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February 17—Maximum. 48; mini- Thc Pro|fresi, of thls Vast Enrincer
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Grist from the
Daily Grind
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Got Their Man
FAR NORTH of the Arctic cir
cle a tragic drama has been played
out. in real life. The Royal moun
ted police have been for days fol
lowing an insane trapper who had
previously killed one of their num
Amid terrible hardships the
chase went on, the crazy man kept
up by feverish strength, but never
theless, growing weaker.
Finally the police overtook their
quarry and advanced to take him
alive, but he raised his gun and
sent a bullet crashing into the
body of one of his pursuers as the
volley from the other policemen
cut him to pieces.
Which is not so much different
from many other stories of the
M. P„ except that every day of
the chase the pursuers, far north
of the Circle, were in communica
tion with their officers and friends
back at headquarters and were
able to give their story to the civ
ilized world by means of a short
wave radio set.
And, when the officer was shot
down, a plane came immediately
to pick him up and take him back
to the hospital for treatment,
making it possible to save his life.
Which indicates that science can
penetrate the most remote wilder
ness to bring comfort and safety.
A Hot Time
LAST night Sophie Tucker sang
"Last of the Red Hot Mammas."
as part of her act at the Palace
vaudeville theatre in New York.
As she finished the scenery took
fire and only by extreme good for
tune was the audience able to get.
out without serious loss of life.
Which may or may not indicate j
that Sophie is some “Red Hot I
Mamma” herself.'
France Prepared
FRANCE does not intend to be
caught again in a predicament
similar to that which came upon i
her in the World war. We cannot. !
perhaps, blame her for desiring to I
be prepared for any emergency.
The news dispatches this morn- |
ing tell as that the French govern- j
ment has ordered fifty million gas
masks, to be distributed so that
each one of her citizens will have
protection against poisonous gasses.
We have heard a lot of talk of
peace and brotherly love among
nations. The writer remembers
well that first threat of war be
tween Germany and Belgium, i
France and England, in July, 1914.
And we all agreed that there
could be no serious war because
the nations were all too far ad
vanced in civilization. Besides, war
in the modem way would be so ter
ribly expensive that no nation
could carry on more than a few
weeks at the most.
In The Orient
IN 1914, we were dealing with
the most “enlightened" and most
highly civilized nations of the
Just now we are observing the
first tongues of flame which may
ignite the hundreds of millions of
the Asiatic races into torches of
fanatic warfare.
Japan has her national aspira
tions. She must have territory to
exploit and to accommodate her
China is in a state of civil war, |
with the leaders of both factions
trying, without success, to unite in
common cau'#' against Japan.
India is seething with revolt
against British rule. And beneath
that the hundreds of millions of i
Mohammedans are eager to be left i
free to attack and exterminate the
other hundreds of millions of Hin- ■
Then Soviet Russia is eager to j
rule the world. She would in a
few years, if permitted, dominate
the whole of India and China.
So we have had to abandon our
idealistic position and admit that
there is danger in every direction.
And the country is pretty well
agreed that it is up to the United
States to keep out of quarrels
between foreign nations and to be
prepared to defend our own against
any possible attack.
League ot [Nations
States is not part of the League
of Nations. But every effort is
being made to mix us up in their
The League is about to demand
of Japan that she live up to the
terms of the "Nine Power Pact,”
which provides that a nation must
first, before resorting to warfare,
submit the controversy either to
arbitration or to the League. And
if that has not been done, the
League calls on all nations to
prohibit trade and financial rela
tions with the covenant-breaking
nation, which in this case would
be Japan.
All of which seems a mighty
puny weapon with which to at
tempt to drive Japan out of China
and Manchuria.
ALBANY. N. Y.. Feb. 17. (U.R) —
Speaking only a short distance from
the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt,
foremost candidate for the Demo
cratic presidential nomination. As
sistant Secretary of War F. Trubee
Davison tonight predicted that Pres
ident Hoover will be re-elected.
His address was delivered at a tes
timonial dinner for Speaker of the
Assembly Joseph A. McGinnies, anc:
was construed by Democratic lead
ers as one of the first phases oi
Mr. Hoover's campaign in New York
I I I I _ Id_I I
Senator Key Pittman is in full
accord yvith the policy of increas
ing Uie appropriation for Hoover
Dam work and is working loyally
with the other members of the
Nevada delegation to that end.
The appropriation for the com
ing year's work has been cut to
$8,000,000 and at this stage of the
work, when it is very necessary
to push the great diversion tun
nels and the coffer dams to com
pletion without incurring the
danger and possible loss that delay
would incur, Six Companies and
others, including Dr. Mead and
Secretary Wilbur, favor a much
larger appropriation.
It is the belief of both Senator
Pittman and Senator Oddie that
it is not wise to slow up this work,
especially in view of the fact
that the flood menace to the Im
perial valley is constantly crowing
and delay may mean partial or
complete destruction of the Valley,
which the Hoover Dam is designed
to protect.
Senator Pittman's message is as
“Through correspondence with
Secretary of the Interior and Six
Companies, I have all facts upon
which to base support of an in
crease in appropriation for Boulder
dam project as outlined in previous
“I am appearing before the sen
ate appropriations committee in
this behalf.”
BOSTON, Feb. 17. <U.R>—'The Unit
ed States is entitled to move lor
observance of the nine po.v r trea'y
by Japan, President A. L wrcnce
Lowell of Harvard university said
tonight in his first rad o talk on
a coast-to-coart broadcast.
Manchurian and Shanghai dev< 1
opments have shown that "mere
protests by other governm-nis and
the public opinion of neutrals w:h
not alone restrain the use of aimed
force to attain a nation's ends." L)i.
Lowell declared.
“China has asked for an extraor
dinary session of the assembly cf
the League of Nations to c ns.dec
the acts of Japanese troupe upon
her soil," h*» continued. "If it shall
be found that Japan has resorted
to war without submitting the dis
pute to arbitration, to judicial set
tlement or to the council of the
league—no one of which has been
done—it will be the duty of ail the
members of the league under Article
XVI of the covenant to proh.bi.
trade and financial relations of then
country with the covenant-breaking
state, and to prevent all intercourse
with that state by the people of an>
other state whether a member ai
the league or not.”
Dr. Lowell, who once debated with
the late Senator Henry Cabot Lodge
urging the entry of the Unitec
States into the league, said a boy
cott of Japan could not be accom
plished without the concurrence ol
the United States.
Your wife died in Elko yesterday
Body en route to Salt Lake City
Call at police station for details
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(Official photos, U. S. Army Signal Corps)
i With airplanes overhead, submarines beneath, battleships behind them and a protecting smoke screen
i hiding them from the “black" forces on shore, the navy's “blue” fleet landed an expeditionary party
on Oahu island, Hawaii, after a sharp bailie and claimed victory in the annual “war game.” Exciting
scenes during the conflict were: I'pper left, 10th infantry troops he.ding for shore in a navy barge;
upper right, army mules getting a ducking at the start of a 100-yard swim to land, where they were
harnessed to gun wagons; lower left, the gun caissons and commissaiy wagons following the lead of the
mules; lower right, machine g>un and rifle troops deployed in action. If they had used real bullets,
it would have been too bad for Oahu!
AT SEA. Feb. 17. (U.R> — United
States army and navy leaders to
morrow will hold a critique at
Pearl Harbor to study results of
the Hawaiian Island “war games.”
Even after the military and
naval leaders have finished study
ing the moves of the "blue" and
"black" forces in the mythical at
tack on Hawaii by the navy, the
public won’t know who won the
“war.” The conference will be se
cret and no announcement of the
result was planned.
The airplane carrier Saratoga
was carrying the fleet officers to
Pearl Harbor for the critique. To
day the Pacific fleet was carrying
out its athletic schedule.
Willi the pouring of concrete to
day at the base of the Elks’ giant
flagpole, which is already in place,
and the building of stairways lead
ing to the site, the stage for the
Washington’s bicentennial celebra
t'on will be set.
Before the day is done every
thing will be in readiness for Elks
and their friends, who will come
by the thousands, from far and
near to take part in this historic
In addition to the special train
load of Elks from Salt Lake City
and smaller delegations from many
other cities in lTtah, California,
Arizona and Nevada, Pat Gallag
her, secretary of the local lodge,
advised late last night that the
Ogden lodge were sending a large
group, induing their 26-piece band.
1 A second meeting of attorneys
for the purpose of discussing the
proposed bill for providing regular
sittings of the federal court in
Las Vegas, will be held this even
ing at 7:30 at the office of H. N
Gambill in the Boggs building.
All attorneys are urgently re
quested to be present.
Battleship Maine Sunk Twice, Says
! Veteran Who Helped To Build Ship
il DALLAS. Tex., Feb. 17. (UP'—The
battleship Maine was sunk twice, a
veteran seaman revealed here, 34
e years after the tragedy that brought
- on the Spanish-American war.
Speaking before a women's aux
- iliary of a Spanish-American war
e veterans camp, J. L. Cramer, com
ci mander of Fitzhugh Lee camp, told
- how, as a workman in the Brook
if lyn navy yard in 1896. he witnessed
t. the first sinking of the craft just
before it was commissioned.
“We had been working on the shi;
for months and she was just about
completed,’’ Cramer said. "We quit
work one evening and when we re
turned the next morning the shi;
was gone—sunk out of sight.
“The ship was raised, put in dr;
dock and after study by naval ar
chitects it was decided she was top
heavy. The ship was then cut it
half and lengthened to sive hei
proper proportions.”
NEW YORK, Feb. 17. (U.R) \
'ire backstage at the Palace vaud*
villc theatre in Times square dur
ing tonight's performance resulted
in slight injuries to six persons and
extensive damage to stage scenery
and properties.
The 1,700 persons in the audi
ence maintained surprisingly good
order in vacating the theatre in
record time. However, four persons
were bruised or suffered slight lac
erations in leaving the building.
Two musicians in the orchestra
pit were treated for slight burns
about the hands.
The fire was started by a short
circuit in a defective lamp. Sophie
Tucker, star of the program, was
(ust completing one of her well
known songs. "The Last, of the Red
Hot Mammas.” closing the first
part of the bill, when the fire
As Miss Tucker finished and
walked into the wings smoke and
flames pushed out around the
cloth curtain. Theatre attaches
took charge of the situation, the
manager telling pafrons to exit
in orderly fashion and the stage
hands bringing down the asbestos
curtain and fighting the fire before
he arrival of the firemen.
The limsy scenery and expen
sive curtains caught ire quickly
and what were not destroyed by
fire suffered from water and smoke
In leaving the theater many of
the patrons left behind articles ot
clothing. This was especially true
of the women, some of whom foreot
to take their purses. A special
• police detail prevented the audi
■ ence from reentering to find lost
I articles after the fire was out. w hile
i theatre ushers picked up the aban
doned property and brought it in
| to the theatre lobby. Here the
best effort possible was made to
| find the right owners for the
I right articles.
•SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Feb 17.
(U.R)- Government troops anti armed
citizens battled revolutionists in the
streets tonight in a fierce and pro
longed engagement which terrorized
the entire population.
Soldiers armed with machine guns
and rifles, supported by a thousand
civilian volunteers, hurled back an
offensive launched by the rebels
from the Bella Vista barracks, op
posite the United States legation
The legation vras splattered by
bullets from both sides and it was
understood that two secretaries were
marooned there.
The loyalists inflicted heavy cas
ualties on the rebels, drove them
back under fire and then opened a
bombardment with three-inch artil
lery. Shells crashed into tne oar
racks, which are more like a fort,
exploded with a roar and hurled
debris into the air. The fire did not
appear to do much damage to the
rebel defenses.
Alexander Weir, uncle of W. T.
Jeffery, who was found dead Mon
day morning in a local auto court,
j arrived in Las Vegas yesterday to
; take charge of the body.
Weir has arranged to send the
\ body of the young man to Los
i Angeles for interment, and will
also take Jeffery's car and personal
belongings to his home, where Mrs.
Jeffrey is prostrated with grief
over her husband's death.
W. A. Studnecka, step-father o!
Harley A. Harmon, will be buried
from the Vesper funeral parlor in
Los Angeles, at 2:00 p. m.. Fridav,
according to advices received here
Studnecka died recently after a
prolonged illness. Mr. and Mrs
Harmon left this city Tuesday ta
be present at the services.
AKLAVIK. Northwest Territory,
Feb, 17. (U.R) — Royal Canadian
mounted police finally got their
man late today when they killed
Albert Johnson, insane trapper, in
a weird battle far up the Arctic
Before he dropped to the frozen
tundra., however, Johnson shot
and seriously wounded Staff Ser
geant Hearsey of the Royal Sig
nal corps. Johnson previously had
killed one of the "mounties” and
wounded another in their repeated
attempts to capture him.
Capt. W. R. "Wop” May flew’
the sergeant in to Aklavik where
he was placed in a hospital. Hear
sey's condition was critical.
I The dozen police battled through
f snow drifts to the Eagle river in
j the Yukon before . they finally
i caught up with the crazed John
j son. Although he was about to
I collapse from exhaustion, he turn
j ed for one last stand against the
| officers. ,
! They tried to capture him alive
i but instead of surrendering, he
] pointed his wavering pistol at them
and pulled the trigger. When the
j bullet crashed into the body of
i the sergeant, the other officers
j opened fire upon him.
He fell into the snow, dead, end
ing one of the wildest manhunts in
j the history of the Far North. His
I pursuers picked up his body and
started to carry it through the
i purple twilight of the Arctic day
l toward their base near the des
olate spot where the Rat river
flow’s into the Arctic ocean,
i The posse was following John
; son's trail and met him heading
back, said later radio advices after
the excitement of the chase had
Johnson startd to run off the
trail as soon as he sighted the
I dog team of Hearsey. The mad
man hid behind a mound. Hear
i sey and Noel Verville, a trapper,
jtcok rifles from their toboggans,
ran across a frozen creek and
opened fire. When Hearsay kneel
ed to shoot, Johnson's bullet hit
him in the knee, traveled along
the thigh and lodged in his chest. '
The entire party arrived, mean- '
I time, surrounded Johnson and lit
| orally cut him to pieces with bul
| lets. Capt. May was flying over
| head when Hearsey was shot, but
| the posse was so close that he
i dared not. drop bombs. He landed
| as soon as he saw that Johnson
: was killed. He placed Hearsey in
his plane and raced 160 miles here.
: Hearsey's condition was so serious
that May was prepared to fly him
to better hospital facilities in Ed
monton. should physicians order
j the trip.
ATLIN, B. C„ Feb. 17. (U.fil—Wil
| liam R. Graham, skilled Alaska
j pilot, and Mrs. Edna E. Chris;of
ferson of Portland, his co-pilot, to
! night were more than two days ov
1 ?rdue here on a flight to Point Bar
: row, Alaska. Their monoplane was
! last seen flying west of Nahlin. B.
i C.. 100 miles south of here, Mon
j day.
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Fighting Dies As
New Peace Parley
Is Being Planned
Braves Leopard
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Barbara Weeks, screen actress,
shown back to work with the aid
of a cane the day after she; i
emerged second best in a scuffle j
with a vicious leopard. The leopard j
severely scratched Miss Weeks I
during the filming of a jungle i
scene. The actress, however, hob I
bled back to the lot and bravely
w 01 ked with other wild beasts the
very next day.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17. <U.R) —
The senate today rejected the house
amendments to the Norris “lame.
duck” constitutional amendment
abolishing short sessions of congress j
and sent the measure to confer-1
Senator George W Norris, Repn.,
Neb., who was named with Senators
Thomas J. Walsh, Dtm„ Mont., and
W. E Borah. Repn., Idaho, to rep
resent the senate in an effort to
adjust differences, expressed con
fidence that agreoment could be
The home in passing the bill add
ed an amendment requiring ratifi
cation by the necessary 36 legisla
tures within seven years, and also
providing that no legislature can act
until at least one house of the legis
lature has been elected subsequent
to the submission. This would pre
vent any legislature acting until
after the election next November.
Young Couple Escapes;;
Fire Razes L. V. Home
I Fire early today razed the home
| of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Roberts at the
rear of 117 North Fourth street, de
.' straying all the worldly possessions
of the young couple.
The blaze was discovered shortly
! before 2:30 a. m., just as Mr. and
Mrs. Roberts returned home. Mrs.
Roberts was hysterical as she
i watched her home and her most
! prized possessions go up in flames.
Due to the isolated position of the
; house, the fire was not discovered in
! time for the speedy efforts of the
i j local fire department to do other
I than save the closely surrounding
buildings from catching fire.
The Ed Hunting home, occupying
the front of the lot. was the largest
house threatened, though for a I
time, the homes of all the nearby |
residents on the block were in dan- !
ger from the flying embers.
Early arrivals on the scene swung i
two garden hoses into immediate I
action, wetting dowr the roots of j
the surrounding buildings.
The almost immediate arrival of
the fire department quickly resulted |
in the extinguishing of the flames i
and glowing embers of what once |
, was the Roberts' little home.
U. S. Admiral Will Sit
Tight And Await
SHANGHAI. China. Thursday,
Feb. 18. (U.P>—The heart of the
international settlement business
district was rocked today by the
bembing of the offices of the Mit
sui company, a Japanese concern,
at the corner of Foochow and
Szechuen roads.
The bombing occurred during a
complete lull in fighting on the
Shanghai-Woosung front, prepara
tory to peace negotiations between
Japanese and Chinese.
The Mitsui offices were bombed
at 7:30 a. m. The entrance of the
building was destroyed and windows
in all four floors were shattered
One Chinese was seriously wound
ed. He was arrested on suspicion
of throwing the bomb. Police and
settlement troops were investigating
the bombing, while precautions
throughout the business district
were redoubled. - .
The blast caused plaster to fall
in the United States office and broke
windows in the Nippon Dempo
(Japanese) news agency office on
Szechuen road.
The Mitsui interests are extensive
in Japan, including large banking,
mining and other holdings. The
family is one of the most prominent
in Japan.
(United Press Staff Correspondent)
(Copyright, 1932. United Press)
SHANGHAI. China. Feb. 17. (U.R)
—The hope for return of peace in
Jhina was stronger today than at
my time during the last three weeks
n which the Yangtze delta has been
sombarded. burned and terrorized
jy warfare between Japanese and
The big guns which have roared
i bitter song of warfare for days
vere less active from the blackened
TOKIO. Feb. 18. (Thursday)
U P'—The Mukden correspondent
f the Tokio Nichi Nichi reported
today that Japanese and Chinese
conferees in Mukden had approv
ed plans for an independent
Manchurian republic. He said an
unnamed person, presumably
Henry Pu-Yi, deposed "boy
emperor" of China, had been
named president for life.
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uins of Chapei down the Ion? wa
erfront to the be*te! '. Wo "’mg
forts. Sho>-u i ■ . •
ceased entirely.
The frenzied preparations for a
great offensive" had died down and
he foreigners of the international
settlement were less fearful of
-creaming shells from the front
And most important of all, repre
sentatives of the Japanese com
manders and representatives of the
19th route army, which had won
undying fame for its defense of
Shanghai, prepared for a peace
meeting this morning, with strong
indications that it will be success
The meeting will be the first di
rect contact between the opposing
commanders since the outbreak of
fighting in Shanghai. They will con
sider the possibility of the 19th
army withdrawing from Chapei on
condition that the Japanese with
draw/ into the limits of the interna
tional settlement.
In contrast to many indications
that peace is near, there were only
two menacing developments.
First, the Japanese were author
ized by Tokio to deliver an ulti
matum to the Chinese to withdraw
12 miles from Shanghai. It has not,
yet been delivered.
Second, two British seamen, H. u
Prior and H. A. Francis, died of
wounds inflicted by a Chinese shell
which fell in the settlement. The
British consul general protested Ine
incident to the Chinese military
Marking an extended lull ip the
Chapei-Woosung fighting, a dozen
factors were cited as indicating
strong hope for peaceful settlement
of the warfare which has threatened
to spread throughout the Yangtze
United States Admiral Montgom
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