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THURSDAY . NOVEMBER '33-1?22 CIGHTGN PAGES. RlfcE JIVE CENTUk n'rr 7N ran Us JOl-j ST BOAT jSES CANAL SEB RAPIDS pdness Men Inspect the Sage Navigation Proj J ect Just Finished ! Representative men from Rock Island, Moline and Davenport to the number of $00 yesterday approved the LeClaire ' canal project; nore, ' they waxed enthus iastic over the gigantic engi aeering achievement f and fte advantages of water navigation it offers. The inspection of the 12,500,000 project was made the occasion for the formal opening of the canal. Four boats the LeClaire, Ruth, Grace and Louise formed the flotilla that left the Mo line locks at 1 oclock in the afternoon with the party of tri-city waterways boosters on board. The business men, who were (Bests of Major Beverly C. Dunn, Chief of Rock Island district, U. S. Inglneers, saw the completion of t colossal work' which was contem plated as far back as -1836, a fork which eliminates what Rob- trt E. Lee, after making; the first extensive survey of the upper river to 1836, reported was one of the two principal obstructions in the development of waterway trans portation between St. Louis and 8t Paul. General Lee referred to the Rock Island rapids, which, with the com pletion of the canal, are no longer a menace to navigation. Tne otner frineipal obstruction mentioned by lee in the report of his survey Tas the Oes Moines rapids which -live been mastered by the con traction of the dam at Keokuk. - Major Dunn in the introductory talk, noted briefly the history of the engineering work over the 14-ralle stretch and gave account of the expenditures. '. M. O. Barnes, chief engineer of the waterways department of Illl- lois, brought greetings from the itate administration at Springfield; he elaborated on the possibilities of waterway transportation and Bade prediction of extensive wat erway development in the next three or four years. He told or the work that has been accomplished en Illinois river toward linking the Mississippi river system and the Illinois river with Lake Michigan, investing that the Hennepin canal, which he said now begins nowhere tad ends in a swamp would be ttillzed as a link in the deep wat erways chain connecting Chicago With the middle west. Mr. Barnes blamed the people of Illinois, Iowa and other northern tates for the delay in the develop ment of upper river navigation. ' "Yonr congressman," he said, "will do what be is asked to do. No ore. The congressman fears criticism. He knows - that if he should go a little too far some nail town newspaper editor will (Continued on Page Twelve.) CANADA WHEAT SCORES RECORD Knest TMi Sine 1916 It auted Issued by Dontfnioa Bn remit of Statistics. Ottawa, Ont, Nov. 30. The highest total wheat yield in Can- Ida since 1915 is the estimate of U 1922 crop issued by the Domin wo. bureau of statistics. The est! tie places the total wheat har et at 391,425.000 bushels, an av wage yield of 17 bushels from .zz,693 acres. The yield per Mrs this year Is higher than any w since 1915. Last year's final lunate of the total yield was "0,858.100 bushels from 23.2C1.224 , an average of IS bushels per LIE CONCERN TO BUILD TOWN nHlbblBg, Minn, Nov. 30. The er Iron Mining .company's gen district headquarters here to issued call for bids f ir con "WMMon of a small sized town 5Plete with water and sewage JrowiB, dwellings and a commnn R boarding house, to be estab near Chlshohn. Thepew lo- T""a win accommodate -employes lb Wo tin- A Ulav mlnK iv : estimated cost of 0 Io- " u 290,000. ISLOCSZXASmi .. . . , I i ' I PAO. CCCKERT. k Known 'to river, men along the upper Mississippi as a veteran ot 30 years' experience, Paul Guckert, formerly in charge of the Milan boatyard,! is the LeClaire canal lockmaster under whose direction the massive gates will be operated as steamers and other craft enter the chamber. . ' From his place in the power house he will press the button which sends the electric power over a cable, starting the machin ery by means of which pilots nav igating the - river may avoid the passage through the Rock Island rapids through the lock. A modern home has been bnilt for the lockmaster,. and he will be in charge of the lock site and its equipment day and night. It is but a step or two from his residence to the power house and to the- com modious home erected for his two Visitors' r will find ", Mr. Guckert well . Informed upon - every - river topic. He occupies his present po sition for that reason, and the U. S. engineers will tell yon that the lockmaster Is the right man la the right plac. ; In addition to having the over sight of the Milan boatyard. Mr . Guckert in times past has been en gaged in work at the Rock Island rapids, -the Rock river pool, and held a' river Job below Burlington. His location at the big lock is di rectly across from Hampton, where he was born, and it is admitted that Mr. Guckert likes to be near his early habitat, j : , He can tell you some good fish stories if he will, for when he was a barefooted lad he used to catch 'em by the hundreds in a pool which formerly stood close to the present lock site. , FREE SEARS OF MURDER CHARGE Stayer of Striking Shopman Acquit ted by Jiry at Leo, la.; Shoot In Held Justifiable. Leon, Iowa, Nov. 30. The jury in the case of J. R. Sears returned a verdict of not guilty at 'midnight after a closed session of six hours. Sears was charged with the mur der in the second degree of C R. Blodgett, striking shopman, when Blodgett, with a companion," tres oassed on the Chicago, Burlington & Qulncy train yards at Creston, Iowa, on the night of July 27,. dur- Ing the shopmen's strike. Sears fired on Blodgett, severely wounding him. and causing his ceatb a few days later., Blodgotrs companion testified in court that Sears had shot Blodgett without warning. Attorneys for the defense declared that the shooting of Blodg ett was -justified because he. wai trespassing in violation of the fed eral injunction.' j V STEAD RETIRES. London. Nor. 30. Evening Stan dard said Wickham Stead has ar ranged to retire from the editor ship of the London Times. 1 THE WEATHER nmjn thla afternoon and tonight Colder tonight Friday partly cloudy and s colder. Strong shift in winds. v .' r.'U' " 't Highest temperature yesterday. 51; lowest last, night. 41. . . Wind Telocity at T a. nx, 11 miles or honr. - -PtwrinUatlon. last night none. ..ltm. 7 p. m. 7 a. m .' . ' yesur. y enter. Today Dry ttnlb temp... 4 , ..;, , 46 .x. . 49 Wet DUlo temp... , ; .. Bel. awnMity ...U 67 Riwr stage at 7 a. n, 1.7; a riat of .1 1 tatt-M Jwmrsj nut todav. 4:32: sunrise to- l morrow. 7:12. j, 'tMtlL IfaiaoioHgUi, . OIL EXPOSE HELD OASIS SUTII CASE Blakemore Produces Copy of Letter Written to Geneseo Cituen. N - Renewing his denial of any attempt to figure in an al leged blackmail scheme against George" R. Smith of Geneseo, Herbert D. Blake more, Rock Island attorney, today , produced a copy of the letter whichvis said to be the pivot point in the sensa tional charges. Smith, who-conferred with Chief Investigator H. S. Mosher yester day, named Blakemore as the author ot a letter to him demanding $7,200 to circumvent the publishing ot an article in the Rock Island News. According to Mr. Mosher, Smith's account of the case savored strongly of blackmail, and the Geneseo man was instructed ' to return ' to Rock Island with the evidence. Blakemore declares, that the let ter contained not the slightest ref erence to a money settlement, but that in reality was a notice served upon Smith and H. E, Haley, who with Smith was one of the promp ters of the Texas-Eureka Oil com pany, that an article attacking the Texas-Eureka company and the Grayson Oil company as invest ments would be printed in the News on a certain date, and it there were any imperfections in the charges against the two oil con cerns it was up to Smith and Haley to call attention to alleged misrep resentation. ' According to Blakemore, the let ter, In question read as follows: G. R. Smith, Geneseo, 111. "H. E. Haley, Chicago. 111. "I am enclosing to each- of you a story which will appear in the is sue of the Rock Island News on Oct. 4. As I am not particular about concealing the fact that I am the author of it, I am very ar&ious that the story of the facts are above accusation. For this reason I am enclosing a copy to each cf you and if I have stated anything in the ar ticle which is not true, 'I will gladly make the correction, if it ac cords with my knowledge of the facts, before it goes into the paper." .This letter, according to Blake more, was dated Sept. 22, 1919, and after an exhaustive examination of Lis entire correspondence he de clares that it is the only communi cation he had with Smith which possibly could be ' the letter In question. "Of course I said the article would appear in the News on a cer tain date," Kays Blakemore, "but I really was not certain as to that In fact I did not really know the article would receive attention, but my object in attacking the Texas- Eureka and the Grayson compan ies was merely "to warn my friends against an investment which I considered dangerous. - - Ho Reply to Letter. "I sent the article to Dan Drost who was then publisher of the News, by my son. ' I did not receive a reply to my letter from either Smith or Haley, but' as a' matter of fact I saw both, men personally In Moline a week later, and I again called their attention to the article. Two or three weeks later' the story appeared in the News. Drost in formed me that he received many letters in appreciation of the arti cle, commending the writer for his stand, and Drost asked me to write some more. I did furnish two or three more articles after that, all on the-subject of oil investment. Now, it my communication to Smith in any way can be considered blackmail, he's welcome to try." Smith could not be reached at his home in Geneseo either yesterday or today. This morning it was re ported that he was temporarily out of the city, whatever the state or federal authorities do in the matter necessarily depends upon the ma teriality of the evidence which Smith, told Investigator Mosher he has. , V ' ' HARDING DINES WITH SICK WIFE President Eats Tnanksglvlng Xeal ti laraUra K Cenrresi : Snspends tor- Day. Washington, Nov. 30. Congress, with the house having passed the shipping, bill and the senate still in the quandaries of a Democratic fill ibuiter on the Dyer anti-lynching bill, had suspended activities with other branches' of the federal gov ernment here today -over Thanks giving day. At the White house, also. President Harding had plan ned to do only a little work daring the day and to spend the remainder ot the day quietly after having din ner with Mrs. Harding In the sick room. ' Her condition permits har to spend patr ot each day in an as chair. NEW LE GLAIRE CANAL SCENE V. ' ' " ' ' . t -M . Four-mile waterway from Le Claire, Iowa, to Smith's island eliminating rapids which since 1836 have been one ot the chief ob structions to river traffic on the upper Mississippi was lormauy opened yesterday afternoon after eight years had been spent in con structing canal and lock at cost of $2,500,000. Major B. C. Dunn, head of the Rock Island district, U. S. engineers, and a party of 300 from tri-city civic organisations, at- tended the ceremonies incident to HARD FIGHT ON SUBSIDY BILL AHEAD Senate Filibuster May Bring About Defeat ; of Measure. . BY DAVID LAWRE5CE. (Copyright, H22, by The Argus.) I Washington, p. C, Nov. 30. The j merchant marine bill passed by the bouse faces hard sledding in the senate. - '.. Numerically, Senator LaFollette's group of Republican . insurgents and the Democratic minority would not be strong enough to defeat the measure. The question is whether the opponents of the bill will per mit" a vote. Filibustering tactics are always effectively employed in the short session ot congress last ing from December to March than in the longer sessions of unlimited length. There are so many impor tant appropriation bill to be con sidered and passed that the insur gents might compel President Harding to call a special session in March of the congress Just elected this, month. That congress -contains so many Democrats and anti Harding Republicans as to Imperil the chances of a merchant marine bill T. .-ether. v . If th-s president 13 to have, his way about ship subsidy, ne must maneuver so as to bring the bill to a vote at the short session to be begun next week. The senate cannot be hurried into action as was the house. A special rule limiting debate was adopted by the Republican major ity in the house and the measure given right of way.- There is no rule by which this can be done in the senate.' This means a prolong ed debate with the possibility that the measure will still be pending when the ' Christmas . recess is reached.- After that - Republican leaders will have to decide wheth er they will lay the measure aside or risk delay to Important appro priation measures. -..--, i Mr. Harding has staked-so .much OB victory, however, that Republi can leaders may bo . persuaded to try night sessions in , an -effort to exhaust filibuster and - secure agreement to vote. The president has enough votes In the senate to pass the bill but several changes no doabt will have to. be made before it will be acceptable to the upper house. The administration had to compromise In the lower house in order to get the bill through and is hoping that some ot the. provisions already eliminated will be restored in the senate.. V-V:-- v-'f-A The revolt ot 94 Republicans in the house together with the amend ments with which, had to be ac cepted by those in charge ot the bill in order to t - nvrent - defeat makes the triumph ot the adminis tration - ot doubtful . vain : - today. The important step taken by the the first operation ot the lock gates.- The steamer LeClaire, led a flotilla of four government boats through the lock. . ' - A longitudinal dike, 6.3 feet high, extends - from below - LeClaire roughly parallel to the Iowa shore, a distance of two miles. - Half a mile above the head of tte island this dike is raised to above the high water mark and continued to : the ; island, which then completes the channel to the Iowa shore. . A lift lock and closing dam at lower end of the island complete the project. The lock lies close to Graham Has Choice of i Seven Candidates for Wabinrtoa Xewi Bureau. - Hoc Island Arftu. ; BY B. G. SUCltEIt. Washington; DO; Nov. 30. Fol lowing close on the heels of the difficulties which, confront Con gressman William X Graham in the choice of a postmaster at Rock Is land, the impending announcement by the civil service commission here of three ' eliglbtes for appointment to the postmastership at Aledo. I he congressman's home town, promises a new quandary for his solution. ' Party issues- will do little to con found the Aledo problem, however, as but one of the men who took the examination some time ago is a Democrat. He is C. E. Duva.ll, the present postmaster, and has the recommendation of a number of Aledo business men for reappoint ment. Graham, for political rea sons, has already stated that he will not name Duvall again, how ever. -.; - Six .other ' candidates for the Aledo post, now being considered by the civil service commission are C. E. Abercrombie, the present, as sistant postmaster; J. C. Berg, the enter .clerk;: .Harry It Morgan, a real estate dealer, and Isaac John stone, a bank clerk. CHEERS GREET -CLEMENCEAU AT CHICAGO OPERA 'Old Glory and Tri color Honor Guest Chicago, Nov. 30. Georges 'cie meneean, France's war-time pre mier, prepared to take the road again today on his 'self-imposed mission of winning American sup port for France, after a night at the opera,' where he received an ovation from theatregoers. - The next stop on his itinerary was Springfield, 111, where he was scheduled to lay a wreath on Lin coln's tomb and deliver a brief eu logy this afternoon. He is due in 8t. Louis for his next big speech! tomorrow. - ' ' The Tiger arose eaily to board his, private car which was attached to a 10- o'clock train. He did not rise as early as his customary 4 O'clock.' however. Last night he dissipated, staying np until after 11. Making bis last public appear ance at the opera he disclosed for the first time- in America "mon tube" his top hat He had declar ed in New York be wouldn't wear It because his soft one felt and looked better. . But, as he wa dis sipatingjiedscided to do it up brown. Clemencean was given a general ovation when he entered the Potter Palmer box at taw end cf thejro logue to "The 8now Uaiden. . "A few minutes later the curtain, ris ing on the set of the first act, dis closed Eduarto Cotrenil, French basso, holding. big tri-coior, and Cvrena Van Gordon, draped in the Stars and Stripes, with the -entire company behind the Iowa shore. 80 feet wide and 350 feet long, corresponding 'with locks at Moline and Minneapolis. The maximum lift will be about six feet The gates are electrically operated. The project is part of the general river program to pro vide a 6-foot channel from St Paul to St Louis , . ( - Rock excavation of 412,000 cubic yards was necessary and other ex cavation totalled 29,000 yards. Con crete in the lock is about 18,000 yards and steel in the lock weighs 418,000 pounds. Approaches are to be 300 feet wide. ' Both Morgan and Berg are prom inent candidates. The' former has friends among Aledo business men who are. petitioning Congressman Graham in his behalf, while Berg is an ex-service man with a splen did war record, and has the sup port of former soldiers of Aledo. ' Postmaster Duvall will undoubt edly be one of the three eligibles named by the civil service commis sion, as this is a mark of confidence seldom denied an incumbent by ex amining officials. Should the other two selections be Berg and Mor gan. Graham would admittedly have difficulty in choosing the nominee for the place. He has intimated that these two have received major consideration from him thus far in his delibera tions over the choice. He has con sidered neither with any degree of certainty, however, awaiting the positive word of, the examiners and the- commission before comparing any of the applicants point by point The congressman indicated his resentment today of efforts being made by Davenport newspapers and self-styled "impartial supporters" of various candidates for both the Rock Island and Aledo postmaster ships to influence his decision. JURY FAILS TO CONVICT BURCH IN THIRD TRIAL Disagreed on Alleged : Slayer of Ken- ; nedy. Los Angeles, Nov. 30. rt was' a happy Thanksgiving day for Arthur C. Burch, who was said to agree with his . chief, counsel, ' Paul Schenck, that the disagreement last night of the jury In Burch's third trial for the murder of J. Belton Kennedy was "the. equivalent of an acquittal." ' Burch laughed aloud when Judge Shenck polled the Juror and each declared "there was absolute- Ur no chance" for an agreement This came after more than 30 honH fi&d njuuMri k(dm tha. had been given to the jury and six j ballots had been taken. - The. first j was the same as the last seven to five for acquittal the Jurors said. Judge Shenck thanked the Jurors and told them he was certain they i had voted according to their con sciences, r . i I would not want a verdict un less it had been conscientiously reached." said the court V The defendant's -parents,. Rev. and Mrs. A. W. Burch of Evanston, 111., were in the courtroom when the Jury reported Its inability to agree and was discharged' - . The third trial of k Mrs. Mada lynne Obenchain, Jointly indicted with Burch for the murder of Ken nedy, her former sweetheart, is set to begin next Monday. ; . , indications are. however. It will bo postponed, as her attorneys are usy won caw-on trial in the! menu conn. CELL DOORS SIW OPEN FOR 17EALTHY SQGIAUST AIIO FIFTEEN CITY OWES ITS SALVATION TO UNIQUE MAYOR Executive caul Staff Do Without Sal ones BY THOMAS LAWLESS. Consolidated Press Correspondent. (Copyright, 1922, by The Argus.) Jacksonville, 111., Nov. 30. This city of 6,600 population today en Joys the unique distinction of being probably the only metropolis in the country where the cost of gov ernment is within the reach ot all. Elected on a' platform of "no pay and no politics," Mayor E. W. CrabT, tree has established a record which is attracting observers from every where to see. how it all Is done, and today told how cooperation has aided him. Elimination of what Crabtreehas called "political nostrums, isms and wire-pulling,' and substituting ineretor a wnoiehearted coopera tion ot the entire citizenry, has pulled Jacksonville out of the depths of debt and discouragement. , mree years ago tne city was well nigh bankrupt, city employes were being paid in script, the wa ter and sewage systems were in adequate and the cost sky-high. It was at this juncture that Crabtree entered the race for mayor, mak ing it known at the time that he would accept no pay nor would he. if elected, allow anyone else to be paid for work who did not need the money. Political power and pull were to be eliminated entirely. Opposition developed early after he was elected from the labor unions, but when the entire plan was described to them the chiefs threw their influence directly with the administration.. Six of the eight city aldermen Joined with him in refusing pay. Then he secured a city attorney to act for one dollar a year. , Stages Cleannp. The first move was a cleannp and tne mayor was able to have the local painters' union paint the' public buildings while local women secured the paint for nothing. Sixty citizens on the invitation of the mayor got together and pur chased . a tract of land and sunk wells so that the city bad a water supply at Its doors instead ot hav ing to pump it for 20 miles. An auditor investigated the books and placed the debt of the city at $131,000. A bond issue took care of this. Today the city is prosperous and contented. . Explaining the change the mayor said: "We decided to take the people into our confidence in everything and ruled out all star chamber ses sions of city boards. There never has been negative vote cast on an improvement matter in the board of aldermen. We organized a volunteer traffic corps of 75 men. They curbed speeding and other automobile evils. These men still are on call to aid the regular po lice force. . "Thl women organized and init iated a city beautiful drive which still is kept up. We claim one. of the cleanest cities in the United States. "Whenever a citizen has a kick he brings it directly to the proper authorities in open session. It is investigated and if a remedy is needed it is appled. I find it a good plan to keep before the peo ple at all times that they are stock holders in the municipality and on that account should be interested in lis weltare. we nave accom plished all we have through coop eration. All other cities can do the same thing." KIG IMPRISONED. Paris, Nov. 30. King George, of Greece, is virtually a prisoner in the palace at Athens, according to Belgrade dispatches. Copies of the Constitution - The Argus has secured copies of Illinois' proposed new constitution which will be submitted to the voters ot the state Dec. 12 for approval or rejection, and they may be secured by calling at The Argus office. . ' Every voter is urged to study the new law so as to be able to vote intelligently upon it The Argus publish ing a series of articles and ' parts of the new constitution by Chief Justice Floyd E. . Thompson of- the Illinois su preme court, dealing with the chief changes proposed in the , new; document k ' ". '. -, Call at The Argus office and get a copy. ASSOCIATES Shipman, England and Owens of Tti-Cities Released. Calcago, Rot. 56V Fretdosi"' ' and Thanksgiving arrived al. . most s!multaneonsIy for WIU liant Bross Lloyd, wealthy rad, IcaL and IS associates, Includ ing Perry Shipman of Bock Island, at liberty, today after -. serving eight days of their sea . fence ter violation of the Illinois aati-syadicalhm net. Governor Small contntated their sentences late yesterday. Shortly before 11 o'clock last night, Lloyd and six others sen tenced to Joliet penitentiary . for from one to live years, walked from the prison, free men. Three hours later the ' nine men confined In the Cook . county jail, all sentenced to serve one year, were released. Besides Lloyd those released at Joliet were Jack Carney, Arthur Proctor, Edgar Owens, Ludwlg Lore, L. K. England, and Niels Kjar. Those freed from the county jail were Samuel F. Hankin, James A. Meissinger, Karl F. Sondberg, Charles Krumbeln, Samuel Ash, N. J. Christianson, James Vogel, Mor ris A. Stolar and Perry Shipman. Shipman lives in Rock Island. Mrs. Lloyd was waiting at the prison gate in the family limousine accompanied by Robert Howe, Lloyd's secretary. "Well, Bill, how'd you like itr "Great," replied Lloyd. "It's a good rest would be for a tired bus iness man." - "Oh Honey," interjected Mrs. Lloyd, "did they cut yoru hairr "Not one -wisp," answered Lloyd as he removed his hat Lloyd, in giving his impression of prison life, said he believed prisoners who couldn't maintain friendly relations with their guards were persons who were always in trouble. - "I remember at college," he said, "there were some men who couldn't get along with certain teachers and I found those teachers fine. and I Welfl' ts the same down there." Governor's Stand. In announcing executive clemen cy for the convicted men. Governor Small said he was in accord vitk the dissenting opinion written by Justice Orrin N. Carter, who ques tioned the constitutionality of the law. i i Two men, whe have not bigun serving their sentences were not included in tuo clemency order. They are L. K. Katterfleld, who cabled from Russia that he would surrender, and Dr. O. J. Brown, serious illness preventing him from surrendering with the 16 others. Lloyd, with 39 others forming what was known as the "left" wing of the Socialist party, were indicted in March, 1920, and 20 of the men . were arrested and convicted In August, 1920. From the lower court the case was carried to the Illinois supreme court where the jury's verdict and sentence were Etftfnied. An appeal to the higher court resulted in that body's refusal to review the case and the imprisonment of the 16. Dr. Brown, who-was a patient in a local hospital where be had sub mitted to an cperaton, died yes terday before it tras announced that suspension of his sentence had been set aside. Moline Men Frede. L. K. England and Edgar Owens of Moline were among the six sen tenced to the penitentiary with Lloyd. Ten of them, including Perry shipman. Rock Island, were in the Cook county jail for a one year term. William A. Cunnea. Chicago at torney, filed the petition for", a commutation of sentence with Gov ernor Small late yesterday after noon. The governor and William Colvin, superintendent of pardons, beard the application at the state house and at night the governor gave out a statement quoting at length from the dissenting opinion of Justice Carter of Chicago to that of Chief Justice Floyd E. Thorn p- T 1. T .. 1 J I gun. nucft fsuiau, wueu iue su preme court on adjourning for . the June term affirmed the sentence of tne criminal court oi uook county. Justice Carter's opinion was to the effect that while legislation of this character, referring to the law under whifh Lloyd and his co defendants were convicted, might be j entirely proper as a war measure it might be very short sighted -to enforce that legislation in time of. peace. . j t After quoting from the Carter ; opinion, Governor Small said: "No human agency can accurately de- termine bow long any human being shall be incarcerated. - These men are not criminals. Since their ..in dictment and conviction in 'March, 1921,' they have suffered . severely. 1 declined to extend clemency prior, . to their incarceration. No groat. j good can come from a longer -ia- WilicuiiK ivi uivrau. now ww- muted these sentences to expire at .(CoutiMed, ea Pa Sixteen.) V-":' .