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Parcel Post Service
to Norway Stopped
Postmaster Robert E. Springsteen was
advised today in a bulletin from the
Postoffice Department at Washington to
notify the public in Indianapolis that
parcel post service in Norway has been
suspended. The local postal force has
been instructed to refuse to accept for
mailing parcel post matter addressed for
•delivery in Norway until further notice.
Japan Stands Pat
in German Deal
WASHINGTON. Dec. 4.—Japan stands
pat on her refusal to surrender former
German cables in the Pacific seized dur
ing the war, it was learned authorita
tively here today. The Japanese attitude
is similar to that of France and Great
Britain, which have refused to surrender
the former German Atlantic cables in the
interests of free and untramraeled world
Girl, 17, Sues Man
for $5,000 Heart Balm
Heart balm amounting to $3,000 is
asked by Ethel Brunton, 17, by her next
friend, Nancy J. Brunton. against John
Hynes, Jr., in a suit filed before Judge
Solon Carter of Superior Court, room 1.
The complaint states that on April 1,
1919, Hynes expressed his "love” for her
and on Aug. 1. 1920, she submitted to
his embraces upon his promise to marry
her. His alleged failure to make her his
wife, resulted In the damage suit being
filed, the complaint stated.
Will Not Attempt
to Unseat Socialists
NEW YORK, Dec. 4.—Republicans who
will control the 1921 State Legislature
will make no effort to unseat the three
Socialists who were elected to that body,
it was learned today. This decision was
reached at a conference of Governor-elect
Miller. Assemblyman H. E. MncHold, who
is slated to be speaker of the Assembly,
and others. On® Socialist was elected to
the State Senate and two to the lower
house In New York City in the Novem
ber election.
Police Baffled
by Ma i URobber;y
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.. Dec. 4—After
continued questioning of the three clerks
who were in the mail oar of a train
robbed iii the outskirts of Minneapolis
yesterday by three bandits, police and
postal inspectors today confessed they
were at sea on a solution of the robbery,
in which registered mail with cash and
securities estimated to run as high as
half a million dollars was taken. They
remained mum, officially on the amount
of loot taken.
Toys on Sale Here
Made in America
More than 90 per cent of the Christ
mas toys on snle in Indianapolis stores
are American-made products, according
to Indianapolis retail merchants. Hun
dreds of persons already have purchased
toys for Willie, Johnnie and oiher juve
nile members of the family.
Menhants point out that persons who
do their shopping early instead of de
laying until a fen- days before Christ
mas will have a much wider selection of
articles to select from; will get better
attention an,; more prompt deliveries.
Only seventeen shopping days remain
until Christmas.
Secretary Colby Off
for South America
Secretary of State Colby started today
on his long-delayed trip to South Amer
ica. The battleship Florida carrying
Colby and his party, steamed out of
Hampton Roads shortly after noon. The
travel-stained United Fruit liner Pas
tores. carrying Harding
coming in. passed the Florida outward
bound. Ther** was no formal exchange of
salutes. Colby sent the following message
to Harding by radio from the Mayflower:
‘•I sincerely hope you are returning
home much benefited and refrshed by
yonr trip.”
Denies Farmers Have
Sought (Conference
President Lewis George of the county
commissioners, today denied that the
Marion County Farmers’ Federation had
asked the board for a conference rela
tive to a communication submitted to
the commissioners asking that the board
refrain from allowing any new road im
provement contracts for a period of two
ye trs, or until the price of material be
came more normal.
Mr. George stated that he is trying to
ascertain if the township locals of the
federation approve the stand the presi
dent of the federation and the directors
have taken on road improvements.
Forecast for Indianapolis and vicinity
1 for the twenty-four hours ending 7 p. m.,
Dec. 5: Italn and colder tonight; Sun
day[ partly cloudy and colder, lowest
temperature about 35 degrees.
C a. m 49
7 a. in 49
H a. m 50
9 a. m 5o
io a. m 50
U a. 49
12 (noon) 49
1 p. m 49
2 p. m *9
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Ind., Daily Except Sunday. Postoffice, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March 3, 1879.
‘Best Brains of Country’ to
Meet at Marion, 0., to
Discuss League.
NEWPORT NEWS. Va.. Dec. 4.—Presi
dent-elect Harding landed Here today
from his long sea trip to Panama shortly
after 10:30 o'clock. The Pastores, ou
which the President-elect made his voy
age. was escorted up Hampton Roads
by squadrons of airplanes, seapoines and
President-elect Harding's League of
Nations conference, embracing the “best
brains of the nation,” will open at Ma
rion, Ohio, on Dec. 13. and will be con
clude dbefore the end of the month, ac
cording to present plans.
The Harding party was met here by
Norman Hamilton, collector of the port,
who extended to the distinguished visi
tor the freedom of the port on behalf of
- Secretary of the Treasury Houston. A
I delegation of Elks escorted the Presi
dent-elect to the Newport News ship
yard. where he was escorted through the
1 plant.
The airplane squadron which met the
Pastores far from port, dropped mes
sages and newspapers aboard and Mr.
Harding sent a message announcing bis
arrival at Newport News by airplane.
I "I only differed from our President
! on the peace treaty because I want ours
| to he an unmortgaged America.” rte
| dared President-elect Harding in a brief
| address here after his arrival from Pan-
I ama. “I hope that the good sense of
i mankind will make some approximation
of disarmament. I believe In that: but
until that day comes I want a Navy
and merchant marine equal to the great
ness of America. We crave no territory;
we seek no people's destruction. It will
! never be amiss In America if our
j partisanship ceases to be a matter of
i geography,
•'There are difficult times ahead. Rut
they are not the clientage of the ad-
I ministration soon to pass, so much as
; they are the heritage of a tumult in
j the world. We must beml our efforts to
! put the I'nited States on the right, safe
; track to preserve the civilization which
;is our heritage. 1 have an abiding con
viction that the host of America is right
and the conrage of America is equal to
every task. I believe that our America
is the one steadying Influence and it Is
up to us to lead the way to right. %
“I shall be glad If America can give
I of her influence to that fraternity of na
| lions which makes for peace. We read
| America's conscience for ourselves in
[America. I want the next administration
Ito be the continued Judgment of the citi
zenship of America; I want to go on pre
(( ontinued on Page Three.)
Special Judge Revokes Sus
pension on Violation of
Tat Stiven*. 37, of 336 Agnes street,
must serve 180 days on the penal farm
for violating his promise to the Judge
I pro tern, of the City Court not to ‘‘pur
chase or possess" whisky again, nnless
j Dan Brown, his attorney, cau save him
j on some technicality of law.
| As soon as Frank A. Sy mines. Jude**
| pro tem., learned that Stlvens had vlo
| lated his promise he went to the (Tty
| Court room and sent for the police offl
j oer who arrested Stlvens last night, and
, asked for a statement. Despite Attor
i ney Brown’s effort to save his client by
declaring that the court did not have
(Continued on Page Three.)
Both Wilson and Harding
May Be Heard at Opening
Session of New Congress
WASHINGTON, Dec 4.—The expiring
Congress of the Democratic administra
tion, which convenes Monday, may have
the unprecedented experience of hearing
both a President and a President-elect
of the I'nited States. Never In the legis
lative history of the Government has
there been such a thing and Washington,
official and otherwise, lr- considerably
From the %Vhite House today came no
intimation aa to whether President Wil
son has decided for or against appear
ing in person before the assembled House
and Senate to deliver his last message.
The matter, It was said, Is entirely up
to the President himself, but assurance*
were forthcoming that the chief executive
Is entirely fit physically to perform the
task if he elects to do so.
Unless plans i-re changed at tho last
moment. It Is expected that the opening
of the Senate Monday may see President
elect Harding in bis seat. He has tn
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Widow Resents
Raps at Hamon
by ‘Sweetheart ’
‘A'o One Could Be Kinder
Than He—and l Should
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ARDMORE, tikla., Dec. 4. —Assailing
Clara Smith Hamon, reputed slayer of
her husband, as “one who came along
with her beauty and paraded with Mr.
Hamon.” the widow of Jake Jj. Hamon,
late Republican national committeeman,
today made her fir4t public statement
since his mysterious death.
Her statement was made while pack
ing her baggage to go to Oklahoma City
| to buy mourning clothing.
“I lived with Mr. Haiuon between 'the
four walls’ and no one could be kinder
than he.” said Mrs. Hamon, defending
her husband from attacks made in the
diary of the woman for whom a nation
wide police net is spread.
“If he was cross anil ugly to Clara
Smith Hamon it is because she must
have provoked his wrath by doing some
thing which she should have not done.
“I lived with Mr. Ilarnon twenty-two
years, much longer than she, and I
should know him. I had always been
kind to Mr. Hamon and had never l>nt
once asked him to get up at night and
care for the children and that was when
Olive Beil was ill with diphtheria.
“Taking enre of children and living In
a tent and trying to assist a husband
made me old and it would make her old.
“I have always been opposed to kick
ing a person when he is down anil that
is exactly what she is doing.
“After I have grown old. she comes
along with her beauty and gives me
insults by parading with Mr. Hamon.
If the world knew her as she is they
would not continue to flaunt her name
and her picture before the public.
• I ran bear the hardships of it all
if jthey call her by her right name in
stead of using the name of Hamon.
“She gives her age ns 27 when really
It Is 32.
“As for the diary l>eing published as
having been written by Clara Smith, she
never had the ability to write a diary
in that fashion. It Is the work of some
unscrupulous newspaper writer to gain
n reputation and to gain money and
furthermore, the picture which has been
published does not resemble the Smith
person fur she Is now much older and
much worse looking than when the pic
ture was taken.
“I was once young inyself, but as one
grows older she grows uglier. I do not
see why the newspapers persist In using
(Continued on Faze Three.)
Thousands Take Part in Ova
tion to Mrs. Muriel
! NEW YORK. Dec. 4 Mrs. Muriel Mn"
Swlney, widow of the martyred lord
mayor. Terence MacSwiney of Cork, and
his sister Mary were given a great ov.i-
I Mon today by thousands assembled along
West street, from Seventh to Twentieth
streets, as the White Star liner Celtic,
on which they arrived, docked at l’ler
No. 60, North river.
Veterans of the World War, Irish
county organizations, Irish societies and
the general public crowded West street,
waving Irish Republic flags and banners
and cheering as the vessel warped Into
her dock.
More than 200 patrolmen and a big
squad of mounted pniire kept the throng
on the eastern side of the street.
As the vessel was docking, the R9th
Regiment Band played the "Star-Spangled
Banner” and “Soldiers of Erin,” and the
great crowd cheered so loudly the music
(Continued on rage Three.)
formed friends here that he believes It
hi* duty to attend the opening as he is
still a Senator. If he does, It is con
sidered practically certain thnt he will
make a few remarks. It will tie the first
time In history that a sitting Senator
has appeared on the floor as a President
Some close friends of the President
have advised against his appearing In
person to “sing his swan song.” The
President is now In better physical con
dltion, according to those close to him.
than he has been at any time since his
breakdown in the West forced him into
n year's Invalidism. He has put on con
siderable weight in the last few months
and outside of the faet that his hair is
now snow white where It wns iron gray
before, there is little difference In ap
pearance between the Woodrow Wilson
of today and the Woodrow Wilson of
two years ago, according to those who
see him frequently.
These friends of the President look
(Continued on Page Nine.)
Bound Over With Three Men
on Charges of Holding Up
Filling Station.
Nellie I’rados, 23, wife of a cook at
Ft. Benjamin Harrison, was the ‘‘brains”
of the gang o frohbera who held up and
robbed the gasoline titling station of
Frank Mo*ft*r, 170*1 Ilarding street, ac
cording to evidence in city court today.
She fought bitterly the effort to con
nect her with the gang of three alleged
rubbers, but the evidence was such tbnt
Judge I’ritehard bound her over to the
grind Jury under a $5,000 bond on the
charge of robbery and conspiring to com
mit a felony.
Fred Collier, 2(5, a soldier, who has
been on a furlough from Ft. Harrison and
who lias been living at the Lorraine
Hotel, and Arthur Wright, 32, a farmer,
living near Ben Davis, said to be an ej
convict, walled examination In City
Court anil were bound over to the grand
Jury under s*>,ooo bonds each on similar
Frank Clark, 25, a railroad man from
Muncie, was bound over t otbe grand
jury under a s2,(*> bond
Clark, the evidence showed, was the
victim of “white mule” whisky who Just
went along With the others.
The evidence In court showed that the
woman had planned to rob “Big Bill," a
cook In a Greek restaurant i>u West
Washington street, and that she was to
be the decoy while Wright and Collier
look Big Bill's" cash, said to be about
S3OO. hut It 111 was not at the restaurant
and the robbery never was consummated.
(Continued on Page Three.)
Asks Police Official to Testify
on Liquor Situation.
Special to The Time*
GARY, INI*., Dec. 4.—A subpoena has
been served on Chief of police William
A. Forbis requiring him to appear be
fore (he Federal grand Jury In Indian
apolis on Dee. 13, to testify regarding
disposition of liquor cases in the Gary
City Court from Jan. 1, 1919, until the
present time.
Til addition the subpoena requests
Chief Forbes to present to the I’nited
States district attorney n record of all
nrrests made by flu* Gary police for vio
lation ’of the prohibition laws and of
their disposition by the City Police
It Is believed the grand Jury will be
Instructed to sift the case.
The Gary City Court and Federal
Judge Anderson has taken notice of the
reputed loose methods employed In the
disposition of many of these cases, which
total several hundred to date.
Charlie Says Rats
Must Go and Sets
Week for Demise
The doom of the rata of Indianapolis
was sen led today. Mayor Charles w.
Jewett, assuming the role of n modern
Bled Piper, opened the war on the ro
dents with the following proclamation:
The week of Dec. 13 has been
designated as Rat week in tho city
of Indianapolis. The vaßt destruc
tion of property and the great
menace to health I hat Is caused oy
the unrestrained activities of rats, is
well known to tho citizens of every
community, and It Is only by de
termined and continued efforts thnt
It will bo possible to rid the homes
and premises of our citizens of these
Let ns all observe the week of Dee.
13 as Rat week, and Join in an effort
to rid our community of rats and
other rodents, to the end thnt tho
good health of Indianapolis may be
safeguarded, and the property hereto
fore destroyed by these devastating
creatures shall be free from their
ravishing destruction.
2 Daughters in Court With
Common Law Wife Claim
Body of ‘Oyster Frank’
Administrator Solves
Problem by Giving
Each Permission to
Hold Services.
A strangle tangle in the marital life
of Frank W. Rossell, 65, known ns
“Oyster X'’rank," who died suddenly while
driving an automobile near the speed
way Friday afternoon, developed today
before Judge Mahlon H. Bash in Pro
bate Court.
According to a certificate of adminis
tration presented to the court the wom
an who has been known ns his wife
was his “common law wife.”
The disclosure came when Mrs. Nellie
House and Mrs. Jessie Dengelman of
Terre Haute, daughters of Itossell by a
Proposes Organization 6f
State Retirement As
Details of a proposed new teacher*'
pension law- were presented today at a
joint meeting at the State-house of va
rious committees of teachers' organiza
tions and other Interested In school Im
provements. The proposed law was pre
sented by Murray Dolman of the local
school board, who worked It out at the
request of the teachers' pension com
mittee headed by Miss Belle O’Huir of
The proposal contemplates the forma
tion of a teachers' retirement association
to be composed of all teachers employed
by the State and whose services in the
schools shall begin after the taking ef
fect of the law, and of all other teachers
In the State who wish to become mem
ber. by paying aases-tnetits plus Inter
est accrued during their previous serv
ice. In addition to members of units es
tablished under the present law Persons
who are members of local organizations
also may become members.
The members of the board which would
control the affairs of the association
would be the auditor of State, the treas
urrr of State the State superintendent of
ptihlle Instruction, three teachers and a
seventh to be chosen by the first six.
Members of the board would serve with
out compensation, but would have the
power to employ such persons as tuny be
necessary to carry out the provisions of
the law.
The proposed bill contemplates the for
mation of several funds, namely, an ex
pense fund, a tax levy fund, an annuity
savings fund and two special pension
The law would provide that any mem
her may retire at the end of forty years
service on an annuity of #9OO. Provisions
also are made for retirement with a serv
!ce of less than forty year*. It Is esti
mated thnt at the end of forty years the
Stole would have put Into the fund for
the teacher serving that length of time
about #6.000 and the teacher would have
contributed approximately $3 .ok).
A tax levy of l'i rents Is expected
to take care of the provisions of the pro
posed law
Included in the organizations repre.
sensed at the meeting were the State
Teachers' Fedeisitlon, ’he State Teachers'
Association, the County Superintendents'
Association, the Child Welfare Cotmnls
slon, the Schoolmen's Club, the State
Federation of Women's Clubs, the State
(Continued on Page Three.)
Too Zealous Patrolmen
Along ‘de Av’noo’ Run
Afoul of the Ward Heelers
While six morals squads are "denning
the city of vice" some of the patrolmen
are feeling the power of the political ward
heeler* who make gambling on the fa
mous Indiana avenue negro district pu*
Two patrolmen have suddenly found
themselves In the “rag weeds," ns It Is
called when a police officer attempts to
enforce the law and runs foul of the
rules and regulations governing too fre
quent visit* to the notorious gambling
dens of the political workers of Indiana
One patrolman was even so rude ns to
kick In tho doors of six gambling houses
on Indiana avenue, aud in that vicinity
thereby, by Interrupting six good crops
games. That was Saturday night.
That policeman will not be troubled
with ens iiclng the gambling laws In the
future, for lie is now walking along a
beautiful boulevard and patrolling Brook
side Park, fur removed from the negro
district where the boys roll the “gallop
ing dominos.”
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former marriage, appeared in court and
asked for permission to claim the body.
Mrs. Mary Rossell opposed their demands
and asked for permission to hold the
funeral at the home they had maintained
at 444 Bast Market' street.
Judge Bash appointed Fred R. Bonl
fleld as administrator of the estate aud
Mr. Bonifield, after hearing the rival
claims, decided two funerals should be
held. One ceremony will be conducted
at Mr. Rossell’* late residence, under the
supervision of Mrs. Rossell, and the other
will be held at Terre Haute, under tho
direction of the two daughters. Burial
will be In Terre Haute beside the body
of his first wife, as the daughters de
According to the certificate Mr. Ros
(Continiled on Pugo Two.)
Youth of 19 Is Put
Under Arrest as
*Daylight Burglar 9
Taken After Alleged Attempt
to Dispose of Some Stolen
Weeks of search and the Investigation
of almost fifty burglaries today led to
the arrest of Henry Barr, alias Under
wood, 19, of 30 Karcher street, the "Day
light Burglar."
Barr, who has lived at various cheap
hotels recently, but whose real home Is
said to be at the Karcher street address,
was caught when -be was attempting to
sell some of the loot alleged to have been
stolen from a residence in the east part
of the city.
He Is held on the charge of burglary
and larceny. Barr was arrested by De
tectives Stone, O’Donnell. Radernicher
and Peats. They said he confessed to
seven robberies.
Among the places tie Is alleged to have
entered are the residences of J. J. Fox.
925 Hamilton avenue; J. A. Godford, 210
Tacoma avenue; Edward 11. Holtman, 640
<*xord street; Nora liberties, 20L0 East
Twelfth street; William Schlagel, 919
Orange street; Leo Roquet, 1225 Spann
avenue; n residence 8t 2420 Pierson ave
These were the places Barr pointed
out, detectives said, as they took him
In nn automobile around the city to
dear up a series of robberies that have
caused the department much worry.
The method of the alleged burglar was
to steal a bicycle left at a curb and ride
the wheel to the rear of a house he de
sired to rob. He always used a skeleton
key aud worked where he believed the
people were away from home. He
worked tn the daytime and therefore was
given the name of the “Day,igbt Bur
A 12 year-old boy, however, saw him
leaving a house on l’.rookside avenue
one afternoon. That was tho first
dew. Then Mrs. Fox anud her husband
returned home suddenly and surprised
s thief at w.-rk In their home lie es.
caped from Mr. Fox. who pursued him.
A watch was all that was stolen from
the Fox home.
Much of the loot has been recovered
from pawnshops, second hand stores and
a large amount of Jewelry was found
hidden tn an alley near Pierson and Me
ridian streets In the back of a ga:.ige.
Barr showed the police w here it was hid
Election of officers and plans for the
Christmas celebration for orphans of
soldiers, sailors and marines at the
Knlghtstown Home will be the principal
feature* of a meeting of the Harold < .
Megrew Camp No 1, l nlted Spanish War
Veterans, and Its auxiliary to be held
at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the
Marlon County Courthouse.
It Is Patrolman Slate who has been
transferred to Brookside Park.
Then there 1* another man who should
have learned ills lesson before, but evi
dently failed to do so a big red-headed
policeman by the name of Allison, who
always smiles, rain or shine, and who
has the reputation of enforcing tlie law.
He also Is walking a “quiet district."
Patrolman Allison made too frequent
visits to the gambling dens of Indiana
avenue Just before election, and as a re
sult he was sent out to the Monon rail
road in the northeast section of the city.
Some person made a mistake and put
Allison back on the Indiana avenue dis
trict. Ti e error was soon discovered and
corrected, however, for Allison started
to enforce the law. Instead of reporting
gambling law violations to the lieutenant
who, with one of the six morals squads,
would know when to stage Ills raids with
out Interrupting a craps game.
Now Patrolmen Allison Is wading
through the mud north of the Belt rail
road near Martlndnle avenue. He still
wears a happy smile.
Association to Curb Steadily Increased Cost
of Government Under Ad
Aroused by the tremendous expenditures of taxpayers’ money and the
steadily increased cost of go-.ernment in Marion county, a number of tax
payers have been drawn together in an association to curb the extrava
gance of the Marion county administration.
Alfred M. Ogle, National As
sociation Official, Speaks
at Terre Haute.
TERRE HAUTE. Dec. 4—ln a state
ment h*re today, Alfred M. Ogle, speak
ing ns vice president of the National Coal
Association, Washington, D. C., com
mented upon the Impracticability, as he
characterized it, of attempts to regulate
the coal industry through the arbitrary
channel of a coal commission, such as
the one set up by the Indiana Legisla
Mr. Ogle emphasized the point that the
coal Industry itself was entirely capable
of handling emergenoiog, and that ample
evidence of this was afforded In the man
ner In which the bituminous coal opera
tors, noting through the National Coal
Association, have overcome the recent
shortage throughout the country. Due to
the efforts of this association, Mr. Ogle
said, a grave soft-coal famine which
threatened the nation early in the sum
mer hus been avoided. With bitumi
nous coal production now running at ap
proximately 12,000.000 font) a week, Mr.
Ogle said, the immediate wants of the
country have been supplied, whilo
already, in many parts of the country
winter stocks have been laid away.
In his statement Mr. Ogre said:
Coal emergencies cannot be cured by
attempts to regulate the industry Itself
through the establishment of coal com
missions and the Issuance of rules In re
gard to prices, production and distribu
tion, which cannot help but be more or
less arbitrary. In fact, .procedure of this
kind Invariably aggravates the emer
gency by adding confusion.
There is only one sure and certain
cure for coal shortage emergencies, and
that Is to increase, production. To do
this It is necessary to reduce labor trou
bte to the minimum and Increase the sup
ply of cars furnished by the railroads
tn the mine, shortage of coal cars being
the. principal factor In limiting produc
tion in the last several years.
Thoroughly alive to the necessity of
Increasing coal production, the additional
foal Association, since early In the sum
mer. through its committees In Wash
; ington. has worked continuously to sc
-1 cure for the soft coal Industry a larger
' supply of cars. The association was suc
cessful last June In securing order No.
7 from the Interstate Cirnmerce Oommls
' slon, giving priority to coal mines in
the distribution of open-top cars, but
this order remained Ineffective for a
period of almost thirty days, until the
appointment by the railroads of what is
known n the railroad executive com
mittee, with Daniel Willard ns chairman,
with which a pecial committee of the
National Coal Association established a
' cooperative working arrangement.
These two agencies, acting as advisors
, of the Interstate Commerce Commission,
procured the issuance of further priority
orders by the commission, through the
operation of which the soft coal output
was Increased and fuel emergencies ns
they developed In various parts of the
country generally overcome. The first
localities to receive attention were New
England and the Northwest, ns these lo
callties must accumulate, in the summer
j and early fall months, sufficient coal to
provide for the principal part of their
winter requirements.
With a substantial increase in the sup
ply of cars to the mines, brought about
by the cooperative efforts of the Na
tional Coal Association, the Railrtmd Ex
ecutive Committee and Interstate Com
merce Commission, the production of coal
some several weeks ago, was Increased
beyond 12,000,000 tons a week. The sup
ply for New England and the Northwest
has now been assured, while wants of
Indiana as well as other parts of the
(Continued on Page Nine.)
Armour & Cos. Petition
for Court Approval
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4.—Declaring they
have complied with the decree of the Dis
trict Supreme Court of last February,
ordering them to divest themselves of
Interests in affiliated concerns. Armour A
Cos. filed a petition in the District Su
preme Court asking approval of their dis
posal of various interests.
Armenia Favors
Soviet Government
LONDON, Dec. 4.—“ Armenia has de
clared In favor of a soviet government
and soldinrity has now been established
between Armenia anil Turkey,” said a
Russian wireless dispatch from Moscow
NO. 178.
In a statement made public today by
taxpayers who constitute the directors
of this association, the following protest
is made:
In behalf of the taxpayers of Marion
County, we wish to register an earnest
protest against the program of proposed
buildings, bridges and concrete roads
which are being planned and considered
by tlie authorities vested with the power
of ordering su* - h work.
The horizontal Increase of assessments
resulted in raising much of the property
above Us fair cash value and on top of
this came a raise in the tax rate of over
.50 per cent—from $1.60 to $2.42 per hun
dred, placing a staggering burden on tha
It is now proposed to use the tremen
dous revenue in sight in the building of
extravagant work at prices ranging from
100 to 300 per cent above normal cost.
are not at this time contending
that all the work proposed is unneeesary,
but in our view it is inexcusable to
make such contracts at this time.
It has been demonstrated that cemenk
and brick and other basic building ma
terial is under the absolute control of
Hugs and trusts, which are dividing up
the territory and dictating prices extor
tionate and out of reason. This greed
should not be fed.
There is no hope of normally fair
prices so long as the demand is stim
uiated by an utter disregard for costs.
)>e reel that the taxpayers who must
j toot these bills have a right to call a
tiuJt on the proposed waste of publio
runds through contracts based on present
costs, even if a delay may cause some
! inconvenience.
M'e wigh especially to call attention to
what we consider a rank injustice and
extravagance in the building of eon
, crete and similar roads.
the great mass of the taxpayers sup
pose that the cost of these roads is be
ing assessed against the immediate prop
erty benefited, as In street improvements
in the city, but such Is not the case They
are ordered by the county commissioners
1 on the petition of a small number of
i Pfrsous. and are paid for bv all the peo
ple living In tlie township where the
work is done under the “three-mile road
law, and all the people of the county
when done under “county unit law.”
Tln-se are two laws of which the or
: dinary eltiw-n knows nothing. The first
; known ns the “three-mile road law” and
the second passed at the last session of
, ibe Legislature known as the “county
' unit law.” w
I ndec these laws the people “who were
awoke filed petitions for concrete brick
and other hard surface roads and more
than 104 miles of such roads have been
i ordered, and more than ninety miles ac
ted! v laid in Marion County One mils
-*r such road Just ordered being an ex
tension of Emerson avenue will cost the
taxpayers s73.ooo—probably three times
" 4?u wnu * d cost in normal times.
the Pendleton Pike extension to the
county line, covering five miles, will cost
the taxpayers of Marion County—ln
reality the people of Indianapolis—more
than $312,000. v
Petitions for nine other sections es
road extending in all directions are pend
ing. They are all just as useful and
necessary as any that have been built
and fur more so than many.
A few „f these concrete roads such as
that oc Fast Washington street ami to
Ft. Harrison may be excused, as great
public thoroughfares; but many mile*
have been built solely to enhance ths
value of fnrm lands for the speculative
profit of their owners.
Bond issues covering the cost of roads
have already been issued aggregating
more than #2,700,000 practically all of
which indebtedness is for these concreta
road*. In the meantime the people in the
city must pay the full cost of the streets
In front of their homes as well as con
tribute toward these expensive suburban
The colossal bridge or causeway pic
tured In the daily papers to extend the
Thirty Eighth street boulevard across the
canal. White River, and the low lands
beyond, covering 3,10 t) feet, would cost
millions of dollars
We cannot believe that the Park Board
will give this proposition serious consid
eration nor the building at this time of
a SIOO,OOO club house for tlie golfers when
money cannot be raised for the erection
of simple homes on the vacant lots which
will be taxed to pay the costs of the
golf club or the causeway.
The various improvements proposed by
the several taxing authorities-within the
city of Indianapolis, if carried out at
present costs of construction, will empty
the treasury and lay nn impossible bur
den on the taxpayers under which many
will lose homes for which they are try
ing to pay.
With impending financial conditions it
is n time to halt and have a reckoning.
The humble and long-suffering tax
payer has been viewing with alarm the
many programs for spectacular works
consisting of buildings, bridges and
roads, which at present costa will empty
the public treasury while swelling the
gains of trust controlled building ma
terial manufacturers.
The following is a list of the directors
of the league who took action in tho
Thomas 11. Spann. The Spann Com
pany. real estate; Frank D. Stalnnker,
president Indiana National Bank; Henry
W. Bennett, president State Life Insur
ance Company ; Joseph C. Sehaf, real es
tate investments; Alfred F. Potts, law
yer; Albert M. Rosenthal, president
Standard Paper Company; ,T. H. Hooker,
president Slnker-Davls Company; Johu
M. Judah, real estate Investments: Ed
gnr H. Evans, president Aeme-Evans
Milling Company: E. A. Hendrickson,
president Indianapolis Saddlery Com
pany, and John R. Welch, secretary Celtic
Saving and Loan Association.
GREENSBURG, Ind.. Dec. 4.—William
Fleetwood, 85, is dead at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. George Shaw, near
Mllroy. Three sons and four daughters
Divorce Final at
Midnight; Married
1 Minute Thereafter
WASHINGTON, Dec. I.—ln accord
with her announcement to marry
Itodlph K. Bodmer as soon as her
former husband's interlocutory de
cree of divorce became effective, Mrs.
Amelia W. P. Conroe was married
to Bodmer at one minute after mid
night this morning.
Bodmer, who Is nn author and pub
lisher of Washington and the present
Mrs. Bodmer, recently were arrested
in Chicago on a statutory charge pre
ferred by Robert IV. Conrow, who
had obtained an interlocutory decree
of divorce in New Jersey, which be
came final at midnight
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