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THE WEATHER
Probable thunder showers tonight
and Tuesday; warmer.
VOL. XXXIII.
ALLIES READY
TO BACK POLES
AGAINSTREDS
Foch Ordered to Mobilize
Troops and Move if Bolshe
viki Continue.
ARMISTICE IS OFFERED
SPA, Belgium, July 12.—Marshal Foch
hag been instructed to mobilize available
allied lorces for possible intervention be
tween the Poles and boishevlki in event
the Moscow government refuses to accept
the proposal of the conference here for
an armistice, it was learned on good
authority today.
Should the red forces continue their
advance into Poland the allies will give
every aid to the Polish troops behind
the armistice line fixed by the peace
treaty.
Allied military assistance to Poland
hinged on whether the soviet armies
would withdraw to th.s line dr continue
their progress toward Warsaw.
Belief prevailed here that the Moscow
government would order the red troops
to halt at the Polish boundary.
Polish Premier Urabski, who made a
strong appeal to the allies for such
action, admitted that Polish resistance
on the left, center and right, had broken
down and that it was a question cf
bullish force before the soviet armies
might take Warsaw.
The allied armistice proposal was the
result of Grabski's appeal for aid.
XO ACTION
UNTIL REPLY MADE.
The conference here will take no fur
ther action in the Polish situation until
a reply has been received from the Mos
cow government.
The coal and reparations questions
were to be discussed at today's meeting.
The German delegation was to submit
its reply to the allied coal demands at
11 o'clock.
Lloyd George was confined to his bed
with a chill.
It was stated the allied and German
experts had reached an agreement on
most issues relative to coal deliveries,
but that they could not agree on the total
tonnage.
The allies required 29,000,000 tons an
nually.
The German delegation took a more de.
termined stand on the coal question than
they have assumed since the beginning
of che conference.
Premier Millerand insisted on fulfill
ment of the letter of the peace treaty,
citing the penalty of occupation of the
Ruhr district.
The German proposal in regard to
payment of indemnities was submitted
to the allies, afte: Herr Simons, the_
German foreign minister, bad protested
that no reparations plans could be con
sidered until the coal question had been
disposed of.
The German reparations note pro
tested that Germany already had paid
more than the 20,000,000,000 gold marks
as required by May, 1921.
WISH IT SPREAD
OVER THIRTY YEARS.
The Germans proposed that the total
amount of reparations be spread over a
thirty-year period.
It -was understood the allies now fa
vored a reparations, plan calling for a
lump aum, without-'interest.
The German will require con
siderable time for study by the Allied
experts, and this will provide the delay
which the Germans sought before going
before the people with the result of
the reparations discussions.
The allied premiers approvel the draft
of the Turkish peace treaty, with slight
modifications, which will be presented to
the Constantinople government with an
ultimatum demanding that the document
be signed within ten dayc of presenta
tion.
No Important changes were made in
the Turkish treaty.
The premiers also discussed the Danzig
question.
It was decided that transport arrange
ments should be managed by n Join; cotn
missloi tjf Poles and representatives of
the city of Danzig with a chi'.rrouii se
lected by and representing the league of
nations.
PREDICTS FA I LURE
FOR SPA CONFERENCE
PARTS, July 12.—"Pertinax,” political
editor of the Echo de Paris, predicted to
day that the Spa conference would prove
a failure instead of settling the out
standing German peace problems.
MORALS SQUADS
GATHER IN 36
Craps, Games Head List in
Charges of Gambling.
Two morals squads made a series of
raids during the last forty-eight hours,
and arrested thirty-six men.
Sorgf. Russell arrested William How
sjnl, 30, negro, and nine other men In a
raid oil an alleged game at 349 Indiana
avenne. Howard is charged with being
th* keeper of the game.
Detective Winkler and his morals squad
raided an alleged “craps' game at 633
Roanoke street and arrested eight men,
,harglng Henry Simpson, 43. with beiug
the keeper of the game.
Fourteen were arrested in a raid at
Fast and Buchanan streets and two men
giving their names as Kimble, 24, and
Walter Webber, 26, are charged with be
ing the keepers of the game.
Six negroes were caught in a raid at
826 Economy street, it being alleged they
were shooting “craps.”
Six men were arrested In a raid on an
alleged open-air “craps” game near 10
Weat Washington street.
Another raid at McLean place and
Illinois street resulted In six men being
charged with violating the gambling
laws.
They gave their names as Harold Mat
lock, 38 West Twenty-first street: Carl
Duncan. 117 McLean place; Donald Klueg
ner, 6'4 West South street; Kay
Batchelor. Shafer hotel. Perry Orvender,
612 North Illinois street: Theodore liab
eney. 109 East Pratt street, and Clyde
Jones, 2158 North Illinois street.
Florida Judge Says
Croker Is Competent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 12
Richard Croker Sr., former Tammany
chief of New York, is not mentally In
competent to handle his own financial
affairs. Circuit Judge E. B J Donnell ruled
today in dissolving a temporary injunc
tion granted March 30 to Croker s sons
and daughter.
Paris Officially to
kßeceiveM. T. Herrick
\RIS, July 12.—The city of Paris
will receive Myron T. Herrick
gf the United States
Bher of commerce, at the Hotel
the latter part of July, the news-
L‘lntrar.slge*n: announced today.
Published' at Indianapolis,
Ind., Dally Except Sunday.
Seek True Cow
It is true that the police today are
searching for a cow stolen from a va
cant lot near Madison aud Troy avenues.
Elvi True owns the missing cow.
He gave the police a description of
the cow.
Police Chief Quits to
Drive Milk Wagon
CHICAGO, July 12.—Edward Ma
roney. Highland Park’s chief of po
lice. is planning to resign and get a
good job.
As chief he gets $147 a month—and
uniforms cost S3O.
He Intends to be a milk wagon
driver. That pays s4l a week and
commissions.
Wanted to Earn S2OO
They StoleJProm Till
Burglars gave themselves considerable
trouble early today In robbing a cash
register.
They carried a cash register from
Max Klazmer's grocery, 2292 Martha
street, to an alley two blocks distant,
and then took S2OO from It.
The register was not locked.
Five Killed When
Train Hits Auto
LANCASTER, Pa., July 12. Five
autoists were killed when an express
train struck their machine near here to
day. The five were buried under the
debris of a suburban station which col
i lapsed when the engine had hurled the
automobile from the track.
Flirt With Death
Real to Tommies’
DUBLIN, July 12.—British ‘Tommies' 1
stationed in Ireland have been warned
that death will be the penalty for flirt
ing with Irish colleens.
Notices have been posted by the Sinn
Felners warning girls against walking
out with or talking to British soldiers.
160 Persons Attend
84th Anniversary
One hundred and sixty persons were
present at the celebration of the eighty
fourth birthday of Nathan Stafford at
Garfield para today.
Mr. Stafford was a member of the
75th Regular Indiana Volunteer infantry
in the Civil war, and is a member of
the G. A. R.
Relatives from all parts of the state
were present at the gathering, including
eight children and eleven grandchildren.
Dunreith Accident
Claims One Victim
NEWCASTLE, iDd.. July 12.—Glenn
Puckett, 18. was Instantly killed late Sat
urday night at a crossing four miles
north of Dunreith.
Puckett and a companion. George
Wrightsman, sat down on the track wait
ing for a car, when both fell asleep.
Wrightsman, waking in time to escape,
caught Puckett by the leg and tried to
pull him out of danger, but bis efforts
were too late.
Are You Afflicted in
This Way? Shun Cops
The police today are looking for a
man whose face and bands arc
swollen.
The unusual activity of the police
! force is the result of the theft of two
hives of bees that were stolen from
Indianapolis Heights Saturday night.
The bees are the property of
Charles Gordon, 42 North West
street.
Gordan says the thief, who made
his getaway in a rubber-tired buggy.
Is sure to get stung.
Says Husband Wants
Her to Keep Him
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., July 12
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Gillespie, 38, who was
wedded less than a month ago to George
N. Gillespie, 74, has filed suit in the
i Clark circuit court from her husband, al
leging that he abandoned her fifteen days
after the wedding ceremony, which oc
curred on June 14.
Mrs. Gillespie avers that her husband,
although in good health, refuses to sup
port her and insists on taking the money
earned by four of her children by a previ
ous marriage.
She alleges that she was compelled to
support him.
Four former wives of Gillespie are
dead.
One Belgian Gets His
Revenge onjGermans
SPA. July 12.—One Belgian got his re
venge on Germany today by taking mat
ters into his own hands, while the allied
diplomats were parleying with the Ger
man delegates on coal deliveries.
A German named Scbiff, who was want
ed by the Belgian authorities for loot
ing a chateau while stationed near Spa
with the ex-kaiser, came here with the
German delegation in a minor capacity.
lie was diplomatically protected from
arrest, but today the oxvper of the cha
teau met him.
The Belgian knocked the German down
and was about to renew the battle when
British officers Interfered.
Lawrenceburg Man’s
Injury May Be Fatal
PORTLAND, Ind., July 12.—Jacob
Reis, 60, a deputy United States revenue
collector of Lawrenceburg. ind.. working
out of Indianapolis, was probably fa
tally Injured here Sunday when he was
run down by an automobile as he was
crossing a street during a heavy rain
storm.
His skull was fractured at the base of
the brain and an firm broken.
The autoist. who did not stop his rat
chine after the accident, has not been
located.
The identity of Reis was established
by credentials and letters found in his
pocket after his removal to a hospital.
He had been in Portland three or four
days on government business.
Juihmtci Jlaif®
Entered as Second Claes Matter, July 25, 1914, at
Postoffice, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March 3, 1879.
Illinois Town Victim
of Bold Bandit Gang
Four Citizens Shot by Outlaws After $15,000
Is Stolen From State Bank.
PLAINFIELD, 111., July 12. —Four-citizens of Plainfield were shot and
two knocked unconscious by revolver butts by nine bandits in the main
street of the town today after the latter had held up the Plainfield state
bank and robbed the institution of $15,000 in cash and bonds.
It Is believed*that none of the wounded,
all of whom were Plainfield residents,
will die.
Driving up to the bank entrance in an
automobile, the robbers entered and
covered all of the bank officials with re
volvers.
They then forced the vice president and
cashier to open the vaults.
These they hastily rifled of nil the
bonds and currency in sight.
Then, running from the bank and leap
ing into the automobile, they drove off
shooting at every one in sight as the
was driven through the town.
Rainbow Vets
Have Big Day
at Birmingham
Southern City Opens Wide Its
Portals to Men of First
Divisions Across.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.. July 12.—Amid
flag-bedecked streets and hotels and the
almost Incessant flaring of numerous
brass bands, the first annual reunion of
the Rainbow division veterans opened
here tonight for a three-day session.
Veterans from every state In the Union
represented in the famous division are
present, and the first reunion of world
war veterans to be held since .the sign
ing of the armistice promises to surpass
all expectations The city is In holiday
attire, and dancing, singing, parading,
handshaking and story relating are all
on the program-
The convention for a moment assumed
a different aspect early today, however,
when a special train bearing mothers of
soldiers who stay on Flanders fields ar
rived from Texas.
No more silent tribute could lie paid
than was paid those mothers by citizens,
soldiers aud boy scouts alike, by acts of
courtesy.
Nothing was too good for the black
veiled mothers.
Delegates continued pouring In today
from all over the country.
2 PINCHED TWICE
ON SAME CHARGE
Prove to Police History Re
peats Itself.
History repeats itself.
Twice w* this proven early today at
police headquarters.
George Corbett, 25, of 814 North Dela
ware street, was arrested for drunken
ness at New Jersey and Washington
streets at 8 o'clock Sunday night, by
Motor Policemen Finney and Lansing
Four hours later '•Kinney” lltatt. po
lit leal worker and professional bonds
man, obtained Corbet's release on bond.
The emergency squad was sent to an
npfirtment at 408 South New- Jersey
street at 4 o'clock this morning on the
report that a man was trying to break
in the doors of several of the apartments.
The police arrested Corbett, charging
him with vagrancy and drunkenness.
Mallchi Connaughton, 40, of 7211 East
Ohio street, was arrested by Motor Po
lice Finney and Lansing at 10:40 o’clock
last night and charged with whipping bis
wife.
‘‘Kinney’’ Hiatt signed Conriaughton’s
bond.
Patrolman Hansford was called to the
Ohio street address at 4 o'clock this
morning and again arrested Connaughton
on the charge of assault and battery on
Mrs. Connaughton.
Both men sent out messages for Hiatt
to hurry to police headquarters and
again sign their bonds.
COX, ROOSEVELT
TO MEET TODAY
Nominee Reported Eager to
Begin Active Campaign.
COLUMBUS, 0., July 12.—Nominee
I James M. Cox and Franklin D. Itoose
| vcjt, his running mate arc to meet at
! tbe state capttol here today for the first
\ j.nlftlrnl conference of their campaign.
Because of the evident eagerness ol
i Gov. Cox to begin an active campaign,
j it is expected preliminary plans will be
! completed after conferences here this
week.
Several prominent party leaders, in
cluding Homr S. Cummins, chairman
; of the national committee, will stop here
returning from San Francisco.
Cox said he expects to discuss cam
paign plans only in a genera! way with
| itcosevelt, but that features of hi*
Mice-'h accepting’ the nomination msv be
; considered.
Roosevelit wns to arrive in Columbus
this afternoon.
He will leave tonight for New York.
When Gov. Cox arrived at the station
here from Dayton there was only the
| ordinary crowd on hand, local friends of
| the governor being content to withhold
| their felicitations until the reception at
! the capital.
| Gov. Cox rode to Columbus ns an ordi
nary citizen in the smoking car of a lo
cal train, chatting with several old
friends and sleeping part of the time.
At the statehouse a Idg group of old
friends waited to greet him.
The governor personally will meet
Roosevelt and take him to the executive
mansion.
j The governor virtually has decided to
’ have the notification ceremonies at his
1 home, “Trail’s End,” near Dayton.
■ He will remain at the capltoi until late
j in the week, when he will return to Day
ton for the meeting with national com
mitteemen July 20.
During his stay here Cox has stated
that he expects to decide details of the
notification ceremonies.
It is that a regular “dirt” farmer will
be secretary of agriculture if he Is
elected.
Answering attacks being made on him
! by printing war editorials from his pa
pers which political enemies declare had
pacifist tendencies, Cox said he is willing
\ to stand by his record sis war governor
; of Ohio.
New Brunswick Vote
Dry Nearly 2 to 1
BT. JOHN, N. 8., July 12.—Returns
today from Saturday’s plebiscite show
that total prohibition was voted for at
a rate of two to one.
INDIANAPOLIS, MONDAY, JULY 12, 1920.
LOVE FOR GIRL
REAL MOTIVE
Police Say Wanderer Murder
Clew Points to Affair.
CHICAGO, July 12.—The real motive
of Carl Wanderer, former army lieuten
ant, in plotting the slaying of bis wlte
and unborn child, and a derelict of the
streets he hired to pose as a hlghwny
ninn. was declared by the police today
to have been the infatuation of Wan
derer for Julia Schmitt, a 18-year-old
girl.
Two true bills were voted against Wan
derer late today by the grand jury.
Evidence give* the police by news
paper reporters, including a love letter
written to the girl after Wanderer had
consummated his double crime, showed
he had been making love to her for
several months, posing as an unmarried
mnn.
In the letter written after the slaying,'
Wanderer Invited Julia to keep a clan
destine appointment with him, adding:
"The reason I do not cal! at your house
is that people would talk about me.
Julia, put yourself in my shoes and see
if I am not right.”
In a statement made to the police,
Julia Schmitt admitted a friendship with
Wanderer but said she had been much
hurt on learning, through newspaper
stories of the murder, that he was a
married man.
She accepted hi* attentions afterward,
however, going to au amusement park
wilt him on one occasion.
The authorities are continuing their
efforts to identify the supposed robber
slain by Wanderer.
A report that be was John J. Maloney.
v. former convict of Pontiac. B. 1., was
disproved today.
Detectives are attempting to clinch a
partial identification of the body as that
of AI Watson, a former Canadian soldier
and the son of a New York turfman.
WOMAN’S PLEA
TURNED DOWN
Vermont Governor Refuses to
Call Special Session.
BOSTON. July 12.—Gov. Clement of
Vermont has refused to call a special
session of the legislature to ratify tht*
federal suffrage amend meat, according
to word received at the headquarter* of
(he national woman headquarters this
afternoon.
Miss Alice Paul, chairman of the
party’s publicity committee acid the gov
i'-nor’ action wn* a direct violation of
the pledges made by the Chicago con
vention and of those made by Nominee
Harding. Miss Paul served notice that
tile women would fight Gov. Clement's
decision.
Bhe said n large delegation of women
would call on Senator Harding on July
22 and make formal proteat,
situation.
FUSION NEARER
IN THIRD PARTY
Series of Conferences in Get
Together Effort.
CHICAGO, July 12.—Fusion of the vari
ous political parties now meeting in Chi
cago into one big third party, standing
on n common platform and with com
mon candidate for president, loomed ap
preciably nearer here today.
Representatives of the committee of
forty-eight, the American labor party,
the nonpartisan league, the single tax
party and the American constitutionalist
party held a series of conferences
throughout the morning, endeavoring to
reach tin agreement.
So many detnilH and angles to the mer
ger cropped up, however, that the actual
union was delayed.
Leaders on all sides were confident the
coalition will be perfected “before many
hours.”
It is probable night session* of the two
major convention* In session here—the
eon-mlttee of forty-eight, and the Ameri
can labor party —will be held tonight.
By that time it la expected the sub
committees will have perfected their
work.
The conference committee of the labor
group requested the convention to hold
a night session, intimating that by that
time it would he ready to report.
The session was agreed to by the con
vention.
The forty-eight convention appointed
a subcommittee of five to select a pos
slide site for a Joint session of the two
conventions.
Both conventions continued In session
throughout the forenoon waiting advices
from the conference committees.
Various speakers addressed the gath
erings on various subjects, among them
Eamonn Do Valera, “president of the
Irish republic.”
MORE COAL CARS
BEING SOUGHT
Operators Meet to Plan Co
s With Railroads.
WASHINGTON, July 12.—Leading
bituminous coal operators of the coun
try meet here today to consider means
of co-operating with railroads to get the
maximum open top car supply to the
mines.
One of the steps that may be urged by
the meeting la an extension of the In
terstate commerce commission’s priority
order giving all available open top cars
to bituminous mines.
This order expires late In July, but
the commission already has been asked
to extend it.
The divisions of the problem that the
operators will consider today arc;
How to get a supply of coal suflb.ient
to supply immediate and future needs
of New England's factories.
How to transport to the upper lake
regions coal enough to carry through
the winter.
How to build up a reserve for the
whole country sufficient to supply
household, factory and public utility
needs.
FIRE IN EYE
OF SOLON FROM
TERRE HAUTE
Rep. Bidaman ‘Unalterably
Opposed’ to State Coal
Mine Schema.
SAYS HE HAS SUPPORT
w Determined to make a fight against
Gov. Goodrich's plan to have the leg
islature, in special to au
thorize the purchase of a state-owned
coal mine, Charles H. Bidaman, rep
resentative from Terre Haute, to
day arrived to attend the special
session.
Mr. Bidaman stated that his con
stituents were unalterably opposed
to the Goodrich plan of a state owned
coal mine, and that he was prepared
to offer a resolution calling for the
appointment of a joint committee of
representatives and senators with
power to hold meetings over the
state to determine the opinion of
the voters as well as to make a com
plete investigation of the desirability
of the state operating a coal mine.
It Is the plan of Mr. Btdaniau to have
the committee report at the next session
of the legislature In January of next
year.
Mr. Bldaman claims a mine owned by
the Vigo Mining Uompany and located
northeast of Terre Haute on the belt Hue
of the C. & E. I. railroad, is the one
mentioned as the prospective purchase.
The report of the subcommittee of the
state joint purchasing committee, accord
ing to Mr. Bidaman, is that coal is selling
on the open market at from $5 to $8 n
ton and that the figure:, from the state
mine inspector's office shows that in a
period from <><t. 1, 1919. to June 1, 1920.
there wns mlnnl by the Vigo Mining Com
pany a total of 78,951 tons of mine run
coal at an average miner's wage of $1
a toq and an overage gross of SI.BB.
CLAIMS mil RES
ARE misleading.
Mr. Bldaniaa claims that these figures
do not show the overhead costs of pro
ducing the coal, nor do they show any
approximate freight charges from the
mine to any of the sta’e institutions.
ft is the contention of the representa
tive that the question of a state-owned
mine requires the "most careful investi
gation. first, as to the grade of coni the
mine would produce, the cost of produc
tion, the equipment, its cost, and las*
but not least th“ class of labor neces
sary to mine the coal and the oflh Inis
to manage and superintend the mining
property."
Representative Bidaman points out that
labor and political problems might re
sult from a state owned coal mine.
The Htdamau plan calls for the ap
pointment of a joint committee consist
ing of three members of the senate, one
of which shall be of the minority party,
and three member* of the hoUBe. one of
which shall be of the minority party.
This committee, if appointed, will sit
In various cities of the state to enable
citizens to appear befote the committee
and express their idea* a* to a state
owned coal miuo and also to permit the
committee to investigate the reccrda of
the state purchasing committee and the
records and books of any coal mines
under consideration.
CONVICT LABOR
CMC |t E.NTIONED.
Mr. Bldaman raises the question con
cerning the possibility of the Mae of con
vict labor in case of a strike at the state
owned mine.
He contends that the use of convict/
labor would "further complicate matters
and work hardships upon those who
have transgressed the laws of the state
and society and who are being punished
by such terms of inisnaration and who
are in the various penal institutions of
the state as the result of sentences being
passed upon them by a trial Judge.”
Representaltve Bidamitti asserts that
the citizens of Indiana have the right to
kuow how all money is to be expended
in the purchase and the operation of a
mine.
According to the Bldaman plan, the
committee is to have the assistance of the
accountants of the state auditor’s office,
and experienced legal counselors, as well
(Continued on t'age Two.)
CUMMINS AND
HARDING CONFER
lowa Senator Visits Nominee
to Discuss Railroads.
MARION, Ohio, July 12. Oi the prob
lems that face the country, Warren G.
Harding Is as progressive ns any man
in the country. Senator Albert B. Cum
mins, lowa, declared today, after a con
ference with the nominee.
Cummins said Harding's outlook ia
forward and not backward.
He discussed railroad problems with
Harding and declared the nominee had
a comprehensive grasp on the problems
ahead.
Cummins, one of the authors of the
Esrh-Cnnomlns railroad hill, which re
cently returned the roads to private con
trol, declared that inadequate trans
portation facilities are costing the coun
try more every day now than the war
with Germany cost us on any day.
Harding nlso saw L. J. Tabor, master |
of the Ohio state grange.
They discussed agricultural problems
and afterward Tabor declared the nom
inee is keenly alive to the importance
of a proper recognition of agriculture.
Bill to Regulate
Hotels Discussed
plans for introducing a bill at the next
regular session to the legislature to reg
ulate the hotels were discussed at a
meeting of tne Indiana Travelers’ league.
,T. C. Homes, president of the associa
tion, says he hopes the law may be se
cured at the next session.
The bill, which Is being prepared by
the league, requires the licensing of ho
tels. examination and licensing of em
ployes In public eating bouses, inspec
tion of plumbing, lighting and heating
in hotels, and posting of schedules of
room rates.
N. F. Ryan Arrested
on Swindling Charge
Noble F. Bynn. formerly a stock sales
man of this city, today Is under arrest
In Chicago, according to word received
by Herbert Fletcher, Inspector of de
tectives of Indianapolis.
Rvan is wanted here on a charge of
obtaining $2,625 from C. M. Miller of
Tipton, as payment for stock xvhlch
Ryan is alleged never to have deliv
ered.
Flans are under way to return Ryan
to Indianapolis for trial.^
)By Carrier. Week, Indianapolis, 10c; Elsewhere, 12c.
Subscription Rates: ( By Ma „ 60c Per Month; , 8 . 00 Per Year.
Named Speaker
JESSE E. ESCHBACH.
Following some question on the part
of members of tha house of representa
tives, Jesse E. lUscbbach, many times
speaker, was retained in that position.
In order to take this position Mr.
Eschbacb resigned his place as chief ex
aminer of the state board of accounts.
It is understood he will be reappoint
ed In that position at the end of the
present special session.
‘CURE-ALL’ BILL
IS MADE PUBLIC
Goodrich Would Give Taxing
Units More Authority.
The Goodrich administration bill to
cure the defects of his taxing law and
the Invalid actions of his state board of
tax (ommissioners. which was made pub
lic in its entirety today, provide* for
the legalizing of the assessment* which
have been declared invalid by the state
supreme court.
The proposed act also provides that
the county commissioners shall have the
power to hear petitions for reductions
in a*soMments and also makes provisions
for a refund.
The proposed bill concerning taxation
admits that the validity of the acts of
the state board of tax commissioners dur
ing 1919 in making assessments has not
only been assailed by the courts on the
grounds that the state tax board ex
ceeded Its authority, but that the state
supreme court has sustained, the invalid
ity of those actions of the taxing board.
The bill states that "the effect of such
n decision is to impair the needed reve
nueg of various taxing units throughout
the state and thereby hamper and crip
ple the administration of government.'-
LEGALIZATION
I’ROVIDKD FOR.
The act first sw-eepingly provides for
the legalizing and validating of "all as
sessments of property for taxation re
sulting from equalization orders made
In the year 1919 by the state board of
tax commissioners, Including ail tha
various percentage rates of increases or
decreases,, so made, as applied to classea
of property and subdivisions of classes
of property and as applied between
counties and to various taxing units
within the counties together with all
exceptions contained in, or resulting
from, any such equalization orders as
<• made by s-.it 1 stute hoard of tax com
missioners."
The act provides that in ra\e of any
assessment legalized by this act on guy
property, real or personal, which has been
assessed at more than its real cash value,
a petition shall b tiled within sixty days
after passage of the act by the property
owner before the county commissioners
of the county where the over-assessed
property is taxed.
After the proper showing, the county
commissioners have the power to order
the assessment reduced, and the property
of the petitioner so assessed shall be en
tered upon the tax duplicate at Its true
rash value.
The county auditor of that county is
directed to Issue a warrant upon the
treasurer for the repayment to the tax
payer whose assessment has been ordered
reduced by the county commissioners.
The set also provides, in counties
where the refund will be so targe as to
impair the revenues and so make that
taxing unit unable to complete their fis
cal year without a deficit, that the tax
ing unit shall have the power to author
ize and effect a temporary loan to ex
tend not more than one year for the pur
pose of meeting a deficit.
taxing units
GIVEN AUTHORITY.
The act specifically states that the tax
ing units have that authority, "notwith
standing any other law to the contrary."
It is also provided that after the tax
assessments have been so fixed, the
"proper taxing officials are hereby
authorized and empowered to increase all
levies, for the year 1919 other than state
levies. In such unit in such percentage
as will produce, nearly ns may be, the
same amount of revenue for all local pur
(Continued on rage Two.)
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SPECIAL ASSEMBLY
SESSION OPENS WITH
ESCHBACIH SPEAKER
Legislators ’ Moves Will Be With an Eye on
November Polls—Record to Be Patched
Up Before Presenting to People.
GOVERNOR HAS MEN WELL TRAINED
The Indiana general assembly convened this afternoon in the second
special session of the Goodrich administration, called especially for the
purpose of correcting the mistakes of that administration.
Both houses convened shortly after 1:30 o'clock and after perfect
ing their organization met in joint session in the house of representatives,
i where they heard Gov. Goodrich’s message.
The message was short and to the point, merely listing, with small
explanation, the measures the governor expects to have enacted into law.
Jesse E. Eschbach was renamed speaker of the house of representa
| tives and it was announced that he had resigned as chief examiner of
the state board of accounts to take the speakership.
Mr. Eschbach was named speaker after some opposition on the part
of members of the house.
Program Goodrich
Has Outlined for
His Special Session
The following recommendations were
made by Gov. Goodrich In his message,
which he read at the opening session
of the special session of the legislature
today:
Emergency appropriations to be
made to the various state Institutions
according to their respective need*
and sufficient to enable them to com
plete tlie fiscal year ending Sept. SO.
That the county unit road law bo
so amended as to replace In law those
sections that were left out by the en
rolling clerk of the senate, “which
left In grove doubt the responsibility
for the care of the highways of the
state.
That provisions be made for pny-
Ing to county auditor* and county
treasurer* per diem due for serv
ice* on equalization board* of coun
ties.
That rate* for legal advertising be
increased.
That a commission be appointed to
recommend legislation for a war
memorial. (No mention was made of
the American legion In this connec
tion.)
That horizontal Increase* ordered
by the tax board be legalized with
the provision that where property
ho* been assessed In exrees of It* true
cash value the exces* taxes be re
funded.
That control over tax levies and
bond Issues be restored to loral tax
ing and bond issuing authorities
subject to such appeal a* may be
necessary to protect the Interest of
the taxpayer.
That that section of the law ex
empting public securities be amend
ed so a* to make It clear that ail
bond* Issued and payable out of
revenue derived from taxation be
exempt from taxation.
That the section of the law ex
empting real estate from the lien of
taxes be amended so as to make It
clear that the state still retain* it*
lien for taxes upon the real estate of
the state.
That the rate of interest on all
securities be increased to 6 per cent.
That the employment commission
he abolished and Its duties be placed
in the hands of the Industrial board.
That provision be made for women
voters.
That provision be made for the
purchase or lease of a coal mine and
for the purchase of coal cars.
T bat the public service commis
sion he given power to give priority
to supplies for state Institution*.
That the depository law be amend
ed to provide that all public funds
coming into the hands of county
clerks <r treasurers be deposited.
EXPRESS MERGER
BEINGASKED FOR
Plan Proposed to Obtain $31,-
000,000 Loan.
WASHINGTON, July 12.—The Amer
ican Railway Express Uompany asked the
interstate commerce commission to au
thorize the consolidation of the express
transportation business.
The consolidation would take In the
Adams, American, Wells Fargo and
Southern Express Companies.
George T. Thomas, president of the
American Express Company, told the
commission the express companies need
ed $31.00.000 to carry on the business.
Asa consolidated organization they
would have no trouble borrowing this
amount, but individual companies would
have difficulty, he said.
Anderson Paved Road
Is Damaged by Rain
ANDERSON, Ind., July 12.—A heavy
downpour of rain has caused a section of
paved road on Meridian avenue. In North
Anderson, to dislodge and roll down an
embankment.
Damages ora said to exceed $6,000.
I SAYS NOT HOLDING
TWO JOBS SAME TIME.
representative Axby protested his re
tention as speaker and Representative
| Decker demanded to know If hd were
holding two state Jobs at the same time.
“I am not,” Mr. Eschbach declared em
phatically.
This statement wag met with applause
from the majority side.
Representative Craig then demanded to
know If Mr. Eschbach were on two state
payrolls at the same time.
The speaker ruled him out of order
1 and ordered the roll call to proceed.
In opening the senate Lieut. Gov. Bush
declared that he had not changed his
altitude against centralization of power.
"Whatever we do as a legalizing body
let us curtail the power of the tax
board,” he said.
He characterized the members of the
supreme court as men of Integrity and
ns men well qualified to pass upon th
legality of an action.
Many members predicted the intro
duction of bills Immediately after the
goternor's message is read.
Tentative plans called for a repub
lican caucus tonight to determine the
stand to be taken on the Goodrich pro
posals.
ASSEMBLY' TO BE
“CUT AND DRIED.”
Indications were that the assembly
would be of a "ont-and-dried” nature
with the governor In complete control
The only opposition anticipated will
come from the few democrats in the as
sembly.
Every more of the legislature will be
made with a view to determining the ef
fect It will have on the campaign and
election.
The Goodrich bills are designed to
straighten out the tangled affairs of the
administration so that it may be able
to present a solid front to the voters
as the record of the party in power.
Inasmuch as 69 per cent of the mem
bers of the assembly are candidates for
re-election. this purpose Is aiming
toward a powerful effect.
There was apparently little specula
tion as to what the assembly would do.
Tbe only, question appeared to be one
of how long the session would last.
Guesses on this subject ranged from
one week to the full forty days allowed
by the constitution.
The question of organization had the
appearance of being a knotty one, but
the nssenMy was expected to untangle
it without juch difficulty on the theory
that a law more or less has no particu
lar conseqnence among friends.
It appeared to be certain that Jesse
E. Eschbach, chief examiner of the state
board of accounts, would be made speak
er of the house.
WILL HE KEEP
BOTH JOBS?
The only question app ared to he one
of whether he would resign from his
present position “for the luration of the
session” or whether he will decide that
an appointee of the Goodrich administra
tion has a perfect right to hold two state
Jobs at the same time, a law or two to
tlie contrary notwithstanding.
The next question that comes up Is
that of vacancies.
There are a number of vacancies In
both houses due to deaths.
No attempt has been made to fill any
of them despite the provision that the
governor must call a special election to
fill vacancies occurring previous to the
last session prior to a general election.
This will mean that several hundred
thousand Indiana citizens will be with
out representation.
More than half the bills themselves, as
prepared under the direction of the gov
ernor. are designed to correct mistake*
(Continued on rage Two.)
FIGHT COMING
WITH TAX BILL
Rent Profiteering Measure
Scheduled to Be Presented.
That a fight will be precipitated on the
floor of the special session of Gov.
James P. Goodrich's legislature, when
that body comes to consider the admin
istration’s bill for legalizing the action
of the state tax board in making hori
zontal Increases, was indicated today.
At a meeting of the legislative com
mittee of the Indiana Federation of
Farmers, held Sunday, it is understood,
that a legalizing act was the chief sub
ject for discussion.
It is said that the fight against the
legalizing act will be led by William
Bosson, an ex-attorney and now a
farmer, of Marion county.
The action against the horizontal tax
increase was first instituted by Mr.
Bosson. when In the Marion superior
court, Judge Linn D. Hay ruled against
the tax board.
The case was appealed to the appellate
court, which sustained the lower court
and denied a petition for a rehearing.
It then was taken to the supreme court
where the Judgment of the lower court
was affirmed.
A subcommittee of the farmers’ fed
eration will look after the tax bills and
amendments thereto, and other commit
tees will look after legislation especially
desired by farmers.
The latter include the free seed bill,
a "blue sky” law, and a bill permitting
traction lines to haul live stock through
incorporated cities.
With the opening of the legislature
today, and the arrival In the city of the
assemblymen, a number of bills have
been announced that will be presented.
Some of the most Important of these!
are: M
Anti-rent profiteering bill.
Law requiring commercial trucks
place mirrors on their machines,
to see traffic behind them.
Soldier bonus bill, and bill jvlS&cEfc
Ing for the form
carrying an appropriation of
Bill to abolish the public
mission.
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