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VOLUME 16.
Action On Extra Territorial
Rights Postponed Until
Tomorrow Question 01
Domestic Control jOf Chi
nese Railroads 'Is Brought
Washington, Nov. 28.—(By ,the As
sociated Press.)—A resolution declar
ing for relinquishmerit of foreign
post office privileges in .China was
adopted today by the nine powers sit
as a committee on Pacific and
Far Eastern questions. I
The date of January 1, 1923, was
set for the abandonment of foreign
postofflcea and this was agreed to by
•Jl the powers represented except Jjl
pan, whose representatives asked for
time to hear from their government.
The Japanese delegates,- It was said,
aid not object to January 1, 1928 as
the date for abandoning their post
offices. but felt that they did not have
thfe' Authority to agree to that date
without referring the matter to Tokio.
Defer Action.
The nine powers committee de
ferred final action uYitil tomorrow on
the question of extra territorial rights
in, China. The Principle of closing for
eign courts in China. It Was said, was
agreed to' but consideration of the
formal resolution went over.
Chinese representatives at today's
meeting brought up the domestic con
trol of Chinese railways. The ques
tion, however, went over for con
sideration at another meeting of the
full nine powers' tomorrow morning.
The- Chinese railway question, ac
cording to Chinese representatives,
would necessarily
1—olve
OBium. had ljeen |«nt" into China
throtighi the foreign' postal system^
'A'xiy.:
x'igti Mtoc PreKBts Resoladon.
yfehatfcr, iot the American
det^sattbn today, presenteAijme .resolu
tirtiw dealing with Chitfme' postoffloes
i«rtd foreign extra territorial rights.
The, latter. resolution was discussed,
9 jjfd it.'V.aa' said there was general as
aent^ta the plan of the sub-committee
of YFhlch Senator Lodge is chairman,"
for ali international commission', of
jurists' to go to China and study
Chinese ^durt' administration. Sena
tor ledge's sub-cothmittee was called^
to meet later in the day to draft the
final forih of the resolution.
In adopting the resolution for
abandonment of fbreign postofflcea the
committee decided to add a provision
for adherefice to the plan of other na
tions, not represented in the confer
ence,- haying a few postoffices In
China, Denmark, Sweden and one or
two other nations were said to have
postal ^stations and the resolutions
weird broadened to provide for* adher
ence of such nations to the agreement
for closing foreign postoffices.
Delegates expect the Japanese gov
ernment to give its assent to January
1. 1928, as the date for closing its
postoffices in China.
Thersttb-committee headed by Sen
ator Underwood of the American dele
gation^"appointed to deal with Chinese
customs will meet tomorrow to begin
its study of the question.
'. Reports Denied.
Washington, Nov. 28.—(By the
Associated Press,) —Published re
ports alleging use Of harsh words
by Premier Brland of Franco
while in Washington against Sen
atpr Sohanzcr, head of the Italian
armament oonferenoe delegatlmi,
were' formally denied in a state
ment made today by Chairman
HoltfiM at a meeting of the con
ference committee on Far Eastern
and Pacific questions.
Ihe reports which have led to
much' comment In Europe and to
demonstrations against. the
ryc«»ch In Italy
wck«.
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the matter
of Sharituner which'is regarded as one
of the big problems with which the
Washington conference may have to
deal, so far as Far Eastern affairs are
concerned.
The resolution adopted-by the arms
conference today relating to postal
agencies In China provides that for
eign postal systems there shall be
abandoned on a date to .be finally
agreed, upon later and on condition
that the Chinese government shall
maintain agreed upon later and on
condition that the Chinese govern
mentsha'l maintain an "efficient Chi
nese postal service."
A provision is also included under
which the Chinese customs authorl
ties will be permitted to examine pos
tal matters passing-through the for
eign postal agencies in' order, to deter
mine 'Whether dutiable jr contraband
KOk3» are coming.'.into the 'country,
through postal chanppls. ..
f, yfhe latter* provUWoft .is Understood
to ha.ve been- incited as' a result of
charges toy Chineii a^UthoHties that
said It Mr.
Hughes to be absolutely without
foundation. 4Te also was under
stood to have declared thaf the
relations between (he French and
Italian delegatlorts within the
conference had been most friend
ly.'"
AC Bria^d. Mr. Hughes asaert
cd, had jaied no worfls whatever
Ottt tapl 0?e offense to Italy In
any .'manner. 9*nc Vivlanl, pres
ent Soad .of the French dele«a
tkm speaking after Mr. Hughes,
a-'so denied the reports.
Questions Answered.
Wa^hirigton, Nov. 28.—r(By the As
Hopiated Press!)—American nav^l ex
pertA' presented to the Japanese and
British offlcars today detailed answer*
to queiitiona presented last week as to
the American naval reduction pro
gram. The full membership df, the
technical commission of the arms
confer^hce waa not in session.
The pxtensive ^examination' of flg
ureS of all three powers as to existing
navftl' strength of each country has
not reunited in any change of the orig-j
tnal'flifut-es In Secretary Hughes' pro
vo&L. It was said authoritatively tp
day ncrihlstafces ln calculation had
been,revealed during the discussion by
the ettMWtS.
The data submitted today by the
American group had to do, it .was un
derstood, with questions asked by the
jstM|iteiKi,'as to the exact meaning of
certain paragraphs of the American
rfeftiMstity* plan. The speclflc mature of
the paipta involved i*ras not Revealed,
own. howevar. that the Amer-
Berts teal that they have been
jibow that tKere exiats no rea
Shan«e any of the tonnajpe estl-
ablet
Mifi thr«a. .1 nowera upon
tie AmeriQ§n plan' was based
and' it'M Mfra^ed1 \that during the
tOonttnued on,U
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FOR RELINQUISHMENT
RIGHTS IN CHINA
WILUAMS PROBABLY
WILL BE BACK IN
CHARGE OF GOPHERS
Minneapolis, Nov. 28.—Dr. H. L.
Williams, for 22 years coach of foot
ball at the University of Minnesota,
probably yrill be back in charge of the
Gophers next year and James Paige,
chairman of the athletic board of con
trol, will retain his position for an
other year at least and will probably
be chosen president of 'the western
conference association Saturday at
Chicago.
This was the turn in. the athletic
upheaval at the university which ap
peared almost certain this morning,
when it became known that alymni
committee on athletics will stiomit
recommendations pr the fulfillment
of Dr. Williams' contract calling for
another yedr.
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MOSfWBK
LOOT IS FOUND
Lad Confesses to Travellers
On Train That He Parti
cipated in Robbery.
Boston, Nov. 28.—Police announc
ed today that Johri Dubok of Scran
ton, Pa., arrested last night in a
room in Everett, where $20,000 was
flo-und, had admitted It was part of
the loot in the $28,000 payroll robbery
outside the shoe factory of A. G.
Walton & Company at Chelsea, last
Saturday! He admitted he was one
of the robber band, he said-
James Luna of Oliphant, Pa., ad
mitted driver of the bandit car, was
at a hospital for -treatment iOf a
wound inflicted by the bask messen
ger.
The messenger of the First Nation
al bank identified Dubok. tie prom
ised police to aid in locating the $8,
000 not yet recovered, which he said
was hidden in Chelsea.
Turns Over Loot.
Detroit, -Mich., Nov. 28.—Mistaking
for detectives two fellow travelers on
a Michigan Central train arriving
here -this forenoon, John Petkewics,
17 years old, confessed to them that
he had participated in the $28,000
payroll holdup outside the A. G. Wal
ton & Company ,, shoe factory at
Chelsea,., Mass., last, Saturday. Petke
wics turned- oyer tip ithe two.. -citizens
$5,000 in ctehAwhich he said was his
ghare of the loot obtained .in the
holdup.
EQUITY
EXPECTS HrttEST
,,v JFIGHf IN HISTORY
"TGau Claire! Wis., Nov. 28.—Three
campaign headquarters were in full
blast here today prior to the opening
of the annual convention of the Wis
consin Union of the American Society
of Equity here Tuesday.--
The advance guard of the 1,000 del
egates or more who will be here were
/Uready on -the ground and ready for
What old campaigners in the ranks of
the Equity predict will be .the hottest
and moat exciting .convention in the
history 'bt the organization.
J. N. Tittemore, former president
of the society, was the first man on
the ground. H^ denied reports that
he was gloing to inject himself ln-to
the proceedings as a candidate for
president, but admited he was prepar
ing to -put a third, or dark horse can
didate in the field.
President E. C. Pommerening open
ed headquarters at a hotel this morn
ing and^the entire official family of
•Equity officers and directors are
quartered there with him.
Although they anticipate a hard
fight, the Pommerening forces say
they are confident of victory in the
election on Wednesday.
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PARTY
tt
.,Jffi£ANIZlNG FOR
CAMPAIGN IN 1924
(Herald Special Service.)
Bismarck, N. D., Nov. 28.—The
North Dakota state committee of the
proposed Liberal party was named at
a conference here today presided over
by J. A. H. Hopkins of the committee
of 48. J. W. Deemy, Mrs. C. G. Boise
and J. H. Calderhead of Bismarck
were named chairman, vice chairman
and secretary, respectively, of the,
committee.
Resolutions were adopted whereby
the conference adopted the name of
Liberty party for the 1924' campaign
in North Dakota.
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The Nonpartisan league administra
tion in North Dakota was praised andi
resolutions declaring Frarier, Lemke
and H&gan were defeated in the re
call election through misrepresenta
tion called upon one of three to be
candidate for United States senator
next year.
Nelson, Mason, who was secretary
to Frazier, presided at the meetingajy
50,000,000 BUSHELS
OF GRAIN PLEDGED
U. S. GRAIN GROWERS
St.' Paul, Minn., Nov. 28.—r-More
than fifty million bushels of' grain
have been pledged by farmers in
eleven states to the U. S. Grain Grow
ers, Inc., tg be marketed through co
operative, channels, according to a
weekly summary published by the or
ganization today. The statements say
contracts have been received from
26,997 farmers, including 266 from
farmers in Minnesota.
Secret Indictment y* ,,
Returned In Inquiry
Of Boilding Trades
New York, Nov. 28.—The federal
rrand jury investigating the building
trades today returned a secret indict
ment to Judge August N. Hand,
During the inquiry it waa under
stood that witnesses who had testified
before the .Lockwood legislative com
mittee at the time it was examining
the allfeffed plate and -window floss
Tomhlne, had been heard. W&
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NORTH DAKOTA'S •'. GREATEST iS4*'
GRAND FOIjEKS,
A Unique Program.
Members of the marshal's party,
after the program here h&d been con
cluded, declared that It was the most
original which they had encountered
in the course of their tour, and the
one 'which they would longest re
member.
The smoking of the peace pipe
was the cllmai of the ceremonies at
tending on Marshal Foch's visit. Pic
ture the stage of the Bistaarck audi
torium filled on one side with the
seried ranks of the American Legion
in their somber olive drab uniforms,
and on the other with a party of In
dians in full panoply of paint and
feathers, while alone in the center
the veteran marshal of France and
the aged Indian chief. The one in his
Simple uniform of horizon blue and
the other In all his barbaric splendor
of"costume,#crowned with his war
bonnet which reached to his feet.
As the chief advanced with the
decorated peace pipe in his hand the
Indians raised a weird chant to the
accompaniment of a eipgle tom-tom.
led by an aged squaw seated in the
center of the group.
Old Indian Speaks.
V.
Marshal Foch is Made
Indian Chief When h«S
Welcomed To North Dakota
By Governor Nestos And
Phillip Bangs, Commander
Of North Dakota Legion
Marshal Deeply Affected
By Ceremonies.
(By Staff
Correspondent.)
Bismarck N. tfov. 28.-3hief
'Charging Thunder^', who is also a
marshal of France, and Chief Red
Tomahawk of the" Standing Rock
Sioux Indians smoked the pipe of
peace together at the Bismarck* audi
torium yesterday while over 2 #00
people, all who could crowd into the
building, cheered them.
Marshal Foch and his party were
the guests of the state of North Da
kota for an hour and a half yesterday,
during which time the marshal had
added temporarily to his many honors
that of being appointed state com
mander of the American Legion,
Commander Philip R. Bangs of Grand
Forks resigning in his favor during
his stay in the city.
Then, amid profound silence, the
old Indian spoke, his words being
translated by an interpreter.
"My "friend," said he, "when the
cornerstone ofj thft big red house on
the hill (the capitol) was laid I came
here because Ifelt that I was part of
the governmentvOf the country. Now-.,
I have come to see a great war chief*!
"We will smoke the pipe of peace I
together. JEjfer* it is," extending the
richly adornejtKjpipe. SWs bowl Is of
stone, as flVrii as the peaoe which
unites lis, Its
as the path of
travel ,t-«p*th
.. %Kkc Feaco
is as straight,
we shall:
He lighted tite'pipe,
whiffs and passed it (o thq marshal
who repeated the cerpnony. It waa
then passed, to -'Major A. E.
drewj a
with which the pipe was attorned.
"Let these feathers, the color of
blood," said he, "remind you that our
young men shed their blood with
yours over the water."
Fodi Deeply Affected.
Marshal Foch was plainly deeply
affected and replied, his' words also
being interpreted.
"I thank you for this honor. I
know the record which the American
Indians who fought in France made,
and I am here partly to greet the
(Continued on page 17).
"', rrf, •/j. f, v' 1 •*,$•£*
Visits State Capital
Billings, Mont., Nov. 28.—Marshal
Foch will, be made a chief of the Crow
Indian tribe today at the Crow agency
here. The'marshal's special train ar
rived here early this morning and,
after a brief, atop, was switched 'to
the Crow.agency, south of here.
The Foch party will first visit the
Custer battlefield, also the scene of
the battle of the Little Big Horn in
the present League of Nations."
VJj. v-u. t-"
Mandan, who advanced to receive it. Northern Ftersia have been granted
to.the Standard Oil company ton fifty
Now," continued the old Indian,
"We give you a name and that name
shall be 'Charging Thunder,' and
when' the thunder storms roll across
the prairie from the west we shall
think of you."
He paused for a moment,, and then n^n- visits Here—A. Bacon
President 6f the Minot Display Adver
THE MOST POPULAR MAN IN THE WORLD
homornh*
LoridtJn, Nov. 2'8—A despatch ta (he
years.,- The newspaper adds that it is
reported that the Persian government
will- receive 12 per cent of the gross
profits.
tislng company, was in Grand Forks
today attending to business affairs,
and visiting his son. Warren Bacon,
'a student at the state university. Mr.
Bacon marked the Roosevelt highway
trail through the state of North Da
kota.
(DEAD CARRIER PIGEON FOUND.
St. Cloud, Minn.. Nov. 28.—A dead
carrier nlgeon banded 29188 A and
1748 A N was found on the campus
of the state teachers training college
here this morning. The bird had been
shtt.
PU£*
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P., MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1821.
Marshal Foch
Arrived In
Billings
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ARBUCKLEON
STAND HAKES
MANVDENIALS
Says Miss Rappe Took Sick
WhUe in His Room in
Hotel St. Francis.
On the Return trip a brief stop will' Jured Virginia Rappe, saying that he
be made at Billings qhortly after noon. had invited nto one to the party but
En route to Butf.e a brief stop also Mrs. May Taube.
will be. made at Bozeman. From Butte
the special. train will proceed: to St. Gives His Story.
Maries, Idaho, which, will be jrfached Arfruckle said he had an engage
Tuesday, and thence to Spokane,' ment 'to go out with Mrs. Taube a
Wash.4 ,ti few minutes after Miss Rappe is al
leged to have been injured by htm.
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HARDING'S PLAN
FAVORED BY THE
BRITISH PRESS
London, Nor. 28.—(By the Assodr
Names Of Alleged
Slackers Published
[i-j In Soldiers' Paper
Denies Inviting Anyone to
Party With Exception of
Mrs. May Taube.
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Franoisco,
1876, will be viewed. Then will follow ^ufckle took the stand today in the
the induction of the'French .soldier as manslaughter case against htm. ,Ar
a chief of the Crow Indians'. Several I buckle said he came to San Francisco
hundred members of the tribe will
rrom
participate in the ceremonies, which stopped at the Hotel Francis. He
will be in charge of Chief. Plenty aamed the guests at the party in
Coups of the Crows. I which he ib alleged to have fatally in-
sick.
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Nov. 28.—Fatty Ar-
Los Angeletf September 3 and
Bhe'w'Kn*^8 DAYLIGHT MOVIES
on the bathroom floor very
I assisted her.
"She was holdyig her abdomen and
I gave her some water.
"While I assisted her. Miss Prevost
*»d lothers entered the room. I went
ated Press.)—President Harding's Into another room, and when I came
suggestion for a continuing series of back Miss Rappe -was on the bed tear-'
international conferences, the conclu- ing her clothing."
sions of which would be observed un-j Arbuckle said he was dressed in a
der .a "gentleman's agreement" 1s bathrobe and underclothing. The
given prominence in the morning bathrobe was introduced and he iden
newspapers, but there is little com- tified It.
ment on-It. I "I helped her to the bed." Ar-
The Westminster Gazette', looks buckle continued. "She said that she
hopefully for the development from I had dizzy spells often Then I went
such a series of conferences of some back to the bathroom When I re
new association of nations, which Will turned Miss Rappe was on the fl'oor
'embody and extend the authority of rolling and\moaning. I placed lAr on
the bed again.
"Mrs. Delmont, a guest at the par
ty, told me to leave Miss Rappe," Ar
buckle testified. "I to"d Mrs. Del
mont to 'shut up' or I would throw
her out of the window."
Carried Miss Kappc Out.
i. lv, Arbuckle told of taking Miss Rappe
Duluth, Minn., Nov./ 28.—Names of: from the room and into another room
78 alleged "slackers" residing in St. with the assistance of Harry Boyle,
Louis. Lake. Cook, Carlton. Itasca assistant manager of the hotel,
and Koochiching counties are publish- The door leading from his room to
ed in the .current issue of "The ..Nor- the corridor and a window of the
them Legionnaire." official American room were open he said
Legion publication, of northern Min- "i dlj
not hear Miss
nesota. hurt me' or anything that could be
More names, will be published, each «, understood." he testified.
month-as tnejhare supplied by General'
Om&r Bundy, commander tf the Ninth
Army 'Corps.
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STANDARD OIL CO.
GETS CONCESSIONS
IN NORTH PERSIA
R^ppe -he
He denied having forced Miss Rap- "V™
.-SSS& %ST&£\SSSi
tte denied testimony by
^orgard,.. janitor of the Culver -City,
for
10:60 a- m.
Ar,buCkU
few London Times'from Sahara, Asiatlo .-. .,
Turkey, date.d Friday, says the Time^ I-a.- A ,^!''^ testimony followed a fu
of Mesopbtania understands from a by the defense to have
Wejch .of reliable source that oil concessions In
t—h„c,
the testimony of Ignatius H. McCarty,
finger print student, admitted. His
testimony was desired to loffset tes
timony by E. O. Heinrichs, finger
print expert, regarding finger prints
on the doors of Arbuckle's rooms in
the Hotel Francis.
Declares Them Strangers.
Arbuckle says he did not know Mrs.
Delmont previous to September 5, the
date' of the party in which MiS8 Rap
pe is alleged to have sustained her
injury. During the party Miss Rappe
telephoned to a Mrs. Spreckles, he
said. This is believed to be Mrs. Sidi
Spreckles, widow of John D. Spreck
les, Jr.
Arbuckle never saw Alice Blake, a
guest of the party, In his life before
the affair, h£ said. Miss Zeh Prevost,
another guest, also wm a stranger to
him, he said.
Arbuckle testified in a loud, clcar
(Continued on Page 5.)
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BRITISH FORESEE
SUCCESS FOR THE
ARMS CONFERENCE
Washington,- Nov. 28.—(By
The Associated Press)—The Brit
ish armament oonferenoe delega
tion through an authorized
spokesman took occasion today to
let It be known there is every
reason for the belief that the
arms oonferenoe will be a suc-
"Doabts have been expressed in
some quarters as to the satisfac
tory progress of the oonferenoe,"
said the British tpokceman. "I
have good authority for saying
that the American, British and
Japanese are all optimistic and
quite satisfied as to the progress
made. The subjects referred to
committee arc under discussion
and there seems to be every prob
ability that their reports will be
made at an early date. The con
ference is in committee stage and
Is very vigorous."
POSSIBLE, SAYS
INVENTOR VICTOR
Davenport, la., Nov. 28.—It
will no longer be necessaryto sit
In the dark in the movies, ac
cording to A. F. Victor, secretary
of the National Society of Motion
Picture Engineers, who today an
nounced the invention of a ma
chine which he says will permit
daylight motion pictures.
Mr. Victor's invention reverses
the present order of movies. The
light, instead of being reflected
from tlic rear of the theater, Is
now reflected behind the screen.
It is now possible to leave full
daylight In the room and yet have
perfect pictures on the screen.
LANDRU MURDER
TRIAL STARTS ON
FOURTH WEEK
Versaillest, Nov. 28.—(By the Asso
ciated Press)—/The Landru murder
trial entered its fourth and final week
today with the summing up of Prose
cutor Godefroy. He went over the
evidence presented in the case of each
C^en
^vf80"^x"
Tomorrow Attorney Morp-Giafferl
counsel for Landru, will make his,
plea in behalf of the accused. The
expected to go to the jury Tues-
A-.sentence of death on the guillo
tine. and nothing else, will satisfy the
prosecution, Prosecutor Godefroy. in
formed-''-the court.
M. Godefroy .described Landru as
one of the most astute and clever
murderers of all time.
He acknowledged the Inability of
the prosecution to prove the manner
Landru had adopted for the slaying
of his alleged' victims.
Recalling the incredulity with
which accounts of the case were at
first received by the public, which
"refused to believe that human na
ture could fall to such depths of de
pravity," the prosecutor ridiculed the
theory advanced in some quarters that
the case had been "propped up" by
the authorities-in April. 1919, to dis
tract attention "from the painful de
liberations over the peace treaty
which failed to bring to France the
promised fruits of victory."
Landru listened unmoved to the
prosecutor's scathing arraignment.'
NEW PROPOSAL ON
PURCHASE OF MUSCLE
SHOALS IS EXPECTED
Washington. Nov. 2 8Government
officials in touch with the negotiations
of Henry Ford for purchase and least,
of the Muscle Shoals, Ala., nitrate and
water power projects said today they
expected to receive soon from Mr.
Ford a modified proposal, probably a
complete substitution for that now
under discussion.
OFFICERS EXCUSED
IF THE WRONG HOUSE
HAS BEEN SEARCHED
Washington. Nov. 28.—Prohibition
agents who raid the wrong house after
exercising the usual care cannot be'
held to blame, Prohibition Commis
sioner Haynes in effect held today in
exonerating E." B. Henson, a special
agent, from charges preferred by
Mayor Stewart of Savannah. Ga.
LOWEST WHEAT CONDITION.
Topeka, Kans., Nov. 28.—The low
est wheat crop condition in the his
tory of the state was reported today
by Secretary Mohler of the Kansas
board of agriculture in his first re
port on the new wheat crop. Condi
tion was given as 58.6 per cent of
normal. Acreage reported, 11,280,000,
was the third largest ever sown. Lack
of moisture was given as the cause for
the condition.
UERZOG TRIAL STARTS.
Milwaukee, Wis.. Nov. 28.—The
opening today of the trial of Bert P.
Herzog, formerly in charge of the
enforcement of prohibition in Mil
waukee, charged with accepting
I bribes, was occupied with Jury sclec
tion.
Herzog is charged with /'accepting
$16,500 in bribes for not reporting the
transportation of six carloads of
liquor.
VTVTANI TO RETURN HOME.
Washington, Nov.' 28-.—(By The As
sociated Press.)—Rene Vivianl, head
of the French delegation at the arma
ment cohference, has engaged passage
to return home on the French line
earner Pants, sailing .December 14,
provided the work of the conference
has been concluded by that time.
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WEATHER FORECAST.
Minnesota: CXoadjr and WHff
tied tonight and TaiadarL some
what .warmer in east portion to
night,
North Oakota: Partly ctondy
tontKfct and Tucodaj: somewhat
colder In eitfwae west portion to
night and te
«ar
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E E N I N
E IT I O N
BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION COST
60 PER CENT OVER ESTIMATE
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NUMBER 270.
SOME COST MORE
THAN DOUBLE THE
PROPOSED PRICE
Financial Statement Shows
That Association Has
$91,145 Deficit.
Several Persons For Whom
Homes Were Built Re-'
fuse to Pay.
(By Staff Correspond
Bismai'ck. N. D-. Nov. 28.—Fifty
residences erected- by the North Dar
-kota Homebuilders' association have
cost on the average over 60 per cent
more than the estimate furnished by
officials of the association to the buy
ers at the time the building of the
houses- was ordered.
In many cases the final cost is more
than double the original estimate
which the unfortunate buyers expect
ed would at least approximate the
final cost.
These facts are brought out by a
study of the records of the associa
tion and comparison of the sheets
showing the original estimate, and
those showing the actual cost as now
determined.
The financial statement as of Oct.
31, last, also show that the associa
tion now has a deficit of $91,145 and
this will be greatly increased unless
the home buyers can be compelled to
pay for their homes at the cost as
now apportioned. There is a general
refusal to .do this at present and the
outcome of any court action which
might be launched to enforce collec
tion is doubtful. It is quite possible
that a compromise may be found
necessary.
May
Increase Greatly.
If this is the case the final deficit
of the association on the work now
completed will be nearer $260,000
than $100,000.
In regard to the immense increase
in the costs of the houses as shown by
the final figures. J. B. Adams, now
manager of the association, claims
that the fault lies with J. B. Baker,
formerly superintendent at construc
tion for the association, who was in
capable of making correct estimates,
and in faulty accounting work.
In connection with the accounting
work, he claims that. he was instruct
ed when he became manager to leave
that side' of the business in the hands
of the Equitable Audlt Co. of Fargo
and St. Paul which has been closely
connected with the Nonpartisan
league «.nd its subsidiary concerns.
About .$23j|Op hjis„heen paid -to the
concern for its auditing work for the
Home Builders' association, Mr.
Adains claims.
A Typical Instance.
William Lemke's house in" Fargo
concerning which there has been
much dispute seems to furnish a typ
ical instance of the methods used in
handling the affairs of the associa
tion.
The records show that the original
estimate of the cost of the house, and
the extras ordered -by Mr. Lemke was
$14,500. This waa made-in the sum
mer of 1920.
In June, 192X, a check up waa made
by the Equitable Audit Co., according
to Mr. Adams, an£?the report showed
that the state's share in the house ex
pense was only in the neighborhood
of $4,000.
Several months later however a re
check was made by Mr.' Adams, the
latter claims, and he discovered thai
in the previous audit some $5,000
worth of material paid for by thR
state had beer -rlooked or at least
omitted with .• result that the state
was found have invested in tho
house a total of $9,371.55. although it
had been coral
"Unfitly claimed that
the law which provides that no more
than $4,000 might be furnished by thu
state for any city residence had been
complied with at all times.
Makes fall Settlement.
Mr. Lemke was unaware of this
fact however, Mr. Adams claims, until
he himself informed him of it a few
weeks ago. Since that time Mr. Lemke.
has made a full settlement with th
state, and the title to the house is in
his wife's name.
R. M. McClizitock. managing editor
of the Fargo Courier-News, however,
is declining to pay up on the basis of
the final estimates, although he has
been stuck to a much smaller degree
than many others. The original esti
mate on his house was $4,850, the
records show, while the final cost now
assessed against it is $6,584.71.
As it happened, however, the house
was begun before Mr. McClintock had
deposited one-fifth of the estimated
cost as is required by law, his deposit
having been only $900. According to
Mr. Adams he now claims that this
marl's Ihf deal not binding, and will
not accept Ui- house which has been
completed, end is standing idle.
Ilagan Moves.
J. N. Hagan, )'o, iier commissioner
"f rgrlculture and labor, has also
moved out of his .house which, cost
$8,889 instead of $5,433 as originally
figured. and has told the state that it
may keep the house at that price.
Court action will probably be neces
sary to collect from him.
Tax Commissioner George Wallace
was also among those heavily stung
His house's cost is now figured at
$11,031.57, more than double the orig
inal estimate of $6,250. C. B. Rosen'
of Bismarck is now being asked to
pay $13,715 on an original estimate of
$5,600.
The examples given are typical. A
complete list comparing the original
estimates and Ana} costs of the houses
erected by the state will be found at
the conclusion of this article.
Situation is Sertoas.
Taken in conjunction with the de
ficit already mentioned the situation
Is serious as it will probably be im-.
possible to collect the full amount ein
most of these houses.
There are several factors entering'
Into -this deficit iof $91,145,73 already
admitted by the management of the1
a a
1
The first of these is loss on matariat*
purchased by the aasodaUop at peak
prices, and then sold at a conjldftr-.
able loss when It was found ni l—i
to raise money by any and alt meaa*.
One example of this aort was revealed
at Grand Forks durtng the frafct *um4
mer. The total loes incurred fay thel
association from the cum taut
th* manager at
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