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FAWCETTMIGHT PLAY SOLITAIRE ■mr A came of poker, the man wtio "bluffs" and Is | I jl| "caUed" by another player, generally lays doww Ida i * hand, loses the "pot" aad stolidly prepares for the next hand. Mr OW yesterday, at the city hall. Mayor Fawcett was j 111 "railed" for the first time wince he haa been mayor. ' He was called by tlie entire count-11. Commissioner Atkins, the sopkeaiuan. lield the winning hand. Fawcett was ao chagrined thai lie didn't even show his cards. Instead he got up and walked oat of 'ie room. Fawcett may play solitaire at the < ity> in the days to come. • • WHEN Mayor Fawcett took office In May, he waa ac companied Into the commission hy James t'. Drake and Charles D. Atkins, neither of whom ever had j held a city < ommisslonershlp before. At tlie very first, Drake and Atkins stood wttli Fawcett I on all measures, while Mills and Woods, hold-over rommls- | aioners, voted together In opposition. It wasn't long until Conunisisoner Drake swung over to the side of Mills and I Woods, and the trio formed a winning majority In many ' matters. Atkins stood with the mayor. At frequent Intervals Fawcett would make a bluff, and the commissioners, afraid of the mayor's strength, voted with him. The mayor still seemed to he the city hall "bom." THKKK months ago Fawcett "bluffed" and it happened that llrake held a winning hand. Fawcett maligned Drake* faintly, and Drake warned the mayor not to talk too much again. Still Atkins stood with Fawcett. Rut last week the mayor told liln friends that he had the entire council "buf faloed." That was his bluff. Why Fawcett said it in a mys tery. Yesterday Atkins "called." And beside that he raised .j. tlie bet on Fawcett so high thai Fawcett just sulked out <>r the game. FHOM NOW ON FAWCKTT MAY HK A MINI'S EQUATION AT THK <TTV HAM.. POOR COCX<TI_»!KN I IRK AGAINST HIM. Ills PRKBTIGK 18 GONK, t M.I ss III: I'IjAYH THK (..IMF miMHHi NOW LETS HKK HOW THK (XH'NCII.MEN RUN THINGS WITH A FIGI'KKHEAD MAYOK. FHOM Till lit j ATTITI DX, THKY AHK GOING TO IGNORK FAWCKTT, AND IMiAY THK GAMK STRICTLY AMONG HUM- I SKI.YKS. Bloodhounds Trail Demented Student Without.hat or coat and in scanty clothing, Merritt Baird, 19, former football star of the Stadium High school and son of Mr. and Mrs. William Baird of Sunset Beach, has been wan dering since Wednesday afternoon in the thick ly wooded district, somewhere near his home. He was released two weeks ago from the in sane asylum at Fort Steilacoom on petition of his mother and was taken to hia Barents' home, where it was hoped a mentl disorder would be completely reliev ed. County officials were notified I of his disappearance today, lie,. tity Sheriff jFrauk I-ongmlre left for Sunset Beach with blood hounds to aid a searching party 'In a hunt for the lost boy, which began soon after be slipped awuy frmn home. Fear His Death. It Is feared that, owing to his scant attire, exposure to Incle ment weather will result in his death if he Is not soon discovered. The boy was apparently weil pleased when he was returned to his home. According to the report of his parents, he was sitting on the front porch Wednesday afternoon. They declare that five minutes before he disappeared they saw him, apparently contented with his freedom. Young Baird was one of the popular high school students at the Stadium three years ago. Studied Too Hard. Young Baird broke down men tally from over-study, It was as serted at the time lie was com mitted to the asylum. His par ents, eager for his release, were advised recently that It was pos sible he would improve if taken to a quiet country home. They sold their city house and purchased one near Carson's Crossing. Baird is described as being five feet 11 inches ln height, weighing about 160 pounds, handsome, with medium dark hair, brushed straight back. British People Oppose Leniency I,ONDON, Feb. 26.—Taking it for granted that the American note, which remains a secret, suggests that England refrain from a food embargo on Germany and that Germany and her sub marine blockade of England, the British press and . public have risen up in strong opposition to the suggestion. The cabinet is considering the note. Britons scoff at the shipping loss thus far and" commend the government policy of "starving the Germans." A NEW DRY FIGHT PIKRRR, S. D., Feb. 26. —The South Dakota senate haa passed a resolution calling for the sub mission of the prohibition ques tion to a vote of the people at lie next general election. WILLFIGHT $1,000,000 DYKE JOB If County Commissioner Will lams attempts to put over an ex tra $1,000,000 appropriation to be spent in dyking the Stuck riv er with concrete he will meet strong opposition from Commis sioner Reed. Williams asserts the project now under way will not be per manently beneficial unless more money Is sunk, while Reed In sists the original appropriation of $1,500,000 made jointly by Kl.ig and Pierce couutlcs is enough. "A board .of eminent engi neers," said Reed today, "went over the field in 1909 and gftve their opinlou that the White, Stuck and Puyallup rivers could be permanently confined for $600,000. "Mr. Williams seems to forget that there are only. 9,000 acres of farm land to be benefittsl. If it is to cost more, It appears to me, the saving of the land Is not worth the money." Williams recommends the ap pointment of a special commission to have charge of the project. Cily Dads Wont Boost New Road To Hit. Tacoma Instead of boosting for a "north side boulevard to Mount Tacoma, the city commission to day asked the Commercial club to lend their efforts towards Im proving the present mountain road. The new proposed road, which was refused recognition by the legislature yesterday, Is sought by Seattle because It will cut the distance between Seattle and the mountain by CO miles. It will also take all traffic away from the Tacoma boulevard. The' city commission attended today's luncheon at the Commer cial club, called to consider the North Side road, with the avowed Intention of fighting the propos ed road, and asking Tacoma to unanimously support her own mountain road. Mmm^^WA \^^WmW m\t mm^r^WM Mmm Wd^^^kWi Mmm 1 a_F^^^_i Mmw^^WM — We\ tmmm^^^MMk Mmr^Mm. a_r^_^_r^_- MH mM ■_H B v_ft Mm Mmm Vfl MmM I Mmmm B lIX * MMM WM I mm __! 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He was slumbering peacefully in the "lodgers" room. Henry Taylor, 49, the father, is a well known rancher of Sum ner. He came to Tacoma with' his daughter yesterday, and while they were enjoying a mo tion picture show last, night, pickpockets took his money from him. The father left the girl In a confectionery store und sought friends for money. His search took him until after midnight and the two became separated. They held si joyful reunion to day and obtained transportation homo. Mayor Peevish; Snubs Council Yesterday's clash in the city coilnt-11, when Mayor Fawcett was "roasted" by the commission, caused an unsual situation today. When Fawcett entered the council room for today's session, he ignored the commission, omit ting even his customary "good morning." Fawcett "looked through" Commissioner Atkins without the slightest hint of recognition. During the entire council ses sion Fawcett addressed his few remarks to the empty audience chairs. At the adjournment he hurried to his private office. NAIL MAY CAUSE LOSS OF MEMORY Spencer Thompson, 65, a car lien ter, will probably lose bis memory as a result of an acci dent yesterday, when a six-penny nail wag driven full ength Into his brain, while he was building a fence at Gold Hill, near Puyal lup. Thompson held a nail In his hand and was lifting a heavy timber above his head, when the timber fell, striking the nail and driving it through his skull. ThompFon was brought to the county hospital, where the nail was removed last night. The carpenter lapsed Into un consciousness. When he woke today he could remember noth ing of the accident or his past life. The nail penetrated his brain for two inches. WOMEN FIGBT CHILD LABOR The Tacoma Business Women's club, meeting last night in the Tacoma hotel, adopted resolutions asking Washington state members of congress ot work for anti-child labor legislation. THE ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPEB IN TACOMA. Street scene In Dayton, <).. d uring the record flood of mil. Will It lie duplicated t lit- year? <$> * # The expenditure of $600,- I ♦ 000,000 or even a part of * ♦ that amount In reclalranlg • <3> the .0,000,000 acres flood- * 4 menaced area along the ■»■ 4 Ohio and Mississippi rivers, V <r- would be a good Investment ♦ # for the country. •> ♦ As a reclamation Invest- | 4 inent It would open vast » *• tracts of marvelotisly rich * • soil to cultivation. This land •■ 4 would be worth $100 to | 4> $200 tin acre. <* ♦ The project would add m 4 millions to the w-Hter power • i production of the country. i' 4 For countless centuries, -I •>• uiion this rich land there has § i> been showered upon them i -$> the alluvium or soil which -4 '" has been washed down from I # the entire Mississippi water- • ■k> shed. They are made up ♦ 4 from the cream of the entire '^ 4 continent. 4 •■ In the palmiest days of » 4 Egypt there never were more 1 + than n,000,000 acres cultl- * <*< vated. 4 4 Here we have the equlva- ♦ »> lent of four Kgypta! ♦ • * *>44444> + 4>**44444 SMASHES TURKEY'S DEFENSE LONDON, Feb. 26.—Preceded by mine sweepers, the. Anglo- French fleet today moved past the Dardanelles forts. TjX^Ba It ha* demolished after . several days' shelling, says an Athens'dispatch. A terrific bombardment, of the land fortifications oh both aides of the strait has been opened. No resist anco was offered: by the main Turkish' fleet, lying 20 mlles> way. If the allied fleets succeed in battering thejr way past the' chain of forts lying ahead, a decisive naval engagement is anticipated. Present Arguments OLYMPIA, Feb.-' 26.—The nine members of the supreme court are today.hearing arguments pre sented in the iietitlon of the da posed members of the state land board for a writ to restrain tlie secretary of state and the state treasurer from serving on the board. • CINCINNATI, 0., Felt. _«. — AlihtHigh the Ohio river has ro c#iletl from its threatening coudl tl.n of a few days sgo, there will '•• great danger of devastating Hpoda in the Ohio nnd Mississippi imsiiiK |f the rainfall continues nlnl heavy snows should ctiino. J Iteilef from this annual bugii !«.'•> lias been sought for years by the people of this district, tlintt aantls of whom have l.een mi IMverishetl r.utn its deiMKlittltinr. I Remeiiibei- Dayton?—that tec i "f.!•• Hniiil, which devastatetl Ohit> ai a cost of nearly ftOO lives und "i.c KiHti.4iiiii.tiiH> liefell nearly tin years ago. Hemenilter help ing raise v relief fund? .In those two years whut has the I 'litnl Stales government ■Intu it) prevent a recurrence of such fl4**i? rractlcally NOTIIINti! 'May He Calm Disaster Neut. - lv March, i»l:i. It was the iMy. it... disaster. In March, tut:., It way be the Cairo disaster. ' Cairo, HI., a >*..-> ;.ng town of l.i i inhabitants, suddenly cut $t hy the swirling torrents of c Mississippi, smashed anil cur ried down In pict-eniael chaos to the gulf! ; ll Is inevitable some day as list one little item In the vast toll of destruction and death wbi<-h frill surely be wreaked upon litis fountry unless the great work of fastening the Mississippi in its bed is speedily accomplished. Saitl Colonel Roosevelt In his talk on ill" flood situation: I "I KARNKHTIjY WISH THK NATIO NA 1/ GOVBKNMKNT fOril) AT ONCE START S 'tilth TIIROFGH THK RKCLA AT ION SKHVICK, A N D THHOI OH THK l(l\l Its ANI> II licitoit SFHVICF. IN si til WAYS AS T(» RKMKVK I'NKM WXIVMKNT. . . . "ON SOMK M YMF Its WORK (nn.n RK iim;i'\ WITHIN .to Bays. . . if thk ma CIHNFKV NO IjONGKR NKFD- Kl> AT PANMA WKRK AT ONCF rSf'.D ON A t.ltlt I sen I-; Mi di FLOOR CONTKOI, IN THK MIKSISSIIM'I HASIN. INCM'D INt; THK OHIO AND THK MIS^ OI'Ul. MI'CH WOI'M) RK AC QOMI'I.ISHFD." In other words, he says we've got the time, and the place, and the men. Survey Already Made. I'nited States army engineers have made a surven of the work. The scientific methods of attack ing it are fully established. It is universally granted that anlv by comprehensive federal nnfertuklng ran the floods which hove been a disgrace to. this cotlntry for years, as well as its most destructive scourage, be pre vented. In haphazard, here-and-there levee work, $200,000,000 has al ready been expended by the states mv the federal government along WHEN A MAN'S MARRIED Hhndetl iMirtions Indicute ure.i subject to I'ltM.d at annual spring rise of Oldo aud Mississippi rivers. the banks of the Mississippi. Yet the Horn I damage of 101 _ wits bigger than any preceding, ami the I Hilt floods were even more destructive. Six hundred million dollars- - thut is the sum which Cncle Bum litis got to dig out of his pocket to pay for the great work of pro venting huch tics-ruction from floods. KnormouH as it is, the sum would be repaid in less than Hi years hy the saving In flood dam age alone! Ileside revetment and lev»« work, tho principal job on the upper river would be tho build ing of two huge dams, one across the stream about eight miles be low St. i.niii:-. the second Just above Cairo. Congress Ones Nothing! Below Cairo the work will con sist In building retaining walls, revetments and levees, not only to prevent floods, but also to save the 400,000,000 cubic yards of best soil which are annually swept out of the gulf and lost forever. THK NRWI.ANIW RII.L, WHICH HHI tli I'ROYIHK FOR THIB YABT I NDKRTAKINO, si,i;i i-s THK BI.KKC OF THK DKAH IN A COMMITTKK TIG KONHOFK IN WASHINGTON. Will Show Stamp Books A variety of stamp collection* will be placed on exhibition In Ta coma by their owners some tlnn In March. F?*^ f^\ WKATHKIt FORECAST • fiSlt /) Kt>r Tatwiia: Rata toaigtit L—L j V and Hatarday. ],j) LJIJ *-» Waahlngtoßt Fair Mat, L_ I—OOr1 —OOr r~'" ***"* P°r,'«"*« Uaaighi. ttat ff V nrday, rain. FEB. 26 HOME EDITION Jus! Home From Asylum, Farmer Takes Own Life Scott Mi Arthur, TiD years old, paroled yesterday from the Fort Stellacoom asylum at the request of his wife, Mary X, McArthur. was Instantly killed In his home at 1/akevlew early today. Au thorities believe McArthur took his own life. Mrs. McArthur says she was outside the house about 10 o'clock, when she heard a gun discharged Inside. She found her husband, she sa>s, lying on the floor of his bedroom, his head nearly blown off, and a shotgun at his side. A stick, whittled as tr to fit the trigger, and long enough to permit dis charge of the gun by McArthur himself, whs also found. McArthur was declared by Judge K.isteril.if, at the time the former was being tried before a lunacy commission last month, to be suffering from one of the most peculiar cases of loit memory the Jurist Mad ever observed. lie bad been found wandering about ln the vicinity of his home shortly arter Mrs. McArthur be gan a divorce suit, which has been dismissed. Yesterday, It is said, Mrs. Mc- Arthur went to the asylum and asked for the parole of her hus band, who bail improved consid erably since he was ndmitted. Speak Minds On High Tax Topic Indlgnaiits protests against high taxes and 1..ml demands I'm- a road In their vicinity were expressed today by a i fit Illee of Woodland wo men wlio visited the county commissioners:. Mrs. M. Swit.er declared she bail helped to clear the only trail by which she and members of her runiily could reach the outside world, and declared as outrag eous their 1914 tax assessment, more than three times larger than that of the previous year. "And all the improvements we ndded during that year," she em phutically added, "wag palatini our house and barn." Others members of the com mute are: Mrs. and Henry Heck, Mrs. Father Martin, Mrs. Clara Stone, Mrs. Lizzie Johnston, Mrs. Jennie McOougall and Thomas (iullagher. Sore On Jitneys Btreet car conductors will here after act as deputy policemen for Tacoma. Commissioner Mills today asked Manager Rean of the T. It. ft P. company to order his con ductors to turn In the license numbers of jitney busses violat ing the city traffic laws. "I fonnd three jitneys yes terday blocking the street at the end of sixth avenue aad preventing persons from en tering the street cars," said Mills. "It la unfair. I or dered those jitneys off the street in a hurry. I want all street car conductors to re port the jitneys In the fu ture." OFFER 3 PRIZES The Commercial club has offer ed prizes of ||S, $15 and $10 for the best suggestions as to how tlte slogan, "Motor From Tacoma to the cinders" can be put most forcefully before the traveling ___ltc. SPY QUITS IN DREAD OF DEATH NEW YORK. Fab. «.—Fur ther questioning of Richard Steg ler, a German held on a charge of endeavoring to perpetrate paaa port frauds, today developed the fact that he feared ha would he a second Carl Hans body, executed as a spy In tha tower of London, and for that reason he aaya he confessed to the conspiracy to obtain false passporta for use ot German splea In England. I.ody was shot In November. Htngler declared that It waa Captain Boyed, a naval attache In the Herman embassy at Washing ton, who sent l.otly to hia death. "The same officials who are re sponsible for I .oily's activities, capture and execution." aald Stag ier, "also arranged for my pro posed visit to England under the name of Richard Maddon. I wag Informed by friends that Capt. Unveil was only one of many who knew the details of the mission on which Ixidy was sent abroad." As a result of Stegler's confes sion, officials In the department of Justice believe they now have sufficient evidence to warrant other Indictment!. "The German government wanted certain Information very much," Stagier told federal agents. "I learned that I waa to be ofrered up as a aacrlflre so that aaother spy might escape with the desired Information. That was the way Lody went to his death." TACOMA DEMANDS COUNTY'S MONEY Tacoma will ask Pierce county to turn over $24,000 from the road and bridge fund for helping to pave the Mount Taeoma boule vard. Inside the city limits. The commission decided today to pave as much of the road this spring as will be possible. This money will be used for paving a mile of the Pacific ave nue portion of the mountain boulevard, north of South 96th street. This will leave only one mile of unpaved boulevard be tween the city and I.oveland, half way to Mount Tacoma. countTTurns 0.-w. ry. down After a lengthy consultation, the county commission has decid ed to fight the 0.-W. R. ft N. company's demand for a red'Jc tion In delinquent tax Interest. It. B. Hollock, special tax agent for the railroad, declared he was prepared to continue the case in the courts, but the commission with not in favor of establishing a precedent by granting the re duction. Wasn't State Senate Cute on First Aid Bill? OLYMPIA, Feb. »«.—The sen ate Is today patting Itself on tho back because of Its adroitness on first aid legislation. Yesterday* instead of passing the bill prepar ed by employes, that of the em ployers or the third that ha| come from the administration, it put through a composite of all three.