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W ■■■ ■ ■ Tonight and Thursday, 111 I I ruin; wider tonight; mod- II 111 erate southu-cstrrly winds. I I I I I TrniprrMum |«<t ♦» Hour* III \9 Minimum, 44 IIP Today nonn. in. VOLUME 23 '''* . r Challenge to Mayor. Meet It Squarely. I Give the h acts. Don't Ruin City Credit. j TN SWORN HTATKMKNTH. the ' "• Puget Sound Traction Co. allege* 'lr the federal court that the munt \ >«lpul railway is taking In enough | anoney to pay all expenses. including I ffcond-M obligations! ■ I Here. then, ts Mayor CaldsretTs op. I Bortunity. and the opportunity of the 5 Mayor's prober, Wllmon Tucker. to ■lake (nod on their assertion that the contrai l I* "impeeslMe." It Is a direct challenge to them. should meet It aqua rely. The tend suit should, and could, estah- I once and for all whether the jror has heen grandstanding for | It leal effect, or whether he really I I the roorl* j I NOW WK CAN" / CRT THK HITS The isaue la very plainly presented. Koo »e can set the farts, not mere I SpHertlona. not met# not ■ntre insinuations. not mere In (Mendo. and not merely political bun- Com'" It Is CaldwelTs opportunity •" tnake good In that respect on all the talk he has Indulced in for more than A year. In other a» Jils Insinuations of crookedness and Corruption, he has already failed. . Kvrn hi* own dete<tivee and the tfand Jury report punctured that. It la too had that It was (aft for «th" Puitet Sound Traction Co. to present the real issues In the car controversy. It would have heen • tan<h more square had the trurynr or the "It taxpayers" presento* that . question. Instead of met»ly rltinunc the city In a suit that Wfculd qnJy thine* up mora. A If the city la making rood cm th* Hfeilway; If It Is on the road to a rwh Hmls. it should not he interfered with Wnr mere technicalities. "«!«3ui, n >o not rsrn Vn i- auiKigj. r.%MK ||4 It moat.be remembered yiat no one toade any Inroad Into tli* natltl |knd until Mayor Caidwetl began run _.*lng things. when the car system Was bought It was agreed that the general taxes of the cHy were not to te used And they were not until Caldwell took < harjre. The farts are that tho general lands of the city (tax funds) were not leached. except for loaaea sustained en Division A and I.ake Burlen tines prior to the city's buying the Pujret fctmd system, and then In 1910. for •M.904 at Caldwell's suggestion. It should be remembered that Olid Veil was the first mayor since the ftnes »'t* bought that suggested the tasatlon method to pay for the sya tsm He did that very plainly last ■namrr. Today he Is singing another He has heen oa every side of the Car controversy. | And now rnldwefl ha* e*»ry oppor taaity In the world to make good his ■pgwrtion that. If the contract Is itn- V •oestl le of performance, the city can Jb frelleved from Its obligations. H»'K MI ST I.KT Mkttkr manaukwot If he can't make (rood on that, as ft* ha* failed on hi* other chance* and insinuations, our course Is plain. Ve must get hetter management. We must ret somelvxly who wants to make the traction system a «uc •ese! We are not going to give the line* I bar k to Stone-Webster for a son*. We are not going to repudiate anv f Contracs and ruin the city's credit aiereiy for a political whim of Mayor Caldwell's. Took Cleaner to Pay Board Bill? H. A. Patterson, employe of the dly lighting department, is an swering a charge of grand larceny In Judge A. W. Prater's court. The prosecution claim* I'atte.rson took two vacuum cleaners belonging to th<- city and pawned one and gave I the other to his landlady to pay I fct board bill. Oregon Race Track Bill I* Knocked Out ; ft A f.KM. Or*- Feb, 11.— "HayJnir th* pofilea" won't t>e allowM In tht* ■KaK for th* **nat« of th* Ore«on tetffcUturf 1 kIHM the bill, which haA previously pa***'! by th* hotiM fcrtatin* a *tat« racing rommiMflan | and parl-mutoel bettlof on ! borne race*. Oregon Women May Serve on Juries RAUSM, Ore, Feb. 22 A bill whlf-h iirmlts women of Oregon to Ki> on Juries In l»efor» Oovernor Otcott today, the senate of the state legislature having passed the meas ure. j* t/, 10. The hotine had pr»- >l«u»ly riven lt» approval. Tijuana Race Track Closed by Clubmen HAN DIEGO, (ill . Keh. 2J. The g&i-m of tha Tijuana raca track were cloned today, *OO horses stood Idle in the,r stalls, and horaemen from all part* of the country wer. wondering •what. ne*tr' The Jxiwer California Jockey club ei'xied the track and announced that It will remain eloaed until the Mexl can official* discontinue making |lO •turge for lawput via*. CAR SUIT WON BY CITY ATTACK BY 'FOURTEEN' IS SMASHED Attempt to Make City De fault on Interest Payment Is Knocked Out Judge J. T. Ronald Wednesday quashed the suit of 14 "taxpayers" to compel the city to default on Its internet payment to Stone * Webster on the purchase price of the street railway*. M.irch I. He sustained a demurrer to the complaint. file. I by Corporatlrm Counsel Walter V. Meier, declaring, in effect, that the plaint Iffs had not mad" out a ease in their bill of complaint. The court 'tales his conclusions as follows: "I am unable to eonclndo other wise thj, n that the plaintlfr* com plaint fails to Mate facta entltlinjr them to the relief prayed for. and the demurrer must be sustain<al on that ground " Kt PRKMK COI RT HI I.INt. CIJCAR "I think there is no question hot that the law requlrsa the cost of op eration and maintenance to be paid out of the groos earnings of the syw tem, but the supreme court has held clearly that a pledge a fixed amount Is within the power of the council, and the same will be upheld, even tho not enough he left to pay costs of operation and maintenance. "I quota from the language of the supreme court in Hchoatey vs. Che hatis. II Wash. M 1: 'ln tho event that the rates eatabUshed are not: sufficient to maintain the plant and par the Interest on principal on the bonds as the same mature, the dlj | l« bound to raise the rates until the revenues will be sufficient to main tain the evstem and aim take care of the maturing principal and Inter eet on the bond*. - 'We will not preoume that the city will not perform tMa duty by fixing such rates a* will enable It to maintain the plant from the revenues of the system Itself and also pay the principal and interest of the bonds a* provided by the ordinance.' "The plaintiffs' complaint shows that the city has twice raised the rates since it got possession." HCTfAIN CORPORATION OM'NmH MOTION' The court also sustained the mo tion of the corporation counsel to compel the plaintiffs to bring In the Puget Sound Light * Tower Co. a* parties defendant to the action On this subject the court says: "The final relief asked I* that all the provisions of the ordinance, or this contract be declared untra vires, illegal and void, and hence I think for this reneon the traction company is a necessary party." Corporation Counsel Meier's mo tion that the plaintiffs lie required to number and state separately their several alleged causes of sction waa denied on th» ground that the com plaint constitutes but one cause of action. PACK INUNCTION IN T. H. CO! RT Hy an order Issued by Federal Judges K. K. Cushman and Jeremiah Neterer Monday, the plaintiffs In the superior -ourt action will be required to show cause next Monday why they should not be enjoined from further prosecuting their action. The order was Issued on complaint of the Puget Bound Mght and Power company, which claimed that its in terest* are being endangered. A preliminary restraining order was put into effect at once, and It Will either he dissolved or made per manent at the hearing Monday. O I! Thorgrlmson. associate ooinv *e| for the 14 taxpayers, stated Wed nesday: "I never knew before that a fed eral court could enjoin an action in the superior court, but we'll find out all about It Monday." The Incident of the Alki Collar; or, Why Is a Holiday? BY K. P. CHAIXBAFT GBORUK WASHINGTON'S birth day <122 yarn after his death) being a holiday, there were three ftvcntwa of occupation open to John HJllyera. Hut It wan too late to «j»d« the little garden plot that precariously tilted itn btaJted countenance on the slope at the rear of the Hlllyer'n homo at Alkl, so that left but two possible thorofaren of activity for the day. John pondered them both. To upend a <|ulet day of rent at home, or go out and "celebrate." -which? However, the burden of decision wan not left with him Mr* Hilly em was fur from retlcient In the mattrr of ronveylng to her SIHIUK« the ld>-a that she, for one. was overi-ome with no great desire to llng«-r within night aod ttocll of th« kilchcji tango on u On the Issue of Americanism There Can Be No Compromise The Seattle Star Bot*r*« u Rerond Matter Mar I. lIH. at tba PoUofflr. at Reattla. Wuk. under tit* Act ofContraaa March S. W». Par Twr, by Mall. |l to )• No More Delay! Alien Land Bill Should Be Passed at Once! TEXAS SENATE and the Nebraska house have passed bills prohibiting the ownership of land by aliens ineligible to citizenship. In each in stance these bills are aimed specifically at Japanese invasion. Shall the state of Washington, with this menace already upon her, be more backward in such legisla tion than these eastern states? The anti-alien land bill is before the legislature. It should have been voted upon before this. Powerful influences are at work to kill the measure. It is no secret that influential members of the Chamber of Commerce, learned ministers, and other prominent citizens have sought to pigeonhole the bill. No doubt they are of the honest opinion that the business inter ests of the state may suffer. That, however, is en tirely a matter of opinion. The bill before the Washington legislature does not discriminate against the Japanese, but affects all alieas alike. In that respect it is not as discrimi natory against Orientals as are the Nebraska and Texas bills. All that is sought in the Jones-Beeler bill is to en force a provision already in our state constitution. Why should there be so much opposition to that? Thirty years ago, when there was no Japanese problem, 'Washington was progressive enough to see its own interests clearly by inserting in its constitu tion the provision that no aliens shall be allowed to hold lanas in this state. Since that time, the Japanese have come here and have flagrantly violated the spirit of this provision by various subterfuges. To prevent these subter fuges, the Jones-Beeler bill is now brought before the lawmakers. To oppose the bill is to say that the Japanese have a right to evade a distinct provision in our state con stitution. To kill this measure is to say that the Japanese should be permitted to acquire property by artifice from which they are barred by our present law. The legislature, for its own self-respect, should bring the .Jones-Beeler bill to a vote immediately. It ought not permit ANY alien element to make a laughing stock of the state constitution. WRONG CHINESE PLEADS GUILTY Most Chinese look alike to a white man. and occasionally. It seems, they get mixed up them selves. <>n February T fhe case of Chang Tong, charged with opium smug gllng. was called In federal court. The defendant epprared. pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to serve 90 days In the county Jail and to pay a fine of sllO Wednesday morning the case of Pong Wo came up for disposal. The defendant did not appear. Invest! gation disclosed that he was In the county Jail under sentence of >0 days and SI2O fine. The real ("hong Tong was finally located and the affair was being straightened out Wednewday after noon. U. S. Grand Jury to Convene on March 8 Federal gnuid Jury will convene March J, it wa* announced Wednes day by District Attorney Saunders. Approximately 10 cases are to come before tho Jury. holiday, anrl eaper-lally (rinca that wa* the one immediately concerned), on Waehlngton'a birthday. There wu left but one thing to do. * • • John took the last clean collar from hla bureau drawer. Inserted a tla of patriotic hue. and buttoned the snowy circle around bin ne< k. "lleniuid IDC in lb. morning, Aza SEATTLE, WASH., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23. 1921. $1,000,000 WET PROFIT CHARGED CIUCAnO. Feb. M.—Federal au thoritles today were to qui* four men arrested on a charge of operating a b<>os« conspiracy in Illinois, Ken tucky and New York. The "ring" Is alleged to have net ted the men $1,000,000. On« thouiutnd fnrgtn l prrmlta, b» ll»v»d to have hrffi taken from lh» offlw of Prohibition lilrwtnr (/Con nor, In New York w»r« M-ljrd. Champ Clark Is 111 in Washington WASHINGTON, F»». *r- -oiamp Clark, Mlfwourl, democratic tender of the hou**, ID til h«TP with a compli cation of a nrvrw cold, irrlp. atomach trotihla and poor circulation of the blood. Police Take Three in Gambling Raid ntil Angel, A Gabriel and Angel were ttrre*te<l In a rumbling raid by Patrolmen M. J. Maher, C. C". t>elp und Bd IXcr «on, at 210 Klmt ave. 8„ Turnday night. Ha." h«> nald thru clenched teeth, while doing Swedish exercises with the four In hand, "that I must call at the laundry and get my clean collars before I go to th# office." Hlllyers won hln bout with the tie and slipped Into his Sunday rlothea with such Kpeed that he waa ready to go before bin wife hrul been wait Ing more than IK minutes. • . . fleorge Washington wan a great man, and hln birthday wait a great day for the Hlllyers From the memorial exercises at the I'nlverslty they Jitneyed back to town, lunched In style at a Chinese noodle house, anil then etood In line half on hour to get Into a movie. After the picture show they In dulged in a short stroll and win dnw shopping tour thHt ended down In the I,lttle Orient, In the vicinity of the King ot station. A vaudeville JAP BAN IS DEBATED IN LEGISLATURE Anti-Alien Measure Brought Up for Final Considera tion at Olympia OI.TMPIA. Feb. Sl,—"Pie Beeler- Jonn antl«llen land bill run* be for* the house *t 11-SO today for final consideration, II la bellMwl, If It la lo be furlhfr delayed. It will bo done only with the approval of a majority of the hwiWi Representative AHem Of King moved that the house 4inn<ld*r the mnuur* In fommlttw of the whole Prior In tha consideration of tha mwiin the house page* distributed pro Japanese propaganda, ronalsting of a re print from an Oregon nm» pap*r showing tha Oregon senate m opposition to nirt legislation. • a a Jap Who Killed U. S. Man Given 30 Days KHAN'iIfAI, Feb i» Th« Japa lieee initry at Vladivostok, who shot and killed I.ieutenant lauigtkxt, P. H. N„ a month a«o. has been sen tended to SO days at hard labor for perjury, according to dispatch** reaching here. Tha court martial, according to official announcement, cleared him of more serious charge* Tha perjury waa alleged tn have baeti committed at hia preliminary hearing a In Una with tha announcement of tha Tokyo government that? General Nlshlhara. commanding at Vladi vostok. had been suspended a* a re sult of hla failure to have the sentry properly Instructed, and that other officers would be disciplined, several of Nlshlhara'* subordinates. Includ ing a regimental commander, have been ordered confined lo quarter*. Sir Gilbert Parker Is 111 in Los Angeles SANTA KOHA. Cfcl.. Feb. SS Sir Gilbert I'arker, writer, who ram* here with a motion picture company In connection with work on filming one of hla stories. Is confined to hla room at a hotel today by Illness. It waa said bis condition waa not serious. Atlantic States Hit by New Blizzard NRW YORK, Feb S.l -The At lantlc setiboard today was digging out from under the heaviest snow fall of the winter. Sunday's hit*. card wu< topped off with more snow ywdcrday and rain flurries and lowering sklea prevailed today. The l<ong Island and New Kngland heath resorts were deserted. Perform Operation on John Burroughs PAHAHKNA. Cal , Feh IS John Burroughs. nged naturalist and phil osopher, 1s recovering today from a slight operation performed at a hos pital here early in the week for an external abscess on his chest. When Burroughs waa stricken about a week ago It was feared the Infection might lie Internal and there would lo danger of aneurism. An X ray showed tlie trouble to he en tlrely external and the operation waa performed with satisfactory reaults. Burroughs will he R4 April S. Seven Japs Thot All Cops Dancing Sewn Jape thought all copper* were at the ball Tuonday Tilcht. I»a --trolmen N. P. Andemnn and ft K. [laermAn corrected their delusion and mixed a deck of card* and fll.M. nhow wan to conclude the daynntren uoun program. Down In the nouth end of towfi there In a laundry whoa* employee celebrated the holiday by working. "Well, I call that R shame," John HltlyerN nald to hln wife a* they panned by the work shop He pauned. but quickly stepped on when a draft of nteamy, nmelly, heated air rushed out upon him. "If I had my way thone poor glrln would have two ilayn off u week and all holidays benlden." He pulled at hln collar Is if It choked him. "I haven't, tho," he reflected, "but I can help In n small way. Never again will I complain If I lone a shirt or two. Poor girls, Its no wonder. T guenn they don't iuat long ut that kind of work." Tueeday night aa they trot homo VICTIMS OF 3 ROBBERS HANDCUFFED Thieves Pose as Officers; Take $195; Leave Pair Shackled to Bed TTire* bootleggers. two of them i claiming to ba policemen, and on* of tham In poawaalon of a deputy sheriff's star, handcuffed C. D. Con lay, auto salesman. and Krnaat I'ol •en, engineer, to a bed In rrawn 481 kcrnu hotel Tuesday night after one of them had luresl the two men there on promise to produce a dnn*. and robhe.l them of |IH at the point of a rusty blua gun and disappear**l. after one of them aald: ONK OK MOST PARING "KMM K-Ol KKH" "l/ct's go down and ring for the wagon boys." Branded ae one of the moat daring "knock-over*" that has been reported to polir<i the robbery *«« being In veetlgatcd by Chief W. H. Hearing. <Sete<Uve#. Matt Htarwlcb and his deputlea. We.|ne*4ay. For tltrea hours Onnley and Pol sen. handcuffed to tha heavy bed. i struggled for IrMdam. They eouki not extricate themselves, and Anally, by aheer strength, pulled tha bed ktom the room to the telephone and railed the hotel office for help. It was several hours later before the handcuffs were rut from Con ley'a wrist. They are old faahloned. and no key at police station would open them. MKT KORHKR TN ('HiAll STORK CARD ROOM Con ley and l"olsen made the qttaln lance of one of the robber-boot | leggers tn a Hprtng cigar store isrd j room Tuesday afternoon, during a name of rummy. About II p. m . Peterson, the name given by the rard-playing robber, proposal to the two men that If they came to his room, he would furnish them with a bottle of whisky. They j eagerly accepted the Invitation. When they entered room 401. , Kerm.i hotel. Fourth ave. and : Spring at.. Peteraon shut the door. !No sooner had he done so, than a man stepiied thru a door leading into the next room of the suite. "Throw them away up," he or dered, training a rusty blue gun on the trio. He was unmasked. All three elevated their hands. Tlie robber then turned to Peter son. "Mere, you search these men and put the stuff on the bed." he or dered, with a menacing wave of the pistol. Peterson obeyed. He care fully plumbed each pocket of Polsen and Conley and piled their money on the bed. "I'M A COPPKR." HP. SAYS; SHOWS STAR During tha search, Conley ntld to the robber: "Who are you 7" The robber lowered hi* gun slight ly and flashed a star, on which was plainly written. "Deputy Sheriff." "I'm a copper." he said. Petrreun winked at Conley and de clared "Must be a dry squad man or a deputy, looking for booze. Better lay cany." The robber counted the money piled on the bed, amounting to $1»&. From the next room catuo a stern voice, which said: "Mend that short fellow (Peterson) In here. I'll take care of him." "Just a minute, you." the robber In the room aald to Peterson. The rob ber drew a pair of old-fashioned handcuffs from his belt and handed them to Peterson. "Fix these fellows to the bed and do a good Job," he commanded Peterson obeyed. Conley and I'olsen were each made fast by one wrist to (Turn In I jot Page, Column 3) lata after the show, Hlllyers wu Htlll talking about the tragedy of working on a holiday. "I'll dream about It, X know," he said. "What you need in something to eat," nald hla wife. "You always did act light headed on an euipty stomach." ... WudncaUajr morning llillyers, duly RS SAYS HUSBAND BIT DAUGHTER; NOW WIFE ASKS FOR DIVORCE Claiming her . htinbon<l bit her ■laughter on the nhouliler blade, Mr*. llertHuilne tlatorlel aue»l for divorce Wedneaday from Jwwph ClahneJ The daughter IJI Mra. (Hfertll'i by a former marriage. Mm (labrtel udded that her hua lamd K temper 1* mii-h that he onre aelied a i nxuM-ut saw and broke It Into bits. LONGSHOREMAN KILLED ON BOAT Crushed in Hold of Ship at Smith Cove Antone Olsen. about <0 years old. longshoreman, was Instantly killed In the hold of the steamship Taku shiml Maru, at the (ireat Northern docks Wednesday. He was crushed between a stanchion and a shingle bolt which was being moved by a winch. Oleen was married, and lived at MIS 11th ave. N. E. He was • mployrd by the Griffith A Bpraguo Stevedoring Co. The body was taken to tbe county morgue. Europe la Awaiting U. S. Inauguration IjONOON. K'b. ML —Negotiations between the allies for settlement of Oerman reparations aad other Important International questions came to a virtual halt today to await the inauguration of President elect Harding. "Dode" Paakert Saves Lives of 3 Children CLEVELAND, reb. 21.—<leerge Cfode'l pasfcert. big league baseball player, distinguished himself here to day by carrying three children to safety from a burning apartment building. Paakrr was on a street car when he saw sDok« pouring from the building. With several other men. he ran up to sn upper floor, where he found three children and carried them down a flame-lapped stairway. Paskert's hands were scorched. Woman Celebrates 107 th Birthday DWTOHT, 111.. Keh. 2J Mrs. Mary Ann Potter of Dwlght. reputed to be the oldest woman in central Illinois, celebrated her 107 th birthday anni versary today. Mrs. I*otter was born In Essex county. New York. In 1 SI4. Starts $70,000 Suit Against Motor Co. Suit for 170.000 alleged damages has l>een filed In federal court against the International Motor Co, of New York by Thomas O. Young, Seattle automobile man. Breach of contract whereby Young took over the agency for Mack trucks is alleged. U. S. Tries Jap for Operating a Still The case of Shlmbel Taketjchl, Jap anese. chahced With operating a still, was l>eing argued l>efore a federal Jury Wednesday afternoon. Two of Takeuchl's codefendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced In connec tion with the same case previously. Meaning, Probably, That Alex Was "Lit" For being swacked to the gills Saturday night, Alex Dixon was rated as an "ex" In the police de partment Wednesday. Woman Who Posed as Man Dies LEBANON, Ore., Feb 28.- Miss May Leonard, who for many years posed as a man, plying the trade of shoemaker, until sickness revealed her sex, Is dead here. reminded by his wife, stopped at the laundry office to get a clean collar before appearing In sight of the boss, lie had overslept, and there was not a minute to lose. The girl looked thru the pile label ed with the eighth letter of the alpha bet. and shook her lieud. "I'm sorry," she said, "but your laundry hasn't come back yet." "What?" shouted Hlllyers. "Not back yet? Why, It always comes back on Wednesday morning " He fingered his soiled collar de ■palrlngly. "If this Is the kind of service you give I shall find another place," lie said testily. The glil hastened to explain. "Yesterday." she wild, "was Wash Ington's birthday, and we don't work our employes on holidays." But HUlyers was gonu, and did not liuar. TWO CENTS IN SEATTLE OFFICIAL BLUNDER TIPS OFF SUSPECTS Work of Months Brought to End by Talkative * U. S. Agents More than two months ago a committee of public spirited citizens, alarmed over moral conditions, met in a downtown office building here and de cided to launch, if possible, a sweeping investigation into alleged corruption on the fiart of police and other pub ic officials. Evidence then at band wa* suf» fictent to convince the committee: (1) That dope and whisky are being »muggied here in wMnri* quantified by persons paying huge sums of money, net oaty for protection. but for actual as sistance of public officer*. (?) That vice of fiery eart nourii.hr* in madhouse* and •own resorts under the aame pr» tertion. (3) That pmau of great wealth are the real "hiibmpf In the traffic that was being car ried on thru Uie connivaaea ef i official* and criminal*. M) That the son* aad Hi ii|fc Mr* of ansnaperting cMmm are being boMlj ifmpini wvvsgt deter and. particularly, to ase (MThat crand Jarfca m we«na Jodcea and pettt Jurtaa an "•»« «d" ikra a "ijilnn." (€> That high rria»% MB mm iter, are committed by trimtoh who pay trfbate to "the ~ WIUi a tnuaa of circumstantial erl> lienor tn hand, the committee east about for the assistance of prrnaa la public office who might be trualai. KM ILL M HBKR OF PI BMC omriALS NEW This, In Itself, required no small amount of investigating. Ktnilty a number of such public officers ware ■elected and confided tn. The committee found that It would I<e tmpoMKlbie. even then, to proceed without a fund of working capital. While the Investigation proceeded an a small scale, the committee "fWt out" a number of weaJthy men of known high morality. A* a first step In the InvestlgaOea, permission was obtained from the federal government to tap the tele phone wire leading Into Black Oat tavern, a madhouse on the Bothoil road near I «Lk» Koreet park. A shack was rented a mile distant from the roadhouse, and the "tap" Installed. Operatives, on duty day and night, took a record of every conversation over the Black Cat wire. This record furnished the commit tee wtth sufficient evidence to war rant the laying of plans for placing a federal charge of conspiracy against numerous criminals, police officials and others. It was apparent, however, that a considerable force Of secret operatives would be required to obtain the further evidence neata sary before the rase could be plaeod before the federal grand Jtiry. ~ WEALTHY Bt SINESS MEN BACK INVESTIGATION The committee, several weeks ago, laid their plana in confidence before three of Seattle's wealthiest aad most respected business men, who went Into the proposed program aad the evidence already gathered at some length and who declared they were deeply Interested. The advisability of employing a private detective agency was con sidered. but the idea was Immediately set aside, the committer being In formed that no agency which takea this class of cases could be relied upon to deal squarely. The following day. however, the local chief of a private detective agency called on one of the three In terested business man. told him the names of those present at the meet ing the day before, advised him that the agency could "get the dope" for a stipulated sum of money, and de parted. It was obvious that one of the trusted officials who had been Invit ed to the committee meeting had "leaked." This led to the ouster of two federal agents from the commit tee. It Is considered probable that the whole affair of the Black Cat Investi gation and "leak" will be laid before the federal grand Jury, which has been called for March S. The three business men, renlir.ing that the detective agency had been apprised of the scheme of Investiga tion, withdrew tbelr support, and the committee was left powerloss for lack of funds to go ahead. INFORMATION tiKTS TO BCNPECTK THEMSELVES Thru secret channels, "Inside Infor mation" regarding the Investigation eventually got into the hands of sus pects themselves, as was feared It would after the "leak" was discov ered. The "tupped wire report" was then turned over by the committee to Sheriff Matt Htarwlch, who was si [ready Investigating the Hlark Cat. ' (Turn to Last Page, Column 9