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VOTE FOR THE SUB-TAX
DECEMBER 23 BETTER SCHOOLS FLORIDA WEATHER Fair weather and moderate temperature Tuesday and Wed-, nesday, gentle variable winds. VOL. XXII NO. 240. PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1919. PRICE FIVE CENTS HOQ ELECTION I TODAY. (UJ sc k"fAX SON. FOOD PRICES TO SOON DECLINE Palmer Announces Cost of Liv ing Is Now Under Lrovern ment Control. PROGRAM IS OUTLINED Earnest Co-operation of Honest People Generally, of Nation Is Sought in Plan. Washington, Dec. 22. Expectation of a decline in retail food prices be- .nning between - January 1st and llarch 1st was expressed tonight by Attorney General Palmer in a state ment summing up the efforts of the government to date in forcing down ie cost or living. ' . .- The cost of living is already under jontrol and can be reduced if every one who produces will produce his ut most, if those who" buy and consume til! save and eliminate extravagance. f all honest people will Join the de mrtment Of justice in stamping out irof Steering and hoarding, - Palmer tali Explaining the downward trend of rices Ordinarily shown during . the irst two months of the year. Palmer aid it was the hope of the govern ment that "this trend would be ac celerated this year by the campaign initiated by the government which ' is oat now getting well underway." He tailared prices were ; practically sta tionary since August, and the pre vailing profits of clothing had been re duced five to fifty per cent. He said ITS prosecutions had been instituted since penalties were added to the Lever act October 22. . ... The statement, issued with the au thorization of government officials associated with the attorney general in the- campaign to force - down living costs, Including Director General Hines, is considered in some quar tere to be a. summary of the govern ment's position in the face of recently renewed demands of railroad work ers for an Increase , in pay. Washington, Dec. 22. The National Retail Clothing Dealers' association re eenuy estaoiisnea tneir pre-war margins of profit. Palmer has an nounced, and appointed committees to ran down profiteers within their aembership. He stiid the National Setail Shoe Dealers association ap- jointed an executive committee to confer for the purpose of establishing a similar rule. He said the National Retail Drygoods association also is co operating. Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 22. Women of Nebraska are being called upon by toe Lincoln Women's Club to wage an active campaign against the high cost w iivir,g. ' .. . This was announced here today by Jlra. X. E. Hildreth, "lead of the civics department of the club, who declared hat through a boycott on eggs, the women of this city forced prices from Scents to 65 cents a dozen in approx imately two weeks time. The ban on tsa lias now, been lifted. . Efforts to induce all women of the sate to enlist -in the fgiht on high Prices, Mrs. Hildreth said, are being tsade through correspondence with all Nebraska women's clubs which have a membership of about 12,000 and other tides would be boycotted. RESERVED HOME RULE FOR IRISH Lloyd George Announces Two Legislature Plan to House of Commons. i c n-lon, r)ce. 22. Two legislatures be formed in Irela "overnmnnt's Irish homo rule -hilt Pro- -r Uoyri George told the house of nmons tonight will be be clothed . . fun constitutent powers to cre- 1 Keislature to discharge all pow--ot specifically reserved . to the "PTial eovemmpnt- :' . - ,v,!Scussills the difficulties he said '...e Trckmd was never so prosperous toilay she never was so alienated Britisn rule as today. Creation e Irish legislature be whenever nd desired unity. ft:W DEMANDS ARETI ADE ON MEXICO Washington. Dec. 22. Informed by American : consul at Mazatlan, Sico, that two blueiackets in 1ail trf are held on various pretexts, the 'iepartment today Instructed the ssy at Mexico City to make rep- Nations to the Carranza govern- and nlurv vi;vnn4ni u cr... th"" Mexican eovernment take jT'S toward .apprehension of bandits 'Q captured jand held for - ransom ?eflprlck Hugo, American, who was iated under promise to pay $1,500. ITALY'S PRETTIEST .lrl- IT m - V; i VV" ', -S - 0 ) h m !4Y mM MtV. ,Tlllmiiii.iiijjniiii in, mi mini Rome The most beautiful" and fa vored girl in Italy is Donna Charlotta Orlando, daughter of the former pre mier, bhe won considerable reputation by her devotion to war work. NC-4 ARRIVES I PORT TODAY Was Held Up at Mobile Yester- day HasJust Completed Tour of Mississippi. The naval seaplane NC-4 which suc cessfully negotiated the first flight across the Atlantic, will arrive from Mobile at about noon today, accord ing to a radio message to the Pensa cola air station last night. The plane was expected yesterday, but her delay in getting into Mobile upset the itiner ary. . Liieut.-Comdr. Albert C. Read, who piloted the NC-4 across the' Atlantic is in command of the plane now and has with him practically the same crew which . made the famous trip. This pwlll be the "NC-4's second visit to Perasacola, Commander Read hav ing stcwiped at the air station for sev eral days in September for minor re pairs and over-haul before making a long tour of : the Mississippi valley from which he is just returning. , LEADER OF MINE WORKERS! JAIL Check Offered as Bond Not Ac cepted by Judge Who De nounced Howat's Attitude Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Alexander Howat, president of the Kansas dis trict .United Mine Workers is in jail here tonight awaiting hearing Mon day on the charge of v contempt of court in connection with the strike. Federal Judge -Anderson did " not- ap prove the check offered as bond and the judge denounced Howat's attitude toward Injunction saying "either ;I have to vindicate the law orabdicate in favor of Mr. Howat." t The case against Howat Is the out growth of charges of contempt against 84 international and district officials of the mine workers, brought prior to the agreement reached in Indianapolis December. 10th. - - v Opening the case this morning, special United States District Attor ney Sims declared Howat had kept in force a- local strike begun last July and merged nvith the general strikebn October 31. In addition, it Is charged, Howat has openly defied the--court in statements- and interviews with the press to the effect that there was no power in the country to force the miners to return to work. Mr. Sims ; - nf t Alas in r eVivnf fffr trict and declared no court or other agency : naa neen f ound in Kansas strong enough t& fight Howat. "' Judge Anderson was vehement in his denunciation of the conditions ex isting , in the Kansas field and told of having received a number of'scur rilious? letters and editorial I clippings from the district denouncing him for his action " in connection . with the coal strike. ; Counsel for Howat intro duced a response to the charges in (No. 1 Continued on- Paae 2) Polling Places to foe Open from 8 -o'clock to Sunset COAL ARGUMENT IS A LIVE ONE Another Strike or Higher Prices Are Predicted by Repub lican Senator. SECRET DEAL INTIMATED Operators' Objection to Terms Characterized by Palmer as Merest Quibble. Washington, Dec 22. Entering into the controversy raging about the gov ernment's proposals for settlement of the coal strike, Senator Frelinghuysen, republican of New Jersey, chairman of the senate committee.- investigating the coal situation, in a formal state ment tonight, declared , that the gov ernment's negotiations there must have . been some sort ) of secret deal made in addition to the signed settle ment.,. ; Explaining that he spoke ;nly for himself and ;not for the other com mitteemen Frelinghuysen added: -In any event the public may look for an increase in the price of coal or anoth er strike." The executive committee of the coal operators maintained silence today but decided to call off . the meeting, of the scale, committee Tuesday. The opera tors expect, to .formulate a decision at a conference -after Christmas re garding their policy towards the set tlement. Operators from the beginning. At torney General Palmer declared to night, have been clamoring for arbi tration and had stated repeatedly their willingness to conform to any plan the president might suggest. The settle ment proposal accepted by the miners. the - attorney continued, was submit ted to representatives of operators in Indianapolis , who communicated with their representatives in Washington. He said operators had kept silent un til the miners returned to work, then began to object. Palmer denied assertions made yes torrlav Tw nnprators. whose position he I characterized as the "merest quibble j and quite unworthy of representatives of a great industry. SEN. SMITH TALKS TO CONSTITUENTS Georgia Senator Tells Why He Voted Against League and Why Not Ratified. Macon, Dec. 22. Senator Hoke Smith in an address to a mass meet ing tonieht defended his vote in the senate against the league of nations.. He declared he found some oi article 10, which he denounced as vicious. He said if the covenant as written by President Wilson had been submitted to the senate it would have been rati fied without question. PROFITEERING IN SUGAR HELD UP Proposed Deal Involved Approx , imately Nine Million Pounds. - New York, Dec. 22. The proposed sale of 9,000,000 pounds of cuban sugar to consumers at 19 1-2 to 20 cents a pound, with $100,000 profit was held up today, by Federal Food Administrator Williams because the fixed price is 11 cents. ,The sugar is aboard the stearjr er Munson which arrived recently from Cuba. CONDITION OF W. A. D'ALEMBEFfTE SERIOUS ' The condition of W. A. D.'Al emberte, 'one of the widest . known druggists in Florida, who is at the Pensacola hospital suf fering from-; complications, , fol lowing the amputation s of ' - his I right leg, Friday night, is' seri . ous and - unfavorable, " according to latest jeports from the hos- pitaL ' Mr. ; D'Alemberte was v knocked down by an East Hill car .near the Chase-st. crossing. . Friday night - and his right leg cut off at the ankle. ? Fifteen Precincts Included in District in Which Voting Is " to Take Place -V : SCHOOL BOYS - ACTIVE Organize Companies - to Aid Campaign Committee in Get ting Voters to Polls. Whether or not Pensacola has bet ter schools depends on the result of today's sub-tax election. Fifteen pre cincts are included - in the district and the polling places are to be open from 8 o'clock until 5:15 p. m. "Voters are being urged to cast their ballots early in order that they may not be prevented from voting by any unfore seen business engagement late in the day. . : Chairman Watson of the executive committee and Chairman Brown of the campaign committee, of -the Pen sacola School association, are confi dent the election will carry safely, but they unite with many other tax payers of the community in urging all men who support the movement to be sure and vote. Persons qualified to vote In this election are those who have their poll tax receipts, or are marked paid for the years 1917 and 1918, and who may have also paid either a property or personal tax for the yast year. This opinion was given yesterday by Judge Francis ,. B. Carter, attorney for the county school board. Had the election have been ordered after the first of January, the poll tax receipts or credits would ' have been required for 1918 and 1919. '- Polling Places. i Polling places, are .as foUowj?:2 Precinct Nor 2-BIitch's store, Cer vantes and O-st. , Precinct No. 12 -Lind's caniz and Intendencia-sts store, Al-f t Precinct' No. 13 Judge Bellinger's office, courthouse. Precinct No. 14 Peter Borras,' 103 S. Baylenvst. . ; Precinct No. 15. Barber shop, Ro mana and DeVillier-sst. Precinct No. 24 Palmetto Beach. Precinct No. 26 Storehouse, Greg-ory-st and lOth-av. ' Precinct No. 27 Farrar's store, 9th av and Strong-st. Precinct No. 28 Peter's store, . Al caniz and Gonzalez-st. Hayne and Gadsden-sts. Precinct No. 30 State board of health laboratory, N. Palafox-st. preCinct No. 31 Storehouse, Gads den and -DeVilier-sts. Precinct No. 32 Menas store, Gads den and A-sts. Precinct No. 34 Riley's store, De Villier and Wright-sts. Precinct No. 35 Brigg's store, E. Pensacola Heights. " The schools boys are active in the campaign and have been organized into companies to assist their fathers in voters interested in the sub-tax dis trict movement and in getting them to the polls and vote. . SMITHWICK TO REMAIN NORTH Will Spend Christmas Holidays in Capital Fletcher to Come to Florida. Washington, Dec. 22. Congressman Smithwfck ill spend the holiday re cess of congress in Washington with his family, who are here for the win ter. He has a number of important matters ' he expects to-clear up with the departments during the two weeks before congress again convenes for the long legislative grind. Senator Fletcher" left Sunday night for Jacksonville. He will spend two or three days there then go to Geneva to spend Christmas with his sister. He expects to return to Washing ton January 2 to attend the import tant meetings of the military com mittee of which he is a member.. The military committee has . the army reorganization bill and a num ber, of other very important matters before it and Senator Fletcher's pres ence is desired at these meetings. Senato'r and Mrs. Tammell will spend the holidays in .Washington. They returned to -Washington a week ago after, being - several weeks i in Florida, v Congressman Drane . left f or Tampa- Saturday. Congressman Sears has been in his district travelling about v. since November, meeting his people. V,-v V" v -'.'''-'';: - Congressman Clark has his family here and" will spend Christmas with them. , - , t SENATE IJ AY YET RATIFY TREATY Following Holiday Recess Party Leaders Get Together in Conference. COMPROMISE INDICATED General Conference Planned Im v mediately Upon Reassem bling of Congress. Washington, Dec 22. Compromise efforts for ratification of the peace treaty moved forward with increasing impetus today when leaders of both parties- in the senate, released from legislative duties by the holiday re cess, came actively into negotiations for agreement on reservations. Notable in the day's long series of conferences was a meeting of Senator Lodge, republican leader and Under wood, democrat of Alabama, promi nent advocate of speedy compromise. They are said to have discussed the whole range of possibilities of bring ing together on a common ground enough senators to insure ratification. In the meantime Senator Hitchcock, of Nebraska, acting democratic lead er, arranged .during the coming week to see every republican senator who is here. As -soon as congress reassembles Senator Hitchcock plans to have a general conference of those who favor ratification with or without reserva tions.' V In his talk with Underwood, Lodge had before him the views of the mild reservation group of republicans wno presented to him yesterday a plea for support of compromise negotiations. Modification in the language or reser vations as agreed on by the senate ma jority is understood to have been sug gested by mild reservationists. VALIDITY PROHI LAW TEST STARTS States of Rhode Island and New Jersey Take Initiative in Fight. Washington, Dec. 22. The supreme court today ordered the government to show cause on January 5 why orig inal proceedings should not be insti tuted by the state of Rhode Island and New Jersey retail liquor dealers to have determined the constitutional ity of the national prohibition consti tutional amendment.- Applications for permission to con test the amendment's validity and seek injunctions against its enforcement in those states were presented last week. In both instances the amendment was alleged to conflict with the state po lice powers and with the federal con stitution. - In ordering the government to show cause the court, according to govern ment attorneys followed an unusual procedure as ordinarily in such in stances, permission to bring such pro ceedings is given and a date fixed when they are returnable. The court however, was generally believed to have been prompted by the fact that as the "amendment becomes effective on January 16 next, the procedure fol lowed would expedite matters.' . ; ST. NICHOLAS FUND CONTINUES TO GROW The St. Nicholas Girl fund continues to grow, contributions being sent daily to Miss Modeste Hargis at the Hargis Pharmacy.; Amounts received yesterday were: I Cash X ..... .50 Cash ................ 1.00 Cash 1.00 Cash 1.00 Miss Fannie Henderson .... 1.00 Miss Sarah A. Dunwoody 3.50 In memory of little Jack Dingwall .1.00 Mrs. J. R. McLane 5.00 Cash ....... ..'.-ii... ...... 1.00 Mrs. T. Li. Gant . .. . . . . . . . 1.00 C. J. Oerting .......... 2.00 Miss Katie Rjbe .75 Dorothy Garrett ...... .". . . . 1.00 Mrs. Thomas White's Sunday School Class ......... 3.75 Cash 1.00 Dan McMillan 5.00 L. Hilton Green, Jr. . .... ; 1.00 Mr. Wells .. .45 Mr. PInney .50 Miss Irma Graham ........ .50 Mr. Huhble 1.00 t , i TO TRY NEWBERRY 1 iiM.i3mZiMM 1 Detroit, Mich. Senator Truman X' ax--iir-'- dn1 i ti a 'I rttlftctf AT toll i o-o.n , , - ulent practices in the senator's elec - tion are to appear before Justice C. W, Sessions to answer the indictments. OFFICERS GET MALAMOLOOT One of - Trio Who Ransacked Grocery Store. Confesses; ) Many Petty Thefts. . Sergeant Roper of Fort Barrancas and Clarence Roper of Hayne and Jacksoh-sts. were arrested yesterday and Will Vaughn held for investiga tion in connection with the robbery of the store of Nick Malamo, at Jackson arrests were made by Capt. Harper and Special Officer Mall of the police dc- partment, the leads to the arrests be ing given by Vaughn, who confessed. In his statement Vaughn said that the two men came to his room at Jackson and Alcaniz-sts.. and forced him at the point of a gun to go with ... Aft.r th T-..H- thpm into the store. After the ,rD bery the proceeds were split between, the three of them, all three going out to the edge of the city to' bury the bonds and currency. . Vaughn claims -further that on the way, he threw most of the coins out (No. 2 Continued on Page Total Loss Estimated at Ten Thousand Dollars No Casualties. Chattahoochee, Fla.. Dec. 22. At 8 o'clock tonight fire broke out in the receiving hospital at the Florida state hospital for the insane. At that time the regular weekly moving pictures were being shown and most patients and employees were in attendance. When the alarm was given every one moved out in order and there was no excitement owing to the training in the fire drills which have recent ly been inaugurated. In ten minutes from the time . the fire was discov ered every patient in that building had been transferred to other wards. It required about one hour to ex tinguish the fire owing to its being hard to reach. x , , It is thought the blaze started by spontaneous combustion hv linen and surgical dressings in the dark room Many . patients and the men of the neighbortiood worked bravely with the employees In stopping the fire. The estimated damage about ?lo, 000. There were ho casualties or acci dents. ' ' ' CENTRALIZATION OrfcWTWT? TYFVMOTTNCED ... New York, Dec. 22. Denouncing so cialism and communism and criticis ing the initiative, referendum and re call, Governor Lowden of Illinois, can didate for the republican nomination for president, said the trend toward centralization of all authority, and power at Washington strikes at the very ' foundation of the government. Th"is is inevitable if municipalities and states shirke responsibilities, he added. ii. i FIRE DAMAGES STATE HOSPITAL POLICE FORCE NEEDS RAKING Supreme Council at Versailles Might Be Able to Bring Peace in Department. THIEVES HAVE "SNAP" Crooks Burglarize Town Because Force Too Small and Mem bers Don't Co-operate. (BY LUCKY BALDWIN.) The supreme council at Versailles, and all the assistants which the "big four" gathered there, were unable to bring- peace to the world but they might succeed in adjudicating the in ternal strife in the Pensacola police department where Chief Ellis' cap tains, lieutenants and patrolmen, each for himself for personal glory or po litical ends. And while the department is thus weakened by internal jealousy in which each tries to capture some minor offender, impound a pig, or ciiiilllB msiier, aiscover, ferret out - . -i auu omerwise detect the villian who ' Purloinod the Kohinoor, and thus out ma t-oiieagues, tmeves have what they must jovially term a snap, burg laring the town. Houses are entered, strong boxes opened or carried away, hiding places are ransacked, grocery stores are rob bed, and sneak thieves operate on the streets and highways. Probably most of the robberies are reported to the police department. Zany are not. The Journal has in the last three weeks carried stories of at least 20 thefts of varying degrees of magnitude and in only three or four cases have arrests been made or convictions obtained. It is true that most automobile thieves are caught, it being somewhat difficult for a thief to stow an automobile in a sufficient ly inconspicuous place to escape notice. The sheriff's department is handi capped by lack of cooperation with eViinft .it - ... j fftI' ,S' apPar. ently been unable to attain as much success as the police. The trouble seems to be traceable to two major causes. First, in the department it self, lack of cooperativeness, common mieiehu m me public cause. The de- r n lm niet to a- lroIman appear to be distrustful of -"-.v.. , ou mciiie-jency results. Farces Too Small. - The second cause is the inadequacy of the force. There are not more than six patrolmen on any watch, to guard a -city of thirty thousand or more people. East Hill. North Hill and West Hill seldom see an officer of the police department except on a street car. The patrolmen are assigned mostly to beats in the bus itrict and the residential sections must It is true that robberies and thievery would exist no matter how large a force the city had. Robberies take place in every city. But the number is decreased in direct ratio with the efficiency and size of the department. A clever man, with sufficient nerve can commit a burglary in any citv, ho matter how well policed. But it is an axiom of criminal investigation that no man can create a false series of events and dovetail that series of events into the natural sequence so cleverly that the joint cannot lie ob served. It is not the size of the police force which deters men from committing crimes, is is the fear of "getting caught" which holds them back. And just so, long as the police fail to cap ture those responsible for- the present wave of burglaries iti Pensacola. just so long will robberies continue. In the meantime the banks have failed in their duty by not having edu cated their depositors to a knowledge of the proper uses of banking houses. Banks are public property, public benefactors, in a way, and they should conduct campaigns of education to teach depositors that the proper place for valuables of all kinds at all times is in the vaults of a bank. And , until the police department catches, up with the present crime wave, householders must protect themselves. Get bulldogs, watch-dogs, any kind of dogs so long as they are paradoxes which both bark and bite. In addition to this first line of de-. and the good old service automatic and stand-by for intruders and prowl ers.' . ' R. A. M. TO MEET . IN ASHEVILLE 1920 , Asehville, Dec 22. The triennial convention of the grand lodge, Royal Arch Masons of the United States will be held In Asheville September 2 V 1921, it was announced here toiv. .