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TOLE PEACE ; its ran n easaaMsaaasasaa : toviets Seek Alliance '.f With Germans?- Plan I "Bloody Revolt." k'f Washington, Jo!; SO. (rnlt.' d Press) Demands which In - effect would eliminate Poland ,. M a barrier state between Kui- ala and Uermany, will be pre tested by soviet Jtnssn as con- ctt)ons to peace with Poland, ; awordlng to confidential Infor. raatlon to the government to day. The soviet peace demands slw will facMta.e an alliance - between Germany and Knssla, -according to the government '. reports. 5 London, July 30. That the trl inpu of the proletariat involves a Moody revolution and that to ichteve it in Great Britain the i i sorters must prepare ior civu war, A sod the day is coming when com- Vaanism, sweeping through Europe I Jtti enlisting the eastern nations in Ub movement, would meet Great Britain and America in mortal con (let, are outstanding points in a long communication to the British independent labor party, from the Third Internationale at Moscow, quoted by the London Times. - Britain Prepares for Peace. : London, July 30. (United Press) t-While the Moscow wireless con tinued to circulate reports of bol thtviai victories, the British gov tnunent today was going vigorously thetd with plana for bringing about etc between the Soviets and the A new British note to the bol swriki was mad public. It urged , to Moscow government to authors at M. Kemenoff and M. Krassin to jnkt preliminary arrangements lor the Russian-Polish peace con ference while in London for the trade conference. . It suggested time delegates be given power to elude the agreement tor resump i of trade. The note offered to the Russian trade delegates ere on a British destroyer. It de- Bled Britain intended annexing the .Crimea. ' British Make Denials. The note denied Britain controll- 4 General Wrangel, the anti-bol-bTik leader in the Crimea, and ud this country could not be held responsible for his recent offensive. It said the soviet ultimatum with regard to W ran gel's activities had keen forwarded to him. The communication said It would please this government if the bol iheiiki would accept tbese terms lor the London conference and if they would immediately begin ob swvance of the armistice with the Poles. Before the note was sent the Ital ian ambassador called on Premier Lloyd George and gave it his ap proval. jiii Host BeestabUsh Peace. The text of the note sent bv the j, w"co truiu Boulogne, alter me con i1rence there between Lloyd IU. T 1 . . . Jjwge and Premier Millerand of ranee, also was made public to ssy. This briefly and mildly drew hsntlon to the discrepancies in soviet notes bearing on Polish ITUclpation in the forthcoming ce conference, and said such Participation was essential. Th essential object of the con ree should be reestablishment "Peace in Europe and a Russo wih peace. It was stated. The pUerence also should consider the Jjp'ng of peace treaties with Ww which border on Russia, aft- hlch it should deal with mat " In dispute between the soviet the allies, the note said. Then ""stablishment of normal relations be taken up. Limitations Outlined. Paris, July 30. The limitations Wlca Great Britain and France ld put upon soviet demands of ad In the arranging of an arm- UCe ETA ul tnw. i- nntlllfl.ttAn J pitched to the Warsaw govern Mt by tne British and French, It i V r "earned here today. YrolBd requested the views of I A IT' Britain and France on possi- V i7 nnl"ce terms, and London r rans have notified the Polish Poland to accept possible soviet -uce demands involving: "fst Whole or partial disarma of Poland; 1 Second a n is. PniUh J1? of government dictated or ""wni ahnnt k. k .AAt. ..... i . Acceptance by Poland of r-vxuuarjr ,ln l(u faTorable than t provisionally drawn by Pre- Iwoya George; i wnn The use of Poland as a Jtthead, in any sense, between "ysny and Russia. ' Wry Asia to War Beds. Solitary has asked the permis r of Great Britain and France Jttack the aoviet army. This involve permission likewise. 7 "Organize the Hnnnrian armv. -vwiuMma w wuicu w d for bv the Hunxarianl treaty. MEXICO MAKES , FINAL EFFORT TO STOP CANTU Huerta to Give Rebel Gov ernor Chance to Yield Or Fight Mexico City. Jnly 30. (By the United Press.) President de la Huerta today planned to confer by telegraph with Governor Esteban Cantu of Lower California in an effort to bring him to terms with out open hostilities, v r -1 Federal officials here consider the attitude of Cantu rebellious. Cantu wants the federal govern ment to keep "bands off" Lower California and let him run the state virtually as an independent coun try. He followed, this course dur ing the Carranza administration. - It was intimated in government circles unless Cantu abandoned this attitude his telegraphic con ference witli de la Huesta would culminate in the issuance of a flat ultimatum In which be would be told to come to terms or fight De la Huesta is ready to land troops and launch a campaign. . No Troops Sent. Calexio, Calif, July 30. (By the United Pres.) No Mexican fed eral force has yet been sent to Lower California, according to re ports reaching Governor Esteban Cantu, Pablo Dato, father-in-law of the chief executive, told the United Press today in the presence of Gov ernor Cantu; for whom the conver sation was translated. While reports of the intended ac tion have resulted in the raising of a force of men, Dato said Cantu himself believes the incident will pass without bloodshed. Will Try Flanking Move. Mexlcali, Lower California, July st). Mexican federal troops will attempt by superior nambers to outflank and drive from Mexican the fqrees being recruited here by Esteban Cantu, governor of the northern district of Lower Califor nia, according to Cantu leaders- who are preparing for the defense of the region today. To counteract such a move, strong positions on the . high ground are being selected by the defenders, Cantu's officer said, with a view to sweeping large expanses with artillery at the approach of the federal troops from Manzanillo and Guayamas. Will Protect Americans. T The lives and property of Amer icans and other foreigners on both sides of the border line would be protected as fully as possible by the Mexican provisional govern ment in event of hostilities between the de la Huerta and Cantu forces', it was announced by M. G. Paredez, Mexican consul here. A small force of United States troops is ready to protect American interests if the necessity arises, it was said. r WILL RUN LEWIS FOR GOVERNOR? George Brennan Says Democrats of State Will Call on 1. 11am to Make Race. Snrinefield. 111., July 30. That Democrats of Illinois, as represent ed by Cook county and downstate leaders in a get-together meeting this afternoon, will call upon for mer United States Senator James Hamilton Lewis to be their candi date for governor, was predicted this morning by George P. Bren nan, chief of the Cook county del egation. Senator Lewis teiegrapnea inai he would be unable to attend. Very little opposition to a decision upon Senator Lewis was apparent An other candidate for the governor ship offered himself however, in the person of Former Lieutenant Gov ernor Barratt O'Hara, who also filed his primary petition for gov ernor with the secretary of state. Primary petitions were filed here this morning as follows: For congressman. Third district, George Costello, Democrat, Chica go r for Btate senators. Forty-eighth district, Jene E. Bartley, Republi can, Shawneetown; for state rep resentative. Second district, James McDermott, Chicago; Forty-ninth district, Frank E. Cornie, East St Louis; Fiftieth district. Rad Bur nett. Republican, Anna. SEEK LEROY 111 NEW YORK CITY surer Hunted In Trnnk Murder Mystery Reported to Save Been Seen to Gethaa. Kev Torln July SO. Eugene Le- roy of Detroit, now being sought in Mexico, in connection with the mur - der of his wire, wnose oouy found Jammed in a trunk, shipped here from Michigan, may now be in this city, according to a clue pick ed np today by-the police. Leroy was seen here last Friday, the day the body was found, by a man who knew him In Detroit, a- . - When ne learneu hbvi mmm 1 sought he notifled laesa- ASK COX DE MADE DEO). CIIIEFUOU Wilson Flan to Give Norn inee Party Control Aft er Speech Opposed. BT DATID LAWRENCE. (Special to The Argus.) Washington. D. C July 30. A story has been published that Prea ident Wilson would wait until he had read the speech of acceptance by Governor Cox and then would write him a letter recognizing him as the leader of the Democratic party. The White house declined to comment on the story and eimilar silence - was observed at Dayton. But the incident has caused con siderable comment as the writer learned by mingling' with Ohio folks and not a few Democratic politicians. ' The truth of the matter reveals a rather interesting sidelight on the relations between the president add the new leader of the Demo cratic party and also exhibits some of the delicacies in their respective positions. ' Tbe facts are tbese: Waits to Get Line en Cox. When Governor ox visited Pres ident Wilson7 in Washington, the latter talked cordially to him about the general political outlook and the Ohioan's candidacy and said frankly that he was glad to surrender the leadershiD of the ( - party to the nominee of the con vention. This pleased Governor Cox very much and it was fully expected that the president would make some such statement in pub lic so that there would be no doubt, in the minds of the voters as1 to who was leading the party in the coming campaign. But no state ment or letter has been forthcom ing, and the Impression i that Mr. Wilson will wait until he examines tbe speech of acceptance and de termine whether or not the Ohio governor has . expressed himself correctly from .the- Wilson view point ' - Wonld Look Like Coercion. ' Out in Ohio, however, tactics like that are apt to be understood as coercion, for it is contended that Hiram Johnson held a club over Senator Harding and .withheld comment nnui auer me speeco m acceptance, and the inference promptly was ' drawn that Mr. Harding wrote his speech merely to meet the approval of Johnson on the League of Nations issue. As a matter or raci, jernor isn i consulting uie.vvuue j&tiusM iu any sense about the speech of ac ceptance and is writing it from his own point of view, believing that the country expects him to express his own views and not have others dictate them.. The president need (Continued on Page Three). THREE KILLED IN AUTO CRASH Philadelphia, Pa., July 30 Two men and a woman were killed and another woman seriously injured early today when- their automobile ran: into a building, . rebounded against a freight car,' and .then struck a pole and overturned. FENCE FOWLS IN FOR FEAR LOSING THEM IN . CRACKS Springfield, 111, July 30. (By the United Press. Farmers of this county are fencing in their young turkeys, ducks and chickens in small areas to prevent them from falling into large cracks in the soil caused, by the exeremely long dry spell. . Sangamon county has bad no rainfall for approximately two months and cracks three and four inches wide have appeared in the ground. Golfers report losing many balls when they roll into the cracks and disappear. ' . - v: THE WEATHER ' Generally fair tonight and Sat urday. - Not 'much change' in tem perature. Highest yesterday, 90; lowest last night 70. ;- : . Wind velocity at 7 a. m, 5 miles per hour. Precipitation, none. . :, UD. Tam. Taa. IDry bulb yes tar. jester, today tern. ..85 ... 85 72 Wet bulb tern... 69 71- ' 47 Rel. humid. 4 - 62 81 . River stage 6.3, a fall of J last 24 hours. ' " River r - Slowly falling stages in the Mia. sisatppi will continue from below Dwbnaae to Muscatine, until aaavy raw osssnr. . , , ... J.H.SHX3UX3. WHEAT PRICES AGAIN TUMBLE ftQWN 12 CENTS Scarcity of Buyers Brings Another Heavy Drop in Grain Quotes. Chicago. July 30. Acute depres sion recurred today In the wheat trade, and more than 12 cents a bushel break in values was wit nessed, chiefly as a result of scarc ity of buyers rather ' than great selling pressure. At midday the December delivery in which most of the trading centered, had fallen to 12.21 to $2.33 at yesterday's finish. ' 32.22. Breaks in foreign exchange rates together with reports that the British royal commission had pull ed out of the market until next Wednesday, or later, were among the bearish factors. Talk of lower food prices by a leading banker here also attracted attention, and so too did predictions in other quarters that the movement of the present crop would begin in vol ume next week. Drop Not SpecUcu'ar. Except for the rapidity with which quotations . were chalked down, on blackboards, the market anneared sineularlv devoid of anything spectacular. By actual count, the pit contained less than two dozen brokers, none of whom showed any evidence of excite ment Talk around the pit dwelt largely -on the financial difficulties likely to be encountered by would- be holders of grain. The close was at a moderate rally from the bottom prices of the day, December finishing at to $2.23, and March at $2.25. BLOCKADE FOR LEAGUE UPHELD Balfour Says No Nation Can Long . Be 'Defiant With Such Econ omic Weapon in Effect. Ban Sebastian, Spain, July 29. (By The Associated . Press.) "We must have an economic blockade," declared Arthur J. Balfour, British representative on the League of Nations council, in a talk with newspaper correspondents on tbe program of the council which opens its regular meeting here tomorrow. He considered the meeting an im portant one, because among other things, the blockade question was comprised in its program. . If an economic blockade was ap plied to a nation which defied the league, Mr. Balfour said ne couiu not bellOTe that natoft would be able to resist for long. "It is not likely it will often be nsed since it is not probable the league will often be defied," he said. Sessions of the council of the League of Nations to be inaugurat ed, tomorrow, are expected to con tinue for about a week. Beeinnlnc Tuesdav the disarma ment commission appointed at the council's meeting in Rome last May will convene to prepare its report This will be presented to the coun cil before it adjourns. NEGRO DIES IN Member of Sheriff's Posse Wounded , in Battle With Blacks at. ' Youngstown, Ohio. Voungstown, Ohio, July 30. In a clash between eight colored men and Sheriff Ben Morris, Deputy W. A. Fisher and Constable George Rile, Just beyond the city ' limits late last night, Deputy Fisher was shot through the stomach and an unidentified colored man .was killed. , Deputy Fisher was in a serious condition. The fight started when the of ficers arrived on the scene, where the colored men had been "acting suspiciously," . according to a re port which bad been telephoned to snerux noma. FINDS WIDOW HE MASKED ISN'T; PEEL PEALS OFF Kansas City, Mo, July 30. (United Press.) This Enoch Arden didnt . 'So E E Peel, second husband, got a divorce. - Henry Curtis went to war In' the Canadian army. He left his wife behind. Then word came tha Cur tis had died in a war hospital after being gassed at Mons. Peel press ed his suit successfully, and wed "Curtis' widow." Then Peel was called to California on business. When be returned be found Mrs. Peel living with Curtiss "as though nothing had happened,' he said.. Unlike Enoch Arden, Curtis had stayed and claimed his own. .Peel ceased Mrs. Peel-Curtis of -preferring her first husband. Quarrel and divorce followed. Peel said ta matted Cartia couple . had to Texas to live. - ... FIGHT WITH LAW OHIO TAKES DAY OFF TO (OR COX Dayton andWhole Miami Valley Turns Out to Acclaim Nominee. Dayton, Ohio, July 30. Choice of their , fellow . citizens. Governor James M. Cox, as the Democratic presidential nominee, was acclaim ed today by residents of Dayton and other portions of the Miami Valley. They Joined here by the thousands in a Non-Partlsan "borne coming" demonstration to their distinguish ed native son A civic parade at 2:30 o'clock to day, was the main feature of the celebration. Hours before the pa rade crowds lined the court of honor, flanked with high, white decorated pillars, and Governor Cox's reviewing stand in front of the court house. Speeders Barred. Speeches were banished from the program. , The tribute to the governor was a half holiday throughout all Day ton and Miami valley. - Elaborate floats were features of the parade, together with the re nowned "Rainbow Division", and meteor bands. (. Assigned a prominent .parading place was the Cox Boosters' club, which made the trip to San Fran cisco. Fraternal organizations and labor bodies also had positions In tbe line. So that newspaper em ployes could march, Governor Cox's plant issued only an early edition. 1 Its "Jimmy" Everywhere. Dayton, Ohio. July 30. (United Press.) Political . enemies and friends will Join in the celebration. One of the most significant feat ures was that no one was speaking f of Oownor James It Cox, presi dential candidate. - From one end of Main street to the other, it was "Jimmy. Visitors were arriving in Dayton early from Cox's boyhood home, Middleton, and nearly a score of other towns In the vicinity. They found the business section bedeck ed with the national colors while pictures of the governor ; were everywhere. On each corner were large white pillars festooned with golden eagles and green wreaths and topped by a cluster of large flags. Many business buildlhgs were a mass of flags. On' both sides of Main street were long streamers of green leaves, strung from pole to pole, in which were hidden Btrings of electric lights for the night celebration. A white lattice covered with leaves was 'on each trolley pole. . ' - Whole VaCey Celebrats. The valley quit work at noon to start the celebration which will continue until late at night. All business houses and factories will do ciosea. A parade in which 10,000 people are expected to inarch will be one of the main features. This will be reviewed by the governor at a stand In front of the courthouse.. Plans for speeches by Cox and Mayor Switzer have been aban doned, although the crowd may de mand a talk. , V ' Labor Unions March. . Sixty-seven labor unions in Day ton adopted a resolution to march and former service men, visiting delegations, local lodges and clubs, all of Cox's newsboys and printers and the former San Francisco Cox boosters will be in the line. ' - Today will be the -first time In a week- that Cox- has been "down town." His speech of acceptance, the first draft of which was com pleted today, has kept him in se clusion at Trail's End. , The final text. of the speech will be about 7,500 words, he said. SUSPECTS HELD FOR DEATH PLOT - GIVEN r FREEDOM Chicago. July 30. Jail gates swung open today for "Big Tim" Murphy, Vincenzo Cosmano and I Michael Carrozzo, suspected of plot iting the death of Maurice "Mossy" 'Enright a labor leader, who' was Kiiiea oy a snot from an automo bile -as he drove np in front of his home last February. State's Attorney Hoyne dismiss ed prosecution of the trio,- with leave to reinstate because he was unable ' to - produce two ' of the Bute's best witnesses,; who had vanished. . TJAPPTm QQ2L OF MILLIONAIRE IS ;v r HELD FOR THEFT Chicago, July 30 United Press) Mrs. Barbara Carroll, said to be theaughter of a St Louis million aire, was. detained, here today l connection, with the alleged theft of ww worth of silks and furs. ne ana two rtri companions were rested last sight The alleged stolen foods ware found in their polk said) BELIEVE CUT IN PAY MAY BRING END OF STRIKE Workers Penalized for Walkout Coal Famine . Peril Grows. Springfield. 111., July 30. Eighty thousand striking miners in Illinois arew two weeks' pay today. Some of them were penalized as much as $14 apiece because of, the strike, but a majority of them were told the penalty will not be imposed uiiui we next pay day. Effect of this fine, which bv the Joint agreement is divided between the individual operators and the operators', association, is problem atical. Believe Men May Return. Operators here said it made some miners angry, but led some others whose finances are running suun io aissattsiaction with a long drawn out strike. The fine is $3 for the first day of a strike and $1 for each additional day. Tbe 21 feabody mines withheld the pen alty today, their local representa tive said, as also did the Spring field District Mining company's mines. .Operators seemed equally divided. Manager Hatch of the Union Fuel company, which oper ates six mines, withheld $9 from each miner. . From the attitude of the miners, he declared his belief that the miners will resume work Monday pending a settlement Coal Famine Peril Grows. Coal was never so low in central Illinois as now, the operators said. industries and state institutions generally have never been so near the' edge of their coal supply. Twenty-seven state institutions, without contract for coal, and in dire need of It, have appealed through Governor Lowden for help. Governor Lowden has repeated his request to President Frank Farrington and has in one instance confiscated coal. It was reported at the state house that a carload of coal had been taken from a rail road for use at the Alton state hos pital. : Ken Respond; Ask Increase, : Answering Governor Lowden's leanest that the Peerless . mine, northeast of Springfield, be put to work, President Farrington passed on the appeal to the local union. ' "Dig coal Just for state institu tions," was the governor's request The miners' pit committee, start ing to comply, appeared at the mine. ' . ' They demanded that they be per mitted to work at tbe Increased pay for pitmen, and free of the panalty. Manager Devlin of the mine re sponded that they would go back to work at the old wage, and under penalty, or not at alL The men returned home. NEW YORK SHOWS DO BIO BUSINESS on visitors' com New York, July 30. (By United Press.) Prohibition and : post-war prosperity have resulted in a com plete reversal of form in the amusement industry and the sum mer season is one of the most suc cessful in theatrical history, ac cording to leading producers here today. The musical comedy has an al most complete -monopoly of busi ness, the drama having been put in storage for next winter. Out of the 20 Broadway successes there are two dramas, all the rest having the basis tor their plots in a background of sharply locomotive appendages, it was declared. ' Many new theatres are - being constructed and several theatrical syndicates are planning new and bigger show bouses. Tbe trend of public taste, ac cording to the producers, is toward light musical comedies with a Wall Street- theme. - Several girl shows along this line will open this week. Another significant fact noted was that theatre audlenc. are largely composed - of out-of-towners. It was declared New Yorkers were too busily engaged in their battle with thef H. C. L. to spare the price to see the shows. 'SUCH IS PRICE OF GREATNESS' WAILS SEN. UNDERWOOD V Wichita. Kan., July 30. (United Press). Senator Oscar W. Under wood and his wife slipped away from Birmingham, Ala., the other day in hope of spending a week or two in seclusion. They came to Wichita to visit relatives. A re porter discovered the Democratic floor leader of the United States senate here this morning. The sen ator complained his vacation had been spoiled. . "Such is the price of greatness," be remarked Jokingly. WOMEN ASK THAT -NEGRO SLAYER OF SEVEN BE SAVED Sacramento, - Calif., Jnly 30. Housewifes' Union No. 1, with head onarters at Palo-Alto, has written asking Governor Stephens to save I the life of nose Gibson, negro, who ! according to police officials, con- ; teased to seven murders after he 1 had been, sentenced to hang at the San Quetttin penitentiary Sept 24. PRESIDENT HAY APPEAL TO WORKERS TO RETURN PE WIG SETTLEMENT PONZI PAYS OFF HIS INVESTORS Han Who Turns Cents Into 3111. lions Satisfies Those Question. log His Solvency. Boston, Mass., July 30. Charles J. Ponti, who claims to have amassed millions within a few months, and who has paid to the public large profits on their in vestments appeared today almost to have satisfied questions among his investors as to his solvency. Only a short line formed before the payment window of the Ponzl office this morning, and the virtual end of the five day run was In sight ' The amount paid out by Ponzi since the run began Monday was estimated by his manager. Miss Lucy Meli, at $1,500,000. The run of frightened investors, to cover. Miss Meli said, meant more money in the already bulging pockets of Ponzi. . "Their money has been working for us all this time and Mr. Ponzi now can keep the 50 per cent profit which would have gone to these people." Examination of the books, bow ever, according to Miss Meli, will not solve the mystery of how Ponzl has made his money. With his ready satisfaction of all demands for payment, question has turned from his solvency to "how does he do itr To the statements of Postmaster Patten of New York that there are not enough - International coupons in the -world to build up the tor tune Which Ponzi claims is hh Miss Meli declared .that her chiefs manner of "cashing in" on his operations was a business secret which he intended keeping and which examination of his books would not show. METAL PLANES AT CLEVELAND Three Machines Blazlnr Aerial Mall Route Across Country on Second Leg of Journey. Cleveland, Ohio, July 30. The three metal monoplanes making the transcontinental aerial mail trip, which arrived here from New York late yesterday afternoon were being tuned up by the pilots this morning for the flight to Chicago, the second leg of the Journey. Passenger carrying and trial flights occupied this morning and indications were that the planes would not get away until this aft ernoon. BODY OF WEALTHY NASHVILLE MAN IS BEING HUNTED Nashville, Tenn., July 30. (By United Press.) Search was being made along the Nashville, Chatta nooga and St Louis railroad route today for the body of John Thomp son, Jr., wealthy Nashville finan cier, who disappeared from bis stateroom on the train early today. ThomDson 'left Memphis for Nashville at 11 o'clock last night He failed to arrive here. Investigation shiwed Thomp son's clothing in the state room, the cjr window open and the screen open. Thompson's friends here say they believe he was a Vic Urn of somnambulism. - - The missing man wa- reputed one of the wealthiest men in Ten nessee. LATE BULLETINS Prague, Jnly -(UiiItel Press). Twenty-one persons were killed aad IS injured In a tuitions factory explosion ear here today. . Paris, Joly Mr-Tfce Turkish deiegaUoa which Is to shra the peace treaty arrived la Paris this aiomlng. ; Rome, July" SsWralted Freas)-(BUyed)-Pepe Ben edict today graated an aasieace to Bishop LOUs of Kaasas City.' Jackson, MlHt, July SO. Depty Sheriff Harry Warden was Instantly kfliee, IHtpaty Sherlfl Catt was sertoasly wounded aad two alleged ban dits were shot to a battle be tween members frost the saetv UTs eases aad a haad of bank Coal Operators Meet but Wait U. a Authority ) Before Acting. . .. ( .Washington, July 30. President! Wilson had under considerstion thei report on the coal situation, made -t to him yesterday by Secretary of I Labor Wilson, who recommended ' reopening of the wage award of the bituminous coal case, so that it would include wages of mine la-' borers. , .'t It was said today that the presi dent might appeal to miners who are on strike in Illinois and Indiana to return to work pending amicable ! settlement of their grievances. - Their demands probably will be j discussed a a conference in Newj York Monday between representa-t tlves of the four government de-i partments and a committee from thef coal industry. Plans for averting a coal famine! next winter and for checking prof-1 iteering in tbe coal trade also Willi be considered at the conference, ac-i cording to Acting Attorney General I Ames. Operators Meet, 'Chicago, July 30 Members of the bituminous coal operators' scale committee of tbe central competi tive field met here today to act upon the invitation of President John L. Lewis of the United Mia Workers of America to confer with the miners' scale committee. . Chicago members of the commit tee who went to Washington recent ly to present information on the strike1 ot oar laborers to Illinois miners, declared that they could not undertake to change tbe wage agreement with the miners signed last April. Some members of the committee have declared their will ingness to adjust tbe increase granted the day laborers by the coal commission's award, to make it equal the increase granted other miners, but not until governmental permission was received. Indiana and Illinois, operators meeting here today, voted to reject the plea of President Lewis ot the United Mine Workers ot America for a Joint meeting ot the operators and miners' scale committee, to set tle the i regent strike ot day men in the Illinois and Indiana mines. The operators appointed a com mittee to draft a reply to Mr. Lewis' message declaring that the striking miners are violating their contract entered into when the eovernment fixed the last wage award and demanding that the min ers' president order his men back to work. The coal operators will not meet with the miners unless ordered to do so by the government , talon Chiefs Empowered to Act Indianapolis, Ind., July 30. Ex ecutive officers of the United Mine Workers of America today . were clothed with full authority to take whatever action they deem neces sary in the situation created by the walkout of the company miners and the day workers in Indiana and Illi nois coal fields. Blanket authority to act has been conferred upon by President John L. Lewis and other executive offi cers of the union by the internation al executive board, it was announc ed today. Reports from the Indiana coal fields today Indicated no change in the situation. Union officials at Terre Haute claimed that virtually every mine in the state was closed. President Ed Stewart of District No. 11, United Mine Workers, Issued a statement this morning, saying: "Practically the entire coal 'field is closed. Less than 10 per cent ot the bituminous mines in the state are operating. We are hopefc ot an early solution of the problem of getting the men back to work, but at present tbe way is pot clear." WHILE PRICE OF BREAD CLIMBS UP FLOUR DECLINES Chicago, July 30. -'(By United' Press.) While tbe nation's bread; baa been raising in price the cost of flour has declined, millers! Best patent spring- flour today : sold at Sls.M, hard winter flour ati $13.70, and soft winter at IU.90 . declines of nearly one dollar In the ast two years. . A drop ot U cents : came last week. Tbe highest price in" history, however 116.70 was : reached in the last two months. : Prices here, were from 60 to - 70 cents today! r-x" ; Wheat priws on the Chicago board of 4rade -have steadily de clined since - the resumption ot - trading a month ago. Quotations , -today were more than 30 cento low. . er than when the pit started oper- -attoni. --j v-. , Largo crops aad prospects -of a ' cleariag railroad stu. tion, accord ing to-bearkh traders, may casta, farther detttacs shortly. - )"