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HIKE TO UEICKS TUrCSHSaVATION STORE Fm tatfekf Yn Miy Kiwi la HAfeDWARS KNOT flEIK HARDWARE CO. yn W. Market St. Ml tktm 432 IwlHiH, Kj. cky Irish American PH0N: HOME M MAW 1800 Rrery Driver an Srcort LorittlBt luteal & Tranfer l Incorporate VOLUME XLVII.-NO 23. LOUISVILLE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1921. PRICE FIVE CENTS. XV JLi 1 X U DEMOCRATS Rojolcc That State Has Repudiated Morrow and the Republican Machine. State Democrats Will Give Timely Aid to Fellow-Dcmocrnts in i Louisville. Looks Tjiko Quln and Scnrcy-Chliton Machine Are Not Working Harmoniously. REFORM WORKERS ARRESTED- The gathering here Wednesday ot Kentucky Democrats means much for the future of the party ond the welfare of the .State, judging from the programme adopted by those present. Tax reforms, better schools, better roads and election reforms -will be the result if the working majorities In both branches of the State Legislature can go through with their present sched ule. The spoecih of Judge Hardin, Chairman or the State Central Com mittee, was a masterly effort and his reference to the rough-shod methods of the Searcy-Chilton ma chine In Louisvillo made a big hit with the crowd. The speaker re ferred particularly to the raid, on the Tyler Hotel, the eve of the elec tion, when Overton Harris, the Democratic candidate for Mayor and a. hero in the late war, was ar rested and threatened with assault by the 'Republican machine police. Judge Hardin said that it was sig nificant that the action of the po lice was upheld in a Republican police court later. That the Demo crats of Kentucky are familiar with the performances of the local ma chine was shown by their reception of any mention of Louisville during the gathering, and tliK can bo taken to mean that the white people of Louisville who gave Mr. Han-is a, majority of 20,000 ran look for ward to relief from Kentucky De mocracy. Senator Stanley was given a reg ular ovation by the crowd when he referred to the utter failure of the Morrow Republican administration In this State, and that Democracy would again take the reins ial923r four years of the Ballyhoo Governor and his performances in the John Doe pardon case being enough for for the voters. Senator Stanley also brought down the house when he referred to tho failure of the Hard nig administration at Washington, and its promises of "back to nor malcy." Tho speaker saldi that he was more than pleased to see the large and happy gathering of men and women Democrats of Kentucky and believed that the coming ees slon of the Legislature would' mean much for the State's progress and tho future of the Democratlcs party. The reference to the big reversal in Kentucky's vote brought much ap plause. Morrow's majority of 40, 000 In 1919 turned to 58,000 Dem ocratic majority Jn 1921, a change of close to 100,000 votes, presages a dark and dreary future for the Republican machine in Kentucky. And many present predicted that the tendency do Democracy would give tho party a majority in Con gress this fall, this State being only one of several to give big Demo cratic gains. W. Ovonton Harris, former Dem ocratic candidate for Mayor, was given an enthusiastic reception when called on to speak, and his plea for assistance for Louisville made a lasting impression on the party leaders and legislative repre sentatives. In that plea M. Harris said: "Ah long as 27,000 negroes are able to vote blindly and un thinkingly for a symbol, In ignor ance and unconcern of men and principles, and override a majority of 20,000 white persons, so long will Louisville bo unnblo to do its full share in advancing tho civilizn tion of Kentucky." Later tho speaker endeared himself to tho big gathering when ho said: "Perhaps the hope closest to my heart, In the feat opportunity for public service which 1 thought I might have, was, that I might have been able to bring Liouisvllllans and our fellow Kentucklans throughout tho State into closer harmony, rind a finer realisation of common opportunities a,nd Interests." .Following Mr. Har ris.' address he was given a hearty reception by the State men and women Democrats and many were outspoken in their praise of Louis ville Democracy's selection for a standard bearer Jn tho recent cam paign. Ono momber of the Legisla ture eald: "Well, when you couldn't Win with a fine young man like that yes must be handicapped 6uro enough here with tho Republican machine." Mr. Harris' reference to the 7,000 negro votes astonished many of hie hearers. Louisville Demo crat wander what their feel'ngs wohM have been If they witnessed the twekToad of drunken negro toughs and gamblers driving through our main streets the day aftr election holding aloft a dead rootfter, the symbol of the Daiio - emtio party, and burling Jibes and tatmUi t the white men and women iwM had furnished the 2,0,000 wfeite majority for Hxrrte. They mWcht fcav been toW that the SeawCMMoB maehlae ladder were forced to oall of the KwtfcrHcan parade and calibration the Saturday night 'after the election Iccnuso tho negroes who furnished the Re publican victory wanted to lead tho pnrndc. The Republican bosses wore also a little afraid that if the white residents resented their con duct tho vicious negroes in line would create a race riot. It i3 said that the Quln inauguration Was held Just outside the Mayor's window, and ndt in the office, to prevent the horde of negroes from taking possession and crowding everyone else out. To an outsider it appears as if there Is trouble brewing in the machine ranks hero and tho follow ers of tho Searcy-Chilton standard aro not so Jubilant as one would aspect. Tho dropping of "Governor" Burlingamo from the Board of Safety, and "Mack" Brumleve from the Board of Works, looks like someone threw a wrench in the ma chine. Then Johnny Hoagland, the Mayor's Secretary, has been cast aside for a perfectly young inno cent Republican. As Secretary to the Mayor Hoagland also served as editor of the official publication of tho G. O. P. machine, and as Sec rotary of course he could keep dies and Matt Informed on many Interesting subjects.- Then' the re fusal of Mayor Q'uln a.nd the Board of Safety to reappoint Police Capt. Cunningham makes ono think that all Is not up and up In machine circles. The "slipping over" of Baker's appointment as Police Lieu tenant by the Board of Safety didn't seem to sit so well with Quin the man, and the panning he received from tho press will make tho Mayor keep a weather eye on the tricky machine leaders. At this stage the Mayor seems to be disposed to listen just a little to his Sunday school associates and reform work ers, and this Is not setting well with the bootleggers, gamblers and negroes. The latter aro telling Ches and Matt as follows: "Say, wot duz dat guy Qulnny mean by Ustenln' to dem goody-goody fellers fer; ainit we the boys dat put him over?" As our legal friends would say, that's quite an able argument and it looks like a merry war is on, and soon at that. The Searcy-Chilton machine lead ers realize now that in Injecting the religious issue In the recent cam paign a lot of "soreness" was caused even - among the machine followers and the feeling refuses to down. Ono at the Republican bosses In trying to defend tho Republican machine's act in circulating the Torch, Menace and the local sheet, told a prominent Democrat that the Searcy-Chilton machine did not distribute the little pink slip which had a supposed list of Catholics on the Democratic' ticTreCTnaHyof the alleged Catholics being Protosltants aand prominent Masons. But the ooss was knocked off his feet with his attempted alibi when the Demo crat came back at him thus. "My friend, how do you 'account for the fact that the pink slip was distrib uted from tho windows of tho Re publican headquarters in tho Realty building tho night of tho Hnrrls speaking at the Court House." That alibi is dead. Another who wants to forget Is tho dally paper which Injected religion in the campaign, as It has found that a two-edged sword outs both ways. Papers con taining hundreds of signatures are belnsc mailed in, stating the sign ers will not read or subscribe to that sheet until an apology Is made for Its Injection of religious preju dice. One man alone sent in a list the other day containing 313 sig natures. Tho Republican machine and its organ will find that their filthy style of campaigning will bring sorry results in tho long run. Sneaking of the machine troubles, here's where tho plot thickens, as they say, and It you can solve the following you're entitled to rank with Sherlock Holmes and Nick Carter. This Is tho puzzle in a nutshell: Dick Dehoney, who con ducts a "soft drink stand" at Fourth and Main, had his place raided this past week and all the participants locked up by Lieut. Conkling and Patrolman Boes. De honey is a Republican and a strong booster for Quln and reform. Dis ney Peake, a prominent young Re publican, was charged with operat ing the gambling game. And hor ror bt horrors, Paul Sanl, under the nam do plume of J. J. Clark, was gathered in tho haul. Just three days before Sanl, a prominent re form Republican, sent a big floral design to Judge Eugene Dalley of the PoMco Courlt when tho latter was sworn In. Hardly had tho ex citement died away when the police raided Brown's cafe on Story ave nue, locking up thirty-one alleged gamblers, most of whom were recent hard workers for Quin the man. Brown, like Dehoney, Is a leading Republican worker for purity and reform. Now hero's the puzzle: Did tho pollco pull a "boner?" Has , Qubi gono after his former boost ers or has tiio senrcy-unuton ma chlno been scaring n few of tho boys Just o ralso tho ante for tho Republican machino funds? BISHOP OF TOLEDO. When Msgr. Samuel A..Strch, of Nashville, was consecrated Bishop nf Toledo on Wednesday he became ' the youngest member of the Amer ican hierarchy. Msgr. stnen was consecrated Bishop almost at the exact minute at which Archbishop Curley was Installed as the head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Archbishop Henry Moeller, of Cin cinnati, acted as consecrator at the ceremonies. BishoD Morris, of (Llt- tle Rock, and B'ahop Thomas E. Molloy, or Brooklyn, were assist ants, and Blshon Joeenh. Schrembs. In" CIvelid, preached the pennon, Toledo's now1 Bishop la the S The defiant Jap and his ally, John Bull, must Sam unprepared. youngest in the United States. He was thirty-four when he was In stalled. The Bishop was born in Nashville, Tenn., on August 17, 1857. His father was a native of County Kerry, Ireland. His mother was born In America but Is of Irish descent. The monslgnor has three brothers andi a sister living In Nashville. His uncle was a Jesuit priest, and two cousins also belong to that order. - J-jDHB.ISTrASgHOBPEf ; This afternoom and evening the Queen's Daughters will have their annual Christmas Shoppe at 416 West Chestnut. Many attractive articles will be on display, among them aprons, all kinds of needle work, bedspreads, handkerchiefs, and hand-painted perfume bottles. Those In. charge of the various ta bles are: Ready-to-wear and Children's Clothes Mrs. John T. Francis. Candles and Cakes Mrs. Georgo Rankin. Neckwear Miss Louise Dempff. Dolls Miss Blanche Clerget. Art Miss Phoebe Harris. Pillow Cases Mrs. E. M. Van Houton. Jellies and Preserves Mesdames Dennis Murphy, M. E. MonOhan and Patricia Duane. Handkerchiefs Miss Margaret Malone. Aprons Miss Mary Roach. Mrs. J. B. Wather, Jr.. is Presi dent of the Queen's Daughters, and Mrs. John iBuachemeyer is General Chairman. MOURN HER DEATH. Dctth on Monday closed the long and useful life of Martha Keene Stickler, beloved wife of John B. Stickler, at tho family home on the Bardstown road. Blending with a gentle disposition a keen sense of human needs and a strong deter mination to do her part, she identi fied herself with the good work of St. Charles church and for many years assisted continuously in the many works of charity there fos tered. Mrs. Stickler was very much beloved for her serene disposition, kindly encouragement and willing assistance. She is mourned by a devoted husband and seven children. Who are Mrs. J. M. Boho, Denver: Sister Rogina, Frankfort, and Mrs. Charles Woidemer, Mrs. George H. Naber, Miss Mattle Stickler and Miss Lorona Stickler, Louisville. The funeral took placo Thursday mprn- ing from 'St. Charles church. Rev. Father IRaffo belngthe celebrant of the requiem high mass. She will long bo remembered and ever sadly missed. QUEEN'S DAUGHTERS. On account at theH Christmas Shoppe the mdnthly meeting of tho Queen's Daughters has been post poned to next Friday afternoon at Knights of Columbus Hall. A fea ture will be the talk of Mrs. Charles B. Semple, who will address tho members on "Tho needed appropria tion of funds for State Institutions under care of the Board of Charities and Corrections." LAST FOR THE YEAR,. The St. Helena's Co-operative dlub held Its monthly social meet ing, the last for the year, Monday night In Presentation Academy Au ditorium, and the large attendance appreciated' the excellent musical programme that had been arranged for the .occasion. Much Interest was manifested in. the address" of Miss Lutle Stearns, of Milwaukee, wheee subject was "Business Ways of Business Girls." UNCLE SAM MUST BE ON GUARD. 0:fLANAGAN Heroic Priest Most Dramatic Figure in tho Irish! Movement Toddy. '&& A "Hero roTIelp Rat ;trCTiiril"-B0ritf Certificate Loan of Dall Elrcnnn. Under His Direction the Sinn Fein Fought Its First General Election. HIS HOME RAIDED AND ROBBED. One of the most dramatic figures In the Irish movement today is Itev. Michael O'Flanagan, of Roscommon; Vice President of the Sinn Fein or ganization, who has come to tho United States to help in raising tho second otxernal bond certificate loan of Dall Elreann. The story of Fathor O'Flanagan's connection with Ireland's struggle is in reality a story of the struggle Itself. In 1915, addressing a meet ing In the City Hall of Dublin, when the remains of O'Donovan Rossa reached Ireland to bo laid to rest in Glasnevln cemetery, Father O'Flan agan predicted that to Ireland would como the opportunity to tear the mask of hypocrisy from the face of England unless she made good her Dretenslons as the champion of tho richts of small nations. From that moment Father O'Flanagan threw his influence and the weight of his eloquence into the work of raising and organizing the people or. ireiana so that Ireland might bo in a posi tion to take 'full advantage of the newly proclaimed doctrine of self determination. On the morning of the day that he left Ireland Father O'Flanagan atended the annual convention of the Sinn Fein organization, where he was re-elected' Vice President, and where President De Valera,' In bid ding him Godspeed on his mission to America, declared that the present fortunate position 6f tho Irish cause was duo to tho unceasing efforts of Father O'Flanagan more than to any other living man. After the suppression of the In surrection of that fateful Easter Week of 1916, -when the leaders of the movement were either dead or in prisons, and when no one yet dared to hope for success, It was Father O'Flanagn who Btopped Into the breach and rallied the forces in North Roscommon and brought about the election of Count Plunk ett, father of ono of the executed leaders of Easter Week. When tho result! of that election was made knfiwn, the conservative London Times declared that Father O'Flan agan had gono through North Ros common "like a whirlwind," carry ing all before him, probably through the sheer force of a com bination of fiery eloquence and pa triotism. Count Plunkett was the first rep resentative elected In Ireland who stood without .reservation for the policy of complete independence for Ireland and for the utter Ignoring of the pretensions of the British House of Cera mens to any authority in Ireland. The dauntless Couat, not catch Uncle who was swept into office by Father O'Flanaagn, has well been called the "Cornerstone of Dall Elreann," for it was he who summoned tho convention that laid the foundation of the new Sinn Fein organization. At the most critical point in this history making convention, Father O'Flanagan carried tho resolution that brought the whole of Ireland together upon one common plat form, united for liberty. With Arthur Griffith, he was appointed to see that. Jhp. resolution Wfls.xarrled. Into effect, and the two leaders ngreed upon the co-option of five others. Including Count Plunkett, Cathall Brugha and William O'Brien. Within a few weeks the old Sinn Fein organization, the Na tion League and the Liberty Clubs were all absorbed into the new or ganization, under the supervision of this committee. J3y this time a second election was successfully contested at South Longford, and was followed by a general release of the prisoners of Easter Week, re- tUUllUK IU llUOity' MUIUUU uo valera, Countess Marklovicz, John McNeal and hundreds of others. The handful of men who were breathing the spark of life into tho Sinn Fein body becamo known as the provincial committee, and when the prisoners of war were released by Britain, Do Valera and the Countess Marklevlcz were made members of It, and Arthur Griffith was appointed the Chairman, pend ing the annual convention. Sinn Fein spread like wild-lire over Ire land, clubs were stabllshed in every parish and within six months the call was out for the first annual convention. Two thousand dele gates came to Dublin, In answer to tho call, and there adopted a con stitution under which tho organiza tion was pledged to appeal to the Irish electorate for a mandate to declare Ireland an independent Re public. On the nomlntlon of Arthur Grif fith. Eamonn de Valera was elected President of the Sinn Fein organiza tion, and Arthur Griffith and Father O'Flanagan the Vice Presidents. About this time Sinn Fein was de feated at the polls for three suc cessive elections, and England, thinking tho tide had turned against the little nation that was struggling for fredom at her own door, de termined to strike hard at Sinn Fein. She Invented tho pro-German plot, and adopted tho policy of con scription tor Ireland, and as a mas ter stroke, on the eve of tho open ing of the East Caven bye-election campaign, seized the Sinn Fein can didates. Arthur Griffith and tho Sinn Fein President, Eamonn do Valera, 'with hundreds of other pa triots, and again cast them Into English prisons. Since the triumphant Roscommon election of moro than a year prer vlous, Father O'Flanagan had re mained quietly in the background, taking no part on the hustings, but when England reached out with the mailed fist for Sinn Fein, ho again took up the central place in the fight. An immense audience had gathered at Coothill, County Caven, expecting to hear do Valera and Grifith, only to learn of their arrest and imprisonment. The people were dejected and discouraged. Father O'Flanagan suddenly appeared In theln midst. The "whirlwind of Roscommon" fanned1 tho fires of pa triotism again into flame, this time in East Caven, and after an exciting campaign of three weeks, Arthur Griffith was returned with a ma jority of 1,204, The Imprisonment of de Valera and GrlfSth by the British Govern ment made Father O'Ftanagjaa act ing President of Sinn Fein, arid he nrooeded to DubHn, where for the the next twelve months he devoted his entlrb timo to leading the Re publican cause to victory. u. was under tho Presidency of Father O'Flanagan that Sinn Fein fought lis first general election in 1918. During that memorable cam paign he traveled over Ireland three times, often motoring 100 miles a day, and speaking for an hour at each of fivo of six meetings en route. The result of that elec tion was tha practical annihilation of tho old Irish Parliament party, only six out of eight candidates sur viving the onslaught of Sinn Fein at tho polls. Tho wonderful rescuo of de Valera from Lincoln prison accom plished, Harry Boland and Michael Collins, chief of the Irish Repub lican army, doing the work. ' Father O'Fla'nagan soon had an opportunity at a secret meeting In-Dublin, to render an account of his stemard1 ship to President de Valera, and the escape of do Valera having re sulted in the releasing of Arthur Griffith and the other leasers, once again Father O'Flanagan retired Into tho background, from! which ho again emerged when tho call of duty sounded. The election campaign was on tor tho partition Parliament for tho six counties so-called the North of Ire land. Tho leaders were either in prison or unable to appear In pub lic, when Father O'Flanagan, at great personal risk, carried on an other Intense campaign over the bIx counties. In one day ho spoke In each of the six counties, address ing seven great meetings and mak ing a Journey of 120 miles. Large ly as a result ot the campaign waged by Father O'Flanagan, Eamonn de Valera was elected in Down, Arthur Griffith in Tyrone and Fermanagh, Michael Collins In Ar magh, and John MacNeil In Deny, this proving tho grea. strength 'of the Republican movement oven in that small Carsonlto stronghold of Northeast Ulster. Father O'Flanagan has not es caped the venom of tho British Empire. His home has been raided and robbed by the-Black and Tans, and at least four attempts have been mado on his life by tho or ganized murder gangs ot England. But the fear of British bayonets or British trickery never caused him to pause for n second to consider his own safety when the liberty of his conutxy hung in tho balance. The eloquence of Father O'Flana gan has gained for him the reputa tion of being the greatest Irish or ator since O'Connell. He has al ready addressed monster mass meet ings in Washington, where 4.000 people tried) to force their way Into the already crowded Catholic University. At Philadelphia hun- ureas were turned away from the hall, one of tho newspapers declar ing that Father O'Flanagan, by a happy combination of wit and ora tory, kept his audience "rocking be twen tears and laughter," during the course ot his masterly presenta tion of Ireland's case. AROUND FESTIVE BOARD. Tho first "Get-Together" or ac qualntanco meeting ot the men of St. Frances of Romo parish was held Thanksvlglng ova at tho parish school, Cavewood avenuo and Payne street, 'ine programmo was ar ranged by a committee composed of Josepn X. Kessack, Georgo Oesweln, J. J. Fitzgerald, T. H. Merimee, Eugene Broderick, L. A. Blanford, Joseph D. Shlrcllffe, Fred Blake and Arthur Lauor, and thoso taking part were: Opening address, Rev. J. H. Riley, Song, "My Old Kentucky Homo." Address by Senator W. A, Perry, Music, "Stars and Stripes For ever." Solo, J. R. Davidson. 'Address by Thos. C. Mapother. Music, "Joys and Peace." Solo, Ernest LuvisI, accompanied by Helena M. Sullivan. Address by J. P. Hanley. Music, "America." Fourth drawing o prizes, Pon dorosa "What Not." Address by J. D. Shlrcllffe. Then camo tho "around the fes tive board" chat where old and now friends met and good fellowship rojgned supremo. Informal remarks were mado by Roy C. Hoyor, James C. Sutton, Vincent Burke, William Colgan and Louis Doylo. 'Twas ln doed an edifying as well as an en joyable affair and many valuable and progressive suggestions were ad vanced for tho spread of holy faith and good citizenship. Early in the new year they will meet again. MAOKIN COUNCIL. Exciting times are looked tor, at tho meeting of Mackin Council Mon day night, when tho annual election of officers will take place. The can didates for President aro John Hes elon and T. Loo Connolly, each with a strong following whose friends are making an active but friendly campaign. Two full tickets have ben romlnated and the result is awaited with Interest. It Is expect ed tho hall will bo taxed to hold the voters. Whatever the result, Mackin will secure a good admin istration for 1922. HIS FEAST DAY. This Saturday is the feast ot St. Francis Xavlor, who was induced to practice a religious lifo by thp ox ample of Ignatius Loyola. He was tho greatest missionary of an order that has produced many noblo mis sionaries, and boro the gospel to Hindustan, Malacca and Japan. The descendants of many Japanese con verted by St. Frncls in the sixteenth century still retained the faith when Americans entered that country. At St. Francis Xavler College "tajs city, there will be a fitting obeerv anee ot the day. IRELAND Anxious Day Ended With Hope. That Collapse of Parleys Bo ' , Averted. Llojd George Summons and Sub mits Now' Proposals to Sinn Fein Delegates. Do Valera Leaves Dublin For a Tour and Will Visit ' Counties, TRUCE 'TO REMAIN UNBROKEN. Monday was one of anxious wait ing in England and Ireland for the next move in the Irish peace nego tiations, with hope still prevailing that after the fivo months truce and the prolonged conferences over the problem some way would be found out of the present apparent Impasse. So far as appears, the next definite statement likely to reach the public was to come at noon Tuesday In Belfast when Sir James Craig, the Ulster Premier, will read in the North Ireland Par liament the statement agreed on be tween him and Premier Lloyd George, giving" the cause of the fail ure of the negotiations between . himself and tho British Prime Min ister for the establishment of an ail Ireland Parliament. According to a dispatch from Belfast Monday even ing, the statement will not touch on what has passed between Lloyd George and the Sinn Fein repre sentative, Including the latter's withholding ot consent to take the oath of allegiance to the crown. Arthur Griffith and! Robert C. Barton, of (he Irish delegation, were at Sinn Fein headquarters , Monday in London ready to see tho Prime Minister should he desire a conference with them on his re turn, while Sir James had further consultations with his Cabinet in Belfast. Sir James Craig, the Ulster Pre mier, speaking before the Northern Parliament Tuesday in Belfast, said he had told Prime Minister Lloyd George that the British Gov ernment's proposals to Ulster for the settlement of the Irish- question were utterly Impossible. He said Ulster would not enter an all-Ire land Parliament under the present conditions, but was prepared to dis cuss other avenues for settlement. An anxious day in the negotia tions designed for the pacification of Ireland ended Tuesday night with the hope that a complete collapse of tho parleys might be averted. Sir James Craig, Premier of Ulster, as was expected, declared before the Northern Parliament in Belfast that Ulster had refused absolutely to ac cept an All-Ireland Parliament, de manded as a solution by the Sinn Fein delegation. But he announced Ulster's willingness tp discuss other proposals for an Irish settlement if they were submitted by next Tues day. Premier David Lloyd George Im mediately summoned the Sinn Foin delegates to consult with him and his Ministers and submitted to them new proposals which, it they meet with the approval of the Sinn Foin, will be presented to the Ulster officials before next Tuesday. The nature of the alternative proposals will not ho divulged pending their consideration by tho Sinn Felners. The situation still Is very critical owing to the double deadlock Ulster refusing to entor an All Ireland Parliament and the Sinn Fein refusing steadily to yield on the question of allegiance to the Crown. The negotiations, however, havo .not been broken off and may be continued on a new basis. Eamonn do Valera has left Dub lin for a iour of his constituencies. Not only Is a breach ot tho Irish truce, which has endured five months, unexpected following a pos sible cessation ot negotiations, but te newspapers generally imply that all tho interested parties recognize the importance ot maintaining it. Some even go so far as to say that a tacit understanding already exists between tho British, the Sinn Fein and Ulster that the truce shall re main unbroken and thus enable the resumption of the negotiations at any possible moment should they be suspended at this time. Theso hopeful outlooks regarding the probablo maintenance of peace in Ireland .coincide with many fresh rumors of Promior Lloyd George's preparations to depart for the Washington conference at an early date. Ono Indication ot hope was the return from Dublin ot Robert C. Barton, one of the Sinn Fein peace delegates. Michael Collins and Des mond Fitzgerald, however, remained In Ireland to await, it was thought, the results of Premier Cralg'a utter ances in the Northern Parliament. Thursday morning's London re ports wore that all Government buet noss was giving way to the gravity! of the Irish situation. Both Gov ernment and Irish circles can avert tho collapse of the conference and? a renewal of warfare It had been Intended to hold a Cabinet council Wednesday night to consider Geraaai reparations in connection with the visit ot Dr. Walter Rathenau, but this had to be postponed in order to permit the special Cabinet mb mlttee dealing with Irish affairs t hold a sitting.