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A Western Illinois Paper for Western Illinois People "SIXTY-NINTH YEAR NO. 97: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 1920 -SIXTEEN PAGES. KEKBU AODIX 8CU4D OF CISCClATlOSf. PRICE FIVE CENTS. S7S 15) ran UuW HILL REVIEW ISSUE AFTER NINES TALKS Refusal of Demands Ex pected From Director at Conference. Washington, Feb. 1L Dlree lor General Hines conferred with Attorney General Palmer today on tlie threatened rail road strike situation. . Hr. Palmer relaxed to dls. dm the conference farther than to Mf he bad been made acquainted Kith the problem faced by the director general. He denied that the department of Justice was contemplating action, declaring that any Mich statements were unwarranted it this time. Mr. Palmer would not say, however, that the department would not event nally take a band in the controversy. "Where, when, or how" lis action might be taken was a ha for for the future to deter mine, utiil he. The attorney general did not dlsnis the possibility that the government mitrht resort to in junction proceeding to stay the liri'ji cncd strikes of train. dim and maintenance of way employe as it did in the case o( the bituminous coal mine trike. Washington, Fob. U. Director General Hines will make answer, to the wage demands of the 2,000,000 railroad workers on his own re iponsibility and from the stand point of the railroad adminislration and will then report to the presi , dtnt, It was said today at the White house. Mr. Wilson then will ap prove or disapprove the .decision. Heretofore the president gener , ally has passed upon wage decisions leiore the railroad administration's ; mwer was given to the union rep-! . rewntatives No reason was as- j nljnfd for the departure from the! Aiiual custofn in this case. , I t lirjrarded a,s Serious. Both railroad administration and White house officials regard the sit uation as extremely serious. The committee of 10, represent ing, the lirotherhood of Mainten ' once of Way Employes, arrived here today from Detroit, Mich., anil immediately went into conference Kh J. B. Malloy, vice president of the union. Members of the committee re fitted to discuss the strike order or ny phase of the wage controversy. Conferences between Mr. Mines and the brotherhood officers were to have been resumed this morning, but at the appointed hour neither tide was ready and the meeting was postponed until late this afternoon. Expected to be Final. . The conference today probably will determine whether the rail transportation systems are to be tied up by a strike before the gov ernment surrenders control. A new statement of demands by the unions of operating employes has been presented to Mr. Hines who announced that he would make answer today. The trainmen have jerved a 30-day notice, effective Feb. 23, of abrogation of the exist ing wage contract and has taken Jtrike vote, said to be largely in favor of cessation of work if the demands are not met. ENGLAND KNOWS WHEN WAR ENDED London, Feb. 11. Announcement made today that Jan. 10 was we official date upon which the r with Germany terminated. This "w was fixed by royal order. HOLDlOREfM" AS KILLER OF MOSS ENRIGIIT Chicago, Feb. 11. "Big Tim" trphy, president of the Gas Work V anion; and "Dago Mike" Car !". president of the Street otepera, were arraigned today red with the murder and con Jl!5 to murder in connection Jjw the death lost week of Maurice ooay- Enright, "king of the gun- The coses were continued to Feb. on motion of the state and the JWoDers remanded to jail without iiiLUllr1 n.fVinceno Coamano, klV1 department foreman, is being W and will be charged with doing actual killing, according to the g attorney. ,A fourth man, "ver of the death car, is being !. v . . csmano'a wife is also be- Z neia, following a raid on her .in wllicn number of sawed ,?notons of the type which was afTk lne moeT, and a Supply ttclli and slugs were seized.. ; FRAZIER' HUNT PLAYS RESCUE ROLE IN EAST Saves Five Japs From Bol shevist Fury in Siberia Wilds. Vladivostok, Feb. 11. (By the Associated . Press. A. Frazier Hunt, an American correspondent, returned to Vladivostok after an extended trip Into 4he hill country north of here, accompanied by five Japanese soldiers as prisoners, whom he said he had saved from execution at the hands of "partis an" troops. Hunt delivered the five Japanese soldiers to the American comman der here, who in turn handed them over to the Japanese authorities, together with a note from the "par tisan" commander which said: "Please inform the Japanese commander that in event of repeti tion of the acts of repression, atrocity and ridicule of war pris oners we in turn will be forced to reply to our repressors', measures. "Chief of the partisan garrison. "DIEMING." Frazier Hunt ia a former resi dent of Rock Island and Mercer counties. At one time he edited the Alexis Argus. He is now repre senting the Chicago Tribune as special correspondent in Siberia. VOTE FOR ROAD BONDS, DEFEAT LABOR IN KANE . . Aurora, 111., Feb. 11. State Sen ator Adam C. Cliffe of Syramore, waa elected judge of the Sixteenth judicial district yesterday by 5,543 votes over Judge Edward M. Man gan of the Aurora city court, who ran as an independent candidate, backed by organized labor. At the same election a $1,500,000 good roads bond issue, was voted in Kane county. . , . The election was held to All a ra- cancy on the circuit bench caused by the death of the late Duane J. Carnes of Sycamore. SLOW GETTING MACOMB JURY Macomb. III., Feb. 11. Only two jurors had been tentatively ac cepted to try Dr. George Alverson and Mrs. Alice Clugston for the murder of the latter's husband when attorneys completed the ex amination of more than 100 venire men this morning. The state charges the doctor and the woman killed Clugston by administering arsenic in his medicine. Prejudice against circumstantial evidence in deciding xnurder case, and opposition to the death penalty under any circumstances resulted in the dismissal of the majority of the venire men called. Presence In the court room of Stephen Bagley, father of Mrs. Clugston, and his daughters dis pelled rumors that her family had turned against her. PLEA FOR GRAPES; NEED MORE SINCE COUNTRY IS DRY Chicago, Feb. 11. Illinois nur serymen, in convention here, today advised the planting of more grape vines throughout the state to meet the grape shortage resulting from national prohibition. So many tons of grapes are be ing used in the manufacture of soft drinks, they said, that there is a good market for all the state can produce. . MAKES HOLIDAY OF BIRTHDAY OF THOMAS EDISON rtraniro K J Feb. 11 Municinal hiiitriinn. nlacea of business and private homes were decorated with flags and bunting today in honor of the 73rd birthday of Thomas A. fiiionn Vnvnr William A. Lord. in a public proclamation, extended to Mr. Edison tne city s congratu lations. , The RHIroii Pioneers tendered the , inventor a luncheon. This evening Mr. Edison with members ot his family will be the guest at a ball to be gttwn by tne xnomas a. Edison association. : President Wilson was among those who sent messages of con gratulations to Mr. Edison. "i.can not deny myself the pleas ure of 'sending a message to be read at the celebration of Mr. Edi son's 73rd bMhday," the letter said. "I am proud to count myself among the fritmds and admirers of Mr. Edison, and I beg that yon will convey to him my warmest con gratulations and my hope that he m-m o& manv. vrv hannv returns ef the anniversary, marked by an increasing number of scientific tri umphs, , ' i ONE GERMAN GUILTYpSAYS TRIAL COURT Captain Fritz, Who Shot Civilians at Gerbeviller, Duly Convicted. Sarreguemines, Alsace - Lorraine, Tuesday, Feb. 10. (French Wire less Service.) Captain Fritz of the 10th company of the 166th German infantry, accused of having ordered the shooting of 10 civilians at Ger beviller in 1914, has been found guilty by the court martial before which he was on trial. Print List in Installments. Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 10. By the Associated Press.) The govern ment announced today that it would make public in installment form the official list of persons demand ed by the allies for extradition and also Issue the list in book form, for the purpose "of forestalling any attempt to confuse the public by biased reports." Go Into Records. As the alleged mistreatment of entente prisoners in German camps figures largely in the allied indict ment, the ministry of justice has ordered prompt investigation of the prison camp archives and the re opening of cases where camp au thorities were charged with mis conduct. The ministry has instruct ed the attorney general to requisi tion all evidence in the possession of the military authorities. Students Protest. Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 10. Four thousand students of the University of jBerlin met today to protest against the allied demand for ex tradition of those accused of war crimes. The students vowed to guard the persons demaadedwwitJiJ their own bodies, if necessary. SINK 1,400 ON BOAT FLEEING RUSSIAN ARMY London, Feb. 11. A wireless dis patch from the soviet government at Moscow today says: fc , "According to a message from Novo Itossisk. when the volunteer transport Karantin, with officials and officials and their wives and children aboard, numbering 1,400, left Mariupol (in the Russian prov ince of Yekaterinoslav), on the ap proach of the bolshevik!, the volun teer army, incensed at being left behind, fired on the ship. A shell pierced a boiler and the transport sank with all aboard." In Control of Odessa. Constantinople, Monday, Feb. 9. (By the Associated Press.) The latest information received here from Odessa says that the bolshe viki army now is in control of the city. Ten thousand refugees are on ships in the harbor awaiting es cape. Russian officers and other refugees are marching on Taras pol, 73 miles northwest of Odessa, on the Rumanian border. The British battleship Ajax, three British destroyers and a French gunboat are standing by. Rear Admiral N. A. McCulIy, commanding the United States na val forces operating in Russian wa ters, is leported to have arrived from Novo Rossik, and now is in command. Denikine in Crimea. London, Feb. 11. The remnants of the army of General Denikine, former anti-bolsheviki leader in southern Russia, are retreating southward, according to a wireless dispatch from Moscow today. Gen eral Denikine has proceeded to Yalta, in the Crimea, the message adds. SHIP WORKERS ASKING PLACE ON U.S. BOARD Washington, Feb. 11. Recom mendations that an experienced workman be appointed to the next vacancy on the shipping board and that ship yard employes be given the first opportunity to purchase houses erected by the government during the war. were made in a memorial sent to President Wilson today by the national conferance of American ship workers, in session here. .. . The conference also drew up a memorial tor presentation to con gress, through the senate commerce committee, urging immediate action to orevent the nation's merchant i marine - reverting tn its pre-war status. Plot to Steal Five Million In New York Financial Area Broken Up By Arrest of 6 ' New, York, Feb. 11. The arrest of two brothers, who were employ ed as messengers, today made a total of six men held in connection with what the police declare was a plot to steal $5,000,000 worth of securities in the financial district and take them to Canada, where it was expected to market them. Lost So Time. Herbert Bunora, 19 years old, was accused of stealing Crucible Steel securities valued at $145,000 which were entrusted to him to de liver to another firm an hour after he obtained a job as a brokers' messenger last November. Some of the securities were recovered in the U.S. KEEPS OUT OF MEETING OF NATION LEAGUE Speakers at London Regret There Are Only Eight Countries ' Represent.-".;. London, Feb.' 11. The council of the League of Nations formally i opened its meeting here at noon ; todav. Arthur J. Balfour, repre- ; senting Great Britain, assumed the chair on the suggestion of Leon Bourgeois of France. In his speech pf welcome Mr. Balfour said there waa only one blot on the meeting, and that was that there were eight nations rep resented instead of nine. He said that it was not desirable to touch on the absence of the United States, but ho referred to it as marring the symmetry of the original plan of the league. M. Bourgeois in reply, added a word of regret that the nations represented were only eight in number. -:: " " -ttSV3ame8 Palace. . The council met in the historic picture gallery of St James' palace, which was built by Henry VIII. Immediately below his portrait a large table was placed for the ac commodation of the members of the council before whom Leon Bour geois, the French delegate, deliv ered the opening address. The remainder of the gallery waa apportioned for the 160 invited guests, including all the ambassa- dors and ministers of the allied, associated and neutral powers, oth er distinguished public men and the press. Deal With Programs. i The opening meeting at noon was formal, to deal with the programs of the proceedings of the subse quent meetings, which will occupy Thursday as well as today, some sessions being public and others private. This afternoon's session Arthur J. Balfour, British repre sentative, presiding, was private. The nations represented at the meeting were Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Greece, Italy, Japan and Spain. Davis "ot rresent. Washington, Feb. 11. Ambassa dor Davis at London will not be instructed to attend the meetings of the supreme council and the League of Nations, it was officially stated today. These meetings have been transferred from Paris and will be held in London until settle ment of the exact status of Switz erland in its relation to the league makes it possible to again consider Geneva as a meeting place. Ambassador Wallace attended the council meetings at Paris dur ing the discussion of the Fjume question, but his functions were, limited to those of an observer and reporter. Because of the extensive Ameri can interests, financial and com mercial, which will be affecteci by the work of the reparations com mission operating under the league council, the state department will keep itself informed aa to events at London. PAYS FINE AFTER SENDING WILSON A WILD TURKEY Columbia, S. C, Feb. 1L In sending President Wilson a wUd turkey, S. B. McMaster, a local sportsman, violated a state game law and was fined S10. NEW ENGLAND SHORT OF COAL Boston, Mass., Feb. 11. An acute shortage of bituminous coal was re ported in many- New England cities and towns today as a result of the freight tieup that followed the stonq of last week. Schools and industries have been closed in some places. -... Governor Coolidge and Mayor i-eiers obtb leiegrmDned Direrinr General Hines asking for priority! linllwnri.. I n k J -' office of David'B. Sullivan, a New York broker, who is under indict ment on a charge of obtaining loans on stolen securities. Get "Master Mind." Robert G. Bunora, 22 years old. was accused of receiving $21,000 worth of securities stolen by Jo seph Cluck, 23 years old, and his brother Irving, 19 years old. The Glucks were arrested yesterday with Edward JFureya, who is re garded by the police as "the master mind" of the conspiracy. Irving Gluck, the police said, confessed he had stolen $2,000,000 worth of securities in a year and disposed of them with the aid of his brother. OPEN DRY WAR BY LIMITS ON HOURS OF SALE British Leaders Refer to Necessity of Doing: Something: to Curb Yast Waste. London, Feb. 11. The drink question was briefly discussed in both houses of parliament yester- day. Earl Curzon told the lords that the bill to be introduced would contain proviskms for shorter hours of sale. The experiment of state management certainly would not be dropped, he said. In the house of commons the subject was alluded to by Sir Don ald MacLean. "The fact that America has gone dry is an economic fact of the gravest importance to Great Brit- jain," he said. He declared the British expenditure for drink abso lutely staggered him. The coun try spent more than 164,000,000 pounds sterling for drink in 1914, he said, and this expenditure in creased steadilyjwtil it was 259, 000,000 pounds 'sterling In ' 1918 when it was estimated for the year ending March 81, next, would be nearly 400,000,000 pounds sterling. The duty for the year 1918 was 48,500,000 pounds sterling, he said. It was a form of revenue that all chancellors of the exchequer would be pleased to be able to dispense with, he added. He Hoped me measure proposed by the govern ment would prove to be a serious attemPtTto1 erapple with the evil. Lady Astor to Speak. According to a lobby report. Lady Astor will, speak this week on the liquor question, in which she is much interested and upon which she has addressed several meetings during the parliamentary vacation. It will not only be her ladyship's maiden speech in the house, but the first time that a woman has been heard in parliament. CINCY FIRST TO GET ?TS CENSUS RETURNS ACROSS Washington,' Feb. 1L Cincinnati was the first city to complete its 14th decennial census enumeration, it was announced today at the cen sus bureau. The last portfolio was turned in "eb. 9, but it probably will be two weeks before tne census can be checked and the final total announced. The District of Columbia com pleted its count today and the an nouncement of its population is ex pected within two weeks. Cleveland, Chicago, New York and a number of smaller cities have sent in nearly all of their returns. Announcement of the result of the count of the various cities will be made in the order in which their completed returns are received, it was said. It is expected to be pos sible to announce the population of the country by October. ' CHARGE LODGE HAS HEDGED ON RESERVATIONS Washington, Feb. 11. The peace treaty reservations, as revised ten tatively in recent unofficial bipar tisan compromise conferences, were formally presented in the sen ate today by Senator Lodge for con sideration when the treaty comes up next Monday. Th- modifications do not agree entirely with the draft which Dem ocratic members of the bipartisan committee have said were tenta tively agreed on,- - Eight of the 14 reservations would be modified under Senator Lodge's proposal, and the preamble would be changed so that affirma tive acceptance by the other pow ers would not be required. Four ot the remaining six reservations were accented by the Democratic conferees without change, the Re publicans on the committee say, while the other two relating to ar- tide X. and the Monroe-doctrine .... . were left an,hang1 PEOPLE VOTE FOR RETURN TO DENMARK German Sentiment Pre vails.. Only in Some Schleswig Cities. Flensburg, Feb. 11. Publication of the final result of the plebiscite held in Schleswig to determine the future status ot that district has teen postponed nntil this evening by the international commission, in control here. ' Denmark in Lead. Apenrado, Schleswig, Tuesday, Feb. 11. Overwhelming victory for the Danes in this zone of the prov ince of Schleswig, the future status of which is to be determined by the plebiscite held today, is indicated by incomplete returns received here. Country districts showed large majorities for Denmark, while the vote in towns showed larger figures than the Dan ish estimate. Donder, Apenrade and Sonderborg, however, have been carried by the Germans. Get 90 Per Cent Out. Copenhagen, Feb. 11. In spite of the bad weather which prevailed yesterday, more than ninety per cent of the people in the first Schleswig plebiscite zone voted during the day and about seventy- five per cent voted in favor of Dan ish sovereignty. In the country districts there was virtually no German votes, only descendents of German settlers casting their bal lot in favor of Germany. Few Unreported. , Latest reports as to the result of the plebiscite held yesterday in Schleswig show that Denmark se cured 72,733 votes against 24,793 for Germany. Only a few districts nave not been hoe rd from. SELLING PUTS STOCKS DOWN New York, Feb. 11. Stocks dropped 2 to 8 points in the local market today as the result of fur ther heavy selling from interior centers. Opening prices were only mod erately lower, but the reaction be came general before the end of the first hour. Developments, such as money rates and foreign exchange, apparently ceased to have any di rect influence, although prices ral lied somewhat before noon when call money opened at 8 per cent. Selling pressure abated at mid day largely as a result of a drop in call loans to 6 per cent. The short interest covered and many losses of the morning were made UP- MUTINEERS ON U. S. SHIP ARE SENT HOME FOR A TRIAL Washington, Feb. 11. An official report of the mutiny of the crew of the steamer Poughkeepsie at Bermuda was received at the navy Aonnriment trwiav frnm thp, rrm- mander of the gunboat Sacramento. He said he had placed an armed guard on the ship to take her to Norfolk, where the crew would be turned over to the federal authori ties for trial. The mutiny occurred Feb. 5, the message said, the men refusing to serve longer on the claim that the time for which they had rigned on the ship had expired. AVIATORS CLASH IN CLOUDS, BOTH GOING TO DEATH San Antonio, Tex., Feb. 11. Lieutenant Harry B. Smith and Harry Brokaw, both of the 94th aero squadron, were instantly kill ed late yesterday when their ma chines collided 125 feet above the ground and fell at Kelly field. The aviators were in a practice aerial flight in low hanging clouds. CROWN PRINCE'S OFFER "GESTURE," THE DUTCH HOLD Amsterdam, Tuesday, Feb. 10. Former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany sent his telegram to the bfads of allied governments offer ing to surrender in place of Ger mans demanded in the allied ex tradition kist, almost on the impulse of the moment, according to an in terview with Major von Mulsheim, the former crown prince's adjutant, published in the Telegraaf. . The major added: "He hopes by this to avert seri ous difficulties for Germany. Dutch newspapers describe Wil liam's action as a "beautiful ges ture." . . TRAINING VOTE SHOWS ABSENCE OF TEAM WORK Better Connections Be tween Wilson and Capitol Needed. By DAVID LAWBEJiCE. (Special to The Argus.) j Washington, D. C, Feb. ltii Team work is an essenial in party government and President Wilson'a defeat at the holnds'of the caucus of Democrats who refused to take his advice about universay military training is an excellent example of the loose connection or defective line of communication between the White house and capitol hill, a cir cumstance that has on more than one occasion threatened to be troublesome but has never come to the surface so clearly as- in the vote of 107 to 38 against a White house request. The president has "been secluded so much that he isn't aware of what is going on inside his own party. There was no real necessity for a caucus of Democrats to declare against universal military train ing. The Republican leadership of Representative Mondell had already expressed unalterable opposition to the scheme on the ground of ex pense. There was, moreover, no necessity for a letter from the White house to the Democrats ad vising them on the matter, for once the caucus was called and the plan to hold it has been under way for a week the president might have discovered on consulting any well informed member ot the Demo cratic party in the house, that the preponderant sentiment was against universal military service or training that has any compul sory feature in it Invited Rebuff. But Mr. Wilson, without finding out the situation in the house, sent a letter not merely advising that the Democrats bide their time and wait for the San Francisco conven tion to determine what shall be the issues of the Democratic party in the campaign,, but giving at the same time an endorsement ot the universal military training plan. Had he failed to commit himself and merely urged postponement, the blow that came in the vote of 107 to 38 would have been merely a difference of opinion as to the proper time to make a declaration on the subject and not a distinct objection to the principle of mili tary training approved by the pres ident and Secretary Baker and the general staff of the army. It is about time that the execu tive branch of the govenrment dis covered that, unmerited aa the opinion may be, the general staff is hardly popular on ' capitol hill. Memories of the brusque treatment received by members of the house and senate during the war when they used to sit cooling their heels outside the offices of lieutenants, captains, colonels and generals are only too fresh in the minds of our legislators who never forget such things anyway. But, fundamentally, (Continued on Page Sixteen.) FIRST RACE FOR AMERICA'S YACHT CUP ON JULY 15 London, Feb. 11. The first race for the America's cup in the inter national regatta between Sir Thom as Lipton's challenging yacht Shamrock IV, and the New York Yacht club's unnamed defender. will be sailed Thursday, July 15, ! according to an announcement made here today by the Royal Ul ster Yacht club of which Sir Thom as is a member. AMBASSADOR FLETCHER OUT Washington, Feb. 11. President Wilson today accepted the resigna tion of henry P. Fletcher, as am bassador to Mexico. Mr. Fletcher wrote the president sending bis resignation several weeks ago but his letter has not been made pub lic. Mr. ' Fletcher's resignation will become effective Feb. 15, but it is understood that thus far the pres ident has not selected his succes sor. Mr. Fletcher has been station ed in Washington for nearly a year and during that time the affairs of the embassy at Mexico City have been conducted by George Sum merlin, as charge. The Weather Fair tonight and Thursday. Sl'ghtly colder tonight with the lowest temperature about 20 de? grees. Highest yesterday, 32; lowest last night, 24. Wind Telocity, 3 miles per hour. Precipitation, none. ; ' 13 a 7p.m. 7a.m. yester. yester. todav Dry buft temp.:. 28 29 28 ReL hum. 69 69 90 Wet bulb temp.. 24 26 ' 27 River stage 4 fet, a rise ot .2 in the last 24 hours, i i,U. wwgwtgWt IteteorolofUt. GITLOV; GETS LAW'S LOT! FOR ANARCHY Ex -Assemblyman Starts! Term for Advocating i Revolution in U. S. New York, Feb. 11. Five to ten years in state prison was the sen tence imposed in the supreme court today on Benjamin Gitlow, former Bronx assemblyman, who was con victed of violating the state's crimi nal anarchy statute. The charges were preferred aa the result of ar ticles advocating the overthrow of government by force which were published in the "Revolutionary Age," ot which Gitlow was busi ness managert Gitlow's sentence is the maxi mum which could be imposed for the offense for which be waa con victed. His counsel moved for a; new trial and an arrest of Jndg-i ment, but both motions were denied and Gitlow was taken to Sing-Sing ( prison to begin his sentence. . j Another Break at Albany. j Albany, N. Y.. Fob. 11. Another dissension among members of the, assembly judiciary committee try- ing the five suspended Socialist as-i semblymen charged with disloyalty i was noted at the opening ot today's , session. Assemblyman Louis A. Cuvilllerj' took exception to a statement last' night by Assemblyman Maurice. Bloch and William S. Evans, arter the prosecution had closed its case, in which the two members of the, tribunal declared it would not sur-! prise them "to see a majority re-, port recomending the reseating of. the five men on trial." - j "50 Per Cent Americanism.'' . Mr. Cuvillier attacked 'as an ex-t, pression of 60 per cent American!-: lation, not 10 per cent," the follow-.' ing passage appearing in the Joint : statement: "Loyalty is a test It is a test; dangerous to representative gov-j ernment because the question of; what is or is not loyalty is an oi.i-I ion subject to change. It has noj definite standard." SALE OF CERTAIN LOTS OF CANNED OLIVES STOPPED Washington, Feb. 11. Telegraph ic orders have been sent by the Av- partmcnt of agriculture prohibiting sale of canned olives from certain, -lots which department inspectors believe have caused recent deaths, in various cities. The tracing of; these shipments from factories to wholesalers and retailors is being continued and embargoes will be placed as fast as suspected lots are. located. ROBERT JOHNSON, , CENTURY EDITOR, GETS ITALY POST Washington, Feb. 11. Robert Underwood Johnson of New York, author and editor and one ot the founders of the League to Enforce Peace, has been selected by Presi dent Wilson as ambassador to Rome, to succeed Thomas Nelson Page, of Virginia, who resigned several months ago. The president is expected to send the nomination to the senate within a few days. : , Mr. Johnson was originator of the memorial to Keats and Shelley in Rome, originator and chairman ot the American poets' ambulance in Italy in 1917, and author ot "Italian Rhapsody" and other poems of Italy, published in 1917. He was decorated by the Italian govern ment in 1895, and was made caval ier of the crown of Italy. it Mr. Johnson was born in Wash ington, 67 years ago and was edi tor of the Century magazine from November, 1909, to May, 1913. He". induced General Grant to write his memoirs and set on foot the move ment which resulted in the creation of the Yosemite National park. 10-YEAR FIGHT ON OIL LEASE BILL IS ENDED Washington, Feb. 11 Enactment, of the oil land leasing bill waa completed today with the adoption of the conference report by the sen- ate. The bill now goes to the pre- ident The senate's action terminated a 10-years' fight The bill provides for the leasing and development of government owned oil, coal, gas, phosphate. ' sodium and oil-shale lands by pri vate enterprises and affects approx imately 75.000.000 acres of public domain, - principally in western States. .. ,. ... . .