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FORECAST Arkansas—Tuesday and Wedneaday partly cloudy. NUMBER 272. , laii-.ne meas _>rtant that be rfiflnceo inspired an.l to t o Past lv the war tut© a J11 sI It e. [1 uction dually I rot ions frlUlien! P. of war peeled to ■eatly house ‘>111 ninths of for tun er chang< I states, “1; t $500,000, 000,050 i‘or II pomnyittee's Simmons’ revised In iduated up H "■ i- n. " WBKM. ■ iii" ii iw HHii' WBHm "i iii'in" ."•ii■in'll' H ! '-lnuin i’" l "■■ < i'Iif!ir! BMH. i i" HV. in. i’ HHiim'i ii r,.i, i">ri I. n HBri'i'l.ii ' .1 in Mi" int'T*'u . of uK mid • •■•otinmy lee'.Hi".- ..ini' ^Buimecessnry mui'-r pr'.p'.r Vntal regulation. Hdup of government control ■neroastv operating ex pens'£ Bt.ul.tte4, incomes ■should as ■respon-sibility for adequate B and sustained renditions. \V,> irther add fcliat the alternative j'rnnient ownership wl ic is M>in< i ■ ■ - .. . wF . . wSIBbSi^F the votes of the women. The meet ing was attended exclusively by wom en and the guard of honor was made tip of members of the various wom en’s organizations. Tito premier de clared himself in favor of equal rights for women as well as "equaj pay for equal work' and equality In the marriage laws ’’ -o—* AUSTRIA WANTED TO QUIT WAR IN 1917 OFFERED GERMANY THE EM **■ PI RE"S RICHEST COAL AND OIL PROVINCE. Vienna. Dec. 9.—Count Czernin, for mer Austro-Hungarian foreign min ister, today told the correspondent tnai. Aiisxria in r,i i, -nmuie cooperate efforts to withdraw from the war, even to the extent of offering Ger many the empire's richest roal and oil province, Galicia, if Germany would surrender Alsace-Lorraine, •Count Czernin added that Austria's efforts always were defeated by eith er General von laidendorff, the Ger man chief quartermaster general, or other high German officials, who even went to the extent of asserting that t■<t; . ere we •')! to declare war on Austria, if Austria made a separate rt-ace. TAFT STRONGLY URGES LEAGUE UF NATIONS WOULD USE THE BG STICK WHENEVER IT BECAME NECESSARY TO EN FORCE PEACE. Itlniore, Aid.. Dec. 9.—A league tion® to enforce peace was ted as one of America's Paris conference tonight ent Taft, before a the delegates of the Congress, were Oscar S k. chairman of the of the con Murray Butlmj* a JLCiflPfcraity, ®Steton. “The Moral .■Nations.” " mild Mr. Taft, “about of nations is that the stars courses' ere revolving to it inevitable There is much discussion about statesmen who re for us to the time of Washington and who warn us of entangling alliances But what are we in now? il am re minded of the Teen, who, when our Philippine policy and our tendency toward expansion were criticised, de < laved: We are done expanding.’ We can’t escape it. We went into this w ir because we were driven to it and we laid to be driven because of that very policy of avoiding en tangling alliances. ‘ This league of nations to enforce peace doesn't claim any patent or trademark. We are glad to have everybody support, it. We don’t care v. hat h ■ thinks about other things, so long as he favors the league idea. I3ut what we do object to is being held responsible for internationalism in the sense that teat eult denies na tionalism. “Yonii have got to have a league with force enough to nay to alt those small natiosu: “ ‘We do not propose to let you start a conflagration that will do stroy tuts peace that we have < n dured so infinitely to bring about.’ "I say to you that unless such a league emerges from the confernce at Paris, the whole thing is « failure. I don’t think it is going to be a failure—that is why 1 say to the gen tlemen at Washington ‘better get-on the band wagon ' ” SH1PPINC FACES TIE-UP. r* — New Orleans, Da., Dec 9.—Repres entatives of the Masters, Mates and Piolts Association and owners of tu? and ferry boats failed to roach cn agreement on the demands of the as sociation for increased wages at a conference todav and ^hipping on the lower .Mississippi again faces the pos sibility of a tie-up The river men are demanding an Increase of 25 per cent in wages with back pay from June 1st Owners of lug and ferry boats are reported to have offered counter propositions which were rejected by representa tives of the men who announced they would submit tho 'proportions to a meeting of the association Tuesday tight Ifans A. M Jacobson, chairman of Ihe local adjustment board lias called another conference Wed-newdy morn ing AMONG THE DEFENDANTS WITH BERGER IS IRWIN ST. JOHN TUCKER. AN EPISCOPAL- » IAN CLERGYMAN. PLEAS OF NOT GUILTY ARE ENTERED BY ALL Prospective Jurors Were Closely Questioned In Regard to Their Po sition on Matters of Free Speecn and Their Feelings Toward fiociali and Socialists. •-' Chicago, bee 9.—Victor 1, Berger, congressman-elect front Milwaukee, with four co-dfcfenctantB, was today placed on trial in the federal dis - trict court before Judge I.»ndi» on a charge of violating the espionage act. A plea of not guilty was entered **y Attorney Seymour Steelman, for all the defendants, Mr. Beiltw, Adolph (termer, national secretary of the so cialist party; Irvin St. John Tucker an Episcopalian clergyman; William S. Kruse and .1. Looiis RngdaW, social ist propagandists. • Before the noon recess District At torney Charles E. CKne hid com plefed the examination of twelv*^ veniremen and tendered the panel Hi - deli- i- Mi Cline ileflt>ed^^^H| "I • • I,an: '.I e -’-.t in I I lie m' . ace on t s in thhe Unl^Hi military' service. t Each venireman was asked l>yi th«i u.-n vuwii TV iicnuui ill UW U|/UUUU| anyone should lw> permitted under the guise of free speech to violate t!ve laws of the country and each man on the panel replied "No" Objec tion to the word “guise" in the ques tion was made by counsel for tne de. fondants and was overruled by the court. Counsel fur the defense questioned each prospective juror closely on Ills attitude of prejudice or fairness to ward socialism and socialists, con scientious objectors; those who op posed the entrance of the United States into the war; those who urged that the nation withdraw from the work; wrsons of foreign birth, In cluding those born in Germany and Austria in particular. Two of the veniremen, after admit ting that they could not dismiss cer tain prejudices from their niinchs were excused from the panel by th» court. IUGO-SLAVS WILL UNITE WITH SERBIA WILL ALSO INSIST ON EVACUA- f TION OF JUGO-SLAVO TERRI * TORY OCCUPIED BY ITALY. Washington, Doc. 9—Formal no t loo • l.nn .. r, r . - A L . A . A ''v‘1 nix, /vim i r an government of the purpose of the Serbs. Croats and Slovens, formerly held by the Austro-Hungarian gov ernment to unite with the kingdom of Servia in a single Jugo-Slavio stale • end to insist on the evacuation of Juvo-Slavo territory now occupied, by Italy. Official texts were presented today to the .state department of ad dresses by Prince Regent Alexander of Serbia and a delegation of 27 mem l»crs from the national council of Zagreb, delivered at Belgrade, De cember 3. The prince regent accept ed <he proposal of the Zagreb council for union under a parliamentary gov ernment, the delegation to be receiv ed to sit provisionally at Belgrade as representatives of their people until >a constituent assembly can be held within six months of tho conclusion of 'peace. TREASURY BUYS FARM LOAN BONf?». Washington, Doc. 9.—Two 'trillion dollars of farm loan bonds of the new issue, bearing four and one half per cent, have 1>een sold to the treasury since November 1, the farm loan board announced today. No farm Ipan bonds will be so hi publicly until af ter the war, in order not to Put ^henf in competition wi'h Liberty lbou<jK t