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AFTi INFL THE WEATHER FOR INDIANA Inaettled wrath. with probably rain tonight and Sunday) no change la temperature. i Ji Or streets and nawsstands, 3o per oopy. Delivered by carrier la Huuaond and West Hammond. Three Cants VOL. IX. NO. 39. NOVEMBER 27, 1920. EIGHT PAGES. SATURDAY AND WEEKLY EDITION LY f T33 DEAD ER BEING TRAPPED COUNTY LOSES WAY GROPING IN SMOKE J 11 1.14 J ti II JL JL a. a1 a. VaL Xalwr FROGS D T OHS GONGRES: SWAMPED BY THE REQUESTS Situation Is Giving Republican Leaders a Great Deal of Concern BT J. BAIIT CAMPBELL .1 TITAFF CORRESPONDENT I. N. SEHVICt WASHINGTON. Nov. 27. Increasing demands tor early relief from existing f.nancial, business and agricultural renditions are piling up the desks of the republican leaders of congress, they stated today. ' Despite repeated declarations that he aproaching winter session will be 4evoted almost exclusively to appro priation measures, it was admitted congress may be forced to pass emerg ency legislation to meet the acute domestic problems pressing for lm ,cisdlate solution. I GIVES GRAVE CONCERN. The situation is one that Is giving ,he republican leaders grave concern. ,they said, but until the return of President-elect Harding from Panama they vill continue to "mark time." They -want to consult him before mapping out a oomplete program for the coming season. It was explained. It is expected Mr. Harding will con fer with them here on cr about the ay congress re-convenes Dec 8. He Is due to arrive at Newport News. Va Dec. 4. It Is said a private dinner giv en in his honor at Washington some right soon thereafter may be the ooca ion for a "pow-wow" between the president-elect and others high In the councils of the republican party. WILL MEET SENATORS. Before his departure on his present Journey Mr. Harding invited several In fluential republican senators to meet him at dinner upon his return. He suggested Washington as the best place for the dinner and he is expected to spend at least a day and a night here before returning to Marlon. By the time Mr. Harding is due here and congress is ready to gat down, o business, "Washington will be filling with representatives of those financial, business aad agricultural interests which are seeking immediate action on tax and other legislation. These Interests do not desire to wait until the new congress is called In extra session - after Mr. Harding's Inaugura tion. They want congress to act at rnce to afford the relief they declare they require without delay for the plump in the country's markets, de flation and the lmportatin of Canadian wheat. Australian and Argentina wool And other foreign products being Jumped on this country. OTHER INTEREST'S VIEWS. There are other Interests that have expressed opposition to a high pro tective tariff which they declare would jsrevent this country from "swapping" its goods for these of foreign countries land building up a larger foreign trade. till others would have President Wil son Invoke his war powers and employ eorne agency like the war trade board fto place an embargo or! these Imports j-lth which American producers say they are unable to compete. They also favor a revival of the war finance cor poration as another means of meeting the existing situation, j AWAIT WILSON MESSAGE. When congress meets a little more .han a week hence, it will find all or these Interests knocking at its doors. Audiences with President-elect Hard ing will be sought by representatives icf these interests. Republican as well as democratic leaders of congress are to go over the situation with him. President Wilson's message to con prresa Is being awaited with undisguis ed interest. Developments of far reach ing Import before the Christmas holt Cays are anlcipated by those who have fcesn observing the trend of domestic affairs throughout the country . TITTLE HI SUE GARY STREET RY. The Tittle Bros. Packing Co., of Gary and Indiana Harbor today brought suit for 11,500 damages against the Gary Street Railway Co., in the Hammond superior court. On June 4, a truck be longing to the packing company ap proached Broadway on Sixth ave nue. In Gary. According to the com plaint, the driver stopped until ha re ceived the signal from the traffic po liceman to come acrcss. As the truck was crossing the street car tracks, a car which failed to come to a stop, as required by ordinance, struck the truc'.t hurling it against a trolley pole. The machine was wrecked. Attorney W. J. Whinery is representing the plaintiff In the suit. TERRIFIC STORM AT PORT ARTHUR PORT ARTHUR, Texas. Nov. 27. Property loss of approximately $100. JQf1. one dead and cine missing is the 't result of the terrific wind storm v Moil struck the u tter front' here late .-esterday. demolishing part of the on Arthur canal and dack shed. F.dward E. Rick?on. 16-year-old boy. as killed when struck by flying tim- ers and it Is said one young woman missing, who was seen passing the ihedj when the etorm began. 0 Did You Hear That DOCTORS report an unusually large amount of sore throats in town this fall. JOHN McCLANAHAN has returned from a short visit with relatives in rarr, Ind. THE Industrial high school basket ball season opens nert Saturday with the Alumni. CHICKEN thieves made an unsuc cessful attempt on Hickory street, Thursday night. THE Lawrence Grays and Charles Swansons of LaPorte, spent the Thanks piving holiday in Hajnmond. W. J. BRONS, traveling auditor of the International News Service was a Hammond visitor this week. CLEAN up your premises. Alderman Pat Reilley is smelling out the dirty basements and he can smell a long way. THE Frank Gordon home, 1:70 Michi gan are., was robbed Thursday night of a $10 watch and chain and a 5 gradu ation pin. THE South. Side Maroons are giving a hop tonight at Liet2en"s Hall in West Hammond. They are getting set for a lively season. A. H. KIM RLE, county auditor of LaPorta county, well known in the Calumet region is dead in LaPorte of uraemic poisoning. FRIENDS of Franklin Blackmun, a former Hammond boy, who is ill in Denver, will regret to know that ha is not doing so well. MAJOR GEN. W. Q. HAAN, formerly of this county, is one of the notables attending the Army-Navy football game in New Tork today. AS far as winning games Is con cerned Hammond's professional foot ball team closed a rather disastrous season on Thanksgiving Day, W. S. HUT TON, 5 Elizabeth street, has asked the police to help find his white and tan fox terrior which ans wers to the name of 3rJde," if at all. THE bald head row for the Elk's din ner dance has already been monopolised according to Joe Austgen who la res ponsible fer the success of tJu. affair. WEST Hammond celebrated Thanks giving with a wild riot of turkey raffle, gambling amd the game waj liberally patronized by those on this sv cf the state line. HAMMOND man employed at the Studebaker plant at South Bend Is back home with the information that 2.C00 men have been laid off and that more are to be. CEARING, Hammond's football star, shone brili&ntly in the Kcntland-Ren-sselaer football game the first of the week. By his work, Rensselaer won the game. . SOMEONE with a key which fits, un locked the telephone booth coin box at 108 Sibley st. recently and removed all of the change. The loss has just been discovered. GEO. HENSON, motorcycle cor, 1 considering sueing the street car com pany. While chasJng a sptder his cap blew oft and a car following hJm promptly cut t in two. MICHIGAN CITT reduced bread pric es from 17 to 15 cents and from 12 to 10. Hammond's retailers are still de manding 18 for tho big loaf and1 13 for the small. Whassa matter? , BUSTER, three year old. saw a horse walking down the street the other day. He had never seen one that was not hitched to a wagon and was greatly astonished, saying: "Oh, muwer, here is a horse that's broke off." POST card from Miss Jennie Kaptur, former secretary to Dr. T. E. Bell, an nounces she and the family are nicely settled in a pretty bungalow at Los An gelta. Of course ehe is all taken up with the climate and everything. IRVING CHAYKEN has been designa ted to organize the basketball team which Is to represent the Hammond Post of the American Legion. Ha has plenty of material and will te able to make some interesting announcements soon. ATTT. HENRY CLEVELAND broke speed records with his car, climbed through a train, and ran the reat of tho way home when a Are report came from there. He was disgusted to find a place the size of his hat burned in the shingles. MAYOR DAN BROWN had a chance to exercise his police powers the other day when the fire truck was exhibit ing cn Lake George drive. A big truck from Tolleston came bowling alon the boulevard but the mayor halted it and bawled the driver out just like a traffic cop. , , EDDIE GREENER says duck hunting haa been very good this ear. He means of course that there is plenty of hunt ing, but few ducks are being bagged. "There have been fifty men out for every duck shot, he 6ays, and ex plains further by saying that the ducks seem to have avoided the region in go ing south. ED. DEMERLING was married yester day and was also pinched at midnight as the-wedding party wa returning from Stegcr, 111. The fake warrant charged a serious offense which requir ed Ed. to skirmish up a $S0 bond bc ore being released by police. The best part of It vu hla new wife about half way believed the charge was true, Want State Park on Gary Dunes f TIMES BUREAU AT STATE CArlTAll INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 27. Recommendations that the istate leg islature make large appropriations and enact remedial measures to preserve the national resources cf Indiana are included in the annual report of the department of conservation which has Just been completed by Richard Lleber, director. Foremost among the recommenda tions is that the state appropriate $1, 000,000 towards the creation of a state park in the dunes along the shores ot Lake Michigan. "The fact that these dunes are the finest and greatest dunes known, their accessibility to millions and thetr adaptibility to the purpose and the to solute necessity of an outdoor play ground In that locality, do not warrant further procrastination on the part ot Indiana In acquiring them," the report reads. It is also pointed out mat thousands of dollars have been spent in vain at tempts to locate oil wells In Indiana when the reports lying unpublished in the department because of a lack or funds, show there is no oil in the lo cality of the drilling. For a few hun dred dollars the reports could be print ed, the reports adds, whereas great lossess occur regularly because of tho failure of the state to make its investi gations along this line public. An appropriation of at least $500,000 for the purchase of additional forest lands is urged. It is recommended that the tax law, which does not distinguish between forrest and agricultural lands, be amended so as to assess all forest land at II an acre. These two recom mendations, which are intended to pro mote both state and private forests, ara regarded as the cardinal points in an adequate forestry program for the state. There is no objection to clearing woodland which Is essentially agricul tural land, the report said, but vigor ous efforts should be made to prevent clearing typical forest lands such as are found in some of the hilly coun ties of southern Indiana. GRAND JURY RETURNS THREE INDICTMENTS 'SPECIAL TO THE TIMES CROWN POINT. Ind.. Nov. 27. The grand Jury, which had been called for Friday by Judge Martin Smith, re turned three indictments at the close of the session. Frank Sikora of East Chicago, charged with first degree murder, kill ing his wife, Baldwina Sikora. Al berto Aliva and Pedro Hendosa. both charged with the murder cf David !Flicher. Sikora is from East Chi- cago and Mendoba and Aliva hail from Whiting. The men ara now. in the county jail at Crown Point. Mendoza and Aliva are Mexicans. P. W". Memn. Hammond; George Guffin and Clarence Sommwi, Gary; Alex Boyd Rosg and Milton H. Hart of Crown Point, are the members of the grand Jury. IN THE COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT tSPECIAL TO THS TIMES) CROWN I-OINT. Ind., Nov. 2S. Jesse Johnson and George Holmes of Indiana Harbor stole a valuable lot of clothing, including four fur coats and other wearing apparel from the store of Phillip Lacks in Indiana Har bor. They plead guilty on Friday In the criminal court and Judge Smith gave them a 1 to It year sentence In the elndlana reform school, a $25.00 fine and dlsinf ranchlsement for one year. Frank Culp and Lafe Skagts of Whiting charged with second degree burglary for stealing several automo bile tlr from Peter Skafish were given a 2 to 14 year sentence and di sfranchisement for 6 years. Culp is 15 years old and Pkagrts is 22. Both had served time for the same offense several months ago. Both plead guilty. CONSTANTINE MAY RENOUNCE CROWN PARIS. Nov. 27. A strong rumor was current In well Informed circles here today that Constantine of Greece, has decided to renounce the crown of the Hellenic kingdom in favor of his eldest son. In doing so. It is believed he would yield to pressure from the entente, especially France, which has gone on recdrd as absolutely opposed to his return as ruler of his country. In some quarters, however, the rumor is not credited, the opinion being ad vanced that Constantine is eager to make a triumphal return to Athena. New Marriage Licenses CROWN POINT. Ind., Nov. 27. The following new licenses were issued yesterday: James E. Hamilton. Indiana Harbor, Alice F. Kotoskl, Gary; Edward E. Volkiman. Martha M. Law, Hammond: Charles Demerling. Alice TL Lakotzke, Hammond; Ernest J. Rail, Vivian S. riournaj-, Indiana Harbor; James Echols, Gary. Mary Willie Morgan. Anlston. Alaf; Thoniaa Faith, Edith Evans, Indiana Harbor. PLEAD GUILTY TO SPEEDING Frank Tunamski, 14 Condit street, Hammond and Fred Badall. 45 Clin ton street. Hammond, entered pleas of guilty this morning in Hammond lice court to charge of speeding. Both were given the minimum fines. Wil liam Griffin. 152 Adams street. Gary, was arrested last night on a charge of driving his automobile while drunk. His hearing will be held later. ANTI-BOYCOTT SENTIMENT SING Store Employe Against Get ting His Bread and But ter in the Shape of Strike Benefits. An additional reward of $100 making $200 in all has been offered for in formation leading to the arrest anl conviction of the wanton miscreants who nearly a week ago hurled mis sions through the windows of the Rimbach building on llohrnan street tenanted by the Lion department store. Though diligent effort has been made hoth by the authorities and priv ate agencies, the identity of those re sponsible for the outrage has not been definitely flsed. Investigation, how ever, of several clues establish tho fact that the destruction was the work of boycott sympathisers and it Is prob able that a "squeal' will before many days bring those responsible lor tbe outrage Into the public eye. WILL NOT PERMIT DICTATION. The window-smashing which suc ceeded the throwng of stink bomba in to the store earlier in the evening has done more to crystallize public senti ment than anything else that has hap pened during the strike and is an in dication that the last resort to win is being used when destruction of prop erty is brought about. Picketting and boycotting are both thus characterized as ineffectual weapons. The status of the situation remains unchanged ex cept that the number of shoppers in the affected stores is Increasing daily. The merchants are thas fortified in their determination to allow none to dictate as to how they shall run the business into which they have sun their money and life effort, without the domination of outside trouble makers and agitators who stop short of nothing but to rule or ruin. THE AGITATOR BAIinED. Before the merchants affected will submit to any effort permitting out eiders to runrthelr affairs they will sell their stores and move to some other city where they can conduct their busines without continual molestatloil from unprincipled and selfish men, aided by individuals with misguided notions of sympathy. Intelligent and unprejudiced people lr the city who have watched the situation know that union men have never been able to ex press themselves on the subject of the boycott entirely free from the influ ence of the agitator. The key to the door o individual prosperity is work and the pay envelope, not the brick bat, the boycott and the agitator. It is not a question of unionism. Union ism remains unassailed. WHAT AN EMPLOYE SATS. An interesting sidelight la thrown on the situation by an intelligent em ploye of one cf the stores who said: "Why don't they let the clerks here alone? We find real pleasure and con tentment in our work performed undr square deal conditions and according to the real American idea of employ ment which is freedom. Wc enjoy em ployment relations that work to the mutual advantage of employer and employe. "It is manifestly unfair to have man come here from unsuocosf ul forcing efforts In other cities and try to compel any other way of doing busi ness. We know where our bread anJ butter is coining from and we don't want the kind of bread and butter that robs fellow workers ef a part of theirs In order to k(tp us from the soup house." WHAT BEVF.RIDGB SAID. Former Senator A. J. Beverldge, author of the child labor law, one of the greatest ever put on the statute books recently said. "Americanism means that every man may work for his living; that no power oan lawfully prevent any man from working for his living; that every man Is entitled t the peacefuT enjoyment of the irutta of his toil and that all ths strength of our popular representative government will shield every man in the exercise of those elemental right?!." GAS CO. GETS BOOST ft! FORT WAYNE f INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE! INDIANAPOLIS. IND., Nov. 27 The public service commission today author ized the Northern Indiana Oas and Electric Co. to put into effect the fol lowing schedule of rates for gas in Fort Wayne, effective December 16: First 10,000 cubic feet, $LS5. . Next 20.000, $1.23. Next 20,000, $1.13. Next 130.000, $1.05. All over 20C.O00 cubic feet. "5 cents. Minimum meter charge, fl. The company was authorized to charge $1.3 gross. $1.75 net for every thousand cubic feet of gas ccnsumd at Blucton and Decatur with a minimum meter charge of $1.10 gross and $1.00 net. BIG FIREJN CORK INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE) CORK. Nov. 27. Another bombing outrage was perpetrated by the black and tans early today when a load of explosive was set off at a big store, starting a fire which caused at l.?al $250,000 loss. The city's entire fire ap paratus was rushed to th scene, but black and tans prevented the fireman from extinguishing the flames. A ba: tie was fought while the fire swept on unchecked. The firemen were worsU-d and driven off. i IS Brother of H. M. Godfrey and Was Property Owner in Hamrnond Robert M. Godfrey, 63." Oakley ave nu. Hammond, received a message this morning informing him that his brother, Oscar F. Godfrey, was drown ed yesterday at Seaside. Ore., wlire he resided. The message wajj brief, mere ly stating that the unfortunate man had met death while fifhinj and that it was believed the body had been washed out to sea. Oscar Godfrey, 'wh'.e a property owner In Hammond, had never lived in the city, but was known to many Hammond people. He was 70 years old and will be remembered by many o the older baseball fans aj the piteh-e.- on Chicago's first professional base ball tam, which was captained by A. G. Spalding. He was remarkably active in spite of his ytars and only a year ago while visiting in Chicago ha participated In an indoor baseball meet and won first prize for the highest batting average, lie had been living a retired life and spent much of bis time in fishing. The deceased is survived by a wife and three sons. One of these sons, Frank S. Godfrey, was captain in the second Oregon volunteers in the Span ish war and led the first company to make a landing at Manilla, following the bombardment by Admiral Dewey's battleships. ! INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK. Nov. 27. In broad day light four highwaymen today robbed David .ylor, a clerk, of $60,000 worth of diamonds at 49 street and Seventh avenue. Just a few blocks from the heart of Ne wTork's great white way. then leaped into a waiting taxicab and dashed oy. Sayjor, an employe of the Providence Diamond Co.. had just taken the dia monds, in two metal boxes, from a safe deposit vault in the Pacific Bank, at the corner of 4Dth street and Seventh avenue, within a 'stone's throw of the gayest and busiest center of all 'ew York. He was crossing the street and Just reaching the other side when the quartet, all wearing the typical "gun man's cap," pounced upon him. One of them struck a smashing blow at his face. Another pulled out a revolver and held It tinier the half-fainting man's nose, while the two others grab bed the two boxes with their rich con tents. D. Burkan, a salesman, who happen ed by, rushed to Saylor's aid, but one of the bandits promptly covered him with a gun, threatening to kill him. In another moment. the quartet was off a taxi, speeding northward to Fiftieth street. IT WAS TOUGH Ofl THE OLDRAY MARE Indianapolis Lads Put in an Adventurous Twelve Hours INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., Nov. 27. The old gray mare was "all in" when motor cops today over took Harlan Marshall, 9, and Richard Lyon. 10, headed west In a "ses going hack," after a cbawe of 12 adventurous hours. Here's the tale, tabloided: Harlan and Richard determined to "go west,'" annexed a gat and a rifle late yesterday. Later they acquired the old gray mare, and atop the more or less pranc irg steed, aimed for the setting sun. Police prot on the train when a wo man telephoned that the pair had asked for a night's lodging. "But the trio boys and old gray mare had fled before the blue coats arrived. N'p.vt a woman reported two youth ful horsemen attempted to hold her up. Next, the police learned they had hitched the old gray mare to a shay and were still headed west. Meanwhile cops afoot, on motor bikis, on bicycles and In flivvers took up the trail. But It was not until long efter breakfast time that the fugitives were overhauled then rldin gin a dilapi tated coal wagon to which the O G M had been attached. A bushel of food had been picked up for the Journey, but the O G M was dragging as the lads were sleepy, so they were ready to quit. Now the O G M ia out on pasture pending the finding of the owner; the coal man has his wagon back and the boys are in the detention home until such time as Judge Lahr can hear the story in juvenile court. ATTORNEY CUT BY FLYING GLASS Attorney Harry Sharaviskl of Gary was cut by flying glare and had a lucky escape from serious Injury in Gary j-esterday afternoon when a Franklin car in which he was an oc cupant, crashed into a machine driven b (i. W. Swart cf 745 Van Euren street. The accident occurred at Sth ave- j nue and Adams street. The Franklin car owned by VerPlanks garage crash ed into the Swartx machine as the driver attempted to drive around and in front cf a truck. OSCAR GODFREY DRIED 0 DARING DIAMOND HOLDUP HAMMOND WANTS REAL DASEDALL TEAM IN 1921 Although the baseball season Is a long way off, Hammond fans who want the city put back on the map of tho national pastime, are already getting their heads together. Prospects are aow bright for a real team next yea". A meeting of fana was held last evening at the court house. It was a peculiar gathering because of the fact that about all of the men present were substantial citizens, manufacturers, merchants or professional men. a.i agreed that it was deplorable that Hammond had no representative team in the professional field last year and all were equally positive that the de bacle should never occur again. The subject was discusssd freely and two things were agreed upon. Ham mond must have a team and Hammond also must have a good baseball and athletic park located handy to street car and interurban lines. It is probable that an association will be formed to finance both under takings and with the class of men such as were out last night back of It, tha project Is bound to be a winner. An other meeting will be held at the court house next Thursday evening at which a permanent organization will be ef fected and definite plans made. IKOW TOTT tITtrSTT The firm of Green Engineering Co. was organized and incorporated in the year 1SD7. for the ultimate construction of stokers suitable for every known means. Their corps of engineers, the beet that could be secured in this line soon bad their heads together, with the final result that this firm became the leaders wf their line. Realizing the splendid facilities that the Calumet region offered, tho offi cials of the firm had their representa tives look over this fjeld, with the re sult that in the year 190S, they pur chased eight and three fourths acres of land at their present location on Ken nedy avenue. In 1906, the first buildings, about 4 in number were erected and abouP 50 men were given employment. Today this firm occupies 11 acres of land will- 10 manufacturing buildings thereon, besides a very well equipped office building, adjoining their plant, and employ S00 men. Much success of this company is due to the well balanced organization be hind it. Their officials are all men who have mala a life studr vf manu facturing stokers and other products along this line. The Green Engineering Company have constructed and Installed stokers In most all the large buildings In this country, including North American building, Montgomery-Ward Co.; Coca Cola Building, Kansas; Armour & Com pany, Chicago; Field Museum 'of Nat ural History, Grant Park Chiacgo and a host of others too numerous to men tion. At the present time the Company are building a number of 12,M0 horse power stokers to be used in India. The firm also maintains offices and plants in Chicago, New York; Pitts burgh; St. Louis; Cleveland: "Indiana polis; Denver and Winnipeg. Canada. The main office of the company which was formerly located in Chicago was moved to the present plant on Kennedy avenue in 1314. F. Albert Poppenhusen is president of the company and Herman A. Pop penhusen Is treasurer and general man ager. The following are directors: Lincoln Brown, Samuel M. Hastings; Conrad H. Poppenhusen; Herman A. Poppenhusen and P. Albert Poppen husen. TROOPS SENT TO COAL STRIKE ZONE Four Hundred Camp Sher Men Arrive Today in West Virginia INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE CHARLESTON. W. Va., Nov. 27 Four hundred TJ. S. troops will arrive In Mingo county this morning. They are being sent to the strike zone on teh request of Gov. John J. Cornwall who says he took this action following urgent representations from the Mingo county authorities. The soldiers are being sent from Camp Sherman it Chllllcothe. O.. and will be in com mand of Maj. R. S. Binford, of the 19th infantry. The situation In the Mingo strike district appears to be beyond control of the state and county authorities and the governor eays he feels that the time has come for at.ern discipline be ing enforced in Mingo county. President Wilson has been asked by the governor to proclaim martial law In Mingo county, In the strike rone. In order that the federal troop command er may perform his work unhampered. So far no word has been Tecelved from Washington. GREEN ENG. COMPANY'S PROGRESS Chief Clyde Spencer Mourned As Gallant Fire Fighter Today tBlUETlX.t President Henry W. Petersen of the Enat Chicago (hanbrr of C'omnmr thla mornlna- appointed tar following committee to aitrnd the funeral aerv lea of Flrr Chief Clyde A. Spencer long 144th atrrrt. vrho died last even ing ns result of being overcome by moke and Vns fumri while directing firemen at a blase In Olcott avenuei Elmer Jones. If. E. Jackson, W. J. Mur ray, J A. Adley, Tltrhurd Bates, R. M. Joyce, B. C. Dlckcy, E. B. Glbba, E. L. field, C. C. Sheldcn When East Chicago awoke from Its slumbers this morning it was pro foundly shocked to learn that Clyde A Spencer, chief of the fire department of East Chicago, for tha past tour year, was dead and four other firemen, Key McBride, C. B. Schiller, Charles Boyke end Thomas King, In a critical condi tion after being overcome with smoke and gas In a fire which destroyed the interior of a house owned by A. Racinl at 4807 Olcott avenue about ten o'clock last evening. FIRE 9TAHTED I.V BATHROOM. The house which was a two story frame affair was occupied by two families. Ida Nenendorf, occupying the apartment on the first floor and the family of E. Qulnland on the second floor. The fire is believed to have started in a bathroom of the apartment occu pied by the Nenendorf woman, who wss found by the fireman in a drunk and stupefied condition and was caused. 1" is declared, by a lighted cigaret bein thrown carelessly on the floor igniting some curtains. She was arretted by the police and held In jail on a serious chargo. The flames quickly gained headway and when the fireman arrived the en tire building was a mass of smoke and Carries. t OVERCOME BY GAS Chief Spencer, despite the heaTy cloud of smoke and the odor of leak ing gas, followed his men into the burning building and managed to reach' the second floor. While attempting to find the source of the leaking gas he was overcome by gas fumes and was found several minutes 5atr by Fire man Thomas King, crawling on hu hands and knees. He was unable to talk. The firemen, however, managed to carry him down stairs into the pes when ha was partly revived. Arter the fire had finally been sub dued and the firemen had returned t their respective stations. Fire Chi-f Spencer complained of having pains io his chest. Drs. Johns and Townsley were sent for and upon their arrival resorted u the use of the pulmotors and other methods and after an hour of conatatit labor the chief was reported as feel ing much better. TAKEN HOME BY SONS. He was then advised by the phy sicians to go to his home and he was later taken there by one of his sons. While seated in a chair Chief Spencer was telling his wife about the fire when the end came suddenly shortly after midnight after the gallant fire fighter had fallen forward on the floor. Chief Spencer, who was one of the best known fire chiefs in the state, had been connected with the fire depart ment for about 8 years. 4 years of which he was a chauffeur under the Callahan administration. AN ACTIVE CAREER When Leo McCormack became mayor Spencer was made chief and he has brought the local departcment up to s high state of efficiency. The decedent has also served about 8 years on the police force previous to his entering the fire department. The funeral services will b first held at the home 1008 144th street and thence to Congregational church. Ma goun avenue and 14oth street, Sunday afternoon. Following the services his body will be placed on a special train and will be taken to the home of his birthplace at Corrinsville, Pa. All or ganizations and individuals expecting to participate are requested to notlty J. D. Williams or H. E. Jackson. Firemen from Hammond, under com mand of Chief Nill and a detail from Whiting and the East Chicago station will act as special escort. PROMIET IN MASONRY. Chief Spencer, who was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations, was also Mason of high standing. He is surviv ed by his wife, Mrs. C. A. Spencer, two sonsfi Frank and J. K. Spencer and one daughter, Francis, all living at home. PACIFIC COAST STORM SWEPT ASTORTA, Ore.. Nov. 27. The storm that swept the Pacific coast from San Francisco to Vancouver. B. C, through out the night. Is believed by shipping men to have been the most severe in years. The storm has abated consid erably this morning, though many craft have not ventured from their weather ports. The storm eaused gales that were reported of as great velocity of 0 miles art hour and banked up tides so that low spots here and at Aberdeen, Wash., were flooded, cutting wire com munications temporarily and causing heavy rains throughout the coast. ITALIAN TOWN ISJWIPED OUT LONDON. Nov. 37. Seven peTsor.i were killed when the big verlgaM powder house, forty miles outide Mi lan, Italy, blew up at noon yester day. First word of the disaster 3'c rot reach Lcrdon until today. T'-t whole little town built around ?h powder works was wiped out by the explosion and thousands are homeless. The railway bridge on the Dome Doa sola line -ores wrecktd by the Mast, which was hMif for tnilea arooad.