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K ISLAM) ARGU AND DAILY UNION. SffTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 181. ASBOCXATXD PUSS UASDWTU. WEDNESDAY MAY 19, 1920 FOURTEEN PAGES. "" fuss leased m PRICE FIVE GENTS.. rn la Livl JVJ u IT ijiJUlHui to IDS ROUT POLISH IN ; COME-BACK Poles Forced to Withdraw t Folotzk as Populace 1 Cheers Victors. 1 London. May 19. The Bolshevik! won important successes over the Poles on passing the Dvina river it Polottk, according to an official itttement sent out by the soviet internment at Moscow today. The Poles were forced to withdraw, the ikiteraent adds, and the popula tion leceived the boldbeviki troops with enthusiasm. Gain on Roth Ends. ' " London, May 19. Bolsherlki force, which on Monday began a counter-offensive against the Poles and Ukrainians have made gains on tee extreme ends of the battle line which extends from Lortbwest of Jtoh-lh to some distance south of Kiev, according to ui ofBcuil state ment issued in Moscow yesterday and received here by wireless. Still Hold Odessa! Constantinople, May 19 (By the AMOciated Press.) Odessa is still tltimed by the Russian bolsheviki ud tumors of its capture by I'tratnlan forces have not been sup ported by S'll'sequent messages. Al lied commissioners here are with out official information, as there is 0 means of communication be tween this city and southern Rus sia. (Capture of Odessa by the Ukrain ian was reported on May 11, and hat purported to be official con Innation was received in Paris and London the next day. On May 14, kowever, the British war office is ned a statement declaring re port! that Ukrainians had occupied Otteta has not been substantiated.) See British Complicity. i- London, May 19. Denunciation of the Polish attack on ' Bolshevik Rmiia and what is regarded as Great Britain's complicity in that offensive is contained in a manifes to issued here by a number of la bor leaders, including Laborite nembers of parliament The manifesto states the attack of Poland on soviet Russia means "a prolongation of war and chaos, the victory of secret diplomacy and the defeat of the League of Na tions." The British government is tending munitions to Poland," the .manifesto declaring: "The ferociously cruel blockade of Rus sia is actually maintained, al though legally non-existent." It concludes by saying: "The temper of the whole labor move Best is rising rapidly and labor hoald see that the attack upon Kuuia is ended." Conferees Acclaimed. Moscow, May 17. An impressive Popular demonstration greeted the English trade union delegation jjPon its arrival here at noon to Virtually every local union iVspriltfored 'n dele6ation3i Tie British delegates assured representatives of Russian orkers that English workmen r opposed to the blockade of Mia, intervention and Polish ag frttsioa. ARNSTE1N DENIES CHARGE I J&w York. May 19 "Nicky" Am- JW.tl!eged "master mind" in the KICK rv wo bond theft plot, pleaded I :? j .L " lucreJBSCU ruilty on rw.. f .,..n..iHe urged the conservation of nat- and receiving stolen securi " wnen arraigned in general ses- court here today. UBLICAN HOUSE ADERS AGREE TO EACE SUBSTITUTE sWnrton. May 19. Ripubli 7" Mers in the honse agreed to- .' u accent the. n. tat . V e 8enate as a substi-fcru-T. he nouse resolution and . w0 by the senate as a suhsti- lentativaiv it up 'SV for final action ' Mill 6-' " Si Concurrent. h ... Sri wl" be moved by Chair lfJLorter'' the house foreign committee, and leaders pre Mta. motion would be adopted. "e resolution to the pres- eiftfa Mme house Republi SJlcT th text of their reso- tt fn-v016 enat Plan rather "rther the peace resolution. 5?N PLEA FOR SwlTRAGE DENIED Ihir May 19.GOV tk. il 1" Alined to accede S-TT rqUSSt Of PrMiriant WI1.su fc r" Louisiana leglsla-U. lHwiltoo Lewis nf WUf the federal suffrage! included la tw ask thm tjM... i i.i. Wave of Price-Cutting Sweeps Nation as Folk Abandon Extravagance (By the Associated Press.) CUeage, May 19. Report of price catting-.in wearing- ap . parel continued today. Owners of department stores la virions . parts of tbo country announced reductions of from 90 to 60 per cent. Shoo prices were reported ent one-fifth in some quarters, while a ready-to-wear establishment in Omaha announced SO to M per cent redactions. MEJT8 SUITS, SHIRTS REDUCED. Silk shirts and salts for men were reported to have suffered radical eats in Indiana, merchants offering men's furnishings at from 90 to 30 per cent below former prices. One establishment offered silk shirts at HJO. about half the former price, Beady-to-wear clothing for women and children was also reduced la price. A SO per cent reduction in all men's and boys' garments and shoes was offered by a store of Terre Haute, fnd. ALL WOODS CUT 20 PER CENT. A SO per cent redaction in almost all goods was announced by one of the largest department stores in loungstown, Ohio. Among, the larger department stores, all but one had placed on sale to day their entire or almost entire stocks at discounts ranging from 20 to M per cent. Retailers of Fresno, Calif have announced general 20 to 50 per cent reductions on silk goods; while El Paso, Texas, sent word that S3 1-8 per cent had been taken off the price of staple shoes and 25 per cent from the price of clothing. There was little material change In the price of food and wearing apparel In Chicago. (Br United PreM.) Washington, May 19. The public is on strike against high prices and there is a definite downward trend in ' commodities throughout the country, according to advices here today. The people are acting to gether, government economic ex perts believe. People have delayed purchasing their summer outfits and in consequence merchants have been left with large stocks on hand. With price reductions being re ported from all over the country. Senator Kenyon said today: "It is an indication that some of the peo ple have at 1 sast decided to stop paying exorbitant prices. The more widespread that decision the quick er prices will fall." "There are signs of a general price reduction," said Dr. Royal Meeker, government economic ex pert. End to Extravagance, "I think it is not unsafe to pre dict that this is shown by the way the public has stopped buying in the mercantile line. At least there has come an end of the upward movement swing when everybody tried to outdo his neighbor in ex travagance. "The action of the federal re serve board in raising discount prices has had an effect. There is also some indication that specula tion is being discouraged. This should leave more cash and credit for the man engaged in legitimate enterprise." The nation-wide railroad congres tion is the most Important factor in STRIKE LOSS WITHIN YEAR PAST BILLION New York, May 19. An incom- nlete list of direct losses dns to 8trikes in 1919 places the cost to labor in wages at nearly S7Z5,tHu, 000 and to industry at more than $1,250,000,000, Francis H. Sisson, vice president' of tb,e " Guaranty Trust company of New York, told the silver jubilee convention of the National Association of Manufac turers, here today. The chief danger in the present situation. Mr. Sisson said, is- that the desirability of low prices as an end in itself may be so exaggerated as to lead to the attempt to force j prices down through harmful meas- ures for the control of credit. ""he banker spoke on industrial ,unr' a"l nWke fewa ural resources as a means of main taining our economic position ; in the world. "We have heard much about rent profiteers." Mr. Sisson said, "but organized labor either does not realize or closes its eyes to the fact that every) time men employed in the building trades go on a strike or shirk they penalize society which includes themselves by in creasing the cost of building." AMERICAN SUFFS SAUL TO ATTEND SWISS CONGRESS New York, May 19. -Headed by Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, .30 delegates, alternates and visitors are sailing today to attend the eighth congress of the International Woman Suffrage alliance at Geneva. Switzerland. June to 12. During their stay abroad the women pro pose to inaugurate a world league ior wi men voters, comprising 1 "0.000 ,;(0 women in 20 nations where tiiey enjor the franchise. Mrs. Josephus Daniels will be the oft.cij: representative or tne unitea States povernreav Mrs. Mar-srie Kehu-rfr of th-i rational Amer-i- an Siiffraae a? .iion, and r-.s il iwilton Lewis nf uucag are the price situation, in the opinion of many government officials. It is causing a shortage of commodities in some districts and an over supply in others. Housing Problem Clears, There are indications that the housing situation is returning to sound basis, according to reports here. Important developments in con nection with the price situation were expected to come today from the ineeting here of grain dealers for a conference with Julius H. Barnes, head of the United States grain corporation. They were to discuss extension of the govern ment wheat price guarantee beyonl June 1, when it expires and the present law. Big Merchandise Cot New York, May 19. Prices are on the toboggan, it is believed by leading merchants . and business men here. Cutting of prices of from 15 to 30 per cent on all lines of general merchandise by many, stores is the "indicator" of the ' break, they agreed. New York newspapers today car ried stories announcing drastic cuts in prices. The drop was due to the gradual slackening of public buying and tight money conditions, in the opin ion of financial leaders. They pointed to the huge sales of liberty bonds on the New York Exchange yesterday as an indication of the money market condition. The total (Continued on last page.) HOUSE BARES PITFALL FOR PUBLIC COAL Washington. May 19. Railroads operating through middle western coal producing districts are inter preting recent emergency orders of the interstate commerce com mission in a fashion which leads to dangerous discrimination against coal supply to the public, accord ing to a statement signed today by nearly one hundred members of the house. ' A committee, headed by Repre sentative Israel M. Foster, Repub lican, Ohio, and including William Green, secretary of the United Mine Workers of America, and John Moore, president of the Ohio district of- the same organisation, will lay the statement before the commission tomorrow. In it the commission is requested to put in force sections of the transportation act which forbid preference in the supply of coal cars. "Unless the practices are stop ped and something is done to rem edy the situation we will have next winter a coal shortage as bad as that of 1917," Representative Pos ter asserted. "The railroads, which consume about 30 per cent of all the coal mined, are moving the cars in a fashion which only gets 30 per cent mined." Miners are joining in the plea, their representatives say, because the failure to furnish cars has closed down many mines. BLAME FOR PRINT PAPER SHORTAGES SADDLED ON U. S. St. Louis. May 19. R. P. An drews, Washington, O. C. president of the National Paper Trade asso ciation, blamed the government for the paper shortage in an address before the annual convention of the Wholesale Stationers' association of the United States, here today. "Wood pulp and raw materials could be bad, if we had the mills to make them into paper," he said, "but capital cannot be induced to invest while it is threatened with government control as soon as the mills are ready to operate. , "We would have these mills if capital was assured of being let alone." . GRUNAU IS SNUBBED BY RAIL BOARD Conferees Reject Wage Plea Offered by Chicago Yardmen's Chief. Chicago, May 19. The United States railway labor board today flatly refused to hear petitions for increased wages presented by John Grunau, president of the Chi cago Yardmen'3 Association, and of ficers of other organizations, which went on strike recently in defiance of orders from the national railroad brotherhoods. Judge Barton's Ruling. The board, in a ruling handed down by Judge R. M. Barton, chair man, announced that: "It must be thoroughly under stood that the board can not and will not undertake to hear any dis putes or controversies except those which it is authorized by law to hear, and can not and will not hear the application of parties who are acting in disregard of the law and who are not complying with the law and the rules of the board." The ruling bars representatives of all the strikers who quit work last month from a hearing. It sus tains the contention of the brother- I hood officials that the strikers could obtain representation before the board by returning to their old organizations. IS Sought Hearing. The decision of the board not to hear, anyone "acting in disregard of! the law" followed the filing, by 18 unions of railway strikers, of a joint request for a hearing. The men we are authorized to speak for are law abiding citizens who have dared to stand up for a just and living wage before this board was appointed," the union petition said. "They can not be held to account for failing to sub mit their case to a body that did not exist at the time they left the service."- RADIO MESSAGE SAYS CARRANZA IS BEING HELD BIXI.ETI. (By Associated Press). Houston, Texas. .May 19. General tarranza has been cap tured by revolutionary forces and has been given a safe con- -duct to Vera Cruz provided be leaves Mexico at once, accord ing to unofficial messages re . eeived today by a local news paper. The report could not be confirmed. (By United Press.) Houston, May 19 Deposed President Carranza was cap tured this morning, given' pass ports by General Obregon and ordered to leave the coun.ry, according to a radio message received by the Oil Weekly from Tampico, the publication an nounced. The radio was declared to have come from "a usually re liable source." It did not state, however, o what port the de posed president was supposed to be headed. The telegram read : tCarrania captured this morn ing. Given passports by Obre gon and ordered to loave the country. Now on the way out." MAN WHO EXPOSED "DOC" COOK DIES !Bj United Press.) Cleveland, Ohio. Mav 19. Dr. (John Nelson Stockwell, SS, noted astronomer and credited with ex ploding Dr. Cook's claim to discov ery of the North Pole, died here late yesterday. Partly clondy weather with show ers tonight and Thursday. Cooler Thursday. Highest yesterday, 71; lowest last night, 52. : Wind velocity at 7 a. m , 6 miles per hour. Precipitation last 24 hours, .35 inches. v- ! 12 m. ? p.m. 7ajn. .. . yester.yester. today Dry bulb terns... .68 68 57 Wet bulb temp.... 57 59 54 Relative humiditv.Sl fift 79 River stage, 7.1, a fall of J -in last 24 hours. Rlrer Forecast Only slight changes in the Mis- i BissiDDf Will occur fmm hAlnw tbuqoe to Muscatine. THE WEATHER 1 1 : 1 PLATFORM FOR G. O. P. SHOWS PEOPLE'S VIEW Question is Whether the Bosses Dare to Set it Aside. BY DATID LAWRENCE. (Special to The Argus.) Washington, D. C, May 19. En tirely apart from the question of what the Republican national con vention may do with the vol uminous report of the special com mittee of policies and platforms, to day may be said to mark an epoch in the evolution of the party plat form. Will Hays, chairman of the Republican national committee, and his right bower, State Senator Ogden L. Mills of the New Yor legislature, came to town and ex hibited to a roomful of Washington correspondents the results of months of research on public ques tions. Later these two individuals submitted the 20 reports of their sub-committees to the members of congress who are to help draft the Republican platform at Chicago. The reports are in pamphlet form and cover every subject of import ance except the peace treaty and League of Nations, planks on which members of the senate are drafting. The unofficial plstorm committee conducted a mail can vass, sending a printed form broad cast asking every conceivable ques tion. The queries were not phrased suggestively but in a way th.it would bring out a variety of an swers. I'snally Prawn in Haste. It doesn't make much difference what anyone thinks of the Republi can party or the views that have been summarized in the big report brought here by Will- Hays as a fair reflection of American public opinion. But the fact is that here tofore platforms have been made in the excitement and haste of com mittee meetings at the national conventions and the conventions have usually adopted plank after plank without much debate. The assembly is usually too large to permit of lengthy discussion. Both the Republicans and Demo crats have not infrequently been embarrassed by the patchwork of committees on platforms. Candi dates have had to stand on these platforms when they usually had no part in framing them. The Re publicans have introduced a novel plan. They have attempted to use the months before the convention to get a true chart of the desires of the electorate. Instead of leav ing the -subject to members of con gress who are often too close to legislative tangles to get a gojd perspective, the Republican nation al committee has gone to the fac tory and the farm, to employer and employe. Every delegate probably will have copies of the volume be fore the convention begins. The Democrats of course point to the futility of the whole business, contending that all the material can be found in the daily newspapers and magazines and that even if condensed into platform planks, (Continued on page four). CHICAGO FACES LACK OF COAL ff,i..ar Mav 1Q Thp rns.1 sim ply here reached the lowest mark in recent history today, coal aeai ora nWlarad hpransft of freieht congestion. Practically all coal re ceived is rushed to factories and orders for homes are not being ac cepted, they said. William H. Leland, vice presi dent of one of the largest fuel com panies in the city, estimated that the supply on hand would hardly last five days. His company had but 7,500 tons of coal on band, he said, compared with a normal sup ply of 100,000 tons. He said $15 a ton was being offered for coke and J6 a ton for Illinois coal at the mines, if it could be shipped. No orders for domestic supplies have been. filled since March, and even with normal shipments restored this summer he predicted a short age and serious suffering next win ter. PAYNE IS NEW RAIL DIRECTOR Washington, D. C May 19 President Wilson yesterday named John Barton Payne of Chicago, the secretary of the interior, to suc ceed Walker D. Hines as director general of railroads to carry out the incompleted work of the rail road administration. The order became effective yes terday. - Mr. Payne will assume charge of the railroad administra tion affairs in addition to his du ties as secretary of the"tnterior. Mr. Payne was general counsel for the railroad administration be fore his appointment as chairman of the United States shipping board. There are reports that President Wilson regards Mr. Payne as a good man for the Democratic presiden tial nominee. DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR DELEGATES Primaries in Indiana, Vir ginia and Michigan Georgia Results. Indianapolis, Ind.. May 19. j Nomination of a state ticket, selec tion ftf flplppntlla tn tha DQtlnnal ! convention at San Francisco and j framing of a state platform for the I party are the principal objects be I fore the Democratic state conven j tion which opens tonight with dis l triet meetinira President Wilson's administra tion will be endorsed in strongest terms, leaders declare, and the treaty of Versailles as upheld by the president will be approved. Governor Goodrich, they anticipate, will be severely arraigned in the party platform. The attack will be made particularly on the governor's pardon record and the state tax law. No candidates filed for Demo crat presidential preference at the primary and it is almost certain that the delegates to the national convention will go uninstructed. It i3 generally understood, however, that the delegation will vote solid ly for Vice President Marshall if his name is presented at San Fran cisco: Two Sc'.s for Georgia Atlanta, Ga., May 19. Georgia Democrats will send two sets of delegates to the San Francisco con vention. After supporters of Sen ator Hoke Smith and Thomas E. Watson had united their forces and thus gained control of the state convention, delegates pledged to A. j Mitchell Palmer last night elected a Palmer delegation and announced they would contest for seats in the national convention. Plurality for Palmer. Palmer obtained a plurality of county votes in the recent state wide primary over Watson and Smith, who finished in the order named. The Smith-Watson fprces also succeeded in putting the convention on record by resolutions as unal terably opposed to the League of Nations covenant and as refusing to indorse the administration of President Wilson. They adopted resolutions advocating free press, free speech and asking repeal of all espionage, sedition and con scription laws passed during the war. Pry Issne in Virginia. " Roanoke, Va., May 19. Indica tions were that prohibition would be an important issue bejore the state Democratic convention whica meets here today to choose dele gates to the national convention at San Francisco. Colonel R. F. Leedy or Luray, candidate for con gress, announced he would champ ion the cause of light wines, beer and cider. Prohibition advocates were lining up strong against the adoption of a wet plank. Judge R. W. Duke of Charlottes ville, said to be a Wilsonian Demo crat, was selected by the executive committee as temporary chairman and to deliver the keynote speech. Michigan Outlook Grand Rapids, Mich., May 19. The stand to be taken by Michigan Democrats on a presidential nomi nee was the center of interest when the Btate convention opened here today. Party leaders were under stood to favor snding an unin structed delegation to the San Francisco convention. Four delegates-at-large were to be chosen by the convention and 26 district delegates were to be select ed in caucuses during the day. North Dakota Situation. Fargo, N. D., May 19. Democrats of North Dakota met in state con vention here today to endorse a state and congressional ticket for entry in the state primaries June 20. H. H. Perry of Ellendale, na tional committeeman, was promi nently mentioned as candidate for United States senator. The pros pective gubernatorial candidates in cluded J. F. T. O'Connor, Grand Forks; Dr. L. A. Platou, Fargo; Scott Cameron, Linton and Wesley C. McDowell, Marion. FRANCE IS WARNED BY POCH TO STEEL FOR WAR IN PEACE ' Paris, May 19. Warning that France must, in the midst of peace. make preparations for future wars, was uttered by Marshal Foch at the annual meeting of the Polytechnic School for Army Engineers todav. Discussing lessons of the great war, he said the present economic strag gle is the first parrot the peace program, but preparation for war is tne second part. Which of us," he askd, "dares believe Germany is renouncing war tn the morrow of her ruin Ger many, which, inspired by sheer a in bition, look up arms in 1864. 16, 1S70 and 1914 on the plea of His toric nwesutVi Germany neigh - iors. whether tr.ev wish 'o -r s jt. vill bo trcti to keep op armtea i and m.itniii atro&g froaUua. REGULAR G. 0. P. SLATE LEADING III PENN STATE Leaden fount on I'pstate Vote to Elect Designated 12 on the List. Philadelphia. Pa., May 19. Al though returns from yesterday's primary election for all parties in Pennsylvania were still incom plete early today, figures were re ceived that tended to indicate the probable winners. These returns showed all but one of the 12 slated candidates of the regular Republican state or ganization for delegates-at-large were leading. There were 15 can didates. Of those not on the regu lar slate, W. Freeland Dendrick, who was supported by the Vare wing of the Republican party in Philadelphia, ran strong in east ern counties. Organization leaders predicted that the upstate vote would elect the regular slated 12. Among those on the regular slate were I'nited States Senators Penrose and Knox. Governor W. C. Sproul. Mayor Bab cock of Pittsburgh, Mayor Moore of Philadelphia. Returns were in from 1.643 districts out of 7,118 in the state. Palmer All Alone. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer was the only candidate for president whose name appeared on the Democratic preferential ballot. The Bonniwell faction urged its followers to write in the name of William G. McAdoo and a consid erable number of Democrats did this. United States Senator Penrose had no opposition for renomination to the senate. Wood Sweeps Vermont. Montpelier, Vt.. May 19. Incom plete returns early today from Ver mont's presidential preference pri mary yesterday gave Major Gen eral Leonard Wood approximately 70 per cent of the Republican vote, the total of which was about one twentieth of normal. The Democratic vote was negli gible, . ' , Senator -Hiram W. Johnson, Cali fornia, and Herbert C. Hoover were in a close race for second place on the Republican baliot. Governor Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts and William Grant Webster, a New York attorney, were contesting the next position. General Wood ran better in the country towns than in the cities. SOLDIER RFiTiTTTF PLAN MAY BRING ON NEW CLASHES ' Washington, May 19. Another fight over the taxation scheme for financing soldier relief legislation threatened to develop at the caucus tonight of the house Republicans called to deal with the subject. Representative Johnson, South Dakota, who led the successful at tack at the last caucus on the retail sales tax announced that he would urge a retroactive war profits tax, and a stock dividend tax in place of increased levies on grain exchange transactions and tobacco now pro posed. He had made no poll to in dicate his supporters, howevpr. Some committee members, oppos ing the cash bonus, planned to make a fight also on that proposal of the committee bill. WILSON SIGNS PAY BILL FOR FIGHTERS Washington, May 19. President Wilson today signed the army and navy pay bill, providing for a tem porary adjustment of pay scales for officers and enlisted men pending permanent legislation on the sub ject at a alter date. LATE BULLETINS I Washington, May 19, Favor able report was today ordered by the senate auditing commit tee on the Borah resolution tion calling for an investigation by the senate into all expendi tures made by Republican and Democratic presidential candi dates as well as into rontribn ttlons received in their behalf. London, May 19. Austin Chamberlain, chancellor wf the exchequer, stated in the boose of commons today that the question of Great Britain in debtedness to the I'nited States was being dealt with independ ently of any question of Great Britain's share in the Indemnity from tiermaay. Washington, May 19-Seer-tary Houston of the treasury, in a letter today te Chairman Fordney of the honse waya and means committee, declared his opposition te any soldier bonus legisiatien, however financed. , firand Bapida, Mich, May 19. atchhran Democrats today nre wnu the honor ef opening their state convention, flat was Mrs. William H. An dew ef Grand Rapids, vie ' ehalrmaa ef the party's state central committee, URGE RANKS TO LIQUIFY GOLD LOANS Federal Reserve Plan Will Help Cut Prices, Mem bers Predict. ' Washington, May 19. Adoption by American bankers of the recom mendation of Governor Harding of the federal reserve board, "to liquify frozen loans" was expected by board officials to alleviate the finan cial situation and to help bring down prices. Governor Harding applied the term "frozen loans" to credit ex tension which permits large stocks of merchandise to be held for spec ulation. ' Financing Attacked. Representative King of Illinois, recently charged in the house that present methods of financing were permitting commodities to be kept off the market with resultant in crease in prices. The Illinois rep resentative said he had been in formed that in New York city alone more than 70,000,000 pounds of con densed and evaporated milk wera being held in storage in compari son with slightly more than 8,000,-. 000 pounds a year ago. Would Bar Specs' Credit. Although legislation designed to drive foodstuffs from storage is now pending in congress, it wasi said today that careful withdrawal, of credit from food speculators might accomplish more than statu tory regulation. It was empha-i sized, however, that discrimination: should be exercised by bankers in-: asmuch as in many lines the sum mer months see an accumulation of commodities for the followius winter. G. 0. P. LEADERS REVISE PLANKS Washington, May 19. Revision of, platform suggestions of the special Republican committee of 171 was, continued here by a group of party j chiefs including the national chair-! man, Will H. Hayes, and Republi- i can leaders in congress. The committee's findings were1 described today by Mr. Hayes as a "text book" intendptl only to per mit framing of a platform "in the , light of all the facts." Exhaustive data had been gather ed on all of the 21 questions cov ered, he said. Liquor, the League of Nations, and Mexico are among the subjects omitted from the committee report. On all of these subjects, however, data is being prepared from inde pendent sources, for discussion by ; the party chiefs between now and convention time. j FIREMENVETO SHINGLE ROOFS! Peoria, 111., May 19 The Nation al Firemen's association in conven tion here today went on record against shingle roofs and by resolu tions urged members to ask their city councils to pass ordinances prohibiting such roofs on dwellings and stores. The action came fol lowing an address by State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber of Illinois who told of the menace of shingle joo fs. ( Albert Morgridge of New York,; explained in his address to the fire-1 men the difficulty under the present: laws to convict persons of arson, j The convention passed a resolution ! favoring change in laws so thatf conviction of incendiaries can be more easily secured. Officers will be elected tomorrow at which time the next meeting place will be se lected. UTILITIES BOARD TO COLLECT DATA ON STATE STRDXE3 , Chicago. May 19. The Illlnoia? public utility commission will col-; -Iect daily reports from the state on ' ' impairment of railroad traffic by reason of strikes and car shortage and the extent of industrial cur tailment resulting at the request of the interstate commerce commis sion. The interstate commerce commis sion is preparing to relieve the food and fuel shortage resulting from the strikes of railroad workers by the use of embargoes arid redistribution of the railroad equipment. The state commission today ask ed the board of trade to present . daily figures on the car needs ot the grain trade.