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CLASSIFIED Advt s Aie on Page Six , NLY Daily Newspaper in Southeastern Vermont VOL.10. NO. 255. BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, FRIDAY EVENING; DECEMBER 29.' 1922. EARLY MAIL EDITION. CONFESSIONS If L IMPLICATE! 45 MEN Public Expects to to Hear About Mer Rouge Kid naping Jan. 5 SUSPECTS UNDER SURVEILLANCE State Authorities Iecline to Comment on Confessions Deputy Sheriff Cal houn Starts for Baltimore With Requi sition for McKoin. -BASTROP, La., Dee. 20. Morehouse parish, scene of rapid tire developments in the tight undertaken by Governor Parker against masked hand oiwratiin; as an aftermath to the kidnaping and slaying of Watt Daniels and Thomas Richards, Mer House citizens, today was eagerly awaiting the hearing on January .1 when confessions alleged -to implicate 4.1 persons are expected to be made pub lic. L. S. Calhoun, deputy sheriff of Bas trop, was to leave Baton Kongo today for Baltimore 'with a requisition for the return of Dr. 15. M. McKoin. former mayor of Mer Kouge, held in the Mary laml city on a charge of murder. It was reported that two confessions were made to tederal authorities and that the suspects are under constant surveil lance. State authorities today di.clinrd to comment on the report of the confessions. Great Mass of Evidence. NF.W ORLEANS. Dee. 20 Governo; Parker, Attorney General Coco, and in vestigators of the federal department of justice remained non-committal today as t: details of their series of conferences in the attorney general's office yesterday and last night concerning the Monhouso kidnapping case. The sob? intimation of what took place behind the closed doors was turned over to the attorney general's office. This record, it was asserted, already exceeds in volume that assembled in any criminal case in the history of the United States. Mr. Coco announced that "the state will be prepared with an amazing eolltie tion of evidence when the opening hear ing begins in Bastrop January .1." GREAT RAILROAD COxMBINE PLANNED Five Companies In Central . West to Merge Mileage Will Be 1,695 i and Capitalization $105,500,000. ! CLEVELAND, Dee. 20 (Associated Press). Only the approval of the inter state commerce commission and stock- j holders of the New York. Chicago and St. Louis, the Toledo. St. Louis and , "Western, the Lake Erie and Western, the Fort Wayne. Cincinnati and Ixmis ville, and the Chicago and State Line is j necessary today for the consolidation of j these railroads into one of the largest ' rail systems east of the Mississippi river. Unification of the railroads was agreed upon by directors of the rive companies here yesterday. Application to the inter state commerce commission for authori ty to amalgamate will be made immedi ately, it was said. Meetings of stockhold ers to vote on the proposition have been called for early in March. After consolidation, the system will be known as the New York. Chicago and St. Louis (Nickel Plate) railroad. It will have a total mileage of l.tlO.1 and an au thorized capitalization of $10.1,500,000. DANCE NEWS Big New Years Dance and Carnival FESTIVAL HALL Next Monday NEW YEAR'S NIGHT Biggest New Year's Dance Ever Held In Brattleboro Novel Decorations, Kaliedo scopic ' Effects, Moonlight Waltzes, Unique Souvenirs, plenty of them and different from anything ever seen here before. FUN FROM START -TO FINISH Snow's Orchestra Assisted by Outside Players 10 PIECES 10 Everybody Will Be There. From Here, There and Everywhere OIL MAY WRECK PEACE CONFERENCE Rich Fields of Mosul Heal Ilone of Con tention Between England and Turkey at Lousanne. LAUSANNE, Deo. 20 (Associated Press). The Near East peace conference stood today on th verge of failure, due chiefly to tho contest over the ownership of the Mosul oil lields and the question of capitulation. The allies are stressing the capitula tions issue, taking a linn stand against the subjection of foreigners in Turkey to the jurisdiction of the Turkish courts and insisting that special courts with foreign judges sitting in them must pass upon cases in which foreigners are in volved. . The Turks are strongly resisting what they declare to he the invasion of Turkish sovereignty, but their delegates, insist that it is not the ouestion of capitula tions that presents the gravest danger of a conference failure. The oil issue, they declare, is the real one on which the al lies are prepared to make it stand. The stress which the allies are plac ing unon the capitulations question, the Turks asert, is to make their strong in terest in the rich oil lields involved in the dispute over possession of the Mosul vil ayet, which the British insist they will never surrender and which the Turks are as linn in declaring their inalienable property. Despite the critical state the conf renee. with hardlv a tion of importance definitely reached bv single qucs settled. the and appro- debt-ate.-, although anxious hensive. have not adjustment finally given up hope that an will he reached. SKIPPER SELLS SHIP'S III M. Pockets Money and Sinks Vessel Air craft Aids Rumrunners. NEW YORK", Dec. 20. The story of a rum-running skipper who double crossed his employers, sold his cargo of Christmas liquor direc t to bootleggers, pocketed the4-money, then scuttled hi ship, ami incidentally information that the coastal rum-runners have instituted an "aircraft intelligence division.", yes terday came to the ears of enforcement agents. , Prohibition enforcement officials said the yarn about the double-crossing skip per had Iwen told to the chief of the air craft intelligein-e division by a member of the ship's crow and then passed on to enforcement agents who frequent the lounging places of the runners. The duties of the air force, it was said, consist of determining the location of rum-carrying craft from the Bahamas, and passing it to the owners of the small vessels which bring the liquor to the American shore. The air force, consist ing of one plane and a pilot, is paid $500 for each fight. The airman happened to be flying around about 10 days ago when he saw a liquor-currying vessel finking and be ing abandoned by its crew. He noted this and later ran into one of her crew. The sailor said the vessel had a hold full of grog ami that the captain sold it all direct, gave each of the crew a bonus, kicked a hole in the old tub and left. hop ing the vessel's owners would think she had gone down, whiskey and all. En forcement agents are searching for the airman. EX-MAYOR OF PITTSFIELD. W. F. Hawkins Kills Himself in Law Office Uses Revolver. Hi, PITTSFIELD. 5Ia?s.. Dec. 20. Wal ter Foxcroft Hawkins, HO. senior member of the law firm of Hawkins. Ryan & Kel logg, committed suicide between 7 and N.4.1 hist night by shooting himself while sitting at his desk in his private office on the fourth floor of the Berkshire Life Insurance Co.'s building. Medical Ex aminer Henry Colt said the act was probably caused by excessive nervousness and depression. A 32-ealibre revolver, with one chamber vacant, was found on the rug close to his desk. On his desk was a sealed envelope containing a note addressed to his wife. Walter C. Kellogg, a partner, said that Mr. Hawkins had been exceedingly ner vous and distraught for a long time. GREENFIELD MASONS IiUY. To Establish Club Rooms in L. I). Pot ter Residence. GREENFIELD. Mass., Dec. 20. Re publican lodge of Masons last night took final action on the purchase of the L. D. Potter place at Church and Franklin streets and the adjoining property on Franklin street. The Potter residence eventually will.be remodeled to provide olubroonis' for the different Masonic bodies. Construction of a lodgeroom that will meet the require ments of the various bodies for years to come is contemplated. Centre Congregational Church Friday. Dec. 20, 3 p. in. Junior Christian Endeavor meeting in the chapel; 7.30 p. m. Church-night meet ing. Joshua will be studied. First Baptist Church Friday, Dee. 20. at S p. in. Enter tainment by Raleigh Drikc. 'cellist, Mrs. W. C. P.ryant. reader. Ernest V. Barre, baritone, and Miss Edith lien net t, accompanist. Knights of Columbus Hall Tuesday. Jan. 2, at S p. m. Regular meeting of Leo Council, Knights of Co lumbus. DANCE npiNKER'S h ONIGHT THOUSANDS SHOVEL SNOV -1NNEW YORK Blizzard and Icy Gale Turn Streets Into Serious Life Hazards HUNDREDS -INJURED ON SLIPPERY WALKS Two Killed by Falls and Others Have Skulls Cracked About Foot of Snow Falls In New York State and New England. NEW YORK, Dec. 20. Thousands of volunteer snow handlers were called to the shovels today to help dig New York city out o.f its first big storm of the sea son a blizzard of snow and sleet which, starting yesterday under moderate tem peratures, became overnight an icy gale which threatened to paralyze all transportation. The storm took its toll of hundreds of injured. From early last evening until lay break hospital ambulances were bringing in pedestrians with broken arms, fractured legs or cracked skulls, who had fallen victims to the treachery of ice-covered streets. Most hospitals were -crowded to capacity, and the prob lem of caring for new arrivals became increasingly grave as the list of injured mounted. At least two persons are reported to have leen killed in falls on the city's thoroughfares'. City officials were . out . bright ami early today in a personal canvass of Bowery "soup kitchens," "Hop "houses" and "breadlines"' recruiting snow shovcl- ers with which to 'augment the force of 21,(HK) advertised for last night. Deep Drifts in New York. A LP, A NY. N. Y.. Dec. 2!). The sec ond snow storm of the season, beginning Wednesday night and continuing this morning, covered eastern and northern New York with a wintry mantle, cur tailed motor traffic and delayed railroad travel. The snow ranged in depth from two to 12 inches, while high winds had drifted the highway to greater depths. FOOT OF SNOW COVERS ALL NEW ENGLAND, i Tremendous Surf Pounding Shores t Through Trains Radly Delayed Colder. IIOSTON. Dee. 20. New England early today was still in the grip of the storm, which during yesterday and last night deposited an 'average of a foot of snow throughout this region. A north east wind ranging from .1i to 70 miles' an hour at its height tied up shipping along the const and piled up huge drifts inland. j Suburban train and trolley transpor-' tation was maintained by constant use of plows, but Ihrough trains were do- j layed. The temperature dropped sharply during the night. : The high tide threatened at one time' to submerge and undermine the New Haven railroad tracks at Nantaket. Winthrop. Revere and P.eachmont re IMtrted the surf rolling against the sea wall 30 feet high. Radio Rrings Tale of Distress. BOSTON, Dec. 21). A radio message picked tip here early today from a steamer giving her name as the, Cour toise said fdie was listing badly to star board and was in need of immediate as sistance. A gale was blowing. Her posi tion was (riven as latitude :! :2." north, longitude 'A :'',() west.' or south of Fire Island. N. Y. Shipping records show that the motor steamer Courtoise recently changed her name to Munmotor and sailed from Bos ton for Norfolk on Dec. 21. It was not certain whether this was the vessel in trouble. - Over a Foot in Vermont. BURLINGTON, Dec. 20. A snow storm has been raging in Vermont for over 24 hours. It is accompanied by a sharp northerly wind and an average temperature of 1.1 above zero. Train schedules are off time only a few min utes. Heaviest snowfall is reported from the east side of the state where more than a foot is reported. About eight or nine inches have fallen in the Champlain valley. (Continued on Page Eight.) Red Men's Hall Friday, Dec. 20. S p. m. Regular meeting of Quonektieut tribe, No. 2, I. O. It. M. Chiefs degree. Dance every Saturday night. Odd Fellows Temple The regular meeting of the Past Noble Grands association has been postponed until Tuesday evening. January 2. Bowling Friday, Dec- 20. Nationals team 1. Monday, Jan. 1 Nationals- tenm 3. Tuesday. Jan. 2. Nationals team 2. Wednesday, Jan. u, Nationals team .1. Schedule. -Americans team 2, -Americans team 3, Americans team 4. 3. Americans team Thursday, Jan. 4 Nationals team 4. Americans team . Regimental Hdqrs. Cqmpany 1 72 Inf., Vt. N. G. Drill, Friday, Dec. 29, at 7.30. Inspection of equipment. AMERICAN CIGARETTES BRING MILLION RUBLES .MOSCOW, Dec. 2!). - American made cigarettes are now on sale in Moscow streets for about one mil lion Soviet rubles each. The Kolshevik rubl has been fluctuating to such an extent lately that it has been a contmcn occur ence for dealers to boost many ar ticles billions of rubles over night. PREDICT DEFEAT OF BORAH PROPOSAL Several Senators to Be Heard 3Iakes Time of Voting Uncertain. WASHINGTON. Dec. 20. Predicting its defeat, administration loaders imped j tr tmal iisHsit ion by t he senate today 'of the Borah proposal for a world eco nomic conference although the list of senators prepared to speak on the amend ment made a vote djuihtfnl. with the jms sibility of a delay over the New Year's holiday. Senator Porah, who presented the pro posal as jin amendment to the naval ap propriation bill, planned to make another address replying extensively to President .Harding's letter read in the-senate yos j terday in which the executive virtually asked fi r the amendment's defeat. In ad dition to Mr. l'.orah, others to discuss the. proposal were Senators Johnson of California. Watson of Indiana. Capper of Kansas, and Moses of New Hamp shire, from the Republican side. ;nid probably Senator H it ho ick of Nebraska and other Democrat-. ' As to the nature of ihe negotiations which the President's letter barely more than hinted were in progress to carry out the adminisi ration's purpose of being helpful in the present economic ditlicul Ities of Europ( there had been no I'gl.f I shed today by officials. Senate discussion, j however, brought lrom Senator Lodge 'the statement that the cancellation of ! the foreign debt was not in mind. RANGELEYS TO CANADA. International Arnold Trail Will ;e Great Scenic Route. KINGsriRLD. Me.. Dec. 20. The International Arnold Trail, construction of which has just been approved bv the Franklin county ommissioiiers. will con nect the Rangeley lakes region with Canada by means of a highway which will open no one of the tinest scenic routes in New England to tourists. It also will unite and develop two import ant sections of Maine and the Province of Ouebee. The -proposed road will extend from the state highway in Eustis to the bor der, a distance of 22 miles, where it will join a three-mile section of the Canadian hiarhway to be built from Woburn. a few miles below Lake Megantie and the Canadian Paciiie raih.i line which crosses Maine. The tirst nine miles will bo along the west hunk of the north branch of Dead river. THE WEATHER. Fair Tonight and Saturday Somewhat Colder Tonight but Warmer Tomorrow. WASHINGTON, Dee. 2!. Forecasts, for southern New England: Fair and continued cold tonight: Saturday fair with slowlv rising tcmix-rat ure ; norther ly gales, diminishing tonight. j Northern New England: Fair tonight1 and Saturdav: somewhat colder tonight: slightly rising temperature Saturday; northerly gales diminishing tonight. Weather Conditions Tod ty. BOSTON. Dee. 20. Weather condi tions: The storm central Thursday morning over Virginia and Pennsylvania moved northeastward along the south ern New England coast and this morning is centra off the New England coast. During he past 24 hours heavy snow-j fall has occurred over the greater por- i tion of New England, in depths ranging from (t to 12 inches, and eoiis rainfall in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey with severe gales on the coast, maximum velocitie of "0 to 70 miles an hour oc curring on the southern New' England and Maine coasts. The storm will pass off northeastward during the next 12 hours. In other set-lions of the country the weather today is generally fair. . The temperature is lower in the gulf) and Atlantic roast states ami withour I great change elsewhere. Temperatures near or slightly below prevail in the St. Lawrence valley and northern New Eng land, otherwise moderate freezing weath er covers northern districts. . $ 1 5.4 1 :?7 . STRI K E R ELI EF That Sum Paid During Textile Strike in Lawrence Received $18, 119. IS. LAWRENCE. Mass.. Dee. 20 Or guuizer Francis J. Gorman of the I'nited Textile Workers of America issued a statement today in which he stated that during the strike the local strike con mil tee received funds amounting to $18. 410. IS and spent SlS.417.4S. The amount expended for relief was .$1.1.412.37. FORMER BREWER SHOOTS SELF. W. J. Lcrnp of St. Louis Follows Method of His Father and a Sister. ST. LOl'IS. Mo.. Dee. 20. William J. Letup, former brewer, today ' was toitnd shot to death in his office here. A revolver was found near-by. Pols'-- ex pressed the belief" he had convened sui cide. His father and a sis.cr also took their own lives. AH Souls Church Rev. E. P. Wood Rev. E. Q. S. Osgood Ministers Sunday, Dec. 31 10.30 a. m. Morning worship. . Mr. Wood' sermon topic will be Ret rospection. 11.4.1 a. in. Sundav school 7.30 p. in. Y, 1. C. U. The annual meeting of the First Uni versalis! focietv of Bratth'boro will be held Tuesday, Jan. .0. at 7."Xi p. m. The annual meeting of All Souls church will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7.30 p. m. These meeting are important and a full attendance is expected. BANK MERGER TO BECOME REALITY Stockholders Ratify Agree ment Entered Into by Directors NO OPPOSITION AT VERMONT NATIONAL Twenty-Four Shares Opposed at Peoples National Total Vote at Vermont Na tional 4,3"!) Out of 5.C00 and &t Peo ples l. IX Out of $.05)0. Stockholders of both the Peoples Na tional bank and the Vermont National bank in special meetings this morn ing at their respective institutions voted to ratify and confirm an agreement of consolidation entered into by the respec tive b;ards of directors, of the banks under the name Vermont-Peoples Na tional bank. A favorable vote of two thirds of the stock in each bank was necessary for ratification. The nest step in the merger will be to notify i he cuinpt roller' of the currency of the action taken by the stockholders, and he will designate a daie for the consoli dation to go into effect: In the meeting of the Peoples National bank stockholders LUIS shares out of the toNil of 2.U were voted. f this number 1 .."!! 4 were in favor of the con solidation and 24 were against it. The number of shares voted by proxy was 1.U74. The directors of the Peoples bank voted jestcrday ti;o regular semi-annual dividend of six per cent and a special dividend of two per cent, payable Dec. ."). At the Vermont National bank stock holders meeting today, which was at tended by about 2.1 persons, 4.Mtil) shares v ere voted out of a total of r,tni shares. Not a share- was voted against the mer ger plan and n one voiced any opposi tion to the projvosed consolidation. The vote l'e.r consolidation included !." proxies, representing 2.7H shares. In a Vermont National directors' meeting a regular semi-annual dividend of S4 a share was voted, nayable tomor row, tlso an etra dividend of J,s a share in partial liquidation of the assets as provided under the merger plan. RIFLE BULLET FATAL TO BOY riidental Discharge- Kills Victor liur cess, 10. of Saxtons River Re turning from Wiwdlot. Special to The Reformer.) SAXTONS RIVER. Dee. 20. Burgess. !(.. son of Archie W. Victor Burgess, of the Hill road. Saxtons River. died Wednesday evening four iiours after an accidental dis barge of n 22 calibre ritle lodged a bullet in his brain. The bullet entered just below the left ear and went completely through the brain and fractured the skull, making medical aid of no avail. The Burgess lad with his brother Mer ton. 13, and his grandmother, about SO. had been in the wood lot at the rear of the Burgess home and were returning when the accident happened. The grand mother, who is somewhat deaf, was walking with Victor behind the load of wood, when suddenly the gun which the lad carried went off and he fell to the ground. Bushes along the roadway are believed to have caught the trigger. Dr. W. D. Bowen of Saxtons River was called. '. TALMYRA P.Y AIRPLANE. The New World Wonder Iooks Down I poll the Old. The ' next day. at. the first crack of dawn, the orderly knocks at my door. I am to leave shortly by airplane for the oasis of Palmyra. Half an hour later the commandant and 1 are on our wu.y to the aviation field in his automobile. The sun has scarcely risen lieyond the Euphrates w hen the whole : town is up ami alMJiit. in order to enjoy the "exqui site hour" of sunrise, to feel the cool freshness and tang of Ihe morning air. A new airplane, driven by si new pilot from the escadrille of Deir-ez-Zor. arries me off toward Palmyra. Hefore ascending to the upper air courses, he spirals over the little town and I look down for the last time on the square of houses, the green isle, the age-old bridge which, in all probability, I shall never see again. Then the avion heads straight across the desert. The emptiness and desolation of this sea of sand and rocks over which ye r!y for three long hours are without par allel. Yesterday, during our flight, we followed the course of the Euphrates, whicli at least made a trail of verdure and a semblance of life. Rut today there is nothing, absolutely nothing, lint the narrow track, like an endlessly unwind ing ribbon, over which hovers the tiny shado- of our moving plane. If any t'rin happens and we kuv to land, and should the neighboring post not scnjl us aid. there would be nothing for us but to die of hunger and thirst in this desert. The monotony of the landscape and the regular whir of the propeller finish by putting me to sleep. A cry awakens me. It is the pilot who is pointing out to me the landscape lying almost directly beneath us. where are seen huge stones and colonnades of a lieaufy. a regularity, a vastness. that are as amazing us unex pected. The long line of columns throws a shadow awthwart the yellow sands, clear-cut as a geometrical figure. On one side are the iorticos. constituting the central part of the edifice and sur rounded with monumental doors and capitals; at the other end is a high hill on the top of which is an old fort. Such is the appearance of the ruins of Pal myra when first seen from an airplane. I . know of no more extraordinary, no more moving, spectacle. From Across the Syrian Deserts by Airplane, "by Ray mond Reeouly, in the October Scribner's. No strictly religious Moorish yoman will allow any man but her husband to see her face. LOCAL STORM OF BLIZZARD TYPE Total Snowfall Seven Inches in 21 Hours Up to This Morning Trolley Sehedulo Maintained. After over 24 hours of real stormy weather, O'.il King Winter finally tdowell up his activities this morning, but not until he had added seven inches of snow on what had already fallen over the country round about P.rattltboro. The storm last night reached almost a gale at tunes, and late in the opening the snow drove down from the north with a fury of an old-time blizzard. With the temperature well below the freezing point, indications are that the snow will stay, for a while and thus provide oppor tunity for the use 'of suowshoes and skis that both old and young folk received at Cliri . turns, as well as insuring - good sleighing for some time to come. ' Automobiles found the going hard last night and early this morning. The street railway company had its plow in opera tion HI last night and the tracks were kept free from - snow. Trolley service this forenoon was regular and patrons from the outlying districts were able to get into town without lc!,-tv. The trains were the principal suffer ers this morning. The Owl" did nor pas through on its- southbound trip un til S ocl(.K- tliis morning. The usual southbound S..J cvutingenr had to wait until (.t.;i." lx-foro No. 712 left th" sta tion. Travelers arriving from the south were more forttumie, the morning train arriving here only '.'M minutes late. Most of the delay was due to the failure of the connecting trains at White River Junction and Sprineiield. Mass. .During the height of the storm last night.- village residents were startled by Ihe MUirid of a n.ti'Jltd tire whittle .and many thought a tire had broken out in town. The telephone station was Iil't m !gc:' with imj lilies a:ol even several persons who happen d 11 to hi- on .Main street ran .rouml to the tire station on Elli-'-t street f: learn the caute of the dist.i:rbenoe. It happened th:t the wind Wjis just right to carry the sound of the tire whi-tle at Hinsdale. N. II., :id in o iiry il is mi-rnkjg revealed the ,fa t that tii-' v.histie there sounded at 7..'0 last night for a chimney fire. ,MISS ELIZA DAVIS DIES OF PNEUMONIA Had Keen Confitifil to Red Since Rrcak ing Her Hip Nov. IS Would Have IJeen 91 Next February. " Miss Eliza Davis. !, tailoress. died about for many year.s Hi o'clock this morning in the home of Mrs. Charles Lndiike if 40 Prospect street, where she had lived nearly three years. She Jsad ben i:i failing health several years and on. Nov, IS fell in 1 1 j Laduke hoiiio'and I robe her left hip. Since that time slo- had iK'eii.couhm d to her In d. Death re sulted lrom pneumonia. s;-p V. .W born in Grafton Feb; 11. 1S:!2. a daughter of Silas and Emily Davis, and a greater part of her life -had been spent in Boston and Urattlehoro working at her trade as tailoress. For a period of four years she way employed by Carl F. Cain and at one time worked for Larson tfc Anderyoti. She gave up work-three or four'years ago on account of failing eye sight. For a long time previous to going to the Laduke home she liwd in Crosbv block. -Miss Davis leaves two sisters. Mrs. Adelaide MoQuaide of Providence. It. I., ami, Mrs.. Emma Davis of Galva. I'd., and One brother. George Davis of West minster. Mass. ; also two nieces and a nephew. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Mitchell's funer al home. Rev. Dr. Herbert P. Voodin. pastor of the Centre - Congregational hurch. will officiate and the Iwidy will be placed in a receiving vault.' to await Luiial in Grafton next spring. GOES AFTER HAY; FINDS DEAD MAN Rody of Henry Ruxton, Formerly In mate of l.Vattleboro Retreat, in Sax tons River Hay Mow. 1 Special to The 'Reformer.! SAXTONS RIVER. Dec. 20. A rather gruesome find resulted from Fred Richardson's call for hay for his horse at his small barn on the Springfield river road Wednesday afternoon, when upon climbing into the hay mow he stum hied uiHin the body of a dead man, wrapped snugly in old blankets ami can vass. The body was identi!ie by checks in the clothes as that of Henry Ruxton of Saxtons River, who has been missing since quitting work five or six weeks ago on the Joseph Severance and Elmer Wes ton farms. About J?S0 in cash and checks were on his person and as there were no marks- of violence it is believed the inan died of exhaustion and exposure. The Ijody was poorly clad and evidently had been lying in the hay several weeks. The dead man. wlirt was a brotherof (reorge S. Iiuxton of Saxtons River, ban lived in thisMocnlity many yeais. His age is estimated at about 70 cyars. There is no known reason for the man's being in the hay mow. except that on one other occasion it is reported he concealed him self in a barn on the upper Saxtons River road from Rockingham and had been discovered there in a sericus condi tion. The fact that there were no tracks in the snow about the shack gives an idea of the length of time he must have been dead. Mr. Richardson, who found the body, had nof been near the 'shack in several weeks and by mere chance stopped there to get hay for his horse. Mr. Ruxton once was au inmate of the Rrattleboro Retreat. GREAT HEAT DETECTOR. The Thermocouple Will Record Heat of Candle Miles Away.. CAMBRIDGE. Mass.. Dee. 20. New methods of calculating the temperatures of the planets were outlined by Professor Donald II. Menzel of Princeton univer sity in a t paper submitted to the Ameri can Astronomical society today. He em phasized the fact that the tentative re sults reached by these methods were not final. The heat measurements, as matfe at the Lowell observatory in Arizona, in volve the use of a delicate instrument known as the thermocouple which is capable of detecting the heat from a tal low candle at a distance of many miles. A lobster Jias been known to jay as many as 100,000 eggs at a time. EXTINGUISHER Fit 10 OPERATE But Fire Was in Chimney So No Damage Was Caused EMPHASIZES NEED OF EQUIPMENT Much Criticism of Inadequacy of Fire Fighting Supplies Heard and Citizens Wonder I!ov Long Present Conditions Are to Exist. The deplorable condition of the fire fighting equipment at the local fire sta tion was emphasized again yesterday afternoon when the men responded to a still alarm for a fire at S Locust street, the residvnee of Daniel L. Caswell, and two extinguishers out of the four that were carried on the fire sleigh were found to be absolutely out of working order. The men found that the fire was confined to a chimney and fortunately-did no dam age while the fire fighters were trying out the extinguishers. After the third trial an extinguisher was found that would work and the fire 'was extinguished, but not until the contents of two of thtf chemical cans had leaked all over the lloor, thus arousing the ire of the occu pants of the house, and the liquid had spattered over the clothes of some of the men who responded to the call. When the men arrived at the house one extinguisher was taken into the I house and wheaxan attempt was made to put.it into action if fumed, foamed, bub bled and leaked and that's all. Another trip was made to the fire sleigh and another chemical lugged into the house. This time it bubbled and boiled and squirted in all directions except where the lire was. Incidentally, the liquid perfumed the men with a gentle spray of acid. The nozzle was found to be corroded and clogged, 'and the valves were leaky. By this time the occupants of the house wondered what was going on. A woman member of the family finally re marked : "It this house was really on fire, I wonder where we would be?"' Finally, a third tri was made to the fire sleigh and a third extinguisher was brought into the house, and this one for tunately happened to work and the blaze in the chimney "was extinguished. An investigation made by The Re former this morning resulted in the in formation that the Elliot street station has an equipment of lt extinguishers, a few of which are from five to eight years old. and the majority of the vintage of lillO and 3012. A further inspection re vealed the fact that some of the cans are corroded and practically unfit and un safe to use. Firemen themselves state that some of the extinguishers are in sui'h bad shape that they cannot be used without the men being the victims of a shower of acid and funics. Coming on top of the recent recommen dations made by the New England Fire Insurance Exchange of Boston, which pointed out the present unfit condition of the equipment, coupled with the pres ence of a bad fire hazard as outlined in the insurance report and only two days ago corroborated by an inspection made by Deputy Fire Marshal A. G. Preble, th" im-ident of yesterday, in the minds of many, is a definite warning that some thing should be done and done quickly. The least that can be done, it is pointed out. is; that it full board meeting should le held by the village commis sioners and an appropriation of .$100 or more made immediately so that the de partment can be provided with at least. 10 new, inodern extinguishers that can . be depended upon to work properly. Added to these facts is the feeling of fear that some of the men have due to recent overhaulings by their employers because they left their work . to answer stiil alarms. The .public is gradually beginning to realize that the Brattleboro fire equip ment, the hazards in the business district, and the conditions under which the men are laboring are the worst in the state. The sting of the situation is in the fact that although these discrepancies are pointed oitt nothing is done. Conditions pass tin from day to day, not a word of making improvements in conditions is heard, and the men are left to fight fies as well as they can with the poor equip ment they have at hand. Discussions which are being held among interested groups of citizens about town are to the effect that prob ably nothing will be done until the town has a big conflagration that will reveal the inadequacy of equipment and the conditions under which the firemen work. Meanwhile it is asked: "Must someone suffer a heavy fire loss before these con ditions are improved V"' Citizens are gradually awakening to, the real conditions in the fire department and definite action is hoped for without further delay, especially in the face of present weather conditions when the fire men find fighting fire unsually difficult. TWO EXECUTIONS TODAY; Murphy and Whelan Killed at Kilkenny This Morning. DUBLIN, Dec. 20. (Associated Press.! Two men named Murphy and Whelan were executed at Kilkenny this morning. Gold-Bearing Whiskers. Years ajro an Illinois barber traded his razor for a pick and pan, and started for the Klondike. Unsuccessful in mining, lie opened a shampoo parlor whose equipment included a cvanide tank. The cuttings from the hair and beard of miners, he fv. "assaved $100 the ton in the cyanide" tank." The dol lar apiece charsred . for shampoos and massages provided him with rmc' money, but the suitcase full of gold which he brought back wOh him is all from the wealth-laden cl innings that went through his cyanide bath, and he claims that this - source has provided him with a fortune of a half-millioa dol lars. Scientific. American.