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Read What Billy Evans Says On Current Athletic Topics. VOL. XXXIV. RUSSIA AND i GERMANY IN CLOSE UNION Answers to Demand if Allies Show Collusion. NEW DIFFICULTY Genoa Called L’pon for Recognition of Soviets. ((.rmanr and Russia hav ajrwd, as that they will not cancel the tpmty. Russia refuses to rscogntrt the debts contracted by the Claris* government during the war and later by the Kerens'*! government. Envoys of soviet Russia assert that tlicj- can not meet the conditions. GENOA. April 20.—Russia and Ger many presented a united front to the allies today. The German answer to the allied and "little entente" note of cen sure. and the Russian reply to the pro posals of the political commission, take much the same line, although that from the Russian delegation contained a lengthy discussion of the Russian prob lem. P Presentation and consideration of these replies from the two “outcast" nations whose secretly signed treaty threatened to disrupt the conference was the next step at Genoa. PARLEY DEPENDS l PON REPLIES. The eery existence of the parley de pends upon the replies. The Russian note was understood to contain a lengthy outline of the entire Russian pneblem from the soviet point of view, it went with considerable detail into the subject of the resolutions of the supreme council meeting at Cannes upon which the experts proposals were based. Dejure recognition of Russia was one of the “eondtions" mentioned in the Rus sian reply, as well as the question of compensation from the allies for dam ages done by Koltohak. Denikin and other •‘white” commanders. The reply was said to contradict the plans of the experts in many Instances and to present fresh dif ficulties to amicable settlement. GERMANY OFFERS POINTS IN ANSWER. The German reply to the note sent by I.lord George which was signed by nine nations, stating that Germany no longer could be represented on the political com mission considering the Russian ques tion, was understood to say; first, negotiations leading up the German pact signed at Rapailo had been secret; second, to intimate that the Allies were themselves secretly negotiating with Russia; third, to state tuat the nine nation signing the note of censure had no right to rule Germany out of a sec tion of the conference at which thirty four nations should have equal voice; > fourth, to demand that the subject be re ferred to a plenary session. While these replies are integral, Wirth, Rathenati, Tchltcherln and Rakowski, conferred all day upon them. Rathenau called upon Lloyd George and after hear ing what the British premier had to say, tore up a reply he had prepared and work on * new one was started. NO SECRET CLAPSES SAYS RATHF.NAC. Rathenau dented that the Russo-Ger many contained any secret clauses. “Especially there is no clause providing for a military alliance between the two countries," he declared. "Germany and Russia have agreed, as a result of conferences, that they will not cancel the treaty." Rathenau con tinued. "Tou cannot make this too sttong. We will maintain the treaty.” Russia refuses to recognize the debts contracted by the Czarist government during the war and later by the Ker enski government. Envoys of soviet Russia assert that they cannot meet the conditions. The announcement had the effect of an other bombshell in the allied camp. POIXCA REPOIXTS TO VERSAILLES PARIS. April 20.—“1f we can't pre vent the Germans from uniting with the Russians at least we can force Germany to respect the treaty of Versailles," Pre mier Poincare is quoted. “Not at Genoa will we settle this ac count," the premier continued. “We've means to enforce the sanctions to bring Germany to order. We demand that the allies, principally Great Britain, join in obliging Germany to make honorable amends —not verbal but practical.” In .4 AT TO CONFER ON MINE OPENING LONDON. April 20.—Leslie t'rquhart, chairman of the Russo-Astattc Company. Consolidated, on ners of Siberian mines, was summoned to Genoa today. It is understood that members of the Russian delegation to the Genoa con ference. want to confer with Urquhart shout re-openlng British mining conces sions. William Gardner, 85, Former Judge, Dies WASHINGTON, Ind., April 20.—Wil liam u. Gardner, S3, former judge of the Common Court, which ante dated the Circuit Court here, is dead of heart disease. He was president of the Wash ington Stite Bank and for many years had been active In Republican politics. Three children survive. Shriners Announce Bazaar to Be Free Announcement was made today that the Shriners have decided not to ask an admission charge to the Shriners’ Oriental bazaar which opened this afternoon. Ad mission to the bazaar will be free hut There will be an admission charge to the minstrel show to be given tonight, Fri day and Saturday. WEATHER £ *i. Forecast for Indianapolis and vicinity 9'~ the tw.-nty-four hours ending 7 p. m . April 21, 1922: Generally fair tonight and Friday; slowly rising temperature: possildy light frost tonight. HOCRLV TEMFERATLRE. 6 a. m il 7 a. m 36 •S a. m 4> y a. m 42 10 a. ra 44 ft a. m 46 1 out 4S . I p. m 50 Old Man Winter Plays a Return Date in State Old Man Winter hovered above Indian apolis last night, unexpectedly, and be fore he was driven off forced the tem perature down to almost freezing and had covered the ground with a heavy coat of frost. However his attack was more in the nature of a raid than a sustained drive, according to J. H. Armington, meteorologist at the United States Weath er Bureau, who promises fair weather and slowly rising temperature for today and Friday. Mr. Armington says there light frost tonight, but the mercury will not drop as low as It did last night. COUNCILMEN GO ON AUTOMOBILE HUNTING PARTY Report Indicates Shank Order on City Cars Isn’t Obeyed. Recalling Mayor Shank's order that city cars were to remain iu the municipal garage or other buildings where they regularly are stored at night, so tha prac tice of joy riding in conveyances owned by the people could be broken up. City t’ouncilmen Theodore J. Bornd and John E. King today reported what they termed a “scouting expedition.” The eouncilmen said they found one city car on the street far from the mu nicipal garage and could not find nine others in any public building. In addi tion they said they found an automobile, evidently privately owned, being painted at the city street cleaning barns in Shelby street. The one car is No! SO, assigned to Edward W. Mcßride, director of rec reation. The eouncilmen said they found it at Shelby and Raymond streets. Mr. Mcßride said he was sent to n meeting of a civic society to make a speech on plans of the park department for play grounds and community centers in that section of the city. Bernd said they could not find Car No. 41, which is assigned to John F. Walker, superintendent of street cleaning at the city barns at 0:30 p. m. Walker has been under the council's fire for several days because of activities In behalf of Albert J. Beveridge, Republican senatorial as pirant. Other cars which the eouncilmen said they could not find In citv garages were Nos. S, IS. 19, 23. 28. 29. 32 and 22. The car being painted at the Shelby street barns bore license No. 346733 and was an Empire roadster, according to the eouncilmen. The Secretary of State's office reported this license issued to C. R. Scott, 2606 Central avenue. ‘‘Mr. King and I looked over some In ventories and found where the purchas ing agent bought twenty-four feet of timber for *9.60 from a local lumber yard. Wo feel that could have been bought for half the amount. “We see that John Walk*r has been given a leave of absence by the board of public works. I want to say that this has not altered the feelings of the council In regard to cutting his salary from $2,500 to $1,500.” W. H. Freeman, a member of the boerd of works, explained the car which was being painted In the city barns was painted by the owner who also supplied the paint. He said the only thing the city furnished was the space in the born. He said he did not know who gave per mission for the use of the barn. Telegraphers Pay Inquiry Is On CHICAGO. April 20—The United States Railroad Labor Board today began con sideration of the plea of the railroads to again cut the wages of 69,000 railroad telegraphers, operators, telephone oper ators and station agents of the country. Under the award of 1920, the teleg raphers were given a minimum rule of 58 cents an hour. Last year's reduction reduced them to 52 cents. The roads are now asking a general out of 4 cents an hour which would bring the scale back to Its original figure be fore the 1920 raise. Bates Appointed Sales Tax Chief The appointment of Arthur Bates of Greensburg, as < hies of the sales tax di vision to succeed Maximillian Romberg of Indianapolis, resigned, was announced today by M. Bert Thurman, collector of internal revenue. Bates has been con nected with the income tax division of the office. Romberg has held the position as chief of the sales tax division for several years and has been regarded as an un usually efficient man in that particular line of work. Killing Follows Gangsters* Feud NEW ORLEANS, La.. April 20. Frankie Russell, prizefighter, and Michael Walsh were shot to death while in an automobile here today. Police arrested Phillip Gehlbnck and. Arthur Mason on a charge of murder. Two women, Ethel Reynolds and Juanita Si evens, were held as material witnesses. Officers said the shooting was the aftermath of a feud between bootleggers nnd gangsters. It’s Getting So One Can’t Even Warble With Safety Unfeeling Auditor Interferes With Vocal Ambitions of Be It Demonstrator. A deep, mellow bass voice sounded in the hallway of the building at 17>i West Ohio street, at 12:40 o’clock this morn ing. It was a sort of song that Mrs. Virginia Toons of that address heard as she awakened from a deep sleep, but at first she thought someone was groan Ing. Then she listened as the voice ran the scale and carried through the build ing on the midnight air. “Hello, is this the police headquart ers?” demanded Mrs. Toons oveh the telephone. “Yes,” answered Telephone Sergeant Si mon. “There is someone singing in otir hall way at ITWpst Ohio street, and no one in the building can sleep.” As motorpollce Benianer and Gooch ap proached the building they heard the voice on another series of notes, start ting low and going high. When they reached the second floor of the buildipe they found R. S. Merry, 25, who is a guest at the Gem Hotel. 37'j West Ohio street, seated on a bench In the hallway. Merry was the singa*. 3hufesta |lla% (Sitttts SHANK PUTS K. 0. ON DAY SAVING ACT Mayor Gets Back at Tormentors on Return. SENDS HOT NOTE Finds Members of City Council Played Sherlock. Mayor Shank turned upon his tor mentors in the city council today and slapped thdrn right and left. He had just returned from a four-day speaking tour in behalf of Albert J. Beveridge, Republican candidate for nomination for United States Senator. Through newspapers and lieutenants he was informed of the criticism which has bet n heaped upon his administration by the council and supporters of Senator Harry S. New, Beveridge's opponent, and he answered in characteristically ve hement fashion. He vetoed the daylight saving ordi nance and sent a scorching letter telling the council why he did so. The orill nace appropriating SI,BOO to pay a claim of the Bass Knowlton Company, architects, for fire house plans furnished the Jewett administration, also was vetoed with a red-hot explanat on. Councilmen Bernd and John E. King were "snooping” around the municipal garago Wednesday and discovered the mayor had received two gallons of gaso line for his automobile and intended to use the fact to further harass him, Mr. Shank said. ADMITS USING CITY' GAS, BlT— lie said he has used about twenty-five or thirty gallons of city gasoline and oil In his car since the first of the year but that he his not only been using his own private conveyance on city business, paying for the wear and tear and most of the gasoline and oil himself, but also has furnished another -ar of his own for one of the right rider squads, free of charge to the city, since .Tan. 1. “Let them investigate this to their heart's content," he said. Heretofore, he pointed out, the city not only has furnished motor supplies but also an automobile for the mayor. To statements of councilmen that the mayor had done nothing for the south side, he cited a long list of favors granted councilmen and things done south of Washington street. He wound up his reply, which took a!! of half an hour to ueliver to news paperinen. with a statement that regard less of what anybody may say or think he is not trying to “coerce or compel anybody to be for any candidate in this primary." “I announced my hands were off and they are off so far as trying to force any one to work for Beveridge or anybody else," he said SAY'S HE JOSHED ABOUT WARD. “I'm been Joshing around here about this fellow Seth Ward, who was fired last '• ".-k. saying he -was discharged because be was not for Beveridge. Now, I had good and sufficient rens>>ns for letting Seth Ward go anil he knows quite well what they were and that it was not be cause he was for Senator New. 1 want the general pnblie to understand that I am not trying to coo-roe or force any body to be for anybody and am not going to on primary day. If they don’t w-ant to support Beveridge of their own frpo will and accord, it's nil right with me.” “George Triplett, the negro who said he was fired because he was not for I’everidgo, was fired because the (Continued on Page Two.) PHOOEY! KKNDALLVILLE, Ind., April 20. went 3- -two dollars In hills were whipped cut of Mrs. John I.lbeijr’s purse by a gale here last night and scattered on the winds. Mrs. I,lbey was attempting to buffet the gale co . Lng home. Youngster Hears Detroit on Times Receiving Set Bernard Nicewangcr, 16, hoard the musical program of the Detroit radio station (WWJ) on the Daily Times radio phone last night at his home, 1018 North LaSalle street. Detroit Is 240 miles frmn Indianapolis. “It was clear and distinct,” said young Nicewangcr. ‘AnjUuly hearing it would be stronger for the Times set than ever.” While the Daily Times radiophone is rated as a 50mile Instrument, music and voice have been brought in clearly from Chicago, and Nieewanger’g experience He explained to the police that his regular business was demonstrating elastic belts In drug store windows, but by next season he planned to lie a singer on the stage. He entered the building to prnetice as it was necessary he said for him to practice one hour each day. “1 didn't know anybody lived in this build ing,” Merry explained. "I can always practice my singing bettor when no per son is around. The proprietor of the Gem Hotel, where I live, won’t let me sing here. Merry promised that he would termi nate the concert and return to the hotel. The police made their return call to the desk sergeant, but were told the singer had returned to the West Ohio street ad dress after they left and that Mrs. Teens had again called headquarters. When the police reached the hallway the second time no one was there. Mrs. Toens told them that the singer had re tudned and knocked on the door and at tempted lo apologize for Interrupting her slumber. Merry denied having re turned to the hallway after being or dered to go to the hotel. INDIANAPOLIS, THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1922. WHEAT ‘BULL’ SAYS WORLD IS SMILING Optimism Means High Prices, Declares Big Operator. RUSSIA IS FACTOR Patten Sees Wheat Climb as Scarcity Is Felt. CHICAGO, April 20. -Russia, according to James A. Patten, the "wheat king," iJ today the big, outstanding economic fa<- tor governing the trend of the world s wheat prices. This great grain produc ing nation is knocked out of the world market for at least ttiree years, he as serts. That's one mason ‘-Jim” is a "bull”— the big “bull," perhaps, in the sensation ally advancing Chicago market. Another reason Is the coming scarcity of wheat in the Cnitefl States, which. Batten says, will mnke itself felt in May or .Tune, resulting In higher prices. “Russia is responsible,” be said. ‘‘Russia is out of world wheat trade. She won't be able to get back in for three or four years. YVell feed Russia for the next fifteen months. Before the war Rus sia was a big world factor. She used to export daily 2,000,000 bushels of wheat and 2.000.000 bushels of rye into Ger many and Austria Hungary. That’s our business now. “See those figures on the blackboard 800,000 bushels for export from our mar kets todayl That shows Europe is eco nomically dependent upon America for wheat. It will continue so until Russia gets back on her feet. “1 don't expect to see cheap wheat for quite a time. I figure, too, that farmers in the United States have been marketing their wheat heavily. They had to. They needed the money. They had borrowed money, and the country banks were pressing them. They haven't the wheat now. That’s an lmpodtant factor. ‘‘The whole world had been in the dumps some time back. Now it s differ ent. The world is beginning to smile The national state of mind has a whole lot to do with prices Pessimistic peo ple, low prices; optimistic people, high prices.” WARNING GIVEN BENEFICIARIES OF NEW TARIFF Senator McCumber Voices Em phatic Statement as to Measure. WASHINGTON. April 20. -An emphatic warning that manufacturers will court economic disaster, if they t tternpt to use the new tariff bill as a clonk to boost prices and slash wages wan voiced today by Senator McCumber, Republican, of North P.kotn, chairman of the Senate Bin 'nice Committee, after he called the measure up and had It made the ‘‘un finished business.;” Lynn Is Cleared of Manslaughter Manslaughter charge, against (Veil Lynn, 1235 North Keallng avenue, were dimissed in city court today on recom mendation of Coroner Paul F. Robin son. I.ynn's automobile struck and killed Madison Vestal, f>, 1221 Brookside ave nue. Dutch Recognize Ohregon Regime WASHINGTON, April 20.—The Nether lands government has recognized tho Obregon government, tho State Depart ment was officially advised today. shows the receiving set will work for greater distances under good atmospheric conditions. A feature of the Daily Times radio phone that Is commented on particularly by the radio experts is the head set, which consists of two receiving phones of (he best quality, super sensitive type Under the special offer of (lie Daily Times, any one can obtain this set with very little effort, and without, cost. Full details are given at the Times office, where the complete radiophone Is on ex hibitlon. Wife Says Girl’s Charge Against Nichols Is Lie Declares She Does Not Believe Story and Son Defends Fat tier's Name. “The accusation against my husband Is a lie.” This is the reply of Mrs. Fred W Nichols, Buckingham apartments, 3107 North Meridian street, to the charge that her husband has two wives. Nichols is out on bond following his arrest oil an affidavit made by Ella N. Swensen who says Nichols married her in Min neapolis In Aug. 1920, and deserted her a few days later. “I do not believe it, and all of our friends know It Is not true.” Mrs. Nichols declared. ”1 cannot but regret the un pleasant publicity which has been given the matter, but I am f.rni in my belief that the truth eventually will triumph. A lie cannot live for long and It will only be a matter of days before this lie will he forgotten.” Again and again Mrs. Nichols reiterated her statement that Miss Swensen’s charges were false. ”1 (lo not and will not believe such charges against my husband,” she said. "I think that the whole story is a con- Blackmailer Said to Have Demanded $2,000 From Mrs . Day MRS. JEAN P. DAY. SAI’ULPA, Okia., April 20.—Ed Read, held In Jail here today following alleged attempt to blackmail Mrs. Jean I’. Day, Wife of the slayer of Lieut. Col. Paul ‘Ward Beck, will face formal charges at Tulsa today. Federal authorities de clares!. Real was arrested in connec tion with a letter received by Mrs. Day demanding *2.o*) to "forget forever" what he declared he saw ‘‘through the window of the Day home,” the morning Judge Day shot Beck, fol lowing an alleged attempt by the aviator on Mrs. Day's honor. ROBBER STEALS; K. C. BLUES OUT; COPS ON DECK Kansas City Hall Players Vic tims of Sleeping; Car Thief. The Kansas City Blues are blue today A thief entered the Pullman car on which the team arrived from Columbus last night and robbed sir players of money ami Jewelry totaling nenrly *230. The victims are: William Skiff, catcher, *l7 and a dia mond pin valued ut $75. Rube I.utske, lnfielder, *9 and a watch valued at S9O. L K. Ames, piteher, $4 nnd a watch and fob valued at *3O. ltay Caldwell, pitcher, $6 and a highly prized Spanish cotn dated 1792 Beals Becker, left fielder, *4.75 and a pair of trousers. Joe Morris, *l5O. The car, which was oecnpled only by members of the team, arrived In Indian apolis at about 2:30 o'clock this morning and was parked at Loulsiunnn street ind Capitol oventte. ('. IT. Lee. negro, the porter ,to!d the police he was asleep in the ear. He said both doors were locked, but the hall players insisted they found one door opened. Lee was taken to police headquarters to he questioned, and he was later arrested for vagrancy and hetd In lull without bond The police recovered Becker's trousers tn ihe yards not far from the ear nnd relieved him of the necessity of appear ing on the Rtrecta in his baseball outfit. Three Fires Keep Department Busy Three fires in various part sos the city kept the firemen busy today. Sparks on the roof of n two-story frame residence owned nnd occupied by R. 11. Halstead, 919 East Minnesota street, started a fire while almost destroyed the house. The toss was estbnnied at *2,500. An other roof tire caused *SO damage to the home of It. M. Shockley, 510 East Elev enth street. Fire of unknown origin caused n SSO lost at a rooming house oc cupied by E. 11. Matherner, 510 West Michigan street. Moonshine Stills on College Avenue Two stills, one hundred gallons mash nnd a small quantity of whisky were found by the police today in a barn In the rear of 1208 College avenue. Asa re sult Ernest Bate. 24. 1215 Broadway, was arrested for operating a blind tiger, and the police are looking for a man known ns Carl Jones. J. E. Ruby, owner of the barn said he rented It to .Pate and Jones. RF,PORTS CAR STOLEN. Charles E. nnneork. 417 East Nine teenth street, reported to the police today that, his automobile had been stolen from Washington and Delaware streets. I temptible plan to blackmail Mr. Nichols. Nor do I fool that I am the one to Judg>* ' of anything that my husband may have done at any time. I believe in him, and so do our children. “Our 12-year-old son came to me the other day and asked me If It was true that his father had two wives, saying that one of the boys at school had taunt ed him with the story that the papers have published. “ ‘And I called him a liar clear across the room,’ he said. ”1 told him,” Mrs. Nichols added.” that the story was not true and that he did right in defending his father's name.” Mrs. Nichols is a woman of attractive appearance and charming, cultured man ner. Her unshaken faith in her husband's Innocence was echoed by Mr. Nichols’ white-haired mother, whose apartment Mr. and Mrs, Nichols share. The elder Mrs. Nichols showed traces of the un happiness she has suffered as a result of the charges brought against her son. The younger Mrs. Nichols was asked If (Continued on I’ago Nine.) RAY’S AUTO RUNS AMUCK, HURTS MANY City Dad Drives Car Head-on Into Big Crowd. COPS ARREST HIM Councilman Charged With Improper Driv ing and Assault. City Councilman Otto Ray, 1045 Harlan street, was arrested today after he drove his automobile Into a crowd of people crossing Delaware street at Washington street. Kay was charged with assault and battery and improper driving. Five persons were knocked down, but only erne was seriously injured. The injured: Mrs. Edward J. Boyle, 31, St. Andrews, seriously hurt, tho wheels of the auto mobile passing over her. Edward J. Boyle, St. Andrews, knocked down, bruised and suffered scalp wound. Mrs. Elizabeth Wolf, 2708 West Tenth street, knocked down and fell on curb stone, suffered Injuries to back nnd bruises on right side. Airs. Lizzie O'Bannon, negross. 542 West Twelfth street knocked down and bruised. Right leg and right ankle In jured. Unidentified tnsn knocked down and rolled under automobile. Ho got up and limped while police officer assisted in carrying Mrs. Boyle to drug store at 134 East Washington street. All the injured persons were walking west on the north side of Washington street and Ray was driving south on Delaware street. The traffic officer had Just turned the “Go” signal, when li-ay started Lis car and drove into the people crossing the street. Traffic Policeman Tyner siald Ray seemed to lose control of the car. The automobile went almost to the car tracks in the middle of Wash ington street before It was stopped. There was confusion as the women screamed and other to places of safety. Ray had little to say after .ie accident except to state, “Mrs. Boylf was a little slow in getting out of the way and Mr. Boyle turned and walked back to help her and it was then 'ho automobile hit them.’’ MAN, DESERTED ! BY HIS WIFE, TAKES POISON Heeler, Failing to Effect Reconciliation, Takes Mercury Tablets. Failing In an effort to effect a recon ciliation with his wife, against whom a few days ago he dismissed pending suit for divorce, Marston V. Beeler. 22. 918 Fletcher avenue, attempted suicide today nenr Market nnd Delaware streets. He swallowed three bi chloride of mer cury tablets, he told J. S. Jordan, Into : whose office at 405 Indianapolis Sccurl- : ties Building he walked immediately ufter taking the poison. lie was sent to the city hospital, where It Is said his con dition Is serious. John Edwards, attorney, whom Mrs. Beeler had employed to file a cross-corn- i plaint against her husband, said that he! called the couple to his office last night , In an effort to unite them, lie said Beeler was willing to live with his wife, but she refused. They were married about two j months ago nnd separated March 28. Be*‘ler wrote a letter to his wife, de- ! daring he still loved her nnd gave it to Edwards. Mrs Ileeier had been marled before and has two children by a former bus bami. she lives with her parents at 3524 Prospect street. ARRESTS SIX ON BOOZE CHARGE First of Twenty-One Indicted by Grand Jury. Six residents of Clinton, including Paulo Kaulndo, sister of “Bg Jim" Ca.‘- rero, said by Federal officials to be the head of the liquor ring at Clinton, and ; Andrew Clark, merchant policeman, were arrested yesterday by Charles E. Whicker, deputy United States marshal, on grand jury capiases charging violation of the national prohibition laws. <*lark was charged in the indictment with selling a small quantity of liquor, while ttie others ore charged with con spiracy. Those arrested and their bonds are; Paulo Canindo, *3,0(10: John Boetto, garage owner, $1,000; Martin Mo hair, owner of property said to be used 1 by Big Jim as a “distributing station," $1,000; Robert Laverda, *1.000; John Sasso, *1,000; Andrew Clark. *SOO. Twenty-one defendants, five of whom are now at the State Farm serving sen tences imposed by State courts, are! named in the indictment.. It is under stood several Indianapolis men are It> the list. The names will not be given out until the arrests are made. Deputy Marshal Whicker also arrested Dr. Milton W. Sparks, negro physician of Terre Haute, on a capias charging him wfth selling “dope" to drug addicts. He was released on bond of *1,500. Drops Dead After Applying for Job A 62-year-old man, believed to be named Russell, and said to have lived in the 1300 block on West Thirty-Fourth street, dropped dead today in the yard of the home of Edward Peters, rural route A-l, box 235, near Flackvllle. The man came to the Peters home tn response to n request by Mrs. Peters that he talk to Peters. He had called by telephone lti answer to an advertisement In the paper for help. He said he had been In the employ of the American Rail way Express Company for thirty-seven yen rs. He had finished talking to Peters when he suddenly dropped to the ground, de and. The coroner is investigating. DEMOCRATIC MASS MEETING. A mass meeting of Democrats of the Sixth precinct of the Seventh ward will bo held in Schaub Hall, Noble nn< Mtchl- I gan streets, tonight. Candidates will speak. Children Found Dead From Gas- Filled Bedroom HOUSTON, Texas, April 20. —Three children were found dead in bed here to day from gas, police reports said, had been turned on while they slept. The victims ara William Matthias, 9; Eliza beth Mathias, 8, and Louis Mathias, 6. Police said they found a hole in the hack screen where the murderers gained entrance to the house. Cracks and doors of the room where the children slept had been stopped up with paper. The children's grandfather said he found the gas burners turned on. The mother, Mrs. Horace Mathias, 29, was said to have left her home here last Friday. Rel atives said they had not heard from her. MTARDLE SEES CONSPIRACY OF COAL MEN Public Service Commissioner Says They Keep Up Prices. A combination of coal dealers and op erators exists and it determines the re lationship of coke and coal prices In this State and the country, John W. Mc- Cardle, chairman of the Indiana Public Service, Commission, charged during the hearing of the Citizens Gas Company pe tition for an increase in rates charged here. The hearing was brought to a close with the testimony of witnesses of the Gas Company. The city introduced no witnesses, but devoted its efforts to cross-examining the gas company wit nesses. “I can not believe that the consumers should pay an additional price for gas because a big stock of coke has been allowed to accumulate," Mr. McCardle said. The coal combination knows what It is doing and it is not going to lower the price. I'd meet competition and get rid of that coke If I had to sell it for *2 per ton.” Mr. MeCardle's observation came dur ing the examination of J. B. Morton, sales manager of the Doruhoff-Joyce Company, sales agents for the output of the Citizens Gas Company coke. The method of determining prices of coke in the various competitive fields was gone Into in detail by Morton under the ques tioning of McCardle, Douglass, and Van Auken. Testimony indicated the rates between different cities where coke is produced and points of destination vir tually determine what coke is used. The Citizens Gas Company virtually has no opposition in the central Indiana district. ASKS ABOUT “UNDERSTANDING.” " "Isn't there an understanding that coke should be sold In relation to the price of coal."’ Mr. McCardle asked Morton. "A short time ago we gave this company an Increase from 60 cents to 00 cents. Now they are back here asking for an increase to *1.25. The possibility exists that there will be more coke on hand next year than now end the company will be asking another increase. The trouble Is that the wholesalers have a combina tion The selling price of coke should de pend on genera! business conditions.” James A. Galligan of Chicago, of the By-Products Coke Corporation, testified that the sale of coke by the Citizens Gas Company would not materially aid the financial condition of the company. He indicated that an increase in rate might help A similar condition with regard to surplus coke exists in Chicago, ac cording to Galligan. He said there were approximately 700,000 tons of accumu lated coke stock In this territory dis tributed among seven or eight big pro ducers. He said there has been a slight Improvement In the coke Industry re cently, but the price had not been af fected. Mr. Galligan said he believed there Is no chance at present to dispose of the surplus coke except through domestic consumption which he regarded as un likely. DUNBAR TELLS OF COMPANY'S CONDITION. According to J. W. Dun Dar, member of Congress, and -newly elected vice presi dent and general manager of the gas company, testified concerning the finan cial condition of the gas company. “In a general way the financial condi tion of the company is very bad,” Mr. Dunbar said. -‘The total Indebtedness Is *2,744.000.” The company, according to Mr. Dunbar, holds an unique place among gas companies of the country In that It is almost altogether owned by local persons. Mrs. Arford Dies in CrossingvAccident ANDERSON, Ind., April 20—Mrs. Ger trude Arford, wife of Dr. R. D. Ar ford of Middletown, is dead, her brother in-law, Jacob Arford, and her son, Flem ing, C, are severely injured ns a result of a crossing accident at Honey Creek, Henry County. A Pennsylvania Railroad freight train struck their automobile. The Arfords formerly lived at Huntington. Liberia Touches Your Uncle Sam WASHINGTON, April 20.—A *5,000.000 loan to Liberia was approved today by the House Ways and Means Committee. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Are COMING To INDIANAPOLIS THEY WILL MAKE THEIR HOME IN A ClffiSP THE DAILY TIMES RAGGEDY RAGGEDY ANN g ANDY' TO tell you about RAGGEDY' ANN and RAGGEDY ANDY would be as useless as to tell you about Santa Claus, wouldn't it? Everybody knows them already. Y'our nursery would not seem like home if it didn’t have a Raggedy Ann or a Raggedy Andy doll In it. Johnny Gruelle, the man who makes the dolls and who writes the wonderful stories about Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, has promised to write anew story every day for this newspaper and the children of Indianapolis are in for anew treat each day from Monday on. THE ADVENTURES OF RAGGEDY ANN AND RAGGEDY ANDY will be the name of the stories and Johnny Gru elie will draw one of his funny little pictures for each story. HOME EDITION TWO CENTS PER COPY COHEN ASKS RECEIVER IN GAS CO. SUIT Holder of Six Shares of Stock Alleges Insolvency. SALARIES TOO BIG Suit Charges Officers With Recklessness, Extravagance. Suit for a receiver for the Citizen# Gas Company was filed In Superior Court, Room 5, today by Samuel T. Cohen, holder of six shares of the com pany's stock. The suit charge “that the prudential affairs of the Citizens Gas Company have been and are grossly mismanaged, and that the business has been and is carried on In a reckless manner;” that large sums of money has been expended in propanganda to educate the people to coming higher gas rates; that the com pany is hoarding coke valued in excess of $4,000,000 which it sells to non-resident dealers who re-shlp It to Indianapolis and sell It at an exorbitant price; that the company Is “Insolvent and has not now sufficient funds and means to pay its existing indebtedness,” and that the company has been selling inferior gas. The complaint says Mr. Cohen pre sented to the officials of the company a dividend certificate, which had been Issued In lieu of accrued dividends prior to July 1 1915. It Is averred that pay ment on the certificate was refused and that an agent of the company told the plaintiff that the company had no funds, and that the concern was "financially un able to pay said obligation and was in a bad financial condition” and that the money might “not be paid until sev eral years after.” COKE VALUED AT MORE THAN MILLION. It is also alleged that the company has in its possession coke valued at more than $1,000,000, which it refuses to sell to resident dealers and consumers. It is alleged that the coke Is sold outside the State and later shipped back and sold to local consumers. The suit sets forth that the reason aslgned by the gas company to account for Its failure to sell the coke to raise money that the defendent company would “sustain great loss In marketing the said coke by reason of competition on tho open market.” It is further related that the defendant owns property, real and personal, valued at more than *10,000,000, In addition to the coke and other by-products which could be sold and made “applicable on debts and obligations without detriment.” It is contended that the gas company refuses to do this. That the gas delivered is ‘‘of low and Inferior grade and is being supplied in violation of the laws of the State of In diana” is also charged. It is stated that If “the defendant company were properly and carefully managed and If Its by products were produced and marketed in a competent and business-like manner, the defendant company would now have sufficient net earnings with and out of which to meet obligations as they became due • • • and could also manufacture and sell artificial gas at a rate not ex ceeding 90 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of the legal thermal requirements. BRANDS INCREASE OF RATES UNJUSTIFIED. It Is further recited that the defendant has pending before the public service commission of the State of Indiana a pe tition for an increase to *1.25 per 1,000 cubic feet. The increase is branded as "wholly unjustified and unnecessary” and the present alleged financial condition of the gas company is attributed to “reck less, incompetent and unbusinesslike management • • and unless a re ceiver Is appointed by this court to take charge of the affairs of the defendant company there will be caused irreparable loss nnd detriment to the stockholders.” If the public service commission grants the rite increase it would not save the company, It Is alleged. “Neither *1.25 or higher rates will relieve the financial con dition or place the affairs on a sound financial basis. * • The Increased earnings would be squanered, wasted and mismanaged • • • working an in justice and oppression to its stockhold ers and to the general public." The petition asks the court to author ize the receiver, if appointed, to “con tinue business, sell and dispose of sur plus holdings, pay debts, and conserve the assets and business of the company. Goodrich Denies He Has Lenin Message WASHINGTON. April 29.—Ex-Gov ernor James Goodrich of Indiana, today denied flatly that he had a message from Premier Lenin of Russia to President Harding. Goodrich called at the White House and submitted to Harding a report on the progress of American relief work in Russia. He is a member of the relief commission and spent a month in Russia. NO. 294.