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URGES CHECK TO JAPAHESE MENACE ii COMMISSIONER GENERAL WANTS EARLY ACTION ON ASIATIC IMMIGRATION. ARE SPREADING OVER U. S. Claim Japanese. Chinese and Hindu Threaten the Entire Nation. Washington.-Despite a general un derstanding that, in deference to the administration, Asiatic exclusion leg islation would not be agitated in con gress pending diplomatic negotiations . with Japan, Commissioner General Caminetti of the immigration bureau addressed a house committee urging early action "to check the menace of Asiatic immigration." "The Chinese and the Japanese, eaid Commissioner Caminetti, ' had be come so acclimated to the United States that Asiatic immigration is a serious menace to the entire coun try The danger is greatest, of course, on the Pacific coast, but it is general "The Chinese have spread rapidly all over the country and now the Japan ese have become so acclimated that no part of the country is immune from the invasion. There can be no ques tion but that the Japanese are com ing in surreptitiously. The number f Japanese in the country ha3 dou bled in the last five or six years. "New laws to prevent smuggling of immigrants are an urgent need. They should be passed at the present ses sion of congress. Japanese, Chinese and Hindus cross the border Illegally. I should like to see legislative action at the earliest possible moment on the question to check the menace to the Tacinc coast and the whole country. ! "The people of California have wait ed patiently for the diplomatic settle ment of the Japanese question and I ' Relieve they do not want to wait again for diplomatic negotiations on the Hindue problem. If you throw down the bars to the 330,000,000 Hindus, the southern United States as well as the Pacific coast will get its share of the immigrants." Predictions of "the fiercest revolu tion the world has ever known," if the British government approves the Mr due exclusion policies of its colonies, were made before the house immigra tion committee by Dr. Sudhindra Rose, a professor the University of Iowa during an argument in which he con- tended that the Hindus were an Aryan people, entitled to' naturalization in the United States. VICE ADMIRALS BILL PASSED ecrllary of the Navy Daniels Pleased by the Action. Washington. Six vice admirals for the American navy would be authoriz ed under a bill passed by the senate, after- an extended debate, in which senators told of how the commander of the battleship fleet in Mexican wa ters might have to take orders from a ranking foreigner. The navy has been appealing for years for a revival of a higher grade than rear admiral. Secretary Daniels was highly pleased by the senate's action and expressed confidence that the measure would cer tainly pass the house promptly and be signed by the president. "The ablest, best and most resource ful officers will be chosen for the new grade," he added, "not necessarily the present seniors in rank. Under the terms of the senate bill four vice admirals on the active list of the line would be appointed within one year after the measure becomes law, the other two to be named as soon as practicable. Another amendment adopted, sub mitted by Senator Bristow, would fix the retirement age of 65 years, instead of 62, as provided in the original bill, Introduced by Senator Bryan of Flor ida. In urging this amendment. Sena tor Bristow declared that he had en deavored repeatedly to. increase the general retirement age to 65 years, and that this bill presented an excel lent opportunity for congress to set a precedent. The age limit in other grades, he predicted, would be advanc ed before many years. f r $2,250,000 Tax to Be Levied on John D. Cleveland, Ohio. Harry Weiss, in ternal revenue collector for northern Ohio, mailed to John D. Rockefeller at Tarrytown, Ky., tax blanks for the list ing of the oil king's income for fed eral taxation under the income tax law. Mr. Weiss said he would pro ceed to collect about $2,250,000 income tax from Mr. Rockefeller unless he pays the money to the revenue collec tor. "It hasn't been decided whether Rockefeller's legal home is Ohio or New York, so I've sent him blanks to be on the safe side." Helpless Steamers Driven Ashore. Norfolk, Va. Battling blindly against the fury of a northeast gale, in a blinding snowstorm, two steam ers went ashore a few miles from the Virginia Capes. One of .them is the British steamer Katherine Park and the other is an unknown tramp. The Katherine Park Btranded off Smith Isl and, a few mJlea .team. Cap Charles, Tha unknnwn vesfpl struck the beach near the Cape 1 ten ry Life Saving Sta tion lnioHttin the same pot, where the naval collier Sterling went ashore WHAT'S TO BE ICS AHCwt Lt5 TIMES SEISMIC SHOCKS IN NORTH EARTH TREMORS FELT IN NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA AND OTHER STATES. Movement Was From Northwest to Southeast, Converging to a Point in the Atlantic. New York. An earthquake lasting from fifteen to thirty seconds and dis turbing particularly what are geolog ically known as the Devonian and Silurian sections of the northeastern parts of the United States, took place. It was especially severe in the cen tral and northern parts of New York state. Virtually all of New York state, including this city, felt the shock, and New England generally, lower eastern Canada and parts of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania were shaken. Tremors were recorded as far south as Washington and as far west as St. Louis. At Albany the shock ' was severe enough to shake pictures from the walls of the capitol, and at Bing hampton a laborer was killed by the caving In a trench in which he was working. At Fort Plain the heavy doors of a bank vault shook under the influence of the quake and from oth er parts of the state the falling of chimneys, swaying of houses and de struction of fragile objects was re ported. . BLACKS FOR AFRICAN UTOPIA Scores of Negroes Ready to Sail for Dark Continent. New York A ship load of negroes, mostly farmers and their wives from Oklahoma, waited here for Alfred C. Sam to lead them to a negro Utopia on the gold coast of-Africa. The negro farmers, were induced to come here, they said, by Sam, who had been collecting colonizers from Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi. More negroes were expected from Galveston and the west, and it was said that eighty-six were coming from Boston. The steamer in which the negroes expected to seek the' gold coast was the old Curityba, of the Munson line, which formerly plied between New York and Cuba. An officer of the Munson line said that Curityba was sold a short time ago to the Akim Trading company of this city, in which Sam is supposed to be interested. Weleetka, Okla Between five hun dred and seven hundred negroes from various parts of Oklahoma are gather ed here, the headquarters of Chief Sam's African colony. News that Sam could not be found in New York cre ated consternation among the colo nists. Last week they were told to report at Galveston, Texas, on Feb ruary 15 and prepare to sau Mobs Attack Jap Parliament. lannn The Japanese house of parliament was attacked by a mob. It was driven oacK ny me yuu- after the entrance gates had been Hnwn and scores of people injured. The rioting followed a big mass meeting at which resolutions were passed to impeach the cabinet ... . .ii 1 V 4Via for its attitude in connection wim graft charges against naval officers, several of whom are accuseu iu -ceiving commissions for influencing the allotment of admiralty contracts in favor of a German firm. Caught in Tower of Windmill. Harmony, Maine. Confined in a tower of a windmill while the whirl ing sails cut off his only means of egress, Edwin Pike, a farmer, was de prived of food and water for three days and nights. Several types of wind mills having failed to give him satisfaction, he decided 'to make Ms own. ' He finished the mill nd enter ed the crank chamber between two of the sails to oil the machinery, when the wind 'arose and set the mill in action, making it Impossible for blm to leave. DONE WITH 'EM? WILSON OPPOSES NEW LAW LITERACY TEST OPPOSED BY PRESIDENT WILSON ATTI TUDE NOT VOLUNTEERED. His Views Communicated to the Sen ate Committee on Immigration Who Solicited Them. Washington. President Wilson's op position to the literacy test as a re strictive measure on immigration has been communicated to the senate com mittee on immigration, which has be fore it the Burnett bill as passed by the house. The president's attitude was not volunteered, but solicited by direction of the committee which au thorized its chairman, Senator Ellison D. Smith of South Carolina to confer with the chief executive. Senator Smith has discussed the matter with the president several times, and made a report to his col leagues. He had another conference at the white house, and he will dis cuss it at a meeting of the immigra tion committee. The senator -would not talk about his visit to thg white house, but emDhasized bis ov J4er- mination to steer carefully the bark of immigration legislation as launched by the house. RAINE'S SHORTAGE $788,804 Bond Fixed at $250,000, and Man Is Sent to Cell in Jail. Memnhis. Tenn. "I am guilty. 1 want to go to jail." This was the re ply of C. Hunter Raine, president or the Mercantile bank, which closed its doors, when he was arraigned on a hpnrh warrant charging embezzlement, growing out of Raine's alleged defalca tion of $788,804 of the bank's runas. nvpr his nrotest that he didn't want to make bond, Criminal Judge Palmer fixed the amount of the security at $250,000, but Mr. Raine went directly to a cell in the county jail. The hear ing lasted only a few minutes. J. L. Hutton, state superintendent of banks, took charge of the Mercantile hnnk's affairs as receiver. An inves tigation of the present resources of the bank was immediately begun. Bible In English for Hebrews. New York. The first translation of the Bible from the original Hebrew, ha fntnnletion of which was celebrat ed here, marks the beginning of other translations into English, which speaR era rferinre was the intention of the committee in charge of the work. Dr. Solomon Schochter, president of the Jewish Theological seminary, said It is very .jiportant that Jews begin in the very near future the work of translating a commentary, In which, he state, Christian scholarship preced ed them. Banker Kills Himself. uo,iohiirst. Ga. G. F. Armstrong, cashier of the Farmers' State bank, which closed its doors January 31, shot himself through the head and died shortly afterward. investigation or the bank's affairs disclosed a short age of approximately $12,000 and a warrant was issued charging Arm strong with responsibility for the dis-. appearance of this sum. He was giv en until three o'clock to make good the shortage and shot himself just before officers called to serve the war. rant. Convicts to Receive Wages. Austin, Texas An experiment in the payment of state convicts for their labor and the abolishment of shackles and guards in the control of prisoners was determined upon by Governor Col quitt and T. S. Sikes. road commission er of Smith county, Texas. Fifty con victs will be put to work unguarded on the roads of Smith , county this spring, and the state will pay them 15 a month, half of which will go to the penitentiary and half to the pris oners individually. The experiment will be broadened If successful. IE RULES TO BE OBSERVED BY IN COME TAX PAYERS OF COUNTRY. SEND GUIDE TO COLLECTORS Treasury Officials Issue Booklet to Clear Up Misunderstanding About Law. Washington. After weeks of Ktudy of the complexities of the. Income tax law. treasury officials issued u 90-page booklet, christened it 'Regulations No. :i.V and sent It forth to collectors of internal revenue In the expectation ii:,t it will clear ud many of the mis- iinl..rKt:inilinir.s concerning the law vNlilch have arisen throughout the con n try. It lakes twenty three pages of the book to set forth the law itself, but sixty panes are used in telling how the. net Income to be taxed is ascer tained by the taxpayer, when and where tax must? be paid, what penal ties will be imposed for non-payment, what exemptions and deductions will be allowed. Many pages are devoted to an explanation of that part of the law imposing a 1 per cent, tax on the income of all corporations, which re places the old corporation tax. Although officials are confident that this booklet w ill prove a guide to tax payers which will settle many appar ently difficult problems, there will be other regulations in the future when new points are raised. The book does not contain a new set of regulations, but is a compilation in compact form of the ones already issued, with expla nations of points never before dis cussed. Under the law, partnerships are not subject to the tax, but the regulations provide that annual profits from a partnership paid to members shall be included in their returns, and where such profits are undistributed and un paid they must be ascertained and in cluded in the individual's returns for taxation just the same. When persons taxable refuse to make the proper list or return or makes false return, the regulaitnos provide that the proper collector of internal revenue shall, after due no tice, make the return for such person and the tax shall be assessed on this return, with a 50 or 100 per cent, pen alty added. Returns must be verified by oaths or affirmation. Returns shall be sent by collectors to the commis sioner of Internal revenue in Wash ington by registered mail. Taxes un paid after June 30 shall 1ring a pen alty of 5 per cent, after ten days' no tice and demand by the proper col lector, and interest at the rate of 1 per cent, a month from the date due. COMMISSION WANTS POWER Board Must Have Authority to Deal With Trusts. Washington. While senators of the interstate commerce committee were conferring with President Wilson on the anti-trust legislative program, Pro gressive party leaders in and out of congress were explaining their views on the handling of the trust problem to house committees. The conference at the white house, arranged at the request of Senator Newlands, chairman of the interstate commerce committee, centered upon improvement of the interstate trade commission bill as drafted by the ju diciary sub-committee of the house. Interest was added to the meeting by assurances of co-operation with the Democrats by Republican members of the committee. Senators Oliver and Lippitt participated in the discussion, having been urged by Chairman New lands to draft amendments to trade commission bill which would act as a safeguard against unnnecessary public ity concerning corporations innocent of any violations of law." The committee plans to complete its revision of the bill soon. Provisions to insure investigation by the propos ed trade commission by due process of law will be added to the bill, thus to prevent any possibility of appeal from decrees on account of the con stitutional infringements. Flirting Banned In Zion City. Zion City, 111. An ordinance for the "promotion of public moral and the regulation of the conduct, of citizens" was enacted by the city council. The first section of the ordinance1 makes it unlawful to do any act, suggest any conduct or say any word that is profane,' vulgar or immoral, or that has a tendency to offend public de cency. The second section makes it un lawful for any person in a loud or boisterous tone to ask any other to accompany him or her for arlde or walk. $5,000,000 Increase In Postal Measure. Washington. Nearly five million dollars has been added to the total of the postofflce appropriation bill as it passed the house when the senate committee completed its work on the measure. It carries $31,00,000, the largest amount ever appropriated for postal purposes. Maximum salaries for rural mall carriers would be Increas ed under the bill to $1,200, the total increase for this purpose amounting to $4,350,000. An increase of $1,000. 000 was added to meet the demands of the parcel post. EXPLftl Mi ICO! LI COMPLEXITIES DAY'S EXPERIENCE ON SKIS tome of the Joys and Tribulations of a Coaster In the Alps In Switzerland. linden. "Mattering a short invoca tion. I pushed off and U-t things rip," says a London writ-r. "My second day on ski; my first attempt at a long, teep slope; the snow glittering under bright sun; the village nestling in the hollow beneath, and far, far to the front the state and splendor of the Southern Alps. "The skis swished as they took the slope, and the rush began faster and faster till the speed grew dizzy and the wind rushed through all clothing and swirled coldly round the skin, while the pace became eo fierce that the titlark A Lady Skier Falls Gracefully With out Damage. weight seened lifted from my feet. Every second I expected to leave the ground and fly. Down, down, and down, with the heart fluttering with the glorious and uplifting excitement of Bheer speed self-directed. "A spasm and stagger as a hillock of snow is passed; a desperate struggle to take a curve into a valley at the foot of the slope, and then a swift and certain sailing down the snow till the noise of the ski strikes a lower note and slowly ends. Lean on your stick and rest a moment, with the face tin gling from the rush through the keen and sunny air; wonder how on earth you got so far, and fast in safety, watch the 'Guv'nor' sliding solemnly down a gentle decline, and the ladies tying themselves in complicated knots as they fall, and then pant up the long hill with labor and toil of the hardest and earn another 40 seconds of de lirious joy. "It is true that at the next attempt I was struck by lightning at least, that was how it felt at the bottom of the slope, and that I broke a ski, scratched my nose, cut my lip, and blackened one eye. That was the deserved penalty of rashness in the novice. Vaulting am bition did o'erleap itself, and finished the performance with its head stuck in the snow and its astounded legs wav ing feebly like those of a wasp half burled in Jam. But the game was worth the candle, and in the high places cuts and bruises are healed with a miraculous ease. "It is wonderful what valor the noble sport of skiing evokes in its Devotees. Elderly men and women, girls and young men, dot the snowslopes with writhing patches. If you take an india rubber bands and roll it into a tight little ball and leave it alone it undoes itself with little galvanic twitches and wriggles. Even so does the novice, re covering from the effect of the wild and whirling moments preceding the final crash, undo himself with sudden starts and belpless giggles, thinking the while that in the art of tying knots he could give an epileptic boa con strictor five minutes' start and beat him easily. "For what are you to do when your feet are Beven feet long and your head Is buried in the snow and your left toe is caught behind your right ear and your right ankle is fixed firmly be neath the middle of your waistcoat and your right heel is standing high up in the air and disowns you completely? Nothing for it but to think hard and heave yourself up spasmodically with the help of low cunning and brute force and all the artfulness and strength you can command. When you have done this a dozen times you become expert in unraveling your twisted limbs, and the hardest part of ski ing Is conquered. BIG MYSTERY IS UNSOLVED Man Who Stole the Earl of Crawford's Body Dies Without Explain ing His Act. London. The death at Aberdeen of Charles Souttar, at tne age of seventy three, recalls the astounding theft of the body of the earl of Crawford from the . family vault at Dunecht, Aber deenshire, in 1881. The body was ultimately found in a wood close to the mansion. Souttar was charged and found guilty of theft and sentenced to five years penal servitude. The police engaged in the case held that more than one was engaged in the body snatching, but the accused never alluded to the mystery and whatever the secret was it haa died with him. Pawn School Book to Buy Candy. Chicago. The habit of young chil dren to pawn their school books to buy candy and chewing gum is grow ing to an alarming extent, accord ing to Mrs. Joseph T. Bowan, pres ident of the Juvenile Protective league. Buys Farm from Pelt 8ale. L'Anse, Mich. Isaac Kalma will buy a farm with the money be re ceives for the pelt of a red fox which he killed. The animal' fur ia worth between $800 and $1,000, SENATOR BACON PASSES 10 BEYOND STATE AND NATION IN DEEP MOURNING FOR SENATOR BACON OF GEORGIA. GEORGIA PAYS HIM HONORS Passing of Senator Causes President Wilson to Lament and Moves Colleagues Almost to Tears. f Passing of Georgian Lamented by Wilson. Washington. When President Wilson heard of Senator Bacon's death, he wrote the following i statement; I "All who knew Senator Iiacon 1 will sincerely deplore his death. I It deprives the senate of one of its oldest and most experienced member; a man who held, with something like reverence, to the traditions of the great body of which he was so long a part, and who sought, in all that he did, to maintain its standards of statesmanship and service. The great state of Georgia will miss her distinguished son and serv- ant. My own association with him had been of the most cor- 4 dial, and, to me, helpful sort. I particularly profited by his expe- rience in foreign affairs." ' Washington. Senator Bacon Is dead. While Washington was wrapped in the white mantle of the first snow storm of the season, the soul of this great statesman and modest soldier, who had defended Georgia on the bat- AUGUSTUS 0. BACON t 't-; : 4 "ft? ' - A 4 5 j,3 r tlefield and in the halls of congress,, passed away. The end came at Garfield hospital with a suddenness that astounded his physicians, his intimate friends and the world of official Washington. At noon his condition was not thought alarming. Shortly afterwards he had a sinking spell, and at ten minutes after two he was gone. An infected clot of blood, which reached the heart, caused his sudden death. President Wilson issued a statement expressing Ills deep regret. Vice Pres ident Marshall, members of the Geor gia delegation and intimate friends in the senate, hastened to the hospital to show their respect and to urge that all the marks ef a great nation's honor be accepted by the bereaved rel atives. Following the official funeral, the body was taken to Georgia, accompa nied by an honorary escort of sena tors and representatives. The funeral was in Macon Thursday. Northeast In Grip of a Blizzard. New York A snowstorm, said to rival In severity the famous blizzard of 1888, raged to the accompaniment of zero weather in the upper Hudson valley, the Mohawk valley and the northern and western parts of New York state, tying up smaller railroad trolley lines and paralyzing communi cation generally. All malls were de layed. Four deaths were caused In New York City by the storm, and the total fatalities due to the cold spoil and stormy conditions numbered seventeen. British Marines in Mexico. -Washington. A small legation guard of marines and machine guns from a British cruiser at Vera Crua to the le gation in Mexico City was ordered' only after the Btate department had' been advised of the plan through the American embassy in London. Threats that the British legation would be made a particular object of attack in the event of a public uprising led to the precautionary measure and it was intimated at the state department that Mexican authorities not only were willing but anxious for it ' 1 s : t- ... i h ii 1 - 11 Vk-'tM several years ago. t s