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' ' VOL. 8. NO. 243 BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1920. THREE CENTS . f. WOULD CHECK MORE ARMAMENT - - ' I t Powers Are Agreed on the Proposition to League of Nations DISARMAMENT NOT POSSIBLE NOW and Japan will suggest to this country. 1 wish that we could- have a "world agreement that would ; settle disputes without recourse to aims, but until that conies and comes surely we ought to carry out our naval building program."' Senator Borah'n Tesolutioni was re ferred to the foreign relations committee without debate. Would Limit Naval Construction, WASHINGTON, Dee. 14. A resolu tion requesting the ' President to open negotiations with (Jreat Britain and Japan for an agreement to reduce the naval building program .0 per eent for the next five years was introduced in the senate today by Senator Borah, Repub lican, of Idaho. REDUCED PAY AND SHORTER TIME A. the British Delegate Calls Attention to the United States Being Inbound by League Borah Asks for Negotia tions to Reduce Naval Building Flans. GENEVA, Dec. 14 (Associated Press). An agreement ajnong the pow ers to put au immediate end to the growth of armament is contemplated in the league of nations plan for disarma ment as presented by the disarmament committee at today's session of the as sembly. The council of the league is asked to undertake the bringing about of such an agreement. In explaining the report to the as sembly M. Braiding of Sweden and II. Fisher of Great lsmaiii uiu mou committee, which was unanimously k . e 4.1. n i'koiu inur TUtS t K 1 1 1 in iavor oi u- i-i"" - :. armament, was forced to come to the conclusion that the moment had not ar rived when it would be possible to ac complish it. . "There are countries with the most powerful armament building facilities outside the league," said Mr. . isher. "and disarmament can only begin when it is universal." . . The committee in its report pontp out that a convention for the control of the traffic in arms and ammunition was signed bv Great Britain, the United States, France, Japan, Belgium, Bolivia, Cuba, China, Greece, Italy and Lcua of riArmnin when the Austrian peace treaty 'was signed, but that this nALvonfinn Imd not vet been ratified ami that no steps had been taken to make it effective. Hhe report proposes that the council urge the signatoiies to ratify tmotr wit-limit delav. ViiT lltUIJ ' . . . . . - . . , Tho fptmlution would declare it to De the opinion of congress that the United States would make such a reduction if nffiwment could be brought about. The resolution asserted that tbe navies Britain and Japan were the only ones of power to require American attention. vhon Senator Borah offered his res olution Secretary Daniels was before the house naval committee strongly opios ;...r Kiich n nrotiosal. "It would be t v-r,W plmost eoufll to j crime," slid tin secretary, ''for the United States to enter into an alliance with any two or thre nations either to suspend or cur tail naval building or for any other pur pose. It would certainly make tor sus r.icion nmonr the other nations, l pro believe that the United States cannot afford to take a five-year naval holiday as it has been rumored England The Brattleboro Woman's Club PRESENTS TWO ILLUSTRATED LECTURES Prepared by NEWELL DWIGHT IIILLIS AT THE AUDITORIUM. THE AFTERNOONS OF DECEMBER 15-16 at 3.30 SUBJECT: The Influence of Puritanism on Liberty Special invitation to members of Brattleboro Chapter, Daugh ters of American Revolution, and older school children. SENATORS WHACK COAL INDUSTRY National Disgrace," Com mittee on Production - Says in Report ALMOST IN FAVOR OF TAKING MINES Amoskeag Mills at Manchester Announce TIiree-Day-a-Week Schedule In January. MANCHESTER, N. II., Dec. 14. No tieps wprp twisted bv the Amoakeae Man- . ' . . i i r ufactunng Co. touay announcing a iu day shutdown commencing Dec. 22, and return to :i turee-uay-a-weeu - working schedule on Jan. 3 with a reduction ot 22Ji per cent in wages. This app'ies to the cotton division now working three davs a week and employing some iu.uuu persons. , , The Stark Mills of the International Cotton Co., employing 3,000 operatives. also posted notices today ot a reduction in wages, the amount not stated. Reductions In Maine. T.TSBON. Me.. Dec. 14. Notices of a wage reduction to take effect Jan. 3 were posted today in the Bay State Cotton mills, employing 250. Workers to Consider Cuts. PAWTUCKET, II. I., Dec 14. The attitude of the Rhode Island textile council toward the wage reduction an nounced bv many mil's in tins state win h .Wided bv the men and women af fected by the cut, a member ot tne coun- r!!' snirl tndav. The sentiment oi me workers will be obtained at meetings called in every part of the state com mpncm? tomeht. The Lorraine Co.. employing about 2.000 in cotton and woolen manufacture. Wn-ln. Illoaflipnrw with I..hJ OP cratives and the Glen'von Dye works. employing ."00. announced wage reduc tions effective Pee. L'U. me amount wu not stated. Wage Cut at Nashua. NASHUA, N. II.. Dee. 14. A reduc tion and readjustment of wages will be effective Jan. 3 in the Nashua and Jack son mills of the Nashua Manufacturing Co. The mills together employ .,tMHi in the manufacture of cotton goods. I he announcement bv the management to day of the wage reduction said nothing as to the amount of it. Implied Threats of Drasaic Legislation to Meet Profiteering and Speculation Contained in Document Submitted to Senate Today. WASHINGTON. Dec. 14. Sharp crit icism of the national coal industry with implied threats of drastic legislation by congress to meet profiteering and specu lation is contained in the partial report of the senate committee on production and reconstruction submitted to the sen ate today. The committee declared coal profiteer ing has continued unchecked by the de partment of justice and is a "national disgrace". In general the report asks power to allow the committee to continue its investigation and for special legis lative attention to present methods of producing and distributing coal. These, Chairman Calder said, must be corrected, while Senator Kenyon de clared that "if the matter is to go on I for one, harsh as the remedy may be, hall favor taking over the mines. Senator Edge expressed as his conclu Kions that "the coal industry cannot brine order out of the prevailing chaos and cive even reasonable re'ief to the suffering people so I .am. ready to mod- itv somewhat in tins case my opposition to government intrusion into private business and to advex-ate legitimate scrutiny. Coal speculation has been per mitted to monopolise the transportation facilities of the country, retarding neces sary construction and increasing the ba sic cost of manufacture and distribu tion of commodities in general. It has bled the home owners, public utilities and industries." TO SELL CARNEGIE ESTATE. EVERYONE INVITED TO MEET SOLONS MOVE TO SEGUE ROWS' PARDON tion witjh Governor and Council LEAVES TODAY TO SEE PRISONER Thursday's Get -Together Banquet Is Not Limited to Representatives and Senators-Elect. Editor of The Reformei : Will you kindly allow me space in the -wy k h Tii.! columns of your val iied paper to correct IVCene AUOmey V 1ICS IT CIV an erroneous impression that prevails in; the minds of some regarding the Get- 'foiretlier-Get-Acouainted banquet that is to take place at 7 o clock thursday eve ning Dec. 16 in the Brooks House din ing room, at which the representatives and senators-elect in Windham county are to be our guests. J he impression some have received is that the banquet is for the representa tives and senators-elect only and that no one else is expected to be present. This is very far irom the idea which the Chamber of Commerce had in mind in arranging the entertainment. Tickets are on sale at my olliee at $1 each for any member of the Chamber of Commerce or any other person interested in the wel fare of Brattleboro; and the members of the Chamber of Commerce are not only expected but are urged to procure their tickets and be present and act the part of genial hosts. The larger number of our members that are present will show to the representatives and senators elect greater lesnect. This meeting Thursday night will be the fourth in a series at which state ofh- iais nave aunresseu our memoers on ine workings of their respective departments. Hon. J. S. lluttles, commissioner of in dustries, at one time known as the "Boy Orator" will be with us that night and deliver an address. Tickets should be purchased ty Wednesday night that ample provision mav be made for those who expect to attend. , Yours very truly, t'AKh S. HOPKTNS, Acting Secretary. Dee. 14 1020. TWO VAGRANTS GO TO NEWFANE JAIL PASSENGER PLANE WRECKED ON TREE Four Occupants Reported Killed Was Leaving London for Paris Fire Follows Crash. LONDON Mrs. Carnegie and Daughter To Spend Summers In Scotland. LF.NOX. Mass.. Dec. 14: Shadow- brook, the extensive Lenox estate bought by Andrew Carnegie as his "American home" a few years before his death, is to be sold and news lias reached Lenox that the Fifth avenue mansion of the late iron king is alsx on the market." It is stated here that Mrs. Carnegie and ior f?:ni(rhtpr. Mrs. Koswell Miller, are t biipik) their summers in Scotland, hencpforth and their winters in New York city. MAY BE SMOTHERED. Sent from IJellows FalN and Are First to Appear In Municipal .Court in County in Long Time. Two vagrants under sentence by Judge . E. O'I'.rien of the Mellows rails imi ic:pal coillt were tanen to wie coum. iail at Newfane yesterday ty C inet-ot Police W. S. Severance of Bellows Falls They were the first vagrants that have been before a municipal court in this county in a long time, but in view of present business conditions it would not be at all surprising if more of them were arrested in the months to come. jney were John Corcoran of Ixnvell. Mass., a aborer, and Peter Sfott of Sangus, Mass.. a spinner. Each is under sen tence to serve not less than two months nor more than three months, and they are to serve additional time if !iey do not dot the costs, such addd ionad, time 1 ing 3l days in the case of C ircoian and "1 days in the case of Scott." FIRES 16 INCH SHELL 22 MILES. 3N, Dec. 14.-A large passenger , Senator MfCormkk Thinks League May which was leaving for Pans from a . airnlane ii par London with eicht nassencers today stuick a tree, burst into ilames and crashed to the ground, the pilot, a me Be Overcome by Eloquence, PARIS. Dec. 14. Doubt relative to the future of the leasnie of nations has ehaiiic and two passengers were reported , heen expressed bv United States Senator killed. Medill McCormick, says a Geneva des- The four who lost their lives werej,)at(,n t0 a Paris newspaper. The des pinned beneath the wreckage, and were ,,at(.h asserts he has declared that he has burned to death, calling tranticaiiy ior an impression that "the league will tie help, wnien it was impossible u itruun smothered by tne eloquence oi us mem in time to save them, in tne pasheinteis bers and that a great ileal too who escaped two were slisrhtlv hurt hutjtmu, is lost in useless talking." l ie others were not lniureu. iiieie no Americans aboard . much Methodist Episcopal Church Tuesday, Dec. 14.: Annual meeting of the Sunday school board in the League rooms at 7.30. Thursday, Dec. 10, at 3 p. m. Meeting of the W. F. M. S. with Mrs. D. II. Fraser, 7! Caual street. Subject for study. The Missionary Message of the New Testa ment. Chapter 2 of the new book. The Bible and Missions. Friday, Dee. 17, at 7.30 p. m. Week night service of prayer and praise. THE WEATHER. Probably Snow Tonight Colder Wednesday. WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. The weath er forecast: Unsettled weather tonight and Wednesday, probably rain turning into snow. Colder Wednesday and in New Hampshire and Vermont tonight Southeast and south shifting to southwest gales. Useful Christmas Gifts Metric Shirts Altman Neckwear E. & W. Collars Carter Underwear Dufold Underwear Silk, Cotton and Wool Hose Lamson & Hubbard Hats and Caps Altman Scarfs Warren Bags and Suit Cases Lined and Unlined Gloves. Sweet-Orr Trousers Shuman Suits and Ov ercoats Fashion Park Suits and Overcoats Bath Robes Sheep-lined Coats FENTON'S MEN'S SHOP First Baptist Church Tuesday, 7.30 Christian Endeavor meeting. Wednesday. 7.30 Men's Union. En tertainment and address on Sweden and the Swedes. Thursday, 3 p. m. Woman's society meets with Mrs. Enos White. 4 Fores street. Conference on Mormonism. Driday, 4 p. m. Junior Endeavor ; 7.30 Regular church prayer meeting. Biggest Gun Of This Country Given. A Successful Trial. WATERTOWN, Mass., Dec. 14. A sixteen inch disappearing rine tor coast defence, said to be the largest piece of ordnance built in this country, was tested at the government arsenal here yester. dav. The trials included retraction, trav-;iiv eising and tripping and were said to have .poing on a vacation Wrenn. Formerly of Brattleboro, Con victed in 1913 of Murder of J. Stewart Hamilton on Hinsdale Railroad Job and Given Life Sentence. Attornev Joseph Madden of Keene, N. II., who was counsel for John II. Wrenn at the latter's trial in 1013 for the murder of James Stewart Hamilton, a foreman for the Ilolbrook, Cabot & Rol lins corporation, builders of the Boston & Maine rai'road from here to South Vernon on the New Hampshire side of the river, will go to Concord this after noon on several matters of business, one of which is to learn the present status of a petition which he recently made to Gov. John II. Bartlett and members of his council to pardon Wrenn, who is serving a life sentence iii the Concord state prison. The petition sets up the fact that the conviction of renn was obtained largely on circumstantial evidence and that Wrenn has been an exemp'ary prisoner. and it expresses the opinion that he is not' uuiltv. He lias served seven years, and was in jail several months, before his conviction, ror a time U renn was a cook in the state prison. He is now the prison shop making chairs. At the time of the trial in the supe rior court in Keene in June. 1S13, County Solicitor O. E. Cain of Keene and At torney General James P." Tuttle of Man Chester an"ieared for the prosecution. I is expected that they will oppose the granting of a pardon. It is probable that the governor will fix a date for a hearing on the iietition Attorney Madden has seen Wrenn sevr era! times since the trial, the last time about three months ago. Wrenn is in trood health and is hoiicful of being re leased. His wife is living in Nova Seo tin with her child born shortly afte Wrenn went to Concord. An older chi'd who was a baby at the time of Wrenn arrest, is livinff with Wrenn's mother in Riverside, N. .1. If Wrenn i pardoned it is understood that he and his wife would live toeether again. - At the time of Hamilton's murder ihieh ws aerosft the river in Hinsdale, N. II., the Wrenn family hnd been livin on Birce street in Brattleboro. ren going from here to his work every clay The murder was committed the evening of Feb. 5, 1913. and the body of Ham ikon was found by railroad hands th next morning. It was over au embank inent beside the track. Wrenn, who wa in charge of the pumps on the railroad construction job, had been discharged by Hamilton the dav before the murder, and 'the dav after the crime the Wrenn fam- left Brattleboro, saying they . were day or two later HISTORICAL TALKS BY LOCAL PASTORS West Brattleboro' Church Closes 150th Anniversary' Celebration with Rem iniscences and Reception. An informal reception and an interest ing reminiscence meeting were the clos- 10 FILE DRAFTS. ! OF DECREE TODAY ing features last evening of. the observ- Pftiiriopl in Thflltinsnn Ca?CT ance of, the 1.50th anniversary of the. """k1 m IHOIRpMHl VdUU Make Suggestions , . ;. to Court founding of the First Congregational church m West Brattleboro, services in commemoration , of which were begun Sunday morning. . . : j In the afternoon vesterdav the history of the churches of Brattleboro was given at an interdenominational meeting. Kev. lr. Herbert P. Voodm told ot the his tory of the Centre Congregational church, Rev. E. Q. S. Osgood gave the history of the Unitarian church. Rev. Dehnar E. Trout, pastor of the First Universalist church, spoke on the history of that or ganization, Kev. R. A. Nunn told ot the history of the First Metnodist Episcopal churcl, llev. W. C. Bernard, rector of St. Michael's Episcopal church, gave that church'si history, Kev. Clark T. Brown- ell gpokg ot the history ot the rirst Xiap- tist church, Rev. E. B. Cornell gave the history of the West Brattleboro Baptist church and Rev. A. O. Peterson gave the historv of the Swedish Congregational church. The historical talks were followed by an acUlress, ine f uture oi tne cnurcnes n the Lieut of the Past, bv Rev. Clifford H. Smith of Ludlow,, who said that the fact that the ministers of the different churches could get together in so friendly) a way on this occasion was evidence of great advance within the last 60 or 100 years. It could not he hoped, nor was u desirable, he said, that all the churches should come under one organization or should have one form or worship at the present, but the spirit of tolerance and co-operation should be zealously fostered. The reminiscence meeting was partic ularly interesting, each of the speakers calling to mrnd incidents of happenings within their memory and while they were connected wUth the YVest Urattlenoro church. The first speaker was lev. Luther M. Keneston of Shelton, lonn., tmutnr nf thp church from 1000 to 1KS. He was followed by Kev. .Mr. ftmitn, vno: was norn riiaiwlW. who wna horn and ctcw up here .......... . , , . while his father was pastor or tne cniucn and who later supplied the pulpit one th npxt sneaker, and he w M inr n . i. lilt i nun 1 ' v. . - - - . , school. Deacon Charles K. rrentiss anu L F Clark gave reminiscences during the pastorate of Rev. James II. Babbitt. Bev. Dr. Charles II. Merrill, who Vas pas tor from 1873 to 1768, gave the closing reminiscence. Following the meeting an informal re ception and social gathering was at tended by about 1'X) persons and refresh ments were served. - MILITARY LORRY ATTACKED. LITIGATION SEEMS ABOUT AT AN END Agreed Statement ot Facts Says All In. come Could Be Spent In Brattleboro and Rhinebeck in Economical Admin istration of Trust. , Counsel on both sides of the litigation' between the beneficiaries of the Thomas Thompson estate and the trustees of the estate are to submit to Judge Charles Jenney of the Massachusetts supreme court in Boston today drafts of a decree which they think he, should make to cover " matters in issue and to bring the litiga tion to an end. Attorney Frank E. Barber is the only Brattleboro attorney" in Boston for this purpose, as it is not expected that there will -be-arguments. ' Judge Jenney will take whatever time . he desires for preparing such a decree as he thinks should be made, and while his decree cannot be anticipated "with certainty the fact that all parties are agree that there is opportunity for the expenditure of aU the income of the es tate in the towns of Brattleboro and Rhinebeck. N. Y.. would seem to warrant, the expectation that the decree will em body an order that the money be expend ed in those towns and possibly the ira . mediate surrounding towus. This is one . . C 1 . , 1. : .. r,. I l,n t tltA Knnafiiianoe hava orn in West Brattleboro and spent n M(k, to bring about, and it is rly life there. Key. .loseph Ij I. . saj(1 that of ,at(, he trUKtePS have Dot been expending any of the income of the estate in distant" points as formerly. , A document of nine pages in length, , . . rr if iiji ivriMii .'ni hi i'iiihiii ati r- as followed by Lev. 11. -11. !Niaw on .,,..,, iu tiw.r;ii , hv aV th attor-- arlboro who Wl"f;iWy for all the parties, recently was filed , ary m West Brattlehoro several ears , rrfwrpd to at nd who for fome time was leauei o . t u inr1l,,w th. n,A c tonr hpr n the. uiway' """ . ... .7 ' . Six Black and Tans Driven Into Corlc Postoffiee for Protection. T1I7TVLT V. Dec. 14. -A party of armed TYk Citi thrift V nttncktpd a military motor lorrr carrvine six black and tans on the n,.0i-;i-f. hia n'tv. The black and ar. t a. .1.- enrpr in the POBt Ottice. Ke- t . I 1 " " intorcements were rushea up ana re leased them. The casualties were not re ported. been entirely successful. The gun ulti- Wrenn was arrested in HaMfax, Nova match- will form part of the primary de-, Scotia, and was brought back to Keene fence of Tjong Island Sound at tort .Mi-. for, trial. eliie. off New Iinlon, Conn. Wrenn's conviction on the evidence The rifle is (0 feet long and has an . was a surprise to many who had fol estimated range of 22 miles. It has a spe- loWpj tJl cnsP- while others felt sure be inp'iiaiiism dv "nun u f: 1 niprntlll(r can be tired once a minute. Alter each shot the recoil causes it to sink back on its carriages out of sight in position for re-loading. A certain naturalist who maintains that we hear only that to which our ears are attuned tells how once, in a noisy New York street, he heard the chirp of a cricket hidden in a basement window. No one else appeared to hear it though nromntlv stopped and was the guilty mail. renn was em ployed in some Brattleboro restaurants before he began work on the railroad job. Fewer DECLINE. IX SUICIDE RATE. than 1919 Self-Destruct ions in Former Years. NEW YORK, Dec. 14. The suicide rate in the United States reached the 1-nvest ebb in 1919, witli a percentage of 14.2, according to figures compiled by Frederick L. Hoffman, statistician, em- looked round when the naturalist tossea, mm- u e pc. ,.,., , - .:.I.,,.1L- n ,nv seconds "ig mi.--,- mvie "n - ..-- ji " ':-; JU llltT mviv: . i " text of Thomas Thompson's will, the sub senuent decrees of the court, a review of the activities and institutions main tained in whole or in part by the trust, and matters of that kind. One of the . most important sections is section 5, which reads as follows: "The annual income from the trust funds available for distribution as ad ministered in the past has . been mori than sufficient to provide for the relief and support of poor seamstresses, needle women and shopgirls in temporary need . from want of employment sickness, or other misfortune in the towns of Brat tleboro, Vermont, and Rhinebeck, New York, and there has been developed and now exists in Brattleboro and Rhinebeck kindred charitable purposes within tb terms of said will and said decrees, which in themselves are necessary and desirable and on which the remaining income could (Continued on Tage 8.) Ferry Boat and Passengers Float Away as Cable Parts a dime later. Centre Congregational Church Wednesday, Dec. l.". at S p. m. Important meeting of the board of re ligious education at the parsonage. Odd Fellows Temple Tuesday evening. Dec. 14, at 7.30. Regular meeting of Dennis Rebekah lodge. The Rebekah degree will be conferred on a large class of candidates. There will be nomination of officers for the coming year. Refreshments. Masonic Temple , Timed:iv. Dee. 14. 7.30 p. m Stated communication of Columbia' lodge. No o.: t .1 A XT Vnrkr K. A. deZlCC. vic,i,,t- iw Iii. 7.30 p. m. Stated conclave of Beauseant Commaudery, .N(i, ,7, K. T. reported acrainst 4.f09 in 1908, which showed the highest rate of death by sell destruction. Mr. I Toff man stated in his report that it was hard to assign a causative factor of the suicide phenomenon, but that in periods of economical depression, a higher rate is noted. During the eras of pros perity, there is a notable diminution, he said. , . Probably few people realize that there are loss than a million days in the whole Christian era. In fact, if we count back ft million days from 1020, we come to a date well before the founding of Rome. (Special to The Reformer.) PUTNEY, Dec. 14. i Three Putney residents and two teams had the unusual experience yesterday of riding half a mile on a ferry lioat which had broke loose from the cable when about in the middlfe of the rier between Putney and Westmoreland, N. 11., be cause of the pressure of ice against it. The ferrv carried Dr. L. II. Bugbce and his team and A. M. Cushing, the ferry man and his team, in which his daugh ter was riding. When about half way across the cable broke and the boat floated down stream about half a mile, stopping against the ice near the shore by the Corser farm. . ' Several inen who saw the boat floating down stream followed along the shore with ropes and after some diliiculty man aged to pull the. craft ashore, where it was anchored and where it remains today. Mr. Cunning -plans to get the .boat back to its station and take it in for the winter as soon as possible. The scene was witnessed by mauy pas sengers od the northbound morning train, and while there was Ho danger of -the craft sinking there was some apprehen sion as to how long a ride the passenger and teams would have. .' I The Black and White Is Always Right With All Their Might They'll Be At The Big Dance . TONIGHT Universalist Church Wednesday. Dec. 15, at 7.30 p. m. A regular meeting of the Daughters Circle with Mrs. Harry Wales, Main Thursday. Dec. 10. at 3 p. m. ;Tlie regular meeting of the Mission Circle with Mrs. Myra Stone, 2 Forest street. The pastor will review chapter two of the text book. Subject, The Missionary Message of the New Testament. : Red Mens Hall A regular meeting of St. Michael's court. No. 574. C O. F., will be held to- ' night at 8 o'clock. Come T. A. Austin, , Rec. Sec. t Thursday. Dec. 10, S p. m. Special meeting of Pocahontas council, No. 4. D. of I. Rehearsal of the degree team and ' every member of the team is asked to be i present. ONLY MORE .DAY5 TO CtfRl5TtiA5 tYATCi Prices Continue to Fall IN OUR ! .. - : Price Reduction Sale Genuine Patrick Mackinaws ; $12 yy- Cheney Silk Ieckwear 65c to $1.25 Goodnow, Pearson & Hunt ' ' - ' :. . ; i 5 '