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ALASKAN CITIES BADLY SHAKEN
CHINESE OUAKE KILLS MANY Total of Deaths in Venezuela Disaster Totals 50 With Thous Little ands Roaming the Streets Homeless and Destitute, Damage Done in Alaska Outside of a Frightened Populace. Fairbanks, Alaska, Jan. 22.—Resi dents of Fairbanks and vicinity are recovering composure after four terri fying hours in which the city was shaken by 14 earthquakes. The dam age was slight. The shocks began at 12:30 a. m. yesterday. Quakes were felt in An chorage, Cordova, Nenana and Cutty, but were slight in thise places. Dam age was confined to broken windows and displaced articles in homes and • business places. Peking, Jan. 22.—Many persons were killed in an earthquake Sunday; in Suiyan, north of the great wall, ini Shdnsi province. Buildings collapsed! and railroad tracks were destroyed. Advice reaching the international famine relief said that there was an earthquake in the same district Janu ary 13. Two persons were killed at Saratsi, about 40 miles southwest of Suiyuan and one in Suiyuan. Several people were injured when buildings in Kweihwating 20 miles south of Sui yan collapsed. Venezuela Deaths Total 50 Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 22.—Meas ures for relief of the population of Cumana, striken by three earthquakes in the last few days, are in progress. Nuevo Diario quotes its correspondent at Cumana as placing the number in jured at 2,000. The latest estimate of dead is 50. AGED ANTELOPE PIO NEER PASSES AWAY Settled on Farm Near Antelope Among First Settlers In That Vi cinity. Was 85 Years of Age. Funeral Held Friday In This City. Mrs. Ann McLaughlin, mother of Charley and Henry McLaughlin and Mrs. J. J. Murray died the first of vthi» week at the Sheridan Memorial hospital from flu and old age, being £5 years of age at the time of her death. The deceased is one of the early her loss, two sons Charley and Henry McLaughlin, and a daughter, Mrs. J. J. Murray, besides many other rela-1 w 1 i tives. 1 The funeral was held today (Fri-I this 1 Marion Potter, 76 Years OM, Dies As Result of Burns Received When Gasoline Explodes. Birch Family pioneers of Sheridan county, being among the first settlers to homestead In the Antelope country. Her husband died several years ago. Mrs. McLaughlin leaves to mourn day) at the Catholic church in city and burial was in the Plentywood Catholic cemetery. The bereaved ones have the sympa thy of their large circle of friends who held Mrs. McLaughlin and her family in the highest esteem. WHTtETAIL MAN DIES FROM BURNS Have Narrow Escape. Marion Potter died Sunday, January 6th, as the result of bums sustained in a fire that destroyed the farm home the kitchen of the home early in the morning, he unknowingly used some gasoline to kindle a fire and an ex Whitetail. Mr. Potter was burned accidentally when starting a fire in a stove in plosion resulted. The whole interior of the room was ablaze with the gasoline and a raging fire quickly started. Mr. Birch, his seven child ren and a hired girl in other parts of the house were forced to make their escape through windows. Mr. Birch suffered slight bums from the explo sion the fire of which passed through an open door into the room he occu- j pied. B . The weather was exceedingly cold and all the occupants of the house vere compelled to go into the bam including Mr. Potter who succeeded in getting out of the kitchen through the door, but his bums were intense and he died that night in Flaxville to which place he was removed for care, At the time of the fire Mrs. Birch was absent from home, visiting with acquaintances in Flaxville. Mr. Potter was 76 years old and the father of several daughters and sons who reside in the Whitetail and Gros by (N. D.) vicinities. SENATE CONFIRMS WEST APPOINTMENT Washington, Jan. 22.—Roy O. West of Chicago was confirmed Monday to ^ secretary of interior by the sen ate by an overwhelming vote after three days of discussion of his nom Nation in secret session. The vote was repoited as 54 to 27, but there were many conflicting re ports on the actual number of ballots received by West, the range being be tween 52 and 55. The consensus of those emerging from the smoke filled chamber when the doors finally were opened was that 54 bo 27 was the re sult. Only a majority was necessary. Republican independents who op posed the nominee because of his pre vious connections with the Samuel In sull utility interests, made a determined last minute effort to have the proceedings, including the roll call and the committee reports, made pub lic. But they failed by close votes. Senators Deneen and Glenn, repub licans of Illinois, who conducted the case for West before the senate, clos ed the argument Monday after Sena tors Blaine of Wisconsin and Nye of North Dakota had made another as sault. Appointed last August by President CooKdge to succeed Secretary' Work when he became chairman of the re publican national committee, Mr. West's nomination was sent to the senate early in December. He appear ed at opening hearings before the senate lands committee and received a vote of 9 to 4 for confirmation. A number of democrats joined with the republican majority in the vote for oonfiration. Senator Deneen re called the testimony of West before the lands committee that the nominee had sold his investments in the Insull companies at the time he was appoint ed to the cabinet, He said that over a period of 26 years West had invest ed $67,000 in the Insull stocks which were sold for about $118,000. West Testifies Testifying before the lands commit tee West said that his law business for the Insull companies had been on ly of a "casual" nature. "Senator Norris of Nebraska was one those leading the spirited,, attack. Complaint was registered against the action of W est in participating as a member of the federal power com . 13 tbe be3r1 "« °" 3 P etltl °" b y (he Cumberland Hydro-Electriç that he had consented to withdraw from participation in, any cases ing before his department involving The final efforts to get the whole proceedings into the open provoked! another of the many rows the senate frequently indulges in over how con tested executive nominations are to be considered, but the two-thirds nec essary to break the practice of secrecy in the consideration of nominations was not available. After the vote on confirmation two other votes were taken before the doros were opeend. The first was on' company, a subsidiary of the Insull companieSi for a license to develop power at Cumberland Falls, Ky. On behalf of West it was recalled the Insull companies. Another Row the roU call on the West nom- j ination should be made public. This failed. The second was on a motion to make public the majority and m nority reports of the land committee. Although the hearings before the committee were public and the testi mony was published the senate stood firm against publication of the re P orts ' BOTH HOUSES the evils that (Continued from page One) seem to exist, especially since it was brought out about a week ago that the refund claims were get ting out of bounds and were eating up what appears to be an exhorbitant percentage of the tax receipts, Early in the session the house a dopted a resolution caUing for an in vestigation of the gasoline tax re fund situation, but this was inspired by the claim of lengthy delays in the adjustment of claims after they filed with the state board of missioners. Subsequently it was brot out that the refunds were piling up in amounts far in excess of all expec tations when the law was drafted. weie cora Monday the senate took a hand in the matter when it adopted a resolu tion by Senator Sibbert of Petroleum county that the president appoint a committee of three to work with the Upon this commit year 1928 over those for 1927, having learned that while the tax paid upon gasoline in 1927 amounted to $1,604, 270.93 and had increased but little than $600,000 to a total of $2, During the year 1927 the first year the refund clause in conectionn with house committee in its inquiry of the refund situation, tee the president appointed Senators Schnitzler of Roosevelt, Sweet Grass and Porter of Chouteau. Amazed at Incerase Legislators who have made some inquiries into the situation are amaz ed at the apparently unjustified in crease in the refund claims for the Higbie of more 213,396.43 in 1928, the refund claims had increased from $190,808.71 in 1927 to $403,899.86 in 1928. the gasoline tax was in effect, 12,000 claims for refunds were filed, but for 1928 the number jumped to 25,243, ac cording to records in the office of the state board of equalization. It is pointed out that whilp the av erage of the claims filed fôr refund is approximately $16, several claims for as little as 30 cents each have been filed and in one instance a claim was made for a refund of 6 cents. The sjate board of equalization has esti mated that the cost of the state of the auditing and payment of these claims averages 53 cents per claim They take the view that it is un just to deduct thsi expense from the tax paid by the man who has used ( be gasoline in his automobile and that the law should be amended so as to Provide for a deduction from the refund claim s of probably 5 per cent] to carry this expense so that the map who profits by the refund shall pay the cost of administering the refund clause. See Fraud Some legislators hold to the viewi that this great increase in refund de mands is not justified by conditions and are of the opinion that many of the claimants are taking advantage of the law and are obtaining repay ment of taxes upon gasoline that has been used in passenger cars and motor trucks upon the hikhways. They hold that while more gasoline was undoubtedly used in 1928 than the preceeding year in the increased number of tractors and combines, that neither this increase nor the slight in crease in acreage tilled justifies the increase of more than $200,000 for the year. ; I j j made two years ago for the mainten of various state institutions and with the probability that requests will be made upon the legislature for ad ditional buildings and equipment, the committees upon appropriations and revenues of the 21st legislative assem bly are casting about for a means of raising the funds necessary to meet these extra demands. j In fact it seems not so much a task of cutting the coat according to the cloth as it is a task of getting a cloth large enough for the coat. It is likely that every possible source of revenue not already tapped will be sought out by the legislature to as $10 POLL TAX TO AID STATE IS SUGGESTED Legislative Committees Seek Way of Meeting Demands for More Money Rep. Green of Dawson County Pre sents Plan of General Levy. hundreds of thousands of dollars those Helena, Jan. 18.—With bequests for appropriations exceeding by severa sist it in solving the financial prob lems which have already, or which are yet to be presented. Per Capita Tax Among the ideas already advanced is that of a per capita tax to be im posed upon every male person and ev ery unmarried female person over the age of 21 years, each of whom would he required to contribute $10 annual ly for the support of schools, roads, state government and the poor. This idea is being promoted by Rep resentative Henry R. Green of Dawson county, a member of the committee on appropriations, who has put the plan up to the house committee on revenues and taxation for its ensider tin. Representative Green's plan is for a per capita, or poll tax, of $10 per in dividual, which would be distributed as follows: Two dollars each to the county poor fund and the county road fund in lieu of the poll taxes already being collected for such purposes, $4 to be paid into the county general school fund and $2 to the general fund of the state. What amount this would produce in the aggregate or for any of the al funds mentioned he has not at tempted to compute. sever Family Head Defined Under the Green plan this head tax the heads of would be imposed qpon families, as defined by the united States homestead laws, "every male person over the age of 21 years and every unmarried woman over the age of 21 years. Taking this definition for the heads of families, Mr. Green would have the tax of $10 assessed on March 1 of each year upon the heads of each family in the state, to be collected in the same manner as other taxes on personal or real property and to be in addition to such taxes. It is proposed by Mr. Green that in the event a measure carrying out the idea of such a per capita tax shall be drafted and introduced, it will be brought out as a committee bill. So far no plan for the establishing of a maximum age limit has been put forth by the father of this proposed measure, but it is safe to assume that limit will be fixed to correspond H some either with that of the general poor fund poll tax, which is assessed to every male inhabitant of the state ov er the age of 21 and under the age of 60 and to the general road poll tax applicable to males between 21 and 50 years of age. ' Offices Changed at Courthouse Carpenters have been busy the past several days changing the rooms of the office, which will now be located in the former County Agent's office at the court house and cutting a door in the par tion which separates the present coun ty surveyor's office from the County Superintendent's room. Both rooms will now be used by County Superin tendent Singleton to house her office force. linvnri £\ ri CTDCCT DHJßt [J f MKttl P kTiC IT T\ n fi qi IIFD vAlW Ululji llljlt Sargon has made me feel like a for six long years. I am so grateful for my recovery I just feel like telling everybody about this wonderful medi oin® Mrs. Patridg Was In Such a Highly Nervous State That She Was Afraid To Cross the Street. "Six years ago I had almost a com plete nervous breakdown and I was so nervous and in general bad health, that even the noises of the trolley cars were almost unbearable to me. ^ I was afraid to try and cross a street, andi a car a block away would give me| nervous tremors. "I didn't know what a good, restful night's sleep meant and of course, mornings I was tired and generally let down, "For years I had suffered with in digestion. It seemed like everything I ate disagreed with me, and I had to leave off practically all rich foods land meats. My appetite .was very poor, and I didn't get much nourish ment from what little I ate. After meals I was in such misery and dis comfort, that it seemed at times like I would have to give up eating entire Ste ~ »Ä ly have enough energy and strength to do my housework. I was getting very discouraged, because I tried ev ery kind of medicine that I thought timiaîldmoney" ' ^ " W " ° I knew a lot of people here who were praising Sargon for the good it i ^ve ^ken ^Iree bottles ^ncTl f ee i j us t like a different woman. Myj nervous system seems normal. I go down town now in the jam of people ; a £ d cars, and it doesn't worry me in goodnight's sleep and rest^and en j 0 y doing my housework in the mom ing. It never tires me any more and I ^ ee I strong and well in every W ^'*Sar on has certainl p ro ved its true worth bf my^ase and** I feel like it should be in every home." The above statement was made re too^,''i,"higW^wmS 1 resWen't 0 f 1922-2% St, South Minneapolis. Sargon may be obtained in Plenty wood at Miller's Pharmacy. Mil IT WAP lUlLlV IT fill - (Continued from page One) court at Waukegan issued a tempor ary injunction against the strikers. Federal Action Federal action seemed imminent, in asmuch as the interstate shipments of milk were involved. George E. Q. Johnson, U. S. district attorney, an mmneed he was ready to act if any complaints were made to him. Mayor Thompson came to the fore with the information that he opposed the increase of 35 cents per hundred weight, asked by the farmers, mem bers of the Pure Milk Association. He $5,476,000 additional each year, said it would cost Chicago residents More than one million pounds of milk have been destroyed since the strike started three weeks ago, when the larger distributors such as the Bowman Dairy Co. and the Borden company refused to meet the new price asked, $2.86. It was the Bow man company which filed the petition for injunction at Waukegan. Will Get Together It appeared likely that the Indiana farmers and dealers would get to gether, many of the dealers having signed an areement to increase Mon day. W. C. McQueen, president of the association, said the increase of 35 cents a hundredweight would mean approximately three-fourths of a cent a quart to the distributor. If the' consumer were to pay 1 cent more a quart, and this - passed on to the farmer, the producers would get $2.96 a hundred pounds, or more than ask ed, he explained. Chicago's milk supply Sunday was 400,000 quarts under normal, although distributors said they had been able to supply all demands. A greater shortage for Monday and Tuesday was predicted, MISSING MILK TRUCK DRIVER RETURNS SAFELY Burlington, Wis., Jan. 21.T-A milk truck driver, raising for several hours Monday after a posse of farmers sur rounded his truck just over the Wal worth county line, returned here late Monday to report the posse had emp tied all the 11,000 pounds of milk car ried on the truck on the ground. Search had been carried on for the driver after James Block, owner of a Chicago bound truck, who was fol lowing him in another car saw the posse gather around the truck. He came here for help and returned to . , . ,. . w here he last saw the machine, only to find it missing. The driver said that he had been forced to drive on a few miles and the posse took the milk tanks from the j machine and emptied its contents. ! They let him go and he returned here ! with the machine. Arhdtration Is Agreed (hi At Confer ence After Day of Violence. Chicago, Jan. 22.—Butter prices on tire* Mercantile Exchange today per carload were quoted at $8,784 as com pared with $8,640 yesterday. Large interests were buying for January and February deliveries in the belief that milk ordinarily used for the manufac ture ° f buttcr w<rald be diïerted 40 other channels to relieve the shortage of milk for domestic purposes caused by the strike. Chicago, Jan. 22.—Chicago's milk strike, with its attendant displays of violence and destruction of milk des tined for the Chicago market, was ded at a conference of producers, distributors and city health officers today. Dr. Arnold Kegal, commissioner of health, announced that the two fac tions, at loggerheads for weeks over the price to be paid for raw milk, had counter pr0 posal is $2.50. The conference was held after 3001 striking dairymen last night added to. the thousands of pounds of milk that; bave been dumped by seizing two Soo ! ^ milk trains at Lake villa, Ill. I They cowed the crews with clubs, hew-: ed their way into four cars with pick-1 axes an d destroyed 160,000 pounds of ** was tbe outbreak of a da ^ r °* violence in which truck drivers were kidnapped and beaten and 272, 000. pounds of milk dumped on the j ground. - AM ATI A ACT? vFJY ixtLIA. uAuL __ _ (Continued from page One) _ the gates of Deer Lodge yawn for county commissioners and their likes, tben ^ is altogether a different story They simply did not want jurors from all over the county to sit and listen to this case. These people might have gotten the impression that the agreed to arbitration. Officials of the Pure Milk association, represent ing the striking dairymen, agreed to order discontinuance of picketing. The dairymen demand $2.85 a hun-l dred for milk and the distributors' i administration of Sheridan county is and might have went home and told their neigh hors about it so thev had the countv attoTney disn ^. s the case "for lack of evidence," after prominent fixers were seen j n town with $50.00 pieces sticking out of their vest pocket and seen going in and out of the newly elected county attorney's office. u this is the en d of this case, I do not know. There are people who think th ey are entitled to know just what is going on in the county and I hear them talk about a Grand Jury, . DISTILLERY FIND (Continued from page One) Federal Judge Pray, which resulted in the federal officers being severely criticized, and a stiff sentence being given the bootleggers, in addition to the fine already paid the city of Billings. Much comment is going the rounds in Plentywood that certain bootleg gers are receiving rip-offs and other consideration by officers of the law while others are getting the limit. Those making these comments do not consider this line of action to be just Valentines o A complete assortment to choose from. Get yours while stock is complete. After February 1 st, we will be located in the new brick building two doors south. Miller's Pharmacy Plentywood Phone 133 0 r fair. They are demanding that every law breaker receive the same punishment, regardless of the "pH" he may have with certain city offi cials. One. ardent prohibitionist has sug-| gested that those wishing to part in the Hearst plan for better ways of controlling the liquor traffic, gjve as one of their suggestions: that Montana be moved into North Dakota territory and be under the direct sup ervision of North Dakota Prohibition law enforcement officers. take MALTA SHOW (Continued from page One) factoring Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the best exhibit of flax at the Northern Montana District Seed Show. In the Northern Montana Poultry Show which was also held at Malta, Mrs. Chas. A. Norton of Medicine Lake carried off the foUowing awards in the poultry classes: Buff Orping-' ton Pullet, 2nd; Bronze Turkeys, Old; Tom, 2nd; Old Hen, 1st; Young Hen,| 3rd. Few of the prisoners were boohed, on specific charges and most A them j were held "open" on suspicion. Dctec-| lives explained the lack of gang , leaders among the number by the fact; that they evidently had been informed,' the raids were in progress and had, made for cover. Seventy-five shot guns, revolvers and pistols were seiz ed in the raids. Only five women | were taken in the drives and so the women's quarters of the police sta tions were given over to the men. Jail ïs Crowded the afternoon showup the facil-; ities of the new police building in the downtown loop district were so taxei by the enormous crowds of prisoners and police that Chief of Detectives Jobn Egan ordered outlying stations, to sto P sending in prisoners. „..nr«~mÄn r RANKS fl (VsF Um,1VÜ - ago, in an apartment, her head plas tered over w r ith adhesive tape. ! 3400 ARRESTED (Continued from page One) page rectors of the Exchange bank, the closing of which Friday also caused the First Exchange Bank of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, an affiliated institu tion, to close its doors. The withdraw al of deposits which followed discov ery of employes' defalcations and the bankruptcy of Fred Herrick, lumber man, who owed money to the Ex change, caused its suspension. "All the state banks were cleaned up and put in first class shape at the time Fred Herrick turned his assets over to a board of creditors," John son stated. "At that time, an assess ment was put on the stockholders of the bank of Farmington. The bank also had a very large balance on de posit with the Exchange National bank, which of course will be tied up until the receiver makes payment. The Bank of Farmington is one of the best banks in eastern Washington. Its close afiliation with the Ex change National caused the directors to close the Farmington bank, he said, adding that it would "pay out 100 per cent. surplus of $10,000, undivided profits of $8,000 and total resources of 332, 000 . It has a capital of $25,000, W. H. Baldridge, national bank ex aminer of the state of Washington» Saturday was appointed by the comp troller of the treasury as receiver for the Exchange National. - Spokan, Jan. 21.—Two more banks the Inland Empire were closed Monday making in all five institu tions which have been shut down by their directors in order to protect de positors. The Miners and Smelters bank of Northport, Wash., and the Rockford State Bank of Rockford, Wash., the former with approximate deposits of $70,000 and the latter with estimated deposits of $80,000 did not open Mon day. The Exchange National bank of Spokane and the First Exchange Na tional of Coeur d'Alene, Ida., and the Bank of Colville had shut down last week. All the smaller banks either had heavy deposits with the Exchange National or were owned by its offi- # cers and were affiliated with it. LEGISLATURE (Continued from page One) committee on mrj s ana means, House Bill No. 1, relating to t e salanes of watchmen, carpenters and a ^ors at the capitol, was referred to h ^«om m rtt ee on > 3bor - n ° u - e f ul f ' ' P , . K licensing of all autq drivers, va» J^ittee on nub ^ ic sa ey. After Drunken Drivers The following notices of bills were read; ing penalties for driving on the pub lie highways while intoxicated or un der the influence of narcotics. By Rigg—Relating to trespassing animals within herd districts, pro ceedings in respect thereto and dis position of proceeds of sale. By Parker—Relatmg 10 prl0r f y rights in the appropriation of water and giving preference to uses of wa yesterday, making a total of 32 now up for consideration. House Bill No. 30, introduede by Logan, has to do with the sale in bulk of wares and merchnadise by vendors and for the protection of creditors. It was referred to the By Dougherty and McRae—Provid ter for beneficial purposes. For Revolving Fund - By Jones—Authorizing the creation maintenance and use of a special im provement district revolving fund ia any city or town for the purpose of securing prompt payaient of special improvement district bonds or war rants and interest thereon and requir ing levy of taxes when necessary for the financial requirements of such fund. By Jones—Making special improve ment district taxes a lien on property of equal standing with iens for gener al taxes. By Johnson—Providing for a 10 day waiting period before marriage license may be issued after applica tion has been made. By Lillis—Regulating the posses sion, use, sale, and dispensation of marihuana, its derivatives, mixtures or preparations. By Lillis—Amending the narcotic drug act. By Sample, Miller of Fergus, Ar nold of Stillwater and Dougherty Relative to judicia districts and the number of judges therein. By Curran, Wickware and Hodg»" habitual criminal kiss—Defining an and providing penalties.