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Cloudy tonight and Thursday. Lower temperature tonight, 25 to 30 degrees. VOL. XXXIII. GAS COMPANY ASKING HIGHER RATES 3,905 CHILDREN HERE HAVE NO SCHOOLROOMS 10 Per Cent Forced to Attena Classes in Any Space That Can Be Found. BOARD SETS OUT NEEDS An authoritative statement of the posi tion of the board of school commission ers, with reference to the proposed ex penditure of approximately $2,000,000 to carry out the 1921 building program was made public at a regular meeting of the board last night. The need of more adequate enumeration records and the "deplorable condition” of public li braries regarding the number of books In its possession were also emphasized. "In view of the recent discussion con cerning the improvements which should be made at present or in the near future, the board of school commisisoners de sires to lay before the taxpayers of Indianapolis and the patrons of her schools the following facts for con sideration," the statement reads. "The mere bald statement of the amounts of expenditure may make them* seem ex cessive, but when considered In the light of the school needs, they may be meager Indeed. "The board of school commissioners Is fighting the battle of the child who Is not in school and of the child who Is forced to go to school under condi tions which will not permit him to re ceive adequate Instruction. TERMS HELP ONLY RELATIVE. "Economy and extravagance are rela tive terms unless all the points bearing upon any Item of expenditure are taken Into consideration. A saving of money may mean an extravagance In the loss of efficiency; a dollar foolishly saved In a child's education must cost many dollars In a loss of productive citizen ship; a dollar foolishly saved by failing to provide properly lighted, heated and ventilated schoolrooms must mean loss of many dollars in health and happiness; s dollar saved by not providing a suf ficient number of schoolrooms must mean a loss in individual and community wel fare. "Any serious delay In a constructive program of school building means a tre mendous loss in school efficiency and a seemingly excessive expenditure later. Failure of building development to keep pace with th growth of population is the primary cause of present conditions. According to the records of the school city, Indianapolis began to fall behind in the race to keep up with an increas ing school population as far back aa 1908. In 1913 and 1915 there was con tlderable bnllding done, but not enough to catch up with the needs at that time. Since 1915, with the exception of adding a few frame portables, the school build ing construction has totaled only eignt schoolrooms, sufficient to accommodate about 320 children. Since 1915 the num ber of children enrolled In the schools Las increased 8,000. "Seventy-six classes are on half time in school now because there are not (Continued on Page Eleven.) RELIEF PROPOSED FOR CJTYJUDGE Bar Association Considers Mu nicipal Court Project. The movement for a municipal court, designed to lessen the burden that makes It almost Impossible for the City Court of Indianapolis to function, has reached a stage of consideration by the Indian apolis Bar Association and a committee has been appointed to draft a report on the project. The members of the committee are John E. Ilollett, Thomas A. Dailey and Henry Abrams. The latter Is a member of the House of Representatives and an earnest advocate of the municipal court. Attorneys and Judges who have studied the situation in Indianapolis are united In the opinion that something must soon b# done toward relieving the burden of work that is now imposed on one city Judge. Reoy-ds show that Judge Wa.ter Pritchard expected to bandlo more cases In the City Court than are ordinar ily handled by four judges in other j courts. Asa result of the tremendous amount of business done in the City Court it is impossible to give the individual cases attention that they merit and it not . Infrequently happens that the court is imposed upon by attorneys and defend ants. One suggestion for relief is the estab lishment of a municipal court with sev eral branches, the various judges to ro tate in the consideration of criminal cases and to have Jurisdiction of such civil cases as are now frequently started in the courts of the justices and ulti i mately reach the Circuit Court on ap- j peal. Premier Is Breaking Under Heavy Strair LONDON, Dec. 15. —Premier Llofd George's health has begun to suffer under the terrific strain of his responsibilities, according to the Evening News today. Commenting upon the premier’s condi tion, this newspaper said: “The premier’s health Is the subject of much comment. He has limped lately and in two of his recent speeches be lacked his old-time grip on his subject. He required constant prompting by Ills colleagues. There are other symptoms which have led to anxiety and to a re newal of suggestions that he would benefit by a real holiday.” FIRE FROM FURNACE. Following the arrival of cold weather in Indianapolis the fire department had a run today to put out a blaze caused by an overheated furnace. Fire was dis covered in the home of C. B. Stiedle, <514 East Walnut street- The fire loss was estimated at $l5O. WEATHER Forecast for Indianapolis and vicinity i for the twenty-four hours ending T p. in.. Dec. 10: Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday not much change in tempera tare; lowest temperature tonight 23 to | CO degrees. 6 a. m 23 7 a. m 34 8 a. m 31 9 a. m 34 10 a. m 34 11 a. m 34 12 (noon) 35 1 p. m 1 34 2 32 Published at Indianapolis, led.. Dally Except Sunday. Uncle Is Witness CAI'T. JOHN' WILLERS. Special to The Times. LAFAYETTE, Ind.. Dec. 15—Frank Dose of this city, with whom John A. Wiliers, ex-Army captain, made his home several years ago, has been called to New York as a witness in the trial of Wiliers, who is of desertion and of the embezzlement of company funds. Recently when arrested. Wilier* de clared he had been a German spy in the United States Army. Dose, who is his uncle, says the story is untrue and is of the opinion that his nephew Is insane. FIRE THREATENS ILLINOIS TOWN Starts in Million-Doilar Roll ing Mills Plant at Madison. ST. LOTTS, Mo.. Dec. 15.—rart of the town of Madison, Illinois, near here, is threatened by a conflagration which broke out shortly before 11 o’clock this morning, in the $1,000,000 plant of the Helmbacher Rolling Mills Company. Burning brands carried over the town by a stiff northerly wind have started a dozen other fires, it was reported. At noon, it was said the Helmbacher plant would be totally destroyed. The pLant of the American Car A Foundry Cos., occupying a large tract next to the Helmbacher plant, was threatened. Fire fighting apparatus from East St. Louis, Venice, Granite City and St. Louis has been rushed to aid the Madison de partment. Bandits Get $20,000 in Gems in Hold-up CHICAGO. Dee. 15. —After binding and gagging Satu Rubensteln, west side Jew eler. four armed bandits today looted the vault of his store and escaped with jewelry valued between $20,000 and $25,000. Many pieces left on deposit by holiday shoppers were among the loot. Ryan’s Coin Trouble Said to Be Near End NEW YORK, Pec. 15—Settlement of Allen A. Ryan's financial affnirs was re ported near today. Rvan. son of Thomas F. Ryan, famous financier, is understood to have eome to a definite agreement with a committee of bankers under which his Indebtedness may be funded until It can be paid. His debts were said to be fully covered by collateral. Indianapolis Girl With Man Who, Police Say, Confesses Mail Robbery CHICAGO, Dee. 15. —Edward Valentine was arrested here today and confessed, the police declare, that he and seven other meu committed the spectacular $3, 5(0,C00 mall train robbery on the Bur lington railroad between Omaha and Council Bluffs three weeks before Thanksgiving. Miss Hazel Grubb of Indianapolis, who wrs with Valentine at the time of hls arrest, also Is held by the police. Although Valentine's confession, as made public by the police, did not give the names of his confederates, he is be lieved to have been one of the associates of "Lieutenant" Kieth Collins. Fred Pof fenberger, the Phillips brothers and oth ers already arrested in connection with the robbery. Collins and several others already have been sentenced to prison terms for participation in the robbery. Valentine also confessed, the police de clare, that he robbed the Pennsylvania Railroad station at Kokomo, Ind., of a mall pouch containing between $50,000 and $75,000 in money orders and can celled checks. He obtained no money, he said. The postmaster at Kokomo —.JB—Vj W— .11l Entered as Second Class Matter, July 25. 1914, at Postofflce, Indianapolis, Ind., under act March S, 1879. HARMONY PLEA IS STRESSED AT ' G. 0. P. SESSION It’s Main Theme of McCray, Branch and Wasmuth at Solons’ Confab. OPEN DOOR RULE HOLDS Appeals for party harmony in the coming session of the Legislature were made today at a meeting of the Republi can members of the Senate and the House of Representatives at the Hotel Severin. . This appeal was voiced by Governor-elect Warren T. McCray. Lieu tenant Governor-elect Emmett Forest Branch and Edmund M. Wasmuth, Re publican State chairman. For the first time In a number of yerfrs the House and the Senate members held a Joint meetiug and permitted newspaper men to be present. The holding of an open meeting, which is in line with Mr. McCray's announced open door policy, was decided on by unanimous vote. Sep arate meetings of the members of the House and Senate, which were closed, wore held in the afternoon. In opening his brief talk Governor elect McGray said he has but one desire and that is so to administer the affair* of the State that ho can retire from office with the affection and respect of the people of the State. "You were not called together in this meeting be'-anse l*deslre<l to nsk you to do things," ho said. "We are meeting simply to get acquainted and to estab- j lish confidence In one another. “1 want this Legislature to be marked by common sense. I want it to be char acterized by the presentation of a few good bills and not by Its many activities I want statutes that will boa credit to tho legislature. “PARTY PLEDGES MI ST ISE KEPT.’’ "Purty pledges must be carried out. I want tlie party's cooperation. We may differ, but let us remember the majority rules. Iyot us remember that we have a large responsibility and that we must meet it. We should carry out the pledges of the Republican platform.” Mr. McCray appealed to the legislators not to cause a congestion to occur at the end of the session, hut to get down to business at once. He pointed out that increased appropri ations for schools aud for State institu tions must be ssked this year. "We realize that th'-*e are no places for a program of false economy,” he said. •'No better investin'at can be made than an Investment in education. We must (Continued on I'titi Twelve.) Tailor Is Ordered to Refund Israel Wlneberger, proprietor of n clothing store at Market and Pcnnsylva- 1 nfa streets, known ns Dougias the Tailor, was ordered by Justice of the Peace Kel fer today to return $35 of S6O paid to him by n negro for a suit of clothes. The case was Instituted by the Better Business Bureau, which charged that Wlneberger had represented the suit to be of pure broadcloth when in fact it ! was of cheap tibet. The justice ruled that the purchaser \ could ke-*p the clothe*. Youth, Booze, Still Are Taken in Raid ~ ,„. - % ICntmcr Coyle. 20, was arrested at his I home. 270 Addison street, today by Lieu tenant McMurty and squad, charged with operating n blind tiger. A si 111, together 1 with a quantity of tn.ub and two gal ion* of "white mule," were confiscated by tho officers. I verified the robbery there. Eater Valen tine repudiated his confession of pnr ! ticlpatlon in the Omaha mail robbery, saying 'he made it because “detective* hounded him.” J Valentine's confession, according to Chief of Detectives Michael Hughes, named a prominent business man of Dei Moines, lowa, as the “brains” of the robber gang. This man, Valentine is al leged to have said, took no part In the actual hold-up. A woman, the sweetheart of one of the bandits, Valentine is reported to have said, snt in the robbers' automobile while he and the several others were tossing the mail sacks containing the loot Into the machine. The plunder, Valentine said, consisted of $900,000 In currency and the balance In < Government bonds. Valentine had two of the bonds in his possession when captured, according to Chief Hughes. Three railroad employes who are al leged to have supplied the robbers with information indicating the mail sacks that contained the bonds and currency were implicated by Valentine, the police declared. Valentine declared the Grubb girl was nfct involved in tne robbery, but said b ■ met her at Indianapolis after he had fled from the scene of the robber}’. Valentine gave his age as 31 and said his home is in Akron, Ohio. The name of Hazel Grubb is not listed 1 in the city directory. DANGERS OF HANDLING RA TS MADE ‘SAFE ’ BY DR. MORGAN -I--i--i- . # -I--I--I- -I--I*-I- t -I--I--|- -l- -I--I--I* City Sanitarian Attempts to Reconcile Rodent Campaign With Accepted Medical Theory It is the expressed opinion of Dr. H. G. i Morgan, city sanitarian and the chief figure in health board publicity in In j dianapolis, that it is not particularly dan i gerous for the community to capture its individual rats,- taking them firmly by the neck and amputate their tails, escort the tails to the City Hall and collect the bonus for them. l’r.-v£jMMEfik3gL . Ilia; "It is :..■ ■ ..a KwßHKMQtm'}win. I;. 1 'ey bauds litre,• i-.ii . Zfb. | ills I and'' :\s well sijWBHBStfIBRM-o '.adirel frag lit. INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1920. Morgenthau Chosen ArmeniaJVlediator WASHINGTON, Dec. 15— Henry Mor genthau of New York has been selected by President Wilson to act as his agent in proposed mediation between Armenia and the Turkish nationalists. It was learned officially this afternoon. Morgnnthnu has received his instruc tions. He will act as the personal agent of the President. It Is understood Mr. Morgenthau will not leave for the Near East until a report is received from the League of Nations to Investigate condi tions in Armenia. GOODRICH TAX LAW GETS 0. K. OF STATIS BOARD Commissioners, in Statement, Declare Act Gains Over Old Measures. Defense of the present tax law of In diana and statemenls showing wherein the present law 1* tho best in practice and in theory, and showing wherein the old tax laws of the State were Incompe tent to give a Just admtniitratlon of tax laws, is Included in a statement made public today by the State Board of Tax Commissioners. The statement was is sued for the benefit of the members of the Legislature, and will be printed in pamphlet, form and distributed among the legislators In the regular session of tho Legislature which convene* Jan. 8. The statement declares “that this board in the past two years has endeavored to sv* that the law ns passed by the Legislature was enforced.” The state ment was made following the declaration i that previous laws were not enforced properly by previous tax commissioners. "At the very beginning of the enforce ment of this law taxing officers were met by a false propaganda against the law which has continued in a more or i less degree ever sln'e. all of which In creased the burdens <>f the assessing officers,” the statement continues. DECLARE TAXATION ECONOMIC PROBLEM. "The question of taxation Is an eco nomic problem and every citizen 1* In terested la a correct and proper applica tion of the principles of equitable and Just valuations of property." Control over bond issue*, which until the early part of J 920 was In the hands of the State tax board, is given much l cotisldentflon in the statement. This was done. It U drclnred, because the State board found that it vii a mistake (Continued on I’age Twelve.) SHOTS BRING PANIC TO CORK Southern Part of City De scribed as Battlefield With Rifles Crashing. CORK. Dec. 15.--The resident* of this fire-ruined and swept city werv thrown into a panic today by a heavy fusillade of shots and bomb explosions. Many persons, fearing that another con fiagrntlon would sweep the uubtirned por tion of the city, rushed to the street* There was heavy rifle firing in the southern part of the city. South Cork w.ig described a* a battlfleld, with rifle bullets crashing Into the houses. No casualties were reported. Lord Mayor O'Callaghan has cabled to the United States asking for Red Cross relief. He suggests that * contingent of the American Red Cross come to Cork to administer assistance to the homeless. WOMAN'S STOR Y TOUCHES JUDGE Theft Case Against Crippled Mother Continued. Tempted by a flush coat, Thelma Davis. 2fl, employed ns a domestic at the home of Roy I’ayuc, became a thief. Payne notified the police and today De tective De Uossette arrested the woman w hen he found the coat In her room. When the detective saw that she was crippled and that she had worked hard to support a two-months-old baby girl that her child might, not ho taken away from her, the officer, instead of locking her in a cell, brought the woman into the city court room and recommended thnt sentence he suspended. He explained to the court that the woman s husband had deserted her. As the crippled woman nobbed, "Oh, Judge, don’t take my baby from me, she Is my life; she la all I have." Russell Willson, Judge pm tom, assured her that the court wanted to help her. He warned her ilia- she had made a mistake ill taking the coat, and thnt the court could send her to the woman's prison where she would not see the baby for months, but thnt lie would give her a chance. He said ho could not sus pend sentence, but ho would continue the case indefinitely. "Mr. Payne doesn’t want her pun ished,” explained the detective, “and we have recovered the coat. A woman is holding tho baby downstairs.” "Go and take care of that baby,” said Judge Willson, aud the crippled W’oman limped from the courtroom wiping tho tears from her eyes. COUNCIL ADMITS SPAIN. GENEVA. Dec. 15.—Spain was todny elected a member of the council of tho League of Nations. In an attempt to reconcile the well known medical theory that rats are dan gerous carriers of disease germs with the policy of the city board of health in sup porting a rat campaign that makes it necessary for someone to handle each rat captured, a number of questions were submitted to Dr. Morgan. Without hesitation that versatile au thority on waiters' garbs, hospital man agement, cafeteria conduct. Influenza M asks and epidemical possibilities an swered each and every question Just like that. The questions and answer* propounded and. received were ta follow*: VANTAGE HELD BY AMERICA IN NAVAL RATING England Checks Building and U. S. Program Puts Japan in Shadow. HOUSE BODY IS MEETING WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—With the United States at the crossroads leading either to naval competition or a world agreement to limit armaments, the House Naval Affairs Committee sot out today to learn what the other great powers are doing on the warship construction busi ness. To gain this information the commit tee called on Rear Admiral Robert E. ; Koontz, chief of naval operation. Data \ obtained here today in naval circles, In- I eluding facts which Admiral Koontz was expected lo elaborate on before the House committee, showed ; 1. Grent Britain, while possessing ton nage almost twice that of the United States, has checked her building for the present. j 2. The United States, on the basis of her program now under way, will surpass the British naval strength by 1925 unless Britain adopts new building measures. 3. Japan while actively eugaged In building both large and small war craft, will remain far behind the United States when this country's program is coia , pleted. 1 JAPAN PROJECTS 7 DREADNAUGHTS Japan has projected seven super-dread j naughts. Three of them, of 33,300 tons each, now art* being built. Their com pletion Is expected by 1923. Four others, 40,000 tons each, probably will be fin ished in 1927. In 1927 Japan will have four new battleships and four new i cruisers. In 1927 Japan will possesses twelve battleships* and twelve battle ' cruisers, but four of each will represent an early type. The Japanese navy now includes five capital ships totalling 157,480 tons. When the seven under construction are 1 finished Japan’s tonnage In capital ships | will total 418,5C0. The United States today possesses ten battleships and ten cruisers, but eleven battleships more are being built. This j is on the basis of the 1910 authorization ! for sixteen capital ship*. BRITAIN BI 11.DIXG I II E CRI ISERS. Britain, which abandoned many of its | vessels when the armistice was signed, i today is believed to be building five light j cruiser* totaling 38,780 tons; eleven ds j stroyers, 11,125 tong, and nineteen sub marines, 21.500 tons. It Is even possible (Continued on Tags Two.) FIRE BONDS GO ’ TO meYer-Kiser SIOO,OOO Issue Bought at Par With Accrued Interest. The Meyer Kiser bank was the sue cessful bidder for the $400,000 fire dr i pertinent motorization bond Isssvse of the 1 board of public safety today. City Con troller Robert 11. Bryson awarded the Issue to the bank on it.* bid of par with accrued Interest, The Indiana Trust Company was the j only other bidder. Its proposal was for | only $100,090 worth of the issue, includ ing the bonds maturing in 1937, I&3S. 1929, 11*40 and 1941, and its offer was to take the Issue at par with accrued in terest. The issue l* of s'* per cent, tweaty- I year serial bonds, payable annually in $20,000 lots beginning Jan. 1, 1922. The money will b used by the board of public safety to pay for equipment w'th which to complete the motorization of the flro department. Tho equipment has been contracted for several weeks, and the Ktutx Fire Engine Company, holding the contract for the manufacture of pumpojs and etiglues, has made par tial deliveries Several other local banks are under stood to stand ready to assist the .Meyer . *-r r\nny | n m,, purchase of the bonds. It Is said that $200,000 of the issue may to to it Chicago Institution. Naval Balloon and Officers Still Missing NEW YORK, Dec. 15 -No word had been received today at the I'nlted Stntes naval air station nt Rockaway Point ss ito the whereabouts of three lieutenants who left Monday for Canada in a dirigi ble naval balloon. Tho men are known 'to have two carrier pigeons with them and If their balloon hns been wrecked word by pigeon wns expected. The balloon, one of the largest In the service, holding 33,000 cubic feet of hydrogen, wns on an endurance test. Two Police Officers Go on Retired List Sergeant Cletus Weaver, who hns been a member of the Indianapolis police force since Dec. 15, 1889, and Patrolman Charles F. Dawson, who hns been on the force since 1884, petitioned Chief of Po lice Jeremiah Kinney today to be placed on the retired list. Weaver was tranefered from the turn key's office to the emergency squad and Dawson was reduced from turnkey to pa trolman n few days ago by the board of public safety. New Colony Opened Governor -Tames P. Goodrich today is sued a proclamation declaring the In diana Farm Colony for Feeble Minded at Butlcrvllle open. The farm was estab lished by the 1919 session of the General Assembly, when an appropriation Os $230,0(0 was passed for its maintenance. Q. Is it not true that rats are re garded by medical authorities gen erally ns one of the most dangerous carriers of disease germs? A. It Is true that rats are car riers of disease germs owing to the fact that they Jive in filth and sub sist upon all kinds of deromposed material. The campo)-.> against rats Is waged by health authorities par ticularly for the reason that, bubonic plague Is carried by the rat. While at the present time there are nq eases of bubonic plague in inland cities, should the plague develop, an inland dty with * lore* rat population _ , (By Carrier, Week. Indianapolis, 10c; Elsewhere, 12c. Subscription Rates: Mail, loc p er Month; $5.00 Per Tear. Help the Clerks With only eight shopping days re maining until Christmas, Indianapolis retail stores that arO members of the Merchants' Association will continue to observe their regular closing sched ules, so that clerks, also, may enjoy Christmas. This is only one of the many rea sons, however, why merchants are continuing to urge that as lunch shop ping as possible be doue in the fore noon. Merchants point out that there never was in any real reason why stores should remain open in the eve ting Just before Christmas. i / CONTRACT AND BOND RETURN IS DEMANDED Showdown Called for in North western Avenue Bridge Muddle. Declaring that it is time for a "show down' on the Northwestern avenue bridge muddle and demanding that “passing the buck" stop, Attorney Merle N. A. Walker, counsel for the receiver ot the A. J. Yawger Construction Company, which holds the $274,000 bridge contract, today appeared before the Marion County board of commissioners to as certain why County Attorney Harry Hendrickson has failed to file a "friendly suit" to test the validity of the Yawger contract. The commissioners several days ago in structed the county atorneys to file the suit. Commissioner Carlin Shank explained that the county attorney is of the opin ion that the contract is legal, although the .State board of accounts had held the Yawger contract Illegal. DEMANDS RETURN Ol BOND. The attorney informed the commission er-. that hb client would consent to a cancellation of tho contract and demands the return of the contractor's bond, given at the time tile contract was accepted. It was pointed out that if the contract vra# cancelled it probably would cost the taxpayer* of the county from $30,090 to $40,(00. "The county attorney feels that I am butt ng In, but there has to be a show, down In this matter," declared Mr. Walk er, in explaining that the county com missioners had done everything possible to adjust the matter. Attorney Walker presented the commis sioners with the following written de mand 'or the return of the contract la view of the unerring and irrevoca ble decision of the State Board of Ac (Continued on Page Twelve.) Police Say Man Had Big Still in Home Pavel Teica, 3i’>, 532 West Maryland street, was arrested last night by Lieu tenant Woollen and a squad on the Charge of operating a blind tiger. The police charge they found an eight gallon still and eighteen gallons of mash in Teioa's home. Dismisses Charge Against Physician On the recommendntlon of Coroner I'uni Robinson, the charge of man slaughter against Dr. H. J. Kemper, 2510 Broadway, driver of the automobile which killed Ernest B. Cole, 74, of 1936 Broadway, was dismissed by Russell B. Wilson, Judge pro tem.. In City Court today. Cole was killed In front of hls home on the night of Dec. 7. Coroner Robin son, In Ids inquest, hchl that the acci dent was unavoidable. Palmer and Aids Admit They Are Unable to Deal With Coal Speculators WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—Coal specu latois, chief factors In anthracite and bituminous coal profiteering, continue to ply their trade In defiance of Attorney- General Palmer and all Federal prose cutors who attempt to check abuses. Tho Impotence of the Department of Justice to remedy conditions, made the basis for Senator Calder's attack upon the Attorney-General for failing to stop coal profiteering, was freely admitted to dny by the Attorney-General and his Rdviaers. The Attorney General will not reply directly to Senator ("alder. The Sena tor's charge thnt coal profiteering goes on despite the Attorney General's efforts is admitted by the Department of Jus tice to be true, but officials are quick to explain that vigorous criminal procedure by the department has been virtually blocked by court decisions holding the Lever law Invalid. Pressed for soma explanation of con tinued abuses in the coal trade, the De partment of Justice revealed that In some large producing districts coal op erators have openly defied the Attorney General and his agents by refusal to pro duce (heir books and records. A report on coal profiteering, prepared | for Congress under tho attorney general's direction, states thnt in fivo of ten prln- I olpal coni producing States, comprising Indiana, Colorado, western Kentucky? ' Pennsylvania and Missouri, prosecutions | under the Lever law have been prevented would form an Ideal focus for the development and spread of bubonio plague. Q. This being true, the Time* would like to know liow Dr. Morgan hopes to avoid the wholesale transmission and spread of disease in Indianapolis by an authorized campaign In which the people are Invited and tijged to take the dead bodies of thea* disease bearing rodents, ent off their disease laden tails and carry them to the City hall? A. That would depend upon this: If bubonic plague were present In (Continued *n rage Two.) LAST HOME EDITION TWO CENTS PER COPY INCREASE OF FROM 60 TO 90 CENTS PER 1,000 FEET SOUGHT Petition Says Obligations to City Can Not Be Met Unless Additional Revenue for Emergency Is Granted . CAPACITY BOOSTED TO MEET SALES Declaring that it will he unable to make the improvements to their plant demanded by the city of Indianapolis unless it is granted emergency relief at once, the Citizens’ Gas Company of Indianapolis today petitioned the public service commission for an increase in rates from 60 cents per 1,000 cubic feet, the present rate, to 90 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. HOTEL GUEST FIGHTSTHIEF Robber Flees Down Fire Es cape With Watch After Tussle in Room. A burglar escaped over the roof and down the fire escape at The Southern Hotel, 222 South Illinois street, after a struggle with Elmer Larson of Donovan, All., who discovered the man in his room at 6:30 o'clock this morning. There is a room reached by a fire es cape between the two wings of the hotel building. Tlxe burgiar climbed to this roof and started to enter the room of Crystal Kettell, In the south wing of the hotel. Miss Kettell had been 111. She wag awake and screamed when she saw the man at her window. The burglar tied across the roof and entered I.arson's room. Larson had been awukened when Miss Kettell screamed and saw the burglar enter. He made no signs, however, that he was awake. The thief took Larson's watch from his trousers, which were lying on top jof a dresser near the window. Before ! he could take Larson's purse, the hotel guest had the Ihief by the arm. A struggle followed and the burglar Jerked away, making his escape through the | open window and down the fire eecape. ' Larsou told the police his watch was ! valued at. $25. Willis R. I.akin, SOS North East street, reported his home had been ransacked by Ia burglar and that s6l was missing. Burglars entered the S. H. Stansbury | meat market, 1514 Roosevelt avenue. Two smoked hams, one freßh ham tsu ntnety ] one pennies from the rash drawer were | taken. ; It Is believed the same thief smashed the window of George Schieek’s shoe store. 1521 Roosevelt avenue, and took a pair of shoes. Miss Leona McClain, employed In an office at 341 Bankers' Trust building, re ported that her purse containing $9 had been stolen from the office. Wife of Rex Studio Man Asks Divorce Alleging cruelty, Mrs. Effie Gladys Wells today filed, in Superior Court, room 5, a divorce action against Ira A. Wells, owner of the Rex studio of this city. She asns for the custody of Rich ard Edwin Wells, who is not yet 2 years of age. Mrs. Wells ask* that a restraining order ‘be Issued by the court to pre vent Wells from molesting her and the child and also asks that die be re strained from disposing of his studio in an attempt to escape her request for $3,000 alimony. by decisions of the United States Dls. trict Courts, declaring the law is not constitutional. In Tennessee, Palmer reports, fifteen bituminous operators were arrested and held for the grand jury, but gained freedom from further prosecution by virtue of an order by the Federal District Court, enjoining enforcement of the Lever act. The Lever act, it was said, is the only enactment under which is has been pos sible to proceed in coal cases. No at tempts have been made to hale th© oper ators before courts under anti-trust laws on charges of combinations in restraint of trade. Ex-King Boards Ship for Greece —.— VENICE. Dec. 15.—-Constantine of Greece. Queen Sophie and the other mem bers of their family arrived safely from Lucerne today and immediately went on board the Greek cruiser Averoff, which will carry them s to Greece. your ICHROTWA? i SHOWN* ! HOW i iiiSaSL A#t NO. 187. Outstanding obligations of the com pany, which the petition says must b* met in the coming year, purchase of a large storage holder, which the officials kay cannot be bought unless they are given assurance that they will be pro vided with more revenue; and the in crease in production, due to the high price of coal, are given as causes for de manding an increase. The company declares that its sales in the year ending Dec. 1, 1920, were 3.041.327.000 cubic feet as compared with 2,669,532,000 in the year ending Dec. 1, 1919, and 2.529,178,000 the year before. The petition says the company ha* 1 been forced to increase the capacity of j Its plant to cope with this increase in sale* and manufacture of gas, and that it will be forced to further increase the capacity and that this increase will mean an expenditure of about $2,750,000. "By reason of the large increase in the demands for gas as well as the condi tion of the equipment of the petitioner and loss of capacity due to interruption of service, there are many times and occasions when the petitioner is unable to supply the requirements of its con sumers and as a result thereof the serv ice is at times unsatisfactory and the petitioner is required to reduce the pres sure in order to conserve its supply with the result that during these periods of low supply many consumers are incon venienced and business is interfered with,” the petition reads. DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM EXTENDED ANNUALLY. In addition to the improvements which must be made to tbe plant, the petition states that it faces each year the neces sity of extending its distribution system ■ at an exjicndlture of about $100.20.0 In stating the causes for petitioning for an increase in ratej, the petition I elates: During the past sevej-al years, in whleh constantly increSsing costs of operation have confronted all manufacturers, these : companies which were under Gtrvernrheat control ns to their rate* and therefore have been unable to quickly respond through the price obtained for their product, tc the Increased cost of manu facture, have been subjected to serious losses whleh would have been avoided had the opportunity been afforded of following the. of the market, and (Continued on Page Nine.) CITY MANAGER PLAN, SUBJECT State Civic Bodies Men Dis cuss Proposed Laws. A meeting of representatives of Cham bers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and i Kiwanis Clubs from various cities of ; the State was held under the auspices ■ of the Indiana State Chamber of Com- I mere* this afternoon in the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Building, to- dls | cuss the city manager form of gov ernment and proposed legislation rela tive to It. In speaking of the city manager form of government, Robert E. Tracy, direc tor of the bureau of municipal research of the Indianapolis Chamber of Com merce, who led the discussion, pointed out that a city manager must be the sort of man who is interested in people, in j the welfare of children, in public health, j in education, in parks and playgrounds, ; In public utilities, and la -11 other mu ! nielpnl activities that go to make for a city so happy and healthy people—that j he must lie an efficient man as well as a j good man. He tonehed on various features of the ; commission form f city government, as ! well as of the city manager form. ‘Arson Ring* Again Busyat Uniontown UNIONTOWN, Pa., Dec. 15.—-Fayette Countyls "arson ring" resumed opera tions early today after a lull of ten days. The majority portion of the Fair Chance Lumber Company's plant at Fair Chnnce was burned with a loss of $30,- 009. This is the thirty-first fire in seven weeks and the third lumber property fired. State ( troopers are standing guard about the West End theater here, where the annual county teachers' institute Is being held. NOBtESVILLE WOMAN DEAD. NORLK.SVILI.E, Ind., Dee. 15.—Mrs. Eliza Lebo, 87, widow of William Lebo, is dead here. The family located In Hamilton County during the sixties. Among the children who survive are Prof. William Lebo, supervisor of music in the city schools at Hamilton, Ohio, and Harvey Lebo of Washington, D. C. Ft. Wayne Women Demand Jail Terms in Whisky Cases Special to The Times. FT. WAYNE, Ind., Dec. 15—The session of the city police court was enlivened todny when a delegation of the Women’s Christian Temperance Umon pnt in its appearance. Tho delegation, which was com posed of prominent women of the city," nml was headed by Mrs. Martha Ridenour, informed City Judge J. Frank Mungovan that they insist on violators of the prohibition laws be ing sent to jail instead of being al lowed to escape with a fine. The women assured the judge that they would be in court Friday morn ing when the ease of Bickis Trefan, who is charged with selling Chief of Police Abbott a quart of moonshine wlaky for SB, 1* brought to trial.