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-v V J, fY-CLCOD .YCAli NO. C2. SATUSD4Y : D2CE2HJE3 Z3, FIFfY-EIGHT PAGES. ! 7 II ; 9 ") : l Xl Nl 1 fu fx' L Jfil II fi I) : : : !;-'; 1 f iff of des mm nuin nrniiTW nnnrcTrn I aiu ucrui i FOR BIG THEFT OF BOOZE Charged With Complicity in Raid on Polk County Liquor Supply. Tpa Moines. Iowa. Dec. 30. Warrants were issued early today for the arrest of Winfred E. Robb, Polk coun ty sherif until Jan. 1, and vj His oromer wyuif .icim George Kobb, in connection With the theft Ot $30,0UU .worth of liquor from the Polk'county jail booze ro.m i wilh the theft Of $30,000 last Wednesday night. Both I i ire in custody. " The charges against Sheriff Robb i k ium folk county Jailer, after McMurray bad been locked out ot his own Jail Under tbe sheriff's orders and after XcMurray's son had been arrested -ijr -orders1 of Assistant County At torney Seeburger, for alleged com plicity in the booze theft. . McMurray charge that on Aug. 8. V Sheriff Robb sold more than sev I nty quarts of whisky to b. S. Hill, Vproprietor of the American Print ing and - Lithographing company, and prominent Democratic politic r lan. - ' fiarrcd From Son. ' McMurray was denied admittance to tbe jail about 1:30 o'clock this morning. His son. Everett McMur- i rayfl recently ;ei&r?m todian of Waveland park, was in the Jail office In the custody of Deputy Sheriff Robb.. Assistant County Attorney Seeburger announced that Clyde McMurray, another son of the jailer, also is sought -. McMurray was permitted to talk to his son through the barred en trance. As he left the Jail Sheriff Robb drove up in a motor . car There WDi a hot battle of words, in 1l the course of which ' McMurray JV charged Rjbb with having perT" I milted laxity in the management of I the booie room and in which Robb ! J called bis Jailer a "liar" and doub led his nsts threateningly. Calls Story lie.' "It's an atrocious lie," L. S. Hill, proprietor of the American Print ing and Lithographing company sutd when told that Jailer McMur ray had charged that he bought more than 70 quarts of whisky from the preacher-sheriff on Au- gust 8. . He admitted, however, that he 1 had tried to obtain liquor from the j a snenn s office, but declared he had I 'been unsuccessful. Mr. Hill declared he knew of no reason ? why Jailer McMurray should name him in counectlon with such a liquor transaction. BROKER IS BETTER APTER OPERATION tnicago. Dec. 30. S. W. Straus. president of s w. troo a r ui users, was reported today as re- covering from a In a Chicago hospital. It was also said he would go to Atlantic City next week to recuperate. The op eration performed several days ago did not become public until yester day. , , . TURK DIVISION SHIT TO MOSUL Athens, Dec.' 8-The Turks are lending reinforcements in the di fcV?u0f Mo8ul- tt rlc oil dis u, 8 ?wnrhlP ' which is in tL UtB at,tbe Lausanne confer- lentral News , from a . reliable source. ; j 1 " A diVBitOn " nf. . Ann : VL'-adyleft eJZbggalt dead. Mr. wJ i " orother-in-law ot A Mrs. WOOd TOW Wilon AIA Second iieriun! Marion,-u. Dec: - S0.(By fte associated Press. )-.p0WUbiWy wlding two Herrln killing trial, limultoneously was1 Indicated Uday tart on the second case Irnioedi- TRIALTOjSTART Himcoicu ARREST CLEARS WERTZ MURDER AT IOWA CITY Surprise h Sprang in Death Mystery; Charted Wife. Iowa City, Iowa. Dec. 30. Two days of tnystery cloaking the slay iing of Roy Werti,v shot to death in ,hj9 home here Wednesday. tore- noon, was broken today when-Rob en Leeper. 24. eon-iu-law . ofr the en Leeper, 24. Bon-ln-law. enr.'Sty " Attofey wc, M. Miuer. iJp, on County T JkTtr 'a Ar. rest came Just 40 minutes before the coroner's Jury, after an all nlBht inquest, held behind closed doors, returned a verdict in which it declared its belief that the fatal shots were flredV by ; Werta's wife in self defense. ' ' ' Testimony : of Mr. and Mrs. Leeper, principal witnesses ' sub poenaed for the inquest, was that Wertz had at several times threat ened their lives and Wednesday forenoon when they returned home with Mrs.. Wertz from Cedar Rap ids, he heaped a tirade of abuse on them and attacked both his wife and his daughter. - Leeper stuck to bis story that he was in the basement attending to the furnace, when he heard a quar rel : upstairs, followed by two shots. - ilia wife sustained him in W eontiiitioti. U. S. PROPOSES AflMEIII All II0"I Lausanne, Dec. 80. (By the As sociated Press.) Plans for an Ar menian national home, financed by a possible $20,000,000 appropriation by the United States congress, or a popular loan in America, in aaai- tion to funds from other countries, were presented to the near east conference today by .the American delegation. , . . The conference completes its sixth week today with a solution of the near east question still in the making and with the allied and Turkish delegations still at odds over the Important issue. . As' Ismet Pasha and his associ ates awaited further instructions from their government at Angora, it seemed certain that a settlement of even . one of the troublesome problems on the agenda could not take place this year. . It is believed that Ismet in his report to his gov ernment called special attention to the declaration of Lord CurwJn that the British government insisted upon recognition of its mandate over the Mosul vilayet. It is suggested that tbe Armenian home be located in Cilicia, Just north of the Gulf of Alexandretta, in territory containing about 18,- 000 sauare miles. The clan is the woric or ut. George R. Montgomery, director of the Armenian-American society, who announced he had lust receiv- ai moaetM fpnm t.hA United C M. . " . . Stats saying a resolution was being introduced in the house of repre sentatives : authorizing president Harding to lend $20,000,000 for this project if the Lausanne conference made adequate territorial provis ion for the home. , " 4 C. & A. RAILWAY BONDS APPROVED Washington, Dec ; 80. Receivers of the Chicago & Alton railroad procured the interstate commerce commission's approval today for an issue of $2,000,000 in receivers' note,-the proceeUs to -be hoed tor repairing, equipment and for pay ments of debt. : v :? ...;.;.: ;..--;- THE VEATHEII j Generally fair tonight and Sun dav. Colder. ' . - Highest temperature yesieroay. 40: lowest last nicht 32. Wind velocity at 7 .' m. mue per hour. . . . Precipitation, none. . - . IS m. -7 p.m. 7 a.m. V , resur. Tetter. Teday Dry bulb ...... U S3 1 17 Wet buHi.. II j " 30 . KML nuinifHtT'..7B ,i ' '! VI River etaae at 7 a. hmM, rue of J last 24 hour. v " ' Sunaet today. 4.U: ,nnrlw to morrow :$1.'' ' ANDRJTW HAM RICK. J tlOKttt -"-T- ' ' r- . . .i .. .-. . - - i" .i.i. .ii,jFiii- i , ,. .,....,. ,, -... , m I Proposed design for new argus home I l . 1 r- 7 1 I 1 ' ' re r .5 M'wi it ii ii m .mh i . r: j j ,1 n&i i in r nihil tr i tlvnl -i-i? ; rl , .lrH ,fP'I ' f l 1 fi r 1 ' i ' 1 The above architect's drawing has been submitted by Cervln 4 Horn, Rock Island architects, as a proposed design for the new Argus home to be erected on the southwest corner of Eighteenth street and Fourth avenue. Though plans are still in the preliminary stages, it Is the intention of -the publishers that the new plant shall be part of Rock Island's 1923 building program. - The plan submitted by Cervin & Horn calls for a two-story structure devoted entirely. to the publication business. The Italian rennais sance style of architecture Is employed la the design, with Bedford limestone as the material to be used for the exterior surfacing. The building will be fireproof throughout .-' ' ' , ' ' " " - .'. The treatment is especially adaptable to a corner location and the side of the building Is not neglected by an over-emphasis of the front. - The- Eighteenth street wall is regarded as important as the front facade, and. is' so expressed in the design'. The business office and editorial rooms will occupy the forward portions of the first and second floors, with the mechanical department in the rear. The press will be placed close to the east side of the building so that It wil Tbe plainly visible from Eighteenth street. . A feature of the plan ia the provision for a, unique bulletin board. Just over the main entrance of the building on Fourth avenue, where it will be possible to install a baseball playing, board and The Argus Grid Player during the football season.- "-x. . APPEALS TO WORLD FOR REPARATION Abandoning Secret Diplo ' macy, U. S. Asks Sap port Public Opinion. BT DAVID LAWREJf CE. (Copyright, IJ22, by , The Argus.) Washington, Dec . 30. Having failed to convince France by in formal conversations of diplomacy, the United States government ias appealed to the opinion ot the world in support ot it plan for a settlement of the reparation prob lem. - Secretary Hughes' speech at New Haven, almost coincident with the first expression from the White house on foreign policy in three weeks, has a significance ' apart from the character of the proposal that a commissida of financiers un dertake, to fix what Germany, can pay. It means tnat xne American government has . been quietly ad vanclng thia proposal, but that rmi him not aereed. - There is no reason to believe France hah re turned a flat negative but, mere is very reason to suppose that .the American government has made little headway by secret diplomacy and is trying open aapiomacy agam. 7lt is most unusual for the presi dent and secretary of state to dis cus proposals made to foreign governments. For weeks there has been a steadfast refusal to say any thing, though it was known J. P. ifomn had conferred withSecre- tary Hughes and that a revival of - (Continued on Pag VMM. BOT SHOT BT COHPAWOIT. (Special Correpondence .' Prophetstown.' Dec 30. George Devenny, aged 10 years, vas shot this morning in .the back of the neck with a 22 calibre rifle bulled A boy companion flred the bullet which cams out uadsr iha dbv Assistant War Under Baker Is Indicted In Huge Contract Frauds Washington, Dec 30. (By the Associated Press.) Benedict CrowelL assistant secretary of war' under the -Wilson administration, and six "dollar a year" men asso ciated with the council of national defense, were indicted here today by the special grand Jury, involv ing war frauds on charges or con spiracy to defraud the government in construction of war-time army camps and cantonments. - The others indicted are:" Wil liam A. Starrett, Morton C. Buttle, Clemens W. LudoftV Clair Foster, John H. McGibbons ; James A. Mears. '. ' . " The indictmept charges a con spiracy to maladminster 'existing laws and regulations: to control the giving out of contracts to friends, associates,' and clients un der the "cost plus" system, which it is charged, resulted la a loss to the government of millions ol dol lars and reduced the morale of la bor . ' ' The Indictments are the first big salvo--In Attorney General Daugh erty's attack on : many war-time contracts which the department ot Justice holds to be fraudulent Oth ers are expected to follow, ana it is estimated that the amount involv ed will run into hundreds of mil lion of dollars. a. , Today's indictments resulted from consideration by the grand Jury of a mass of evidence presented by former 'Representative- McCulloch of Ohio, special assistant attorney general. . ; Held on 47 Counts, ' Tbe indictments, charging 47 overt acta, charge that contractors, their agents, engineers, architect and officers of the government en tered a conspiracy to set on a sys tem profitable to. the contractors and prejudicial to the government and to control the giving of con tracts to friends, associate and client, past and prospective. . The emergency., committee of the council of national defense, the In dictment charge, was used for car rying out the alleged plan. The government charged that the - al Iged conspirators used their mem bership on the committee to unlaw fully influence -other officers of the United States m the Bias and poli r ir ' V Secretary cies for carrying out the war-time construction program; to attain the cost plus" system; to eliminate usiial safe-guards for the govern ment and to defeat checking up and supervising the contractors. Loss Totals Millions. The indictments further charge that the alleged conspirators used their positions for their own gain and assisted contractors in evading the true intent of contracts and in collecting large and unjustifiable fees. As a result of the conspir acy, the Indictments charge, the United States government lost mil lions of dollars, the morals of la bor was reduced and the govern ment was deprived of protection during; the emergency construction period. It is further charged that during 1917 and 1918, the alleged conspira tors held dally meetings to plan and carry out the detail of the alleged conspiracy and even secured the re moval of other officers of the gov ernment who hindered hte carry ing out of the plans. . - , Specifically, those. Indicted are charged with violation of section 37 of the United States penal code which prescribes a fine of $10,000 or two years' Imprisonment, or both; of various other sections ot the - revised - statutes; of certain army regulation and sections of the army appropriations bill of 1816 and 1917. ' - t ; In a voluminous indictment, theJ government- gives the historical ground for the charges, sets out What tbe alleged conspirators pro posed to do; how, they planned -to carry out the alleged conspiracy. : fCbnttnded on Page Two.) ROB PAYMASTER OF $20,000 ROLL Cleveland. Ohio, Dec 20. Armed bandits today held up the paymas ter of the Ferry. Cap A Screw com pany and escaped with the $20,000 weevyparroik - 1 . . . . KLAN PLANS OWN PROBE AT BASTROP Will Conduct Separate In vestigation of Kidnap V ing and Deaths. V New Orleans, La., Dec. 3t) The Louisiana organiza tion of the Ku Klux Klan will send , its own agents - into Morehouse Parish to investi gate the kidnaping and kill ing: of Watt Daniel and Thomas Richards last Au gust, according to an an nouncement today by a high state official of the Klan. This action, he said, was de cided ' on at a conference here yesterday of heads of the state organization. It was stated the investiga tion probably will be started within 48 hours. ' "I recently returned from More house Parish, where I discussed the outrage with many of. the folks who knew their community well. I know that the Klarf Is not o blame," said the Klan official - We have no Idea of setting up any de fense, at public hearings for any one, and reports that the Klan i interested obtaining brilliant at jarney for the defense of those ar rested are not true. We are inter ested In clearing the Klan of any . (Continued on Tag Sixteen.) ITALIA58 MTST HA5G. New Orleans, La., Dee. 30 The death sentence on six Italian na tionals on charges of murder in connection with an alleged attempt to rob . a bank -In Tangipahoa Parish, was affirmed by the state 1 " ,- ...... T . a . r i . . m FIFTEEN OPERATIVES TO DE POSTED AT ALL PUBLIC, PLACES STMG PARTIES Today In City Rock Island arsenal soldier attempts suicide ky taking poi son after quarrel with .hi., reetkeart. i - Jl.'W. Phelps denies pubUsa . ed report that "". automo. bile factory Is to locate In Rock Island with him as superln. tendent. Prohibition Agent Prender- . gast announces that dry law will be enforced At all public Mew Tear's eve parties la Bock. Jsland county. Police' of other cities asked to aid search for Mollne girl believed to have been. Inred . away from home by married man after she had been drugged. Judge . A. Larson grants change of venae to Thomas ( ox and A. W. Billbnrg, Indict- ed for murder, and to Police Magistrate D. J. t'leland and Edward Simmons, Indicted for larceny. , Sam Lnndrctto, adjudired in contempt of court, arrested in - Davenport and placed In Kock Island jail. . Bert-DnBrei. Indicted for VuLBtrJIuTi lulMlfrfcomcltj fpr. ,T- wee, arrested and furnishes bonds - Temperature in 1932, for fifth consecutive year, Is above the normal. JACKSONVILLE IS VISITED BY $200,000 FIRS Two Firemen Hurt By the Falling i Dehris. . Jacksonville, 111., Dec. 30. Two- thirds ot tbe business buildings on the south side of the public square were in ruins here today, an esti mated loss of $200,090, as a result of fire of unknown origin early to dayi - 4 Two buildings, housing five firms. were - practically destroyed by flames gainst whicb every available piece of fire apparatus in thetcity was used before it ctiuld be brought under control. - The fire was dis covered at 2 o'clock and 'at 4:30 o'clock firemen had t under con trol . . ! Exploding shells In the armory of the Jacksonville , Howitzer 'com pany -of the Illinois - National Guard, added to the danger com fronting the firemen but no one was injured, With the exception of two hurt" by falling debris The Farmers' State bank was the heaviest loser, its ' loss running about $40,000, including damage to building and furniture. The Prin cess, Candy company, where the fire originated, suffered a loss of about $22,500. i The total loss to the firms, a 'drug store, a millinery shop, a billiard parlor, the candy company and the bank, including tne national Guard armory, was estimated not to exceed $200,000. One 'of - the. buildings which housed three firms, was an old landmark, built in 1S67. POLICEMAN SAVES 10 CHILDREN PSOM FIRE IN TENEMENT Chicago, Dec. 80. Ten children were rescued from a burning four story tenement building early today by a policeman who discovered the fire while passing. . He turned in an alarm and then returned to the building, warning its sleeping oc cupants." -. . TODD ELECTED . MEDIUM HEAD . - - . Chicago, Dec. ' 30. James Todd. attorney, was elected potentate of Meainan Temple last night at the annual meeting of the Chicago Ma sonic v Shrine : organization. - Tbe annual report, read at the meeting, showed a surplus in tire bank of $1,511,378. and gifts of $10000 and 120.064 to the Illinois Masonic hos pital and the Illinois Masonic Or phan Home at LaQrange, I1L. re aoacttvabr. ' Prendergast Declares the Law Must Be Obeyed 1 to the Letter. A New Year's eve drought ' enforced by 15 selected op- , eratives under the direction of Prohibition Agent Joseph , Prendergast is forecast for tomorrow night's public par ties in Kock Island, Moline and other parts of the coun- -try. The squad of hooch sleuths - arrived last night nd conferences were held today with Chief of Police , William Fitzsimmons, Chief Ben DeJaeger of Moline and Sheriff Clarence L. JSd wards,- ' at which final, plans for rigid enforcement of the Volstead' act were discussed. "Stories of 'lid-llftlng out of Chi cago are 'bunk,'" Agent Prender- . gast declared today. "The lafs the laV; liquor is against the law. We are going to enforce the law in this community as It. has never ' been enforced before on a New Tear's eve. My men will be sta tioned In every hotel, every public gathering at which there is likeli hood of violation -and a -clean-up" squad will be working 'throughout'-: the city. . Everyone who violates the ISth amendment in the slight- - est degree will-be liable to arrest. v ' The federal agent announced that by agreement with United States' Commissioner T. P. Stnnett, the federal office will be open all night to speed issuance of warrant and handle Buch business as may - . develop. . ' , The prohibition squad ha not been drilled, in any intricacies of , the subject there is no guide is- t sued as to conditions under .wtych possession or inhibition of liquor is within the law the Volstead .act. according to the interpretation of Agent Prendergast, forbids liquor and enforcement of the Volstead act is going to be his favorite reso lution tomorrow and " tomorrow Bight. "If 'you can beat tnat,' Prendergast said, 'You are wel- (Continued on Page Sixteen.) BONUS BLANKS First Kun of Printed Application ' to Be Sent Out From Spring. ' field, Jan. 1& Springfield, 111., Dec. 30. The first run ot the 600,000 application .blanks being printed for -the I1U- nois bonus were received at 'the office o Adjutant-General Black 1 yesterday. .V TheSbianks will be mailed from Springfield, Jan. 15, the adjutant general announced. With the blanks for the ex-service, men, four forms of application for beneficiaries of deceased soldieis have been sent to the printer. To ail persons writing to the service recognition board for thj. beneficiary blanks, the board mailing a form letter on which she applicant Is to state his Or her re lationship to the deceased service men, in order that the proper fond may be sent to the beneficiary. - itequests for application blank. are coming 4n ' trom Illinou ex- service men in other states. Re cently the board received a message from the Bed Cross chapter, at Pcn sacola, Fla., asking for application blanks. FIGHT 'EXTRAS' IN MOVIE STAGE A REAL BATTLE Los Angeles. Cat., -Dee. 30. -motion picture. 'director at I Universal City, near here, hired 1 9 extras yesterday -to be ued as the "audience" in .the filming of a prise-fight cenei.V? In - the excitement v of -the make-believe, pugilistic 1 fiesta, two of the hired spectators for got ; uemseives ana came to blow. The fight quickly spread to the other 798 member of the -audience" and after the dust settled and a hurriedly summon ed Squadron of police had herd ed the combatants lots the street. it was found that the area was wrecked.