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VOL. XXII NO. 242.
Souse Bill Is in Conference for
Agreement With Cummins
Anti-Strike Law.
Express Companies Ordered Re
turned at Same TimeDif
ficulty Largely Financial.
Washington, Dec,, ,' 24. President
tTHson tonight issued a proclamation
returning the railroads and express
ompaiiHS to private control March
.'jjt. . ' -
Failure of congress to enact reme
iai legislation was given as the rea
son for extending the time two months
fr tn the date the president originally
The Esch-Cummins bill, designed to
8Kt conditions incident to return of
wy prospect, that ,an . agreement be
ws the house and senate will be
threshed out before March first, but
there are indications of a lively fight
letore either house adopts the others'
position on the anti-strike clause or
t'se question of continuing a govern -airet
guarantee to the roads until they
an obtain increased rates to meet ad
vanced operating costs.
inasmuch as the staffs of the van
as systems have been retained vir-a.-:!h-
intact by the railroad admln
r.ration the return of the roads will
jvoive legal and financial rather than
pern ting questions. , . Those depart
ments of the railroad administration
xc expected to remain in existence
nth increased personnel for months
dcr the return.
Two years of government operation
'' the railroads results in a deficit to
he government of about six hundred
wd forty-six million dollars, accord
is? to estimates., , .'
Director General Hines tonight made
Ts'iiie a message to all officers and
'lectors of railroads thanking them
w their cooperation in the 'past, and
'wpeaking their best efforts during
remaining period of federal con
trol. ' i ,
Strrtgar Sherley, former chairman
o- the house appropriations commit
ar.cl now director of finance for
-e railroad administration probably
"! he the man chosen to wind up the
-rwernment's business in railroading.
Even bigger problems confront the
spress companies which have been
r.solidated into one .."system under
iwnimcjit operation . The four prig
x'. corporations are reported to have
'&:il the department of justice if it
'UM be a violation of the Sherman
-trust law for them to remain as
li'aflclphia. Dec. 24. Thomas Ds
tt Cuyler, director of the Pennsyl
""'a Hailroad and chairman of the
"Orinl inn flf railwav cvannttirfte
fwinsr virtually, all important roads,
t-w.ght the president's announce-
mf n- "admirable in its tone and
' staree and entirely satisfactory to
niiroads." .'.':.'
' '' ur'.-. Dec. 24. Constitutionality
the federal nrohibition - amendment
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- .ii.tirageu again in me suji
:? court of the United States just
" soon as Governor Elect s Edwards
p-s office, it became known today.
;anwh:le Senator Elect Simpson of
ison has drafted a tentative bill
a'-izing the sale of , beer and light
-3 in N'ew Jersev. which he said
' ?ate?t constitutional lawyers in the
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n,1"n-" Dec. 24. Serious British
Were officiallv rcnrnrtorl in f)rrhf
f.. India.- which srive the '. British
x,,' and musing as fifty-eight with
.mndred and twenty-two wounded.
,v'"s also lost heavily.
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Investigation Expected to Follow
Controversy Between Sec
retary and Admiral Sims
Sims Says Officer in Charge of
.Operations Is Best Qualified
to Pass on Merits.
Washington, Dec. 24. Congressional
investigation, it was Indicated today
ite roads is now m, conierenco ,wun . , frism thA -ontroversv be-
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tween Admiral Sims and Secretary
Daniels over the awards of distin
guished service medals in the riavy.
The report of the awards of the
decorations has been transmitted to
the senate naval committee by Sec
retary Daniels at the request of Chair
man Page. Representative Lufkin,
republican of Massachusetts, member
of the house naval committee said hs
would ask the house to call for a simi
lar report.
The issue which "had been smoulder
ing in inner naval circles, came out In
to the open with the publication of a
letter written by Admiral Sims to
Secretary Daniels, in which he declined
to accent his distinguished service
medal unless the list of awards were
revised to include those recommended
by him to receive, the second highest
naval decoration. .
In hi3 letter. Admiral Sims said that
of the ninteen officers recommended
by him for the distinguished service
medal, only six receiveu it. lie declared
that a commanding officer present
was more qualified to judge the rela
tive merits of officers entitled to re
ward and that a board of awards sys
tem could not be fair and that officers
in important administrative posts on
shore occupied relatively more respon
sible positions than those serving at
sea. - :r" '
Secretary : Daniels in his report to
the committee said the entire contro
versy revolved around the question
of which class of service shore or
sea was more important. He ex
pressed the opinion that only shoie
duty Of the highest Importance should
be recognized equally with positions
of grave danger in the active war zone.
He declared that under the law and
by, authority of the president it was
the secretary of the navy's duty to
make the final decision. :-
In response to Admiral Sims state
ment that ihe commanding officers
of ships sunk by enemy submarines
should not receive decorations. Secre
tary Daniels said that in his opinion
the Distinguished Service medal should
be awarded to those officers in com
mand of ships of the navy which were ;
sunk by submarine attack and whose. and representatives of the special cam
conduct was meritorious. - j paign committee.
Transport Men Released '
. Hoboken, N. J., Dec. 24. Twelve
members of the civilian crew of the
transport America who were put '. in
the ship's brig at Brest after an al
leged mutiny, today-were released by
Shanks, commander of the port of
embarkation. '
General Shanks, on the vessel's ar
rival here, ordered an investigation.
In an official communication he no
tified Washington no mutiny had taken
place although there had been rifling
of srii.,J stores and an attempt by
State Department Revokes All
Licenses Issued Heretofore
by War Trade Board. .
Will Be Charged With Sedition
for Giving Arms to Bandits
. - as Part of Ransom
Washin gton, Dec. 2 4. Revocation,
effective January 1, of all licenses is
sued by the war trade board prior to
last September 30 for the exportation
of arms or munitions of war to Mex
ico, was announced today by the state
department. ,
, The announcement follows :
"The secretary of 'state directs that
all outstanding unused licenses issued
prior to September 30, 1919 by J the
war trade board or the war trade board
sectio.tjy.jpf .ithe, departmenft'tof state, for
the exportation to Mexico of, arms or
munitions of war shall be revoked ef
fective January 1, 1920. Collectors of
customs have been - advised that said
licenses will be of no further force
or effect on or after January 1, 1920.
"By virtue of the authority vested
In him by the proclamation issued by
the president on July. 12,. 1919, under
section 2 of the joint resolution of
congress, approved March 14, 1912, and
under an act of congress approved
June 15, -1917, the secretary of state
prescribes that no arms or munitions of
war shall be shipped from the United
States to Mexico, except under the
license of the secretary of state, ah
these commodities to k Mexico must!
be filed with the department of state, '
on official application forms furnished !
by that department, from which licen- I
ses will issue."
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Texas,. Dec. 24. Charges
will be filed against the
El Paso,
of sedition
American consular agent Jenkins as
the result' of delivery by. him of arms
and ammunition to the bandits who
captured him, according to the Ex-
celsior of Mexico City. The Excel
sior's Puebla correspondent says a
group of Indians that testified Jen
kins handed over war material as a
part of his ransom. The dispatch adds
part of his ransom. The dispatch
was conducted with considerable sol
emnity, a number of prominent Pueb
lans being present. '
,np AT TrCC "PTJTrlT'C! resnlt of the almost unexpectedly gen
MJlld.If rlVl'wrjO erous contributions coming through the
Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec. 24 Eggs pots stationed on the streets. At the
which dropped' from 85 . to 53 cents a last counting on Tuesday night over
dozen as a result of Lincoln women 1 $515 had come in. ;
refusing to buy any, have risen to 90 J Practically . all the baskets and all
since tne ooycott was removed and
it was announced today the boycott ,
will go back into effect Saturday. I
Kansas City, Dec. 24. Efforts wni j
be made by Kansas City to obtain the j
democratic national convention in 1920, !
it was decided todav at a meetmsr of
directors of the Chamber of commerce
certain members of the crew ; to take
shore leave against orders. . j;
It was said General Shanks and Col.
UL" K, Taylor, who directed the in
vestigation, considered three weeks
imprisonment in the brig - sufficient
punishment for the part the dozen men
had taken in disorder and stealing. A
thirteenth man, however, whose name
has been withheld, was held for ar
raignment before a United States com
missioner on a charge of larceny.
"Christmas gif " may well be
the cry of all those children who
obtain tickets from Sam Finney.
At 10 o'clock the distribution of
the St. Nicholas girl's goodies
and toys-will take place at the
city hall and the whole of
Pensacola's friendly , population
is invited to attend and x help.
There are barrels and barrels of
candy, bushels and bushels of
apples, boxes and'' boxes ' of
oranges, kegs and kegs of nuts
and oh tons of toys. No. don't
crowd. They'll last for those who
need them, and you can't get
them anyway without a ticket.
The St. Nicholas girl extends
her ' "warmest appreciation to
those who have enabled her to
distribute Christmas ' cheer. She
would have been helpless . with
out, their excellent support and
knows that they will love to see
the result of their kindness on
the faces of the files of children
who pass through her hands.
More Than a Hundred Families
Assured of Christmas Din
ner and Children of Gifts
John Pace Brings People From
Old Ladies' Home to Build-
ing to Enjoy Party.
The Salvation Army has reached
Approximately 900 people supplying
Christmas cheer from the substantial
results of an excellent pot collection,
About five or six hundred people,
counting the average family as num-
bering five or six, were supplied with
Christmas dinners. Baskets, each
containing some . fifteen articles,
chicken, potatoes, celery, tomatoes,
peas, onions, corn, coffee, sugar, etc.,
were given the heads of more than a
hundred families.
In the evening the Army Christmas
tree drew about 300 children, Santa
eager, who received oranges, apples,
; nuts, candies and toys. It has been
!the custom, heretofore, to have the
tree on New Tear's eve as a feature
,of the service watch party. The de
I parture this year was : possible as a
'the fruits, candies and toys
bought, few contributions of the sort
having been made.
"Y." Tree For Aged.
The dormitory men of the'T. M. C.
A." gave a Christmas tree and enter-
tainment to the members of the Old
Woman's home last night In the hall
of the "Y" t4"ding. The members of
the home were brought to the "X" by
John Pace in automobiles. The halls
had been elaborately decorated for the
occasion and a program of cheer and
entertainment was sriven thfi mesfs
Music for the evening was furnished
by Harry Howland, Ed. Lurton, and
R .B. Jones. A reading was given by
Miss Katherine Ray. Secretary Moore
made the address of the evening in
which he welcomed the guests and
wished them greetings of the season.
Following the program each - guest
was presented with a token given by
the men, "W. H. Davis acting as San
ta Claus.
Washington, Dec, 24. Presi- -dent
Wilson . today signed the
Sweet bill increasing compensa
tion of disabled . former . service
men and enlarging the classes of
beneficiaries tinder the war risk
: insurance act.. '"
Jack Ashore or Afloat Will Have
Dinner With All the Trim
mings and Fun Besides.
.Says Glory of Achievement
I Abides With All Who Served
I During World War
, Washington, Dec. 24. Christmas
whether his ship is riding at anchor
Jin a h6me harbor or is on duty in the
remote corners of the world, the
American blue Jacket will sit down
tomorrow to a groaning board. Tur
key or chicken, candy and nuts and
all the other "trimmings," of a Christ
mas dinner will be before him.
All ships supply officers have been
unusually forehanded this year, it was
said today at the navy department
and supplies for a real American
Christmas dinner have been sent to
the far-flung posts where American
men-o'-war are on duty.
Ships in home waters will be decor
ated with Christmas greens at the
mast head and foreyard arms and each ;
will have a real Christmas tree for I men who are putting in the oil well,
the men. Various forms of entertain- j It is understood the company has se
ment have been provided on each cured a local franchise, one from the
vessel. These will include boxing and j city of Dothan, Ala., and from Mari
wrestling matches and other athletic! anna and Panama City as well as
events. jfrom other nearby cities.
' -.Si.rn.farv naniPis todav sent the H is generally understood that gas
following message to all naval vessels
and stations:
"Christmas greetings to all in the
naval service. Demobilization has lost
many ship mates who. were with us
last Christmas when we celebrated the
peace the navy had helped us win,
but they are still our comrades. The
glory of achievement abides with all
who served in the world-war. May the
blessings of the peace Won, 'and the
blessings of the Prince of Peace cheer
every heart this Christmas time.
Rockefeller Gives a Hundred
Million to Education and
Health Work
' New York, Dec. 24. John D. Rocke
feller today gave to mankind a Christ
mas present Of a hundred million dol
lars, half to the general educational
board to rafce the salaries of college
professors and half to the Rockefeller
Foundation to aid in combatting dis
eases through improvement of medical
education, public hea'th administration
were.anj scientific resea. h.
It is estimated that Rockefeller's
public gifts now approximate four hun
dred , and fifty million. Rockefeller
said that If the Rockefeller Foundation
saw fit to ue any of the money in
Canada such tic. would meet his
cordial approval and it was announced
five million wocW go to promoting
medical edaMion in Canada.
Certain officers of the general edu
cational board are about to start a
trip south rrhere they will inspect
colleges and un'ersities which
asked aid.
Carpenters Strike Is
Ready For Settlement
Information fr-m reliable sources
indicates tnt a settlement of the car
penters strike In Pensacola will be
made before New Years. The build
ers and contni-ttiirs, it is undei "tood,
are not objecting strenuously to the
wage scale askfd their chief objection
being to the demand for a closed
shop. ' : ' V
On the part of the carpenters union
it is said the closed shop demand will
not be pressed ' the wage sIe is
1919. .
Shares on City Market Go From
Par of $10 to $70 and Few
Are For Sale
Is Said to Have Procured Fran
chises From Dothan, Mari
anna and Other Cities
Chipley, Dec 24.- (Special.) Stock
of the Chipley Oil Company, par value
$10 has soared to the high value of
$70 pet" share on the local "market and
little can be-had at that price. It is
believed that at any minute a great
gusher oil well will be brought in and
the whole town is talking and think
ing in terms of oil.
A gas company -has been formed
here, composed of local men and the
in unlimited quantities has been found,
hence the company's organization and
the several local franchises pro
Murders and Robberies at Le
mons Told of by Maj. ,
New Tork, Dec. 24. Murders and
robberies committed in Lemons by
gangs of French and American sol
diers, using women a-s decoys were
described today by .Major George
Armstrong of Detroit, efficiency . en
gineer who served as assistant to the
Provost Marshall in the American
troops area.
Armstrong was called by the de
fense in the courtmartial of Captain
Karl Detzer, charged with cruelty to
prisoners and who the defense is try
ing to show was "framed" by men
whose enmity he incurred. Armstrong
testified 25 murders were committed
and the chateaux robbed of thousands
of dollars worth of furnishings while
he was there by a large lawless ele
ment. Thugs known, he said as the
"River Rats. "Chateau Gang," "Jew
elry Gang", an-1 other names denot
ing their specialty. .
Armstrong said the military police
arrestee thugs who re now serving
1 2 to 25 years sentences. He said the
military police were under orders not
to strike men whom they had to deal
with unless in self defense. The de
fense attacked the credibility of vir
tually every witness for' the prosecu
tion and it was testified one of them
was charged with the murder of a
Frenchman but was released as the
charge could not be proved.
agreed to, and on this basis it Is be
lieved a settlement w,ill be reached.
Construction work has been 'held up
somewhat since the strike was called,
but new men have been brought into
the city and many of the builders have
assembled all non-union crews and are
going ahead -rapidly. It it said the
non-union crews are getting' higher
pay than the union men. Optimism
in regard to an early settlement of the
difficulties is expressed on both sides.
Pair and Colder w Thursday:
Friday fair; moderate north
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Beautiful Magnolia Is Dedicated
to Memory of William
T. Lusk
Community Service Had Assist
ance of Many Pensacola
' Firms in Work.
Pensacola's big community Christ
mas tree was one of the biggest suc
cesses ever recorded in the city's
community service and the tired" work
ers who raised the tree and planned
the details were fully repaid for their -work
in the appreciation of . the
guests who were present.
. An attractive program arranged for
the evening under the direction of
John P. McNamara; consisted of a
dedication of the tree by the-.city .of-'
f icials, an eulogy to Lieut. Willaid T.
Lusk, for whose memory the idea was
originated, and musical and patriotic
The dedication was made by Sena
tor John B. Jones and was on behalf
of the mayor, the city commissioners
and the city of Pensacola. He spoke
of the benefits of a community tree .
and the helpful service that the tree
would perform in bringing about a
closer feeling and cooperation of the
city as a whole and the people who
go to make up the city. The senator
said further that this would1 be one
of the greatest benefits for the city
that had been originated dur'?:jr the,
The eulogy to Lieut. Willard T. Lusk
was given by Morris Levy, chairman of
the Community Service. In a short
tribute to the memory of Lieut. Lusk
Mr. Levy brought out the qualities
Ihat go to make up a real American
citizen and hero. These qualities. Mr.
Levy said,' were all evident in the life
of the young man to whom the occa
sion of the evening was dedicated. He
brought out briefly the service that
Lieut. Lusk had given to his country
when it was plunged into the world
conflict as well as the home life of the
young man. In the latter, Mr. Levy
said further, there was an example
that might be held up for every grow- ,
ing boy, so that they might be guided
by the daily action and associations
that former the life of the young man
who had given his all to his country
in the time of its need.
Following the eulogy the dedication
was accepted on behalf of the people
of the city and the family and friends
of the young jnan, by AT. H. Aber
nathy. The tree itself was elaborately and
beautifully decorated "with all that a
Christmas tree could be,- .decorated,
given for the occasion mostly through
the courtesy of Harry Doggett. man
ager of the local branch of Kress &
Co. The many colored lighting ef
fect was furnished through courtesy of
thft Pensacola Electric Co., the tree
being furnished by the Southern States ,
Lumber company and brought to the
city by Mr. .McLaughlin. The band
was furnished by the Ed. C. ?utt
The following program was carried
out during the evening:
Band Concert The Ed. C. Xutt band.
Christmas Carols John C. Mc
Namara, leader.
Dedication of the permanent Christ
mas tree, to the memory of Lt. Wil
lard T. Lusk. killed' in battle, August
2'1 1918, Senator John B. Jones. .
Eulogy to Lt. Lusk, Morris Levy.
Selection by the Ed. C. Nutt band.
America By everybody. :
Miami, Fla.. Dec. 24. The body off
the man stabbed to death in a quarrel
here Tuesday night was identified to
night as that of Maurice Hoyle. . a
jewelry salesman of Pittsburgh. John
Wilson of Charleston, S. C, was ar
retted charged with the killing. Jobu
Style of Pittsburgh was also stabbed
and has slight chance for recovery. ,
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