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HERE’S ANSWER TO COMPLAINTS ON GAS FAILURE J. D. Forrest Takes Typical Letter Received by Times and Replies to Question. STILL BLAMING COAL Many letters hare been received by The Times complaining of the shortage and questioning the necessity for the rigid rules laid down by tfce Citizens' Gas Company for conservation of coa L A typical letter, embracing most of the points raised by protesting consum ers, together with the answer made by 3. D. Forrest, general manager of the gas company, follows: "Editor The Times—Why Is it that there is a gas shortage now so acute that the entire pressnre has to be shut off? “I think it is an outrage to think To Women Who Bake Their Own Bread If you knew where you could get every day a loaf of the best bread baked wouldn’t you believe that a great household problem had been solved? National Bread is that loaf —the result of constant and con sistent control of the finest bread ingredients and conditions of baking. Made with milk it has a wonderful flavor and goodness ♦ V v • r that appeal to all appetites. •/' % / , National Bread is baked in pound-and-a-half loaves. It keeps better in this large, convenient home-size loaf. The bakery fresh ness of every loaf is preserved by a protecting wax wrapper. Try the taste test —simple and sure. Buy a loaf today. NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY / • ■ % The Red Eagle Wrapper Means National Bread that during the war and the acute coal shortage at that time we still had gas. Now, you have to get up at midnight and stay up ail night to do any baking. "What about people who work at night and do not reach home un til jnorning? “They can not have even a cup of warm coffee. “What are the housewives going to do to get their washing done? If they hire it done the laundress doe* not start work until 8 o’clock, at which time the gas is shut off. “There is no such action by the water and light companieSj “What about the air going through the pipes with this low pressure? “Our .gas bill is the same as usual. "The gas wen\ out this mornihg at 7:30, at which time I had bread lu the oven. A SUBSCRIBER." RAII.ROAD STRIKE IMMEDIATE REASON. "In reply to the first question," said Mr. Forrest today, "the immediate reason for the gas shortage is the railroad strike, which has prevented the import of the company’s contract coal from mines In the south and southeast. “A setback of that nature would not normally cause serious inconvenience, but the company has been short of coal ever since its reserve supply of about 100.000 tons, lrfid In last fall as djsual, was de pleted in the coal strike. “Last Jan. 1 we had only about ten days’ supply left and we should have had nearly sixty days’ supply. “From Jan. 1 until April 1 we were unable to buy any coal in the market ex cept that produced at 0-ur own mines, and some which >we had under contract. "The reason we couldn't buy it was the fact that, the government had fixed coal prices for such use at $2.65 to $2.85 a ton. • “Foreign buyers, of course, could pay what they pleased. “Then we had Italian and French buy ers In the American market, taking all the coal they could get at twice.the figure vte domestic buyers were allowed to pay. RESULT—CNABLE TO BUY ANY COAL. “The result was w were not able to buy any Coal at all to speak of and ouir reserve stock was not renewed. “As for the seeond question and the third, we believe the point of paramount importance is to continue furnishing* gas for cooking, as the worst hardship will come when there is no. longer coal left for that purpose. “Obviously we can not consider some INDIANA DAILY TIMES, THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1920. tettreen-meale needs without considering: all of them and nfslntatnlng steady pressure until a shut-down. “The reason the water and electric utilities are not In distress over the present contingency is partly that their coal needs arc inconsiderable as com pared with the needs of a gas utility. “With regard to air in the pipes with the ldw pressure, wo never cflmit air (e the pipes when we can prevent it, as to do so may cause an explosion. “It would be less expensive for the gas company to permit- Its gas supplj to be exhausted and then to shut down and lay off all employes, and the regu lations are enforced only as a means to save the city suffering.’’ Takes Poison, but Doesn’t Tell Why Joe Golas, 1008 South Illinois street. Is In a serious condition today at the City hospital as the result of having taken poison last night. Motor Police Finney and Lansing found Golas at 39 West Maryland street, where he had taken the poison, it is said, with buteldul intent. He would not tell the police his motive. Shortridge Girls in Gingham Now Girls at Sbortrtdge High school Joined the newly formed “Out of the Attic” club today. Many young misses appeared at school in plain gingham dresses. A large number of boys appeared In old clothes; many of 1/hem left shirts and laundered collars at home and wore sweaters. The “Out of the Attic” club wo* formed late yesterday. The movement Is approved by Prin cipal Buck as a move toward simpli city and economy in thf dress of high school students. No steps have been taken at Em merich Manual Training or Technical High schools to wear overalls or old clothes. METHOD TO 1118 MADNESS? CHICAGO, April 22.—Paul Stevens told bis wife he had a sinful past, was known as a desperate man. and she was granted a divorce on the strength of his (tory. Police lnveatlgation shewed Stev ens had been A., W. O. L. once from the navy. Coming From China for Ad Convention A. R. Hager, president of the Adver tising Club of China, will come to Indi/ nnapolis from his home -in Shanghai, China, to attend the convention of the Associated Advertising Clubs of the World here June 6-%). Mr. Hager, in a letter to O. T. Rob erts, advertising manager of the Indiana Daily Times, who is chairman of the local hotel committee, askes that reser vations be made for himself and wife. •seijjnnoo uJSjejoj jeqjo pnetSng morj pe-pedxe e.n? seiaSajep ibjsa3S Stor Store Three blocks west—easy to find and w'orth finding. STORE HOURS Open 8:30 a. m. Close 5:30 p. m. Saturdays, Close 6 p. m. Friday Bargains! A Red Letter Friday Bargain Day—values that are worthy of your closest attention. No phone, C. O. D. or mail orders on these Friday offerings. Men's Pajamas , IAS Four dozen only,* men's pa jamas. fancy striped percales; sizes A. B and C; 1.75 value; Friday Bargain, 4 /f K suit Ae 4 * tJ Main Floor. Shirts and Drawers Broken lines of men’s ba>- hriggan and ribbed shirts and drawers, long and short sleeves, ankle length, nearly all sixes; values up to t. 09; Friday Bar gain, suit. 1.35; garment If —Main Floor. 33c Percales , 24c Standard navy blue percales, stripes and figures: full pieces; best quality; an actual 33c value; Friday, a yard —Basement. 2.49 Spreads, 1.89 72x80 honeycomb bedspreads, good weight, double bod size, new designs, hammed; .*2.49 value, Friday, 4 QQ each X*CJ7 —Basement. To 33c Muslins , 22c 36-inch bleached and un bleached muslin, good quality, lengths to 10 yards; to 33c value; Friday, 99/* a yard U&X, —Basement. Scarfs , 69c Dresser scarfs, 18x50-Inch size, extra good quality cotton centers, filet lace trimmed, 85c to 1.00 value. Friday, choice —Main Floor. 2.50 Corsets, 1.95 Such make? ns Thompson’s, American Lady, R & G and Warner corsets; low or medium bust, in white or pink. Regu lar 2.50 values, Frl- 4 Qff day special ...isvtl —Second Floor. Coats , 13.75 One sot of women’s coats, in clever spring styles; of polo cloth, silvertone, burella cloths, velours and tweeds; tans, mix tures, blues and copen; loose or belted models with narrow leather belts, Fri- 4 *5 *7 £? day special tt# .—Sedontl Floor. Spring Dresses Asa Friday special we offer an assortment of women’s dresses, of serge or silk; button or braid trimmed; blues and S™: 16.95 —Second Floor. New Suits Women’s spring suits marked special for Friday—one lot of plain tailored and fancy models, in serges, jerseys, poplins and mixtures. Very spe- US’ cial, Friday A /• i O —Second Floor. Untrimmed Hats Untrimmed shapes, large and small models, In tan, black and navy; formerly sold up to 3.00; —Second Floor. To 7.50 Hats, 5.00 Smart banded sailors, both straight and rolled brims; formerly sold, up to 7.50; Fri day, while they 9 iftlS last 9 •00 —Second Floor. Expect Indictments Against Potato Hogs CHICAGO, April 22.—Indictments charging profiteering were expected to be asked by government att. rneys, who today continued investigation before a federal grand Jury of soaring potato prices here. Retail price of potatoes have ad vanced from $1.50 to $3 a peck, It Was shown. Headaches Prom Slight Cold# LAXATIVE BROMO QUININE Tablets relieve the Headache by curing the COld. A tonic laxative and germ destroyer. Look for signature E. W. GROVE on "box. 30c.—Advertisement. 1.00 Wall Brush, 68c Large size wool wall brushes, of lambs’ wool, can be washed; with long and short handle; an actual 1.00 value, Fri day only.. vOL —Basement. Men % s Shirts , 1.29 Men’s negligee shirts with collar attached, light colors, as sorted stripe patterns; sizes 14% to 17; Friday Bargain, 4 AQ each t A 7 —Main Floor. Men's Sox, 33c Irregulars well known brands, 50c to 65c - lens lisle spcks; colors, black, cordovan and green (2 pairs, 65<*), QQa pair OOV —Main Floor. Boys' Shirts , 59c Boys’ negligee shirts, with collar attached, assorted stripe patterns, light color; dandy for school wear; sizes 12% to 14; Friday Bargain, *>o/* each 1 Wv v —Main Floor. To 65c Hose, 33c . Women’s fine gauge black lisle hose, regular and out sizes, irregulars; 50c and 65c grades (2 pairs, 654*), 09/* pair OOt —Main Floor. Mended Gloves, 1.00 One lot of women’s mended kid gloves, sizes 6,6%, 6% and 6%; mostly black; mended 3.00 and 3.50 gloves, 4 Friday, pair AeW —Main Floor. 2.00 Gloves , 1.10 Women’s silk gloves, with gauntlet cuff; colors are gray, black, white and pongee; with contrasting embroidery back: sizes 7%. 8 and 8%; 2.00 value; until sold, 4 4 A pair AA\f —Main Floor. 2.00 Silk Hose , 1.39 Women’s black thread silk hose, nonravel garter hem top; fashioned leg. seamed back, dou ble sole with high spliced heel. Every pair perfect; splendid 2.00 value (2 pairs, 4 Atfx 2.75), pair Ad? —Main Floor. 1.00 Union Suits, 79c Union suits for large women, sizes 46, 48 and 50; sleeveless, narrow shoulder strap with large arm hole; wide knee, lace trimmed. Extra good 1.00 value; slightly imperfect. fIA- Friday B 9 k, —Slain Floor. Thread, 10c Spool J. P. Coats’ sewing thread; white, ' Nos. 40, 50, 60, 70; black. Nos. 40, 50; full 150 yards to spool; Friday, a spool Av” —Main Floor. 1.00 Frames , 79c Bag frames, made of metal, with chain handles; over 10 different styles; 1.00 *7o^* values; Friday, each B rv —Main Floor. Buttons , 5c Card Trimming buttons, odd lots; most all colors and sizes; 4 to 12 on a card; up to. 50c j values; Friday ,a card vC ■—Main Flbor. Rush Says Library wr-' Needs 100,000 Boofl The Indianapolis public library is 100.000 volumes short of the number rfiM quirefi to provide the public enoagW reading matter, said Charles E. Rushij librarian, in a talk before the Pareninl Teacher association of school No. 29 latM >esterday. I There should be at one book! for every resident, but the shortage of funds with which to buy more has made thl3 lmpossllle. Mr. Rush stated that the child who reads good books keeps out of harm,, regardless of environments, and urged the teachers and parents to encourage good reading in the schools. STORE HOURS Open 8:30 a. m. Close 5:30 p. m. Saturdays, Close 6 p. m. 6.00 Oxfords , 4.95 There aro women’s oxfords and pumps, with or without buckles; of patent colt and black Havana brown kid. Choice of military, Cuban or French heels. Stylish models of the better $6.00 grades, Q —Main Floor. Boys' Shoes Custom made shoes for boys, of black or Havana brown calf skin. with English or round toe shapes. A good 6.00 /i grade, Friday, at issfw —Main Floor. Baby Shoes Baby button shoes of patent or kid vamp, with white kid top, spring heels; sizes up to 8. The 3.00 kind, Fri- A QA day, pair.* —Main Floor. Boys' Suits Boys’ suits, snappy models, very newest shades of brown, gray and green mixtures, plain brown and green flannels; also all-wool blue serges; sizes 6 to IS, Friday, spe- 4 A M £ clal AZ.'fD —Main Floor. Khaki Pants Men’s khaki pants of extra strong khaki cloth, with cuffs and belt straps; sizes 30 to 42, Friday Bar- A QA —Main Floor. Men's Suits, 24.55 Men’s and young men’s suits— Men’s suits of dark cotton mixed worsteds —young men’s of gray, brown and green novelty cassi meres; all sizes; A M Friday choice —Main Floor. Dress Pants Men’s pants, of fancy cassl meres and worsteds; also plain gray and blue serges; all sizes; Friday Bar- n a; Bain B mOO • —Main Floor. 75c Materials , 57c Consisting of silk mixed fab rics, 24-inch checked and plain failles and 36-inch plain col ored crepe de chine; in a •va riety of colors; g w _ Friday, yard &/C —Main Floor. Shirting Madras New spring patterns in corded madras; 36 inches wide; valued usually at 75c; Friday special, yard —Main Floor. 3 Yards Toweling , 79c Unbleached, absorbent quality toweling, made with bor der; 18 inches wide (limit 9 yards to customer), 3-yard lengths *7 A* —Main Floor. Bath Towels, 35c Turkish towels, 19x38-inch, hemmed ends —a towel worth 45c today; Friday special (3 for l.OO), Offers each —Main Floor. Oil Mop Set , 89c Wonder oil mops, triangle shape, oiled an 1 ready for use, and a 32-ounc3 bottle of “liquid polish”; an actual 1.45 value, Friday, a set Osli, _ —Basement.