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Wilson Makes Seattle "Bone Drv"
MORE THAN 61,000 »Vr*onj* buy Thr» imh «l*\ Counting four to a fam tly, ft means that 244,000 irv Stwr rMtiori dull). TALE OF A CROOKED DETECTIVE RUSH ON HERE FOR PERMITS Seattle is technically bone dry Saturday. This was the general verdict <>f men who have -<tu<iic'l the law after hearing that President \\ ilsoii thi> morning signed the pos toff ice bill, which prohibits the shipment of liquor into dry states. lust when County Auditor Wardall will have t<> close up his permit counter, or whether the law would prompt the government to seize permit shipments now <>n the way, was unsettled. "I don't know whether the f.ilk> who take out permit* today or have stuff on the way are violating the law i>r not," declared I'nited State* District Attorney Clay Allen, "and 1 won't know until I see the bill." Bill It tractive Dr M. A. Matthew* partially cleared up one angle of the conun drum when he announced that In a telegram from Congressman Hum phrey he had been Informed that the law went Into effect Imrnedl ately after ".he president signed hla name to the bill And we ll lick the noeka off em. said Dr. Matth.-ws, If they try to am»nd the bill In December. Hurrah for t*. fl. A Co' Prosecutor Alfred Lundln threw n little cold water on the hone dry , enthudaat* when he pointed out a possible loophole which may aav* the permit tip; lers Maybe It Offer* Loophole A* 1 understand the law," he ■aid. "it prohibit* shipment* Into •taiea where the manufacture and sale of liquor Is prohibited In Waalilnrton 'sale' la legalixed by prescription. Thl* may offer a loophole." IMitrlct Attorney Allen raid he would take do atep« until he had received a copy of the bill, whif h ! might be In three day* or 10. The j>ermlt counter will probably be kept oijen until somebody make» a move. Auditor Wajrdall said. Permits Wait on Allen Pros«--utor Lundln said that the county would take no atapa to dis continue the permit *y*tem until he Mad been Instructed by the federal government. ADVERTISING MANAGER'S DAILY TALK Amusements Are rovered thoraly and ae .ir#t»lv In t • Xmurdsv Htar Man*, thousands "f p<*optA look Ift It tn r their Information about the theatres. Today: Mlnslon t'ag« I ollsruin I'hk" 2 ''lass A P.iK" ? I'iemroer Pag* S Liberty f'agi l 3 Moori- I'uk" t r.»rit»K*« fan* 4 Mhamt.rn I'nK" r. Orph'-urn Page ft falsi » IHp I'»*» 7 Colonial -Page s Re* fax* H Th» flaiurdn) H)»r In a if - ngnlx*-'! authority on things theatrical. MORE THAN 61,000 COPIES DAILY DALE'S, LIKE BANQUO'S GHOST, WON'T STAY DOWN I "I consider that the matter Is purely federal." he said, "and until ; District Attorney Allen ortiers us to refrain from selling any more per j mlta. I will do nothing " Prosecutor I.undin authorised a statement, which Auditor Wardall ; will stamp on every permit, with a view towards protecting the county in Its sale of permits, to the follow- I ing effect: ' This permit doe* not sanction or authorize the violation of any stat utes of the I 'nited State-i now In ex , Istence. or which may have h»reaft jer been enacted, reflecting the transportation of liquor " Won't Refund Permit The deputies In the liquor depart ment were furnished with these stamps shortly before noon. In case the government orders Im mediate dlspOKltlon of the permit j system. Deputy County Auditor Hart announced that no mor.ey would be refunded for permits. "They are taking them on their own chances," he announced Saturday will undoubtedly see the biggest business In the sale of per mits since the state went dry Husbands, wives arid their rela tive» swarmed into the courthouse Fifteen linen were formed Many of the lines extended nearly to the courthouse corridors. The women clerk* at the women'* bar expressed dissatisfaction with President Wilson'* action in elgnlng the "bone <!ry" bill, asserting that It would cost them their Jobs. Thirety Take Chance A number of permit purchaser* *mlled and announced they were wiUing to take a chance on having their consignments returned to Cal ifornia. or wherever they were shipped from. The crowds attending their last purchasing to John barleycorn's oasis are a happy lot, and show lit tie real concern over the. true im port of the president's actions A number were heard to say that they really were glad Will Washington be able to Im port shipments from British Colum bla, and thus avoid Interstate com merce regulation#? Home attorneya raised that ques ; Hon. "No" Is the answer of Allen, Cus tom* Roller-tor I»riimheller, (ieorge Conger and Rev. Matthews, "A* T understand the law," ex plained Allen, "anyone who orders or causes to have *hlp|>ed liquor within the state Is guilty of Infrar i tlon " l>rumheiler* private opinion was that his department might be In strutted to prohibit foreign nlilp merits from getting 111 to Seattle. The Seattle Star THi ONLY PAPER IN SEATTLE THAT DARES TO PRINT THE NEWS VOLUME 19. 10 MILLION IS SPENT WEEKLY ON SPIES HERE BV J. HERBERT DUCKWORTH NEW YORK. March 3— Amazing revelations of foreign soy activities are promised If this country goes to war. Espionage In the United States Is costing the European belligerents TEN MILLION DOLLARS A WEEK, or 1520,- 000,000 a year! There i« no reaaon to believe Senator Overman wai not over estimating when he eald there are 100.000 epics in the United States. These men cost their masters. In salaries and en penses, all of $100 a week apiece. If experience of ICuropean coun tries I* any Indication, these spies will be fount planted In ••very con reliable mil many an inconcelv able place thruout the land They are workinx In munition* factories, arsenals anil dockyardn. In the big financial hou»e* thru which the orders are given. In the office* of shipping companies anil in the customs service. Hples working ak•<lnnt the allies, particularly, an- in the cotton ex change, where their Job I* to put In (Continued on page 8) INAUGURAL TO BE VERY PLAIN WASHINGTON, March :: A dripping. foKKy <lay (rr«»eted the thounandx of Americana who came to town to ie« the president inaim urated. At noon tomorrow Prealdent Wil son will tako Ihe formal oath of office Chief Juatlre White will ad mlnis-ter the oath In the president* room at the rapltol Member* of the cabinet and the Immediate families of Provident and Mrs. Wilson will be present. There have been very few especially In vited to attend, as the president desired to have the function ex tremely simple. Wilson will take the oath the second time on Mon day In public, when he will deliver his Inaugural address. PRESIDENT URGES PASSING SPY BILL WASHINGTON, March :: Chair man Webb of the house Judiciary committee late today will ask for a special rule on the general c* plonage bill passed by the senate. This was decided nt a meeting of the committee tills morning. The decision followed a Visit to the White Iloui-e by Committeemen Calloway, lgof> and others. The president Is understood to have >-\ pressed a wish that the ill 11 be passed. ZEPPELIN EXPLODES, KILLING 10 OF GREW AMKTKIII'A M March :: A new Zeppelin, mi Its speed trial at tlbent last. Monday, exploded, burning 10 of tlioNo aboard It, ai cording to ills palolMta Iroiu Uelsluw. SEATTLE. WASH. SATURDAY, MARCH 3. 1917 Kara Contests PM Against t). S. BERLIN, Via Sayville. March 3.— Foreign Secretary Zimmerman today justified Germany's action in seeking to ally Mexico and japan against the United States. Such a course, he said, was merely a defensive measure— not to be carried out except in case the United States de clared war on Germany. Moreover, he says, it was no more a "plot" than the "plot" which was reported in South Ameri can newspapers as having been undertaken against Germany by the United States when America sought, according to South American and other newspaper reports, to line up the American republics in common action against Germany. The foreign secretary commented on America's pro-ally sympathies. He refrained from admitting specifically his au thority for the letter to Minister Eckhardt at Mexico City, and his entire discussion of the matter was. he was careftil to state, based on "English reports" of the "German plot to get Mexico to declare war against the United States and to secure Japan's aid against the United States." Asked About English Report The official pre** agency today Issued the following statement "Foreign Secretary Zimmerman was asked by a ataff member of the official German pre** bureau about the Kngllwh report of a "(Serman plot revealed to get Mexico to de clare war again*' the I'nlted State*, and to secure Japan's aid again** the l ulled State*.' "The mate secretary for foreign affair* answered. "'You understand that It I* lm possible for me to dls'iiss the facts of thl* "revealed plot" Just at the moment and under tho circuit!- stance* Was "Friendly" Plot " 'Therefore, may I be allowed to limit my answer to what Is said In th« Mngllsh reports, which most certainly were not Inspired by sympathy with Germany? " The reports expressly state that ZIMMERMAN AND 6ERNSTORFF MAY LOSE JOBS OVER PLOT AMHTKRDAM. March D Heslg nation of German Foreign Secre tary Zimmerman and an abrupt termination of the diplomatic ca reer of Count Johonn Von Hern storff, former German ambassador to tho I'ni'ed Slates. Is regarded by Dutch officials In touch with German coadltli ns as certain to fol- U. 11.I 1 . (iives Senate First Report of Plot Confession WASHINGTON, March 3.— When Senator Brandegee, Con necticut, opened the debate on the armed neutrality bill today, Benator Sherman, Illinois, pre sented him with a copy of the United Press dispatch from Ber lln, admitting authenticity of the Mexico-Japan plot letter, and, upon Brandeflee giving permis sion, the dispatch was read to the senate by the clerk. 'Germany expected ami vlthtd to remain with the I'nlted State* on tortus of friendship. but thai In case Ihe United State* declared war against Germany, *<• prepared measure* of T fall to sen how such a "plot" I* Inspired by unfriendliness on our part. Feared U. S. aa Foe "'ft would mean nothing but that we would use mean* universally nd mltted In war in rase the I'nlted State* declared war "'The must Important part of the alleged plot I* Ita condition* and form The whole plot" fall* to the Kround in i»m> the I'nlted State* doe* not declare war attain*) us. "'And if we really, a* the report allege*. considered the possibility of n hoatlle hc( by the I'nlted States against us. then we really hud reasons to do ho ' " " 'An Argentine newspaper which (Continued on page 81 low the revelation of the Zimmer man letter In the I'. S. I'p until a late hour lust night, German paper* bad not been per mitted to publish anything con cerning the Zimmerman letter. Kf fort* to obtain some word from these circles failed. Dutch officials refuse to discuss the plot fr.r publication, but prl vatoly It was stated that the at tempt wan a crowning blunder of Teutonic diplomacy." BERLIN PRESS IS SUPPORTING PLOT lUCHUN'. March The Berlin press today supports tlie govern ment In its action of taking precau tionary measures against attack by the I'nlted States thru the proposals transmitted to tbe (ieitnati minister at Mexico City. THE SEATTLE lloniP Conmim i ith' li'.tmi" piiirrtnlni'd n number i <>f Aliiuku pioneers at Its muplliik I m tUu CUambei of Cbmmoico i' (INF CFNT'"" * veil I OI%MI« iw FENCES TO BAR CROWD FROM COURT MONDAY In anticipation of the crowd* that mill congregate In the Kin* county court house nrit Monday to attend tbt trial of Thomas Tracy, the first I \V. \V. to face trial on a murder charge in connection with the Kv icrett labor fight on November r», l Klne county official* will barricade thn hall* adjoining Judge Itonald's •iourt with fence* I I Se\eral fence* are being con structed to l>« placed In position after the court room ha* l>een filled \ number of deputies will patrol the hallway* to keep the crowd* out. The court room will hold approxi mately L'oo person* \fter thin num ber ha* been admitted the door* will be locked. SnohoiniHh county will send four deputies. King county will appoint two extra deputies, whose sole duties will be to keep order during tbe trial*. It I* estimated the flrnt ca*e wll last more than a month. □ □□□□□□□ W £ ITCTEW m TIE mile CABINET IV BURTON IE. STEVEMSIM STMTS MID M ID THE sim www □ □□□□□□□ AND IDS NAME IS "WARDELL" By the City Editor of The Star When it was announced the other day that Inspector Mike Powers of the Seattle police had been charged by Pro«e icutor Lundin with accepting a bribe, and arrested, you no doubt concluded the man was guilty. The marked money passed to him by Lundin's informant was found on his person. There didn't seem, on the surface of the affair, to be much room for doubt. It struck us the same way—at first. HIS NAME WARDELL Inspector Powers had a plausible story, of course. A man named Wardell, he said, been in his office ju«t a moment before the deputy sheriffs entered to arrest him. When the man named Wardell left, the inspector found some money on his desk. He picked it up. he said, and started for the next room to turn it over to the police property clerk, but before he got there he was arrested WITH THE MARKED MONEY ON HIM. • • • • • "A MAX NAMED WARDELL!" Faintly, the name stirred an elusive memory, WARDELL! The next day it came to me. It is the story of another "case" in which a self-styled private "detective" played a part. The name of that "detec tive" was Wardell. Here is the story: At " o'clock on a stormy night in December, 1915, while 1 was sitting in my home on Queen Anne hill, reading, the telephone rang. "This is Wardell." a voice said. "1 want to see you right away on a very important matter. Can I come to your house?" 1 knew no one <>! the name. 1 pressed him for an ex planation of Ins business, hut lie said he could not discuss it over the phone. 1 finally permitted him to come. THE "FRAME-UP" He arrived shortly before 10. 1 had never seen the man before. However, he did not leave me long in the dark as to the nature of his errand. lie was, he said, a detective, lie had been trailing me fur several weeks, lie went on. trying to get something "on" me for certain interested parties, lie had not succeeded. In stead. finding that I was a fairly respectable sort of chap, with a family, he had become soft-hearted. Unable to catch nie < 1 <>i anything "naughty," lie had been instructed by his clients, lie said, to "frame" nie: THAT IS, TO SF.T A TRAP WHI< II I WOULD IXXOC'F.XTLY WALK INTO. TRAILED TO BUTLER Hut then lie had remembered his own little ones. A wave of compassion for poor me had swept out of his mind all - (Continued on page 3) Know Your Man, Liindin Police crooks must go! \nd I'ro-ciutor l.undin must uot jeoparili/c the splendid efforts now being made to rid tiie city of offi cial grafters l>y pinning his entire case against Mike Powers on tlie word of a man who may be a shyster detective. l.undin should first investigate his man Wardell. To push a case that was "framed up" by a cunning stool-pigeon hurts the entire campaign against graft. That's why The Star is anxious that l.undin know exactly with whom he dealing. NIGHT EDITION "Tonight and Sunday, cloudy". oc casionally threatening; alight change in temperature," says the weather marj. And don't forget to vote. Tuesday, for Ericsson, Lane, Hesketh.