from Sask atchewan and Manitoba southward to Texas has diminished slightly and is moving slowly eastward. Tem peratures have fallen over Western Dakotas and the Unper Mississippi and Lower Missouri valleys. Tem peratures have risen slightly at most stations in the Northern Rocky Mountain region and the Pacific Toast States. O. W. ROBERTS, Official in charge. It would take a train as long ns from Washington, D. T., to New Ha ven, Conn., to haul one average day’s output of the bituminous coal mines of this country. .*> vyv> •\T 'V*- .v- •- 4 Wheeler’s Statement with II feel 2 I * inclii , the M/e ol I lie wlie* I en Ihe new plow. llf width of the -now ordinarily eut i 12 feet for the new plow again.l to feet, for the old plow:. With widen ei .< the new rotary can make a cut llt feet I inches wide. Christopher < Amler-. veteran en gilteer of the Kir-go division, was ii charge of the plow when it was plat ed till exhibition I'oi the iirsl public inspection at the Union Depot in SI Until recently. MERGER OF 7 GOTHAM BANKS IS RUMORED Would Give America a Bank Rivaling London's Gigantic Financial Concern Now York, Doc. 29— (A 3 )—What may booomo the country’s largost bank, an institution rivaling the gigantic financial institution of London, began to tako vague shape todr.y ,»uc of the multitude of rumors in Wall street pointing to the merger of several existing hanks and trust companies of New York city. Given impetus hy a s.‘lo rise in the stock of the Mechanics and Metals Bank, the report runs that a consolidation of that institution with the Chase National Bank is imminent as a preliminary step in the building of a large financial structure. Five other institutions are men tioned as being; involved in the bunking venture. Their total re sources—when and if combined— would be in excess of $1,.100,000,000. The other institutions mentioned are: The Chatham and Phoenix, the National Park, the Chemical National, the Central Union Trust company. It is believed that the banks will first he paired, and then after a period of readjustment he* further combined. Rising costs of banking transactions and a stoppage of needless competition are suit) to be the chief motives behind the move ment. '1 be proposed bank would excel in size the National City, now the country’s largest, with total re sources of sj,]i'2,uuu,nn(i. AUTO MAGNATE WILL RETIRE WITH MILLION Was Laughed at 31 Years Ago When He Announced Such an Intention ltoslon, Dee. 110. —(4*) -Thirty-one years ago a It-year-old apprentice mechanic in the Dewpcw, New York shops of the New York Central rail road told a little group of grease smeared companions that when he made a million dollars he would re tire. They laughed and told him that with his 1b cents an hour sal ary he need never to worry over his million—or retirement. Hut on New Yeur’s day that ap prentice mechanic will retire. He is Joseph S. Donovan, president and treasurer of the Donovan Motor Car company of Boston, an automobile distributing agency. He has made his million and intends to fulfill his promise. The promise was prompted by the sight of an old man feebly making his way to an office where he hop ed to amass more millions. He al ready had one million and Donovan resolved that was enough for any man. Beginning work at the age of 11, Donovan was, in turn, a drug store clerk, railroad car tinker, automo bile mechanic, second hand motor car dealer, and sub-agency head. In 1912 he assumed control of the agency which today bears his name and from which he drew his mil lion. 600 Arrested in Raids on Detroit Gambling: Resorts Detroit, Dec. 29. — (A*) —Police head quarters was filled to overflowing last night when more than GOO men were taken into custody by police following raids by the vice squad on five gambling resorts here. In one place, on the eighth floor of a building, •mlice found only 12 men. A search of the huilding re vealed a secret room on the third floor where 371 men were arrested. HAROLD KNIFFEL, CONFESSED KILLER GETS LIFE SENTENCE IN THE STATE PENITENTIARY Orlando Lee (ho Victim—Murder Was Committed on De cember 20 Following a Quarrel Over a Crap Game —Man Was Not Missed for Several Days BODY FOUND IN TRUNK ON CHRISTMAS D Y Murderer's Guilt Established by Gunder Osjord, Finger Print Exmat at the Penitentiary Kniffel Has Already Served Prison Term for Larcenx Bowman, N. I).. Dec. 21).—The most sensational murder mystery ease in t hi* history of Bowman county came to an end here yesterday when Harold Knilfel, 22, confessed to the murder of Orlando Lee, 21, and was sentenced to a life term in the penitentiary. The case, which developed with the finding of Lee’s body jammed into a trunk in KnitFel’s shack on the afternoon of Christmas day. culminated with Knitfel’s confession in dis tinct court that he had slain Lee with a machinist’s hammer. Sentence was imposed by Judge M. F. Lembke and Kniffel left in custody of (hinder Osjord, linger print expert of the state penitentiary, to servo the remainder of his life in the prison where he already has served one term for grand lar cenv. According to KnifTel’s statement Lee was slain on the afternoon of December lit). The kill ing occurred, he claimed, during a fitfht which followed Lee’s loss of SUU) in a crap name with Knilfel at the latter's shack. Lee attempted to hit him with a poker, Kniffel claim ed, and he used the hammer in self defense. Rumors State That Possible Bride Is Found for Prince London, Doc. 29. ( A 3 ) -British so ciety is again speculating as to whether a possible bride lias final- Iv been found for the Prince of Wales. The speculation follows an announcement that Princess Astrid, niece of the King of Sweden, who is immensely popular with King George and Queen Mary, is to he a guest at Buckingham palace as soon as the period of court mourning for Dow ager Queen Alexandra ends. Astrid, who is 20, is one of the prettiest younger members of Euro pean royalty. She hsis an attractive personality, is a splendid dancer, is fond of country life and sports and is xvel! versed in domestic science. She is a daughter of Prince Charles and Princess Itigcborg. bein- a grand niece on her mother’s side of the late Daxvager Queen Alexandra. WORKER GETS 27 PER CENT HIGHER WAGE Increase Based on Purchasing Power, Nol on Dollars and Cents Rise New York, Dec. 29. (A 3 )—The average American industrial worker •>f the present can produce f»2 per cent more goods and receives 27 per cent, higher “real wages” for their production, than he did 30 years ago. This statement was made yester day by l’aul H. Douglas, professor of economies of the University of Chi cago before the meeting of American Economic Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Amer ican Association for Labor Legis lut ion. “The real wage” increase he based upon purchasing power, and not on the increase in dollars and cents. Teacher Has Largest Increase Of all increases in “real wages” that of the teacher has been greatest, he said. His wages now purchase 104 per cent more than they did JO years ago. The clerical worker, however, has suffered an actual de crease in “real wages” for his pres ent pay will buy five per cent less than would his pay of JO years ago. “The real wage increase is not go ing to last long,” he said, “for it has been due to a fall in the extra ratio of agricultural products” and the flux of population to the cities is due to force a rise in the price of farm products. CANTON HAS SIOO,OOO FIRE IN A GARAGE Furnace Explosion Causes Blaze—s66,ooo Worth of Autos Destroyed Canton, S. D., Dee. 29. — (A*) —Dam- age estimated at SIOO,OOO resulted today from a fire followed a furnace explosion in the building of the Charnock Motor Sales company. The blaze destroyed the $35,000 building; $60,000 worth of stored automobiles; $4,000 worth of new cars and $2,000 worth of second hand cars. The explosion occurred while an employe was putting fuel in the fur nace and is attributed to the forma tion of gas. The building is believed to have been covered by insurance and the equipment in the garage was also protected. No insurance was held on the firm’s cars and it is not known how many of the stored ma chines were insured. PRICE FIVE CENTS Story Is Doubted State’s Attorney Mark Amundson and other officials discount Kniffel’* story, however, and point to the fact that the blow which evidently caused Lee’s death was inflicted on the back of his head. Lee’s folks thought he had gone to Dickinson to visit his brother, Amundson sa,id, and made no com ment when he failed to return home on the night of December 20. On Christmas day, however, it becanve known that his brother knew nothing of his whereabouts and suspicion turned toward Kniffel, who lived in a shack near the village. In company with the sheriff, Lee’s older brother visited the Kmffel shuck and there found the younger Lee’s coat on a bed. Trank Reveals Body When further search developed no additional clues attention of the brother was directed toward the trunk which was bound with rope. Lee’s body xxas found inside. When questioned as to whether he did not have difficulty in getting the body of Lee, who was six feet three inches tall and weighed 190 pounds, into the trunk, Knitfel re plied, "Oh no. lie was limber and slid in easy.” He displayed little remorse at the crime and took the life imprisonment sentence stoically. Finger I'rints Tally At first. Kniffel contended thut he did not kill Lee or put the body in the trunk but confessed when Os jord established finger nrints on the trunk as having been made by Knif fel. They tallied perfectly with the finger-print records of Kniffel kept at the state penitentiary, Osjord f ound. Kniffel was discharged from the state penitentiary last July at the expiration of a short term which had been imposed upon him lor stealing a trunk full of shoes WARDEN LEE WORRIED WII N PRISONER FAILS TO APPK VK Harold Kniffel, 23, Bowman u- . mer murderer, was on his way to u state penitentiary today to begin a life sentence. Arrangements had been made to bring Kniffel to Bismarck on the morning train and when lie failed to arrive Warden John J. Lee became worried. A call to Dickinson, how ever, disclosed that the party had decided to take a later train. Lee’s body lay in a trunk in Knif fel’s shack from December 20 until Christmas day when it was discover ed by a brother who, together with the sheriff of Bowman county, had gone to the shack to search for the missing man. Suspicion was directed toward Kniffel following Lee’s disappearance because the deud man was known to have frequented Kniffel’s shack, which was known as a rendezvous for gamblers. Search for Lee was delayed by the fact that his relatives thought he had gone to Dickinson to visit his brother. When it was found that he had not done so the search began which culminated in finding the body and Kniffel’s confession. Last Minute News Bulletins | Washington, Dec. 29.—(A*)— There will be no withdrawal of President Coolidge as arbitrator in the Tacna-Arica question, it was made clear today at the White House. Plymouth, Vt.. Dec. 29. —(4 s )— While the condition of Colonel John C. Coolidge, father of the president, was reported improved today, his physician. Dr. Albert W. Cram of Bridgewater, said it was improbable that he would ever recover fully the use of his lower limbs. Colonel Coolidge has been unable to walk for sev eral! days. Sioux Falls, S. D.. Dec. 29.—0 P) —The National Bank of Luverne at Luverne, Minn., was closed today by order of the board of directors, it was announced by officers of the institution. The bank carried deposits of approx imately $500,000.