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PER COPY VOL. xxxn. NO. 223. ASK MANAGERS OF WOOD BOOM TO COME HERE State Workers Invite National Organization to Handle , State Campaign. OPEN UP ON GOODRICH Campaign managers of Gen. Leonard Wood’s boom for president have been Invited to come to Indiana, cast their eyes over petitions containing more than enough names to place ood on the preferential ballot in Indiana and take charge of the campaign in his behalf in this state. At the same time as the invitation is extende'd, word is being sent to Wood managers that whether they choose to manage the boom in this state or not, Gen. Wood’s name will be placed on the ballot.’ It has been pointed out to them that there is nothing in Indiana’s elec tion laws to prevent those who desire to vote for Wood from exercising that priv ilege and the invitation to take charge of the boom is merely a matter of courtesy. WOOD WORKER OftMING SOON. It. O. Hamilton, who was ohe of the first republicans in Indianapolis to cir culate a Wood petition, has been advised that a representative of the Wood or ganization would be in the city today or tomorrow to confer about the peti tion*. Republicanas of the state who are opposed to the ambitions of .T. P. Good rich have caused to be prepared peti tions that will insure the placing of Wood’s name on the primary ballot. They acted on their own responsibility os a protest against the Goodrich boom, and they do not hesitate to say that the only thing that will prevent them from “going all the way” is an an nouncement from Gov. GoodrlSch that be will withdraw his name from the preferential race. THINK GOODRICH DOUBLE-CROSSED WOOD. These republicans have, all along, de sired that the Indiana delegation go to the Chicago convention uninstructed. They were of the opinion that tnere existed an understanding between Good rich and Senator Watson by which this could be accomplished. When they found that Goodrich was seeking to send a delegation to pledged to sup port him they revolted. And they are still in revolt. The revolt promises to be of benefit to Wood, not because there is an over whelming Wood sentiment in Indiana, l.ut because Wood's candidacy gives these republicans an opportuinty to ex press their opposition to Goodrich, and they are determined to show Goodrich that while he may control the state or ganization in Indiana he has no stand ing with the voters of the party in the state. NURSES NEEDED TO BATTLE FLU New York and Chicago Send Appeals Broadcast. CHICAGO, Jan. 26.—With more than 10,000 cases of flu reported last week and new cases developing at the rate of nearly 2,000 a day, Chicago today sent an appeal for trained nurses throughout the country, and even to Canada. The appeal was made by Dr. John Dill Rob ertson, city health commissioner. NEW YORK, Jan. 26.—The shortage of nurseg is presenting the gravest prob lem in the influenza and pneumonia epi demic, according to the health depart ment. Five hundred additional nurses, with or without training, are sought at once. The department reported 2,855 new cases of influenza and thirty deaths in the last twenty-four hours, a total of 8,799 cases and 159 deaths since Jan. 1. In the same period there were 586 new cases and seVenty-flve deaths from pneumonia, a total of 3,187 cases and 1,090 deaths since Jan. 1. Wartime restrictions on travel will go Into effect tomorrow. Certain hours for closing and opening to relieve the con gestion on' transportation lines have been designated for all branches of business. DEATH CLAIMS STATEYETERAN Capt. Garrigus, 89, Kokomo Pioneer, Pneumonia Victim. Special to The Times. KOKOMO, Ind., Jan. 26.—Capt. Milton Garrigus, 89, state commander of the G. A. R. a few years ago, once a state senator, a leading republican politician and dean of the Howard county bar, is dead. His end came late last night from an attack of pneumonia. • Ctapt. Garrigus had not missed a na tional encampment of the G. A. R. for many years, always carrying the flag at the head of the parade, despite his ad vanced age. Italian Rail Strike Situation Improves ROMD> Jan. 26.—The nation-wide rall- Kvay strike situation continues to im prove today. There was every indication of an early defeat for ‘the strikers. Many men were returning to their jobs and the government was sending them immedi ately into the most affected divisions. During the last twenty-four hours ten additional automobile lines have been established in the region of Reggio Emilia. Forty-five strikers have been sentenced to various terms for attempts to in timidate strikebreakers. Lake Shir yto Get ee of Ice Jam CHICAGO, Jan. 26.—The freighter Sid ney O. Neff, imprisoned in the ice jam off Chicago harbor since Wednesday, will be able to make port late today or to morrow, coast guard officials here be lieved today. The Goodrich liner Alabama in-bound from Muskegon, struck the jam yester day and was still stuck two miles east of the Neff early today. The northeast wind which has held the jjam intact broke yesterday and the let. began to break up. 19ANKERS TO BOOST LOAN. BRUSSELS. Jan. 26.—A group of Bel gian -bankers has decided to subscribe 50 per cent of the national loan of 2,500,- 006,000 francs, it is announced. Published at Indianapolis, Ind., Dally Except Sunday. Queen of England Enjoys Cigaret LONDON, Jan- 20.—Queen Mary has taken up the cigturet habit. She smokes one olgaret after luncheon each day. FEAR MOBS AS TRIAL OF YANK SLAYERSOPENS Heavy Guards Thrown Around I. W. W.s Who Figured in Armistice Day Shooting. RADICALS ARE DEFIANT MONTESANO, Wash., Jan. 26.—The trial of eleven alleged T. W. W.s ar rested in connection with the armistice day shooting at Centralla, Wash., was scheduled to open today before Superior Judge John M. Wilson. Defense Attorney George F. Vander veer asked a change of venue and served affidavits charging prejudice. Grays Harbor was aroused, he declared, by circulars, which he charged were issued from the Centralla Chamber of Com merce demanding “jurors do duty if guilt is proved, which they have already ad mitted.” Affidavits opposing a venue change were prepared by prosecuting attorneys and were to be submitted at the open ing of court. Elaborate precautions were taken by authorities to prevent any trouble dur ing the trial. Twenty-four deputy sheriffs are constantly patrolling the streets. Sheriff Jeff Bar.tem announced he had deputized 100 members of the American legion at Centralla; 300 at Hoquiam, and 100 at Elma, who will be called if trouble arises. Hundreds of witnesses, who will be called during the trial will be fed In a huge dining room in the city hall. GOES TO TURKEY TO HUNT KIDDIES U. S. Armenian Believes Daughters Held in Harem. NEW YORK, Jan, 26.—1n an effort to rescue his wife and three young daugh ters who, it is believed, are being held In a Turkish harem, Assdour Derboghes will sail from here this week for Turkey, according to announcement made by the near east relief, which is assisting him. Derboghes, who is an Armenian from Racine, Wls., escaped from the Turks in 1914 through Siberia. The father enter tains little hope of finding his daughters, aged 10, 12 and 14, when they were seized with his wife four years ago. A son, Hovenes, escaped with bis father and is now attending school at Waukegan, 111. EIGHT KILLED IN CANADA WRECK Three from U. S. Among Score of Others Hurt. MONTREAL, Quebec, Jan. 26.—Eight persons were killed in the collision of two sections of the Montreal-Vancouver express on the Canadian Pacific, eleven miles east of North Bay, on Sunday, ac cording to a final revised estimate of casualties from the scene today. Among the dead are: Mrs. Susan Pe den, Vancouver; Wallace and Hugh Peden, her sons. James Tilley, Vancouver. Dr. W. J. Chambers, Calgary. W. Beall, Vancouver. C. Simmons, sleeping car porter. The Injured included; George Rasmussen, Seattle. Mrs. George Rasmussen, Seattle. Mrs. Dorothy Skeene, Los Angeles. The train was running in two sections and the first became stalled when the extreme cold prevented sufficient steam being made. Its crew claim they placed torpedoes on the track to the rear to halt the second section. Speeding around a sharp curve, the second section crashed Into the stalled train, telescop ing the observation car and sleeper. THREE CONVICTS GET CLEMENCY Goodrich Paroles One and Cuts Terms of Two. Three more convicts today are enjoying the fruits of appeals to Gov. Goodrich for clemency. Martin Van Buren, convicted in the Wayne circuit court, March 21, 1919, and sentenced to serve a six-months’ sen tence on the state farm for assault and battery with intent to kill and fined 8500, was paroled and will be permitted to pay $295 of his fine in installments of $5 weekly. Harvey Sarleg, convicted in the Jef fersonville city court and sentenced to sefve six months on the state farm on a change of petit larceny, will be free immediately, his sentence being com muted. Ignatius Meyer, convicted In the Elk hart circuit court and sentenced to serve one to fourteen years in the reforma tory for grand larceny, was reduced to six months. Cleveland Man Heads Office Here W. J. K. Hunt of Cleveland, 0., today became manager of the H. W. Dublake A Co.’s Indianapolis branch, succeeding H. T. Race, who becomes head of the company’s office at Dayton, O. A ban quet was given Saturday night at the Hotel Lincoln in honor of the two men. Opera Stars Clash and Zip!llfst f s Off CHICAGO, Jan. 26.—The Chicago grand opera season ended yesterday as it started—in a clash of artistic temperaments. The high spot in a concert by Yvonne Gall and Tltta Buffo was to have been the duet from Mozart’s “Don Goivannl.” The duet did not occur. Mme. Gall de-cl&red she sings Italian; Russo, French. ‘‘l change for no one,” Mme. Gall said: Russo Celt the same way about a woman. “Mistake in printing the program,” the audience was told. 3ni)i<iua iJailg Sitttte Entered as Second Class .-.Matter, July 25, 1914. at Postoffice, I ndlapapolls, Ind., under act March 3, 1879. FARM VALUES ZIGZAG SINCE REVALUATIONS Glaring Inequalities Revealed by Comparisons in Marion County. UNIFORMITY DESTROYED 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 anil personal.”—Constitution of Indiana. Glaring irregularities in the valuations of farm lands in Marion county become apparent on compirisou of the valuations of land revalued by the state board of tax commissioners on petition of the own ers and valuations of adjoining land made by (;be township assessor. Comparison of the values of farm laud show that they were more or less uniform before the tax board revalued certain farms without changing the valuations of those adjoining. In some cases farms are valued at nearly twice as much per acres as farms immediately adjoining. The farm of James T. Alexander, in Center township, Marlon county, contains twenty acres. The new valuation placed on it by the tax board is $6,000. This is for land only, no attempt being made to compare valuations of improvements. Ad joining is the It. H. Alexander farm, which was not revalued. This farm con tains ten acres and the land alone was valued at $5,000. Another ten-acre fnrm immediately adjoining, owned by Fred Eusey and John and Cora Hauck, was valued at $5,000. WIDE DIFFERENCES MADE IN FIGURES. In other words, a farm revalued by the tax board Is given a price of S3OO an acre for taxation, while two farms imme diately adjoining are valued at $-500 an acre for taxation. Laura F. R. Briggs owns a Center township farm containing 34.29 acres, ac cording to the records of the tax board. The valuation of the land only of this farm was reduced by the board from $23,990 to $10,280. Adjoining this farm, according to records in the office of the township assessor, is a farm owned by Julia F. R. Haueisen. The ttfrm con tains 52.61 acres and 1s valued at $26,300. It was not revalued by the state tax board. In this case the Briggs farm is valued for taxation at $297 an acre and the adjoining farm is valued for taxation at $499 an acre. Still another example of unequal valu ations may be found by a comparison of a farm owned by Harry O. Browser and one owned by Jesse Koldyke. Both are in Center township and only a fence separates them. ASSESSOR’S VALUATION CUT MANY THOUSANDS. The Bowser farm, which contains 23.34 acres, was valued bv the tax board for *6 970 after the assessor had placed a valuation of $16,340 on it. The valuation of the tax board equals S2OB an acre. The Koldyke fartp was not revalued by the tax board. It contains forty acres and is valued by the assessor at $20,000, or SSOO an acre. A laige number of farms \yere re valued by the board 1 of tax commission ers at the request of the owners. In every case valuations were reduced. The three example* referred to were the first three looked up. The books at the courthouse show that the valuations of the township assessor are fairly uniform. With this condition existing it is in evitable that large reductions in vnlu ations on the part of the state tax boara in every case mean inequalities in valu ations. BACK OF COLD WAVEBROKEN Warmer Weather, Although Unsettled, Promised. HOURLY TEMPERATURE. 6 a. m 14 7 a. m....* 15 8 a. m 15 , 9 a. m 20 10 a. m 22 11 a. m 26 13 (noon) SI Local Forecast,—lncreasing cloudiness tonight, probably becoming unsettled Tuesday, warmer; lowest temperature to night about 25 degrees; colder Tuesday night. The cold wave is broken, the United States weather bureau announced todhy. Increasing cloudiness today will be fol lowed by warmer weather tonight and unsettled weather Tuesday, the forecast states. The thermometer, which fell to 13 above zero at 3 o’clock this morning, will rise to about 25 above zero tonight, but somewhat colder weather is expected Tuesday night. The -breaking up of the cold wave will mean the restoration of near-normal street car service in the city, It is expected. Superintendent James P. Tretton of the Indianapolis Street Railway Company said today that never in his experience with street car service in Indianapolis had it been so hard hit by protracted cold weather 'as it is today. The storm of last week, which left a covering of ice on troilery wires and on the streets. Was not a one-day affair with the company. Sickness among employes and a large number of minor accidents have added to difficulties of keeping the cars run ning, Mr. Tretton said. Thirty-five to forty cars are "knocked out” every day and not until warmer weather comes can the situation be rem edied, according to Mr. Tretton, although he said a great number of employes are working overtime in an effort to keep cars on scheduled time. Allies Renew Effort to Obtain Ex-Kaiser PARIS, Jan. 26.—The council of am bassadors today decided to continue its efforts to induce Holland to give up the former kaiser for trial by an allied tri bunal. The council Instructed the French government to prepare a reply to the Dutch note of refusal taking up * the Holland government’s note argument by argument. The council also decided that, pending ratification of the Versailles treaty by the United States, presidencies of the various -.plebiscite commissions will be filled bjk French delegates instead of American* INDIANAPOLIS, MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 1920. 1920 Living Cost to Be Higher in Great Britain • —7 Everything Family Needs Will Be Dearer, Prediction of Price Experts. LONDON, Jan. 26.—Everything that a family needs is to be dearer in England during 1920, according to statistics com piled today. Heads of large business houses and merchants of all classes are unanimous in declaring that prices will continue to ascend indefinitely and they claim that the peak can not be foreseen. Some of the reasons given for this con dition include the depreciation of the pound sterling in the United States, in creased wages, the wasteful use of labor and higher freight rates, amounting to $250,000,000 annually Here is a comparative list of a few a tides: . i-ticle. 1914. 1920. Ove.mats ! $15.00 $50.00 | Shoes 6.00 15.00 !(Coal, per ton 8.00 12.00 Rent, yearly 300.00 500.00 Milk, quart .08 .25 Tea, per pound ....... .50 1.00 i Sugar, per pound 05 .15 Butter, pound 30 1.10 | Carpets for house .... 75.00 . 250.00 Linoleum, square yard .63 2.00 : Men’s suits 21.00 52.00 Tailors declare that clothing prices will advance 20 per cent this year. American buyers are purchasing any j thing they can get their hands on in the j line of woolens. Woolen manufacturers j recently added 60 per cent per yard to their prices. A government probe into ! alleged woolen profiteering is being eon | ducted, but investigators say the report i can not be made in detail for four years. Even strawhats are to go up 50 per cent, | according to the London Globe. Shoe manufacturers are expecting to be asked soon to pay SI.BO to $2 a square foot for glared kid, which, In prewar I times, cost 50 cents. “This year, we are told, was to lie the I bumper year for prosperity,” said the ! Globe. “It probably will be —for manu j facturers, but not for consumers.” DAILEY READY FOR NEWBERRY ELECTION CASE Indianapolis Man on Hand Early for Opening of Vote Trial Tomorrow. WITNESSES CROWD CITY j GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 26.—AI | though the Newberry alleged political ! corrupt'on trial is not scheduled to be gin until Tuesday, more than fifty of i the special veniremen, called to serve as jurors in the case, reported to Special District Attorney Frank C. Dailey of. Indianapolis early today. They came I early, they stild, that they might get hotel accommodations. Rooms are scare and the prices have been “kited heaven ward.” .Senator Newberry Is expected here Monday night, accompanied by his Brother John, his political secretary, j Allan A. Templeton, and bis campaign j secretary. Paul H. King, all of Detroit. Attorneys Martin W. Littleton of New ! York. Judge .Tames O. Murfln of Detroit, ; and George E. N’ehols of lonia, leading ; Newberry counsel, arrived today. Around twenty other attorneys will also appear ! for indicted men. The first move by the defense will be j an objection to the court’s questionnaire I method for summoning jurors. New- I berry's attorneys hold that all prospec tive jurors should appear In court for examination !>,v the attorneys as to their qualifications to sit in the case. Judge Sessions, when the prospective jurors were summoned, weeded out the “dead wood” by excusing those who were past age and physically unable to appear. He says he - saved the govern ment $5,000 In fees by eliminating those who were plainly disqualified. It is expected the trial will last ten weeks, with more than 400 witnesses to be called. CAR RUNS INTO ENGINE; 3 HURT ; Twenty Badly Shaken Up by Morris Street Collision. Twenty passengers on a West Indian apolis street car which crashed into a switch engine on the Beit railroad at Morris street last night can not under stand how they all escaped alive. The car ran through the railroad crossing ' gates and struck the switch engine -broadside with such force that it rebounded and ran backward downgrade for two blocks before it was stopped. Three were badly hurt. They are Frances Mather, 17, of 918 East Four teenth street, Injured about the back and right ankle; Bryan Nichols, 21, of 1256 Shepherd street, right leg injured, and Sena Johnson, 41, 756 Fletcher ave nue, injured about the back. Joseph Beath, conductor, and Japies Lyons, motorman, told the police that the brakes failed to hold the car on the slippery track. Lyons said he ran back and warned passengers when he saw the collision was inevitable. The Belt railroad engine was damaged somewhat. It was in charge of George Parker, 1261 Oliver avenue, conductor; Michael Daugherty, 1370 Nordyke avenue, engineer, and Louis Barnes, 1040 South Mount street, fireman. William Suiter, 217 East Thirty-fourth street, a member of a commission firm at the Union stock yards, is in a serious condition today, suffering from a colli sion* between the automobile in which he was riding and a Northwestern avenue street car on Illinois street, between Twenty-first street and McLean place. He' received a deep wound across the forehead. The car was backing south on Illinois street after leaving the street car barns and Suiter was driving north. It was in charge of Motorman David Griftin, 1521 Linden street, and Glenn Marsh, 2426 North Illinois street. Louisville Man Will Direct Oil Station F. J. Freeman of Louisville, Ky„ has i been assigned to direct a branch office jof the Gulf Refining Company, Inc., I which has been established in the prop j erty of the old Capitol City Brewing i Company, 1235 South Dakota street. He | will direct the company’s business in j central and northern Indiana. Fred L. I Lutz, also of Louisville, will direct the ' company’s oil trade here. YANKS CAPTIVE; U. S. MAY HOLD MEN IN SIBERIA War Department Probes Re* port That American Party Is Detained. RELEASE IS EXPECTED WASHINGTON, Jan. 26—Withdrawal of American troops from Siberia may be delayed by the reported capture of a party of American engineers and Red Cross workers by the bolsheviki. The war department was today seeking complete information of the reported capture of Maj. IV. M. Blunt, a Miss Ford and Capt. Charette, an American engineer, near Klluchinskaya. Officials declared they had no fears but the re lease of the persons captured could be effected, but It \jvns understood that American troops would not leave the re gion until they could bring out the cap lured persons with them. Gen. Graves, in command of the Si berian forces, is expected to make Im mediate negotiations with the bolsheviki for release of the Americans. Reports which had arrived here today were fragmentary. The war department will take no of ficial action until complete official re ports have been received, but it was stated that It was believed that (Jen. Graves had already taken steps for the release of the captives.* SOVIETS REQUEST CONFERENCE SHIFT LONDON, Jan. 26. —The Russian soviet government at Moscow has sent a wire less request to the British government that the negotiations over the relense of British prisoners in soviet Russia be transferred from Denmark, It was an -1 nounced today. This is a sequel to the | complaint of Boris Litvinoff, represents* j five of th>s soviet government at Copen hagen, that he was held in a state of semi-arrest and could not continue the | negotiations in that city. The British mission at Copenhagen is headed by James O'Gray, member of parliament. SOVIET CAVALRY ENTERS PERSIA LONDON, Jan. 26 Russian soviet cav alry has entered Persia and India, a Warsaw dispatch today quoted bolshevik sources as reporting. The forces are 500 miles from the Indian .frontier. A Moscow wireless communique an nounced that Admiral Kolchak, former head of the all-Russian anti bolshevik government, had been made prisoner and was held with bis ministry at Irkutak. Siberian insurgents, the communique claimed, have handed over seven loads of silver to the soviet government. The red advance in Siberia continues. U.S. PRESS CUTS PAPER USAGE Economy Brings Saving of 9,565 Tons of Newsprint. WASHINGTON, Jan. 26.—Publishers, largely through the introduction of economies, decreased the amount of newsprint paper used last month by 0,565 tons, as compared with the amount used in November, the federal trade compilsslon revealed today in Its monthly newsprint paper review for December. Production during December was 122,- 781 tons, an Increase of 21,746 tons over November. Although publishers’ stocks decreased 4.061 tons during the month, this was offset partly by an Increase of 3,572 tons In transit, over that at the close of November. Total print paper production In 1919 was 1,374,517 tons, as compared with 1,260,285 tons Id 1918. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 26.—As a result of an agreement reached between the Canadian government and the Ft. Franpes Paper Manufacturers, the Win nipeg newspapers will continue publi cation. Restricted editions, from which all advertising will be excluded, will be iusued today. ; According to reports from Ft. Frances three carloads of newsprint were shipped to Winnipeg Saturday night. These, it is said, will be followed by shipments of the full quota allotted to western Canada customers, which will permit all papers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to resume regular publication after a suspension of more than ten days. Details of the agreement with tjie paper manufacturers have not been made pubjlc, but it includes a clause whereby the on exporting newsprint into the United States was raised on Sun day. LABOR TICKET TO ENTER FIELD Candidates for Every Office to Be Presented This Fall. The labor party of Indiana will have full state, congressional and county tickets in the field next fall, Charles Rogers, chairman of the organization committee for Indianapolis, declared to day, in answer to reports that there is considerable opposition in the ranks or organized labor to the placing of a separate ticket in the field. He said the state party is formed under the national party- constitulton, which prohibits a member from being a candidate on any ticket unless the can didate has indorsed all the principles of the labor party. Action In placing the ticket in the field will be taken at the state conven tion here on Feb. 13, he said. Nicholas Klein, attorney and labor leader of Cincinnati, 0., addressed a meeting last night in the Labor Temple In the interest of the party. He de clared that it was necessary for the laboring men of the country to enter j polities as a separate political party and to seek control of the government. He demanded freedom of the speech and press and denounced attempts which he said wc-re being made to muzzle free speech. Club to Vote on Increasing Dues Columbia club members will vote Sat urday on whether they will increase their own cost of living. An amendment proposing that an ini tiation fee of SSO be established and that the yearly dues of resident members be Increased from S6O to SBO will be voted upon next Saturday night. Subscription Rates. | E i sewhere , 12c. By Mail, 60c Per Month. U. S. MOVES TO STOP RHODE ISLAND’S WAR ON PROHIBITION LA W SHOP GIRLS? FAIRY GODMOTHER Bn NEW YORK. Jan. 26. —Miss Edith Day has earned the title of “fairy godmother” of the New York shop giyls because of her enter tainments for them. She is planning several performances of “Irene,” the vehicle she is starring in, and no one will be invited but girls who work, or, as they do in New York, “go to business.” 614 HURT IN AUTO CRASHES IN YEAR 31 Killed Here During 1919, Police Records Show. Six hundred and fourteen persons were injured by automobiles on Indianapolis streets, thirty-one fatally, in 1919. There was a total of 1,074 auto acci dents lats year, according to the yearly report of street accidents compiled by Robert Kinney, secretary to Chief of Po lice Kinney. Motorcycles caused four deaths and thirty-two injuries. Thirty-five persons were Injured with bicycles and three by horse-drawn vehicles, of which number three died. Street -cars were re sponsible for injury to 302 persons, twenty-six of the number being fatally injured. Thirty-three injuries and eight fatalities resulted from railroad acci dents. Accidents of all kinds in_ which injuries were reported totaled 1.125. Prop- rty valued at $614,705.53 was re covered In the year 1919, according to the report. In 1918 the value of property re covered by the police amounted to $224,- 572.53. DETROIT HOTEL FIRE KILLS ONE Many Guests Have Close Call Fleeing in Zero Weather. DETROIT. Jan. 26.—One man was killed and three persons injured, perhaps serlouslj, in a fire which swept the Hoff man hotel here early today. The loss was estimated at's2oo,ooo. ' , The dead man, believed to be_ a guest, was identified as A. C. Wigle, address un known. His body was found in the ruins. The injured were Lillian Tieman, 17; Francies Baudrie, 19, and Margaret Sletcher, 40, all said to be from Detroit. Many guests were compelled to leave the burning building to brave the zero deather outside wearing their night gar ments. OPEN LOWDEN HEADQUARTERS Illinois Republicans to Direct Boom from Capital. WASHINGTON, Jan. 26.—Headquar ters of the Frank O. Lowden for Presi dent committee were opened here today. The committee, which is made up of all the’republlean members of congress from Illinois, has announced its purpose to make Gov. Lowden known to the whole United States. Frank L. Smith is chair man of the committee, and Representa tice Ira C. Copley is vice chairman. “Gov. Lowden’B candidacy for the re publican nomination for president,” says a preliminary statement from headquan* ters, “is sponsored by the republicans of the state of Illinois, who are familiar with his personal, political and official qualifications for the office. “For that reason, it is peculiraly ap propriate that the Illinois republican members of congress should establish the Lowden committee at the caital, and that Representative Smith, chairman of the Illinois republiaan state central com mittee, should head it” Royse Returns to Boost Drive in City Clarence D. fceyse, Indiana director of the near east relief appeal drive, which opens Feb. 1 and will continue twenty one days, has returned to Indianapolis after a tour of noJn||ulndlana. CHINA MISSION GOES TO MUNCIE Also Will Visit Schools of An derson and Pendleton. Members of the Chinese education commission left Indianapolis today to inspect schools in Muncle, Ind. They will also visit schools in Anderson and Pendleton, Ind., today. The commission has been in Indian apolis for the past few days studying the school systems of the state and city. There are thirteen Chinese educators in the delegation. Chinese residents of the city held a banquet in honor of the oriental edu cator at the Circle Case last night. P. C. Chang, secretary of the com mission, denounced Japan as “the great enemy of democracy” In an address of appreciation for the commission. He em phasized the cordial relations that have always existed between the United States and China. S. T. Yuan, Gov. Goodrich, John W. Hoitzman and Charles T. Paul, president of the College of Missions, also spoke briefly. N. Y. SOCIALISTS AIM AT MARTIN Charge Probe Leader Is Unfair in New Fight for Seats. ALBANY, N. Y„ Jan. 26.—When the assembly convenes tonight Assembly man Amos will renew his fight to re seat the suspended socialist members. He was busy today completing five resolu tions, which provide: Discharge of the judiciary committee from further consideration of qualifi cations of the socialists. Filing a bill of particulars against the suspended members by'the assembly. Removal of Louis Martin as chairman of the committee, charging he is unfit to further hold the position, as his rulings have been unfair since the investigation began. An inquiry into alleged dereliction of prosecuting officials in their failure to prosecute criminal charges, if it is shown as charged the socialists are linked “with an alien empire.” The seating of Charles E. Hughes and the New York City bar committee to protect the interests of the public. Amos and Hughes were in conference last night. TWO MEN TRY TO END LIVES One Turns on Gas,. Other Slashes Self With Razor. Edward J. Berkmyer, 40, attempted suicide early today by turning on the gas in the kitchen of his home, 512 North Oriental street. Mrs. Berkmyer discovered her husband In the gas-filled room before he had been overcome by the fumes. Berkmyer ran from the house scantily clad and was found a block away from his home by Motor Policemen Drlnkkut and Dean. He was taken to the City hospital and held in the detention ward. The police say Berkmyer had suffered a nervous and mental breakdown. Sanford D. Farabee, 71, of 2402 North Pennsylvania street, is in a critical con dition at the City hospital tolay as the result of having attempted suicide at h*s home Sunday morning. Farabee cut his throat and wrists with a razor. Dr. R. 11. Weer was called and gave first aid. Farabee was then removed to the hos pital. Mrs. Farebee told the police her hus band had suffered a breakdown tw*, years ago following an automobile ac cldent. Home edition TWO CENTS. ASKS SUPREME COURT DISMISS STATE PETITION Solicitor General Plans to Get Hearing Before Tribunal Early in March. ADVANCES OHIO CASES WASHINGTON, Jan. 26.— The government today, through Solicitor General King, made a motion before the supreme court to dismiss the Rhode Island case testing the con stitutionality of the prohibition amendment and seeking an injunc tion against the attorney general for endorcement of the Volstead act. The solicitor general says he will make an effort to get his motion be-,; fore the supreme court early In March. On the argument of this motion ail the Issues raised by the state of Rhode Island may be directed by the supreme court, the test case settled and the con stitutionality of the amendment decided. The court agreed to advance the ap peals from Ohio courts, which will de termine whether states by referendum can override the action of state legisla tures in ratifying the constitutional pro hibition amendment. ATTORNEY LOOKS FOR LONG STRUGGLE WASHINGTON, Jan. 26.—The greatest legal drive against any law or any part of the constitution in the history of the country appears to be looming up in the many attacks being made or pre pared against constitutional prohibition. Government attorneys today estimated it will* be two years before it will be known whether constitutional prohibition stands on a firm legal foundation but they hold out little hope for any “tilting of the lid” during that time. The attacks on constitutional prohibi tion are on the following grounds: 1. That prohibition Is not a valid sub ject for a constitutional amendment and that it has not been legally adopted. 2. That the Volstead law enforcing It and prohibiting all beverages containing* % of 1 per cent of alcohol or more fa Dot constitutional. ' * ■ 3. That the amendment can not be en forced In any state against its will. This is to be" determined, as well as the first two questions, in the suit -brought in the supreme court by Rhode Island. FALLS BACK ON REFERENDUM. 4. That states by popular referendum* can override the actions of state legisia tures.and thus withdraw previous ratifi cations of the amendment. Ten states have the referendum and should all re verse the legislative action, with the su preme court upholding the referendum. It would be sufficient to repeal the amendment. This Is the question now pending In the supreme court on/an ap peal from the Ohio supreme court, which sustained the referendum. 5. That some states can be wet by passing laws increasing the maximum amount of alcohol permitted in beverage* as New Jersey and Rhode Island pro pose to do. 6. That the amendment prohibits only beverages which are in fact intoxicat ing, and that congress under the pro vision of the amendment granting it the ' right to pass appropriate enforcement legislation can not arbitrarily prohibit those drinks which have only a small amount of alcohol and are not generally held to be intoxicating. 7. That the liquor interests can re cover heavy compensation from the gov ernment for the losses caused by prohi bition. SUPREME COURT ONLY CAN SETTLE QUESTIONS. The supreme court will be asked to determine all these question, and it is the only body that can do so. The avenue of attack upon prohibi tion, most likely to succeed, a promi nent government attorney said today, is through the word “concurrent'’ ap pearing in the amendment. It states that congress and the several states shall have concurrent powers to enforce the amend ment. “This might be construed to mean that each state would have to agree to the beverages that could be prohibited in its territory,” the attorney said. “If the state desired to allow light beer and wine to be sold the court might hold it had that right under the amendment. I don’t believe the court would go so far as to authorize the old wet days In any state, but it might agree the state had a right to tilt the lid consider ably.” NO PROSECUTION IN MURDER CASE California Woman May (Jet Further Postponement. ■Marysville, cai., Jan. 26.—with the prosecution greatly handicapped by the eleventh-hour resignation of Assistant District Attorney Edward B. Stanwood, the murder trial of Mrs. Gertrude Wilson was to open here today. District Attorney Raymond Manwell, confined to bed with an attack of pneu monia, accepted Stanwood’s resignation. The latter stated he had not sufficient time to become thoroughly familiar with the evidence. Mrs. Wilson, wife of Fred J. Wilson, San Francisco newspaper man, is charged jointly with her brother, Frank McCor mick, with the murder of Charles A. Brown, well-to-do sheep raiser. The two have been hi the Ynba county Jail since the crime, Nov. 1. An attempt will be made to have the trial postponed. HUNGARY MAKES OVERTURES. BUADPEST, Jan. 26.—Premier Hussar said that Hungary wished to be on. friendly terms with the Roumanians, but that tije Roumanians should first evacuate to tjie Transylvania demarkatlon line fhvir troops which are along and even beyond the Theiss river.