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AUSTRIA ASKED PEACE EARLIER Diplomatic Delays Blocked Separate Pact With Allies. PARIS, Feb. 30l—"Was a sepa rata peace with Austria possible'/” Such is the question which Jean de Pierrefeu proceeds to answer in The Opinion, with ihe aid of documents concerning- the se i rot mission undertaken in the spring of 191" by Prince Sixte of Parma. The de tails of this mission were unknown un til now, and these notes, written in the form of memoranda, throw full light on the interviews which the young prince had with the high personalities of the different countries and on the negotia tions which M. Clemenceau had revealed In part in April, 1918. It appears that in 1917 the former Emperor Charles was convinced that the certainty of ultimate victory still en tertained at that time by his German ally was a dangerous Illusion—and that In consequence he was seeking to save the integrity of the dual monarchy. Prince Sixte, who was serving in the Belgian army, was told by his mother, the princess of Parma, that the Emperor Charles of Austria was anxious for him to enter Into informal negotiations with the allies. ADVISED FACING GERMANY WITH EDICT. The emperor begged his brother-in-law to do his best to obtain peace, but Prince Sixte pointed out that diplomacy had no chance of success, both Germany and Italy being determined to thwart it. He advised the emperor to have recourse to the straightforward method of con fronting Germany with the accomplished fact In the form of an imperial edict by which, while saving the appearance of friendliness with Germany, Austria would offer peace to the entente on certain con ditions. After varipus negotiations bad’ taken place the prince repaired to Paris, where he had another interview with Mr. Poin care. at which Mr. Cambon was present. . Shortly after Mr. Ribot met Lloyd George, who informed him that England was favorable to continuing the negotia tions with Austria, but considered that the allies should not delay any longer in advising Italy of the fact WAS CONFIDENT OF EARLY PEACE. But Italy was the cause of the fail ure of the negotiations. When Mr. Ri bot, Lloyd Gfeorge and Baron Sonnlno tnet at St. Jean de Maurlenne on Nov. 18. 1917, the last-named maintained that the Italian government would not consent to a continuance of these negotiations. W'hen Lloyd George informed Prince Sixte of this decision, the latter was not discouraged, but decided to pursue his efforts On May 4 he received an amazing piece of news, w'hich was that the emperor of Austria considered it was unnecessary to take too much notice of the exag gerated demands of Italy, as three weeks previously an envoy from Gen. Cadorna had proposed peace to the Austrian min ister in Berne on condition that the Italian Trentiuo should be returned to Italy! But the emperor refused to treat 1 with Italy without informing the en tente. Prince Sixte decided to return to Aus tria, and having again met his brother in-law at Laxenburg, he wrote a mem orandum in which he seemed quite con fident that peace would be concluded Dome time in June. This time the prince brought back to Mr. Poincare a letter from the emperor, which the entente never answered, and an autograph note from Count Czernin. The text of the letter is particularly interesting, as it . proves that, eontrarily to what be af •lrms, Count Czernin was fully aware of the negotiations conducted by his sov ereign in view of a separate peace. Vancouver Island a ‘Dream Country’ LONDON. Feb. 20.—“A dream country surrounded by a sunlit sea” was the - enthusiastic description given to the 1-land of Vancouver by Mrs...Tul!a W. Henshaw, F. R. G. S., in the course cf . a lecture given tinder the auspices of the Royal Colonial Institute. The Island, she pointed out, has b*en the keynote -of northwestern exploration from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, ami the young people who listener] to the lecture were given a sktch of the r history of Vancouver from the time of Drake, who first named It New Albion, In the days when the wapiti r elk was overlord of the island, down to the present time. Mrs. Henshaw told an amusing story Illustrative of the coolness <n an eiuer ' gency of Sir James Douglas, once gov ernor of Vancouver. One day his as sistant reported to him that the natives were on the warpath. Knowing the na tive fondness for sweet thing*. Sir .Tame* calmly looked up from his >-Titlng and said: “Give them some bread and trea cle," and this was actually done. A barrel of treacle was rolled out of t?ie fort, together with a generous allowance of loaves, and ‘lie threatened massacre was averted. The lecture was Illustrated : by some particularly fine colored photo graphs. Britain’s Youth as Driving Force LONDON, Feb. 20.—Sir Auckland Geddes, spending at a meeting of the League of Youth and Social Progress at the Central hall, Westminster, said it wes rather a relief to him to stand on a platform that was not a political one, Rnd,there were a few things he would like to discuss, which could not he dealt with on political occasions. "Was 1019 a year of shame, a featureless muddy Bat. or was it a time of great things?" be asked. His opinion was that it was a time of great things. During the year, trade had revised to an extraordinary degree, but. on the other hand, had they Bone anything to stop war In the fu ture? More bad been done to prevent war than in any other time of their history: yet there were people who, oe cause changes did not take place In a Dlght, thought nothing was being done. '’he social order of things was chang ing. but any sudden change in the coun try would bo fraught with danger, and the change would have to come gradual ly. or they would have a repetition c f Russia. He looked to the youth of Bri tain to provide the driving force, and so prevent the older men from going too slowly, but he would keep the ex perienced men at the head of affairs, to act as a safety valve, until the younger ones were experienced enough to carry on by themselves. Now Costs $lO to Get Across Mexican Line CITY OF MEXICO, Feb. 20—Ameri cans traveling to Mexico hereafter must pay $lO for their passport vise. The rate was advanced from $2 on the first of the year. From the increased rate rlje Mexican government believes It will be able to collect approximately $1,000.- OPO annually, it is staled, which will be li c<j to improve the consular service. ‘Whistling' Well’ Puzzle toj^eologists MEADE, Kas., Feb. 20.—Geologists are unable to explain the mysterious actions of what is known as the “whistling well.” recently drilled on the farm of Fred Dahm. ten miles east of hevp. During fair weather the air is drawn down a hole, which Is 150 feet deep, with sufficient suction to cause a whlstlin* sound, while prior to a storm the air cur rent is reversed and rushes from the well. The well has come to be known as “Dahm’s natural barometer.” 40,000 Farmers of Nebraska Battle Down Costs of Living OMAHA. Neb., Feb. 20.—With the club of co-operation 40,000 Nebraska farmers are beating to death the high cost of living. Through 1,200 co-operative trading cen ters Nebraskans bought and sold SIOO,- 000,000 worth of goods and farm pro duce in 1919. They averaged 4 cents a bushel more for their grain than the market price. They saved from 5 to 10 per cent on their groceries and clothing. In addition they put in their pockets 5*5 per cent of the commissions they formerly gave middlemen. / “Co-operation in Nebraska Is passing Into the second stage of usefulness,” says .T. O. Shroyer, member of the execu tive board of tlie Farmers’ Education and Co-operative t nion of Nebraska. “At first we were only interested in selling lb" farmer’s products at the highest prices. Then we liegan to sell him goods cheaper than could be bought from profit making stores. “We hare forced the sthte legislature to give us state hail insurance. That pierents a fariner from being absolutely ‘cleaned out’ if hail destroys his corn. He pays an average price of 80 cents an acre for the insurance and collects §ls an acre if bis crops are destroyed. That will just about pay for the seed. We pay for the insurance when we pay our taxes and the cost of the department has been just 3 per cent to the state since it was established.” EXITED ACTION BRINGS LEGISLATION. Now the farmers are seeking a seat on the grain exchange. They will thus have a hand in the actual selling of their corn. \ Co-operation came into being in Ne braska eight years a:o. For three year-- tbe work was largely educational. Now the stale union has supervising power over all local store* anti warehouses. PRODUCTS FIND WAV TO UNION STORAGE. The farmer delivers bis products to the SPIRIT SPORTS LAUNDRYCHECK Ghost of Napoleon the Great Patron of Berlin Firm. BERLIN. Feb. 20—The invocation of the spirit of Napoleon at a seance held at the Spiritist club, known as the “green phantom," had a ludicrous termination. A large audience was assembled In the darkened, purple draped room when a rolce asked one of the guests, mentioning him by name, whom he desired to see. The man, a lawyer’s clerk, named *cbwalbheim, replied with much trepida tion. “Napoleon." Fifteen minutes’ tense silence followed. Then a weird form approached the plat form with measured tread, and in a sepulchral voice thus addressed Schwalb helm: "Behold! I am Napoleon! Draw nigh, O mortal, and tell me what Is thy de sire!” • At these words the women In the au dience shrieked with terror, clinging to their male escorts, who themselves were trembling. Schwalbheim, however, approached the platform with shaking knees and was just stammering, “illustrious spirit of the great Xaapoleon,’’ when he made a remarkable discovery. On the neck of the uncanny apparition he observed a "-.mail shield on which were distinctly visible the words, “B. Schulze, Laundry Loan lnstitnte.” Sehwalbheim burst into loud laughter tnd leaped at the ehost, who. however, •scaped him. disappearing amid horrible 'mpreoations beneath the flooring. The terrified guests, who mistook Tchwalbheiin's laughter for an outburst of madness, made a wild rush for the door, and were only calmed by the man's explanations. Cigar Types Sixth of Tobacco Crop WASHINGTON, J>b. 20 Os the en tire tobacco crop of 1.380,000 000 pounds In 1919. the cigar types constituted about one sixth, and the chewing, smoking, snuff and export types most of the re mainder, according to the tobacco ex perts in the department of ngfirieulture. The cigar type* are heavy producers per acre, the average for 1919 being 1285 pounds, while the other types had an average of <179 pounds. Refore 1919 the average farm price of the cigar types of tobacco was always above that of the other types, as a whole, but in that year the extraordinary Euro pean demand for tobacco other than the cigar classes and the immensely Increased use of tobacco other than the cigar classes raised farm price of composite chewing, smoking and export types to 41.3 cents on Dec. 1, or greatly above the_ price of 21.9 cents for cigar to bacco. Indeed, the latter class of to bacco had a lower price than ‘in either 1918 or 1917, not because of increase of production, but because of weaker de mand. The cigar has been overtaken and passed by the qigaret. Potato Peelers Ask for $6 Day, 3 Meals CHICAGO, Feb. 20. A union of potato peelers has been formed here. The or ganizatlon starts with a membership of 150. A standard wage s ale was adopted of $6 a day for eight hours’ work, three meals a day, and time and a half for overtime. William Robinson, who is credited with world's records for peeling every 1 now’n variety of potatoes, from the diminutive “Irish spud" to the mammoth “Idaho Beauties,” was elected president unanimously. Life Risk Agents Strike in London LONDON. Feb. 20. —England has anew kind of a strike. Thousands of agents employed by one of the big life insurance companies in various parts of the United Kingdom have struck for a minimum wage of £3 a week. This is the first action of the kind taken by insurance J agents iu this country. Steel Man to Talk to Auto Engineers W. R. Shimer, metallurgist of the 1 Bethlehem Ste<l Oolnpauy, will be the principal Speaker tonight in the assembly room of* the Ciaypool hotel before 200 members of the Society of Automobile Engineers. Those interested in the sub ; Ject are invited to attend the lecture • which will be illustrated with motion ' pictures. Gets Adopted Son as Alimony Award CHICAGO, Feb. 20. jProbably the most 1 nnusuai alimony award ever granted j ■icre was given to Mrs. Queenie Nasnrro i In the possession, as an alimony settle ment. of her 16-year-old adopted son, Nat Naznrro, .7r., a vaudeville performer with an income of $1,500 a week The award -was made as the result of Mrs... Xazarro's divorce suit against Nat Na- 1 zarro, Sr. also a vaudeville performer. flgkfcfc ' . *,.gj§fsra§|S| * a <SjW?oye& local store. The store ships them to tbe warehouses of the state union. Live stock is shipped directly to tbe co operative commission houses in Omaha, St. Joseph. Mo., and Sioux City, la. There It is placed on the open market. The state organization retains 30 per cent of the usual commissions. This pays the cost of handling. Fourteen per cent is turned into the general fund and the remaining 58 per cent given back to the farmer. “Now." says Shroyer. "we plan to in corporate our warehouse company here for §3.000.000. At present it is incorpor ated for $52.0b0 and last year tlid a busi ness of §2,700,909." DIG OIL WELLS IN PITTSBURG Every Back Yard May Have a Drilling Rig. PITTSBURG, Feb. 20.—“Wtldcattlng" for oil and gas within the confines of the Pittsburg city limits Is now being contemplated, and residents arc wonder ing what will happen if somo venture some driller should make a bit. The gas excitement that has turned McKeesport topsy-turvy is being reflected here. New wells are being brought In almost every day in the McKeesport field, and the operations are extending in all directions. It Is known that there Is gas In some of the lower stratas under Pittsburg. The late George Westlnghouse, the in ventor. drilled a test well on his estate near tbe city line a few years ago. The well produced a good quantity of gas, but not enough then to classify it as a big revenue producer. Today that same flow would result la handsome dividends. Sensing the trend of affairs the city authorities have taken steps to controt and regulate any operating that may be started. The possibility of drilling rigs being stationed on every vacant spneo and in the back lots of home* has made the city council pass ordinance's that will Insure safety for property, if, as some people believe, a great pool of either oil or gas underlies the city the excitement should pale anything that has gone before. Community wells arc being considered, property owner* “chipping in" to defray the expenses of sinking wells. Gas wells right in the heart of a great city would !>e immensely profltable. All the expense of piping and other worries Incidental to the buslncsss would be eliminated. And all the time .Mr. Consumer smiles He knows it will help to keep hi cooking and heating bills down to a minimum If gas comes in. And maybe he can get the chance to take a "flyer” and collect divl dends on hts own gas consumption. Methods of Airmen to Find Their Way LONDON. Feb. 20. Enthusiasm ami Interest were displayed by a Juvenile audience at the Roys! Society of Arts when, under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical society, .Maj H. L. Wlm peris, R. A. F. delivered a. lecture on "How Airmen Find Their Way.” MaJ. Wimperis opened his lecture by asking the audience tft Imagine them selves In the middle of Hampstead Heath on a very dark night, when there were no lights. The only means by which they could find their way would be by a compass with a luminous dial, and a pedometer. The position of an airman was very similar. They had compasses in the air. which acted in the same man ner as land compasses; the pedometer was represented by a tiny instrument with a wide gangue arrangement, which Indicated the speed ut which the aero plane was traveling. “When the K-34 was flying the At lantic,” said the lecturer, “she traveled some hundreds of miles further than sbo would have had to had she kept to a straight course, /’omlng back she covered SCO fewer miles." Replying to his own query: “Why did they not keep to the straight course?” Maj. Wimperts said Hie wind had been "gainst them on the, out ward Journey, and with them on the return. Tbe wind played a great part In air navigation. STEAMSHIP TICKETS Ask Our Steamship Ticket Department for Literature, Sailing Dates, Cabin Plans, Etc. ALL LINES REPRESENTED. TOURS—CRUISES—TRAVEL INFORMATION Fletcher American Company FLETCHER AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK BUILDING. - BFire and Burglar Proof Safes and VanltOoors Real Fireproof Filing Safes In Five Sizes From 20x30 to 40x00 Inside. These axfes tan be equipped with any steel tiling system. A com plete line of office fnrniture ard equipment. Aetna Cabinet Company Display rooms 321-3S# W. Maryland St., Indianapolis INDIANA DAILY TIMES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1920. NATIONAL BANK GAINS STRIKING Advance From $4,500,000,000 to $22,500,000,000 in 20 Years. WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.—Growth of the nation’s banking power and tbe wide distribution of wealth among the people is revealed by figures made public by the controller of the currency, based upon an analysis of national bank returns from all districts. Present-day banking meth ods have produced a wider diffusion of wealth and credit to all section, Con troller Williams stated, and money strength is no longer concentrated In eastern financial Institutions, as was the case twenty years ugo. In twenty years the national banks have increased their resources from $l - to §22.500,000,000, the controller said. Tbe figures presented show' to what extent the banking power of the country has been decentralized. TweDty years ago the money power was mainly centered In the east, the national banks In New England and eastern states hold ing about 00 per cent of the resources of all national banks. The proportion of resources in those states to the resources of all tbe national banks Is now only 46 per cent SOUTHERN BANKS SHOW INCREASES. "Huge increases, both actual and com parative. ate noted in returns from south ern banks. Total resources of all na tional banks in fourteen other states have jumped from $.'548,000,000 In 1.899 to more than §3,000,000,000, an estimated In crease of 889 per cent. Resources of national banks in the middle western states have increased §5,333,000.000. or 363 per cent, with the proportion of their resources as com pared with all other banks now standing at 24 per cent. Resources of the western banks increased $1,025,000,000. or s>oo per cent, in twenty .'eats. Twenty years ago llieso banks held onTv t per cent of the total resources of nil linuks. Pacific coast state banks have shown an Increase In resources of or 1,340 per cent. Every state in the union showed In creases in resources of national banks, except the state of Rhode Island. Some remarkable comparisons are of fered by the bank returns. National banks In Massachusetts alone hold re sources equal to nearly one-fourth of the resources of all national banks In States twenty years ago. TWELVE BANKS’ RECORDS OFFERED. The national bunks of Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma now have greater assets than the combined resources of all na tional banks In New York, Illinois and California, including the metrdopoiitan cities, twenty years ago. Resources of Ohio. Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wfs cousin, Minnesota and lowa banks today exceed the total resources of all banks in the country In 1900. National banks in southern states, with Maryland, District of Columbia. Missouri and Oklahoma added, today have re sources In excess of those held twenty Years ago by all the national banks in the country. Twelve states whose national banks have shown greatest actual Increase, in dollars, in resources in the twenty-year period, are: New York. $4,358,000.01X1; Pennsylvania. $1,842,000,000; Illinois, $1,217,000,000; California, $1,000,000,000; Texas $860,00,000; Ohio, $743,000,000; Mis souri 3743,000,000; Minnesota. $568,000,000; Massachusetts. $515,000,000; New Jersey, §423,000,000: Virginia, $306,000,000; Okla homa, $357,000,000. BLAST REVEALS GOLD TREASURE Dutchman's House Wreckea, Old Box Comes to Light. AMSTERDAM. K*-b. 20. A terrible ex plosion, with a strange sequel, has oc curred at Gorlnchem, in Geldcrlscd. Tbe family of Dirk Wonterzoon. a pro vision dealer, was seited at dinner when there was a terrific explosion. The room was Tent as by an earth quake, and part of the celling and wains cotin? fell with a loud crash on the din ers, two of whom were crushed to death under the weight, while Wonterzoon him seif and a child of 6 were seriously in jured. Wonterzoon, on being examined at the hospital by a magistrate, stated that he had purchased a quantity of high ex plosive* from a German soldier, adding that the price asked was so low that h* could not resist such a bargain. Later, on a search being made by the police for further explosives, it was die covered that the collapse of an old party wall had brought to light an o.tk box filled with gold and silver coin dating from the early sixteenth century and val ued at more than §500.000. The treasure was temporarily placed under the charge of the prefect of police. Town Debates How to Raise Fire Ladder WELLESLEY, Mass, IVb. 20. Wel lesley, where pretty college girls abound, Is today debating the relatlveJy simple question of how a fire ladder should be raised. The problem arose at a fire In the postofflce building, when It took the firemen eighteen minutes to get n ladder to the top of the building. The chief being absent, every one gave orders, and the result was something like Babel. While the discussion raged the flrp ex tended itself. Citizens tried to settle the argument, hut. the firemen would not raise tbe ladder until they had a mu Jority vole on the proper method. FOOD REGULATOR TELLS OF TRIALS Some Thought Power Great, Others Sneered at Him. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20.—The trials of the food administrtor as well as ihe fun in the job are told in a report filled here by one of the men who had charge of one of the country districts of the state. “Some people thought the food admin istration had charge of everything,” the report stated, “even to the keeping of chickens out of war gardens.” There were others who made drastic re quests upon the administration and eonld no| understand why tbejf were refused. Among these the report mentions "one person who wanted 100 pounds of sugar for fifteen gallons of apple butter; an other who had to have five pounds of sugar every month or she would die." The report tells of the rumors of sick ness from eating substitute war bread, which went the rounds, and how one phy sician, a foreigner, waa giving his pa tients a prescription calling for pure flour. “The grocers asked me about it,” the report goes on, “so I wrote to the phy sician. He wanted to know if he was to let his patients die for the want of pure wheat bread. T told him to send them back to the old country, where they’d get no wheat bread at all, and they would get better without a doctor.” “On my first visit into a certain store," the administrator said, T told the keepei who I was and what was expected in recard to sales, etc. He took offense and ordered me out of his place. He told me ha had been in business for ten years, and he was not taking any orders how to run his business. “He grabbed me, and as 1 did not re sist, out I went. He shook bts list at me and told me never to come back. How ever. 1 went hack four weeks later, and to my astonishment I found the place vacant. Upon investigation I learned (hat the man had found out that I was ‘the food man,’ as he called me. and he got alarmed and sold out bis business.” There were a series of amusing ex periences in one of his boroughs which resulted in *950 In fines being paid over to the Red Cross. The administrator was ’ tipped” by a foreign grocer to the fact that his competitor across the street was selling flour without substitutes. The competitor was apprehended and paid a fine of §IOO. “If I pay, everybody pays,” said the man as he gave bis check to the Red Cross, and from then on he spied on every grocer In the place. His hard est task was to land tbe man who “tip ped” him. but finally he detected him Helling potatoes and marking the bags “cornmea!.” Death Well Nearly Claims New Victim LONDON. Feb. 20.—Viewing the an cient well at Lumley castle, where tradl tlou has It the local barons used to drown unwelcome visitors In the middle ages, Arthur Fisher, sightseer, fell down and narrowly escaped drowning. Safe Securities! Tax Exempt! To Yield 6%! We own and offer, with our recommendation, subject to prior sale $300,000.00 Morris Howard Realty Company Incorporated under the laws of Indiana, Jan*. 30, 1920. 6% TAX EXEMPT PREFERRED STOCK (Legally exempt In Indiana from local and state taxes; also from normal Federal Income tax.) DATED FEB. 1, 1920 SHARES, SIOO.OO Dividends payable at the rate of IV" per cent. quarterly, on February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. Optional at 102 per cent, of par and accrued dividends at any dividend paying date. Legality of issue passed upon by our counsel, Smith, Remster, llorubrook & Smith, attorneys of Indianapolis. This stock will be redeemed serially, in from 1 to 15 years, as follows: $20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1921 $20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1928 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1922 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1929 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1923 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1930 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1924 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1931 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1925 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1932 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1926 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1933 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1927 20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1934 $20,000.00 due Aug. 1, 1935 PRICEIOO AND ACCRUED DIVIDENDS FROM FEB. 1, 1920, TO NET 6% CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF FACTS CONCERNING THIS ISSUE 1. The company owns, in fee simple, 16 acres of land in the city of Indianapolis, bounded on the North by Morris Street, on the West by Harding Street, on t!is> south by Howard Street and on the East by the Belt. Railroad and the Indianapolis & Vincennes R. It. This land has been appraised by Mr. John J. Appel, our real estate appraiser, at $50,000.00. 2. The Realty Company has contracted with the Bedford Construction Company for the erection on this land of a reinforced concrete and glass factory building to be five stories in height, 340 feet in length and 80 feet in width, affording practically 150,000 sq. ft. of floor space. Construction is to be started immediately. Tbe cost of this building will be approximately $450,000.00. 3. The Realty Company lias contracted to leas' this new factory building for a period of 15 years from Feb. 1, 1920, to S. M. Rixbv & Cos. Inc., for the manufacture of “Bixby’s” fine shoe polishes, in which business this company has been engaged since the y ar 1860. 4. The lease, calls for the payment of a rental by S. M. Bixby & Cos. Tnc. to the Morris Howard Realty Cos. in an amount sufficient to enable it to pay all taxes, insurance, repairs and other charges against the property and also to pay the dividends on this issue of preferred stock and to redeem same at the dates fixed for redemption. NOTE: Although only offered to the public on Feb. 16, 1920, a considerable part of this has already been taken by our customers. Owing to the close proximity of March 1, tax listing time, the especially attractive features of this issue and the popularity of tax exempt real estate securities issued on the “J. F. Wild plan,” we expect this to be entirely sola within the next few days. Write, wire, ’phone or call for complete details. Ask for Circular No. 312. We also have other Tax Exempt 6 Preferred Stocks to offer you at this time, i Orders may be telephoned or telegraphed at our expense. J.F.WILD SicOMPANY 123-125 E. Market St. Indianapolis STOCKMEN ACT FOR EFFICIENCY Plan Service Organization to Look After Interests. Creation of a service department to look after the interests or live stock Croducers at the Indianapolis stock yards j being considered by the live stock committee of the Indiana Federation of Farmers’ Associations, it was announced yesterday by LewisN Taylor, general sec retary of the federation. "The stockmen feel that they are en titled to maintain some sort of super vision-over their interests in a market to which they sell about $159,000,000 worth of produce In a year,” said Mr. Taylor. The plan considered at a meeting of the committee yesterday provides for joint supervision with buyers over all weights; Investigation to prevent cattle and ho? shipments being delayed to the detriment of the owners, to Insure prompt feeding and watering of stock and to provide other safeguards for producers. The committee’s plan will be laid be fore the board ~t directors of the fed eration at a meeting here next Tuesday. John G. Brown, president of the fed eration. Is chairman of the live stock committee. WHOLESALE FEED PRICES. (Acme-Evans Cos.) Ton Rax. Cwt. Ac bran §50.50 §2.55 Ac feed 52.50 2.65 Ac midds 58.50 2.95 Ac dairy feed 74.00 3.75 E-Z-Dairy feed 58.75 3.00 Ac H. & M .... 68.00 ’ 3.45 C. O. A- R. chop 58.25 2.35 Ac stock feed 55.75 2.85 Ac farm feed 59.75 3.05 Cracked corn 66.50 3.35 Ac chick feed 72.50 3.65 Ac scratch 69.50 3.50 E-Z-Scratcb 67.00 3.40 Ac dry mash 69.50 3.50 Ac hog feed 67.00 3.40 Ac barleycorn 69.50 3.50 Ground harley 77.50 3.90 Ground oats 68.00 3.45 Homlik white 67.00 3.40 Rolled barley 77.50 3.00 Alfalfa mol 59.00 3.00 Oil meal 86.00 4.35 Cottonseed meal 80.00 4.05 GRAINS. Shelled corn, 2-bu sacks, bo §1.70 Oats, 3 bu sacks, bu LO7 FLOUR AND CORN MEAL. E-Z-Bake, basis 98 pound cotton sacks, barrel §14.00 Corn meal, 100-pound cotton sacks, net £.93 Swiss Fear Influx of War Criminals GENEVA, Feb. CO.—Former Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and Gen. von Buelow, both of whom are on tbe aftled extradition list, are now residing in Switzerland. There is great fear here that otwc German nationals on the list will cross the frontier Into Switzerland, thus plung ing tbe Swiss government into serious extradition difficulties similar to those of Holland. A movement la afoot here to refer the whole question to The Hague Tribunal. Housewives’ Market The following prices are the general pieces charged at the city market ob tained by striking an average of prices charged at various stands: Apples, choice, per lb § .05© 10 Asparagus, bunch 10(315 Bananas, dozen 20Q3C Beans, stringless, lb .35 Beans, navy, lb ‘ .11 Beans, lima, lb .18 Beans, Colo, pintos, lb JO Beets, 1b... ’ .10 Brussels sprouts, box .25 Carrots, 2 1b5.... .15 Cabbage, ib ~.. .10 Cauliflower .25&35 Celery, bunch 10@15 Cranberries, lb .07% Cucumbers, hothouse, each 35®40 Eggplant, each .35 Grapes, imported, ib .50 Grapefruit, each 07%@16 Lemons, per daz ,23@30 Lettuce, leaf, per lb .25 Head lettuce, each 10(315 unions, lb 06© 50 Onions, Bermuda, lb 05@07% Onions, green, bunch .10 Parsnips, lb .10 Parsley, per bunch .05 Peas, shell, green, lb .25 Pineapples, each 50@40 Potatoes, peck SO Pears, Anjua, lb .25 Peppers, green, each .05 Potatoes, 4 lbs .25 Radishes, 3 bunches .10 Rhubarb, bunch JO Rice, lb 18 Rutabagas, each 10<gl5 Spinach, lb .15 strawberries, pt box .75 Turnips, 2 lbs .25 MEATS. Lamb chops, lb .50 Leg of lamb, per lb 40@45 Boiled ham, per lb .75 Smoked bam, per lb 40@50 Round steak, per lb .35 Fresh beef tongue ~30 Smoked beef tongue 40(345 Roast beef -25@30 Flank steak .30 Beef tenderloin 50 Pork chops .35 Pork tenderlol .65 Pork tenderloin .60 Porterhouse steak 40(345 .Chuck steak 2.8(330 Boiling beef IS@2O Bacon 40(g60 Loin steak .35 Hama, whole .30 Lard, lb .27% Lamb stew .15@25 Spareribs, lb .25 Shoulders, fresh beef .30 Shoulders, fresh pork .27 Beef liver .15 Veal chops 55(340 _ Veal steak 50 Calf liver 50@35 PRODUCE. Hens, full dressed. Id 50 Frys, dressed, lb .55 Ducks, dressed, lb .50 Geese, full dressed, lb .55 t - u< ess il. each .45(350 Eggs, fresh select, doz 58(360 Butter, creamery, lb 66(372 CLEVELAND FRODCCE. CLEVELAND, Feb. 20.—Produce: But ter —Creamery, in tubs, extra. 68%@69c; extra first, f16%@67e; firsts, 66%@67c; prints, lc higher; seconds, 64@65c; packing, 45246 c. Eggs—Northern extras, 59c; extra firsts, 59c; northern firsts, new cases, 56c; old cases, 85c; southern and western firsts, new cases, 56858 c; refrigerator ex tras, 49@50c. Poultry—Light fowls, 36@SSc; heavy grades, 40243 c; roosters, old, 23©24c; springers. 37ff38c; heavT grades, ducks. 36@38c; geese, 30@35c; turkeys, 35®40e. COTTON DROPS J AFTER OPENING Offerings From South Fill Up| Buying Orders. ’ NEW YORK, Feb. 20.—The cotton mar ket waa Irregular at the opening today and first prices were 1 to 7 points lower on near and 3 to 18 points higher on late month*. There was a disposition among shorts to cover over the holidays, and this, with strength in Sterling exchange. Imparted steadiness to the list. The demand was supplied by offerings from the south, which eventually filled up buying orders and prices reacted,, showing a net lots of 10 points at thM end of the first 15 mthntes. M LIVERPOOL, Feb. 20.—Spot qniet; prices easier; sales. 6,000 bdHr American mid fair. 35 76d ; good ' 32.7fid; fully middling. 31.76d: mlddM 30.5!d; low mid, 27.46d; good 24.25d ; ordinary, 23.26d. Futures were quiet. Grain Association Will Meet Feb. 26-27 LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 20.—An nouncement has been made that the fourth annual convention of tbe Farm ers’ Grain Dealers’ association will be, held in Lafayette Thursday aud Friday. Feb. 26 and 27, and an attendance of several hundred members and other per sons Interested In co-operative grain ele vators is expected. The sessions will be held st the Fow ler hotel with J. S. Minch of Chalmers, president of the association, presiding. C. E. Barracks of Anderson 1* first rice president: Homer Frazier of Lafayette, second vice president; W. J. Little of Remington, treasurer, and E. G. Mc- Collum of Wolcott, secretary. RETAIL COAL PRICES. Prices on coal delivered at curb. Extra charge for service when additional labor Is required: Indiana Lluton, No. 4, lump § 6.75 Indiana, No. 5, lump 6.73 Indiana egg and nut 6.75 Indiana mine run 6.00 Indiana nut aud slack 5.50 Brazil block 8.00 West Virginia splint lump 8.50 Kentucky eastern lamp 850 Pocahonta* shoveled lump 10.00 Pocahontas mine run 8.50 Pocahontas net and alack 8.00 By-product coke, all slzca 11.25 Anthracite, all sizes 13.00 Blossbnrg, smithing 10.00 West Virginia Cannel lump 11.00 Illinois lump, Harrisburg 750 Hocking Valley lumn 8.50 Coal and coke at yard. 50c per ton less. Kindling with coal, 15c a bundle; sep srate delivery, 10 bundles, §2. Charcoal. 20 lbs to bushel, wagon lota, 45c bushel; small lots. 50c bushel. The following prices are paid for poultry by local dealers: —Extra Service Charges— -75c per ton dumped and wheeled extra man. §1 per ton wheeled from wagon by driver. V §1.25 bags per ton ground floor. §l5O bags per ton carried into cellar. LOCAL HIDE MARKET. Green Hides—No. 1,22 c; No. 2,21 c. Green Calves —No. 1,50 e; No. 2, 48%c. Horsehides—No. 1. sl3; No. 2, §l2. Cured Hides—No. 1. 25c; No. 2. 24c.