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90 Per Cent Unim< portant. Crime? That Frightens. The Idols Discharged. S. O. of California. By Arthur Brisbane OoWvnshL t|:s b» Star Co -■ i AMERICA'S federation of labor tells the Senate: “80 per cent of the nation's laboring men demand wine aud beer.” In England or France that would be enough to change the law. But “ninety per cent of the labor ing men’’ does not mean much here. At elections our women divide up, Democrats aud Republicans, and vote for those that bosses select. They are told by their own leaders that they must not vote ns workmen. MEN that vole like sheep must expect to have only as much influence as sheep. The workmen of Great Britain, and their demands, keep British statesmen thinking. United States workmen as every practical politician will tell you arc something that docs not worry the politicians at all. Francis william russell of Winnipeg and others, testify that there is much less crime in Can ada since prohibition was abandoned. “Western Canada never had such a crime wave before as we had dur ing the last two years of prohibition. Thank God we got rid of it,” says Mr. Russell. THAT testimony about prohibition ■nd crime may have more effect in the United States than any “de mand of 90 per cent of the nation’s workmen.” Crime interests, menaces and frightens those that run the country. Those big men want prohibition, some because they sincerely believe in it, all because they think it diminish es tabor troubles. “No big strikes will be under pro hibition,” said one of the biggest in dustrialists. “Deprived of whiskey, which we can keep away from them in atrikes, our men cau be managed quite easily.” But wholesale CRIME. That's a something not to off” or "preaahed off.” VTOU remember in the poem about A the destruction of Scnachcrib how the idols were “broke in the Temple of Baal.” Idols lose their influences with the masses, as the tatter gain information. The ware of unbelief has spread cren to China, where temples aro cleared of idols, hundreds of years old, the temples used for public pur jiosea. Some of those idols represent gods that for a consideration could insure long life, and good rice crops, cure toothache and skin disease. The idols can do those things now as well as they ever could. But the peo plc know more or doubt more than they used to. SOMETHING new in finance, Standard Oil of California sends its annual report instantaneously over the country by “telephoto.” Wining an actual report makes any mistake impossible. California Standard Oil seems healthy, when you consider that it is only a young octopus, just learning. More than $30,000,000 profit in 1925, an Increase of $4,000,000, 16.30 per cent over 1924. AND recently California Oil ac quired Pacific oil and the most valuable oil lands in California. If you should buy a few shares of Standard Oil of California now an I put them away for the baby: that bnby probably would be grateful later on. FRANCE may arrange to |iay th" United States $25,000,080 a year on account of her four billion-dollar war debt. Interest at 5 per cent on four billions would be $200,000,000 a year. The suggested arrangement should be acceptable to France, es pecially acceptable to French finan ciers, helping them to borrow hun dreds of millions a year in the United States THE question is how long will the United States government allow American financiers to invest bil lions of the capital of American citi- gens, in foreign loans, which, accord ing to Mr. Smoot, bead of the Scnntr finance committee, will NEVER BE PAID? OFFICER KILLS BOY WHO WOULDN’T STOP MANNFORD. Okln.. April 14.— (jP) —C. C. Tate; deputy sheriff nnd motorcycle officer here, late yester day shot and killed a young man who was Identified as Wiley E’owlcrs. 20, of Stillwater. The youth was driving through the town and failed to heed a stop sign. Hn did not stop when the officer called for him to halt ami Tate fired. Fowler died almost instantly, having been shot in the back near the heart 4577 VOL. XLVI—NO. 86. ANDREWS CALLS BEER DRY AID V v v Ki w Peggy’s Romance Hits Snag v • w is w is w BERGDOLL WORRIED AS HE FACES COURT SPECTATORS BARRED AT TRIAL American Draft Dodger Loses Optimism Before Stern Judge. MOBBACH, Germany, April-L—MW Grover C. Bergdoll, the American draft evader, who is under indictment on charges brought by a young girl, ap peared worried and anxious today as he entered ilm courtroom where his trial will be held behind closed doors. His appearance of worry was in con trast with his previous attitude of op timism. The presiding judge who will bear the ease with two lay judges, is noted for the severity of his sentences in cases involving moral misconduct. Bergdoll has raised a small mus tache. GIRL, TO TESTIFY. The prosecution has subpoenaed seven witnesses and three have been summoned by the defense. Bergdoll’s attorneys are Doctors Marum and Zeiss, prominent jurists. The defense has subpoenaed Professor Hans Gruhle, head of the psycho-analytical clinic of the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Gruhle has been called in an effort to nullify the testimony of 17-year-old Leisel Schmidt, whom Bergdoll is charged with having attaiked three years ago. The girl is the chief wit ness for the state. After the courtroom had been cleared “for the protection of public morals," the case got under way. Bergdoll first was subjected to an examination by the court which lasted an hour and a half. The attorneys then began ex amination of the witnesses. The Schmidt girl was aecomjutnied by her mother, who sat by her side weeping, and by her father. As the testimony proceeded, she kept wagging her head with apparent interest in the witnesses' words. WINS SYMPATHY. Since Bergdoll escaped to Germany from the United States he has been rather a spectacular person, driving about in his motor car and spending money lavishly. Considerable sympa thy for the draft evader is being shown because a private detective of Phila delphia named Robert I*. Sachs brought the charges against him. Sachs is now believed to be in the United States. Since he was arrest ed. Bergdoll has been given the chance for plentiful recreation in the big prison grounds and has ordered his meals from restaurants on the outside Recently it is declared he had been in a surly mood. COUNTY BUILDING TOWER REPAIRED Workmen Wcdhmdiur were repair ing damage done to the northeast tower of the courthouse when it was struct by lightning recently. ' ,-UW ANTONJO^— —— 27 J The Friendly Newspaper Member of The Associated Press. ★ A Constructive Force in the Community. Published by The Light Fubllehlng Company. San Antonio. Texes. Hindu Wouldn’t Drink 'Unholy’ Milk; Succumbs PORT ARTHUR. Tex., April 14.—14b—Death was the reward today for E. N. Aith, Hindu, and tubercular, who upheld his reli gious convictions at the expense of his bodily needs. Sacrificing his slim chances of recovery by refusing to drink cow's milk because it was "un- Iroly" and refusing to eat meat unless butchered as prescribed by his religion, Aith died this morn ing at a local hospital. He had been taken off the British ship Tymeric and placed in the ma rine ward. The Hindu's last nights on earth apparently were made more comfortable for him by use of his Hindu bedding on the hospital cot. BANDITS GET $37,000 AND KIDNAP INDIANA MAIL TRUCK DRIVER CHICAGO, April 14.—GF)—A truck driver was kidnaped and several sacks of mail, on<* believed to contain $37,000 in bank notes, were stolen by two armed mon today at Indiana Harbor, Ind. The mail truck was being loaded at the rear of the postoffice when the bandits drove up in an automobile, forced Frank Watson, the driver, to load the sacks into their machine and then drove off, taking Watson with them. FRENCH CHARGE 2 WITH SPY PLOTTING PARIS, April 14.—G4 3 )—The Matin says that two foreigners believed to be Italians, have been arrested at Nice on a warrant issued by a Paris magis* trate charged with espionage along the Riviera coast. The men were taker into custody by agents of the secret service who have had them under ob servation for some time. The pris oners are now on their wav to Paris. GIRL, 6, KIDNAPPED, HELD FOR 12 HOURS NEENAH, Wis., April 14.—OF)— Six-year-old Frances Webb was safe at her home today after she had been kidnaped by a strange man. held pris oner for 12 hours and eventually found at St. Peter. Wis. She was unharmed. Police continued an extensive search for her abductor, who hired her from school here yesterday. TEXAS FARMER SHOT TO DEATH BY PAIR FLOYDADA. Tex., April 14.—(4>) Harvey Snodgrass, 45, farmer, was shot nine times and killed while walk ing in front of the First National bank here yeaterday. Two brothers were arrested in connection with the killing. GENOA WELCOMES FAIRBANKS GENOA. April 14.—(*)—Mary and Doug are here, to the enjoyment of the multitude. Mary threw kisses upon arrival. Both received flowers. The police had to rescue their car trom crowds. EX-WIFE BIDS FOR NEW । FIANCE. Famous Actress’ Latest Love Venture Menaced by Third Party. CHICAGO, April 14.— W) —Peggy Joyce's declaration in Miami that she is engaged to marry Stanford E. Com stock. wealthy teal estate dealer, has received a cold reception from Mrs. Evelyn Comstock, who claims Peggy's fifth matrimonial choice is not free to Mrs. Comstock, who is employed in a misses’ shop here, said her attorneys had informed her that a divorce Com stock obtained in Florida last year was not valid, on the grounds that she had received no legal notice of the proceedings. TOGETHER IN N. Y. She also related she bad lived with Comstock after the divorce suit had been filed. They spent the winter in Florida, she said, and also were to gether in New York three weks ago. She also told of an earlier divorce in Detroit in 1923 and a remarriage in Cleveland. Peggy’s announcement of her en gagement was coupled with a hint that the wedding might take place before she sailed for Europe on May 1 to engage in motion picture work. DIVORCED RECENTLY Miss Joyce recently was divorced Count Costa Morner De More land, a native of Sweden, and a former Chicago manufacturer of tooth paste. Previously she had been through the divorce courts twice, while her first marriage at the age of 16 was annulled. Peggy Prepares for N. Y. Trip MIAMI. April 14.—(4>>—While the clouds gathered over her fifth ven ture into matrimonial seas, in the form of claims of a former spouse of her fiance, Stanley Comstock, Miami real estate operator, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, internationally known stage and screen actress, prepared to leave here tomorrow for New York. The cloud that gathers is the claim of Mrs. Evelyn Comstock of Chicago, that her husband's divorce granted in Florida recently is illegal. Neither Miss Joyce nor Mr. Comstock hate commented on the new angle and claims of Mrs. Comstock. SCHUMANN-HEINK ILL IN FORT WORTH FORT WORTH, April 14.—OP)— Mme. Ernestine Sehumann-Heink, who arrived here yesterday for a con cert tonight, this morning was forced to cancel her appearance on account of an attack of laryngitis. On the ad vice of her physician she also cancelled her engagement for an appearance at Marshall Friday night. Her condi tion might become grave if she at tempted to sing, the physician said. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1926. VICTIM TAKES ROBBER’S GUN AND CAD When a bandit, after dropping the: guise of friendship engendered by| sceveral days’ acquaintance, sought early Wednesday morning to hold up Sergeant. H. H. Mitchell, 623 Montana street, he reckoned not with resist ance. But Sergeant Mitchell obtained pos session of the bandit's pistol and au tomobile, which he later delivered into the custody of Detective Chief Sam Street. Meanwhile the bandit is the object of a police search led by De tectives Higgins and Hartman. Sergeant Mitchell went with his supposed friend to a South Loop inn for dinner. On the way back to the city the man discarded his mantle of “friend ship.” As they reached a point on Riverside the man covered the soldier with a pistol. After being searched Sergeant Mitchell saw his chance and leaped upon the robber. During their struggle the pistol was discharged. Sergeant Mitehek wrenched the gun from the man's hand, recovered his own money. The bandit fled. The sol dier then drove the automobile to the ACTRESS PROSTRATE, LIFE THREATENED NEW YORK, April 14.—Ina Claire, the actress, was prostrate to night as the result of a threat against her life. TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES Girls Go Over Top In Legion Drive “There’s a reason,” (ju»t a* the weli-knwon breakfast food advertisement says) why the San Antonio Legion increased its membership fifty per cent on the first day of its drive Tuesday. And Lillian Ziegler, 1001 Hays street, left and Florence Mitchell, 303 East Courtland, right, are two of the reasons. Wednesday they went over the top again, armed with trusty fountain pens and printed check pads, in place of the bayonet and machine gun of the Argonne, but according to latest reports their work is just as deadly. All ex-service men not belonging to the legion already, are being urged to sign on the dotted line. Brooks Field, under the leadership of Major Ralph Royce, went over the top 100 per cent the first day of the drive, every war veteran on the field signing up. “Buddy, first class” Nat Washer, chairman of the drive, reports that every team is making a splendid showing.—Light Staff photo. •UP i I I * I M » A I JJARRY S. ROGERS, Meet man * of Pittsburgh, registered at the I St. Anthony hotel, was stationed at I Brooks Field during the war. “To I fly over San Antonio now after an I absence of several years would show many changes," he declared. "Brooks Field is generally conceded to be the best aviation training school in the country. By the way. Southwest Texas has a strong pull ing power in the North now,” he concluded. MME GALLI-Curci, noted singer, * registered at the St. Anthony hotel, and in San Antonio to give a twilight concert, does not talk on the days of her concerts, but through her manager sho said: "It is always a pleasure and delightful experience to come to San Antonio. The build ing of your magnificient new audi torium is attracting favorable com ment from artists all over the coun try.” ZXLD COLONY CLUB, an inter national service organisation, is contemplating establishing a branch office in San Antonio, r. B. Grave ly, secretary of the club, says: "We have branches all over the world, and since San Antonio is becoming so popular as a winter resort, we are interested in putting in a branch here." Mr. Gravely is slopping at the Gunter hotel. TWO CENTS DEATH Olli ASKtU EDR SMITH — Asking that, the jury assess the death penalty in the case of Kenneth Smith, on trial in the Thirty-seventh District Court, on an indictment charging participation in the daylight holdup of the San Antonio National Bank, Louis Schlessinger, assistant district attorney, started arguments Wednesday. The. case is expected to reach the jury late Wednesday eve ning. DELAY ARGUMENTS. During his argument, the mother of the defendant was placed on the stand as the jury was removed to testify to the name of another sou whose name was on one of the tele grams introduced as evidence. The defense had objected to the mention of the telegram but were overruled after the testimony. H. B. Galbraith, Brownsville at torney, who is to follow Schlessinger for the defens’, failed to appear in court and the arguments were de layed. He was scheduled to talk after the noon recess. E. B. Simmons, chief defense coun sel, and District Attorney C. M. Chambers closing for the state. TRIAL SPEEDY. But two days had been consumed in the selection of a jury and submission of testimony for both sides. The state closed its case Tuesday afternoon ami the defense at a night session. Char acter witnesses were the only ones put on by the defense. leditionl GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION AND SALE FAVORED Prohibition Chief Declare! Change Would Help Enforce Law. i / WASHINGTON. April 14. — (ZP) —Frankly conceding that home manufacture of intoxicants is “seriously in jurious” tn the nation’s moral fiber. Assistant Secretary An drews, in charge of prohibition en forcement, told the Senate Prohibition committee today that in his opinion enforcement would be easier if gov ernment manufacture and sale of non intoxicating liquors were legalized. Testifying as the last witness to ba called by the wets, and using as an ex hibit a large copper still, complete and ready for operation, the prohibi tion chief said it was “likely” that small stills operated in homes are pro ducing millions of gallons of liqnor. RESTRICTED SALE He said restricted government sale of non-intoxicating beverages for uss in the home would help remedy thia situation, but he added that it would be disastrous to permit a return of the saloon. When asked what he would consider "non-intoxicating” drinks, and whether 12 per cent wino was in toxicating in fact, he declined to ex- press an opinion. The prohibition chief expressed this opinion in a reply to a series of ques tions, narrowing down the field of consumption of such beer and stipu lating that sate should be by the gov ernment itself. “Do you not believe the legal salo of liquors non-intexicating in fact* would ' ondi- ‘ tiope'*- was the ' ■ ■ ■’ .. > tho " s'-rie- a< d by Talk, n Cortman, epttu- i Qr the wets. MOULD AID OFFICER?* Wi wor.ld have to krw. - tbsWFTOiIH tious of aiauufs tuie and distribu tion," Andrews replied. "Well, with government sale and distribution and no saloons,” suggest ed Senator Reed. Democrat. Missouri. "Not to be drunk anywhere except in the home':” queried Andrews. "Or first class hotels,” added Reed. “My opinion is that it probably would aid in law enforcement,” An drews said. He added, however, that it would be “disastrous” to have the sale of beer and wine in open saloous; that these saloons would become blinds for hard liquor sales. TREATED TO LAUGHB The crowded committee room was treated to many laughs as Senator Reed, Democrat, Missouri, the only wet on the committee, took General Andrews through an intricate discus sion of stills and distilling. In the course of it, the senator took New England as an example and drew fix»» the witness an estimate that govern* merit agents get ene in ten of th* stills that operate in that section. “The cold truth about this matter. " continued Reed, “is that there was practically no manufacture of beers or whiskey in the homes of the peonl* before prohibition, but that the peo ple have gone into the manufacture of intoxicants in their homes. Doesn't this have a tendency to bring the fam ilies and children of the American home into direct and intimate contact with liquor?” ANDREWS tGREEH. “Of course it does," replied Gen eral Andrews. "isn't it promoting th* ultimate de struction of the morals of the fam ilies when this goes on?” "It i* seriously injarieM to th"i» morals," Andrews said. -Would it not be much better," iw>r- I- LU»JJi_LJLILP_Iua I Continued on Page 2) city and vicinity, alnaand elsewhere.