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VOL. XLIII—NO. 31.
COUNTERFEIT MONEY CIRCULATED HERE ISay Lawyers Sell “Influence” of Congressmen They Never Obtained 'DEN OF 40 i THIEVES’ IS r LAID BARE (Immigrants Told They Can * Buy Influence of Con- C gressmen. SAYS LAWYERS GUILTY ignorant People Sold Privi , leges That Do Not Exist. $lOOO “SALE” NAMED Prosecution Will Begin at 1 Once, Congressman Declares. U r Wasliington, D. C., Feb. 19.— bC'harges that a clique of lawyers in [New York City buy and sell the in- Pfluenco of senators and rcprescntn hives without their knowledge was Mnade today before the Hodse rules Hjommittec by Chairman Johnson of lihe House immigration committee. 11 “There is in New York City,” said Nr. Johnson, "a place known as ‘The llicn of Forty Thieves,' a building full lawyers wbo make a living repre [Renting to persons that, for stated Kirns, they can obtain the influence IpP'Tnembcrs of Congress, 11 "I know of one case where friends K'f an immigrant were told thnt for IftlOOO. the influence of a certain llnember of the House could be ob llained to get the immigrant into the Ipountrv under bond. I know thnt th«* lio ember of the House has no knowk hdgr of this matter. I “Tbege lawyers got the money and lent the man in under bond without Ibver going near the representative [whose influence they claimed they hould obtain. r “Why hasn't that case been prose- Luted,” asked Chairman Campbell. || “It will ba prosecuted,” replied Mr. [Johnson. “just as soon as pssible.” I “It shofild have been prosecuted [without delay.” replied Chairman [Campbell. “This is a matter of vital I importance to every member of Con llgress. ” I Chairman Johnson returned that hhis was only one of many cases that Iliad been called to bis attention and Ifthat he was working on them “night land day.” J I The immigration committee cliair- I man was explaining the provisions of I the proposed new immigration restric- I tion taw. for which he was urging I privileged status in the House. He I declared that this law would do away I with the practice of admitting aliens I under bond m»l that he believed that. I if the House passed it. Senate action ■could be obtained before the end of I this session. \PLEASANT WEATHER COMES AFTER FROST OF MONDAY MORNING Lsu/ Wave Over North and FEost Is Breaking, Weath er Map Shows. | A period of pleasant weather is to Iruaie life worthwhile in San Antonio lagain, Observer J. H. Jarboc forc- Lasv. The mercury is expected to ■rise somewhat Monday night, with ■the skies generally fair throughout ■the night and Tuesday. The minimum Itemperature will be between 4G and 150 degrees. Even the winds will b“ Ispring-like zephyrs from the south land west. Rising temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains after a stretch of severe winter weather were reported by the Weather Bureau Monday and a farther break in the cold snap dur ing the next 24 hours in eastern and southeastern states was ftrecasted. The grip of the cold wave in the North and East was releasing slowly at observation time Monday. Chicago being np to 14 degrees after approach ing zero following a Sunday snow storm that disorganized railway schedules and 'caused three deaths. New York was up to 22 and Wash ington to 20. There \ ns no zcro weather any [where in the country at 7 o'clock [Monday morning. Frost during the night extended to |the Gulf Coast, heavy or killing at Bplaccs to the eastward, while North- Bern Florida had a temperature of 30 land freezing. Licht frost visited San Wfmonio. while thin ice was retorted Efrom the village of Alamo Heights, to ■ the north. THE SAN ANTONIO LIGHT PRESENT PROHIBITION LAW MERELY THE CULMINATION OF A CENTURY’S EFFORT For More Than a Hundred Year* Prohibitory Law* Have Been Placed on the Statute Book* of This Nation—Both Side* in Controversy Insist Lessons of the Past Show Truth of Their Arguments. - By DAVID lAWRENCE Copyright 1923 hy The San Antonio Light. This is the first of a series of seven dispatches written after an exhaustive study of the prohibition question in which President Harding, Prohibition Commissioner Roy; Haynes, Assistant Attorney General Willebraudt, Wayne B. Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League, Capt. W. H. Slayton of the National Association. Opposed to Prohibi tion, and other leaders submitted to private interviews with the writer and gave tbeir candid opinions on law enforcement and the outlook. Washington, Feb. 19.—T0 many peaide In the United States, prohibi tion is a novelty, something new. something suddenly imposed. But it isn’t. The libraries are full of books, pamphlets, speeches; legal records of prosecutions and statistics all the way back to 1827. All kinds of prohibitory Jaws from local optibn to licensing of saloons nnd drug stores have beeu put on the statute books of the various states of the American union for nearly a century. You can talk to the leaders of both sides today and both groups will in sist that before. you make up your mind whether prohibition is a g‘X>d thing or a bad thing, the experience of the past should be carefully ex amined. As for conclusions, the “wet” will argue that the record shows pro hibition cannot be enforced and makes for a gradual diminution in public re spect tor law and the oath of public officials. Conversely, the "dry” will say that when you have read all that has happened on the subject in the last fifty years you will be convinced Chat the movement had been from the outset the inspiration of the best citi zenry of the nation and that the varied foriqs of resrictioii imposed by the states did not always permit of real enforcement because the power of the federal government was lacking and that everything which occurred before 1920 was only an argument for the need of an amendment to the federal constitution. * Law Should Be Obeyed. So the writer will cancentrate not on the moot questions of ’he past tut on the actual situation today, now that a liquor amendment is in the federal constitution and an enforceipent Jaw is on the federal statute books. To get at the facts he sought the aid of both sides in the hope that the inform a ion obtained migt enable the reader to form his own conclusions. For the ob ject of this series is not to champion either the viewpoint of the extreme prohibitionist who doesn't even like to discuss the hypothetical circum stances under which light wines and beer rpight be made an exception to the constitution and law or the view point of the “wet” who makes no dis tinction between one kind of intoxi cant or another and says the whole thing is an invasion of the personal liberty of the individual who knows how to drink with moderation. The question of prohibition enforce ment itself, however, really doesn't have two sides to it. Even the Na tional Association Opposed to Prohi bition concedes that the Volstead law and the federal amendment should be obeyed as Jong as they are in effect. This association has its doubts wheth er the law can be enforced and their arguments will be set forth subse quently hut the controversy over the repeal of th? amendment is separate and distinct from the question of whether prohibition can really be made effective. Two-thirds Dry Before 1920. The first thing the prohibitionist draws to your attention is that before 1920, two-thirds of the United States was dry, that is dry laws were on the statute books of more than thirty states in which two-thirds of the American people lived. He will admit that enforcement in those states was not all that could have been desired but he will argue that prohibition can made to work and that it has long since ceased to be a matter of public controversy in most of the original dry states. It is important to remember this group of dry states because whenever the subject of modification comes up the prohibition advocate shrugs his shoulders apd gives an impression of utter hopelessness—he' says the orig inal dry states are numerous enough to prevent change. However that may be it is interesting in getting one's bearings on the prohibition problem to go back to the report of the famous Committee of Fifty on which men like Charles W. Elliott. Seth Low, Dr. Felix Adler. Dr. Washington Glad den and others served from 1893 to 1597 and read this extract: Fails to Exclude Entirely. “Prohibition legislation has succeed ed in abolishing and preventing the manufacture on a large scale of dis tilled and mnlt liquors within the areas covered by it. In districts where public sentiment has been strongly in its favor it has made it bard to obtain intoxicants, thereby removing temptation from the young and from persons disposed to alcoholic excesses. In pursuing its main object —which is to make the manufacture and sale of intoxicants, first, impossi ble, or secondly, disreputable if pos sible —it has incidentally promoted the invention and adoption of many use ful restrictions on the liquor traffic". “But prohibitory legislation has failed to exclude intoxicants complete iiy even from districts where public [sentiment has been favorable. In dis- Itricts, where public sentiment has been SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1923. adverse or strongly divided, the traf fic in alcoholic beverages has been sometimes repressed or harassed, but never exterminated or rendered un profitable. In Maine and lowa, there bare always been counties and muni cipalities in complete and successful rebellion against the law. The inci dental difficulties created by the United States revenue laws, and medi cinal demand tor alcohol and the free dom of interstate commerce have never been overcome. Prohibition has, of course, failed to subdue the drinking (Mission, which will forever prompt re sistance to all restrictive legislation. Some Unfortseen Effects. “There have been concomitant evils of prohibitory legislation. The efforts to enforce it during forty years past have had some unlocked ofr effects on public respect for courts, judicial procedure, oaths and lbw in general, and for officers of the law. legielntors, and public wnantS. Of eibW there arc disputed effects of efforts at prohi bition. Whether it has or has not re duced tile consumption of intoxicants and diminished drunkenness is a mat ter of opinion, and . opinions differ widely. No demonstration on these points has been reached, or is now at tainable. after more than forty years of observation and experience.” That was twenty-five years ago. In what respects may n disinterested ob server revise or affirm the statements then made? How Long Will It Take? One of the first questions I asked President Harding when we sat down to talk over prohibition was whether he believed we had reached in the last three years a climax in federal efforts to enforce prohibition or whether we were in the initial stages. He replied instantly that the fight had only begun and 1 told him of the various esti mates, that had been made of the length of time that must elapse before a matured judgment could be given on the question of enforcement and the effects of prohibition. The Presi dent put his own estimate down at twenty years. Chief Justice Taft in a speech not long ago thought ten years would demonstrate. The impor tant fact to be borne in mind is that these public officials regard prohibi tion as a problem of a whole genera tion and not a single administration It's from that viewpoint the subject will be discussed in succeeding dis patches in this series. THE WEATHER STEMPERATIRES. FEB. 13.— 2 p. ni SO 2 a. m 43 3 p. m. 52 3 a. m 43 4 p. in 54 4 a. ni........43 5 p. in........ 52 5 a. m........ 41 S p. ni 51 6 a. ni... 40 7 p. in 43 7 a. 33 8 p. m........ Is s a. tn........ 40 9 p. m 47 9 a. m 43 10 p. m 47 10 a. in 17 11 p. m 11 a. m 51 13 midnight.... 45 12 n00n... 54 FEB. 19— 1 p. m 57 1 a. m........ 44 2 p. m <0 WEATHKR. s«n Antonio and vicinity: Monday night and Tuesday, generally fair; warmer Monday night: minimum temper ature, 46 to 50; light southerly to west erly winds. , . East Texas: Generally fair: warmer In south and extreme east portions; Tues day, generally fair; somewhat colder in northwest and north central port'ons. West Texas: Fair: somewhat c .Ider in ths Panhandle; Tuesday, fair: somewhat colder In east and north portions except in the Panhandle. HOME WEATHER FOR TOI RISTS. St. Louta: Temperature. 24; cloudy; 14 mile wind from the south; lowest tem perature In last 21 hours, 22: highest 24. 4 hicago: Temperature, 14; clear; 7- mile wind from the southwest: lowest temperature in last 21 hours. 12; high est. IX Kansas City: Temperature. 30: partly cloudy; IS-mile wind from the south west; lowest temperature in last 31 houts. 33; highest, 3*. New York: Temperature, IS-; clear; 16- mile wind from the west; lowest tem perature in last 21 hours. 16; highest, te. Waahlnctom Temperature. SO: clear: S-i mile wind from the west; lowest tem perature in last 34 hours. II; highest. SX FROIGH TE OVEHPARTOF BRITISH ZONE Six-kilometer Strip, Con-a taining Railway Is Ceded. STIR IN PARLIAMENT Faction Urges That U. S. Experts Serve on . Commission. By the Associated Press. Cologne. Feb. It.—The British to day turned over a six-kilometer strip on the western end of their zone so ns to give the French and Belgians com plete control of the double track rail road line from DuesseWorf, a shoit stretch of which ran through the Brit ish area. By the Associated Press. liondon. Feb. 19.—The government today faces its first important trial of strength of the new session against the united opposition parties in the House of Commons. . . The test is in the form of the joint amendment to the address and reply to the speech from the throne calling upon the League of Nations to ap point experts to examine Germany s capacity to pay reparations and how payments can best be made. The amendment declares “that, in view of the recent indication of will ingness on the part of the government of the United States to participate in a conference to this end. the British representatives on the council of the League of Nations should be instruct ed to urge that an InviWtibn be ex tended to the American government 1.1 appoint experts to serve upon this commission.” The amendment Is to be pressed on ergetii’ally by opposition speakers and has the support of the Labor party ns well as the Asquith and Lloyd- George Liberals. BURGOMASTER IS EXPELLED Called the Occupation Forces Ban dits; Decide Letter “Impertinent.” By Hie Associated Press. Duesseldorf, Feb. 19.—The expul sion of Dr. Gruetzner. president of Rhenish Prussia, for writing an “im pertinent” letter to General Beaussain. Belgian commander at Duisburg, re moves from the occupied area a prom inent German official and has caused something of a stir among the civilian population. . The letter that resulted in the ar rest of Dr. Gruetzner was in protest against the imprisonment of Ober burgomaster Jarres of Duisburg. Dr. Gruetzno'r is alleged to hnve referred to the forces of occupation as "ban dits.” SENTENCE GERMAN WOMAN Refused to Leave Occupied .Area Will Be Imprisoned. By the Associated Press. Ehsen. Feb. 19—Helena Maske. a German woman, has been sentenced to six months in prison by a French court-martial, for failure to obey an order t<? leave the occupied area on account of activities against the forces of occupation. The wife of the editor of the Aachen Free Press has been arrested because she refused to obey an order to follow her husband, who was expelled. LABOR LEADER HELD Defends Self in Gun Figlit When At lacked—Kills Opponent. Chicago. Feb. 19.—Daniel J. Mc- Carthy. business agent for the Plumbers’ Union, recently acquitted of killing a Chicago imliec lieutenant, todav was under arrest in connection with the fatal shooting of Stephen Kelliher, another labor leader, last night in a South Side safe. The shooting occurred While the cafe was crowded with guests, one of whom was shot through the shoulder. A panic ensued as guests rushed for the doorways. Witnesses said Mrs. Kelliher, who entered the cafe ahead of her hus band. saw McCarthy and a narty of friends and addressed slurring re marks to the union official. The owner of the cafe attempted to pacify the men, leading them to the door. . ... At the doorway Kelliher broke from Tcarncv. pulling an automatic pistol from hi, pocket. Tearney jumped in front of the labor leader onlv to be pushed aside. Witnesses said Kelliher fired, missing McCarfby. and then McCarthy drew a g«n and fired. Illinois Central Official Dies. Chicago. Feb. 19.—Martin Post Blauvelt. 57. vice-president .of the Illinois Central railroad, was dead here today. Mr. Blauvelt, who died yesterday, began his railroad career as a clerk for the Lackawanna rail road at Hoboken. N. J., subsequently entering the employ of the Erie rail road and becoming an auditor in 1902. T.ater lie entered the service of the Illinois Central. The engagement of Princess Ma falda (above), second daughter ot King Enimaumiel of Italy, to Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium will lx announced immediately after the mar riage of Princess Yolanda, eldest daughter of the Italian royal family, BASTROP WRY PANEL TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL Five Are Known Klansmen and Ten Others Sus pected, Coco Says. Shreveport, La., Feb. 19.—Attor ney General A. .V. Coco and Special Assistant Attorney General Howard B. Warren, of Louisiana, left today for Bastrop, where they will investi gate the personnel of the panel from which a grand jury will be selected March 5 to act on evidence disclosed in the recent open hearing into hood ed mob activities in Morehouse parish. The attorney general said be had been toht that five of the panel wore known klansmen. five of them known anti-klansmen nnd the other ten sus pected of being klansmen, this in formation was unofficial.. SHORTAGE IS $86,050 Macon Postmaster Suicides: Find Savannah Inspector Dead. Macon. Ga.. Feb. 19.—J. W. Cole, postoffice inspector, officially stated early today that the shortage in the accounts of Hillyer Rudisill. Macon postmaster who shot and instantly killed himself here Friday, amounts to date to *SG,GSO. Mr. Cole said that he had not finished checking and that his work would not be completed for two weeks. Mr. Cole and H. 11. Hudson, another inspector, checking the accounts denied that substitution for sfamps had been made by Rudisill. Scout Suicide Theory Savannah. Ga., Feb. 19.—Govern ment antho»itie# today continued tbeir investigation into the death of Levy C. Chance, postoffice inspector, who was found dead in pis room in the government building Saturday night. A report signed by the coroner stated that Mr. Chance committed suicide. MURDERED WITH AXLE Garage Owner Found With Head Beaten to a Pulp. Wichita. Kan., Feb. 19.—With bis head beaten almost beyond recognition. Otis B. Lantis, 39. garage owner, was found dead by customers whe entered the building Sunday morning. • His trousers pockets with pockets turned inside out. were found beneath the bed. A bloody automobile axle was found in the room. Talk Title Talk’ Hundreds of Dollars ' To be awarded to best “Talkers” For particulars see page 2. -FOURTEEN PAGES. JAIL INMATES MOUT WHEN TRAP TESTED “Another Soul Gone to Heil,” They Yell as Gallows Inspected. READY FOR HANGING Apolinar Continues to En joy Meals and Seems Ob livious to His Fate. So delicate is the adjustment on the trap which on next Friday will send Clemente Apolinar. convicted of mur der. to his doom that but a fraction of a second will he consumed in speeding the man on his last journey. This was determined Monday morning when Sheriff Jolin W. Tobin, during an in spection of the Bexar county jail, test ed the mechanism which controls the death dealing device. One touch of the lever and the iron doors constitut ing the death trap fell with a clang and twelve feet of open space yawned underneath. “Another soul gone to hell “ was the startled exclamation cf prisoners on thq second floor as the noise broke in upon their chatter. The silence which Ml upon the group continued even after they had realized that no man had Fhot into space but that it was only the executioner testing his death trap. Will Not See Hanging. The prisoners on the second floor, although they witnessed the testing of the trap will not be allowed to witness the hanging. , This »peeta<4e is 100 gruesome even for hardened criminals and many of thoie confined in the Bexar county jail are mere youths, some serving sentences for their first offenses. Ou the morning of the bang ing they will be removed to the third floor, on which the death trap is lo cated. but to a part of the jail from whence they will lie unable to see Apolinar when the black cap is adjust ed. They will be kept there until tbe task is completed and until all evi dence of the awful tragedy is removeil Then they will be returned to their cells, to discuss in whispers what has just transpired. Despite that less than four days stand between Apolinar and tbe gal lows, he seemed oblivious Monday to the fate which awaits bin.. He ate breakfast as usual and gleefully re ceived his ration of fruit for which he calls every day. Neither did Jie seem to know remorse for the terrible crime he committed, the slaying of Theodore Bernhard, a 14-ycar-old youth, near the Salado creek. Although the con demned man apparently is sane, being callable of carrying on a conversation in English, there are those who insist that be has been insane all his life and particularly irresponsible since he was convicted of insanity in 1907. Appeal to Governor. What action Governor Neff will take on the petition now before him for a commutation of the man'b sen tence is a matter of considerable, in terest here. Many signed the petition, believing that the man is insane and that the death seiltence should not have been imposed as a punishment for his crime. Others insist that if he were confined in an asylum he would eventually escape and commie an equally heinous offense. Two juries have passed on his sanity, it is pointed out and they were the judges of his mental condition. With the final inspection by Sher iff Tobin Monday, everything is in readiness for the hanging. The ro]ie has been carefully prepared, has been tested to insure that it would not break under the man's weight and the knot carefully tied Io insure Hie break ing of Apolinar's neck when his plunge through space brings him to tbe end of the hempen coil. Many Want a Pass. Although hundreds of applications have been received by Sheriff Tobin for passes to the jail to witness the execution of Apolinar, so far the Bexar county sheriff has refrained from issuing any. Whether be still believes that Governor Neff will com mute the sentence or whether he wishes to wait until the last moment to deal out passes for the gruesome spectacle, he has not said. Due to the limited capacity of the jail Sheriff Tobin has said that he would not is sue a large number of passes. One of tbe most unusnal requests to reach the sheriff's office came last week when a man applied for a pass for himself and his wife. Chief Deputy Alphonse Newton suggested that the spectacle might not be pleasing to a woman, at which suggestion the man laughed. The pass was not granted. WOMAN BEATEN, SLAIN Telephone Operator Meets Horrible Death While on Way Home. Kansas City. Mo.. Feb. 19.—Mrs. Flora Reedy. 33, a telephone operator at Ottawotomie, Kan., was beaten to death there last night as she was going home from the telephone office, according to word reaching bora. 'T'wn PFNTTQ c °w m city and etcinii 1 TV U VX-Hx IkJ Flvaeenta on iralno and alaawßei MEXICAN WITH 3 LEAD DOLLARS ARRESTED AND OFFICERS SEEK SOURCE Grocer Detects Spurious Coin and Holds Customer for Police —Claim He Threw Two Others in Sack of Potatoes While Waiting for Patrol. Dollars Bear Date of 1883—Make Another Arrest in Army Case. • Following the discovery of three lead dollars in the possession of a Mexican in San Antonio Monday morning, city and federal officers began a search for the source of the spurious coin. Although no charges have been filed against the man under arrest, officers said they believed that a plant is operating here; A sixth man was also arrested in connection with the alleged conspiracy to raise federal bank notes at Fort Sam Houston and he will be arraigned before United States Commissioner R. L. Edwards Monday afternoon, according to Ed. Tyrrell, secret service agent who discovered the al leged conspiracy. According to the story told the police a shabbily dress ed Mexican entered the grocery store of H. P. Ankerson, 711 North Medina street, and ordered ten cents worth of sugar. This was at 9:45. When he was handed the package, the Mexican gave the grocet a dollar. Mr. Ankerson immediately detected that the coin was worthless. Eddie Ankerson, officer at central police headquarters, residing in the dwelling ad joining the establishment, placed the Mexican under ar rest. EVELYN NESBIT IS ARRESTED AFTER ROW WITH DOCTOR Actress Says Physician Struck Her While in Cabaret. Atlantic City. N. J., Feb. 19.—Eve lyn Nesbit, arrested at a cabaret where site has been employed, was scheduled for a hearing in court today. Released in $lO bail after her arrest, she declared she was the victim of a “frame up.” The police say the arrest was or dered by tbe cafe manager after an encounter between Miss Nesbit and a local physician at one of the* eafe tables just before she was to go on with her danci* act. Miss Nesbit, ac cording to the police, suddenly brought the diners to their feet by crying that the physician had approached her table and struck her in the face. The physician said Miss Nesbit ad dressed a remark to him while be was dancing with another woman, and then slapped him. He said he merely gently pushed her toward a hair. No charge was preferred against him. Adjust Trouble With Workers. Mexico City. Feb. 19.—The differ ences between the El Aguila Oil com pany and its employes at Vera Cruz, which last week reached a point where a threat was made to close down the company's railroads and factories in the southern part of the republic, have practically been settled and a steady supply of fuel oil assiwed. Errors in Printing Cause of Duplicates In ‘Ploughman List Through errors by printers the list of the winning sentences in The Light's “weary ploughman” contest contained two pairs of du plicate sentences and led to some confusion in the minds of several of the contestants who pressed the winners closely. Lines numbered 27 and 28 were identical in the Sunday ;>aper but wire 'not so ou the original. The same applied to lines numbered 242 and 243. Line 27 should have read : “Tbe ploughman plods his homeward weary way” and line 243 should have been: "His homeward way the weary ploughman plods.” The prize awards have been made in the contest and were not affect ed in any way by the errors in The Sunday Light. HOME EDITION ‘ When the Mexican discovered he was to be taken to police headquar ters, it is said that he “ditched” two other dollars, both of which were said to be counterfeit. Mr. Ankerson re covered them from a sack of pota toes. They were wrapped in a piece of paper. The coins bore tbe date of 18S3. The prisoner told officers bis home is in the southwestern part of the city. Came Bai-k Here. In connection with the alleged con spiracy to raise federal reserve bank notes at Fort Sam Houston, Ed Tyr rell. secret service agent, received in formation that C. C. Harrell, who o’- ceived his discharge from the Fourth Field Artillery, January 25, was on his way to Houston. Mr. Tyrrell sent his assistant to Houston to bring the man back. The man came back to San Antonio on his own volition. Mr. Tyrrell said, and he was placed un der formal prrest after his return to San Antonio. • Charge Raising Notes. It is alleged by the federal officers that a conspiracy existed among sev eral members of the Fourth Artillerv to raise and pass federal re-erve bank notes of the $1 denomiaation to $lO anti $2O denominations. Those who have already been a*- raigned in connection with the al leged conspiracy are Ambrose Duna way. J. H. Dingeldine. Glenn H. Foutz, Gaston Crosby and Douglas J. Hawkins. ARKANSAS RIOT PROBE letter Charges Railroad Sidetracked legislative Ime-tigation. New York. Feb. 19.—The American Civil Liberties Union todav announced it hall sent a letter to Governor Thomas C. Mcßae of Arkansas, charg ing that an investigation by the Arkansas Legislature into the tyneli ing ot E. C. McGregor, a railroad striker at Harrison. Ark., on Jann ary 15. has teen sidetracked hv offi cials of the Missouri and Arkansas railroad. The union also charges in the let ter thnt “sinister influences are at work to prevent anything being dona in the future.” The Ku Klux Klan also is charged with baring endeavored “through secret channels tn prevent any effec tive publie investigation being made." RESOLUTION IN SENATE Sheppard Introduces Texas legisla ture’s Request For Recognition. Washington. D. C.. Feb. 19.—The resolution passed by the Texas legi«- latnre last week, calling for recogni tion of the Ooregoa government in Mexico, was Introduced in the Senate today hy Senator Sbeppar.l and at his in«tane- referred to tbe Senate committee «.> foreign affairs. It will be printed in the Congres sional Re«-<>rd ami later Senator Shep pard will speak In behalf of the rean fusion.