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*f]l The Star has made a pain of 8,882 subscribers (more than 40,000 readers) on EVERY week day in the last year. This is an unprecedented record.
Til It gives this newspaper a clear lead of MORE THAN 15,(KK) over the second most widely circulated Seattle paf>er and 20,000 over the third. MILLIONS LOST IN EASTERN FLOODS! Home Edition VOLUME 24. NO. 43. J4om« Jfrew Howdy. folk*! Jnl when «« fmWh pa)ing off lb* (hrl<lm» bill-. along Kaatrr and we lu\r (• man alt o*rr! • • a Hut II la touch to pay for your Bitter MaH°* Kut«r roof-garden, think of th» poor biniboa who allied •J»eir hata Into the ring and woo l g« t rm buck B«Kt Tunday! • • • Ron* the earwlga don't i«t Into the flower bed on Mr*. Brrw'a new «d! • a • kastkk i.\Mr.NT Mr». Krvw In garbt-d anew \t ryrrj Kwlrr wum; .Jenny'» togged In baby blur, Kipnnlir beyond reaaun; fcvea little Haaarr Jw Mar raau a pretty penny; H'xnrr iifwh <«nf nrw dad*, too. But lloarr haunt any. o • • Dr. E. J. Brown pretend* to b» much t»rt«rt»d beraune "h<* aee* be bind Dan tendon the gtniatcr facr of C. B ntMfrrald.- Th« I»x: ta Hrln( thinga again. a • • Gregorte gMnrnoff, Cona i-k leader, ha* been put In Jail in New York. They won't ft»n W the Ruawn gett er* 1 tunc around the backeteppeel Ol ft CAXDIDIM-orti* Walter K *rW T'ie*rt« y will he a day of doubt and disappointment for you. acrordlnc to a moat Inter ntlnt configuration of the pUnrta. lieware of a long haired nky pllot m black and a group of money-mormon* who want to "aave tlie city." Re al*! alt efforts of unknown gentlemen to pin the Order of the Rising Hun upon your mat. On thladay you will regret that you took jour wtfe'a advice but will feel happy that you did not re«loa your preaent Job -otherwise >mt might be out of a Job with nothing In alght but the Mlllionalr'* Cub. a * • Only 1« bartender* were arretted In Seattle but year, according to the annual report of the police depart ment The Other harterulera practiced their profeaalon In a re*pe«-table man ner and were not dtaturbed by the police. • a * r MK » («MW "triuiam Earth of I*th and «**in*w • tea* i.t»rrh««»d * n«w aaaoptioee."- Calumet (JIL> • • • It may be only ■ roinridrnre, but the Seattle Dog Hhow eial* tonight, Jtr-t before the "redhot" *ea«on begin* at tile ball park, a a • Morning newapaper bo«.*ta that It haa the irreateat home delivered cir culation In the city. Some of the hootieggers will dis pute thta aaaertlon. • • • KIf'HTEM. nOWTK^I! There wan a you«>j jlapptr Tlf/htrm isQViI lettrnt ffonh, hoi£ thr could wrkrht+m f fTurn to Ijml Pag*. Column 2) Nervy H. Brew Tells Truth on Candidates At the risk of insulting all the voters of this bailiwick. T am going to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth al>out the men now running for the office of mayor. Practically every club, a association. l'« al Improvement organisation and wwin* circle In the <-lty lu>« <jui/./«'»l th« candldatea until they are aJI quizzed out. But they haven't gone to the heart of the *uli>' t. Tiiey have devoted their entire eneritle* to asking question* liku "Where were you horn.'" "Why?" "How many children hate you V "Art- they *e(f Minpurtinr or co they alui have to Mipport >ou?" "<»l*e your r»a«<iii«, if any, fur running for mayor," I ahull now undertake to round out Yhe information gained by the ouegtlonnairen and to gl>e every man, woman, child and automobile salesman In the city a squlrreln-eye vkw of the mayoralty '-.indidaUia ily analyses follow: 11. H. Tl ItNKIt I place Turner at the head of the li*t. I think tie ought to hi- at the bead of aotne ll»t and 1 know dog i J The Seattle Star Rnt*r*4 At Ik«a4 Hm* MkiUr M«r I. lift. II IN hMrtofflft n NiHl* \\'+*h . u*4»r th# Art of Congr*** March I. IITf. »Ve Xmrnr, bjr !!•)! fl to If TOWNS UNDER WATER Thousands Flee From Death in Path of Flood; Rich Area Swept CHICAGO. April 15. Following five wtckii of nearly doily rain, rivers in the Mimimippi, Ohio and Miimouri basins were overflowing today, cauiv iatr mlßloia of dollars j property Km aad intense suffering. Hundreds of families have been driven from their homes. The twavteat |ma will he *uf ferrd by farmer* thru drowning of llvralork and thru Inability ta get Into their field* to pr» pare crape. due la the on*eaeon ahle fold, rainy weather. The damage waa awl irwrr along the llllnola rltrr, where levee* hare given way, flooding thou *and» of arte* of land. llrinkUvn. in., whoae popu lation of ft.gM la erraotonied la flood* foe many year*, haa ex perienced the great eat high water lea* In Ita liWtory, The levee protecting Ka*l Pre ria al*a waa threatened. lowland* along Indiana river* were ll« adi d. with heavy to** la livtMorit and winter wheat. Guard* were stationed along W l*<on*tn river*. running bank full Rain raalinued taday. • • • INDUNAIIIMII, I nd.. April 15.—Hlver* and «lrea»ii*. (urging over their hank*, continued la ri*r today In the biggeal flood Indiana ha* seen alnce mil. More rainfall In *ome *ertlona of the Mate la»t night and today aent lowland realdenl* *rurrying to higher ground. Hundred* of families. Mho t (ruled their home* two or three day* ago, *aw the muddy water* ilunbhig up on Ibe window*. • • • I'KORIV 111 , April |J.—Ttaod water*, (weeping down the llf I noi* river, have made ihoiKaniU homelew. »nd tau*ed damage e»- ITurti to l,aat I'agi-, Column i) By Homer Brew I scon** well It won't be at thl prl ; marie*. Turner In the mont optimist!#* r«n> 'dldate In the worl<l. He I* ronvln#*ed that h« will poll 2,000 vote*. He in | only off by 1,996. | Thit#* are four In hi» family. • • • l»K K. J. HKOHN | Thl* Candidaf*» [. n hardy peren nial. Whin the rent of th* rain]l dtttea »r > pushing tip the prlmroMH in Waehelli he will atlll b« almort winning election*. Itrown wear* Inn hair long, pow* a* a friend of the pe-ee-oopl* l , ix re sponsible for »!i per wnt of the gold frown* In Heattle and a like propor tion of the gold brick*. 0 0 0 (lIMtl.Ks H. NILLKK W, don't know anything al>Out Ihl* man and don't want to. We one* read oni- of hi* epeer.he*. • • * WAI.TKK K. Ml.lt-.lt Thin In the man that file#! fori (Turn to Ijtnt Column I) | On the Issue of Americanism There Can Be No Compromise SI ATTLE, WASH . SATURDAY. APRIL IS, ISO. Give Us Back Honest Gas! Herbert J. Flagg, chief engineer for the state department of public works, left Saturday for California to collect data for use in the pending telephone rate hearing. Tne Star hopes he comes back laden with facts which will result in lower costs to Seattk 4 sub scribers and other phone users thruout the state. Also while he is in California that he do some thing for the benefit of Seattle gas eorurumers. Seattle has seen an alarming increase in its sas5 as rates. And an increase in its gas BILLS isproportionate even with the rates. This latter jump was brought about when, in 1920, the public service commission permitted the sale of "weaker" gas. Cut Heat Unit* on Plea That It Wop't Make Any Difference! It allowed the company to cut the number of "B. T. U.'s" from 600 to 500. AB.T. U. (Brit ish thermal unit) is the technical name for the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit in temperature. In permitting this dilution of the gas the state board promulgated the theory, which sounded absurd to the lavman, that a reduction in the calorific value o( the gas would not result in a corresponding increase in consumption. In reaching this view it was influenced, ap parently, by the testimony of George E. Whit well, instructor at the state university, who said the 100 B. T. U. cut would not make any ma terial difference in the amount of gas required if the gas appliances in which it was used were properly adjusted. This new lift-yourself-by-your-bootstraps the ory was accepted by the Washington authorities and has been in effect ever since. AND OUR GAS BILLS SOARED. In the meanwhile somebody sprang the same remarkable theory on the California commission. This commission employs an extremely cap able technical staff, and it doesn't take some corporation's plausible hokus as fact without due investigation. Find Washington Commission's Novel Theory Doesn't Hold Water Its scientists have been studying the B. T. U. reduction idea. Their full rej>ort will soon be made public. Preliminary reports have indi cated that the theory the Washington commis sion has been operating under is diametrically wrong—that a reduction in the thermal value of !tas DOES result in a corresponding increase in the amount used. That is plain common sense, of course, and, naturally, good science. For this reason The Star advises Engineer Flagg to look into the gas question as well as the telephone problem while in California. Seattle is tired of paying for 600 heating units every time it receives 500 (at unduly high rates, too). Seattle is tired of being gold-bricked. Seattle, wants the B. T. U. content of its gas put Itack where it belongs, and it is up to the state commission which blundered in allowing the change, to rectify the error promptly. FARMER KILLS WIFE AND SELF CKNTIIAI.IA, April 16 Gus An derson. a farmer, cut hi* wife's throat with a razor anil then *hot hltnaelf thru the mouth with a rifle, dying instantly, at Vader today. The tan*'- of tti« tricrdy I* a niy*t«ry, nolffhbora professing Ignor ance of any domestic trouble. On#i of th#* children heard her mother iwream and runhtd Into the dining room to find her lying upon the floor denperately wounded. The mother died before help could be ob tained. Hl* children survive. (EDITORIAL) TRAIN DERAILED, SIX ARE INJURED HAM HftANCIHCXX April pnnaenjrer* were Injured eariy today whf*n eaitbound overland train No. 2 on the Western Pacific win (K-rail ed two mile* wewt of Wlnnemucca, Nev., according to won! received at the Western I'aclflr general office* hvrt. A broken rail, It wan lx»lleved, catjaed th»» wreck. On* (Jay coach unci three aJt-eper* were deraifctd. k TWO CENTS IN SEATTLE LAM SCORES GRAFT! Promises Big Sav ing in Purchas ing Department if Elected Ihifl laiNkm dnlinil In I N»«K *1 •miiilli AIM I rtdar n»«ht that WIvU rlrrtrd major hr will "w* fi* <mr ralnul* lol rralf thr graft that U going mi in Uta ctty haiL" -II la notortouc.* Mid Kamlon. "lf>a grufi that lb*r« I* in tha pur ■•Hmmmm •*•**'• rta»nmm«"tit tn tha l<urrhaa* of «taltnn«t v *upi>N«« akwa. "It b«ut b«-»n rrpuntxl la ma that WALTER TO GET HIS ORDERS WEDNESOAY -IF HE GETS THRU If Walter F. Meier, candidate f"f mayor, wum thru the prima ri*« nut Tu*«Ur, »hkb many of hi* >u|>partara ar« beginning »<TI oualy to doubt. h« will b« *r»n UMnmiU> noon by a t-omralt)** of flv*, «b» will define bU poll cMw. Thla derlnlon wna rwrhM. It »•« today, at a meeting Krtday noon In the Seattle hotel by the board of tru»tM* of tit* Aaaoclated Induattira. William D. Fireman, th* punbaaliif agent, eatlmutea a aaving of slSo.t»no a year could l>* ma<l» by eatabllah ing a rlty ator* room, pun-haetng all ■lallonery aupplieei in bulk and I* »ulng them to vartoua city offices and department* ax needed. "If 1 aili eiertrd mayor I will not be *atb>flrd with Having th* rtljr tIM.MM In that department. I will «a> It will be nearer • quarter million dollar* a year." l*andon again declared he would otand for enforcement of th* lawn and ordinance* of th* city aa hi* flr*t duty. If elected, and advocated i-c*nt far*. Hkaglt rlv*r Improvo (Turn to la»l I'ago. Column 3) 3 SLEEP ON TRACK; KILLED FORT WOKTH. Te*., April IS Carl Vance lUrk*. John Bhormalfer and Elmer Thrill, of Columbian, Ohio, wer* killed by a Texo* A Pacific train today. According to Kdwiird Minor, who accompanied th# bOy«, they lay down on the truck and went4o -sleep while watting for a train. Minor rented a few feet from the trncka. John McCormack Much Improved NEW YORK. April If. The condl lion of John MoGormack, Iriah tenor. 11l here with throat trouble, whn "mueh Improved," It wait waid mi hi* home today. $25 in Cash Prizes $l5 First Prize, $."» Sec ond Prize, Next 5 $1 Each For the bent letter* telling of natlafactory tmnnactlonH from the Mtaudpolnt of savings and nervier made thru ad vert (sementa In The Htar l»e --t ween April let and 15th. Lettera nhould be limited to 100 words it nd inuat lie In Thi* Htar office by Apt If 20th. tJet busy and send In your letter. You doubt tine have luid Home profitable experience with n Htar advertluement be tween April l*t and 16th. If hu, tell ua about It -and you limy win one of the cuah p risen. Address Ad Reading Pay* Bfdttor, cure The Htur. i If only at I*. aster Wc could In \t aside The dtab clothing Of our thoughts |l A nd dow a than, P„ ' .» Nf'M) fj'irmoptm Banishing the past, How fragrant The flowers vjould^brl T(rh riy Cloy, Orr'HM *»r n.on <-ia» Dan London Is the Man to Smash Selfish Clique! (EDITORIAL) Many issues are involved in the coming election. I Elimination of graft, waste and duplication of work in thel city hall; lower taxes; lower street car fares; the fate of the city's Skagit river power project and street railway system; strict or loose law enforcement; lower light rates; suburban motorbus transportation and many other issues are bound up in it The people cannot vote on these issues separately and directly, but only indirectly, by casting their ballots for or against the candidates who favor or oppose them. There is one issue, however, on which the people can vole directly. That is the issue of might vs. right. That is the import ant issue in this campaign. It is not right for a clique to hand-pick a candidate buy him a seat in public office, as is being attempted in Seattle to day. It is not right for a candidate to accept that sort of backing. Cliques do not do that sort of thing for nothing. They do not spend their money lavishly on a man for unselfish reasons. Whether the candidate thinks so or not, when he finds himself J in office he discovers he is also asked—and obligated—to do his clique's bidding. Such a clique, the most powerful of its kind that in recent years has reared its head to control an election in Seattle, is at tempting to buy the mayor's office for Walter F. Meier. He ha 3 accepted it as his master, and behind him is all its personal in fluence and its tremendous money bags. The Star quickly learned what had befallen Meier. His rival candidates soon grasped its significance. It became notorious. But, tho notorious, it is none the less powerful in its aggressive ness and strength. It is splendidly commendable of all the other candidates for mayor that they turned on Meier and the clique that coddles him. Some of the candidates opposing Meier are unalterably op posed to several issues The Star considers good. Others are per haps in favor of them, but, The Star felt, could not beat Meier. The one man in the field who favors practically all the good issues and opposes all the bad, and, on top of that, has proved in the senate that he is unafraid and honest and powerful enough !to smash a political ring to smithereens, is Dan Landon. So The Star has indorsed Landon and urges honest voters to vote for him to beat Meier, to eliminate graft, to get a right car fare, to save our publicly-owned utilities, to insure a clean ad ministration, lower taxes and, paramount over all, TO SMASH THE CLIQUE, THE SELFISH RING.