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VOL. XXII. NO. 152.
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA. TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 3, 1919.
PRICE FIVE CENTS
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BE REVIVED
Explosions Reported in
Number of Large Cities
and Persons Were Injur
ed in New York.
HOME OF ATTORNEY
GENERAL WRECKED
Justice Albert F. Hayden,
Bouton, and Mayor Davis
of Cleveland, Mentioned
Among Intended Victims
Washington, June 2. An attempt
was mt.de late tonight to blow up the
residence here of Attorney General
Falmer. First reports were that one or
more persons were killed by the explos
ion which partially wrecked the house.
First reports to the police were con
fusing and it was not known whether
Mr. Palmer was at home at the time.
The police described the explosion as
very severe and said that one of the
men who planted the bomb was killed
by the explosion. Palmer had been ac
tive in prosecuting radicals and was
designated as one of the recipients of
bombs mailed in New York but held
up by postal authorities there.
Palmur and all members of his fam
ily escaped without injury, being on
the second floor at the time of the ex
plosion. The tolice picked up along with bits
of clothing of a man killed, a copy of
"Plain Words a radical publicatloa.
This, in connection with reports of the
explosicn at the home of Justice Al
bert F. Hayden of Boston and Mayor
Harry I. Davis, of Cleveland, caused
the authorities to fear another wide
spread lwmb plot similar to that which
radicals attempted on May Day.
Judge Hayden and family were at
the seaahore and nobody was injured
by the explosion. Neither was any
one injared by the attempt on the
Cleveland mayor's life, although a part
of his tome was wrecked.
-Late i-eports last night" told of simi
lar bomb explosions under the-, homes
of prominent citizens in Philadelphia,
Patterscn, N. J., Newconville'Slass and
other cities. A number of persons
were reported to have been killed or
injured in New York.
AUSTRIAN ARE
GIVEN 15 DAYS
TO FILE REPLY
Former German Kaiser
Holds Lengthy Confer
ence With His Former
Secretary, Zimmermann.
A peii.ee of right and justice and
Assistance to tide over the present
troubles, are desired by the new Aus
trian republic from the hands of the
allied and associated powers over the
peace table.
Thus Dr. Karl Renner set forth
Austria' needs Monday at St. Ger
main, when the major portion of tho
allies pace terms were presented to
the Aus:rians. Under the terms Aus
tria must renounce possession of
large tracts of territory, including
i Hungary and her colonial possessions.
Her navy must be entirely surrender
ed, but she is to be given access to
the Adriatic. A decree is to be sub
mitted later covering army, indemni
ties and reparations; fifteen days are
'allowed to reply.
Amerongen, June 2. Dr. Alfred
Zimmeman. former German secretary
of foreign affairs, remained at Amer
ongen castle over night last night,
after conference with the former Ger
man emperor Until late in the eve
ning. Z.mmermann was accompanied
by Herr Schlubach. secretary of the
German legation at The Hague. The
former emperor had another confer
ence with the visitors this morning.
London, June 2. Count von Brock-dorff-Raatzau.
when asked by a rep
resentative of the European press bu
reau wr ether he believed German
counter proposals would lead to ne
gotiations, according to a Berlin wire
loss disiatch. said he cured himself
from believing in such things. "I
will do what I think right and await
results. The French press began the
game of asking will they sign. "We
on our part, should reply today with
another question, will they nego
tiate." Berlin, June 2. The inhabitants of
Mayence and Wiesbaden began this
morning a twenty-four hour strike in
protest against the attempted coup in
proclaim ng an independent palatinate
republic. It is also reported that tho
German palatinatlsts at Mannheim
have declared a general strike, and the
inhabitants of Palatinate, notwith
standing threats by French of court
martial, are everywhere tearing down
posters proclaiming the republic
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RATE INCREASE
SUSTAINED BY
SUPREME COURT
Decision Declares War Pow
er Granted by Congress
Gave Burleson Sweeping
Control
LITIGATION IN 40
STATES AFFECTED
Questions As to Railroads
and Wire Lines Were De
cided Separately With
Opinion by Chief Justice.
Washington, June 2 Increased rail
road, telephone and telegraph rates
Vdered by the railroad administra
tion and postmaster general were sus
tained by the Supreme court which
held war power conferred by congress
upon the president included sweeping
control over railroad and wire systems
with supreme and conclusive authori
ty to fix Intrastate rates.
These questions were decided in two
opinions rendered by Chief Justice
White, one relative to railroad rates,
being unanimous, while Justice Bran
dels dissented in the telephone and
telegraph decision, but without render
ing a separate decision.
The opinion affects litigations which
have been instituted in about forty
states and which involved the validity
of both rate orders.
Authority of the postmaster general
to increase intrastate telephone and
telegraph rates as decided today by
the Supreme court was involved in
proceedings brought from South Da
kota, Massachusetts, Kansas and Illi
nois and argued here on May 5 and 6.
All, grew out of Mr, Burleson's order
placed In effect on January 21 last
under authority of the joint resolution
by which the government acquired
control of the wire systems, the in
creased telephone intrastate toll rates
with the exception of the Illnols case
which involved increased telegraph
rates only.
Arguments of the case3 in the Su
preme court attracted wide attention
and attorneys general from a score of
states were present while briefs as
amici curiae were filed by the Na
tional Association of Railroad and
Public Utilities commissioners, repre
senting thirty-seven states as well as
by the states of Wisconsin, Pennsyl
vania and Ohio and also by the Pro
tective Telephone Association of Bal
timore, Md. .
The South Dakota case resulted
from injunctions granted by the State
Supreme court restraining th Da
kota Central Telephone company as
well as three other companies in that
state from charging rates promulgated
by Mr. Burleson. The proceedings
were instituted by the state authori
ties and the state court in granting
the injunctions held that the rates
were illegal as they had not been ap
proved by the state board of railroad
commissioners.
In arguing these case- attorneys
representing the states coi 'ed that
congress had no Intention ot granting
the government power to fix intrastate
rates, that Mr. Burleson had exceed
ed his authority in doing so and if the
joint resolution was interpreted as
granting this power it was unconstitu
tional. They also contended the in
terstate" commerce commission has
power to determine telephone rates
but it has never exercised it. which
they claimed was in effect recognition
by it of the states right to control
wire tariffs.
In answering these contentions. So
licitor General King asserted the joint
resolution unquestionably conferred
upon the president, and by him dele
gated to Mr. Burleson, power to fix
all wire rates, that although these rates
had been initiated after the armistice
was signed, they had been made neces
sary to meet increased operating ex
penses which if not paid by the pub
lic, would have fallen upon the federal
treasury. The Solicitor General also
accused the states of bringing these
proceedings to interfere with govern
ment operation of the wire facilities
and asked for the dismissal of the suits
on the grounds that they were brought
against the government without its
consent.
Today's opinion was regarded as
being of sweeping importance in view
of the fact that suits involving sim
ilar questions have been instituted Jn
about twenty-five states with the re
sult that in South Dakota, Florida
Indiana. Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Now
York and t Michigan decisions against
the government have been rendered in
the state courts, while in the federal
court' in . Florida, Indiana, New Jer
sey, Wisconsin and North Dakota as
well as i nthe state court of Alabama,
Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklaho
ma, the right of the postmaster gen
eral to fix rates has been sustained.
In addition, litigations have also been
instiutted in other' states amonf them
being Kansas. Georgia, Mississippi,
Texas and California.
21 REPUBLICS IN BIG PAN
AMERICAN COMMERCE MEET
Washington, June 2. With 21 Amer
ican republic represented, nearly 500
delegates are present at he second Pan
American Comercial Conference which
opened here today. President "Wilson
and the presidents of Chile, Ecuador,
Guatemala, Bolivia. Uruguay
TABULATED RESULTS GENERAL
For Commisioner:
GEO. H. HINRICHS
Shall bonds issue for $50,000 for extending and
improving city sewerage and drainage system?
Shall bonds issue for $15,000 for extending and
improving. the city's water system?
Shall bonds issue for $10,000 for
curbing and otherwise improving
Shall bonds issue for $15,000 for
v i v n h 3 4-m. - .
waning uu uLiierwise improving
Total....
The vote polled was not as large as some had anticipated, but it is considered by opponents that in view of the
short time voters were given In which to become informed concerning the proposition of diverting the f 90,000 bonds
the-opposition vote shown might be considered as remarkably large. Ordinarily, had there been no opposition, the
total vote would perhaps not have exceeded 200. Some surprise has been expressed that so many voters failed to ap
prove the election of Mr. Hlnrichs. -
ARMY DRIVE
IS NOW GOING
OVER LAST LAP
Flying Squadron" Is Doing
Good Work Over Zone in
Aiding Counties to finish
Quota Three Are Over.
The Salvation Army drive is going
over the last lap of Its race and down
the home stretch and everybody seems
to be gald. The meeting at Muscogee
yesterday was t'n final effort of the
local squadron at active canvassing;
while the flying squadron is leading
the eastern counties of the zone un
der , the wire, one by one, the execu
tive talent of Mr. Rollo and the per
suasiveness of Miss Rheba Crawford
being conspicuous features.
The campaign has been well drawn
out, because of the quota for this
zone being an unusually heavy one.
It was made heavy in view of the
plan for the $25,000 building in Pen
sacola to accommodate the West Flor
ida zone. Leaders now feel " strongly
assured that the final tabulation will
spell a zone" victory, and Chairman
B. S. Hancock is preparing a letter
of congratulation and thanks to the
various county organizations.
Messrs. Hancock, Perkins and Bri
con and Mesdames Bergren and Stev
ens, with the Fort Barrancas band of
25 pieces, met the citizens of Mu-r-cogee
for a comparatively brief sei
sion at noon. After the usual pro
gram of inspiration, a collection on
the grounds netted a nice sum, and
Chairman Patterson tookpledge cards
for circulation later, final returns to
be made tomorrow.
Reports from the work of P. L.
Rollo and the Misses Crawford and
Dodd with the county . organizations
indicate that excellent results are
flowing from their cooperation. Jack
son county went over yesterday, mote
than 500 having been taken at Ma-
rianna Sunday.
Washington county is said to be
certain to finish today, with efforts
centering in Chipley, where the fly-
insr sauadron is now working. They
hnv insstleft Calhoun .county. It was
not necessary for them to invade Bay
county, as the workers there guaran
teed to ko over unaided. As they are
not -needed in Holmes county, which
was the first county In the zone to go
over the top, the? will move today
from Chipley to DeFunlak Springs,
and make their final efforts there,
Walton county having for some rea
son failed to keep pace with the other
counties of theaone.
CUBAN COGNAC
GETS SEAMAN IN
LOTS OF TROUBLE
At one o'clock this morning Police
Officer Milford brought to headquar
ters a man giving the name of Hans
Sorenson and with him a heavy brown
canvas sack containing ten quarts of
Cuban cognac champagne.
The seaman said he lives at 10S 1-2
ast Government street, and is cap
tain of the barge Ernest, which ar
rived yesterday in port. He asserted
that the liquor was intended for his
own consumption; but it was the
opinion of the officers that it was
more likely for sale at $15 a quart.
Sorenson was on his way up Pala
fox street with the heavy burden
when he espied Officer Milford, and
dodged into a side street, whereupon
the officer dodged around the other
way and met him in the middle of tne
block, dripping with perspiration.
RAIL SOLUTION
IS OFFERED BY
I. C. COMMISSION
Washington, June 2. A permanent
peace-time policy for common carriers
was presented to congress today -in a
bill drafted by the Interstate Com
merce Commission and introduced by
Senator Pomerene and Representative
Each. The bill would give the com
mission sweeping authority over rates,
jervice .consolidations, extensions, se
curity Issues and virtually all physical
operations of railroads, telegraph, tel
ephone, cable and radio companies.
Precincts 12jl314j 15;2612728;29;30;31J321341 Tl.
!42;36!52
For Bonds 136 37143
Against .17j
For Bonds 36;35139j 74j36j3120!10 6;223031370
Against .116;
grading, paving,
For Bonds 136 35141
streets ?
Against .16j 7j23j
For Bonds )3713739
repaving, re-
1. O
Against .1151
71251
pavea s tr.ee us i
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RECORD MADE
BY CONGRESS
CONCEDE
D GOOD
At Rate of Progress Next
Eour Weeks Made to Date
Emergency Measures Will
Be Cleaned Up.
By GEORGE H. MANNING
Washington, June 2. If congress
makes the same rate of progress in the
next four weeks of the extra session
that it has made in the last two weeks
all seven of the big appropriation bills
left over in March and several other
urgent measures will be safely passed
by the beginning of the next fiscal
year, July 1. ' t
The republicans, in control of the
senate and house, will then have dis
proved by their own acts the charges
they made in March and April when
the president did not respond to their
demand to call congress in extra, ses
sion immediately, that President Wil
son was so deeply engrossed in the
peace conferences at Paris that he was
neglectng important matters at home.
The congress, especially the house,
has exceeded almost all expectations
by the business-like" way it met, or
ganized and went right to work pass
ing urgent appropriation bills.
The senate has not moved so rapid
ly as the house and on several . days
has not met at all because on account
of the rule that all appropriation bills
must originate In the house, the sen
ate has had nothing to work upon and
Is still waiting upon the house to send
the hills voer.
r But the one measure that has been
passed by both houses the war risk
bureau deficiency appropriation bill.
appropriating $39,000,000, was passed
by the senate with only three minute
debate while the house took about 45
minutes. V
In the first two weeks of the extra
session the following has been done:
House
Perfected organization, consisting
of election of speaker and other house
officers .appointment of committee?,
etc.
Passed war risk bureau deficiency
appropriation bill for $39,000,000.
Passed constitutional amendment for
woman suffrage.
' Completed, discussion tlwdlan ap
propriation bill, and it is now' ready
for final passage.
' Took up urgent deficiency bill with
prospect of promptly passing it..
Senate.
Completed organization with elec
tion of all committees.
Passed war risk bureau deficiency
ll.
Took up, debated and laid aside until
l.ext Monday, the woman suffrage
amendment.
' Because of the necessity for its pass
irg all the urgent appropriation bills
first the house got down to business
with expedition seldom equalled. The
lepublicans had agreed upon their
choice for speaker and the other elec
tive officers before, the session con
vened and had made up their commit
tee slate. On the first day's session
they elected their speaker and the
other officers and adjourned in two
hours.
The next day the president's mes
sage was read and almost immediate
adjournment taken. But on the day
i lowing the deficiency appropriation
bill for $39,000,000 to enable the war
risk bureau to continue the payments
to beneficiaries of the soldiers, sailors
and marines was reported in and
passed inside an hour.
The next day the Indian appropria
tion bill was reported in and passed
when the agricultural bill hove in
sight. The agricultural bill was taken
up promptly and laid temporarily
aside, almost completed .in order to
take up the'urgent deficiency bill ear
ning appropriations for which several
of the departments are seriously in
need.
The senate, with no need for imme
diate haste, took its time to organize
and now has that all smoothed out
with the old-line republicans in the
saddle and the so-called insurgents
scattered in defeat.
When the war risk bureau bill came
over from the house the senate
promptly laid aside "organization
squabbles and details and took the
measure up and passed it inside five
minutes. j
CITY ELFCTION
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"CUSHNOC" AND
OTHER SHIPS
AR
E ALLOCATED
Appropriately First Locally
Built Ship Is Designated
For Pensacola Trade at
Request of Sen. Fletcher.
As a reward of continuous earnest ef
fort by Senator Duncan U. Fletcher to
get ships allocated for Pensacola. the
chamber of commerce was advised by
wire yesterday afternoon from Washing
ton to the effect that among other steam
ers allocated for the Pensacola trade is
the "Cushnoc,' the first of the big steel
fabricated ships completed at the plant
of the Pensacola Chipbujlding Company.
Tue "Cushnoc' Is being given her fin
ishing touches at the local plant now and
is expected to be ready to go to sea
within a week or two.
Senator Fletcher was markedly instru
mental in securing the location of the
plant at Pensacola b tne Kmergency
Fleet corporation and the fact that he
has been able to secure the allocation
of the first Bhip turned out at this plant
for the local trade Is appropriate and
gratifying.
--nM. r I leijhe. !:, ren assured. by
the Emergency Fleet corporation that it
wjll continue to send ships to Pensacola
an fast as possible.
The "Escambia." the last of the ships
launched at the local plant has not been
allocated as yet, but it is earnestly hoped1
that this vessel too may be designed by
the board for the Pensacola trade, espe
cialy in view of the fact that she is to
bear a strictly local name.
PHONE STRIKE IS
BAD IN ATLANTA,
BUT IS LOCAL
Atlanta, Ga., June 2. Telephone
employes, chiefly operators on local
switchvoards of the Atlanta Telephone
Company, and the Southern - Bell Co.,
struck today demanding reinstatement
of about a dozen workers who, they
assert, have been discharged for union
activities. ' A. F. Joyner, spokesman
for the union, said that 500' young
women operators ar.1 160 male em
ployes of the two companies were out
tonight. ' President Brown of the
Southern Bell, which controls the At
lanta company, said that 125 employes
walked out, including six men and two
boys. ,
. There are approximately 600 operat
ing room employes in the two com
panies and about 300 clerical employes.
Brown said. The strike had been
thratened as one which would involve
union telegraph and telephone workers
throughout the country, but union of
ficials announced that the strike would
be confined to Atlanta for the present.
Telephone service was continued dur
ing the afternoon, the company ad
mitting it was working under a handi
cap, but saying it would continue to
give the best service it could.
MR. BUTLER WILL
ENTERTAIN THE
ROTARIANS TODAY
An interested congregation which
just comfortably filled the auditorium
of the First Baptist church heard the
xcellent music rendered by Mr. and
Mrs. Charley Cutler and Miss Ruth
Miller and the able sermon by Rev. J.
A. Ansley, pastor of the church, on
The Devil's Compromises." taken from
the scriptures pertaining to the times
of th exodus of the Jews from Egypt,
last night.
A fine feature of the musical pro
gram was the singing of a number of
little girls under the direction of Mr.
Butler, who even at this early date in
the progress of the meetings is dem
onstrating great talent and tact as a
musical director.
Mr. Butler is a good story teller and
illustrator as well as a good vocalist
and musical director. He will enter
tain the Rotarians this morning on the
occasion of their regular weekly meet
ing and tomorrow at noon he will en
tertain the workers at the ship plant.
The meetings at the church will con
tinue to grow in interest each evening
it is indicated
TENSE STRAIN
MARKED SESSION
IN THE HOUSE
Sensation After Sensation
Was Sprung and Person
alities Were Freely In
dulged In.
SPECIAL MESSAGE
FROM CATTS TABLED
House Finally Gave Way to
Senate on Road Legisla
tion Other Measures,
Were Disposed Of.
By HERBERT F ELK EL..
Tallahassee. June 2. Today was a day
of great strain and turbulence in the
house with sensation after sensation
sprung and personalities indulged.
When th f mokc of battle cleared away
at the 6:30 adjournment the house had
receded from tho Scruggs-Wilder amend
ment to the Carlton-lgou two-mill road
bill, had excluded from the Journal and
tabled a special message from the gov
ernor notifying the house that he would
veto any road bill sent down to him for
approval that did not give the governor
the right to have every department of
road service audited, that did not carry
a clause requiring the o-epartment to ask
for bids on all road materials and road
construction involving the expenditure of
more than J300, and that the road de
partment In its entirety shall be subject
to supervision of the board of commis
sioners of state institutions and camps
subject to Inspection by convict inspec
tors, had passed the local game bill for
.Leon county over the governor's veto,
created new Seventheenth Judicial clrcutt
and made Mr. Brooks' local fish bill
general.
Kverybody had told even-thing they
knew about the rest of the world and
Justified the statement of one member
that the day had been a continuous in
formation meeting.
Trouble Started Early.
The trouble began early when the gov
ernor's veto message on the Ieon county
game bill was read ana Mr. Williams, of
Leon, asked the house to pass the bill
over his veto, charging that the veto was
a matter of spite because the chief ex
ecutive had been black-balled by the locil
gun club. '
Mr. Williams displayed a petition sign
ed by two-thirds of the registered voters
cf the county favoring provisions whicii
ir.ake the closed season ail the year -jx-cept
Novembef and Lecember in Leon
counts, to exclude non-resident owners cf
large game preserves rom hunting. On
roll call the house overrode the veto by
a. vote of 57 to 8.
Speaker Wilder took the floor early
this morning to defend his action' and
rulings in connection with the appoint
ment of a conference committee Satur
day on refusal of the house to reclde
from the Scruggs-Wilder amendment ana
Insisted he had acted conscientiously anu
without prejudice.
Mr. Lewis, of Jackson, rose to object
to the statement that he had tied the
speaker's hands with his motion asking
for appointment of a conference commit
lee and insisted parliamentary precedent
demanded that the chairman of the road
committee - should have been named -n
the conference committee. Later Spealsr
jlder left the chair to move to take ui
senate messages and moved that the
bouse do not recede from tne amend
ment which the senate had asked for the
second time.
Speaking for the motion and In favor
of the amendment he stated he was sorry
he had taken any part In introducing the
road measure. After much debate the
house vofced 36 to 31 to recede from the
amendment.
Governor's Message Tabled.
Then the reading ov the governor's
special message was heard announcing
r.e would veto any road bill that did
not contain a provision to gtve the gov
ernor authority to have the. road depart
ment and service audited, provision for
calling for bids for materials and con
struction when the amount to be ex
pended is more than $300, and a provis
ion for supervision of the road depart
ment by commissioners of state institu
tions and Inspectors of convicts.
The message corrected the statement
given .out by Dawson or Hernando and
Miller of Duval that the governor ha
tcll them he would veto the bill without
certain provisions, brought a sensation
when Mr. Mtlier rose and charged the
governor's statement was untrue, Mr.
Dawson corroborating.
The statement of Mr. Miller was In
tensely dramatic and precipitated sharp
criticism of the chief executive for at
tempting to Influence legislation by threat
of his veto and the house voted to table
the message.
Pensacola Excepted.
The new Ripairian Rights bill leaving
the title to oyster beds and minerals In
the state and exempting Pensacola from
the operations of the first law passed
because of large grants made to private
corporations there for dock purposes was
passed through senate today.
The senate today cut half the tax on
dogs provided for ln the Gillis house bill.
The house bil for compulsory school
attendance pased the senate today after
being amended so as to not require teach
ers in private schools to have certifi
cates.
U. S. TO PROTEST
JEWS MASSACRED
IN EAST EUROPE
"Washington, June 2. Reports thus
far received of alleged massacres of
Jews in Poland and other countries
of eastern Europe justify a rebuke to
the governments of those countries by
the United States congress, Represen
tatives Egel, Laguardia and Goldfogle,
all of Xew York, declared at a hearing
of the house foreign afairs committee
on resolutions relating t oalleged ill
treatment
MASS MEETING
WILL BE HELD
AT CITY HALL
Chairman Johnson of Ship
workers Committee to
Washington and Philadel
phia to Report.
MEN ARE BOOSTERS
FOR PENSACOLA
Local Advantages For Ship
building Are Rated as
Above Those at Hog Isl
and and Other Northern
. Points.
A mass meeting Is called to be held
at the city hall for the purpose of
hearing report of the committee,
headed by J. M. Johnson, imt tn
Washington, to confer with Senator
i-ietcner and the Florida delegation
in congress, and to Philadelnhla
confer with the Emergency Fleet
corporation, by workers of the local
piant. The call for the meeting is
signed by E. W. Allen, chairman of
the workers committee.
Among other things it is expected
attendants at the meeting will be
told numerous comparative advan
tages of Pensacola as to climate and
location over other large shipbuild
ing centers, all of which will be cal
culated to emphasize the importance
of maintaining the local plant as one
of the positively permanent business
institutions of the community.
James M. Johnson returned yester
day from his trip to Washington and
Philadelphia as head of the committee
to the Emergency Fleet rnmn
and the Florida delegation In con
gress ana arrangements were at onea
made for the mass meeting at the city
hall at 8 o'clock tonight to hear hl
report. President Allen, of the union,
stated that Mr. Johnson's trip was a'
satisfactory one and that the report
to be given at the open meeting would
be most interesting.
Witnessed Launching at Hog Island.
While in Philadelphia, Mr. Johnson
witnessed the launching of five ships
at the Hog Island yard. He declared
that the event was undoubtedly the
most impressive of Its kind in the
nistory of the country.
His inspection of the Hog Island
plant, however, led him to assert that
its adaption for ship building, from
the standpoints of location, general
make-up and climate, is in no wise
superior, if equal, to Pensacola's.
"The Hog Island yard is, of course,
much larger than the Pensacola
yard," said Mr. Johnson "but with
eize its superiority ends. In fact, I
visited a number of yards along the
Delaware river, and for good location
and thorough equipment none of them
can be compared with the yard at
Pensacola."
Mr. Johnson declared that the cli
mate at Philadelphia Is as hot as In
the south, and In winter is distinctly
at a disadvantage to Pensacola's as
a locality for ehlp building. "These
facts make me feel certain," he said,
"that if we can hold the yard at Pen
saocla we can beat the world produc
ing ships."
In spite of the fact that the ships
launched at Hog Island were smaller
than the ones launched at Pensacola
by 1,200 tons, Mr. Johnson admitted
that the launching which he witness
ed was very educational to him. All
five of the ships were launched in
side a space of 50 minutes. In other
words, the men who handled them ap
peared to have worked the problem of
launching down to an exact science.
Mr. Johnson was quite extravagant
in his praise of the courtesy and the
general ability and standing of Uni
ted States Senator Duncan U Fletch
er, of Florida. He felt that no on
could be more keenly alive to the best
interests of Pensacola and mnrii .
generally and serve those interests
wnn more emciency than it was evi
dent to him the senior senatoi
doing, and he expressed a strong con
viction that the senator ought to suc
ceed himself as a result of the cam
paign soon to ensue.
MEXICANS CROSS
BORDER FEARING
VILLA INVASION
Juarez, Mex., June 2. Many resi
dents of Juarez sent their families and
belongings across the international
bridge into American territory today.
although there is no report that Villa
forces are near. Colonel Escobar, com
manding in Juarez, admitted today he
had no communication with Chihuahua
City. A military train sent out from
Juarez yesterday returned after hav
ing run no further than Samalayuca,
30 mues south of Juarez.
FRANCE TO SPEND
GREAT SUMS IN
RECONSTRUCTION
Paris, Correspondence of the Asso
ciated Press. "France will spend
about 4,000,000,000 francs on new pub
lic work, besides about 3,000,000,00
francs for the rebuilding of railroads
in the devastated regions," the Asso
ciated Press was told today by M.
iClaveille, minister of public works.
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