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ESTABLISHED 187 S U. S. DENIES ANY PART IN LEAGUE CONTROVERSY GENERAL RAIN BIG BENEFIT TOALLCROPS Last Night’s Downpour Heav iest Where Most Needed, Local Observers Say WILL OVERCOME DAMAGE 1.96 Inches of Rain at Grand Forks—All Points Report, Some Moisture Crop prospects throughout North Dakpta were .materially improved by the general rain yesterday and last night. ' In the opinion of observers at the local weather bureau the downpour was heaviest at the points where it was most needed, except several counties along the southern bolder of the state which still report a de ficiency in moisture. State officials expressed the opin ion that, although the rain was bad ly needed in sonic sections, the ad ditional moisture would more than overcome the damage done during the last two weeks. Yesterday was the first time this year that each of the 18 government weather reporting stutions in the state recorded rainfall. Heaviest at Grand Forks Grand Forks led with 1.96 inches. The rain was lightest in the western part of the state. That section, how ever, was in good shape as the re sult of rains last week. , Bismarck received only .06 of an inch of moisture during last night, but other points reported ns follows: Amenia .17; Bottineau .74; Devils Lake .66“. Dickinson .02; Dutin Cen ter .06; Kllcndalc .17; Fessenden .61; Grand Forks 1.96; Jamestown .15; Langdon .60; Lariinore 1.00; Lisbon .17; Minot .76; Napoleon .52; Pem bina .80; Williston .58; Moorhead .08. NORTHWESTERN PART OF STATE GREATLY BENEFITED Minot, N. D., June 16—(API —Every county in northwestern North Dakota received a thorough soaking in a rain which fell late yesterday, materially benefiting early as well as late crops, it was revealed today in a telephonic survey made by the Minot Daily ‘News. Some counties needed the rain bad ly, while others which 'have received 'recent precipitation were in no im mediate need of the moisture. The survey covered the counties of Ward, 'McHenry, Pierce. Botttneap, Burke, Divide, Williams, McKenzie, McLean and Mountrail. Reports received from Mountrail. Burke, and Divide counties state that the crops are in excellent condition, including many, fields of rye, which in other counties has been consider ably damaged by lack of moisture. The most pessimistic report cantc from McHenry county, where yester day’s rain was the first to be received in several weeks. The crops in that county already show recuperation, however, as a result of the rain' of yesterday, it was stated. The rain averaged between onc-half and three-quarters of an inch throughout the entire northwest part of the state. GRAND FORKS HAS , A HEAVY DOWNPOUR Grahd Forks, N. D., June 16— (A*) — Soaking rain fell over northeastern North Dakota early this morning and (Continued on page tnreo.) TODAY A COSTLY DEFEAT. CANDIDATES SHAPE UP. BRONX REAL ESTATE. HAVE YOU IIY PER BOU LI A ? AMHUR BRISBANE ('Copyright, 1926) It appears that the defeat of Sen ator Pepper in the Pennsvlvaia pri .maries cost him and his friends at least $1,300,000, about five times the ’amount spent on the election of Sen ator Newberry, that caused so much excitement. One million thre hundred thousand dollars is a good deal to spend for de feat. How much would it have cost to carry Pennsylvania, now that wages arc 'high and two-dollar bills pnly small change? The money-spending scandal in the Pennsylvania election calls forth 'thisf “Let us return to the old con vention managed by bosses that select and name party candidates, amid wild enthusiasm.” That would be cheaper certainly. Th(f boss would take a' fixed sunt, de liver. the goods and save money for millionaires, quarreling as to who ’shall own the senator or governor. Senator Borah, who possesses the rare faculty of taking important things, including himself, seriously will start a speech-making tour from coast to coast, “the beginning of a two-ypar drive fdr the presidency.” Presidential candidates are coming out of the political fog. Vice pres ident Dawes and Governor Lowden, both of Mlinoisr, expect the support of the farmers. Both have tried to deserve it. Wise politicians believe, assuming that prosperity continues, that the *1928 campaign will be a struggle “between Al and Cal.” A 1 Smith leading the Democrats, under a wet banner, Calvin Cool idge leading the dry Republicans. The most rapidly growing of New York’s five bdrottghs celebrated Bronx Day yesterday, and the New York Evening Journal openpd a/Bronx newspaper plant at 149th 'street and (Continued on page three.) Spoiled Miss Claire Dux, operatic star who announced some time ago that she wanted to marry an American be cause American men “spoil their wives so beautifully, ’’ is to get her wish. She is engaged to Charles 11. Swift of Chicago, vice president of Swift & Co. REASSESSMENT HELD INVALID BY Hie COURT Final Chapter Written in Bis marck’s Special Assess ment Controversy Reassessment of property in the eity of Bismarck, made last fail by order of State Tax Commissioner T. H. If. ThorCscn, was invalid, -the su preme court held in a decision today. The cam was carried la the high court after a group of Bismarck tax payers won a decision in the district court that the reassessment was not properly made. The reassessment was invalid, the court held, because no notice was giv , en by the defendants as to the time I and place of the meeting of the coun ty commissioners to review and equalise the reassessment. The deci sion also held that the county board held no moeting for that purpose at the time and place fixed by statute and no legal or valid equalization of the reassessment was made. District Judges Hear Case None of the five supreme court judges sat in the case, all being af fected by the fact that they own property here. District Judges W. J. Kneeshaw, Charles M. Cooley, H. L. Berry, A. T. Cole and Charles E. Wolfe heard the case in their stead. Judge Berry presented a dissent ing opinion. A court order was issued directing the county treasurer to spread on the tax rolls the assessment as made by the city assessor and equalized by the various boards of review. The reassessment made by Thore sen would have resulted in generally increasing the values of business property and reducing those on resi dences. SHOTS FIRED AT PRIVATE YACHTALOHA Owner Was En Routt to New port, R. I, to Meet Crown Prince of Sweden New York, June 16. —(A*)—Shots fired at the private yacht Aloha, on the way to meet the Crown Prince of Sweden at Newport, R. 1., presum ably by a rum boat chaser, have been made the subject of u protest to Washington. The Aloha, owned by Arthur Cur tiss James, New York capitalist, was fired upon yesterday while cn route from New York, one shot crossing the how and a second narrowly miss ing the bow watchman. The shots came from an unseen vessel on the shoreward side, but after an officer of the A(pha had’called out its iden tity, the yacht proceeded without further hindrance. Mr. James, on his way to Newport to greet Crown Prince Gustavus Adlophus of Sweden, said he believ ed a rum boat chaser had done the firing and that a report of the inci dent would go to Washington. Jury Disagrees in Perjury Trial New York, June 16—<A*>—The jury in the perjury trial of Charles H. Duell, former president of Inspira tion Pictures, Inc., reported inability to agree this morning and was dis charged. Duell was indicted for perjury aft er an action he brought last year to restrain Lillian Gish, motidn picture star, from working for anyone but him was thrown out of court. The jury was given the case yesterday afternoon. DRYS WIN IN TWOOFTHREE N. J. HASHES In Third Contest, Woman Ad vocate of Dry Referen- ' dum Is Winner wife of Circuit judge McClave Loses to Perkins— Pierson Wins Over Pas coe By 4,000 Votes Newark, N. J., June 16. —(A*)—Al- though this state has two wet sena tors in Washington and a wet gov ernor in Trenton, today’s returns from/ yesterday's primary elections gave advantage to the drys in two of the three prohibition clashes. In the third, a woman advocate of a prohibition referendum, Mrs. Ade line Lawrence, was the winner in a dry county. Mrs. Lawrence is the wife of a circuit court judge, and contested the Democratic nomination from Monmouth county for the state senate against James R. Hendrickson, a bone dry. B. Duncan McClave, brought for ward by wet Republicans in the sixth congressional district against Repre sentative Randolph I'erkins, a dry, had lost by 2,000 votes on returns from half the district. The Anti-Sa loon League term this battle a “real prohibition referendum” and urged its followers to go to the polls, on strctrhcfl*, if necessary, to vote against the “saturatedly wet,” Mc- Clave. Pierson Wins Tho campaign of Assemblyman Herbert J. I’nscoe against State Sen ator Arthur Pierson for the senator ial nomination in Union county fail ed by 4,000 votes. Pierson was dry and Pascoc was a leader in attempts to have Republicans take a stand for modification or a referendum. The fall elections in a majority of the congressional districts will be fought between wet Democrats and dry Republicans as a result of the primary returns. The present dele gation contains two Democrats and two wet Republicans, with the others dry Republicans or not out and out wets. TEN MEMBERS OF MAGEE JURY TALK _SPANISH Only Two Jurymeh Under stand English—Everything Must Be Translated East Las Vegas, N. M., June 16. (^)—With an interpreter translating every .word of the testimony into Spanish for the benefit of 10 mem bers of the jury, the trial of Carl C. Magee, Albuquerque editor, who is charged with the slaying of John B. Lasseter here last August, proceeded in district court here today. The jury was selected in slightly less than three hqurs. Two of the members of the jury speak and un derstand English, while the other 10 must have every part of the proceed ings translated bv the official court interpreter. Chief among the state witnesses will be former Judge David J. Leahy, political enemy of Magee, at whom Magee fired the shot that struck Lasseter. Another shot fired by Magee struck Leahy in the arm. Because of the necessity of having the proceedings in two languages, the trial of the case is expected to take nearly a week. LONELINESS CAUSES WOMAN TO TAKE LIFE Society Matron Never Lost Affection For Her Di i vorced Husband Chicago, June 16.—(A*)—Profound depression due to loneliness and ail aching heart, was held responsible today for the tragic suicide of Mrs. Mary It. A. Vilas, society matron and former Wife of Royal C. Vilas, wealthy manufacturer and clubman. A pair of silk stockings knotted about her throat, Mrs. Vilas’ body was found hanging from a metal crossbar yesterday in a closet at her home. She had been dead approxi mately two hours when discovered by her 20-year-old daughter, Virginia. Mrs. Vilas obtained a divorce frftm her husband In 1921. Robbed of the companionship of her daughter through the demands of society, and of her son, Royal C. 11, who was in school at Pottstown, Pa., Mrs. Vilas brooded a great deal and, her physician said, never lost her affection for -her former hus band. ' HUNT JAMES’ LOOT Kansas City—An influx of search ers is reviving interest in the hupt for $65,000 in gold supposed to have been buried by the James ‘hoys east of this city jin the ’7os. A farmer, who died recently, used to say that the money was hidden under a boulder near a large tree, but could give no further details. BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16,1926 Pet Dog Protects Young Boy From Poisonous Snake Mct'ook, Neb., June 16.—(^) — “Duke," pet dog of Billie, two year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Garrison, shielded the child from a poisonous viper for sev eral minutes until a paving gang here, attracted by the dog’s fran tic barking, came to the rescue. “Duke,” the men said, ran re peated between the reptile and the infant, alternately pushing him out of danger, and lunging at the snake. NO ARGUMENT , ON 1 QUESTION TO BE VOTED ON Political Parties Recommend That Rail Board Terms Be 6 Years Each When North Dakota voters go to the polls June 20 they will have an opportunity to cast their ballots on at least one proposition on which there is no political disagreement. It is the constitutional amendment providing six-year terms for mem bers of the state railroad board. In a signed statement published in the state publicity pamphlet which will go out to all voters, both IVAs and Nonpartisans join in recommend ing support of the amendment. A joint statement supporting the pro posed change is signed by B. F. Spald in, chairman of the Real Republican state committee; L. L. Twitchell, chairman of the IVA state commit tee; R. W. Frazier, chairman of the Republican state central committee, and Alfred ,S. Dale, Nonpartisan cam paign manager. In Order of Service If the amendment is adopted the member of the commission who lias served the longest time will get thp six-year tefin, the one having served the next longest time will draw a four-year term and the third mem ber will be elected for two years. In case all have Served an equal length of time the candidate getting the largest number of votes will get the six-years term, the man getting the next largest number of votes will get the four-year term and the third man will get a two-year term. After that one commissioner will be elected every two years. Since the railroad board really is an industrial court for the settlement of disputes and regulating the busi ness of public utilities companies, it is agreed by political leaders that it should be free from sudden change to the same extent that the supreme court now is free from sudden change. Raise Legislators' Fay The other constitutional amend ment to be offered will increase the pay of state legislators from five to eight dollars a day. So far as is known here no active campaign is be ing made in support of the salary in crease. According to information given out by the secretary of state, the con stitutional amendments and the ini i measure calling for a two- I cent 'gasoline tax need only ma« j jorities to carry. HEARING TO OUST SHERIFF OPENS^TODAY Witnesses Testify Emmons County Official Became Drunk While on Duty Linton, N. D., June 16. —Hearings in the attempt of certain Emmons county citizens to have Joe Volk, Jr., sheriff of that county, ousted from his official position, got under way here today before Judge C. L. Crum, Bismarck attorney appointed by Gov ernor A. G. Sorlie to, act as special commissioner in the case. Four witnesses for the prosecution had been on the stand up to 3 o'clock this afternoon all testifying that Volk had attended dantres in that vicinity as peace officer but that while so do ing he had become intoxicated and conducted himself in a manner not in keeping with his position. Ten witnesses have been summoned by the prosecution. It is not known how many witnesses Volk will pro duce, or what his defense will be. State’s Attorney Clias. Coventry is being assisted in the prosecution of the case by Judge K. E. Leighton of Bismarck, appointed, by Attorney General George Shafer at the request of. the governor. Attorney William Larger of Bismarck is appearing for Volk. Hearings are being heid in the court room of the county court house here, before a large number of 'spectators. Charges filed against Volk allege that he is guilty of misconduct, crime in office, neglect of duties in habitual drunkenness from January 6, 1923, to May 6, 1926, gross incompetency, and that he has per mitted prisoners to roam at large and escape. It is believed, that the hearings will be completed tomorrow. After the evidence has been transcribed. Judge Crum will submit the case to the governor, who must either re move Volk from ofice or dismiss the charges against him. The Mason-Dixon line took its name from two' astronomers and mathematicians who were sent from England to survey it. * STATEMENT OF MELLON BRINGS SHARPRETORT Administration Not Willing to Protect Farmer, Says Dickinson, lowa FURTHER DRIVE USELESS Treasury Secretary’s Opinion Called “Absolutely With out Warrant” Washington, June 16.— (JP) Secre tary Mellon's opinion on the equali zation fee phOi of farm relief, now pending before the senate in the McNary bill, brought a sharp retort today from Representative Dickinson, Republican. lowa. “At last the administration is out in the open,” he said in a statement given to the Associated Press. When the statement of Secretary Mellon is stripped of all specious pretexts, it means that the interests for whom he speaks arc not willing that the protective system shall mean any thing for the American farmer." The secretary’s opinion that the proposal is economically unsound and unworkable, would provide no permanent benefit for American farmers, would "subsidize” Ameri ca's foreign competitors and would increase the cost of farm products to American consumers, was written at the request of Representative Dickinson, Representative Anthony, Republican, Kansas, and Chairman Haugen of the house agricultural committee. « llaugen’a St airmen! Considerable importance has been attached to Mr. Mellon’s declaration in the cnpitol, where tiie economic principles he opposes already have been defeated in the house ami are approaching a vote in tho senate. One view was expressed in the Washing ton Post this morning which quoted Representative llaugen, Republican, lowa, who sponsored the bill in the house, ns saying: , “There is no use to make any further drive for farm relief now. We have had our day in court.” Representative Dickinson describ ed as “absolutely without warrant” the secretary’s statement that the equalization fee, while technically to be paid by the farmer, would in reality be paid by the consumer, and said his purpose evidently was “to solidify opposition to the bill, es pecially among the working men of the country.” Indicates Coming Storm Obviously referring to the defeat ■ of Senator Cummins by former Sen ator Brookhart, insurgent, in the re-J cent Republican primary in his state, Mr. Dickinson declared that if! the Mellon view “is the verdict of the administration, then the thunder bolt that came out of lowa the oth er day is merely the sheet lightning of the coming storm.” Burdens placed upon them by the Fordney-McCumber tariff act, the arbitrary wage scales of labor, the Adamson eight-hour railroad labor law and the immigration act, he said, have been borne by the farmers “without audible complaint” because they were “said to he necessary for the protection of industry and la bor.” “And now,” he went on, "Secretary Mellon has the effrontery to demand that not only shall the farmer con tinue to carry these enormous bur dens, but that he shall also continue to feed the consumers of this coun try as cheaply as those of Europe are fed, against whose cheaper merchan dise and laborers the tariff and im migration acts have erected a Chin ese wall of exclusion. The cruelty of this suggestion is astounding.” WM. SAUER MET YIOLENT DEATH JURY DECIDES Neck Broken Through Causes N Unknown—Body Buried in Bismarck Today William Sauer of Carrington, whose body was found in Apple Creek, near here, late Sunday night where it-had apparently been for three or four weeks, “met violent death through cervical fracture or broken neck, received through causes unknown,” according to the verdict returned yesterday afternoon by the jury called* l by Coroner E. J. Gobel. Anton Beer, C. G. Thornton and Lloyd F. Flow composed the coron er’s jury. They were taken to the bank of the creek where the body was found and then returned to the morgue, where several witnesses were questioned. These testified to the finding of the body, its removal from the water to the morgue, and Fred Sorenson of Carrington, with who‘m Sauer lived, told of having last seen the man on May 14. Funeral Today Relatives of the dead man came here last night from Webster and Crocker, S. D., and made arrange ments for interment here. The body was burled' In Fairview ceme tery this afternoon, following brief funeral services. Local authorities are still oti the lookout for the Ford coupe, in which Sauer was thought to have been traveling. Police hold to the theory that Sauer was murdered aud his body (tumped into the creek, after which his assailants made away with the automobile. - Bince Sauer was-wot a resident of Burleigh county, further investiga tion of the mystery'is being left to the authorities of Foster county, in which Carrington is located. Here’s the First Picture of Ernest Burkhart, Who Has Admitted His Part in the OSAGE MURDER RING Ernest Burkhart, nephew of E. K. Hale, Osage cattle king, has con fessed bombing the home of W. F. Smith, wealthy Osage Indian, kill ing Smith and his wife. He did it, he says, at the instigation of Hale, who is under indictment for murder. Two views of Burkhart are shown above; below is shown the wreckage of the Smith home. MASONS OPEN SECOND DAY’S SESSION WITH ALL BUT 3 LODGES REPRESENTED TODAY IN WASHINGTON Farm relief continues before the senate. Investigation of Pennsylvania primary proceeds. EASTERN STAR ! MEET OPENS AT! 9:30 TOMORROW! All Grand Officers and SO Dei- i egates Here—More Are i Coming Hourly j i Every one of the 18 officers of the; (■rand Chapter of the Eastern Star j is in Bismarck today for the thirty- 1 second annual session of the chapter ; which opens tomorrow morning at ; the Masonic Temple. Eighty dele- j trates had presented credentials to ( the committee at noon today and rep- j resentatives are expected from all of J the 107 chapters in the state. Each | chapter is allowed three official dele- j Kates and in addition to these there ] are a number of visitors, deputies, j and past irrund officers in attendance. The secretaries’ luncheon at noon | today was attended by 80 secretaries J out of 107 who arc elicilde to at- j tend. Mrs. Sadie A. Walker, Fargo, . president of the secretaries' club, de- j livereel the address of welcome and I M rs. Florence M. H oskius. Bismarck,! the response. Miss Minnie Husk, Fargo, | grand secretary, guve the principal address. ! Banquet Tonight The program for this afternoon in cluded the rehearsal of grand of ficers, a meeting of the past grand matrons’ and past grand matrons' as sociation, and a meeting of the juris prudence committee. This evening at 6 o’clock at the Grand Pacific hotel a banquet will be given for Mrs. Lillian Lillibridge, grand matron, distin guished guests, other grand lodge officers, district deputies and stand ing committees. W. W. Shaw grand sentinel,' will preside as toastmaster. Bismarck chapter No. 11, will en tertain with an informal reception at 8 o’clock this evening in the Masonic Temple. This will be followed by the semi-centennial program which will be in charge of Charles Stark, past grand patron. The officers of the grand chapter of North Dakota are: worthy grand matron, Mrs. Lillian Lillibridge, Dick (Continued on page three.) Camp Meeting Will Be Held From July 7 to 18 at Washburn m M m The Asbury Camp Meeting Associa tion will hold ita second annual meet ing July 7 to 18, inclusive, at Wash burn, NT. P., with Dr. L. R. Akers, president of Asbury College, as one of the principal ministers. Dr. John Morange, Bismarck, and sever al church leaders from various denominations are expected to be in attendance. The camp is beautifully located in the woods on the banks of the Miss ouri. Tents can be rented at Wash burn and meals and food can be bought at the camp. The camp is in terdenominational in its interests and is open to all who will come and worship. Organization Now Has 15,254 Members in North Dakota, Secretary’s Report Shows — Net Gain For Year Was 184 —Officers to Be Elected Tomorrow Morning With official representatives regis tered from all but three of North Dakota’s 127 subordiate lodges, the Masonic Grand Lodge for this state entered the second day of its annual meeting here this morning. The only lodges iti the state not officially rep- j resented today are those at Portland.] Litchvillc and Hay. and members of j the registration committee are still] hopeful that delegates from these places will arrive before the meetings close. This session was given over to reports of various committees. Dr. J. G. Lamont of the state sana torium at Dunscith gave an interest ing lecture <yi tuberculosis and the work being done at the sanatorium. His talk was illustrated by lantern slides. The feature which Dr. Lamont par ticularly stressed was the need for patients to reach the institution while still in the early stages of the dis ease. Too much delay was dangerous, in his opinion. Rev. W. J. Hutcheson gave a report on Masonic service and education and the report on revision of the Grand Lodge by-laws was received. Dr. Hutcheson detailed in his report the erection pf a stone community church at Dunscith, undertaken by the Punseith lodge.* When completed the church is expected to cost $12,000. The work is being paid for as it pro ceeds and it was estimated that close to SB,OOO has already been paid. Election of officers, originally i scheduled for this afternoon’s ses- I sain, has been postponed until tomor row morning. At 4 o’clock today the visiting delegates will be taken on a sight seeing tour to points of interest in and around Bismarck. The district deputies met at lunch j eon this noon and the Veterans' as.so ] eiation banquet wiH be held this j evening. At 8 o’clock tonight the Grand Lodge school of instruction will be conducted at the auditorium. Tomorrow morning the unfinished ; business of the communication will be completed and the newly elected of ficers installed, after which the con vention will adjourn. State Has 15,254 Members Walter L. Stockwcll, grand secre tary of the North Dakota Masonic organization, presented his report at yesterday afternoon's session of the Grand Lodge. The report showed a satisfactory increase in membership. The net gain for the year was dis closed as 184. Present membership was given us 15,254, distributed through 127 lodges in the state. Mr. StockwelPs report further showed that 637 Master Masons were added to the rolls in the state dur ing 11125. • The total increase in membership was K2V. The decrease from deaths and demits was 745. Finances Are Satisfactory The revenues of the order were also satisfactorily increased during the year. “Another indication,” said Mr. Stockwell, “that North Dakota is decidedly on the up grade." The report of the grand lodge library was given yesterday after noon. It showed a tremendous gain over last year in the number of bor rowers and in the number of books circulated. j The North Dakota Grand Lodge ! library is said to be one of the best (Continued on paft throe.) PRICE FIVE CENTS AMBASSADOR AT RIO LABELS REPORTS FALSE Rumors Had Been in Circula tion Both in Geneva and Rio de Janeiro DISPATCH STIRS LEAGUE U. S. Official Denies Extend ing Congratulations to President Bemardes Washington. June 16 — (A*)—Ameri can diplomatic officials made swift and emphatic denial today that they had been involved even indifferently in the League of Nations controversy which resulted recently in Brazil’?- withdrawal ns a league member. Rumors of American involvement have been in circulation both in Geneva, the seat of the league, and Rio De Janeiro, the Brazilian capital. Kven before the report had reached Washington in news dispatches, how ever. K. V. Morgan, the American ambassador at Rio, had cabled the state department a categorical denial of a story that he had congratulated President Bernardes upon Brazil's res ignation from the league. Published statements that he had called upon the Brazilian president for any such purpose, or had other wise taken such action, were said by the ambassador to be unqualifiedly false. Spread of the reports from Rio to Geneva had been made known to the state department meantime h.v Hugh Gibson, the American min ister there. The department .im mediately forwarded Ambassador Morgan’s statement to Mr. Gibson. Secretary Kellogg and other state department officials believe that to issue n formal denial of reports that, the Washington government had been influencing Brazil would be to un duly dignify the reports. LEAGUE CIRCLES EXCITED BY DISPATCHES FROM BRAZIL Geneva, Switzerland, June 16— OP) —• League of Nations circles were stir red today by a dispatch from Rio Janeiro saying the American ambas sador had congratulated President Bernardes upon Brazil’s attitude to the League of Nations. The dispatch has revived and given strength to reports here that the United States government has been influencing Brazil to adept a strong policy for attainment of n oermnnenv scat on the league council. Theso reports were circulated in Geneva during the March session of the league assembly, when Brazil threat ened to veto the election of Germany. MOUNTAIN MOVES Paris—Observations recorded by the topographical bureau of Switzer land show that Mount Arblno, a fmOO-foot peak, is moving at the rate of about four inches a year. Forty years ago the summit of the moun tain was shifting horizontally at the rate of an inch a year. It is thought that the plateau on the summit has become dnngerously undermined. Weather Report | < « Temperature at 7 a. m 57 Highest yesterday 67 Lowest last night 56 Precipitation to 7 a. m 06 Highest wind velocity f 16 Weather conditions at North Da kota points for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today: c Temps. J ' .j * £ l * S • fx i s•= tj| £ j £.5 A men in 67 52 .17 Cioudy BISMARCK .... 67 56 .06 Cloudy Bottineau .... 60 54 .74 Cloudy Devils Lake .... 68 56 .66 Cloudy Dickinson 64 45 .02 Clear Dunn Center . . 64 44 .06 Clear Ellendale 66 50 ,\i Rain Fessenden 60 52 -61 Cloudv Grand Forks ... 68 55.1.06 Cloudy Jamestown .... 68 5!l .in Cloudy Langdon 68 51 .60 Cloudy Lari more 70 52 1.00 Cloudy Lisbon 67 57 .17 Rain Minot 70 52 .76 Cloudy Napoleon 65 45 .52 Cloudy Pembina 67 43 .80 Cloudy Williston 60 46 .58 Cloudy Moorhead, Minn. 66 58 .08 Rain WEATHER FORECAST For Bismarck aud vicinity: Mostly cloudy and cooler tonight; Thursday generally fair. For North Dakota: Mostly cloudy tonight; cooler east and central por tions. Thursday generally fair; slightly warmer extreme west por tion. GENERAL WEATHER CONDITIONS A well defined low pressure area is centered over Kansas this morning and general precipitation occurred over the northern Plains States and northern Rocky Mountain region. The rainfall was c heavy in eastern North Dukota and in parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. High pressure, ac companied by generally fair weather prevails west of the Rockies. The cool weather continues throughout the northern states. North Dakota Corn and Wheat Region Summary For the week ending June 15, 1926. Considerable deterioration in small grains occurred during the week throughout the State. While lodal rains in various sections greatly im proved conditions, general rains are needed in practically all sections. Spring wheat and oats were damag ed by- high winds and drought, and rains must occur within ten days to avoid serious loss. Corn continues good tb excellent in all parts of the State. Flax is generally good but rain is badly needed in some sec tions. Pastures, ranges and meadows are becoming ary. Highways are excellent. O. W. ROBERTS, Official to Charge.