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A FOR RENT ADjWILL weather RENT THAT VACANT ROOM forecast People looking for rooms turn to "" r the (classified ads of the newspapers FORECAST FOR ARKANSAS:— to see what is ottered. An ad in th, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY GENER* hriw“you aCc^u»me?!IUOiil ' THE 0NLY NEWSPAPER IN HOT SPRINGS THAT RECEIVES THE FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT OVER LEASED WIRES J ally fair. VOLUME XXXIV. hot springs, Arkansas, Saturday morning, February 24,1917. number 230. VISITOR SAYS ALL noons IN CITY NEEDED ARRIVES FROM NEW ORLEANS WITH MOST ENTHUSIASTIC DECLARATION FOR RESORT. HOT SPRINGS CANNUT ESTIMATE VAST ARMY Railroads Will Be Taxed to Capacity to Care For Patronacje to Races, and Wealthy Owners of Stables Have Taken Lease on Circus Cars to Get Their Horses Here Immediately. Among the visitors to the Business Men's League jester lay afternoon was Harry M. Wallace, of New York, a re tired business man. who bad been to the Orescent City to attend the ' losing of the race meet there and also takt part in the Mardi Gras celebration. He called at the I eague solely in the. interest of Hot Springs, to notify of ficials of the League that, from his personal observation. t.ver • room avail able here would he in demand by the tme- the race meeting opens. “J took the precaution.” declared Mr. Wallace, "to make reservation at one of the hotels, so 1 am not ■worry ing, hut 1 thought it would not be out of place to let you know that thous ands of visitors are coming form New Orleans to the races here. I had a great time down there and the senti ment for Hot Springs is unanimous. 1 never saw anything like it. How are you going to * are for this -great army that will certainly be on you by the tiint the race meet opens?” Xee.r*‘ary ' Kbel showed Mr. Wallace a list of over names of private families homes that had never before offered to throw open their doors to assist In entertaining Hoi Springs tourists. While Mr. Wallace was * the League the conversation was in terrupted time and again h.v others front all parts of the city telephoning in rooms they would be m illing to rent. Across the hall from the secretary's office visitors were being given loea tions where accommodations could be mured In th- main auditorium of the building there was a crowd wait ing patiently to he directed to accom modations Mr. Wulluec look'd th' scene over ''This looks like buittenss real litis iness. too," he declared, "but let me tell you this building won't be large, enough to accommodate the peopL who will be here asking for rooms, ) predict you will have to in r* a-e youi lorea. \ o.ur officers of the Leagtu will have to he down here to heljj handle the people mho are coming t< the races. I tell you the railroads are hooked up as never before. Two ape < iul trains will reach Hot Springs Sat urday. Otibor specials on both rood? are coming Sunday. This place may have entertained crowds in the past • ut look out for the thousands still on I heir way. Well, good luck. I'll leave i ’em with you, and. say. I ni mighty I glad 1 took the precaution to book nr. loom two weeks ago.’’ The conversation with Mr. Wallace was much like the same expression that others voiced ut the League all day yesterday. The message they 1 rought was one of increased thous ands of visitors- a message of pros per it y—the kind of prosperity ttur will reach to every portion of the city Never in the history of Hot Springs has such a season damned as the one this resort is now experiencing and the patr mage here and that to coin has been attracted by that all power Iul entertaining featii'e and magnet— the race meeting Another illustration of what the raivi is doing for the business inter cits of Hot Springs was seen in a < heck received from a local business man who. tip to yesterday, had not paid for the membership he subs'rib td. This business mail wrote a - fol lows: “1 could not see my way clear until now to pay my dues. Inn my business is showing such a denied increase that i would be ungrateful to the l!us ines- Men’s League, i.\ ho has made the lace meet possible, did 1 not fulfill my pledge to you and pay this year's dues. I do now with pleasure ” Kvery branch of business interest has felt the present wave of prosperity hut, better still, this seme effc.t is teaching into those homes which have so comm ■ndably responded to the re quest of the Business Men's Ixiague to offer accommodations to visitors. Not in any one section of the city have these responses come, but they are de eldodly "city wide" in every res’eel Although over ;:oo families have sig billed their willingness to take vis. tens, the Business Men's League still desires continued information relative to rooms. Apartments for lighthouse keeping are still in demand. This and other rooming data should he tele i honed to the League immediately. ■'It looks as if the League will have to keep open house Sunday," said isc ■ tetaiy Kbel. “We are doing our Lest to place these people who uhIc for in tonnation relative to rooms, and with hundreds du- to arrive Sunday we will have to be on the job and do our part to look after them 1 i sterday six carloads of horses ar rived over the Hock Island railroad and were taken immediately to Oak lawn park. This special train brought some of the finest stables :n the land including the following;: 11 S. New man owner of Pan Zarota. II head: W. .1 Spier. 11 head: J. Cason, 11 head; K. T. Carlin. II head; A. L. Kirby, 13 bead; M. Ixiweusteln, 13 head; S. ,M. Henderson. .'! head; J. A. Tic is, 3 head. Johnny Ireland, 1. Foster, 3 he,ad. Yesterday Col. W. 15. Applegate of “Old Kos-ibud" fame arrived from Juarez w ith two carloads of horses, all of which arc’ quartered at Oaklawn. Mo.-e Koldblatt, trainer for the Jef ferson I.Kingston stables, tile siring en.xrixi i.n on pack kic.ut, ---- Body of Funston Lies in State at San Francisco The Casket Was Not Opened By the Express Wish of the Widort, Sail Francisco. Fob. 23.-—The bod' °t Major General Frederick Funstou lav in state tonight in the rotunda of the city hall draped with the American fliiK on a catafalque covered 'with jon hulls. Thirty-two corporals, many of (whom had served w ith Fun-toi., guard tlio body, while thousands of peo pic passed through to pay a last mark «f respect to the man who maintained order here during tlie big fire. The, casket was not opened by the express wish of his widow. It will be opened for a few moments tomorrow' morning at the First Presbyterian • hurih. >where the funeral services "111 be held, in order that near rela tives may look upon the face of Gen eral Funston for (lie lust time. '-Messages of condolence from all sec tions of the country were received to day by Mrs. Funston. They came from army and navy officers of high rank, including Major General Hugh I IMott, chief of stuff of the army: his •issi-tun'. General Tasker H. Illiss, and from stuff officers of the south • in department, of which Funston was commander when fatally stricken at ^uii Antonio. Tex., last Monday night. Organizations of war veterans and the governors of Arizona and Kansas ex pressed sympathy. Mrs. K H Kunston. mother of the general, ainl his brother .John, arrived tonight from lola, Kan. The funeral proeessiou. composed ot two regiments ot coast artillery, head ed by Major General .1. Krankliu Iiell commending the western department. 1 is aides and members of his staff, to gether with a contingent of blue jacket- from Yerba Huenu Islands, lepresetitatives of military and veter ans' organizations will leave the city ball tomorrow morning at In o’clock for the church. Interment twill be made at the national cemetery in the Presidio reservation with full military rites. The body arrived here at 1 o'clock today. Kscorted by four companies of coast artillery In full dress uniform and under arms, it was borne to the city hall and received by Mayor James Holph. in the name of San Kran is o Many army and navy officers of high rank marched by; the bier with un covered heads. V drizzling rain was braved by thousands of civilians who blocked entrance/ and exits in their desire to express their reverence. The rotunda /-was decorated with floral pieces and flugs sent by various mtlliarx and -iml military bodies AUSTRIA HAS MADE NO REPLY TD D. S. NOTE _ GERMANY IS UNDERSTOOD TO BE EXERTING PRESSURE ON AUS TRIA FOR COMPLETE DE FIANCE. » ■■ ' 1 — OFFICIALS BELIEVE TBAT BREAK IS INEVITABLE The Departure of Secretary Lansing for a Three Days Rest is Believed to Forecast That Government Wilt Not Take Any New Steps Before the Middle of Next Week. Washington, Feb. 2M.—The depar ture o£ Secretary l.unsing tonight for a three day stay at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., was variously inter preted with possible developments ■’> the German crisis. At first there was a general tendency to 'believe that it meant the middle of next week, that if decisions had been reached and plans worked out. the head of the state de pan mi lit could be spared for a few nays rest now better than later. I hero was a two hour cabinet moot ini tins afternoon, followed by the an nouncement that tin International sit uation had undergone no ohang j. Members were more than usually itticent in discussing afteibvards al though they indicated that Pre-ident Wilson till had made no plans to- his expected visit to congress to seek rnthority to project \ iei"caps ami their ships from submarines Administration officials v.-o iId not comment on the probul le effect upon tie president's course of "he republi (an tillb’ister started in the senate with the apparent intention c» forcing an extra session and tlie threats of some republican leaders to oppose granting any additional power to be used by the executive after adjourn ment. A Hurry came late in the day over a dispatch announcing the torpedoing without warning of the trench liner Athos and the drowning of an Annu li an missionary on Loan, as a pass'*!! gi r. Anv idea, however, that this might lie the oven act which would preeipate wal was ch .ired aw;iv l.Per by press dispatches filling ho v the liner was being used as a trei p ship under convoy of two cruisers. No word had been received from Ambassador Penficld regarding Aus tria's reply to the re tnest f ir a stale jnent as to whether the Vienna Hoy . i rnment adheres fully to Germany a j policy. Herman) is understood to le ixerting strong pressure oil Austria lor a complete defiance of this country and officials here do not con ceal their belief that a break is inevi I table. Baron Xwiidinek charge of the | Austrian embassy, called at the slut” department today and is said t,<j have learned that no nine would be set for the presentation of credentials to ihe president bv Count Tamokski. the new Austrian anihassador. until the issue with his government wu» dead cd. I lie inieiiuuu ui ovuv^*.' to leave Washington for a short, va cation, the first he his had since, he attended the army and navy football i.aiue last tab became known shortly Jlt<>r the cabinet n> acting. Premi r Bloyd-Boorge s speech to till iff st that extreme measure* must be taken to save England from dn-aster from the sal.marina cam jiaign caused much surprise here be cause of I hi- frankness of its expres sion. Nevertheless, it was pointed out Miat the German submarine campaign had given the British premier just the opportunity he /wanted of making a supreme appeal to the British people] and of imposing restrictions both on j them and other neutrals which lie had long desired to put into effect. The dastlc prohibitions of imports were understood here not only to be means of saving cargo space, but of enforcing -some o'' the pnrsonnl econ omy in England that has been practic ed'in Germany during the war. Im uiense financial saving which this will effect i.-> expected also to strengthen England considerably in neutral mar kets and increase the expenditure of munitions. Officials at the -date department rilowed it to become known that while the official notification or the row British order-ln-eouncil widening the blockade bad b< en received here. no protest by this country was likely it. the existing circumstances. Officials who have been following the submarine cimpaign continue to l'eel that, it will not meet with the success expected bi Germany unless the rate of destruction i3 greatly ac celerated. Reports from Germany that England is concealing her losses are not credited here, as the official re ports to the state department, corres pond with figures given to the press in London. A ship's loss, it is pointed out, cannot be concealed except under (lie rarest circumstances, and it Is not thought possilde that England would undertake any appreciable kind of suppression of news in that, regard. THE WAR IN BRIEF Declaring that the success of the entente cause rested oti the bility to solve the tonnage problem, Premier David Lloyd-George, in the house of commons Friday, announced measures to be taken to achieve that end. The hunting down of German submarines by the navy, the building of merchant a hips and the cutting off of non-essen tial importations he held to bo the most imoprtant measures. Everything, the British premier de clared, must be sacrificed to the con servation of shipping, which has been depleted greatly because of German activities and the letting of ships to Great Britain's allies. Hr announced plans increasing the food production at homo. The premier said the government would take means to increase ship building and made public a long list or articles the importation of which would be prohibited. Coffee, cocoa, ten. raw fruits, except lemons and oranges, vegetables, hides, leather boots and shoes of leather ','iiies and agricultural machinery are among the articles on the prohibited list. Im portation* of paper, idon ore and lum ber will be reduced greatly. German submarines continue to sink ship1. The total tonnage sunk as re ported Friday was 23,456. This in dudes the French steamer Athos, of 11'.imO tons, which was sunk in the .Mediterranean while rairving trnrps to France and under guard of war ships. One American, P-obcrt , lladen. a missionary in i bina, lost his life in the torpedoing of the Ather, from which 1.150 persons were saved. All the 111 vessels reported sunk were of legistr , except one Norwegian and several of unestablished identity. There has been no activity of impor tance on the battlefields of Europe. On the Somme and Ancre sectors addi tional small gains of ground by Brit ish troops are recorded by London. The repulse of German raids near Armentiercs afso is reported. Artillery bombardments continue as usual. In Galicia the Germans an l Rus sians have been engaged in isolated fighting at Zlochoft. Berlin records the destruction of the four nvine shafts and the capture of 25b prisoners. Pet regard says the attackers were driven ibark to their positions after breaking through the Russian lines. \ battle for th<- possesion of San naiyat. northeast of Kut-El-Amara on the Tigris, is in progress. British troops were successful in the opening engagement. l.omlan reports, but fight ing is beuig hampered by high water in the Tigris, -o CYCLONE CLAIMS DEATH TOLL CF THIRTEEN GEORGIA, ALABAMA AND MISSIS SIPPI WERE VISITED BY DE STRUCTIVE STORM. Atlanta, Ga.. Keb. 28.- Thirteen per sona are known 1o have been killed and a number were reported injured in a series of small tornadoes which swept through sections of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi late today. Many small buildings in the country districts were demolished, others damaged and wire communication de moralized. Seven of the dead were white per sons. At StewartBville. Ala., Prof. Kxekiel and men named Grimes and Gatuell were killed when their homes were wrecked; Annie Porter and Levi Logan, chaildren, lost their lives at Hollins. Ala., and Allen House, a child amt William House 80 years old, are dead al Midway. Ala. Four negroes wore killed at Whitsett, Ala., and two at Lithonia, Ga. A dispatch Iroin Hollins slated that virtually every building in the. towu was - ilher destroyed or damaged. At least fin small dwellings were de molished at Lithonia. Six children were Injured, two ser iously, when a school building at Georgetown. Miss., was blown down, and a dispatch from Purvis, Miss, stat ed thata white man. Ernest N’. -Mor ris, was struck by lightning near that town and killed Huutsboro, Ala., reported property damage of $2'»,(W0. Several other j towns in that stale, including Wetump | ka and Tuskeaee, also reported darn I age to property. COST OF FOOD IS DISCUSSED BY CABINET SOME HELD THAT THE RECORD PRICE WERE INTERTWINED WITH THE CENERAL CAR SHORTAGE. RAILROADS INSIST THEY ARE NOTTN BLAME Senator Lewis Introduced An Amend ment to the Revenue Bill Authoriz ing the President to Seize Any Food stuffs Which He May Believe to Be Held By a Monopoly. Washington, Kt b. 33.—The soaring cost of foodstuffs throughout the country today engaged the attention cf virtually every governmental agency with even a remote relation to the problem. President Wilson and the cabinet discussed the situation from many angle , its cause and possibile rente uies. Views held by some of the con lorees were that the record price* were intertwined with tire general car shortage and indirectly affected by tho German submarine warfare which has resulted in \ust accumulations on freight ami resultant car congestion at eastern seaports. Department of justice agents resum ed with hew- energy their ihveatlgutlOh of prices to determine if there is an actual shortage of foodstuffs at large cities wneie rioting has occurred. At | torney General Gregory announced* that measures which may be of “con tdderablo avail" toward bettering that, rituation probalbly would be announc ed shortly. The interstate Commerce Coramis sion announced the transportation west of many trains of empties, chief ly for relief at Chicago and was re ported to be satisfied that the gigantic task of restoring conditions to normal was progressing au speedily as might be expected. The car service commission of tho American Railway Association the railroads supremo court In all subjects affecting shortage and congestion dis claimed all responsibility on behalf of the roads lor contribution to the rise through failure to furnish transporta tion facilities and announced that at no time had any complaint been re ceived which would indicate that then was a shortage of loud anywhere in the country. The newly created shipping board I submitted to the president a plan for relief by placing American vessels in the coast to coast trade, thus releas ing freight cars required for transcon tinental traffic. A large merchant marine which could be used for this duty sailing by way of the Panama canal would be available on the pa i ,nige by congress of amendments to the shipping bill now pending. In congress Senator i,<-wis Introdur. ed an amendment to the revenue bill authorizing the president to seize anv foodstuffs which ho may believe to be held bv a monopoly or for ‘‘an unjust increase in price” and dispose of them through public sale at prices to be fix ed by the department authorized to conduct the sale. Senator Martino introduced a bill which would empower the president to declare an embargo on the export of foodstuffs. Heads of the departments of agri culture and commerce announc ed that they were using a1’means within their palwer to ameliorate conditions. At the department of agriculture a .-date inent was issued urging that the pro posed nation-wide investigation which the president w tuts the federal trade commission and the department to eanduct to be made possible at onre by congress W ide diversity of opinion as to the cause of advancing prices was mani fested by expressions from the various agencies concerned. Interstate Com merce Commission officials are under stood to believe that the relation be tween the car -hortage and conges tion and the rise in prices is compar atively slight. Eventually all agencies agreed that | the food supply in (he country is BOY’S EXONERATED ON CHARGE OF KILLING COX Lonoke, Ark., Feb. Joe Trot ter, star of the Little Rock college football team last fall, and Kelly llo e the young men arrested yesterday, charged with the murder of John Cox, aged merchant, were exonerated by o coroner's, jury today and lx-th were released from jail. Both boys proved complete alibis, it is said that the only evidence against them was that bloodhounds that had supposedly fol lowed the trail of the murderer went up to the two boys, who were in a crown that was following tile dogs. The coroner’s jury fixed no responsi bility for the murder. LITRE PROGRESS ON REVENUE BILL SENATE FORCED INTO NIGHT SES SION BY FILIBUSTERING OF REPUBLICANS. Washington, Fell. J.'i.—Forced Into uuothur night, session by filibustering of republicans, the senate made little progress today on the administration revenue bill. After the defeat of an amendment by Senator Watson of Jn diana to make the excess profits tax expire December SI, lbl9, instead of July 1, lttai, republican senators be gan their fight, Senators Penrose. iSernian, Page, Curtis, Kenyon and Groniui speaking for hours on perfunc tory amendments. Iaite in the day Chairman Simmons of the finance .committee accepted an amendment by Senator Norris author izing the secretary of the treasury to issue the bonds provided for in the bill in serial form, part to be retired each year ami all to be retired in 25 years, displacing the original provision that the bonds run for 50 years. Although the amendment would increase inter est rates by one-quarter per cent on bonds issued serially, Senator Norr's contended the government would save many millions in interest by taking the securities tip gradually Instead of allowing them all to run for half a century. Senator I>nvis of Illinois proposed an amendment to authorize the gov ernment to seize food and other noces sities of life which ihe courts might declare were held in violation of trust laws to enhance their price, paying a fair market (trice for goods so taKen and disposing of them at public sale for the benefit of the public. There was no action on the proposal. Filibustering continued until 11 o’clock tonight, when both sides agreed upon a recess until tomorrow. No democrats addressed the senate unless asking a question, the debate 'being ./carried on by republicans, among them Senators Sterling, Crron na, Sherman and Weeks. For several hours the Underwood amendment to reduce the tax on oleo margarine was discussed and then the Loud issue was used as the. vehicle for consuming time. No vote was lukeu, but Senators iai Toilette and Hasting of Wisconsin informally polled the senate on the oleomargarine amend ment and announced that they felt con fident it would be defeated. Some of the republicans said to night that the revenue bill might be allowed to pass some time next week, but that “Ihe public may be very sure that there will be an extra session of congress.” mm try to FORCE ACTION IN THE HOUSE SPECIAL RULE IS SOUGHT TO BRING UP DISTRICT OF COL. UMBIA DRY BILL. MEASURE HAS BEEN PASSED BY SENATE Not in Years Has the Method Sought to Get the Bill Before the House for a vote Been Resorted to—Bill Would Close All the Saloons in Washing ton on November 1. Washington, Feb. 23.—A special rule expected to insure a vote in the house at this session of the District of Col umbia prohibition bill was agreed to late today by the house rules commit tee. The measure already has passed the senate. Prohibition airrocates hailed the committee's action as another impor tant victory, for they believe the bill certain of passage once it Is brought to a vote. For more than a mouth It has been before the house District of Columbia committee without action and recent developments there had given the prohibition sympathizers lit tle hope of a report in time for action by March 4. The rules committee stood seven to f< ur for the rule, which, if adopted by the house, would take the bill out of the hands of the District commtttae and set a date tor a roll call on its passage. That method of bringing a measure (before the bouse has not been resorted to in years, and it was said tonight that the District committoe might decide to avoid it by immediate ly reporting the prohibition measure. The rule would make in order all proposed amendments, Including oue pending for a referendum vote by res ident- of the District. Efforts to attach a referendum amendment in the sen ate failed '-m,/ hie vote. It, was not dolled when the rule v,ould be reported. Alt was adopted primarily, committeeman said, to force action by the District committee, \ wh cli previously lias 1 announced It -*■ would not report the iVfasur^^SSpr^ Tuesday. Supporters of the hill fear ed that such a late report would bo fol lowed by a filibuster extending until the end of the session, and tentative plans tonight were to bring in tho special rule tomorrow if the District committee has not acted. Only three l.ours general debate would be allow ed. Representatives Ilcnry of Texas, chairman; Pou, North Carolina; Can trill, Kentucky, and Patten, Nqw York, CONTlNtmb ON PAGE 8EVEN Two Senators Accused of Accepting Bribes Police Allege That Each Senator Had in His Pockets Marked Money. Little llock, Ark., Feb. 23.—State Senators Ivisiou V. Burgess of Rus sellville ami Samuel C. Sims of I laz uli were arrested by detectives of the Little Rock police department tonight charged wiltb having accepted bribes. Detectives say that they arrested the two senator.- as they emerged front a dark alley in the downtown district. They say that each senator had in his pockets marked money. They say that this money had just been given the two senators by a New York de tective who represented himself to be a lobbyist and that he pretended to Kive them the money in exchange for their promise to vote against a hill now pending in the senate that would prohibit merchants from using trad tug stamps and ether devices to stim ulate trade. The officers say that the pretended lobbyist arranged to pay the senators for their votes and ar ranged tthe meeting place in the dark alley. They ay that botu .seuators walked into the trap. At it: 30 o'clock tonight Seuutor Suns still was in a cell at police headquarters, while Senator Burgess was in the office of Prosecuting At torney Dunaway at the court house. The police say that the prosecutor is questioning Senator Burgees and they Hinted that the aTfalr may de velop additional .sensations tiliat will involve other senators. A score of Influential men went to police headquarters aud offered to give bond to obtain freedom for tho arrested senators. Municipal Judge Woodruff announced that he would re lease both on $3,000 bond. Then Pros ecutor Dunaway hurried to the office of a justice of the peace and secured a county warrant charging tho tw'o senators with soliciting bribes. He then caused them to he re-arrested by a deputy sheriff, which removed them from Judge Woodruff's Jurisdiction. They then were locked In the county jail and Prosecutor Dunaway announo ed that no one would bo permitted to see them tonight. He aaid that he probably will call a special session of the county grand jury tomorrotw.