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VOL. XXXII. NO. 218.
Washington Water Cos. Valued
for Revenue at Half of
Rate-Making Price.
The Constitution
“The general assembly shall pro
vide by law for a uniform and equal
rate of assessment and taxation; and
shall prescribe such regulations as
shall secure a just valuation for tax
ation of all property, both real and
personal.’*—Constitution of Indiana.
The state board of tax commissioners
valued the personal property of the
Washington Water, Light and Power
Company at only $165,860.
Engineers of the public service com
mission valued the same property for
rate making purposes at $312,514.
“Who’s Who in America” gives James
Putnam Goodrich as the president of the
Washington Water, Light and Power
The state tax board originally assessed
the property at $85,000, but later changed
its mind and increased it to a figure only
§146,954 less than Its actual cash value
as made by the public service commis
sion and accepted by the company as a
fair valuation for rate making purposes.
The public service commission made its
valuation May 1, 1918. The valuation by
the state board of tax commissioners was
made about a year afterward. The com
pany’s property did not burn nor did
anything else happen during the year
between the two assessments to change
the value to any appreciable extent.
The tax rate in the city of Wash
ington is $2.22 for each SIOO worth of
property. At this rate the company,
of which Gov. Goodrich is president,
would pay $3,682.09 taxes under the val
uation of the tax commission If the
rates were paid on the valuation of the
public service commission, which is as
near the actual value of the property as
expert engineers can estimate, the taxes
would be $0,944.47.
SAVES $3,262.
Thus, Jim Goodrich and his company
saved in one year's taxes a mere matter
of $3,262. At the same time the utility
is charging its customers a rate which
Is based on the valuation made by the
public service commission. The com
pany is, under the provision of the pub
lic service commission, making a fixed
percentage of profit of a valution of more
than $146,000 higher than the valuation
on which it is paying taxes.
In this way the public is paying twice.
If the property is worth what the tax
board says it is, the company should
greatly reduce its rates, for it is making
a profit far in excess of that allowed
on a basis of the worth of its property.
The public is paying the difference.
If, on the other hand, the company Is
worth what the public service commis
sion says It is worth, it is cheating the
state, the county, and tjia-city of Wasfe-*
ington out of $3,262 in .taxes this year.
If one taxpayer dodges ais just share of
taxation, the other taxpayers must make
it up, as so often pointed out by the
tax board.
One thing is quite evident —Jim Good
rich's company is winning both ways.
He is collecting high rates based on a
valuation fixed by a board which he ap
pointed. At the same time he is paying
a small amount of taxes based on a valu
ation by another board, which he ap
pointed. And the public is losing both
ways, for it must pay the high rates and
It must make up the difference between
the taxes the Goodrich company actually
pays and the taxes it. should pay.
This is simply another example of the
true cash valuations made by the state
tax board. In this case it had original
Jurisdiction and must assume complete
responsibility for the valuation. It. must
be admitted, however, that the assessed
value Is a little larger proportion of the
actual value ir. the case of the Washing
ton Water, Light and Power Company
than in the case of the Indianapolis
News, which was valued at $295,130 by
the taxing officials and at $1,500,000 by
appraisers of the probate court.
Erzberger Sues Former Ger
man Ambassador for Slander.
BERLIN, Jan. 20.—The suit of Mathias
Erzberger, minister of finance, against
Dr. Karl von Hejfferich, former German
ambassador to Russia, started here today.
Erzberger charges the former ambassa
dor with making slanderous remarks,
while Von Helfferieh declared he will
prove his charges that Erzberger was
guilty of profiteering in his official posts
during the war.
The trial is expected to last several
Seattle Raid Nets 300
Soviet Rule Agitators
SEATTLE, Jan. 20.t—More than 300
reds are in custody here today follow
ing a night raid against the Union of
Russian Workers, an alleged anarchistic
society. The raid was conducted by de- j
partment of justice agents. The men are j
being held at the United States emigra
tion detention station.
W'arrants for 796 had been issued. It
is expected the remainder will be appre
hended by noon today.
Cost of Living Puts
Cost of Killing Up
NEW YORK, .T.m. 20.-Owing
the high cost of living, John HtiL
bert, the state executioner, who ma
nipulates the switch connected with
the Sing Sing electric chair, has
boosted the cost of killing, it was
learned today. He has Increased the
amount of the fee he demands from
$l5O to $250 He charged the prison
department $250 for the execution
of Vincenzo E'poslto of Schenectady,
on the night of Jai>. <5 last. The bll,
has not yet been paid.
The state hired him In 1914 for
SSO per murderer, it having dispensed
with Executioner Edward Davis, who
was receiving $250, and got a cheaper
man. Warden Moyer later inerpnsod
Hulbert’s pay to $l5O. Hulbert. has,
had only one execution In nine
months. However, since taking thc
Job he has officiated at forty-eight
Published at Indianapolis,
Ind., Dally Except Sunday.
Even Reporters Denied En
trance to Murder Hearing.
! LARAMIE, Wyo., Jan. 20.—Fear that
public sentiment would be inflamed to
the point of a lynching, was given today
as the reason for Justice Bown holding
the preliminary hearing of John and
Peter Cordillo, charged with murder, be
hind closed doors. Newspaper reporters
j as well as the public were barred from
I the hearing.
| The Cordillo brothers and Walter New
| ell. while engaged In running down boot-,
i leggers, are charged with brutally mur
; deriag Frank Jennings, a well-known
! citizen, near Denver last September. The
, men narrowly escaped mob violence at
the time.
* It is said the largest defense fund that
: ever figured la a Wyoming criminal case
has been collected by the Anti-Saloon
| league from prohibition advocates for the
| defense of the Cordillo brothers.
Lenroot Voting Reservation
Threatens to Block Com
promise Effort.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.—Republican
| and democratic conferees on treaty com
promise today were approaching a dead
The immediate cause of the impasse
j threateris to be the Lenroot reservation,
! providing that the LTnited States shall
not be bound by any decision of the
league of nations In which any country
casts more votes than the United States.
The reservation, which is Included in the
Lodge program, Is designed to prevent
the British empire having six votes to
one for the United States In the league
assembly. In the league council the
votes are equal.
When the conferees reassembled today
this question was before them. Previous
discussions had failed to bring about any
This reservation covers one of the
most hotly contested points in the long
; treaty debate in the senate. It was
j passed as a substitute for the 'Johnson
j amendment to the treaty which was
j beaten by only three votes. Its propo
j nents in the present conference are de
j termlned It shall not be modified in any
| substantial way. If it is. they declare,
the compromise worked out will uot get
sixty-four votes.
The conferees avoided the Lenroot Tesy
ervation until Monday, although they
touched on every othei point at previous
| sessions. It became apparent early in
j the discussion, senators said, that the
differences were serious and this and not
[■•article ten may be the rock ou which the
hope of compromise will come to grief.
Senator Lodge, iu whose office the meet
ings are being held, said that "all the
conferees, with the possible exception of
one, earnestly desire that the conversa
tions shall continue.” They realize, he
said, that “if this group can not agree,
no group can,” and that with the failure
of the present effort all compromise ef
forts will fall."
Lodge, in commenting on a statement
by Senator Underwood that he would
wait to see The outcome of the bipartisan
discussion before calling up his resolu
tion for an official conciliation commit
| tee, said that if the bipartisan move fails,
; “Underwood may as well not call up his
resolution, for It will do him no good.’’
Shout Goes Up as Deported
Radicals Are Unloaded.
HANGO, Finland, Jan. 20.—The Ameri
can transport Buford, which carried 249
undesirable aliens deported from the
United States to this port, sailed today
for home.
She was accompanied by her-convoy,
the destroyer Ballard.
The deported radicals crossed the
border into bolshevist Kussia late today
at Terijok. They were received with
cheers by the bolshevik! military forces.
Head of Family in
Fatal Fire May Die
Special to The Times.
KOKOMO, Ind., Jan. 20.—Unless
Walter G. Goyer, whose family was al
most wiped out by fire on his farm
southeast of this city early Saturday,
contracts pneumonia he will recover, it
is reported today. Goyer suffered seri
ous burns when his clothing was
scorched off him, as he tried to rescue
two of his sons, who burned to death.
Goyer drove more than a mile In an
automobile with his nwje, unconscious
wife to his father’s home for aid. Mrs.
Goyer died a few hours afterward. Glen
Goyer. a third child, is still in a serious
London Paper Sees
Altered Irish Policy
LONDON, Jan. 20.—1 t is ’earned from
an authoritative source that L,ord French,
lord lieutenant of Ireland, has been con
verted to the belief that the fullest meas'-
ure of autonomy in Ireland would be con
sistent with imperial supremacy, the
Dublin correspondent of Pall Mall Ga
zette telegraphed today.
The Pall Mall Gazette believes that this
foreshadows a change in the policy of
Dublin castle.
(Dublin castle is the seat of British
authority in Ireland).
Local Forecast —Unsettled with rain or
snow tonight and probably snow flur
ries Wednesday; temperature tonight 23
to 30 degrees; colder Wednesday.
6 a. m 25
7 a. m 26
8 a. m 28
0 u. m 30
10 a. m 32
11 a. m 34
12 (noon) 37
Sun sets today, 4:50; rises tomorrow,
7:02; sets, 4:51.
One year ago today, highest tempera
ture, 59; lowest, 40.
Entered as Second Class Matter, July 25, 1914, at
Poßtoffice, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March 3, 1879.
Thistlethwaite Files Liquor
Prescriptions and Inven
tory of Stock.
Regardless of the sweeping decision of
Judge Will M. Sparks in the Haag ease,
that the sale of whisky Is prohibited un
der the Indiana prohibition law, an In
dianapolis druggist continues to file with
Couuty Clerk Richard V. Sipe the pre
scriptions of doctors calling for “spirits
frumenti” and other liquors.
On Jan. 3, 1920, Clem Thistlethwaite,
who operates several drug stores here,
filed with the county clerk all liquor pre
scriptions as well as an Inventory of all
liquor on hand.
A large number of prescriptions call
ing for the sale of liquor were filed by
Thistlethwaite under that date, County
Clerk Slpe stated today.
Thistlethwaite’s affidavit, which accom
panied the prescriptions, is as follows:
“I, Clem Thistlethwaite, hereby cer
tify that the prescriptions filed herewith,
together with federal application for
purchase, with the collector’s approval
thereof on file at my store, represent all
of my liquor sales for the six months pe
riod ending Dec. 31, 1919.”
This certificate was dated Jan. 3 of
this year and has been placed on the
public files of the county clerk's office.
Thistlethwaite’s Inventory of the liquor
on hand Jan. 3 of this year was given
as follows:
1-12 dozen creme de mint.
11 1-5 apple cordial.
10 1-5 peach cordial.
4 1-2 dozen rock and rye.
132 bottles of malt extract.
Mr. Slpe, the county clerk, said he
would estimate the number of prescrip
tions filed by Thistlethwaite on Jan. 3
last at about two hundred.
Thistlethwaite has tendered bond of
SI,OOO, Mr. Sipe said today. This is re
-quired by law.
Thistlethwaite Is the only Indianapolis
druggist to file liquor prescriptions so
far this year, Slpe announced.
Judge Sparks, who presided ir. the
case of Louis and Julius Haag, chargeo
with violating the Indiana prohibition
law and convicted by a jury In the
criminal court, held that the sale of
whisky for any purpose, whether on a
prescription or not. was illegal.
The Haags appealed from the ruling
of the court and the verdict of the jury.
The state introduced many prescrip
tions to prove that the Haags filled many
whisky prescriptions on bogus as well as
genuine prescriptions of doctors.
The ruling of .7udge,Sparks is said to
be similar with the view of the attorney
general's office, as well is that of the
Indiana Auti-Baloon jeague officials.
Attorneys the criminal court
birw :nad‘f jrWfiftfTrU 77'at under national
prohibition that druggists, after comply
ing with the law giving bond and
filing prescriptions, a sell whisky for
medical purposes on the prescription of
Judge Sparks contends that the sale of
whisky for any purpose to anybody is a
violation of the Indiana prohibition law
and so far the court has uot been re
Claris Adams, prosecuting attorney, has
made no announcement whether he will
investigate the liquor prescriptions filed
by Thistlethwaite.
Louis and Julius Haag stand convicted
on evidence obtained by a grand jury in -i
vestigation of the liquor prescriptions !
filed by the Haags.
Governor in Inaugural Talk
Tells of Anti-Dry Plans.
TRENTON, N. J., Jan. 20.— Edward I.
Edwards, who was elected governor of
New Jersey on a “wet” platform, opened
the battle against the eighteenth con
stitutional amendment In his inaugural
address when he was sworn in at noon.
Mr. Edwards is the first democratic
governor New Jersey has had since
! President Wilson held that office,
j The new governor holds that the en
forcement of prohibition Is an invasion
of state rights, and declared today he
would “do everything lawful In his power
to have It determined that the present
condition of affairs In respect to prohi
bition has been forced upon the people
of this stgte Illegally.” He indicated
that New Jersey will petition the supreme
court for an early decision on the legality
of the enactment of the eighteenth amend
He also asked for Immediate enactment
of bills permitting the sale of beer and
light wines In this state.
Appropriations Are Cut from
$41,000,000 to $12,000,000.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.—The house
rivers and harbors bill, carrying
$12,000,000, was reported today. Orig
inally the measure authorized expendi
ture of $11,000,000, but this appropriation
was cut down because of the need of
government economy.
All new projects were elimlnabed. In
the bill as reported, $5,000,000 Is pro
vided for maintenance of existing river
and harbor improvements and $7,000,000
| for completion of projects previously
18 Radicals Arrested
by New York Raiders
NEW YORK, Jan. 20.—Eighteen ar
rests were made in a raid by the police
“bomb squad” and department of jus
tice agents last night on a tenement
house supposed to be the secret meeting
place of members of the federation of
Russian -porkers, and the headquarters
of RussinnVevolutlonists.
Several mAe arrests are expected to
day. \
PATERSON, N. J., Jan. 20.—The de
mands of loom Akers and twisters for a
15 per cent Increase have been granted
by all but one of the 100 silk ribbou
mills here.
No Provision in Constitution
or Treaties to Cover Crime,
Probable Plea.
PARIS, Jan. 20.—The French minister
at The Hague has learned that it Is
extremely unlikely that Holland will sur
render the former kaiser.
The allied note, signed by President
Clemeneeau of the peace conference, was
reported to have arrived at The Hague
late yesterday by special courier.
There were reasons to believe that the
government will base Its refusal upon
certain clauses in the Netherlands con
stitution and special treaties.
The Dutch, aeccording to information
just reaching here, pro'bably will point
out that Article 4 of the constitution as
sures every person, whether of Dutch or
foreign birth, the same rights of protec
tion This fact probably will, dominate
the reply to the supreme council's note.
The principle was established firmly by
a law revised ir 1880.
In addition, to conform with the law
of 1886, Holland concluded treaties with
France in 1895, England In 1898 and the
United States In ISS7, that every demand
for extradition must be treated accord
ing to these treaties.
The first condition is that the crime for
which extradition Is demanded must be
enumerated in these treaties and laws.
The Dutch reply, it was believed, will
point out that the alleged offenses, with
which the kaiser is charged, are not
mentioned in anvof these treaties.
In addition, the' reply probably will
That the crimes with which the for
mer kaiser Is charged are new offenses,
not even mentioned in laws of the pow
ers backing the demand for his extradi
That no state can give its judicial aid
towand punishment of an act for which
no laws exist.
I That these principles are recognized
jin ail treaties, and Inasmuch as tb.
| former kaiser is being arraigned by
; his political enemies and no guarantees
c:m be given that judgment will be
; impartial.
That the Dutch constitution and a
special law forbids extradition.
That the alleged crimes as set forth in
the allied demands nre absolutely net
defined in existing laws.
That it is one of the principles of “the
! declaration of human rights” that no
persoD ean bo punished except on a
1 basis of established law, on which th<-
penal !aw at all nations hinge.
And finally Wiat the Dutch government
1 stands on the principles set forth b.v
Lord Palmerston in his letter of 1849
to the ambassadors at Vienna and Bt.
Petersburg declaring that extradition of
political refugees from Britain would
enrich the fictional honor of the conn
! try surrendering to demands for extra
! dition.
The Dutch reply also may hint that
forcing of extradition by the allies would
i be committing one of the same crimes
| of which they accuse William of Hohen
zoilern. v
Considerable relief has been expressed
| that the United States did not sign the
i demand. The Dutch public generally, U
| was said, is solidly behind the govern
; ment and believes the allies will aban
| don the idea of International trial.
Strong family connections between the
| Dutch and German aristocracies, and
| the fear of German reprisals may figure
| In the decision of Holland.
It is learned that Premier Lloyd
George, In addition to Insisting upon
the extradition of the former kaiser to
fulfllrmls pledges to the English people,
pointed out that conviction of the erst
while war lord would convince the Ger
man people themselves of the criminal
ity of the Hoheuzollerns and prevent
their return to power.
AMSTERDAM, Jan. 20.—The commit
tee of the Holland democratic party ha3
passed a resolution against surrender of
war criminals, demanding the democratic
members of the cabinet resign before
yielding to the allied demands.
PARIS, Jan. 20.—The supreme council
today adopted a final list of German war
guilty whose surrender for trial by allied
tribunals will be demanded.
The council adopted Lord Birkenhead’s
recommendations concerning procedure in
the trials.
Win Five-Hour Battle With
200 Raiders at Barracks.
DUBLIN, Jan. 20.—Police succeeded In
rescuing several of their comrades, be
sieged in the barracks at Drombane, only
after a desperate five-hour battle with
more than 200 raiders, according to ad
vices here today.
Two policemen were captured by the
raiders and trussed together in a bam.
Later they were rescued by reserves.
The raiders were armed ’with bombs
and blockaded all roads near the police
barracks. An attempt to dynamite the
building failed. Police suffered no cas
John Barleycorn’s
NEW YORK, Jan. 20.—A11 signs ad
vertising Intoxicating beverages must ;
disappear from public view today, ac
cording to an edict Issued by James
Sbevlln, supervising federal prohibition
agent for New York City, Rhode Island i
and Connecticut.
There’s a Limit
CHICAGO, Jan. 20.—False teeth for a
wedding present wasn’t so bad, but
when Mrs. James E. Thomas found her
husband was saving his money to buy
his former wife an expensive monument,
she demanded a divorce.
Awakened Citizen Believes He
Hit Man With “Jimmy.”
D. F. Holstein. 874 Fletcher avenue,
fired two shots at a burglar at hU home
early today. He believes the burglar was
bit. by the bullets.
Mr. Holstein was awakened by the
sound of some person attempting to
open a side window. Securing his re
volver he crept close to the window and.
as he reached It, an electric lamp flashed
through the window. Holstein fired
through the glass. Bicycle Officers
Muse and I)elane investigated.
In the Inst few months the police have
rounded up five sets of holdup men In
this city and today they are searching
for another pair. Following each arrest
there have been a few days lull. Quiet
that followed the shooting of a robber
two weeks ago in a Pennsylvania street
case was broken at 9:30 o'clock last night
when two young men entered Frank
Erdelmeyer's drug store, covered him
with a revolver and one of the pair re
moved about.s2o from the. cash drawer.
Erdlemeyer was alone. Sergt. Huston
and a squad of police investigated.
Fannie Williams, 1215 Fayette street,
reported to the police that a burglar had
ransacked her home. She gave a list of
the missing Jewelry and clothing, valued
at SIBO.
A burglar was surprised while attempt
ing to rob the home of Mrs. Gramling,
2238 North New Jersey street, late Mon
day. He broke the glass from a rear
door just ass Mrs. Gramling entered the
room. Seeing her, the burglar ran. The
police were given a good description.
Swimming suits and caps valued at
more than S4O have been stolen from the
Marion club, according to the report of
Clarence G. Ulery, manager of the club.
The articles were the property of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Applegate, Mrs. Glenn
Howe, Paul Atkins and Elizabeth May.
Two overcoats were stolen at Shortridge
High school, the police 'were told today.
G. A. Clark, 410 West Thirtieth street,
reported his coat, valued at $55, miss
ing. Mrs. Borebes, 3116 Graeeland ave
nue, told the police her son’s SSO coat
was stolen at the school.
Detectives were asked to locate a dia
mond pin valued gt S2OO, the property of
Frank Horning, 2335 North Meridian
street. It was not removed from some
(clothing sent to a cleaning company.
Given $5 Fines
on Gambling Charges
Charles Wilson, proprietor of a restau
rant at 2116 West Morris street, and six
men arrested in a raid on an alleged
poker game, pleaded guilty to gaming
charges Monday afternoon and were fined
$5 each by Judge Pritchard of city court.
Two others were discharged.
NEW YORK, Jan. 20. Towboat service
in New York harbor was affected today
by a strike of firemen. Four thousand
men went out.
Ban Stove Pipe Hat
at N. /. Inaugural
TRENTON, N. J., Jan. 20.—The
derby replaced the high silk hat at
the inauguration of Gov. Edwards,
here today.
The adoption of the derby headgear
came after a vote by the fourteen
members of the Inaugural committee
on the question several days igo,
when the backers of the derby' won
by a four vote margin.
Those who voted Xo. the derby said
they thought them more democratic.
> By Carrier, Week, Indianapolis, 10c;
Subscription Rates, j Blsewhere> 12 c. By Mall. 60c Per Month.
High Prices Only on Contracts
Previously Existing, He
Declares to Public.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.—Attorney
General Palmer today absolved the coal
operators from blame for high prices of
coal, in a statement Issued at the de
partment of Justice.
‘‘lt is true,’’ said Palmer, ’’that in some
sections of the country a larger price is
being charged for coal than that fixed
by the fuel administration. This makes
It appear as if the operators had added
the 14 per cent increase In wages to the
price of coal.
"Where the price is greater than the
fuel administration price, it is caused
by the fact that the operator alleges that
the coal was bought on contract before
Oct. 31, 1919, which contract coal was ex
cepted from the government price by an
. order issued by Dr. Garfield on Nov. 12.’’
Although bituminous coal is being
mined at a greater rate than at any time
in four years, American industry is hav
ing a hard time to recover from the crip
pling effects of the recent strike, accord
ing to government reports today.
In some parts of the country steel mills,
have been forced to close for lack of fuel.
Geological survey offiicals said the short
age would continue until manufacturing
plants are able to build up a reserve.
This may take several weeks.
A car famine is partly responsible for
the fuel shortage. Railroad officials said
today the car supply Is rapidly being
returned to normal. The car shortage is
a result of the coal strike, they declare.
During the strike it was necessary to
send many cars to far western states
with coal mined in the east. It is a dif
ficult task to get these cars back prompt
ly, it was explained.
Union miners, officials agreed, are doing
their utmost to increase production while
the national coal commission is at work
here deciding whether they shall be al
lowed a wage increase greater than the
14 per cent offered by Former Fuel Ad
ministrator Garfield.
Report of Audit Discloses No
Irregular Expenditures.
\ report of the state board of accounts
on the affairs of the public service com
mission, issued today, shows there were
no irregularities in expenditures during
1910. The expenses of the commission,
according to the report, were $133,708.03.
The commission returned $143.20 of its
appVoprlation to the general fund
The report shows that Carl Mote t'ss
dropped from the payroll commis
sion as secretary Aug. 31, 1919. Mr .1 te
was given a leave of absence to write a
series of articles on the tax law for the
republican state committee.
American Newspapers
in Ireland Seized
LONDON, Jan. 20.— American news
nntiers recently arriving at Dublin have
been seized by postofflce authorities, the
Post’s Dublin correspondent reported
today. _
’ Auullla, Q. Jones, an attorney, was to
day. serving as administrator of the es
tate of MS 8 son, Walter D. Jones who
died several days ago. The estate is
eatlnufced at $40,000.
Radiogram Revives Fears for
Safety of Those Aboard.
BOSTON. Jan. 20.—Uneasiness over the
safety of the 271 passengers and 200
members of the crew of the disabled
army transport Powhatan was felt at
the navy yard this afternoon. A radio
gram from the Powhatan said there was
eight feet of water in her hold and that
the Condition of the vessel was bad.
An attempt was made at once to get
In touch with the White Star liner Ced
ric, which had left the side of the trans
port when the leak In her side was re
paired and her engines again began to
work and proceeded to New York.
NEW YORK, Jan. 20.—The disabled
steamship Yarmouth of the Black Star
line was safe In this port today.
The Yarmouth was towed to Ambrose
channell lightship last night by the
coast guard cutter Seneca and proceeded
to this port under her own steam.
Revenue officials here said the $2,000,000
cargo of liquor was not liable to seizure.
The vessel steamed from here Jan. 17
for Havana.
State Physician Points to Few
Deaths as Proof.
The epidemic of Influenza in Chicago
and in many nothern Indiana cities Is
not the same type of influenza that j
swept the country last year, Dr. William
F. King, assistant secretary of the state \
board of health, said today. He said that j
not one case of Spanish influenza had
been reported officially in Indiana.
“There are undoubtedly a large num
ber of cases of influenza -at this time,”
Dr. King said. “These cases are what
ordinarily would be termed grippe. They j
are not the same type as the disease j
which caused so many deaths last year.”
As proof of his statement Dr. King j
pointed to the fact that there have been j
only a few deaths in Chicago and none \
in the Indiana cities where so many j
cases of the disease have been reported.
Bids Being Received for 27
Boats Taken During War.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.—Shipping
board officials today were receiving bids
for the sale of twenty-seven former Ger
man liners, the biggest ships operated
by the board.
The list includes the presidential ship,
the George Washington; the Leviathan,
Mt. Vernon, .America and President
Grant. Total value of the twenty-seven
ships is between $60,000,000 and SIOO,-
Bids, which were to be received, sealed,
up to midnight tenight, will be opened at j
a meeting of the shipping board later :
this week.
Japs Change Policy
as U. S. Quits Siberia
TOKIO, Jan. 20.—Official word from |
Washington that the United States, In
stead of joining Japan In sending more!
troops to Siberia, has decided to with
draw all American soldiers, Is expected |
to lead to a change of Japanese policy on
military Intervention, it was learned to
It Is now believed that Japan (will not
•end large reinforcements Into Siberia.
Radicals Fail to Oust Enemies
from Committee Taking
Testimony in Case.
ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 20.—Th<
hearing by the judiciary committee o:
the New York assembly to deter
mine the qualifications for seats o
the five suspended socialist member!
officially opened at 11:30 a. m. today
The New York City Bar associa
tion committee, headed by Cliarlet
Evans Hughes, appointed by resolu
tion of the organization to aid ii
the defense of the socialists, will no
be given formal rights of participa
tion in the trial the committee de
The vote was seven to four, two mem
bers of the committee not being recorded
The bar association committee thei
left the committee room. Their departub
Is considered final withdrawal.
When the committee convened Chair
man Martin announced that the hearing
would be -onducted along the lines o
state supreme court procedure. He aske<
further that there be no demonstration
Charles E. Hughes made a brief state
ment urging immediate establtsbmen
of the status of himself and his flv
associates and representative of the elec
tors of New York.
“I desire at the threshold of thes<
proceedings to impress upon the com
mittee the importance of determining al
once the standing of the public’s repre
sentatives,” he said.
Martin interrupted to ask that Hughof
suspend application for official recogni
tion until "appearance of counsel hai
been officially announced.” Hughet
acquiesced and Attorney General Newton
read the names of the attorneys repre
sent’ng the committee and the socialists
Newton, just before the hearing began
intimated unofficially that he believei
the hearing would be completed thii
week —possibly within three days—“un
less unforseen technicalities arise.”
Prior to the hearing an effort wai
made in the assembly to reseat thi
ousted men until completion of theij
trial. The effort was lost by a ruling
of Speaker Sweet that the debate go
over one week. On a test vote the as
; semhly sustained him, 97 to 1, the issue
| being J. Fairfax MacLaushlln’g resolu
tion to esclude Attorney (General New
| ton from participation the judiciary
committee in the hearings. \
The suspended socialists were bWred
; from the seats to which they had been
, elected, when the assembly met Jan. 7,
: by a sweeping majority vote of the
I chamber. Speaker Sweet. In calling up
a suspension resolution, declared hia
belief that the assembly should pass
upon their qualifications to sit In that
I body. Iu a later statement, Sweet said
evidence would be presented purporting
to cast a shadow on their loyalty.
The controversy arising from the aa
! sembly’s action has been bitter. The
socialist party and others contend the
: right of the people to elect their own
i representatives has been assailed. De
j fenders of the action of the assembly
stand on the chamber’s constitutional
i right to pass upon the qualifications of
its own members and say the suspended
men will be given a fair hearing be
i fore the judiciary committee.
Counsel for the suspended socialists
I include Morris Hlllquist, International
secretary of the socialist party; Sey
mour Stedman, Chicago, who defended
Debs and Berger; Gilbert Roe, Senator
LaFollette’s former law partner and oth
Assisting Attorney General Newton for
I the prosecution are Martin W. Littleton
! of New York, Jobq B. Stanchfleld and
other prominent attorneys.
“Oust our judges before you oust us,”
was the c.y with which the five social
ist assemblymen and their counsel
started into the fight.
The declaration of Louis Cuvilller, New
York City democrat, old-time member of
the assembly, and also a member of the
judiciary committee that these men. If
guilty to the charges, “ought to be shot,”
is a basis of the socialist claim that their
Judges are biased. The socialists and
their battery of lawyers have started
a fight to remove Cuvilller, at least, from
the judiciary committee.
Cuvillier’s statement, made heatedly
from the floor, is only one-Jndieation
of the temper of the assembly mem
bers. v
“This is the hardest fight I have ever
seen on the assembly floor,” said an as
semblyman of long standing this morn
ing. “This is going to be a long and
bitter affair.”
“The length and the bitterness of
only depend on how long our money hold®
out." explained one of the socialist
leaders from New York City.
The dozen socialists are
the Ten Eyck hotel with the
“charge to Gerber” written after
names. Gerber is treasurer of the
Ist party in New York. They are
tng in thpir expenditures, as, up Jggnjlj
present time, they have been
leet only $5,000 to make the Albam®*^££
The assemblymen who have
seated slept two to a room.
“Our funds are very low,”
agent of the socialist contiii^^®^ this
morning. “And we think SwßlTgoing
co drag the thing out as lon
to wear out our finances as the
interest of the public."
The press seats were crowded with cor
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Signs of Life!
CHICAGO, Jan. 20—One arrest and
one holdup was the night record of
the entire Chicago police department
when business opened today.
“The town Is dead,” said a veteran
police sergeant, when questioned re
garding the almost clean slate.
“I never knew such a thing to take
place before”—
The police phone rang.
The sergeant listened.
“Hold on,” he exclaimed, “It* U— \
again! Two crooks have robbed a J
West Madison street bond company, *
Took $350 out of the safe.”

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