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A Western Illinois Paper for Western Illinois People
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
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.
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.
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.. ;
Saves Five Japs From Bol
shevist Fury in Siberia
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.
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.
. .
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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-
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.
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
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. '
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
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.
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
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-
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.
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.
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." . .
Better Connections Be
tween Wilson and
Capitol Needed.
(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
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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 ,
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 :
"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."
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.
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.
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-
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. .. ,. ... . .

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