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Tonight, fair; Thursday probably fair with rising temperature. vOL. XXXII. CLEARING OF CLIENT I BEFORE GRAND JURY AMAZES ATTORNEYS < Stunned by Disclosures That Lawyer Wbs Able to Secure Freedom of Two Men—De mand Investigation. of the Indianapolis Bar KKoeiation are today expressing sir- Hpe and absolute disgust over the gg closures that followed the arrest W Rollinson. an attorney. Hr a charge of obtaining money tin ier false pretenses from Harry Par- Bons, alleged auto “fence." Bln jnstifioatu v of the receipt of a fee SI,OOO from Parsons and his brother, HoUinscn stated publicly that be had Hipeared before tin- Marion county zrnnd K. r; and “conducted a defense" of the B*r> Parsons before that body which was ■allowed by the release of one man and jw return of a faulty indictment against Hie other. H Rollinson said that he examined wit ■ eases In the grand jury room with Halph .Tones, deputy prosecutor present. Hid did so with the full knowledge and of Claris Adams, prosecuting at- Hrney. declared that he did not regard ■OO from ea-'h client as an exorbitant He for such services and he denounced charge of obtaining money under false pretense as a “frameup." REPUTABLE LAWYERS DEMAND INVESTIGATION. Reputable attorneys of Indianapolis, who assert that their profession is being placed in bad repute by such statements concerting the procedures tolerated by the criminal court, were today consider ing methods of forcing a complete public investigation of the Rollinson affair. They say that such proceedings as per mitting attorneys to appear in the grand jury room in defense of accused men are wholly Illegal and a breach of court ethics that constitutes a debauchery of the criminal court. The disclosures which Rollinson made in defense of himself are regarded as much more serious than the charges against Rollinson and attorneys say that they are substantiation of rumors which hare been current for some time as to the manner in which the county grand jury investigations have been conducted. COURT MADE OCT kOF GRAND JURY. agree that it is the province of H?l!R|rra nd jury to return indictments in cases where there is reaeon to believe the indictment can be sustained. It never has been the theory of Indiana law that indictments should only be re turned when there is no doubt of the guilt of the defendants. The appearance of attorneys for de fendants before the grand Jury trans forms that body into a court, and it is acknowledged by every lawyer or stu dent of law that the grand jury has no authority to try a case and determine whether or not a defendant is guilty. It is also argued that if attorneys for the defendants are permitted to appear before the grand jury, then attorneys for the prosecuting witnesses should he allowed to appear’ anif" If is conceded that such representation Is too prepos terous to be considered. The charges of Parsons to he effect that Rolllnson told him he paid the money received as a fee to officials of the city court are viewed in still another light. No one believes that Rolllnson made any such payments to the officials named. There is a difference of opinion as to whether Rollinson told that he did. In the interest of the good name of the two courts, however, attorneys de clare that there should be u complete not only of Parsons’ but also of Rolllnson’s admis sions. Confusion in names led to an error en the part of The Times in its refer ence yesterday to Herbert Hartman, who was mentioned b> Parsons in the police court proceedings that resulted In the arrest of Rollinson. Herbert Hartmau was not the man who was recently be fore Judge Pritchard on contempt pro ceedings. Fred Hartman, a brother ot Herbert, was sentenced to Jail for con tempt following an investigation of pro fessional bonding. JUDGE APPOINTED TO HEAR CHARGES Charles E. Cox, former judge of the ap pellate court, has been appointed by Wal ter Pritchard, judge of the city court, to hear the charge brought by Harry Par sons against Charles Rollinson, and the case has been set for Tuesday. The charge against Rollinson is that he received SBOO from Parsons under false pretense. Dan Brown Jr. Is understood to be appearing for Rollinson in the city court. BARES RED PLOT FOR U^.JJPRISING Lettish Air Chief Sends Paper Taker, from Spy’s Trunk. LONDON, Anril 14.—1 ieut. Col. Joseph Sfehliti. formerly of Lafayette escadrilie and now coraminder of the /lying forces of tho Lettish army, declared today that ho has knowledge that the Russian bol -d eviks have issued a call for “a red in America." to Lieut. Col Stehlin, a copy ct the proclamation has been sent ro Washington for observit'on by United State* government officials. Lieut. Col. Stehlin, whose home is at Sheepsheai Bay, X. Y., gave the fol lowing account of the affair: “Late In March, while on ’.he Lettish front, I saw a message that had been Bken from the false bottom of a trunk ••wned by a Russian courier. "The courier was shot as soon as the contents of the message became known. "The document wa= made np of three .losely tvpewritten pages on linen paper, and was addressed to ‘the bolshevik forces in America.’ “It declared that the time for propa ganda is now ended and that the mo ment has com" to strike. The procla mation said that bolshevism in Russia wonld be lost unless the bolshevik move ment got under way outside of Russia.” U. S. Admits Laborers to Sugarßeet Fields April 14. Pending tomhi*r action regarding the admission of laborers for agricultural pursuits. As sistant Secretary of Imbor Post this aft reoon Instructed the commissioner gen eral of Immigration to admit laborers frm Mexico and Canada for the ex clusive purpose of cultivating and har vesting sugar beet crops in Colorado, Wyoming. Utah, lowa and Nebraska. Provisions will be made for the return | rtf otioK luhAfcr* Published at Indianapo! g, Entered as Second Class Matter, July 25, 1914, at Ind., Daily Except Sunday. Postoffice. Indianapolis, Ind.. under act March 3, 1879. TO THE INDIANAPOLIS BAR ASSOCIATION: Charles W. Rollinson. a practicing attorney of Indianapolis, has publicly declared that with the knowledge and consent of (laris Adams, prosecuting attorney of Marion county, he ap peared with witnesses before the Ma rlon county criminal court grand Jury and there “conducted n defense” of two clients charged with receiving stolen property. He further declares that following his "defense - of these two client* os conducted before the grand Jury one client was freed and a faulty Indict ment returned against the other. Yob gentlemen, as reputable attor neys of this county bar, haring a high regard for the ethics and stand ards of your profession, ion not af ford to allow conditions to obtain In this county which make it possible for men accused of felonies to place their representatives In the grand jury room with the intention of defeating the very purposes for which tho grand jury Is maintained. You can rot afford to hare the courts wherein you practice de bauchrd and stultified In this manner. Yob can not afford to have the suspicion retained that It Is possible, in this county, by the use of money, to tnituence the deliberations of u grand jury charged with the investi gation of crime. You owe It to yourselves, to the com munity, to the courts, to the good name of Marion county to demand of James A. Collins, judge of the crim inal court, a complete end open in vestigation of this trilling with the means of justice in this county. Are you jealous, or ashamed, of your profession? SEIZE TWO BOYS ON ARSON CHARGE Admit Setting Fire to Barn on Greer Street. The boys were arrested early today ou tne charge of arson, following two fires last ntght in a barn in the re.ir of the home of Hugh Mascarl, SIS Greet street. It was assumed that the first fire was accidental, but when the firemen were called to the place again two hours later they notified the police. Motor Policemen Weddle and Lenlhan then arrested Kenneth Simon. 14. of 829 South East street, and William Reynolds, 13, of 342 East Norwood. The boys are said to have confessed to baring set fire to the barn “Just once.” Aged Woman 111 as Murder Trial Nears LAWTON. Mich., April 14.—Mrs. Sa rah Tah**TSM. charged with mcntlangtiter in connection with the death of her daughter, Maude Tabor Virgo, was suf ferlng today from a severe attack of in digestion here. ’ It was believed it will be necessary to postpone the trial scheduled to begin at Pawpaw Monday. City Employe Hurt in Fall From Wagon Charles Hulson, 52, a clt.' employe, living at 1446 South Talbott avenue, was severely bruised when he feell frm a weights and measures deonrtinent wagon in front of 524 Indiana avenue this morning. He refused Patrolman Nsyrocker's re quest that he go to the City hospital. Brought Back to Face Bad Check Charge Charged with passing a check for SIOO on the Fidelity Trust Company. W. E. Toohey. 84. arrested in Muncie, was brought back today by Detective Flaherty. He Is held on a lareeny charge. The affidavit against Toohey win stvorn oat Sept. 19. 1819. Gaby Desly’s .Jewels to JJe^Auctioned PARIS, April 14.—Gaby Desly’s Jewels, estimated worth $1,000,000, are to be auc tioned. Charity Head Quits JOHN H. HOLLIDAY. After twenty-five years of service as president of the Charity Organization society. John H. Holliday has relin quished the pciltlon. Mr. Holliday fostered The society from its inception. Directors have adopted resolutions praising his work. Mr. Holliday was to reHirn today from the soutn where he has spent the winter. He i* president of the Union Trust Company. The presidency of the society is as sumed by Evans Woollen, president of the Saving* sud Trust Conw Jtiftiatia H ailij (times LOWDEN BEATS WOOD BY 65,000 ILLINOIS VOTES State Primary Gives Big Vic tory to Native Son, Though Rival Gets Chicago. JOHNSON RUNS WELL i 1 CHICAGO, April 14.—Gov. Frank O. Lowden today is the winner of the presidential indorsement of the republicans of Uiinoit, his home state. His plurality in Tuesday's prefer ential primaries is more ihan 56.000, 1 according to the latest returns. I Gen. Leonard A. Wood, his nearest competitor, swept Chicago and tin rest |of Took county, nowever, by a plurality of 27,.'AT votes, in one of the most blttsc ! ly fought contests ever staged in CUi ! cago. . , i one of the big sensations of the day ; was the showing made by Senator i Ilirara Johnson. With his name absent from the bal lots. no less than 40.000 voters in Ccok county’s ten congressional districts alone wrote it in as their choice for president, a result unparalleled in the i history of Illinois politics. 1 DEMOCRATIC ANGLE •OF LITTLE INTEREST. The presidential angle o? the demo cratic primary was devoid of interest, as there were no avowed candidates. Votes were cast for W. U. McAdoo, Herbert Hoover. Gov. Edwards. At torney General Palmer, William J. Bryan and J. Hamilton Lewis. In the republican primaries the returns j from 3,248 r -%,'incts out of a total of I 5.600 preoln s in the entire state show j that Gov. Lowden polled 222,002 votes, 1 Gen. Wood, 157.868, and Senator John son. 43,826. This gives I.owden a plu ! rallty of 65,114 votes, and with this ns a baste it is figured that complete re turns will show him a winner by more than SO.OOO. The following are complete return* from the Cook county ten congressional districts, which Include Lake county: Candidate. Men. Women. Total. Wood ? -87 511 lS.Xffi 103.877 Lowden 64.245 14.000 78,344 Johnson 35,516 8,365 40AU Wood's plurality In Cook county, 27,- 533. I.owden's victory means that the 1111 uols delegation of fifty-eight to the re publican convention will be divided about as follows if all the delegates follow the preferential vote cast: For Low.l -ft. forty four: for Wood, seventeen: for Johnson, one DELEGATES AT LARGE YET TO BE NAMED. Eight delegates at large remain to !*e i. ainrd by the state G. O. f\ convention to lie held at Springfield, 'lay I>. They orobably *lll a bid" by the j. referential vote and Indorse Lowden. Another powerful factor enters lutu the situation, however, in the sweeping vic tory registered by Mayor Thompson and his eity hall machine in Chicago. The Thompson candidate* for ward committeemen won in all but one of the thirty-five wards of the city, a landslide. It is declared, that will insure Thompson the eoutroi of the U. O. I*. poll!I a! ma chinery *n the atste und bl* re election as republican uational comrattteemau. The return* indicating the mayor's victory were scarcely in before a re port was freely circulated by Ills sup porters that .Thompson would be the re publican "dark horse" candidate for the presidency. LURES TRAC HERS TO BACK TAX LAW Zoercher Tells Them Support May Help in Pay. Philip Zoercher. member of the state board of tax commissioners, has as smiied the role of schoolmaster to the school teacher* of Indianapolis. Officials of the Indianapolis Teachers' federation were duly Impressed by Ml. Zoercher at a conference held yesterday nfternoon betw-een members cf the state tax board, school city officials and teachers' representatives, tb.it they will be In much better grace with the tRX board when seeking favors If they view the Goodrich tax law in a kindly light Sir. Zoercher geutl.v intimated to the teacher* that the tax commissioner* fa vor an increase In teachers' pay and that the teachers In return should Instruct the school children of Indianapolis to appreciate the merits of the Goodrich tax law and that it Is the duty of all good citizens to pay tax on the full cash value of the property. The horizontal Increases of the tax hoard, which have Increased the taxable value of some property far beyond Its true cash value, were not discussed by Mr. Zoercher. During the meeting Mr. Zoercher read from a story printed in The Times, giving an account of a school board (Continued on Page Six.) ATTEMPT TO STAB CARRANZA FAILS Assassin and His Superior Army Officer Seized. AGFA PRIEIA, Mexico, April 14.—An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate President Carranza was made last Fri day In the latter’s executive mansion ot Mexico City, according to advices received here today. The 'would-be assassin was Ernesto Valdez, a captain In the federal army. The message declared Valdez, who was ill charge of a detachment of troops un der Gen. Benjamin G. Hill, tried to stab Carranza, but that he wag overpowerea and lodged in prison. Following the episode, Gen. Hill was arrested on a charge of “taking ton much interest in the presidential cam paign.” WE LOSE BUT YOU DO NOT ON noroiot of the paper shortaae. The Times has had to restrict the sire of its editions, printing 'no more pages than required to cover the nes of the day and give adver tisers limited representation. I ntil the railroads nan deliver czars shipped by the mills supplying The Times we must depend on such small quantities of paper as we have been able to buy in this part of the coun try—at 14 cents per pound. It Is necessary trmporarliy in eliminate some of the features, hut you will find all Hie news in The Times. In tact, th' is more news in n compart edition of The Times than in taixr.s three times its it. INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1920. Slain Man , Wife WILLIAM C. BRYAN. ’hHwm MRS. WILLIAM C. BRYAN. Bryan, who formerly conducted -an office at 318 American Central Life building. Indianapolis, was found slain In his office lu the First National Bank building, Chicago. Morniay night. .1 Ellsworth GrifflnViiUi bnsitusa asso ciate. is said to have admitted Ilryan was shot twliy while scuffling with him for possession of a revolver during a drunken qua rrs! Mrs. liryi.i told the Chicago detec tive- her liuTband and Griffin often dis agreed. SHOOTING LAID TO DRINK ORGY Griffin Says Bryan Was Slain in Office Scuffle. F.peclel lo The Times. CHICAGO. April 11.—J. Ellsworth Griffin today is charged with killing Wil liam C. Bryan of Indianapolis, his busi ness associate. Bryan was shot to death In the office of the two meq in the First National Bank building Monday night. Griffin told the detectives that a re mark passed by Bryan to Mrs. Bryan that "Griffin Is paralyzed drunk" led to a scuffle lu which the revolver was drawn. The prisoner claims it was while Bryan whs wrestling with him for the revolver that the fatal shot;-, were fired. Griffin presented a pitiable figure when questioned this morning. His pale-ldue eyes were bloodshot. There was a slight discoloration shove the right eye, where he is believed to have been struck in his fall. His sparse grsy hair was unkempt. FACE NETMED HY DRINK. Ills face was seamed with heavy lines of dissipation. His blue serge suit was badly soiled rt.<l disarranged. His lips quivered constantly and still (•ore the livid blisters attributed to the excessive use of alcohol. He interrupted the investigation with a plea for “something to steady my nerves.” “I—l-I simply can’t stand It,” he broke out Impulsively. “L—l—look at me, sergeant. I—l—l can’t get along without It. I’m a wreck. Can’t you do something for me?" The sergeant called a physician. Mrs. Bryan said she knew of alterca tions between her husband and Griffin over stock deals. She says Bryan returned to the Hotel Morrison early In the evening and that her husband said they would have dinner tfgethf-r after h' l made a little trip back to the office to talk business with Griffin. Shortly before 8 o’clock Mr. Bryan called her at the hotel, "I will be a little late,” he said. “Griffin has been drinking and i'tn going to take htm home.” ORDERS PROBE ON SLAIN AMERICAN Facts Demanded on Killing of DeMotte in Germany. WASHINGTON, April 14.—American Commissioner Diesel at Berlin was today Instructed to make a itgld investigation into the shooting of Paul DeMotte, an American of N. J., who was shot while attempting to escape from a German prison after he had been sen tenced to death by a court-martial for alleged participation in the Ruhr valley uprising. The stnte department today received confirmation of the shooting of DeMotte, while attempting to escape, but no de tails were given. ILLINOIS TROOPS GO TO KEWANEE Rioting Reported at Tube Company’s Plant. SPRINGFIELD, 111.. April 14.—State troops have been ordered to Ifewanee,, 111., where serious rioting is reported to have broken out umong employes of the Kcwanes Tube Works there. It was an nounced this afternoon. Lieut. Gov. John G. Oglesby instructed Adjutant General Frank S. Dickson of the state militia to send n battalion of the 11th infantry to Kewanee, following a message received from the sheriff of Henry county. WOMAN TELLS OF HORRORS IN COUNTY JAIL Mrs. Roxie Kessler Says For maldehyde Was Sprayed on Helpless Ones. INSANE MAN BEATEN STATUS OF PROBE The Marion county grand Jury did not resume Investigation of Jail con ditious today because. as Prose entor Adams explained. “other matters were before the Jury.” He said the probe will be resumed shortly. i ' How a woman prisoner was hand cuffed to her cot In tho Marion county Jail and sprayed with formaldehyde: how she became unconscious and bled from the nose and mouth: how the ma tron sprayed a violently Insane woman with formaldehyde to silence hes walls , bow the nous of a man being ktlfed In the jail spnad terror among the women prisoners All these things are told by Mrs. Itoxie Kessler, 42.8 Kauffman Place, a prisoner for six days, in a sworn statement to The Times. She is the wife of George Kessler, the latter now' serving a life sentence for the alleged mirder of Mlnne Maye Wilkins, “the gasoline station girl" Mrs. Kessler calls her experience lu the jail her "darkest six days.” Mra. Kessler was held in a county cell from June 3 to 9, last year, ns a witness. By MRS, ROXIE KKSBLER. Such brutality, sueb^food —1 shall never forget. For all these months since fast June 9 I have kept silence waiting for the proper time to tal't. I feel that with the present federal In vestigation on I can tell the truth and expect protection. At the time I was in jail there was a woman named Florence Haines, confined there as a federal prisoner. She refused to work and Mr*. Agnes Ward, the matron, took her to a ward where negro women slept and made her sleep there When the matron found that Florence still refused to work, she handcuffed her to the Iron cot In a cell, assisted by a negro woman prisoner called Nell, and squirted formaldehyde on her until the poor thing was unconscious aud bled from the nose and mouth. TOLD OF BEATING MAN YYHO DIED. I read with interest the other dav the story of a man being killed In the jail, for ivs Earl Green, who waa a prisoner at that time, had told me of the man being beaten. The last night my husband waa in the Jail he won sll In a craps game. He showed me the money and gave me some of U. Gur food w* terrible. For breakfast we would hare rice without milk or sugar. We bad coffee—lt wn like colored water—hut once a day. Water waa served at the other meala. For dinner vee had soup—the men called it scum gulllton stew. Once we had kraut and one time we had beef, but it smelled so bad that I could not eat It. The negro woman called Nell, who helped the matron force the women to work, waa in Jail for bootlegging. She enjoyed special privileges. FORCED TO WORK THOUGH NOT OFFENDER. When my mother appealed to Mrs. Ward not to force me to work because of my health, pointing out that I bad com mitted no crime, the matron said: “She'a here, ain't abe. and ahell work or else- .” I worked In tho laundry and scrubbed filthy floors. I waa told I would have to clean Sheriff Miller’s living quarters and I re fused. Just at that minute two detective* eatne to the Jail and took me to police head quarters to question me. Florence Haines Is not the only pris oner I saw Mra. YVard and the negro woman sprinkle formaldehyde on. Mary Buchanan, said to be an lusaue woman, also was sprayed by them. They aqulrted It on her until she was holplesH and became quiet. Mrs. Ward at every opportunity pointed mo out to people visiting the jail as the wife of s murderer nud tried to make a show of me. Florence G. IT.ilnes, referred to by Mrs, Kessler, was held In the county Jail from March 8, 1919, to July 15, the same year. Later she was given a year and a day at the women's prison on a charge of using the malls to defraud while operat ing a matrimonial bureau. She was later transferred to the hos pital for the. criminal Insane In Wash ington, the records show. Rebels Ask Cabrera to Quit Guatemala WASHINGTON, Aprl! 14. —An armistice iuis been concluded be tween the unionist forces controlling Guatemala City and President Cabrera and the revolutionists have proposed that Cabrera leave the country, the state department was advised today. Arrests Interrupt Strike Relief Trucking; Goodrich Won’t Act Arrest of numerous drivers in various counties for violation of the Deem motor truck license law brought a vigorous protest today from Tom Snyder, secretary of the transfer division of the Chamber of Commerce. He claims emergency shipments by motor trucks in the railroad tie-up are being interfered with by the actions of certain township trustees. Snyder said he placed the matter di rectly up to Gov. Goodrich, and that the latter said he “wasn't going to butt In.” "Our sole resource—the motor truck— Is being hindered by unscrupulous coun ty and township officials," said Snyder. “I told the governor these practices must lie discontinued in this crisis, but he refused to have anything to do with It,” continued Snyder. He claims Goodrich told him to talk to L. C. Wright, state highway commis sioner, asserting that he had no power over county or township officials. Wright, according to Bnyder, showed a disposition to co-operate in relieving the situation, but claimed be had no au thority. TRICKS KEEPING FACTORIES RUNNING. "I told both the governor and Wright that motor trucks are keeping n number of factories tu operation, ’ said Snyder. “If truck drivers are going to be nr- J rested Bnd detained In every stopping place along public highways, industry Is I going to suffer and our last jfcpe of keep-1 Subscrtntion Rate. \ By cr rier, Week, Indianapolis, 10c; Elsewhere, 12c. Subscription Rates, j By Mall 50c per Month . $6 00 Per y a r. AUTO FIRMS TO SHUT DOWN IF STRIKE IS NOT BROKEN STRIKE LEFT TO NEW FEDERAL I RAILROAD BODY President Calls Members to Washington After Meeting With Cabinet. SITUATION IMPROVING WASHINGTON, April 14.—Settle ment of the nation-wide railroad strike now rests with the railroad ! labor board, appointed by President ! Wilson under the Cuminins-Esch bill. President Wilson telegraphed to the members to come to Washington immediately. This action, it w as announced, was the direct result of the cabinet meet ing today. If is understood the cabinet proposed a plan for an Immediate meeting of the hoard with Secretary of Labor Wllßon and Attorney General Palmer to agree upon temporary wage adjustments which shall be effective Immediately. Such an adjustment, it is declared, would allay unrest and would result In many of the strikers returning to their work. SENATE AGAIN PITS OFF ACTION. The senate met to confirm the nomina tions of the board. .Senator Kenyon left the executive session and stated that the senate had confirmed the board. Opposition developed, however, and final action was deferred until tomorrow. It was officially stated that Attorney General Palmer Informed President Wil son's cabinet that- he haa “confident tl - demo" that the moving spirit behjnd the 1 nation wide railroad strike is the cum inuuists' Internationale, working through the 1 W. (V. EXPECT STATEMENT 1 ROM PA I MEK. Attorney General Pslmr will make a statement upon his report to the cabinet | lat* today. It was predicted the government would cause a large number of arrests, if (be attorney general's statement 'an be suf ficiently backed by evidence now being gathered. The attorney general also told the ! cabinet there Is a movement to expand | the railroad strike into a general strike. Each member of the rablnet. he emerged from the president's private study where the meeting was held, remarked on the president's fine ap pearu nc. He presided throughout tho entire session and, a cabinet member said, did o*t seem to tire In (ho least. In fact, ail agreed tho president seems up to his oid-ttme form. He appeared very well and In a I happy frame of mind. He Joked with the members of hi* official family as In Ui old days. The cabinet went Into session In the president's study soon after 10 o'clock, most of the members arriving shortly i before that hour and refusing to talk concerning possible action they might take GREET FOUR AS NEW MEMBERS OF FAMILY. The president was attired in a cut away coat and gray trousers. | The study in which the gntherin ~ took place was flitted with a long table slm j Hnr to that of the regular cabinet room in the executive office* and the members sat around it. The president met four of the cabinet members for the first Mine as members of his official family—Secretary of In . terlor Pnyne, Secretary of Commerce i Alexander, Secretary of Agriculture Mere ! dith and Secretary of State Colby. In connection with the discussion of the present strike, it was understood that the president also took up the general Industrial situation in tho eountry and the recommendations made by his indus trial conference. PALMER LOSES TO SOVIET CHIEF Senate Committee Refuses to Sustain Martens Charges. WASHINGTON, April 14.-The sen ate foreign relations committee refused this nfternoon to sustain the charge of Attorney General A. Mitchell Paltrier that Ludwig C. A. K. Martens, American rep resentative of the Russian soviet repit.>- l!s, was attempting to overthrow the United States government by force or violence. The committee also declined to accept the report of Senator Moses, republican, of New Hampshire, chairman of ‘he sub committee which Investigated Martens' activities in this country, as Moses niu mltted It to the committee. The committee rewrote and modified the report before agreeing tq report it favorably to the senate. ing the wheels going is gone,” Snyder asserted. Snyder claims no less than fifteen ar rests of drivers of trucks have been re ported to him simply because they hauled heavy loads over the roads. He cited the case of a fleet of twenty four Detroit trucks which had brought loads to Indianapolis anil were returning to Detroit with tons of castings from a local factory. The drivers of many of these trucks were ariesterj in Grant county, he claims. Arrests also have been general in Lake county, tt Is reported. It was in Lake county that the arrest of truck drivers under the D**iu licens ing law were first made. HIGHWAY WORK CACHE OF DETOUR. In Lake county the drivers were forced to make a detour off the state highway to a county road because of work being done on state highway. Snyder feels governor could Six.) HOME EDITION 2 CENTS PER COPY Strike Summary Reports from all over the country indicated a general improvement in the railroad strike situation today. The Improvement, while not de cisive, was sufficient to cause optim ism among railroad officials in New York and lead to predictions that normal conditions gradually will bo restored all along the line. EAST —I’assonger service greatly improved; mauy more trains running; roads generally report men returning to work In small numbers; freight service still tied up to considerable degree. CENTRAL 'VEST— lmprovement marked; men returning to work in small numbers; brotherhood chiefs announce "backbone of the strike bro ken.” Railroad officials predict early return to normal conditions. FAR YVKST —Through passenger service seriously impeded; five trains reported held up on trauscontinental roads. INDIANAPOLIS—More freight was being moved today than any day since strike began, railroad officials claimed. Tieup Id other cities cut ting off material for some local fac tories. Big Four claimed some strikers returned and other men be ing employed; other roads report im provement. At Washington, the cabinet, meeting for the first time in months, consid ered stepß to end the strike. Plans discussed for a temporary increase in wages to railroad workers until railroad labor board can consider re medial measures. TANK YOUR AUTO WITH DISCRETION! Gas for All If You Don’t Waste, Dealers Say. There is no prospect of a gasoline shortage in the city, by reason of the rail strike, local officials of the repre sentative oil companies said today. They say caution should be exercised by people driving cars, but that Indian apolis Is singularly favored with a good ly supply of gasoline on track and in atorage. and that other commodities will atiffer from a shortage long before gaso ils*. “There is no reason to he alarmed over the supply *f gasoline for the city as long a* people, keep their heads.” said W. C. Cheesboro, local manager for the Standard Oil Company. “We have plenty for all normal re quirements and I can see no acute short age." L. S. French. secretary of the West ern oil Refining Company, says hla com pany, in order to forestall any shortage, started to ration its customer! to a normal supply baaed on the average number of gallons they have purchased la tine past two montne. - ' '**- "W merely did this as a precaution ary measure and 1 do not think there will be any acute shortage." Mr. French stated. "if people will curtail sll unnecessary Joy rldting and confine the consumption of gas to essential buiiyss. this city can weather any tieup due to lack of receipts. . ‘What we need is about ten days of rainy weather so that everybody who haa anew car can't get out and see hew much gas he can burn up.“ An official of the Great Western OU Company says It has enough gasoline on baud to handle all normal demands and that h* can see no reason for alarm. “The gas supply will be the last to suffer,” he explained. “If the strike doesn't end before the supply of gas is used up, everything els* will be an topsy-turvy that nobody will need gns anyway. “If people will go along in a normal way and apply the principle of the Golden Rule regarding the rights of the other fellow to purchases of gas, we will get by In this city fine." SEES NO EXCUSE FOR GAS FAILING Lemaux Says It Looks Like Plot to Reduce Heat Units. There is no excuse for the Citizens Gas Company falling to give Indianapolis nn adequate supply of gas, George Lemaux, president of the board of public works, asserted in board meeting today. Mr. Lemaux declared it seemed to him the gas company is floating propaganda in favor of the reduction of the required heat units from 600 B. T. U. to 540 B. T. U. He asserted railroad officials had told him they could ship coal to the gas tompany. "There is a concerted movement on the part of gas companies all over the country to have the number of heat units requited in artificial gas reduced, which would save them a lot of money,” said Lemaux. J. I>. Forrest of the Citizens’ Gas Company, satd seven carloads of coal reached the company today and there Is hope tie company will get more. The company also ha s the promise of shipment of gas oil from Lawreuce ville, 111. Barring a cold snap, no further re duction In gas pressure need be made, Mr. Forrest indicated. The gas stock of the company in creased 3UO 000 cubic feet today as a re sult of reduction of pressure. ’’People probably will reduce the amount of gas used for cooking for a few days and this will relieve the sit uation,” said Mr. Forrest. FAILS TO OBTAIN BALLOT CHANGE Niblack Loses Petition Before Circuit Judge Ewbank. Judge Louis Ewbank of the circuit court todJy threw out of court a peti tion of Mason J. Niblack. a candidate for the democratic nomination for governor, asking that the state election commis sioners De compelled to give the voters a chance to express both first and second choice for governor at the coming pri mary. The court sustained a demurrer of At torney General Ele Stanebury filed in Interest of Gov. Goodrich. William H. Thompson and William W. Spencer as members of the board of state election commissioners The court held that the state election commissioners can not be mandated to prepare the ballots in any particular* way since they do no,t have the to prepare the ballot*. NO. 291. NO MATERIAL COMING IN AND CHANCES SLIM i ' Some Local Firms Declare They Can’t Last Longer Than Week or So. CRISIS IS APPROACHING Indianapolis automobile and motors manufacturers will face the neces sity of -closing down if the strike of railroad switchmen is not settled by the end of this week, according to leading manufacturers. Conditions in local railroad yards were somewhat improved today, but the plight of the factories is due chiefly to con ditions in other centers. George M. Dickson, president and gen eral manager of the National Motor Car and Vehicle Corporation, predicted today that his plant and others would be un der necessity of closing by next Monday if relief is not afforded. OTHER MANUFACTURERS SAY SAME THING. Other manufacturers confirmed Mr. Dickson's statement as to the serious ness of the situation, but a few said they would be able to continue operations for at least ten days. Trucks have been bringing parts from i Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland to enable operation of plants here but that method has not proved satisfactory. New word has come that auto parts plants in Detroit have been shut down because the coal shortage has closed tho Edison C mpaiy, which furnishes power for many plants there. HARMON PLANT SERIOUSLY HIT. At the Nordyke & Marmon plant it was said the strike situation was serious ly inconveniencing operation, but that no shutdown would be necessary for two or three weeks even though the strike continued that long. The Weidely Motors Company will be able to operate for about five days. The Weidely Company has been truck ing materials from Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo aud Chicago, but has been unable to get all the parts needed. J. J. Cole of the Cole Motor Company •aid that factory can operate about one week longer. The Cole company is trucking supplies ipto the city and driving cars to nearby dealers. CAN'T HOLD OUT MORE THAN WEEK. M. J. Moore, treasurer of the La- Fayette Motors Corporation, said that plant was seriously hampered by lack of materials and pans and that a shutdown would be inevitable if the strike conditions continue another week. The Stuta Motor Car Company will be able to run through this week, bat of ficials are doubtful whether operations can be continued after next Monday. improvement was noted in the coal situation today, a number of cars des tined for Chicago and other centers having been diverted to the yards here. The Merchants Heat and Light Com pany, the Indianapolis Heat aud Light Company and the Citizens' Gas Company are in no Immediate danger of complex shutdown from the coal shortage, it wa* said. Charles O'Brien Murphy, vie* presi dent of the Merchants Heat and Light, said his company has enougn coal to run safely If the situation continues to Improve. T. A. Wynne, vice president of the Indianapolis Light and Heat, said the company has a two weeks’ supply of coal on hand. SERVICE AT YARDS 66 PER CENT OF NORMAL. Service in the Big Four freight yards here rose to 65 per cent of normal today and the local situation was eased con siderably. About thirty-five of the striking switch men returned to work and the Indian apolis Union Railway & Belt also re ported a few men back at work. Twenty-eight engine crews were at work, and it was announced forty-nine trains were handled during the preced ing twenty-four hours. A train of sixty-three cars loaded with meat, shipped by Klngan & Cos., and the Indianapolis Abattoir Company, was made up and started for eastern points and a train of twenty-nine cars was started for St. Louis. The meat shipments will help to re lieve a serious situation in the east. TREAT STRIKERS AS DISCHARGED MEN. “Those men who did not report for work at 7 o’clock this morning have severed their connection with the com pany and we will proceed to fill their places as rapidly as possible,” said a statement lssuedyat the office of B. C. Byers, general superintendent of the Big Four. “We have established an employment agency at' 615 Majestic building for the purpose of recruiting new men.” The Big Four was accepting carload and less than carload freight for all lo cal stations. Partial freight embargoes on the Penn sylvania, L. E. & W. and Illinois Cen tral lines remained unchanged, but all were handling some freight. Officials of the Monon announced that less than carload freight for Chicago would be accepted, as well as freight for C., M. & St. P and Sault St. Marie points out of Chicago. Loyal members of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, against which ihe strike is said to be directed, met in the brotherhoods hall in the Saks building this morning to continue discussion of the situation. It the Labor Temple the protracted meeting of strikers continued. According to brotherhood tfhclais, many of the switchmen were vacillating between the two meetings, listening to exhortations at each aud apparently un (Contlnued on Page Six.) Strike Costs Roads $3,000,000 Per Day WASHINGTON, April 14.—The ns tlon-wide railroad strike is costing the railroad companies $3,000,000 dally in reduced revenues, Director Julius H. Parmelee of the bureau of railroad economics estimated to day. The total loss to the roads thus far, counting only the six days dur ing which the strike has had nation wide effect, thus is at least $18,000,- 000, not counting losses from dam age to commodities.