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Fair tonight and Saturday; probably local thunder showers. "VOL. XXXIII. DEMOCRATS ARE CONFIDENT OF STATE VICTORY Hoosier Leaders Hold Opti mistic Sessions at French Lick. ORGANIZATION CHIEF JOB By H. E. FEIGHTNER. Staff Correspondent The Times. FRENCH LICK, Ind., July 23.—A spirit of militancy and confidence pervades the 300 leading Hoosier democrats gathered here as the week-end guests of Thomas Taggart, and in all the conferences thus far held there was an optimism ex pressed that with Cox, Roosevelt, Taggart and McCullough on the ticket, Indiana will be safely placed under democratic control. Following a general meeting this morning of all the guests, separate ses sions of the men's and women’s states committees, the state and congressional candidates and the democratic editors, were held this afternoon. The deliberations centered on organ ization matter an tomorrow morning the resnltß will be reported to another gen eral meeting . Henry Spann candidate for congress from the Seventh district, sounded what many believe will be the campaign key note when he declared that the issues in Indiana are the fight against Uoodrich ism in the state and phariseeism of the senatorial cabal in the nation. The session was vigorously applauded. U. S. AGENT SENT TO COAL FIELDS Wilson Names Hugh Kerwin Mediator in Illinois. WASHINGTON, July 23.—President Wilson today asked Hugh Kerwin. chief of conciliation of the labor department, to offer mediation in the Illinois coal fields. The president’s action followed a con ference with Secretary Tumulty and Rep resentatives of Illinois coal operators at the whitehouse. Kerwin said he would appoint a media tion committee to proceed immediately to Springfield, where hearings in the wage controversy will be held. FUEL SHORTAGES ARE FORECASTED CHICAGO, July 23.—Chicago coal operators today predicted serious sue? shortages throughout the nation within the next month because of the un authorized strikes of 20,000 day workers in the southern Illinois fields and the threatened general walkout Monday of Illinois miners. Operators attempting to avert a crisis made efforts to obtain release from the contract made following the bituminous coat-Srioe strike last year. - They said unless secfiohs of the con tract relative to pay of day laborers was invalidated they wosdd not be able to stay the strike. Miners are asking higher wages for day work and President Frank Farring ton of the Illinois union has declared bis loss of control of the situation. MURPHYSBORO, HI., July 23 Min ers In every southern Illinois coal mine will strike today, according to a tele gram received by William Hutton, board member of the twelfth sub-dis trict of the United Mine Workers of America. Hutton declared all of the Franklin county miners were on strike. The field employing 12,000 is the big gest producer In the state and Includes the famous Orient mine with a world record of 6,744 tons hoisted in eight hours. West Frankfort and Benton miners are ont. 'DON'T CARE TO COMM ENT*—LEWIS No hint of possible connection of mine workers’ officials with the apparently au thorized strike of Illinois bituminous coal miners was forthcoming from headquar ters of the United Mine Workers here to day. Miners’ leaders were mum also as to whether union heads were taking action to end the walkout, which it is said “is becoming serious.” Asked if tbe strike were authorized; John I. Lewis, president of the miners' organization, said he "did not care to comment.” Lewis declined, too, to state whether he was keeping In touch with the Illi nois situation. It appeared doubtful whether federal machinery involved in the nation-wide coal strike again would come into play. Practically all offiicals who participated in the prosecution of the miners at that time are out of the city. Rob Rushville Store Special to The Times. RESHVILLE. Ind., July 23.—The Knecht company clothing store was broken Into Thyrsday morning and more than SI,OOO worth of merchandise was stolen. The robbers also rifled the safe taking $lO In money and S4OO In checks. Humphrey Boundary BJI to Governor Senator Humphreys’ bill providing for the construction and maintenance of bridges over streams which form a boun dary line of the state was passed unan imously by the house of representatives today and now goes to Gov. Goodrich for his signature to become a law. Provisions in the measure affect only Sullivan county. Amendments in the phraseology, and changing the number of petitioners from SOO to read “a majority of the free holders" were accepted and included in the bill. Rerouting Cars at Ala.-Mass. Junction Rerouting of a number of car lines will be necessary as a result of the renew ing of work on the tracks at Alabama street and Massachusetts avenue. The company announced the following I changes to become effective Monday: Columbia cars will turn south from Massachusetts avenue to Alabama, Wash- ! lug ton to Delaware and over regular route, returning to Massachusetts avenue via Alabama street. Brookslde, East Tenth and College Unes will turn south on Alabama to Wash es** 11 . to Delaware, to Maryland, to I I’ecnsylvania, to Georgia, to Meridian, to Maryland, to Pennsylvania, to Washing- i son, to Alabama, to Massachusetts ave- I ace. ' Published at Indianapolis, Ind., Daily Except Sunday. Plan Gasoline Rationing Refiners Tell Government Proposal Is Only Way to Prevent 40-Cent Power Fuel . WASHINGTON, July 23. —A gasoline rationing system to be applied throughout the United States is being considered by big refiners. The rationing system is designed by the refiners as a last resort to curtail consumption and keep the price from being forced to more than 40 cents a gallon, government officials here have been Informed by the representatives of the refiners. Vice President T. A. Dines of the Mid west Refining Company is one repre sentative of the big refiners who has discussed the rationing systam with gov ernment officials. Another is C. G. Sheffield of the Stand ard Oil Company of New Jersey. Before adopting the rationing system refiners plan to issue a nation-wide ap peal to the country to cut down joy riding. As devised by the refiners the rationing plan would be a voluntary one by deal ers In which the government would have no hand. It would mean that gasoline would be doled out to dealers under a fixed quota for each state or locality. WHO SAW WE’D HA VE NO SUMMER? HOURLY TEMPERATURE. 6 a. m 73|il a. m 89 7 a. m 76 12 m 91 8 a. m S2 1 p. m 913 9 a. m 85 2 p. m 93 10 a. 87 Phew! Today was the hottest day of the summer in Indianapolis. The temperature climbed in the tube, beginning at 6 o’clock, _ until It bad, reached 93 at 2 o’clogt.- Persons, who, during the recent cool weather, wondered audibly and fre quently if there would be any really hot weather this summer, complained Just as audibly of the heat, as they mopped j their brows and sought the nearest j swimming pools and soda fountains. How ’Bout a Scrap? Two billiard balls valued at sl3 are missing from the Claypool hotel blliard . ■ —, hall today. C) Gene Henning proprietor of the . of the billiard “eL. ball, told the po lice the two balls were stolen from a drawer. The police be- _ Ueve the thief might want to use them for a Juggling act in a vaudeville show. To Try Again to Shoot Falls in Steel Cask NIAGARA PALLS, N. Y„ July *3. —Bobby Leach, who successfully shot the Canadian falls In a steel barrel In 1911, has expressed his In- j tention of trying it again. The tentative date set by him is ' Aug. *o. *.a. .- • Cox Sends Suffrage Men to Tennessee COLUMBUS, 0., July 23.—Gov James 1 M. Cox today Informed a committee of suffrage leaders that he has already sent jicrsonal representatives Into Tennessee to work for the ratification of the suf frage amendment at the special legisla ture session beginning Aug. 9. , Announcement was made at the gov ernor’s office also that George White, chairman of the democratic national committee, has wired state chairmen urging them to have democratic speak ers at all chatauquas during the next few months. She Walked Right Out of Her Shoes F. N. Breeding, 534 Sonth Meridian street. I* looking today for the wom an who apparently stepped right out of her shoes at Meridian and Mary land streets. % Breeding found an almost new pair of shoes on the sidewalk. There was no signs that they had been wrapped up or tied together. They appeared simply to have ceased walking. Lottery May Be Cause of Fuss With Denmark NEW YORK, July 23.—Federal author ities today were investigating a lottery, said to be promoted by the Danish gov ernment, and circulars of which were re ceived by many persons here. Unless Denmark takes steps to stop circulation of this matter in the United States, it was feared International com plications might ensue. The first prize in the lottery was SBO,OOO. Midwest Papers Raising Rates KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 23.—Led by the Kansas City Star, mid-west newspaper publishers, facing in creased second class postal rates, high cost of print paper, increased labor costs, and other costs, have ad vanced their subscription rates this month, while others are declaring their intentions of increasing rates. The Star arnounced that a further increase of 18 per cent in the cost of print paper had forced it to in crease their rates to subscribers. The new rates are 20 cents per week to subscribers in Kansas City’s trade territory and 80 cents a week to those outside the trade territory. TAR OR SALAD DRESSING OR PAINT or eighty-five other kinds of stains and ipots that get on clothing, table linen and other fabrics can be removed by fol lowing the directions given in a valuable booklet which The Times is sending free to its readers. A copy of this book in your home may save you a silk dress or a valuable table cloth some day. To get this booklet, put your name and address on the attached coupon and mall with a 2-cent stamp for ireturn postage to The Indiana Daily Times In formation Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, director, Washington, D. C. THE INDIANA DAILY TIMES INFORMATION BUREAU. Washington, D. C. FREDERICK U. HASKIN, Director. Enclosed find a two-cent staimp for postage on the booklet on the Removal of Stains. Name v Address City State Entered as Second Class Matter, July 25, 1914, at Postoffice, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March S, 1879. California is now on gasoline rations. Gas is now selling from 31 to 39 cents a gallon. Consumption is reported as 31,000,000 gallons a day. Production is 11.000,000 gallons, a day, or 2,000,000 less than consumption. Reserve stocks therefore are being drawn on at a rate of about 60,000,000 gal lons a month, according to producers' fig ures. May 30 reserve stocks totaled 557,600,- 000 gallons, according to the bureau of mine*. April 30 the total was 613,552,000 gal lons, a reserve which was built up dur (Continued on Page Two.) OPPOSITION TO RATE RAISING TAKING FORCE Proposed R. R. Increases to Meet Wage Award Stirs* Up Action. HELP HINTS TRICKERY WASHINGTON, July 23—Opposition to increased passenger freight, baggage and Pullman rates asked by railroads was developing today. The railroads, in a ’ petition filed with the interstate commerce commission yes terday, said they needed the higher rates to meet the $600,000,000 wage award granted workers. Opponents of the proposed raises will try to show that they are unnecessary and that increases In freight rates asked several weeks ago are sufficient. Organized railway employes may join the effort to enjoin the increase, it was said. It was learned employes have collected information with which they will Justify charges that the roads are running up a big bill of expense to show tbe neces sity of increased revenue. The proposed 60 per cent increase on passenger and Pullman fares was ex pected to be attacked by the United Com mercial Travelers. Farmer organizations will inquire Into the necessity of a raise of approximately 40 per cent for carrying milk. This would increase the price of milk. WILL INVESTIGATE PROPOSED RAISES. At the nstlonal grange it was said th. raise would not be oDoosed if that or ganization found it necessary to the roads. j. • Shippers'will ask bearings on the pro posed freight Increases, stthongh it was not certain they will oppose them. It was estimated the total of Increased freight rates now being sought by the railroads would, if granted, take from the pocket of the consumer between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000. ACCEPT WAGE ROOST UNDER PROTEST CHICAGO, July 23 The spectre es a national railroad strike executed a quick fadeout today, at least for the time be ing. Following meeting* which lasted until late Thursday night, the representative* of sixteen of tbe seventeen transporta tion unions, acting separately, voted to accept under protest the 5600.000.000 wage (Continued on Page Two.) DRY FIGHT FOR WATKINS STARTS Bryan Says Other Things Keep Him Off Ticket. LINCOLN. Neb., JfUy 28.—Prohibition party leaders today began laytng plans for an aggressive campaign for t4ie elec tion of Aaron S. Watkins, Germantown, 0., as president. D. L. Leigh Colvin of New York w<.g selected as the vice-presidential candi date. His nomination was unanimous. Watkins, keynote speaker of the na tional prohibition convention, was se lected the presidential candidate last night on the eecond ballot. His nomination followed word from W. J. Bryan that “he could not sever con nections with the democratic party. The nomination made the third from Ohio as presidential candidate and was unanimous. Robert H. Patton, Springfield, 111., at torney, and Daniel. O. Poling, interna tional president of tbe Christian En deavor, were also placed In nomination for the presidency. Bryan, in declining the unanimous nomination as standard bearer, declared he did not know how he would vote in tha coming elections, but said other re forms which make it impossible for him to focus his attention upon the prohibi tion question demanded that be not affiliate with the party. Argument Continued in Cases of Doctors The oral argument in the cases of Charles P. Wier, Alonzo S. Neely, Calvin R. Atkins, G. Roland Perdue, Edgar M. Outland, Harrison B. Hulse and Pearl O. Dickey, Indianapolis physicians, in dicted by the Marion county grand Jury, charged with operating a blind tiger, was continued in criminal court until next Monday. The physicans are said to have ille gally written prescriptions for liquor. ftitota Haifi Sillies INDIANAPOLIS, FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1920. NAKED BODY OF GIRL FOUND IN TRUNK AT N. Y. Expressed From Detroit June 17 and Put in Warehouse When Not Claimed. ODOR TIPS OFF EMPLOYE NEW YORK, July 23.—A new murder mystery, with a pretty young girl as the victim, came to the attention of the po lice today when the corpse was found in a trunk in the warehouse of the Amer ican Railway Express Company, at 225 East Forty-fourth street. A 12-inch knife wound is in the ab domen of the body. The body was taken to the morgue, where physicians declared the wound showed it to have been a “ripper” mur der. This opinion also was expressed by Police Inspector Cray. The trunk was shipped to this city from Detrotl, Mich., and was sent to the warehouse when the consignee failed to appear to claim It. The body wes nude, and, according lo a physician who examined it, a girl between 20 anil 30 years old. Several Detroit newspapers, an old fe dora hat and a man’s shirt were found in the trunk. JAMMED INTO TRUNK BOTTOM. The body was jammed Into tbe bot tom of the trunk. Police are working on the theory that the crime had been committed by a de generate. Tbe woman’s teeth were in good con dition. She had blue eyes and was good-look ing In life. Her nose was flattened probably by the lid of the trunk. The trunk in which the body was found was a cheap one of the kind gen erally used by Immigrants. Finger print experts took charge of the trunk. The trunk was shipped from Detroit on June 17 and, after arriving in New York, was sent to a storage warehouse when it was not claimed. Clerks complained of the odor and the trunk was opened by James Demarest, delivery foreman. When the odor was first noticed the trunk was believed to contain perishable foodstuffs. Detectives believe it a clear case of murder, although they would not say whether any marks were found on the body. The body had been Jammed into the trunk and was contorted with the knees pressed up against the chin. Tbe trunk, which was anew one, was three by three and one-half feet in dimensions. The following description of the vic tim was given out by the police this aft ernoon. Age, about 35s weight, about ISO; height. 5 feet 5 Inches, hair, brown, eyes, bine, teeth, well kept with two protruding slightly. The papers and clothing fonnd In the trunk were examined carefully for finger prints ONE NEWSPAPER DATED JUNE 9 One of tbe Detroit newspaper* was dated June 9 and another June 10, in dicating that the body had been shipped about that time The clothing in the trunk evidently belonged to the dead woman. In addition to dress, underwear and 6tockings there was a blue straw hat. Dr. Charles T. Norris, the medical examiner, found a blue mark over the right eye, but this was believed to have been caused when the body was forced Into the trunk. WIFE OF J AMT OR GIVES CLEWS DETROIT, July 23.—Officials of the American Express Company began checking their records hero today fol lowing a report from New York that the body of a nude woman had been found in a trnnk sent June 17 by “A. A. Pleturn, 105 Harbor street, Detroit.” Pleturu's name does not appear in the Detroit directory. Mrs. Lottie Brooks, wife of the Janitor of the apartment building at 105 Harper avenue, gave the first clews here In the trunk mystery murder unearthed at New York today. She said that for several weeks prev iously to June 17, the date of the ship ment of the tru-nk. a man who gave his name as “E. Leroy,” lived at the build ing with a woman who claimed to be his wife. The woman disappeared ft few days be fore June 71 and "Leroy” also disap peared a few days later, after borrow ing money from other tenants of the building and shipping two trunks. Careful examination of police records today show that Only two Detroit wom en have been reported missing since June 1, and that both of these have been accounted for. Police have advanced the theory that the trung containing the body was brought to Detroit from some other city and reshipped from here to New York. Mrs. Brooks told the police that on June 7 a couple came to the apartment and paid a week’s rent. “The woman disappeared on the night of June 14,” said Mrs. Brooks, “and the man left Jud 15 with his trunks and suit case. v FOUND lira WITH TRUNKS PACKED. ‘‘l went up to his rooms in the aft ernoon of June 15 and found him with his trunks packed and an express wagon waiting in th to move them. “I demanded why he was vacating without giving me notice, and he said his wife had to leave suddenly In the night because of sickness of relatives. “He left a forwarding address to which I wrote and received a reply that no such party lived there.” The landlady said that when she de manded their marriage certificate when they rented the apartment they told her it had been left with the girl's mother. The man was about 25 years old and his wife 18. He was about five feet ten inches or eleven inches in height, weighed about 105 pounds, well dressed and good look ing. \ The woman was about five feet two inches, weighed about 105 ponnds and had medium brown hair. While in the house for a week the girl seemed worried and continually excited,” said Mrs. Brooks. Mrs. Brooks said she had a ule re quiring tenants to clean an apartment before leaving. Mrs. Hugh Roland, who followed the other couple into the tenancy of the rooms, stated today that when she came to the house she found! Mrs. Brooks scrubbing some dark substance from the kitchen floor. Mrs. Brooks denied this emphatically. Played in Hard Luck DALLAS, Tex., July 23.—Yeggs roliod a one-ton iron safe from the front office Into the rear warehouse of Southern Equipment Company then couldn’t open it. Jobs Go Begging; Fear Senate Action WASHINGTON, July 23.—Nearly a score of Important government po sitions are remaining unfilled,, pros pective appointees refusing to ac cept because of their fear that the next senate will refuse to confirm recess appointments of President Wil son, according to high government officials here. The positions pay from $5,000 to $12,000 a year. Vacancies to be filled include: The new shipping board of seven members, assistant secretary of war; assistant secretary of the navy (to succeed Franklin D. Roosevelt, democratic vice presidential nominee* and two memberships in tariff com mission. YANKEE SLOOP SPEEDS ALONG IN RACE LEAD Resolute Makes Fine Effort to Even Cup Series With Lipton’s Shamrock. SAILING PROVES FAST ABOARD U. S. DESTROYER GOLDS BOROUGH, OFF SANDY HOOK, N. J., July 23—(via wireless) Resolute showed her heels to the challenger for America's yachting cup in the first two legs of today’s race—the fourth of the series. Shamrock was unable to pass the American boHt on either of the two first legs (covering twenty miles) after Skip per Adams crossed the starting 11ns ahead. A fifteen kuot wind was blowing and tbe yachts fairly flew through the water. Resolute's lead on elapsed time at the ' first mark (ten miles) was one minute i forty-eight seconds Shamrock cut dowu the Resolute’s lead slightly during the j second ten miles, the elapsed time being: Shamrock, 60:18; Resolute, 61:02. Shamrock gained forty-four seconds on i the second leg. In order to win the race the challenger faced the task of sailing the remaining ten miles ffilmost a third faster than Resolute. Shamrock took in her reaching Jib top sail at 2:32 p. m. and made no effort to j set another, sailing along under two ; head sails. Resolute continued out ahead with number one topsail pulling well. Resolute had turned the second mark (20 miles) at 2:25:49. Shamrocks time i at the second mark nas 2:27:16. j The speed of the two yachts on the j second leg averaged well above twelve : knots as the wind picked up to eighteen - knots, the strongest of the series. With a black squall making up ahead, Shamrock took in her topsail at 2:45. A minute later Resolute took in her jib top sail and prepared to weather the squall. At 2:50 Resolute was leading by a quarter of a mile. The finishing line was four mile* away. The defender and the challenger started the fourth race of their series for the America's cup at noon (eastern standard time). Thick weather, with rolling banks of fog off shore, prevailed and there was a five-knot wind from the south. The race today was scheduled to be sailed over a triangular course. The yachts hended south-southwest on tbe first leg of the triangle, which was a beat to windward. The second leg was to be a reach east by north, and the third another reach to the flntab. Tbe Resolute crossed starting line first, leading by twenty-three seconds. The official starting time* were an nounced as: Resolute, 12:01:83; Sham rock, 12:01:56. Official announcement was made that time allowance in favor of Resolute to day was 6 minutes and 40 second*. Both yacht* stood southeast on star board tack carrying Jib topsail* and plunging heavily in a southerly roll. Resolute began to pull away from Shamrock almost as soon as they crossed the line. Ten minutes after the start both jnchts tacked to port with Resolute 200 yards to windward. The American tie fender was making splendid time, while it appeared that Shamrock was almost becalmed to leeward. The wind hauled about to almost di rect south shortly after 12 o'clock, let ting up Resoluto and putting her a trill* more than a quarter of a mile to wind ward. She was a good one-eighth milo ahead at this stage, and almost able to i lay her course for the first mark. At 12:22 the breeze had Increased to eight knots and Resojute continued to gain on the challenger. Resolute sturted the race with a No. 1 baby Jib topsail, but shifted It soon after the start to a No. 8. Shamrock started with n small baby Jib, but at 12:24 shifted to a larger head sail. At 12:80 o’clock the wind veered back into the southwest, making it dead j ahead to the first turn for the racers. Resolute was half a mile to windward ’ and footing much faster than Sham-! rock. The challenger seemed loggy. At 12:40 o’clock Resolute was still half a mile to windward of the green sloop, but Shamrock had gained a bit and was footing faster. At 12:50, when nearly down to the Highlands, Shamrock had picked up, with the aid of a small baby jib topsail, which she set at 12:40. The weather was clear at that time ; except for a fog bank off shore. The breeze was about six knots. At 12:55 the breeze hauled directly south, which gave the boats still more of a beat. At that time they were off the south end of the Highlands about two miles off the beach. Resolute was about a mile windward and that much nearer the turning mark. At 1:06 Shamrock, when within halS' a mile of Shrewsbury shoal, tacked to starboard and held off short. Resolute held on two minutes and then followed, j Resolute then was 700 yards ahead. State Convention Plans of New Party Plans for the Indiana state convention of the farmer-labor party, to be hold to morrow, were discussed today wnen the state executive committe met at the Den nison hotel. A committee, headed by Bert Lynch, has been appointed to welcome the 1,000 delegates expected at the convention. J. Verne Johnston of Kokomo has been considered for governor on the new party ticket. District organization meetings will be held before the opening of the conven tion at 10 o’clock. Horace H. Krau&r, county chairman, will deliver the addres of welcomo at the convention. On Aug. 7, a counts; contention will nominate a complete county ticket _ . jßy Carrier. Week, Indianapolis, 10c; Elsewhere. 12c. Subscription Rate.: j ß ' Mall _ 50c Per Month: $5 . 00 Per Year. JAMESON SAYS NO COIN HALTS IMPROVEMENTS Board of Works Promises to ‘Co-Operate,’ but Doesn’t Say Just How. SAME OLD STORY AGAIN Dr. Henry Jameson, president of the board of directors of the Indi anapolis Street Railway Company, today explained to the board of , works why the company has not been carrying out the orders of the | board and probably will not do so. Members of the board who futilly [have been issuing orders for the last six months, listened to the statement and promised to “co-operate.” Dr. Jameson told the board what gen erally has been known, that the company has not sufficient money to carry out the orders, which would require a capi tal of $3,000,000 or $4,000,000, and that a higher rate of fare will be required if the orders are to be carried out. The board demanded some statement from I)r. Jameson as to what the com pany expects to do in putting the Massa chusetts avenue line in such shape that the board can go ahead with re-surfac ing. Dr. Jameson promised immediate action would be taken. Dr. Jameson sold that the company can not possibly do any work on the West Washington street line or the extension of the car line to Fifty-first street on Col lege avenue. YES. DR. JAMESON KNOWS IT. George Uemaax, president of the board, ’ asked Dr. Jameson if he knows there is a movement among the people of the city to have the company placed In the hands of a receiver. Dr. Jameson replied that he knew there was such a movement and that he thought if' company would have to beak them to U If the people expeted it to make ab the improvements asked for. T. B. McMntb, civil engineer for tbe street railway company, said it is impos sible to get labor for the improvements that are needed even If the materials could be bought and the company were in such a financial condition that it could buy them. He said the steel mill* have not rolled a street car rail since before the war, and that it would be several months be fore a shipment of rails could be ob tained. Mr McMatb said the company is aware that its lines are in need of repair and that It will co-operate with the board in the Improvement of the streets, but that it is a physical impossibility lor any definite action to be taken by the company. At a recent meeting the board of works notified the street car company that a fine of SSO a day would be as -ensed against the company If it did not complete the work on Massachu setts avenue by Aug. 15. DR. JAMESON ASKS LENIENCY. Dr. Jamesaji asked leniency on tbe part of the board in this respect. While no reply was made to this re quest. it is understood the board will not asses* tbe threatened fine. Mr. McMath said the trouble of re- j pairing the Massachusetts avenue tracks Is that there are so many cars using the Hue that only a Btnali part of the work could be done in a ten-hour day. I)r. Jameson said If the board pushed too much work on the company thl> (Continued on I’nge Fifteen.) SB,OOO DAMAGE IS LAID TO FIRE BUG Hiawatha Street Neighborhood Menaced for Time. Fire, which officials say undoubtedly was of Incendiary origin, started in the barn of the Yanthi* Transfer Company, 525 Hiawatha street, causing a loss esti mated at v 56,000 early today. An automobile truck and a touring car were destroyed and the flames threatened to spread over the neigh borhood. The fire reached across the alley to the barn of Nick Kerz, causing damage es timated at SSOO. Fences and a shed in the rear of tbe home of Thomas Hazelwood, 527 Hia watha street, were destroyed; a shed in the rear of the home of Ellis Posey, 525 Hiawatha street, was damaged, and tha roof of a small bungalow at 524 Pat terson street, occupied by Solomon Love, negro, was damaged. The barn was owned by Charles Yan thls, who is employed at the court house, while the cars belonged to his son Harry. In the bam also were rugs valued at SBOO, which Yanthis was keeping In storage. After the firemen had left the scene, a fire was discovered on the roof of Henry Oakey, 543 Patterson street, a block dis-' tant from the Yanthis garage, a firebrand having dropped on the roof of the frame residence started the blaze, which caused a loss of $25. The fire department answrede three other alarms where the flames did little damage, last night. A street car caught Are at Illinois and Eleventh streets at 8 o’clock, but tbe flames had been put out and the car was gone before the ,department urrlved. An alarm was sent In when a curtain at the Circle theater caught Are at 0:23 o’clock, but the fire was put out imme diately by employes of the theater. * An overheated motor at the Taggart Baking Company caused another alarm. 1 ■ - ■ ‘HOME RULE’ TAX BILL WITH AMENDMENTS PASSED BY SENATE Clips Power of State Board to Pass on Future Levies —Making Circuit Court Arbiter in Controversies. j Clipping off the power of the state board of tax commissioners to i pass on future tax levies to be made by the local taxing units on appeal j -rom those units and firmly establishing “home rule” in Indiana, the sen* ate today passed the Johnson house bill, with amendments, by a voto 1 of 39 to 0. 13 KILLED IN BELFAST RIOTS DURING NIGHT Trouble Spreads to Banbridge, Where Soldiers Charge Mob. 150 REPORTED WOUNDED GALWAY, Ireland, July 23.—1n re prisal for shooting of soldiers and constables, police and military today wrecked the village of Caltra near here, burning the headquarters of Sinn Feiners. LONDON, July 23 —Thirteen persons were killed in violent street fighting that raged at Belfast during the night, ac cording to revised estimates of casual ties telegraphed from the Ulster city this afternoon. This number Is believed to include some of the wounded who succumbed to their injuries. The trouble spread to Banbridge. where soldiers charged a mob with fixed bayo nets. Two persons are reported to have been killed at Banbridge. A dispatch from Bellast at noon said a heavy rain storm had set in which scattered the crowds and aided material ly in quieting the city. Latest advices put the number of wounded at 150. which was far in excess of earilfr estimates. The most of the dead were said to be nationalists (antl unionitsts). Four regiments of British troops were on guard in the city during the morn ing. The trouhle threatens to spread out aide of Belfast. Thirty more arrests have been mado at Belfast by soldiers and constables, bringing the total number of prisoners to nenriy ninety. A boy was shot dead ip an outbreak ! of fighting at Banbridge. the native town of Inspector General Smyth of the royal Irish constabulary, who was assassi nated at Cork last Saturday. Sir Hamsr Greenwood, chief secretary i for Ireland, estimated the damage in the Belfast riots at more than $10,(XX),000. I Fire broke out in Falls Hoad daring ; the height of the battle and the firemen 1 attacked the flames amidst flying bul | lets. There was heavy sniping at times dur ing the night, the riflemen hidden on the roofs and in the upper stories of build ings in tbe Fails Road district. Soldiers opened Are against the build ings with machine guns and a spectac ular battle raged in the glare of the con flagrations. The Exchange Telegraph correspondent at Belfast said It was impossible to esti mate the casualties because many wound ed. and perhaps some of tbe dead, had ■ been carried away during the darkness. Many persons In Belfast are homeless. Some were evicted and others were driven out by the fighting. During a lull In the firing before mid night, the unionists formed a procession and marched through the principal streets of Belfast with the Union Jack. This further infuriated the nationalists and Sinn Feiners. Among the latest batch of wounded taken to Belfast hospitals were six po licemen and a soldier. They were said to be in serious con dition. Fifty-four cases of looting had been heard In the Belfast courts up to mid night. Despite the efforts of the police and soldiers pillaging continued. “No one can tell where the Belfast riots (Continued on Page Two.) DEFENSE RESTS COMMUNIST CASE Charged With Conspiring to Overthrow Government. CHICAGO. July 23.—The defense closed Its case today in the trial of William | Bross Lloyd and nineteen other leaders of the communist labor party. All are charged with conspiring to overthrow the government under the provisions of the new state sedition law. Closing arguments were expected to start late today. The last witness for the defense was Mrs. Viola G. Graham, former president J of the city federation of women’s clubs of Seattle. She testified that she witnessed no violence in the Seattle shipyards strike, and that she heard no talk among the ; strikers of 'seizing the city government, j Another witness was A. Swenson of j Seattle, formerly superintendent of pub lic works at Spokane. VAMPED HOME EDITION 2 CENTS PER COPY The bill as passed takes away tb* power of the state tax board to pass oa appeals on future tax levies and pro* vides that in case of controversy ove# a tax levy that the circuit court of th county be called in as arbiter. Several amendments, as agreed to by the finance committee of the senate* were added to the bill as it was passed by the house, when it was called up tot passage under suspension of the rules. Minority members of the senate Joined with the majority in passing the bill, following a thirty-minute caucus of the democratic senators, to discuss the amendments aS reported by the finance committee. j MANY DON’T VOTE OWN OPINIONS. In explaining their vote on the meas* ure, many of the senators declared that they were not voting their own opinions, but that la view of the circumstances, something had to be done at once. “In my opinion,- this is the best way to get out of a serious stuation,” said Senator Cravens. “I do not like the bill, for the reason that it mixes the powers and duties of the taxing units of the state with those so the judiciary, but as something must be done at once, I vote ‘aye.’ ” Senator Douglass, in explanation of his affirmative vote, said that this was the best bill that could be framed for getting the state out of this difficulty. i ‘ The state constitution fixes the duties of the pudlciary, but as something must Senator E. P. Eisner, “and you cannot make any laws here that will fix addi i tlonal duties.” The amendments will do more to clip : the power of the state board of tax com missioners than any other measure yet introduced since the creation of this arbitrary board. It was the aim of the Johnson hill, as passed by the house, to protect the power of the state tax board In the making of future tax levies by giving the board the final word when appeal Is taken from lo cal taxing units. The senate amendments wipe ont this appeal power. The amendments provide that in case of an appeal the Judge of the circuit court of the county shall sit as arbiter. This removes the power of the state tax commission to decide any tax levy on appeal. When any number of taxpayers, not lose than fifty, and who-are affected by 'Kheh levies, file a petition wi h the proper i officers of a taxing unit, setting forth that in their opinion the proposed tax levy is insufficient to yield necessary revenue, or that the tax levy will result In a: re revenues than is necessary, the circuit judge of the county is to be called In to sit as an arbiter. After evidence is submitted whatever finding is made by the arbiter, shall be final. CLIP TOWERS OF TAX BOARD. "These amendments absolutely clip the powers of the state tax board and re turn to home rule.” said Senator Luke Duffey of Indianapolis. It is pointed out by republican sen ators that Warren T. McCray, republican candidate for governor, stands for the return of power to local taxing units. When the finance committee reported the amendments to the senate, efforts were made to suspend the rules, but this failed when the minority members de manded time for a conference. Senators Eisner and Cravens stated that they had no desire to delay action on tips bill, but Insisted that they should have at least thirty minutes to confer on them. On motion of Senator English of Mar ion county the minority members war* Riven a half hour and the senate took a recess until 11:30. This was the second recess taken by the senate after convening at'lo o'clock. Action on the measure was asked at once by Senator English, who stated flat the senate should pass the bill and send It back to the house immediately. 1 By this manner,” said Senator Eng v lish, "no further delay would be occa sioned.” DRASTIC ACTION TAKEN BY SENATE. Drastic action was taken by the senate in giving the local taxing units the power to issue bonds for which petitions now are pending before the state board of tax commissioners. Tho senate accomplished this by strik ing out of the Johnson bill the provision in section 4, giving the state board the power of determining the issuance of bonds, and amended it to read as fol lows : On taking effect of this act. any mu nicipal corporation through its proper legal officers may issue such bonds or other evidence of indebtedness as it may deem necessary, as provided by law, and also provided that the state board of tax commissioners shall certify back to the respective municipalities all peti tions for bond issues now pending be fore said board, and said municipalities may proceed with the issuance of suvh bonds, according to law, without th§ ap proval of said board of tax commis sioners. This sweeping action of the senate re ttores the complete tax levying powers formerly vested in the staet tax board to the local taxing units and gives the local unit power to issue all bonds and other evidences of indebtedness. Another amendment passed by the sen ate gives the governor power, “for good and sufficient reasons,” to remove any member of the state board of tax com missioners. In amending that section of the bill which provides for the exemption of cer tain bonds, notes and mortgages from taxation, the seuate voted to Include from such exemption all bonds, notes, mort gages and other evidences of Indebted* ness, heretofore or hereafter Issued and (Continued on Page Sixteen.) OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE HTTSELL. City Clerk. Dear George—lt is easy to see that the republican ring does not desire your services, either as Fourth ward committeeman or in any other capacity. It not infrequently happens that the official who believes in retain ing his self-respect proves an unsat isfactory cog in the machine of a conscienceless political ring. Your ouster as ward committee man is really a compliment to your character. NO. 63.