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A Western Illinois Paper for Western Illinois People JAAA I-XSlXNin iraAsi. XNU. 07. associateo pbess leased woo. WiLI!NiLliVX LICjjjymCin 24, ISIS rUUftAarji rAUliO. PR1CE FIVE CENTS. MEXBEK AUDIT BUREAU OF CIBCCLAT10KS- Tl POT 114 (PUIS MY TIL? MA mm OWNERS SAY IT'S BECAUSE OFCONTRACT nd Mighty Little Fuel Is der Those Terms. Pittsburg, Kan Dee. 24. AU Iimu miners striking In pro test against the sending to jail of their president, ' Alexander How at, were ordered to return to work by district official thin afternoon. The order went out by direction ol Howat, who communicated with his officers by telephone. Howatt notified Ms 'officers, that the central and other local strikes would be taken up bjr the district board here Friday. One thousand miners still were on strike today, Baking Idle six mines. - i nicago, Dec. 24. Coal consum ers here today were In receipt of announcements from several fuel companies notifying them of an in crease In the retail price of between 30 and 35 cents a ton on all coal mined since settlement of the re cent bituminous miners' strike to make up for .the 14 per cent wage increase tbe ' workers gained. Under Old Contracts. "This does not mean no coal will be sold at the government price," one dealer said, "but the Garfield order is not retroactive on con tracts executed before it was la sued and all contracts contain a clause providing for the passing along of any increase in mining costs. Those who have no con tract for coal will get It at the government price. "Hdwever, most operators' ha?e their entire output fold under con tract so the price Increase will be pretty general." dyne Is Watching. D:trict Attorney Clyne said that he had been Investigating the sit uation for 10 days and if the "scheme is, as I see it,' to see that no coal is obtainable except through those who have contracts," he would "teach these gentlemen a lesson." it ....... pB Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 24. Gov uupui . ., "-- rrniueui umciam in luuiniiBjKiiiB iu- Kansas coal fields before determiu ing their future course in court action against Alexander Howat o' Pittsburg, Kan., president of dis trict No. 14, of the United Mine Workers of America. Howatt was released from Jail here yesterday, where he bad been sent, as the result of charges of contempt of court for alleged vio lation of the injunction issued by United States District Judge A. B. ! Anderson aaeinst furtherance of I the coal strike. Agrees to Cooperate. His release and subsequent de parture for his home was effected by agreement, on his part to co operate with international union officials in ending a strike of 1.Q0Q employes of the Central Coal A Cbke company, in continuation of Urhlch formed the basis for court Iction against him. It was indicat ed today that if the local strike were ended, bearing of the charges of contempt, set for next Monday, probably would be continued indefi nitely. MINE VACATION CUT TO ONE DAY TO HELP BELIEF Harrisburg, 111., Dec. 24. In or der to increase the output of feul, coal miners in this vicinity will take but one day's vacation this Christmas instead of six days, as has been the custom for many years. The coal mines will be shut down Christmas day and will re open again Friday. AUTHORITY OX EGYPT DEAD. " St Paul. Minn.. Dec. 24. Rev. John Wright, rector emeritus of St. Paul's Episcopal church, died here late last night. Dr. Wright was 83 years old and was considered an international authority on Egyptol ogy. GETS TIP WOOD HAS MADE UP MIND TO RUN Mitchell, S. D., Dec. 24. Word was received at Republican district headquarters here today that Major General Leonard Wood, endorsed for president by the Republican state, convention at Pierre. S. D.. will file a formal announcement of his candidacy with the secertanr of elate before Jan. 1. FORMER SLAVE SANTA TO MAN ONCE MASTER May Be Last Time Bill Yopp Appears at Sol diers' Home. Atlanta. Ga.. Dec. 24. Bill Topp. former slave, held his annual re union at the soldiers' home today with the old warriors of the con federacy, and Bill brought along a little gift for each of them. The aged negro has been pro viding the gifts for years, partly with his own money and partly from dimes collected around his home near Macon. Last summer the Georgia legislature, in making appropriations for 1920, provided a special fund to carry on Bill's work, and as this may be the last time the old darky will play Santa Claus at the home. Governor Dorsey and other state officials arranged to be present. Master in Home. Bill started his custom of bright ening Christmas for the old sol diers when he returned to Georgia 10 years ago and found his old master. Captain Thomas M. Yopp, who was an inmate of the home. Captain Yopp tells a story of how Bill, then his 15-year old body servant, rescued him wounded from the battlefields and nursed him back to strength. COAL DEALERS HOLDING ON TO CARS TOO LONG See Possibility of Second Shortage I'nlws Empties are Released .Quickly. Coal dealers of the tri-cities without exception are cooperating with the railway-, administration and the mine operators In tbe mat- ter of releasing coal cars promptly, according to C. B. Rodgers, federal terminal director, at Davenport ' Railway officials in' the central western region today sounded a i note of warning against the possi bility of a second coal shortage un less dealers were more prompt in the release of "empties" Com plaints were made that many deal ers are holding tbe cars and paying demurrage charges instead of re leasing tbe "empties" and return- Mng them to the mines. . ,Mhln ,h. (-iiH. I. i being unloaded as rapidly as the dealers can secure men. Federal Terminal Manager Rodgers said. No delays have been experienced here in unloading the cars and en routing them . back to tbe ' coal fields. . Shipments Continue. Fresh mined coal continues to reach the tri-cities daily from the Illinois fields. The Burlington line brought in seven carloads during the past 48 hours and the Rock Island lines have delivered a num ber of cars from the Matherville fields and other Illinois mining -centers. TALK DRAFTING GEN. PERSHING FOR PRESIDENT Republicans Agitate Question When He Arrives in Lincoln for Christmas. Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 24. General John J. Pershing came to Lincoln today for a holiday visit with mem bers of his family. More than a quarter of a cen tury ago' he made this city his home. Then he was a law student at the University of Nebraska and commandant of the university ca dets. Some of his friends declare they are bent on "drafting" him as a Republican presidental candi date. General Pershing, with , his son Warren, and the latter's aunt, Miss May Pershing, arrived shortly aft er 10 o'clock this morning from La- Clede, Mo., the general's birth place. They were ' accompanied from Omaha by Governor S. R. Mc Kelvie. Mayor J. E. Miller of Lin coln, and a state reception com mittee. - Back In February. ' Washington, Dec. 24. General Pershing's tour of inspection of military post in the far west and along the Mexican border, will end in the middle of February. On his-way westward from Chi cage. General Pershing will arrive at Rockford, 111., Jan. 6, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 7. On his return to Washington General Pershing will prepare from data gathered during his tour a report for Secretary Baker con taining his recommendations as to which camps, posts or depots .should be retained permanently for pie in future military emergencies. COMMISSION DIRECTED TO START WORK Monday Date for Opening of Inquiry on Pending Mine Issues. Washington,' Dec. 24. President Wilson today issued a call for a meeting here Monday of the special commission appointed to investi gate wages and prices in the bitum inous coal industry. The commis sion at that time is expected to lay plans for its inquiry which proba bly will continue several weeks. Operators Mollified. ; Terre Haute, Ind., Dec. 24. Coal operators of the central competi tive field will not block the coal settlement under the plan proposed by President Wilson, but on the contrary will abide by the decision of tbe commission appointed by the president to work out the settle ment, it was indicated in a state ment last night by Phil H. Penna of Terre Haute, spokesman for the operators. Should Have Been Seen. Mr. Penna said that the opera tors, in a Joint meeting with the miners on Nov. 27, offered a reso lution providing for the creation of a commission composed of men representing equally the miners, operators and the public. Tbe res olution, he said "is in perfect ac cord with the president's action," although the latter differed in some details about which the operators feel they should have been consult ed in advance. At the Nov. 27 meeting, Mr. Penna declared.' all the operators (who represented all states in the central field) voted "yes" on the resolution. . "This attitude of the operators," the statement concluded, "has not been changed In ariy particuIar.Jby-t.;"B4B,i any person or persona in aatbor- ty. REVENUE MEN INVOLVED IN A WHISKY PLOT? Scheme to Doctor Alcohol and Sell It for Real Goods Kipped t ' - at Chicago. Chicago, Dec 24. John Smorowski, a Chicago district revenue chief, was arrested to day charged with accepting a t.0 bribe in connection with a ' scheme to color and flavor 150 barrel of grain alcohol and sell It as whisky. A dealer In barbers sop plies, who held a permit to handle alcohol, and two saloon keepers also were arrested charged with giving tbe bribe. "This Is the biggest conspiracy of dealers we have yet discovered," said District Attorney Clyne, "ana there are some deputy revenue col lectors who have got to do some explaining." Revenue agents in four cities are involved in the investigation, it was Indicated. Get Big Leo. from Broker. -Chicago. Dec. 24. Ten disguised whisky robbers nse motor trucks to take away whisky valued at from 810,000 to 820,000 from the summer home of C. H. Ackert, broker, at Lake Forest, a Chicago suburb. It became known today. A butler, who attempted to pre vent the robbery, was strung up by the thumbs and cut down exhausted hours later when a chauffeur and his wife broke out of a closet where they had been locked in. Hurry Gin to Coast. Peoria, III., Dec. 24. Gin valusd at $7,000,000 today was being load ed on a train of 27 cars in readiness for a start at midnight of a race to get it safely past the three mile limit toward Havana, Cuba, before the bonds expire Jan. 16. The liquor will be exported through New York. Armed men will accompany the shipment to prevent tampering with it enroute. ENTER ARMY MEN IN HORSE SHOWS? WHAT'S THE IDEA? Washington, Dec. 24. Legisla tion to enable officers and enlisted men to participate at government expense in horse shows and fairs both in this country and abroad, was recommended by Secretary Baker in a letter received today by Chairman Wadsworth of the senate military committee. Mr. Baker said the department planned to en ter a team of American officers in tbe mounted military contest In the Olympic games at Antwerp and in the international, horse shoe in London in 1920. Announcement Due to the serious shortage of news print paper and the oppor tunity thus afforded to give its employes a well deserved Christmas holiday, The Argus wfll not publish tomorrow. In this connection The Argus desires to wish all its friends a Merry Christmas and trusts that they will be -so filled with the Joys of the day that on this par ticular occasion they will not miss their accustomed visitor. OFF YEAR FOR PARTISANSHIP IN CITY VOTE? Freak Illinois Law Said to Affect Municipal ' Elections. Springfield, 111., Dec. 24. State officials had under consideration today the question as to whether party candidates can file petitions for the February primaries to se lect municipal candidates. Accord ing to George Alff, chief clerk of the Peoria election comission. the state-wide primary act, passed by the last general assembly, does not provide for the selection of muni cipal candidates in 1920, and con sequently all candidates must file their petitions as independents. NITTI MEANS TO END DOUBT OVER ADRIATIC Geing to Paris' to Insist Upon Set - tlenient of the Question With eat More Demy, V- nee; zi. -Preraier Nittl in- formed the council of ministers yesterday he would leave on Thurs day evening for Paris and would return only after having obtained a definite settlement of the Flume and Adriatic question. " Jugo-Slavs Protest. Paris, Dec. 24. Members of the ; Jugo-Slav parliament from Adri atic regions occupied by Italy have protested to Premier Clemenceau against the reported projects of Ga brlele d'Annunzio to occupy regions of Jugo-Slavla, and against what they term abuse by Italy of power confided in it by tbe allies and America. The members of the Jugo-Slav parliament have demanded that the Italians release Jugo-Slav prison ers of war and send them home, as Italy has done, they declare, with tbe Germans and Magyars. -Tote Again in Flume. Rome, Dec. 24. In consequence of doubts regarding the first pie-1 biscite at Flume, another was taken on Sunday, which resulted in 75 per ceni oi me vows oeing- cam in favor Of the Italian government's proposals relative to the future oc cupation of the city, according to the Giornale d' Italia. Major Giur iatl, chief of Captain Gabriels d' Annunzlo's cabinet, Is reported to have resigned. WORKERS, GETTING KOBE, WOULD SAVE PUBLIC FROM LOSS Chicago, Dec. 24. Wage increases averaging $5 weekly have been granted the approximately 25,000 men's garment workers in Chicago it is said today. It said about $2.50 will be added to the production cost of a suit of clothing, employers estimated, although the union men claimed that the cost to the wearer should not be increased over what it would have been, inasmuch as the increases were figured into prices set last fall for next sum mer's clothes. MILLION LEFT TO HELP SUFFERING Cincinnati, Ohio. Dec. 24. The will of Jacob B. Scbmidlapp, Cin cinnati capitalist, who died recent ly in New York, leaves an estate estimated at $1,000,000 in trust, the income to be used for the "re lief of suffering and distress." DANIELS SENDS NAVY GREETINGS Washington, Dec. 24. Secretary Daniels today sent the following message to all naval vessels and stations: "Christmas greetings to ail in the naval service. Demobilization has lost many shipmates who were with ns last Christmas when we celebrated the peace the navy had helped to win, but they are still our comrades. The glory of achieve ment abides with all who served in the world war. May the blessings of peace win, and the blessings of the prince of peace cheer every heart this Christmas time." ' BUSS URGES FOOD POOL TO SAVE EUROPE Peace Delegate, Home, Would Include Germany and Maybe Russia. Washington, Dec. 24. Europe's most urgent need today is the pool ing of its food supply and the prop er distribution .facilities under a director general. In the opinion of Tasker H. Bliss, a member of the American peace delegation, who reached Washington today from Paris. Such an arrangement, General Bliss said, would remove discon tent, strengthen morale and aid over their formative period the new governments which have been cre ated as a result of the war. Germany should be Included in the economic coalition. General Bliss said. With Germany exclud ed, he declared, there would be an element of disaontent which would inevitably react on the other coun tries. Little Hope tor Russia. General Bliss saw no possibility of including Russia in the distri bution plan, but he said if the pres ent so-called government of that country "would play fair with the rest of the world for 30 days, and during that time the general dis tribution of necessities could be worked to include Russia," he be lieved that the present situation in that country would be completely changed. Plenty Produced. There is no reason for famine threatening any portion of Europe, General Bliss said, despite the de struction and ' loss of production during the war. He estimated food production! this year in Europe to be between 80 and 83 per cent of (normal. ; IrrTo WlrtBtIo wil hoarding of-' excess supplies ex plains th,preent; economic situa tion, in his' opinion. :- The general likened the various nations to individual units of a family which, separated ty a quar- rel, are holding all the "joint stock" of food' and transportation utilities formerly owned in com- mon. The result, he said, is that one unit has coal, another oil, and another wheat in excess but each is lacking in one or more essen tials. Old Nations Stable. The morale of tbe older govern ments in Europe is good without exception, General Bliss said, but the more recently established na tions are still far from stable. General Bliss , suggested that "such a man as Herbert Hoover" should be named director general of supplies for Europe and that the latter should be appointed with ; this official another to be director general of transportation. Into the common pool, under the plan, j WOuld be placed not only all stores f cereals and grains, but coal, pe' . ml mi m metals ant rnilrnnil fcniiin. troleum, metals and railroad equip ment Food Near Starving. "There is food in plenty right up to the gates of Budapest and Vi enna and starvation within both cities," General Bliss declared. The present government of Ger many, "weak as It la," represents the only hope of the world for the early reconstruction of that coun try, in the opinion of the commssioner. peace If that government falls," he said, "there can arise only one of two extremes, either an absolutely reactionary government, or what would amount to rule by soviet." Little Ground for Fear. He had seen no official reports which indicated a revival of the junker domination of Germany nor which bore out the fears expressed abroad that Germany would again become a menace to world peace. "Europe as a whole is so tired of war," he said, "that incidents which ordinarily might lead to hos tilities will be long overlooked. France is so near to Germany that a condition which to us might ap pear as trivial to her takes on the aspect of a threatened invasion.". WILSON GOING TO HAND BACK ROADS JAN. 1? Washington, Dec. 24. President Wilson is expected to make some pronouncement tonight regarding the railroad , situation. Officials generally professed not to know Jjust what it would be, but some of them, at least, expected , that it would be an announcement of the return of the roads to private operation on Jan. 1. : FRE5CH GOVERNMENT STANDS. Paris, Dec. 24. The chamber of deputies voted confidence. b th government. 155 to 71. CAROLERS, IN PRISON GRAY, TO SING IN NEW YORK FOR RELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS New York, Dec. 24. Plans for a Christmas Say demonstration were completed by the League of Am- knesty for Political Prisoners. The program calls for organiza tion of "flying motor squadrons" to convey carollers dressed in prison gray and with 'wrists manacled on a tour of the city's churches from Old Trinity In lower Broadway to St Patrick's cathedral in Fifth avenue. According to the organizers there JAPAN DOESN'T LIKE MANDATE IN SOUTH SEA Claims It Has Fewer Privileges Than Under German Regime and Asks Time. Paris, Dec. 24. Japan's repre sentative in the supreme council has objected to the form of the mandates which the former Ger man colonies in the Pacific would be administered. Time has been asked to refer the question to the Tokio government. Meanwhile the council holds the adoption of the mandate in abeyance. , The question of mandates was taken up today by the council, which considered the drafts that had been prepared and adopted, two giving mandates in Africa to Great Britain and Belgium. Final action on five others were post poned on the request of the Jap anese delegate, Baron Matsui. Prepared In London. The mandates considered had been, prepared by the mandate com mission in London. Baron Matsui found that the mandates objected to by im gave Japan less advantages than she had enjoyed in those colonies under tbe German Tale; it waa stated?; Three of the four voting delegates to the council approved the draft but Baron Matsui reserved the appro bation of Japan and asked for time to refer the question to his govern ment . Discuss German Attitude. Paris, Dec. 24. The subject of Germany's attitude on the question of signing the protocol to the peace treaty came up .in the supreme council at this morning's session, presided over by Premier Clemen ceau. The council heard the ex planation given by Parti Dutasta, general secretary, of the two visits paid him yesterday by Baron Kurt von Leaner, the head of the Ger man mission. Paris dispatches Tuesday an nounced the delivery of the allied reply to the latest German note. After receiving it the German plen ipotentiary stated he would be obliged to return to Berlin to con sult his government but later it was announced that tbe Germans had decided to remain in Paris. MOONSHINER AND DEPUTY DEAD IN MOUNTAIN BATTLE Charleston, W. Va., Dec. 24. Preston Mullens, an alleged moon shiner, and John P. Kennedy, a denutv sheriff, were killed in a bat- tle at tne nead of Panther creek, In the mountains near Welch, W. Va., -today, according to reports, which reached the state prohibition department DIXON GIRL DEAD. AFTER SLEEPING FOR DOZEN DAYS Dixon, 111.', Dec. 24. Miss Ethel Fruin. aged 15. Dixon high school girl, died this morning from sleep sickness. She has slept continu ously for 12 days. ARK PASSENGERS LEFT MUCH B hi HI Nil New York, Dec. 24. Powers of attorney by wireless from the "sov iet ark" Buford, carving deported Russian radicals "home" from the United States,, may be the only way to procure the return to many of them of property left behind with Isaac Shorr, their counsel, he indi cated today. Mr. Shorr holds bank books, pos tal savings certificates, watches, chains and other valuables belong ing to hla clients who now are on the high seas aboard the Buford. Ludwig C. A. Martens, self-styled ambassador, of the Russian soviet republic to the United States, to day contributed S500 "for the relief of families" of radicals deported Sunday on tbe transport Buford. The money was sent to Harry Weinberger, who was counsel for Alexander Berkman, Emma Gold man and other radicals at their de portation hearings. Weinberger announced that "a committee of .Americans" is being formed to raise a relief fund. will be no "parade" but each auto mobile will be followed by a single flic of "walkers" each .six feet apart These "walkers," who also will act. as pickets when congrega tions leave the churches, will carry banners reading: "There are 1,500 prisoners behind bars for conscience sake." "Ten political prisoners have died for their opinions' sake." "Eighteen bishops helped free English conscientious objectors." WASHINGTON HOLDS IRISH PLAN BENEFIT Gives Isle Standing and Aids in Paving Way for Peace. BY DAVID LAWRENCE. (Special to The Argus.) Washington, D. C, Dec. 24. Great Britain's proposal to estab lish a dual government in Ireland, with self determination for the north and south by means of two separate parliaments that could be combined whenever the Irish peo ple so desired, has made a favor able impression here. Although the British may technic ally regard the Irish problem as an internal question the speech by Premier Lloyd George attracted as mucn attention and provoked as much gossip as if some proposal of an International character had been made affecting the peace treaty. For the truth is that the Irish Question and the ratification of the peace treaty with the League of Nations in it have been insepar ably bound together ever since Mr. Wilson aused the phrase "self-dete mination of peoples" in his 14 points, which were the basis of the armistice. Again and again in pub lie speeches the president has sought to answer his critics by de claring that at Paris he and his associates were dealing only with u seu-aeternunation or peoples in territory won from the central powers, but the argument failed to still the hostile movement of the Irish in this country toward the peace treaty. It is a fact that wherever Mr. Wilson "went on his western trip he encountered full page advertisements demanding that he declare himself on the sub ject of Ireland. And it is a fact that meetings addressed by Sena tors Borah and Johnson, leading opponents of the treaty, were at tended largely by Irish sympathiz ers. Expect England to Act. The president, indeed, has been beset from the start by an agitation in this country on behalf of Ire land, whose capacity for opposition to the treaty itself has never been underestimated. Mr. Wilson felt at Paris that if England would only do something on the Iri3h problem, his own task in behalf of the treaty would be made easier. He realized how sensitive the Brit ish were about receiving sugges tions from the outside. He knew how Americans might feel if Great Britain suddenly decided to advise the United States to make good her (Continued on Page Three). CONGRESS MAY INQUIRE INTO NAVY AWARDS Washington, Dec. 24. A .navy congressional investigation, it was indicated today, might result from the controversy between Admiral Sims and Secretary Daniels over the awards of distinguished service medals in the navy. The issue gained prominence with the publication of a letter written by Admiral Sims to Secre tary Daniels, in which he declined to accept his distinguished service" medal. In bis letter. Admiral Sims said that of the 19 officers recommend ed by him for the distinguished service medal only six received it. He declared that a commanding general present was more qualified to judge the relative merits of of ficers entitled to reward and that a board of awards system could not be fair and that officers in impor tant administrative posts on shore occupied relatively more responsi ble positions than those serving at sea. Secretary Daniels, in his report to the senate naval committee, said the entire controversy resolved around the question of which claas of service shore or sea was more important. FRENCH OFFICIAL KILLED IN WRECK Nice, France, Dec. 24. Arthur Capel, political secretary to the in terallied war committee, was killed last night in an automobile acci dent while he was enroute from Paris to Monte Carlo. He was a close friend of Premier Lloyd George. WEATHERFOR HOLIDAY FAIR IS FORECAST Aside From Few Snow Flurries Nothing Will Hinder Santa. Washington, D. C, Dec. 24. Real unristmas weather will greet Santa , Claus when he makes his rounds tonight in the middle Atlantic, New England and middle western States, according to the weatherman. Snow flurries are forecast for this afternoon and tonight in those states. Elsewhere over the country fair weather is expected to prevail ; except for snows around the Great Lakes. Quiet at White House. Christmas day at the White house will be a quiet one. Owing to President Wilson's ill ness the grand children will not come to Washington and conse- qucntly there will be no Christmas " tree The White house, however. will be decorated as usual, Mrs. ! Wilson today directing the placing ! of poinsettias, holly, mistletoe anJ evergreen. The president will eat his Christ- i mas dinner in his room. It will be served by Mrs. Wilson. Rear Ad-! miral Grayson, the president's phy- ! sician, will spend most of the day 1 at home with his family and there will be virtually no restrictions in : the menu to be prepared for Mrs. j Wilson. The president will spend; some time out of doors in his wheel . chair. Will Give Presents. Tomorrow morning, Mrs. Wilson j will distribute presents to friends : of tbe family and to children who ! live on the countryside along the route to te Country club. In nearby';. Virginia, where the president plays i goft - Hundreds of presents end cards have been received at the White house. Goodies for Our Tars. Washington Dec. 24. Whether hla ship is riding at anchor In a home harbor or is on outy in the remote corners of the world, the American blue Jacket will sit down i tomorrow to a groaning board. , Turkey or chicken, candy and nuts i and all the "trimmings" .of a Christmas dinner will be before ; him. All ships' supply officers have 1 been unusually forehanded . this year, it was said today at the navy department, and supplies for a real American Christmas dinner have been sent to the far flung posts ' wnere American men o war are on duty. Ships in home waters will be decorated with Christmas greeas at the masthead and foreyard arms and each will have a real Christ- " mas tree for the men. Various forms of entertainment have been nrovided nn each vessel. Three will include boxing and wrestling matches and other athletic events. : INDICT SUGAR CONCERNS FOR BREAKING LAW Madison, Wis., Dec. 24. Indict ments charging profiteering in the sale of sugar, were returned and were made public in the federal court here Wednesday morning. These indictments are against the United States Sugar company, Mad ison; Rock County Sugar company, Janesville. . At each company three official were placed under arrest or are to be arrested. In the former cases the indict ments charge a conspiracy on the part of the president and the local ' officials of the company to charge excessive prices for sugar. In the individual .indictments specific . sales to Madison and other Jobbers in the state are rehearsed. ZITA HAS ONLY COLD. i Geneva, Dec. 24. Former En press Zita of Austria, wno yeste day was reported to be serious ill with pneumonia, at her home Prangins, is only suffering froa severe cold, according to her sician's diagnosis today. -o i The Weather Generally fair tonight and Thurs day. Warmer tonight with the lowest temperature about 20 to 25 degrees. Highest yesterday, .31; lowest last night, .19. j Velocity of wind, 8 miles per hour. Precipitation, none. 12 is. 7 p. m. 7 a. m. yester. yester. today Dry bulb temp... 30 31 19 Wet bulb temp.. 30 30 18 Rel. humidity.. 100 87 85 River stage, 4.8, a rise of .3 in the last 24 hours. J. M. SHERIER, Meteorologist.