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VOL. xxxn. NO. 260.
Marks 3 Policemen for Death;
Accused of Slashing Wife
of Colored Detective.
Henry “Hell Cat" Thomas’ brother
is in Indianapolis to avenge the
death of Thomas, according to the
police today.
He is known as “Bear Cat" Tolbert.
Already menacing reports have
reached police headquarters.
“Bear Cat” threatens to kill lal po
licemen who took part in the pistol
duel late Thursday afternoon in
which his brother was killed after he
mortally wounded Sergt. Maurice
Police arc nervous ami watchful.
“He must be caught. <leail or alive.”
they sty.
A dragnet is spread over the negro
When lie was reported to have been
seen in the vicinity of Indiana avenue
end the canal at 10 o’clock this morning
a score of police were dispatched to the
Two “fast wagons’’ carried squads of
armed officers.
One negro was taken to headquarters.
He answered the description of “Bear
Cat.” but proved an alibi.
Lieut. Herbert Fieteher and Detectives
Sneed and Trabue have been "marked"
by the negro, it is claimed.
"Bear Oat” Tolbert has toid persons
la the colored neighborhood that be will
The slashing of Mrs. Sneed, -wife of
Detective George Sneed, colored, in her
home yesterday morning is laid to Tol
When detective roll cAll was held this
, morning a picture of “Bear Cat" was
shown to each man.
“He’s the fellow you must watch for
today—bring him in,” were the instruc
Police and detectives are reluctant to
give out information about the arrival
here of the supposed new terrorist.
One negro says he knows “Hell Cat's”
. brother, and says he is the man who
robbed him yesterday. He told bis story
to Detective Hanks.
Other informants have confided in the
officers the threats made by the in
vader. He means business, they de
The pistol duel with "Hell Cat”
Thomas was one of the most sensational
In the history of criminals in the city.
Thomas, defiant and menacing, had
threatened to kill any policeman who
tried to arrest him. He “broke loose”
after his home was raided of $5,009 worth
of loot and his wife arrested. He was
wanted in connection with several rob
beries here.
After writing a letter to Detectives
and Trabue, who were instrumental
bringing about his wife's arrrest. in
which he said he would kill them if
they did not free bis wife, he eluded ar
rest for several days
4 The two detectives found him shortly
before 3 o'clock in the vicinity of Twelfth
and West streets. They trapped him in
an alley.
The emergency was railed. Sergt.
Murphy led the squad. Before he knew
It a pistol in “Hell Cat’s” hand was
(Continued on Page Four.)
Tuscany Province Racked, but
Damage Believed Slight.
LONDON, March 9.—Earthquake shocks
were felt throughout Tuscany. Italy, to
day, said a Central News dispatch from
Many persons fled from their homes,
but tbe damage Is believed to be slight.
Tuscany is a department in north
western Italy bordering the Mediterran
ean sea. It contains a number of in
dustrial centers, chief of them being
Florence, Leghorn, Pisa and Pistoja. The
surface In the interior Is mountainous.
Invade Downtown Baltimore
and Rob Jewel Shop.
BALTIMORE, March 9.—Automobile
bandits, operating in broad daylight
op the busiest thoroughfares in tb:>
shopping section here today smashed
the big plate glass window of James
Armiger & Cos., Jewelry store, cleaned
tbe window of thousands of dollars’
worth of diamonds, shot and seriously
wounded a man who attempted to pre
vent their get-away and escaped int their
waiting automobile.
West Virginia Senator Seeks
to Save Day for Cause.
CHICAGO, March 9.—State Senator
Jesse A. Bloch of West Virginia left here
by special train at noon today to save
woman suffrage in his state from a dead
Bloch took tbe train instead of a prof
fered airplane when his wife objected to
tbe danger of the aerial trip.
Bloch said he would reach Charleston.
W. Va., in time to vote to ratify the
suffrage amendment.
Great Britain Winks
at Daniels^Statement
LONDON, March 9.—Officials here to
day generally were inclined t© regard the
recommendations of Secretary Daniels
for a greatly Increased American navy
unless the United States enters the league
of nations as "designed for home con
The Westminster Gazette asserted that
Great Britain does not propose to com
pete with the United States in naval con
struction “because we do not regard the
United States aa a possible enemy.”
Published at Indianapolis,
Ind., Daily Except Sunday.
Booze Is Dead Issue and Can't
Be Revived, Says Sen. Sheppard
Author of the National Prohibition Amendment Resolution-
Prohibition as a political issue is so dead that wets who are
trying to revive it will be unable to make even a respectable im
pression at either the republican or democratic convention.
No one need he worried by the present wet flurry—the at
tempt to revive a political corpse. It is hopeless. The agitation
represents no change in sentiment —no weakening of the Amer
ican people on the eighteenth amendment.
It is all noise and clamor, originating with and confined to an
irreconcilable minority.
This minority represents certain wet elements that do not
recognize the truth that the liquortraffic is dead beyond resur
rection. They will be unable to make even a respectable im
pression in either national convention.
Alarm Created by U. S. Su
preme Court's Ruling on
Valuation Basis.
Possibility of rate increases of pearl.,
1(0 per cent for all poblle utility oper
ators in Indiana is seen in the decision
of the Fnlted States supreme court up
holding the “reproduction nevs" as the
valuation basis for fixing railroad rates,
pxperts of the public service commission
said today.
The decision was made in the case of
the Kansas City Southern railroad
against the interstate commerce commis
sion. According to press dispatches front
Washington, the supreme court held that
the present value of physical property
of the railroad should be accepted as
the basis for determining rates.
estimated cost
In most cases physical property of rail
roads, street car, telephone, electric light
and power and gas companies of the
country would cost nearly double their
original values if reproduced today.
Property value is the largest item con
sidered in rate fixing. Other items are
operating cost and percentage of profit.
From the valuation must be deducted
tbe amount of depreciation.
In fixing the new schedule of rates for
Bell Telephone companies operating in
Indiana the public se'rvlce commission
recently refused to accept tbe “repro
duction new" basis offered by the com
pany. but based the new rates on the
reproduction values of companies' va
rious physical properties throughout a
period of five years. Many other rate,
cases have been decided by the commis
sion on the same basis.
Conditions similar to those created in
Indiana by the basis established by the
supreme court exist in Yarious other
states. —e
T.ittle doubt is entertained by rate
experts here that the railroad decision
will he so far reaching as to .'street every
form of industry over which n govern
(Contlnued on Page Four.)
Accused in Treason Trial
Doesn’t ‘Let George Do It.’
PARIS. March 5k —Former Premier
Joseph Caillaux, on trial on the charge of
having treasonable dealings with the
enemy in wartime, evidently has decided
that being bis own lawyer Is'best and is
playing a powerful part In directing the
defense. At acute points in the proceed
ings he beckons to his counsel to be
seated and he himself arises and reads
important documents to the court.
“Excuse me. but I prefer to read this
myself," Is tbe defendant’s polite meth
od of putting bis attorneys in the back
Tbe accused statesman was as spick
and span and smiling as at the begin
ning of tbe trial when he faced the
judges this afternoon at the twelfth
session. Public interest, instead of de
creasing. has increased and the Judges
were overwhelmed with for
seats. Most of the requests came from
Newberry Defense
Attacks Testimony
GRAND RAPIDS. Mich., March 9. -
Attorneys for the eighty-five defendants
in the Newberry conspiracy trial de
voted much of today's trial session to
what probably will be a last effort at
direct attack upon government evidence.
The assault was concentrated upon the
testimony of Henry A. Montgomery, De
troit manager for Chase S. Osborn, that
Milton Oakman, county clerk and one
of the defendants, had told him he hid
received $20,000 in payment for New
berry campaign work.
Teachers to Wage Pay Fight
at Mass Meeting Next Week
School teachers of Indianapolis will hold a mass meeting in Caleb
Mills hall, Shortrtdge High school, next Monday, when demands for better
pay will he voiced.
Representatives of the federation will report on the conference held
with Superintendent Graff last week, when the teachers’ demands were
presented and on a conference held by representatives with the state board
of tax commissioners.
The school city of Indianapolis has not
reached the limit of its borrowing power,
in the opinion of Chairman Fred A.
Sims, chairman of the state tax board.
His opinion is contrary to that of
George C. Hitt, business manager for
the board of school commissioners, who
believes that the city can not legally
borrow money to grant city teachers a
S3OO bonus for this year.
A delegation representing the teachers
of Indianapolis, headed by Miss F.lsa
Huebner, president of the teachers' fed
eration, called upon the tax boatd to
obtain an interpretation of the iax Jaw.
Others on the delegation were Daniel B.
Carroll, Technical High school; Miss A.
Al. Locke and William F. Hlaor, for Em
merich Manual Training High School,
and Miss Zella O’Hair, for Shortridge,
and Miss Grace Turner, for the federa
Tbe teachers presented to Siperln-
Juirtatta Dail® Suites
Entered as Second Oiass Matter. July 25. 1914. at
Postofftce, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March 3, 187 9.
Maintenance Men
Vote Against Strike
WASHINGTON. May 9.—Allan Barker,
president of the Brotherhood of Main- ,
fenance-o^- Way Employes, today an
nounced here that his organization has
decided not to strike.
Want Extra Session
to War on H. C. L.
MADISON. Wls.. March 9 —Gov. E. L. '
Philipp today considered culling a R. j
C. L. session of the state legislature. ;
State organizations asked him to demand ;
cold storage and anti-profiteering legtsla- I
Plead Kidnaping as
Self Defensive Act
TOMBSTONE, Art*., March 9.—Kid- ;
naping in self-defense will be the answer :
of defendants in the Bisbee, Arts., de- j
portation trial. It was Indicated today. 1
Taking of evidence will be resumed to- 1
Bank Bandits Kill
One and Wound Two
KANSAS CITY. March 9.--Glen M.
Shawkey, cashier of tbe South S’de bank
was shot and killed and J. M. McEllls,
vice president, and .James Smith, a night
porter, were wounded la a gun battle
with three bandits who attempted to
bold up the institution today.
Engineers Invite
Guests to Meeting
Guests are Invited to the regular meet
ing and luncheon of the American As- ;
sociation of Engineers, Indianapolis
chapter, at the Chamber of Commerce j
tomorrow noon
Tbe local chapter announces that the;
nomination of H O. Garnian. chief en- |
gineer of the public service commission, !
for national director, has been scut to i
Worker, Crushed by
HeavyJLathe, Lives
Gene Calhoun, 22, of 840 North Me
ridian street, was crushed under u 794
pound lathe today and still 11 -es. At the \
City hospital it wa* said his back Is In
jured and he may have suffered Internal
. Calhoun is employed by the American
Railways Express Company The arcl
dent happened In the rear of 1019 North
Pennsylvania street.
Denies Fesier Out
of Republican Race
Ed Schmidt, campaign manager for
James W. Fesier. candidate for tbe re
publican nomination for governor, today
denied a story circulated at Evansville
to tbe effect that Mr. Fesier bad with
drawn from the primary contest. An
Evansville newspaper had asked for-con
firmation of the report.
“That is Just another one of those
stories being circulated by the enemy,"
he said. "Mr. Feeler will not withdraw
from the primary race until May 4 when
he will be the nominee. He will be In tbe
race until that time unless he dies."
Local Forecast—Fair and warmer to
night, with lowest temperature S3 to 10
degrees; Wednesday fair with moderate
a- m 30
7 a. m :;o
S a. jr.
9 a. m as
10 a. m 43
11 a. 41
12 (noon) 4
1 P. m 49
2 P- m 5i
Sun sets today, 5:45; rises tomorrow,
6:06; sets, 5:46.
One year ago today, highest tempera
ture, 39; lowest, 29.
Additional weather reports on market
teudent Graff a request for a S3OO boons
for every school teacher In tbe city and
for other change.? lu the salary schedule,
last Saturday, and were told the bonus
could not be given because of the
financial situation of the school city.
The hoard of school commissioners
has authority to petition for a temporary
loan with which to raise the money
needed for the teachers, the delegation
was Informed. Mr. Hitt says that the :
city has borrowed to its constitutional
debt limit. The estimated taxes to be
collected is $1,300.00(1. and $575,000 has
been borrowed, according to him. Mr.
Sims says the city still can borrow on
the tuition fund, which will be approxi
mately $900,000 this year. The law pro
vides only that the school city may not
borrow more than one-third of the esti
mated revenue for the school city's
“special fund.”
1317 North Senate Avenue
Public Gambling House,
but What of It?
Rufe Page and John Overton are
still operating a poolroom at 1317
North Senate avenue.
' Their license has not been re
voked by Mayor Jewett, despite his
recent promise to revoke the li
censes of operators of poolrooms
■who have violated the law.
At least three have resulted
in Judicial recognition of the place ns a
public gambling house.
The letter of Mayor Jewett to Judge
Pritchard |n which he declares be will
revoke the license of poolroom operators
who have been convicted of Inw violations
calls attentions to the fact that when the
police made their most recent raid on
the Page place they overlooked, either in
tentionally or unintentionally, a most
obvious violation of the law.
The raid was made at 3 o’clock Sun
day morning, March 1, and twenty-three
negroes and one w hite man were arrested.
Later all were released because the police
produced no evidence of gambling. They
did however, produce conclusive evi
dence that there were twenty-four per
sons In the poolroom at 3 o'clock In the
morning. This was a direct violation of
the law and yet no charge was made
against either Page or Overton for such
Here is the inw on the subject as found
In Sections 7 and 8 of the municipal
code :
“Prohibited hours. No person who
Rhail keep or operate any billiard or
pool table under a license issued by the
city shall permit any person to play bil
Hards or pool on such table, or permit
any person In the ro- t In which such
table is kept, between tbe hours of 12
o'clock, midnight, and •> o'clock a. rn,
"Penalty. Any person violating either
of the foregoing two sections shall, upon
conviction, be fined In any sum not ex
ceeding $50.”
The other section referred to ts Sec
tion 6. which requires poolrooms to lie
licensed. According to records iu the of
fice of the city controller. Robert Page
and John Overton paid a license Jan. 13,
1920. for tbe operation of three tables.
The mayor has not only not revoked
the license of the place operated by Page
and Overton, but he has not revoked any
poolroom licenses lu hl letter to Judge
Pritchard he said;
"It has been called to my attention
that several persons holding poolroom
licenses hate been convicted tn yonr
court of gaming and other offenses.
"On your recommendation, persons
holding poolroom llceuses who have ljeen
convicted In yonr court, and whom you
deem unworthy Os holding atjch license*
In the city, will be Investigated, and
if the facts are sufficient. I will immedi
ately woke any such licence."
F.ither Judge Pritchard did not deem
any poolroom proprietor unworthy of
holding a liceuse, or Mayor Jewett did
not find the facts sufft-len! to Justify
the revocation of any license. It appears.
Wires Flat Denial of Story of
Congressional Race.
Lew Shank is not a candidate for con
gress or for any other office. He made
this plain today in a telegram to The
“Not a candidate for office. Will be
home next week.” Mr. Shank wired from
Hot Springs, Ark.
The telegram was in reply to state
ments made by certain republican news
papers that Mr. Shank would be a candi
date for congress on a wet platform
and that he would make an announce
ment on his return to Indianapolis.
The story stated that Mr. Shank was
“said by friends" to have decided to seek
the nomination on a wet platform. It
added that Mr. Shank expects to rally
around himself the members of the home
rule party, whose candidate he was in
the city election of 1917, and that he ex
pects to give Impetus to his campaign
by declaring himself in favor of the
return of booze.
Three Democrats Ask Names
Be on Primary Ballot.
Four candidates for congress were
among those who filed petitions with the
secretary of slat" today asking that
their names be placed on the primary
ballots. They arc:
At niter J. Wakefield, Grant, Greene
county, democrat.
William D. Rioketts, Rising Bun,
Charles F. Howard. Windfall, democrat.
Oscar E. liland. Linton, republican.
The following candidates so- the leg
islature filed petitions with the secretary
of state:
Noble Malott, republican, Tunnelton,
state representative; George *H. James,
republican, Clay county, state representa
tive; William B. Cobalt, republican, Ko
komo, state representative; Alfred M.
Beasley, republican, Linton, state repre
sentative; .Tames J. Fagan, democrat,
Vigo county, state senator; Sam L.
Beecher, republican, Vigo county, state
The following tiled petitions with the
clerk of the Marion county circuit court:
William D. Wilson, republican, 1054 Con
gross avenue, state representative; Wil
liam J. Hourlgan, democrat, 1420 Nor
dyke avedue, committeeman Sixth pre
cinct, Fourteenth ward; Murray Huce,
republican, 3115 Northwestern avenue,
ccmmitteeman Seventh precinct, Fourth
ward; Ray Lawson, republican, 843 Park
avenue, committeeman Fifth precinct,
Eighth ward: Alfred I’. Ferguson, repub
lican, Senate hotel, committeeman Sixth
precinct. Sixth ward; William A. Mur
phy, republican, 1200 Olsen avenue, com
ndtteeman First precinct, Fourteenth
ward; John Tynn, republican, 1079 West
McCarty street, committeeman Second
precinct, Fourteenth ward; David Cald
well, republican. Pike township, commit
teeman Second precinct, Pike township;
Floyd Levi Morris, republican, 2046 High-
Hays to Lose Out if Wood Nominated, Report
Communication Received by
A. C. Sallee Springs Sur
prise on Democrats.
Thomas Taggart today announced
his determination not to permit the
use of his name in the Indiana demo
cratic primaries as a candidate for
the United States senate.
His reasons for refusing to accept
a nomination that has been tendered
him by the unanimous desire of the
whole democratic party in Indiana
are contained in a letter which waa
received at Democratic headquar
ters this afternoon.
Mr. Taggart gave a* his reaion for
withdrawing in the following letter:
"My Dear Mr. Snllee —As chairman of
the democratic state committee, I desire
to make known through you to the democ
racy of the state my position In regard
to the senatorial race.
"Writing this letter Is the hardest po
litical task I have ever undertaken. The
democracy of [ndiana has always been
moat generous with me, In fact, every
personal wish that t have expressed po
Htlcallv that was within the power of
the party to confer upon me has al
ways been granted. That la what makes
this task so hard.
"In recent years I have tried to im
press upon my friends in the state that
1 was not seeking any office.
"Recently my name has been used by
my friends as a candidate for the l otted
States senntorshlp. A few week* ago I
stated through the public press that I
was not a candidate for senator, and
did not want the nomination. Notwith
standing the notice that I had given, pe
titions continued to b" circulated in my
behalf and on Tuesday, March 2. n pe
tition was filed with the secretary of
state, naming tne as a candidate for
Fnlted State* senator.
"I appreciate more fully than I ran ex
press In words this great honor, par
ticularly the compliment of receiving the
nomination to the highest office in the
gift of the people of the atate without
wot ld hi;
•Nothing could give me greater pleas
ure tbsn to serve my psrty In answering
this cal! were It not for the fact that I
do not feel physically able to undertake
this campaign.
"About two years ago I had a very
serious Illness which vsj only overcome
by the greatest of care and perfect rest
and In entering into a campaign snch as
I would desire to make in order to win,
f am afraid of a recurrence of my former
"For the reason mentioned above. I
must, therefore, respectfully but ur&entlv
request that my name be withdrawn aa
a candidate.
"In closing thta letter I want to ngatn
thank my friends for the great confidence
that they have reposed lu me and to as
sure you that there la nothing la my
heart but the kindliest feeling to every
human being.
"With additional assurance that any
thing I can do to help In the coming
campaign will be done with pleasure, I
beg to remain, yours very truly.
Interurban Hits Aulo and
Damages Second Machine.
Miss Genleve Hughel, 88 Whittier
place, narrowly escaped serious Injury
this afternoon, when an automobile she
was driving was struck by an Inbound
interurban car.
Miss lfughel was driving north In
Whittier place, in a light automobile,
and the tntrurban was going west. See
ing the approaching car too late to
avoid a collision, she turned to the left,
but the trolley side-swiped her auto,
sending It 'rashlng Into a large ma
chine owned hy C. L. Rlllinan of the
William B. Burford Company. Bill
man’s automobile was pushed over on to
the sidewalk and slightly damaged.
The steps were ripped from the front
of the Interurban oar, hut Miss Hughel's
auto was only slightly damaged. She
escaped Injury. Sergt. Huston and a
•squad from police headquarters iuvestl
gated the accident.
Two persons were injured when an In
bound Brookside avenue car crashed Into
the rear of a Central car headed the
same way at Massachusetts a'enue and
Delaware street this morning.
Claussan Plumber, 30. 1938 Tarker ave
nue, was cut about the face and bruised
and Milton S. Meier, 09, 2300 Brookside
avenue, suffered Injury to his left
Both were riding on the Brookside
car. Tbe impact threw Meier against
the side of the car, while Plumber was
struck by flying glass. There were no
.passengers on the Central car.
' James Neleis, 2322 Brookside avenue,
motorman on the Brookside car told the
police the window In his vestibule had
fallen down and that he was trying to
get It In place and did not know he
was so close being the Central car, which
was standing still waiting for the "g>"
signal at the intersection.
Reorganization May Let in
Clerical Party.
LONDON. March 9.—A “political crisis
has followed the ministerial conference
called by Premier Nitti of Italy,” said a
Central News dispatch from Romo today.
"It is expected that the cabinet, will be
reconstructed to contain members of the
clerical party.”
t-,,. ) By Carrier. Week, Indianapolis. 10c;
bubscriptlon Rates. j Elsewhere 12c . By Mail, 30c Per Month.
Mary Says She Won't Wed ‘Doug';
Got Divorce to Make Her Will
LOS ANGELKS, <*aT.. March 9.~Mary
Pfctford. : *AtHrlea’s 9wetheart,” Isn't
going to ftinrr'y Doug Fairbanks, hut
Dori’t they look Just too cute In the
picture ?
She said today she got her divorce
from Owen Moore so that she could make
her will.
And Mary, to substantiate this an
nouncement, has already outlined her
plan <-f distributing her wealth when
she dies.
It might be hard for the moving pic
ture loving public to Imagine “Little
Mary" even thinking of death, but that's
Just what abe'g doing.
of course should she enter Into an
other matrimonial alliance there natur
ally will be entanglements to ber will,
so we'll have to take her at her word.
Butler Students
Put College Honor
System Under Fire
The honor system of Butler college
was under tiro by students today.
Growlug dissatisfaction among some
students of tin* college w.th the con
duct of the student affairs committee
resulted in open attacks on the present
system, when the committee made a re
port in chapel today.
Some of the changes in the system
demanded hre:
That offenders against tlie students'
lan* be given public Instead of private
That names of offenders be published,
and evidence taken In “trial*" be made
That students oa a whole be giveu
more authority.
That supervision of class elections b*.
taken from control of the student affair*
Fnder the present honor system at But
, ler all students are placed upon their
honor, during examinations and at class
elections and at all other times. Each j
student is expected to report to the stu- j
dent affairs committee the name of any j
other • student whom he sees cheating,
during examination or violating any oth j
er college rule. The committee heurs
the case and prescribes punishment if j
the student is found guilty.
These hearings have all been in secret, I
and It Is charged that “politics” has j
been played in conducting the trials,
i Demands have been made that the stu- j
j dent affairs committee be abolished, j
j Changes in tbe constitution governing j
i the committee were suggested today by >
the students as a compromise. Two men j
and two women will be named by the j
president of each class as a committee I
to draw tip proposed constitutional j
changes, which will be submitted to the j
student body.
Among those who voiced the demands j
[ for changes in the constitution were Tel- I
j ford Orblsou, Truman Felt and Hope j
I Bedford.
Report on Findings in Indiana
Probe Expected Tomorrow.
The federal grand jury, which has been
conducting a sweeping investigation of
the coal Industry In Indiana since last
December, completed its work today and
will report to Federal Judge A. B. An- j
dersou probably at 2 o’clock tomorrow !
No information has been given out as
to the findings of the jury.
Fred A. Sims and L. Ert Slack, special
United States attorneys, have conducted
the investigation for the government.
The probe is said to have Included all
mining operations in the state, especial- j
ly during the war period, and the activl- i
ties of miners unions.
Explaining she said: "Every one has
b*r life to live, and mine Is only a
small part Tn this big world.
"Owen Moore and I tried to live ours
as man and wife, and failed. We sepa
rated long ago. We could not agree,
but there waa no ill feeling. The sepa
ration and unsettled marriage relations
caused tangled business problems. I
was married, yet not a wife. A divorce
decree offered tbe only way out. I was
opposed to this idea. I would not con
sent, Business worries grew and I still
held out. Finally they became so great
that I consented. I have made my wil,
ended my problems and am happy or
at least will be If the public will let
me alone and forgive me and forget
this incident la mj life.”
Loss $5,000 at Jones-Whitaker
Sales Rooms.
Fire that started in the demonstrating
room of the Jones-Whltaker Automobile
Sales Company. 133 West Vermont street,
at 2:30 o'clock this morning, caused a loss
estimated at $5,000.
Firemen give the cause of the fire as
defective wiring. Damage to the building
was estimated at SI,OOO. The room
usually is filled with automobiles, but
last night only four cars were in the
place. G. T. Whitaker, a member of the
firm, estimated the loss at $5,000, and said
it was covered by insurance.
A gasoline tank on one of the four
automobllees exploded and flaming gaso
line spread to all parts of the room.
Four new- automobiles were bndly dam
aged. Mr. Whitaker said tire fire would
not Interfere with business as it was con
fined to the room where the demon
strating cars are kept.
Rose Pastor Stokes
Granted New Trial
ST. LOUIS, March 9.—The case of Rose
Pastor Stokes, convicted in the federal
court In the western district of Missouri
of violating the espionage act. was re
manded for anew trial in the circuit
court of appeals here today.
Trail the Indians!
Eddie Ash
( Times' Sports Editor )
Early Wednesday morning
tbe Indianapolis hall club
leaves for sunny Florida to be
gin spring training. In a few
days the new men on the team
and the old-timers will be toss
ing the ball around, batting
’em out and getting In shape.
Ton’ll want to know what's
going on—the intimate, oloseup
This the Veteran Times’
sports editor will give you.
He'll be right there, weather
eye open. He'll give you the
“inside” stuff —first! He knows
the game, the players and, best
of all, what the fans want. So
if you want to keep posted on
the home team—
That’s the Gossip at Chicago
Meeting, but Confirmation
Can’t Be Obtained.
CHICAGO, March 9.—Ousting of
Will H. Hays as chairman of the re
publican national committee if Gen.
Leonard Wood gets the presidential
nomination, and the succession of
Frank H. Hitchcock into the job, to
run the presidential campaign for
the republicans, was freely predicted
today among party organization lead
ers following the arrival of Hitchcock
to take charge of the Wood cam
Denial that any such course was co*
templated was made loudly at Wood
headquarters, but among other leading
republicans attending the national com
mittee meeting the story constituted
their chief tld-blt of gossip. Mr. Hitch
cock remained in seclusion and could
not be seen to comment on tbe pre
Lowden backers today made tbe
-lalm that most of the uninstrueted
Missouri delegates are strongly back
of the Illinois governor's campaign. The
Pershing candidacy -was kept to the
foreground by the presence of Mark
Woods of Lincoln, Neb., who is direct
ing the movement to make the general
the republican nominee.
Appointment of temporary officers for
the republican national convention here
June 8 will be made in Chicago In
A call for the meeting of the repub
lican committee on arrangements, which
appoints the officers, is expected to be
issued within the next two weeks.
So far only two names have received
much attention for the chairmanship.
They are Senator Lodge, republican
leader in the senate, and Elihu Root,
former secretary of state.
Others mentioned for the chairmanship
were former Senator Joseph Dixon of
Montana and Senator Med ill McCormick
of Illinois.
Nearly every county In Indiana will be
represented at the conference with Gen.
Leonard Wood when he arrives In In
dianapolis Triday to speak at tbe Colum
bia eiuh and to confer with his managers.
Gen. Wood is expected to arrive at 7:30
o'clock Friday morning. He will visit Ft.
Benjsmin Htrrison in the morning, and
will speak at the Columbia club at noon.
In the afternoon he wiji confer with his
managers, and la the evening be will ad
dress a Masonic meeting In the Scottish
Rite temple.
The following special committee has
been appointed by John Ruckelshaus.
president of the Columbia club, to greet
the presidential candidate: Charles Mar
tlndale, William H. Thompson, Erasley
IV. Johnson. Richard Smith, Ernest
Rross, Louis L. Kiefer, George C. Hitt,
Harry Hendrickson. Charles W. Jewett,
Charles O. Roemler, Irving W. Lemaux.
Harry O. Chamberlain. Harry G Hogan,
Ebcn H. Wolcott. Wlllite A. Bastian,
Henry W. Bennett, William C. Bobbs,
Charles A. Bookwalter. Edmund M. Was
rnuth and Linton A. Cox.
LOS ANGELES, March Maj. Gen.
Leonard Wood has declined to allow hie
name to be submitted in tbe presiden
tial primary of this state, according to
A. G. Browne of the local Wood-for
i’resident club. It is stated the reason
is to avoid a three-cornered spilt In the
republican vote for Johnson, Hoover and
Big Display Shown at Annual
State Convention.
Shoes for both sexes, all ages and to
fi< all purses, are on display at the Clay
pool hotel today before delegates to' the
annual convention of tbe Indiana Retail
Shoe Dealers' association. Nearly three
entire floors of the hotel have been taken
v the shoe men.
Every manufacturer of consequence in
the country is represented. The conven
tion opened this afternoon with a
"school.” Julien Kiser of the Meyer-
Kiser bank delivered an address on “The
Banker as Your Business Partner”; Har
old Noble, accountant of the George J.
Marott store, spoke ou "Business Rec
ords,” and Frederic M. Ayres of L. S.
Ayres & Cos. spoke on “Methods of Com
This evening the convention delegates
will be guests at an automobile show
party and will ti*avel to the fair
grounds aboard a special car. Tomorrow
morning the time of delegates will be
devoted to examining the many exhibits
and buying. A business meeting will be
held in the afternoon. A banquet and
dance will be held in the Riley room to
morrow evening.
Two committees of women are provid
ing eutertainment for the women visit
ors to the convention. Mrs. C. E. Young
is chairman of the retailers' committee.
aDd Mrs. James B. Meek, of the travelers’
Victor E. Vaile, Kokomo, president of
the association, Is presiding at the con
vention. Other officers are: Frank E.
Gaines. Indianapolis, first vice president;
Pnu! S. Kuehn, South Bend, second vice
president; S. H. Cooper. Indianapolis,
secretary and treasurer; O. P. Nusbaum,
Richmond; John H. Miner, Frankfort,
and G. C. Gelssler, Evansville, directors.
SAN DIEGO, March 9.—lt is planned
here to establish a “tone system” for
undertaking parlors and crematories.
These establishments could be located
only in a certain dlatrlct unless 90 per
cent of the property owners In another
district consented to other location.

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