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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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-
Wilson Flan to Give Norn
inee Party Control Aft
er Speech Opposed.
(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
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).
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.
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
. 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:
' 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.
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. '
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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. - ...
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
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.
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. .
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)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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. -

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