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CIRCULATION i og a ^
Dally Average K A /1
for Dec. 1916 -J y i '
A Quality Newspaper for the H<
ESTABLISHED 1868."
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OFFERS ALIBI AI |
I IKE LEAK PROBE!
i? ?
* "Was on Wrong Side of the,
Market When Peace j
Note Came.
SHORT SALES PAID BIG'
i
? His Profits For Thirteen1!
^ ^ .* * ?
Days in December Almost j
il? Half Million.
BFr ,'*'* (By Associated I'ress)
TfEW YORK. Jan. 30?Bernard Ba'
ruch, Wall street speculator. $500,000,
SSrJ contributor to tho last Democratic.
r.. campaign fund and heavy short sell-J
er lu the stormy days preceding the issuance
of President Wilson's recent
peace note testified at the "leak" Inquiry
today that his profits on- the ]
market between Dec. 10 and Dec. 23
ifi.'tjwore $476,168.
I V H Every cent of this profit he declared
t '' was duo to his foresight In interpret
Jy Von Bethmann-HollLloyd
George as meanmining.
Iransactln he made, he
nfluenced by advance
it the president was
ch a peace note. He
:h information he said
le had no Becret source
in Washington which
t his stock operations.
his assertion that he
hat a note was forthe
President be was on
!. of the market when
dher man would have
such a position, he ded
foreseen the note.
pointed out several
i made on the market
teen day poriod of his
is Slow in
Clieir Reports
t and death certificates
it Virginia by the State
aont the first of the
I', 3 ear are not meeting all expectations ,
because ot the slowness with which I
;V 11 lie physicians turn them in to the
I Jtyjnty clerk. The certificates are eup- I
I ORA'd to be turned to the clerk in ten!
tiprops. a copy made and filed at the i
-office, and the originals sent
" yto the State Department or Health
once a month instead of once a yeai
IS' as was with the old ones. It was hop
ed that with the adoption of the new
| blanks physicians would be more j
prompt and thus faciliate the work
gfpt the clerk, and make possible the
? hudping of more accurate vital statls
LEGISLATURE WONT
" HURRY ABOUT DEBT
' Commission Will Be Instruct
ed to Resist Motion Be- 1
fore Supreme Court.
ll' CHARLESTON. W. Va.. Jan. 30?
I The Virginia Debt Committees ot
both houses of the West Virginia Leg.
[ Islature have under consideration a
Joint resolution presented yesterday
which has an important bearing on
?-; the Judgment against West Virginia
or almost 313,000.000 in favor of Virginia.
; In effect this resolution provides
V that the "New Virginia Debt Commission"
of this state be directed to
' the attention of the
.'S* Virginia Debt commission as well as
10 .attention of the bondholdlng ,
Wffruredltors of Virginia, that the state of
SjgJ'Virginia hag a claim against the gov- '
< the United Statos In conV
sequence of the terms of the deed of
|V session in 1871, ceding from the comTiimwealtU
of the government the territory
northwest of the Ohio river. i
"It is the sense of this Legislature." <
A'-Wlie resolution reads In part, "ttiat the
I' ? state of Virginia should. In equity and
. voluntarily, make a substantial reduct
tlon or her judgment against this state
H&QjoB account of West Virginia's equity
Bti .Northwest territory claim, or.
| ' InVW^event. of her failure or Mfusal
to do so. that this state shonra continue
to resist before the Supreme
Court the issuance of execution upon
i: MRS. WM 8. WATSON'8 CONDITION
lijMrs. William Watson, who has
B- ' been Ul at her home on Ninth street
for the past two weeks, is worse to
.
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TODAY'S NEWS TODAY ]
dIati
?.1
nt***. its?/-.??
vjnuoa cr u/n.K/3
to Fight Paper
Drinking Cups
l by A&soclutcd 1'rciaJ
WHEELING. W. Vu.. Jan. 30.?
Flint glass workers In the Wheeling
district have Inaugurated a
movement to have their local unions
In all parts of the country ln,
stltute boycotts against soda fountains
and other places where paper
cups are used.
They say this use of paper very ;
seriously Injures them by reducing
employment In tumbler Bhops and
at the same time tends to Increase
the consumption of paper.
The co-oporatton of newspapers
and magazines Is to be asked In the
crusudc.
mi unit
district bond
is reduced
Farmers Think the Amount
Voted Upon Should Be
$400,000.
The first cloud in the new Lincoln
llstrict bond Issue movement appear>d
today when Newton Jones, heading
t party of Lincoln district farmers,
ippeared before the county court this
itternoon and entered ineffectual proeat
against the sum named in the petlJon
for a new bond election
Auiuu ttaa giautcq uy IUU tuuii
Saturday.
The Jones (action is ashing that the
mm be reduced from $650,000 to $400,>00.
and that the roads be cheapened
sufficiently to maho up the differ:nce.
Since It was net In the power
>f the court to grant any such change,
:he success of their measure must
'est on a compromise with the $650.>00
(action. Any compromise is exremolv
Improbable.
The county court ,wap. in session tolay
to name the election officials who
srlll be in charge of the election to be
leld March T. The Jones faction
vhlch Is heading the opposition, gave
he court a list of men who will reprelent
their side on the election boards.
At press time the officials had not
>een finally named.
ire now on display at the Everett
LIFE IMPRISONMENT
BILLS ME KILLED
Senator Scott C. Lowe
Changed His Vote on
the Duty Measures
CHARLESTON. W. Vu., Jan. 30.?
Passage of 20 bills by the House and
lve by the Senate and the introduction
>f 20 new measures in the former and
17 in the latter indicate something
if ttia onllvlt.. \('nat V'lfi^nln
j w who auvmt; ww inu iimi
_eglsluturo yesterday.
The most important business before
he Senate was consideration and discission
of the Duty Scnato bill 100
providing for abolishing cnpltui punaliment
for lirst degree murder. After
this bill had passed the Senate by a
vote of 14 to 13 last week and re[erred
to the House for concurrence,:
m motion of Sonator Scott C. Lowo
t was recalled. After Sonator Lowo
sailed up the bill on special order he
said ho was dissatisfied with his fornor
vote in fuvor of the bill and that
le was afraid abolishing .the death
ml.l.w l.? ? .?<.? 4- iv~ i
fouw uJ1&UV uc a nicj; ui IUC v> J uu^ >
Jirection. He said be believed Hi
ihould remain with the jury whether
:he death ponalty should be Inflicted.
He moved up hie address with a reftrenco
to the attack upon Judge Damfan,
at Williamson, and said .that the
issallant it captured should be punshod,
perhaps by death.
The bill was defeated by 12 to 17.
Mrs, Rackael Baker
Dies at Winfield
Mrs. Racbael M. Baker, aged about:
ilxty-flve years, widow of W. B. Bakir,
dlod this morning shortly before 1
teven o'clock at hor home at Win-!
ield. after an illness of a complication
if diseases. The deceased bud been a
csident of Wlnflold district practically
her entire life and was highly caeetned
In this community. She was j
mamVion nf Ml 7lnn MoflsniHol fol,
? UtVUJWVt VI il|l> UIVU HIUVMMUI0W U|IID opal
church. Ono son, H. 0. Baker,
jurvfveg her. She was before her
tmrrlnge Miss Rnchoel Swisher nnd
is an aunt of former Secretary of
State Charles W. Swisher, formerly
)f this city now of Charleston
The fnneral la announced to take
place Thursday morning at 10:30
p'clock from the Mt. Zlon chnroh with
nterment In the Mt. Zlon cemetery
>y Undertaker Musgrave & Son.
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FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGIN
I FOR I
U NO. 1AI
VERDUN IS SHU
BEING FOUGHT FDR
French Vainly Try to Recover
Ground Lost
There.
OTHEB THEATRES QUIET
French Airmen Yesterday
Brought Down Three
German Aeroplanes
(By Associated Press?
Tbe region of HHI 304 northwest of
Venlon was tbo onyl one In tbe European
war field in which activity of
note developod during tbe last ?4
hours so far as today's official reports
from the Gorman and French war offices
reveal.
Berlin's statement indicates that the
French are continuing their attempt to
regain the ground lost there recently
v.-hich the German accounts declared
have been fruiUaas. Last night's etfotrs
were as unproductive as those
proceeding them, it is declared, the
Crown Prince's troops repulsing the;
attacks made.
Paris in reporting on the lighting
in this region mentions only a German
hand grenade attack on a French
trench which was stopped by gun fire.
French airmen brought down three
German aeroplanes in an engagement
yesterday, Paris announces.
New Goal Mining
Company for City!
(Special Dispatch to West Vlrslulan)
, CHARLESTON, W. Vat,
With an authorized capita} of $78,000
the Westtrood Cpal company of Fairmont,
has obtained a certificate of incorporation
from the secretary of
state, it trill operate in Marion and
Taylor counties. The incorporators
are Paul Haymond, N. E. Showalter,
C. E. Oaskiil, H. E. Engle and W. H.
Showalter, all of Fairmont.
Fight on Floor On
Grayson Promotion
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.?The Senate
naval committee ordered favorable
report today on the nomination
of Dr. Carey T. Grayson, President Wilson's
naval aid and persona] physic
jan tu db meaicai airecior in uie navy
and a rear admiral. The Republicans
of the committee opposed It. Senator
Lodge and Foindexter leading the opposition.
A fight on the floor was Indicated.
MAINE POTATOES BURN.
HOULTOX. Me.. Jan. 30?Twenty i
thousand barrels of potatoes awaiting
shipment In a railroad store house
near here were destroyed by fire to-!
day. The owners estimated the loss
at $100,000 a conservative figure they \
said. In view of the present high
price of the product.
DUTYTAX BILL I
REPORTED OUT!
It Provides For Vote of People
on Property Classification.
(By Associated Press)
CHARLESTON, W. Va.. Jan. 30.?
The finance committee of tho Senate
today roported out favorably Senator
Jl. K. Duty's Senate joint resolution
which provides for submission to u
vote of tho people the question of the
classification, of proporty for taxation.
This subject has been before legislatures
for the last ton years and usually
never got further than the committee
to which It was referred.
In tlic House the committee on1
Mines and Mining roported adverselv
VIII *??a at
vii jjujtiutnh iijai ill mining
01 coal be paid (or by the tou of 2.00U
pounds but the bill was ordered to:
drat reading.
The Parkersburg chartor amendment
bill passed the Senate to be ef-j
foctive from passage. Three other j
bills passed the upper branch. One'
provides for civil sendee for Wheel-]
ipg police, one relates to the charter
for St Albans and the other effects
the court term In the Twentieth circuit.
The House was occupied by reports
of committees the Judiciary alone having
reported out for rejection 14 measures
which had been referred to its
consideration.
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eit Virginia's Greatest Newsp
IA, TUESDAY EVENING,?
:IVE IN
$3,000,000 FIRE DE
I' .jT&hdlKnflm KJ
ygi^HRBnHH
Scene of the Are in the heart of t
000.000. The picture shows under v
which disabled one engine. Seven I
SYRIANS AWAII
REFUGEES' COMING
J. H. Modi, of Mannington,.
Stops in Washington to
See Sutherland.
(Special Dlapatch to West Virginian) i
WASHINGTON. X>. C., Jan. 30.?J.
H. Modi, of Manningtoi., stopped off in
Washington en route ^o jNgJ* Hork to
secure information and letters of in-1
-trodHotlen *gi4b Ooefree.tuan auttan
land bad Tor him. ' Mr. MOdt has rela-i
tires among tbe refugees at Beirut,;
that two United StateB government |
vessels, the Des Moines and Ceasar at i
Alexandria are going to land at some |
Mediterranc-n port, from whence they ,
will be brought to the United States ;
undor the direction of the Joint Die
trlbutfon committee. 26 Exchange;
Place. New York city. Besides Mr.
Modi's relatives, there are among the
refugees: Jos. Amlen and family, of
Wheeling; Mrs. Matt Abraham and
children also of Wheeling; Salem M.
Simon, brother of T. M. Simon, of
Shinnston.
Sir. Slodi while here cxpressod himself
personally and for the Syrians of
West Virginia aa deeply grateful to
Congressman Sutherland for what he
had done in their interest since the
European war began. "The Syrian
people of West Virginia," be said,
"will never forget what Mr. Sutherland
has done for us." Mr. Modi is a
I promlncut, wealthy and highly esteemi
cd citizen of Mannington. Ho hus
been a resident there for twenty-six
years. J
French Hood Guilty
of Selling Whiskey
.
French Hood, who was reminded by |
the sheriff yesterday of a date he had j
.fudge Vincent and the Intermediate,
Judge Clnccut and the Intermediate,
court jury, was found guilty "of the;
selling charge against him. When
Hood failed to uppoar yesterday morning.
Prosecuting Attorney Haggerty
demanded that tils bond of tl.suo be
declared forfeited, but after the sheriff
had found the prisoner with but little
difficulty, his bond was allowed to
remain unforfeitcd.
At the conclusion of the case the
jury was dismissed until Thursday.
February 1.
Brief Telegrams,
WASHINGTON ? For the fourth
time un Immigration hill containing
provisions tor a literacy test was vetoed
yesterday when President Wil;
son disapproved the bill. Presidents
l leveuiiKi ana rail niso voioca sucn a I
bill.
NEW YORK ? It Is believed here
I that the flat denials of the charges
made by Thomas Lawson which were
! entered yesterday by Pliny Fish and
Arohibald White, Now York finctfclers, (
will materially shorten the leak probe.
JUAREZ?II is reported that the
Amelrcan troops now coming out of
Mexico are accompanied by large
numbers , of Americans, Chinese and
natives anxious to leave the district.
LONDON?fhe second month of the
Lloyd-George ministry finds nothing
accomplished In the wny of victories
and the people are becoming very restIabo
fill* dm
hoard in all quarters.
LONiJON?Evelyn Baring, Earl Cromer.
former British agent and Consul
General is Egypt, is dead . He went to
Egypt when that country, was bankrupt
and restored solrericy and order.
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ANUARY 30, }917.
bntrtr
STROYS PITTSBURG BUS
^r*iiK3
.) ?-V -
he business district of Pittsburgh whl
r hat difficulties the firemen worked. T
tersons were Injured.
Germany at Last
Finds Way to Even
Scores With U. S.
(By Associated Press)
NEW YORK, Jan. 30.?Thirty
tons of merchandise consisting of
Holland gin and Dutch cheese, part
of a 300 ton cargo of the Dutch
steamship Vulcanus, were thrown
Into the sea by orders of a German
submarine commander when j
the ship was held up by a TJ-boat
December 37 off the English coast, |
according to officers of the steam- |
ship An her/arrival1 herd todhy.
KEY MIDGE fUB
AT D. G 0. SMMER
Secretary Evans Having Pic
tures Hung in Commerce
Body Rooms.
Vice president Thompson himself. if
it Is possible at all, will be with thej
Baltlmoro and Ohio industrial special
when it arrives in this city tomorrow
evening, was the gist of a telephone
talk Secretary Evans of the Chamber
of Commerce Had with W. H. Mauss
assistant to the vice president In
charge of the Industrial development
from Clarksburg last night.
A party of business men will be
cntertainod at dinner tomorrow evening
on the special after which the entire
visiting party will repair to the
assembly room of the Watson building
and discuss the interrelated interests
of the railroad and tye business men
of the city at the informal smoker
given by-1119 transportation mon. Every
bnsiness-man in the city is invited
to be present at this Bmokor.
Today Secretary Evans ol the Cham
ber of Commerce Is having engineers
drawings of the new bridges hung in
the Assenibly hall, where tomorrow
evening many business men will have
their first opportunity of viewing them
In the visiting party which is now'
in the first lup of a 6,000 mile tour of!
the principal cities of the United!
States, will be beside Vice President
Thompson: W. H. Mouse, assistant to
the vice president; Archibald Fries,
freight traffic manager; W. R. Calloway,
general passenger agent; H. It.!
Lewis, general freight agent. G. d. j
Smith, chief of the industrial bureau;
W. IV. Idtoley, interchange commodity
agent: If. 0. Hartzell. Indus-;
trial agent und J. Hampton Baumgurt- j
nor. nilblicitv ronrenpjitiiHvp
City Buys Cement j
For New Bridges1
At a meeting last ovcnlng of ilie city j
Board of Affairs in the offlco of Ft- j
nance Commissioner J. Walter Barnes
the board contracted for 30.000 barrels
of cement at $1.6S a barrol net. The
cement will be delivered to the city
which In tarn will sell at the purchase
price to the contractors who build the
bridges across the river and across the
Coal run ravine. The contracts were
divided among three bidders, the
Alpha-Portland company, the Atlas
compsny and the Lehigh company.
The city board figures It saved $3,000
on the deal, comparing prices elsewhere.
WILL VISIT BALTIMORE
Mrs. C. H. N'olll leaves tonight for
Baltimore where she will spend a week
ajs the guest of Mrs. Harry' 3 Hartley
and daughter. Miss Mafy Crane HartIty.
who sro spending a fe wwceks
there
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MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS.
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[NESS BLOCK!
rTTT v^-ry ?"a$| v
. ' *;-., y;; k
B3H i
i?J
ch ruined property estimated at $3.-1
lie water froze iuto gigantic iciclea.'
liluifFF
HAS CHILD PLAGUE
Reported in Dying Condition!
at Home of Parents on
Walnut Avenue.
Junior Jolllffe. the sis year old son
at Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Jolllffe is in
a dying nondltton at the homo ot his
parents on Wainnt avenue trom infantile
paralysis. A quarantine was es
Ins a consultation with local physicians,
Dr. L. D. Howard and Dr. C. W.
Waddell, and Dr. J. T. Thornton, ot
Wheeling, a specialist, who was summoned
here last night. The child's
throat and face are paralyzed.
He is a grandson of M. A. Jolllffe
and a groat grandson of Jacob Hay-,
den, prominent residents of tho city.
Mrs. Jolllffe's mother; Mrs. Francos;
McDonough, and daughter, Miss Jean,
of St. Louis, hare been at the Jolllffe
home for several months.
Attendance Better
in Schools of City
Larger enrollments In practically
all the schools of tho city which were
opened yesterday after having been
closed for a period of two weeks on account
of Infantile paralysis, were reported
today to tho .city superintendent
of schools. An Increase of 71
pupils was noted In the eWts side
schools today while in the East side
schools conditions are practically normal
but very few pupils having failed
to report either today ot yesterday.
Yesterday's enrollment on the West
ulrla nan J *? " *
Diuv .mo aim luuaj.iua CHIUllUlCLlL
Is 1020.
The larger enrollment today Is accredited
to the fact that., possibly a
nnmber of people did not.know school
would begin yesterday.
JUDGE MASON TO
SPEAK AT Will.
Fairmont Jurist is Only Survivor
of the Original
Faculty.
MOllGANTOWN, W. Va., Jan. 30.?
The Weat Virginia State University
will be 50 years old February 7." The
fiftieth anniversary will bo celebrated
informally February 14 at the regular
weekly convocation, when the citizens
of Morgantown will bo guests of the
university.
Judge John W. Mason, of Fairmont,
the only surviving professor of the Institution
at the time of its founding,
will speak on "The Professor of Fifty
Yoars ago;" Dr. L C. White, State
Geologist, a student at that time, will
speak on the "Student of Fifty Years
ago," and Prof. Calahan will speak on
the history of the university.
The university was originally opened
as the West Virginia Agricultural Col
lege, and in 1873 was recbristened the
WeAt Virginia State University, and
began at that time a new life.' There
have been nine presidents, including
Dr. Trotter, now serving.
The-university is striving to get an
appropriation of $200,000 at this session
of the state legislature, $125,000
to purchase Dr. White's five acres of
ground adjoining-the .university for
building space.and to complete construction
work under way or contentPitted.
THE WEATHER. I
ercaat and colder tonight;
bly rain or snow Wednesday.
pmrr tuppp /IPVTC
A iHVAJ -l AAlV-UiJ
CAKES ]
won iii hurry
put ran m
pancake 8011
Five Sons and One Grand*
son Died After Eating
SHE ANDHiJSBANG tSCAPt
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jB
Peculiar Flavor Warned
Her Thai". Sompfl-.inir
Was Wrung.
fBy Associated Preai) . . jj
KANKAKEE, III., Jan. 30.?A dm
ot pancakes hurriedly made and a; I
hurriedly eaten yesterday morning
caused the death ot tive members ol
the Melnts family on a farm between
Asbkum and Driifortb, 15 miles south
The pancakes were made by Mrs. *
O. K. Melntz. mother ot tour ot tbf
victims and grandmother of the fifth
Mrs. Meintz is believed to bavt j
mixed the contents of a sack containing
an arsenical preparation used by
her husband in taxidermy with a prepared
pancake flour thinking the
powder was flour.
The dead are Fred, 38; Theodore
26; Irvin, 21; Mino, 24, and Claronct 1
Meintz, grandson, 7 years old. '
Tho fatal meal was eaten yeitenjai'
morning and before noon Fred war
dead. Mino died at dawn today, the
last of fivo deaths. '
O. K. Meintz, father, was somewhat
ill'and so did not eat any of the pan- I
cakes. Mrs. Meintz tasted the pancakes
after her sons had finished their
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TOli
City Has Undertaker Re- 3
move it to Safer QuarWraiths
wrinkled and aliosts cadded
In Bhagtown last night. No one stay
ed homo (or the night in Uztown.
Thoso who remained at home In Shag
town kept the light* burning all night
to ward off the spirits?and to light
the way to other spirits. ' '
All because the skull ot a man long
since buried came to the surface twc
weeks ago and was reported roster
day to tho mayor. The stranger from
the earth visited the Bun-covered
world at the outer edge of the old
Fairmont cemetery where many wore
buried before the middle of the nine
teenth century. Many of the grave;
ere sunken. When the walla of the
cemetery were removed, the earth
above the casket of the exposed corpse
ealsed it to burst a side loose.
Dent Holden, of the city police
force, this morning had Undertake;
Musgr&ve visit the wlerd personage v,':
and removo him to bettor quarters. !#
City Hall Notes j
The cops have an easy life. At ono'clock
this afternoon a call came In
on the telephone from Front street.
East Side, one mile and a half from
town stating that a policeman was
wanted to "chase them off." All was
excitement at the police end of the
wire, tlio listener figuring that tborc
were numerous bank robbers and burglars
breaking Into some residence or Jbank.
But It turned out to be that Mrs.
Soandso wanted two of her, neighbors
cbased from the lawn and wanted a
policeman to come and do It
The policeman went ? but not to
Front street.'
"Who Is this little fellow!" askoo
everyone who visited the office of the
chief of police this afternoon. They
pointed to William Young, a clean-cut inn,
m -it mr
uiue xu > cui uiu runaway wuo wauura . ,
to be a cowboy "JuBt tor today."
"That," answered the cops. "Is a
youngster who left home because he
had no coal or water to carry; no wood
to bring in. did not have to sweep the
porches; did not liave to keep ttM-ft
snow from the sidewalk, ? whose
mother la 'dead aud who lives with ! .
his aunt <a Pennsylvania avenue," .
Asked whoreho stayed all night he
said he sat by a fire at the Muplo avenue
quarry until this morning and
that he then came to town to get some
fhinir fft put. Ha Imrf it ntinrtAr hn - - r"
made selling papers last ntglu. He
was picked up while watching tbe work

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