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VOL. XXXII: NO. 219.
TAX BOARD AID
GIVEN ANOTHER
GOODRICH FIRM
Jeffersonville Concern Has
Low Value for Taxation,
High for Rate-Making.
GOVERNOR IS DIRECTOR
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 Jeffersonville Water, Light and
Power Company is assessed for taxation
by the state tax board at $170,000.
The Jeffersonville Water, Light and
Power Company is valued for rate mak
ing purposes, by its indirectors in a
report to the public service commission,
at $274,662.
The Jeffersonville Water, Light and
Power Company has among its directors,
according to its report to the commis
sioners, J. P. Goodrich and J. T. Moor
man.
James P. Goodrich Is the governor of
Indiana, who forced the tax law through
the republican legislature and thereby
conferred Jurisdiction over the assess
ment of this company on a board of tax
commissioners, which he later appointed.
ALSO INTERESTED
IN GARBAGE PLANT.
J. T. Moorman is the same J. T.
Moorman who appeared before the board
of review of Marion county in behalf of
the Indianapolis Reduction Company and
swore that its property consisted only
of a garbage plant, which was not worth
the cost of Junking. The Indianapol s
Reduction Company is the company
which sold this same plant to the sani
tary district of Indianapolis for $175,-
000. Subsequently this company was
dissolved, and it was learned that both
J. P. Goodrich and J. T. Moorman were
stockholders in It, and profited by the
sale.
. The difference between the valuation
w>f the Jeffersonville company for taxing
purposes and the valuation it attempts
to establish for rat 6 making purposes
is $104,662.
The tax rate for the city of Jefferson
ville, on file in the office of the state tax
board, is $2.66 for each SIOO of value.
On this basis the company of which
Goodrich is a director will save $2,784
in taxes this year.
It has often been pointed ont and never
disputed that whenever an Individual
taxpayer is assessed at a lower rate than
his neighbor, then that neighbor must
pay an increased and unjust amount of
taxes, for he must pay not only the taxes
which are Justly taxed to him, bnt also
a part of the taxes which his neighbor
escaped.
HOW LAW HITS
MARION COUNTY.
In Marion county it has been shown
both to the satisfaction of the state
board of tax commissioners and to the
courts that property is taxed to its true
cash value and in some cases the as
sessments are greater than the true cash
oralue. This is not the case, however,
wrlth utilities in which Jim Goodrich is
interested. The Jeffersonville company’s
rcase does not differ from that of the
Washington Water, Light and Power
Company. Goodrich Is Interested in both
of them. The state tax board fixes their
assessment for taxation purposes at
approximately half what their true valu
ation is fixed at for rate-making pur
poses. The connection of the governor
with each is plain.
But the iniquity of the assessments
is no greater tban in other cases thst
have come to light before and since
Chairman Ed Wasmuth of the republican
state committee declared that the dis
satisfaction wit hthe tax law was due
to the manner In which it was admin
istered rather than to the law itself.
NEWS CASE
ITNE EXAMPLE.
One has only to go as far as the case
of the Indianapolis News to see how for
tunate aro those taxpayers who are in
n position to receive and grant favors.
The News was appraised by'tbe apprais
ers of the probate court of Marlon
county at $2,000,000. It is appraised
for taxation at approximately $297,000.
Tn the case of the News the appraise
ment was made by local taxing officials.
It was subject to review by the state
board, but the state board did not re
view it.
In the cases of the nttlitles with which
Jim Goodrich is connected the state
board of taxation had original Jurisdic
tion and fixed the valuations.
The foregoing provisions of the con
stitution do not appear to have been
considered in the fixing of any of the
valuations here enumerated.
ANDERSON VOTE
CASE IN COURT
Statehouse Employe Charged
With Changing Ballots.
Special to The Time*.
ANDERSON, Ind., Jan. 21.—Trial of
Homer Kimberlin, republican politician
and deputy clerk in the supreme court
at Indianapolis, charged with tampering
with election ballots, opened here this
morning. A jury was completed late
yesterday.
Kimberlin, It is charged in an affi
davit filed by-Ljohn Beeler, an attorney,
jjjj’oke into ballot boxes holding the
votes In tee Madison county superior
Judgeship election In 1918. Forest Ag
new Is accused with him.
In one precinct the ballots supposed
to have been altered showed a wide dif
ference, it is said, from the original
count favoring L. E. Kimberlin, repub
lican candidate for Judge.
The case has attracted considerable In
terest over the state. After a contest
which went into courts here, Willis Ellis,
democrat, was declared the duly elected
superior Judge over Kimberlin.
Ex-Divorce Proctor
Gets One Herself
KANSAS CITY. Jan. 21.—A divorce
mrmm entered in the circuit court yester
day for Mrs. Tiera Farrow Moats, former
divorce proctor of Kansas City. Kas. The
decree was obtained against Franklin F.
Moats, oil operator in the Oklahoma and
Mexican fields, who lives at Tampico.
Mexico. Mrs. Moats Is one of the best
known women lawyers in the country.
FLAYING LEADS TO DEATH.
LONDON, Jan. 21.—“ Let's ■ play trag
edy,” suggested Harold Ferris, 13. He
tied his brother’s bands and feet and
tossed him in a fish pond. by
misadventure,” decided a coroner’s Jury.
Published at Indianapolis,
lnd„ Daily Except Sunday.
New Paris Cabinet
Head Was Former
A Isace Governor
PARIS, Jan. 21.—Alexandre Milleraad,
governor of Alsace, has accepted the offer
of President Poincare to head the new
French cabinet.
Georges Clemenceau, the retiring pre
mier, and his cabinet turned over their
portfolios to the new cabinet headed by
Premier Millerand this afternoon.
BOOZE STILL IN
POLITICS, CLAIM
Seek to Get Wets Into Office,
Says Anti-Saloon League.
The liquor interests of the connty are
still in politics, the Anti-Saloon league
of Indiana charged today.
They are seeking to present men for
office who will let down the bars on
the enforcement of the liquor laws, from
president on down to local officers, the
trustees of the league declare in resolu
tions made public today.
"It was reported at our trustees meet
ing, held yesterday afternoon, that a
certain man who wants to be governoi
of Indiana told members of a ministerial
association in an address that he is op
posed to the extension of reform to
other lands,” said E. S. Shumaker, sec
retary of the league, today.
“This man has been considered a drry,
and we are not saying that he is a foe.”
continued Rev. Shumaker, “but we are
going to investigate and find out how
he stands on these great questions.”
MAY ASK
FOR STATEMENT.
Asked if the candidate would be called
upon for a statement, Mr. Shumaker said
this course probably would be adopted.
There is greater need than ever for a
continuation of the efforts of the Anti-
Saloon league, the trustees decided. In
their resolutions they say that the hard
est part of the battle which brought
about nation-wide prohibition still Is
ahead. Three lines of action were out
lined, as follows:
1. Defense of prohibition against
propaganda, including charges that pro
hibition has widened the breach between
capital and labor.
2. Obtaining strict enforcement of
nation-wide prohibition.
3. Giving aid to the cause of world
wide prohibition. A state-wide campaign
in behalf of the Anti-Saloon league will
begin Feb. 14, it was decided. Many
prominent speakers will travel through
the state, Including Col. Dan Morgan
Smith of Chicago, who fought in France.
NICHOLSON AGAIN
HEADS LEAGUE.
Timothy Nicholson of Richmond, who
has been president, of tbe Anti-Saloon
league since its inception, was re-elected.
He is 92 years of age. Other officers
chosen were:
Bishop H. H. Fout of Indianapolis and
Rev. Ft. C. T. Baron of Edinburg, vice
presidents; H. L. Whitehead, Indianap
olis, secretary; O. H. Palmer, Indianap
olis, treasurer, and Mr. Shumaker, super
intendent. Members of the local head
quarters committee are Mr. Whitehead,
P. C. Curnick, C. M. Dlnsmore, Rev.
W. B. Farmer, Bishop Fout, C. H. Wind
ers, F. W. Backemler, Charles A. Reeve,
all of Indianapolis, and D. M. Horner of
Middletown.
One of the immediate objects of the
temperance forces is to bring about pro
hibition in Mexico, said Mr. Shumaker.
“We believe that American temperance
workers should lend friendly aid to bring
ing about prohibition in all parts of the
world, particularly in Mexico,” said Mr.
Shumaker.
‘‘lt has been said that it was booze
that maddened the brains of the bandits
who ‘shot up’ the town of Columbus, N.
M. The United States was forced to pa
trol 800 miles of the Mexican border,
evn while the war with Germany was
going on.
“The existence of booze in Mexico is
ndlP helping the strained relations of that
country and our own. A Mexican mis
sionary who attended a conference in tills
country recently declared that if booze
were eliminated in Mexica the American
soldiers could be withdrawn from the
border.
Many Driven from
Homes by Smoke
A number of persons living on the
second and third floors over Mortimer
Schlusser’s .meat market, • 63-65 Virginia
avenue, were driven into the street at 4
o’clock this morning when the building
filled with smoke from a fire In the
basement.
The cause of the blaze was not deter
mined. The loss was about S3OO.
Hoosier to Reswear Allegiance
After Forced British War Service
MUNCIE, Ind., Jan. 21.—Charles "Happ r ” Butterworth of Portland,
Ind., is to become an American citizen again by taking the oath of allegiance
to this country in the Jay circuit court, according to a ruling made by Fred
VanNuys, United Sta* <s district attorney for Indiana.
Butterworth ran awa from home sixi
years ago and went to England on a
cattle ship. When the war broke out he
was unable to prove his American cit
izenship and was conscripted into the
British army, swearing allegiance to
England. He served five years during
the war and experienced much diffi
culty in being discharged.
Entered as Second Class Matter, July 25. 1914. at
Postoffice, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March 3. 1879.
EDDIE WEBER
NOW RUNNING
MAYOR’S AUTO
Former Pugilist and Ex-Boss
of Notorious Saloon on
City’s Payroll.
JEWETT IN AN ACCIDENT
Eddie Weber, former prize fighter
and a man well known to the police
because of his former connection
with the notorious Weber saloon at
1102 North Senate avenue, is now
Mayor Jewett’s chauffeur.
Weber is on the payroll of the city in
that capacity. It is not known whether
he was employed because of his former
connections with the saloon, which had
the reputation of always being protected
by the police.
The Weber saloon was formerly one
of the most notorious places in the city
and Is said to have run wide open on
Sundays, as well as other days. It fig
ured largely In the city’s record of crime.
TWO MURDERS IN
WEBER’S SALOON
The police have records of two mur
ders which were committed there. On
Aug. 4, 1912, a man known as Henry
Jameson, 1215 North Missouri street, was
stabbed by “Peachy" Butler in a fight
in the saloon.
The second murder was committed
there July 30, 1913, when Pearl Bedloe
was shot and killed by Harry Dyson, a
negro bartender.
Eddie Weber was for a long time as
sociated with this place, and is said to
have spent a greater part of his time
(here before prohibition closed its doors
and Eddie was elevated to the position
of chauffeur for the “good government”
mayor.
EDDIE AND MAYOR
IN AN ACCIDENT.
The first public notice that Eddie hart
become chauffeur for the mayor was
given following an accident in which
he and the mayor escaped serious in
jury.
The accident was said to have oc
curred last Saturday night on the Pen
dleton pike; east of Brigbtwood, and
It was reported that the car in which
F.ddie was driving the mayor turned
over an embankment. It was not an
nounced whether the car was the new
one purchased without an appropriation
by the council, which car was stoieu
several months ago, Just before the
mayor and his party intended to go to
Cincinnati to attend the world series
in it. This car was afterward recov
ered in Chicago, It originally cost the
city of Indianapolis $2,550 and a subse
quent bill was allowed covering the cost
us its recovery.
BOLSHEVIKI SET
TO CRUSH POLES
Terrific Spring Drive Would
Wipe Out ‘Buffer State.’
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.—A ferrlfl
sprlng offensive by tbe boisheriki
against the Poles Is expected by military
experts here today.
This drive, they believe, will be cal
culated to annihilate Poland as the
“buffer state” between red Russia and
the non-sovlet nations of Europe, per
mitting Trotzky’s hordes to advance
into them. Simultaneous with this of
fensive, military observers expect the
bolshevik! will stage a major demonstra
tion against India, which will force the
British to divert their troops to that
area and prevent them from intervening
in Europe.
In their plans the red leaders are be
lieved to be counting on a “tired of war"
spirit in England and other allied coun
tries which will prevent the people from
heartily supporting their government in
fighting the bolaheviki.
Winston Churchill, British war min
ister, has seen the peril, in the opin
ion of military men here, and he Is try
ing to persuade Premier Lsoyd George
to take steps now to ward it off by
taking the aggressive against the reds.
Maj. Gen. Bliss recently returned from
Paris, also sees the danger of a renewal
of large scale warfare if the bolshevikl
break through Poland and is advocating
allied aid to the Poles.
Bolshevism was a live topic today
with delegates to the Pan-American con
ference here. Methods of keeping It out
of South America were unofficially dis
cussed.
‘Bolshevism Is ten times worse than
militarism,” said Dr. Carlos Sampaio of
Braztl. “I would rather have Germau
militarism than Russian bolshevism. In
Brazil, however, the people do not re
spond. to It and we deport them as fast
as we find them.”
$200,000 LOSS
CAUSED BY FIRE
Part of Fond du Lac Business
Section Is Destroyed.
FOND DU LAC, Wis., Jan. 21.—The
most disastrous fire in twenty years
started in the business district early
today and had caused a loss of more
than $200,000 before it was brought under
control. The fire started In the Rub
building, the most pretentious structure
In the city, and swept through two ad
joining blocks.
Three firemen were overcome by smoke
and taken to tbe hospital.
Many Boats Lost in
Storm Off Norway
LONDON, Jan. 21.—Many boats have
been lost in severe storms off the coast of
Norway, a dispatch from Christiania re
ported today. Thirty-seven fishermen
were drowned when one vessel foundered.
He was informed that swearing alle
giance to England took away his cit
izenship rights in the United States and
that he would have to be naturalized like
other foreigners, but the rulings of Van-
Nuys makes only on oath of allegiance
to the United States necessary to restore
him to his United States citizenship.
INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1920.
Apple Cider off
Market; Grows
‘Hard ’ too Fast
Commission Men Say Strength
Passes Law’s Limit While
Waiting Sale.
Commission men announced today that
they have discontinued the sale of apple
cider. The Volsted prohibition act was
given as the cause.
According to the provisions of this
act any drink is barred that has more
than one-half of 1 per cent alcohol. Com
mission men say they can not sell cider
fast enough to prevent it from "harden
ing” Just a little bit.
Walter Hitz of the firm of George
Hitz & Cos., .said if the commission man
could tell every day just what his sales
were going to be, cider could still be
sold. But if the day’s sales were not
equal to the cider made by the time the
stock was disposed of, it might have
accumulated enough of an alcoholic kick
to put it under the ban of the law
“For the present we are not making
any cider,” Mr. Hitz explained. "Later
on there may be some ruling that will
put the commission man on surer ground.
Until then my advice would be for cider
dealers to go easy."
CRASH AFFECTS
PASTOR’S HEART
Rev. Paige Hurt on Car at Ft.
Harrison, Confined to Bed.
Rev. Lucius R. Paige, pastor of the
Central Unlrersallst church, who was
one of fifteen passengers Injured last
night when an Anderson car on the
Union Traction line crashed into a cut
of freight cars at Ft. Benjamin Harrison
was confined to his bed at his home, 1649
North Delaware street, today.
Rev. Paige was badly cut about the
head and the shock of the accident af
fected his heart. Physicians are unable
to say whether he suffered internal in
juries.
John D. Clifford of Connersvllle, presi
dent of the state Unlrersallst church,
and Carl D. Mock of Indianapolis, presi
dent of the Universallst Sunday School
association, who were accompanying Rev.
Paige to a meeting at Oaklandon, also
were hurt.
Others were not seriously hurt.
According to officials of the traction
company, the motorman was unable to
stop his car because of slippery rails.
ROADS TO BUCK
RATES IN SOUTH
Hines Notified of Opposition in
Letter from Willard.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 21.—That trouble
is brewing for the south Atlantic and
gulf ports and for the foreign trade In
terests of the middle west was evidenced
today In the publication of a formal
letter to the railroad administration from
Daniel Willard, president of the Balti
more & Ohio, announcing that the trunk
lines running into New York intend, as
soon as possible, to fight the new freight
rates accorded to the south and gulf
ports by the railroad administration.
The letter from Willard and Director
General Hines’ reply to him were made
public today by the middle gulf south
Atlantic foreign trade and transporta
tion committee, with headquarters hero.
LOWDEN PLEADS
LAWANDORDER
Illinois Governor Points to
Peril of Radicalism.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 21,-r-Sound
popular government is America’s pro
tection against the red evil, said Frank
O. Lowden here today. 1 The governor of
Illinois, who is campagning for the re
publican nomination for president, ad
dressed a large gathering here last night,
pointing to the perils of bolshevism In
this country.
“The first principle of Americanism is
orderly development,” he said. "The
ballot is the ark of our covenant. The
soviet government Is an attempt to sub
stitute rule by one class for rule by
another. If it is treason in a monarchy
to lay violent hands upon the king it is
treason in a republic to lsy violent hands
upon the law. Government is our great
est possession, for without it all is
ruin."
Referring to Mexico Mr. Lowden said:
"It is a land of untold wealth. The
same sun shines upon her fetrile fields
that shines upon our own. But on one
side of the boundary the fields are.
waste, the people starve and want and
despair are everywhere. We are not
appreciative of the blessings of our gov
ernment.”
Flames Cause $65,000
Loss in Milroy, Ind.
MILROY, Ind., Jan. 21.—Fire today
destroyed a block in the city section
of Milroy, with an estimated loss of
$65,000. Among the buildings burned was
the K. of P. building, which housed a
bank and a general store.
Edward Fisher and wife, aged couple,
in whose building the fire started, were
dragged from their rooms before they
were Injured.
The blaze is thought to have started
from a gas stove when pressure came on.
Britons Have Way
to Rebuke Officials
WREXHAM, England, Jan. 21.—Be
cause, in the words of. the mayor, the
town counsellors made fools of them
selves on peace day, hereafter on state
occasions they will wear cocked hats fur
nished at the town expense.
LEGION SPURNS
DEMPSEY PLEA
IN DRAFT CASE
D’Olier Wires Boxer’s Man
ager He Can Not “White
wash” Military Record.
KEARNS CRIES ‘FRAMEUP’
By DICK FARRINGTON,
Jack Dempsey, world’s heavy
weight boxing champion, is not com
ing to Indianapolis to explain his war
record—or lack of war record —to the
American legion.
But it isn’t Jack’s fault—the American
legion doesn't care to have him come.
In short, the legion, it became known
today, has summarily dismissed Demp
sey's plea for an investigation of his
military draft status and as Shakespeare
once said, has left him to the “bow
wows.”
Jack Kearns, manager of Dempsey, in
submitting the boxer’s draft record to
the legion asked that the champion be
given a hearing.
Franklin D’Olier, commander of the
legion, today forwarded this information
to Dempsey’s manager:
“J,t Is not a function of the Ameri
can legion to review acts of the gov
ernment during the war In connection'
with the classification of men subject
to the selective service act, or to re
view the claims of any individual
who finds it necessary to justify his
exemption from military service."
NOT TO BE PARTY ,
TO CONTROVERSY.
Hence it is declared to be plain to be
seen the American legion ns a unit does
not care to become a party to the con
troversy over Dempsey’s military affairs,
which had Us inception when several
eastern legion posts adopted resolutions
condemning the pugilist.
Dempsey has maintained, in his effort
to "whitewash’’ the smirch placed on
him, that he was placed in a deferred
classification by his local draft board in
San Francisco because of a wife and
dependent mother. At first he was placed
in class A-4. Later this classification
was changed in such a way that the
pugilist would have been called Into
service Inside of a month had the war
continued. The draft board official, who
reviewed his case, has defended bis ac
tion.
At this time the attack on Dempsey’s
war record is particularly obnoxious to
him because his manager is talking in
half-million figures of a bout with
Georges Carpentier. So strong is becom
ing the pressure and feeling agiinst the
boxer that promoters fear It will be un
wise to stage the championship match in
the United States.
FRENCH CONTENDER
WAS WAR HERO.
The fact that Carpentier is Dempsey's
logical opponent is one of the chief fac
tors in bringing out sentiment against
the champion, for the Frenchman was
a hero in the war. He wears several
decorations won in the air am! in the
field.
Coincident with the charges against
Dempsey comes an echo of scandal in
:ho heavyweight ranks. Jack’s manager
asserts that much of the anti-Dempsey
feeling is being created by the manager
of Bob Martin, a heavyweight, who
served overseas.
Kearns claims insldulus propaganda
is being spread against Dempsey by
Martin’s manager, who has ulterior de
signs. He charges that Martin, with
his war record, Is seeking to “over
throw" Dempsey and thus place himself
in a position to demand the match with
Carpentier, with its resultant rolls of
wealth.
CALL A HALT,
KEARNS. WIRES.
Kearns has wire Jimmy Bronson, man
ager of Martin, the following request:
"Cease spreading propaganda to
boost Bob Martin and to promote
a fight between him and Carpentier
by sending out literature, false and
misleading, In which you are at
tempting to convey the impression
that Jack Dempsey was a draft
dodger and unfit to represent Amer
ica In titular battles.”
This should be interesting to the box
ing enthusiast. In the first place it is
generally agreed that Martin is not tn a
class with Dempsey as a fighter. It .
Is doubtful, many say. If Martin could
last a round with the champion. But,
be that as It may, Dempsey Is “on the
coals" while' Martin Is basking in the
sunshine of a war hero and getting the
plaudits. So Kearns may know what
he’s talking about.
Boxing fans have taken the view that
the Individual legion posts which con
demned Dempsey did not investigate bis
case before taking action. If Dempsey
was given deferred classification when
he wasn’t entitled to the same It Is a
(Continued on Page Eleven.)
CARRANZA TRIES
COUP ON RIVAL
.. .
Concentrates Railroad Prop
erty in State Obregon Perils.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Jan. 21.—Fol
lowing reports that Gen. Obregon Is in
open revolt against Carranza, advices
reached here today stating that Carranza
hns ordered concentrated in Mexico City
all the railroad material and rolling
stock In the neighboring state of
Michoacan.
The dispatches relating to the revol
were received with great credence by
Mexicans here. A parallel is drawn be
tween the government's present con
centration order and similar steps taken
by Carranza in 1916 when Villa was pre
paring to launch a rebelion in Aguas
Callente.
MRS. FLEISCHMAN
GRANTED DIVORCE
Millionaire’s Wife Names ‘Mrs.
Hemenway’ Likely Successor.
CINCINNATI, Jan. 21.—Mrs. Lily
Fleischmann was granted a divorce here
today from Julius Fleischmann, New
York millionaire and former mayor of
Cincinnati. He did not contest the suit
Hearing lasted less than a half hour.
Mrs. Fleischmann will receive $25,000 a
year from Fleischmann and their sum
mer home at Eastern Point, Conh.
In addition, in dividing his fortune,
Fleischmann agreed to give his two
children their portion of his estate and,
besides alimony, has settled upon Mrs.
Fleischmann a large sum, said to be be
tween $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.
The name of the woman who, it is
charged, Fleischmann may wed, was
given by Mrs. Fleischmann as “Mrs.
Hemenway,” and she gave as her au
thority George B. Lester, Fleischmann’s
personal attorney in New York.
Subscription Rates. { Elsewhere> By Mall, 50c Per Month.
MARTIAL LA W DECLARED
IN ITALY AS RAIL STRIKE
SPREADS OVER KINGDOM
SUE BANKS FOR
BIG SUM PAID
ON CITY CHECKS
Claim Payroll Was Padded
When Dennis J. Bush Was
Street Commissioner.
ASK $16,000 IN ACTION
Seven suits, asking Judgments aggre
gating $16,000 for payments made to al
leged fictitious persons on the pay roll
of the street commissioner's department
! under the administration of former Mayor
j Joseph E. Bell, were filed by Attorney
General Ele Stansbury against seven banks
j and trust companies of Indianapolis be
fore Judge Linn Hay of superior court,
! Room 2.
j The city of Indianapolis is the plain
tiff in each case and the alleged state of
facts set up are based upon the findings
of James D Smith and Tracy W Whit
aker, state field examiners.
It Is alleged the seven Indianapolis
banks paid out on checks properly made
out by the city officials a total of sll,-
299.35 on alleged fra idulent claims pre
sented by Denni 1 ' J. Bush, former street
commissioner under Mayor Bell.
BANKS NAMED
IN PKTITIbN.
The following Indianapolis banks were
j made defendants in the seven suits:
The Merchants National bank, judg
ment of $2,500 asked on checks totaling
$1,742.06.
The Indiana National bank of Indian
apolis, judgment of $5,000 on checks
totaling $3,474.98.
The Aetna Trust and Savings Com
pany, Judgment of SI,OOO on checks to
taling S7OB.
The Continental National bank. Judg
ment for $1,700 on payments of checks
totaling $1,257.85.
The Fletcher Savings and Trust Com
pany, Judgment of S7OO on payment of
checks totaling $491.90.
The Fletcher American National bank,
judgment of $3,200 on payment of checks
totaling $2,265.36.
The National City bank of Indianapolis.
Judgment of $1,900 on payments of checks
totaling $1,359.20.
The banks are in no way accused of
fraud and there are no accusations nude
! against the hanks.
The one who is charged with the al
leged fraud is Dennis J. Bush, former
; street commissioner.
CLAIM BUSH
DEFRAUDED CITY.
Tt is alleged that Bush during 1914
and 1915, as street commissioner tn the
Mayor Bell administration, "practiced a
, fraud on the city v>f Indianapolis, the
j board cf works, the city controller and
the city treasorer, by filing with, and
'■ presenting to, the board of works of
; the city of Indianapolis, false and frau
| dulent claims, in the names of fictitious
1 or non-existing persons for work al
leged to have bqen done for the city
of Indianapolis.”
The board of works relied upon the
certificate of the street commissioner, it
is alleged, and did not know that the
claims were filed for people who never
existed or who never did any work for
the city.
The claims were then presented to Tn
cob P. Dunn, the city controller, who
approved the claims and drew warrants 1
on the city treasurer.
Carl Von Hake, city treasurer, coun
tersigned the warrants and then deliv
ered the checks to the city controller,
who in turn delivered them to the street
department.
AU of the suits allege that City Con
troller Dunn and City Treasurer Von
Hake did not know that the checks were
In payment to persons who wore fictitious
or nonexisting.
OFFICIALS IGNORANT
OF ANY FRAUD.
After the checks were delivered to the j
! street department, it Is alleged that
"some person or persons unknown to i
the city of Indianapolis wrote the name ,
of the payee named in each check across ;
the back and that each check was pre
sented to the seven banks, that tlio
checks were paid and charged to the
city of Indianapolis.
It Is also alleged that the board of
works, the city controller and the city
treasurer bad no knowledge of the
forged indorsements of the names of the
alleged fictitious or non-existing persons
on the pay roll of the city street de
partment at that time.
A large number of alleged false and !
fictitious names and those of persons
who are said to have never existed, were
recorded in the various suits.
Among the alleged fictitious persons to
whom the checks were made payable on
pay rolls alleged to have been submitted
by Bush are:
Leo Anderson, John Beach, Frank Can
ton. Ernest Davis, Ernest O. Davis, Frank
Dickson, William Gill, Roy C. Gates,
Harry Graves, William Henry, John
Harris. John Hendricks, Harvey Jones,
George Jones, Sherman Jackson, Roy Z.
Kimball, Alford Knott, •William Lenord,
Louis Myers, James Smiley, Charles Self,
E. B. Tolan, Ed Wren, Mark Williams. ;
Frank Akers, M. McGlinchey, Roscoe
Jones, W. J. Robinson and many others.
CITY OFFICIALS
FREED OF LIABILITY.
Some months ago Judge Louis Ew
bank of the circuit court held that city
officials were not liable for payments 1
made to persons who actually performed
no work for the city, but gave Judg
ment against Bush for $6,500.
The present suits against the seven
banks are based upon the theory that
the city warrants which were cashed were
forged.
By agreements all of -the seven cases'
filed against the banks today were filed
before Judge Linn Hay of superior court,
room 2, instead of being scattered around
to the other four superior courts.
As the seven cases are similar, one
ruling probably will affect all of the
cases.
The question Involved at this time is
whether the banks who caßhed the vouch
ers or checks are liable.
Lake Ship in Ice
Sends Call for Aid |
CHICAGO, Jan. 21.—With part of its
steering cable ripped away by huge
masses of moving ice in the lake, the
steamer Illinois of the Northern Michi
gan Transportation Company wirelessed
to Chicago today for aid.
The Illinois is bound from Chicago to
Milwaukee with freight. She carries a
crew of thirty men, but no passengers.
The SOS message stated the ice was
eight feet high, In the lake.
JEANNE DE KAY
BELIEVED FOUND
Arrested in South Dressed in
Male Costume.
ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 21.—A young
woman giving her name as Jean de
Longe. but who is believed to be Jeanne
De Kay for whom search has been insti
tuted all over the country following her
departure from Hull House in Chicago,
is held here, charged with disorderly
conduct for appearing publicly in man’s
attire.
She is five feet five Inches tall, has
brown hair and blue eyes and her face
is pimpled as though from recent ill
ness. Her hair has just been cropped.
AVhen closely questioned the girl ad
mitted she had been in Chicago, Ohio
and the west but said she was a native
of Switzerland.
She claims to be an aviatrix and that
she has been making flights in the in
terests of army recruiting.
She says she was married to a French
aviator named LaUue but that he was
killed in action.
N. Y. WORLD
BOOMS HOOVER
Declares Partisan Objections
Arguments in His Favor.
NEW YORK. .Tan. 21.—The New York
world, in Its leading editorial today,
declared for Herbert C. Hoover for
president. The World, a democratic pa
per, has been a strong supporter or
President Wilson.
“We should be glad to support Mr.
Hoover as the democratic candidate for
president,” the editorial said, “on a plat
form that represented the historical
principles of the democratic party. We
should be glad to support him as an
independent candidate on a platform ol
progressive liberalism. We should not
hesitate to support him as the repub
lican candidate on a platform represent
ing the kind of government which Mr.
Hoover has exemplified In his public
career.”
The Wohld declared partisan objec
tions to Hoover are arguments in his
favor, adding:
"The American people are tired of
professional politicians and disgusted
with party politics. The old party lines
have been broken down • • and in
respect to principles both parties are
bankrupt."
Most of the presidential candidates t,.
both parties, the World says, “are sc
inadequate in view of the Issues that
the next president must meet that their
aspirations are little short of ridiculous.
• • * Os all the men whose names
have been mentioned, the World believes
Mr. Hoover alone measures up to the
presidency In the fullest sense.”
SIMS EXPLAINS
HIS KNOCKING
Rear Admiral Admits U. S.
Navy Is ‘Entirely Solid.’
NEW YORK, Jan. 21.—Rear Admiral
William S. Sims, storm center of the
present naval inquiry at Washington, at
a dinner for the Army and Navy clnb
here last night, pleaded for the un
muzzling of American navy officers dur
ing peace times. He declared this was
necessary, that their criticisms of the
administration of the "first line of de
fense” might tend to its improvements.
Sims declared he had only done his
honest duty as a naval officer in ex
pressing his views upon the awards of
medals and the geenral conduct of the
naval administration. He declared
several times that the “navy was entirely
solid" and “that it was all right,” adding
that "the difficulties were administrative
and not operative.”
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.—Senator
Walsh, Montana, today asked the senate
to adopt a resolution censuring Rear
Admiral Sims for making public his
memorandum to Secretary Daniels in
which Sims stated he had received or
ders not to let the British "pull the wool
over his eyes” and that "we would as
soon fight the British as the Germans.”
LOUISIANA VOTE
FAVORS PARKER
Democrat Claims Election to
Governor’s Chair.
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21.—John M.
Parker, candidate of the progressive
party for vice president in 1916, was ap
parently nominated on the face of the
returns as governor of Louisiana on the
democratic ticket by yesterday’s pri
maries.
A heavy vote was cast all over the
state and Parker's reform candidates,
waging a bitter fight against what they
characterized as “the ring” in New Or
leans, cut the majority of CoL Franklin
P. Stubbs in this city to less than
5,000.
Four years ago R. G. Pleasant, the
present governor, who was one of
Parker’s supporters, defeated him in this
city by more than 14,000.
Minneapolis Men
Start Hoover Boom
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 21.—A “Hoover
for president" boom was launched here
today by a temporary organization ot
several Minneapolis business men, formed
last night The organization plans to
push Herbert Hoover for the republican
nomination for president
Chinese Passenger
Liner Hits Rocks
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21.—The steam
er China, a passengbr liner of the China
Steamship Company, bound from San
Francisco to the orient, is ashore five
miles off Nagasaki, Japan, according to
a cablegram received by the marine de
pa rtmept of the San Francisco Chamber
of Commerce today.
Home
edition
TWO CENTS.
TROOPS PATROL
LINES IN AREAS
HARDEST HIT
Abbreviated Service Kept Up-
North and Central Sections
Effected Most.
SHOTS FIRED AT TRAINS
ROME, Jan. 21.—A state of 6iege
was proclaimed by the government
today at Milan, Turin, Genoa and
other cities in northern and central
Italy as a result of the unrest which
has accompanied the new railway
6trike.
The strike areas are being patrolled by
heavy forces of troops.
A train near Genoa was fired upon, pre
sumably by strikers.
The railway strike is now general
throughout the northern and central
parts of the kingdom, but the southern
railway employes have not yet Joined the
movement. The Catholic workers are not
participating.
MEAGER SERVICE
STILL MAINTAINED.
The government, by use of troops, Is
maintaining an abbreviated service on the
trunk lines.
The government has issued a procla
mation prohibiting assemblages of more
tban five persons. The confiscation of
motor trucks has been ordered.
The railway telephone employes ars
joining the strike.
The government professes not to be
alarmed over the political aspect of the
situation and Is relying upon the public
to prevent anarchistic outbreaks.
Government officials stated that the
strike in south Italy ordered from Na
ples was a failure and that only 13 per
cent of the employes in other sections had
quit.
ALL TROOPS ON
LEAVE RECALLED.
Troops on strike duty were under spe
cial orders to prevent sabotage. Tbe gov
ernment has recalled all students in gov
ernment schools, officers and privates,
who were absent on leave.
Former Minister Bissolati, leader of
the right wing of the socialist party, is
supporting the government and volun
teered his services as a strikebreaker.
The railway workers at Foggia have
sent a message to King Victor Emmanuel
guaranteeing their loyalty.
The seamen's strike, which was to be
part of the general plan to tie up traf
fic and industry, was said to have failed.
The railway strike came after the work
ers bad rejected concessions offered by
the government. Tbe government prom
ised a wage increase and representation
by the unions on boards of railway man
agement, but the workers wanted more.
WOMAN DOCTOR
IS FOUND DEAD
Dr. Luella Schneck, Active in
Medical Affairs, Heart Victim.
Dr. Luella Schneck, 52, one of the most
prominent women physicians in Indian
apolis, was found dead Ln bed at her
apartments, 319 North Pennsylvania
street, early today. Death was due to
heart disease.
Dr. Schneck had not complained of ill
health and was active ln her practice up
to within a few hours of her death. She
retired last night but did not turn out
the lights, and this morning Mrs. Louise
Hysong, who lived in the same apart
ment, discovered the body upon investi
gating the lights.
For eight years Dr. Schneck had been
the physician for the Girls' school at
Clermont. She has been active ln social
work as well as in the practice of
medicine.
She has lectureo on medical subjects
at the Indiana Medical college and at
various hospitals in this city. She wa*
graduated from Indiana Medical college
in March, 1895.
Dr. Schneck was born at Seymour, Ind.,
and lived there until she came to In
dianapolis to attend medical college.
After she graduated, twenty-five years
ago, she returned to Seymour and was
married. Her husband lived only a year
after the wedding, and Dr. Schneck re
turned to Indianapolis. She has prac
ticed medicine in this city twenty-four
years. She had her office and living
apartments at the North Pennsylvania
street address for four years. She was
a member of a number of medical so
cielties and also a member of the Me
ridian Street Methodist church.
Dr. Schneck is survived by a brother,
Charles Miller of Seymour. Funeral ar
rangements will be made upon his ar
rival.
Noninterference
Japan’s Russ Policy
TOKIO, Jan. 21. — A policy of non-in
terference in Russia has been decided
upon by the cabinet It was learned to
day when the government declaration to
that effect was made at a meeting of
the diet.
The cabinet has slso decided to make
a frank explanation to America with re
gard to the Japanese attitude toward the
economic situation in Russia.
Berlin Publishers
Protest Suppression
BERLIN, Jan. 21. —Publishers here to
day protested formally against suppres
sion of newspapers by the government.
ifeTHEWKTHER,)
Local Forecast—Fair and colder to
night, with lowest temperature about 10;
Thursday fair and continued cold.
HOURLY TEMPERATURE.
6 a. m.... 21
7 a. m 23
8 a. m 22
9 a. m 22
10 a. m. • • •'V 23
11 a. m 23
12 (noon) 24
Sun sets today, 4:51; rises tomorrow,
7:01; seta. 4:52.
One year ago today, highest temper**
tore, 65; lowest, 40.

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