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VED:CTDAY BCnilEER 20, 1S22 TWENTY PAGI3.
P1UCE FIVE CENTS b K5 .EMU EEBJ 11F To Pi SELECT LASf T1V0 VJEEKS ) APRIL AS THE DATE FOR STAGING FUND CAMPAIGN lockenberry System, Satisfied 'With Survey Conditions, Ready to Promote Million Dollar , Enterprise in Eock Island.': "j . The last two weeks in April were tentatively agreed ipon for a campaign to finance iollar hotel project at a meeting of the hotel executive Committee thia morning. G The announcement was made following information re vived today from the Hockenberry System of Harrisburg, X, that its survey of local conditions established the be M that Rock Island would be ready early, in the year to Vote the undertaking. The promoters explained that hey had a number of projects pending in various parts of S lie country and they asked the local committee to set a I late for the campaign here. lTHe committee, alter aiscussing 5 le situation and what effect the ! rot vice Investigation Jiud clean- might have on the campaign,! elected April 16 to 30. This period Mil be reserved by the Hockenberry bompany for the Rock Island Can nes and it will be staged then un lets conditions materially change. the members of the committee ex-; ressed the belief this morning that (be city was ready for the undertak ing and that it could be readily kanoed. -. '-is- . - "The last two Weeks In April lere selected," one of the commit :ee said, "as the most opportune, as Jie work incident to the cleanup ampaign should be nearing an end If that time and the city election till be out of the way. The busi less and financial interests of the (city should be ready then to turn tteir thoughts and efforts to con structive things, and the hotel Voject, which has been hanging .; Ire (i irst ' : I Thi ; lve Ire for three years, ought to be tne thing on the program." Surrey Favorable. - The Hockenberry System will ive charge of the campaign to ittlse funds and will direct the work through an executive staff. They never enter a field until they tare made a thorough survey of the liltuation and determine whether or not the community is ready to llunce a large undertaking and if inBicient patronage will be forth comlng to justify the hotel. This survey was made eariy in the fall and a favorable report was nbmitted to the 'committee. They declared they would be ready to undertake the campaign at any time the local committee decided was opportune, but advised that it not k delayed later than tne nrst part 1923. ' - The new hotel project was first ultated three years ago ana a nouD of men perfected a prelimi ttry organization, purchased a site it the southeast corner of Nine teenth street and Third avenue, and prepared to finance the proposi tion. - ' , Plan 900 Roobl Hotel. The undertaking was delayed trom time to time and when the business depression hit the com' unity it was indefinitely post Poned. The nroiect waa given new life, however, at a meeting of the aembership of the . Chamber of Commerce Nov. 17, when 100 busi s men endorsed the hotel pro Nsal and signed pledges to assist a the promotion of the enterprise. While plans have not yet been town, it is understood a 200-room tatelry is planned and that the W of the building will be be een $700,000 and $800,000. Addi tions in the way of the cost of the tie, equipment and furnishings 111 bring the total cost of the pro tect close to one million, dollars. ' CHALLENGED TO DUEL. Brussels, Dec. 20. Minister of tle Colonies Frank, challenged former premier Paul' Hymaus to t duel. . . v ASKTO ABANDON ,5P.& ST.L.R0AD Washltifffnn ' IW n Rprelvprs ! the Chicago, Peoria ft St. Louis 0foad asked peAAiMion from the , JUwstate commerce commission to Ijjr to Abandon that line in its en Jty. Operations for several years been at a heavy loss, the ap tion said, and the road is un- to pay $120,000 In taxes as d against it by the state of -Unols. The road is 237 mile in U. operating between JkJv. Grafton. UL in 1923 of Rock Island's new million- FILE SUIT TO TEST LEGALITY OF BONUS LAWS Springfield. 111., 'Dec. 20. A friendly suit to test the constitu tionality and legality of the Illinois soldiers' bonus, was filed' in - the Saaannoa u county circuit court here this morning. The proceedings took the lorn of a petition for injunction against the service recognition board and State Treasurer EL E. Miller, to prevent any further activity in carrying out provisions of the $55,- 000,000 soldiers' bonus. They were filed by Dr. Elmer K. Hagler, pres ident of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and father of two sol diers in the World war. Half a dozen different objections to the bonus law are raised. It is complained that the law was not legally passed and that it is uncon stitutional in that the , text of the bill is not designated in the title, and that the law embraces two separate questions which should have been provided for in separate laWS. , SEEK REPRIEVE FOR OPAL ARTHUR Springfield, III., Dec. 20. A for mal plea for the reprieve of George Opal Arthur, convicted to hang at Monticello, December 28 for the murder of Charles G. Martin, will be placed before the state division of pardons and paroles by Attorney Crover C. Hoff, of Clinton, tomor row morning. ' A personal plea : to Governor Small on behalf of Arthur hag al ready been made by former Adju tant Pollock, of the Clinton post of the American Legion. Mr. Pol lock called on Governor Small yes terday and was advised to have the appeal follow the formal channels. RETAIN SEAT Washington, Dec. 20. The house elections committee held in a unan imous report today that Joseph Cartenstein, J Republican, - contest' ant, was not entitled to the seat of Representative A. J. Sabath, Dem ocrat, of the Fifth Illinois district THE WEATHER Fair tonight and Thursday. Cold er tonight. Warmer Thursday. Highest temperature yesterday'. 33: lowest last night 33. Wind velocity at 7 a. m- 10 miles per hour. 4 .''Precipitation, none. - 13 m. 7 n. in. 7 a, m. ' - " - yester. yester. Today Dry "bulb temp. 27 ,i H 35 Wet bulb temo. 22 27 30 Relative humid. 47 ' '. 47 61 River stage at 7 a. m, 1.1, a rise at A last 24 hours, v ' , Sunset today 4:34 p. m.; sunrise tomorrow 7:38 a, m. ' ANDREW HAMRICK. ' 0 ' . Jss8tsJOsPsl0i(s Vander Vennet Store Is Swept By a $45,000 Fire; Flames Threatened Block The entire business block along fifteenth street at Fourth avenue, Moline, was imperiled this after noon when the Vander Vennett clothing store, 419-21 Fifteenth street, was 'swept by a fire entail ing a loss of between $40,000 and $45,000. The loss was estimated By A. C. Vander Vennett, the propri etor. The entire stock was ruined, including a special Christmas stock, valued at $7,000. The fire started in the basement of the building. At 1:15 o'clock this afternoon . clerks noticed the smoke. Within a few minutes aft er the smoke began to appear the building was swept by flames. The fire had gained considerable bead- way before it was discovered. l Smoke filled the whole of the first floor,; the offices on the second floor and Odd Feiows nan on tee third floor. Four streams of wa ter were played en the front and back of the- building and at 2 o'clock it . was reported that the firemen bad the fire under control. FINAL BILLS IN VICE PROBE ARE DUE TOMORROW - Indictment which will be re turned te the elrcnlt court when the Bock island county grand ; Jury reconvenes tomorrow ktorninsi are expected to prove - net only the stost sensational of th entire state InvesUgatlon, but also the final results of an . Inquiry which has kept the Tand jury In session since the middle of September and en cased the services of the attorney-general of Illinois and a staff of expert detectives for two months. It Is generally be- , lieved that the grand jury has not less than a dozen Indict ments to report as Its final hatch, a report which will be far reaching. Thomas Marshall, . prominent Chicago attorney, who has been special assistant to Attorney-Gen eral Edward J. Brnndage in direct ing the grand Jury inquiryi .will re turn to Rock Island tonight, accom panied by Special Prosecutor Charles W. Hadley. Mr. Marshall will bring with him the prepared in dictments, on which he has been busy since the grand jury declared a recess last CTiaay aiternoon. Since Friday there has been no ticeable lack of activity among tne state investigators, lending strength to the report that the grand Jury is reconvening only for. the purpose of votihe the last of its indictments and not to near any more evidence of the wholesale law violations in Rock Island, vice, grart ana crime. Chief Investigator H. S., Mosher this morning also indicated that he plans to return to Chicago tomor row, although admitting that his departure might be delayed by un forseen developments. Most of the investigators working under the direction of Mr. Mosher left Rock Island last week. The work of checking up on witnesses and shap ing up the evidence for use in the prosecution of the cases- has been bandied entirely by Mr. Mosher and bis first assistant, Thomas White. The state officials tomorrow, too, are expected to be prepared to act in the matter of admitting Thomas Cox to bail for alleged participation in the murder of Bill Gabel. There is a question whether the state will be willing to divulge its evidence against Cox -for the sake -of-contesting any move- of the- former chief of police to gain his release from jail' However, it is consid ered likely that the state will ask an enormous bond from Cox in the event the motion is not resisted. -.Among the matters which are ex pected to be covered in the final hatch of indictments are the killing of John Connor Looney in Market square, Oct 6. police court records of fines and further official connec tion with protected vice in Rock Is land not already, covered by pre vious indictments. -; That two or more city officials will be' included; In the indictments Is generally be lieved. - MTRDER 8CTPECT 1581511 V Bay -City.' Mich, Dec . Har old H. Mendell. held on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Rollin M. Morgan, was ad judged insane and committed to the Ionia reformatory. - It was with great difficulty that the firemen were able to enter the building. The first floor caved in and great .clouds of smoke filled the structure, hindering work of the firemen. . ; - " Thousands of people flocked around the scene of the Are and watched the huge masses of smoke and -flames. For a . time it was feared that the entire block would be destroyed by the flames. ; Only the lack of a wind saved the "other buildings in the block. The fire; was under control at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The whole of the interior of the building was destroyed and all the stock demol ished. TJie fixtures on the second ana tnira noors were uesiruyea. The building was known as the Pierr building and was one of the landmarks of Moline. ,. . The origin of the fire is unknown although it is thought to have started from- overheated pipes in the basement. A great deal of dam age was done by the water and smoke." VICE PROBE 'Final indictments in vice In vestigation expected to be re turned by grand Jury tomorrow. More than dozen traeibllls said to be due. -1 J. J. Conway, Ottawa attor ney, denies he has been retain. " ed t defrad -John- Looney in criminal charges against tim. , Declare he does net know ; Looney's -whereahenis. v - Helen Tan Dale, former queen of Bock Island' underworld, held to federal grand jury by ' United States commissioner at Davenport under $10,000 bond on charge ef white slavery. Held a prisoner In Scott coun ty jaiL Herbert D. Blakemore suing The Argus tor $50,000 for al leged libel, today began actions for similar amounts against Moline Dispatch and Davenport Times on same grounds. Blake more was a writer for John Looney's Jfews. Police Magistrate D. J. Cle , land located In a sanatorium at Colfax, Iowa. TWO HURT WHEN TRAIN HITS AUTO Danville, 111., Dec. 20. Stephen S. Quinn and T. D. Draper, both of Decatur, 111., were seriously in jured early this morning about seven miles west of this city, when a freight train on the- Big xFour railroad backed into a heavily loaded truck on its way from De catur to Chicago. . . Quinn suffered a fractured skull and Draper a badly crushed 'right foot ' Both men are in a local hos pital.. The truck driver mistook a sig nal of one of the freight brakemen for a signal to cross the tracks, when it was a signal for the locomotive-engineer to back up. Straits Question Threatens Conference Settlement Plan Lausanne, Dec. 20. On the eve what threatened to be a critical day In the life of the Lausanne con ference, Mr. Child last night had a long conversation with4smet Pasha about the straits problem, . which Lord Curson yesterday -. declared must be disposed of .immediately. It has become known that the American observers at the confer ence believe that an International control commission associated with the League of Nations, as - sug gested in the 'allied plan for super vision of the Dardanelles, Is un necessary. In other ' words, the Americans believe that freedom of the straits should be an interna tional freedom guaranted by a treaty between Turkey and the other powers, and that it should not be a freedom limited by an Interna tional commission. : The American observers have so far on the conference floor, limited themselves to statements, in the most can eral terms on the Darda nelles questions, without anggesUug TELLS JURY IIO'.'J HE FLED FROPOBS Survivor of Herrin Riots Takes Stand for the State. 1 'Marion, 111.. Dec. 20. Robert Of ficer, university of Pennsylvania graduate, and survivor of the Her-' rin riots in which 20 non-union miners were killed, today faced another period on " the witness stand, subject to additional cross examination by attorneys defending Ave men on trial for ' murder in connection with the slayings. Officer, employed as a bookkeep er at the ' strip mine where the principal riot occurred, was on the stand most of yesterday, describing the mob's attack on the mine. He told of the surrender of the mine defenders ' and the subsequent death of 14 of the 48 men when they were lined up before a barbed wire fence and were fired upon. Tells of Escape. By falling on his face and then running a mile through the woods, where he hid until nightfall. Of ficer said he escaped injury. Throughout'' the day, he asserted, men went through the woods searching for those who survived. ( On s cross-examination Officer testified he was at present em ployed in Kentucky as a mine of- ficlal by W. J. Lester,- who owned the strip mine at the time of the rlnta - Tlio witnoRR anirl tharo; were about 20 armed guards at the pit and arms and ammunition had been dealt out and the fire of the mob returned when the mine was attacked. Three other .survivors were in court and the state has announced they will testify upon completion of the cross-examination of Officer. They are Joseph O'Rourke, William Carnes, and Bernard Jones, all of whom were guards at the mine. The' trial will be recessed over the Holidays, from December 23, to January 2, the court announced yesterday. Officer testified in response to questions asked by the defense that the mob seemed to have several dif ferent leaders at different times as it marchd toward Herrin. The leader in charge of it at the mine, he said, disappeared before C. K. McDowell, superintendent of the mine and the first victim, was killed and a new leader took his place. He said he was short sighted, the near-' est he got to any of the leaders was 50 feet, that be could not identify them. , Tells of Killing. The witness described the route taken by the mob as a gigantic "J," with the mine at the bottom of the hook and the cemetery at the top, the march covering about six and one-half miles. McDowell was killed about a mile from the mine, 14 more of the orig inal 48 prisoners about two miles further on, and four were shot down in a man hunt through the woods after they had been lined up before a barbed wire fence, and fired upon as they attempted to flee. Other witnesses have testi fied that six of those who escaped, (Continued on Page Eighteen.) ofas t& how the straits should be kept open to the commerce of , the world and to the fleets of the pow ers. Neither have there been inti mations of America's attitude to ward an international board of con trol. ' ' Allied leaders last night served notice that the Turks today must either flatly accept or reject the allied project for settlement of the straits question. Failure, of the Dardanelles negotiations, it is be lieved,' will' hardy effect the other problems which the conference was called to solve. .Ismet Pasha received a-message from Mustapha Kemal - today 'an nouncing that the , American col lege at 8myrna, which was elosed during the fighting there, may re open and that the Nationalist gov ernment has no objection - to the American schools carrying on their work in any part of Turkey. Ismet Pasha Immediately advised - jthe American correspondents at the near east conterenos of this official FATTY COMES BACK Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 20. Will H. Hays, chairman of the motion picture industry, said today that Roscoe C. Arbuckle might have his' chance to "come back in the mo tion pictures. Joseph Schenck, producer, said: "Roscoe will go to work for me. I am glad to help give him his chance." Jesse L. Lasky, vice president of Famous Players-Lasky corporation, said: . - "We are sure Arbuckle will prove worthy of the trust No thought has been given to the matter of re leasing the pictures already made and we have no plans in this con nection.'. , ... . .. JUU Roscoe Arbqckle said: "I want to say . that I am very grateful to all those who are help ing' me and I will prove myself worthy of their faith in me . - : HAPPY AFTER A STORMY VOYAGE Havre, France, Dec. 20. Georges Clemenceau arrived home from his America pilgrimage today in a typ ically hilarious mood, but appar ently suffering from fatigue. - A large crowd of relatives ' and friends, correspondents. and photographers greeted him. Cle menceau began a visit with news papermen by denying various inter views printed in the French press. The former premier had a very stormy passage. He appeared gay and vivacious, but under the surface his friends saw that his experience in the United States had been al most too much for him. - He Will go to his 'Paris home for two weeks and then take' a long rest at his country place. i "I hope for good results from my trip to the United States," ' said M.' Clemenceau to the Associated Press. "However, let the people decide. I put my thoughts fully before them and they have certainly apparent that there was a vast amount of interest in me personally for which I am most grateful. It is a rare compliment." -' Later he added: "Maybe it is too 'soon, but it is my opinion. Say please, to our friends - in the United States: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from an old friend. My first thought on sight of France was that I was glad to be home; second, that I was sorry that I had left the United States.'" Asked what he thought of the rep arations question and also the pos sible 'occupation of the Ruhr, "The Tiger" said: - "I fear for German strikes there in case of occupation. That is all I will say on this subject, for publi cation." . J . SANTA PINCHED BY TRAFFIC COP New York, Dec. 20. Children ot Staten Island are looking to bulg ing stockings Christmas morning and they have a right to. . They saved a Santa Claus from . dire things, in Tomkinsville court yes terday where a policeman had tak en him on a charge of . blocking traffic Paced by the wails of scores ot children who had followed San ta and the officers Into the court room. City Magistrate Featherson discharged Kris Krinrle with a warninc that he nrnirlils - hmuir ' with permit. The kiddies gave a I cbk son aumsa nome. HESDFT ' C.1ER ROUGE mOELIEUEG TO HAVE BEEN RECOVEREI A.C.CLIFFENEW NORTH ILLINOIS FEDERAL JUDGE Washington, Dec 20. President Harding today renominated Inter state ' Commerce Commissioners Carles C. McChord of Kentucky and Joseph B. Eastman of Massa chusetts, . whose terms expire shortly. Adam C. Cliffe of Sycamore, Ill was nominated to be federal judge for the northern district of Illi nois. Edward A. Olson was nominated United States attorney for the northern district of Illinois. POLAND ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT Warsaw. Poland, Dec. 20. The Polish Rational assembly was call ed upon today to elect a president to succeed Dr. Gabriel Narutowicz, who was assassinated last Satur day. Stanislau Wojciechowski was elected president of Poland today to Bucceed Dr. Gabriel .Nurutowici, who was assassinated last Satur day. At an early hour this morning no definite candidates had . appeared. The Nationalists, who since the as sassination are as unpopular in the diet as were the Gercan Con servatives after the killing of Rathenau, have again failed to form a bloc with the Witos party to elect a president by a purely Pol ish vote. It was believed that they might advance Professor Morawis ki of Crackow university, or that they would support the most ac ceptable Radical candidate. The latter party was considering M. Voichekoski, General" Cikorski, who took over the premiership, and General Seligovski. POLICE NAB 2 IN SOUDER SLAYING Chicago hi., uec; zu. wnnin ivi nours alter tne siayina oi tiaipn . withm an hour and tne ruraor be. Souders, probationary patrolman,'. current tna, the maSked men during an attempted holdup, police today announced the arrest of Wal ter Krauser, 21, alleged robber, whom they said confessed to the shooting. Police said Krauser was arrested early today , in a hotel where he was registered under an assumed name. Bernard Grant 22, arrested D - F lion in tne roonery wnen coniront- fu "'ATln, e" IS5 the shot that killed Souders, the police said. Souders was shot early yesterday cific tea store. Two youths entered the establishment while be was in a rear room, covering him with a gun. When he moved, one of the bandits fired two shots at him, one piercing bis heart, i LOTT FLAXXERY DIES. Washington, Dec. 20. Lott Flan- nery, sculptor, known for bis statue of Lincoln, died. THE RUSH IS ON 3DAYS-3 More TO SHOP With the Aid of ' "CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS" In THE ARGUS CLASSIFIED Columns D DWEU Troops to Prevent Society From Interfering in Investigation. New Orleans, La., Dec. 20. Company G, National Guard of Monroe, La., has arrived at Mer Rouge, La., and pitched camp, according to a telephone dispatch re ceived here this forenoon. Monroe, La., Dec. 20. The cele brated Mer Rouge kidnaping case, which for four months has ineffect ually taxed all of the legal machin ery of the state in its effort to solve and moved forward another chap ter yesterday when the national guard troops were ordered to move to Mer Rouge, originated, according to well-informed observers, as a result of a feud between rival fac tions of Moorehouse parish. The Ku Klux Klan of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi have been charged with being involved in the mysterious disappearance of Major Watt Daniels and Thomas Fletcher Richards, citizens of Mer Rouge1. Following the kidnaping of these and three other Mer Rouge citi zens Aug. 24, the conservative citi zens of northeast Louisiana believe that the mysterious case goes much deeper than alleged Ku Klux ani mosity and is more or less racial, and rivals, in many respects, the celebrated feuds ot The "Cumber land mountains of Kentucky, Tenr nessee and Virginia. Although the feudal fight was said to have been brewing for a quarter of a century, involving some of the leading families of Mer Rouge and other parts ot Moore house parish, a climax was reached on Aug. 24, when J. L. Daniels, 70, former prominent Mer Rouge mer chant; Watt Daniels, his son; Thomas F. Richards, Watt Daven port, scion of -a leading Louisiana family, and W C. Andrews, a planter, were kidnaped by 40 or 50 masked men on their way to Bas trop to their respective homes in Mer Rouge. Seized, on Roadway. A big highway celebration was held at Bastrop on Aug. 24, and .1 ir mnntnc nr nnnnan nnari i tanrlat and thnn HtflrtMl hnnm i About midway between Bastrop and Mer Rouge, the hooded men galloped up, on horseback, or ap peared on the highway in auto mobiles and seized the five Mer t Rnn.a fftironR w n,.nnnrt' wo. i-iri1 'came current that the masked men were "mistaken as to his identity. Searchers for 24 hours tried to find the men and the next day the elder Daniels and Andrews fosnd their way borne in a serious con- j ,jtjon- For a while neither Daniels nor Andrews would discuss the case. . but they flnaIly told of how th4y ! were kidnaped on their way to Uaf Pnnon and uarofitlv Vsaafon For weekg Danielg wag in a pre rt condition. Neither Daniels nor Andrews wag abIe t0 ldentify a Sngie person in the mob, nor could j they give any inforn,atton , regard to Daniels' son. Watt, and Rich ards. Daniels-' declared be recognized (Continued on Page Eighteen.) 22 CHARGED WITH $1,000,000 THEFTS -FROM NAVY BASES New York, Dec. feo. Twenty-two civilian employes at the Brooklyn Navy base were arrested today by ! department of justice agents, on In dictments returned several months ago by a federal grand jury, charg ) ing that government property to the value of more than $1,000,000 t bad been stolen since the war. WALLACE REID IS RECOVERING Los Angeles, Calif, Dec 20. Im provement was reported today in the condition of Wallace Held, mo tion picture actor, whoseVeeent break down, according to relatives , following his quitting thy nse of drugs and liquor. The latest report issued from his bedside in s Hollywood sanitarium stated his temperature and resplra- i Uon were normal aad his -poise 'downto 1M. - , 1 action by the Angora government. v - i . .